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

June 2015 Empties

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Dr. Bronners Magic Organic Shaving Gel in Unscented

I’ve gone through a couple of these and have already repurchased this. I’m not sure if I have mentioned it here but I am allergic to aloe and this was the first aloe-free shaving product I found and so I’ve stuck with it. The consistency is odd at first, it’s a gel that is slippery (similar to the Dr. Bronners Magic Soap) and you have to lather it up right away or it will drip off and down the drain! Getting used to that was tricky but I love how moisturizing and gentle it is on my skin. If you prefer, it comes in other scents much like the Magic Soap like Lavender and Tea Tree. I purchase mine from my local Noah’s but it is readily available online and at most health stores.

Dr. Hauschka Jojoba and Marshmellow Conditioner

I previously mentioned this in my May Empties. This has a thin and runny formula. Similar to the shaving gel above actually. I personally loved it, I found it moisturizing but not overly so and easy to rinse clean. It also has a sweet smell which I would attribute to the marshmellow extract. As mentioned in my last post my fiancee hated it and said it didn’t moisturize at all. For reference my hair is very thick and normal but dryer at the ends and his is thin and normal but I suppose he likes heavier conditioners! My friend actually told me this is one of the few items she had returned to Whole Foods and she really has to be unimpressed with something to take the time to return it. Without being too long winded here – I would repurchase this for myself but since I try to share products to cut down on space in the shower, I won’t be running out for it anytime soon. I found this at one of my favourite stores in Toronto – The Big Carrot. They have a big and beautiful personal care and beauty section every beauty junkie should check out!

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Gel & Makeup Remover

This will be a sad review because this cleanser was recently reformulated when OLO became Ecocert Certified. I loved this cleanser so much, I could massage a few pumps on my face and rinse with warm water and all my makeup would come off with little effort. I reordered it without realizing that it had been reformulated and find the newer one to be thicker and harder to wash off. It is still a lovely cleanser that is nourishing and gentle but it requires more than just water to remove, you need a muslin cloth or konjac sponge. To read more about the reformulation check out the replies in the latest No More Dirty Looks Morning Routine.

Province Apothecary Cleanser (sample size)

I have featured and mentioned this previously and after calling it a “beauty fail” after discovering the cleanser above, I have changed my mind about it again! Two weeks ago I had an incredible experience going for a custom facial with Julie (the owner and founder of Province Apothecary). I am going to write a separate post about the facial and why I like the cleanser now so stay tuned.

Graydon Face Food Mist toner

At first I wasn’t digging this toner. I was all about the La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs (and still am) due to it’s intense moisturizing abilities. Made of water, copper, silver and zinc this is not your typical toner. It’s meant to be used before or after your moisturizers. The copper creates collagen, silver kills germs and zinc helps fight topical infection. On my good skin days I didn’t notice much of an effect but anytime I was experiencing clogged pores or a breakout this healed my skin much quicker. I will be repurchasing this for those bad skin days but it’s not something I would use everyday. You can find Graydon at many health food stores in Toronto like the Big Carrot or online at my favourite shop Clementine Fields.

S. W. Basics Toner

This is another repurchased item for me and a must have for those days when I’m breaking out. It’s especially great after a hot day in the summer to really get your skin clean. I find it slightly drying and so I would recommend it for more oiler skin types and breakout prone skin. It can be too intense for my dry skin and is not something I can use on a daily basis. It serves it’s purpose for healing blemishes and getting every last trace of makeup off your face. I generally buy this from Jacob and Sebastian another one of my favourite shops in Toronto.

Odacite Pure Elements Pa+G Serum Concentrate (Papaya-Geranium) for Hyperpigmentation

I used to ignore the whole Odacite line while shopping at the Detox Market because I thought all their products were aloe based and yes, they have aloe in many of their products. Then I discovered their Pure Elements line, a collection of serum concentrates “skin boosters” that you can use full force or mixed with another serum or moisturizer for specific problems. Each booster is meant to be used for 30 consecutive days. Pa+G was the first one I tried and this was my third bottle so you know I loved it! Pa+G targets hyperpigmentation. I am one of those lucky people that even though I never pick at my skin, I am still left with a red mark afterwards a blemish. I noticed a difference halfway through my first bottle and continue to buy this because of my results.

Odacite Pure Elements Jo+L Serum Concentrate (Jojoba-Lavender) for Clogged Pores

Since I loved the above serum so much I decided to try a few other ones. This was the next one I bought and I targeted it on my T-Zone. I initially was going to buy the Bl+C (Black Cumin-Cajeput) for Pimples but since I don’t really breakout on a regular basis and have dry skin I was steered to this one instead. To be honest I didn’t notice a difference in my skin but it also didn’t irritate my skin at all. The Detox Market kindly gave me a sample of the Bl+C one which I ended up finding more effective and ended up purchasing.

