Sunday, November 20, 2022

Iherb Haul | Health, Beauty, Skincare, Supplements + Discount Code


It's been quite a while since I shared an iHerb haul. I've still been shopping there regularly; I just haven't shared in a bit, so I figured it was about time. I've actually been shopping there since 2008 because their prices are so good, shipping is fast, and they usually have all the health products that I'm looking for.

This haul features some products that are new to me and some old favourites. I also have a discount code AGU725 that will save you $$$ whether you are new to iHerb or have previously shopped there.




This is a repurchase for me. It has many health and beauty benefits, so I love to make it a part of my everyday supplement routine. 

"GLA (gamma-Linolenic acid), and linolenic acid are essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are used by most cells in the body to produce soothing prostaglandins (intracellular hormone-like messengers), which help maintain the balance of many functions in the body."





Garden of Life makes some of my favourite supplements. They use raw whole foods in their multivitamin, they are non-GMO and I definitely notice a difference in how I feel when I take them. I can't say that for most multivitamins that I've tried.

"Vitamin Code® 50 & Wiser Women is a comprehensive whole food multi-nutrient formula, specifically formulated to meet the unique needs of women over 50, providing the nourishment the body craves to maintain optimal health and well-being. 
Contains 23 powdered organically grown fruits and vegetables add supporting antioxidants, vitamins and nutrient cofactors."
  • Breast and Thyroid Health
  • Bone Strength
  • Healthy Heart and Blood Pressure††
  • Live Probiotics and Enzymes Support Healthy Digestion





I've had a lot of success with homeopathic remedies for insomnia. I do switch up the homeopathic remedies that I use so my body doesn't get used to one and I won't "prove" a remedy. I love that there aren't any contraindications between homeopathic remedies and medications. *

Uses: May help temporarily relieve:
  • Symptoms of insomnia
  • Occasional sleeplessness
  • Difficulty falling asleep





I'm a total hair product junkie. It's hard NOT to be one when you have very difficult and damaged hair! This product is definitely like an oil despite being called a serum. It is brand new to me and so far I like it. It doesn't weigh my hair down and really does help with frizz, it only takes a few drops. I feel like it is doing good things for my hair and scalp. It seems to have been removed from iHerb's website now. Not sure if that is temporary or not. 

"This intensive oil serum is perfect for those who regularly straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Effectively penetrates to treat the scalp and each hair strand with nutrients, minerals and vitamins, bringing damaged or chemically processed hair back to life. Nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil and organic Shea Butter help support healthy growth by strengthening and conditioning hair, increasing its resistance to breakage. Peppermint stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience."




This eye cream is an old favourite of mine. I've tried many eye creams and serums and I always go back to this one or Olay's Ultimate Eye cream, they both work equally well for my hooded eyes but this one is natural. Although the effect is temporary I'll take it! This large 1oz size lasts for a long time. Most eye creams are only 15ml so this one is twice as much.
  • With Organic Aloe, Arnica and Vitamin K
  • Paraben-Free
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Anti-Aging Hydration Formula
"Inspired by the antioxidant benefits of the exotic goji berry, Goji Berry Eye Cream represents a breakthrough in anti-aging eye care wellness. We combined the nutrient-rich goji berry [Himalayan Lycium Berry] with specially selected moisturizing and health-promoting skin care ingredients including organic aloe, arnica and vitamin K, well-known for reducing swelling around eyes and soothing away puffiness."





I've been purchasing Sierra Bees lip balms for years. They are natural and actually work well at moisturizing my lips. Plus they are super inexpensive. I always stock up when they are on sale and love to gift them to friends and family.
  • Featuring Sustainably Sourced Beeswax, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil & Vitamin E
  • Formulated to be: USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Cruelty-Free
  • Made with Eco-Friendly & Biodegradable Ingredients
  • No Sulfates, No Preservatives, No Artificial Fragrances & No Animal Testing
  • Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth


These are a repurchase for me. I love having these on hand, not only to remove face masks but to use with my cleanser for gentle exfoliation. They make a great companion to any face cleanser to help remove more makeup, dirt, and debris.

"The Mask Remover Sponges are premium, spa-quality sponges that are designed to quickly wipe away facial masks, mess-free. Made from wood pulp, these sponges boost the effectiveness of masks by gently exfoliating the skin for a smoother, more radiant appearance."



