Perspective's of Beauty with Kristine Cofsky

Perspective's of Beauty with Kristine Cofsky

Q. What’s most rewarding about working one on one with a woman for a Perspective Feminine photo session?
A. The trust that they put in me to tell their story.  Getting your photo taken can so often be such a vulnerable experience, and I am always amazed and deeply honored when someone walks through the door and says “I trust you”.
Q. What’s is it about the environment that you’ve created that makes women feel comfortable opening up to the camera?

A. I think I am able to create a comfortable environment because I am very aware of how it feels to be on the other side of the camera.  I know how disheartening and downright awful an uncomfortable environment can be. It already takes so much bravery to just show up and have a camera pointed at you, so I try to honor that by creating a warm, safe, and open environment for everyone that walks through my door.  It’s my number one priority.
Q. If there was one thing you would tell every single woman before they sit in front of a camera, what would it be?
A. Be so kind to yourself..  We are always our own worst enemy.
Q. What’s the message or the story you’re trying to tell through Perspective Feminine?
A. This project actually didn’t start with a specific end goal or message I was trying to convey… it was something that evolved for me as a creative outlet, a place for me to gather the little leftover moments that didn’t really have a home. As the collection grew, though, it started to take its own shape and tell its own story. The story just happened naturally and will continue to shift and change perspective as the collection grows I think.  xo
Perspective's of Beauty with Kristine Cofsky

Kristine Cofsky is a self-taught portrait photographer from Vancouver, British Columbia, with a tendency towards mischievous moment catching, and a deep love for the way the world looks through a lens.  



by Jacqueline Parker
Eye Shapes

Eye Shapes

This visual blog was created to help you determine the shape of your eye. You can watch our technique video below.

1. Mono-lid - Do you have a crease on your eyelid? If not, you have a mono-lid. When using the cat liner technique, use a very thin line as close to the lash line as possible with a small flick on the outer corner that follows the angle of your bottom lash line, upwards.


2. Hooded lid - Can you see a visible crease on your eyelid? If not, you have a   hooded lid.  When using the cat liner technique, use a very thin line as close to the lash line as possible with a small flick on the outer corner that follows the angle of your bottom lash line, upwards.


3. Round Eyes - If you can see the whites of your eyes all surrounding your iris, you have round eyes. When using the cat liner technique, use a very thin line as close to the lash line as possible tapering to a thicker line on the outer corner that follows the angle of your bottom lash line, upwards.


4. Almond Eyes - If you are looking straight ahead and the top and bottom of your iris is hidden by you top and lower lid - you have almond eyes. When using the cat liner technique, follow the lash lined follow the angle of the bottom of your lash line upwards.


5. Downturned Eyes - if you imagine a straight line through the center of your eyes, do the outer corners end up below your imaginary line? If yes, you have downturned eyes.  When using the cat liner technique, use a very thin line as close to the lash line as possible. Before you get to the outer corner start drawing your cat angle upwards. If you go right to the end of your lash line your liner will continue to carry your eye in a downward motion. 



6. Upturned Eyes - If you image a straight line through the center of your eyes and the out corners end up above your imaginary line, you have upturned eyes. Luckily you will have an easy time creating a cat liner wing with this share of eye. We find an angle that is more straight out than angled up is better to balance out the eye shape.





by Amanda Gangoso
How to prep your skin for natural foundation

How to prep your skin for natural foundation

Do you prep your skin for your foundation?
We can't stress enough how important it is to prep your skin before makeup application. This step is important for a few reasons:
1. Allows for your makeup to sit better on your skin
2. Promotes healthier looking skin so you can wear less makeup
watch the video below to learn more about how we always prep our client's skin using natural and cruelty-free makeup and skincare products. 

by Jacqueline Parker
pro's and con's of DIY bridal makeup

pro's and con's of DIY bridal makeup

So you are thinking about doing your own makeup for your wedding day? If so, this blog is for you. 

We come across brides all the time who are on the fence about hiring a makeup artist for their wedding day, or doing their makeup themselves. First of all, we want to provide you with a quick PRO's and CON's list of each option. 

