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Friday, July 20, 2018

6 Tips to Help us Relax Easier at Night Due to Crazy Life Schedules




There’s no need to wonder what the secret is that everyone else has in their life when it comes to relaxing and unwinding during the night after your manic days. It all basically boils down to owning your own, smart routine come bedtime; and we’re going to talk you through the best additions to this routine.

What you choose to do in the evening will influence how good your sleep is that evening, including the quality, depth and length. This impacts on mood and energy when you wake the following day as well, so it’s well worth setting up well for success instead of failure in the sleep department.

If you’re hoping that you can get away with those late nights and fridge-raiding sessions now that you aren’t a student, then think again because this will have negative connotations for you and your sound slumber. Don’t fret though!

Here are six super tips to help complete the ideal night-time ritual that will have you sleeping like you could only have ever dreamed of before, all through these simple, yet effective pointers.

Let’s have a look and see what you need to do to achieve this…




1. Forward Planning

As we mentioned in the introduction, night owls never prosper, so think about staying in tune with your very own natural body clock. Be resourceful and productive while you’re feeling full of energy the most in the evening-time which will prep you for the next day.

It’s the little things, such as knowing what you’re going to wear the next day, having your bag and lunch all ready to go when you’re heading for the door in the morning and ensuring your gym kit isn’t still in the wash basket awaiting a wash!

Do whatever you can to reduce the time it takes to make breakfast; whether that’s leaving the bowl and spoon out or having the pan clean and ready for your morning omelette.


It’s just half an hour of forward thinking that will reduce stress for the following day ahead.


2. Time to Switch Off

Make the last hour to an hour and a half prior to your bedtime a totally tech-free time. This is arguably the hardest thing for us all to do these days thanks to the appeal of staying connected, but this one’s a vital one.

The blue light you might unwittingly be seeing from the screens of your devices is blocking the melatonin in your brain from working its sleep-inducing magic at the crucial time, which is not good.

It’s so easy to check another app, and then another after thinking that you’d just quickly check the one and it snowballs into a full-on social media sesh that you can’t recover from. Put the phones, tablets and TV on standby and feel the benefits of the change you make!


3. Declutter

If you’re stressed out then have you taken a look around your home to see how organised everything is? Essentially, mess triggers stress. Studies have established that visual untidiness, such as dirty dishes and piles of clothes, etc. prevents our ability to focus, which results in a weary/drained kind of feeling.

To overcome this, and stay relaxed after your busy day, stay on top of the dishes, don’t slack on the recycling and rubbish and don’t let your clothes pile up in the corner. By keeping your bits and pieces in their rightful place you can look forward to a calming effect as a reward!



4. Stay Cool

During the autumn and winter months, when the evenings are slightly chillier, you could feel the temptation to whack the heating up, however, you will get much better sleep if you hang fire. Keep your bedroom temperature between 60 to 68 Fahrenheit for prime sleeping conditions.

This will allow your body’s core temperature to drop and kickstart the sleep process while in this temperature range.

You can find discussions on the main Sleep Advisor website about staying cool during the warmer months too. They suggest thinking about switching to a summer quilt and having a fan in your room to provide a cooler environment for sleep.


5. Put the Kettle On

Opting for tasty, soothing decaffeinated herbal teas along the lines of passion flower and chamomile will provide you with a well-deserved calming effect for mind and body.

If you do this regularly, your brain will associate the process of making a hot beverage with the winding down process associated with going to bed to sleep, which will help you to relax.


6. Don’t Be a Fridge Raider!

If you reach for the cookie jar or the other sugary treats that you might find occupying the fridge, it’s important not to be tempted to do so at night. This is because they will do a really good job at waking you up at the wrong time; when you’re looking to unwind before bed.

It doesn’t end with the sleepless nights either, as you’re much more likely to gain weight if you fridge raid before bedtime. If you’re suffering from proper tummy rumbles and you have to have something then go for some almonds or whole grain crackers. These types of snacks contain tryptophan, which has sleep-inducing properties and will help you feel nicely relaxed at the right time.


I hope you find some of these tips helpful! Have a fabulous and relaxing weekend, everyone!




This guest post is in collaboration with Sarah Cummings.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics Arrives In Canada | Review + Giveaway!



Hi Everyone!

Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics has just arrived in Canada! To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway!

One winner will win a full-size Zoella Beauty Splash Botanic'Eau Body Mist (45ML), retail $14.99CAD! 💐🌸

This beautiful and delicate scent is perfect for summer! It's fresh and not overpowering 🌞 Described as a pretty green, watery floral scent highlighted with freesia and iris flowers. The bottle is so pretty too, it looks so beautiful on my vanity!

Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics has a number of brand new creations including body wash, lip oil, bath milk, bath soak, and body lotion. 



Zoella Beauty is a cruelty-free brand!

These products are now available in Canada and coming soon to London Drugs (in-store and online) and select Pharmasave stores.


Entering is super easy! Just visit this page on my Instagram and tag 3 friends. 

Open to Canada only. 

Giveaway closes on Friday, July 27th.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Review | Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner + LA Hold Hair Spritz



I'm Lovin' on Giovanni hair products right now! ❤❤❤ 

I was pleasantly surprised by the results I got using their Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as their LA Hold Hair Spritz. 

The Shampoo is tingly and refreshing and cleanses fabulously without stripping my hair. The conditioner is way more hydrating than I expected, which really keeps my frizz under control and made my hair softer! My hair is naturally very frizzy. These products actually tamed my frizz better than a lot of products that are meant to control frizz, and these aren't even geared towards frizz! My colour and highlights look brighter and refreshed, and my hair does feel much better overall, I'd say it feels stronger and a lot less fragile. I honestly wasn't expecting results like this!

The maximum hold hair spritz adds volume and hold without making my hair stiff or crunchy. I can actually run my hands through my hair after spritzing. 😍 

Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo:
  • Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed, renewed feel
  • Strengthens hair with a three-organic-oil-blend to stimulate, condition and clarify
  • Alleviates dry, flaking scalp with organic tea tree botanicals
  • Zero sulfates
  • Enriched with certified Organic Botanicals
  • No animal by-products and cruelty-free

Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner:
  • Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed, renewed feel
  • Strengthens hair with a three-organic-oil-blend to stimulate, condition, and calm
  • Alleviates dry, flaking scalp with organic tea tree botanicals
  • Encourages natural shine and resilience
  • Enriched with certified Organic Botanicals
  • No animal by-products and cruelty-free

LA Hold Hair Spritz:
  • Easy to use mist
  • Hard-holding finished style for total control
  • Holds hair hard and in place all day
  • Retains style and adds shine
  • Washes out easily
  • Leaves a conditioned feel

I've been a fan of Giovanni products for years! I love that they are natural, cruelty-free and they have pretty fabulous formulas!! 🌱


These products are available at @welldotca-  well.ca/Giovanni




Friday, July 13, 2018

Purple Tree Shea Butter Miracle Balm Review



Featured Product:
Purple Tree Shea Butter Miracle Balm - 25ML/ $6.99CAD

There are 5 formulas in this line: Shea Butter (as seen here), Pomegranate, Coconut, Aloe Vera, and Papaya. You can learn more about each one here.

These products are made of naturally derived ingredients and free of SLS and parabens.

This multi-purpose product has many uses! "Shea Butter Miracle Balm uses natural, organic Shea Butter to moisturise and provide relief from dry, cracked and irritated lips and skin. Its multi-purpose formula can also be used to protect brittle nails and cuticles, and for cosmetic finishes such as taming eyebrows and elongating the appearance of eyelashes."

Ingredients:
Petrolatum, Cera Microcristallina, Paraffinum Liquidum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aroma, CI 77891, CI 19140, CI 45410



This balm has a thick, almost gel-like consistency. It's on the heavier side but it does soak into the skin after a few minutes. Note that a little goes a long way!

This @purpletreeskincare Shea Butter Miracle Balm is nothing short of a miracle! This multi-purpose balm is said to soothe, relieve, and moisturize dry lips and skin, nails + cuticles. The consistency is slightly greasy and I wasn't really expecting much as I've used products that "seemed" similar. It turns out, this product is nothing like any other products that I've used! After just 3 applications, this product cured my chronically dry, cracked elbow! It's unbelievable! Nothing else I've tried has been able to get rid of this problem (it was only on one elbow for some reason).

Now I'm working on curing my chronically dry, cracked lips with this product as well. This product has endless uses it seems and I cannot recommend it enough if you have any dry, cracked, or irritated skin. 


This brand is #vegan and #crueltyfree 🐰

#purpletree skincare is made in the UK. It's available here in Canada at select Rexall Pharma Plus, London Drugs, Pharmasave, Lawton Drugs and Save-on-foods, IDA, and Guardian stores.

Visit farleyco.ca for more information or to purchase this product!


Happy Friday, everyone! 


