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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fowler's Digestive Tonic Review | #TryNatural


When I received Fowler's Digestive Tonic for testing purposes from Social Nature, I thought how am I going to test this out?! After all, it's not like I can plan for stomach issues. Well, I guess my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) decided we should give it a try....

I've had a lifetime of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) issues which have been kept mostly under control for the last 20 years with the use of good probiotics. But, I'm not always diligent about taking them which results in random and unexpected flare ups with my stomach issues. Today was one of those days. Out of nowhere, I ended up with stomach cramping that would come and go. I went straight for my bottle of Fowler's Digestive tonic, shook it up and downed a tablespoon per the instructions. I took it straight, although you can dilute it in water. I didn't mind the strong minty taste at all. Within 10 minutes my stomach felt soothed and I didn't experience another cramping episode! Needless to say, I was thrilled with the results. I think this is a great product to have on hand if you or a family member experience digestive issues. I always prefer to choose natural products for whatever ails me as long as they are effective, and this product delivers on both ends.

The product is good for up to 1 month in the refrigerator once open. This is the only thing that I am disappointed in. I'm not sure that I would use up this big bottle in a month and I'm the only one in my household who has stomach issues. I would prefer a smaller bottle or if they could make the product last longer than 1 month once opened. Other than that issue, this gets 2 thumbs up from me!

About:
Fowler's® Digestive Tonic is the natural every-day digestive aid. 
  • Relaxes gastrointestinal system
  • Relieves discomfort
  • It helps stimulate digestion (improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats) 
  • and helps relieve gas (flatulent dyspepsia), bloating, nausea and vomiting.
Enjoy the many health benefits of peppermint, traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relax your gastro-intestinal system and relieve discomfort. Fowler’s Digestive Tonic also includes silicon from equisetum arvense, a plant which is popularly known in herbal medicine as "horsetail."

Ingredients: 
Medicinal Ingredients (per 15 mL / 1 tablespoon):
Silicon (Silicon Equisetum arvense)-(herb top) 8.4 mg, Peppermint (Mentha x piperita essential oil)-(leaf) 0.13 mL.


Directions: 
Adults, take 1 tablespoon (15ml) 3 times daily. Take as is or diluted in water. Take before meals.

Size: 500ml

This product is all natural and vegan.

This product is currently available at -Metro, Brunet, Safeway, Sobeys, Lawton Drugs, Pharmasave, Value Drug Mart, Co-op, Well.ca, Amazon.ca


To learn more about Fowler's Digestive Tonic and their other products you can visit http://fowlersrelief.ca/digestive-tonic.php






#gotitfree #trynatural 

*This post is not sponsored. Product was free for trial purposes. All opinions are honest and mine.



Pure + Simple Skincare Earth Day Special! #earthday2017

photo credit: Pure + Simple

Earth day is coming up on April 22nd. One reason I always look forward to Earth Day is because Pure + Simple Skincare has a recycling program where they offer 50% off of one their house brand products in exchange for an empty bottle of skincare (can be any brand). Obviously, this is an amazing savings, especially for the higher priced items. I'm going to purchase their Collagen Elastin Plus serum. I can't wait to have my favourite skincare serum back in my life!

I know that I passed on this last year but I'm definitely going to be taking advantage of this great offer this year. If you love Pure + Simple Skincare or have always wanted to try one of their house brand products, now is the time to take the plunge.

You can participate in-store or online this year. All instructions on how to participate are described in the photo above.

Pure + Simple is a cruelty-free company. 😍

This post is not sponsored. No affiliate links.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wet n Wild Megaglo Makeup Stick Highlight When The Nude Strikes! Hot or Not!? #crueltyfree


I'm a huge fan of Wet n Wild cosmetics. They make some fabulous products at affordable prices and they are cruelty free.  Like any line though, they have some products that are not so great but that is subjective as well.

