Top Picks from Wildcraft Skincare + GWP!*

Hello everyone! I love supporting local businesses whenever possible, so when I discovered this Toronto-based green beauty brand at The Truth Beauty Company, I knew I had to give them a try. Fast forward a year later, and I have been fortunate to have been able to indulge in several Wildcraft products. Specializing in 100% natural skincare and handmade in small batches, Wildcraft is a fantastic option for those of you who are looking to green up your beauty routine and/or those who want to support this #girlboss-run business! Here are my top picks from Wildcraft (and keep reading for a special promo code):

  1. Calm and Cleanse: Chamomile and Honey Makeup Remover (4oz, $18.00 CDN) – This was the first product I tried from their range after Jen from Truth Beauty recommended it. This can also double as a cleansing oil (although I haven’t tried that method), but I find that it is a fantastic makeup remover. You do have to shake it up as separation does occur, but it definitely melts away even the most stubborn-waterproof eye makeup without burning your eyes! I love that my skin is also left feeling very hydrated, especially in the delicate eye area.
  2. Buff: Face and Body Scrub* (4oz, $18.00 CDN) – I LOVE how this makes my face feel fresh and tingly! Formulated with spearmint and 2 different types of clay, this scrub is perfect in the shower. Make sure you massage it VERY gently on your face as it is very grainy (you have to mix it with water in your hand) and you will be left with super smooth skin.
  3. Balance: Geranium Orange Blossom Toner (2oz, $16.00 CDN) – I never really got into spray toners until I picked up this baby. Not only is this a gentle everyday toner, this is also a fantastic skin refresher after a sweaty workout! I love the sweet and slightly citrusy scent and it definitely calms my skin down.
  4. Bergamot Rose Face Cream* (1oz, $16.00 CDN) – This has been a fantastic addition to my skincare routine as I can use it as a face cream (absorbs beautifully into the skin) and I’ve also been using it as almost a spot treatment for any blemishes that need a little bit more TLC. This has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties so it is perfect for summer, or those of us who may have combination or oily skin.
  5. All Purpose Salve (1oz, $12.00 CDN) – I bought this almost a year ago and truth be told – I misplaced it for a while. But when I rediscovered it during a big cleaning day, I was happy because it is a fantastic product for heat rashes or any type of  skin irritation (eczema included.) I find that it immediately soothes the affected area and stops it from itching. I think it’s the Calendula infused oil that helps calm everything down
  6. Fresh: Clary Sage and Lavender Deodorant* (2.7oz, $16.00 CDN) – I actually received this at the recent True Beauty Talk event since I had tried a bunch of their products already. This deodorant is the latest product in their range and I must say – the idea of a natural, spray deodorant was intriguing. I’d switched to natural deodorants within the last year after hearing about all sorts of junk in conventional brands so this was definitely up my alley. It smells super fresh and is even effective after an hour-long gym session. It is really important to let it dry completely first and don’t over-spray or you will have a sticky-pits situation. So if you’re in a mad rush, this MIGHT not be ideal for you, but if you have a minute or two, this is a fantastic alternative. Wildcraft has generously created a special promo code for all of my readers and followers who want to try out their line! Shop now at http://wildcraftcare.ca (there’s free shipping for orders over $30 CDN!) and get a free gift with purchase! When you enter code LCGift at checkout, you will receive a free 2oz bottle of their Calm and Cleanse: Makeup Remover with your order (NOTE: you have to add the 2oz bottle to your cart and the cost of it will be deducted from your total.) I highly recommend this amazing brand, especially if you are looking to green up your skincare game. Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy shopping!

DISCLAIMER: Some of the products included in this post were provided for the purposes of review and consideration and have been marked by asterisks. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the brand or any of its affiliates. This is not a sponsored post and contains no affiliate links.

EATS: Wong’s Ice Cream

Hello everyone! There’s going to be a bunch of food posts (probably in a row) but don’t worry – lots of beauty and skincare coming your way (including some special promos and an IG giveaway really soon!) Anyway, I just had to share this new ice cream shop that had its soft opening last week. Popping up in old Chinatown (Gerrard and Broadview area), Wong’s Ice Cream brings the most innovative Asian flavours to what is probably everyone’s favourite summertime (or really, anytime) treat.  Continue reading

EATS: Joey VIP Patio Party 2017

Hello everyone! I was recently invited to the 2nd annual VIP Patio Party at Joey Sherway and this year was even bigger. This time around, Joey had partnered with Hudson’s Bay and Steamwhistle Brewery to celebrate Canada 150. As per last year, they had unlimited signature cocktails (Gin and Tonic Supersonic and Summer Sangria) as well as Steamwhistle beer. I indulged in 1 sangria because I just can’t resist! Continue reading

Canada Day Nails*

Hello everyone! If you live in Canada, you are well aware that on July 1st, our grand country is celebrating its 150th birthday. To help celebrate, Nail Polish Canada wants to help YOU flaunt some maple leaves on your nails. If you’re like me and love nail art but are incapable of keeping a steady hand to draw fun designs and shapes, then What’s Up Nail Vinyls are the PERFECT tool! They’re basically adhesive nail stencils that are super easy to use. All you need to do is make sure you apply your base polish first and let it dry COMPLETELY. Then, peel your desired stencil off and put it on your nail. Paint over the open shape with your secondary colour (I used Deborah Lippmann “Ruby Red Slippers” over Formula X “White Matter”) and immediately remove the vinyl. Let that baby dry and then seal it with your desired top coat (I use Seche Vite) and voila! CANADIAN PRIDE! I was so impressed with how easy these were to use and I will definitely order other shapes in the future! If you’ve never tried nail vinyls before, or if you’re looking to jazz up your Canada Day mani in a very simple way, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! Nail Polish Canada has generously created an exclusive code that will be valid for the FIRST TEN that read this post to get a FREE set of these maple leaf vinyls. That’s right – absolutely free – no shipping fees or taxes or anything. Click HERE to get to the product page (add to cart, then enter promo code: TH2KU197D495 at checkout to make them free!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and PLEASE let me know (ideally on Instagram via a photo) if you end up getting these!

