Sunday, June 19, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Adidas Duramo Running Shoes




This week's standout product is the Adidas Duramo Running Shoes. 

I had been wearing the same old pair of shoes for walking on my treadmill for years! It was definitely time for an upgrade. I purchased these sleek looking Adidas Duramo 10 sneakers and it was like when Goldilocks found the right bed... these were just right!

When it comes to walking shoes, I look for something that hugs my foot, is lightweight, has enough cushioning, and offers enough support as I have always had weak ankles.

These shoes met all of my criteria and then some! They definitely felt much more supportive than some other brands that I tried on when i purchased these. And, I didn't even need to break them in. I walked 3 miles in them on my treadmill the first day that I wore them without any issues at all, and my feet didn't become tired. I find that I can slip them on and off without having to undo the laces which is very convenient.




Size wise, I find that Adidas run big. I normally wear an 8.5- 9 size shoe but usually have to size up to 9.5 in running shoes.  With these beauties, an 8.5 fit me perfectly.  I probably could have also worn a size 9 but I wasn't able to try that size as it was out of stock. I definitely find these run narrow across the top part of my foot where the laces are. It isn't an issue for me as my feet are slightly on the narrow side, but if you have wider feet, I would definitely order these in the wide width

If you are looking for a great new running shoe that is lightweight with tons of support, I definitely recommend the Adidas Duramo 10. They have made my 3 mile walks much more enjoyable and I look forward to my walks even more now. They are also quite attractive as a sporty-fashion shoe and I'm tempted to get another pair just for that.

They are available for men, women and children in a variety of colours. I purchased the black and white shown but would love to add more colours to my sneaker collection. I paid about $90 before taxes and feel that's a very reasonable price considering the fit, comfort, and quality. 

Available here:

Adidas Duramo- Canada 



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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Burt's Bees Gloss and Glow Glossy Balms Review + Swatches


Are you more of a lipstick or lip balm kind of person? I've always been more of a tinted lip balm kind of gal. Maybe it's because my lips are always dehydrated, plus I like the natural look that they give me. 

These new Burt's Bees Gloss and Glow Glossy Balms are right up my alley. They are super hydrating and offer my lips a beautiful, semi-sheer tint. They are loaded with wonderful hydrating ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and mango butter.

The packaging is super cute and also sleek, which makes them easy to travel with. You can throw them in your purse or pocket for on-the-go use. The packaging contains 17% post-consumer plastic, so they are eco-friendly, too. The balms also offer a light and floral scent to them which does fade once applied. 


Left-right: Winning in Pink, Eat Drink and be Cherry, Wine Wednesday.

I am featuring 3 of the 4 shades here. Each shade offers hydration plus a beautiful, youthful glow without shimmer or glitter, which is something that's important to me when choosing a lip product. 

Winning in Pink is the sheerest colour, it adds hydration and a touch of pink with a beautiful glow. Eat, Drink and be Cherry is a sheer red/pink shade and is described as a vibrant red. While, Wine Wednesday, is a darker pink/mauve shade and is described as deep red. 

You can make them very sheer with a quick swipe or build them up for more impact, with the exception of the lightest shade which stays very sheer. The fourth shade is called Chai Time. Unfortunately, I don't have that one to swatch, but it's described as a rosy beige, which is probably a shade I would love! I'm glad that Burt's Bees designed these shades to work on all skin tones, and I truly believe that they would.

 

I'm loving how these tinted balms smooth and soften my lips and help make them appear more youthful thanks to their super-hydrating formula. I think that no matter what your age, a hydrated-looking pout is an easy way to appear more youthful and healthy. 

I find that I reach for the lightest shade (Winning in Pink) most often, while Wine Wednesday is the one I reach for second-most, as I love the mauve-y shade against my skin tone. I definitely need to pick up the shade Chai Time, too, as it sounds like my jam!

These gorgeous Gloss Balms feature a 100% natural origin formula and are cruelty-free. 🐰

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Amazon.com, London Drugs, and well.ca, Amazon.ca




PR samples kindly gifted for review consideration.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Weekly Favourite | L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mist



Welcome to this week's Weekly Favourite!

This week's standout product is Loreal's Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mist in Medium Natural Tan.

I have been using this product on and off for quite some time. Now that the warmer weather is here and we are exposing more skin, I like to have a healthy-looking tan as I haven't really made the time to sit out and get any colour. And, when I do make the time, I'm much more cautious about the dangerous rays of the sun. I do believe that getting some sunshine is a very good and healthy thing in moderation, but I no longer bake and fry my skin in the sun like I used to. So I've been turning to self-tanners to make my pale, pasty-looking skin look healthy and tanned. 

