IQ Natural & Organics- Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub Review

Here in Canada, we are getting into our colder winter months.  Those of you who are in this with me know how awful winter can be on your skin.  So my next few posts will focus on some wonderful products you can use to keep that soft and hydrated skin throughout these winter months.

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To start things off I have an awesome sugar scrub by IQ Natural & Organics!

Between the cold weather and heating it’s tough to catch a break.  But fear not my lovelies- there is something you can do!

I am avid on using moisturizer.  I moisturize my face and body every single day.  Even if you do this, you can STILL get dry skin, and it’s so frustrating. One of my solutions to getting rid of dead skin are scrubs.  It’s amazing how well they work.

IQ Natural & Organics sent me their Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub and I’m in love.  First of all, the smell is AMAZING.  I have used other scrubs before, but this is by far the one with the best scent in my opinion.  IQ Natural & Organics products are made in Gladstone, Oregon, USA and they are handcrafted!

Texture wise, it is like any scrub and once it gets wet it dissolves quickly.  The texture reminds me of sand.  Very fine particles.

Here are some photos for a closer look:

The Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub label reads: “With all natural organic coconut, honey, argan oil, vitamin E & hypoallergenic.  Powerful 10% alpha hydroxyl acid stimulates new collagen and elastin production.  Exfoliate away dead skin and reveal smooth & refreshed skin.”

Ingredients listed are: organic white sugar, olive oil, argan oil, 10% glycotic acid, essential oils, herbs and honey.

The product is:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Has Aloe Vera
  • Has High Organic Content
  • pH balanced (4.5-5.5)

I used this in the shower and my skin was so soft, and even softer after I moisturized.  It leaves your skin feeling so nice, but not tight or any residue- YAY.   The coconut oil in it is moisturizing so it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry.

Two suggestions I have to get the best results from the product:

1. Make sure to really give yourself a good rinse off in the shower before you get out.  That way you avoid having a residue feeling (if it were possible to get), or some of the tiny particles left on the skin.

2. Make sure to let the water rinse out the base of your shower or tub.  Once you rinse this off of your skin it accumulates in the base of the tub.  Seeing as the colour of this scrub is brown you can really see where it accumulates, I found it took a bit of extra rinsing to get it to melt and go down the drain.

I am so in love with the scent of this product, and how exfoliated my skin feels after!  This will be one of my best-friends this Winter season.

You can find IQ Natural & Organics online by clicking here.  The Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub retails for $26.00, you can view it here on their website.

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What is your favourite scrub?  Have you tried IQ Natural & Organics products?

 

 

Sally Hansen- Complete Salon Manicure Review

One of my favourite parts of the changing seasons is the darker colours coming back in for Fall and Winter.  Today i’m sharing one of my favourite Sally Hansen shades with you!

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This shade is #451, it is called Commander In Chic.  I have really liked more neutral earth tone shades lately.  Sally Hansen offers a wide variety of shades at an affordable price.  You can often find Sally Hansen at your local drugstore, I picked mine up at Walmart.  The Complete Salon Manicure range has 88 shades according to Sally Hansen’s website, you can view them here.

Here is a swatch for a closer look:

The wand applicator for this range is a little larger than most wands.  I find it quite wide compared to other brands.  But in a way this is nice, it only requires two swipes or so to cover the entire nail.  I suggest holding the skin on the sides of the nail with your other fingers for easier application.  That way the polish doesn’t get on your skin.

If you like brown or purple polish shades, you will love this one.  It is the best of both worlds as both colours come out!  It is by far one of my favourite shades in my collection.  Tip: I suggest using a clear coat over this to make it last longer.  Sally Hansen states on their website you should get 10 days of wear out of this polish, but if you add the top coat this ensures you get that, and maybe a few extra days!

Here are some photos of my nails with the polish on.  I think it pairs beautifully with gold accessories!  In case you are wondering the photos below show me wearing two coats of the polish.

What is your favourite Sally Hansen shade?