Odacite Pure Elements Ap+P (Apricot-Palmarosa) for Fragile Capillaries

Another issue I have with my skin is that I have a lot of redness around my nose due to broken capillaries. I know nothing topical will really make much of a difference but I decided to try this serum anyway. I did notice my skin around my nose was much calmer using this serum and so I plan on repurchasing it in the near future.

All the serum concentrates I have tried are gentle and non irritating to the skin due to their oil bases and are lovely for dry skinned gals like myself. I haven’t finished my Bl+C one yet but it’s already one I know I will be repurchasing once I run out! View the whole collection on the Odacite website here.

That’s all for the month of June! Have you used any of these products? Anyone else allergic to aloe like me?

xo Yumi Rae

June 2015 Empties

Holy Grail Product: Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

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I just finished my bottle of Lina Hanson Global Face Serum and thought it was about time I write about it. I knew I had to have it after reading green celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno’s blog, The Beauty of It Is. She mentions using it to prep clients skin before makeup like she did here on the beautiful Olivia Wilde.

from LinaHanson.com:

Benefits: reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce inflammation and skin irritation, improve complexion and skin elasticity, absorb quickly into skin and the essential oils used are known to uplift mood, relieve anxiety and promote well being.

Ingredients: andansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil, argania spinosa (argan) nut oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) kernel oil*, camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil*, cucurbita maxima (pumpkin) seed oil*, bertholletia excelsa (brazil) nut oil, citrus reticulata (mandarin) oil*, non-gmo tocopherol (vitamin e), citrus aurantium amara (neroli) oil, cymbopogen martinii (palmarosa) oil*, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, fragrance (parfum)**, citral**, limonene**, benzyl alcohol**, benzyl salicylate**, linalool**, farnesol**, eugenol**, geraniol**, benzyl benzoate**.

*Certified Organic
**From natural essential oils

100% Natural and Vegan

– Marula Oil is an antioxidant, anti aging and known to be more potent than Vitamin C in oranges.

– Baobab has been used by African women for centuries to protect their skin from the savannah desert.

– Pumpkin Seed Oil can decrease redness on the skin due to rosacea.

Read more about the benefits of all the ingredients on the Lina Hanson website here.

Price: $99 CAD

Size: 30 ml/1 fl oz

I started using it during the winter time while my skin is even more sensitive, red and dry than normal. It wasn’t enough to use on it’s own so I wore MV Organics Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer on top and my skin felt comfortable and wore well under my makeup.

Now that the weather has warmed up I am able to wear it on it’s own. It really plumps up my skin and provides a smooth canvas for my makeup. I apply it on damp skin and it absorbs in quickly without leaving me looking greasy. I’ll usually dry my hair after applying to let it completely absorb before applying my makeup. It wears well under powder, creme and liquid foundations. And like it claims the scent is very uplifting and happy. Best of all it doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. It keeps my skin calm and balanced.

My previous favourite daytime moisturizer before I cleaned up my products was Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I no longer miss it thanks to Lina Hanson!

Have I repurchased? Yes! The Detox Market recently had an amazing Victoria Day sale which I took full advantage of.

Have you used Lina Hanson? What are your thoughts? I’m curious to try the Body Serum next 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

xo Yumi Rae

Holy Grail Product: Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

May 2015 Empties

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1. Rare El’ements Essential Conditioner

This is such a luxe conditioner and kept my hair in good shape throughout the winter. It also doubles as a great hair mask. It’s too moisturizing for me for the warmer months but as soon as fall hits I’ll be repurchasing this. And the fiancee approved of this too which is huge. We are currently using Dr Hauschka’s conditioner which he says is too thin and not conditioning. Sometimes I think he should write reviews because he’s so hard to impress 🙂

2. Lotus Wei Infinite Love Energy Mist

I’ve mentioned using the perfume of this scent which I prefer more just because the scent lasts longer. I’ve never had more compliments on the way I smell as when I’m wearing Lotus Wei. I will continue to buy this forever.

3. La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs

I’ve written about this in a previous post as well and my opinion still holds true. Although I have yet to repurchase this I will be soon. I’m trying to finish up my less favourite toners first but man, it’s hard living without this one. It hydrates and helps your serums and lotions really absorb into your skin.

4. Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant

I have to wear a different deodorant depending on what I’m wearing. I notice my Soapwalla and Meow Meow Tweet can show up in delicate fabrics like silk so this is where the Weleda deodorant comes in. I’ve already repurchased this in the Citrus scent which is fresh and lemon scented. I love the ease of just throwing this in my bag and being able to just spray it on versus using a cream which I have to apply with my fingers.

5. La Bella Figura Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment

I originally used this along with Fig Renewal Serum and I wasn’t really impressed but I continued to use them both (together) hoping the results would come. It wasn’t until I stopped using the Fig Renewal Serum that I fell in love with this treatment. To be honest I still haven’t found a night time treatment as effective as Estee Lauder’s Night Repair but this comes close. Together with the Jardin de Fleurs my skin feels hydrated and firm when I wake up in the morning. I would repurchase this but haven’t as I’m experimenting with a few other treatments by Odacite at the moment.

