Sunday, July 26, 2015

Decluttering Series: Weekly Sample Testing With Reviews- Week of July 20

Hi everyone! 

I'm still working away at using up my samples stash but I am making progress. The pile is getting smaller and smaller every week. :)

Here are this weeks beauty products that were tested along with reviews for each. If  you missed the original post on this challenge you can find it HERE.

Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner

This product has a nice scent like most Pantene products. The product claims to repair 6 months of damage in just one use! That is a pretty big claim to live up to. Has it repaired 6 months of damage in one use? I wouldn't know how to gauge that. First, I'd need to know how much damage 6 months created? And, really, I have no idea. I didn't notice anything very special, but my hair did fair pretty well considering it's another rainy day here where I live. I still have some frizz, but not bad at all considering the weather. And, I did notice less shedding than with some other products. Maybe with continued use, and paired with other products from this range, I would see greater results. But, to my knowledge, damage cannot be repaired. It can be made to look and feel better, but not repaired... that's what trims are for. ;)

North American Hemp Co. Soak it Up Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner

I really liked this shampoo and conditioner. It left my hair soft, smooth and easy to style. It really helped with my frizzies. I just wish I had more samples  of this product so I could use it a while longer. Some of these more natural lines have some real hidden gems! I love the hair oil from this line that I found at Marshalls or Winners. I'm not sure where I can find this shampoo and conditioner but if I can find it and the price is right, I'll probably give it a go. It seems very gentle and nourishing for my dry and fragile hair.

Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo, Conditioner and Blow Out Treatment

The only thing good about this product was the smell. This product, hands down, gave me the most unmanageable, driest, frizziest hair out of everything I've tried! I had to stop blow drying as my hair became so tangled and out of control, it was impossible! Then I  had to pile on oodles and oodles of hair oils to try and tame the beast that my hair had become! I think that this product may work for people with very fine, healthy, silky smooth hair who want volume.  Maybe I would have been okay with just the shampoo and conditioner as the blowout treatment had a very strange, gummy-like texture that was difficult to spread throughout my hair. I doubt that I'll find out, unless somehow I get another sample of the shampoo and conditioner as I can say with certainty, I will NEVER buy this!

Here is a bit of the madness caused by the above product, and this was after blow drying with a round brush!! It was such a massive dried up mop that it took me 2 times as long to smooth it out with my Instyer. And, it was much worse in person than what you are seeing in this picture. My camera just couldn't capture the horror! Thanks Garnier!

After all this product testing, I'm sure my hair is like, "what the heck is going on!?"

Skin Product:

Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

Product Details: "Made with real strawberry seeds that gently buff away flaky skin while natural AHA's break down dulling build-up to unclog pores and prevent blackheads. It improves skin's overall texture by revealing healthy, glowing skin."

This scrub has very few scrubbing granules so it's great for sensitive skin. I found it soothing and hydrating and it did a good job on my sensitive/reactive skin. I use Retin-A, so I need to use gentle products.  I didn't have any breakouts and my skin was left softer. I would definitely consider purchasing this when I need a scrub. It's price well too.

I also tried a number of toothpaste samples over the last few weeks. I thought I'd spare you the details on this subject as it's not too exciting. That said, I will summarize by saying that after trying numerous new toothpaste formulas, the one that I like best is Sensodyne whitening plus tartar fighting. It left my teeth feeling the most clean and I did notice some whitening. For now though, I will continue to purchase my fluoride free toothpaste by Now foods on as I currently choose to stay away from fluoride.

That's it for this weeks trials and reviews. If you have a pile of samples as well, I hope this inspires you to work away at using them up and have some fun at the same time.

Until next week,


Plato's Closet- Where Have You Been All My Life!? (Oakville, Ontario) #Review

If you have an addiction to fashion like I do, you'll want to read this post!

 I have had a clothing addiction from an early age. I can remember coming home from school for lunch when I was about 6 years old and my Mom had gone shopping and bought me some new clothes. I recall it like it was yesterday. Inside I was jumping up and down and squealing, and probably doing so on the outside too! Ever since that day, I went home with a bit of excitement and wonder if my Mom had more new clothes waiting for me when I got home. So, I'm not sure what fueled this obsession with fashion, I can only assume I was just born this way. I love my fashion, but I've always gotten bored with my new items really fast and wanted some more new threads, like now! Before I go on, I'd like to say, the first step is admitting that I have a problem. The second step is going to Plato's closet!

