Monday, October 16, 2017

DIY Pedi Kit | Farleyco Beauty

Pedicure Kit

Happy Monday! Today I'm usually posting all about fingers, but this post is about toes. I love giving myself a pedicure at home, because I'm a total perfectionist and I like to keep my feet in good condition for sandal weather. Farleyco Beauty is the hub for a whole host of fantastic brands: EcoTools, Real Techniques, 7th Heaven, Flexitol, Zoella, and more. Today I'm sharing their end of summer Pedicure Kit that has been motivating me to keep my feet and skin in tip-top condition.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tobi Clothing Review & Try-On

Tobi Clothing Review

I love shopping online. The moment I got my first credit card (I now have three) I placed an order online at American Eagle, and I still wear the jeans and sweater 5 years later. Whenever I have free time - during lunch, on my commute, before bed, I'll scroll through my favourite online shops and pin items to my "Shopping List" on Pinterest, or save them to my Shoptagr so I get an alert if the price drops or if the item comes back in stock in my size.

I teamed up with Tobi for this post to style a few items from their site. Tobi offers free shipping, easy returns, and provides detailed photos to help you confidently fill up your shopping cart. I often have trouble finding comfortable pants and skirts, so I was nervous picking out a jumpsuit and form-fitting dress. Fortunately, the pieces are made to fit and I'm really happy with all three. The quality of fabric is awesome, nothing was overly wrinkled and they iron out well.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

World Sight Day | Celebrate With Clearly

Clearly Contest

Hi Friends!

Today is World Sight Day. An annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired.

In the world today, 1 in 3 children suffer from uncorrected poor vision. 1 in 5 drivers can't see the road clearly. 3 in 4 people suffer from tired eyes. 1 in 3 people can't see the world clearly.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The One Watch Your Guy Needs | Daniel Wellington Classic Oxford

Daniel Wellington Classic Oxford

I love a good watch. It all started when I bought Joseph his first Swatch back in 2013, then a Skagen, now we've achieved Daniel Wellington status. All hail the Classic Oxford, one of the coolest watches that any guy or girl could rock day to night.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Essie Gel Couture Review & Swatches | Spool Me Over & Touch Up

Essie Gel Couture Review

My Sunday evening mani routine is something I look forward to every week. Self-care is therapeutic, and my weak nails are far more resilient with a good coat of OPI Nail Envy Matte and some pretty colour. Over the past few weeks I've indulged in Essie's new Gel Couture collection thanks to my lovely friends at NailPolishCanada.com. The quality of this line is blowing me away, and I've included swatches of the pretty shades below.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New from L'Occitane | Summer 2017 Hits

L'Occitane Summer 2017

Our warm, summery days are now numbered, and I'm bracing myself for the cool crisp air that'll surely make my combination skin get flaky and temperamental. L'OCCITANE is the brand I turn to when I need calming and hydrating products that'll last me through the fall and winter months.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Night at The Cordon Rouge Room with Grand Marnier

Cordon Rouge Room

Last week I attended an exclusive event in downtown Toronto where we were invited to escape into a 1920s Speakeasy. With Moroccan-inspired décor, Grand Marnier's Cordon Rouge Room payed homage to the Prohibition Era. My mom's favourite liqueur is the delicious orangey Grand Marnier, so I had to invite her to join me at the evening soirée.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Cleaning with Lotus Aroma and Bella Vita

Miracle Soap

The backyard garden harvest is wrapping up, DIY's are being squeezed in before it's too late, and the nights are creeping up on us faster than Halloween. I'm always in the mood to reshuffle and organize when I get home from work, and weekends are still accommodating for outdoor fun in the sun. Once the day is done though, I've been turning to these products to clean up quick before bed.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Reverse Mascara? | Almay Mega Volume Review

Almay Mega Volume
O-M-G. My first VoxBox from Influenster! And it's from Almay, an iconic drugstore brand that I've loved for years. I look to their range for hypoallergenic products that will help me achieve a fresh, natural look. Though I haven't blogged about their products much, I've used Almay powder, foundation and mascara ever since high school.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

5 Faves From Summer 2017

Summer Beauty Essentials

Though it feels like 500 degrees outside today, summer is technically over. Boo! Here are a few products I've loved this season, and ones that will surely take me into fall and winter with a smile.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What You Need From Avène | Mineral Sunscreen & Soothing Moisturizer

Avene Sunscreen

I've lusted over Avène products for years, having seen them in magazines, French pharmacies, and on the shelves of beauty editors around the world. My love for the Soothing Moisture Mask started in 2014 (read about it here) and my rave review still stands true today. 
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Monday, September 11, 2017

The 5-Day Hair Challenge | Hair Slinky

La Vita Glam

A few months back I got a big box full of my favourite hair accessories: Hair Slinkys!
La Vita Glam invited me to take part in a 5-Day Hair Challenge to see how long I could go without washing - all while keeping my hair looking fresh in Hair Slinkys.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara | Review

Givenchy Canada

New mascara? I want it!

