Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review || 14-Day Skinny Teatox {powered by BrandBacker}

Hi guys! Today I have a quick review on the 14-Day Skinny Teatox (this and the rest of their products can be found at Skinny-Teatox.com). I was sent this teatox for review from Skinny Teatox through BrandBacker, but all of the opinions in this post are completely my own, and always will be.

I know that this is a little different of a thing for me, but I do love my tea, and I've been interested in the whole teatox idea for a while, because it seems like a much safer and easier thing to do than, say, a juice cleanse! So, when I saw this opportunity pop up on Brandbacker, I had to apply for the campaign! Also, Skinny Teatox is a Canadian company, which is great, and also means that shipping to Canadian addresses is quite fast, which is great!

If you've never heard of a teatox before, you might be able to guess from the name that it is a body detox tea. In the case of this system, you drink one tea every morning or afternoon, and another tea every other night after dinner. You can choose on their site to do this detox for 7, 14, or 28 days. For this review, I tried out the 14 day teatox, which regularly retails at $42.

Aside from being great because it's Canadian, the skinny teatox is 100% natural, and "Gluten free. GMO free. Nut free." So yeah.

Here's a quick look at everything that came in my package:



Info pamphlet- side 1:

Info pamphlet - side 2:

The daytime tea is a loose leaf tea (so you'll need some sort of teaball or infuser):

As I mentioned above, you drink this tea every morning or afternoon, steeping approximately 1 teaspoon of the tea in a cup of hot water for up to 5 minutes. The longer you steep the tea, the stronger it will be, and I liked to steep this one for more than 5 minutes. I really loved the taste of this one, and steeping for longer didn't make it bitter or tannin-y like a black tea gets. The flavour of this tea is light and lemony, and looks about the same colour as green tea. I think it has a little bit of caffeine, but not much, so if that's something you avoid, I doubt this is enough to be an issue.

All in all, this tea was a great way to start the day, and I would love to continue drinking it even though my teatox is now over. Which is actually possible, since they sell this tea seperately, though it is $20 for a bag. Still, I would consider repurchasing!

This tea is meant to energize you, increase your metabolism (thus potentially aiding in weight loss, because your body should burn more fat during the day), and aid in appetite suppression. I didn't find that it really suppressed my appetite, personally, and I didn't feel any more or less energized than if I started my day with a coffee, but I guess that could be a good thing for anyone trying to wean themselves off their morning cup of coffee! But yeah, this tea is lovely, and I'm sure it would taste great iced as well.

Strawberry tea infuser:

For this review, Skinny Teatox also included this adorable strawberry tea infuser, which is not usually part of the teatox set, which was really nice of them! They do sell this infuser on their site as well, and it retails for $11. But if you already have a teaball or infuser of some sort, this isn't necessary, just adorable! It's also not huge, but does fit a teaspoon or so of loose tea perfectly.

The Nighttime tea, which comes in regular teabags:

I was a little sceptical at first because this particular teatox has a weak laxative ingredient in the night tea, which is part of how this detox is supposed to work, by flushing toxins from your body which may be building up, causing your body harm, or even preventing weight loss. However, I didn't find that the laxative effect was very strong or even very noticeable, certainly nothing to be worried about, in my experience. Of course everyone's body is different, and I do have a fairly strong stomach and digestive system, so experiences will vary, but I doubt it would be too much of an issue for most people.

As for flavour, though not as much to my tastes as the morning tea, the nighttime tea is still pretty tasty, with more of a mint-like flavour. These tea bags, like the loose tea, are meant to be steeped 2-5 minutes, with more time meaning more strength. If you find this tea causes too much of a laxative effect, you can steep for less time, or more if you want more of an effect. The flavour can get quite strong if steeped for 5 or more minutes, but it never gets bitter. I found that some nights I really didn't want to drink this tea, but a little bit of honey made it taste better, thus making it easier for me to drink. Unlike the daytime tea, I don't think I would choose to drink this as a regular tea, as I didn't enjoy the flavour as much.

Because it can have a laxative effect, you don't want to use this tea every night, which is why the instructions say to use it every other night. And make sure to keep up your intake of water while on this teatox, and especially on nighttime tea days, so that you don't get dehydrated from the laxatives!

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So, how did this teatox work for me?

To be completely honest, I didn't feel like it made a lot of difference in how I felt or look. I don't think I lost any weight, all of my clothes fit the same. I didn't eat any worse than I usually do, but I didn't cut out junk food, though I was also trying to eat healthier. That said, I frequently want to eat healthier around the summer time, as the hot weather makes me crave refreshing fruits and vegetables, and lots of water! I didn't find the teas made me have more energy than usual, and I'm not sure how to judge if they upped my metabolism, but I guess since I didn't see any weight loss or size change, that probably suggests that it didn't have much of an effect on me. So do I feel that this teatox did what it said it would? Not exactly.

That said, I do love the morning tea, so that's a great product even if it doesn't have the promised effects. Also, I think that for some people, doing a detox or teatox could help you get in the right mindset to start eating healthier and exercising more regularly. This set is, ultimately, an aid, not a cure. Alone this teatox won't make you loose weight and suddenly have tons of energy, but it could help along with those things you should be doing anyways: eating well, drinking lots of water, and exercising regularly.

Finally, I wanted to include a list of ingredients, since I couldn't find one listed on any of the products or on their website. All I found was lists saying stuff like "ingredients may include some or all of: ___", which frankly is a little odd. I did contact Skinny Teatox through Brandbacker more than 2 weeks ago, but they never responded. I also have sent an email to them, as of writing this (june 25th), so I will update this post later if I hear back from them. I think not having a proper ingredient list is a little sketchy, if not illegal (don't canadian brands need to include ingredient lists on their ingestable products?), so that is probably the biggest downside to this product.

Anyways, I'm glad I got to test out this product, though I don't feel it had the suggested effects for me, and I would probably look into trying another brand, and/or acquiring more of this brand's morning tea in the future.

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So those are my thoughts on the 14-day Skinny Teatox! If you're interested in giving this a go for yourself, you can click here to go to their site and order one for yourself! I don't have a discount code for you, unfortunately, but you can often find the teatoxes discounted on their website, or sometimes they have discount codes on twitter and instagram, so check out those platforms before you buy!

Let me know if you've already tried this teatox, or a teatox from any other brands in the comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts! =)

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

HAUL || LDBeauty Event 2015 || Pictures & Swatches! {image heavy}

If you haven't seen my vlog yet for the event, that went up this past Thursday, so make sure to check that out for a peek into the event! But for now, let's take a look at everything that I was lucky enough to receive!

Click here to watch in HD, or watch below:

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Pictures!!

Everything:


(I'm going to insert a jump here so that those who don't want to see all the pictures, don't have to load them, since this is a big post! So just click below to keep reading!)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Chat Saturdays || -The Lord of the Rings- by J.R.R. Tolkien

Hi guys! Today—as promised, or at least alluded to—I have for you a book review. As I think I mentioned in my book haul last weekend, I'm planning to start these reviews with the books I mentioned in my 10 Influential Books tag video—which you should go watch if you haven't seen it yet, so you can see what's coming up in this series =P—so the first book that I'll be reviewing is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


**All cover images from GoodReads**

I'm pretty sure that the Lord of the Rings is so much a part of popular culture now that I don't really need to go into what it's about, but that could always be my own bias talking, so I'll try to admit that there's a possibility that there are people who know nothing about this book, or the movies that were made based on them, and I'll attempt to summarize the concept of this beautiful novel.

What it's about: The Lord of the Rings is a classic high-fantasy novel, which follows a fairly large cast of characters (though no where near as large as some of today's books/shows, such as Game of Thrones) through their adventures and trials in Middle Earth, and is in many ways a book about good and evil, but the complex and beautiful world that Tolkien sets his story in makes it so much more. I guess it's about how the good races come together—elves, hobbits, dwarves, men, etc.—to stop the forces of evil: Sauron, orcs, goblins, ring-wraiths, etc... I don't want to accidentally give anything away, so I'll leave it there.

My Thoughts: Spoilers... I freaking love LotR! It is quite literally my favourite book of all time. The story, the world, the words and the way that Tolkien wrote is just so beautiful; this book is like my comfort food. And by the way, I should have been more clear by now, but I keep saying this is a book, and not a trilogy, because it is, even though it is usually presented in three volumes/books, and the three parts have their own names. But yes, it's all one book.

If you love fantasy novels, then LotR should really be a must-read for you, because in so many ways, Tolkien was practically the father of the genre, and so many of today's fantasy novels borrow from or build on his work both knowingly and unwittingly. Also, if you are a lover of description and imagery, Tolkien is the author for you; his scenes and characters are beautifully and painstakingly described, sometimes to the point that it bores people, but I personally love it! If you're all about the character or plot driven novels, then LotR might be a bit of a tough read for you, but if you're an experienced reader of classic literature, then I doubt Tolkien's style will be a problem for you!

I also wanted to briefly describe why I included this novel as one of the books in my list of top 10 most influential to me. I already mentioned that Tolkien and LotR set the stage for a lot of today's fantasy, and thus that is one way in which it has been very influential, but the tag was supposed to be about what I felt influenced me... That said, my love of the fantasy genre grew out of reading first the Hobbit and then the Lord of the Rings with my mom in elementary school... It wasn't until after LotR that I read Harry Potter, and then further went in search of other fantasy novels, and fantasy largely remains a favourite genre for me, be it novels, shows, or movies. In a similar way, I also feel like it opened me up to the world of historical fiction, since Middle Earth is somewhat Medieval or pre-medieval. But in general, I feel like the novel has had a huge impact on me, especially considering I keep going back to it (and the movie adaptation), and how this story and Tolkien's words feel like home to me...

And now that I feel like I've written Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings a very public love letter, I'll stop gushing and leave you for this week. I'm sure that I've forgotten a thousand things I would have liked to say about this book and author, but I'll stop because I feel like I'm just rambling! I'll finish by saying: if you love classics, fantasy, historical fiction, and/or the LotR movies, please consider reading this book if you haven't already! =P

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So let me know if you've read the Lord of the Rings, and what you thought about it, whether you agree or disagree with me. I'll try not to let my feelings be hurt if you hated it! =P

I hope you all have an awesome weekend! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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