25 - she/her 📍 Toronto, Canada 💌 email@example.com
A CLEANSER FOR ALL THE STRANGE BIRDS 🦜🦚🦩
If you haven’t heard of Strange Bird before, I really encourage you to check out this amazing small brand. It’s female founded and driven by women’s Mental Health and Representation. I love their holistic approach to creating products and formulas and honestly using this cleanser is such an experience. I swear the smell creates an inexplicable yet instantly calming energy. Strange Birds’ formulas are centred around 3 certified organic botanicals: Ginger, Ginseng and Goji to leave your skin feeling hydrated, bouncy and looking glowy. They use Crab Apple essence known to cleanse negative energy, they call it ‘meditation in a bottle’ and I can say first hand I now know what they mean! also, they inscribe each product with a mantra and a spiritual prompt to help you transform your skincare routine into a ritual of self love. I love how much detail, care and compassion went into creating these products. Skincare has truly been an important pathway to self love for me and I’m so glad products like this exist! have you tried Strange Bird yet? SRANGE BIRD - Inner Clarity Cleanser
SRANGE BIRD-Inner Clarity Cleanser
Is there anything more satisfying than an empty?! Especially an eye cream.. I feel like you use so little at a time that it feels like such an accomplishment to polish one of these babies off ✨ I recently finished my FARMACY - Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream with Acerola Cherry I really liked this product, it was a nice consistency and soaked in quickly. I doesn’t smell like cherries, like I think some people would assume.. which is fine by me as I don’t like anything heavily scented near my eyes. I’m not sure it provided the brightening effects it promised but it did keep my under eyes hydrated, protected and looking rested. This little guy goes for $58 for 15ml, I don’t know if I would repurchase this at full price but if there was a deal I would probably snag one. Do you use eye creams ?! 👀
FARMACY-Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream with Acerola Cherry
🌱RATING HERBIVORE FACIAL OILS 🌱
Hey everyone, I wanted to do a quick little review on my experience with these three herbivore facial oils! My number one was the HERBIVORE - Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil For Oily & Acne-Prone Skin . This is the only one of these three I would repurchase, it has a very distinct sweet herbal smell that has grown on me so much to the point were I find it absolutely delightful now. It isn’t for everyone, especially at first but if you like it I promise you will end up loving it. The full size goes for $94 for 50ml but will last you ages since you only need 3-4 drops at a time. The blue tansy oil which gives this facial oil it’s bright blue colour helps reduce redness and clear completions with its anti inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also has a sedative effect which can help reduce stress, tension and anxiety. This is my all time favourite facial oil, and is now a total staple in my skincare collection. Next is the HERBIVORE - Phoenix Rosehip Anti-Aging Face Oil for Dry Skin this oil is just a little too expensive for me at $115, anything above $100 is where I draw the line especially when there are so many other more affordable rosehip based oils on the market. This definitely smells floral, rose dominant, with a little soft citrus - it’s very hydrating and soothing. I’m glad I tried it but price is the main reason why I wouldn’t repurchase. And lastly HERBIVORE - Orchid Facial Oil I’m sorry... this is not for me. It may be for some but not me haha. It seriously reminds me of my grandmas bathroom - a constant overwhelming potpourri smell. It’s $84 for a full size and I’d 10/10 recommend spending the extra $10 and snag the lapis oil instead! If you like some not so delicate, feminine florals this might be for you but if you are scent sensitive this could just be a headache. Have you tried these oils? Do you agree, disagree?! Let me know your thoughts ✨💛
HERBIVORE-Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil For Oily & Acne-Prone Skin
CHEERS TO NEW YEARS, AND NEW GOALS 🥂
This year has been a crazy one, And I think like most people I am excited to put it in the rearview A not so Fun fact, Ontario actually went into ‘lockdown’ on my 25th birthday so you can imagine this wasn’t the year I had planned for. But a new year offers so much promise and potential, and I’m excited to redirect my energy in a more positive way! Here are a few of my resolutions: Dedicate more time to self-care practices that boost my confidence; I really admire @Skincyclopediaand I’m so glad we connected through this community. She inspired this resolution after she posted a wonderfully candid post to her Instagram that really sparked something in me. I am grateful for her confidence that is truly contagious, and her unforgiving pursuit to make things right in this world. Dedicate more time to movement; This year turned my life upside down, my work, which gives me a large sense of purpose was shut down for almost 9 months. The career goals I’d been chasing that were finally in front of me all got cancelled or post-poned indefinitely and as an extrovert all the things that give me energy were considered un-safe. Which for the first time in 25 years caused me to have frequent and debilitating panic attacks, to the point of needing medication. I found that movement and excersize really helped burn the energy that can sometimes hurl me into panic if it gets to pent up but had a hard time finding the motivation last year. But this year I plan to make it a priority! And Lastly Dedicate more time to activities that engage my mind and my relationship; This past year me and my partner got into a bit of a habit of always sitting in front of the TV after dinner and either putting on a movie or show basically until it was time to clean up and head to bed. Although I have watched many great movies this year haha I really didn’t ever feel like it was very productive. So me and my partner agreed that we would make a list of things to do on week nights other than watch TV .For example one night we will pick a recipe from a cookbook to make together. Then after we’ve made the new recipe we will spend the rest of the night looking through cookbooks to decide what we will make together the following week. One night will be for reading and one night will be for board/card games and so on so forth! I’m really looking forward to a brighter 2021! ⭐️ Do you have any similar resolutions ?
