Sunday, July 26, 2020

John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I tested out @johnfriedacanada 's Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner exclusively for over 2 weeks and I absolutely
love them!! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›
I have blonde highlights that get dull easily and definitely needed a refresh.  This shampoo used along with the matching conditioner has brightened my blonde highlights so nicely! Not only that, but my greys that show up in my regrowth are also looking blonde vs grey, so they are actually looking like highlights now and blending in with my existing highlights vs looking like grey regrowth.  It's just amazing! I was kind of expecting these products to be drying on my already dry hair but they are not! They're actually quite moisturizing.  They also give my hair that salon clean feeling and the scent is so fresh. 🌸

  • John Frieda Go Blonder is a mild cleanser that gradually lightens for a visibly lighter, brighter, more sunlit shade of blonde
  • ACTIVE INGREDIENTS - John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder shampoo is formulated with citrus and chamomile, and our BlondeMend Technology

  • BRIGHTEN WITHOUT DRYING - Restore moisture to treated, or dry, hair as you gradually lighten for visibly lighter, more sunlit blonde hair.
  • ACTIVE INGREDIENTS - John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder conditioner is formulated with our citrus and chamomile, and our BlondMend Technology.

I'm so used to reaching for purple shampoos and conditioners for my blonde highlights which are great for reducing brassiness and making my blonde look more ashy. And, I still have a place for purple hair products in my haircare routine, but if you really want to brighten your blonde and maybe help your greys look more blonde vs grey, I highly recommend you give these a try! 

They are super affordable and currently on sale for only $8.49 each!

Purchase here:

Happy Sunday! 

#freeproduct #trywithtopbox πŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’™πŸ’—

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bubble T Cosmetics Hibiscus & Acai Berry Restoring Hand Cream Review!

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I've been doing some gardening lately and it's quite therapeutic, especially during these stressful times, but it can be hard on your hands. This Bubble T Hibiscus & Acai Berry Tea Restoring hand cream has such a beautiful and calming scent! It's also super lightweight but very hydrating, so it's doing double duty by soothing my skin and my mind! 🌸🧘‍♀️🌠

I like that it absorbs right into my skin with no greasy feel. The scent is fresh and light, it comes from a blend of sweet orange oils , shea butter, and Goji Berry extracts. It also contains a tea-infused combination that delivers nourishment to all skin types! I can't stop slathering it on everywhere- hands, feet, elbows, legs, you name it! It actually has a refreshing feel when applied, great for parched skin πŸŠπŸŒΈπŸ’¦

At only $6 CAD, you just can't pass it up! And, it comes in 2 other fabulous scents; Moroccon Mint Tea, and Lemongrass and green tea! The Lemongrass is next on my list to try. Learn more here:

@bubbletcosmetics entire bath + body range contains tea-infused ingredients and essential oils to uplift and refresh! πŸŒΈπŸ’¦πŸ’— They are also free of harsh chemicals and cruelty-free!
Get 20% off right now at

Happy Sunday! 🌞

Not sponsored. Product was kindly provided free for review consideration. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Issa #Giveaway | Perfect Image MicroluminaTM Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I'm all about exfoliating these days! So I'm thrilled to bring you a giveaway for a cruelty-free face and body exfoliator valued at $29.99 USD!  ⭐⭐⭐

MicroluminaTM Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Dead sea salt, volcanic sand, and aluminum oxide crystals

This exfoliator combines Volcanic Sand and Dead Sea Salt to draw out impurities, buff away dull, dead skin cells, while Micro Alumina crystals resurface your skin for a more polished and smoother skin surface


Infused with a combination of acai berry and argan oil provide vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes necessary to help replenish and rehydrate the skin. This combination works together to increase levels of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits to the surface as well as enhance skin-firming properties.

The Perfect Image Scrub can also be used on other areas of the body such as the elbows, hands, legs, arms, knees, back, and heels to help smooth, rough and dull surface areas and promote a healthier younger looking skin appearance.

