You guys! Live Clean has a new scent that’s perfect for fall: Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal Soothing Body Wash & Liquid Hand Soap.

Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal

New Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal Soothing Body Wash & Liquid Hand Soap

Live Clean is by far my fave green drugstore brand. All of their products are plant derived and made with certified organic botanicals.
And I keep telling you this but let’s do it again haha! Every single Live Clean product is:
-SLS and sulfate free
-petroleum free
-paraben free, DEA free
-silicone free, dye free
-phthalate free, and phosphate free

Oh, and they are completely vegan, with no animal products or animal by-products used in the formulations. Why would you use anything else?

New Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal Soothing Body Wash & Liquid Hand Soap contain oatmeal of course, which everyone knows is soothing and healing. I don’t know about you, but my skin starts to get itchy in the cool fall weather, so my dry limbs just LOVE this new body wash and hand soap. The oatmeal is blended with Vitamin E, Panthenol, and Certified Organic Botanicals of Vanilla and Chamomile to soothe, heal, and moisturize dry skin. And Live Clean’s Hand Soaps are staples in our house because they never dry hands out. And now that cold and flu season is heading our way, having this one with oatmeal is perfect for frequent hand washing/germ avoiding!

Oh, and the scent! New Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal Soothing Body Wash & Liquid Hand Soap smell so GOOD…a warm, comfy vanilla that’s so very fall appropriate.

So, ya wanna try them? Well you can! Thanks to the awesome PR behind Live Clean, I have a set of New Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal Soothing Body Wash & Liquid Hand Soap to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader! But that’s not all! They’ve sweetened the deal by adding three of their favourite Live Clean Body Washes as well!

Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal Get Ready For Fall Giveaway

 Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal

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With Live Clean, moisturizing starts in the shower or the bath, not after. Live Clean Body Washes are so so moisturizing, plus they foam up so well. I really don’t use any other body washes anymore. In fact, I even brought a bottle of Live Clean Body Wash with me on the College Road Trip #2 because I didn’t want to be without! In the giveaway set you’ll also get a Live Clean Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash, a Live Clean Fresh Water Moisturizing Body Wash, and a Live Clean Coconut Milk Body Wash.
 Live Clean Vanilla Oatmeal

You can check out my reviews of those HERE if you want, but hello-you know they’re good and that I love them, right? Right!

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                                              ME lately

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I don’t know man, but you know I’m kind of at a loss these days. I research products before I buy. I read some blogs, and also look at website reviews of products before I buy anything. Sometimes, I’ll buy a product because it’s a brand I like and have products that work for me already.

But this summer, I bought a few things that were highly rated and had good reviews, and in the end, they just didn’t work for me at all.

1.Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser

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This has an almost 5 star rating on Sephora, so you’d think I love it. Nope. It breaks me out like crazy and dries my skin out. It’s just way too harsh for my skin type. I passed it on to my hubby who has oily skin, so at least it wasn’t a total loss. He likes it fine, but it’s not life-changing as many of the reviewers say it is. Lesson learned: Cream Cleansers are what work for my skin like the Avène one, and also oil cleaners like the Tatcha Cleansing Oil I use to remove sunscreen. No more foamy cleansers for me.

The next two products are from Algenist. I love the brand and trust it, as I have used a few products that worked so well for me. But these two next products were huge fails for me.

2. Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops

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I bought this when the whole colour-correcting phase was hyped up a few months ago. It’s not a bad product, but it’s so full of silicones. I hate silicones as you know. What happens is that sure, this helps with my redness but it accentuates any dry spots on my face. That and I can’t stand the silicone feeling on my face. It makes me feel like my skin can’t breathe. So, this went back to the store. And in case you’re wondering if I bought another colour-correcting product the answer is NOPE. After this encounter I kind of realized how DUMB the whole crazed up hype was and why would I want to add another step to putting on makeup? Like no thanks man. I’ll just use my foundation only, thanks.

3. Algenist Power Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum

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Yup, another Algenist product. To be honest it’s not the product I have a problem with it’s THE STUPID PACKAGING. WHY do companies insist on using a freakin’ dropper as a way to dispense a product that isn’t liquid enough? This serum is thicker-like a lotion, so the dropper doesn’t work AT ALL. I had to dig a q-tip in to get some out and WHY. After a week of that nonsense, back it went as well. So I’ll never know if it is a good wrinkle fighter or not. And come to think of it, this is the 3rd product from Algenist I’ve had issues with. Three strikes means:  yer’OUT Algenist. You are off my list of trusted brands now.

