Natural Cosmetics by “Pure Anada” (Review)

Natural cosmetics are usually a hit or miss and Pure Anada is definitely a hit!

Natural cosmetics are usually a hit or miss and Pure Anada is definitely a hit!

Last week, my colleague, Hannah, who is the owner and creator of Speckled Fawn (a bath and beauty company that is all-natural, vegan, handmade, and Toronto-based), was given samples from the natural cosmetics company, Pure Anada. She offered me some of her samples to try. The catch? I had to give her my honest feedback. As a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, I delightfully accepted some samples. I was so eager to try the samples and give her my feedback that I started wearing the makeup the following day. Natural cosmetics, in general, have never been a huge hit with me, due to poor colour payoff, limited colour selection, lack of lasting power, etc. Pure Anada, however, really impressed me when it came to quality and pricing!

Swatches from left to right: Luminous Blush in "Raspberry Parfait", Loose Mineral Foundation in "Pacific Tan", Petal Perfect Lipstick in "Carnation".

Swatches from left to right: Luminous Blush in “Raspberry Parfait”, Loose Mineral Foundation in “Pacific Tan”, Petal Perfect Lipstick in “Carnation”.

From the samples Hannah received from Pure Anada, I chose:

  • Luminous Blush in “Raspberry Parfait” (retail price: $12 CAD for 3-gram sifter jar) – a medium rosy pink with iridescent shimmer.
  • Loose Mineral Foundation in “Pacific Tan” (retail price: $12 CAD for 3 grams, $25 CAD for 10 grams) – my perfect summertime shade (coincidentally)!
  • Petal Perfect Lipstick in “Carnation” (retail price: $14 CAD for 10-millilitre vial) – a medium rosy pink with iridescent shimmer (very similar in colour to the blush, coincidentally).

It was all such a coincidence that the colour of the blush almost matched the colour of the lipstick and that the colour of the foundation matched my current summertime skin tone! All the colours complemented my skin tone well and applied very smoothly. My only criticism is that while the blush and foundation were very pigmented and stayed on my face all day (10+ hours) without any touch-ups, the colour payoff and staying power of the lipstick was not that great compared to M.A.C. lipsticks, for example. However, this lipstick was much more moisturizing than most and it contained much cleaner ingredients than most. For instance, the first three ingredients are organic castor seed oil, organic rosehip seed oil, and organic jojoba seed oil. No wonder why this lipstick was incredibly moisturizing and felt so good on my lips!

I loved the colour of the blush and that of the lipstick, but those colours are not ones I typically wear. The next colours I want to try are a baby pink blush colour and a pinkish nude lipstick colour!

I loved the colour of the blush and that of the lipstick, but those colours are not ones I typically wear. The next colours I want to try are a baby pink blush colour and a pinkish nude lipstick colour!

Even though these products contain clean, good-for-you, quality ingredients (i.e. purified mineral pigments, certified organic oils and waxes, etc.), the pricing is very reasonable and comparable to M.A.C.’s pricing. I find that natural cosmetics are often pricier than their chemical-laden counterparts at drugstores and department stores. Pure Anada, on the other hand, keeps their pricing in a similar range as thatof M.A.C. and of the low-end to medium-end brands at Sephora. Pure Anada has shifted my view on natural cosmetics to a more positive one. Good-for-you ingredients? Check. Good prices? Check. Decent colour selection? Check. Moderate to great colour payoff and staying power? Check and check. I am definitely more open to try natural cosmetics now and I am excited to check out more shades and products from Pure Anada. If you have favourites from this brand or any other natural cosmetics brand, let me know in the comment section below or via Twitter!

XOXO,

Addy

[GIVEAWAY] Win 2 Tickets to the National Women’s Show + Shoe Haul!

Last pair of BCBG booties for $35 at a warehouse sale in Brampton! I can't wait to get outfit ideas for these shoes at the National Women's Show!

Last pair of BCBG booties for $35 at a warehouse sale in Brampton! I can’t wait to get outfit ideas for these shoes at the National Women’s Show!

Two of my favourite places to shop for good deals are warehouse sales and trade shows. I went to a warehouse sale in Brampton this past weekend and bought two pairs of boots. One was a pair of BCBG booties (pictured above) and the other was a pair of Marc Fisher boots (pictured below). They were only $35 each! I plan on wearing the flat Marc Fisher ones to one of my favourite trade shows in Toronto, the National Women’s Show, where I plan on hunting for more great deals and discovering new products!

Marc Fisher boots for $35 at a warehouse sale in Brampton! I plan on wearing these "more-comfortable-than-UGGS" boots to the National Women's Show, considering all the walking I'll be doing.

Marc Fisher boots for $35 at a warehouse sale in Brampton! I plan on wearing these “more-comfortable-than-UGGS” boots to the National Women’s Show, considering all the walking I’ll be doing.

This will be my third year attending the National Women’s Show and Raj’s first year attending. I can’t wait to explore this year’s show with him and maybe help him find some things for his mom and sister. What I love most about the show is that I always leave feeling so inspired to eat better, live better, dress better, and just do better in life. This year’s show should be full of inspiration, ideas, and fun with all the presentations, cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, complimentary makeovers, exhibitors, samples, and shopping specials! Like every year, I’m most looking forward to their “World of Taste” food section, which features new areas within it this year. I’m most excited to explore the new “Organic Orchard” area and the new “Gluten-Free Garden” area.

The National Women's Show has partnered up with Raddy Health to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader!

The National Women’s Show has partnered up with Raddy Health to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader!

