Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Most Luxe Body Lotion Ever | L'OCCITANE ALMOND DELIGHTFUL BODY BALM

L'OCCITANE ALMOND DELIGHTFUL BODY BALM

You know it's going to be a good day when a courier arrives with almond macarons, a luscious body balm, and the biggest bouquet of fresh flowers. Talk about being pampered. My amazing friends at L'Occitane know me well, and I feel like their new Delightful Body Balm was made especially for me. Not only is it in my favourite sweet almond floral fragrance, it feels like silk and makes my skin runway-ready.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Natural Headache Relief with Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Headaches plague us all at some point, and popping pills is not the route I want to go down to fix them. There's always an underlying cause when I get headaches, whether that's dehydration, caffeine, stress, changes in air pressure, or even a too-tight ponytail! Rocky Mountain Soap Company is a great Canadian brand that has released new aromatherapy products within their Wellness Collection to help you relax and alleviate headaches - naturally.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why You Need To Try Kaia Naturals - The Best Natural Deodorant

Kaia Natural Deodorant

With a more active lifestyle comes more active sweat glands, so needless to say I've been testing a few deodorants. For years I've been loyal to Dove and Nivea, but they really weren't pulling their weight on my sweatiest of days. For the FASHION Magazine Beauty Awards one of the products I tested (and reviewed VERY highly) is Kaia Naturals' Detox Kit. See why below.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

New REVLON Makeup Reviews | Products You Can Sweat Through

Revlon Makeup 2018

I have always had a strong affinity to Revlon makeup, ever since my days of ballet recitals feeling mega fab in Super Lustrous red. In 2013 I got an email to join the Revlon Selects program, my first "big break" in the blogging world ;) and I've been a loyal reviewer since then. From their whipped foundation (sadly discontinued) to their iconic Butter Lipstick (one of the first lip products I used up completely!), I always keep their iconic products at my vanity. Hello, Colorstay foundation and Coral Cream Blush. See more of my previous Revlon reviews here: Bold Lacquer mascara, Nail Strips, Shadow Links.
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10 Minute Daily Makeup Routine | Handbag Makeup Tutorial

10 minute makeup

As much as I want to be a morning person, it just doesn't happen most days. This means that I need to maximize my time and get stuff ticked off the to-do during my commute. I keep a small makeup bag in my handbag which holds everything I need to do a quick, fresh face of makeup. Watch the tutorial below.
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

What's In My Bag? | April 2018



Today I wanted to spill my handbag to show you what I tote around on a daily basis. Here's a list, and you can watch my video below for more info.
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Cuba Trip March 2018 | Iberostar Mojito Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco Beach

Over March Break this year Joseph and I visited Cayo Coco Cuba for one week. We had a really great time at the Iberostar Mojito, and I realized upon returning home that I had actually stayed at the resort 14 years ago when it was called "El Senador". We had lovely weather overall, around 24 degrees and a bit windy/cloudy some days. It was Joseph's first time in the Caribbean and we did lots of fun activities both on and off the resort.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Stay Committed To Eating Healthy & Working Out in 2018 | BodyBoss Fitness and Nutrition Guide

Sponsored by BodyBoss but all opinions are my own.
BodyBoss Fitness Guide

"Mind over matter" is all too applicable when I'm struggling to maintain my healthy diet and workout routine.

It's simple: I need help keeping my food and exercise routines fun so that I don't get bored. This year, I've seriously succeeded in transforming my approach to healthy living. The BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Guide & Superfood Nutrition Guide are #goals, perfectly embodying my ideal diet and fitness routines that you can start right now, and maintain for years to come.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Hydrating Care

 LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE

After returning from my hot getaway in Cuba, my skin was so dry and irritated from the salt water, sand, heat and sunscreen. I really needed something that would soothe and repair - quick. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Hydrating Care moisturizer is outstanding. It was just what I needed, and works wonderfully under makeup. If you suffer from flaking, irritation, redness or dry skin and breakouts, keep reading.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March Favourites | Recent Spring Finds

Uniqlo Canada


I've been shopping quite a bit over the past few weeks, and wanted to share a few of my top buys. These items are all unique and definitely not overly basic, so I hope they inspire you as well.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spray Tan @ Bronzed by Bloom, Aimee Song's Raw Bars & Making Madeleines | Vlog #4

Bronzed by Bloom

Hi everyone! I returned from a beautiful, sunny vacation to Cuba two weeks ago and have finally settled back in to a regular schedule. I filmed some vlog clips the week before leaving, and wanted to share the video with you. See my vlog #4 here: https://youtu.be/8jFSQ4h8pa4

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Friday, March 23, 2018

10 Best Serums | Top Picks for All Skin Types


Picking skincare can be truly daunting. I don't shop for it very often anymore, since I've achieved super-tester status and probably have enough samples to last a decade. That being said, my love for understanding ingredients and exploring the latest innovations in hydration grows each and every day. Here are 10 awesome serums that I keep in my Cosmetics Organizer to cure a multitude of sins.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS | Art Gallery of Ontario & Shiseido Event

Phalli's Field

Yayoi Kusama is a legendary artist. Her work is known around world and has been appreciated for decades. It is her 89th birthday today, so I wanted to celebrate by sharing some photos and a video taken when visiting her exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto earlier this March.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Follow me Around & Trying New Apples | Vlog #3

Pazazz Apple

In my weekly vlog covering end of Feb/early March I tried the new Pazazz Apple - a deliciously crisp, vibrant red apple new to the Canadian market. This apple is grown at Van Meekeren Farms in Nova Scotia, and tastes absolutely awesome. A descendant of the famous Honeycrisp and similar to a Fuji or Pink Lady (in my opinion), the flavour is sweet and the crunch is real. Some bites leave a distinct berry finish in your mouth, rivaling my favourite gummy candies.
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Friday, March 2, 2018

How Should I Use Turmeric? | NEW Clarins Double Serum

Benefits of Turmeric

We all know that you can cook with turmeric, but have you ever tried it in a drink, or in your skincare routine? I used to do a lot of DIY facials (my exfoliating oatmeal recipe here) and turmeric is notoriously used in honey-based face masks for brightening the complexion, taming acne and helping to smooth out texture.

When ingested, the benefits of turmeric include: 

Reduced inflammation in joints, increased resilience against bacteria, lower risk of heart disease, increased antioxidant capacity, boosted brain function, and increases in mood. Yes, this is probably world's most natural antidepressant.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

What Lipsticks I'm Wearing Right Now | Winter 2018

favourite lipsticks

I've been moving out of my neutral lipstick phase and embracing pinky reds again. I'll blame it on Valentine's Day and being surrounded by this colour palette throughout Feb, but I also love how these vibrant colours bring so much freshness and life to a dull winter complexion. See my favourite (mostly drugstore) lippies below that I was wearing all last month.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Essence 2017 Collection | Eyes & Brows

essence eye palette

When I first started to dive into this Essence collection last spring, all of my eye shadow dreams came true. My eyes are a true hazel, so these warm purple, bronze and burgundy shades are very flattering for my colouring. None of these eyeshadows were a bust, and I also found some unique brow products to suit my dark blonde hair.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Essence 2017 Collection | Lips & Nails

essence matt matt matt review

If I could pick one makeup product that is so worth trying from the drugstore, it would be Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick. They are better than nearly every high-end lipstick I've tried, and the colour range is punchy and beautiful. Read on to see my favourite lipsticks and nail polishes from the brand.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Essence 2017 Collection | Concealer, Corrector and Primer

essence concealer review

I have expensive taste where foundation and concealer is concerned. Though I will gladly use Rimmel Wake Me Up, Match Perfection or Maybelline for a light-coverage look, I turn to MAC, It Cosmetics and Tarte for a no-fuss base. Besides, it's really hard to find drugstore concealers that go light enough to suit my winter skin. 

I am oily/combo and absolutely must use a primer on my face and eyes to ensure my makeup lasts all day. I also have an uneven skin tone that needs some gentle correcting, so I was thrilled to receive the products swatched below.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Essence 2017 Collection | Blush & Highlight

Essence 2017 Collection

Much like Wet n Wild which I reviewed on Tuesday, I love essence makeup. So so much. And our history goes back quite some time! Mentioned before in my Top Drugstore Makeup 2014, here in Fall 2015, then in Fall 2016, and most recently in a GRWM video back in the summer, their products are never new to my collection. 

I received the 2017 collection last spring (Yes. 1 year ago! *facepalm*) and I've finally corralled all my photos together for this post. It was a busy summer, fall, and winter, to say the least, so read on to see photos and genuine thoughts on each item I got.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NEW Wet n Wild Spring 2018 Collection | Review & Swatches

wet n wild color icon palette

It should come as no surprise that I adore Wet n Wild makeup. I've been reviewing their products for years, and each collection is better than the last. Read on to see their brand new releases for Spring 2018 which have just hit shelves in Canada. Look out for these Wet n Wild goodies at Superstore, Walmart, and Rexall.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Big Spring Clothing Haul | Gap, H&M, UNIQLO

Spring 2018 Trends

So it's not Spring yet. And I was trying to stick to a "no-buy" for the first part of this year. But sometimes, one pair of jeans leads to another, and my Spring 2018 wardrobe has come together!
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Canadian International AutoShow 2018 | VLOG #2 Feb 2018

Maserati Levante

I've been visiting the Canadian International AutoShow for years, it's a date that Joseph and I stay true to every time it's back on in Toronto. The event is huge, and features both new and vintage vehicles. Each year I become more and more serious about cars, and finding out which brands make for the best investments since I know I'll need one of my own in the future.

