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A couple years ago I got a really bad sunburn. I looked like a classic red lobster, and it hurt. Real Bad! Enter Burt’s Bees, Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother!

Description: After a long day in the sun, your skin needs some extra attention. This intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion is packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract to calm skin. Coconut oil, bee pollen and glycerin nourish your skin and help replenish its natural moisture. Your sun-kissed skin will feel revived, soft and healthy-looking, naturally.

A little bit of history on this product from me and my experiences: As I just mentioned I stumbled upon this product a couple of years ago when I had a really bad burn, and I didn’t feel like Aloe was going to do much for me.  When I say bad, it probably isn’t as bad as some peoples sunburns because it didn’t blister my skin, but it was super red and super painful. I was researching online how to get rid of a sunburn quickly and I read that one should “let the heat out of the burn” by taking a warm shower or warm bath. By doing so, you open up your pores with the warm water letting the “heat out” of the skin. Ever wonder why your sunburns always feel so hot? This is why, and apparently if you let the heat out it helps it heal a lot quicker.

So I was a bit skeptical, but I gave it a try. Then I put some Aloe on. While at Walmart the same night I came across this stuff. At $14.99 it was a kind of expensive buy, but I gave it a shot and boy am I glad that I did! I slathered this stuff on me when I got home, then again before I went to bed. I woke up the next morning and it was like magically overnight my burn had turned into this beautiful tan!! I couldn’t believe it! I went from lobster red to beautifully bronzed!! I don’t recommend burning on purpose then using this product but this lotion has become a summer essential for me ever since!

I thought about doing this post because yesterday I got a little bit too much sun. I totally forgot that you continue to tan when you are inside for the next couple of hours, even if you are not in the sun. So even though I came inside not burned, by the late evening I was burned.. so I pulled out this life saver. Its now 9:00am the next day, and my burn is gone! I know I’ve used this product before but it never fails to surprise me in how well it works!

All in all? To get rid of a sunburn overnight? Take a warm bath or shower to let the heat out of the burn, then slather this stuff on once you get out of the bath/shower. Let it soak in for a couple hours, then re apply before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning? Bam! No sunburn!!! I would recommend this lotion to anyone with a burn anytime!

xoxo

Caitlin

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Hello Everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂

Today I will review the following Mattifying Moisturizers. Garnier, Long-Last Shine Control Moisturizer, and Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer.

Left: Garnier/ Right: 10.0.6

Both moisturizers are “made” to be for oily skin. The Garnier does not claim to be oil free while the 10.0.6 moisturizer says that it is. The Garnier moisturizer has a light cucumber fresh like scent, while the 10.0.6 moisturizer has little to no scent. I live in Canada, and was able to purchase the Garnier moisturizer at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. I wanted to get it at Walmart, as they do carry Garnier products, but I didn’t see it there. I bought the 10.0.6 moisturizer at Walmart. Both I do believe were under $13.00. I cannot remember the exact prices.

As you can see from the photo above, I rubbed them in to show what they look like when rubbed for a minute of so. I found through my testing period that the Garnier moisturizer soaked into the skin and left a more matte finish. The 10.0.6 formula didn’t soak in quite the same. It takes a lot longer than the Garnier and didn’t leave a matte finish at all in my testing. My skin is very oily, especially in the summer time so I was on the hunt! The 10.0.6 formula didn’t seem mattifying at all.I gave up on trying to rub it all in because the Garnier took less time. I wanted to show that I rubbed for the same amount of time for each side.

In terms of actual moisturization, I found that the Garnier one didn’t moisturize as well as the 10.0.6. But I would contribute that to the fact that the Garnier one left more of a matte finish, whereas the more moisturizing 10.0.6 did not. The 10.0.6 makes a nice moisturizer, which is good if you have oily skin because its not too moisturizing, but it is a light every day type of product. Definitely doesn’t mattify, but isn’t too heavy either.

I am a foundation girl through and through. Everyday I wear it, except for Sundays because that is my day off to let my skin breathe. I did find that the Garnier formula was so mattefying that my foundation did not blend as easily as it normally does. I did find this a bit frustrating but something that I could get over. Throughout the day I felt like my skin was oily, but every time I checked in the mirror my skin wasn’t the slightest bit. I think that my foundation perhaps was too heavy of coverage at the time, (I’m using something else now) making me feel like I had a lot of product on my face.

