July 06, 2014

Attitude Cleaners - Clean Without Cancer-Causing Chemicals



I am the first admit that I like thing really clean. For example, I take a sponge to my front door every few months, turn my purses inside out and run them through the delicate wash cycle, and I bought a steam mop because a regular one just wasn't cutting it.

But I am not willing to fill my house with harmful chemicals just to get the result I want. And yet, I still want a deep clean. The kind that gets rid of dirt, grime and stains.

I first wrote about Attitude cleaners back in 2009  and was thrilled to learn of their new collection that features laundry detergents, dishwashing liquids and surface cleaners with "ingredients from renewable and vegetable sources that are also easily bio-degradable and non-toxic."

The entire line is not only better for you, it's affordable. So for once, you don't have to dole out way more for healthier products. Check out my favourites from the new line:


Don't think that just because this detergent is vegetable-based and biodegradable, it won't clean the hell out of your clothes.

I absolutely love the delicate Wildflowers scent - derived from natural ingredients, and completely hypoallergenic. 

But of course, I love that when I slip on my clothes or get into bed, I can feel good about not being swathed in gross chemicals.

p.s. Go ahead and use it in both HE (High Efficiency) & standard machines.


One of the best ways to keep your house not only clean, but smelling wonderful is with Attitude Citrus Zest All Purpose Cleaner and Bathroom Cleaner. And you wouldn't believe the difference the joyous scent makes - just watch as you start to clean twice as often! 

A little hint  - Should unexpected guests drop by, just a few spritzes makes it seem as if you've been cleaning the house from top to bottom all day!

I haven't used a bar of soap in the bathroom or kitchen for decades now. But it remains a challenge to find a good liquid soap that has a fresh, clean scent. 

Attitude's Coriander & Olive and Green Apple & Basil deliver the most enticing fragrance, and you'll quickly find yourself addicted to the foaming action. The foam is also economical, as you'll use less than a liquid, so your soap lasts twice as long as your old brand. 

Win-win.


Normally, I am avidly against fabric refreshers. I can't stand the thought of someone spraying artificial scents onto furniture and clothes, etc. All those chemicals in the air? It makes me want to gag. But Attitude uses plant derived odour absorbers in their fabric refreshers, so go ahead and spray away! The clean, cool Glacial scent gets out any staleness and stuffiness that's been lingering - great for when you're switching wardrobes each season or when you need to spritz the couch after Fluffy settles in for the night.

Another reason to love Attitude? If you join the Atttitude club online, you can save up to 50% off the regular price.

It's easy to have a whole new attitude about cleaning. And still have a wickedly clean front door.

June 22, 2014

WallEscapes - When You Need A Change of Scenery


Having recently moved and renovated, I had a whole new space to decorate. And for the first time in a long time, I had a long blank wall with nothing on it.

At first, I just enjoyed the wide open space. It felt like a luxury to have just the paint colour to look at after years of living in cramped quarters.

But then I craved a scene. A window with life outside it. A little getaway from the frenzy of daily life.

I found it all in WallEscapes.

These gorgeous tapestries are actually photo prints done on high-quality fabric, though you wouldn't know it from a few feet away - the landscapes and images look so real.

The  durable poly poplin fabric gives a vibrant and realistic view, yet it is easy to hang or drape and machine washable. So whatever view you choose - ocean, enchanted woodland, forest beach combo or mountain -  as a bedspread or hung on a formerly empty wall, your whole world becomes a little bit bigger. And brighter.

Now my bedroom is filled with a pristine beach seen through thick trees. And I am thinking of adding the sea view to my office wall.

The world is full of possibilities, and now thanks to WallEscapes, so is my home.

November 18, 2013

Caudalie Vinexpert Night Infusion Cream - Sleep On It & Wake Up to Beautiful Skin


As much as you want to combat the signs of aging, why are you working so hard at it during the day, when all you need is to sleep on it?

Simply apply Caudalie Vinexpert Night Infusion Cream before heading to bed and wake up to a brand new face. One that's relaxed, unfurrowed and seemingly younger.

I absolutely love the feel of this thick, rich cream. It feels so luxe on your fingertips, and when applied to your face, it imparts such intense hydration and nourishment, you'll be as happy as a clam as you drift off to sleep.

So it seems an immense bonus that you wake up to a better, brighter you. Yeah, that's right, you got upgraded in the middle of the night. Or at least your skin did.

Thanks to Caudalie’s newest patent Resveratrol-Oleyl, you'll see that your skin has this bounce to it and all that sagginess that you've been carrying around has disappeared. Dark circles vanish and skin softens and plumps thanks to potent ingredients such as shea butter and Ceramide 3.

While lime, orange blossom and verbena might be working away to calm your skin, it also imparts the loveliest scent, so drifting off to sleep is now accompanied by a gentle, relaxing fragrance.

And now that you look a full decade younger (I got mistaken for 26 yesterday, thankyouverymuch), you don't have to waste precious morning time in front of the mirror, applying various creams and serums.

Win-win.