PRO's of DIY makeup:

  • Saving money
  • Less vendors & moving parts to your wedding planning
  • You can create a style you are comfortable with

CON's of DIY makeup:

  • Your collection of makeup may be small and you may have to invest in new products.
  • You may not know how to apply makeup for "on camera" or have long wearing products. 
  • You may be nervous or shaking the morning of your wedding.
  • You may worry you could screw up your makeup look and not know how to fix it. 
  • Adding an extra task on a busy day will not allow for you to relax and enjoy your morning. 

We suggest hiring a makeup artist if:

  • You want to try a more complex look than you are used to
  • You want to soak up all of the morning of your wedding day and relax
  • You are unsure what look you want to create
  • Your not sure how to use makeup brushes
  • You are hiring a professional photographer and have a specific look you want to achieve from the photos. 
  • You have a small collection of makeup

If you feel you want to do your wedding makeup on your own, here are our 5 tips for creating a DIY bridal look

1. Skin care is crucial! We always suggest getting a facial a few weeks before your wedding, however if you want to help prep your skin at home then months or weeks leading up to the wedding we highly recommend exfoliation with the Viva Amaze Gel or Wyld Konjac Sponge

Our favourite Facials in Vancouver are with Kristin at Facial Expressions. If you book your facial and mention The Green Beauty Collective you will receive a complimentary Hyaluronic Infusion 


2. Test out your look. We highly recommend searching a look via Pinterest and practicing it a couple times with different products you have in your makeup kit to ensure you like it. 

If you are unsure of what look you would like to create, book in for a 1 hour makeup lesson, or virtual makeup lesson at The Green Beauty Collective and we can help you design your makeup look. Your lesson includes $100 worth or product, so you can walk away with products to use to prep your skin, or on the day of your wedding. 


3. Scrub your lips: Mix some coconut oil and coarse sugar in a small container and scrub your lips every night for a week before the wedding to make sure your lips are smooth. 

Make sure to add lip balm to your daily routine. We personally love the Wild Hill Botanicals Almond & Vanilla BalmThese also makes for a great bridesmaid gift. 


4. Use long wearing products: We always recommend a waterproof mascara for any bride on her wedding day. If you want long wearing natural products we recommend the Gabriel Mascara, Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner and Spela Lip Stains


5. Most importantly make sure to drink water, eat good food & relax! There is not better beauty tip than eating nutritious food, drink more water than you think and get enough relaxation in. DIY wedding, or big budget wedding, its a lot of work. Take some time for yourself. Some of our favourite ways to relax are getting out in nature, making sure your space SMELLS relaxing and sitting in a salt bath


P.S.. these are our favourite wedding vendors 

Photographers: Sarah England & Folk Fotos 

Wedding Planning Services: Chiantelle Nicole

Photo Booths: Dang Good Booths

Facials: Facial Expressions

Dresses: Truvelle & Frocks


Cover photo by: Sarah England Photography

by Jacqueline Parker
Does natural sunscreen work?

Does natural sunscreen work?

First of is why should you wear sunscreen in the first place.

Protecting oneself from the sun’s harmful rays is something many regret not doing once they enter their 40’s and begin seeing their sunbathing years manifesting into age/dark spots sagging skin and wrinkles.  

Sun damage is something we have control over. Wearing hats, protective clothing and sunscreen can indeed help our skin look healthier and younger.

We encourage a healthy 15 minutes in the sun without protection for a good dose of Vitamin D (or Vitamin D supplements), however, any longer in the sun can result in damaged skin cells, breakdown of collagen and elastin. UV damage has also been known to cause skin cancer.

Please consult a doctor or health professional if you have questions about unprotected sun exposure or proper Vitamin D doses.


Mineral "Natural" Sunblock: 

What ingredients block the sun? Mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

How does it block the sun? Zinc and/or titanium dioxide act as a physical block. They sit on the surface of the skin and deflect harmful rays from the skins surface. 

How effective is it? Minerals protect from UVA & UVB rays, begin working instantly and last longer in direct sunlight. Mineral sunscreens are also the preferred type for sensitive skin and for those who are prone to redness. 

