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LiveClean sunscreens-for the first day of summer!

*I received these products for review-opinions and thoughts are mine all mine.

I am so.over.dreary.weather. Who’s with me?

While my favorite season is officially fall, I am in need of some sunshine.  All the vitamin D supplementation in the world just cannot compare.  I’m hoping to use this sunscreen when spring finally decides to roll around….and at this point I think Mother Nature will skip it and full steam ahead to summer.  Which at this point, is fine with me.  Today was sunny, which made me smile.  I’m hoping this is the new trend because after all, it actually IS the first day of summer.   While I do embrace my pale, when I’m outdoors or away on a ‘cottage weekend’, I apply sun protection.  Liberally.

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Review- Live Clean Biotin Extra Body Shampoo and Conditioner

I received these products for review-if you watch me on YouTube you’d know that already (shameless plug).  So subscribe here please 🙂

Obviously my hair means something to me-especially if you know me or have seen me in person, on facebook, on instagram, on snapchat or on YouTube (again, shameless plugs).  I am, for the most part a professional salon product user -from conditioner, to shampoo, to styling aids and accessories.  Once in awhile, I like to ‘play the field’-which my stylist HATES (sorry Marina).  Seriously though, it’s good to take a look at what’s “out-there” and see if I’m missing anything.

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Breaking: Local beauty brand goes Hollywood!

Because you know how much I love my local skincare!

BEE23 Natural Beauty is a Canadian beauty brand specializing in full body high performance skincare. In harnessing the potent power of plants, flowers, trees and beeswax, our product line has served as an exceptional natural alternative for maturing, dry and sensitive skin care with excellent results in soothing eczema and acne.

Queen Bee of BEE23 Natural Beauty, Michelle Rosetta, began this venture in an off grid cabin outside Thunder Bay, ON when she was impassioned by the current state of our environment and the impact our beauty industry had not only on our planet but on our people. “After suffering from severe headaches, I realized the trigger was my favourite perfume.” says Rosetta “Although the scent was soft, with research I realized there were severely detrimental synthetic chemical additives in my product. As a woman and mother, I immediately saw the connection between what I wore on my skin, my health and the impact it had on those around me and my environment.” Taking matters into her own hands, Michelle set out on a journey to gain the knowledge and skills to create a natural formula that would soothe, restore and rejuvenate with all the aspects of a potent facial moisturizer and none of the contaminants that actually can dry, irritate and take away from a youthful complexion.

Three years later with a “we can do it” attitude, she has gained a growing incredibly loyal customer base, a substantial retail presence and of course the next step is the red carpet! Now, BEE23 Natural Beauty has been invited to bring their natural glow to one of the notorious gifting suites at the 2017 Awards Week in Hollywood. The goal is to have their products that you love and use become the talk of Tinseltown. If you have seen them in action, then you know they’ve been hustling hard and going to La La Land is in their sights. BEE23 Natural Beauty will be posting their Hollywood adventure from opening curtains to end of chapter via YouTube and social media, so you can join them every step of the way.

Some of my favorite products below-anything you want me to review? Let me know!

  

 

 

 

 

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Small business alert-Honey & Petals, I’m obsessed all over again!

*Please note, this business isn’t necessarily local to me, but it’s a small business that I love and will always support-in addition, it’s a female run business, even BETTER.*

Sometimes, the best kind of relationships are the random ones…..like when people find each-other on twitter and follow.  Such is the case for myself and Honey and Petals Skintanicals.   I have been using this brand’s oils and body butters for several years.  The latest collection, The ‘Cuffed’ collection does NOT disappoint in fragrance or performance.  I normally lean towards gourmand fragrance in body oils and decided to try something a bit different this season.  I went with unbroken gold which is described as a unisex fragrance with notes of leather, grapefruit, and amber that is fresh and sensual.  Couldn’t have said it better myself actually.  The fragrance is luxurious, decadent, and grown up.  It wraps itself around you like your favorite fabric throw blanket.

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Plush Oil is a new & improved formula based off the original Luxe Oil blend. The coconut has been removed and two new amazing oils added-argan oil which is known for its healing properties and camelina oil known for being packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

My love for this oil is exemplified because it is SO versatile-and yes, I do oil my scalp in the winter.  

How to use
Massage into clean slightly damp skin allowing the oils to nourish and penetrate. If using in combination with our whipped shea butter, apply the oil first followed by the butter. If being applied to the face, start with clean slightly damp skin, warm on hands and press into the skin and use ring finger to dab around eye area.

For hair and scalp
Apply to clean slightly damp hair and scalp by warming into hands then massaging into scalp or hair paying attention to the roots and ends pre leave-in conditioner or styling cream.