   Minimizes pores

   Removes impurities and reduces oil

   Instantly replaces dull skin with a natural and healthy glow

   Improves absorption of other topical products and lotions

   Suitable for face and body


Before applying, read complete instructions.

   Use 2-3 times per week depending on skin sensitivity.

   Apply to wet skin using circular motions for 1 minute. Use less pressure for sensitive skin types.

   Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all traces of the scrub.

   Follow with a light moisturizer to protect and replenish the skin. May repeat as often as needed.

The “beauty” of Perfect Image Products is how they are made 





Made in The USA


One lucky reader will receive the ultimate summer scrub good for face for body valued at $29.99 from

✨  To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know how often you exfoliate your skin. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

✨ That's it! Giveaway will close on Sunday June 28th at 11:59 PST and the winner announced the following day. 

✨ Use the share bar to share this giveaway with your friends and family! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to learn of future giveaways.

Good luck, everyone!



Sunday, June 21, 2020

I Love Cosmetics Signature Scents Hit Shoppers Drug Mart Stores | Exotic Fruits Body Mist

Just in time for Summer, I LOVE Cosmetics' Signature Signature Scents hit Shoppers Drug Mart Stores! I LOVE Cosmetics’ New ‘Signature Scents’ range, includes award-winning Body Wash and Body Mists.

I've been wearing their Exotic Fruits Body Mist for weeks now and I'm loving the light fresh scent, it gives me those summertime vacation vibes! πŸŒžπŸ“πŸ‰

I rarely wear perfume anymore as I find them too heavy for me most of the time, so I've been reaching for @iloveofficial Exotic Fruits Body Mist on the daily! It's light and fresh and never heavy or overpowering so I don't get headaches or migraines from it. The keynotes of this scent are Mango, Grapefruit,  Melon, and Pineapple  It's the perfect scent for Summer! Ther are many other scents to choose from so there's something for everyone (see the list below)✨

I LOVE Cosmetics’ ‘Signature Scents’ range includes:

🌸 Elderflower Fizz
🌸Vanilla Milk
🌸Violet Dreams
🌸Glazed Raspberry
🌸Exotic Fruits

I LOVE Cosmetics’ New ‘Signature Scents’ range, which includes bath and body products, are now available in-store and online exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores Canada-wide.
Full-size Signature Scents Body Wash and Body Mists retail for $9.99. They are Made in the UK, are Vegan Friendly, and cruelty-free πŸ’ƒ

For more information on the brand, please visit

Which scent would you choose?

Happy Sunday! 

Amy, XO

#Prsample #notsponsored  

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Essie Spring 2020 6 Piece Nail Polish Collection Review + Swatches

I'm loving all the beautiful pastel shades this year! Tie-dye, anyone!? πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’š

Essie's 2020 Spring nail polish collection is right on trend with 6 beautiful pastel shades that look like candy. 

There are 3 creams shades and 3 shimmers, perfect for creating some fabulous looks by wearing multiple finishes and shades for a modern look. 
Shades include (left - right):
  • Can Dew Attitude (cream mint/pistachio)
  • Kissed by Mist (baby pink w lavender shimmer)
  • Feeling Wellies (cream soft pastel yellow/orange- reminds me of a creamsicle)
  • Rainwear Don't Care (cream perfect pastel nude!)
  • Spring in Your Step (lavender shimmer)
  • Make a Splash (baby blue with blue/purple duo-chrome shimmer)
Let's have a closer look at the collection....
Left to right: Can Dew Attitude, Make a Splash

Left to right: Feeling Wellies, Rainwear Don't Care

Left to right: Kissed By Mist, Spring in Your Step

Above photo has 3 coats of each shade.

All photos taking in natural daylight during the daytime. No filters so you can see the colours as true as possible. It's difficult to capture the beautiful sparkle in some of the shimmer shades.

I love a classy nude nail, so I decided to wear a full mani using the shade Rainwear Don't Care (2 coats shown above).

