Wednesday, July 17, 2019

My Favourite Barrettes | The Top Accessory of 2019

Top Accessory of 2019

Summer is the best time to have a look that reflects your personality. Barrettes are all the rage this year, they completely transform a hair style and are so easy to wear! - Horace Jewelry

Here are a few of my favourite hair pieces that I've been wearing lately to keep my growing bangs out of my eyes. Some are vintage, some are new, and they're all cute!
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Monday, July 8, 2019

AVON Anew Vitamin C Collection | Review

AVON Anew Vitamin C Collection

When I think of Vitamin C in skincare, brands like Ole Henriksen and BeautyRx come to mind. But they aren't the only players in this game! AVON is keeping up with the trends as they just released a range of products aimed at middle-age skin to help brighten your glow this summer. This is not their first time creating a product with Vitamin C, they have a Vitamin C Brightening Serum ($42) already.
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Review: AVON 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo Lip Line & Fill Duo

Review AVON 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo Lip Line & Fill Duo

One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is the fact that I get to try samples of products from brands that I might not order from on my own. That "discovery" factor (with no financial implications!) still makes me SO excited, even 7 years in. My friends at AVON never cease to amaze me with their very frequent and innovative launches, and today I'm focusing on lips.
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Saturday, July 6, 2019

AVON Flourish Honey Blossom Review

AVON Flourish Honey Blossom Review

Perfume is a daily staple for me, but there's a fine line between "just enough" and I NEED TO SHOWER fragrance. I have a sensitive olfactory system which is partial to vanilla, fruit and delicate white flowers. Please welcome, Avon Flourish Honey Blossom Eau de Parfum. It is perfection.
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Hiking Tips for Amateurs | Rocky Mountain Trails

Spirit Island Jasper
Maligne Lake, Jasper

It makes me laugh when people say that walking around a city is "exercise". Yes, it's great to use your legs if you can. It's wonderful to keep your joints moving and it's a very eco-friendly way to go from point A to point B. But it definitely does not challenge your body, mind or muscles. You'll quickly realize this if you go hiking, especially if the trail has rugged terrain, intense elevation and if the weather is warm or cold. Hiking in the Rocky Mountains can either be very easy, or very challenging! Here are some tips for when you're visiting a National Park and are discovering new trails by foot.
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The Crazy *Beauty* Things I Buy On Amazon, AliExpress and eBay

AliExpress Beauty

I've been shopping online for beauty products ever since I got my first credit card in 2012. It started with Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream, and snowballed from there. Some of my favourite makeup brushes are from random sellers on eBay, and more recently I've made purchases on Amazon and AliExpress for items that I use in my daily beauty routine. Watch my video below for some (mostly) K-Beauty inspiration!
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Wedding Day Essentials | Products You Need (As Maid of Honour) For Prep, Day Of, And Emergencies

Wedding Day Essentials

Weddings are so much fun, especially if you're from a family that likes to "go big or go home". Yes, it's an expensive undertaking to throw a party for 200 guests, but it's a party they'll never forget!

For brides, your wedding is a true moment to shine, surrounded by all of the people and things that make you the happiest. This also means that you've only got the one day to live out your wildest party fantasies, so it's important to prepare beforehand to ensure that things go smoothly. As a proud MOH for my sister Lauren and bridesmaid in 4 weddings total, I have a *few* items that you need for a successful wedding (or prom/gala/formal event of your choosing!)
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Must-Have Mens Skincare | Father's Day Gift Ideas

Men's Products

I missed the boat on posting this before Father's Day last week, but c'est la vie my friends! When real life calls, my online life has to take the backseat. Luckily we still have birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, etc. to rack our brain for what to buy the guys in our life, and I'm here to give you some ideas. The following items are a selection of goodies I yoinked from Joseph's medicine cabinet, and also things I've added to my Walmart.ca order (or Shoppers basket) about 2 million times before. So let's go!
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MINISO Canada Haul! | Toronto Queen Street West Store

MINISO Canada Haul

I'm literally addicted to all things pastel, teeny, and kawaii*
*(in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute! 

MINISO, the Chinese/Japanese variety store embodies this oh so well, and I recently did some damage at their new Queen Street West store in Downtown Toronto. Watch my video below to see what I bought!
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

5-10 Minute Makeup Routine: IN THE CAR!

