Fall 2018 Skincare

This is the time of year when my skin goes crazy. It’s dry, irritated and itchy. After a few weeks of trying different combinations of products this is what’s currently keeping my face as happy as it can be.

Cleanser: MV Organics Cream (day), One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil (night)

Toner: Tammy Fender Rose Water or Graydon Skin Food

Oil: African Botanic’s Marula Oil

Cream: Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Cream

Balm: Laurel’s Face Balm or May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon

Mask: May Lindstorm Honey Mud

 

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Fall 2018 Skincare

Product Spring Cleaning Part 2

It’s almost summer and here I am finishing my Spring Cleaning post.

After going through my hair and skin products I came across a lot of things I bought specifically for my wedding aka conventional products. I am not perfect and if there is a day to use these products that was the day I was willing to “relapse”. These were things I used to use on a daily basis like Bumble and Bumble’s Prep Spray which helps tame bangs and Paula’s Choice BHA liquid which makes blackheads miniscule. Can I live without these? I did for years so yes!

I also found lots of samples. In every drawer, makeup bag, under the sink, scattered all over my vanity. If you’re like me and do most of your shopping online you are probably used to receiving samples with every order. I collected them up and began the daunting task of looking up every individual samples ingredients online, as they aren’t usually listed. Ones that had expired, didn’t interest me or had an ingredient I am allergic to were thrown out or given away. The rest I’m keeping in the bathroom so I make use of them. Funnily enough I don’t enjoy bringing samples with me on trips unless it’s something I have used before. Just in case I have a reaction.

Here are my spring cleaning rules:

Pull out all your products and organize them into categories: cleansers, toners, oils, blushes, lipsticks and so on. 

Go through each pile and ask yourself these two questions:

Do you love and use this?

If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, get rid of it.

When did you buy it?

If you can’t remember buying it in the past year, toss it. Especially if you are buying all natural products the downside is they expire quicker. The products you have and are still good but don’t necessarily like you can give away to friends or keep in a guest bathroom. If there is an oil or moisturizer that doesn’t work on my face I throw it in my purse and use it as a hand/body cream.

Organize

Try and keep all your products in the same categories in the same place. They don’t have to be in full view but when I tuck things away I forget about them or buy them again by accident. I had stuff everywhere – in my bedroom, the bathroom and the den where my vanity is. I still do but it’s more organized. Perfumes are kept in my bedroom on my dresser, makeup I keep in the den where it’s cool and skin and hair products are kept in the bathroom.

Reflect

Take note of what you just got rid of. Do you keep buying oils and never use them? Do you buy a lot of lipstick but never wear it? This is important to do and will help you in the future. You could be saving that money or spending it on something you love!

 

Do you have any spring cleaning tips? Share them with me below!

xo Yumi Rae

Product Spring Cleaning Part 2

September – March 2016 Empties

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I’ve had a lot going on the past year from planning my wedding which we had in October, my dad’s cancer diagnosis, moving and constant hospital trips. I would really love to do individual in depth reviews down the road but the empties have been piling up so here are some mini reviews for now. Continue reading “September – March 2016 Empties”

September – March 2016 Empties

Product Spring Cleaning Part 1

Clutter stresses me out and so I’ve really been trying to pare down all material things in my life. The one area that is just bursting with stuff is my beauty products arsenal. I have too much and continue to buy more even when I’m satisfied with what I’m using because what if there is something better? When I first discovered green beauty I had finally found the perfect foundation, concealer, blush, contour, etc…after years of trial and error, only to start over. I just went through my vanity to get rid of a few makeup items that I don’t love or use and were taking up prime real estate.

Number one is the majority of my Bite Beauty products. Bite Beauty have an incredible line of lip products, every finish, formula and colour you can imagine. However I am sensitive to fragrance and the smell of Bite products just make my stomach turn. I don’t know what it is and I wish it wasn’t so. It clearly didn’t stop me from buying them but after realizing I feel ill almost immediately after applying them I decided they would be the first to go. Of course everyone is different and I know there are many people who absolutely love Bite and are not bothered by their smell. These were all purchased within the past few months and so I know they haven’t gone bad and it’s just me being sensitive. Here are some swatches of the colours in case anyone is interested in the shades.

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From top to bottom:

Luminous Creme Lipstick in Palomino, Luminous Creme Lipstick in Violet, Luminous Creme Lipstick in Kir Royale, BB For Lips in Flush and Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig

Next was a quick one over of the rest of my products. The following are items past their expiry or that didn’t work for me.

