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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? 

Inside Seanna’s Makeup Bag (Spring Edition)

9 Apr

I often wonder how other modern-day women keep themselves looking “flirty and fresh” and will always jump at the chance to swap beauty secrets. . . or even take a peek in their makeup bags!

In the spirit of sharing, here’s a glance at mine:


Sparse, right? Well, for someone who claims to love cosmetics and makeup trends as I do, I like to keep it simple –particularly as the weather gets warm.

Just like a closet, it’s important to clean up our makeup bags and change as the seasons do. For two reasons: first, who wants to be lugging around last season’s colours?  Secondly, makeup expires and collects bacteria! Ditch the old and while you are at it, clean those makeup brushes! Not sure how long to keep your makeup? Check out makeup expiration dates here.

So, perhaps the best kept secret is to maintain a tidy makeup bag; ensuring you are only keeping the essentials handy, all the while lightening your load. I like to choose one or two hot seasonal looks and go with it.

My inspiration this spring is a natural, almost bare, makeup look with bold lips and a dewy finish.

(Top left going counter clockwise)

Pure and Simple All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 for sensitive skin– A great micronized mineral sun block with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that act as a physical barrier to the sun’s rays. It dries matte, does not leave a white residue (thanks to the micronization of minerals), and can be worn easily under makeup. This formula also contains chamomile to soothe any skin irritations.

Eminence Tinted Moisturizer, Vanilla Latte– This tinted moisturizer gives a great dewy look with just a hint of colour, which works well to even out the complexion. This formula contains SPF 25 which I wear in addition to my SPF 30. It might sound like overkill, but the actual amount of suncreen, or a product with an SPF, that we apply onto our skin is not usually the recommended amount which was used when the manufacturer was calculating  the SPF factor. The amount of tinted moisturizer I actually wear (which is one or two pumps) gives me sun coverage for a lot less time than what is expected out of an SPF 25.

100% Pure Fruit pigmented mascara, Black Tea-Lately I have been all about bare eyes with just a coat of mascara. This one is great for just that, and is ultra lengthening.

RMS Un-Cover Up, #11-This product has been all the rage lately and Rose- Marie Swift, its founder, has gained quite the following. All with good reason. The creamy texture, made with coconut oil is perfect to hide dark circles or blemishes without a chalky or dry look. It covers well, blends beautifully, and moisturizes-  all without covering up the skin’s natural appearance.

RMS Lip2Cheek,Smile’– I love any product that lets me multitask. I pat this lovely pink/coral colour on my cheeks (with my fingers!) and dab it on my lips at the same time. Like the Un-Cover Up, it is made with coconut oil and is ultra moisturizing. Since it is so creamy, the pigment is quite subtle but still leaves a rosy glow.

Bite Beauty Luminous Cream Lipstick, custom colour– Bite is a fantastic Toronto company and is sold exclusively at Sephora. It makes highly pigmented lipsticks (and glosses!) that are so creamy and moisturizing. . . see the theme here? This colour is ‘White Zinfandel’, a bold pink/magenta, which was custom blended by Bite at its Sephora launch.

Eco Tools makeup brushes- I regularly use the concealer and foundation brushes to blend in my ‘Un-Cover Up’. The bristles are made of synthetic taklon and have handles made of bamboo and recycled aluminum ferrules. They are high performing and super soft!

Bite Beauty Superfruit Butter Acai Lip Treatment– To keep my lips soft and conditioned, I apply this treatment before my lipstick. I also always have my own lip butter on hand.

Ilia Illuminator, Polka Dot & Moonbeams (Not pictured here)– This easy- to- apply stick is great for a quick luminous glow. I swipe this over my cheek bones, dab a little on my brow bones, and a bit in the corners of my eyes.

As you can see, it’s no secret – I keep my makeup bag trim by using multi-purpose products. I love anything that saves time and space. I also love products that are ultra moisturizing and give me a radiant glow, with a bold pop of colour on my lips!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

– Seanna

Lina’s Eco-chic Makeup Bag

19 Jan

Hi Beauties!

As some of you have read, my recent clean beauty endeavours have centred on a green skincare routine that features DIY cleansers, fresh juice to beautify internally, and my secret weapon – the Clarisonic. In order to further enhance my natural features in a safe and effective way, I have also replaced the majority of my cosmetics with non-toxic alternatives.

So here’s a moment of truth – the current contents of my makeup bag:


Lina’s Eco-chic Make-up Bag

Top Row – Left to Right

DIY Lip and Skin Balm – I customized this homemade, multipurpose cream for use on my entire face which includes key ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter that are ideal for my skin type. You can also add a little beeswax if you prefer a firmer texture.

Ilia Lipstick: Both Seanna and I have discussed our successes with the Ilia brand of lipstick, which remains my favourite in comparison to some of it’s more affordable counterparts. I’m still wearing the colour in “Femme Fatale”.

The Healthy Deodorant: Tossing my aluminum-based antiperspirants for this solid-stick by Lavanila was sheer genius. Despite it’s hefty price tag, I love the vanilla-lavender scent and its superior protection throughout the entire day. Plus the packaging is cute 😉

Eminence Tinted Moisturizer in Caramel Latte: Another O&P rave that we highly recommend, especially in the winter months when the last thing you want to add to your AM make-up routine is sunscreen.

Herban Essentials Towelette: These wipes sanitize, moisturize, and disinfect with the use of natural oils! I personally use the eucalyptus towelette to freshen up after yoga but, as you can see, the possibilities are endless: http://www.herbanessentials.com/product/Eucalyptus

10ml Lime Pure Essential Oil by Edens Garden: Perhaps my greatest greenbeauty achievement – swapping travel-size perfume bottles for pocket-size essential oils! My hubby got me this beautiful set over the holidays, and I instantly fell in love with the idea. The tiny bottles are colourful and compact, easy to carry around and switch up whenever you’re ready for a new scent. If you can’t apply essential oil directly on your skin, you can mix a carrier oil into the fragrance of your choice instead.

Jane Iredale Shimmer Powder in “Rose Gold”/ eye- liner pencil in “Basic Black”: 24-Karat Gold Dust by Jane Iredale works great with Eminence’s Moisturizer, providing the ultimate sun-kissed glow in the dead of winter! And who could resist a classic black eye-liner that contains all ingredients that I can actually pronounce. These are must-haves.

Dead Sea Premier Buffing Block: This was my first purchase from the GRATiAE Organic Skin Care store that just opened in Toronto. The buffing block uses *pure silk* to completely remove all lines and ridges from nails, leaving them super smooth with a natural gloss and lasting shine. For me, this product is ideal because I work in an office yet often slack on painting my nails.

3 easy steps to presentable natural nails. No polish required!

3 easy steps to presentable natural nails. No polish required!

I’ll admit, there are some mainstream products not pictured above – i.e. Dior Extase mascara – that I continue to use on a regular basis, mainly because I’m still looking for a suitable replacement. However, I’m confident that I will eventually find the perfect brands and adapt the techniques of a proper holistic beauty approach…exclusively. Thanks for allowing me to reflect on some of my choices in the meantime!

And so the journey continues…

– Lina

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