My skin has been going through a rough patch and hasn't been behaving its best lately, so I've been reaching for a line that provides intense hydration, gentle exfoliation and light base makeup to help calm it down. I have found all of this in Purlisse, a natural skincare brand inspired by Asian beauty with key ingredients including Blue Lotus and White Tea which has done wonders for my reactive skin. From sheet masks, to eye serums, facial and lip moisturizers and even a BB cream, this brand has it all!
March 27, 2017
March 20, 2017
Unwanted facial hair - if you don't have it, count yourself very lucky! Peach fuzz, chin hair, and a moustache are what I've been dealing with for years, but I was always afraid to tackle my insecurity so I just let the hair be (it helps that they become less visible during summer from lightening in the sun and makeup does wonders too). So when the opportunity arose to try the Dermaflash Facial Exfoliating Device*, I saw it as a sign that it was finally time... to shave my face! I thought it would be helpful to document my experience, so I walk you step by step through the shaving process, and it isn't as scary as you would think!
March 12, 2017
While I love playing with bold and vibrants colours, I also enjoy keeping things simple when it comes to my makeup (best of both worlds, right?). With spring approaching, I've been trying out a few makeup collections, such as this one from Sothys, and today's look features the Glo Minerals Living Color Collection in Full Bloom*. This collection includes an eyeshadow quad, a cream blush, a shadow stick and a gloss that will help you achieve the no-makeup makeup look in a few easy steps.
March 8, 2017
March 2, 2017
There are those special brands that I come across that capture my attention not only for their rave reviews or pretty packaging, but also whose inspiring stories have to be told, and OSEA is definitely one of them. I've been familiar with the brand for a couple of years now after reading about their products on social media from fellow bloggers and YouTubers, and it isn't until recently that I had the chance to dive into the world of plant-based seaweed skincare (I couldn't resist the pun)! OSEA's roots go back nearly a century, when founder Jenefer Palmer's grandmother, Elsa Reuschle, suffered a terrible fall and healed her leg by swimming in the Long Island Sound in NY. She strongly believe that the minerals and trace elements present in this seaweed-rich water are what contributed to her speedy recovery as she would head out for a swim in the early morning daily despite the cold winter temperatures. Fast forward a few decades, granddaughter Jenefer Palmer decided to pursue a career in holistic healing, and after establishing her own private practice and developing treatments for spas in California, the idea came to her to create her own seaweed skin care line in 1996, which she named OSEA (pronouned "OH-SEE-YAH"), which stands for the core elements of wellness: Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere. To this day, the company is entirely run by Jenefer, her husband and three children, which is fascinating to say the least!
February 26, 2017
It may not feel like spring around here just yet, but is sure does in makeup land! New collections are popping up left and right, and I'm always curious to see what brands have created for the upcoming season. I'm stoked to have gotten my hands on some of the items from the Sothys Spring Summer 2017 Désert Chic Makeup Collection. Inspired by the hot desert, it features warm colours to mimic that sun-kissed look those of us living in northern climates ooh and aah over, especially during the cold winter months when the sun barely makes an appearance.
February 21, 2017
I am always up for a good challenge, so when UMA Oils asked me if I wanted to participate in their #DareToGoBare campaign, I couldn't say no! As you may be guessing, this challenge involved going barefaced and sharing my skin story on Instagram to encourage women to reveal their natural beauty by sharing a no makeup selfie. Having had imperfect skin for most of my life, I know how hard it can be to go au naturel, but it is something I truly believe should be embraced, especially since we tend to be our own worst critics when it comes to our physical appearance. I wanted to share my UMA routine with you, and let you know that they are hosting a fabulous giveaway you do not want to miss, so keep reading to find out what is up for grabs!
February 19, 2017
Since gravitating toward more natural beauty brands a couple of years ago, there have been quite a few that have topped my list of must tries, one of them being 100% Pure. In case you have never heard of them, 100% Pure is an organic beauty company based in California that specializes in fruit-pigmented and antioxidant rich cosmetics, including makeup, skincare, hair care and even nail polish. Their products are super clean and safe, meaning many of them even smell like you could eat them (but please don't)! I have previously tried a few of their products, namely their Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation Powder (review + demo), their Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30 (featured) and their Nail Polish in Coachella (worn here), so I was really looking forward to discover even more of their products. Well, the day has come and I have a handful of new-to-me goodies that I'm super excited to share with you (spoiler alert: they don't disappoint)!
February 15, 2017
Back at it with another Get Ready With Me! What can I say? I love filming these videos because they are so casual and laid-back. I figured I would share what products I've been loving lately in the form of my Everyday Winter Makeup Routine. I'm using some old favourites as well as some new additions that I've quickly taken a liking to.
February 10, 2017
Still single and (not) ready to mingle this Valentine's Day? Well don't I have a concoction of fun ideas to make it a day to remember! Whether it's giving yourself a little TLC in the comfort of your own home or organizing a little Galentine's Day get together with your closest friends, here are just a few things that will make it that much better!