Sunday, May 15, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Best Fan For Keeping Cool All Summer Long


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Welcome to another installment of our Weekly Favourite! 

This week the standout item is this small but mighty fan by Honeywell. It's Honewell's HT900 (C) TurboForce 7" Table Fan

So, what's so "cool" about it?  Well, many things. For one, it's only 7", so it takes up very little space. It can also be mounted on the wall, placed on any desk or tabletop, or even placed on the floor. Because it's a turbofan, it's very powerful! It also has 3-speed settings to choose from and features a 90-degree pivoting head.  At only $20, it is very affordable and helps to save money on the air conditioning bills, plus it's energy-efficient as well.

As I've gotten older, I am no longer a fan of the heat and I was looking for ways to save on our AC bills while also staying cool. I purchased my first Honeywell HT900 fan last Summer and I've been using it in the bedroom to keep cool at night. Because it's so tiny, it lives on the floor across from my bed, and thanks to the pivoting head, I keep it angled up towards the bed so I feel a cool gentle breeze all night long. It's only 4 feet away from my bed so I keep it on low and it's the perfect amount of breeze for me. The circulating air really reaches far and wide. 

I liked this fan so much that I purchased a second one to keep on a tabletop in my workout room. I keep it facing my treadmill for the most part, but can easily angle it to different parts of the room wherever I need to feel its cool breeze. 

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From Amazon:
  • Powerful and focused, designed to circulate the air throughout the whole room - feel the Turbo Force. Great for year-round use with a heat source to circulate warm air in wintertime and with an A/C to circulate cool air in summer time
  • 3 speed motor with high, medium and low operation options. 90° pivoting head. Unique blade creates less noise and is 25% quieter (2). Removable grille for easy cleaning
  • Feel the power 25ft (10.6 m) away! Includes a recessed carrying handle and is a convenient size for anywhere, easily mounts to wall for maximizing surface space. Energy saving (3)
  • IMPORTANT: No tools assembly; Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.3 x 10.9" (27.7 x 16 x 27.7 cm). Colour: Black
  • Voted most trusted Electric Fan brand by Canadian shoppers based on the BrandSpark Canadian Trust Study, years 2019 to 2021 (in a tie) and 2022

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Takes up very little real estate!

 
I love this little fan so much! It works so well and is nice and quiet, too. The little sound that it does make actually helps me sleep. I have 2 of these so far and definitely see myself purchasing more of them. I can think of many more rooms and areas that could use one. It would be great to have one in the garage, too! The fan is so affordable at about $20 bucks each and I end up saving on my AC bills in the long run - now that's a win-win!

Note: there is a USA version (HT900) and a Canadian Version. I have the Canadian version (HT900C).

Purchase Honeywell's HT900 TurboForce fan here. 


Here's to keeping cool all Summer long on the cheap! 🧊






Sunday, May 8, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Flexitol Heel Magic Review



Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's,  Grandmom's, and Fur Mom's! 🌸

Today, I'm sharing this week's standout product which happens to be Flexitol Heel Magic. It's my secret weapon to getting pedi-ready in a jiffy. 

I'm admittedly lazy when  it comes to pedicures and I can't go for a pedicure since my feet are super ticklish if touched by others πŸ˜…. Flexitol Heel Magic truly is magic. It's so easy to use and takes seconds to apply. I wake up to soft smooth feet every time. 



From Flexitol:

Flexitol Heel Magic is a quick and easy to apply treatment for feet with dry skin or rough, cracked heels. It contains a highly concentrated moisturizing base that delivers visible results after 3 days on stubborn cracks.

Its innovative blend of emollients includes Shea Butter, Lanolin, Vitamin E, Beeswax and Olive Oil to soften and protect dry, scaly and cracked heels.Practical, no mess stick applicator format: 
  • no need to touch the product with hands
  • Breakthrough product that hydrates dry & cracked heels
  • Diabetic friendly

Easy application 

I rub Flexitol Heel Magic all over my feet with the convenient, mess-free applicator before bed, then put on a pair of socks to let Flexitol work its magic overnight. I wake up with soft, smooth, sandal-ready feet in the morning. Flexitol recommends using it AM and PM, although I generally only use it at night and get great results. My partner also uses Flexitol and it also works great on his thick calloused feet.

