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Monday, August 22, 2016

Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Featuring LA Colors All-In-One Makeup Stick! #crueltyfree

I was at the Dollar Tree the other day picking up some necessities. While I was there, I felt like I needed a little makeup-pick-me-up, so I went straight to the makeup aisle.

They didn't have very much selection at my Dollar Tree. It was mostly L.A. Colors with a few other brands I had never heard of.

Just for fun, I decided to pick up L.A. Colors All-In-One Makeup Stick that says it's an all-in-one : lipstick, blush & eyeshadow. It's a twist up style crayon. I only saw it in one colour, "Pink Satin." I looked at the ingredients as I was worried about what might be in the product but it actually had some good ingredients in it like squalane, some of the others not so great, but nothing to really worry about.

So, I decided to challenge myself to a makeup look using this all-in-one product and really put it to the test. 

After I opened it and swatched it, I was a little disappointed that it was a bit frosty. It's really a purple toned fuschia shade with blue undertones but it appeared lighter in the package.

Blush: When I first applied it as a blush it looked more purple than it did pink, but it blended well with my ELF Small Stipple brush and gave a nice overall flush to my cheeks. I then set it with a light dusting of my Annabelle face powder.

Eyeshadow: It went on my eyes much better than I had expected. I put a very thin layer of Essence eye base underneath as a base. I also added a warm brown eyeshadow into the crease of my eyes to warm up the look a bit. I lined my eyes with my Wet n Wild black liquid liner and used my Revlon all-in-one mascara. I also dragged the L.A. Colors All-In-One stick underneath my lower lashline to connect the whole look. I was really happy with the overall eye look.

Lipstick: I applied the crayon to my lips without any liner or gloss and it went on darker than I expected. Unfortunately, the frosty finish was accentuated on my lips and it accentuated my lip lines.

Overall thoughts:
-I was pleasantly and surprised by the results. I loved the colour on my eyes! But, it really needs a powder eyeshadow on top. I found that my mascara was transferring to my eyelid because the product doesn't dry down. The colour also wore off of my eyes the quickest and had some creasing. It's too bad as it's a gorgeous colour on my eyes. I'm hoping that it will fare much better with a powder eyeshadow on top.

-I liked it as a blush after it was blended out, it's a beautiful colour on the cheeks as well. But, I found it a little difficult to apply my bronzer after I set my face and the blush with my face powder, I guess it was still a little tacky underneath. Perhaps it would be better to also use a cream bronzer when using this product as your blush.

-Unfortunately, I found that it accentuated my lip lines and looked too frosty on my lips for my liking- although it did not look frosty on my cheeks or eyes (very odd). I found that it lasted for hours on my lips (no eating or drinking) and as time went on it became less frosty.

I will probably stick to using this as an eye base for pink eyeshadow looks (which I'm loving these days), and maybe my cheeks too, although I'm not a big cream blush person. Overall, if you were in a pinch and only had this product, you could definitely get away with using this product for eyes, lips, and cheeks! I was happy with the overall look and it was definitely wearable. And, you can't really beat the $1 price tag!

La Colors is a Cruelty-free  company!

Completed look: 
This is in natural daylight with no filter. Note: I am not a heavy makeup wearer. I just wear light-medium coverage BB creams. I'm also not a makeup artist, just a gal who loves makeup! Also, I like more natural looks on myself and they may not translate that well on camera. My camera also doesn't help to show off the colour very well as it was more vibrant in person. Hopefully, my new camera phone (coming soon) will help me take better pics. These are the pics that showed the colour the most.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Week 19: My Health and Weight Loss Journey to Get Fit and Lose Weight!

So, I decided that this week I would do a test and not workout at all and see what happens.. okay okay, not really. I actually wasn't able to find either the time or the energy to workout at all this week... not even one day! But, the results on the scale were interesting considering I didn't workout at all! Normally the scale doesn't budge no matter how hard I workout and lift weights. Although the changes on the scale this week are minor, they are still changes and have me perplexed.. does my body prefer that I don't workout and lift weights?

