Helloooooo summer - my favourite time of the year! Hope it's off to a great start for you! As tradition holds, I'm sharing all the products I've used up this past quarter, from makeup, fragrance, skin care, body care and even supplements on my YouTube channel! It's a long one, so sit back, relax and if you make it to the end - YOU the real MVP! Funny thing is, I found even more emptied products right after filming... saving them for the next one. ;)
Nothing excites me more than putting a new-to-me brand to the test, especially ones I have not heard much about and that are also mindful of the ingredients they use in their products. I had come across LATHER* a few times over the last few months through fellow bloggers' reviews, so they had definitely piqued my curiosity. They have actually been around for a while, with the first boutique opening in California back in 1999! Lucky for us non-golden state residents, they also have an online store and ship to Canada as well as a handful of other countries. I got to pick out a couple of products from both their skincare and hair care lines and have been using them for the last few months and am ready to share my thoughts!
If you are looking for a no-fuss product to remove your makeup and cleanse your face at the end of the day, the Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Cleansing Oil (US$22, 4 fl oz or 118 mL) does not disappoint - it has been my go-to since first use! Truth be told, I had never come across chia seed in skincare, but I'm a huge fan of adding the superfood to my smoothies and oatmeal! On top of chia seed and passion fruit oil, the formula also contains grapeseed oil, safflower seed oil, vitamin E, orange flower oil and tangerine peel oil. The pump dispenser expels the oily blend, and once mixed with water, it emulsifies into a milky consistency - it's actually super cool! It's very gentle on the skin and smells lovely too, and I love how I can use it on my eyes as well without irritating them.
Now that the warm weather is here to stay, I've been reaching for a facial refresher a lot more often and the Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist (US$17, 6 fl oz or 177 mL) has been a welcome addition to my routine. What I appreciate most is the generous amount that comes in the spray bottle - I've been misting my face twice to three times daily and there is still so much product left! I am not the biggest fan of the scent sadly - I think it might be the algae or fennel extract which is a bit too strong for my liking, but I will definitely still be using this bottle up until the last spray! The vegan formula is alcohol-free and also contains aloe vera, witch hazel, vetiver oil and ylang ylang oil and it doubles as a toner as well.
It's been a while since I found a sulfate-free natural shampoo I would highly recommend and the Baobab & Shea Hair Wash (US$24, 8 fl oz or 236 mL) has quickly made it to the top of my list! It is targeted to those who are more prone to damaged hair (ie. from heat styling) or hair that is generally harder to work with, however it still works wonders on my hair even though I rarely style it. Other key ingredients include barley protein, ginger root oil, mandarin orange peel oil, basil oil and celery seed oil - now that is an interesting mix if I do say so myself, but it smells surprisingly good and my hair is not weighed down and actually feels super clean after each wash!
The Baobab & Shea Conditioner (US$24, 8 fl oz or 236 mL) has very similar ingredients to the hair wash, but the scent is quite different and not really my cup of tea - I prefer how the shampoo smells, but like the facial mist, it's not a deal breaker for me as it still performs really well. This silicone-free conditioner is great if you have colour-treated or stressed hair. Despite containing various plant oil extracts, it does not leave my hair feeling greasy or looking flat. Instead, my hair looks voluminous and feels incredibly soft.
Overall, I am quite happy with the products I tried from LATHER! If you are looking for more natural alternatives to some of your conventional skin and hair products, you might just find a new favourite in this brand!
A couple of months ago, I got an insider's look at the new Hydra Végétal skincare products* from Yves Rocher at the Letter Bet in Montréal, where I got to preview the new products, which was super fun! I had previously tried a few products from the Hydra Végétal line, so I was super curious about the new additions they have recently come out with. Over the last few weeks, I've been incorporating all seven products into my daily routine and have even discovered new favourites! As you may know, I am a huge fan of the Yves Rocher brand (we go way back as my mom has been a long-time customer and she would let me help her order from their catalogue as a little girl!) and I always get excited to share what new innovative botanical products they have developed. I'll be going more in-depth about what makes this particular line so great and show you just how I use each product! You'll want to keep reading until the end as I also have a giveaway you don't want to miss! I have combination skin that is also sensitive. The important thing to note is that no matter your skin type, it can still be in a dehydrated state (yes, even if your skin is oily)! We naturally lose water through perspiration and evaporation, and simply putting water on your skin when it is dehydrated does not remedy the situation since it does not get absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, but instead remains on the surface.
