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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Quo 2017 Holiday Collection at Shoppers Drug Mart


Christmas came a bit early to my PO box this season. Above are only some (can you believe there's more?!) of the 30 kits by Quo available at Shoppers Drug Mart this holiday season. I love when brands put out big collections like this for the holidays, it makes shopping for picky people juuuust a little bit easier. There's also enough range in this collection to buy for tweens to adults. Kits like this look thoughtful and extravagant because there's so much to each one. There's even a few little bits you might want to buy yourself early (advent calender's and Christmas crackers are a must)!

The packaging is cute and festive, and the individual products have sleek and minimalistic containers. Though I haven't used any of these yet, from previous Quo purchases I know this brand makes quality items with good pigmentation. My favourites right away were the artisan brushes and the luxury lipsticks. Below you can find all of these kits listed in order of the photos above and I've also listed the prices. I found everything to be quite reasonably priced given the amount of product. If you want to check out the other kits available take a peek on the shoppers drug mart website!

1. Lip Gloss Bar, $20
2. Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe, $30
3. Delux Brow Sculpting Set, $20
4. Cosmetic Crackers, $15
5. Artisan Brush Set, $79 (put this on your list, seriously these are amazing quality)
6. 12 Days of Beauty, $40
7. Beauty on the Go Trio, $35
8. Blending Sponges, $8 each
9. Emery Board, $3 each

Have any of these kits caught your eye? Have you tried any Quo cosmetics before? What did you think? Let me know below!

     
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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Kerastase Reviews Week One: The Densifique Line


 
I'm guilty of going to the grocery store and buying whatever hair care products are on sale, despite the fact they're probably doing more harm than good. I have a full head of tape in hair extensions and have recently dyed my hair back brown from platinum blonde... You can imagine my hair is not in the *best* of shape. When I received these products from Kerastase I used it as an opportunity to finally take good care of my hair (though the products were free, the opinions are ALWAYS my own.)

I will be reviewing three of Keratase's hair care lines, the ones that are best suited for my thin, damaged, and unruly hair over the next three weeks. First up is their Densifique range, for thin and dull hair. I'll start by saying their packaging is perfect. It feels expensive, classy, and like it won't break when I drop it ten times in the shower. They smell incredible, but may be too strong if you're scent sensitive as the perfume of them sticks around. These products are definitely pricier than most, but after seeing such a difference in my hair and extensions I definitely believe they're worth it. I also feel like picking out one of these ranges that best suit someone's hair type would be an amazing Christmas gift idea!

FONDANT DENSITE 
These products all contain hyaluronic acid (found in our skin to hold moisture), gluco-peptide (enhance the quality of hair fibres), and ceramides (adds strength to reduce breakage). This conditioner leaves no heavy feel to your hair yet still gives it moisture and body. It untangles my extensions with ease, and takes no effort to rinse out. I'd give the conditioner a nine out of ten!

BAIN DENSITE
This shampoo provides thickness, substance and tone. I definitely noticed, after my usual blow dry routine, my hair had much more volume. Only downside is that I have A LOT of hair, may it be thin, so with this size bottle I will be running out soon :( Only because of this, I'd give it seven out of ten.

MASQUE DENSITE
I am obsessed with hair masks. I have tested sooo many over the years, and I'm in love with this one! I have been testing each product out separately (how scientific of me) and this also provided volume and life to my hair. It also leaves my, sometimes stubbornly coarse, extensions extremely soft and smooth. A ten out of ten for this mask!

They also sent along this amazing reed diffuser!? I don't know if they're for sale or where but I really recommend it. I've never had one before and this massive bottle immediately filled my apartment with the most gorgeous floral yet deep fragrance. 

Have you tried any Kerastase products before? Have any favourites? Let me know below and don't forget to leave a link to your blog/insta so I can check you out!

     
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

First Impression: New Soap & Glory Products









Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss
I'll start by saying I've never tried any Soap & Glory before! I always walked past it in Shoppers Drug Mart and wished I could get it all, the packaging is more than cute. These lip glosses make your lips sting a bit but leave you with a puffy look. I could do without the glitter (just not my style) but they really do work. New and improved with "superfill" plumping spheres and "lipswell" natural plant oils for a smooth finish. 

The Fab Pore Cleansing Cloths
I'm pretty much obsessed with cleansing clothes so I love testing new ones. These ones smell amazing and are suppose to purify your t-zone. I welcome anything that claims it can help my pores while removing my makeup.

Body Spray
I honestly have not used a body spray in years, maybe even since high school locker room days. There's really no reason I stopped using them, I sometimes choke up on how heavy the perfume is I decided to coat myself with... so I appreciated this throwback. I received the Original Pink scent which is sweet but refreshing. The scent sticks around with you all day, even if very lightly. I've been using it each day and I definitely want to try out the other two scents, Smoothie Star and Sugar Crush. 

Sugar Crush Body Lotion
Love how big this 500ml bottle is. This is their new scent in Sweet Lime, I definitely didn't think I would like anything lime but this is quite fresh and warm at the same time. I love how big the bottle is and how it has a convenient pump. I found myself grabbing for it throughout the day. It feels great on my legs and hand and soaks in nicely to the skin without residue.

The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion
Another item from their Fab Pore line. Again, anything that claims to help my pores is a go for me. I've worn this under my makeup a few times and I really like how it looked. I've been applying it evenly with a foundation brush and really have enjoyed it (and its refreshing scent)!

Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
I've wanted to try this stuff for years, ever since I saw Zoella raving about it. This is their new great maple scented scrub and it really does smell amazing. Definitely a perfect addition to a Canadian product release. The product not only scrubs skin but also uses three moisturizers (sea butter, glycerin, and sweet almond oil) to add life back to your skin. I fake tan a lot so this is a new staple in my pre-tanning routine. 

All products are now available at Shoppers Drug Mart! I received these products for testing purposes but all opinions have been my own :) Have you tried Soap & Glory before? What product would you like to try from above? Let me know below!


     
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Review: New in from bareMinerals


How have I been obsessing over foundations for years and never tried bareMinerals? I've heard a lot of good things about them but never made the commitment at the Sephora check-out.. so I was VERY excited to find these in my PO box. These new releases from bareMinerals immediately replaced my skin priming and foundation routine. It was a perfect transition from ultra light oil control routine in the summer into fall. 

BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation - This has a great full coverage yet natural look and lasts all day. It comes in 30 shades so you're going to be able to find the perfect colour for you. I received four shades to try but sadly two broke in the post (it happens!) and I think those darker shades would have matched me better :( I'm currently satisfied using #16 but I think I'll go into Sephora and have them give me a colour match since there's so many to choose from :) It has SPF 20 and gives your skin a nice "soft-focus" effect for a perfect smooth complexion. 

Luxe Performance Brush - The perfect foundation brush! I'm used to using a Beauty Blender so I usually have doubts about brushes but I was pleasantly surprised. It worked great with the BAREPRO foundation and the shape fits perfectly on more difficult areas. 

BAREPRO Contour Face-Shaping Trio - I haven't actually ever bought a contour pallet! I ended up really enjoying how well they blended and the colour selection as these can sometimes appear orangey on my skin. It's much more convenient to have all the colours you need together in one pallet. Photographed is the "tan to deep" pallet and it also comes in "fair to medium."

GOOD HYDRATIONS Silky Face Primer - This product is both moisturizing and priming. It conceals pores without that heavy feel of some primers. It sits very well underneath the BAREPRO foundation and makes my skin feel extra soft. 

SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Infusion - Love this serum, it simply gives my skin a smooth and glowing look before I put my makeup on. 

SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Eye Gel Cream - This feels light-weight around my eyes, I hate the feeling of heavy eye creams. I was not able to tell a notable difference when using this cream but my eyes are definitely not a problem area. The Skinlongevity items promote a more youthful and supple look to your skin. 

Let me know in the comments below if any of these items caught your eye or if you've tried them before and have some opinions to share :) All products are available at Sephora and Sephora.ca!


     
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Lookbook: 3 Ways to Transition into Fall using Thigh Highs ft. Tobi



If you've ever scrolled through my Instagram you know that I am obsessed with thigh high boots and socks. It's almost rare to see a photo of me without them. I'm SO glad fall is here so I can finally wear them again without being too warm! Tobi was kind enough to send me some clothing items to help with these looks. If you haven't checked out Tobi before they're a clothing website that has on trend styles and thankfully ships to Canada.The thigh high boots I am wearing in each look are from CallItSpring.

Look 1: A simple sweater dress is casual and cozy. Details like cuffed bell sleeves make the dress stand out.

Look 2: Mixing shorts and sweaters together are perfect for a transition into colder weather.

Look 3: By using a plain miniskirt you can seperate the dressier boots and eye catching top.

Let me know what you think of these looks in the comments below, and please leave your links so I can check out your blogs and Instagram's!


     
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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Giving Old Furniture New Life with Premier Paints at Canadian Tire








Each time I move into a new apartment I get the urge to totally redo my entire d├ęcor. My boyfriend and I recently upgraded from a small bachelor to something a bit bigger (our cats really appreciate this!) Though I can’t go out and buy all new decorations and furniture, I can make something old new again. I’ve had an old hallway table for years, and my parents had it for even longer before that. With the opportunity to work with Canadian Tire and their new line of Premier Paints I knew just the piece of furniture that needed some TLC.

To my boyfriend’s dismay I really love whimsical and unique pieces. Pastels and vintage silver and golds are my favourite. I decided to paint the top of this dark and dreary table in pastel stripes, and have the rest a creamy white with a hint of pink. When I received the colour folder from Canadian Tire I could spot the shades I wanted right away. I chose “Angel Food Cake” and “Lavender Lace”, and surprisingly I didn’t just choose them for their adorable names.

The first thing I noticed when swatching the tester colours on the table first was how they immediately covered the extremely dark wood and paint underneath. I painted the edges and cracks with the light cream first with a paint brush, and then went in with a small roller to evenly coat the top, bar, and legs. One coat with only a few tiny touch ups and I was set. I was absolutely amazed by the paints coverage! The colour applied extremely creamy and smooth and proved to be an easy application for someone who isn’t a DIY pro.

After allowing it to dry I measured out the length apart I wanted my stripes to be and laid my painters tape down. It’s important to make sure your first coat dried entirely so you don’t pull up any colour when removing the tape. I rolled on the beautiful vintage lavender and again, with just one coat, it was a perfect application.


I can’t recommend trying something fun with your old furniture pieces enough. They add character and conversation to your rooms. With Canadian Tire’s Preimier Paint line you have all the tools and colour options to do whatever project you dream up.  


This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

     
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