This year, the National Women’s Show is taking place on November 7th (11AM-8PM), 8th (10AM-6PM), and 9th (10AM-5PM) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building). Tickets are on sale online for $13 each (or 2 for $25 or 10+ for $10 each) or they can be purchased at the door with cash or a debit card for $15 each. For those with kids, children 12 years of age and under get free admission! For our readers, Raddy Health has partnered with the National Women’s Show to give away two tickets to one lucky reader!

Enter HERE!

The giveaway is open to all residents of the Greater Toronto Area. The winner will be selected this Sunday (November 2nd, 2014) at midnight. Good luck!

XOXO,

Addy

Our First Visit to Square One Farmers’ Market!

Welcome to Square One Farmers' Market! Our first time here!

Welcome to Square One Farmers’ Market! Our first time here!

Last Sunday, Raj and I visited Square One Farmers’ Market for the first time before they wrap up on November 2nd. This year, the annual Square One Farmers’ Market in Mississauga runs on Sundays (June 1st through November 2nd) from 8AM to 4PM at the Mississauga Central Lions Club and on Wednesdays (July 23rd through October 29th) from 11AM to 8PM at the Mississauga Celebration Square. This farmers’ market is smaller than the St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market and the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in Toronto. It also features less prepared foods than the ones in Toronto, so don’t expect much of a selection if grabbing breakfast, lunch, or snacks here. Nonetheless, Raj and I had a blast checking out all the fresh foods and chatting with the vendors.

The first thing that caught our eyes: a bushel of habanero chili peppers for $25! We LOVE chili peppers!

The first thing that caught our eyes: a bushel of habanero chili peppers for $25! We LOVE chili peppers!

Raj and I absolutely LOVE chilies and anything spicy! So a bushel of habanero peppers for $25 was the first thing that caught our eyes. Perfect for homemade chili sauce!

Such a great selection of fresh fall vegetables! Look at all those gorgeous and vibrant colours!

Such a great selection of fresh fall vegetables! Look at all those gorgeous and vibrant colours!

 

What's fall without fresh, local apples? So many varieties to choose from!

What’s fall without fresh, local apples? So many varieties to choose from!

 

Ontario grape season is almost over, so enjoy while you still can! Once the season is over, we'll be paying more for imported grapes. Boo!

Ontario grape season is almost over, so enjoy while you still can! Once the season is over, we’ll be paying more for imported grapes. Boo!

 

The freshly baked bread from COBS Bread smelled divine!

The freshly baked breads from COBS Bread smelled divine!

Although you can’t see it in the picture above, the bees seemed to love COBS Bread! More bees were buzzing around COBS than any other vendor. Their breads are baked fresh daily and any leftover breads are given to local charities. If you are sensitive or allergic to gluten, you can only enjoy the aroma of their breads unfortunately since COBS does not make any gluten-free products. However, all their traditional and artisan breads are free of any preservatives, sugar, dairy, and colouring.

The honey soap was handmade with local honey and it came in a variety of natural scents. The coconut scented one caught Raj's eye.

The honey soap was handmade with local honey and it came in a variety of natural scents. The coconut scented one was Raj’s favourite.

 

'Tis the season for local pumpkins and squashes!

‘Tis the season for pumpkins and squashes!

I love squashes for soups. Nothing like a warm bowl of homemade soup as the weather gets colder. Mmm…

We sampled almost every product from Alphonsa's Gourmet. The chili sauces were our favourite!

We sampled almost every product from Alphonsa’s Gourmet who sources most of their ingredients from the market. Their chili sauces were our favourite!

Raj and I are always immediately drawn to hot sauces. We just love chilies! So when we spotted the homemade chili sauces at Alphonsa’s Gourmet, we HAD to stop by to pick some up. We learned that most of the ingredients in their products are sourced from the market! It’s always great when companies use local products. The owners were very passionate about their products and ended up encouraging us to sample almost all their products. We tried almost everything (all their hot sauces, the Sweet Ginger BBQ Sauce, the Mango Lime Sauce, the Pineapple Peach Salsa, all four flavours of their homemade hummus, and more).

From Alphonsa's Gourmet, Raj picked up their Fiery Hot chili sauce and I picked up their Mango Pepper chili sauce. Happy customers!

From Alphonsa’s Gourmet, Raj picked up their Fiery Hot chili sauce and I picked up their Mango Pepper chili sauce. Happy customers!

Although everything tasted great at Alphonsa’s, we ended up getting hot sauces to add to our ever-growing collection. Raj decided on their Fiery Hot hot sauce (the hottest of all four hot sauces) and I decided on their Mango Pepper hot sauce. All their hot sauces are made with Scotch Bonnet peppers. While they are all quite spicy, they all have a nice balance of heat and flavour.

Raj and I signed the petition to protect the Greenbelt at the farmers' market that day. We got a reusable tote bag afterwards to help raise awareness.

At the market that day, Raj and I got a chance to sign the petition to protect Ontario’s Greenbelt. Afterwards, we got a reusable tote bag to help raise awareness.

Our last stop at the farmers’ market was a non-profit booth supporting the Greenbelt Foundation. We had a nice discussion about environmental issues with two supporters of the Greenbelt Foundation and we signed their petition to help protect Ontario’s Greenbelt. Our Greenbelt provides farmlands, local produce, forests, wetlands, fresh air, clean water, biodiversity and jobs, so it is important to keep the area protected.

All in all, we had a lot of fun at Square One Farmers’ Market. It was great meeting and chatting with all the vendors. Raj and I are hosting a dinner for friends this weekend, so the excursion was great for healthy dinner menu ideas! We will share what we end up making for the dinner in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!

XOXO,

Addy