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Beauty Swellness: This Works GIVEAWAY

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For most of my life, I fall asleep quickly and can sleep just about anywhere other than in economy class on a flight. but for the past few months, I’ve been using This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, not so much to help me fall asleep, but more for it being a nice nighttime ritual and the scent is soothing.

This Works has just launched Morning Expert, a collection of products designed to target morning skin concerns to help you wake-up well and restore morning glow. And this is definitely something I can use; I am not a morning person, and I keep late hours so mornings are rough. As I’ve only been using the products about a week, I can’t yet speak to how beneficial they are, but based on their best-selling Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (one I know many of my friends who do have trouble with sleep swear by), I’m trusting they’re going to be staples for the morning regimen.

The collection includes:

Morning Expert Wake Up Drops, a 100% natural essential oil of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. You can use it in a diffuser, sprinkle some on a warm washcloth, or into your shower (not pictured as I haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet, but will have it in a few weeks).

Morning Expert Open Eyes, with giant kelp and Persian silk tree extract, to help de-puff, detox and brighten eyes.

Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum, 2% HA complex and vitamin C to help hydrate, plump sleep creases and brighten skin.

Morning Expert Vitamin C Power Mask, a five-minute balm with vitamin C and jojoba to invigorate and exfoliate with twice a week.

Morning Expert Multi-Acid Pads, bamboo pads with azelaic acid, vitamin B3 and liquorice root, to perk up skin and help fight breakouts.

Because I want you to enjoy great mornings as well, I’ve got one prize package from This Works including the five Morning Expert products plus their best-selling Deep Sleep Pillow Spray to give away! The prize is valued at approximately $270. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Check out my Instagram post for this THIS WORKS giveaway and enter there (details are on the IG post).
  2. Get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post by sharing how many hours of sleep you typically get.

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is.

 

 

9 Comments March 13, 2019

Beauty Swellness: Live Clean GIVEAWAY!

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And another one! Yes, another giveaway!

I’m giving away a Live Clean prize package (approximate value $100).  I’ve long been a fan of this brand (I blogged about their sulphate-free shampoos in 2011). Although I don’t use only plant-based, chemical-free products, I have tried out many and Live Clean is one that I would happily use regularly (I’m always trying a lot of different products for work, but I always ask myself if this product is one I would buy regularly if I weren’t testing out different products and this one makes the cut).

Live Clean is Canadian (oh Canada!), and their products are ones you can trust to be effective but also eco-conscious and without any potentially harmful ingredients. Their shampoos are paraben-, SLS- and phthalate-free, for example, and their facial cleansing wipes are fantastic for travel. I haven’t tried all of their products so I’m excited to try out their SPF and their new Foaming Hand Washes. Oh, and the whole line is in pleasing packaging (a key consideration IMO when you have to have hand soap, for example, prominently displayed at your sink).

So I’m excited to try more of their products, and you should be excited, too, because you could win $100-worth of Live Clean products. The prize includes so many great products, including a few products for babies (I bet I could use that Baby Wash on my fur baby, Billie Jean…).

Here’s the rundown on what the winner will receive:

  • Live Clean Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner Spray
  • Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion
  • Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap
  • Live Clean Foaming Hand Wash: White Tea & Cherry and Vanilla Bean & Coconut
  • Live Clean Baby Soothing Oatmeal Relief Tearless Baby Wash
  • Live Clean Baby Soothing Oatmeal Relief Baby Lotion
  • Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
How to enter? Here you go:

Check out my Instagram post of the Live Clean giveaway and enter there (details on the IG post). But you can get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post about which of the products listed above you’re most interested in trying out.

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 24, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Monday, February 25, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is.

Aaaand stay tuned for more giveaways!

12 Comments February 19, 2019

Beauty Swellness: 2018 Chicago Marathon manicure

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I’m running the Chicago Marathon again (I ran it in 2014 and 2017) and you know what that means? Time to get my marathon manicure! It’s been a ritual of mine for some years now to get some great nail art before a big race.

Although I usually go with something inspired by looks on the fashion runway (I got this manicure for the 2014 Chicago Marathon) or a nail look I’ve seen online, this time around I went with a look that’s more directly inspired by the race.

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Since I trained for this marathon with Nike Canada with Nike Run Coach Brittany Moran, I asked Tips Nail Bar to use the colours of the Nike Pegasus Zoom Turbo, and for a swoosh across the fingers of my left hand, such that with my fingers extended, the nail art looks abstract, but bring the fingers together and they create the Nike Swoosh. On the thumb, and on my entire right hand, an array of stars — the inspo for this is the four stars on the Chicago flag. (I’ll replace these detail pics with better photos once I have more time; busy packing and getting to bed early for Chicago right now!)

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(The colours Leeanne Colley and Naomi Misu used are CND Shellac Mint Convertible, and Accent Gel Play in Hot Pink layered with Artistic Color Gloss in Owned).

I love the look — the minty green with the vivid coral is bananas and it’ll be a nice reminder during the race that no matter what time I cross the finish line with that all I can ask for is that I reach for the stars. And believe me, I have plenty of time during a marathon and most definitely do notice my nails as I make my way through 42.2 kilometres! But I’ll also be thinking about the things I learned training this season and hopefully all of the brutally hard work this summer will pay off.

 

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