Estée Lauder- New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit

Today we are talking Estée Lauder.  One of my favourite brands.  This post will focus on their New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit, a must-have if you like contouring, whether it be a natural look, or a more intense look- this duo has got you covered!

READ MORE…

Estée Lauder is an iconic brand.  What I think sets them apart from some other high-end brands, is that they have a triple threat effect.  By this I mean they have great products in all aspects of beauty.  They have amazing makeup, skincare and fragrances.  Most brands are often known for excelling in 1 of those categories, but Estée Lauder rocks it in all 3.

Last September, I was very lucky and got invited to an Estée Lauder event hosted by Dave Lackie in Toronto.  This was one of the products featured, and we learned how to contour from a pro Estée Lauder makeup artist.  I have been loving this New Dimension line ever since.

The New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit is designed to “Perfect your profile from every angle.”  This duo comes with a highlighting shade and a contouring shade.  You can lift and define using these products together.  Both shades are matte and they are in cream form.  They are suitable for a range of skintones as well, which I find pretty cool!  So if you are nervous to try out contouring because you don’t know what shade to get, a duo like this is perfect for you.

Personally, I am one who really likes the “natural look”.  But what is great about this duo is how the product is buildable.  So whether you wish to achieve a daytime look, or a more dramatic look for a night out, you have this option.  You can intensify the contour you create by applying additional product, it is very buildable and easy to blend.

Note: The sponge applicator that comes with the duo has product on it from me using this.

The highlight shade is on the left and the contour shade is on the right.  If you desire a natural look they suggest applying this before foundation.  If you desire a dramatic look, then apply this after your foundation, preferably liquid or creme foundation.  I actually do not wear foundation at all, and I can tell you this product works beautifully without foundation as well.  Because it is a cream, it is so smooth and once applied to the skin it warms up, making it blend so easily and look super natural.  This duo really gives your face more structure and symmetry.

Here is a closer look at both.  I apologize for the obvious sponge marks in the product photos, but I have been using it a lot.

Highlight shade:

Contouring shade:

Another thing I know you will all love is how you don’t need a lot of product to get results.  This means a little goes a long way, and your duo will last longer.  Yay!

The duo also comes with a small booklet to show you exactly where to apply both shades.

You can purchase this kit from an Estée Lauder counter or from Sephora for C$55.00.  If you need or would like additional guidance on how to use the duo, you can visit Estée Lauder’s website here and scroll to the bottom of the page for step-by-step instructions including a video.

Do you love anything from the New Dimension line?  Leave me a comment or a tweet, would love to chat about it!

Kismet Essentials- Coco Rinse Review

A few weeks ago, I posted on my social media accounts that I was sent Kismet Essentials’ product “Coco Rinse” and to watch for a review soon.  A lot of you were intrigued by this product and the oil pulling method.  First off, I would like to thank Kismet Essentials for sending me their product, I am so delighted!

READ MORE…

Before I get into the review, here is a quick bio on Kismet Essentials.  They are a company based in Vancouver, BC (Yay for a Canadian brand) and they pride themselves on trying their best to use natural based products in their own lives, so they wanted to bring those kind of  products to their customers.  Their goal is to provide customers with products that will help them enjoy a naturally healthy and beautiful life.  All of their ingredients are organic, non-GMO, and ethically sourced from sustainable resources.  They are proud to provide products that make their customers feel good about what they bring into their home and put in their bodies.  Their products are good for you and our planet!

To be honest, the oil pulling method was something I had not tried, because I wasn’t really sure what it was all about, or how it could give you whiter teeth.  So like most people, I stuck to whitening strips.  Those of you who follow my blog know I love to use products like Coco Rinse that contain natural ingredients that benefit your body, skin and overall health.  I strongly believe in feeling beautiful inside as well as out, and Kismet Essentials believes in that philosophy too.  After doing some research on the oil pulling method, and Coco Rinse specifically, I was super excited to test this out.

In case you don’t know what the oil pulling method is, here is a description from their website: “Oil pulling is our favorite natural way to get whiter teeth and fresh breath! If you’ve never heard of it, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha”. It involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil daily in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to draw and pull our the toxins in your body.”

For additional information, check out this article on oil pulling by Helen Sanders at Health Ambition.  This article gives you detailed information on what oil pulling is, the different types of oils that can be used and the benefits of using this method.  Click here to read!

