Shop Canadian This Christmas

2020 has been a tough year for a lot of Canadians, and many small businesses really took a hit. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite Canadian brands for you to check out this Christmas.

Wild Rose Designs:  Makes SUPER cute toques/headbands and such to keep you warm during these cold, Northern Alberta winters. Find her on Etsy to place your order.

Autumn Jade Studio: This is a LOCAL jewelry brand owned and operated by one of my best friends. She makes gold and sterling silver jewelry and she also works with crystals/gemstones. She also has a home line that includes candles and wool dryer balls. Check out her website and find her across social media.

Ativo Skincare: Organic, all natural skincare made in British Columbia. Their makeup brush cleanser is incredible and makes a great stocking stuffer. Shop their website.

Temper + Lace: This is a candle company owned by another one of my close friends. Temper + Lace offers soy candles scented with either essential oils, or paraben and phthalate free fragrance oils. She also sells essential oil blends and apparel. Temper + Lace candles are hand poured in High River, Alberta.  Check out her website.

Eatable Inc.:  Eatable Inc is a company out of Ontario that makes DELICIOUS alcohol infused candy coated popcorn. The champagne infused white chocolate is my favourite flavour but their whiskey infused caramel is also amaaaaazzzing. Makes an amazing stocking stuffer. Save $5 on your order with the code KelseyProblemz Check out their website.

Zen Lion Design: Zen Lion is an apparel brand out of the Edmonton area. It’s a Black, Female owned business. Sherrell is a mom of 3 girls and she runs her apparel brand out of her home. Shop her website and save 10% with the code kelseycsomerville

Femme Faire: Femme Faire is a female owned business out of Ontario that makes insanely cute and ethical hair accesories. I have a few of their headbands and looooove them. What I love even more is that they employ immigrants and refugees and allow them to work while still caring for their families. Check out their website.

Anupaya: Anupaya is a brand out of the Ottawa Valley (where I’m from). They make blankets, home decor, candles, hats and other stylish merch that is not just stylish but sustainable. They use recycled materials and they pick up 1 lb of waste for every item they sell. Shop their website.

Supercrush: A female owned brand out of BC that makes scrunchies and other hair accessories. Amazing quality scrunchies. I also have some of their face masks and they are great! Check out their website.

Brunette The Label:Brunette is a female owned apparel brand that offers cute, stylish + fun fashion while also spreading the Babes Supporting Babes mentality. Shop their website.

Glass House Goods: Another female owned jewelry brand out of Ontario. They make simple pieces designed to remind women that they are badass. Check out their website and use the code Kelsey5 for $5 off your order.

High Horse Coffee: An Edmonton Coffee Bean company. Their beans are sold at Freson Brothers locations across Alberta. Their espresso is one of my go-tos.

Wapiti Bean Co: Coffee Beans roasted in GP. You can order from their website.

New Moon Tea Co.: If you’re bestie is a tea lover, check out New Moon Tea Co. You can order from their website.

Road 102 Designs: A company out of Grande Prairie. Randy makes concrete + bone decor. Find her on Social Media. She also has an Etsy shop.

Cinder and Sage: This is a store located in Calgary and she sells a ton of stuff from other brands but she also sells jewelry, hair accessories, and a bunch of stuff she makes herself. She makes really cute hair accessories like hair combs. Visit her website to shop.

The Local Space: This is a store in BC that sells a ton of Canadian owned brands. You can shop online and they do ship! Check out their website.

Peace By Chocolate: This is an award winning chocolate brand out of Nova Scotia that was founded by Syrian refugees. Their story is incredible. Check out their website.

Happy Shopping! Thanks for supporting Canadian this holiday season.

Brand Feature | Zen Lion Design

Zen Lion Design is an amazing apparel brand out of the Edmonton area that I stumbled upon on Instagram. It is a Black, female owned brand that offers a variety of designs + custom pieces. Each piece is hand-pressed and if you follow them on Instagram you can see how much care goes into each and every piece. Zen Lion Design aims to not only offer you cute and stylish ways to express yourself, but to also use their apparel to raise awareness for and to help you to use your voice to fight against social and racial injustices in our society.

