Posted on June 6, 2017

Passion Tea Limeade | A Refreshing, Summer Party Drink Recipe

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Whether for a birthday party, BBQ, engagement party, or baby gender reveal party this passion tea limeade will be a hit with kids and/or adults!

The last time I had my girl friends over I wanted to whip up some Passion Tea Limeade but can you guess what happened? Matt had drunk all my ingredients! Be assured a recipe is tasty when Matt gives it his seal of approval.

Passion Tea Limeade
A similar twist to the traditional Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. President's Choice Herbal Hibiscus Tea or Tazo Passion Tea Concentrate
  2. 8 oz. water
  3. 4 oz. Kirkland Margarita Lime Mix
Instructions
  1. Combine the Passion Tea/Hibiscus Tea Concentrate with water.
  2. Add Margarita mix.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Enjoy!
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Posted on June 5, 2017

Summer Glow On The Go | Bronzer Comparison For Fair-Medium Skin

Beautycounter Matte Bronzer vs. Estee Edit Barest Bronzer vs. Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing & Blush Compact

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Achieving a summer glow is easier than ever before (in my opinion). I avoided bronzer for 21 years because they made my fair complexion look muddy and like I had orange on my face. 

Muddy and orange are not what I’d call a summer glow!

Now I have a growing collection of bronzers that I use for different occasions – ranging from everday/year round use to summer only. I like having lots of options for makeup so I can create different looks. Here is my bronzer comparison for fair-medium skin:

Look #1 | My 1st look is a fun, day time look – I know not everyone is comfortable with a bold lip but neither did I until I experimented to find my favourite bold lipsticks (I keep to the purple-pinks). Here I used the Beautycounter Matte Bronzer (No. 1), Beautycounter Cream Blush (Hibiscus), Bite Lip Pencil, and The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid to create the look.

Like I said in the video I use the Beautycounter Matte Bronzer year round, and especially as a contour in the summer. It’s a very natural colour and creates a less tawny and “baked” look for those interested in bronzer but like me have had bad experiences with bronzer.

Look #2 | This look is my summer everyday makeup, it’s natural and embraces my lovely features. I used the Estee Edit Barest Bronzer (light/medium), Maskcara Beauty Ever Red Lips & Cheek (alternative), Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick (Petal). By playing up the colour on my face with bronzer and blush I like to balance out the look with a ntural lip colour.

The Estee Edit has an eenie meanie hint of gold sparkle to it, and is quite similar in colour to the BeautyCounter bronzer but has a touch of orange colouring to it. That’s why this is my mid-end of summer bronzer!

Look #3 | This is my summer special occasion look. The Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing & Blush Compact is packed with summer colour for your face. Unless I’m on vacation during the winter, this is my summer only bronzer. Even though it’s the most dramatic bronzer out of the 3 bronzers I’m comparing – it’s not overtly orange on your skin. 

For this look I used: Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing & Blush Compact, Maskcara Beauty Grapefruit Lips & Cheek (alternative), Bite Lip Liner, Bite Lipstick

Check out more info on Beautycounter, or my latest brow video tutorial, or a better look at Clarins Limited Edition Summer products. If you have any questions about products don’t hesitate to ask!

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Posted on June 4, 2017

3 Ways To Prevent Stretch Marks | Third Trimester Summer Style

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 Anyone else due this summer? This baby girl has a few months left before her debut but she is getting BIG. I feel large and in charge, but mostly large.

I’ve had lot of you ask how I prevent stretch marks… I actually have stretch marks! Though no new ones yet with this pregnancy – the stretch marks are all small, silvery tiger stripes on my hips, upper thighs, and around my belly button.

So, a better question is how do I prepare my skin to stretch to accommodate my growing belly?

  1. Oil up: I find creams do not work, and the main ingredient in most creams is water. I need a product to continuously hydrate my stretching skin, not evaporate off my skin to leave it less hydrated. My favourite pregnant belly products are: BeautyCounter Soothing Baby Oil or plain coconut oil.
  2. Wear dresses: As you get bigger your waistband will become tighter and start pulling at your skin – it’s uncomfortable and I found that it resulted in all the places my pants/shorts pulled at is where I developed stretch marks.

3. Don’t Scratch The Itch: Your belly skin is going to become very itchy at the end of your pregnancy from it being stretched across your baby – don’t scratch it! If you have oil available apply it, otherwise gently rub the itchy spot with the palm of your hand. Sooth the threshold of your skin’s receptors (sorry for the grade 12 biology talk), this way your satisfying your itch without pulling at your dry, stretched skin.

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Posted on June 1, 2017

Why I Use Beautycounter? | Leading A Healthier Life With Natural Beauty Products | Moms With Babes Who Business

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How cute is the packaging? I am in love with their rosy-gold packaging.

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It may not look like it but I have problem skin – I’ve had it all my life. My skin is extremely dry, sensitive, and acne-prone. 

