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Featuring: Dorco Shave Club

Dorco Shave Club is a family owned and operated business. It’s a small eBay store featuring high quality razors for both men and women. The razors in the green packages are for men and the ones in the pink are for women.

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All the products are sealed in boxes and the seller has a long history of positive feedback so you can buy with confidence knowing that the product will arrive exactly as described. Since it’s a small business, by shopping at Dorco Shave Club, you are not helping a giant corporation make big profits, instead, you are helping a small business owner make a living.

Below is a diagram that discusses some of the great features that the razors have:

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All shavers are genuine and original , brand new and superb quality. Not only that, but the prices are great as well.

  1. Below is a close-up image of the women’s shaver. It has a variety of great features, including: higher blade count, seamless blade construction, cartridge and handle interchangeability, open flow cartridge and a lubrication strip that features Vitamin E, Aloe, and Lavender to soothe and moisturize the skin.

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2. This is a different version of the same type of shaving system. It has all the same features that all the Dorco shavers are known for.

Dorco2If you are looking for high quality and reasonably-priced shavers,  please visit Dorco Shave Club Store now.

Featuring: Beauty Magnifying Lamps from Elegans

Elegans Health & Beauty has been providing high quality Australian made and imported Beauty Salon Equipment and Beauty Salon Furniture and Beauty Supplies for more than 70 years.

It’s an Australian-based company and the team is very proud of it.

Elegans is comprised of a team that understands the intricacies of the beauty industry and the high standards to which they aspire.

If you are looking for Beauty Magnifying Lamps for your salon, then you have come to the right place and should give Elegans a try.

Elegans knows that the products you buy must not only fit your budget, but  they must also enhance the experience for your clients in your Salon, Spa, Medical Centre or College.

Check out two of their featured products:

1. Daylight Magnifying Lamp. Magnifying Lamp from Daylight 12.5cm (5 inch) Ultraslim (MAG-BM10). With a smaller lens, at 12.5cm, this MAG Lamp is designed especially for inspection work. See photo below.

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The lamp comes with a high quality metal arm and a sturdy table clamp. The included electronic ballast guarantees the best quality “flicker free” light quality.

2. Elegans Facial Steamer & LED Mag Lamp on a mobile stand. LED’s ensure long life and low levels of heat output; steamed with ozone and using distilled water. Steam through a UV light allows the oxygenation of the steam to nourish and detoxifying the skin. See photo below:

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It also provides a clean, clear surface for any treatments and also opens the pores in the skin so they are better able to receive the benefits.

If you are a salon owner, check out Elegans.

Featuring: Landeva Organics

Landeva Organics is an organic skincare company based in Canada. This means that Landeva products are 100% natural and mostly contain organic ingredients. Additionally, Landeva products are sustainably hand-crafted in small batches.

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Unlike some companies that mass-produce their products and fill them with chemicals in order to minimize costs and maximize profits, Landeva takes pride in their products and is focused on quality.

Also, for those of you who care about the well-being of animals, you will be pleased to know that Landeva never uses an ingredient from an organization involved in animal testing.

All Landeva only uses only 100% natural preservatives and contains no fillers. The company does not use any artificial fragrances or colours.

Check out the following featured products from Landeva:

1. Gentle Cleansing Cream. This luxurious purifying cleansing and extra-mild formula leaves the skin clean and fresh without stripping the skin of its natural protection.

This cream contains natural antioxidants and plant oils and extracts to gently and effectively remove make-up and environmental impurities.

It also does not contain any harsh ingredients and is safe to use on all skin types, including sensitive skin.  Its key ingredients include: Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Extract, and Cucumber Extract.

2. Argan Hair and Body Oil. The luxurious fusion of organic Argan Oil and high quality all-natural oils like organic Camellia seed, jojoba, avocado, and coconut enriched with Vitamin E and pure essential oils, makes for a healthy treatment for your hair and body. It will help rejuvenate your skin and hair in order to make you look and feel beautiful.