I heard so much about this lip balm that I had to try it! It is quite thick in consistency and does a great job of moisturizing the lips. It's quite long-lasting too and has a subtle hint of colour. This big tube should last quite a while. ELF is a cruelty-free brand. This product is no longer on iHerb's website but it is available on Amazon in Berry, Peach, Rose, and Mint.

"Infused with Jojoba Oil Repairs dry lips Adds a sheer wash of color An intense lip balm treatment that gives you the ultimate hydrated and plumped lips."


I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest iHerb Haul! If you use discount code AGU725 or use this link, you will save money on your entire order!

Happy Shopping!



*Always check with your doctor before implementing new supplements into your routine.




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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Should you Try These at Home DIY Tik Tok Beauty Trends?


Should you Try These at Home DIY Tik Tok Beauty Trends?

A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Emphatically Says No!

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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 Chicago, Illinois, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Horn breaks down the most popular Tik Tok beauty hacks you should steer clear of.

 

Using Sea Salt Water to Clear Acne

What is it?

 A simple trick for banishing acne once and for all has gained some serious traction on the app. One user drew a few million views and counting for showing her dramatic transformation as a result of the treatment. After trying “everything” to get rid of her adult acne, she says she sprayed a mixture of sea salt and water on her face twice a day, and that apparently achieved what nothing else could. What’s the potential downside: Water directly from the ocean and sea salt water mixed at home are not the same. DIY options are not generally recommended for skin and using an at home remedy could worsen matters as opposed to seeing a dermatologist.

 

What is ‘Face Taping’?

Face Taping is when one uses a piece of tape of any kind, to “freeze” their face while they sleep. The idea is that the tape will keep the muscles in place throughout the night, limiting their motion and therefore minimizing wrinkles. During our sleep, it’s possible we can still make facial expressions and move around as we adjust, using tape is supposed to “keep it in place” preventing wrinkle formation.

 

Is it Safe?

Aside from being unrealistic to use a piece of tape to keep your face in place throughout the night, it can do more harm than good. Using a piece of tape, especially one that is “supposed” to hold your skin down for a whole night can damage the skin barrier when you take it off. This tape isn’t made to be safe on the skin and can cause redness, irritation, and acne breakouts. The adhesive must be incredibly tight and therefore, uncomfortable to use for an extended time to “hold” the muscles still.

 

Sunscreen Contouring

What is it?

The original viral video has a resurgence this past summer. Model Eli Withrow posted a TikTok video where she has sunscreen applied on different parts of her face. She states: “Haters will say it doesn’t work. I’m convinced that if you put a base sunscreen of SPF 30 on, and an SPF 90 on all the spots that you would put highlighter on, the sun will contour your face where you’d put bronzer, and you’ll be naturally snatched all summer.”

 

Pore Vacuuming

What is it?

This is an at-home device that various different companies put out. It gained traction during the pandemic when many people could not visit doctors for elective treatments. The goal of these tools is to extract dirt, debris, and sebum from the skin in order to reduce blackheads and pore congestion.

 

Face-lifting patches

What is it?

‘Face-lifting patches’ are plastic adhesives used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles overnight. The purpose is to use tape to constrict the muscles in your face and limit their motion to minimize wrinkles. This is an overnight ritual that requires you to sleep with the tape on, keeping you from frowning or making any expressions during your sleep. Wearing it all night is also said to prevent creases caused by sleeping on your front or side.

 

Nasal Tanning Sprays

What is it?

With an unregulated category or product, ingredients are frequently mixed with dangerous chemicals that vary significantly based on the product. Also, inhaling a solution causes it to travel through the mucous membranes, harming internal organs.

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. Nasal tanning sprays have a range of different ingredients, but most commonly, they contain tyrosine or melanotan as their primary active ingredient. 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.

 

DIY Lip Filler

What is it?

Once again, another pandemic-fueled aesthetic trend. One way people attempt this at home is through at-home kits to inject their own lip filler through tools called Hyaluron pens. These use pressurized air to force filler into lips instead of needles which are used in a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s office.



Dr. Michael Horn

Board- Certified Chicago, Illinois Plastic Surgeon

www.lakeshoreplasticsurgery.com

 

With more than 10,000 breast augmentation surgeries performed during his career of more than 23 years, Dr. Horn is known in the Chicago land area as the authority on breast augmentation. His artistic eye, mastery and surgical skill in performing various face and body procedures, his dedication to patients’ safety, combined with his focus on unparalleled care and attention, make him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the Midwest.

 

Dr. Horn earned his medical degree at Loyola University in Chicago. He completed a general surgery residency with the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as a sub-specialty training in plastic surgery with a second residency at Loyola University. Dr. Michael Horn is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons.

 

Dr. Horn is a frequent lecturer on the subject of plastic surgery and his work has been featured in several professional publications. He frequently attends national meetings to continue developing innovative plastic surgery techniques. His ongoing commitment to patient safety and satisfaction is evident in his personal attention and care to each plastic surgery client. From the initial consultation to the final follow-up exam, Dr. Horn provides compassionate treatment tailored to each individual's specific needs and goals.





Sunday, November 6, 2022

Stocking Stuffer and Holiday Gift Ideas with Heat Holders


Keep your loved ones warm and cozy this winter with @heatholdersworld. 
They have the best stocking stuffers and gifts for everyone on your list! 


From gorgeous throws to thermal tops, bottom, hats, and gloves for men, women and children, there really is something for everyone. 


Their thermal socks are over 7x warmer than basic cotton socks. Offering maximum warmth, thickness, and comfort. They offer a variety of sock including thinner socks and various colours and patterns for the whole family. 


The HeatWeaver hat has a plush fur like thermal lining that maximizes the amount of warm air held close to your body. I love this style with the cable knit and cute pompom. They also offer several other styles for men, women, and children. 

Oversized throw in Moon Rock

The blanket is folded in half here and used as a throw. It could also be opened up and cover the whole bed.

Heat Holders® thermal Oversized Throw comes in 8 different colours. It's made from a luxuriously soft fur-like fleece called HeatWeaver®. It's been developed to be efficient at retaining heat, which is why it has an official tog rating of 1.7 - measurably warmer to the touch. It measures 70 3/4" x  78 3/4" and is only $39.99.


And, not sure who's softer, kitty or the blanket 😻 That was the lump under the blanket!

This blanket in the shade Moon Rock is a beautiful neutral that will match any decor, and really matches my Calico kitty πŸ˜†.


The warmth of Heat Holders products is unparalleled and the styles are very current and timeless, really. πŸ”₯ 

Check them out at  www.heatholders.com.  They have great customer service and super fast shipping!

Happy shopping!






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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Goli Nutrition Complete Kids Multivitamin Gummies + Discount Code



Goli Nutrition's Complete Kids Multi Gummies are delicious and nutritious!

As much as we try, getting all the nutrients we need through the foods we eat these days can be challenging. Goli's Kids Multi Gummies are a great addition to help you get a little closer to meeting those needs!

Goli vitamins are of the highest quality and a trusted brand in my household. We started with Goli's Apple Cider Vinegar gummies and never looked back. 


The Kids Multi Gummies are tasty and easy to take!

Ages 2-3, take 1 gummy per day
Ages 4+ , take 2 gummies daily 


Rest assured, these gummies are manufactured in an Allergen free facility in the USA.



These gummies have a delicious fruity taste made from a blend of tart cherry, acai berry, apple, banana, strawberry, amla berry, pomegranate, and goji berry.


Pills and capsules can be challenging to swallow, especially for kids. These tasty gummies make it easy on everyone!


The Kids Gummies are:

Gluten-free 
Non-GMO 
Gelatin-free
Vegan




πŸ’₯Big Sale πŸ’₯

Right now, Goli Nutrition is offering a fabulous discount of 42% off ALL orders and 57% off for first-time subscribers with code healthandbeautygirl . This deal ends tomorrow (October 31st) at 11:59pm EST. Link below... PS. Discount is valid on all items, not just the Kids gummies!

Hurry so you don't miss out on this fabulous deal! I know that my household will be placing our orders as this sale is too good to miss!

Click this link to get this deal:

Note: The Kids Gummies are not available in Canada yet but you can still stock up on their ACV gummies with the same discount!

Stay Healthy! 



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Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Best Way to Manage Health and Weight at Home With Healthkeep!

Amazon stock pics - Healthkeep scale model CS20M3


My partner purchased this HealthKeep Body Weight Scale some time ago. It was sitting in the box for months, so I asked if I could use it and I immediately set it up and couldn't wait to see all my stats! 

This Healthkeeep scale is the exact one that my partner's chiropractic uses, so I feel confident about its accuracy and quality despite its super low price tag of SRP $29.99CAD (currently on sale for $22.99). 

It was easy to set up which took about 5 minutes after the 2 AAA batteries were installed (batteries were included with the scale). 

Once I downloaded the Feelfit app by scanning the QR code on the pamphlet, I turned on Bluetooth and location (used for android only) and was able to see all of my stats within seconds. 

The app can sync with Fitbit, Apple Health, Google Fit,and offers App for Apple Watch, Samsung Health.

The scale is made from tempered glass and can weigh up to 396lbs. It is
FDA, CE, FCC, and ROHS certified



The HealthKeep scale will display and store 13 measurements which helps you know what's going on inside your body and you can then take better control of your health. 

13 Key Body Composition Analysis:

Healthkeep Body Weight Monitor keeps track with 13 essential measurements:
  1. Body Weight
  2. Body Fat %
  3. BMI
  4. Fat-free Body Weight
  5. Subcutaneous Fat
  6. Visceral Fat
  7. Body Water %
  8. Skeletal Muscle
  9. Muscle Mass
  10. Bone Mass
  11. Protein
  12. BMR
  13. Metabolic Age.
 

We now have 2 of these scales in 2 different bathrooms and I purchased one for my parents as well.

I've never been one to weigh myself very often, I usually just go by the fit of my clothing. But as I age, I am more concerned with things like bone mass and visceral fat etc. 

This scale shows me all of those details plus much more and I'm able to set goals in the app as well.

In the screenshots below, I'll share some of my stats so you can see how it works. Note that you can change the colour scheme in the app.


Using the + feature in the app (shown above) allows you to share your details, compare dates to see changes etc. 


The photo above shows all of the information that you'll receive within seconds of stepping on the scale. 

You can also compare dates using the + data comparison button and can see any changes that occurred between the 2 dates. This is a very handy tool!


My body fat is shown above. I already knew I had to work on that but now I know where I stand and can watch as it goes up or down.

You can click on any of your stats to see more information including where it falls in a range. 

I have shared a few of mine in the following examples and I have highlighted each with circles around them.


I was happy to see my bone mass is above average at this time as that is something I have been wondering and even worried about. *


Visceral fat is very important too as stated above, it is the "fat that is found around the human organs and mainly resides in the abdominal cavity." I was surprised and very happy that mine was good/acceptable.

Now that I have this scale, I know which areas I need to focus on when it comes to my health. I can now adjust my diet and fitness routines to get my body where I want it to be. I don't want to obsess about it, but I like to be informed and also be able to see changes and hopefully progress as I adjust my diet and fitness routine. And besides, I actually find this scale fun!

*Note that the scale is not a substitute for seeing your doctor and I would not rely on the scale alone to keep track of my health. Rather, it is something that I will use in addition to seeing my doctor to help me keep on top of my health.

I'm really happy with this scale! I've already lost a few pounds since I started using the it, as I'm able to adjust how I eat according to whether my weight went up or down when I weigh myself in the morning. The same goes for tracking muscle mass and fat percentages. You can adjust your activity accordingly. The scale shares so much more information about my health than a regular scale. I cannot recommend it enough if you want to take control of your health, too!




Wishing you good health!




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Monday, October 3, 2022

Skincare Tips For Gym Rats


SKIN CARE TIPS FOR GYM RATS

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While exercise has multiple benefits, very often workouts and great looking skin don't go together.  We turned to Dr. Michael Horn, a Board-Certified Chicago plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert, to give tips on how you can get the six-pack and still have glowing, acne free skin.

 

Sweat Itself Does Not Cause Acne 

First, "It is important to know that sweat itself does not cause acne," says Dr. Horn. He explains, "Professional sportsmen are predisposed to accumulating dirt and bacteria in their pores during and after workout periods. If left without proper cleansing this can cause worsening in skin conditions like acne and dermatitis."

 

Avoid Makeup

These days a gym visit almost doesn't seem to "count" unless one posts it on Instagram.  This often leads women to wear makeup to the gym. Just don't. Dr. Horn says, "Most makeup will clog pores by not allowing the skin to breathe naturally during workouts. A better option is a tinted moisturizer if you are self-conscious about your skin tone."

 

SPF

If you're going to be outdoors, apply a light moisturizer with SPF to keep your skin protected from UV rays.  Make sure to choose a lightweight product as not to clog up your pores. Look for words like "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free" to know that your sunblock won't cause acne.

 

Don't Touch Your Face at the Gym!

Cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, these all breed bacteria. Touching them and them wiping beads of sweat off your face is a sure way to spread bacteria that can create new breakouts. Make sure to bring a towel for this instead of using your hands.

