Clean Beauty

Gabriel Cosmetics – Zuzu Luxe Palette

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Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” palette

 

If you’re in the market for a really awesome cruelty-free, gluten-free, and toxic-free neutral palette with a pop of colour (a sizzling gold/yellow shade) – this Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” Palette by Gabriel Cosmetics is totally for you! It’s been a go-to for me lately, as I love the deeper bronzy/chocolate colours! I love a great summery palette and this one definitely achieves that sun-kissed, summer-look!

 

I really enjoy mixing and matching the super blendable shadows. I apply it with a dry brush for soft day time eye look, or I use a damp brush for a more bold, intense look. It’s however you wish to do it – I personally like to mix the two techniques! The whole palette contains natural ingredients including Titanium Dioxide which functions as a natural sun block. So, you’re not only making your eyes stand out, but you’re protecting them too in the process. Win/win!

 

The Zuzu Luxe Peep Show Palette comes with 4 different eyeshadow shades. They are:

 

Peep Show Shadow Colors
Amber – Sizzling Gold
Toasted – Warm Brown/shimmer
Velvet – Deep Brown/shimmer
Nude – Neutral Ivory

 

Peep Show Powder Color
Translucent – sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish (this stuff does some serious mattefying of the skin too, if you have any shine!)

Peep Show Blush Color
Bitten – neutral red for perfectly flushed cheeks (almost as if someone pinched you – in a good way!)

Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” palette: Nude all over the lid and inner corner of eyes.  Amber on the center of the lid and added more depth/saturation with damp brush.


All in all, I highly recommend picking up one of these palettes, whether it be Peep Show, or one of their other palettes Gabriel Cosmetics will not steer you the wrong way with their high quality, beautifully blendable and pigmented eye colours, blush and powder.

 

You can follow Gabriel Cosmetics on:

Instagram: @gabrielcosmetic

Twitter: @gabrielcosmetic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielcosmeticsinc

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gciinspiration/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GabrielCosmeticsInc

 

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Monday!! Xo

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I am currently LOVING this new artist, Amber Bain. She goes by The Japanese House and this 19-year-old London-based singer is blowing me out of the water with her atmospheric 80’s-esque synths and warm, dream-pop sounds. They totally wash over you and make you feel like you’re standing in the middle of an ocean as waves crash in around you. Or, at least to me it does…check it out! ;)

 

I’m A Choosy Chick

The Choosy Chick box I received

 

Would you just look at all these goods!? The Choosy Chick knows how to supply a girl with some great clean products! The Choosy Chick (TCC) is committed to researching, sampling and selecting the finest non-toxic personal care products.  They’ve developed their very own standard (click to read more about that) for ingredients which has become the foundation for their product selections. What I love so much about TCC is that they are not only wonderful at what they do, but they are not fooled by natural sounding names, or natural looking packaging. They truly dig  deep to find products that meet their standard of organic and natural.  So, as a result of their ‘choosy’ nature, they offer the purest, most effective and unique products available right now. I just love that – getting to choose the products that fit right for you, and knowing that they’ve been hand-picked by some really smart, honest and organic-loving people!

 

The items seen in my box are:

 

All of these products have been used and absolutely loved! TCC really does pick the best products to be sold on their site – I am VERY impressed with the quality! The super cute packaging it came in doesn’t hurt either!

 

A few products I especially love are:

The Au Naturale Eye Pencil in ‘Coco’. It glides on SO smoothly (no tugging needed, hallelujah!) and the formulation is super gentle, so it won’t irritate my eyes. Win!  (Photo below of ‘Coco’ swatched on my arm.)

Josh Rosebrook’s Styling Cream. This. Stuff. Is. Awesome! It provides texture to my hair, with a nice medium hold (as it says) and smells AMAZING! Kind of like a lemon sorbet…YUM! I also love that this styling cream stimulates the cells in the hair follicle and feeds the scalp to keep your hair growing thick and beautiful. All of the benefits! Plus, it’s not stiff and washes easily from the hair. I can’t seem to get enough of it!