Not sponsored. This product was provided free for editorial consideration. All opinions are mine.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Divine Essence Organic Rosehip Oil Review



Featured Product:
Divine Essence Organic Rosehip Oil- 30ML / SRP $15.49CAD

I am beyond ecstatic to have finally found a Rosehip Essential Oil that doesn't break me out!  I added Divine Essence Organic Rosehip Oil to my current skincare regimen by adding it to my serum, before I moisturize, and my skin is loving it! It's really amped up the moisture in my skin and my skin looks much brighter.

Rosehip Oil is one of the top essential oils for anti-aging, so I've always wanted to add it to my skincare routine but every time I tried one, it made my skin breakout so badly. I'm so happy to finally be able to incorporate this wonderful essential oil into my skincare routine. 

Rosehip oil is also great for rosacea-prone skin, dry, damaged skin, reducing stretch marks and scars, and as an after-sun treatment to soothe sunburns. Rosehip oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and is very healing and regenerating to the skin.



This product is #organic #vegan and #crueltyfree .

Available at @welldotca and currently on sale! But, it's very reasonably priced, to begin with!

You can learn more about this product or purchase it here!





Not Sponsored. The product was provided for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

#aromatherapy #carrieroils #organicbeautyoils #aromatherapyexpert #naturalremedies #hydrosols #floralwater #buycanadian #msquaredbrands

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Monthly Empties | Health, Beauty, Makeup Declutter!


I didn't finish up too many products this month. I'll have to work on that! I mostly finished up some health products (including my cat's), and I have a few makeup products to declutter (although, I probably have more that I should have purged).

As always, links will be provided to products whenever possible.


Beauty

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes
I love these wipes! They're very effective, non-irritating and a great value! I buy these at Costco or from Amazon.

Repurchase- Yes

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water 
Love this product too! When I'm just too tired, I use it after a makeup wipe to remove any traces of makeup or dirt that's left on my skin. I also use it after a regular cleanse for the same reason.

Repurchase- Already have

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Reconstructing Butter
I think I got sucked into the packaging and the whole "butter" thing and the fact that this product claims " 90% of hair's strength reconstructed from root to tip." This was average for me but I have bleached and very frizzy hair. It would probably be effective for people with less damaged and frizzy hair.

Repurchase- Nope


Health

Madre Labs CocCeps Instant Organic Dark Cocoa Beverage
I drink this product daily in my morning smoothie. It doesn't contain any sugar and it tastes delicious. I sweeten with Now Stevia. This product has immune boosting cordyceps and reishi mushroom powders! NO- you cannot taste them!

Repurchase- Already have

Webber Naturals Super Sleep
This is another fab product. The first time I tried it, I slept for 12 hours solid. Unfortunately, I no longer get that effect from it, but it does help me fall asleep. I have to be careful and not take it all the time as my sleep will become more restless if I use it every night and like most products with melatonin, they can cause me to wake up prematurely. I am extremely sensitive to most things. I think for the average person with normal sleep issues, this product would be fantastic. If you're like me, and sensitive, it's best to rotate this with other products for sleep. Note: This product contains melatonin, 5-HTP, and L-Theanine.

Repurchase- Already have

Jarrow Max DHA Fish Oil
This is my favourite fish oil and I've been taking it for years. I have tried many other fish oils but I keep coming back to this one. It has many health and beauty benefits!

Repurchase- Already have

Bach Remedies Rescue Night Homeopathic Spray
Another great product to help with sleep and it's super gentle. It doesn't interact with medications etc. This isn't something that's going to knock you out (to my knowledge and experience) but it takes the edge off and can help you fall asleep and go back to sleep if you wake up prematurely. If you don't like the spray featured here, they also come in lozenges although you get more for your money with this spray.

Repurchase- Already have

HyaFlex Hyaluronic Acid Joints for Pets
I've found that this product is really effective for cats with joint issues or as prevention. After giving it to my cat for the first time, he went absolutely crazy running around the house like a kitten 2 hours after the first dose. So, I've continued to give it to him and I notice his back area is less sensitive to the touch. I love that I can just put it into his wet food and it's tasteless so he gobbles it up. Because it's pricey, I'm going to try another product for joints and see how it goes. I may rotate this and the other product that I'm trying out. I'll have to see how it goes. If you are not concerned with the cost, I can't recommend this product enough. Tip: I gave my cat 1/2 the dose to make it last longer but it's also important to note that he was not diagnosed with any joint issues. I gave it to him more as prevention as he is aging, and I saw him benefit. Note: There is also a formula for dogs

Repurchase- Absolutely

Badger Sleep Balm
This product is so old now that it's lost the scent. Of all the badger balms that I've tried, this is my favourite one. I find it very relaxing. It contains lavender, bergamot, rosemary, ginger, and balsam fir. I personally don't detect the scents of the last two essential oils listed.

