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Inspiring Interviews Series 1: Brandie Gilliam of Thoughtfully Magazine

Photo by Autumn Beury

I am so excited to be debuting this new series that I will be featuring on my blog every so often called “Inspiring Interviews“. I’ve always been so intrigued, impressed and completely inspired (see what I did there?) by what fuels the men and women in the clean beauty world – heck, in the world, period. Whether it be makeup, skincare, body care, haircare, writing, photography, music, art, fashion, health, fitness, faith and more…I want to share with everyone the amazing people I get to connect with on a daily basis! I have met some wonderful humans through social media, and sometimes I get lucky enough to meet them in real life!

 

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The Deodorant To End All Deodorants: Ursa Major’s Hoppin’ Fresh

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They don’t want us smellin’ fresh…but we’re gonna do it anyways! #majorkey

Okay okay, but really, when was the last time you were able to say that an all-natural stick deodorant really worked? For me? NEVER. Now, as far as the underarm deodorant game goes..Meow Meow Tweet’s Baking Soda Free Cream Deodorant is the show stopper. It works, plain and simple. However, if you’re wanting to not deal with the actual scooping out of the cream and all…then Ursa Major’s newest addition: Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is where it’s at!

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Wanna Win Naturopathica’s Amazing Gotu Kola Healing Balm Giveaway!?

Who loves moisturized, healed and healthy, supple, rich, buttery skin? I do, I do! Naturopathica is not only one of my all-time favourite skincare lines, but I have been using their Chamomile Cleansing Milk for about a year now, and I cannot get enough! But that’s another post for another time..haha. I want to introduce you to their miraculous Gotu Kola Healing Balm!

 

This balm is one of a kind! It blends the healing properties of Gotu Kola and Calendula with Raspberry Ceramides to help deeply repair dry, devitalized skin from head to toe. It is perfect to use under facial moisturizer for a flawless complexion or to enhance elasticity and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. I personally love it for my extremely dry areas, such as my knees, heels, elbows and cuticles – but it has multiple uses!

 

Here’s a breakdown of the wonderful ingredients it contains:

GOTU KOLA: Modern herbalists recognize this plant for its strong wound-healing abilities, since it increases the level of antioxidants in newly formed tissue. Clinical studies show that Gotu Kola may inhibit the inflammatory process and aids in the wound-healing process by stimulating collagen synthesis and increasing tensile strength of newly formed skin.

CALENDULA: The anti-inflammatory activity of Calendula officinalis, especially in the treatment of skin disorders has been demonstrated is a study of radiation-induced dermatitis for the treatment of breast cancer. A 2001 study in France compared topical Calendula officinalis with the topical drug Trolamine and found that those subjects receiving the Calendula officinalis ointment experienced less erythema and edema as well as radiation-induced pain.²

RASPBERRY CERAMIDES: Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Raspberry Ceramides are some of the most effecitve modern ingredient technologies, helping reinforce a healthy skin barrier for improved skin strength and hydration.

ALL INGREDIENTS/INCI: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Essential Oil, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Mica, Raspberry Seed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol esters (Raspberry Ceramides 6 & 3), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort) Flower & Leaf Extract, Carmine CI (75470), Titanium Dioxide CI Number 77891, Iron Oxide (CI 77491)

 

For centuries, Indian women have relied on the healing properties of Gotu Kola, passing recipes down from generation to generation. This versatile, moisturizing balm captures their secret to beautiful skin. I want all of the amazing, healing ingredients this balm possesses! Along with all the secrets to beauty, and if you do too, read more to enter into my giveaway with Naturopathica and…

WIN THIS BALM!

 

To enter this giveaway, follow these steps:

 

  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me which Naturopathica product is your favourite, and why you would like to win this Healing Balm – make sure you leave your email address so I have a way to contact you if you win, please.
  2. Be sure you are following my Instagram account in order to be a submitted as a participant.
  3. Share this giveaway on one of your social media sites, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – making sure you tag me in it. (Here are the links to my Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.)

 

Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 10AM EST. Winner will be announced Friday, May 29th, 2015. 

 

Good luck!

xodigitalsign

 

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

digitalsign

 

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

 

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!

Nutrition Stripped Fall Supper Film!

 

Hello again, everyone! Hope you all have been having a wonderful January!

 

I can’t even begin expressing my excitement over this incredible film from Nutrition Stripped‘s first Supper Club. Sadly, I couldn’t attend…but watching this rad video, and the hard work and preparation my talented friends Mckel, Rhian and my darling sisters Jordana and Maggie, put into this night, makes me feel like I was there – AND SO PROUD!

 

“It was just how I had dreamed up my first Supper Club to look – cozy, welcoming, warm, and elegant yet simple. Seeing all 50 guests gathered around the table, enjoying their drinks and food, was just the best feeling. We were serenaded by the incredible duo, Elenowen (hosted by Cause A Scene Music). They just topped off the evening and made it feel so special.” -Mckel Hill (read more about the night, as well as view pictures here on Nutrition Stripped’s website!)

 

 

 

 

It looked like SUCH a beautiful night captured amazingly by my insanely gifted brother Jake of Jake Colletta Films! The colours, the vibrancy, the music, the friends, the fun and THE FOOD…unbelievable. To say I’m proud would be an understatement. Well done everyone! Can’t wait for the next one!

 

So, here it is: Nutrition Stripped Fall Supper Club Film filmed by Jake Colletta Films

Shot on: Panasonic GH4 W/ voigtlander 17.5mm f/.95 24fps @ 4k/ 60fps @ 1080
Song: Shells by Laurel (Durante remix)