If you are looking for 100% natural beauty products that will help you look beautiful, feel healthy and that are reasonably-priced, then you should give Landeva a try. 🙂

GUEST POST: InkAddict.com Lets the Person within Come Out

Today’s fashion designs are strong and creative. Tattoo shirts by InkAddict.com make a statement to the world through their innovative ideas. Tattoo artists have a special style and use their talents to produce wearable art. People want to express themselves through the clothes they wear. Men and women find an outlet by wearing unique tattoo clothing. Original art is used to create an individualized look that sets the wearer apart from the crowd. Fashion is an extension of the person who is wearing it, so it needs to tell a story through the design.

Tattoos become part of a person’s identity and clothing can be just as expressive. That is why InkAddict has created a line of clothing that brings the tattoo to life in everyday designs. Music has been an inspiration of the tattoo community and this idea has transferred to this line of clothing. The fabric is chosen to represent the softness and quality that is important in fashion. Men can choose the perfect tee or zip up hooded sweat shirt. Women require a special fit that is specifically designed for their bodies. A perfect example of a great fit for women is the Ink women’s black sweat pant that follows the curves of the woman. Black leggings are available with bright pink letters that are bold and beautiful.

Showing off the ink is the goal for those that love the art. InkAddict clothes are designed to display body ink while sporting the newest fashion designs. The tanks in the collection are perfect for those wanting to share their unique designs with the world. Living life to the fullest can be seen by those wearing the InkAddict brand. Their original works of wearable art serve a dual purpose. The first being to cover the body in comfort, and the second is to offer designs that are unique to the individual person. It is easy to be confident when wearing clothes that look good and feel great. Now is the time to know who the person is within you and let it show outwardly by wearing clothes that fit a lifestyle.
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Posted by Thuy Vy Paz

This Month’s Great Public Myth Finds!

I’m super excited that I discovered Public Myth clothing. I first found out about Public Myth on Model Mayhem completely by accident. One day, I was browsing clothing designers and Public Myth’s profile came up. Since the avatar photo was catchy, I decided to take a look and I must say that I’m very glad I did.
 
Designer Kerry Pollock is the driving force of the company. After having talked to Kerry a few times, I can definitely see that he has true passion for living a healthy lifestyle and for his business.
 
Another great thing about Public Myth is that it’s a local Vancouver company. The clothing is made with care in Vancouver using high quality threads and fabrics. 

This month’s post features a few great pieces from Public Myth.

In the two photos above, I’m wearing the Cross V Halter Top and Teaser Leggings. The bra fits great and has the right amount of support. The leggings are also a great fit. These leggings can be worn at the gym or they can be used with a “dressy” top to go out.

 

In the two images above, I’m wearing the Retro Booty Shorts and Teaser Sport Bra.
The sports bra fits very well. In addition to being stylish, it is comfortable and functional. The booty shorts are awesome. In addition to looking pretty cool, they are great for jogging in or going to the gym.

If you are a fitness-minded fashionista, I think that it’s definitely worth for you to take a look at Public Myth and there is a chance that you will find an awesome piece of clothing for yourself. You can also check out Public Myth on Facebook since they have fan promotions and other cool stuff on their page!

Cheers!

Fish Hair Salon, Victoria BC: Review

Today’s post will be about my personal experience as a customer at Fish Hair Salon in Victoria, BC on 1227 Broad Street.

A couple of weeks ago, I had to get my hair done on short notice because a very important trade show modeling job came up. I got very excited about it, so I called all the different hair salons in Victoria asking for appointment times and price ranges, but none of them had times that suited my schedule.

Then, a friend of mine recommended that I go to Fish Hair Salon to get my trim and colour done. I have never been in the place before, so I called Fish Hair Salon, and I was SO happy to be able to book an appointment that same day. I had a bunch of meetings, appointments and interviews that I had to attend that week, so being able to fit a “hair improvement day” in the midst of all that was a coup (OK, maybe not quite a coup, but you know what I mean). 🙂

When I got there, I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist. I waited for a few minutes, and then the hairstylist, Billie, approached me. My hairstylist was great! She was very knowledgeable about how to do hair, and she really understood what it is that I was looking for. Also, while I was waiting for my colour to set, I was given a complementary hand massage with a lavender lotion. She also served me iced tea, which tasted great and helped me quench my thirst. Additionally, she’s a great conversationalist and made me feel very comfortable.