It's truly an amazing and unique product,  and the quickest and easiest way to great looking sandal-ready feet!

It's only $10.99 USD for 2.5 oz and lasts for a long time!

Purchase Flexitol here.



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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Read This Before You Try the Latest Viral Tik Tok Beauty Trends!






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According to recent statistics, the viral app Tik Tok has reached over 1 billion monthly users. (Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/27/tiktok-reaches-1-billion-monthly-users.html) With several beauty trends going viral on a daily basis, it can be tempting to experiment with these DIY and less expensive solutions than in office cosmetic surgery visits. However, some of these hacks are at best ineffective or downright dangerous.

Board-Certified Washington, DC Plastic Surgeon Dr. George Bitar breaks down the most popular Tik Tok beauty hacks you should avoid.

What is it? Liquid Chlorophyll

It’s a liquid tonic that users make at home that purports to be an acne cure-all and improves skin’s texture and redness.

Why you should steer clear: 

Drinking chlorophyll-infused water to get rid of acne or improve your skin can worsen your skin condition.


What is it? At-Home Hyaluron Pens

The Hyaluron Pen (also known as hyaluronic acid pen) is a small handheld medical device used to administer hyaluronic acid fillers into the face. This “pen” was originally created for diabetic patients to offer a needle-free, pain-free way to deliver insulin into the subcutaneous tissue. The pens took TikTok users by storm for their supposed potential to inject the lips, jawline or nose with hyaluronic acid at home.

Why you should steer clear:

You should never be giving yourself lip procedures or any aesthetic rejuvenation at home. At the advisory of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "no one should be purchasing a hyaluron pen due to the fact that they can cause bleeding or bruising; infection with bacteria, fungus, or virus from the filler or needle-free device, among several other side effects, including death." Don't ever try this at home. Injectables may cause occlusion of blood vessels leading to skin death and possibly blindness in the most experienced hands, so when someone who is not familiar with facial anatomy injects themselves, they could cause a catastrophe!


What is it? At home nasal tanning spray

These products, showcased on TikTok, aren't strictly self-tanners. Instead, they're inhaled as nasal sprays to boost the effects of sun exposure or a tanning bed.


Why you should steer clear: 

You shouldn’t be inhaling substances that haven’t been studied sufficiently, as using medications nasally can affect your sense of smell. They can also potentially have toxic effects on the cilia of the nose, keeping the nose from moving mucus through it normally. This can lead to mucus buildup throughout the nasal cavity, which thickens and forces you to blow out or postnasal drip. Melanotan is an unregulated synthetic chemical that functions as a hormone and supports melanogenesis, which is the process by which melanin, a black-brown pigment, is produced in the skin. Nasal tanning sprays have a range of different ingredients, but most commonly, they will all contain tyrosine or melanotan as their main active ingredient.


What is it: Sea Salt Acne Spray

A DIY spray consisting of sea salt and water to eradicate acne.


Why you should steer clear:

Sea salt water at best may help with mild skin inflammation and redness. This is not a viable treatment for acne. It could delay proper care and cause hyperpigmentation and potential scarring due to its use.


What is it? At-Home Plasma Pen Treatments


The devices look not so different from a mechanical toothbrush — but instead of a brush head, plasma pens have a needle-like tip. However, the tip never touches the skin — it's merely the means through which an arc of plasma passes. The process is said to make skin firmer and tighter by inducing trauma that triggers skin cells called fibroblasts to produce more collagen.


Why you should steer clear:


You should not be purchasing a plasma pen to achieve "firmer and tighter" skin. The risks associated with using this pen are quite severe. Inflicting pain on the skin with this device removes its proteins, causing the skin to lose its suppleness. It also poses a risk of causing pitting and scars. What’s more, the pens are not monitored by the FDA. A more professional version of this pen is used in plastic surgeons' and dermatologists' offices. It requires a lot of training to be able to treat a patient without burning them. If a lay person uses this pen, they are at risk of causing themselves second and third degree burns if used improperly.


What is it? Scraping off Moles At Home

Some people have been using chemicals or even attempting to scrape off moles physically at home. One peculiar method recommends applying eyelash glue to skin.


Why you should steer clear:


All moles be checked by a professional before removal. There is no 'safe' way to remove a mole at home. This needs to be done by a trained qualified doctor or dermatologist. Using chemicals or attempting to 'scrape' off a mole could lead to infections, bleeding, scarring, and deformity.

A more compelling reason to not scrape moles at home is because moles originate in the dermis and therefore scraping the skin will only make them regrow after the endured trauma heals. Another reason to not scrape moles is that some moles can be cancerous, even on teenagers, and by scraping them without a physician examining them, cancer cells will still remain to regrow later.


What it is: Erection cream lip pout

One man caused shockwaves across social media for using erectile dysfunction cream to create plumper lips. These creams designed to boost erections typically rely on alprostadil, a type of vasodilator that widens blood vessels.


Why you should steer clear:


This can cause allergic reactions, blisters and swelling, but it can also cause blood pressure problems if the cream gets into your mouth. The lips are made of thin and delicate skin with fewer oil glands. Let's just end this by saying that technology is fascinating and adaptable, but just because there is a remote connection between a cosmetic problem and the technology to address it doesn't mean that a non- medically trained lay person should take that leap of faith and self- medicate. The emergency rooms around the world are filled with these people!


 

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George Bitar, MD, FACS is an award-winning, fellowship-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed over 20, 000 cosmetic facial and body procedures. He is the founder and Medical Director of the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute with offices in Fairfax, VA that serves a sophisticated national and international patient base. offering state-of-the-art skin care, injectables and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Bitar obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he now serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor. He then finished a general surgery residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. His plastic surgery residency was completed at the University of Virginia Plastic Surgery Program, which provided him with a strong foundation in reconstructive surgery, for people injured in accidents or who have facial deformities or severe burns, and in hand surgery and microsurgery.

Dr. Bitar later completed an advanced aesthetic surgery fellowship with 10 board certified plastic surgeons where he sharpened his aesthetic surgery skills before founding the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in 2002 in the metropolitan Washington DC area where he practices currently.

As an assistant clinical professor at the George Washington School University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Bitar is involved in educating upcoming doctors and has lectured about his procedures at national and international medical conventions. He is also a frequent lecturer at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia’s Plastic Surgery Departments. A firm believer in medical research, he has authored several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and book chapters and co-authored a book for other plastic surgeons about the neck lift technique that he has helped develop, as well as a major study about the safety of cosmetic surgery on 4,470 patients. Dr. Bitar is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons.

As a continued commitment to enhancing the quality of life through plastic surgery, Dr. Bitar has operated on 6 continents and volunteered on medical missions to various countries and operated on children with severe burn, facial and hand deformities. He volunteers on the medical school admissions committee at George Washington University. Dr. Bitar is also fluent in French and Arabic.

Internationally, he trained with prominent cosmetic surgeons, and learned the techniques of Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, the father of Brazilian cosmetic surgery, in Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Marchac in Paris, Dr. Mendelson in Melbourne, and Dr. Widgerow in Johannesburg.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Webber Naturals Super Sleep



Welcome to another installment where we share the standout item of the week. This week, that product is Webber Natural's Super Sleep supplement. 

I had been taking Super Sleep on and off for years! I had stopped taking it for a while but went back to it this week as my sleep just wasn't happening and my other supplements are herbs weren't cutting it. Super Sleep was just what I needed. I started sleeping longer and deeper. It is one of my absolute favourite supplements to help with my chronic insomnia. I really like that it has a low dose of melatonin at 1.5mg per tablet, plus L-theanine and 5-HTP. I only take 1 tablet vs the recommended 2 as higher doses of melatonin don't always agree with me.  And at times, I break the chewable tablet in half and just take half. If I wake up too early, I often take another tablet at that time and usually fall back asleep.

I take Super Sleep most nights. I just have to take a short break from it when my sleep becomes more restless. I think it's good to take breaks from certain supplements anyways. Just listen to your body, as with anything. 


Product Details

A unique combination of ingredients that helps to cope with mild insomnia. Helps relieve daytime fatigue caused by jet lag and shift work. Helps reset the body's sleep-wake cycle.

Super Sleep™ from Webber naturals® is a unique natural formula that combines the amino acid 5-HTP, L-theanine from green tea, and the hormone melatonin to help you cope with mild insomnia and anxiety. Anyone with occasional insomnia can use Super Sleep™. Those with chronic insomnia should consult a physician to rule out underlying medical conditions.

Features and Benefits:
  • Soft-melt tablets for fast acting action
  • 3 powerful nutrients for better sleep quality and duration
  • Melatonin supplementation can improve sleep and helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle
  • L-Theanine reduces stress, improves the quality of sleep, and heightens mental activity by increasing alpha-brain wave activity
  • 5-HTP boosts serotonin levels
  • Optimum levels of serotonin in the brain produce a calming effect and more able to sleep will with good dream recall


Webber's Super Sleep is one of the best, if not the best sleep supplement that I've ever used for my chronic insomnia, and I've used A LOT! It's also pretty affordable at about $20 for 90 tablets. Since I usually just take 1 per night, that's a 3 months supply for me. Note: Webber's Melatonin Plus is the exact same product as the Super Sleep, just under a different name and it's a smaller quantity per bottle.

I definitely recommend giving this one a try whether you are suffering from insomnia, jetlag, or just want a deeper sleep. Just make sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new supplements. 

Purchase Super Sleep here.

Sleep well! 😴


                                                         



Sunday, April 24, 2022

ToothWave Radiofrequency Toothbrush by Silk'n | Game Changing Oral Care


I have been fairly lucky when it comes to my teeth and have had very few issues with them (*knocks on wood). Although I do take care of my teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to make it to the dentist for a cleaning for quite a few years now, and it was really starting to show! I could feel the plaque and tartar on my teeth and they had certainly yellowed. I really do need to make it to the dentist when I feel comfortable to do so, but in the meantime, I have been using this new ToothWave radiofrequency toothbrush by Silk'n and it has been a game-changer for me!

I never thought I'd be so excited about an oral care product, but I am! After the very first use of the ToothWave, my teeth felt so smooth and clean, as if I actually went to the dentist for a cleaning. I've always used an electric toothbrush, but this Toothwave toothbrush has blown my old electric toothbrush out of the water and I am in awe as the tartar on my teeth is no match for the ToothWave!


What is the ToothWave?

First unveiled at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, ToothWave has since been cleared for use by various regulation authorities worldwide.

From ToothWave:

"Powered by DentalRF® technology, ToothWave is the 1st toothbrush to use DentalRF technology, and is clinically proven to REDUCE EXISTING TARTAR!

DentalRF technology by Silk’n is the first dental care concept to recognize that brushing, as efficient as it may be, cannot break the strong molecular bonds that tie impurities to the teeth’s surface. Instead, by harnessing the power of well-known electro-chemical principles, DentalRF technology now lifts daily oral hygiene to new heights.

ToothWave is clinically proven* to:
  • Reduce gum inflammation and bleeding
  • Reduce teeth stains
  • Brighten teeth
  • Reduce existing Tartar
* In controlled clinical studies, ToothWave has shown to reduce gingivitis by 45%, reduce gum bleeding by 35%, provide 2 shades teeth whitening, 37% reduction of stains and 2.6% existing tartar reduction within 6 weeks."



The ToothWave comes with 2 different sized toothbrush heads. Both are made of soft bristles and are gentle and nonabrasive on both teeth and gums. It safely provides whitening without the chemical erosion. Despite being gentle, it's very powerful at breaking up and removing both stains and tartar. 

The brush has slow, medium, and fast vibration settings to choose from.  At its highest vibration speed (recommended) it makes up to 48,000 vibrating brush strokes per minute. The brush also has a timer and will shut off automatically after 2 minutes. It's recommended to go over each tooth in circular motions until the timer shuts the unit off, and then go over the chewing surface of each tooth.

The ToothWave comes with a nice-looking and sturdy base for charging as well as a USB cable and adapter so it can plug into a regular wall outlet. Once fully charged, the ToothWave will work for up to 2 weeks with regular use (twice a day for 2 minutes).

The ToothWave is also waterproof and is suitable for use under the shower or while taking a bath. πŸ’¦

It is recommended to change the brush head every 3 months or sooner if the brush head becomes worn.


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π—œπ—‘π—§π—˜π—‘π——π—˜π—— π—¨π—¦π—˜ – According to Health Canada: “ToothWave is intended for daily oral hygiene, including plaque removal, calculus reduction, and the prevention and reduction of gingivitis. The device is also intended for the removal of teeth discoloration, stains, plaque, and tartar (calculus).” 

Although I was skeptical, ToothWave has proven itself to me. It is hands-down the most effective yet gentle oral hygiene product that I've ever used. My teeth look and feel better than ever. They are so clean and feel so smooth since the tartar is being removed, and my teeth are getting whiter and brighter every day (there is something to be said for a clean white smile having an antiaging effect). I will NOT be going back to my old electric toothbrush and could probably avoid going to the dentist too, although I don't really recommend the latter. πŸ˜‰

I do recommend checking out the amazing before and after pictures on ToothWave's website. They are pretty amazing and speak for themselves. 

You can purchase the ToothWave here. The retail price is $349CAD (they also offer Afterpay) which is truly a bargain for what you'll be saving in the long run!


                                                       


Warnings:
Do not use ToothWave on children below the age of 18. Supervision recommended when used by persons with special needs. Do not use ToothWave if you are pregnant, nursing, have an active implant, have any medical condition related to the immune system or to cancer, (for details and for more contraindications please refer to the User Manual).

The ToothWave was kindly gifted for review consideration. All opinions are our own.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Fabric Shaver - Revive Your Clothes!



Happy Easter, everyone! 🐣 

Welcome to this week's "Weekly Favourite" post. 

This week, the standout product has been this fabulous fabric shaver. 

I had a fabric shaver back in high school but haven't used one in eons. I remembered how handy it came in to make my clothes look new again and give them a second life. Then, I came across this Lintek shaver at Dollarama for only $4, so I had to pick it up! You can get a similar one online for around $7.

I wasn't sure how well it would work because of the low price tag. It states on the packaging that it has 3 blades and takes 2 AA batteries, so it sounded good to me. I tried it as soon as I got home and it worked like a charm at removing lint balls/pilling from my clothing. It worked so quickly and easily to make my clothes look new again. 

Whether you want to revive some old clothes and save them from ending up in landfills, or maybe you are selling on apps like Poshmark, this fabric shaver is a must-have!


Lintek trip blade fabric shaver comes packaged as shown above. You will need to purchase 2 AA batteries as it doesn't come with them.




There are 2 compartments on the bottom; one for catching the lint and one for the batteries. There is also a single switch to turn the unit on and off.

Pop in 2 AA batteries and you're ready to go!

Built-in lint catcher

Below is a favourite hoodie of mine that I've used to demonstrate how well the fabric shaver removes the pilling from the garment.


Pilling is gone! Note: top is not dirty, it's blue and grey tie dye ;)


Watch the shaver in action. You can hear when it's shaving the pilling off.


I'm seriously kicking myself for going all these years without a fabric shaver! Now, I can save my favourite clothes and wear them longer. If you are a clothing reseller on platforms like Poshmark, you definitely need one of these to make any used clothing look new again. Side Note- If you are new to Poshmark, you can get $15 off your first order by using "poshsummergirl" as the code on the signup page linked here

You can find a similar fabric shaver for purchase online here


See you next week with our next favourite!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Youth to the People 15% Vitamin C + Caffeine Energy Serum Review


Welcome to another installment of our Weekly Favourite! 

This week, I'm featuring Youth to the People's 15% Vitamin C + Caffeine Energy Serum. - SRP $68 USD/ 1oz.

I've been a huge fan of Vitamin C for the skin for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, I had gotten away from using it because I'm always trying out new skincare. I was planning on incorporating a Vitamin C serum back into my skincare routine and that's when Youth to the People's (YTTP) 15% Vitamin C + Caffeine Energy Serum landed on my desk- Talk about manifestation! I was so happy to begin using a vitamin C serum again as it a very powerful antioxidant and well known for its benefits with brightening the skin, lessening hyperpigmentation, and even building collagen in the skin.

I often hear dermatologists recommend Retin-A, sunscreen + a good moisturizer, and vitamin C for the skin. Using that as my basis for my new skincare routine, I added peptides to the mix because I'm a huge fan of them. After a bit of research, making sure that I wasn't using products that would cancel each other out, I came up with the following routine:

AM:
Cleanse, tone, YTTP Vitamin C + Caffeine Serum, sunscreen

PM:
Cleanse, tone, Retin-A, peptides, night cream

I've been following this regime for almost 3 weeks now and my skin and I are loving it!


About my skin type: Aging (over 50), combo, dehydrated, acne-prone, melasma.



BENEFITS (Taken from YTTP):
  • Ultra-stable 15% vitamin C
  • Non-irritating + great for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance-free + fresh scent from plant extracts
  • Lightweight + fast absorbing
  • Blends well + never sticky

KEY INGREDIENTS:
15% Vitamin C Complex: Three powerful sources of vitamin c are combined in our pro-grade formula—Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THD Ascorbate), and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate—for maximum efficacy and stability.

Yerba Mate + Guayusa: Naturally high in caffeine, this superleaf-derived extract enhances microcirculation to reduce morning puffiness.

Passion Fruit: High in antioxidants, helps scavenge for free radicals.

Dragon Fruit:
Promotes skin health and replenishes essential moisture.

Squalane: An emollient that provides weightless hydration, locking in moisture.


CLAIMS:
  • No added fragrance 
  • 100% vegan ingredients
  • Premium superfood extracts
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Made in USA
  • No animal testing
  • No dimethicone
  • No parabens
  • No phthalates
  • No sulfates
  • No PEGs
The serum has a beautiful slip to it, it spreads easily and my skin drinks it up. I only need 2 pumps out of the 2-4 that is recommended, which means it will last for quite a while. I apply the serum to my face and neck, as well as my eye area. YTTP's website states that it is Ophthalmologist tested so it is safe for the eye area. 

After the first use, I noticed a difference in how my skin looked, so it does have some immediate effects. My skin looked brighter, fresher, and had a healthy glow. After a few weeks, I notice my skin looking smoother, more even-toned, brighter, fresher, and younger overall. My skin also feels firmer to the touch. I also notice less puffiness around my eyes.

I am so glad that I decided to incorporate this serum into my skincare regime. I'm much happier with how my skin looks and I look forward to using it every morning. I have reactive skin and some vitamin C serums make me breakout. Luckily, I haven't had any reaction or breakouts whatsoever with this YTTP serum. I am looking forward to seeing further improvements as I continue to use this wonderful serum!

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Urban Butterfly Nail Polish Bottle Holder


Happy Sunday and welcome to week 3 of our Weekly Favourites series. πŸŽ‰

This week, the standout item of the week is this wearable nail polish bottle holder

When I first spotted it in my local dollar store, I thought maybe it was just another gimmick, but it was such a good price that I had to try it for myself. 



Whenever I paint my nails, it's a bit of a pain as I am always fumbling with the nail polish bottle. I usually pin the nail polish bottle between 2 books to try and keep it in place but inevitably, the bottle gets knocked over now and then and sometimes spills the polish onto something. It's pretty frustrating and makes me dread painting my nails. 

I was pretty excited to possibly have a solution to my nail polish woes. Once I got home I had to try it out right away. It's made of a rubber/silicone material and is quite flexible. It has an opening on the top that can fit pretty much any shape or size bottle and had 2 rubber tabs to easily take the bottle holder on and off without the worry of smudging your nail polish.

The brand at my dollar store is Urban Butterfly but there are other brands available online


Above: Top of the holder where you'll place the nail polish bottle. Fits both round and square bottles with the flexible opening. 


Fits comfortably on my ring and middle finger.


Tabs on the sides make it easy to take on and off.


Make sure to keep your hand flat on a surface while painting your nails. Remember not to lift that hand while the bottle is opened. I made that mistake once the first time I used it since I wasn't used to it yet. Luckily, nothing spilled, and I haven't made that mistake again since. 



The bottle holder stays in place nicely and makes painting my nails a breeze!!


These are the tabs that you want to press to open the finger rings to place on and off your fingers. This way, there is no chance of ruining your freshly painted manicure, you don't even have to wait for the polish to dry thanks to this little detail (it prevents you from having to slide it on and off).


This little gem that I thought might have been a gimmick is a game-changing product! I no longer dread painting my nails and it makes painting them SO much quicker and easier! Plus, no worries of spills anymore. It seems like something that will last for a long time, too!

I purchased it at my local Dollarama but found the same product online if you can't find it at your local dollar store. It is worth its weight in gold! 

Nail polish shown is Sinful Colors in the shade Spring Fling (dupe for OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around).

Have a great week ahead!


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

APRIL IS STRESS AWARENESS MONTH |Tips to Slay Stress


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Since 1992, April has been Stress Awareness Month. As a nation, we have good reason to be stressed. We have reached the two-year anniversary of the Covid 19 Pandemic, war rages in Ukraine, gas prices are off the charts, many of our cities are filled with violence, and corporations are understaffed, forcing many of us to work longer hours. This is the perfect recipe for stress that can eventually impact multiple aspects of the body and mind. 

Learning how to cope with stress while finding healthy ways to deal with challenging situations can lead to a positive life. Long-term stress can cause more than mental issues. Anything ranging from headaches to stomach disorders and depression, even severe issues like stroke and heart disease, can be rooted in stress.


How should you manage stress when you begin to feel overwhelmed? 

Canadian expert, Dr. Haley Perlus, sports and performance psychology Ph.D.  outlines ways to slay stress. 


Find your purpose

One way to manage stress is to find your purpose and recognize what speaks to you. If you want to follow your passion for photography, start a page that displays your work. Build a community around you based on shared interests. Surround yourself with positive people. Turn hurt into healing, if you had a tough childhood, volunteer to become a big brother/sister. 

Your stress levels can decrease significantly by finding something you enjoy and taking advantage of it. 


Shut off that Smartphone 

Many of us are overly dependent on our phones or computers. Using them too much or too long can increase stress levels, and studies have shown this. Excessive smartphone use has been linked with mental health disorders and depression. When used too close to bedtime, it can impede falling asleep. 


Exercise

Exercise is nature’s drug. All too often, when we are stressed out, people tell us to rest and relax. While there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes, what we need to do is get moving. There is science beyond why exercise reduces stress and even anxiety. It reduces levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. It kicks up the production of endorphins which are mood elevators. That is why you often hear the phrase, “runner’s high.”


Learn to let go

It's important to recognize when a situation is out of your control and shift your focus to something you can control. For example, if you're waiting to hear back on a job opportunity, there's no longer anything you can do but wait to hear from the employer. Instead, shift your focus to things you can control, like cleaning your space, clearing your head and continuing to pursue other jobs in the meantime. 

 

Accept what you need

What situations make you feel mentally and physically frustrated or uneasy? Learn how to recognize your triggers and how you can avoid them. Once you become self-aware, you can avoid them when it's reasonable and cope when you can't.

 

Manage time

Prioritizing activities you enjoy can help you make the most out of your time. Creating a day-to-day schedule can help ensure you don't feel overwhelmed by everyday tasks and deadlines while allowing yourself to make time for what you enjoy doing. This can help create a healthy balance between work and fun!

 

Practice relaxation

Deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation are good ways to calm yourself. When you take time to focus on your needs and get a mental break, you can look at things from a fresh perspective. Taking a break when necessary to refocus can benefit you in the moment and in the long run.

 


About Dr. Perlus:

www.drhaleyperlus.com 

Dr. Haley Perlus knows what it takes to overcome barriers and achieve peak performance. As an elite alpine ski racer, she competed and trained with the best in the world, pushing herself to the limits time and time again. Now, with a PhD in sport psychology, Haley continues to push boundaries and drive peak performance, helping athletes and Fortune 100 executives reach their goals. 

Haley works with individuals and teams to manage and expand their energy capacity while increasing resilience, focus and drive. Dr. Perlus is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, professor, author and consultant to Division I athletes. She has spoken at many events some of which include VISTAGE, Tec Canada, Elite Fitness and Performance Summit and Trilogy Athletes. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado lecturing on applied sport and exercise psychology at the graduate level. She has authored several books including The Ultimate Achievement Journal and The Inside Drive and her articles have been featured in publications such as Thrive Magazine, Fitness Magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, EpicTimes, Telluride Inside, MyVega and BeachBody®. 

