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Thursday, September 20, 2018

If I Could Only Have One | Vasanti Blush in A Charmed Life Review


Last year, I had a series called "If I Could Only Have One." This referred to if I could only have one of a particular item, which one would I go with. I hadn't completed the series yet, so I am continuing with this post. I actually didn't have "the one" yet for a blush, but now I do! So, of course, I have to share it with you.

I picked up this Vasanti blush in A Charmed Life on a whim at Lisa's Cosmetics Warehouse sale in Markham, Ontario. It was $12.99 but retails for approximately $30. There are 7 grams of product in the compact. There is also a nice mirror inside.

I almost didn't buy it because I already own so many blushes, am I ever glad that I did! I've never owned a blush that could liven up my face in so many ways! If I knew how much I was going to love it, I would have purchased a backup!



This blush imparts the most beautiful glow to my skin and seems to give a lifted look to my cheeks. It's unbelievable! The shade is very natural and kind of hard to describe. I don't look "made up" at all with it on, just the best version of myself. I can actually skip bronzer and highlight with this product. It's like a blush, bronzer, and highlight in one.



The swatch shown is in natural daylight with no filter. You really can't see the beautiful glow until you apply it to your face. I mix the 2 sides, they don't look much different from each other to me anyways. 

I'm not sure how this shade would look on deeper skin tones but if you have fair to medium skin, this shade should work really well for you. 

This product contains lotus, orchid, and evening primrose to nourish the skin. It's also made in Canada.

After trying this blush, I definitely want to try more from this brand! 



Happy almost Friday! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How To Clean Pleather and Remove Denim Stains From Your Purse In Seconds!


Disclaimer:
Always test a spot on the item you plan to clean before proceeding.

Every Summer, I tend to switch to a lighter coloured purse. As a result, dirt and stains show up very easily on my handbag. I wear denim a lot and regardless of how many times they've been washed, the colour ends up transferring to my purse. I've tried everything to clean my bags, scrubbing away endlessly and I would end up having to toss my purse and purchase a new one the following year.

I finally found a solution that takes seconds to wipe away all the dirt and denim stains. Maybe you are already familiar with this cleaning hack, but it's all new to me, so I figured I'd share this hack in case you haven't discovered it yet!


Here's the hack- Mr Clean Magic Eraser

Apparently, Mr Clean's Magic Eraser is good for a lot more than just cleaning your house!

Just dampen the sponge and very gently wipe your purse and all of the stains wipe away in just seconds!

I caution you to do a test spot. I have not tried this on real leather, so I am not sure how that would work out.  This sponge is very powerful, so I do not recommend scrubbing, plus, there is no need. A gentle swipe is all that's needed to wipe away all of the stains, including the denim stains. Just check out my before an after photos. It took seconds to clean my entire purse.

I'm sure this hack would work for shoes as well. I'll definitely be giving that a try.



Before

After

Before

After

My purse looks like new! I no longer have to throw out the handbags that I love because of the unsightly stains that I couldn't remove!

This hack is not only cheap but super effective using the Mr Clean Magic Eraser!

Note: The purse shown in this post is Pleather or Vegan leather.


I hope this helps you if you were also looking for a solution to save your favourite handbag! Let me know how it works out for you.


*Use this hack at your own risk. My experience has been nothing but great using this method but I cannot attest to the results on all products and fabrics.




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Friday, August 24, 2018

Affordable Custom Monogram Name Necklace Review + Giveaway- 3 Winners!


I have always wanted a name necklace. I find them timeless, classic and they go with everything! I personally just love this style!

Finding good quality custom jewellery at an affordable price was a challenge. That was until I was introduced to personalizedcart.com. They carry and customize ALL kinds of gifts for him and her. From wallets, and watches, home decor and even wedding gifts!