Ingredients
Avocado oil, tsubaki oil, sea buckthorn, argan oil, safflower oil, olive oil and optional fragrance

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Whipped Shea Butter
This whipped shea butter blend is a unique proprietary formula created with organic shea butter and natural oils, whipped to perfection giving it a light fluffy easy to apply texture. Use it when your skin needs special TLC for dryness. Our blend can be used on the most delicate skin, including small children.

Again, another versatile product-can be used everywhere!  I’ll leave the link to the website below as there are many fragrance options and also a fragrance free option.  

Directions
Massage into clean slightly damp skin allowing the butters and oils to penetrate. If using in combination with our Plush Oil, apply the oil first followed by the whipped shea butter.

For hair and scalp
Apply to clean slightly damp hair and scalp by warming into hands then massaging into scalp or hair paying attention to the roots and ends.

Ingredients
Organic shea butter, avocado oil, tsubaki oil, sea buckthorn, argan oil, safflower oil, olive oil, and optional fragrance

About Honey & Petals:

Honey & Petals Skintanicals (formerly Luxe Oil) is a Black-owned handcrafted luxury body & skin care brand created in Los Angeles by Krissy (@Krissy90220) who grew up with eczema and psoriasis. At a time where many products just didn’t help with dry sensitive skin because of synthetic and harsh ingredients she decided to create her own line of naturally rich butters and oils to cater to those needs without breaking the bank. Luxury products should make you feel and look amazing no matter what and we’re here to deliver that promise.

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*About Us, How to Use, and Ingredients from www.honeyandpetals.com*

BIG sea salt shampoo from LUSH

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My hair is fine in texture.   I have a lot of hair-but it’s flat.  I can get it big and voluminous with a lot of different products and some styling tools.  I added this shampoo to my repetoire as one more step towards ‘going BIG’

 

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From the website:

Body-building shampoo for BIG hair and loads of shine

Over half the base of Big shampoo is made with sea salt, giving massive volume to hair in need of a boost. Sea salt is also full of minerals and de-greases hair, removing dead skin cells and dirt without stripping natural oils for a fresh, squeaky clean feeling. We balance the sea salt with seaweed infusion and extra virgin coconut oil for soft, nourished locks. Finally, fresh citrus juices are squeezed in for incredible shine.

My thoughts:

This is a shampoo you have to get used to.  It is granular and that can feel a bit ummmm ‘different’  than a standard shampoo. I scoop it out with my hands and massage it into my scalp.  Once you get it into your hair, it will lather (not a ton but it will). I usually work it in from root to about halfway down my head, and then let the shampoo trickle down to the ends.  I follow that up with veganese conditioner (another post coming on that eventually) which is light but provides enough moisture that my hair isn’t static.  Then it’s off to the races with a volumizing mousse or a texture spray (let me know if you are interested in seeing/reading about what hair products I use!).

I like this shampoo-it’s different and leaves my hair feeling clean and refreshed.  It’s more than I would like to pay for it, but the results are good so I’ll pay it once in awhile.  If you’re craving volume, it’s best to start with a clean scalp and hair-try this one out!

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Sensitive AND oily skin? Try this-amie Radiant Dawn exfoliating face wash!

*I received this product for review*

I don’t know whether I’m just starting to pay attention or there are more and more people in my friends and family ‘circle’ who are extremely sensitive or allergic to -well, almost everything.  I myself have an appointment with an allergist later this month.  I’ve been looking for different products that are both more ‘natural’ and effective.

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amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash

Deep cleanses pores & exfoliates for clear and radiant skin

Free from Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral oils or animal extracts.

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Lemon Extract
Blueberry Seed
Vitamin E bursting beads

To use:
Smooth over wet face and massage into skin using circular movements and paying particular attention to areas such as the T-zone, where dirt and oil collect. Avoid using on delicate skin around the eye area. Wash away with warm water. Use daily for best results. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

My thoughts:

One thing I’ve also been paying attention to (besides ingredients) is directions on how to best use the product.  Although it seems rather self explanatory, taking 10 seconds to read the instructions can make a difference in how the product performs.

I like this product. It’s not a product that I would use everyday-my underlying fear of exfoliating my face off will never leave me!  I do rather like it.  It’s a product that I would recommend for someone who wants the exfoliation but not the “OMG Am I rubbing my face with sandpaper?” type of exfoliation.  The fragrance is pleasant but not overpowering….scent sensitive types will be able to handle this.

I like that these products are ~95% naturally derived and also that they are wallet friendly.  They’re also pH balanced and dermalogically tested.  Yes.

Here’s where you can find amie:

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I’m in love with the coco……LiveClean expands their coconut milk line!

*Products received for review-I haven’t tested all of these yet, but thought I would let you know*

This just in……

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Yes it’s true….live clean has expanded their coconut line to include a moisturizing body wash, moisturizing hand soap, and moisturizing lotion.  Right now I can only speak for the body wash, which is creamy, lightly scented, and absolutely luxurious.