Makeup for in the car handbag

Do you ever do your makeup on the go? Recently I've been trying to get my hair, makeup and breakfast taken care of before I leave for work, but occasionally that doesn't all go to plan. Here's how I do my makeup using only a few tiny items I keep in my handbag at all times.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

New at the Drugstore | Spring 2019

Drugstore Haul

It's that time of year where we stock up on sunscreen, spritz in our dry shampoo, and slap on a bit of mascara/brow gel/lipstick to run out the door and into the sun.

haaaaaallelujah! It finally feels like summer is around the corner. Here are some fabulous goodies from Neutrogena, Bio Oil, Cerave, Farleyco, etc. that you'll find right now at the drugstore to help refresh your routine and get you ready for summer fun, and travel!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Where To Go In The Canadian Rockies: Banff and Jasper

Canoe on Moraine Lake

Last summer, Joseph and I ventured to Canada’s west coast on a quest to hike and drive through the Rocky Mountains. I wanted to share some highlights, tips and a brief itinerary of our trip to serve as inspiration for your next trip to that neck of the woods.
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Monday, May 27, 2019

SUNCOAT Water-Based Nail Polish | Review & Swatches

SUNCOAT Water-Based Nail Polish

Have you ever been totally freaked out by the ingredients in standard nail polish? As someone who polishes their nails at home on the regular (once every week or two) I make sure to wear an air filtering mask and to keep the fan on so that I breathe in less of the fumes. If you want to get rid of toxic nail polish in general, Suncoat is the brand for you.
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Sunday, May 26, 2019

REVIEW: PIXI Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz

PIXI Mesmerizing Mineral Palette Plum Quartz

There is nothing I wouldn't wish more on to my worst enemy than going to the drugstore, uninformed, and having to buy a full face of makeup. 

Ok, that's a slight exaggeration. But since some drugstore prices are creeping up into the high-end range (I'm looking at you, $28 foundation and $19 eyeliner!) I try to NEVER buy anything without looking up reviews or scavenging the store for a tester. Because once I bought a Rimmel lip liner that looks like complete shite and I regret that $6 even to this day.

So when my friend Alanna gifted me this beautiful Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz at her Bachelorette party in Florida a few months ago, I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't tried many Pixi eye products aside from the ones here so I was intrigued, and decided to dive right in!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

STILA, KORRES & CLEAN | Summer 2019 New Products

STILA, KORRES & CLEAN | Summer 2019 New Products

I was thinking the other day about how tremendous the world of beauty and skincare has become. About 10 years ago, it was hard to find non-mainstream-brands. Even "Natural" products were exclusively sold at farmers markets and The Big Carrot, and everyone's mom was either an Olay, Clinique or Lancome lady. Nowadays, those staple brands sometimes fall to the wasteside (despite them still being great!)


So today I wanted to share a few new things from iconic brands Stila, Korres and Clean that have been released for Spring/Summer 2019. Read on to hear about my faves.
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Full Face of Almay Makeup | Review & Tutorial

Almay Review

I've used Almay for as long as I've been wearing makeup. From their hypoallergenic mascara to their foundation for acne-prone skin, there are some true gems throughout their product lineup. Today I'm sharing a (near) full-face of Almay products that are making me so excited for spring and summer.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

AVON True Color Lipstick | Review

AVON True Color Lipstick Review

I recently updated my profile photo on my blog sidebar, and I'm wearing one of my favourite lipsticks ever. It's AVON's True Color Lipstick in the shade Persimmon Pink. These True Color Lipsticks are a classic staple in AVON's cosmetics lineup, and now I know why!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

AVON Crave Lip Gloss | Review

AVON Crave Lip Gloss Review

I wanted to share some thoughts on AVON's new Crave Lip Glosses with you since I've been wearing so many of them on the regular. I've also given a bunch of the glosses to my mom and sisters, since they are the perfect little addition to a present! Keep reading for swatches.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Laser Hair Removal for Light Hair? | WIN Free Laser at The Ten Spot Queen St. West, Toronto

The Ten Spot Queen West

Back in the fall, my colleagues convinced me that I needed to try laser hair removal at The Ten Spot's 749 Queen St W location. I feel like us women and men with thin, light hair might not be aware of The Ten Spot's laser expertise, so I'm happy to share my experience with their services thus far.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter & Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

One of my goals for 2019 is to have fun with makeup. It may seem silly, but experimenting with new products, formulas, and colours is one of the activities that sparked my interest in blogging way back in 2010. 

