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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. 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


Monday, November 13, 2017

Empties | Makeup, Skincare, Health, Beauty!


I wasn't able to get this empties post up at the end of October, so this is now a month and a half worth of empties!

I was able to finish up quite a bit of product so I will be brief with my reviews and link to products where possible in the headings.



Skincare

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Face and Body Bar
This cleansing bar is great for troubled skin. It lasts forever so I gave some away as I wouldn't have been able to use them before the expiry date. All natural and Excellent for travel, too!

Repurchase- Yes

NeoStrata Night Repair Cream
For all skin types, lack of radiance. I think I waited too long to begin using this product as I had so much skincare to get through before I was able to get to this product. It was very hydrating yet light and I didn't experience any irritation or breakouts but I feel that the product lost its efficacy.

Repurchase- Not since I discovered Robin McGraw's Revelation line, that's my new holy grail!

Pure + Simple Collagen Elastin Plus
This stuff is pricey but oh so worth it! It's a VERY thin consistency, not much thicker than water, but It's the most hydrating serum that I've ever tried. Fabulous to use all year round but especially important in the winter.. figures that I'd run out now.  Note: I only use this at night because it is so costly.

Repurchase- Yes, but I'll wait for the 50% off sale 😉

Nip + Fab Hydrate Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum
I did a full review on several products from this brand (linked here). I used several products from this brand in conjunction and they did wonders clearing up my skin from some existing breakouts that I had from some other skincare that I was testing out prior to this.

Repurchase- Yes! If I experience any breakout issues I will reach for this brand

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum
As above, this product in conjunction with some other Nip + Fab products cleared my skin of some horrible breakouts that I was experiencing. (full review linked here). I find the Nip + Fab products very effective yet they are very affordable.

Repurchase- Yes, especially for breakouts

Robin McGraw Revelation Triple Action Brightening Serum
I have a full review coming on this line. I used this line for a month and my skin changed for the better very quickly. Although I already use great skincare, I had incredible results from this line. I noticed a huge difference, I looked younger overall, and others noticed too as I kept receiving compliments!

Repurchase- YES! If I could afford to get rid of all of my existing skincare and replace it all with this line, I would do so in a heartbeat!

Robin McGraw Revelation Triple Action Brightening Night Cream
I used this along with the serum above. I don't think I've ever experienced such amazing results from any other skincare. I know this line is marketed as brightening but I'd say the biggest changes to my skin were firming. I looked younger overall and the changes came quickly.

These products are dye free, SLS free, paraben free, mineral oil free, and cruelty-free!

Repurchase- YES! As above, I would replace all of my existing skincare with this line if I could afford to!



Makeup

Jordana Quick Shine Topcoat
This product did dry my nails really quickly, however, they also began peeling within a day!

Repurchase- Nope

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light
This product just doesn't work for me. I always end up with the product all over my eye area no matter how careful I am. I prefer Essence Make Me Brow (bonus, it's a lot cheaper). I have a comparison of the two linked here.

Repurchase- No

ELF HD Lifting Concealer in Brightening
This product is very brightening, however, it also gets cakey under my eyes no matter how I apply it. Maybe it's user error or maybe my aging skin... if any of you know how to make this product work without it getting patchy/cakey, please let me know!

Repurchase- No

Maybelline Cover Stick in Medium Beige
This product is so old that I can barely read the label and I have NO idea when I got it. I did manage to finish it up though. It did the job (for my face not my under eyes), the colour is a great match for my skin tone, and it's quick and easy to use. But, I believe there are better products out there these days that I would like to try.

Repurchase- No
Health

Now Foods Eve Superior Women's Multi
This product has many great ingredients for us women. However, this product requires that you take 3 a day to get the nutritional values on the label. I never took more than 1 a day. I should have known better and have gone back to a one a day multi.