Final Verdict?

If I had to recommend one of these products, it would be the Garnier. It did the job in living up to its mattifying claims and held up throughout the day on my super oily skin.If you’re looking for something to help with the oil under your foundation during the summer then this is the one for you! It also makes a great foundation primer if you choose to wear your normal moisturizer underneath it as it isn’t really that great of a moisturizer on its own.

The 10.0.6 makes a good everyday light moisturizer, but it does not do well as a mattifying moisturizer. For something that does not live up to its claims, but is a nice moisturizer I would recommend that you use a moisturizer that you love, rather than pick this one up.

Well thats all folks! I took pictures of a couple products that I picked up at the store today that I will post later on in the week.

Talk to you all soon

xoxo

Caitlin

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Today is a very special day for Shannon. Today is the day that she officially graduates from university with a BSc in Psychology!!! She officially was done school in January, but today’s the day that she puts on her cap n’ gown and collects that scroll!

I’ve sat through my oldest sisters convocation before, and let me just say, sitting in a gym for two hours can be a bit boring.. but none the less I will bring some form of quiet entertainment, and make sure to scream her name very loudly when she walks onto that stage!

Congrats Shann! The entire family is very proud of you 🙂

xoxo

Caitlin

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Hello Everyone, Caitlin here.

This morning while I was taking a shower, I decided that when I got out I was going to do a bit of a different post than usual. A health related post. Almost 9 hours later, I find myself in the bath tub, with my computer resting on the side (not very safe, please do not attempt at home) wanting to actually sit down and write one. What is it about the bathroom that makes me want to talk about fitness?

Anyway, I wanted to share something with you all that is very close to home for me. Last summer, (2010) I was living in Vancouver, working at a dental office and eating takeout everyday. I had coffee twice a day (lattes) and a rice crispy or cookie every afternoon. Not the best eating habits in the world is what I am trying to get at. In my defense, I have to say that I was living at my boyfriends house, and was not buying my own groceries. Yes, I could have. But I didn’t, leaving me with not many lunch choices. So my sister and I (who worked in the same office, not Shannon but my oldest sister) ate out a lot. Eventually, I found myself 15 pounds heavier than normal. My summer clothes just weren’t fitting properly, and I was all pasty white because I was inside from 7:30am-6:00pm. Everyone knows that a little fake tanner, or a bit of a natural tan makes us look and feel better, or at least for me it does. So here I was, unhappy with myself, thinking that a walk every second day on the sea wall was going to make a difference, or the step class I was doing twice a week was going to help.. I needed more than that and I couldn’t believe how far I let myself go, how poorly I was treating my body.

In September I moved back up north with my boyfriend, and in October I decided that enough was enough. I needed to do a serious lifestyle change. So then I started to look up local gym rates. Maybe do a step class, or starting running on the treadmill or something. That’s when I realized that life is expensive! I’d been eating so poorly in Vancouver because I could. Because I didn’t have to pay rent, I wasn’t buying groceries.. life was so easy down there. Here was different. That’s when I found BodyRock.tv. Zuzana and Freddy (The couple that runs the site) are rapidly evolving how people work out. Its a free website that offers diet help, daily work out routines that include minimal exercise equipment, sometimes just your own body weight and inspiring stories about other Body Rockers who want to share their success stories. In November I was a full blown Body Rocker. I had converted. Never again would I step into a gym to work out. I was going to get into the best shape of my life, and do it all from my living room for free! Now, up north November-March/ April is winter. So I didn’t have the courage to step outside and run or anything because it was always so cold, and there was constantly three feet of snow on the ground. So having Zuzana and Freddy guide me along was great. You watch her do the workouts, and its amazing. I feel totally inspired when I see her workin’ it. The best thing about their workouts? They are never more than half an hour long! So its perfect for those of you who have a very busy life and can’t seem to fit in a workout. You don’t have to leave your house, and working out takes less than half an hour.

Zuzana and Freddy’s work outs are based mostly on interval training. The best form of exercise for blasting fat and toning up in a short amount of time. If you visit their site Bodyrock.tv you can read all about it.

Its now the end of May and I find myself 13 pounds lighter, and I feel great! I have moved to doing running outside now that the snow is all gone, but I alternate my workouts. I’ll run one day, then either do a Bodyrock workout or some pilates/yoga the next. I’ve completely changed the way I eat, and I have to say that I feel great. One of my favorite things about the website is the diet section. Zuzuana is always posting diet challenges that I find so interesting to read about . I try to make an effort to incorporate her diet challenges into my every day eating routine.

I’ve mentioned about my exercise routine, as for my diet? I’m a Pescetarian meaning that I am a vegetarian that eats fish on occasion. I started to eat fish when I was in Vancouver at my boyfriends house and learned that the only way I was going to survive was if I partook in the fish that the rest of the family was eating. Otherwise I was going to be eating sweet potatoes and grilled veggies for the rest of my life! I couldn’t bring myself to ask them to eat differently for me, so I adapted.I love my carbs, as most people do, but moderation is key. I eat 5 small meals a day, all of which include fresh fruits and veggies, and complete protein. For those of you who would like to learn more about eating 5 times a day check out Zuzana’s post :http://www.bodyrock.tv/2011/02/21/diet-challenge-2-eat-4-5-times-per-day/

There is also a post about including complete protein in our diets that you should check out if you’re interested.

I am in no way certified to be giving out personal training advice,and my workout routine and eating habits may not be suitable for all body types, but I just had to share the life changing experience that is Bodyrock.tv with the world! I have never felt better about myself, even though I think that I still have a long ways to go. I have also learned to accept my body a little bit more, rather than being so unhappy with it I’ve learned to accept the fact that in order for there to be change you have to make it happen. No one can change your life for you, you have to be the one to do it. I think that the most important thing to remember is to listen to your body, and know how it functions. I can tell you right now that Shannon is a total Yoga girl, shes into the stretching and toning through holding poses and that works for her! Keeps her the skinny minnie she is! I do enjoy it, but I need cardio, and the running also helps me clear my mind.

Let me know in the comments below if you visit their site. What your thoughts are and if you feel as inspired as I do when I visit the site!

Xoxo

Caitlin

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I went with Caitlin to the mall to check out LUSH’s new “Dirty” line. I didn’t see anything that really peaked my interest from their new line. I smelled the new fragrance and it’s very manly; I smelled like an “Italian Man” according to my sister hahaha. They might make nice gifts for the guy in your life or even your dad (since Father’s day is coming up next month!). I didn’t want to leave empty handed, so I decided to pick up the Hair Doctor. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any Hair Doctors left, but the AMAZING lady working there gave me one free since they couldn’t sell it because the expiry date was approaching soon.

Product Overview:

I was drawn to this hair mask because lately my scalp has been dry and somewhat irritated. I find using harsh shampoos leaves my scalp feeling this way. I have tried other lush hair masks in the past, and I do find them to be quite effective, and deliver on their promises of shinier, softer hair. This particular hair mask’s consistency seems thicker than the other LUSH hair masks and I suspect it might contain fresher ingredients as you have to keep it in the fridge similarly to their fresh face masks. The scent is kind of a herbal mint fragrance, which I don’t mind; for those of you who don’t like herbal scented products, I warn you that the fragrance does linger after washing and drying for at least another full day after use.

Application Process:

The product is kind of thick and makes your hair look and feel disgusting while on! haha but applying the mask to your hair is easy enough.  I made sure to focus on getting down to my scalp and then going over the rest of my hair more lightly. Then tied it up into a loose bun on top of my head. I have very long, medium-thick hair and I only required using half of the pot. The instructions recommend that people with long hair should use an entire pot, but I really don’t think it’s necessary. Furthermore, they suggest you leave it on for 20 minutes, but in my experience with LUSH hair masks, the longer the better! I kept mine on for a full hour, and by the end of that hour, the mask had become very dry and crispy on my hair.

Hair with Mask on

Results:

This is a pre-shampoo treatment. So in the shower, I rinsed off the product first and then followed with my usual shampoo and conditioner. Even without shampooing and conditioning, after rinsing my hair felt very silky and soft! The product rinsed out very clean and didn’t leave any greasy residue. Caitlin mentioned that my hair was even very shiny. As for my scalp being less dry and irritated, I believe it has helped a bit, or at least didn’t make it worse; which is good news for those of you who also have sensitive skin/scalp. I will use the other half of the mask in a couple days and see if I get the same results.

Hair after mask. I had blow dried my hair and brushed it.

Conclusion:

Overall, my initial impression of this product is that it is a very good hair mask. If you have the time to let it sit on your hair for longer than 20 minutes, I would definitely do so! This mask also drys on your hair, so I’m tempted to even try it over night. I would recommend this to people who have dandruff or dry scalp, but also to those whose hair needs some moisture! The only drawback is that some people may not enjoy the scent of this product.

Dirty Toothy Tabs

As Shannon previously stated, her and I made a trip to the local LUSH to check out the new Dirty line. I had been eying it up since it came out on the LUSH UK website a while back now. I worked at LUSH as a seasonal employee a couple of years ago. Let me just say, it was my dream job. All summer of 2009 I was in LOVE with the store. I even made my friend Kevin drive me up to Prince George a couple times just so that I could go and spend every dime I had. When I was offered a job there, it wasn’t because I had already handed in a resume, it was because I shopped there so often that they knew who I was. I had literally almost tried one of every product they had in the store if not more. I was thrilled during the interview when I realized that it wasn’t so much an interview, as much as it was “This is when you start” and “Here’s your training package” I also have to say, not only did I love the staff, but I loved that during training, you got to take home a large sample of each and every product so that you could try it at home and know as much as possible each and every item LUSH sells. Already having a large stash at home, these products only added to my collection. It wasn’t until Christmas that I received a box full of every single Christmas item that we were selling that year. Did I scream with excitement? You know it!! Anyway, since working there they have completely re-staffed the entire store. I heard that the main manager had quit to pursue another career, and after that all the employees quit! So they had to re-staff it. Since then, the store just isn’t the same. The sales employees are pushy, and all in your business. I mean I already know everything about the store, but I don’t dare tell them that. I just keep my cool and am polite as usual.

Anyway, enough about this, on to the reason I am doing this post! A review:

The one thing that truly caught my eye was the Dirty Tooth Tabs. I gave them a whirl today, and here are my thoughts:

The tabs are small as shown in the picture below. I didn’t actually take any pictures of the testing and I will let you know why in a moment. There 40 tabs per box, and the box costs $3.95. Not bad for almost a months worth of toothpaste if you use them twice a day. I am fond of the box, its recyclable as with almost all of LUSH’s packaging (if there is any) and you push off a casing to open and expose a tiny opening where you pull the tabs from.

The instructions say to place a tab between your two front teeth and start nibbling at it, so that you start to dissolve the tab. It then says that the tab is supposed to start to foam and that’s when you grab your wet toothbrush and start scrubbing away. Now, by default, the toothpaste tabs already smell like spearmint so I was assuming they would taste that way. I mean it was a pretty strong minty smell to begin with. Well people, I have to say that when I put it in my mouth and started to “nibble” it tasted like soap! It was horrible! I thought “okay, just finish using the tab and it’ll be over”. I carried on, brushing my teeth and after about a minute of brushing I couldn’t stand it anymore. I had to spit it out!! The taste of soap was overwhelming! After I spit it out it was grimy in my mouth, it felt gritty. Now I am not too sure if that is because I couldn’t actually finish brushing my teeth because I couldn’t get past the taste but needless to say it was not a very good experience. I brushed my teeth with my regular toothpaste afterwards so that I could get the horrible taste out of my mouth.

Final Verdict: I for one, do not enjoy the taste of soap in my mouth. To be honest, I mean it did come from a store that you can smell across the mall, so I’m not too sure if it is because the tabs came from a soapy smelling store or if that is actually the way that they are supposed to taste. In terms of actually cleaning your teeth I think that they would do a fine job if you can handle the taste. I like my mouth to feel fresh after brushing, and these just didn’t deliver for me. I will keep the box, and perhaps try them out again. If my findings are different once I have gotten used to using them I will report an update. For now however, I do not recommend them.

Cheers,

Shannon and Caitlin

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Whats In Our Bag?!

Hello Everyone!

Shannon and Caitlin here. For today’s post, we decided we would give you some insight into what we carry with us on a daily basis.

Ready?! Here we goo!

Shannons Purse! A Roots Village Tribe Leather Strap Bag. (? What a strange name) Here's a link to it online:

http://canada.roots.com/VillageBagVintageTribeLeather/rootsOriginalFlatBags//18019086,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherFlatBags&selectedColor=2400

 

Shannon’s contents (Clockwise):

Mirror, Carmex, The Body Shop Oil Blotting Sheets, Mini Floss, Kleenex, Wallet, Keys, Ipod Touch, Ear Plugs, Gosh “Darling” Lipstick and Eye drops.

My purse was a Christmas gift from my parents and I was so excited to receive it! I had been eyeing it up in the Roots store for months. I always carry these blotting sheets from The Body Shop for those times when my t-zone needs a touch up. They’re perfect for removing excess oil, but still leaves my makeup intact. I keep Darling lipstick with me because it’s a nice nude colour (i’m a huge fan of nude lips!) and I don’t have to be too finicky with the application, just swipe and go.  Why earplugs? They arn’t in my purse usually, but I guess they found their way into my purse somehow. I use them during the day if I’m sleeping before my night shifts!

Caitlins Purse:

I bought this bag from Winners, I LOVE their purse selection. I'm not too sure of a link for it though, or even what its called.

It's a Steve Madden though!

Caitlins Contents (Left to Right): Shopping list, Coach Wallet, The Body Shop Oil Blotting Sheets, Mini Wallet, Cell Phone, Kleenex, Viva La Juicy Roller Ball, Plastic Fork, Excel Gum, Nivea Touch Of Shimmer Lip Balm, Clinique “Black Honey” Almost Lipstick, Carmex, Dirty Toothpaste Tabs from Lush, Nail File and a little pouch with my Pandora bracelet in it.

I seem to always carry a lot more in my purse than I actually need. A lot of it I don’t even really use on a regular basis, but knowing that I have them on hand if I do need them is comforting.

So everyone, whats in your purse?

Thanks for reading!

Shannon and Caitlin

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Hi Everyone,

I (Caitlin) thought that I would do a post on what I’m wishing for this summer beauty products wise. I’ll also include a couple things that I have been using, that I think will become essentials for the summer season!

Here we go!:

This new edition for Benefit is something that I can't wait to get my hands on. It has the same consistency as the Posietint but it's a coral colour! Perfect for summer.

I've heard such great things about this foundation!! Sort of on the pricier side, hence why its on my wishlist 😛

This moisturizer changes colour to complement your skin, giving you very sheer coverage. I hear it works wonders.

I've always looked at this foundation when I'm in Shoppers Drug Mart, but part of me cannot shell the money out to purchase it just yet. Until then, it remains on my wishlist.

Every time I go to Sephora, I always look at this bronzer. It seems to be the perfect shade, with a beautiful sheen. Its a cult favourite!!

How can I explain this bag in three words? Classic, Timeless, and Expensive. It will remain on my wishlist for quite some time at its price.

Some Summer Essentials!:

Now for a Summer essential item. I picked a couple of these up for Shannon and I yesterday as its our favourite! Never have I had a lip balm moisturize the way this one does. We didn't think we could get in Canada, but I found it yesterday at Save On Foods for those of you who are wondering!

I mentioned this in my April Favourites post. It's still a staple in my every day makeup routine!

This blush is the perfect colour for summer. It's a nice pink coral clour, as the title suggests. I find that the shimmer is very fine, as opposed to NARS Orgasm, which I find has a little bit too big of glitter.

Everyone needs a good moisturizer to keep their tans glowing! This one is my favourite, and I have one of the jumbo sizes!

So that’s it folks! Please share in the comments below your summer wishlist and summer essentials!

Caitlin

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