EVENT RECAP | DR. HAUSCHKA LA VIE EN ROSE


Happy Friday everyone! On Tuesday I went to the Dr. Hauschka press dinner to celebrate their 50th anniversary as well discover some of their products featuring the Rose. The event was held at The Richmond and decorated to perfection with florals, a very photographic dinner setting, and a selection of skincare and makeup products offered by Dr. Hauschka. 


We were treated to appetizers and rosé, and I sat down with a group of fabulous women to learn more about Dr. Hauschka's offerings. I met Shira from Stop Drop and Makeup, Jessica from Diary of a Toronto Girl, Teresa from The Balance, and Anum from SummerxSkin

The food was a totally vegan and totally delicious meal, complete with wine top-ups and impeccable service. Throughout dinner, we were treated to a presentation about the brand and its philosophies. I was first introduced to Dr. Hauschka back in September, and since then I have been a huge fan of the brand and their products. Not only is the brand certified organic and natural, they are also one of the very few brands in the entire world that is certified by Natrue and is a Certified B Corporation, meaning that they give back to the environment and their products are the purest of the pure - considering they have their own garden located outside of any major cities in Germany. 



At the end of the night and presentation, we were given a limited edition 50mL tube of their Rose Day Cream, one of their Sheer Lipsticks, and a couple minis including the Facial Toner in a travel size which I am super excited about! I can't wait to try these products out and let you know what I think of them. In the meantime, if you're interested in Dr. Hauschka, you can find them at The Bay and Well.ca.


Have a great weekend! 
- Nancy

Disclaimer* Press event with products given as press samples.

LIVE CLEAN MINERAL CLAY SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | REVIEW


Today we're talking about Live Clean's newest shampoo and conditioner release - the Mineral Clay Rebalancing range. I've actually tried a few different products from Live Clean before (hair care, hand soaps, etc), but I was super excited to hear that they've released a shampoo and conditioner duo for "combination hair" ie. oily roots and dry ends. 

As someone who washes their hair every day (I know, forgive me, but I am trying to get better at going on no hair wash days!), my hair gets oily very easily especially at the roots. In turn, the ends of my hair lose their moisture resulting in dry and split ends. Live Clean's Mineral Clay Rebalancing shampoo purifies oily roots while the conditioner hydrates, detoxifies, and moisturizes dry ends. 



Live Clean's Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner combine three mineral clays - Kaolin, Montmorillonite, and Bentonite - known for their cleansing, oil absorbing, and stimulating properties. The shampoo and conditioner also contain known purifiers such as Apple Cider, Tea Tree, and Green Tea. In terms of moisturization, the range contains Vitamin E and Provitamin B5. 

I've tried a number of Live Clean's shampoos and conditioners before and I have never been disappointed. My favourite is their Exotic Nectar Argan Oil range which is extremely hydrating, but what I really love about the Mineral Clay Rebalancing range is just that - it's "rebalancing". Since I wash my hair every day, I like how this shampoo and conditioner doesn't weigh down my hair with too much moisture but instead, hydrates where it is needed and absorbs oils where it is needed. 

Another plus is that Live Clean's products use plant and natural based ingredients, they are paraben free, pure vegan and vegetarian, and are totally cruelty free! You can find the Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner which retails for $7.99 CAD each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and Well.ca now.

I have so many more things I want to share from Live Clean with all of you! Keep checking back in a few weeks as I'm sure I'll be adding more blog posts featuring a few of their products. 

Have a great week!
Nancy

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

NEUTROGENA LIGHT THERAPY ACNE SPOT TREATMENT | REVIEW


Happy Wednesday everyone! Recently, I was sent the Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment from Neutrogena to try out and review for you guys. A couple months ago, I reviewed the Light Therapy Acne Mask, which you can check out here if you would like to learn more about the actual treatment and my thoughts. Now, Neutrogena has come out with a smaller, portable version of light therapy for on-the-go pimple treatments.

For a general overview, light therapy uses red and blue light to treat pimples. Each colour works differently to combat two of the major factors that contribute to acne: bacteria and inflammation. The red light targets inflammation while the blue light fights bacteria.

The Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment is super slim and reminds me of a pen. The treatment is powered by a single AA battery and has a 1/2" area to enclose the breakout or pimple when you hold it up to your face. To use it, you simply apply it directly on clean skin so that the light fully surrounds the pimple. Each treatment lasts for 2 minutes and the device will turn off automatically after the 2 minutes. It should be used three times a day until the pimple is gone.


In terms of my own skin, I generally have pretty clear skin however, for the past two months, I have been battling the worse breakouts, especially around my nose and chin. This is probably due to several factors including stress and diet, but that also means I was able to put the Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment to the ultimate test!

I had two major breakouts to test this treatment on: one on my nose and one on my chin. Both were at the point where they were pretty prominent and very painful, but I was curious to see if the spot treatment would speed up the healing process. I used the treatment on both breakouts for two days, and by the third day, I noticed less swelling on both, and by the fourth day, the breakout on my nose had popped, and was on it's way to healing. The breakout on my chin was considerably smaller, but what I noticed the most was that while there was still a "bump", there was absolutely no redness on or around the pimple. I think by having the light treatment hit directly on the breakout, it's much more effective than having it rest 1-2" above the face. 

Ultimately, there are two things I love about the spot treatment. Firstly, I like how it is a direct treatment to the breakout. It reminds me of cream or gel based spot treatments, but light therapy is less invasive and doesn't lead to any drying or flaking. Secondly, I love how slim the spot treatment is, and I can literally carry it around with me in my purse or have it at my desk. I can also see myself bringing it with me to travel, and since it only uses a single battery, it's super easy to replace.

You can pick up the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment from Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. It retails for $32.00 CAD and while there is an expirary date on the pen (as the LED lights do become ineffective at some point), the only other cost is a battery replacement when it runs out.

Have you tried any of the Light Therapy treatments from Neutrogena? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments down below!

- Nancy

*Disclaimer: Product sent for free for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

ONE OF A KIND SPRING 2018 | WHAT I BOUGHT!


Happy long weekend everyone! Today I kicked off the long weekend by attending the One of a Kind Show. If you don't already know, the One of a Kind Show is a bi-annual event that showcases some of the most unique artisans from across North America, ranging in anything from food to fashion, beauty, interiors, and more! This season's show runs from March 28 to April 1, and with the exception of Thursday's Late Night Shopping, the show runs from 10am to 9pm every day.

I love supporting local and Canadian companies, especially since I have personal connections to the community of local makers, and I really value the time and work that goes into an ethical and unique product. Every year I always talk to some of the exhibitors and I love learning about their work ethic, why they started doing what they're doing, and supporting them through my purchase of their products. Below are some of the items I picked up this year from the show - I highly recommend checking out their booths if you are planning on attending this weekend! 


DOUBLE DECOR | BOOTH F34

You guys know much I love my marble and my succulents. At the winter show I picked up two mini air-plant planters from Double Decor and have been taking alllll the pictures of them. This year I decided to get a larger pink marbled planter which I'm sure will be making an appearance in many of my photos. 


VELVETTE ORGANICS | BOOTH P21

One of the new artisans this year; I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Joyce and Jenny, the co-founders of Velvette Organics. They specialize in natural and organic plant oils for the face and skin, and are literally the nicest people ever. They're actually from Calgary (yay for hometown peeps!), and this is their first time showing in Toronto. I picked up their Night Facial Oil for normal skin, and I can't wait to give it a go.


JACKIE LEE | BOOTH I45

Last but not least, I had to pick up a long overdue print from Jackie Lee. I am a huge fan of her prints - she screenprints them herself! I don't know how many times I have visited her booth over the years, but I have just never been able to decide on a print (because I actually want all of them...), but when I saw this one on Instagram, I knew it was the one to add to our wall!

And those are all the things I purchased this year. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, I highly recommend checking out the show, even if you're not going to buy. There are fun activities and lots of food samples, but it's also just cool to see the many things that people make!

- Nancy

Disclaimer* All products were purchased by me, One of a Kind press pass given complimentary.

