Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Is Beauty Sleep a Real Thing? Plastic Surgeon explains how to anti-age while you snooze


When it comes to your beauty routine, very few things are free, but sleep costs nothing and may be the closest thing to a fountain of youth. Dr. Manish Shah is a Board-Certified Denver, Colorado plastic surgeon.  A 2017 study found that two days of sleep restriction negatively affected participant’s perceived attractiveness, health, sleepiness, and trustworthiness. Dr. Shah explains that, “Your body repairs itself and recovers while you sleep, and that results in a long list of benefits for anti-aging and appearance.”  Most experts agree that 7-9 hours a night is ideal.  It’s time to maximize your shut eye for anti-aging.

Here are Dr. Manish Shah’s Tips for Beauty Sleep
Sleep on Your Back
“Sleeping on your stomach or on of your sides means there is constant pressure on your face. Over time, this action will produce unwanted sleep lines. You can remedy this by sleeping on your back,” says Dr. Shah. This way you will not apply any pressure to your face. For many people though, this might be uncomfortable, and you can't control your involuntary sleep movement leading you to a side or stomach position. You can practice and can get used to it over time.
Use an overnight product and put a glass of water on your bedside table
Washing your face can dry it out and sleeping can also dehydrate skin, especially if you snooze in a low-humidity environment. While staying hydrated by drinking water can help to some extent, what your skin really needs at night is a topical moisturizer. For a more supercharged product, try an overnight sleeping mask such as https://brazilianskin.com/collections/all-product/products/acai-triple-stem-cell-complex-mask This is an Acai Triple Stem Cell Complex for $59.99.  Potent Aรงai Triple Stem Cell Complex Mask is an overnight mask application crafted with an innovative, breathable, and nourishing film ingredient that functions as a transdermal penetration medium to facilitate the complete absorption of the “Grams Triple Stem Cell Complex.”
Pillowcases Make A Difference
Dr. Shah explains that, “While facial creasing has a lot to do with sleep positioning, a change in pillowcase might be the answer. There are numerous benefits of silk for good sleep. Silk pillowcases are a great way to wake up creaseless in the morning. The smooth texture of silk is gentler than cotton and may help prevent sleep wrinkles, as well as reduce skin irritation. Its tightly woven fibers also don’t draw out moisture and natural oils as cotton does, leaving your skin better hydrated.”
Stay away from salty foods and alcohol around bedtime.
If you're craving a midnight snack or drink, be mindful. While some foods, a light, carb snack like crackers or an apple, can actually help your sleep, many others can disrupt your sleep and wreak havoc on your appearance. Alcohol and salty food can have a dehydrating effect on the body. To compensate, your body starts collecting natural fluids around the eyes, among other places, leading to that dreaded puffy-eye look. Dehydration is claimed to lead to formation of dark circles under the eyes.
Wear your hair up — but not in a tight bun.
It's a good idea to keep your hair out of your face while you're sleeping to keep its natural oils from wreaking havoc on your complexion. But avoid pulling it into a really tight bun or ponytail because that can cause hair breakage, especially around the hairline. Dr. Shah suggests wrapping it up in a scarf (silk would be ideal).
Keep makeup remover by the bed
“No matter how tired/drunk you are, going to bed with your makeup on will only be worse the morning after (clogged pores, irritated eyes, oily residue etc.). Make it less of a chore by keeping some good-quality face wipes by the bed for a fast, effective cleanse. It's not ideal to rely on convenience cloths every night in place of a deeper clean, but on late nights they're skin saviors, says Dr. Shah.
Wear A Silk Sleep Mask
Avoiding light when you sleep is crucial to getting quality rest. Dr. Shah explains that “An eye mask completely eliminates vulnerability to light, preventing it from interfering with your sleep. For the best results, use a silk eye mask. Since skin is susceptible to wrinkling, make sure that the material pressing against your face is as soft as possible.”
Keep the Temperature Low
At night, your body’s natural temperature declines. Keeping the temperature in your bedroom low is good for both your metabolism and your blood flow. Dr. Shah explains that “This is important because improving your blood flow helps oxygenate your skin, keeping it plump and even-toned for the day ahead. Maintaining a cool temperature in your bedroom will also help reduce redness in your skin.” The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for an optimal night’s sleep.

About Dr. Manish Shah
Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver https://drmanishshah.com/

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Yofiit Fiber + Energy Bar #Giveaway | Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and More!

Open to Canada and USA
I've teamed up with @yofiit to #giveaway a box of their delicious and nutritious snack bars to one of my followers! ๐Ÿ™Œ
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I love these bars for breakfast, on the go, after a workout or anytime as a #healthysnack.
The winner will have their choice of a box of the Apple Cinnamon or the Goji Chocolate. I'm partial to the Apple Cinnamon. The Goji Chocolate is good if you like a little crunch.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Current Favourites | Collab With Reviewed By Spacey!

I'm so excited to be teaming up with my blogger bestie, Amna from Reviewed By Spacey for this post! We are both going to share our current favourites. So if you have a moment, hop over to her page after reading about my favourites and check out what she is currently loving. She has discerning taste and always has great reviews as well as fab photos!

If you are a regular reader here, you know that I rarely post my favourites. That's because I am often rotating products that I'm testing out or I'm using the same old products. Right now, I DO have some products that I just can't get enough of and I can't wait to share them with you! I do have a fail to share as well.

Note: I have linked to products in the product headings.

Let's see what I'm currently loving....

I was SO happy when Covergirl announced that they went cruelty-free and I immediately purchased 2 palettes that I had my eye on and I can't get enough of them!

Covergirl Trublend Serving Sculpt Palette in #500 Bloom Babe
This palette is stunning! I love each and every shade and the quality is amazing! The blush is really pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The powders are soft and blend beautifully. I'm tempted to get a back up of it but I'm trying to stop with the backups. ๐Ÿ˜

Covergirl Bloom Babe Palette: Swatches in natural daylight, no filter

Covergirl Trunaked Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is the perfect palette for an everyday eye look. You could also do a smokey night look with it as well but I reach for this most days for a super easy, beautiful and natural eye look. The shadows are soft and very blendable. It has a nice mix of mattes and shimmers and the shades are just what I love: a matte cream, shimmery champagne, shimmery light pink, matte mid-tone neutral brown, shimmery taupe. There are some darker shades which I use occasionally as a liner.

Covergirl Nudes Eyeshadow Palette: swatches in natural daylight, no filter

Algenist Ultra Shine AntiAging Lip Gloss Reveal
This gloss lives in my handbag. It's my go-to on a daily basis. It's very hydrating, lasts pretty long for a gloss, and isn't too sticky. It really does make my wrinkled lips look more youthful. The colour is a perfect neutral pink that goes with any makeup look.

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
I've heard so much hype about this product over the years but I figured it was just hype and wouldn't be much different from any other leave-in conditioner. I finally decided to give it a try for myself and I love it! My hair is softer and easier to manage. My hair does look and feel healthier when I use this. Although, it's in a spray bottle it comes out like a lotion. I also have to use just the right amount or it can weigh down my hair. I purchased the big size as it's more than double the size of the smaller bottle and works out to be a much better value. I purchased mine on Amazon.

Ella & Frankie Keep Me Blonde Organic Purple Shampoo
I had never heard of this brand before. I came across it at Marshalls and the fab packaging caught my eye right away. I love organic products as well as products designed to tone my blonde highlighted hair. When I saw this on clearance for only $3, I had nothing to lose. Most purple shampoos can be somewhat drying. I actually find this one to be hydrating. I have been using it daily since I purchased it and I actually noticed that it toned my hair after one use, which I wasn't expecting at all.

You may have heard me talk about this product before. I was introduced to it at the beginning of January. This hot chocolate contains vitamins and minerals to help with hair growth. It doesn't taste like vitamins at all, just like a delicious hot chocolate! I have had amazing results with this product in such a short amount of time. I've always taken multivitamins and supplements so I really didn't expect this to make much of a difference but boy was I wrong! I was shocked when I compared my before and after photos and put them side by side to compare. See the results linked HERE

I have had some immitation Invisibobbles that worked fine but I find that the real deal works better. They hold my hair without pulling or causing headaches and don't damage or break my hair. I also like they don't leave kinks in my hair!

Alaska Bear Silk Sleep Mask
It's no secret that I have a sleeping disorder. One of the things that I have to do for my sleeping disorder is to sleep in total darkness. I have tried a plethora of eye masks that have been highly recommended etc. This one is the best mask that I've tried so far. The secret to it working so well is that it's very large and very soft and flexible, so it can contour to your face and nose and not let any light in. It also has an adjustable strap which is a necessity. As a side benefit, the silk material is supposed to help prevent wrinkles as your skin isn't being pulled or scrunched up by your pillowcase or an eye mask made of cotton, for example. I purchased mine on Amazon.

Insight Timer App
I've been using this app for quite some time. Once you delve inside this app, you find a whole other world inside. There are so many meditations in this app, you can find a meditation for pretty much anything. I use the ones specifically for sleep many of them work great! Some of my favourites are Yoga Nidra For Sleep and Deep Sleep Guided Meditation. Check it out if you need a meditation for any reason. I use the free version of the app from the Google Play Store.

And, we finish up this post with my current fail!

Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer Mascara
I found this on clearance at my local drugstore and I can see why it was on clearance! This brow mascara is anything but precise!! It makes a mess every single time I use it and I've given it so many chances. I just can't win with this product and then I have to spend so much time trying to wipe away the mess and start over. This shade is Soft Brown and it's WAY too dark for me.

A brow gel that I DO love is the Essence Make Me Brow.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I'm currently loving. Let me know in the comments what you are loving right now!

I had so much fun doing this collaboration with my friend, Amna @ Reviewed by Spacey! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Don't forget to visit Reviewed by Spacey to check out her current favourites!

Have a great week, everyone!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cocoa Locks Hair Growth Hot Chocolate | 3.5 Week Results!

Longer, stronger, and healthier hair from a cup of hot cocoa?! Yep!

I began using Cocoa Locks on January 6th of this year, so the photos in this post show my results after only 3.5 weeks of use, and the results are amazing! You can check out my original post on Cocoa Locks HERE.

Before and after photos are taken with my hair parted in the same spot, taken at the same angle. I do not have any products on my hair or scalp in either photo.

I took this photo just to see if I would be able to see any visible difference in my hair since I started @cocoalocksofficial ☕ I figured that taking a photo at my roots, where my new hair growth comes in, might be telling and it sure is! ๐Ÿ™Œ.

The first thing I noticed when I started Cocoalocks was A LOT less hair falling out. I used to collect a pile of hair beside me while running my hands through my hair.... I no longer do that! You can also see that my hair is much denser and there is quite a bit of regrowth since the first picture on January 4th. ๐Ÿคฉ

I'm so happy with my results. I have to admit, I was a skeptic but I'm not anymore. I've been drinking the hot chocolate once a day and I'm looking forward to trying the shake. These hair vitamins in the form of hot chocolate work!!! (Note: I have nothing in my hair or on my scalp in either photo). These results are real!

Cocoa Locks contains Biotin, Folic acid, Selenium, and zinc which all support the growth of healthy hair.

From Cocoa Locks:
  • Formulated for fuller & longer hair*
  • More powerful and effective than vitamins or gummies
  • Say goodbye to damaged, broken hair*
  • Achieve healthier hair from within*
  • Low calories, low fat. Only 26 calories a mug
  • Tastes great, so that you won't want to miss a dose
  • Contains Selenium, Zinc & Biotin, which have been clinically proven to achieve longer hair. 
Ingredients: Sugar, sweet whey powder (milk) , fat-reduced cocoa powder 14.5%, skimmed- milk powder, biotin, folic acid, selenium enriched yeast, zinc sulphate, salt, thickener (E 466), anti-caking agent (E 551), flavouring. (See Cocoa Locks website for nutritional information, linked below).

Cocoa Locks guarantees results and I can see why! 

Check us out of Instagram: cocoalocksofficial  / HBG

Not sponsored. Product provided free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Huge Empties | Makeup, Skincare, Health, Pet Care!

My last empties was in November (linked here), so I've accumulated quite a bit of empties since then. I had so much, that I had to exclude some from this post as it was just too much!

There is still quite a bit so I will keep the info as brief as possible. I will include links to products where possible. Prices won't be included as they are forever changing.

This fab product escaped from my skincare photo

Equate Aloe Vera Continuous Spray:
I am not happy with the fact that this product contains parabens but until I find a better option, this is very effective and convenient to use with my NuFace. I use The Body Shop's Vitamin E Essence for my face and I use this when I treat my neck. It has a super fine mist and it's easy to apply. It's the only Aloe I've found that doesn't sting my eyes and skin.

Repurchase ✔

Garnier Micellar Water for Dry and Sensitive Skin:
I adore this micellar water and have backups galore! I not only use it to remove makeup, but I also use it often as my AM cleanse. It doesn't affect the PH of my skin like water does, it's gentle and hydrating, and it is enough for a morning cleanse since there isn't much dirt to remove.

Repurchase ✔

Reviva Labs Rosewater Facial Spray:
Love this rosewater toner. It's hydrating and soothing with aloe, herbs, minerals, and hyaluronic acid. I transferred it to my George's Always Active Aloe Spray bottle because I like the fine mist that the bottle has.

Repurchase ✔

Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care:
I love most of the products that I've tried from Pure + Simple Skincare (Holistic Vanity is a line of theirs). This product was just okay for me. I didn't notice anything from using it, although I don't have rosacea so it may work for those who suffer from it. I will stick with other products from Pure + Simple like their oils and serums that I love.

Repurchase ✖

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream:
I know a lot of people love this skin cream. I did not. I much prefer my Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer or the Cetaphil moisturizer shown in this post as they keep the moisture in my dehydrated skin much better than this cream does. It turned out to be an expensive hand cream for me.

Repurchase ✖

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel:
I received this sample from Sephora. I used it for 3 days and I found it drying and a bit irritating for my skin, it also caused my skin to breakout. It does have great reviews and it's something I could probably use occasionally but there are cheaper options that do the same thing, IMO.

Repurchase ✖

Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream:
Apparently, this cream wanted a feature of his own as he snuck out of my skincare photo. I LOVE this night cream! I found it so hydrating for my dehydrated skin! I have a full review on it (linked here). Excellent cream if you have dehydrated or dry skin. It's lightweight and contains hyaluronic acid. A really great skin cream and beats out a lot of high-end products for me. My only gripe is that it's so expensive in Canada compared to the price in the USA!

Repurchase ✔


Paula's Choice Lip and Body Treatment Balm:
This product is great as a moisturizing barrier on your lips, although you can use it anywhere. I love that Paula's Choice doesn't use fragrances in their products. The little tub lasts forever if you are just using it on your lips.

Repurchase ✔

Essence I ❤ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara:
Another winning mascara from Essence. It gives me long and full lashes. I do prefer their Lash Princess but this would be my second choice for an affordable and fabulous mascara.

Repurchase ✔

Almay One Coat Mega Volume Mascara:
I love a lot of Almay products, this isn't one of them. I gave it 3 chances and it was absolutely horrible! The brush design made it impossible to apply and I have never had worse looking lashes. When I used this mascara, I looked like I had 3 eyelashes per eye! Somehow this has all 5-star reviews on Amazon! (Below is a photo of the wand).

Repurchase ✖


Garden of Life My Kind Organics Women's Once Daily Multi-Vitamin:
This is one of my favourite Multi-Vitamins. It's not overstimulating (I have sleep issues). The ingredients are fantastic and it's vegan. One of the few multi's where I actually feel a difference.

