Saturday, 13 August 2016

Footlogix Mousse



I am not going to lie, I am pretty lazy when it comes to moisturising my feet. I want a quick fix and don't want to be waiting for the moisturiser to fully absorb before I can put my shoes on or get into bed. When I was sent some Footlogix Mousse to try, I thought it seemed right up my street!

About Footlogix Mousse

Ingredients and benefits

  • 10% urea which locks moisture into the skin
  • 1% dimethicone, which acts as a skin protectant 
  • Absorbed immediately and leaves no greasy residue
  • Fragrance free
Claims 
  • Allows the skin to breathe: the soothing airy mousse formula mimics the skin's own composition and doesn't block pores.
  • Infuses essential moisturising and active nourishing ingredients  for absorption deep into the layers of the skin.   
  • Gently, naturally, exfoliates and hydrates the skin's surface.
  • Increases elasticity, enabling the skin to become soft and supple.
  • Non-greasy, so socks can be worn immediately after application.
  • Does not wash off or soak into clothing.
  • Easy to apply and is rapidly absorbed.


My thoughts 

Before I started using Footlogix Mousse, I was using an organic foot moisturiser. It was fine, not my favourite. It was a runny consistency and took ages to absorb which meant I was less inclined to use it. Instead of using it twice a day, I would only use it at night before bed and then throw some socks on to stop the product going on my sheets. So when I received and read about Footlogix Mousse, it sounded like a breath of fresh air. The claims sounded almost too good to be true so there was only one way to find out!

I have been using the mousse twice a day, for at least 3 weeks now. I stopped using my old moisturiser for a few days before I started using the Footlogix product to really get an idea of how much it works.

The first thing I noticed about the product is the texture. As clearly stated in the name, it is a mousse. At first, when I pumped some out, I looked at it and wondered how it was going to moisturise my dry feet. It has such a light and airy consistency that I almost didn't believe it would do anything. Anyway, I rubbed it into my heels, soles and in between my toes. It is safe to say that with this product a little goes a long way!

After using this product for the past few weeks, there is definitely a noticeable change in the skin on my feet. It is supple, looks plump and isn't cracked anymore. This product really makes a difference on the dried out skin, something I battle with in Calgary. I will say that it is a product that you have to use consistently, as I took a day or two off and my started to dry out again but as soon as I started it up again, my feet were silky soft.

Now for the claims of the fast absorption. This is definitely something that is true about the product. In the morning I apply this after I have showered and at night before I jump into bed - both times when I don't want to sit around waiting for the moisturiser to sink in. With the Footlogix Mousse, I don't have to do that. It honestly is absorbed straight away.

A few days into using the Footlogix Mousse, Dan asked me if I had used a foot lotion as there was residue left on our bathroom tiles. Now that surprised me as the leaflet for the product claims that no greasy residue is left! Since this is the only product that I use on my feet, there can't be anything else that left the residue on the floor. It doesn't bother me too much and won't put me off using the product. I just throw some socks on straight after applying!

I really love this product from Footlogix Medical and recommend it if you suffer from dry skin on your feet. It is also worth mentioning, that Footlogix is a proud supporter of the Canadian Diabetes Association. If you are suffering from dry feet due to diabetes, definitely give this product a try!

Have you tried Footlogix Mousse? What do you think of it?
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Tips For Dealing With Anxiety


Anxiety is a funny thing, not in a 'ha-ha' way, but in the weird way that it can just creep up on you without any warning. When I say anxiety, I am not talking about the general feeling of being 'anxious.' I mean full blown panic attack anxiety. There is a huge difference between the emotion of feeling anxious and actual anxiety.

I first suffered from a panic attack when I was around 12. I was in Marks and Spencers with my mum and all of a sudden I felt really hot, my heart was racing and I couldn't breathe properly. So I sat down and that was that. I guess not much more was thought of it. Looking back, though, I have always shown signs of anxiety. I was (and still am) a complete hypochondriac as a child. You know Vaida from 'My Girl'? I was basically her.

