MY FAVOURITE LIVE CLEAN PRODUCTS | GIVEAWAY


It's the season of thanks and I'd like to thank all of you for being such wonderful readers and followers, as well as Live Clean for being such great brand to work with and feature. In this blog post, I've rounded up my top products from the brand, a.k.a. my favourite products. I'll give you a quick run through of each product and at the end, there's a pretty cool giveaway featuring every single product in this post!

EXOTIC NECTAR ARGAN OIL RESTORATIVE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER |

This is my absolute favourite haircare line! I love the scent of Argan Oil, and it's also incredibly hydrating due to its high concentration of Vitamin E. Live Clean uses 100% pure Argan Oil to condition long-term and provide maximum shine and protection from environmental factors. This line also includes hydrating oils such as Olive Oil and Grape Seed Oil, but my hair never feels oily after use. I've gone through several bottles of this line even before working with Live Clean and I always go back to it after a couple of months because I love it so much!

LIVE CLEAN BODY WASHES |

I've tried almost every scent from Live Clean but these four are my favourite. All body washes contain the best ingredients formulated to cater to different skin concerns while providing the perfect cleanse! My four favourite scents are: Vanilla Oatmeal (soothing), Fresh Water (hydrating), Coconut Milk (moisturizing), and Exotic Nectar Argan Oil (replenishing).

Live Clean keeps your well-being and the environment in mind, so all of their products are created with an eco-conscious agenda, using plant and naturally derived ingredients. They are enriched with certified organic botanicals, are free of those chemicals and solvents you often see, are cruelty free, and much more!


Rounding up this blog post, Live Clean was super generous and wanted to give away all of my favourites to one lucky person! One person will win everything featured in this post. Here are the giveaway details:

Giveaway will run from October 15th, 2019 to October 25th, 2019
Giveaway is open to Canadian residents
Entrants must be following @livecleancan and @naancymaac on Instagram
Entrants must enter through the Rafflecopter form below
Winner will be randomly selected and contacted through Instagram

a Rafflecopter giveaway

COCOKIND | CHIA FACIAL OIL REVIEW


Oh, how nice it is to try out new beauty products! I've been quiet on this blog for a few reasons (Freon Collective being the bulk of them), but I've also been slowly going through my stash of products (mostly gifted and press releases) in order to use up everything and begin purchasing products again. Don't get me wrong, it is a privilege to get to try out the amount of beauty products I have over the past couple of years, but I've also missed walking into a store and just seeing all of the new beauty products that brands have launched. 

This is how I found COCOKIND. I've been in the market for a new facial oil ever since I ran out of my favourite from Velvette Organics, so when I saw COCOKIND, I was immediately drawn to their Chia Facial Oil


I did a quick search on chia oil and quite literally, it is the oil extracted from chia seeds. It is super rich in omega 3, which helps to maintain moisture levels and maintain a healthy protective skin layer. It's also one of the lighter oils, so it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a film of oil. The COCOKIND Chia Facial Oil claims to provide moisture deep into the surface of your skin, help soothe and de-puff, increase suppleness, and protect your skin from the environment. 

I should also mention that COCOKIND is certified organic, vegan, not tested on animals, and pretty minimal in their ingredients list. I mean, the two ingredients in this product are organic chia seed oil and organic chamomile flowers. I love how simple this product is, but just because it's simple doesn't mean it's not effective. Here are some key points on what I think about this product:

  • It has a very low scent, and it only comes from the chamomile flowers. Calming or what? It's the perfect oil to use before bed.
  • I was drawn to the packaging. Clean, simple, but also super cute!
  • It doesn't leave an oily film and absorbs super quickly into my skin, leaving my skin feeling hydrated and supple in the morning.
  • Facial oils are traditionally on the upper scale in terms of cost. This oil is $18.99 CAD - a significant difference in price compared to other facial oils available on the market!


Overall, I love the COCOKIND Chia Facial Oil. I am so intrigued by this brand and am looking forward to trying more of their products. Any products that don't contain beeswax are certified vegan, organic, and nothing is tested on animals!
Shoppers Drugmart does offer a small selection of their products, but I believe you can also purchase from COCOKIND's website.

Have you tried any COCOKIND products? I would LOVE to hear about what you've tried and what I should try next. Let me know in the comments down below or shoot me a DM on Instagram!

xoxo,
Nancy

Disclaimer* Product was purchased by me.

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. 

Enter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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
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