MY 2020 TOP 5 ✨
I love this prompt from @cherieand was excited to start thinking about some of my favourites from 2020. It was a nice chance to really reflect on the past year, and celebrate my personal self care journey. So here are my favourites! Product - After lots of consideration I decided to choose one of my favourite products for each category of: face, lips and hair! So many great products this year it’s so hard to choose, but I would say for face: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream was my all time favourite discovery, so effective for my specific concerns (sun damage/milia)! The SUMMER FRIDAYS - Lip Butter Balm was my favourite lip product - I was addicted to the smell + really kept my lips hydrated. Plus for the price, you know I wasn’t gunna misplace this bad boy. And lastly, I would almost consider it a full on addiction how much I loved the OLAPLEX - No. 7 Bonding Oil , seriously this stuff changed my life! Trend - Sustainable packaging, and gorgeous reusable jars were one of my favourite trends. I love this shift towards mindfulness, especially because I often feel like it’s a domino effect where it can start with mindfulness to the environment, than mindfulness of people and surroundings and I believe this is a very important/healthy shift for consumers. My best look - Dark lips, always. Favourite Creators - I couldn’t possibly choose just one, there are so many creators here that are amazing, unique, lovely, smart, creative and genuine - I’m so grateful for this platform! But a few accounts I think you should definitely check out - @heynoonoofor some of the most beautiful makeup looks I’ve ever seen, just absolute works of art! @D.Bennettthis gorgeous human has an amazing page. All encompassing, wonderfully informative and super relatable. @annkrishaAnn’s page is awesome, from Halloween looks to gift guides ... she’s ON it. Not to mention her results posts are super helpful and informative. @Mallory- I love her content, her posts are very relatable and she is just genuinely such a good person! Something I learned - SPF if so important! APPLY - than REAPPLY even in the winter. I really like THANK YOU FARMER - Sun Project Water Sun Cream Hope you enjoyed my top 5 ✨💛
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
The Ordinarys’ biggest BUST
So typically I’m a pretty big fan of The Ordinary products. They are a great budget friendly brand (especially in Canada where brands like Good Molecules are a bit harder to get). Plus they offer a great range of different ingredient focused products. BUT, man oh man... I would not wish this product on ANYONE. This The Ordinary - Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants is a total NO. Maybe it’s the red undertones in my skin but this SPF makes me look like I’ve been dead for 3+ days. It has a greyish purple tint to it, that leaves a terrible ghostly purple white cast. It’s a thick cream that takes awhile to absorb. Personally I found this really caked in my eyebrows and along my hairline... I put it on before I went for a run and actually had to scrape it out of my eyebrows in the shower afterwards 🤢 Even at only $8.90 CAD for a 50ml bottle I still feel like I wasted my money... so I’m gunna say it... I would RATHER get coal than The Ordinary - Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants !!!!! Have you tried this sunscreen?! What are your favourite budget spfs?
