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Ursa Major Is Out Of This World

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Hello and Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m very excited about today’s featured organic skincare line, Ursa Major! Their products are simple, pure and they maintain a minimal, essential skincare line that just plain works. I mean, they even clearly state:

 

“We believe anything’s possible in life when you look and feel your best.”

 

I don’t think anyone can really disagree with that statement. When you feel your best, you tend to also look your best – you radiate from the inside out. Ursa Major’s products definitely make me feel good, and let me tell you, their ingredients alone will do that.

 

Before you start skeptically thinking “Oh, Sammie is totally paid to say all these great things. They’re probably not all that…”  I just want you to know that all of the products that I have been reviewing or featuring are nothing but my honest-to-goodness opinion. I would not feature anything on my blog that I don’t enjoy or actually use. Same goes for my music! Just wanted to get that out there.


 

So, let’s jump right in! I have been on the hunt for a nice little shaving cream, and one that is unisex is a plus (hey boyfriend, you can borrow it if ya like! *wink*)! Ursa’s Stellar Shave Cream is nothing short of Stellar. Ursa Major describes it as:

 

a nourishing, concentrated, non-lathering shave cream.”

– Actively nourishes the skin
– Soothes & hydrates
– Close, comfortable nick-free shave
– Soap-free formula offers unbeatable post-shave feel

 

It is exactly all of that. The shaving cream aroma in itself, blending in hints of ginger, grapefruit, vetiver (LOVE) and bergamot (DOUBLE LOVE), is enough to want to use it all the time – even at the slightest bit of hair on my leg. I mean, let’s be real. Ladies, you need this shaving cream. Men, you also need this shaving cream. You’ll all thank me later.

 

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Face Balms, face balms, face balms…ahhh where do I begin? I love ’em. But particularly this Fortifying Face Balm with aloe, carrot, kendi and myrtle. Ooof, a doozy of amazing stuff right?! The ingredients just make me so happy!

 

This lightweight moisturizer has some amazing benefits for your skin:

 

-Anti-aging properties (increases firmness and elasticity)
-Deep hydration that is lightweight, almost a serum-like texture, plus it’s fast-absorbing!
-Strong calming and antiseptic properties to help soothe irritated skin (aka mine, cus let’s be real, it gets irritated)

 

And the aroma is somewhat herbal-y. Lavender, lime, spearmint and rosemary. HELLO! I freakin’ love this stuff. Seriously, my go-to every morning and night. Cannot get enough.

 

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So, if you weren’t sure of the difference between lotions, creams and balms…here’s a little run down for you! Lotions, creams and balms all have one common goal, to hydrate, treat and repair dry skin. However, the difference between these three products is the consistency, thickness and the depth of moisturizing and repair.

 

A lotion has the lightest consistency of the three and is designed mainly for light-weight topical moisturizing. Generally, lotion will moisturize skin for a brief period of time and does not contain agents to treat and repair skin.

 

A cream has mid to light consistency that is usually used on the face area. Generally, a cream is formulated for the face with additional anti-aging and treatment ingredients added to achieve a desired skin outcome.

 

A balm has a denser consistency and is designed not only to hydrate the skin but to also treat and repair dry skin such as hands, joint areas and feet. A balm helps to repair, protect and nourish the skin.

 

So there you go! :)

 


 

I have a little bonus treat! Yes, it is definitely a treat. The Trailside candle by Ursa Major! This is my first candle that is all-natural scented, and made from scratch right over yonder in Vermont. (Ursa’s headquarters.)
This 100% natural soy wax candle has a blend of the most pure, most beautiful scented (in my opinion) essential oils! It contains cedar, spruce, sandalwood, mint and orange. So, you know that it smells amazing!  What I love too about this candle is that it has a more subtle scent “throw” than the candles most of us are used to – with their synthetic fragrances and enhancers. I adore it, it’s the perfect gift – for yourself, or someone special.

 

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If you’d like to purchase Ursa Major’s wonderful products, as well as follow them on social media, click the links below!

Instagram: @ursamajorvt
Twitter: @ursamajorvt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ursamajorvt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/UrsaMajorVT

 

Now, what kind of post would this be if I didn’t include a lil playlist or song? Lucky for you, I created this “Breakfast With Friends” playlist this morning and I’m loving it! Happy, bubbly, AWAKE…it’s a fun one! So, enjoy and thanks for reading!

 

 

Xo

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P.s. Happy happy happy birthday to my sweet baby sis who is turning 24 today! I LOVE YOU JORDIE!!! :)

Alima Pure, Purely Magical

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You know when you love a song so much, you put it on repeat and enjoy it until you seemingly can’t anymore? Well, Alima Pure‘s products have pretty much done that for me. I don’t even think I’d ever get tired of it…truly. The pigment, the ingredients, the overall packaging – THE QUALITY. Good heavens, you guys. They’re amazing. It not only feels great ON my skin, but I know that it is great FOR my skin, and body! If you’re keen on knowing more about what Alima Pure does, the heart and soul (plus ingredients) behind their organic products – read more HERE.

 

Georgia (left) and Emma (right)

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So, here we are again. Talkin’ lipsticks, blush and brush, this time. Some of the essentials that I can’t do without! The lipsticks seen above are “Georgia” and “Emma” (click on the link to see all six of their available gorgeous lip shades). I’ve also swatched them on my arm (below) and have as well posted pics of them on mah lipz (sorry, couldn’t help it). I am smitten with these cool toned pinky colours!

 

Georgia is the perfect vibrant raspberry shade. It stains the lips so beautifully that the colour lasts for hours! It’s quite the pop of colour on your lips! Super rockstar in my opinion. Not to mention it glides on smoothly and is a lovely velvety finish.

 

Emma is a lovely neutral flushed pink. A bit more muted, for those of you who aren’t all about the pop of raspberry that Georgia provides. Just like its sister, Emma provides a long lasting and velvety smooth finish. I just adore it – adore these lipsticks!

 

Georgia (top) and Emma (bottom)

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As if those beauties above weren’t enough, let’s talk about how amazing their Satin Matte Blush in Mimosa is! The perfect flush of soft peachy rose! It, to me, almost acts as a bit of a bronzer because of the warmth the peachy tone lends to it. So beautiful!

 

I applied this gorgeous shade of blush with Alima’s #7 Half Moon Brush, the softest, most amazing little guy! It is the perfect size, easy to hold, and the silky tapered bristles make this brush ideal for blending, highlighting, and contouring. Also, the bristles are 100% cruelty-free Taklon fiber. The first moment I took this brush out of its packaging, I just ooh’d and ahh’d over how soft it was – probably one of the softest contouring/blush brushes I own!

 

 

(Mineral Satin Matte Blush in Mimosa)

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(#7 Half Moon Brush)

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Alima, you’ve outdone yourselves. I am completely taken with your products, quality and commitment. Can’t wait to continue adding on to my collection!

 

If you’re interested in following Alima Pure, getting more info on their products, following them on social media, etc..you can do so by clicking the links below!

Instagram: @alimapure

Twitter: @alimapure

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

 

And, as per “A Musical Mind” – here is one of top played songs of the week! Big Data – Automatic ft. Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak‘s lead singer!)

 

Thanks for reading/listening and have a lovely Sunday! 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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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

SPECIAL POST FRIDAY! Freestyle Salon Shoot

Happy Friday everyone!

 

So, this isn’t music related – sue me – but I just HAD to post these awesome photos taken by the talented Brooke Smith! It was a fun freestyle shoot that I had the opportunity to do makeup on! Lizzy Rivera did hair, cus she’s a hair wizard. The beautiful Coryn modeled, and well, it was a blast! Such a great team of women. Here, let the photos speak for themselves!

 

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