 

A Flowing Mane of Hair is Not Your Friend During a Workout

When you are working out it is a good idea to keep hair out of your face by styling it into a bun or rocking a dry and clean sweatband. Sweat and dirt can get transferred from your hair onto your face. If you haven't washed your hair and use hairspray or other hair products, these can also splash onto your pores and perspiration. This can cause irritations and breakouts.

 

How to Choose the Right Gym Towel

An old rag won't be effective at absorbing sweat. However, you don't want a gym towel that is as absorbent as a bath towel you would use to dry off your body after a shower at home. Dr. Horn says, "The gym towel should be a happy medium — absorbent enough to keep your face dry during a workout, but not so thick it clings to bacteria even after a wash."

 

Wear Loose and Comfortable Gym Clothes

"Spandex is tight clothing that can lead to skin infections from bacteria and fungi," warns Dr. Horn. "Wear loose attire that will also help wick away the sweat preventing it from being absorbed by your skin." Just google "sweat-wicking workout clothes."

 

Reduce the Redness

Calm down a flushed face with your redness control remedy made up of a little bit of iced green tea and a spray bottle. "You'll cool down your skin and add in a few extra anti-oxidants in the process," says Dr. Horn.

 

After your workout

Dr. Horn stresses, "Wash your face immediately after your workout. You don't want a mixture of dirt, oil, and bacteria clinging to your skin, affecting its pH, and clogging your pores. If you are exercising in a park where there is no sink, bring cleansing facial wipes with you."

 

Moisturize Post Workout

No matter your type of skin, after cleansing, you must moisturize. Dr. Horn says that "Skipping this essential step can unknowingly dehydrate your skin causing your oil-producing glands to overcompensate by producing an oversupply of oil. Use a moisturizer that's been produced for your specific skin type and condition immediately after cleansing for the best results."

 

Skip the Hot Shower

Sure, your muscles are sore, and you're in the mood for a hot shower after a workout. Dr. Horn points out that, "Hot water strips skin of vital oils, leaving you with dry, itchy, dull skin." Exfoliate more often to avoid "Bacne.Breakouts on your back or chest are particularly common for "gym rats." To avoid this, use a gentle body scrub three times a week. Dr. Horn says, "This will keep pores clear and skin functioning well."

 

Save Your "Superhero" Products for Night

Save serious treatment products for bedtime. Dr. Horn points out, "Even seemingly normal skin can experience much more sensitivity right after a workout.  You may want to wait until redness decreases by bedtime to use your super-active acne or anti-aging treatment products."






Monday, September 12, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Cala Eye Need It Essential Makeup Brush Kit Review


I spotted this gorgeous, budget-friendly Cala Eye Need It Essential Eye kit at my local Marshall's store. They had it available in black, pink, silver/multi-metal, and this rose gold set that I purchased. I knew right away that I had to have it as it is perfect for travel and to throw in my makeup bag that I keep in my purse. Little did I know that I would end up using it for my everyday eye makeup!

Since I have been keeping my makeup routine very simple these days, I now keep my everyday makeup in my bathroom, and this brush set takes up very little space and fits perfectly into my everyday makeup setup.



About:

The super soft bristles are the perfect way to blend your colors. These five essential brushes with sleek tube will help create the perfect eye look for any occasion.

Set Includes: Eye Shadow Brush, Tapered blending brush, blending brush, angled brow brush, smudge brush.

There are other variations available as well.


Packaged into this beautiful, sleek but small tube are 5 quality makeup brushes that are all you need to create any eye makeup look.

What I love about this set vs. others that I've seen, is that it has round/blending brushes for using in the crease of your eye. Having hooded eyes, this is a must for me.


The brushes are of great quality. They are nice and soft and blend my makeup well. They wash up nicely too and don't shed. 

I use every single brush in this set, so nothing is going to waste. It truly has everything you need- from liner brushes to crease and lid brushes.


As you can see from the pictures, the tube is nice and sleek and takes up very little space.


Whether you need something for travel or for your makeup bag, this set is a perfect choice. Or, maybe you are a minimalist or just want to downsize, it's also perfect to keep with your everyday makeup as it takes up such a small amount of space, yet it contains all the essential eye makeup brushes that you need. 

The only choice to make is which colour to get or maybe you want them all! πŸ˜€

Cala beauty is Cruelty-free 🐰 
 


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*Check for other colours as prices vary online.



                                                    

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