Happy October ghoulies! Halloween is my favourite holiday so I’ve been having a lot of fun doing some decor DIY’s. Today i’m showing you how to customize a skull to your liking! This is something you can do on your own, or it’s also a fun idea to do with some friends for a spooktacular night 🙂
Hello beauties, hope everyone is having a great week so far! Today I am bringing you a special review, as it’s not often I review hair care products. I have hair on the fine and flat side so it’s not the best to work with. When it comes to conditioner I am EXTREMELY and I mean EXXXTTTTRREEEEEMMMMEEEELLLLYYYY picky haha. If you have hair like me and you need a great conditioner I am happy to report the Marc Anthony Grow Long Leave-In Conditioner is amazing.
As a beauty blogger I obviously post a lot about makeup and product reviews. These items are used on our outside physical appearance and can give us a confidence boost, but I am a big advocate for feeling beautiful on the inside as well. In my daily routine I incorporate a lot of things that “feed my soul” and make me happy. Some of these are meditation, drinking tea and lots of water, waking up early and making it a point to enjoy the little things. We often get stressed out and feel down because of life’s everyday stress. It’s not easy and the days go by quick between work, running around, family and friends etc. Here are some tips i’d like to share that help me feel beautiful and happy on the inside, which in turn boosts my confidence and makes me feel beautiful on the outside. Being happy on the inside projects itself outwardly, and this creates a very rewarding life!
1. Morning tea ritual
Every single day I look forward to having my morning tea. Whether I have it before I go to work or when I get to work, this is something that makes me happy. Tea is a great drink because it has a lot of health benefits, but the main reason I like doing this is also because of the “act”. By this I mean it is part of my morning “ritual” and you can use these as a form of meditation. For me boiling the water, putting the tea leaves in my steeper and then drinking my tea is an act of meditation. I look forward to this, and doing this means I am bringing mindfulness into my routine.
2. Talk to someone you love
This may seem like an “obvious” one, but when I say talk I mean either in person or over the phone. With texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. we tend to get caught up in this virtual world. While these social media outlets are great to connect with others, they can also bog you down. I would suggest seeing a friend, family member or significant other in person and having a nice conversation. If you can’t see them in person then avoid the texting for a day and actually give them a call. Hearing someone’s voice and the warmth you get from talking to someone you care about goes a long way, and it eliminates the disconnect texting can cause because it gives you that personal touch.
3. Put something positive out on display
I am a big believer in meditation and the law of attraction. My bedroom is a space I have set up with Buddha’s, incense, salt lamps and my own meditation corner. You can set up an entire room, a little corner or even just have one thing out on display. Whatever it may be, make sure it brings you joy when you look at it. For example, I have a meditation corner set up in my room and a vision board up on my wall. My vision board is a collage of things i’d like to achieve, and every morning when I wake up I look at it and it sets a positive intention for my day. I think it’s a wonderful idea to have something out on display that brings nothing but positive thoughts to you when you look at it. Same applies with anything you may have out already, if it brings you any negative emotions or bad memories then get rid of it – your home should be a positive space and bring you comfort.
4. Be grateful
With social media, pop culture and the standards we set for ourselves, it can be easy to get trapped in an “I wish” frame of mind. I think it’s really important to be mindful and not focus on the “I wish I had this” or “I wish I looked like her/him” or “I wish I had what she/he has”. Instead of beating yourself up and creating these negative perceptions, focus on the things you DO feel you have. Be grateful for what you have and you will start to notice other things turn into positive elements in your life. What you think and feel is what you send out into the universe, and this is what you will attract back- think of this as positive affirmations. Sure sometimes we are unlucky and bad things happen, but it could just be an unfortunate circumstance or a bad day not a bad “life”. I try really hard not to dwell on anything negative that occurs. For example, in the last week I had two tires on my new car go flat because of unavoidable potholes in the road. I was upset at first because it cost me a lot to get two new tires 1 week apart, but in the end I told myself being upset will help nothing. It happened and I needed two new tires. Being upset over that would only cause me more stress and make me anxious. Instead I told myself “It could always be worse, and at least I was not hurt when the tire went flat on two separate occasions.” I did not get into an accident or harm anyone else either. In my opinion there is always a positive side to things, you just have to have an open mind and push yourself to see it.
