Friday, November 04, 2016

- - MakeSpace | My Go-To Fall Essential(s) - -

I recently got an invitation from MakeSpacean on-demand self-storage service that picks up, stores, and delivers your items to you, to discuss the Fall essentials that I'm rocking this year.

To be honest, there's only one item that - year after year - I dig out from the "cold weather" bin in my basement and that is my favourite Club Monaco wool beret. It's honestly the best hat ever! This little hat has gotten me through all of autumn for the last 4 years and through most of the winters. If they ever release the exact beret again I'm seriously buying about 3 more of them. Until then, I have to keep my one and only in excellent shape.

I do have to say though that I have changed things up a tiny bit this autumn. Since the weather in Toronto has been fairly warm this year (seriously...it'll be 15° Celsius tomorrow and even higher next week),  I've been trying to wear a floppy Fall hat more and more (pictured above).

This floppy hat (from Dynamite) definitely isn't made for our Canadian winters, but while the weather is fairly mild it's keeping me warm (as well as fashionable!).

One thing for sure though - after the season passes all of my autumn and winter gear will go back to the basement. Wouldn't it be great though if you could have an on-demand service that stored your unneeded items somewhere other than the back of your closet or basement? That's what MakeSpace does! MakeSpace actually has an App that makes the process of moving items away and back to you easier and literally at your fingertips. I hope you guys have a moment to check them out and see what cities they offer their services in! 

What is your go-to item for Fall? 

Thank you for reading! 💕

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

- - L'Occitane | Joyeuses FĂȘtes Voyage Set Review - -

Last week L'Occitane released their Holiday 2016 collection. This is super exciting news for anyone who has been waiting on that famous L'Occitane Advent Calendar to finally be released! Along with the Advent Calendar, L'Occitane also introduced a number of gift sets from their best-selling product lines - Shea Butter, Almond, and Lavender. These sets cost $65 and up. They're pretty good value for what you get inside, but they're definitely not the least expensive out there.

Luckily, L'Occitane did release a number of smaller gift packages that are totally affordable and just as great in quality as the bigger sets. In fact, if you ever go into a L'Occitane boutique check out one set in particular: the Joyeuses FĂȘtes Voyage Set. I'm going to tell you a little more about it today.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

- - Adore Me | Autumn Palette Challenge - -


When the leaves start changing colours you know that Autumn has officially arrived.

To go along with the feel of the season, I recently got some encouragement from Adore Me, a lovely one-stop shop for everything lingerie, to talk about a Fall beauty trend that I'm rocking this year. I love trying out new products, yet I'm actually pretty minimalist when it comes to daily makeup. I do experiment from time to time (even if it's in the comfort of my own home), so if I had to choose one trend for Autumn 2016, I would have to say that it's a metallic lip - especially a red metallic lip.

To find more inspiration I looked through Adore Me's bras and panties page. It was tough finding a favourite set because they have so many! The one set that spoke out to me though was Zariah. It's a classic and understated bralette & panty set:

Adore Me - Zariah

I can see myself wearing this set with my metallic red lip and an outfit like this:

Simple, casual, and classic with a slight pop of colour.

Check out Adore Me if you get the chance - they have beautiful sets for everyone! You can also follow them on Pinterest to get inspired. :) 


What is your go-to beauty trend this Fall?

Thank you for reading! 💕

Saturday, October 22, 2016

- - THE FACE SHOP + Kakao Friends Giveaway - -


This month THE FACE SHOP has partnered up with Kakao Talk, an instant messaging app very popular in South Korea, to create a line of products featuring the beloved Kakao Friends characters. Throughout the next two weeks I'll be posting photos and more information about each of the Kakao characters, so make sure you follow me on either Instagram or Facebook to not miss those! Currently the THE FACE SHOP x Kakao Friends collection consists of: two eyeshadow palettes, four hand creams, and five character masks. Recently I was able to pick up all of the face masks & hand creams, and now I would love to share those with one lucky winner!

Please read the rules and use the Rafflecopter widget below to participate in the giveaway. Good luck!