Charlotte Tilbury is a brand that I've lusted over for years, they're way up at the top with the likes of Guerlain, Chanel, Tom Ford, Dior and Chantecaille. When spending a pretty penny on products from these prestige brands, you want to make an informed decision. Here's my take on the Hollywood Flawless Filter and Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadow, two of the brand's standout products.
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

NEW My Clarins Collection | Nutrient-Packed, Vegan-Friendly Skincare

My Clarins Review

If there was only one brand that I could live with for the rest of my life (omg how sad would that be?) I would choose Clarins. Hands down! Between their kick-a*s sunless tanners, sunscreen, moisturizer, the BEST concealer, iconic lipstickserum, and everything in between (I highlighted them in 2015 as my favourite brand!) I could do my entire skincare routine and makeup using their products exclusively. Not only that, I would love each and every step of the way.

I have to admit that Clarins skincare wasn't the first to really pull me in, mainly due to the packaging and promises that always geared to an older age group. I'm in my mid-20s and have been taking very good care of my skin for the last 10 years. The first product I bought from Clarins was their iconic Beauty Flash Balm, which can be used as a makeup primer or super-hydrating mask. I feel like I've come full circle now with their new range of vegan-friendly products, targeting young skin that stays up late, exercises often, and cares about ingredients more than anything else. Let's see what it's all about.
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Celine Designer Sunglasses Dupe | Clearly.ca

designer sunglasses cheap
Fact: Giant sunglasses can hide a multitude of sins.

I've been coveting a pair of Celine-esque sunnies for many years, especially after following Amy at Fashion Jackson religiously on Instagram for her perfect OOTDs. My problem is that I wear prescription lenses most of the time, unless I'm travelling or going to a fancy event. I also don't want to start buying a ton of crap glasses that fall apart, so Clearly.ca came to the rescue again - yippie!
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Revlon Mythic Lights | Spring 2019 Review & Full Face Look

Revlon Spring 2019 Review

I love Revlon.
I find it to be cute how each time I review a new collection from the brand, I instinctively start it off with a love statement :P proof, here!

Today I wanted to share a "Mythic Lights" makeup look with you, which I  created using some new and noteworthy products for spring that are totally on-trend, and so worth the price.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

TMI TUESDAY: Getting Rid of Huge Cystic Pimples and Preventing Dandruff

how to get rid of dandruff drugstore products

Happy Tuesday, y'all!

I want to start a little series talking about the less-glamorous side of beauty and health, with a new topic on Tuesdays. This week: Cystic pimples and dandruff. Joy! Both of the products I'm highlighting are from ChickAdvisor, and they didn't even ask me to write this on my site - I simply love them enough to tell you.
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Friday, April 5, 2019

AVEENO POSITIVELY RADIANT MAXGLOW | Review via ChickAdvisor

AVEENO Positively Radiant MAXGLOW

I've loved Aveeno products for a long time, and always go back to them for reliable body and face lotions at the drugstore. I featured their classic Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer here in my "Daily Moisturizers for Every Skin Type", and a great, affordable mineral sunscreen from them here. I recently received an awesome selection of their new MAXGLOW collection from ChickAdvisor to review, and have been enjoying each of the new and innovative formulas that can be used on all skin types.
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

THE INKEY LIST | Review

The Inkey List Review

For the first time in what feels like forever, you can get an entire skincare routine for under $50. No joke. THE INKEY LIST is a brand hailing from the UK which launched in September 2018. Founded on the basis of providing "intelligent" beauty at an accessible price point, I'm all over the no-fuss, no-fluff line that focuses on delivering high-potency active ingredients, and nothing else. 
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

One of a Kind Show 2019 | Mother's Day Gift Ideas

One of a kind toronto

Spring has sprung at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto! Here are a few items I picked up at the show this week, most of which I'll be using for some birthday gifts, Mother's Day gifts and mama-to-be gifts.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Toronto Bridal Brunch | April 7th 2019 Globe and Mail Centre

Toronto Bridal Brunch

Calling all bridesmaids and brides-to-be! On April 7th, 2019 the Toronto Bridal Brunch will be taking place at The Globe and Mail Centre. From gourmet bites to custom fragrances and style inspiration, enjoy your Sunday afternoon with your best babes and get excited for wedding season. Buy tickets here.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Desk Essentials | Clearly Blue Light Glasses

Desk Essentials

Between working a 9-5 desk job and blogging in my spare time, I'm sitting in front of a screen a lot. I don't mind it though, since it comes with the territory and I've learned some good tricks on how to keep myself motivated and work efficiently. What I do notice, especially when I'm tired, is the discomfort of eye strain when I'm staring at blaring blue light devices for 12hrs+ a day. I now swear by my BlueReflect Digital Protection Lenses in a pair of black Main+Central Friday frames from Clearly.ca. Along with these fab frames, I have a few beauty and lifestyle favourites to share that I keep both at home and at the office to help me stay fresh all day.
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Green Beauty: Making Your Daily Routine More Eco-Friendly

This post is sponsored by Godai Soaps
The Best Green Beauty Products

Green beauty is a trend making waves in the industry, and I’ve been interested in exploring the "natural" side of lifestyle products ever since I started blogging (Ella's Botanicals, Best Moisturizing Oils). I also used to do a lot of DIY skin treatments, like this Oatmeal and Honey mask, which works beautifully to smooth and refine skin texture. In addition to choosing some products with simple, food-grade ingredients, I've transitioned from using a Clarisonic brush (with disposable brush heads) to a Foreo Mia to wash my face.