I was offered to test out one of their products, so of course, I chose one of their personalized necklaces since I've always wanted one! First, I chose the style of the necklace as there are several to choose from (See various styles linked here). Then I had the choice of gold, rose gold, or silver (I chose gold). Lastly, I chose what I wanted to be engraved on it. The options are almost limitless when it comes to this. Maybe you want a special date, initials, names, or a saying. You can have it engraved on both sides, too!


Featured Product: Monogram Necklace $9.90USD

  • The material of this necklace is: 18k gold fill, sterling, rose gold fill, real gold fill on the surface.
  • Length of the Chain: 1'5" or 45cm
  • Size of the charm: 0.03"X0.2"X1" or 1X6.35X31.75mm
  • It can be engraved both sides for free
  • Arrives in a box perfect for gift giving
  • Ships USPS with tracking


Photo credit: PersonalizedCart.com



My necklace arrived in this beautiful box with my name engraved on both sides. Note: I could have had something else engraved on the back. You can also have little symbols engraved on your items like a heart 💗.




The length is perfect. Not too short, not too long. It does have an extender so you can adjust the length.


I've been wearing my name necklace everyday since I received it, regardless of what I'm wearing. It's so comfortable and lightweight that I forget that I'm even wearing it. I love the look how it goes with everything. I love it so much that now I want one in silver and rose gold as well! 😍

This would make an excellent gift for someone you care about or you can always gift one to yourself!

Personalized Cart.com offers a huge array of personalized gifts for him and for her. They even have awesome wedding gifts!


You can check out their extensive lineup of personalized products and purchase at www.personalizedcart.com/


Giveaway- 3 Winners!!!
Open to USA & Canada




Personalized Cart has very graciously offered to give 3 of my readers one of these beautiful necklaces!!! That's right! 3 of you will win one of these beauties! You will have your choice of gold, silver or rose gold and your choice of engraving!

How to enter:
1. Follow Me and Personalized Cart on Twitter
2. Retweet this Tweet and tag your friends (no limit)

That's it! 

Giveaway will close Next Friday, August 31st at 11:59pm EST

Winner's will be contacted on Twitter and have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

Good luck, everyone and happy Friday! xo





Not Sponsored. Product and giveaway generously provided by PersonalizedCart.com. Links are NOT affiliate.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

JĀSÖN Award Winning Dry Spray Deodorants Review + Giveaway!



Looking for an all natural deodorant that works!? And, doesn't leave white marks on your clothing?! JĀSÖN and I have teamed up to give one of my followers both of these award-winning natural deodorants! One in Fresh Cucumber and one in Soft Rose 🌷 These deodorants deliver clinically tested 24-hour protection! They're also cruelty-free and free of harmful chemicals!

I've been using them for weeks with great success, and I love that I don't have to worry about embarrassing white marks or stains on my clothing.

JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants go on dry and they are air-propelled, using no chemical propellants. They are FREE of aluminum, butane, parabens, phthalates, artificial colours, and artificial fragrances. And they leave zero residue on your clothes!

JĀSÖN has been a pioneer in personal care products without harsh chemicals since 1959! JĀSÖN which means "healer" in Greek, blends simple, healing ingredients to create a variety of gentle yet effective personal care products. JĀSÖN formulas are made with biodegradable plant-based ingredients. They are also Leaping Bunny certified, meaning they never test their products on animals. 




JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants pass the "Black Tank Top" test!


JĀSÖN has received FOUR Awards for these all-natural, dry spray deodorants:
  • Allure Best of Beauty "Best Natural Deodorant"
  • Parents Magazine "Best Natural Deodorant" 
  • Prevention Magazine "Best Natural Deodorant"
  • 2018 Grand Prix New Product Award "Best New Personal Care Product"

It sounds like the jury has spoken! Now it's your turn to test out these beauties for yourself. Just visit my Instagram page and tag some friends on the post linked below and you'll be entered to win BOTH of these Dry Spray Deodorants (estimated retail value $30)!




Can't wait to try them out!? They're available at Whole Foods, Loblaws, Well.ca, and natural grocers. 

JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants SRP $14.99 each / 113ml


This giveaway is open to Canadian Residents only and will close on Friday, August 17th, 2018.

