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WELEDA // EVENING PRIMROSE

At night, I am all about relaxing essential oils to calm me down and get me sleepy. Evening Primrose is one of my favourite scents for the bath, so I was pretty excited when Weleda sent me their entire range based on the scent.

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AERIN ROSE HAND & BODY CREAM

Now that Easter has come and gone, the next main event is Mother’s Day. And while your mom will always say that they don’t want anything, you know that they always would like something. And this something is it.

This hand cream smells like a bouquet of expensive roses, but this isn’t your grandma’s rose scent–it’s light, soft and elegant–sophisticated without being overpowering. The light pink cream is thick and feels luxurious on hands, absorbs quickly and hydrates without feeling greasy.

Plus, it not only works as a wonderful hand cream, but it also looks beautiful. The tube would look gorgeous on any nightstand or side table.

It retails for around $40, which makes it one of those objects that you might not want to buy for yourself, but would love to receive.

P.S. If your mom isn’t a hand cream kind of lady, Aerin also makes so many other lovely products that are luxe and beautiful.

STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $20 X THE BODY SHOP// LUSH// ROCOCCO

A few little things that any women would love to put to use.
 
Lush Bath Bombs & Mini Shower Gels: Lush is famous for their quirky bath and body products– bars of shampoo, the Sex Bomb and Henna hair dyes. All of their products stand by their ethical philosophy, meaning no animal testing, fresh ingredients, environmentally friendly production and packaging and donations to LUSH FunD and Charity Pot.That being said, everything from Lush smells amazing, seriously. A baby shower gel or a bath bomb is the perfect stocking stuffer, because come on, who wouldn’t love to take a nice bath? Ponche, the shower gel I’ve been trying out, literally contains a shot of tequila to wake you right up. Rose Jam, the body wash Amanda was trying out, smells like what rose macarons taste like in Paris. Oh, also, their bath bombs look super cool as they fizz up into the water, and usually leave the water a pretty colour. The Golden Wonder is especially cool as it goes through several evolutions, with the end results being a bluish mermaid-coloured water rippled with scented oils, gold shimmer and little golden stars. Simply magical.
 
The Body Shop Mini Hand Creams: The perfect safe present for the woman in your life (let’s say, in-laws, teachers, friends–but not quite best friends, you catch my drift) whom you aren’t entirely sure on what to get. Everyone needs hand cream!! These holiday scents aren’t too sweet and nourish deep enough to counteract Jack Frost’s jackass temperatures. Cranberry Joy smells amazing, like I’m addicted. My friend loves Ginger Sparkle, and steals some every time she’s over.
 
Rococco Nail Polishes: At first I was thinking that these would be more suitable for a younger audience, but I’m reconsidering. I mean grey and black are great staple shades that I think most women can pull off. But I ain’t saying that these Rococco polishes are boring. These two in particular are from their Molten Lava: Lost in Space winter collection, basically the coolest thing in the world (or should I say out of this world? HA). Bad Robot is a frosty silvery/ grey shade that has super finely-milled sparkles that reflect the colours like that of spilled oil that you see in parking lots (that just might be the most awful description I’ve ever given a product). But in a good way! It’s like mega iridescent, and when held up to the light, it’s honestly breathtaking. Space Invader your classic black gone sci-fi, with tiny flecks of silver sparkles. Both are hella long lasting and their ultra thin formula is nearly impossible to pick off when you’re nervous/bored (this was a huge thumbs up for me).
–Anna Raponi

GO HEMP!

I’d like to make sure that everyone has seen the film Kicking and Screaming before I start, firstly because it’s hilarious and secondly so that you understand the title of this post.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk hemp. This stuff smells like old people, and it has a bit of a questionable rep on the screen (I’m just thinking of Dwight’s teen neighbour who steals his hemp to smoke it). All jokes aside, you’ve got to get your hands on this plant, or rather some products containing it. Specifically hand cream. My hands are gnarly at this time of year–the cold air, the constant hand washing (for work, I don’t have OCD…at least I don’t think), and my naturally rough cuticles (I also rarely get manicures because I can’t wear polish very often). So, I need some serious help to say the least.
I remember my mom going through tubes of this super thick salve as a kid, and mother knows best, right? I picked up a tube of my own and it has literally been my saviour–I use some every night before bed, that way all the oils can fully soak in without driving me crazy. As I said before, the smell is unpleasant but doesn’t last, and it’s quite greasy at first (it dries nicely), but this is totally why it’s so effective! Little did I know that this lifesaver came in the more concentrated form of an oil, which I was also lucky enough to get my hands on. You can use this stuff solo or mix in with your hand protector. This oil is also great for really dry areas that need intense repair and hydration, like your elbows and knees. When all else fails, this line from The Body Shop is my go-to hand rehab.
–Anna Raponi

AVEDA // HAND RELIEF

 One of the things I hate most about hand cream is the greasy feeling that remains making you feel like you have sweaty palms (this rings especially true in the summer). Unfortunately, with all of the drying hand soaps out there (work, school, the mall, etc.), my hands are perpetually dry and tight and because I hate the feel of slick hands, I avoid applying hand cream opting for wrinkly, dry hands instead.
Aveda’s Hand Relief is truly the first hand cream I have used that absorbs without any residue whatsoever but feels like it is truly and deeply hydrating. The limited-edition formula is infused with a rosemary and mint aroma which gives a gorgeous, refreshing scent but also an amazing, tingly feeling. After massaging the cream in, I kept closing my eyes and sniffing my hands, it was such a soothing, relaxing scent. I even want to try putting it onto my feet.
While you are hydrating your hands and breathing in the cream’s aromatherapeutic qualities, you can also help save lives. Aveda will be donating $4 of the purchase price to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They plan to raise $300,000 for the cause. The pretty pink packaging makes this easy to spot at any Aveda retailer.
This product sample was provided by Aveda.