skincare

Osprey Village Soap Company * Review*

Natural, Organic, Preservative free, toxic free.. the list goes on as alot of clients have been requesting more natural products to use them on and boy have we tried soo many of them!!   We would like to introduce to you a local skincare company called Osprey Village Soap Company.  The wife and husband team of Leah and Rob ( remember them? we met them a few years back doing makeup/hair for Leah at their Summer Wedding) start their company earlier this year and we were thrilled to try their products!!

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All of their items are 100% toxic free, chemical free cruelty free ,  and contain 0 water, filler or preservatives.  Every ingredient is carefully selected . It’s important for Osprey Village Soap Company  to create pure, whole, healthy products that are not only safe, but are good for you. They have carefully curated each product and every single ingredient has a purpose. You can read more about who they are, their story and why they  started the business here: https://www.ospreyvillagesoapcompany.com/our-story/

 

A few items we tried were the Coffee Eye Serum (must have for those early mornings!), Face Serum,  and Body Butter in Harmony ( We are trying it next week).  At first I would like the say that the scents in the products are amazing.  The Essential oils used are not too overbearing, just the perfect amount.

 

Face Serum: My goodness I love this stuff, what I love about it is that you can use it as  a makeup primer !! ( Perfect for those Brides and Grads during this time) I love that is was quick to absorb into the skin and not a hot oily mess.  This made my skin super plump, hydrated and I had that healthy glow. When applied prior the foundation, the foundation worked like a dream as it did not have that ” piling effect” alot of primers have. This is a Must have!

Coffee Eye Serum: There are tons of ” eye rollers ” out on the market but nothing as amazing as this Coffee Eye Serum, I love the metal cold ball which gives off the cooling sensation. A little bit goes on a long way  I felt like I was constantly giving my self a eye massage .  Apply 2 times a day once in the morning and once at night and watch those puffy bags go away.  The caffeine also helps tighten any fines lines and reduces the puffiness around the eye. A win – win for all!

As all of their items are preservative free we suggest you put them in a cool place and use within 12 months of opening.  Happy Shopping! we look forward to trying  the rest of the line again!.  Should we carry some of these products in our lash studio? we would love to hear your opinions!

 

My Top 5 Beauty Products of 2015

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Its that time of Year again for those yearly Beauty Reviews, I gotta admit I tried so many products this year that my place is a hoarders dream! haha.  If anyone is looking for some beauty products  let me know and I’ll be happy to let you browse and of course take some home! =) My house literally has stuff in every room that Ive been keeping around.

 

  1. First lets start with Skin Care!,  As you might of read in my previous post a few months ago, I had stopped by Avante Laser in Burnaby in the Summer for a Hydrafacial.  These are like the ” carpet cleaning” for the skin as Sandi says.  I loved it when she did mine and now speaking of which I am overdue for one soon.  If you have a special event wether it be your wedding or a Holiday Party I strongly suggest getting a Hydrafacial done a week before to make sure you are looking on point!

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2. My 2nd favourite product of 2015 has to be Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks.  Yes there are so many brands that have “long lasting” lip sticks but Kat Von Ds in my opinion is one of the best.  They are drying, non sticking and lasts all day.  I love my long wearing lipsticks as they are usually very pigmented, lasts all day and require mininum touch ups.  Kat Von D long wear lipsticks also come in many different colours from nude to extremely bold =).  For they price they are a must for all Season Wear

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3) Oribe ( Or-Bay, O-Ree-Bay, Orb) Whatever you call it this is the Lexus of the Hair World. A Luxury brand ( hefty price tag but worth it) that delivers amazing results with their products.  I am one of the biggest fans of the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, it gives my hair the Ooomph in a can. Spray at the roots and it gives you the volume and texture you are looking for. There are a few ” volume root” sprays in the market but this one knocks it out of the park by far. A little bit goes a long way too!  I’m addicted to this stuff and this is a must for Boudoir/ Messy Bedroom hair as well;)

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4) This year was the Year of Mink Lashes for me, I have always been a false lashes kind of gal but never tried Mink Lashes. There are so many different brand of Mink Lashes however the one I started using on Brides and for personal use  was Merlot Lash Bar.  They are ultra light, super fluffy and so easy to apply.  I love how they have 3 Collections ( just like wine), White, Reds and the Bubbly Collection.  My all time favourite pair has got to be Sweet Red and Pinot Noir although I would love to try the Rose from the Bubbly Collection next time!

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5) Lastly my favourite product of 2015 has got to be Deodorant Cream from Living Simple.  At first when I got this I knew it was going to be something I had to get used to. It  is a cream that you  rub under your arms instead of a anti persperiant/ deodorant stick.  A little bit goes along way and it smells oh so  good!.  Forget about the artificial ” Artic Air ” or “Rose Blossom” scents you regular deodorant has, Living Simple has Natural Scents from Essential Oils that make it smell wonderful. I have been a fan of the ” Peppermint Tea Tree Oil” which is one of their best sellers.

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Hope that you enjoyed this! Which products were you top 5 this year? did they make this list as well?

Pro Tip- How to Look Younger and Reduce Shine with No Powder

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ProTip Mondays: Feeling shiny or looking too much like a disco ball? Apply a little bit of Nanoblur with a sponge on your t zone area to reduce shine.  I love this as a alternative to powder or blotting papers.  Nanoblur can also be used underneath makeup to minimize pores and fine lines, Double Win =)  You can purchase this at Shoppers Drug Mart.  A little bit goes a long way and I love how you can use it before AND  after makeup! Woo hoo!  This is a must have for Brides during the Hot Summer Season.  I recommend everyone carry this in their makeup/touch up bag for those days where you want some extra love 😉

 

 

Start your Holiday Shopping with Living Simple

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed and Halloween is just around the corner our next big Holiday is Christmas.  Now for all your early Shoppers out there, we now have officially 71 days till Christmas. It will come just like that.  I know some of you are looking for Great Gift Ideas for Friends/ Family, significant  others etc.  Every 2 weeks from now till Xmas I will be feature a New Gift Idea for those who are stuck.  This week I have chosen the Body Care Line ” Living Simple

 

Living Simple is a Vancouver based company ( husband and wife team) that specializes in Natural Ingredients in their products.  They only use Ingredients they can pronounce with their products also being paraben, toxin, and chemical free.  They currently  have amazing products which range from body scrubs, moisturizers and even deodorant creams.  Soon soap bars, tons and moisturizing oil with their signature scents will be added on in their menu 🙂  I had the chance to try these products and I will say they live up to their hype.

Here are a few of my favourite products:

 

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Lemongrass- Cedarwood Sugar Scrub.(Scent different from picture)  One of the more popular scents in their catalogue.  I loved using this in the shower and honestly loved how there was not a greasy artificial residue afterwards. It felt like a aromatherapy session in my shower. haha One of Living Simple Tips was to use the scrub before shaving. =). Will try that next time!.  The sugar is super fine and definitely got rid of any dead skin cells without any effort.  2 Thumbs up for Smell and Results!

 

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Peppermint-Tea Tree Deodorant Cream. (different from picture above)  This is not a anti-perspirant but a deodorant.  You will still sweat however  with the cream you will actually not smell bad but instead smell fresh 🙂   I love how this product can be uni sex as all know  everyone out there sweats! I love how it came with a l little spatula! <3  My Peppermint Tree Deodorant Cream smells amazing, this is definitely a Stocking Stuffer Idea for me!

 

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Grapefruit- Ylang Skin Moisturizer-. Okay so being a Beauty and Skin Care addict, this is where I put Living Simple to the test.  I have a list of qualities I look for in a a moisturizer.  One of them being non greasy, it has to feel light to the touch without making me look like  Ive been at doing hot Yoga. I tried this moisturizer and applied it, as instructed ” little bit goes a long way”.   Pro-Tip: If it feels greasy  you have applied too much.  Another A+ in my books!

 

There you have it, Living Simple Natural Products. Be sure to follow  them on Instagram to stay up to date any on new products they come out with.  Its great knowing there are small local companies out there who carry only 100% Natural Products.  I can’t wait to try the other scents and products!

 

Stay tuned for next times Holiday Gift Ideas

 

 

Great Makeup Starts with Great Skin Part 2

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As mention a few months ago in a previous blog post we visited Avante Laser in Burnaby. We had mentioned Sandi and her staff are amazing and her medi spa carries my favourite skin care line which happens to be ZO *2 thumbs up*.  We recently caught up with Sandi again and had one of her signature Hydrafacials.  Hydrafacials you may already hear of ( Seen the Kathryn the current “Bachelorette”?, she loves them and she also is a fan of ZO”).  Hydrafacials are Sandi calls them is like a “carpet cleaning” for your face.  Absolutely amazing!.  When I had mine done I felt like I was in Heaven.  This treatment is great for sensitive skin ( Brides this is your secret to glowing, radiant skin!), there is no down time and you will feel so refreshed and rejuvenated afterwards.  I could not believe how different my face looked!  Pores were diminished, fine lines were virtually next to done, blackheads gone!.  At the end I even got to see what came out of my skin haha (note to self I need this treatment on a more regular basis haha).

 

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HydraFacial Website says “HydraFacial MD® is a non-invasive, multistep treatment that combines the benefits of next-level hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. It does all of this in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation.”

If you want glowing, healthy looking skin be sure to check out Avante Laser in Burnaby.