Natalie Loves Beauty

August 16, 2018

My Top 5 Cruelty-Free and Travel-Friendly Facial Sunscreens

Top 5 Cruelty-Free and Travel-Friendly Facial Sunscreens

I feel like I have been going through sunscreens as if they were soap these days. Anyone else? Over the years, I have tried my fair share of sunblocks and have even shared some of my top picks on the blog. I actually did a round-up a few years ago of some of my favourites at the time, and recently shared a face and body sunscreen lotion I have been absolutely obsessed with. I thought I would dedicate an entire post to some of my top facial sunscreens that I have been enjoying as of late, and they all just so happen to be cruelty-free and under 100 mL (3.4 oz), making them airport security screening/TSA approved! So without further ado, let's dive right into them, shall we?
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August 10, 2018

My Summer Beauty Must-Haves from Yves Rocher + Giveaway!

Yves Rocher Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Who else is at their utmost happy state now that summer is in full swing? Soaking in that vitamin D by basking in the sun, cooling off in the pool and eating lots of ice cream sandwiches is what I've been up to lately! I know the hot and humid weather is not everyone's cup of tea, but I am one of those rare Montrealers who cannot get enough of a heatwave (and for someone who has no A/C, that says a lot)! Not only that, but I've also been enjoying some new products (as well as an oldie but a goodie that I can't live without) in my beauty routine from Yves Rocher*. The iconic French beauty brand has done it again and came out with a bunch of fun products for the summer season to get you looking tanned, smelling divine and feeling moisturized! Keep reading to find out how you can win a handful of the Yves Rocher products featured in this post!
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August 8, 2018

Spirulina Beauty Benefits + DIY Face Mask

This post was sponsored by iHerb and all opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links provided.
Vital Proteins Spirulina

I stumbled upon the greatness that is spirulina when I first transitioned to a plant-based diet over four years ago. I was reading a lot of books, articles and educating myself through videos and one supplement that kept popping up over and over again was this green superfood. You have probably already heard of it since it has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, but in case you did not know, let me fill you in! Spirulina is a nutrient-rich algae that is packed with chlorophyll (the pigment that gives leafy greens and blue-green algae their colour). This sea plant is made up of 60% protein and is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster, while also being high in vitamins and minerals. It contains essential amino acids such as leucine, lysine, methionine, threonine and valine, and is also rich in bioavailable iron and has been found to help treat anemia. Over the years, I have tried spirulina both in liquid and powder form, adding some to my smoothies, and recently I have been taking the Vital Proteins Spirulina* in capsule form as well, which I got from iHerb. If you've been around for a while, you would know how much I enjoy shopping from this online store!
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July 25, 2018

Crazy For Coconuts | Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula


Being spoiled this summer with such sunny and hot weather here in Montreal, I've been making the best of it and have been spending a lot of time outdoors! Not having A/C also means I have been spending a lot of time cooling off in the pool. Since I have been soaking up the sun and taking dips so much, I've been reaching for more body care products to repair and moisturize my skin after sun and chlorine exposure. Call me obsessed, but whenever I see that a product contains coconut oil or has a coconut scent, I am immediately drawn to it. So when I heard about the new Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula line*, I knew I wanted to see just how good these actually are. I've been a fan of Palmer's for many years (their Cocoa Butter Formula body products and face oil are ones I highly recommend!), so I'm excited to be sharing these new additions with you.
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July 17, 2018

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencils | Review, Swatches + Look!

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencils

I had never been artistically inclined growing up (art class was a toughie), so if you had told me that I would be using a variety of brushes and applying pigments to my face on the regular as an adult, I would have had a hard time believing you! That is how I view makeup: your face is a canvas and the possibilities are endless when it comes to deciding how you want to appear to the world. Being able to express myself through makeup has certainly unleashed a creative side to me that I would not have discovered otherwise. While on some days I keep my makeup to a minimum and stick to neutral shades, other days I will experience with brighter hues and try new techniques. Seeing the Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencils* reminded me of just how amazing and versatile makeup is - and these new gems really make the possibilities endless, as they can be used on your eyes, face and lips - pretty cool right?
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July 12, 2018

Vegan Food Haul + Taste Test | iHerb.com

vegan food haul taste test iherb

Lo and behold, I'm back with another vegan food haul and taste test! I am always amazed by how many new plant-based finds I come across whenever I browse my favourite natural food, beauty and supplements store, iHerb.com! You will know how much I love them if you've been following me for a while as I enjoy sharing the hits (and misses) I come across with you all. If you would like to save on your first iHerb order*, you can use code FFM227 at checkout! Best part? They offer affordable international shipping as well - one of the many reasons I like this online retailer so much!
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July 9, 2018

My Eco-Friendly Hair Care Must-Haves from Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher Hair Care

My hair care routine is the most low maintenance out of all my beauty routines (makeup, skincare and body care) as I very rarely style or use heat on my mane. I don't colour-treat my hair, follow a plant-based diet and take biotin supplements as well as MSM powder (more on that here), which translates into very strong, thick and healthy hair that is less prone to breakage and fallout. In the last five months, I also haven't really been reaching for conditioner since my recently installed water softener has been doing such a great job at taming frizz and keeping my locks nice and smooth! In terms of actual hair products that I use, Yves Rocher* is one of my top eco-friendly recommendations, as they have a great selection when it comes to products containing a high percentage of ingredients from botanical extracts.
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June 22, 2018

EPIC EMPTIES | Spring 2018 Edition

empties used up products

Helloooooo summer - my favourite time of the year! Hope it's off to a great start for you! As tradition holds, I'm sharing all the products I've used up this past quarter, from makeup, fragrance, skin care, body care and even supplements on my YouTube channel! It's a long one, so sit back, relax and if you make it to the end - YOU the real MVP! Funny thing is, I found even more emptied products right after filming... saving them for the next one. ;)
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June 15, 2018

LATHER Cleansing Oil, Facial Mist, Hair Wash and Conditioner | Review

LATHER Cleansing Oil Facial Mist Hair Wash Conditioner

Nothing excites me more than putting a new-to-me brand to the test, especially ones I have not heard much about and that are also mindful of the ingredients they use in their products. I had come across LATHER* a few times over the last few months through fellow bloggers' reviews, so they had definitely piqued my curiosity. They have actually been around for a while, with the first boutique opening in California back in 1999! Lucky for us non-golden state residents, they also have an online store and ship to Canada as well as a handful of other countries. I got to pick out a couple of products from both their skincare and hair care lines and have been using them for the last few months and am ready to share my thoughts!
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June 4, 2018

My Spring Skin Care Routine | Yves Rocher Hydra Végétal + Giveaway!

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Skincare

A couple of months ago, I got an insider's look at the new Hydra Végétal skincare products* from Yves Rocher at the Letter Bet in Montréal, where I got to preview the new products, which was super fun! I had previously tried a few products from the Hydra Végétal line, so I was super curious about the new additions they have recently come out with. Over the last few weeks, I've been incorporating all seven products into my daily routine and have even discovered new favourites! As you may know, I am a huge fan of the Yves Rocher brand (we go way back as my mom has been a long-time customer and she would let me help her order from their catalogue as a little girl!) and I always get excited to share what new innovative botanical products they have developed. I'll be going more in-depth about what makes this particular line so great and show you just how I use each product! You'll want to keep reading until the end as I also have a giveaway you don't want to miss!
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