5 Ways To Feel Beautiful Today…

As a beauty blogger I obviously post a lot about makeup and product reviews.   These items are used on our outside physical appearance and can give us a confidence boost, but I am a big advocate for feeling beautiful on the inside as well.   In my daily routine I incorporate a lot of things that “feed my soul” and make me happy.  Some of these are meditation, drinking tea and lots of water, waking up early and making it a point to enjoy the little things.  We often get stressed out and feel down because of life’s everyday stress.  It’s not easy and the days go by quick between work, running around, family and friends etc.  Here are some tips i’d like to share that help me feel beautiful and happy on the inside, which in turn boosts my confidence and makes me feel beautiful on the outside.  Being happy on the inside projects itself outwardly, and this creates a very rewarding life!

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1. Morning tea ritual

Every single day I look forward to having my morning tea.  Whether I have it before I go to work or when I get to work, this is something that makes me happy.  Tea is a great drink because it has a lot of health benefits, but the main reason I like doing this is also because of the “act”.  By this I mean it is part of my morning “ritual” and you can use these as a form of meditation.  For me boiling the water, putting the tea leaves in my steeper and then drinking my tea is an act of meditation.  I look forward to this, and doing this means I am bringing mindfulness into my routine.

2. Talk to someone you love

This may seem like an “obvious” one, but when I say talk I mean either in person or over the phone.  With texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. we tend to get caught up in this virtual world.  While these social media outlets are great to connect with others, they can also bog you down.  I would suggest seeing a friend, family member or significant other in person and having a nice conversation.  If you can’t see them in person then avoid the texting for a day and actually give them a call.  Hearing someone’s voice and the warmth you get from talking to someone you care about goes a long way, and it eliminates the disconnect texting can cause because it gives you that personal touch.

3. Put something positive out on display

I am a big believer in meditation and the law of attraction.  My bedroom is a space I have set up with Buddha’s, incense, salt lamps and my own meditation corner.  You can  set up an entire room, a little corner or even just have one thing out on display.  Whatever it may be, make sure it brings you joy when you look at it.  For example, I have a meditation corner set up in my room and a vision board up on my wall.  My vision board is a collage of things i’d like to achieve, and every morning when I wake up I look at it and it sets a positive intention for my day.  I think it’s a wonderful idea to have something out on display that brings nothing but positive thoughts to you when you look at it.  Same applies with anything you may have out already, if it brings you any negative emotions or bad memories then get rid of it – your home should be a positive space and bring you comfort.

4. Be grateful

With social media, pop culture and the standards we set for ourselves, it can be easy to get trapped in an “I wish” frame of mind.  I think it’s really important to be mindful and not focus on the “I wish I had this” or “I wish I looked like her/him” or “I wish I had what she/he has”.  Instead of beating yourself up and creating these negative perceptions, focus on the things you DO feel you have.  Be grateful for what you have and you will start to notice other things turn into positive elements in your life.  What you think and feel is what you send out into the universe, and this is what you will attract back- think of this as positive affirmations.  Sure sometimes we are unlucky and bad things happen, but it could just be an unfortunate circumstance or a bad day not a bad “life”.  I try really hard not to dwell on anything negative that occurs.  For example, in the last week I had two tires on my new car go flat because of unavoidable potholes in the road.  I was upset at first because it cost me a lot to get two new tires 1 week apart, but in the end I told myself being upset will help nothing.  It happened and I needed two new tires.  Being upset over that would only cause me more stress and make me anxious.  Instead I told myself “It could always be worse, and at least I was not hurt when the tire went flat on two separate occasions.”  I did not get into an accident or harm anyone else either.  In my opinion there is always a positive side to things, you just have to have an open mind and push yourself to see it.

5. Appreciate nature

I know going for a hike is not everyone’s idea of a fun time.  But you don’t have to do intense outside activities to enjoy nature.  The earth is our element known for its strength, wisdom and growth.  I know not all of you believe in things like this like I do, but I encourage you to try to see it that way.  If you can’t then simply appreciate it for what it is.  One of my favourite things to do is go for a walk down by the river and take a blanket with me.  I love to sit there and listen to the water and take in the sunshine.  Breathing in fresh air brings a certain calmness to a chaotic day or week.  Even if you don’t like spending time outside, I would even suggest just sitting out on your front steps and letting the rays of sunshine soak in.

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Some of these suggestions might seem cliché or perhaps even silly (e.g. my morning tea ritual lol).  But I can assure you that you don’t need BIG things to make a change or to feel good on the inside.  Sometimes it’s all of the little things that add up and make us happier.  We live in a world where physical items and grand gestures are viewed as important so that we can capture it and post it on social media.  So I encourage you to embrace and notice the little things and see if it brings you more happiness.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, if you have some tips on how to feel beautiful on the inside please write them below!

Namaste xo

 

VIIcode- Oxygen Eye Mask Review

Dark circles? Tired eyes? Fine lines? New York  company VIIcode has a wonderful Oxygen Eye Mask product that can help with all of these things!  Face masks are one of my favourite things, so I was really intrigued and excited to try out these eye masks.  Before we dive in, I would  like to thank VIIcode for sending me their product.

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I have always been one to take care of my skin, however, since turning 25 (no, I’m not calling myself “old”) I am really interested in how our skin changes with age and really ensure to choose the products I put on it wisely.  Our under eye area is so delicate and I am very careful with my makeup application in this area, and I also use a daily night repair eye cream.

VIIcode has created masks specifically for the under eye area.  According to the packaging “We want your eye skin to be the best it can be from the inside out. VIIcode oxygen eye mask provide everything your eye skin needs to be healthy- all the essential vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, botanicals, peptides and essential fatty acids. Say goodbye to tired eyes, dark circles, and fine lines- now you can always look refreshed, bright-eyed and lively… Cool gel conform to the shape around the eye, infiltrating the entire area in soothing botanical extracts.” Doesn’t that sound awesome??

Not only does this sound great, but the product actually delivers what is promised.  For a course of treatment you must use 3 boxes, and you apply an eye mask 2 or 3 times a week.  The eye mask has a gel-like material, and upon application you can feel a cooling sensation.  You then leave the mask on for up to 8 hours (no more).  This is an overnight treatment which makes it different from other sheet masks on the market.  Also, the more treatments you do (i.e. continued use) the better your results.

I have used the eye mask overnight and also during the day.  If I know I have a busy day and won’t be at home I wear it overnight.  If I know I will be having a relaxed day staying in then I have used it during the day while I am awake.  Either way the product is extremely convenient and easy to use.  You just peel off the plastic barrier and apply on cleansed skin- it’s so simple!

Here I am wearing the masks:

Here is a shot of the product up close, the side with the plastic is the piece you peel off and this side goes on the skin:

After doing the full treatment I can say that this has made my under eye area look brighter and more awake, which I am told as we get older products that provide this result give you a more youthful appearance.  My skin is also a lot more hydrated, and this is the best for your concealer/makeup application.  Unfortunately I can’t speak so much to the effect on dark circles as I don’t really have dark circles, however, it has really helped brighten and hydrate my skin, so I imagine the brightening effect would help with dark circles too.  My favourite part is that my concealer blends in so well and because the hydration diminishes the look of fine lines the concealer doesn’t sit in there and show up.  I am so happy with the results!

You can purchase an individual box for $58.00 here or a full course treatment (3 box set) for $174.00 here.

For additional information on how the product works click here.

You can shop their products here: http://www.viicode.com/

Lush Cosmetics- Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

Continuing on with my Winter skin-saver favourites, today I’m reviewing one of my holy-grail products by Lush Cosmetics.  I love Lush, I use a lot of their products from head to toe!

Their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is fantastic.  It is my favourite lip scrub I have ever used.  Winter weather leaves our lips chapped because of the constant change in temperature from hot to cold, interior to exterior, which takes the moisture out of our skin.  Chapped lips is one of the most uncomfortable things, as well as it really ruins my lip look when using lipstick or liner, and that just doesn’t fly with me.

