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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Round Tool Brush Review



As I've mentioned countless times, I have the most unruly, difficult to deal with hair. My hair is a mix of curly, wavy, and super duper frizzy! So my whole life, I've been on the never-ending quest to find hair tools that will make my life a little bit easier. This quest never seems to end. But, I think I'm one step closer thanks to the new Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Round Tool.. basically, it's a round brush for blowing out your hair, but this one's different.

Tangle Teezer became famous for their detangling brush. It was innovative and it worked. It was designed to help us brush through wet hair without pulling our hair out. (My cat has stolen mine as he really loves it too!).

Next generation Tangle Teezer brushes are just as innovative if not more so. They are designed to help us blow dry our hair quickly, and like the first generation of Tangle Teezer's, they are also designed so they don't yank out our hair.

There is a new paddle brush and the one that I'm reviewing here is the large round brush. It comes in a small size as well. The large size that I'm featuring here is meant for medium to long hair.

When I first received the brush, I was very skeptical that this brush would work on my hair, and I was actually little scared that it would actually end up ripping all my hair out because the brush is rather hard and has a rubbery texture.



My fears were put to rest after the first blow dry. The brush actually glides through my hair without any pulling or snagging. It grips the hair well so there is a good amount of tension to smooth out my curls. It reduced my frizz by about 80%. And, I do feel that it cuts my blow drying time slightly.

After blow drying my entire head of hair with the brush, there were only a few hairs in the brush (shown below). Normally, my brushes are full of hair! I could literally count the few hairs that this brush picked up after blowing out my hair.

Above: Amount of hairs in the brush after blow drying full head 👍

About the brush & Claims:
  • Invented by Shaun P. 
  • Designed, developed, and made in Great Britain.
  • An innovative blow-styling round tool that delivers a quick blow-dry whilst giving volume, shine and natural root lift. 
  • Ideal for all hair types
  • Quick drying results, no pre-dry needed
  • unique teeth configuration delivers free-flow tension to allow the hair to dry with volume, natural movement, and shine
  • Styles hair from wet to dry to give natural waves and curl without any pulling or tugging
  • No need to place the hair dryer nozzle on the teeth 


The front part of my hair is the frizziest and does need a bit of a touch-up. However, I blame this on user error as it could be blown out smooth if I was better at doing my hair. Overall the results are impressive to me considering how difficult my hair is for me to straighten and smooth it out and how quickly I got these results.

Before and after photos using just the Tangle Teezer Large Blow Styling Round Tool (Hair colour looks different due to lighting and my highlights/lowlights)

After using this brush, I immediately gathered up all my other round brushes and put them away since I no longer have a need for them. 😍

This brush is a game-changer for me! Was my hair perfectly blown out like the salon? No. But, that's user error. This brush has given me the best blow out that I can do by myself with a round brush. My hair is left mostly straight with very little frizz (about 80% reduction). and some shine (not easy for damaged and bleached hair like mine). Not only that, but I lose much less hair with this brush! I've previously used everything from ceramic to natural and synthetic bristle brushes and this brush is completely different and it does what it claims. As I get older, I value each and every strand of hair my head more than ever. For that reason alone this brush is worth every penny!

Almost forgot to mention, because of the design of the brush, it's also super easy to clean!

-Tangle Teezer Large Round brush can be purchased here.
-Tangle Teezer Small Round brush can be purchased here.

Let me know if you've tried this brush and what your thoughts are!


*Not sponsored. I received this brush as an early Christmas gift. Some links are referral links Thank you for the support if you choose to use them.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Stocking Stuffer Ideas With Well.ca


My favourite thing on Christmas morning as a child was always opening up my Christmas stocking. When I was asked by Well.ca to share my top stocking stuffer picks along with some other Bloggers (post linked here), I got to relive that excitement while searching their website for my stocking stuffer picks.

I started by searching Well.ca's Holiday Shop and was able to narrow my search down from there. There was so much to choose from, I had a blast picking out what I wanted to fill my own stocking with! I found so many great items that I wanted to add to my stocking so it was tough to narrow it down. Ultimately, I ended up selecting items that I've had my eye on for a while and some others that caught my eye while I was looking around. I really enjoyed perusing their Gift Guide, too and found it very helpful.

