Pretty Great “Ingredients” Series

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

You may have seen the Pretty Bad Ingredients post which focused on educating our readers on how important reading your labels is! Now on the flip side I’m giving you some ingredients, etc that are good for you! So here are a few things you want to look for when shopping for both skincare and beauty!

1. pH Correct
Did you know that our skin is actually slightly acidic? It sits at a 5.5 on the pH scale. And the reason its slightly acidic is to ward off pollutants, free radicles, environment, etc. So its seriously important to be using a product that is pH correct. When you use a product that isn’t pH correct it strips your acid mantle and can cause problem skin like dry skin, oily skin, acne, break-outs, etc. We aren’t suppose to have problem skin! When I switched to a pH correct product my skin totally changed, I no longer have dry skin, and my skin has a new glow. I only get break-outs when I eat unhealthy or sometimes when its that time of the month.

2. Vegan
I’m pretty sure all of us here LOVE animals, and if you don’t — shame on you! They’re adorable and fluffy and the best. It is so easy for us to turn a blind eye to skincare and cosmetics companies that test on animals. But for me once I found all vegan skincare and cosmetics it was a no brainer, why would I support companies that have shitty morals? Yes I write for a beauty blog and yes I will review and talk about products from companies that do test on animals and that do have animal by-products but on a day to day basis I’m all about vegan. I think from now on I’ll make a note on each post about whether a product is cruelty-free or not.

3. Dermatologist TESTED
Often we’ll see dermatologist recommended on a product. This means that the dermatologist was paid for by the company to recommend it, regardless of whether they believe in or like the product or not. But when you see dermatologist tested you know its a product that has been responsibly tested for you. Tested usually means that whatever the product says it does, it actually does!

Feel free to ask any questions if you have any! Do you have any ingredients, etc that you look for in your products?

Stay lovely,
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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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Pretty Lovely Skincare Series: Arbonne RE9 Advance Line Review

 

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

Disclaimer: I work for Arbonne but I will be 100% honest about my experience and opinion as some products I love and other don’t work for me. This line was NOT sent to me to be reviewed, I bought it.

Lets get started on another post for our Pretty Lovely Skincare Series! By the way — are you enjoying this series? Let us know!

Arbonne RE9 Advanced
This line is our Anti-Aging line, in fact it is the #1 Anti-aging line for results on the market. YUP you read right, #1 — we beat out all the department store brands and all the other MLM brands. And I can personally say my skin was firmer after 24 hours — I was stunned. But don’t be intimidated by the word “anti-aging” focus more on “high antioxidant” which is great for anyone in their 20’s and onward! It helps to repair, prevent and regenerate from environmental damage!

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RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser
This stuff smells good, like oranges and citrus, very refreshing. It removes my make-up no problem — but I’m careful not to get it into my eyes. The pump produces too much for my face so I use half a pump. I like that it doesn’t make my face feel insanely dry after like some cleansers might — its nice and moisturizing. My skin always feel soft and supple after, just as promised. Its got that milky creamy texture that I really enjoy when cleaning my face. Definitely one of my favourites.

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RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner

This toner has the same refreshing citrus smell. Its pH balanced which means it keeps your Acid Mantle in place — if you use a product that isn’t the correct pH it will strip your face and cause problems like dryness, oiliness and acne, etc. I noticed an improvement within the first couple of days of using this toner. My red and bumpy cheek areas started to improve and smooth out.

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RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum
Again, citrus smell — OK from here on out just know the whole line smells like orange and citrus because its full of Vitamin C. This serum is collagen-supporting that firms your skin. My face felt firmer after 24 hours, it was incredible. Now because I have a baby face and don’t have fine lines I can’t vouch for the diminishing the appearance of fine lines but I can tell you that all the other consultants I work with that use this line that are older DO NOT look their age what so ever. For me I need to use two pumps of this to evenly distribute it over my whole face.

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RE9 Advance Corrective Eye Crème
This stuff feels great but I’m honestly not sure what its doing for me. That being said I do not have fine line around my eyes — also these products are all preventative so if you want to get a jump start on keeping your skin looking younger this is where to look. It also reduces puffiness and diminishes dark circles — and considering I haven’t worn concealer over the last couple of days… I think its one of those sneaky ninja products that works without you fully noticing.

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RE9 Advance Restorative Day Crème SPF 20
This is the product out of the bunch that I’m not a fan of. Because of the SPF it feels a bit oily or greasy on me. I’m willing to give it a few more tries but it didn’t sweep my off my feet. Having said that it does make my face feel moisturized and doesn’t make my makeup look greasy. I think its actually getting better with more uses, I felt less oily today when I used it. *It is getting better — way less oily and greasy then when I started.

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RE9 Advance Night Repair Crème
One of my favourites — hands down. It feels so creamy and lovely going on its the perfect way to end your night time skincare routine. It feels amazing and it makes you feel lovely. Its super hydrating but not greasy and I always wake up looking like a million bucks. It does give my cheeks a bit of a burning feeling sometimes, but nothing I can’t handle and I certainly don’t break out from it so this sensitive skinned girl is totally cool with it.