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So I did some research on lip scrubs a few years ago and tried out a few different ones, and Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub has been my favourite ever since.  You can also purchase the scrub in other flavours:

This scrub is formulated with safe synthetics and natural ingredients:

  • Castor Sugar
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Flavour
  • Red 21 Lake

Lush also classifies this product as Vegan.

I like to use this after my shower but you can use this anytime.  The castor sugar gently exfoliates your lips, and the jojoba oil adds moisture back into the lips.  When I am done using it my lips feel so soft and smooth.  When I purchased this at Lush for C$12.00 the girl working told me that you can lick off the excess scrub and it tastes really good.  She definitely is right the scrub tastes amazing, and usually I am not a huge fan of the bubblegum flavour, but I do really like this one.  However, I don’t tend to lick off the excess scrub because to me it feels like I am then swallowing the dead skin I just exfoliated off haha but to each his own!

You can see here how the product looks up close, it really makes me feel like I am going to be moisturizing my lips every time I take the product out of the pot because it doesn’t look dry at all.  I also love the vibrant pink shade.

One of my other favourite things about Lush products is that you get the date is was made as well as the expiry date on the sticker, usually found on the bottom of the product.  It’s also cute how the sticker  has who made that specific batch- makes me laugh every time.

The only thing I recommend when using this is to make sure you wash your hands beforehand.  If you don’t you could be putting bacteria into the pot if you remove it with your finger with unwashed hands.  You can also buy little spatulas or disposable beauty tools at your local beauty supplier to get the product out.  This would be the only thing I don’t like about the product because this method is less hygienic compared to other lip scrubs that come in tube  or solid lipstick-like form.  But I just make sure my hands are washed and clean before taking the product out.

I use this year-round and I am so happy with how well it works!

Have you tried any of the Lush lip scrubs, or any other of their lip products?

 

La Roche-Posay- Lipikar Fluide and Gel Lavant Review

So excited to share with you another brand I am absolutely loving: La Roche-Posay.  If you have sensitive skin, or just want products that are paraben-free or fragrance-free, you must give them a try.

Here is a little info on the brand who’s products are made in France.  I copied this from their website here. “For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists in Canada and throughout the world to invent skincare that meet their needs and requirements. La Roche-Posay also supports them in their training and their role of taking daily care of patients, through a number of actions including educational workshops for patients and awareness campaigns.”

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Since the Winter weather has started here in Canada, my skin has been experiencing some changes this year that I had not experienced before.  My skin has been very dry, and worst of all I developed some redness on my cheeks.

I wasn’t sure what was going on with my skin as i’ve never experienced this during Winter, usually my skin isn’t sensitive, and I don’t experience many changes year-round regardless of the season.  I went to see my doctor to inquire about what I could do.  My doctor thought the redness I had developed on my cheeks on my face to be some mild eczema.  With the change in temperature, indoor heating and cold winds, the rest of my the skin on my body being dry seemed pretty normal, but the redness on my cheeks was really bothering me.

My doctor recommended I switch my body soap, moisturizer and face products to fragrance-free alternatives.  I was reluctant to do this at first, I love my vanilla scented body soap and lotion.  I spoke with my Mom and she had been using La Roche-Posay products for her very sensitive skin and she was loving them.

So I took the advice from my doctor and made my way to Shoppers Drug Mart.  I purchased the same two products my Mom has which are the Lipikar Fluide and Lipikar Gel Lavant.

Here is a little more info on the brand that I copied form their website “With over 30 years’ research experience and 25 patents, La Roche-Posay has become a leading player in the development of products formulated for sensitive skin ensuring the highest tolerance and safety. In this way La Roche-Posay meets the requirements of over 70% of women who claim to have sensitive skin.* (IPSOS Health & Beauty, France, Pharmacie 2007)” Click here to read more.

