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Monday, October 22, 2018

iHerb Haul | Health, Beauty, Supplements (Hormones, Stress, Sleep)


I have a little iHerb haul to share today. Most of these items are repurchases for me. I'll share links to products in the headings and a little about them and/or why I take them or how they help me. I Hope you'll find the info helpful.

Supplements:
Brain, Heart, Hormone, Stress, Skin and Hair Health

Jarrow Max DHA 600 mg
I've been taking this fish oil for years. I've tried others but I always go back to this one. It has 600 mg of DHA per serving! I take it for many reasons from heart, brain, and skin and nail health. I've never had fishy burps from this product. I only take one per day just to make it even more affordable and also because I take so many other supplements. This product is dairy-free and gluten-free.

From iHerb:
DHA is the predominant fatty acid in the brain, nervous system and retina of humans. DHA is important for fetal and infantile neurological development. DHA also supports neurological function in seniors.

I stopped taking evening primrose oil for a while and decided I needed to start taking it again. It's supposed to help with hormone balance and also increase progesterone. Since I cannot tolerate even bio-identical progesterone, I look to supplements like this as well as vitex (which I am not currently taking but will probably go back to). As a bonus, evening primrose oil is also fabulous for skin and hair health! I like this dosage as it was recommended in a book I read a long time ago (I can't remember which book it was). I remember reading that our bodies will only be able to process 500 mg's at a time, so it's best to take 500 mg 2 x a day. I tend to only take one a day because I take many other supplements. This product is soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

From iHerb:
NOW Evening Primrose Oil has naturally occurring Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), an Omega-6 fatty acid also found in Borage and Black Currant seed oils. Although the body can synthesize GLA from other dietary fats, it can be more efficiently utilized for bodily functions when consumed in its preformed state. By supporting the body's healthy immune system responses, GLA may help to maintain normal skin barrier function, as well as a healthy vascular system. It may also be used as a nutritional support for mild discomfort associated with PMS.

I purchased this product years ago based on its claims to help with sleep. I didn't notice anything so I didn't bother to keep taking it regularly. Fast forward to recently, and I decided to give it a try again, as our bodies changed and I thought maybe it would help me this time. I haven't noticed a marked difference in my sleep but what I did notice after taking it daily for a while was that I felt more relaxed and less stressed during the daytime. I take 1 tsp in a bottle of water and sip on it throughout the day. The results are very subtle and happen over time, at least for me. It's not like I drink it and then feel relaxed after like a herbal tea might. Its actions are subtle but effective. I will continue to take this. My Dr. informed me that what my body doesn't use will be eliminated in my urine, so I feel safe taking the larger doses. This product is also gluten-free, soy-free, and free of milk. 

From iHerb:
Glycine is the smallest and simplest amino acid, making it versatile for use in a wide range of functions. Glycine is necessary for the production of glutathione, DNA, creatine, bile, hemoglobin, and most proteins. It also helps to promote glycogen storage, thereby making glucose readily available for energy production. Glycine also functions as a calming neurotransmitter in the brain, where it facilitates nerve impulses and is important for the maintenance of healthy sleep patterns.

Beauty

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge with Travel Case 2 pc
I have purchased many Real Techniques products from iHerb as it's usually much cheaper than buying it at my local store. I was so happy to see that they carried this new product that contains their Miracle Complexion Sponge with their new travel case! Such a neat idea, even for use at home to keep my sponge protected from germs and dirt. The travel case is vented so the sponge can get some air and dry out properly.

Cococare Cocoa Butter Cream 1 oz
I added this product to get my order to approx $50 dollars so I could get free shipping! It's a nice size for my purse and will surely help out my dry, dehydrated hands during the cold months to come.

I always check my cart on iHerb and make sure that I'm getting the most bang for my buck. For example, if you're shopping on iHerb, keep checking the cost of shipping as you add and remove products, you'll see that the price will fluctuate and I can usually get free shipping on my orders. Being in Canada, I usually opt to prepay duties and taxes as it eliminates the "handling fee" that Customs will impose if they decide to charge you for taxes etc. Also, check for samples and trial sizes if you need to get to that free shipping threshold.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I purchased this month and found some of the info helpful.