Kismet Essentials also lists some benefits of oil pulling on their website:

  • Whiter Teeth
  • Fresher Breath
  • Improved Digestion
  • Reduced Headaches
  • Cleaner Tongue and Mouth
  • Better Immune System
  • Healthier Gums
  • Reduced Plaque
  • Clearer, Softer Skin
  • Improved Skin Conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis etc)
  • Balanced Hormones

The Coco Rinse process is done over a 14 day period.  One of the things I love most is how easy it is to use.  You get 14 sachets in your kit, and you use 1 per day.  Open the sachet and put the product in your mouth, then swish it around for 10 minutes (or up to 20).  Yes- it’s seriously that easy.

Another thing I found awesome is how there is no mess.  When I have used whitening strips in the past, I would get it on my fingers and lips.  Because you have to peel the strips off and place them on your teeth, but none of this happens when using this product.  Coco Rinse is also mint flavoured, so it tastes good!  It’s basically like using mouthwash, you swish it around and there is no mess.

After the 10 minutes are up, you simply spit it out.  Do not swallow it, because it contains all of the toxins it has drawn out, so make sure to spit it out!  Another thing I love is how it does not leave that grimy feeling of film residue on your teeth; my teeth actually feel cleaner after I use this product.  I am SO impressed.

Click here for a quick how-to video.

If you have used whitening strips before, you have probably experienced the sensitivity and discomfort that comes along with using these.  Coco Rinse gave me zero pain or sensitivity over the entire 14 day duration, including now that I am done using the kit.

After my 14 days of continued use I can see that my teeth are whiter.  I am one to really take care of my teeth, I brush twice a day and floss once a day.  When I was younger I had braces, so I now have a small wire on the back of some of my teeth to keep them straight.  If you’ve had braces and now have these wires as well you know how annoying it is to floss with these.  I do my best, but it is the only spot where I will get plaque buildup because it’s so hard to floss around the wires.  Since using Coco Rinse I notice a BIG difference with my wires.  Using this in conjunction with my flossing has removed basically ANY buildup I had accumulated since my last teeth cleaning, I cannot get over it!!

Overall I am really happy with the results!  This product is a dream if you are someone like me who is obsessed with brushing and flossing haha and also because it is natural, whitens teeth and helps to keep plaque away which = cleaner smile = makes me super happy!  You can purchase Coco Rinse here for C$29.99, or a monthly subscription for C$25.99.  Shipping is $10.00 worldwide or FREE on orders above $50.00.  Also if you click here and sign up using your e-mail address you can get 15% off your first purchase!

Side note: Kismet Essentials also has an AWESOME blog on their website.  You can find lots of posts regarding coconut oil and its many benefits.  There is a post on how to get longer eyelashes using coconut oil, just saying 😉 so yeah I will be trying this!!!  You can view their blog by clicking here.  If you have tried Coco Rinse, or you will be, leave me a comment below!

You can click the following channels to find them online:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

 

Bobbi Brown- Eye Shadow, Blush and Eye Brush Review

This week I am talking about Bobbi Brown again.  YES- another Bobbi Brown review, because her products are THAT awesome.  I will forever be in love!!

If you missed my last post on Bobbi Brown you can view it here, I reviewed a bronzer and highlighter pencil! I also spoke about Bobbi Brown and my love for her line in my guest appearance last week on Cat Forsley‘s beauty podcast MyLipAddiction, you can listen to it on iTunes and other channels, click here for my post with the links.

This review will be on a blush, eye shadow and an eye blending brush.

READ MORE…

I said it in my last review and I can’t say it enough.  What I love most about her products is how blendable they are.  It’s amazing.  Whether you are a beginner in makeup or experienced, they are very easy products to work with.  The other great thing is the colour payoff.  When I use this eyeshadow and blush, I barely have to put any on my brush, a little goes a very long way.  Which is a win because your product lasts longer!

Here are some individual shots of each:

 

Eye Shadow in shade 13 Cocoa.  I love how this shadow really warms up the crease.  It really brings out the green in my eyes too.  I purchased this for C$29.00, you can view it here.

img_0164

Blush in shade 11 Nectar.  This is SO beautiful and natural looking, I love how Nectar creates the perfect natural blushing shade.  I purchased this for C$33.00, you can view it here.

