A GIVEAWAY WITH LIVE CLEAN | MY FAVOURITE HAIR CARE LINE


Today I'm back with one of my favourite Live Clean products - their shampoos and conditioners! I have been using hair care from Live Clean for the past year, and have been loving all of the different ranges I've tried out. Today I'm featuring three, and have an exciting giveaway for you too!

Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner | I used to use the shampoo exclusively for removing residue build-up caused by extended use of styling products. This range is perfect for that! It's formulated with Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, and when paired with the Ultra Light Conditioner, it gives you the moisture you need after using a deep cleansing shampoo.

Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner | This range is designed to work with frizzy, fly-away hair. It restores your hair to smoothness, and deeply hydrates with its formulation of Brazilian Buruti Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Honey and Phyto-Keratin Protein. Think of this shampoo and conditioner as a deep moisture hair care treatment.

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner | This is a range for all hair types. The oils in Coconut Milk both moisturize and protect, penetrating the hair shaft to help prevent breakage and seal in moisture. This range also smells heavenly (I love coconut scented products!), and contains a bunch of vitamins and proteins to help with nourishment, hydration, and strengthening.


I know I've written about Live Clean products in the past, but as a refresher, Live Clean contains a unique collection of eco-conscious products that use plant and naturally derived ingredients. They are cruelty free, paraben and phosphate free (and more), and contain biodegradable ingredients. All of their packaging is recyclable too! All of these shampoo and conditioners are housed in 350mL bottles and Live Clean is available at drug stores, grocery stores, mass retailers and online across Canada.


Lastly, Live Clean was kind enough to offer a giveaway to one of my lucky readers! This giveaway will run from Sunday September 15th, 2019 to Monday September 233rd, 2019. I'll select one winner randomly and you will receive every single product featured in this blog post! That's three shampoos and three conditioners from the three ranges I wrote about here! I'll reach out to you on Instagram if you are the winner. 

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DIYING MY NEW RUG | HOW TO MAKE POM POMS!


As much as I love beauty products, I also want to start introducing more content over on this blog. I recently went back to look at my early blog posts and saw my old DIYs, which were quite hilarious, but reminded me of how much I used to love making crafty Youtube videos and blog posts. These will be less frequent, but I'm excited to revisit my passion for DIY!

Today I wanted to share how I vamped up a new rug I purchased to go underneath our coffee table. The rug itself is from H&M Home and I paid $17 CAD for it on sale. Initially I thought it would look great in our living room but once it was in, I thought it was a bit boring and needed something to jazz it up, so I decided to add some homemade poms poms to the ends to give it some character. This is more of an idea than a true DIY but keep on reading if you want to see how I made the poms poms!


Firstly, I took some medium thick yarn I had lying around and wrapped them around three fingers. I played around with this and experimented with the size of the poms poms I wanted but found that three fingers width was perfect for my rug. I did about 20-25 loops and cut the yarn, making 14 individual looped rolls in total. Note: The more loops you do, the fluffier your pom pom will be. Also, if you are making a bigger pom pom, you will definitely need to do more loops.



Once all of the loops were made, I took another longer piece of yarn and centered it behind each loop bundle. I tied the yarn with a double knot to bring all of the loops together and then cut all of the loops with scissors to create the pom pom ends. 


Since my loops weren't perfect and the same size, I went in and trimmed the ends so that everything was relatively even. I was able to adjust the poms poms and make them smaller at this point too. I did however, leave the yarn that I used to tie the loops together long, as you'll see in the next photo.


I ended up making 14 poms poms altogether, allowing for 7 on each side of the rug. I spaced them out evenly and then hot-glued the longer yarn ends down. I really should have hand sewn these on but let's be honest - I was incredibly lazy and the hot glue held so well anyways! The longer yarn ends were trimmed and then I was finished!



What do you think of the rug? I love how it turned out and now it suits the space so much better! This was a super simple and quick DIY, and now I want to add poms poms to everything in our apartment... Let me know if you try this DIY to anything you own - I'd love to see it!

Have a great week!
Nancy

PRODUCTS I'VE BEEN TRYING OUT LATELY


Hey! I know it's been a hot minute since I last posted, but long story short - I'm just been spending the entire summer trying trying to get my feelings about blogging in place. That doesn't mean I haven't been trying out new products though, and there's been plenty I have been loving this summer so today I've rounded up a couple products and wanted to share my thoughts about them with you! 


SKINCARE

Firstly let's talk about natural deodorants. I currently have 3-4 on rotation, but the two I have been using the most is from Schmidt's and The Green Beaver Company. What I like about the Schmidt's deodorant is how it smells fresh all day long. Does it prevent me from sweating? Unfortunately no. Over the past month, I have had crazy hormone imbalances which has made me sweat more than normal, and while this deodorant kept me smelling great, it didn't do much for sweating, although you really can't expect that from a deodorant anyways. This is why I decided to give The Green Beaver Company's natural antiperspirant a try. Out of all of the natural products I've tried, this one probably has the most mild scent. In terms of blocking sweat, I do think it prevents me from sweating (more than any other natural deodorant), but no where near as good as an aluminum-based antiperspirant. 

