L’Oreal EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment-yes please!

I’ve been making drastic changes to my hair for as long as I can remember. From blonde to red to auburn to chocolate brown, I have put my hair through the ringer.  So I wasn’t at all surprised when I went to see a stylist (for a wedding I was to attend) and she replied, “Wow, why is your hair so dry? I can’t even pull the brush through it.” Was that comment snarky? Yes.  Was it completely unwarranted? No. When I returned home that night, I dove into my bathroom hair closet (yes I have several shelves devoted to hair products) for some immediate intervention.

Suprisingly enough, I hadn’t even opened this product. I have had several horrific experiences at salons who would pile on the Moroccan oil, and several hours later, my locks were limp and greasy. No thank you.  However, I knew that this was an intervention and it was time to get serious about restoring my hair’s lustre.

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From the box:

EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment is a luxurious cocktail with precious Argan Oil from Morocco, and Sunflower Oil.  It instantly infuses hair to condition and seal in salon-smoothness.  This ultra-silky formula immediately absorbs into hair without feeling greasy or heavy so hair flows with movement.  Supremely sleek, purely luminous and 100% frizz defiant.  Perfect for all hair types.

Instructions:

Apply 1-2 pumps evenly through damp hair.  Avoid the roots. Do not rinse.  Style as usual.   Apply 1 pump on dry hair to add shine.

How I use it:

I use this oil on dry hair at night AND in the morning. I use 1-2 pumps at night the night before I wash my hair and use it on my ends in the morning.  I find it a lot lighter and easier to work with than Moroccan Oil.  While it IS possible to overdo it with this oil, following the instructions should keep you in the clear.

Results:

I’ve been using this for several weeks in addition to giving my hair a treatment twice a week.  Honestly, I’m not sure when my hair has felt better (of course I mean when I style it-it is usually awesome when I leave the salon after having a professional treatment/style).  I do like it-the texture, the fragrance (which is light but it IS there) and the results.  It’s less expensive than Moroccan oil but yields fantastsic results!

Overall, I do recommend this product.  It’s helped bring my hair back to life!

 

 

Weekly makeup basket recap!!!

1. Marcelle CC cream 12 in 1 benefits (which I won’t list here) but my favorite things about it include:  evens out skintone, controls shine, SPF 35, offers *better* coverage than most North American CC creams.
2.  Marcelle DD cream 10 in 1 benefits. My favorite things about it include: tightens pores, evens and smoothes skin tone, controls shine, SPF 25, improves radiance.  This is the product I used when I decided to brave the cold!
3.  Urban decay b6 vitamin infused complexion prep spray. I love this spray and a lot of people don’t.  I like it because:  it reduces redness, minimizes pores, and absorbs oil.
4.  Annabelle mineral powder blush.  Sadly, I don’t believe this product is made anymore?  I couldn’t find it on the website.  However, if you do some quick googling, you may still be able to find it for sale (ebay, amazon).  I do like it very much-haven’t used a loose powder blush in FOREVER.  It’s the right amount of pigment and the color is beautiful.
5. Annabelle eyeshadow quad in chai chai chai.  If you are a neutral lover, then this is a ‘must-have’ for you.  This quad looks amazing with any eye color.  The eyeshadows are very soft and buttery (I’d compare them to Urban Decay naked eyeshadow formula), and do NOT disappoint in terms of pigment and payoff.  Absolutely beautiful and high quality for a drugstore brand. VERY IMPRESSED.
6.  Annabelle twist up crayon in Absolute.  Even if you don’t like the color of this crayon, there are over 20 shades to choose from.  I’m a huge fan of crayons-mainly because they are super portable, and easy to apply.  I haven’t checked the entire collection out, but I have several of these and this is one of my favorites.
YES I REALIZE I MISSED 7.  GAH!
8..  Marcelle mascara waterproofing top coat.  This is a genius idea.  Now I can wear my favorite non-waterproof mascara and not have to worry about raccoon eyes!

