Ugh.  The dreaded flus and colds that come with the winter season are nothing to laugh about.  We’ve all been there – your head is throbbing, your nose won’t stop running, your eyes are red and all you want to do is lay in bed for days.  There’s nothing worse than being out of commission, and we all know that a major part of looking good is feeling good.  You can cake on the foundation and concealer but it’s nearly impossible to hide the fact that you feel like the walking dead.

Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner

I’ve been trying out a “genius” product that helps to fight back against colds and flus before they have a chance to get to you – the Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner ($249.99 at Target, 5-year limited warranty) which is designed to help purify the air in your home, meaning you have the upper hand against airborn bacteria and germs.  This air cleaner operates on 5 different settings depending on your needs: sleep (the lowest setting, nice and quiet), germs (perfect for this time of year), general, allergen (a must for spring) and max.  It has an easy to use touch screen so you can adjust it to the settings that you need, from the type of clean, oscillating action to the level of light that shines from it.  It uses QuietClean ifD technology that is quiet and runs very efficiently, trapping 99.9% of particles that pass through its filters (this includes particles as small as 0.3 micros – 250 times smaller than the width of human hair).

I like who smoothly and quietly this runs.  I’ve had it going in my bedroom for a month now and I don’t even notice it when I’m sleeping.  I’ve been running it on the germ setting and (knock on wood), haven’t gotten sick yet, even when other members of the family have had some nasty colds.  I’ve also noticed the air does seem to be cleaner and fresher – especially nice considering I’ve got a lovely dog who leaves hair and dust everywhere!  I also have to mention my favourite feature of this air cleaner, which is the low maintenance it needs to run.  This doesn’t require replacement filters – all you need to do is was the filter 4 times a year in the sink to keep it clean and running well.

I’ve also got some tips from Dr. David Greenberg to help fight back against colds and flus and to make the most of an air purifier:

  • Dust has a way of finding its way into the home and collecting as soon as you wipe your furniture and countertops clean. Help reduce airborne dust particles with an air purifier. All Honeywell air purifiers are proven effective at capturing up to 95% or more of the dust that passes through their filters.
  • Warm drinks help thin mucus, making you less likely to cough. You can also try adding teatime staples like honey and lemon to boost the cough-stopping power.
  • Your immune system is constantly fighting germs, especially during cold and flu season! While you can’t avoid being exposed to sneezes and coughs in public, you can help reduce airborne germs living in your home. The Honeywell AirGenius has 5 intuitive settings, including a germs setting that is proven to reduce germs, including certain bacteria, viruses and fungi from the air that passes through the unit.
  • Encourage kids to stay active, even during winter months. Light exercise can help clear respiratory mucus & helps strengthen the immune system. Yoga is a great option for adults.
  • Mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 8-12 oz. of water can soothe the stomach and fight colds.

I also have a Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner to give away to one of you so you can keep your air clean and germ free – and continue to look fab! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted.  I always have other giveaway going on though – keep checking the giveaways page to stay up to date on the latest contests!

 

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January is here, which means that the new Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood collection should start rolling into stores very soon!  This collection definitely created buzz when it was announced a few months back.  With the country sweetheart at the steering wheel, a bright and fun collection was definitely expected, and this collaboration definitely delivers on that promise.  I’ve got the entire collection swatched for you to take a look at.  Read on and let me know what your favourite shades are in the comments below!

“Carrie is the perfect partner for Nicole by OPI. Her music evokes powerful emotions in its listeners, and we wanted to give fans a way to express their feelings through colour,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “In working closely with Carrie, we came up with 14 nail lacquers that truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality – from softer pastels and dark sultry shades to playful glitters.”

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Nicole by OPI Carrie’d Away: “Carrie’s own gold record signature shade”

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Nicole by OPI Lips Are Dripping Honey: “This multi-gold glitter is sweet on you”

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Nicole by OPI Southern Charm

Nicole by OPI Southern Charm: “Frankly my dear, this nude shade looks charming on you”

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Nicole by OPI Sweet Daisy

Nicole by OPI Sweet Daisy: “A bouquet of southern peach blossoms”

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Nicole by OPI Carnival Cotton Candy: This spun sugar pink is all about fun”

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Nicole by OPI Goodbye Shoes: “Hit the road, but leave me this standalone gray-green”

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Nicole by OPI Backstage Pass: “I want access to this brown with purple nuances”

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Nicole by OPI Sing You Like A Bee: “Put some of this frosty ice on that, honey!”

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Nicole by OPI Party Bus: “Celebrate-on-the-go with this party-perfect confetti glitter”

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Nicole by OPI Love My Pups: “Let’s ‘paws’ for this adorably sweet pink”

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Nicole by OPI Color Me Country: “This soul-ful hot pink makes me want to sing”

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Nicole by OPI Some Hearts: You can’t beat this romantic coral dream”

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Nicole by OPI American As Apple Pie: “Tradition runs deep in this classic red”

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Nicole by OPI Fisher Queen: “I’m hooked on this deep, deep eggplant”

What do you think of this collection?

Available: January 2014 at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Target, Walmart, Jean Coutu, London Drugs and Loblaws

Price: $10.99 CAD

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

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Over the years I’ve heard many people rave about Dermalogica and how their products are skin savers.  It makes sense – these products are devoleped by dermatologists at The International Dermal Institute, meaning these people know skin and how it works and can figure out exactly what you need to ensure that yours looks and feels its best.  This past month I had a chance to try out my first product and I definitely jumped at it.  I couldn’t wait to give the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant a try and got right into it.  I was really surprised to find out that this isn’t your typical exfoliator, which I will get to in just a minute.

The Daily Microfoliant contains a list of ingredients that reads like Santa’s Nice list for your face.  Rice powder gives this exfoliator its unique look and feel, while Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes get to work micro-exfoliating dead skin cells for a smoother look and feel.  Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal help to balance out the formula with their calming properties.  Its a cocktail of goodness that leaves your skin looking bright and fresh and is gentle enough to be used daily (hence the name).

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Now here’s where it gets interesting.  When I first opened this bottle I was a little surprised – “Am I supposed to pour this out?” I was wondering. Then I read the instructions: After cleansing, dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together.  Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area.  Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. What?  This exfoliator really is different – it comes in a powdered form that activates when water is added.

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Once mixed, it becomes a creamy paste with gentle exfoliators in it.  I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and am really happy with the results.  The exfoliating properties of this really do help to lift the dead, dry skin from your face in a way that isn’t overwhelming, while the creamy formula helps to add some moisture back into the skin.  I was really happy to see that this didn’t leave my skin feeling dry.  The Daily Microfoliant also contains Dermalogica’s Skin Brightening Complex which I do see working – my skin appears to be brighter and smoother since I’ve started using it. And yes, this really is gentle enough to use on a daily basis.

As an introduction to Dermalogica, I have to say that the Daily Microfoliant definitely met my expectations.  I’ve had nothing but good experiences since I began using it and really don’t have a bad thing to say about this product.  Have you ever used any Dermalogica products?  Which are your favourites?

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I’ve been working hard on something for the past couple of weeks and I’m finally ready to unveil it – welcome to Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My 3.0!  I thought that New Year’s Even was the perfect time to bring out a new blog design.  Out with the old, in with the new for 2014. I think this new design is going to make everything much more accessible and easier to navigate which means a better reading experience for you.  Take a look around and feel free to let me know what you like (or not) in the comments below – like I’ve said before, everything I do on here is for you guys, so I want to make sure you enjoy your time spent with me.  I also want to ask you what you would like to see more of on here in 2014 – if there’s something you want me to write more about, anything you want to learn how to do – you name it, I’ll do it.

I also now want to take a chance to thank you all for making 2013 a fantastic year for me.  Big things have happened and even bigger things are coming this year.  Thank you to all of my readers for coming to my site and taking something from it – your comments always put a smile on my face and I love having a chance to share my experiences with you!  Thank you to all of my fellow bloggers for your support and friendship – I’ve met some amazing people along the way who have made all of this so much more fun.  And a big thank you to the brands and PR agencies that I work with – you make this all so much easier and keep me ahead of the curve – I couldn’t do it without you!

Happy New Year to all of you – I hope that 2014 brings you happiness, health, and of course beauty!  I can’t wait to see what this new year will bring and to share it with all of you. I wouldn’t be here doing this without all of you, so once again a big, deeply heartfelt THANK YOU for being a part of my world!

Dee xoxo

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Now that the holidays are (partially) over, I’m sure your skin has taken a bit of a beating.  Between all of the food, drinks and late nights, the holidays aren’t necessarily easy on your skin, which is why I wanted to bring you an at-home face mask recipe that will help to detox your skin, tighten your pores and moisturize so that you can get back to your regular glowing self.  This DIY Skin Detox Facial Mask is very easy to make, and you probably have all or most of the ingredients needed for it in your kitchen already.  So whip one of these babies up, relax, and throw on Love, Actually – it’s time to reclaim your beautiful skin.

Ingredients:

– 1/3 cup Oatmeal

– 1 Banana

– 2 tbsp Honey

– 2 tbsp Yogurt

– Half a Lemon

Combine the oatmeal with warm water (about half a cup) and allow to settle for 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the honey, yogurt, juice from half a lemon and the mashed banana until blended.  Apply to your face and allow to set for about 10-15 minutes so it can work its magic.  Rinse off with warm water, pat dry and follow up with your favourite moisturizer.

One tip – when rinsing this mask off, be careful not to overload your drain or use a strainer to catch the oatmeal – beautiful skin is nice but a clogged drain is not!

 

What other ways do you use to detox your skin?

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