I found that 2 coats were enough for me to get full opacity with the cream shades. Two coats were also enough for the shimmer shades, although they can all be built up to 3 coats if you prefer. Each polish has the typical Essie brush which makes it easy and quick to complete a manicure. I found that the Rainwear Don't Care (nude) shade had a runnier consistency than the others. I was happy that the shimmers were easy to remove with regular nail polish remover- no scrubbing required. 

The possibilities are endless of what you can create using the stunning shades and finishes in this collection.

It's difficult to pick favourites here as they are all so unique! I am not usually a fan of green shades but the muted mint/pistachio shade (Can Dew Attitude) is stunning, and the gorgeous sunny creamsicle shade (Feeling Wellies) just makes me happy and it makes such a fresh-looking pedicure! πŸ’…

Essie's Spring 2020 6 piece collection is on sale right now for $47.70 CAD at (price subject to change)

Which one's are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday, Everyone! 

Amy, XO

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Self-Care During Quarantine: 5 Ways to Use Your Beauty Routines to Make Time for You!

Self-Care During Quarantine: 5 Ways to Use Your Beauty Routines to Make Time for You!

Hi Everyone! A few weeks ago, Amy shared some awesome tips to keep our stress levels low while practicing social distancing.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how simple beauty routines have become a form of serious self-care during quarantine. If you’re like me and you’re finding a lot of your routines have been interrupted in a big way right now, I’ve got 5 tips that will hopefully help you feel a little pampered and a lot more in control while we’re all hunkered down.

So, let’s dive in and look at some ways we can stay feeling fabulous even when things are stressful!

1. Self-Care Pro Tip: Take All the Time You Need

What do I mean by this exactly? Well, self-care can look like a lot of things to a lot of different people. For many of us, right now is the time we’re finding we have a lot of unexpected free time on our hands. Why not use some of it to take your time doing daily tasks you normally have to rush through! My favorite way to do this is to take a longer shower.

Try it out! Instead of rushing through washing your hair, try giving yourself a gentle scalp massage for a few minutes. Check out that new deep conditioning treatment or face mask you’ve been wanting to take a crack at! One of my favorites is to take a few extra moments to rub my shoulders and neck under the hot water.

It’s okay to slow down, savor the time you have to do these basic everyday tasks, and really find the joy in them. One way I added some extra self-care and fun to my shower routine was buying a LED shower head and Bluetooth speaker.

Hey, my shower concerts are full blown productions!

And that’s okay. Find the fun and joy in slowing down and take this opportunity to savor moments you wouldn’t get to otherwise.

2. Self-Care Pro Tip: Looking Good for You!

This one came to me unexpectedly, but about a week into sheltering in place I realized how badly I missed putting on makeup! For some people, makeup isn’t their preference (although I have a feeling that if you’re here reading Health and Beauty Girl you might be a huge fan of it like I am).

Even if you have nowhere to go but the living room, try taking some time to get done up. This is a great time to experiment with new makeup. Try a fun look, check out some interesting trends, and do whatever makes you happy.

I make a point every morning of sitting down with my favorite podcasts, drinking my coffee, and doing my makeup. Even though it only takes up a little time out of my day, I spend the rest of the day feeling so much better and my self-esteem goes through the roof.

Makeup is a great form of expression and I definitely recommend taking some time right now to express yourself! 

3. Self-Care Pro Tip: Don’t Forget the Basics!

While Instagram can make self-care look aesthetically pleasing, with perfectly laid out bubble baths and amazing flat lay photos of products people are loving, we can’t forget that often self-care is doing what you need on a basic human level. A full face of makeup may not do you much good if you haven’t brushed your teeth and hair today.

One of my favorite self-care moments in the day is brushing my teeth. I know it sounds odd but taking the time to do a full dental routine with a 2-minute brush, floss, mouthwash, and even teeth-whitening makes me feel so much better. The same goes for doing my skincare, combing my hair, and putting on a fresh outfit even if that means yet another pair of sweatpants.