If you plan on shopping with iHerb, you can save 5% OFF your entire order with discount code AGU725 or just use this link. This code can be used by anyone, unlimited times and it doesn't expire so you can share it with your friends and family as well. The discount code is good for new and existing customers. (This is a referral link).

iHerb's shipping is super cheap and super fast!

Remember to always check with your Doctor or healthcare practitioner before adding any supplements to your routine.



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Friday, October 19, 2018

Live Clean Fall Hair Care Giveaway!


Live Clean is at it again! They are giving back once again, and this time, they want to pamper your tresses this Fall with their fabulously nourishing and hydrating haircare.

They are going to give one of my readers ALL 6 of the hair products featured in this post! These are some of my personal favourites!

When Live Clean first came to market, I happened to be on the search for natural and cruelty-free products that were both accessible and affordable. I came across Live Clean at my local drugstore and their shampoo and conditioners were the very first products that I purchased from them and that's where my love affair with Live Clean began. So I'm happy to be able to share their fabulous products with you guys!

Let's see what's included in this giveaway.....



Live Clean Pink Fire Colour Protect Shampoo & Conditioner

In a word – protection! Pink Fire Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner shields your colour-treated hair from stripping with our SLS free formula all the while adding deep hydration. Live Clean has infused Pink Fire with certified organic botanical extracts of healing Calendula and protective Sunflower extract to give you healthy, shiny, manageable hair. Suggested retail: $7.49 - $7.99 each.




Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Live Clean has taken some of the most exceptional ingredients available to create Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, the solution to frizzy, fly-away hair. This shampoo and conditioner go far beyond cleansing to restore smoothness, straighten and deeply hydrate. At the heart of the formulation – Brazilian Buruti Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Honey and Phyto-Keratin Protein, working together to repair damaged hair cuticles, deeply hydrate, smoothen. 350 mL. Suggested retail: $7.49 - $
7.99 each.


Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Gentle cleansing, perfect moisture…that’s the mission of Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Live Clean has captured the moisturizing and rejuvenating powers of Coconut in their rich lathering shampoo for all hair types. The coconut oils in Coconut Milk both moisturize and protect, penetrating the hair shaft to help prevent breakage and seal in moisture. Both shampoo and conditioner are enriched with Vitamins C, E, Provitamin B5, and rice protein adding to their nourishing, hydrating and strengthening properties. 350 mL. Suggested retail: $7.49 - $7.99 each.

Here is everything that one winner will receive!

Live Clean, founded 11 years ago in Canada, was the pioneer in creating affordable natural, eco-friendly personal care products that are a pleasure to use and don’t sacrifice performance. Today there are more than 100 personal care products in the Live Clean family including that haircare, body care, hand washes, sun care, baby and more. Live Clean continues to be developed and manufactured in Canada.

Like ALL Live Clean products, these products are:

· Minimum 97% plant and natural based ingredients
· Certified organic botanicals
· SLS free
· Silicone free
· Petrolatum free
· Paraben free
· Phthalate free
· DEA free
· Phosphate free
· Dye free
· Biodegradable ingredients
· Vegetarian formulas
· Never tested on animals
· Recyclable packaging
· Hypoallergenic
· Dermatologist tested

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


Instagram: @livecleancan

I can't wait for one of you to experience all of these fabulous hair products! 

Giveaway is open to Canada only!
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below
Leaving a comment is the only mandatory entry
Giveaway will close in 1 week

Good luck, everyone!






Not sponsored. Products are generously provided by Live Clean! #pr

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Makeup Declutter | Eyeshadows + Lipsticks!



Searching for dupes of my favourite expired products

After reading an article called "What Happens to Your Face When You Use Expired Makeup" the other day (linked here), it freaked me out a bit. It definitely opened my eyes and I'm SO ready to let go of my old makeup now! 

Although I had always been cognisant about tossing cream products and mascaras when they expired, I never paid much attention to powder ones. I adopted the policy that if a powder product changed in consistency or scent, I would toss it.

We cannot always see what may be lurking in our products, especially powder ones, they often don't show signs like cream products can, but they too can be full of bacteria that we do not see. I have bumps on parts of my face (not acne), that look like milia or maybe it's from using such old products that possibly contain bacteria and such that I cannot see. We have to be especially careful with eye products though, as we definitey don't need to get an eye infection!