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Any downfalls?
If you don’t like the smell of citrus this probably wont be ideal for you. The first time you use it, it may sting and bring out some impurities of the skin — but that is the point because its correcting the pH balance and problem areas. Again the moisturizer can be a bit greasy but I feel like my skin is adapting to that fact. Also the price point may be a bit much for some.

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If you’re interested I can show you how to get 20%-80% off your Arbonne purchases! Just drop me a line!
Stay lovely!
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Restorative Day Crème SPF 20
Restorative Day Crème SPF 20

Pretty Lovely Skincare Series: Tori’s Nighttime Routine

 

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

V and I decided to do a Pretty Lovely Skincare Series because we’ve both gotten really into it and we both believe its seriously important to take care of your skin! So here is the first post of our series!

It’s interesting for me to sit here and write this post because not even three months ago I barely gave a rats ass about skincare. Sure I washed my face… once, in the morning. (I shutter at the thought). But it wasn’t until V mentioned Caroline Hirons to me and the Body Talk she did with Pixiwoo, you can watch it here. After a while something she said about skincare stuck in my head — “you’ve only got once face”  and I kept going back to her site daily. I realized I DID care about my skin. How dare I care so much about make-up but not the skin I’m putting it on? Seems bat shit backwards to me.

So I browsed through her website endlessly until I found her Routines Cheat sheet and based on her advice, no foaming cleansers, yes to acid toners, yes to cleansing balms, etc. I came up with my own personalized routine and I have to tell you. I AM IN LOVE!

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Here is how it goes!

1. Clinique Wash The Day Off Cleansing Balm $35
I absolutely love this stuff. It feels amazing, it does what it says and it leaves me feeling extremely clean. I definitely notice a difference in how my skin feels if I miss out on using it for a night and just go for a cleansing gel or milk.
How I apply: I take a bit on my fingers, amount varies for different faces, and start with my eyes really making sure to rub that make-up away, basically I give my eyes a nice lovely massage. Then I spread it around my face to get all the other make-up and grim from the day. Finally I wet a CLEAN washcloth (yes I use a clean one every time as per Caroline’s orders) and take the product off.
Downsides: NONE! Love it, will absolutely buy again and again. Would recommend endlessly.

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2. Vichy Refreshing Cleansing Milk
This stuff has stolen my heart. It smells amazing, it feels incredible and it leaves me skin feeling absolutely amazing. Marry. me. now. They have a soothing one for dry skin, this one is geared towards normal to combination sensitive skin.
How I apply: With my fingers, I take a small amount and massage it into my skin. Now the bottle says to not rinse, but I do with a wet cloth.
Downsides: That I don’t have an endless supply of it.

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3. Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner
At first I didn’t notice a difference in my skin… until I noticed a SERIOUS difference in my skin. Whether its the product itself or how well it works with my other products my once DRY ASS SKIN is now not dry. This was a miracle considering the winter we had here in Canada. My skin is brighter and much, much, less dry! Its a chemical toner which means no seriously irritating beads for my sensitive skin.
How I apply: With a cotton pad I gently rub all over my face avoiding my eye, although I make sure to go over the eyebrows. Then I let it set for a minute as the bottle recommends before moving on to the next step.
Downsides: It can be a subtle product so don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice a different right away.

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4. Vichy Thermal Spa Water
This stuff just feels so damn refreshing! It’s nice on irritated areas to sooth and heal.
How I apply: I press that button and mist all over my face. I was so scared at first, silly me, but just go for it and you’ll get the swing of things.
Downsides: Another subtle product but for me its another way to enjoy my nighttime routine and feel pampered.

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5. Indeed Labs Hydraluron
V made me get this stuff and I AM SO GLAD SHE DID! Because it completely transformed my face which was COVERED in dry flaky patches to a fresh face that felt hydrated!
How I apply: I squeeze out a small amount, maybe like pinky nail sized and with my fingertips, I massage it all over and let it tighten before moving on to the next step.
Downsides: NONE… maybe that I don’t have an endless supply of it.

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6. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
This is actually a product V got me onto back in the day. I have serious issues with moisturizers not sinking in and hydrating my skin. This one ALWAYS makes me feel hydrated.
How I apply: With my fingertips, the pump dispenses the perfect amount for my face.
Downsides: Not that my skin isn’t STUPIDLY dry anymore and more towards the normal/combination/oily it can make my face feel a little oily… probably due to the SPF. But I have such a hard time finding a good one that I’m sticking to this one for a while.

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What are some of your favourite skincare products? Share them with us in the comments below!

***NOTE: Since I wrote this I’ve actually started to make the switch to all vegan botanically based products (Arbonne), so expect a skin care series for those of you who like all natural and safe products.

Stay lovely,
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