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Mi-Me Body Nectar
Mi-Me Sweet Neroli Body Nectar

It’s summertime here in the Okanagan and you know what that means, time to start showing some serious skin! Well, if you’re like me you’ve done a particularly good job at pretending you don’t have skin from you ankles to your shoulders over the winter, you’re most likely in panic mode right now. Calm down! I’ve found the golden solution, and guess what? It’s up for grabs!

This is Mi-Me Sweet Neroli Body Nectar ($53.00USD – 8oz). I was first introduced to Mi-Me’s Handmade Bath & Body products through my Petit Vour subscription – seriously, it’s how I discover everything – when there was a full-sized Tangerine Hydrating Lip Butter included in one of my boxes. I’m a lip balm junkie so it didn’t take me long to fall in love with Mi-Me! After testing and loving the lip balm I headed straight over to their site and ordered this bottle of pure heaven!

If you can’t see the label clearly, this gorgeous nectar is made up of Sunflower Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Camilla Oil, Pomegranate Oil, Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Vanilla Absolute and Neroli and Ginger essential Oils. I’ve never found anything more decadent to apply to my usually dry and itchy skin after a shower. I have quite an aversion to applying thick moisturizers and creams to my whole body, especially in the summer, because I tend to feel it all day. This isn’t the quickest absorbing body oil I have but the end result is worth it! I like to apply this at night so I wake up with super soft and supple skin! Oh and PS, you’ll smell a-ma-zing!

So, have I convinced you that you NEED this in your life yet? Good. And good thing I have one to give away! Enter using the Gleam widget below for super soft summer skin!

NOTE: This giveaway is open Internationally!
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Kellet Clarifying Acne Treatment (1)

As you may know, I lost a vast majority of my blog posts through an unfortunate event early this week. If you’d like to know more about that, you can read it here.

Anyway, like I said previously, onward and upward! There were a few posts that I had written over the past little while that I knew I had to rewrite and share with you all again because they are some of my all time favourites and staples in my daily routine. One of those products is Kellett Clarifying Acne Treatment. 

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Now, unless you’re one of those mythical people to be blessed with poreless, blemish-free skin (curse you!) you probably find yourself reaching for an acne treatment from time to time hoping to clear up and straighten out your skin problems. The idea of getting acne or breakouts “only in your teens” is a myth, and a terrible one at that, I’m now that I’m in my mid-late twenties and thought my blemish concerns would be behind me by now, but sadly they are still going strong. These days, I’m not only fighting blemishes, but trying to fight the aging process as well and luckily, Dr. Lisa Kellett (a Toronto based Dermatologist) has designed a skin care system for people just like that!

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Kellett Clarifying Acne Treatment is a strong but gentle Benzoyl Peroxide based lotion that works by killing the acne causing bacteria on skin and keeping it away so you can have consistently clear and beautiful skin. I have to tell you, this is nothing like the anti-acne products you are used to using or remember using as a teen, this is a truly luxurious treatment product!

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Drugstore acne treatments are generally harsh, full of alcohols to dry out the blemishes and don’t provide long-term results in your skin condition. Kellett’s Acne treatment on the other hand is chock full of beneficial skin care ingredients like Glycerin, Urea, Fruit Extracts and Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and strengthen the skin barrier while treating existing blemishes with the all powerful and trusted Benzoyl Peroxide. Usually with acne treatments I have some sort of reaction to them, whether it be redness, peeling or extra dry patches of skin but I’ve had absolutely no reactions (other than clear skin!!) with Kellett’s!

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This is a truly decadent, silky lotion that applies smoothing and absorbs into skin instantly. It doesn’t cause any excess dryness and honestly works at healing blemishes overnight. I’ve never had an acne product work so quickly and efficiently on my skin. This is my little lifesaver for if I forget to wash my face one night, the next night I’ll apply a pea sized amount all over my face and I won’t have to face the trouble of the dreaded “I-slept-with-my-makeup-on-breakouts”. This also works great for hormonal breakouts, especially if you’re using it before you expect one to come on. Personally, I don’t use this product everyday, I use it more as a weekly all over treatment to ensure my skin stays clear and blemish free.

Kellett has a whole range of Adult Acne treatment products and I highly recommend the Moisturizing Gel as well, especially if you’re a very oily skin type!

Summary

Kellett Clarifying Acne Treatment
$75.00 CAD (1.7oz)
Available at: Kellettskincare.com
Overall Rating: A+

A Sample of this product was sent for consideration, I loved it so much that I purchased my own full size.

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You may have noticed some changes around here. New heading, new logo, overall new look! Exciting hey? Nope. Not at all.

A couple weeks ago I decided it might be fun to change my theme, I wanted it to be neater, cleaner and just easier to navigate than my previous one. I found one that I loved and paid for the download, after downloading it, the site gave me an option to have someone “professionally install” it. I was pretty excited to see that option because this theme was more complicated than I was used to and although I may have been able to figure it out eventually, it would have taken me a lot of time and effort (oh, the irony). I paid more to have it “professionally” installed and was excited to have a person that “knew what they were doing” so I could have a fully functioning and easy to use Wordpess site in less time than it would take myself.

Here’s where things go wrong.

The person installed the theme. “Great!” I thought, that was so fast and easy! Then I started getting the error codes, and pop ups and white screen of death. I told the person about it and he said I had “database problems” and that “he would fix them” but of course, that wasn’t included in the service I had paid for. I paid yet I again to have this finished off quickly so I could get back to blogging. A day went by, then two days, then three days with no work and no response from the person. Having a nagging feeling I wasn’t going to see any results, I cancelled my order with him and looked for someone else.

