Non-Toxic Makeup Routine

A couple of years ago I discovered the Environmental Working Group. A non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. With groundbreaking research, it guides consumers to make healthy choices and helps us understand what is in the things we consume and the products we use. I soon realized that in the beauty world, the word “organic”, didn’t really mean non-toxic, and that a lot of the products I thought were good for me, were actually filled with scary ingredients like formaldehyde and parabens (both labelled as carcinogens).

I decided it was time for a change, so I started doing research and began paying attention to the ingredients in the products I was buying. EWG has a great app which gives you the option of scanning a product or entering its name into the search bar. It then shows you a score in terms of its health concern. The rating system is from 1-10. 1 – being a low concern and as clean as it gets, and 10 – being a high concern and quite hazardous for your health. They break down products by their ingredients and rate each one individually. I started researching the products I was using on a daily basis and was shocked to find out that none of them were clean… My makeup bag was in need of a serious makeover!

Since I am not one to waste, I decided to replace my products one at a time. I would use my old products up until they were finished and replace them with a clean alternative. Over the last 2 years I have replaced each and every product in my makeup routine. I have now curated a non-toxic makeup collection and a simple everyday routine that is good for me and my health! I thought it would be fun to share it with you. Here is my personal roundup of clean makeup for an every day, dewy, sun kissed look:

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  1. I start with the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer made with coconut alkanes instead of silicones and botanical juices. Primer is a great way to even out my skin and get it ready for foundation and concealer and this one is great. It hasn’t been rated by EWG but I checked all of the ingredients and they are all a 1 or 2 rating.
  2. I use RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up in #22 as a concealer for my everyday routine, but it doubles as a foundation so when I am going out and I want to look more made up I will apply it all over my face. Daily, I dab this under my eyes and over redness or blemishes. This is the product I started my clean transformation with and I love it. It’s light weight, spreads evenly and looks really natural. It’s made with ingredients like coconut and castor seed oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter. It has a rating of 1 on the EWG site.
  3. For bronzer, I had been using the Bare Minerals Warmth powder for many years, which is actually a good rating of 2, but I loved my RMS concealer so much, I switched to their Buriti Bronzer which is a really lightweight cream bronzer that seeps into my skin and feels great. It too is made with all natural ingredients including coconut and castor seed oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter.
  4. For a natural blush to my skin I use bareMinerals Blush in “Hint” which also has a rating of 1. It goes on really nicely and has a warm pink hue.
  5. To add some depth to my cheeks and create a nice dewy look, I use the W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick. I love the way this product illuminates and enhances my cheek and brow bones and it has a rating of 1 and is EWG verified!
  6. For my eyes  I use the Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeliner in Soft Inky black and apply it as an eyeliner by using a liner brush dipped in water. It can also be used as a powder for a smokey look. It has a rating of 1 on the EWG site.
  7. Finally I swipe on some Organic Wear mascara by Physicians Formula which I buy at the pharmacy, in black. This product is great, cruelty free and has a rating of 1 of EWG

For a daily makeup routine that’s fast and natural looking, these products do the best job, and if you’re like me, and live in Canada, you know that these products are not as readily available as they are in the states. Luckily, I recently discovered Detox Market, which is a great website for all things clean! I am able to find the majority of my items there and the rest are in stores near me; like Annie Young, Sephora, the pharmacy and Holt Renfrew.

Do you have any non-toxic beauty favourites to share?

Green with Envy Smoothie

Can anyone tell I am obsessed with smoothies of the green variation? I can’t get enough of them. Is it just me, or is there something super satisfying about drinking something that is such a bright green colour? You just know it’s good for you and filled with all sorts of nutrients that will keep you going throughout the day.

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While I was living in NYC I was careful where I spent my money. I was there for almost 6 months, and I have to say I never once paid for a smoothie. I had my own blender so I thought it was a waste to spend 10$ for someone else to whip up something so simple, but when I was there a few weekends ago (without my own blender) I was craving one and bit the bullet. I went to the Green Bean Cafe near where I was staying and bought the Green with Envy smoothie packed with kale, banana, spinach, dates and pineapple. Wow! I shouldn’t have waited that long, it was amazing and so close to where I was living, although it’s probably best that I had no idea it existed because I would have been broke. The smoothie was just sweet enough and creamy and so, so tasty. When I got back to Montreal I decided I needed to replicate it right away.

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The best part of this smoothie in my humble opinion, is the dates. They add just the right amount of sweetness that balances the kale really well. I love kale, but if you aren’t fond of its raw flavour but love it’s nutritious value than this smoothie is perfect for you.
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Here’s my version of the Green with Envy Smoothie Adapted from The Green Bean Cafe NYC

{Serves 2}

What you need:

3 dates pits removed
1.5 cups rice milk, almond milk or soy milk
1 banana (I use frozen)
handful of pineapple (I use frozen)
handful of kale washed and de-ribbed.
2 Tbsp Chia seeds

What you need to do:

1. Add the milk in first then the kale, pineapple, banana and dates.
2. blend until nice and smooth (making sure there are no chunks of dates left behind)
3. Add the Chia seeds and blend quickly to incorporate (I do this so they don’t all stick to the sides)
4. Pour and enjoy!

Healthy Dinner: Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

I have been struggling with stomach problems my whole life, so what I eat is very important to me. We cook more than we go out/order, and when we cook we try to use all natural ingredients. This recipe is inspired by a recipe on one of my favourite blogs My New Roots. It is fresh, simple and delicious! P.S Have you ever tried uncooked Bok Choy in a salad? It’s so crisp and fresh, you will love it. If you are making this recipe and have too much Bok Choy left over, use some to make a salad for your lunch, it will rock your world!

If you can find fresh Shiitake mushrooms go for that, but dried works as well. Just make sure NOT to wash your mushroom. If they are dirty, wipe them down gently first. If you are using dried, let them soak for 30 minutes before cutting them up.

What you will need:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
600g of baby bok choy
300g of fresh shiitake mushrooms (or dried which would be 1/3 of the amount)
1 small chili, minced (optional)
2 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp of sesame oil
1Tbsp. maple syrup
large handful Thai basil or regular basil
Soba Noodles
sesame seeds to garnish

Directions:
First you want to brush the dirt off the mushrooms and slice them up. Then, rinse the bok choy and shake off any excess water and slice into strips. Set aside.

Mince the garlic and chili.

Get a large pot of water boiling for your noodles.

In a large pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add minced garlic and chili; cook for about 2 minutes until just until fragrant and beginning to brown then add the mushrooms, maple syrup, sesame oil and half of the tamari. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and most of the liquids have been absorbed. Add the rest of the tamari and all the bok choy. Stir together and remove from heat and continue mixing for about 5 minutes until the greens have wilted down. Now fold in the basil and let wilt.

Serve immediately over soba noodles, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve!

White on White

Clean, crisp and fresh! White is always my “go to” when the weather begins to warm up. I am taking my first trip to the flea market today, and I couldn’t be more excited! I love perusing around and finding hidden treasures. DIY heaven! My inspiration for today’s trip is white! Hope you all have a relaxing and inspiring Sunday!

White on White
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