Maison Jacynthe- Eyeshadow and Lipstick Review

Looking for a new eyeshadow or lipstick? Maison Jacynthe is the answer!  If you know me, you know I am all about eyeshadow.  I wear it every time I do my makeup, and I’m always looking for new colours to pair together and different finishes.  Maison Jacynthe sent me two eyeshadows and a lipstick to review, and I have found 3 new pieces to add to my “staples” collection.

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Maison Jacynthe is a Canadian brand, products are made in Québec- YAY!  I love this quote from their brochure “Our 100% natural and active products are real food for the skin.”  You can use their products with confidence, knowing you are treating your skin to natural ingredients, not chemicals.

What you WON’T find in Maison Jacynthe products:

  • No petroleum byproducts
  • No artificial fragrances
  • No artificial preservatives

Maison Jacynthe’s active ingredients and fragrances come from plants and flowers.  I absolutely love this!

Here are some shots of the individual products I received:

Eyeshadow- 02 Crema:

Here is a closer look:

Crema is a beautiful shade.  I would say it is a bit of a cross between a frost and a lustre finish.  I use it as a highlight on the inner corner of the eyes, brow bone, or the entire mobile lid.  It is very rare for me to use a frost or lustre finish eyeshadow on my mobile lid, I love matte shades.  I usually only use the frost or lustre as a highlight shade on the eye.

Due to the fact that I have hooded lids, putting a finish like this all over the mobile lid or crease, usually ends up resulting in my eyes looking even more hooded.  When you apply these finishes to a hooded eye it captures the light (which brings things forward) and emphasizes the hood on the eye, making it look more severe than it actually is.  However, with this Maison Jacynthe eyeshadow I do not have this problem.  I actually love it all over the mobile lid, it is soft enough to not make the hooded lid stand out.  So to all my fellow hooded-eye beauties who are looking to add some sparkle to their collection- this is a must  if you normally tend to stay away from frost or lustre finishes for the same reasons I do- you will love this one!!

Eyeshadow- 09 Affogato:

Here is a closer look:

Affogato is AMAZING.  I can remember when I was 18 and going to prom, my Mom did my makeup for me.  She used this gorgeous purple/grey Revlon shade on my eyes and I was absolutely in love with it.  When I went to repurchase it after I ran out of it, I was disappointed to discover they discontinued the shade.  Affogato is almost exactly the same shade as that Revlon eyeshadow I was so sad to not be able to repurchase.  Maison Jacynthe’s shade is a gorgeous charcoal grey with a slight purple undertone.  If you have hazel eyes like me, or green eyes, it really makes them pop.  I love to use this shade in the crease.

I love to pair both these eyeshadows together.  Using Crema on my mobile lid, Affogato in the crease, and a bit of black eyeshadow on the outter V and lashline, and finish with some black mascara.  Both eyeshadows retail for C$22.00 each.

Moving on to lips, Maison Jacynthe also sent me this gorgeous lipstick.

Lipstick- 08 Corail Transparent Mate:

Corail Transparent Mate is so pretty.  It is matte, and goes on very easily- a little goes a long way.  I really like it because it is a beautiful coral shade, however, it is almost a cross between coral and red, and so it pairs well with a lot of different eyeshadow colour looks.  This lipstick goes on matte, but my favourite thing about it is that it is NOT drying.  Often times matte lipsticks can leave your lips feeling dry, but Maison Jacynthe’s almost has a creamy texture to it, so it’s easy to work with.  I also love the packaging of this product, how cute!!  It retails for C$33.00.

Tip: When using a matte lipstick such as this one, I suggest making sure you exfoliate your lips before application.  The only downfall to matte lipstick shades in my opinion is it really emphasizes dead skin if your lips are chapped.  I use a lip exfoliator before applying this and it goes on really well.

Overall Maison Jacynthe has a phenomenal makeup line.  I am so impressed at how pigmented the eyeshadows and lipstick are, a little of these products go a long way.  For a brand that has no chemicals and is made with natural ingredients, the makeup measures up to other high-end brands products that I use.  If you are looking for a birthday gift for someone, or still doing your holiday shopping, I strongly suggest checking out Maison Jacynthe!

