Mega Empties! Skincare, Makeup, Body + Hair

It’s hard to believe that my last empties post was almost two years ago!  Don't worry, I haven’t held on to my trash from that entire time, but I’ve got my empties from the last six months to a year.  I’m going to speed through these with very mini reviews, but feel free to ask questions if you're curious or want more details on anything.

Fair warning: it's going to be a long one!

{save} Skincare Anti-Pollution Sleeping Mask + Vit C Booster

{save} Skincare generously sent me a few products last month to try out and I've been thoroughly enjoying the Sleeping Mask and Vit C Booster from the company's new Anti-Pollution line ever since.  {save}'s products are intended as a “safe refuge in an overloaded skincare market” and promote a simplified and gentle routine made with healthy and safe ingredients. {save}’s homebase and production is in Poland, and all products meet the EU’s stricter ingredient guidelines.  The company also errs on the side of caution and forgoes any ingredients with controversial safety considerations, including parabens, SLS, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, GMO’s, silicones, and colours. {save} products are also cruelty free and made without essential oils or fragrance (both synthetic and natural).

Clean Beauty Awards: 2020 Finalists Announced + My Top Face Wash Picks

The Clean Beauty Awards are an annual celebration of some of the best and brightest in the green, clean, and natural beauty space.  The awards are hosted by CertClean here in Toronto, but products and judges come from all over the world. This was my third year on the judging panel, and I’m so excited to share a little more about the experience now that the 2020 finalists have been revealed.  

Over 370 products were entered for 2020, with the first round of judging taking place from August to December 2019.  With up to 50 products in some categories, it’s impossible for each judge to try them all, so we were each sent a “jury box” of products in one or more categories, and after every product is tested and scored by several independent judges, the ones with the highest average scores are carried through to Round 2 as finalists.

For Round 1, I judged Face Wash, the perfect category for me since cleansers are one of my very favourite products to try out.  Only one product from my jury box made it through as a finalist, but I still want to share my personal top three from those I tried.