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Skincare Saturday: Dew Puff Konjac Sponges

Dew Puff Konjac Sponges

A few months ago, in a favourites video, I mentioned how much I was loving using konjac sponges in my face washing routine. You do need to replace them every three months or so, so I was really happy when these Dew Puff ones arrived in my mailbox just as I was needing to replace the one I had been using!

Dew Puff Konjac Sponges have a very porous texture
Dew Puff Konjac Sponges have a very porous texture

For those unfamiliar with konjac sponges, they are a 100% plant based sponge. Dew Puff has only one ingredient – konjac root – also known as elephant yam or kon-nyaku in Japanese. The sponge is rock hard when it’s dry, so you soak it thoroughly in water and it becomes a puffed up, squishy sponge that’s ready for use. I especially like using them with creamy face washes – there’s something about the combined texture of the sponge and the creamy face wash that is exceptionally satisfying. I really feel like the sponge is pushing the face wash into my face and getting a deeper clean (even though it’s exceptionally gentle). Make sure you let your Dew Puff dry out completely before you use it next (keeps the sponge healthier). There’s a handy thread woven through the sponge so I just hang it from a rack in the shower when I’m done with it.

Dew Puff Konjac Sponges
Dew Puff Konjac Sponges

Dew Puff comes in three different varieties:

  • Original: for all skin types and is even soft enough to be used on a baby’s skin
  • Asian Clay: for dry and aging skin
  • Bamboo Charcoal: for blemish prone skin

One of the aspects I like about the Dew Puff version of the konjac sponge is that it’s really quite large. You can cover a lot of ground with the size of these sponges! I really only stick to using it on my face, but they can be used all over the body as well.

The Dew Puff sponges retail for roughly $8 USD each and can be purchased on dewpuff.com or on amazon.com.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Affiliate links may be used.

Skincare Saturday: SweatBlock

SweatBlock
SweatBlock

This post is sponsored by SweatBlock. And once you read about how well this worked for me, you’ll see why I’m more than happy to be doing a sponsored post!

Suffering through hyperactive sweat glands was an ENORMOUS cause of personal strife for me when I was a teen. My favourite shirt colour was white, but I could barely bring myself to wear my white shirts because I would end up sweating through the armpits of the shirt I was wearing. And of course, sweating through white always causes that horrible yellow discolouring. I didn’t want to raise my arms in class in case I was sweating (made even worse if I was wearing a light grey shirt because those sweat stains ended up looking BLACK!). I felt like I always had to keep my arms at my sides at all times, which is quite a stressful feeling when you’re in high school trying to fit in.

I hated it so, so much. I even remember looking into possible surgeries at the time to remove my sweat glands in my armpits. (Hey, when you’re ashamed of something, you’ll try to find any kind of solution.)

SweatBlock towelettes
SweatBlock towelettes

Thankfully, I did eventually find something that would solve my problems – Drysol. It was this tap on bottle that contained liquid that would help stop sweating, and it worked, but it was so, SO painful. The kind of pain where you want to just scratch off your armpit and draw blood in the process – truly horrible.  But hey, anything to solve the sweating problem right?

So when I discovered that SweatBlock was another option in the same vein of Drysol, I was more than eager to give it a go. I was very intrigued by SweatBlock as it comes in far more manageable packaging – you get eight thoroughly pre-soaked towelettes per box. They come in those sample size foil packets which makes it extremely easy to travel with (I’m in Ottawa right now and I packed one with me just in case I need it).

Sweat Block towelette
SweatBlock towelette

Aside from the grab and go accessibility of the little towelettes, the biggest selling point for me with SweatBlock is how this feels on my skin when it’s doing its magic. I dab the towelette onto my underarms at night before I go to bed and then hit the sack. I no longer experience that unbelievable itching pain like I did with the Drysol (and I really cannot stress enough how insanely itchy that stuff is – it’s absolutely unreal) and can sleep without constantly waking up needing to scratch my pits.

So how does it work? For me, very, very well. From previous experiences I know I am extremely susceptible to the active ingredient in these kinds of products, so I can get away with using one towelette per month. My husband is an excessive sweater and he found he got a solid 2-3 days without dripping armpits (which honestly, is kind of unreal). Results will vary depending on the person (as with all skincare and beauty products really), but for me this is a winner. It’s also listed as the number 1 best-selling antiperspirant on Amazon (there are a plethora of 5-star reviews on there) in case you want to check out what others have to say.

One box will set you back $17.99 USD on the sweatblock.com website,  and it gets cheaper as you buy more. In case you’d like to pick some up with a discounted price, you can use muyourmind20 to get 20% off your orders until July 20, 2017! (I make zero commission off of this by the way – just save yourself some cash!)

Since I’ve told you my story, I’m curious about you! Have you ever suffered from too much sweating? If you’re comfortable sharing, let me know in the comments!

Skincare Saturday: Live Clean Green Earth + Giveaway!

Live Clean Green Earth products

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day! And, In celebration of that, Live Clean kindly reached out to me about a giveaway for some of their Green Earth products. I *love* to give stuff away, and Live Clean is an earth conscience brand with eco-friendly products, so of course I said yes. However, I did want to try everything out for myself, so read on to hear about the products you could potentially be winning!

Live Clean Green Earth body wash
Live Clean Green Earth body wash

I freaking love me some Live Clean body wash! Not only does the product come in ENORMOUS bottles, but they also lather up and smell wonderful. This was my first time trying out the Green Earth scent and it wasn’t exactly what I expected. I think I was thinking it would smell kinda like grass? In the end, it’s a very clean soap smell with almost a hint of… mango? There’s some kind of fruit aspect to it and I can’t quite put my finger on it, so we’ll go with mango!