That is where Edulis Cellular Water, the star ingredient of this line, comes in: the experts at Yves Rocher studied the Edulis succulent and how it is able to adapt to harsh environments where it tends to grow, including the seaside and rocky coasts, where you typically do not find much plant life. They found that this plant's extract can similarly benefit us humans by getting absorbed and stored in all skin layers, and then released in a continuous manner for 48 hours (in vivo tests), thus combatting dehydration.
Yves Rocher grows their own Edulis succulents in a greenhouse at their headquarters in La Gacilly, France and they are cultivated using organic farming methods. The plant shoots are harvested before flowering and go through a 5-stage process to extract the cellular water: crushing of the plant, pressing to get the juice, decanting to separate the elements, clarifying to keep only the water and stabilizing to get it skincare ready.
I'll be breaking down each of the seven products by their function. But first, can we take a minute to appreciate the beautiful aqua blue packaging? Love!
This refreshing gel doubles as a makeup remover and works wonder to remove impurities and leave you with a clean complexion. I've been using it both morning and night and it lightly lathers and has a really nice, fresh scent. It is free of colorants, mineral oils and parabens, and does not irritate my sensitive, acne-prone skin. Gel cleansers can sometimes leave your skin feeling dry, but thanks to a formula that is more than 93% natural and extracts such as Edulis water, hamamelis flower water, and aloe leaf juice, it actually leaves my skin feeling hydrated and not stripped of its natural oils. I can sometimes be forgetful when it comes to cleansing in the morning, but since having this in my life, I have not missed a day!
This cleansing milk can be used morning and night, and I especially like to use it to remove my makeup at the end of the day. I like using it with a cotton pad and it does a great job of dissolving my makeup, from liquid foundation, mineral powders, to mascara and eyeliners. If you are someone who prefers creamy cleanser to gel cleansers, this one is really effective and does not leave your skin feeling parched, thanks to ingredients such as rapeseed oil, aloe vera juice, and of course Edulis extract, with the formula being over 92% natural. I've really gotten into using a cleansing milk lately as I find it really effective and gentle enough on my acne-prone skin.
Are you in the market for a new mechanical exfoliator? This gel-based one sloughs off dead skin cells in a jiffy to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion. I usually prefer chemical exfoliators, but this one is gentle enough on my sensitive skin. The bamboo micro-granules are effective without being harsh or abrasive. The formula contains 92% natural ingredients and is free of colorants, mineral oil and parabens. I use it twice a week while in the shower and love how baby soft my skin feels right after!
Toners are a step I can be forgetful about, and instead of leaving my skin feeling refreshed, many I have tried in the past left my skin feeling dry and irritated! That is not the case with this one since the formula is alcohol-free and more than 98% natural. The Edulis extract, hamamelis flower water and aloe leaf juice work together to make my skin not only feel clean but also quenched. I simply soak a cotton round and wipe it on my face, neck and décolleté, and it gets rids of any dirt and impurities that might have been left over. I am then ready for the ultimate hydration boost with the below products!
I like using this gel cream hybrid during the day because it has a light texture, perfect to apply if you are short on time and need it to absorb quickly before applying makeup. It is made from more than 90% natural ingredients and housed in a recyclable glass jar, and the box carton comes from sustainably managed forests. This gel cream is also free of colorants, mineral oil, parabens and silicone. My skin drinks it right up and remains hydrated throughout the day, for up to 48 hours thanks to the continual release of hydration from the Edulis water extract. It also contains macadamia oil, aloe juice and hamamelis flower water.
