Natalie Loves Beauty

October 18, 2018

Europe Travel Diary | London, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Brussels and Amsterdam


"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." 
- Mary Ritter Beard

I've recently returned from the most amazing Eurotrip! It was jam-packed with a lot of city-hopping: 17 days, 5 countries, 6 cities, 7 flights (as well as taking a lot of ground transportation and walking) and 7 accommodations later, I've come back home with memories that will last me a lifetime. In case you missed it, I shared a Pack With Me in my last post in which I showed everything I brought with me on this specific trip - things I surprisingly managed to fit into a single carry-on suitcase! We started our journey off in London and then made our way to Paris. We got to experience an extended summer in both Nice and Monaco and finished our adventures off by visiting Brussels and Amsterdam. We opted to stay at both hotels and Airbnbs (First time trying? Get $45 CAD in travel credit when you sign up*)! Sometimes videos and photographs speak louder than words, so I thought I would share my travel photo diary with you below (get ready to scroll!), along with a travel vlog that captures the highlights of my European travels. I hope you enjoy!
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September 20, 2018

Pack With Me For Europe! | How To Pack Carry-On Only

Pack With Me For Europe How To Pack Carry-On Only

Eeeek! I'm so pumped to be going back to Europe in just a few days! I will be visiting four countries I've yet to have had the chance to explore, all in the span of 17 days: England, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. I've taken on the challenge to take only a carry-on with me on this longer trip, and I figured I would show you just how and what I am packing. We will be staying in both AirBnbs and hotels, and since we will have access to washing machines, it only made sense to lessen our load (and wait time at the airports!) since we will be moving around so much.
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September 18, 2018

EPIC EMPTIES + DECLUTTER | Summer 2018 Edition

Epic Empties Declutter Summer 2018

It's the last week of summer, and I must say I am not ready for fall to settle in just yet. I know I am the odd one out, but I personally thrive when it's warm and sunny out! That being said, I am ready to part ways will all the beauty products I managed to finish up these last few months. I did a bit of a declutter as well as I had products that were taking up space and that were way past their expiration date (oops)! I always enjoy sharing this type of content since I cannot blog about every product individually and this way I get to provide you with bite-size reviews in video form. I cover not only makeup but also skin care, body care, hair care, fragrance and a few miscellaneous items too!
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September 14, 2018

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Foundation | First Impression + Wear Test!

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Foundation Y235 Review

If I had to narrow down which makeup product I enjoy testing out the most, I would have to go with foundation. Since I have problem skin, it's what makes the most noticeable difference in my skin! I used to be all about full coverage foundations, but in recent years have grown to enjoy makeup bases that provide less coverage. The "matte but not flat" look seems to be in at the moment, so when I received the new Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Foundation*, I was curious to see if it lived up to its claims. I figured I would film a first impression video and show you how this foundation wears throughout the day to give you a better idea of how it performs.
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September 12, 2018

My Detox Routine + 3 Super Easy Healthy Vegan Recipes

Yves Rocher Antipollution Detox Hair Care

I view detoxing as all-encompassing: not only is it something that is good for my physical body but being able to detox my mind is also something I regard as highly beneficial for my well-being (and definitely a challenge)! I personally enjoy incorporating more eco-friendly products into my routine, eating plant-based meals and also meditating each day. What I put inside my body is just as important as what I apply to it - same goes for my personal thoughts and the external stimuli that consume my mind, and by the same token the knowledge and information I assimilate. I also think a detox is not something that can be quickly achieved with a magic pill but is instead an ongoing practice that you should dedicate time to each and every day. I am excited to be partnering with Yves Rocher* to show you a few of the ways I like to detox, ranging from their NEW Antipollution line, my meditation practice and some of my current favourite healthy vegan recipes!
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August 27, 2018

What's In My Bag? | Adrienne Vittadini Crossbody Bag Review

What's In My Bag Adrienne Vittadini Crossbody Bag Review

I am one of those people who cannot be bothered switching out my handbags, so I wear the same bag over and over again for years, and that all year long! Sadly, my beloved bag I have been using for the last couple of years has seen better days so I was on the hunt for a new one. I decided to stop at Marshalls and was about to leave empty-handed until I spotted this Adrienne Vittadini Crossbody Bag tucked at the back of a rack. I was immediately drawn to its shape, size and colour, and I knew it was a done deal once I tried it on. This style is unlike anything I've owned before, and I've been enjoying it so much that I figured I would feature it in a What's In My Bag since it's been a while since I've shared one! I love seeing what are others' on-the-go essentials, so I hope you enjoy!
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August 22, 2018

Healthy Glow Makeup Look + Pixi Beauty Giveaway!

Healthy Glow Makeup Tutorial

Lately, I've been all about that healthy, radiant glow when it comes to my makeup! My tip? Using products that provide radiance step by step, instead of focusing on just one product (ex: packing on the highlighter), which I find gives an overall more natural-looking result. From a glowy primer to a glimmery liquid lip, I'm showing you how I achieve this radiance using some of my favourite products at the moment, many of which happen to be by Pixi Beauty. Keep reading to find out how you could win some of the products featured in this tutorial!

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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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