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December 27, 2017

EPIC EMPTIES | Fall 2017 Edition

Epic Empties Fall 2017 Edition

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's (almost) a new year, and I'm here rummaging through my junk... haha. I mean, what better way to close off the year than by talking about all the stuff I've used up? As they say, one person's trash is another person's treasure... well in this case, I wouldn't go that far, but I still hope you find this mildly entertaining. You've been warned, it's a long one - so grab some tea (or popcorn if you're hungry) and enjoy watching the latest episode of Epic Empties!

December 18, 2017

Top 10 Christmas Movies to Watch on Netflix + Giveaway!

top 10 christmas movies netflix

I think this holiday season will go down as the one during which I have binge watched the most Christmas movies - and I am not ashamed to admit it! Thank you, Netflix, for sucking me into your festive motion picture vortex. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my top Netflix movie picks in the Christmas category, because your girl has done her research and is ready to share her findings... I mean recommendations!

December 5, 2017

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Her + Yves Rocher Giveaway!

Holiday Gift Guide For Her Yves Rocher Beauty Fashion Home Decor Experiences

Have you caught the festive bug? I sure have: I've already watched 12 Christmas movies since November (yes I'm counting) and have been listening to a ridiculous amount of Christmas music too - I blame you, Spotify. And with it being December comes the realization that there are only a few weeks left leading up to the Big Day, meaning your stress levels are getting higher as you try to find something to gift your loved ones. Are you still scratching your head as to what to gift the special ladies in your life? Well you've come to the right place - I have partnered with Yves Rocher this Holiday season to bring you a Gift Guide for Her! I know how much of a struggle it can be to think of something new to gift each year, and I hope these ideas give you some inspiration. I also have a pretty awesome giveaway that you don't want to miss, so keep reading until the end for all the details!

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!

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!

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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*.

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)!


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.

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!

August 25, 2017

First Impression | Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Skin Care

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Unisex Healthy Glow Magic Foundation Goddess Skin Clay Mask

I still remember quite vividly the whirlwind surrounding Charlotte Tilbury's beauty line launch back in 2013 - I myself had not been familiar with the makeup artist, but once news broke that she had released her own products, she had definitely piqued my interest. I later learned that she was a household name in the makeup industry and worked with a slew of celebrities including Emma Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, JK Rowling and Kate Moss. Since her brand's launch at Selfridges in London, her products are not only available in Britain but also in stores in the US, Canada and the Netherlands as well as online. Her products are on the pricier side and I always wondered if they are worth the price tag. I recently had the opportunity to try a handful of her beauty products, and I am happy to report back on how I have been getting along with them.

July 31, 2017

Yves Rocher Summer Collection + Makeup Look

Yves Rocher Summer Makeup Look

There's no denying I am a creature of habit - once I find something I really enjoy, I will keep reaching for it on the daily. My comfort zone when it comes to makeup revolves around me sticking to neutral and warm tones, such as purples, browns and bronze shades. However, once summer hits, I am all for trying new colours and challenging myself to create something I have never done before. Yves Rocher has come out with an amazing summer collection (as they always do), and I have partnered with them to share some of my favourites from their recent launch. I also created a vibrant look that focuses on the eyes yet is still simple to achieve, requiring only a few products (using old favourites and new ones) in a few easy steps.

July 26, 2017

Moisturizing Isn’t Just for Your Face

Vagisil ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel Extra-Strength Anti-Itch Creme pH Balance Feminine Wash

I have peaked your curiosity, haven't I? I know, not your typical beauty-related post, but one that covers an interesting (and important) topic nonetheless, and that is vaginal dryness. This is a topic that I believe should be more openly discussed - if you are a woman (which I know most of you reading this are!), you have most likely experienced this kind of discomfort at one time or another, and knowing there are products out there that can help, such as the Vagisil ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel*, is a relief in itself! My goal here is to make intimate care less taboo, and let others know that those dealing with dryness down there are not alone - in fact, it is quite normal and we should not feel embarrassed to talk about it, even with our doctors.

July 7, 2017

EPIC EMPTIES | Spring 2017 Edition

I actually filmed this video a couple of weeks ago, but then life got in the way (as it always does) and I finally managed to edit the footage these last couple of days! So without further ado, here are my empties from this past season - not as epic as some previous ones, but I still managed to finish up quite a bit of products! On a side note, I recently received an influx of beauty products, and am currently working my way through testing everything out and bringing you reviews in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for those!

