Monday, January 30, 2017

Resolutions Ambassador for ♡

Guess what!?
I've been selected to be one of the New Year's Challenge participants for!
I received $100 to spend on the website, so here are the items that I picked out!

Thank you! I shop on the website frequently!
#wellnewyear #wellnesshaul #wellnessdelivered

So what were my resolutions for this year?
I want to support companies who care about the environment, on a social or ecological level.
To start off, I will always look for organic products, but that's just a starting point.
There is so much more involved in the products that we buy and how they are made.

Looking for labels that are also non-GMO is also important to me.
I like supporting Canadian companies as well. Products being fair trade
and biodegradable/easily recyclable is also important! Check the number in
that rotating triangular symbol. It should be a #1 or #2, for it to be easily recyclable.

I know plastic packaging is an issue and I will work on reducing!
Unfortunately 3 of the items I chose cannot be recycled :(

I've chosen very practical items! There will be some items that I didn't
really need, but have been wanting to try out *ahem, skincare*.
🍁 Canadian Product


1. Andalou Naturals Soothing Face Mask
I've been wanting to try something from their '1000 roses' skincare line.
But this will be a gift for someone instead :) I don't like the packaging though.

2. Divine Essence Organic Sweet Almond Oil 🍁
I thought this would come in a spray bottle, but it came with a pipette.
I wanted to try using this as a body moisturizer, only on specific areas... specifically my legs.
They have been very dry, due to my lack of moisturizing. It's been so dry that tiny spots
have been cracking and bleeding... :( Nothing major, but you can definitely see it.

3. LaVigne Organics Mayan Magic Balm 🍁
Apparently this balm is great for people with eczema, so it must be a fairly
good healing/moisturizing balm. It also has a nice natural scent, even though
they say it's unscented... I mean, any natural product will have a scent :p

Personal Hygiene

4. Green Beaver Frosty Mint Toothpaste 🍁
A more affordable natural toothpaste on the market, while also being biodegradable.
It has a light texture, which others may not like, but I'm happy with this toothpaste :)

5. Dr. Brite Whitening Mineral Toothpaste
I love this toothpaste! It's expensive, so I normally would not buy this.
It has a mousse-like texture and the flavour reminds me of spearmint gum.
The consistency is not too thin or thick. It feels great in the mouth :p

6. Organ(y)c Sanitary Pads
This is a brand from Italy! They make biodegradable and organic cotton pads :)
Why organic cotton!? We come in contact with cotton everyday and it's one of the
most chemically treated plant in the world. Some of the chemicals are extremely toxic,
therefore not only affecting the water, environment, but also the people who work on a cotton farm.

7. Organ(y)c Organic Cotton Pads
For the same reasons above :) and I have a habit of using cotton pads for my face,
when applying facial toner. This is not a necessity.


8. Bob's Red Mill Organic Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats
I need to eat too! This will be my breakfast for the next month :p
I like my oatmeal with 1 tbsp of any nut butter, little bit of honey, banana slices
and a dash of cocoa/coconut hemp seeds! yum.

9. Central Roast Organic Raw Cashews 🍁
I love raw cashews! It's one of my favourite nuts.
I also like almonds and pistachios :)
Unfortunately, I do not like the plastic packaging :(

10. Yellow Superfood Organic Nutritional Yeast 🍁
If you've never tried nutritional yeast, then you are missing out!
It honestly reminds me of fish food flakes though.
If you are a vegan, this is a great source of vitamin B12 :)
It has a super mild nutty taste, but becomes creamy and subtly cheesy when cooked.
I love adding this to my pasta and on top of my omelette.

Thank you for reading! and Thank you for choosing me!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Handmade 2017 Agenda from Berlin ♡

I am very picky when it comes to buying an agenda for the year.
I originally wanted to get a agenda, but then I wanted something
unique and different from the majority, so I found this lovely seller on Etsy.

The shop name is called, waitingforadreamer ♡
The weekly agenda is under a project called, STUDIENMATERIAL.

I picked the 'Alice & Black Crown design'. It's lovely!
The agenda is quite small, but it's the perfect size for me.
The package came in about 3/4 days! It also came with an illustrated postcard.

Some people had complaints about the type of paper used, but I like it.
It feels nice and sturdy. It has a smooth texture, which may not work well
with some pens (they might smudge), but if you have a nice, thin inked pen,
it should work fine. It actually kind of makes the ink stand out more.

I have to say that this is not a very practical planner.
Some of the dates are covered with illustrations, making it impossible
to actually write on. But it has lovely illustrations and quotes. It's a nice
agenda for someone who just jots down weekly plans and special dates.

The illustrations are from different artists. There is a list of them on the back.
Eduard Belky (Ukrainian), Kaija Burlina (Ukrainian), Alessandro Cemolin (Italian).
Then the main designers are Anastasia Klerig and Anna Klerig :)

I love this cute, little agenda. It reminds me of when I used to do editorial design!
I am definitely inspired to create my own agenda for next year :p

This is the back cover. Lovely :)

Friday, January 13, 2017

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner ♡ Crimson & Clover

I have been wanting to try the ILIA tinted lip conditioners for over a year now.
When Sephora had their annual end of year sale, I knew I had to pick up a couple!
I couldn't really justify the original retail pricing, because I don't wear lip products
often, other than lip balm, so this was a great alternative! It's super moisturizing and pigmented!

I also picked up the colour in Shell Shock, but I'll focus my review on the Crimson & Clover.
It's my favourite of the two and I'm in love with it!

The retail price can range from $26-32. I purchased mine on Sephora when they had a $20 off sale.
I ended up getting the lip conditioners for $21 each. That's a pretty good deal :p
What I love:
The case is made with recycled aluminum

Their products are made with certified organic ingredients
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf*,
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil*.
May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Black Oxide CI77499, Yellow Oxide CI77492, Red Oxide CI77491, Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410,
Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients.

From Vancouver, BC :) A Canadian product

There's jasmine oil in this lip conditioner. I love jasmine!

It leaves a lovely stain and doesn't dry out my lips

♡ I don't have to reapply. It leaves a stain and gradually
fades into a lovely pink shade on my lips :)

Here is a swatch of the colour. You can easily build up the colour from something
more sheer, to bold. I love wearing it both ways. It also leaves a lovely stain and is not
easily rubbed off when eating. I just had an apple and the colour is pretty much intact.
 My photos don't do it justice! It looks so much better in person on my lips :p
It's more red in real life and has this bright "punch" to the colour, my camera can't capture.

The colour of the lipstick on their website is actually quite close.
Not the swatch, but the photo of the whole lipstick with the colour in the tube :)
The colour 'Jump' is on my wishlist :p
Have a great weekend!

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