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

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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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May 24, 2018

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Natural Skincare and Body Care | Review

rocky mountain soap company natural skincare and body care

What is one boutique you wish you had nearby but sadly don't? Rocky Mountain Soap Company would be mine - I first discovered this shop back in 2014 when visiting Alberta, and learned that they have quite a few locations on the West Coast. Thankfully, they also have an online store, but seeing the products in real life is definitely a treat for your eyes and nose! Proudly Canadian, they make all their products in small batches with the finest natural ingredients and are committed to being toxin and chemical-free. They are also cruelty-free and carry many vegan options. I previously featured their Shampoo Bar with Rosemary, and I'm excited to showcase some recent discoveries that are too good not to share!
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May 10, 2018

My Culligan Water Experience | All-Around Beauty Benefits

This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Culligan Water Reverse Osmosis Filtration System

For the past few months, my beauty routine has drastically changed for the better. "How?" you ask? Well, we all know that water is a necessity of life, but little did I know how much the quality of the water that runs throughout my home can significantly improve not only my quality of life but also take my beauty routine to a whole new level. Since having a Culligan Water softening and filtration system installed in my house, not only have I been enjoying great tasting water at the touch of a button, but I have also experienced softer skin, smoother hair, and an overall more enjoyable and effective beauty routine.
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May 3, 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow + Your Lip Service Royal Lipstick Trio | Review + Swatches

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze blush glow your lip service royal lipstick trio

Beauty products fit for a queen? Yes, please! I first dabbled in a few Charlotte Tilbury makeup and skincare products last year and was most definitely on cloud nine after putting them to the test. Charlotte Tilbury is one of those beauty brands that everyone and their mother seem to be raving about, and I am one of those who has proudly joined the gang since that first introduction! I recently received the Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow* as well as a few of the brand's lip products*, including the Your Lip Service Royal Lipstick Trio*. This was my first time trying her powders and lipsticks and I wanted to share how I got along with them!
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April 26, 2018

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare | Review

juice beauty stem cellular skincare

I've been coveting the Juice Beauty brand for many years, as it seemed to be well-loved by many in the green beauty community. All of their products are cruelty-free, and although their products are on the more pricey side, I always wondered if they were worthy of a splurge. I recently got to put them to the test with three skincare products from their Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle line*: their Exfoliating Peel Spray, Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum and Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer. I mean who doesn't want to smell like fresh fruit, a lovely blend which Juice Beauty has mastered by incorporating organic fruit extracts into their skincare. After using them for the last couple of months, I am ready to share my thoughts! Spoiler alert: I found a new holy grail product!
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April 11, 2018

Water Softening and Filtering with Culligan Water | Changes in My Beauty Routine

This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. 
culligan aqua-cleer advanced drinking water system clearlink pro

Water consumption is such an integral part of our daily lives that we oftentimes forget how much of a necessity it is, even when it comes to our beauty routine! Everything from reaching for a tall glass of water in the morning, to hopping in the shower, brushing your teeth, and cleansing your face (the list goes on), the amount of water and the various uses we have for it can be quite eye-opening to reflect on. While my family and I have always been conscientious about how much water we use in our household, it wasn't until a few years ago that we opted to use a pitcher to filter our drinking water to lower our carbon footprint, no longer having to resort to purchasing plastic water bottles on the regular. We haven't looked back since, however there are still cons to owning one, such as having to buy filter replacements every couple of months, which can really add up overtime. So when I was presented with the opportunity to have a Culligan Water Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System with ClearLink Pro as well as a High Efficiency Water Softener installed in my house, I couldn't say no to providing the best for my people, and just had to see for myself how this change could improve our quality of life and take our beauty rituals to a new and improved level! 
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April 3, 2018

How To Get Enhanced Lashes + Brows with RapidLash & RapidBrow

This post was sponsored by RapidLash as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Have you always dreamed of having naturally fluttery lashes and full brows? *raises hand* Back in my teenage years, I made the mistake of over plucking my eyebrows (I still have photo evidence and it ain't pretty), and let's just say I've learned my lesson and have been taking it easy with my tweezers since then! The thing is, my eyebrows have always been sparse at both the head and tail, and my arch could use a little more definition. When it comes to my lashes, they are longer at the centre but shorter on the inner and outer corners and are also pin straight and on the lighter side, so unless I give them a curl and apply a coat of mascara, they look almost unnoticeable. And since on most days I don't wear makeup, I appreciate when I can find products that can give my hairs a boost and that don't require having to be removed at the end of the day. Over the years, I've tested a handful of products to make both my brows and lashes stand out, and hands down my top picks would have to be the RapidLash and RapidBrow serums.
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March 29, 2018

Spring Makeup Look with Yves Rocher + Giveaway!