I had heard of Plato's Closet before, but I didn't know that one had opened about 40 minutes away from me. I thought they were only in the USA and some other Provinces in Canada.  I was happy to find out that there was one I could go check out, as I had a pile of clothing left after cleaning out my closet (something I do seasonally, if not more.) I had sold many items at my garage sale before I found out that I had a Plato's Closet within driving distance. But, I also had many items that I didn't want to sell at my garage sale where I get very little for items, even if they are new with tags. In hindsight, there are some items I did sell at my garage sale that I'm pretty sure now I would have received more money if I had taken them to Plato's Closet. 

For years, I had been trying to sell my clothes online and using apps with very little success and a lot of work. It's tough to sell clothing online. You have to factor in that the potential buyer doesn't know if the item will fit, plus there's postage and handling.  If it's not a designer piece that you want to sell, it's most likely not worth selling online, at least here in Canada where shipping prices are sky-high!  I've also tried consignment shops, which are few and far between, plus you only get paid if and when the item(s) sell. At Plato's Closet, they pay you cash, right there on the spot! What can get better than that?  This is just the kind of place for someone like me who gets bored of my clothes quickly and is always itching for something new. Then there are the clothes that I was supposed to fit into someday, but that day hasn't come, again, this is where Plato's Closet comes in.

I didn't want to make a trip in vain, so I called Plato's Closet before I left to get the scoop. They told me that they only accept clothing that is either new or like new condition. Plus, they only want items that are between 1-1.5 years old and within the current fashion trends. This means that for fashion obsessed people like myself, it will not only be a great place to sell but also to shop! ;)  I asked if I needed an appointment and they said no appointment necessary, just come on in. So, I packed up all my clothes and shoes and headed out.

Front Entrance

Once I got there, I saw how well laid out and organized the store was. Overhead signs at the front desk (not shown) direct you where to go. I was greeted by the staff and they placed all my items in a bin and told me I was 3rd in line to have my items looked at. I took a look around the store while I waited and somehow the denim rack found me- stalker! So, I had to try on some jeans, duh! I happened to find a pair that fit like they were made just for me! They seemed like new and were only $14. Sold! *Excited

The store is brimming with the latest fashions and categorized by type and then sizes. Again, since they don't accept outdated items, you know that everything in the store is on-trend. They are really marketing to teens and young adults, but as long as you like fashion and have a youthful spirit, I think this would be a store for you. On the other hand, if you're looking to buy or sell business wear, this wouldn't be the right shop for those types of items. 

They have some great jewelry and accessories too!

Once it was my turn to have the staff go through my items, I went up to the desk and watched as they carefully inspected and selected the items they wanted. Luckily for me, that turned out to be most of my items! The really do have quite high standards regarding what they accept. This doesn't mean it has to be name brand or anything, just that the items are still trending now, and in great or like new condition.

Going into this, I had no idea what to expect as this was a new concept for me. I was really happy with how things went. I did quite well for my first time. I came home with some extra cash in my wallet and a great fitting pair of jeans! Not to mention how great it felt to get rid of some items that didn't work for me and were just taking up space, and turning that into cash.

If you're a clothing recycler like I am, and you have a casual or trendy style, you really need to check this place out. They've really got something that the market desperately needed. It's like having all the latest clothing and shops in one store. If you love cleaning out your closet and revamping your wardrobe over and over again like I do, you will love this shop!

I've been donating my clothes for years and enjoy doing so. But, sometimes I have items that are still new with the tags and I can't return them for various reasons and I also need some extra cash. Plato's Closet is my answer. All I could think after I left was "Where have you been all my life?!"

All the staff were super friendly and helpful, from the fitting room to the cash and selling process. I had such a great experience buying and selling at Plato's Closet, so I will definitely be back for more. The location I went to was in Oakville, Ontario Canada. Soon there will be 2 more locations opening up that are even closer to me; one in Mississauga and another in Brampton (both in Ontario, Canada.)

The staff were kind enough to allow me to take some photos of their store.

I wish I had taken more pictures but it all happened quite last minute. I was so happy with my experience at Plato's Closet that as I was leaving I thought, I just have to share this, it's too good to keep it to myself. So, I got permission and quickly took a few shots of the store.

