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terra20: Opening of a new store!

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 I have officially fallen in love..

No more adventuring all the way to Kanata with my roomie and dragging her into terra20 just so I could day dream about being able to use the ecobar, or to look at the ‘oh so pretty’ cosmetic section…it was always just out of reach for me.  I cannot explain the excitement I felt when I began hearing rumours about a potential new store at their anniversary event back in September. Now here it is, terra20 in Wellington West!

On Friday November 1st, they had an exclusive VIP shopping event..how exciting that I was actually invited! Let me tell ya, I was one happy camper walking into this store.  Not only was my cousin, Josée aka ‘Vegan Bananas‘, there to greet me at the entrance, she also greeted me as the newest member of the terra20 team!  As I walked into the store, I was overwhelmed at the contemporary beauty they had created.

For those of you who are reading this thinking; ‘What the heck is terra20?’ Tisk Tisk!

Heres what Terra20 is all about in a snap:

About terra20:
A pioneer in green department store retailing, terra20 works closely with brand partners and guests to find the most environmentally sound products available. terra20’s first two stores and head office are in Ottawa. The company plans to open additional stores across Canada in the near future and has an online store with more than 8,500 product offerings. For more information visit http://www.terra20.com.

So now to talk about my experience in… *pause for effect*  ‘THE COSMETIC SECTION’!

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First, let’s start off with their prestige brand, ‘Daniel Thompson‘. I actually had the privilege of meeting Mr.Thompson himself, and his trusty sidekick at the Anniversary event. We got to talk about the products and his view for the future of his company.  Great guys with great ambitions!  If there was one product I had really enjoyed during my mini makeover at the event, it was the Absolute Light (I will eventually post a review on the product and link it here as well).

The awesomeness doesn’t stop there! I got to snag myself samples of Kaia face and eye cream, booster serum, and a facial cleansing cloth. Kaia, a brand suited for people like me with busy lifestyles, is eco-friendly and vegan! I cannot wait to try these out and discover more about the product line!

There is more…lots more!

Next up, we have Zorah, a high-end brand that is petroleum free!  What really strikes me about this brand is their precious oils, especially their usage of argan oil. As we all know, argan oil is becoming a major hit in the mainstream world, or so says Dr. Oz (yea, I sometimes watch the show…it happens). Argan oil acts as a superb renewal agent for not only the skin, but in its purest form, also is amazing for the hair and cuticles.

However, the line that first caught my eye as I walked into the store, (I’d say mostly for the artwork on their brochures and stuff…I’m a very visual person) is Sappho Organic Cosmetics!  Seriously, click the hyperlink and check out the art work!  I actually posted the brochure on the wall in my room : ). I believe this will be the cosmetic line I will be testing and reviewing first! Oh Joséeeeee….prepare your makeup brushes cause i’m coming in for a makeover!

LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST!  *drum roll* …  PURPLE URCHIN!
Now this is something to be excited about!  Local vendors, and I for sure am one to ‘Support Local‘!SupportLocal-newmark

Their soaps are to die for! I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this.
* Check out Vegan Bananas’s review on their Lemon Meringue Hand Balm and Chocolate Face Mask.

Now, I could sit here all night and name every other product line they have available, thankfully I can just link you to a full list, for you to do a little of your own exploring : ).   HERE!
* Please note, the mother store carries all lines, the Wellington West location is more of a specialized department store.

PS: Don’t forget to check out poo-poo paper! ACTUALLY MADE FROM POOP! Yes, you read correctly…did I catch your attention? ; ) …I know I’m going to buy some poop during my next visit! hehe.

In short, I’m in love with this store, and will be turning visits into habits . I mean, I definitely have to refill my ecobar cleaning products!

Until we meet again, mon chéri,

xx; Mimii

©BeauteOptic

Edited by: Christina Sousa

MUST HAVES: New Lise Watier Launches

Lise Watier Cosmétiques has recently launched a few new products, and I thought they deserved 100% that I do a review on them!  Great new products! Probably my favourite new products as well.