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  1. Lily Lolo mascara: I wanted to love this but it was too clumpy. Even after meticulously combing my lashes after my first use. I always curl before mascara and this would completely straighten out my lashes. This didn’t irritate my eyes, flake or smudge though which is a miracle so if you have sensitive eyes and your lashes stay curled you may love this.
  2. 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara: This smells incredible (like blueberries!) and makes my lashes look full and long. It doesn’t flake but it definitely smudges. Even so I have purchased this multiple times because it doesn’t irritate my eyes and I can deal with smudging.
  3. Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist concealer in 000: I’m quite pale and if you are too I’m sure you’re familiar with conventional makeup never being light enough. I’m pleased to say I have tried many green beauty shades that are too light for me which never happened before. This is one of them. I honestly forgot I had this and it has expired but was way too light for me anyway. The formula seemed nice and creamy I might try it in the future in a more suitable shade.
  4. Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit in Brunette: I admittedly bought this after seeing how great it looked on Britanie Faith – look at her brows! This was too warm toned for me and just sat in my drawer. My hair is dark brown but my eyebrows are naturally jet black. Frida by EcoBrow is my perfect shade.
  5. Crazy Cat Lady Eye of the Tiger Feliner in Black Cougar: To be honest I was turned off by this brand before I received this. The shipping to Canada is $20 USD which is insane. I emailed the company asking if it was possible to order direct through them with more reasonable shipping cost. (Their website takes you to an online store that carries the brand.) They never wrote back. I ordered anyway because Sarita Cohen raved about it and I was looking for an eyeliner for my wedding. Long story short the formula wasn’t for me, it was too dry and would flake as I applied it.
  6. Ilia Polka Dot and Moonbeams highlighter stick: This is very similar to the RMS Living Luminizer but with a drier texture. I would repurchase but at the moment am loving the Kjaer Weis Radiance which is slightly warmer.
  7. Jane Iredale Pure Brow Gel in Brunette: As with the Brow powder this was too light for me. Nice formula but I think the brush is too big. I use Glossier Boy Brow right now.
  8. Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo in Cool: This was my second purchase of this concealer. The salmon shade on the bottom is great for brightening up the eye area. The lighter top colour is way too light for me. I will repurchase again. Can anyone tell me how this compares to the Jane Iredale Circle Delete?
  9. Mineral Fusion Liquid Lip in Enlighten: This is a quite oily lip gloss but feels incredible and hydrating on the lips. The colour doesn’t come through but obviously gives the lips a nice sheen. I would repurchase.

 

Next up is going though my skin and hair products and piles of samples! Anyone else doing spring cleaning? What are you tossing and what are you making room for?

xo Yumi Rae

Product Spring Cleaning Part 1

August 2015 Empties

August2015E1. Dr. Bronners Magic Soap in Tea Tree

I use this mainly for washing my makeup brushes but also to wash my delicates. I tend to buy a different scent every time just to change it up. Will repurchase again and again.

2. Evan Healy Rose Petal Face Tonic HydroSoul

Gentle, effective toner. Really soothing if you have sensitive or irritated skin. Will repurchase but am currently using something new.

3. Yuli Liquid Courage

Lifesaver for breakout prone skin. I think I’ll continue to use this in the summertime when my skin is more problematic. It’s moisturizing but wouldn’t be enough for me in the fall and winter when my skin needs a bit more hydration.

4. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

I loved this but it irritates the skin if you just shaved. I decided to try a baking soda free deodorant and find that more comfortable. But if you don’t have sensitive skin this is a very effective natural deodorant.

5. Curelle’s Hydra Shampoo (not pictured)

I’ve been through many of these bottles and just repurchased this again. It’s fragrance free and lathers up like a dream. And perfect for anyone with a sensitive scalp.

What have you finished lately?

xo Yumi Rae

August 2015 Empties

My Sunday Rituals

Sundays are my favourite day of the week filled with many of my favourite things like sleeping in, brunch, grocery shopping and just being at home with my man and my kitty love. But the best part of my day is before heading to bed when I take a hot bath in epsom or himalayan salts and treat myself to some May Lindstrom skincare.

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Here’s my Sunday after bath routine:

1. I cleanse my skin with The Clean Dirt, a clay cleanser. This diminishes any trace of dry flaky skin and prepares my skin for the next step which is…

2. The Honey Mud, a honey based cleanser mixed with The Problem Solver, a powder mask made of antioxidant rich cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts and warming spices. I leave this on my face for an hour or so. The longer the better in my opinion. This mask is perfect for healing blemishes and tightening pores and the honey cleanser is nourishing and gentle. The first time I did this mask I was amazed at how clear and even toned my skin looked. For oilier skin types you can probably get away with just the Problem Solver but since I have combination/dry skin type I get the best effect without drying out my skin by mixing it with the cleanser. You can also wear the Problem Solver overnight on spots to make them go away faster!

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3. Finally after I’ve rinsed every last trace of the mask off, which can take awhile, I melt a generous portion of the Blue Cocoon balm in my hands and apply it all over my face. This is the stand out item in my eyes. I hesitated on purchasing this at first because of the price ($200 for 50ml) but after ordering a sample of it off Clementine Fields and seeing how much it calmed my dry and sensitive skin I decided it was well worth it.

Then I like to light a beeswax candle and watch something in bed! Ah how I love Sundays!

How do you relax on your days off and what do you like to do to pamper yourself? Let me know in the comments.

xo Yumi Rae

My Sunday Rituals