New Products!

Hey everyone!!

It’s been a busy month, but I currently have extra time on my hands, so I am pretty much back! haha.

I went to Florida on a last minute deal at the beginning of the month – it was SO much fun, cheap and sporadic, I would go again in a heartbeat and I will be going to Washington D.C. to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play mid March, so I’ll probably do a combined post about that with pictures!

Now onto the post:

Over the last couple months for my skin I’ve been using the Michael Todd True organics skin care line and it worked pretty well. I liked it because it’s 97% organic, however I had a couple cons to go along with it- though it was no where near as bad as in the past, I would still breakout, I’d have to order it online, and the shipping time would vary – so it might come in a couple days one time, and 2 weeks the next. So after doing some research, I’ve decided to switch over to the Kate Somerville line.

Now for the exciting (to me) news!

Along with switching to Kate Somerville, I’ve decided to invest in some other skin care products I’ve never tried, but heard amazing things about!

 

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The first one being ClarisonicIf you haven’t heard of it, it’s apparently AMAZING, especially if you have skin like mine (acne prone) or if you just want to make your skin glow. I’ve only used it twice so far, and have taken before pictures (so the review WILL come!) I’ll give it a couple weeks, because apparently skin goes through a purging faze, where it breaks out pretty badly for a couple weeks, so once it goes through that (I’ll take pictures as well) I’ll review it. So far, I like how my clean my skin feels after using it.

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The second product (that I just ordered today, so I have NOT tried it yet) is the PMD (Personal Micro Derm System) I am SO excited to try it, as I have heard amazing things about it. As I mentioned before in my skin care post, I used to have reallllllly bad acne, which has left my skin with scarring as well as a very uneven skin texture (has sort of what I call, divots), which this device should help with. So I’m VERY excited to try that!

I’ve linked to the websites and pictures to the devices I personally purchased, I’d say I’ll probably have my review up by the end of march!

 

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you’ve tried any of the products, please let me know you’re experience and if you liked them!

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Chickpea Salad!!

Yesterday my friend and I made his Grandma’s chickpea salad recipe, and it turned out well!! Here is the recipe! (We quadrupled the recipe, but this is the standard recipe)

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 19 oz can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)

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Juice of 1 lemon

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3 large cloves of garlic minced

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2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

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3 tbsp. EACH chopped basil leaves & chopped flat leaf parsley

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1/2 a cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese

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Coarse kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients, toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper (you may also add some hot sauce to taste for an extra kick)

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Tea Hee

Hey Guys!

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than curling up and watching T.V. with a hot cup of tea! (In the summer I pour it on ice). So I thought I’d create a “favourites” list of a couple of my favourite flavours from David’s Tea!

*click on the picture to the website*

Fall/Winter

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.45.00 AMOne of my favourite flavours – this black tea has a hint of cinnamon and shimmers and sparkles with the gold and silver sugar crystals!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.53.39 AMIf you love vanilla, this flavour is for you – it tastes and smells JUST like vanilla! Soothing after a stressful day, you can even sweeten it with honey or stevia :)

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.57.19 AMWhen I feel like I’m coming down with something, or if I’m already sick, this is my ultimate go to! (even if I’m neither) this tea is soothing (especially with honey) and LOADED with vitamin C!! Some of my friends aren’t a fan of it, like anything, it might not be for everyone. But if you’re willing to do anything to help your illness along…. take this into consideration!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 1.03.15 AMThis tea is perfect if you are craving chocolate and/or sweets. It tastes like chocolate covered raspberries – so perfect on a cold rainy or snowy day! SO good!

Spring/ Summer

These are just the flavours I like as “Iced Tea” but you most definitely can have them hot or cold – all year round!

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This one is great cold – but also SO good hot! If served hot (with honey or agave) it tastes JUST like a strawberry rhubarb pie! Cold – it tastes like a strawberry drink – very refreshing!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 1.11.43 AMThis tea is perfect for a hot day! Cool over ice, this tea is infused with peach and pineapple flavour! Perfect on the run, or sipping by the pool!

*Not pictured is one that is also perfect for summer (probably why it’s usually only available around the summer time) is “Tropicalia”. This tea tastes exactly  like a Pina Colada!*

These are just a couple of my favourite flavours, my mom would tell you I have way too much tea, but regardless if you choose to try any of these; stop in and even just smell a couple tea’s and find your flavour!

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Road Trippin’ ♡

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2 years ago, one of my best friends, Dani and I wen’t on what we called our “TLC” road trip. The plan: visit all the popular TLC show states… we had to cut some out, but we settled on Washington DC (DC Cupcakes), New York (Say Yes To The Dress – though we never ended up there) & New Jersey (Cake Boss). We hit minor bumps along the way, but all in all, it’s a trip I will NEVER forget; the things we experienced and memories we made will be with me forever.

A month before we were set to go, we sat down and decided where & what we wanted to do. We decided rather than spend a lot of money on hotel we wouldn’t spend much time in, we opted to stay in hostels. This turned out to be perfect – they were clean and secure. (Note the key I have on my wrist.. it’s for the lock for my locker.)

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Starting at 4 am Monday June 13th, we headed for Washington! It was about a 9 hour drive – stopping along the way to get breakfast in “Dansville” at a McDonalds that was beside their city airport, getting lunch in a small town (can’t remember where), and to get Dani a prepaid cell phone ( I had added a states package onto my existing phone).