June 26, 2017

Summer Get Ready With Me | Wet Highlight + Orange Lips

Summer Get Ready With Me Wet Highlight + Orange Lips

Saying that I am excited that summer is finally here is a bit of an understatement - I am beyond thrilled as it is my favourite time of the year! There's just something about sunshine and hot temperatures. I am always at my happiest once the warmer months come around. I figured since it's been a while that I filmed a Get Ready With Me, that I would share a quick video showing how I created this very simple wet highlight and orange lips look.


June 19, 2017

Summer Skincare Lineup | My Top Natural Beauty Recommendations

Summer Skincare Lineup Top Natural Beauty Recommendations

Summer is officially right around the corner, and mother nature has been giving us a preview here in Montreal! This past weekend was a scorcher, but I'm not complaining because I live for the hotter months in the city. With the change in seasons, I also have been switching up my beauty routine and trying new products out. I mostly stick to natural skincare products as I find those work best for my skin, so not surprisingly I have quite a few to share with you that are part of my summer lineup.

June 15, 2017 Vegan Snack Haul | Trying New Food On Camera! Vegan Snack Haul

I haven't done a vegan snack haul and taste test in what feels like ages, so this post and video are way overdue! I recently placed an order on* which is my favourite online store when it comes to natural beauty and vegan food items. If you've been following me for a while, you might already know that I am plant-based and I am addicted to snack foods! I'm always on the hunt for new things to try out, and iHerb never disappoints - I always manage to find new-to-me snacks to try. I also picked some new supplements and toothpaste - because I always have to be stocked up on essentials, too. Check out my video below for my on-camera reactions!

June 12, 2017

Eco-Friendly Brand Spotlight | Yves Rocher Botanical Skincare

Yves Rocher Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

I don't know if I've ever shared this on the blog, but geography and the environment have always been fascinating topics to me, so much so that my major in university combined both! For as long as I can remember, I've had an appreciation for nature and organizations or companies that make an effort to better their carbon footprint. Funny enough, I was never taught about veganism in my formal education, and it wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to make the switch after doing my own research, and one of the major reasons I did so was that going plant-based and changing my consumption habits actually do make a huge impact on bettering our planet. I've been working in partnership with Yves Rocher* for nearly a year now, and while I was familiar with the brand before, I did not realize how environmentally-friendly they are, which of course made me want to learn more about what they do!

June 5, 2017

Discovering Suzanne Organics | Suzanne Somers All Natural Makeup + Skincare

Suzanne Organics Cosmetics Makeup Skincare

Suzanne Somers is quite the iconic figure who has graced our television screens with her popular infomercials and entertainment endeavours - her regular TV appearances are actually how I first knew about her growing up! When I say Thigh Master, do you envision Suzanne Somers in a neon leotard squeezing a funny looking contraption to keeps her legs looking toned? Because I sure do! She has had quite the thrilling career, starting in acting roles and then venturing into singing, comedy and entrepreneurship, with many #1 New York Times bestselling books under her belt. She even appeared on Dancing with the Stars alongside Tony Dovolani in 2015. Side note: Can you believe she is 70 years old? Because I sure can't - she looks incredible! Little did I know that she had come out with her own cosmetics line recently, Suzanne Organics*. Being diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and beating it, she realized that what goes onto your skin is just as important as what goes into your body. As a cancer survivor, she became aware of the chemicals that are found in the cosmetics industry and how they can negatively impact one's health, and makeup is something she has loved playing with since a young age, so developing a natural beauty line of her own simply made sense! 

May 30, 2017

Brittle Nails No More | Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System

Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System

I've been on the lookout for a nail treatment to polish and hydrate my nails for a while now, and having dealt with brittle, peeling nails for many years, a truly effective one has been hard to come by. In the last year, my nail health has significantly improved, and I believe it might be because I cut back on painting my nails, doing so only very rarely for special occasions. I've recently also been using the Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System* to prime, polish and moisturize my nails and have been seeing great results after just a few weeks of use. The line was created by Dr. Dana Stern, a world renown dermatologist who is an expert in the treatment of nail disorders. All ingredients used are high quality and free of harmful chemicals to nourish and restore your nails without compromising your health, with all products being 5-free, vegan and cruelty-free.

