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Sunday, February 28, 2016

February Empties! Health, Beauty, and Makeup


It's that time again.. time to share my health and beauty empties for the month of February! If you want to read my last empties post you can find it HERE.


- Live Clean Colour Protect Shampoo- This product is made of 98% plant ingredients, it's free of SLS and parabens, pure vegan, and cruelty free! On top of all of that it's very gentle on my coloured/bleached hair but also gets it very clean and I find it moisturizing. It's budget friendly and found at most drugstores. Live Clean doesn't have very fancy packaging but it's what's inside that counts, and I've loved all of the hair products that I've tried from this line. I would buy this again when I run out of other shampoos that I have to use up.

-Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes- These wipes have some great ingredients like cucumber, chamomile, and aloe. They are gentle on my skin and the wipes are huge! These are a repeat buy for me as they are very economical and found at Costco.

-M. Asam Aqua Intense Moisture Recharge Night Cream- This was my first time trying this line. I received two items in a special deal from The Shopping Channel. Although this says it's a night cream, I used it during the day and I loved it. It has a nice consistency and is very hydrating but I do prefer a heavier/oilier cream at night. I would repurchase this at the right price.


-Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil- I purchased a pack of 5 minis when Target was closing here in Canada. I loved these eye pencils for their creaminess and how long lasting they are. Sadly, two of them dried up and the product just fell out of the tubes! The first one was tossed into the garbage, so only one is pictured here. Not sure why this happened to only 2 of the 5. I would not purchase these again after this experience. However, I still like other products by this brand.

-Jordana Best Lash Extreme- What can I say, this is probably my 10th tube of this mascara. I love what it does for my lashes but it's tough to get off. Will definitely repurchase and it's only $2.99.

-Elf Lash & Brow Clear Mascara- Another product I go through like crazy. I've tried other brow gels but I always go back to this one. Some others I've tried are too wet of a formula or flake and I don't have either of those issues with this brow gel. I use both sides for my brows. It's only $1-2. Definitely will repurchase.. in bulk! hehe


I saved my health products till last as I know some of my readers are not interested, but if you are interested read on for your health and your pets health! As always, check with your health professional before adding new supplements to your regimen.

-Garden of Life MyKind Organics Women's Multi- I am always trying new multi-vitamins and I rarely notice a difference in how I feel. That wasn't the case with these, I noticed a difference right away and found myself getting a lot done, especially neglected chores around the house. Garden of Life is pricey but worth it as they make really high quality products. I've been using their Primal Defense probiotics for over 18 years!

-Healthy Origins 5-HTP- At this time, this is my go-to for sleep! I take 100mg for a sounder sleep. It doesn't stop my cat from waking me at 6 am everyday but it definitely makes a huge difference in the quality and quantity of my sleep. I'm about to give another brand a go just to see if there's a difference but I do highly recommend these.

-Doctor's Best Quick Melt Melatonin 2.5 mg- This is another go-to product for me. I find that I have to take it for a while then take a break from it. These melt under the tongue and within about half an hour I can feel the sleepiness set in. They definitely work if you're having trouble with falling asleep. I can also take these if I wake early in the morning and usually I'll go back to sleep. I also play with different brands and doses but I always keep melatonin on hand. It's a hormone and it's good for a lot more than just sleep!

-Gentle Digest For Dogs and Cats- This product includes prebiotics and probiotics. Most of our pets can also use a little help in this department just as we can. This is great for their immune system and it helps keep my little guy regular. Another product I always have on hand.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I used up this month, what I loved and what didn't work for me. Have you found any products recently that you love? Please share, I love when you guys let me know about your great finds!

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Amy
xoxo



Friday, February 19, 2016

OZ Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

This winter has done a number on my skin and it doesn't help that the humidifier in my house is broken. The end result has been dry, dehydrated and scaly skin. I was so happy to try OZ Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut body butter. It's chocked full of great ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil, kukui nut oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil and more!



I have never found a body butter anything like this. It is not as thick and heavy as most body butters that I've tried but it's a lot thicker than a lotion, so the consistency is somewhere in between the two. Unlike other body butters, this product does not sit on the skin or leave a greasy film, it absorbs completely and also leaves my dehydrated winter skin completely hydrated and super soft (hydrated skin equals younger looking skin)!

Since there is zero greasiness, I love that I can throw on my skinny jeans moments after application, something I haven't been able to do with other body butters.This product would be great for sensitive skin too as it is very soothing and there's no burning after shaving! There is barely any scent to the product at all so it wont clash with any fragrances that you wear and would be suitable for those who are sensitive to fragrances. It also leaves a very subtle glow to my skin, making it look more perfected. There is no shimmer or glitter, just a subtle glow which will be great for when I want to improve the appearance of my arms and legs in the summer!

This product says it can be used on the face too, which I think is fabulous! The tube is a huge 8oz size, so it will last forever. The ingredients are one's that I feel good about putting on my skin. I've tried other products by this line so I trust using this on my face as well as body. I also love the packaging which makes it very sanitary and great for travel.

The consistency is thick enough that it doesn't run down the back of my hand even with a large amount as shown here, but not too thick like most other body butters. Hopefully you get an idea of the consistency from this picture.



Pros:
-contains wonderful oils to nourish and hydrate the skin
-sinks into the skin with no greasy residue
-can be used on the face as well as body
-leaves a subtle glow
-can be used as a massage cream
-made in the USA
-60% organic
-guaranteed results
-does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates!
-safe for all skin types
-cruelty free

Cons:
None found

Ingredients:


Product description taken from Amazon:

Nourish & Renew Your Body’s Skin with Our Luxurious Body Butter With Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Oils.
This Body Butter Quickly Penetrates Your Skin – Leaving It Silky And Smooth.Our Body Butter Contains The Richest Nutrients
To Hydrate Even Very Dry Skin & Increase Epidermal Elasticity. Our Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter Will Provide Your Skin With The Following Benefits:
This rich Body Butter has everything your skin needs and leaves your skin with a radiant glow and smooth, non-greasy hydration
It provides anti-oxidants which enter the deepest layers of the skin and create a protective shield, which locks in moisture.
Renews your skin cells and provides protection against free radicals & makes them more elastic for a younger, healthier, glowing skin.
Our Guarantee To You If within 30 days you're not 100% happy with your purchase of OZ Naturals Body Butter, let us know and we'll refund your entire purchase price...no questions asked.

I am thoroughly impressed by this product and this company as a whole. Every product I have tried is of the highest quality. They use the best ingredients, leave out the nasty ones, and they don't test on animals. What more could I ask for. I would also recommend these products for men, I mean they have skin too!

*PR sample. All opinions are my own.

Have you tried OZ Naturals? If so, which products?

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Amy
xoxo

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New Essence Sheer and Shine Lipstick Review: Cute Nude & Candy Love!

I was at my local Shoppers Drug Mart the other day and whenever I'm there I always have to check out the Essence makeup display to see if they have anything new. That's when I saw their new Sheer and Shine lipsticks and I couldn't resist, so I grab a couple to share with you. 


They had 9 shades to choose from and a nice range of colours from nudes to pinks and corals and deeper shades. I went for the two nudes that I knew I would get the most use of and it's a pretty safe bet that they'll suit me too. 



I picked out #02 Cute Nude a nice sheer pinky nude and #12 Candy Love a sheer light berry toned pink with blue undertones.

 Cute Nude (left) Candy Love (right)

Here they are swatched in daylight. Cute Nude is the paler colour and Candy Love is more pink.


The swatches here have been built up with a few swipes. One swipe would be much more sheer. Either way you will not end up with an opaque lipstick look, which I'm not a huge fan of on myself.


I find that they are nice and moisturizing and they don't leave a stain. They are easily built up to get more colour (as pictured). They don't last too long as they have a balm like texture. I find these are great everyday lipsticks to throw in my purse, and these are the kind of shades you can just slap on and go! They also don't settle into lip lines. I love them both but I like Candy Love a little bit more as it has more colour and I find that blue based pinks really suit me.

If you have aging or even just dehydrated lips I think you would really like these. Same, if you have a lot of lip lines as I do and you can't pull off all the matte lip looks. I think this type of formula and these lighter colours are good for creating a more youthful look on the lips. 

I'm really liking these and at only $3.49 you really can't go wrong. I'm generally a nude and pink lips kind of person, but if you want something a lot darker or deeper they have that too, they just wont be opaque. And, did I mention that Essence is cruelty free!?

Have you tried any of these new lippies? If so, how do you like them?

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Amy
xoxo

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentines Day!



I just wanted to wish all my readers a very happy Valentine's day! No matter who you spend it with I hope you enjoy the day. My cat has agreed to be my Valentine again this year and I'm so grateful! He's not much of a cuddler though. Even if you don't have a Valentine this year, know that someone out there loves you, but more importantly , love yourself. Treat yourself to a spa day at home (I know I'm going to), or get that thing you've had your eye on for a while, and get yo'self some chocolate of course. You deserve it!  I always say, spoil yourself because no one else is going to. Maybe you're one of the lucky one's who gets spoiled by that special someone, in that case lucky you! But, we all deserve it, so if no one is spoiling you, go spoil yourself rotten!

Hope you have a great day!

Amy
Xoxo

Beyond The Rack Clothing / Fashion Haul! Celsius, Triple Five Soul, Alexis Harrison

I wanted to share a small fashion haul with you today. I don't blog about it much at all but fashion is really my number one love! This little haul is from a website called Beyond the Rack. It's an interesting site. They call it a private shopping club, but anyone can join and it's free, you just need an invitation. If you'd like an invite to check them out you can click HERE 

Beyond the Rack carries much more than just fashion; they have housewares, jewelry, beauty products, accessories and more. Given the funds, I could really go wild on their site!

How it works: Items are listed into event's and each event only lasts for a couple of days. They carry high-end and designer brands and everything is deeply discounted.


I was really happy when my order came. It was obvious that the items were of high quality! 



The first item I ordered is this gorgeous blue and black pleather moto jacket with gold detailing. The brand is Celsius and it's called The Kelly Jacket. It was only $34.99 but retails for $135! I love how this piece can be dressed up worn over a maxi dress or dressed down worn over jeans or leggings!







The second item I ordered was this gorgeous Henley top by Triple Five Soul called the Shawna top. It's sheer with lace-like detailing and has that worn-in look that I love. The sleeves can be rolled up and buttoned with the attached tabs or worn down. This was also $34.99 regular price was approx. $105! ( I say approximate as these events are over so I cannot find them on the site at this time and they don't have the price on the manufacturer's tag).



I love this top, it's so comfy and it covers my tush which I love! I don't find that often as I'm 5.75"



It has a lot of nice detailing including a pocket, shoulder patches, worn/distressed look etc. All the little details in this top take it from a regular Henley style top to a simple but super fashionable piece.


My third and final item in this haul are these gorgeous black ankle booties by Alexis Harrison. They are called the Nicole Croc & Suede Wood Heel Booties. They have a snake embossed pattern on them and I love the gold zipper detail. They have a modest heel at just under 3", so they are comfortable to walk in. These were priced at only $29.99 and the regular price was approx. $150!


I'm so happy to have a pair of ankle booties that I can wear socks with. I never wear my other ankle boots as they have cutouts in them, so I can't wear socks with them.



So that's my little haul. I'm really happy with my purchases! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I purchased. I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of all of these items and that is money well spent!

Shipping was only $7.99 and that got me 3 days of free shipping! I know they often have free shipping promos too. I love that Beyond The Rack's website is constantly getting new stock and opening new events. I love to browse around and see what new things come in. If you like to hunt around for bargains like I do you will love this site!

Tip: When shopping around on their site, I found it really helpful that they have drop down tabs at the top of the pages to narrow your search eg. by size, price etc..


Info from Beyond the Rack's website: 
  • Beyond the Rack is a private shopping club for people who want designer brand apparel and accessories at up to 80% off MSRP. We offer authentic designer merchandise exclusively to our members through limited-time events.
  • Each event starts at a specific time (9:00AM ET and 5:00 PM ET) and typically lasts 48 hours, except for events that start on Friday, which last until the following Monday. After each event ends, the merchandise is no longer available. Note: they ship only within North America.
I definitely recommend Beyond the Rack. to anyone who likes getting great deals on good quality merchandise and designer brands. It's a great spot for finding gifts as well, I saw some gorgeous men's watches!

Know any great places to shop? I love shopping, so please leave your recommendations in the comments! 

BFN,
Amy
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