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February/March: Empties

Laidbare, From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C SerumReview

I’m currently undecided if I want to repurchase this serum. It seemed to work well on my under eye circles but didn’t do much for my skin tone.

Cost: $9.99 GBP, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: NaturismoLaidbare Naturaceuticals
Rating: 3/5

100% Pure, Candy BlushReview

This was a decent blush. But it’s certainly not very travel-friendly. One accidental drop and it shattered to pieces. I had to use it as a loose blush because of that. I love the colour but I’m not sure if I would repurchase this again.

Cost: $36.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Big Carrot100% Pure CanadaHusk
Rating: 4/5

Lily Lolo, Concealer (Samples) – No Review

My first time trying out the brand Lily Lolo came courtesy of Katie Vibes when she gave me the Lily Lolo Loose Powder Eyeshadow in Moonlight for the Green Beauty Swap. I really liked the eyeshadow, so I thought I would try more of Lily Lolo’s products. When Naturalla Beauty had a discount code on her blog, I happily bought some samples of the concealer from the Lily Lolo USA website. It looks like the concealer sample pack is no longer available on the Lily Lolo USA website which is a pity. For things like concealer and foundation I find it helpful to try the sample sizes before buying the full sized product. I bought the colours Nude and Caramel. Nude is about three shades too pale for me but works well for concealing my under eye circles. Caramel is also too light for my skin tone but is much closer to it. Now if they had another concealer a shade darker it would be a perfect match for me! I have already bought the full sized concealer in Caramel from White Apothecary.

Cost: Full Size: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo USA, Lily Lolo UK
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Purifying Primer Review

This is still one of my favourite primers. I also like to use it in the evening as a kind of treatment cream when I’m breaking out. It helps keep my skin clear without having to use too much spot treatment. With my acne, I find a multi-pronged approach works well.

Cost: $ 59.00 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics, Beauteabar
Rating: 5/5

Hurraw, Lip Balm in Vanilla BeanReview

My original review was for the grapefruit flavour so I decided to try a new flavour this time around. Hurraw doesn’t disappoint. My lips were still beautifully hydrated all day long with the Vanilla Bean flavour. I would definitely repurchase this balm.

Cost: $3.79 CAD
Available at: HurrawThe Big Carrot, Noah’s Natural Foods.
Rating: 5/5

Crawford Street, Tangerine Lip BalmReview

Another nice lip balm. This one was living in my purse for the longest time. Since this balm is more solid than others I’ve tried, it lasted longer and also doubled as face balm in a pinch. There isn’t much tangerine flavour to it but that’s okay. You don’t always want to taste your lip balm when you’re eating food. I would repurchase this in the future.

Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Logan & FinleyCrawford StreetClementine Fields
Rating: 4/5

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Eco home: Sleeptek Natural Rubber Pillows

I love a good pillow. For me it’s essential to getting a good night’s sleep. Conventional pillows are filled with synthetic fill that are usually treated with chemicals such as flame retardants. You know that plastic-like, newness smell some people love so much? That’s the smell of carcinogenic chemicals. I always used to get a headache when I got a new pillow with synthetic fill. I had no idea back then that it was the chemicals in the fill that were giving me monster headaches. Since I’ve switched over to natural / eco-friendly pillows I haven’t had that problem. No need to air out the pillow for days and days before using it anymore.

Recently I bought two natural rubber pillows from Grassroots, one of my favourite online and retail stores. I bought the Sleeptek Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow in travel (or kid) size and the Sleeptek Natural Rubber Contour Pillow. The travel pillow was bought for my husband, though he let me try it out before I bought the contour pillow. I have to say, I’m impressed with both pillows so far. The travel pillow is the perfect size to use in the bed between the knees for some added support, or for the airplane. It’s encased in an organic cotton cover and filled with shredded natural rubber. The contour pillow is great for supporting the neck. The loft is adjustable by removing some of the shredded rubber. Just a warning though: make sure that you empty the pillow somewhere easy to clean, like the bathroom. The shredded rubber reminds me of dandelion seeds, easy to blow away and they can get everywhere. I had bits sticking to my clothes and hands when I transferred some of the rubber into the plastic bag that the pillow came in. If you have children or pets you want to make sure they don’t ingest any of that rubber by accident. Other than that small inconvenience, I am sleeping very well on my contour pillow and hubby loves the travel sized pillow for knee support. Both pillows come in organic cotton covers that can be washed and the shredded rubber core can also be washed in cold water then hung to dry on a breathable drying rack. Both pillows come with a three year warranty. The travel pillow was on sale when I bought it at $50.00 CAD and I received 10% off the contour pillow since I have a Live Green Toronto card.

