Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Green Products for Earth Day

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1) DermOrganic Firm Hold Volume Foam ($15 US/150 ml) – I am on my 3rd bottle of this stuff. Considering I rarely repurchase items considering the influx of new stuff I always have to test you can imagine just how much I love this stuff. It is perfect for curly hair.

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2) bkr 500ml Glass Bottle + Silicone Sleeve ($30 US) – I am so in love with this reusable glass water bottle. Glass bottles have always made me feel uncomfortable because I always worry they can break. The silicone sleeves on the bkr bottles make the bottles so comfortable to hold and resistant to breaking. The 1″ opening is the perfect size. They are super cute and come in a huge assortment of colours. I just love everything about these. They also have amazing customer service and replacement policy if you break one. I dropped mine getting out of the car and got a chip in the bottom and they replaced it for me for free. I just had to pay shipping.

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3) simple Skincare – Soothing Facial Toner, Cleansing Facial Wipes, and Smoothing Facial Scrub – The simple skincare line is all about being kind to your skin. These products are perfect for my sensitive skin.  Canadians you can save $3 off Simple products by going to http://bit.ly/1mPM1K1 for your #BeKind printable coupon!

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4) Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil for Face ($9.99 30ml) – This age defying multi purpose skin perfecting oil contain pure cocoa butter for extreme moisturization as well as Cetesomate-E Complex to help improve skin penetration of the formula. It is enriched with ten essential nourishing oils – Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oi, Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Camelia Oil, Sunflower Oil, Rosehip Oil, and Argan Oil. It is a dry oil non-greasy formula for a residue free experience. There is also added Vitamin C and Retinol for improved anti-aging action. There is also a Body Oil ($12.99 US/150 ml) version with a convenient pump applicator. These are excellent quality, high performance oils for a fantastic price.

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5) Live Clean Age Resist Hair Care Line - I am in love with this new hair care line from Live Clean. It gives you the silkiest, shiniest hair without the buildup associated with silicones thanks to their natural alternative to silicone. I wish I had discovered this prior to cutting my hair off because I think I could have finally sported wavy hair without it looking like a frizzy mess! The line is both silicone and sulphate free which is a must for my fine, damaged, colour treated hair. Age Resist’s Thick-Bond Protein™ optimizes penetration of moisture into the hair’s cortex, conditioning hair from the inside out. The continuous protective film-forming properties of this protein fill in damaged gaps, shield and attach to the hair shaft, building volume. 96-99 per cent plant derived. Paraben, Phthalate and Phosphate free. SLS/Sulfate and petroleum free; DEA free

  • Age Resist Shampoo ($8.99 CAD): Gently cleanses without stripping, infusing hair with certified organic Rosehip Oil and Pomegranate, Gogi and Blueberry extracts. Moisturizes with Avocado Oil, thickens, adds fullness and improves texture with Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Thick-bond Protein™). SLS free. Formulated for daily use. 
  • Age Resist Conditioner ($8.99 CAD): Restores hydration with the botanical silicone free alternative of Avocado and Rosehip Oils. Enriched with Anti-Oxi Fruit Blend™. Thickens, enriches and protects with Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Thick-bond Protein™). Wonderfully lightweight. Formulated for daily use. 
  •  Age Resist Multi 10 in 1 Treatment ($8.99 CAD): Powerful multi-purpose, leave-in beauty balm penetrates hair with rich Avocado Oil and the abundant omegas and vitamins of natural Rosehip Oil moisturize, protect, repair, soften, increase sheen, strengthen, smooth, tame fly-aways, shield against UV rays and increase manageability. Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Anti-Oxi Fruit Blend™ treat damaged and frail hair ends. Formulated for daily use. 
  •  Age Resist Miracle Nutrition Oil ($11.99 CAD): Emergency rescue dual layer oil to be used as a pre-shampoo treatment. Combines oils and utilizes Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, attaching to the hair shaft, increasing sheen, lustre and density of each hair strand causing hair to appear thicker and fuller. Jojoba Oil smoothes unruly hair, imparting shine and manageability. Rosehip and Avocado Oil act as a natural alternative to silicone. Formulated for use as a pre-shampoo treatment as often as needed. 

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6) EcoTools Pure Complexion Sensitive Skin Facial Sponge ($11.99 CAD) and 7) Skin Perfecting Brush ($9.99 CAD) – this new vegetable fibre sponge cleanses with 100% natural ingredients and is fragrance-free and colorant free (not to mention really cool looking and feeling). I love EcoTools brushes and this new angled brush that is designed for use with BB/CC Creams works great for applying any foundation and the shape makes it easy to access hard to reach areas of the face.