Thought i’d start with the new shadows, only because they are officially my new favourite product!

Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme – 24$
(Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean-Coutu, Sears, The Bay)

ImageI’ve recently got these colours added to my collection, and let me tell you I was EXTREMELY skeptic to use them because they are kind of like a cream shadow.  First thing I thought was “OMG this is going to crease”.  Well let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised!

I of course took the liberty to test it out on my own eyes. All day I found myself checking myself out in every mirror in sight making sure it hasn’t creased yet.

Everytime, I was very surprised to see that it was still put and hasn’t moved. I also found it makes a PERFECT base for eyeshadows to ensure your shadows don’t crease as well and is very blendable.

These come in 6 beautiful iridescent shades: Ciel de Nuit, Vert Enchante, Sunrise Peach, Magie Blanche, Magie Noire and Taupe Fantasia. They have an amazing air-whipped texture, kind of like a soufflé AND on top of all of this, these are your first anti-aging eye shadows!  They all have the Lise Watier famous Labrador tea extract, which is very anti-oxidant and is also considered the highest antioxidant on the market presently.

UP NEXT:

Lise Watier Extra Smooth Liner – 20$
(Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean-Coutu, Sears, The Bay)

ImageThese eyeliners…WOW. WOW. WOW.  Amazing texture, Amazing Hold (waterproof). Give you about 30-60 seconds to smudge for a smokey look and truly makes a great look. 3 colours so far, Bleu, Vert and Noir. The black one is actually more black then my regular liquid liner so I am now using it more then my liquid. *blushes* Its my new best kept secret.

I definitely recommend that you guys all give it a try!

It literally just glides on and the liner itself is dressed with a smudge tip to help create different looks. Highly pigmented it makes the perfect liner for a nice precise or smokey line.

** Warning; It is a mechanical eye liner, no sharpener needed BUT you can not twist it back down. so only roll up what you need!.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

Lise Watier Dramatique Intense 3D Volume Mascara – 24$
(Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean-Coutu, Sears, The Bay)

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This mascara offers you, volume and extreme length all while curling your lashes.  It has a nice creamy easy to apply formula in a beautiful ultra-black pigment and also includes ceramides. The brush, which is of a drop shape provides the perfect application for shorter lashes aswell as longer lashes, for a proffesional looking set of lashes.

I’m actually so in love with this mascara, it has now become my favourite of the cosmetic line.  It used to be the WOW mascara by Lise Watier, but this one knocked it outta the ball park for sure.

And the BEST part of it all is these products are regular products, they will stay on the shelves and not disappear like the seasonal products do.  No worries!

A touch of summer in this weather..

We had a project to do in class; it was to take a picture of a product.  Since I’m a Lise Watier fanatic, I of coarse chose one of their products. Thought this one would be very suitable, considering the weather were having, we are all in need of a little hint of southern winds… *Vent du Sud*

Personal Review:

I’ve found myself wearing this scent ALL winter, most likely cause I’ve just been dreading all this snow and cold. This perfume has just given me that small hint of summer breeze. It is said that scent brings back memories, well this one definitely does.. it reminds me of those hot summer days on the beach, with some cocktails with my girls… ahhhh I cannot wait till summer! When I smell it I definitely smell a little lavender, a little vanilla and even a little kiwi! Mmmm.

Description:

Envelope your skin with the deliciously exotic scent of the tropics with Vent du Sud Eau de Toilette. Blending the sensual, feminine notes of passion flower, jasmine and rose with the warmth of an exotic fruit cocktail and the sweet, hot traces of amber, vanilla and wood-scented musk, Vent du Sud Eau de Toilette is your passport to the exotic. Now transport yourself to the tropics with just one sprits!

For Purchase:

http://www.lisewatier.com/eng/product/vent_du_sud_eau_de_toilette/vent_du_sudPHOTO BY: Myriam Cyr (©BeauteOptic)

Resources: http://www.lisewatier.com

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