I'm not the Queen of self-tanners, yet, but I'm definitely becoming a regular user. I have been using L'oreal's Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning mist most days after my shower. When I first started using it, I wasn't really impressed with the "360 degree" mister, but I was expecting too much, or maybe is was user error. I thought it was going to work like a "spray tan" and just mist and go. Although it didn't work exactly as I was expecting, it is very easy to apply, you just need a tanning mitt. Right now, I'm using one by St. Tropez. I'm pretty sure any good tanning mitt will do. 

How I use it:

After I've showered and dried off, I mist each area of my body and blend it out with the tanning mitt. Sometimes I'll just spray the tanner into the mitt and apply that way. It dries down very quickly, so I do one area at a time. 

What I love about this mist is that it dries down right away, it doesn't have to be washed off, and I can get dressed right away with no worries of staining my clothes or sheets as it doesn't transfer! I also appreciate that it doesn't have that unpleasant self-tanner scent. It does have a bit of a strong scent which is kind of floral, but I became used to it, it doesn't bother me, I actually prefer that to a typical self-tanner scent and the scent fades away rather quickly. The colour is natural looking and doesn't have that dreaded orange tan look!

About:
  • L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mist: Get a streak-free tan with this sunless tanning mist; With angled applicator for ultra-even application and natural-looking results — even on the areas that are hardest to reach
  • Salon-inspired self-tan at home: This self-tanner is streak-free, quick-drying and gives you salon-inspired airbrush tanning results at home; Even, smooth, sunless tan develops in 2-4 hours

The colour I've been using is medium. It gives me a nice subtle colour and is buildable, so I'll often let it dry and apply another coat. It applies evenly and is streak-free as long as you are using a mitt to blend it out. I'm definitely going to try a shade darker for the Summertime so I can probably use less product and get a deeper tan, and save the medium shade for the colder months. Either way, I am loving this tanning mist and highly recommend you give it a try if you are looking for a healthy but subtle tan. It's not only super affordable but delivers gorgeous colour and is super easy to use! 


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Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead!



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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Best Father's Day Gift Ideas

With Father's Day right around the corner, I have gathered up some of my favourite gift ideas for the guys. Whether you are looking for a gift for your hubby, dad, grandpa, furbaby dad etc. I have some great gift ideas here for everyone!

Read on and check out some of my favourite gifts for this year.


Heat Holders® Men's Jax Long Sleeve Plaid Shirt Jacket is the perfect gift for any Dad. It's super soft, goes with any look and is sure to keep him looking good and feeling stylish.

It comes in this gorgeous grey/black plaid as well as a green/ black plaid. It's the latest style that we have come to know as the "Shacket," where shirt meets jacket, and will come in handy whenever an extra layer is needed.


Model 6.1" 215lbs wearing XL

DESCRIPTION:

The Heat Holders® Men's Jax Long Sleeve Shirt Jacket is a great way to stay warm on the job, whether indoors or out.

The button up front with its deep pockets is both good looking and functional, while the microfleece shell and HeatWeaver® lining will keep your body warm during any activity.

Convenient side and inner pockets keep your items near at hand.


  • Button-front shirt jacket
  • 2 Chest pockets
  • 2 Side pockets
  • 2 Inner pockets
  • HeatWeaver® lining for extra warmth and comfort
  • Microfleece shell
  • 100% Polyester
  • Machine washable

This "shacket" is stylish and high quality. I know my Dad is going to get tons of wear out of this jacket for years to come and I can't wait to gift it to him! 

Available in sizes Small to 2XL.

$64.99 USD - Available at www.heatholders.com.





Adidas Men's Duramo SL 2.0 Running Shoes

Everyone needs a great pair of shoes. I own this pair in the Women's version and they are the most comfortable sneakers that I've owned. They offer a lot of support, which I appreciate as someone who has weak ankles. They look great for everyday wear and are a great choice for walking or jogging as well. They have made my daily walk on my treadmill so much more enjoyable as I feel as if I'm walking on a cloud. I didn't even have to "break them in." Although, they did become even more comfortable after just a few wears.

  • SUPPORTIVE UPPER: Mesh and textile upper provides breathability and support
  • LIGHT MAKES FAST: adidas LIGHTMOTION provides super-light cushioning for next-level movement
  • HIGH TRACTION: The rubber outsole delivers great grip
  • MADE WITH RECYCLED CONTENT: Made with a series of recycled materials, this upper features at least 50% recycled content. This product represents just one of our solutions to help end plastic waste.

