Le Journal

un peu de tout

Un peu de tout {œ̃ pø də ty} - French for a "little of everything" - which is what you'll find here! So sit back, grab a glass of Pinot Noir and dig in! 

For as long as I can remember I've loved to sing and act and experiment with make-up and skincare. 

As a performer, I learned that using products that would hold up under stage lighting but wouldn't break me out was challenging. It wasn't until I was introduced to clean beauty that I found a solution to both of those issues. Now, my goal is to share the benefits of using cleaner, more eco-friendly products, both on-stage and off!

I'm also a big advocate of wellness and using different forms of Art (singing, design, writing) as part of my self-care practice. This blog is a compilation of everything I love and do (un peu de tout) and I hope you enjoy what you find here!

Hi friends, I'm Brie —

the girl behind the blog

Blog Index

I still have miles to go before I sleep launch my template shop, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek now at one of my favorite templates, Pamina. The Inspo When I decided first to start designing web templates, I definitely had other performing artists in mind, especially opera singers. There seemed […]

Sneak Peek at the Pamina Showit Template

I’m so excited to share with you that I am finally getting closer to launching my Showit web template shop on my site! This is something that I have long wanted to do, something that I have been diligently learning, studying, taking courses, and spending long hours going through stock photos, fonts, color palettes, and […]

Coming Soon – Designs by Brie Louise!

Clean Beauty Awards products

It’s that time again! The 8th annual Cert Clean “Clean Beauty Awards” is fully underway and I have been busy testing several products for judging. I’m just about ready to submit my scores and reviews, but I also wanted to share what I have been testing with you and my thoughts on each. What is […]

2023 Cert Clean Beauty Award Selections – My Thoughts

This recipe can be completely plant-based, or you can add chicken or fish, tofu, or a vegan meat alternative if you choose. Josh and I try and eat plant-based as much as possible – though I generally listen to what my body is telling me it needs and just go with that. I noticed that […]

Recipe: Veggie Quinoa with Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing

What is Clean Beauty? While the definition of Clean Beauty seems to vary depending on who you ask, there are a few criteria that everyone seems to agree on. Why do I use Clean Beauty? I believe that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them – […]

Why Clean Beauty?

When I first started my blog back in 2013, one of the things I wanted to do was share my overall wellness journey. And part of that was sharing the recipes of meals I was eating. Somehow, that got lost in the shuffle and I only made a page of several recipes. I thought now […]

My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipes

While I am working on sorting out my rosacea and other health issues, I am going to pivot a bit and talk a little more about blogs and websites. Specifically, why they are still relevant and why you need a website. When I first started blogging about ten years ago, a website was a must […]

Why You Need a Website/Blog & Why I am Obsessed with Showit and Tonic Site Shop!

I get it. As singers, we are hypercritical of ourselves. We fall into the trap of comparison, we get preconceived notions of how we think we should sound, and we beat ourselves up if we don’t fit in the boxes we’ve made for ourselves. I can’t tell you how many years I spent hating my […]

Tips on How to Love Your Singing Voice

woman on couch with magazine

Those of you who have been following me since my blog went under the moniker, “Chickweed & Blush” know about my lifelong struggle with skin issues. I’ve even chatted with some of you about your own issues and what products we liked and what worked, etc. So I know you will be able to relate […]

My Current Skincare Routine – Rosacea Edition

Tonic Site Shop

Hey, everyone, and happy almost Friday! This post is a bit different than my usual, but one that I feel is just as important. I’ve been blogging for about 10 years now and in that time, my love for it has waxed and waned and then waned some more… Much of my dwindling passion has […]

How A Web Design Company Helped Reignite my Blogging Passion

Because my skin is so oily, I generally tend to stick with mineral powder foundations, as liquids and creams always end up looking “cakey” or wearing off after a few hours on my skin. I only wear natural and organic make-up, so you can imagine how frustrating this has been for me, especially when I […]

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Creme Foundation Review + Discount Code

Raise your hand if you’ve had acne growing up. Raise your hand if you were told that you’d just “outgrow it”. Now raise your hand if you are past your teens, 20s, 30s, etc..and are still dealing with breakouts! It’s frustrating, right? As someone who has been battling acne and breakouts since I was 9, […]

My Favorite Clean Acne Products

With the emphasis on mindfulness and sustainability continuing in our skincare choices into 2023, I wanted to share with you 4 clean beauty brands that strike all the right chords with me. These are brands that are not only environmentally conscious, but they are brands that are innovative, thoughtful in their formulating, and ethical in […]

4 Clean Beauty Brands You Need to Check Out in 2023

As 2022 comes to a close, I am (cautiously) optimistic that 2023 will be a year of manifesting all good things as well as becoming the very best versions of ourselves. That being said, I’m still going to tip-toe into the New Year and try not to touch anything… One of the things that I […]

Skincare & Beauty Trends to Watch out for in 2023

Hello, friends! Boy, has it been a while! Too long if you ask me! I’ve missed creating and sharing content with you, but now, with my blog redesigned, I’m back at it and excited to get to the nitty gritty of things! I hope you all had a wonderful (and filling) Thanksgiving! I know I […]

I’m Back & With Some Great BF Sales You Won’t Want to Miss!

One of the categories in the clean beauty sphere that I am always looking for is hair products. I not only dye and highlight my hair, but I have a ton of it. Which means I need something that protects my color without weighing my hair down. Since switching to sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, I […]

Review/ Vegamour Enso Line

Let’s talk hydration. Cold weather outside means dry heat inside which equals our skin needing extra moisture. For singers who travel a lot and spend much of their time on stage wearing heavy stage makeup, their skin also needs more TLC. Even singers who don’t travel abroad, but travel locally or often need extra hydration. […]

My Beauty Diary – Winter Skincare Picks That are super hydrating!

So, I did something recently that I haven’t done in a very long time and that I wasn’t sure I would ever do given my age and where I am in life. But something about turning 51 and the constant support and encouragement from my voice teacher and hubby motivated me to just do it! […]

My Practice Diary – Preparing for an Opera Audition & Dealing with Rejection

Welcome to today’s practice diary entry! Today is going to be all about song learning, more specifically my process for learning an aria or art song (which may be different than how other singers do it). I’m also going to share my old process vs. my new, current process so you can see how very […]

My Practice Diary – How I learn a Song

Hello, friends! Fall weather is officially (and finally) here! I was beginning to wonder if it would ever make an appearance or if we’d jump from Summer straight to Winter! Thankfully, we’ve been having some lovely Aumtum-esque weather for the month of October, so I am pretty happy. 🙂 This is my favorite time of […]

Fall Picks

I’ve been testing the Olura Glow + Sculpt Kit for about a month now and today I am going to spill all the deets on what it is, how it works, and what my experience/results were. So, if you’re into multi-purpose skincare devices and personalized skincare products, then this post is definitely for you! 🙂 […]

Olura Glow + Sculpt Kit Review

This post is probably long overdue, but I wanted to try as many of their products as I could afford before writing a full review on them. Even though I have my tried and true (more luxe end in some cases) faves, I am always on the lookout for more budget-friendly, high quality, equally as […]

Beauty by Earth Review + Discount Code

2021 Cert Clean Beauty Awards Winners!

Hello, my friends! Switching gears a bit from beauty to music. This will be a (somewhat) short post as I will go more into details on my music site. Many of you know that pre-COVID I was not only performing in recitals, but I was also teaching music as well. I really miss teaching and […]

Music Lessons Now Available + Win a FREE 30-Minute Lesson!

Hello, lovelies! It’s that time of year again – the time to test, judge, and share some truly great clean beauty products! This is my third year serving as a judge for the CertClean Beauty Awards, a role that I have been honored to play, and each year it seems the selections just keep getting […]

2021 CertClean Beauty Award Selections – My Thoughts

Hello, lovelies! Today I am over the moon excited to share with you two new products from one of my forever HG brands – Bella Aura!! As this is a brand that favors simplicity over how many products they can put out, when they do create a new product, it’s a huge deal and sure […]

New Products From Bella Aura!

Hey, everyone! This is a post that I am excited to write as it resonates deeply with me, being a musician myself! I feel that there are many musicians and artists out there who, also like myself, strive to be more eco-conscious and better stewards of this planet, but would also like to support people […]

Four Sustainable, Eco-Conscious Musician Owned Brands That You Need To Know About!

It’s no secret that I love discovering new eco-conscious products to share with you all, and even though I have my tried and true HG brands (Bella Aura I’m looking at you!), I still love to try new brands to add to my routine. My current discovery is one I am really quite excited about […]

Pure Skin & Haircare from Puur Ingrid/Review

Hello, loves! Today I am going to share a new-ish brand that I have become pretty impressed with. If you are someone who loves clean, non-toxic products that are good for both your skin and the environment, I think you’ll love this brand too! Moor Spa is a small Canadian based company that was founded […]

Moor Spa Review + Discount Code!

Hey, loves! One of the many changes COVID has created is to the performing world. With theaters, opera houses, and performing venues closed for however long, we singers have had to switch gears and explore new avenues of performing for an audience. The new normal for us has become doing what we love in front […]

My Top Clean Makeup Picks for On-Camera Performing!

Hello, loves! Today I am sharing the winners from the 2020 #CertClean Beauty Awards! You can read about my testing/judging experience and what products I loved most here! 🙂 I’m too excited to write any more on this, so, without further rambling, here are the winners! 😀 Best Face Cream: 1. Iremia Skincare Inc. – Soothing […]

2020 Clean Beauty Award Winners!

Hi, guys! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on clean beauty, and even though this is a bit late (I’m going to write a life update soon, so you’ll understand), I wanted to share some exciting news! As most of you may remember, I had the honor of judging the Clean Beauty Awards hosted […]

Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalists – Sneak Peak!

Hey, everyone! I have some new Femme Luxe picks that I want to share. Once again, I am not modeling these – I recently found out that I may have an abdominal hernia, which would explain why my stomach has been having some of the issues it has been. 🙁 Sooo…since I am too uncomfortable […]

Femme Luxe Latest Picks!

This is both one of my favorite and least favorite times of the year. I love the holidays and time with family and of course, the music, but I hate the sickness that this season brings. No one likes to be saddled with a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat or aches, and pains during […]

My Tips For Keeping My Voice (and Body) Healthy During Cold & Flu Season!

After months of testing, sending in my scores, and waiting…the finalists of the Cert Clean 2018 Clean Beauty Awards are finally in! 😀 Cert Clean has been organizing the Clean Beauty Awards for 4 years now and this time, and are considered to be the world’s premier Awards for the growing nontoxic skincare sector. More […]

2018 Clean Beauty Awards Finalists!

Hey, loves! I started this post like a month ago (along with my Fall Faves – next post!), but never had a chance to finish it, so now I find myself having to rewrite most of it to make it more “current”…ugh..the challenges of taking on too much! lol Don’t get me wrong, I’m not […]

Reviews: Zatik Naturals, Blissoma, Flower & Spice and Shea Terra Organics!

So, I have some super exciting news to share! TBE longtime fave, Annmarie Skin Care has just come out with yet another amazing product – their Illuminating Pearl Mask! First of all, this is perfect for all skin types, but it’s really great for reviving hydrating, and brightening dull, tired, and thirsty skins! Like all […]

New Product from Annmarie Skin Care – Illuminating Pearl Mask Review

Morrocco Method is probably the most unique natural hair care line that I have ever tried. And I’ve tried a lot! Some I love, and some just don’t seem to get along with my hair no matter what I do or how much I want to love them. Anyone else relate to this struggle? I had […]

Morrocco Method Holistic Haircare Review

Hello, loves! Today I have two pretty amazing brands I want to share with you! I’ve been testing these for quite a few months now and am finally getting around to dishing on them! As a rule, I generally like to test products for a few months to see how my skin responds, but sometimes […]

Brand Spotlight: Gaelle Organic & Plantioxidants

I’ve loved makeup and skincare since, well since forever it seems. It started out as the usual playing with mom’s cosmetics and later turned into camouflaging my face once acne took it over. I think I have literally tried just about every brand out there in hopes of finding the “Holy Grail” of makeup, the […]

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Review

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