Handy Tips for Cold Weather


As a Canadian, you’d think I’d be equipped to deal with winter. Yet today’s -19°C (feeling like -37°C after the wind-chill) proves otherwise. The bitter, frigid cold is brutal – getting through every layer of clothing and chilling through to the bone. Yet as cold as it may get, nothing is worse than the chapped/cracked/dry/sore hands that come along with it. As I sip my tea and get cozy, finally inside, I’m getting together my “Hand-y” Survival Kit (see what I did there?)

So what do you do to prepare yourself for winter? Or how do you fix the damage that has already happened? Here are a few ‘Handy’ products (see…I did it again) to get you through the season.

The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment – a great hand and nail moisturizer for every day and all skin types. This is a great hand moisturizer during the winter season to start early and prevent the problems from starting when the weather gets cold. I used it a lot at the beginning of the season…but kinda forgot for awhile and now it’s beyond this…my hands need deep moisturization, repair and protection now, not found in this product.

The Body Shop’s Absinthe Purifying Hand Butter – This hand butter is similar to other body butters from The Body Shop. It intensely moisturizes your hands, so now we’re getting into some more heavy duty moisturization. Still great for every day of the winter season. Haven’t been able to use it a lot yet as it’s still a new product.

The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector – I’ve loved The Body Shop’s Hemp line for years, even though it’s advertised as men’s products. The tube says that it’s heavy duty moisturization and is meant the protect and repair extremely dry hands. I love the product, although I find I have to reapply often in order to get true protection and repair.

Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream – This little tube has been working wonders. My hands have been really bad lately due to cold + work (involving hands constantly being wet and elbow deep in sanitizers). This product repairs intense cracks and damage that have already started and takes away all itching from cracked skin. Its not greasy, absorbs quickly, has a light fresh scent, and even lasts through hand washing. It continues to moisturize for hours after applying. I’m in love with it!!

So protect you hands and get out of the cold. Hopefully it’s not as cold where you are – and if you have plans to travel to Canada any time soon please pack layers, make sure you cover your ears and hands, and moisturize like crazy!!

Small Haul – Shoppers and Body Shop


Today was a shopping day! A battle in the long weekend traffic and a full days worth of shopping at Yorkdale, our favourite mall! Along with several fashion purchases (a new Longchamp bag, new Levi’s, etc. etc. boring) there were of course many beauty purchases purchased, I just can’t help myself.

One of the first shops of the day was The Body Shop. Since I’ve been testing out all my body lotions and attempting to revamp my skin, I decided that I really wanted to try the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Body Butter. It’s time to get serious! With a lovely light and fresh scent with a hint of rose, this body butter will be the perfect moisturizer after every shower! The Body Shop was having a great back to school sale so of course I couldn’t stop there. As I’ve been using the Ionic Seaweed Clay Mask, I’ve decided that I want to try the rest of the line. They were offering small bottles of each: Mattifying Day Cream, Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, Clarifying Toner, and Clarifying Night Treatment all zipped up in a small bag for only $15!! Perfect for travelling!! Couldn’t pass that up! So excited to give them a try and let you know what I think!

When it came to Shoppers I really only needed a new mascara, and with the help of a coupon I went with Covergirl Clump Crusher. Yet of course I would never leave with only one purchase. Other than a few magazines: Allure and Glow, and a few more EOS Lip Balms (review to come soon), the purchase that I’m very excited for is the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. I love using exfoliating scrubs on my skin once or twice a week, but after running out of my St. Ives Purify Exfoliating Body Wash with kelp and sea salt I’ve gone a few weeks without one. I love St. Ives exfoliators and I’ve heard a lot about the Apricot Scrub so I’m super excited to give it a try! I’ll let you know how this one goes. My entire purchase was 20% off due to another coupon!

Not a huge shopping trip, but some great products that are worth sharing and talking about, bought with some great coupons courtesy of Shopper’s Drug Mart Optimum card holders benefits (SEE THE BENEFITS?!). So get shopping lovelies!!! And let me know how it goes.

Project: New Skin


I spend so much of my time worrying about the products I put on my face that the rest of my body has started to suffer. It’s time I revamp my body lotion/oils/etc collection and pay a little more attention to my poor skin. Lotions sit unused and unwanted, but it’s my own fault when I begin to complain about dry skin.

As sad as it is to say, winter is right around the corner. So it’s about time I get into the habit now. So this is my task: each day for the next week I’m going to re-test the vast amounts of lotions I have sitting in my drawers. The bad get the boot, and the good stay. If I need to add to the collection then *sigh* I guess I’ll sacrifice and go shopping (Yipee!).

It’s time I start paying attention to my skin!