ONE OF A KIND WINTER SHOW 2019 | MY TOP PICKS


It's the most wonderful time of the year! The One of a Kind Show has returned to Toronto for the winter and I am so excited to share my annual holiday gift guide. We've got some veteran vendors in this mix, as well as some new vendors that I have had my eyes on for a long time now. As usual, I began the day with the bi-annual media breakfast and ran into Melanie from imnotabeautyg. It was absolutely lovely to catch up with an old blogging friend and we spent a good three hours walking A-Z through the event space. 

The One of a Kind Winter Show runs from now until Sunday December 1st at the Exhibition Grounds in the Enercare Centre in Toronto. You can purchase tickets at the site or online here. I also recommend keeping an eye out on special discount days, as well as taking advantage of Late Night Shopping when the show is open until 11pm (I will likely be heading back on this day!). 

Below you'll find some of the unique products I picked up at the show. I highly recommend you checking out any of these vendors at the show as they do not only have amazing products, they are also amazing people! Everyone is so passionate about their craft and I had the best time chatting with them. At the end of the blog post, you will also see an exciting announcement from me!


LIVING APOTHECARY | Having just found Living Apothecary a few weeks ago on Instagram, I fell in love with Kara's branding and was thrilled to see that she would be at the show. She is incredibly knowledgeable about holistic health and was more than happy to walk me through their range of teas. I think a jar of any of these teas would make a beautiful holiday gift for someone who not only loves tea, but is also interested in holistic and natural wellness. You can find Living Apothecary at booth D12 for the entire show. 


SMALL HOURS WORKSHOP | Through the local maker community, I came across Jenny's Small Hours Workshop a couple months ago and actually picked up a keychain from a smaller market she was a part of. I think these little female form keychains are absolutely adorable and make a perfect stocking stuffer or gift! You can find Small Hours Workshop along with all of her other leather goods at booth R31 for the first five days of the show.


COAL AND CANARY | Press actually received a small candle from Coal and Canary in our media packs. There are so many candle vendors to choose from, so Coal and Canary is just one of my recommendations, but their branding and packaging is so spot on, so I just had to include them in this list. You can find them at booth X54 for the entire show. 


HERITAGE BEE CO. | If there was ever a booth to visit, you have to visit Debbie and Jeff from Heritage Bee Co. I've gotten the chance to visit them at every single show they have been a part of and every year, they just prove to be the sweetest duo who are not only incredibly knowledgeable about honey and bees, but are so passionate about their work. Every show I always pick up a jar of their creamed honey, but they also have a line of amazing flavour infused honeys, as well as a new beeswax product for that crafty person in your life. You can find them at booth H22 for the entire show. 


LA LICHEE | A couple weeks ago when Beni and I visited Montreal, I popped into a gift shop and this little jar of caramel instantly stood out to me. This is of course, La Lichee's fleur de sel caramel and when I found out they would be at the show, I put them down as a booth I HAD to visit. I got the chance to speak with one of the co-founder's, Karl, and got to learn more about their brand, different caramel offerings, and so much more. I picked up a jar of the fleur de sel caramel as well as several of their smaller jars for gifts this holiday season. You can find them at booth F47 for the full show.

I love connecting with vendors at the One of a Kind Show every year, and this year was no exception. Everyone is so happy to be there and I am more than happy to support Canadian businesses, especially around the holiday season. Now onto that special announcement... I happy to announce that I will be joining this One of a Kind community in Spring 2020. Freon Collective has been approved as a vendor for the One of a Kind Spring 2020 show and I can't wait! Of course, when I know more, I will let you all know but for the time being, I hope you get a chance to check out the show this year!

xo,
Nancy

REVLON ONE STEP HAIR DRYER AND VOLUMIZER | REVIEW


Here's a fact about me - I rarely ever do my hair. The most I do is quickly blow dry it every time I wash it, but I don't even attempt a blow-out or anything of the sort. Well, that has changed since I started using Revlon's Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer! Essentially, it's a hot air brush designed to brush, dry, and volumize your hair all in a single step. 

I am incredibly uncoordinated when it comes to brushing and drying my hair at the same time. I find it quite difficult to hold the hair dryer in one hand and a round brush in the other (let's just say I did not enjoy cosmetology class in high school), so the One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a life saver. The oval brush makes it super easy for me to run the tool through my hair, helping to add volume at the root and then a bouncy, light curl at the end. It literally feels like having a salon blowout every time I dry my hair now.



Other key points:

  • Boosted by Ionic Technology, so hair dries faster with less damage
  • The brush/dryer is ceramic coated for even heat distribution
  • There are three heat settings: high, medium, and cool
  • It's super lightweight and ergonomic
  • Tangle free swivel cord
I will say the only con I have with this hair dryer is that I don't feel quite comfortable using it alone as a hair dryer. Since I blow dry my hair straight out of the shower, it's still quite damp and I much prefer to blow dry my hair normally, then finish off with the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. I find I can't get the brush close enough to my scalp to dry the hair there, but once it's about 75% dry, this tool makes a world of difference!




The Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer was recently featured as a winner in the "Brush Dryer" category in Allure's 2019 best of Beauty Awards! It retails for $64.97 CAD and can be found at all major retailers - Walmart.ca, Amazon.ca, London Drugs & Bed Bath & Beyond.

Hope you enjoyed reading my review on this hair tool! I'm usually not a fan of having so many different hair tools but this one is a definite keeper!

xoxo,
Nancy

*Disclaimer: The Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer was sent for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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

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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. 

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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

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