The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

The Goop G.Tox Detox

I have had medium success on traditionally detoxes. When they start affecting my everyday life is around the time I decide to quit. The last time was in 2010 when I was 6 days deep into the Wild Rose Cleanse when I realized it wasn’t for me. With that said, I’m more than happy to experiment with other types of body cleanses, that of which are akin to spa treatments. The Goop G.Tox Detox is that exception I can get behind.

5 Salt Bath Soak

Do you know what’s better than a single salt bath soak? Naturally, a 5 Salt Bath Soak with glacial marine clay and activated charcoal, that’s what! A long, hot soak with some Pharmaceutical-grade salts is a great addition to any wintertime skincare routine. The salt soak contains: Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt, New Zealand solar salt, and Baking soda. With the mixture of Coriander, Cardamom, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Fennel essential oils, this soak is incredibly fresh smelling. The texture reminds me of brown sugar. It dissolves quickly in the bath which is a plus since I hate stepping into a bath with jagged salt lingering in the depths. One bag is good for three luxurious baths.

Exfoliation

Between the the Ultimate Dry Brush and the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub, I will have the smoothest skin all winter long. If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a dry brush, let 2019 be the year it becomes a habit. It’s a transformative step in a body care routine and I stand by it. Not only does it help to lightly exfoliate your skin before you shower, it also stimulates circulations and lymphatic drainage. It doesn’t sound like much of an added benefit but I assure you it is. When I use the Ultimate Dry Brush all over prior to a shower, I only use the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub sparingly on my issue spots. (back of arms, thighs, etc). The 5 salts are combined with oil so they hydrate skin as they’re exfoliating which is a huge plus.

So Fresh, So Clean

A bathing routine wouldn’t be complete without a body wash and of course Goop goes not disappoint on that front either. The Glacial Marine Body Cleanser is a creamy body wash that leaves me feeling cleansed and nourished. I no longer have to suffer through that tight feeling my skin gets after using regular soap. With a blend of helichrysum, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppermint oils, not only does it work like a dream but also smells like one too.

Scalp Saver

I saved the best for last. This is the hero product from the Goop G.Tox Body Detox line in my opinion. I am a long time sufferer of a dry scalp in the wintertime. And the winter happens to last for an irritatingly long time where I’m from. Often, I describe Alberta as Hoth-like. I digress. Normally when I cleanse my hair, it’s a two step process. First a scalp scrub and rinse followed by an additional cleansing with shampoo and another rinse. Thanks to the G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub, I only have to wash my hair once. It exfoliates my scalp and then begins to foam when I start massaging it in my hair under the water. Of course it smells like an essential oil blend of magic which includes: rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint. It is a potent salt mix so using it once a week is maximum!

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

Thanks so much for joining me on this bathing journey with the Goop G.Tox Body Detox! So far, my experience with the Goop beauty line has been immensely positive. I’m currently testing out the Goop Enriching Facial Oil which I will be reviewing in the near future. So far, I can report that it smells INCREDIBLE. More on that later! 😁

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

As soon as the OG Naked 1 was retired up popped Naked Cherry. While I’ve been a long time lover Urban Decay ever since I came across the brand while on my first trip to Europe. I had never been to a Sephora but stumbled upon one in Paris and thought I had found heaven. I bought one purpley blue eyeshadow and have been a fan ever since. History aside, I was stoked when I received this collection in the mail and couldn’t wait to give it a go. The shadows were quite pigmented and blended easily but rather than reading this I implore you to watch the video below to see my Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial in action. 🙂

The Naked Cherry Collection

Like most people who spend a great deal of their waking hours on the internet for their job, I have been absorbing all the opinions about this launch. This seems to be a very polarizing palette. People are either super stoked on the Naked Cherry or they’re not. Some complaints I read was that it was too similar to the Naked Heat palette, or at least in a similar colour family. There was also the complaint that there is not one classic “cherry” colour (ie BRIGHT RED) in the palette. I’d argue that not all cherries are maraschino and that most regular cherries are, in fact, are reminiscent of this palette. Semantics aside, I think this is a very fun palette that I’m happy to have added to my Naked family.