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live clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash & Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion

  • 500ml suggested retail $6.99CAD
  • gently cleanses, hydrates and restores moisture balance
  • enriched with coconut milk, apricot oil, and vitamins C, E, B
  • 98% plant derived
  • SLS/Sulfate free/ made with certified organic botanicals
  • Petroleum, DEA and Parabn free
  • Silicone, Phthalate and Phosphate free
  • Pure vegan and never tested on animals
  • package recyclable, biodegradable ingredients

live clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

  • 500ml suggested retail $4.99 CAD
  • cleanses, hydrates and restores moisture to dry hands
  • Enriched with luscious Coconut Milk, Apricot Oil, and Vitamins C,E, and B
  • 98% plant derived with certified organic botanicals
  • SLS/Sulfate free, Petroleum, DEA, and Paraben free, dye free
  • Silicone, Phthalate and Phosphate free
  • Pure vegan and never tested on animals
  • Package recyclable, biodegradable ingredients

Available at Walmart, London Drugs, Shopper’s Drug Mart and well.ca

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Treat Yo-self….with skin treats from fresh!!! Bonus-anti aging recipe for the hands!

When I hear about the brand fresh what immediately springs to mind is the fresh lip scrubs and lip tints (of which I have several and gift them on the regular). I know so many people that have at least 1 of these in their purse, bag, jean pocket, or hand.  I never associated the brand with skincare.  After doing a bit of ‘investigation’ with my bestie Google….. the brand has so much history-and surprisingly their skincare was developed BEFORE my beloved lip products.

 

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I’m really into my skin….and I take my skincare seriously.  I have a fairly “involved” daily routine but absolutely love indulging in a luxurious mask or giving myself a nice scrub.  Especially when the products are natural, and smell amazing.   Take a look:

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Sugar Face Polish: A nourishing exfoliant made with pure brown sugar and strawberry seeds that refines and hydrates for a more radiant complexion.

  • Brown sugar, a natural humectant that seals in moisture, gently buffs away dry, dull skin.
  • Real wild strawberries, packed with vitamin C, help to brighten and soothe.
  • Plum seed oil and grapeseed oil are notable for their hydrating and nourishing properties

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Rose Face Mask:  A unique gel formula infused with real rose petals and pure rosewater that hydrates and tones the complexion.

  • Pure rosewater is notable for its soothing and toning properties.
  • Cucumber extract and aloe vera gel help soothe the skin and have an immediate cooling and calming effect.
  • Porphyridium cruentum, a “smart” algae, delivers optimum moisture.
  • Antioxidant-rich green tea helps to brighten and protect.

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Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin.

  • Black tea ferment is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals** while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster.
  • Lychee seed extract helps maintain the skin’s elasticity.
  • Polysaccharides help to smooth the skin.
  • Jicama root juice is notable for its hydrating and nourishing properties

*bonus*-here’s my “recipe” to prevent the dreaded “Madonna Hands Syndrome”  (notice she is ALWAYS wearing gloves lately?  It’s to hide the aging). 

  1. Wash hands with antibacterial soap and dab dry.
  2. Rub fresh sugar face polish all over hands and don’t skip in between fingers.  Wait 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.
  3. Apply fresh rose face mask to hands (don’t skip any parts again).  Wait 5-1o minutes and then rinse off.
  4. Apply your favorite deep moisture hand cream  Voila!  Instantly soft and hydrated hands that look youthful and vibrant!

The verdict?

Love love LOVE these products.

Love that they are natural and good for my skin

Love that they smell amazing

Love that they work and give me skin that is soft and dewy.

Give these a try-they’re worth the splurge!  Find fresh:

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Squeaky clean scalp-Liveclean apple cider vinegar shampoo

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

I’ve changed my shampoo and conditioner routine considerably over the years.  One of those changes includes using a clarifying shampoo 1-2 times a week.  This has become ESPECIALLY important recently due to my hair extensions.  They way that I wash my hair has changed and cleansing my scalp is essential!  The fact that it contains natural ingredients bumps it up a notch over other clarifying shampoos!

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Because this is a Live Clean product, it’s completely vegan with no animal products used in the formulations.  Live Clean products are safe for the environment too!!!

Live Clean Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

350mL, suggested retail $6.95 CAD

-Reduces dulling residue

-For all hair types

-Contains Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

-Pure vegan

-Paraben, Phthalate and Phosphate free

-SLS/Sulfate and petroleum free

-DEA free

Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Walmart and Uniprix

Find Live Clean :  www.live-clean.com

I recommend this product -it thoroughly cleanses and removes build-up without drying the hair. I have integrated it into my hair routine.   The price point is perfect too-and I even use it to clean my makeup brushes (thanks to a suggestion from a Make Up Artist friend of mine, Naomi).