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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Paula's Choice Resist Satin Finish Pressed Powder Review

I recently purchased some skincare and makeup items from Paula's Choice. I always wait for a great sale + free shipping and stock up on whatever I need.

I was in need of a new finishing powder and decided to give this one a go. Plus, it was on sale!

This compact has 10 grams of powder, is made in the USA and retails for $15

The bottom of the compact houses a brush that some may not be a fan of but I find that it does work for touch ups on the go.. It also works well as a contour brush- so don't throw it out!

I like to replace the brush with a powder puff.

After using the product for a few weeks it seems to be developing sine hard pan around the edges but it hasn't affected the application or it's tone or texture on my skin. Not sure why this has happened as I've only been using it for a few weeks and I clean my brushes etc.

Here is a link to a post on how to get rid of hardpan on powdered makeup products.

This may be why they have reformulated this powder with a newer version (product linked here). The new one is called "Resist Flawless Finish Pressed Powder" and it states that it gives a "youthful glow with a slightly matte finish." It sounds very similar but maybe better for me as it may have more of a matte finish. It has great reviews too!

The powder is sheer and blends out well, so it doesn't really add any colour, it just helps to smooth and perfect my skin. The powder has a smooth texture and it never looks cakey on my skin. It refines the look of my skin and pores and sets my makeup. I don't find it glowy at all, I would say it looks matte but not flat.

Here is a close up picture of my skin with a light BB cream on and this powder on top. I also had a touch of an ELF bronzer on that I was testing out and found out I don't like.. you can see the bronze patch in the upper corner of the photo. But, back to this powder. It is sheer and has a slight satin finish as the name implies. I have oily/combo/dehydrated skin and when the weather was warmer, my oil would breakthrough within an hour. Now that the weather is cooler I don't have this issue as much.

I like this powder but I'd like to try the Flawless Finish Pressed Powder (retail $15). It sounds like it's more matte and maybe more suitable for my skin type. Plus, I get enough glow from my highlight and blush!

So far I've loved everything that I've tried from Paula's Choice, they make high-quality products and they put a lot of science and research into their products. They also listen to their customers and make changes based on feedback.

Tip: Paula's Choice allows you to stack coupons. If you've never shopped with them before, you can save $10 using the link HERE, plus sign up for emails once you go on their website and get another 20% off, plus you can add on whatever sale is currently going on. For example, they currently have 15% off ALL orders + FREE shipping. You can stack all of these coupons and get some awesome deals!

Click HERE to get $10 off your first order with Paula's Choice (minimum purchase of $15 required).

Paula's Choice is a cruelty-free company!

Have you tried any Paula's Choice products? What are your favourites?


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Haul! Shoes, Fashion, Beauty, Skincare & Health

I hope you guys are in the mood for a little haulage. I personally love to see what people buy and get ideas and inspiration. I already did a haul this month (found here), not sure if I should feel guilty.. #shopaholic !? I will provide links to products where possible.

This is a small haul of items that I purchased over this past weekend. I wanted to share it right away as many of the items are from Winners and you know how quickly their items can sell out. To my US readers, Winners is the same company as TjMaxx and Marshalls, so you can often find the same items at all 3 stores.

Catherine Malandrino shoes

I needed some nude flats and these are quite trendy but I decided to take a chance on them as they were on clearance. The brand is Catherine Malandrino. I've heard of this brand but never purchased from them. These felt really comfortable in the store and I'm hoping they will be just as comfortable once I start wearing them.

These shoes actually came completely covered in pom-poms of all colours and sizes. I was not a fan but I could picture the shoe without them, so I immediately pulled them all off and I'm so happy with what was hiding underneath. I should have taken a before picture but I didn't know I'd actually be showing these in a haul. Here are a few of the pom-poms and tassels that I kept for my cat to play with... at least they didn't go to waste!

Catherine Malandrino Shoes- Cost $15, regular $40, compare at price $60. (similar here)

Pom-poms and tassels from the shoes!

