Category Archives: Beauty

Weleda Evening Primrose Facial Care Products

27th August 2015

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I was sent a lovely package from Weleda recently to try out their Evening Primrose line, which is said to be wonderful and firming for mature skin.

Yes, I’m at the “mature skin” age sadly – I’m trying NOT to focus on that part. It happens to the best of us.

I’ve never tried Weleda products before so I was really looking forward to seeing how they compare to what I’ve used in the past. I had a chance to look at their site to get to know the brand and I was extremely impressed by their dedication to this certified natural skin care line. They have a wonderful philosophy and their mission “isn’t just to recognize beauty. Our mission is to actively cultivate beauty.” I LOVE THAT.

Their products, made in Switzerland and Germany, are all natural. They include no synthetic preservatives, no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic chemicals, and no animal testing (including their suppliers). They are paraben free, sls (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free, phthalate free and include certified organic, natural and wild crafted ingredients.

Weleda has also earned certification from NATRUE. NATRUE is an international not-for-profit organization which sets very strict standards for global certification of natural and organic cosmetic products. This is further guarantee that as a consumer you can absolutely trust Weleda’s products at true natural products.

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I was sent several products including:

  • Evening Primrose Revitalizing Body Wash
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Oil
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Lotion
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Day Cream
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Night Cream
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Hand Cream
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing  Eye & Lip Cream

The first thing I noticed with all the products is that they smell incredible – not overpowering or fake. Just a light, amazing natural scent that won’t overpower you or take away from the product itself, but lingers for a while. The Evening Primrose line products are also very light and non-greasy, and absorb into your skin immediately after you apply them rather than just sitting on the surface. I didn’t really need to use a lot of the product per use, so I think the face creams should last about a month or so.

I really like these products and I’m going to keep using them, because they might be the best smelling beauty product I’ve ever used, and I really really like that they’re an organic, natural product, which I’ve never used on my skin before. If you’re looking for this type product, you should give the Weleda brand a definite go.

Their products are available on their website and in many stores in Canada and the U.S. In Canada specifically, you can also find them online at well.ca. For more info, find Weleda on Facebook and Twitter.

My Experience Using RapidLash Enhancing Serum #RapidLash

12th August 2015

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This is part two of a two part blog post where I tried the RapidLash Eyebrow & Eyelash Enhancing Serum. The first post was here, and it’s been about eight weeks since that initial post.

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A little about how the product works first. You apply the RapidLash to the upper lash line of your clean, make-up free eye. You apply it every night before bed and you should apply it at least eight weeks to get the best results. It’s also safe to use if you are a contact lens wearer, which I am.

I’m not a huge fan of putting things anywhere near my eyeballs because my eyes tend to get irritated very easily, so I was a little bit worried that I’d have some kind of reaction or irritation to the product, but thankfully I did not. I found it very light and easy to use, and the serum had zero odour to it, which I appreciated, a lot.

One of the main reasons I was curious to try out this product is because I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and I’ve had some hair loss, among a million other symptoms, and have been self-conscious about it. I wanted to see if I could see some improvement using RapidLash. Again, I know that eight weeks is the minimum amount of time to use it before you see any real change, so my expectations were low with the intention of continuing beyond the eight week period, regardless.

So, has there been any change in the first eight weeks of use? Personally, I do see some improvement, although I’m not sure it’s obvious to anyone else. Here are my before and after pics and let me just say, my before pic is taken at such a bad angle (and evidently blurry) and I didn’t realize how bad until I tried to photograph the after and realized I should have taken several angles. Live and learn I guess.

Here’s my BEFORE:

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And AFTER!

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I know, it’s hard to tell because I don’t have the same angles for the before shot – but personally, I see the most difference with the shot with my closed eye.

So am I happy with the product SO FAR? YES! I plan to continue using it to see how it improves. It’s such an easy product to use so why not – honestly the hardest part is remembering to apply it. I had a reminder on my phone that would ring every night to remind me to do so, so it wasn’t that bad at all. I will say that there were four days that I didn’t apply it because I was away in Quebec City, and forgot it at home. Other than that, I was very consistent in my use and intend to continue it to see how it goes from here. Now if only I could get something similar for the hair loss on my head, and I’d be thrilled.

If you want to try it out, check out their website for store locations and more information about the product.

Disclosure: I am part of the RapidLash campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum And A Giveaway #RapidLash

10th June 2015

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Do you dream of longer-looking lashes?

