Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo


I have tried dry shampoo in the past but not the Dove brand. I like to flat iron my hair and not wash my hair for a few days so I can keep my flat ironed style. On the days I don't wash my hair, I use a dry shampoo to prevent my hair from looking oily and greasy.

This dry shampoo sprays easily from the can and is quite powerful. I did find that if I sprayed too close to my hair that I end up with a white residue ( I have dark blonde hair). I guess that happened to me as my sister told me parts of my hair looked white! So spraying a distance from the hair will prevent the white residue.

The dry shampoo kept my hair feeling fresh and clean and helped to prevent any greasy look. I did find that where I sprayed the dry shampoo that my hair felt a little dry and “crunchy” and it was not soft and smooth like the rest of my hair. Despite this fact I would still recommend this dry shampoo for in between washes. I would also purchase it in the future as Dove is an affordable brand and even more so when it comes on sale.

I received this product free of charge from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste



I have tried Arm & Hammer toothpastes in the past and have found some of them to be pasty and chalky probably due to the addition of baking soda.  This toothpaste however was nothing like that.  This toothpaste is smooth and very minty.

This toothpaste claims to reveal a radiant smile in just 5 days.  I didn't think it did this for me but after just one use my sister commented on how white my teeth looked so perhaps this toothpaste really made my teeth shiny and sparkly after all!

The paste comes out the tube easily but I would have preferred a flip cap instead of a screw off top.  I just find flip caps much easier to use and they don't roll away.

I love the deep cleaning sensation this toothpaste gave me and how fresh it made my breath.  I really felt that my teeth were clean and my breath stayed fresh much longer compared to using my usual toothpaste.  It was so powerful in fact that it left my lips feeling tingly!

Overall, this is a toothpaste I would continue to use, would purchase in the future and would recommend 100% to others.



I received this toothpaste free of charge from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Cake



This week we celebrated my mom's birthday.  In keeping with my theme of making rose birthday cakes, I made this lavender rose cake for my mom.  Happy Birthday Mom!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy 150th Canada!


Today we celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!  What a blessing it is to live in Canada.  We are truly a blessed nation!  In honour of our great Country and this special birthday, I did a DIY pedicure with some red and white nail polish and a maple leaf vinyl sticker.  It was fun to create! Happy Canada Day!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer



I use moisturizer on a daily basis so have used many brands over the years. I must say this Garnier moisturizer is one of my favourites thus far! I like that this product has a pump as it makes application easy. The consistency of the moisturizer is perfect. It is a lotion but it's not too runny. It absorbs quickly and easily into the skin and is non-greasy. It is nicely fragranced with what I would call a green tea scent.

This moisturizer does have an SPF 15 in it which is great if you're like me and wouldn't bother to apply a separate SPF on top of your moisturizer.

Within a few uses of this moisturizer I noticed how soft and smooth my skin was becoming. It made for an excellent base on which to put my foundation. I have noticed just a slight increase in the radiance and brightness in my skin. Hopefully with continued use I will see more of this benefit.

I do have oily and very acne prone skin and this moisturizer did not make my skin any oilier than usual nor did it cause any increase in breakouts. This is a moisturizer I would happily switch to and recommend to others. I do find the price high for a drug store moisturizer and thus would only purchase it if it were on sale.

I received this product free of charge from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dove Style + Care Hairspray



I use hairspray on a daily basis on my bangs to keep them plumped up and out of my eyes. I first noticed how powerful the trigger on this hairspray is. Just one little touch sprayed out a powerful fine mist. Some hairsprays take a lot of pressure on the trigger to get anything to come out. I was pleasantly surprised at how little effort it took to release the product.

This hairspray gives a firm hold. It held my style perfectly in place without having to touch up during the day. My hair didn't feel sticky or tacky using this hairspray. This is definitely a product I will continue to use and wouldn't hesitate to purchase it in the future.


I received this product free of charge from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

I love lemon poppy seed muffins and decided to make these muffins with orange zest and juice instead.  The result is a tender, moist, orange flavoured muffin.  Perfect for an afternoon snack!



Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
zest of one orange
juice of half an orange
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
1.  In a bowl combine the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, orange zest and juice and poppy seeds.

2.  In another bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda.

3.   Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients, alternating with sour cream.

4.  Scoop mixture into prepared muffin cups.

5.  Bake for approx. 20 minutes at 400F.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water



I have never tried a micellar water so I didn't really know what to expect from this product. As the label suggests, it removes make up and cleanses the skin. I used this water on a cotton pad to remove my make up and it did a really good job. It took about 3 pads to get most of the foundation off my face and about one pad to remove my mascara.

This micellar water did not leave a sticky residue like sometimes happens when I use a pre-moistened cleansing cloth. However, I have a skin care regimen in the evening after removing my make up that involves exfoliating my skin and then cleansing with a foam cleanser. I felt like I needed to continue this routine to get my skin completely clean. I do have very acne prone skin and I just felt like the micellar water, even though it claims to cleanse as well, was not enough for my skin.

I could see skipping my additional cleansing routine if I had a late night and only wanted to remove my make up. This would be the perfect product for that purpose. I do like using this in the morning after I wake up as I have no make up to remove. It serves as the perfect cleanser and toner for me.

Overall, I do see value in the product and like that it comes in a large 400ml format which will last a long time. I would recommend this product to others and would consider purchasing it in the future at a sale price.

I received this product free of charge from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review.




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Rosette Cake


I've seen cakes decorated in roses and decided to try this technique myself.  It was very simple to do and really elevates a basic cake.  I'm loving the results!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Rag Quilt Series


This is the final post in my Rag Quilt Series.  This is the most recent rag quilt that I made.  It didn't turn out as I anticipated because I wanted to do a "around the world" pattern but it didn't work out.  Nonetheless, I like this quilt as it is neutral and matches with everything.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Rag Quilt Series


My second rag quilt I made this winter.  This one is probably my favourite as I love the colour combination of the grey and burgundy.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Rag Quilt Series


I have been enjoying making rag quilts this winter so I decided to do a rag quilt series for the next three weeks of Wordless Wednesday.

This is my first attempt at a rag quilt.  It just needs to be washed and dried so it will "rag" up.

Friday, January 27, 2017

John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Collection


Shampoo

The Claims
  • Instantly restores hair and prevents the appearance of future damage
  • Formulated with anti-damage technology, this shampoo gently cleanses and restores hair while fortifying the fibres with the support distressed hair needs to resist future damage
  • After just 1 use, hair is visibly healthy, strengthened and nourished
My Thoughts
   This shampoo has a nice consistency. It lathers well in the hair and rinses off completely.  It has a light fragrance maybe a bit like a floral perfume.  After just one use of the shampoo I found that it didn't live up to its claims.  My hair actually felt drier than usual and thus frizzier.  My hair was also dull and lacking shine.

After having used the shampoo for a week, I have a better opinion of this product.  My hair was less dry compared to the first use and softer.  I also experienced less breakage of my hair.


Conditioner

The Claims
  • Instantly restores and prevents the appearance of future damage
  • Formulated with targeted anti-damage technology, this conditioner provides superior conditioning and instantly restores while fortifying the hair to prevent the appearance of future damage
  • Hair is visibly healthy and strengthened after just 1 use
My Thoughts
   This conditioner has a really nice consistency.  It has a stronger fragrance than the shampoo but is not overpowering.  It is somewhat thicker than the previous brand I was using.  It spreads easily on the hair and my hair felt soft while it was on.  It rinses well from the hair.  

After one use I did not find I had visibly healthy and strengthened hair.  My hair actually felt and looked worse compared to the brand I stopped using to test this John Frieda collection.  My hair was dry, frizzy and lacking luster.   

After using the conditioner for one week, my hair is in better shape than it was after day one.  My hair is not as dry and is soft to the touch.  The frizz is also better controlled.  So, I guess the key is consistent use.


Deep Conditioner

The Claims
  • Returns seriously distressed hair to a healthy state
  • Intensely repairs and fortifies and resists future damage for 80% less breakage
  • This weekly treatment rescues hair leaving it touchable smooth and nourished in just 1 use
My Thoughts
   This deep conditioner is thick and creamy and spreads easily on the hair.  It has the same fragrance as the conditioner.  When I put the conditioner on my wet hair, I was able to run my fingers through my below shoulder length hair.  My hair was soft and less tangled than usual.  

After towel drying my hair, I used my usual pick comb to comb through my hair.  My hair was much less tangled than usual and the comb went through my hair relatively easily.  After combing my wet hair, I usually have a number of loose hairs on my comb. This time I only had about one hair!  Amazing!

I must say this conditioner lives up to its claim of leaving hair touchably smooth and nourished after one use.  I would also say I had less breakage using this deep conditioner too.  Although this is a weekly treatment, I would be tempted to use it every day.

Overall, I loved this deep conditioner.  The product comes in a tub with a screw off top.  I would find this product easier to use in the shower if it came in a tube format like the shampoo and conditioner. Nonetheless, it is the product inside that counts and it works regardless of the packaging.


Final Thoughts
 While I didn't love the shampoo and conditioner, I did end up liking it better after one week of use.  I probably wouldn't purchase these products as I feel there are better products for my hair that are half the price.

As for the deep conditioner, I loved it!  I loved how soft and silky my hair felt.  This is a product I would continue to use for sure.




I received these products free of charge for testing purposes courtesy of Glam Sense.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Woes


This is the view outside my kitchen window today.  We are having a good old-fashioned winter storm today.  I think I'll move to a warmer climate!!