Sunday, 8 April 2018

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Radical Refresher Review

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Radical Refresher is a great-smelling body wash made with organic coconut water.

According to the package's description, this body wash delivers a jolt of energizing freshness and leaves you with deliciously soft and delicately scented skin.

The scent is fresh and energizing but not overwhelmingly strong or perfume-y smelling. My whole family used this body wash and loved the scent.

We've been using this body wash for a couple weeks and it's fabulous! While I often find clear washes drying, Love Beauty & Planet was perfectly hydrating and didn't leave my skin dry and itchy like other brands.

It has a thicker consistency and lathers wonderfully. You don't need a lot of product, so this bottle would last quite a long time, especially since it comes in a generous 473 ml bottle.

The packaging is super cute and I love that this company uses ethically sourced organic ingredients, recyclable packaging, no dyes, sulfate cleansers or parabens and doesn't test on animals. I would definitely purchase again.

I received this product for free from Love and Beauty in exchange for my honest review.



Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner Review

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner is a great-smelling conditioner made with organic coconut water.

According to the package's description, this conditioner lightly moisturizes and leaves tresses volumized and bountiful, with an energizing burst of delicate Mimosa flower scent.
I've been using this conditioner for a couple weeks and confirm it smells great! I have fine hair but this conditioner is light and doesn’t weigh the hair down. I found it moisturized well and even gave my hair some body. 

The packaging is super cute and I love that this company uses ethically sourced organic ingredients, recyclable packaging, no dyes, siliocones or parabens and doesn't test on animals. It comes in a generous 400ml bottle with a large snap lid that allows you to store the bottle upside for easy-dispensing.

Paired with the Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower shampoo, my hair was left shiny and bouncy. I would definitely purchase again.

I received this product for free from Love and Beauty in exchange for my honest review.

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo Review

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo is a great-smelling shampoo made with organic coconut water.

According to the package's description, this shampoo lightly moisturizes and leaves tresses volumized and bountiful, with an energizing burst of delicate Mimosa flower scent.

I've been using this shampoo for a couple weeks and confirm it smells greats! I have found it cleans my hair well without over-drying. 

It comes in a generous 400ml bottle with a large snap lid that allows you to store the bottle upside for easy-dispensing.

The packaging is super cute and I love that this company uses ethically sourced organic ingredients, recyclable packaging, no dyes or parabens and doesn't test on animals.

Paired with the conditioner, my hair was left shiny and bouncy. I would definitely purchase again.

I received this product for free from Love and Beauty in exchange for my honest review.




Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Review

Aveeno's Absolutely Ageless Leave-on Mask is an anti-aging solution that packs supercharged antioxidant nourishment in a face mask lotion to provide your skin the nourishment to look youthful and healthy now and into the future.

According to the package's description, this feather-light formula contains additional pollution-fighting antioxidants (such as their active naturals Blackberry Complex) to fight against the kinds of environmental factors that purportedly accelerate the signs of aging.

When I first received this product in the mail, I opened it immediately and noticed it had light, pleasant scent. Reading that it was a leave-on mask, I set it aside on my night stand to try before bed.

Aveeno's Absolutely Ageless Leave-on Mask went on smoothly and absorbed well; however, I noticed it had left a slightly tacky residue. I realized later that the product has an SPF of 30 (which likely explained the tackiness) so I switched to using it after my shower as part of my morning routine.

Using this mask as a daytime product, I found It went on well under makeup and actually helped my make up stay in place. After a week, I didn't notice a significant reduction in the look of fine lines; however, the mask definitely improve the look of my collagen-depleted skin and gave it a smoother appearance. 
I love Aveeno products and this one didn't disappoint. Given the right price point, I would purchase again.

I received this product for free from Aveeno in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Knorr Selects Rice and Pasta Review

A healthier alternative to Knorr Sidekicks, these Selects Rice and Pasta side dishes are made with fewer and more wholesome ingredients and are quick and easy to prepare.

According to the package's description, they're available in a wide-variety of flavours to help take all the guesswork out of meal time.


I tried the Roasted Garlic Alfredo rice and it was absolutely delicious. Following the directions resulted in a perfect texture rice that was extremely creamy and flavourful. My husband and I polished off the rice between the two of us in under 10 minutes as a side to our artichoke chicken but this meal would easily be something I could whip up for a fancy dinner with friends.


#GOTITFREE but I will be stocking my pantry with a bunch of more Selects Rice Side dishes for weekend dinners wirth family and friends. Creamy and delicious!