Repurchase- Yes


Primal Defense HSO Probiotic Formula
I just finished up this product the day that I'm posting this which is why it didn't make it into the above photo. I've been using this product for 20 years now! It controls my IBS symptoms. You can read more about my IBS and how this has helped in this blog post. 

Repurchase- Already have


Declutter


Here's a little declutter/purge!

Essence Sun Club All in One Bronzing Highlighter
I LOVE so many Essence products. And, I loved this product for the last few summers. I used it on lazy days as it would serve as blush, bronzer, and highlight all in one (as the name implies). I guess I never did an outdoor lighting check until the other day. In the outdoor lighting, I saw that this product accentuated the pores on my cheeks big time! From now on, I need to check my face in outdoor lighting before I decide to keep a product! 😁

Repurchase- I'm pretty sure that this product is no longer available.

Essence Lipstick in Nude Love
This used to be a favourite of mine but I no longer reach for it. I've had it since May 2015 and it seems to accentuate the lines in my lips so it's time to say bye!

Repurchase- No

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Warm Me Up
I've also had this lipstick since May 2015. It's such a gorgeous colour in the tube but shows up very dark on my lips. It's too dark of a shade for me and I never reach for it... so bye to this one too!

Repurchase- No

I should probably go through my lipsticks more thoroughly as I'm sure there is more to declutter due to age, plus, I tend to reach for the same few shades, although I do like to have some options. 😍

I'm pretty sure that after 2 years, they recommend that lip products be tossed. I tend to push it to 3 years unless something about the product has changed (scent, texture, etc).

How long do you guys keep your lip products for before you decide that they need to be tossed? I'd really love to hear! 

So that's everything for this month. Hopefully, I can do a little more emptying of beauty products next month!

Happy Weekend! 

XO




*Always consult with your health professional before beginning any health supplements. I share my experiences in hopes to help others, but in no way is it to substitute advice from your health care provider or Doctor.

*Not sponsored. All opinions are mine.


Friday, June 22, 2018

MesmorEyes False Eyelashes for Hooded Eyes Review #EyeShapes


I can't believe that up until now, I had never tried false lashes! 🙈 In my younger years, wearing false lashes was not commonplace like it is now. Only the movie stars and models wore them back in the day. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun playing with these lashes!

About:
Collections by MesmorEyes full lashes are hand knotted and feathered from 100% sterilized human hair. Their comfort band technology makes them comfortable to wear. SRP $12.99CAD

Suitable for most eye shapes: almond, monolids, round, and hooded.

The 3 pack that I received contains lashes for Day, Play, and Night. Each with varying degrees of drama. The pack did not contain any glue so I picked that up at the store separately.

Since I had never tried lashes in my life, I was a little worried about how things were going to go, but #MesmorEyesLashes false eyelashes for hooded eyes made it so easy!  It literally took me a few minutes to do both eyes. (*pats self on back). 


 In the bottom/after picture, I'm wearing the "day" lashes. 


There are basically 3 steps:
  1.  Apply after makeup application. Align lash band with natural lash line and trim if necessary
  2.  Apply lash glue along the lash band. Let set for 30 seconds until tacky
  3.  Position lash band above the natural lash line. Press corners down first, then work along the rest of the band, pressing firmly
Note: lashes can be reused. Just rinse gently under warm water to remove lash glue and place lashes back into the tray.


To my surprise, these were so easy to apply and hugged the curve of my hooded eyes perfectly! The band was very flexible and soft. I didn't have to trim them or anything. And, they weren't too heavy looking, so they didn't weigh down the look of my eyes. 👁 The feeling took some getting used to since it was my first time wearing false lashes but I loved the look and how easy they were to apply.

Well, I'm glad I gave these lashes a try. I'm no longer a false eyelash virgin and I'm happy to have lashes that are not only easy to apply but flatter my hooded, aging eyes. Now, I'm ready for anything!

You can check out these lashes and learn more here: MesmorEyes Products


These lashes are available at: Amazon.ca, select Pharmasave, Guardian IDA, and Value Drug Mart Stores.



Happy Friday!





Not sponsored. Product was kindly gifted for review consideration. All opinions are mine. #eyeshapes 
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