May 22, 2017

Pixi Beauty: A First Look | Makeup + Skin Care Review

Pixi Beauty Makeup Skincare

While I am all for online shopping, for me, nothing beats being able to see cosmetics in person. There are a quite a few brands that I've been coveting that have yet to make their way to retail stores north of the US border, and one of them I can now cross off my lust list is Pixi Beauty as they just entered the Canadian market earlier this year! You can just imagine my delight when I found out that the brand is now available at Shopper's Drug Mart/Pharmaprix. Pixi Beauty was launched in 1999 by renown Swedish-born makeup artist Petra Strand. Initially only available in Europe, Pixi made its ways across the pond to the US a couple of years ago where it can be found at Target online and in stores nationwide. Now the Pharmaprix near me tends to not have the greatest selection of products since it is on the smaller side, and making my way to the makeup aisle there was no Pixi Beauty in sight. Disappointed, I turned the corner and to my surprise spotted a stand-alone display next to the nail polish section - score!

May 15, 2017

SIBU Sea Berry Therapy | Rescue For Problematic Skin

SIBU Sea Berry Therapy Rescue For Problematic Skin

When I first started looking into more natural products, I was introduced to SIBU and have had the opportunity to try a few more of their products over the years. One of the many reasons I am a fan of this line is that their products are specifically created for those of us with imperfect skin - and I definitely fall into this category as I deal with acne and hyperpigmentation on a regular basis. Sea Buckthorn Berry is the star ingredient, a fruit high in omega 3, 6, 7 and 9s and containing over 190 bioactive compounds - now that's powerful stuff! Grown in the Himalayas, Sea Buckthorn is not only a fantastic topical ingredient to calm reactive skin and improve the overall look of our skin, but it is also highly nutritious when taken internally - something I have yet to try! I've recently been incorporating a few of their products into my routine, namely the SIBU Polishing Facial Cleanser*, Age Defying Eye Cream* and Sea Berry Seed Oil*. I've been enjoying them so much, I just had to feature them!

May 8, 2017

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder, Lip Booster + Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Color | Review

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder Lip Booster Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Color

One thing I love about Make Up For Ever is that they are always stepping up their game by releasing new, innovative products or putting a spin on existing products to make them that much better. I have been using their products for many years and I have very rarely been disappointed. The brand has recently added a few products to their Ultra HD line, namely the Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder* and Ultra HD Lip Booster* and they have also come out with a handful of Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Colors*, a few of which I have to share with you. Did these new products live up to my expectations? Keep reading to find out!

May 1, 2017

Morning Get Ready With Me ft. Yves Rocher + GIVEAWAY

Morning Get Ready With Me

One of my favourite things to watch are Get Ready With Me videos - catching a glimpse into someone's everyday life has always been fascinating to me. I am pretty much a creature of habit and enjoy having a set routine, although I will switch things up depending on the season, such as the products I use, food I eat and exercise I do. I have shared quite a few Get Ready With Me videos, however they have typically revolved around makeup, so this time around I wanted to film a more comprehensive video where I show you my actual morning routine where I share my breakfast, skincare routine and other rituals I do to get me ready for the day ahead. This post is in partnership with Yves Rocher*, and I'm excited to share what skincare products I have been enjoying from the brand. Keep reading to find out how you can win an Yves Rocher skincare regimen of your own!

April 27, 2017

Get Fuller-Looking Lashes and Brows with RapidLash & RapidBrow

This post was sponsored by RapidLash & RapidBrow as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
RapidLash RapidBrow

I know I am not alone when I say that I fell victim to over plucking in my teenage years. What first started as an innocent attempt to get rid of a few strays ended up with me regretting even starting in the first place! Thankfully since then my hair has mostly come back, but I've always had this hope that they would look fuller. My eyelashes on the other hand have always been on the short and thin side, which means they are barely visible without a good coat or two of mascara. So when I was asked if I would like to put RapidLash and RapidBrow to the test, I jumped at the opportunity because hey, maybe these were just what I needed to turn my dreams into reality! For the last nine weeks, I have been diligently coating my hairs with both of these products daily, and it's finally time to reveal my results!

April 17, 2017

Soufeel Jewelry Rose Gold Charm Bracelet

Soufeel Jewelry Rose Gold Charm Bracelet

My jewelry collection is ever-growing, and one of my most prized possessions are my two Soufeel Jewelry bracelets I put together a couple of years ago (you can have a look here and here). I recently had the opportunity to build a third bracelet*, and this time around, instead of going for their basic bracelet, I opted for their rose gold clasp bracelet. Choosing charms is never an easy feat as there are so many to choose from (as in, over 500!), but after browsing through their various collections I found pieces that really spoke to me and I couldn't be happier with how everything came together. What I love about Soufeel is that all of their jewelry is made with 100% 925 sterling silver and they also use Swarovski and coloured gems to grace their creations, and despite their amazing quality their products are still very affordable. If you are looking for a Pandora-like bracelet at a fraction of the price, Soufeel is the way to go!

