Green & Pure Organic Beauty is more than a beauty boutique. It’s a way of quality living and a concept of ideal life attitude. The people behind Green & Pure actually studied a wide range of personal care products and were shocked by the amount of toxic ingredients used in most brands. Even the ones that are labeled as “natural” or “organic” weren’t what they claimed to be. With minimal regulations and guidelines, they realized that a lot of us are duped a lot of the time! They decided to bring a REAL natural and organic experience to consumers. All of the brands Green & Pure carry are safe, natural and effective, and each natural ingredient is presented in its purest state for maximum benefit. Green & Pure carries brands like Earth Mama Angel Baby, Éminence, ILIA, Green Beaver, Tata Harper, kaia, and more!

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Evie Bare Basics Kit from Green & Pure Organic Beauty

I was extremely lucky to be sent some natural and organic products from the brand Evie to try. Evie originates in Hong Kong, and the products are made in Australia/Germany/Bulgaria. Green & Pure is the Exclusive retailer in North America of Evie products. The Evie Bare Basics Kit($129) contains three of the brands most loved products, and I can see why they are loved so much!

Evie Amazingly Soothing Makeup Remover($49) has natural jojoba, grape seed and sweet almond oils combined with certified organic essential oils from Bulgaria, England, Italy and France. Made in Australia, it’s 100% natural and unlike some oil cleansers out there, it has NO MINERAL OIL in it at all. It’s also free of parabens, fragrances, SLS, and surfactants too. It’s so silky smooth feeling! It’s lighter than say the Shu Oil Cleansers, because there’s no mineral oils in it. And because of that, I find that it emulsifies easier when you add water. It takes off all of my makeup-even eye makeup and mascara too! And folks, this costs almost HALF the price of the Shu ones. HALF.  I like it. A lot! Let’s just say my Shu cleanser isn’t sitting on my bathroom counter anymore…;)

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Evie Amazingly Soothing Makeup Remover and Evie Lovingly Pure Toning Rose Water form Green & Pure Organic Beauty

Evie Lovingly Pure Toning Rose Water($39) is an all natural-toning rose water made with rose oil extracted from ECOCERT certified Bulgarian Damask Rose. No alcohol, or artificial fragrances of colours, it’s moisturizing and feels so fresh on the skin! Rose Water also has anti-bacterial, oil-balancing and regenerative properties as well. I love rose toners, and find that my skin really glows when I use one. This one is the best one I’ve ever tried! It’s a spray bottle, so you can wet a cotton pad with the rose water and then pat onto your skin, but I just spray 2 pumps onto my face with my eyes closed and then pat it in. I also love using it as a makeup setting spray as well. LOVE.

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Evie Miracle Oil form Green & Pure Organic Beauty

Evie Miracle Oil($69) combines the benefits of Rose Otto and Rose Hip with Vitamin E. It’s a lovely, luxurious feeling face oil that moisturizes and repairs skin. It has a dropper for application, and I use 2 drops at night. In the day, I’ll add a drop to my moisturizer of choice and mix it in and apply. I don’t use it every day though, because I still really like my Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixar. But this comes a close second! I think using both of them has made an amazing difference in my skin.

I’m so happy to have been introduced to this wonderful and amazing brand! I want to try more! There’s a Lavender Night Repair Lip Mask that’s calling my name next!

You can order Evie Products online at www.greenandpure.com . Up to 3 free product samples are offered to customers along with each order. Just type in the “Order Notes” box on the right of the screen the 3 products that you are interested in, and samples will be included in your shipment. Free expedited shipping within Canada on orders over $50! And if you’re lucky in enough to be in the area, you can shop in person! The store is open 7 days a week from 11:30 am to 7pm. Tell them I sent ya! 🙂

Green & Pure Organic Beauty
Address: Unit 2165, Aberdeen Square, 4000 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC
Phone: 604.273.8988
Online Store: www.greenandpure.com

Oh, how I love organic and natural skincare! And this line is pretty incredible. What new organic and natural skincare brands have you discovered lately?

*products sent by the lovely PR, thoughts are mine as always! 

So I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to explain the Mika For Shu Collection. It’s by famed photographer Mika Ninagawa, and the art work is kind of incredible. Insane in fact. I found this video by Shu Uemura that has all the imagery and art work by Mika, and it’s worth seeing. TRUST ME.