$63.99 USD - Purchase here. 




Frigidaire mini fridge 6 can beverage cooler is a great choice for Dad for his Mancave, garage, home gym, or wherever he likes to hang out. I own this mini fridge and use it daily. Some people like to use these mini-fridges for skincare, which is another option if the man in your life is into skincare. I personally use mine for drinks and sometimes snacks. It saves me a trip downstairs to the kitchen when I'm busy working all day in my home office and/or working out in my home gym. Call me lazy but I find it very handy! It's available in multiple colours. 

  • THE MOST CONVENIENT MICRO FRIDGE: This compact fridge is perfect for everyday use. You can use it to store your lunch, drinks and baby bottles.
  • PORTABLE MINI FRIDGES: 3 pounds perfect for on the go. You can place this fridge in your office dorm or any room. Plug into either your home outlet charger included in the box
  • GREAT FOR SMALL SPACES: This mini-fridge is (10 x 7 x 10 inches) has a flush-back design that allows for multiple placement options in any room

Currently $31.52 USD - Purchase here



NutriBullet PRO 900 makes a great choice for the health-conscious Dad. I have one and my father thought it was great, so he purchased one as well. We both use ours daily and have for years. They make delicious smoothies, snacks, soups etc and have been going strong for years! It's affordable, too!

  • With 900 watts of power, the Pro is faster and stronger than the original, but just as simple to use. Load it up with dense whole foods like nuts, seeds, hard fruits, and kale, then push, twist and blend your way to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Optimized 900-watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades blend The toughest whole foods into nutritious shakes, smoothies, and nut butters.
Current price $83.98 USD - Purchase here. 



Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) is a great choice for the tech Dad. Whether he loves his music or a good podcast, nothing beats a great listening experience with superior sound quality. 

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking places sound all around you
  • Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to your ears
  • All-new contoured design
  • Force sensor lets you easily control your entertainment, answer or end calls, and more
  • Sweat and water resistant
  • Up to 30 hours total listening time with the MagSafe Charging Case
  • Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
  • Easily share audio between two sets of AirPods on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV
$229 CAD - Purchase here





Genuine Leather Tree of life Bracelet set is a great choice for the fashion-conscious Dad. They have a cool dad vibe that I think a lot of guys would appreciate. At only $10.99, they are a steal! 

Fine Handcraft, Made of Soft Braided Leather Material, Brown and Black Leather Bracelet Built, Never Out Of Style; Comfortable Wear Feeling

$11.87 USD - Purchase here.




Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline book.

Another great choice for the health-conscious Dad. I gave my father a copy of this life-changing book and it improved his health so much. It's more of a lifestyle change vs. a diet. He passed the book on to others after reading it, and it has helped so many of our friends and family improve their health. I cannot recommend it enough. I was the first one in my family to read this book and experience the life-changing health benefits, so I had to share this fabulous book! Dr. Gundry has newer books but this is the one that I have personally experienced and therefore am able to recommend. 


Does losing weight and staying healthy feel like a battle? Well, it’s really a war. Your enemies are your own genes, backed by millions of years of evolution, and the only way to win is to outsmart them. Renowned surgeon and founder of Gundry MD, Dr. Steven Gundry’s revolutionary book shares the health secrets other doctors won’t tell you:

• Why plants are “good” for you because they’re “bad” for you, and meat is “bad” because it’s “good” for you
• Why artificial sweeteners have the same effects as sugar on your health and your waistline
• Why taking antacids, statins, and drugs for high blood pressure and arthritis masks health issues instead of addressing them

Along with the meal planner, 70 delicious recipes, and inspirational stories, Dr. Gundry’s easy-to-memorize tips will keep you healthy and on course.

$14.39 USD paperback - Purchase here


Whether you want to treat your hubby, boyfriend, dad, grandad, furbaby dad or just treat yourself, I hope you found these gift ideas helpful.

Wishing you all a very Happy Father's Day!





Some items were kindly gifted as PR. Prices listed are current prices and subject to change. Some links are affiliate. Thank you if you choose to use them.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Weekly Favourite | Beautè Pacifique Instant Hydrating Mask


Today, I'm sharing my latest beauty obsession! @beautepacifique.canada 's Instant Hydrating Mask is keeping my chronically dehydrated skin nice and hydrated! 💦

It can be used as a mask or left on overnight. I always leave it on overnight because the more Hydration the better! I love it so much that I often use it during the daytime too. It seals in all the goodness of my other skincare products, it's super hydrating without being greasy and it doesn't make me breakout (most leave-on masks do for me). My skin looks and feels amazing- so youthful and plump! 😍 The ingredients are stellar and I'm transported to a high-end holistic spa every time I use their products!