The Ordinary-Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants
2020 Top 5 ✨
This year has been a whirlwind! These are my 2020 top 5s: 1. Product fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer I’ve been using this for almost 6 weeks now every night and whew! This kept my skin together at night even know as I am healing my moisture barrier. Fresh is definitely on my repurchase list and out of everything this is my everyday product. 2. Trend Retinol A lot of products and routine became “popular” this year. Out of all of these I’ve found this to be the most effective! My skin has cleared up (broke out again), evened out, and reduced in lines and it’s because I have kept a retinol based product in my Arsenal since May ! DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask Some of my faves ! 3. My Best Look This was my photoshoot when my son was 2 months old 💙 I spent about a good 2 hours on my makeup and hair that morning so I take pride in it, plus my son face is priceless. 4. Favorite Creators This was super hard! The way I narrowed down my choices were based on who’s post I saved the most. I don’t save a lot of posts so when I do it speaks to me that I enjoyed reading and I know that this persons experience was honest and thorough! I also have some few close but these were my top 4: @JaNeeReviews @skinwithlau @RedheadSkincare @madihomewood 5. What I learned “Great things never come from your comfort zone” I stepped outside of my comfort zone this year. I’m sure everyone did. Mines was personal to me because I started researching more and experimenting on a deeper level with my skin. I found myself trying things I knew nothing about and it felt great! Stepping outside of my comfort zone has been an amazing feeling .. scary but rewarding. I hope to never put limits on my goals and plans !
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
KKW use this to reapply sunscreen over makeup😲 Do you wanna try?
❤️Sunscreen❤️ is definitely an indispensable product that needs to be in our skincare routine. Sunscreen has always been underestimated by most people, and I've done the same thing before lol. I just realized the importance of sunscreen not long ago, when I saw the sunspots and fine lines on my face. Sunscreen can not only protect us from sun damage but also prevent the aging caused by the sun. We need to apply sunscreen before we go out, but more importantly, we need to reapplying sunscreen around every 4-5 hours. ❤️Kim Kardashian's Recommendation: Anyone who wears face makeup on a daily basis understands the struggle when it comes to reapplying sunscreen. Get my skin to be protected or ruin my face makeup. For me is just like the question that Hamlet said " To be or not to be." 😂Turns out, the KKW Beauty founder, Kim Kardashian actually had the same trouble. She has been looking for a product that goes on clear and works over makeup, and she finally found one: 👍Lumasol's Post-Makeup SPF 50 Mist. ❤️Lumasol's Post-Makeup SPF 50 Mist：lumasol - SPF50 Starter Kit Use: This product is very simple to use, after you wear makeup and go outside, just mist it on your face and then wait for it to dry, and then you are all set! SPF 50 is a necessity. Not ruin your makeup and get you protected. SPF 50 Formula: Protects your face from sunburns and aging. Vegan and cruelty-free. Non-greasy, invisible formula, light-weight, the fast-absorbing mist that can apply after makeup. Tech Integration: Smart engine reminds you when it’s time to reapply SPF. Bottle changes colors when exposed to UVA / UVB Rays. Informs and protects your face and neck from burns. Replenish with vial refills for daily facial sun protection. This is definitely my favorite part that really attracts me to buy it! Anywhere You Go: Conveniently sized for any environment. Compact design allows for easy on-the-go spray application. Fits in your pocket or bag for everyday facial SPF protection. Kit includes a lanyard to make sunscreen fit your lifestyle. I really want to get one for myself. Let me know if you have this little cutie and how you feel about it! ❤️Hope you guys like this!❤️
lumasol-SPF50 Starter Kit
🐌 VENOM ?!
I stumbled upon @IntoxicatedCosmeticsa little while ago and was totally mesmerized by their concept and branding. Rachel, the founder of intoxicated has built a line of serums based on ectothermic animal venom in an effort to bridge the gap between topical serums and injectable solutions. 💪🏼 |PERFORMANCE| I tried the snail venom serum first, and holy smokes was I impressed with the results. I’ve been fixated on that deep line in the middle of my forehead and I cannot believe how much it has softened in JUST 10 DAYS. This photo was taken in the morning pre- am routine and I only use the snail serum 1x per day at night. 🤲🏻 |TEXTURE| I find this is a typical water based serum texture, it’s a little heavier in weight and absorbs quickly. 👃🏻|SCENT| the smell is really soothing, it reminds me of a hot yoga studio or a spa- like a nice lavender gentle eucalyptus calming scent. 💦 |INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT| 🐌 XEP-018 - this is a biomimetic peptide based off the venomous Marine Cone Snail. It’s an instant line relaxer, that gives skin a smooth more even appearance within hours of application. It minimizes muscle contractions, which can help decrease wrinkle depth and smooth expression lines. 🐌All of these serums are cruelty free, and use innovative science to mimic the venom from the creatures that inspired the products. 💸 |VALUE| This serum costs $100USD for 30ml, where I can honestly say this is one of the most expensive serums I’ve used, the results speak for themselves. This is the fasting acting product I think I’ve ever used. Plus if you follow along on their Instagram page, they are often doing sales! At the moment they have a BOGO sale on, so perfect time to treat yourself to something nice for the holidays 😉 #Intoxicated Cosmetics - Snail Venom Serum[products]#[FiveStars]