Here is a link to last weeks post if you'd like to check it out.

Since I don't have any daily exercises to report, let's get straight to the results from this mornings weigh in.

Weight: down .5lbs
Fat: down 1%

See you next week when hopefully I'll have much more to report.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New! Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette #review Hot or Not!?

One of Real Techniques latest products is this Brush Cleansing Palette. I've wanted it since it came out. It kept going out of stock when I was shopping online so I signed up for in stock notifications and stalked iHerb's website until it was back in stock and quickly placed an order for it.

I paid $14.99 USD + $2.33 shipping (but I ordered several other items at the same time so the shipping was negligible).

It claims that it cleans brushes 55% better with the palette and their gel cleanser vs. hand cleaning with water. Well, I have no way to measure that- but it sure does work well!

The cleansing palette came with 2 sample packs of their brush cleanser.

The palette is a nice size and measure approximately 6" x 3.5" x  1.5"

Info from iHerb's website: 

  • Performance-grade silicone: Lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably over your hand
  • Exclusive multi-textured surfaces: Designed to gently work between the bristles for enhanced deep cleansing

Suggested Use

  • Small Brushes
  • Medium Brushes
  • Large Brushes
Step 1: Slip hand into the palette and squeeze a dime size amount of our brush cleansing gel onto the tool. Add warm water to the palette.
Step 2: Swirl brush into the gel and water across the various surfaces until the brush is clean. Rinse bristles thoroughly, being careful to not fully immerse the base of the bristles. Squeeze out the excess water.
Step 3: Rest your brushes across the surface of the tool to air dry, or use the panoramic case from our sets (sold separately) to dry brushes upside down.

Above, I have added the Real Techniques brush cleanser from the sample pack that came with it. It's clear and has a gel like consistency that is fairly thick compared to what I am used to. I normally use liquid Castile soap to clean my brushes which is much thinner and you need only a small amount.

Here, you can see the handy little strap that is built in for easy holding. It's very comfortable to hold. 

You can see the size in comparison to my hand, it's quite large. I think it's a perfect size for cleaning all sorts of makeup brushes.

The instructions say to add the cleanser and water to the dish. I prefer to add the cleanser to the dish and then wet the brush under the tap and begin swirling the brush into the cleanser and palette. Just a personal preference.

As you can see above, it really gets all the dirt out of my makeup brush. This was after cleaning just one brush. 

I rinse the palette after I clean each brush and add more cleanser for the next brush, and so on..

Squeaky clean brush after a nice bath in its new palette.

You can even use your palette to rest your brushes on top (as shown) and let them dry. But, as you can see it only holds 3 brushes here.

Here is the RT Brush Cleansing Palette in comparison to the little egg brush cleaner. 

I really feel that I don't even need the little egg brush cleaner anymore. The RT palette works much better. It's much easier to use and does a better job at getting my brushes clean.

Here's a short video of the palette in action. I had to use one hand to hold the camera and the other to hold the brush so I was only able to demo with an eyeshadow brush for the video, but you'll get the point.

I'm so glad that I got this palette. I give it 5 stars! It makes cleaning my brushes so much easier and my brushes are much cleaner. It's really worth the price as it's not something I feel I'll ever have to replace.

Because it makes cleaning my brushes so much easier, I'm certain that I'll end up cleaning my brushes more often. I can hear my skin thanking me now! lol

I probably wont purchase the Real Techniques brush cleanser as I use castile soap. It's cheap, does a great job, and will last for a very long time (you only need a small amount).

I purchased my palette here.

Have you tried this palette yet? Are you loving it as much as I am?

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Monday, August 15, 2016

August Health and Beauty Haul!

Hi, Beauties! I have a fun haul to share with you all. I placed an order with iHerb as well as Amazon. I rarely shop on Amazon but I had received a gift card, so of course, I had to buy some new beauty products!