If you’re feeling down and struggling, try even the basics. If a shower is too much, try splashing some water on your face or using a makeup wipe to get your skin at least semi-clean. If a full dental routine is too much, try taking the time to brush your teeth. It sounds simple but when people are really down these little things can make a monumental difference in their outlook on the day. If you’re feeling down, check in with yourself and ask what little beauty routines you can do to feel better.

4. Self-Care Pro Tip: Treat Yourself!

Have a new skincare product you wanted to try that’s normally out of your price range? Had a new beauty item in your cart forever and can’t bring yourself to buy it? Friend, treat yourself!

A lot of the ways people usually treat themselves-- restaurants, shopping, travel-- are all off the table right now. It’s okay if you want to splurge on a product you ordinarily would not.

Not sure what to get? Try shopping with online retailers that let you include samples of products at checkout! This may be one of the easiest ways to discover something new you’ll love. Or! Buy a travel or mini size of a product first to make sure you like it. These are often cheaper and you likely won’t have overspent if it turns out you don’t love that product after all.

5. Self-Care Pro Tip: Stick to a Routine

For me, sticking to a routine means that I do my skincare every morning and every night. A lot of my routines are thrown off right now. My eating schedule, my work schedule, my sleep schedule. It helps to pick an aspect of your beauty routines and make sure you stick to them. Whether this is skincare, makeup, a once a week hair treatment, etc. Find something in your beauty routine and make sure you commit to sticking to that routine whenever possible.

Set it up like a goal for yourself. You’ll feel proud of yourself when you accomplish the small task and help do something to beautify your day at the same time! It’s a win-win. 

Now I want to hear from you!

Comment below and tell me what beauty and self-care tips have been your favorites recently!

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Best New Discovery For A Youthful Summer Glow | Peach Bums Blush

I had to share this gem of a find with y'all! It's Peach Bums Mega Glo blush by Wet n Wild. It's a new addition to my makeup collection and I can't stop wearing it! 

I have read some compare this blush to Nars Orgasm blush, which I have tried but am not really a fan of due to the super gold sheen that I find it leaves on my cheeks. This blush is better in my opinion. and it's only $3.99 USD! 

I don't always go for peachy shades as I tend to suit pinks more but I have to say, this blush leaves the most beautiful flush of colour on my cheeks and imparts the most beautiful glow! It actually gives me the illusion of a cheek lift, so to speak. 

One caveat, Peach Bums does have some micro glitter which I am not a fan of, but I have not found anything else that can replace this beautiful shade, glow, and instant cheek lift that Peach Bums gives me, so I'll take it, glitter and all! Keep in mind that the glitter only shows up in certain lighting.

This is THE perfect blush for Summertime and it's also amazing for aging skin despite the micro glitter! Keep scrolling for swatches and more...

Wet N Wild Mega Glo Blush in Peach Bums

Swatches of Peach Bums from various angles as it has many dimensions to it!

Above: Peach Bums close up

Above:  Peach Bums blended out

Note: No filters have been used. Just different angles and lighting varies

Outdoors wearing nothing but Peach Bums on my cheeks, not even bronzer, just a little bit of another new favourite, Elf's BB Cream (coming soon!)

Peach Bums is a multi-dimensional blush. It's kind of hard to describe. It's kind of of a peach, kind of coral, and kind of like a rose gold. It has a beautiful sheen on the skin, so you don't need to wear a highlighter, and it does have some micro glitter which I could sure do without but it only shows up in certain lighting. 

This beautiful coral coloured blush is super easy to apply. With a few swipes straight from the tube to my cheeks and a little blending with ELF's small synthetic brush and I'm done! No need for a highlighter or anything else. The glow and the flush from this cream blush is just amazing! My cheeks look lifted and the staying power is great. It's easy to just throw in your purse for touch-ups if you want as well.