If you have some new to like new clothes that you don't wear, what are you waiting for? Check out Plato's Closet and turn it into some cash!

For more info, here is a link to Plato's Closet in Oakville.

Disclaimer: Plato's closet has no idea who I am nor do they know that I am writing this article.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Nielsen Homescan: The Facts/ My Experience- Is it All They Say!? #Review

I wanted to share my experience with Nielsen Homescan. I heard about this company for at least a year. I would constantly see people raving about them online. People raved about how they reaped such wonderful rewards so easily, getting gift cards sent to them from this company every month. So, of course, I wanted in, who wouldn't!? But, there was always a wait list since it was in such "high demand." I got on the wait list, then, in November 2014 I got in! I was so excited. I got sent the scanner to scan and upload all of my purchases and I was on my way to easily, earning such wonderful rewards. At least that's what I thought.

All the comments I read online talked about how easy the program was and how it took no time at all and suddenly you would be sent all these gift cards for very little effort. I started scanning my purchases and let me tell you, it is not so easy. In fact, it is VERY time consuming. They want to know about ALL of your shopping habits. I found myself scanning things daily. Whether it was a coffee purchase, grocery, hair care, drugstore, clothing, beauty, gas, online purchase, whatever, you have to scan everything that you purchase! And, they expect everyone in the household to participate and scan their purchases as well. You need all of your receipts handy as most of the time you have to manually enter prices for each purchase that you make. Then, at the end of each week you upload your scanner to send them your information about all your purchases for that week.

I did this for over 7 months without fail, scanning daily and uploading weekly, from November 2014 to June 2015. And, what did I have to show for it in over 7 months? NOTHING! Nothing but 3000 points in my account with them and the lowest gift card of $10 requires 8000 points to redeem it. So, by my calculations it would take over 1 year of scanning all of your purchases and weekly uploading just to earn a $10 movie gift card (at this time it's a movie gift card, but that could change.) 

Let me break it down:
You get 150 points each week IF you upload your scanner.
Multiply 150 X 52 weeks (1 year)
=7800 (just short of the 8000 minimum to redeem for the lowest gift card of $10!)

There are supposed to be surveys to earn extra points, but in 7 months, I got one survey that earned me a whopping 200 points!

I was so tired of scanning everything that me and my family purchased and having nothing to show for it, so I contacted the company and told them about my displeasure. They didn't even respond to me regarding this. So, I packed up the scanner and all the materials and bar codes for scanning and shipped it back. Good riddance!

I was so relieved to no longer have to scan everything me and my family purchased. But, I was also angry for being mislead and for wasting over 7 months of my life doing this for absolutely nothing! They got all of my hard work, all of my information for their research purposes and rewarded me with nothing! Nothing but lost time that I cannot get back.

So, why am I writing this? Because I want to save YOU 7 months or however many months of your life and time! This was my experience and I have a voice and I want to share this with you and save you some grief so all of my lost time, work and grief was not all in vain.

I'm not sure why so many coupon and savings bloggers rave about this service, maybe they are getting a kick back or maybe, somehow, they got their $10 gift card in less than 53 months!

This is just my experience and the facts and I hope that it helps someone out there!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Decluttering Series: Weekly Sample Testing With Reviews- Week of July 13

Little by little I'm working my way through my rather large stash of sample products. If you missed the first post where this challenge/decluttering all began, you can find it by clicking here.

Here you'll find what I sampled this week and what I experienced with each product.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Color Finity Shampoo & Conditioner

I really wasn't expecting much from this shampoo and conditioner, boy was I mistaken! I haven't used Vidal Sassoon products in eons! They were the "it" product at the drugstore way back when. I noticed when my hair was wet that something was different. It felt hydrated and silky. It wasn't drying quickly into it's usual dry, frizzy-mess. I did my usual blow dry and I was pretty much shocked the whole way through. Not only did my hair feel and look better than usual, but I'm doing all of  this on a rainy and humid day. I'm really impressed. I wouldn't have stopped to look at this at the drugstore. Maybe they should consider re-packaging. Sure am glad I got this sample though!

