Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Best Moisturizer at the Drugstore | BIODERMA Review

I remember when Bioderma's Sensibio H2O micellar water first came to Canadian drugstores, making it no longer an item that could only be tracked down at French pharmacies. Since then, their entire line has become a staple in my bathroom. Although I don't love their gel facial cleansers (I find them to be a bit drying) their serums, moisturizers and body washes are fantastic and I've repurchased all of these multiple times.

"BIODERMA is a French skincare brand whose products are known for being highly effective but gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. BIODERMA's approach involves reactivating the skin's natural resources to help it resist and recover its normal functions, which are those found in healthy skin. Their products are loved throughout the world, are prescribed by dermatologists and can be found in the kits of top makeup artists."

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Bubble Bath and Self-Care Essentials by Avon | Plus 50 Mini Lipsticks?!

strawberry and cream bubble bath

I'm trying to be a glass-half-full person right now, channelling my quarantined energy into 3 buckets each day:
1. Work
2. Exercise and *fun* Self-Care
3. Cleaning my Space 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Best Lamp For Your At-Home Office Desk

AnthroDesk LED Desk Lamp

Has there ever been a better time to invest in your home office? One of the biggest obstacles when trying to stay motivated is a dark, cluttered space that I feel cramped and uncomfortable in. Each day I've been trying to clean up one corner of my room, and tidying up my desk has been a part of that.

I was approached by AnthroDesk, a local Toronto-based company to spruce up my workspace with one of their LED desk lamps. My former Costco lamp worked just fine, but the tulip-style neck on it tended to shine light into my eyes, not evenly over my desk. It works wonderfully for crafting, so I moved it to my beading desk.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Clarins Milkshake Collection Review | Healthy Glow Milk, Lip Milky Mousse and Joli Blush

Clarins Milkshake Collection Review

Even though I'm working from home, I'm still doing lots of conference calls and workshops so my makeup game is semi-strong. One thing I'm excited to get ready for tomorrow is participating in our first LGFB Canada digital workshop, a 2-hour skincare, makeup and haircare presentation for women undergoing cancer treatment. In addition to my regular 9-5 work, I take so much pride and pleasure in my side-hustles and volunteer work so it's amazing to find products that can slide into my routine as easily as this new Clarins Milkshake collection. Let's dive in.

Monday, March 16, 2020

AVON x The Face Shop | Mono Pop Eyeshadow Palette and Rouge Satin Moisture Lipstick

AVON Mono Pop Eyeshadow Palette Satin Kiss

I love Avon lipstick, they make some of my most favourite formulas on the market. Their vivid shades are especially lovely, and never come with strange flavours, smells or textures. When I received 3 shades of their Rouge Satin Moisture Lipstick and their new Mono Pop Eyeshadow Palette in Moon Brown, I knew that they were on to something amazing.

Monday, March 9, 2020

AVON x THE FACE SHOP | Review of NEW K-Beauty Collab

AVON x THE FACE SHOP | Review of NEW K-Beauty Collab

There’s nothing I love more than when two of my favourite brands collide. You can imagine my excitement when I opened this kit of skincare and makeup from Avon, who've recently collaborated with The Face Shop!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar Punta Cana Dominican Republic | 2019-20

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

I’m realizing more and more that going away to a warm destination during winter break is so worth the investment. I had two full weeks off for the holidays, and it truly made me feel rejuvenated. Joseph and I won’t have much overlapping holiday this year, so we decided to splurge a bit for this vacation. We booked 7 days at the Bahia Principe Ambar (adults only) after having it recommended to us by my cousin Paul and his girlfriend Lisa. We paid around $2800 each via Transat, which I know - is incredibly steep, but it was everything we wanted and more.

Monday, January 6, 2020

CATKIN Cosmetics Review | Blush, Highlight, Lipstick, Eyeshadow Palette

Catkin Cosmetics Review

I recently tried CATKIN cosmetics and have fallen in love with the brand. Check out my video below to see how I used 4 products from their line!

Friday, January 3, 2020

In-Flight Essentials | Packing a Carry on Travel Bag

in-flight beauty snack essentials

I was inspired by a recent Instagram story by Mandy Moore (screenshot below) to show you what I keep in my carry on bag to ensure smooth travel, and less emergency purchases at the airport.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

What Daily Vitamins Should We Take?

Which vitamins should women take

Vitamin and mineral supplements are a tricky subject. They are generally quite expensive, and society tells us that we need to take all sorts of capsules to perform at our best. But what do we really need? The answer lies in the doctors office, because a blood test can identify any deficiencies that must be treated. Unless you’re feeling off, you don’t need to get a blood test. Something I found out a few years ago is that I am slightly iron deficient, and that my dry eyes could be helped with some fish oil. In general, Canadians should be taking vitamin D daily, especially in the winter due to the lack of sunlight.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

FARMACY Beauty Review | Honey Potion and Green Clean

Farmacy Beauty Review

Ever since the *cleverly named* farm-to-skin beauty brand Farmacy launched at Sephora in 2015, it has become one of the most talked-about green beauty brands in the world. I wanted to try these two products, Honey Potion ($56) and Green Clean ($34) since they have huge hype and fit well into my routine. Honey potion is a hydration mask packed with antioxidants and Green Clean is a makeup melt away cleansing balm. Let’s see how they work.
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