I was on the search for the perfect cream highlighter that would be affordable and give me the glow that I'm looking for. I figured that I didn't have much to lose when I saw this new product by Wet n Wild, Afterall it was only about $5 CAD.

At the time that I purchased this, this shade "When the Nude Strikes," was the only shade available.


About: 
In one swipe of a stick, you can get catwalk-ready cheekbones, naturally flushed cheeks or an insanely glow-y complexion. Toss one of these portable makeup sticks in your purse or pocket and you’ll be camera-ready in less time it takes to double tap. 

Features:

  • Velvety, cream-to-powder formula
  • Ultra-blendable on the skin
  • Ease of precision and control
  • Multi-use sticks that conceal, highlight, contour and add a pop of colour to the cheeks
  • Easy to blend formula that’s long-wearing and crease proof
  • Ultra-portable sticks can be used anywhere, anytime
  • Cruelty Free


The cream formula is very creamy and easy to apply. It's very easy to control application which I liked.

I applied it to my cheeks using my fingertips or with cosmetic wedges/ sponges. Applied this way the product sheers out so you don't see the colour.

However, the product contains glitter (which doesn't show in the photos), but my face looked like a glitter bomb, which wasn't the "glow" that I was after. The name of the product made me think that I would get a glow and not glitter, but drugstore products are notorious for glitter.


If you do like glitter, I recommend this product but if you are just looking for a glow or just shimmer I would pass on this one.


So my search for a cream blush has ended. I am quite happy with my new Essence highlighter that gives me the glow that I'm looking for! 😍




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Live Clean Giveaway - Earth Day 2017 (2 Winners!) *CLOSED



In celebration of Earth Day, Live Clean and I have teamed up for yet another giveaway. Who better to celebrate Earth Day with than my favourite Canadian eco-friendly company!

There will be 2 winners who will each receive 6 full-size Live Clean products as shown above. All natural, eco-friendly products to use from your head right down to your toes! Many of these are my personal favourites!




🌍 Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22nd. Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection.
The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or plant trees.

Why Choose Live Clean?
Live Clean, created and manufactured in Canada, has led the way in eco-friendly beauty and personal care products for 10 years. With their state-of-the-art formulations – highly effective, a pleasure to use and kind to the earth – Live Clean took earth sustaining products out of the health food stores and into the drug and grocery stores where Canadians shop.

Formulated without many of the commonly used chemicals that are damaging to the environment and, some believe, our well-being, Live Clean’s formulations are free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a common chemical surfactant used in most shampoos, as well as Diethanolamine (DEA), a common ingredient used for rich lather and viscosity building. Live Clean is also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives.

Live Clean is completely vegan with no animal products or animal by-products used in the formulations. The collection is also cruelty-free; none of the products or their ingredients have been tested on animals. In its sensitivity to the environment, Live Clean is also free of phosphates, known contributors to water pollution.

Scroll down to see what you will win....


Face

Fresh Face Hydrating Cleanser + 24 hr Day Cream

Fresh Face Hydrating Creamy Cleanser ( My new Holy Grail cleanser- full review here!)
Richly textured, Live Clean Fresh Face Hydrating Creamy Cleanser lives up to its name, deeply cleansing without stripping your skin of moisture. While Kaolin Clay rids your skin of impurities, oil and makeup, effectively cleansing blocked pores, this creamy, moisturizing, oil-free formula maintains the perfect moisture level. Live Clean’s trademarked Botanical Orchid-C Complex™ brings the proven rejuvenating capacities of both Vitamin C and the Orchid flower. Lavender, Cucumber, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, Aloe and Jasmine soothe the skin.  The result – skin that’s perfectly clean and hydrated. Ideal for normal to dry skin. 

175 mL  SRP $14.99

Fresh Face 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream
Deeply moisturizing and intensely hydrating, Live Clean Fresh Face 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream is a rich but light and non-greasy daily moisturizer that leaves your skin perfectly hydrated for a full 24 hours. Ideal for normal to dry skins, our 24 hour day cream is infused with vitamins C to boost skin radiance.  Live Clean’s trademarked Botanical Orchid-C Complex™ brings the proven rejuvenating capacities of both Vitamin C and the orchid flower. Lavender, Cucumber, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, Aloe and Jasmine soothe the skin. 