Live Clean Green Earth shampoo and conditioner
Live Clean Green Earth shampoo and conditioner

I was totally new to Live Clean‘s shampoos and conditioners and had no idea what to expect. The Green Earth scent does, of course, match the smell of the body wash which is a plus in my book. As for function, these are a perfectly serviceable daily shampoo and conditioner! I noticed no build up in my hair over a week of use and they worked well in conjunction with my other styling products once my hair was dry.

Live Clean Green Earth Giveaway

Live Clean Green Earth giveaway!
Live Clean Green Earth giveaway!

On to the giveaway! Two people will win the Live Clean Green Earth set pictured above. This includes:

  • Live Clean Green Earth Body Wash
  • Live Clean Green Earth Shampoo
  • Live Clean Green Earth Conditioner

Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open to Canada only!
  • This giveaway starts on April 22, 2017 and runs for one week.
  • Please be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.
  • One winner will win the Prize Pack pictured and described above
  • The winners will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. If they fail to respond within that time frame, I will pick another prize winner. (And so on.)

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The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration and the prizes are being provided by Live Clean!

Skincare Saturday: Karen Dermo Cosmetic Phytoplankton Moisturizing Lotion

This post is sponsored by Karen.

As we move from the winter months into spring and summer here in Canada, I always find myself switching over to a thinner moisturizer. I tend to stick to thick body creams throughout the winter, but come the warmer months, I want something that’s going to keep my skin happy, healthy and hydrated, but that also won’t feel heavy on my skin.

So when I was introduced to Karen Dermo Cosmetic Phytoplankton Moisturizing Lotion (distributed by Canadian brand Blugenics Innovations in Sackville, New Brunswick) that promised me that phytoplankton was the new superfood that could nourish my skin, I was definitely interested.

Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion
Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion

The Karen brand of phytoplankton is approved by Health Canada and is clinically proven to infuse new life into skin and eliminate the toughest skin conditions. The phytoplankton (algae) is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and the lotion is hypoallergenic as well as paraben free. In case you’re curious, the Karen brand of phytoplankton is grown in a closed environment facility which is free of pollution and contaminants (so rest assured they’re not scraping it out of the actual ocean!).

Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion
Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion

I don’t have psoriasis, rosacea or eczema, which this lotion has been clinically tested to help (most people saw a 95% improvement in their skin quality over a four month dermatologist supervised study), but I do have oddly itchy skin on my shins. The Karen Dermo Cosmetic Phytoplankton Moisturizing Lotion  helped to relieve that itching sensation and after about two weeks of straight use I’d say that the desire to scratch at my shins is totally gone! I did try it out once on my face just to see how it would go and I wasn’t in love with it that way – this was definitely a body moisturizer for me!

So if you’re looking for a healing agent in your body lotion that is also not a super thick cream and absorbs easily, you may just want to take a look into this one!

Karen Dermo Cosmetic Phytoplankton Moisturizing Lotion will set you back $39.99 CAD for a 100 ml tube. And if you don’t like it? Don’t worry – it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee! You can purchase it at Rexall, Guardian, London Drugs, PharmChoice, Pharmasave, Shoppers Drug Mart and online at karenphytoplankton.com.

Skincare Saturday: LUSH Cosmetics Easter 2017 Collection

With Easter around the corner, Lush has released their seasonal themed collection and, as per usual,  it’s adorable!

Lush Bath Bomb in Chick 'n' Mix
Lush Bath Bomb in Chick ‘n’ Mix

The very first item I grabbed for was this adorable bath bomb called Chick ‘n’ Mix!

Lush Bath Bomb in Chick 'n' Mix
Lush Bath Bomb in Chick ‘n’ Mix

Imagine my surprise when I pulled out the bath bomb and it fell apart in my hands! It’s a three piece item!

Lush Bath Bomb in Chick 'n' Mix
Lush Bath Bomb in Chick ‘n’ Mix

The outer shells of the chick open up to reveal a tiny little baby bunny inside! (I 100% squealed when I saw this by the way!)

Since the bath bomb is so enormous, I opted to use it across two baths. The first one I used the bottom blue half alongside the baby bunny. As per usual, any bath involving a Lush bath bomb is such a pleasure. This one leans citrus, but there’s a powdery scent to it as well.

Lush Lip Scrub in Chocolate
Lush Lip Scrub in Chocolate

Need to get your lips in tip top shape? Try out the Lush Lip Scrub in Chocolate! It does have a predominantly chocolatey scent but there’s a lovely kick of orange to it! Think Terry’s Chocolate Orange (which is a personal favourite treat of mine). LOVE!

Lush Shower Gel in Wash Behind Your Ears
Lush Shower Gel in Wash Behind Your Ears

Lush Shower Gels are always a must have in my shower… although the scent on the new Wash Behind Your Ears isn’t quite up my alley! The scent on this one is jasmine, rose and neroli.

Lush Soap in Chocolate Easter Egg
Lush Soap in Chocolate Easter Egg

I’ve saved my absolute favourite for last – the Chocolate Easter Egg soap! Does anyone else still use bar soap? Because I freaking love it but I feel like almost everyone sticks to shower gels these days. So the Chocolate Easter Egg soap is billed as chocolate (makes sense lol), BUT I get a lot of honey sent in this one. It smells very, very similar to Honey I Washed the Kids soap or the It’s Raining Men shower gel – which is VERY exciting for me because that is my absolute favourite scent that Lush makes.

Let me know if you’re going to be picking up anything from the Lush Easter collection!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.