“Why rubber? Natural rubber is hypoallergenic, absorbent and resilient, and known for its excellent heat and moisture regulation. The rubber is harvested by tapping the milk of the common rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), which contains an antibacterial substance that acts as a natural dust-mite repellent. The rubber is also a renewable resource that is sustainably harvested.” Grassroots

-no more headaches from chemically filled pillows
-sustainably harvested rubber
-no need to air out immediately
-dust mite repellent
-adjustable loft

-can be messy to empty the pillow if you want a softer support
-can be pricey

Cost: Natural Rubber Contour Pillow $179.99 CAD, Shredded Rubber Travel Pillow $62.99 CAD
Available at: Grassroots
Rating: 5/5

To read more about off-gassing or eco home items, check out my review on Organic Cotton Sheets and the Natura Firm Top Mattress my hubby and I bought.


Product Review: Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C Serum


This is another of the products that I received from Katie Vibes for the Green Beauty Swap organized by NatuRia. To see the other products that I received from the Green Beauty Swap click here.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

Well, the formulation of this Vitamin C Serum sounds impressive indeed. In my mind, this product is more of a facial oil than a serum. It is described as: “designed to leave skin looking and feeling truly fabulous while toning the face and restoring elasticity.” The oils included in this product are definitely known for all those qualities. They are all nourishing and full of anti-oxidants. I have used Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Rosehip Oil and Evening Primrose Oil separately and liked them. The smell of this serum is calming, light, and herbal. It also glides on effortlessly. Yet I found that this serum didn’t make a dramatic improvement in my skin tone and elasticity. What it did seem to help with was my under eye circles. When I was using this serum my under eye circles almost disappeared! I used this serum in the evening after cleansing my face and splashing some toner on my face. It hydrates my skin nicely. I also used this as a body oil after my shower. I liked this product as a body oil too. I’m all about multi-purpose products you see. It’s a light serum so I used it liberally on my body so that it would penetrate better. I may have to repurchase this product again in the future to see if it has the same effect on my under eye circles. It’s an affordable price so that’s another plus in my books.

Cost: $9.99 GBP, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Naturismo
Rating: 3/5

Have you ever tried Laidbare’s Vitamin C Serum? What did you think of it?

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Spotlight on: @VibeVeda of Vibe’s Beauty


Vibe Veda is a Holistic Healing Practitioner, which came naturally for her from a young age. She had always been told that she had healing hands, and a spirit of light to help and guide others. Her mission in life is to “Be the Change” and to help others Awaken to their Divine Self while living an Abundant and Balanced Life.

Vibe was born into a very challenging scenario of a multi-racial family during a time and in a place that was not accepting, to say the very least. Her father was a Vietnam Veteran and abusive, so she experienced life in foster care and was on her own by age 11. Vibe dealt with many trials and tribulations over the years including rape, abuse, drugs, alcohol, homelessness, and the list goes on. But like the Phoenix that she has tattooed on her chest, she rose from the ashes and graduated high school early, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in less than four years.

She went on to make music, create artwork, do some traveling and touring. Life still met her with challenges, but nothing that she couldn’t overcome. When her love and best friend was brutally murdered, she turned to spiritual healing to mend her broken heart and that is how she was introduced to Reiki. Self-healing is essential when dealing with all of the chaos that can arrive at your doorstep, whether it be physical or emotional.

Vibe offers healing and guidance via private Healing Sessions, her VIBEvolution Facebook group of over 1300 members, and her YouTube series “Journey to the Light.” She is also currently working on a few books, while infusing Reiki into the music and artwork.

Her passion became her career in 2010 when she was attuned to Reiki and opened her private practices in NC, MD and NY. In September of 2013, Vibe brought her healing gifts to ABC/ Deepak Chopra’s Homebase in Manhattan to serve as Apothecary Specialist where she gained invaluable knowledge in the green beauty industry.

Vibe is currently the Owner/CEO of VIBEvolution & Vibe’s Beauty.

How did your journey with green beauty first start?

Beauty has always been something that I admired. Even as a child, I was enamored by beauty… the beauty of faces, the beauty of smiles, the beauty of flowers and nature! I always loved aesthetics, keeping everything clean and organized, while still maintaining a harmonic balance with nature. I grew up in rural parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania. My family lived in a shack that my father built himself. We had no running water, or many of the amenities that most people take for granted. We would gather water from the spring, and we had a small wood stove that we would cook our meals on and heat our home with. It was a simple life, and I believe that it caused me to be very grounded and in tune with the earth.

It saddens me that we are destroying this amazing planet at such a rapid pace! So, my main objective in this life is to Be The Change! I started practicing Reiki about five years ago, after dealing with many tragedies in life, and also suffering from some health issues. I realised that the food I was eating was poison, so I transitioned to a mainly vegan pallet and found a Reiki Master while living in North Carolina. Then, about a year ago I was offered the opportunity to put my knowledge of holistic wellness and organic lifestyle to task by expanding the Apothecary at ABC Home/Deepak Chopra’s Homebase in Manhattan, NY.

