So I'm going to start this blog post off right away with a question:
Who has ever heard of breadfruit? Because I had no idea what that was until I heard about Altilis Beauty.
This company is my jam, they are disrupting the cosmetic industry and they are all about embracing change. With all the different ingredients in our cosmetics today its hard to keep track of what is good or bad. We are constantly checking to see what we are putting on our face and what is in it. Does it have harsh chemicals? Is it paraben free? the list goes on.
I only use products on my skin that are good for my skin. I do my research and while I usually check my skin care, sometimes not all the ingredients in there is pure and good for my skin.
In my opinion and after testing out this skin care company I can proudly say that this company checks off on my list of Canadian, pure, ethical and effective!
Who is Altilis Beauty?
Altilis Beauty® is disrupting the cosmetics industry through the sourcing of effective, innovative and environmentally responsible ingredients. Their thoughtfully crafted skincare line, consisting of three skincare essentials is formulated with breadfruit and other tropical botanicals for a complete system of antioxidant, protective and aging-preventative compounds to achieve healthy, youthful skin.
Their commitment to you for every product purchased is the gift of transparency of the traceability of their ingredients, the ethical conditions in which the business operates as well as their continuous efforts to preserve our global environment. Isn't this amazing? You can use products that are safe and effective and you get to help the environment too? And its a Canadian company! IM SOLD.
Who is the founder?
Company founder Kenna Whitnell first began experimenting with ingredients and formulations as a teenager searching for a natural solution for acne and dry and sensitive skin.
Her search led her to breadfruit, incredibly rich in unique and powerful phytochemicals with antioxidant, soothing and protective benefits for the skin. The compounds scavenge free radicals that damage and age skin, provide anti-inflammatory and UVB-protective properties and replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier for a glowing complexion.
Now a fourth-year biochemistry student at the University of Guelph, Kenna has developed a process to extract the active compounds from breadfruit flowers and has formulated a cleanser, serum and moisturizer for a simple, all natural three-step skincare routine. The InforEssense product line, launched December 2017, also feature other natural, beneficial ingredients like Gotu Kola, Honeybush, Aloe Vera and Trans-Resveratrol for additional rejuvenating effects.
Kenna sources breadfruit directly from microfarmers in Samoa, increasing the value of an important food crop and providing important economic, social and environmental benefits to their communities.
“Breadfruit has never been used before in skin care and it’s really rewarding hearing customers’ stories about the difference it is making,” she says.
The Company's Values
Altilis Beauty is all about transparency, innovation and sustainability and performance. I love that this company is all about the environment. They make sure that they are finding ways to actively seek renewable and sustainable sources for the company. They do everything the right way. They source only the best and pure ingredients from local farmers, they bottle all their products and everything is packaged and delivered with care JUST LIKE THEY USED TO. You know this stuff is amazing when you can use it on sensitive skin. My skin as y'all know is an angry skin so by using their products it makes my skin feel so soothed and happy. This stuff is GOLD. With organic plant based ingredients, age prevention, hypoallergenic and not tested on animals this company is literally "A" game in the books for me.
Again y'all know I'm all about packaging. I'm also all about recycling ( even though I have some major problems at home knowing what is recyclable HAHA). The packaging was one of the first things you see when you unbox your Altilis Beauty Products.
All of their products are boxed in chipboard packaging, made from 100% recycled paper.
Re-Using the Containers
Because of the nature of the airless pump containers, you do have the ability to refill the container after you have used all of the product.
To re-use the containers, first you’ll need to pop the top off of the container. Next, take a popsicle stick and push the base down to the bottom from the inside. Lastly, re-fill with the contents of your choice and pop the lid back on. Keep in mind that they come in travel friendly sizes so they would be great to refill with shampoo and conditioner for your next vacation!
Their mission at Altilis Beauty® is to provide skincare solutions that make you feel beautiful without compromising the lasting beauty of the world.
In conclusion, to say obsessed with Altilis Beauty is an understatement. I absolutely love discovering new company's especially ones that that are all around amazing and good for the environment. I am not even close to being fully environmental friendly in my life but for my beauty regime I think I'm doing a good job.
