Dew Skin SPF Tinted Moisturizer

Well, the sunscreen sale was a smashing success! We are SOLD OUT! However, I’m still putting in a bulk order this week. Our dew skin SPF tinted moisturizer is a great sun safe product that will also leave you moisturizer and with a flawless complexion. Orders over $150 will be gifted a biodegradable makeup remover wipes package if placed by Friday!! Order here: http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/shannonlouis

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Beautycounter Sunscreen Sale

A safer sunscreen for safer sun time.

This lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, an effective mineral sun-blocker. It blends seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Aloe helps hydrate skin while antioxidant-rich blood orange extract fights free radicals.

Have you ever considered what ingredients are in sunscreen and how that affects our health? Sunscreen is important to protect our skin but like any products we use, what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies. It takes mere seconds for ingredients to be absorbed into our bloodstream.

Beautycounter has done the work for you and you can be assured that this sunscreen will protect your skin from all of the suns harmful rays while being safe for your health.

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The lipstick you’ve been waiting for

Vibrant, statement-making colour. An industry-leading standard of safety. Introducing the first long-wearing, one-swipe lipstick by Beautycounter. Eight all-new shades ranging from naturally nude to intense red deliver the rich colour payoff and luxe satin finish you want, with the safety you deserve. Creamy formula moisturizes so lips feel soft and smooth, never dry and uncomfortable. Natural peppermint oil delivers a subtly refreshing flavor.

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Girls Night – Classic Red

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Twilight – Bright Berry

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9 to 5 – luminous mauve

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Little Black Dress – Neutral Berry

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First Date

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Backstage

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Garden Party

WHY WE’RE TAKING A STAND AGAINST PHTHALATES IN CANADA

If you’re familiar with The Never List™, you’ll know we never formulate our products with phthalates. (Scientific research shows these chemicals are linked to endocrine disruption and birth defects.) So when we learned the Canadian government recently deemed these chemicals safe for human exposure—despite much evidence to the contrary—we decided to take action.

How? Last month, we submitted a letter to Canadian officials asking them to reconsider this assessment of phthalates. While the country has determined that most phthalates shouldn’t be restricted, there is plenty of data that suggests the ingredients may, in fact, have serious consequences.

For instance, the EU has declared four of the phthalates in Canada’s assessment to be substances of “high concern.” Several US states—including California and Washington—have also labeled these chemicals as hazardous.

In addition to the health risks mentioned previously, phthalate exposure has also been tied to reproductive harm, increased risk of cancer, and increased risk of obesity and insulin resistance.

What makes this assessment especially worrying is that phthalates are extremely widespread. They’re common plasticizers found in beauty and baby care products, food, toys, floor and wall coverings, and pharmaceuticals. Children are especially vulnerable, given that their bodies are still developing and they have higher object-to-mouth contact than adults.

With all this evidence, it’s clear that the Canadian government’s decision on phthalate safety deserves a closer look. Beautycounter urges the nation’s officials to take action against chemicals known to be harmful to human health—including phthalates—as part of the upcoming reform of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

Source: Beautycounter – The stories behind and inside our products

Big things with Beautycounter

When I signed up to be a Beautycounter consultant I did so because I fell in love with the company mission, the products, and the fact that they valued quality and safe ingredients as much as I did. I loved the fact that I could share information, great products, and connect with like-minded people. Their products have not only been great for my skin and my whole family but I don’t stress over ingredients and label reading as much as I did before.

What I didn’t know when I signed up was how amazing this opportunity would be and how many like-minded people I was able to meet. I also didn’t know how innovative Beautycounter is and the amazing line-up of products would only keep getting better and better (it’s getting even better). Most recently, our One Step Biodegradable and Safe Makeup Remover Wipes were introduced but there are a number of other amazing products in the works!

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Beautycounter in the news:

Well + Good 

Fast Company 

Quartz 

Slate

 

There are so many more exciting things to come this year for Beautycounter! I am so excited to continue sharing these great products and a great mission! You can learn more about Beautycounter here.

A family trip to St. Lucia

This post is a bit overdue. I was debating how I wanted to frame the subject matter as there is so much to say and share but I decided to highlight some of my favourite parts so, here we go!

