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All of my hair appliances are Conair & I have a fun giveaway for you.  After all, they are a trusted brand for all our beauty needs, am I right?  There’s something magical and so 80’s with the Rainbow Collection from Conair. I love the chrome, the iridescence, the colours.  The inner 10 yr old is screaming, “this is so me!”.  If you’re an 80’s kid this is for you!  I don’t know if you caught my Instastory on the Rainbow collection, even my 6 yr old daughter said: “Mom, your hair dryer looks so 80’s!”  I had a laugh but using the collection, I just wanted to pin my jeans, get my Club Monaco sweatshirt and grab a scrunchie and do some styled pics with their products.  So check out my favourite items below. Rainbow Tourmaline Ceramic Dryer My Inifiti Pro Hair Dryer is great because the buttons are on the back of the handle and smooth so I am not clicking or pushing on anything while I am blow drying my hair quickly and effectively.  It has a cool setting too which I know I’ll love for the summer, 1875 WATTS, 3 heat and 2-speed settings and another favourite feature of mine is the concentrator for a pinpoint blow out and a diffuser for volume and waves.  Next up!  Inifiniti Pro Rainbow Titanium Rainbow Flat Iron.   It just looks so sleek, doesn’t it?  I’ve been straightening my hair a lot and this looks like it would give such a smooth finish.  I’d love this one for Mother’s Day. The rainbow titanium provides even heat which means less damage and frizz with increased shine.  Give me all the shine! Infiniti Rainbow Curling Wand.  Beachy waves please some to be for that effortless, chic look! This curling iron gives even heat that eliminates hot spots so you can style with less damage to your hair!  I have a curling wand by another brand that I bought off Amazon and it just doesn’t work.  Once again, I am swooning over the rainbow collection because I find it so appealing.     Head to my Instagram and enter to win a Conair Rainbow Infiniti Pro Hairdryer!  I’ll announce the winner on Mother’s Day. CDN only. Disclosure: This post in partnership with Conair Canada.  All opinions are always my own and never influenced. 

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Well, what can I say other than, I was so impressed with my twin girls and their ear piercing experience at Caryl Baker Visage. The newly renovated spa at the Eaton Centre is lovely and the technicians were so nice and treated my twins with care, patience and professionalism.  If you caught my Instastories(check out my Highlights on the experience here) last week you’d have seen all the excitement as they had no idea what their birthday surprise was going to be.   My twins have been asking for their ears to get pierced off and on for about a year.  I was waiting for them to really want it and the only place that I was interested in going to Caryl Baker Visage, after all, it was where I went to get my ears pierced when I was around their age. First things first,  we sign a waiver, learn about proper ear care and safety(again, head to my Highlights on Instagram) and the twins got to pick out their earrings.  Caryl Baker Visage has pierced millions of ears as their motto is “peace of mind piercing“.    The salon was nice and clean and their hygienic practices surpass industry standards. Because Caryl Baker Visage specializes in ear piercing for all ages, starting at 3 months they have an excellent selection of 14K yellow gold, 14K white gold, 24k yellow plated gold and surgical steel.  The twins picked their April birthstone in a 14K gold setting and there are over 50 kinds of styles to choose from, plus the ear piercing is complimentary when you purchase a pair.  Ours was $69 and prices of the earrings start around the $59 range. I was really pleased with the earring positioning as they take time to make it perfect.  They make sure it aligns perfectly across (again, you can see it explained in my Highlights on Instagram).  Every aspect of the ear piercing was at the highest levels of quality. The patented Inverness system used at Caryl Baker Visage is the only system that holds earrings in a pre-sterilized, disposable capsule which prevents the earrings from ever being touched.  It’s all part of the spa’s commitment to providing their guests with the safest and most technologically advanced ear piercing system available.  You may be thinking “Oh, they use guns. Needles are better”.  The Inverness System is not a gun. Piercing guns are spring loaded and “shoot” the piercing into the ear lobe.  The Inverness is a hand pressured and human powered. It pierces the ear in a quick, smooth and accurate motion that provides no damage piercing.   And to be honest, if you want to take your child tattoo parlour instead, by all means.  As I said in my stories, you do you. There has been a lot of back and forth between parents from what I’ve read on the internet and I don’t get the attitude and arguments of it. You do you.  I’ll do me.   Well, my twins were superstars.  There were tears after the initial shock but within minutes they were admiring their new pierced ears and they loved it.   It’s been 5 days and their ears have had no redness or irritation.  In the end, they got an adorable certificate and a ring candy. They were over the moon!  I was so pleased with how well it went. So, if you’re little one is thinking about ear piercing, I hope you’ll show them this post.  My girls turned 6 last week and it was a birthday they’ll never forget.  They’ve even said so themselves.   Please visit Caryl Baker Visage to find a salon near you, here & check out their Instagram for Spring makeup inspiration. Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Caryl Baker Visage.  In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are always my own.

