Canadian Beauty Spotlight: Revolution Organics — Part 1

Ever think about the chemicals and other ingredients that make up our makeup? I admit I had not until I started doing more research on it out of my own interest.

That’s why I was particularly excited when I was given an opportunity to try out skincare and makeup products from a Canadian company from Ottawa, Ont. called Revolution Organics. Makeup that looks good and is good for you? Why not, I thought?

Revolution Organics was founded by two cosmetic industry veterans, Melissa Shabinsky & Alexandra Zanella. The two women started the company “out of our own personal desire to simplify our lives and to make healthy, responsible lifestyle choices, beauty products included. We wanted luxurious, beautifully formulated, healthy multi-purpose beauty products that could do more so we could use less.” The company’s products are USDA-certified, which represents the highest level of organic certification, starting from the soil that the plants are grown in, to how they are harvested and processed.

Pretty cool premise in my view. The first products I tried were of course, the lip products. For the past two or so weeks, I’ve been testing out The Freedom Lip Glosses.

The Freedom Lip Glosses are marketed as a ‘healthy, good-for-you” glosses that are made with 100% natural and 85% certified organic ingredients.The formula is free of chemicals, mineral oil, petroleum, artificial ingredients and parabens. The glosses come in five colours: Innocent (soft baby pink); Truth (sheer true pink); Integrity (Shimmering Golden Rose); Freedom (strawberry red) and Vibe (fresh warm peach).

(Swatches: Innocent; Truth; Freedom; Integrity; and Vibe)

Priced at $29 each, the glosses do feel luxurious on the lips, and seem very moisturizing. Best of all, they are NOT sticky. But if you like more pigmented glosses, these are not necessarily for you. I used the more sheer colours on top of lipsticks which gave them a nice sheen and added that extra bit of moisture. My favorites were Freedom and Integrity, which were the most pigmented and were wearable on their own. And while these are not super long wearing, I really did enjoy reapplying as they smell and feel great on the lips.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with these “good for you” Freedom Lip Glosses. I think it is super cool that it is a Canadian company that is behind this concept. Yay Canada!

For more information and where to find these products, visit the company’s web site at

Stay tuned for my review on the Freedom Glow Balms, which are turning into HG material for me the more I use them.

Photo credit: Saffron Rouge

MLBB: What is your colour?

Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with finding ‘natural’ or MLBB (my lips but better) lipsticks. They are easy to throw on when you’re on-the-go and work each time to add that little something to get that ‘no-makeup-look,’
which I think is kind of funny/ironic since you are using product to get that look. Anyway……………….

Here’s a list of MLBB lipsticks that work for me:

MAC Hug Me
Body Shop (the newest nude from its Colour Glide collection; name escapes me)
MAC Mellow Mood
Palladio Nude
Benefit Good to Go (which I just heard is one of the lippies that Kristen Stewart wore in Twilight!!!!)

Tell me ladies, have you found your MLBB lipstick?

MAC Style Black — Excited?????

It never fails. No matter how much I say I will avoid the temptation of a new MAC limited edition collection, MAC has a way of luring me in or at least intriguing me enough to want to see more. This goes for its upcoming Style Black Collection which is set to launch in North America on September 24th.

This promo pick is awesome. I love it. The pink lips and dark eyes. It brings back memories of my fascination with Goth when I was in high school. This collection promises to show us things we haven’t seen before. Here’s how MAC describes it:

M·A·C Style Black enters the NEW GOTH, a hybrid of Fashion and Art, and a fixture on the glamorous, modern gallery scene. No longer a ghoul, but a sophisticated, international creature with makeup that changes the mood to permanent midnight around the clock. M·A·C calls it STYLE BLACK. Lips, nails, eyes, there’s no more dramatic way to declare your desire, separate your sensibility or celebrate your sexual magnetism. Wicked ideas, archly executed with a slash of Greasepaint Stick and a slightly-curled upper lip. Allude to the dark side without crossing over; flirt with a little danger, or simply satisfy a secret craving for a tiny taste of darkling drama…. there’s a Style Black technique for every attitude, and you can take it where you want to.

Sounds cool eh? For a neutral-loving girl like me, who also happens to be a suburban mom, I’m intrigued by this upcoming collection. I admit I can’t see myself wearing the black lipstick to work, but could I pull off and wear some of the products that will be in this collection????? We’ll see.

Stay tuned for more on this collection! I’ve got a few things up my sleeve.

Photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Unsung Hero: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit

Happy Friday ladies! And in Canada, it’s a long weekend! Yahoo!

Ladies, let me introduce you to one of my favorite blushes and this week’s Unsung Hero — Laura Geller’s Pink Grapefruit. If you love using MSFs as a blush, I would take a close look at this and other baked goodies from Laura Geller. I picked it up at Sephora when it was having its Friends & Family sale in the spring and loved it right away.

Here’s how Sephora describes the Blush-N-Brighten products:

What it is:

Rich tones of marbleized pigments swirled together into a radiant liquid that is poured into terra cotta pans and baked for 24 hours into a soft, creamy powder.

What it is formulated to do:
Imparts a glow-giving blush that’s perfect for all skin tones.

Pink Grapefruit is described as beige/mauve/pink shimmer.

To me, it is a very pigmented warm rose shade with gold veining throughout. When applied, it gives you that glow from within look. It is a very smooth powder and goes on beautifully on the cheeks. It gives a shimmer but not so much that it would look ‘inappropriate’ for someone who is, as Grace London once put it so aptly, 30-ahem.

It is a little on the pricey side at about $38 Canadian (OK, why is it $38 Canadian and $29US?! What’s with that exchange rate delta?!). The packaging is cute as there is a tiny mirror when you flip up.

I give this blush a two thumbs up and encourage you to swatch this baby next time you’re in Sephora.

There are other colours available as well as bronzers which I’m curious about. In fact, I’m curious about Laura Geller products overall so I might have to schedule a time to visit the section again soon.

Have you any of you tried these blushes or bronzers from Laura Geller? Yay or Nay?

QOTD: What is splurge worthy?

Years ago when I was in university my sister and I once walked by the Chanel makeup counter where they had a display of the nail polish du jour called Vamp. We LOVED it but being poor students who lived at home with our parents, we thought $30 for a polish was extreme. But the sales associate at the counter knew how to get us. She talked about the polish’s beauty and the fact that it was LE, and then the magic words, “once it’s gone, it’s gone!” You can bet that that day, we came home with our $30 nail polish. Unknowingly, we had deemed the polish, ‘splurge-worthy.’

Those words ‘once it’s gone it’s gone’ sometimes runs through my head to this date, especially when I see beautiful new collections like the Lancome Declaring Indigo fall collection that I’m currently lusting after. Though my sensible self knows that there are such things as ‘repromotes’, I still feel that lure to splurge.

So ladies, here’s our QOTDs, what is splurge worthy in your mind? What has been your biggest splurge item to date? Do you splurge?

I define splurge-worthy items as usually high-end and definite budget-busters. I select them depending on whether the product(s) seems really unique or have a unique texture/look/packaging. I can’t say one product category is splurge worthy or not.

For me, I would say my YSL Rouge Volupte purchases were my most expensive lipstick splurges to date. And I would definitely say, it was well worth it.

Look forward to your thoughts!