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Blush Crush: New + Old Favourites ft. Aether, Lauren Brooke, Clove + Hallow, Fitglow + more!

Despite wearing masks that cover most of my cheeks whenever I leave the house these days, I’ve really gotten into blush over the last several months.  There’s just something about a flushed cheek that’s been doing it for me, and I’ve also fully embraced cream blush formulas for the first time. 

I wear powder foundation many days, so all of these have been been tested over both powder and cream/liquid base formulas without any issues.  

Top 6 Skincare Discoveries of 2020

January 13th is pushing the limit for a best of 2020 post, but, in my defense, my new year started with a computer that wouldn’t boot up on the 1st, which put a major damper on any blogging plans.  Combine that with the lack of motivation I’ve felt in recent weeks watching both the pandemic spiral in Ontario and the disturbing political events of our US neighbours, and here we are on the 13th.  But, I figure better late than never!  

While there are lots of skincare products, both new and old, that I enjoyed last year, these are specifically my very top standout discoveries -- things that I tried for the first time in 2020.  As it turns out, this lineup makes up an entire basic skincare routine, which is also fun!

Fall + Winter Empties / Products I've Used Up

Happy almost 2021!  I can’t think of a better way to round out this blogging year than by moving some trash out with my latest batch of empties.  Here's a look at everything I've used up over the last several months...

This Week's Best Green Beauty Deals (Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2020)

Is it just me or do the holiday sales start earlier and earlier each year?  My inbox has been blowing up with offers since the middle of last week!  I'm not going to attempt an all-encompassing sales post like in past years, but I still wanted to round up my top picks -- it's a mix of the best sales I've seen so far and those being run by some of my very favourite companies.  I've also been sharing deals all week in my Instagram Stories (saved to my highlights) and will continue to do so throughout the weekend.

30% Off Sitewide
Free Deluxe Face Oil Sample with $100+

Lots of discounted brands/products (incl. 50% Off Green Beaver, Attitude, and The Honest Co., 40% Off Derma E and Acure, 30% Off Mad Hippie + TONS more!) 
$10 off $40+ (Code: Caitie10)

12% Off Sitewide (Code: BFSALE12) + Extra 5% Off (Code: ITI429)
50% Off Select Brands (incl. Jane Iredale, Juice Beauty, Mineral Fusion, Desert Essence + more!)

$15 Off $100+
$30 Off $200+ (+ Free Osea Body Balm)
$80 Off $400+ (+Free Osea Body Balm and Detox Mode Body Scrub)

$10 Off $100+
$25 Off $200+ (+ Free Osea Body Balm)
$80 Off $400+ (+Free Osea Body Balm and Detox Mode Body Scrub)

30% Off Full Size Products 

Select Products for $15USD/$19CAD
15% Off (Code: 20BF15)
25% Off $250+ (Code: 20BF25)
30% Off $400+ (Code: 20BF30)
+Free Bakuchiol Body Cream with $125+ 

15% Off Sitewide (Code: THANKFUL)
Thurs/Fri Only -- Mystery Full Size Item with $20+

Buy One Get One Free on Everything

20% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping (Code: BF20)

20% Off Sitewide (Code: GREEN20) 
25% Off £150+ (Code: GREEN25)
Free Worldwide Shipping Over £25

Buy One Get One Free on Select Items (Code: MIX & MATCH)

15% Off £35+ (Code: FRIDAY)
Free Worldwide Shipping Over £15

25% Off Sitewide (Code: GOODNESS25)
+ $1 for every product sold donated to charity

15% Off Sitewide
Buy 4, Get 1 Free in Every Category
Free Lipstick with $75+

What sales will you be shopping this weekend?  Whatever you do, STAY SAFE and please skip the in-person Black Friday sales -- no deal is worth the risk of catching (or spreading) COVID-19 right now!

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Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques 2020 Advent Box (Unboxing All 12 Days!)

I was so excited to receive the new Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques 2020 Advent Box in the mail last week -- honestly, I think it was the most fun I’ve had opening a package in a good while!  I’m a Lauren Brooke affiliate, which means that I periodically receive products to share on Instagram, but I’m under no obligation to post about them here on the blog.  No one at Lauren Brooke HQ has any idea that I’m writing this blog post, but, as soon as I received the Advent Box, I knew I had to share it ASAP, and also that I didn’t want to be limited to just the constraints of an Instagram caption.  

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, if you aren’t already familiar with the brand, makes natural and cruelty-free products with food-grade, organic ingredients.  Everything is handcrafted in the USA, and the company aims for skincare and makeup that is not only non-toxic and free from harmful chemicals, but that also nourishes you through your skin.