Martina Gebhardt Aloe Vera Cream

I love this as night cream. It's very soothing and deeply moisturizing. I did not experience any acne or breakouts. Hmmm, now I'm torn between my usual Martina Gebhardt Black Mud Cream and this one. They are both wonderful!

Here is some info on this product form Pure + Simple's website:

A regenerating and healing cream for sensitive and easily-inflamed skin.
Aloe Vera isn't known to be healing for nothing. This rich organic Aloe Vera cream is incredibly reparative and regenerative for sensitive and easily-inflamed skin and would be a great addition to your skincare routine!
  • Also known as the "plant of immortality," Aloe Vera can be applied topically to soothe skin as well as treat wounds, burns, minor skin infections, and eczema.
  • Organic Avocado oil has been known to help plump fine lines and increase skin hydration. It also gives this cream its beautiful, rich texture.
  • This cream can be applied directly to the skin after a sunburn to speed up the healing process.
  • Nut Free.

Loreal Expertise Fibralogy Shampoo, Conditioner and Booster

Normally when I try out thickening shampoos and conditioners my hair feels very dry. I didn't experience that with this product. And, I happened to use this on a rainy day which really put this to the test! My hair did feel slightly thicker, but what I noticed more was that it gave my hair some texture, it felt quite nice. Normally, this product is supposed to have a cumulative effect and make your hair thicker over time. Even though I only used it once, I did like how it made my hair feel, and that's a feat in itself. Now I want to try the hair mask from this range!

If you want to read more about this product here is a link to Loreal's Fibralogy page.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

I received this sample in the colour 100 Ivory. First of all the colour was all wrong for me, it was too light and had very pink undertones. But, that's okay, I know that I can make it work by adding bronzer and some colour to my face. I applied the foundation to moisturized skin and used a damp Real Techniques sponge. Unfortunately, It made me look like my face was one big dry patch, and I have oily/combo skin! I tried to get a picture to highlight what I'm talking about but it just wouldn't show up right in the picture. Suffice to say, this product didn't work for me. Maybe it would work on someone with super-oily skin.

I'm still enjoying putting these products to the test every week and I'll continue until everything is gone! That's the challenge, after all.

Have you found any great products lately?

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Decluttering Series: Weekly Sample Testing With Reviews- Week of July 6

I spent this last week testing out more of my samples from my samples stash. If you missed the original post/ challenge, you can find it by clicking here.

I'm a little under the weather so the noggin isn't working at 100%. So, this will probably  possibly be short and sweet, :)

Pure + Simple Minimalist Face Cream

Oh Em Gee!! I always seem to love Pure + Simple's products! They are super high quality, natural, and cruelty free. I know I talk about them a lot when I refer to skin care and that's because it's my main line of skin products because they have worked so well for my skin.  You would think I'm affiliated or something, but I'm not, they have no idea who I am. I got this sample with an order I placed a while back and forgot about it in my little bag of samples. This was enough to use for a few days. It's super moisturizing, my skin drinks it up and leaves my skin super moisturized. I literally can't stop touching my face even though I know I shouldn't! My skin is combo/oily and acne prone but dehydrated. This product totally conquered the dehydration issue and I didn't even need to use a face oil. Actually, I didn't even apply a serum. I usually do all 3 steps: serum, moisturizer and oil. But, to give this product a true test, I decided to use it alone. The results were super soft and moisturized skin. My skin looked so smooth! I did end up getting one pimple which is a bummer because this product made my skin look and feel amazing. When I asked for this sample, Pure + Simple did warn me that it may be too stimulating for my acne prone skin. As usual, they were right. But, if you are not acne prone I highly recommend this!

Natural Style by FUBU Moisture Shine Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash

I have heard about co-washes but had never tried one before. They are supposed to by good for curly haired folks and you can use it as a shampoo / conditioner in one. I did just that and skipped shampoo. I was a little nervous that I'd end up with greasy feeling hair, but I just went for it, in the name of product research. I just used this product  and I was surprised that my hair did not feel dirty or greasy at all! I have naturally curly / frizzy hair that I like to straighten. The results were okay, better than I was expecting but my hair was still a little parched and frizzy looking after I styled it. If I were to use a product like this, I would use it once a week to give my hair a break from shampoo, but I wouldn't use it all the time. It may work better on more coarse or ethnic hair. My hair is quite fine.