WHOAH-check out this look…..Holiday or everyday? Tell me!

I don’t often do this, but I like this look SO DANG MUCH, I have to post it so you can see it and duplicate it!

Lego_Email_Blast2.1.1This look is beautiful for your latest  office party….or the evening mass, or New Years Eve (of course).  If you’re me, you would wear it to work! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s the perfect blend of gold and smokey….I just adore it.

So obviously I’m late posting this. Honestly, I am going to replicate this for my next ‘special occasion’-I just can’t stop staring at it!

Tell me about your latest look or your ‘go-to’ party look…..have any suggestions for me?

Winners for Thomas Sabo!

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Hi everyone!

 

I’d like to thank you for your patience regarding the Thomas Sabo contest.  The ice storm really interrupted a lot of my plans for the holidays!  Without further ado, after using random. org, here are the 2 winners:

Belinda

Tina

 

Please email your mailing address to ettuandyou@gmail.com and I will mail you your prize!

Thanks for entering everyone!

Happy Holidays this is not an emergency #darkTO #icestormTO

Saturday, December 21st 2013 will be a day I won’t forget. Not because it was the last weekend before Christmas and I was trying to run around and get last minute shopping done.  Not because I was going to use the next day (and my only day off from my seasonal job) grocery shopping and cleaning like a mad woman.

 

Nope.  Saturday was the day the lights went out in Guildwood (my neighborhood).  21:53 or 9:53pm is the timestamp in my mind when the lights flickered and turned off.  My first thought? Bummer, no Saturday Night Live Christmas special oh well, I’ll google that in the morning for the funny parts.

 

Except the lights didn’t come on in the morning, or the next morning, or the morning after that.  I later learned that an ice storm covering most of Ontario had left ice covered trees, snapped branches, and downed power lines.  Via Twitter I learned that officials to include the Mayor of Toronto (Rob Ford), the premier (Kathleen Wynn), and ward councilors (Paul Ainslie and Mitzie Hunter) knew the situation was becoming quite the mess….and with temperatures due to plummet over the next several days, a press conference was held (one of several) as the Mayor declared “We are not in a state of emergency. Everything that can be done is being done.”  We were asked to check on our neighbors and that getting power restored in 72 hours “won’t be possible folks.  Things have gotten better.”

 

Not sure how these officials thought residents without hydro would know this-especially in a ‘senior-ific’ area like Guildwood.  Not many residents here own a smartphone so they didn’t know that power could potentially take days to restore, or that there were warming centres available to them.  Many residents bundled up, threw on an extra blanket or 3 and probably thought “Hey we will laugh about this when it’s over tomorrow.”

 

Well. For some, it’s NOT over.  Some residents of Guildwood are now 90 hours strong with no hydro.  NONE.   Merry Christmas taxpayers who have worked their entire lives and are just trying to live.  But never fear, This is not an emergency.

 

I’ll spare you the details….but to fill in some gaps, Toronto Hydro called in additional help from other cities in Canada and the U.S.  I’ll give them that-at least they realized they were overwhelmed.  But here’s where things go sideways:

 

  1. Additional bodies were brought in-but 5 days of no hydro?
  2. Officials/Leadership did travel the neighborhoods. In suits. For photo ops.
  3. Hydro workers picked up and left an area of Guildwood, leaving several homes without power stating that another area was ‘higher priority’-WHAT?

 

Gee Mitzie Hunter you sure look warm, mind sparing a coat with that handshake?

Gee Mitzie Hunter you sure look warm, mind sparing a coat with that handshake?

Because EVERYONE who is ANYONE wears a suit to a clean up area.  AND DOES NO WORK.

Because EVERYONE WHO IS ANYONE shows up to a worksite IN A SUIT. AND DOES NOTHING.