I also have a lot of favourite makeup brushes as we all do (stay tuned for a post on this soon!) but I am really loving this brush, and I am so impressed with it so I am going to post about it today and in my favourite brushes post coming soon.  It has gone straight up to the top of my favourites list!  Here is a closer look at it:

This is her eye brush called Eye Blender.  I love using this when I am done applying all of my eye shadow for an overall blend to bring all of the shadows together.  You don’t have to put a lot of pressure to get the blended effect.  I love how soft it is, and how it does NOT tug at the skin on my eye at all.  I purchased this for C$40.00, you can view it here.

I give all 3 of these a 10/10.  I am never let down by Bobbi Brown products, and I love the company philosophies, which I spoke about in my last post as well.  I highly recommend all of the products of hers I have mentioned on my blog!  I think my cat Abby does as well, because she couldn’t keep her paws off of it while I was trying to take photos hehe!

 

My Guest Appearance On Cat Forsley’s Beauty Podcast MyLipAddiction

FEATURED EXCITING NEWS:

Tonight, I am going to be featured on Cat Forsley’s Beauty Podcast MyLipAddiction!  You may know her from her beauty blog, but if you don’t I highly recommend following her.  She is a beautiful person inside and out, and she inspires me every day!  Her podcast features some great talks with beauty bloggers from all around.

In this episode, we chat about beauty events we have attended, the power of positive thinking and loving energy, as well as some of our favourite hot beauty products.  Get ready for lots of love, laughter and positive vibes.  This episode focuses on being confident,  following your passions, loving yourself as you are, and always being your true authentic self.

You can listen to my episode tonight at 7 p.m. EST, and all the others on iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher and Buzzsprout!  If you love passionate conversations about the beauty and fashion industry, I highly suggest subscribing to her podcast! Leave me a comment below if you visited!  You can also visit her Pinterest board dedicated to the podcast.

HUGE thank you to Cat for having me as a guest on your podcast.  It was so much fun and I loved our chat.  Thank you for making me smile and laugh the whole time as you always do.  Your podcast is amazing, and I cannot wait to listen to all of the episodes to come.

XOXO

 

 

Interview- Beauty Editor and Cityline Beauty Expert, Dave Lackie

If you are a beauty blogger or beauty enthusiast, chances are you know who Dave Lackie is.  If you don’t, Dave is editor-in-chief and founder of BEAUTY the guide digital magazine, CityTv’s Cityline Beauty Expert, men’s style columnist for the National Post newspaper, and the list goes on.

He is also very well-known for engaging daily with his social media followers, and for his amazing beauty product giveaways on such accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as well as his blog giveaways on www.davelackie.com.

Photo: Myself with Dave at Cityline, September 2nd.

READ MORE…

I love the content Dave produces, from the interviews with Marketing and PR executives- giving those of us starting out some career advice, to the celebrity interviews and the current hottest trends in beauty.  But what I love most about him, is the truly wonderful person he is.  I have had the absolute pleasure of attending some of his well-known beauty events in Toronto, and have had the chance to chat with him on social media and in person on many occasions.

He is one of the kindest people I have ever met, especially in the PR/beauty industry.  He is so generous, giving countless opportunities to bloggers and those starting out in the field, and he is so humble regarding his success.   When you think of the beauty industry, it can be a little intimidating.  There is a lot of pressure put on us by mass media and pop culture.  However, I was absolutely impressed to see this is most definitely not always the case, and there are some extremely down-to-earth people who are sincere and generous within the industry, and Dave is one of those people.

I still remember attending my first event hosted by him, late last September (wow, almost a year ago already!) for Estee Lauder contour and skincare products.  I was a bit nervous, but everyone there was so welcoming.  Dave came over to me and introduced himself, and we chatted about PR, beauty products and blogging.  Given my degree in PR and Communications, I have a passion for writing and social media, so getting to chat with him about all this was so exciting.  Meeting Dave that day pushed me to come out of my shell and start my blog.  He is so encouraging and gave me some great tips.

Now, almost a year later, I have attended 5 of his events and have been blogging ever since.  We keep in touch via social media, and he is always open to answering questions about products or career advice.  I attribute so many of the positive things that have happened with my blog to his generosity.  Since meeting him and launching my blog, I have had many doors open thanks to the event invites he has given me.  But most of all, he instilled that extra bit of confidence in me that I needed to start this journey, and for that I will always be so grateful.

