Beauty // Going Green

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Products

Caudalie Grape Water Spray - A refreshing mist for the truly decadent. This saved me over the summer heat waves as I would spritz myself periodically over the day for a dewy, not sweaty, look.

Lush Parsley Porridge Soap - I was hesitant on this originally just based on what I thought parsley would smell like in a bath product, but I find it quite soothing - I wish there was a cilantro counterpart! This soap is basically a 2-in-1 soap/scrub with the exfoliating oatmeal.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Antiwrinkle Protect Fluid - Possibly the longest name for a facial product ever, however, it smells amazing and doesn't have that sticky 'I just put on sunscreen' feel to it.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth - This remarkable tightening solution is a gel that I use as a base layer and leaves my skin smooth and perfect for pre-foundation. The product boasts 98% of its ingredients are of natural origins and uses Community Fair Trade babassu oil from Brazil.

EOS Cucumber Hand Cream - My hands are perpetually dry so this handy dandy purse sized hand cream is a definite favourite. Not to mention it smells like a cucumber dream and it's super inexpensive.

Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream - For some reason the French really get skincare, this gentle exfoliator is made with jojoba microbeads. For sensitive skin, this truly is the answer.

The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence - a light, soothing eye cream that is perfect for both day and night - not the least bit greasy and quick absorbing. It is also made with the world's first Community Fair Trade organic aloe.

Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum - If you haven't heard of Tata Harper yet, you must be living under a rock. She's known for her 100% natural and nontoxic skincare line - she farms and manufactures her own products - UNREAL. A mix of jasmine, chamomile, and lavender essential oils makes for an olfactory sensation.

The Body Shop Hemp Lip Conditioner -  This is my secrets weapon when the weather turns nasty in Edmonton. It's recommended for "very dry skin" - apparently hemp seed oil is very moisturizing because my lips haven't been chapped in ages. As with all TBS products, it's made with community fair trade ingredients, in this case hemp seed oil from England.


Smoothie

- 400ml unsweetened almond milk
- 6 ice cubes
- 2 bananas
- handful of spinach
- 5 mint leaves
- 2 drops high grade peppermint oil
- 1/4 tsp matcha powder
- dash of yacon syrup (or a small dollop of honey)

Throw into vitamix. Blend till smoooooooth. Put in beer pint borrowed from local pub. Enjoy.

Photographs - Sandy Joe Karpetz
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