 

Psycahdelic, right? If you watched the video, then you’ll better understand these worlds that Mika Ninagawa has created for Shu Uemura. Butterflies lead you down different paths depending on which one you choose. Choose  your colour, chose your path. The first path is blue and it’s Curiosity. The images are of an enchanted carnival wonderland. The second path and colour is red and it’s the Forbidden Fruits, with images of seductive apples and strawberries. Did ya’ see the lashes on the fruit? Freakin’ adorable! The next path is green for the Singing Forest with fresh ivy and wild mushrooms. Pink is next for the Melting Sweet Dream world, and the images are full of candy. With lashes. I mean, who can resist a lollipop wearing some sweet Shu Uemura false lashes, right? And if you didn’t watch the video, I know you’re going to now, because you have to see that hahaha! All of these images are featured on the Limited Edition Packaging in the Mika For Shu Collection. One of the reasons I love Shu Uemura is that they collaborate with artists all the time and feature their art work in collections. What other cosmetic company does that as often as Shu? Pretty much nobody does. You gotta give them props for it!

There’s a lot to show you in the Mika For Shu Collection, so I’m going to have to split stuff up otherwise this post would be SO full of pictures and take forever to load on your computer. Let’s start with the face products. First up, the legendary Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils. Cripes, even the BOXES are pieces of art! Looky!

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Mika For Shu Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils

I have three to show you, but there are 4 of them in the Mika For Shu Collection.

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Mika For Shu Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils

 

I’m telling ya, these Mika For Shu Cleansing Oils look incredible on your bathroom vanity! The green bottle contains the Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil($92). It’s formulated with Moringa Extract to ward off pollutants that cause skin to age prematurely. The pink bottle contains the POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil($82). It’s been newly re-formulated with Cinnamon Bark Extract to target overproduction of sebum and clear away blackheads. If you have oily skin, this is the one for you! The red bottle contains my favourite Shu Cleansing Oil, the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil($98). It’s the most advanced formula and infused with 8 exquisite oils of botanical origin to combat all skin concerns. It’s pretty much the ULTIMATE and it’s oh so great! I know, I know, they aren’t cheap. I get that. But honestly, you need one to two pumps to remove your makeup AND cleanse your face. That’s it. You won’t need a separate makeup remover or a cleanser. Bing, bang, zoom-you’re done. I especially like using them if I’m wearing a lot of sunscreen and mineral makeup, as I find that they are really hard to get off my face completely. But they’re no match for Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils! Also, they last FOREVER. I can get mine to last almost 9 months before I need to replace it.

The Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousses have also undergone a Mika For Shu image transformation. There are four of them to match each world of course, but I have the POREraser UV Underbase Mousse Beige($46) to show you in the red Mika For Shu Forbidden Fruits packaging.

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Mika For Shu Shu Uemura POREraser UV Underbase Mousse Beige

The Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousses are a makeup essential in my house. Marky lives in them. As you know, she’s extremely pale and it’s been pretty much impossible to find a great foundation match for her. So she uses these to perfect her skin. Her fave is the Brightening Pink Purple Mousse, and she’ll wear it with just a touch of MAC white powder on her face and that’s it. This one is beige and pretty yellow though, so it’s more for someone like me.

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POREraser UV Underbase Mousse Beige

The yellow tint helps correct redness(of which I have loads of!) and also fills in pores really well, leaving a semi-matte finish to the skin. With SPF 35, it’s pretty much all I wear in the summer with just a bit of powder over top. My skin looks great and it’s protected from the sun without a heavy, foundation or sunscreen feel. Yup! One of my fave products by Shu Uemura for sure!

Tomorrow I’ll show you the eye makeup, and then last but not least the Shu Uemura Cheek and Lip Gelatos. Those you gotta see!

Whaddaya’ think so far? Isn’t the art work by Mika Ninagawa insane? She’s so talented! Oh, and btw some Sephoras in Canada now carry Shu Uemura products too. Here in Edmonton, the one at West Edmonton Mall is where you can find them! And of course, at Holt Renfrew as well. Or online at www.shuuemura.ca. Often enough you can get 10% off their products online with great samples thrown in! 