I love to use cream products on my aging skin as they can impart a more youthful and dewy look to the skin vs. some powders that can look cakey and/or aging on the skin, especially in natural daylight. I am also loving cream products more and more in the Summertime. It started off with Wet N Wild's cream bronzer in Oak's on You just a month ago. I've enjoyed using that bronzer so much now that the warmer weather is here so I had to try this blush out. Am I ever glad that I did! I just might have to try more from Wet n Wild's Mega Glo Cream product line. 

Wet N Wild Peach Bums Cream Blush has 6 grams of product and is cruelty-free. At only $3.99, I wouldn't pass this little gem up!

I purchased mine on Amazon (linked here) 

Have you tried any of these products from Wet N Wild's Mega Glo line? Are there any others that I need to check out?

Some links are referral links and healthandbeautygirl may earn a small commission which helps to keep this site going. They are trusted links that I would use myself.  Thank you if you choose to use them. #notsponsored #peachbums #glow #summerglow #summertime

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation & Camouflage Concealer Review + Swatches Shade 010

I'm ecstatic that Catrice Cosmetics has finally arrived in Canada! They have some amazing products at super affordable prices AND they are Cruelty-free! I was so happy to receive their HD Liquid Coverage Foundation and Camouflage Concealer for testing and review consideration.

I had a look at their shade chart (see below) and decided that shade 010 in both the foundation and concealer would probably be the best match for my light-medium skin with neutral undertones.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation Shade 010

From Catrice:
  • Ultra-light, high coverage foundation for a natural-looking finish
  • Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours
  • Features a unique dropper applicator
  • Scroll down to our shade finder to find your perfect match
  • Vegan
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a dropper style dispenser. 

The shade 010 was a good match for my skin tone when I don't have a tan. It oxidizes very slightly but not in an orange way, it just gets very slightly darker, so keep this in mind when selecting a shade. I could actually use a slightly darker shade because I prefer my foundation to be just a bit darker on me as I like to add some colour to my face. However, I can also add the extra colour to my face with some bronzer etc. 

This foundation has great coverage and gives you the option of lighter or heavier coverage depending on how much you apply and your application method. Most days, I prefer a lighter coverage, so I use a damp beauty sponge for this type of coverage. I can achieve more coverage by using a brush instead. Note that very little product is needed and I would always start off with less and build from there. 

I didn't find this foundation to be cakey at all and it did not settle into my lines either. It's actually very suitable for my aging skin. I cannot speak for 24 hour staying power as I wash it off before bed, but hey, there are always those times you might want 24-hour staying power (hello, my younger days!) The staying power is great though and I did not become oily throughout the day which is pretty much unheard of for me!

Catrice Camouflage Concealer in Shade 010

From Catrice:
  • Long lasting, liquid concealer for weightless coverage
  • Highly pigmented and waterproof formula instantly hides dark circles, imperfections and redness
  • Flock tip applicator for precise application

The Camouflage concealer was also a good match for me in the shade 010. It's lighter than the foundation but has a more pink undertone to it which is great for brightening the under eyes.

The concealer worked well for both my under eyes, redness, and blemishes. I have been wearing this concealer often for lighter makeup days. I just apply some of this concealer where needed and then apply some powder, bronzer, lipgloss and I'm good to go. If I want more coverage for conference calls etc, I add in the foundation so I can look more polished.

I love that this concealer isn't detectable on the skin and that it doesn't settle into fine lines. It states that it's waterproof. I haven't tested out that claim but I have used it on days that I've worked out and it sure stood up to sweat, so I don't doubt that it's waterproof.

A little also goes a long way with this product also, so very little is needed and I start with less and add more as needed. I appreciate that it is not cakey or drying on my combination, dehydrated, and aging skin.

Top: Foundation shade 010
Bottom: Concealer shade 010

I'm so happy with both of these products and think that they stand up to high-end products at such affordable prices!

Catrice has a large selection of shades to choose from, so there should something for everyone. At the time of this post, there are 23 foundation shades to choose from and 17 concealer shades.