I brought my Altilis Beauty with me to Hawaii ( My pretend place of birth lol)
Here are some snaps of my skin care living it's best life!
To learn more and shop Altilis Beauty go HERE
Thank you to our friend from Altilis Beauty for sending some goodies!!! We can't wait to shop the rest of the line!!! <3
Fearless Through Fashion
When I decided to take a chance and also adding blogging to my resume, I told myself that I would work with brands that aligned with my values. I started my blog with a series called "Chasing Dreams" and I followed local small businesses and showcased their story. When my blog started to take off I started working with bigger brands too but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy still talking about local small businesses. I would say 90% of the products and fashion I buy is through small businesses and I take pride in not only supporting these brands but also sharing their story because stories are so important.
ONB Apparel is a fashion brand based out of Ontario, Canada.
When Co-Founders Mike and Shannon Austman originally started ONB it was purely out of a passion for the creative and the desire and drive to own their own business. However, in summer of 2017 their lives came to a screeching halt and took on new meaning when Mike was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer, which required major surgery, 6 rounds of chemotherapy and countless tests, which will be ongoing for the rest of his life.
Instead of letting Mike's diagnosis end their dreams, they decided to re-strategize, rebrand and repurpose ONB. You see during the chaos, which is the journey of cancer they realized how far research has come, yet how much further it needs to go.
The thought of anyone else having to go though this journey is absolutely heartbreaking, but is reality for far more people than should be. This is why with every purchase made from or of ONB Apparel, a portion of the profits are donated directly to cancer research - mostly, through the Canadian Cancer Society.
It is their mission, to do anything they can to help in the search for a cure!
How can you help?
It is so important to support small local business. When you are supporting ONB Apparel you are also helping raise funds so we can find a cure and helping a family as well.
Like I stated before, stories are so important especially with the whole movement of " who made my clothes"? - In this case I can tell you that the people behind this brand are a family who has used their pain and created something beautiful. Community is so important and I am proud to support them!!!
TO FIND OUT MORE AND SHOP THEIR LINE GO HERE!!!!!
This post is for all those women in their 30's who are confused on which skincare to use. For me I have hopped from different skin care here and there. There really hasn't been any skin care that has worked for my skin... until now.
Introducing the VICHY IDEALIA LINE. More than ever it is important to take care of your skin. This line is targeted for women in their 30's who live fast paced lives but still want to take the proper precautions so they won't have early signs of aging. Early signs can be seen in fine lines on the skin that will later turn in to larger deeper wrinkles. Over time your skin looses elasticity. For me it has been duller skin, larger pores and fine little lines that have been appearing. Also harsh exposure to sun, the wind and other chemicals can cause our skin to stretch and thicken skin causing the pores to stretch and expand. other causes of what I like to call "sad skin" can be lack of sleep ( YUP THATS ME OVER HERE!) External aggressors and UV rays.
This new line has antioxidant complex containing ... blueberry extract! It also contains fermented black tea extract amd Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water. Day after day, skin looks more radiant, fine lines appear smoother and pores look visibly reduced.
This prodigious fruit is perfect for combating MMP (metalloproteinases), the enzymes that slowly destroy the skin’s collagen. And to avoid fine lines appearing, it also boosts the production of collagen 1 and 3. This will boost the skin and help in premature aging.
Fermented Black Tea Extract
Fermented black tea extract has been used for some 2000 years in Asia. This extract naturally contains a unique combination of AHA, Vitamins and Polyphenols to improve and smooth skin texture, as well as increase radiance and luminosity. This will also boost radiance in the skin.
Mineralizing Thermal Water
Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water travels 4000 metres underground through the Volcanic region of Auvergne where it is enriched on its timeless path with 15 minerals. Captured at its source, it’s then integrated in Vichy products to rebalance, strengthen and regenerate for stronger, healthier-looking skin. I even use the Vichy Thermal Spring Water spray on a hot summer day to cool my face down and help enrich it with minerals!
I was sent most of the line from VICHY and I have to say with 3 weeks using the products my face is smoother and less irritated. My dry skin is gone and my adult acne is slowly going away. These are the products I recommend to use in your regime!