Decluttering makeup that I love is never easy, but after reading that article and opening my eyes up to how old some of my favourite products actually are, this task became easier. This declutter wasn't about whether or not I liked a product, it was about how old they were and it became a necessity to discard them. 

I've had been hanging onto some of my makeup like its life or death! The truth is that some of these products are up to 10 years old, if not more!

In this post, I'm just tackling my eyeshadows and lipsticks. Let's see what I got rid of, but first I'm sharing a chart that has some general guidelines of eyeshadow and other makeup expiration timelines. There are many different opinions on makeup expiry dates, a quick google and you'll see, so I take this chart with a grain of salt. For example, I cannot imagine tossing eyeshadow every 6-12 months and I noticed that my Essence eyeliners have a 36 month expiry. So make sure to check your products for the little expiry icon that indicates the expiry from the date of opening the product.

Source: Google


ONTO THE DECLUTTER....


Small Palettes (one single slipped in here :)
  • Annabelle Nympheas- This was so eye-brightening. I will miss it. Didn't find a dupe. I would repurchase but I don't believe it's available anymore.
  • Sally Beauty eyeshadow single- An okay basic satin shadow. I purchased this one to keep in my purse. Probably would not repurchase.
  • Aloette -(I think)- this is so old there is no writing on the package. It was my absolute favourite. I loved it so much that I didn't want to use it very often... so silly and such a waste! It's so old, that I have no idea when I got it (probably 2008 or earlier)! I would repurchase but don't think it's available.
  • Brian Bailey Foundation duo in Medium -this is a face powder that made the nicest eyeshadow. Discontinued.
  • Wet N Wild Vanity Palette -This was an infamous palette. Luckily, I have a lot of these shades in other palettes. Discontinued.



Single Eyeshadows: 
  • 13 eyeshadows (Mixed variety: Mac, Stila, Quo, Nyx, Pixi, Elf)
  • 2 Jordana blushes 
All of the above were pulled from my Z palette. I don't even want to think about the total value of all of these singles! I should have included the Sally Girl eyeshadow single in this category but it was not in my Z palette.


Large Eyeshadow Palettes:
  • Quo Back to Basics (UD Naked Dupe)- I would absolutely repurchase this if I could!
  • Pacifica Natural Minerals- I would repurchase if I was looking for some all natural eyeshadows and I didn't have such a large collection.

Front of Quo's Back to Basics LE palette

This Back to Basics eyeshadow palette by Quo was very difficult to part with of because it has all of the shades that I love for my everyday eye look. Granted, I did only use the first 6 shades in the palette (the lighter ones). This palette was supposed to be a dupe for Urban Decay's Naked 1 which is also discontinued now.


Change in texture = product turned. Best not to continue to use it.

I received the above Pacifica palette in 2016, so it's not very old but the texture has changed which is a sign that it's gone bad. I wouldn't have decluttered this palette if it wasn't for signs that it has gone bad.



I used different criteria for purging my lipsticks. Anything 3 years or older had to go. And, I know, lipsticks probably expire long before 3 years but I do sanitize my products and rotate them since I own quite a few.

All of the lip products that were decluttered here are ones that I would purchase again.

Lipstick Declutter:

I know that these aren't part of either of the makeup categories featured in this declutter, but I came across them right after tossing the other items and decided to add them to this declutter. These Essence concealers have a 6-month expiry on the packaging and I've had them for about 3 years. I rarely used them as I prefer my LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealers, which have an 18-month expiry stamped on them.

Total decluttered:
  • 14 eyeshadow singles
  • 6 eyeshadow palettes
  • 2 blushes
  • 6 lip products
  • 2 concealers
A grand total of 30 items decluttered!



I am now labelling all of my products so I know exactly how old they are. I just used some address labels and cut to size.

This was definitely eye-opening in terms of paying more attention to my products and their lifespan, and also in terms of the horrible amount of unnecessary waste of money and products! This is one reason that I lean towards purchasing less expensive products; since they do have a lifespan and there is no way I can use up all of my makeup because I'm constantly trying out new products.

I hope you found this post helpful or maybe it inspired you to let go of old, expired products, too.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

If I Could Only Have One | Current Favourite Nail Polish!