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Cleansing Facial Wipes

I am really enjoying Simple's Micellar Water. You can find my review on it by clicking here. So, I was excited to try their facial cleansing wipes. They are a nice large size and are void of artificial fragrance or dyes and suitable for sensitive skin. I found these wipes to have a rougher texture than the wipes I usually use (Kirklands from Costco or Balea from Shoppers Drug Mart.) As I've gotten older, I like to be more gentle with my skin. Although these wipes did not cause any acne or irritation, I do wish the wipes had a softer texture. I prefer their Micellar Cleansing Water over these wipes although, you could use them in conjunction for a thorough cleaning.

Nivea Q10 Serum Pearls

This was a unique type of face serum. The product comes in the form of pearls that break open and turn into a serum once you squeeze them out of the tube. The fragrance wasn't bad, a bit perfume-y and those who don't like fragrance in their products may be put off. Personally, I am not bothered by the fragrance. I was pleasantly surprised by how my skin felt after using this product. I don't usually expect much from drugstore skin care even though I know you can find some good quality products there.

This product claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth and refine skin surface, and visibly reverse the signs of aging! Say, what!? That last one is quite the claim and who doesn't want that?! I only got one use from this sample, but it did not irritate my skin or cause any breakouts, plus my skin felt nicely hydrated. It came with a $5 off coupon, so I just may have to give it a try.  I take Q10 as a supplement so why not try it topically!?

Dove Advance Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

I really don't have much to say about this product. It was average for my dry, chemically treated, fine and frizzy hair. I will say that after using it my hair definitely felt thicker and fuller, but it also felt dry and parched. I need more moisture and although it's called "Oxygen Moisture" I didn't find it moisturizing enough for my hair. I think this would be a great product for someone who has fine limp hair that does not need a ton of moisture. Granted, I only used it a couple of times, but I think with hair products, I can usually get a good idea if it will work for me after one use. I think Dove nailed it with this product in regards to volume, but I cannot agree with the moisture part, at least for my hair.

Here is some info on the product:

Dove Oxygen Moisture provides your hair with moisture and 95% more volume. Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Shampoo is made with Dove's Oxyfusion Technology, a new generation of moisture. With lightweight, oxygen-fused conditioning ingredients, this gentle shampoo cleanses hair while adding natural-looking volume and gives your hair bounce. For best results, experience the Oxyfusion Technology with the full line of Dove Oxygen Moisture products.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Shampoo:
  • With lightweight, oxygen-fused conditioning ingredients
  • Cleanses hair while adding natural-looking volume
  • For fine, flat hair
  • Volume and bounce
  • With Oxyfusion Technology

I'm not having much luck with the hair product samples so far with the exception of a Macadamia hair oil by Hask that I am loving!

Have you discovered any great new products lately?


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Decluttering Series: Weekly Sample Testing With Reviews- Week of June 29

I'm still working on using up my samples stash. If you missed my first post about this challenge you can find it here

I'm a little late posting last weeks sample testing reviews. But, I did test out some new product samples and here is what I experienced. 

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner:

The Shampoo lathered really well and I only noticed a subtle fragrance. the conditioner really detangled my hair in the shower, leaving it feeling noticeably soft. After my normal routine and blow dry I notice that my blonde did look brighter and even had some shine to it (not so much on the dry ends though.)  My hair seemed less frizzy and dry compared to many of the products I've been testing out lately, but it just wasn't enough for my parched hair. I still needed to apply other smoothing products afterward and use a hot tool. I wouldn't use this product on a regular basis, instead, I would use it when I feel my blonde needs a little brightening.  Note: When I woke up the next morning my hair was fairly dry. Usually after I sleep on freshly washed hair it's a much smoother texture the next day. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, and my parched hair needed some moisture. So it was perfect timing to try my next product in this post- John Frieda's Secret Weapon.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon:

This has a pleasant scent with a creamy lotion like consistency. The directions say to apply to dry hair. As I mentioned my hair was quite dry and rough from the shampoo and conditioner the night before, and it desperately needed some smoothing and moisture. I applied as directed and unfortunately it was no secret weapon for my hair. I definitely find I get better results with many other products and hair oils. I will have to use a hot tool on my hair which I am trying to avoid. I either want to blow dry my hair or let it air dry and then use a hot tool, not both. It's too damaging doing both all the time. Update: My hair frizzed up even more so I went back and used more of this product to try and tame my frizzies and this product just didn't work for me. Granted, it is humid here in the summer, however, I expect that anti-frizz products are designed to help frizzies even in humid or damp weather. I was not even exposed to the elements, I've been indoors all day. I know a lot of people like this but sadly, this was a fail for me.

