Vegan ‘Turmeric & Cinnamon’ Buddha Bowl Recipe

This dish is one that I came up with when I was in need of some extra antioxidants and proteins in my diet. I love quinoa salads and so I decided to get creative and incorporate protein rich quinoa & hemp hearts with some superfood vegetables and spices. This is a great option for lunch as it has all the important makings of a healthy meal: complex carbs, digestible protein, superfood worthy vegetables, antioxidants and fat burning spices. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.. not to mention, super delicious! Hope you enjoy!

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Verdura Natural Alternatives: A Green Beauty Line of Botanical Bliss

This was a package that I was eager to receive and opened quickly to have a look at the beautiful bottles inside. Verdura Natural Alternatives is a Canadian based company, which is something that always steals a bit of my Canadian heart. They use some of the most beautiful ingredients to create their skin care line, including floral extracts that smell so lovely when you open the bottles. I always like to try a range of different products to see what a company is like and three of their products have stood out to me. I tried their Bamboo Diva face wash, their Lotus hydration mist and last but certainly not least the Illuminati Face mask (which gets its gorgeous colour from the turmeric used). To give you a better idea of the experience you will receive with Verdura’s line, here are my opinions on each of these products:

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How to Get Rid of Acne Naturally: The Oil Cleansing Method

When I was a teenager, I carried the burden of the occasional break out. Something that no teenager wants to deal with but something that most experience (thanks a lot hormones). But nothing compared to the skin tornado that happened when I hit my early 20’s. This unfortunate breakout was partly due to ending my relationship with the Birth Control Pill and it took some serious shots at my self confidence. I literally tried everything in my power to tame the acne that had erupted all over my face but nothing was working. I went as far as taking the drug Accutane, which requires monthly blood tests to ensure your liver is processing it properly (yikes). While this “wonder drug” did give me clear skin for a year or so, eventually it came back and with a vengeance. I was at a loss of what to do and enlisted the help of my Naturopath who referred me to a holistic aesthetician. I am so grateful that I met this amazing woman for so many reasons and her knowledge of natural skin care is one of them. She started by assessing my skin and eventually came up with a skin care regime for me. This is what the regime looked like: (more…)

Why you should swap ‘Moroccan Hair Oil’ for this natural alternative

In my journey towards non-toxic living there have been some difficult changes I have made. One change that I wasn’t looking forward to was getting rid of was my beloved Moroccan Hair oil. I adored everything about this oil.. The smell, the texture, the way it left my hair shiny and frizz free. Up until this year I hadn’t found a replacement for it. Finding your perfect replacement is ALWAYS the key to a successful transition into the green beauty world, you MUST find products that you LOVE to replace the conventional brands you are breaking up with. I tried many hair oils and it resulted in many ‘natural runners up’ but that wasn’t enough for me, I needed a hair oil that I would love just as much as Moroccan Oil and I have finally found it. Until I began using UMA hair treatment oil I couldn’t remember what I had been missing. As soon as I opened the bottle and took in the unbelievably amazing scent of this oil I knew I might have my new best hair friend.

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Win $130 Skin Brightening Discovery Kit from UMA Oils


Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit

Spring is fast approaching and flowers are budding in India at the UMA Oils’ meadow! It takes over 1,000 rose petals to make ONE drop of rose oil, which is a staple in UMA’s Ultimate Brightening Discover Kit. It’s the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine, so why not achieve that perfect glow you’ve always wanted? If you’re yearning for bright, glowing, and dewy skin, enter the Uma Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway to win a brightening skin care routine fit for royalty. Enter your email to potentially be one of the 3 lucky winners to receive a $130 Ultimate Brightening Kit.

Good Luck!

 




Sunday Mood Subscription: Unboxing the February Pink Moon Box

Its that time of the month again where I share the contents of one of my favourite subscription boxes, the Sunday Mood Box. This months selection has been my favourite so far as I have fallen head over heels for the products that were curated so carefully. Here’s what I found in February’s collection:

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These Rose Gold & Vegan Make-up Brushes are Just What Every Girl Needs

  When I purchase new products I try to educate myself as much as possible in the process. One rule that I will never waiver from is that I always buy cruelty free. Cruelty free products are everywhere nowadays as the terrible violence toward animals becomes more exposed. Sometimes cruelty hides in products we least expect and goes unnoticed. Companies try their best to hide the fact that they test on animals as they’re realizing the aversion towards cruelty based brands. This is why education is the key to eliminating this problem altogether. So to save the little guys in our world, I always promote cruelty free brands on my blog and only use cruelty free brands myself. That being said, I felt I should share one of my favourite cruelty free brands MOTD Cosmetics, and their luxe yet affordable, high quality, rose gold adorned make up brushes (there’s just nothing better). (more…)

Confessions of a Healthy Lifestyle Blogger: Non-toxic living doesn’t have to be perfect

This is something that I wanted to be sure I share as eloquently as possible, an important share for the sanity of all who venture into the world of healthy living. I am going to let you in on a little secret.. You do NOT have to completely swear off baked goods, give away all of your kids’ plastic toys, or immediately throw out your entire make up collection to trade in for a healthy lifestyle. Yes, you heard me.. I, Healthy Lifestyle Blogger of Bloom & Clementine, am telling you that sometimes perfectionism in ANY aspect of your life can be more detrimental than allowing a few “toxic” elements slip into your life. Now, I don’t want to completely confuse everyone here, if you’ve followed my blog you know that I have adopted a healthy way of living which includes green beauty, healthy choices for my family, making my own cleaning products, etc. I share my way of living, eating, as well as educate people on the toxicity of most conventional products and what to swap them out for. I am the biggest advocate for healthier choices overall, and believe that the more we educate each other on these topics, there is a better chance that the companies throwing together concoctions of different poisons and labelling them “safe” will slowly die out. I also believe that knowledge is power and that everyone should have a good understanding of what it is these companies are putting into your self care products, your food, your household cleaners, amongst many other things.

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Maya Chia Review: The Super Couple & Limited Edition Waterless Wonder Balm

Maya Chia has quickly become a brand on the forefront of the green beauty world. After hearing amazing reviews from other green beauty bloggers, like the lovely Britanie Faith of Beauty by Britanie, and customers alike I knew I just had to try this line for myself. So when it appeared in January’s Beauty Heroes subscription box I was incredibly excited to say the least. (Beauty Heroes has quickly become one of my all time favourite subscriptions for green beauty as it consistently features the most luxe green beauty brands around.) 

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12 Health Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils & How to Choose a Diffuser

 

In the last five years or so there has been quite a buzz surrounding essential oils. They have gone mainstream, and while I am completely pro essential oil, I know that this big boom of popularity has come with its downfalls. This includes: the distribution of oils that are not as high quality as they are portrayed, the improper use of oils (including the advice to have your children ingest certain essential oils, yikes), or using oils in a way that destroys their quality or potency. Essential oils contain a plethora of health benefits, but whether or not you’re using them properly is what determines the level of benefits you’ll actually receive.

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