SKINCARE | Gettin' the Skinny on Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil - 100% Raw and Cold Pressed!

I used to poke fun at people who believed that coconut oil was their savior. Though I certainly see the benefits of incorporating coconut oil into beauty and food routines, I feel overwhelmed with the sheer number of coconut oils that are on the market. Some say I can just grab that huge tub of virgin coconut oil and wham, bam, thank you m'aam and I've got something that works for my kitchen, hair and face. So, who's right? Is there ONE brand of coconut oil that is the best? Skinny & Co. thinks so! 

Having just launched their 100% raw, cold pressed coconut oil in Sephora stores, Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil sets itself apart by being the only alkaline coconut oil (pH 7.8) on the market and is as close to a raw coconut as you can get! Why is having an alkaline or higher pH good? The alkaline food diet is all about making sure that our bodies stay at a happy pH of 7.3-7.45. A high consumption of certain foods like coffee are quite acidic and it is thought that we get sick when our body's ideal pH levels are thrown out of whack. While I don't quite believe in the science of the alkaline diet (our bodies adhere to the principles of homeostasis to ensure that everything remains peachy keen), the foods that you are meant to eat while on an alkaline diet are actually quite good for you(fruits, vegetables and no processed foods) so THAT I can believe.  

Skinny & Co. uses a patent-pending Nutralock system that uses absolutely no heat to extract the oil from the coconuts and instead cools the oil out. All coconuts used to make Skinny & Co. coconut oil are wild harvested and hand-picked from Vietnam. Once cracked open, the coconut meat is extracted and placed in a dehumidifying Nutralock System that is able to extract the moisture out of the coconut without using heat. This leaves all of the nutritional value intact AND extracts more oil.

Each 16 oz jar of Skinny Coconut Oil contains 12 coconuts and takes 3x as long to process than other coconut oils on the market. I was expecting this product to smell like the typical roasted coconut that I have come to know in food, but it is in fact much more subtle. It still smells delicious and I was quite torn with how to use it first! Do I eat it, slather it on my face or both?! 



The uses for coconut oil seem endless (here) and while I will admit that I could have been more adventurous with how I used this product, I stuck with the basics. As a makeup remover/oil cleanser, it worked quite well, but must be wiped off with tissue instead of water. I've used a little on the ends of my hair and on my legs, which worked surprisingly well. It absorbed incredibly quickly and didn't leave me feeling greasy.


I used it to make pineapple and chicken stirfry the other night and pretty much blew through my 2oz jar* ($15.00 CDN)! I came home from work today to find my hubby conditioning his leather Vibergs with Skinny Coconut Oil and then just the other day, I found Hugo licking the oil right out of the jar! It turns out that coconut oil is awesome for pets too!

Final verdict: Hmmm, I really don't know if I am fully converted yet. This really does smell quite a bit better than the 100% virgin coconut oil I picked up from Loblaws, but with the amount I had to use for the stirfry, I don't know if I will be using this for eating purposes. I would much rather use it for skin, hair and makeup removal since it really is an all-purpose product that worked better than I thought it would.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is available at www.sephora.ca and www.skinnyandcompany.co


This collaboration was powered by the CBB and Skinny & Co. 

MAKEUP LOOK | Iconic UD Smoky Eyes with Urban Decay's Naked Smoky Palette

Thank goodness for being able to schedule posts because I'll tell you all a little something, I haven't blogged in over a week! I just wrapped up two 13 hour work days and I am struggling to organize myself for the next week since my Christmas tree is still up and needs to come down like NOW. In true Jayne fashion, I have had this look completed for awhile, but decided to space out all the smoky eyes I was doing over the holidays since they were all starting to look the same!



You will notice that though I own every Urban Decay Naked palette, I have never actually reviewed one until today. The
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette* ($64.00 CDN) is a dramatic eye lovers' heaven. While I use the original Naked palette the most, the Smoky Palette provides you with multiple smoky eye options from dramatic brown to grey to black.




