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What I’ve Been Loving Lately…

It’s been a while since my last post, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back into the swing of things!  The products I’ve discovered these past few months are some of my all-time favourites, and I hope you’ll love them, too!

1. MantraBand “Smile, Breath, and Go Slowly” Bracelet

I discovered MantraBand during a trip to the USA this past summer.  Being someone who loves motivational quotes, I was immediately intrigued by these bracelets, which are sleek and simple in design (available in silver, rose gold, or yellow gold), and adorn various fun, inspirational messages.  In particular, I was drawn to the saying, “Smile, Breath, and Go Slowly“.  The MantraBand website describes this bracelet as a reminder to, “Remember to focus on one thing at a time and give it your all. Stay calm, look on the bright side, and keep going. Because it’s all about the journey, not the destination.”  I, like many others, often times find myself rushing to get things done, and I can easily forget to slow down and enjoy the process.  Naturally, I’m now hooked on these bracelets and have a handful of others on my wishlist: “Hakuna Matata“, “Ohana“, and “Que Sera Sera“, just to name a few!

2. L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve waited a long time for an affordable shampoo and conditioner that were specially formulated for oily roots, and guess what?  It’s finally arrived! L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Clay line is perfect for those who have hair the equivalent to “combination skin”: an oily scalp, with ends that could use some love.  These products use the power of various clays (white, blue, and green) to cleanse, moisturize, and revitalize the hair and scalp, leaving hair balanced for up to 72 hours!  The shampoo lathers beautifully and leaves your hair and scalp feeling clean and refreshed, and the conditioner is super moisturizing and lightweight.  Oh, and both products smell amazing.  Using the shampoo and conditioner, I noticed a difference in my hair within just two uses.  Next on my list to try is the Pre-Shampoo Clay Mask.

3. Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Box o’Powder Blush

I’d always heard great things about Benefit Cosmetic’s boxed blushes, but had never actually purchased or tried one for myself.  I decided it was time to hop on the bandwagon, and chose the shade “Dallas” (described as a rosy-bronze hue).  Trust me, the shade you see in the box does not do this product justice.  Once applied, it wears as a gorgeous, warm bronze that gives you a healthy glow, and is perfect for Fall.  You can even use it as a bronzer, or to contour, and it suits nearly every skin tone.

4. Quo Effortless Curl Mascara in “Black”

I’m someone who’s lucky enough to have long lashes naturally, but if I don’t use the right mascara, they just fall flat and can end up looking sparse.  I’m therefore always on the lookout for affordable options that give volume and hold curl.  I received this particular mascara in a gift bag from a Quo event, and was hooked after trying it just once.  The formula is glossy and super pigmented, the curved silicone brush adds curl, and it apples clump-free and lasts all day.  This mascara easily compares to high-end versions, and is just a fraction of the price. Definitely recommend!

5. Michael Kors Eau de Parfum in “Sexy Amber”

This is a perfume that has been on my wishlist for a long time, but due to it’s higher-than-average price tag, I always hesitated.  When Shoppers Drug Mart hosted their recent redeem your points event, I decided to finally take the plunge.  First off, this product is an Eau de Parfum, meaning a little bit goes a long way (making it a good value for money). It comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with gold accents, and the signature Michael Kors logo.  The scent itself has notes of warm amber, sandalwood, and white flowers.  It’s warm and musky but still feminine, and it’s perfect for the colder months ahead.

6. Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in “Golden Pear & Brown Sugar”

Surprise! Another warm, musky scent that I can’t get enough of.  Until it was recently discontinued, Bath and Body Works’ “Twilight Woods” was always one of my favourites.  However their new scent, “Golden Pear & Brown Sugar” has now replaced it as my number one.  It has notes of almond creme, Bartlett pear, brown sugar, toasted hazelnut, silken vanilla, and decadent pistachio mousse (hungry yet?).  It’s a pretty, sexy scent, but is also subtle and not overpowering.  I pair the shower gel in the same scent with the Ultra Shea Body Cream for an extra scent boost.  Note to self: stock up on this before it’s gone!

What have you been loving lately?  Let me know in the comments below!

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!

Missed the first 9 days of the Gift Guide?  Check them out below!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Pink October: Glamulet for Breast Cancer Awareness

Glamulet-Breast Cancer Awareness

Everyone is affected by breast cancer.  Whether it’s a friend,  family member, or a personal fight, breast cancer is the 2nd deadliest cause of death for women around the world, and this needs to end.  With Pink October (for Breast Cancer Awareness) right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to don pink and show your love and support.

Enter Glamulet, a company that launched in 2014 and prides itself on making high-quality, fashion-forward, and affordable jewelry and charms.  During Pink October, Glamulet will donate 50% of their sales of pink charms to charities that support breast cancer.  Glamulet’s goal is to ensure that by 2050, no more lives will be lost to this cause.

