Guerlain- VIP Dave Lackie Dinner Event

Happy Saturday beauties!  So excited to be bringing you this recap of the Dave Lackie VIP Dinner for Guerlain #GuerlainLover I got to attend last week.  First of all I am still in shock I got to attend this event for one of the most iconic brands, I am seriously still in the “someone pinch me” state!  The venue was absolutely GORGEOUS, I have been to the Arcadian Court before, but this time it was absolutely magical.  Dave, his team and Guerlain really did an amazing job and this venue was beautifully decorated.  Upon arrival I could see the Guerlain products on display and the ambiance of the room was so mesmerizing I fell in love instantly.

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MAMO Botanics- Oro De Cacay Facial Oil Review

With the change in season fast approaching I know I want to keep that summer glow and have lovely hydrated skin.  When the weather gets colder, a lot of us dread the dull/dry skin days ahead.  But what if I told you keeping your summer glow can be quite easy this year?  I’ve recently discovered Oro De Cacay facial oil by MAMO Botanics and I am loving the results!  I want to thank MAMO Botanics for sending me this product as it is truly great.

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Jason Wu- Fragrance for her VIP Dave Lackie Dinner Event

I am beyond thrilled that I get to write a recap of Dave Lackie’s VIP dinner for Jason Wu and the launch of his first fragrance for her.  I was so lucky to get invited to attend at Canoe Restaurant et Bar in Toronto this past Monday and I am still in the “Someone pinch me” state.  I was in awe with the spectacular view as we were on the 54th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre.  Upon arriving I could see the CN Tower directly in view from the window where I was standing, and there were gorgeous displays of flowers and Jason Wu’s fragrance bottles surrounding them.  The packaging for this fragrance is beyond beautiful.  A gorgeous thick glass with a gold circular top and the fragrance itself is a light pink almost rose gold colour- I fell in love instantly.

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The Body Shop- Vanilla Eau De Toilette

Today i’m talking vanilla- my favourite scent! Ever since I have been old enough to wear fragrance or moisturizers/body butters with scent, I ALWAYS go for vanilla (okay, or coconut too).  One of the very first stores I would shop for these products at was The Body Shop, and to this day I still use a lot of their products and they are staples in my collection/routine.  One of my all time favourites is the Vanilla Eau De Toilette spray.

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I used to always use the vanilla oil, but unfortunately it was discontinued.  However, this eau de toilette spray is quite good as well.  The vanilla scent is almost identical to the oil they used to make, however, the only downfall is that the eau de toilette doesn’t last as long as the oil did.  Tip: To get this to last a little longer, I apply it right away after I take a shower on my pulse points.

What I love most about this product is how light and fresh it is.  It’s not heavy and it isn’t overly powerful.  I personally don’t like fragrances that are really strong and overbearing on the senses, I prefer more “natural” scents.  It is very sweet and is hands down one of my favourite vanilla scents.  The Vanilla Eau De Toilette retails for C$16.00 in stores, and they also sell a Vanilla Body Spray Mist which you can see here.  I have used other brands vanilla products, but nothing has measured up to my all-time favourite from The Body Shop.  I am also keeping my fingers crossed that they bring back the oil version!

Have you tried any Vanilla products from The Body Shop?

5 Ways To Feel Beautiful Today…

As a beauty blogger I obviously post a lot about makeup and product reviews.   These items are used on our outside physical appearance and can give us a confidence boost, but I am a big advocate for feeling beautiful on the inside as well.   In my daily routine I incorporate a lot of things that “feed my soul” and make me happy.  Some of these are meditation, drinking tea and lots of water, waking up early and making it a point to enjoy the little things.  We often get stressed out and feel down because of life’s everyday stress.  It’s not easy and the days go by quick between work, running around, family and friends etc.  Here are some tips i’d like to share that help me feel beautiful and happy on the inside, which in turn boosts my confidence and makes me feel beautiful on the outside.  Being happy on the inside projects itself outwardly, and this creates a very rewarding life!

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1. Morning tea ritual

Every single day I look forward to having my morning tea.  Whether I have it before I go to work or when I get to work, this is something that makes me happy.  Tea is a great drink because it has a lot of health benefits, but the main reason I like doing this is also because of the “act”.  By this I mean it is part of my morning “ritual” and you can use these as a form of meditation.  For me boiling the water, putting the tea leaves in my steeper and then drinking my tea is an act of meditation.  I look forward to this, and doing this means I am bringing mindfulness into my routine.

