Still Glowing With GliSODin

I survived the 14 day Detoxification with GliSODin Skin Nutrients!!! I wanted to follow their recommended eating guide so I cut alot of foods from my diet. And although I will continue eating healthy, it will be nice to add some of the “moderation” items back into a more frequent routine. A girl can only eat so much fish!!! I’m excited to now be able to eat more dairy (mmmm Greek Yogurt!!) and meat (Chicken breasts and hot sauce anyone?).

Now that my system is cleansed and ready for weight loss, I’m excited to start my second part of my journey!! I have much more to say about the Advanced Detoxification Formula (such as side effects, the best ways I found to make the shakes, how I switched up my eating routine to keep it fun, etc.) but you will have to wait until my big review at the end of the program!

Part two involves taking the Advanced Lymphatic Formula (twice a day, pill form) in combination with the Advanced Slimming Formula (once a day, shake form).
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The pills are super easy to take. I mean grab some water and swallow. The hardest part is actually remembering to take them!! You only take the Advanced Lymphatic Formula for 15 days (60 caps, 4 per day). From GliSODin:

The Advanced Lymphatic Formula was designed to assist lymphatic drainage and reduce swelling caused by fluid retention in the body. Containing ingredients such as burdock and artichoke, this formulation has purification properties that help to eliminate toxins. Acting as a “mini-cleanse,” the Advanced Lymphatic Formula helps clear congestion from the circulatory and lymphatic systems and can also alleviate excess water weight.

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I like to mix the Advanced Slimming Formula with a morning smoothie, multitasking – breakfast AND my skin nutrients all at once!! This product has a more chalky consistency (compared to the Advanced Detoxification Formula), which I find easiest to take when mixed with other ingredients. From GliSODin:

The Advanced Slimming Formula offers a complete system forhealthy weight loss and management. It is a safe and effective way to enhance the effects of body contouring technologies, and helps to maintain weight loss goals. Our unique system complements a healthy lifestyle, while providing beauty benefits such as an improved silhouette and a more toned physique.The Advanced Slimming Formula contains GliSODin®, which is clinically proven to neutralize the free radicals that cause oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress slows the body’s natural metabolism and immune system, which can lead to weight gain and metabolic syndrome.

Although I’m not getting any “body contouring” treatments, this program works to help boost anyone, man or woman, wanting to get in to shape! The Advanced Slimming Formula is to be taken once a day, for a minimum of 3 months (longer as needed) in combination with eating whole, nutrient rich foods. It is recommended that you do the Advanced Detoxification Formula first (as I did) to help make the most of the products!!

I’m seriously loving this program. It’s only been two weeks and I have already lost weight, I feel better on the inside, and I know I’m looking better on the outside!! If you are interested in learning more about GliSODin check out their website here or check them out on Twitter (@GliSODinSkin), Instagram (@glisodin_skin) or Facebook (GliSODin Skin Nutrients).

Beautifully Bohemian

Ipsy. I love ipsy. I love the themes. Love the monthly custom bags. Love the samples. Love the pink shiny mailer. If you are from the US, you love the $10 USD price and free shipping. If you are from Canada, the love ends at the pink mailer (with the current dollar, ipsy is about $20 CAD a month – $10 USD for the Glam Bag + $5 USD Shipping). Even for $20 CAD, I still find immense value in my bags. Ipsy will send 5 personalized beauty products each month with a mix of full size products and luxury samples. In addition to the items sent, ipsters can participate in the points system to earn more free products!! I have redeemed my points for 6 or so items already since I joined in July 2014. Ipsy also has giveaways monthly (US and Canada) and ipsyMe; deals to buy featured products (US only).

It’s no news that I was feeling Boohoo over my Boho Glam Bag from ipsy this April (Out of the loop? Click Here to catch up!). Pair that with the loads of ipsters who received their bag with multiple problems (I was supposed to receive 4 of the 5 troubled products), and it’s safe to say I was NOT excited for April. What happened to all of that ipsyLove?

