Winter is wonderful. Holidays, hot chocolate, family gatherings, and the glitter of morning snowfall are some of the many reasons we love this time of year. What’s not so wonderful, however, is the effects winter weather has on our beauty routine. The coziness from central heating cause moisture levels to drop and radiance to drain from our faces. The constant fluctuations in temperature paired with harsh winds and limited sunlight may leave our skin feeling damaged: anything but merry and bright.
We have a limitless selection of cosmetics at our disposal. As we wear them on our skin, we literally have a physical relationship with our makeup: hundreds of ingredients may be exposed to our bodies, not all of which are friendly.
These ingredients range from purely natural, that is, they are extracted from the earth and kept as close to its original condition as possible, to purely synthetic which have been created through a complex series of chemical reactions. As consumers, we have the freedom to choose sustainable, cruelty-free practices, and plant-derived ingredients.
At Kolya Naturals, we choose mineral-based organic makeup. This means earthen rock undergoes a milling process to break it down into a powdered mineral form. Plant extracts and organically-sourced active ingredients are added to these minerals to create beauty products that are as close to nature as possible.
As we move into the winter months, we demand more from our products. So how can we maintain the balance between effectiveness and personal wellness in the face of harsh winter elements? Here are a few of our favourite makeup products, hand-selected by our in-house estheticians, to reclaim your winter glow.
A properly-applied blush will brighten up your entire face. Kosås’ blush is extremely versatile and may also be used as an eyeshadow or highlighter if you wish. Rosemary extract aids circulation and promotes a natural rosy glow. Rice bran oil is a hydrator that boosts skin conditioning, while jojoba and moringa oil are anti-ageing superstars.
Just a few strategically-applied swipes will enhance your visage and emphasize the natural contours of your face.
A lightweight foundation and deeply hydrating skin elixir. With ten different shades to choose from, medium coverage evens your skin tone and illuminates your complexion. It is easy to apply, even on-the-go. Its mineral pigments are delivered in a base of botanical oils such as avocado, meadowfoam, and jojoba, which boost moisture and soothe irritation. Active ingredients such as green tea and red raspberry extract tone, repair and protect against potential damage. Kosås’ Tinted Face Oil has a velvety, breathable finish that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and flawless.
Sculpt, fill, and nourish your brows. Plume’s Brow Pomade promotes the fullness and density of your eyebrows while adding both definition and colour.
Shea butter and rice bran soothes inflammation and nourishes the skin beneath the brow, while castor seed oil and carnauba wax smooths and conditions the hair. It is available in six smudge-proof shades and its production is completely vegan and cruelty-free. If you are looking to manage your brows before applying the pomade, consider tweezing and refining your brows with Plume’s Sculpt and Refine Precision Tweezers.
This is an ultra-sheer, ultra-luminous highlighter with a translucent satin-pearl finish. A rich combination of castor seed and coconut oil conditions the skin while rosemary extract and vitamin E protects cells from damage.
This mineral-based formula reflects light, creating the illusion of brightness and enhancing your face’s natural contours. Use The Brightening Brush from RMS for more control in your application: a little goes a long way. Create prominent cheekbones by keeping a finger’s width away from the eye area, as highlighting too close to the eye may accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Highlighter dabbed under brows gives lift, or down the bridge of the nose for an instant slimming effect. For a powerful pout, apply to the cupid’s bow, just above the center of your top lip.
Neither sticky nor greasy, the Living Luminizer from RMS is the ultimate illuminator for sensuous holiday radiance.
These lipsticks practically melt into your lips.
Castor seed oil and beeswax ensures a creamy texture while shea, cocoa and mango butters moisturize and soothe winter-worn skin.
Kösas Lipsticks are available in eight different universally-flattering shades to brighten your face and enliven your natural lip colour.
Many conventional mascaras, particularly waterproof, often damage the eyelashes and cause them to become dry and brittle over time. Fitglow’s 3-in-1 mascara is a multitasking serum, conditioner, and mascara powerhouse. It uses plant proteins and botanical extracts to enhance your look and promote lasting lash health.
Fitglow’s Good Lash Mascara is completely vegan: vegetable collagen conditions and moisturizes, while horsetail plant extract, rice bran extract, and lupine plant protein rejuvenates, conditions, and prevents future breakage. This ensures full, fluttery, voluminous lashes.
This is our go-to product for those who prefer a sheer hint of colour over full-pigment lipsticks. This plant-based lip gloss harnesses antioxidants, vegan collagen, and plant extracts to soften and plump the look of your lips.
Fitglow Lip Serums come in ten unique shades that are suitable for all complexions, and the gentle formula adds hydration and shine without stickiness.
When temperatures plummet, think of your beauty routine as a heartening glass of mulled wine or cider: indulgent and warming from within. In a market flooded by limitless selection and endless ingredient lists, we can learn to love the winter chill by maintaining an ethically clean beauty regimen, indulging in luxury, and facing holiday chaos with a look that positively glows.
Find many of the products mentioned ON SALE in our 2018 Winter Gift Guide.
Inside, you will find a collection of gift ideas and recipes, hand-selected by our staff and founders to inspire comfort and joy. We have a variety of beautiful products to gift and glow for everyone on your list… including yourself!
All gifts have limited quantities so are available while supplies last. All promotions are eligible until December 24, or until we run out.
*Products vary from location and online, and promotions cannot be combined with another discount.
Go a little further than looking at colours and experience the benefits of natural makeup by booking a consultation with our makeup artist, Caitlin.
Using only clean and natural makeup, Caitlin specializes in teaching you how to enhance natural features for daytime, evening or special events.
Bonus: receive a 15% off coupon to use towards makeup in Kolya Naturals after a Natural Makeup Consultation.