Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Best Leave in Conditioner for Bleached and Damaged Hair | FoxyBae Leave in Hair Mask


Featured product:

Size: 8oz

SRP: $19.99

Where to buy:
Winner's, Marshall's - check local stores 
FoxyBae 

About:

Cruelty-free! 🐰 

The curse of bad hair days is finally over! Our Magic 12-in-1 Blend is formulated from the most nourishing, moisturizing, nutritious ingredients on the planet! Our 12 luxurious butters, oils, and proteins were crafted into this daily all-purpose, no rinse mask to be your magic potion against frizz, split ends and dull hair. 

Ingredients:

Aqua, Quaternium-91, Behentrimonium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Biotin, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Seed (Baobab) Extract, Hydrolyzed Orysa Sativa Protein, Eugenia Uniflora Fruit (Pitanga) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis (Monoi) Flower, Tocopherol, Aleurites Moluccanus Seed (Kukui) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed (Tsubaki) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed (Macadamia) Oil, Emblica Officinalis Fruit (Amla) Extract, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Hexyl cinnamal, Buthylphenyl Methylpropional, d-Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate.


If you have bleached and damaged hair like me, you're probably always looking for the next best thing to help your hair look and feel better. I know I always am!

I saw this leave in hair mask by FoxyBae at Marshall's, and although I hadn't heard anything about it, I decided to give it a try as it was on clearance so I didn't have much to lose. I couldn't wait to try it out. I'm always eager full of hope when I get a new hair product full of promises of better looking and feeling hair. 

Since I started doing my own highlights, and maybe because I've accumulated more greys, my hair texture is so dry, brittle, and rough, on top of already being naturally fine and frizzy. The only way to make my hair look semi-decent these days is to apply a lot of heat with heat tools. But, since I'm trying to avoid more damage, I try and stay away from heat tools other than a basic blow dry. I have naturally curly and frizzy hair, and like it smooth, so going Au Natural is not gonna happen.

Since I'm always trying new hair products, looking for something that REALLY works for my damaged and difficult hair, I'm usually disappointed.  I came home with my new FoxyBae leave in hair mask, eager to try it, but ready for disappointment.  I shampood and conditioned as usual, then applied FoxyBae's leave in mask in place of my other leave in conditioners and treatments.  I used about 10 pumps, sprayed into the palm of my hand because it has a lotion consistency, this made for a more even application.  After blow drying my hair, I was wowed! Nothing has made my dry and rough hair feel soft like FoxyBae's Leave in Mask did, and it actually controls my frizz, and doesn't weigh my hair down at all. Plus, it didn't just work the first time (like some products can), it has kept my hair feeling soft and looking so much healthier and presentable than before each and every time that I've used it! 

I try not to buy backups of products anymore but I'm going to have to do just that! I'm afraid of running out of this fabulous hair-changing mask! And, hoping they don't ever discontinue it or change the formula! 

I don't know if it's making my hair any healthier, but it's making my hair look and feel SO much better! I still have other products that are supposed to "repair" damaged hair, but none of them have improved the look and feel of my hair like this product has.

If you have bleached, or dry, or damaged hair that feels rough in texture,  I highly recommend you give this and try.. then come back here and let me know how it worked for you! 

FoxyBae's Leave in Hair Masks lotion like consistency 


This is hands-down the best leave in hair product that I've ever tried! I'm so glad we found each other FoxyBae! πŸ’–

Purchase FoxyBae Daily Leave in Hair Mask here!

FoxyBae is Cruelty-free 🐰 




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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Nars Dupe | Covergirl Trublend So Flushed Blush in Love Me Review + Swatches



Featured product:
Covergirl Trublend So Flushed Blush in the shade #320 Love Me

Size: 9.5 grams

Price: $7.99

Where to buy:
Shoppers drug mart, Rexall (in Canada)
Ulta, CVS (USA)
Amazon (Canada, USA etc)

I had always been a Blush fiend, then I had gotten away from wearing Blush for a while and just did my usual -load on the bronzer- but without the Blush. 