I have also made some amazing friendships through Dave’s network.  One I would like to mention is Cat Forsley.  She is a beautiful woman inside and out, and has the most beautiful aura and kind energy.  She is also a beauty blogger and creator and content producer of a beauty podcast on iTunes.  She inspires me every day, and I am so grateful and lucky to have met her.  You can find Cat on her blog www.mylipaddiction.com.

I attended Dave’s Cityline taping event in Toronto on Friday, September 2nd, just over a week ago.  I asked Dave some questions regarding beauty, his role with Cityline as Beauty Expert and his career in general.  I am so excited to share this interview with you.  So keep reading to get to know Dave a little more!!


Interview: Dave Lackie

Q. 1 

Chantal: With your role as Beauty Expert on Cityline, you have worked closely with the crew behind the scenes.  What would you say sets Cityline apart from other daytime shows?

Dave: Cityline has always been about the information and the guest experts. They take the job very seriously, and work to really share their expertise and passion with viewers. There really is a family feeling at the show as we’ve known each other for so long. I used to hire Lynn Spence to produce fashion shows for me when I worked at Hudson’s Bay the first time round and she’d hire Lisa Rogers to model. I think that family feeling comes across on TV. We really do like each other.

Q. 2 

Chantal: You are a big inspiration to a lot of us beauty bloggers and beauty enthusiasts. I personally really enjoy your interviews with those in the industry; especially when you discuss career advice. What advice do you have for those starting out in PR, Communications or Marketing like myself?

Dave: Always believe in yourself. And try to find ways in your current jobs to incorporate your love of beauty. So if you work for a company maybe you can plan a beauty fundraiser or event. I find joining professional organizations like CEW is great. And build your own social media platforms with really good content. When you blog, take the time to really research the brands and products you are writing about. That will set you apart from other bloggers and get the attention of the beauty brands.

Q. 3

Chantal: What is your favourite beauty quote?

Dave: “Beauty is on the inside.” – Natalie Portman

Q. 4

Chantal: What is your favourite beauty tip?

Dave: When you buy a new palette, book a beauty lesson at the counter. It may cost a little but you will learn so many ways to use your new product. The makeup artists will even give you face charts to show how to best wear it for you. I think that it is so important to get the very most from every single product you buy.

Q. 5

Chantal: What inspired you to start engaging with your followers and having these follower events? It is extremely generous of you to do this, and I don’t know of anyone else doing it.

Dave: I have been attending press events for more than a decade, and I thought it was such a shame that the people who most love beauty weren’t able to attend. It was only a select group of editors. So I decided to create these dinners and events for beauty enthusiasts on social media. So many people have become good friends through them. They are great fun.


Big thank you to Dave for doing this interview!!  Thank you for ALL that you do.  For inspiring so many of us,  and giving us the best beauty and career advice, as well as for all of your generosity.  It is rare to meet someone so genuine, and I feel so lucky to have met you!  You truly bring happiness to a lot of people.

You can find Dave online and on social media here:

Website: http://davelackie.com/

Magazine (BEAUTY the guide): http://beautytheguide.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davelackie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davelackie/

Bella Aura- Skincare Review

HOLY GRAIL alert!  This is at the TOP of my must-have skincare list.  I love using skincare products that are natural and contain essential oils, so my skincare routine was originally filled with staple products that contain natural ingredients/benefits.  But Bella Aura is this and so much more.  I am absolutely SO impressed with the effectiveness of this line of skincare, and I cannot stress enough how I think everyone needs to hear about and try these products.

READ MORE…

Proudly made in Canada, Bella Aura’s philosophy is to have you feeling your best, because beauty starts from the inside.  They believe “When you’re at your best, the positive spirit within you emanates from the surface of your skin, spreading illuminating energy into the world.  At Bella Aura, our mission is simple: to craft pristine natural skincare infused with groundbreaking technology so that your complexion radiates your pure inner glow.”*  This is so heart-warming to hear.  I love brands that believe in telling women to embrace their natural beauty, and that they are beautiful as they are.  I also love when they stress that feeling beautiful inside is where it all starts, this is what Bella Aura believes, as do I;  so naturally I am intrigued by this brand.

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with founder and CEO, Yasmine Jones.  She is a genuinely kind woman and a very spiritual person.  Yasmine and I share a lot of the same views, we both believe in meditation and the power of positive thinking, and being happy with yourself as you are.  Sometimes companies can make you feel as though you need their products to “fix” or “mask” the “problems” you think you have.  I find this so sad, because I think it’s important to support brands like Bella Aura who encourage you to feel you are perfect as you are, and to be happy and secure with yourself and that this is beauty.