2. Talk to someone you love

This may seem like an “obvious” one, but when I say talk I mean either in person or over the phone.  With texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. we tend to get caught up in this virtual world.  While these social media outlets are great to connect with others, they can also bog you down.  I would suggest seeing a friend, family member or significant other in person and having a nice conversation.  If you can’t see them in person then avoid the texting for a day and actually give them a call.  Hearing someone’s voice and the warmth you get from talking to someone you care about goes a long way, and it eliminates the disconnect texting can cause because it gives you that personal touch.

3. Put something positive out on display

I am a big believer in meditation and the law of attraction.  My bedroom is a space I have set up with Buddha’s, incense, salt lamps and my own meditation corner.  You can  set up an entire room, a little corner or even just have one thing out on display.  Whatever it may be, make sure it brings you joy when you look at it.  For example, I have a meditation corner set up in my room and a vision board up on my wall.  My vision board is a collage of things i’d like to achieve, and every morning when I wake up I look at it and it sets a positive intention for my day.  I think it’s a wonderful idea to have something out on display that brings nothing but positive thoughts to you when you look at it.  Same applies with anything you may have out already, if it brings you any negative emotions or bad memories then get rid of it – your home should be a positive space and bring you comfort.

4. Be grateful

With social media, pop culture and the standards we set for ourselves, it can be easy to get trapped in an “I wish” frame of mind.  I think it’s really important to be mindful and not focus on the “I wish I had this” or “I wish I looked like her/him” or “I wish I had what she/he has”.  Instead of beating yourself up and creating these negative perceptions, focus on the things you DO feel you have.  Be grateful for what you have and you will start to notice other things turn into positive elements in your life.  What you think and feel is what you send out into the universe, and this is what you will attract back- think of this as positive affirmations.  Sure sometimes we are unlucky and bad things happen, but it could just be an unfortunate circumstance or a bad day not a bad “life”.  I try really hard not to dwell on anything negative that occurs.  For example, in the last week I had two tires on my new car go flat because of unavoidable potholes in the road.  I was upset at first because it cost me a lot to get two new tires 1 week apart, but in the end I told myself being upset will help nothing.  It happened and I needed two new tires.  Being upset over that would only cause me more stress and make me anxious.  Instead I told myself “It could always be worse, and at least I was not hurt when the tire went flat on two separate occasions.”  I did not get into an accident or harm anyone else either.  In my opinion there is always a positive side to things, you just have to have an open mind and push yourself to see it.

5. Appreciate nature

I know going for a hike is not everyone’s idea of a fun time.  But you don’t have to do intense outside activities to enjoy nature.  The earth is our element known for its strength, wisdom and growth.  I know not all of you believe in things like this like I do, but I encourage you to try to see it that way.  If you can’t then simply appreciate it for what it is.  One of my favourite things to do is go for a walk down by the river and take a blanket with me.  I love to sit there and listen to the water and take in the sunshine.  Breathing in fresh air brings a certain calmness to a chaotic day or week.  Even if you don’t like spending time outside, I would even suggest just sitting out on your front steps and letting the rays of sunshine soak in.

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Some of these suggestions might seem cliché or perhaps even silly (e.g. my morning tea ritual lol).  But I can assure you that you don’t need BIG things to make a change or to feel good on the inside.  Sometimes it’s all of the little things that add up and make us happier.  We live in a world where physical items and grand gestures are viewed as important so that we can capture it and post it on social media.  So I encourage you to embrace and notice the little things and see if it brings you more happiness.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, if you have some tips on how to feel beautiful on the inside please write them below!

Namaste xo

 

VIIcode- Oxygen Eye Mask Review

Dark circles? Tired eyes? Fine lines? New York  company VIIcode has a wonderful Oxygen Eye Mask product that can help with all of these things!  Face masks are one of my favourite things, so I was really intrigued and excited to try out these eye masks.  Before we dive in, I would  like to thank VIIcode for sending me their product.

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I have always been one to take care of my skin, however, since turning 25 (no, I’m not calling myself “old”) I am really interested in how our skin changes with age and really ensure to choose the products I put on it wisely.  Our under eye area is so delicate and I am very careful with my makeup application in this area, and I also use a daily night repair eye cream.

VIIcode has created masks specifically for the under eye area.  According to the packaging “We want your eye skin to be the best it can be from the inside out. VIIcode oxygen eye mask provide everything your eye skin needs to be healthy- all the essential vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, botanicals, peptides and essential fatty acids. Say goodbye to tired eyes, dark circles, and fine lines- now you can always look refreshed, bright-eyed and lively… Cool gel conform to the shape around the eye, infiltrating the entire area in soothing botanical extracts.” Doesn’t that sound awesome??