1. Idealia Smoothness and Glow Energizing Cream
This really helped with my dry skin. This is really great for tired skin. Helps boost the look of fine lines and plumps it up so you look ready for the whole day! I wore this under my makeup!
2. Idealia Anti fatigue Eye Care
Ive never used and eye cream before. I was not really sure I needed it. Boy was I wrong! This eye cream is life. It got rid of my little bags under my eyes and somehow mad me glow! This one is on the list for sure to get!
3. Idealia Radiance Booster Serum
This serum is also life changing. It absorbs quickly in to the skin and keeps your skin hydrated for 24 hours! I use this one a week after the shower and then I add the cream on top.
4. Idealia Radiance Activating Night Peeling Care
This product eliminates the excess of dead skin cells and stimulates skin regeneration. I am serious this stuff is amazing. I like to put it on at night and let its magic work overnight! I am obsessed!
My Top 3 Fave Dresses from Tobi for this Winter
Winter is coming!!!!
Which means I am looking forward to lounging at home wearing Santa Onesies! But, there comes a time in Dec when you have to attend those Christmas Parties/ Grandma is coming so you better wear something presentable kind of party.
Now I know what you are thinking, and if you know me, I DO NOT I repeat DO NOT wear anything that is not comfy. So, Ive shopped 3 dresses with Tobi and I want to show you how you can look fab this Winter all while on budget and comfy cozy!
The first look is the : Plaid Attitude Shift Dress
I love this outfit! Firstly you can wear leggings with the dress or you can go bare for a night out! I paired the leggings with my fave winter boot ( Roma Chelsea Kale). Topped off the look with my fave beanie from ( SHE is Clothing). This lumberjack-esk look is my go to and its flattering too!!!
The second look: Trina Plunging Shift Dress
This Bohemian inspired look is the best to wear to those day parties! Its soft and breathable and has the cutest belle sleeves! The deep v front is great for night time partying, but I decided to keep mine a little more conservative for the day look and put a tank underneath! I wore some black leggings underneath but again you can go bare if you dare! I finished the look with some sunnies from ( Sojovision) and some boots from (@ardene).
The last look: Ava Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress
...This last look was a little RISKAY for me! But I loved the way it hugged my curves and how well it fit! I absolutely love long sleeve dresses and this perfect little number will turn heads at Christmas parties and a fancy night out! I paired the dress with the same booties from Ardene! I would recommend some boob tape for this shiz because you don't want them pretties coming out on the dance floor when they weren't invited you get me? But seriously! This dress is AMAZE and with someone like myself who is curvy this outfit is a def must on the list!!!!
Well there you have it! My top 3 dresses that will make you look nice like sugar and spice and won't cost you thrice... the moola!!!
Special Thank You to Tobi for the awesome dresses!!!!
Listen up ladies and gents!
Great lashes don't happen by accident, they happen by appointment! An appointment by Ray Lash & Brow!
I was a little hesitant to get some lashes put back on since my other time they had become irritated and had fallen off but I'm here to tell you that there is hope to find a great lash technician and guess what? One of my fraaands has become one! (enter the beam of light and church choir voices).
So of course I was pumped to visit Rhea and get some fab natural looking lashes on.
I wanted to share with you all some information about getting them done and what to expect along with some photos of my appointment!
What are eyelash extentions?
Eyelash Extensions are individual, semi permenant lashes that are attached one by one to your own natural lashes. They come in synthetic mink, silk and 100% real Siberian mink. They give you longer, darker and more abundant lashes that can last anywhere from 5-8 weeks.
They are perfect for everyday wear of if you want your eyes to pop! They are great for holidays and summer where you tend to wear less makeup and they are great for when you want to swim, shower or any other activity with water!
A person's natural lashes fall out 45-90 days depending on the natural life cycle and begin to grow back immediately. So it is important if wanting to maintain your lashes to come in around 2-3 weeks.
Benefits of eyelash extensions
1. The curl and length
2. Thicker and darker/more volume
3. Brighten your eyes
4. Natural looking
5. Stays on all day and night
6. Time saving for getting ready
7. No more mascara!
The procedure is painless and relaxing! They should really advertise free naps with every service because I legit fell asleep. At one point it was confirmed I was snoring!!!
