Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Antipodes Skincare Review

This winter has been very dry inside and out. I’ve had to turn on my humidifier and drink a lot more water to keep my hair and skin healthy. I’ve also switched to high quality, nourishing, skincare by Antipodes – a scientifically validated organic beauty brand based in New Zealand.
This family owned company focuses on plant-powered premium ingredients that are clinically proven to increase hydration, retain moisture, stimulate collagen synthesis and protect skin from pollutants. 

The first collection I tested was Baptise. The Hosanna H2O Intensive Plumping Serum ($68.00) is a water-charged, oil-free formula that increases hydration up to 52% and stimulates collagen up to 72% for a dewy glow. This powerful treatment contains Vinanza Grapes which are native to New Zealand and contain more antioxidants than any other grape in the world!
The serum promotes cell renewal and counteracts the damaging effects of chemicals, impurities and pollutants so skin appears plump and youthful. 100% of the ingredients are naturally derived which gives it a refreshing botanical scent. 

The Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel ($60.99) quenches thirsty skin with a weightless, formula enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Mauka Honey and a long list of potent plant extracts. It melts in effortlessly and draws in moisture to smooth, renew and prevent blemishes.
The Antipodes Divine Face Oil with Rosehip, Avocado and Macadamia ($70.86) is high in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that plump, moisturize and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne, large pores and scars. The rich formula is revitalizing and I love the radiant finish.
I usually layer the serum with the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream ($74.99) to neutralize free radical damage and minimize premature aging. It is scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production up to 92% and draw in moisture to treat and prevent roughness, dryness and flaking. It makes my skin feel incredibly supple, soft, bouncy and silky – like I went to a high-end spa and had an amazing facial. Most of these products are designed to lift, tone and tighten the profile so they work best with extended use.
Don’t go to bed without applying the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream ($69.99). This light, cooling treatment is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that soften the look of fine lines, reduce puffiness, stimulate collagen and deeply hydrate delicate skin. The packaging does not say anything about fading dark circles but my under eye area looks bright and smooth.
If you’re in the market for pure, nourishing skincare created from the finest ingredients nature has to offer, I highly recommend Antipodes. 

The brand is available at antipodesnature.ca, well.ca and socialitebeauty.ca

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Chandler Honey – Pure, Delicious and Made in Canada

My family loves honey. Over the years we’ve collected an impressive variety of unique honey from our travels around the world and my dad gets his supply straight from the hive (his friend owns an apiary in Northern Ontario).

Honey has been described as “liquid gold” because it is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can treat wounds infections, colds and allergies. It may also reduce the risk of some gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease and certain cancers.
Chandler Honey is made in Alberta Canada and the company creates delicious flavors like Lemon & Ginger, Orange Grove, Wild Prairie, Mocha and Crème Brûlée. 

The honey is raw, pure, unpasteurized and perfect for beverages, oatmeal, smoothies, pancakes, dressings, desserts, marinades, yogurt bowls, dips and more! 

I mix a spoon of honey in tea every morning to boost my immune system and help fight off viruses. The Lemon & Ginger flavor is a must for winter. It contains vitamin C and works wonders when your throat is dry, itchy and sore. 
The small jar bundle comes with 5 flavors and makes a great gift. Order online at chandlerhoney.ca

Friday, January 15, 2021

The Sila Personal Massager by LELO

I don’t usually feature adult toys on this blog but during COVID, curfews and mandatory lockdown, we will all be spending more time at home – bored, stressed and restless. 

Studies show that self-pleasure can relieve anxiety, increase the libido, improve sleep and boost self-esteem...so why not. Health and wellness is important, whether it be reproductive, mental, sexual, physical or spiritual. 

The Sila Personal Massager ($269.00) is LELO’s newest innovation and it is already becoming quite popular. This small, yet powerful device has a large silicone mouth that rests over and around the clitoris to provide hours of mind-blowing pleasure.
Unlike most vibrators that only provide localized or direct stimulation, Sila envelops a large area to accommodate all bodies and produce a wide range of sensations. It is more efficient than the classic Magic Wand and much gentler. 

Using revolutionary sonic waves, Sila stimulates pleasure inducing nerves above, around and beneath the erogenous zones. The pulsations are emitted in 10 interchangeable speeds and patterns. 

Although the device is palm-size, you should have no trouble accessing the buttons or switching between modes while holding it. 
The cupping sensation and wave patterns on some settings feel like gentle suction combined with mild, moderate or intense vibration (whichever you prefer) for a gradual build-up of pleasure. The technology is quite unique. 

Because there is no direct skin contact with the vibrating/sonic pulse area of the toy, over-stimulation, soreness and discomfort is unlikely with extended use. 

The lightweight, innovative design is travel-friendly and 100% waterproof. It is made of body-safe easy to clean, soft, durable silicone and if someone accidentally opens your goody drawer, they won't know what they’re looking at.

LELO is a luxury toy company so the prices are a bit steep but the quality is exceptional. These massagers are made to last up to 10 years with a 1 year warranty so purchasing a LELO product is an investment in your sexual and mental health. 

Valentine’s Day is coming up so if you’re thinking about buying something sexy for your partner, Sila is the gift that keeps on giving...literally!
There are 3 shades to choose from - light pink, lilac (featured here) and aqua. The company ships discretely and each toy comes with a rechargeable USB cord, instruction manual, personal moisturizer and a satin storage pouch. 

The Sila is available at lelo.com and select specialty boutiques.
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