HYPE. BAD PACKAGING. Fake reviews making me believe products are good? Maybe? Here’s why I’m thinking that last one is plausible: I was contacted by a company-can’t remember who, but it was for a skincare item to review. Well, in exchange for the product, they didn’t want a blog post. They wanted me to go to Amazon and write a positive REVIEW. And once I posted that review, they’d also pay me $20. UMMMMM…..NOPE. I don’t do that shady shit. But I’m thinking a LOT of people do.

I think I’m just going to have to be even smarter before I purchase products. What I’m trying to say is this: remember your skin type before buying something someone else likes. KNOW what ingredients don’t work for you, and those that do. I can’t stress these two points enough. If you remember them, you’ll honestly save yourself a lot of grief AND not fall for hype…as much…haha. Oh, and shop at a place that has a good return policy! This is one reason why I don’t shop for skincare(unless it’s something I already use like Avene or Vichy or La Roche Posay) at Shoppers Drug Mart. I’d much rather shop there don’t get me wrong, as I’d love to get Optimum Points instead of silly Sephora Perks. But, at least Sephora will take back my failed purchases. Nordstrom Canada does as well, so that’s a good place to shop if you have the option. I’d wish The Bay would adopt Nordstrom’s return policy because wow, have you checked all the brands they’ve been adding online, like Erborian? So cool! I do not know about Holt Renfrew’s return policy as it’s just not an easy place for me to shop at, so if you know, let us know!

As for hype? Yeah, well that’s a hard one. What helps me avoid hype is again knowing what I like and don’t like. For example, I just don’t do eyeshadows anymore. I don’t bother anymore with them, and now that I’ve accepted that fact, I’m pretty immune to any new makeup releases that involve shadows. Any palettes with them, I don’t care about AT all. Lipsticks on the other hand? GIMME. Also, I don’t follow the big blogs that showcase all the new products. Most of the time I have no idea about new products, until I get an email from a website, or if a trusted friend reviews it. Being oblivious really helps with avoiding hype  😛

Do you rely too much on good reviews as well when purchasing a product? I hope I haven’t steered anyone wrong … and if I did I hope you returned the failed product I liked! 

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Supernova is the perfect Highlighter to wear when visiting flowers and butterflies

On the last day of summer 2016, Terry and I decided to go visit the Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden. The Devonian Botanic Garden is Canada’s most northerly botanical garden. It was established in 1959 by the University of Alberta, and is located near the town of Devon which is about a 15 minute drive southwest of Edmonton. We haven’t been there for ages, and had never been there to see what fall looks like. We weren’t disappointed at all!

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Boy, do I love fall. But to be honest it sure arrived pretty early in Edmonton. I think it’s because we had such an early spring. Spring was a good month early this year. I sure hope the early fall doesn’t mean an early winter! I want fall to last a little bit longer please.

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Not a lot of flowers still blooming right now as you can imagine, but I found a few like this last day of summer sunflower.

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LOADS of squirrels running around and getting ready for winter. In fact we witnessed an epic 5 minute squirrel chase/fight which I wish I could have videoed to show you but dang those things run fast!

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A couple of late blooming roses still around too.

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I need this shade in a lipstick:

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My favourite section was the poisonous herb garden because so many cool plants!

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This is the Castor Oil Plant, from which the poison ricin is made from. You know, the one Walter White used to kill Lydia in Breaking Bad. Evil, evil stuff.
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Hemlock is sure cool looking, hey?

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The bright berries of Deadly Nightshade-almost neon red right now.

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I’m not sure about this one, but I think it’s wolfsbane? It’s hard to tell as none are really flowering anymore.

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The Devonian Botanic Garden has an amazing indoor Butterfly Garden that’s full of all kinds of exotic butterflies. It’s SO COOL you guys. I made a new butterfly buddy haha!

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They’re all over the trees!  ALL. OVER.

And there’s also a lot of them flying around looking for some place to land like your head, so I had to take protective measures haha!

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This guy was HUGE and just napping on the ground. He was bigger than my hand that’s for sure.

MILK MAKEUP Holographic Stick Supernova

MILK MAKEUP Holographic Stick Supernova

When we were on the College Road Trip #2, Marky and I discovered the brand Milk Makeup in San Francisco. It’s an edgy, runway to everyday makeup brand that’s natural. So many cool products, meant for quick application that you can take with you and apply on the go. And of course, it’s not available in Canada. WHY Sephora.