I'm revisiting my "If I Could Only Have One" series today. I just have to share my current favourite nail polish with you guys!. If I had to get rid of all of my nail polish and only keep one, this would be it! Easy decision for this category, atm. Although we are in the middle of Fall right now, this isn't a "Fall" colour. I find it a year-round colour, at least for me it is. I go to this colour so often. It's not only a neutral shade and a nude shade (has a cool undertone though), but it goes with everything, and it is also so beautiful. It's Essie's Go Go Geisha #312! I would describe it as a muted-pale-mauve-pink.

I have many pale pinks and nudes, but this colour is different from all my others. The tone is unusual but so beautiful!



 Accent nail colour: Essence My Sparkling Darling #86




Go Go Geisha gives your nails that clean look without having to go for a typical colour like white or off-white. This shade also makes my pale skin look like I have a tan! At least in person it does. lol

Note: It takes 2 coats to become opaque and streak-free.

More often than not, I like to have an accent nail. In these photos, I am wearing Essence nail colour in My Sparkling Darling, a rosy glitter. Maybe not appropriate for some workplaces but Go Go Geisha on its own certainly would be.

I don't have the best nails nor am I good at painting them. The camera also doesn't show the colour in all its glory and I have not used any filters in the photos but hopefully, you can see a bit of its beauty and try it out for yourself and see. If you like nudes and want something a little bit different, you will love Go Go Geisha!

What's is your current favourite nail polish? Let me know in the comments! xo



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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Making Time For a Little Pampering Session Even When You're Tired or Busy!

 

I used to give myself a facial or at least do a mask once a week. But, lately, I've been really slacking on my skincare game. I still slap on my serums and moisturizers in the morning and evening but had completely stopped with the masks and a little pampering session for my skin (and hair), and I actually really miss it!

I just realized yesterday how slack and lazy I had become in showing my skin a little extra TLC, so I decided it was time to make the time to show my skin that extra bit of love. I hope to keep it up and get back to doing it weekly like I used to.

I do change up the way I go about my weekly "masking" routine. It really depends on what I feel my skin needs. But, in general, I usually like to start with an exfoliator and follow up with a mask or two or three... The great thing is, you can customize your facials and masking routines to be as short or as long as you want. Sheet masks have also made things so much easier and more convenient for us, so I really have no excuse! When I have some extra time, I love to steam my face with my Kinga facial steamer as it really does benefit my skin and clear my pores. Another thing I like to do is to use a deep cleansing mask, followed up by a deeply hydrating mask, then seal it all in with serums etc.

Yesterday's facial:

  • Yesterday, I kept it fairly simple and started with a cleanser followed by Dr Brandt's Pore Dermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator. It's a physical and chemical exfoliator and contains salicylic acid. In general, I prefer chemical exfoliators but I do like to use a physical one on occasion. I like the Dr Brant one as it has the best of both worlds. Starting out by exfoliating your skin allows all of the other skincare that follows to penetrate more effectively.
  • Next, I followed up with Lumiere De Vie Moisture Intense Sheet Mask. I went for a sheet mask as they take less work than a jarred mask, so I tend to reach for sheet masks when I'm hurried, or very tired and lazy as I was yesterday. I rested with the mask on for 25 minutes, the maximum recommended time. I've used this mask before and loved the results. It really helps me look more refreshed, especially when I'm sleep deprived and looking tired. It's also super hydrating which my dehydrated skin loves!
  • While I was resting with my sheet mask on, I used that time to pamper my hair as well. I threw on my Olaplex 3 and let it sit for 90 minutes while I watched some TV (which I would have done anyway). You can even just use the Olaplex mask for 10 minutes which is the time recommended on the bottle. The Olaplex really helps my damaged/bleached hair look and feels better after I use it. I always use it before I'm going to have any chemical service done to my hair. I'm planning on "bumping my base" aka. lightening my base colour slightly, which I always do at home in between highlights. If you want to know how I do this, you can check out my post that explains how I go about it.
  • After removing my sheet mask, I applied The Body Shop's Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion. I almost always use this after I exfoliate or use a face mask. It's very lightweight yet hydrating and it doesn't make me breakout like most vitamin E products can.
  • Lastly, I applied all of my regular skincare, including a serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and sometimes an oil as well. I often mix a couple of drops of oil into my moisturizer and apply it that way.. seems like one less step.