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I was very happy to see that all of my products were in mint condition! My blush was in perfect condition, not a crumbly, hot pink mess. My face lotion was still completely sealed, not exploded (read below). My primer was mold-free (read below) and my lip tint was perfectly earthy (read below). My love for ipsy had quickly returned. I received some great products, and I can forgive for being excluded from the EA elite.

What I Got:

• Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango – This shade is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. It is a beautiful, bright, true pink. The blush applies evenly and is super buildable. It is so easy to customize the depth of the color. Plus, it is FULL size! The color lasts all day, especially with a good base/primer (I used Smashbox Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation Primer). This was the item that I was most excited for! With so many broken and crumbly blushes, I was elated to have mine in pristine condition. I might have only tried their blush and lipstick, I’m really loving Hikari Cosmetics.

• LATHER Ultra Light Face Lotion – This lotion is definitely light. I prefer a thicker creamier lotion, but if you like a light, quick absorbing feel, you will love this lotion. The scent was also light, not at all overwhelming. I will keep this for a spare lotion for travel or the gym. It is not my favorite facial moisturizer but it will definitely do in a pinch. I am very happy that my lotion arrived safe and sealed!! At least ipsy had a backup plan by putting the lotion in a separate bag. If you did receive an exploded lotion, at least it wouldn’t have leaked EVERYWHERE!
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• theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty – Initially, I was hoping to receive the copper shade (Fit) over the purple gold shade (Flirty). I’m actually very happy that I received Flirty. It is unlike any shade I currently own. It is gorgeous worn on it’s own, or used as a smokey eye with a pop. The shade is a beautiful hue for spring. It has the slightest hint of purple which accents other gold shadows perfectly. Kudos to ipsy for knowing what I would like better than I do!! The shadow didn’t crease on me and stayed beautiful all night. I had no problems with fall out and it blended like a dream, no chalky or powdery shadow here!! I love TheBalm products and this eyeshadow is no exception.

• MicaBeauty Eye Primer – Poor MicaBeauty was having a hell of a time with their Eye Primer this month. Tons of ipsters reported having mold in their product!! Yikes!!! Ipsy responded with this: “Mica Beauty has reported that the ipsy sample production was officially micro-tested and passed all inspections. No mold was found. The brand believes any blemishes appearing on the product are due to air bubbles rising to the surface, and is confident there is no health or safety risk in using their product”. I was worried. And once I received my product, I noticed that it had the dreaded green hued “spots” like so many others!! But I trust ipsy so I decided to do a little of my own investigating. I lightly poked one of the spots. It INSTANTLY “popped” leaving nothing green or moldy behind. You can see in my close up picture, exactly where the spot had been. My product had no off smell and no discoloration (after being popped). I truly believe that the “spots” are nothing more than air bubbles from when the product settled. If you received this primer, I urge you to try the “pop test” for yourself. As for the product itself, I haven’t tried it yet. But I will update as soon as I try it!!
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• Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek – This item is new to me (both product and brand), I also found it to be the most “Beautifully Bohemian” to me. Unfortunately, this was another product that people were complaining about. They said it also appeared to have mold and had a terrible “earthy” smell. Once again, ipsy responded: “We’re sorry about this! Since the Mullein & Sparrow Lip & Cheek Tint is an all-natural, product that contains alkanet root, which can create some grittiness and gives the product a natural, earthy scent. We can assure you that this is safe to use, and we apologize if you’re not a fan!”. My tint arrived with slight discoloration (most visible in the picture of all my Glam Bag items based on the way the flash reflected in the picture) but no mold to be seen. Although the tint did have an “earthy” scent, it was not overwhelming or off putting. It’s amazing the way things smell when they aren’t jam packed full of chemicals or artificial fragrances. The tint itself is very light and sheer. Adding more of a dewy fresh look vs. a high pigment statement look. I love that this product is all natural, the less crap, the better!!

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Last, but not least, the bag. The Glam Bag itself. What a glorious bag it was this month. It is woven straw (or at least feels and looks that way) and sooo colorful. This bag screams Boho Chic!! I loved this bag in the preview, but fell so much deeper in love once I held it for myself. And it’s lined!! Yay!! This will be a summer staple in my beach bag!

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Poor ipsy. Between my bitterness over missing out on one of my favorite lipsticks, and the slew of troubled products this month, I feel like April was a bumpy month. Luckily for me, my bag was mint and I ended up loving everything in it. How did your April Glam Bag pan out?? And tell me, did any of you get the Red Door Red??? Click Here to see what I got last month. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag!!

Case Chaos

Cases. Phone cases. If you are like me, you probably change them weekly. I hate having the same old boring phone case. If I am going to spend a significant amount of time playing with it, you better believe he will look cute, you better believe my phone will look cute. However, regular stores provide many boundaries:
1) You might not find a print or color you like.
2) If you do find a print that you like, they may not carry it for your phone model.
3) The case you finally settle on, will be overpriced (guaranteed).

That’s when eBay comes in and saves the day. I can easily get 15 cases for the price of ONE in the store. Yes you read that right, 15!!! Any pattern, color, style, material you can think of, eBay will have it. And the cases start as cheap as $0.99 USD, with FREE shipping!! This isn’t the first time that I have told you about finding “diamonds in the rough” with eBay!!

To find a case (on eBay):
1) Enter your phone model, followed by “case”. For example, I search “Samsung Galaxy S5 Case”.
2) Once you get the THOUSANDS of results, narrow them down (refine) but clicking “buy it now”. This narrows out auction listings and allows you to buy cases available, instantaneously.
3) I then further narrow the results by sorting from “lowest price to highest price”. This allows me to find the best deals.
4) Pick a case that you like and BUY IT!!

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These are some of my latest eBay case finds!! The most expensive of the bunch was $1.69 USD. What a splurge!! I also use eBay to buy chargers, USB cords, screen protectors – basically anything smartphone related!! Happy hunting! What’s you favorite eBay find?!?

Royal Rewards

Have you heard?!?! Sephora will be releasing new 1000 point, 5000 point, and 10 000 point rewards. Hope you have been saving up, because these look phenomenal. Supposedly, Sephora sent out a preview email about the upcoming rewards, however, I have yet to receive one. This entire post is based on my snooping. You’re welcome.

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1000 points will get you Kat Von D’s best selling products from her edgy collection in a signed limited edition case.
5000 points will get you the ultimate Urban Decay collection, signed by brand founder Wende Zomnir. Could it be the entire Naked Vault?!?!*
10 000 points will get you the latest Stella McCartney bag, Falabella Shaggy Deer Fold Over Tote Bag, complete with Stella fragrance

Release dates were not reported, however the email did say to keep an eye on the Rewards Boutique in the coming week!!! Will you be redeeming?!

*Some of the emails report that the Urban Decay is a 2000 point reward, although the image shows it as 5000 points. I will update as more information becomes available.

Flare Fun!!

Topbox has a fabulous deal on right now!! They are offering FLARE Beauty Boxes for only $9 CAD!! And this price includes all shipping and handling!! It’s almost too good to be true!!

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Included in the FLARE Classic Beauty Box:
• Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black (full size)
• Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex 7 mL sample tubes (2)
• Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in nude shade (full size)
• Pantene Expert Pro-V Advanced+ Keratin Repair Split End Fuser (full size)
• Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash 50 mL (travel size)
• Clairol Nice ’n Easy Coupon (max $16.00)

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Included in the FLARE Fearless Beauty Box:
• Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry (full size)
• Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (travel size)
• Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black (full size)
• Herbal Essences Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner (travel size)
• Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier Sachets (2)
• Vidal Sassoon Hair Colour Coupon (max $16.99)

Included in your FLARE Beauty Box (either one) is a FREE 60-day trial to Next Issue. Promo code will be emailed with your purchase confirmation.

Click Here to get your own!! (It’s a referral link ♡) I got the Fearless box. I wanted to get both … maybe I should?!

Holy Toledo

MAC. A name so many beauty addicts know and love. I was one of them. They started my transition from drugstore to designer. I was a MAC addict in high school. I had so many products from them! But one day I met Sephora. She offered me so many different brands and options that I couldn’t help but fall for her. Somehow I moved on, without MAC. But then one day (10 years later) I stopped in with my friend and saw that they had the most gorgeous red lipstick display with the coolest packaging. Toledo. I knew the day had come for me to fool around, once again, with my old flame.

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See, my boyfriend wanted to give me a red lipstick for Valentine’s Day. Specifically, the new Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Red Rum. However, when I went to order it, shipping was $11 USD – on a $18 USD lipstick!!! It made absolutely no sense to order it, an $18 lipstick would quickly become a $35 CAD lipstick … not even NARS costs that much! Quick and simple … NO!

Later that same day, was the glorious moment I stepped into Mac and had my red lipstick prayers answered. They had a variety of reds available in the limited edition Toledo line, but I wanted a bright red with blue undertones. So I picked out the shade Opera.

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Now I know this collection was released back in February, but I needed time to a) stare at it before I used it and b) have a chance to use it a few times before I really gave my opinion (after all, it had been years since I had made a MAC purchase).

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I am a MAC lover once again. This lipstick is creamy and so pigmented. The color you get in one swipe is bold and beautiful. And it stays!! Through coffee or a light lunch. I like my lipstick to always look fresh so I top it up often, but it isn’t actually necessary with this stunner (I definitely do it out of habit). And the packaging. Seriously. How cool and amazing is it? I have no trouble at all finding this baby amongst all my other lipsticks. Plus, at $19 CAD it is significantly cheaper than most of my other faves (Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick, etc.)

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Sadly, this collection is no longer available through MAC, but you could probably find it on eBay. I do believe however, that this lipstick speaks volumes about the quality of MAC lipsticks. I’m sure a similar dupe could be found in their permanent line. If you fell out of love with MAC, have never tried MAC, or think that MAC is overrated, I suggest you try something from them asap. I was sooo surprised with the quality and the prices. I’m used to paying more for similar products from other brands, but MAC seems like it could be a budget friendly substitute!!

Did you pick up anything from the Toledo line?? ♡♡

David’s Tea Does It Again!

David’s Tea knows just how to suck me right into their perfect virtual shopping world. They always offer great FREE gifts with purchase. And they aren’t tiny gifts, they are always something from their current stock (tea sets, tea pots, travel mugs, etc.) with a significant value. With Mother’s Day coming up, David’s Tea is offering a fabulous deal!! Free tea (with any $75 CAD purchase) AND free shipping on all orders when shopping online (until April 24th). If you feel like going in store, they are offering a free box of tea filters with any $40 CAD purchase (until May 10th). With deals this good you can’t help but get some things for yourself for mom.

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Having trouble figuring out how to spend $75 CAD on tea?? Online, David’s Tea has some great “Web Specials” (aka clearance). This is a great way to get some amazing tea and accessories for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few of my top picks that are currently being offered:

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Neon Pink Steeper
Retail: $30 CAD
Steal: $18 CAD

Love this steeper! Especially since I like my tea cold. It allows me to make iced tea easily and quickly if I’m in a hurry. Plus, it’s pink!!

Snowy Trees Stout Teapot
Retail: $25 CAD
Steal: $15 CAD

Snowy Trees Stout Teacups (set of two)
Retail: $8 CAD
Steal: $4.80 CAD

This teapot and teacup set is soooo cute. It might just be me, but I would (WILL!) use this year round. The print is simple and cute. You could save it for winter if you insisted, at this price it’s worth it!!

Green and Fruity Tea Sachet Tin
Retail: $9 CAD
Steal: $5.40 CAD

Sachet tea is perfect for on the go. Sometimes steeping loose leaf tea with an infuser can take time and effort. With these cute sachets you can truly have hassle free tea anytime, anywhere.

Santa’s Secret Tea Scented Candle
Retail: $19 CAD
Steal: $11.40 CAD

Now before you get appalled that I suggested getting a “Santa’s Secret” candle, keep in mind that they are tea scented! This one smells like mint. They have another one available “Forever Nuts” and that one smells like, you guessed it – nuts. The packaging itself is simply a mason jar, no Christmas themed container or anything season specific, besides the name. And these candles rock, they look great, smell great, and burn slow. I own a few already!!

Love David’s Tea. It’s probably my biggest non-beauty addiction!! ♡ Plus, I love FREE!!