Recently, I got the urge to try something new. I gave Nars Orgasm a try but I didn't like the glitter in it. Then, I heard this Covergirl Blush in "Love Me" was similar, so I had to give it a try, and I confess, I'm in love! 😍


About:

Trublend So Flushed High Pigment Blush

TruBlend So Flushed High Pigment Blush delivers vivid, high-impact color in one swipe. This cream-feel, buildable powder is fall-out resistant and feels comfortable all day long.​


Available in 4 shades.





Finger swatch (no filters in any photos)

Wrist swatch (please ignore cat scratches πŸ˜‚)

Back of wrist swatch 

On my cheeks swatch 😁

My thoughts :

This is a gorgeous pink Blush with a gold sheen to it. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't quite pick up on the gorgeous gold sheen. I find it is similar to Nars' infamous Orgasm blush but I like the Covergirl one better as it has a sheen without the glitter. It is buildable, and should suit a wide range of skintones. Lasting time is very good and lasts throughout most of the day.

Covergirl Love Me Blush also makes a great blush for the newer draping technique. I use this blush higher up on my cheeks than I do with other blushes and place over top of my bronzer- kind of where you'd use a highlighter,  and blend up a bit towards my temples. And, I can skip the highlighter thanks to the gorgeous luminous glow from this blush! It definitely helps give  the skin a healthy youthful appearance , in my opinion. I also like to wear this blush up into the crease of my eye as a wash of eyeshadow.  It looks gorgeous and gives that monochromatic look when worn on the cheeks and the eyes. 

It's a very generous sized blush and should last for a long time. I really think this is a score and the price is amazing as is the quality! I really hope they never stop making it, just in case I run out! 

There are only 4 shades in Covergirl's Trublend So Flushed line, one of which is more like a bronzer. But, even with so few shades, I feel that there will be something for everyone. I certainly wouldn't mind trying them all! 

Covergirl is certified Cruelty-free! 🐰 

What are you waiting for!? Go and treat yourself! You know you deserve it! πŸ₯°

Purchase online here.



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Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Best Multivitamin For Women Over 50

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I've been into supplements for as long as I can remember. I always believed that nature has a cure for most ailments, so I'm always searching for the best supplements to suit my needs and improve my life or health in some way. As a result, I've tried countless multivitamins. Most have little to no effect on me until my most recent discovery. 

As we go through life, our needs are ever changing, so it's a good idea to look at those needs and find vitamins that address the current state of your health. It's also important to get blood work done to check your various levels and speak to your Doctor about any supplements you want to begin.

For me, it wasn't until the last few years that I started finding multivitamins that really made a difference in how I felt. It all started with the brand, Garden of Life- Who's probiotics have been a part of my life for over 20 years now! Their My Kind multivitamin was my favourite a couple of years ago. It really made a difference in how I was feeling overall. I love Garden of Life's vitamins for the quality, and because they are food based, and free of all the nasties.

Eventually, I decided to try their Vitamin Code multivitamin to see if I liked it better. I started with the one for Women and felt even better than I had with their My Kind Multi. I continued taking those for about 2 years, I'd say. Then recently, after hitting 50+, I decided to give their Vitamin Code for Women over 50 a shot. I figured if I felt better on the previous one, I'd just go back to it. Well, there will be no turning back- I feel even better on the one for Women over 50! I have more energy and  I am sleeping better- which says a lot because I've have long-standing and severe insomnia since 2002. My sleep isn't perfect by any means, but there is enough of an improvement that I will continue to buy this multi, even with it's steep-ish price tag. It's fair to say that when it comes to multivitamins, you get what you pay for. I still take other supplements alongside this multi, but if I was to only take one supplement, Vitamin Code 50 & Wiser Women, would be it.

I purchased the bottle with 120 veg caps and it's recommended to take 4 per day, however, I only take 2 per day. I may increase to see if there are even more improvements. I've been taking them for a month and I can definitely say, it's the best multivitamin that I've taken. A multivitamin won't replace a great diet, but it can definitely help to fill in the gaps.