DISCLAIMER: The product mentioned in this post was provided for the purposes of review and promotion. This is not a sponsored post nor does it contain any affiliate links. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily represent those of the brand or any of its affiliates.

RECAP: True Beauty Talk 2017

Hello everyone! As most of my regular readers know, I am a HUGE fan of The Truth Beauty Company. I have been slowly but surely finishing up my conventional skincare products and swapping them for greener (and usually locally made) alternatives. So when I heard about the True Beauty Talk and how it would be a fantastic opportunity to check out all sorts of green beauty brands as well as support my girl Jennifer Freitas’ dream, I figured I would definitely have to find a way to attend. Unfortunately, I work until 3:05pm every day so I missed all of the discussion panels but made it just in time for the last hour and a bit of networking. I had seen Vo Bath & Co during my last visit to the Waterloo shop and was delighted to see the table at the event. A Toronto-based company with girlboss Diana Vo at the helm, Vo Bath & Co specializes in 100% natural bath and body products. The brand I was most excited to discover is a new player in the green beauty game called Basd. Also a Toronto-based company, I immediately fell in love with their brandind and packaging. When I was given the demo with the coffee scrub, body wash, and lotion, I was immediately hooked to the mint scent. I am SO excited for this up and coming company and cannot wait to see what they come up with next! So many different brands were there (see my Instagram stories for more info) and of course, The Truth Beauty Company had a table set up with a variety of popular green beauty brands.HUGE thank you to all of the brands for the amazing swag bag! I can’t wait to try all of these – this will take a while to get through and review haha. 

I hope that this event will become an annual expo – it was absolutely fantastic and a great opportunity for bloggers, beauty enthusiasts, and brands alike.

For more information about all of the speakers and sponsors, please visit https://www.truebeautytalk.com. AND as always – for all of your green beauty needs, check out http://www.thetruthbeautycompany.com. Stay tuned for an actual Truth Beauty haul…and there may or may not be a promo code on the horizon 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

*This post does not contain any affiliate links nor is it sponsored. I purchased my ticket for this event, however was provided with a press kit including all of the products provided for promotional/review purposes.

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Hello everyone! I basically became a fan of Chrissy Teigen because of her Twitter presence and her awesome cookbook (one of my birthday gifts from the HF.) So when I saw that she was collaborating with Becca Cosmetics to create a highlight/blush/bronzer palette, I knew it would have to be mine. Considering how much I love my Jaclyn Hill palette, I figured it would be just as amazing.Packaging-wise, they are pretty much the same in terms of material. Both are plastic with a slightly raised cover. Both have mirrors that are the same size as the palette surface and do not have the names of the shade imprinted (something that would be helpful but ehhh not absolutely necessary.) Continue reading

Current Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Skincare is so important and I figured I’d share with you my current routine since it’s been a while since my last post about it. 2 of the products I bought on my own and 2 are from swag bags. It’s a pretty basic routine; if you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m generally on the lazier side haha.

Step 1: Indie Lee Brightening Facial Cleanser ($41.95 CDN from The Truth Beauty Company)
My good friend Jennifer (owner of The Truth Beauty Company) recommended this to me the last time I was searching for a new cleanser. It’s all natural and has a lovely light strawberry scent. This leaves my skin feeling clean and still well hydrated.

Step 2: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner ($24.00 CDN from Kiehls.ca)
I’d been using the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial line for about 3 years before I started transitioning to green skincare. I do enjoy this toner – it works well to sooth my skin after coming out of the shower and removes any leftover residue before I put on my serum and moisturizer. When this is finished however, I will likely pick up either the Indie Lee or another natural toner to further green up my skincare game.

Step 3: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate* ($79.00 from thebay.com)
I received a bottle of this magical concentrate at the Shiseido Sparkle with Joy event with Dave Lackie about a year and a half ago and WOW. There is a reason why this Japanese brand has been a major icon in the beauty world since 1872. When I put this on my face (just 2-3 drops) before my moisturizer, it actually amps up the effect of it. Think of this as the Alfred to your skincare Batman. It prepares your skin for whatever you put over it and helps it work even better. It is a total splurge, but I can definitely see myself repurchasing this (cough cough probably when there’s a discount of some sort)

Step 4: Dr. Roebuck’s Face Cream* ($60.00 from beautyboutique.ca)
This jar was in my swag bag from the Dr. Roebuck’s Fall 2016 launch and boy am I glad they are now available in Canada. Made from 100% natural ingredients, this moisturizer is not too thick but not too thin or greasy and absorbs beautifully in the skin.

What’s your current skincare routine? Do you have any green skincare recommendations? Let me know in the comments. Thanks so much for stopping by!