April 9, 2017

EPIC EMPTIES | Winter 2017 Edition

Epic Empties

Back at it again with a bunch of empties! I'm actually super pleased as I have cleared out a bunch of products I've been holding onto for a while, but also gave some extra products that have just been taking up space away to friends and family, and feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder. Might have to do with spring cleaning and wanting to start the season on a lighter note, and I am sure a lot of you can relate. So without further ado, see below for a closer look and overview of my beauty and random trash, too!

April 3, 2017

Say Goodbye To Tangles With Milk + Sass Macaron For Hair

Milk + Sass Macaron For Hair

Life has just become that much sweeter as macarons have now become part of my daily routine. Not the edible kind however - allow me to introduce you to Milk + Sass Macaron For Hair*. These cleverly designed detangling hairbrushes are not only super adorable, but they are also convenient and get the job done without putting you through unnecessary pain - because if you also deal with hair prone to knotting and tangling, you know just what I'm talking about!

March 27, 2017

Purlisse Natural Skincare | Review

Purlisse Natural Skincare

My skin has been going through a rough patch and hasn't been behaving its best lately, so I've been reaching for a line that provides intense hydration, gentle exfoliation and light base makeup to help calm it down. I have found all of this in Purlisse, a natural skincare brand inspired by Asian beauty with key ingredients including Blue Lotus and White Tea which has done wonders for my reactive skin. From sheet masks, to eye serums, facial and lip moisturizers and even a BB cream, this brand has it all!

March 20, 2017

How To Remove Facial Hair with Dermaflash | Review + Demo

Dermaflash Facial Exfoliating Device Review Demo

Unwanted facial hair - if you don't have it, count yourself very lucky! Peach fuzz, chin hair, and a moustache are what I've been dealing with for years, but I was always afraid to tackle my insecurity so I just let the hair be (it helps that they become less visible during summer from lightening in the sun and makeup does wonders too). So when the opportunity arose to try the Dermaflash Facial Exfoliating Device*, I saw it as a sign that it was finally time... to shave my face! I thought it would be helpful to document my experience, so I walk you step by step through the shaving process, and it isn't as scary as you would think!

March 12, 2017

Glo Minerals Living Color Collection | Full Bloom

Glo Minerals Living Color Collection Full Bloom

While I love playing with bold and vibrants colours, I also enjoy keeping things simple when it comes to my makeup (best of both worlds, right?). With spring approaching, I've been trying out a few makeup collections, such as this one from Sothys, and today's look features the Glo Minerals Living Color Collection in Full Bloom*. This collection includes an eyeshadow quad, a cream blush, a shadow stick and a gloss that will help you achieve the no-makeup makeup look in a few easy steps.

March 8, 2017

Seeing Periods In A New Light: Lunette Menstrual Cup | Review + Giveaway

Lunette Menstrual Cup

Periods. Now that is a word I never thought I would be mentioning in a blog post, but yes ladies (and gents?), I am going there because today's post is all about periods, or should I say, how to make periods less of a hassle with the Lunette menstrual cup. I had never tried a menstrual cup up until giving this one a go just a few months ago, but it is something I had been considering for over a year now. I kept reading (and hearing) about how menstrual cups were revolutionizing the way us women cope with 'that time of the month', so I was super thankful when Lunette asked me if I would like to share my experience after using their menstrual cup as well as offer one of my readers the chance to win one for themselves, so keep on reading to find out how you can enter!

March 2, 2017

OSEA Plant-Based Seaweed Skincare | Review

Osea Skin Care Review

There are those special brands that I come across that capture my attention not only for their rave reviews or pretty packaging, but also whose inspiring stories have to be told, and OSEA is definitely one of them. I've been familiar with the brand for a couple of years now after reading about their products on social media from fellow bloggers and YouTubers, and it isn't until recently that I had the chance to dive into the world of plant-based seaweed skincare (I couldn't resist the pun)! OSEA's roots go back nearly a century, when founder Jenefer Palmer's grandmother, Elsa Reuschle, suffered a terrible fall and healed her leg by swimming in the Long Island Sound in NY. She strongly believe that the minerals and trace elements present in this seaweed-rich water are what contributed to her speedy recovery as she would head out for a swim in the early morning daily despite the cold winter temperatures. Fast forward a few decades, granddaughter Jenefer Palmer decided to pursue a career in holistic healing, and after establishing her own private practice and developing treatments for spas in California, the idea came to her to create her own seaweed skin care line in 1996, which she named OSEA (pronouned "OH-SEE-UH"), which stands for the core elements of wellness: Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere. To this day, the company is entirely run by Jenefer, her husband and three children, which is fascinating to say the least!

