Fashion

January 2016 Favourites

There are many great things about Winter (personally, I can’t name any but Christmas), but with it tends to come dry and dull skin, frizzy hair, and hands you want to hide in your gloves.  My January favourites happen to be products that help with all of these problems (plus a little glitz).  Let’s get to it!

1. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I received a sample of this primer a few months ago, and didn’t start using it until recently.  With all the acne products I’ve been using, there have been days where my skin just needs some serious moisture (dry skin + makeup = not fun).  It applies more like a moisturizer, with a yummy, coconut scent.  As someone who has very oily skin, I typically go for a primer that will mattify.  But what I love about this primer is that it gives you a soft, dewy finish without the oil and shine.  It absorbed quickly on my skin and makeup applied easily over top.  This primer is silicone free (a common allergen), cruelty-free, and vegan friendly.

2. Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer

While I typically tend to choose a moisturizer more based on scent than anything, this Winter I’ve been more focused on finding a high-quality product that soothes dryness and lasts all day long.  This moisturizer by Jergens does just that.  It’s got a soft, clean scent, a rich and luxurious consistency, and applies evenly.  I wasn’t sure it would live up to its claim of leaving skin more radiant, but it honestly does.  It leaves my skin with a dewy sheen, but dries quickly.

3. Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush

This brush is as fun to use as it looks.  On wet or dry hair, the soft, flexible bristles gently fight tangles while fitting perfectly into your hand (thanks to its ergonomic shape).  You can even bring it with you in the shower to comb through your conditioner or hair mask.  Because it requires less pulling or tugging than a normal hairbrush, you’ll notice less breakage and increased shine.  Even better? It comes in a variety of colour combinations.  Which one will you choose?

4. Olive and Piper Floret Crystal Studs

I promised glitz, didn’t I?  I received these earrings in my gift bag at the Spark Sessions blogger conference late last year, and have worn them countless time since.  I love that they have a vintage-inspired look, and that they dress up nearly any outfit.  I’ve paired mine with sweaters, dresses, even a leather jacket…I just can’t get enough!

5. FarmHouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt Shea Butter Hand Cream

This hand cream smells good enough to eat (even my boyfriend asked “what is that?”).  But aside from it smelling amazing, it’s also seriously effective, leaving my hands soft and easing any itchiness or dryness (I love applying this at night before bed).  You can purchase this cream in-store at Blossom Lounge in Toronto’s Distillery District (or online), and can choose from a variety of (adorably named) scents including “Fluffy Bunny” and “Front Porch Punch”.  The compact 2.4 oz size means you can keep one in your purse, your car, your bedside, and beyond!

What have you been loving for the month of January?  Let me know in the comments below! 

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Gift Guide Day 10: A Gift to Share with your BFF

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We all remember how much it meant when our friend chose us to wear the other half of their BFF bracelet, necklace, or key chain back in the day. Why not bring that feeling back?  These adorable Side by Side charms from Alex and Ani are a modern twist on the BFF bracelet.  Why otters, you ask?  Otters actually hold hands when floating in the water to prevent themselves from drifting apart (que the “awww”), and are therefore a symbol of unity and friendship.  Share one with your BFF and wear these charms as a reminder to, “Bask in the glow of good times and make the best of what floats your way.” (Alexandani.com) You can purchase this set in either a Rafaelian Gold or Rafaelian Silver finish, and they are expandable from 2″ to 3.5″ in diameter.  Who will be your significant otter?  Sorry, couldn’t resist!

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Gift Guide Day 9: A Luxury Balm for your Lips (and Beyond!)

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With the colder temperatures (and the mistletoe), a great lip balm is a must.  Today’s gift, Henné Organics Luxury Organic Lip Balm, is not only an amazing (trust me!) lip product, it can also be used for hands, elbows, heels, and more!  Made with coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and beeswax, it’s certified organic and contains 99% organic ingredients.  It’s long lasting, non-greasy, and feels light-weight on your lips or skin.  This product is a luxe gift that anyone will enjoy, and because it’s colourless, it’s great for men, too!  You can purchase this product online (free shipping on orders $75+) or in-store at Blossom Lounge in Toronto’s Distillery District.

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Gift Guide Day 8: The Little Gift that Does A Lot

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We are all aware of the fashion and beauty emergencies that can happen when you’re on the go: a run in your tights, hair that won’t stay put, a broken nail, a hem that has fallen loose, or an earring back that has gone M.I.A.  We know these emergencies can (and do) happen, but we simply don’t have enough room in our purses to carry all the items we’d need to solve these problems…at least until now, that is.  Pinch ProvisionsMinimergency Kit for Her” holds 17 beauty and fashion emergency fixes in a cute pouch, all while being able to fit in the palm of your hand.

Included in kit are the following:

– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Tampon
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape

You can purchase the kit shown in the picture above on the Sephora website, or you can visit the Pinch Provisions website to see even more styles and products, including a kit for men.  There are even Minimergency kits for brides and bridesmaids!

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Gift Guide Day 6: A Chic Multitasker

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We all have them: the moments when you’re too lazy to take your whole purse or wallet out on an errand, so you just a grab a few individual cards for your pocket instead.  And, if you’re anything like me, you end up forgetting to put them back, and are debit-cardless at the checkout a few days later.  This multitasking Hailey Wristlet from Danier solves this problem in a super-chic and simple way.  Made of glazed leather, (and measuring 7.5″ W x 3.75″ H x 0.88″ D), this wristlet comes with 3 pieces: the wallet, the removable card slot, and the wristlet attachment.  The 3 individual pieces allow you to use this wallet a variety of ways: as a wristlet or clutch, as a wallet in your purse, or as a slim, handy cardholder when you’re on the run.  Just keep your driver’s license, health card, and debit card in the removable holder, and voila, you’re all set for your late night Ben and Jerry’s run.  The Hailey Wristlet comes in a variety of colours (shown above in Grey Python), and is currently on sale for less than $50.00!

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Gift Guide Day 5: A Gift With Meaning

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I love a personalized gift: one that’s unique and has meaning. Each piece in the Speechlust collection is adorned with an uncommonly used word; one that has a much deeper meaning than it’s few syllables would lead you to believe.  One of my favourites (pictured above) is the Halcyon Necklace.  According to the Speechlust website, Halcyon is defined as: “(adj.) To be calm, peaceful and tranquil. (n.) A mythical bird said to calm the waves of the sea.”  Wearing this necklace can be a reminder, “to slow down and keep perspective. When you take the time to breathe, you’ll realize that, like the waves, this too shall pass”.

You can view a full dictionary of all words offered on the site, and can shop by collection.  Some of my other favourites are the Ikigai and the Heliophile necklaces.  All come on a 22-inch chain, and some styles are offered in beaded versions.  Each necklace also includes a card with the word’s definition (so the person you’re giving it to won’t need to Google after opening!).

I also love Speechlust’s story.  Canadian owner Courtney Chilton was inspired to create Speechlust while traveling in Southeast Asia.  She created the brand having had no background in business, learning as she went along.  I admire that she created her brand purely with passion and a love for what she was doing.  All to often, I think we sell ourselves short because we don’t think this passion is enough.  It is.  Give these necklaces to friends, family members, or significant others, and support a small business while doing so.

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Gift Guide Day 4: A Very “Mary” Christmas

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Today’s gift is a fun collaboration between Roots and Mary Maxim: the Mary Maxim Scarf Knit Kit.  Inside is everything you need to make your very own Roots infinity scarf (yarn, needles, pattern and instructions, as well as a cute cotton tote!).  What I love about this as a gift for someone, is that you’re giving them an experience, whether it’s learning something new, or doing something they already enjoy.  I also love that the outcome is a modern, trendy scarf, similar to those in Roots Cabin collection.  Pair it with a cute mug, some hot chocolate, and a scented candle, and you’re giving someone the perfect winter-night in.

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Gift Guide Day 2: The Perfect (Pink) Coffee Table Book

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For me, books have always been fascinating.  They are read and enjoyed, perhaps one day past along to someone new, and come to have not only their own story to tell (the one between the pages), but also those of the lives it has touched along the way (deep, I know).  In fact, it fascinates me so much, that I have my own personal collection of old books with strangers’ signatures and well-wishes on the inside covers.  So much history and so much mystery: I love it.

So naturally, I’ve chosen to add a book to the gift guide this year, and it’s one that’s perfect for your girlfriends, mother, sister, and beyond (it’s also a perfect housewarming present!).  All in Good Taste from Kate Spade New York is a gorgeous pink hardcover book (yes, that wine stain is intentional!) that shares fun recipes, how-to’s, personal essays, and more.  Topics covered include: how to shuck an oyster, the proper way to set the table, how to write the perfect thank-you note to the party hostess, what to have on-hand for your at-home bar, and Instagram etiquette at dinner.  This book is fun to read, but is also a great conversation piece to have on your coffee table or bookshelf.  Just write a cute note on the inside, place a bow on the outside, and gift!

Missed Day 1 of the Gift Guide? Check it out here (and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!).

Gift Guide Day 1: A Gift that Gives Back (+Giveaway!)

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Today’s gift focuses on what’s truly important this time of year: spreading love and care.  And, when you gift someone you love (or yourself) with this gorgeous Palmwood Diamond Pendant from This Counts, 25% of the proceeds are donated to Make A Wish Canada to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Made of palm wood and resin diamond on a metal chain, this necklace proves even more beautiful when you know that you can change and enrich lives by wearing it.

I’ve blogged about This Counts previously, and how a portion of the sale of every single item on their site goes to a charity supported by the retailer.  I also love that there’s no guessing game when you’re shopping: the price you see is the price you pay (including tax and shipping).  This necklace is just one of the many fun and unique gift ideas on the site.  Check out my previous post (linked above) for some other great gift ideas from This Counts!

This Counts has generously offered to host a giveaway to help celebrate day 1 of the 2015 Gift Guide on WhatDidSheFind.  To enter to win your very own Palmwood Diamond Pendant, simply follow the link below and use the Rafflecopter tool.  This giveaway is open to Canadian entrants only, and will close on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck and happy shopping!

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12 Days of Gift Ideas, Coming December 12th!

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It’s here: the most wonderful time of the year.  Which means its time to trim the tree, hang the stockings with care, and, of course, check out my annual gift guide!  This year, I’ll be bringing you a gift idea every day for 12 days.  Expect fun finds for friends, loved ones, teachers, and more, starting December 12th!