My hair and skin were both thanking me after this little pampering session! This just goes to show that you don't have to take a large chunk of time to treat your hair and/or skin to a little TLC. This is something that I have to remind myself of as I am almost always too tired to be bothered, so I had let go of doing these little things for myself.

If this sounds like a lot for you, you can always just throw on a sheet mask and call it a day/night.

ps. The little gadget shown is the NuFace Mini. It's something I try to use for 5 minutes a day after cleansing my skin in the morning. It definitely is making a difference so far, although it's subtle. I hope to see even more results with continued use.

I hope you find some time to treat yourself to a little or big pampering session, too!

If you have any favourite masks that are good for congested and dehydrated skin, please share in the comments below.



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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cleanse, Soothe and Soften Your Skin | Live Clean Body Washes + Body Lotions Giveaway!


With the fall season in full swing now, we need to give our skin a little extra TLC. Live clean has the perfect products to do just that. Parched, dry, and dehydrated skin needs moisture to keep our skin looking and feeling it's best. Live Clean's Body Washes and Body Lotions are loaded with hydrating botanicals that will give our skin the hydration that it needs. 

Live Clean's body washes are formulated with purified water, certified organic botanicals, natural emollients and moisturizers to gently cleanse and leave skin soft, smooth and freshly clean. Plus, their body lotions are non-greasy, and they absorb quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Their plant and natural based, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested formulations are made without petrolatum ingredients. I can't think of a better way to give my skin the TLC that it needs!

To celebrate Fall, Live clean wants to give one of my readers ALL 6 of these featured products that will take your skin from drab to fab!

🍂 The giveaway: 3 Live Clean Body Washes and 3 coordinating Body Lotions for one lucky reader!


Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash + Body Lotion


Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash 500 mL

Antioxidant-rich Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash harnesses the moisturizing, reparative powers of 100% Argan Oil to nourish the skin, improving the skin’s texture and elasticity – all the while gently cleansing. Certified organic botanicals of Grape Seed and Olive Leaf extracts help restore the skin’s moisture balance. 

Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion 500 mL

Moroccan Argan Oil, famed for its high concentrations of natural Vitamin E and rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, is at the heart of Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion. Certified organic botanicals of Grape Seed and Olive Oils help protect the skin’s moisture barrier.



Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash + Body Lotion

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash 500 mL

Rich and creamy, Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash gently cleanses while restoring moisture balance and renewed vitality to the skin. The natural oils found in Coconut Milk as well as Apricot oil and Vitamins C, E and B deeply care for skin and improve its overall softness and beauty. And like all Live Clean products, it’s eco-friendly, free of harsh chemicals. 

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion 500 mL

Luxurious in feel, exceptionally hydrating in formulation, Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion is 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. You’ll love the scent – it’s lightly tropical…divine. 

Bali Oil Nourishing Body Wash + Body Lotion

Bali Oil Nourishing Body Wash 500 mL

Live Clean Bali Oil Nourishing Body Wash features rich Coconut Oil to deeply hydrate and protect dry skin as it cleanses, while certified organic Sweet Almond Oil and Soy Proteins nourish and prevent damage caused by dryness, leaving skin beautifully soft.

Bali Oil Nourishing Body Lotion 500 mL

Rich Coconut Oil moisturizes and hydrates…Sweet Almond Oil and Soy Proteins nourish and prevent damage…Live Clean Bali Oil Nourishing Body Lotion leaves skin perfectly soft and protected. Not to mention its delicate island scent. 

These are 3 of my personal favourite body washes and lotions by Live Clean!

The Body washes and body lotions have a suggested retail price of $7.49 - $7.99.

Live Clean, founded 11 years ago in Canada, was the pioneer in creating affordable natural, eco-friendly personal care products that are a pleasure to use and don’t sacrifice performance. Today there are more than 100 personal care products in the Live Clean family including that haircare, body care, hand washes, sun care, baby and more. Live Clean continues to be developed and manufactured in Canad
a.

As always, Live Clean products are:
  • Minimum 97% plant and natural based ingredients
  • Certified organic botanicals
  • SLS free
  • Silicone free
  • Petrolatum-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate free
  • DEA free
  • Phosphate free
  • Dye-free
  • Biodegradable ingredients
  • Vegetarian formulas
  • Never tested on animals
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested


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

Instagram: @livecleancan



Giveaway Deets: 🍂🍂🍂

Open to Canada only.

Enter Via Rafflecopter form below. 

The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment. All other entries will earn you bonus entries into the giveaway.

One winner will win ALL 6 products featured in this post.

Giveaway will run for 1 week.

Good luck, all!





Not sponsored. Products are generously provided by Live Clean!

#crueltyfree #organic #skincare #fall #giveaway #ecofriendly

Friday, September 28, 2018

Huge Empties | Health, Beauty, Makeup, Skincare + Declutter


It's time to clear out the empties that I've accumulated. My last empties post was in August (linked here), so this is 2 months worth of empties.

As always, I will link to products whenever possible in the product headings or link to a similar product if the product is no longer available. I'll also share a brief review as well as whether or not I would repurchase.

Health

This supplement contains a variety of immune-boosting mushroom extracts. I love using mushrooms in my supplements to boost my immune system and for overall health support.

Repurchase- Yes

I take Evening Primrose Oil to help balance my hormones. It's also supposed to help build progesterone in the body, which is something my body needs and unfortunately, I cannot tolerate even bio-identical topical progesterone, so I look to supplements like evening primrose oil as well as Vitex etc. As a side benefit, EPO is also great for skin and hair!

Repurchase- Yes

Many women take prenatal supplements to boost skin and hair health. I happened to win this product in a giveaway and was happy to try it out since I take a multivitamin daily anyways. Although I do like this brand, I did not notice any special with these supplements. 

Repurchase- No

Glycine is the smallest and simplest amino acid, making it versatile for a wide range of functions. It's necessary for the production on glutathione, DNA, creatine, bile, haemoglobin and most proteins, Glycine also works as a calming neurotransmitter in the brain, where it facilitates nerve impulses and is important for the maintenance of healthy sleep patterns.

I purchased this for the reported sleep benefits. I had tried it years ago but didn't notice anything. I decided to try it again as things can change with our bodies. This time, I took a teaspoon daily in some water and although I didn't notice anything right away, it had a subtle action over time and I began to notice that I was feeling much calmer during the daytime. The jury is still out on how much it has helped my sleep but I will continue to use it and see what time of day might work best for my insomnia issues.

Repurchase- Already have (different brand but I'm going back to this one)

If you've seen my empties posts in the past, you've most likely seen this product before. I use it daily in my morning smoothie. It tastes great and contains immune boosting cordyceps and reishi mushroom powders ( you cannot taste the mushrooms). I have an aversion to mushrooms, so this is one of the few ways that I can get the health benefits of mushrooms.

Repurchase- Already have


Skincare

I received these in a beauty box from TopBox. They are very gentle and do a great job at removing makeup and I found them very soothing to my skin. However, when it comes to cleansing, I do like to purchase less expensive products and save my money for the serums, skin treatments, and moisturizers. If you like to splurge a little on this type of product, I do recommend them.

Repurchase- If I see them on sale

I have tried a few products from Robin McGraw's Revelation line and had fantastic results! If I wasn't always testing out new skincare, I would stick to mostly her products along with a few others peppered in here and there. This is a great night cream and very hydrating without being greasy (full review here). From the products I've tried from her line, I found that I had the most anti-aging results from her brightening line. Not only did I notice a difference but I had compliments galore! That always speaks volumes about how a product is working. Review of her Brightening line linked here.

Repurchase- Yes

I received this product for testing purposes and really enjoyed it. I always have good luck with Vichy products and they never irritate my skin. I'd say I prefer Vichy's Rosy Cream over this one. The Rosy Cream seemed to make my skin feel denser.

Repurchase- Perhaps as I get older I might try it again and see if it benefits me more

I don't really have dark circles so I cannot attest to whether or not it helps with that. I do have quite the puffy bags under my eyes though and this did not help with that at all. Obviously not the right product for my concerns.

Repurchase- No

Haircare

This is definitely my current favourite hair mask. I find it really hydrating for my parched hair and it definitely improves the look of my damaged, dry, and bleached hair. I do test out a lot of hair products so I don't use it as much as I'd like to. 

Repurchase- Bought a bunch of backups already!

