Totally Hooked on Studio L2E

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It’s taken me some time to gather the supplies I wanted to get my planner looking the way I wanted. But over the past few months, I’ve collected pens, stamps, ink pads and Washi tape.

Planner stamps are all the rage these days and I saw why after receiving the stamp sets I’d ordered from Studio L2E.

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There were so many sets to choose from but since my planner will be more work-related, I went for the two basic icon sets, Iconic and Iconic Activities.

I mean…come on! How can you not fall in love with these teeny, tiny stamps?!

 

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I’ve tested a few already and love how easy they are to use. Just a quick dab of ink, stamp away then wash in warm soapy water and air dry.

There will be a new release coming up at the end of August, so be sure to pop by the Studio L2E site or join the Group over on Facebook to stay in-the-know!

Cute Stamps from CoolJapanSTAMP

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So, now that I’ve jumped into the world of Planners (seriously…if you haven’t done a search on YouTube for the phenomena, go do it right now and you’ll see what I mean), I had to buy some supplies to add a little funk & flair to mine.

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There is a dizzying array of options online – from woodblock stamps to acrylic stamps that you peel and stick to a block before stamping, as well as self-inking stamps.

I knew I wanted some mini icons and when I found CoolJapanSTAMP on Etsy, I was instantly hooked.

I could have easily added one of everything into my cart but since I knew I was going to be ordering other stamps, I was a little modest and bought just a few.

First, this little ribbon banner, which I’ll use in my journal as well as in letters. Love it!

Second, I picked up this checkbox stamp, a staple in any planner gal/list gal’s arsenal.

Third, and probably my favorite of all, this Mini Calendar Moji Stamp Set. They really are mini but SO CUTE and they’re a great addition to my planning kit. Perfect for so many uses.

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The stamps came to me all the way from Japan but it got to me in a week. Not bad at all!

If you’re in the market for cute planner stamps, be sure to check out CoolJapanSTAMP!

REVIEW: London Luxe hair Dye from Vidal Sassoon

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So, a few months ago, I was picked to test my choice of colours from the London Luxe line of hair dye free thanks to Vidal Sassoon through BzzAgent.

I had just dyed my hair when I found out so it’s taken me this long to re-dye it – but I’m here to share my new love!

Now, I’ve been dyeing my hair Blue Black since high school (with some purples and burgundies thrown in for good measure), so it was going to take something special to turn my head.

So, I chose the Deep Velvet Violet shade (3VR) and went to work yesterday and let me tell you – I think I have a new favourite!

I like having dark hair that has a flash of another shade in the right light and this colour does just that. It keeps the darkness that I love but adds a vibrant pop of colour that is like a little surprise when the sun hits it just right.

velvetviolet_2It was actually a really nice dye to work with – it didn’t stink (yay!), it went on easy and only took 30 minutes to process.

The colour is supposed to last up to 8 weeks, which is great. I’ve found a lot of red or purple shades seem to fade quickly so I’m looking forward to not having to touch it up too often (but it’s pretty reasonably priced, so that’s another bonus).

I think this may be my new go-to shade (though I’d love to try London Lilac shade to see the difference)! And I see they also have a Blue Black version (Midnight Muse Blue) so maybe I’ll switch brands altogether!

MY RATING (out of 5):

Color Choices: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Price: on sale for $10.65 at Amazon.ca, $14.99 CAN at Well.ca

Ease of Use: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Search For The Perfect Planner

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I’ve tried a billion different ways to organize my projects and deadlines.

Google Calendar (loosely-scheduling things as well as planing my tasks down to the hour). Free printable worksheets from Productive Flourishing (which I still love, actually). But to get down to business this fall, I decided to order myself a new planner.

I have to tell you, I went a little cross-eyed in the search for the perfect planner, but not for lack of choice.

Oh, no. Planner addicts are spoiled for choice these days. Erin Condren, Plum Paper, Passion Planners, The Happy Planner, Moleskine. Not to mention the countless printable planner pages you can find on Etsy on the cheap.

Some of them are a little more pricey than I was willing to spend. I wanted something that was flexible, I was originally looking for an undated planner in case I don’t have much to plan or fall out of the practice or use it sporadically. I also wanted a horizontal layout and didn’t want one that tracked my tasks hourly.

So, those aspects helped me to narrow down my choices quite a lot. In some respects, too much (undated planners are few and far between).

Often, I would find the perfect planner….Except for that ONE thing. Either they were horizontal but were dated. Or were undated but too small. Or perfect…but upwards of $60+shipping to Canada. Or this, that and the other.

washiI actually like the Moleskine horizontal planners but again, they’re dated and I was leaning toward an undated planner. I was this close to hacking a plain Moleskine notebook (using stamps and washi tape and drawing the calendar grid in but that would be a lot of work every month when I only want it to track my goals, not be an entirely new time suck).

I thought I might never find one I wanted…Or be able to decide between the ones I’d short-listed.

But…After all that drama and much back and forth, I found one!

I chose the Horizontal planner from SHP Planners on Etsy. They are a Canadian company (yay!) located in Vancouver. They also have vertical planners, journals and notebooks.

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It doesn’t fit all of my criteria (I ended up going for a dated planner after all!), but the horizontal layout won me over.

I know you’re wondering…Why all the drama over a planner? Just write a big to-do list and get it done.

