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Local Business Spotlight: Nada Youwakim and All-Natural Cosmetics in Montreal

Posted by Amie / November 22, 2011

Arbonne Natural Cosmetic MontrealNada Youwakim has me covered in scrubs and lotions and foundation and bronzer. This on a girl who thinks putting on make-up is asking for trouble. All those chemicals, fake scents, and tests on animals are enough to give me a major headache and an outbreak of ethics. So when Nada first offered to let me try the botanical-based, vegan skincare and cosmetics line she sells here in Montreal from Swiss company Arbonne, I was scared.

But a whole lot of product testing later, I'm in love with sea salts and exfoliating scrubs. Who would have thought?

Nada didn't start out in the all-natural, eco-friendly beauty world; she started out in pharmaceuticals. But last Spring she made a change for the better. She heard about Arbonne, which kind of works like Mary Kay in that she's a private seller of the company's products. She stands by the idea that skincare should be part of a healthy lifestyle.

So I asked her what in the world people need all those products for? Come on, cleansers and toners, oils and lotions, creams, liners and concealers? Plus all those brushes and pads. Stuff! It's a whole lot of stuff!

She says you don't need everything, she says. "Just take care of your skin." And a little extra colour on your cheeks or soothing lotion can make you feel a little pampered or special. Okay, I believe you. It's kind of how I love a good haircut because you feel amazing afterward.

Nada gave me a veritable arsenal of beauty products.

The most fun were the scrubs and mask. Those involved a bath, and we all need more excuses to take baths, like we all need more soup on Sundays (thanks, Steven Mackay). The mask is the kind that hardens and you leave it on for 10 minutes and hope no one sees you in that time. Then when you wash it off, have a mini headache, drink some water, and feel super.

And you figure when you're scrubbing yourself with all the exfoliating sea salts you must be doing something good for your skin. And no allergic reaction!

Reaction to the bronzer: "Wow, I have cheekbones. Who knew?"

The lipgloss is the sparkly kind, which threw me back into grade eight when you borrowed your friend's lip smackers. If you don't get that reference don't tell me. It would make me sad. Okay, try again. It won't make you feel like barbie. I think that reference is plenty inter-generational.

If you want to try some of the products before investing, check her out at the Hampstead Fair on December 4th. She also does presentations for groups. So if you and some friends want to have a little party and try some make-up, she'll do that. Bridal showers, engagement parties, and baby shower-type things are options too, but she also works with clubs and organizations large and small.

You can learn more about Nada's products (ingredients, philosophy, etc) or purchase anything from the skincare and cosmetics lines through her website. Or contact her by email.

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Nada / November 23, 2011 at 12:03 am
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Hello, <br><br>I first wanted to thank Amie for a great article. <br><br>I also wanted to add that I not only have skin care &amp; cosmetics but also offer gluten free, soy free and dairy free protein shakes (20g of protein), supplements and amazing chocolate or caramel vitamin chews.<br>I have a great 30day weight loss programs that has worked for so many people that were looking for something easy and healthy to use.<br>Contact me if you wish to have additional info. <a href="http://www.nada.myarbonne.ca"; rel="nofollow">www.nada.myarbonne.ca</a><br>Thank you and healthy living!
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