Monday, 27 June 2016

New Jewelry: Boa Bijoux BARI via Picoum

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Picoum, a website by TV host Isabelle Racicot promoting Quebec designers if I wanted to showcase a piece of jewelry. Of course I said yes! I have to admit that I don't know enough about designers from here, but I'm always willing to promote our talents.

I chose the Boa Bijoux BARI necklace, which is a gold plated sterling silver one with a chevron looking charm. It is actually three "V" charms stacked together. When I first saw the description of the BARI, I imagined it would be nice to have a long chain with it. But the chain is short, which is also a nice style in the end. 

I sometimes wear it on its own, or with others, like the tattoo choker in the pictures below. It would also look great with a long chain necklace.

In addition to a blog, Picoum has a shop complete with home decor pieces, women and men fashion.

What is your favourite Quebecer/Canadian brand?

Saturday, 7 May 2016

My nighttime routine

I don't know about you but I like to know what others are doing for their night routines. It kind of relaxes me!

I work at a hotel/bar where I mainly work in the evenings. This means 2-3 shifts per weeks, depending. So for those nights, I don't really have a routine, as I never know at what time I'm going to finish work. 

But for the other nights, it basically goes as follows:

After dinner, my mum and I will usually have a tea. She has green tea, but as I'm more into variety, I will choose a different one, depending on my mood. I made a video last year about the teas that I liked, check this out! But I like the Pukkas, Yogi and Traditional Medicinals ones. These days I like Hibiscus. Tea is like one of the healthiest habits my mum and I have, and it's like a little thing we have in common. I'll usually ask her: Would you like a tea? She'll rarely say no, so it spurs me to make some for myself as well. I usually do that at work in the evening too, but sometimes if I drink with the clients (yep, I'm a barmaid!) then I think it defeats the purpose. I'll usually have it when it's quiet.

I'll sit in the living room with my parents during most of the evening, either reading or watching YouTube videos. I say reading, but really I cannot properly concentrate because my mum always talks or argue with the TV! Anyway, I try to be there with my parents, as we usually don't see each other during the day. Most of the times I end up showing them cute dogs or cats pictures or videos, as I miss having a pet. We have cats, but they live in the stables with the horse, so I can't cuddle them come nighttime :(

I usually go upstairs to my room at around 10-10:30. I then either light up a candle, but these days I'm feeling esoteric and burn incense with/instead. My favourite incense is Magnolia. I bought it at an Indian store in Camden in London, but those are sold to most place where you can buy esoteric stuff. 

During that time I'm mainly reading, and these days I read self-help book. Well, I usually have a novel and a self-help book on the run at the same time. If I'm at work, I can read if it's quiet, and I will bring the less "laughable" one. It's not that I mind but working with guys you have to be careful, I try to not bring my dating advice books at the bar. I'll never see the end of it if I do! So that's why I have two books running at the same time.

When I'm ready to sleep, I'll usually pop a podcast on or a sleep hypnosis video. The monotone voice help me fall asleep. I have to say I've been doing that for a few years now but yesterday I was hearing the crickets and I thought that now that Spring is here I should just try to fall asleep with nature's sounds. This fits more into my spiritual quest that I'm in.

Do you have nighttime rituals? Do you like routines in the morning and the evening?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Conditioner

I've been on the lookout for a shampoo and conditionner that doesn't leave my hair greasy for the past year. I've tried a few, and the best I came up with was the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette, which I think is now discontinued. 

I came across a review of these Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo and conditioner on Annie Jaffrey's favourite videos. Since it contains tea tree oil, I thought it would be good for greasy hair. See, tea tree oil is known to purify hair scalp. It also contains peppermint, menthol and chamomile. Tea tree oil has a scent that can be polarizing. Though I think it can be an acquired taste, as I find myself liking it more as I grow older.

These remind me of a Paul Mitchell system I used when I was young. Contrary to the Paul Mitchell one though, the Giovanni doesn't sting the scalp as much. It does have a tingling sensation, and it stings a little when the product drips on the actual skin, but this is nothing I cannot stand.

It does leave my hair feeling fresh, and it stays fresh for a few days too. I usually wash my hair twice per week, but lately, with other shampoos, I had difficulties to keep it that way. And I don't want to wash it more than that, because I believe that the more you wash your hair,  the more it gets used to it and you then need to wash it more frequently. 

On the design side, I like the way the bottles look, and I enjoy how easy they are to open. The shampoo can be told apart from the conditioner as the leaves on it are green (conditioner's are yellow). That tip could have been a little bit more enhanced, though, as the colours are similar. 

I found Giovanni products at the Superstore (Loblaws) for around 12$.

Have you try these? What is your favourite haircare brand?