Is it safe for the skin? Minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are safe for the skin as they do not enter the blood stream. Zinc oxide & Titanium dioxide may cause allergenic effects if airborne and inhaled. 

Pros: Safer for the skin and blood stream. Less frequent re application.

Cons: Can be white, thick and difficult to rub in, may be more expensive. 


Chemical Sunblock: 

What ingredients block the sun? Chemical sunscreens contain carbon based compounds such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone.

How does it block the sun? Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing rays and converting them to heat, then relating the heat from the skin. 

How effective is it? Chemical sunscreens are effective and actually require a less precise application over mineral sunscreen. However, chemical sunscreens may not protect the skin as long, and must be applied often. 

Is it safe for the skin? Chemical sunscreens tend to be irritating and drying. The chemical Oxybenzone is not safe for the body. Oxybenzone may cause photoallergic reaction, disrupt hormone system and effect the reproductive system.

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Pros: Easier to rub in. No white cast, can get away with a less precise application. 

Cons: Chemicals not safe for our system, More frequent application, not ideal for the health of our environment. 


What to use?

You can find Mineral & Chemical sunscreen blocks at The Green Beauty Collective:

CyberDERM Simply Zinc SPF 30: slightly heavier in texture. For the purist. Zinc Oxide 

CyberDERM Everyday Sun Whip SPF 25 (with encapsulated octinoxate): slightly lighter in texture and more easily absorbable  Zinc Oxide and Octinoxate

*Octinoxate: This chemical is rated a 6 on EWG database, however CyberDERM's technology to encapsulated the octinoxate prevents skin permeation. This makes it a large particle that sits on the surface of the skin (but does not come into actual contact) while remaining in protective silica bead. Octinoxate will not enter the blood stream. 

by Jacqueline Parker
What is exfoliation?

What is exfoliation?

We love asking our clients if they exfoliate, mostly because we typically get the most confused looks from them. Many are quick to answer that they can barely wash their face and take off their makeup before rolling into bed at the end of the day.

Today we are going to explore the mysterious world of exfoliation and find out who it's for and if it is really all that necessary.

What is exfoliating?

Exfoliating is the process of using a chemical, or manual product to loosen and remove dead skin leaving the surface soft, smooth and perfect for makeup application.There are 2 different forms of exfoliation...being manual, or physical.

Manual exfoliation this is typically a gritty scrub or textured cloth or sponge to slough off dead, dry skin. A commonly used manual exfoliant would include ingredients such as almond meal, corn meal, ground oats.

Keep in mind, if your product says “microbeads” stay far away. Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic that enter our water systems and are never broken down. It is also important to avoid any type of hard shell such as “apricot scrub” as the rough edges scratch the skin, causing inflammation and redness.

Chemical exfoliation involves using a chemical AHA or BHA to release the dead skin. Chemical exfoliators can be used more often depending on the percentage of BHA or AHA.

AHA is a glycolic acid or lactic acid. AHAs are tiny molecules that penetrate the upper layer of your skin and help dislodge and dissolve dead skin cells.

BHA is a salicylic acid. BHA’s do the same thing, but it can also penetrate into your pores themselves (AHAs can’t do this). This means BHA treatments are often good for people with oily or breakout prone skin, as these are often symptoms of clogged pores.


So which type of exfoliation is better?

Well, this is totally up to a) the results you want for a certain skin issue b) how clean you want a product to be.

Technically speaking, BHA’s and AHA’s are synthetic chemicals made in a lab and can have irritating qualities to them, however, they are extremely effective especially for acne-prone skin and aging skin because they penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface and work on a deeper level.

We are huge fans of the Okoko Skin Brightening L'ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ with 5% alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), naturally sourced from blueberries, sugar cane, and citrus. This is a clean AHA product.

If you are more of a purist, you will be satisfied with a manual exfoliator such as the Viva Amaze Gel, Wild Hill Nootka Rose Cleansing Clay, or Wyld Konjac Sponges.

Who is exfoliation for?