My followers/readers know how important it is to me to support small, female owned businesses so I am really excited to be a brand representative for Zen Lion Design and to be able to give you 10% off your purchase with the code KelseyCSomerville until December 31, 2020. It is an absolute pleasure to help this brand grow.

Brand Feature | Glass House Goods

Sometimes we forget just how badass we really are, so it never hurts to have a little reminder. That’s what Glasshouse Goods is for. Glass House Goods offers up a selection of jewelry stamped with the reminder you need; whether you’re Fresh Outta Fucks, A Boss Babe, or you sometimes forget to Let That Shit Go.

I was first introduced to Glass House Goods when my friend gifted me one of their bangles for Christmas, and I knew instantly that this was a brand that wholeheartedly aligns with my personal brand and beliefs in the power of women.

Glass House Goods is a Canadian, Female owned business that was born out of a desire to connect with strong women, and to remind women of that strength in a stylish way. Visit their website for a list of retailers across Canada or to order online.

Use the code Kelsey5 to save $5 on your order.

Brand Feature | Autumn Jade Studio

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be familiar with a brand that I have worked with for quite some time now. Autumn Jade Studio is a female owned business in the Peace Country, offering genuine crystal and sterling silver jewelry. She’s also recently begun working with gold! I have worked with, and been friends with, Siobhan for quite some time. I know how much care she puts into each unique piece, and I know that she sells nothing but genuine crystals (and if it’s not, she’ll tell you). I have seen a lot of jewelry makers out there who are uninformed about their own pieces (don’t even know what type of metal they are using) or will sell their customers fake gems (sometimes out of ignorance and sometimes completely knowingly), this will never be a problem with Siobhan. I have a vast collection of pieces from Siobhan, both pre-made and custom pieces. Whether you’re looking for something vintage inspired, boho, dainty or edgy, Siobhan can create a piece you’ll love.

She offers a variety of bracelets; gem stone, diffuser (lava stone and wood bead), dainty chains and the odd cuff.

Her rings are so stunning. I own a pretty big collection from dainty stackers to statement gems. I was never huge on wearing rings, but now I wear one on almost every finger daily.

And she also offers necklaces; the crystal spheres are my favorite design. And I have a few pairs of earrings, both dangling and stud designs.

I can’t recommend Siobhan enough if you are looking for unique, handmade jewelry. Visit her website for more from Autumn Jade Studio.

Use the code Kelsey15 for 15% off your purchase until August 31, 2020.

Brand Feature | Anupaya

Hey friends! Today’s brand feature highlights a sustainable, ethical brand that I am really excited about! Anupaya is a small company in the Ottawa Valley. They offer apparel, blankets, mugs, hats and more. Anupaya strives to be sustainable; they use recycled materials whenever possible  and they have a One Pound Promise. The One Pound Promise means that for every item sold, they clean up one pound of waste.

Their fedora hats are made with 100% wool and feature a band of recycled leather. I did order one of these hats before I realized it was real leather so I made the decision not to keep it (As a vegetarian, I don’t wear leather). They are beautifully crafted hats so if you are in search of a fedora and you don’t have issues with leather I do highly recommend that you take a look at the options that Anupaya has to offer! I placed an order for the charcoal Supertramp but they sent me the Fawn so I was able to get a photo before I sent it back.

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Their blankets are made with 65% recycled wool, and 35% polyester. The fabric is ethically sourced from Italy and cut and sewn in Canada. They come in different colours and patterns to match your decor and they are reversible. They are also quite large at 5ft by 6ft. When I opened my blanket I was so impressed with how thick and cozy it was. They are also machine washable which makes it so easy.

Heads up; If you decide to order any of their apparel, they warn to size up. I ordered the large (I would typically wear a medium) and it was still SO TINY.

It is so awesome to watch this Canadian brand continue to expand with sustainable, ethical products. Check them out!

HOLIDAY COLLECTION REVIEW: TARTE PRETTY PAINTBOX COLLECTOR’S MAKEUP CASE

The Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case is a part of the Tarte Holiday Collection for 2016 and is available exclusively online at Sephora. It includes 24 matte and shimmer eye shadows, a blush, a highlighter, a shimmer bronzer,  a matte contour bronzer, a deluxe sample of the Lash Paint mascara, a Rainforest of the Sea So Fine liquid liner and a deluxe sample of the Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi. This whole package retails for $77 CAD and Tarte values it at $543.

