SKIN CARE: Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Skin Kit

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Happy Summer everyone! Did you know that June is Acne Awareness Month?! Today we are celebrating by sharing some of our latest favourite acne-fighting skin care finds.

I suffered from acne as a teenager and still get occasional breakouts from time to time. I know first hand just how hard it can be to find skin care products that are not only effective but also safe. A lot of acne products contain harsh ingredients that dry out your skin and can leave your skin feeling/looking worse off than before! As I’ve gotten older, I find myself continuously choosing beauty products that contain natural ingredients. When we heard about Thursday Plantation‘s 100% natural skin care products, we knew we had to try them out!

Thursday Plantation is an Australian beauty and wellness company who make 100% natural skin care products. They carry everything from essential oils to skin and hair products.

Today we are talking about Thursday Plantation’s line of Tea Tree skin care products that are specially suited for acne-prone skin. Thursday Plantation was actually the first company in Australia to use Tea tree oil in an acne range of skin care products! Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial ingredient which is a very effective acne treatment. Not only is tea tree oil an amazing remedy for acne, it has many other uses. Tea tree oil can be used to relieve minor cuts and bites and it can also be used as a household cleaner killing 99.9% of household germs! Pretty amazing stuff right?

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Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Skin Care range includes the following:

100% Pure Tea Tree Oil ($7.99/10ml)
Tea Tree Medicated Gel for Acne ($11.99/10g)
Tea Tree Face Wash Foam ($14.99/150ml)
Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner ($12.99/100ml)
Tea Tree Face Cream ($15.99/65g)

Each product contains 100% pure tea tree oil which was sourced from and made in Australia.

I was pleasantly surprised with just how well all these products worked, especially when used in conjunction. You have your Foaming Cleanser (step 1), Toner (step 2), and Face Cream (step 3). All are loaded with powerful natural ingredients that fight breakouts. I tested the acne range for the past 2 weeks and I am thrilled to say that I did not get any new breakouts which was awesome! As someone who doesn’t currently have severe acne, I did find that the 3 steps may be a little too much for people who don’t suffer from acne. If you have sensitive skin and are not prone to breakouts, the 3 step routine may be a little too harsh for your skin. I would recommend adding in just one of the tea tree products into your current regime and alternating products when needed. Each night I switched things up – one night I used my regular cleanser and finished with the Tea Tree Face Cream. Than the next night I would use the Tea Tree Cleanser and than my regular moisturizer. It worked perfectly on my skin.

My favourite product in the acne range is the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner. It is completely effective in fighting breakouts. It tones and purifies, tightens the pores without drying out the skin. The toner contains aloe vera and calming lavender to soothe the skin and is alcohol/benzoyl peroxide free.

Where to buy:
Thursday Plantation products are available at Walmart, Loblaws, Superstore, Rexall, Well.ca and Natural Heath Food Stores across Canada

*products pictured in this post were provided to us by PR for review purposes. all opinions are our own.

Have you tried Thursday Plantation products? Let us know!

Natasha & Laura xo
(written, photos by Natasha)

April Beauty Favourites

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We’ve been busy trying out some new products lately. With it finally being Spring and all, it feels like a good reason to change up regular products and routines. Oh, who are we kidding? We are always up for trying out new products! 😉 Would we be true product junkies if that wasn’t one of our favourite things to do? We think not. We get so excited when we try some new products and we know instantly that we are onto something AWESOME. Our picks for this month are products that we quickly incorporated into our (already endless) beauty regime.

APRIL BEAUTY FAVOURITES:
NEW Skyn ICELAND Brightening Eye Serum
NEW Skyn ICELANDHydro Cool Firming Neck Gels
Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVERArtist Liquid Matte Lipsticks
NEW bareMinerals – Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter in shade Medium

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NEW Skyn ICELAND – Brightening Eye Serum

This newly launched little gem of a product is da bomb. Truly. If there is one product for the face that I can never get enough of it is surely eye products. Considering the eye area is the first to show signs of aging. There ya go. That’s why I am forever obsessed with eye products! And as I get older (and older) the more focus and effort I give to the skin around my eyes. As for Natasha who is in her early 20’s, she can still benefit from using this eye serum. I have always stressed how important it is to start taking care of your skin early. The earlier in life you take care of your skin the better. So while she doesn’t have wrinkles… yet, (everyone WILL get them eventually people) using eye products will definitely help keep them at bay longer. Plus it just helps keep your eye area looking the best it can possibly be at every age.

