Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Perfect Skin! {Giveaway}


This holiday season give the gift of perfect skin (or pretty darn close to perfect) with Arbonne’s Genius. I have been using Genius for the past 60 days and I can attest that this product lives up to its promise!

Read on to learn more about how Genius works and for your chance to win your own Intelligence Genius.


Genius is intended to improves the overall look and feel of skin texture to restore a healthy, radiant glow to dull skin. It is also designed to:

  •  reduce the look of dark spots
  • reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • provide the appearance of smooth, even-toned skin texture
  • show significant improvement in skin clarity and blotchiness

Nightly Resurfacing Pads are paired with a fresh-pour solution containing Arbonne’s dynamic proprietary PBR+ complex with Phytinol™, botanicals and retinoid. But what does all that mean?

Let’s take a closer look:

Proprietary PBR+ Complex combines science and nature to provide visible results in as little as two weeks:

  • P = Arbonne proprietary high-performance complex
  • Phytinol™ combines two botanical extracts, alfalfa (Medicago sativa) extract and chicory (Chicoriumintybus) extract, which work synergistically to help promote improved skin tonicity and surface smoothness for an even, less-lined look, to fight the visible signs of aging.
  • B = Delivers botanical Bakuchiol, a plant retinoid.
  • R = Delivers scientific Retinoid.
  • Mandelic acid helps encourage cell turnover at the skin’s surface for bright, even-toned skin, while bisabolol helps provide calming, soothing comfort.


While the above information is helpful to understand exactly what is going on to make Genius so effective, it’s usually more helpful to hear from someone who has used it and who has had positive results.

After just seven days of using Arbonne’s Genius, I received my first compliment on my skin from someone who was not aware I had started a new regimen. And I noticed the change too. For years I suffered from dry, reddish skin around my nose. And within the first few days this disappeared!

After about 14 days, I noticed a plumper feel to my skin and a reduction of fine lines around my eyes. After the first 2 weeks I noticed my pores were becoming less clogged. I looked at it much like a facial: it first cleans the dirt and grime out, causing it to come to the surface but after a few more days this cleared up.

Upon completion of the 60 day regimen, I am thrilled with my skin. Though not perfect (this is partially due to genetics and environment)  I was happy to notice a more toned look with a nice, even colour, minimized facial lines and zero dry skin patches.

Overall I would describe my results as more youthful looking skin with a sort of brightness to it. I have one sunspot that has slightly lightened in colour too which is tough to achieve and this speaks volumes on the product.

I recommend trying the Arbonne Intelligence Genius if you are looking for an easy, non-invasive solution to fine lines, uneven skin tone, clogged pores and dry skin.

And with all Arbonne products, Genius is made free of:

  • Gluten
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Petrolatum
  • Paraffin
  • Diethanolamine
  •  Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
  • Synthetic fragrance
  • Animal-derived ingredients
  • Dyes or colourants


  • 100% showed improvement in the appearance of depth and width of wrinkles and fine lines.*
  • 80% showed significant improvement in skin clarity and blotchiness.*
  • 82% said after using this product, they found their skin to be softer and smoother.**

*Based on a clinical instrumental study of 50 subjects
**Based on a 4-week consumer perception study


Today you can enter to win one 60 day supply of Arbonne Intelligence Genius from Melissa Ublansky, Arbonne Independent Consultant a retail value of $110!

Melissa is a skin care specialist who has been in the skin care industry for over 13 years. It wasn’t until she discovered Arbonne and it’s line of pure, safe and beneficial products that she settled on working with one brand in particular. Now it’s all she uses and all she recommends to clients.

Melissa is super passionate about healthy skin so she is very excited to offer this giveaway to you today whether you decide to keep it for yourself, or gift it to someone special!

Good luck & enjoy!
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Arbonne Skin Care & Wellness {Giveaway}

As a woman in my mid-thirties I am more concerned than ever with the condition of my skin. From blemishes to discoloured spots to wrinkles, these are all issues we struggle with as we age.

Over a year ago, I wrote a post about my skin troubles. I thought spots were for teenagers, but apparently that’s not true. Back then I learned of Arbonne skin care products and I’m happy to share my thoughts with you today on these awesome products.

I received a number of trial samples of Arbonne products from Shana Recker, Arbonne Independent Consultant and Regional Vice President. I got to test out the Arbonne shampoo and conditioner, foot and hand cream and the RE9 facial line.


Arbonne products are created with premium botanical ingredients, innovative scientific discovery and an unwavering commitment to pure, safe and beneficial products.

Arbonne creates personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind for an integrative approach to beauty. Working closely with scientists around the world and at the Arbonne Institute of Research and Development (AIRD®) facility in Switzerland, they continually explore and develop scientifically advanced, botanically based proprietary formulas that meet their exacting standards for quality, safety and sustainability.

Arbonne’s product line has since grown to include both inner and outer health and beauty products that are of high quality.

The Arbonne Promise: To deliver pure, safe and beneficial products in line with our botanical tradition.


I received a 7 day trial pack and I wish I had more to try. I was just beginning to see some really noticeable improvements, especially the fine lines around my eyes. I did not break out with using these products as I sometimes do when starting a new regimen. My favourite product was the Corrective Eye Crème and the trial pack actually lasted longer than seven days as you only need a very small amount.

