Nails of the Day: Essie’s Lapis of Luxury

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Essie’s Lapis of Luxury is such a beautiful periwinkle blue colour. I think it is just perfect for Spring!

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Do you have a favourite pastel polish for Spring?

Review: Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Deep Conditioner

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I picked up this sample package of Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Organi-Gro Deep Conditioner. I try to deep condition my hair about once or twice a month and this one was quite inexpensive, so I thought I would give it a shot.

The scent is very mild and somewhat boring; it smells very much like a generic soap. The instructions say to put it on damp hair out of the shower and leave it on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing it off. I sprayed my hair to make it slightly damp and then worked the product in and left it for about 45 minutes. One thing that bothered me a little bit was that there was hardly enough product to do all of my hair. My hair is very long, but it is not particularly thick, so I think if you have thick hair, you may not have enough product in this sample package.

I did like the effect that this deep conditioner had on my hair though. It made it slightly softer, shinier and more manageable, which are the things that I tend to look for in a deep conditioner.

Overall, this deep conditioner did the job. If you are looking for an inexpensive, good-value-for-money deep conditioner, I can recommend the Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula. I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve ever used, or that it stood out in scent, ease of application or effect, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and it is a good value product.

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(the results!)

What’s your favourite deep conditioner? Do you prefer higher end ones, or will a drug store one do?

2014 Resolutions February Check-in!

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This month has flown by! I can’t believe it’s March already.

1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week. 

I have not been super good with this one this month. I’ve only done 2 masks this month. I am going to make a regular day to do a mask. It will probably end up being Saturday or Sunday, but my schedule might change around a bit this month, so I may have to adjust. Doing my first one of the month today!

2. Write at least 3 pages a week.

Again, this has been ok, but not with the consistency that I would like. I want to set aside specific times in the week to write and not just “when I have nothing better to do”.

3. Read one book a month.

I failed this one. I know, I read like 7 books or something in January, so maybe it evens out? Ha. I did start reading Emma by Jane Austen, but I didn’t finish it. I will finish it this month and try to read one more as well.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

This month has been very successful! The scale has not necessarily shown just how great it has been, but I lost 6 lbs this month. Which brings my total to 17.8 lbs for the year so far! I’m very happy about it. This month has been really good though, I have been more consistent and I’ve really been tackling some root issues. One of those issues is emotional eating, and I have done SUPER well this month with that. I’ve also updated my guidelines quite a lot. If you want to see the originals, they’re here.

  • I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full
  • I eat what I want,  but I try to make it healthy and varied most of the time
  • I exercise when I want to and do something that I find fun
  • I talk to someone or do something productive when I am at risk of emotional eating
  • I don’t keep junk food in the house and I don’t buy fast food
  • I keep healthy foods like fruit and vegetables easily accessible
  • I plan my meals ahead of time (even if it’s just in my head)
  • I keep my kitchen clean and organized

So excited for the rest of the year!

5. Make a monthly blog post about how my resolutions are going and what I have done to work towards them.

Check!

This month has been full of a lot of changes, and also a lot of progress. I am already looking forward to writing March’s update!

It’s not too late to keep going with your New Year’s Resolutions or just make new goals to improve your life! Do you have any goals you’re working on at the moment?

Review: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush

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I mentioned this product in my Winter Skin Revamp post, but it is so awesome that I decided to do a full review of it.

The Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush is basically a body moisturiser that you put on in the shower, and then rinse off, similar to using a hair conditioner. This stuff works amazingly well! You can certainly use it as your only body moisturiser. I tend to double up and use this about every other shower, and then apply a lotion when I get out as well, for an extra layer of skin conditioning. I find it works the best if you leave it on the skin for a minute or so before you rinse it off (again, similar to a hair conditioner).

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The texture is very similar to the other body lotions from Lush (I’m thinking of Dream Cream here), but a bit thicker. It is fairly expensive I would say, but the ingredients are top notch (REAL rose absolute and argan oil) and a little goes a long way.

Apart from how well it works, my favourite thing about this product is the smell. It is the most divine rose scented product that I have ever tried. If you like the scent of real rose, you will love this. Since they use authentic rose absolute, it really smells like a rose garden or something. Ha. The scent also lasts on the skin very well. For a product that you rinse off, I would say that is pretty impressive!

This is one of my absolute favourite products from Lush and my shower wouldn’t be as good without it!

Have you tried Ro’s Argan? Do you like the idea of a Body Conditioner?

My New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not usually one for resolutions, but there are some specific main things I want to accomplish this year, some easier, some very difficult, but I’m determined to make the effort for the WHOLE year, not just January. Also, I don’t usually share my goals with people, so posting this makes me a bit nervous, but here we go.