I've been reaching for this cream at night before hitting the hay as it is very nourishing. On top of Edulis water, it also contains coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, Roman chamomile water and aloe leaf juice. Despite appearing quite thick and containing quite a few oils, it absorbs rather quickly and does not leave my skin feeling greasy. The formula contains over 89% natural ingredients and provides continuous hydration for up to 48 hours. I just love how it leaves my skin feeling quenched and replenished!
I've been really good about using eye cream lately (again, it's one of those steps I tend to be forgetful about, especially in the morning). I really like how this one sinks into the skin in no time! The formula (more than 90% natural) is free of perfume, parabens and mineral oil and contains pearlescent pigments to help reduce the appearance of dark circles - which I deal with on a regular basis - and with continuous use, they seem visibly reduced. Also, if your concealer tends to crease under your eyes (as it sometimes happens to me), a good under-eye moisturizer such as this one can help prevent that.
Final verdict? My skin has been drinking these products right up! Not only do they work great for me, but they are also affordably priced (as are all Yves Rocher products)!
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What is one boutique you wish you had nearby but sadly don't? Rocky Mountain Soap Company would be mine - I first discovered this shop back in 2014 when visiting Alberta, and learned that they have quite a few locations on the West Coast. Thankfully, they also have an online store, but seeing the products in real life is definitely a treat for your eyes and nose! Proudly Canadian, they make all their products in small batches with the finest natural ingredients and are committed to being toxin and chemical-free. They are also cruelty-free and carry many vegan options. I previously featured their Shampoo Bar with Rosemary, and I'm excited to showcase some recent discoveries that are too good not to share!
If you are a fan of bar soaps like I am, the Lemongrass Soap* will be right up your alley. You can even see small pieces of lemongrass herb in it! It is a great ingredient in skincare since it is anti-bacterial, helps minimize pores and limits oil production, making it especially suitable for those with combination to oily skin. I enjoy using it as a shave bar as well! The scent is very invigorating and the bar is super moisturizing, made from a base of coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and sunflower oil with lemongrass oil and rosemary leaf extract thrown into the mix.
I absolutely love the smell of citrus fruits, and the Juicy Orange Facial Bar* smells absolutely incredible! Again, this one is great for those with combination to oily skin, and great for those of us who are acne-prone since it helps combat blemishes and also exfoliates the top layer of the skin. It contains the same base as the above soap, with added extracts of sweet orange oil, kiwi oil, orange juice, annatto seed oil, and calendula. I've only tried a handful of solid cleansers, and what I love about this one is that it is super gentle and non-irritating. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and I enjoy using it as a body soap as well!
The Transformative Cleansing Oil* is an excellent cleanser suitable for all skin types that also acts as a remover of light makeup. I especially like using it to remove my eye makeup since it melts everything off with ease. It is meant to be used with a cotton pad, and no rinsing is required - you can follow up by spraying some toner and simply remove any excess with a cloth until your face feels clean. This oil blend features key ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, wild rose oil, arnica flower extract, sandalwood oil and rosemary extract and is best used at night for your skin to absorb all of its goodness.
The Lavender Hand & Body Wash* is a super delicate product that is multi-purpose. I personally like keeping it in my shower since it can even be used on your face as a cleanser. Since it is a castile (vegetable-based) soap and is all natural and free of sodium lauryl sulfate, it does not lather, but that does not take away from its heavy-duty power to remove dirt and impurities while leaving the skin nice and soft and smelling like a lavender field. The small list of ingredients, all ones you can easily recognize, includes: vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, water, jojoba oil, lavender oil, orange peel oil and rice bran extract. I like how a little goes a long way to keep your skin nice and moisturized. Bonus: it is also available in a 1L refill size!
The Vanilla Coconut Body Butter* basically smells like a very sweet vanilla cake. If you are not fond of super sweet scents like me, you may want to opt for one of their other scents. I only got into solid moisturizers a couple of years ago because I discovered how practical they are for travelling. This one melts on contact with your skin and despite being an oil blend absorbs rather quickly. Again, the ingredients are super simple and recognizable: sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, cocoa seed butter, vanilla, coconut and vitamin E. I apply it as soon as I step out of the shower to lock in that moisture and it keeps my skin nice and moisturized for hours!