I included some shitty photos of looks I did using this kit just to give you an idea of the variety, the colour range and the possibilities. For all the looks I’ve included on this post I started with a base of Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer, Amazonian Clay 12 hr Full Coverage Foundation and Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 hr Concealer. I’ve also used the blush, highlight and bronzer from the Pretty Paintbox. As well as the Tarte Lash Paint in every look and the So Fine liquid liner in looks where I wore liquid liner.

I’m going to start with the 24 eye shadow shades. You get such an amazing variety of colours and finishes. The perfect shades for base colours, transition shades, shades for creating a dramatic smoky eye or if you want a softer look; you can achieve anything with this collection of colours. There are so many incredibly look possibilities; I love the dark navy, purple and burgundy. As always with Tarte palettes, the colours are lined in rows  for what colours work well together to make it easy for people who may not know where to begin. The formula is so pigmented and beautifully blendable. These shadows last all day long with no fading or creasing. The shades Frameworthy and Van Gough With It are the perfect transition shades and the pink shades Porcelain Dali, Hearts and Crafts and I Louvre It are amazing to apply to my crease to really brighten my face and make me look more wide eyed on days when I want a more basic look. Here’s a look at all the shades and their names.

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For this edgy, dramatic look I’m using the colours Fresco, Frameworthy, One to Manet, Selfie Portrait and Charcoal Sketch on my eyes. I’m also wearing Lip Paint in Grunge and Tarteist Pro False Lashes in Goddess.

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This lighter eye look is just Fresco all over the lid to the brow, Frameworthy on the crease and Charcoal Sketch on the outer corner, lightly blended inward. I am wearing Lash Paint but no false lashes. I also am wearing the Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi; as you can see, it’s a really nice peachy sort of nude and not super glossy looking, nothing over the top.

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The blush included is called Moment and it’s a beautiful coral shade with a subtle golden shimmer. It is beautiful for any skin tone, so pigmented but so blendable for a nice natural flush. The blush shade and the gloss shade also perfectly compliment each other. The highlighter is a basic off white, sort of french vanilla, shade called Authentic. The highlighter actually totally exceeded my expectations, I was blown away by it’s pigment and intensity. Loved it! It also includes two bronzers; a shimmer bronzer called Unique for an all over glow and matte bronzer called Provocative for contouring. Both are super pigmented and very nice soft powders. You don’t need to pick up a lot of product on your brush so be gentle with them; since they are a soft and super pigmented powder you can easily pick up more product than you need and end up over doing it a bit.

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The Lash Paint mascara has come to be my absolute favourite mascara. It curls, volumizes and lengthens lashes with a beautiful rich black colour, no flaking and no clumping. It’s absolute perfection. Something you may have noticed is that I never really review glosses, because I hate lip glosses! I would way rather have a nice matte finish lipstick than a sticky and shiny lip. This is the first time I have ever tried a Tarte Glossy Lip Paint, it’s in the shade Obvi which is a warm nude. My first impression is that I think the colour is very nice; if I were to get into lip glosses I would definitely stick to nudes like this. It didn’t have an over the top shine to it which I like because I find super shiny lip glosses look kind of tacky. It was a little sticky but not super sticky. Not transfer-proof, but it wore off evenly. The Glossy Lip Paint didn’t make me fall in love with lip gloss, but if I were to wear a lip gloss this one isn’t too bad. The So Fine liquid liner is so fine, so it’s great for precision. It’s very pigmented, so you get a very rich and opaque black that is long wearing and won’t fade or crack. You hardly need any pressure to dispense product from the tip, I ended up with much thicker lines than I meant to on my first try with it. The tip is also very short. The following uses of the liner were a lot more successful to get my desired look, I would say this liner is a winner!

For this look I’m wearing Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi and eye shadow: Fresco all over the lid, I Louvre It and Frameworthy in the crease.  It’s a very simple day time look.

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This pink/purple look was done with Nudes on the lid to brow, Pastels on the lid to crease, I Louvre It in the crease, Get Surreal on the lid and Still Life used lightly on the outer corner and to smoke out the lower lash line. I’m wearing Tarteist Pro False Lashes in Goddess. I’m wearing Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Requiem as well.

