Natalie Loves Beauty

July 7, 2017

EPIC EMPTIES | Spring 2017 Edition


I actually filmed this video a couple of weeks ago, but then life got in the way (as it always does) and I finally managed to edit the footage these last couple of days! So without further ado, here are my empties from this past season - not as epic as some previous ones, but I still managed to finish up quite a bit of products! On a side note, I recently received an influx of beauty products, and am currently working my way through testing everything out and bringing you reviews in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for those!
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June 26, 2017

Summer Get Ready With Me | Wet Highlight + Orange Lips

Summer Get Ready With Me Wet Highlight + Orange Lips

Saying that I am excited that summer is finally here is a bit of an understatement - I am beyond thrilled as it is my favourite time of the year! There's just something about sunshine and hot temperatures. I am always at my happiest once the warmer months come around. I figured since it's been a while that I filmed a Get Ready With Me, that I would share a quick video showing how I created this very simple wet highlight and orange lips look.

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June 19, 2017

Summer Skincare Lineup | My Top Natural Beauty Recommendations

Summer Skincare Lineup Top Natural Beauty Recommendations

Summer is officially right around the corner, and mother nature has been giving us a preview here in Montreal! This past weekend was a scorcher, but I'm not complaining because I live for the hotter months in the city. With the change in seasons, I also have been switching up my beauty routine and trying new products out. I mostly stick to natural skincare products as I find those work best for my skin, so not surprisingly I have quite a few to share with you that are part of my summer lineup.
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June 15, 2017

iHerb.com Vegan Snack Haul | Trying New Food On Camera!

iHerb.com Vegan Snack Haul

I haven't done a vegan snack haul and taste test in what feels like ages, so this post and video are way overdue! I recently placed an order on iHerb.com* which is my favourite online store when it comes to natural beauty and vegan food items. If you've been following me for a while, you might already know that I am plant-based and I am addicted to snack foods! I'm always on the hunt for new things to try out, and iHerb never disappoints - I always manage to find new-to-me snacks to try. I also picked some new supplements and toothpaste - because I always have to be stocked up on essentials, too. Check out my video below for my on-camera reactions!
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June 12, 2017

Eco-Friendly Brand Spotlight | Yves Rocher Botanical Skincare

Yves Rocher Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

I don't know if I've ever shared this on the blog, but geography and the environment have always been fascinating topics to me, so much so that my major in university combined both! For as long as I can remember, I've had an appreciation for nature and organizations or companies that make an effort to better their carbon footprint. Funny enough, I was never taught about veganism in my formal education, and it wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to make the switch after doing my own research, and one of the major reasons I did so was that going plant-based and changing my consumption habits actually do make a huge impact on bettering our planet. I've been working in partnership with Yves Rocher* for nearly a year now, and while I was familiar with the brand before, I did not realize how environmentally-friendly they are, which of course made me want to learn more about what they do!
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June 5, 2017

Discovering Suzanne Organics | Suzanne Somers All Natural Makeup + Skincare

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
Suzanne Organics

Suzanne Somers is quite the iconic figure who has graced our television screens with her popular infomercials and entertainment endeavours - her regular TV appearances are actually how I first knew about her growing up! When I say Thigh Master, do you envision Suzanne Somers in a neon leotard squeezing a funny looking contraption to keeps her legs looking toned? Because I sure do! She has had quite the thrilling career, starting in acting roles and then venturing into singing, comedy and entrepreneurship, with many #1 New York Times bestselling books under her belt. She even appeared on Dancing with the Stars alongside Tony Dovolani in 2015. Side note: Can you believe she is 70 years old? Because I sure can't - she looks incredible! Little did I know that she had come out with her own cosmetics line recently, Suzanne Organics. Being diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and beating it, she realized that what goes onto your skin is just as important as what goes into your body. As a cancer survivor, she became aware of the chemicals that are found in the cosmetics industry and how they can negatively impact one's health, and makeup is something she has loved playing with since a young age, so developing a natural beauty line of her own simply made sense! 
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May 30, 2017

Brittle Nails No More | Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System

Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System

I've been on the lookout for a nail treatment to polish and hydrate my nails for a while now, and having dealt with brittle, peeling nails for many years, a truly effective one has been hard to come by. In the last year, my nail health has significantly improved, and I believe it might be because I cut back on painting my nails, doing so only very rarely for special occasions. I've recently also been using the Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System* to prime, polish and moisturize my nails and have been seeing great results after just a few weeks of use. The line was created by Dr. Dana Stern, a world renown dermatologist who is an expert in the treatment of nail disorders. All ingredients used are high quality and free of harmful chemicals to nourish and restore your nails without compromising your health, with all products being 5-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
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May 22, 2017

Pixi Beauty: A First Look | Makeup + Skin Care Review

Pixi Beauty Makeup Skincare

While I am all for online shopping, for me, nothing beats being able to see cosmetics in person. There are a quite a few brands that I've been coveting that have yet to make their way to retail stores north of the US border, and one of them I can now cross off my lust list is Pixi Beauty as they just entered the Canadian market earlier this year! You can just imagine my delight when I found out that the brand is now available at Shopper's Drug Mart/Pharmaprix. Pixi Beauty was launched in 1999 by renown Swedish-born makeup artist Petra Strand. Initially only available in Europe, Pixi made its ways across the pond to the US a couple of years ago where it can be found at Target online and in stores nationwide. Now the Pharmaprix near me tends to not have the greatest selection of products since it is on the smaller side, and making my way to the makeup aisle there was no Pixi Beauty in sight. Disappointed, I turned the corner and to my surprise spotted a stand-alone display next to the nail polish section - score!
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May 15, 2017

SIBU Sea Berry Therapy | Rescue For Problematic Skin

SIBU Sea Berry Therapy Rescue For Problematic Skin

When I first started looking into more natural products, I was introduced to SIBU and have had the opportunity to try a few more of their products over the years. One of the many reasons I am a fan of this line is that their products are specifically created for those of us with imperfect skin - and I definitely fall into this category as I deal with acne and hyperpigmentation on a regular basis. Sea Buckthorn Berry is the star ingredient, a fruit high in omega 3, 6, 7 and 9s and containing over 190 bioactive compounds - now that's powerful stuff! Grown in the Himalayas, Sea Buckthorn is not only a fantastic topical ingredient to calm reactive skin and improve the overall look of our skin, but it is also highly nutritious when taken internally - something I have yet to try! I've recently been incorporating a few of their products into my routine, namely the SIBU Polishing Facial Cleanser*, Age Defying Eye Cream* and Sea Berry Seed Oil*. I've been enjoying them so much, I just had to feature them!
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May 8, 2017

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder, Lip Booster + Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Color | Review

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder Lip Booster Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Color

One thing I love about Make Up For Ever is that they are always stepping up their game by releasing new, innovative products or putting a spin on existing products to make them that much better. I have been using their products for many years and I have very rarely been disappointed. The brand has recently added a few products to their Ultra HD line, namely the Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder* and Ultra HD Lip Booster* and they have also come out with a handful of Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Colors*, a few of which I have to share with you. Did these new products live up to my expectations? Keep reading to find out!
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