One swatch of the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Supernova and BOOM we both bought one.

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Supernova

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Supernova, swatch in sun, swatch indoors

It’s SO pretty. An iridescent lavender that shifts blue-it’s gorgeous and unlike any highlighter I have ever seen before. At first I thought I was too old to wear it, but I was wrong. It matches my hair and looks so pretty when worn with pink blushes. The best way to apply it is to rub some onto your fingers and tap wherever you want to look like you were kissed by a unicorn. And it lasts pretty well too for a cream highlighter. I’ve already told Marky that she needs to order me a backup!

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Supernova

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Supernova

And that was my week! Fall, butterflies, and highlighters! Happy Friday all! I’m going to make soup for dinner today! I’m so happy it’s finally cooler! Any fun adventures planned for this weekend? I’m thinking of going to the mountains-maybe. We shall see!

I’m a reformed cereal addict. I’m a GENX kid, so we grew up eating sugary cereals in front of the TV. Often as supper if your parents weren’t home, which they weren’t most of the time. Honeycomb? YUM. Or even just a bowl of Cornflakes with some sugar sprinkled on top because WHY NOT….ahhh, the clueless days of eating in the 70s haha.

Cereal from the supermarkets is just so BAD FOR YOU. Anybody else notice that about 2 hours after eating a sugary cereal you are STARVING again? Yeah, that’s the sugar crash happening. And so, I never touch the stuff all that much. To be honest, in our house, cereal is more of a treat snack since it’s by no means a healthy breakfast that keeps you going.

Mixed.ca Makes Cereal A Healthy Breakfast Option

BUT….now cereal has made a healthy comeback and I’m all over it! I’ve kinda’ missed it to be honest! You can now get a healthy, delicious and customized blend of cereal thanks to the online boutique of Mixit.ca. The Montreal-based company delivers stylishly packaged tubes that contain personalized cereal mixes you’ve created from a variety of grains, nuts, seeds and unique freeze-dried fruits. I was really excited to get the chance to try a Mixit.ca cereal!

My cereal form Mixit.ca is AWESOME.

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Mixit.ca

I picked my base of High Fiber Oatmeal and added some extra protein(to keep my tummy full longer and prevent that cereal crash). Then I added some dates and pistachios and it’s SO GOOD YOU GUYS. I eat mine with some Soy Vanilla Milk and it’s one of the best breakfasts ever.

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Mixit.ca

And Mixit.ca will print your name on the back of the tube! Or you can name your fantastic cereal creation, like UNICORN POWER. That’s my next cereal name btw  😛   And you get to pick the pattern on the package tube too -so many cute patterns to choose from! I plan on collecting them all….

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Mixit.ca

Price varies on how many cereal add-ins you pick. I think this one cost $17.99 and yeah, it’s a bit pricey, I won’t deny it. With delivery it’s around $30. For cereal Tracy, ARE YOU CRAZY? Well yes, but that’s besides the point HAHA. I like this idea of making my own cereal a LOT, so I’m willing to pay for it. I don’t eat cereal every day, so for me this tube will last a couple of months. Plus, there’s just me and the hubby to feed in this house. If I had 4 kids yeah, nope this isn’t smart or affordable. However, if you order 6 tubes, you’ll get free shipping at least. But for me, I think Mixit.ca is such a great idea, and it makes cereal fun, tasty and healthy again. I’ll order and pay for it on my own yesiree I will. Order yours HERE.

What do you think of custom cereals? I’m a huge fan of the idea! I like having some variety and options for breakfasts as I get bored eating the same thing every day. And I’m a lazy breakfast lover…if it takes too much time and effort to make I just won’t do it. 

It’s pretty RARE for me when I meet an award winning, cult fave beauty product and think: DANG, HOW HAVE I SURVIVED THIS LONG ON EARTH WITHOUT THIS STUFF?