We are believers that everyone should be exfoliating once a week, especially if your skin is maturing. As we age, our skin cell turnover process slows down, and we need a little bit of help. For this reason, we recommend those with dry and mature skin to ensure exfoliation is apart of their weekly skincare routine.

Anyone who wears makeup will notice that their face makeup sits much better after they have exfoliated their skin. It creates a smooth and beautiful base for any foundation or tinted moisturizer. Exfoliating also helps your skincare products to work to their highest potential by allowing them to dive deeper into the skin, rather than into the dead cells sitting on top of the skin.


How often should I exfoliate?

We recommend exfoliation 1-2x week. If you are just starting out with exfoliation and your skin is quite dry, try out 2-3x a week, and slow down to 1-2x a week once your skin has sloughed the skin and softened.

If you learned something from this blog, or feel inspired to share this information, please share the article on your facebook with your friends and family! We also encourage you to subscribe to our channel for weekly green beauty videos.


You can shop cruelty-free, eco-friendly and vegan exfoliation products at and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at


Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.

by Jacqueline Parker
What is activated charcoal? (with video)

What is activated charcoal? (with video)

Activated Charcoal is popping up all over the place. We have both been using activated charcoal in various ways over the past two years and have recently introduced an activated charcoal skin care line to our curated beauty collection. Let’s dive in right away so we can help you understand the magic of activated charcoal.

What is activated charcoal?

You may be wonder what exactly activated charcoal, or activated carbon is. In short, activated carbon is wood or coconut shell that has been heated to high temperatures with very low oxygen concentrations to create a porous charcoal. The charcoal is then steamed to eliminate the non-carbon elements. This is an important step as it gives the charcoal a large surface area, allowing liquids or gases to pass through the charcoal and bind with impurities.

Charcoal is not metabolized, adsorbed or absorbed by the body, however, it is best to choose an activated charcoal that has gone through a steaming activation process, over a chemical activation process.

If you are interested in learning more about the science and chemistry behind activated charcoal, we have attached a link to ( We will stick to the beauty facts.

What does activated charcoal do?

Activated charcoal is most commonly used to filter water. It has the ability to filter out impurities and contaminants, such as chlorine, odors, and pigments.Activated charcoal has translated its filtering and detoxifying properties into simple skin care that performs.

Activated charcoal powders in skin care can also act as filters to pull out dirt, oil and other skin impurities.

However, use activated charcoal sparingly…

Because activated charcoal can bind with impurities, it also has the potential to bind with nutrients and vitamins in the skin. Here are some tips for using activated charcoal sparingly.

  1. Use an activated charcoal product that has been blended with other ingredients
  2. Mix your activated charcoal with a hydrating or soothing base such as yogurt, honey or aloe gel.
  3. Use activated charcoal products only 1-2x a week.


Who should be using activated charcoal in their skincare routine?

Not everyone needs activated charcoal in their skincare. It is a great ingredient to keep in the cupboard for a rainy day DIY mask, but not a crucial part of a 3 step skin care routine if you have dry to normal skin.

The people that will benefit most from activated charcoal skin care products are those with oily & acne prone skin. Some may say that activated charcoal can help shrink pores, however, we believe it only has the capability to clean out pores.


Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal powder, or by mixing it with your toothpaste can help whiten your teeth.

Make sure not to inhale the powder when using. This can damage the lungs.


Add some charcoal to your body care, this will help to draw out impurities from the skin. If you suffer from acne on the body, try a charcoal soap, gentle scrub or even a mask applied to the chest and back.

Gas & Bloating

We have all experienced gas and bloating especially when traveling. Whether it’s the average airplane food, a case of Bali belly or perhaps the street food you enjoyed isn’t agreeing with you, charcoal can help.

Taking charcoal internally will help to reduce bloating, gas and stomach bugs by binding with the gas producing elements, toxins, and mold.  Keep charcoal in mind for mild stomach bugs but be sure to seek a doctor if symptoms persist.  

Taking charcoal internally may also help with

  • Bad breath and body odor
  • Skin irritations like insect bites, poison ivy
  • Hangovers

If you learned something from this article, or feel inspired to share this information, please share the article or video on your facebook with your friends and family! We also encourage you to subscribe to our Youtube channel for weekly green beauty videos.