I found what I thought was my knight in shining armour, someone that knew what I was talking about and ensured me he could have it done within the hour. “FINALLY!” was what I was thinking…until a few hours went by and there were more error screens. Now my photos weren’t showing up… and now my posts. I was panicking! So as you may have noticed my blog only goes up to June 2014 now and all of my 2015 posts have been lost somewhere in cyberspace thanks to either A) my stupidity to trust people with my website, B) people that don’t know what the hell they are doing or, C) all of the above. Of course no one took the blame for losing my posts – it was magic. I could dispute this with the company to get my money back but what’s the point? It’s so hard to say where it went wrong that it would just drag on forever.

So, I’ve decided onwards and upwards. I’ve learned my lesson and will never use “web developers” off the internet again. I will stick to what I know and ask my brother for help if I need it – if I can’t do it, it won’t be done! And by the way, BACKUP YOUR FILES! It’s easy and saves you from going through, well, this. On a good note though, I think my header and logo turned out fantastic! I ended up purchasing them from Angela at EasyLogo on Etsy. She has tons of fantastic designs and was truly a delight to work with.

Have you ever had a blogging mishap? Sigh. I’m still emotionally recovering from this one.

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MAC gets me every time. Say the words “Limited Edition”, throw in some pretty packaging and I’m almost guaranteed to buy it – or at least really, really want it. The MAC Kelly Osbourne Collection was definitely no different! The packaging is all a gorgeous shade of lilac (just like Kelly’s hair!) and it has Kelly’s signature in red on each product. When I first saw this collection there was a few items I definitely wanted and the Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo was top of my list!

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Although these are just two of MAC’s eyeshadows from their permanent collection, they are marketing them as a new brow duo. Kelly Osbourne is known for her awesome bold brows, so I can see why they wanted to incorporate a brow product into her collection. I honestly didn’t pick this up for the purpose of using on my brows (I already have a great new product for that, check out Annabelle Instaglam Brow Design + Fix) I did want these two shades to add to my collection, as I didn’t previously own either of them.

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First up in the duo is the lighter of the two shades, Soba. This is described on MAC’s website as a “Golden Brown with Gold Shimmer” and is a Satin finish. It’s a very pretty shade that I definitely wanted to purchase so I’m glad it was included in the duo. I can’t see how you would use this one on brows since it does have such an intense gold shimmer to it, but I guess if you were very blonde you might be able to make it work! Otherwise, it’s great for a wash of colour over the lids.

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Next up is Brun, a colour I’ve also been wanting for a while to use as a contour. This is described on the website as “Dark Brown” which, yes, it is dark brown. This one also contains some shimmer and has a “Satin” finish but it’s much less noticeable than Soba. You could definitely get away with using this to fill in your brows if they are relatively dark. Another possibility would be mixing the two shades together to get a shade to perfectly match your brow colour!

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Here on the left is Soba and the right, Brun. I really like them both as eyeshadows! I may try them on my brows one day but I think right now, I’ll stick to pencils. For me, I find them easier to use. I don’t have a lot that I need to fill in and just the tails of my brows are the problem so I don’t necessarily need a brow powder. I still would highly recommend this if you’re able to come across it, just to have two great neutral shadows to have in your collection!

SUMMARY

MAC Kelly Osbourne Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo (LE)
Shades: Soba & Brun (both permanent)
$26.50 CAD
Available at: Select MAC Counters
Overall Rating: B+

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Do you use a toner? I haven’t always used one but in the past couple years I’ve been trying to use Toners, Essences, Softening Lotions, whatever you want to call them, after my regular cleansing routine. Why? Toners can have a lot of extra benefits for all skin types. Let me tell you why and introduce you to one of my favourites – Skinn Enriched Softening Essence.

Like I said, toners can have benefits for all skin types – from the oiliest to the driest. Toners, or in this case, Softening Essences, can be used in place of lotions or creams if you have extremely oily skin or as a first layer if you need extra moisture. Toners have got a bad rap since a lot of them contain irritating ingredients like alcohol and menthol which can make skin worse, but now there’s a whole new world of Essences and Toners to explore that provide nothing but benefits for skin!

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What makes the Skinn Enriched Softening Essence so unique is undoubtedly the ingredient list. When was the last time you saw “Coconut Water” as the first ingredient in a skin care product. The answer is probably never. Because Skinn Cosmetics is also a manufacturer of many of our well beloved beauty lines in department and specialty stores, they can afford to use top notch ingredients at low, low prices. The ingredient labels read more like a grocery list than a skin care product! Everything included in each product, including this amazingly soothing and calming Softening Essence, has a benefit for skin. There’s no fillers, no preservatives and absolutely nothing your skin doesn’t need!

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The top of the bottle is a twist up lid, so you don’t need to unscrew a cap every time you go to use it. For us crazy cat ladies, you know this is essential because as soon as a lid leaves a bottle, it’s fair game to all kitties and ultimately ends up in it’s new home under the oven. It also makes it easy to only get the amount of product you need without any waste as it comes out slower than most bottle designs.

Skinn Enriched Softening Essence leave skin hydrated, plumped up and prepared for any other treatment you may want to apply. It also removes all traces of left over cleanser and makeup to make sure you’re beginning with a perfectly blank canvas. For my dry skin, I find it adds a much needed layer of moisture without feeling heavy or being greasy in any way. I can see oily skin types loving this as well because of it’s ultra light feel! Overall, this is a winner for all “Skinn” types!

SUMMARY

Skinn Enriched Softening Essence
$32.00 USD
Available at: Skinn.com & The Shopping Channel
Overall Rating: A

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