As a blonde lashed gal, mascara is an integral part of my morning routine. It brightens up my face and makes my eyes look awake, so I was so excited to get my hands on the funky Noir Interdit mascara from Givenchy that has an elbow-like bend to allow for more precise application.
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Amevie Vegas Sunnies

Amevie Vegas Glasses

Amevie's motto is "buy a pair, give a pair" - for each pair of sunglasses that you buy, they give a pair of eyeglasses to a child in need through Seva Canada. Similar to Tom's 1-for-1 shoe donation program, Amevie is a Canadian company that cares. Their affordable line of glasses are made from high quality bamboo, with chic and unique designs. I've been living in my pair of Vegas sunnies all summer long.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trying Out Klorane's Lightening Shampoo, Conditioner and Spray

Klorane Lightening Shampoo

My hair lightening routine is no stranger to this blog, having tested John Frieda's cult classic "Go Blonder" range back in 2014, and again in February 2017. My hair is naturally dark blonde, with subtle highlights and lowlights that'll change throughout the season. In the summer months I'm especially keen on amping up my natural blonde locks, so Klorane's Blonde Highlighting haircare routine has been a lifesaver.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Favourite Silver Rings | MoonstoneShop.com

www.MoonstoneShop.com

I keep rings on for months at a time, so it's important that I purchase ones which hold up to water, rough surfaces and general wear. When I first saw MoonstoneShop.com on Instagram, I fell in love with their selection of affordable silver rings that are striking, and unique.
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"Friday" Glasses from Main + Central | Clearly

First Pair Free

As an accessories gal, I love having an array of eyeglasses to choose from in the morning. Each pair can get quite pricy, so (as you may already know) my adoration to Clearly is growing strong. They continue to release collections that keep prices low and quality high, just like with Main + Central.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm | Clarins Summer 2017

Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm

New lip balm? Gotta have it.

My motto is simple, and there's no other beauty product that I indulge in more than lip balm. Clarins has released a limited edition duo this August, featuring the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm ($18) and the Skin Illusion Blush ($22).


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cool Down & Rev Up with Station Cold Brew

Station Cold Brew

Sometimes, all you really need is a cold cup of energy to get you through the day. I first tried Station Cold Brew at Lululemon on Queen St W. and it came out of a tap just like beer. This cold brew coffee is rich, creamy, frothy and smooth - even without milk and sugar. Black coffee that doesn't make you wince? Incredible.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

USA Haul | Target, Thrifting, J.Crew & More

USA Haul

In May of this year I visited Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head South Carolina with my family. It was a great getaway from a busy quarter at work, and I loved the warm, comfortable weather in the south. Here are a few things I picked up while shopping in the US.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wet N Wild & Essence | Burgundy Summer Glow Tutorial

Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

As a long-time lover of drugstore makeup brands, it makes me beyond happy to have access to the fresh new releases from brands like Essence and Wet n Wild each season. Earlier in the year I stopped by two fantastic events where we got to play games, test products, enjoy delicious sweets and take home a *very* generous goodie bag filled with makeup.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NIVEA Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls Review

Q10 Anti-Wrinkles Pearls Serum

My favourite drugstore brand of all time has to be Nivea. From their iconic moisturizing cream (chapped skin's BFF) to the liquid roll-on deodorant that I swear by, they can do no wrong. I received this Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Pearls Serum from the gift bag at Dave Lackie's Cityline show last year, and it has proven to be a great find at a reasonable price (~$15).
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Smart Shopping with Groupon Coupons


Groupon
is famous for their dollar-saving vouchers that I've used many times for date nights, hotel stays and other fun outings in the city. Some of my favourite Groupons include 3-course dinners, Paint Nites, and show tickets, which I've talked about here and here.

Now we're all aware of my love for online shopping and coupon codes, so I'm thrilled to see Groupon branching out into the world of discounts for our everyday needs.

Welcome, Groupon Coupons.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer Skin with Alumier MD & Vita Liberata Trystal

Alumier MD

When it comes to skincare lines, I'm always willing to try new brands that promise great results. Alumier MD is luxury skincare sold online or through a registered professional, who you can get in touch with here.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Toronto's Best Escape Games


It's a Friday night, and you want to spend time with a group of friends. $30 can get you a few rounds at a bar, but that gets old pretty quick. Why not lock yourselves in a room filled with tricks, turns and puzzles, toss in a countdown, and try to escape?
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Brighten and Refresh with Clarins Multi-Active Yeux

Clarins Multi-Active

When I get a new product in the mail, there's no waiting around. I dive right in, especially when something looks as magical as my Clarins Multi-Active Yeux eye serum. I'm obsessed with this unicorn product and there's nothing I'd rather keep on my bathroom counter. It really works.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wine Bottle DIY Ideas


Adobe Reserva by Emiliana

I love a good bottle of wine, and Adobe Reserva by Emiliana didn't disappoint. This delicious merlot is a mere $13.10 and has a strong, warm flavour. It pairs great with my favourite - cheese! And the fun doesn't stop once you've finished the bottle.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Manicure Routine & Nail Art Hack ft. Canada 150 Decals


Nothing makes me feel more put together than a fresh mani. For Canada's 150th I'm celebrating with these chic Canadian Flag nail stencils from Whats Up Nails - and you can too!
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Spring Haul | Zara, H&M, AEO, Uniqlo, Fraiche & More

Haul Zara

I've been shopping a lot for functional items lately, hitting up a few of my classic spots, along with some new boutiques along Queen West. Though I still look to fast fashion retailers for reliable pieces that won't break the bank, I'm growing more and more fond of special items that come with a story.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Hot Tools CurlBar | "Instagram Hair" Tutorial

Long bob waves

From the days of watching Elle and Blair Fowler on YouTube, Hot Tools has been a brand on my mind for the best curling irons and wands. I'm used to a super short bob cut, but I'm now growing out my locks and loose waves are a go-to look.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Products I've Used Up #8


In the spirit of Spring cleaning, it's time for another batch of product empties!

✓ I love and would repurchase 
✓ I would recommend, but would not repurchase
✗ I do not like and would not recommend 
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Farleyco 2017 Beauty Box

Farleyco Beauty

I remember stumbling upon Farleyco much like Nail Polish Canada when trying to track down Real Techniques brushes, CoLAB dry shampoo and EcoTools in Canadian Dollars. Fast forward a few years, and I have been lucky enough to receive one of their 2017 Beauty Boxes to try out, and I'm thrilled with the selection of goodies that were included.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Clearly Perspective - Nimbus

Clearly Perspective

When I tried on these dainty frames off the shelf in Clearly on Queen St, I knew I had to have them. The Perspective Nimbus eyeglasses are everything I have been dreaming about, and more. Lightweight, trendy, comfortable, custom fit, and in a neutral hue - the subtle silver doesn't compete with any of my accessories.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Most Hygienic Toothbrush | FOREO ISSA™ Hybrid


FOREO ISSA Toothbrush

FOREO has stepped into the ring with modern, hygienic and reliable electric cleansing devices to spruce up your bathroom game. First mentioned here in my Christmas Gift Guide, the FOREO ISSA™ Toothbrush in Lavender is $229 CAD and comes with a multitude of added benefits.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Embracing The Little Book of Hygge | Mulled Wine & Pierogies

Pierogies

After one of the coldest spring days in recent memory, we're in need of some hyggelig warmth. For me, pierogies are the ultimate comfort food. When paired with a warm glass of mulled wine, you're guaranteed to be glued to the couch for hours.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Have You Ever Wanted To Become A Mermaid? | AquaMermaid School Review

AquaMermaid

Calling all Ariels at heart: you can now become mermaids in Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Norfolk County, Kitchener-Waterloo, Phoenix and Chicago!

A few weeks ago Sylvie and I spent an afternoon learning how to swim like a mermaids in downtown Toronto. AquaMermaid is a for any gal of any age who wants to host a party or hang out with a friend while learning to swim with a monofin. I've been seeing these tails swimming around on YouTube and Instagram for years, and the idea of a mermaid class sounded like so much fun. Let's dive in!
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Gorgeous on the Go Makeup Collection & Hello Gorgeous Magnifying Mirror

On the Go Makeup

I am a total freebies gal.
Spend a certain amount to get a freebie? I'm in.
Stand in line to get a freebie? Sign me up.
Shove a bunch of coupons into my wallet to save 50 cents here and there? You bet.