You can shop cruelty-free, eco-friendly activated charcoal beauty products from Midnight Paloma at and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at


Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.


by Jacqueline Parker
Why switch to natural cosmetics? (with video)

Why switch to natural cosmetics? (with video)

It has definitely already crossed your mind a few times, because here you are, researching about making the switch to natural beauty products. To be honest, we are not surprised you are here either. In 2016, the natural beauty market was valued at approximately 11.06 billion U.S. dollars worldwide and is forecasted to grow to 21.78 billion U.S dollars worldwide by 2024. This means people just like you are also interested in making the switch.

We understand that you may not need any convincing as to why it is important for you to switch, however, we thought this may come in handy when you are talking to friends and family about why natural beauty products are important for humans, animals, and the planet!


For the People

Studies show that 60% of everything that touches our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream within minutes. Think about every product you use in a day, Do you know what is inside of those concoctions? I bet you never really thought about it.

Unfortunately, many of the ingredients found in your favorite face cream, lipsticks and perfumes are in fact toxins, allergens or carcinogens. Going natural means you are eliminating ingredients that are contributing to health problems, reproductive complications, acne and allergic reaction.

Switching to natural cosmetics is typically the last thing most women think about when choosing healthier lifestyle options. Why? because it is the most daunting and difficult tasks of all. "Where can I find products that actually work?", "...but I have always used this face's all I've ever known", "Your right, I have no idea what is inside my products". It really doesn't have to be difficult anymore. With new technology, research and resources, natural cosmetics are more effective, more colorful and healthier than ever. And luckily for you, we have already done most of the hard work.

Imagine making healthier choices for yourself without compromising the fun, playful and effective side of cosmetics.


For the Planet

Mindless sourcing, packaging, and ingredients are quickly causing detrimental effects to our environment.

Large companies must meet the high demand, so they are sourcing large quantities of ingredients quickly. This means they are using more pesticides, exploiting human rights and disrupting our ecosystems & depleting non-renewable resources. If sourcing was done sustainably, these farming and mining practices would not damage our environment.

Plastic and non-degradable packaging are thrown out in mass quantities every single day. This waste is piling up on our earth and is even finding its way into our waters. Most cosmetic companies use much more plastic, wrapping, labels and boxes than necessary as a marketing tactic.

Toxic ingredients are being flushed into our water systems every time you wash your face, shower and brush your teeth. Many of these ingredients are incapable of breaking down. This is not only hazardous to aquatic life, but it also transfers into our earth water cycle ( vaporizes, re-accumulates in clouds, then rains toxicity onto our soil).

By purchasing natural products from smaller local businesses, you can feel good about ethical sourcing, sustainable and reusable packaging as well as conscious and safe ingredients for our waters and soil.


For the Animals

"Each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing." - PETA.

This animal testing includes burning, crippling, poisoning and abuse, all in the name of beauty? In our opinion, this is all the information you need to know to understand why animal testing is NOT ok.

Our physical beauty will not thrive at the cost of an animal's life. This is why The Green Beauty Collective will always exclusively stock cruelty-free makeup products.

If you learned something from this blog, or feel inspired to share this information, please share the article on your facebook with your friends and family! We also encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly green beauty videos.


You can shop cruelty free, eco-friendly and vegan beauty products at and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at

Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.

by Jacqueline Parker
Travelling Green: Beauty & Travel must have's for warm weather travel

Travelling Green: Beauty & Travel must have's for warm weather travel

Are you travelling somewhere warm over the dreary winter months? I am headed to Indonesia on Monday and I figured this would make for a great opportunity to show you how I prepare for a warm weather vacation while staying as clean and green as possible. 

The majority of products mentioned in this post are beauty products



1. Hydration Mask 

Have you ever noticed how thirsty you are after a flight? Or, how dry your skin is? The air on an aircraft can be extremely drying and I learned a great tip from YouTuber and beauty guru Michelle Phan back in the day (when I was sitting next to her on the way to NYC). 

I always slap on a hydration mask for atlas 30 minutes at the end of a flight to help replenish my skin. The Viva Hyaluronic Mask is packed with moisture to instantly plump and hydrate the skin. 