Lipikar Fluide

Lipikar Fluide is extremely hydrating.  It works better than the body moisturizer I was using before.  The formula is great for sensitive and dry skin.  It is a soothing, protecting hydrating fluid.  The consistency is comparable to any moisturizer you can purchase at a drugstore, and it is white in colour.  When I apply this it goes on looking shiny so I find it makes it easy to see where I have applied it.  It dries very quickly on the skin, and when it does the shine goes away and it leaves my skin visibly softer looking, as well as to the touch.  I use this all over my body and face.  I couldn’t get over how nice it felt on my skin and how fast it absorbs.  When I applied this to my face it did not make the redness on my cheeks sting at all.  The previous moisturizer I was using would give me a burning sensation once the redness on my cheeks was starting to develop.  The Lipikar Fluid is made for skin sensitivity and dryness in babies, children and adults.

Lipikar Gel Lavant

The Lipikar Gel Lavant gives a refreshing clean.  It gently cleanses skin, and is a soothing, protecting shower gel.  It is formulated for sensitive skin in babies, children and adults.  The packaging states it also respects the physiological pH of the skin.  This gel contains Shea Butter and Niacinamide, which helps restore the cutaneous barrier.  Having this barrier in its best state ensures hydrated skin, and protects the skin from infection.

I love to use this in the shower on my face and body.  Sometimes when you use drugstore cleansers they can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, which actually isn’t good for your skin contrary to popular belief.  The Lipikar Gel Lavant doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural moisture, therefore, my skin doesn’t feel tight after cleansing- this is exactly what you want!

One of the things I love most is how both products can be used on your face and body.  This is not only extremely convenient for your skincare routine, but it also makes both products a 2 in 1.  My skin feels much better.  I love applying the moisturizer because it really takes away any tightness, dryness or discomfort I had previous to moisturizing.  After using these products my skin feels cleaner, it doesn’t feel like I have slathered on anything heavy, and best of all it has not blocked my pores whatsoever.

The redness and dryness on my cheeks has significantly gone down, it is almost completely gone.  I am sure with continued use it will go away completely.  These products do not aggravate it at all!

My skin feels cleaner, more hydrated and all around much softer.  I don’t even mind having to toss my vanilla scented products to the side, because the benefits and results the La Roche-Posay line produces are worth it.  My skin health overall feels and looks much better than before.  I give both of these products a 10 out of 10.

I will be purchasing some more products from their line shortly, so stay tuned for another review!  If you are interested in either of these products I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.  I will include links to the Shopper’s Drug Mart page here: The Lipikar Fluid was C$29.00 and the Lipikar Gel Lavant was C$21.00.  Although this may seem expensive for both products, I can assure you it is worth it.  When you think about it, seeing as both products are 2 in 1 products you only have 2 things to purchase.  Compared to before I would purchase 4 products: a body moisturizer, face moisturizer, body cleanser and face cleanser.  So when you think about it it’s not really that expensive, and it comes to basically the same amount of money spent if you were purchasing 4 products before compared to now purchasing only 2.

Have you tried La Roche-Posay products?  Let me know in a comment below!

Bella Aura Skincare- Instant Lifting Eye Contour Review

Today I am talking Bella Aura again, because it is THAT good.  Since posting my review in September on the entire Bella Aura line, I still can’t get over how truly amazing these products are.  I want to focus specifically on the Instant Lifting Eye Contour, because it is my favourite product in the line.

Here is an excerpt from my last Bella Aura post in case you missed it, it gives you a bit of story on the brand and the founder and CEO, Yasmine Jones.

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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, and so do I.

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.”

You can read my full review of the entire line by clicking here.

This Instant Lifting Eye Contour is the best eye product I have ever used.  I have been using this since September, and notice a visible difference with my under eye area.  I can remember trying it for the first time and noticing a change after just the first use!