Buy Caudalie Vinexpert Night Infusion Cream now.

Simply said - it works. Like a dream.

November 04, 2013

Morninghead - Forget About Getting Up Early to Do Your Hair

 
​I know a ton of people who shower at night and always have. I don't know if it's that they need the extra sleep or they grew up that way, but some of my closest friends are washing up when most of us are heading off to bed.

It's this demographic that Morninghead was initially intended for - those who have showered the night before and need to fix their hair.

I have taken the more fashionable approach and use Morninghead for when I need to style or change my hair in between events and happenings. Let's say you are spending time with a client during the day and then have something on in the evening that you want to dress up for - instead of coming home and having a complete shower and the whole deal, you can simply use Morninghead to wet your hair and then style it as you wish. It makes it so quick and easy to change up your hairstyle.

See, instead of having to try and cram your head underneath the tub's faucet (because let's face it - you've got to have a pretty fancy sink to have room to get your head in there), you simply wet the inside of the Morninghead cap. The ultra-absorbent material  in this unshower cap holds onto the water so that you can place it on your head without water running down your face and neck (just like when you used to stand at the sink/tub - ew!), so you just put it on, rub it a few times and bam - you've got wet hair without any fuss or muss. Then, you can redo your hair anyway you like.

It's reusable and washable, so go ahead and muss your hair up playing raquetball or dancing up a storm - you can totally fix it.

Whether you're rocking long or short hair, this is a great way to get ready for a night out fast or fix that ponytail bump before you head out to an important meeting.

Get Morninghead and finally have your hair the way you want to - without having to shower all over again.

p.s. Normally I put the product pic up at the top of the post, but Mr. Handsome up there was too sexy to resist! 

October 25, 2013

AnyGlove - Work Your Phone & Tablet and Still Have Warm Hands



Now that it's getting colder outside, the need for a hat, scarf and gloves has become a necessity.

While I love the look of a good hat and stylish scarf, gloves become a problem when you're trying to do any of the following things in cold weather:

- extract a subway token from your wallet (you'll be lucky to pick up a quarter or hold onto your transfer for more than three seconds)
- use your phone (you can't even unlock it to make a call without taking off your gloved)
- eat a hot dog (the wool gets everywhere or if you're wearing leather gloves, they soon are as covered as the dog itself)

Luckily, I found an awesome solution for one of them. 

AnyGlove transforms any pair of fabric, fleece or knit gloves into a stylus, so that you can swipe, type, text and tweet, all in the comfort and warmth of your gloves.

You simply apply the liquid to the thumb and fingertips of your gloves, dry completely and get ready to have the fall and winter of your lifetime because you can now email during a snowstorm (maybe you should be watching where you're going, but we've all done it, so no judging, okay?).

This is insanely great for many reasons:

1. You can now check your transit app for the next train/bus/plane in the cold without being cold.
2. Someone is calling but your phone is at the bottom of your purse/pocket/tote. You only have a few rings (can you still call them that even though it's more bleeps and songs now?) to get it and you've still got to take off your gloves to unlock your phone? 
3. Walking and talking on the phone. No matter what the weather or temperature. Enough said.

And there's no need to go out and get touchscreen gloves and then have to remember to bring your touchscreen gloves with you. Just bring your own gloves.

Now that you've got AnyGlove, you're ready for anything. 

Psst. There's also a formula for leather gloves, should you want to be all fancy with your swiping.

October 24, 2013

Navitas Naturals Powders & Mixes - Making Healthy Smoothies Have Never Been Easier!



Life is so busy that we now have to rely on our nutrition to be portable and drinkable. But "health" drinks aren't always that healthy and if they are, they can cost as much as an entire meal for one. 

And as much as I'd like to juice every morning, I don't have the counter space, nor do I wish to add to my already overloaded errand list by constantly jetting off for more fruit and veg (have you seen how many oranges it takes to make a single glass?).

For me, it's simpler just to buy bags of vitamin-packed frozen fruit, add a few ingredients, blend it and go.

But for a smoothie to be a good, worthwhile one, you need more than just some fruit and juice.

That's why you're going to want to stock your shelves with Navitas Naturals Powders & Mixers.

This amazing power foods company caught my attention years ago with their healthy snacks and delicious, energy boosting food.  This time 'round, I'm all about making nutritious drinks that will keep my energy up throughout the day without packing on calories and being full of harmful  ingredients. Navitas Naturals Powders & Mixers make it oh-so-easy! Check out my favourites so far:


Have you seen how expensive coconut water is? And how teeny the containers are? That l'il can is going to last you a minute at most. 

That's why I am so thrilled to discover Navitas Naturals Coconut Water Powder. You only need a tablespoon of powder in a glass of water, to create a hydrating drink. Don't worry, there's no lumps or bumps - it dissolves beautifully. And adding it to a smoothie is so quick and easy. 

I don't know why this product doesn't receive more attention. I think it's such a brilliant invention and should be awarded the Oscar of food and drink!


