Sustainable Skincare Updates

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Hello everyone! In this update on my favourite sustainable skincare products, I am adding in some amazing products that I have added to my collection and that I hope you consider adding to yours (previous favourites can be found herehere & here)! These products are created, formulated and packaged with the environment in mind, and in case you forgot, we ourselves are a part of the environment as well. What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves.

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Living Libations Seabuckthorn • Best Skin Ever Oil 

I use this product either as a facial oil or after washing and steaming my face, I will apply this product and use it as a deep cleansing oil. This oil makes my skin glow, packed with goodies such as seabuckthorn, lavender & grapefruit, this is the perfect pick-me-up for your skin!

Living Libations Frankincense Honey Mask 

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Handmade in Canada
  • Animal Friendly
  • Packaged in sustainable packaging that is reusable

This is a lovely facial mask that I will put on my face & neck for up to 20 minutes. This mask calms my skin down and evens my complexion – leaving my skin glowing and soft! I massage it off with a hot, wet face cloth and then apply lotion or facial oil.
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Elate Cosmetics Twinkle Loose Eye Colour 

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Packaged in a reusable glass jar (that can be returned to a retailer so the company can reuse it)!
  • Clean & cruelty-free
  • Made in Canada

This loose powder can easily be applied to the eyelid (or anywhere else) with a brush or finger tip. I have the shade Fairy and it is a peachy-coloured shimmer that sparkles so beautifully. You can put on one layer, or build the product up to create a higher intensity. A lot of eyeshadows bother my sensitive eyes, however this eyeshadow does not give me any issues!

Elate Cosmetics Brow Balm 

Elate’s Brow Balm is the world’s first sustainable, vegan non-toxic and cruelty-free brow product!!! I apply this product with an angled brush and comb over it with a clear gel and my eyebrows look amazing all day long! I have the shade Raven.

Elate Cosmetics Illuminator Pressed Powder • Dew

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty 
  • Packaged in seed paper and fits in the reusable bamboo palettes
  • Clean, vegan & cruelty-free ingredients

Oh.My.God. This product is a MUST BUY!!! I am obsessed with this dewy highlighter and I get so many compliments on my skin because I use it. I apply it last and set it with a setting spray and it lasts all day and makes me look like I have the most healthy, glowing and bright complexion all while maintaining a rather natural look unlike most highlighters. I have never loved a product as much as I love this product.

Pacifica Pink Nudes Mineral Eyeshadows 

  • Purchased from Pacifica (sometimes found at Dad’s Organic Market)
  • Eyeshadows are coconut-infused
  • 100% vegan & cruelty-free
  • packaging is cardboard & can be recycled

These eyeshadows are so soft and blend nicely. I always use an eyeshadow primer and they stay all day. I love this palette because it has colours for a very natural look and for a more dramatic look.

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Sweet Pure Honey Gift Box 

  • Received as a gift from my wonderful cousin
  • Made in Canada
  • All products are fresh, fair trade & organic

These products came packaged in a reusable wooden box and are handmade with ingredients like coconut oil and beeswax. The solid perfume scents are to die for – so relaxing and delicious-smelling. I swear by the lip and salve products for my skin in the winter. The only issue is some of these products themselves are not packaged sustainably as they are in plastic – I hope this company grows and is able to switch over to tin containers for all their products!

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Ash & Thorn Sh!t for Menstrual Pain & Flow Regulation

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Packaged in a reusable tin
  • Only uses medicinal plants that were personally grown, ethically wild harvested or purchased from small organic farms
  • 100% handmade products

So, in my struggle with Endometriosis, I have been trying to find ways of coping with the disease without so many synthetics or chemicals. I came across this product, which contains natural ingredients which have been known to restore normal period cycles, suppress spasms, reduce muscular tension and cramping & relieve depression. This product can also be used for IBS, fibromyalgia and anxiety – all of which are usually parts of Endometriosis as well. I use this at night and I rub it into my scars that resulted from my Endometriosis surgery.

Pacifica French Lilac Spray Perfume 

  • Purchased from Pacifica (can be found at Dad’s Organic Market)
  • 100% Vegan and Cruelty-free
  • Formulated without SLS, sulfates, parabens and petroleum
  • Proprietary perfume blends with natural and essential oils, and natural plant based alcohol

I think my two favourite scents in the whole world are lavender and lilac. When I smelt this perfume, I could not believe how similar smells like the actual flower. I have gone through 5 bottles of this dreamy liquid.

Saje Essential Oil Roll-Ons

  • Purchased from Saje 
  • Roll-ons are made with no animal testing, no synthetics, are plant based and 100% natural & travel friendly
  • Each roll-on is mixed with the carrier oil grapeseed oil so direct application to your skin is safe

I have about 10 different roll-ons from Saje, all I highly recommend. These little guys are my saviours that help me through each day. Could not be happier that I found these products!

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So, that concludes my updates! I hope that you check out these products and love them as much as I do! Also hope you loved my collection of cotton and silk vintage scarves and handkerchiefs!

