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New in Beauty: Back to Basics Skincare

Rose by Sebastian Molina

(Stock Photo: Sebastian Molina)

Using some of the world’s most organic and active ingredients, Back to Basics Skincare offers unisex cold-pressed and plant based beauty oils that target different skincare needs, and are affordable as well.

Back To Basics Skincare Rosehip Radiance Oil
(Back To Basics Rosehip Radiance Oil, $48)

With three food grade quality oils to choose from, Rosehip Radiance Oil is by far my favorite. After introducing this excellent green beauty oil to my morning skincare regimen, I saw a significant improvement in the first week! Skin suppleness, check— skin hydration, check— overall brighter youthful skin– check and check! The texture of the oil is medium in weight and absorbs quickly. Only 2-3 drops are needed to cover entire face, so the bottle will last. It doesn’t contain any added fragrance or essential oils that can aggravate sensitive skin. With an impressive list of ingredients you can stop stressing and start aging gracefully.

  • Seabuckthorn berry oil: rich in vitamins a, c, and e and omega 7; replenishes and restructures; supports natural cell turnover.
  • Organic Rosehip oil: an excellent source of topical trans-retinoic acid for skin regeneration.
  • Organic Grape seed oil: possesses unique nourishing and repairing properties.
  • Organic Camellia oil: increases the feel of skin’s elasticity and gives it a luminous glow.
  • Organic Chia seed oil: richest botanical source of omega 3; powerful source of alpha-lipoic acid.
  • Jojoba oil: provides emolliency and gives skin a smoother, healthier-looking appearance.
  • Tomato seed oil: rejuvenates aging skin properties, restores skin antioxidant defences, quenches uv induced free radicals, protects against acute and chronic skin photo-damage.
  • Kiwi seed oil: regenerates skin cells and effectively moisturizes and improves skin elasticity, dark marks, dryness and large pores.
Shop HERE.



Masking, a Bedtime Routine Worth Getting Accustomed

Facial Mask; Stock Photo: Pinterest

(Stock Photo: Pinterest)

Whether you have a special occasion coming up or you want your skin to look its best, getting in the habit of masking can be beneficial. Facial masks can benefit all skin types- just make sure you choose the correct product tailored to your needs.

Masks can offer a wide range of skin care benefits in one easy application. From moisturizing, cleansing, detoxifying, clarifying, or resurfacing. “Using a mask is one of the steps of a good skin regimen”, says Karen Asquith, Toronto-based national trainer for G.M. Collin, a Montreal-made line of skin care products that’s sold in spas. “A mask blankets the skin, helping the active ingredients penetrate,” Asquith says. Some are even best to use overnight.

Complex Beauty is high performance, clinically proven, multi-tasking skincare with mask formulas that are effective, natural, cruelty-free, and budget friendly.

Complex Beauty
(Complex Lip Mask, $22 | Complex Smooth Operator Mask, $35 | Complex Rose Glow Mask, $35)

Beat dry skin with a hydrating mask like Complex Beauty’s Smooth Operator mask. It’s loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C, cranberry, blueberry, green tea, hibiscus, and more to operate together to heal your skin. Even in summer months hydrating masks like the Smooth Operator are the key to calm, soothed skin that’s become dry or dehydrated.

Complex Beauty Smooth Operator Mask
(Complex Smooth Operator Mask, $35)

Complex Beauty’s Rose Glow mask aids in resurfacing your face, revealing a smoother and brighter appearance with the help of Glycolic Acid and rosewater. Using regularly and long-term will minimize the look of fine lines an wrinkles.

Complex Beauty Rose Glow Mask
(Complex Rose Glow Mask, $35)

Have you incorporated masks into your daily skincare regimen? Comment below your favorite’s!