Rhea also put these awesome cold eye patches under my eyes so it was soothing and relaxing. She measured and decided the that 11-14mm classic C curl would do!
I laid down and fell asleep and when I woke up I had fabulous lashes!
Some important things to know after getting your lashes put on:
1. No water near them for 24 hours
2. No heat
3. No direct pressure of water in the shower
4. No rubbing of eyes
5. Do not use manual lash curler - you can use a heated one
6. Avoid makeup on the eyes - avoid oil based
7. No waterproof mascara
8. Comb eyelashes to fan out and clean
9. Baby shampoo or soap to clean then every day
10. Touch ups are 2-3 weeks
BOOK with RHEA NOW!!!
Click here to book an appointment - Classic sets are on now for $50! Do not miss out on this wicked deal!
Also: you will notice she is also a makeup and hair artist too and one of the best!
Have a fabuLASH week peoples!
I can distinctly remember the last time I bought comfy runners and that was 5 years ago right before we went on our honey moon to Hawaii. I think its the cutest thing when couples match, Andrew thinks otherwise.
I remember when we bought our first pair of matching runners which was around the time we first started dating. I love matching Andrew and when I get the chance I jump on it!
Now fast forward to the present time, with the chaos of running a business and trying to balance everything else in my life I haven't found the time to get exercising. Especially recently coming back from my latest trip to Hawaii, I found myself panting and sweating buckets all from climbing a trail at Moana Falls.
My health as NOT been the greatest and I have gained more than a few pounds. But seriously though its not even the weight its my feeling of my health I know is declining.
So I decided to re-join the gym! Hurrah and also started walking more with Bear ( the fur baby) and Andrew.
I had bought a few pairs of cheap shoes, I know I know, you get what you pay for. So of course they ended up breaking down after wearing them like 4 times!
I saw this add on Instagram from a local company called SKYE FOOTWEAR and the reviews were pretty amazing. The hashtag #feetintheskye was the one that made me more curious about this local brand.
The runners were designed so beautifully, there were no laces, THANK THE SHOE GODS!
I'm already clumsy so laces just needed to not be on my next pair of runners.
Low and behold I decided to try this company out and of course I got a matching pair for Andrew.
These shoes are engineered for serious comfort and designed to look amazing. Whats even better about this Vancouver company is that they are also environmentally conscious by making most of their shoes biodegradable! The sizes are also pretty cool as these shoes are unisex with different sizes for men and women!
They have a selection right now of 3 different styles all named after places in Vancouver! Very cool! I went for the classic Rbutus and Andrew picked out the The Powll.
I totally recommend picking up a pair of these shoes and I am giving all my readers 15% off on your order valid until October 30th!
Use code allyfotografymediacoSKYE
Transition in to Fall with Bench
Alas, summer has come to an end. I feel like this summer has been abruptly cut short! Anyone else feel this way too?
I was lucky enough to travel to Vegas and Hawaii this summer and too my surprise I'm headed back there again! So I guess I'll try to extend my summer a bit longer!
With the summer ending and fall just around the corner, I'm already feeling the fashion withdrawals! Don't get me wrong I LOVE FALL. However, my love of dresses and and tanks and shorts and the transition to fall clothes can sometimes be a pain.
Since going full time ( Its only been 4 weeks!!!) I've noticed a shift in my a-tire. being a full time boss babe has its perks like waking up later in the afternoon and working from home in my PJs! But when its time to leave the house or start my day I'm not in the mood to spend 5 hours getting ready when I can use that time to work on the biz! So having clothing that not only looks fab but is comfy is a must!
Lucky for me I discovered the beauty that is BENCH CANADA.
Clothing that is durable, affordable, comfy and chic! Why not? Oh and I think I mentioned a while ago POCKETS! Pockets are a must they come in handy when you need to put your phone somewhere, or you get nervous and you need to hold to something.. I'm sure they are good for more things than just that... I just love pockets.
I digress, So for your transition to fall Ive put together my favourite BENCH CANADA finds that I think you will all love!
Firstly this outfit is called The Sweatpants style: The tank is a work out tank from Bench and I live in this thing. The sweatpants are high wasted and I about lost my marbles when I put them on! I feel super comfy in this get up and I don't look homeless so win win! Throw on this awesome light weight Bench jacket and BOOM - You are ready for Fall!