There are a variety of charms in the collection, but some of my personal favourites are the “Pink Ribbon Rose Gold“, “Pink Enamel Ribbon Heat Pendant“, and the “Bright Pink Paved Crystal Charm“.  I love that these charms can be worn alone or mixed-and-matched; you can even purchase pre-made sets.

These pieces are a fun and fashionable way to help support the cause and raise awareness.  What charms will you choose to show your support?  Let me know in the comments below.

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May, June, and July Favourites!

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I’m a little late to the party on this one, but hey, better late than never, right?! Here’s what I’ve been loving for the months of May, June, and July!

1.  Alex and Ani “Zest for Life” Charm Bangle

I’ve blogged about my love of Alex and Ani bracelets before, and this newly released, limited-edition version is no exception.  Each Alex and Ani bracelet has a special meaning, and this particular one, called “Zest for Life“, is a “reminder that when life hands you lemons, you have the power to take positive action, sweeten the situation, and make lemonade.The power to create a desirable outcome is always within reach.” (Alexandani.com) Not only is the meaning super-positive, for each purchase of this bracelet, Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price to a charity benefiting childhood cancer patients and help fund pediatric cancer research.  I love that this bracelet stands for positivity and helps others, and so it was well worth the drive to the USA to pick one up.  Check out more about this bracelet, and where you can purchase Alex and Ani products here.

2.  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Champagne Eye Shadow Primer

I love a product that multitasks.  Not only is this primer the perfect base for both shimmery and matte shadows, helping to bring out their pigmentation and last all day long, it’s also a gorgeous product to wear on it’s own (for those lazy mornings we all have now and again…or every day).  This product is crease-proof, waterproof, and lasts all day.

3.  Mark’s Work Warehouse Denver Hayes Romper in “Black”

I recently posted about my love of this romper on Instagram, and how I’d been searching for one with longer-length shorts for what seems like the entire Summer.  I want to be able to do normal human things (walk, bend over, sit down) without having to worry about showing off too much (if you know what I mean).  I wanted a romper that was classy, comfy, and fashionable, and this one from Mark’s Work Warehouse has it all.  Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s currently on clearance for only $14.88!?

4. Urban Decay Naked Smoky 

The Urban Decay Naked palettes never need much of an introduction (I’ve blogged about previous palettes here, here, and here).  As someone who lives for a good smoky eye, this newly released “Smoky” version is close to my heart.  With 12 gorgeous neutral, smoky toned shadows, not to mention the beautiful packaging, this palette is an essential for any makeup lover’s collection.  It even comes with a dual ended brush, and a lookbook to help you create 4 (of endless) looks using the palette.

5.  Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes-Pink Grapefruit

I’ve always tended to prefer face wash over wipes, however after receiving these as a gift, I decided to give them a try.  Needless to say (as they are in my favourites after all), I fell in love.  Not only do I use these to remove makeup, I also like to use them mid-day (especially on weekends when I don’t typically wear makeup) to remove oil and freshen up.  I love the fresh, grapefruit scent, and that they leave your skin feeling smooth and clean (no greasy residue).

What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!     

Foxy Originals “Juliet” Bracelet Giveaway!

Foxy Juliet Bracelet Giveaway

Want your chance to win this gorgeous Juliet Bracelet in Silver by Canadian jewelry company Foxy Originals?! Simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter link below to enter!

Entrants must be a resident of Canada or the United States, and be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway will close on May 23rd at 12:00am EST, and the winner will be contacted and announced on May 24th. Good Luck and don’t forget to check back next week to see how I style a Foxy Originals piece of my own!

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*Bracelet provided by Foxy Originals

March/April Favourites!

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I hope Spring is treating you all well so far! Here’s what I’ve been loving for the months of March and April.

1. Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

After reading all the rave reviews and seeing swatches online, I purchased this palette during the most recent Sephora VIB sale.  The 12 shadows are a gorgeous, creamy texture, and are impressively pigmented.  The colours range from light neutrals to darks, making it extremely versatile (and perfect to keep in your purse to help transition your look from day-to-night).  I also love the packaging: super chic and girly!

2. Dove Beauty Finish Dry Spray Antiperspirant

New from Dove, this antiperspirant sprays on (as opposed to a glide-on stick formula), dries instantly, and lasts up to 48 hours while moisturizing the skin.  I admit that upon purchasing it, I was a little skeptical that a spray could be as effective as a stick deodorant.  But I was pleasantly surprised when, 14 hours later, the pretty floral scent (water lily, freesia, and jasmine) was still present.  I also love that, because it dries instantly, you don’t get any white deodorant marks on your clothes (finally!).

3. Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Lip Butter

I love this product so much, that I actually wear it in place of lipstick some days.  Not only does it smell amazing (exactly like its namesake states), it is also super moisturizing (thanks to shea butter and almond oil) and long-wearing.