This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
For the past few months, my beauty routine has drastically changed for the better. "How?" you ask? Well, we all know that water is a necessity of life, but little did I know how much the quality of the water that runs throughout my home can significantly improve not only my quality of life but also take my beauty routine to a whole new level. Since having a Culligan Water softening and filtration system installed in my house, not only have I been enjoying great tasting water at the touch of a button, but I have also experienced softer skin, smoother hair, and an overall more enjoyable and effective beauty routine.
The first system that was installed in my home by Culligan Water is their Water Softening System. This all-in-one system reduces the effects of chlorine, and as the name implies, makes water actually feel softer, as well as makes it sudsier when combined with lathering products such as soaps, shower gels and facial cleansers. I also got a reverse osmosis water filtration system installed in our kitchen to provide my family and me with the best tasting, odourless water, so that every day is a "good water day". Culligan Water is known internationally as a leader in providing innovative water filtration systems both residentially and commercially, and it has truly been amazing to discover just how effective their systems are following the positive changes I've noticed in my daily beauty regimen.
When it comes to body care and showering, I no longer have to reach for nearly as many lotions or creams to lock that moisture in. I can step out of the shower at night, pat my skin dry, and slip into my pyjamas immediately without having to apply a thick layer of body butter and wait for it to absorb. Whereas my skin (especially on my legs and stomach) used to flake constantly despite using moisturizing products, my skin now feels incredibly smooth to the touch and feels as if I have applied body care, when I actually haven't! It's been really life-changing having skin that stays nice and soft 24/7.
I have also seen a great improvement in how my face feels on a daily basis, without having to change what products I actually use. My go-to cleansers lather and rinse off with ease and my skin actually feels clean, whereas before it would sometimes feel as if our water would not completely rinse off dirt and impurities and still leave me with that slightly greasy, not 100% clean feeling, especially when removing heavier products such as liquid foundation with a cleanser. I also feel like the same moisturizers and serums I have been using daily for months are more effective and it is thanks to the addition of soft water to my skincare routine.
Not only has the Culligan Water Softening System allowed me to not depend so much on body care products to keep my skin looking nice and feeling smooth, but I have also minimized the amount of shampoo and conditioner I use. Instead of a generous dollop, I can get by with applying half as much product I used to and achieve better results. My shampoo lathers right up and rinses off quickly without it feeling like there is product buildup. After applying a bit of conditioner on my ends, I am left with soft hair that is the least frizzy it's ever been! My hair now not only feels soft and smooth but looks shinier and healthier too!
Gone are the days when I would have to endure odd tasting and smelling water thanks to Culligan Water's reverse osmosis filtration system which is linked to our kitchen sink. We now have fresh and clean water pouring out of our tap at the touch of a button. I've also been enjoying getting my makeup brushes squeaky clean in a jiffy using filtered water: the dish soap quickly foams and rinses off with ease, making the process much less daunting.
If you are looking to provide your family with the best water, look no further than Culligan Water. By assessing how to best address the water issues in your home, from hard water to the taste of your water, they have your needs and trust in mind and strive to offer exceptional customer service. Having gone through the installation process and experiencing the many beauty benefits over the past few months, I would highly recommend them.
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The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow in Light to Medium (C$98, US$75) features a warm-toned light brown bronzer and a coral pink blush, as well as a mini powder brush. What I like about the bronzer shade is that it is buildable and does not look grey or muddy on my light skin. I think it would look really lovely on pale skin as well. The blush has a nice pop to it while still looking natural - I know I will be getting a lot of use out of it this spring and summer! Both the blush and bronzer are easy to blend and have a slightly pearly finish (almost invisible to the eye). What I appreciate most about this powder duo is that there is no product kickback - once you dip your brush in the pan and swirl to pick up the product, there is no powder that flies everywhere like often happens with powder makeup. They are also long-lasting on me (10+ hours) and I do not experience any fading or feel the need to re-apply throughout the day. The compact looks super pretty: it has a nice weight to it and is also equipped with a mirror, perfect to have on the go. The mini brush is soft and distributes product nicely, however it has to be kept separately as it does not fit in the compact. See me wearing both powders in the photo at the end of this post!