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I love working with brands and getting to support some of the best in indie skincare.  It was such a treat to be a Clean Beauty Judge for the first time as I got to try out amazing skincare for the body.  I’m going to share with you on how they felt, smelled, worked and healed my skin. I can’t wait to see next month who has won!  Head over to Clean Beauty Awards to see the finalists and meet the other judges as well. Who is the Clean Beauty Awards? Now in its 4th year and in partnership with PurPicks, the Clean Beauty Awards celebrates the very best performing products, created with the healthiest ingredients, from around the world. Its goal is to celebrate the power of the clean, or “free from”, beauty movement through this annual Awards, hosted by CertClean and supported by an eminent panel of judges. 1. Goodstuff Botanicals: Gypsy Cream.  Hands down this has been one of the best in natural creams I have used to treat my psoriasis and dry skin.  It’s ultra healing and I use it on the kids too to heal their boo-boo’s.  Check it out.  It worked for me and it might work for you.  When my skin feels extra dehydrated, I use it as my daily moisturizer and skin looks amazing when I do.  “Together, the high-quality, natural ingredients in Gypsy Cream will give your skin what it needs to be happy + healthy + balanced.” 2. OSEA:  Ooo, la, la it’s OSEA and this is their firming seaweed infused body oil. I found the undaria algae oil, rich, even though it states that it’s a lightweight oil on their site.   It just feels decadent when you pour it on your hand and massage it into your slightly damp skin from the shower. I always put body oils on while my skin is still a little wet as I find oils penetrate better into my skin and it spreads more evenly.  “Undaria Pinnatifida Extract a brown marine algae rich in iodine, iron, potassium, calcium and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Contains Fucoidan, a particularly hydrating compound that promotes a youthful, plump appearance. Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also minimizing the appearance of surface redness.“ 3.  SIMKHA: From Quebec, this Canadian beauty of whipped up goodness that hydrates your skin is a delight! Shea and Mango butter to feed your skin, rosehip oil(high in Vit.E) the scent of neroli and a hint of lavender and marshmallow powder completes this unique body moisturizer.  Another cream I recommend. “Our moisturizing body balm ‘Sweetness Lorenzo is a blend of Shea-Mango softening and nourishing the skin. It is suitable for normal to dry skin, specially designed for children and the whole family.” 4. Standing Stone Wellness: Creamsicle Body Butter.  My favourite kind of creamsicle as I love the combo of vanilla and orange and I love it even more in a healthy balm for the whole body, although I use this mostly for the dry skin on my feet.  Again, it’s a nice balm and not overly greasy plus it has all the good ingredients. “A rich, but not overly greasy, luscious blend for dry hands, elbows…anywhere! Scented with orange or green tea, these exotic body butters smell heavenly! Kokum butter is known for being soothing, helping to refresh worn skin and improve skin elasticity. Isn’t your body worth a little luxury?“ 5.BASD: Oh, how I love the invigorating scent of mint first thing in the morning.  Whether it is in a shower gel or moisturizer.  It awakens my senses and adds a great start to the day.  BASD is a great skincare line hailing from Beautiful British Columbia.  The hint of caffeine is a nice touch as well.  It goes on nice and smooth and doesn’t take too much to massage into your skin.  Another great brand worth checking out. Find BASD Invigorating Mint {here} “treat your body to a soft, smooth and hydrating experience every day. this plant-basd lotion, formulated with organic virgin coconut oil and organic shea butter, will leave your skin feeling nourished from your badass head to your renegade toes (plus, the invigorating mint scent is everything). your skin will thank you with firming results and reduced appearance of stretch marks or scarring.” 6. Nightingale Farms Goat Milk Lotion: Their products are made by hand in small batches with care and concern with regard to the methods and ingredients.  I received their Lavender Lemongrass Body Milk, I liked that their lotion contains over 35% goat milk which has a Ph level that is similar to that of human skin. This similarity reduces surface tension and allows for more absorption.   I used to love the scent of Lemongrass but not so much anymore.  I use this more in the summer when we are at the cottage as I find Lemongrass great for keeping buzzing pests at bay.  