Au Naturale Eye Pencil in “Coco”


If you’re wanting to find The Choosy Chick on social media, they can be found on:

Instagram: @thechoosychick

Twitter: @thechoosychick

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechoosychick

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thechoosychick/

 

xo

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Check out this awesome song “Color” by New York songstress VÉRITÉ!

Aleavia: Relieve Your Skin

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I recently came across this skincare line that claimed to balance the pH of the skin and act as emollients or conditioners for the skin. The entire line, working in a “positive manner with the body’s bio-system to aid in skin restoration, which expedites the recovery and repair of skin from various unpleasant and unattractive skin conditions.” That was pretty impressive to me, and so, I dived right in to see if what these skincare products claimed to do was true.

 

Aleavia‘s products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. These skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.

 

Pretty great, right? I mean, why subject your skin to any sort of harsh chemical or toxic ingredient? Aleavia has been such a Godsend to me. Simple, cleansing, soothing, restoring and refreshing. I’ve been loving it!


Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash

Boy, was I ever impressed (still am) with this extremely moisturizing, and calming body wash. You know, I remember back in the day when I’d use a generic body wash (full of terrible ingredients) that claimed a lot of these same properties, but wasn’t living up to the hype. I’d wonder why my body felt super dry and almost “squeaky”…not realizing I had stripped it completely void of any natural and beneficial body oils. This body wash does exactly the opposite and is amazing and definitely leaves me smelling lovely, fresh and feeling smooth and clean.

 

Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash


Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

No lie, my hands-down, favourite facial cleanser right now! When I want a serious cleanse from a full-face of makeup – this is it.

 

It’s hard to find an organic, chemical-free, natural oil based cleanser that does the job of completely getting off ALL makeup. Sometimes it’s tough because there isn’t enough lather, or you feel like you need to really “wipe” all of what’s left, off with a cloth or something. The best thing about Cleanse is it is 100% organic, and it removes make up quickly and entirely, all in one wash. Seriously, the best facial cleanser I’ve come across yet.

 

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover


Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration

This…spray…is…awesome! It was specifically created to take unhealthy skin and restore it back to healthier conditions. Of course, with all natural ingredients, the Restore spray is truly..well, restorative, ha. It not only can be used on your face and body, but your scalp as well. Lord knows with all the crazy ingredients in hair care products I’ve used year after year, prior to detoxing my skin/body care, my scalp needs some healing! It can tend to be dry, sometimes itchy, so I welcome any organic/clean hair care product that claims to soothe and restore.

 

Lately, after I shower, I towel dry my hair and section off some front pieces (where I get most dry) and spray it with Restore. It immediately feels refreshed and soothes any irritation I may still have – I’ve definitely noticed a difference! Along with the uses mentioned above, this spray is also great for those with rosacea, eczema, acne or scarring.

Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration


I really do love this whole organic skincare/body care line and recommend it to anyone and everyone! The simple, prebiotic ingredients are seriously amazing and I can personally say that I am very happy with the results. I will continue to use Aleavia and look forward to healthier, happier skin!

 

You can find Aleavia on:

Instagram: @aleaviaskincare

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aleaviabrands

 

xo

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Ok, so now for some long awaited music! I’m SUPER proud of this band (Les and Jake are good pals) – they’ve come a long way from their Nashville days to their recent move to L.A.! These dudes are SO talented! You can read more about them in an interview I did with them last year, here.

 

Their new song Someone Else has been on repeat since it released Tuesday! It’s sooo good. So go ahead, check out LANY:

 

If you’re keen, here are some of their upcoming tour dates! You DO not want to miss out on their shows!