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm $72

Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm can be used as a cleanser, a gentle exfoliant or as a deeply nourishing balm to quench areas of dry or dehydrated skin which HELOOOOooooo I’ve got loads of. I don’t know about you but seriously, if you don’t have any…then just go away and I don’t want to talk to you and your perfect skin, ok?    😀

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm has high levels of wild rosehip oil-like REALLY high levels of the stuff, which in case you didn’t know is a potent antioxidant that’s been proven from here to there to help repair, firm and smooth the skin. The difference in this Wild Rose product is that Neal’s Yard Remedies combined it with geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary oil to help decongest and enrich the skin and restore its natural radiance. Oh and that’s NATURALLY by the way. And it comes with a free organic muslin cloth which is kind of the BOMB when it comes to cleansing your skin if you’ve never tried one. #whereHAVEyoubeenSeriously

I don’t even know where to start in telling you how many ways I use Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm! It removes my makeup in the shower-just rub some on and let it dissolve the makeup and BOOM…DONE.  It’s an amazing hydrating mask! Put a layer over freshly cleansed skin and let the goodness just soak in and BOOM…Soft, supple skin. A healing beauty balm! I’ve been dealing with some dryness around my nostrils…which is WEIRD…I don’t know why?!! But Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm helps! AND it’s an amazing overnight moisturizer too! If you have dry, flaky skin this is perfect for you! Just a dab overnight and BOOM…flakes are gone!

Oh, and in case you haven’t been able to tell… Neal’s Yard Remedies and their products? Are available in Canada now! I remember when I was in London 5 years ago and seeing their products there and being intrigued as heck! Well, they are HERE you guys! And you can order from them online too at nealsyardremedies.ca. SO MANY THINGS TO TRY…Skincare…Hair Care…Essential Oils… HOOWEE.

If you are lucky enough to be in Alberta, well they have a store in Calgary that you can visit! One day I will visit…I NEED TO. And they have all sorts of cool things going on all the time, like events where you can actually learn some things about sleep, skincare, life…LOADS of info that’s amazingly useful. Because Neal’s Yard Remedies? Is a brand that actually REALLY CARES about YOUR WELLNESS. Naturally!

And…How refreshing is THAT?

Have you tried anything from Neal Yard’s Remedies? Let me know! I am making a list of things to try and checking it twice hahaha!

Cover your ears, because I’m tired of being PG.  😛

Me right now: TIRED. AS. FUCK. #TheTragicallyHip

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or SnappyChat…and hello WHY NOT…DO IT HEY…and to be honest I love Snap Chat MORE than Instagram…So, AHEM….you’d know that I’ve been BUSY. Lot’s of BUSY. We had to move Marky to an apartment for her third year of college in California. Let’s just say the house she lived in last year with 5 girls? FOUR OF THEM MOVED OUT. #crazyroomate And because me and Terry are nuts and like road trippin’, we decided to drive her back to California. And heck it was fun! And worth it! I think haha…although my brain is having trouble realizing I’m home finally because the first morning home I woke up to go pee at 6 am and thought: Where’s the stupid bathroom? And MY GOD, what a SHITTY HOTEL ROOM this is…  😀 😀 After all the cool hotel rooms I’ve been in I think I need to redecorate around here!

Ok, wanna see some pics? You got it! Comin’ up!

Montana was our first drive through:

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That’s about all I have to say about Montana. WIDE. OPEN. SKIES. OH, and the speed limit is almost non-existent there…85 miles an hour which is DRIVE AS FAST AS YOU CAN in kilometres. #truth

Utah

Of course the first place we go to the night we hit Utah is a liquor store LOL. MAN, what a line-up! Never seen so many people wanting booze before. But we got a 50 cent piece as change! Cool!
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SO, in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City is a HUMONGOUS square dedicated to all things historically Mormon. It’s…something.

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Big main temple. Fucking HUGE.

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Another church. I don’t know what it is man. But it looks POINTY. #howmanypointytowerscanwestickonthischurch #DeadliestChurchEverBuilt

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Were the Osmands part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

The massive pipe organ where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings, which is another church in the square. True story: they started a demo of the amazing acoustics there, and one girl started tearing a piece of paper in half. I turned to Terry and said: What is happening here…Is she doing a magic trick? 😀 😀  You can’t take me anywhere nice I tell ya’ 😀 😀 Oh, and plus there was a library, and numerous other huge buildings. Never seen so much downtown real estate taken up with church crap in my life. Oh, and STATUES….of Jesus…and the mormon dudes…and the moment Jesus told those sick dudes: HEY, You can have MANY WIVES…all the wives… and this all happened during the WILD WILD WEST of the USA too….like get BENT how can you believe this stuff?!!! #sorryifyouareMormon #waitmaybeNO #sorryNotSorry

But, to be honest we really liked Salt Lake City! It’s a pretty city, with loads to do. And there’s loads of hiking around there, and you know I love hiking. So, I think we’ll probably go back and spend more than 2 days there next time. Maybe even next summer.

