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Antonym Cosmetics

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I’m excited to talk to you all today about this US-based boutique brand Antonym Cosmetics! It was founded by a French born makeup artist, Valarie, who believes natural make-up can not only make you looking stunning, but it can be skin-friendly as well! Today, Antonym is an eco-luxe brand that is growing a niche presence in the US market and has also expanded to Australia and New Zealand.

 

What makes them Green?

  • Ecocert Certified Makeup with organic ingredients (Ecocert certifies that a brand’s products use natural and/or organic ingredients and that a company practices strict standards of quality control to ensure environmentally respectful manufacturing,packaging and storage. Click here to read more.)
  • Vegan certified brushes: no animal testing and do not contain any animal products.
  • Support and donate to organizations that promote ecological awareness.
  • All compacts and brush handles are made with bamboo which is a natural and sustainable material.

I am excited to share with you my thoughts on the products sent to me from Antonym! They’ve been so, so great in my makeup kit!

 

Antonym Organic Baked Blush “Rose”:

I must say their bamboo compact caught my eye immediately, with its eco luxe vibe, and I LOVE the magnetic closure with the large, deep-set mirror – for touch-ups on the go. The formula of this blush starts as a creme that is then baked in terracotta pans in a process that naturally binds it into its domed shape. This process transforms into a fine, silky powder with a buildable, transparent finish. The blush is mesmerizing to look at with its marbled combination of several shades of rose, and some other pinkish hues. Because of how the colours are marbled together, this blush packs a few color options into one compact, so you can really tailor your look to your liking. It even looks great on the eyes! In fact, Antonym has a look right now that you can achieve using this blush! (Click HERE to view)

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Antonym Baked Blush “Rose”


Antonym Natural Lipstick Pencil in Pinkish:

This has quickly become a favorite and a great addition to my makeup-up kit. It’s long-lasting waterproof formula and awesome natural ingredients (100% natural with over 14% of its ingredients derived from organic farming) allow this lipstick to glide on smoothly, and it provides moisture thanks to the sunflower oil and shea butter in it. This lipstick pencil offers precise, professional application and definition, which I love!I would say Pinkish is a little bit shimmery (but I can totally handle it) and it leans more towards a dark pink/coral. The formula is super long-lasting, so it stays put, but yet looks feminine, beautiful and understated all on its own.

Antonym Lipstick Pencil in Pinkish

“Pinkish” swatched


Finally,

Antonym Lipbrush in #15:

This Lip Brush is essential for precision application, as well as prolonging the life of your lipstick. The plump, synthetic bristles are super soft and luxurious, they are comparable to the finest natural bristles. I love that the brush handle is made of sustainable bamboo with light weight, black aluminum ferules – honestly, it’s the most sleek and prettiest lip brush I’ve ever owned.

If you like this brush, well..it doesn’t stop there! Antonym has a full collection of 20 vegan makeup brushes that I know every makeup artist (and non-makeup artists) would love to own! Those wooden handles…ahhh, I just love ’em. I can’t wait to expand my collection of Antonym brushes in the near future!


Want to follow Antonym Cosmetics online? Check out their:

 

Instagram: @antonymcosmetics

Twitter: @beAntonym

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CosmeticsAntonym

Pinteresthttps://www.pinterest.com/beantonym

 

xo

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THIS SONG! Susanna and the Magical OrchestraLove Will Tear Us Apart

It’s been on repeat a lot lately…the cover is absolutely flawless! The Rhodes, the vocals – totally swoon-worthy. Enjoy!

 

NUCIYA: Canada’s Natural Online Beauty Shop

I love a great natural online shop, and with the slew of options and different products offered in each shop, it makes green beauty buying a breeze!

 

Enter Nuciya, a Canadian based online beauty retailer that focuses on natural & organic cosmetics. Nowadays, consumers are becoming more aware of the harmful ingredients used in cosmetics, the toxicity levels, the dishonest marketing. Nuciya wanted to make sure that clean, safe products were more accessible. And so it was birthed: a one stop shop for all cosmetics including skin care, makeup and bath and body products.

 

Founded by green beauty blogger Amber Wikstrom, Amber wanted to share her favorite natural beauty products with the world. So, she teamed up with entrepreneur & the president of Wisdom Survival Kits Pavel Dolzhenko, in order to make this dream become a reality.

 

Nuciya believes that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat. Amber and Pavel are consistently searching to find amazing products with rave reviews, and healthy ingredients that are not easily accessible to Canadians. The store offers competitive shipping rates (free shipping on orders over $65 for US/Canada; $100 international!) so that those inside or outside of North America can enjoy all natural & non-toxic beauty products. So, what makes Nuciya different? All of their products are brands that Amber Karlson – certified makeup artist – has personally tried and recommends. They’ve basically done all the work for you; checked the ingredients, tested the products in order to give you a stress-free shopping environment. Shopping with them is a no-brainer when you can confidently pick the best (tried, tested and true) products for your skin!