I can’t remember from my aromatherapy days but I think Lemongrass is related to Cintronella. “Where fresh air, green grass and tender loving care products and the healthiest animals and the very best farm products” 7. Organic Island:  I received the Nourishing Hand Cream and the packaging is nice, the ingredients are good but I didn’t find it overly hydrating enough for my hands.  I often reapplied.  While it is non-greasy, I think it’s too lightweight for my Canadian dry hands.  Perhaps I need a humidifier in our home to add more moisture?  There could be a couple of factors as to why it didn’t work so great with me.  ” Expertly formulated to heal, hydrate and protect your hands, ensuring a more youthful appearance. Non-greasy and lightweight, this superior formula is instantly absorbed, transforming tired, dry skin and leaving hands renewed, soft and supple. Containing advanced active ingredients NOP Organic Lycii Berry, Olive Leaf, Rosehip, Avocado, Vitamin E and Macadamia. ” 8: Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farms: This is a great Lavender hand and body salve, actually one I always have on me for various reasons as it is extremely effective.  I don’t like the tin that it comes in because it can be difficult to open as it always is with those style of tin containers but I use it for my kids when they get a boo-boo, something to hydrate and calm them after bath.  I have even used it as an effective deodorant and it healed a weird rash I had with one of my armpits.  I want their Calendula Body Butter!  It’s a beautiful site I hope you’ll visit.  Their teas look amazing as well.  I will be a regular customer for sure. This and the Gypsy Cream from GoodStuff are my absolute favourite.  Do you have any favourite skincare brands? Have you tried these products before? Comment below. 

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Avon’s founder David H. McConnell, was a pioneer and champion of women. In 1886, 34 years before women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, McConnell, helped give them the chance to earn an independent income through the Avon Opportunity. Kudo’s to all the ladies out there getting it all done as a parent and working on the “side hustle” of having your own business.  Whether you are a stay home mom or working with great brands represented by the Direct Sales Association if you’re thinking of starting your own business, head over to Direct Sales Association where you can learn about companies that may be a fit for you.  DSA upholds good business practices and is a recognized voice in the industry. Since 1954 the Direct Sellers Association of Canada has established and upheld rigorous standards, ethics and good business practices as the recognized voice of our industry.  Be your own boss!  Some of the benefits are flexible hours, added income and working with a company that you are excited about and a company that feels the same way about you.  You can set your own goals, deadlines and ambitions and have a team of mentors & support staff behind you that encourages and supports you along the way. Along with becoming your own boss, you may surprise yourself through the leadership skills you’ll gain from a DSA company and discover something new you never knew you had.  Some ISC’s talk about their entrepreneurial spirit.   I think that once you have found the importance of being consistent and the willingness to learn you’ll be able to easily prioritize the work/life balance.  And to take the good with the bad and each new day is a new possibility. Jessica Yik aka The Dancing Avon Lady share’s her success in the following, below.  She is a 12.5 yr Avon ISC. Find her on {Instagram} & check out her {vlog}! What are your biggest successes as a result of being an Independent Sales Consultant I believe that some of my greatest successes are a result of being an Independent Sales Consultant include: 1. I have been able to financially contribute to my family’s needs while building another business for 12 years. 2. I have discovered the joy of travelling and sharing it with my family. 3. I have motivated others to follow their dreams to move past their fears and build a business to support their goals. 4. I am showing my daughter from a young age the importance of work-life balance. I will always be there for her, but I can still be a successful and strong entrepreneur. 5. I have developed new soft skills that can be applied to multiple facets of life. Did you know that there are 1.3 million Canadians to entrepreneurial opportunity and enrichment, DSA provides assurance of member company integrity and a foundation of trust for independent sales contractors (ISCs) and consumers.   I’m sure you know someone selling from home, it’s a great way to earn extra money, make new friends and why wouldn’t you want to support your friends business?  I also thank you for supporting my blog,  I wouldn’t be anywhere without you coming to my blog daily to see what I am reviewing, giving away, cooking up or sharing my new must-haves.   