Monday, October 3, 2011

Arbonne Holiday line and Essentials have arrived!

Arbonne Holiday "Glamour Set"
Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! The Arbonne holiday line AND the Arbonne Essentials health line are both now available in Canada! It's awesome overload! I have been waiting since JANUARY for these Arbonne Essentials and the new holiday shadow sets are simply amazing! How did I get so lucky?! How did my wallet get so unlucky?! LOL
Arbonne Holiday Lip Gloss Quad

Here are some videos from both. Enjoy!

Arbonne Essentials have been in the US for a few months now and they love it!

Here is a very informative video from Dr. Peter on Arbonne Essentials. It's 11mins, but you learn a ton!

Oh - and did I mention Arbonne now has fragrances?! Yep - no pthalates or harsh parfum either. I really need someone to take away my credit card...NOW.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Parabens = Para-bain of my existence!

OK - This is going to be a long, but worthwhile post, so I hope all you beauty junkies read and take note!
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In the last few months, thanks to Arbonne, I have really started to be conscious of what I have been putting on my face, and skin in general, and the ingredients in each item.

After learning about what "animal by-product" means (Google animal rendering if you have the stomach), I started using only products that were cruelty-free and vegan (ie. not tested on my furry friends and not MADE with my furry friends). I know what all of you are thinking right now; but Davida, Arbonne is both of these things!

Yes, I know - which is why I love Arbonne, however, I have been trying to find enough products to replace my entire professional makeup kit. Unfortunately with Arbonne's amazing 400 products, they just dont have enough shadows in bright colours or "out there" makeup for a pro artist kit. :( Everything that I can use, I have, but sometimes you just need a neon pink, ya know?!

Soooo, back to my quest, as I researched what was cruelty-free and vegan, I started to look at what was "natural" and "botanical" (note - Arbonne is botanical, not natural) - I read up on ingredients and what were common chemicals found in makeup and skin care.

Man - did it ever get confusing! There are items that are natural, but not cruelty-free...vegan, but not botanical, and on and on and on and on. What I have learned is that YOU HAVE TO READ THE LABEL. Something that says "natural" may just have ONE natural ingredient somewhere in there, but the rest could be icky, pore clogging ingredients. Even worse, "natural" is often used on a label when the ingredient is an animal product. Pretty sneaky huh? Or a vegan product may be full of yucky chemicals made from science, but they dont use animal products (hence they can be called vegan). Enter PARABENS.

Side note, Arbonne is formulated without any of the following:
  •         Animal products or animal by-products
            Formaldehyde donating preservatives
            Petroleum based ingredients
    o   Benzene
    o   Mineral Oil
    o   Petrolatum
    o   Phthalates
    o   Toluene
            Added Fragrances
            Added Colours or Dyes

Back to Parabens, there are few ingredients that are big red flags, as I've now learned, and one of these is parabens. Parabens are a preservative used in North America in almost everything (and I mean everything!). They are cheap and easy and help keep our skin care and makeup from going bad. They are also a known carcinogen, aka something that is cancer-causing or linked to cancer.

Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, but the beauty industry still puts them in our products! Can you believe that? Recently, there have been studies of women that have had breast cancer and tissue samples have been taken and every sample came back with traces of parabens.

So, needless to say, this ingredient has gone to the top of my "cannot be in my products" list. Unfortunately, because our beauty industry is unregulated I have been having a heck of a time finding products that dont have parabens AND are cruelty-free, vegan, without mineral oil, etc. I have found a few really great brands that check almost all the boxes, and then right at the end of their ingredient list they'll list a paraben, or two, or five! Seriously, I have seen eyeshadows with up to five parabens. This blows my mind; the skin around your eye is the thinest skin on your body. Ingredients put on your skin enter the blood stream ten-times faster than things we eat. So why would companies put five cancer-causing ingredients in something that is supposed to go on the thinest skin on our body!

Parabens aren't hard to spot; they all have different chemical beginings and then end in "paraben".

This has become a bit of hot topic for me and I hope you will all take note and read your labels more carefully. There is a really great video circulating on the internet right now about all the toxins that are in our products called The Story of Stuff; you can find it here.

Check your cosmetic cupboard, you'll be shocked at what you find.

Annnnnnnnd... rant is over!

Thanks for reading. I hope you learned something, and if you'd like to know more about the Pure, Safe, Beneficial (and paraben-free) products that Arbonne offers, feel free to contact me!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sugarpill Cosmetics Review - Burning Heart Palette

I got a Sugarpill palette! 

If you aren't familiar with Sugarpill, where have you been?!?! I feel like doing a review of these colours is almost redundant given the amount of amazing photos and tutorials already out there, but I just had to share my two cents!

Sugarpill is a cosmetics line that offers amazingly bright and pigmented pressed and loose shadows and was created by the vibrant Amy of Shrinkle clothing. The line is all cruelty-free (which is why I wanted it!), but still offers colours as bright as Amy herself! The loose shadows are vegan (double score) as well as some of the pressed powders and everything is clearly labelled on the website. One of my biggest pet peeves when shopping online is unclear messaging and ingredient policies.

Packaging! Cuuute! Sorry its blurry!
Now, onto the pictures! The palette I got was the Burning Heart palette (one of two offered) and is $34USD. If you are a fan of the Facebook page they regularly offer discount codes so it is definitely worth checking out.
L-R: Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+, Poison Plum

With Flash
Without Flash
All the colours are gorgeous and are just as bright on as in the palette! The only one that needs layering is the purple (Poison Plum). The rest of the swatches above are just one swipe and both pictures are without any primer underneath.

Now I just have to think of a look to do with the colours! What would you do with these amazing hues?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Arbonne Mother's Day Specials!

Arbonne has some amazing specials right now for Mother's Day that I just had to share!

There are three great gifts you can get your mom, a special woman in your life (men - I'm looking at you), or yourself! They are only around for a few weeks and are limited edition so scoop them up now!

Here are the three sets:
"Glamour Mom" $104
I am soooo getting this! It comes with four eyeshadows (Snow, Ocean, Lilac and Blue Slate), 5 mini makeup brushes (with full sized heads), and a makeup case. I have seen other ladies with this case and I want it! It WILL be mine! LOL 
Each eyeshadow is regularly $26 so $104 for this set is a steal. :)

"Stylish Mom" $55
Also loving this quad - it has Moss, Suede, Chocolate and Linen from the regular shadow line. Moss is my absolute favourite Arbonne shadow! That reminds me - I should swatch and do a post soon. 

Here's a full size picture of Moss:
The final set is from the RE9 line - The RE9 Cellular Renewal Masque and the Age Defying Neck Cream...
"Timeless Mom" $103
The RE9 Cellular Renewal Masque launched in October of last year and has quickly become a favourite of everyone (including me!) that's tried it. Again, the mask is $76 retail and the neck cream is $95, so this is another really good deal. I have both already, but I may just need to get more!

So that's it. Shameless Arbonne promotion complete!

Contact me if you want to get in on this action! ;)