I really appreciate that Catrice makes inclusive products that work for all generations including those with aging skin!

These products are cruelty-free, gluten-free, alcohol-free, and oil-free.

Available online at Shoppers Drug

Happy Sunday, everyone!

PR samples kindly provided by Catrice for review consideration. No referral links and this post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own :)

Monday, May 4, 2020

April Empties | Health, Beauty, Skincare, Makeup

Hey, Everyone!

Hope all is well with you.

I'm back to share my April Empties. As always, I'll share a brief review of each item and links to products in the headings whenever possible.


I've been drinking this immune-boosting cocoa powder for years. Just add a scoop to your smoothie in the morning for a delicious and nutritious energy-boosting drink. It has so many health benefits and tastes great! 

Repurchase- Already have

This is the first time that I tried the Kirkland brand Q10. I'm not sure about the quality. I prefer to purchase the Kaneka type of Q10 by Healthy Origins but the brand it was out of stock so I'm now trying out Country Life Q10 as it is also the Kaneka type of Q10, so far I like it much better than the Kirkland one.

Repurchase- Unlikely

I really like this brand for many of their supplements. This was my first time trying this particular product that contains adaptogenic herbs along with B vitamins to help with stress. Unfortunately, I didn't notice a difference while taking them. I will go back to AdrenaSense for now or straight up Rhodiola as they work better for me.

Repurchase- No

I've never been so consistent with taking my D3 every day until I got these gummies, because YUM! But do they work? Yes, I'd say that they do as I hadn't had any sun for months and my D levels in my blood work are in the normal range since taking these. I am trying out the Vitafusion ones' at the moment, they seem just as good.

Repurchase- Yes

Another product I've been using for years. I take them at bedtime and throughout the night when I wake up. I don't feel any noticeable difference after taking them but they often help me fall back asleep, so they must be having some effect on my system.

Repurchase- Already have

Another staple in my routine. It's an all-natural supplement made with Bach flowers. It seems to help take a bit of the edge off and helps me sleep in conjunction with my other sleep remedies. It's one I like to have on hand and I also take it when I wake up too early to help me fall back asleep. Doesn't always work, but I believe it does help so it's worth it to me.

Repurchase Already have


This is a liquid form a coconut oil that doesn't become solid when the temperature is cold- perfect for those of us with 4 seasons. I use it for baking, as a hair treatment, to remove makeup sometimes, and to massage on my cat's gums for oral health. 

Repurchase- Yes

I love this brand for my dry and frizzy hair. My favourite product by them is their leave-in conditioner called Fast Food, which was recommended by my hairstylist over 10 years ago and I keep going back to it! I found that this shampoo and conditioner did help with my dry and frizzy hair.

Repurchase- I would if I ever finish up what I have!

This is my go-to bubble bath product. I use it every time I have a bath and throw in some Epsom salts, too. I also use their other scents and rotate them depending on my mood. This is all-natural, smells fantastic, and so affordable. Can't be beat in my opinion. 

Repurchase- Yes

I love products like this but many of them clog my pores and make be breakout- luckily, this one does not. I like to use this as my last step at nighttime and feel like it locks in all of the moisture and ingredients from my serums and moisturizers. I use it several times a week or whenever I remember. lol

Repurchase- Possibly (currently testing out this one by Aveeno which is more affordable and seems to do the same thing) 

I really like the ingredients of this skincare booster. I wasn't consistent with it enough to notice if it really made a difference as I used it on and off. I do like this brand and the prices are good so I would try it again but make sure to use it consistently next time.

Repurchase- Yes

Essence Brow Gel Mascara
This isn't completely empty yet but it's yucky enough that I've already replaced it. It's super affordable, cruelty-free and gets the job done. I see no reason to spend a lot of money on a clear brow gel.

