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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Flavoured Liquid Coconut Oil by Nature's Way #review via Social Nature


I was fortunate enough to get to try this flavoured liquid coconut oil free from socialnature. Social Nature is a product sampling community focusing on natural products.

I love my coconut oil and use it daily; whether I'm putting it in a smoothie or cooking or baking with it. But, in the colder months it turns solid and being kind of lazy, I find it a pain to melt it before using it in my smoothies and recipes. So, I was quite happy to hear of a liquid coconut oil that will save me from this tedious step.

So far, I am really having fun with this coconut oil. I love that it's in liquid form so I don't have to melt it before adding it to smoothies or baking recipes. I have the Raspberry flavour and so far I have been adding it to chocolate smoothies, fruit smoothies and my weekly black bean brownie recipe. I plan on using it in a salad with some spinach and strawberries too. The possibilities are endless. I love the flavour and the convenience. Now I want to try all the flavours! It's non-Gmo too!


Product Deets:

  • Premium Liquid Coconut Oil
  • Choose from 5 delicious flavours
  • Alternative to butter, margerine or vegetable oil 
  • Ideal for salad dressings, sauces, dips & drizzling on popcorn
  • Made with expeller pressed, Non-GMO coconuts
  • Cold Pressed, Unbleached, Unrefined
  • Non hydrogenated, zero trans fats, hexane free, no solvents
  • Stays liquid - even when refrigerated
If you have any recipes that you think this flavoured coconut oil would work in, please comment below, I would love to experiment some more with other recipes.

I received this product free for trial purposes from socialnature, all opinion are my own.


Amy
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

$1 Eye Makeup Brushes: 224, 222 and 217. Mac Dupes!?


Recently, I heard about these "Mac dupe" brushes selling on eBay and I had to check them out. At $1 a piece with FREE shipping, I felt I really couldn't go wrong. Here are the four that I purchased.  

From the top: #224 #224 #222 #217

The close up pictures above and below are after washing them two times and using them for two weeks,




My order:


Pictured above is a screenshot of my eBay purchase. 

As I mentioned, I heard that these were dupes for Mac brushes and I was in need of some pointed crease brushes. Again, not much to lose since they are $1 per brush and FREE shipping! yay!

I can't tell you how they compare to Mac brushes since I don't own any Mac ones, but I can tell you that I am LOVING these brushes! I can honestly say that I have been using these 4 brushes on the daily since I got them, and I haven't touched any of my other eye brushes since! Yes, I'm loving them that much. 

How they arrived:

They are really soft and washed well with no shedding. They also work amazingly well and blend my makeup like a dream. The handles feel like high quality IMO and each are stamped with their corresponding number. I would never guess that these are low-end brushes, let alone $1!

Insta Pic:

I ordered:
 2 x #224
1 x #222
1 x 217

I am so happy with my purchase and if I need anymore brushes I would definitely order these again or some others from this seller. Of course, only time will tell how they will hold up in the long run, but so far, so good. *Fingers crossed

Note: I've had some people on Instagram ask for a link. I will provide a link to one of the brushes from my purchase (not affiliate), but keep in mind that it may eventually expire. In that case I would recommend searching on eBay for makeup brushes with the number you are looking for eg. ``eye makeup brush 224`

eBay link: eBay makeup brush #224

I love finding great buys and bargains, so please leave a comment if you have any to share! Or, have you found any great bargains or dupes for higher end products?

All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

ps. Come join the fun at a Blogger link up party over at a fabulousandfunlife

Amy
xx

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Blog Sale Item: Elevate by Andis Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Flat Iron 1" NIB!


I am selling this flat iron: Elevate by andis. It heats up to 400 degrees. It is a 1" Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic and it can straighten or wave hair. 

It is new in the box. I have used it once or twice but I actually only ended up using my 1.5" iron as I don't look good with wavy hair (which is why I bought this 1" iron). 

I'm selling for only $20. It can be shipped (buyer pays shipping cost) or pick up in the west end of Toronto ie. mississauga or brampton area.  note: I paid much more for this iron plus taxes and shipping. 

Please leave a comment or contact me if you are interested and we can make arrangements.

If you like, you can view this ad for the iron: 

andis 1" tourmaline nano-ceramic flat iron NEW!, http://www.kijiji.ca/v-other-home-appliance/mississauga-peel-region/andis-1-tourmaline-nano-ceramic-flat-iron-new/1108609305 

Price: $ 20.00 Download the application from the Google Play Store. http://goo.gl/Hs9Yg

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Empties #4: Makeup, Beauty, Skincare and Health with #Reviews



Welcome to my September empties post. I have a little bit of everything, including a little makeup graveyard in this post. Not sure what it is about finishing up products that is so satisfying. Is it only that way for us beauty product junkies!?

My last empties post was on August 9th, 2015 and you can find it by clicking here if you are interested in seeing what I finished up in August.

I didn't finish all of these in one month, some of them I've had for quite a while. They were just finished by the end of September. I did not include any finished sample products as I had collected so many that I had a Samples Testing Challenge going on for a while. If you want to see what that was all about, here is a link to my last post in that challenge. 

I will try and be brief and get straight to the point on each product. ;)


Skincare

  • Simple Micellar Water- I really enjoyed using this. I actually won this in blog giveaway from imabeautygeek.com , which was really nice. Otherwise, I probably would never have tried it. Full review can be found HERE. 
  • Earth Science Eye makeup Remover- Holy grail for me. It works and it's all natural, can't beat that! I buy this on iHerb.
  • Retin-A Micro 0.04%- I've been using this for well over a year and it's supposed to be the Mac-Daddy of anti-aging in skincare, so I'll keep using it. Luckily, it's covered by my medical plan!
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum- I got this because it was super-cheap during Target's Liquidation sale here in Canada. I enjoyed it but can't say anything astronomical happened to my skin, especially considering what the full price is. I would only buy it if I got it super-cheap again.
  • Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep- I got this free from ChickAdvisor. I loved it. It was very soothing and anti-aging/hydrating. Heavy price tag though. But, it did last for quite a while.


Misc.

  • Dove Heat Defy Protect & Shine Mist- I've had this for years! I don't even know if they make it anymore.  I used this before using my hot tools. I really can't tell if it does anything. I've already purchased the Tre Semme Keratin one as I've heard good things about it.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide- I use this for so many things, I should really do a post about it. I use it on cuts, to make DIY cleaners, Whiten teeth, clean my mouth guard...... (Money saving tip: buy it at the Dollar store, it's much cheaper and it's the same thing)
  • Adidas Cotton Tech Deodorant- This is Aluminum Free and it works for me. I love the scent too. I'm still always trying out new deodorants hoping to find something natural that works. But, when this is on sale I have to buy it. I've been using it for years!
  • Sierra Bees Mauve Lip Shimmer- I love these lip balms with a hint of colour. As I age, my lips lose pigmentation, so even in a lip balm it's nice to have a bit of colour. This brand is very hydrating and affordable so I always stock up on them. I got it in a variety 4 pack, but you can also choose a 4 pack of just one colour. I buy them on iHerb also.
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast- This came in a sample kit from somewhere. I got a few of them so I can't remember exactly where it came from. I think it's a good mascara but I still prefer my Jordana Best Lash Extreme. And, I'd like to try some mascaras by Essence as I hear they are good too. (Mascaras only last 3 months max. So, I'm not about dropping a lot of money on them ) ;)


Health

  • FemMED Hormonal Balance- Recommended by my Dr. I take these on and off as they are very pricey. I try and stock up when they are on sale. 
  • Now Foods, Iron 18mg- My Multi Vitamin doesn't have enough iron in it, so I supplement with 18 mg caps. I have tested low for iron and I very rarely eat meat products. I have gone back to my usual brand which is even cheaper (only $3.67- half the price of the Now Foods one!), and I like it better. I'll leave a link to it here if you are interested. 
  • Healthy Origins CoQ10 100mg- This is a supplement that I will never be without! It fuels all the cells in our body. As we get older, we become depleted of it. Plus, I have a heart condition that this helps with. This is in the form of Ubiquinone. I know that everyone says that Ubiquinol is now the best form to take. But, I did my research and found out that even if you take Ubiquinol, it is changed to the Ubiquinone form in our stomachs. So, save your money and buy Ubiquinone like I do, it's much cheaper. Again, I buy it from iHerb where I find everything is much cheaper. Here is a link to it if you are interested.
  • BHI Calming Homeopathic Remedy- This is a MUST have for me. I have had sleep issues for years. I always have to have this on hand as it's the one homeopathic remedy that can send me over the edge into sleep when my body needs it. It's always on my bed side table. It's another product I get from iHerb. I've actually never seen it in stores. (yes, I'm a bit of an iHerb junkie. But everything is super cheap there and international shipping is super cheap too $3-$4!)



Makeup Graveyard:

These all went in the trash. They were all under $2 and quite old so I don't feel too bad about it, but there was no sense in keeping them around as I never wear them. I gave each lipstick one more shot and they were all way to bright on me. I just don't suit bright or dark colours and everything seems to oxidize on my lips and become even brighter!

Pictured above (left to right): Wet n Wild Fergie V.I.Pink, Jordana Matte in Pink Passion,  Elf in Classy, Wet n Wild Think Pink (why is this NEON on me!?)

Note: I can blame YouTube for ALL of these!



These were mostly purchased from the $1 store. No one else wanted them either, so off they went to the makeup graveyard.

-Elf Shadow in Happy Hour- Too powdery, have dupes
-Elf lipliner in Natural- Too orange on me
-La Colours loose eyeshadow in Radiant- Just glitter, no pigmentation
-Maybelline loose blush in Soft Mauve- Makes a mess, dupe in Sonia Kashuk blush in Pink
-Jordana nail polish in Creamy Fuchsia- Too 80's for me!
-Essence nail polish in Jacob's Protection- Impossible to get off thick glitter
-Jordana nail polish in Pink Bunny- I have a dupe, but it's staying for now ;)


If you have a September empties to share, let me know, I'd love to come and check out what you used up!

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All products were purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated. Some links maybe affiliate links. 

Amy
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