I have decided that I am starting a makeup no buy! It’s been a couple weeks since the last time I purchased any new products, and I haven’t felt the desire. However, I want to keep that momentum going! There is absolutely no reason at this time to introduce new items into my collection. In fact, I’d love to get some things out of my life!

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It’s the last long weekend of the summer! I hope you guys enjoy every moment of it. My plan is to relax and savour this last taste of summer. As the summer comes to an end, I’ve come to realize that I’ve worn a variation of this simple outfit most weekends of the summer. I love wearing skirts or dresses on my days off, because I exclusively wear pants to work, so it feels nice to change it up and make the most of time off!

The pieces

This outfit is fun and effortless – because that’s what I’m all about! This pairing is perfect for the final long weekend of summer. I find an a-line skirt is always so flattering, and this Corduroy Skirt from Tobi offers the classic shape with the perfect summer to fall texture! This skirt can be dressed up or down, and I decided to keep it very casual with a near-basic Pineapple print tee. I love the contrast between this warm-weather piece with the yellow pineapple print. I just can’t say goodbye to summer quite yet, so I’m going to continue to wear these kinds of pieces for as long as possible!

This outfit is about playing with texture and pattern. The final touch is the Original Grain 6040 watch that I still reach for all the time, even though this style is no longer available. It’s just the perfect weekend accessory!

Please check out my last fashion post for some more inspo, I have been loving sharing my personal style with you guys!

What style items do you reach for on the weekends?

My favourite time of year for fashion hands-down is summer. This time of years calls for effortless outfits comprised of bold colours, light fabrics and statement pieces. This is definitely the time of year to have fun with fashion! I would not consider myself to be a fashionable person, but this dress really makes me feel as if I am! Making an amazing outfit is easy when a statement piece fits you right and can be paired with everyday basics.

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On my journey to a completely cruelty-free lifestyle, I’ve tried lots of dental care options – but the Jason Powersmile range has definitely impressed me the most! JASON is a natural, cruelty-free brand that features good quality ingredients, while still being affordable and accessible!

When making the transition to natural products in your home, traditional toothpaste can be difficult to part with. The first time I tried natural dental care, I was using baking soda and water on my tooth brush. Then I moved up to a mixture bentonite clay with mint essential oil. These methods can work, and are very easy on the wallet, but I always craved something more like store-bought. I grew used to the full, lingering minty flavour and smooth texture. And that’s when I set myself on a the task of finding the “you won’t notice the difference” all-natural toothpaste.

I’ve tried several brands since then, and I’ve strayed back to the traditional products as well (naughty me) but now I’ve discovered my favourite range and have found myself repurchasing it time & time again!

JASON Powersmile Toothpaste and Mouthwash

I have used 3-4 tubes of Jason Powersmile Toothpaste, and I’m addicted to the minty-fresh flavour and smooth texture! This toothpaste even suds up just like other non-cruelty free brands do! And that’s the biggest difference to me. I’ve yet to find a natural toothpaste that functions near-identically to the other brands I grew up using. This toothpaste is a whitening formula as well, without causing sensitivity at all. I have not noticed it to whiten my teeth exactly, but it has maintained the white of my teeth, even though I am an avid coffee & red wine drinker!

I picked up the mouthwash about a month ago after using the toothpaste over and over. Again, this product is comparable to other alternatives I’ve tried! This formula is 2x concentrated – so yay for less packaging! You can choose how strong you’d like it to be, I personally tend to dilute the formula with equal parts water. It still offers a fresh flavour and clean feeling even when diluted!

Jason Powersmile offers a healthy and cruelty-free alternative to traditional toothpaste and mouthwash without compromising in performance! No nasty chemicals, animal ingredients or excessive packaging! This range really is the healthy alternative for your teeth!

Where to purchase

One of the hardest part of making the switch to natural and cruelty-free products is accessibility. Thankfully, this line is very accessible! My favourite place to shop for Jason Powersmile Toothpaste ($6.49) and Jason Powersmile Mouthwash ($10.79) is online through well.ca (I chatted a bit more about the site here). This site often has promotions where they offer large discounts and there is always free shipping over $35 in Canada!

I’ve also found Jason products available at retailers like Loblaws and Zehr’s Markets – just go to the organic/health section! However, lots of independently owned natural and health-food stores! Once you start looking for these alternatives, you really will start seeing these brands and products everywhere!

 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts on them?

So… It’s been a few weeks since I last posted here. The longer I wait to write, the harder it seems to get. I want to come on and say something, but I just genuinely don’t know what to say. For a few weeks the idea of coming here and posting about products seemed odd and Now is as good of a time as any to let you know what’s going on and to get back to chatting to you here.

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would take blogging more seriously. I want to create more content, and focus a lot of my creative energy to this platform. The year started out pretty good. I was posting consistently on both my blog and instagram, trying lots of new products and exploring. But these past few weeks I’ve let that go by the wayside.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I had surgery last Thursday. It was a minor surgery, but as it was approaching I focused all my energy on thinking about that. I spent my time preparing to take time off work, go for walks and enjoy the weather while I could. I worried a lot about what I would eat and how I would do everyday things during recovery. Being an over-thinker, I guess that makes sense. But I didn’t take the time to do the little things that make me happy – trying new makeup looks, exploring with colour, photography. Now that I’m in recovery and on the way uphill, I want to put my energy back to these things. I get so much joy and fulfillment out of these creative things.

Over the past few days, I have had a lot of time to think. I’m off work for a little while and am honestly doing so much better than I ever expected I would be this soon after surgery. I have lots of fresh ideas and I am feeling reenergized. I’m excited to be back to my blog!