Archive | November, 2012

Whole Living: A Day at the Expo

13 Nov

This past weekend was the Whole Life Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  From November 9 -11, this venue was flooded with holistic health vendors showcasing everything from the newest skincare line to green solutions for the home.

I was extremely excited to attend partly because I LOVE expos (something about the endless rows of vendors and free samples), and partly because they are the best places to discover new trends and products. It usually happens that JUST when I thought I knew about everything available to me in this city, I leave delightfully surprised with the discovery of a new local retailer or service provider.

This was certainly the case on Saturday, and for those of you who did not attend (and for those of you who did), I want to share my experience:

Skin Essence Organics

I came across the Skin Essence Organics table with no previous knowledge of the company. David Brooke, one of the company’s partners, gave me a short product demo and I was immediately hooked! Certified organic, fair trade, and cold pressed (completely raw), the products are comprised of rich oils and pure plant extracts that left my skin feeling nothing short of amazing. No amount of diamond dust or gold leaf found in luxury skin creams can compare to the pure nourishing effects of natural oils. I cannot wait to share more with you about this locally produced skincare line!

Skin Essence Organics moisturizer line

Tranzitions Salon

An organic and vegan hair salon… what a concept! We spend so much time ensuring that our personal shampoos and conditioners are chemical free, but what about the products our hair stylists use? When I came across Tranzitions Salon, I was so delighted to see that such places exist! All of their products (including hair dye) are sulfate free, ammonia free, plastics/phthalates free, and paraben free. Now I am on a search to find all organic salons in the city, preferable one that is closer to home. After all, natural beauty does not mean sacrificing good haircare!

Tranzitions Salon

Joy McCarthy Lecture- Natural Beauty From the Inside Out

This is the second time that I have heard Joy McCarthy speak and it is always a pleasure. Joy is a Holistic Nutritionist and promotes health through the nourishing powers of whole foods via lectures, workshops and private consultations. During her lecture, she discussed the importance of foods in the maintenance of good skin health. Believe it or not, lotions and potions can only do so much to keep us looking beautiful; it is also the foods that we put into our bodies that affect how our skin looks and feels. My absolute favourite foods for glowing skin are those that contain omega 3-fatty acids. Found in foods like wild salmon and dark leafy greens (yes! kale and spinach are excellent sources of omega 3s!), omega 3-fatty acids have amazing anti-inflammatory properties and moisturize the body from the inside out.

That wraps up my overview of the Whole Life Expo 2012. I hope that you had a chance to check it out and I would love to hear about your own experiences!

– Seanna

Burt’s Beauty Review – Tinted Lip Balm

8 Nov

When it comes to lips, I am picky. I have high expectations in terms of quality, yet low tolerance for sticky textures, fragmented pigment or glossy finishes. Although I am not generally concerned with staying power, I want a product that distributes evenly and requires minimal touch-ups.

Luckily, Burts Bee’s Tinted Lip Balms have met my demands. They are ideal for a subtle office-look, leaving a naturally lightweight flush without melting off your lips after a few sips of coffee. I have the balm in Red Dahlia, a deeper burgundy-red, which can be worn all year round. The conditioning factor is unbelievable! There is no need to apply multiple layers since extreme colour is not the main goal of this product. Instead, this balm moisturizes effectively while leaving a soft, sweet flavour on your lips. Delicious!!

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

My favourite thing about this product – and most lip balms in general – is that there is no need to apply lip liner beforehand. This is especially convenient since your look naturally transitions with your makeup as it adjusts to light throughout the day, rather than struggling to maintain a polished look from dawn until dusk. My lips, in particular, have a naturally dark undertone, often finishing with a deepened effect of the colour displayed on the package. Again, this is perfect if you are trying to achieve a naturally conditioned lip with just a tint of colour.

Bare Lips

Lips in Red Dahlia

The packaging is a little deceiving. It seems like you’re getting a super size quantity, only to realize that the actual size of the stick is 1/3 of the exterior tube. The ingredients also claim to be 100% Natural, yet there has been recent controversy surrounding the Burt’s line of products. You may want to test the product to ensure it’s safe before applying to your own lips. Staying power is mediocre, like any balm, and the colour selection tends to be on the neutral side – but I guess that’s the whole point of going for “natural” as opposed to “naked”.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance look that doesn’t require frequent touch-ups, this is an essential!

Burts Bees Tiger Lily Tinted Lip Balm

Has anyone else tried these items?
– Lina

Hello world!

2 Nov

Hello World!
We’d like to welcome you to our pride and joy, Oceans & Potions! Together, we’ll be seeking out the most natural and practical solutions for beautifying your mind and body.

We look forward to sharing our secrets with you!

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