We recently traveled to St. Lucia where my husband is from. I had never been before and it was the first time the boys would be traveling internationally and we were also getting married while we were there. St. Lucia is an Island in the Eastern Caribbean that is rich in history, lush rainforests, majestic mountains, fresh food, stunning beaches, and friendly people. We were there in January and the weather was a constant 28-32 degrees celcius, I cant imagine how hot the summer is!

It is an amazing country with so much to offer everyone. There truly is so much to see, do, eat, and experience and the scenery isn’t half bad either ;).

I have decided to share and take you on a bit of a visual journey of some of my favourite parts of the trip, aside from the wedding which I have decided to keep mostly private but, I will share a few pics here. The wedding location was breathtaking and it really was the most wonderful day.

We got married on the Pigeon Island National Landmark which is a historic site and one of the most important monuments in St.Lucia’s history. The ceremony was at the cliff side location and looked out onto the rough Atlantic Ocean facing Martinique.

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According to the St. Lucia National Trust website, “Pigeon Island was first occupied by the Amerindians, mainly Caribs. The island was later occupied by pirates whose leader was a Norman Captain called Francois Le Clerc. He had a wooden leg and was known to the French as Jambe de Bois. The French who owned the island in 1778 declared war on the British, who retaliated by attacking them in Saint Lucia and capturing the island. The British then built a Naval Base at Gros-Islet Bay, heavily fortifying Pigeon Island. From there they were able to monitor the French fleet in Martinique which resulted in the defeat of the French at the Battle of the Saints in 1782. Pigeon Island was, therefore, a key factor in the Battles between the British and the French. In 1909 a whaling station was established at Pigeon Island. Legislation to control whaling in 1952 put an end to this operation. Pigeon Island was leased to Josset Agnes Hutchinson, an actress with the D’Oyle Carte Theatre of England in 1937. When the American established a Naval Base at Rodney Bay in 1940 she left the island. In 1947 she returned to establish a thriving yachting industry, entertaining many guests and giving the island the reputation of a paradise island. She relinquished the lease in 1970, finally retiring to England in 1976. Pigeon Island was restored by the National Trust as a landmark encompassing all aspects of the rich heritage, with emphasis on the glorious period of the late eighteenth century, when the spill-over from the American War of Independence reached the Caribbean.”

You can read more about the island and the history, here.

I cannot imagine a more perfect setting, surrounded by our family and friends. We were so thankful the rain held off too!

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Our reception was held at the Royal St. Lucia Resort and Spa and let me tell you we were very well taken care of there. The food was spectacular, the venue was perfect for our taste and the Steel Pan band was out of this world!

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This is just a glimpse into what was a truly spectacular and very memorable day. Ashley from Ashley Eve Photography was our photographer and she is truly amazing! She is a friend and wonderful human who takes spectacular lifestyle photos focusing on “A day in the life” photoshoots. Go check out her work: http://www.ashleyevephotography.com, she is based in Toronto, Ont.

Aside from the wedding day, there were so many other things that made this trip special.

I just thought I would share a few highlights!

Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party

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The Gros Islet Friday night happens every Friday and has been for decades. It is a street party right in the heart of Gros Islet Town and is very popular with locals and tourists! I went to three of them while I was there and it is a lot of fun! Very crowded but the food is good and the people are friendly. Don’t forget the spice!

Pigeon Island Beach

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We didn’t spend a ton of time on the beaches this trip but I just loved the scenery from this beach and the boys enjoed watching all of the activity in the water, including a pirate ship!

All the beaches are truly stunning and I don’t think you’d get tired of any of them because they all seem to have something different to offer. This one is located right by Sandals Grande as well as the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

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Catamaran & Soufriere

We spent two separate days heading to the south of the island. The first day, we took a trip on a catamaran which was a party and I would highly recommend it!

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The catamaran tour takes you to a few stops for a full day of sightseeing. The first stop was the Morne Coubaril Estate which is a working estate that grows coconuts, cocoa and manioc. It has a historical village and a beautiful garden. There is a plantation on the estate but it is a private residence. They also have a zip line tour… more on that later.

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We also stopped at Toraille waterfall which was a beautiful experience. It was chilly but very refreshing and clearly gorgeous! The waterfall was definitely a very busy spot though and next time I hope to have time to see more waterfalls because St. Lucia has a lot to offer.