5. Appreciate nature
I know going for a hike is not everyone’s idea of a fun time. But you don’t have to do intense outside activities to enjoy nature. The earth is our element known for its strength, wisdom and growth. I know not all of you believe in things like this like I do, but I encourage you to try to see it that way. If you can’t then simply appreciate it for what it is. One of my favourite things to do is go for a walk down by the river and take a blanket with me. I love to sit there and listen to the water and take in the sunshine. Breathing in fresh air brings a certain calmness to a chaotic day or week. Even if you don’t like spending time outside, I would even suggest just sitting out on your front steps and letting the rays of sunshine soak in.
Some of these suggestions might seem cliché or perhaps even silly (e.g. my morning tea ritual lol). But I can assure you that you don’t need BIG things to make a change or to feel good on the inside. Sometimes it’s all of the little things that add up and make us happier. We live in a world where physical items and grand gestures are viewed as important so that we can capture it and post it on social media. So I encourage you to embrace and notice the little things and see if it brings you more happiness. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, if you have some tips on how to feel beautiful on the inside please write them below!
A few weeks ago, I posted on my social media accounts that I was sent Kismet Essentials’ product “Coco Rinse” and to watch for a review soon. A lot of you were intrigued by this product and the oil pulling method. First off, I would like to thank Kismet Essentials for sending me their product, I am so delighted!
Before I get into the review, here is a quick bio on Kismet Essentials. They are a company based in Vancouver, BC (Yay for a Canadian brand) and they pride themselves on trying their best to use natural based products in their own lives, so they wanted to bring those kind of products to their customers. Their goal is to provide customers with products that will help them enjoy a naturally healthy and beautiful life. All of their ingredients are organic, non-GMO, and ethically sourced from sustainable resources. They are proud to provide products that make their customers feel good about what they bring into their home and put in their bodies. Their products are good for you and our planet!
To be honest, the oil pulling method was something I had not tried, because I wasn’t really sure what it was all about, or how it could give you whiter teeth. So like most people, I stuck to whitening strips. Those of you who follow my blog know I love to use products like Coco Rinse that contain natural ingredients that benefit your body, skin and overall health. I strongly believe in feeling beautiful inside as well as out, and Kismet Essentials believes in that philosophy too. After doing some research on the oil pulling method, and Coco Rinse specifically, I was super excited to test this out.
In case you don’t know what the oil pulling method is, here is a description from their website: “Oil pulling is our favorite natural way to get whiter teeth and fresh breath! If you’ve never heard of it, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha”. It involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil daily in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to draw and pull our the toxins in your body.”
For additional information, check out this article on oil pulling by Helen Sanders at Health Ambition. This article gives you detailed information on what oil pulling is, the different types of oils that can be used and the benefits of using this method. Click here to read!
Kismet Essentials also lists some benefits of oil pulling on their website:
- Whiter Teeth
- Fresher Breath
- Improved Digestion
- Reduced Headaches
- Cleaner Tongue and Mouth
- Better Immune System
- Healthier Gums
- Reduced Plaque
- Clearer, Softer Skin
- Improved Skin Conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis etc)
- Balanced Hormones
The Coco Rinse process is done over a 14 day period. One of the things I love most is how easy it is to use. You get 14 sachets in your kit, and you use 1 per day. Open the sachet and put the product in your mouth, then swish it around for 10 minutes (or up to 20). Yes- it’s seriously that easy.
Another thing I found awesome is how there is no mess. When I have used whitening strips in the past, I would get it on my fingers and lips. Because you have to peel the strips off and place them on your teeth, but none of this happens when using this product. Coco Rinse is also mint flavoured, so it tastes good! It’s basically like using mouthwash, you swish it around and there is no mess.
After the 10 minutes are up, you simply spit it out. Do not swallow it, because it contains all of the toxins it has drawn out, so make sure to spit it out! Another thing I love is how it does not leave that grimy feeling of film residue on your teeth; my teeth actually feel cleaner after I use this product. I am SO impressed.