The K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in The Duchess is a pretty, sophisticated muted pink with a slightly mauve tint to it, perfect for everyday wear. If you like your neutrals, this is one you will really enjoy. The formula is ultra-creamy and pigmented and also offers protection from UV damage. The lipstick also has a light vanilla scent that isn't overpowering. It feels very moisturizing and has a nice sheen that does not emphasize my lip lines. This lipstick lasts on my lips for over ten hours, despite eating, drinking and just going about my day - it certainly does not transfer easily! Even better, this particular shade is also vegan-friendly.
The Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen has to be my favourite of the bunch - I just love a bright lip! It was created in homage to the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II. I would describe it as a bold raspberry pink. Despite having a matte finish, it does not feel drying on the lips and is very moisturizing. Just like the K.I.S.S.I.N.G line, the Matte Revolution lipsticks are also long-wearing. To achieve the lip look below, I applied two swipes of this lipstick to reach full opacity. Key ingredients include safflower seed, corn and papaya oils to keep your lips feeling smooth all day long.
The Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen looks quite dark in the tube, but swatched on both my arm and lips appears much more vibrant. This is a lip colour I believe would suit any skin tone, from light to dark! I would describe it as a wine red with a hint of burgundy. I actually find it to be quite wearable. If you are someone who sticks to nudes, I think this would be a fun colour to get you out of your comfort zone because it isn't a full-on bright red or brown. Matte yet creamy, you don't have to worry about the lipstick clumping or creasing throughout the day - it stays put!
The Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir, like all others in this lipstick line, comes with a square angle tip. I would best describe the colour as a crimson red. This is definitely a shade to reach for when you are feeling bold and confident! Unlike some darker lipsticks that easily feather and require a lip brush for a precise application, you can achieve a crisp line straight from the bullet, hence you can skip the lip liner. The colour payoff is fantastic, and once again this product lasts on the lips for over ten hours with practically no transferring or fading.
Left to Right: Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service Royal Lipstick Trio: Legendary Queen, The Queen, The Duchess and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir
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And there you have it - new additions to my collection I can't get enough of!
I've been coveting the Juice Beauty brand for many years, as it seemed to be well-loved by many in the green beauty community. All of their products are cruelty-free, and although their products are on the more pricey side, I always wondered if they were worthy of a splurge. I recently got to put them to the test with three skincare products from their Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle line*: their Exfoliating Peel Spray, Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum and Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer. I mean who doesn't want to smell like fresh fruit, a lovely blend which Juice Beauty has mastered by incorporating organic fruit extracts into their skincare. After using them for the last couple of months, I am ready to share my thoughts! Spoiler alert: I found a new holy grail product!
I won't leave you hanging much longer - my new favourite that I can't stop raving about is their Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray (C$64 / US$52, 50 mL or 1.7 oz). I have never had an exfoliant work so quickly and effectively on my skin! Containing organic, plant-based ingredients such as malic acid, grapeseed extract, vitamin C, licorice root extract, cucumber extract and aloe vera, this peel spray is like magic in a bottle when it comes to reducing hyperpigmentation and scarring. Over the years, I've gravitated toward chemical exfoliants over physical exfoliants since I find them to be less abrasive (no harsh granules or microbeads) on my acne-prone skin, but it's been a challenge finding one I would highly recommend - until now. To use, simply spray it on your face, neck and décolleté (avoiding the eyes), and within 30 seconds, you will see the top layer of your skin slightly peel and lift away old skin cells in small clumps (nothing scary, I promise)! Simply remove with water in circular motions (I recommend using a bamboo cleansing cloth to get everything off), and the results are almost instant! Following just one use, my skin looked radiant and unbelievably smooth, and my normally reactive skin has been very calm ever since. Even breakouts have been few and far between since starting use! The scent is very refreshing, and the spray leaves a nice cooling (but not tingling) sensation. I started off by using it twice a week, but I've reduced the frequency to once a week in the last month as the results last and I don't find the need to use it more often now that my skin is looking better than ever!