Let's have a look at what makes these vitamins so incredible: 

Description

  • Raw Whole Food Supplement
  • Live Probiotics & Enzymes
  • 23 Organically Grown Fruits & Veggies
  • No Binders or Fillers
  • Kosher
  • Non GMO Project Verified
  • Gluten Free
  • RAW
  • Vegetarian

What RAW Means

No high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets.

Non-GMO Verified

Independent, third party verification.

Whole Food

RAW Food-Created Nutrients are blended in a base of organically grown fruits and vegetables together with food cofactors.

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.

23 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
There are too many ingredients to list here, but you can check out the full list here or here

Retail $32USD /120 Veg caps

These vitamins are pricey but worth it. I really trust the quality and I'm definitely reaping the benefits. I am also getting a 2 month supply by taking half of the recommended dose, at least for now. I can honestly say, after loads of trial and lots of error, this is the best supplement that I've tried. 

They also have multivitamins for Men, Men over 50, a general one for Women, a weight loss multi, as well as Prenatal ones, etc. There is definitely something for everyone's needs. 

Have a look and let me know if you try them.



Thursday, July 8, 2021

Ipsy Beauty Bag June 2021



Here's a look at the June Ipsy bag that I received πŸ’„(received in july).

If you aren't familiar with Ipsy, they are a monthly beauty subscription that includes 5 deluxe beauty samples each month plus a makeup bag. Once you join, you fill out a personal profile and ipsy will customize your samples to match your preferences and profile information. 

Retails for $12 USD per month. Shipping to Canada is $2.95 each month. 

Ipsy also has add on items that you can choose if you like. The value of the add on items is very good compared to what you pay. The add on items ship for free with your monthly subscription.  

Ipsy June 2021 beauty bag:

πŸ”…Farah conceal and set brush
πŸ”…IBY eyeshadow in cinnamon roll
πŸ”…Tarte lash paint Mascara 
πŸ”…Tony moly Watermelon dew all over serum
πŸ”…Coral sun SPF 15 coconut balm 
πŸ”…Makeup bag


Tony Moly, lip balm, Tarte Mascara 

IBY eyeshadow in cinnamon roll

Farah conceal and set brush

Makeup bag



What do you think of this bag? I think the value isn't bad if you are in the USA. I definitely don't think a clear lip balm helps the bag's value as I can purchase one at the dollar store. Although my profile says that I have green eyes,I received copper eyeshadow which is not a good colour for me. This bag was Unfortunately a miss for me. However, I do appreciate the trial and the add on items πŸ’• 

Ipsy is a good budget friendly beauty subscription that would make a great gift for the beauty enthusiast in your life or for yourself, of course. It's a good way to try out new skincare and makeup products without breaking the bank. It would also be a great choice for anyone who is just getting into beauty products. 

You can learn more about Ipsy and sign up here.

Happy almost Friday! πŸ™Œ





Monday, June 28, 2021

WINNERS CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING IN LIONHEAD

BRAMPTON, ON - WINNERS, Canada’s largest off-price retailer, will celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Lionhead, on June 29th at 8:30 a.m. Located at 8405 Financial Dr Unit 9, the new store will offer over 17,213 square feet of designer and brand name merchandise for less than department and specialty store prices, every day. The store will feature fashions for the entire family as well as, jewelry, accessories and gift ware.

 

The new Brampton WINNERS will follow newly established health protocols, including new cleaning regimens, required use of face coverings, and encouraging social distancing throughout stores. For more information, please read the latest message from Ernie Herrman, TJX Chief Executive Officer and President, available on winners.ca.

 

“With the grand opening of the new Brampton location, WINNERS is meeting consumer demand for quality brand name merchandise,” explains Erin O’Brien, WINNERS spokesperson. “Our newest store will offer shoppers the designer names they know and trust, at prices well below department and specialty stores. With premier beauty, accessories and fashion arriving daily, the thrill of the find has never been better!"

