Cruelty Free Haircare

To say that I have become extremely invested in my hair since I decided to grow it out is an understatement. Three years ago I was bald (I shaved my head with my dad to support his ongoing battle with Cancer). Growing out my hair was initially extremely difficult because there was little I could do with it in terms of styling. With every little inch I became more dedicated to taking care of it and making sure it was healthy so it could grow long and strong!

Some may believe that you have to compromise on quality to buy cruelty free but I am here to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. I was so excited to put this post together because the best haircare products Ive ever used have been Cruelty Free coincidentally and this has lead me to seek out more amazing brands that can produce and manufacturing amazing products without testing on animals!

I have used every kind of product for my hair from inexpensive to very expensive and I have always come back to my all time favourite, Pureology! My parents used Pureology when I was growing up and still to this day it is my favourite shampoo and conditioner. When I made the decision to buy cruelty free products in the New Year I was so thankful that Pureology is not only cruelty free but completely vegan, as this is a brand I don’t think I could ever stop using. Ive always used the Hydration Line because of our extremely dry weather here in Edmonton its always given me the added moisture my hair needed but if your hair needs are different, Pureology has an entire line including Curl, Volume, Strength, Colour Treated and my fav Hydrate!

Another Pureology product I have recently fallen head over heels for is the Colour Fanatic Spray that you apply prior to blow drying! The spray features 21 essential benefits including detangles hair, conditions and moisturizes, reduces blow dry time, treats and prevents split ends, protects against breakage from daily brushing, repairs damaged hair and protects against heat and environmental damage to name a few, its the only leave in condition you will ever need and I refuse to wash and blow dry my hair without it! PS this is totally not sponsored haha #Iwish #pureologyobsessed.

There are some other cruelty free brands that I have tried and continue to use that are also worth mentioning! Kevin Murphy is a great brand with high quality hair products, some of my favourite products of theirs includes Eazy Rider Anti Frizz Creme, Ive used this product since I had a pixie cut and continue to use it after I’ve curled my hair to help get the tossed look without all the frizz! Their Doo Over Dry Poder Finishing Spray is amazing for second or third day hair to add volume and hold, I just don’t like using it on freshly washed hair as it tends to feel to chalky! Lastly Ive also loved their Body Builder volumizing mousse, its a great mousse for flexible hold and added volume!

When it comes to dry shampoo my two favourite cruelty free brands are Batiste, they have a huge range of options including a dark brown shade for brunettes (my personal favourite!) and Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo which is a white powder but long last and leaves hair volumized and fresh!

Lastly Ill talk about hairspray, my go to use to be Garnier but because they are not cruelty free I set out to find a better alternative! I had several recommendations on Kenra so I went with their Volume Spray 25, I have been so happy with it and it gives me great hold and volume without feeling crunchy!

I have listed more Cruelty Free Brands below as well as brands that do test on animals. I hope the information above provides you with the confidence that we don’t need to test on animals to have great products and we don’t need to buy from companies that do because there are so many other great options out there!

Thanks so much for reading!!

Sarah xo

 

Cruelty Free Hair Care Products

  • AG Hair
  • Batiste
  • DryBar
  • Has
  • Hempz
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Kenra
  • Madison Reed
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Oribe
  • Ouai
  • Pacifica
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Pravana
  • Pureology
  • Rahua
  • Rare Elements
  • Shea Moisture
  • Verb

Read more at https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/hair/cruelty-free-hair-brands-products/

Haircare Products That Test On Animals:

  • Alberto V05
  • Aussie
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clairol
  • Fekkai
  • Got2b
  • Garnier
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hoyu
  • Joico
  • John Frieda
  • Just for Men
  • Kao USA
  • Kerastase
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Mizani
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nexxus
  • Nice ‘n Easy
  • Pantene
  • Physique
  • Redken
  • Rogaine
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • SoftSheen
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • TRESemmé
  • Vidal Sasson

Read more at https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/companies-that-test-on-animals/#ebyF6Ld6q7YpO6pU.99

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Canadian Made for Her

I had asked on my instagram stories if there would be any interest in some holiday guides and it was a resounding yes, so as promised I’ve shared my Canadian Holiday Gift Guide for Kids and now I wanted to share a guide for that special lady in your life, all Canadian made!!

I wanted to give props to all my favourite Canadian companies geared towards women, its so important to shop local and support small business this time of year because you know you are supporting families and their dreams in doing so!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Sarah xo

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Top: House of Koopslie Headband – I lovve these headbands, perfect for any length of hair and any and all activity! They also create beautiful pieces of clothes, leggings and beanies!

Eliasz & Ella Earrings – These are my absolute favourite earrings right now! E & E is local to Edmonton and they have a beautiful line of earrings, necklaces and bracelets!

Rebecca King 3 Way Sweater – I own two of these RK sweaters and they are my absolute go to when the weather get cooler! They are made in Saskatchewan and the material and styles are stunning, perfect for dressing up or down!

Middle:

Coal & Canary Candles – These Canadian made wood wick candles are an asbolute favourite of mine and the scents are to die for! They perfect stocking stuffer or gift this holiday season!