I'm a big fan of these products! They claim to combat hair loss and repair hair shaft. This brand is Canadian and their products are all natural and void of harsh chemicals, and naturally preserved. I love both of these products! They both contain many of the amazing ingredients that are purported to help with hair loss and maintain a healthy scalp and hair. 


Lavender Shampoo:
"Contains Lavender essential oil to promote new hair growth and prevent hair loss by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. For thinning, color treated, chemically treated and heat damaged hair."

Lavender Conditioner:
"Seabuckthorn & Lavender come together to create the perfect deep penetrating and revitalizing conditioner. Omega rich seabuckthorn oils help to increase shine, repair & prevent damage and breakage, and seal the hair shaft to prevent moisture loss. Lavender oil has been used for centuries to combat hair loss, stimulate new growth, and heal a myriad of scalp problems. These oils work synergistically to detangle, protect, and nourish your hair and scalp while making your tresses bright, shiny, and strong. This therapeutic conditioner is suited for all hair types and any scalp condition."

A few of the fabulous ingredients are; Hemp seed oil, coconut oil, seabuckthorn oil, lavender oil, aloe, chamomile, panthenol, and hydrolyzed wheat protein.

Repurchase- Already have

Pets/ Misc

My whole family takes Q10, including my cat. Q10 is especially important as we age and is just important for our pets as it is for us. I give my cat 1-2 drops in his food and he laps it up. This bottle lasts about 6 months so it's very affordable. Feeding guidelines are based on your pet's weight so the bottle won't last quite as long for a larger animal. But, you can't put a price on health!

Repurchase- Will never be without this!

I've been using this toothpaste for years!! I had better dental checkups after I began using it so I continued with it. Plus, it's free of fluoride, SLS, gluten, and parabens. I have tried some other natural brands but at this point, this is still my favourite. There are also mint flavours but I adore this cinnamon.

Repurchase- Yes
Makeup & Declutter

Sonia Kashuk Longwear Gel Eyeliner
I am tossing this as it's super old. It worked really well and didn't budge at all. Sadly, Sonia Kashuk is no longer selling cosmetics.

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara/ Brow Gel
I love this product. It really holds my brows in place and has a great spoolie. It's quick and easy, great for a no-fuss but groomed look to your brows.

Repurchase- Yes

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara
This mascara has a crazy wand with very long bristles. It was intimidating to use at first because I was always afraid of poking myself in the eye and in fact, I did a couple of times. Once I became accustomed to it, I loved it. It gave me great looking, full lashes.

Repurchase- Probably not. Only because I prefer to buy mascaras that are not only cheaper but easily accessible at the drugstore

Loreal Magic Smooth Souffle Blush in Cherubic
This is a great cream blush option as it seems to fill in pores as if it has a built-in primer. It's called "magic smooth" so it probably does. This colour is gorgeous for light-medium skin tones and gives the most beautiful flush to the cheeks. I am tossing this as it's super old and I rarely use cream blush. Since I have very oily skin, I have to powder over any cream products so they aren't the best choice for me at the moment.

Repurchase- Possibly. If I was in the market for a cream blush, this is the one I would pick up.

City Color Collection Highlighting Cream
Although this product is fairly new to my collection, I am giving it away because I rarely reach for it and when I do I have a hard time getting it to blend evenly. Again, I have to powder on top of any cream products due to my oily skin, so it kind of takes away from what's underneath my face powder. I do like the finish of it though as it doesn't contain glitter, just a beautiful shimmer. Hopefully, someone else will use it more than I did.

Repurchase- No


Speaking of decluttering, it's something I love to try and keep on top of so I'm not swimming in things or ending up on the show called Hoarders! I tend to keep on top of clothing but never thought of my undergarments!  When was the last time you decluttered your bras and undies?! Well, I finally did, and I was astonished that I had at least 17 pairs of undies stuck in the back of my drawer that needed to go (No photo for obvious reasons). I had about the same amount of old bras that were all ill-fitting at this point! Yikes!

 #brasonly #thisisreallife #reallife

This is part of the aftermath with my bra declutter. My little helper is taking a break! lol

I figured I'd throw this part in there in case you like decluttering as well but never thought to tackle your undergarments.


Thanks for stopping by to see what I used up and what I'm decluttering.

Happy weekend, everyone! 💗





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