As I mentioned, I had a gift card for Amazon so I decided to pick up a few beauty items. I am still waiting on one more beauty item from Amazon but I think it's coming from China, so it's taking a while. I'll share it in a separate post, I think it warrants it's own post anyways. I also purchased some items that I will be using during my walks, but I'll share those in a different post as well.

Everything in the above photo was purchased on Amazon,ca with the exception of the Annabelle Lipsie which I purchased at Walmart as a backup. I had a $2 off coupon for Annabelle that was about to expire, so I decided to grab another Lipsie since I use them all the time and with the coupon it was only $2! woo-hoo!

I had just done an eyeshadow declutter (linked here) and I wanted some new eyeshadows that were a) in a palette, and b) in lighter, every day colours.

Here's what I purchased from Amazon:

I know that many of these products may not be brand new to the market but they are new to me and I'm excited to have some new products to try out, even if they are just drugstore. ;)

Everything in the above photo was purchased on iHerb.com. Most of these are staples for me but the Real Techniques brush cleaning palette is new to me, and it's a new product in general! I was so eager to get this brush cleaning palette as I imagine that it's just what I need! I've haven't used it yet but I will post a review once I've had a chance to try it out. It kept selling out on iHerb's website and going out of stock, so I signed up for notification of it coming back in stock AND I stalked their website until it was back in stock and quickly placed an order. Shipping on this order was only $2.33 USD vs. the usual $4 USD, so you can't really beat that!

Here's what I purchased from iHerb:

I've reviewed the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette, here is the link to it if you'd like to check it out. 

If you'd like to see reviews on any of the other products just let me know in the comments.

Use the following link to get $5.00 off your first order at iHerb (no minimum purchase required).

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Week 18: My Health and Weight Loss Journey to Get Fit and Lose Weight!

Between the crazy summer heat this week and a migraine, it's been a bit of a struggle to workout this week. But, I did manage to get in a few workouts despite these challenges.  Here is a link to last weeks post if you'd like to check it out.

I mixed it up this week and used my stepper, walked, and continued with my customized weight routine (chart below).

I also continue to use the pedometer app when I walk (pictured in the main photo).

Personalized Workout Chart
+ 15 reverse lunges, 15, reverse angled lunges, and 15 walking lunges.

I am still using 8lb weights for the above weight routine.

Here are my workouts for the week:
Day 1- 
Day 2- Weight routine above 
Day 3- 35-minute walk
Day 4- 
Day 5- 30-minute stepper + weight routine above
Day 6- 
Day 7-

Weigh in :
Weight: no change
Fat: no change

I only worked out 3 out of 5 days this week, but it's better than nothing considering the incredible heat during the week. 

Again, we see no change in my weight or fat percentage. 

I was trying to think if there is anything that I have changed since I gained approximately 10 pounds over the last 2 years. The only thing I could think of was that I used to eat nuts daily but I had stopped over the last couple of years. That could be the key as I know that nuts are supposed to help with weight loss, particularly almonds, but I kind of lost my taste for them. I will be trying to eat some nuts daily and see if it makes a difference. This will be an interesting test, and since I'm documenting everything, we will definitely be able to see if incorporating nuts back into my diet makes any difference.

Let me know in the comments what you are doing this summer to stay in shape.

See you next week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Melt Organics Diary-Free Spread via Social Nature #trynatural

I recently got the opportunity to try out Melt Organics dairy free, organic spread through Social Nature.

Melt Organics spread is a healthy and organic spread that is dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. It's made with fruit and plant based oils like virgin coconut oil. "It bakes and melts like butter but with 1/2 the saturated fat and fewer calories."

It comes in 3 flavours: Rich and Creamy, Chocolate, and Honey.

I had to go for the chocolate flavour, of course! I have been using it in place of butter in my homemade muffins as well as a healthy spread on my Ryvita crackers or on some toasted sprouted grains bread. It makes a great, healthy snack. I've found that having this spread on a slice of toasted sprouted grain bread before bed, helps me have a deeper sleep.

It tastes like a guilty pleasure but without the guilt. It's very creamy and smooth with a delicious and mild chocolate flavour.

I really believe in adding healthy fats to my diet and I LOVE that it's organic and made from great ingredients. It's also free of the top 11 allergens.

What an amazing creation this is. I wish we had healthy products like this years ago. I've found that I'm craving this product everyday! I believe that my body is craving it because it NEEDS these healthy fats!

From Social Nature:
  • Rich & Creamy MELT Organic Spread (13oz)
  • Flavor selection varies by store (Rich & Creamy, Chocolate, Honey)
  • Made from the Perfect Blend™ of fruit and plant based oils
    • featuring virgin coconut oil
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • No trans fats or hydrogenated oils
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Ideal balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids – 2:1
  • Free of top 11 allergens

Description from Social Nature:
"MELT Organic is the luscious, dairy-free, butter improvement that is truly good for you. Made with the Perfect Blend™ of fruit and plant-based oils, including virgin coconut oil – a stable, saturated fat, and a rich fruit and plant-based source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) – smoothly blended with flaxseed, hi-oleic sunflower, palm fruit and canola oils. Enjoy this delicious alternative to butter that cooks, bakes and melts just like butter, but with half the saturated fat and fewer calories."

"Each square of MELT Organic is truly good for you: USDA Organic Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, OU Kosher Pareve, and made with Fair for Life Fair Trade certified organic virgin coconut oil and Rainforest Alliance certified palm fruit oil. MELT is also soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Each serving of MELT is a rich source of the ‘good fats’ with an ideal balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 ALAs (that are optimally metabolized with virgin coconut oil) and has 425 mg of Omega-3 ALA (or 26% RDA). So go ahead and drizzle, spread, top, saute etc.."

Rich & Creamy MELT Organic: Expeller-Pressed Organic Oil Blend (virgin coconut oil*, palm fruit oil, canola oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, flaxseed oil), Water, Sea Salt, Organic-Compliant Natural Flavor, Tocopherols, Sunflower Lecithin, Organic Annatto. *Fair for Life Fair Trade certified ingredient at least 20% fair trade content.

Here is a link to Melt Organic's website with some fab recipes that you can use with this product!

I'm really enjoying this product and would recommend it to anyone interested in adding a healthy, dairy-free alternative to butter to their diet.

Thank you to Social Nature and Melt Organics for the opportunity to try out this product. I'm so happy to have a healthy alternative to add to my recipes and my diet. #trynatural

I received this product free for review purposes. All opinions are my own. #gotitfree

Have you tried this product yet? Let me know what you use it for in the comments.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monthly Beauty Basket #useitorloseit

At the beginning of August, I decided to designate a basket in my bathroom specially for products that I want to work on finishing up. These are products that I don't reach for everyday and they are either expired, almost expired, or almost finished products.

It's turned out to be a great idea! I started the basket on August 4th and I have been reaching for all of these products daily now, so I will be able to finish them up and not let them go to waste.

Since it's working out so well, I thought I'd share this idea with you guys. Maybe some of you will want to try this out so you too can finish up products before they expire or go to waste.

Most of these are products that I forget about as I have so many different products that I rotate through.

Having this designated basket of items and keeping it in an area where you will reach for it is a great way to focus on finishing up those products.

I will do monthly updates on my progress and changes I make to the contents of the basket as I add new products and remove those that are finished.

I lined the basket with a paper towel incase of any leaks.

Products to use up:
Note: I only continue to use expired products if they have not changed in any way; look, scent, consistency. If any of those things change, I do not continue to use an expired product, it would get tossed instead.

Hopefully, I've inspired you to use up some products before they go bad. I think this designated basket is a great way to remember to use up all the products that you want to focus on finishing up.

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