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Beauty Swellness: Live Clean GIVEAWAY!


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!

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Beauty Swellness: Refresh Botanicals GIVEAWAY


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRIES. Congratulations to Maria T., the winner of the complete Refresh Botanicals line! (Maria, check your email for more details about your prize, enjoy!)

You know I couldn’t leave the beauty-loving readers of the blog out in the cold without a superb holiday giveaway! (If you haven’t been keeping on top of reading the blog, well, you should be, haha, and I’ve currently got giveaways when it comes to Norman Hardie Winery in partnership with Wine Country Ontario’s 12 Days of Christmas, Elmwood Spa aaand Sport Chek! But you’d better enter those pronto as they end soon!)

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Refresh Botanicals (and I’m an ambassador for the line). I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and find my skin feels smoother and more hydrated, and I really love the really clean cucumber-y scent of it (I find so many skincare products have potent fragrances that give me a headache,  but not this natural line). Another benefit of the line? Of the seven products in the line, you can travel with four of them in  your carry-on since they’re 100 mL or smaller, and as someone who travels at least once a month, I love any beauty goodies I can just throw into my carry-on as I pack last minute like a madwoman (I try to travel without checking a bag as often as possible).

And because I want a lucky reader to start off the year with a refresh to their routine, I’m giving away the entire Refresh Botanicals collection to one of y’all. The collection includes the Facial Toner, BB Cream, Night Restore Complex, Eye + Face Makeup Remover, Foaming Facial Cleanser, Intensive Serum and Daily Facial Moisturizer (the collection is valued at $148).

Ready for a refresh to your beauty routine? Here’s how to enter! (Note: this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.) You can enter in four different ways (each way counts as one entry, so go ahead and enter in each of the four methods!):

1. Email me at healthandswellness@gmail.com with your name and mailing address (it just makes it quicker for us to send you the prize  if you provide me with your address off the bat). Please put “Refresh Botanicals” in the subject line.

2. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter (@healthswellness) and  tweet:

Win the @refreshbotanicals natural skincare line from @healthswellness? Yes, please! #refreshswellness Enter here: http://bit.ly/1PlbWHn

3.  Like the Health and Swellness PAGE on Facebook (at the top of the page) and then leave a comment on the photo of this Refresh Botanicals giveaway — tell me which product from the collection you want to try the most and why.

4. Instagram: Follow me on Instagram (@healthandswellness) and in the photo for this giveaway, tag a friend who you’d be happy to have win this giveaway if you don’t win it yourself!

The prize is valued at $148 and the giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Please note that this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen at random. If I cannot reach the winner within five days, another winner will be selected. The winner’s name will be announced on the blog once confirmed with the prize winner.

Good luck! Here’s to a refreshing new year to each of you!

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Beauty Swellness: Refresh Botanicals

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A big part of this blog revolves around how I approach life. I think balance in most everything is key, and I think it’s important to be good to yourself (and, sure, for me sometimes that means eating ice cream or a doughnut, but it also means going for a run with a girlfriend so we have time to work out and catch up). A refreshing routine in which you put yourself first and treat yourself well; now I don’t always succeed at this, in fact, I typically feel like I”m running on empty, but then I make sure I keep it in check by then pausing to get that balance back into my life by, for example, skipping that party because a night in is really what my mind and body needs.

My beauty regimen is another way I look to treat myself. Yes, I do get many products to test out, but not for a second do I take it for granted. The girly girls and beauty junkies reading this should related to how you’ll always have the tiniest squeal of joy when you pull that luxe lipstick out of your handbag and touch up your lips, or how good it feels when you catch a whiff of your own favourite perfume.

Most recently, it’s been a skincare line, Refresh Botanicals, that’s been rewarding me daily. The natural line is based out of Toronto and is 88% organic, so it feels good to know it’s local and free of harsh chemicals. What struck me most about the line when I first tried it (and indeed one of the things I love most about the line) is the clean, fresh scent it has; cucumber is the scent I sense first and foremost and instantly makes me feel as though I’ve escaped to a spa. Because I’m often running late and rushing out the door, I typically slap on my skincare as fast as I can, but since I’ve started using Refresh Botanicals, at night I take the time to apply it with care and try to imagine I’m getting a soothing facial as I massage the product into my skin. I know it probably sounds really corny, but those two extra deep cleansing breaths as I do this helps me calm my mind, which is often just set to go, go, go!

So far, my three favourite products include the following (and I’m soon testing out the toner and makeup remover, too).

Refresh Botanicals Daily Facial Moisturizer, 100 mL,  $18.99. This product is free of artificial fragrances, oils and alcohols, and is 99.7% natural or naturally derived. I have combination skin, but with the cooler temps now, I thought this might not be hydrating enough for the dry skin I can get, but it’s worked well for me. While it has a light texture that absorbs quickly, it’s still rich enough to keep my skin hydrated.

Refresh Botanicals Intensive Serum, 50 mL, $23.99. This contains fig fruit extract and grape seed oil to help diminish fine lines, and also a proprietary Aquacell complex that includes watermelon, apple and lentil extract, that reduces fine lines within two hours and boosts intracellular water by 85% within two weeks. I doubt it’s apparent to others, but I think I see a subtle difference in my skin’s suppleness (and even if only I can detect it, well, that’s worth it in itself because it makes me feel good from the inside, right?).

Refresh Botanicals Night Restore Complex, 50 mL, $23.99. Like all of the line’s products, this is free of parabens, gluten, petroleum and animal by-products. It feels deliciously cooling going on, and it also boasts the same Aquacell complex as the Intensive Serum. My skin, which often feels parched and tired (because it is…) has definitely had a little boost since I started using this at night.

Oh, and last two things: I like the simple white and green packaging and love that these three products are 100 mL or 50 mL as I can easily travel with them.

I’ll be incorporating a few more of the Refresh Botanicals line into my routine soon. I’m particularly keen on trying the Eye & Face Makeup Remover.




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