The packaging is very solid with swirls of smoke floating throughout the acrylic-feeling case. This is definitely a far cry from the velvet outer layer of Naked 1.

Every shade swatched perfectly in true Urban Decay fashion. When someone asked me what Urban Decay was known for, I immediately answered "eyeshadows". They really know how to make a buttery and pigmented shadow.


There are more matte than shimmery shades in this palette to create different shades of "smoke". I don't think I own a palette with THIS many matte shades in one place!


I never know where to begin with a fresh new eye shadow palette so I decided to go with one of the suggested UD looks included with the palette - The Iconic UD Smoky Eye.



Face: 
Dior Diorskin Star Studio Makeup in #021 
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in #1 Fair

Brows:
Urban Decay Brow Beater in Dark* 
Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear*

Eyes: 
Apply UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the lid and under eye.
Apply the shade Combust from crease to browbone.
Apply the shade Thirteen to browbone and blend with Combust. 
Using a matte black eyeliner, like UD Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, line the upper and lower lash lines and smudge with a smudger brush. We are creating "smoke" here.
Apply the shade Smolder all over the lid and crease blending up and outward as well as over top Perversion.
Blend Password onto the edge of Smolder and into the crease as well as lower lash line.
Highlight inner corner with the shade High.
Apply your favourite mascara. I used Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch*.
Apply Esqido False Lashes in "Oh So Sweet"*

Cheeks: 
Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Lips: 
UD Naked Lipgloss in Rule 34

Final verdict: This is such a pretty palette, but I definitely don't pull it out as often as the Nakeds. It's not like you wouldn't be able to create smoky eyes with the Naked palettes, but if you find yourself wishing for darker shades to give your eyeshadow looks more depth and drama while wanting to hang on to a few neutral shades, I would certainly look into this palette!



The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is available at www.sephora.ca and www.urbandecay.ca

Contour like a Pro



Hi Guys, it’s Shanthi! I am going to share with you today, some tips and trick that I’ve discovered along the way as contouring and highlighting has been all the rage since 2015..


I’d like to think of it as a desert, dark chocolate brownie with a single scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream, yumm!! Oh yes, back to this blog post:( now.


Contouring creates shadows on the face; this illusion helps to recede back the facial plains of your choice. Think of it as less emphasis, like shrinking an enlarged forehead, camouflaging a double chin, facial jowls (pun not intended), give more structure to the cheekbones and a slimmer nose to name just a few.  


For the how to: video, I’ve used a Kohl Kajal Pencil meant for the eyes, in a deep cool tone brown (140 Chocwaves) shade from Catrice Cosmetics. Surprisingly, it’s creamy texture made blending easy, not at all what I had expected for an eye product under SGD 5!! It worked for me and I hope it does for you too.


The ideal shade for contouring is usually a cool under toned product, 2-3 shades darker than your complexion. Think along the lines of milk chocolate, a gradient of charcoal grey, greys, beige, off white shades. It shouldn’t have any orange and red undertones as it won’t work to create shadows.  


One other thing to consider when wanting to contour is to identify your face shape. I have an oval face shape with rounded cheeks and I prefer the contouring techniques for a round face shape. There is no hard fast rule, what works for me may not work for you. Have fun, it’s just makeup!

Let's talk about Highlighting, real quick!!


For the past 2 weeks, I have been gravitating towards more gold based highlighters for my medium complexion of yellow undertones. Clearly i am not over JLo’s and the makeup she had on for the recent Golden Globe Awards. It looks more natural and lends a radiant healthy beam from within. Again, take your time to experiment.

To contour a round-face shape:


Place the contour shades onto the temples, sides of the forehead. Go with a little at a time and take your time to blend the contour shade in, take a step from the mirror and assess how it looks. If you would like to narrow down the forehead, sweep the contour along the hair line and blend it downwards.