I've been incorporating the Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum (C$99 / US$80, 30 mL or 1 oz) into my daily skincare routine. Along with the Exfoliating Peel Spray, this gel serum has not only helped even out the tone and texture of my skin but it has also tamed my facial redness and has made my skin look more luminous. Rich in antioxidants from ingredients such as organic jojoba oil, shea butter and lemon juice and leaf extract, as well as a blend of fruit stem cells, this is a great product to layer under a moisturizer following cleansing and bring your skincare to the next level. It has a lightweight feel and gets quickly absorbed without leaving a greasy residue behind. Definitely a luxurious treat for your skin that will make it look plump and rejuvenated, so if you are looking to invest in a high-quality natural serum, look no further - this one checks all the right boxes!
Last but certainly not least, I've also really been enjoying the Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer (C$88 / US$70, 50 mL or 1.7 oz). First off, the flat pump packaging is really neat and keeps germs away as you don't have to dip your fingers directly into the jar. I've been using this moisturizer in the morning and love how the product has an uplifting apple scent that wakes me right up! Even though I do not yet have wrinkles or fine lines, I am at an age where prevention is key and I've started regularly incorporating anti-wrinkle products into my routine. On top of organic apple and white grape juice, it also contains antioxidant-rich sunflower oil, evening primrose, flaxseed and borage seed oils. It absorbs quickly and is the perfect base for my favourite pressed mineral powder.
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Bottom line? I am hooked on Juice Beauty and understand what all the hype is about. I cannot wait to try out more of their products!
This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Water consumption is such an integral part of our daily lives that we oftentimes forget how much of a necessity it is, even when it comes to our beauty routine! Everything from reaching for a tall glass of water in the morning, to hopping in the shower, brushing your teeth, and cleansing your face (the list goes on), the amount of water and the various uses we have for it can be quite eye-opening to reflect on. While my family and I have always been conscientious about how much water we use in our household, it wasn't until a few years ago that we opted to use a pitcher to filter our drinking water to lower our carbon footprint, no longer having to resort to purchasing plastic water bottles on the regular. We haven't looked back since, however there are still cons to owning one, such as having to buy filter replacements every couple of months, which can really add up overtime. So when I was presented with the opportunity to have a Culligan Water Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System with ClearLink Pro as well as a High Efficiency Water Softener installed in my house, I couldn't say no to providing the best for my people, and just had to see for myself how this change could improve our quality of life and take our beauty rituals to a new and improved level!
Do you ever step out of the shower and immediately have a layer of white residue show up on your legs? Do you deal with an out of control frizzy mane on a regular basis despite doing everything in your power (including buying expensive hair products) to tame your unruly strands? Do you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth and notice your water smelling and tasting a bit funky?
Those, my friends, are all scenarios I've experienced time an time again and are what the Culligan Water expert explained to me as being due to having hard water run in our home. During his initial visit, he determined what system would be best for our household. We received a High Efficiency Series Softener for our entire home, as well as an Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System with ClearLink Pro connected to our kitchen sink to provide us with not only soft water but also clean, filtered drinking water - basically the best of both worlds. In the water treatment game, Culligan Water has been in the industry for over 80 years and is known as an international leader when it comes to developing innovative water filtration systems and softeners, so I knew we were in good hands. I really like how they personalized our home's water system by first identifying which water issues we had in order to make the best recommendation.
A week after the initial consultation, the High Efficiency Water Softener was installed and connected to our water entrance which is located in our garage.
You can see the salt that is stored in the tank above. Without going into technical details, a softener basically dissolves the salt it holds into the water that passes, turning the water hard to soft and therefore allowing my family and I to experience the many beauty benefits of soft water, whether I'm in the kitchen washing my hands, cleaning my makeup brushes, or giving myself an at-home facial after steaming some water on the stovetop.