Next stop was the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah which has been something I’ve wanted to see FOREVER. Pretty much ever since the movie Warlock came out and they buried that Witchcraft Bible book in there LOL!

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SO WHITE. And HOT.

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Marky made a saltball!

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Salty!
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Next stop, Santa Rosa, California where Charles Schultz lived and drew my fave comic of all time.

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I almost cried walking up to the museum. Almost.

 

So much Snoopy!! LOVE.

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I didn’t know this one tidbit:

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I want this window in my living room!

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I could show you SO MANY MORE PICS of Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang, but I’ll spare you haha. If you are a fan, I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area!

San Francisco:

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It’s just one of my fave cities ever.

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Haight and Ashbury is always a fun place! So many cool people with hair cooler than mine LOL! I tell ya, it was a huge love fest walking down the street with people telling us they loved our hair and with us telling them we loved THEIR hair LOL!

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Japan Town…you have to eat there. You just have to.

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We also stopped by the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio and they had a Pinocchio Exhibit. To be honest, one of my LEAST fave Disney movies, but you gotta appreciate the art work. No pics were allowed so SHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhh don’t tell anybody I took this pic of the cossack puppet…I’m a descendant of Kozaks, so it’s my right….Right? HAHAHA!

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Next stop was moving Marky’s stuff into her new apartment. Putting her bed back together. Shopping for more things she needed. Ikea in Burbank? IS HELL ON EARTH. So much work. And I hate Ikea Burbank. #worstIkeaEver

But all that work was rewarded with a trip to Disneyland of course!

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That’s the old front entrance sign which is now a decoration at the Disneyland Hotel Pool HAHA

And a trip to the Santa Monica Pier!

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LOADS of tourists here my god

And then it was time to say goodbye to Marky. It was HARDER this time you guys I don’t know…last year it wasn’t so bad. But this year? UGGGH. I don’t know, as she gets older she gets more sentimental herself I think? So she cries…and then then I cry…and yeah…sob scene. And we left the apartment. And then texted her to come for lunch LOL. And then we had to say goodbye AGAIN. I’m a glutton for punishment, what can I say. I just had a hard time leaving her this time.

Drive back home was nice though. We stopped in Seattle which is another one of my fave cities.

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Seattle Pike’s Place Market AKA EAT ALL THE FOODS

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Then, home. And you realize she’s really not that far when it only takes 3 days to drive back home to those amazing Alberta sunsets. But I still miss her.

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What did I buy on the 3 weeks away? Not much to be honest?!! More food things and snacks since we were driving and could take stuff like that home easily. Arrowhead makes this sparking water that’s watermelon flavoured and I LOVE IT and of course it’s not sold here. So I brought a few over the border.  😀  But these oils are one of my fave beauty buys ever!

Shea Moisture Pure Oils

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Shea Moisture

They’re little bottles of pure oils by Shea Moisture and you can get them at Target(I MISS YOU TARGET) and WOW SO GOOD. Just a few drops added to my hair conditioner, hair masque, body lotion, DRY hair even- and instant fix! LOVE them all Shea Moisture! And only $9.99 each! I do hate the pumps though as they don’t work well, and be forewarned that the Monoi one will solidify if it’s cold in your house when you get back from a 3 week road trip. #yayforcold

And that’s why I haven’t been around for the last…OMG it’s been 4 weeks hasn’t it???!!!

It has. OOPS. Yeah, well I ain’t apologizing to any PR for anything. I’m back! And I’ll get to posting about stuff again I promise as I am rejuvenated and ready to blog…maybe… 😛

I’ve missed everyone! I hope you are all still there HAHAHA! And still around to talk to!

Over the summer I’ve been trying and using a LOT of different skincare. One brand I was super grateful and excited to try out was For Beloved One, which is a top-selling premium skin care brand from Taiwan.