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L-R: Lily Lolo’s Finishing Powder in Flawless Matte, Karen Murrell Lipstick in Peony Petal and Josh Rosebrook Firm Hold Hair Spray

 

I have so many great things to say about all three products, but let me first start with my current absolute favourite:

 

Josh Rosebrooks Firm Hold Hair Spray:

Okay, this stuff is AWESOME! JR’s Hair Spray works to control almost any hair style (including my sweet, sometimes unruly locks) while encouraging strong hair growth – gotta love that! The formula is pure, lightweight and made from non-gmo yucca and other pure plant ingredients. This allows natural movement without feeling sticky, flaking or drying the hair and scalp – THANK GOODNESS, that’s one of my least favourite feelings/things. There are active herbal infusions in it as well, to stimulate follicle circulation supporting continued hair growth and a healthy, nourished scalp.

 

One of the most unique things about this Hair Spray is that it has benefits on benefits! That almost NEVER happens with regular (especially the real toxic) types of hairsprays! Josh Rosebrook infuses their Hair Spray with organic herbs of Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Lavender, Sage and Horsetail. This combination of herbs creates a potent Synergy that works to stimulate the follicle, calm and protect the scalp. When the follicle is properly stimuated, increased circulation nourishes the hair bulb. This cellular process strengthens the hair shaft for strong, beautiful hair….HELLO, you’ve got a fan in me!


Karen Murrell Lipstick “Peony Petal”:

Oh my gosh, how to describe this amazing lipstick?! Creamy…vibrant…smells like cinnamon! Yep. You read it right, CINNAMON. I mean, how could you NOT love a lipstick that has that scent? It’s almost like freshening your breath, without freshening it, ya know? But, Karen Murrell does describe the lip colour beautifully here:

“Delicate pastel hues of coral and peach unravel on the lips like the breathtakingly Peony flower in full bloom.”

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Of course, this lipstick is made with all natural ingredients, is long-lasting, creamy (like I mentioned above) and it goes on like a dream – silky smooth. Plus it’s nourishing for the lips AND it comes in biodegradable packaging (PLA).

 

Some of the key active ingredients in this lipstick are:

  • Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera)
    The candelilla plant grows in the semi-arid environment of northern Mexico. Plants growing in the hottest and driest areas produce a protective covering, which yields a hard vegetable wax of superior quality after processing. Candelilla wax is yellow, and is celebrated in lipstick production for its hard, brittle, glossy and slightly tacky properties.
  • Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
    Rich in omega-6, soothing and very moisturising.
  • Castor oil (Ricinus communis)
    Excellent emollient properties and a high-acting pigment dispersant. Due to its high viscosity, castor oil also helps to suspend pigment in the manufacturing process to avoid settling when hot. KM Lipstick pigments are milled into castor oil in a ball mill. The milling process reduces particle size and ensures even suspension and distribution.

 

Seriously, ladies. Go and get you a Karen Murrell Lipstick! You will not be disappointed!


Last, but certainly not least..

Lily Lolo Flawless Matte Finishing Powder:

I LOVE setting my makeup with a great finishing powder, and this Flawless Matte one by Lily Lolo is wonderful! It’s great for controlling shine, seriously..it really rids me of any “greasy” look I may be sporting in this hot summer heat.

 

The key ingredient in this powder is Kaolin, which is a clay mineral that has oil absorbing properties – in turn, giving you a flawless, shine free finish or base to your makeup. When I say base, I mean you can apply it before foundation to create a long-lasting base for your foundation to stick to. I just apply it to my face using a large, soft powder brush and voila! Shine-free, makeup-set face!


If you’d like to follow and shop more amazing brands, such as these above, check out Nuciya’s website and social media accounts!

 

Site: http://www.nuciya.com

Instagram: @nuciyabeauty

Twitter: @NuciyaBeauty

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

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

 

xo

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You think I’d forget my song of the week?!

Love this track by Greg Laswell – “What A Day

The Disappearing Act of Jane Iredale

Left – Disappear Concealer / Right – Circle\Delete Concealer

 

I like my concealers just like the next girl…I mean, you gotta hide those red/blueish circles sometimes, amirite ladies? Anyways, I have been on the hunt for an awesome organic, non-toxic under-eye concealer and just a regular all-over concealer. I’ve found it! Jane Iredale has done it again, a tried, tested and true brand that is respected by many and it contains great ingredients!

 

Jane’s Circle\Delete is amazing you guys! I am shade #1 and this concealer completely neutralizes redness along with brightens up the face. Can’t you tell?

 

Circle\Delete on right under-eye. (Left under-eye without it)

 

I love it for little areas one my face that need brightening too! (Forehead, bridge of nose, etc.) I’m sure you’re wondering why there are two different shades in there. Well, it is an eye conditioner and concealer in one and there are two shades so that you can mix them together and achieve the correct colour for your under-eye area. Some women like to really brighten it up, some like to just hide and do a wee bit of brightening. This lets you achieve both! Which I love.