The atmosphere in the place is good too. Basically, I got “good vibes” when I was there.

As for results-excellent! I was very happy with the colouring job and the trim. Also, the person who hired me for the trade show was like “WOW! I LOVE WHAT YOU DID TO YOUR HAIR!”. So, it is not just me 🙂

I don’t have any hesitation about recommending Billie as a stylist or Fish Hair Salon to you.

I really hope you found this review helpful in your hair salon decision. If you have been there, what was your experience like?

Aviva

PS…Fish Hair Salon also uses high quality Bumble and bumble hair products.

South China Five Elements Holistic Centre (Victoria, BC) Review

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Leon Skender, one of the operators/practitioners of the South China Five Elements Holistic Centre, located at 2658 Fernwood Road to try out a Lymphatic Drainage Massage. In addition to lymphatic drainage massages, the clinic offers a variety of painless Ayurvedic medical services, which can be great alternatives to western medicine for some people.

When I first walked into the clinic, I was greeted by Leon and Dr. Wendy Linehan. Both were very friendly and service-oriented, and showed great care for everyone who walked in. The atmosphere was very relaxing and calm. Peaceful music was playing and I felt very comfortable when I was there. It definitely looked like it was built for relaxation. The reception room smelled great and I honestly believe that the incense helped clear my stuffed-up nose.

Upon my arrival, I was also served water and a strawberry-flavoured protein smoothie, which was great because I had just finished a workout.

This was my very first time getting a Lymphatic Drainage massage; not only that, I was still getting over a cold at that time. I was glad that Dr. Wendy explained to me that if I have a cold or a flu, I might feel worse immediately after, but that I would also get over the sickness a lot faster due to the cleansing nature of such a massage.

Both Wendy and Leon are very knowledgeable and experienced in this field. I learned a lot about health while I was waiting for my session.

The massage itself was great! Before my massage, I had lactic acid build-up from my intense workout 20 minutes before I got to the clinic. After the massage, I felt re-energized, re-charged, my sinuses were clear, and none of my muscles were sore. I was also given some immune boosters which I believe helped me get over my cold, because the next day, I did not feel sick at all!

In addition, after the massage, I was given 2 packets of K-OTIC Pre-Workout supplement, which I have yet to try (review to follow).

Sometime in the near future, I am looking forward to interviewing Leon and Wendy about their careers, their take on health, and more, so stay tuned for that.

All in all, I highly recommend that you book an appointment/consultation at South China Five Elements Holistic Centre (250-383-8136), and treat yourself to a relaxing, energizing, and healthy massage.
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Happy Health!
Aviva

Guest Post: Review of Handbook of Women’s Health: An Evidence-Based Approach

This review was submitted by blogger Eschelle Westwood.

I really enjoyed sitting down to read Handbook of Women’s Health: An Evidence-Based Approach by: Jo Ann Rosenfeld. It gives a really interesting insight into many aspects of women’s health over a broad range of ages and over a bunch of very broad topics. Jo Ann Rosenfeld really manages to give a very technical and easy to understand point of view to all of these very general, and sometimes overwhelming, topics.

Jo Ann Rosenfeld did a great job at touching on many aspects of preventative care for all ages of women from teen to the elderly. The author gives great points that anyone can use in their own preventative care, even though this book is based on fact upon fact, it does really get its point across. With all the topics with preventative care that were discussed Jo Ann did a great job at giving you useful information on all of the aspects of the differing care. I was impressed; even though reading was a slight struggle with all those facts being thrown at you, luckily the great informative content keeps you hanging on.

