Where you will find me: ORESTA confectionery in the Glebe and sporadically at the other ORESTA locations.
My beauty motto: There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is comfortable with her perfect imperfections.
My beauty ritual: Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn Oil Cleanser, Will Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner, Laurel Antioxidant Serum + Laurel Daily Balm, Afterglow foundation in Beige, ILIA lipstick - Perfect Day
The product I cannot live without: Afterglow Cosmetics Triple Eye Treatment in Praline is a 3:1 eye cream, concealer and brightener. I love the creamy texture, ease of application and how it conceal the darkness around my eyes and illuminates my eyes.
When I’m not working: I’m happiest when I am travelling (or dreaming of travelling) to faraway places with my family.
Why organic? During my struggle with adult acne, I realized that you really are what you eat and that you need to nourish your skin with healthy food. I want to educate not only my daughter but all women that it just doesn’t make sense to compromise your health for beauty. We need to be good to ourselves and to your planet.
Where you will find me: ORESTA apothecary in Hintonburg.
My beauty motto: A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman’s body.
My beauty ritual:
Kahina Facial Cleanser, Laurel Sun Damage Repair Serum + Restore Nightly Balm, Vita Liberata tanning lotion, Fitglow Eye Bright, Ilia Vivid Foundation in Gobi + Ilia Lip Crayon Karma Chameleon. Rahua Shampoo + Conditioner.
The product I cannot live without: Laurel Restore Nightly Balm. A luxurious part of my evening beauty ritual that leaves my skin softened, plumped, radiant and relaxed.
When I’m not working: I’m learning to be a kid again with my two wonderful daughters
Why organic? My years as a registered nurse helped me to understand the damage of chemicals in synthetic beauty products on my skin and on the environment. I made the switch to organic products and found them to be more effective for my skin, hair and overall health.
Where you will find me: ORESTA gallery in Beechwood
My beauty motto: The beginning of beauty is knowing and loving yourself.
My beauty ritual: Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever, Living Libations Rose Glow Mist, Laurel Antioxidant Serum, Laurel Nightly Balm and Sun Defense Minerals SPF 30. My hair care consists of Yarok's Feed Your Moisture Shampoo + Masque, Feed Your Ends Leave in Conditioner + Shine on Serum and daily touch ups with Cultivar's Dry Shampoo.
The product I cannot live without: Yarok's Feed Your Moisture Shampoo. It gives my fine, dry and often limp hair gets a beautiful clarity, shine and boost in volume. Although I only shampoo 2-3 times per month, it keeps my scalp balanced.
When I’m not working: I'm wandering down Beechwood avenue with my 2 dogs, working on my portfolio for web design or lounging in a hot bath to relax.
Why organic? I have been struggling with acne since the age of 14. I have tried everything under the sun for commercial treatments from aggressive chemical peels, microdermabrasion and Accutane which were disastrous for the normal function of my skin. I found that any attained results deteriorated quickly and caused peeling, cracking and abrasions. I chose organic because of the philosophy behind being mindful and good to yourself while caring for your largest organ.
Where you will find me: ORESTA confectionery in the Glebe.
My beauty motto: Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through!" - Janelle Monae.
My beauty ritual: Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash, Stonecrop Fizzfoliant. A few sprits of Wild Hill Fireweed Toner, a few drops of Laurel Anti-Inflammatory serum, and a bi-weekly Eminence Calm Skin Masque.
The product I cannot live without: Afterglow’s Triple Eye Treatment/Concealer. It helps cancel out any bags or dark circles under my eyes, while keeping them happy and avoiding congestion.
When I’m not working: You can find me strolling around Centretown with my boston terrier, Rosco. Frequenting/organzing small and eclectic music events, organizing and promoting women’s networks amongst peers, or grabbing a snack at Ottawa’s many trendy eateries.
Why organic? My skin has been my biggest insecurity through my adolescence and as a young adult. Converting to organic and all natural products improved my skins health, my attitude about myself, and my skins over all appearance.
Where you will find me: ORESTA apothecary in Hintonburg.
My beauty motto: Beauty is about taking care of yourself on the inside and out + being comfortable in your own skin.
My beauty ritual: I love washing my face with Living Libations' Seabuckthorn oil, then spritzing my face with Wild Hill's Nootka Rose Toner, then applying Laurel's Anti-Inflammatory Serum + Laurel's Eye Balm and finishing off with a moisturizer that changes with the seasons.
The product I cannot live without: Fitglow Good Lash Mascara
When I’m not working: I’m reading books, cooking and enjoying food or having fun outside - I love going to Gatineau Park to ski, bike or hike!
Why organic? My skin dramatically changed for the better when I switched to non-toxic makeup/products and when I changed my diet to mostly consist of organic whole-foods.
Where you will find me: ORESTA gallery in Beechwood.
My beauty motto: Today I will embrace the natural beauty in me.
My beauty ritual: I cleanse with Living Libations Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever, a few spritzes of Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Toner, followed by a couple drops of Laurel Anti-inflammatory Serum, Kahina Eye Cream and finishing with Pristine Beauty's Hooray for Brallywood Butta Moisturizer. Throughout the week after I have cleansed I will use Sow Your Wild Oats Exfoliator and Wild Hill Honey + Myrrh Mask.
The product I cannot live without: Coola Cucumber Matte SPF 30. I love the way my skin radiates, I am amazed how calms, soothes, and heals my skin. I find it hydrating and I live that it protects my fair skin from uva/uvb rays. Just enough tint to even my skin tone.
When I’m not working: I'm spending quality time with my family, we enjoy long walks with our dog, watching movies and camping. I love self care. I relax with a good book, or a sketch pad, a bath or meditating. I enjoy doing volunteer work.
Why organic? It has genuinely balanced my skin, it is healthiest it has ever been. Who knew all those toxins were causing my skin such issues.