Paula's Choice products are expensive, but their discounts are amazing. I'll put off my shopping trip until a worthwhile coupon code comes along, because 20% off (plus Ebates!) and a free gift makes stocking up on skincare so much more exciting.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Paula's Choice Brightening Essence and Radiance Renewal Mask

Brightening Essence

There isn't much that I'll buy in USD due to the wild exchange rate, but Paula's Choice (by no surprise) is one exception.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winter Outerwear Essentials

SAM Jacket

When I think about how to stay warm in the winter, only one word comes to mind: fleece.

I told my sister that I was entering a UNIQLO contest last week, and she goes: "why don't you wear all that fleece stuff you won't take off?"

Case in point. I'm obsessed. ☃️
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Keep Skin Moisturized In The Winter

L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream

Everyone complains about dry skin in the winter. Irritated, flaky patches will pop up out of nowhere, and it's hard to keep under control. With the mix of staying hydrated through drinking water, wearing warm gloves and using gentle, conditioning products throughout the day, my skin is happy as can be.

Without a doubt, L'Occitane makes one of the most praised hand creams on the planet. Their original Shea Butter Hand Cream ($32 for 150ml) now has an even more nourishing counterpart, the Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm ($40 for 150ml) to keep your nails and knuckles extra healthy.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Eden's Semilla Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Serum

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Best known for their skincare oils, Eden’s Semilla is a trusted brand on Amazon for pure and simple beauty products to add to your routine. “Semilla” means “Seed” in Spanish, as the brand's name was inspired by the Rosehip Seed Oil, which was their first product released online. The newest additions the range are a Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($26 for 30 ml) and the 25% Vitamin C Serum ($18 for 15 ml) which I've been loving over the past few weeks.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Does John Frieda Really Make You Go Blonder?

Go Blonder Review

As a natural blonde who's never dyed their hair (though always tempted), the John Frieda Sheer Blonde collection has a permanent place in my beauty cabinet. I reviewed their Controlled Lightening Spray here over two years ago, and my feelings are still the same - I love it! So what about their shampoo, conditioner and 1-step treatment?
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fighting That Cold Bug With Thursday Plantation

Thursday Plantation

It's that time of year. Everyone is sniffling and sneezing, flu bugs are crawling around on every surface, and the dreaded dark days aren't coming to an end just yet.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Clarins Has Won The Skincare Game

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel

When I'm spending money on products, I want to see results. I want to get the cleaning/conditioning job done, while seeking gentle anti-aging benefits overall. I look for items that I can start and stop using at any moment, without having my skin freak out.

Clarins is a brand that has been around for a long time, backed by thorough research and positive results. I've always connected with Clarins, like a big sister who looks polished and professional no matter what. I admire their fresh and youthful models, and how classy a Clarins routine can be.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Strawberry Pocky Sticks in a Jar? | Laneige Good Night Kit Review

Laneige Good Night Kit Review

Hi, I'm Madeline, and I have an addiction to mini beauty products.

Anything that comes in a smaller size, I need. If I like it all that much, I'll indulge in both mini and mama sizes. For a mere $8, the Laneige Good Night Kit is a great stocking/gift stuffer for all beauty enthusiasts.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Best Budget Base Makeup Brushes | e.l.f. Studio Collection

e.l.f. studio makeup brushes

I used to go on crazy e.l.f. makeup rampages. 3 years ago, the USD exchange rate wasn't so painful and e.l.f. shipping to Canada was brand new. They would have these 50% off sales which sometimes included free shipping, little or no duty fees, and even a free gift - if you were lucky.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

YSL Mon Paris | Dave Lackie Breakfast

YSL Mon Paris Review

Ever since my days of watching Cityline after school, and obsessively following my favourite publishing icons on Twitter (still do), Dave Lackie has topped the list of local beauty stars.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

500 Point Perk Worth A Splurge? | Smashbox Studio Lighting Secrets

Smashbox Studio Lighting Secrets

Sephora. Love, hate. Seriously.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

SENTALER 4 SickKids

555 Richmond Street W

Canadian outerwear brand SENTALER has graced the figures of leading ladies, from Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau to Kate Middleton.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dr Roebuck's Skincare | Review

dr roebuck's

Countless beauty icons have come from Australia: Becca, Jurlique, Aesop, Lucas' Papaw Ointment, Lanolips, Kora Organics, the list goes on. One of those wonders from down under is Dr Roebuck's Skincare.
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