Katie Vibes
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Fitness Notes and Update

1. I quit the gym and joined an online fitness programme. With the end of my undergraduate degree, came the end of my access to my university's brilliant gym. As much as I enjoy a good cardio session or fitness class, I'm not sure if I can afford a brick and mortar gym at the moment. Therefore I decided to try an online fitness programme in the form of Vegan Aesthetics, a programme run by vegan fitness youtuber, Stephanie Moir. 

2. So... I started lifting weights. This particular fitness programme is weight-training based and so this is something that I'm now trying to do regularly. Due to my lack of confidence (and gym membership) I've been sticking to bodyweight and adjustable dumbbell exercises at home but I'm hoping to move things to a gym in the future.

3. I resisted the excuse to consume. With an increase in exercise, comes an increased urge to shop for new workout clothing. Thankfully, I have resisted this urge and stuck to using pieces that I already own. While my fitness routine remains in its early days, I shall be keeping my workout wardrobe small and curated. My only possible wish list piece is a new pair of ethical workout leggings from Gossypium

4. I've been taking care of my body. As good as it is for your body and soul, exercise does constitute strain and so it is important to care for those moving muscles. Two awesome natural beauty products have been keeping me going through my little fitness spurt - a good muscle relaxing body oil and a refreshing toning mist. Everyone knows that I adore Botanicals and the Muscle Ease Body Oil* has been doing exactly what it says on the tin, easing my aching muscles. I've even managed to score a free massage with it from the boy a couple times! I'm definitely considering a full size of this when this sample size runs out. The Evolve Beauty Daily Defence Moisture Mist* is a new product and a welcome break from the heat and sweat of working out. I love spraying this over my face, body, yoga mat, basically everything after a good session. You really can't beat the feeling.

Have there been any changes in your fitness life? Can you reccommend me any amazing ethical/sustainable workout clothing brands?

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Recent Empties #9

Up until now I've been sharing the occasional empty product on my Instagram. However, due to the size of today's selection, I thought it best to revert back to empties blog posts. And what better way to ease myself back into blogging after a particularly gruelling final semester (Yep, my undergrad is FINISHED - EEP). Hopefully I can get lots of lovely content out to you guys and try and get a bit ahead before my Masters degree - double EEP - begins in September.

I won't go through everything as there's rather a lot but here are some of the highlights...

I finally used up two of my long-standing favourite skincare products, the Green People Beauty Boost Skin Restore* and the Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Brightening Exfoliator. I've done a full review of the GP product as I find it works great as a light moisturiser before makeup, but also can add an extra kick to your night time routine when your skin is looking a bit worse for wear. I also really love the Pai exfoliator but for some reason I don't think I have ever properly mentioned it on the blog... Nevertheless, I shall be repurchasing both of these at some point.

I also waved goodbye to a few of the goodies I got to try as a (former) member of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme. Namely, the The Earth Works Cleansing Oil*, MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion*, and the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask*. I definitely recommend the latter two - although the bath potion seemed to irritate my eczema, the scent is amazing and you should definitely try it if you don't find you react to essential oils. The Madara AHA mask is a wonderful chemical exfoliant option and I find it to be really effective at sloughing away dead skin cells and encouraging a good glow. The TEWC cleansing oil was good and did the job but unfortunately I found it to be a little heavy for my skin. However, it has a really amazing price point and is a good one to check out if you want to get into oil cleansing.

To avoid this post getting too long, here's a list of everything I've used up this time:
- Terre Verdi Good Oils Cleansing Oil*
- Green People Quinoa & Prebiotics Deodorant*
- Living Naturally Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Conditioner
- Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Conditioner
- MOA Fortifying Bath Potion*
- Green People Beauty Boost Skin Restore*
- First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (no longer cf)
- Schmidt's Cedarwood & Juniper Stick Deodorant
- Brija Illuminate Eye Balm (not finished - smells a little funky)
- Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner
- Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask sample*
- Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Brightening Exfoliator
- The Earth Works Cosmetics Cleansing Oil*
- Eco Bath London Skin Conditioning Bath Soak (different packaging but I believe this is the same)

5 Canadian & U.S. Green Beauty Brands You Need To Try

One of the things I love about following bloggers from different countries is learning about products I've never seen before. Katie has opened my eyes to brands like Mallow + White and Vedani Botanicals. Today I want to introduce you to some of my favourite Canadian and US green beauty brands.