 

“To mark the grand opening of the Brampton store, WINNERS will donate $5,000 to Family Services of Peel as part of their new charitable initiative, Find Your Stride,” O’Brien explains. “At TJX Canada, we are dedicated to helping women in vulnerable positions across Canada achieve economic independence so that they and their families can thrive in life. Supporting women and their families in the neighbourhoods where our stores are located is integral to our business and helps foster a sense of community for both our associates and customers alike.”

 

The grand opening ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m., June 29th. Regular store hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Since opening its first store 36 years ago, the WINNERS name has become synonymous with off-price shopping. With more than 270 stores nationwide, WINNERS utilizes its tremendous buying power and strong vendor relationships to deliver high-quality, brand name merchandise at a great value. New items are always arriving, so WINNERS is never the same store twice.

 

For more information about WINNERS or for store locations, customers can call 1-877-WINN-877 or visit our website at winners.ca.





Monday, June 21, 2021

iHerb Haul | Best Multivitamin, Skincare, Health Over 50


I'm back with a second iHerb Haul this month! I don't usually have 2 hauls in 1 month but I had to go back for an item, so here we are. Last haul linked here.

If you're not familiar with iHerb, they are my favourite place to shop all things health and beauty. If you are looking for something, they probably have it, and probably for much cheaper than anywhere else. Even with the exchange rate here in Canada and shipping, it's still usually much cheaper. 

Let's peep my latest shopping trip..

Garden of Life's Vitamin Code For Women 50+ - 120 Veg caps/ $32

Vitamin Code is my favourite multivitamin of all times. I usually purchase a different version but decided to try this one geared towards Woman over 50 to see if I like it any better than my current favourite. Plus, I'm saving a TON of money by purchasing these from iHerb! The cost is more than double to purchase this product from retailers here in Canada.

Vitamin Code is a whole food vitamin and the quality is stellar. With these multivitamins, I actually notice a difference in how I feel, have less hair fall out, feel more balanced, and improved sleep. They have formulas for men and women as well as one-a-day formulas, over 40, over 50, and prenatal, so there is something for everyone.

  • Raw Whole Food Supplement
  • Live Probiotics & Enzymes
  • 23 Organically Grown Fruits & Veggies
  • No Binders or Fillers
  • Kosher
  • Non GMO Project Verified
  • Gluten Free
  • RAW
  • Vegetarian



This homeopathic remedy has many uses. I'll be trying it for my ongoing sleep issues as I haven't tried this remedy yet and it matches my sleep issues quite well. Its main use is for the healing of surgical wounds. but like most homeopathic remedies, they can have many other uses. I'm crossing my fingers and toes for this to work!



I'm currently taking another brand of Evening Primrose Oil that I picked up at my local grocery store when it was on sale. When I looked at repurchasing it, the prices here were SO much higher than on iHerb. This one was such a great deal, that I had to pick it up!

Evening Primrose has so many health and beauty benefits, that it is a staple in my supplements routine. It's an excellent supplement for women, and is supposed to be great for women pre and post menopause. I only take 1 per day.

"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."

As with any supplement, check with your Doctor before taking.



This serum was on sale for only $11 and the reviews on it were SO good that I had to try it! Most of the reviews raved about this serums ability to firm skin. Firming the skin is a pretty tough feat and also the kind of thing I look for most in my skincare, so it was basically a no-brainer.

  • Chamomile & Bergamot Age-Defying Serum
  • Peptide Complex plus Hyaluronic Acid
  • Beautifully Cruelty Free
  • Free of Sulfates, Parabens & Silicone

"Sympli  Beautiful­­ Firming Triple Peptide Serum utilizes multiple peptides to help stimulate the skin, encouraging it to look more plump and firm while relaxing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This beautiful chamomile and bergamot infused serum delivers remarkable visual improvements."




Wisdom Natural, SweetLeaf Stevia Sweet Drops in English Toffee - 60ml/ $8.29

I normally purchase Now Foods English Toffee Stevia, but they were out of stock, so I took a chance on this brand. It has great reviews, so I don't think I have much to lose. I use English Toffee Stevia drops to make my iced coffees. It adds that extra flavour that makes my iced coffees rival luxury coffee houses. I also use it in baking, smoothies etc. It only takes a few drops so these little bottles last for years!