Links to products can be found in the headings (non-affiliate).

1. Briogeo Rosarco Repair On-The-Go Travel Kit 



This TSA approved travel kit contains Briogeo's top sellers. I've tried one product by this brand so far and it worked really well on my colour treated, dry/ damaged hair. So this kit was a no-brainer for me.

2. 100% Pure Ginseng Collagen Boost Mask 5 Pack 


I love the brand 100% pure! I've used several of their products in the past and loved them all. I also love masking and anything anti-aging. These Ginseng Collagen boost masks claim to increase collagen production for firmer, more elastic skin. I'll take a year supply, please!

3. Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Take Me There Set 


I already own the solid perfume in this scent from Pacifica. I love that it's natural and cruelty-free. The scent is very refreshing and soothing. This kit contains the roll-on perfume, body butter, and lip tint. 


Aromatherapy on-the-go! I love the idea of these meditation necklaces, where you can add your favourite essential oil to it and breathe it in anytime you need to, whether you need a pick me up or something to help you chill. Such a great gift idea.


I have horribly kinky and frizzy hair that I love to wear sleek and smooth, so I love to try out new hair appliances that might make my life a little bit easier and be less damaging to my hair. This tourmaline-infused ceramic flat iron that boasts 400% more negative ion output than ceramic alone. That means reduced frizz and smooth, shiny looking tresses. This flat iron can also create waves and curls. A great multi-purpose hair tool.


I love lounge pants! Anything to keep me comfy and cozy in the winter is right up my alley. These stretch leggings are cute and cozy!


I've heard so much about these makeup eraser towels and gloves that can apparently wipe away all traces of makeup and dirt without having to use any cleansers. This glove is designed to clean your makeup brushes without any chemicals. Just add water and it claims to remove 100% of makeup. It's reusable up to 1000 washes. This is a super eco-friendly product!


So there you have my top 7 picks for my stocking this year. Let me know what your picks are.

You can check out what the other Bloggers chose for their stockings at www.blog-well.ca.




This post is not sponsored. No affiliate links have been used.

Photo credits: Well.ca

Monday, November 27, 2017

Live Clean Holiday Hand Soaps: Holly Berry & Vanilla Peppermint


I'm so delighted that Live Clean's Holiday Hand Soaps are back!

I just love the festive packaging! It helps me get into the holiday spirit by adding a little holiday decor next to my vanity, and the beautiful scents remind me of the holidays, too. I keep one in my guest bath and the other in my master bathroom. The scents are perfect for this time of year. Vanilla peppermint smells just like it sounds, it's light, fresh, and soft. Holly Berry (my favourite) has a fresh berry scent. Both are delicious, it's just a matter of personal preference.

Both soaps are enriched with vitamins E and B, they hydrated and restore moisture and gently cleanse. 💦

Like other Live Clean products, these are 98% plant derived and free of harmful chemicals!

These products are also cruelty-free, affordable, and easily accessible (retailers are listed below).


Holly Berry Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap 
500ml / SRP $4.99-$5.99




Vanilla Peppermint Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap 
500ml / SRP $4.99-$5.99


The pillars of Live Clean: 🍃
• 98% plant and natural based ingredients
• SLS and silicone free
• Petrolatum, paraben and phthalate free
• DEA free
• Phosphate free
• Dye-free
• Vegetarian formulas
• Never tested on animals
• Hypoallergenic
• Biodegradable ingredients
• Packaging recyclable



I think these would make fabulous stocker stuffers, too! 🎄

These products are available at - Walmart, Amazon.ca, and Well.ca



Not sponsored. Items were provided free for consideration. All opinions are mine. :)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tips to Create An Eco-Friendly Home



I love finding new tips on ways that I can make my home more eco-friendly. It's not only good for us and the environment but usually, these tips also help out our pocketbooks.

A tip that I learned years ago is to forgo many conventional cleaning products which can be toxic to the environment and us! They can be endocrine disruptors and create a toxic load on our bodies. Many of today's diseases are caused in part by some of these harmful chemicals in our everyday products. Instead, I use vinegar and baking soda to clean my home. Baking soda and vinegar are both non-toxic and biodegradable and they can be used to clean almost anything in our homes, plus they are budget friendly! Vinegar kills germs and deodorizes and baking soda works as an abrasive agent that also absorbs oils and also deodorizes.

Some of the ways I use vinegar and baking soda:

  • I use a combination of vinegar and water in a spray bottle as my all-purpose cleaner
  • I also use the vinegar and water to spray most fruits and vegetables, especially if they are not organic, then just give them a rinse
  • Baking soda is great to clean more stubborn areas, like the sink, shower, pots and pans.  I often sprinkle some baking soda then spray some vinegar overtop and scrub away using a sponge or towel
  • You can even use this duo for clogged drains

The uses of vinegar and baking soda are almost endless. If you're worried about the scent of the vinegar, there's no need to, the scent dissipates rather quickly. There are many more natural DIY cleaning recipes that can be found online.

I love this graph that Arhaus has created with more easy tips on ways to go green at home. Arhaus is a furniture company that is committed to sustainability and only uses recycled natural resources. Their dining tables are just a few of their products that are made with 100% organic material. Arhaus has also partnered with the American Forest Foundation to help plant more trees in our depleted forests. Arhaus will plant a tree for every purchase during their storewide sale.

Check out this handy infograph with more tips on how you can create a more eco-friendly home.




I'd love to hear your tips on how we can make our homes more eco-friendly.



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Monthly Watch Club Subscription Box Review + Giveaway (3 Winners)!


If you're looking for the perfect gift for the watch lover in your life, look no further than the Monthly Watch Club! 

Monthly Watch Club is a monthly subscription service. They create custom-made watches for both men and women. They work with watchmakers from around the world, so you'll never receive the same watch twice!

The value of the watches is much higher than what you pay. For example, the watch that I received in the November box for Women is valued at $89.99!

You can view previous boxes HERE.


I received the Women's November box. The watch comes in a sleek and sturdy box, perfect for storing your watch. The watch is securely strapped in and it has a protective cover on the face, all to ensure your watch arrives safely. The watch itself has a genuine leather black band with a beautiful, large floral face. The watch has enough notches for sizing that I'm sure it would fit pretty much any wrist size. I think this watch makes a great accessory to any outfit and is great for stacking with your favourite bracelets. Not to mention, the watch works well and keeps time perfectly.

Above: with protective face cover








Plans start for as little as $33CAD ($25USD) per month. You can choose to go month to month where you can cancel at any time, or for more savings they have 3, 6, and 12-month prepaid plans. You can have a look at the various plans HERE. Boxes ship on the 1st of every month.

They ship worldwide, and all watches are covered by a 100-day warranty.

Right now Monthly Watch Club is having a Black Friday sale! If you just can't wait, you can get 30% off your order from now until Sunday, November 26th. Use code "BLACK30" at checkout! (non-affiliate). Shop now at www.monthlywatchclub.ca/ 🎆. www.monthlywatchclub.ca/http://www.monthlywatchclub.ca/


Monthly Watch Club has very generously offered to give 3 of my readers a sampling of their service!

  • Winner #1 will receive a 3-month subscription 
  • Winner #2 will receive a 1-month subscription
  • Winner #3 will receive one of their bracelets
*Note: winners get their choice of a women's or men's box! 💓


This giveaway is open Internationally!

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. 

Good luck, everyone!



* This post is not sponsored. PR sample and prizes are generously provided by Monthly Watch Club.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Live Clean Introduces New Aromatherapy Foam Baths


At this time of the year, I love to indulge in nice long relaxing baths. It helps me wind down at the end of the day and relaxes my body before bed. Add in the soothing scents of aromatherapy and you have the perfect combo for a full-on relaxing escape! Luckily, I can do this with natural, chemical free products by Live Clean.

Two of my favourite things have come together thanks to Live Clean's new Aromatherapy Foam Bath line. With scents like Tropical Coconut, Lavender Vanilla, and Fresh Water, there's a scent for everyone.

Each of these scents contains a blend of certified organic chamomile, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and bergamot in luxurious, relaxing formulations that are deeply hydrating.

True to all Live Clean products, these are all natural, free of harmful chemicals, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free. These products are also Vegan, so they'd be perfect for the Vegan in your life!

I think these would make perfect stocking stuffers or just wrap a big bow around the bottle and you have the perfect hostess gift! 🎁🎁🎁


Tropical Coconut Aromatherapy Foam Bath 
A blend of certified organic coconut and citrus botanicals as well as vitamin E and chamomile for a rich foaming bath.