Not only does this sound great, but the product actually delivers what is promised.  For a course of treatment you must use 3 boxes, and you apply an eye mask 2 or 3 times a week.  The eye mask has a gel-like material, and upon application you can feel a cooling sensation.  You then leave the mask on for up to 8 hours (no more).  This is an overnight treatment which makes it different from other sheet masks on the market.  Also, the more treatments you do (i.e. continued use) the better your results.

I have used the eye mask overnight and also during the day.  If I know I have a busy day and won’t be at home I wear it overnight.  If I know I will be having a relaxed day staying in then I have used it during the day while I am awake.  Either way the product is extremely convenient and easy to use.  You just peel off the plastic barrier and apply on cleansed skin- it’s so simple!

Here I am wearing the masks:

Here is a shot of the product up close, the side with the plastic is the piece you peel off and this side goes on the skin:

After doing the full treatment I can say that this has made my under eye area look brighter and more awake, which I am told as we get older products that provide this result give you a more youthful appearance.  My skin is also a lot more hydrated, and this is the best for your concealer/makeup application.  Unfortunately I can’t speak so much to the effect on dark circles as I don’t really have dark circles, however, it has really helped brighten and hydrate my skin, so I imagine the brightening effect would help with dark circles too.  My favourite part is that my concealer blends in so well and because the hydration diminishes the look of fine lines the concealer doesn’t sit in there and show up.  I am so happy with the results!

You can purchase an individual box for $58.00 here or a full course treatment (3 box set) for $174.00 here.

For additional information on how the product works click here.

You can shop their products here: http://www.viicode.com/

IT Cosmetics- Airbrush Silk HD Anti-Aging Illuminizer Review

Hello beauties!  I know what you’re thinking “another highlighter review?” the answer is yes, but to be honest you can never have too many highlighters.  I think we can all agree to that!

Today’s feature is the IT Cosmetics Airbrush Silk HD Anti-Aging Illuminizer.   The formula is absolutely amazing.  I have also used their Bye Bye Pores powder (review coming on this soon) and I am such a fan.

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This powder is made to be used on the highest points of the face.  This technique of highlighting/bringing forward goes alongside contouring which is the opposite effect to deepen/push back.  Using a highlighter such as this one makes your features pop, you can apply this to the following areas:

  • Centre of the forehead
  • Top-side of cheekbones
  • Brow bone
  • Bridge of the nose
  • Cupids bow (if you haven’t tried this I highly suggest it, it makes your lips appear fuller)

This powder is extremely fine and light.  It goes on smoothly and doesn’t look cakey.   This formula is also anti-aging, so it doesn’t settle into fine lines.  It blurs away the look of pores and imperfections.

Even better this product is formulated WITHOUT:

  • Talc
  • Parabens
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Mineral oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Synthetic fragrances and Phthalates

You can see how fine the powder is in this shot:

Here is a swatch:

How gorgeous is this sheen?  It catches the light so beautifully, it gives a very natural glow.  I find when I have this on it doesn’t look like makeup, it really looks natural, and anything that looks natural is a winner in my books!

I am really loving this highlighter and I can’t wait to try out more IT Cosmetics products.  You can purchase this for $24.00 here on their website.

Have you tried any IT Cosmetics products? What is your favourite??

 

Lush Cosmetics- Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

Continuing on with my Winter skin-saver favourites, today I’m reviewing one of my holy-grail products by Lush Cosmetics.  I love Lush, I use a lot of their products from head to toe!

Their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is fantastic.  It is my favourite lip scrub I have ever used.  Winter weather leaves our lips chapped because of the constant change in temperature from hot to cold, interior to exterior, which takes the moisture out of our skin.  Chapped lips is one of the most uncomfortable things, as well as it really ruins my lip look when using lipstick or liner, and that just doesn’t fly with me.

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So I did some research on lip scrubs a few years ago and tried out a few different ones, and Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub has been my favourite ever since.  You can also purchase the scrub in other flavours:

This scrub is formulated with safe synthetics and natural ingredients:

  • Castor Sugar
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Flavour
  • Red 21 Lake

Lush also classifies this product as Vegan.