Repurchase ✔

Nature's Answer Rhodiola 100mg:
This is my favourite Rhodiola and I've been using it for years. It's a fabulous adaptogen and helps us deal with stress. I am currently trying out Adrenasmart, which contains the same dose of Rhodiola so it won't have to repurchase, atm.

Repurchase ✔

A. Vogel Avenaforce:
This is a tincture containing extract of oats. I used to find it a big help with my sleep issues so I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me this time. If you have sleep issues, it's worth giving this supplement a try. It should work for someone with average sleep issues.

Repurchase ✖

Eidon Ionic Minerals Silica:
Silica is an essential mineral involved in collagen formation and calcium management. This is a fab product but it's pricey. I am going to switch to Biosil and see how that goes. I mean if Christie Brinkley uses Biosil... ๐Ÿ˜„

Repurchase ✖

BHI Calming Homoeopathic Tablets:
LOVE this homoeopathic composition. I don't feel a difference when I take it but it does help a bit with my sleep issues. I also take it when I wake up. There are no contraindications with homoeopathics which is one reason I love them so much.

Repurchase ✔

Webber Naturals Super Sleep:
This product contains a small amount of melatonin, L-theanine, and 5 HTP. It's a very effective product. The first time I tried it I slept for about 12 hours straight! Now, I can only take it on and off as it will make my sleep more restless if I take it too many nights in a row (I have a very sensitive constitution). I like that you can break the tablets into halves or quarters, whatever you like, it's super helpful when I just need a tiny dose. This is usually available at Costco, too.

Repurchase ✔

Homeocan Homeopathic Medicine Insomnia:
Love this one! This worked wonders and I need to repurchase it asap!

Repurchase ✔


Madre Labs CocoCeps Organic Dark Cocoa Beverage:
I drink this most mornings with protein powder as a smoothie. It tastes great and has certified organic cordyceps and reishi mushroom powders. So many health benefits!

Repurchase ✔

Jason Healthy Mouth Mouthwash:
I've been using this for years. It contains so many wonderful and natural ingredients for healthy teeth and gums. It lasts forever as you can dilute it with water 1:1, so the bottle basically doubles in size.

Repurchase ✔

Now Foods Xyli White Toothpaste:
Another product that I've been using for years. I've had better dental checkups since using it. It's fluoride-free, SLS-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, and it tastes great! Note: it's also available in mint flavours if cinnamon isn't your jam.

Repurchase ✔


Dr. Mercola Astaxanthin for Cats & Dogs:
Astaxanthin has so many health benefits for us as well as our pets. Unfortunately, my cat won't touch the stuff, I think he has some sensitivity to it. Although he wouldn't touch this, I recently gave him Krill oil by a different brand and we think he had a bad reaction to it. Krill also contains astaxanthin so we will stay away from it. If your pet can take astaxanthin, it's worth giving it to them. If you read about the benefits, you will be amazed. A shame that my boy can't take this. My cat does love and benefits from Dr. Mercola's Ubiquinol/ Q10 for pets.

Repurchase ✖

Sunforce True Colloidal Silver 10PPM:
Colloidal Silver is excellent to keep on hand for your pet's health. It can be used topically as well as internally. Excellent for many types of infections. The brand we used to buy at the pet store is no longer available so I purchase the same PPM (parts per million) at the health food store.

Repurchase ✔

HyaFlex Hyaluronic Acid For Joints (Cat Formula):
I notice a difference with my cat's sensitivity in his back and leg area, it is definitely reduced while he takes this. It's a clear and tasteless liquid that I put in his wet food and he has no problem taking it. Unfortunately, it is expensive but it's worth it. For now, I give him half the dose to make it more affordable. Here is a link to the Dog Formula.

Repurchase ✔

I hope you enjoyed hearing about what I loved or not so much. 

Always check with your Doctor or health care practitioner before beginning any new supplements for yourself or your pets. 

Have a great week!

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