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Cargo Cosmetics – A Mini Review

18 Jun

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about beauty products or services, I guess my blog was on a hiatus of sorts. But this week I was rummaging through a box of cosmetics and came across some awesome products and had this urge to write about them.

I find with most cosmetic lines products can be hit and miss, but with Cargo, I’ve been a fan of  every thing I’ve tried. The product that really blew my mind was the TexasLiner. As some of you might know I’m ncargo-womenshealth-beautyawardot the most dextrous individual and so I’ve always been afraid of liquid liners, but the TexasLiner goes on like a magic marker and even kids can use those. The liner goes on smooth and gives a super defined line without any of the shaky marks that a traditional liquid liner can give you.

Then there is the Essential Lip Gloss. I’m a bit of a lip colour junky and this gloss is pretty near perfect. Goes on nice and evenly and the shine is unreal. It’s super wet look, so if you want colour and shine this is a go to product.


And finally the Cargo HD Pressed Powder. Love, LOVE, LOVE! this product. I am not ahdpowder30 foundation girl. Liquid foundation makes me feel like my skin can’t breathe. A totally normal feeling, I’m sure. This powder gives me the coverage of a liquid without the (imagined) pore clogging, panic attack inducing, have to wash my face to feel free, feeling of a liquid.




And now is where you catch on to the fact that I’ve only tried three of their products, but I’m three for three in satisfaction so it’s safe to say I’ll be trying more.

Short and sweet as I get back into the swing of it.

Goodbye Cleavage Wrinkles! – A Review of Marcelle’s New Age Precision 8 in 1 Power Serum

9 Jun

Let’s talk boobs! OK, not quite “boobs” per say, but cleavage, which is pretty much just as good as boobs. So I’ve hit that point in my life where I have *takes a deep breath* cleavage wrinkles. It’s true, too much sun, not enough sun block, dry skin and I’m sure a whole host of other things have led to some fine and some not so fine lines in my décolletage. I’ll admit, it’s to the point where I actually feel self-conscious about it.
About 2 weeks ago London Drugs was kind enough to send me a product, something I knew nothing about, it’s called New Age Precision 8 in 1 Power Serum and is made by Marcelle. The product claims to be 8 in 1, as is suggested by the rather wordy name. The product claims:

1. Instant Botox-Like Action
2. Wrinkle Filling Effect
3. Firms Skin and Improves Elasticity
4. Visible Reduces Even Deep Wrinkles
5. Boosts Radiance
6. Reinforces Skin Structure
7. Lifting Effect
8. Improves Skin Texture


The product is hypoallergenic and fragrance free. The recommended application is twice daily on freshly cleansed skin. New Age Precision 8 in 1 claims that “Instantly skin appears lifted, creases and wrinkles look smoothed. Skin feels ultra-soft. 30 minutes: wrinkles are visibly reduced. 7 days: firmness and elasticity are improved as the skin’s structure is reinforced, skin appears smoother and more radiant.”

When I read the box I thought there was no way any of this could be true. I’ve tried more than a few products and have never been more than moderately impressed with what they do to wrinkles. That being said, this is hands down one of the best products I have ever used. Now I realize it’s for my face, and yes, I have been using it there, but naturally with the whole boob situation, that’s where I was really hoping it would make a difference, and it absolutely has. The skin looks far less crepey (that says crepey, not creepy, I sure hope my skin doesn’t look creepy) and even the deeper lines have diminished. I’m pretty much jaw to the floor about the results. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like every line is gone, but the skin looks much tighter and lot younger. I’ve also noticed similar effects on my face; my jaw line is tighter and my eyes look lifted.

So as it goes for wrinkle products, this is definitely worth it and I will certainly be buying it when I run out. Marcelle New Age Precision 8 in 1 Serum is available at London Drugs, other fine retailers and online from Marcelle. The suggested retail price is $33.95 CAD but as I wrote this I checked out the London Drugs’ Website and it’s on sale but not sure for how long.

A Lipo Laser Review – What to Really Expect.

13 May

To give you a little background, I actually have quite a bit of experience with Lipo Laser, I have worked in two separate clinics that use them and have taken the Lipo Laser certification, not once, but twice. I’ve also had quite a bit done on myself, always one of the perks of working in a place that offers this service. One for you, one for me.
When I was first introduced to the machine it had two paddles and treatments took about forty minutes as they worked section by section in ten minute intervals. The machine now has twice as many paddles, meaning treatments take half the time, but don’t expect that to mean that it will now be half the price.
There is zero pain and zero downtime, the most you will feel is a bit of warmth, and probably really, really relaxed, it’s actually a great way to just zone out after a hard day. Usually you will be measured before and after each treatment, or at least before your first and after your last treatment. Your measurements will be recorded and if you follow all the recommended steps, you can actually expect to lose inches.
So what does it do? According to their website “The YOLO Curve [a Canadian Lipo Laser] is a 100% Non-invasive, laser-based, inch loss and body contouring system. Rather than a painful incision, The YOLO Curve uses laser energy to safely (and painlessly) penetrate the skin and target specific adipose (or fat) cells. It is through this targeted process that The YOLO Curve is able to in fact stimulate the cell itself into releasing water, free fatty acids, and glycerol. Having released these primary constituents, water, free fatty acids, and glycerol (often referred to as Triglycerides), the fat cells reduce their overall size significantly, resulting in inch loss for patients!”
Remember a few paragraphs ago when I said “if you follow all the steps?” This is key. If ever you are at a Lipo Laser place that tells you the only thing you need is the machine and you will “melt away inches” then it’s probably BS. Most of the people I have worked with at these clinics are super honest and want you to get the best results possible and so will go through what you need to do on your end. Often the technicians have experience in nutrition or fitness and can be a great source of information.

So as for those steps, firstly, it’s not recommended that you come in after eating a big meal, and you really should wait for about two hours after your treatment before eating again. Also, in the clinic they will usually have a vibrating platform and an infrared sauna. The vibrating platform is great for circulations and the sauna will help detox you. Don’t skip these steps. You also really need to get some cardio in after your treatment; once the fat is released it needs to be burned off or it will simply just redeposit.
So what can you expect? Well, you can expect to tighten up, it’s great for areas you are struggling with. Take me for example, no matter what size I am I always have love handles, and after about three treatments I notice them tightening up. It’s also great for helping to achieve that “thigh gap.” I saw great success with people that are eating healthy, getting exercise but just need something to keep them motivated and get the results to come along faster.
Who’s it not for? Well they will ask health questions that would preclude a tiny percentage from using it, but essentially if you’re going to eat poorly and not exercise at all then don’t expect this to work.
Also, the cost can be high and most people need AT LEAST six to nine treatments, so look out for deals, it’s the best way to go. Bottom line, if I could get a good deal on it, it’s actually something I would pay to have done.

Disclaimer: I may have worked for places that offer this service in the past, but do not at this time, this is purely my personal thoughts on this treatment.

Review – Moroccanoil Treatment

29 Apr

Moroccanoil has been out for a while, and I really didn’t want to like it. I know that sounds nuts, but it started showing up in EVERY salon, high end, low end, but always the same price and attempting to distinguish itself as premium by not allowing salons to include it in their own promotions. This frustrated me. If you’re high end, be high end, have standards of where you sell the product because not all salons are created equal. What I do like, is that every bottle is tagged and so they know exactly where that bottle comes from. This means, it’s easy to track diverted products and prevent fakes from showing up in non professional shops.  And now that you’ve heard my thoughts on their distribution methods, what about the product itself?

Moroccanoil, is actually an entire line of products that are all based around Argan Oil and their signature product Morrocanoil Treatment. The only product I’ll speak of in this review is the treatment.

As I mentioned, I wanted to hate it. I hate fad hair products and they usually turn out to be a bust, anyone remember the Brazilian Blowout recall by health authorities? But the fact of the matter is that this product is good, actually it’s better than good, it’s great.

My hair is bleached and I flat iron it pretty much every day, so you might say that it’s a wee bit damaged. Also, and sorry to gross you out, but my scalp has always been super flaky from dry skin. I put Morrocanoil Treatment in on damp hair, just the tiniest little drop. I emulsify it between my hands and then put it on scalp and hair before blow-drying. Let me re-enforce that I use one drop, the treatment is an oil and I can see things getting really slippery, really fast, if you got carried away. Because my hair is bleached I always buy the light version of the treatment as the regular one I find a bit too heavy and it can leave my blonde hair slightly yellow.

