RAPHA: HARMONIZING OIL CLEANSER

I wont lie. I have always been a foaming cleanser type of girl so when I switched to the H is for Love line, I was a little hesitant of the RAPHA Cleanser. I had heard of oil cleansers..and thought about them once in a while.. but with my tricky skin and frequent breakouts I was nervous about putting more oil onto my skin. But..after much thought, and going back and forth.. I did it. I rubbed that oil all over my face, thinking, how in the hell is this even doing anything?.. And even kind of side-eyeing my shelf in the process to see what I was going to use afterwards to actually clean my face. Well, awkward for me.. because I was totally wrong!

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You. Guys. This stuff is amazing. Like.. and not just a little bit amazing.. how do I describe it in a way you will understand?.. This stuff is.. the bee’s knees.. the creme of the crop.. THE BEST FUCKING CLEANSER I HAVE EVER USED! My skin feels so clean, hydrated, and like it is ready for anything.

The true test came after a night out, where I.. *yes I barely can believe it myself* wore a full face of makeup *you know the three coats of mascara, night of dancing, sweating, and consuming endless drinks.. drill*.. At that point I was thinking alright it’s been great, but there is no way this oil is going to dissolve through this mess.. WRONG AGAIN BRITTANY! Not only did it completely dissolve away, but my eye makeup came off so easily with a swipe of a warm cloth! I have never found something to remove my eye makeup with such a gentle touch. Cue: It’s a whooooole neeeewww woooorrrrllllld!

This cleanser screams good vibes. Considering the bottle is jam packed with olive, hemp seed, and pumpkin seed oils, along with chamomile and essential oils, you just can’t go wrong. Rapha has totally changed my outlook on cleansers. It’s like you can feel the impurities just melting away!

Not only can I find peace in knowing that this cleanser is great for my skin, but the team behind these products are even more amazing. I do not know them personally, I know nothing about their personal lives, or their childhood, or what they even did last week – and in fact – maybe I am wrong and they are all awful people. I. AM. JUST. KIDDING! In the short time I have been in touch with Bee (how funny that she is also B (with ees’), and her team, they have been nothing but exceptional. They are so knowledgeable, friendly, passionate, and always go above and beyond. Plus, their Insta page is sort of to die for, and they are all mega bombshells.

STRAIGHT FROM THE H IS FOR LOVE WEBSITE, SO I DONT MESS IT UP! –

A combination of oils and essential oils which, when blended in perfect measure, prepare you for waking and for slumbering. RAPHA’s foundation infuses nutrient-rich oils with herbs complimented by antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and highly soothing essential oils, giving skin a pathway to health and framework for vitality.

Also guys, with all of the shit that people try to sell you, that are being intertwined with our social media, and every single thing you click on bringing up more and more ads online these days to make money I feel like I need to tell you this: I am in no way being paid for writing about this product. I do not make any type of commission off of telling you about it, or trying to “sell” you on it. If you buy it, that’s great, but it does not benefit to me at all, except in my KARMA bank, which is a REAL THING PEOPLE! I really do enjoy this cleanser so much, and wanted to share the love! It makes me so happy to share wonderful products that I find with you and this line just might be the best yet!

*No H is for Love product was harmed in the making of these photos*

GO SHOPPING!: https://www.hforlove.com
FOLLOW THEM ON INSTA: @h_is_for_love 

– and don’t forget to tell them that I sent you!

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#DIYSKINCARE: Avocado Face Masks

It’s that time of the year again! The time where Mother Nature is off her meds, and shit is hitting the fan! Plus 15 outside and sunny all week.. this morning we wake up to a winter wonderland.. WTF!? My skin is super impressed by this.. NOT! While it’s good to use products on your skin depending on what it requires at different times of the year, when it’s like this outside, it’s easy to have no clue! These two face masks will give your skin a break and love after the winter.. (or during a snowfall in April!)

I am always a fan of skin care that comes from your fridge. It makes me feel good that I can pronounce the ingredients, and I know exactly what is going on my skin.

Try these out and let me know what you think! If you feel a tingle from the apple cider, don’t freak out.


*NOTE: Do not try these if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are sensitive to the mask, rinse immediately. I always recommend doing a patch test before applying to your entire face.


Light, bright, & hydrated!

1/2 Avocado – mashed up
2 TBSP Honey (Raw, organic)
1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw, organic)
1 Tsp Lemon Juice

Mix it all up. Slap it all on! Well.. maybe don’t slap it on… but slather that goodness all over your face.. watch 15-20 min of your favourite guilty pleasure tv show, or lay back and ponder life.. rinse away with warm water.. follow with your go-to toner and moisturizer!


Calm down, skin!
Exfoliate, hydrate, and calm your skin with this one!

1/2 Avocado – mashed up
1 TBSP Honey (Raw, organic)
2 TBSP Oatmeal (Uncooked)

Same instructions as above, except one note; Once your mask has set, use warm water to rinse. The oats will exfoliate your dry, dead skin away during your rinse!

Happy Saturday!

MONDAY

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Photo Cred: Ryan McGuire

Sip your coffee, take a giant deep breath, and buckle up! A new week is upon us! Is it just me, or do the weekends go by way to quickly? I am imagining you nodding along with me, because you would have to be a crazy person to not wish the weekends were longer. Honestly, is it really asking too much to just have one more day tacked on there? Who do we need to talk to about that?! 😉 Just when I finally get relaxed, I realize it’s Sunday evening and the next morning the alarm is set.. boo!

I hope you all had a wonderful, productive weekend. Ours was busy busy, but great! Lots of family time which I always love.

This weekend, we gave my Brother-In-Law his Christmas gift, of a Rib Dinner! I know that sounds like a funny Christmas gift, but it’s what he asked for! I must say, it’s quite a compliment to my cooking that each year, instead of a random item, or gift card.. he puts my cooking on his list! The past couple of years he asked for Slow Cooker Meals, which is helpful to them throughout the year.. I did about 10-15 meals for them.. got them all prepped into freezer bags so that on their busy days, dinner didn’t have to be a thought.. they could just remove from the freezer, pop into a slow cooker and be done with it. This year he surprised me! His list read “come to my house and cook a rib dinner.” Done! Without tooting my own horn tooooo much, I can tell you that the dinner was great! I love a good BBQ dinner, so this was right up my alley. I will share my menu and recipes with you in a separate post, or this could go on all day! It was a close call when we arrived to their house and I slipped on the ice, carrying the box with dinner in it, and everything flew in the air.. a classic movie slip moment.. thankfully, I had saran-wrapped everything so tightly that it survived! Phewf! I was almost in tears, thinking of walking in the door, and telling him that his Christmas gift was currently all over their front yard!

On Sunday, we went to see The National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus. The show was pretty cool, a little less exciting than I was expecting, but very informative, and interesting to say the least! Dinosaurs are so cool. #NerdAlert

So what will this week bring for me? I have a few posts to share with you, along with a few recipes so I am looking forward to doing that, as well as possibly some veerrrry exciting news! (Just waiting to get the final word so trying to not get ahead of myself!) And, I will also fill you in on what was on the menu at our BBQ dinner so you can plan on of your own!

Your week is a blank canvas! Now top up your coffee, and let the adventures begin!

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Photo Cred: Carli Jeen @ Unsplash.com

 

 

 

It’s. Just. Life.

I know, I know it’s been AGES!  The summer flew by with many adventures under my belt, and my tan is fading away now..Halloween has come and gone which means..Dun, dun duuuuuunnnnnn…It’s coming! Brace yourselves, the snow will be here before we know it!
(It’s our own fault. We choose to live in a deep freezer.)

I wish I had a excuse to feed you as to why I suddenly went MIA but if I am being honest, It’s. Just Life. It gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it!?

Alright, a quick run-down of where I am at..
My work load has doubled this year, and what started out as a part time position.. to get out of the house so I didn’t continue to lose my mind at the rate I was, and make a little extra cash, has completely consumed my life. The clinic that I work in is busy, which is great, don’t get me wrong.. but it really takes a toll on you!
Work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work. Right?!
We’d all rather be vacationing on a beach.

School?.. Studying?… What’s that again?!.. Just kidding! I think I can almost remember! 😉
I had started studying Holistic Nutrition back in 2014..OMFG! 2014?!?!
Christ.. anyway.. yes, two years ago I started.. and NO, I am not close to being done. But does it reallllllllly matter? Well. Yes and no. It does, because it’s been paid for already, and it’s what I WANT to be doing, rather than what I am doing.. but what I am doing now is important too, and I am still studying behind the scenes – little to never – but when I can, and it’ll get done when it gets done. Why stress over it? The way I think of it is if it is causing stress, it is not worth doing. And studying Holistic Nutrition is def worth it! So i am determined to not let it get me down. I refuse to let it stress me out. And some day, I will be Brittany, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Until then, I’m totally fine with being just Brittany.

The candle company, Atmosphere Candle Company, (which you can check out HERE) is still coming along nicely so stay tuned! The online store will be up and running hopefully in the next few weeks! I am in LOVE with our scents! I can’t get enough of them! We got a tad held up when our roof decided to leak, and destroy the inside of our condo.. and our lives. Not really, but no one likes living through reno’s. Especially when you didn’t ask to do them. But who can complain about a nice new rooftop deck, and a fresh coat of paint!? Not me! (except for that’s exactly what I just did LOL!) I will share some before and after pics once all the finishing touches are finito! I LOVE LOVE LOVE home decor, I have a feeling it will never really be “done”.. but whatevs!

See, It’s. Just. Life. There’s no excuse. It is what it is!
Take a gander at what I’ve been up to, and then find out what’s coming next below!

 

So what’s to come?..Well! Just because I have not been updating you guys, or staying in touch, doesn’t mean my creative mind hasn’t been working away! I am back, and it’s time to get busy! I have a whole wack load of recipes to share, including a whole week dedicated to spaghetti squash (just when you thought you couldn’t love it anymore!). Plus, Crafts..photos..projects. Update on my fitness journey (a verrrrryyy long and bumpy road).. Also..I have some beauty tips to save your skin this winter!.. What else..?.. Um.. I am thinking, I am thinking, oh yes! Wellness items, including why it is SO important for chiropractic to be a part of your life, along with acupuncture, cupping, massage, and an all around wellness lifestyle! And, some products that have been introduced to my life this year! We will also be featuring a few new friends over the next few months, who are seriously rock stars at what they do!

And now I will stop rambling on and let you all get back to your lives!

I hope this finds you all well. I’ve missed you dearly.

TEA MASK MADNESS – DAY 1 – ORGANIC THE GLOW – PART 1

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Okay, let’s be honest.. It’s Monday of the long weekend so this is going to be brief! I promise I will be back tomorrow to fill you in on all of the juicy bits about this tea though, so make sure you catch part 2 of this one!

My first go-to tea facial, and probably the one that I do the most is using “The Glow”, from David’s Tea (check it out HERE). Not only is this one of my favorite go-to skin products, it’s one of my favorite go-to’s for drinking! It tastes SO good! Anyway, back to what you came here for.. It’s great at the end of a long day, or when you find your skin is feeling “sluggish.” It’s so refreshing on your skin! The second it touches your skin, you can just feel all the good things happening!

I will chat with you tomorrow about other brands of tea that will give you similar results, and why this mask makes your skin feel so good because there are a TON of reasons why, but for now..

I brew a VERY strong batch of “The Glow” tea, then once it is suuuper dark, not just a few minutes brew.. but like a “EW! I would never drink that!” kinda dark! I cut strips of paper towel and dip them into the tea.. this will help them stick to your face.. then I put the strips all over my face (one across my forehead/eyes, one down each side & cheek, one across lip/chin, and one on neck), then LAY DOWN! If you try to wear this while you do something else, or be upright in general… your paper towels may start to fall off! It’s a very good excuse to just put them on and take a well deserved break! Lay back, breathe, and just enjoy a good relax!

Secret: I have also been known to double dip those strips, and redo this mask a couple times in a row for an extra boost!

You can store this mask in your fridge for a couple of days, and that way you can do this mask a couple times a week and the next time it’s all ready to go! After it’s been in the fridge and gets nice and cold, it feels amazing on tired/sore eyes!

Another secret: When I run out of face toner, When I want my skin to look and feel amazing, I use this! I know it might sound crazy, but it really does make your skin feel SO good! People pay big bucks for a rosehip toner!