Repurchase- Already have

Tarte Tartiest Glossy Lip Paint (Free Sephora Birthday Sample)
This was a decent gloss, it felt great on my lips as it was very hydrating. It's definitely a pretty, everyday colour. I just don't see a reason to spend a lot of money most lipglosses. I believe the shade is Rosy Nude.

Repurchase- No

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Natural GC972
This is my favourite concealer! It is great on blemishes and redness as well as for under the eyes as it is not drying and doesn't get cakey- perfect for aging skin like mine! This tube lasted forever too! There is a little bit left but it's VERY old and expired and I have many others to use up before I repurchase this. Oh, it's cruelty-free too.

Repurchase- Absolutely!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I finished up and found my mini-reviews helpful!

See you next week and stay safe, everyone! πŸ’—

Some links are referral, thank you for the support if you choose to use them. xo

Sunday, April 26, 2020

10 Tips To Stay Sane and Reduce Stress During Quarantine

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Hope everyone is staying safe and finding lots of fun and/or productive ways to stay busy during these difficult and strange times that we are in.

I have found this quarantine to be challenging and stressful for many reasons. I do appreciate the freed up time on my hands and have found some things that have helped me when I'm feeling stressed out over everything, and wanted to share some of them with you. Some of these tips are obvious things that one might do during quarantine but some have proven to be very helpful and cathartic for my stress/ type A personality.

Let me start off by saying, this quarantine has me taking more hot, Epsom salt baths than I've taken in years, and I'm not mad about it! πŸ›

1. Watching Old TV Shows and Movies

Netflix has to be one of the most obvious things to do. I actually don't watch a lot of Netflix (yet) but I have really been enjoying binge-watching the show Ozark. I spend too much time online and I'm hoping to reduce that and spend more time watching TV and/or Netflix as it's much more relaxing than being online all day and night. I find that watching old TV shows and movies can be relaxing as it takes us back to more simple times "the good ole' days" some might say. Although, you don't need Netflix to watch old shows and movies as some TV channels have plenty of them to watch.

2. Intricate Adult Colouring Books

I purchased a fabulous adult colouring book where there are such small, intricate details in the beautiful artwork. It's a real stress-buster as it takes all of your focus and attention into the process of colouring, being careful to stay inside all of the lines and allowing creativity to flow as you select your own colours from the coloured pencils to create your own masterpiece. This is just what the type A personality needs! Similar book linked here.

See below for a peek inside the book and my 1st unfinished attempt at colouring.

3. Cleaning, Organizing, and Decluttering (Kon Mari)

I love being organized! I believe everything should have a place. As a lover of fashion and beauty products, my collection just keeps growing over time, so I have to keep on top of organizing and decluttering my items. I usually do this every season, but there is no better time than now to make the time for it. I have heard so much about the Kon Mari methods for organizing and decluttering which was created by Marie Kondo and outlined in her book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. I use some of her ideas and leave others that don't mesh with me at this time.

Cleaning, organizing, and decluttering are very satisfying for me. My biggest take away so far during quarantine, is that I finally took the time to apply Marie Kondo's folding techniques to all of my tops. I never had the patience to do it properly before. I didn't believe that it would give me more space as I had tried my own take on her folding method and it did not save space and my drawers wouldn't close. This time, I took the time to watch a YouTube video on how to apply her folding method and I followed it exactly. This proved to be very cathartic for me! Since I am not a patient person, it was exactly the right task for me! It takes concentration, time, and patience so it actually becomes like a form of meditation. It was very relaxing for me and very rewarding as it ended up saving me so much space and I can now see all of my tops, so they are all getting used!

See the pictures below with the results of my Kon Mari folding method for my tops.

 T-shirt folded Kon Mari Style

 Above: Short sleeve and long sleeve tops folded the Kon Mari way

I can see everything and I have more space in the back.

Above: Sweatshirt drawer folded the Kon Mari way

4. Use It Or Lose It / Selling Items Without Contact

After decluttering, you will have items to donate, toss or sell. With these difficult times upon us, it never hurts to make some extra cash for your unwanted items.