150 mL SRP $19.99

Hair

Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo + Conditioner

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner
Aficionados of Argan Oil shampoos and conditioners tell us that ours are exceptionally effective but a little lighter. They don’t weigh the hair down at all.

Once a beauty secret but not anymore: Moroccan Argan Oil is now well known for its high concentration of Vitamin E and other antioxidants. Live Clean uses 100% pure Argan Oil for enhanced long-term conditioning, maximum shine and protection from the damaging effects of the sun. Plus, 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 each, SRP $7.49 - $7.99 each


Body

Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash + Body Lotion

Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash
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. 

500 mL SRP $7.49 - $7.99

Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion
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. 

500 mL SRP $7.49 - $7.99


Happy long weekend and Hoppy Easter to all who celebrate! 🐰


Please enter below using Rafflecopter. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment, everything else is optional and can increase your chances of winning!

Open to Canadian Residents only.

Giveaway Runs for one week. 
Winners will be contacted by email and have 72 hrs to respond or another winner will be selected.

This post is not sponsored. Live Clean is generously providing the products for this giveaway. Products will be shipped directly from Live Clean to the winner.

Good luck, everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

#earthday #earthday2017


Monday, April 10, 2017

Live Clean Fresh Face™ Hydrating Creamy Cleanser Review



I've been using Live Clean haircare for years! They branched out into skincare but for some reason, I overlooked them when it comes to skincare. What a mistake that was!

I recently began using their Hydrating Creamy Cleanser and I am completely nuts over it!

This cleanser is part of Live Clean's Fresh Face™ skincare line:
Live Clean Fresh Face™ is a luxurious collection of eco-friendly skin care promising exceptional performance with natural plant-based ingredients and pure essential oils.

Live Clean had created over 50 personal care products before they created their Fresh Face™ line of skincare. Being aware of the skin sensitivities that many of us are experiencing these days, they set out to create a line of skincare that is gentle, calming and soothing. Created with plant and natural based ingredients this line is also hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and effective for even the most sensitive skin types.

About:
Richly textured, our Live Clean Fresh Face™ Hydrating Creamy Cleanser lives up to its name, deeply cleansing without stripping your skin of moisture. While Kaolin Clay rids your skin of impurities, oil and makeup, effectively cleansing blocked pores, our creamy, moisturizing, oil-free formula maintains the perfect moisture level. Live Clean’s trademarked Botanical Orchid-C Complex™ brings the proven rejuvenating capacities of both Vitamin C and the Orchid flower. Lavender, Cucumber, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, Aloe and Jasmine soothe the skin.  The result – skin that’s perfectly clean and hydrated. Ideal for normal to dry skin.




Before I share all of the benefits that I've found so far, I want to share a bit about my skin type: oily/combo, aging, dehydrated, reactive, and acne prone. I know, great combo!

My Experience:
This cleanser immediately reminded me of cleansers that I've tried from natural, high-end spas- it's very similar but even better! 

It comes in a sleek bottle, which I love as it doesn't take up too much space. It also comes with a handy pump which is always appreciated. 

I find that 1/2 a pump is all I need for my face and neck. The scent is very delicate and fresh and also reminds me of those high-end spa cleansers. The texture is hard for me to describe, it's like a gel/cream and creates a luxurious lather when massaged into damp skin.

It feels so good on my skin. It immediately feels gentle, hydrating, and soothing to my skin. When I find skincare that I love this much, I want to bathe in it. That's my first sign that I'm totally in love with a product.