Rules of Participation 
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  • The contest period ends at 11:59PM EST on Friday, November 04, 2016.
  • The prize is a pack of 5 character sheet masks and 4 hand creams from THE FACE SHOP (valued at $44.00 CAD), which includes:
    • 5 Kakao Friends character face masks ($4.00/ea):
      • Muzi (soothing)
      • Frodo (moisturizing)
      • Tube (brightening)
      • Apeach (hydrating)
      • Neo (resilience)
    • 4 Kakao Friends hand creams - 30 mL ($6.00/ea):
      • Muzi (rose)
      • Tube (green tea)
      • Apeach (cherry blossom)
      • Neo (berry)
  • To participate in the giveaway, interact with the Rafflecopter widget below. A free entry as well as the option to tweet about the giveaway is available daily. The remaining entries are allowed once per participant.
  • One winner will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and contacted by e-mail. Winner will have 3 days (72 hours) to respond in order to claim his/her prize.
  • For more terms & conditions please see Rafflecopter widget. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

- - A.H.C. Climax Water Pool Cleanser Review - -


You might be thinking right now - what a random thing to have...a pool cleanser.

That's exactly what I thought when I received the A.H.C. Climax Water Pool Cleanser in a Memebox (Global #17) some time ago. It turned out that this item in my box was actually a makeup remover! I'm only now getting around to using it and that's why today I wanted to share with you my thoughts, my experience, and more information about this curious product.

Read further after the jump!

Friday, September 30, 2016

- - ModCloth | Stylish Surprise Shoes Review | August 2016 - -


So it turns out that this year I got to participate in not one but TWO ModCloth Stylish Surprises! The last Stylish Surprise was back in April and the latest one was last month.

A Stylish Surprise is a chance to get some sort of mystery item from ModCloth, which is (in my opinion) the best place for indie fashion, accessories, home decor, and miscellaneous goodies. There are a number of S.S. categories you can choose from (accessories, dresses, shoes, apparel) and they range from $5 - $20 (USD). As the item is a surprise, you don't know what you're getting until the package is at your doorstep!

I usually try stick to the "shoes" category and today I wanted to briefly show you guys what I received a few weeks back. Check out the photos after the jump!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

- - Monthly Empties | May 2016 - -



These days it seems like the best platform to follow me on is Instagram, so for those of you who follow me on there, you may have already seen my May empties. Forgive me while I do a bit of catching up on here!


Thursday, September 01, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | Mask Lab Giveaway! - -


Happy September 1st! 

What better way to celebrate the return to school and blogging than with a giveaway? Last month THE FACE SHOP released two new sheet masks - The Solution and Bio-Cell. The popularity of these masks was so high that they were sold out in a couple of weeks and most locations in Toronto (as far as I know) STILL don't have these masks in stock. Luckily, I was able to pick up the whole collection before everything was gone and I want to give one lucky winner the opportunity to try them all!

What is so special about The Solution and Bio-Cell masks, you ask? 
The Solution masks contain a very thin sheet (thinner than the Real Nature masks, if you've tried those) that feel lightweight and soft on the skin. The Bio-Cell masks are made out of a bio-cellulose sheet (coconut gel), which is naturally adhesive and allows you to receive the most nutrients from the serum. Both TS and BC masks are formulated without parabens and contain key ingredients that target specific skincare concerns.

As always, please read the rules below and use the Rafflecopter widget to participate. Good luck!

