Archive | January, 2014

My Simplified Skincare Routine

28 Jan

Hi Lovely Readers,

As you know I spend a lot of time talking about products and beauty routines, but I have never really delved into my own daily rituals. I wanted to share with you a very simplified version.

I love so many different brands and I incorporate them into my routine depending on my skin’s needs or my mood. That said, the foundation of my skincare regime is based solely on readily available, raw ingredients. This (I must confess) is because I have a fear.

I am afraid that I will get stuck using a specific product that I cannot live without; I will move somewhere where they don’t carry it, or it will be discontinued. I don’t like to rely sooo heavily on something that my routine is not sustainable. I know. . . perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but I actually maintain this philosophy throughout my entire life, especially with food. When you learn to create things for yourself, you never have to go without.

Skincare, oil cleansing method

Simplified skincare: sea buckthorn berry oil, raw honey, rose water, coconut & castor oil blend.

So as I said, I have crafted my skincare routine based on single ingredients. Even if I cannot find a certain brand or product, I can always choose another one that I trust based on its primary ingredients.

My skin care routine consists of the following:

  • virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
  • castor oil
  • raw honey
  • rose water
  • cold pressed rosehip oil/ and or sea buckthorn berry oil.

Evening: 

  1. I start by using what is affectionately known as the ‘oil cleansing method’. I will let you read about it here. It uses oil and steam to draw out oil and other impurities (using the simple rule that oil attracts oil). I cleanse using my own oil blend and a microfiber cloth.  The blend can differ depending on individual skin needs; since I have dry skin with the tendency to break out, I use 3:1 coconut oil to castor oil. Also, depending on the season I may follow this up by washing with a gentle cleanser (borrowing One Love Organics’ fantastic ‘double cleansing‘ method).
  2. Next, I spritz my face with rose water which helps prepare my skin to absorb more moisture (for the same reason why a wet sponge absorbs more water than a dry one).
  3. On damp skin I slather a rosehip or sea buckthorn berry oil. These are my favourites since they act to reduce inflammation and skin pigmentation, heal scars, and are high in fatty acids (if I am really dry, I will use a moisturizer before I put on the oil, currently I am using Holistic Vanity’s Brightening Hyaluronic Lotion).
This polar vortex is wrecking havok on my skin!

This polar vortex is wreaking havoc on my skin and it is in need of some serious moisture!

Morning: 

  1. I wash only with water (my skin is more balanced without a second wash- I highly recommend trying this!), but if I am feeling oily or a little off-balance, I will wash with raw honey. I first wet my face and then massage a small amount on skin. I will sometimes let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off. Raw honey is naturally antibacterial, yet gentle and will not strip your skin (note: pasteurized honey is not as effective).
  2. Next up, a spray of rose water.
  3. All followed with a moisturizer (I leave the oil for night, unless I am feeling particularly dry).

Et, voilà! There you have it lovelies, my simplified skincare routine. I always add things here and there, and change it up depending on the season, but I really love using raw ingredients and seeing what magic they can do on my skin without any assistance from chemists or labs.

– Seanna

What is your favourite skincare routine?

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5 New Year’s Resolution for your Beauty Regime: Part 2

22 Jan

Hi Lovelies,

This is Part 2 of Resolutions for your Beauty Regime! If you missed Part 1, check it out here.

It's a new day, new year!

It’s a new day, new year!

To recap: The Globe and Mail recently posted an article on how to freshen up your beauty routine for the new year, but since all of the product suggestions were full of nasty chemicals I am adding my own natural twist for you lovely readers! Let’s pick up where we left off:

3. Man up

The article says:

“If the guy in your life is prone to depleting your jar of La Prairie, it’s time to return the favour and pinch his products as well.”

You may not be scrambling to share aftershave with the men in your life, but this year masculine scents are definitely popular for women. Before you run out to your local department store for that unisex perfume, opt for the real thing. Look for essential oils like patchouli, lavender, frankincense, and bergamot to get a spicy- woodsy scent. Mix 10 to 20 drops of your desired essential oil(s) in 1/8 cup of a carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba oil, and put into a roller ball bottle for an all- natural, bespoke scent.

Roller ball perfume

A unisex scent can be easily created using a roller ball bottle, carrier oil and essential oils.

4. Break the Beauty Rut

The article says:

“Arriving at a hair and makeup routine that works can make getting ready less stressful but following that tried and true pattern day after day can lead to a beauty rut.”

I agree! This is especially true for me in the winter when all I really want to do is cozy up in an oversized sweater with my hair up. Finding a little inspiration for new products, hairstyles and looks can help you break free from the rut! The article suggests trying a beauty box subscription which is a convenient way to test new products; you don’t even need to leave your house! Each month a specially curated selection of products gets delivered to your door for you to enjoy. Unfortunately I am yet to find a good natural beauty subscription box that delivers to Canada. If you know of one, please tell me! In the meantime, let me offer you a few fantastic online stores to peruse. I guarantee that you will not be able to look without wanting to try at least one hot new colour or product.