2. Hydrosol 

Spritzing the skin with floral water is also a super quick way to keep your skin hydrated on the plane. I will do this every hour (If I am not asleep) to keep my skin hydrated. Just think of it like drinking water. Same same!

I will be taking the Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner on my trip because it comes in a 2oz size, perfect for the plane. This will also come in handy on extremely hot days in the jungle & long sun exposure. 


Moon Time:

1. Diva Cup

If you are travelling to Asia, like me, you may not be able to access tampons. I highly recommend getting your hands on a Diva Cup, and use it for 1-2 months before you travel (It can take some getting used to). This will help reduce waste and save you in those "crap...I forgot to bring tampons" situations. If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Whole Foods Market. 

2. Organic Tampons

Even though I recommend bringing a Dive Cup, you may also encounter situations where there is a. no toilet paper or b. no clean place to empty your diva cup. In this case, you will absolutely want to have a tampon on hand. I always make sure I am stocked up on bleach free, organic cotton tampons like Natra Care. If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Whole Foods Market. 


Shower & Personal Care:

1. Soap

I really like washing with soap bars, but they can be annoying to travel with. I picked up a re usable soap case so I can continue using my soap bar (easy). If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Welks General Store on Main and my moisturizing Soap from Woodlot.

2. Shampoo & Conditioner 

This is when saving your containers comes in handy! I have a stash of old plastic containers that I wash out, so all I had to do was transfer my shampoo and conditioner into these smaller bottles. I am going to try to wash my hair as little as possible and when you are on vacation this is the perfect time to try the no poo method. I also recommend grabbing a bottle of apple cider vinegar once you get to your destination so use as a wash. I am currently using the United and Free Shampoo and Conditioner. 

3. Deodorant

When travelling somewhere hot, you are bound to be sweating up a storm. I recommend avoiding any type of antiperspirant - you want to sweat so your body can detox. I decided to pick up one of my favourite brands of Deodorant "Schmidts". I chose the Charcoal & Magnesium as my body may be going into extra shock from a change in environment and food. I will most likely need extra door protection. If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Welks General Store on Main. 

4. Teeth

I have 4 tooth products I will be bringing on my trip. The first is a tooth brush. I recently learned that 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every single year, which creates 50 million pounds of waste (wtf people!). I grabbed a bamboo toothbrush from senzacare. I got this toothbrush in Vancouver at Welks General Store.

My favourite natural toothpaste is Dr.Bronners. I have been using natural toothpaste for 5+ years and have not have a cavity since. I got mine at Welks General Store on Main. 

I have also been using a tongue scraper from Radius. Tongue scrapers help remove bacteria buildup on the tongue. This will freshen your breath and help with gut an digestion issues. I am excited to learn more about Ayurveda (where this practice originates from) when I am in Indonesia

Floss will also be kicking around in my bag! 


Sun care:

1. Sunscreen

Nothing has been stressed more (from friends and family) about the importance of bringing enough sunscreen to Asia with me, for a few reasons. a. Sunscreen is more expensive b. Sunscreen contains toxic chemicals and bleach and c. the sun is much stronger, and you will get burnt. 

I will be bringing all of the sunscreen I have at home! I have the Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip, and Simply Zinc sunscreen for my face. I also picked up the Green Beaver SPF 40 sunscreen from Whole Foods Market. Both of these products are mineral sunscreen and require re application. 

2. Aftersun 

Its not always as easy to avoid getting burnt. I will be making sure to wear hats, and cover ups during the day, but I am bound to get burnt. I have a bottle of Natures Aid Aloe Skin Gel. I am hoping to get my hands on some Aloe plants if I run out! 



Skincare & Makeup:

1. Makeup

Vacation to a hot climate is the perfect opportunity to wear less makeup to give your skin a break. I will be bringing 5 of my favourite products with me:

1. Pure Anada Mascara. This mascara is perfect for the water, because I can remove it so easily in the water if I have to. No racoon eyes.

2. Elate Brow Balm. Brow products are my must have product, so I will have my brow balm on hand at all times (hopefully I don't forget my angle brush).

