Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Self Tanner Review: Tanwise Creamy Tanning Lotion and Self-Tanning Face Gel

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This past summer I took a big step and wore shorts for the first time in at least 10 years. Although I still feel incredibly uncomfortable showing my legs, adding some colour using self tanner has helped.

I'm extremely pale (lightest shade of foundation is usually still too dark type of pale), so for years I've been partial to gradual tan builders such as Jergens Natual Glow. In July, I received a promotional email from Sally Beauty for buy 2 get 1 free self tanners, so I decided to give them a shot.


I purchased 2 Tanwise Creamy Tanning Lotions and 1 Tanwise Self-Tanning Face Gel and used them over the summer. Check out my reviews below!

What I Liked: This self tanner works the same way as my usual Jergens, by building up each time you apply it. The formula is creamy, extremely easy to apply, and smells amazing. After one or two applications, I started to notice a very natural and non-streaky glow. At under $10 a bottle, the price is great.

What I Didn't Like: I really wish the bottle was bigger. Although most other brands are about the same size, I still wish it lasted longer. I also wish it came in different colour options. For someone much darker than me, I'm not sure this would work.

Final Thoughts: The price is amazing and the product works. There are two reasons why I now choose this over Jergens Natural Glow - it smells great and moisturizes well. With other self tanners, I always felt the need to apply a moisturizer after. This tanner does both jobs.

I must warn that if you're looking for a quick colour change, this stuff is not right for you. There is a gradual build up, and the final result is not overly dark.

What I Liked: I love the gel formula of this product. It's very easy to apply and gives instant colour to the face. When I read initial reviews on this product, I saw some comments about it helping with acne...and it does! I don't know what it is, but this gel seems to keep my acne under control as well as soak up any oil. For under $10, this stuff is a huge winner.

What I Didn't Like: The bottle is tiny. To be fair, you only need a small amount daily, but still, the bottle is too small.

Final Thoughts: The formula of this product is a game changer for me. I have incorporated it into my daily skincare routine and can't imagine not using it. Not only does it give me a nice glow, it keeps my skin clear and matte. Also, it's under $10!

Left - Creamy Tanning Lotion, Right - Self-Tanning Face Gel

I did try to photograph my skin as it gradually became more tanned, but it didn't come through well in photos. I wish it did!

In the end, I adore both of these products and recommend them both, but the Self-Tanning face Gel is a total must for me. At such a great price point, I would give these a shot!

What are some of your favourite self tanning products?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Currently... October 2017

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Watching: American Horror Story: Cult and catching up on Are You The One? I also just finished Lady Gaga's Five Foot Two (so good!).

Eating: Fruity pebbles and drinking pumpkin spice coffee.

Doing: A bunch of random home tasks, including purging and selling things before Christmas.

Thinking: About Christmas plans, baking, and gifts. Luckily, I have some of my shopping done already.

Planning: A huge blog change. I'm hoping to switch from Blogger to self-hosted Wordpress very soon. I've done massive amounts of research and know this is what I need to do, I just need to find the time to do it.

p.s. October is the best month.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Just a Little Something...

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It's that time of year again folks. The weather is changing and the kids are getting colds!

How are you protecting your kids from getting sick?

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

5 Ways To Start Prepping for the Holidays in October

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1. Planning: Make your plans early. Obviously, this one is a given, but having a solid plan in place can really help ease holiday stress. Who's hosting? Do I need to bring something? Do I have multiple events to attend? Keep your calendar updated and make a Facebook group to keep track of who is attending.

For our family, this tip gets tricky. We don't normally know exactly what's going on until days before Christmas, but I still do my best to make plans and stick to them.

2. Space out your purchases: This one is important for myself and my family. As much as I try to plan, there are expenses and purchases that will come up last minute (maybe you forgot to buy someone a gift! Oops!). To avoid going severely over budget in December, I purchase Christmas gifts throughout the year, and really start to hone in on sales in the Fall.

Kids tend to make this one difficult. They change their minds and update their wish lists all year. My solution is to purchase for others first - gift cards, parent gifts, etc. are far less likely to change. Also, make sure you keep all receipts organized in case you need to make a return.

3. Selling: This is the one I'm really focusing on right now. When Christmas is said and done, I'm always left with nowhere to store new items. Beyond this, my kids stop playing with certain things and I'm left with an overload of stuffStart selling now!

Utilize Facebook buy & sell groups, Kijiji/Craigslist, apps,  yardsales, etc. and get rid of toys your kids are already not playing with (because after Christmas they'll be even more distracted), old clothes that have been piling up in the closet, and anything else you've been meaning to sell. On top of feeling refreshed, you'll have extra spending money for the holidays!

4. Amazon wish list: Something I recently realized is that if you create an Amazon wishlist containing items you plan to purchase, you can visit daily to see how the prices have changed. Amazon will tell you exactly how much an item has decreased or increased, and if they're going out of stock. If you notice a dramatic price drop, grab the item!

As you can see from the example above, the Q&A a Day book on my wishlist decreased in price by 30% - Now is the time to grab it. The Shark vacuum on the other hand, has only decreased by 3% - I think I'll wait. 

5. Flyers and Coupons: Seriously, check your flyers. Don't just skim, really look for sales and coupons. Download an app (I use Flipp), know your holiday grocery list, and search it weekly. This will save you from overspending on last minute essentials.

Beyond this, utilize deal accounts on social media. I follow tons of deal hunters on Instagram and Facebook. They post real-time deals and make it easy for you to know what to purchase and when.

Do you have any tips that help you ease Holiday stress? Share them with me on social media!

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