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oh wow….do you think this merry group sang Christmas carols?  When do you think they’re dropping their next album?

recently added: And let’s not  forget Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly…..who TOOK OFF FOR FLORIDA IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL.  For that reason, no photos available.  Did you think we wouldn’t find out about this Norm? REALLY?

Now, I’m no ‘crisis management expert’ BUT I would think that a contingency plan in a metropolis of this size would be an essential piece of an inclement weather puzzle? Toronto’s “leadership” has failed its residents. On SO. MANY. LEVELS.   During the holidays.  Even worse.   Let me continue:

 

  1. Warming Centres aren’t appropriate for everyone-what about people with dogs? How about newborns or elderly with fragile immune systems that shouldn’t be exposed to large numbers of people?
  2. How did people who don’t speak English know about the tragedy? Oh wait, they were the ones being carted off to hospital after trying to heat their homes with a BBQ and becoming consumed with carbon monoxide.

 

In addition, there were reports of homes being burglarized, which is (again) MORE tragic during the ‘holiday season.’  No police presence….but that’s because THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY.

 

This incident continues to have many residents of Guildwood scratching their heads and wondering “What have I done to deserve this?”  Toronto’s ‘leadership’ do you have an answer?

 

I know (here) I am primarily speaking for Guildwood  but I’ll open this up to anyone who had to endure this. I need some answers.   I need officials and leadership to take accountability and to sincerely and humbly apologize to residents for the gross mishandling.

 

just a note-the people sitting in the dark and freezing cold voted you into your seats ward councilors Ainslie and Hunter, Premier Wynn, and Mayor Ford. So before you tweet me talking about everything you’ve done in this disaster Mitzie, stop for a moment and think about that. Also think twice before you send me a tweet from your nice warm home.

 EDIT:  Residents have told me that Paul Ainslie has been out in the neighborhood and remained very ‘present’ during this incident and have asked me to remove his name in negative connotations.  Neighbors-noted and done.

You also owe your residents a thorough and comprehensive debrief….you know one of those ones where everyone gathers in an auditorium and there are 2 microphones in the crowd space and you all sit up at the front behind a long table.  Because you can’t seem to figure this one out, I’ll do you a solid-Here’s who needs to be there:

1.  Mayor Rob Ford

2. Premier Kathleen Wynn

3. Anthony Haines, CEO Toronto Power

4. Mitzie Hunter

5. Paul Ainslie

6. Norm Kelly who ran off to Florida

7. News anchors and cameramen

8.  People of Guildwood-and they need to be given a way to get there-get a bus, you ARE able to do that.

And you have to be prepared and accept ALLLLLLL of our criticism and anger AND frustration with grace.  And THEN you have to present us with a real gift…..a PLAN.  One that you put some thought into and that you’ve had reviewed with an organization that specializes in crisis management.

 

I’m all for history not repeating itself and I know that mistakes get made.  It’s time for Leadership to give a d*mn and for residents to demand that basic and common respect.  Residents are the reason that officials are in office and it’s time to send a very clear message. I’m challenging Toronto’s officials and leaders to start caring and propose this be a new initiative (although it should’ve been all along).

 

This has been a very memorable holiday season indeed.

 

Canadian Giveaway-Charm up with Thomas Sabo!

I love love LOVE when I can give back to my readers.   I was gifted (from Thomas Sabo) with a recipe book, apron and cookie cutters so I got right to work making Lucy’s Chocolate cookies in the shapes of hearts, stars, and stilettos!

The star of this show is Lucy….

“Do you love spending an evening baking with your friends during the Christmas season like Lucy does? Then put your apron and get going! Lucy has summarized her favorite recipes for you, so you will be able to make dreamy Charm Club cookies.  Lend the cookies-in the shape of romanyic hearts, Christmas stars and fashionable high-heels-a personal note with a sweet embellishment.  There are simply no limits to your creativity and imagination.”

So let’s take a peek!!

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woohoo!!! yum yum yummmmmmmm.

