Does anyone else hate mop and buckets? They’re awful, you literally just push around dirty water thinking you’re cleaning but when you wipe the floor with a wet paper towel it’s brown! Ew! Everyone who knows me knows I have a dog, a big dog, who I love very much but he’s very dirty! I walk him five times a day so he’s paws make my floors so dirty. My Mum picked this up for me at Walmart for $29.97, when I used it for the first time I mopped maybe the week before thinking my floor was semi-clean. Oh boy, was I wrong! The pad was brown, like the empty pad, not just at the edges. I couldn’t believe how dirty my floors were, even after using it once we noticed our feet and socks were cleaner because it was actually cleaning my floor. Stop using a mop and bucket (unless you spilled alot of water and you’re going to use the Swiffer after to clean the floor), go get yourself one of these and your life will be easier. Now keep in mind, I do only live in a one bedroom apartment, if you live in a 3 bedroom house this may not be the option for you!
Natural Dog Company Paw Soother
My poor dog started to get painful sores in between his toes, we took him to the vet to see what it was. They thought it was a chicken allergy so we switched his food and took antibiotics. The antibiotics were not a guarantee it would clear it up and there was a side effect that made him pee A LOT. Only one mishap inside and the sores cleared up until they came back. They vet gave us medicated wipes that should have helped but his paws just seem to be getting worse. I saw Natural Dog Company on instagram which posted about a dog that looked like was going through the same thing. I instantly bought it and tried it right away. This has been the best product ever as my dogs paws are much better! I use it once a night and it’s been working great. You can get this and other products like it from different stores if you go on their website or you can order online. They have different sizes 1 oz tin for $19, 2 oz tin for $24, 2oz stick for $24, 4oz tin for $36. Check them out!
I had gotten this sewing machine awhile back as I was attempting to learn. Little did I know that I would need this to make masks! Now sewing machines and I don’t have a good relationship, nothing seems to work for me, I fix it then it works for maybe five mintues and then I have the same issue all over again. I made two masks with this, I was proud of myself but the anger that came with it was not fun. Singer is a great brand when it comes to sewing machines, my best friends Mum had one for 30 years. They are built to last and are good working machines – needless to say when I use it it’s user error. With anything though it takes practice, you’re not going to be a pro the moment you open the box that’s for sure. It takes me a lot of reading and watching youtube videos to figure some things out! I got this at Canadian Tire for roughly $150. You can get them at lots of stores, just look around and do your research to see what is best for you!
I bought my yoga mat YEARS ago at Walmart for maybe $20, now they’re everywhere. Most stores have their own verisons and colours so it all depends on what you like. I’ve decided I need to start working out because I was getting quarantine-15! As gyms were closed and I was bored out of my mind anyways, I got some weights and found a workout plan and got to it. Boy, was I out of shape and I still am. I remember when I was younger playing baseball and working out like it was nothing, now doing squats makes me break a sweat! My yoga mat was handy as I live in a one bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and dog so that’s not much space to do a full workout. At least the mat made me have a space, preventing noise going to the person below me and saved my knees from the hard floor. Now gyms are open, that that I have gone as the virus is still going around but I want to so the yoga mat is coming back out! You can get yours at most stores and you don’t need to spend a lot of them.
As everyone knows there’s a pandemic going on and we all need to wash our hands a hundred times a day. Now I don’t know about you but my hands are dry and sore from all this washing and I’m sure I’ve written about this cream before but I’m going to write more about it because it’s incredible important in my life for the month of March. This cream is amazing, it’s thick so you don’t need a lot, it’s 100% vegetarian and it actually works. Yes, it does smell like hemp but the smell isn’t that strong but beware dogs and cats like the smell. It’s made specifically for very dry skin and was tested on very dry skin so they had our hands in mind. The best part about The Body Shop is that it’s a cruetly free company and did you know they recylce their containers? If you have a membership (it’s free) and you bring back your containers you can get money added on to your account that can go towards spending later on.
KSP Bakers Silcone Baking Sheets – set of 3
I got these for Christmas from my Aunt, I didn’t use them for awhile and then finally I made cookies. These are the best damn baking sheets EVER. I have pretty good baking sheets but the more you use them the more ‘ruined’ they get. All you do is lay the silcone sheet down on the pan like you would with foil or parchment paper and place your cookies or whatever you’re baking and I 100% garantee it will not stick. The first time I used them I baked cookies and was completely shocked, I made Dave come over to lift up a cookie by hand because it was just so satisfying. Washing the sheets is just as easy, everything that was on them just comes right off and let them air dry. They always keep their shape, I just roll them up and put them in a cupboard and once I take them out again they will be flat. The best part is they’re reusable and you’re helping the evironment! You can get these at Kitchen Stuff Plus for regular price $29.99.
Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus Prep Set
I’ve had this for years and only just started using it. When I was younger I decided I was going to make a “nesting chest”, I started buying all the products I wanted for my own place but buy it slowly so I don’t spend a crap ton of money when you first move out. I orginally got all my Joseph Joseph stuff from Sears but they sadly no longer exist, now you can get stuff from The Bay, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Kitchen Stuff Plus. This prep set is the bomb.com because it comes with 2 mixing bowls (one big, one small), a strainer, a colander, and 5 measuring cups/spoons and it stacks together like in the picture to save space! The mixing bowls have grips on the bottom of them so they won’t move around on the counter, they’re all easy to clean as food doesn’t really stick to them (unless the food is sticky, like bread dough, but still was better than regular bowls) and they come in awesome colours. Now they do come in a sky colour (blues and greys) or a stainless steel verison if you don’t want the multi-coloured ones. Asbolutely love and I will show you other Joseph Joseph products! The multi-coloured and blue/grey are $74.99 and the stainless steel is $164.99 at The Bay.
Somewhere in one of my previous monthly favourites I wrote about the new dining room table I got; the one where I got a noise complaint from me attempting to put this thing together! Well, for Christmas I ask for chairs to go with it and I got them! This year for Christmas I’ve been adulting hard, I’ve never been so excited for towels, chairs and a toaster oven in my life. I guess we all get to an age where useless things aren’t cool anymore and organization and a nice dining set is sexy af. My boyfriend’s mum ordered them from Structube, on Christmas day they were sitting in a big box and two were out in the open (which was totally fine). With Structube you get quality items for a descent price however you do need to put them together. The chairs were really easy to put together with two people. I unpacked and unwrapped everything and my boyfriend screwed in the pieces (all he had to do was attach the legs to the seat part). We had a good system and got it done in 30 mins or so. The chairs are absolutely amazing, they’re comfortable, sleek and stylish and cost $39 each.
Do you have dry, itchy, irratated or even build up and oily scalp? Me too! Literally the whole world has had something wrong with their scalp at some point in their lives and it’s nothing to be embrassessed about. As a hairstlyist I’ve seen some bad scalps that needed some serious TLC, thankfully there’s hundred of products out there to suit your specific needs. I’ve heard great things about Briogeo and have wanted to try it for awhile; at Christmas I got a Briogeo hair box that had 3 or 4 products in it. As you see in the photo the shampoo in grey, that’s because of the charcoal and it feels gritty. I put it on my scalp and rubbed like I normally would when washing my hair. It feels amazing when washing, it does have a menthol feeling (but that is normal with most detox/cleansing shampoos) but it doesn’t hurt. It’s just refreshing. Once I got out of the shower and used my regular products, air dried then felt my scalp, it felt so good! I was seriously impressed with the product and want to work it into my hair routine. In the pack it was a small shampoo but Sephora has the regular size for $54.
Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
I always have the hardest time when it comes to finding a good makeup remover. No matter what I always find something wrong with the product, whether it be it doesn’t remove all the makeup, it’s not good with waterproof or that it stays and leaves a residue. I have found a couple and wrote about them but I’m adding in this one to the list. For Christmas my mum, sister and I got The Body Shop advent calendars because they’re cool af. This advant calendar was way better than getting chocolate (because lets face it the older we get the more our bodies can’t handle chocolate like the way it use too). The first day I used this remover I was impressed because I actually got it directly in my eye and it didn’t hurt. So it’s definately safe to say that it’s actually gentle. I had no problem removing the makeup, it smells good and calming, it’s suitable for sensitive skin (HELLO) and contact len wearers (I don’t wear contacts so I can’t say). I have used the bottle almost everyday (Tuesday to Saturday) since December and I still have the same bottle, it is definately worth the money and it’s not even that expensive. The Body Shop has it regularly priced $19.00. Not bad!
Do you ever feel like no matter how much deodorant you put on you’re always sweating which eventually leads you to smelling like b.o? This was literally my life and I hated it. I would be at work doing a client and sweating for literally no reason, so I would sneak to the back to dap my pits and apply more deodorant so they don’t smell. Eventually one of my coworkers told me about this new antiperspirant that she had been using and she loves it. She sent me a picture, told me it’s pricey for deodorant but it was well worth it. At this point I’d try anything no matter the price so I bought it (thankfully it was on sale the first time) and holy sh*t this stuff actually works. Literally for weeks I was telling people to smell my armpits after I worked a full shift of doing hair and they didn’t make a face like I smelt like death of b.o. They come in different scents but with me having sensitive skin I decided to go with the ‘free’ to keep it clean. You apply two clicks of the product on at night before bedtime then you’re set in the morning. I have woken up in the middle of the night to apply this because I forgot to after my shower and didn’t want to smell. I’m obsessed. I got this at Walmart for $7.97 plus tax.
Black + Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fryer Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel
My mum came over to my new apartment with my boyfriend to check out the place. Once she walked into the kitchen and saw our $10 toaster oven she said, “Well I know what I’m getting you for Christmas.” This thing wasn’t cute, it was white so you could see every piece of dirt, dust and food I couldn’t get off of it. It was so small you couldn’t even put two of those small personaly pizzas in let alone bread. Meanwhile with bread all it did was burn it so then you would under cook your toast so you didn’t end up with black toast. There is not one good thing I could say about our old toaster oven besides that I’m glad it’s gone. Sure enough, Christmas comes and my mum bought us a new toaster oven. On the day I didn’t get a good chance to look at it because that day is just hectic. On the 26th though, I had time to put stuff away and really get a chance to check things out. I set this bad boy up and got excited because it has an air fryer. I didn’t even know air fryers were going to be all the rage this year but I’ve always wanted one. The first thing we made in it was chicken wings, they were pretty damn good! Cleaning the oven after was pretty easy (which I’m obsessed with doing now, it has to look good and work well so I take care of it), and it fits perfectly on our counter. Making bagels and toast is amazing and easy with no burning. I’m not sure where my mum got this but I found it on Walmart’s website for $99.98 plus tax.
I never knew the power of bronzer and highlighter until I got my makeup done for that wedding in October. I had just come back from St. Maarten with an small tan (your girl is so white she doesn’t tan and even the Carribean could barely do it) and still wanted to look tan. I looked white again once she put my foundation on (remember I wasn’t that tanned to begin with) but once she put bronzer and this highlighter on I was in love with it. The highlighter is the perfect shade and not too much shimmer. You can get this at Sephora for $40.00
Skin Care Favourite:
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
I’ve always skipped toner because it usually came in a liquid or mist form and I hated it. My sister actually told me about these then so did the makeup artist, most likely because First Aid Beauty is the one brand that hasn’t irritated my face. It’s simple, after washing your face, you take a pad and wipe it across your face then use your moisturizer. You can get a pack of 60 at Sephora for $42.00.
In a perfect world, when we come out of the shower we brush are hair, put of heat protector in (yes everyone should!), put your styling cream then blow dry and style your hair as you please. The next morning you don’t wash your hair but it needs to be fixed, with this thermal spray you mist the hair before you re-style your hair giving it heat protection! I use this everyday because I fix my hair every morning (were not all perfect, no one is). You can get this at Aveda salons or stores for $41.00.
Artic King 3.5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer
As most of you know I have a dog, we switched him to raw food and we got a hook up from a friend that we get 80lbs of meat. So we needed a place to store all this meat so it wouldn’t go back. My boyfriend actually got this on sale so it was cheaper for us but Walmart has sales all the time. You can get this at Walmart for $220.
Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define
I wrote about before how I had a wedding in October and I got my makeup done, and loved my makeup. She used this brow pencil on me and they looks great without looking freaky! You can get this at Sephora for $32.00
Skin Care Favourite:
Ombrelle Face Stick
I went on vacation in October and your girl is pretty white/pasty so she needs her SPF (but real talks, we ALL need our SPF. Protect yourself!) I found this face stick and it works wonders, since normal we put the cream on your face but as soon as you sweat or go in the water it goes straight into your eyes. With this stick, that does not happen. Only thing is because it is a stick you really got to put it on so you dont get random lines across your face. I got this at Walmart for $16.00.
(not the exact sweater)
Chaos4K9’s Show Me Your Pitties Sweater
I went to the Pet Expo in November and I got this show me your pitties sweater because pitties are awesome and goofy! It cost $40 and it all went to the cause (plus I wanted the sweater). You can get these like anywhere online for different prices but Chaos4K9’s is $40 online or if they’re at a show near you.