Did you know that 74% of Canadian women have dark spots and uneven skin tone? It’s a curse I tell ya. I think a lot of us up north get lazy with sunscreen use, especially in the winter. And then when spring and summer hit [emoji sun with face] , we’re just SO DARN EXCITED about the warmth and the light, that we spend as much time as possible outdoors to enjoy it! And I bet most of us don’t reapply sunscreen when we’re out for long periods of time. I know, it’s a pain to have to re-apply.

BUT the thing is, one day…say in your 40s… you’ll wake up and see a spot that wasn’t there the day before. Swear to god that’s what happens. And then that one spot will all of a sudden have a buddy a month later. And then another…you get the idea. SIGH.

But fear not my spotty fellow Canadian friends! And any other spotty friends from other countries, because I realize that we aren’t the only cursed ones! Vichy ProEVEN is here to help you fade those pesky spots, discolourations, dark circles and get back your smooth, even skin!

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Vichy ProEven

The first step(and my favourite!) is the Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam.

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Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam

It’s a gentle yet effective triple-action foaming cleanser. It gently exfoliates, purifies and brightens the skin tone. It’s the perfect way to start your ProEven routine, because it exfoliates ever so gently with LHA. There’s no scrubby beads that can irritate sensitive skin. With Ceramide Bright and Vitamin C, skin gets brighter and smoother every day. You need like a pin drop amount of it I swear, because WOW does it ever foam up! And it’s a nice, creamy foam-just the way I like my cleansers. I know, I should use a cream cleaser since I have drier skin, but I kind of hate them. I prefer foamy cleansers-sue me. Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam works really well with your Clarisonic too. It’s never, ever drying or moisture stripping either, and I’ve been using it pretty much all winter when my skin is extra parched. It’s my favourite cleanser right now and honestly, I don’t think I’ve even used up 1/3 of it haha! It smells good too!

Vichy ProEVEN Daily Eye Corrector Dark Circles and Spots is the first treatment by Vichy that targets every cause of dark circles you can think of. Like ALL of them. Age, lack of sleep, and even anemia like me!

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Vichy ProEVEN Daily Eye Corrector Dark Circles and Spots

It also has Ceramide Bright, caffeine to help depuff, and Vitamin B3 that helps to brighten dark circles and spots. Right after you apply it, you’ll notice your under eye area will look brighter and fresher. But after 4 weeks, Vichy says you’ll notice that dark circles and spots will be lighter. For me it took longer than that-pretty much 8 weeks before I noticed a tiny bit of lightening. I’m still using it and hoping things will keep getting brighter! It’s nicely moisturizing and I like that at least. No dreaded under eye milia too, so that’s a bonus for me.

Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector is also enriched with their Ceramide Bright and this is the last step.

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Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector

There’s exfoliating LHA and Vitamin C in there as well. Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector works on ALL the surface layers of the skin to lighten skin discolourations. Over the past couple of months, I’ve noticed that my skin tone is more even and brighter! I really enjoy this cream, as you can combine it with other serums as well. Personally, I like to use the Vichy LiftActiv Serum and a hydrating serum cocktail first, then the Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector, and then another moisturizer to seal in all the goodness. No breakouts at all, and my skin loves the gentle LHA exfoliation. This is a good cream to try if your skin doesn’t get along with glycolic acid or retinols like mine.

Twice a day is best for optimal results with the Vichy ProEVEN products, Highly recommend the cleanser! The eye cream is ok, but I haven’t noticed anything spectacular while using it to be honest. I personally, really need an eye cream to target crow’s feet at this point in my life-but that’s me. It may work wonders for you, especially if you’re younger than I am(and let’s be real-EVERYONE is younger than I am haha). The Dark Spot Corrector works really well with other products, so for someone like me that’s a skincare junkie, I appreciate that a lot. I can use other products in my skincare arsenal at the same time without worrying. Do you really need all three products? No, not really. But if you’re serious about doing something about fading those pesky spots, then why not? What have you got to lose? THEM PESKY SPOTS IS WHAT.

Oh, and by the way? DON’T FORGET TO USE SUNSCREEN when you’re using Vichy ProEVEN! You need to protect your skin from getting any more spots and not hinder the evening and brightening process, right? RIGHT.

You can find the Vichy ProEVEN products wherever Vichy is sold in Canada, like Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Drugs, and London Drugs too!

*products sent by the lovely PR, but as always, thoughts are mine because SERIOUSLY. My crazy is MINE and why would I let someone else ruin it?  [emoji white smiling face]