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True Botanicals: Luxury, Non-Toxic Skincare

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Luxurious, quality-driven, elegant…the list goes on. Just some of the many adjectives that describe this lovely California-based skincare company, True Nature Botanicals rebranded to True Botanicals. A skincare line that not only delivers superior results, but that houses no toxins and makes sure that only the highest quality ingredients are being utilized.

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Zyderma Antimicrobial Clarifying Cream

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So pumped about today’s feature, Zyderma HS! I have nothing but great things to say about this company and product – not to mention, Kelly (their Public Relations Product Specialist) is the sweetest, most informative woman! But let’s not waste any time chit-chatting, let’s jump right in and find out more about them and what their product can do for you!

 

This Canadian (yay) company was co-founded by David Okamoto, Rick Martin & Tom Heinar, who carry an extensive background in the cosmetics and healthcare industry. They’ve learned a ton about the harmful ingredients in most skin care products, as well as the resulting side effects. They’re totally relatable on a personal level, as parents and friends of those who suffer with different skin disorders and in the process, have become increasingly concerned with the lack of skin-friendly products. That’s when it was decided that action needed to be taken, time to make a difference!

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Laurel. Plants, Love, Science

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Plants. Herbs. Flowers. All beautiful things, and incredibly beneficial to our well-being. Not only within the food pyramid, but for our bodies and skin. So, what makes Laurel different from any other line of organic skincare? Their whole plant, flower and herb based ingredients. Their biodynamic and raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients. Their purity, unmatched.

 

I was incredibly excited to try out Laurel and after about a week of testing these lovely products (aren’t they packaged so elegantly?), here’s a quick little review of their benefits, ingredients and why you should try them out!

 

Why Laurel is different:

  • No water, no alcohol, no fillers: ONLY beneficial active plants
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic Formulas
  • No chemically refined plant ingredients
  • No toxins or synthetics of any kind
  • Handmade with love
  • Artisan farm sourced ingredients

 

You sold yet? I am. Properly nourishing your face and skin is just as important as nourishing your body. Laurel balances, cleanses, nourishes and heals. Almost imm ediately.


Hands down one of my favourite Laurel products to use at the moment. The Anti-inflammatory Serum does exactly what you think it does. It soothes, calms, and restores your skin. If I’m just a little bit red around my jawline, or nose, I gently pat it on those areas. It works wonders to dry skin too, and it has plant ingredients in it that have been linked to sun-protection. Here’s a little overview:

 

Skin type:

  • Sensitive / Rosacea / Inflamed / Acne / Reactive skin
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic
  • 25 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
    • Borage  reduces inflammation, high in essential fatty acids, prevents wrinkles and scarring
    • Blue Chamomile – cooling, anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerative for skin, and heals scars
    • Baicall Skullcap – a powerful anti-inflammatory, used to manage all types of inflammation in the body, and rich in antioxidants
    • Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
    • Lemon balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin

 

“The Anti-Inflammatory facial serum is an ideal moisturizer for sensitive skin, cystic acne, and rosacea, as well as all skin types suffering from any signs of inflammation. Signs of inflammation include dry patches, redness, uneven skin tone, breakouts, eczema, collagen loss, broken capillaries, and so on. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and rapid absorption, as well as its healing and soothing nature, are truly transformative.

 

This serum features a whole plant blend of: Chinese Skullcap, LicoriceChamomile, and Astragalus to help to reduce inflammation, soothe dry patches, treat broken capillaries, even skin tone, and reduce redness, as well as breakouts. Addressing inflammation is step one of of ALL skin care regimes, because when the skin is inflamed, it cannot function in a healthy way. An earthy, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Helichrysum, Lemon Balm, Blue Chamomile, Neroli, and Myrrh is added to calm, soothe, and restore skin health.

 

**Like the other Laurel Whole Plant Organic serums, this serum also contains plants that have been linked to sun protection, such as Red Raspberry Seed, Cranberry Seed, and Jojoba.**”

 

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This Healing Balm is THE BOMB…or should I say the balm? (But really.) This thing works miracles. For example, I had some sort of dry patch near my mouth, applied a dab on it before bed and woke up to it completely soft and restored. Crazy! I love when products just simply work!