Click here for a quick how-to video.
If you have used whitening strips before, you have probably experienced the sensitivity and discomfort that comes along with using these. Coco Rinse gave me zero pain or sensitivity over the entire 14 day duration, including now that I am done using the kit.
After my 14 days of continued use I can see that my teeth are whiter. I am one to really take care of my teeth, I brush twice a day and floss once a day. When I was younger I had braces, so I now have a small wire on the back of some of my teeth to keep them straight. If you’ve had braces and now have these wires as well you know how annoying it is to floss with these. I do my best, but it is the only spot where I will get plaque buildup because it’s so hard to floss around the wires. Since using Coco Rinse I notice a BIG difference with my wires. Using this in conjunction with my flossing has removed basically ANY buildup I had accumulated since my last teeth cleaning, I cannot get over it!!
Overall I am really happy with the results! This product is a dream if you are someone like me who is obsessed with brushing and flossing haha and also because it is natural, whitens teeth and helps to keep plaque away which = cleaner smile = makes me super happy! You can purchase Coco Rinse here for C$29.99, or a monthly subscription for C$25.99. Shipping is $10.00 worldwide or FREE on orders above $50.00. Also if you click here and sign up using your e-mail address you can get 15% off your first purchase!
Side note: Kismet Essentials also has an AWESOME blog on their website. You can find lots of posts regarding coconut oil and its many benefits. There is a post on how to get longer eyelashes using coconut oil, just saying 😉 so yeah I will be trying this!!! You can view their blog by clicking here. If you have tried Coco Rinse, or you will be, leave me a comment below!
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Tonight, I am going to be featured on Cat Forsley’s Beauty Podcast MyLipAddiction! You may know her from her beauty blog, but if you don’t I highly recommend following her. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and she inspires me every day! Her podcast features some great talks with beauty bloggers from all around.
In this episode, we chat about beauty events we have attended, the power of positive thinking and loving energy, as well as some of our favourite hot beauty products. Get ready for lots of love, laughter and positive vibes. This episode focuses on being confident, following your passions, loving yourself as you are, and always being your true authentic self.
You can listen to my episode tonight at 7 p.m. EST, and all the others on iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher and Buzzsprout! If you love passionate conversations about the beauty and fashion industry, I highly suggest subscribing to her podcast! Leave me a comment below if you visited! You can also visit her Pinterest board dedicated to the podcast.
HUGE thank you to Cat for having me as a guest on your podcast. It was so much fun and I loved our chat. Thank you for making me smile and laugh the whole time as you always do. Your podcast is amazing, and I cannot wait to listen to all of the episodes to come.
If you are a beauty blogger or beauty enthusiast, chances are you know who Dave Lackie is. If you don’t, Dave is editor-in-chief and founder of BEAUTY the guide digital magazine, CityTv’s Cityline Beauty Expert, men’s style columnist for the National Post newspaper, and the list goes on.
He is also very well-known for engaging daily with his social media followers, and for his amazing beauty product giveaways on such accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as well as his blog giveaways on www.davelackie.com.
Photo: Myself with Dave at Cityline, September 2nd.
I love the content Dave produces, from the interviews with Marketing and PR executives- giving those of us starting out some career advice, to the celebrity interviews and the current hottest trends in beauty. But what I love most about him, is the truly wonderful person he is. I have had the absolute pleasure of attending some of his well-known beauty events in Toronto, and have had the chance to chat with him on social media and in person on many occasions.
He is one of the kindest people I have ever met, especially in the PR/beauty industry. He is so generous, giving countless opportunities to bloggers and those starting out in the field, and he is so humble regarding his success. When you think of the beauty industry, it can be a little intimidating. There is a lot of pressure put on us by mass media and pop culture. However, I was absolutely impressed to see this is most definitely not always the case, and there are some extremely down-to-earth people who are sincere and generous within the industry, and Dave is one of those people.
I still remember attending my first event hosted by him, late last September (wow, almost a year ago already!) for Estee Lauder contour and skincare products. I was a bit nervous, but everyone there was so welcoming. Dave came over to me and introduced himself, and we chatted about PR, beauty products and blogging. Given my degree in PR and Communications, I have a passion for writing and social media, so getting to chat with him about all this was so exciting. Meeting Dave that day pushed me to come out of my shell and start my blog. He is so encouraging and gave me some great tips.
