| Northlore Skincare |

Happy Thursday loves,

I hope February is treating you well, whether you’re rugged up for the cold winter in the north or bikini clad frolicking in the sun in the south.

I’ve never been a huge skincare lover, in that it doesn’t really excite me all too much;

  1.  I’m super lazy so the thought of spending anymore time working on my face before getting into bed is ghastly.
  2. I’d much prefer to be spending my money on new makeup not skincare

However, since finding Northlore my whole skincare outlook has changed. Firstly, I’ll fill you in on the company details of Northlore, it is a itty bitty little company from Saskatoon, Canada owned by Natassia Brazeau. The ‘our story’ page on their website really covers everything I could say;

“Northlore specializes in small batch, plant-based body care, prepared with plants grow in our community of biodynamic gardens, and wildcrafted from the northern forests and grasslands near our home on the Canadian Prairies. We use folk methods of extraction to offer you the optimum plant potency in skincare, steam distilling plants in our copper still, and lunar infusing them into oils. Northlore’s formulas are inspired by plant lore and the wisdom of folk recipes. We access bioactive properties within local flowers, leaves, roots, clays, honey, and salt to heal and nourish your body. Crafted in sync with the cycle of the seasons and imbued with the mystical energies of the moon, our all-natural products are earth-based, meant to inspire you in rituals of self-care. We place the utmost value on the earth, the safety of your body, and our primordial connection to the plants that sustain us all.”

I picked up two skincare products from the Northlore line at a boutique shop in Fernie, BC & have been so overwhelmed with the quality, results & scents of the products. If you’ve been around for a while you’ll know that it is very important to me that I am using cruelty free products in all aspects of my skincare/makeup/hygiene routine so when I found these products, which are natural & cruelty free I was jumping for joy!

The first item I bought was the Rosehip Seed Facial Serum, this stuff is AMAZING. I have wanted to try a serum/oil for my daily moisturiser for a while now but could never find the right product & I have most definitely found it in this serum. Meant for combination skin I have not experienced any of the excess oil build up I was concerned about with trying an oil to moisturise.

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After falling in love with the above serum I knew I needed to try out more of these products so I picked up the Yarrow & Lavender Cleansing Grains. Talk about a sensory overload, the scent of these grains is fantastic, my bathroom always smells so good after cleaning my face with these & I love the fact that these grains start out as a textured powder & once you add water to the mixture you’re left with a paste of whatever consistency you’d like (you can use it as a face mask, thick scrub or light cleanser) & lets be honest who doesn’t love a multi use product. I’ve found this cleanser really cleans out my pores without feeling like it is striping my skin of the naturals oils. All in all it is fantastic!

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I’ve given you a brief overview of these products, but I would definitely recommend heading over to http://www.northloregoods.com/ & having a bit more of a read of the products available & if you do decide to give any of them ago please let me know what you think!

bye for now,

freckled.rambles

xx.

| Grunge meets a Pink & Purple Ombre Eye |

HAPPY NEW YEARS LOVES.

I hope that 2017 is everything you want & make sure you get out there & slay everything you do. I have been uber behind in life rolling into the new year so I thought for the first little while, whilst I get myself sorted I’m going to have some short & sweet posts of looks I created over 2016 & their tutorials on the tube.

I  adore this look because it is so blown out, grungy & smokey that you feel super bad arse wearing it & lets be fair, who doesn’t love a black lip.

tutorial here

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Freckled.Rambles xx.

 

| Sultry Burnt Orange Cat Eye |

Hey, hey loves!

Today’s post is short & sweet because I just wanted to let you all know that I’ve got a new tutorial up on my youtube channel. You should 100% go check it out & if you haven’t subscribed already do that too – I’d love, love, love to get to 50 subscribers for Christmas!

You can get to the tutorial here > CLICK ME

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Thanks for dropping by & I’ll chat with you all in my next post!

Freckled.Rambles xx.

| Must Have Winter Hair Products |

Frizz. Breakage. Lifeless.

Do any of these adjectives describe your hair? It’s possible with the winter months creeping nearer your luscious locks are freaking out. Don’t fret though I’ve discovered a few products which are perfect for giving your hair a boost of love!

I’ve found it can be tricky finding cruelty-free Haircare – annoyingly so as the beauty industry is gradually moving towards a completely cruelty-free process & it’s important that the entirety of the industry follows the same process. So you can imagine how happy I was when I luckily stumbled across these beauties in Save On Foods, downtown Fernie.

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I had never heard of the brand Inecto before I came across this shampoo & conditioner on the very bottom shelf for a uber cheap $4.99 each!

What does the brand have to say about their Super Nourishing Coconut Shampoo?

When you’ve got it, flaunt it. Say goodbye to dry and damaged hair. Infused with 100% Pure Coconut Oil, this daily shampoo cleanses and moisturises for amazing soft and frizz-free hair.

I’ve been using this shampoo for the last week & a half & it most definitely lives up to this claim. My hair has never felt so nourished & coming into winter I normally struggle with my hair being very frizzy but with this shampoo it has been silky smooth!