Here are some swatches of all 3 products:

You can view their makeup collection by clicking here, and you can also view their other products here.

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Have you tried Maison Jacynthe products?  Leave me a comment below!

 

Veeda- Feminine Care Products Review

Today’s post is not on makeup, but rather on a topic I think needs some more attention.  Today I am reviewing a brand called Veeda, a feminine care brand in the U.S. that offers natural products.  Their focus is on ensuring every woman is informed about and has access to affordable and safe feminine care.  This topic may be awkward for some to discuss, but I think as women we really should be careful with all products we use, including feminine care.

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When I think about the makeup products I choose, or the foods I eat, often I do this with a health-conscious frame of mind.  You all know I like/prefer to use natural products, with organic ingredients and no chemicals.  When it comes to food, the same mentality applies.  We often try to make smart decisions when it comes to our body, mind and overall health.  But I think it’s important to discuss feminine care, as this type of mentality should not only be limited to food and beauty products, it shouldn’t stop there.

I would like to thank Veeda for sending me some samples of their products and for reaching out.  Those of you who are like me and are on the lookout for natural/hypoallergenic products in general will love what Veeda has to offer.  Hypoallergenic, toxin-free, 100%natural cotton tampons, pads and liners.  They are also available at a very fair price.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is something we have all heard about, and it’s quite scary.  The fact that this is even something that can happen from using feminine care products should be enough to shake us and challenge us to find products that are most natural.  But a lot of us use the standard brands found in stores and we don’t think twice about reading the ingredients used.   According to some information provided to me by Veeda “Unfortunately even though the FDA requires certain warnings and manufacturers reformulated their tampons in the 80’s, TSS is still a problem.  Viscose rayon found in conventional tampons promotes the production of the toxin that can lead to TSS.  Rayon fibers can also break off and cause TSS even after removal of the actual tampon.  The risk of TSS is real, with up to 1 in 700 girls and women contracting tampon-related TSS in their lifetime.”

Here are some photos of the products Veeda sent me:

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After doing some research I strongly urge you to think about the choices you make when it comes to feminine care.  Veeda says it best “Tampons and pads come in contact with some of the most absorptive areas of the body, but feminine care products are not required by the FDA to list their ingredients.”  Think of how often you pick up a makeup or beauty product, food product and even clothing, and you read the label to see the ingredients or what it’s made of.  Do you do this  when you are choosing your feminine care products?  I spoke to some friends and asked them this and they said no, they don’t check labels when it comes to feminine care, they assume it’s safe and purchase it.

I am most definitely an advocate for the importance of feeling beautiful inside and out, overall loving yourself, and having a positive and healthy frame of mind, body and soul.  When it comes to the body in it’s physical form part, I trust in brands like Veeda who’s mission is focused on spreading awareness on something we often overlook.  Brand’s who believe in their customers health and well-being are always welcome in my books.  It’s not about making money, it’s about as I just said spreading awareness and helping women to make informed decisions when it comes to their bodies.  We only have this body and we have it for our lifetime, so we should make the most informed decisions with whatever comes in contact with it.

You can read more about Veeda here: AboutVeeda.pdf

Visit their website: https://www.veedausa.com/

You can shop their products by clicking here.

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O.P.I – Red Nail Lacquer Review

I have been loving this O.P.I Nail Lacquer in shade Red.  I am an avid O.P.I fan all around, and this shade has made it to the top of my list.

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It is the perfect red shade.  Not too deep or too bright.  I love how it’s right in the middle, and it kind of gives you the best of both worlds.  This is a great transition shade for the fall season, it gets you back into the groove of using dark shades as winter is approaching!

I really like the wand and brush that comes with these nail lacquers.  The wand is easy to hold because it’s not as thin as most nail lacquer wands.  This gives you better control when applying!

The brush width is perfect as well.  Usually only takes me 2 to 3 swipes to cover the entire nail.

Colour payoff wise, O.P.I does an amazing job!  I only needed 1 coat of this to get the desired effect.

So if you are in the market for a new shade, I recommend this one to add to your collection.

What’s your favourite O.P.I shade??

