GIVEAWAY: SPRUSE ESSENTIALS STARTER KIT

With an interest in natural health and beauty products on the rise, it’s no surprise that room diffusers and essential oils have become very popular as of late. I had been toying with the idea buying a diffuser for my home, and once my best friend raved about hers and how great her room smelled, I stopped hesitating, headed over to Amazon, and grabbed one for myself (okay okay, I grabbed two!). I did quite a bit of research on what diffuser unit would work best for me and my room sizes, and from there I narrowed it down by price and aesthetic. To accompany my diffuser, I also searched Amazon for the perfect essential oil starter set – I knew I wanted a set that included lavender to help with restful sleep, and orange/citrus because it’s one of my favourite scents. Oh, and it couldn’t contain tea tree oil – my arch enemy of essential oils (yes, I’m being a bit dramatic, but it’s one of my least favourite scents…ever). Surprisingly, it was difficult to find a set that met my criteria, until I finally I stumbled on one from a company called Spruse Essentials.

Not only did this starter set come with the scents I was searching for, but the products are Canadian made by a family run company, cruelty-free, 100% all natural, and reasonably priced at under $30.00CDN. Supporting Canadian made products is something I value, so I instantly knew I’d be adding their Essential Oils Starter Kit to my shopping cart.

The starter kit comes in a sleek, black box with six 10ml bottles of oil in lavender, mandarin, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus. Lavender has definitely been my go-to when it’s time to unwind at night, but thanks to the paring suggestion card that came with the oils, I have discovered a favourite new daytime combo: peppermint and mandarin – the perfect pick-me-up! For a newbie essential oil user like myself, I loved that the owners of Spruse had taken the time to help guide me through using their scents and how to get the most out of their product. After professing my love for my new oils on Spruse Essential’s Instagram page, Desmond and Celeste, the lovely owners of the company, reached out to me via email and offered to give away one of their starter kits to a lucky reader. I jumped at the opportunity to share their fantastic oils with you, my lovely peaches. If you’d like to win this set for yourself, head over to my Instagram page now for full contest details. Or if you want to grab a Starter Kit for yourself now, you can use code ROCKFORD to get 10% off here, until the end of April.

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FROM THE KITCHEN: NUTS & BOLTS

A few weeks ago, I was approached by the lovely Victoria of Floral + Teacups to work on a holiday collaboration. We connected via the interweb after the Spark Sessions conference last month, and have been busy tweeting and cooking up a storm ever since.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, we thought it would be fun to do a holiday recipe swap with a twist. We traded family recipes that were special to us during the Christmas season; recipes that our mom’s have been making for years. Victoria shared her family’s Nuts & Bolts – a homemade take on Bits & Bites, which I used to love eating as a child. It was a cinch to make, and the batch that I cooked up has already been consumed by anybody who could get their hands on it (it was that good). Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Crispex (I used Life cereal)
  • 8 cups plain Cheerios
  • 16oz pretzels
  • 3oz Bugles
  • 1/2 lb peanuts
  • 1/2 lb sunflower seeds
  • 1-1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1/4 cup worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder

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Step 1: Combine dry ingredients.

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Step 2: Melt butter. Add to the dry ingredients, along with the spices and worcestshire sauce.

Step 3: Bake at 275° covered for 1 hour and then uncovered for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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If you head over to Victoria’s blog, you’ll see the recipe I shared with her: Christmas Snowballs. These tasty treats have been my mom’s cookie exchange go-to for 20+ years, and it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we’ve eaten a few (handfuls) of them.

A big thanks to Victoria for collaborating with me on this project. It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! If you’re interested in collaborating with me, feel free to get in touch via social media or via email.

IPSY’S NOVEMBER GLAM BAG

“Your November Glam Bag is a universe of brilliant beauties. Twinkle, twinkle, darling. It’s time to light up the sky.”

This month’s “Beauty Blast” ipsy Glam Bag is out of this world! I mean, just look at this rad galaxy print – who wouldn’t love the watercolour-esque purples of this bag?!

Below you will find all of this month’s products along with my reviews. Did you receive a glam bag this month? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite product was!

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Jessie’s Girl Cosmetics: Eye Shadow Primer
I find that my eye shadows tend to crease by the end of the day, but I’ve never thought to invest in an eye shadow primer. That’s going to have to change now that I’ve tried this Jessie’s Girl Eye Shadow Primer. It goes on silky smooth, not adding any extra weight to my lids, and my shadow looked great all day long!

Crown Brush: Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush
I’m always happy to add a new makeup brush to my collection, especially one as soft as this one. The Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush by Crown Brush makes applying my eye shadow a cinch, and it blended the colour with ease.

Beaute Basics: Gel Eyeliner with Eyeliner Brush
I don’t often use coloured eyeliners (black is my go-to), but I was excited to try this navy liner for some of my holiday looks. This gel eyeliner went on with ease, giving me a smooth, even, winged look. My only caution is to let this liner dry before you move on to your next step – it does not dry instantly, and it’s easy to smudge.

LeeAnnie Eco: Go Away Gloomy Day Serum
This serum helps to soothe and hydrate tired skin, using natural honey, aloe, and vitamin E. I’ve started to add it to my morning skin care routine, and have noticed that, despite the colder weather, my skin has remained soft and happy.

Smashbox Cosmetics: Full Exposure Mascara
I have fairly long eyelashes, so finding a mascara that gives my lashes them “oomph” I like is not easy. Although the Full Exposure Mascara doesn’t deliver a dramatic look, I love that their no clumps, no flakes formula leaves my lashes with a clean, polished look.

For more information on these products, or where to buy, visit the links above.
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