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


EVENT RECAP | NEUTROGENA EVERYDAY IS SUNDAY FEAT. HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL LOTION SPF 50


Hi friends! I hope everyone survived this week of extreme heat in Toronto. I for one, could not handle the heat and pretty much stayed indoors with AC all week. While the sun is nice and all, the humidity is another story. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I got to enjoy the sunny weather when it was still bearable with Neutrogena, celebrating their new sunscreen, the Hydro Boost SPF 50. As I like to personally document events when I can, I thought I'd also share with you all what we got up to at the "Everyday is Sunday" event!


The Everyday is Sunday event was held in the Yorkville area of Toronto, at a super cute space complete with an outdoor pool. We were greeted with cocktails and several fun stations for us to visit during the time we were there. I met Sandra from Mom's Makeup Stash (a blogger in the CBB Network), and we were smitten with the straw bags the event organizers had lined up for us to decorate. The bag shown in these photos was the one I DIY'd with poms poms and tassels. There were also artists onsite to paint bags, which many people chose to do.


We were also able to pick from a huge selection of Neutrogena sunscreens, which means I'm officially stocked up for the next two summers. I love the Hydro Boost sunscreen, because it is more of a gel-based watery finish, and doesn't feel greasy or leave a white cast on my skin. I also picked up a few of their other sunscreens to try, including a mineral sunscreen which I've heard great things about.



I thought I'd also share some cheeky photos of some hunks we got to dunk with pool water ;). Overall, the event was so much fun, and I had a great time meeting Sandra and catching up with Stephanie, another fellow member of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network. I can't wait to try all of the different sunscreens out this summer!



Have you guys used any sunscreens from Neutrogena? Which ones do you like the best? 
- Nancy

NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS I'M CURRENTLY LOVING


It's been hot minute since I've shared a compilation of beauty products I'm currently loving, so today I wanted to tell you all about some of the natural beauty products that have been major superstars. Another cool thing about the products I'm featuring in this post is that they are from local, national, and international beauty brands!




MAKEUP

In terms of makeup, I have been loving two lip products from Bite Beauty. We all know how pigmented Bite Beauty products are, and these are no exceptions. I have been loving the Matte Creme Lip Crayon in the shade Glace. It's a total MLBB colour, so I've just been reaching for it every day. The second product from Bite Beauty that I've been loving lately is the Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb. This is on the more nudey side, but it actually works really well with my skintone so it doesn't wash me out like most nude lipsticks. 

Another makeup product I've been using a lot is Dr. Hauschka's Brow Gel. It's the first of its kind for being all natural and clear, so major props to the brand for accomplishing that. It keeps my brow hairs in place all day and since it's translucent, it doesn't add any extra pigment to my eyebrows.




SKINCARE


In terms of skincare, spray toners have been my go-to. I've been using Rocky Mountain Soap Co.'s Calming Toner, which is perfect for hot summer nights since it contains lavender oil which is very calming. For the daytime, I've been using Dr. Hauschka's Facial Toner which helps to maintain my skin's natural pH levels and tone and refine pores.

I've also been loving LoveFresh's deodorant in the scent Eucalyptus Spearmint. While it's not something I reach for every day (because I need an antiperspirant), I do love using it midday or at the end of the work day if I have something to attend and need a refresh.

The real star of all of the products I'm currently loving is Velvette Organics' Night Facial Oil. I picked this up a few months ago at the One of a Kind Show and have been reaching for it every night since. Velvette Organics is an all natural and organic skincare company from Calgary (woo for hometown companies!). They specialize in facial, body, and hair oils and all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. I've used facial oils in the past but this one just smells so nice and I feel good about letting it soak into my skin because I know exactly what ingredients are in it.



Most of these products have been reviewed on this blog before, so I'll link them here if you want to learn more about any of these products:



I hope you're all surviving this massive heatwave we're having in Toronto right now!
- Nancy

Disclaimer* This post contains some PR samples sent for review.



NEW YORK CITY TRAVEL DIARY

A month ago Beni and I visited New York City for the long weekend. This was my first time in New York, and it's been a long time coming. I've always wanted to go to New York City, and things just fell completely in place for us to take this trip. We stayed in Manhattan at the Pod Times Square hotel, and visited so many places that have been on my bucket list for years. As with all of my trips, I like to compile a photo diary for my own personal use, but it's also fun to share my adventures with all of you!

So, please enjoy the photos! They're in no particular order as they are really just meant to be a fun little flashback to the highlights of my trip. Has anyone ever been to New York? I want to go back again and stay in Brooklyn next time :)


























LIVE CLEAN | SPORT MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPRAY AND AFTER SUN 98% ALOE VERA GEL | REVIEW


Sun's out, fun's out! Now that the sun is regularly out, I've been working on my tan, but the sun has also been so hot lately that I've definitely felt the effects of it at the end of the day. Two products I've been using lately to combat the sunny weather is Live Clean's Sport Mineral Sunscreen Spray and their After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel.

MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPRAY

The Sport Mineral Sunscreen Spray ($21.99 CAD) has SPF 30, is water resistant, non-greasy, and doesn't leave a white film. A main feature of the packaging is the continuous spray technology which is different from other petroleum-based propellents because this allows Live Clean to use eco-friendly propellents such as pressurized air to dispense the product. Once again, I love how Live Clean strives for an ethical and eco-friendly mandate.

What I love about this sunscreen is how it feels on the skin. I'm not sure if it is because it is a mineral sunscreen, but it feels so lightweight on my skin when I apply it and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. I also like that it has an SPF of 30, because it's the perfect amount for every day use. In terms of "sport" though, I do think it might not be as effective if you were to use it for heavy sun exposure, although it is water and sweat resistant. 

Mineral sunscreens are the best to use because unlike chemical products, the product sits on top of your skin and can be applied as soon as you are going into the sun. I like knowing that what I'm applying on my skin won't be absorbed into my body and since the Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen is 98% plant derived, it is not harmful unlike other sunscreens.


AFTER SUN 98% ALOE VERA GEL

The second product from Live Clean I've been reaching for lately is the After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel ($8.24 CAD). On days when I have been out of the sun for a little too long, I've been rubbing this into my more irritated areas and is it the most soothing gel ever. It really is just Aloe Vera, but I love how practical it is in the tube, and it also contains Tea Tree Oil and Arnica Extract, which gives the gel a fresh scent. Another plus is that you can use this gel to sooth insect bites, shaving nicks, and other minor irritations. 

Have you tried anything from Live Clean's sun care range? If you're interested in these products, Live Clean can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and Well.ca. 

Have a great rest of your week everyone!
- Nancy

Disclaimer* Press samples sent for review.

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