The Products:

Yasmine was kind enough to send me the entire line of skincare products to try out and review- 5 products total.

“Each of our products contains our exclusive Kamilah blend of four natural botanical extracts loaded with a spectrum of energizing vitamins, minerals and Omega 3,6,9 Fatty Acids.” *

  • Gentle Purifying Cleanser
  • Daily Moisture Repair Emulsion (moisturizer)
  • Antioxidant Booster Emulsion
  • Night Cellular Renewal Emulsion
  • Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Note- Emulsion: “Water based moisturizer with oil. It is lightweight and quickly absorbs into the deepest layers of your skin, leaving no greasy residue. An emulsion has the ability to maintain hydration levels and prevent moisture loss from your skin’s surface. It is beneficial for all skin types, including people with oily skin, as it is a water base and does not cause pore clogging.” *

Not only am I in love with Bella Aura’s philosophy, but I am so AMAZED at how well the products perform.  Here are some individual photos and descriptions of each:

Gentle Purifying Cleanser

Blue logo:  Symbolizes calmness. Blue projects tranquility and inner peace.

“Gently cleanses the skin without stripping its own moisture. Helps skin detox from visible effects that accumulate during the day, purifying and refinishing skin’s surface, reducing visible signs of aging. Replenishes skin with rich, nourishing moisture to keep it soft, smooth and comfortable. Supercharges skin with vitamins and re-strengthening minerals. A velvety smooth texture that doesn’t contain harsh soap.” *

Daily Moisture Repair Emulsion

Green logo: Communicated renewal. Green projects healing, rejuvenation and a sense of nature.

“Infuses skin with High Performance Peptides, rich Vitamins E-A-C-D-F-K-B complex, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to nourish, hydrate, rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Provides better hydration properties than Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid. Proven to reduce trans-epidermal water loss and dramatically improves skin hydration. Helps minimize the look of dullness and fine, dry lines through delivering refreshing hydration. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a younger, more lifted look.” *

Antioxidant Booster Emulsion

Orange logo: Symbolizes a burst of energy and creativity. It projects a radiant glow.

“Infuses skin with High Performance Peptides, vitamins C-E-A-B complex-D-F-k, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to nourish, protect, rejuvenate and re-balance your skin to provide a more radiant look. Helps the skin detox from visible effects that accumulate during the day by purifying and refinishing the skin’s surface, therefore reducing visible signs of aging. Helps reduce the look of dark spots, discoloration, blotchiness and redness. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a younger look. It repairs and restores the skin’s natural barrier that prevents the damaging effects of free radicals.” *

Night Cellular Renewal Emulsion

Pink logo: Evokes compassion, beauty and love. It projects warmth and passion.

“Infuses skin with Peptides, rich vitamins E-C-A-K-F-D-B Complex, Omega 3-6-9 Fatty acids, Minerals and nutrients to replenish, renew, rejuvenate and re-balance your skin for a more radiant glow. Provides your skin with intense hydration and helps protect skin from environmental assaults. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveal a younger, more lifted lookImproves skin hydration, firmness, elasticity to help retain a superior moisture barrier. Stimulate the rejuvenation process of mature skin and dramatically reduce the visible signs of aging.” *

Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Indigo logo: Represents our spirituality and intuition. Indigo projects a heightened sense of awareness.

“Infuses skin with rich vitamins K-E-C-A-F-D-B complex, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and peptides to nourish, replenish, rejuvenate, and hydrate your skin for a more radiant look. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a more lifted look. Helps the delicate skin around the eyes to instantly look brighter, smoother and more even-toned. Lifts, firms, hydrates and helps define the eye area for a younger, brighter look.” *

I have been using the entire line going on my third week.  The texture of the products are not thick, they are very light.  It spreads so easily on the skin and absorbs extremely well.  I was very impressed with the lightweight formula, and how clean and fresh my skin felt after using them all.  Within the first few days I noticed a difference in my skin.  My skin felt so soft and looked smoother.  Now after continued use it still feels soft, looks smooth and feels more “pure”.  This may sound strange haha, but to be honest my skin just feels overall cleaner deep down.  In addition to this, you know those stubborn blackheads you can never seem to get rid of?  Yes, gross I know!  Well Bella Aura skincare has significantly diminished the appearance of those on my skin, I am absolutely amazed.  No other product has EVER done this for me- ever.