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Once we got there, we checked in, unpacked and were on our way – we wanted to see AS MUCH as we could in 4 days! In those 4 days we went everywhere:

  • Smithsonian
  • Lincoln Memorial (reflecting pool under construction)
  • Capitol Building
  • National Aquarium (I find “Big Al’s” store more entertaining with more fish and it’s free)
  • Arlington
  • Pentagon
  • Washington Monument
  • Georgetown
  • White House (obviously)
  • Mount Vernon (George Washington’s plantation)

I am probably forgetting a couple of things, it was a busy 4 days. Though we had a car, we only drove to Arlington and Mount Veron – everywhere else, we walked and walked, when we were too tired to walk any more – we rented bikes.

After visiting Arlington, we went to Georgetown to pay a visit to Georgetown Cupcakes. To this day – these are still the best cupcakes I have EVER had! ( So good in fact; Dani, Janine and I did what we called a “Micro Road Trip”. We drove 9 hours there and back in 24 hours to get cupcakes – for my mom for Christmas.) Still one of the craziest things we’ve ever done along with some crazy stories! * I’ll be posting about that trip soon*

If you go to Georgetown, stop by for an amazing bite of heaven!

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Our drive to New York was a little less than perfect. Our GPS had “avoid tolls” programmed, so apparently, the only way to get to NY was to go back through Canada and around – making a 4 hour drive 16 hours. Luckily Dani realized something was very wrong about 4 hours and 20 minutes in. I should probably mention we planned to arrive 3 hours before my tattoo appointment – we were now cutting it CLOSE. Back on track, we made it to the lincoln tunnel (in rush hour) – we now had an hour and a half until my appointment. A left, right and another left turn led us to being selected (at random) to be pulled over for some sort of ID check – we weren’t catching any breaks. We made it to the YMCA hostel about 45 minutes before my appointment, checked in and then we were rushing to figure out where we were going. Needless to say – it worked out in the end.

We did as much as we could in New York (we had previously been there so we did things we hadn’t before):

  • Got my tattoo
  • Dani got her hair done
  • Went to Chinatown
  • Went to Soho
  • 4 hour walk around Central Park
  • Went to the Central Park Zoo
  • Battery Park
  • Saw MIB 3 being filmed (more about that, down below)
  • Went to Carlo’s Bakery (In NJ, just including it here)
  • WALKED … A LOT

On one of our last days in NY, we decided we’d try to go to see the Statue of Liberty (unfortunately, we had missed the last ferry of the day). While walking, I had just finished saying how I was surprised we hadn’t seen any celebrities – as NY is second to LA for celebrity sightings. When we noticed a lot of old cars, a blocked off road, and cameras… it was the MIB set!

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We watched for about an hour and a half – because it was the first time either of us had seen a movie set – we ended up leaving because it was getting dark and we had no idea where we were going.

We saw a lot of interesting people and things, I couldn’t have asked for a better trip with anyone else! ♡

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Tips for your road trip:

  • Get an oil change before you go
  • Budget gas (average price, how far you’re going to go, how far you can get on a tank of gas)
  • PLAN ahead! (what you’re going to do, costs involved, where you’re going to stay, restaurants etc)
  • TELL YOUR BANK (make sure your bank knows where you’re going and takes off any withdrawal limits)
  • Double check before you leave! (I forgot some accessories in one of the lockers…)
  • Take an emergency car kit! (You never know)

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Friday Haul

Hey guys! Sorry this post is so late, I was out with my mom most of the day; which is why I’ll be posting what I ended up getting today. It’s not a lot but I thought I’d share!

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From Bath & Body Works, I purchased “Marshmallow Fireside” and “Vanilla Snowflake”. Vanilla Snowflake was one of my favourite scents from last winter, these are light but warm scents. Marshmallow Fireside smells just like it sounds, the Vanilla Snowflake smells like Vanilla with a hint of light mint.

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The Moroccan Oil paddle brush is one of my favourite items, my last one lasted about 3 or 4 years, Made from ionic properties, this brush cuts down drying time/ static and frizz and comes with a hair parting tool at the bottom (the orange bit can be taken out)

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Knit Sweater is from H&M : $17.95

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Knit Sweater from H&M: $17.95

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Woven Beige Skull Skirt (Final Sale): $11.25 (after 25% sale item discount)

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend ♡

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Style it!

If I were ever stranded on an island… 2 of the 3 items on the list would HAVE to be with me. Okay, they wouldn’t HAVE to be but if my hair dries naturally, it resembles a cross between a poodle and mop.

So my list of favourite hair tools are listed below! (I am confident, if you try them, you’ll love them!)
Don’t forget – Christmas is right around the corner ;)

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1. Hair Dryer:

T3 Featherweight 2

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This dryer is so quiet and light weight. The day I switched over from my old dryer to this one, I got so many compliments on my hair; it was softer and shinier.

2. Straightener:

GHD Gold Professional 1 inch Styler

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Gold ceramic plates – giving you a smooth sleek style. If you’re like me, the auto shut off comes in VERY handy!

Curling Wand:

AMIKA:  4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set

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This curling iron makes curling my hair a breeze! This set comes with a glove along with a digital temperature adjustment, so you can make it as hot as you want! This curling iron is so great, the curls stay intact until the next day – without falling.

Whether you are looking for yourself or someone else, these 3 products should definitely be considered!

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