Me too! That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out this innovative product – RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum. It is clinically proven to boost the appearance of eyelashes with a simple once a day application, in as little as four weeks. All it takes is a nightly application to the base of the upper lashes.

Want to try it? I picked up mine at Shoppers Drug Mart – it was in the BeautyBoutique (it retails for $59.95).

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Would you like to win your own RapidLash to try out? Enter below to win! Here are the rules for this giveaway:

  • You may enter this giveaway on other participating blogs but you can only win once.
  • This giveaway is open to Canadians only (INCLUDING Quebec!)
  • Winners should expect their prizes to take 4-6 weeks to arrive.
  • The giveaway will end JUNE 20, 2015 at MIDNIGHT EST.

I’ll be back in a few weeks to blog about my experience using RapidLash as well.

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“Disclosure: I am part of the RapidLash campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Peptalash & An Indeed Labs Giveaway

15th October 2012

Peptalash is a very cool product from Indeed Labs (known for their Nanoblur and Snoxin products), released just this summer.

Peptalash With unique, clinically proven combination of 3 peptides, Peptalash naturally improves the appearance of lash length, darkness and volume to make eyelashes appear longer, thicker and fuller. An innovative approach, developed by Indeed labs, consists of the use of tan accelerator peptide that naturally stimulates the melanin production and intensifies the skin’s color in the base of the eyelashes leading to more intense and fuller eyelashes. Peptalsh is clinically demonstrated to increase the lash length by as much as 43% and lash diameter by as much as 40% in just two weeks. These developments represent the most recent efforts in biotechnology, advancing the safety and efficacy of eyelash growth.

The benefits to using Peptalash include:

  • Increasing your lashes’ length, thickness and density. (Lash length was shown to increase by as much as 43 per cent, with lash diameter increasing by 40 per cent – almost three times the volume!)
  • Intensifies the color of the eyelashes’ base.
  • Fortifies the eyelashes, preventing breakage.

Peptalash is easy to apply as well – you just apply it to the base of both the upper and lower lashes, twice a day. Peptalash retails for $24.99  and is exclusively available at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada.

GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away an Indeed Labs prize pack that will include three fab products including, a Peptalash, Nanoblur (An award winning product that will make you look 10 years younger in 40 seconds!) and Snoxin (a multi-peptide treatment that works to combat skin’s aging).

To Enter: Please leave a comment below telling me your best beauty secret!

Want to earn an additional entry? Tweet the following ONCE and leave a comment below telling me you did:

 

“Enter to win an Indeed Labs prize pack with @BOREDMommy – http://boredmommyblog.com #giveaway #canwin”

RULES:

  • Giveaway will run until Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Open to Canadian Residents only
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org
  • Please leave a valid Twitter handle and/or email to contact you if you win!

GOOD LUCK!

UPDATE: CONGRATS to #12 AMBER!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Best Shampoo For Fine Hair

21st February 2012

I have sad hair.

It’s always been very fine, limp and it’s that hair that looks great in the salon and five minutes later, is a sad, flat version of it’s former self.

Hence, why my hair lives in a ponytail. All the time.

I have tried every product, shampoo, creme, gel, mousse, magic trick, overpriced smelly liquid in a bottle I could find to try to make hair look like this:

No such luck.
However, recently I discovered the BEST shampoo I have ever used, and I have used many. It smells AMAZING – and makes my sad hair, less so. Did I mention it smells AH-MAZING???

Best Shampoo for fine hair that I’ve ever used – BIOLAGE FULL-LIFT VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO – a.k.a. heaven in a bottle.

It’s pricey (around $18), so do as I do and HIDE THE BOTTLE from your husband and kids and friends and neighbours.

(Oh, and FYI, this isn’t sponsored – just wanted to share!)

I Made the Switch with the Sonicare Flexcare+ – Review

11th September 2011

A few weeks back, I was sent a Sonicare Flexcare Power toothbrush from Mom Central Canada to review and also to give away. I was excited about trying it out because I’ve pretty much neglected my teeth and gums beyond the basic day to day brushing.

I’ve owned and used aa different power toothbrush, and I thought it was alright. However, in comparison, I think the Flexcare is a really nice quality toothbrush – very solid and dependable and well made.

So, since using the Sonicare brush, what have I noticed?