Estée Lauder- New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit

Today we are talking Estée Lauder.  One of my favourite brands.  This post will focus on their New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit, a must-have if you like contouring, whether it be a natural look, or a more intense look- this duo has got you covered!

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Estée Lauder is an iconic brand.  What I think sets them apart from some other high-end brands, is that they have a triple threat effect.  By this I mean they have great products in all aspects of beauty.  They have amazing makeup, skincare and fragrances.  Most brands are often known for excelling in 1 of those categories, but Estée Lauder rocks it in all 3.

Last September, I was very lucky and got invited to an Estée Lauder event hosted by Dave Lackie in Toronto.  This was one of the products featured, and we learned how to contour from a pro Estée Lauder makeup artist.  I have been loving this New Dimension line ever since.

The New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit is designed to “Perfect your profile from every angle.”  This duo comes with a highlighting shade and a contouring shade.  You can lift and define using these products together.  Both shades are matte and they are in cream form.  They are suitable for a range of skintones as well, which I find pretty cool!  So if you are nervous to try out contouring because you don’t know what shade to get, a duo like this is perfect for you.

Personally, I am one who really likes the “natural look”.  But what is great about this duo is how the product is buildable.  So whether you wish to achieve a daytime look, or a more dramatic look for a night out, you have this option.  You can intensify the contour you create by applying additional product, it is very buildable and easy to blend.

Note: The sponge applicator that comes with the duo has product on it from me using this.

The highlight shade is on the left and the contour shade is on the right.  If you desire a natural look they suggest applying this before foundation.  If you desire a dramatic look, then apply this after your foundation, preferably liquid or creme foundation.  I actually do not wear foundation at all, and I can tell you this product works beautifully without foundation as well.  Because it is a cream, it is so smooth and once applied to the skin it warms up, making it blend so easily and look super natural.  This duo really gives your face more structure and symmetry.

Here is a closer look at both.  I apologize for the obvious sponge marks in the product photos, but I have been using it a lot.

Highlight shade:

Contouring shade:

Another thing I know you will all love is how you don’t need a lot of product to get results.  This means a little goes a long way, and your duo will last longer.  Yay!

The duo also comes with a small booklet to show you exactly where to apply both shades.

You can purchase this kit from an Estée Lauder counter or from Sephora for C$55.00.  If you need or would like additional guidance on how to use the duo, you can visit Estée Lauder’s website here and scroll to the bottom of the page for step-by-step instructions including a video.

Do you love anything from the New Dimension line?  Leave me a comment or a tweet, would love to chat about it!

Kismet Essentials- Coco Rinse Review

A few weeks ago, I posted on my social media accounts that I was sent Kismet Essentials’ product “Coco Rinse” and to watch for a review soon.  A lot of you were intrigued by this product and the oil pulling method.  First off, I would like to thank Kismet Essentials for sending me their product, I am so delighted!

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Before I get into the review, here is a quick bio on Kismet Essentials.  They are a company based in Vancouver, BC (Yay for a Canadian brand) and they pride themselves on trying their best to use natural based products in their own lives, so they wanted to bring those kind of  products to their customers.  Their goal is to provide customers with products that will help them enjoy a naturally healthy and beautiful life.  All of their ingredients are organic, non-GMO, and ethically sourced from sustainable resources.  They are proud to provide products that make their customers feel good about what they bring into their home and put in their bodies.  Their products are good for you and our planet!

To be honest, the oil pulling method was something I had not tried, because I wasn’t really sure what it was all about, or how it could give you whiter teeth.  So like most people, I stuck to whitening strips.  Those of you who follow my blog know I love to use products like Coco Rinse that contain natural ingredients that benefit your body, skin and overall health.  I strongly believe in feeling beautiful inside as well as out, and Kismet Essentials believes in that philosophy too.  After doing some research on the oil pulling method, and Coco Rinse specifically, I was super excited to test this out.

In case you don’t know what the oil pulling method is, here is a description from their website: “Oil pulling is our favorite natural way to get whiter teeth and fresh breath! If you’ve never heard of it, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha”. It involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil daily in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to draw and pull our the toxins in your body.”

For additional information, check out this article on oil pulling by Helen Sanders at Health Ambition.  This article gives you detailed information on what oil pulling is, the different types of oils that can be used and the benefits of using this method.  Click here to read!

Kismet Essentials also lists some benefits of oil pulling on their website:

  • Whiter Teeth
  • Fresher Breath
  • Improved Digestion
  • Reduced Headaches
  • Cleaner Tongue and Mouth
  • Better Immune System
  • Healthier Gums
  • Reduced Plaque
  • Clearer, Softer Skin
  • Improved Skin Conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis etc)
  • Balanced Hormones

The Coco Rinse process is done over a 14 day period.  One of the things I love most is how easy it is to use.  You get 14 sachets in your kit, and you use 1 per day.  Open the sachet and put the product in your mouth, then swish it around for 10 minutes (or up to 20).  Yes- it’s seriously that easy.

Another thing I found awesome is how there is no mess.  When I have used whitening strips in the past, I would get it on my fingers and lips.  Because you have to peel the strips off and place them on your teeth, but none of this happens when using this product.  Coco Rinse is also mint flavoured, so it tastes good!  It’s basically like using mouthwash, you swish it around and there is no mess.

After the 10 minutes are up, you simply spit it out.  Do not swallow it, because it contains all of the toxins it has drawn out, so make sure to spit it out!  Another thing I love is how it does not leave that grimy feeling of film residue on your teeth; my teeth actually feel cleaner after I use this product.  I am SO impressed.

Click here for a quick how-to video.

If you have used whitening strips before, you have probably experienced the sensitivity and discomfort that comes along with using these.  Coco Rinse gave me zero pain or sensitivity over the entire 14 day duration, including now that I am done using the kit.

After my 14 days of continued use I can see that my teeth are whiter.  I am one to really take care of my teeth, I brush twice a day and floss once a day.  When I was younger I had braces, so I now have a small wire on the back of some of my teeth to keep them straight.  If you’ve had braces and now have these wires as well you know how annoying it is to floss with these.  I do my best, but it is the only spot where I will get plaque buildup because it’s so hard to floss around the wires.  Since using Coco Rinse I notice a BIG difference with my wires.  Using this in conjunction with my flossing has removed basically ANY buildup I had accumulated since my last teeth cleaning, I cannot get over it!!

Overall I am really happy with the results!  This product is a dream if you are someone like me who is obsessed with brushing and flossing haha and also because it is natural, whitens teeth and helps to keep plaque away which = cleaner smile = makes me super happy!  You can purchase Coco Rinse here for C$29.99, or a monthly subscription for C$25.99.  Shipping is $10.00 worldwide or FREE on orders above $50.00.  Also if you click here and sign up using your e-mail address you can get 15% off your first purchase!

Side note: Kismet Essentials also has an AWESOME blog on their website.  You can find lots of posts regarding coconut oil and its many benefits.  There is a post on how to get longer eyelashes using coconut oil, just saying 😉 so yeah I will be trying this!!!  You can view their blog by clicking here.  If you have tried Coco Rinse, or you will be, leave me a comment below!

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Bobbi Brown- Eye Shadow, Blush and Eye Brush Review

This week I am talking about Bobbi Brown again.  YES- another Bobbi Brown review, because her products are THAT awesome.  I will forever be in love!!

If you missed my last post on Bobbi Brown you can view it here, I reviewed a bronzer and highlighter pencil! I also spoke about Bobbi Brown and my love for her line in my guest appearance last week on Cat Forsley‘s beauty podcast MyLipAddiction, you can listen to it on iTunes and other channels, click here for my post with the links.

This review will be on a blush, eye shadow and an eye blending brush.

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I said it in my last review and I can’t say it enough.  What I love most about her products is how blendable they are.  It’s amazing.  Whether you are a beginner in makeup or experienced, they are very easy products to work with.  The other great thing is the colour payoff.  When I use this eyeshadow and blush, I barely have to put any on my brush, a little goes a very long way.  Which is a win because your product lasts longer!