750ml, SRP $8.99-$9.49


Lavender Vanilla Aromatherapy Foam Bath

A blend of certified organic lavender and vanilla extracts in a rich, naturally foaming formulation that promotes deep relaxation. 

750ml, SRP $8.99-$9.49


Fresh Water Aromatherapy Foam Bath

Live Clean's original scents in a blend that includes Vitamin E and plant-derived moisturizers for a deeply hydrated bath.

750ml, SRP $8.99-$9.49

All of these products are:
  • 98% Plant and natural based ingredients
  • Enriched with certified organic botanicals
  • SLS and silicone free
  • Petrolatum-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate free
  • DEA free
  • Phosphate free
  • Dye-free
  • Vegan formulas
  • Cruelty- free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contain biodegradable ingredients
  • Packaging is recyclable

These products are available at: Walmart, Walmart.ca, Well.ca, Sobeys Ontario, Overwaitea

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sephora Haul November 2017 | Tarte, Benefit, Becca and More!


I don't usually shop at Sephora when it comes to makeup purchases. Maybe for the odd item when I'm looking to purchase something specific. But, when I received a gift card for Sephora recently, I couldn't wait to go ham!

This post is just a haul, if you'd like to see swatches or reviews for any of the items, please let me know in the comments below.

I placed 2 orders with Sephora and neither of them were during the VIB event. I could have received a discount if I had waited a few days but one of the items was on sale for half price, so I was afraid it would sell out (which it did).

I apologize for the grainy photos, I have to get my camera looked at or a replacement.

Order 1:

My first order included Tarte's Clay Play Face Shaping Palette, Becca and Chrissy Teigen's Glow Face Palette and the rest of the items were samples and a 100 point perk.


Tarte's Clay Play palette is all matte and includes 3 bronzer/ contour shades and 9 eyeshadows that can also be used as highlights.


The Becca x Chrissy Teigen glow Face Palette is stunning and I was so excited to get it! I thought it would be the perfect compliment to the all matte Tarte palette above. This contains one bronzer shade, one blush shade, and 2 highlighters. Sadly, the colours didn't work for me and spoiler they accentuated my texture and pores horribly! I returned it. 😞

Samples from this order included an It Cosmetics CC cream, Benefit Brow Powder, Bumble and Bumble Hair Oil, Clinique foundation sample, and 100 point perk: Kate Sommerville Wrinkle Warrior™ 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum.


Order 2:

Next up I ordered Benefit's Rockateur blush which has been on my wishlist for quite some time. I also ordered Tarte's No Shower Happy Hour box set. The bag on the left is a bag of samples (not as impressive as it looks).


I finally caved and got my Benefit Rockateur blush in the full size. Although, when I received it, I had to google it because it looked like a sample size at only 5 grams for $40! 😏 It also came cracked on the upper right-hand corner. It must be a soft blush, here's hoping it doesn't crumble apart. Now, I'm expecting some sort of miracle when I swipe this baby on!


The next item I ordered was this Tarte No Shower Happy Hour box set. It was on sale for $22 from $44. Sure enough, it did sell out, so I'm glad that I didn't wait for the VIB/ Insider sale!

The box includes deluxe sample sizes of:
  • Tarte Hair Goals Dry Shampoo
  • Tarte Queen Clean Vegan Deodorant
  • Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer in medium
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Insightful
  • Tartiest Glossy Lip Paint (no colour stated)- spoiler, it's gorgeous!


Samples:

Above is the sample bag and it's contents. I will be giving away the two lip products as I know they will be too dark for me (Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in "The Red" and a Tarte Lip Paint). I am most excited about the Marc Jacobs sample eyeliner, I just wish it was brown instead of black, but it was free so I'm not complaining. I'm also curious about the Too Cool For School All-In-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 Firming Moisturizer. The perfume sample is Marc Jacobs Decadence.


Some more samples included Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hair Oil, Dry Bar 100 Proof Hair Oil, Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder, and a 100 point perk of First Aid Beauty's Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (super excited to try this one!).

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Sephora haul! Did you take advantage of the VIB/Insider sale this year? 

Happy weekend, everyone!
xoxo


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