Detox & Polish Your Way to Glowing Skin with Alma Botanicals

(Photo: Coveteur)


Less is definitely more when it comes to the ingredients and minimalist packaging Alma Botanicals has to offer. Their philosophy is to simplify beauty regimens by creating multi-tasking treatments that combine essential vitamins and minerals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality. Natural, simple, no fillers or unnecessary preservatives and dyes. Alma’s products are made with the purest natural ingredients, with an emphasis on ingredients that are plant-based, organic and food-grade.

Alma Botanicals Masks Polish
(Alma Botanicals Fresh Bloom Mask, $22 | Alma Botanicals Super Green Mask, $22 | Alma Botanicals Polish Treatment, $15)


From their two gentle detox masks that are both effective with key ingredients to either restore or revitalize the complexion. To their Polish treatment, that gently exfoliates with organic sugar and stimulates circulation by comfortably polishing away surface cells, leaving the skin revived and renewed which is excellent in combination with either mask. The Polish treatment can be used anywhere on the body, and makes a great lip exfoliator for dry lips in a pinch. An excellent company with excellent products.



Photo: Alma Botanicals
(Photo: Alma Botanicals)

You can feel good knowing that Alma Botanicals uses the best extraction methods available that lead to premium quality. All products are made in small batches in the USA. 




Most Wished-For Beauty Arsenal from Indeed Laboratories

Indeed Labs Review

(Indeed Nanoblur, $19.99 | Indeed Hydraluron Serum, $24.99 | Indeed Retinol Reface, $19.99)

Indeed Labs offers high quality affordable skin care products produced with innovation. Known for making refreshingly simple skincare products that feature a one star ingredient, and since their collections are super affordable there has been a lot of hype surrounding their products.

Photo: SparkleShinyLove
Photo: SparkleShinyLove

If you’re a fan of layering your beauty products, then Indeed Laboratories must go in your skin care arsenal. Their well-formulated light feeling gels absorb instantly, glide smoothly, and has very little in the way of potential ingredients. All of their products are free of parabens, fragrances, colorants, sulfates, and are not tested on animals.

A very affordable and impressive line. Learn more about Indeed Labs at: 

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The Friday Five | Beauty Picks of The Week

(Kate Somerville ExfoliKate, $24 | Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser, $38 | Derek Lam 10 Crosby ‘Drunk On Youth’ Fragrance Stick, $38 | ‘Black Out’ Fragrance Stick, $38)

Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Collection 
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Set
(Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser, $38 | Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Treatment, $24)

Being an avid almost two year user and huge fan of Kate Somerville ExfoliKate treatment, it was only natural to add her ExfoliKate Foaming Cleanser to my daily routine. Both products work synergistic-ally to create a flawless, glowing complexion. There is a reason both are bestsellers! The ExfoliKate Treatment is a quick 2-minute exfoliating product with natural enzymes and AHA acids- when washed away reveal the smoothest skin. Paired with ExfoliKate Foaming wash the duo clears pores by washing away grime and keep your skin looking its best. Using both products together gives optimal results.


100 Percent Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Mask
100 Percent Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Sheet Mask
(100 Percent Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Sheet Mask, $7)

After a long day basking in the sun this summer, 100 Perfect Pure’s refreshing, cooling, and calming Green Tea Water Bomb sheet mask is what my skin needs. This hydrating and repairing mask quenches thirsty skin and adds that much needed glow without leaving any sticky residue behind. Formulated with the moisture magnets hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, it’s the perfect pairing for a day after fun in the sun. Plus the added benefits of antioxidant green tea will aid in keeping your skin young.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Sticks
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Street Fragrance Sticks
(Derek Lam 10 Crosby Street Fragrance Sticks, $38 Each)


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(Derek Lam 10 Crosby Street Fragrance Sticks, $38 Each)

Derek Lam’s 10 Crosby Street new stick fragrance collections are perfect to get that summery scent to match your mood. If you’re looking to streamline your life, one idea: Pick a scent that works for any occasion. A light floral like Drunk on Youth will do the trick. If you’ve got lots of travel plans for the summer, let the rich-intoxicating aroma of 2am Kiss get you in the mood for all those trips. Blackout is a complex blend of osmanthus and chai tea essence, spicy-bold-and edgy are the perfect pairing to amp up feeling confident. If you’re feeling the urge to show off your personality this month, why not let Rain Day help you? Here’s one that is lively, vibrant, and fresh. If you’re totally focused on killing it at the office, glide Silent St. on your pulse points. Silent St. evokes a sense of quiet peace, calm, clean, and work appropriate to broadcast what a #girlboss you are.