 

Skin type:

  • All skin types
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic
  • 14 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:

    • Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
    • Tamanu – anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antibacterial, stimulates skin immunity, treats broken capillaries, delays onset of freckles and hyper-pigmentation
    • Pomegranate – a powerful antioxidant, deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer
    • Calendula – promotes cellular healing, has beneficial skin restoration properties
    • Lavender – anti-inflammatory, promotes growth of new cells, calming and cooling to skin

 

“The Healing Balm is a truly magical heal-all and can benefit any skin type. From extremely sensitive faces, to occasional cuts and scrapes, and on to more extreme cases of eczema or dermatitis – this is a must have for any medicine cabinet. This balm features a whole plant blend of Calendula, Comfrey, Lavender, Yarrow, Marshmallow, and Self Heal to soothe, heal, calm inflammation, and treat irritations. A sweet herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Helichrysum is included to soothe, heal, and treat skin irritations.”

 

That Self Heal ain’t a joke. This balm will be a mandatory staple for my skincare regimen for years to come!

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Just the name “elixir” sounds magical to me. This Facial Elixir: Oily/Combination is absolutely that.

 

Skin type:

  • Oily / Combination / Acne
  • 99% Whole Plant Organic
  • 22 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
    • Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, softens and protects, soothes and calms all skin types
    • Neroli – regenerates skins cells, improves skins elasticity
    • Lavender – anti-inflammatory, calming and cooling to skin, promotes growth of new cells, and has a balancing action of oil production
    • Meadowsweet – astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and helps calm rashes and irritation
    • Lemon Balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin

“The Oily/Combination Elixir is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and refreshing to the skin. It is full of bioavailable nutrients, which make it a powerful anti-aging tool.

This nutrient dense elixir features Calendula, which is a soothing antimicrobial, as well as wound healing Self Heal and Meadowsweet.Chamomile and Helichrysum are soothing and anti-inflammatory, reducing any redness. Licorice, Rose Geranium, and Rose encourage balance and detox. Neroli, Frankincense, and Lavender are all abundantly strong notes in this blend, making skin regeneration paramount. Non-alcoholic and non-drying Witch Hazel is high in antioxidants, reduces swelling, and helps to relieve congested skin. A soft, fresh, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Neroli, Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, andRoman Chamomile is included to soothe, clear, and heal troubled skin types.”

SO GREAT!

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So those are some of my favourite products, and here are two amazing extras! You can read more about them by clicking on their photos! :)

 

Facial Cleanser: Oily/Combination

 

Facial Exfoliant: Almond Grain

 

 

You can follow Laurel on..

Instagram: @laurelskin

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

Twitter: @laurelskin

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

 

Thanks for reading, see you again soon! Xo

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One Love for One Love Organics

Happy Saturday wonderful weekenders!

 

I’m pretty excited about today’s featured beauty products! (And first real beauty post in awhile.) I excitedly posted on my Instagram today, this here photo:

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One Love Organics! This company shouldn’t really be a stranger to you, or one you’re just now hearing about, as they have been featured in The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Style MagazineLucky Magazine (to name a few), have won countless beauty awards (depicted below), and as well are sold in select retail stores such as the well loved Anthropologie. But…it’s okay if you’ve been in the dark – I technically was too until I actually tried these amazing products out for myself!

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So, let’s start off with the story behind One Love! The wonderful curators at  Beauty Sage so eloquently stated:

 

“Founder Suzanne LeRoux first worked as a lawyer, but was constantly fascinated by alternative healing. So naturally, she started studying holistic nutrition, herbs and aromatherapy on the side to learn how to create simple products without preservatives.

Suzanne enlisted the help of her husband and childhood BFF—still the financial and creative brains of the operation today—and in 2010, One Love was born. Every formula in the skincare line is 100 percent natural, made with high-quality cold-pressed oils, and uses fair-trade ingredients wherever possible. No chemicals and preservatives— just simple, pure, effective products that work.”

 

I mean, there it is. Simply put. Products that are clean, simple, organic in their purest form – One Love Organics in a nutshell. Truly luxurious and simple, beautiful care for your skin.

 

Alright, so, typically I wouldn’t be posting a review unless I had at least five days to a week testing out a product. It’s only been about three days now that I’ve had these babies…HOWEVER, I am smitten with the results already! The way my skin feels, the way it glows! Just unbelievable! Of course, appearance isn’t just everything though – even if it IS skincare! I actually feel better, psychologically and emotionally. That may seem strange to some of you, but what I mean by that is that I am putting natural, whole and non-toxic ingredients on my face. I am actually NOURISHING it, instead of stripping it ‘clean’ of its natural properties. I have always struggled with combo/sensitive skin, drier in the winter months, oilier in the summer…as many, I suppose. These products, so far, have balanced my natural lipids and overall brightened, nourished, and smoothed out my skin. I can’t say enough great things!

