First impressions: Testing out Nude by Nature

I love trying out new beauty brands.

Okay, so technically Nude by Nature isn’t new, but it’s new to me. I’ve seen so many influencers post about it on Instagram that I became instantly intrigued and couldn’t want to get my hands on some products.

Nude by Nature was started in Australia back in 2008 (it’s the country’s number-one selling makeup brand apparently) and all the items are cruelty-free and made with 100 per cent natural ingredients (that means no unnecessary chemicals, synthetic ingredients or preservatives). The brand has every makeup product you could possibly need or want and you can find it locally here at Shopper’s Drug Mart. In terms of price, it is a little bit more costly than your typical drugstore product, but it retails for less than a lot of luxury brands (I would call it midrange, but I find that clean beauty brands usually cost more to purchase in general).

Nude by Nature products

The brand was so kind and sent over a variety of items to try out and since everything was so cute to look at, I couldn’t wait to fully put it all to the test.  This is going to be a longer post, so let’s stop wasting time and just get right to it.

Touch of Glow Highlight Stick

This is a cream stick highlighter (C$28) available in four different shades (Champagne, Rose, Bronze, Opal) and is designed to create points of light to enhance your complexion. I have a few similar products in my makeup collection and I love using these for hot summer days or days when I’m doing a simple makeup look since these types of highlighters tend to give you a lighter sheen and more of a glowy, dewy effect.

The formula in this particular one is a cream to powder and is composed of active natural ingredients so it’s nice and gentle on the skin.

Beach Glow Liquid Highlighter

If you’re looking for something more show-stopping, then take a look at their Beach Glow Liquid Highlighter (C$21). At first glance, this highlighter (available in three shades) looks like a lip gloss, so it definitely takes some getting used to (and making sure you read the label). The doe-foot applicator transports light-reflecting pigments in a gel-like consistency to the skin, leaving you with a luminous, blinding finish.

This highlight is more heavy duty than the Touch of Glow stick and can be mixed your favourite foundation for a dewy glow as well. It contains a number of active natural ingredients and is enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil for moisture.

Sheer Light Illuminator

If you are looking for that “lit from within” kind of look, then take a gander at their Sheer Light Illuminator (C$32). This cream formula is designed to give a subtle luminosity to the skin and the formula instantly illuminates the complexion.

You can use this as a primer, over top of makeup, or added to your foundation for an ultimate glow. It also contains skin-calming ingredients so it’s very gentle when applied. Truthfully, I would skip this product since I don’t really see a purpose for it. If I wanted a dewy look then I would just use a suitable foundation and a highlighter. With that being said, if you don’t have a large makeup collection like I do, then this product would be a good addition since it basically does three things.

Nude by Nature contour kit and powdered shadow

Contour palette

Everyone needs a contour palette in their life, and at C$32, this one is not a bad price point to pick up.

Open the stunning copper palette to reveal a three-shade contour kit that helps add depth and dimension to the face. This is suitable for all skin tones since you have technically two bronzers in here and a highlight, so it makes it perfect for travel as well since you simplify the amount of products you’ll need to bring with you. The powders are buildable so you can customize the amount of contouring or bronzing you would like. The powder went on very lightweight and leaves you with a natural look.

Shimmering Sands Loose Eyeshadow

Moving onto the eyes, the Shimmering Sands Loose Eyeshadow (C$22) is a shadow pigment available in three colours (Rose Sand, Coral Sand, and White Sand). Trust off the cap to reveal a doe-foot applicator that you can either apply directly to the lids or with a brush. The formula is enriched with Kaolin clay to keep colour in place for a long time.

I’m not a huge fan of pigment shadows since I find them to be very messy to use, but I got the colour White Sand in this one and found that it did give you a nice application. The formula is really nice and glides on the lids, leaving them looking luminous and glowing.

Natural Pressed Eyeshadow

If you’re like me and prefer a pressed shadow, Nude By Nature has that too. The Natural Pressed Eyeshadow (C$18) is available in 12 different shades and is a pigmented shadow that blends effortlessly onto the lids. This shadow is available in three finishes, matte, satin, and sheen, which allows you to create variety of different looks. The formula is light, meaning that you can really build the colour pigmentation the lids, which allows for a natural application.

I want to note that I really love the packaging on these shadows (even though they are singles). The shiny copper packaging opens up to a large palette with a mirror on the lid, allowing for an seamless application.

Nude by Nature eyeliners Nude by Nature Allure Defining Mascara

Contour Eye Pencil

To complement your eye look, grab the Contour Eye Pencil (C$18) which is available in six different shades with two different finishes, matte and sheen. This eye pencil glides on the lids and can be used to create a variety of different looks from natural too dramatic. It contains active natural ingredients such as mango and macadamia oils for rich colour and intense definition.

Since this pencil is a dual-ended pencil, the other end includes a smudge tip for easy blending if you’re going for a more smoky look.

Definition Eyeliner

For a more intense liner thy the Definition Eyeliner (C$22), which is a liquid eyeliner designed to give rich colour and more dramatic definition. Available in two colour (black and brown), this eyeliner has a foam-tip applicator which allows for precise application. It also has Pro Vitamin B5 in it to help nourish the eye area.

I received the brown shade and since this eyeliner dips into the base I found the colour on the applicator to dry out while I was applying it (once the colour is on though it didn’t budge). I prefer a liquid eyeliner pen since it’s easier to apply the colour because it’s always damp.  The colour applied nicely but I would have to say that this ins’t my favourite liner in my collection.

Nude by Nature products swatched

Allure Defining Mascara

Mascara is a mainstay in any beauty brand, so I was really excited to give Nude by Nature’s a shot. The Allure Defining Mascara (C$24), available in black and brown, has a flexible brush that allows you to comb through the lashes, separating them and lengthening them in one step. The formula is buildable and contains candelilla wax and arabic gum, which allows for soft and flexible lashes with no flaking. It also has Pro Vitamin B5 to condition the lashes.

I got the brown shade of this mascara, which I like using for daytime looks since it’s softer. It did an okay job on the lashes since it definitely separated them out and lengthened, but if I were doing my makeup for a more dramatic look I would skip this one. But then again, I wouldn’t use a brown mascara for a dramatic look. For an everyday mascara, this one does the trick.

Creamy Matte Lipstick

For the lips, the brand has a few different options to choose from. The Creamy Matte Lipstick (C$23), available in 10 shades, delivers a soft-focus finish with a comfortable, plus wear. This lipstick contains Vitamin E and nature Australian Kakdu Plum to provide antioxidant defence, whereas the conditioning mango seed butter, jojoba oil, and moisturizing microspheres ensure that the lipstick is comfortable and long-lasting on the lips.

I found this lipstick to glide on the lips and was very moisturizing and comfortable when applied. The colour was also very pretty and lasted hours without application.

Nude by Nature glosses and highlights

Moisture Shine Lipstick

If you’re looking for an everyday lipstick, then take a look at the Moisture Shine Lipstick (C$23). This lipstick, available in 10 shades, delivers colour and a beautiful shine. The formula also contains Vitamin E and native Australian Kakadu Plum to help with antioxidant defence, as well as nourishing shea butter, jojoba oil and moisturizing microspheres for a lightweight and pleasant wear.

I really liked this lipstick since I found it was easy to just throw on and the formula was comfortable and the colour quite opaque. Between the two, I would choose this one since it is a good all-around lipstick to have in your collection and the colour range varies from nudes to darks.

Moisture Infusion Lipgloss

Last one! To finish off your lip look, grab one of the Moisture Infusion Lipglosses (C$21). Available in 10 shades, these glosses deliver colour and shine to the lips, without feeling too sticky. The formula also contains unique moisturizing microspheres (as well as the same active ingredients as the lipsticks) to help repair and plump lips for a more voluminous look.

I received a couple colours of these and absolutely love them. I’m typically not a gloss person (not a fan of the texture), but I really loved how the colour looked on my lips and the comfort level and shine. My top pick is the shade Peach Nude!

Nude by Nature products swatched

Overall, I found there were some hits and misses in this brand. If you were to choose three items, I would go with one of the highlighters, the contour kit, and the Moisture Infusion Lipgloss. I also want to note that I absolutely love the packaging on every item since it features that stunning shiny copper effect.

Next time you’re in Shopper’s Drug Mart I highly recommend stopping by the Nude by Nature section and playing around with the products to get a better look and feel for them. I’m not that picky when it comes to if it’s clean beauty or not, but if you prefer that sort of thing then I think you’ll really enjoy what the brand has to offer.

Have you tried Nude by Nature products before?

Please note, all products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Fast & fresh: Charlotte Tilbury Daytime on the Go online-exclusive set

I love me some Charlotte Tilbury, so when I saw they came out with a set that includes some iconic products, while saving some cash, I was instantly sold!

The Daytime on the Go set is an online exclusive that includes three Charlotte Tilbury makeup products, a travel-sized brush, a pouch to house it all in, and two patches to decorate the pouch with. You get all this for a price of C$140 and the set allows you to choose the colours most suitable for your skintone/your top picks.

I was really excited to receive this set since it includes a product I have already and love, as well as two other products that I have always wanted to try.  Included in this combo is your choice of the Matte Revolution Lipstick, Magic Away Liquid Concealer, and Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder.

Charlotte Tilbury Daytime on the Glow online exclusive set

I already own the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder and have actually hit pan on it, so I was really excited to get a backup of this product. You get a choice of three shades, and although I have Light already in my collection, I choose Medium this time around.

This powder (regular C$58) is a pressed powder that helps to prevent excess shine and brighten your complexion. It features soft-focus micro powders from nano-particles that blur away lines and imperfections. It also applies really soft and lightly on the skin and the rose wax and almond oil hydrates skin throughout the day.

I love using this powder to set my makeup and control any shine. It’s also handy to have in your bag for touchups throughout the day.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Airbrush concealer

The powder is perfect to pair with the Magic Away Liquid Concealer (reg. C$38), which is also in this set (your choice from 16 shades). This full-coverage concealer helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles, blemishes and imperfections. The formula contains Persian silk tree bark extract, which helps give the illusion of a lifted upper eyelid, as well as reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, wrinkles, and dark circles. It also has extract of wild indigo, which is a plant used in ayurvedic tradition to help enhance skin’s luminosity.

You apply this concealer by twisting the base, which then dispenses the product in the cushion applicator. The applicator itself is very unique as it softly applies the product to the skin and hugs the contours of your under eye area.

Finally, the last makeup product you get a choice of is one of their Matte Revolution lipsticks (five shades to choose from). I was so excited that Pillow Talk was one of the options, as it’s an iconic lipstick colour and one of the brand’s most notable products.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillowtalk and Magic Concealer

The Matte Revolution lipstick (reg. C$39) is a moisturizing matte formula that smooths and shapes lips. The formula is enriched with nourishing orchid and lipstick tree extracts to soften, protect, and hydrate lips. It also contains 3D glowing pigments to create the illusion of lit-from-within lips, making them appear wider and fuller.

I was really excited that Pillow Talk was one of the shade choices as it’s a colour I’ve always wanted to try since it’s a nude-pink shade. I know this colour looks different on everyone, but truthfully, it’s a lot like the shade of my natural lip colour.  It’s very understated on me but complements just about any look. I’ll definitely be wearing this colour a lot this summer.

In addition to the three makeup items, you also get a mini powder brush to use with the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, a burgundy Charlotte Tilbury branded makeup pouch, and your choice of two patches to decorate the patch with. I went with the iconic CT lips patch and one with the lipstick.

Overall, in total you only save $13, but if these three items are something you were looking at purchasing anyways, then I would highly recommend you jump on this deal when they restock this set (it’s currently sold out).  I also want to mention that although I have a million makeup pouches, I actually really like the size of this one in particular and the patches are so cute (I might even put them on a jean jacket instead).

Charlotte Tilbury Daytime on the Glow set swatched

I really love the products that Charlotte Tilbury chose to include in this set since they are all products I would use on a daily basis.  Like I mentioned, I have already hit pan on the powder I already have, so it’s great to have a backup, and I love how I got the opportunity to try out the concealer and the lipstick (which I’ve always wanted to try).

Keep an eye out for a restock on this set since you’ll definitely want to grab it (and it’s only available online!).

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Clean + clear: New York skin in mind (plus a life update!)

Okay, so a bit of a life update to start off this post.

So remember when I went to Houston, San Francisco, and New York last year? The reason I went was because my boyfriend was interviewing for a fellowship places at all those locations. He ended up getting a placement in New York and will be living there for a year.  So what does that mean for me? Well, since I can’t get an American Visa that means I get to visit him every few months or so.  Although I’m sad that he’s leaving me here in Winnipeg, I’m actually very excited to spend a lot more time in NYC and out of all the cities he went to, New York was my favourite.

We actually leave next week and I come back at the end of July (I’m planning on heading out again in September for NYFW) and best of all, Ziggy is coming with! I’m very excited for him to romp around Central Park and be an urban dog in a big city.  Going forward, some of the posts on here will be more travel and NYC focused and right now I’m still scrambling to shoot everything and edit the photos/upload them so they are all ready to go so I can still write and schedule content.

But anyways, the reason for today’s post is because when I visited NYC last May for a few days my skin just couldn’t cut the urban centre. Since there are over eight million people living in that small area, there is a ton of environmental pollution and since I get a lot of skincare products that take into account this concern, I can finally put them to the test!

I’ll be travelling back and forth a lot, so below is the list of products I’m going to be keeping in NYC full-time (mostly so I don’t have to lug them back to Winnipeg).

Skin Regime products

Skin Regimen Cleansing Cream, Tripeptide Cream, and Energizing Illuminating Serum

A month ago I got the opportunity to go to Thermea Winnipeg, one of my favourite spas here in the city and try out their new Urban Detox Facial. Since I have a pretty intense skincare routine, I actually don’t go for facials very often (this was my second one ever), but I ended up loving it since it incorporated Chinese massage practices and relaxation into it as well.

Thermea’s Urban Detox facial is designed to fight the effects of daily stress and pollution for a healthier and glowing complexion. They include four steps in the treatment that will rebalance your skin and clear your mind. The actual skincare part included a plant-based charcoal black peel-off mask, as well as a cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer.

To maximize the effects of the facial, Thermea was so kind and sent me the Skin Regimen skincare routine of their Cleansing Cream, Tripeptide Cream, and Microalgae Essence Energizing Illuminating Serum. I wasn’t familiar with Skin Regimen before but it’s a brand mostly sold in spas and is designed for urban dwellers who want to look and feel their best every day.  It’s for those who thrive in today’s fast-paced times, yet wanting to keep skin healthy and youthful for longer. Sounds right up my alley in NYC!

The Cleansing Cream ($40 USD) is a gentle non-drying foaming cream that takes off makeup, sunscreen, dust, and any residue or dirt that settles on skin throughout the day. It has a Longevity Complex and a natural aroma that rebalances and reinvigorates the mind the body.

The Tripeptide Cream ($105 USD) protects the skin from pollution thanks to added Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and dandelion extract. The cream has a cooling texture and a natural aroma that has a rebalancing, reinvigorating effect against stress to leave skin firm and hydrated all day.

Finally, the Microalgae Essence Energizing Illuminating Lotion ($75) is a concentrated lotion in a serum formula that energizes skin. It contains a complex of superfoods to nourish the skin and increase the production of cellular ATP. The microalgae locks in hydration levels in the skin and prevents trans epidermal water loss while at the same time reinforcing the skin’s barrier.

Pixi Glow Tonic

For my toner, I threw in a small size Pixi Glow Tonic (C$20) which is one of the brand’s most iconic products (and one I haven’t tried before).

The alcohol-free toner is a highly concentrated, invigorating facial toner that deeply cleans skin and pores by removing excess oil and impurities. The formula includes five per cent glycolic acid that gently wipes away impurities, as well as aloe vera and red ginseng to leave your face fresh for the next steps of your serum and moisturizer.

Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream

For my eye cream, I packed the Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream SPF 15 (C$33), which is an eye cream that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, while also providing moisture and sun protection.

This eye cream contains a four per cent glycolic acid base which helps to exfoliate and moisturize the thinner skin area around the eyes. I love how it has an SPF in it, so I don’t have to worry about getting sun damage around the eye area and to prevent future signs of aging.

Reversa Hydra Mineral Concentrate

As soon I received the Reversa Hydra Mineral Concentrate (C$42), I knew I was packing this one for New York.

This serum deeply hydrates skin and helps to restore skin to a plump and healthy-looking state. I really love this serum because it gives skin an increased resistance to environmental stress and helps to protect it against pollution. In addition, it also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores and increases firmness.

Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Care SPF 30

This is another product perfect for urban pollution.

The Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Care SPF 30 (C$47) is a lotion that helps to protect against air pollution, which can present devastating effects on the skin over time. This product features advanced protection against environmental pollution thanks to ingredients such as vitamin E and French Polynesia kopara extract.

The formula has a universal tint that fits most skin tones and absorbs quickly into the skin. It’s perfect for those days where I don’t want to wear makeup but still want to have some sort of protection on my face. This product to me is the perfect one to accompany anyone to a big city.

Reversa Radiance-C Concentrate 

One more Reversa product!

I talked about this one before on the blog, but the Reversa Radiance-C Concentrate (C$60) is a serum that brightens the skin tone and increases its natural radiance. The formula contains 20 per cent pure ascorbic acid concentration and is a light and creamy texture that spreads easily on the skin.

This serum is designed to be applied on damp skin and will prevent skin damage from free radicals caused by pollution and UV rays. It will also brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of pigmentary imperfections, and stimulate collagen synthesis, reduce wrinkles and increase skin firmness.

Neutrogena All-In-One Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes 

Ever since I brought these Neutrogena makeup wipes with me to Miami last year, they have instantly become one of my favourite go-to’s for removing makeup.

These wipes (C$7.97), available in a pack of 25, gently get rid of 99 per cent of makeup with just one wipe. They also cleanse and tone the skin, leaving it refreshed and ready for the rest of your skincare routine. I have tried my fair share of makeup-removing wipes and these are hands-down one of my favourites. They really do an amazing job for getting rid of dirt, oil, makeup, grime, you name it.

Arbonne RE9 Prep Work Micellar Water

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Micellar Water

I also packed the new Arbonne RE9 Prepwork Micellar Water ($20) for those days when I don’t feel like using a makeup wipe (there’s only 25, so sometimes you want to save them!).

I actually had the Reversa Micellar Water all ready to go, but I like the convenient size of the Arbonne one more.  This is brand new from the brand and it helps to remove daily impurities. The micelles in the formula trap dirt, makeup, and daily grime to leave your skin prepped for your cleanser. It also contains coconut water to hydrate skin.

Arbonne RE9 Prepwork Overnight Face Jelly

I really wanted to pack a night-time moisturizer that I could rotate in every few nights to really give my skin some TLC.

Enter the new Arbonne RE9 Prepwork Overnight Face Jelly (C$38), which is an overnight gel moisturizer that recharges dry skin while you sleep. It contains superfood ingredients, such as vitamins C and E, antioxidants, omegas, and phytonutrients to instantly reveal radiance the next morning.

Arbonne Botaniques Coconut Body Butter and Papaya Body Wash

For the skin on my body, I packed the new Arbonne Botaniques Coconut Body Butter (C$30) and the Papaya Body Wash (C$20).

The body butter is a coconut-scented (perfect for summer!) sustainable shea butter and coconut oil body butter that feels so luxurious on the skin.  In addition to the pleasant scent, it also leaves skin feeling super hydrated.

The papaya body wash contains a formula of shea butter and olive extract to hydrate and condition skin, whereas the lavender flower extract smooths and softens skin.


Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

I try to incorporate retinol into my skincare routine here twice a week, so since the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream was hanging out anyways, I decided to throw it in my bag.

A-Passioni Retinol Cream (C$92) is a retinol cream that improves the look and feel of uneven skin tone and texture and addresses damage from daily exposure to UV rays, environmental pollution, and other free radicals.

This one is actually 1.0%, making it a higher percentage of retinol, meaning that it’s very important to go slow when applying this. I would definitely start with at least once or twice a week and then slowly build it up. This particular formula is actually vegan since it’s a clean beauty brand, meaning that it also contains superfood-rich ingredients. It also contains a triple peptide blend to visibly firm and strengthen skin, and Vitamin F to improve the appearance of texture and suppleness and calm signs of sensitivity.

I know this seems like a lot of skincare to bring for one person, but I put in a lot of effort into what I put on my face here, so I definitely want to keep that up when I’m in New York. Plus, not going to lie, I get a ton of skincare products to review and since skincare isn’t a one-shot deal, this gives me a great opportunity to try these out consecutively in a climate where I can really put them to test.

Other items I’ll be packing will of course be a ton of makeup, as well as some sunscreens (love the new ones from Mary Kay).  I’m really looking forward to fully changing out my routine when I’m there and to see how my skin reacts to the products, especially since it took a beating last time I was in town.

What skincare products do you travel with?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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