Repurchase- No

SBT Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha
This product is made from Seabuckthorn leaves that are organically grown in the Canadian Prairies. Claims are that recent research has determined that the leaves contain 10 times the heart-healthy flavonols of the berries. I add this to smoothies or make a matcha latte.

From SBT: Our Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is also caffeine free, packed with protein (24%), and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, & minerals. A recent study has shown that Seabuckthorn leaves contain 10x more flavonols than the Seabuckthorn berry - flavonols are powerful anti-inflammatories that support heart, brain, bone, skin, digestive, & overall health. Its antioxidant properties also aid in preventing oxidative cell damage (aging). Overall Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha helps to promote heart, skin, mobility, & liver health while increasing energy (naturally & without caffeine), and aiding in weight control. 

100% Canadian product (from farm to table) 24% Protein Non GMO, Vegan, Wild crafted & Organic Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free & Cruelty Free Sustainable ingredients Recyclable packaging Contains 80 grams (almost 100 servings) Caffeine free Boosts energy naturally

Repurchase- Already have

Modern Era Naturals Lipo-Capsulated Vitamin C
This product is much better absorbed than traditional supplements. This product along with other supplements from the same brand did wonders for me when I was going through a bout of vertigo. These products are pricey but really worth it if you can afford it.

From Modern Era Naturals: All of our ultra-absorbable liposomal supplements offer a whopping 90% better absorption rate than traditional supplements.  This means more of the nutrients you need, delivered directly to your cells.  All of our products are gluten-free, allergy-free, vegan and offer a money back guarantee. 

Repurchase- Yes

BHI ( Heel) Calming Homeopathic Tablets 
Claims: For Nervous Tension, Irritability, Sleeplessness. This homeopathic complex has been one of my go-to products for sleep for years now. It's usually the one homeopathic remedy that will work and send me over the edge into sleep when I need it.

Repurchase- Yes

Hyland's Calms Forte Sleep Aid
I've had this for so long and haven't really used it as I prefer the BHI one (above) for my sleep issues. However, this one can be helpful and does have a subtle calming action. I like to take this one occasionally as needed during the daytime.

Repurchase- Possibly

BHI Exhaustion Homeopathic Tablets
Claims: For fatigue, stress, overexertion, stress, insomnia. Unfortunately, this one doesn't work for me. I will stick to the BHI Calming tablets (above) which work much better for me.

Repurchase- No. Looks like it's discontinued anyway. 😋

There you have it, another trip through my trash. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about what I loved and not so much.




Study Finds Women Suffer From Insomnia Far More Than Men


It's no surprise to me that a polling report released by Calm.com found that women suffer from insomnia much more than men. I have been a long time sufferer of severe and chronic insomnia. I've always found it frustrating that the men in my life fall asleep with ease and even unintentionally, while I struggle to get a few hours a night.

If you also suffer from insomnia, hopefully, this article may shed some light for you or maybe you'll find some of the tips helpful...

Far more women than men suffer insomnia or chronic sleep trouble and middle-aged women suffer most of all according to a just-released international study.

Women are 40% more likely than men to “always” sleep badly.

This figure rises to 55% in middle age (aged 45-54) when the gender gap hits its peak, as does the number of women who report “always” sleeping badly.

By contrast, there is barely any difference in the level of sleep problems among women and men aged 18-24 when both genders are also least likely to report chronic sleep troubles. 

This research comes after a survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans was conducted by pollsters YouGov on behalf of the meditation and sleep app Calm.com.

“Our own user data suggest that far more women than men are looking for help getting to sleep,” says Alex Tew, co-founder of Calm, which many users rely on to help them sleep.

While 70% of Calm’s users are women, no less than 85% of listeners to the app’s popular Sleep Stories (or bedtime stories for grown-ups) are female, according to Calm’s own data, compared to just 15% male.

“I certainly see more women with sleep trouble than men,” says Dr Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist whose talk on sleep science and advice is one of Calm’s 30+ Sleep Stories.