A skincare product I've been using is Pixi's Vitamin C Juice Cleanser*. I think the name is a little misleading, since when I first opened the product I thought it was a foam cleanser, but this product is by all accounts a toner. It's a very mild Vitamin C product, so I'm not sure if it's done much to help lighten my dark spots. That being said, I've still been enjoying using it, and if you have sensitive skin, this might be a good product to try. Another skincare product I've been using is Graydon's Full Moon Serum*. This is a plant-based serum aimed to prevent signs of aging. I always try to incorporate at least one or two anti-aging products into my skincare routine, and have thoroughly been enjoying this lightweight serum. I use it at night, but since it blends in so easily, I'd say it's suitable for day or night. 


MAKEUP

Moving onto makeup, Ole Henriksen's Banana Bright Face Primer* has been my go-to all summer. It has more of a lotion texture as opposed to a silicone feel, but I've loved how it's made my makeup go on so evenly, while also making my face feel hydrated and supple. I know it airs on the more expensive side, but I love everything about this primer (the scent, the yellow-ish hue, the texture), so it will definitely be a repurchase when I'm done with it!

I had known that Covergirl recently went cruelty-free, but was pleasantly surprised to be reminded of this fact when I decided to stop by the drugstore to pick up a new concealer. I've been using the Trublend Undercover concealer and all I have to say is WOW. This formula is absolutely perfect in every way possible. It's matte, blends easily, and has phenomenal coverage. It's so good in fact, that most days I skip foundation and go straight to concealer. Now that Covergirl is cruelty-free, I can't wait to try out more of their products. *Just a note here, I am not a 100% cruelty-free blog or product user, but I definitely more towards the cruelty-free side, and am becoming more aware and conscious of what I am using and choosing to share on this blog. 

Lastly, I attended a Quo event a couple weeks back to celebrate the launch of their brushes, but got the opportunity to test out some of their makeup products too. I've been using the Dewy Skin Mist* to finish off my makeup and set everything. It mists evenly, and has a light coconut scent which has been perfect for the summer!

All in all, I have to say it feels extremely liberating to get back into blogging again. I'm slowly rediscovering what it means to me to blog and review products and it feels great!

xoxo,
Nancy

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk (*) are PR samples/gifted for consideration for review. All other products were purchased by me. 

SWITCHING TO NATURAL DEODORANT | MY EXPERIENCE WITH LIVE CLEAN


I have finally made the switch over to natural deodorant after many months of trying to do so and while I've used natural deodorants on and off, I've found it difficult to take the plunge completely. I think after over a month of using these Live Clean deodorants, I've been officially converted.

To preface, the reason why we should all be using natural deodorants is because a TON of drugstore deodorants contain aluminum. Aluminum prevents you from sweating by blocking your sweat glands. The main problem here is that in recent years, there have been studies linking aluminum to breast cancer through absorption through the skin. Realistically, do we really need to be applying metal onto our skin?

Live Clean Deodorants are made with 99%% naturally-derived ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals. They are free from aluminum, propylene glycol, and parabens. Instead, their formula contains baking soda, corn starch, and certified organic botanicals. Currently, there are four scents to choose from: Sparking Citrus, Cool & Fresh, Powder Clean, and Fragrance Free.

Odour Protection

In terms of odour protection, if you are a person who a) doesn't sweat a lot or b) doesn't get smelly if you sweat, these deodorants will work for you without a doubt. I actually gave the Fragrance Free one to a friend and she absolutely LOVED it. If you are like me who has relied on an antiperspirant deodorant for years, it will take a few weeks before your body transitions over. Since I work from home, my first week was relatively easy and I found that I didn't have to reapply at all. On the first day I was actually out all day, I found that after 8 hours or so, I definitely began to smell and had to reapply, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. After a month of using these deodorants however, I have been able to go the entire day without reapplying under normal circumstances. 


My favourite scent is the Powder Clean scent. One key thing I want to point out is the application of these deodorants. They feel so soothing and if possible, they have a slight cooling effect on the skin. They're non-whitening, and feel very refreshing regardless of the scent! I do find that on days when my hormones are a bit crazy or I'm exercising a ton, I have to reapply within a couple of hours. 

What are some of your favourite all-natural deodorants? I'm always on the hunt for some new ones to try, but I highly suggest checking these Live Clean ones out if you're looking for a new deodorant. They retail for only $4.99, and can be found in most drugstores across Canada.

xoxo,
Nancy

MY CURRENT CLEAN BEAUTY ESSENTIALS | BLOOM BEAUTY TORONTO


Hey everyone! I'm popping in today with a quick blog post because I've recently been introduced to a few new clean beauty brands and wanted to share them with you! A few weeks ago I attended the launch of Toronto's first all clean beauty and services retailer: Bloom Beauty. Located at 1625 Bayview Avenue. Founded by Pamela Cass and Samantha Brewes, Bloom Beauty is a carefully curated boutique that offers clean and conscious products as well as beauty related services.