Chelsea King Scrunchies – I recently came across this company and fell in love! Chelsea is making the scrunchies so stylish and i love all of the patterns, especially her new Velvet collection!!

Piperwest Watches – These watches are so stunning and such a classic piece of jewelry! They have a range of colours and bezels to please that special lady in your life!

Bottom:

Jackson Rowe Scarf – This brand has been a long time favourite of mine, they make beautiful sweaters, scarves and capes all classic pieces that will take you from year to year!

Love Fresh Body Products – You gotta love a Canadian made beauty brand and Love Fresh has you covered with the most amazing body butters, deodorants, lotions and scrubs! Their scents are to die for!!

Justine Ma Tags – Justine is a local Calligrapher and I absolutely love her work! She has a beautiful shop and offers so many cute pieces for home and decor!

 

I wasn’t able to fit all of my favourite Canadian brands in this collage so here are some more!

 

Bodhi Soul Bead Mala Necklace – Rebecca creates beautiful Mala jewelry, beautiful for the body and soul! You can choose a piece from her online shop or contact her to make a custom piece for your special lady!

 

Rocky Mountain Flannel Company– Both Clayton and I own PJS from RMFC and we lovvve their flannel pieces, a robe is next on my wish list!! Everytime we go to Canmore its a must stop!

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A couple of my favourite Canadian Makeup Brands Include:

Bite Beauty & NudeStix

Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Happy Halloween!!

This year when we were planning our Halloween costumes we knew we wanted Cash to be a turtle so we wanted all of our costumes to relate to a turtle!  From that we went with an ocean themed family costume, and I landed on a mermaid with Clayton being a snorkeler and Cali being a Lobster haha!

Products I Used:

Fishnet stockings for the scales

BH Cosmetics Palate for the Eyes & Colour of the scales

Rhinestones from Michaels for the head crown

Lipsense in Purple Reign and BH Cosmetics Palate for the Lips!

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Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

Summer Sun Essentials

I am so excited to have teamed up with Glitz Spray Tanning to bring you the best summer sun essentials for safe tanning and moisturized skin!!

First up is their gorgeous new line of exclusive soaps! They have a huge array of different scents and it is soo silky smooth and moisturizing! One key to keeping soft, tanned skin is keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized, these soaps will do the job! They are also the perfect size to gift for a bridal shower or birthday gift for your bestie!

Another line that Glitz Tanning recently started carrying is Sun Bum! I had heard a lot about Sun Bum and was so excited to find out Glitz Spray Tanning carried their line. Sun Bum is a vegan, cruelty and paraben free company manufacturing all natural suncare and haircare products! I picked up the 15spf and 30spf, Glitz also has their Cool Down for sun aftercare that will be next on my list! I love that their sunscreens are waterproof for 80min and come in the spray containers, I find them so much easier to apply!

Along with the Sun Bum and their exclusive soap line Glitz Spray Tanning also offers THE best spray tans! I had one done for my maternity photo shoot last fall and one for our pregnancy announcement last summer and they were absolutely perfect! With wedding and grad season right around the corner give Lauren a call for that flawless, sun kissed glow!

Have a great weekend!

Sarah xo

 

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No Makeup Monday: Skincare

I made the decision shortly after Cash was born that I was going to start taking better care of my skin. I am now barely wearing makeup, maybe a couple days a week if that and it became evident my skin needed a bit more love and care if I was going to age gracefully 😉 Im coming up to my last year in my twenty’s (yikes)!!

I set out to find a natural, plant based skincare that was Vegan, did not test on animals and would not break the bank. This is where I started and ended up reconnecting with The Body Shop. I truthfully have not shopped at the Body Shop since high school but was really surprised at the quality of product and the range of products they offer.

I knew for skincare I wanted to find a cleanser, moisturizer and something additionally to help revitalize my skin. I decided on the Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash (literally so creamy and so soft!)  I wanted something I could use everyday that would not irritate or dry out my skin, that I could use throughout the year regardless of season and I have to say I absolutely love this cleanser!!

Next up is the moisturizer! I wanted a mattifying moisturizer to help with reducing oil/breakouts on my skin so I decided to go with the Seaweed Oil-Control Mattifying Gel Day Cream. It has a creamy gel consistency and applies great however I have to admit I love it, it does its job well but I needed more moisture so on my next purchase I will be going with the Vitamin E Moisture Cream.

Lastly I wanted to add an extra pop and decided the Drops of Youth Serum would be it after reading all of their amazing reviews. I lovvve this product, one drop in the morning and one at night it glides over your skin to help boost the surface skin cell renewal!

For masks, I decided on these two, the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Two masks, two totally different purposes which is what I wanted. I use each mask once a week and because I still tend to break out every once and a while so I wanted an exfoliating, clarifying mask to help with my breaks out and the plumping mask to help enrich moisture back into my skin for a more youthful and brighter glow.

I already have my eyes out for my next trip to the Body Shop and plan to include the Camomile Gentle Makeup RemoverCoconut Body Milk Lotion and the Almond Milk & Honey Calming Bath Milk!

