When wearing makeup, prepping of the skin is critical, no point in wearing makeup when the skin looks dull and unhealthy. In the photo, look how healthy, youthful, fresh and soft the model looks! If a client is going to a full day event and wants makeup done, we look at longevity, what is the weather , will you be outside, what are you wearing, what are the textures, colors of the clothing, colors of flowers, etc…We start from the base – up!

This is the Non-Makeup Look!

Our model above had a light application of skincare on clean face, serum (oil free) Consonant HydraExtreme Serum (face/neck only) then light moisturizer or a 2 in 1 RMS Revolve Radiance Locking Primer/moisturizer prolongs makeup and makes you photo ready (face and neck).

When using a sunscreen be careful there is no white/grey cast, this alters photos, we love the tinted moisturizer/sunscreen by Suntegrity 5 in 1, it is non-nano with no grey cast. Prep eyes with a light eye cream, we used Consonant Firming Eye Cream (not greasy) this is applied to orbital bone, not on lid, makeup is never applied to naked skin, always prep the skin first. With an aging population and younger demographics caring about clean beauty, we focus on preventive and corrective with this natural beauty look. What does face only mean? what is meant for the face is not necessarily for the eyes, especially with skincare.

If you like foundation, then you will love RMS Uncover Cream Foundation, it is like wearing skincare for your face, chalked full of healthy ingredients, this long lasting foundation covers, but make sure skin is prepped otherwise goes on thick, the color adjust to skin tone. As for eye makeup, how are you to achieve that color of eyeshadow when you have hyper pigmentation around eye area? wear the concealer under the eye and on lid. A concealer acts as a primer, softening the lines and giving longevity. In a recent training we were told not use a product on the outside corner of the eye, because it supposedly settles in the lines, I replied this is my “favourite product” as it works well with all skin tones, they asked how are you preventing it from settling? it is all in the prepping. After letting the eye cream settle we apply RMS Beauty Uncover concealer, love the look of a fresh eye, use a different shade around the eye then the face, it makes the eyes pop!

Let’s talk color theory, taking fashion in school, we covered all basis, pattern drafting, business, styling, merchandising and my favourite color theory. This was easily translated into makeup with many different undertones to skin. When we alter our looks with hair color, tanning etc.. there’s a couple things that don’t change, eye color and tone of virgin skin (underside of wrist). Color theory or as they called it in the 80’s color draping, will always apply with more leniency today having 12 choices of the color chart, what are you?

Ask yourself, what looks better closer to your face for clothing white or cream, black or brown, basically cool or warm, once you get this established, the color of foundation and makeup color is next. I am a 2 in one look, if you have luscious lips, show them off with a bright color and complimentary color on cheek, but keep the eye soft. If you want a smokey eye keeps lip and cheeks soft.

Illumination is key, it creates a healthy looking skin, hydrated and youthful, this is not a trend, consider it skincare, but with makeup. On our model we used RMS living illuminator (light reflective) on the outside corner of the eye after concealer, we used living on the bridge of the nose only part way down, cupids bow (top of lip) a smidgen under the brow (to lift) and for photography above the brows working towards the middle in-between the brows.

Makeup should be multi-functional, we applied the new black eyeliner by RMS on the lid close to lash line, smudge it out in a side V shape like an eyeshadow (lifting the lid), you can always dust it with a dark eyeshadow to set it, but I want to establish shape of the eye 1st.

A brow makes or breaks you! it frames the face and lifts the lid. Plume refillable brow pencil in Endless Midnight was used on the model, then the UN powder in RMS 0-1 was used as an eyeshadow on the ball of eye but also used for setting the whole look, it gives longevity and prevents creasing, it will not cake or look dry (talc free). The new mascara from RMS is creamy, remains on without smudging or flaking and is removed with warm water, finally a natural mascara that does the job!

Cream products should always be applied 1st, eg. Lip to Cheek by RMS on top of foundation for blush, then powder to set. This dual purpose tint can also be used on lips, but make sure you prep the lip with balm and concealer 1st, add gloss on top, especially in dry climates.