Thank you to JĀSÖN for generously providing this prize pack!



Not sponsored. Products kindly provided by JĀSÖN

This giveaway is not associated, affiliated nor sponsored by Facebook or Instagram

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

iHerb Health Haul | Anti-Aging, Sleep, Stress, Pet Health


It's been a while since I shared what I've hauled from iHerb. I thought I'd share this one as it contains current essential supplements for me and my pet, and I figured that some of you might be interested in some of these products.

I will share links to products in the product heading. I leave the prices out because they are forever changing.

General Health, Stress & Sleep

Now Foods Glycine (Free Form) Pure Powder1lb

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.

This product is Vegan/ Vegetarian and Non-GMO.

I don't know a whole lot about amino acids but I picked this up before as it's supposed to help with sleep. I found the action very subtle but what I noticed over time, with daily use, was reduced stress and anxiety. I believe that it's helping with my sleep as well, but I have to stop taking melatonin to truly be able to tell, as melatonin helps me fall asleep but has started to cause me to wake up prematurely. I take 1 tsp of the Glycine powder in my water bottle and sip it throughout the day. It has a slightly sweet taste to it. It's recommended that you take it on an empty stomach, like other amino acids. I find this powder form much more affordable than taking capsules and it's also easier to take.


I've been taking this Rhodiola for years! I've taken the occasional break (which I recommend with most herbs), but I really don't like to be without it. Rhodiola is a herb and an adaptogen. Adaptogens help our bodies deal with (adapt) to stressors. I've tried other brands and doses but I find that this one works best for me. I only take one capsule daily.

Dr. Axe on Rhodiola:
"Rhodiola rosea contains a phytochemical known as salisdroside. This component helps relieve anxiety and combat aging. Rhodiola suppresses the production of cortisol and increases levels of stress-resistant proteins."

This product is Vegan/ Vegetarian and Gluten-Free.

Reported Benefits:
  • Energy
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Prevents fatigue
  • Increases stamina
  • Boosts physical energy
  • Improves mood and well-being
  • Increases memory and focus
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Promotes physical recovery
  • Cortisol reduction
  • Normalizes stress hormones


Homeopathics can do wonders for many ailments. Many believe in only single remedies but I have found benefits from many composition formulas like this one.

These calming tablets state they relieve nervous tension, irritability, and sleeplessness. I take these for sleep and they are often the ticket to send me over the edge into sleep or to put me back to sleep if I wake prematurely. I have tried many other formulas with some success but I've had the most success with this one. I keep going back to it and luckily, it continues to work for me.

Active Ingredients: Each tablet contains: *Chamomilla 2X, *coffea cruda 10X, *humulus lupulus 2X, *ignatia amara 8X, moschus 10X, *nux vomica 30X, *passiflora incarnata 2X, *sulphur 12X, valeriana officinalis 2X, *veratrum album 4X 30 mg each.


Pet Health

Hyalogic HyaFlex Hyaluronic Acid for Joints Feline Hip & Joint Formula- 1oz (Dog formula linked below)

Info from iHerb:
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is revolutionizing the joint health management for humans, horses, and now your pets. Found naturally in all living organisms, it provides the elastic shock absorbing properties to support healthy joints for your pet.

HyaFlex is patented for joint health and helps to compensate for your pet's depleted ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid with age by maintaining and supporting healthy movement and lubrication.

I gave this to my cat as prevention as he ages. I saw him benefit the same day, as hours after I gave it to him, he suddenly began charging around the house. His hips seem less sensitive to the touch as well. I said I was going to switch to another herbal formula for joint health but it's very difficult to administer that one. This one is so easy as it's tasteless and he laps it up when I put it in his wet food. To make it more affordable, I give him 1/2 the recommended dose and he still benefits. I will bump up the dose if I have to but for now 1/2 the dose is working.

This product is Vegan and Gluten-Free.

Dog formula linked here.


