Happy June 1st and welcome to my new updated blog! What better way to ring in my birthday month (woo!) but with last month’s Petit Vour Beauty Box…haha. I know, I’m always a bit late on these. But, this will just give you another taste of how amazing these monthly beauty box subscriptions truly are – then you’ll just have to sign up for June’s box…and all the other months ahead! ;)
It’s been a little while since I fully reviewed (on here) one of my favourite Beauty Boxes…since November actually! If you’re new to Petit Vour, well you’re in for a treat! This monthly subscription box is really special! It not only lets you in on some amazing non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty products…but for only $15, each box comes packed with four deluxe-sized (and sometimes full-sized) products. It’s an awesome deal, and you’ll discover some awesome new brands that are safe for your face, body and more! Oh, and of course it comes with the cutest little description card, describing all of the products within the box – along with the perfect illustration by Mia Charro. Win/win!
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 stickdeodorant 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!
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!
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
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:
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.
Ursa Major’s Stellar Shave Cream
Face Balms, face balms, face balms…ahhh where do I begin? I love ’em. But particularly this Fortifying Face Balmwith 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.
Ursa Major’s Fortifying Face Balm
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 Trailsidecandle 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.
Ursa Major’s Trailside
If you’d like to purchase Ursa Major’s wonderful products, as well as follow them on social media, click the links below!
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!
P.s. Happy happy happy birthday to my sweet baby sis who is turning 24 today! I LOVE YOU JORDIE!!! :)