The Better Bunch
Today I’m super excited to introduce you guys to another fab natural beauty brand, Annmarie. As you know, I’m a pretty big proponent for natural beauty products – and I love the story behind this one. Created by a health vlogger that was disappointed to find out most natural beauty brands either weren’t effective enough or weren’t truly natural, the titular Annmarie set out to craft a line that would actually work without using questionable ingredients. Today, the brand consists of all sorts of products for skin and body care, including SPF products, face and body scrubs, lotions aplenty, and even makeup! I’ve highlighted a few of my faves for gifting below – happy browsing!
Travel Kits – From $39.95
One thing I really appreciate about this brand is they offer up quite a few of their products in sample or travel size – meaning you don’t have to invest a whole lot to see if it’s the right brand for you. Their travel kits are fabulous gifts for those who are hitting the lake or camping this summer (or going to a music festival). Each kit contains up to 5 products and you can pick a set based on your skin type (dry, oily, normal), which offers a complete skincare regimen for you to try out. I got to sample the ‘Balance‘ travel kit for normal skin and I loved all four products – especially the Ayurvedic Facial Scrub that helped me slough off some dry, sun-parched skin. It was a relatively simple and painless routine to follow as well, which is great for you low maintenance types! And it definitely got me curious to try other products of theirs, hence the rest of this post!
Coconut Honey Mask – $34.95
This uber natural mask is made from just four ingredients, all of which are basically food grade, meaning this sweet-smelling skin soother is literally good enough to eat. But in terms of the skincare benefits, it’s perfect for dry, aging or sensitive skin that needs a little TLC. With honey as one of the primo ingredients, it loads your skin up with nutrients and amino acids that’ll make it glow. Just apply while soaking in the tub or in a sauna for that totally refreshed, ‘just from the spa’ look. I love it as a gift idea for your mother-in-law or mom that could use a little pampering.
Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation Sampler Kit – $20
I think this is a pretty groovy idea. You get eight different powder foundations – tap a little into your hand, add some serum or moisturizer, and it’ll turn into a moisturizing foundation to even out your skin. The point is to find the shade that suits your skintone, which is why it comes with a $10 gift code to spend on another full-sized product. The other shades can be used as bronzers / highlighters / shadows, so even if you’re on team pale like me and think you have no use for a deep brown (or vice versa), trust me – there’s still plenty to get out of this cool kit. Bonus points for providing some natural UV protection!
Unscented Facial Oil – $44.95
One thing I have to give the brand endless credit for is truly addressing some of the demographics that pursue all-natural beauty products – like those that are sensitive (or allergic!) to the fragrances traditional beauty brands infuse their products with. You know, to cover up the potentially scary chemicals you’re slathering on. The mark of a good natural beauty brand is one that’s not afraid to release an unscented product – which A) lots of people want and B) means it’s really just full of purely good for you stuff, like antioxidants and moisturizing oils. This surprisingly complex facial oil is ideal for any skin type, its actually got a bit of natural aroma to it – but nothing you have to worry about if fragrance is a concern.
I’m excited to announce I’ve got two Annmarie travel skincare sets to give away. Want to win one of them? Here’s how to enter:
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then, tell me in the comments below by August 29, 2016, what product are you most interested in trying? Be sure to leave a link to the product page!
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 30, 2016 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Like Annmarie on Facebook and leave a wall post on why you’d love to try their line. Link back to your wall post in a separate comment below.