I forged phenomenal relationships with green beauty brands, that had environmental stewardship at the core of their mission. This inspired me to launch Vibe’s Beauty, which is a platform for indie, green, niche beauty and lifestyle brands! I have ten personal care lines available for purchase in my online boutique, as well as handcrafted jewelry, unique home furnishings and divine essences. Vibe’s Beauty also serves as an Eco Brand Management and Consulting firm that assists brand owners with opening retail accounts, on-site support, trainings, etc.

Has Reiki impacted your green beauty journey at all and how?

I give myself Reiki every single day! I don’t even know what I would do without it… Balance is essential in life, and since I know this, I do my best to remain balanced in mind, body and spirit. I love to look beautiful, but I also love to feel beautiful inside! By using products that are clean and safe, I know that I am doing what is best for my body!

Reiki is infused in everything I do, for instance if I am trying a product out on a client, and massaging a moisturizer onto their hand, they are receiving Reiki. This provides an overall amazing sensation and warm experience that is uplifting and invigorating!

Did you plan on becoming an entrepreneur, or just fell into it?

I always knew that I would be an entrepreneur! From the time I was five years old I had my own savings from little odd jobs that I would do. By seven years old I was creating folders with art drawn on them and selling them to my classmates for a quarter. I also had my own candy stand in my mother’s consignment shop. By nine years old, I created a community group called “Clean Up The Streets”, where we would collect donations from neighbors, and go around picking up garbage and maintaining our area.

Over the years I have delved into many different entrepreneurial endeavors. I had my own entertainment company, where I produced music, videos, photography press packets, etc. I do some modeling here and there and I recently did the Spring ad campaign for ABC Home, so look out for that! I have designed websites, and done other graphic design assignments. I really enjoyed freelance, and appreciate the knowledge, skills and abilities that it has provided me with!


How did you come up with the idea of creating Vibe’s Apothecary?

When I was in charge of the Apothecary at ABC Home we began referring to it as “Vibe’s Apothecary”, which I always intended to take with me when I branched out on my own. Now the Apothecary lives on the Vibe’s Beauty website, and is filled with amazing natural and organic brands. The reason it is only one element of Vibe’s Beauty is because we are all about Eco Luxury Lifestyle, which encompasses everything from personal care, to adornments and home decor!

What one ingredient or product would you never, ever use and why?

Fluoride. I know that it is mainly found in things like toothpaste, but it is so hazardous that I just wanted to highlight that here. I only use non-fluoridated toothpaste, and I think everyone else should do the same. Not only is it the active ingredient in rat poisoning, but it also calcifies the pineal gland, which releases serotonin into our bloodstream.

What are your upcoming plans for Vibe’s Beauty?

I have just added a lovely new member to the Vibe’s Beauty Family, her name is Sequoia Carr and she has her own lovely product line called All Green Everything! She has a plethora of knowledge and passion in this business and we are looking to continue expanding our team and adding the best of the best!

Vibe’s Beauty has also partnered up with Jillian Wright Skincare to bring the 1st Indie Beauty Expo to NYC this August 27th at The Altman Building! We are taking Indie Beauty to a whole new level, and providing a platform for green, eco, niche brands to connect with retailers, the press and the public.

There is so much to anticipate from Vibe’s Beauty… so stay tuned!

My thanks to the lovely Vibe for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. If you’re interested in reading more about Vibe check out her other websites and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Free Thought Fridays: Silence


When I first saw this picture a song popped into my head. There’s a song by a band called Depeche Mode with the exact same title: “Enjoy the Silence.” And since I was a teen during the 80s and I loved Depeche Mode, that song immediately popped into my head. I still love that song because it’s very eloquent and I think still relevant today. Just take a look at some of the lyrics: “All I ever wanted, all I ever needed is here, in my arms, words are very unnecessary, they could only do harm.” You can read the full lyrics here and watch the video here. Anyway, I was thinking about silence and I have to confess, I love it. The world today is full of too much stimuli. Silence is a welcome retreat for me. Sometimes, it’s nice to just curl up on the sofa with a good book. Or to wake up on a weekend morning and watch the sun rising as birds fly by. Without silence I might not get the chance to hear my cat making small noises as he dreams and sleeps on my lap. Without silence music would be a constant cacophony. Silence allows me to pause and take a deep breath when I need to. So let me ask you this question, do you like silence? And, what kind of silence do you like? To leave you with something funny, I came across this picture below on pinterest when I did a search on the word silence. I agree with that.



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