Bask & Co Tabou Body Oil
Bask and Co Tabou Oil
(Bask and Co Tabou Body Oil)

With the essentials for healthy skin like; argan, coconut, jojoba, apricot, almond, and olive oils and beautiful rose petals this Tabou oil by Bask and Co is the ultimate nourishing body oil for healthy, glowing skin. And likely the only one you’ll ever need. Did I mention the amazing scent? A chic blend of ruby cassis, tropical pineapple, sweetened rose buds and a fresh breeze. Your beach bod awaits.


Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment below!

One Beauty Kit That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

Good Life StressRx Prescription
(Good Life Stress Rx Prescription, $59)

In need of a simple and quick stress reliever? Look no further than Good Life’s prescriptions. Good Life is an e-commerce and digital lifestyle brand that’s out to make living well accessible to every woman. They created six beauty prescriptions (or kits) to make your life easier.

Good Life Stress Rx
(Good Life Stress Rx, $59)

Stress Rx is a prescription that has four beauty products designed to de-puff, relax, sooth, and rejuvenate your entire body.

Herbivore Calm Salts: A soothing  blend that will send your body into full relaxation mode and wash away stress. Aromas of Ylang Ylang and natural vanilla unwind while magical magnesium gently detoxifies the body.

Wildcare Hydrosol: This ethereal lavender mist will leave you feeling cool, calm and restored with peace. This powerful and potent mist even offers gentle anti-bacterial and anti-viral support, arming your immune system to power up when it’s weakened by stress.

Vitruvi Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Organic and sourced from France, this essential oil is known to stimulate mental activity and increase blood flow to the brain. If you are experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relieve stress and pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature.

Botnia’s Eye Cream: Lack of sleep and increased worry can cause fragile under-eye capillaries and unwanted dark circles to form. This cream’s hyaluronic acid and potent peptides replenish moisture and elasticity that can be depleted by stress.


Shop all the prescriptions here.


A New Fun Way to Cleanse Your Face

Bask & Co Cleansing Cubes

(Bask & Co Oily Skin Facial Cleansing Cubes, $26)

Brace yourselves because this is kind of a game changer in the skincare department, and we have the natural and sustainable skincare company Bask & Co to thank. We’re talking about cleansing cubes, an innovative and convenient facial cleanser that you crush in your palm, add some water then rinse. They come in two varieties: one for oily skin that contains activated charcoal which draws bacteria, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, and one for dry skin that contains anti-oxidant rich argan oil. We think it’s only a matter of time before other brands get on board and join in on the cleansing fun.

Bask & Co Cleansing Cubes 2
(Bask & Co Facial Cleansing Cubes for Oily Skin, $26)

Bask means to take it in, receive its warmth or revel in and make the most of something pleasing. Founded in 2011 by Teresa, Bask & Co takes their passion for quality handmade soap, skin care, and bath & body to a whole new level by producing products that are not only vegan friendly but safe for the environment. The oils they use are organic, cold pressed, or steam distilled. All of their products are created without synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, mineral oils or petroleum. 

How To Stress Less: Add Salt

Terra Luna Bath Soak

(Terra Luna Saturn, $25.50 | Terra Luna UFO Bath, $25.50)

Sometimes to get calm and centered, you need a little extra help. Terra Luna Beauty has you covered with their crave worthy bath soaks.