Here are some individual shots of each:

 

Eye Shadow in shade 13 Cocoa.  I love how this shadow really warms up the crease.  It really brings out the green in my eyes too.  I purchased this for C$29.00, you can view it here.

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Blush in shade 11 Nectar.  This is SO beautiful and natural looking, I love how Nectar creates the perfect natural blushing shade.  I purchased this for C$33.00, you can view it here.

I also have a lot of favourite makeup brushes as we all do (stay tuned for a post on this soon!) but I am really loving this brush, and I am so impressed with it so I am going to post about it today and in my favourite brushes post coming soon.  It has gone straight up to the top of my favourites list!  Here is a closer look at it:

This is her eye brush called Eye Blender.  I love using this when I am done applying all of my eye shadow for an overall blend to bring all of the shadows together.  You don’t have to put a lot of pressure to get the blended effect.  I love how soft it is, and how it does NOT tug at the skin on my eye at all.  I purchased this for C$40.00, you can view it here.

I give all 3 of these a 10/10.  I am never let down by Bobbi Brown products, and I love the company philosophies, which I spoke about in my last post as well.  I highly recommend all of the products of hers I have mentioned on my blog!  I think my cat Abby does as well, because she couldn’t keep her paws off of it while I was trying to take photos hehe!

 

Bella Aura- Skincare Review

HOLY GRAIL alert!  This is at the TOP of my must-have skincare list.  I love using skincare products that are natural and contain essential oils, so my skincare routine was originally filled with staple products that contain natural ingredients/benefits.  But Bella Aura is this and so much more.  I am absolutely SO impressed with the effectiveness of this line of skincare, and I cannot stress enough how I think everyone needs to hear about and try these products.

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Proudly made in Canada, Bella Aura’s philosophy is to have you feeling your best, because beauty starts from the inside.  They believe “When you’re at your best, the positive spirit within you emanates from the surface of your skin, spreading illuminating energy into the world.  At Bella Aura, our mission is simple: to craft pristine natural skincare infused with groundbreaking technology so that your complexion radiates your pure inner glow.”*  This is so heart-warming to hear.  I love brands that believe in telling women to embrace their natural beauty, and that they are beautiful as they are.  I also love when they stress that feeling beautiful inside is where it all starts, this is what Bella Aura believes, as do I;  so naturally I am intrigued by this brand.

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with founder and CEO, Yasmine Jones.  She is a genuinely kind woman and a very spiritual person.  Yasmine and I share a lot of the same views, we both believe in meditation and the power of positive thinking, and being happy with yourself as you are.  Sometimes companies can make you feel as though you need their products to “fix” or “mask” the “problems” you think you have.  I find this so sad, because I think it’s important to support brands like Bella Aura who encourage you to feel you are perfect as you are, and to be happy and secure with yourself and that this is beauty.

The Products:

Yasmine was kind enough to send me the entire line of skincare products to try out and review- 5 products total.

“Each of our products contains our exclusive Kamilah blend of four natural botanical extracts loaded with a spectrum of energizing vitamins, minerals and Omega 3,6,9 Fatty Acids.” *

  • Gentle Purifying Cleanser
  • Daily Moisture Repair Emulsion (moisturizer)
  • Antioxidant Booster Emulsion
  • Night Cellular Renewal Emulsion
  • Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Note- Emulsion: “Water based moisturizer with oil. It is lightweight and quickly absorbs into the deepest layers of your skin, leaving no greasy residue. An emulsion has the ability to maintain hydration levels and prevent moisture loss from your skin’s surface. It is beneficial for all skin types, including people with oily skin, as it is a water base and does not cause pore clogging.” *

Not only am I in love with Bella Aura’s philosophy, but I am so AMAZED at how well the products perform.  Here are some individual photos and descriptions of each:

Gentle Purifying Cleanser

Blue logo:  Symbolizes calmness. Blue projects tranquility and inner peace.

