My friend Michelle, former beauty editor at Elle Canada Magazine, current freelance writer and the woman behind the new beauty blog BeautyEditor.ca, has a thing for natural and organic beauty. Here she declares love for Canadian brand Revolution Organics, which of course I now want to try, especially the 22-uses All-Over Balm. And Beauty Balms. And Freedom Glosses. Darnit, Michelle's adding to my to-do list!
If youâ€™re wondering why most of my editorâ€™s picks are organic, Iâ€™ll forgive youâ€”itâ€™s just because I continue to be impressed by brands that are coming out with stuff thatâ€™s both safe to use AND makes you look great. The era of impractical, sub-standard organic products is definitely over. (So please, mainstream beauty brands, get with the program!)
This new makeup and skincare line is one of my new favourites. (Itâ€™s available, along with David Babaii for WildAid, at The Shopping Channelâ€”a place I never used to associate with cutting-edge beauty products, but which Iâ€™ve noticed is quickly becoming a destination for some mighty desirable organic brands.)
And why, exactly, am I loving it? Because itâ€™s safeâ€”and simple. Everything is free of chemicals, parabens, synthetics and artificial ingredients. The company doesnâ€™t use any fillers (like water), so you actually get more of the concentrated, healthy organic ingredients (and end up having to use less). The skincare range includes a Skin CrÃ¨me, All-Over Body Balm (which has 22 different usesâ€”wow!) and a Lip Therapy Balm, all of which are food-grade and USDA certified organic.
But itâ€™s the colour products (made from 100 percent natural and 85 percent certified organic ingredients) that Iâ€™m most impressed by.
Iâ€™ve just made room in my makeup bag for the Freedom Glow Beauty Balms (pictured above), which are multi-tasking tubes that you can swipe over cheeks, lips, eyelids or even your dÃ©colletage for super-sheer, dewy colour. Theyâ€™re perfectly portable and available in three shades: Blushed (looks scarily fuchsia in the tube but goes on a pretty pink), Sunkissed (NARS Orgasm-esque peach) and Bronzed (which imparts a natural-looking tanned glow even on my very fair skin).
I also love the Freedom Glosses, especially Freedom, a strawberry red. (Dare I say itâ€”they might be just as long-lasting and moisturizing as my current favourite by Josie Maran?)
One more reason to check out this line: itâ€™s Canadian. Founders (and Ottawa natives) Melissa Shabinsky and Alexandra Zanella previously worked on brands like Dessert Beauty and Lip Fusionâ€”and then decided to launch Revolution Organics, which was born out of their desire for simplified, multi-tasking organic beauty products. Here they are:
Priced from $22. Available at The Shopping Channel or call 1-888-2020-888.
For more of Michelle's musings, visit beautyeditor.ca.*