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!!

Beauty Bonus

About a month ago, I told you about (another) fabulous Shopper’s Drug Mart sale and beauty bonus. In addition to 20× the points, you also got a free clutch filled with samples with every $125 CAD purchase!! I knew this was the time to indulge in some beauty goodies and blow my bank, pick up some new items for spring.

What I Purchased:
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What I Got For Free (not including 3 bags!):
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Isn’t spending money so much more satisfying when you get to tote home massive amounts of freebies?!?!?! It’s a beautiful art. The art of bargin shopping!!! And a terrible addiction. Let me break it down for you:

BIOTHERM

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By now, we should all be very much aware of my love for Biotherm. Basically ALL things Biotherm, but specifically, the Aquasource line. I’m loving my Aquasource Deep Serum, as well as my Aquasource Skin Perfection Moisturizer. Together they made the perfect combo for dry wintery skin. I wanted to find the perfect night cream so I can save my Skin Perfection for day use. I had received a sample of (and, surprise, loved) the Aquasource Nuit. It is more of a gel than a cream, much like the Aquasource Deep Hydration Replenishing Gel (my typical go-to daily moisturizer, but I switched it up by purchasing the Skin Perfection last time around). Aquasource Nuit is described as a “jelly” and certainly presents itself as such. The scent is very light, fresh, and clean. No floral or fruity scents here. The Aquasource Nuit was available in a bonus pack for the SAME PRICE as buying the product by itself ($50 CAD). No doubt which one I picked, insert eye roll.

The bonus pack included a Lait Corporel Body Milk, a mini Biomains Hand Cream, and a mini Beurre De Levres Lip Butter, in addition to the full size Aquasource Nuit. If you recall, I’m absolutely loving the Beurre De Levres Lip Butter. It is more of a cream than a balm, but it is perfect for healing dry, cracked lips in a snap. It is a very versatile product, I wear it overnight to really soften my lips by morning, I apply a thing layer under my lipstick, and I wear it alone during the day on low key makeup days. The formula is not glossy and leaves a semi matte (very buttery) finish.

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Biotherm was offering a free gift with all purchases over $35 CAD. I love that Shopper’s let’s you combine all offers together, it makes that dollar stretch soooo far. The bonus bag (how cute are those spring pastel colors?) Included a mini Biosource Fresh Foam Cleanser, mini Biocils Eye Makeup Remover, mini Biomains Hand Cream, mini Aquasource Deep Serum, and mini Blue Therapy Serum. I have not tried any of the products from the Blue Therapy line, so I’m excited to try this serum. The Blue Therapy line focuses on anti aging and repairing visible signs of aging. Although I’m only 27, wrinkles scare the shit out of me, scare me, so I’ll take all the preventative measures that I can!! I have used (and own) all of the other minis that I received, so I’m obviously thrilled to have some new travel friendly bottles!!!

ELIZABETH ARDEN

I have been dying to get my hands on a EA Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in the shade Pink Punch. During the last few SDM events, they had been sold out. The shade is a beautiful bright pink with blue undertones (the best for fair skinned blondes). The formula on these lipsticks is BEYOND hydrating. My lips feel so soft after taking the color off at the end of the day. The pigment is rich and vibrant, true color payoff in one swipe. Your lips will stay gorgeous all day or night, the lipstick doesn’t budge. I find myself doing top ups out of habit versus necessity. With all of these amazing things I have to say about this lipstick, it should come as no surprise why I was so bummed that I wasn’t one of the lucky ipsters to receive the shade Red Door Red in April’s Glam Bag. Serious boo!! The lipstick retails for $34 CAD, a pretty penny, but so worth every last cent. I was elated to find that they had my shade in stock this trip!!

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This picture does not do this shade justice. It is appearing red here, but it is a true hot pink. The packaging is beautiful. It features the signature “red” door on the tube itself. The tube is made of some sort of metal so it is very durable and heavy in the hand (it better be for $34 CAD). I’m officially hooked on these lipsticks and can’t wait to add more to my collection!!

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Elizabeth Arden was also offering a free gift with $35 CAD purchase. I was fortunate enough that the lady let me have one even though the lipstick was only $34 CAD. However, I was prepared to purchase another shade to get the deal if need be. The bag itself is a fun coral shade with a shiny metallic accent on the top. Unlike the Biotherm bag that was cloth, this one has a more vinyl texture, making it great for a swim bag or beach bag. Although not waterproof, the material makes it some what water resistant. The gift included a mini Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Pretty Pink, mini Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Passionfruit, mini Eight Hour Cream, mini Prevage Anti Aging Overnight Cream, mini Prevage Anti Aging Daily Serum, and (not so mini) Prevage Anti Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser. I have not tried ANY of these products so I am beyond excited to play. The Prevage line focuses on anti aging and reversing environmental damage (again yay!!). I love that the bonus included a cleanser, serum, and cream. That really allows you to fully experience the product line.