“Gently cleanses the skin without stripping its own moisture. Helps skin detox from visible effects that accumulate during the day, purifying and refinishing skin’s surface, reducing visible signs of aging. Replenishes skin with rich, nourishing moisture to keep it soft, smooth and comfortable. Supercharges skin with vitamins and re-strengthening minerals. A velvety smooth texture that doesn’t contain harsh soap.” *

Daily Moisture Repair Emulsion

Green logo: Communicated renewal. Green projects healing, rejuvenation and a sense of nature.

“Infuses skin with High Performance Peptides, rich Vitamins E-A-C-D-F-K-B complex, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to nourish, hydrate, rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Provides better hydration properties than Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid. Proven to reduce trans-epidermal water loss and dramatically improves skin hydration. Helps minimize the look of dullness and fine, dry lines through delivering refreshing hydration. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a younger, more lifted look.” *

Antioxidant Booster Emulsion

Orange logo: Symbolizes a burst of energy and creativity. It projects a radiant glow.

“Infuses skin with High Performance Peptides, vitamins C-E-A-B complex-D-F-k, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to nourish, protect, rejuvenate and re-balance your skin to provide a more radiant look. Helps the skin detox from visible effects that accumulate during the day by purifying and refinishing the skin’s surface, therefore reducing visible signs of aging. Helps reduce the look of dark spots, discoloration, blotchiness and redness. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a younger look. It repairs and restores the skin’s natural barrier that prevents the damaging effects of free radicals.” *

Night Cellular Renewal Emulsion

Pink logo: Evokes compassion, beauty and love. It projects warmth and passion.

“Infuses skin with Peptides, rich vitamins E-C-A-K-F-D-B Complex, Omega 3-6-9 Fatty acids, Minerals and nutrients to replenish, renew, rejuvenate and re-balance your skin for a more radiant glow. Provides your skin with intense hydration and helps protect skin from environmental assaults. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveal a younger, more lifted lookImproves skin hydration, firmness, elasticity to help retain a superior moisture barrier. Stimulate the rejuvenation process of mature skin and dramatically reduce the visible signs of aging.” *

Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Indigo logo: Represents our spirituality and intuition. Indigo projects a heightened sense of awareness.

“Infuses skin with rich vitamins K-E-C-A-F-D-B complex, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and peptides to nourish, replenish, rejuvenate, and hydrate your skin for a more radiant look. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a more lifted look. Helps the delicate skin around the eyes to instantly look brighter, smoother and more even-toned. Lifts, firms, hydrates and helps define the eye area for a younger, brighter look.” *

I have been using the entire line going on my third week.  The texture of the products are not thick, they are very light.  It spreads so easily on the skin and absorbs extremely well.  I was very impressed with the lightweight formula, and how clean and fresh my skin felt after using them all.  Within the first few days I noticed a difference in my skin.  My skin felt so soft and looked smoother.  Now after continued use it still feels soft, looks smooth and feels more “pure”.  This may sound strange haha, but to be honest my skin just feels overall cleaner deep down.  In addition to this, you know those stubborn blackheads you can never seem to get rid of?  Yes, gross I know!  Well Bella Aura skincare has significantly diminished the appearance of those on my skin, I am absolutely amazed.  No other product has EVER done this for me- ever.

My favourite product out of the 5 if I had to pick one, is the Instant Lifting Eye Contour- just WOW.  I noticed a difference after just one use.  My under eye area is brighter and although I am still young and do not have “wrinkles”, it has made the lines I do have much smoother, and my under eye concealer blends in like a dream now.  It works so well, I looked in the mirror in the morning after the first use and couldn’t get over it.


Interview

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Yasmine to ask her a few additional questions regarding her brand and her views:

Q.1  Chantal: What does Bella Aura mean?

Yasmine: It means a beautiful aura. Your own reflective image that represents both inner and outer beauty, the deep glow from within that illuminates your complexion.

Q. 2  Chantal: What is your number one tip for feeling beautiful inside and out?

Yasmine: Beauty is about living your life and being happy with yourself inside and out. Being happy that doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. You create your beauty with your attitude, behavior and actions.

Q. 3  Chantal: If you could use one word to describe Bella Aura Skincare what would it be?

Yasmine: Complete.