 

May:
Supporting Tove Styrke:

 

June/July:
Maudlin Strangers tour:
June 18
Constellation Room in Santa Ana
June 19
The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
June 20
Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
June 22
The Loading Dock in Salt Lake City
June 24
El Corazon in Seattle, WA
June 25
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge in Portland, OR
June 29
Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
July 1
The Echo in Los Angeles

 

July 31
Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL

S.W. Basics FTW!

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As basic (ha) and simple as S.W. Basics is – these amazing products are anything but boring or just “the norm”. S.W. is driving it home with their few ingredients and all natural, organic, minimal mantra.

 

Simplicity is the essence of awesome

 

Who could argue with that? Sometimes all you want is a skincare/body care line that is simple and clean! S.W. Basics brings that to the table, without a doubt. Here are a few products I dig, what they do and more!


Hibiscus Mask: S.W. calls this their “Slumber party essential”. I think it’s one, because it’s a mask and that’s a staple for a classic girl slumber party. Two, it is a bright burgundy colour…so, that’s girly! (Right?)

 

Besides all the girly nonsense, this mask does work! With a complexion-smoothing blend of organic hibiscus, French green clay, and organic lavender – it is sure to have your skin singin’ the “ooh’s” and “ahh’s”!

 

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Body Scrub“Dessert for your skin”, and maybe even for your mouth? But really, check out these ingredients! Mixed coarse organic demerara sugar and organic shredded coconut (for exfoliation) with some moisturizing organic coconut oil. That is DEFINITELY edible (I won’t lie, I tried some and dang…it’s TASTY), but I’m not saying you should eat it all and not salvage it for your body – because lemme tell you something, this scrub is so good that even the Huffington Post said it’d get you a boyfriend! That’s quite the statement!

 

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Last but certainly not least, we have…

Exfoliant: This is pretty self-explanatory – well, all of these S.W. products are. But this one, well, as a (past) exfoliant despiser, this one RULES. No micro-bead or harsh, jagged exfoliants in this lil guy! S.W. says it’s “kitchen-cabinet awesomeness”, and I completely agree. This newly USDA-Certified Organic concoction is made up of organic oat and almond flours that are not too rough but not too soft, mineral-rich sea salt, and tah-dah: a simple, nourishing, super-effective exfoliant that leaves your skin baby-butt soft and even glowing! GLOWING. I love a good glow!

 

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All-in-all, I’m super impressed with S.W. Basics successful attempt to create products that cater to a simple, clean and natural lifestyle. Nourishing and caring for your skin, whether you’re sensitive, oily, dry or whatever..these products are great at loving your body well! <3

 

You can find S.W. Basics on:

Instagram: @swbasicsofbk

Twitter:@swbasicsofbk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swbasics

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/swbasics

Tumblr: http://blog.swbasicsofbk.com/

 

xo

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Here’s a great song by The Morning Benders (also known as POP ETC) called “Cold War”! Enjoy!

 

Petit Vour Beauty Box

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Beauty Boxes have been all the rage lately, containing beauty samples and other skincare products (sometimes full sized) that make you look and feel beautiful, and – if you’re lucky – aren’t even released in stores yet! Not only are they great for the smaller sample sized products that won’t clog up your bathroom cabinets – but many of the subscriptions average out to less than 20 bucks a month, but still provide a value of twice that or more! That’s pretty great! The only downfall these boxes such as Ipsy, Birchbox and Glossybox (to name a few) have is, they don’t always contain products with the friendliest of ingredients. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out you could get a beauty box that carried some safer, organic, cruelty-free and luxury (yes, luxury) vegan brands! It also has the cutest little French name! ;)

 

Petit Vour delivers monthly, wonderful little beauty products right to your doorstep. Inside your cute pink box, you’ll find four to five personalized beauty products for you to apply, blend, buff, lather, soak, and spray. These beauty samples are generously sized (and sometimes full-sized! Love that!), with enough product for you to figure out if it’s right for you. Thank goodness, cus Lord knows I am picky and always love trying samples before making a solid decision.

 

There are a few different options to choose from, one month, three months and six months. My pick and the best bang for your buck, is the one month at only $15. The $15 also includes free shipping and 20% of your order goes back to you! Pretty great deal, if you ask me!

 

What I Received In My Box:

 

  • Suntegrity’s “5 In 1” Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen – Tinted (sample size)
  • Lauren B’s Nail Couture nail polish (full sized)
  • Box Natural’s Luxe Towelettes (2 samples)
  • The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Pink Clay Facial Puff Sponge

 

I highly recommend signing up! It’s super easy and takes no time at all – plus, you can cancel at anytime! Head over to the Petit Vour website to get started!

 

You can find Petit Vour on:

Instagram: @petitvour

Twitter: @PetitVour

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetitVour

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/petitvour/

Tumblr: http://petitvour.tumblr.com/

xo

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Oh, and in honour of all things French – here’s a great tune by Christine and the Queens, “Saint Claude”.

 

 

Bright Eyed and Fresh-Faced

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This look is super easy, and always complimenting of all skin tones.

 

Step 1: Moisturize + Prime

I’m pretty combination so I like to focus on keeping my t-zone fairly free of moisturizer unless it is a mattefying one. Ursa Major’s Face Balm is my favourite right now, with the highest quality ingredients, a little goes a long way! I especially love how light it feels on my skin, refreshing and cool – plus it mattifies my face wonderfully. If I am more dry, I’ll use One Love Organic’s Vitamin C Facial Serum – my favourite! Brightening and moisturizing and so, so good for your skin! Primer is not always something I apply, if I’m going for a lighter, fresher look, I typically skip it. But, if I want a more flawless, concealed look – it does wonders at keeping makeup put and on for awhile! Do what is most comfortable and what suits your skin type best.

 

Step 2: Brows

Fill in your brows, if you feel that they are sparse in some areas. I love using a brow wax/pomade, EcoBrow in Rita, in particular. It’s like Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade, but free of all of the parabens and other chemicals. If you’ve got a great set of brows, then girl…rock it. (Also, I may be jealous!)

 

Step 3: Mascara

I like quite a lashy look for this bright-eyed effect we’re going for! The lashier, the better. Oh, and curling my lashes is KEY for me – such a game changer. But, again, it’s what you feel comfortable with. My go-to mascara right now, and probably favourite mascara ever is the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea. Ladies…it not only does an amazing job at lift and curl, but it holds well AND smells sweet (like fruits, haha)!

 

Step 4: Conceal

This isn’t super necessary unless, like me, you’ve got some blue/purply under eye bags..or any little spots you want to hide. For me, concealing is important. It not only brightens up this look (any look, really), it keeps the canvas clean and fresh. RMS’ “Un” Cover-Up is killer for achieving a great conceal – and it doubles as a foundation too (warms up and literally melts onto your skin)!

 

Step 5: Blush

You want a natural flush, glowy, rosy cheek kind of situation to be happening here…so, pick your favourite ‘cheeky’ shade and apply on the apples of your cheeks. Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Blush in Mimosa is my favourite for achieving that ‘blushing from within’ look.

 

Step 6: Highlight

Again, not necessary, but I love me a good highlight! It gives you a soft, radiant, glowy look – and who wouldn’t want that? I know I do! I used the ever so loved bareMinerals Flawless Radiance for this look.

 

Step 6: Lips

Lip balm, lip tint, lipstick…how about all three of them in one? I’m obsessed with Kjaer Weis’ Lip Tint in Romance – a vibrant reddish pink tone (almost coral) that gives you that pop of colour you want for this bright, fun look!

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And that’s all, folks! Have fun with this look, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to rock it. If you feel confident and happy, do it up!

 

Hope you’re having a great night. Here’s a little tune I’m digging right now by the band Unknown Mortal Orchestra – I hope you like! Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon. Xo

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