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Posted on October 19, 2017

5 Steps To The Perfect Top Knot

5 Steps to the perfect top knot5 Steps to the perfect top knot

Top knots are my thing! It’s my version of “mom hair”.

Some days my hair is so matted from wearing the same top knot for 3 days in a row, I vow never to wear a bun after combing the knots out. But I still go on my bun binges so I don’t really mind.

The secret to a good top knot is using 3-4 elastics. I have heavy, course, thick hair so without the multiple elastics my buns fall out-of-place.

Here are 5 steps to the perfect top knot:

  1. Pull your hair up into a high ponytail.
  2. Divide your ponytail into 2 sections.
  3. Tie a knot with the two sections of hair.
  4. Tuck both loose ends of the knot under your bun, secure with 2 (or more) elastics.
  5. Spritz your bun with the Volumizing Mist for extra hold and lift.

If I want my bun to be extra secured I use bobby pins, and if you have heavy or thick hair I highly recommended this curly bobby pin.

I just discovered these amazing elastics that claim to eliminate the need for bobby pins, so I’ll keep you up to date when they arrive and if they do what they say!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 10, 2017

Beautycounter Holiday Collection | Gifts That Last

Beautycounter Holiday Collection

Anyone else a gift giving fanatic?

Both Matt’s side and my side of our families pull names to determine who buys gifts for who. I love giving the perfect gift, I want to get whoever’s name I draw a gift they would actually love. 

I could hardly keep from bursting when the Beautycounter Holiday Collection arrived last week, and I’m so excited to share what is in these gorgeous red boxes!

Glow And Go Mini Oils | Wear it alone or with moisturizer, these face oils are skin changing. The No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil (with Vitamin C) brightens and revitalizes skin. The No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil (with argan oil) helps firm and plump, and smooth the appearance of fine lines. The No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil (with wild chamomile) helps balance, nourish, and sooth skim.

Perfect Pout Trio Nude | I’ve never been a fan of lip glosses, I associate memories of sticky, 90’s styled lip glosses from Claire’s when I think of lip gloss. But with the new infusion of fresh peppermint into these smooth, hydrating nude lip glosses – they’ll be making a new home in my purse this winter.

Holiday Soap Trio | Lavender & Vanilla scent calms and soothes. Ylang & Mandarin scent refreshes and awakens. Citrus & Chamomile scent has warm notes. Perfect for anyone looking to add a little extra luxury to your bath.

Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette |  A total of 18 eyeshadows in 1 palette, I’ve never had such a large palette but I can already see the possible combinations are endless! There are 5 perfectly paired trios, and then 3 universal shades: black, gold, and eggshell. This palette also comes with a dual ended brush. 

Colour Intense Lip Set | These 5 stunning, colour popping lipsticks for only $108 ($190 value) are blowing my mind. From classic red to rich berry to rosy pink to tawny nude to luminous mauve, you’ll be giving the gift of the year! They also have a light mint scent from peppermint oil, to get into the Holiday spirit, and contain no synthetic flavours, fragrances or chemicals. 

Illuminating Trio | I have been head over heels for these highlighters since they announced they would be joining the Holiday makeup line! Each one (pearl, rose, bronze) is sheer and buildable. I love highlighting above my cheek bone with the pearl, using the rose on the apples of my cheeks, and applying the bronze in the shallows of my cheek bones. And don’t forget to blend!

Winter Jewels Palette | I can’t wait to play around with these rich, jewel toned shadows to make some dramatic festive daytime and evening looks. I already have fallen in love with the 3 highlighters – they give your skin a soft, warm glow rather than a frosty highlighted look.

Which products are you going to put on your wishlist?

 

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 4, 2017

Glossier | Boy Brows & Stretch Concealer

So as of late I’ve been living intentionally healthier – starting with the daily beauty products I use on myself.

I am a makeup junkie and love discovering safer beauty brands that enhance my makeup routine – Glossier is a well known minimal makeup brand that helps great dewy complexions and bold brows.

 I’ll be creating a video later this month on holiday makeup looks and will definitely be testing out the Stretch Concealer, which has medium coverage and has a creamy finish. And I’ll also show how I’ve been using the Boy Brow wands.

I was super excited when the Glossier pink package arrived on mail day (such a cute little pink bubble wrap pouch with lots of 90’s themed stickers inside).

The next thing I did (which I regularly do now) is read the ingredients on every product and cross referenced the ingredients with the EWG SkinDeep Cosmetic Data base. Because when I read the back of my products I have no idea what those long chemical names mean!

That way if I stumble across a couple ingredients that raise red flags I can make an educated decision if I want to use the product or not. I’m not just blindly consuming anymore.

I know I’ve got a few feedback comments on how I’ve been advocating for safer beauty – some positive, some constructive. I will not be able to turn this new passion for advocating for safer beauty regulations off, darlings. So if it’s not for you that’s the beauty of social media and the internet – you don’t have to follow me.

I have a new fire in my heart to advocate for my daughters’, my mom’s, my sisters’, my friends’ health and safety. And this is only the beginning of the safer beauty movement, so if you don’t like the heat get out of the kitchen (I think that saying applies here… right??).

