Mar 15 2018

Green Beauty: How do The Detox Market Samples work?

Before I get into the “meat” of this post, I should probably offer The Detox Market (“TDM”) a little introduction. Have you guys heard of it? For those who haven’t, they are a green beauty company focused on “offering pure, effective and elegant products”. Now, I don’t claim to be a green beauty expert or strictly cruelty-free. Just being real here. Lately, however, I’ve found myself wanting to explore that world in greater depth and decide whether I can commit to a “greener” beauty lifestyle. Also (sorry, if it’s TMI), my husband and I are trying for baby number 2. Like the first time around, while trying to conceive, being pregnant and breastfeeding, I tend to go for beauty products with cleaner ingredients lists.

Going cleaner means substituting certain actives for their natural alternatives as well as ensuring that the products I’m using have decent EWG ratings. (FYI: The Environmental Working Group is a organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.) That’s when TDM came across my radar. Although, the Detox Market is a very recent discovery for me, I kind of fell I the love with the concept right away. In February, I subscribed to the Detox Box (which I’ll be reviewing soon) and shortly thereafter, became hooked on the Detox Market Samples program.


The Detox Market Samples Program Review

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Feb 27 2018

Natasha Denona 5 Palette 10 Review and Swatches

Let’s talk about Natasha Denona. When the renowned makeup artist first released her own make-up line, I wasn’t particularly drawn in. Perhaps it was because I knew so little about her (and still don’t really). With many of her products receiving glowing reviews, however, I did toy with the idea of trying some of the eye shadows on more than one occasion. But never actually took the plunge. One day, maybe, I thought. Fast forward to the fact that one of her palettes was included my Beautylish Lucky Bag (in 2017) and I’m not ashamed to admit that was more than a little excited to finally see what all the fuss is about.  Just a bit of a disclaimer, this review of the Natasha Denona 5 Palette 10 was actually drafted last year but I’m just getting around to posting it!


Natasha Denona 5 Palette 10 Review Swatches

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Feb 18 2018

Let’s Catch Up: My Latest Posts

Happy Sunday (or whatever day it is), everyone! Just wanted to quickly let you guys know that although you may not see posts from me here on Beauty Isles as often, doesn’t mean I’m not around. Having decided to expand the topics I write about to include more lifestyle and family-oriented themes, I’ve decided to feature those articles on my “mom blog”: My Mommy Years.  Didn’t know I had another blog? Well, I do and I’m having loads of fun with it. These are some of my latest posts…


My Latest Posts


Of course, I’ll still be chatting beauty with you guys here on Beauty Isles. Catch my last skincare haul? There’s more coming. But if you don’t hear from me in a while, know that we can also catch up on my other blog.

Hope you are all having a great day! Hugs and Kisses. xo



Feb 04 2018

February Skincare Haul: A Bunch of New Stuff

I’m calling this post my February skincare haul, even though I really purchased most of the products I’m about to feature in January. For the past several months, my skincare routine has been somewhat erratic. While there are several items that were staples (like the Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil) I found myself using lots of deluxe-sized or travel-sized products in an attempt to clear out my stash. This is definitely a good thing as I made some great discoveries, experienced epic fails and was rewarded with the satisfaction of “finishing stuff up”.

Despite trying so much new skincare, however, I found myself desperate for some skincare inspiration. That’s how this February skincare haul came about. I’ve spent the past month carefully curating a selection of skincare products that I’ve had my eye on for months (years) and now I’m gonna try them all. Maybe not the best move as you’re suppose to “gently” introduce products into your line-up. But, hey, I feel like being a rebel!


February Skincare Haul

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Jan 16 2018

I’ve Joined Weight Watchers: My Thoughts So Far

Today I want to talk about Weight Watchers. Before we begin, though, let’s address the obvious. At the beginning of each year people are all about their New Years Resolutions – and this year I’m no exception. Yeah sure, it’s easy to dismiss the whole notion of resolutions as a frivolous often fruitless pursuit. Not so long ago, I was a non-believer – rolling my eyes (on the inside) when I heard people talking about their resolutions. Thought I was too cool for that stuff (insert sarcastic tone). But I was a twat. Truth is, resolutions are no different than having goals in life – and I don’t think anyone would say that having goals is a bad thing.

One of my “goals” in the new year is to drop a few many extra pounds I’ve been carrying around. I’m not going to go into the history of my journey to a healthier self in this post but maybe one day I’ll tell you all that story. Suffice to say, I’m no stranger to “diets”.  At this point in my life, however, it’s about living the best life I can live and not what size jeans I wear. Quite frankly, aesthetics are an after thought. I could care less about fitting into some external, contrived notion of how I should look. I want to be fit for my daughter, future children and family. Another concept I’ve rolled my eyes at in the past is Weight Watchers. I had the air of superiority when it came to “dieting”. Oh, I didn’t need anyone to tell me about nutrition. I knew how calories work…what’s healthy and what’s not. I knew about exercise. Oh yea, I knew alright…I guess that’s why I was the picture of perfect health, right? Not. (Does that expression show my age?)

This brings me to the subject of this post. I needed something to make my fitness journey easier – tracking calories is just too time consuming. A few of my friends had recently joined the Weight Watchers program and they suggested I give it a try. So I’ve swallowed my pride, pushed my ego aside and decided to give it a go.

Weight Watchers and Eating Healthfully

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