3.Wonder Highlighter. Glow is a must have. I go everywhere with my highlighting stick for fresh, glowing skin. 

4. RMS lip shine "Royal".  I decided it would be best to bring a "potted" lip product, as there is a possibility it will melt. I like the RMS lip pots because they seal quite securely. You can pick up RMS products at Lynn Steve Boutique in Vancouver

5. Pure Anada Lip Balm. To keep my lips moisturized. I am not too sure what kind of lip balm I will find in Asia. This will come with me just in case. 


2. Skin Care

Skin Care is super important to me, so I am ensuring to bring my favourite products. 

1. Wyld Konjac Sponge Brining a konjac sponge eliminates the need to bring a liquid cleanser and exfoliator, because this is a 2 in 1 product. It also shrinks down quite small and saves a lot of room in your cosmetic bag.

2. Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner: I will be bringing this toner with me for the airplane (see above) and for everyday use to rehydrate my skin. 

3. Wild Hill Botanicals Mini Black Berry Serum: This 10ml serum is the perfect size for my month long trip. This serum will be extremely protective from external environmental damages and sun exposure. 

4. Bella Aura Moisturizer: This sleek 30ml moisturizer is rich and hydrating. I will be using this product at night. 


Well, thats is folks! I am trying my best to pack light, while still remaining comfortable and keeping my body healthy and using the products I use here at home. 

Enjoy your trip, wherever you go!

by Jacqueline Parker
How do I dispose of my beauty product containers?

How do I dispose of my beauty product containers?

We hear all the time that the average woman use 8-10 beauty products a day and if they are conventional products, thats a whole lot of chemicals entering the blood stream!

What we also must think of when we count those 8-10 products a day is "Where do all of these containers go once the product runs out?" The unfortunate truth is that most beauty products are housed in plastic containers (which are then packaged in plastic containers and wrapped in plastic. Its mind boggling!). 

We do our very best to consider waste when we decide to stock a product at The Green Beauty Collective.

Here is our guide to "What to do with the waste".


Shipped product

We save all of our paper, packing peanuts and stuffing from our supplier shipments. To reduce paper waste, we use this stuffing and packing material to pack your order. It is a good feeling opening a package that has much less impact on the environment. 

Product wrapping

Many of our products do not have extra boxes, plastic wrap or housing (this is intentional). The conventional beauty industry has SO MUCH WASTE. We choose to carry products that have minimal packaging and boxes. 

Elate pressed powders: All elate pressed shadows, blushes, powders (and soon universal cremes) come in seed paper packaging, so you can plant the package and watch it bloom. 

Sappho pressed powders/boxes: These paper boxes and containers can be recycled

Cyberderm boxes: These boxes can be recycled

Viva boxes: These boxes can be recycled 


Disposing of containers

Elate clear lipgloss containers & inner containers of mascara and liquid liners can be recycled (but must be cleaned out) and the outer bamboo core can be put into the compost (same with lipsticks if you can separate the bamboo from the connector). Sappho mascara tubes and primer containers can also be recycled after being cleaned out. 


Green Beauty Collective Recycle program

If you bring back 5 clean, empty glass containers you get 40% off your choice of:

2oz Nootka Rose Toner

2oz Rose Geranium Toner

2oz Fireweed Toner

Viva Milk Cleanser

Viva Gel Cleanser

Viva Bio Foaming cleanser  

Returns exclude: Elate Universal Cremes, Elate Lipgloss, Lipstick, Mascara, Liner, Powder Tins. 


Reusing your containers

We love hearing that our clients up cycle and reuse their containers. Here are some of our favourite ways to re use containers:

Empty Lipsticks: Fill it with pills or vitamins

Empty Honey Mask or Wild Rose Cream: Perfect for salad dressing

Empty Loose Powder: Go fill it up at The Soap Dispensary!

Empty Foundation Bottle: Fill it with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion or soap to travel with

Empty Toner: Fill with water & essential oil to create a room spray 

Empty concealer container: Fill with coconut oil for a travel size

by Jacqueline Parker