Eco Diva     Clementine Fields     Fresh Faced     Spirit Beauty Lounge

Also, don’t forget to check back regularly at Oceans & Potions for natural beauty inspiration. And as always, if you have any specific questions about products, or need any special recommendations, please ask!

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Try something new! When I first started wearing red lipstick it was a shock, but now I can’t get enough of bold, bright colours.

5. Repair that Hair

The article says:

“Asking many women to forsake their blow driers and flat irons is like asking Kanye to stop being obsessed with, well, Kanye. Instead, protect hair from styling trauma (and repair it if need be).”

Try these key tips to save your mane!

1. Prepare hair with a heat protector: Put down that silicone-based serum and use Yarok’s Feed Your Ends Leave in Conditioner. This lightweight spray loaded with vitamins, minerals, and essential oils actually helps to nourish your hair while protecting it from the heat.

2. Deep condition hair once a week: Masks are not only for damage control. A regular deep conditioning treatment can help keep your hair healthy, making it stronger to resist damage from styling tools.

No need for fancy hair masks though, use coconut or argan oil. To use, wet hair and slather oil all over strands, (massaging into scalp if it is dry). Next, wrap hair in a hot damp towel and let sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo. If using coconut oil you may have to wash your hair once more in the morning if it appears to be bit greasy. Lastly, do not comb your hair immediately after washing. Wait 10-15 minutes and use a wide- tooth comb. This will help to prevent breakage.

That’s a wrap! 5 resolutions to revamp and refresh your beauty routine.

What new products are you dying to try this year?

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Beauty Regime: Part 1

16 Jan

Hello Lovely Readers!

Now that we have all adjusted to this brand new year (hopefully), I figured it is a good time to throw some NEW resolutions your way ( just in case you need more on your plate) 🙂

Resolve to make some changing this year!

Resolve to make some changes this year!

Last Saturday while enjoying my favourite ritual of cozying up in bed with a hot beverage to read the weekend paper, I came across an article entitled, “Beautiful Resolutions” . The article offered 5 simple changes that can freshen up any beauty regime, perfect I thought! Except one problem: for people like you and me who stick to the pure and natural, most of the product suggestions fall a bit short.

And so. . . I bring you an annotated version with my own natural suggestions.

This is part one (I don’t want to throw too much at you at once!).

1. Purge Some Products

The article states:

“When cosmetics age, the preservatives wear off and bacteria, ranging from colonies of dirt to infection-causing microorganisms, invade. ”

I totally agree. This is especially important when using all natural products since they do not contain synthetic preservatives. I provided some tips and a helpful link in a previous post.

Makeup bag cleanup

Makeup bag cleanup

2. Leave the House Naked

Obviously we’re not talking about clothing here…

The article states:

The “au natural” look is showing up on many 2014 runways, “makeup artist Tom Pecheux for Balmain epitomized the trend, which is as much about skin care as it is about minimal makeup use.”

I love this suggestion! Focusing on skincare, rather than makeup, can make you look even more radiant (since it’s your skin that glows, and not just your bronzer!) To go “au natural”  having well-moisturized skin is key. For this, the article suggests adding a hydrating gel to your regime and applying it under your moisturizer. I suggest, rather than using a paraben-ladden gel, use a plant- based serum that will act like a skin multi-vitamin and help prep it to receive more moisture.

Try  One Love Organics’ Morning Glory full of stimulating rasberry leaf and anti-inflammatory peppermint and lemon balm or, Pure + Simple’s Vitamin C Serum formulated with algae and Vitamin A, E, & C to assist skin immunity and aid in cell regeneration.

One Love Organics Morning Glory Serum, 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream, RMS "Un" Cover-Up

One Love Organics’ Morning Glory serum, 100% Pure’s Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, RMS “Un” Cover-Up

If you need added coverage (I know, it’s scary for some to think about ever leaving the house with nothing but a moisturizer), the article suggests using a CC cream to even out the skin tone. I recommend staying away from CC (colour correcting) or BB (beauty balm, or blemish balm) creams which toute their blemish fighting, sun protecting, and complexion smoothing properties. Unfortunately they often contain chemical SPF, drying salicylic acid, and synthetic preservatives.

Instead try an an antioxidant, non-clogging, mineral- based tinted moisturizer like Eminence Organics with an SPF 25. I have raved about this product before, and I will continue to since it leaves the skin feeling light, looking dewy, and smells amazing!

Let that skin shine like the sun!

Let that skin shine like the sun!

Next up the article suggests, “Blend a de-puffing, dark-circle-erasing eye cream around the contour of your eyes before applying a spot corrector where needed.”

Try 100% Pure’s Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, which has received rave reviews. The cream is formulated with caffeine from green tea and coffee that offers anti-inflammatory benefits, and de-puffs the eye area while increasing circulation to brighten dark circles.

For a spot corrector try, RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-Up (again, one of my favourites). It does the trick for spot treatment, brightening the under-eye, or for any light coverage. The creamy texture will leave you feeling like you have nothing on at all!

Finally, finish off with a nourishing lip conditioner for a healthy radiant look. Maybe even try making your own using my lip butter recipe!

Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3  of more fabulous new year beauty resolutions!

What changes have you made to your beauty regime lately? 

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