Next outfit is one of my faves and its the sweatpants dress with back zipper! This beauty can be worn with or without pants or stockings so in the coming winter months I'll be adding some pants to the mix. The sweater dress also has POCKETS and the back zipper is super chic! Once again I feel like I am wearing my PJS but I still look pretty boss if I say so myself!
This outfit was also a bit hit! I loved the maxi skirt because it was breathable and comfy and of course POCKETS! Its super easy to walk in with its high slit and the band is stretchy so you can indulge in all the fall foods like pumpkin pie!!! I am also wearing the same black work out tank and brought with me a light over sweater also from Bench in case it got breezy!
Lastly, I really love this dress! I was so excited to wear it out I forgot to take photos so I'm glad I remembered to add this one to the mix! This dress makes me feel like a super classy bossy lady. The long sleeves that are blouse material and the fact that I can wear my fave black tank inside also makes it amazing. They you can tie the middle so that it frames the body! I love that it Is a bit thicker for the fall weather and AND WAIT FOR IT.. POCKETS!!!!!
Thats it folks!!!
I hope you enjoyed my transition to fall wardrobe provided by the lovely and amazing BENCH CANADA!!!!
Bring on the pumpkin pie, the changing leaves and cool breezes! Summer you were a blast but lets do this fall!
Sweet Body Treats Review Ft: Haywire Wines
Happy Wine Wednesday!!!
Since its Wine Wednesday we thought it was appropriate to being you a local Winery that we love called from the Okanagan Crush Pad! We want to thank this awesome winery for sponsoring our second video review!
The facility, producer of Haywire and Narrative, has quickly built a reputation as a premium winery receiving unprecedented awards and accolades with chief winemaker Matt Dumayne at the helm. Dumayne crafts natural wines using organically farmed grapes in state-of-the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal additives. The wines reflect the region’s unique high mountain/northern desert setting noted for its intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings. In their constant pursuit of innovation, the team added a line of wine-based spirits under the Narrative label in 2015. Visitors discover a guest center, built into the heart of the winery, offering a rare glance into the art of winemaking and a place where they can sample and purchase.
For more information be sure to check out www.okanagencrushpad.com
Sweet Body Treats Review & Giveaway!
We would like to introduce you to the local company in Abbotsford, Sweet Body Treats! This delicious smelling line also has a sister company called Clear Bath and Body. You are going to get quality, clean products out of both of these lines. The only difference is Sweet Body treats uses body safe fragrance for their scents and Clear Bath and body uses only essential oils. What we love about this brand is that they have something for everyone. If you want something super beneficial for your skin or body they, have it! If you want something cute or yummy smelling, they also have that! I would highly recommend checking out some of the unique gifts you can get from these brands. There are some pretty cute donuts, macaroons and popsicle soaps!
We were sent some products that we hadn’t tried yet and have nothing but great things to share with you. To start off I am going to introduce the Charcoal Face and Body Soap from the Clear Bath and Body line.
The first thing we noticed of course was the lovely scent. This scent we think is great for girls or boys. It’s not to strong but still just leaves a lovely smell. We weren't sure how this soap would lather up because of the charcoal but it still did and feels very nice when using. My (Gem) husband also used this soap and he really likes it too. If you have oily or acne prone skin this would be an excellent product for you! The activated charcoal in it is known to help absorb oils and clear out pores. We would definitely recommend this product!
We were pleasantly surprised with this product. When reading the ingredients and instructions it says there is no need to moisturize after.
I (Gem) have very dry skin so my instant thought was I would definitely be moisturizing after my shower still. It also says it does not leave you feeling greasy. I can’t really explain how I felt after but all I can say is my skin was so smooth and I really did not need to moisturize after, and I did not feel greasy. Not only did this feel so nice to exfoliate with and leave my body feeling amazing, it smelt amazing! I was given the cotton candy scent, and that is exactly what it smelt like. We always forget that our body also needs to be exfoliated, not just our face. So if you are like me and need that reminder this product I think will make sure you do because you will want to use it. Overall, I LOVE this product!