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!
February 7, 2017
If there's one thing I can't go without in my beauty arsenal, it would be natural oils. Like many, I was pretty skeptical about them, especially when used on my skin as I feared they would break me out. I did start out by using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, but after a while realized it was not the best for my acne-prone skin so I've resorted to using it only as an eye makeup remover and body moisturizer as I did start to break out more on my face after a few months of use. After doing some research, I found that some oils are more comedogenic than others, so I've been sticking to low-comedogenic oils such as sesame and rosehip seed oil on my face, both of which have done wonders for my skin. The latest additions to my natural oil collection are the Amoils Healing Natural Oils Simply Face Oil*, Simply Neck Firming Oil* and Simply Hair Oil*. I've been playing with these for the last few weeks and have quickly taken a liking to them, so I wanted to share their benefits with you.
February 1, 2017
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon and sharing a quick and easy glowy makeup look using products from one of my favourite brands, Glo Minerals! I love how my last Holiday Makeup Look turned out using their Bold Pursuit Collection, and I got to pick out some new-to-me products to play with for this look, pairing them with some old faves.
January 27, 2017
Lily Lolo is one of those brands I've had my eye on for a few years now. I first came across their products on Instagram when scrolling through the #veganbeauty feed. Truth be told, that is where I discovered many green beauty brands, both big and small! Upon reading up on the company, I learned that they are based in London but are are now also located in America. They are said to be the "original mineral makeup" brand of Europe, which is neat to say the least! They carry a variety of makeup products, from BB creams to mineral powders, concealers. correctors, blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows, mascara, brushes and more!
January 25, 2017
Is winter taking a toll on your body and spirit? Have no fear - essential oils are here! When this thoughtful care package arrived from Thursday Plantation*, I knew I would put these oils to good use. After educating myself on the power of mother nature years ago, I've been a fan of essentials oils in my skin care, but it isn't until recently that I've come to appreciate their many other uses.
January 23, 2017
Having struggled with acne and scarring for over ten years, I know how hard it can be to step out the door barefaced. For years I wouldn't dare go outside without foundation, and that was not a healthy mindset to have. In the past few years, I have been reaching less for full coverage makeup and instead gravitating towards light makeup, and yes, on most days I don't even wear cosmetics and let my skin breathe instead. Celebrity makeup artist Annie Mayo has seen teenagers and young women struggle with these issues first-hand throughout her years working in the beauty industry, working on sets for Nickelodeon, Regis and Cathy Lee, CNN, Super Bowl, Target, Under Armour and the list goes on. She realized there weren't many products on the market that would be safe and not further aggravate their skin issues. This is what prompted her to create Advanced Mineral Makeup in 2009 - a safe, all natural and vegan beauty line void of harmful ingredients such as parabens, silicones, synthetic dyes, talc, perfumes and fillers, without however sacrificing quality or performance. I've had a few faves when it comes to natural face powders along my journey (100% Pure and Honeybee Gardens make great ones), but let me tell you, the Advanced Mineral Makeup Pressed Mineral Powder* is in a league of its on.
January 19, 2017
Looking back at some of my older posts, I've noticed how I've gone from being a neutral lip kind of gal to actually preferring statement lips. Don't get me wrong, when it comes to my personal style I am still all about the greys, beiges and black (something I should probably branch out of a bit), but I guess my pop of colour could come in the form of bright or super deep lips instead of a yellow blazer or red pants. Call me basic for my sense of fashion, but my lip shades of choice are anything but! Speaking of vibrant and fun shades, Make Up For Ever has just come out with their Artist Acrylip Lip Paints* as part of their year-long collaboration with British singer Jessie J, and if you are familiar with the brand's lip products, you know they rarely disappoint! I received three out of the ten shades in the range to try out, and I'll be giving you all the details without further ado!