In recent years we’ve become much more aware and interested in products that are not tested on animals. Skyn ICELAND is an 100% cruelty free brand. I mean in this day and age of so much information at our finger tips we have no excuse to continue to stick our heads in the sand and be uninformed.

The Brightening Eye Serum is loaded with 20+ peptides, potent algae extracts and antioxidants.
So let’s list exactly what this eye serum will do: De-puffs, brightens, smooths lines, wrinkle repair, targets and treats the signs of aging around the eyes, gives intense hydration and improves elasticity.
Phew! Is that enough reasons? And let us tell you, it does check all of those concerns off the list! I’ve never had to deal with dark circles until recently. Ahhh… the aging process is so fun. So this has become mama’s best friend as of late. Thank you Skyn ICELAND for this star eye product. Just thank you!

Now to further help aid in the fight of aging and/or tired eyes there is Skyn Iceland’s best-selling Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. The perfect partner to their new Brightening Eye Serum. If you’ve not heard or tried these yet… what cha’ waiting for?! Oh. My. God. So awesome.

The Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels have literally become a cult favourite for Hollywood actresses and models worldwide. And with good reason. Named Good Housekeeping’s Lab Test Winner for Instant Eye Revivers in 2015 and raved by beauty editors galore from Allure to Vogue, they’ve quickly become a must-have for everyone and anyone who needs… an instant eye hydration boost, cooling, depuffing, dark circle diminishing, pre-mature wrinkle prevention… in just 10 minutes! Excellent for prepping for that special night out, after a long flight or when you’re just plain stressed out and tired. Only problem we have with them is that we love them so much and would use them daily if we could! Definite must try product for everyone. Men and women!

Skyn ICELAND facts:
– 100% cruelty free brand, certified by PETA.
– their products are 100% vegan – free of parabens, mineral oils, petroleum and sulfates.
– they favor and use packaging that can be recycled.

Skyn ICELAND Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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NEW bareMinerals – Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter in shade Medium

Of course we can’t not talk about highlighters. I mean, just one scroll through IG and it’s pretty clear there is a highlighter fad happening. It’s pretty evident some people are really digging their highlighters out there! We love a good highlighting just like the next gal, but some are taking highlighting their face to a whole other level. That’s part of the reason we are loving this new bareMinerals highlighter. It’s called ‘invisible’ glow for a reason. This beautifully hand made, light baked powder is meant to look like a natural, healthy glow on your skin. These gorgeous highlighters are made by Italian artisans and no 2 are the same. They begin as a cream then are baked on a terracotta tile for 24hrs and hand finished to an ultra light luminous powder. Made with no fillers or binders and are not tested on animals. We have used and have been big fans of the bareMinerals brand for many years and this highlighter just gives us one more reason to show them more love.

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NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Liquid Matte
Shades pictured above (from left to right) : 109, 101, 203

Yes, liquid lipstick have officially become the latest lip product craze. We are all out there scouring high and low at the beauty counters in hunt for the best liquid lipstick, (or is that just us?). Well we can all just stop. Our beloved professional makeup brand, MAKE UP FOR EVER has once again (as always) pulled through for us all. I’m not even kidding when I say that they killed it and found the perfect combination of everything we’ve been searching for in a liquid matte. We have said it before and I’ll say it again, we both have dry lips. Seriously dry. Like all the time… dry. I love lipstick and I love colour on my lips but liquid lipsticks, especially matte liquid make my lips shrivel up. Like a piece of dry fruit. Cute right? Not exactly the look I’m striving for. This one is a must try and you won’t be disappointed. We were both legitimately surprised at how they wear. Unbelievably they did not dry out our lips in the least. They are extremely pigmented and we both found that they provide extreme long-lasting wear, at least 7 hours even after we eat/drink. Really, really comfortable to wear.

The only complaint we have about them is we wish they had more colour selection! There are currently six shades available. I think these will be a huge success for them and then maybe we’ll see more colours added. MAKE UP FOR EVER please hear our prayers!

*products pictured in this post were provided to us by PR for review purposes. all opinions are our own.