Overall I am absolutely ecstatic with my purchases minus the one change to a Vitamin E moisture cream for added hydration. I have already noticed the quality of my skin has improved, its smoother, more even and definitely more hydrated. I highly recommend you go to your local Body Shop and check out all of their amazing products as there is sure to be a winning combination. Lastly their pricing is so reasonable, as a mom on maternity leave I do not have hundreds of dollars to spend that being said I wanted a quality product and found it at the Body Shop!

Hope you have a great week!

Sarah xo

*This is not a sponsored post*

Easter Berry Makeup Look

It has been a while since i did a berry lip and with Easter and all of the spring colours coming out, this is a great transition lip from winter to spring, not too bright but bright enough to pop! I like to do a muted eye when I do a bolder lip, it gives the look a more natural finish and lets the lip speak for the look! It also allows the look to transition from day to night flawlessly!

With Easter just around the corner I love this look for a brunch celebration or dinner with the family! Just enough colour on the eye for it to pop but not overwhelm the look! The L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss 310 in Forbidden Kiss is one of my favourite lip consistencies, it is so easy to put on and so hydrating and pigmented for a matte gloss finish, and an added bonus is the reasonable price!!

Ive linked all my makeup details below as well as linked my off the shoulder top and gorgeous earrings and bracelets!

Sarah xo

Makeup Details

Face:

Body Shop Seaweed Moisturizer

Tarte BB Tinted Moisturizer in light

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in W3

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Ben Nye Setting Powder in Cameo

Too Faced Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

Morphe Brushes Blush Palette

Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Face Palette (Discontinued)

Makeup Tools Used:

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge (2x $14CA)

Morphe E2 Powder Brush ($19.99US)

Morphe E4 Blush Brush ($13.99US)

Morphe E61 Pointed Highlight Brush ($7.99US)

Eyes:

Mac Eyelash Curler

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Minor Sin

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Strange over the entire eye, Limit in the crease and Nooner on the outer corner of the crease.)

Tarte Mascara Primer

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara

Makeup Tools Used:

Morphe M200 Deluxe Crease ($4.99US)

Morphe M332 Fluffy Crease ($4.99US)

Morphe M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff ($5.99)

Brows:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Ebony

Makeup Tools Used:

Morphe M165 Brow Brush ($1.99 US)

Morphe Brush M224 ($2.99) with concealer to line under brows

Lips: 

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss 310 Forbidden Kiss

 

 

Outfit Details

Top:

Pink Blush (Similar here)

Earrings:

Eliasz and Ella Corona Studs

 

Bracelets:

Eliasz and Ella Bangin Bracelets White & White Patterned

Lipsense Review

I was very fortunate to have Ashley of Hello Beautiful Lips reach out to me and offer a Lipsense combo to try out! I have to say I had heard about lip sense before but really wasn’t completely sold on the concept so I was excited to give it a try and test it out!

Lipsense is probably best known for having the irremovable lipstick, wear it all day and it does not come off, period! When the lip sense arrived my initial thoughts were that I liked the size of the product, it was a good amount of product and can last 4-6mths with daily application. Another noteworthy mention is that Lipsense has a 100% money back guarantee, if you buy the product and don’t like the colour or product in general for any reasons you can return it for a 100% refund!

I am a sucker for coral and was lucky enough to have Ashley send me the Salmon colour lip sense and Gloss.

Recommendation for Application

  1. Start with clean and dry lips.
  2. With lips parted, place lip sense applicator on the corner of the bottom of your lip
  3. In a fluid sweeping motion, brush the applicator to the opposite corner of your bottom lip without lifting the applicator (Do not go back and forth)
  4. Repeat step three for upper lip
  5. Keep lips open to all product to dry for 5 seconds
  6. Repeat 2 more times
  7. Finish with your topcoat gloss to seal in the colour
  8. Reapply gold throughout the day as needed

To see a more descriptive look at the application process I highly recommend youtube!

First Impression

The first time I applied the product to my lips, they were quite dry and I felt a tingling/stinging sensation. This can happen the first couple applications if you have dry lips as each colour contains SD40 alcohol. This works to exfoliate and clean the lips. It was also very evident that as you continued to apply the 3 coats the intensity of the colour increased significantly as the initial application does show very light. Lipsense will continue to shed the dead skin and exfoliate the lips while hydrating so it is recommended to continue to use it!

My first impression of the gloss, I loved it! A smooth consistency and a glossy finish, I found it intensified the colour and provided the necessary hydration for the what can feel like a dry liquid lipstick. I have also used the gloss with other lip products and it worked just as beautifully, just watch for any transfer of colour onto the gloss applicator!

Overall Review

Although I was very skeptical, I am happy to report that Lipsense exceeded my expectations! I love that I can wear this lipstick all day long, kiss my son a thousand times over and not have any end up on his face! I was also thrilled to find out that Lipsense does not test on animals, is vegan and gluten free! I have included some of the other lip sense colours below (more can be found on Ashley’s Facebook page) as well as Ashley’s contact information below, feel free to contact her with any questions or if you want to go ahead and order, they are a variety of colours on her Facebook page to choose from!

Ashley Mattson

Lipsense Distributor

Distributor ID: 268258

Facebook: Hello Beautiful Lips by Ashley Mattson