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Moisturize Shampoo and Conditioner:

The packaging states that the products contain nourishing wheat complex and oat protein, and says that it smooths dry/ damaged hair. This was probably the best shampoo and conditioner for my hair out of my samples so far. The shampoo seemed gentle but lathered well, there was no over powering fragrance in the shampoo or conditioner (It is scented but not strongly.) I was actually pleasantly surprised. My hair was least frizzy and dry with this shampoo and conditioner over all the other ones I've tested so far, and I wasn't expecting that. However, my hair still need something more powerful to help with dryness and frizzies. I think this is a good set for someone who has less frizzy and damaged hair. 

Hask Macadamia Oil, Exotic Shine Treatment:

This oil claims to smooth, revitalize and heal your hair. From Ulta's website: This lightweight, instant absorbing oil is alcohol-free and rich in Omega 7, Vitamin E & Antioxidants. Macadamia Oil helps to replenish moisture and seal the hair cuticle for added softness to transform dry, damaged hair into soft, silky locks. The delicious scent will delight your senses. Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and drying alcohol. I really enjoyed this oil. It has a great fragrance which lasted quite a while, so if you are sensitive to fragrances you may not like this one. I think it's kind of vanilla-y and I don't usually like vanilla but I really enjoy this fragrance.  I really liked the results from this product, at last my frizz was tamed! It only takes a few drops so this small tube should last a while. I have many other hair oils to get through before I'd consider purchasing this, but if I needed a hair oil, I would definitely purchase this product. 

Have you found any great hair products recently?


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tools for an at Home Sunday Spa Day! #DIY

Sometimes we all need a little pampering and what's better than a little R&R. Sometimes, I find that an at home spa day at the end of a week can give me just what I need after a stressful week or event. We don't all have the time or money to go to an actual spa, it would be nice, but it can be just as nice (if not better) to give yourself a little pampering at home.  Here, I'll share the tools I am using right now for my mini at home spa day (which I happen to be doing today!)

To start, get your favourite scented candle going or a diffuser with your favourite essential oils. Somehow, it always creates a more relaxing atmosphere.

Next, grab your favourite tea or some lemon and water. I like to choose a detox tea or a relaxing one. Some of my favourite teas for relaxation are Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer or Lemon Balm (which I'm currently out of.) If you feel you need a detox, try some lemon in water, it's a good idea to drink this daily anyways- your liver and skin will thank you. Or, choose a detox tea, there are  a lot of good ones. The one pictured is Organic Lemon EveryDay Detox by Traditional Medicinals.

An at home spa day wouldn't be complete without a nice bath. Grab some Epsom Salts for relaxation, your favourite essential oil (I like lavender) and your favourite bubble bath. To make it more detoxifying you can add a few drops of tea tree oil or a box of baking soda (which would also make your skin super soft!)

Our hair can usually use some pampering too, I know mine does. Get out your favourite deep conditioning mask and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Another favourite of mine is to put organic coconut oil on my dry hair before shampooing and leave it on for 10 minutes or so.

Next, you'll want to pamper your skin. Choose an exfoliator to start with and depending on your skins needs, follow up with a detoxifying or hydrating mask. These are my 2 favourites to pamper my skin; Pure and Simple's Sensitive Skin Exfoliant + Face mask followed by Pure and Simple's Rejuvenating Rosehip Mask.

Don't forget your hands and feet! I like to use the Amope electronic foot file on dry feet before I bathe. I was lucky enough to get this for free from ChickAdivor for trial purposes and it really does a great job- because it's rotating it does all the elbow work for you! I also like to use a crystal nail file for my nails as these files seem to last a life time!  Next, choose whatever nail polish colours make you feel joy on this day.

Finally, grab your favourite magazine or book or anything you enjoy to kick-back and relax. Whether it's an audible book, a movie or maybe your favourite TV show. Take this time for yourself and escape for a little while.

What are your favourite things to do to relax and unwind?

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