After massaging it into my skin for about 1 minute, I remove it with a wet micro fibre or baby washcloth. I find that my skin is left clean but not stripped, it's left feeling like a babies bottom and I find it difficult to stop touching my face. My skin feels so hydrated like I could go without moisturizer if I wanted to. But, let's face it, as a skincare junkie that's not going to happen! 😊

My skin looks brighter, clearer, and a lot less angry since using this cleanser, the redness I had is gone! My skin is just loving this cleanser! I would never even expect these results from a cleanser, so to say this exceeded my expectations is an understatement. But, I should have known better since I know what great ingredients Live Clean uses in their products.



Conclusion:
From the ingredients to texture and performance, this product is very similar to what I've found in natural, high-end spas. I am thrilled that I can now get a fabulous cleanser that is just like a spa product that is accessible and affordable. This just goes to show that you can't judge a book by the cover.

This product is 98% plant-based, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, cruelty free, and eco-friendly!

Live Clean products are free from: 
  • SLS/ Sulphates
  • Phthalates
  • Petrolatum 
  • Silicone
  • Dye
  • Parabens
  • DEA
  • Phosphates
  • Mineral Oil
Size:
175 ml/ 6 oz

Price:
SRP $14.99 

Availability:
Walmart, Walmart.ca, Well.ca, and Shoppers Drug Mart, Overwaitea, and Amazon.ca.

Live Clean also has a foaming cleanser for more oily skin types, which I will probably use in the summer when I'm more oily.  Although this one is touted for normal-dry skin, it's beyond amazing for my combo/oily skin because I am also dehydrated.

Now, I'm super excited to try out other products from Live Clean's Fresh Face™ Skincare line!

If you give this product a try I'd love to hear your experience too!



*PR sample provided for consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. Not sponsored. No affiliate links in this post.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jeindeer Eyelash Curler Review


I was recently sent this eyelash curler for review. I have to admit, I have been quite lazy when it came to my makeup recently, so one of the steps that I've been skipping is curling my lashes. Since receiving this lash curler for review, I have been back to curling my lashes on the daily to assess this product.

Getting back into the habit of curling my lashes for this review has made me remember how much more oomph I get from my lashes when I take the time to curl my lashes. I even find that I can wear less makeup when my lashes have more impact.


About:
  • An eyelash curler to give a graceful and beautiful curl to real or false eyelashes.
  • The curler's handles are designed based on how women actually hold them.
  • Premium steel design to suit all eye shapes and sizes.
  • 100% Guarantee: Unconditional money-back guarantee. If you're unsatisfied with this item for any reason, we'll immediately refund your purchase price.

Before and after using eyelash curler and mascara
The Jeindeer eyelash curler comes in a box with a replacement pad which is always appreciated. The curler is sturdy and well made. Because of the sleek design of this curler, I am able to get right to the base/root of my lashes and therefore get more lift out of my lashes.

It only takes about 5 seconds per eye to get a good curl that lasts all day.

One of the best anti-aging tips I've received is that you can get the look of an eye lift by using an eyelash curler and mascara. One look at my before and after picture (above) is proof that it really does give the illusion of an eye lift.

As we age, everything goes south, lifting the lashes up using a good eyelash curler and mascara lifts everything up, giving us a more youthful look. Curling and lifting the lashes is also a great tip for hooded eyes or if you're just trying to look more awake and refreshed.

I like that this product comes with an unconditional money-back guarantee. This always makes me feel more confident when purchasing a product.

This product retails for $9.99 USD currently and is available for purchase on the following sites (not affiliate links): Amazon USA Amazon UK Amazon DE




*not sponsored. product provided as PR. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used in this post

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monthly Empties: Makeup, Skincare, Health, Grocery


Another month flew by and my empties box is overflowing. 

I will be as brief as I can with my thoughts on each item and let you know if I'd repurchase. As always I will provide links to products where possible in the name of the product. I have left out the prices as they are forever changing.

Skincare & Bath

This has been my go-to bubble bath for a long time. I love the scent and I get lots of bubbles. It's all natural too. 

