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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FREE Halloween Graveyard Nail Stencils From Nail Polish Canada & Whats Up Nails!


Hi Everyone! πŸ’€

To celebrate Halloween, Nail Polish Canada and Whats Up Nails are giving 10 of my readers FREE Graveyard Nail Vinyls by What's Up Nails!

The nail wraps retail for $5.65 but they're completely FREE for the first 10 people who claim them! Shipping is included too! No strings attached.

Free offer valid for Canadian addresses only.

  1. Click here to view the Graveyard Nail Vinyls on Nail Polish Canada.
  2. Add the item to your cart. 
  3. Enter the promo code to make them free! (Code:  ZHHDT7D02G19)
  4. Enter your info and checkout. (You won't be asked for payment info unless you add other items)
Note: If all of my free codes have been used up, you can check on Nail Polish Canada's website as they will be sharing a list of all the Bloggers who have free codes to share. This link will take you to that page. They will be adding the new blog posts as they are posted.

Have fun creating your spooky Halloween themed nails!

Here's a handy link on how to use the stencils.

Once you receive your nail stencils, you can share your works of art with these nail stencils on social media using the hashtag #nailpolishcanada and tag @nailpolishcanadacom @whatsupnails and @healthandbeautygirl

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Limited Supply. Valid for Canadians only. One per household. Cannot be combined with other promotions.

Not sponsored

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Robin McGraw's Revelation Luxury Skincare | O Magazine Beauty O-Ward Winners #Giveaway

I'm so excited to be bringing you guys a giveaway for 2 of Robin McGraw's award-winning skincare products from her Revelation Luxury Skincare collection! These products were recently named O, The Oprah Magazine Beauty O-Ward winners!

I've been using Robin McGraw's Revelation line for about a month now. This skincare is on another level! My results came very quickly and were very obvious. I was so impressed with my results (full review coming soon) that I contacted the company to ask if I could do a giveaway, as I want one of you guys to experience this brand. They generously offered to send me their 2 of their O Magazine award-winning products for this giveaway.

Revelation Beauty O-Ward Winners:

  • Robin McGraw Revelation’s Hydra Qwench Moisturizing Night Cream was named Best Night Cream for Dry Skin in O, The Oprah Magazine Fall 2017 Beauty O-Wards. Award found HERE.
  • Robin McGraw Revelation’s Foaming Joy! Purifying Facial Cleanser was named Best Face Cleanser for Combination Skin in O, The Oprah Magazine Spring 2017 Beauty O-Wards. Award found HERE.

Robin McGraw, philanthropist, two-time No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, and Founder/CEO, recently launched a luxury skincare collection within the Robin McGraw Revelation Lifestyle Brand. Each product has been custom-crafted to utilize the highest-quality, most potent active ingredients, along with cutting-edge technology. The Robin McGraw Revelation luxury skincare collection features daily and nightly regimens, as well as innovative advanced treatments. Products are void of harmful sulfates, mineral oil, parabens and chemicals. As with all Robin McGraw Revelation products, there was no animal testing.

In addition to featuring effective formulations, the luxury line boasts beautiful packaging along with inspiring names that are not only a reflection of the product, but are a nod to women embracing the beauty and fun of age. A motivational quote from McGraw, hidden under the lid of each package, serves as reminder to women to feel empowered and to always live each day with a smile.

  • This antioxidant foaming gel cleanser gently and thoroughly removes all traces of makeup, dirt and oil, leaving skin soft, supple, and glowing. The balanced formula contains hydrating and purifying ingredients to cleanse without stripping skin.
  • Key ingredients:
    • Chamomile Extract – Most commonly known for its anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties, this cute little flower also has astringent properties, which makes it ideal for keeping pores clear and hydrates deep into the skin.
    • Green Tea Oil – A powerful, multipurpose ingredient that contains potent anti-oxidants that support anti-aging, penetrates quickly to moisturize and contains polyphenols, shown to have anti-bacterial qualities.
    • Apple Fruit Extract – A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid that exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells, making skin appear smoother, brighter and more tone.
  • Key benefits:
    • provides balanced and gentle cleansing for daily use
    • naturally hydrates and moisturizes
    • improves the look of tired, dull skin