I like to use this after my shower but you can use this anytime.  The castor sugar gently exfoliates your lips, and the jojoba oil adds moisture back into the lips.  When I am done using it my lips feel so soft and smooth.  When I purchased this at Lush for C$12.00 the girl working told me that you can lick off the excess scrub and it tastes really good.  She definitely is right the scrub tastes amazing, and usually I am not a huge fan of the bubblegum flavour, but I do really like this one.  However, I don’t tend to lick off the excess scrub because to me it feels like I am then swallowing the dead skin I just exfoliated off haha but to each his own!

You can see here how the product looks up close, it really makes me feel like I am going to be moisturizing my lips every time I take the product out of the pot because it doesn’t look dry at all.  I also love the vibrant pink shade.

One of my other favourite things about Lush products is that you get the date is was made as well as the expiry date on the sticker, usually found on the bottom of the product.  It’s also cute how the sticker  has who made that specific batch- makes me laugh every time.

The only thing I recommend when using this is to make sure you wash your hands beforehand.  If you don’t you could be putting bacteria into the pot if you remove it with your finger with unwashed hands.  You can also buy little spatulas or disposable beauty tools at your local beauty supplier to get the product out.  This would be the only thing I don’t like about the product because this method is less hygienic compared to other lip scrubs that come in tube  or solid lipstick-like form.  But I just make sure my hands are washed and clean before taking the product out.

I use this year-round and I am so happy with how well it works!

Have you tried any of the Lush lip scrubs, or any other of their lip products?

 

La Roche-Posay- Lipikar Fluide and Gel Lavant Review

So excited to share with you another brand I am absolutely loving: La Roche-Posay.  If you have sensitive skin, or just want products that are paraben-free or fragrance-free, you must give them a try.

Here is a little info on the brand who’s products are made in France.  I copied this from their website here. “For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists in Canada and throughout the world to invent skincare that meet their needs and requirements. La Roche-Posay also supports them in their training and their role of taking daily care of patients, through a number of actions including educational workshops for patients and awareness campaigns.”

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Since the Winter weather has started here in Canada, my skin has been experiencing some changes this year that I had not experienced before.  My skin has been very dry, and worst of all I developed some redness on my cheeks.

I wasn’t sure what was going on with my skin as i’ve never experienced this during Winter, usually my skin isn’t sensitive, and I don’t experience many changes year-round regardless of the season.  I went to see my doctor to inquire about what I could do.  My doctor thought the redness I had developed on my cheeks on my face to be some mild eczema.  With the change in temperature, indoor heating and cold winds, the rest of my the skin on my body being dry seemed pretty normal, but the redness on my cheeks was really bothering me.

My doctor recommended I switch my body soap, moisturizer and face products to fragrance-free alternatives.  I was reluctant to do this at first, I love my vanilla scented body soap and lotion.  I spoke with my Mom and she had been using La Roche-Posay products for her very sensitive skin and she was loving them.

So I took the advice from my doctor and made my way to Shoppers Drug Mart.  I purchased the same two products my Mom has which are the Lipikar Fluide and Lipikar Gel Lavant.

Here is a little more info on the brand that I copied form their website “With over 30 years’ research experience and 25 patents, La Roche-Posay has become a leading player in the development of products formulated for sensitive skin ensuring the highest tolerance and safety. In this way La Roche-Posay meets the requirements of over 70% of women who claim to have sensitive skin.* (IPSOS Health & Beauty, France, Pharmacie 2007)” Click here to read more.

Lipikar Fluide

Lipikar Fluide is extremely hydrating.  It works better than the body moisturizer I was using before.  The formula is great for sensitive and dry skin.  It is a soothing, protecting hydrating fluid.  The consistency is comparable to any moisturizer you can purchase at a drugstore, and it is white in colour.  When I apply this it goes on looking shiny so I find it makes it easy to see where I have applied it.  It dries very quickly on the skin, and when it does the shine goes away and it leaves my skin visibly softer looking, as well as to the touch.  I use this all over my body and face.  I couldn’t get over how nice it felt on my skin and how fast it absorbs.  When I applied this to my face it did not make the redness on my cheeks sting at all.  The previous moisturizer I was using would give me a burning sensation once the redness on my cheeks was starting to develop.  The Lipikar Fluid is made for skin sensitivity and dryness in babies, children and adults.

Lipikar Gel Lavant

The Lipikar Gel Lavant gives a refreshing clean.  It gently cleanses skin, and is a soothing, protecting shower gel.  It is formulated for sensitive skin in babies, children and adults.  The packaging states it also respects the physiological pH of the skin.  This gel contains Shea Butter and Niacinamide, which helps restore the cutaneous barrier.  Having this barrier in its best state ensures hydrated skin, and protects the skin from infection.

I love to use this in the shower on my face and body.  Sometimes when you use drugstore cleansers they can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, which actually isn’t good for your skin contrary to popular belief.  The Lipikar Gel Lavant doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural moisture, therefore, my skin doesn’t feel tight after cleansing- this is exactly what you want!

One of the things I love most is how both products can be used on your face and body.  This is not only extremely convenient for your skincare routine, but it also makes both products a 2 in 1.  My skin feels much better.  I love applying the moisturizer because it really takes away any tightness, dryness or discomfort I had previous to moisturizing.  After using these products my skin feels cleaner, it doesn’t feel like I have slathered on anything heavy, and best of all it has not blocked my pores whatsoever.

The redness and dryness on my cheeks has significantly gone down, it is almost completely gone.  I am sure with continued use it will go away completely.  These products do not aggravate it at all!

My skin feels cleaner, more hydrated and all around much softer.  I don’t even mind having to toss my vanilla scented products to the side, because the benefits and results the La Roche-Posay line produces are worth it.  My skin health overall feels and looks much better than before.  I give both of these products a 10 out of 10.

I will be purchasing some more products from their line shortly, so stay tuned for another review!  If you are interested in either of these products I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.  I will include links to the Shopper’s Drug Mart page here: The Lipikar Fluid was C$29.00 and the Lipikar Gel Lavant was C$21.00.  Although this may seem expensive for both products, I can assure you it is worth it.  When you think about it, seeing as both products are 2 in 1 products you only have 2 things to purchase.  Compared to before I would purchase 4 products: a body moisturizer, face moisturizer, body cleanser and face cleanser.  So when you think about it it’s not really that expensive, and it comes to basically the same amount of money spent if you were purchasing 4 products before compared to now purchasing only 2.

Have you tried La Roche-Posay products?  Let me know in a comment below!

IQ Natural & Organics- Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub Review

Here in Canada, we are getting into our colder winter months.  Those of you who are in this with me know how awful winter can be on your skin.  So my next few posts will focus on some wonderful products you can use to keep that soft and hydrated skin throughout these winter months.

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To start things off I have an awesome sugar scrub by IQ Natural & Organics!

Between the cold weather and heating it’s tough to catch a break.  But fear not my lovelies- there is something you can do!

I am avid on using moisturizer.  I moisturize my face and body every single day.  Even if you do this, you can STILL get dry skin, and it’s so frustrating. One of my solutions to getting rid of dead skin are scrubs.  It’s amazing how well they work.

IQ Natural & Organics sent me their Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub and I’m in love.  First of all, the smell is AMAZING.  I have used other scrubs before, but this is by far the one with the best scent in my opinion.  IQ Natural & Organics products are made in Gladstone, Oregon, USA and they are handcrafted!

Texture wise, it is like any scrub and once it gets wet it dissolves quickly.  The texture reminds me of sand.  Very fine particles.

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The Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub label reads: “With all natural organic coconut, honey, argan oil, vitamin E & hypoallergenic.  Powerful 10% alpha hydroxyl acid stimulates new collagen and elastin production.  Exfoliate away dead skin and reveal smooth & refreshed skin.”

Ingredients listed are: organic white sugar, olive oil, argan oil, 10% glycotic acid, essential oils, herbs and honey.

The product is:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Has Aloe Vera
  • Has High Organic Content
  • pH balanced (4.5-5.5)

I used this in the shower and my skin was so soft, and even softer after I moisturized.  It leaves your skin feeling so nice, but not tight or any residue- YAY.   The coconut oil in it is moisturizing so it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry.

Two suggestions I have to get the best results from the product:

1. Make sure to really give yourself a good rinse off in the shower before you get out.  That way you avoid having a residue feeling (if it were possible to get), or some of the tiny particles left on the skin.

2. Make sure to let the water rinse out the base of your shower or tub.  Once you rinse this off of your skin it accumulates in the base of the tub.  Seeing as the colour of this scrub is brown you can really see where it accumulates, I found it took a bit of extra rinsing to get it to melt and go down the drain.

I am so in love with the scent of this product, and how exfoliated my skin feels after!  This will be one of my best-friends this Winter season.

You can find IQ Natural & Organics online by clicking here.  The Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub retails for $26.00, you can view it here on their website.

You can also find them on their social media channels:

Twitter

Instagram

What is your favourite scrub?  Have you tried IQ Natural & Organics products?