Exploring the world of Crystal Hills

I think there is something to be said about the healing powers of the earth. To be honest I am a firm believer in the idea that if you put energy into something you’ll get energy back. In the Renaissance and even more recently before modern medicine, healers believed if your mind was happy and at ease your body would too. I think that oils, aromatherapy and crystals have some serious merit when it comes to calming and cleansing your mind. So when Crystal Hills reached out to me about reviewing their products I was thrilled to try them out.

Crystal Hills blends oils, herbs, and crystals together to not only help sooth you, but to also help moisturize your skin. I tried their Crystal Dreams and their Crystal Harmony body serums over the course of about a month and a bit and I have to say I have never felt so pampered. I used Crystal Dreams, which is blended to help you relax for sleep more easily, at night before bed massaging it into my hands and arms, and I used Crystal Harmony, which is blended to help you find balance, in the morning to help me get my head straight before headed to work. Both serums smell amazing and don’t leave your skin oily, but feeling and smelling amazing. I personally would recommend both, if not Crystal Dreams more. I love anything that helps me unwind at night.

Crystal Hills’ farm and manufacturing center is located here in British Columbia out in the Okanagan and they boast a long list of impressive feats. They are certified organic/sustainably farmed or produced, vegan, cruelty free, and made with no preservatives. The company is also focused on minimizing their carbon footprint and they are striving towards a more sustainable future which I love.

I definitely recommend them, their products are absolutely lovely, and they have way more than just body serums! Check out Crystal Hill  for yourselves and let me know what you think!

Love,

Lea

How I fixed my skin

Hey there friends! Today I thought we would talk about skin. For a long time I have struggled with my skin, but not necessarily in the conventional ways. I never had acne, I never had oily skin, nor have I had overly dry skin: what I do have is sensitive skin that is prone to rashes, and small under the skin bumps that aren’t quite pimples. So sure, I never had “bad” skin, but the skin I have has given me my own set of annoyances. But after high school most of my skin bumps seemed to sort themselves out. Unfortunately on break during university when I would go home, my skin would break out in rashes. It happened for a few years and were endlessly frustrating, but I found my cure (thank you hydro-cortisone) and moved on. More recently I stopped taking birth control because the progestins and the hormones really were not right for me (this is a long story, I tried countless different forms which either resulted in manic behavior or very depressed behavior). Ultimately it was clear it wasn’t for me so I stopped, but what I wasn’t expecting was for how it would affect my skin! Out of nowhere I started breaking out and having uneven skin tones, like super blotchy cheeks and like pimples. I mean, COME ON! I’m in my twenties, I’m not some puberty newbie, why me world why me! I had to figure out something to do to fix my skin because wallowing in my sadness wasn’t getting me anywhere. So after many trials and errors I finally have my routine that works perfectly for me.

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I try to wash my face morning and night with Just Natural Skincare’s acne soap. But I also try to give my face a day off from everything: washing, makeup, everything. So once a week I just don’t wash my face, I might add moisturizer, but I have found it’s been good to give my skin a break every now and then. Anyway, on a face washing day after I use a toner to help remove any left over dirt, right now I’m using Clinic’s classic purple toner because I had it on hand, but I am on the market for a new toner. In the morning my next step is to use Ole Henriksen’s Vitamin C Serum followed by Caudalie’s Premier Cru eye cream to try to tame my puffy eyes. Finally every morning I put on a moisterizer with SPF in it, right now I’m using one by Clinic which is nice, but again I am on the market to try something with more protection.

At night after toning I used Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Treatment followed by Caudalie’s eye cream and topped off with Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation cream. (Pro tip: get the Sephora 3 little wonders bundle to try the three Ole Henriksen products I use, it’s pretty affordable and an easy way to try them.) Finally if my skin feels dry, it is almost winter after all, I throw on a little of Josie Maran’s Argan oil.

This has been working really well for me right now, but it’s also important to know that your skin changes with you and that what works one year might not work the next. Listen to skin! And drink more water!

What are you using that you love? Let me know!

Love,

Lea

Just Natural Products

I have been questing for natural, cruelty free products for my hair and skin because it really aligns with my personal beliefs. I really do not like animal testing and I am incredibly saddened by how many products and brands I have used in the past rely on both animal testing and harsh chemicals. So when I found Just Natural Skincare Products online I was smitten with their values, which align with mine, and with their reviews. They so graciously sent me a few different products that I have been using for about three weeks and I have to say I am really impressed.


I tried their adult acne soap, their anti aging lotion, and their dry hair oil treatment.

First of all, I have been experiencing some frustrating pimple flare ups and I have been trying like everything to get rid of them. I have never really had bad skin so when I get pimples, especially those pesky few pimples that like to live permanently on my forehead. Before Natural Skincare Products I was using an acne cleanser that was rich in benzoyl peroxide in it which made my skin really dry and also did not really give me the results I was after. But, Natural Skincare Products acne soap actually worked wonders. It isn’t that drying, which is pretty crazy for a bar of soap, and it really cleared up my skin. It worked way better than anything else I have tried. I use it morning and night, and after I work out and need to clean extra oil and sweat off my face.

Secondly the anti aging skin cream is so moisturizing and not oily at all. I’m not entirely sure if it is getting rid of any fine lines, but I do know that my complexion is really bright since I have started using the moisturizer. I use it all over my face, neck, and hands mostly at night or whenever my face is feeling dry and like it needs a little tlc (I wear a moisturizer with SPF in the morning).

Lastly the dry hair treatment is amazing. I have used Moroccan oils before in my hair so I had an idea as to how to use it. With oils you only need a little bit because too much with make your hair super oily which sort of defeats the point of using it to help dry hair because over washing your hair will make it super dry. Anyway, you only really need a little bit. Natural Skincare Product’s dry treatment oil smells amazing and it really has improved my split ends. I use it generally just at night, 3 or 4 pumps into my hand and work it into the ends of my hair. I also do it before I wash my hair to help add a little moisture before washing. The ends of my hair are a disaster because I use a lot of heat products on it, but the oil has helped to soften, untangle, and repair damage.

All in all, if you’re looking to try some natural products that are made with ingredients that are not harmful to both your body and the environment then give Just Natural Skincare Products a try. Don’t underestimate the power of natural products!

What are some of your favourite natural products?

Love,

Lea

How to make your bathroom into your own spa

If you’re in Ontario, or anywhere getting slammed by a snow storm, you’re trapped inside with nothing to do. The streets aren’t plowed, and even if they were it’s so dangerous outside due to the never ending snow fall. So what to do! What to do!? Me? Well I made my own mini spa to pass the time in luxury. I mean, if you’re trapped inside might as well feel glam. DSC_0629 copyDSC_0627 copyDSC_0624 copy

All you need is a tub, the rest is extra!

I personally love soaking in epsom salts to help relax my muscles, and a Lush bath bomb is always nice too (I crumble mine up to make them last longer, a little goes a long way).

Deep condition your hair in coconut oil while you soak too! Or throw on a face mask. These will make you feel so pampered.

Have something to read or watch too while you’re in the tub, or blast some relaxing tunes. Or if you prefer silence then do that. Whatever you need to help you relax.

Finally light a few candles and make sure you keep some drinking water close, always good to stay hydrated.

What do you do to make you feel like you’re in a spa?

Lea