  • Wake up to a repaired, refreshed complexion! This unique nightly treatment addresses multiple visible signs of aging while protecting skin from future damage. Increase firmness and elasticity, balance skin tone, and restore skin’s moisture all while you sleep.
  • Key ingredients:
    • Squalane - A natural plant ingredient that resembles our own skin, allowing it to penetrate easily and increase moisture. Squalane is an antioxidant that feeds skin cells to promote cell growth and counteract damaging effects, leaving the skin smooth and silky soft.
    • Hyaluronic Acid - As we age, our skin’s collagen decreases and wrinkles become more visible. Hyaluronic Acid promotes skin’s natural collagen levels, making skin visibly plumper and firmer.
    • Caprylic Acid - A natural fatty acid found in coconut oil. Because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is used to help fight acne and many skin conditions.
  • Key benefits:
    • diminishes the appearance of sagging skin
    • naturally hydrates and moisturizes
    • improves the look of dull, tired skin

With Robin's Revelation line, I began to see results right away. My skin looks a lot younger and firmer. I don't think I've ever seen results like this before nor this quickly! I was shocked at the results and really impressed. I've been receiving compliments on my skin ever since.  Stay tuned for a full review!

To me, Revelation is the Rolls Royce of skincare. This brand has done WONDERS for my skin. and I truly wish I could give each and every one of you this prize pack!

Revelation Products Are:

Revelation is now available in Canada and can be purchased online at www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com

Onto the giveaway..

One reader will win:
1 Full-size Foaming Joy Purifying Facial Cleanser
 + 1 Full-size Hydra Qwench Moisturizing Night Cream!

Giveaway is open to everyone!

*This post is not sponsored. Products were generously provided by Robin McGraw's Revelation. All opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links #robinmcgrawrevelation 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

If I Could Only Have One | Bronzer (s)

Hi everyone,

This is my second post in my "If I Could Only Have One" series. The first one was on lip products and can be found here.

In this post, I share my most favourite bronzer(s), if I could only have one. Plural, as I have one powder bronzer and one cream bronzer. 😊

Unfortunately, I am currently out of both of these bronzers as I am always trying new products so I don't have swatches for this post. But there are plenty of swatches on the internet to be found.

After trying what seems like an endless amount of bronzers, these remain my numero uno and I can't wait to have them in my collection again!

Stock photo

Powder bronzer: 
Laura Geller Bronze N' Brighten SRP $33
This bronzer doesn't have any orange tones to it. It has some pink mixed with the bronze, so it gives my skin that natural sunkissed look. Whenever I wore this blush everyone thought I went on vacation! When I suntan, I naturally get a bit of redness to my skin. This blush mimics that natural tan and makes me look healthy and vibrant. This blush doesn't have any glitter to it. Just a natural skin-like finish with a bit of a glow. And, it blends like a dream, no patchiness whatsoever. According to Cruelty-Free Kitty's website, Laura Geller is cruelty-free.

Photo credit: Target

Cream bronzer: 
Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer SRP $14

Sonia Kashuk's Cream Bronzer comes in two shades, Warm Tan, and Rich Bronze. I use the Warm Tan. It's supposed to be a dupe for Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel. I've never tried the Chanel one so I cannot comment on that. What I can tell you is that this is the only cream bronzer I've enjoyed using. It has a cream to powder formula and blends onto the skin beautifully. No patchiness or harsh lines with this beauty. I tend to use cream bronzers in the summer and the same is true for this product. If you have aging or dry skin, consider trying this cream bronzer as it won't give you a powdery look and doesn't accentuate dryness or pores. The colour is very natural looking and gives me a healthy tan look. Although I don't use cream products nearly as often as powder ones, I definitely like to have this one on hand for those days that I want to use a cream bronzer. Great for my aging skin! Sonia Kashuk is Cruelty-Free.

