Natalie Loves Beauty

November 20, 2017

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color: Highlight, Sculpt and Blush Powders | Review + $500 Cash Giveaway! (2 Winners)

make up for ever artist face color

Did you know that the Make Up For Ever Artist family recently expanded? Over the years, I've covered some of their latest additions, namely their Artist LinersArtist Plexi-Gloss Lip Lacquers, Artist ShadowsArtist Palettes and Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks. The new baby? The Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color* line, consisting of a selection of highlight, sculpt and blush powders. This range includes 34 stunning shades: 6 highlight shades, 10 sculpting shades and 18 blush shades that cater to a variety of skin tones, and I've got quite a few to share with you, so let's jump right into it!
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November 16, 2017

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream | Review

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Light

It Cosmetics is one of those brands that I've been familiar with for many years from following other beauty blogs, and one that I have been lusting over. Their Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream* has been raved about over and over again, and with It Cosmetics making its way to the Great White North (aka Canada) at Sephora back in August, I was super stoked to see if this product actually lives up to its outstanding reviews. After testing it out for a few months, I am ready to share my insight!
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November 1, 2017

Au Naturale Cosmetics Organic Cream Makeup | First Impressions + Look

Au Naturale Cosmetics Organic Cream Makeup

With my shift in using more natural beauty products in recent years, I have stumbled across many amazing companies which rival industry giants, with the added benefit of being safer to use and causing less harm to the planet as well as the animals. One such brand I have recently recently been testing out is Au Naturale Cosmetics - I first came across them on social media around the time I went plant-based over three years ago, so I was super pumped to have the opportunity to try their products! They are PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free, with all their products also being void of gluten, parabens, fillers, dyes and toxins. And, in honour of World Vegan Day (which is today!) - they are offering 15% off sitewide with code vegan15*! If you have been looking for alternatives to your conventional beauty products, look no further!
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October 18, 2017

Double Happiness Botanical Skincare | Review

Double Happiness Skincare Review

As a beauty enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for effective products that won't compromise my sensitive and blemish prone skin. While my skin is far from perfect, I notice how much 'happier' it is when I use high quality, plant-based products. Cue Double Happiness Skincare, a line created by two female entrepreneurs from Toronto, Sonja and Young. While their professional roots are in marketing, they also developed a passion for essential oils and elixir making, and after years of research and experimentation, have launched their line of detoxifying skincare. Each product has been thoughtfully blended to reveal nature's healing properties without disturbing the skin's pH balance, with the use of sustainably harvested extracts. The line is vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO and free of toxins such as parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances.
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October 11, 2017

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks | Review, Try On + Swatches

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Confession: I'm a liquid lipstick convert. I didn't really get the craze when this lip product hybrid started taking over the makeup world, but after trying a few brands out, I have been enlightened by their amazingness. One brand that has been killing the liquid lipstick game is Make Up For Ever. Earlier this year, they came out with a small selection of Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks, and I tested out a handful of nude shades: 103 Warm Beige, 105 Rosewood and 107 Neutral Beige. They recently expanded the line and have added a bunch of colours, many of which I have to share with you today. While my first sampling was of more neutral shades, this time around I have bolder and more vibrant hues to show you.
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October 2, 2017

Chatty Get Ready With Me | Fall Makeup: Brown Eyes + Berry Lips

Chatty Get Ready With Me Fall Makeup Brown Eyes Berry Lips

I haven't posted a Chit Chat Get Ready With Me in a few months, so I figured it was about time I film one! I reached for some trusty old favourites as well as some new-to-me products that I have quickly grown to love. You can never go wrong with brown on the eyes; it is a shade that is flattering on all skin tones and all eye colours, and this is my take on an everyday wearable eye look with a statement berry lip for fall.
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September 19, 2017

Cozying Up For Fall With Escents

Escents Grace Ceramic Diffuser Energizing Aroma Kit Wellness Roll-On-Kit

While the leaves have not yet started changing colour, fall is just around the corner and it seems it's all everyone is talking about! Funny enough, summer has decided to stay a while longer around here, and despite having pulled out my blankets, thick socks and fluffy slippers just last week, I'm back to wearing shorts and keeping the fans running around the house (and I'm not complaining - summer baby here). To get me in the fall spirit, I recently received a thoughtful care package from Escents, a Canadian aromachology-focused brand based in Vancouver, and have been immersing myself in their wonderful aromatherapy products - along with their Ceramic Grace Aroma Diffuser* and Energizing Aroma Kit*, I also have been enjoying their Wellness Roll-On Kit* and Stress Relief Oolong Tea Blend*.
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September 14, 2017

EPIC EMPTIES | Summer 2017 Edition

Summer 2017 Empties

Well, my favourite time of the year is sadly coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to do some cleaning up around here and get rid of products I've used up this past season! My summer empties stash isn't looking too shabby, from fragrances to skincare, body care, hair products and even a few random items worth sharing. As usual, I filmed a video in which I go into detail about the goods, so I invite you to catch my thoughts by watching below (and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already)!

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September 7, 2017

Maison Jacynthe | Fluid Foundation, Soleil Pétillant Highlighter, Panarea Nail Polish & Vingt-Deux Perfume

Maison Jacynthe Fluid Liquid Foundation Sable 02 Soleil Petillant Highlighter 01 Illuminator Nail Polish Panarea Ving-Deux Perfume

I was first introduced to Maison Jacynthe a couple of years ago when I got to try out some of their skin care products and last year also tested out a handful of their makeup products, and I have been in love ever since! Created by Jacynthe René, a Québec-based health and natural wellness guru, actress and author, among many other talents, her natural line of toxin-free products is also vegan and cruelty-free. Now, I love supporting natural beauty brands, and the fact that Maison Jacynthe is local makes me even more of a fan. I recently got to try out a few of her more recent launches, namely her Fluid Foundation, Highlighter, Nail Polish and Perfume, and am here to report back on how I have been getting along with them.
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August 31, 2017

Alberta Road Trip: Canadian Rockies, Glacial Lakes, BC Border and Edmonton


Bow River Banff Alberta Canada

Western Canada has a special place in my heart. I first got to experience it back in 2011 when I visited Vancouver, and again in 2014 when I travelled to Alberta to visit my cousin and her husband who had recently moved to Edmonton from Ontario (catch a glimpse from that trip here). My sister and I wanted to visit them again this year, so we booked a week off in mid-August so that we could make our way out west again. I've been documenting my travels on the blog these past couples of years (Greece two years ago and Italy last September), so I thought it would be fun to put a post and video together for Alberta this year since I did not write a detailed post the first time around. In true tourist spirit, I lugged my DSLR and phone around everywhere we went to capture the beauty around me. We landed in Edmonton on Wednesday and spent the rest of the day at their country house that first night and had Indian food from Tandoori Fuzion in St Albert for dinner. I went for Chana Masala with rice and vegan naan bread and it was exquisite. I've only had Indian a handful of times but have yet to be disappointed!
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