Jacqueline's 3 favorite makeup brushes

Jacqueline's 3 favorite makeup brushes

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Brushes are absolutely necessary for proper makeup application. If you want your makeup to look blended & natural you need good brushes. If you want your makeup application to be easier, you need good brushes! I'll be going over my 3 favorite makeup brushes, why I love them and what I use them for. 


1. A fluffy blending eyeshadow brush

This has to be my "go-to" all-time favorite style of brush. I think I might have 6 of these in my professional brush collection. This brush is a cone-shaped brush with a medium density. I wouldn't even consider applying eyeshadow without this brush. 

Why it's so good: A cone-shaped, fluffy blending brush makes blending eyeshadow a breeze, especially for those who are just starting out with eyeshadow techniques. 

How to use it: I personally use this brush in so many ways. To sweep a light eyeshadow right across the lid to blend with ease. In a windshield wiper motion into the crease to define the eye. I will also apply an eyeshadow then dust the brush clean on a towel and use the clean, product-free brush to blend out my eyeshadow.


2. An angled brush

An angled brush is a must-have for anyone's makeup collection. As long as you clean it, it can be used in a multitude of ways. 

Why it's so good: As mentioned above, angle brushes are multi-use and can be used for various products and techniques. 

How to use it: Here are some of the ways you can use an angled brush.

  1. Use your angled brush to fill in your brows 
  2. Use the angled brush for more detailed eyeshadow crease work 
  3. Apply liquid or pencil liner onto your angle brush for a sharp cat eye, or smokey defined liner, top or bottom. 
  4. Dip your angled brush into your favorite eyeshadow for a smokey and blended top or bottom liner. 
  5. An angled brush can also be used for a lip brush if you want to achieve a crisp and defined lip color application. 
  6. I also use an angled brush to add eye highlight under the brow bone and in the corner of the eye. 


3. A flat-top "kabuki" style brush

I decided to bring the flat top kabuki style brush into this because it is a unique brush that not many people know how to use properly. I love teaching people how to use this brush because it is extremely effective for specific makeup techniques. 

Why it's so good: The Flat top kabuki brush is amazing for both powder and liquid makeup. It makes blending a breeze and offers a very quick application for those wanting to wear face makeup. 

How to use it: As mentioned above, you can use the flat top kabuki style brush for powder and liquid or creme makeup. Here's what will happen for each formula. 

  1. Powder: When applying a pressed foundation powder with this brush you will achieve a much heavier coverage than if you were to apply a powder foundation with a soft round brush. You are able to really buff and work the powder foundation into the skin. You can also use this brush to apply loose powder to set your liquid foundation. 
  2. Liquid: If you are in a rush and want a super even and quick liquid foundation application, this is the brush for you. I simply pump the foundation straight onto the brush, dot the foundation all of my face, then use circular buffing motions to blend it all over and down my neck. 
  3. Bronzer/Blush: I love this brush for applying creme bronzer all over my skin and down my neck, or pinching the brush to become thinner to apply a powder bronzer/blush in a more concentrated area.

Visit our Brushes & Tools page here


Are you a visual learner. I highlight all 5 Elate brushes in the video below

by Jacqueline Parker
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
Is mineral sunblock better than chemical sunblock?

Is mineral sunblock better than chemical sunblock?

By now you may realize that there are two types of sunscreen on the market. The stuff that rubs in, and the stuff that “doesn’t” and the cheap stuff at the drug store, and the expensive stuff at Whole Foods.

So does it really matter what you are purchasing and what you are putting on your skin? Here we break down the difference between the two so you can decide, This or That. 

by Jacqueline Parker
Conventional vs. Botanical Retinol

Conventional vs. Botanical Retinol

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a popular ingredient that has many proven benefits for those who wish to boost collagen, reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. It can also help with clogged or congested pores, acne, and discoloration.

Although it is a very widely known and ingredient in skin care, the world of retinol can be a little confusing so our goal is to simplify and provide you with a better understanding of how it works, and the benefits that it can have for the skin, specifically in a botanical form.

Retinol is one very common family of Retinoids, which is an umbrella term that is used to describe any ingredient that is a derivative of Vitamin A, meaning that it is chemically similar to Vitamin A. There are many different forms of Retinoids, some are naturally occurring, some are synthetic (usually prescription forms).

Conventional VS Botanical Retinol

Conventional Retinoids

Conventional retinoids can be very effective but are not always easily tolerated in higher concentrations, such as prescription form. In some forms, retinoids can become unstable when exposed to UV rays which can cause the product to degrade. For this reason, it is often advised that you take extra precautions and use sunscreen regularly as it can make your skin more vulnerable to sun exposure.