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1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week. 

This one of those little beauty tasks that is easy, but somehow I always put it off.

2. Write at least 3 pages a week.

I used to love creative writing in high school, but during university I fell out of the habit and I would love to get back into it. The pages can be on the computer, or just in a journal, on any topic or project.

3. Read one book a month

I already read a lot, but I’d just like to be more consistent about it.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

Here’s the big one. Now, I know losing weight is one of the most popular and also most commonly failed resolutions, and it’s not as though I haven’t tried before, but I realized a couple weeks ago that it is now or never for me. I’m not getting any younger, and I’m not getting any healthier and I need to establish better habits now before my bad ones become lifelong bad habits. I won’t go too much into what led me to this point, but I will say that I know enough of nutrition and fitness to know that crash diets and extreme exercise are not the way for me. The following list isn’t exhaustive, but these are some of the guidelines I will be following to help me and they will evolve over the year. But this is where I’m starting:

  • Walk every day for at least 25 min
  • Eat (mostly) unprocessed, home cooked dinner every night including 2 vegetarian dinners per week.
  • Try not to eat processed/preserved meat
  • Only one slice of bread a day (or 1 english muffin, 1 pita, 1/2 bagel, etc.)
  • Eat more whole, unprocessed grains (oatmeal, barley, spelt, quinoa, etc.)
  • Only 1 oz of cheese a day / Always weigh cheese with food scale / Only buy light cheese
  • Don’t eat fast food (except subway or sushi on occasion)
  • Weigh once a week
  • Don’t eat in front of the computer unless its fruit/vegetables (i.e. eat meals and snacks at the table, if something must be munched on whilst watching a show – make it fruit or veg)
  • Don’t keep chips, candy or sweets in the house and don’t go looking for them (i.e. if I know the bf has bought some snacks and put them away, don’t search them out.)

If I stick to this list, and put my knowledge of nutrition, calories and cooking to work, I will defeat my worst food and inactivity habits.

5. Make a monthly blog post about how my resolutions are going and what I have done to work towards them.

So you all can keep me accountable 🙂

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they?

December 2013 Favourites!

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My favourites this month sort of fall into two categories: things to look sparkly and pretty for holiday parties and things to cuddle up with or protect against the winter cold.

1. Soap & Glory Glow Lotion – This is a really nice shimmery lotion to get your winter skin looking lovely for parties or date night and it smells awesome. I wore it a lot when I was around 18/19 so it’s very nostalgic for me.

2. Maybelline Color Elixir in Mauve Mystique – I’m in love with purple lip colours because they tend to look nice with my pale, cool skin tone, and this one is great. It’s somewhat sheer, but there is still a good colour payoff and I think it looks best after it’s been on for about half an hour.

3. Essie luxeffects topcoat in Set in Stones – I’ve basically worn this for two months straight and written about it here and here. Because if you can’t wear sparkly silver nail polish around Christmas, when can you?

4. Got2B Smooth Satin Drops – This is a really nice smoothing hair serum that makes your hair look incredibly shiny and healthy and I’ve been using it this month whenever my hair looks dull or just not sleek enough. I like to braid my hair at night and then wear it wavy the next day and this is great for making the waves look shiny and defined rather than a bit fluffy. I concentrate most of it on the bottom half of my hair and use anything left over to smooth flyaways on top of my head.

5. C.O. Bigalow Rose Salve – Rose salve is a life saver for the dry lips that come with cold whether and central heating. I put this on my lips every night, but before I bought the Crabtree and Evelyn cuticle oil, I used this on my cuticles every night too. When I got a bad head cold earlier this month I also used this to soothe the chapped skin around my nose.

6. Crabtree & Evelyn Cuticle Oil Pen- My cuticles have been really bad this month, but this oil has helped a lot. I put it on before bed. It has a nice brush tip aplicator and the oil is fairly dry, so it won’t get all over everything and it sinks in nicely. It also has a really pleasant fresh smell.

7. The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series by Charlaine Harris – This is the book series that the show True Blood is based on, and they are fantastic for a quick, light, entertaining read. Sookie, the main character is very likeable, her love interests are sexy as hell and the plots are interesting enough and well paced. Perfect for holiday reading.

8. Beige plaid scarf – I love this scarf! I got it at Old Navy in November and I have been wearing it non-stop. It goes with just about everything and it’s huge and very soft.

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Another favourite of mine in this picture:

9. SNOW! It snowed before Christmas and I got all excited…

10. Pinterest! I couldn’t get enough of pinning Christmas recipes, cold-weather fashion and festive decor. Check out my pins!