  • My teeth definitely feel much cleaner after brushing – similar to when I get them professionally cleaned.
  • My gums feel and look healthier and also feel super clean.
  • I’ve noticed less bleeding between my teeth/gums when flossing.
Some of my favorite features of this fab power toothbrush?
  • Love that it has several different modes, from cleaning to massage
  • LOVE the UV brush head sanitizer – I wish it was bigger so I could sanitize other things around the house. (sort of kidding)
  • I like the two minute timer too – reminds me that I really don’t brush long enough without it.
I would definitely endorse this toothbrush to others, especially those who like really clean teeth and gums, and prefer an electric toothbrush. Although I haven’t been to the dentist since I started using this toothbrush, I absolutely notice a difference, and think (hope) that continued, prolonged use of the Sonicare brush will personally lead to fewer, easier future visits to the dentist.
    Disclosure – I am participating in the PHILIPS SONICARE FLEXCARE+ program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Philips Canada. I received a Sonicare product pack and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

    Make The Switch with Sonicare Flexcare+ and a Giveaway

    19th July 2011

    I’m an avoider.

    I avoid the dentist as much as possible.

    It’s not the pain really, it’s more the whole “stay out of my mouth dude – I’m paying you to annoy me and that’s just not right”.

    The first time I went to a dentist, I was 14. Yup, FOURTEEN.

    Funny enough, my teeth were PERFECT – no cavities, no problems. It’s a testament to the amount of crap my parents allowed us to eat as kids, which is NONE.

    Then I got married, and had my wisdom teeth pulled a month later. Nothing like being carried out of a dentist office, half looped, choking on bloody cotton balls by your new husband, to really cement the relationship.

    And then life got in the way, and babies, and I didn’t go back to the dentist for YEARS (no, I will not tell you how many). I’m not proud.

    This time however, my poor teeth and gums needed some extra attention – damn you OLD AGE!!!

    So when Mom Central Canada asked if I wanted to test out the Philips Sonicare Flexcare+ electric toothbrush, I was excited to do it. I’m at the point where I realize that I have to take better care of my teeth and gums, and I think that if I use this tootbrush consistently, they can only get better. The toothbrush is really impressive, with all the brushing mode options and the sanitizer and timer – it’s an amazing toothbrush. I’ll be posting a vlog in a couple of weeks to talk about my experience and what results I experienced.

    Here is some info about the Sonicare Flexcare:

    • The Sonicare Flexcare toothbrush is endorsed by dentists worldwide.
    • There are FIVE power modes: Clean, Gum Care, Refresh, Sensitive, and Massage.
    • There is a UV aBrush Head Sanitizer that kills up to 99% of bacteria found on brush heads.
    • A Quadpacer and Smartimer
    • A cool, and sleek design plus easy-to-read illuminated display panel, reliable battery life of three weeks.
    • For more information, feel free to visit www.philips.ca

    What’s really exciting for me is that I am able to give away a Philips Sonicare Flexcare power toothbrush, valued at $219.95 to one of my readers!!

    GIVEAWAY

    MANDATORY ENTRY:

    • Leave a comment below telling me why you would like to MAKE THE SWITCH to the Philips Sonicare Flexcare power toothbrush!
    ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (These are optional – please leave a comment for each):
    • Follow  me on Twitter or tell me if you do
    • Like my Facebook page or tell me if you do
    • Google friend me or tell me if you do
    • Tweet the following: Make the Switch & Win a $220 Sonicare Flexcare on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog http://bit.ly/nS9Bea   #SonicareSwitch
    RULES:
    • Open to Canadian Residents only
    • You can enter to win this contest on multiple blogs but are only eligible to win ONCE.
    • This contest will run from July 19th until August 10, 2011.
    • PLEASE make sure to leave an email and/or Twitter handle so that I can contact you if you win!
    • Winner will be chosen using Random.org.
    UPDATE:  Congrats to #21, Melissa – you won!!! Thanks so everyone who entered!!

    Proactiv – One Month Later & Giveaway Winners

    14th January 2011

    So it’s been a month already since I started testing Proactiv for Mom Central.

    I have no idea how that happened.

    I’ve been using Proactiv on my face for one month, twice a day.

    I cannot tell a lie – there were a couple days there that I may have passed out on the couch, and was too dead to wash my face, but for the most part, I was a good girl. (FYI: This happens when you’re an old lady so it was out of my control.)

    What did I think?