JOUVIANCE CONTOUR+ | NECK SCULPTING GEL CONCENTRATE


A few weeks ago I received the opportunity to try out a brand new skincare product from Canada's leading anti-aging skincare company, Jouviance. As a newbie to Jouviance, I really had no idea what to expect, but since attending the launch of Jouvinace's Contour+, I have to say I am extremely impressed by not only their passion for sourcing effective ingredients, but also their transparency with consumers, and I'm looking forward to using more of their products as a preventative measure to keep my skin looking youthful.

For the past two weeks I have been using Jouviance's Contour+, an anti-aging neck sculpting gel concentrate designed to firm up the neck and reduce wrinkles and lines. It also helps to reduce the appearance of laugh lines and marionette lines, resulting in reshaped facial contours, fewer wrinkles, and improved skin firmness, elasticity and hydration. The active ingredients in Contour+ contribute to all of those benefits.


ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

LIFTONIN-XPERT | improves skin firmness/elasticity, fills in deep wrinkles
ACTIFCOL | reactivates production of collagen fibres
FILMEXEL | protects, lifts, and smooths skin
GATULINE IN-TENSE | creates an instant sculpting effect and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
HYALURONIC ACID | improves skin hydration, firmness, and volume

Packaging-wise, the product comes in a pump cylinder, with 50mL/1.7 oz. of concentrate. I love how high quality the packaging is, considering the price point of $78.00 CAD per bottle, although for a high quality anti-ageing product, I don't find that surprising. If anything, it is in the mid-range price point for these types of products. The high quality list of ingredients, research, and data is also reflected in the price per unit.


In terms of personal experience, after two weeks of using Contour+, I have noticed improved firmness and tightness around my neck area. After one application, I also noticed an immediate lifting effect which over time will improve even more as the full effects of this product will be most prominent after two months of use. I love how it has a light, citrusy scent that is very mild, and it also applies like a gel serum even though it comes out white of the tube. This makes it very easy to spread and massage around my neck and decollete area.

If you're looking for an effective solution and prevention to combat ageing concerns around the jawline and neck, I would say Jouviance's Contour+ Neck Sculpting Gel is for you. As I get older, the more I am willing to invest in skincare, because great skincare (combined with diet and exercise) means great skin, and even though I love makeup, I also love not wearing a lot of makeup on a daily basis. Contour+ helps with uneven texture, skin firmness, anti-aging, hydration, and more, so I definitely think the investment is worth it.

You can find Jouviance products at your local Shoppers Drug Mart in the high-end skincare aisle. If you wanted to learn more about Contour+ Neck Sculpting Gel Concentrate, you can do so here.

Have a great weekend!
- Nancy

Disclaimer* Press sample sent for review.

OVERNIGHT OATS FOR A QUICK & EASY BREAKFAST | RECIPE


Hi friends! Today on the blog I have a delicious breakfast recipe that I want to share with all of you. These are my overnight oats. I make overnight oats at least once a month, sometimes more, because the base recipe is so simple and easy, and from there you can add in different flavours and ingredients for a truly superfood breakfast. If you've never had overnight oats before, it's like a cold oatmeal/pudding, but my recipe is packed full of spices and hidden goodness (ie. dates, chia seeds). It's also super filling, making it an ideal breakfast food.

INGREDIENTS

for 4 servings
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 3/4 cups almond milk
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon honey

STEPS

1. Simple put everything into a blender and blend until smooth! If it seems like you need more liquid, feel free to add more almond milk. Also keep in mind the oats and chia seeds will soak up more moisture while sitting in the fridge. 
2. Divide the oats evenly into four small bowls and cover with cling wrap. Let them sit in the fridge for at least six hours.
3. Serve with fresh fruit, sprinkle on more cinnamon and chia seeds, and enjoy!



These will last at least a week in the fridge, and since this recipe makes four servings, it'll last you almost the entire week... considering you don't have two or three a day ;) If you try these overnight oats out, please share a photo and tag me! I'd love to see your creations... you can blend in some fruit, add some dark chocolate; the variations are endless!

- Nancy
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