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Product Review: Secret Clear Gel

I have teamed up with BzzAgent and Secret to test a new Secret product – Secret Clear Gel. After being asked last month to try this product and write a review, I was a little skeptical. I have tried Secret Clear products before and it didn’t work very well. I found that the product did not last that long (even in winter) as it didn’t quite control wetness and odor protection. Due to that, I have had to switch to a new deodorant product.

This product boasts a 48 hour protection as an antiperspirant and deodorant. Secret also claims that this product does not leave white marks on your clothing. Who needs white marks on your clothing, right?

After two weeks of trying this product, I’ve come to the following conclusions.

  1. Secret Clear Gel definitely does not leave white marks on your clothing. This is great for the delicate clothing you have in your closet.
  2. The scent (I was given Cocoa Butter Kiss) is not too heavy (as an asthmatic, I cannot stand heavy scents) and smells great.
  3. While some products can feel caked on or heavy, the Clear Gel is lightweight.
  4. If you’re someone who is really active, you’ll have to reapply. I found that halfway through my workout, my underarms were wet.
  5. If you’re outdoors on a hot/humid day for a long period of time, not only will you be wet, but the scent will start to wear off and you’ll begin to smell.
  6. It takes a while for the gel to dry once applied, even if you use just a little bit.
  7. The 48 hour claim does not last with me. When I wake up in the morning, I definitely have to apply product. I wouldn’t trust going out without applying it.

Overall, this is a good product and I will be sure to keep it in my arsenal. I like using it after my gym workout because it doesn’t give me a stingy feeling after application (like some products do); the scent is great and I feel fresh. For the hot and humid (and active) days, I will have to keep using the product I usually use (a long-lasting solid).

Secret Clear Gel can be purchased at any store that sells this type of product.

Please note: While I received this product for free to try, the opinions in this post are strictly mine.

Currently: Summering

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Hola blog readers! It’s been pretty quiet around here because I’ve been busy summering… yup, I just invented a new word.

summering | the event of enjoying summer.

I’ve been poolside, I’ve been a tourist, and I have been relaxing. In a few short weeks I begin student teaching so I am taking advantage of summer while I can until my life becomes incredibly busy next month. I still need to visit a Folklorama pavilion or two, head to Gimli and Neepawa; read two books on my summer list, hang out at The Forks, eat nosh from food trucks, watch movies in the park and rock out at Interstellar Rodeo.

Summer doesn’t last very long in these parts, so we need to take advantage of it while it’s here.

What are your plans this summer?

Summer Manifesto 2015

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On her blog, Ali Edwards recently discussed her manifesto for summer and it was simple – “I want to get in the pool with my kids.” How fabulous is that? It’s nothing big, but yet, a simple goal.

This had me thinking… what is my summer manifesto? What do I want to do? Is there anything specific I would like to accomplish? Well, last summer was incredibly busy. I was feverishly trying to complete a few courses so I could graduate on time this year. From May to early August my nose was in a textbook, writing papers, studying, and memorizing mathematical equations. August flew on by and before you knew it, September was knocking.

So this time, my manifesto is this – enjoy, relax, breathe. This past year has been quite the whirlwind. I recovered from my shoulder injury for three months and once I returned to work, it was go go go! I also completed university and graduated last month. The eight months of being in school was hard as I was trying my best to make sure that I passed each course with a good mark and that I would graduate on time. It paid off and I am so happy. Come September I will begin my practicum where I will be well on my way to obtain a teaching certificate. The next two years will be busy, busy, busy and I need to enjoy this summer break as I will have to work the summer after.

I want to take a trip, explore my province, relax in my  backyard and have many barbecues; go swimming, go to the beach and make friends with a polar bear!

What is your summer manifesto?

In my 31st year.

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32. Thirty-two. Trente-deux. I’m not afraid to say my age, I wear it like a badge of honor. I like being in my thirties and I love being 32. Happy Birthday to me.

In my 31st year, I have accomplished a lot. I was working in an awesome school, in the best classroom and having a blast. I went back to school so I could eventually enter the Education program (something that I will be preparing for over the next few weeks) and the support system that is behind me is simply incredible.

I continued my love of traveling with a trip to Minneapolis in May and Grand Forks in September and October. I also began a collaboration with the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, becoming a guest blogger. It has been so much fun being able to combine my two favorites – blogging & travel.

This past year I have tried to be more kind to myself – committing myself less to things, learning to say no (no matter how upset people get) and taking time for myself. Money over the last two months have been extremely tight, so it was looking for fun things to do for very less. Simply painting my nails, enjoying a cup of tea or watching a movie have been my modus operandi as of late. Saying no has been the most difficult of them all. I enjoy helping people and when it becomes difficult, I cannot say no, no matter how stressful it gets. I’ve ignored my self worth to help others and that is something I will have to work at.

My wish for my 32nd year is to continue the path of self-kindness, a permanent full-time job; continued opportunity to travel and blog (perhaps for other organizations), and enter the Education program Fall 2015. I also wish for good health (for myself and my family), spending more time with friends and continuing on my path of weight loss (blog post to come).

32… let’s make this one heck of a year.