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Friday, December 30, 2016

Best 16 of 2016 | A Year in Reviews

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It's almost over... 2016 that is. I think most are ready to see it go, but before it does, I thought it would be fun to see what the year that was looked like in beauty. I took a peek at my analytics to see what you lovely lot read most out of my 2016 content.It's an interesting mix, and I have to say I was surprised to see what came out on top.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Stuff That Stocking | Holiday 2016

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One shopping day left, that's all you've got. Are you ready? I admit, I tend to shop right to the very last few days, but that's more because I have a hard time stopping once I get started in that mode. There is always a little something you could add to a gift, right? Or Stockings, I am a fan of over stuffing a stocking. Half the fun is finding the little bits to add to it. If you happen to have a beauty fan on your list, I happen to have a few recommendations that are sure to please.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mary Kay Holiday 2016 | Pamper Essentials

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I know, it's verrry close to 'the day' and I've still got holiday bits to show you. Tomorrow is all about stocking stuffers, but today is all about that me time with bath and body bits from Mary Kay. Let's get to them, yeah?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Feeling Fragrant | Holiday 2016 Edition

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It's the most wonderful fragrant time of the year. It seems like I end up with the most fragrances come the holiday season. which means it's time for another round of Feeling Fragrant. This edition is extra nice, as I've even got a bottle to give away. Any guesses which one it is? You'll have to read on to find out....

Monday, December 19, 2016

Brushes, Bags & All Things Gold | Sephora Collection Holiday 2016

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Is anyone else getting incredibly excited about the holidays? I am! Not so much for the actual holidays, but for a bit of a break. I love blogging, but I'm ready for a few days away. The day in day out can get a bit monotonous, you know? But, before my break starts, I do still have a small heap of greatness to show you. Today is especially fun, as we're talking brushes and bags from Sephora Collection. If you don't like gold, glitter, and more gold (and a bit more glitter too, actually), well... you might not want to keep reading. But really, who can say not to glitter?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Live Without Leaks | Poise Impressa Bladder Supports Pt. 2

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This post was sponsored by Poise Impressa as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary product to facilitate my review.

You may remember this post, wherein we chatted about the new Poise Impress Bladder Supports. You do, right? If not, go give it a little skim. Done? Great! Since I already went over the mechanics, today is all about the actual wear. As we know, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can effect one in four Canadian women, having an impact on self confidence and how much enjoyment you get out of like. That's a major bummer, especially around times that should be ahppy and worry-free (like the holidays!) I enlisted the help of two women in my life to test the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports so I can give you the rundown and decide if they're the right product for you.

Friday, December 16, 2016

IDC Mise en Beaute Express Set | Holiday 2016

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Fridays are for skincare. At least, they tend to be around these parts. Skincare Friday is back this week with a great little skincare set from Canadian brand IDC. I've been a fan of their Trilogy Mask for a few years (it's seriously amazing!) so I was super pleased to find this set at my door. Plus, IDC is now available from The Shopping Channel and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, meaning the brand is even easier to get your hands on.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Luxe | Mark Holiday 2016

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The big day is getting closer, but you've still got a few days to get some shopping in. If you're like me, you aren't done just yet. I don't know how people can every say they're done shopping. I always manage to find a little bit more for my giftees. And no, budgets are not my strong point. Anyway, today is about the Mark holiday offerings, which are all about a bit of luxury and easy glam.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Elizabeth Arden Liquid Assets Colour Collection

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Oh, Elizabeth Arden.... I can't say I always think of you as a brand (sorry) but when I get back into your offerings I am always impressed. The recent Liquid Assets Colour Collection being my most recent rondezvous. The collection is home to vivid shades that can bring a bit of fun to holiday makeup. Oh, and shimmer which is obviously necessary too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

House of Lashes X Sephora Lash Story Deluxe | Holiday 2016

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Hands up if you're a faux lash addict? I, am not. I will admit that applying them takes me more effort than it should. When I do get them applied well, I end up with one half of the strip popping off. But, I still try, as practice should make, well maybe not perfect, but at least better. Right? When applied well, a pair of faux lashes open the eye and give you instant 'wow'. That's exactly what you can expect with House of Lashes X Sephora Lash Story Deluxe. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Chocolate Shop | Too Faced Holiday 2016

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Happy Monday, blog fans! I'll admit, I'm feeling a smidge deflated already. I tend to plan my week of blog coverage on the weekends, which I did for this upcoming week as we're reaching the home stretch before the holidays start. I knew I needed to get this super adorable Too Faced offering up asap. As of Saturday, it was available, and as of now? Not so much. I'm going to blog it anyway, but if you're were holding out hope on picking it up, you're likely out of luck unless you search stores.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Getting Gifty | Fresh Gift Sets Holiday 2016

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Another December day, another gift set... Today it's all about the very festive (and gilded) Fresh sets. I have loved the Fresh lip treatments (aka balms) for a few years, so I am always excited to see their gift sets. It's the best time of year to sample a bunch of shades, in my opinion. Fresh offers quite a few sets, which include those amazing little balms and skincare.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Yum-Tastic Scents | LUSH Holiday 2016

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Things are sweetly scented today! I've got a few of this year's Lush Holiday offerings, and everything smells incredible. Yum-tastic even. Let's get right to the good, shall we?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Gift of Great Sound | Sudio Vasa Blå Earphones

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Beauty gifts are awesome, but sometimes they just aren't the right fit. Not everyone can be so easy to shop for. Shopping for the person who has everything can be difficult, unless you consider headphones (or earbuds, earphones, whatever you like to call them.) Think about it, what soulless person doesn't like some sort of music? Most everyone can get down to something. This is the perfect time for Sudio. Sudio are the makers of some seriously goo looking headphones, with a variety of options to please anyone on your list. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mary Kay Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes | Holiday 2016

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I think most makeup fans can agree that a patterned, raised, or just creative spin on a product gets them in tizzy (the good kind) right? Mary Kay is in on our love of patterns and special things with their main holiday makeup release. The new, limited edition, Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes are incredibly fun to look at and boast some gorgeous shades to see you throughout the holidays and beyond. The problem is finding the nerve to actually swatch/use them....

Monday, December 5, 2016

Gorgeous Gifting | Marc Jacobs Holiday 2016

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Gift sets. Gift sets as far as the eyes can see. Just when I thought I was getting a handle on them more arrive. No complaints, but I'm realizing I still have a lot of gift options to chat up with you lovely peeps with the holidays growing ever closer. Two get knocked off the list today though, with theses stunning options from Marc Jacobs. With simple, but elegant cases, the Your Place or Mine? Five-Piece Travel Brush Collection & Up All Night Five-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Collection bring a touch of designer flair to your gift giving game.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Customized Style | oNecklace Sterling Silver Jewellery

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You can call me basic, but I LOVE receiving jewellery as a gift. It takes a moment of thought from the gifter, but can be really meaningful to the recipient. Even more so if it's customized. Growing up with a not-common name, I've come to be easily impressed by anything with my name on it. oNecklace gets it, as they're known for their selection of customized sterling silver pieces. I'm the owner of a few (check them out here) and couldn't love them more. You can bet I was very excited about featuring their gorgeous designs again this holiday season.

oNecklace has an impressive selection of customizable jewellery in sterling silver, gold, and now rose gold plating. They don't make it easy narrowing down your choices, but it's quite nice that you're able to shop for multiple people on your list without giving everyone the same style.

I opted to go with something a bit different than the monogrammed or name styles, and chose the Sterling Silver Circle Roman Numeral Necklace. The open circle pendant hangs on your choice of chain (rolo or box) with your chosen numbers within. And yes, if you know your Roman numerals, you know know exactly how old I am. The top of the circle features a tiny heart which is adorable, but not too cutesy.The circle is the perfect size for everyday wear and I love that oNecklace gives you the option of chain length, with 14″, 16″, 18″, 20″, and 22″ lengths available. 

If customization isn't your thing (I don't get you, but it's your prerogative) oNeckalce does offer quite a few styles that lack any customized elements. As a lover of all things celestial, I immediately fell in love with the Sterling Silver Starry Sky Layered Necklace. The the layered chain features a larger crescent moon and a tiny star. I am obsessed with this necklace! I went with the rolo chain and a longer length and it's perfect. For daintier pendants, the silver isn't thin or fragile. It's the kind of piece you can enjoy for years without worrying about damaging it.

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As oNeckalce jewellery does make a great gift, they have thought of everything. Your purchase not only comes in a regal looking purple box (with magnetic closure) but oNecklace also includes a cute little gift bag. Pop a bow on it and you're good to go. oNecklace is currently offering a site wide sale, free shipping (orders ship within 24 hours!) and the code IKATW10 for an added 10% of your order.

I am completely thrilled with all of my oNecklace pieces and can't recommend them enough. The quality is impeccable and they have very reasonable prices for what you get. What do you think? Are you a fan of jewellery as a gift?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Give the Gift of Great Skin | Skincare Sets Holiday 2016

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You don't need me to tell you that holiday beauty product launches are in full swing. Mainly, because they've been slowly eking out since September... I tend to think of makeup sets around this time of year, but there also happens to be quite a few skin related sets in on the fun. As a skincare lover, I am very interested in the trend, as a set usually saves you a little coin compared to full size, and it lets you test more formulas from a brand. All good things.