PRODUCTS USED

FACE
*GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer
*IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 
*TOM FORD Soleil Contouring Compact in Soleil Afterglow
*MAC COSMETICS Hyper Real Glow Highlighter Trio

EYES
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Palette
*URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Market
*IT COSMETICS SuperHero Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
STILA Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in White (Discontinued)
*HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Primer
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Mascara

LIPS
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Vice Lipstick in Juicy / Devilish / Cherry

BRUSHES
*L’OREAL Sponge
*BAREMINERALS Blooming Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush

* Indicate gifted product*

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

My overall review is that the shadows are very pigmented and blend lovely. Overall, it’s a lovely palette however, it is not an every day shadow story I will be turning to. With that in mind, I would recommend it if anyone is in the market for a pinky pop of colour as there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers. If you enjoyed the video, head on over to my YouTube channel and subscribe for more updates like this. And be sure to check out my other posts and reviews in the Beauty Section of my blog! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Digging deep into the depths of my past to recreate a favourite Punk Makeup look beauty tutorial inspired by my favourite Live Journal – Punk Makeup. I stalked that page so regularly back in 2006. I never applied to be a member but this can be my application 12 years too late. Can we even begin to believe that I used to do my make up like this? Sometimes it even shocks me. What’s more shocking than that is, I kind of like the way it looks? Is Sandy Circa 2005-2006 coming back? I suppose time will only tell! In the meantime, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial and punk storytime re: Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial. Or keep scrolling for more hilarious photos I took with this outfit that still fit!!!! 🙂

PRODUCTS USED

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Chrome Yellow
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Electric Eel
STILA Eyeshadow in Moonlight
DIORSHOW On Stage Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl
MAC COSMETICS Blush in Pink Swoon
YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Blue Mascara
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
JIN SOON Cool Blue Polish

OUTFIT DETAILS

GBH band t shirt – my closet
RAZOR BLADE earrings – somewhere in NYC
WRANGLER vintage shorts – thrifted then DIY’d by me
TIFFANY & CO heart necklace – c/o my mom

Punk Make Up A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my walk down memory lane! I would love to know how many other people out there were part of an *alternative* scene which heavily involved makeup? Or even anyone who remembers New City for that matter! If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out My Morning Skincare Routine to see what I do before applying buttloads of make up! JK my makeup is very conservative. If you are amused by my videos, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. K thx bye 🙂

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Easy Every Day Makeup Look with Urban Decay’s Beached Palette

Easy Every Day Makeup Look with Urban Decay’s Beached Palette

Easy Every Day Makeup Look with Urban Decay’s Beached Palette

Beach, please! Join me while I create an easy every day makeup look with Urban Decay’s Beached palette. I promise you that this is such an easy tutorial, you don’t even need me to talk you through it, and I don’t! Enjoy the sounds of the ocean while I apply my makeup. I do, however, give my opinion on the new mascara from NARS called… wait for it…. Climax. If you’re hip to the beauty jive, I’m sure this isn’t the first you’ve heard of this scandalously named recent launch. In addition to that, there is also a cameo of a peach scented blush from the L’Oreal Paris Paradise Enchanted Collection. The entire collection is peach scented! Keep scrolling for the full product details. 🙂

Want more beauty posts? Check out my Urban Decay Moondust post. Or NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers review video.

Thanks so much for watching! If you enjoyed it, subscribe to my channel and be updated on all my latest videos 🙂

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GET READY WITH ME – New in Beauty – My June Favourites

GET READY WITH ME – New in Beauty – My June Favourites

GET READY WITH ME – New in Beauty – My June Favourites

The moment when you realize one of the palettes you just opened for the first time and fell in love with is DISCONTINUED!?! Yeah, that’s what happened when I was linking products and found out Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky palette is not longer with us…. much like Geoffrey the giraffe from Toy’R’Us (RIP x 2). With that said, get ready with me while I do my every day make up using new-in products and one discontinued favourite (RIP Urban Decay Smoky palette). So here it is: GET READY WITH ME – New in Beauty – My June Favourites. Won’t you join me?

Be sure to check out My Morning Skincare Routine to see what I do before applying buttloads of make up! JK my make up is very conservative. If you enjoy my videos, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. K thx bye 🙂

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My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine

“You’re not wearing foundation?! What do you use on your skin?” are questions I find myself answering quite often. While I usually deflect the compliment and say it’s because of genetics. And while genetics definitely plays a large role in it (thanks mom) a consistent skincare routine has most definitely served me well over the years. Seeing as how some people in this world are interested in my daily habits, I thought I would share My Morning Skincare Routine a la YouTube video. Keep scrolling for more product details. 🙂

CLEANSERS

I’m a firm believer in the double cleanse. It’s a way of life I have committed to this year after realizing the magic of exfoliating followed by an additional cleanse. It’s truly a dreamy experience. Here are the cleansers I am currently using and loving:

NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser
This is the first exfoliant I’ve ever used that I can use daily. The exfoliant is very mild and works well with my sensitive skin!

