Cold Season Ready With Jamieson Canada

What We’re Doing To Stay Healthy

As the cold weather rolls in, cold season is never far behind. Have you thought about what you’ll do to support your body during cold and flu season this year? As parents with little ones it’s important to both hubs and I that we are proactive when it comes to staying healthy.

Don’t Want The Flu? Here’s What To Do:

  • Wash your hands!! Can not stress this one enough! Scrub your hands for at LEAST 30 seconds using soap and warm water. Dry hands on a clean towel.
  • Keep your germs to yourself. Always cover your nose or mouth when you sneeze or cough. ( Press the inside of your arm against your mouth and nose)
  • NO hands on your face. Avoid touching your face at all unless your hands are sanitized.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you. If soap and water are unavailable, disinfect your hands with sanitizing gel or wipes.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep. ( I know we’re moms, it’s easier said than done )
  • Exercise

Our Line Up This Season From
Jamieson Vitamins Canada

Jamieson offers a variety of products to both prevent and treat colds and flus. Here’s a closer look at what we will be taking this season.

Chewable Cold Fighter has a powerful blend of 4 proven cold fighting ingredients (Echinacea, Ginger, Vitamin C & Zinc) all in one dose! Taking 1 chewable tablet per day can help fight early signs of cold and flu symptoms, helps shorten duration of colds and helps fight colds, flus and upper respiratory infections.

Zinc Lozenges can provide natural relief from symptoms such as dry, sore throats. They are a source of antioxidants and support a healthy immune system. Soothing honey lemon flavour with no zinc aftertaste.

Echinacea has been used traditionally in herbal medicine to fight upper respiratory tract infections, relieve cold symptoms and shorten duration of colds. Jamieson Echinacea is a high potency organic formula.

Mushroom Complex naturally supports immune health and increases energy. The addition of garlic helps to maintain cardiovascular health. Mushroom Complex is made with a blend of Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Shiitaake and Chaga mushrooms.

Chewable Vitamin C helps support a healthy immune system. Antioxidant course for maintaining good health. No artificial colours or flavours. Available in a variety of flavours such as: Tangy Orange, Tropical Fruit, Citrus Fruit, Wild, Blueberry & Grape Juice.

Vitamin D3 helps support healthy immune system, bone health, absorption of calcium and helps maintain overall health.

Preventing the “Man Cold”

Anyone else have a husband who acts like having the cold is the equivalent to having an unmedicated child birth? (Seriously those memes get me every single time) Don’t worry babe, me and Jamieson Vitamins have your back this year and will do our best to keep you in tip top shape! No excuses now take your vitamins… RIGHT NOW!

All jokes aside, Hubs and I always say ” If we don’t take care of ourselves then we won’t be there to take care of the kids”. We really do believe in leading by example for our boys. If they see us prioritizing our health they will hopefully grow up doing the same. I mean that’s what all parents want and hope for right? Every morning they ask for their vitamins with breakfast and they practice a lot of the tips from the list above to create healthy habits in and out of our home. These are the vitamins we buy here.

Jamieson products have a worldwide reputation for purity and potency. Their 360 Pure promise guarantees that their products are of the highest quality available in the industry.

I hope you’ve found something here you can implement into your daily routine this cold season.

Stay healthy
xoxo

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Have Bad Eyebrows

Microblading
w/ Savanna Dillon at Studio Sashiko

Here’s the low down, I fall into the category of 90’s girl who over plucked her eyebrows. OK, No, if I’m being completely honest I even shaved them. I know you’re thinking yikes! Trust me when I tell you I paid for that mistake. Always trying to draw them in only to get the shape completely wrong most days. (Looking back at pictures over the years and the various brows I have had always makes me laugh out loud and cry a little inside)

If I had a nickel for every minute I’ve spent filling in my brows I’d be able to pay for my brows, your brows and your moms brows. According to google microblading has been around for 25 years but I first heard about it from a gf two years ago. My microblading obsession was inevitable and immediately the insta stalking began.

Microblading 101

What is microblading? In my own words its your one-way ticket to thicker, fluffier, fuller looking brows. Microblading has to be the most popular way to amp up your arches and bring some self confidence back.