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8) Tom’s of Maine Toothpastes – Since my kids end up swallowing more of their toothpaste than they manage to spit out I love these fun tasting, fluoride-free, natural and gentle cleansing alternatives. They even have a whitening version for us coffee and wine drinking grown ups.

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9) Tom’s of Maine Natural Aluminum-free Deodorants –  My hubs isn’t much of a sweater so these great smelling natural deodorants are great for him. I try to wear natural deodorants around the house but I still don’t feel comfortable going out without antiperspirant most days.

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10) The Body Shop Hand Creams – The Body Shop has one of the best selections of hand creams that truly excel. You’re sure to find at least one you adore.

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Three New Moroccanoil Body Products to Make Every Day a Spa Day

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If you haven’t tried the Moroccanoil Body Products yet then you really need to get on that! I have posted before about the Body Souffle and Body Buff as well as the Body Butter and Intense Hydrating Treatment. All products that I adore. This innovative line is rich in high quality ingredients and is free of paraben, mineral oil, and alcohol. The best part of course? The scents! There are three new additions to the line I would like to share with you:

Shower Gel Moisture Balance ($26 CAD/200 ml) – The key ingredients in the shower gel are Argan Oil which is rich in natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), essential fatty acids and antioxidants and Glycerin which is  humectant that helps increase skin’s elasticity and provides long lasting moisture. This gel formula hydrates skin as it cleanses to restore skin’s optimal moisture balance. It also has the amazing signature Moroccanoil fragrance. Heven in the shower!

Cleansing Bar Intense Moisture ($10 CAD/110 g) – This soap resulted in my having to yell at my husband multiple times. His soap had run out and he kept using my precious Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar. The nerve! This mild bar cleanser has a rich lather and contains Argan Oil, Shea Butter, and Glycerin for healthy hydrated skin. It also contains Talc from Luzenac which is a natural mineral that helps  control body perspiration and door. And yes, it has the incredible Moroccanoil Scent.

Hand Cream Precious Care ($28 CAD/125 ml, $18 CAD/75 ml) – Intensly hydrate hands, nails, and cuticles with this therapeutic formulation of Argan oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, and Avocado Butter. It also contains brightening citrus to restore skin’s radiance. This is a really beautiful hand cream that doesn’t leave any greasy residue. The press material says it is softly fragranced with the signature Moroccanoil scent but the presence of citrus in this hand cream altered the scent for me to something different. I must admit I was a little disappointed it didn’t have the true Moroccanoil scent I love so much but the scent is still wonderful.

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Moroccanoil body products are available at luxury spas, fine salons nationwide and at Ben and Tournesol in Montreal. Discover signature services and products through prestige spa partners, including Quartz Crystal Spa (Trump Hotel Toronto), The Spa at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Spa Vido (Sheraton Wall Center Vancouver), Victoria Park Spa (Montreal) and The Spa at the Four Seasons Toronto. To explore the full line of Moroccanoil products, visit www.moroccanoil.com.

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Products I’m Currently Obsessed With and Can’t Imagine Being Without

What happens when you have 12 new products you are positively in love with and can’t wait to share with your readers? Ones that are fully deserving of their own detailed reviews but you just don’t know where to start because you love them all? Well you create a currently obsessed collage of course!

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In no particular order of adoration:

OPI Natural Nail Glitter Off Base Coat ($10.95 CAD) – I am a serial picker. Whether it be a regular mani, glitter, or LED gels I almost always end up picking off my polish rather than removing it. I know. I know! It’s a terrible and damaging habit. Well now I don’t have to feel guilty! This new peel off base coat from OPI is an answer to my prayers. It works like an absolute dream! I know it’s been said that regular Elmer’s glue will achieve the same results, and this product actually smells and looks like glue, but this OPI product makes application much easier. The product is a little thinner than standard glue and of course it’s packaged for proper application. I will NEVER be without this again!

Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Mascara in 22 Captivating Purple/Violine Tenebreuse ($30 US) – This limited edition Spring 2014 release from YSL is my dream purple mascara. It is deep enough to to give the impact of black mascara but still offer a lovely, luminous hint of dark purple. The Faux Cils mascara formula is of course fantastic. I am beyond in love with this mascara and so sad it is LE. If it was in the budget I would certainly be purchasing back ups. By the way, while purple may be promoted as best for accentuating green eyes it also looks fantastic with blue eyes. Well, and brown eyes, and hazel eyes, and you get the picture. You can see this mascara in action in this look.

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Cream – This cream from Aveda has the rich, thick texture of a body butter. I adore Aveda product scents and this richly hydrating cream infused with French lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms is clinically proven to relieve feelings of stress and is an amazing aromatherapy experience.

