Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Beauty Skincare Kit Giveaway!

The Canadian Beauty Bloggers and I have been busy little bees trying out products to get our skin spring-ready. I know I'm in need of a spring skin wake-up, you probably are too. It's not our imagination that here in Canada we've experienced one of the worst winters we've ever seen. And I live in the snow belt! Here our snowbanks reached a whopping 9ft and ultra-low temperatures of -36 for weeks at a time. My skin was not having it.

You might have seen my instagram post the other day (hint: I was in the tub) about one of the products that I, personally, was most excited about upon getting this group of products. Don't get me wrong, the others are fantastic, but I love me a good bath.

Baylis & Harding Bath Foam

Sweet sugarplum faeries... this stuff is amazing. It smells divine! Like orange oil, but creamy. It's difficult to describe. The exact wording on the bottle is "Baylis & Harding England - sweet mandarin & grapefruit with vitamin a b & c extract restful bath foam". This baby is 750ml of pure bliss. For only $8.29 on, there is little I can compare it to. And it provides plenty of bubbles.

Really, what's better than warming up in the bath with a good face mask, some music, a book and a glass of your favourite bevvy? Not a whole lot. Soon, we'll be relaxing in the pool, but for now, this will work just fine. :)

EcoTools EcoPouf Mini Sponge 100% Recycled Sponge

There's not a lot I can tell you about shower sponges. This one isn't waxy and scented like the ones from the dollar store - for which I am forever grateful. Those things are awful. I love that it's made from 100% recycled material and it's size makes it great for travelling. And when you're in need of replacing, remove the rope and re-recycle the little bugger. It's a convenient little guy. And only $1.99 on Need I say more?

The Flexitol Products:

This dreadful winter has killed my skin. I spent half the winter suffering from winter itch - and if you've never experienced winter itch before here's a description: it legitimately feels like your skin is splitting into tiny pieces ALL OVER. For me this was primarily on my thighs, hips, bum and back. Yikes. How I wish I had these Flexitol products ALL winter - I went through several bottles of moisturizers as it was.

A lot of Flexitol's products (at least their moisturizing ones) contain urea - I'm not going to go into exactly what urea is, you can head over to The Naked Chemist to figure that one out. In short, along with other benefits, it is extremely moisturizing, healing, absorbent, and all kinds of other good things.

Product 1: Intense Hydrating Lotion

This is a daily moisturizer suitable for family use with 24-hr moisture lock. 

As with any moisturizer, I recommend using this product right out of the bath/shower. While your pores are open and your skin is hydrated - before the moisture evaporates and leaves your body a shrivelled, dry raisin, or a banana chip......

Personally, the scent of this product wasn't in my top ten of scents for products but I can hardly smell it unless I have my nose against my arm so that's not bad.

It definitely does it's job. As soon as I feel even a little bit of an itch coming on a slather myself in this stuff and I feel instant relief. Definitely a great way to start off spring!

Retails for $12.99 on

Also available at Walmart.

Product 2: Very Dry Skin Cream

I'm going to let the FarleyCo Beauty website do some talking for me for a moment:
Flexitol Very Dry Skin Cream is medically formulated to provide relief for extremely dry, itchy and scaly skin.  It contains 12.5% urea in a synergistic blend of emollients and skin conditioners for optimum hydration. Temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritations and itching.  Also suitable for other dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Alrighty - essentially this product is meant to help with extremely dry, cracked, itchy, scaly skin. Now, I was itchy, but I didn't really require something this heavy-duty. I used it a few times, and certainly felt relief, especially when my hands started to split a little (the air in the convenience store is very dry).
But the real test for this product was James. He's constantly bugging me for hand cream. Due to the fact that he's often outside in the cold marching and his hands are very callused and rough he's got splitting, bleeding fingers quite often.
So I handed this product to him and said, "Here, use this every day - a few times a day if you have to. It should help." And help it did. I wish I had thought to take before and after pictures.

He told me that his hands feel better instantly and the cracks feel smoother. He also said the smell was pleasant. I really didn't smell much of anything, but okay... maybe that's what he meant. He hasn't complained about his hands feeling rough or being sore since using the product so I'd say it definitely did it's job.

Also retails for $12.99 on

Product 3: Heel Magic

That season is right around the corner - sandal season! Strappy heels, flip-flops, wedges! This calls for that thing that, I, personally, dislike - pedicures. I do not enjoy pedicures. I've never liked getting them much, and I really don't like giving them. Most popular spa service = my least favourite, go figure.

Anyways, being on my feet all day, my feet definitely see their fair share of calluses (though I have flat feet so it's more like an all-over soft callus than hard callus on my heels, but, I digress).

Heel Magic is a product that's meant to hydrate dry, rough and cracked heels with results in just 3 days. The tube is kind of like a deodorant tube - you twist the bottom and the product comes out the top and is applied directly to dry, rough and cracked heels. Key ingredients include urea, shea butter and olive oil - which makes for a beautiful cocktail of rich moisturization.

This is definitely a treat for my feet. They feel great after I put this stuff on, I apply after I get home from work and again before I go to bed. I throw on some socks to lock in the moisture and get silky-smooth feet in the morning. Start using this now and your feet will look fantastic come summer.

This product retails for $14.99 on

Also available at the following retail locations:
Jean Coutu
London Drugs
Select Familiptix
Select Guardian
Select IDA
Select London Drugs
Select Overwaitea
Select Pharma Plus
Select Pharmasave
Select Rexall
Shoppers Drug Mart

Here's your chance to win some of these awesome products! One lucky winner will get their own Spring Skincare Kit including:

Baylis & Harding Bath Foam
EcoTools EcoPouf
Flexitol Heel Magic
and Flexitol Intense Hydrating Lotion

It could be you! Enter below.

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