ORIGINS Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder
I love using this as a face mask! But prior to receiving the Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser, I was using this powder 3-4 times per week as my main exfoliant.

INDIE LEE Brightening Cleanser
This is a face wash that works overtime while smelling so dang good. I’ve sung its praise before on my Night Moves Natural Skincare Routine post. It smells like strawberries! It doubles as a mask when it’s worn for 10 minutes. And it leaves my skin feeling clean, not stripped.

TONING

Toning the skin is such an important step, especially if you’re like me and can’t seem to completely wash off all the cleanser. I buy my cotton rounds at Costco. I have yet to find a more sustainable option for these disposable cotton pads. The alternatives such as cloth pads I find absorb a lot of product so I end up using three times as much. I would love to hear if anyone else has discovered something better?

INDIE LEE CoQ-10 Toner
The first thing to celebrate is that it’s alcohol-free (bless). It’s antioxidant rich and includes super hero ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, sage, and rejuvenating enzymes from papaya. Sounds pretty dreamy, doesn’t it?

SERUM & MOISTURIZER

My morning skincare routine would not be complete without a powerful serum and moisturizer combination. As I discussed in the video, this new line I’ve been trying out is a game changer. Universkin is a base serum with added active ingredients. The active ingredients are picked specifically for each individuals skin by a dermatologist or facial specialist. I received my consultation at Lucere Dermatology in Edmonton.

UNIVERSKIN Day Serum 
My “prescription” includes SOD, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B3. I cannot stress enough how important Vitamin C is for the skin! If you haven’t watched the video, check there to find out why!

NEXULTRA #3 Moisturizer
This is a light weight moisturizer that I use both day and night. It works in conjunction with the Universkin serum and is from the same product line 🙂

Des Yeux

Lest we forget the most delicate part of the visage! The eyes of course. Moisturizing those peepers both day and night is a MUST! Especially if maintaining the integrity of the skin is a priority.

IT COSMETICS Confidence In An Eye Cream
These last couple of years have been real hard on my eyes. This is one of the few eye products I’ve used and actually noticed a visible difference in the plumpness around my eyes. Those dark circles appeared lightened and I was elated. I love piling this cream on at nighttime as well.

TATA HARPER Illuminating Eye Cream
The magic ingredient of the hour is hyaluronic Acid and this cream’s got it! It provides an abundance of moisture to the area all while brightening effects with the gold shimmer in it. It’s light, it smells good, and it does what it says it’s going to do: ILLUMINATE!

Protect Your Neck!

We must remember our beloved epidermis south of our chin. It wants attention, it needs love, it should never be left out! Keep that moisture coming!

IT COSMETICS Secret Sauce 
Besides the name being hilarious and accurate, this cream is a true dream. It’s a fantastic moisturizer without being overwhelmingly thick. Spoiler alert: this also contains my favourites hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C!

INDIE LEE Squalane Oil
If you’re unfamiliar with squalane, it’s an oil derived from the olive. And it’s a real bad ass when it comes to moisturizing. Be sure to add some of it to your top shelf asap!

SPF It Up!

All of those other steps are wonderful but will only have noticeable effects if the skin is being protected by the sun DAILY. It’s easy to assume that if it’s an overcast day that SPF is unneeded. WRONG! About 80% of those UV rays are able to pass through clouds and are secretly burning us. That’s why SPF is a non-negotiable in My Morning Skincare Routine!

SKINCEUTICALS Physical Fusion SPF 50
This weightless and tinted SPF option is one of my favourites. Since it’s so lightweight, it’s excellent to use on a day when I wear make-up. Not to mention, a little goes a long way!

NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50
Another lightweight option that soaks in fast but does not have a tint. I love using this one when I’m out and about without make-up. Or when I’m engaging in physical activities outside since it’s waterproof.

And that concludes My Morning Skincare Routine! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 I would love to hear what your favourite products are in your morning routine so please leave a comment below!

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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