You may have heard me rave about Back to Basics Skincare before, and it was so well deserved. This line of facial oils is to die for and I cannot get enough of what they have done for my face. I had the pleasure of testing out the rose hip radiance oil months ago and have a full review here. The Rose hip Radiance oil may actually be my top choice for a face oil and one that I think every skin conscious beauty needs in her bag of tricks. It is unbelievable that a face blend could feel and work so well for my rebellious skin. I loved this oil so much that I had to try the other two facial oils that are in the back to basics line, the Macadamia nut hydrating oil and the Avocado Repairing oil.
This dish is one that I came up with when I was in need of some extra antioxidants and proteins in my diet. I love quinoa salads and so I decided to get creative and incorporate protein rich quinoa & hemp hearts with some superfood vegetables and spices. This is a great option for lunch as it has all the important makings of a healthy meal: complex carbs, digestible protein, superfood worthy vegetables, antioxidants and fat burning spices. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.. not to mention, super delicious! Hope you enjoy!
This was a package that I was eager to receive and opened quickly to have a look at the beautiful bottles inside. Verdura Natural Alternatives is a Canadian based company, which is something that always steals a bit of my Canadian heart. They use some of the most beautiful ingredients to create their skin care line, including floral extracts that smell so lovely when you open the bottles. I always like to try a range of different products to see what a company is like and three of their products have stood out to me. I tried their Bamboo Diva face wash, their Lotus hydration mist and last but certainly not least the Illuminati Face mask (which gets its gorgeous colour from the turmeric used). To give you a better idea of the experience you will receive with Verdura’s line, here are my opinions on each of these products:
When I was a teenager, I carried the burden of the occasional break out. Something that no teenager wants to deal with but something that most experience (thanks a lot hormones). But nothing compared to the skin tornado that happened when I hit my early 20’s. This unfortunate breakout was partly due to ending my relationship with the Birth Control Pill and it took some serious shots at my self confidence. I literally tried everything in my power to tame the acne that had erupted all over my face but nothing was working. I went as far as taking the drug Accutane, which requires monthly blood tests to ensure your liver is processing it properly (yikes). While this “wonder drug” did give me clear skin for a year or so, eventually it came back and with a vengeance. I was at a loss of what to do and enlisted the help of my Naturopath who referred me to a holistic aesthetician. I am so grateful that I met this amazing woman for so many reasons and her knowledge of natural skin care is one of them. She started by assessing my skin and eventually came up with a skin care regime for me. This is what the regime looked like: