COVID-19 Layoff: Day Seventy-Six & Seventy-Seven

Day Seventy-Six:

Welcome to another not so interesting boring day. I didn’t do much needless to say, I didn’t even work out!

The only interesting thing that happened yesterday was the crazy thunderstorm we had and I took a mini time laspe of it.

This is also why I didn’t have a blog, because I stayed up late, didn’t wash my hair and went to bed!

Day Seventy-Seven:

Another not so interesting day! The weather was weird today, I woke up and it was cloudy and windy with some chances of some rain. All of the sudden its sunny, humid and hot. Hot enough that Drax didn’t want to go on walks. Tomorrow morning I’m hoping he wakes me up early enough that we get a long one in before it gets too hot.

Today I did do a work out and I died. It was on resistance band workout, I didn’t think it was going to be that bad since the last one I did wasn’t that hard, apparently the last one I did was a shit workout!

So I do have a rant today, just a small rant, that I really shouldn’t since I know people are working very hard. Canada Post messed with my emotions. I ordered stuff from Gymshark, it said it was out to be delivered which made me very excited because I have nothing else to do. It didn’t come and when I checked later on it said deliever date pending and it was all of the sudden back at the postal facility. I was excited it was coming but now I don’t know what’s going on. ALSO I ordered The Body Shop a week before Gymshark and I don’t even have shipping for that! I know, I know, I shouldn’t be complaining at all. Just a small rant of playing with my emotions. I thank Canada Post workers big time and I know you’re all very busy and short staffed! We love you.

That’s all I have for today.

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

COVID-19 Layoff: Day Fifty-Three

Happy Mother’s Day!

My sister, step-dad and I had a plan to surprise my mum! Couple weeks ago my sister and I decided to order my mum the body shop mother’s Day tote bag!

It’s filled with all these awesome products, which my family loves a good Body Shop product! So it’s a good one and the bag is actually really cute.

We also decided to get her a book that she has to fill out. Thought it was just a cool little idea and in the future we’ll get it back.

I then got her a card that is related to toilet paper since there was a toilet paper crisis! My sister and step dad also planned to Swiss Chalet for linner and hang out. It was a good day and a good surprise for my mum.

After I drove to Vaughan to get gas because it was cheaper and I get my reward points for discounted/free gas! Then watched some TV until I fell asleep on the couch 🤦‍♀️.

That’s all for today. How was everyone’s Mother’s Day? Hope they were great.

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

March Favourites 2020!

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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.

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

February Favourites 2020!

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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.

 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

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!

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

September Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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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: 

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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: 

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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.

Home Favourite: 

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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.

 Music Favourite:

Saint-Tropez by Post Malone

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

June Favourites

Makeup Favourites:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

I got this as a mini to start practicing and try out different things when it came to makeup. I have extremely dry skin so I need something moisturizing and this definitely is but me having dry skin it absorbs quickly. I got the mini for $20.00 at Sephora.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Hemp Hard Working Face Protector

This product was suggested when I got another product that could potentially dry out my face and I needed a new cream since my other was making me start to break out. This face cream works wonders, it heavy duty but not heavy on your face, and it helps protect against the elements. I got this at The Body Shop for $14.00.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Brilliant Damage Control

This pre-style spray helps protect against breakage that can get caused by brushing/combing and heat styling. As anyone knows I love Aveda products and this also works wonders to detangle the hair. You can get this at any Aveda store, salon or concept salon for $33.00.

Body Favourite:

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Victoria’s Secret Hiphugger Underwear

I get all my underwear from here, they’re super comfortable, last a long time and come in every colour and design. You can get them in store or online for $10.50 each.

Home Favourite:

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Ikea VARIERA Plastic Bag Dispenser

My boyfriend and I had tons of plastic bags around the house (since he always forgets the reuseable ones) so we needed to get organized do we could reuse the plastic ones. Now they’re perfectly tucks away in this dispenser and gave us more room under the kitchen sink. You can get this for $2.99.

Music Favourite:

Fill Me In by Loud Luxury & Ryan Shepherd.

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

May Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer

I got this as a start primer to my journey of getting into makeup. I do have redness in my face so this was a good start. I don’t like having stuff on my face so getting use to it would be hard but I didn’t find this to be too heavy which is what I liked about it. You can get this at Sephora for mini size $20.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

I know Tea Tree oil has been written about before on my blog but that was awhile ago. I got this because at times my chin will break out and it drives me up the wall. So I went to the body shop to see if they had something for me, the last time I got the stick but this time I got the oil which is more concentrated. It makes them smaller and gets rid of them way faster then just waiting for them to go away with washing my face. I got this at the Body Shop for $13.00 for the small bottle.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo

This shampoo is clay based to help fine, limp hair look more voluminous! It works as a pair the shampoo and conditioner so unfortunately you shouldn’t just use the shampoo and a different conditioner because you won’t be getting the full effect. You can get this at any Aveda salon or store for $24.00.

Body Favourite: 

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St. Ives Shower Foam

This product for me was a struggle, first off I only ended up buying it because they were out of my normal shower version of this. I used it but I found that I had to use a lot of it in order to feel clean because it’s foam so it disappears fast. Other than that it was good, it’s soft and skin feels great after. You can get this at Walmart for $6.00.

Home Care Favourite:

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Ikea Foljaren Shower Curtain

I needed a new shower curtain and I’ve always liked Ikea’s because you can wash them so my boyfriend and I picked this one. My house has a lot of brand and nude colours so I’m trying to make it lighter and brighter, especially the bathroom. I got this for $15.00.

Music Favourite:

So High by Wiz Khalifa feat. Ghost Loft

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Product Review

Hey everyone! I am the sister of Maeg and will be writing a guest review on some of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Products.

I was recommended to try this products from my mother and stepfather; as I not only have some light acne but also have blemishes to the point where my entire face is red.

Three of the products I will be writing about I purchased in a set for $ 36.00 CDN. They included the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, the Tea Tree Clearing Toner, and finally the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

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I enjoyed this product as it does clear away the dirt in your skin when you use it. I use this product while in the shower allowing my pores to open up more ensuring that the product will remove any excess oils.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

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Out of all the Tea Tree products I’ve tried so far this has to be my favourite. I use this not only for my face but my body as well. If I have a few zits creep up on me I just use this product and within a few days they are gone. Definitely removes any excess dirt from the any. Best advice apply with a clean cloth. The only downside to this product is you have to shake it every time in order to activate the ingredients.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

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I honestly do not use this product much as the rest of the line, as it has moisturizing ingredients. I would only recommend this product if you have dry skin.

There are three remaining products that I have tested out and they are as follows:

Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub

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I use this product only once to twice a week. I’ve had some pretty bad experiences in the past with exfoliators or scrubs, because of this I didn’t want to over do it with this product. Most scrubs I’ve used in the past have dried out my face. This scrub is not as harsh as those, and does contain some moisturizing features. This product cost $15.00.

Tea Tree Gel

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I use this as a spot treatment for  my blemishes. I do have rosacea so I am constantly red in the face. This gel does do the job, however it does not do anything in terms of zits or acne. This product cost $11.00.

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

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This product is great for blemishes and super easy to use. All you do is put the lotion on before bed (enough to cover your entire face) and go to sleep. When you wake up the next morning you are completely blemish free. I would highly recommend this product for anyone who doesn’t want to do a lot of work in order to get a blemish free face. This product cost $19.00.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Cat