In the past, I used skincare that was either for acne that used harsh chemicals to dry out the blemishes leaving my skin a flaky mess, or for dry/sensitive skin that doesn’t combat acne. It was a strange, never-ending battle.

Now? I use a range of natural skincare to balance and sooth my skin, with BeautyCounter as the core and majority of my skincare routine.

Majority? Core? Although I may love the brand and products, I don’t love all the products – which is completely normal because they carry an extensive line of skincare and makeup, and not all beauty products work the same for everyone.

As a blogger I have the opportunity to try and test out a lot of products, and I take great pride in writing my honest experiences for you to read. Creating that trust and transparency is so important to me.

So, what BeautyCounter products do I like? For the past 6 months I’ve been testing and sharing these ones, check it out:

Plumping Peony Skincare Set

Baby & Kids Body Skincare

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Pregnancy & Hormonal Skin Friendly Makeup

 And where can you buy it?

I enjoy their products so much I am now a BeautyCounter consultant in Edmonton & Surrounding Area (though if you live way outside Edmonton, don’t hesitate to reach out!), and no you won’t see me contacting y’all through Instagram with “copy & paste” scripts to hound you down to join or try the products (anyone else receive random messages from random people trying to sell you random crap, or is that just me?). 

Essentially I want you to love the products just like I do. I’ve had so many people ask me how do I order BeautyCounter? And you can now send me an email/Facebook/Instagram message and I can help you with that! Better yet, maybe we can get coffee and chat (if you’re in the Edmonton area).

Using BeautyCounter is a stepping stone to leading a healthier life, just check out The Never List that bans 1 500 questionable or harmful chemicals from BeautyCounter products.

Canada has done a good job processing new products/chemical ingredients and updating the Canada Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist (which includes prohibited chemical ingredients and restricted) – while unfortunately in the United States many of those prohibited/restricted ingredients are still allowed in U.S products. The beauty safety standards are skewed.

We worry about substances we put in our bodies like gluten, dairy, sugar, fat, drugs, alcohol, chemicals – but it is also extremely important to watch what we put on our skin. You wouldn’t ingest chemicals like formaldehyde? So why would you apply products to your skin with those chemicals in it? There are safer options available, and it’s my mission to educate you on what those safer options are.

I want to thank these two moms with babes who business for hosting a BeautyCounter social event this past weekend; Dallas, whom I’ve known and grown with over the past few years as moms and bloggers; Tara, who I just met but can’t wait to get to know more.

So, my friends, keep your eyes peeled for sales and fun, social events coming up this year!

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Posted on May 25, 2017

Summer Accessories To Compliment All Your Outfits | Stella & Dot Sale & Dot Dollars

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Summer is clearly here and what better way than to make sure you look put together everyday than to have beautiful accessories at your disposable. Stella & Dot have released their summer accessories and Stella & Dot summer sale, and I am in love! Especially with all the tassels and bright colours.

Here you can find the:

Classics | Black Double Wrap Watch + Vintage Statement Starburst Ear Jacket (on SALE!!)

Tassels | Blush Tassel NecklaceBlue Tassel Earring

Neutral | Metal Statement Necklace + Blush Cat Eye Sunglasses + Good Vibes Pouch

Minimal | Gold Collar Necklace (similar necklace on SALE here) + Silver Stellar Pave Ring

Bright | Blue Tassel Statement Necklace + Pink Elephant Travel Tote

 

 I’ve already put my order in and I can’t wait for my Stella & Dot goodies to arrive! It feels like it’s been almost a year since they’ve had jewelry and accessories that are my style… but I’m glad their summer collection is right up my alley!

 Right now, if you spend $75 you get the adorabe “Good Vibes” pouch for $9.99! And their other promo going on is Dot Dollars: for every $50 you spend you earn $25 Dot Dollars. 

But if you’re like me, the Stella & Dot sales are where your heart is at! They always have gems hidden in their summer sales.

What are your favourite summer accessories?

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Posted on May 24, 2017

Summer Skincare | Saving Your Skin AFTER A Sunburn

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I was not careful this weekend – the sun was out to play and I forgot my hat and sunscreen! Of course enjoying 6 hours in the sunshine resulted in a bad sunburn. That evening I think I applied 6 layers of aloe before bed. It hurt so bad.

Then I woke up in the morning a sunburn mess – skin taut, eyes puffy and dry. It was my first real taste of summer this year (yay?).

First thing I washed my face with ice cold water, then gently put ice cubes in paper towel and massages my eyes. 

Then like I used my soothing, after sun products: Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, Vichy After-Sun, and Vichy Sunscreen. Not to mention I lathered my lips in Nivea Hydro Care and massaged my eyes more with Clarins Instant Eye Reviver and Foreo Eye Massager.

 What after sun product do you use?

 
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