Q. 4  Chantal: What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Yasmine: Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval. You live life on your own term instead of buckling to society’s pressures. Surround yourself with positive, spiritual and loving people that bring you joy and success in all areas of your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things. Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want in life. Love yourself for who you are.

I encourage you to read Yasmine’s story here.  It is truly touching and explains how Bella Aura came about.


I give Bella Aura skincare a 10 out of 10.  I am blown away by the company philosophy, research, formula and performance/effectiveness of the products.  Trust me, you NEED to try this, you will not regret it.  In addition to the fact that this skincare line produces results, you would also be supporting a brand that is proudly Canadian, and that has a founder that is truly an inspirational and beautiful person inside and out.

Find Bella Aura Online:

Website

http://www.bellaaura.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/BellaAuraSkin

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/bellaauraskin/

All content marked with a “*” is taken from Bella Aura marketing pieces and/or website.

Bobbi Brown- Illuminate Pencil and Bronzer Review

Bobbi Brown has been my favourite makeup brand for the longest time.  Not only because the products are phenomenal, but because Bobbi herself is such an inspiration.  She seems so genuinely kind, and her company philosophies are touching.  I love when a brand not only has great products, but they have a mission and vision that encourages women to embrace their natural beauty, and makes them feel beautiful in their own unique way.

Many of my holy-grail makeup products are by Bobbi Brown.  Today I will share two of my favourites, but if you love Bobbi Brown, or you are curious about her products, stay tuned on my blog because there will be more to come!

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With the recent “strobing” trend, I figured doing a post on a highlighter is in order.  I will also post about my all time favourite bronzer, of course by Bobbi Brown.

Highlighter

Retouching Face Pencil- Shade: Illuminate 1

I have a few compact/powder highlighters, but what I love about Bobbi Browns’ is how easy it is to use in this pencil form, how precise it allows the application to be, and of course the effect.

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How gorgeous is this?? It also comes with a sharpener- love it!

I love the finish this highlighter gives.  The colour is a peach/cream shade, but it is more focused on the shimmer.  Out of all the highlighters I have used, this one works best, and I think it’s also because the pencil allows for a precise application.  Therefore, you can concentrate it exactly where you want it.  It sparkles so beautifully in the light.  I love using it on my cheekbones, tear-duct and cupids bow.  I don’t do nose contouring, but I imagine the pencil would allow you to make a nice straight line application for your highlight.

Here is a closer look:

I think this pencil idea is great.  I can easily pop this in my purse and I don’t need to bring brushes or anything in addition to this around with me.  Yes, you can easily pack a compact powder highlighter, but the problem is if you don’t pack a brush you have to use your fingers to apply it, and if you’re like me there’s no WAY i’m using my fingers on the compact unless I have just washed my hands, which isn’t always an option when you are out and about.  The pencil form is great, pop the cap off, apply and you’re good to go!  I purchased this at Sephora for C$37.00, you can view it here.

Bronzer

Bronzing Powder- Shade: Natural 1

I can’t tell you enough how much I love the finish of this bronzer.  It goes on so easily, and doesn’t create harsh lines- it is super blendable.  It really gives off the effect of a real tan, because the colour payoff is very rich in brown and red.  I have even used this on my cheeks as a blush, because of the red tones in it, it dupes as a blush as well.  I am in LOVE with this, it is my #1 bronzer in my collection.  This bronzer also has no scent to it, so if you aren’t a scent fan you will love this.   I know there are other brands that have made their bronzers smell like chocolate or other things, and some people really don’t like that- so you are safe with this Bobbi Brown bronzer.

This has a matte finish, but it does not go on chalky at all; it is very soft.  I would compare the effect it gives to that of a cream product.  I purchased this at Sephora for C$49.00, you can view it here.

Bobbi Brown products are phenomenal, and I highly suggest you give any of her products a try.  I have never been disappointed.  As I mentioned above, if you like supporting brands with a great mission and vision, and that value women in their natural beauty state- Bobbi Brown is all of this and more.  I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes by her:

The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are. – Bobbi Brown