This year, we are just filling Christmas stockings for each other. Actually, it’s what we’ve been doing for quite a few years. Instead, we donate money to The Huron Carole which helps the food banks across Canada.

Filling Christmas stockings with little useful gifts is way more fun anyways! And next to chocolate, eos lip balms have been a regular stocking stuffer ever since they’ve been around in Canada.

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This year there are two new eos Limited Edition Holiday packs, and each one has some new flavours too!

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eos Lip Balms are 100% natural and 95% organic, and in case you never noticed, the formulas don’t contain water and are sugar-free too. I like that a lot! It means they contain more of the good stuff, like antioxidant-rich vitamin E, moisturizing shea butter, and jojoba oil. There’s no petroleum in eos lip balms either. Instead they use organic beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil. In fact, eos is the largest user of organic beeswax in the world and they buy enough coconut oil a year to fill the two large water tanks at the Toronto CN Tower! That’s a lot of oil you guys!

eos Limited Edition Organic Holiday 2-pack: Winterberry and Vanilla Bean ( $7.49 to $8.99)
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This great little two-pack has the flavours Vanilla Bean and Winterberry. Both are equally yummy smelling, but my personal fave is Vanilla Bean! The scent is so warm and comforting and not fake smelling at all. I might just have to keep this one for myself… 😀

eos Limited Edition Holiday 3-pack: New Visibly Soft Honey Apple, NEW organic Wildberry and Passion Fruit ($10.99 to $16.99)
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This pack is an awesome deal and has three festive scents. The striped pink sphere is the eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm in Honey Apple and it’s so good! The Visibly Soft formula leaves your lips instantly smoother looking. It’s one of my fave lip balms to use before using a matte lipstick. Of course the Wildberry and Passion Fruit are amazing as well. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever come across a flavour of eos Lip Balm I didn’t like. My love for them is well documented here on the blog!

Now, sure you can stick one of these new eos Limited Edition Holiday Packs in a stocking as is-they’re cute and come in festive packaging. But you could split up the packages depending on how many stockings you have to fill. That’s what so nice about eos lip balms! Either way, you’ll still see a huge smile on Christmas morning! And there’s nothing more important than that!

You can find these eos Limited Edition Holiday packs at Loblaws, Uniprix, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and other mass retailers across Canada. Visit http://evolutionofsmooth.ca/ to find out more!

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of eos Products LLC. The opinions and text are all mine.

Did you all know that Live Clean makes some amazing SKINCARE too? Well, they do! And I’m here to tell you a bit about them!

Live Clean Fresh Face stays true to the company’s philosophy-simple, plant-based, eco-friendly skincare products that do their job. Live Clean Fresh Face products are gentle and soothing, hypo-allergenic, dermatologist tested and safe for the most sensitive of skins, like mine!

The star ingredient in Live Clean Fresh Face is Botanical Orchid-C-Complex. Not only do you get Vitamin C in their products, but you get MORE GOODNESS with the addition of Orchid extract. Orchid extract seals in moisture like nobody’s business. The products in the line are also infused with all organic botanicals like Lavender, Cucumber, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, Mallow, Aloe, and Buckthorn. And may I remind you all, that the Live Clean Fresh Face Line is found in DRUGSTORES? Yup. AFFORDABLE. NATURAL. ORGANIC. Dudes seriously…it doesn’t get any better than this if natural is what you are looking for in your products.

Live Clean Fresh Face Hero Products are the products that consumers and the team that created them love! It’s all about teamwork with Live Clean!

Live Clean Fresh Face Hero Products

Live Clean Fresh Face Hero Products

Live Clean Fresh Face Foaming Daily Cleanser $14.99

This is an amazing foaming cleanser that cleanses pores and removes impurities. It’s a true foamy cleanser, but it doesn’t strip your face of every last bit of moisture I promise. And that’s because of that Orchid Extract I told you about. Orchid Extract actually seals in moisture and replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier. This is an awesome, foamy cleanser that I love to use as a second cleanse after using an oil-cleanser.

 

Live Clean Fresh Face Soothing Daily Moisturizer $19.99

Man, this is STILL one of my fave face moisturizers, especially as the weather start to get colder up here. In fact, it made my Best Of Skincare 2015 List-it’s THAT GOOD. It soaks right in, and really hydrates leaving skin smooth and just feeling good all day long. It’s simple and EFFECTIVE. And it smells really good too. What more do you need?

 

Live Clean Fresh Face Refreshing Facial Wipes $9.99

These are so nice! Why? Well, to be honest it’s hard to find facial wipes that are alcohol free and these are! They’re also oil-free too which means you get just what you came for-a gentle, quick cleanse of the skin. By no means are these meant to replace ANY kind of cleansing and to be your only means of removing makeup and stuff. Nope. They’re made to be a first step. Or to use when you are out and about and need a face refresh. I keep a pack in my gym bag for post-Zumba cleansing. I also keep a pack in the car for post ANYTHING cleansing-hiking, a hot day, a hot flash-these wipes help my face feel refreshed and better. LOVE them.

So, hey! You know how much I love Live Clean, and they love me back too! So, I have another giveaway for you all! And not only did the nice people at Live Clean include the three Hero products I just talked about in the giveaway, but they’ve also included a travel pack of their skincare that’s pictured below since I don’t actually have that item to take a picture of.

 

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But know this-I have purchased this travel skincare pack at Walmart and it’s AWESOME!

If you’d like to win this Live Clean Hero Product giveaway, meaning the three Hero Products I talked about PLUS this travel pack-then just enter using the Rafflecopter Widget below! The giveaway will run for one week, and is open only to CANADIANS. Did you read that? Cause, yeah, for some reason the last few giveaways I’ve ran, a few Americans have tried to enter and DUDES… Dudes.I check ALL of the entries before I pick a winner. Don’t waste my time, or your time, deal? OK.

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

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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!

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Giveaway Set!

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.
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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!

Live Clean is the master – no- the leader – in creating affordable, efficient, luxurious and eco-friendly liquid hand soaps and body washes. So, what are ya waiting for? Enter away using the easy Rafflecopter widget below. You have to be a Canadian resident to win and the giveaway will be open for 1 week. Good luck!

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A Giveaway Too! Win a set of Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Products!

Guys! Live Clean is celebrating its passion for Argan Oil with the introduction of two of their most popular products – Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Argan Oil Restorative Conditioner in a new 750 mL size! You all know I’m a HUGE Live Clean Fan-it’s probably one of the few brands that I really love every product I try, and I repurchase pretty much everything I ever show you. Everything.

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Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner re-nourishes, replenishes, restores-the three Rs of Argan Oil! Argan Oil of course is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E.  Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner are enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil, Certified Organic Grape Seed and Olive Oil to add shine, long term conditioning and smoothing without weighing your hair down at all. If you have frizzy hair like me, then this shampoo will change your life I swear. Why? Well, Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner don’t contain silicone which has traditionally been the mainstay in all smoothing, de-frizzing and shining hair products. Your hair will be SO much healthier, I promise. And this new bigger and better 750 ml size is fantastic. The pump makes me so happy too!

In cleansing and body moisturizing products, such as Live Clean Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash, Liquid Hand Soap and Replenishing Body Lotion, Argan Oil is both nourishing and deeply moisturizing.  And Live Clean’s Body Washes are AMAZING. As is their hand soaps and moisturizer too. I don’t even bother buying any other hand soaps anymore. Why would I?

Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Product Line

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Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Products

And just to remind you, ALL Live Clean products are plant-based, pure-vegan and never tested on animals. They are Petroleum, Paraben, Mineral Oil, SLS and Sulfate free AND packaged in recyclable, biodegradable ingredients. Clearly, Live Clean is a winning company that we ALL need to pay more attention to! You can find Live Clean products at Walmart, London Drugs, Shopper’s Drug Mart and Well.ca.

If you cringe like I do at the cost of that OTHER famous Argan Oil product line that starts with the word Moroccan  :P , then try these! Just as good, but like 1/4 of the price!

Visit www.live-clean.com to get the whole scoop on one of my favourite brands!

Win Me! Win Me!

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Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Products

 

Here’s the prize package that Live Clean has so generously given for one lucky reader to win!

  • One Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo, 750 mL  –  Suggested retail, $12.99
  • One Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Conditioner, 750 mL   –   Suggested retail, $12.99
  • One Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion, 500 mL  –  Suggested retail, $6.99
  • One Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Replenishing Body Wash, 500 mL –  Suggested retail, $6.99
  • One Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Liquid Hand Soap, 500 mL  –  Suggested retail, $4.99

The Total Value of the prize pack is $45! Wahoo!

Just enter using the easy Rafflecopter Widget below. Sorry, the giveaway is open only to Canadians though! The giveaway will run for 1 week, so whatcha’ waiting for? DO IT! Good luck!

Canadian Residents only please!

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Looking for a body oil that delivers amazing hydration yet doesn’t cost a lot?

Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil($9.99)

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Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil

Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil has a blend of certified organic oils that includes Safflower Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil and Sesame Oil. That’s a lot of oils dudes! It’s also got Vitamin E and Vitamin C as well for some added healthy skin benefits. The 99% plant derived and all natural formula is mineral oil, petroleum, paraben, silicone, phthalate, and dye free and never tested on animals. It has a really light, warm citrus scent that isn’t overpowering at all.

Smooth some Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil on right after your shower, and it will leave you smooth and silky and not greasy at all. You need SO little- one pump for your entire leg will do you good. It helps calm irritated, itchy skin and in time will even help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, redness and dark spots.

Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil is probably one of the best body oils I’ve ever tried! Every time I try something from Live Clean I’m amazed at how good it is, yet how affordable it is?!  If you haven’t jumped on the Live Clean Amazing Product Train yet, do yourself a favour and go to Walmart or Loblaw’s and get this. You’ll use it all winter long and thank me…and them for not having sandpaper legs for the first time in your life during the cold weather. Promise!

Oh, and hey I get it, maybe you already have a favourite moisturizer you love and use and don’t want to abandon. Well, you can add a pump of ive Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil to your favourite body moisturizer to give it a hydration boost. Why not? Exactly.  😀

Body oils? Or Body Butters? What’s your preferred method of body hydration come winter?

I do this at least once a year. I don’t know why. I think it’s because I like the whole idea of eye makeup remover pads. I really do. It’s like killing two birds with one stone-you got your eye makeup remover AND your pads in one. It seems like a sweet deal, right?

But they ALWAYS suck. And these Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads are no exception.

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Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Sorry Annabelle, but these are just no for me. For one thing, that “extra thick” pads written on there? LIES. These are so thin. And tiny. At least I think they’re on the tiny side. They are not even the same size as an el cheapo makeup remover cotton pad. Smaller than that.

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Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

But that’s not the worst of it I tell you. Here’s a close-up on one of the Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads and see if you can spot what I can’t understand.

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Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

I think you can see that these are SCRATCHY. Like really scratchy! Why??? I mean seriously, who needs a scratchy, scrubby eye makeup remover pad? Who SCRUBS their eye makeup off? Nobody. I’d like to know who thought that was a good idea. Because it’s NOT.

I can’t remember how much I paid for these Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads, but I think they were around $8.99 or so. Stupidly, I thought that they might be a good idea to take on the road trip.

Nope. They are going in the garbage here in Pasadena because my eyes just can’t take the scrubby anymore. Bye-bye Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. It has NOT been nice knowing ya’.

Every. Single. Time. I swear. I fall for these things and they never, ever work for me. What’s the one makeup product you keep buying that never ever works for you but you just can’t help yourself because you think maybe THIS time it will?

*product bought by silly Tracy who needs to realize that there are no good eye makeup remover pads. NONE. And I swear these took a layer of skin off my eye lids. WHY.

Speaking of eye makeup remover, guess what too? I finally figured out what’s been bugging my eyes! It’s not eyeshadows. It’s MAKEUP REMOVER. OIL BASED ONES TOO. If I use one, I can’t see for days and my eyes itch after using any. So, it’s micellar water for me from now on!

I’m SO tired. So much to do around here lately with Marky leaving. AND my hubby SNORES. Not all night long, but the noise usually starts around 6 or 7 AM. And if the snores wake me up-I’m UP. I’m not one of those people that can easily fall back asleep when there’s noise around. Needless to say, my dark circles are having a hey day right now.

And the thing is, as I get older? Heavy concealers are NOT a good idea. All they do is just highlight every line and wrinkle under my eyes, so no thank you!

So what’s an aging, tired, Beauty Blogger to do?

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Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector

She tries Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector($19.99), that’s what she does! Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector contains Haloxyl to treat under-eye bags and dark circles. And it has mineral pigments to even out skin tone and brighten that dark, tired under-eye area.

It has one of those roller ball dispensers that gently massages and cools the under-eye area.

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Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this rollerball applicator. It’s a waste of time. It doesn’t really do anything except make it harder to apply the product. I end up just squeezing some out and applying it with my finger.

Swatchy Time! This is the fair/light shade which is a nice, brightening peachy colour.

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Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector

And that colour does a great job in helping my under eye area look so much better these days!

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Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector

Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector is supposed to:

  • reduce under eye bags and circles-check! I’d say it does a decent job of that!
  • erases sings of fatigue-check again!
  • smoothes fine lines-sort of. It’s a nice thin consistency, so it’s easy to spread. But at my age it’s hard to find ANYTHING that doesn’t start to settle a bit into them fine lines. But this ain’t all that bad!
  • brightens the eye contour-yup! Check again! Looks brighter to me!
  • Moisturizes 24 hours-and I’d have to say close on this one. Since I’ve been using this, my under-eye area does feel more hydrated. But whether it moisturizes for 24 hours or not, I can’t really tell.

Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector doesn’t completely cover my dark circles, but I actually LIKE that. Like I’ve said before, I’m not into looking perfect. Just a better version of me. And this little drugstore gem is doing a pretty decent job of helping me look less tired! And the one thing that I really like? Is that it doesn’t cake up, or flake up on me as the day goes on. I’m an eye rubber. Been one my whole life. And yeah, I know it’s a bad habit. But I could have worse ones, right? And when I rub my eyes when I’m tired, Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector doesn’t rub off or ball up on me, so for me it’s a WIN. And I find I don’t have to set it with some kind of even more line-ehancing powder for it to last, so win, WIN! 😀

Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector can be found at pretty much all major retailers across Canada right now. The only con I have is the price. I sure wish it was around $10-$12 instead. Garnier is really getting expensive yo! Drop the useless rollerball and make it cost less Monsieur Garnier! You’re not curing cancer, right? Hahaha, that’s one of my fave Mitchell & Webb sketches!

What’s your favourite under-eye concealer at the moment?
 
*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always! And the tired, crazy thoughts I’ve been having lately ain’t NOBODY want to have! Trust me. 😀