This product is extremely moisturizing, but it is not greasy- hello best of both worlds!  My under eye area is brighter and in turn this makes my eyes look more awake.  Even on days when I don’t wear makeup, having this on under my eyes makes me look more awake, and it reduces any puffiness and the visibility of lines.  It really does give your eye the lifted effect.  Brighter eyes also give a more youthful appearance, because the ingredients in it help it to support the skin’s natural collagen, which reveals a more lifted look.

The Instant Lifting Eye Contour is one of my holy grail products because it truly does work.  Everything you find listed on the bottle and website as a promise of how the product performs is what is delivered.

The other wonderful thing is that not only does this luxurious product work, but you don’t have to worry about what you’re putting on your skin because the ingredients are natural- no chemicals.  You can find all of Bella Aura’s ingredients listed on their website here, I love how transparent they are, and how they really value informing their customers, and having all information readily available to them.  This is a wonderful company with values and philosophies that really touch your heart, and they have phenomenal products.

You can view the Instant Lifting Eye Contour by clicking here.  You can also shop all Bella Aura products here.

Bella Aura also offers a great blog section on their website, where you can read some skin care tips, click here to see them.

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Eden’s Semilla- Vitamin E and Jojoba oil Review

Continuing with the Winter skin-savers, today’s post is all about oil for skin moisturizing.  Eden’s Semilla have sent me their Vitamin E oil and Jojoba oil, and both are fantastic!  If you have not tried moisturizing your skin with oil,  I highly recommend you start- you can thank me later 😉

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I have used many oils as part of my skincare routine, I use them on my face as well as my body.  I have tried various different brands oils, and I can assure you that Eden’s Semilla is top of the line.  Both the Vitamin E and Jojoba oil are so moisturizing on the skin, they really give you the conditioned skin texture and look we are all after.

Vitamin E oil

This is a special kind of Vitamin E oil, because it is a blend of Organic Rosehip and Jojoba.  I really liked using this all over my body and my nails.  Using this on my nails really helped to condition my cuticles.

The packaging reads “Topical Vitamin E contains excellent healing properties for damaged or tired looking skin. A rich blend of organic Jojoba and Rosehip delivers a natural carrier oil that is easily absorbed, fast acting and full of natural goodness. Hydrates and nourishes all in one.”

All of these ingredients work wonders on the skin.  I even noticed a difference in a small scar I have.  Using this oil on it helped to take down the redness and puffiness by conditioning it.  Rosehip and Jojoba are both great oils for diminishing the appearance of scars, I have used Rosehip seed oil on its own before, and it really does make a difference.

Benefits listed on the packaging:

  • Antioxidant protection
  • Non greasy
  • High absorbency
  • Hydrates & nourishes

Jojoba Oil

The Jojoba oil contains Vitamin C and fatty acids for skin defence.

The packaging reads “Closely resembling a sebum, a substance naturally produced by skin glands to promote a softer, more radiant complexion. Contains Vitamin C and essential fatty acids for all round skin defence. A natural conditioner that leaves hair silky smooth- lasting protection for the skin and scalp.”

Jojoba oil is great because it mimics the natural oil your body produces, that is why it is so effective when used on the skin.  It is known to improve dryness and skin texture.  I applied this on my body and feet.  After doing a foot soak with some epsom salts and lavender essential oil, I applied the Jojoba oil to my feet, and it helped a lot with any dryness I had.

Benefits listed on packaging:

  • Natural conditioner
  • Non greasy
  • Protects and repairs
  • High absorbency

Both oils are 100% natural, and extremely conditioning for the skin, but on top of this they are also fast-absorbing and non-greasy.  This is a HUGE plus in my books.  Personally, I don’t like it when my skin feels greasy, or like there is residue on it after using a product- especially oils (even though this can be hard to avoid.)  Eden’s Semilla oils absorb so well into the skin, and you can barely feel any residue leftover.