Chapped Lip Savior 🙌 BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask
A desert island pick for lips! This clean / vegan formula (something I prefer for my lip products since it’s my mouth and I eat and drink with it on) is a super nourishing balm/mask combo perfect for even the driest and coldest climates. BITE - Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask is packed with a super-charged ingredients list for maximum repair and rejuvenation. Agave nectar is their signature key ingredient to soften and smooth lips. It’s anti-inflammatory and promotes moisture retention for supple lips, and is great for cold winter days to help keep lips soft. Oat kernel flour which is a common ingredient to help with dryness and itching soothes, heals, and further protects lips from the elements, and is perfect for helping with the dryness and inflammation from chapping. Açaí is full of vitamin C which provides massive antioxidant benefits such as helping prevent photo damage which protects collagen and thus natural plumpness Mangosteen (another powerful fruit) helps keeps lips hydrated by combatting environmental stressors via its unique combination of antioxidants. This formula is free of lanolin, and is a gentle vanilla-orange scent. I use this every day / night and don’t have to apply it very often since it lasts long and stays on well through sleeping, eating, and drinking. I don’t find it thick or sticky like other lip masks, and can wear it comfortably all the time— even under my mask. I really love this line from bite beauty, and this lip mask will forever be a go-to of mine for travel and in my bag, since I can rely on it always to keep my lips feeling and looking great.
BITE-Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask
Revolution Satin Kiss lipsticks 💋
I absolutely love the REVOLUTION - Satin Kiss Lipstick— they’re only AU$10 / US$7 / £4 and great value for money. The formula is creamy and easy to apply, they come in a beautiful range of colours which have great colour payoff, are non-drying and comfortable to wear. They also come in super cute rose gold packaging and the tubes are topped with lips in the colour of the lipstick which makes them easy to identify when they’re stored in my lipstick organiser without needing to pull them out and look at the bases like with pretty much every other lipstick I own.
REVOLUTION-Satin Kiss Lipstick
Viberance Beauty 😍
Non- Toxic Crystal Infused Skincare Minerals found in crystals have anti-inflammatory + anti-bacterial properties and help firm, tone + regenerate skin. All VIBERANCE crystals are ethically sourced + cut by hand to harness positive energy for both mind + skin. VIBERANCE beauty products are formulated with non-toxic + cruelty-free ingredients and paired with an unique crystal. Every crystal carries different energy, and by harmonizing them with our powerful vegan formulas we create innovative skincare products that raise vibrations, encourage self-love and help skin appear vibrant and healthy-looking. ** from the Viberance Website www.theviberance.com VIBERANCE FORMULAS ARE FREE OF: >> Animal Testing + Animal Ingredients >> Sulfates + Parabens >> Phthalates + Mineral Oil + Petroleum >> Synthetic Fragrance + Artificial Colors I was super excited to receive this gorgeous package in the mail today 🥰 The products are: ILLUMINATE // BRIGHTENING SERUM- GLYCOLIC ACID + ROSEHIP OIL + VITAMIN C Described as: Infused with Rose Quartz Crystal Obelisk and plant-based ingredients, this revitalizing all-natural face serum helps skin shine its brightest by diminishing dark spots and enhancing skin tone + texture. THRIVE // ABUNDANCE MIST PRO-VITAMIN B5 + ROSE WATER + WITCH HAZEL Described as- Infused with Citrine Crystal and plant-based ingredients this all-natural face mist helps keep skin soft, smooth + healthy-looking. The toning face mist can be used anytime throughout the day to revive skin or to help release negative energies + leave skin dewy & refreshed. CHERISH // EYE LIFT CRÈME ACEROLA CHERRY + PLANT-BASED COLLAGEN + JOJOBA OIL Described as- Infused with Rose Quartz Crystal and plant-based ingredients this all-natural anti-aging eye crème protects and perfects for plumper + younger-looking skin. These products could not be more GORGEOUS and they all smell incredible! I’m super excited about all of them but I’m most excited about the eye cream because the ingredients are amazing 😍😍 I can’t wait to review these beauties!! Are you interested in any of these? 🍒❤️ https://theviberance.com/ Illuminate- https://tinyurl.com/y4dw6j77 Thrive- https://tinyurl.com/y3qsd297 Cherish- https://tinyurl.com/yxuhf49d Also, @viberance also now has Cherie page!! 😍😍 https://www.cherie.com/brand/6904337804038242309/Viberance