Recently, I've been more mindful about waste, especially with bottles, boxes and packaging in general. Here are my 3 top products to help kick start your green beauty routine, focusing on less waste and more efficiency!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NEW Bakuchiol Reface Pads from Indeed Labs | Review

Bakuchiol Reface Pads Indeed Labs Review

I'm in limbo with my skin right now, since my BHA liquid toners don't seem to be doing much, and my trusty lactic acid treatments aren't as trusty as they once were. All signs are pointing to Retinol as my star ingredient for daily skin maintenance, so I've definitely hopped on the bandwagon.

My first post covered the gorgeous Elizabeth Arden's Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. I still adore these little capsules so much for the serum's silky texture and skin-perfecting results. The serum smooth out lines, refine my pores, reduce redness and increase tone overall.


Notice anyone familiar in that video? ;)

Welcome, an alternative to traditional or prescription retinol: Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads. These pads are quickly gaining momentum worldwide because bakuchiol is a more gentle, plant-based alternative to something like Indeed Labs' (award-winning) retinol reface product. With retinol, many will experience side effects including dryness and irritation, making retinol an intimidating ingredient to try out. I wanted to share this product with you since I have super sensitive skin, and always want the best results for my complexion - with minimal effort. 

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Alanna's Disney World Bachelorette!

Disney World Bachelorette

Earlier in March I went on the most memorable girls trip to Orlando, Florida for my friend Alanna's Disney Bachelorette party. Alanna is the gal behind Classy on the Run and our blogs are what brought us together back in 2014. We've been friends ever since meeting at press events, and she's one of the few bloggers I've stayed connected with on a personal, professional and blog-essional level. I'm so excited to be part of her bridal party in early May 2019, and this 5-day-Disney retreat was an awesome way to get the party started.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fab Fit Fun Starter Box Review | Canadian Subscriber

Fabfitfun Starter Box

As someone who goes completely nuts for gift with purchases (and trying new products in general) I’ve swooned over sample boxes ever since the early Birchbox days in 2010. Once TopBox started in Canada, I tried a few rounds of boxes, one of which featured here. 

When my friend Alanna from Classy on the Run invited me to try the FabFitFun Starter Box for only $8 USD (CAN Shipping) I jumped at the opportunity. My only taste of FabFitFun was last year when my friend Sara passed on her adorable “Meet Me at the Barre” gym bag, which I featured in my “What I Keep in my Gym Bag” post. 
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

HAUL! H&M, Mango, The Bay



I've only ever shopped H&M online once before, and the items arrived half OK half very bad. Luckily, their online garment photos have improved a lot, which means there is less of a surprise once the items show up on your doorstep. H&M also gives you 25% off one item on your first order, which is a great promo to take advantage of if you're interested in trying their "Premium" collection like I was. Keep on reading (and watching!) to see the items I picked up on my last shopping trip across the web.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Best Makeup for Covering Acne | Charlotte Tilbury, Stila, Chanel, Koh Gen Do #FOTD

Acne for Makeup

If there's one thing I've tried to perfect over the last few years of blogging, it would be my ability to correct skin tone, cover breakouts, and truly "highlight" the skin without adding too much product. I've always hated the feeling of thick makeup on my skin, and I find that powders are sometimes the culprit of that. Here's a classic Madeline makeup look using predominantly cream-based products to cover uneven skin tone and texture leaving me with a glowy visage. I'm also using a bunch of new favourites from Charlotte Tilbury, Stila,  Chanel, NYX, Benefit and Koh Gen Do.
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Planning a Toronto Bachelorette Party | Everything You Need To Know

Toronto Bachelorette Party
I bought these awesome photo booth props from AliExpress which were under $10!

