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Worth the Splurge: DUŠA & KAMEN Rose Quartz Skincare

I’ve been trialing DUŠA & KAMEN, a new German luxury natural and cruelty-free skincare line, for the past several months, and I’m excited to share my thoughts today on the products and the brand as a whole.  Hana, the company’s founder, is a trained beautician and physiotherapist who first formulated skincare products to solve her own skin problems, then later decided to sell them.  What followed was two years of further product development and dozens of test formulas before DUŠA & KAMEN was born in June of 2020.

The company’s inaugural launch, the Rose Quartz line, features wonderful raw and natural ingredients, and, per the name, there are real rose quartz stones found in every bottle.  The line is specifically targeted towards acne-prone skin, but after using the products for the last few months, I think they have a lot more versatility than that description implies, and could in fact suit a variety of different skin types. 

Keep reading for my detailed take on each product in the line, plus head over to my Instagram page for a chance to win two of the products for yourself!

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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