Able Top

I needed this lighting so you could see the detail at the neckline. It has a cutout that makes this top really stylish but still casual. I can see it with some skinny jeans and even some strategically placed jewelry. I really love this top but I do have to try and stop buying black all the time. The brand is Able and it's made in the USA.

Able top- Cost $13, regular $25, compare at $38

I spotted these in the food section at Winners. It's a powdered peanut butter where they press roasted nuts to remove the oils. Although, I'm not against eating healthy fats I just wanted to try this for my protein smoothies. I've tried other similar brands and didn't like them. This one tastes amazing in my smoothies and it adds some more protein and nutrition to my drinks. This brand is non-GMO and gluten-free.

Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter- Cost $7 each, regular $13, compare at $17

The Body Shop
The Body Shop

I haven't shopped at The Body Shop in years! Recently, I tried some samples of The Body Shop's new face masks and decided to pick up the Himalayan Charcoal one. I also wanted to try their new Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops as I have some BB creams that are too dark and I don't want to waste them. I signed up for The Body Shop emails and was pleasantly surprised when I was sent a 50% off coupon. Reviews to come on these products.

Shade Adjusting Drops- Cost $11, regular $22
Himalayan Charcoal Mask- Cost $14, regular $28

-I finally ended up using Ebates which I never think to do. It saved me an additional $6 on the Body Shop order as I got 12% back based on the regular prices. I have to use Ebates more!

If you want to sign up for Ebates, you can get $5 just for signing up (click here to sign up).

That's it for this week. I think I got some great deals. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I purchased this week.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week 28: My Health and Weight Loss Journey to Get Fit and Lose Weight!

Well, Guys. I feel like the biggest slacker. I feel like I've completely fallen off the exercise bandwagon. I told myself that I'd keep doing some sort of exercise despite the pain I developed back in April of this year, and for the most part, I kept up some form of exercise until the last two weeks.

This week, I saw yet another Doctor. This Doctor thinks the pain that I've been having since April IS a strain injury from a workout way back in April. I didn't think it was possible to be sore for this long but she said it definitely is. The lesson for me here is not to force myself to workout when I'm too tired, or at least once I start to workout, if I'm not able to get into it in the first few minutes either give it up for that day or do something more gentle like yoga. I basically forced myself to workout when I was feeling really tired and I had very bad form. After the workout, I was sore all over. Once the soreness wore off, I was left with one spot that remained sore up until now. It's just been this last week that it's started to feel better.

I tend to be a seasonal exerciser- I usually start working out in the Spring and Summer. I am so cold in the colder months that I find it REALLY hard to get myself going. I need to find a way around this.

I am hoping to get inspired again this week and get off my butt. When I need inspiration I look to a fellow blogger Shana Emily from ColorBlindBlog.com. She is so motivating and inspiring! She is starting a 30-day fitness challenge on her Facebook page. You should really check it out if you want some inspiration and to join her 30-day challenge. It's starting now! #Teamletemhaveit

Here are my workouts for the week: 
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Day 5-
Day 6
Day 7- 

Weigh in :
Weight: Up 1 lb
Fat: Same

See you next week!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

ElaSpa Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-free Anti-Aging Cream Forte #review

I recently got the opportunity to try my first product by ElaSpa. I was one of their lucky winners on Twitter! I won their Anti-Aging Cream Forte. They are so generous and are always giving away their products on their Twitter page. You should give them a follow and maybe you'll be one of their lucky winners!

I was not familiar with this line at all. It turns out that they are a professional spa line. I didn't get to choose what I won but it definitely chose me and I believe that we were meant to be. I have been using this product for almost a month and the results in this short amount of time have been nothing short of amazing!

Even though I've only been using this product for just under a month, I'm gonna go out there and say that this one of the top, if not THE top skincare product that I've tried in terms of anti-aging results.

Leave it to my skin to have expensive taste! I noticed good things happening right away, so I contacted the company asking where I can buy this if it works out for me.
Since it's a professional spa line, it's only sold in spas, which means that it's on the pricey side and not so accessible. I wasn't able to find a location near me that sells their products so I'll have to contact them again once I finish savouring this bottle.