Repurchase- Yes

This is another product that I've been using for years. It's so refreshing and it comes out in a super-fine mist. I mainly use it during my skincare routine to dampen my skin in between layering products. It's also great to set your makeup and take away any powdery look. Also, fab to refresh anytime and for sunburn. It's all natural as well. One bottle lasts for about 6 months.

Repurchase- Yes

Peter Lamas Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser
This was just okay. It didn't do anything special for me, plus I've recently discovered my favourite facial cleanser of life which will be up in a post soon (hint: it's Live Clean's Hydrating facial cleanser).

Repurchase- No

This was a great skin cream, full review linked here. I believe this is around $80 and must be purchased from a spa.

Repurchase- Yes

Exfoliators

This came as part of a kit that I got from The Shopping Channel. I've had it since approximately 2011. It's not finished but I find it too harsh on my skin so I'm throwing it away. Most people LOVE this product, it has mostly 5-star rave reviews, so I guess I'm in the minority on this one.

Repurchase- No

Retin-A Micro Gel 0.04%
I get this with a prescription and luckily it's covered by my insurance as it's expensive. I don't get any side effects or peeling with this formula and strength. Not sure if I'm benefiting but I will continue to use it just in case. 

Repurchase- Yes

Makeup

Amazon Makeup Sponge
This came in a makeup brush set. It was okay but I prefer my Real Techniques makeup sponges to this. Plus, with this being black I can't tell if it forms any mold or anything which freaks me out.

Repurchase- No

Marcelle Matte Finish Foundation (discontinued)
I never even finished this product. It had light coverage but was the wrong colour for me and it's now expired. I never used it as I'm more of a BB or CC cream type of gal. 

Repurchase- No

Essence Lipstick "In The Nude" (discontinued)
This is their old formula of lipstick. The bullet fell off the other day and got smushed into the floor. It's all for the better, I never reached for it as I have other nudes that I like better. 

Repurchase- No

I loved this mascara. It gave me nice big lashes and didn't flake or smudge. Full review linked here.

Repurchase- I would love to but it's not in my budget

Supplements

This is a fabulous multivitamin (they also have a men's formula). It's chocked full of vitamins, superfoods, greens, plus orchid fruits and veggies and more. Great if you're like me and don't always eat right. I do go between this and other vitamins as I love to rotate my vitamins and try new ones but I always come back to this.

Repurchase- Yes

Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant and supposedly the most powerful natural antioxidant known. This product claims to support joint & tendon health, eye & brain health, skin health, and recovery after exercise.  It's also free of gluten lactose, pesticides, herbicides etc. 100% vegan too. I did feel good while taking this but I'm rotating my supplements and currently trying resveratrol.

Repurchase- Yes

I found this on sale for $15 at Winners so I gave it a try. I didn't feel that it worked as well as my usual brand Healthy Origins , so I'll be going back to that one.

Repurchase- No

Grocery/Health

Now Foods Better Stevia Liquid Sweetener 
This is my favourite stevia. I also have it in several other flavours. I like these the best as they don't have any bitterness. This one is also alcohol-free. It's very potent, only a couple of drops are needed for coffee, tea, or smoothies. I also use it in baking as it keeps things low sugar, low cal, and low carb. This bottle lasted about 2 years!

Repurchase- Yes

Madre Labs Cococeps Instant Organic Dark Cocoa
Yep, it's here again! My favourite organic dark cocoa powder which also has immune boosting cordyceps and reishi powders. I have this in my morning smoothie everyday. NO, you cannot taste the mushrooms! I have an aversion to mushrooms, so this is the only way that I get their health benefits which are many. USDA organic too!

Repurchase- Yes

Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter- Chocolate
This is another Winners find. It tastes great mixed into my smoothies. It has 75 % less fat that peanut butter (although I'm not against fat). It's great for smoothies and baking. It's also non-gmo gluten-free.

Repurchase- Yes

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I used up this past month. What worked and what didn't.

ps.  Come and linkup for Monday Makeup Madness for more Blogger fun!

Happy April!






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