Another drawback of conventional Retinol is that it has the potential to cause redness, sensitivity and dry, flaky skin until you become acclimated and develop receptors that allow your skin to utilize it effectively. This period of time often passes within a few weeks but can vary for each person depending on a person's vitamin A receptors, and based on how sensitive the skin type is.

Luckily, those of us who enjoy organic plant-based skin care can also reap the many benefits of Retinol without experiencing the potential drawbacks.


Botanical Retinol - Moth Bean Extract

One very effective form of botanical retinol is called Moth Bean Extract. This extract derived from the ​Vigna Aconitifolia​ (Moth Bean) seed, is a type of legume that grows in India and Pakistan. Although the Moth Bean Seed is not actually a vitamin A derivative, it performs in a very similar way within the skin and provides many of the same benefits as non-botanical Vitamin A derivatives.  

Moth bean extract penetrates into the skin works to encourage healthy cell renewal. The moth bean extract is also fantastic at slowing down signs of aging like fine lines and loss of skin elasticity because of its natural ability to boost collagen production. 

This extract also contains phenolic compounds like caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid and kaempferol which all protect your skin against free radicals and UV damage.

The added benefit to using botanical retinol is that is a very active and effective ingredient, but at the same time can be tolerated much better by those with sensitive skin. It also has very high stability during sun exposure, unlike some conventional types of retinoids, which means it can be safely worn during the day

Benefits of Moth Bean Seed

Stimulates skin cell renewal​

Stimulates collagen synthesis​

Decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles​

Antioxidant activity to prevent free radical and UV damage​

 A gentle exfoliator that reduces pore clogging and prevents the development of acne blemishes​

Highly stable and more tolerated than other forms of retinol​

Graydon Full Moon Serum

The Graydon Full Moon serum contains an organic form of retinol derived from the moth bean plant. It is shown to be much more gentle than regular retinol, while still remaining just as effective.

If you are struggling with acne or congested skin, Fullmoon Serum is a great option for you. This is a water-based serum without oils or waxes, which works to prevent clogged pores and breakouts

Full Moon Serum also helps to improve and protect your skin’s natural beauty while combating the many comprehensive signs of aging. Moth Bean Extract can be very effective in strengthening your skin's dermis (lower layer of skin) and decreasing wrinkles due to the increase in healthy collagen production.

This serum is ideal for all skin types and has a feather-light consistency to help protect your delicate facial skin from everyday pollutants while also soothing inflammation.



Other Super Star Ingredients and Benefits:

COLLAGEN:  protein-rich extract from African Mahogany to help minimize pores and provide a firm texture

HYALURONIC ACID: from Indian Senna to help improve the appearance of dry skin by boosting hydration

OLIGOPEPTIDES: enriched with amino acids to replenish & restore the look of your skin’s natural health

ANTI-POLLUTION:  moringa extract to battle signs of stressed skin exposed to environmental pollution

RETINOL: from seeds of the moth bean plant to help correct the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

VITAMIN C: rich moringa leaf to brighten the appearance of your skin’s complexion

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY:  blue tansy to help soothe skin and minimize the appearance of redness

How to use:

Because of the stability of the botanical extracts, this serum can be safely applied both day and night.

Apply 4 to 6 drops of Fullmoon Serum onto your palms after cleansing and toning the skin. Gently sweep the serum onto your face, neck and décolleté with special attention around your eye and brow area.

Can be applied directly to the face, or blended with your favorite Graydon Moisturizer. Although this serum contains botanicals that remain stable in sunlight, we always recommend applying daily sun protection with a min SPF of 30.


Thanks for reading,


by Leah Boyes
Empowered Beauty with Rising Woman

Empowered Beauty with Rising Woman

Q: There are women all over the world tattooing your logo onto their bodies. What are some feelings that woman might feel when she looks down at that tattoo every day?
H: I’m not alone. Feelings of separateness keep us from feeling safe and connected in the world. It’s important for humanity to see that there are more similarities between us than differences, there are ties that can bring each person, regardless of background, together. We hope anyone who chooses to adorn themselves with our tattoo feels they are making a stand for consciousness, love and the support of the global community.
S: The symbol was created with our lovely dear friend Steph over at @Ink.Dust, and it’s a symbol of the moon (feminine) and the sun (masculine) merging to create the alchemy of divine union with spirit, or “whole and completeness”. This is not about gender, this is about energy and duality within each of us. The symbol represents “integration”, which is the underlying essence of Rising Woman’s teachings. When people look at that symbol on their body, I hope it will remind them that they are perfect and whole, just as they are. That their darkness is a gift just as much as their light, and that they don’t have to change themselves in order to be lovable.
Q: Do you have any advice for women who feel that their worth lies in their physical appearance?
H: While we don’t recommend that anyone rejects the body, we also want to gently remind people that their worth is not in their body. The body is merely a tool for connection, for learning, for experiencing being human. Whatever body we are born with we can learn from, but the body is not who you are. Who you are is eternal, enduring, and infinite. Embrace the body you have now, recognize that beauty is subjective and fluid, and the most attractive trait anyone can embody is self-acceptance and self-love.
S: One of my favorite philosophers in my 20’s was Ken Wilbur, and he had this simple mantra: “I am not my body”. Beauty standards in the media are always changing. One minute big lips are in, the next minute thin lips are in. None of that matters in the end. What matters is your heart. What matters is who you are, and the love you have in your life. What matters is how you show up and make a difference, and let people who love you get close. There is nothing more beautiful than a person who is confidently themselves, who doesn’t bow to external pressure. Your body is a beautiful creation of the divine, a temporary vehicle designed to carry you through this life. Life is not about how you look, but the experiences you allow in. So while taking care of your appearance and adornment are an important aspect of playing in the feminine, it’s important to do these things from a place of self-love, rather than energy of trying to change yourself. You’re perfect as you are.
How has being a teacher and guide through Rising Woman put you back into the seat of being a student? What does your community teach you?
H: Every aspect of life draws me into being a student, there is never a teacher separated from a student, all are the same. Our follows are mirrors of who we’ve been, and we who are now. We watch, listen, and learn from their experiences. At times, people can be reactive to our content, this is when we are challenged to hold a space of compassion and not take another’s reaction personally. Other times, people project that is it us who have “changed their life”, when really it was them who did the work! We are just an inspiration to remember that the real teacher is within. 
S: Any good mentor, teacher or guide will always direct their student to the teacher within. I am honored to be in a position to share wisdom and offer guidance, and while many may call me their “Teacher”, I am always humbled and inspired by the people who take our programs and choose this Work. It’s easy to believe we are separate or different until we surround ourselves by the community. What I’ve learned through my work with Rising Woman is that we are far more the same than we are different. What we fear makes us broken, is actually what allows us to grow. And the very aspects of ourselves we’re afraid to show others, are what give the people around us to drop into their own vulnerability.
Q: What are your individual go to beauty rituals?
H: The basics are eating well, hydrating, exercise and sleeping - as long as the foundation is in place then the rest is additional! I love using my infrared sauna in combination with red light therapy to help with detoxification and skin health. I regularly exfoliate (Viva Health Amaze Gel), and use hyaluronic acid, buffet serum, and sunscreen. I keep my makeup bag as ‘clean’ as possible and typically enjoy a quick and easy daily routine. A touch of foundation, bronzer, cream blush, and mascara for a sun-kissed glowing look.
S: For me, self-care has always been a high priority. Drinking ozonated water daily, celery juice, getting a lot of fresh air, and allowing my body to rest when it calls all help me feel good in my skin. For beauty products, I use a combination of oil cleaners, Viva Amaze-Gel for exfoliation, and almond oil on my whole body as a moisturizer. I like to put oil on my skin before a shower to lock in the moisture because my skin is dry and sensitive. I wash my hair just twice a week to keep the oils in :) I feel better and more natural without much makeup, so I usually just put on some brown mascara and brow makeup when I’m getting ready for the day.
by Amanda Gangoso
Identifying your eye shape & how to work with it

Identifying your eye shape & how to work with it

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
Click the links below to learn more about two of our favorite Foundation Primers

Graydon Face Glow 

Face Glow creates a lovely shimmer when applied to your skin.
Though absolutely lovely as a moisturizer, it is particularly wonderful when used as a makeup primer and illuminator (alone, under or over foundation). 

Elate Prep Primer  

With our floral hydrate complex, it plumps and firms the skin while smoothing and hydrating. Prep creates the perfect canvas for your foundation or powder, adding staying powder and a silky finish. It Can also be used as an overnight hydration treatment.
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

If you would like to learn tips on how to create a DIY Natural Bronze Goddess look for your wedding WATCH OUR VIDEO

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 and Leah 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 all...here 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
Does natural lash growth serum actually work?

Does natural lash growth serum actually work?

You may have heard some horror stories about conventional lash enhancing products changing the colour's of and seriously damaging eyes. When dealing with products that are entering the lash follicles and also right into the open eye, you MUST be cautious of the ingredients in the products. 
Safety is a huge priority around the eye, so when we discovered Luna Nectar, a locally made, natural & organic lash enhancing tonic we were totally thrilled. The question was...does it actually work?

Here are some of the key ingredients used in Luna Lash Tonic, and how they help promote lash growth and strengthening:


Jacqueline & Amanda tested the tonic for 4 weeks, and have experienced noticeable results. Luna Nectar recommends use for 6-8 weeks for full results.

We are very happy with the results and plan to stock Luna Nectar Tonic 


Shop Luna Nectar


by Jacqueline Parker