Dr Mercola Ubiquinol For Cats & Dogs- 58ml

Info from iHerb:
  • Helps To Support Normal Cardiovascular Function and Reduces Oxidative Stress
  • For Cats & Dogs
  • Made with Quality Ubiquinol
  • Recommended to Support Normal Cardiovascular Function and Reduces Oxidative Stress.

I'm a huge fan of CoQ10 and I've personally been taking it daily for over 16 years! My heart actually repaired itself from a condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) and I attribute that to the Q10 I've been taking (linked here). 

My cat has been taking this Q10 for quite some time. I noticed that he was benefiting right away so I continued to give it to him. The dose is based on your pets weight and my cat only needs 1 drop per day, so it's quite affordable for us. Doses start at 1 drop per day to 8 drops per day for the largest size pet. There is a dosing chart on the product page, linked here.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my most recent iHerb haul and what some of my current essential supplements are for me and my pet. Hopefully, you found some of the info helpful!


As always, check with your Doctor or health care provider before beginning any new supplements. Health and Beauty Girl is not a health professional. I am sharing what helps me and my loved ones in hopes of helping others.

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!



Not sponsored. Some links are referral links. Thank you if you choose to use them and support this site.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Monthly Empties | Health, Beauty, Skincare!

 It seems like I just posted last month's empties and it's already time for July's empties post! My little dollar store popcorn box that I use to collect all of my empties isn't overflowing for once! Hopefully, I can do better this month at finishing up some more products!

I'll share mini-reviews with links to products and whether or not I'd repurchase. Let's go....



Skincare

Live Clean Hydrating Creamy Cleanser
This is my favourite face cleanser so far. It reminds me a lot of cleansers that I've used from spas! It's very hydrating which my dehydrated skin really appreciates! It's all natural and full of fabulous botanicals.  (I also use the foaming one for when my skin is oilier).

Repurchase- Yes

Pure + Simple Beautiful Skin Face Cream
I love many Pure + Simple products but my skin is not a fan of this cream. It was my first time trying it, and although the ingredients are great, it's just not hydrating enough for my dehydrated, aging skin.

Repurchase- No

Miracle 10 AHA Cream
I used most of this product but didn't finish it, not because it wasn't good, it was just so old. My error in letting it sit there for years before I got around to trying it out. I think it lost its efficacy over that much time. Luckily, I used most of it but I didn't notice much probably because of how old it was.

Repurchase- Unsure

Hair Care

Tarte Hair Goals Dry Shampoo
I wasn't a fan of this dry shampoo. It didn't absorb the oils on my scalp and the scent was very overwhelming and even after a few sprays, I'd have to exit the bathroom. I purchased this as part of a Limited Edition Tarte kit, perhaps the full size works better.

Repurchase- No

L'anza Trauma Treatment
I LOVE this product! It's fabulous for dry, bleached and coloured hair like mine! It really made my hair feel softer and helped with conditioning and frizz control. I found out that a little goes a long way and using more does not yield better results. This bottle lasted me a year. Granted, I don't wash my hair everyday and I do test out a lot of hair products.

Repurchase- Yes

Health

These 2 products will come of no surprise to my regular readers. These are 2 of my go-to supplements that I will not be without!

Nature's Answer Rhodiola Rosea 100mg/ 60 caps
This is an adaptogenic herb which is supposed to help the body cope with various conditions and stress. I used to find that it single-handedly prevented my early morning wakenings. It's not helping so much in that way at the moment, but I do find it worth taking as it has many benefits. I've tried many other brands and doses and this is by far the best one for me. Note: I only take 1 a day not the 2 recommended.. it works for me.

Repurchase- Yes

Healthy Origins CoQ10 100 mg/ 60 soft gels (Ubiquinone)
Ever since I found out that I had some heart issues, Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) being one of them, I started taking this Q10. It's been 16 years since I was diagnosed and began taking these everyday and my last echocardiogram showed NO Mitral Valve Prolapse. I couldn't believe it! I didn't follow the cardiologist's orders to do cardio every day, so I attribute my heart repairing itself to this supplement as it's the only thing I did for the health of my heart. After hearing the news, both of my parents started taking this supplement. Q10 has MANY health benefits that go beyond just heart health. I feel that anyone over 40 should take Q10 as it dwindles as we age and affects every cell in our bodies. I'm not a Doctor, this is just my opinion.

Note: I know there are debates about the best form of CoQ10. I've done my research and conclude that there is no reason to change from using the Ubiquinone form at this time.

Repurchase- Yes


That's it for this month. I hope you found some of the info helpful or informative.


Note: I am not a Doctor or health professional. I am just sharing my opinion in hopes of helping others. Always check with your healthcare provider before beginning any new supplements.

Happy long weekend, everyone! 💓




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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Robin McGraw Revelation Georgia Gift Box Giveaway | $120USD Value!



I am a huge fan of Robin McGraw's beauty products! So I'm thrilled to be able to host another giveaway so one of you can experience her products as well or maybe you'd love to gift this to a loved one! 

Robin McGraw is giving away one of her Georgia Gift Boxes valued at $120USD! 

The Georgia Gift Box by Robin McGraw (a $120 value) was inspired by the strength and love of her mother, Georgia. This beautiful, luxurious box, wrapped in an elegant satin bow, holds 5 scented gifts and a card with a special message from Robin.

Here are descriptions of each full-sized product featured in this impressive gift box.

Georgia eau de parfum 1.7 fl oz/ 50 mL
A sensual, sophisticated fragrance featuring fresh, floral notes
1.7 fl. oz./50 mL




Be unforgettable with this statement-making scent. Inspired by the spirit, love, power, and strength of Robin’s mother, Georgia embodies what it means to be fabulous and fierce. Wherever you go, a zing of bergamot, pink freesia, and water lotus announces your arrival, before whimsical orchid and rose begin to bloom, and soothing amber and coral musk linger long after you’ve made your grand entrance.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Freesia, Water Lotus
Middle Notes: Whimsical Orchid, Feminine Rose, Tea Leaf
Base Notes: Patchouli, Soothing Amber, Coral Musk


Georgia Foaming Shower Gel 8 fl oz/ 237 mL
You’ll love lathering up with this irresistible blend of soothing botanicals. 


Enriched with calendula, honey, aloe, and olive fruit extracts, this foaming shower gel leaves skin feeling relaxed, refreshed, and baby soft, while the elegant aroma of Robin’s signature scent elevates your bath to a decadent, spa-like experience.


Georgia Hydrating Body Butter 8 fl oz/ 237 mL
An ultra-moisturizing, skin-soothing treatment for your body
8 fl. oz./237 mL


Indulge your skin cravings. This luxuriously rich cream is formulated with moisturizing shea butter, macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E to provide dull, dry skin with long-lasting hydration and antioxidant protection. Packed with essential nutrients, this velvety formula feels surprisingly light on the skin, absorbing quickly for a boost of moisture and leaving your body delicately fragranced with Robin’s signature Georgia scent.


Georgia Moisturizing Hand Cream 3 fl oz/ 89 mL
From the fresh, floral scent to the silky texture, this luxurious hand cream is a must-have for pampering on-the-go. Give your hardworking hands a well-deserved break with nourishing mango butter and antioxidant-rich milk thistle to hydrate, repair, and protect skin. The light formula absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling soft and supple but not slippery, so you can pick up right where you left off.

NO PARABENS, DYE FREE, NO SLS, NO MINERAL OIL, NO ANIMAL TESTING

You can learn more and shop Robin's line at the link below:
www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com

Follow Robin McGraw Revelation On Instagram! www.instagram.com/robinmcgrawrevelation/

Giveaway is open to Canada (excluding Quebec) 
& USA (excluding Alaska & Hawaii).

Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
(Note: the only mandatory entry is to leave a comment).




This post is not sponsored. The prize is graciously provided by Robin McGraw.
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