Finally, I leave you with a picture that pretty much sums up my Christmas, and favourite bits of December in general: Sleepy Christmas Cat!

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Slightly Festive Nails

So this is a bit of an odd combination, but I thought I would wear Essie’s Lilacism with OPI’s Goldeneye as an accent nail and I really like how it turned out. Goldeneye is so bold and eye catching, and Lilacism is so subtle and feminine, I think they make a really unusual and cool combo for this time of year.

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What do you think of this combination? Is it interesting or does it clash?

Lovely scented lotions (Gift Guide)

This is a round-up of some of my favourite scented lotions. There is quite a variety so if you want to give someone a lovely pampering present for Christmas, these would be great. Many of the scents are also available in other forms (body wash, body mist, perfume, etc) so you could give a nice set to someone on your list!

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The Luxurious Spa one: The Fig Leaf & Sage body lotion from Kiehl’s ($30.00) is perfect for someone who likes somewhat unusual scents and who wants their lotion to be serious about moisturizing. To me, this smells exactly like fresh beeswax with an undertone of spicy sage. The scent mellows and fades a bit, but it does last quite a long time. It can smell very much like natural coconut when you first put it on, but it mellows out nicely. It has a thin consistency that sinks into the skin well. This one is the best out of the group at softening skin; it moisturizes extremely well! I would recommend this for someone who likes natural scents and needs (or appreciates) a serious moisturizer. If you still want the skin softening benefits but want a slightly more traditional scent, the Vanilla & Cedarwood is also very nice.

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The Classic One: Japanese Cherry Blossom ($12.50) from Bath & Body Works is a great everyday, feminine lotion. It smells delightfully floral and mellows to a nice, almost baby powder and flowers scent. The scent lasts very well. It is not too “little girl”, nor would I say that it is something only an older woman would wear. I honestly think this could suit anyone who likes quite a feminine scent. The consistency is not liquid-y, and it is not overly thick. It does a good job moisturizing the skin and sinks in well.

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The Fresh One: Sea Island Cotton from Bath & Body Works ($12.50) is a beautiful, uplifting, fresh scent. Perfect for people who adore light, clean scents. The smell is reminiscent of clean cotton and an ocean breeze. This scent will be with you all day. I think this might be better for a younger woman, but not necessarily. While the Bath & Body Works lotions are fairly inexpensive, they don’t smell “cheap” at all.

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The Sophisticated One: Summer Hill from Crabtree & Evelyn (~$28.00) is utterly sophisticated and utterly feminine. This is a sweet, grown-up floral scent. Light and flirty, I think this would be great for a wide variety of ages, as long as they love girly, upscale scents. And the scent lasts and lasts. I appreciate that this comes with a pump and the design is minimalist. This lotion does an excellent job of moisturizing and the texture is silky and relatively thin in consistency.

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The Holiday One: The Ginger Sparkle Body Butter from The Body Shop ($20.00) is a scrumptious, Christmassy scent for anyone who loves ginger. The packaging, while cute, is a bit misleading. This does NOT smell like gingerbread, but instead like beautiful, fresh, sweet, spicy ginger. I could smell this all day, it is so lovely. Who doesn’t want to smell like warm, spicy ginger for the holidays? The consistency is thick, but not waxy or hard and it does tend to leave a bit of a protective layer on the skin (i.e. it doesn’t sink in 100%, but it also doesn’t feel like a residue or anything sticky). The scent fades to just a hint of warm spiciness fairly quickly – within a few hours. I adore this body butter! If you like the smell of ginger, you will LOVE this lotion.

What are your favourite scented lotions? Will you be getting anyone on your Christmas list a scented body lotion or body care set?

Craft Fair Finds

Craft fairs are one of my favourite things about the lead up to Christmas. You can find amazing (often) local artists. I happened upon Raven’s Rest Studio and was in love with pretty much everything at the booth, so I picked up a few little pieces. Jennifer Conway makes cards, jewelry, magnets, keychains and the like and they are just so cool. I had to have the necklace above, although I had a tough time choosing between that one and another. I also grabbed a couple of cards. I love the vintage photos on them and the words are just so…for lack of a better term, sassy. Ha.

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Raven’s Rest Studio has an Etsy shop with a small selection of pieces. I hope more of the jewelry gets listed there, because I could probably buy a few more things…

Do you like going to craft fairs in the fall?

Glam Winter Nails

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I love dark nails for the winter; they are so dramatic. And dark red can be a bit predictable so I think dark purple or even black can look very cool and interesting. Also, a bit of sparkle never hurt anyone.

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This is OPI’s Lincoln Park after Dark (mini size from Best of the Best collection) and Essie’s Set in Stones Luxeffect topcoat.