At the beginning of Feb I hosted a Bachelorette staycation for my sister Lauren in Toronto. We had so much fun, and staying close to home was a great idea since travelling in Feb is usually a nightmare, and this allowed for us to spend a bit more on hotel and activities. I was inspired by Jordana at I Hart Nutrition when she planned a similar Bachelorette for her sister last year. Between our two posts, you'll have oodles of inspiration for your next Bachelorette Party in Toronto!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

DIY Bachelorette Survival Kit Ideas



In 2019 I’m part of two bridal parties, and the weddings happen to be one week apart. To say that I’ve been busy is an understatement, since I’m definitely committed to making these events as memorable as possible for the brides-to-be. I planned my sister's Bachelorette staycation which happened at the beginning of Feb, and wanted to share the details of our "Survival Kits" that I put together for each of the 10 ladies who attended.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Best (Chic) Prescription Sunglasses | Kam Dhillon Shields at Clearly.ca

Kam Dhillon Shields

I've always dreamed of owning a pair of Persol sunglasses. Handmade in Lauriano Italy, they were originally created for pilots in the early 1900s. Naturally, these would go along with my Fazioli piano, Givenchy handbag and Maserati SUV. But let's be honest, none of this is happening any time soon. Luckily, my Kam Dhillon Shields-53 frames fit the bill, and look incredibly chic on a daily basis.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

AVON | Love Is In The Air Collection

AVON Love is in the Air collection

I love themed products, especially when pink is involved in the packaging. Kitschy collections always steal my heart, and I'm definitely one to collect beauty products that look good on my vanity. Today I'm sharing some highlights from AVON's Love is in the Air collection, which is available for order online right now!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Why Murale is the #1 Destination for All of your Beauty Shopping Needs

Murale Haul

If you're a beauty lover and hoarder of Shoppers Optimum Points, you need to visit Murale. The store is located at Shops at Don Mills, and they take makeup and skincare shopping to the next level. The vibe is a bit like BlueMercury in the US, with premium products and very educated reps who can help answer any questions or concerns. I can shop online for clothing like it's nobody's business, but for makeup and skin - I'll head in-store. Here are a few of my favourite products that you may not have heard about before, all available at Murale.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What is Retinol Good For? | Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum Review

Estee Lauder Retinol Capsules Review

I'm moving into the stage of life where my skin no longer suffers from erratic "teenage" breakouts, and I'm more focused on preserving my glow for eternity. I can't say that my skin is #flawless, but it is quite even for the most part. My concern right now is uneven texture, dryness, and fading spots left over from former breakouts. A lot of this can be helped by drinking more water and less coffee/cream, but there's only so much you can do day-to-day.

As someone who has used salicylic acid and lactic acid religiously for the past 10 years, I'm honestly shocked at how much I adore the new Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum from Elizabeth Arden. They cost $84.00 for 60 pieces, or $48.00 for 30 pieces, and though this is an investment option for your skincare routine - I can't imagine life without them.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What's in my Gym Bag?

what's in my gym bag

I don’t know about you, but each January I feel this intense urge to get my life back on track. I start making a schedule, I try to stick with it, and I’m usually pretty good for at least a few weeks. This year my sleeping habits have not gotten better, #busyasabee, but my workout routine is through the roof. I love sweating and boosting my strength, so I’m excited to show you how I keep myself motivated by preparing everything I need beforehand.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

What Ladies Actually Want for Valentine's Day

Valentine's day gift ideas

The holidays have just ended and we're getting back to regularly scheduled programming. My bank account is crying a little bit less... but I shouldn't speak too soon. Valentine’s day is just around the corner.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Best Red Lipstick | Clarins Joli Rouge, Velvet & Brilliant

clarins red lipstick

I used to pass off all of my red lipsticks to my grandmother, since I never wanted to fuss with the maintenance of keeping a sharp lip line and even colour. Over the holidays, I realized that it really is the easiest fix to throw on some funky earrings and a fun red lip to completely pull together a look. Clarins recently relaunched their iconic Joli Rouge lipstick with a classic, glossy and matte formula, so I tried shade 742 joli rouge in all three formulas. Let's see how they look!
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Friday, January 11, 2019

My Favourite Clothing Finds From 2018 | Huge J.Crew Haul



I go in and out of phases when it comes to clothing shopping, and most recently I've been on quite the high. I did some serious damage at Zara, American Eagle, J.Crew and Abercrombie in 2018 and wanted to share some of my top picks from these brands.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

How To Have Fun With Makeup Over The Holidays | AVON Cosmetics

Avon Holiday 2018

I'm all about incorporating inexpensive makeup items into my routine to spruce things up during the holidays. This year I indulged in some fabulous and bold products from Avon. Gel Finish polish, True Color liners and Iconic Lipstick - you won't be disappointed with these!
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