But it gets better…..Faulhaber Communications (on behalf of Thomas Sabo) has gifted me 2 fabulous Thomas Sabo bracelets to gift to 2 subscribers.  Here’s what you COULD win:

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IMG_3515These bracelets are valued at over 100.00 CAD each!

To enter:

Fill out the Rafflecopter widget below-it’s simple this time!

This giveaway is open to Canadians only!

If under 18 years of age, need your parent’s permission

Must be willing to provide address if chosen as winner

I am not responsible for packages lost in the mail (although I ship as securely as I can!)

2 winners will be chosen-you will each receive (1) bracelet!

 
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AR 35 treatment from Dermalogica-reveal your best looking skin!

*I am in the process of editing 2 photos for this post…stay tuned and sorry for any inconvenience*

It’s been awhile since I’ve experienced a treatment with Dermalogica.  I was excited to try out the new AR 35 treatment and it was SO GOOD that I need to tell you about it. Keep reading!

AR35 stands for Active Resurface 35 and Dermalogica states that ‘this is not a cookie cutter treatment.’  And I would have to agree…..AR35 is an advanced 45 minute resurfacing treatment that utilizes a synergy of the most active ingredients available in today’s skin care arena.

A 45 minute advanced skin exfoliation treatment with a focus on professional use only Exfoliant Accelerator 35.
• Includes customizable options
• Key benefits of Active Resurface 35:
-Visible results after one treatment
-Minimal redness/side effects post treatment
-Targets a range of skincare concerns
-Customization
-45min ideal for time sensitive clients

key ingredients include:

There’s a reason that this treatment is professional use only and you will feel that as you go through the treatment.  There is a definitely tingling and some heat (oh yeah it’s working!).  The skin therapist will determine the level of activity after a consultation and having a look at your skin. There are 3 treatment levels:

• Power Active
• Intensive Active
• Ultimate Active

After my treatment, my skin therapist (Amanda) applied an oatmeal mask to help soothe my skin. Post treatment, no intense cardio, steam rooms or saunas and you MUST use an SPF!  Thankfully, I use the SPF daily and don’t plan on using steam/sauna anytime soon.

Amanda also had a post treatment discussion with me and sent me home with some products that I promised I would use faithfully. Let’s just say I have a new ‘plan’ in terms of exfoliation and care of my skin…….

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My skin looks and feels divine.  It feels like my skin is in my 20’s again, it’s bright, soft, smooth and taut…..I haven’t experienced that in the longest time. I didn’t leave the treatment oily or greasy (which was a huge plus because I had some other appointments that day) and my face felt incredibly clean.  I’m looking forward to having this done again, perhaps in the later part of January.  It was totally worth it…..and if you have 45 minutes and want your ‘best’ skin, find a spa/salon near you that offers this treatment!

12 days of beauty contest WINNER!!!!

Oh you readers are SO AWESOME!!! I need to be awesome back!

I didn’t have too many entries to the contest but that’s okay….there are move giveaways to come!  So let me post the photos and then I will tell you who the winner is! In case you don’t remember, I asked entrants to send me a photo of WHY they needed the box of health and beauty items….and here’s what they came up with:

 

Patricia's photo!

Patricia’s photo!

 

Denyse's photo

Denyse’s photo

 

Carolyn's photo

Carolyn’s photo

 

Cynthia's photo

Cynthia’s photo

 

I want to thank everyone who took the time to send me a photo and explain to me why I need to give them the box!  I love all the photos!

The winner of the actual box is ……….Patricia!  Could you please send me your address so I can have P&G ship you the box of items!

To everyone that entered…..I so appreciate you taking the time to enter that I’d like to send ALL of you a little something!  Could you please send me your addresses as well?

 

Please send to ettuandyou@gmail.com

Prizes will *not* arrive by Christmas but I will ship out as soon as I can.  Again, thank you so much for entering….I truly truly appreciate you all!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway!