Natalie Loves Beauty

Montreal-Based Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

March 20, 2019

Azelique Age Refining Skincare | Review

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by iHerb and all opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links provided.
Azelique Age Refining Cleanser Skin Polish Activated Charcoal Clay Mask Day Lotion Night Cream Retinol Vitamin A Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum Eye Treatment

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know how much of a fan of iHerb I am! I first stumbled across the superstore's website around the same time I started blogging back in 2012 (time flies), and I've been purchasing from them ever since. Never heard of iHerb? You've been missing out! Let me bring you up to speed. iHerb is a world leader in guaranteeing the best overall value to customers when it comes to natural products, carrying more than 30,000 products. They offer a Triple Guarantee for 100% customer satisfaction: value guarantee (as mentioned above), quality guarantee (they are based in California and assure U.S.-based brand authenticity as well as quality assurance by shipping from climate-controlled warehouses), and delivery guarantee (with free or discounted shipping to over 150 countries). If like me you are located outside of the U.S., you can look into shipping methods to your country. I was recently introduced to Azelique, a vegan and cruelty-free skincare line exclusive to iHerb and wanted to share how I have been getting along with this new-to-me range.
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March 12, 2019

PURITO Centella Green Level Buffet Serum | Korean Skincare Review

PURITO Centella Green Level Buffet Serum Korean Skincare Review

K-beauty has gained a lot of popularity in the Western world in recent years, and I for one have definitely been sucked into trying various brands out and even showcased some here on the blog throughout the years. The latest brand to have caught my attention is PURITO*. What makes them stand out from the rest, you ask? Not only are they cruelty-free, but they are also conscious and honest about the ingredients that go into their products, which are all EWG Verified, meaning they were tested for their overall hazard to the human body and were deemed as safe. The name PURITO is a fusion of the words "purify" and "to", which stands for soil. Thus, their ideology is based on ensuring that you are only exposed to the cleanest ingredients that come from the earth.
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February 21, 2019

Go-To Skin Serum and Oil Blends | Face & Body

Go-To Serum Face Body Oil Blend Graydon Derma E Pura Botanicals

As I'm sure is the case for many of us, when I first started dabbling in all things skincare, I feared to apply oils directly on my face. As a teenager, I had oilier skin and as someone who deals with acne on the regular, the thought of oils actually helping and not making my skin break out more didn't make sense to me. As I learned, the right oil or oil blend for your skin will help maintain your moisture barrier and also make your skin more resilient thanks to the high vitamin content and antioxidants that will nourish, strengthen and protect it.
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February 15, 2019

Balanced Matte + Glowy Makeup Look | Chit Chat Get Ready With Me

balanced matte glowy makeup look chit chat get ready with me

I've been itching to film a makeup tutorial since it's been ages since I've done one, and with some sunny weather finally cooperating, I knew it was a sign to get on it! I've been keeping my makeup pretty simple these days, nothing too complicated or time-consuming. I have been doing a few steps differently though which I find make for a positive change, which I share with you in this Chatty Get Ready With Me. I also talk about chopping a chunk of my hair off on my own earlier this week, so if you'd like to know if it was a triumphant success or a major fail, you'll have to tune in to find out! I also fill you in on what new tools and techniques I've incorporated into my skincare routine and that have been total game changers. If you would like me to do a separate post on these, do let me know!
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February 4, 2019

Vital Face Care | Natural Skincare Review

Vital Face Care Natural Skincare

It's no secret that I enjoy discovering new skincare brands, especially when they are mindful of the ingredients they include in their products. Over years of testing, I've had the chance to try out hundreds of products, and I get just as excited today as I did in my early blogging days when a new range makes its way onto my test shelf. One such brand that has recently piqued my curiosity is Vital Face Care*, a Canadian brand that has just recently launched. I was drawn to this line for a few reasons: 1) they are cruelty-free, 2) they incorporate naturally-derived and organic ingredients, and 3) from a marketing standpoint, I got sucked in with their vibrant packaging and clever product names. The true testament to their apparent greatness: are these products as amazing as they sound? Let's dive right into it, shall we?
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January 17, 2019

OSEA Seaweed Face and Body Care | Natural Skincare Review

Osea Seaweed Face Body Care Natural Skincare Review

It's no secret that I am a big fan of California-based and family owned and operated skincare line Osea. I first professed my love for the brand last year and have been enjoying discovering what other products they have to offer. Over the last few months, I have been trying out a handful of new-to-me products from the range. What makes this line so special you ask? Their founder's story, their mission and their use of high-quality ingredients are just some of the things that drew me to them, not to mention they are also vegan and cruelty-free. Organic seaweed is a key ingredient in their products, something I had never tried topically prior to coming across their brand and I was definitely missing out!
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December 28, 2018