Anyways, back to reading the ingredients on the Boy Brow – I found 9 ingredients that were classified as “ingredients with moderate health concerns”. DimethiconeLecithinGlyceryl LauratePolysorbate 20PhenoxyethanolTitanium DioxideFerric FerrocyanideChromium Oxide Greens, and Chromium Hydroxide Green.

The major health concerns were persistence and bioaccummulation, which means the they’re chemicals that don’t leave your system easily and accummulate in your body.

And the minor environmental concern with some the chemicals (click on the individual names above to read more about each one) was ecotoxicity. Ecotoxicity is the results of ecotoxology – a study of the toxic effects, caused by synthetic and natural pollutants, on the ecosystems, animals, and humans. It’s a look at the big picture, and what chemicals are affecting the world beyond your bathroom.

I will say I was very proud of Glossier listing all their products’ ingredients online, with some brands I can’t find the ingredients on the package or online. And the only way for us to be informed consumers is to have access to what is in our daily beauty products!

Many of you may be wondering why I will still test these products out, and I live a 70/30 safer beauty life. I’m still processing products that are harmful to me out of my life. I have drawn the line where I will not use a product if one of it’s ingredients is a carcinogen, I won’t compromise my health when I already have cancer in my family’s medical history. 

It’s all about making small choices that lead to a healthier life!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 25, 2017

Beautycounter Favourites | Fall Makeup & Skincare Must-Haves

Fall makeup must-haves

brightening mask | rejuvenating eye cream | hydrating foundation | volumizing mascara | plum lipstick

I’m a creature of habit and once I find a skincare and makeup routine that caters to my extremely dry skin I cling to it. Especially when I find products that sooth my skin when seasonal flare ups occur.

It’s been years since I’ve slept in my makeup and did not wash my face before bed. You could say I’ve developed OCD-ish tendencies about washing my face in the evening. I cannot fall asleep if it doesn’t happen, I have my night routine and I stick to it.

My current morning routine goes:

Wash face with cold water, pat dry, spritz with brightening face mist, apply brightening face oil (raved about in Allure) and nourishing day cream, and finish with the rejuvenating eye cream.

My current evening routine goes:

Remove makeup with cleansing balm, wash face with charcoal cleansing bar, pat dry, spritz with brightening face mist, apply brightening face oil and nourishing night cream, and again finish with the rejuvenating eye cream.

If you ever have questions about Beautycounter or what products are best suited for skin type and skin concerns – message or email me! I love connecting with you guys!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 23, 2017

Fall Colour Inspiration | Essie Wild Nudes Collection

Essie Wild Nudes Nail Polish Collection

Yay! It’s finally sweater weather!

Fall is my favourite weather because I’m already a 24 hour furnace. Though this week it was very rainy – which I joked to Matt that it doesn’t really rain in Edmonton, it just means it’s too warm to snow.

Speaking of fall, who else is loving the Essie Wild Nudes collection? The nail polishes surprised me because I loved them all, the purple and green are beautiful and don’t clash with multiple outfits.

I need nail polish colours that are versatile so I don’t want to change my nail polish every day. And these colours are perfect for that!

What are your favourite fall nail polish colours?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 12, 2017

Beautycounter Babes | Join The Safer Beauty Movement

Photography by Bespoke Photography

I’m excited for the work I’m doing with my Beautycounter team and with my mentors (but really they’re my #bossbabe friends that happen to also be bloggers).

Recently Dallas and Tara came up and did a “Safer Beauty, Move Your Booty” event in Edmonton and it was a blast – so of course we had to meet up at one of my favourite coffee places in Edmonton prior to the event.

I love it whenever I get the chance to sit down with them – we set goals, there’s lots of laughter, but best of all I learn things about building my business.

We’re building a Beautycounter Babe Tribe and I’m over the moon excited being one of the women in Alberta, let alone Edmonton who are at the core of spreading the awesome news of safer beauty. Read more here about why you should try Beautycounter.

Not only do my Beautycounter Babes amaze me but the new products that launched this summer are just as wonderful!

One of my best clients has a sunscreen allergy to every sunscreen she has ever tried, nothing works for her without giving her a rash. After we discussed Beautycounter’s 60 day return policy, she took a chance on the Beautycounter Sunscreen Protection Stick and she was pleased to report back to me that it didn’t give her a rash! How awesome is that!

It was a wonderful moment for me as a promoter of Beautycounter because she trusted in me to invest in her skincare and trusted that if it did not work for her that I would deliver on helping her find the best safer beauty products for her.

Beautycounter is about growing relationships and being transparent. And those are a few reasons I had to jump in (and to be honest, I wish I jumped in a year before I formally joined as a consultant).

If there’s a piece of you interested or curious on joining my Beautycounter Babe Tribe, I highly encourage you to take that leap – it’s only $85 to enroll – whether you’re near or far the Beautycounter tribe expands from Canada to the United States.

Take the leap and join this safer beauty movement! You can make your dreams happen.

What do you want from your Beautycounter business?

Do you want to stay home with your children and not work a traditional 9-5 job?

Do you want a disposable income for travel, shopping, or savings?

Are you looking for a fun way to get out of the house and socialize while earning an income?

Are you interested in monetizing your social media?

 

Feel free to email me or message me on Instagram to discuss how to join my Beautycounter Babe Tribe and how Beautycounter can fit into your life!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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