Organic Beauty

Top Ten All Natural Beauty Hacks!! Tested!

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with beauty products. The problem is that not all products use natural or even safe ingredients. With more research being done everyday it is clear that we put a lot of unwanted chemicals on our skin! Now I have to admit all natural beauty is not one of my priorities but I know it is for a lot of people. So I wanted to put these ‘All Natural Beauty Hacks’ to the test!!! Watch the full video on YOUTUBE to see which ones worked and which ones DID NOT!

What you will need:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Bakin Soda
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Tumeric
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Raw Organic Honey
  • Yogurt
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Essential Oil (Lemon)
  • Organic Cocoa Powder
  • Raw Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Vitamin C in Powder or Crystal Form

WATCH the FULL VIDEO:

All Natural Beauty Recipes:

Coconut Oil Hair Mask 

All you need for this one is Coconut Oil. I rub this on my DRY hair at night. Focusing mostly on the ends. I just soak my hair. I also rub it into my scalp as I have dry skin. Then I put my hair in a braid and go to sleep. In the morning just wash your hair twice with shampoo and you will be left with silky, soft, shiny hair!

Bakin Soda Shampoo

Baking soda can absorb all grease and oil from your hair! On try hair rub in the baking soda into your roots. Then dilute a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water. Get into the shower and dump the diluted water over your scalp and scrub. It won’t foam up or anything but its working. They key is removing your usual idea of soft silky hair coming out of the shower. All baking soda does is remove the unnecessary grease. It will keep your hair clean without stripping your hair of essential oils.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner

The acetic acid is apple cider vinegar will remove product buildup from your hair and help you get shiny lustrous locks! It can also bring your scalp and hair to the ideal acidity level, especially if you have oily hair. Take 1-2 tablespoons of the vinegar in a cup on warm water. Use a deep cup because you will dunk the ends of your hair into it. Once you’ve soaked your ends in the cup get into the shower and dump the cup all over your head and wash it out.

Turmeric and Coconut Oil for White Teeth

Turmeric has been proven to whiten teeth despite its yellow- orange color. It not only whitens your teeth but also cleanses the teeth removing the bacterial infection that may be present. This is done possible due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties present in turmeric.

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Organic Turmeric
  • Allow to harden in a mason jar

Turmeric Face Mask

Because of its Anti Inflammatory Properties is can help with acne, rosacea, eczema, anti-aging ect.

  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Raw Organic Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Cows Milk or Plain Yogurt

I do not recommend this one as it died my face yellow!!

Coffee Salt Scrub

  • 1 1/2 Cup Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Coffee Grounds (Dried)
  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 5-15 Drops Essential Oils (Lemon)

Chocolate Bronze Glow

Use organic cocoa powder as a bronzer! Depending on your natural skin tone you can use it alone or mix in cinnamon and powdered sugar depending on the color you want!

Lip Exfoliant

  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Mix together and rub on your lips!

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. Ascorbic acid is a superstar for its proven antioxidant properties that boost firmer-feeling skin. This powerhouse ingredient is backed by research for dramatically brightening and evening skin tone.

  • Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid in Powder/Crystal Form
  • Mix with Coconut Oil
  • Put on skin at nighttime for a wonderful glow!

Again please watch my Youtube Video to see all of these Hacks in action!!!

Cheers!

xox

 

 

DIY 1920’s Halloween Costume

Flapper Girl

Flapper Costume

Welcome to the 1920’s

I swear I was born in the wrong era!! I love the 1920’s and I couldn’t wait to do a DIY 1920’s Halloween Costume! I love costume’s that are easy to do and rely mostly on makeup (as that’s my favourite) This look is perfect for Halloween, a costume party or the ever so popular Gatsby Themed Party!

What You Will Need: Costume

  • A Little Black Dress (tassels and frills are always welcome!)
  • Long Black Gloves (Most costume stores have them) I got mine at Malabar
  • Long Pearls (Shown are my Grandmothers)
  • A Head Piece – Mine is from Malabar, but can easily be made with a sparkly headband and feathers!
  • A Cigarette Holder – Found this at Spirit of Halloween
  • Black Diamond Studs (Or any other loud and glittery clip ons)

What You Will Need: Makeup

These are the KEY Makeup products you will need to achieve this look. The 1920’s was all about super smokey eyes, pale skin, and bold lips that accentuated the cupids bow! For a step by step tutorial check out the Youtube Video posted below!

