Pai Skincare [Product Review]

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From the Pai Skincare Website

From the Pai Skincare Website

I very rarely post beauty product reviews on my blog simply because I don’t try them out very often. I have super sensitive skin and tend to break-out when I try anything new. When I was sent a press release for Pai Skincare I thought I’d give them a try. Why? Well, their slogan is We Understand Sensitive Skin, and I’m a sucker for a good slogan.

Pai Skincare is a line based out of London and has officially landed in Canada. Their products are certified organic by the UK Soil Association. Their products are synthetic-free and made with ingredients proven to sooth the skin. They ensure that their products are free from irritating chemicals and alcohol. If that’s not enough to entice you to give Pai a try, check out what the CEO and creator has to say:

“Having suffered with extremely reactive skin, I know exactly what it needs and how it can make you feel,” said Sarah Brown, CEO and creator, Pai Skincare. “Pai is about products that you can not only trust, but really love to use. And thanks to the high quality, super-soothing ingredients, they’ll help you fall back in love with your skin too.”

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I was sent Pai’s Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream, Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Muslin Face Cloth, and Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream. The cream and cleanser have a lovely scent to them, both natural and light. The camellia and rose really shine through and sooth you inside and out! Normally it only takes a few uses for me to break-out after trying out a new product, but I’ve been using the day cream and cleanser for almost a week and find my skin to be softer, blemish free, and more radiant than ever before. I have yet to try out the eye cream but I can’t see it being anything less than magical.

To learn more about Pai check out the links below!

Website:      PaiSkincare.com
Twitter:        @PaiSkincare
Facebook:    PaiSkincare
Instagram:   @PaiSkincare

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo

Samsung Galaxy Alpha [Product Review]

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Back in September, I got to test out the Nokia Lumia 1020. Since then I’ve been drooling over three phones: the LG G3, Moto X, and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Well my Christmas wish has been signed, sealed, and delivered because Samsung sent me a beautiful sleek white Alpha to test out for two weeks.

Photo from the Samsung Website

Photo from the Samsung Website

First Impressions

  • it’s a great looking phone, reminds me of the iPhone 5
  • light, sleek, and great aesthetic
  • the camera lens pops out in the back (but slightly)
  • it seems fragile, feel like I need a case on it (I’m a klutz)

What I LOVED

  • the interface is crisp and easy to use/function
  • obsessed with the font
  • the calendar is so much more functional than the iPhone and super easy to use. You can colour co-ordinate events and shifts at work to ensure that you know where you have to be and when (a OCD person’s dream)
  • has tonnes of options when it comes to editing and filtering photos. You can add stickers and draw on them too
  • apps are easy to download and due to the 4.7″ (119.0mm) display, tweets, Instagram photos, and Facebook statuses are easy to read
  • there’s a blinking light for notifications, which I’ve secretly missed from my Blackberry days AND when you slide open your phone, the notifications are sitting nicely at the top so you know exactly what you’ve been missing
  • S Health is downloaded and ready for me to keep track of my fitness
  • although I might never use it, there’s a fingerprint log-in
  • ULTRA POWER-SAVING MODE, do I need to say more?
  • VIRTUAL TOUR MODE for the camera  = AWESOME
  • selfie’s just got easier to take with their “beauty face” mode — it adds a bit of airbrushing to the photo
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Every time you try something new, a screen pops up to show you how to use it!

 What I Didn’t Love

  • although the camera is 12 MP — I didn’t find the photos as crisp as the ones on even my iPhone 4, but HECK I COULD GET USED TO IT BECAUSE THIS PHONE ROCKS!!

Thank you to Samsung Canada and Lianne for making this trial possible! Looking forward to working with you again in the future!

 – Vanessa

My thoughts on Healthletica Hot Yoga

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I joined Healthletica Hot Yoga + Wellness with my sister a few weeks ago and although I work out everyday (DVDs mostly), I was still a little nervous to try it out. I bought a yoga mat, a one month membership, and some new workout clothing to ensure that my month of yoga would be perfect. I’m only five classes in and I have to tell you guys… I LOVE IT. The heat always takes a little time for me to get used to but before I know it I’m so into the poses that the heat is the last thing I’m concerned about. It’s a good heat though, you sweat like crazy but feel clean afterwards.