KSP Viva Tension Bathtub 4-tier Corner Shelf
I love organization and the bathroom needed some love so we got this! My mum has this at her house and I liked it so we got it for our house. It makes the shower so much better and cleaner. I got this at Kitchen Stuff Plus for $59.99.
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
I had a wedding in October and decided to get my makeup done at Sephora in Barrie (because that’s where the wedding was taking place) and absolutely loved my makeup artists and loved the products she used on me. I don’t like having a lot of makeup on my face because 1. I don’t like the feeling of it and 2. I hate hiding my freckles (yay UK background). I told the stylist this and she nailed it. This foundation was the best anyone has used on me to this day. It didn’t feel like I had anything on and I could still see my freckles. You can get this at Sephora for $40.00.
Skin Care Favourite:
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme
When it comes to Aveda I love anything that’s the ‘Shampure’ smell (it’s the typical Aveda smell if you know what that smells like) so I love this hand creme in the shampure scent. It also comes in a cherry almond scent that I love. You can get this at Aveda stores or salons for $34.00
Hair Care Favourite:
Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
DRY HAIR! Do I have your attention? This Aveda oil works well out of all oils because it actually goes into the hair strand rather then sitting on top and making you think it’s working. This bottle will last you a while as with every Aveda product, a little goes a long way. You can put this in wet or dry hair before blow drying or after or just to refresh your ends on non-wash days. You can get these at Aveda stores and salons for $41.00
The North Face Women’s Artic Down Parka
I needed a new winter jacket because thanks to my dog who ate my old one. So naturally I fell inlove with the most expenive jacket. (LOL) I got this one at Sports Chek for $399.99 but it was worth every penny.
Structube Shari White Dining Table
My boyfriend and I finally got a bigger place that allows us to have an actualy dining table so I found this one and absolutely love it. I actually got a noise complaint putting it together because I was so excited for my new purchase. I’ve fallen in love with this store because they have better quality products then Ikea but you’re not breaking the bank for it (don’t get me wrong they do have expensive things but you can find good ones for cheaper here too.) This cost me $299 at Structube.
Aveda feed my lips pure nourish-ment lip treatment
This has all the wants of a chapstick but more. You can use it as a chapstick or use it as a pre-treatment before putting your lipstick on. You can get this at Aveda store or salons for $34.00.
Skin Care Favourite:
Heavy-Duty Face Protector
I was using a different face cream but it was too heavy after using it for awhile it made me break out. I decided to randomly try the body shop since it was cheaper and I wanted to try something new. It’s light weight, doesn’t smell like hemp that much, and it last awhile. This is $14.00 at The Body Shop.
Hair Care Favourite:
Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
A styling serum that smooths frizz, tames flyaways and adds shine. Its light weight and a little goes a long way. It’s used best after you’ve styled you hair. You can get this at Aveda stores and salons for $42.00.
russbe reusable bags
I wanted to spot wasting plastic bags because I noticed my boyfriend and I have been using them more and more so I ordered these! I asboluely love them and I want to order more. They’re durable, easy to use and super easy to clean. You can get these online at russbe.com or try at Winners. They’re roughtly $8-10 USD online.
When I was in hair school I needed makeup brushes because we always put finishing touches on clients but they wanted us to use q-tips for everything to keep things clean/sanitary. My sister ended up getting me a set similar to things and now that I’m done hair school I just use them for myself and I love them. I don’t use that much makeup so this is something basic and works perfectly. You get this sets from almost anywhere but I got these at Sephora for roughly $60.00.
Quo Rose quartz facial roller
I got this at a gift from my best friend and fell in love with it. You roll it on your face to help make puffiness go down and it totally works. You use the large end on your cheeks, forehead and jawline and the smaller for under eye and chin area. You can get this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $25.00.
Hair Care Favourite:
Aveda Nourishing Styling Creme
This creme is a leave in styling creme that provides moisture and lock out frizz even on humid days. After showering, apply small amount into damp hair, and style as you want. You can get this at Aveda stores or Aveda Salons near you for $38.00.
Sun Bum Cool Down
Sum Bum is hands down the best SPF product I’ve seen out there and their after sun care is just as good. Its thick so you don’t need a lot and it spreads easily all while smelling so good. You can get Sun Bum at different places but I got this at Sports Chek for $14.00.
Zinus Bed Frame
We needed a new bed frame bad and I was getting so sick of Ikea bedframes always breaking on us so I went to Amazon/my parents who got this bed. It’s easy to put together, lightweight and its sturdy. You can get this on Amazon for $80 plus shipping.