Review of Nature’s Harmony Treemenda shampoo


Most of the natural shampoos I’ve tried leave my hair dry and lifeless. But not Treemenda. I think this shampoo might be God’s gift to green!

It’s been something like four years since I’ve used a drug store shampoo on my long, straight hair. And let me assure you, about three of those years were miserable! It’s hard finding a natural shampoo (i.e. one free of silicones, sulphates, parabens and overpowering fragrance) that performs in a way that justifies the $10-15 price tag.

But I now have two brands that totally make the cut (and then some!). My favourite?  Continue reading

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My tawdry un-green secret: L’Oreal tube mascara

Remember that earlier post where I said being a green beauty junkie didn’t have to be an  all-or-nothing proposition? Well, it’s time to confess my sins…

I have sensitive eyes. Which means that mascara is a particularly tricky proposition for me. Many brands leave my eyes itchy and watering. Montreal’s weather (windchill, snow, rain) means that I have to resort to waterproof more often than not. And I HATE the process of waterproof mascara removal. It’s long, annoying and I always lose more lashes than I care to count.

So for years, I lived without mascara. Yeah. You read right. I used eyeliner and kohl, but skipped the lash plumping. Not any more… Continue reading

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Amanda’s Take: How to Read Makeup Labels

This post is by no means a complete treatise on reading labels (that’s more like a book!). It’s more like one newbie’s attempts at greening her makeup kit!

I tried something the other day which I found to be very educational. I took out some of my favorite beauty products and read the labels. The truth is, I could barely pronounce the ingredients listed. I realize that sometimes natural products have their ingredients’ latin names listed (and those aren’t easy to say either!), but it did make me wonder about what I was actually smearing on myself when I wanted to change my look. Continue reading

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GBJ’s V-day challenge

Going out for a night on the town? Here’s our challenge to you (and to ourselves): Get the Heartbreaker Look by using at least THREE green beauty products.

People tend to assume that green beauty products are either more expensive or less effective, and though it may sometimes be the case, it certainly isn’t always. This February make it your goal to try something new, and be a little daring. Play with colours, do a bold lip, and you might be surprised how much you like it. This Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to pamper myself. I have my look for this weekend, and I’ve decided to incorporate some green in my Valentine’s Day. Maybe you should too!

Here are some suggestions… Continue reading

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The Heartbreaker Look

Here at GBJ, Valentine’s Day isn’t about cheesy Hallmark cards or pressure to pair up. It’s about connecting with yourself in a way that makes you feel beautiful. Here’s one way to do that…

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, Valentine’s Day can be very special.  Some people pamper themselves with gifts, while others prefer something more low-key. This year,  why not offer yourself the best gift of all: confidence! Trust me when I say that there is nothing more appealing than a woman with confidence.

Rather than letting the whole world know that you are single (and possibly miserable), why not look like a million bucks and make every guy wish he could get a second of your time? We’ve got just the look… Continue reading

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Bare Minerals: Beyond Gorgeous!

Got this kit as a Valentine’s treat to myself, and frankly, I’m in love!

I don’t know what it’s like to find out that you’ve got a winning lottery ticket, but I imagine it feels a little like opening this Bare Minerals kit.

Not only does it contain everything I need to get nice and glam, but I managed to buy it at the Pharmaprix (that’s Shopper’s Drug Mart for those of you who live in English Canada) during their Valentine’s Day promotion.  In other words, by spending $68 plus tax, I got $30  worth of Optimum Points. Yeah!

This kit contains 9 items.

They are:

  1. Original Mineral Veil
  2. Blush in “Pink Ribbon”
  3. Eyeshadow in “Satin Ruffle” (shimmery beige)
  4. Eyeshadow in “Frills” (shimmery charcoal)
  5. Gorgeous pink blush brush
  6. Gorgeous pink eyeshadow blender brush
  7. Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara
  8. Big & Bright Eyeliner in CharBronze

Oh, and did I mention the gorgeous pink ribboned box it all came in? The one that’s going to hold my ever-growing Bare Minerals stash? Be still my heart!

On to the review, shall we? Continue reading

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Should you toss your non-green makeup?

The path to greenness doesn’t have to be absolute. Just take it one baby step at a time.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to questions about ethics and the environment, I sometimes have a hard time being moderate. I guess I feel a certain responsibility to act; to balance out the actions of those who aren’t necessarily thinking about their impact on our world.

Although this sort of thinking makes sense on one level: after all, you need idealists to make any great change, I find that overall, it’s restrictive and can be counterproductive. How many people have been scared off the idea of eating more vegetarian by the idea that they can never eat any meat ever again?

What I’m trying to say here is that you might find yourself shocked and appalled by some of the items you have in your current makeup kit. You might find yourself stressed out by how much more green makeup costs (although that’s not always the case). You may find that there are a couple of chemical-laden, animal-tested products that you just can’t bring yourself to give up. And you know what? Continue reading

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