I was also introduced to a ton of clean beauty brands - most I haven't even heard of! All of these brands can be found at Bloom Beauty, most notably the brand Indie Lee, which I have heard great things about but have never tried. Here are some of the products that have been on constant rotation in both my skincare and makeup routines:

INDIE LEE | COQ-10 TONER
An alcohol-free toner that hydrates, soothes, and protects all skin types. This is one of Indie Lee's best selling products, and as summer is approaching, this toner is absolutely perfect for the hot weather! It contains the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 which protects against environmental stressors, and Hyaluronic Acid which we all know helps to promote long-lasting hydration. It also contains Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Sage, Papaya, and Cucumber Extracts which combine to give a radiant appearance and a light scent that feels super refreshing too.

EPIC BLEND | MOJITO LIP SCRUB
I love myself a good lip scrub, and when it smells like a mojito, that's a plus! Caster sugar is the exfoliating agent here, and jojoba oil acts as an anti-bacterial oil that works with vitamin E to contribute to plump and soft lips. 

RITUEL DE FILLE | ENCHANTED LIP SHEER IN WHITEHORN
If you know me, you know I do not like sheer lipsticks at all, BUT this is an exception. I have never been so impressed with the formulation of a sheer lipstick before I was introduced to Ritual de Fille. I've been using the shade, Whitehorn which they describe as a fleshy pink that amplifies the natural tone of your lips (btw, it does exactly this). This lipstick is also super moisturizing without looking shiny or glossy.

VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY | AURA MULTI USE IN EROS
Part of their classic Aura Multi-Use products, this is a 3-in-1 product suitable for eyes, lips, and the face. I find with most multi-use products, I tend to lean more towards using it for one use so in this case, I've been loving this product as a cream blush. It's in a light, neutral mauve shade, blends easily and adds that little "flush" to finish off my makeup. 

All of the products featured here are clean AF. While I love my skincare, I do find that we don't put as much emphasis on clean beauty makeup products. One reason being how they are not as accessible as skincare products, but the selection at Bloom Beauty is unreal. I have never seen so many makeup products in a retailer before. I highly recommend checking out their boutique and if you're interested in any of their services (makeup, facials, sugaring + more), you can also mention my handle @naancymaac or name for 25% off!

xo,
Nancy


PHYTO PARIS | PHYTOJOBA LINE REVIEW


A couple weeks ago I was introduced to Phyto Paris at their 50th anniversary celebration, hosted at La Maquette in Downtown Toronto. I had never heard of Phyto Paris before, so attending this celebration was a great introduction to the brand, and I got to learn all about their history from 1969 up until now in 2019! Just as a brief summary, Phyto Paris has been one of the leading haircare brands in Europe. Over the 50 years they have been in business, they have released a huge range of products. Today I'm featuring their PHYTOJOBA line which I've been using for the past month.

The PHYTOJOBA line is a moisturizing hair care range that restores softness and shine to dry and dehydrated hair without weighing it down. There are three main ingredients in the PHYTOJOBA formulation; jojoba oil, jojoba milk, and mallow extraction. These all help to hydrate and condition the hair, maintaining strength while softening the hair fiber. 


PHYTOJOBA MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO | $20 (250mL)
This is a pearly-tinted and shimmering shampoo that offers a fine and light mousse. I learned that PHYTO products are highly concentrated, and so I've literally been applying the smallest amount into the palm of my hands, and work it into a lather on my wet hair. It doesn't offer the same intense foam that drugstore shampoos tend to do, but by hair and scalp feel just as clean!


This is a rich, silky cream that instantly melts into the hair to hydrate it without weighing it down. What I love about this product is how little you need to use, which is great considering the price of one tube. I use a quarter size amount and apply it on the ends of my hair which helps to detangle it after shampooing. You can use this as a conditioner in the shower or a full-on hair mask if you plan on leaving it in for longer. 


One of Phyto Paris' newest products, this is a hair treatment designed to add shine and suppleness. I've been applying two pumps of this to my hair on wet and dry hair daily, and it just adds the most delicious scent to it. Since it's a gel formula, it doesn't feel heavy on my hair at all, and when combined with both the shampoo and conditioner, it's the perfect hair-care routine to ensure my hair stays healthy right down to the fiber. 


I've been loving this simple, three step hair-care routine from Phyto Paris. Having just heard about the brand too, I was pleased to learn that in 2019, they have taken major steps to limit their environmental footprint. Their bottles are 100% recyclable and they have eliminated all paper instructions/boxes from their packaging. As small as this may seem, just these simple acts have the biggest impacts on the environment.

Overall, I'm very impressed by the products I've been using. I've been loving luxe, higher-end hair products lately because I personally think they have just done wonders for my hair. Yes, they are more expensive than your typical drugstore shampoos and conditioner, but the products don't contain any fillers and are concentrated with high quality ingredients so you don't have to use much.

Hope you all enjoyed this review and give Phyto Paris a try!

xo,
Nancy
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