LIVE CLEAN PRODUCTS I LOVE | GIVEAWAY


By now you guys should know how much I love Live Clean products. I've been using their shampoos and conditioners from before I even started this blog and continue to use their products now.My favourite scent from their line is the Exotic Nectar Argan Oil scent, although they have a plethora of scents to choose from too.

Since it is officially fall now and the weather is getting colder, I wanted to share some of the Live Clean products I swear by for keeping moisturized. There is also a pretty awesome giveaway at the bottom of this post so make sure you read all the way through!



The very first products I used from Live Clean were their shampoos and conditioners. I'm also 99% sure the first scent I ever tried from them was the Argan Oil scent. Argan Oil has a rich concentration of Vitamin E and other antioxidants. I love this shampoo and conditioner duo because it smells amazing, makes my hair shiny and protects it from colouring and sun damage. The olive oil and grape seed oils it contains also help to regenerate and restructure my damaged ends.



Next up on the list of products I love from Live Clean are their hand soaps. They're really gentle all the while nourishing for my hands, and they seem to last forever too! In conjunction with the hand soaps, I like to use the Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion. It's very lightweight but feels hydrating and soaks into my skin very well, leaving no oily residue whatsoever.



Lastly I wanted to give a big shout out to Live Clean's Body Washes! I don't know how many bottles of body wash I have gone through, but these are definitely my go-to when it comes body washes. I've tried half of the scents from what's available but Argan Oil is definitely my favourite so far. They lather up really well and don't leave my skin with that weird film that I find some body washes do. I also love to add a squeeze of their body washes into my bath water for a bubble bath from time to time.

So there you have it! My favourite scent and products from Live Clean. Now that the weather is getting colder, it's even more important to moisturize and hydrate, and these products have the benefits of Argan Oil that will definitely help with that. Since it's so important, Live Clean and I would like to give a full set of their products to a lucky someone! You will win all of the products featured in this post in your scent of choice. Here are the details:


One winner will win all five products featured in this blog post.
They will choose one scent from the following: Exotic Nectar Argan Oil, Coconut Milk, or Fresh Water.
Open to Canadian residents.
Enter via the Rafflecopter!

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DERMALOGICA X SEPHORA | MY EXPERIENCE AT THE FACE BAR (PROSKIN 30)


I literally could not wait to write up this post! Earlier today I visited Sephora at the Yonge and Eglinton location to check out their Face Bar collaboration with Dermalogica. The Face Bar is Sephora's skin care service program that features their own complimentary facials and of course, two brand new Dermalogica services. The first treatment is the Face Fit Treatment ($10) which is essentially designed as a mini-treatment featuring their latest products. This service is 10 minutes long.

Today I was booked for their newest treatment - the ProSkin 30 ($30). This is a personalized, 30 minute treatment that addresses your top skin concerns. I was greeted by the Dermalogica Skin Therapist, Veronica, when I walked into the Face Bar. She was super friendly and got me to fill in a new client account. After this, we discussed my skin care routine and challenges/goals that I wanted to address. I told her that I am primarily concerned about acne scarring, preventing breakouts, and the overall health of my skin.



Veronica then began my skin care treatment! She started by using the PreCleanse Balm to dissolve my existing makeup. As a double cleansing step, she went in with the Essential Cleansing Solution to remove the balm and any extra residue. Once my skin was clean, she looked at it through a magnifying lens to assess the skin issues I had told her about before we began.


To address the blackheads on my nose, she applied the Exfoliant Accelerator 35 which is a professional product only available to spa and salon outlets. This basically softened up the area so that Veronica could extract my blackheads in a short amount of time. At the same time, she brushed the Sebum Clearing Masque all over my face to help clear and prevent any breakouts. I loved how the ProSkin 30 service incorporates products that Dermalogica sells to consumers with their professional line.


After washing off the masque and exfoliant, she misted my face with the Ultracalming Mist and moisturized with the Oil Free Matte SPF30 moisturizer. As a final step to address some breakouts I currently have, she applied the Breakout Clearing Booster to certain areas and I was good to go!

I'm not very well versed with facials and skin care treatments by a professional but I found the whole experience at the Sephora Face Bar a really good way to ease into professional treatments! Veronica was so attentive and even though I am quite comfortable with skin care, she was very knowledgable and gave me product recommendations, her expert advice, and some personalized tips and tricks. At the end of the service, I got my own little "Face Mapping Prescription" which had all of the products Veronica recommended to me as well as when to use each product. 


I really enjoyed the ProSkin 30 service at the Face Bar. I know how expensive some skin treatments can be, but $30 every two to three weeks for 30 minutes is quite doable, considering you get personalized treatments and recommendations specific to your skin type and concerns. The Dermalogica Face Bar is currently available in Toronto at two Sephora locations - Sherway and Yonge & Eglinton. You can book a service online through Sephora in their stores and services section.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recap of my experience!
Nancy

Disclaimer* ProSkin 30 service was complimentary booked for review. All opinions are honest and my own.



JOUVIANCE COCONUT | REVIEW


Long time no post! If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've been really busy with my own business ventures so it's taken most of my time in addition to working a full 9-5 job. However, that doesn't mean I haven't been trying my fair share of beauty products!

I got a sample of the Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm about six months ago and have basically been applying it every day, especially since I've gotten myself slightly more tanned (or burnt?) over the summer. It's one of those products that only has five ingredients, is seriously hydrating, smells divine, and can be used as a multifunctional product for almost all of your skincare needs.

If you aren't already familiar with Jouviance, I wrote about their Contour+ a few months ago and it's one of my favourite products. All of their products don't contain any parabens, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oils, colours, or artificial fragrances. In short, their products are unlikely to irritate your skin and actually work.

The Coconut Melting Balm has been my go-to every night after the shower, and as mentioned above, it's made from only Coconut Oil and Hyaluronic Acid. We all know how amazing coconut oil is for the skin, so this product basically has all of the benefits of the oil itself PLUS the benefits of hyaluronic acid. In addition to its hydration factor, coconut oil has a whole set of other great properties. Firstly, it's an anti-inflammatory due to the high concentration of fatty acids. Coconut oil doesn't just sit on the skin, but it soaks in deep to the skin to improve the hydrolipid balance. It's a great makeup remover, and it's also anti-microbial, making it highly beneficial for those who have cases of dermatitis and psoriasis.


In addition to all of its great benefits, the Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm can be used a variety of ways. These are the ways I like to use it:

  1. Body Moisturizer. Since the main ingredient in this balm is coconut oil, it melts super easily and a little goes a long way. I love applying it before I go to bed right after I get out of the shower and my skin feels so smooth the next morning.
  2. Hair Conditioner. I have dyed and bleached ends, so my hair is dry and brittle. There's two ways I like to use this balm for my hair. Firstly, I'll either use it as a hair mask when I'm taking a bath, or as a smoothing oil when my hair feels a little frizzy.
  3. Overnight mask. Coconut oil will not clog your pores, so on some nights I'll put on a thick layer before bed and I'll wake up to the freshest face ever.

In addition to the ways I like to use the Coconut Melting Balm, you can also use it as a lip mask, hair serum, belly balm, and baby butter! It's perfect when you want a simple routine, or for travel when you don't want to pack too many products. You can find the Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm on their website as well as Shoppers Drug Mart. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this super lengthy post, but I really do love the Coconut Melting Balm, and I really wanted to share my opinion on it with all of you!

Until next time,
Nancy

Disclaimer* Press sample sent for consideration however, all opinions are truthful and my own.

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.

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