When I test out new skincare, I glance at the ingredients and directions but that's about it. I don't want to be swayed by all the claims. I want to see with my own eyes if there are any changes, good or bad. So it wasn't until am I writing this post that I see all of the claims, and they sure live up to each an every one of them.

About ElaSpa:

"...professional and medical skincare products and devices, which capture the essence of European tradition in skincare with scientific advancements, proprietary formulations, and unsurpassed results." 

"Scientifically proven formulas are intensified by synergistic active ingredients which enhance each others healing qualities for visible and experiential results."

Ela Spa's pure Commitment:
  • 95% nourishing ingredients
  • 98% organic ingredients
  • 100% natural ingredients

They are also:
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty free
  • non-GMO

Product is free of:
  • parabens
  • synthetic colours and perfume
  • mineral oils
  • paraffins
  • PEG's
  • radiated ingredients
  • GMO
  • synthetic silicon oils
  • skin-irritating minerals
  • materials derived from animals
  • nano-particles

Anti-aging Cream Forte:
  • Toning, Firming, Tightening, Revitalizing
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Professional formula with organic ingredients
  • 50ml / 1.7oz 
  • For prices, you must contact a local spa that carries their product (this product is approx. $80)
"Slow down the aging process with this moisturizing cream. Protects the skin against aging, smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles, and has strong lifting and rejuvenating properties. This remarkable skin elixir allows for even, deep, and extended distribution of active ingredients for remarkable results. Restores a bright and radiant complexion, while diminishing the signs of fatigue and aging."

Key Ingredients:
  • Iris, red ginseng, grape seed extract
  • Perilla oil
  • Hyaluronic acid and hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans
  • Peptamide ™ 6 (hexapeptide derived from yeast)
  • Vitamin E

My Experience:
  • A little goes a long way.  I recommend 1/2 a pump
  • I love the packaging with the pump that keeps the product fresh
  • Has a beautiful spa like scent, think herbal with lemon verbena 
  • It doesn't absorb quickly but that is no reflection of whether or not this product works and it gives me an opportunity to massage my skin (which is a good thing!)
  • Once it does absorb, it absorbs completely
  • Skin is moisturized sufficiently 
  • No oiliness or sticky residue
  • Makes a beautiful canvas for your makeup
  • Immediately an old acne scar started to fade
  • Over time my skin is more taught and firm, jowls have diminished
  • Skin is brighter, clearer, younger looking
  • Pores are much smaller
  • Overall skin looks younger

I have always thought that skincare can only do so much, and it's true. Through all my experimenting I've experienced good products, bad products, and great ones. This is one of the great ones. 

I find that slackening skin is my biggest ager and it's a tough thing to deal with. It's not like I can just go pick up a skin cream that lifts my skin. Some products may tighten and give a temporary lift, but I'm talking about wanting real changes to my skin not just a lift for a few hours. 

I never thought that skincare could help with slackening skin as we age. I mean it's gravity taking over, how can a cream change that?! Well, I don't know how but this skin cream seems to be making a definite difference in tightening up my skin. 

Some results from skincare can be immediate and some come with long term use. I am hoping to keep seeing improvements with this product and I will be beyond ecstatic! When it comes to great skincare, this is one area where I am definitely willing to splurge.

I will always be testing out new skincare but this one has moved up to the top of my list of anti-aging heavy-hitters.

Here is a link to ElaSpa if you'd like to learn more about their products: 

Let me know if you've tried any products from this line and what you recommend.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Health Canada | Proposed Changes To Regulate Natural Supplements In Canada #saveoursupplements

If you are a Canadian resident, please read this!

If you haven't heard, Health Canada is proposing changes to natural health products so that they would be regulated similarly to prescription drugs. This could cause many of the natural supplements we use to disappear, or become less accessible, it would increase their cost, and reduce the amount of information that is available about these products. This would affect supplements, homeopathics, vitamins, herbs, and more.