What bronzer would you choose if you could only have one!?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation Review + Swatches

*Product featured was gifted for testing purposes.

Featured Product: Makeup For Ever's Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y245 / Soft Sand - 30ML $52CAD

From Sephora ~

What it does:
Developed specifically for the film and TV industry's most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—on and off camera. Completely invisible under the latest, super-focused 4K lens, this innovative foundation is infused with uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium-to-buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. It delivers the very same flawless results as before when applied with a flat foundation brush in a tap and stretch motion.

Lasting all day and imparting a natural-looking finish, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation is formulated with hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all normal, dry, and combination skin types. Now available in an expanded range of 40 shades to match all skintones, it’s the perfect everyday foundation for a flawless complexion.

I've always shied away from using foundations and opted for BB/CC creams because I always found that foundation would look heavy on my skin. I don't want to look like I'm wearing foundation. I prefer a more natural look, I want a "my skin but better" look. I just want to even out my skin tone and make my skin look healthy and fabulous.✨

I selected the shade Y245 / Soft Sand. It's actually a pretty perfect match, although it looks darker in the bottle than it actually is (see swatch below).

Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is absolutely living up to its name. It's giving me just what I've always wanted. It doesn't look like I'm wearing Foundation at all, but it improves the look of my skin 10 fold. It doesn't look like I'm wearing foundation, it looks like skin!

This foundation isn't heavy or greasy and blends into my skin beautifully. It's very lightweight and also buildable which is great for special occasions or when I need some extra coverage. For everyday use, one coat is all I need for medium coverage. This foundation goes on well with a beauty sponge or buffing brush. A brush gives me more coverage. I actually use both techniques depending on my mood. 

This 30ML bottle comes with a pump which is always appreciated. 

I found that it lasted all day without any obvious wear and it doesn't cling to my dry patches! πŸ‘Œ I top the foundation off with a light dusting of translucent powder for a finish that lasts all day. The finish is not matte, it has a very natural finish and I find it perfect for my aging skin. I definitely feel that I look more youthful with this foundation on.


I would absolutely recommend this product to everyone. And, with 40 shades to choose from, there's something for everyone. It's also suitable for all skin types. ✨

This foundation is an Allure 2017 beauty award winner!

It's available exclusively at Sephora and currently retails for $52CAD. You can read more about this product here.

Thank you @makeupforeverca and @glamsense for the opportunity to test out this fab product! πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ #ultrahdflawless #complimentary for testing purposes.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monthly Empties | Makeup, Beauty, Skincare and Health

Hello, October! Well, September went by in a flash, so it's time for another empties post. This is a surprisingly small amount of empties for me, which is kind of a good thing as I can keep this post short and sweet. πŸ™‹

As always, I will link to products whenever possible.

So, let's see what I finished or not so much....

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes
This is Costco's house brand. I really like these wipes. They're a nice large size and very saturated. They do a good job at removing my makeup and I don't experience any irritation or breakouts.

Repurchase: Yes

Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner
This was a decent deep conditioner, but it didn't really do anything special for my hair. My favourite deep conditioner is Paul Mitchel's Super Charged which I haven't purchased in a while since I'm always trying out new products.

Repurchase- If on sale and in a pinch

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme
I've used this moisturizer before. It's an excellent hydrator for my skin. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but I like this one as a general moisturizer after using all my fancy anti-aging serums, and it's not expensive. It's fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and non-comedogenic.

Repurchase- Yes

Annabelle Big Show Lip Shine 
I purchased this when Target was sadly closing down here in Canada. 😒 I kept this gloss in my purse and used it pretty much daily. It wasn't sticky at all and it looked good over anything and everything.

Ps. As I was looking for a link to this product, I found out that it's an award winner! " the 2014 ELLE CANADA / ELLE QUΓ‰BEC Beauty Grand Prix, BEST LIPGLOSS UNDER $20"

Repurchase- Possibly but I've decided to only keep 2-3 lip glosses in my possession at a time since they expire more quickly than say a lipstick. And, I've got my eye on some of the new lip gloss oils. πŸ˜€

Natures' Answer Rhodiola Rosea
If you've seen my hauls or empties posts before, this won't be new to you. I've been taking this on and off for years. It's an adaptogen that is supposed to help us adapt to stress. It does help to prevent me from waking up at 4am for no reason and that's enough of a reason for me to keep on taking it!

