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At night, I am all about relaxing essential oils to calm me down and get me sleepy. Evening Primrose is one of my favourite scents for the bath, so I was pretty excited when Weleda sent me their entire range based on the scent.



RENEFURTEREROILAnna: So I thought this was a rather odd idea, applying oil to your hair then washing it out. But don’t get me wrong, I’m sort of obsessed with using beauty oils so I was definitely up for this one. So after reading the instructions, I shook this stuff right onto my roots, then massaged my scalp to spread out the oil. It smells sort of lemon-losangey but not unpleasant. After that, just as the box instructed me, I waited 10 minutes before jumping in the shower. My main concern was all the oil at my scalp– I didn’t want to shower and have my hair dry greasy or weigh it down. Anyways, I shampooed, conditioned, and after it dried, my hair felt and looked really nice– moisturized, shiny, but still bouncy and light. However, I usually go at least two days before my next wash, and I felt that after using this product, my hair got greasier a bit faster. Although I don’t always have the time for this one, the results were truly effective and the whole process feels quite luxurious and relaxing.

Amanda: I was really nervous that this was going to make my hair really oily, but I actually found that it helped balance my hair’s natural oils–I was able to wait 3 days before a wash as my hair wasn’t nearly as greasy as usual. I actually really liked the smell–citrus-y, soothing and a little bit herbal (I do love honey-lemon Strepsils). I will definitely keep using this as it is supposed to increase scalp health and circulation, which is always a great thing in the cold, dry winter months. It is also supposed to enhance hair growth by deeply cleansing the scalp and strengthening hair from the root, another benefit! I will keep using this as I need long, mermaid locks for my wedding.



We asked Emily what her favourite beauty product is:

“Oof that’s a tough question! If I had to choose one, I’d say Rodin’s face oil. It smells amazing, makes your face look dewy, and makes it so your make-up glides on easily. It’s an investment, but one I think is worth making.”

–Emily Schuman, author of blog and book Cupcakes and Cashmere 

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I’d like to make sure that everyone has seen the film Kicking and Screaming before I start, firstly because it’s hilarious and secondly so that you understand the title of this post.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk hemp. This stuff smells like old people, and it has a bit of a questionable rep on the screen (I’m just thinking of Dwight’s teen neighbour who steals his hemp to smoke it). All jokes aside, you’ve got to get your hands on this plant, or rather some products containing it. Specifically hand cream. My hands are gnarly at this time of year–the cold air, the constant hand washing (for work, I don’t have OCD…at least I don’t think), and my naturally rough cuticles (I also rarely get manicures because I can’t wear polish very often). So, I need some serious help to say the least.
I remember my mom going through tubes of this super thick salve as a kid, and mother knows best, right? I picked up a tube of my own and it has literally been my saviour–I use some every night before bed, that way all the oils can fully soak in without driving me crazy. As I said before, the smell is unpleasant but doesn’t last, and it’s quite greasy at first (it dries nicely), but this is totally why it’s so effective! Little did I know that this lifesaver came in the more concentrated form of an oil, which I was also lucky enough to get my hands on. You can use this stuff solo or mix in with your hand protector. This oil is also great for really dry areas that need intense repair and hydration, like your elbows and knees. When all else fails, this line from The Body Shop is my go-to hand rehab.
–Anna Raponi


I’m sure you’ve felt it by now–tight, dry skin. The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your skin, making your summer skincare products redundant, no longer able to quench your skin’s thirst.As soon as September came along, my lighter formulations from the summer were no longer enough. My forehead almost immediately became crepe-y and uncomfortable.The change in seasons doesn’t mean you completely need to overhaul your routine–just change up a few key products: your cleanser and moisturizers. Using a gentler, more hydrating cleanser means that your natural oils won’t be stripped away and using a richer moisturizer packs in even more hydration to fight the dry heat of interiors and the harsh, cold winds.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, a new BioOrganic British brand, has created a line of products that work with the effects of probiotics and botanicals to promote healthy skin by fighting inflammation–the main cause of skin aging. There is no bad stuff in their products–you won’t find chemicals or pore-clogging ingredients here.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that you always hear about in the yogurt commercials; they create a healthy environment for your stomach and help digestion, and can help with eczema and acne among other things. I, myself, take probiotic supplements everyday to help my sensitive/lactose intolerant stomach. There is some new research that shows that since probiotics make for a happy tummy, they might also help to clear skin. The theory is that whatever is going on in your gut will show up on your skin (a.k.a. healthy gut=healthy skin).