My side hustle is my blog, I work hard to bring to you awesome products & content because I want you to be an informed consumer and I am thankful to be your trusted voice when it comes to recommending products that may work for your family.  But that is also why I am happy to work with DSA on this post as I have purchased a lot from the companies that are members with them. Mama Ash Tip:  When it comes to direct selling, look for the DSA logo.   Why? Because who doesn’t want consumer protection? Another bonus with DSA. My Nostalgia I remember going with my mom to Avon parties, Tupperware parties and a few jewellery parties too.  I still remember the Dr.Pepper earrings I got when I was 10yrs old and I loved being with all the ladies and I didn’t know what it was exactly, but my mom loved supporting her friends through these parties and I love the nostalgia of the brands and this shopping atmosphere. So many ladies would always arrive, the basement nicely set up with products, nibblies & cocktails for the ladies.  It was a nice way to shop and socialize. Do you sell? We as women work hard and I’d love to hear from you, who are your favourite DSA companies.  Do you sell?  Feel free to leave a comment so you can maybe get new customers.  Is your company a member of DSA?  Have a look {here} to see the directory. The DSA is the mark of trust and integrity in the direct selling industry. Thinking of getting started?  Head over to their blog and learn “What is direct selling“ Check out DSA on Facebook.  The Globe & Mail shared an article on the Avon Lady, making a comeback! Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Direct Sales of Canada.  In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are always my own.  

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Whether you need antiaging, hydrating, brightening or minimizing your pores, masks from Repiel are a serious must have as I’ve been enjoying the benefits of their sheet masks.   So much so because I saw immediate results.  I also like that it is a safe, healthy skin treatment without harmful ingredients such as paraben, benzophenone, or artificial colouring and it achieves an ideal balance for your skin by providing the most effective and systematic treatment for different skin problems and concerns. What makes the Repiel Mask so unique? They use a patented special fermented bio-cellulose mask that covers the whole face as it’s also made with coconut water.  It is cold at first but stays on perfectly as it adheres to your skin pumping it with its moisturizing, cooling and calming effects. The diameter of the bio-cellulose sheet is about 1000 times thinner than an ordinary pulp sheet. This advanced structural of bio-cellulose sheet makes it ideal for containing moisture and essence and delivering it to the skin. There is something for every skin type “REPIEL is a premium cosmeceutical brand that helps your skin regain its ideal balance and a healthy glow from the inside instead of making skin look temporarily beautiful from the outside. REPIEL will renew your skin every day with a beautiful glow by providing ideal solutions for the fundamental causes of skin problems with the latest bio-technologies.”  Priced from $5-$8 this makes for a beautiful gift from tweens, to young adults to ladies with mature skin.  I am wearing my mask right now as I write too!   Where to buy?  visit www.beautella.ca Head over to my Instagram and enter to win a gift from Repiel and since you’re here, check out my other giveaways! ~Tweet the above message and make sure you are following me on Instagram and have your notifications turned on from Mama Ash ~

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You know the name Elizabeth Grant and I’ve seen her many times on The Shopping Channel and I am super excited to share a beautiful holiday gift idea with you and a giveaway.  It’s perfect for this time of year. Read on…… First things first.  Who is Elizabeth Grant? “ Elizabeth Grant was born in London, England. She has lived in England, Scotland, South Africa, Monte Carlo and Canada. Elizabeth established her company, Elizabeth Grant Int. Inc in 1958 in London, England at a time when it was most unusual for women to be in business. Through sheer determination and exceptional perseverance, she was responsible for the development of the company from a home-based business to a multi-million dollar global corporation. Elizabeth did not always have the flawless skin she has today. Her skin was damaged during the Second World War. She used to walk around with dark glasses and tried to avoid people because of how self-conscious she felt about her appearance. All that changed in 1948 when Elizabeth read about a substance that was being used to treat war wounds. After having this made up for her, Elizabeth noticed that within 8 months her skin started to show signs of a remarkable improvement. The glasses came off and she started living again! At the time Elizabeth was working as a makeup artist. When she noticed one of her favourite clients was suffering from bad skin as a result of years of heavy makeup use, Elizabeth offered a sample of the formula she was using. Within 10 days the client asked for more. When Elizabeth saw her 6 weeks later, she knew that this formula could help others. She decided to develop her own skin care treatment line that contained a secret formula she called Torricelumn.