As you can see I have the coconut shampoo & the argan oil conditioner, normally I’m super OCD about my shampoo & conditioner being the same type. For you though I don’t mind & the conditioner is fabulous, it states on their website that:

Say hello to hydration! inecto Marvellous Moisture Argan Conditioner nourishes your hair and adds moisture leaving your lovely locks fully revived and feeling heavenly soft.

Once again I have nothing bad to say about this condition it is the perfect end to lock in moisture & it truly leaves my hair feeling luscious!

This photo is totally unnecessary but I wanted to show you all the snow which has started to fall outside my apartment!

Now for the final product which wraps this ‘love your hair’ post up I’ve got the Project Beauty Hairgurt – Hair Masque!

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I got this product in a BoxyCharm earlier in the year (I may have already written a review of it somewhere) & I love it, I’ve been using it for a couple months once a week & it is my hairs saviour. Not only does it smell like heaven – Strawberries & Banana – it also really works.

I use my shampoo & conditioner every two to three days (depending how lazy I’m feeling) & then once a week I swap out my conditioner for this hair yoghurt. All you do is wash your hair like normal, get it nice & wet put this masque all the way through – I use an Australian twenty cent piece size worth of product – then hang out in the shower for 5 to 10 minutes & rinse.

If you’ve used any of these products or you have a product which really works for your hair in the winter please leave me a comment below, I’d love to know about it!

Bye for now loves, it was great chatting with you!

Freckled.Rambles xx.

P.S. if you haven’t seen my latest makeup tutorial over on my youtube channel you should definitely go check it out & subscribe xx.

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| Festive Fall Makeup Tutorial |

Hey loves,

Want to see how to create this glam, festive fall inspired makeup look? Just click the link below & head over to my youtube channel to check it out – make sure to leave me a comment if you’ve come from WordPress.

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Freckled.Rambles xx.

| Soap & Glory – DRAMA CLEAN |

Welcome back or welcome to Freckled.Rambles, I’m glad you made it!

Today we’re having a look at Soap & Glory’s:

DRAMA CLEAN 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water

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I picked this makeup remover up about 5 days ago – classic me arrived in the UK with no makeup remover, I didn’t even have a ‘Say Yes to Cucumber’ travel face wipe left – I honestly shock myself with my lack of preparation sometimes. Not to fear, Josh & I flew down to the local Boots to free my skin of the latest makeup endeavour I’d embarked upon.

Although I went in hoping to get something from the Say Yes to Carrot range I’m not a particularly brand loyal kind of person, I love to try out new products & my only requirement is that the brand is cruelty free. Browsing through the shelves I was faced with a conundrum – not one brand of makeup wipes came from a cruelty free brand – I thought the trip was going to be for naught & we’d have to go somewhere else, when I turned around & with a feeling of excitement I saw the Soap & Glory stand. For some reason I had it in my head that Soap & Glory was not a cruelty free brand, I’ve always looked at their products & steered clear but in my time of need I had a quick google (why I had I not done this previously I do not know) & found that they are in fact a cruelty free brand HORAY!

I’m sure most of you have heard of, if not tried Micellar Water or as Soap & Glory have nicknamed theirs – ‘Miracle Water’. Way back when before I new the importance of cruelty free makeup & skincare I used the Garnier Micellar Water to remove my makeup, so when I saw that Soap & Glory had a Micellar Water I knew I had to try it.

Ok so what do Soap & Glory have to say about this product:

No rubbing required! Remove make-up, dirt and impurities in one clean sweep with our astonishingly gentle yet effective Drama Clean™ 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (or as we call it ‘miracle water’). This no-need-to-rinse, oil-free, non-drying, complete face and eye-makeup-removing marvel is the smart-girl’s way to get skin super clean, soothed and smoothed.

What’s in it that works?
• D.CLOG™ WATER – micellar cleansing technology swiftly ‘magnetises’ make-up, dirt and dead cells away.
• GO-JUICE™ – with vitamins A and C rich peach and goji berry extracts to help soften skin.
• COOL CUCUMBER WATER-JUICE – refreshes and revitalises.
• BOTANICAL CORNFLOWER EXTRACT – calms the delicate eye area.
• ALOE VERA LEAF JUICE – marvellously soothing and moisturising.

& what do I think?

Firstly, this makeup remover is soothing, gentle & leaves my skin feeling fresh – I have combination skin & it does not leave it feeling to dry or too oily – so that is a massive tick. Secondly, the claims made that ‘no rubbing is required’ are almost entirely true, except for removing my mascara where a touch of elbow grease is required to get the stubborn stuff off. Personally I don’t mind this because I’d prefer to use Coconut Oil to remove my mascara & this makeup remover to take off everything else. Finally, the smell isn’t anything special & I wouldn’t recommend getting this in your mouth but for me I don’t need my makeup remover to smell like roses so it doesn’t turn me off using it, although I know for some the smell is a vital aspect of the product, so just keep that in mind.

  • Price: £6
  • Volume: 350ml

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this product, it ticks all of the boxes which are important (to me at least) when it comes to a makeup remover from the drugstore & I will 100% be trying out some of the other skincare products from Soap & Glory.

As always, this review is not sponsored (if the day comes when brands appreciate my opinion on their products that much I’ll let you all know) & is just my humble thoughts on a new product I picked up. 

Thank you for dropping by & I’ll chat with you in my next post.

Freckled.Rambles xx.