My favourite product out of the 5 if I had to pick one, is the Instant Lifting Eye Contour- just WOW.  I noticed a difference after just one use.  My under eye area is brighter and although I am still young and do not have “wrinkles”, it has made the lines I do have much smoother, and my under eye concealer blends in like a dream now.  It works so well, I looked in the mirror in the morning after the first use and couldn’t get over it.


Interview

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Yasmine to ask her a few additional questions regarding her brand and her views:

Q.1  Chantal: What does Bella Aura mean?

Yasmine: It means a beautiful aura. Your own reflective image that represents both inner and outer beauty, the deep glow from within that illuminates your complexion.

Q. 2  Chantal: What is your number one tip for feeling beautiful inside and out?

Yasmine: Beauty is about living your life and being happy with yourself inside and out. Being happy that doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. You create your beauty with your attitude, behavior and actions.

Q. 3  Chantal: If you could use one word to describe Bella Aura Skincare what would it be?

Yasmine: Complete.

Q. 4  Chantal: What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Yasmine: Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval. You live life on your own term instead of buckling to society’s pressures. Surround yourself with positive, spiritual and loving people that bring you joy and success in all areas of your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things. Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want in life. Love yourself for who you are.

I encourage you to read Yasmine’s story here.  It is truly touching and explains how Bella Aura came about.


I give Bella Aura skincare a 10 out of 10.  I am blown away by the company philosophy, research, formula and performance/effectiveness of the products.  Trust me, you NEED to try this, you will not regret it.  In addition to the fact that this skincare line produces results, you would also be supporting a brand that is proudly Canadian, and that has a founder that is truly an inspirational and beautiful person inside and out.

Find Bella Aura Online:

Website

http://www.bellaaura.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/BellaAuraSkin

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/bellaauraskin/

All content marked with a “*” is taken from Bella Aura marketing pieces and/or website.

Cityline Taping- Dave Lackie Event

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending Cityline in Toronto- the longest running and most successful daytime show for women in Canadian history.  Shout-out and huge THANK YOU to Dave Lackie for inviting me, and giving me this amazing experience.

READ MORE…

Upon arrival we were brought up to a green room,  where breakfast was served by Coty Prestige.  They did a great job, so impressed by the selection!

Here are some photos:

How cute are these mini bagels?!

IMG_5257

IMG_5258

IMG_5259

I had such a wonderful time with some of my favourite friends who are beauty bloggers as well.  I highly suggest you follow these ladies, they are all so sweet and have great content:

In this photo: Myself, Grieta and Christine.

With some of my favourite girls!!!  Cityline took this photo of us below and posted it on their Twitter feed:

These girls are absolutely so sweet.  I am so thankful to have met them all thanks to Dave Lackie and beauty blogging.  From left to right: Christine, myself, Nicci and Cat.

This taping was on a Friday so we got to see a Fashion Friday segment live with Lynn Spence!!! Here are a few photos of some of my favourite outfits shown:

IMG_5277

We also had the treat of seeing Dave’s beauty and fragrance segments!  He and Tracy Moore the host of the show are soo funny together!

IMG_5282

The amount of work the crew puts in is unbelievable.  When you watch the show you really don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, and the amount of team work and dedication it takes to make everything happen.  Absolutely phenomenal people, they were all very sweet and great at explaining how things work.

I also got to see the control/production room, this was so cool!

IMG_5267

This is where the director calls the shots, and the videos and content used in the show gets uploaded (to name a few).  Lots of team work happening in this room!

After the show I went down to take some photos of the set up close.  It is so lovely, I love the vibe they have going on.  So pretty, fresh and modern.

The official Cityline set doors:

The different sections of the set:

I also had my photo taken with Lynn Spence and Candy Signorini, they were both SO funny and great to chat with:

Thank you SO MUCH to Dave and everyone at Cityline for having us.  You treated us to an amazing experience, and showed us a side of broadcast that not many people get to see unless they work in the industry.  The crew really is like a family there, and it is inspiring to see a group of individuals come together, work hard and produce something so many people love like Cityline.