Now, almost a year later, I have attended 5 of his events and have been blogging ever since. We keep in touch via social media, and he is always open to answering questions about products or career advice. I attribute so many of the positive things that have happened with my blog to his generosity. Since meeting him and launching my blog, I have had many doors open thanks to the event invites he has given me. But most of all, he instilled that extra bit of confidence in me that I needed to start this journey, and for that I will always be so grateful.
I have also made some amazing friendships through Dave’s network. One I would like to mention is Cat Forsley. She is a beautiful woman inside and out, and has the most beautiful aura and kind energy. She is also a beauty blogger and creator and content producer of a beauty podcast on iTunes. She inspires me every day, and I am so grateful and lucky to have met her. You can find Cat on her blog www.mylipaddiction.com.
I attended Dave’s Cityline taping event in Toronto on Friday, September 2nd, just over a week ago. I asked Dave some questions regarding beauty, his role with Cityline as Beauty Expert and his career in general. I am so excited to share this interview with you. So keep reading to get to know Dave a little more!!
Interview: Dave Lackie
Chantal: With your role as Beauty Expert on Cityline, you have worked closely with the crew behind the scenes. What would you say sets Cityline apart from other daytime shows?
Dave: Cityline has always been about the information and the guest experts. They take the job very seriously, and work to really share their expertise and passion with viewers. There really is a family feeling at the show as we’ve known each other for so long. I used to hire Lynn Spence to produce fashion shows for me when I worked at Hudson’s Bay the first time round and she’d hire Lisa Rogers to model. I think that family feeling comes across on TV. We really do like each other.
Chantal: You are a big inspiration to a lot of us beauty bloggers and beauty enthusiasts. I personally really enjoy your interviews with those in the industry; especially when you discuss career advice. What advice do you have for those starting out in PR, Communications or Marketing like myself?
Dave: Always believe in yourself. And try to find ways in your current jobs to incorporate your love of beauty. So if you work for a company maybe you can plan a beauty fundraiser or event. I find joining professional organizations like CEW is great. And build your own social media platforms with really good content. When you blog, take the time to really research the brands and products you are writing about. That will set you apart from other bloggers and get the attention of the beauty brands.
Chantal: What is your favourite beauty quote?
Dave: “Beauty is on the inside.” – Natalie Portman
Chantal: What is your favourite beauty tip?
Dave: When you buy a new palette, book a beauty lesson at the counter. It may cost a little but you will learn so many ways to use your new product. The makeup artists will even give you face charts to show how to best wear it for you. I think that it is so important to get the very most from every single product you buy.
Chantal: What inspired you to start engaging with your followers and having these follower events? It is extremely generous of you to do this, and I don’t know of anyone else doing it.
Dave: I have been attending press events for more than a decade, and I thought it was such a shame that the people who most love beauty weren’t able to attend. It was only a select group of editors. So I decided to create these dinners and events for beauty enthusiasts on social media. So many people have become good friends through them. They are great fun.
Big thank you to Dave for doing this interview!! Thank you for ALL that you do. For inspiring so many of us, and giving us the best beauty and career advice, as well as for all of your generosity. It is rare to meet someone so genuine, and I feel so lucky to have met you! You truly bring happiness to a lot of people.
You can find Dave online and on social media here:
Magazine (BEAUTY the guide): http://beautytheguide.com/
If you know me you know that I LOVE tea! You would also know that for the last year my stomach has not been the same as it used to be. But this post is for those of you who don’t know me, because if you did, you would also know I have found a tea that has helped a lot with my “stomach issues”- Saje Eater’s Digest Tea.
If you have Facebook or Instagram you have probably seen the Charmed Aroma Candle videos all up in your newsfeed. If you have or haven’t, you may be wondering what the hype is about? Here’s a hint: If you like candles and sparkle- you will love these. These candles do come in great scents, but they also come with a special surprise. As your candle burns you uncover a piece of tinfoil that contains a Charmed RING!