Sephora Colorful 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Animal Instinct - This shimmering olive green liquid liner from Sephora is absolutely stunning! The formula is opaque and doesn’t tighten up on my lids as some liquid liners can. The applicator and formula make application so effortless and the result is simply breathtaking. I am eager to check out more shades. See it in action here.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift ($165 CAD)- Skincare products don’t often wow me but this one has me excited. I really feel and see a difference already. The applicator is beyond cool. Actually I mean that literally. It’s ceramic, sculpted tip applicator immediately cools the eye area. I use the back side of it, which is contoured to the shape of my under eyes, to cool and refresh my eye area. Then I flip it over and apply the product with the other side. The cooling feeling lasts for a long time. I was amazed. The soothing de-puff complex includes algae and golden chamomile. South Sea Pearls gently illuminate the eye area. The powerful formula of three advanced polymers including Anacia Senegal Tree, Sweet Almond, and Goji Berry extracts instantly tighten and lift and stimulate collagen for lifted, firmer skin with less lines over time. Black Tourmaline gems add to the skin cell support of this luxurious product filled with precious ingredients. I am truly excited to see the long term effects of this product because I am already truly impressed after only a matter of days. Bonus, it’s fragrance free! (I have such a hard time with scents around my eyes.)

Moroccanoil Styling Gel – It has the Moroccanoil scent and gives my curls soft definition. Need I say more. Lord I love that smell!

Lise Watier Age Control Supreme Ultimate Body Butter ($70 CAD) – This indulgently rich, and intoxicatingly scented, rich cream enriched with exclusive concentrated Labrador Tea Extract, argan and shea butters is simply amazing. I love everything about this body butter. The texture, the scent, the intense hydration, the softness it gives my skin. I am almost in tears looking at my almost empty jar. You know the conundrum when you love something so much you want to use it all the time but at the same time are terrified of it running out?

AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner ($28 US) – I’m not often enamoured with fancy lip balms. I swear by Lansinoh Lanolin for Nursing Mothers as my holy grail lip balm and find other products usually fail miserably for me in comparison. This pale pink sheer balm has a thicker texture that actually stays on. (I hate how most balms seem to disappear on me within minutes). I really enjoy the thicker feel and I don’t find it sticky. The light rose scent is really lovely. I’m finding I quite enjoy this indulgent balm that is a best seller from AERIN.

Pantene Expert Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist ($14 US) – This oil mist fights split ends, frizz, dullness and dryness with a rare blend of exotic oils including Argan, Jojoba, Safflower, Olive and Sesame. It smells soooooo good and the dispenser sprays out an ultra fine mist which I love! This can be used on damp hair and also on dry hair as a shine spray. Thanks to the ultra fine mist I can get an incredible shine that is so light weight and doesn’t weigh down my curls or leave me feeling greasy like most shine sprays. I love this product so much!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector ($20 CAD) - I have heard amazing things about the Hemp line but was always a little afraid to try it thinking it would have some sort of funky, skunky smell. Well I wish I had tried this earlier because not only does it smell amazing, (sort of an herbal smell that reminds me of Aveda products), but it also is one high performance, intense hand cream that is saving my winter ravaged hands. No wonder this is The Body Shop’s #1 selling product! Oh and guess what? The Body Shop Hand Creams happen to be on sale right 50% off right now and the big 100ml tube is only $10!

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Miscellar Solution ($11.99 CAD) – Dare I say it? I think I like this better than the Bioderma cleansing water. This removes all makeup so effortlessly and the price can’t be beat. It doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes at all. This is simply a fantastic product. Whether you are a Bioderma junkie or have just always wanted to try a miscellar water then you need to try this one from L’Oreal.

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir ($58 CAD) – The Vichy Neovadiol line is one designed for woman with post-menapausal skin and they are releasing the first facial oil targeted at post-menapausal skin. Now I of course have not gone through menopause but I suffer from all of the same skin issues thanks to my chronically dry, dehydrated skin. Thin, sagging, dull, dry skin is my nemesis. Something I am constantly struggling with. So far I am really loving the improvement this trio of omega rich oils is offering my skin. Safflower Seed Oil is rich in omega 6 (twice as much as argan oil) and omega 9. Rice Bran Oil contains high doses of omegas 3, 6, and 9 and has emollient and nourishing properties as well as super-antioxidant qualities (4 times as much Vitamin E as most oils). Shea Butter is rich in omegas 6 and 9 and has soothing anti-inflammatory properties to promote the synthesis of epidermal lipids. This oil also happens to smell amazing.

So there you have it. Twelve products that have really won me over lately and that I have truly been enjoying testing and don’t ever want to run out of. Anything on my list catch your eye?

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