Naturally Vain – local and natural beauty products!

Hi everyone,

I hope that you’re as excited as I am about it being the long weekend!!! What do you have planned for your weekend? We plan on spending lots of time with family celebrating a couple birthdays and Easter!

I’m both happy and excited about today’s post. Have you heard of Naturallaturallyvain.ca/lovelylife? If not and if you are a lover of natural beauty products and supporting local businesses, you have to check them out. They are an Ottawa based company that makes handmade and natural beauty products.

I don’t know about you but when I was younger, I never really paid attention to whether or not the products I was using on my body were natural, let alone healthy. As I’ve grown older (they do say that you become wiser with age ;)) and gained a greater respect for my body, I’ve been more aware of what I not only put in my body but what I put on it.

One of the many cool things about Naturallyvain.ca/lovelylife is that it started as a small family business. The owner’s mother (side note: you know how much I love and support moms ;)) became concerned with the products that her family was using since they contained chemicals and preservatives so she decided to create her own line of shampoos and soaps using the best natural oils and butters available.

Her passion for creating healthy and natural beauty products for her children was then extended to friends and family. Soon after, she began selling her products locally at trade shows and in small boutiques and due to the increasing demand for her products, her daughters created NaNaturallyvain.ca/lovelylife.

The business stays true to its original intent, which was to create handmade and natural beauty products that families around the world can feel good about using.

So what do they make? Well, they offer incredible soap and bath products as well as products for your body, face, and hair. They also offer aromatherapy products but I haven’t yet had an opportunity to try them out.

So far, I’ve tried the following products:

Bright Eye Dark Circle Reducer:

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I don’t know about you but I ‘ve been struggling to find an effective eye cream to help with both my puffiness and dark circles. I’ve tried eye creams made by Khiels, Olay and many others but haven’t found one that I love. I’m happy to report that I’ve been using this eye cream, twice daily, for about a month now and love it. There are many pros to this product, besides being all natural, vegan and cruelty-free. This cream goes on SO well! It’s not only light but it has both a soft and cooling effect to it and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky. It’s also sold for only $30 and the container that it’s sold in is generously packed with this beautiful cream.

I have to say that I’m super pumped about this product. I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my under eyes. Specifically, my puffiness which is now gone. I still have my dark circles but I don’t think that those will disappear in a month 😉 I look forward to continuing to use this product and I’m happy that it’s become a part of my beauty routine. For those who struggle with dark circles or could use a little pick me up ;), you should definitely give this product a try and check it out at naturallyvain.ca/lovelylife.

Next up is their Vitamin C Fix (anti-aging cream)

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This multipurpose cream is great for your both your face and body! Especially this time of the year when our skin needs a great moisturizer. The vitamin C and E in this anti-aging cream rejuvenates tired-looking skin and the rosehip refined carrier oil improves the look of any scars or stretch marks that you may have. I’ve always had sensitive skin and struggle with acne scarring so I have to be very careful with what I put on my face. Typically, I only use Clarins since I react to everything else, however, I didn’t react to either of these products which is impressive. I’m convinced that it’s due to the fact that the ingredients used in them are all natural. Another pro is that this anti-aging cream is also sold for only $30 a bottle. SO affordable, right!? Make sure to stop by their website at naturallyvain.ca/lovelylife and try it out.

Last, but not least, are their bath bombs. You have to check them out!!! They sent me their peaceful zen bath bomb and it was such a relaxing treat and I mean that. It smells so good, you want literally want to eat it. They offer over a dozen bath bombs, each made with a variety of essential oils that are good for your skin. Even better, they only cost $7 each so go ahead and treat yourself. You and your skin deserve it.

Overall guys, I’m very impressed with this local business and their products. Not only do they smell delicious, their products actually work at keeping your skin both hydrated and rejuvenated. I highly recommend that you give their products a try and that you support this natural, local, Canadian company.

For those who have tried their products, what are your favourite ones? I would love to hear about them so please leave a comment below.

That’s all for now. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter long weekend and that its filled with visits with friends and family, fabulous food and lots of choco treats ;).

Talk soon,

Ash xo

 

 

Some of my favourite makeup products

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Hey everyone,

I thought I would kick off 2018 by sharing with you some of my favourite makeup products that I discovered in 2017. I swear by ALL of these and hope that, for those who try them out, you love them as well! First up is Vichy’s idealia’s Night peeling care:

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I’ve been using the same prescribed product to treat my sensitive skin on my face for years now but about 3 months ago, it went on back order and my pharmacy hasn’t had it available since. This was probably a blessing in disguise since the product I was using wasn’t very healthy but it worked.

Because I have sensitive skin, I’m unfortunately unable to use just anything on my face. As a result of the back order, I had to find a replacement. Lucky for me, the women that work at the shoppers Drug Mart by our house are very knowledgeable about their products and often give me great advice about makeup and facial products, so I naturally went to them and begged for their help.