A word of caution: yoga is hard. I’m finding it super difficult to hold some of the poses, when it comes to Vinyasa flows my arms cramp up and I end up in Child’s pose. The great thing about yoga is that it’s a challenge and I always feel sore the next day. Each class my body has reacted differently, some days my balance is great, others it’s not, some days I can hold a pose or or touch my feet when I stretch, other days not so much. Yoga is work but it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something and I kinda like that.

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Healthlectica offers a variety of yoga classes with at least five different instructors. The instructors are kind, helpful, and mindful of each person in the class. They could tell that my sister and I were newbies so each of them took the time to help us improve on our poses, balance, and core strength. We went for a mid-afternoon class the other day and found that we were the ONLY ones there (I guess most people have jobs or something). It was like a private class and probably my favourite one so far. Our instructor, Sophia, altered the class to help us work on what we needed to, she taught us how to modify certain poses because of out weaknesses (and our bottom heaviness), and even took some time at the end of class to chat with us, to get to know us, and to give me some advice on how to sleep better at night.

My favourite pose is Shavasana, which is how each class starts and ends. You lay down on your mat, eyes closed, feet parted and relaxed, hands out to the side, steadying your breathing. Sometimes I nearly fall asleep, other times I just empty my mind, I focus on my breath and try to be present in the moment. Yoga has been amazing for my anxiety and stress levels, I feel more centred and focused. Also, my skin looks great, it’s soft and smooth and practically blemish free.

IMG_7008As I said, I’m only five classes in but I am already feeling healthier, happier, and more motivated than I’ve been in a long time. If you’re in the Bolton area check out Healthlectica Hot Yoga + Wellness, if not, I am sure you can find a hot yoga studio near by. Let me know if you try it out!

Namaste

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Disclosure: I was not asked to write about my experience, nor was I given any kind of ‘blogger’ discount. I paid for my membership and I’ll pay for another one when this month is up. I wrote this post because I am truly enjoying my experience. 

 

A Writer is only as good as her tools

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I use Grammarly’s plagiarism detector because sometimes spellycheck jut doesnt cut it!

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I’m always trying to find ways to improve my writing, to ensure I don’t make a fool of myself when I post a blog or send in short story. Sometimes, I’m afraid that spellcheck and auto-correct just don’t cut it. Last week I was contacted by Grammarly and asked if I wanted to be apart of their Blogger Partnership Program. After doing my research on the website, I thought Yes this totally works with my blog, lets go for it! Grammarly is an amazing automated tool that checks your work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes in various kinds of writing. It also checks for plagiarism! Obviously before writing about it I wanted to try it out, so the great people at Grammarly gave me a 30-day free trial. Let me tell you, I’ll be picking up that YA novel that I started and never finished now that I have an account with Grammarly.

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Grammarly was founded by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn in 2008 and by 2012, they had over 3 million registered users. In April 2013, Grammarly was selected as a winner of the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America awardThey have also been featured on Forbes, the Today Show, and About.com. This kind of website is great because it’s not just for bloggers or writers! It can be used by students, business folk (sometimes it’s good to check over important emails and documents), or by you social media aficionados who could spruce up their 140 characters (or less). For more information on Grammarly, check out their website, I’ve posted a photo of the pricing below.

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Here’s how it works, you paste/upload whatever it is that you’re working on, then select that paper type (general, business, academic, technical, creative, or casual), press start review and within moments your work has been edited. Grammarly found 11 issues in my untitled and barely started YA novel — a score of 68 (YIKES!). What I like about this website is that it explains what your issues are so you can improve your writing. If you’re looking for synonyms to change-up your work, just click it and a whole slew of them will pop up. Wonder if you’re plagiarizing? Click the plagiarism button and it’ll show you where certain phrases from your work have shown up elsewhere. It said that I should cite “didn’t want to get caught doing the walk of shame” which I don’t think is completely necessary, but it’s cool to take note of. I don’t have a professional proofreader but it’s nice to have a second set of eyes to take a look at my work for things that I may have missed.

Have you tried out Grammarly? What do you think about it?

LMK in the comments!

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Disclosure: Grammarly set me up with a free, 30-day premium account, as well as, a $50 gift card to Amazon in exchange for a post about their site. As always I don’t write about what I don’t like and have posted an HONEST review of their website. Also, I used Grammarly for this post — I love run-on sentences apparently. Must. Work. On. That. I’ll let you know which other posts I use Grammarly for. 

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