INDEFENSE30 FROM INDEED LABORATORIES | REVIEW


I honestly can't believe it's already September! I have had the busiest summer ever, and I've been trying out so many new and exciting products, but I haven't gotten the chance to sit down and write about them. Seeing as how I've managed to sneak some free time into my hectic schedule, I thought I'd kick things off for the month with a review on a product I've been using all summer. 

InDefense30 is a moisturizer and sunscreen from Indeed Laboratories that I've been using since July. It's a lightweight moisturizer and partial mineral-based sunscreen with SPF 30. The formula absorbs easily into my skin and provides the perfect amount of hydration I want for the daytime. I'm usually weary of moisturizers that contain SPF because in my experience, they tend to be on the greasier side however, the InDefense30 glides on really well and doesn't leave any streaky marks on my skin. 

Here are some of the key ingredients:
Pycnogenol: An antioxidant that is shown to be 50 times more powerful than vitamin E. It slows the skin's aging process and protects from harmful environmental elements.

Hydrovition Plus: This delivers intense hydration and works with the skin's natural moisture.

Zinc Oxide: A mineral that acts as a sunscreen, protecting the skin against UVA and UVB light rays. It also helps to heal the skin from pigmentation. 


When I saw this product initially, I thought 30 mL was too little for a daily moisturizer however, I've learned that you really don't need much product to cover your face. I love how it's non-scented so those with sensitive skin should be able to use this moisturizer, and the small and minimal packaging makes it perfect for travel (I definitely took this with me on my trips this summer). The InDefense30 retails for $17.99 and can be found online or at Shoppers Drug Mart.

I hope everyone had a great long weekend!
- Nancy

Disclaimer* This post contains press samples sent for review. 

EVENT RECAP | AVEENO POSITIVELY RADIANT EVENT


A couple weeks ago I attended an event hosted by Aveeno to showcase their Positively Radiant Body Collection. Some of their newest products from this collection are the Positively Radiant Body Lotion, Exfoliating Body Wash, and Dark Spot Corrector. The hot weather outside made it perfect for the event to be hosted at Airship 37 in downtown Toronto. I went with my good friend, Steph, and we both had so much fun - so I wanted to share what we got up to with all of you! 


When we got into the space, we were greeted with an adorable salad making station. Using fresh ingredients, we stuffed our mason jars with spinach, blackberries, walnuts, granola, and more. All of these ingredients are super nutritious for the body and related to the natural ingredients that Aveeno uses in their products to replenish dry, dull skin and boost the skin's natural radiance. Each salad was served with a balsamic vinaigrette and we got a recipe for a tofu-based salad which related to Aveeno's ACTIVE NATURALS Total Soy Complex to correct tone. This formula transforms the look of all 5 factors of radiance (tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots). 



There were so many cute stations around the venue for us to experience. Steph and I got our nails done at one station, grabbed some Positively Radiant inspired drinks at the bar, but best of all, we got to customize our own necklaces! This station had pendants and bars to choose from, so we both got our names on a bar necklace.

Very generously, Aveeno had a wall of products from their Positively Radiant line for us to choose from. I picked up some facial moisturizers, body wash, cleansers, and few extras of some products I already love from Aveeno. Of course, I also picked up their three new products; the Body Lotion, Exfoliating Body Wash, and Dark Spot Corrector

I've been extremely diligent with my body care routine to keep my arms and legs moisturized and even-toned (wedding season after all!) and these products have been a great contribution to making sure my skin achieves this. My favourite product is the Dark Spot Corrector. It has SPF 15, and has helped to even out the dark spots on my arms from the sun and mosquito bites.


Is there anything from Aveeno you are interested in seeing a review on? Let me know and I'll be sure to test it out for you! In the mean time, I do hope you guys will try out the new Positively Radiant Body Collection. 

- Nancy

JĀSÖN DRY SPRAY DEODORANTS | REVIEW & GIVEAWAY


Happy Friday friends!

Today I have an exciting giveaway and review to share with all of you! Over the past few weeks I've been trying out the Dry Spray Deodorants from JĀSÖN. Founded in California is 1959, JĀSÖN believes in personal care products that don't contain harsh chemicals. Their products range from haircare, hand soaps, body washes, lotions, toothpaste, mouthwash, and of course, deodorants! Best of all, they are certified with the Leaping Bunny logo, meaning they are totally cruelty-free. 