The final step was getting the Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System installed under our kitchen sink and connecting it to the ClearLink Pro, the little gadget you see sitting on top of the kitchen sink. At the touch of a button, the ClearLink Pro wirelessly switches the water coming out of the kitchen faucet to filtration mode (visible by the five illuminated dots), meaning we instantly get clean, odourless and great tasting filtered water straight from the tap! The entire non-invasive installation took just over two hours, so it was surprisingly quick. My Culligan representative came to test the water two weeks following the installation to verify that everything is functioning properly and ensure that every day is a "good water day".
My initial reaction after a month of use is pure excitement and amazement - I had no idea that having a Culligan Water system in my home could make such a difference, and the beauty benefits have not gone unnoticed! The first time I washed my hands following installation, I had to do a double take at how soft my hands felt. Same goes for showering in soft water - the water actually feels better on the skin, as the soap rinses right off, making you feel cleaner. Despite continuing to use the same shampoo and conditioner, after the first wash, I noticed a significant difference in the softness and shine of my hair, as well as cleaner, smoother skin that almost feels like it has been moisturized before I even reach for a lotion. After only a few weeks of use, I no longer deal with dry, flaky or itchy skin, and I did not think that was possible! It's as if this new water is helping keep my skin moisturized at all times. With time, I have also realized that I do not have to use as much soap, cleansing and hair products since a small amount goes a much longer way with soft water compared to hard water.
Getting to drink fresh, clean and filtered water straight from the kitchen tap has also been amazing, and not having to endure odd tasting tap water when brushing my teeth has been a treat to say the least. The convenience of filtered water at the press of a button has also helped me stay hydrated and ensure that I get my required daily intake of water. I even find tasks such a washing my makeup brushes less daunting and more enjoyable as the soft water combines with the soap in a way that reduces the amount of both soap and water needed to get my brushes nice and sudsy and looking squeaky clean. I no longer procrastinate like I used to and have been staying on top of deep cleaning my makeup brushes weekly!
So far, Culligan Water's Home Filtration System has definitely impressed me. I didn't think I would experience so many improved beauty benefits in such a short amount of time! Even though I have only had it for just over a month, I cannot see myself going back to having hard water and non-filtered drinking water. I will be sharing my full experience in a future post, so keep an eye out for that!
Have you thought of softening and/or filtering the water in your home?
This post was sponsored by RapidLash as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Have you always dreamed of having naturally fluttery lashes and full brows? *raises hand* Back in my teenage years, I made the mistake of over plucking my eyebrows (I still have photo evidence and it ain't pretty), and let's just say I've learned my lesson and have been taking it easy with my tweezers since then! The thing is, my eyebrows have always been sparse at both the head and tail, and my arch could use a little more definition. When it comes to my lashes, they are longer at the centre but shorter on the inner and outer corners and are also pin straight and on the lighter side, so unless I give them a curl and apply a coat of mascara, they look almost unnoticeable. And since on most days I don't wear makeup, I appreciate when I can find products that can give my hairs a boost and that don't require having to be removed at the end of the day. Over the years, I've tested a handful of products to make both my brows and lashes stand out, and hands down my top picks would have to be the RapidLash and RapidBrow serums.
RapidLash can actually be used on both your eyelashes and eyebrows. I've been using it solely on my upper lash line, although you can also use it on your lower lash line. You only need to use it once a day at bedtime by applying a thin coat using the small applicator brush. What I appreciate most is that it does not irritate the skin around my eyes or smell funky since the formula is paraben and fragrance-free! RapidLash contains a powerful combination of proteins, vitamins (such as panthenol and biotin), minerals, polypeptides, and moisturizing extracts, including pumpkin seed extract and soybean oil, to nourish the root of your lashes and make them grow stronger and look fuller. The product has been a go-to for Canadians since 2009 as it is safe and very easy to use and is trusted by millions of women around the world. The results are not immediate - give it a good 4-6 weeks and you will start noticing a difference! You can then 'upkeep' your lashes' improved appearance by using RapidLash every other day. I personally started noticing a change in my eyelashes at the three-week mark - they looked more lifted as they started developing a natural curl. I am now passed the six-week mark and they definitely have more fullness to them, especially in the inner and outer corners, where my lashes were shorter to begin with.