February 26, 2017

Sothys Désert Chic Makeup Collection | Review + Look

Sothys Désert Chic Makeup Collection

It may not feel like spring around here just yet, but is sure does in makeup land! New collections are popping up left and right, and I'm always curious to see what brands have created for the upcoming season. I'm stoked to have gotten my hands on some of the items from the Sothys Spring Summer 2017 Désert Chic Makeup Collection. Inspired by the hot desert, it features warm colours to mimic that sun-kissed look those of us living in northern climates ooh and aah over, especially during the cold winter months when the sun barely makes an appearance.

February 21, 2017

Going Barefaced With UMA Oils + Ultimate Brightening Kit Giveaway!

UMA Oils Skincare

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

Falling (Even More) In Love with 100% Pure | No Dirty Beauty

100% Pure Makeup Skincare

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

Everyday Winter Makeup | 12 Products Total

Everyday Winter Makeup

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

How to Celebrate Galentine's Day | Ideas For The Single Ladies

How to Celebrate Galentine's Day

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

Amoils Healing Natural Oils | Review

Amoils Healing Natural Oils

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

Glo Minerals Fresh and Glowy Valentine's Day Makeup

Glo Minerals Fresh and Glowy Valentine's Day Makeup

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 Cheek Duo In Coralista | Review

Lily Lolo Cheek Duo Coralista

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

21 Ways To Use Essential Oils During Winter ft. Thursday Plantation

21 Ways To Use Essential Oils During Winter

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

Advanced Mineral Makeup Pressed Mineral Powder | Review + Giveaway!

Advanced Mineral Makeup Pressed Mineral Powder Taylor

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

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip Lip Paints | Review + Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip

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!

January 15, 2017

Lancôme Grandiôse Liner and Extrême Mascara Volume | Review

Lancôme Grandiôse Liner and Grandiôse Extrême Mascara Volume

Lancôme is one of those brands that has really fascinated me ever since I got into makeup. I think it might be their sleek packaging, and the fact that they seem to come out with products that are kind of unprecedented. Having never actually tried anything from the brand, I was really looking forward to test some of their latest launches, namely two of their Grandiôse Liners* and their new Grandiôse Extrême Mascara Volume* in Bleu Nuit. You might be thinking to yourself, great - another liner and mascara release, what's so special about these anyway? Well, wait until you see how these are designed to simplify your makeup application!

January 12, 2017

How To Clean Makeup Brushes | 2 Super Cheap + Easy Methods

how to clean makeup brushes

I remember the first time I came across a video about makeup brush cleaning and thinking to myself, "wait a minute, why didn't it cross my mind to wash mine sooner?" Yikes! Whether you stick to the minimum and own just a handful of brushes that easily fit in your makeup bag, or have a lot of them taking over your office space like I do, makeup brush cleaning should be a part of your weekly routine. There are many different ways to go about washing your makeup brushes, most of which I've tried and tested over the years, but I'll be sharing and demonstrating what in my opinion are the two most effective ways. Best part? These two methods are super budget-friendly, and will prolong the life of your brushes in the long run as they are super gentle and most importantly, antibacterial.

January 10, 2017

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette in Harmony 1 | Review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette 1

I was looking back at old pictures the other day and came across my prom photos, which just so happens to be the day that I did my own makeup for the very first time! I was quite clueless about the beauty world at the time, and the plan was for my sister to do my makeup for me, but she ended up getting called in to work that day and so I was left to apply it on my own. The first thing I noticed looking back at those pictures? My sad looking brows! My sister had plucked them for me (and eventually I ended up over plucking them myself... we've all been there, right?) and I did not yet know the magic of filling in my eyebrows - let's just say they were far from looking their best! Brows really do frame your face, and whenever I do my makeup, filling them in is an essential step nowadays. I've tried a handful of brow products over the years, and the latest addition to my makeup application is the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette*. I'm a fan of the brand's 3-in-1 Pro Sculpting Brow Pen, so I was looking forward to give this new palette a try.
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