In addition to their stick deodorants, JĀSÖN has released two different scents in dry spray format. The two scents are Fresh Cucumber and Soft Rose, and are clinically tested to provide 24-hour protection. The Dry Spray Deodorants go on dry with no wet feeling and are housed in containers that are air-propelled, using no chemical propellants.  


Let's start with the packaging. One container of the Dry Spray Deodorant holds 113mL of product. I've never used a spray deodorant before so I didn't know what to expect, but the JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants have a light spray nozzle that feels like a mist. Both deodorants are lightly scented, although when the product first comes out, there is a hint of alcohol which fades after a few minutes. The deodorant doesn't feel wet or sticky, and it's clear, so there's no worry about getting it on your clothes.

My favourite scent of the two is the Soft Rose. Another plus to the deodorants is that they don't contain any artificial fragrance, so you can be sure you're smelling real roses and cucumber! They also don't contain any aluminium, butane, parabens, and phthlates.  

Overall, I really like the JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants. I am typically picky when it comes to natural deodorants because they don't last as long as they claim to. These deodorants keep their scent for a few hours on my body, but even once the scent fades, I don't notice any odour which is a true testament to their claim of 24 hour odour protection. 

You can find JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants for $14.99 at Whole Foods, Loblaws, Well.ca and other natural grocers. 



And now it's time for the giveaway! JĀSÖN is offering one lucky person a chance to win two spray deodorants (Soft Rose and Fresh Cucumber). Here are the requirements to enter:

- Follow @haincelestialcanada and @naancymaac on Instagram
- Like the photo on my feed featuring JĀSÖN Dry Spray Deodorants
- Tag a friend in the comments
- *For a bonus entry, comment your Instagram username on this blog post
- Open to Canada

One winner will be randomly chosen on August 24th, 2018. Good luck!

*Disclaimer: Products sent for review.

MY ALOPECIA AREATA UPDATE | 3 YEARS LATER


A few weeks ago I asked over on Instagram if my readers would be interested in reading about an update regarding my alopecia areata. Overwhelmingly, you guys said yes, so here I am today. The last time I opened up about my hair loss was a year and a half ago, so I would recommend reading my last post on it if you want to know more about the backstory. 

For those who are unaware, alopecia comes in many forms. It is an auto-immune disease (meaning my body attacks its own cells) that is currently treatable, but not curable. Specifically, I have alopecia areata, which is sporadic hairloss that often results in bald patches although some people have alopecia areata nervosa, which is the full form of hair loss in which they do not have hair anywhere on their body. 

So here I am, three years later after learning about what my body was doing to my hair. Again, at the time I don't think I was stressed, I don't think anything majorly traumatic happened to me to trigger my hair loss. All I know is that someone noticed there was a lot of hair on the bathroom floor, and then my friends started noticing my bald spots (which I had noticed before but didn't think too much of then), and then one night I found a patch about three inches in diameter at the back of my head. This was obviously very scary, considering I have a family member who has the full form of it and my brother had lost almost all of his hair but then it grew back.


I went to the dermatologist, I got blood work done (which turned out normal), I was injected with a steroid to control my body from attacking my hair cells, and eventually my bald patches grew hair again. Every now and then, I would get small patches the size of a dime, and I would apply my topical treatment which always helped to grow my hair back. I would say that within the past three years, I have definitely come to terms with it and I've learned what to look for and how to manage it.

Now that it's been three years though, I don't know if I can truly say I have alopecia areata anymore... and the reason why is because it's been a very long time since I've noticed severe hair loss. My hair definitely isn't what it used to be; it's thinned out but for the most part, I feel like it's not even noticeable. I've been taking care of my hair in terms of treatments, hair masks, etc, but it's definitely been a while since either I or Beni, or any of my friends have seen a patch. Even when I do see a patch, it's so minor that I find it hard to apply my prescription cream and it seems to get better all on its own.


I'm not really sure what else to update you guys on other than I feel happy and content with where I am with my alopecia. If anything, the past few months have given me more stress and less time to do the things I want to do than when I started my last year of university (when all of this happened), but nothing has happened to my hair...? That's the thing with alopecia - no one knows what causes it and no one knows how to cure it. I think that's the most frustrating thing for me because if anything, I often worry about being too stressed or just wondering what might trigger it. It's a constant mind-game and it's not very pleasant. 