14% of all female respondents to Calm’s poll report ‘always’ having sleep trouble, compared to just 10% of male.

17% of middle-aged women (aged 45-54) always have such difficulty versus just 11% of men the same age.

40% of women compared to 31% men across all ages have sleep trouble either ‘always’ or ‘often’ 75% of women across all ages sleep badly either ‘always’, ‘often’ or “sometimes’ compared to 63% of men. 

There are several possible reasons that so many more women than men sleep badly says Dr. Steve Orma.

“One is hormones – such as estrogen and progesterone – which fluctuate more in women.” Such fluctuations can cause physical discomfort, which in turn can disturb sleep.

Hormonal changes can also cause mood changes and intensity both anxiety and depression says Orma. “All those things can disturb sleep.”

Indeed, for various reasons, women get diagnosed with anxiety and depression about twice as often as men do says Orma. Depression can either increase or decrease the amount someone sleeps, while anxiety tends to disrupt sleep. 

Other factors include pregnancy and children.

“Pregnancy involves a lot of discomfort,” says Orma. “You have an increased need to urinate. It can also cause breathing difficulties during sleep, such as sleep apnea.”  

Having young children can also often disturb sleep. Newborns are usually bad for both women and men but even nowadays suggests Orma women still tend to take more responsibility for getting up at night and child-raising in general.

Restless leg problem – whether related to pregnancy or not – is also more common in women says Orma. “And that’s something that also disturbs sleep.” 

“People in general start sleeping worse when they get older and sleep becomes lighter, particularly in the latter part of the night,” says Orma. “But for women, specifically the menopause and resulting hormonal fluctuations and hot flushes can be another cause of sleep problems.”


Six Reasons That Women Sleep Worse Than Men

• Greater fluctuations in hormones like estrogen and progesterone causing discomfort.
• Anxiety and depression are twice as common for women.
• Pregnancy and the associated discomfort. 
• More responsibility for newborns and young children.
• Restless leg syndrome – women get it more.
• The menopause brings more hormone fluctuations, hot flushes.


Psychologist’s Three Top Tips For Women With Insomnia

With women more than men, it’s important to identify any biological factors (such as hormones, pregnancy, menopause, etc) causing insomnia says Dr. Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist, insomnia specialist and author of the book, Stop Worrying & Go To Sleep.  

His top tips are:

1. Seek to determine the cause of the sleep trouble: i.e., is it psychological or is there something biological or hormonal going on?
2. Seek treatment based on the specific cause: e.g. CBT-I (cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia) and/or medical treatment for the biological issue.
3. Maintain good sleep habits over time (based on what you learn from CBT-I). 


If you've found something that helps you have quality, deep sleep, please share in the comments. 

Sweet dreams, Everyone!




* This post is not sponsored

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wondering How Old Your Makeup and Other Cosmetics Actually Are!?



If you're like me and like to test out a lot of makeup and beauty items, it's easy to lose track of how long you've had each product. Although, recently I've started to date a lot of my beauty items so I can keep track of them more easily and know when they're expired.

Some beauty products have an expiry date right on them and some do not, but most should have a POA (Period After Opening) date. The PAO date refers to how long a product is good for from the time that it's first opened and is indicated by a picture of an open jar with the number of months the product is good for after opening it. But, in many cases, our beauty items may have been sitting on store shelves for years before they are purchased by us. Brands identify when each product was made by stamping the products with batch or lot numbers.

I recently saw a YouTube video by Jessica Braun, which caught my eye since it was about how old your makeup is. Jessica shared links to some sites in her video that can help us determine when a product was made based on these batch or lot numbers that are stamped onto our beauty products. I had no idea these sites existed and I find them really helpful, so I really wanted to share them with you! So, if you've got some old products sitting around and you can't recall just how old they are, these sites will at least give you an idea of how old they are. Although, the batch numbers indicate when they were made and not when you purchased the items. Products do have a shelf life as well but at least we can get an idea of just how old some of our products are.

If you are someone who purchases a lot of beauty items, you may want to start labelling when you purchase them. I find it very helpful.

Here are two great resources that will help you determine when a product was manufactured based on the batch or lot number on the product:


www.checkfresh.com/

checkcosmetic.net/

I'm finding these sites super helpful and I hope you do too! 



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5 Ways to Integrate Wellness into Your Everyday Routine

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If you were wondering what wellness actually is, we can tell you that it’s a state of being healthy, happy, and content while making your lifestyle decisions. Even though it may seem unattainable, the fact is that it doesn’t take much to integrate it into your everyday routines and feel much better instantly. Here are five amazing ways to make that happen, so stay with us and keep on reading!

Start your day in a good and healthy way
Starting your morning routine with a drink that’ll give you an energy boost is highly required, especially if there’s a long day in front of you. One such drink is really simple yet very effective – a glass of hot water with lemon has always been many women’s top choice. Drinking it on an empty stomach can boost your metabolism and aid your digestion during the day, and it’s also likely to brighten your skin and cleanse your liver. 

Smoothies of all kinds are highly beneficial as well, so here’s one quick recipe: mix 1 sliced banana, 200ml of plain yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and ½ tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Blend these together until smooth, and drink this fantastic smoothie that can soothe your digestion, nausea, and other stomach issues in no time!


Get massages regularly or even learn self-massageEven though getting a massage was associated with some luxury spas and upscale health clubs, the fact is that these days massage therapy is offered literally anywhere – from hospitals and ordinary spas, to airports and shopping centers. There’s a massage for every pocket, depending on how much you want to spend, and the truth is that it’s one of the best ways to improve your health and overall well-being in just an hour. 
Basically, massage is said to reduce pain, stress, and muscle tension, and it’s also extremely helpful when it comes to anxiety, headaches, insomnia, digestive disorders, and sports injuries. Self-massage can be really practical as well, so be sure to learn how to relieve pain and tension thanks to some useful massage moves.

Be healthy on the inside and beautiful on the outsidePeople always say that you are what you eat, and the fact is that our eating habits play a huge role when it comes to our health. Processed foods we’re eating these days are everything but nutritious – these are filled with artificially added dyes and sweeteners that can do more harm than good to your body. 
So, give your best and switch to healthy eating habits as soon as possible. Start with including more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. These are rich in fibers, vitamins, and antioxidants, and they’ll surely help your digestion and make your skin look radiant and youthful. Apart from these, you can always take Solgar supplements as well – their advanced antioxidant formula is all you need for skin that’s healthy on the inside and luminous on the outside!


Meditation as the key to a peaceful state of mind
Meditation is one of the best means of transforming your mind that allows you to stay at peace with yourself and your own thoughts, which is why it’s crucial if you want to integrate wellness into your everyday routines. It’s also a fantastic way to fight stress and improve concentration, since it helps you to stay more focused, no matter what you do. Meditation is also highly likely to encourage positive thinking and therefore make you much happier and more content, which is crucial for increasing your self-awareness and creating a positive self-image.

Don’t skip physical activityWe can’t emphasize enough the importance of regular physical activity, so be sure to exercise on a daily basis in order to see some wonderful results. Apart from obvious benefits like losing weight and building muscles, physical activity can also help you combat health conditions such as various heart diseases and high blood pressure. It also improves your mood to the max, even when you’re exhausted after a long day at work, so be sure to give it a try no matter how tired you are. If you aren’t actually up for an intense workout, a brisk 15-minute walk will also do the trick!
All of these five activities are truly amazing and highly beneficial for your welfare, so be sure to incorporate them into your everyday routines as soon as possible. Integrating wellness into your life has never been easier, so give it a try and you’ll see an instant improvement!



About the Author:
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie blogger in love with fashion, beauty, and style. Her mission is to inform the world of all the things she loves and enjoys. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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