After using the RE9 routine including the Soothing Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Toner Intensive and Renewal Serum I was able to see a glow in my skin and a smoother texture with the discoloured spots fading a bit. I loved the smell of the products and I always felt like I was getting a deep clean.

Facial creams and cleansers are just the beginning of the Arbonne product line. From hand cream (which is the best moisturizing, yet non-greasy hand cream I’ve ever used) to baby care products to cosmetics, Arbonne seems to cover it all. And all their products smell amazing and seem to be of really high quality. When I opened the FC5 hand cream in the car, Little S and my husband both said it smelled like Fruit Loops. This speaks to the botanical elements and aroma enriched natural ingredients.


I am particularly interested in the Arbonne Essentials line of health and wellness products. Last week I published a post called Protein & Weight Loss: Are you getting enough? where I introduced the Arbonne Vitamin & Mineral Shakes. These protein packed shakes are part of the Essentials line.

If you want to feel more fit and fuel your day the Fit Essentials package is perfect for you. This pack includes the Vitamin Mineral Shakes, Daily Fibre Boost and Fit Chews. I’ve only tried the shakes but they were definitely my favourite among all health shakes that I’ve tried.


Today on City Mom I am happy to offer an exciting giveaway opportunity. One City Mom reader will win an Arbonne prize pack that includes:

  • 1 RE9 Seven Day sample pack that includes the Soothing Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Toner, Intensive Renewal Serum, Corrective Eye Crème, Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20 and the Night Repair Crème
  • 10 single packs of the Vitamin & Mineral Shake mix
  • $50 Arbonne gift card to be used through Shana Recker’s Arbonne site

Good luck!

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Protein & Weight Loss: Are you getting enough?

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since starting my healthier lifestyle of clean eating and personal training is the importance of protein in our diets.

Did you know that an active female who is weight training or in weight loss mode should be getting half of their body weight in grams of protein each day. For example, a woman who weighs 120 lbs should be consuming 60 grams of protein daily*.


So why is protein so important for weight loss? There are a number of reasons why you should add more protein to your diet when you’re trying to lose weight and/or weight training. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Influences your metabolic rate
  • Helps you maintain muscle mass during weight loss
  • Improves the health of your muscles
  • Improves overall immunity
  • Improves antioxidant function
  • Builds HDL Cholesterol (the good Cholesterol)
  • Enhances insulin and leptin function (both aid in weight control)



Since starting my weight training and clean eating, I have been including protein shakes in my meal plan twice a day. For breakfast I enjoy a shake with various fruits and veggies for a hearty kick-start in the morning.

After dinner, for my evening snack, I enjoy a chocolate or vanilla shake with almond milk and ice. No fruit after 6pm! I’m finding this routine to be really helpful for a few different reasons. Of course the benefits mentioned above but also for curbing my appetite. I find that when I am getting enough protein in my diet, I crave less ‘bad’ foods and I have an overall feeling of contentment when it comes to hunger.

The sweet flavours that the shakes come in also help with my sugary cravings. Who doesn’t love a chocolate shake for a snack?


You may have already noticed that there are a wide variety of protein powders on the market and that can be overwhelming. Not only are there many shake brands but also many types of proteins; Whey, Soy, Hemp etc. How to choose?

I’m not an expert on protein by any means but I do know a few of things that I look for in a good brand:

  1. How many grams of protein in each serving?
  2. How many calories per serving?
  3. What is the powder sweetened with?
  4. What other vitamins and nutrients are included?
  5. What type of protein is used?

I like to get my protein from a variety of sources; first naturally from fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts etc. And then from protein shake supplements. With shakes I like to switch up the type of protein I consume as all the different types have benefits.

I usually stick to Whey protein and a vegetable protein. I really like Whey Gourmet Naturelle and Arbonne Vitamin/Mineral Shakes both are clean versions of protein supplements.


  • Whey protein blend
  • 20 grams of protein per serving
  • 6 different flavours including chocolate, strawberry and vanilla bean
  • No artificial flavours
  • 2 grams of fat per serving
  • 100% natural flavours and sweeteners (Stevia)
  • 120 calories per serving
  • $2.05 per serving


  • Vegan protein blend
  • 20 grams of protein per serving
  • 20 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Vanilla or chocolate flavours
  • Gluten free
  • Sweetened with Stevia
  • No artificial colours or sweeteners
  • No cholesterol or saturated/trans fats
  • 130 calories per serving
  • $2.30 per serving


I buy my Whey Gourmet Naturelle at the Real Canadian Superstore in the health food section. You can also buy them online at for Canadians.

The Arbonne shakes can be ordered through an Arbonne representative. I received mine from Shana Recker, Regional Vice President – Independent Consultant for Arbonne. You can visit her site to order.

Regardless of how you choose to up your protein intake, I do highly recommend trying this as part of your weight loss or maintenance program. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

*Note: there are many schools of thought on calculating your protein needs as well as many reasons why one may need more or less protein in their diet. Consult a healthcare professional before making any changes in your diet.

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