About this item

  • Instant Hydrating Mask. Recovers lost moisture balance. Pampers dull and dry skin. Contains moisture retaining ingredients that withhold added moisture in the skin and form a water retaining barrier in the skin’s surface layer.
  • Apply to face and neck after cleansing 2-3 times a week. Apply liberally and leave the mask to work for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse with water. Follow with toner and your preferred moisturiser. Apply the anti-age product first - allow it to penetrate deeply and then apply the moisturiser.
  • The Instant Hydrating Mask can also be used as leave-on night cream to lock in moisture and maintain constant optimal hydration.

I'm also enjoying their Anti-age day cream as well as their Vitamin A eye cream which is actually helping with my hereditary under eye luggage.


The eye cream comes with this little spatula but I'm finding I can use less product by using my finger. If you don't like touching the product from the jar then the spatula is a nice touch.

Hydrating Mask 

I'm using the Hydrating Mask daily, sometimes twice a day and I've barely put a dent in it. The 100ml tube is going to last for a long time so the value is great at $55 per tube, especially considering the ingredients and results. 

The quality of their products are amazing! You can tell the minute you apply them and smell all of the botanical goodness! 🍃 They are made in Denmark and have been formulating skincare products for 25 years! All of the research that goes into their products really shows!

Click here to get more information or purchase.


These products were kindly gifted for review consideration with no obligation to post. All opinions are our own.

Friday, May 20, 2022

June is Brain Health Awareness Month: How to Increase Your Attention Span and Apply it On the Job, School, and Working Out




www.drhaleyperlus.com

 

We are a society of shortened attention spans, thanks largely to technology, Smartphones and social media. Want to know the weather in Hong Kong? Ask Siri. Want to watch something, choose from thousands of shows on streaming services. Need amusement, scroll through Tiktok videos until you laugh. Don’t want to labor over a hot stove, click on UberEats and food will be at your door. Even for those who do not have a diagnosis of ADHD, this quick, instant gratification decreases our attention spans through learned behaviors. What about when technology can’t do the work for us such as exercising, studying for a test, or researching a work project? Dr. Haley Perlus is a sports and performance psychology Ph.D. who works with top athletes and corporations. She shares some vital tips to help retrain our “tech spoiled” brains. 

 

Reduce multitasking. 

Some of us wear multitasking like a badge of honor because it makes us feel more efficient. It does the opposite by reducing concentration, focus and lowering productivity. Keep your phone out of sight if you are at work and typing emails. Close social media or other applications on your desktop and distracting audio you might be listening to. By shutting off these external distractions, you will be able to concentrate better even though it might be challenging to do so. 

 

Exercise your brain 

Just like you exercise your body, you can exercise your “brain muscles” to increase your attention span. Scientific evidence shows that engaging in games that demand focus, such as Wordle, Sudoku, or activities such as jigsaw puzzles, or memory games can enhance concentration. Even spending 15 minutes a day five days a week training your brain can impact. For those who love gaming, there is good news: A recent study showed that one hour of gaming can enhance attention for specific tasks and enable people to disengage from distractions. 

 

Hydrate your body 

If you are feeling “antsy” you could simply be thirsty. When you are mildly dehydrated your motor coordination can be affected, cognitive performance, and executive function. These all have a specific bearing on attention span. It has been shown that hydration and food help more than any supplement. Drinking small amounts of water throughout the day is more beneficial than drinking a massive amount at once. 


Keep yourself engaged in a meeting at the office/PTA/ Place of Worship/ Zoom Call 

For those with short attention spans, meetings can be the bane of our existence, whether in person or on zoom. One way to keep engaged and stay alert is to make comments and ask questions instead of quietly listening. This will keep your brain alert and reactive. 

 

Listen to music

Unfortunately, Jay Z, Lizzo, and Drake won’t help your attention span, but classical music will. A Standford University study found that short symphonies influence the brain areas that correlate with paying attention. What is key are the short periods of silence between musical movements (found in symphonies) that raise brain activities. 

 

Take notes the old fashioned way- by hand 

When we are in a meeting or a lecture, it’s not like a Tiktok video where we can scroll to the next thing that interests us. To keep engaged, leave the laptop home, and take notes by pen and notebook. Princeton University Research shows that they listened more effectively when students took notes by hand. In addition, a laptop is tempting because it provides the distractions of social media, email, and the internet. 

 

Lastly, don’t forget exercise, sleep, good nutrition and meditation. 



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, 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! 🧊






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