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

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Product Spring Cleaning Part 2

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.

Biteswatches

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

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