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For Beloved One

In Canada, you can find For Beloved One products at T&T locations across Canada and also online at YesStyle.ca, and Amazon.ca as well.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Surge Cream($94.99)

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For Beloved One Surge Cream

This is a face cream that can be used daily, morning and evening. It’s kind of the hallmark moisturizer of For Beloved One. It combines trace elements found in minerals with water to activate the skin’s protective mechanisms. So lightweight, this gel melts instantly into skin with a cooling effect. Rich in copper, the malachite essence found in the cream helps to keep moisture in to relieve dryness. There’s also aquaphyline that hydrates skin and forms a protective layer to lock in moisture, which also helps to keep that moisture in your skin. It also contains an interesting ingredient called Exo-H. Exo-H increases the production of hyaluronic acid in the dermis and activates the skin’s self-hydration mechanism by drawing water from the deeper layers of the body to the skin’s surface. As you can tell, everything in this cream is for hydrating and KEEPING your skin hydrated. I REALLY like this one! After a couple of weeks of using the Surge Cream, I noticed that my skin was so well hydrated and not flaky at all. I think any skin type could use this one too, even oily skins. But if you have a oilier skin I’d use it only once a day not twice.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Daily Defense Cream($55)

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For Beloved One DD Cream

A DD Cream! My first one I think! There are three DD creams(rose, peach and lavender), all of which offer skin SPF45.

  • Rose tint adds a healthy skin complexion to fairer skin tones.
  • Peach tint strengthens foundation for a natural and even skin tone.
  • Lavender tint improves dull, sallow and blemished skin.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening DD Cream contains a revolutionary ingredient, Purisoft® LS 9602, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract. This is really cool science actually! It’s a positive micro-protein that forms a protective membrane on the skin’s surface which carries a micro negative electron. Dirt particles are positive charged, and since like charges repel each other, pollutants and dirt are unable to adhere to the skin! Neat huh? There’s also Aquaphyline in the DD Cream as well, to help retain and replenish moisture.

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For Beloved One Peach DD Cream

I have the peach tint, and I really like it! It does a pretty great job at evening out skin tone and it really brightens it up too. You can kind of feel a protective barrier on your face when wearing it, but it doesn’t leave my face greasy at all. It works well under makeup too as a primer/sunscreen. My only problem with it is that it’s a bit pricey for the amount you get I think. Would I rely on this as JUST my sunscreen? Yup! To effectively cover your face you need at least 1/4 of a teaspoon. And I say at least that much, because it does depend on the dimensions of your face. But also remember that most of us don’t apply ENOUGH sunscreen. So, I always imagine 1/4 of a teaspoon when I dispense SPF into my hand, and that’s what I apply, sometimes more. 1/4 teaspoon is about 1 ml, so that’s about a month and half or so one tube will last. Oh, and the active sunscreen ingredient is Titanium Dioxide which is another plus for me as I prefer mineral sunscreens on my face. Because it is on the pricey side, I prefer to use this on no makeup days, setting it with a bit of powder and that’s it. I’ve just finished the tube I was sent, and have re-purchased another to take with me this week on our 3 week road trip so, that should tell you that I like it a lot.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask($63)

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For Beloved One

These masks are AMAZING. For me they rank right up there with the Tatcha Sheet masks that I love, but those babies cost $34 each. Definitely special occasion masks only. These are expensive too-you get 3 masks for $63, but $21 per mask is a bit more tolerable. Yeah, I know still expensive! But if you want to whip your skin into shape fast these masks will do that! Made with a web-like fibre that’s actually 1/133 as thick as other sheet masks, they hold a lot of serum which is great. The combination of this fibre with the serum allows the mask to actually hold onto the contours and grooves of your skin, actively seeking out wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a smart mask, and its like getting an extra huge shot of the Surge Cream. It infuses your skin with hyaluronic acid, malachite and copper peptide to energize, hydrate, and firm your skin in 15-20 minutes. I leave my masks on for as long as possible, until I feel there isn’t much product left, and this one I leave a good 45 minutes on. SO SO GOOD you guys. Worth every penny!

For Beloved One is a skincare brand that I’m so glad I got to discover and share with you guys. These three products are top notch. Yes I know, they are on the pricey side. But they work and work well. I’ve scouted out the brand at T&T, and sometimes you can find trial sets so that’s what I would do if you’re interested. When I repurchased the Peach DD Cream, I actually bought it in a set that came with 2 mini DD Creams in lavender and rose which was cool and it didn’t cost more than just getting the DD Cream on its own. So there are deals to be found! Personally, I tend to spend my money these days on skincare, and not on makeup. But that’s me, as I’m more on the side of trying to keep my skin at its best so that I don’t have to wear a lot of makeup as I age. For Beloved One has a few other interesting products that I’d love to try and probably will once I get back from the road trip.

What do YOU spend most of your beauty money on? Skincare? Or Makeup?