One of the girls, who helps me most of the time, recommended the Vichy Laboratories Idealia Peeling care. I had previously used a couple of Vichy’s products and wasn’t the biggest fan but I figured I’d give this one a try since I was desperate. I’ve been using Vichy’s Idealia Night Peeling care off and on now for about two months now and it isn’t bad. It’s a night peeling serum with glycolic acid intended to create an even and radiant complexion. I like it because it definetly improves my complexion by morning however my blemishes are still there. I think that the glycolic acid helps reduce the inflammation but, unlike my prescription, it doesn’t take the pimples away. Another pro is that it contains fermented black tea and blueberries, leaving your face smelling delicious before bed #yum! If anyone opts to try this out, you just need to make sure that you use a good SPF on your face in the morning. Overall, I give this product a 6 or 7 out of 10.

For those of you who have sensitive skin, I would LOVE to hear about what you use to treat your blemishes. Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Lise Watier CC creme colour corrector AND multi perfecting moisturizer

Ok ladies, this product is a MUST! I swear that if you use this product you WILL fall in love with it. It’s a CC cream, therefore it evens your skin tone and adjusts to your pigmentation. At first, I was skeptical about how well this would work but I LOVE it and give it a 10/10. Why do I give it a 10/10, well because it goes on smoothly and blends in very well with my skin tone. I don’t wear it daily since I tend not to wear much makeup to work, but I love to use it on the weekends or if we are going out to dinner or a party. It’s also SUPER moisturizing so for people with naturally dry skin, like myself, it leaves your skin feeling hydrated. Another bonus is that it has an SPF 25 so it provides some protection from the sun. I definitely give this product an A+!!! If you’d like to purchase it you can pick it up at Shoppers.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 15

This product is yet another must. I’m on my third bottle of this stuff and for anyone who struggles with dark circles under their eyes or always look tired you should definitely pick this up. I use this product under my eyes daily. It has an awesome coverage and is also lightweight. My girlfriends bought this for me for my birthday a couple of years ago and I’m SO grateful to them for it 😉 Thanks, ladies! I NEVER had bags under my eyes until…we had our lovely and totally worth it 😉 kids. It may also be because I’m approaching my mid-thirties but I tell ya, those bags have arrived and I don’t think that they’re going anywhere anytime soon lol Honestly, this product makes my eyes look alive and awake as soon as I apply it. Even better, it’s super affordable selling for around $25-30. I give this affordable and eye brightening BB eye cream a definite 10/10.

MAC’s pro longwear paint pod

This product is another staple in my makeup bag. I always purchase Mac’s paint pod called Bare Study. I’ve literally been using it since we were married 6 years ago. It goes on like a creamy eyeshadow but acts like a primer. You can also wear it on its own. The benefit of Bare Study, is that it has a shimmer and shine to it so you can wear it on its own. If worn as a primer, I find that it really brings out the colour of the shadow that you apply over top.

Although I love MAc’s products, I had to stop using them, except for this paint pod, since they make my skin breakout. I give Mac’s Bare Study an A+ since I’ve been using it for years and it never disappoints. Even better, it’s also super affordable selling for approximately $26.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Luscious Washable Mascara

I don’t know about you but if I could only wear one piece of makeup it would be mascare. I love mascara and this one has it all! It both lenghtens and thickens your lashes. Like most of you, I’m sure, I’ve tried tons of different mascaras at different price points, trying to find the one that gives me what I’m looking for. Well, this mascara gives me what I’m looking for which is thick and long lashes. Once applied, I look like I’m wearing very natural, fake eyelashes but I can wash it off at the end of the day 🙂 I like to use the blackest black but Maybelline offers other colours as well. As for cost, this costs less than $14. Again, I rate this 10/10 for its effect and price point.

Jane Iredale’s In touch cream blush

Have you heard of this product? I hadn’t until a couple of years ago. I saw it for the first time at a spa. I use Jane’s powder daily but only started using her blush last March. What I like about this product is that I can apply it with my fingers and it’s super hydrating, leaving my skin feeling moisturized. The one I use is called “clarity” and it sells for about $33. What I love about this blush is that it offers a really nice pink glow and lasts all day. Even better, its intended to hydrate and soothe and I’ve never broken out after using it, which is a bonus ;).

Benefits Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Last, but not least, is Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil. Prior to this summer, I had never used a brow pencil until mom and I decided to treat ourselves to a few new products to makes us feel good. As usual, we went to Shoppers and asked the ladies to helps us find a natural brow pencil and they showed us this one. I wish I could say that I’m good with makeup but I’m not lol I’ve really only recently found the products that work for me and this is one of them. Even if I’m not going out, I like to use this brow pencil since it makes such an impact. I’ve always been a lover of full and thick eyebrows 🙂 so I tend to keep mine that way. The only thing is that I felt as though they could be bolder and this product addresses this need. It literally adds seconds to my makeup routine but makes a big impact. I absolutely LOVE this brow pencil and highly recommend it. It sells for about $32 and is worth every dollar.

So, there are a few of my favourite products that I’ve fallen in love with recently and that I plan on purchasing and using in the coming months. If you’ve used any of these products, I would love to hear what you think of them. If not, I would love to hear about any of your favourite makeup products. Often, we stumble upon awesome products by accident or they are recommended to us so I would love to hear from you.

Well, that is all for now. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I will check in again next week.

Love,

Ash