RapidBrow is basically a clear brow serum that you are meant to use twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, using the brush wand in small strokes. Again, it does not contain any parabens or fragrance, and is made of a blend of 6 high-performance ingredients: polypeptides (which contain amino acids), biotin, panthenol, keratin, apple fruit cell extract and sweet almond extract, which work in unison to nourish, condition and improve the look of your eyebrows. I am approaching the two-month mark of continual use which is the time at which you are meant to notice an improvement and I am rather impressed with how my brows look more voluminous and defined, and how my sparser areas (at the start of each brow, the arch and tail) look significantly fuller! They also feel softer and look shinier, which is an added bonus. As the saying goes, the brows are what define your face, and I definitely have RapidBrow to thank for shaping my face without having to reach for a brow pencil or powder!
Both RapidLash and RapidBrow are cruelty-free and affordably priced. The 3 mL tubes can be purchased in-store at various retailers, such as at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, London Drugs, Rexall, Lawtons and Jean Coutu, as well as online at beautyboutique.ca and well.ca. They are also now available in 4 mL XL tubes in the professional market. You do have to be patient and diligent, but the results are worth it!
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Happy Spring! With the change in seasons, I've also felt the urge to switch things up when it comes to doing my makeup - I realized that over the last few months, I've basically been wearing the same look over and over again! Does anyone else also feel inspired when a new season rolls around to up their beauty game? I've been gravitating toward incorporating quite a few new products from Yves Rocher*, and I'll be showing you which ones I have been enjoying, as well as incorporating some of my favourites I've discovered over the years in my latest video tutorial. Keep reading to find out how you could win some of the makeup products featured in this look!
One of the new discoveries I had to include is their new Moisturizing Nude Foundation. As you will see in the video, it provides great coverage, feels light on the skin and does not dry out the skin! The bottle comes with a dropper, so you get just the right amount of product to cover your entire face. The key ingredient in this foundation is Edulis Cellular Water. This extract is cultivated in La Gacilly in France, where Yves Rocher grows many of the plants they incorporate into their products. They chose Edulis as it is known to capture water and retain it in its leaves, and acts in a similar way on the skin, adding moisture and keeping the skin hydrated.
One of my favourite brow products of all time is the original Yves Rocher Eyebrow Pencil, so I was excited to see that they have added two additions to their brow product roster: Eyebrow Pencil 12H Precision and Eyebrow Mascara. The new pencil is double ended like the original - one side has a spoolie brush to comb and tame unruly hairs, however instead of a traditional pencil requiring sharpening, the other side has a retractable tip that makes defining your brows a breeze by using small strokes to create the illusion of hairs. I like first using the pencil to fill in sparse areas. Then I finish off with the eyebrow mascara: the formula contains 100% natural botanical fibers that are tinted, so you can achieve fuller and even-looking brows that will stay put throughout the day. The miniature brush allows for control and precision by applying just the right amount of product and the product has a light texture to achieve a flawless application. Both of these come in three natural-looking shades and using both together provides me with nicely defined brows.
For a pop of pink on the lips, I went for the Grand Rouge Matte Lipstick in 154 Splendid Pink. This matte line is formulated with Camellia oil to keep your lips nourished and is also free of parabens and silicones. The pigmentation is nice as well, and the colour lasts up to 8 hours on the lips! I love how the Yves Rocher logo is embossed on the tip of the bullet and how luxurious the gold packaging looks - it's so pretty to look at!
And now for the giveaway! ↓ One lucky reader will win the following prize ↓
3 Yves Rocher makeup products in the shade/colour of your choice:
1 x Moisturizing Nude Foundation
1 x Grand Rouge Matte Lipstick
1 x Eyebrow Pencil 12h Precision OR 1 x Eyebrow Mascara
To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter box below. The first few entries are mandatory, and once completed, more entries will be unlocked to increase your chances of winning. *This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.*
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