Both oils are beneficial for:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Nails

After using these oils for about two weeks, I notice a difference in the overall consistency of my skin.  By this I mean normally in Winter I have to moisturize my body every single day to avoid getting dry skin, and by the next day I notice my skin already feeling tight and needing to be moisturized again.  Yet since I have been using the Eden’s Semilla oils, my skin still feels conditioned by the next day when I go to moisturize again.  I really like the texture of these oils as well, they are both not too thick and not too thin.  They are very easy to spread on the skin- a little goes a long way, and scent wise they are both very light.

Tip: I like to use these together as well!  If you are pressed for time, or you don’t want to wait for the oil to absorb, I suggest mixing this with body moisturizer.  I put some drops of each in the palm of my hand and mix it with my favourite body moisturizer.  This way it spreads on evenly, and you don’t have to wait as long to get dressed.

In terms of product, Eden’s Semilla offer natural oils, essential oils and facial serums.  You can shop their products by clicking here.  The Vitamin E oil retails for $18.95 for 60ml and $28.95 for 120ml.  The Jojoba oil retails for $19.95 for 60ml and $24.95 for 120ml.  Both oils also come with a dropper that conveniently fits on the bottle.

Have you tried natural oils to moisturize your skin?  Or have you tried Eden’s Semilla products?  Let me know in a comment below!

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Thank you again to Eden’s Semilla for sending me both of these oils! xo

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/

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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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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.

Cityline Taping- Dave Lackie Event

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending Cityline in Toronto- the longest running and most successful daytime show for women in Canadian history.  Shout-out and huge THANK YOU to Dave Lackie for inviting me, and giving me this amazing experience.

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Upon arrival we were brought up to a green room,  where breakfast was served by Coty Prestige.  They did a great job, so impressed by the selection!

Here are some photos:

How cute are these mini bagels?!

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I had such a wonderful time with some of my favourite friends who are beauty bloggers as well.  I highly suggest you follow these ladies, they are all so sweet and have great content:

In this photo: Myself, Grieta and Christine.

With some of my favourite girls!!!  Cityline took this photo of us below and posted it on their Twitter feed:

These girls are absolutely so sweet.  I am so thankful to have met them all thanks to Dave Lackie and beauty blogging.  From left to right: Christine, myself, Nicci and Cat.

This taping was on a Friday so we got to see a Fashion Friday segment live with Lynn Spence!!! Here are a few photos of some of my favourite outfits shown:

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We also had the treat of seeing Dave’s beauty and fragrance segments!  He and Tracy Moore the host of the show are soo funny together!

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The amount of work the crew puts in is unbelievable.  When you watch the show you really don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, and the amount of team work and dedication it takes to make everything happen.  Absolutely phenomenal people, they were all very sweet and great at explaining how things work.

I also got to see the control/production room, this was so cool!

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This is where the director calls the shots, and the videos and content used in the show gets uploaded (to name a few).  Lots of team work happening in this room!

After the show I went down to take some photos of the set up close.  It is so lovely, I love the vibe they have going on.  So pretty, fresh and modern.

The official Cityline set doors:

The different sections of the set:

I also had my photo taken with Lynn Spence and Candy Signorini, they were both SO funny and great to chat with:

Thank you SO MUCH to Dave and everyone at Cityline for having us.  You treated us to an amazing experience, and showed us a side of broadcast that not many people get to see unless they work in the industry.  The crew really is like a family there, and it is inspiring to see a group of individuals come together, work hard and produce something so many people love like Cityline.

Here is a photo of the extremely generous gift bag we received.  Will be doing some individual posts on some of these products:

I also did a short question interview with Dave on his role with Cityline, and the beauty industry in general.  I wanted to include it in this post, but it would be too long, and I also really think it deserves its own feature/post.  I will instead include it as a separate piece, so stay tuned on my blog this week for that- you won’t want to miss this!  Those of you that already know Dave as well know how kind he is, and I am so grateful he took the time to answer some questions I asked him, and that I can share this with all of you.  I cannot wait for you to see that post this week!

The taping we attended will be airing on Friday, September 9th on CityTV.  If you missed the fun, you can see it all under the hashtag #citylinebeauty.