Stark Skincare – Skincare for the urban dweller

The Aurora Balm My first experience with Stark Skincare and its founder, Jess, was at a Green Beauty Pop Up in Toronto. I remember the product I bought that day, a sample size of the Aurora Balm. I knew from the moment I opened the little black jar that I wasn’t looking at a typical skin care product. The Aurora Balm was a rich golden colour with a sweet, earthy and invigorating scent that I couldn’t compare to anything I’d ever smelled. Jess told me that the Aurora Balm is for both cleansing and moisturizing – the minimalist in me …

5 Ways To Fight Dark Circles (And Puffiness) Naturally

Many of us struggle with darkness (and often puffiness) under our eyes which can age us, make us look tired or worse, ill.  Dark circles can be seen on both men and women and are difficult to get rid of or at least improve; expensive serums which promise to work often leave us disappointed.  There are numerous causes to dark circles and because of that it can be a challenge to pinpoint exactly what causes them but also how to treat them.

Why You Must Colour Correct Before Using Concealer

Using a colour corrector is essential before using your concealer if you want your makeup application to look flawless. I know you’re probably thinking, “Gee another product to add on?” However, if like me you have highly pigmented hereditary under-eye circles, you will truly appreciate what a colour corrector can do for your eyes and other areas of your face that might need colour-correcting for redness, dark spots, or dullness.

5 Ways To Give Your Skin A Break This Holiday Season

The holidays are here! During this busy, stressful and indulgent time of year, it’s always a good reminder to take some time to take care of yourself.  I have several suggestions on my blog on how to take care of your skin now that the weather has gotten cooler, and I could remind you that you are what you eat and that it’ll show on your skin.  However, I also know that it’s hard to cut back on anything this time of year because most of us celebrate by getting together with our loved ones and eating, eating and eating some more!

If you haven’t tried cosmetic acupuncture, you’re missing out!

I’m always up for trying something new if it’s going to be good for me and my skin.  Last week, I booked myself for a cosmetic acupuncture treatment.  What’s the reason you ask?  I’ve been doing some reading about it and it seems that the benefits to the skin are many.  I’ve been feeling tired lately and feel that my face is showing it.  Although the condition of my skin is great – no breakouts, minimal fine lines and even tone – I feel that I’m losing volume and vitality. 

5 Oils That Truly Benefit Your Skin

I’m a big believer in the power of oils. Last week, I did a Facebook Live on the beauty of oil cleansing. This week, I focused on 5 other ways to integrate oils into your beauty regimen. If you haven’t watched this video, I know you’ll definitely take something useful away from it. Oils are all the rage right now. Some of us have already jumped on this bandwagon (me!) and some of us might still be skeptical. I’m a true believer that finding the right oil can do wonders for your skin.

3 skincare products to switch to for fall

What do you love about FALL? Is it the colours of the leaves? Sipping on pumpkin spice lattes? Curling up with a good book and a warm blanket? I love all these things, but I also I love being able to wear my favourite leather jacket, soft cords, colourful pashminas, and have richer colours in my makeup bag. I’ll leave the “richer” colours for another post; first thing is skincare! Fall is a time of change. Along with the beautiful colours of the leaves and rotating our closets, there are essential changes we must make to our skincare, too.

What’s Hiding In Your Facial Cleanser

Have you ever read the ingredients on your facial cleanser? Yes, the one that gives you squeaky clean skin. Reading ingredient labels has become a sort of obsession for me lately. Every time I find myself in a skin care aisle, I pull out my phone and start photographing the front and back labels of skin care products. Yup. Pretty exciting stuff, huh? What intrigues me the most is comparing the front label – the smart marketing that actually makes me think that this product is good for my skin – to the actual ingredients on the back label.

What my mom taught me about beauty

In honour of Mother’s Day this weekend, I’m writing about my mom and the beauty product she used that started my obsession with makeup – a shimmery peacock green eye shadow. As a little girl, I was fascinated by my mother getting ready to go out. Whether it was to work or to shop, my mom always looked like a million bucks. She had all three of us girls before she turned 30, so I still remember the whistles from passing cars – typical of Mediterranean countries – as she walked down the street with us in tow.

6 Steps To A Clean Makeup Drawer

With the arrival of spring, cleaning becomes a priority around our house. The longer spring days and warmer weather make all the dust, fingerprints, and unkempt backyards all that more obvious. But, what about cleaning out our makeup and skin care drawer? The stuff we put on our faces deserves the same attention as the rest of our house. I would even dare to say that the advice I give you might be even more important (this stuff is going on our skin, eyes, mouth!) and should be done several times a year.