    I have to say that I’m really happy with what I’m seeing so far. I thought the products were light, non-smelly and pretty gentle for their effectiveness.  The best part for me was that they did not dry out my skin, which is a big problem for me this time of year. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to show you but I can assure you that my pores look much prettier than they did 30 days ago.

    Also during the last 30 days, you’ve had the opportunity to enter to win one of five full size Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizers. A little info about the moisturizer:

    Most blemish treatments work to control and remove oil from the skin’s surface and therefore, by nature, can be drying. A soothing, oil free moisturizer is key to replenishing and repairing the skin. Proactiv Solution Green Tea Moisturizer is a light moisturiser that absorbs instantly, delivering soothing hydration to dry skin.  It is formulated for blemish prone skin with concentrated botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants that leave skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.  This mineral-rich, non-comedogenic formula won’t clog pores or leave skin feeling greasy and is suitable for all skin types.

    And the five WINNERS (using random.org) are:

    1. #20 – Lauren E

    2. #1 – Sarah

    3. #35 – Chantal

    4. #31 – Londia

    5. #17 – Chelsea

    Congrats to all the winners!!! Please email me at maria (at) boredmommyblog (dot) com with your Full Name, Address and Phone Number. Thanks to everyone who entered!

    Disclosure – I participated in the New Proactiv Canada program hosted by Mom Central on behalf of Guthy-Renker. I received a 30-day trial kit and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

    New Proactiv Canada Blog Tour & Giveaway

    15th December 2010

    I used to have really nice skin – I would get comments on it all the time.

    I was that person that never had acne during those years you’re supposed to be plagued by it. I was one of the lucky ones. Although, I did have braces and poufy bangs, so it all evened out in the end.

    However, things changed when I had babies – or what I like to call – attack of the hormones.

    Ever since then, I’m plagued much more often – it’s very annoying. I miss my cute skin. Now I get maam’d all the time – I blame the acne.

    I’ve seen the Proactiv commercials many times, and I’ve thought about ordering their products, just as often. So I jumped at the chance to try out their products, thanks to MomCentral Canada – yup, I’m doing the 30 Day Proactiv Challenge (or what I like to call – the END of being Maam’d). I will be using the New Proactiv 3-Step System.

    The new 3-Step System (Renewing Cleanser, Revitalising Toner and Repairing Treatment) are the same proprietary and effective formulas as Original Proactiv, with the same luxury skin-care ingredients – only the active ingredient (BPO) has been improved. New Proactiv also has the same great texture and fragrance as Original Proactiv.
    So here are all the details on the 3-Step System:

    The 3-Step System: Designed for daily use in the prevention and treatment of blemishes, it gently cleanses and exfoliates while targeting blemish-causing bacteria in the pores.
    • Step 1: Renewing Cleanser: A unique oil-free formula, with exclusive micro-crystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide, that contains smooth, tiny beads to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities.
    • Step 2: Revitalising Toner: A refreshing, alcohol-free toner with glycolic acid that helps balance skin tone and remove dead skin cells to reveal the vital, radiant skin beneath. Its special formulation to balance skin’s natural acids includes witch hazel to refine and purify pores and aloe and chamomile to soothe and soften.
    • Step 3: Repairing Treatment: A light, oil-free lotion containing exclusive microcrystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide. The Repairing Treatment penetrates deep into the pore to help heal blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. The advanced delivery system is safe for the entire face and any other blemish-prone areas.
    After the 30 days, I’ll be blogging about any changes/improvements and announcing the winners to the giveaway!
    *
    GIVEAWAY:
    *Five (5) lucky winners will receive a full size, Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer valued at $33 CAD!*
    HOW TO ENTER:

    MANDATORY ENTRY:
    Leave a comment below telling me about your experiences with Proactiv solution or why you would like to try it.
    BONUS ENTRY:
    Tweet the following and leave a comment below telling me you did:
    Enter to win a full size Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer on @BOREDMommy’s blog – http://bit.ly/dNejAp  #CdnRes #Giveaway

    *OPEN to CANADIAN residents only

    *ENDS JANUARY 14th, 2011 (the last day of the 30 Day Challenge)
    Please note: If you enter this contest on more than one blog, you will only be able to win once.*
    *
    Disclosure – I am participating in the New Proactiv Canada program hosted by Mom Central on behalf of Guthy-Renker. I received a 30-day trial kit and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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