I received this product for free from KNORR in exchange for my honest review.



KNORR One Skillet Review

KNORR One Skillet meals are made from ancient grains like barley and quinoa, and seasoned with herbs and spices.

According to the package's description, skillet meals are made with no artificial colours or flavours and by simply adding some protein and vegetables, you can turn this starter into a tasty main dish.  

I tried the Chicken Brown Rice and Quinoa in Spicy Chipotle ONE SKILLET MEAL and found it super flavourful. It was so quick and easy to make and in less than a half hour, I had a delicious, healthy meal on the table for my family.

#GOTITFREE but I will be stocking my pantry with a bunch of these skillet meals in anticipation for soccer season. Convenient, healthy and flavourful!

I received this product for free from KNORR in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

DOVE DERMA+CARE SCALP Conditioner Review

DOVE DERMA+CARE SCALP SMOOTHING MOISTURE conditioner moisturizes to soothe the scalp and also revives follicles for soft, smooth hair.

According to it's description, the solution hydrates dry scalp, is safe for colour-treated hair and gentle enough to be used every day for smooth, touchably soft hair.

I found the conditioner to be gentle and soothing to my scalp. It conditioned my hair well and left it feeling soft and manageable, without any build-up (even after two weeks daily of use!). #GOTITFREE but I will definitely be purchasing this product again. 

I received this product for free from Dove in exchange for my honest review.

Dove Derma Care+ Scalp Shampoo Review

DOVE DERMA+CARE SCALP SMOOTHING MOISTURE ANTI-DANDRUFF shampoo moisturizes and soothes the scalp and also revives follicles for soft, smooth hair.

According to it's description, the solution:
  • controls flakes
  • relieves irritation associated with dandruffhydrates scalp
  • gentle enough to be used every time you shampoo for smooth and touchably soft hair
I found the shampoo to be very calming and gentle, it definitely did feel soothing to my scalp. The shampoo had a light, pleasant scent and lathered well. It left my hair feeling soft and manageable. #GOTITFREE but I will definitely be purchasing this product again. 


I received this product for free from Dove in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Tips for shopping in the US

Tips for cross-border shipping in North Dakota
Did you know Grand Forks and Fargo are popular shopping destinations for some? ...Ask any Winnipegger! 

Even when exchange isn’t the best, it is often still worth the trip as the lower price of gas across the border helps keep costs down (A quick conversion tip is just to divide the posted price by four. Gas is $1.63/gallon? Wow, that's approximately 45 cents a litre!).

I love shopping across the border because our US neighbours have tons of different goodies that you can't find in Canada. From Vanilla Coke to loaded Doritos to everything in between! It's fun just browsing the grocery isles to see what's new but if you want some suggestion, check out this Pinterest board for regularly updated list of: Items you can only buy in the US.

As a Grand Forks regular, here are some of my tried-and-true Insider Tips for cross-border shopping.


Insider Tips


1. Get a tax refund! The North Dakota sales tax is currently 5%. So right off the hop, you're yourself the usual GST/PST. But it gets better! North Dakota refunds state taxes to Canadian visitors meaning you pay 0%. Click here for your refund!

2. Use an American self-serve gas station with a Canadian postal code!Need gas? When you pay at the pump with a credit card at most U.S. gas stations, you are required to enter the 5-digit zip code associated with the billing address for your credit card in order to complete your transaction.The problem is, your Canadian credit card billing address will have a postal code, but no zip code. If you’re thinking about using the zip code for the address where you are staying in the US, think again… it likely won’t work as credit card companies validate against your billing address.

Fortunately, there’s a great work-around. When asked for your zip code, try this trick instead! Enter the three numbers in your postal code and add two zeros. For example, if your postal code is M9Z 4X3, you would enter 94300 as your zip code. This will work most of the time!

3. Use coupons for extra savings! - Savvy cross-border shoppers know it's worth it to print before you go.

Have fun shopping and before you go, be sure to double check what you can bring back into Canada!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

NUDE BY NATURE Mineral Brush Review

NUDE BY NATURE Mineral Brush is powder brush comprised of short, tightly packed bristles.

According to it's description, it's made of made of ultra-soft high quality synthetic fibers and ergonomically designed for the best control.

I found the brush provided good coverage and was effective at applying powder. Combined with the mesh sifter of the NUDE BY NATURE powder, it effortlessly delivered just the right amount of formula for a polished flawless finish. #GOTITFREE but I definitely recommend.

I received this product for free from Nude by Nature in exchange for my honest review.