  • No Sugars
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • Flavored Stevia Sweetener
  • Non GMO Project Verified


These homeopathic tablets are basically the reason for this whole order. It's something that I always have to have on hand. I take it for sleep and it's not magic but it often helps. It is very subtle but often just what I need to go back to sleep when I wake up prematurely. 

I've yet to find it here in Canada and if I do find it online somewhere other than iHerb, it's more than double the price. If you use a discount code, which I always do, it ends up being even less expensive. 

  • Nervous Tension
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness

Uses: For the temporary relief of minor occasional simple nervous tension and irritability to help occasional sleeplessness


iHerb is really a place for one-stop-shopping. They have everything you could want from groceries, to health, and beauty products. It's a great place to shop and they have amazing customer service, too.

Use code AGU725 or this link to save money on your next order! Good for new and existing customers.

As with any supplement, please check with your healthcare practitioner before beginning any new supplements. 



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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ekster® Trackable Smart Wallet | Best Father's Day Gift!


If you are looking for the perfect last minute Father's Day gift, look no further than Ekster's Trackable Smart Wallets! I don't know about you, but all of the men in my life seem to misplace their wallets on the regular. I hear it all the time, "have you seen my wallet?" Ekster's Trackable Wallets have the solution to end this problem, once and for all!

Needless to say, we were stoked when Ekster sent us their Premium Leather Parliament Smart Wallet in Classic Brown (Sale $71USD) with Tracker Card (Sale $39).

You place the Tracker Card inside the wallet's side pocket, which fits like a glove. Once you download the app from your phone, you can call your wallet anytime to locate it... this is genius! 

There are lots of other great features to this fabulous wallet, so let's have a look inside.


The wallet and tracker card come beautifully packaged, perfect for gift giving.

About:
A premium leather smart wallet, perfect for slim storage and quick card access. The built-in aluminum cardholder fans out your cards at the click of a button and protects them against skimming. Add a tracker card to make it unlosable.



The Tracker Card is sold and packaged separately and includes instructions and app info.

Tracker Card info:

Tracker CardPowered by Chipolo® Technology
CompatibilityiOS 11/Android 5 and above
CoverageWorldwide Lost & Found Platform, QR Safety
Net RangeUp to 200 ft (60 m) with BLE 4.0
Solar-Powered3 hours of charge lasts 2-3 full months
RingerRing your wallet or phone
Voice-ActivatedCompatible with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri 
Selfie-modeTake remote group selfies with your Tracker



Features:
  • Quick card access mechanism
  • RFID blocking technology
  • Environmentally certified leather
  • Make it unlosable


Specs:
Dimensions0.4 x 4.1 x 2.5 in (1.1 x 10.5 x 6.5 cm)
StrapMulti-purpose, cash storage
CoinsKeep them in your piggy bank ;)
PatentedPatented card mechanism for easy access
StorageStores 12+ cards, recommended storage: 9 cards
LeatherPremium American hides by ECCO
SustainableLWG gold-rated tanneries, DriTan™ technology


Thanks to the wallet's easy-access trigger, it saves time from fumbling around trying to get access to credit, debit, and loyalty cards. Just slide the trigger up and your cards are pushed to the top of the wallet.



We think it's the perfect size! Not too big, not too small.

Above: Shows tracker card tucked snuggly into the wallet's back pocket


We're giving this wallet a 10 out of 10!

Ekster's Parliament Smart Wallet is beautifully constructed and has the latest technology to solve all your wallet woes. It would make a fabulous gift for a loved one or why not treat yourself!? 

If leather isn't your thing, they have eco-friendly vegan options as well as metal ones.

Ekster is currently running a Fathers' Day Sale, plus they offer free shipping, free returns, as well as a 12 month warranty. They also ship to Canada! 

You can check out all the deals over at Ekster.com





Thank you to Ekster for providing samples for review consideration. Non affiliate links



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