Rules of Participation
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  • The contest period ends at 11:59PM EST on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
  • The prize is a pack of 14 sheet masks from THE FACE SHOP (valued at $36.00 CAD), which includes:
    • 10 The Solution face masks ($2.00/ea):
      • Wrinkle Care (peptide)
      • Hydrating (hyaluronic acid)
      • Pore Care (tannins)
      • Moisturizing (ceramide)
      • Radiance (vitamin C)
      • Nourishing (propolis)
      • Firming (collagen)
      • Smoothing (beta hydroxy acid)
      • Soothing (madecassoside)
      • Brightening (pearl)
    • 4 Bio-Cell face masks ($4.00/ea):
      • Firming (multi collagen)
      • Moisturizing (multi hyaluronic acid)
      • Recovery (madecassoside)
      • Brightening (glutathione)
  • To participate in the giveaway, interact with the Rafflecopter widget below. A free entry as well as the option to tweet about the giveaway is available daily. The remaining entries are allowed once per participant.
  • One winner will be selected randomly and contacted by e-mail. Winner will have 3 days (72 hours) to respond in order to claim his/her prize.
  • For more terms & conditions please see Rafflecopter widget. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

- - ModCloth | Stylish Surprise Shoes Review x 2 | April 2016 - -


Hello! 😊

This post has been in my draft folder forever, so today I'm going to stop dragging things on and just publish it. I'll keep things short and sweet!

A couple of months ago ModCloth - my one and only online destination for indie fashion, accessories, home decor, and miscellaneous goodies - released another one of their famous "Stylish Surprises." A Stylish Surprise is a chance to pick up a mystery item for $5 - $20 (US). There are a number of categories you can choose an item from (typically: accessories, dresses, shoes, and apparel). As the item is a surprise you don't know what you're getting until the package is at your doorstep - this is both exciting and scary!

I've had my fair share of stylish surprises (check out my most recent reviews: March 2014 & April 2015). Now I know only to take chances on the "Shoe" category, and that's exactly what I did this time around. Since the Stylish Surprise came at a time around my birthday and you know, I love surprises, I decided to place two orders - both of which I'm going to show you right now. 😊

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

- - Colour Pop | (4) Ultra Matte Lips & (1) Ultra Satin Lips Review - -


A few months ago one of my co-workers came to work really excited! You see, the evening before she was at a restaurant, and there was a woman there who was wearing a red lipstick which didn't budge AT ALL throughout her meal. It turned out that the woman had on one of Colour Pop's Ultra Matte Lips (super pigmented, long-lasting lip gloss).

I had never heard of Colour Pop before and I was intrigued by a lip product that could truly last through a meal, so I decided to order a few lip glosses. The prices are very good ($6.00 USD), but there are sooo many shades that it's a bit overwhelming!

After going back and forth, the shades I ended up getting were: 4 Ultra Matte Lips (LumiĂšre 2, Avenue, Dr. M, and Bumble) and 1 Ultra Satin Lip (London Fog). In this post I'm going to briefly show you each of them:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | Mask Giveaway #2! - -

Happy Wednesday!

If you didn't win or get to participate in my previous giveaway, here is another chance! This time around my second mask giveaway will be shorter and smaller, but with equally fun masks from THEFACESHOP. 😊

Please read the rules below and use the Rafflecopter widget to participate. Good luck!

A new collection of TFS Real Nature masks!


Rules of Participation
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  • The contest period ends at 11:59PM EST on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
  • The prize is a pack of 10 masks from THEFACESHOP (valued at $24.00 CAD), which includes:
    • 8 Real Nature Masks ($2.00/ea):
      • Peony (radiance)
      • White Tea (illuminating)
      • Goji Berry (moisturizing)
      • Lotus (hydrating)
      • Lingzhi (firming)
      • Lily (brightening)
      • Longan (nourishing)
      • Calendula (smoothing)
    • 1 Bebe Lip Mask ($3.00)
    • 1 MasCream Mask - Goat Milk/moisturizing ($5.00)
  • To participate in the giveaway, interact with the Rafflecopter widget below. A free entry as well as the option to tweet about the giveaway is available daily. The remaining entries are allowed once per participant.
  • One winner will be selected randomly and contacted by e-mail. Winner will have 3 days (72 hours) to respond in order to claim their prize.
  • For more terms & conditions please see Rafflecopter widget.
Please be honest about each entry task.
Once the contest period ends I check through each entry to make sure it's valid. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

- - Pearl Bath Bombs | Strawberries & Champagne Bath Bomb Review - -


Have you ever tried one of those things where you find a ring in the middle of a candle? No? Me neither.

That's why when a couple of weeks ago my good friend, Roxana, sent me a link on Facebook to Pearl Bath Bombs, I was interested right away. You see, Pearl Bath Bombs is the bath bomb equivalent of companies such as Charmed Aroma. Yet unlike CA, the idea with PBB is that you order a bath bomb, bathe, and when your bath bomb fizzles out you find a mystery ring inside! Pretty cool, no?


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

- - Monthly Empties | April 2016 - -

Wow!

I didn't realize how many products I got to try last month until I was laying them out for photographs. There is soo much to get through in this post, but I've made it easier by keeping my descriptions mostly brief (if there are any) and breaking everything up into categories.


Okay, here goes!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | Mask Extravaganza Giveaway! - -


Hi everyone!

I've been wanting to do a giveaway for a while now, so today I decided to just go for it. I recently put together a collection of THEFACESHOP masks that you see above (valued at $48 CAD), and I would like to treat one lucky winner to all of them! 

Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to participate. Good luck!


Rules of Participation
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  • The giveaway period ends at 11:59PM EST on Friday, May 20, 2016.
  • The prize is a "mask extravaganza" (valued at $48.00 CAD), which includes:
    • 7 Real Nature Masks (Goji Berry, Longan, White Tea, Honey, Pomegranate, Olive, Acai Berry: $2.00/ea)
    • 3 Character Masks (monkey, puppy, pig: $4.00/ea)
    • 2 Nail Packs (paraffin nutrition and milk calcium: $2.00/ea)
    • 1 Bebe Lip Mask ($3.00)
    • 1 MasCream Mask ($5.00)
    • 1 Rich Hand Hand Mask ($5.00)
    • 1 Foot Mask ($5.00)
  • To participate in the giveaway, interact with the Rafflecopter widget below. A free entry as well as the option to tweet about the giveaway is available daily. The remaining entries are allowed once per participant.
  • One winner will be selected randomly and contacted by e-mail. Winner will have 3 days (72 hours) to respond in order to claim their prize.

    Thank you so much to everyone who participated! The winner has been notified and they have responded back within the the appropriate time frame. Please keep your eyes out for my next giveaway - it's coming soon!

Monday, May 02, 2016

- - Fruits & Passion | Passion Box Subscription - DARE | April 2016 Review - -


Just when I thought I was done with subscription boxes another one pops up that I just had to try!

Fruits & Passion has recently come out with two subscription boxes: Dare Your Passion and Live your Passion. Dare is meant to bring "new and innovative" products to your doorstep, while Live brings you tried and true customers favourites. Both boxes promise to have a $70+ value and shipping options are available for U.S. and Canada.

For both boxes you can choose to either: (1) try a one-time box for $45 (CAD), or (2) subscribe for $39/month with the ability to change or skip boxes as well as cancel at any time. I'm pretty familiar with F&P - especially with their Cucina line - so it made more sense to try out Dare. I figured I was interested enough to try it for a few months, so the $39/month option it was!

I'm excited to share all of the products with you, so let's jump right into it after the break...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

- - Monthly Empties | March 2016 - -

Hey there! It's been a while!

I'm going to start off my super-late April posts with a look back at March and at what products I was able to use up. This will be a lengthy post, so if that's not your thing - please stick around for my next post!

Read on...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

- - Influenster | Bioré Baking Soda VoxBox | Cleansing Scrub & Pore Cleanser Review - -

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.



Last month I was thrilled to find out I was going to receive the Influenster Bioré VoxBox! I have never tried any products from Bioré but I have heard about the brand, so I was excited to experience it.

What is special about two of the newest cleansing products from Bioré is that they are formulated with baking soda, which is an unexpected ingredient that helps to deeply cleanse pores, fight acne, and brighten/even out skin tone.

