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Friday Favourites

June 23, 2017

If I love something, I’ll tell anyone who is interested. Part of starting this blog is to have a platform to actually share my discoveries. Unless I try and find it for myself, I personally rely on word of mouth or blog product reviews to make a decision about what I allow into my home.

Here are a current few favourites…

S’well Waterbottle

I was fortunate to receive this beauty for Christmas. In an attempt to banish the plastic water bottle, I take this lovely everywhere. I mainly keep cold water in it even though it can keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. It has been my saviour during Bikram yoga classes when my other water bottles would usually heat up. It’s also BPA and toxin free.

Hugo Frosch Oko Hot Water Bottle

In Winter, a good quality hot water bottle is a must. I chose and cherish the Hugo Frosch eco hot water bottle because it’s the most sustainable I could find on the market. Made from 90% renewable sources, these bottles are mainly composed of sugar cane. They are free from phthalates (softening agents) and PVC. One year later of pretty extensive use, there has been no leaks, no odor and no complaints.

Samskrta Skin Polish

I have found that between microdermabrasion and skin peels, the Samskrta Skin Polish by Awe is the best way to maintain clear skin. I haven’t found a better exfoliant and I love that its Australian owned, uses natural ingredients and based on Ayurvedic principles.

Dr. Bronners Pure-Castille Liquid Soap

This has got to be my favourite product of all time. I use the Rose, Lavender, Citrus and Almond as a face cleanser and body wash. I have combination skin and doesn’t irritate or dry my skin out.  I also use the Peppermint to clean fruit and vegetables, as dog shampoo and to clean dishes on camping trips. It’s certified organic, biodegradable and goes a long way (3 drops to clean my face).

REAL TECHNIQUES Miracle Complexion Sponge

After a little bit of research, I couldn’t find an eco option for the beauty blender so thought I’d get the best performing one I could find. About ten makeup tutorials later, I decided to go for the Real Techniques sponge. I was a little disappointed in how much plastic it was wrapped in and I’m still on the look out for a more sustainable option. However, I find the Miracle Complexion Sponge performs better than I could have hoped. I bought a heavy foundation at the beginning of the year and found that it was looking really cakey when applied with my fingers. Mixed with a little BB cream, the heavy foundation is a lot more even and natural looking when I use the sponge. Win!

Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer

I’ve had my share of dodgy tweezers. You know, ones that start out awesome but then lose their grip after a while? Hopefully, not anymore. I invested in the tweezer that Allure beauty editors have awarded in ‘The Best of Beauty’ since 2001. So far, it’s a keeper.

Kevin Murphy Killer Curls

Late 2015 I cut all of my hair off and my hairdresser recommended to let my hair dry naturally and then put in some Killer Curls in. Skeptical that this was all I needed to do to maintain my new cut, he was right. It’s still a favourite because I only need a little to tame my mane and define my curls. The smell is a little more intense than other products, but the performance of the product definitely outweighs the smell. Plus it’s 100% vegan and paraben free.

Parlux 3800 Ionic And Ceramic Eco-Friendly Hair Dryer

When it comes to hair tools, I want to buy one that I can trust will last for years. I can’t fathom buying cheaper versions and having to repurchase when they break every few years. The Parlux Eco-Friendly Hair Dryer ended up beating competitors (and other Parlux models) because of its performance, quality… and because it came in a 100% recyclable cardboard box. Trying to be more conscious of my eco-footprint, this little factor tipped me. The eco-friendly version also contains recyclable components, no toxic elements, painted with non-toxic paints and Parlux has sped up drying time to increase energy and styling efficiency. I can’t fault it. Even I can clumsily blow dry my hair straight and it causes way less damage than my hair straightener.

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