Yves Rocher Spring Makeup Look Products

Happy Spring! With the change in seasons, I've also felt the urge to switch things up when it comes to doing my makeup - I realized that over the last few months, I've basically been wearing the same look over and over again! Does anyone else also feel inspired when a new season rolls around to up their beauty game? I've been gravitating toward incorporating quite a few new products from Yves Rocher*, and I'll be showing you which ones I have been enjoying, as well as incorporating some of my favourites I've discovered over the years in my latest video tutorial. Keep reading to find out how you could win some of the makeup products featured in this look!
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March 14, 2018

Epic Empties | Winter 2018 Edition

winter beauty empties

Spring is near, although it doesn't feel like it quite yet! Just when I thought it was warming up for good, we got hit by yet another snowstorm - Canadian problems, I know. Truth be told, I don't mind snow that much - this last snow dump covered the trees and landscape in a thick white layer and is a real feast for the eyes. Flashback to a couple of days ago on Daylights Savings (when the birds were happily chirping), I decided to film my winter empties, pretty early for once! I had to make the best of this extra daylight, so as tradition holds, I am sharing all of my beauty as well as a couple of random products I've used up over the winter months. It's a rather long one, I still hope you enjoy!
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February 28, 2018

Yves Rocher Elixir Jeunesse | My Anti-Pollution Skincare Routine

yves rocher elixir jeunesse skincare review

We all hear about how important detoxing is for our health and well-being - if you are like me, you get caught up in the daily grind of balancing work life, home life and a social life, that self-care is sometimes put on the back burner, including having a proper skincare routine in place. Having lived in an urban environment my entire life and being exposed to high levels of pollution, I long for days when I get to escape the city for a short while, such as heading to the spa a few hours away in the countryside to breathe in some fresh air (a rare treat for me)! But, there are also many other ways one can detox on the daily, including filling your belly with the good stuff (I follow a plant-based diet and my meals include lots of whole foods such vibrant fruits and leafy greens, starches and beans), drinking lots of water, working out (yoga is a current favourite workout of mine), while also using skincare products that specifically protect the skin against environmental aggressors. This is where Yves Rocher comes in: they have recently come out with their Elixir Jeunesse skincare line*, starring the key ingredient that is the Aphloia plant extract, a small tree shrub native to Madagascar.
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February 22, 2018

Discovering Natural Indie Beauty and Wellness Products with Navago + Giveaway!

Navago Natural Indie Beauty Wellness Products

Over the years, I have come across and featured quite a bit of natural beauty brands, and one thing that always keeps things interesting for me as a blogger when it comes to chatting green beauty is that there are always so many more indie companies out there to be discovered! While it can be nice to get a product that is super popular and raved about by what seems like everyone on the internet, I get that much more excited to find brands I've heard no one else talk about. One of my personal joys is to shine a spotlight on these smaller, non-mainstream companies, and after recently being introduced to NAVAGO*, it's like I hit the jackpot! 
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February 13, 2018

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows + Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer

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Back in 2014, I shared a review of the Artist Shadows that Make Up For Ever had just come out with after previewing them at an event. Fast forward four years later, Make Up For Ever has replaced these with the Artist Color Shadows* (C$22 / US$17 each, 2.5g or 0.08 oz), a new line which includes 121 shades, similarly named according to five different finishes: Diamond (D), Matte (M), Metallic (ME), Satin (S) and Iridescent (I). You can purchase these pan refills individually to create you own palette. The main visual difference is that the new pans are rectangular as opposed to circular to go with their Artist Color Refillable Makeup Palette magnetic system, which also works with their highlight, sculpt and blush powders. I was personally a fan of the previous formula, so I was curious to see how the new-and-improved version would compare.
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February 5, 2018

Valentine's Day Makeup Look | Copper Rose Eyes and Nude Lips

Valentine's Day Makeup Look Copper Rose Eyes Nude Lips

I wanted to create a romantic look to celebrate the month of love, and filmed my transformation from start to finish! In this Get Ready With Me, I'm featuring some new products I have been loving lately - the eyeshadows I used are a dream to work with, and I seriously cannot get enough of this liquid lipstick. Even though I created this look with Valentine's Day in mind, I think it would be great for a night out or a special event, too!
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January 29, 2018

Pixi Beauty Skintreats | Glow Tonic, Rose Caviar Essence and Rose Flash Balm

Pixi Beauty Skintreats Glow Tonic Rose Caviar Essence Rose Flash Balm

I first dabbled in some Pixi Beauty last year after trying a handful of their makeup and skincare, and after being thoroughly impressed, I was really looking forward to experiencing more of what the brand has to offer! For the past month, I have been testing out a couple of products from their Skintreats collection, namely the Glow Tonic*, Rose Caviar Essence* and Rose Flash Balm*.
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January 10, 2018

Vegan + Gluten-Free Taste Test with my Sister!

Vegan Gluten Free Taste Test iHerb

After years of trying to convince my sister to start her own YouTube channel, she finally made the jump a couple of months ago! I'm definitely biased, but I have no doubt that you will enjoy her content - she is beautiful inside and out, smart, confident, resourceful and a natural in front of the camera. Olivia has always been my biggest supporter when it comes to my online ventures, and now that she has finally pulled the trigger, I am all but overjoyed to be able to share her amazing lifestyle content with you all. She provides amazing tips and advice and you can expect to see a variety of videos covering topics such as self-improvement and personal growth, travel, beauty, fashion and much more. You can get to know her a bit better here. I wanted to collaborate with her, and figured having her as a guest on my channel for a vegan taste test would be a fun way to go about it! We're both snack addicts, and she is always open to trying new foods, so as soon as I suggested the idea, she was all in. Get cozy, because it's a long one, and you'll also want to stick around until the end of the video as I couldn't resist putting some bloopers together! 
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