Canada is a global leader in the regulation of natural health products. All natural health products are reviewed and licensed by Health Canada before hitting the shelves here in Canada, this ensures that products are both safe and effective. This is demonstrated by a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the product.

Natural health care is a big part of my life, not only in the treatment of ailments but also in prevention, and general health care. Maybe it's also an important part of your life or someone you know, so I hope you'll join me by taking a minute of your time to click the link that I've shared below to send a standard letter to your MP in opposition of this proposal.

How can you help?

You can help save our supplements by taking one minute to send a pre-written letter by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) to your Member of Parliament, letting them know that you do not agree with these changes,

Click this link to send your letter:

To learn more about this proposal and what you can do to help me stop it, click the link below:

I hope you'll join me in trying to prevent these changes by sending a quick letter to your MP with the link provided above.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Grounding Techniques For Anxiety and Panic Attacks

I hear so many people talking about anxiety issues these days. It's no wonder with all the craziness going on in this world right now.

According to WebMD it is fairly common and affects about 6 million adults in the U.S.A., alone.

Click HERE to learn more on WebMD.

I came across the post below by Mood Disorders Canada on Twitter, and as soon as I saw that it said to "reblog" the post to possibly help someone, I knew I had to share it.

I can see how these grounding techniques could work for some people. The techniques seem like a great way to distract yourself and get your mind focused on something else besides the anxiety that you're feeling.

I hope this helps someone!

Take a screenshot of the tips below and keep it handy on your phone if you want to try these techniques.

There are all kinds of resources online. Here is a link to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. If you are outside of Canada here is a link to a list of numbers for crisis assistance.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate help call 911. 

Please reblog this if you wish to. It may help someone!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Mani Monday | L'oreal Collection Exclusive Colour Riche Nail Polish In Doutzen's Nude #600

These days, it seems like nude everything is taking over. For me, nude's have always been a staple, especially when it comes to makeup. But, nude's seem to have taken on a bit of welcome twist. With muted shades of taupe, purple, and pink, the new nudes are not only modern but also classic. They are also showing up in fashion too which I'm loving as well. There are nudes for every skin tone as well. Many nudes can wash me out. I prefer nudes with hints of purple or pink. Nudes with peach undertones don't seem to suit my skin tone so much.

I remember when L'oreal came out with this nude collection of lip and nail colours, each one was created with one of six models and actresses. When the line first came out, I purchased J'Lo's Nude lipstick which is one of my favourite lipsticks to date if not my top one!

The other day while shopping, this nail colour from the same line was screaming my name as I walked by so I had to pick it up. As much as I adore this colour, I would say the colour is a bit off for my skin tone, but that's not going to stop me from wearing it. It's such a modern and chic colour. I love the formula of this polish too, it's not as quick to chip as many other polishes.

The colour is a gorgeous, muted taupy-purple ie. a muted mauve. It's very unique and the only colour in my collection that is similar is another new shade that I purchased right before I purchased this one. It was actually featured in a Mani Monday post a few weeks ago (linked here), it's Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri in Making Mauves. The Sally Hansen colour has some subtle shimmer to it, while this one by L'oreal does not.

I'm wearing it here with 3 coats. No base or top coat, I'm too lazy and impatient for all those layers. Although, as you can see from my nail polish skills (or lack of), I should probably learn to be a little more patient.

From L'oreal:
"Our formula delivers intense, luxurious colour and up to 10 days of shine.  Available in a delicious spectrum of must-have shades, the collection is curated by L’OrĂ©al’s exclusive Colour Designer, Orrea Light, to bring you the most glamorous colours straight from Paris. Our new easy-to-use brush provides ideal coverage for the ultimate chic look."

Although this colour may not be perfect for my skin tone, I'm really drawn to it and I've been wearing it often. It goes with everything, it's great for the fall time, and I think it's very unique.

All 6 shades from this line are linked here.

Have you tried any of the colours from this line? Let me know what new polishes you are loving!

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