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.


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.


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


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.


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.


  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

February 2015 Empties


I am happy to say I have repurchased every item on my February empties list!

1. Yarok’s Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner

I’ve mentioned this in the past. Despite the name I don’t use this on my ends (for that I like Yarok’s Shine serum) but on the upper half of my hair. I torture my hair washing and blowdrying it everyday so a heat protectant is a must. This was the first green one I tried and I haven’t had to try anything else because I love it so much. I always have a back up bottle because I couldn’t live without it.

2. Yarok’s Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

This little baby of 2 oz cost $15.00 and lasted me a week and a half of washing my hair everyday – yikes. Luckily I loved it and quickly ordered the full size (12 oz for $48.00) as soon as I ran out. Unlike the Feed Your Roots shampoo this doesn’t irritate my scalp. A great “everyday” shampoo. In case you’re wondering I have repurchased the Feed Your Roots which I reserve for every once in awhile. It deep cleans and makes my hair look great but is too clarifying for everyday use.

3. Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love Perfume

I’ve mentioned this before as well. My love continues to grow for this rose-y perfume. My only wish is for it to be in a bigger bottle one day with a glass lid vs. the plastic lid which breaks every time on me.

What have you used up recently? Any repurchases?

xo Yumi Rae

February 2015 Empties

A Year of Green Beauty

It’s been a year since I read No More Dirty Looks and literally threw away all my beauty products to start anew.

Having always been obsessed with skincare and makeup, over the years I had found my “holy grail” products; Cle de Peau concealer, YSL Touche Eclat, Armani Luminous Silk, Shiseido’s liquid eyeliner, NARS Deep Throat blush, Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair, SK II Essence, Embryollise Lait Creme Concentrate, Aveda’s Shampure, my beloved Fracas perfume…

I did it all at once. I went to Whole Foods and bought one of everything I felt I needed – mascara, concealer, shampoo, blush and threw out all my old “bad” products. I kept the Fracas and Armani foundation for “emergencies” but finally threw them out for good a couple months ago.

I hated everything at first and debated going back to my old favourites. My skin freaked out. The natural mascara would smudge under my eyes and make my eyes burn. My hair never felt or looked clean. Even so, I soldiered on because of two things: the knowledge that these chemicals are bad for my health and most of these products are tested on animals.

I spent a lot of money and tried a lot of products throughout the year. After some trial and error, I found new favourites that challenge my old toxic ones. My skin is clearer. My hair feels healthier. My head hurts less (I suffer from migraines). I FEEL better.

I learned not every company claiming to be green really are. Many give the illusion they are good for the environment and you but if you examine their ingredients you’ll see it’s all a lie. Even Whole Foods sells products with toxic chemicals in them!

I look forward to sharing my new, clean and non toxic favourites with you. Stay tuned…


Yumi Rae

A Year of Green Beauty

Winter Wishlist

Winter Wishlist
The green beauty products I’m currently lusting for…
1. LURK AS01 perfume – notes of cedarwood, tuberose and sweet rose
2. Treat Collection polish in Smokey Nail – semi transparent black with subtle shimmer
3. La Bella Figura Lissette La Coquette – hydrating crimson lip tint, perfect for the season
5. La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Renewal Serum – natural alternative to retinol which La Bella Figura suggests using with the Aria treatment for a youthful and regenerative transformation while you sleep!
6. Kjaer Weis Highlighter – pearl cream to add dimension to the face
7. Rebels Refinery lip balm – like EOS but in the shape of a skull!
What’s on your winter wishlist? Have you used any of these products?
Yumi Rae
Winter Wishlist