Here is a photo of the extremely generous gift bag we received.  Will be doing some individual posts on some of these products:

I also did a short question interview with Dave on his role with Cityline, and the beauty industry in general.  I wanted to include it in this post, but it would be too long, and I also really think it deserves its own feature/post.  I will instead include it as a separate piece, so stay tuned on my blog this week for that- you won’t want to miss this!  Those of you that already know Dave as well know how kind he is, and I am so grateful he took the time to answer some questions I asked him, and that I can share this with all of you.  I cannot wait for you to see that post this week!

The taping we attended will be airing on Friday, September 9th on CityTV.  If you missed the fun, you can see it all under the hashtag #citylinebeauty.

Bobbi Brown- Illuminate Pencil and Bronzer Review

Bobbi Brown has been my favourite makeup brand for the longest time.  Not only because the products are phenomenal, but because Bobbi herself is such an inspiration.  She seems so genuinely kind, and her company philosophies are touching.  I love when a brand not only has great products, but they have a mission and vision that encourages women to embrace their natural beauty, and makes them feel beautiful in their own unique way.

Many of my holy-grail makeup products are by Bobbi Brown.  Today I will share two of my favourites, but if you love Bobbi Brown, or you are curious about her products, stay tuned on my blog because there will be more to come!

READ MORE…

With the recent “strobing” trend, I figured doing a post on a highlighter is in order.  I will also post about my all time favourite bronzer, of course by Bobbi Brown.

Highlighter

Retouching Face Pencil- Shade: Illuminate 1

I have a few compact/powder highlighters, but what I love about Bobbi Browns’ is how easy it is to use in this pencil form, how precise it allows the application to be, and of course the effect.

IMG_5202

How gorgeous is this?? It also comes with a sharpener- love it!

I love the finish this highlighter gives.  The colour is a peach/cream shade, but it is more focused on the shimmer.  Out of all the highlighters I have used, this one works best, and I think it’s also because the pencil allows for a precise application.  Therefore, you can concentrate it exactly where you want it.  It sparkles so beautifully in the light.  I love using it on my cheekbones, tear-duct and cupids bow.  I don’t do nose contouring, but I imagine the pencil would allow you to make a nice straight line application for your highlight.

Here is a closer look:

I think this pencil idea is great.  I can easily pop this in my purse and I don’t need to bring brushes or anything in addition to this around with me.  Yes, you can easily pack a compact powder highlighter, but the problem is if you don’t pack a brush you have to use your fingers to apply it, and if you’re like me there’s no WAY i’m using my fingers on the compact unless I have just washed my hands, which isn’t always an option when you are out and about.  The pencil form is great, pop the cap off, apply and you’re good to go!  I purchased this at Sephora for C$37.00, you can view it here.

Bronzer

Bronzing Powder- Shade: Natural 1

I can’t tell you enough how much I love the finish of this bronzer.  It goes on so easily, and doesn’t create harsh lines- it is super blendable.  It really gives off the effect of a real tan, because the colour payoff is very rich in brown and red.  I have even used this on my cheeks as a blush, because of the red tones in it, it dupes as a blush as well.  I am in LOVE with this, it is my #1 bronzer in my collection.  This bronzer also has no scent to it, so if you aren’t a scent fan you will love this.   I know there are other brands that have made their bronzers smell like chocolate or other things, and some people really don’t like that- so you are safe with this Bobbi Brown bronzer.

This has a matte finish, but it does not go on chalky at all; it is very soft.  I would compare the effect it gives to that of a cream product.  I purchased this at Sephora for C$49.00, you can view it here.

Bobbi Brown products are phenomenal, and I highly suggest you give any of her products a try.  I have never been disappointed.  As I mentioned above, if you like supporting brands with a great mission and vision, and that value women in their natural beauty state- Bobbi Brown is all of this and more.  I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes by her:

The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are. – Bobbi Brown

Coppertone- ClearlySheer Sunscreen Review

Hi my lovelies- I am back!! Sorry for being away for a little bit, but I was on vacation in New York City for the last week.  I am happy to be back as I have some great beauty finds to share with you!

I’m so excited to be writing this post.  I have been loving this product for the last week when I was away in NYC.  I would like to thank Coppertone for sending me the ClearlySheer sunscreen lotion, and to note this is a collaboration through the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network (CBB).

READ MORE…

I had such a great time in NYC last week, but with the heat and walking around comes the inevitable question: will I get a sunburn?  I decided this was the perfect time to test out this new product, and I am certainly glad I did.  Just to give you a bit more info about my skin type, I am more on the olive tone side, and naturally my skin does not burn easily; I usually tan when I have been in the sun.  But when you are walking around all week outside like I was, I figured sunscreen should be on my check-list, because burning would be a possibility.

The ClearlySheer line includes a lotion for body and face, and a spray for body.  All three are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, have an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and are moisturizing.  One thing I love about this product is that Coppertone said it was designed with “her” specific needs in mind.  I was also told it delivers broad spectrum protection in a delightfully light, refreshing formula that barely leaves a trace on the skin.  This is certainly true!!  One of my favourite things about the ClearlySheer was how it didn’t make me feel like I had “coated” my skin with something like other sunscreens can do.  It absorbs very quickly and there is no residue on your skin, my skin feels moisturized yet dry to the touch again once it has absorbed.

One of the complaints you hear most often with sunscreen is that it can clog pores and cause breakouts.  ClearlySheer did not do this at all for me!!  I used this on my body every day last week, and I did not experience any clogged pores or breakouts.  Therefore, I would say if you have acne-prone skin, or sensitive skin this is a wonderful product for you to use!

Pictured here you can see how light the texture of the product is:

IMG_4960

The scent is fresh and clean.  It is very soft so you do not get that overpowering sunscreen scent other brands can produce.  I LOVE the scent, but also love how light the formula is- it’s absolutely fantastic.

ClearlySheer gets a 10 out of 10 from me!  I did not get a sunburn and it truly delivers all that is promised! It is available at mass drug and grocery retailers across Canada.  Suggested retail price is $9.99 for the ClearlySheer lotion and spray for body, and $8.49 for the face lotion.  I am planning a few more outdoor activities before the summer is over so my next purchase will be the ClearlySheer face lotion!  If you want to save your skin for the rest of the summer without having to avoid the sun, I highly recommend you try one of the sunscreens from the ClearlySheer line!

ClearlySheer_Body_Lotion

 

Batiste- Original Dry Shampoo Review

Wish you could get ready faster in the morning and get some extra sleep?  Well my friends, Batiste dry shampoo can help.

I would like to thank Batiste for sending me this product to review.  This is a collaboration through the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network.

READ MORE…

If you feel rushed in the morning when getting ready for work, or you just want to sleep in a little longer, let me tell you that dry shampoo will be your new best-friend if you have not yet discovered this gem.  I have been using dry shampoo for about 2 years now and it saves me so much time.  The only tricky thing is finding a brand that works with your hair type.  Different brands work better for different people i’m sure, so this post will share my personal experiences and preferences.

I have been using Batiste dry shampoo for about 6 months now, and I am in love with the Tropical blend which has coconut Mmmm.  I purchased this one because coconut is one of my favourite scents, but also because I could never seem to get my hands on a bottle of the Original Clean & Classic, the shelf was always empty!  However, recently I was fortunate enough to get a bottle, and now Batiste has sent me a bottle as well, AMEN! Haha.  The Original Clean & Classic has a very light fresh scent, it really helps to give that “clean feel” to your hair, as if you just washed it.

Dry shampoo is wonderful because it allows you to get away with 1 or 2 day old hair (depending on your hair type) by spraying this into your roots (and rest of your hair if you want) to absorb the excess oil.  Personally I wash my hair every second day, so I wash it one day then use dry shampoo the next, but that is my preference.  I have friends with thicker hair who can go a few days longer than that, just by using dry shampoo.  Batiste is by far one of my favourite dry shampoo brands.  When I use dry shampoo I always do an up-do.  It helps to add body to my fine hair and makes my roots look thicker.  One of the downfalls of most dry shampoo’s however,  is if you spray too close to your hair you end up with a white film, which you can brush out, but what I love about Batiste is it is EASY to brush out if you do accidentally spray to close (Batiste suggests holding the can 30cm from your hair to avoid this.)

I have tried 4 other dry shampoo brands, and although I will not name specific brand names, I developed a cough from using one of them.  I even tried stepping outside to spray it in my hair and still no luck- it was too strong, but I have NOT had this problem with Batiste at all, I can in fact spray it on my hair indoors and stay in the same room.

I highly recommend you give this a try!  Batiste dry shampoo retails for C$8.76.  It saves you time and it adds body to your hair, so if you have fine hair like me you will fall in love with this product.  Tip: Because this dry shampoo is so popular I suggest grabbing a few cans at a time when you purchase it in store!