I have a lot of luck with Facebook Marketplace (my ad is shown below), and Poshmark Canada. Both allow for contactless transactions and are easy to use. When I sell something on Facebook, the buyer sends a free etransfer to my email and we arrange a time for them to pick up the item on my porch.

With Poshmark, you send the items via mail, so I ship all of my sales when I'm at the store and have my mask on per usual when going to the stores these days.

If you are new to Poshmark, you can sign up using my invite code POSHSUMMERGIRL on the sign up page and get a $15 credit! Linked here.

5. Trying New Recipes; Baking and Cooking

I think a lot of people are enjoying baking and trying new recipes now more than ever. We often resort to frozen pizzas but homemade cannot be beat. Below is my favourite pizza recipe. I purchased a thin wholegrain crust and added my favourite toppings: Pizza sauce, mozzarella, feta, sundried tomatoes, black olives, onions and garlic. I ran out of sundried tomatoes and used regular ones this time, it was just as good!

The Dalgona coffee recipe (shown below) is all over social media so I had to give it a try. I found it quite strong, so I will try it again with half of the ingredients.

Homemade Pizza 🀀

Dalgona Coffee

6. Pampering- Hair and Skin Treatments

Now is the perfect time to give our hair and skin some extra pampering. Needless to say, I'm finally getting around to using up a lot of my products that were being neglected, along with my skin and hair!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there is nothing like a nice hot Epsom salt bath to relax your mind and body. I like to add some lavender essential oils, my favourite Live Clean bubble bath, and light a candle.

You can take all of the above ideas and create a spa day at home with some relaxation music for the full experience.

7. Exercise, Yoga, Meditation

Now is the perfect time to start exercising- check with your doctor before beginning a new form of exercise. Depending on your health and energy levels, you may want to do some gentle exercises like yoga, walking, or do some HIIT workouts. You can find tons of free exercise routines on YouTube.

Below are 2 of my favourite yoga DVD's. Sara Ivanhoe's Body Makeover has five 20 minute routines using Hatha style yoga, while the Happy Hormones by Ana Brett uses Kundalini style of yoga which is very different from the conventional Hatha style of yoga but has a lot of health benefits, including balancing out your hormones.

There are plenty of fitness DVD's, free YouTube videos, as well as apps for most forms of exercise as well as meditation. I really like the Down Dog app and the Insight Timer app.

8. Makeup Organizing and Decluttering

I know a lot of people online are into decluttering their makeup collections now more than ever. I recently cleaned out my makeup collection and tossed out everything that was expired. I felt bad that I had wasted so much makeup as I wasn't able to use it all up before it expired. But I feel so good that I've now fit almost my entire makeup collection into the makeup organizer shown below. The only items that I am not able to fit into this organizer yet are my palettes and tools.

We may not be able to go to stores yet, but you can still get organizers like this online.

ALMOST my entire makeup collection (minus palettes and tools)

9. Haircuts and Colour

Many of us will have to resort to a DIY haircut. I've been doing my own hair for the last few years and I have some tips and tools to take the stress out of it! Check out my post on how I cut my own hair linked here. I use some tools that make it super easy and simple including the Crea Clip.

I also do my own highlight and base bump! I have a whole post on how I bump my base and tone my hair linked here. Goldwell 10p + 20 volume developer are my secret weapons to toning my hair and bumping my base in 10 minutes!

10. Reading, Hobbies, Crafts, and Games

Some more common tips worth mentioning are starting hobbies that you've always wanted to or ones that you haven't had the time for in a while. Finally picking up that novel or self help book that you've been meaning to read.

Playing cards, board games, and puzzles are also lots of fun and can help relieve stress during these tough times.

Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the benefits of good sleep (that's a whole other post), music, and sometimes you just need a nice big bowl of your favourite ice cream! 🍨

I hope you found some of these tips helpful.

Let me know what you're doing to have fun, keep busy and combat stress during these difficult times.

Now I'm off for yet another hot bath! 😊


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