Set the face with powder, then a light dust of bronzing powder in a E shape starting at side chin, under cheek bone, ending at forehead to balance the look.
Keep in mind this look was done with photography and longevity in mind, when applying a simpler look for every day it will be quicker with maybe only 5 steps.
When you book a consult, we will accommodate to your wants and needs!

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Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather

Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather
2019 downtown Calgary skyline, view from northwest

Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather

This is a list of best skin care products for Calgary weather by Barb MacKenzie of Piece on Peace. A skincare consult focuses on the regiment, concerns and features, and benefits of products.

I may not even sell you a product but there is a charge on the consult that is redeemable in the product. The client always learns about their skin and how it functions in their climate. It is an eye-opening sit-down that will help you understand skin. 

Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather
Pura Botanicals Countess Cleansing Nectar Calgary

Cleansing, how are you cleaning your skin? (Never over-cleanse your skin)

You will strip your skin of natural oils that act as a barrier to protect your skin, just like over-exfoliating. When you strip your skin, you age quicker, produce more oil even when you are acne-prone and you look dehydrated.

A proper cleanse should be done at night before bed. A makeup wearer should use either an oil-based cleanser like Monastery Rose oil cleanser, Pura Botanicals Countess Cleansing Nectar, or Aloe Milk Cleanser by Graydon along with our miracle washcloth by Nawrap. Think oil to remove dirt and makeup, also balances PH.

If you are oily skin or are a full-on makeup wearer then you may need an extra step with a foaming cleanser like Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash or Graydon face foam to leave a squeaky clean feeling when you are dry, step 1 cleansing should be sufficient.

Veriphy Hit or Mist Facial Toner Calgary
Veriphy Hit or Mist Facial Toner Calgary

I’m a toner girl, this is an ideal way to see if you have removed all makeup. It also clears up congested skin, hydrates, and can exfoliate on a gentle level again balancing PH, please never use alcohol-based toners or over-exfoliate. They both cause dryness, sensitivity and thinning of the skin!!!

I love Veriphy Hit or Mist Facial Toner twice daily a great tool when setting makeup. Now relax, it’s morning time, meditate, and do some yoga, cleansing is not a priority. Why? Because you have not been exposed to elements, use water and our organic washcloth from Nawrap. It gently exfoliates on a natural level then Veriphy to trap moisture. 

Consonant Hydra Extreme Calgary

Now that you have washed for AM, what’s next?

A great serum, what is the difference? Serums are oil-free they work on aging, correcting, and preventative, they have more active ingredients like vitamin c, hyaluronic, here are a few of my favorites for aging skin, Pura Botanicals Hyaluronic ruby serum, Consonant Hydra Extreme, Graydon Blue Moon Serum, Monastery Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost, Vitamin C + Licorice Serum and Vitamin B3 Complex Serum from Consonant that works on sensitive/rosacea, acne-prone skin.

True serums need a moisturizer or oil applied on top, I like serums in the day, because they are oil-free, and they don’t disrupt makeup or sunscreens. Serums touch the skin 1st, then a moisturizer like Pura Botanicals Princess Clementine, Jao Face Cream Repair, The Rose Tree Radiance Cream with Rose and Frankincense and Balancing Face Cream are a perfect marriage with serums.

Please keep in mind none of our natural face creams have SPF. A natural Non-Nano sunscreen like Suntegrity 5 in 1, balances out skin tone with a tint, light moisturizer benefits, SPF 30, and gives a dewy effect which is forgiving for aging skin.

Pura Azure Dream Cloud Calgary

2 in 1 Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather

Vitamin C brightens the skin, fades age/sun spots, and is corrective to aging, the new Pura Azure Dream Cloud is a 2/1 lotion/serum with Hyaluronic that tightens skin, vitamin C, blue tansy (anti-inflammatory). Monastery also has a 2 in 1 product called Flora Hybrid Cream Serum, keep in mind these are light moisturizers and you may need more for dry climates.

Monastery Gold Oil Serum Calgary

Face Oils

Let’s talk oils, oils work best for nighttime especially in dry climates, can you use an oil on top of a serum? absolutely! Oils address dryness and hydration, it is preventative for aging, even oily skins can use oils in moderation.

We are so thrilled to be presenting the Monastery line out of San Francisco, what makes them special? this luxury clean beauty line is the absolute in skincare, they have no carrier oils in their products, they use the purest form of the plant, natural and concentrated.

We carry many oils in the store, ask yourself, what are you looking for in an oil? All dry climates need to use oil, but maybe you might use in moderation in the hotter months when you sweat and produce more oil, plus you may want to layer less focusing more on sunscreens. You may want to move into more of a foaming oil cleanser like Pura countess cleansing nectar, which is a convenient full rounded cleanser, removing makeup leaving skin feel squeaky clean and hydrated with 30% oil. I love this cleanser in the hotter months. 

Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather
RMS Beauty Oil Calgary


Some of the unique oils we have are oil/serum, what are these? it is a 2 in 1, for someone that wants a simple regiment, it works on preventative\corrective with moisturizing benefits. Pura Botanicals Ambrosia Beautifying Serum is popular with our busy young mothers that want to simplify their life’s but still care about their skin.

A few other products that fall in this category are RMS beauty oil, Graydon superfood serum, Jao seed face oil, Consonant Vit E oat serum.

Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather – 2 Must Haves for All Skin Types

Nawrap Face Towel, maintenance

Nawrap Face Towel Calgary

Consonant Firming Eye Cream, preventative/corrective 

Consonant Firming Eye Cream Calgary

This may sound confusing, but until you book a consult, you will find out all your needs, then, this will all make sense.

If I can leave with a couple of critical pieces for the best skin care products for Calgary weather, a humidifier is a key in your bedroom, not just on your furnace (this is not enough).

I recommend a cool-mist ultrasonic for dry climates, this is ideal for hard water homes, use distilled water, and clean regularly to prevent bacteria and mildew. I use a humidifier that blows mist up instead of out. For cleaning and ratings go to consumer report.

Best Skin Care Products for Calgary Weather
Sample of a Smaller Mister Calgary

SPRING is Coming!

Here is to a New Year with positive thoughts, kindness, compassion, support, and giving back!

Last fall we were grateful to receive 18 dresses from 2 women, a mother, daughter team who made this beautiful child farm dresses out of remnant fabrics pre-covid.

They donated these dresses to Piece on Peace hoping we would use them as a fundraiser. After putting them in storage, and saving them for spring, we are delighted to raise money for Ukraine.

These dresses will be sold as a charity donation with a partial match from Piece on Peace, the starting price will be $30.00 and up – depending on what each client would want to donate – The charity is UNHCR United Nations HCR for Ukraine.

Here are pictures of a few dresses available, they are all different and range from 12 months to 4yrs old. Pay close attention to detail, buttons, and contrasting fabrics. It is a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Thank you for your support!


Let’s talk wearable art, AESHAANE has become one of a kind “Piece of Art” in our shop for 1.5 years now. She recently was nominated for top 100 artists of the world by Victoria and Albert Museum in London where her pieces are featured.

The owner Neesha is a very strong woman with a big social impact and respect for our planet.

Neesha is about giving back, she donates 10% of profits each year to artists and their families, employees, and families that need health services. She is a big supporter of The Little Flower Foundation which helps families with leprosy. India has 65% of all leprosy cases in the world and unfortunately, the government gives little support. Neesha supports fair pay for all workers and is a positive supporter of the LGBTQ.

Please go to her website and you will be inspired by this woman.

She recently started making caftans, silk jackets, and capes, here is a small example of what we have in the shop, all one of a kind!


This little gem was found by accident last fall on a little drive on the island, we literally were driving in a downpour and stopped for lunch, there it was like a free-standing house you find to see in Paris.

The visit lasted over an hour listening to her journey. It reminded me of when I worked for the old perfumery houses and their classic way of pure essential oils, it is all about the experience!

We traditionally blend our perfume recipes with love and intention, using only pure, plant-based, precious essential oils and absolutes from around the world, along with tinctures from gently, sustainably harvested needles, leaves, flowers, buds, lichen, and moss from our Vancouver Island forests and our own island garden. Vegan, Synthetic-free. Truly Natural.

The calming and uplifting effect that comes from natural essences stems from our primal instincts. We believe in respecting nature, and ourselves, and that we are the sum of the choices we make. It is our promise to you that all Wild Coast Perfumes do not contain synthetics, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance oils, dyes, parabens, phthalates or chemicals.​

Our fragrances will truly blend with your own body chemistry to enhance your own natural fragrance, so wear our fragrances with confidence!

Almost Famous

Helena Stuart founded Only Hearts in 1978, creating fashion’s first Inner Outerwear” ™ collection and revolutionizing undergarment dressing to come out and be seen.

Today, Helena, working with daughter Kaya, offers a range of sustainably made lifestyle lingerie from sexy sweet undies and bralettes to sleepwear, lounge, and wear-anywhere wardrobe staples.

Only Hearts is ethically manufactured in New York City using local, deadstock, organic, recycled, and certified made in green textiles, keeping our footprint gentle and light. Our pieces are worn by Slick Woods, Lourdes, Cardi B, Hailey Beiber, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Charlize Theron, Bjork, Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston, and Scarlett Johansson, to name a few. But mostly we’re interested in girls like you!!

Only Hearts started at POP 6 years ago, over the years our clients fell in love with its femineity and comfort, with new pieces arriving weekly the eye will be teased.

 Please keep in mind that the shortage in the supply chain will be around for a while, new lines are arriving but slowly, always follow us on Facebook and Instagram to experience new arrivals, enjoy and look forward to seeing you!

Our most popular line at POP, for a reason Loose-fitting clothing with style and comfort, this line does not disappoint with limited sizes and styles. Thank you and keep on shopping local!





CHRISTMAS is Coming – we are here for YOU!






 Kari Woo Jewelry  Materials are chosen to last. I use solid sterling silver and gold that are sourced from Canadian refiners so it is sure to be a standard of high quality. When it is possible I use ethically sourced or re-purposed materials such as old gold or family gemstone.

The notions of Less is More and that there is Perfection in Imperfection are driving forces behind my aesthetic choices. Minimalist sculpture and architecture from the mid-20th century are amongst my most favourite design influences.Kari has been a staple in our shop for 2 years now such a great gift!  JAO Don’t be fooled by this simple apothecary line, it is one of our biggest loyalties in the shopThe rescue pak is the best way of trying this long time favorite at PIECE ON PEACE limited.


HOLLOWTREE – Before Finding this best seller, we had travelled worldwide searching for the best candles, they always came from France being old world and using the best natural vegetable waxes and oils, but we new this was not feasible. After shipping, the retail was unrealistic.Then came Hollow Tree, an old-world training based out of Grasse and transformed into Canadian crafters  Il never forget when a local Magazine wanted to write about our shop years ago and asked what would you like to showcase, I said Hollow Tree Candles, they looked at me with displeasure and said we are foodies and chefs we don’t want to talk about candles, I said “trust me” the following Monday they sent me an email and said it was amazing experience that did not interfere but complemented, and yes they wrote about the candle.




NO JUNK There are no additives, no preservatives, no thickeners or binders and no added coloring in these ketchups and sauces, just all natural ingredients. We believe that if you can’t pronounce it, you’re best not to eat it! All ingredients sourced in British Columbia WHY GLASS?We think it’s an absurd idea to package anything we’re planning on consuming in plastic. What good are amazing ingredients if they’ve been exposed to BPAs, BPFs or any other chemicals that can leach into our foods from plastic containers?\