Moving Toward Balance - My Skincare Routine with Aveda's Tulasara™ (GIVEAWAY!)

Fall is fast approaching and my skin is getting thirrrrsty from all the sun damage I've inflicted on myself over the summer. All that sunrise and sunset chasing adds up...

I had an amazing opportunity to join Aveda's mission in wellness and beauty and to try out their new skincare line, Tulasara. Tulasara™ means "moving towards balance" in Sanskrit. If you are interested in the story behind this line, click hereThis blog will mainly be about what I think of the product and how I have incorporated into my skincare routine for the past couple of weeks.

PSSSST! Aveda is graciously giving away full-sized bottles of the Tulasara™ collection (valued at $180) to my readers! Eeek!! Giveaway rules & details are at the end of this post. :)

As a former biology nerd (I studied Cell Biology & Genetics in my Undergrad), I've learned that moisture plays a huge role when it comes to wound healing. One of the reasons why wounds in your mouth heals a lot quicker than wounds on the dryer parts of your skin is because of moisture. Constituents in your saliva (growth hormones, water, other chemical properties produced by your cells) allow for more efficient cell-cell chemical communication and allow it to proliferate and migrate. So your cells are able to generate and be replenished faster. Similarly, it's very important to moisturize your skin to provide that environment where your skin cells can repair itself. 

Oleation has also been studied by scientists. It has been shown that essential oils and their constituents can act as skin penetration enhancers that allow drugs or nutrients to be delivered more easily through the skin (Herman & Herman, 2014). If you are a lazy nerd like me and want to read a condensed summary on this subject, check out the review article that I've included in the reference section at the end of this blog. 

I have been finding (on myself) that the Tulasara™ Bright Concetrate and the Radiant Oleation Oil work very well together. My hypothesis is that it's because the essential oils help deliver the nutrients deep into my skin. Obviously, don't quote me on this because I'm just reading articles and making my own guesses after seeing the results on my skin. 


I was very excited to join this evening of wellness and beauty. The Aveda Institute in Gastown was transformed into a yoga studio for the night! A few ladies and I were treated to a relaxing yoga session followed by some healthy snacks.  

After getting all loose and limber, we sat down and learned about the therapeutic properties of the ingredients in the Tulasara line. We also got to try it out on ourselves so that we'll know how to use them at home.


My skincare routine at home

There is sort of (?) a method to my madness.

I first take off all my makeup with Shu Uemura's cleansing oil - my favourite makeup remover for the past 5 years. Then I use whatever foaming cleanser to basically strip off dirt, oil, makeup residue, etc. Now the routine begins:

1. Gently exfoliate off dead skin cells with dry brush (watch video HERE)
2. Apply radiant oleation oil and give yourself an amazing massage (you deserve it!). I use two pumps. Aveda recommends leaving the oil on your face for about 4 mintues. I've been leaving it on for longer because for one, it smells amazing, and two, I take that time to brush my teeth, groom my nails, etc. 
3. I use a cotton pad and toner to remove the oil off my face. I've already washed my face clean with a foaming cleanser at the beginning, so I don't need to strip everything off again. Using the cotton pad and toner to remove the oil allows you to see whatever dirt and gunk your skin was storing. Gross and satisfying.
4. Moisturize with lotion of choice.
5. I put one pump of the bright concentrate on my finger and apply on my cheeks, nose, and forehead.
6. If I see any unwanted friends popping up on my face, I'll spot treat it with some lavender oil.

That's basically my nightly routine! Yes, everything is lavender scented. I am obsessed and it makes me feel like a princess at night, okayyy? It's not based off of anything scientifically proven, so you do you booboo!

In the morning, I've been using the oleation oil, bright concentrate, and light moisturizer before applying makeup. I'm generally not a morning person and end up rushing out of the house on most days, so I skip the dry brushing.

Changes I've noticed:

- Makeup applies more evenly and smoothly
- Decreased pigmentation in my acne scars
- Skin feels smoother and more supple to the touch
- Less oil production on my face throughout the day (surprising, but hey, I'll take it!)


Aveda Canada x Baik to Basics will be giving away AN ENTIRE Tulasara™ set (valued at $180):
- Tulasara™ radiant facial dry brush
- Tulasara™ radiant oleation oil
- Your choice of Tulasara™ concentrate (firm, bright, or calm)

To enter*:
1. Follow Baik to Basics & Aveda Canada on Instagram
2. Tag a friend ON THIS INSTAGRAM POST (

Simple, right?

*Contest will run from September 9th, 2016 at 10:00AM (PST) to September 23rd, 2016 at 12:00PM midnight (PST). No purchase necessary - just follow rules 1 & 2 above. ONE winner will be chosen using a randomizer software and will be announced on September 24th, 2016. 


Herman, A., & Herman, A. P. (2014). Essential oils and their constituents as skin penetration enhancer for transdermal drug delivery: A review. J Pharm Pharmacol Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 67(4), 473-485. doi:10.1111/jphp.12334

Aveda Institute of Vancouver

My long, straight hair has been a signature look of mine - not really by choice, but out of complete laziness. Thankfully, I recently had the opportunity to have my hair transformed by Aveda Institute of Vancouver. Things got SPICED UP. 

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Aveda Institute of Vancouver is located at the heart of Gastown, Vancouver where the stylish hipsters roam free. Aveda Institutes throughout North America provide world-class education and produce professional hair stylists who encompass excellent technical skills and knowledge to succeed in their career. If you are interested in becoming a hair stylist, getting your education through Aveda Institute will definitely give you the tools to be prepared for the real world.  The facility was well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the service was amaaaazing. Depending on who styles your hair (or how much your stylist likes you) you may get a head/shoulder rub.

My hair adventure came in two parts - I had my hair coloured with pure red pigment on the first day and my hair cut on the second.

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Shout out to Kadan (@kanalee) who gave me an amazing new hair colour. You can find him at Eliane Hair and Spa in Vancouver's Point Grey area.

I was one of the five hair models that participated in a network class offered for professional stylists. My hair was cut and styled by Aveda Institute's Creative Director, Sherman Wong (@sherman_wong). Needless to say, he is extremely talented at what he does. If you are looking for a fun new look, or if you just really need someone to tame your hair, I highly recommend booking an appointment with Sherman.

Chop, chop, chop and snip, snip, snip, later...

The final look! I look way edgier than I actually am, but I like that it gives my hair some personality! It's so different and creative, I LOVE IT! Thank you Aveda for the cool opportunity!

Getting your hair styled doesn't have to break the bank. You can book an appointment with the students at Aveda Institute - don't worry, there are instructors on site at all times who will ensure that you leave happy. :)