Sattva Pure.
Sattva Pure has quickly become my favourite skincare brand. Their Dry + Sensitive line works wonders for my skin by reducing redness, irritation, dryness, and acne.

It's wonderful that they've created a vegan line that does hydrate while also harnessing the power of ingredients like white willow to reduce acne.

Leaves of Trees.
Leaves of Trees is a Toronto based self care line based on fair trade, sustainably sourced argan oil. Their oils are the best I've tried, and I've tried a lot. I also love their Facial Cleansing Oil for a very quick evening routine. They also offer soaps, masks, lotions, and scrubs.

Woodlot is one of my favourite places for quality candles, soaps, and Palo Santo. They offer a line of renewable coconut wax candles that smell heavenly, without any over the top fragrances.

Their soaps are my favourite, as they're natural and they don't strip your skin. They also sell Palo Santo, my favourite way to cleanse my space.

Meow Meow Tweet.
This vegan skin and body brand is made with simple ingredients and beautiful packaging. They've worked to ensure fair trade and ethically sourced ingredients, plastic free packaging, and beautiful formulas that are a dream to use.

My favourite is their Cocoa Skin Cream. Made with just four hydrating and nourishing ingredients, it's a treat for your face and body. They've also launched their deodorants in compostable packaging. How cool is that?

Acure Organics.
Acure was one of the first green beauty brands I discovered so it'll always have a special place in my beauty routine. Their products are made with incredible ingredients that work together to make really effective products.

Their Brightening Face Mask is one of my favourite masks, it's creamy and gentle but still really effective. Their Facial Cleansing Creme is another favourite. It was the first cream cleanser I tried and fell in love with. It's minty and refreshing, but also calming and soothing.

What Canadian or US green beauty brands have you had your eyes on?

With love,


About Sarah

Sarah is a holistic beauty and self care writer who is obsessed with finding the best in natural skincare. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter talking about green beauty, zero waste, and plants. Lots of plants.

5 Green Beauty Resolutions for the New Year

The new year is nearly here! New year's eve is tomorrow and it's a great time to be thinking about the little changes you'll be making for the new year--the new year is perfect for changing habits. Here's a couple changes you can make if you're new to the world of green beauty: 

1. Stop using cotton rounds - This one is probably the easiest. I don't really use cotton rounds anymore unless I need to remove nail polish (and even that can be avoided with a peel-off polish like Little Ondine). If you do need to use something like a cotton round, why not try a reusable kind (e.g. these from Love the Planet) or at least, switch to rounds made from organic cotton like these from Simply Gentle. You can even pick up organic cotton rounds on the high street from Boots.

2. Try a cleansing oil - I will tell you now, cleansing oils will change your life. They make it so easy and luxurious to cleanse and remove makeup. You can find cleansing oils for every skin type (even oily skin - trust me, it works) and using an oil totally reduces waste created by makeup wipes and the like. I like to apply to my face, massage in for a few minutes, then steam off my face with a nice warm flannel. The flannels can then be washed in the washing machine and used again - easy! I have combo/oily skin so my favourite cleansing oils include: Vedani Botanicals No. 21, Mallow & White Soothe*, and plain ole simple organic jojoba oil.

3. Go at least 3-free with your nail polish - This is also a pretty easy change. There is a good change that a few of your favourite nail polish brands are at least 3-free. My favourite cruelty free and at least 3-free brands include Zoya, Little Ondine, Maggie Anne, Butter London, and Nailberry.

4. Try a natural or DIY body scrub - You will be surprised at how many beauty products can be made from scratch - body scrub is a super easy one and can be made from ingredients such as sea salt, raw sugar, shea butter, and/or cold-pressed oils. I've never done a blog post on this but the lovely Sarah Price has done many. Check out her: Energising Himalayan Salt Scrub, Spiced Chai Scrub, and Green Tea Scrub.

5. Try a mineral powder foundation - Powder foundations can seem a bit intimidating, especially to those used to mainstream liquid varieties. However, they are absolutely brilliant for skins that are prone to oil and acne. My absolute favourite mineral powder foundation is from Alima Pure, and you're sure to find your shade due to their amazing shade range. The loose powder only has four ingredients, but offers great coverage and can be built up really easy. And, if loose isn't your thing, Alima have recently released a pressed version that I'm eager to try. You can even buy refills to reduce packaging! I use the shade Neutral 2 in the loose foundation, but shade names do differ between formulations. 

What little green beauty changes will you be making in 2017?