CLARINS

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The Clarins Rep was on site when I went in to make my purchases. She introduced me to this AMAZING Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in the shade Candy Shimmer (05)!! I couldn’t say no after swatching it. The gloss is the perfect hint of pink with micro shimmer. The shimmer is so fine, it almost disappears once it is applied to leave the most flattering dewy lip. The gloss itself is not sticky or goopey. It is thick but leaves lips feeling like heaven. The tube comes with a built in foam applicator (like the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks) which makes it so easy to apply and touch up. They range doesn’t have many shades to pick from but I’ll be happy to purchase this one over and over again!! Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector retails for $20 CAD.

URBAN DECAY

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I’m such a UD junkie. We all know it. So I won’t deny it. The last item I purchased (to reach my $125 CAD total) was the Naked 2 Basics palette. I couldn’t decide between the original Basics or this one, but fate decided for me as this was the only one that they had in stock. In hindsight that was best, the Naked Basics contained a few shades I already own from other UD palettes. As with all Urban Decay shadows, the shades are pigmented and highly blendable. All the shades in this palette are matte. I own lots of shimmery, metallic shades so it’s nice to have an all matte addition. These shadows do not need to be applied with a heavy hand, in fact, if you do use too much aggression, force when applying and blending, the mattes can tend to look muddy. A light hand and light blending is all that is needed to make the shadows look stellar! The shadows are highly buildable allowing you to amp up your eye look if necessary. I like using an angled liner brush to apply the darkest shades to my lash line for a perfectly smoked out liner.

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This palette is beyond travel friendly. It’s small but still has 6 shades to combine for many different looks. If you are on a budget and aren’t willing to drop $64 CAD on the Naked, Naked 2, or Naked 3 palettes (even though you should … they are amazing), then this $34 CAD beauty, might be the perfect purchase for you. The compact is made of durable plastic and clicks into place to close. There is also a little mirror inside which makes it perfect for quick touch ups, and it’s big enough that you could use it to apply all of your makeup if you were in a pinch.

BEAUTY BONUS

After such a huge haul, I couldn’t believe that there was more coming my way!!! I also couldn’t believe that I never knew about Shopper’s Beauty Bonuses before now!! I’m a sucker for these things!!

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The clutch that the samples came in was surprisingly adorable. It is a metallic gold color and is huge. Like wallet, phone, camera, makeup bag, and a vodka mickey, kind of huge. It also has metal rods (???) along the top by the zipper, to give the bag structure and support; the bag will stay propped open if you want it to. The amount of samples I got in the bag blew my mind, there were 20! 20!!!! No foil or packets here!!! All deluxe size samples! Also in the picture are two samples I got from the Clarins Rep 🙂

Don’t forget that I also got 20× my points on my purchases!!! I also picked up a trio set of Quo beauty blender sponge knock offs (pictured at the very beginning of this post). Did you splurge to get the sample bag?!?! What were your thoughts on all the freebies? Worth buying a few goodies?!?!? ♡♡

Getting That GliSODin Glow

Summer is coming, which means it’s time to get working on that summer body (if you haven’t started already). For me that means taking care of my insides, as much as my outside. If you want to start eating clean and getting healthy, you don’t want to do it after months of binging on whatever your heart desired. All the toxins from the sugary, processed foods will stay in your body and stop you from reaching the results you want. The best way to start a program (whether that’s a lifestyle change or kicking it into high gear for summer) is to start with a clean slate. AKA a detox, a cleanse. Rid your body of all the bad so you can make the most of all the good.

I was fortunate enough to have GliSODin Skin Nutrients (GSN) contact me to document my journey using their program. About three years ago I started using their products. I started off with the Advanced Cleansing Formula (now called the Advanced Detoxification Formula), followed by their Advanced Slimming Formula. I took the supplements in addition to a lifestyle change of healthy diet and daily excersise. I was beyond pleased with the results, shedding around 50 lbs (University took a huge toll on my once fit, dancers body).

