Pretty Bad Ingredients Series

Pretty Bad Ingredients

Hey Pretty Lovelies!

As some of you may know within the last few months I started working with a vegan health and wellness company called Arbonne as a consultant. I’ve always been fascinated by how skincare and beauty products impact our health so I love that my job is about educating people. I thought it would be a fun idea to do a series of posts that focus on that! Look out for Pretty Great Ingredients where I’ll talk about things you want from your skincare and cosmetics!

1. Mineral Oil
Skincare and beauty companies are so sneaky because when I first saw the word mineral oil I thought it was a good thing, like mineral water, etc. But it turns out its actually a by-product of the crude oil industry – read Benzene Gasoline! It costs the gas companies a lot of money to dispose of it properly so instead they sell it off to skincare and beauty companies (especially in North America) so they can use it as cheap filler. And if thats not bad enough its linked to cancer, its the 2nd reason for aging after the sun AND it sits on your skin like plastic wrap so your biggest detoxifying organ aka your skin can’t detox and IF there is anything good in the product its not going in to benefit you.

2. Glycerin
Aka Animal by-product. This is definitely the one that upsets me the most and why I strive to use all Vegan skincare and beauty products for my day to day routine. Have you ever heard of Animal Rendering? Its the recycling process by which Animal by-products get into skincare and beauty (this is a HUGE Industry in North America). They take all meat deemed inedible for us like roadkill, euthanized pets, dead zoo animals, rotten meat, etc and they boil it all together and whatever rises to the top — you guessed it, gets sold to cosmetic companies for filler. Also natural and organic products can still have animal by-products so looking for the word Vegan is key. Note: Glycerin (plant) is in the safe zone!

3. Parfum (Fragrance)
This is an umbrella term for a variety of cocktail chemicals, meaning these companies don’t actually have to tell you what they’ve put in the product! That seriously scares me because there are about 3,000 chemicals they can use and leave nameless without even testing to see if they are TOXIC! And if a product says fragrance free or unscented it can still have chemicals to mask smells of the other chemicals in the products.

Now I’m not going to throw any companies under the bus just yet but I strongly encourage you to READ YOUR LABELS! Even if these products aren’t doing damage to your health now, over time they definitely will. So I suggest starting to introduce safer, healthier products into your day to day routine.

If you are curious to know more let me know as I love educating and spreading the word! Do YOU have any ingredients you like to avoid?

Stay Lovely,
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Quick n’ Lovely Review: Sigma Brushes*

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

We were fortunate enough to have Obsessed Look contact us to send us two Sigma Beauty brushes to review, the E10 – Small Eye Liner Brush and E35 – Tapered Blending Brush. So what were my thoughts?

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Tapered Blending Brush – $17.99

First off I love that this brush is white. I love the simple sleek look of the brushes, they aren’t showy they just get the job done. I was so happy to find that this brush is WAY softer than my Mac blending brush (has anyone else felt like their Mac brushes are hard on the eyes?). The shape is different than I’m use to but I really like it. I would definitely recommend this to someone who is looking to add a blending brush to their brush collection – especially for the price.

Small Eye Liner Brush – $15.99

When I saw this on the website I new I wanted to try it. Myself and gel/fluid liner don’t get along so well. I am a sister who knows all to well the struggle of getting that winged look perfect. Which is why I am so pleased to announce that this brush seriously helped me concur the look. Mind you it took me a while and I was being SUPER careful but this is an amazing tool for everyone from people who struggle with liner to people who can do it effortlessly. Seriously the size is amazing.

Vegan: Not entirely. Some brushes are made of animal hair but they state that no animals are harmed during this process. AND they are planning to transition all brushes to synthetic (no animal hair).
Cruelty-Free: You’ll be happy to know that Sigma does not test on animals.

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*these products were sent to me on behalf of the company. My views are my own and are not biased.

Nail Product Addict Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

The stunning Bee from The Beauty Locker tagged us in this fun tag called Nail Product Addict Tag! Make sure to check out her blog — its fantastic! So lets get too it.