“   Elizabeth Grant Torricelumn Absolute Age Interception Face Cream(valued at $300) and her beautiful Magical Wish Eau de Parfum(valued at $85) which I’ve been enjoying is absolutely lovely.    The Torricelumn Absolute Age Interception Face Cream is suitable for all skin types and can help address the five signs of ageing: lines and wrinkles, dryness, uneven skin tone, dullness, and saggy skin.  This powerful cream quickly absorbs to help renew the skin’s natural resilience against the damage we don’t see and helps infuse the epidermal layers of skin with a look of rejuvenation and radiance. The results are exceptional. Torricelumn™ Absolute Age Interception Face Cream helps transform the skin’s dull, lacklustre and tired appearance to that of ageless beauty. Magical Wish is one my new favourite scents.  Pear, blackcurrant, Chinese gooseberry and Acacia flower are the inspiring top notes, pushing you to conquer new heights in the scent’s warm delights. Strong and comforting notes of vanilla and amber round out the base, reminding you that there is a strength in comfort, and marvel to be found at the moment. Magical Wish gives you the confidence to follow your dreams. Elizabeth Grant is generously offering the above gift set to one lucky winner!  Head to her site as well for some amazing deals and enter below to win this beautiful set.  The contest is Canadian Only(excluding Quebec), 1 entry per household, 18+ yrs to enter.  Giveaway ends, Dec.9, 2018. Don’t forget to check out my ther giveaways if you’re new here. ~Make a Wish and tell us what other products you’d love from Elizabeth Grant~ https://elizabethgrant.com/ Elizabeth Grant Make a Wish Giveaway Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Elizabeth Grant.  In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are always my own.   

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Okay, beauties.   If you are thinking about or even looking for a natural deodorant, look no further.  I mean it.  Let me tell you about FreshPits! As someone who loves green beauty and is aware of the ingredients that go into products gets absorbed into our skin.  You’ve maybe heard that aluminum is a little controversial as it’s found in most deodorants and has been potentially linked to Alzheimer’s.    Fresh Pits is natural, it works and it’s baking soda free! Fresh Pits is gentle, is pH balanced and is effective for at least 24 hours.  The texture is light and melts right into the skin and is translucent once massaged into your armpits. My husband is now hooked on it!  It goes on like a cream and I’ve found there to be no residue when I get dressed, even in black.  It has been a hot summer in Toronto and this stuff kept me stink free and itch free.  If you’ve tried natural deodorants in the past, you may have experienced itching.  Well, my friends, I am here to tell you this stuff is the bomb!  If you are looking for an alternative, please check this out.  We ran out of Fresh Pits since we were both using it and I bought another brand to tie over until I order more this and within a week the other brand gave my husband a rash that was large and that covered his whole underarm area.  He asked, “When are we going to get more Fresh Pits?”  Fresh Pits is made with Advanced Natural Charcoal. Activated charcoal absorbs moisture 1000 X its weight. It soothes and heals bites and minor skin irritations too! Magnesium hydroxide neutralizes odour causing bacteria. It is a humectant that keeps skin hydrated and flexible, soft, conditioned and rash free. More reasons to love Fresh Pits: Free from harmful ingredients. No synthetics, toxins, paragons & phthalates! Never tested on animals (just their human friends) and otherwise cruelty-free, except to odour causing bacteria. Fresh Pits is 100% natural & vegan. No baking soda. Thanks to my new friends over at Fresh Pits, we have a special offer for you!  Save 20% with this code: fresh (it expires Oct.10/18) I hope you’ll give this a deodorant a try.  If you want better underarm and breast health, I hope you consider going aluminum free and trying a deodorant that truly works.  Fresh Pits is made in Canada and I hope you’ll love it as much as we do! Disclosure:  This post was in collaboration with Fresh Pits.  All opinions are always my own.

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