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*Advanced Detoxification Formula (also pictured in the shake), Advanced Slimming Formula, Advanced Lymphatic Formula

Fast forward 24 months and I have since hit some hurdles. I was in a car accident 18 months ago that left me with multiple back injuries (which I’m still in treatment for). My injuries, combined with extreme stress (I was recently diagnosed with PTSD and Depression due to the accident), has led me to eating my feelings, literally. The injuries make it hard for me to get my fat ass moving (and I mean that in the most self loving way possible, even when I was fit, I had my huge ass trailing behind me)!! All of my hard work was erased. I gained all of the weight back. Every pound. Enter the vicious cycle of hating the way I look, followed by disappointment that I let myself get back here, followed by more eating and more sitting.

That brings me back to GliSODin contacting me. I wanted to tell them about the amazing results I had, and about how good I HAD felt while on the program. Of course that was followed by a sheepish blurb about how I had since lost myself and was struggling to find “ME” again. I was beyond elated to know that they were willing to get me started on the program again and I offered, in return, to document my results, on my blog, for all of you!!!

The thing I love about GliSODin is that it is all natural. There are no harsh laxatives or chemicals used. You can read all about the science behind GliSODin HERE. I won’t go into the specifics but it is definitely worth the read!! This time around, I will be taking the Advanced Lymphatic Formula in addition to the Advanced Detoxification Formula and the Advanced Slimming Formula. GliSODin also offers skin brightening and anti aging formulas, but I haven’t tried either.

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*Advanced Detoxification Formula, Advanced Slimming Formula, Advanced Lymphatic Formula

I’m a week into the two week detox of the Advanced Detoxification Formula. Unlike fad diets or cleanses, GliSODin does not limit you to only drinking their product and eating next to nothing. They simply encourage healthy eating and provide a suggested eating plan (check it out here). From GliSODin:

When participating in a cleansing program it is important to nourish your body with healthy foods and drink plenty of water to assist in the detoxification process. Although the Advanced Detoxification/Cleansing Formula will initiate toxin elimination on its own, it is recommended to follow a healthy eating plan. We recommend following a nutrient dense eating plan to support the Advanced Detoxification/Cleansing Formula to maximize your results.

I love that this program works with a healthy eating plan. If you are making a healthy living change, this makes it easy to incorporate the products into your lifestyle. The product themselves taste great, it really isn’t an issue to work the shakes (twice a day) into my routine. The program is used worldwide by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, so I have faith that the products work, that and the fact that I have already used them myself and know the amazing results first hand!

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*Advanced Detoxification Formula

I will be updating my journey, as well as talking about my results, side effects, and thoughts on all of the mentioned products along the way, with a full review at the end of the program. I’m currently on the Advanced Detoxification Formula (as mentioned above), but once that’s over, I will be starting the Advanced Slimming Formula and Advanced Lymphatic Formula simultaneously. 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).

LuLu Loot

I love lululemon. Like really LOVE them. I own so many different styles of yoga pants, tops, shorts, hoodies … the list goes on and on. Paying $98 CAD for one pair of pants? So over my budget. What’s a girl to do? Either take a trip down to Seattle and splurge at the outlet (why does a CANADIAN retailer have their outlet in America?!?!?!), sell your first born to the devil, or check the clearance rack. That’s right, every lululemon location has a clearance rack, hidden in some back corner, somewhere.

Of course my latest purchase wasn’t planned. My friend wanted to go in and only I ended up making a purchase! Typical. I picked up a super adorable pair of printed leggings as well as a pair of cute pink shorts (photos are stock, not mine).

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Wunder Under Pant *Full-On Luxtreme
Retail: $92 CAD
Steal: $69 CAD

Isn’t the print on these so cute? I love the tribal/camo style. These are perfect for dressing up an easy, relaxed, no fuss, outfit with a oversized sweater and a cute pair of boots (or a tank and gladiators)! You can get your own pair HERE, they have plenty left!! You can’t go wrong with lulu quality.

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Run Times Short
Retail: $54 CAD
Steal: $39 CAD

How cute are these? I already own them in white but the pink was too cute to pass up!! I love all the hidden pockets including the zippered one in the back. These will be perfect for long summer jogs/walks with my pups! They also have a pair of “underwear” built in. They help the shorts stay in place and stop them from being see thru (bonus for me, sadness for you). They are super lightweight and very breathable. I’m so happy to have another color of these shorts!! Unfortunately, these are no longer available online, but a quick stop into your local store and you might find them!!

Great buys, guilt free!! You can check out all of lululemon’s clearance items by clicking here. What are some of your favorite lululemon finds?!?!