Repurchase- YES!

Lush Sleepy Lotion
I received this sample free from Lush. I didn't want to shell out $20 for the full-size if it didn't work for me. The scent is very different for me. It has lavender and tonka perfume. I had never heard of tonka before, it's a very unusual scent to me. This took some getting used to before I began to really enjoy the scent. Did it help me sleep? I don't think it did but it did give me a relaxing feeling as I would breathe it in before bed.

Repurchase- I'll probably stick to my favourite Avalon Lavender body lotion for my relaxing, before bed lotion.

TruFora Titanium Day Cream SPF 30
Unfortunately, I didn't get to use this up before it expired. I had every intention to but I have so many sunscreens that I just couldn't get to it in time. I share a lot of my excess products with friends and family but I did intend to use this one myself. Sadly, I wasted it!

Repurchase- Possibly

That's all for this month. I hope you enjoy seeing what I used or didn't use and if I liked the products enough to repurchase. 

Happy October, everyone! πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

Not Sponsored. Contains referral links.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Are Your Everyday Cleaning Products Putting You at Risk for Autoimmune-Related Health Problems?

By Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories

Would you be surprised if I told you that the very products you might be using to rid your home of dirt, germs, grime and bacteria might actually be causing you and your family more harm than those elements would themselves? Would you be concerned if I suggested that your everyday household cleaning products could not only aggravate chronic health and immunity issues, but could even cause the onset of autoimmune related illness? Well, the good news is that these risks can be mitigated if you know what to look for and there are tests available to gauge reaction to the potentially harmful toxins and chemicals we tend to invite into our homes. The key is to understand what we’re dealing with.

In his foreword to The Autoimmune Epidemic, Dr. Douglas Kerr, M.D., Ph.D. professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says, “There is no doubt that autoimmune diseases are on the rise and our increasing environmental exposure to toxins and chemicals is fueling the risk. The research is sound. The conclusions, unassailable.” 

There are several possible factors that may link chemicals and toxins to autoimmune disease.  Among those factors, the following hold the most relevance:

·         Leaky gut, a condition where the protective lining of the digestive track becomes compromised, allowing bacterial toxins, partially digested food, and toxic waste to pass through. Exposure to toxins can exacerbate this condition, which often leads to autoimmune reactivity and eventually disease, if not treated.

·         Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health (NDRC, 2017). Not good!

·         If it doesn’t come from nature, it shouldn’t be consumed, ingested, inhaled or exposed to the skin. Remember, our skin is an organ and it is porous, so it will absorb what it touches. If the ingredients listed on the bottle are a scientific mystery to you, it’s always safest to avoid it.

Does all of this information mean that we should quit cleaning our houses and cohabitate with dirt and dust mites? No, of course not. But it should make you think twice about what exposure to harsh chemical cleaners and other products such as air fresheners and laundry detergent can potentially do to your health.

 The best solution for improving your autoimmune health and preventing the onset of autoimmune reactivity and disease is to use alternatives to chemical products. Baking soda, lemon or lemon oil, vinegar and castile soap are examples of great natural products that will safely get the job done. There are also an abundance of organic and natural cleaning products for sale at most grocery stores.

If you have increased chemical sensitivities, an autoimmune disease or a family history of autoimmune disease; toxicity and overexposure to chemical agents should be considered and testing is recommended. Cyrex Laboratories, a clinical laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity, offers advanced, innovative tests designed to detect and monitor autoimmune reactivities and their possible triggers. Array 11 identifies the loss of immune tolerance associated with toxic chemicals exposure from household cleaning products, makeup, lotions and more, which may lead to inflammation and autoimmune reactivity. This blood test assists in setting guidelines for the avoidance of specific chemicals to reduce the risk of igniting the autoimmune process, and monitoring the effectiveness of the clinical management of protocols.

