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May
5
2014
May 5, 2014

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I like frozen yogurt and I’m sure most of us have tried the Menchies chain of frozen yogurt. Question is though: have you tried their lip balm?

I know, that sounds like an odd question. I mean, did you know Menchies made lip balm? Well, one day while I was paying for my little cup of frozen yogurt I noticed the display of lip balms and decided to pick one up to test.

Why? Well, the price was decent and surprisingly enough, the ingredients weren’t bad. So, I figured I’d pick one up and see how well it worked.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Apr
7
2014
Apr 7, 2014

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Chapstick, lip balm, call it what you want, it’s that stuff you put on your lips to prevent them from chapping. Now, I don’t know about you but I find it incredibly difficult to find a decent lip balm. I don’t want a lip balm with questionable ingredients but I also don’t want one that will break my bank either. After all, money is hard to come by.

Now, my kid loves lemon and lime so when I found the Badger Lime Rocket Cocoa Butter Lip Balm I knew it had to be tested. Up to now, I’d never seen a lime flavoured chapstick made with decent ingredients. I’ve tested other Badger products before so I had high hopes this would be a winner and I was NOT disappointed.

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Mar
30
2014
Mar 30, 2014

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It is time to do a makeup review. I don’t do many of them because quite frankly, I don’t step out of my comfort zone much when it comes to makeup.

Have you heard of Pure Anada Natural mineral foundation? For the longest time, I’ve stared at the makeup at my local health store but it’s hard to venture into new territory. I mean, how do I even know if something new will match my skin tone or if my skin will react to it or if it just makes me look more haggard?

Thanks to the staff at the store, I picked up the Pure Anada Natural mineral foundation. She found the shade that best matched my skin tone and raved about Pure Anada so I took a leap of faith.

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Mar
3
2014
Mar 3, 2014

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Is it just me or is it still winter? Let me look out the window…

Yep, the white stuff is still on the ground and my winter coat is still hanging in the hallway. While I may like winter, there is no denying how my skin feels. My skin is dry and my lips have seen better days. You know, I’m not a big fan of lipstick and I’m not keen on weird chapstick made with funny odd chemical based ingredients so I’m always on the lookout for a more natural chapstick or lip balm.

Check out the Now Solutions Vanilla Completely Kissable Lip Balm. I noticed it at my local health food store and the price was reasonable. Let’s see how well it works.

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Feb
7
2014
Feb 7, 2014

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“Well it’s about time you reviewed a makeup product.” That’s pretty much my brain yelled at me today (my brain does funny things). I mean, it’s a long time coming. I’ve had my eye on doing a few makeup reviews but I often like to test the makeup products over a span of time so I can actually do a semi-decent review of them. After all, I need some time for my face to either react/rebel/accept the test item and my face, like my brain, often has a mind of its own.

Today’s makeup item up for review is the MAC Mineralize Concealer. I picked up the MAC Mineralize Concealer ages ago but it took me this long to cycle around and test it out. I’ve used the regular MAC concealer before but was looking for something with a better ingredient list, something a bit more ‘natural’ for lack of a better word. The MAC staff that I spoke with suggested the MAC Mineralize collection and that’s how the MAC Mineralize Concealer ended up in my bag.

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Feb
4
2014
Feb 4, 2014

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Back in December 2013, I did a review on Epicare, a funny little apparatus that’s supposed to get rid of unwanted facial hair. Back then, I was apprehensive about trying it but chose to tackle the product despite my wobbly feelings about it. Thanks to NailPolishCanada.com, I was able to try out Epicare and I liked it. A month later, I’m here to report on my current feelings about Epicare which sadly, are a little mixed.

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Jan
3
2014
Jan 3, 2014

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Back in September 2012, I did a review about reading labels and specifically mentioned the Ivory soap bars that are marketed as pure and simple (99.44% pure clean and simple so they say).

Yeeeeeah, and I’m a 3 star Michelin restaurant owner.

Enough said.

Anyhoo…during a recent grocery shopping trip at my local health food store, I spot Val’s Veggie Bar on sale for $2.49. Val’s Veggie Bar sounds like a healthy granola bar but it’s not. It’s soap, chunky bars of soap and I’m not talking $2.49 for 1 Val’s Veggie Bar. I’m talking 1 pack of Val’s Veggie Bar with 3 individual bars each 105 grams. Terrible English, I know but you get the idea. Quite frankly, I’m too excited about this to even form decent sentences.

I had to do a double take. I hadn’t even picked up Val’s Veggie Bar from the shelf to read the label yet but a quick calculation told me each bar was only about 80 cents. At that price point, Val’s Veggie Bar was comparable if not cheaper than most big store brands with a gazillion chemical ingredients that I could never pronounce.

I’m having an ‘OMG, this is a really good deal’ excited moment in the store (silent squeal because loud squeals really aren’t a typical supermarket occurrence).

I picked up Val’s Veggie Bar and read the label. Can you guess what Val’s Veggie Bar is made with?

 

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Dec
28
2013
Dec 28, 2013

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Take a good long look at the pic on the left. Any guesses what it might be? It looks like a spring – true. NO, it’s not a loose spring from my bed or from my head (ha ha). It’s definitely not from my cell phone or from one of my cooking misadventures.

This lovely readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com is an Epicare. An Epi WHO? No, an Epicare.

I know, I had never heard of Epicare until a recent email from the folks at NailPolishCanada.com. NailPolishCanada.com just recently started carrying Epicare and contacted me in hopes that I might be willing to review it on ThingsThatWeDo.com.

When I got their email, the first thing I did was visit their site to find out more about Epicare and what it does. Any guesses yet? Well, here’s a hint: facial hair removal. Think threading gone easy high tech. Get it?

My first reaction: I was apprehensive. Do I dare try Epicare? It looked awfully creepy and so NOT what I usually use to remove unwanted facial hair (which honestly, is such a PRIVATE thing to talk about).

My second more rational thought: if I’m apprehensive about trying Epicare and had never heard of it before, most likely a large number of my readers would feel the same way which means it would be a good product to review for ThingsThatWeDo.com.

Thus, I thanked NailPolishCanada.com for sending me an Epicare to test out and promised I’d review it in full honesty.

So, who wants to read about good ol’ facial hair removal?

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Apr
16
2013
Apr 16, 2013

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Do you use mascara? I use mascara but I don’t really get all the hype about all the different types of mascara. To date, the only thing I think mascara does is lengthen your lashes and makes you look more awake than you really feel. Beyond that, I don’t see a reason why people need to spend big bucks on mascara. I truly don’t see any difference in performance across the different brands of mascara.

Allow me to introduce you to the Rimmel London Extra Wow Lash mascara. Now, I’ve used Rimmel London mascara products in the past and I’ve used other brands of mascara but this would be the first time I’ve ever used the Rimmel London Extra Wow Lash mascara and I bought it because it was on sale. If it wasn’t on sale, I assure you I wouldn’t have purchased it.

According to the packaging, this Rimmel London Extra Wow Lash mascara is supposed to give me volume up to 12 times. It has an oversized brush that supposed to make it easy for me build from soft to more dramatic looks. The Rimmel London Extra Wow Lash mascara apparently has a lash building formula so that I’ll get really defined lashes without clumps. It’s ophthalmologist tested and suitable for those of us that wear contact lenses and have sensitive eyes. All that in a mascara? Really…let’s see.

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Feb
20
2013
Feb 20, 2013

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I’m sending out a distress call to the world of skin cream because I think my face is going to fall off. I’m sick and tired of facial moisturizers that are heavily loaded with chemicals I can’t pronounce, that I know aren’t okay for my body, and yet I feel forced to use them because my ghastly skin doesn’t react to them. I need a superhero facial moisturizer that will save me from the toxic world of face creams before I turn radioactive green. Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic and maybe my face won’t fall off right this minute but I’m convinced it will someday unless I get some serious intervention.

Well, if you’re going to make a difference in your own life, you can’t just wait for miracles to happen so I took action and hiked myself over to the local health food store. Now, you see, I’m not rich. Many of us aren’t so I want something for my face that is chemically safe and healthy for my skin without putting a permanent dent in my retirement savings plan.

I came across a sale on a variety if Sukin products. Sukin? What’s Sukin? Do you know Sukin? No, I don’t know Sukin. What’s Sukin? I had no clue so I went over and chatted with the knowledgeable staff.

As it turns out, Sukin is an Australian company and the line is clean yet affordable. The price point was good so I purchased a bottle of Sukin Facial Moisturiser. The Sukin Facial Moisturiser was a good size bottle: 125mL for $8.99. I can’t even get that at my local generic pharmacy for skin cream so it seemed like a great buy. Will this be the Skin cream super hero that I’ve been looking for?

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