Check Out This Full Tutorial!

Hope you guys found this DIY 1920’s Halloween Costume helpful!!

xo

My Spring Street Style!

I have been wearing Kimonos for years now and they are easily some of my favourite fashion pieces! I just love the flowy style of them. They are so easy to pair with everything from jeans, shorts and even dresses!! This is a great outfit to transition from spring to summer! And yes I pretty much only wear black! LOL

Shop the Look:

Kimono: Meaneor Women’s Chiffon Kimono – ‘Black Floral’ on www.amazon.ca  http://go.magik.ly/ml/54f7/

Jeans: American Eagle Twill X Jegging – ‘Black’ http://go.magik.ly/ml/54f8/

Shoes: Aldo -‘Noassa’ Black Boots http://go.magik.ly/ml/54fb/

Necklace: Forever 21 ‘Drop Chain Choker’ http://go.magik.ly/ml/54fd/

More spring/summer looks to come!

xox

Makeup for Glasses Tips + Tricks

Makeup For Glasses

Glasses have come a long way from the ‘nerd’ stereotype! In fact a lot of people buy glasses even without a prescription just for the look of them! They can be so stylish and fashionable and can really make you stand out. However if you are a makeup lover like me it can be a bit tricky to make your makeup last under glasses. I am going to give you all my tips and tricks for makeup for glasses! Also check out my Youtube Video where I take you through a tutorial on this look!

Top Ten Tips + Tricks

Go Matte but not flat!

The biggest concern with glasses is that the makeup wears off on your nose where the bridge of your glasses hits it. Depending on the size your glasses can also lay on your cheeks. Wherever the glasses touch the makeup usually transfers because your face is getting sweaty and more oil is being produced.

Start with a matte face primer. Make sure to put it on the bride of your nose, around your nose, and under the eyes. Anywhere your glasses touch your skin.

Then choose a mattifying foundation. Again we want the least amount of oil to be produced causing your makeup to transfer and wear off. The one that has the least transfer for me is the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.

Work in Layers

The best tip I can give you is to avoid the nose area as much as possible. Some people won’t need to put any concealer or foundation on the sides of their nose. That will work best, but if you need some coverage only put it where you need it. Spot concealing (where you place the concealer only exactly where you need it) is a better option that just loading the nose with product. If you work in thin layers and take the time to really blend then there will be less built up product on  your face to transfer to your glasses. Be sure to choose a long lasting waterproof concealer like the Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer.

Brighten Under Your Eyes

Glasses tend to cause a shadow under your eyes that make you look tired. So go in with a colour correcting concealer that brightens and cancels out dark circles. Still use only as much product as you need and thin layers. Peach/pink toned concealers are the best for brightening under the eyes. I like the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector.

Blot + Set

Once your foundation and concealer are on take a blotting paper and gently put it on your nose and cheeks. This will take away any excess oil while leaving your makeup in place! It will make sure your base is in good form right from the start! Then go in with a translucent loose setting powder and put that everywhere you put concealer. This will lock everything into place and give you the longest wear. I love the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

Set It and Forget It

Setting spray is your best friend. There are lots of brands and they all lock your makeup into place and make it last longer! So it won’t rub off on your frames. They even have mattifying sprays as well! So douce yourself in it! Spray your brush and then lightly tap your brush onto your nose for added longevity.

Line and Define

Eyeliner can be your best friend. Go for waterproof eyeliner for sure! The best are the Urban Decay Waterline Eye Pencils. The colour is where you can have fun. Depending on the colour and style of your glasses. A winged out cat eye liner looks great with most pairs. If you have colourful glasses use a blue or green eyeliner. My glasses show off my lower lash line more than my eyelids so I love to put lots of smokey eyeliner down there. It is a great way to add pops of colour since it is so visible.

A lot of people complain that their lashes hit their lenses. So you definitely want to curl your eyelashes so they go away from your frames. Go for volumizing mascara as opposed to lengthening, and really focus the product in the root of the lashes. This will give you lots of drama without the annoying part of long lashes hitting your lenses. And as always go for waterproof! Lots of people have problems with mascara running and wearing off so go for a waterproof one! I love Tarte Lights, Camera Splashes Mascara. Make sure you WAIT till your mascara DRIES before putting your glasses on 🙂

Your Brows

Your glasses frame your face but your eyebrows frame your glasses! You definitely want to fill in your brows. For one they are usually always visible with glasses. And also they really add to the structure of your face and make the glasses stand out. I would fill them in just naturally to give them definition. If you go too bold you may take away from your frames! Also highlight your brow bone with a shimmering white shadow! This will lift the eyes and make them look bigger.

