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).


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.

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.

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.

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).

Monday, July 17, 2017

Smart Shopping with Groupon Coupons

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.


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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Embracing The Little Book of Hygge | Mulled Wine & 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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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


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!

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.

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.

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. ☃️

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.

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.

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?

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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

Smashbox Studio Lighting Secrets

Sephora. Love, hate. Seriously.


Friday, January 20, 2017


555 Richmond Street W

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

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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Holiday Fashion | FRENCH CONNECTION Allegro Florals


Christmas has come and gone, and I'm feeling very refreshed after a "treadmill" style December. Along with the darker days and snowy streets, grey tones seem to make their way into our wardrobe as well. I'm not an all-black kinda gal, and French Connection has me covered for seasonal prints.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

FRENCH CONNECTION | Spring Summer 2017 #MyFC

On a lunch break back in November I escaped the cold, to explore the beautiful spring/summer showroom for French Connection. I had the pleasure of attending their Fall preview in 2014, which you can read about here.

This brand has always been a staple in mine and my sisters' wardrobes, for their ever-so-sleek evening wear, high quality swimwear and classic (read: racy) tees playing up the FCUK logo.
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