Navitas Naturals were the ones that got me hooked on Golden Berries years ago, so discovering that they've developed a powder of these "tart’n’tangy berries," as they call them, is so exciting. A fabulous source of vitamins A &C, as well as bioflavonoids (super antioxidants), you can now enjoy these Andean superfruit daily, without having to scarf down any more supplements or spend precious time in the morning prepping little packages of balanced snacks.


Williams-Sonoma has an incredible eye for quality, so it's no wonder they worked with Navitas Naturals to"hand select plant-based blends that transform everyday smoothies into liquid superfoods." 

This nutrient-rich blend (pictured above) delivers great protein in a delectable powder, so that your smoothie is no longer just a healthy drink, but an energizing kick that lasts long after you've finished the last drop. Using hemp, cacao (just watch how you no longer have to reach for a chocolate bar mid-afternoon now), lucuma (a natural sweetener) and maca (said to be good for everything from nourishing your glands to increasing your energy and even sexual stimulation!).

So if you had to choose between that weightlifting powder that's full of chemicals or this to add to your day, which would you choose?

Navitas Naturals Powders & Mixes allow you to create the most nutritious drinks and smoothies that are so good for you, easy to make and affordable.

What are you waiting for? Shop Navitas Naturals now.

October 23, 2013

LaCoupe Awapuhi Wild Ginger Collection - The Damage Is Done? Not Anymore



Despite changing my ways - washing my hair every other day (it's hard, but I do it because it's the right thing to do), applying product before blow-drying and straightening - my hair is still a frightful mess of dry hay. After all, I do bleach it as white blond as it will allow and I live in a country where it is cold about 8 months of the year, so it's not my hair's fault.

That being said,  it is still in need of massive repair. But luckily, I've got LaCoupe'sAwapuhi Wild Ginger Collection at my side.

If you don't know LaCoupe, you're missing out. This is one of the best haircare lines in the world and their collections always deliver on their promises (read my reviews of Intensive Repair, Argan Oil and Coconut & Macadamia Oil to see what I mean). Of course the Awapuhi Wild Ginger Collection is just as exceptional as I expected.  

Delivering deep, nourishing moisture by way of botanicals, your locks are immediately hydrated thanks to awapuhi (from Hawaii, also known as wild ginger) shea butter, silk amino acids and panthenol.

You can feel the difference right away, while you're still in the shower - which to me says how exceptional it is. Your hair goes from feeling like scratchy yarn to silky tresses in nanoseconds.

And then, of course, there are the results outside the shower. Bouncy, silky, shiny, manageable hair is yours. Even after you blow dry and straighten. Even after that ski trip to Aspen and all that harsh, cold, dry air. Even if you're just dealing with frizzy hair that won't settle down.

The thick, creamy formulas infuse your hair with a zesty, energizing scent. Who needs that second cup of joe now that you're feeling so alive?

I know - it's just shampoo and conditioner, right?

Wrong. Not when you've got LaCoupe at your side.

Shop the LaCoupe Awapuhi Wild Ginger Collection now.

October 22, 2013

Mujjo White Sleeeves - The Chicest Way to Carry Your Electronic Devices



While you might be happy carrying your phone and laptop in a everyone-has-one brand name case, I prefer something a little for elegant, a little more stylish, a little more Dutch.

Mujjo is a label you simply must get to know. Their first collection of sleeves for Apple devices featured dark grey felt bodies with caramel coloured leather closures. Very chic indeed, if a bit masculine for my taste.

Which is why I was exhilarated to discover their recently launched white versions! These gorgeous beasts are exactly what I want in a case - durability and protection combined with intense sleek style that ooze sophistication and grace. Even the brand's font is stunning, so of course their products follow suit.

My Samsung Galaxy phone has never been so pampered until being enveloped in its Mujjo White Sleeve. Hand-dyed, top grain, 100% vegetable-tanned leather offers strong support with a sexy smooth surface. Being water repellent as well, I feel good knowing that its protected even during an intense rain storm. 

The fit of the case is unbelievable (this is where you'll really appreciate the attention to detail in design). The phone fits and slips in, but snugly. There is no having to tug or pull however, I assure you. Instead, your phone is encased lovingly, with immense care

It's incredible.

And of course now my phone looks all James Bond with its slim case with rounded stitched edges. I mean, it's a fantastic phone, but now? 

It's the ultimate, thanks to Mujjo 


And if you're going to be carrying around your iPad or MacBook, there's no swankier, yet

The thick grey wool felt body is office appropriate without being stuffy and offers great insulation and protection for your MacBook. The white leather closure is the perfect finishing touch. Like a fine pair of cufflinks or a trim belt that pulls an entire outfit together, this spectacular case is a stylish essential that tells the world you mean business.

Slipping your phone into such a gorgeous, streamlined sleeve makes you seem organized and structured, whether you are or not. It says that you are modern and knowledgeable and efficient.

Does your current case say all that?

I didn't think so
.

You just can't beat this kind of swanky Dutch craftsmanship.

Shop Mujjo now.