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Beautycounter Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I recently attended a local Natural Hair event (Vancouver Curlfriends), where I met a lovely woman named Camille.

She works with a company called Beautycounter, and she is refreshingly passionate about what she does.

In no more than 3 minutes, she had brought to our attention the extent in which harmful ingredients are being allowed in Canadian beauty products (and even more so in the USA). Let’s just say that what she shared really impacted me, and has the potential to shape the way I shop for products in the future.

Here are some excerpts from the “Our Story” page on the Beautycounter website:

Mission Statement:

To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch, or when we clean our kitchens at home.

(…)

The European Union bans over 1,400 ingredients from its personal care products. Canada has banned less than half that amount.

WE DESERVE BETTER, AND WE’RE DOING 
SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

At Beautycounter, we’ve banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard—

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Empty Alert: Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Super Softening Hair Butter

It’s about time for a new Empty Alert. I have actually been sitting on this one for a while, but it was just a matter of sticking it all together and posting!

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Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Super Softening Hair Butter:

What is it? 

In their words:

Quench dry hair with a delectable, hydrating treat just for your breaking, transitioning hair. Hair feels nourished and supple without the build-up or greasy transfer. – For Dry, Damaged Hair – Moisturizes and reconstructs damaged hair for supple, shiny finish.

Okay, so while I’m not transitioning, the breakage struggle is real for my Natural Hair. (Due to me dyeing my hair, and sometimes … okay, often forgetting to sleep with my satin scarf on).

So in other words this is a thick hair butter designed to prevent hair breakage.

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Raw and Beautiful – Cecile Emeke’s Strolling Series

If you haven’t seen Cecile Emeke’s Strolling Series, you’re missing out on something different, and beautiful.

I was originally introduced to Cecile Emeke’s work about a year ago through a good friend (who you may remember here). She messaged me one night with a link to Episode 1 of the web series Ackee & Saltfish.

I quickly sped through all the episodes, loving everything about the project. I loved the chemistry of Michelle Tiwo and Vanessa Babirye as Olivia and Rachel respectively, I loved the aesthetics, and I loved the relatable, easy-going sense of humour embedded in the project.

Once finished, I wanted to see what else Cecile Emeke had created. That was when I stumbled across Strolling, Episode 1.

Immediately, I realized I was experiencing something different from Ackee & Saltfish. As I watched, I thought to myself, this is something raw, something real, and something deeply personal.

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Mini NARS Haul

The other day, I met up with my mom for the sole purpose of helping her find some new shoes for work. I tagged a long as she tried on pairs after pairs of black booties, but none of them did the trick.

Then as we were leaving The Bay, with the intention of hitting up another store, I saw the NARS counter in front of us. At the time, I only owned one NARS lipstick, but it was by far my favourite one (Deborah in the Audacious line). I had been wanting to purchase a second for a while, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money.

So I bee-lined it to the lipstick set up, and immediately started swatching new colours. My mom, never one to be left out, quickly joined in. The make-up artist found us soon enough, and encouraged my mom to try on something a little bit more red, especially since she is so often drawn to purples.

Then my mom asked about foundations, because she has been struggling to find light coverage that suits her skin tone. The makeup artist introduced her to their Sheer Glow Foundation… and to primers, blush, and contouring. Meanwhile, I found Mona, one of NARS’ newest Audacious Lipsticks, and I fell in love.

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