If that spin class has you feeling beat, soothe sore muscles by sprinkling your bath with Terra Luna Bath Soaks. They come in a range of scents from clove and orange that together produce a comforting effect, to grapefruit and ylang ylang oils that melts away anxiety and confusion. These luxurious soaks do double duty by softening skin with dehydrated coconut milk and drawing toxins out of your body with a mixture of salts, clays, and mustard seed.

Trending: K-Beauty COSRX


(COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule, $28 | COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, $22)

COSRX, which stands for cosmetics + RD (prescription), it’s a Korean based brand that creates its products directly from the needs and feedback of their very dedicated customers. It has gained cult status and it seems like nearly every skincare blogger has singing its high praises.

The packaging design of all the COSRX products is simple, minimal and similar. They all come in a white cardboard box with a black area where the product name is written in. The rest of the cardboard box contains detailed descriptions in English and Korean.

COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule claims to heal damaged skin while nourishing it with moisture and nutrients. Ideal for dry and rough skin types, this silky hydrator increases skin softness and suppleness, leaving skin radiant, plump, and dewy. It contains black bee propolis. So what exactly is propolis and why would you put it on your skin? Bees make propolis, which they use to glue the materials of their hives together, by mixing beeswax and other secretions with resins from the buds of conifer and poplar trees. Those resins have natural germicidal properties. In skincare, propolis’s antiviral and antimicrobial action provides wonderful benefits for acneic skin as well as those of us who deal with a lot of environmental pollution. It forms a barrier just like how bees use it, and is very nutritious with antioxidants and vitamins, hence it’s growing popularity in skin care.


You will spot glycerin and hyaluronic acid as moisturizing ingredients, too. Also, the Cassa Obtusifolia Seed Extract has skin conditioning properties, as well as panthenol. If you’re new to ampoules, the consistency will be thick when applied and dry down to slightly tacky. But it makes for a cost effective layer-able moisturizer!

This is COSRX most talked about product: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. Do you have visible pores? Then you probably know the constant struggle of trying to keep them clean so that they’ll look smaller and less noticeable, especially on the cheeks and in the T-zone. Primers and makeup can work wonders to hide them, but the goal is to have great skin.


Salix Alba, (Willow) Bark, Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan, Gum Ethyl Hexanediol

What do they do?

1. Betain Salicylate is the BHA portion of this toner and comes in a concentration of 4% (which is equivalent to a 2% salicylic acid).

2. Niacinimide is a form of vitamin B3 that can do everything from reduce pores and fine lines while promoting smooth, even skin tone and texture. Miracle ingredient people!

3. Sodium hyaluronate has the ability to boost skin’s moisture content, reduce inflammation and reduce moisture loss to keep skin hydrated.

One thing I really appreciate about COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is the way it feels after application. BHAs can be quite drying, this hydrates and exfoliates yet dries down within minutes and feels just hydrating enough to prevent tightness or discomfort without leaving any discernible residue behind.


It isn’t greasy or slimy and is only slightly thicker than water.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone with acne, blackheads, enlarged or clogged pores, or those with dry skin that are looking for an effective yet gentle acid exfoliating toner. 

COSRX has several alcohol-free toners for different skin conditions, as well as cleansers, moisturizers and treatments.


Product Of The Day: Priori Lash Recovery Serum

Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum

(Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum, $99)

There’s a secret we want to let you in on: you should be using a lash and brown conditioner daily. Wearing mascara (and not to mention curling) seven days a week can leave your lashes in desperate need of moisture.

One product that is clinically tested to enhance lashes in just two weeks is, Priori Skincare’s Lash Recovery Serum.

Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum 2
(Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum, $99)

This technological breakthrough formula contains a triple lipopeptide complex which are special proteins, and vitamin E to create a fuller, thicker and more voluminous looking lashes and brows. In addition green tea juice, and hyaluronic acid add moisture so you will be left with velvety smooth lashes in no time.

Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum 3
(Piori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum 3, $99)


You can purchase the serum HERE or: