Giveaway with EF + ORESTA organic skin care

November 20, 2015

The holiday party season is almost upon us and my friends at Oresta Organic Skin Care have asked me to help spread the word on their fun holiday promotion. I’ve been spoiling myself with the odd facial or two at the hands of the talented Oresta over the past five years now. Thanks to her, I learned that my skin was in fact incredibly dry and sensitive, and not the oily, tough skin that I thought I had. With just a few simple changes to my skin routine, my bumpy forehead, blotchy skin and frequent adult acne said goodbye.

Oresta has expanded her facial skills into three successful Ottawa locations that are one part spa, one part eco-beauty boutique and one part beauty classroom. The beautiful interiors of each location is reason enough to stop by but if you need more incentive, check out their great holiday giveaway below.

Book a 30-minute individual makeup application (value of $65), small group makeup application or makeup lesson at one of three Oresta locations here in Ottawa

You can book individual or group sessions and applications

You will automatically be entered to win a full set of Misencil Eyelash Extensions (a value of $150)

Book by December 1

Your booking can take place after the contest ends

Winner will be announced December 5

Click here for more details

oresta makeover

Do you want to try out a glamorous, new party look; a sexy smokey eye or the perfect red lip colour? Book a makeup application before your next holiday event.

Oresta also offers individual makeup applications for individuals or small groups. Oresta’s skilled makeup artists and skin care specialist will create the perfect natural or dramatic look for you with Oresta’s organic, vegan and gluten-free brands: ILIA Beauty, FITGLOW BEAUTY, Afterglow Cosmetics, Eminence Organic Skin Care and Vapour Organic Beauty.

In exchange for promotional help, Oresta treated me to a complimentary makeup application. What a great way to end a busy day at work. I just love stepping into Oresta’s O’Connor location. It’s warm and inviting, beautifully lit and filled with fabulous skin care and beauty products. Here I am sans makeup, a tad dishevelled after a long day at the office…


And the makeover begins….

Oresta prepared my skin with a rich moisturizer by Eminence and proceeded to apply a primer to make sure the foundation was laid for concealer and foundation. The best thing you can do before applying foundation is to exfoliate and moisturize. My skin is so dry that if I don’t do these two steps, any foundation will turn into beige flakes, lovely.

With primer on, Oresta gently dabbed a triple threat concealer around my eyes to reduce any blue or dark circles and wrinkles. I’ve been looking for a good eye cream, something that helps reduce the look of fine lines and makes my eyes pop. Well, Afterglow’s Triple Eye Treatment in Meringue conceals, hydrates, brightens and tightens. I’ve since worn it every day and I love it. It’s all I need to put on to wake up my face.


Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Primer #902 – $60; Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation #115 – $62; Afterglow Triple Eye Treatment in Meringue – $39

Below, you see me with foundation and blush on. I’m usually not a fan of foundation because it’s cakey and, as I said, makes my skin flake, but Vapour Organic Beauty’s Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation went on smoothly, moistened my skin and felt light.

Unlike most makeup artists, Oresta applies one layer of lipstick on before tackling the eyes. She says that it helps guide her choices for eyeshadow later on. This pretty lipstick is from my fave lipstick manufacturer, ILIA in Pink Moon. For the eyes, Oresta applied Afterglow’s Fresco Eye Shadow to light my lids and followed that with Terra Cotta and Still Life in the crease.


Fitglow Beauty Blush in Pure – $35; ILIA Lip Stick in Pink Moon – $34; Afterglow Eye Shadows in Fresco, Terra Cotta and Still Life – $26 each

I don’t have a picture of it but after the eyes, Oresta used mascara to fill in my eyebrows and topped things off with some illuminator on my nose, forehead and cheekbones and finished things up with another layer of lipstick.


Et voila, after a bit of beautiful organic makeup and lots of fun, Oresta gave me a subtle smokey eye and dewy look perfect for my holiday parties.


ILIA Shadow of a Doubt Mascara (for eyebrows) – $34; Cherry Blossoms two-step Fibre Extension Mascara – ; ILIA Polka Dots and Moon Beams Illuminator and Bronzer – $34



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