6. RMS Un Cover Up in 11

I’m shocked I didn’t finish this sooner but this was one of the first make up products I bought when I went green. This is a dream for anyone with dry skin. I used it as both a concealer and foundation with a bit of RMS Un Powder overtop to set. I’ve already repurchased it since it’s one of my most used makeup products.

If you are thinking of switching over your makeup I really recommend starting with a brand like RMS. Their products are so multipurpose and nurturing, they really feel like pigmented skincare.

That’s all for now! What did everyone finish up last month?

xo Yumi Rae

May 2015 Empties

March & April 2015 Empties

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1. Curelle’s Energe Shampoo & Treslite Conditioner (not pictured)

This shampoo is a great alternative and much cheaper option to Yarok’s Feed Your Volume. This has no essential oils which can be irritating. Yarok definitely gives more oomph but this is a cheaper and gentler option. This was my second bottle and I will be repurchasing in the future.

The conditioner was not my favourite but only because I need more moisture for my thick hair. My fiancee however loved it. I continued to use it instead as a shaving cream which I liked (but not as much as Dr Bronners shaving gel). I would buy this again but for my fiancee 🙂

If you are on a budget Curelle is definitely a brand to check out! They sell 500ml bottles for around $18. Everything they make is unscented, gluten-free, vegan, plant derived and of course cruelty-free. If you live in Toronto you can find them at Noah’s Natural Foods otherwise look on their Facebook Page for more info.

2. Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash

I love the smell of rose scented things and this is no exception. This was purchased on recommendation by my friend and I’m already on my second tube of it. It’s hydrating and rinses clean. The smell sadly disappears once you wash it off. Since going green I had been using bar soaps as they have less ingredients than liquid and typically do not contain aloe in (which I’m allergic to). Luckily this one is aloe-free which is a blessing to me.

3. La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Renewal Serum

I can’t give a fair review of this because it made me realize I’m intolerant to pineapple! I purchased this along with LBF’s Aria serum and was using them together. Once I finished this my skin became less irritated. I love Aria serum and will post about it separately soon.

4. Similasan Dry Eye Relief Drops

My eyes are always dry and itchy especially in the winter. These eye drops are so soothing I always buy two bottles at a time because I would hate to run out. I tried using Clear Eyes after using these for over a year and it burned the heck out of my eyes. Similasan is an all natural homeopathic company with all kinds of herbal remedies. You can find them easily at any health store, Shoppers and even at Wal Mart. The price is a bit steep (around $17) but worth it.

5. Dr Bronners Baby Castille Soap (not pictured)

I’ve mentioned this before but this is one of my favourite green items. I use this for cleaning, hand washing my delicate clothes and washing my makeup brushes.

Have you used any of these products before? What have you finished up lately?

xo Yumi Rae

March & April 2015 Empties

Green Beauty Fails Part 1

One of my pet peeves about a lot of blogs are the lack of unfavourable reviews. I get it. You want to write about things you like as opposed to what you don’t. You return or give them away, buy something else and they disappear from your memory. But I like to hear both sides of the coin. Here’s hoping you do too.

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Dr. Hauscka’s Liquid Eyeliner

My friend Anne Marie told me she liked this and I always trust her opinion but we agree to disagree on this one. The liner may be a worthy one but the brush it comes with made me so frustrated I couldn’t bother. The hairs all stick out in crazy directions and don’t lie flat making it impossible to have a precise line. I’ve read a few reviews saying the same thing. The ingredients are lovely and non irritating so it’s a shame this did not work out. Maybe they will make a new one in the future?

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Bentonite, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Xanthan Gum, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Silica, Lysolecithin, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

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Yarok’s Feed Your Hold Hairspray

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I do not like this hairspray. I love Yarok and was expecting to love this too. It claims to be non sticky and that it will not weigh your hair down but I can tell you that it does both these things. I use hairspray to keep my bangs in place and this holds them down but also makes my hair stick together…not a good look. I purchased Rahua’s hairspray yesterday which feels much lighter but have yet to try it out.

Ingredients: structured vitamin aqua (water) concentrate, non-GMO corn extract, vegetable glycerol, plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; natural plant sourced vitamins A, C & E; essential oils of: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) & litsea cubeba (may chang)

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Province Apothecary’s Moisturizing Cleanser & Make Up Remover

This is not a failure of a product by any means however it is not something you want to use to remove makeup unless you wear very little and are using a muslin cloth or Clarisonic every time you cleanse. I didn’t realize how much I disliked this until I started using One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil which literally melts makeup off your face with little to no effort (which is what I was looking for). If you have very sensitive and dry skin you may love this.

Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil*, Jojoba oil*, Avocado oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, Raspberry Seed oil*, GMO-free Vitamin E, Rosemary leaf extract, and therapeutic essential oils of: Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* and Petit grain. *Certified organic ingredient. Our Bergamot is Bergamotene-free (not photo-toxic)

That’s all for this time. Please let me know of any green beauty products I should stay away from and why 😉

xo Yumi Rae

Green Beauty Fails Part 1