Aurelia’s products are lush–the day and night creams are luxuriously silky and beautifully scented (as are all of the products) with bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, neroli, jasmine, plumeria, tuberose, rose, mandarin and rosemary. The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight. The oil can be applied every night under moisturizer for those with dryer skin, or a few nights a week for oilier skin. Essential fatty acids, antioxidants and oils help to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

Since starting to use their line, I get less pimples, my skin is clearer, more even-toned and well hydrated.

I’m so glad that Aurelia wanted to work with us on this video, as I love their whole range, and essentially, this video and post allows me to create one big review rather than a bunch of small ones.

In case you’re interested what other products I use in my routines, I’ve listed them here for you:


Cleanser: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 

Exfoliating toner: Biologique Recherche P50
Hydrating toner: La Roche Posay Serozinc

Eye cream: Eysilix

Eye serum: Lancôme Advanced Généfique
Face serums: Lancôme Généfique Eye Light Pearl & Hydraluron

Moisturizer: Aurelia Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser

Sunscreen: Kiehl’s


First cleanse: Ren Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Second cleanse: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 

Exfoliating toner: Biologique Recherche P50
Hydrating toner: La Roche Posay Serozinc

Eye cream: Eysilix

Face oil: Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil

Face seruma: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Hydraluron

Moisturizer: Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Aurelia’s products are also all available on Net-a-Porter.

I was not compensated for this post, nor did Aurelia provide any payment for this video. I thoroughly love and support Aurelia’s products. I received the products as PR samples. 


Routines are great, I think we can all agree in one way or another. But things get in the way and they get hectic. Plus, lately I’ve been skimping on my eight hours and even have a hard time bringing my energy down once I do hit the hay, which makes me even more stressed. And I don’t know about you, but my skin goes CRAZY when I don’t get enough sleep. So with the homework, the late nights, the breakouts, and the consequential lack of yoga classes (though it should really be a priority in my schedule), I get a little bit, well crazy. I’ve come across a few products here and there that help me get to sleep and, well just help me mellow out. I also later realized that all of these products are made by all-natural brands, fittingly.

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Lotion is great for when I have some time before I go to sleep, especially if you worked out the day before. You can give yourself a mini leg massage while you get a whiff of the calming scent of this lotion. It feels great on tired muscles and gives you a few minutes to clear your head. Amanda likes to apply this all over after jumping out of the shower at night. The matching rollerball contains a more concentrated oil of this lavender, lavandin and sage scent. It’s great to throw in your purse for both those crazy-stressful moments or just for those few minutes of the train or when you’ve got a minute to sort your thoughts. I like to apply this one to my wrists and behind my ears.

I was actually in Organic Garage when I discovered Badger’s Sleep Balm (don’t overlook the beauty sections of these natural grocery stores, they’re cheap and usually great for your skin!). Now, this stuff won’t make you doze off upon a sniff of this, as the name may suggest (although that would be really cool and somewhat dangerous now that I think of it…). But the aroma of lavender and bergamot in the form of a moisturizing balm can do wonders! I warm a bit between my fingers then apply to the tops of my shoulders, behind my ears, temples (beware, this may cause breakouts), the tip of my nose, my wrists, really anywhere where you’d like.

Origins Peace of Mind is probably the most effective de-stresser of the bunch. It has an immediate cooling sensation which effectively soothes a lot of tension around my neck and jaw (I apply a pump of this to my temples and behind my ears). The scent is actually really minty, which doesn’t strike me as calming, but after trying many others, the mint may just be the key.