What have I noticed? Well, believe it or not, after a few uses my hair dries faster. Yes, this sounds like total BS, but the treatment helps smooth the porosity of your hair and thus it absorbs less water and voila! Hair dries faster. Also, my hair is softer, smoother and my scalp….way less flaky! It’s, forgive the overused expression, my new “go-to” product. My only dislike is the smell, everyone else I know LOVES the smell, but I am super sensitive and it’s a bit much for me, but other than that it really is one of my favourite products.

I would definitely recommend the Morrocanoil Treatment, I can’t speak for the other products, but the treatment is a great product to have on hand.

The Hair Loft – Ottawa

14 Apr

Oh The Hair Loft, where to start?

Well, I guess I should start from the beginning when I used to work with many of their staff in various salons. Gradually stylists from all over the city started gravitating towards  The Hair Loft. Back then, they were a small salon and have now grown into a beautiful, fun, funky, modern salon.

I don’t live in Ottawa, I haven’t in about ten years, but that doesn’t stop me from getting my hair done there. I actually plan my visits to Ottawa around when I need to get my hair done, and it takes about 5 hours to get there. I think that on its own speaks volumes as to the awesomeness of this salon.

There are two main stylists that I see, Howard and Gina, for my bleach, toner and haircut. Both are incredibly talented and I always leave pleased. Gina is bubbly and fun and always in a good mood, she really makes your experience something special, not to mention that she knows hair and leaves you looking stunning. Howard is incredibly talented,educated and accurate, you know when he’s got you in his chair that you’re not leaving until it’s perfect.

Not only are the two stylists I see wonderful, but really the whole team is. People are always checking on you to make sure that you’re comfortable and to see if they can top up your drink.

The Hair Loft also has a hair school, it’s called The Loft Academy, where Suzanne is an educator. I have worked with her in the past and she really is something special, she also works at The Hair Loft as a stylist.

So yes, a lot of the staff are people that I know, have worked with and many I consider friends. But I DO pay for my hair, and our friendship doesn’t cloud my judgement when it comes to recommending them. Like I said, I travel 5 hours to come to this salon.




Got2B Hit and Miss – Review of Got2B Hair Products

11 Apr
Photo Credit:  Fabulously Innovative Marketing

Photo Credit: Fabulously Innovative Marketing

So here’s the deal. Schwarzkopf makes both a professional line of hair care products and one that is available in retail store. I was very familiar with their professional line but had never used the non-pro line got2B until I was given the opportunity to at the “Come Fly with Me” beauty event put on by London Drugs. I was given the got2B Oil-licious shampoo, conditioner as well as the got2B POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder.  The results were hit and miss.

Let’s start with the miss. I didn’t love the Triple Oil Shampoo and Conditioner as it isn’t hydrating enough for my extremely damaged hair, I also don’t love the smell.  But if you are a big fan of incense smell or don’t have extremely damaged hair then you may love it, it all comes down to personal preference and hair type.

Now the hit. I absolutely love POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder! Even though my hair is damaged it still can get oily from all the products I use and well, no one wants a greasy head. This powder is awesome for adding texture to your hair without the goop or grease. I highly recommend it and will definitely be buying it again when this bottle is done.

 All got2B products can be found at London Drugs.

(This post was originally featured on Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver)

Shawna at The Westboro Spa

10 Apr

The Westboro Spa is super cute, it’s in a character house and has three floors. The ground level is hair, the second is esthetics and the third is massage. I go for the massage. I see an RMT (registered massage therapist)  there named Shawna and she is FANTASTIC.

After filling out the standard RMT forms and questionnaire, she works on determining  if there are any areas that you need to have/want to have worked on. For me, it’s my shoulders, this may be TMI, but they pop and it’s pretty gross. Her pressure is perfect, she really works out the issue, but also makes sure the massage is enjoyable and relaxing. She asks questions about pressure and really makes sure the massage is working for you. She also tailors the whole experience to your needs, if you want to chat, she chats, if you want silence, she’s quiet, it’s perfect. to I always feel incredible after she’s done and …. NO MORE POPPING IN MY SHOULDERS. Ooh and a little bonus that I love is that she has this warming blanket/pad for your feet, perfect for winter or a rainy day. So, if you’re in Ottawa and looking for a massage then she is the lady to see.

I should add, in the interest of full disclosure, that Shawna is a good friend of mine, but that has not influenced my post in any way. She really is amazing.

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