Here are some photos from Friday Feb 16th that I took while visiting the show. It's on until February 25th and they have very flexible hours to visit. I'd recommend going since it's affordable, fun for the whole family, and easy to walk around at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Get tickets to the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow HERE.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wise Hair Care for Men | Review

Wise haircare Men

As someone who loves to create, I can't help but feel giddy when I see a new Canadian brand on the market championed by someone I can relate to. Wise is men's hair care made in Canada and located in Montreal, QC. When I agreed to review their line, I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately, Wise is a brand that speaks to me, and there are many qualities of their collection that I love. From the gorgeous reusable packaging (including Birch bark sourced in Quebec) and glass containers that you can refill, anything from French Canada rings true to my heart.
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10 Non-Basic Date Night Ideas | Valentine's Day in Toronto

Opera Tickets Verona

So you're in one of the busiest cities in the world, and you want to plan a date that'll truly mean something. Behold, 10 of my favourite things to do in a city like Toronto! 

Though it might be out of oue price range to visit the Opera in Verona Italy tonight, don't forget that live theatre performances and a good 'ol movie (why not make it VIP?) are an elevated alternative to Netflix & Chill.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Matcha Lattes, Volunteering with LGFB, The Rec Room & Blogging! | Vlog #1 Feb 2018

February 2018 Vlog

Hi all! Here's my first Vlog of 2018 showing you what I was up to from Feb 3-10 ♡


Mentioned in this video: 

My favourite teas of the moment are Pure Leaf, which I reviewed on ChickAdvisor: Pure Leaf Matcha and Ginger with Orange Blossom.

Pure Leaf Matcha
See my Recipe & Routine in the Vlog!

Ginger with Orange Blossom


Thanks for watching,
xx
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The Best Hair Accessories for Mid-Length Hair

hair accessories

I’m always trying to cut down on the time it takes for me to get ready in the morning. Being able to wash my hair every other day is great since I get to use fun hair accessories to put my hair up in a bun or pony on day 2. From clips to hair ties, to bungees and pins, here are my top 5 finds for styling medium-length hair.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Budget-Friendly Makeup at Walmart | Hard Candy Review

Hard-Candy-Canada

Hard Candy used to seem like a brand strictly for girls in high school looking for bright nail polish and glitter liner. Now-a-days, you can find products from the brand that rival collections 5x their price. Hard Candy makeup, found at Walmart, is affordable, fun, impressively pigmented and fit for all ages. Read on to see how I use these products in my daily routine.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Glowy #FOTD Tutorial | Kiko, Revlon, Chanel, Physicians Formula & IMATS

Eve Pearl Makeup

I'm embarrassingly late posting about my experience at IMATS 2017, an Italy haul, and some favourite products from Revlon and Physicians Formula. Eep. But better late than never, right? The benefit to writing about all these great brands now, is the fact that I know exactly how I feel about all of the items since they've been staples in my routine for months. Read on to see a warm, glowy makeup tutorial and my top buys from the summertime.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

How To Stop A Cold From Developing | Diffusers & Flu Remedies

Essential Oil Diffuser

Ah, those winter bugs. Everyone's coughing, no one gets enough sleep, the nights are long and I never seem to wake up in a great mood. Luckily, I've been getting a lot of organizing and closet purging done, preparing for a refreshing spring once all the ice melts. Whenever I'm hanging around at home, my Edens Garden ceramic diffuser is going and I often have Lotus Aroma oils drifting through the air.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kam Dhillon Prelude 51 | Clearly + Transitions Review

Clearly Review
Before heading to Italy in July of last year, I went to Clearly and bought a pair of frames with transition lenses to avoid the dreaded glasses switch while walking in and out of museums or shops. I went with Kam Dhillon’s Prelude 51 frames in Black and I couldn’t be happier.
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Are Expensive Hair Products Worth It? | What Shampoo To Buy At Sephora

Alterna Caviar Review

I’ve never been a snobby shampoo girl. Face serum? Different story. Ever since my first date with Estée Lauder ANR, snobby skincare girl kicked into action.

I've indulged in hair care brands like Bumble and Bumble in the past, hoping that a higher price tag would mean better results. This was back when volumizing products were hard to find at the drugstore, but it still wasn’t worth it most of the time. Now that I push my hair washing to every other day, I'm using shampoo more sparingly and relying on styling products to do the work. Here are some of my favourite products from salon brands that might just pull you away from the drugstore.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

How To Keep Your Skin From Freaking Out This Winter | Ad

Zapzyt Review

Let's face it, good skincare requires a daily commitment. You can't just slap on an expensive cream once a month and expect to see magical wonders. In the midst of the Polar Vortex thing going on, here are some of my tried and true skincare rules and products that I swear by when my skin is feeling less-than-fabulous.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wine, Cheese, and Unique Holiday Gift Wrap

Nugan Estate's Annelise Pinot Grigio

A nice bottle of wine is a great hostess gift, especially since stocking the bar for a party can get very pricy. I’m on a white wine kick and recently polished off this bottle of Nugan Estates Annelise Pinot Grigio ($14.95 at LCBO) with my friend Corrine, alongside a delicious round of Oka and homemade pasta dinner.
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