But do remember, nothing beats stress like good sleep, a trip to the gym  and lots of water (also, green juice is an instant pick-me-up!).

–Anna Raponi


What are you supposed to do when you get the frizzies at the top of your head, and your roots feel dry? Everyone knows you’re only supposed to put conditioner on your ends, so how are you supposed to help the roots get smooth and healthy again?

Kiehl’s Magic Elixir not only hydrates those poor frizzies, but also your scalp. With winter coming, your scalp takes a beating (from the heating, ha!…and from the cold), often getting dry and itchy. Applied directly to the scalp with it’s handy nozzle, the aromatic, rosemary-fragranced oil will hydrate your hair and scalp once massaged it. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes before washing out. Since oils work with oil, it won’t overhydrate your scalp, but will balance it, making it great for those with oily scalps as well.

If you want healthy hair, you’ve gotta start at the roots, which means that the soil (your scalp) that’s feeding your stems (hair strands) better be healthy, right?


Admittedly, I had never heard of Cowshed before trying out these products before. They sounded a bit farm-y, so I was unsure of what to expect at all.

When I received these, I was immediately curious what these products would smell like. Milk? Dairy? Not at all (thank goodness, I hate yogurt). Cowshed is a British company, inspired by the English Garden. Their products are all-natural, homeopathic, never tested on animals, and the ingredients come from sustainable resources (which is important to a lot of you). The garden influence really comes through in both of these products–they both have wonderfully herb-y smells, perfect for both men and women (Jordan really likes these as well).

Normally, I always have Aveeno’s lavender body wash (aka Positively Nourishing Calming Body wash) in the shower. But really, that isn’t truly representative of what lavender actually smells like. It’s what pretty lavender would smell like–but since body wash isn’t something that I normally care about and Aveeno is cheap, it works for me.

This body wash is something else though. It is made with a bunch of essential oils–jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood–which are super aromatic and really relax you, which refers to their name ‘lazy cow’ (I appreciate their playful names–other product lines include grumpy cow, knackered cow, horny cow, etc.). Apparently, from my past body wash choices, I look for de-stressing and calming qualities, and I swear, a deep whiff of this as I’m showering, and I’m quickly ready to go to sleep. This body wash is definitely an upgrade from the Aveeno, and it leaves a clean, but not dry or tight feeling.

The ‘moody cow’ bath and body oil can be used a few different ways–pour a few drops into a bath, apply after a shower to damp skin to hydrate or use it as a massage oil (I even used it on Jordan’s sore neck one night). This product is also quite aromatic, even more intense than the cleanser. It contains essential oils of rose gernanium, frankincense (not just for Christmas, apparently) and linden blossom. I apply it after my shower before bed to envelop myself in the relaxing scents. If you are going to use it as a body oil, be sure to test it on a patch of skin first, as the essential oils might irritate your skin. Overall, this is a lovely oil that has a light, thin viscocity to it that absorbs quickly.


I’m sure you can all remember your first not so great part-time job. This summer, I needed a job. I handed out what felt like hundreds of résumés around town, with no replies. Then, before I even had time to think, I had not one, but two part-times in food retail. I’m not complaining– they kept me busy and funded my shopping habits. But, my bosses said, “for obvious reasons, nail polish is off-limits”.

Off limits you say?!?! I’m a teenage girl AND a beauty blogger for Pete’s sake! No consideration.

Anyways. I decided that if I couldn’t have my nails painted practically all summer, then my hands had to look pretty darn good on their own. I normally have pretty rough cuticles that no oil nor cream has ever been able to tame. So, as per usual, I spent some time on sephora.com and came across this scrub from L’Occitane. Why had I never thought of a scrub before? This one is super gritty and binded together with shea, grapeseed and almond oils, to both exfoliate and nourish your paws. Oh, and you only have to scrub for a minute, hence the name ‘One Minute Hand Scrub’. It makes my bare hands look polished and oh so soft, all in 60 seconds.

–Anna Raponi