Seek the advice of your health care professional and raise any concerns with them. Proactivity is the best way to combat the effects of health issues and risk factors. Everybody can benefit from eliminating toxic elements and chemical-laden cleaning products from our environment.

Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories (joincyrex.com). Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.

* Not sponsored.

#Autoimmune #HouseholdCleaners #HealthyCleaning #HouseholdChemicals #KitchenCleaners #GreenCleaning #GreenHousehold #GoGreen

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Live Clean Fall Beauty Renew & Repair 6 Piece #Giveaway

Since Fall is officially here as of tomorrow, what better way to celebrate than with a Live Clean Fall Beauty Renew & Repair giveaway!? πŸ‚

Over at Live Clean headquarters, the Fall is a time to renew and repair. The Live Clean Fall Beauty Renew and Repair giveaway includes all the essentials to take care of your hair, skin, and body as we head into the cooler and drier months, and at the same time, also undo some of the damage that may have been done by the harsh summer months.

One lucky reader will win everything pictured which includes 6 of Live Clean's most effective and best-selling products designed to hydrate, moisturize, exfoliate, and cleanse. These products will take care of you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Approximate retail value $65.00.

 Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner
With 100% pure Argan Oil for enhanced long-term conditioning, maximum shine and protection from the damaging effects of the sun. With added Panthenol for even more moisture and shine, certified botanical Olive Oil to protect against free radicals and certified organic Grape Seed Oil to regenerate and restructure damaged, stressed hair. 

350 mL, suggested retail: $7.49 - $7.99 each.

Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner Spray
Long-term conditioning…shine…protection from sun damage…these are some of the exceptional benefits of Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner Spray with 100% pure Moroccan Argan Oil. LIve Clean's added certified organic Grape Seed and Olive Oils for even greater conditioning. 

150 mL, suggested retail: $6.99


Live Clean Fresh Face Nourishing Night Cream
Created for all skin types and specially formulated to restore and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. Renewing your skin’s moisture balance, you’ll love the morning result: softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. Live Clean's special Orchid extract seals in moisture and replenishes your skin’s moisture barrier while Vitamin C boosts your skin’s radiance and protects. Live Clean's certified organic botanicals, including Lavender, Cucumber, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, Mallow, Aloe and Buckhorn, calm and soothe. 

50 mL, suggested retail: $19.99.

Live Clean Fresh Face Smoothing Facial Scrub
This gentle but determined exfoliant scrub removes impurities and surface dullness revealing a soft, even-toned – and luminous – complexion. Live Clean's secret: natural grains of finely ground corn cob to exfoliate and our Orchid extract to replenish moisture and seal it in. Meanwhile, antioxidant Vitamin C boosts radiance and our perfect combination of certified organic botanicals – Lavender, Cucumber, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, Mallow, Aloe and Buckthorn – calm and soothe weary skin. 

140 g, suggested retail: $14.99.


Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion 
Enriched with luscious tropical Coconut Milk, certified organic Apricot extract and Vitamins C, E, and B.  This rich, creamy body lotion hydrates and restores moisture balance to dry skin, helps maintain elasticity and improves the natural beauty of the skin. 

500 mL, suggested retail: $7.49 - $7.99.

The pillars of Live Clean: πŸƒ
• 98% plant and natural based ingredients
• SLS and silicone free
• Petrolatum, paraben and phthalate free
• DEA free
• Phosphate free
• Dye-free
• Vegetarian formulas
• Never tested on animals
• Hypoallergenic
• Biodegradable ingredients
• Packaging recyclable

Live Clean leaves out the harsh chemicals which can be hormone disruptors.Limiting exposure to harmful chemicals is imperative to our health these days! I am so grateful to Live Clean for bringing us these natural, chemical free products at an affordable price. 

Live Clean is available at drug stores, grocery stores, mass retailers and online.  

Giveaway is open to Canada only.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment. All other entries are optional and will earn you more entries.

Good luck to everyone! πŸ€

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