Favourite nail treatment product?
Cake Milk Made Smoothing Hand and Cuticle Buffer.

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Favourite luxury brand?
Butter for sure, every time I see a Butter Nail Polish I want it — their colours are amazing.

Favourite drugstore brand?
L’Oreal — I’ve been really impressed with them this summer.

Best eye-catching red?
I’m more of a pink nail polish girl but the two reds I have are from Joe Fresh — Apple (bright) and Wine (dark).

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Most disappointing nail polish/product?
I had this amazing glittery gold nail polish from OPI called Bring on The Bling and it didn’t even last me a year, it got all clumpy and gross, but I still keep it around because its my absolute favourite and if I’m careful enough I can still use it.

Basecoat – yes or no?
You know what I don’t do a basecoat, but I should definitely try it sometime!

Favourite topcoat?
I have a Finger Paints Top Coat.

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Favourite summer shade?
As you saw in the Summer Lovin’ Tag I am in love with L’Oreal’s Orange You Jealous.

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Favourite winter shade?
I love me some sparkle in winter so I usually rotate OPI’s Bring on The Bling, Rising Star, Get in The Express Lane and Essie’s Penny Talk.

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Mention something extra!
I have been DYING to do a french manicure with a neon yellow/green tip. Seriously — this has to happen.

Fun stuff, thanks for tagging us Bee!

I tag:
Beky Lou from Beky Lou
Kayla from Microscope Beauty
Kaitlyn from From Runways to Realways
Carly from Beauty and The Blog
Jenny from Jenny’s Everyday Life
Kristy from Kizzy Hearts

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Summer Lovin’ Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

First off, let me apologize for being so terribly MIA for the past couple of months. Life has been hectic but I am so happy it is calming down (right before I go back to school mind you) so I can get back to this wonderful blog that I’m so passionate about!

The lovely and absolutely wonderful Elaine over at Blabber Beauty tagged us in the seriously fun Summer Lovin’ Tag.


1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?

It actually has to be a lip gloss I think — I’ve been reaching for Arbonne’s Lip Polish in Nude. It is hands down my FAVOURITE nude in the whole world — and it doesn’t have toxins and harsh chemicals like everything else out there so I don’t feel guilty!

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2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?

Absolutely Orange You Jealous by L’Oreal. I tried it over at V’s house because it was (in my eyes) the perfect summer colour and I LOVED how effortlessly it went on. It definitely makes me want to try more L’Oreal nail polishes.

3. Bikini you’re loving this summer?

Sadly I haven’t been in a bikini much this summer — man this summer flew by 😦 But when I did I rocked some pink and mint.

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4. Favourite summer Frappuccino from Starbucks?

I can’t do coffee so I steer clear of Frappuccino’s but I am totally obsessed and always craving the new Oprah Chai tea Latte with Vanilla. Yup still drinking hot drinks over here…

5. Favourite fake tan?

I don’t usually use fake tan but I’m really wanting to try Arbonne’s Made in The Shade Self- Tanner.

6. Favourite Summer song?

Work by Iggy. I just love pretending I can rap with her… plus I am ALWAYS in love with her make-up.

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7. Favourite summer accessory?

Probably my red thin framed sunglasses or my gold heart shaped sunglasses.

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8. Favourite summer fragrance/perfume?

I don’t wear perfume much because of health concerns but when I do I rock my favourite smell – Ralph by Ralph Lauren.

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9. Summer book you’re loving?

I’m currently rereading the Harry Potter series and I’m on Harry Potter and The Order of The Pheonix. This series will always have a special place in my heart.

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10. What are you most excited to do this summer?

I moved in with my boyfriend and that has been pretty amazing. I was really excited to leave student housing and shack up with just one other person, especially him so. 🙂

Thanks again to the stunning Elaine for tagging us, so fun!!

I tag the following:

Holly from Glitter Pots and Lipgloss
Bee from The Beauty Locker
Zoey from Wonderful Little World
Lauren from BlaireBeauty
Jessie from All Things Beautiful

Anyone else that wants to take part in this Tag feel free!

Stay Lovely,
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