EPIC EMPTIES | Fall 2018 Edition

beauty empties

While everyone is talking about their New Year's resolutions, I've been focusing on my goal for the end of this year: sharing my empties with you guys! It sounds quite straightforward, however, having been very ill these last few weeks battling pneumonia (more of that in the video), I didn't think I could make it happen, but thankfully I am on the mend and had enough energy (and my voice back!) to share all of the products I've used up these last few months with you. Since starting this blog and video series, I haven't missed a season and I'm so glad I was able to make the streak continue (I know, it's the little things)! Sit back and relax, because it's a long one - I hope you enjoy!
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December 20, 2018

China Travel Diary | Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai

Summer Palace Beijing

It's still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I travelled halfway around the world and got to visit the culturally-rich country that is the People's Rebulic of China! I had been wanting to visit for years, and when I came across a jaw-dropping deal online, I couldn't help but jump at the opportunity. I saw it as a sign that it was finally time to make the long journey! I spent close to two jam-packed weeks exploring Eastern China, starting off in Beijing, and then flew south to explore Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou and finished off in Shanghai. From visiting the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Olympic Center, a live Kung Fu show, a jade exhibition and the Great Wall of China in Beijing, to visiting Nanchang Street and Three Kingdoms City in Wuxi, to going on a Grand Canal Cruise and visiting the Couple's Garden in Suzhou, to taking a boat ride on Serene West Lake and sipping freshly brewed Dragon Well Green Tea at the plantation in Hangzhou, to walking Nanchang Street, seeing The Bund at night, soaking in the view from the observatory deck of the Jin Mao Tower and going on the Maglev train (aka the fastest train in the world!) in Shanghai, I hope you enjoy experiencing China through my eyes. Make sure to watch the video below in which I captured the beautiful scenery for your viewing pleasure!

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December 3, 2018

How To Treat Excessive Sweating with Dermadry | Review + Demo

Dermadry Iontophoresis Machine

We've all been there - sweating profusely during a presentation, following an intense workout or when enduring a heatwave. While sweating is a natural bodily function that helps regulate our body temperature, it can become problematic when excessive sweating is not solely caused by a fight-or-flight response, an intense workout or exposure to heat and becomes an embarrassing inconvenience. The reality is, approximately 20% of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis, the scientific term for excessive sweating, which can occur with no physical exertion or external triggers. In recent years, this is something I have been dealing with, and while I suffer from this on a mild to moderate level, I personally know someone for whom it is more severe and has become a daily struggle. Thankfully, you don't have to rely on strong antiperspirants or seek more invasive Botox injections or even a sympathectomy surgery, as there is an effective and safe way to treat hyperhidrosis from the comfort of your own home, and that is by using an iontophoresis device, a welcomed solution thanks to Dermadry*.
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November 8, 2018

Sephora and Hudson's Bay Clean Beauty Haul

Sephora Hudson's Bay Clean Beauty Haul

I feel like it's been ages since I shared a beauty haul, something I would often do in my early blogging days - so it's been long overdue! I recently placed a few mini orders on both Sephora and Hudson's Bay, so I figured I would share some of my long lusted over purchases, you know, in case you needed to be enabled (basically the story of my life whenever I read other blogs)! As you will see, these are all skincare products, which you may have already noticed is a category I am a huge sucker for, and they all happen to be clean and natural as well - yay!
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November 1, 2018

Gold Elements Luxury Skin Care with 24K Gold and Truffles | Review

Gold Elements Intensive Multi Task Facial Cleanser D'Or Facial Cream Truffle Infusion Body Butter

I have recently been awakened to the benefits of gold in skin care, and I have since been testing out a handful of gold-infused products by Gold Elements*. When researching, I learned that gold has been used in cosmetics for centuries, dating back to ancient Egypt. Apparently, Cleopatra would apply a gold mask at bedtime to maintain a youthful glow, and in Ancient Rome, it is said to have been used to treat a slew of skin ailments. Since gold is known for its property to remain unchanged and untarnished by time and the environment, it only makes sense that this natural element can also be used to enhance one's natural beauty while providing anti-aging benefits when applied topically! Let me break down how my skin care routine has been taken to the next level thanks to Gold Elements.
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October 29, 2018

Keeping Warm with Noize Original Vegan Outerwear

Noize Original Joyce Jacket Oversized Hood Vegan Leather Sleeve

I don't know about the weather where you are, but the cold has really started to hit hard here in Montreal! Nights have been dipping below zero degrees Celsius, and as I am writing this the first snowfall of the season is blanketing the night view outside my window - same day these photos were shot. Talk about a quick change in landscape! In true Canadian fashion (pun intended - you'll understand as you keep reading!), I am all about bundling up and always look for outerwear that will stand the test of a cold front and snowfall to keep me warm and dry. So when Noize Original* reached out asking if I would like to try one of their jackets, I thought well, perfect timing!
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