Dr. Perlus earned her PhD at the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis on social psychology of sport and physical activity, her MS at the University of Florida in sport pedagogy and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario in kinesiology. Haley loves both water and snow skiing, and hiking. Her favorite meal is anything that requires only chopping or blending.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Weekly Favourite | L'OrΓ©al Paris Color Radiance Purple Reviving Oil Review

Welcome to week 2 of our Weekly Favourite series. This week's standout product is a new hair product that I'm obsessed with!

Featured Product:

I was so happy to get the opportunity to test out L'Oreal's new Purple Reviving Hair Oil designed to neutralize brassiness. I have tried many purple hair products designed to tone blonde hair, and most are somewhat drying. Since my hair is already dry and damaged from bleach and styling, I was intrigued by a purple hair oil for toning my hair since oils are innately hydrating.

About this item

  • Formulated with corrective properties to neutralize brassiness
  • Deeply nourishes to enhance softness and shine
  • This iconic oil technology fights dryness and dullness by wrapping strands in moisture
  • For bleached, blonde or highlighted hair
  • Transfer resistant, The leave-in oil shifts to a translucent hue when worked into the hair

 


I have very fine, damaged/ bleached hair that is collarbone length and I needed 5 pumps on damp hair, although the instructions recommend 2-3. I also like to apply it to my hair after it's dry (although it doesn't state to apply to dry hair), and it makes my hair so much softer and I don't find it greasy. I suppose it could be if you were to apply too much. I just add one pump at a time, until I reach the softness that I'm after. I feel that the product has a cumulative effect, so I'm applying a little every day until I reach the tone that I want. 

 In the photo, I've shared my before and after, after just one use.


After one use

I haven't had my highlighted in over 6 months, so it is grown out and very brassy. You can see that the lighter blonde pieces have brightened up and really pop as shown in the after photo. The darker pieces were not affected. It's nice to have a product to tone my hair and refresh my highlights without drying my hair out and it's so affordable at only $8.99.

I continue to use this product even though the "testing period" is over. I will continue to use it and will most definitely purchase it once I run out!

See you next week with the next Weekly Favourite! Until then, have a great week ahead!




The product was kindly gifted for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Yves Veggie Cuisine Plant Based Falafel Balls

Today is the first day of Spring. What better time to start a new series that we will be sharing here at Health and Beauty Girl! Starting this week, we will be sharing an item each week that we've been loving, our "Weekly Favourite." This could include anything from products to services. There are so many things that I'd like to share, and rather than lumping them all into one post, we will just feature our weekly favourite every week. 

 This week is our first "Weekly Favourite" and it features a food product that really stood out this week! 

Featured Product: 
Yves Veggie Cuisine Plant Based Falafel Balls - 240 g/ $4.99

I came across these plant-based Falafel balls at my local grocery store. It was perfect timing as I had been craving a falafel sandwich for over a week. When I saw these in the produce section, I decided to just make my own. 

I picked up some other ingredients that I needed to make the type of falafel sandwich/ wrap that I like. 

Below is the Falafel wrap that I constructed at home using the Yves Falafel Ballls. I used a smaller wrap that fit 4 falafel balls. There were 12 balls in the pack, so it made 3 wraps.



Here is my DIY falafel sandwich using Yves Falafel Balls. 

Ingredients:

4 Yves Falafel Balls
Onion
Chopped Veggies (from a pre-washed salad bag)
Sliced beets
Tahini Sauce
Hot Sauce 
Hummus
Wraps

It was quick and easy to make. I spread the hummus on the wrap, added the falafel balls after baking in the toaster oven for about 14 minutes, added the chopped veggies, onions, and beets. Then drizzled the tahini sauce and hot sauce over top of everything, and wrap.

It was so delicious! I ate one every day for 3 days until I was out of falafel balls. I'm still craving this wrap, so I'm definitely going back and picking up some more. πŸ˜‹ It's healthy and so easy to make and you can customize it to suit your taste. 

Serve with a salad or own its own as a snack or a meal.

Let me know if you try these. 

See ya next week with our next Weekly Favourite! 



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