– Tiara

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Second Hand News

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I am very excited and proud to announce that this entire outfit is all secondhand clothing and accessories. Buying clothes secondhand saves the atmosphere from further carbon pollution and the world from further chemical toxicity that would have been produced to create new clothing. Not only is my entire outfit all secondhand, but it is all made from natural fibres that will break down eventually – unlike synthetic clothing which releases plastic microfibres every time it is washed, which has lead to a massive pollution problem. I also want to mention that this entire outfit costed me around $100 Canadian. You can buy secondhand clothing, save money (and donate/spend it on things that really matter), and still look amazing! I encourage you to scout out your local thrift stores, vintage stores and Value Villages and have fun discovering treasures and embracing your true style through a more earth-friendly alternative.
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Shirt: Hazlewood Vintage / Skirt: Closet Raid / Belt: Value Village /  Shoes: Closet Raid / Bag: Value Village / Ring: vintage / Watch: vintage Gucci /
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Buy Less. Buy Used. Buy Better.

– Tiara

Black Lace

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At the beginning of September, I met up with Ryan Wunsch and we headed out to the Great Canadian Sandhills. We had been discussing doing this shoot for a year, and it finally happened! This is a location that I visited when I was just a little girl, and it has mystified me since. The dunes are actually quite smaller then they were 10 years ago, as the native grassland has started growing over top the dunes. However this is still such a picturesque location, and I would like to emphasize how important it is to respect this landscape.
My outfit is from Free People & the necklace is vintage. I fell in love with this dress because it reminded me of something Stevie Nicks might have worn. I like how this dress is effortlessly feminine, and how the tiered lace skirt flows around my body – and yet it still portrays an edgy look, which I am a huge fan of.
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Thank you Sherene for joining me in this adventure, and thank you Ryan once again for this incredible opportunity.

– Tiara

Hunt of Hounds

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A few weeks ago, I was on my way to the SFDF Pose rehearsal and had some time to spare, so I popped into Hazlewood Vintage. I was greeted by Sabrina and Cole, the designers behind Hunt of Hounds jewelry. I was completely mesmerized by their jewelry – as each piece is so intricate with incredible attention to detail. Their jewelry is inspired by Victorian, Baroque, Renaissance and mourning designs. Each piece has so much thought put into it, and is handmade which creates a one-of-a-kind uniqueness that is hard to come by these days.
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h&h1It is pieces like this that really make the outfit. They bring character and eye-catching details that give elegance and sophistication to any outfit.
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Twin Skull Crystal Ring / Lumina Necklace / Najwa Stacker Ring
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– Tiara

Keep Your Wallet in a Buckle

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Along with summer weather finally arriving, so do outdoor concerts, events and activities. I have never enjoyed having to haul a purse around to any of these, and it seems that Wallet Buckle has found a solution to my problem! This buckle has room to store multiple cards in the back of it, eliminating the need to carry a purse or wallet around!
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This buckle has tiny little gems imbedded into the buckle, providing that intricate detail that I love!
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– Tiara

Comfy Layers & Running Shoes

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Happy Back to the Future Day! I grew up watching the three movies, I am a huge fan of them and always remember being excited for this day to actually arrive. I created an outfit with running shoes, because today Nike released the Nike power laced shoes ‘Nike MAG’, as featured in the second Back to the Future film. These were the sneakers that Doc gave to Marty to wear on October 21, 2015 and today, Michael J. Fox received a pair from Nike. They are now a reality, and created with the hope to raise even more money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

I think it’s really interesting how much focus the sneakers were given in the 1989 movie, and now in 2015 (as predicted) street style is full of incorporating and making running shoes a key aspect in the overall outfit. The Nike MAG’s may not be my style exactly, but I am already lusting over these shoes, mostly because of the meaning behind them. Now all I need is a DeLorean!
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Button-Up: Michael Kors
Sweater: Zara (similar)
Jacket: Vero Moda (similar)
Necklace: Soulfari Jewelry
Jeans: Noisy May
Runners: New Balance
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The future is now!

– Tiara

Whiskey Teacup

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I have had the honour to get to know Laura Crossman, a very talented designer of Whiskey Teacup quite well over the past few months! Laura excels in creating clothing with unique materials and cuts. I first became aware of Whiskey Teacup at SFDF’s Deconstructed Runway, and quickly fell in love with the unique, modern and airy designs. I am obsessed with the textiles that are chosen to create the pieces, they definitely provide a distinct recognition for the brand. I am so excited to see how quickly Whiskey Teacup is gaining popularity, and I wouldn’t mind taking home every piece! I was joined here by two stunning models, Mary Catherine and Kendra, to showcase Whiskey Teacup’s designs for the 2015 look-book!
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I love this pairing of the sheer sparkly dress with this skirt! This was my favourite outfit that I got to wear. However my favourite design has to be the white top and skirt with the long tassels! So beautiful and I love the movement!
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Huge thank you to Kim and Derek of Chel Studio for the photography and Chel SalonSpa for the makeup and hair! And of course to Laura for being such a delight to work with and letting us model for her look-book!

– Tiara