In Aberdeen, I suffered a little from panic attacks but it didn't happen all that often. They did get really bad last year when I moved to Canada with Dan. There was so much going on; I was in a new country, we had to get everything in order for my PR application, I couldn't work for the first few months which meant it was hard for me to meet people. My anxiety went through the roof. I would have panic attacks at the cinema, in the mall, on the train, at home and most of the time, I didn't know why. I just knew that my anxiety was really bad. A year on and it all makes much more sense. I don't cope well with new things and stress and my brain basically went into overdrive. It decided I wasn't going through enough so decided to throw some panic attacks in there too!

Anyway, recently I got talking to another blogger who has been suffering from panic attacks and shared some tips of mine with her, and I thought I would share them on here too.

Talk
I spoke to Dan about my anxiety and how it made me feel, and also just how it could be triggered for no apparent reason. He was great, and tried to understand as much as he could, he was also really patient but I do know that it is hard for someone who doesn't suffer from anxiety to fully understand it themselves. One of his friends has also suffered from anxiety so I spoke to him about it. It was great to talk to someone who actually understood how I felt and understood that feeling of sheer panic that can happen.

Listen
I have never really been a Podcast person but last year I discovered some great ones while I was feeling anxious.

The Anxiety Guru Show: A great podcast by the writer, Paul Dooley. This was my go-to Podcast last year. It covers all things anxiety, from making you realise you aren't alone with anxiety and how to manage anxiety. He actually also has a great article about heart palpitations on his website. This was a new symptom that I suffered last year with my anxiety and it was so scary and made me panic even more. It was a vicious circle.

Michael Hyatt: Michael  doesn't talk about anxiety but his niche is more about managing time, something that can cause anxiety with me. It's a mixture of work-life, home-life and even how to manage blogging.

Read
So...you know that little voice in your head that eggs on your anxiety? I have a book that will help with that. I only read it this year and it was fantastic. I got it because I was having panic attacks during driving lessons...not ideal. It was recommended to me by so many people, my mum included! The book is called 'The Chimp Paradox' and is about that annoying 'little voice' in your head and how to manage it. I would recommend that everyone reads this, even if you don't have anxiety.

The next book isn't anxiety focussed but I think it is brilliant. It is called 'The Confidence Gap.' Personally, this does help me as my anxiety tends to rear its ugly head if I am not feeling confident about something.

Apps
I have this weird thing where if I am in public and my anxiety/panic attack is kicking in and I can't remove myself from the situation (on the train) then I will put my earphones on and turn them up really loud, and I will focus on that and it helps to distract me.

Spotify: Probably my most used app. I LOVE it. I have a few playlists that I will listen to when I need to relax. Relax 1. Relax 2.

Headspace: An absolutely fantastic app for mindfulness and meditation.

Calm: Another meditation app. It also has relaxing sounds that help (rainfall, birds etc).

Exercise
I cannot stress it enough. Exercising regularly has helped sooo much with my anxiety! Those endorphins really do make a difference. If you are going to start exercising, make sure it is something that you will actually enjoy. I LOVE going to Barre and always want to go!

I hope you have found some of these tips helpful. If you suffer from anxiety, what do you find helps you?
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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Bath & Bodyworks Wish List


That time of year has come around again where Bath & Bodyworks have got their Autumn collection in! This year is flying by.

1. Lavender Chamomile Bubble Bath - $16.50
Bath & Body Works have an aromatherapy section and I like to think of it as the more 'grown up' products compared to their well known sweet scents. I love to have bubble baths and winter and I am definitely going to have to take advantage of our new soaker tub this year. This lavender chamomile bubble bath sounds perfect for a relaxing bath before bed!

2. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shea & Sugar Body Scrub - $16.50
I really like their body scrubs as they're not full of pesky micro beads, instead made with sugar or sand. This body scrub has different notes and it smells so good. Top notes; pumpkin and fresh apple. Mid notes; fresh ginger, jasmine, cinnamon spice and gingerbread. Dry notes; amber, rum, vanilla, and sandalwood.

3. Bright Leaves & Blue Skies Sanitizers - $5
These sanitizer packs are such a bargain! I like to stock up on these so that I can always keep one in my bag and they smell so good! Sometimes sanitizers just stink of alcohol but these smell of the real deal. If it says it smells of pina colada... it will smell of pina colada! Of course, I had to pick the Autumn pack.

4. Pumpkin Spice White Barn Candle - $22.50
What is Autumn without pumpkin spice? I *think* we are going to host  ThanksGiving dinner this year and I can't wait! I have already planned that we are going to have an Autumn wreath, pumpkin pie, and plenty of spice candles! I actually prefer the White Barn candles to the regular Bath & Body Works candles.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

A Life Update


Hello, I am back! It has been almost a month since my last blog post so I thought I would give you a little update on why I have flown off the radar slightly. This past month has been a bit chaotic. Dan and I moved into our house and since then everything has been a bit up in the air. We haven't really had time to do much apart from unpack and tidy, and even a month after, things still have to come together. Our sofa arrived last week so that has made the downstairs feel more homely. This house is much bigger than our old condo so it will take a while to fill it up. We are so pleased to finally be in the house as the whole design-move process took almost a year. A funny story... we managed to lose the screws to our bed and we are waiting for the manufacturer to mail out the special kind that we need, so our bedroom is a disaster. Dan swears he put the screws in our bedside table and I swear I didn't move them...so who knows where they ended up.



We celebrated Canada Day a few weeks ago. It is so nice to get an extra day off work that isn't the weekend. In Canada, you only get two weeks of vacation from work a year. I do sure miss the generous 5.5 weeks of vacation that you get in the UK. Anyway, Canada was super fun. We went to the new National Music Centre, where we saw Michael Buble's suit and I was very excited as that is probably the closest I will get to meeting him. After the music centre, we grabbed some ice lollies from Family Freezed. Dan had the salted chocolate and I had the mini doughnut and it was AMAZING. In the evening we went to see Finding Dory, which was actually such a good film! We then went out for dinner before heading to the fireworks.


The fireworks went off at 11pm. We found the perfect spot to sit, with such a nice view of downtown. As you can see, storm clouds were coming in. We had the firework show in front of us and then to the side, there was the most spectacular lighting show going on. Calgary has had the most wild thunderstorms happening the past two weeks, something that we don't experience back home.




I headed out to Raw Bar for dinner and oh my gosh, the food is delicious. It is a Vietmodern restaurant and it has some of the nicest food I have ever tasted. The menu is a sharing style which I like, as you can try loads of different dishes. The first photo above is of the crab and mango salad rolls which came with a chilli mango salsa and peanut hoisin sauce. The second dish is the crispy taro and papaya slaw, with tomatoes, cucumber, shallots, peanuts and citrus dressing. Both of those dishes were unreal and tasted so fresh.



We also had the lemongrass roasted duck with crepes, herbs and tamarind and hoisin jam. It was incredible. I LOVE duck. The best duck I have had was in Paris but this dish at Raw Bar came a pretty close second. For dessert, I had the Guava cheesecake with strawberry sorbet. It was the perfect dish to end the meal. The cheesecake was a perfect size and really light. I enjoyed this whole meal a lot and can't wait to return.


Last week I had my first Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast experience. Our neighbourhood held its own event and it was so nice. It was the perfect weather to sit outside and enjoy the breakfast. The pancakes were soo yummy. A pancake breakfast is a huge part of the stampede and they are hosted all over the city. We also went to Stampede last weekend and it was my first time. It wasn't really my style of thing but it is something you definitely have to do if you are in Calgary when it is on.  We walked around and had some mini doughnuts (obviously), watched a really cute dog show where all of the dogs were rescue dogs, and then hit up the food trucks to have some BBQ food. Pulled pork is my favourite and Dan went for the brisket.

This week has been a little bit quieter. I went to Barre and we have just been trying to get more stuff done around the house.

I will have more blog posts up next week! I have lots to write about :)
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