 

The concealer contains Moringa butter and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E.  Here’s a lil glimpse into what these wonderful ingredients do.

  • Moringa Seed Oil: moisturizes and conditions skin, as well as provides antioxidant protection. Soothes and calms.
  • Laminaria Ochroleuca: Extract: Repairs UV damage. Moisturizes. Provides bacterial protection.
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract: Calms. Protects. (Potent antioxidant)

Can’t forget the Disappear Concealer!

  • A matte, oil-free, opaque concealer that camouflages distractions such as acne, scars, tattoos, veins and port wine stains (not sure about this one, haha) and contains ingredients that may help to clear blemishes.
  • State-of-the-art liposome formula contains so much pigment that two layers will cover almost everything, including black tattoos.
  • Provides an opaque finish.

 

It’s key ingredients being:

  • Superoxide Dismutase: Protects.
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract: Calms. Protects. Provides bacterial protection.
  • Vitamin C: Helps to reverse UV damage. Protects.

If you’d like to follow and keep up with Jane Iredale, you can do so by checking them out below:

Instagram: @janeiredale
Twitter: @janeiredale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeiredale
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janeiredale
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/janeiredale

 

xo

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One of my favourite This Will Destroy You tracks “They Move On Tracks Of Never Ending Light

 

 

 

Beauty Counter Love

Beautycounter’s Routine Clean Cream Cleanser + Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm

 

“To get safe products into the hands of everyone” – the motto of Beautycounter.  They’ve banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting new health and safety standards. I’m super excited to share these two products today because, well, they’re awesome…but also, I love this line of products!

 

Beautycounter created an everyday Essentials Face Collection to address essential skin and body care needs. This line is safe, effective, and works well for all skin types, while being free of toxins and harmful chemicals. The essential skin care line can be used by anyone – women, men, and even kid. The majority of their products use coconut oil (stay awaaaaay, if you’re allergic!) and, the even greater news? They’re all formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, SLS or “secret” ingredients. Yay!


So, let’s jump right in!

 

Routine Clean Cream Cleanser –  A facial cream cleanser gentle enough to be used both day and night. Organic coconut oil removes impurities and buildup. Aloe, green tea, witch hazel, and floral extracts promote the appearance of healthy, rejuvenated and toned skin. Purifying citrus oils add a refreshing scent.

 

How to use – Apply small amount onto face and rinse with water. Use with a warm wash cloth to remove cosmetics. I love this cleanser because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry, whatsoever. Removing makeup was quick and easy, and it definitely made my skin look brighter and feel healthier!


Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm – A (superbly) moisturizing lip balm formulated with Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil, which all have intrinsically regenerative properties. The sweet smell of the balm comes from the Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil and Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Oil whose anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated skin.

 

How to use – You can apply with fingers or lip brush. :)


IMPORTANT | AWESOME PROMO DEAL!

Definitely mention you want Carolyn Hendricks as your consultant at checkout of any Beautycounter purchase!

 

And, through the entire month of May…

 

If you spend between $75 – $149, you will receive a free Citrus Mimosa Hand Cream  (this moisturizer is AMAZING. perfect for keeping in your handbag for an extra dose of mid-day refreshment for your hands!). It is also a super summery scent, formulated without harmful chemicals and only safe, sweet-smelling goodness.

 

If you spend $150 or more, you will receive their choice of either a free Lip Conditioner set including both the Peppermint and Calendula Balms OR a Lip Sheer in whatever color you like!

 

Do it, do it! Such awesome deals, and even awesome(er) products! ;)


 

You can find Beautycounter on:

Instagram: @beautycounter

Twitter: @beautycounterhq

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

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

 

xo

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As per usual… here’s your song of the day! Flock of Dimes – “Icy” <3

 

 

Eco Diva Beauty – Natural Spring Makeup Tips

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Hey everyone!!

 

Gosh, I am so excited to share this Eco Diva Beauty blog post I contributed to this month!

 

I love what this company does! Carrying only the most sustainable, effective, pure, and luxurious products, Eco Diva is changing the cosmetic world! Environmentally friendly, body and skin friendly, and always conscious about the health effects our makeup products have on our well-being. They’re doing it right by me! (You can read more about their values here.)

 

 

If you want to read more on how to get a natural spring makeup look using all organic and toxic-free products directly from the wonderful Eco Diva Beauty store…click on the photo below!

 

Natural Spring Makeup

(Photography by Lindsey Pruitt)


You can follow Eco Diva Beauty on:

Instagram: @ecodivabeauty

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

Twitter: @EcoDivaBeauty

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

 

SHOP ECO DIVA BEAUTY BELOW!

 

 

xo

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LOVE this song by indie rock band from Brooklyn, Oberhofer – “Together/Never”

Enjoy!! :)

 

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
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