Easy Summer Tips Featuring Skin-Safe Make Up

As I get older, there are certain things I am willing to spend more on – foundation being one of them. With my finicky skin, I’ve tried everything from drugstore products to Clinique, MAC, Jane Iredale, BareMinerals, and Tarte.

My sister-in-law, Jocelyn, kind of has a reputation for being a make-up guru among our family and even with her friends. So when I heard she started using Beauty Counter,  a safe skin care line that provides chemical-free make-up options, my interest was peaked. In my attempts over the past 2-3 years to eliminate chemicals from our home, I have also experimented with my skin regime, but I hadn’t dived into changing up my make-up yet.

For summer, I wanted something light, with just enough coverage to make me feel comfortable, but not enough to hide that nice summer glow. Jocelyn recommended the Beauty Counter skin hydrating foundation and a color that would suit me. I’ve been using it for about a month and love it. Perfectly natural for summer, and about the same price point I’ve paid for different products at Sephora.

So, on that note, I asked Jocelyn to give you all some tips on the best make-up for summer, and which Beauty Counter products are quick and easy go-to’s! If you want to contact Jocelyn to learn more, you can email her at jocelyn.ledingham@gmail.com, or shop directly here. Thank you to my lovely sis for doing this video, and to iEvolve Photo for the beautiful filmwork and editing!


Again, if you want to shop Beauty Counter, please click here. Happy summer everyone!



The essentials I started with and how I use them

For those of you new to the blog, hello! This is a new ‘category’, where I am sharing about our journey with essentials oils, specifically doTERRA. At the time, I chose doTERRA because some friends had used them and were raving about them. It was accessible. Now, just over a year in, I would choose them again in a heartbeat.

Two things I love the most about them is that they are grown and harvested in their indigenous countries. A plant will naturally thrive in the climate, soil, and geographical location it was originally created to flourish in. You can recreate habitats, but the potency and purity just wouldn’t be quite the same. For example, lavender is grown and harvested in France and Bulgaria and Frankinsence from Somalia. doTERRA also works with farmers around the world (in 40 countries!) through the Global Botanical Network and has a philanthropic element called the Healing Hands Foundation. You can read more about both of those here for the ethics side of doTERRA. These things make me a firm supporter!

So, rewind to when I was about to have a baby, and wanted to try some oils. I started with the Family Essentials Kit (an enrollment kit, which pays for your annual membership) which comes with 10 essential oils and blends. I also ordered a diffuser and purchased Clary Calm (great for hormones and cramps after baby!). You save 25% as a member with wholesale vs retail price, and I was pretty certain it wouldn’t be my only purchase!

Here is a list of the oils you get in this kit, and how I have used them in the past year:

– sleepy time rollerball (10ml) for Elizabeth with a couple drops and topped with fractionated coconut oil
– a couple drops in E’s bath
– rollerball for Mamma! (I’d put 5-10 drops in a full 10ml bottle for adults) before bed or when feeling anxious
-diffusing for relaxation
-mixed in with my skincare regime in a rollerball for spot treatment or moisturizing (I like frankincense or tea tree also for skin)

– a drop in my water bottle to aid in digestion and to balance my pH levels (you could also add this to warm water for lemon tea)
-3 drops in my all-purpose spray bottle that has 1 part vinegar and 1 part water
– diffusing for energy or to remove odours after I have burnt something!

-a couple drops in my homemade toothpaste, along with clove oil (In a small jar, I mix 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part baking soda with about 10 drops of peppermint and clove oil). This toothpaste has TOTALLY whitened my teeth!
-diffusing for alertness
-sore muscles
-headache application (I don’t find it removes tough headaches, but does provide relief)

*On Guard
-drops in to all-purpose cleaner
-I would ingest this when I felt a cold coming on, as it’s an immunity builder
-great for diffusing to get rid of odours as well

-rollerball application for gassy tummy for E (just 2 drops in a 10ml bottle)
-apply directly or in a rollerball for adults for indigestion (it has fennel in it, which smells like licorice, which I LOVE!)

-I have added this to my skincare regime or directly as a spot treatment on zits
-can be used as a cleaner as well
-apply to cuts to help heal

-one drop in cooking is extremely powerful!
-I have a rollerball that I apply to my feet when I feel a cold coming on
-gargle this if I have a sore throat
-this is also cleansing, so can be used in all-purpose cleaners
-I didn’t use this when pregnant, because it is not recommended

-I have used this in a rollerball or with my skin care regime for moisturizing and to help with my acne scarring
-great for diffusing to encourage relaxation or calm
-this is good for cellular health, so I have often taken one drop on my thumb and held it to the roof of my mouth. The internal benefits of frankinsence and the research done is amazing!

*Deep Blue
-this one I have used on sore muscles, but find I like peppermint or even rosemary more for that. I do know people (athletes) who have found great relief with this, however.

-added to E’s humidifier
-apply to chest when I had a cold

You see, the uses are endless! I received a list of 150 uses for this kit, and it’s mind boggling the ways you can use these oils. Again, if you would like to know more, please email me at lanilupul@gmail.com or contact me through my business website here.



New Natural Living area of the blog

If you have followed along here for the past year, you know that I have struggled with my skin for my whole life, but in a new way since my 30’s. You can read more about my experimentation last year here.  I have deduced it down to hormonal reasons, as I have noticed the acne often flairs up the worst a certain time after major life changes. Big moves. Marriage. Motherhood. Believe me, I have tried everything from getting tested for allergies to cutting out certain foods! I could probably be more aggressive in the food department, but where I have been the most intentional has been in removing toxins from our home.

When pregnant, I was super aware of my surroundings and how ANYTHING could affect my baby. Hello first-time mammas?!  In researching different things, I learned about the chemicals in candles, anything with artificial fragrance, most household cleaners, and the such. I had no idea that candles were made of paraffin wax which actually releases the same toxins found in diesel fumes, known carcinogens. YIKES! Candles made of soy or beeswax are safe, but also much more expensive. Here is a great article from Huffington Post on candles if you want to learn more. I also got super sensitive to smells in everyday cleaners and learned how the smells (chemicals) in cleaners can be hormone disrupters. YIKES again!

With a history of skin issues, and a baby on the way, I was determined to try “natural” as much as I could. Enter doTerra Essential Oils. Friends had been telling me about them, and said how they had benefited from them after having a baby, and even with their growing children. Benefits of Clary Sage on their abdomen for healing and during PMS, or having rollerballs with oil mixes for boo-boo’s. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there is a place for modern medicine and doctors! I enjoyed the help of epidural in labour, don’t get me wrong! (Hallelujah for that! 😉 )But  I also believe that God has given us natural resources that we can, and should, take advantage of!

Troy and I thought long and hard about it, and I finally purchased my membership (you save 25% off the price of oils, so a membership made sense!), the Family Essentials Kit , and a diffuser. And we’ve been hooked. It does take an upfront investment, but once you try them, it’s hard to stop! And over time, you will save LOADS in cleaning supplies and other household items because there are literally hundreds of uses for essential oils, and other things you will just stop using because of them.

I love that doTerra oils are grown and harvested in their indigenous countries from around the world, making them super potent and certified therapeutic grade oils due to their purity. They also have a philanthropic element, helping farmers in these countries to build businesses, and I love that.

So, from time to time, I will be sharing how I use these oils at home. I love knowing that there are few, if any, chemicals in my cupboards for Elizabeth to get into. I am still working towards investing in dishwasher and laundry soaps (doTerra has both!), as our budget allows. Though I have recently tried making my own dishwasher tabs, but the jury is still out on that! I also love knowing that there are fewer and fewer toxins in our home that could potentially “disrupt” my hormones – hopefully helping clear my skin issues for good. I know there are a lot of other elements to this – such as diet, sleep, exercise. But slow progress, right?!

And the very last thing I want this to come across is a soapbox… I really hope it doesn’t. I just really love the oils, I love having fewer to no chemicals in our home, and would love to help others on that journey!

You can visit my doTerra website here, to start learning more. But please feel free to comment or send me an email at lanilupul@gmail.com if you would like to learn more and jump into getting your home toxin-free!


Just yesterday  I used my oils three times by 10am…

  1. Diffusing lavender and pepermint
  2. Soaking my hair brushes in hot water with a few drops of tea tree oil (cleansing)
  3. In a spray bottle, I use 1/4 water, 3/4 apple cider vinegar, 3 drops cedarwood (known to help hair growth), 3 drops rosemary (mmmm), and 2 drops tea tree. This has helped as a conditioner and remove residue in my hair!

Then by nightfall I had… 

…used a lavender rollerball on Elizabeth’s feet at bedtime…

…a rollerball of frankincense and lavender on an owie she got…

…rubbed Rosemary on my sore shoulders…

I hope you enjoy my little posts moving forward of how we are learning to live toxin free and using doTerra! As always, thank you for stopping by!!