A long overdue makeup review on Evalina Beauty, a new cruelty free Vancouver based cosmetic brand. Currently available only through their site, Evalina Beauty prides themselves on products that will help you achieve a natural glam that is fuss-free and easy to use. The do also sell a sponge (pictured) and brush sets but part of the appeal of Evalina is that the product and your hands are all the tools you need to create a selfie worthy makeup look.
For the review I used the Evalina sponge for the Dew Beauty Benefit Cream but for the highlighter and shimmer stick I just used my fingertips to blend. They also recently launched a cheek and lip stain that I assume can also be applied with your fingertips.
I don't know about y'all but this is my third week in self-isolation and a lot of my day revolves around creating Tik Toks, video chats and watching IG Live workouts (and sometimes even doing them!) We've all joked about how our homes are cleaner than ever and some of us have indulged in those Instagram challenges which is 2020's version of a chain email. One of the challenging is to share your work from home space and I have some serious envy seeing everyone's workspace - particularly those that have more than one room (hello studio apartment life.)
While a lot of us, understandably, aren't shopping at the moment, there is something to be said about an at-home workspace that helps you get into productivity mode when it's time to buckle down and Zoom non-stop.
Here is a list of some Vancouver-based business & people to make WFH a little bit easier, plus they're all smaller accounts (10 thousand followers or less.) I am a firm believer that the companies we support now are the companies that can continue to exist and thrive post-pandemic so I don't want to hear about how Bezos could be doing more if you're still buying everything off Amazon.
Teeth stuff is a delicate subject for me because of how costly it's been. In 2019 I ended up using the majority of my savings to get all my dental work up to date and due to a lack of coverage I was unable to repair one of my back teeth and ended up losing the tooth (which was traumatizing.) My dentist reassured me that there was really nothing I could do to save the tooth and that my tooth health was optimal (I brush my teeth, I floss, all that jazz) - so yeah. I lost the tooth because I'm poor. Cool, cool, cool.
So yeah, it's no wonder why I am so particular about what I use to take care of my teeth. I use natural deodorant and the majority of my skincare is also natural so why wouldn't I treat my oral care the same way?
Happy International Womxn's Day! I wanted to celebrate today with all of y'all by sharing a Q&A with my friend and maker behind Amara Blue Designs, Kassandra.
Our industry is a funny one and I actually met Kass through a fitness studio, not at an industry event or through Instagram or even through attending markets. One of the things that drew me to Kass originally was her tenacity in our workout classes and once I learned she was a maker I became an even bigger fan. She works insanely hard and is passionate about the collaborations and influencers she associates herself with. Her brand is all about inclusivity and she is forever working towards educating herself more to be the best ally she can be to all.
Kass was the perfect gal to interview for International Womxn's Day and we're so excited to present a giveaway in conjunction with this interview as well!
When it comes to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) women only make up for about a quarter of the workers within the field. Despite the fact that the industry is growing rapidly, it's only in the last few years that women have been more actively pursuing and being recognized for advancements in STEM.
I had a chance to chat all things STEM with Alison Crumblehulme, co-founder and president, and Jessica Kizovski, co-founder and lead formulator at Veriphy. Veriphy is a natural skincare line featuring a superstar ingredient, Photoglycogen. Photoglycogen is a 100% plant-based form of glycogen that boosts the skin’s natural ability to produce elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid for optimal hydration and a youthful, healthy glow.
Veriphy also tackles the lack of women in STEM head on with their scholarship, "The Veriphy Skincare Award for Women in STEM" to encourage women to pursue STEM careers where it is awarded each fall to a young woman at the University of Guelph.
AND the brand is Canadian!