If you have trouble locating the hollows beneath the cheekbones, roll a brush from the outer corner of your eyes till you feel and see the dip. Place the contour shade from the top of the ears to the midst of your cheeks and blend the contour upwards, moving back towards the hairline. 


I have a wide nose, to minimize the appearance of the widened nostrils. I like to contour my nose along the sides of my nostrils in a triangular shape. I also like contour the sides on the bridge of my nose whenever I want to have a lifted look. This lends an illusion of a heightened nose.

Contouring the lower face gives it structure and shape with a slimmer appearance, the same can be done to the sides of the neckline and carving out those sexy collarbones like Deepika Padukone.


Depending on the texture of the contour product used, choose a brush that helps to blend the product evenly out on your face. Select a brush in a size that best suits your facial contours to avoid moving the contours around.


I enjoy using my duo-fibre brush to gently blend away the demarcation lines and then go in with a bigger fluffier brush to soften out the contour, highlight and bronzer. After all that blending, if I find that the contour has moved slightly southwards, I go in with my loose powder to help clean up the area beneath my cheekbones. This helps the contour to stay put and looks crisp.


I do the baking method for about 2mins or so while I tune in to some party music and groove around. Then go straight back in, to knock the excess powder off.

As always I hope this post was useful.  If you’d like to see me in action and how I contour, hop on over to my YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/TheLeiaV


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Have a lovely weekend ahead!


Love
Shanthi A Vimalan

SKINCARE | Eco-Certified and 100% Naturally-Derived with Schaf Skincare #PracticeSafeSkincare

This year I am saying "YES" to good skincare. For the past year, I have been making a conscious effort to limit "random" skincare on my face and keep it as efficient as possible while keeping it interesting since I do appreciate the technology that goes into developing a good skincare product. I especially pay attention to Canadian skincare companies and even more so ones that have Eco-certified products (more about Ecocert here)!

Schaf Skincare is based in Toronto, Ontario and is all about using a unique blend of plant extracts to nurture and protect the skin. Intended for use by ALL skin types, Schaf products are individually eco-certified which is the ULTIMATE stamp of natural approval. Ecocert originated in France and is an independent body that meticulously researches the origins of every ingredient. They visit the facilities where products are made and ensure that ingredients and the steps taken to product the products are indeed "all-natural". You can imagine how much this must cost in terms of time and money so for a cosmetics company to submit themselves to such an audit is what set Schaf apart from a number of other companies in my mind. It is also interesting to note that it is NOT companies that are Ecocertified, but individual products so you might see some companies certifying only certain products in their product lines if there are 100 products.


Now that we have established what having an Ecocert product means, all Schaf products are MADE WITHOUT:  Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Artificial Colors, Sulfates, Mineral Oil, Silicone, Phthalates, Petroleum, Animal Byproducts, GMOs, Gluten, Propylene Glycol. As they are a relatively new company, there are currently five products in the Schaf product line, three of which I will share with you today!

The White Lava Purifying Scrub* (120mL/$30.00 CDN) is for all skin types and uses white lava powder and perfectly round apricot seed powder as physical exfoliators. I think the drugstore St.Ives apricot scrub has ruined us when we think of apricot seeds because of how harsh it is on the skin! Apricot seed powder on its own is gentle enough to even be used with cleansing devices because of how polished and round they are. The texture of this scrub is of medium density with the exfoliators sitting in a cream-like base that acts as a cleanser. Using this 2-3x per week worked best for my skin as it was a bit too rough for daily use, but believe me, your skin will feel so dreamy after rinsing!




My only qualm with this scrub was the packaging it was in as it was hard to squeeze out the product. I would have preferred a pump (should the texture allow it) as my bottle looks pretty destroyed with "squeeze marks" now!


Ingredients: Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Vegetable Glycerine , Sodium Cocoyl Isothionate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate**, Sunflower (Helianthus Annus) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Monostearate, Cococaprylate, Butyrospermum Parkii ( Shea Butter)*, Lava Powder, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate**, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Mixed Tocopherol, Allantoin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract , Camellia Sinensis ( Green tea) Leaf Extract, Xanthan gum
*organic
**ecocert

Though the Nutritive Daily Moisturizer* (50mL/$45.00 CDN) has a number of nourishing oils in its ingredients list, it is far from feeling oily on the skin. With peptides and hyaluronic acid again in the very beginning of the ingredients list, this moisturizer may LOOK unassuming, but sure packs a punch when it comes to ingredient goodness!



Both the hubs and I loved the pump for this with a half pump being enough for the entire face. It 
melted easily into the skin and left it ready enough for makeup application in the mornings and hydrated enough to go to bed. As there is no night cream (yet) in the Schaf skincare line, I am used to hamming it up and having my skin be a glistening ball of oils and treatments at night. While I wasn't my usual oily self, using this moisturizer alone did not leave my skin feeling deprived. In fact, I liked knowing that I was getting "anti-aging" benefits with a formulation that felt lighter in texture.



Ingredients: Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Gel*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape/Raisin) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and/et) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado/Avocat) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower/Tournesol) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut/Noix de Coco) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba/Tournesol) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter/Beurre de Karité)*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin/Citrouille) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate**, Palm Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate**, Propanediol (Zemea)**, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerine (Vegetable/Légumes), Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), , Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Flower*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract*, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey/Consoude) Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Levulinate**, Allantoin 
*organic
**ecocert

The Eye Cream* (15mL/$40.00 CDN) has a slightly thicker texture than most eye creams and can be applied all around the orbital bone.  As you massage the cream in, the texture softens and leaves the undereye area feeling not just hydrated, but soft and pliable. This is a non-sticky eye cream (YES!) and can be used for both day and night. Why WOULDN'T you want to use it all the time with ingredients like: hyaluronic acid (#3 in the list!), squalane (naturally found in our bodies and keeps skin plump while also being a serious antioxidant) and CoQ10 (ubiquinone) another amazing antioxidant naturally found in the human body. Both squalane and ubiquinone diminish with age and not only reduce free radical damage, but have been found to help cells in building collagen and elastin (January 2016, Truth in Aging) which none of us should say no to!



Initially, I was concerned that the richness of the eye cream would cause milia in my undereyes, but not the case! My skin looked so happy and bouncy though my dark circles could not be alleviated. I am convinced that no eye cream can really take them away.

 

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Gel*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol** (obtained from corn), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Vittis Vinefera (Grape Seed)Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate**, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil, Emulsifying Wax, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Cococaprylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Ubiquinone, Glyceryl Monostearate, Marine Collagen, Mixed Tocopherols, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan gum, Allantoin
*organic
**ecocert

Final verdict: Obviously, I am a fan and you cannot complain about the prices either! I hope the line expands because I would love to try more from Schaf! This is a truly natural and eco-certified product line so if you are looking for a skincare company that truly wants you to have GOOD and HEALTHY skin, look no further than Schaf Skincare.


Purchase Schaf Skincare at the following retailers (here) or at www.schafskincare.com!

This collaboration was powered by the CBB and Schaf Skincare.

NAILS | #ManiMonday with OPI - By the Light of the Moon

Four weeks into 2016 and I still have #ManiMondays for you which bodes well! Though this isn't a new idea, I don't know why I never thought to try this out for myself! I used to time my nail posts with my work schedule, but now that I have figured out how to use the ringlight whenever I want, most of my photos are taken at midnight right after I finish painting. Today's mani comes from OPI's Starlight collection released for the holidays and though I have no idea what I was trying to do here (I painted these while I was sick last week), I just loved the matte silver, textured looking finish of By the Light of the Moon*. You can see that there is hex glitter as well which makes this one of the more unique polishes in my collection of 1800!


I roughly did the tips of my nails and some dots with yet another super cool shade from the OPI Starlight collection called Center of the You-niverse* to sort of give a cratered moon look to my nails. Whether it worked or not is debatable. Inspiration was fleeting that night and I have a feeling I just wanted to use both colours so badly that I was feeling experimental.


I feel really tired today, not just because it's Monday, but I think I went back to work before I really should have. I just feel exhausted! Hope you all are having a better day!

BEAUTY BOX | Glossybox September 2015 Edition

A part of me debated not even writing about the last couple of Glossyboxes that I was sent because of how much time had passed, but after looking at their contents I decided that they were worthy of sharing for anyone interested in signing up for Glossybox. This is a US-based subscription service which, with the Canadian dollar currently where it is, may cause Canadians like myself to hesitate when it comes to signing up. I actually still have two US-based subs going because even with the exchange rate, the products I receive are still worth it. Hopefully my reviews of what I received in my September Glossybox* will be just that for you!


Coffea | Coffee Scrub

Thoughts: I never got into the whole sexy coffee scrub thing and even now, don't expect to see me in the bathtub with my naked body covered in coffee scrub. I do love the scent of coffee scrubs though and I am sure I will enjoy using this all-natural scrub made with roasted coffee, demerara sugar,sea salt, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa and cinnamon. Exfoliation is my favourite and using coffee is supposed to help with cellulite and stretch marks. Personally, I think it's the caffeine that provides a temporary tightening effect on the skin.

Full size: 90g/$9.99, 200g/$15.99, 450g/$36.00 USD

I received: 100g/$9.99 USD (It probably costs more, but I cannot find this size on the Coffea website and 90g seemed the closest)

Julep | Luxe Lips Conditioning Treatment in Coral

Thoughts: I have had a subscription to Julep for 5 years now and though I am part of the grandfathered group that are allowed to skip for as many months as I would like, occasionally I grab a Julep box with a cool new product in it. This lip gloss is perfectly pleasant and while it isn't groundbreaking, the applicator is cool and metallic with a shape that ensures precision everytime. Coral is quite sheer and is something I would use on top of lipstick for the appearance of fullness.

Full size: 12g/$24.00 CDN

I received:
 *FULL SIZE*


Biossance | The Revitalizer aka Squalane Drops

Thoughts: Now, THIS is something I have never tried before! Squalane is found in our bodies and is essentially part of a group of constituents that keep skin looking fresh, young and plump. It rapidly declines once we hit our 20s and is well-liked because of its ability to absorb extremely quickly into the skin. Once in the skin, squalene is a highly effective antioxidant. This little bottle of Revitalizer is for both body and face use and feels like a cross between an oil and water. It has zero scent and has been really wonderful on dry cuticles.

Full size: 50mL/$58.00 USD

I received: 4mL/$4.74 USD


Emite Makeup | Artist Colour Powder Blush in #108

Thoughts: Emite Makeup is a Sweden-based brand that I have not heard of. Upon first swipe, this terracota blush is soft and pigmented.

Full size: 10g/$22.00 USD

I received:
 *FULL SIZE*


Nails Inc | Uptown Nail Polish

Thoughts: I love Nails Inc and can definitely vouch for the quality of the polishes. This dusty rose would not be a colour I would choose on my own, but I know a ton of gals who would. This was the shade of the year in 2014 when it came to weddings so I'm good not seeing this shade for the next little while.

Full size: 10mL/$14.00 USD

I received: *FULL SIZE*

Total value of September Glossybox: Approximately $74.74 USD

Final Verdict: For once, this was a beauty box that focused primarily on makeup! Usually the skincare tends to dominate, but in this box I felt like I was getting the chance to try something new (squalane drops) or trending (coffee scrub). The makeup options, while safe, were from well-liked brands and in shades that would compliment anyone's skin tone. I liked that the blush was darker than the kind of blush colour I would normally 
gravitate to. Overall, this Glossybox was a winner for me!

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