I particularly enjoyed the section “cigarette smoking and cessation,” which resonated with me since I lost my mother to lung cancer. Jo Ann Rosenfeld puts out facts like: “22 million adult women in USA are smokers.” What an intense number then you learn; “Smoking contributes 17% of all women’s deaths and significantly to at least on third of all cancer deaths in the U.S.” With facts such as those echoing throughout this book it makes it all very difficult to just push under a carpet. When the “smoking age is getting younger and younger,” it is hard to swallow sometimes how the smoking culture has taken over.

Since we are on the topic of worrying about our younger generation, Jo Ann Rosenfeld’s book also has a great portion dedicated to “Sexuality,” covering all things to infertility to contraception. Contraception being a topic that should be discussed thoroughly when raising girls; prevention is our friend. Another growing concern with young ladies is something that this book also touches on; eating disorders. Something that is a growing concern in this world of distorted body image ideals and the like.

All in all, this book is filled with some great information, though tedious to read at times the information you gain from reading it is definitely worth it. Covering such a board range of topics is a difficult thing to do and Jo Ann Rosenfeld did a great job delivering the key and important points on all of them.

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You can read Eschelle’s fitness & health blog HERE, and her Mumfection blog HERE.
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You can get your own copy of the book HERE

We hope that you found this review helpful,
Aviva

Frilly Lilly Victoria, BC: Review

Above: Frilly Lilly Storefront

A few days ago, I was invited by Karen, the owner of the Victoria Frilly Lilly franchise, to try out the services and products at the store. More specifically, I would receive a bikini or Brazilian wax. Frilly Lilly is well-known for its waxing services, but in addition to waxing, they offer manicures, pedicures and tinting. They also carry a wide variety of nail polishes, beautiful jewelry, shower gels, foot care, as well as lotions and much more!

Above:Pedicure bench at Frilly Lilly

When I first walked into the store, I was greeted by a couple of smiling estheticians and Karen. Everyone was very friendly, which was great! As soon as I walked in, I felt very comfortable. The store was clean, organized, smelled nice and looked beautiful. It had a very feminine atmosphere, which I liked and which added to my comfort.

Having been a shaver, I was at first a little bit skeptical about waxing the bikini area. Mostly, I was worried about how much it would hurt. The esthetician at Frilly Lilly, Jess, who did my Brazilian wax was amazing and very experienced. She made me feel very comfortable and relaxed, in addition to the fact that it did not hurt nearly as much as I would expect. I don’t consider myself to be particularly tolerant of pain so I was very happy with the way the esthetician performed the service. As for results, one word-excellent!

While I was at the store, I also tried out some lotions. Because I liked the Sugar Lilly, Karen let me keep a bottle. I also checked out the jewelry and I ended up getting a very nice-looking beaded bracelet which will make a great addition to my accessory collection.

Overall, I would rate Frilly Lilly 10/10 for quality of service, products, atmosphere, and friendliness of staff. If you are considering getting waxing services (just in time for the bikini season), I would definitely recommend you visit Frilly Lilly.
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The Victoria, BC location is at 811 Fort Street, in case you wanted to check it out.

I hope that you found this review helpful 🙂
Aviva

***Images on this post were submitted by Michael Macdonald of TonicMedia

ANEW Skincare Review by Donna Perry (Avon Representative)

This review was submitted by Donna Perry. Donna is an Avon representative and beauty/skincare blogger.

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I Highly Recommend this regimen to everyone at any age.


Skin Care… this is the #1 beauty tip in my opinion. Cleanse and Moisturize morning and night!

The ANEW day creams have a SPF of 25, we all know that the sun is bad for our skin. Protecting it makes a huge difference year after year. I felt a difference in my skin in 2 days. And as I continue to use it, my skin looks better and feels softer, definitely smoother and of course makes me feel better overall. And it doesn’t have to take long! It really takes me just a few minutes and it’s well worth it!!

The one thing that would make these creams perfect is a spatula, to apply the product. A spatula is not included but I picked up a dozen for $1.50 at my local beauty supply store. I prefer the spatula because it gives me better control over how much I use. Using the spatula also helps control contamination from the oils on your fingers ~ to the cream in your jar.

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We hope you found this review helpful,

Aviva

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