 

Here are some of the products I’ve been using and adoring:

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Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics
Active Moisture – Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

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The Cleansing Sponge – Rose Clay Heart

 

This is just the creme-de-la-creme of cleansing oils! Not to mention it doubles as a makeup remover. Gotta love a 2-in-1 skincare deal!

 

All you have to do to cleanse with this lovely concoction is warm about one-two pumps between your hands – I apply it in the palm of my hand and rub it around – then apply it to your dry face. You can either leave it on like that and use a makeup cotton square to remove it all, but I love massaging it in and really working it in all the little made-up crevices. I then add warm water and keep massaging it in, until it transforms into a beautiful milky consistency. Guys, it’s an experience! I then rinse clean, and in comes the Rose Clay Heart sponge! This little heart sponge is amazing! I dampen it in warm water until it softens, expands and doubles in its original size. I give my face a good run-over in circular motions to remove any excess dirt, rinse thoroughly and then hang to dry! Voila! Easy peasy.


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Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics
Active Moisture – Vitamin C Serum

 

Alrighty, so THIS serum…oof. I don’t even know if I could properly explain to you the amazing active ingredients and the magic they have on my skin. So, I’ll let One Love explain it, as they do so well on their site:

 

“This 100% active face serum uses a potent mix of antioxidants to naturally brighten and replenish skin for a more radiant, even-toned complexion. An ultra-concentrated combination of vitamins A, C, D, & E and antioxidants from organic green tea oil and supercritical sea buckthorn oil help protect against free radicals that can cause photo damage and skin discoloration. Rich in the rare fatty acid Omega 7 and Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, this serum helps to restore moisture levels and helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

 

Yep. I know..amazing, right? All I need is about three pumps of this stuff and I’m set. Gently massaging the crap out of my face, cus it LOVES IT AND SOAKS IT IN. Food for your skin, ya’ll. It’s real, and it works.


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One Love Organics
Love Springs Eternal – Youth Preservation Serum

 

ATTENTION ALL WOMEN! This serum is youth in a bottle! I kid you not. Miraculous product right here!

 

“..watermelon seed oil to smooth, dissolve build-up and provide a rich composition of essential fatty acids, Bulgarian Rose Oil to tone and moisturize, and clinically proven D’Orientine S (the S stands for sshh! secret) to help protect skin from environmental sources of aging and wrinkling.”

 

How could you NOT want that? I mean, had I not even read what it did – the results would have been enough for me. It legitimately works wonders…my skin is just smoother, brighter, younger and happier (even though I am only 27 – now is the time to preserve it ladies!). Have I mentioned it’s a breeze to use too? Simple care is what I’m all about! No crazy gloves, or annoying spatulas and kits. All I do is dispense a small amount of this youth in a bottle (can I rebrand this? Haha..) and apply it to my clean, damp skin, every night before bedtime. Fool proof, really. You just gotta try it!

 

There you have it. One Love Organics. Blowing my mind, as you clearly can see! I can’t wait to continue using these amazing products, not to mention, I’ll DEFINITELY be adding on to my collection in the near future!

 

Thank you for all you do, One Love Organics! I truly appreciate your holistic, simple, organic and honest approach in skincare. Oh, and Happy Easter Weekend, everyone!

 

Bonjour! I am baaaack!

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Hello beauties! Ladies, and gents!

 

I’m aware, I’m aware…I’ve been gone for FOREVER. Like, really, forever…it’s been way too long. BUT, in the process of this little M.I.A ordeal (not the singer, the acronym), I have had time to really plan on where I’ve been wanting this blog to go to next. Next? Like, i.e.:

 

1. immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.
2. nearest or adjacent in place or position: the next room.
3. nearest in relationship or kinship.
(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/next)

 

See, that’s what I’ve been struggling with! CONTENT. Content that I actually feel excited to post about, excited to share and talk about! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MUSIC (duh..it’s muh life). However, I also love beauty. Cosmetics. Skincare. Pharmaceuticals. Makeup reviews. Makeup tips…etc, etc. I have a passion for it. It’s kinda outta control sometimes….but hey, that’s what passion is right? Errr…right.

 

As you all know (or may know), I am a freelance makeup artist (weddings, fun styled shoots etc). So, makeup is something I actually do on occasion. I love it! It’s a chance for me to use my artistic talents, think outside of the box, play around, relax (it’s therapeutic for me) and have fun. If there is one thing any of my friends or family would tell you about me, it’d be that I am a walking mini store (and possibly even encyclopedia) for makeup, lipsticks, and other beauty products. I constantly have swatches on my hand or arm, two or more lipsticks in my purse – actually, I think at one point I may have had like a whole mini case FULL of lipsticks and glosses (11 to be exact). I love giving advice on how to apply makeup, what to wear…what not to wear, what’s healthy for your skin, what isn’t so healthy and so on. Again, like I said, PASSION. It’s real.

 

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(Just me being artsy..don’t worry about it.)

 

So, alas, here we are. Where are you going with this Sammie, you may ask? Exactly where I want to. This blog will be filled with beauty items, reviews, photos of #whatsinmypurse, #makeuptipswithsammie, occasional giveaways, tips on what to look for when purchasing makeup, tips on how to save money while doing so, luxury items, quality items, organic and holistic care (cus LAWD knows I love me some of that) and THEN – BAM – your classic A Musical Mind playlist of sorts to go along with the mood of the day/week/month! Or, just my faves at the moment. Implementing the two things I love and am passionate about: makeup and music. What could be better? Makeup, music and unending sushi? Duh. Okay, okay, but really. Hope you all like what’s comin’ for ya! I’m excited. Stay tuned, kids. The best is yet to come!

 

xo

 

P.s. Speaking of music…here’s one of my favourite songs at the moment! A rad band from Bristol, England by the name of Meadowlark. Good stuff, good stuff!

Playlist No. 41 – #makeuptipswithsammie

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Hello hello again!

 

Here’s a fun little playlist for your Tuesday evening! You can jam to it while you check out my latest Instagram post for the Bridal Makeup I did today!

 

 

So, here are a couple of photos of the makeup I did on my client! Also, the rundown of everything I did below!

 

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Primer/foundation: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation.

Concealer (Under-eye): Benefit Erase Paste Brightening Concealer in fair.

Brows: Benefit Gimme Me Brow in medium/deep.

Eyes: (Primer) NARS “Pro Prime” Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Shadow: I did a soft winged eyeliner, (mix of black liquid liner and brown pencil smudged out a bit, on the bottom lash line as well) with a couple of different brown/neutral shimmery eyeshadows on the lids. I tight-lined with a black eye pencil, and lined the waterline with the same brown pencil used on upper and lower lash line.

In the tear ducts and below the waterline along the brown pencil, I put a Japanese gel – intensely silvery/glittery – liner. I can’t remember the brand. I also put a bit of The Balm Mary Lou Manizer in the tear ducts to brighten it even more.

Cheeks: Lightly contoured with Mac Harmony (in their blushes). On apples of cheeks, I applied Mac’s Modern Mandarin to create a rosy, flush cheek.

Highlight: The Balm Mary Lou Manizer on bridge and ball of nose, cheekbones, lightly on the temples and cupids bow (above the lip line). I also applied some of the highlighter to the highest point of her eyelid to bounce off light and glow even more.

Eyelashes: No falsies here – it’s all in the primer! Clinique Lash Building Primer. Seriously, it’s amazing.

The mascara we used is the brides own from Japan! The ever amazing Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister in black.

Lips: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight, with a light top coat of Mac’s Dazzleglass in Date Night.

And there you have it! That’s the look. If I missed something, or you have a question about something specific, let me know!

Enjoy the tunes! xo

Photography by Lindsey Plevyak

IMG_0684RE<Hey guys! Happy Saturday!

 

I don’t typically do this, but I wanted to share some awesome photos my dear friend Lindsey Plevyak shot of me last week. We had a lot of fun taking them, and she’s truly the best gal to hang with! If you want to see the rest of the gallery of photos, click here.

 

 

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If you’re looking for some amazing portraits or a photographer for an event – she does shows too – contact Lindsey! She is unreal good, and I wouldn’t just say that! Her style is refreshing, and she’s got an eye that’ll blow your mind! So, I’ll stick her info below! Thanks for checking it out, and come back next week…I’ll have some good tunes for ya! (I’ve been slacking a bit, sorry – life is CRAZY busy!)

 

xo

 

Contact info:

Lindsey Plevyak Photography

Twitter: @lindseyplevyak

Instagram: @lindseyplevyak