On to the Eyes

There are so many things I could say about eyeshadow. It really depends on the colour and style of the frames. If you want a daytime look, or a night out looks. If you glasses make your eyes look bigger or smaller. Overall eyeshadow is something you can’t always see on your lids with glasses. So you can go a bit crazier with it if you want! You won’t see that bold purple shadow as intensely when you put your glasses on. Put blue on lower lash line to make your eyes pop.

If you are trying to make your eyes look bigger under your frames, go for light neutral colours. Stick with matte shades and add a bit of shimmer in the inner corners and centre of the lid. Also use a white or nude eyeliner in the lower waterline to really draw the eyes up!

Frame Your Whole Face

Your face and your cheeks are the most visible when wearing glasses! So really use that to your advantage. Go for a pop of colour with your blush! It will make you look more rested and alive! Also contour is a must! lol. Contouring can add more definition to your face. I sometimes feel like I lose structure to my face with glasses so I like to add more contour and really make those cheek bones pop! Also get your glow on! Since we used so many mattifying products you can really give that healthy glow back to your face with highlighter!! It will make you sparkle under your frames!

Go BOLD!

Lipstick is where you can really stand out. Since your eyes are hidden you can skip eye makeup all together and just wear a bold red lip and you will instantly look put together with your frames! I feel like red lipstick goes so well with glasses! Using a bold colour on your lips with balance out your face. All the attention won’t just go to your glasses. 🙂

I hope some of these tips help! Again there is no one way to do your makeup… ever! So just do what feels right!

xo

 

 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks Swatches + Reviews

New Bite Beauty Lipsticks

Bite Beauty is launching a new set of lipsticks called the Amuse Bouche Lipstick collection. Bite’s previous line of Luminous Creme lipsticks are now discontinued. I am shocked and appalled by this as ‘Cava’ was one of my favourite lipsticks, but I suppose I can get over it! So let’s get into the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks!

The Details

These lipsticks launch on the Sephora website on February 23rd, and in store March 4th. Click here to shop! There are 34 shades total and they sell for 26.00$ US. This line will be their new line of lipsticks and is supposed to be a better formula. Bite Beauty describes them as high pigment shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear. They are made in small batches which apparently allows for a smoother lipstick. Each lipstick has 12 edible oils in them with citrus flavour made from pressed fruit. They will give you healthy quenched lips.

New Bite Beauty Lipsticks

The Verdict

I have six of the new shades to review and swatch for you! They have such a huge colour range that there is definitely a colour for everyone! The first thing I noticed about these lipsticks was the smell. They smell so good! They smell like citrus like they describe. Its fresh and fruity and I love it. The smell does not last on your lips, which I like, so you don’t smell like that all day. These lipsticks are so highly pigmented and go on intensely with one swipe. These are very very moisturizing. Even if your lips are dry once you put these on it instantly moisturized your lips. They are so creamy and smooth and easy to apply! You do have to be careful with the darker shades as they are so creamy they can get everywhere if you aren’t careful. Just use a lip liner and you will be ok. These have a satin finish with a beautiful sheen. They are pretty long lasting for such a creamy formula. They will transfer but still last quite a long time on the lips. I have nothing bad to say about them actually. I do prefer the formula to the old ones as they old ones tended to dry out my lips. They would go on creamy but then turn dry and cake up a bit on my lips. So I am very happy with this new formula.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

The Swatches

So here are the six shades I was able to try out. What a beautiful range!! From Left to Right we have: Beetroot, Black Truffle, Chai, Gazpacho, Honeycomb and Spritzer!

Here they are swatched on my lips! They really ‘wow’ on the lips!

Amuse Bouche Lipstick Swatches

So I definitely recommend these lipsticks! I love all six shades that I have. I am eyeing all the rest. If you want hydrating creamy bold lipsticks this are the ones to go for! Thanks Bite Beauty for making these Amuse Bouche Lipsticks so damn delicious.

xox