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These shots are just to show the glow from the highlighter.

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This look is a eye/lip combo I’m not totally crazy about. I wanted to wear a burgundy lipstick with this eye but I had a dentist appointment the morning of so I didn’t put my lipstick on until I got to work and I forgot my Frenemy lip paint! This is the Lip Paint in Choker, and my eyes were done with the Pretty Paintbox shades Porcelain Dali, Nudes, Monochrome  and Stained Glass. In this photo you can also see the beautiful coral colour of the blush better than you can in the others.

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The shadows I used here are Waterlilies from the lid to brow, Van Gogh With It on the crease, Selfie Portrait is the shimmery shade on the lid and Charcoal Sketch is a dark brown smoked on the outer corner and along the lower lash line. I skipped wearing liquid liner or false lashes and just optioned for the Lash Paint mascara. My lips are the Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint in Whisper.

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For this last look I used the shade Nudes all over from lid to brow, then I smoked the outer corner and lower lash line with Silhouette, put Bronze Casting on the lid and then put a little Glitter Glue on the inner corner.  Glitter Glue and Bronze Casting definitely benefited from wetting my brush with setting spray. I’m wearing it with Tarte Lip Paint in Frenemy.

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I debated just deleting all my “look” photos because they suck so much, they don’t do the makeup justice at all. The pigment is just gorgeous; the drama, the colors, it’s all lovely.  Overall, I absolutely think this kit is worth the $77 and it would make a fantastic gift for any makeup lover on your Christmas list!

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LUSH COSMETICS HAUL XO

A recent trip to Red Deer meant I got to go a little crazy in the always amazing, LUSH. Some of the products that I bought are stuff I’ve tried before and some are totally new to me. Lush also has this great recycling program, return 5 pots with the recycling logo on them and get 1 free fresh face mask!

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I’ll start with Dark Angels, this is a black charcoal and black sugar cleanser for oily skin. I started using this cleanser back in February and it’s really done amazing things for my skin. My skin is soft and smooth, and it’s been great for clarity. Some girls don’t like the smell, it’s kind of like black licorice. But I hate black licorice and I really don’t notice the smell in this cleanser. I’ve also seen some girls complain that it leaves a black residue but that will only happen if you don’t rinse it off completely, and you’re an idiot if you think that’s a flaw in the cleanser and not just you lacking common sense. The charcoal absorbs excess oil while black sugar gently exfoliates, I use it every day and the exfoliation doesn’t irritation my skin at all.  The glycolic acid in black sugar is also great for tightening skin.

Cupcake is a fresh face mask for oily skin. It calms breakouts and redness while moisturizing. This is a mask I tried for the first time in February and it’s amazing, really loved how soft my skin was afterward and it really did help calm redness, plus it smells like chocolate!

Don’t Look At Me is a fresh face mask for deep cleaning and brightening dull skin. It has a grittier texture so it exfoliates as you scrub. It’s super moisturizing as well. I’ve only used it twice and my skin was already looking smooth, brighter and more evenly toned. Plus the zesty lemon scent is refreshing! I’ve been using this the past double days with Tea Tree Water which is a balancing toner for oily skin. It sprays a little unevenly but maybe the one I picked up just has a crappy cap on it. I really like how this makes my skin feel. I’m left soft, smooth and with clearer skin. My skin is looking less red and generally refreshed.

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The other two masks I picked up are Ayesha and Catastrophe Cosmetic. These are both fresh face masks that I’ve never tried before. I picked up Ayesha because my mom and sister are coming to visit me and I thought it would be relaxing for us to have a little at home spa day. Ayesha is blended for firming and moisturizing mature skin or just for dull, tired skin. Vitamin C rich kiwi for brightening, asparagus to nourish and absorb excess oil while honey soothes, hydrates and calms redness. Cosmetic Catastrophe stood out to me because of the blueberries. It deep cleans while your skin reaps the benefits of nutrient rich blueberries. And the soothing chamomile is gentle on sensitive skin.  Super excited to try these two masks!

Lush products are handmade and cruelty free.

Tell me about your favourite Lush products below.