St. Lucia Waterfalls 

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On the tour we stopped and ate at a restaurant venue in the mountains. The food in St. Lucia didn’t disappoint and the endless fresh fruits and veggies had so much flavour. All of the food was so fresh and I could digest foods that normally give me trouble in Canada.

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The view of the Pitons is spectacular! I didn’t climb either one of them but my friend did and loved it! St. Lucia is a very mountainous island which helps to give it its reputation for stunning scenery.

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On the second tour to the south of the island, we were on a bus so we got to see different scenery.

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The Castries Harbour where many cruise ships come in.
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Overlooking Soufriere and the Pitons.

En-route we also stopped to get some local and fresh Cassava bread. It was delicious but my scattered brain cannot find the photos of it.

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Looking out to the rainforest.

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The bus tour also took us back to the Morne Coubaril Estate where we did zip lining. It was an amazing tour through the rainforest.

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We also took in the sulphur spring mud baths which were awesome too, except it was a little rainy so it was a little cold. They are healing mud baths and are supposed to help detoxify and help with burns, eczema, arthritis, sore joints and more.

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We finished the day eating roti a the Petit Peak restaurant. Food was good and the setting again was spectacular.

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Castries Market

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I really enjoyed visiting the Castries market and seeing all that the local vendors have to offer. Being the food lover that I am, it really is sensory overload because the smells and sights are plentiful and beautiful. There is so much going on in this market it was honestly a bit overwhelming but a great expereience with so many fresh fruits and vegetables and local spices, etc. It really gives you a feel for the culture and an opportunity to buy and try so many local staple foods.

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Fort Rodney & Pigeon Island National Park

This was probably my favourite day, going up to the top of Pigeon Island and also taking in Fort Rodney. We got married on Pigeon Island but on the wedding day, we didn’t experience all it has to offer so we came back so I could check out the scenery.

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As you can see, the scenery is incredible and we watched a couple storms pass by. It is a 360-degree view from up there and a must see if you are in St. Lucia — I could have stayed up there all day.

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The Reef

Just before we headed home, we stopped at  “the Reef” also known as Sandy Beach which is by the airport in Vieux Fort on the southern part of the island. Another beautiful spot as you can see.

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There was so much more we were able to see and do, this is just the highlight reel. Touring with a local made it very special and I cannot wait to return. The food, the people, the scenery, the weather, the laid-back atmosphere, it’s all amazing. I would highly recommend visiting the gorgeous island of St. Lucia and, if you need a great tour guide I can help you out!

Have you been to St. Lucia? What was your favourite thing? 

My motherhood circle

How I didn’t realize how much I needed one

Just the other night I was having some wine and cheese with a few of my “mom friends.”

I don’t know if I understood the importance of a solid circle of friendships more than since having a child. I think I have always had a fairly-closed circle of really good friends and we did/do lots of fun things together but, as I grew and continue to grow in motherhood, I am finding more and more how valuable these relationships are. There are a few people I have regularly in my text message recent messages and a lot of solid people who I know I can reach out to, always. It’s funny though, how much we experience in motherhood that is often unsaid and when it is discussed no one can believe that we don’t discuss this regularly.  Some of these topics include:

  • how we didn’t feel such a strong bond the first time we held our babies,
  • anxieties and worries about absolutely everything, and then some,
  • the guilt of how we feel like we are not doing enough with and for our children because we are tired and life is busy enough already,
  • guilt, guilt and more guilt,
  • Joys and heartbreak of the different stages,
  • Laughs about the silly things our children do.

It is so refreshing to be around women who are in your life stage. In the trenches. They are there and they get it. I value so many of my friendships but there is truly something to be said for the moms that you meet when raising tiny humans.

I have made a lot of my mom friends through social media… I know, strange, right? But, reaching out and connecting has been one of the best things I could do on my motherhood journey and the support is unmatched. This was honestly something I hadn’t considered before becoming a mother. It often still surprises me how much we harbor inside and don’t talk about, even with other moms. I truly believe it is important for all moms to have someone to be a listening ear, a phone call away, a help. And, of course, we all need those nights were we chat with wine and good food and relish in the joys we have the privilege of experiencing.