The two products that were included in the VoxBox were: the Pore Cleanser and the Cleansing Scrub, both of which were quite fun to try!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

- - LUSH | Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly Review - -

Have you ever tried any of the shower jellies from LUSH? They are quite easily my favourite products from the brand! For anyone who has not heard of shower jellies, they are pretty much a shower gel but instead of being a liquid, they are in wobbly, fun, jelly form. :)

As part of their Easter collection of products, LUSH introduced Bouncy Bunny, a Brazilian orange oil-infused shower jelly, in the shape of - you guessed it - a bunny!

I'm going to share lots of photos with you after the jump!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

- - Petal & Post | St. Patty's Day Flash Sale - -



Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

If you hurry over to Petal & Post before midnight (EST) today you can get 17% off your entire purchase!

Happy shopping! :)

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | Ink Lipquid [Moisture] Swatches & Review - -


Happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to very quickly share with you the swatches of the newest Ink Lipquids from THEFACESHOP that I mentioned in my previous post. The photos didn't come out as well as I hoped they would, so I apologize for that.

One the bright side - I had my friend Sallie help me with swatches this time around, so you can see what the colours are like on a slightly different skintone than mine. :)

I'll show you everything after the jump...

Friday, March 04, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | New Products & Promotions | March Overview - -

Hello!

If you were thinking of running into THEFACESHOP really quickly this month just to find out what's new - don't worry, I've got you covered. :)

In today's post I'm going to give you a brief run-down of all the new products that are hitting TFS shelves this month. Expect lots of excitement and lots of photos!

Read on!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

- - Saje | Bath Swish Review - -



Happy Thursday!

Have you ever heard of Saje? I first found out about this Canadian brand when the new mall wing opened at Sherway Gardens. I have since purchased quite a few products from Saje that I have really liked.


What is special about Saje is that it's a 100% natural brand of essential oil products, wellness accessories, remedies, skincare, and much more.


In December when I was putting gift baskets together, I decided to throw in a bath swish from Saje into each basket. You're probably wondering what exactly a "bath swish" is. Its main purpose is to help you relax with the essential oil aroma that it diffuses. Think of it as a bath bomb, but more for its scent than its effect in the water. The bath swishes are small, smell great, and come in super colourful packaging! Of course I couldn't resist picking up two for myself. :)


Want to read about how they worked out? Read on!



Tuesday, March 01, 2016

- - Epic Blend | Lip Balm Review - -


Today I wanted to talk about MY FAVOURITE PRODUCT EVER! As you may have guessed, that is lip balm.

BUT not just any lip balm - Epic Blend lip balm!

Some of you may agree with me. Others may find these lip balms to be annoying filler in subscription boxes. In any case, after years and years of searching, I can tell you that there's nothing better out there than these for me. Why? Let me tell you why I think these lip balms are so great!

Tell you more after the jump. :)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | Melting Color Lip Creamer Swatches - -

Happy Sunday! :)

Today I wanted to show you guys one of the newest products from THEFACESHOP - the melting color lip creamers!

These lippies are basically a moisturizing lip tint. They are kind of like the Lip Tint Sticks, but they differ in that the colours are way bolder and brighter. Moreover, the longevity of the lip creamers is waaay better than the lip tint sticks.

In this post I'm going to show you the swatches for all 8 shades of the lip creamers.

Read on!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

- - THEFACESHOP | Friends & Family Event - -


Hi everyone!

Today I wanted to share some exciting news with you!

THEFACESHOP is having a Friends & Family event this weekend (Friday, February 25 - Sunday, February 28). If you print off the coupon above and bring it in to one of these THEFACESHOP locations, you can get 30% off your regular priced items.

To any Fruits & Passion customers - 30% off applies on Cucina products as well!

Enjoy! :)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

- - Cucina (Fruits & Passion) @ THEFACESHOP - -



Hi there!

If you live in Ontario and are a lover of the Cucina line from Fruits & Passion, I hope you heard the news of the line being carried at certain THEFACESHOP locations!

In May 2014 most Fruits & Passion locations across the GTA converted into its sister company: THEFACESHOP. This wasn't necessarily a bad change, but it created a huge demand for Cucina products.

I'll tell you more after the jump!