I know there's nothing I can do about it, but it would just be nice to not have to think about it, you know? If you guys have any questions for me, feel free to leave a comment down below, reach out to me on Instagram, or even send me an email. For those going through this, just know that I know what you're going through, and even though my case may be different from yours, I'm here for you because I know when I was going through it, I felt very alone at times because no one really understood what I was going through. So, I want to be here for you because I know it's sad, frustrating, and difficult to understand why it has to happen to you and why there are no answers.

Until next time,
Nancy

NEW IN | LIVE CLEAN FOAMING HAND WASHES | REVIEW


You guys know how much I rave about Live Clean on this blog and social media. I've been using their hand soaps for years, so I was super excited to see that they have recently released some Foaming Hand Washes to their range, available in three different scents, Lemon Mint, Vanilla Bean & Coconut, and White Tea & Cherry (not pictured). They retail for $4.99 CAD and are housed in 400mL bottles.

I love foaming hand soaps because they are so light and airy, but they also form a rich and creamy lather that cleanses so perfectly! I've been keeping one in my kitchen and it's been so nice to reach for something that not only smells great (the Vanilla Bean & Coconut is my favourite), but also cleans off grease (and cheesy popcorn fingers!) without drying out my hands. The Live Clean Foaming Hand Washes are enriched with Vitamin E and organic Aloe Vera which is probably why my hands feel nicely moisturized after using the soap. 


As always, Live Clean keeps their products natural and eco-friendly, which is another reason to love the brand. Their products are made with 98% plant based ingredients, pure vegan, never tested on animals, paraben-free, and the packaging is completely recyclable, just to name a few pluses about the brand.

You can find Live Clean Foaming Hand Washes at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Walmart, Amazon.ca, and Well.ca.

Overall, I love these foaming hand washes. They're absolutely a pleasure to use and the price is super affordable for a natural and eco-friendly product. I gifted one of these to Beni's parents and they've been loving it as well! 

Until next time,
- Nancy

Disclaimer* Product sent for review, all opinions are my own.

THE PRETTIEST ROSE GOLD MAKEUP BRUSHES | FANCII ARIA PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP BRUSH REVIEW


Today's post is about the prettiest rose gold makeup brushes from Fancii. The set I'm featuring in this post is the Aria Professional Makeup Brush Collection. This set features 11 brushes handcrafted for precise application and blending of liquid, cream and powder products, ranging from eye to face brushes.

My favourite design aspect of the Aria Professional Makeup Brush Collection is how the brushes are made with rose gold ferrules and matte black handles that have been designed to provide maximum comfort for your hands. All eleven brushes are housed in a vegan leather roll clutch, making them ideal for travel, because they roll up very neatly. I love how the brushes are made with high quality synthetic fibres which makes them cruelty-free, antibacterial and nonporous.




The Aria Professional Makeup Brush Collection includes:
1. Big Powder Brush
2. Flat Foundation Brush
3. Sculpting Foundation Brush
4. Angled Contour Brush
5. Blush Brush
6. Blending Brush
7. Smudge Brush
8. Concealer Brush
9. All-over Eyeshadow Brush
10. Angled Eye Brush
11. Lip Brush

I've been meaning to replace/add to my makeup brushes for quite some time and thought these gorgeous brushes from Fancii would be the perfect addition. As I've featured Fancii tools before, you know how affordable their products are, and this brush set is no exception. It retails for $25.99, which is a steal if you're looking for great quality brushes on a budget.

My favourite brushes are the Big Powder Brush, the Flat Foundation Brush, the Smudge Brush, and the All-over Eyeshadow Brush. These are the brushes I've been reaching for the most, and I've really been enjoying how they've been working for me in my every day makeup routine.

In terms of washing and drying, the Aria brushes wash very easily, and I actually kept the silicone sleeves the larger brushes came with which makes a great holder for drying. They keep their shape and I haven't experienced any fallout from the brushes so overall I'm very impressed with this brush set.



I know Prime Day is coming up on Amazon, so if you're on the hunt for some new makeup brushes, I highly recommend the Aria Professional Makeup Brush Collection! You can purchase them on Amazon or on the Fancii website.

See you in the next blog post!
- Nancy


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