Let us know if you’ve tried any of these star products yet and what you think?!

Til next time beauties,
Laura & Natasha xox
(written by Laura)

SKIN CARE: Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection

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Beautycounter recently launched a new skin care collection to their lineup titled Beautycounter+.
Beautycounter+ is a collection of targeted treatments formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regiment. The new line features three separate collections to suit different skin types. Each collection contains a facial oil, mask and mist. Beautycounter+ includes the Brightening Collection, Plumping Collection and Balancing Collection.

We had the opportunity to test out the Plumping Collection. Both of us love all things skin care and do our best to take care of our skin. So we were pretty excited to try out the new Beautycounter+ line! We have written a few features on Beautycounter’s products on our site previously. We absolutely LOVE Beautycounter. Every product we have tried from them we both have loved and would actually repurchase. (Their lip glosses are amazing! Non-sticky and long lasting.)

However the main reason we love Beautycounter is because of their philosophy and what they stand for. Beautycounter promotes clean beauty and only use safe ingredients in their products. They have tested and banned over 1,500 harmful ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic brands! When you purchase a Beautycounter product, you can be assured that you are not putting any kind of harmful ingredient on your body.

The Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection does not disappoint. Formulated with peony and jasmine essences, the Plumping Collection is designed to restore and firm moisture-depleted skin. This collection is absolutely perfect for any one who suffers from dry skin (like myself) and needs a boost of hydration.

I was really impressed with the quality of each product in the collection (facial mask, oil and mist). Each product does what it claims and adds moisture to your skin. When all three products are used in conjunction, it really does make a huge difference. I’ve used the three products for the past week and a half and my skin seems firmer and more hydrated. I don’t feel the need to use as much moisturizer at night now. The stand out product in the collection for me was the No.2 Plumping Facial Oil ($68). It is by far the best facial oil I have ever used! I have dry skin but also get occasional breakouts/redness and have found that a lot of oils make my skin break out. I was pleasantly surprised with Beautycounter’s Plumping Facial Oil. It is lightweight and not greasy at all. The facial oil contains seven natural oils and smells absolutely divine due to the fragrant jasmine oil! Contains no synthetic or mineral oils and can be worn day and night. The oil has made a noticeable different in my skin tone and I will continue using the Plumping Oil in my skin care routine. My mom (Laura) is more of an oily skin type but she also uses and likes the Plumping Facial Oil. It works with all skin types.

Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection:
No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
No. 2 Plumping Face Mask
No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist

Beautycounter Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Have you tried Beautycounter’s products? Let us know!

’til next time beauties…
Natasha & Laura
(written by Natasha)

ALL ABOUT THAT GLOW.

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NEW PHYSICIANS FORMULABronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette
MILANI COSMETICSRose Powder Blush / Shade: Tea Rose
MILANI COSMETICSRose Powder Blush / Shade: Coral Cove
ESSENCE COSMETICSPure NUDE Highlighter
NEW WET N WILDMegaGlo Highlighting Powder / Shade: Precious Petals

Who else just can’t stop adding blushes and highlighters to their collections? We’re just a little bit obsessed. Although we already own way more than we should, we couldn’t help but purchase a few more beauties recently. (The struggle is real! 😉 )

We were SO happy to finally come across Milani CosmeticsRose Powder Blushes at one of our local drugstores after having admired these blushes for years. It was incredibly exciting to finally get our hands on some Milani! Not only are the Rose Powder Blushes beautiful to look at, we were super impressed with the quality of the product. Pigmented, easy to build, long-lasting colour. At only $10.50 CDN, Milani blushes can’t be beat when it comes to drugstore beauty.

Our little shopping session did not just end with two Milani blushes. Once we get going, we have absolutely zero will power, cannot be stopped and ended up with a few more items. Physicians Formula has always been one of our favourite drugstore beauty brands. We’ve tried so many of their products over the years and there honestly hasn’t been one product of theirs that we didn’t like. Physicians Formula’s new Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette is no exception. Featuring three shades, it makes contouring and highlighting easy. The highlighters are pigmented and provide an insane highlight. LOVE this product.

What are some of your fave highlighters/blushes? Let us know!
Natasha & Laura xo
(written by Natasha)