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Thursday, April 30, 2015

OZ Naturals 20% Vitamin C + Amino + Hyaluronic Acid Serum


Does this week seem like it's progressing at an especially slow rate? Granted, I've been staying up far too late watching Weeds (I don't know why I never watched it when it was on tv) so sleep deprivation might have something to do with it. I may be yawning at an ever increasing rate, and have fairly massive dark circles under my eyes, but my skin is looking pretty fabulous thanks in part to OZ Naturals 20% Vitamin C + Amino + Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Interested? You know what to do.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Go Big or Go Home | Volume Boosted Hair Care

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I have memories of being about 12 or 13 trying to get my hair to flatten out, and be less... well, just less. Of course, that was the late 90's when super straight, flat, and sleek hair was having a moment. Thankfully, times have changed and that look is a little (okay, a lot) less desirable with a full head of thick, bouncy hair no longer the enemy. I am always on the lookout for peoducts that can give my hair added oomph in the volume department, with as little effort as possible required- I've never been very skilled in the hair department. I've recently found a few products that are just that, and even better, don't break the bank. Read on! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OPI Soft Shades 2015 Collection

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If ever a time to sport pale, soft and pretty shades, it's Spring. As much as I love a bold, opaque polish shade, I can still get excited about softer, sheer shades too. That's one thing to love about nail polish- you can have it all. The OPI Soft Shades Collection for 2015 brings us six pretty, feminine shades in nude and pink hues with a variety of finishes that is sure to have something for all polish fans. Read on for a closer look!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Feeling Fragrant with Avon Rare Amethyst & Outspoken Fresh by Fergie

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I was originally scheduled to bring you Fragrant Friday, but I ended up taking a sneaky little three day weekend in celebration of one of my favourite people- me (it was my birthday.) But, it's back to business today, with two new fragrances from Avon- Avon Rare Amethyst and Avon Outspoken Fresh by Fergie. Read on!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol.34

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil is the perfect answer for ultra-hydrated, smooth and firm skin! It also smells delectable!
  • Painted Ladies : 3 Reasons You’ll Love Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate
  • Color Me So Crazy: Nail Design for U by Kotex. Are You an UnderWarrior?
  • The Feminine Files: These new Revlon HD Lipsticks deliver high impact color, with a light buttery feel.
  • I Know all the Words: Summer is closer than you think... #GoConfidently with Jolen Beauty Cream Bleach Formulas & new Facial Hair Remover Kit
  • My Highest Self: NEW Vitabath Fragrances PLUS a Giveaway
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison treated herself to the adorable peach-scented Tony Moly Peach Anti-aging Hand Cream. Have you seen how cute it is?
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Drugstore Lovin' | Marcelle Edition

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    If a non-Canadian beauty fan were to take a stroll through the beauty isles of a Canadian drugstore, they might find that there aren't that many Canadian brands to be found. It's a sad truth. While there are many great Canadian brands, not many are represented at the ol' DS. One that is, and has been around since 1933. is Marcelle. The brand, based in Montreal, offers a wide selection of skincare and makeup, all being hypoallergenic, perfume free and never tested on animals. I have quite a few brand favourites- I highly suggest their micellar water- but today we'll be taking a look at Marcelle 8-in-1 Power Serum, Complete Corrector CC Cream, and Quad Bronzer. Read on!

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Jolen Bleach to Bare #GoConfidently

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    Having dark hair and light skin, I started my facial hair removal life a little earlier than most- I was paranoid I would have a mustache. Luckily, dealing with a 'stache (and other unwanted hair) is easy-peasy, especially with the help of products from Jolen. Their creme bleach formulas have been around since 1964 for a reason- they work! Read on to discover a little bit more about Jolen Creme Bleach formulas and the new Jolen Facial Hair Remover Kit. 

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Day & Night Duo | Vichy Liftactiv Supreme & Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask

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    Finding the perfect skincare products for your routine usually involves a bit of trial and error, but when you find the right combinations it can be a beautiful thing- literally. Two products that happen to make a most excellent day and nigh duo are Vichy Liftactiv Supreme and Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask.

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    The Fast Five | Pretty Polish Picks for Spring

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    I love blogging, but every now and then I need to take a moment out from the constant consumption. Obviously it's fun to haul a few new beauty goodies from time to time, but sometimes I feel like I'm always focused on what the next new thing is and I lose sight of products I already own (and that there are quite a few of them... ) That's how my new 'series', if you will, came to be. The Fast Five will feature five somethings (polishes, blushes, lipsticks, you get the idea) that might not be brand spanking new, but deserve some love. The first installment brings us five Pretty Polish Picks for Spring and the best part is, they might be shades you already have in your collection!

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 33

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  • Endlessummer Blog: Every woman needs a Little Black Lash from ESQIDO
  • TheFabZilla: New from Dolce and Gabbana Beauty, Matte lipsticks you need to own right now!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Burt's Bees Sheer Body Lotion in Clementine & Calla Lily is a luxurious moisturizer that is lightweight, very moisturizing, smells delectable, and comes in a convenient spray bottle.
  • My Highest Self: Tina shares her recipe for DIY Almond Coffee Body Butter!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Part 2 of the new Lip Sticks from Eclissare Collection from Borghese. Enjoy!!
  • I Know all the Words: Help support the ever adorable puffin with Kiehl's Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Limited Edition Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

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    A little factoid about me- I don't like avocado. I know they're filled with all kinds of nutrients and good-for-you fats, but I just don't like their taste/texture and I've tried them just about every way possible. One way I do enjoy avocado, is in Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. While the eye cream alone is a great addition to any skincare routine, it's currently a great way to support a worthy cause- puffins! Read on for more info.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    A Korean Beauty Moment with Etude House, Secret Key & Skin Food

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    Let's spend a moment chatting international beauty, specifically Korean beauty. Interested? I love that Korean brands have gotten so popular the last year or so, because it makes it so much easier to keep up with everything happening overseas. As we all know, the North American BB (and CC, DD, and so on) craze was born from Asian beauty trends, so why not go right to the source? It also makes it easier to buy, as products from popular Korean brands are popping up at laces like Sephora and Urban Outfitters. I've been enjoying a few products from Etude House, Secret Key and Skin Food and thought it was time to share. Read on!

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Burberry Kisses Hydrating Lip Colour | No. 5 Nude Pink

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    A little dose of luxe beauty coming at you today with Burberry's newest lip launch, Burberry Kisses Hydrating Lip Colour. While I have mad love for Burberry Brit- it's one of my all time favourite scents- I've never dipped into their cosmetics. Mainly because they were tricky to get in Canada, but never fear fellow canucks, Burberry makeup is now available from The Bay- yay! But, back to the product on hand. Read on for a closer look at Burrbery Kisses Lip Colour in No. 5 Nude Pink.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Collection

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    I got off to such a productive start this morning, but when I sat down to write this (hours ago...) I just couldn't get my blog mojo flowing. It up and left me, so this is going to be a rather bland intro. Luckily, the Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Collection is pretty enough that it kind of speaks for itself. I have two items from the four piece collection, so read on for a closer look at Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Lip Gloss Trio and Gel Eyeliner.

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Sephora Sale Shopping Guide

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    One of the years' most anticipated sales is upon us- the Sephora Sale! The sale dates are staggered by Beauty Insider status- VIB Rouge can shop now, with the VIB discount starting April 16th and BI (Beauty Insiders) on April 17th. I've yet to decide if I'll be participating this year as I have my eye on a few other substantial purchases, and odd thing, credit card companies like to be paid every month. While a little haul still might happen- it is my birthday month and the NARS gift is pretty appealing- I couldn't help but make a little list of items that would be on my ultimate shopping list. Read on!

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 32

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes paired with Tom Lip Color in Vanilla Suede is absolute rocker-chic perfection!
  • TheFabZilla: This week on TheFabZilla, Kathryne shares her smokey eye look using Tom Ford Titanium Smoke palette
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you need some new glitter nail polishes, Jessica has Barielle's Bling It On collection for you!
  • Painted Ladies: Enter to win a prize pack of Pacifica face & body wipes available exclusively at Ulta!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Ohh Lippy Love from the Borghese Eclissare Colorstruck Collection
  • Shear Glam Life: Co-washing just got better with Biolage!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shows off her new Bite Beauty Vivid Creme Lipstick Duo in Tangerine and Lingonberry, brights for spring!
  • I Know all the Words: Win a Helen Ficalora sterling silver Mom necklace for the special mom in your life!
  • Friday, April 10, 2015

    Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

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    Oh blog fans, it's been a trying day and a half... My internet connection has been spotty and intermittent and... well, just a pain in the posterior. As soon as it would seem decent, the bottom would drop out. When I got the nerve to phone my provider, I was greeted to the old 'we're aware of service interruptions, thank you for your business... blah, blah, blah.' First world problems at their finest, but still, I got stuff to get done. I have finally gotten to said stuff, and am happy to present to you the new Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers. Remember the BIG Little Black Book they released last year? Well, take that and shrink it. That's exactly what this is. Neat concept, right?! Read on!

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Make Up For Ever Spring 2015

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    I saw a robin yesterday! Granted, it was standing on a two foot pile of snow, but still. Spring is here and with it are a few new additions to the Make Up For Ever line up. Interested? Read on for a look at Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer, Sculpting Duo and Large Flat Blush Brush.

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Drugstore Lovin' | Spring Refresh

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    I think most beauty fans can say the drugstore was (and still is) a happy place. Sure, high end brands have their appeal, but there is almost always something new worth trying at your local drugstore. Plus, there is always a little nostalgia as I have fond memories from my younger days perusing Shoppers for the perfect additions to my makeup bag. Hence, my newest series: Drugstore Lovin', because I do. Makes sense, no? For the first installment, a few products to switch up your routine. Add a little new life to your everyday products with a Spring Refresh. Read on!

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    CLOSED Helen Ficalora Mother's Day Giveaway

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    So, Easter has just passed, and there is a chance that some of you are still in a chocolate/sugar induced haze, but there is anther holiday just around the corner- Mother's Day! I happen to have a very cute, sterling silver, Helen Ficalora 'Mom' necklace to giveaway. Whether you have an amazing mom, know an amazing mom, or, are an amazing mom (go you!) this would be a perfect gift. Read on to enter!

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 31

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser to add to your beauty routine? Then say hello to Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator– it's truly amazing!
  • My Highest Self: Contributor Kristina shares her favorite pink lipsticks right now!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila's going Queen of Country to celebrate the Academy of Country Music Awards. Enter to win a Mary Kay Cosmetics prize pack!
  • TheFabZilla: Check out TheFabZilla's How to Loose Waves Video-torial!
  • Color Me So Crazy: I am Inspired by Fashion!! Check out my nails inspired by an dress
  • BeautyTidbits: Check out these 11 New Drugstore Beauty Steals you need for Spring!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Get your feet ready for sandal season!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison finally found a long wear lippie that delivers without drying her lips, Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss in Scarlet!
  • I Know all the Words: Parisienne chic scents from Laura Mercier with Eau Gourmande fragrances Vanille, Fresh Fig & Almond Coconut Milk

  • Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Clarins Everlasting Foundation +

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    I've been a lazy blogger today. I initially gave myself permission to skip today's post as long as I edit my photos for tomorrow, but if I skip a post I'll throw off my entire schedule. Plus, it's not fair to the product up for discussion today- Clarins Everlasting Foundation +, a 'new generation' formula that offers 18 hour wear for perfect skin no matter what the condition. Intrigued? Read on!

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande | Vanille, Fresh Fig & Almond Coconut Milk

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    Sometimes I buy something with zero intention of bogging it, but then end up loving it so much it just seems wrong not to. I picked up a set of Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande fragrances (at a hefty discount) and tucked them away for a day when a new scent would be enjoyed. A little hidden present to myself. I recently unearthed them and have been absolutely in love with the scents. While the exact set I picked up is no more, the individual scents are still very much available- Vanille, Fresh Fig, and Almond Coconut Milk to be exact!