I’ve found spreadsheets and calendar dates are so easy to edit, switch or snooze. Writing my goals and deadlines in a planner will make them solid, more difficult to change, and the empty checklist boxes will haunt me, I know it. Missing deadlines will needle at me and be extra mtivation to get things done when I set out to finish them.

With client work, I hit my deadlines even if I have to stay up until 4 a.m. to do so. For some reason, with my own writing, I find it too easy to push deadlines, slack on hitting daily word counts and just generally do less than I’d planned. I’m not sure why that is but I’m hoping having a more dedicated approach to goals, I’ll put as much effort into my own writing as I do for others.

My planner has already arrived (it shipped the same day I ordered it!). So, watch this space for a proper review where I show it off.

In the meantime, it’s time to look at my upcoming goals and start thinking about how to reach them.

What do you use to track your goals or plan your deadlines? Are you a planner addict? What’s your favorite planner?

Share in the comments!

Julep’s Your Cuticles Look Thirsty Review

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I’m already a huge fan of Julep’s Cuticle Oil. I love the little roller bottle and use it every day, so when they announced the new beauty product for July was going to be a new hand care item, I knew I had to try it.

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ABOUT THE PRODUCT

A super-charged mixture of honey, shea butter, vitamin B5, and salicylic acid that hydrates and heals dry, damaged cuticles.

What it does:

  • Honey soothes and heals while retaining water to moisturize skin
  • Salicylic acid lifts away dead cells for a bright, healthy appearance
  • Shea butter enhances moisture
  • Vitamin B5 helps everything penetrate quickly (aka no greasy residue)

0.5 fl oz / 15 mL

Your Cuticles Look Thirsty looks like a whipped balm but it’s thicker, almost like the consistency of Noxema face cream. It’s semi-solid, and all you need is the tiniest swirl of it to cover every last cuticle.

The scent is light, the same scent as Julep’s Rock Star Hand Cream, which is nice. And the best part is it doesn’t go on greasy. You can literally swipe it on and then get back to work immediately without worry about getting your keyboard (or whatever device you may be using) getting messy.

Plus…My cuticles have never looked better! Immediately soft and nourished, I was hooked from the first application. At first, I instantly wished it came in a bigger jar but when i realized how little you actually need to use per application, I can see why they chose the size they did (I’d still totally buy the bigger jar if they ever put one out though…hint hint!)

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If you want to give some extra care to your cuticles, be sure to grab a jar and add Your Cuticles Look Thirsty to your daily nail care ritual.

becomemavenMY RATING (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Price: $20 retail ($14 Maven Price if you are a member of Julep)

If you decide to join, fell free to use my referral link!

 

L’Oreal Paris Fibralogy Haircare Review

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So, I feel I’ve had enough time to properly test and experiment with the L’Oreal Paris Fibralogy shampoo, booster and conditioner.

So here we go. When I started testing the shampoo, I had hair about halfway down my back (I’ve since cut it to shoulder-length).

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The BEFORE!

I really liked the shampoo and conditioner from the start but I found that even with the first couple of applications, the booster made my hair super tangled.

I tried it between the shampoo & conditioner (as the instructions stated) and also putting it on after applying conditioner but it didn’t help.

My hair felt extremely tangled, brittle, and elastic, and it was only worse when I went to comb my hair after I got out of the shower.

To be honest, I have stopped using the booster and simply use the shampoo & conditioner.

In terms of volume, I felt it did give my hair some boost, so it does what it says it will do.

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The AFTER!

 

But I know I would not use the booster again, so I don’t know if it’s worth it for me to buy the set. I also want my hair to be healthy & strong and I didn’t like how it felt after using the booster.

If you want to try before you buy, you can actually sign up for a free sample, which I suggest you do to see if your hair reacts the same way. All in all, I liked the fragrance and it did give me some added boost, but I don’t like the trade-off for having massively tangled hair.

Either way, it was nice to try something new & I thank L’Oreal and Influenster for sending me the products free in exchange for my honest review.

MY RATING (out of 5):

Volume Boost: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Hair care: 🌟🌟

L’Oreal Paris Fibralogy Haircare

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I was one of the lucky Canadian Influensters chosen to test the new VoxBox from L’Oreal Paris Canada.

So imagine my excitement when this parcel showed up in my mailbox, complete with Fibralogy Shampoo, Booster and Conditioner.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS
A new science for hair fibre is born.  L’Oreal Paris Fibralogy haircare thickens hair wash after wash, and expands the diameter of the hair fibre for voluptuous-looking hair! Our breakthrough thickening haircare contains filloxane, an innovative molecule that penetrates the fibre and helps increase its diameter from within. Hair is thicker and feels fuller.

HERE’S HOW #FibralogyWorks
The key ingredient in these products

To get into the full regimen, you wash and condition your hair as you normally would – with one major difference. Before using the conditioner, you apply the Booster, using a dime-sized dollop and distributing it throughout your hair. After that, you leave the Booster (no rinsing allowed!) and apply the conditioner as you normally would.

MY THOUGHTS SO FAR
I have hair past my shoulders, but I find the roots are always flat. I’ve used boosting mousse, velcro rollers, curling irons, everything to get a little volume at my roots.

Two days into the process and already, I can see that my hair hasn’t been as flat at the roots. I let it air-dry when I don’t have to go out, and already I see a difference. This is exciting! I’ll keep you updated on the process but so far, I’m enjoying the products!

FIND OUT MORE
If you want to find out more about these products, head over the the Shampoo & Conditioner page, and don’t forget to check out the Booster.

N.B.: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes