Friday, July 31, 2015

Travel Diary: Weekend Trips from Vancouver: Whistler, Washington, Bowen Island

With the long weekend coming up, I thought I'd share some ideas on where to go and short trips I've done around Vancouver! Read on for some outdoorsy adventures.

Whistler
Although most people know Whistler as a ski destination, it's quite fun during the summer time too. Good vibes in the village and pretty nature scenery, you can even catch mountain biking competitions. See my full post recapping my adventure last year including finding last minute deals!



Camping in Washington
Camping in Washington State has some cool sites that have yurts and cabins. Also, the drive down is about the same time it takes to get to the island or drive to Kelowna. See my full post here recapping camping, sea kayaking and shucking oysters!


Bowen Island


This is probably the easiest trip and one day is enough! Bowen Island is only a 20 minute ferry ride away from Horseshoe Bay. I did this trip last weekend and had tons of fun!

Ferry Ride: I would suggest not taking your car over to the island. We parked at the Horseshoe Bay terminal which costed $12 for 8 hours. Then we just bought passenger tickets for the ferry which was $12 for round trip! There's ferries every hour except a mid-day break. See the schedule here.

Pack a Picnic: The highlight of our trip was having a really delicious charcuterie "board" right by the water. We picked up the meat, cheese, condiments at the Whole Foods at Park Royal on the way to Horseshoe Bay. It was really peaceful and felt so relaxing to just watch boats and sit by the beach. I saw people swimming, so that's definitely doable too!




Take a Hike: There's quite a few trails on the island especially in Crippen Park which can be found just a couple minutes walk away from the ferry terminal. There's a lake towards the middle of the island that would be a good hike! We got lazy but it's only about a 35 minute walk to the lake and then a 45 minute walk to go around it. When you get off the ferry terminal, you can grab a map from the Bowen Island Visitor Center.

Stay the Night: You can also find a B&B to stay the night to extend your relaxation. Here's some recommendations from Trip Advisor. They all look so amazing but we unfortunately didn't have the budget for it this time around.

So what are your plans this weekend? Have you been to any of these places before?

Here are some other weekend trip ideas from Vancouver

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Purgo Detox Tea Review and Did it Work?

Recently I went on the 14 day program as part of Purgo Tea's teatox! Read on to see my thoughts and results. Did it work?


Background Info: To make things more relevant, I thought I'd share my background on health/fitness before diving into the tea. Throughout childhood and highschool, I've always been very active participating in tons of sports. However, once I got to university, there were no more school teams to be on and no more motivation to stay fit. It didn't really affect me throughout university but last summer I was constantly drinking pop at home and now I have a layer of flab I can't get rid of! I hate going to the gym but I am currently playing sports once a week and trying to do low impact at home exercises as well.

Goal: I mainly wanted to tighten my stomach area and hoped for 1/4 inch reduction around my waist. Weight loss was not a goal as I'm happy with my weight. To add to the 14 day detox program, I promised to cut out ALL pop intake for the period.


About Purgo Tea: The teas are made of all natural ingredients and claims to help you burn fat, reduce bloating, and to purify your body. The morning tea kick-starts your metabolism and adds energy. Th evening tea helps with digestion and gently purges toxins. The company is owned by Ben Robinson who founded Purgo Tea after he overcame his own health issues related to digestion.

Compared to other brands, this tea is suppose to be much more gentle on your body as many other tea toxes are based on laxatives. A lot of work was put into picking the right combination of ingredients and it's definitely packed full of nutritious items. 14 Day Program-$29.99/28 Day Program- $47.99

Morning Detox Tea: You drink this blend every day. It brews out a light pink and has a herbal tea (fruit infusion type) scent. There's no particular taste that jumped out at me. I felt that when I drank this, I felt less hungry after. 

Night Cleanse Tea: You drink this blend once every other day. It brews out a dark green and has a more sencha taste. For a tea that claims to purge toxins, it was very gentle. I didn't feel any need to run to the bathroom or stomach issues.

Both teas tasted decent and was gentle on the body. I felt calmed and relaxed when I drank these teas.



Results: So bad news first, I didn't loose any inches, I was still 26-3/4 for my waist. On the plus side, I felt way less bloated and my stomach felt way more toned! You know those mornings when you wake up and you just feel like you have abs? That's how I felt!

So overall, I'm not sure if the tea itself does anything but I was able to get the results I was hoping for! The tea was definitely the catalyst I needed to jumpstart some healthier choices in life. The following indirectly happened as a result of the tea tox:
1. Drinking the tea makes you drink more water aka flush out toxins
2. The 14 days gives you a time limit to set other health goals (ex. me not drinking pop)
3. I was so curious to see how the results would be that I avoided fried/oily foods


Since ending the 14 days, I've had a bit of a relapse (I sound like an addict) of pop and probably had it 3 times within a week whoops! I think I will try to set a realistic goal for myself for pop drinking as well as a workout plan. It really felt good waking up and feeling toned so I want to continue that. Remember that there's no "quick fix" to having the perfect body, you need to take it on a journey of eating right and being active.

The teas are a bit expensive but I think would be great if you are struggling to take that first step into changing your lifestyle! It definitely helped keep me on track and start eating healthier!

To get an extra 5% off, use the code "raincouverteatox" at check out.

What are your thoughts on teatoxes? And how do you keep yourself fit and healthy?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

DHC Skincare Review

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed some makeup items by DHC. Today I will be reviewing three of their skincare items including their famous Deep Cleansing Oil.



Just as a refresher, DHC is a brand from Japan and is now expanding to Canada. You can find their products on Amazon.ca and some skincare products in T&T. If you are from the US or the UK, you can order directly off their website. So let's get on with the review!

Olive Body Butter $19

This product claims to seals in moisture, envelops skin in a rich veil of hydration, and features 7 natural botanicals for ultra softness: shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, squalane and argan oil. Skin immediately feels touchably soft. 

I found the product to have a thick consistency similar to The Body Shop body butters. Once applied to your skin it melts and rubs in very easily. I didn't find any greasiness after using this and there's a nice subtle scent. I thought it was olives to begin with but I realized after reading online it was apple and rose HAHA! My nose isn't that strong I guess.

4/5 I love that the first five ingredients contain shea butter and cocoa butter. The packaging is adorable and it does what it claims! But I'm deducting a point as the price is a bit on the high side at $19/100mL but overall I really enjoyed this.


Virgin Olive Oil $42


This product claims to seals in moisture, envelops skin in a rich veil of hydration, and features 7 natural botanicals for ultra softness: shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, squalane and argan oil. Skin immediately feels touchably soft. 

I'm usually not a huge fan of facial oils as I don't like that my hands will also be greasy after applying. I've tried my fair share including Josie Maran, Tarte, and the Boscia oils. None of them have been it for me. There's almost no scent to this product and one pump is enough for the whole face. It feels moisturizing but doesn't feel like it sinks in completely, similar to my other experiences.

It's both a good thing and a bad thing that the ingredient list only features one item: olive oil. Although it's great that it's natural, people online are also saying it's no different than olive oil from the drugstore.

2/5 I'm personally not a huge fan of oils and this one also left my palms a bit greasy. Nothing amazing happened and at $42 I have many other options I'd prefer.

Deep Cleansing Oil $28


This product claims to remove all traces of dirt and makeup while nourshing your skin with antioxidant rich oilve oil. It will leave your skin soft and nurtured, never dry or greasy.

There's a reason that this product is famous. It is AMAZING! This really takes off all your makeup but what I love most is that it rinses off so cleanly!! I've used a number of facial oils before. They've also done a good job at taking off makeup but it's usually a chore to wash it off.

This product feels a bit heavy when you first apply it and are trying to wash off your makeup. But it takes off mascara, eyeliner brilliantly. And then when you wash it off, there is no residue what so ever! This is now my FAVORITE product for taking off a full face of makeup.

5/5 Super effective, easy to use! I really recommend you to try out this product if you are looking for a product to take off all your make up.

A very sad attempt at trying to show the products. L to R: Olive Body Butter, Virgin Olive Oil, Deep Cleansing Oil.

What are your thoughts on facial oils? Also, what are your favorite oils to take off your makeup?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Pan that Palette Update #2- Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette

It's now been two months since I started using my Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette as part of a pan that palette project. Here is my original post and here is the first update.


Beginning and One Month Progress.

Let's see where I'm at now...

Two Month Progress- July 17, 2015

For this month, I was able to hit pan on (Soulmates) which I've been using daily as a face highlighter. Although I wasn't able to hit pan on I Do, I've been using the shade a lot all over the lid and the dent is definitely getting deeper.


Here is another view of the palette and you can see that Cut the Cake has also gone down a bit and I was trying to get the entire top part to hit pan.


For next month, I will be switching to more of a bronzey look and will start with Ever After on the outer part of my lid. Then I will blend it together with I Do in the middle and inner part of the lid. 

I will continue using Soulmates as a highlighter and Un-Veil as a brow powder.
I'm really hoping that I will be able to hit pan on I Do by next month!


This is the look that comes out of what I described above. Although with a bit more effort and also using some various shadows on the lower lashline.

Have you hit pan on eyeshadows? Make sure you link me if you are doing something similar!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Products for Summer Time- Eau Thermale Avene, Saje, The Body Shop


Vancouver's summer has been very surprising this year with sun almost every weekend! As we gear up for another sunny weekend, I thought I'd share some products from Saje, The Body Shop and Eau Thermale Avene that might help you during the heat!


Saje Cool Spray- 100mL $14.95
This spray has a nice and short ingredient list featuring water and a blend of essential oils (peppermint, eucalyptus, basil). You can definitely smell the peppermint and a hint of basil. I love how when this lands on your skin, it remains cool for about a minute after wards! It's a small enough size to carry in your purse.



Saje Sun Sense- 60mL $9.95
First things first, this is only a SPF15, so this is more towards every day use than beach days when you are laying out in the sun. However, the plus side is that there's barely any sunscreen smell! It does have a more herbal scent though typical of Saje products. It dries really fast and there's no stickiness on the skin at all. Love the small size bottle that this comes in as well. This product is all natural which is a bonus!



The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist- 125mL $20
This mist helps to add color to your body. There's a nice scent and the product is not oily at all. It also dries down in seconds so you don't need to wait very long before getting dressed. I think this definitely does work but it stains the palms of my hands a little bit! It's also only temporary so those are the two downsides. However, this would be good if you need a quick fix.

Eau Thermale Avene
Back in March, I attended an event held by Eau Thermale Avene where they talked about their summer launches. They have a high protection range of sunscreen specially formulated for skin thats: sensitive to the sun, fair and pale, prone to sunburn, exposed to intense sunlight.

I don't usually have any reactions to normal sunscreen  and I don't burn too often so the usually cheaper sunscreen works for me. However, if you are easily burned, these might be great products! It's cool that these are all infused with the Avene Thermal Spring Water (that spray bottle).



Eau Thermale Avene High Protection Spray- $32.5
I've been using this sunscreen when I play sports and really like it. It's not a continuous spray so unfortunately you need to rub it in. But it doesn't leave any stickiness and the scent is not very strong. It's great for men and children as well.

Eau Thermale Avene High Protection Lotion- $29
I've been using this on my face and really enjoy it too. The formula is very liquidy so I only use a small amount to cover my face. It works great under makeup too. I can't believe how thin the formula is as it's a SPF50 protection. Really awesome if you are prone to sunburns but hate thick sunscreen.

Eau Thermale Avene Very High Protection Mineral Lotion- $30
This is a product that I haven't been loving too much. The formula of this is thicker and leaves a strong white cast. However, this is made for intolerant skin, so if you have trouble wearing other types of sunscreen, this could work for you! This product is made without chemical filters and uses minerals instead. Unfortunately, I won't be reaching for this one too much.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What's In My Shower?

I've seen this "What's In My Shower" tag going around and thought it was a silly and fun thing to do! I feel like a lot of us are pretty curious and maybe a bit nosy. Hence the makeup collection videos that are so popular on Youtube.  

I thought I'd show you guys what I'm currently using in the shower. I try to not load up my shower with too much and have quite the storage of items hiding in other cabinets. I linked all of the products to the brand's webpages so you can learn more about them if you are interested!



Hair


Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 Shampoo/Conditioner: I receved this through influenster and I'm not a huge fan. It works fin but I feel like it slightly weighs down my hair and I need to wash my hair more frequently when I'm using this.

Garnier Fructis  Passion Splash Shampoo: I like to use this in rotation when my hair is feeling more greasy. It's more of a clarifying shampoo I feel, and it strips all the oil away!

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser: I also received this from influenster. I LOVE this line! Already finished the shampoo/conditioner, but this is a deeper treatment mask and I only use it when my hair is massively tangled. Reviewed here.

Body


I have the LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel and the LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner that I like using together. The scent is really unique but is more of a fall/winter scent than a summer scent. I'd use this at night time before going to bed.

When I want a refreshing scent I use The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel. This one has a really refreshing scent of oranges!

I keep one scrub in the shower, and that's the TBS Smoky Poppy Body Scrub. You can see my previous review of it here. It's a scrub that'll leave an oily feeling which is moisturizing.

Lastly, I have my Bioderma Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel. This is a no non-sense, simple but effective shower gel with a really good lather.

Face + Other


Lastly for my face, I alternate between the Aveeno Fresh Essentials Scrub and the Balm Kiwi Facial Scrub. The Aveeno one has a finer scrub while I use the Balm one for days when I have visible dry skin flakes.

For shaving, I've using my EOS Shave Cream. Unlike most shave cream, this one isn't a foam! It's just like the name says, it's a cream, it almost feels like applying lotion in the shower. There's a subtle vanilla scent and I love how it keeps my skin soft.

So in total I currently have 12 items in the shower. How many do you have? Do you tend to keep all your items or just the ones you are currently using.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

GOSH Forever Lip Shine Swatches & Review

New for spring/summer 2015, GOSH cosmetics released 6 shades in their Forever Lip Shine line.


If you ever browse Shoppers, you might have seen a glimpse of GOSH cosmetics! I was not too familiar with this brand before, but I fell in love with their forever lip shines. Read on to see swatches of 6 of the colors and a review of the product!

The Forever lip shine is a lip crayon with a twist up mechanism. The size of it is on the smaller side of lip crayons so you can get the color on more precisely. The packaging of it is also more sleek maybe due to the fact that there is only 1.5g of product.

Formula: I was really impressed by the formula, it glided on very smooth and gave a beautiful sheen. I don't feel anything on my lips and it goes on weightless. There's no tackiness or stickiness.  The only thing I didn't like was that even though it FELT so hydrating, I do not think it actually is! So just a warning that this does not unfortunately double as your lip balm even though when you apply it, it feels so moisturizing

Colors: There are ten colors in the whole line ranging from nudes to intense reds. From the colors I've tried, some have a bit more shine while others have more of a shimmer look.

Wear Time: I get about 1-2 hours with the lighter colors and 2-3 hours with the darker ones.

These three colors are on the sheer side.


001 Baby Baby- This is a very light pink and goes on a bit milky and settles into my lines. I think this color is the least flattering on me.


003 Love Story- This is a deeper mauvey rose and is a perfect MLBB shade for my pigmented lips. I love the look of this on me and is perfect for work!


005- Flirty Dreams- Medium toned coral pink. This color is a bit more sheer than the other ones but makes for a really nice natural summer lip.

These three colors are much more opaque.


006 Magic Monday- Bright coral red with pink flecks. This goes on very pigmented but I'm not sure if I like the glitter in this shade.


007 Funky Friday- This shade is a medium toned pink with a blue base and a purple duochrome. This is super unique and I really like how it looks. There's also a bit of flecks in this shade but it doesn't bother me as I love the duo chrome look of it.


009 My Valentine- A perfect brick red. This is an amazing statement lip. Be sure to use lip liner as my application is a bit woozy.

Overall, I'm a huge fan of the formula and the sleekness of the packaging. My favorites are Love Story, Funky Friday and My Valentine. These retail for $15 which is a bit high but I find the quality of these very comparable to higher end products which are in the range of $20's. You can find these products at your local Shoppers Drug Mart!


What are you favorite lip crayons? And have you tried anything by Gosh cosmetics before?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Support Pride with Fabulous Nails

I was recently contacted to share the news of Pride Nails which is a collaboration between Incoco Nails and the Vancouver Pride Society.



The Vancouver Pride Society is a non-profit that supports the LGBTQ2+ community and produces inclusive events such as the Pride Parade and Festivals. The proceeds from this fundraiser goes towards the "Pride Legacy Fund" which is providing scholarships and support for the youth in the communities.

As you might have heard, USA recently legalized same sex marriage in all states! It's huge news and I think it's an important cause to support. I was not paid to promote this but I did get a set of nail stickers to review. I wanted to share with you guys as I feel like they are trying to do something worthwhile!



The nail sticker has a chic white base and a triangle design with rainbow colors. I think the design reflects the fundraiser quite well. The nails retail for $14.95 and there's free shipping in Canada.

The application was relatively easy and the nail strip is much thinner than other brands I've tried. I was able to create pretty good looking manicures on my left hand. They've lasted 5 days so far without any peeling! My right hand was not as successful and three fell off after the second day. I also found the nail stickers "dried up" and became more brittle so when I tried to use the left over ones for a second application, it was much more difficult.


The trick is to pick a size that's slightly smaller than your finger tip so there's less bunching and possibility of the edges catching onto something and coming off. The stickers are quite a bit pricer than what I would normally pay but just keep in mind the proceeds are going towards fundraising.

If this is a cause that you are interested in supporting, I think the nail stickers are a great way to give back but also get something cool in return.

*The middle nail is using another one of Incoco Nail's designs*


You can find these online on Pride Nails or at one of the local Pride events in the upcoming months. And this year's Pride Parade will be held on August 3rd!

What do you think of these designs? And what are your favorite non-profits to support?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

RK Designs- Necklace & Earrings Review

I am a huge fan of dainty jewelry especially those with a witty twist to it. I'm the type to wear one piece of jewelry every single day for months. In highschool/university, I loved the designs that Blue Ruby carried but often their selection overwhelmed me. I've been taking a closer look at local designers and one that I've been loving is RK Designs from Vancouver Island.

I received the following two items to review and style!
    

Necklace- Polar Bear with Quartz Chain


How fun is this?! I love myself a long necklace to accessorize a plain tee or dress. The polar bear on this chain just makes it so much better! I really liked the addition of the quartz on the side of the chain as it gives it more of a designer look versus the many animal pendants at Aldo.

The chain is a gold plated brass chain and the bear pendant is also brass. You can see some pressing done on the brass to make the fur look more realistic.


The material and craftsmanship is of a high quality. I can see that hooks and closures are tightly twisted to ensure nothing breaks apart. I didn't find any nicks or bumps in the plating or the chain.

















I wanted to show the difference adding a necklace makes to an outfit! You can see it adds a lot more interest and elongates the frame.


Mixed Stone Earrings

I've also been on the hunt for some nice hook earrings and these caught my eyes. These are made of moonstone, chrysocolla, and chalcedony briolette. The hooks are made of gold plated brass.


My ears are really sensitive and I'm happy to say I didn't have any issues wearing this! At first I thought the earring was going to be too heavy, but they were actually very comfortable to wear.


The stones varies in color and slightly in shape. One of the stones has a slight crack throughout. I asked the owner about it and she said that it's part of the asethics of the stone and that they are suppose to be imperfectly perfect. I think it still looks nice and adds to the authenticity of the look, but I did want to let you guys know!


Overall I'm very happy with the quality, design, and price of these pieces! I will definitely be wearing the earrings on a daily basis and using the necklace to amp up any of my plain shirts/dresses! The earrings retail for $30 and the necklace for $35.

Which design do you like best? What's your favorite place to buy jewelry?

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