Unless you’re up to date on the latest beauty treatments, you might not know how it works or more importantly if its for you. Want the facts? I’ll leave that to the badass babes at Studio Sashiko. They’ve answered all the questions on their FAQ sheet.

Finding The Right Artist For You

Do your research and then do it again! I can not stress this enough. Once I heard about microblading I wanted it done and I didn’t want to wait for even one second so I went with the first available “artist”. When I got to the appointment I had a sick feeling in my gut that I wish I had listened to. On the verge of walking out of that nail salon the artist was renting a closet in to do brows, out she came to call me in before I could bail. Are you cringing? I am just thinking about it.

I’m going to spare you the details of what happened there that day. I will tell you I ended up filling in my brows everyday after that until the beautiful day a real artist *Savanna* made my brow dreams come true.

My BFF
(Brow Friend Forever)

I followed and stalked the Studio Sashiko IG for months before I even thought about a second attempt at microblading. While I truly believe all of the artists there are beyond talented and trust worthy with something as important as a face tattoo, Savanna was the perfect artist for me. Savanna has this welcoming, kind and caring presence about her that made me feel like I was in good hands right from the start.

I love the fact she is also a mom. She’s got a great sense of humour and is super easy to talk to which makes the whole experience a lot of fun with zero worry.

You can find her bio here and you should definitely follow her on IG here. Savanna apprenticed under Shaughnessy for three months before tattooing a real face. She has been microblading since early 2016 and has been an esthetician since 2010. Eyebrows have always been her mission – and girl it should be because this is your calling!

Savanna describes her microblading style as natural. She loves giving guests what they want or need but also finds beauty in the subtle changes that can really enhance someones look to help them feel a little more vibrant and awake.

The Process

  1. Consultation.
    First Savanna had to see what she was working with because not only was she giving me new brows she also had to work to cover up the mess from my previous experience elsewhere. We talked about what look I hoped to achieve with microblading. Then she physically drew them out stroke by stroke with her pencil. This is to make sure you get the shape you want before the actual blading begins.
  2. Outlining.
    Don’t be afraid to adjust the filled in portion with your artist. Your artist wants you to love them as much as you want to love them. Its okay to be picky. Also, don’t be alarmed if your fill in is super dark – this is totally fine! It’s just regular pencil that will come right off, and you want the lines to be bold enough for your technician to actually see where to blade. Once I approved the shape Savanna made the outline using ink since when the numbing cream is applied the pencil can come off.
  3. Numbing.
    Savanna applied the numbing cream and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Not only does this stuff make for some great selfies it makes the actual blading completely painless.
  4. Microblading.
    Once your brows are numb the blading begins. The blading basically cuts your skin + the brow pigment is “inserted” into the cut in your skin to create a hair like looking stroke. This is how microblading (when done right) looks so natural. If I had to explain the feeling I’d say its like being scratched very lightly and for me did not hurt at all.
  5. The Healing Process.
    Its crucial for best results to follow the instructions given to you by your artist. Savanna gave me a post care sheet and the barrier cream to apply as directed and I followed it to a T. Nothing was going to mess up this beautiful work of art. The first few days your brows will appear super dark – don’t freak out!- there is no need to start googling ways to reverse microblading. You’ll be fine, I promise.
  6. Touch Up
    This appointment needs to be after your skin has fully healed. That way your technician can see where she may need to put more strokes. For my follow up, Savanna went over both brows and added more strokes to any spots that the pigment was a little lighter.
  7. The Finished Product
    Gone are the days of super thin fine brows. Enjoy those perfect new brows. Microbladed brows last anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on your skin type + other factors. Unless you’ve waited until they’re completely faded out you don’t really need to go through that entire first process again. I will definitely be sticking with my girl Sav for upkeep and maintenance so they don’t fade out.


The pic above is after my first session (top) and after my second session (bottom).

Have any of you had your brows microbladed and what was your experience? I would love to hear!

Huge THANK YOU to my bff Savanna and Studio Sashiko for having me and being SO awesome. If you guys are local I highly recommend you give her a shout: savanna@studiosashiko.com

xo

 

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