4. Christian Siriano for Payless Perforated Wedge

I originally went into Payless Shoe Source looking to use a coupon I received during a previous visit.  I had my sights set on a pretty pair of floral pumps, but sadly my size was absent.  I then spotted these on the top shelf, and as soon as I tried them on, I knew it was meant to be.  These are, by far, one of the comfiest pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned.  They are super easy to walk in thanks to the wedge heel, and go with nearly everything: jeans, dresses, and ankle pants.

5. Alex and Ani “Everything Happens for a Reason” Charm Bangle

When it comes to bracelets, t-shirts, or nearly anything adorned with a positive saying, I need to have it.  I’m also a big believer in the idea that everything comes our way in life for a reason.  I received this bangle as a gift, which has since sparked a slight Alex and Ani obsession (I Instagramed about some of my others here).  As someone who has ridiculously small wrists, I love that I can adjust these bangles to fit perfectly, and also that each one has its own special meaning.

 

What have you been loving these last couple of months? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Five

Photo and logo as seen on www.mylokai.com

Photo and logo as seen on http://www.mylokai.com

Life is full of ups and downs: some days we’re on Cloud Nine, and others, we’re working our way through a rough patch.  Today’s gift of the day, the Lokai Bracelet, symbolizes this by incorporating elements from Mother Nature’s highest point: Mount Everest, and lowest depth: the Dead Sea.  A single bead on the bracelet holds water from the infamous mountain, while another single bead contains mud from the Dead Sea.  Either bead can be found at opposite ends of the bracelet, representing the need, desire, and importance of finding balance in life.

You can purchase the Lokai Bracelet for $18.00 US on the Lokai website (shipping ranges from $5.00-$20.00 US, depending on your location and the number of bracelets you purchase).  The bracelet comes in 3 different sizes: small, medium, and large.  You can also choose to share a picture of your bracelet on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag “#livelokai”, for a chance to be featured in their online gallery.  Additionally, 10% of the net profits of each bracelet will be, “dedicated to giving back to the community through a variety of charitable alliances” (Mylokai.com).     What’s better than a holiday gift that keeps on giving?

Previous gift guide entries:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Colour Love: Cobalt Blue

Royal Blue

I’ve likely mentioned this in previous posts, but hey, what’s one more time?  Cobalt (or “royal”) blue is my absolute favourite colour.  It’s universal, complimenting nearly every skin tone or hair colour, and can be worn year-round.  Looking for some inspiration? Just Google Kate Middleton.  And, while I may never be royal (pun intended),  it’s kind of fun to dress like one, right?!  Here are some of my current cobalt favourites, from jewelry, to clothing, to makeup.

1. K-Mart: Attention Women’s Button-Front Blouse in “Sparkling Ocean” $12.00

I’d been eyeing this shirt for a while, and was excited to find it on sale during a recent cross-border shopping trip!

2. Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 24 HR Wear in “Pool Party” $15.00

Use this to add pizazz to a smoky eye, or wear alone with mascara.  Vibrant, pigmented colour that lasts all day!

3. Whet Nail Polish in “Facetious” $15.00

Paired with a glossy top-coat, 2 coats goes on smoothly and gives you rich, intense colour.

4. Pier 1 Beaded Cuff Bracelet $12.00

I love this cuff bracelet; gold pairs so beautifully with royal blue.  Wear it lower on your wrist, or closer to your elbow for an even more “Grecian” feel.

5. Tassel Earrings $3.99

I love both the look and the price of these adorable earrings.  I paired mine with wavy hair, but they’d look great with an updo, too!  What’s even more fun? Shopping at the store they came from.  A unique concept of food and fashion, Tou Jours offers great prices, friendly staff, and ensures you’re never shopping on an empty stomach!

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Things for Spring: Jewellery Haul

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When it comes to jewellery, I’ve always leaned more towards colourful, affordable fashion pieces, and over the last few weeks, I’ve accumulated some new items to add to my collection.  I did some in-store shopping at J.Crew and Winners, and some online shopping at JustFab.  More info on my finds, below!

 

J.Crew Floral Stud Earrings

JCrew Earrings

Lately, I’ve been loving oversized, shiny studs, and when I saw these in-store, I knew I had to have them (unfortunately, I can’t seem to find them online).  What I love about these earrings is that you can pair them with a cocktail dress, and they’ll look classic and elegant, but you can also wear them to help dress up simple skinny jeans and a t-shirt.  Another thing I love about them, is that the earring backs are incredibly durable and sturdy.  (Regular price: $46.00 CDN, on sale for 25% off).

 

 J.Crew “Brass and crystal petal bracelet” 

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I was at the checkout paying for my new earrings, above, when I saw the sales associate wearing this gorgeous bracelet.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they still had them in-store, and even more excited that it was on sale! Regular $90.00 CDN, on sale for $49.99, then marked down an additional 40% off, I scored this baby for only $29.99!  Made of brass with glass stones, I almost found it to be Lady Gaga-esque (am I crazy?).  I also love that the adjustable length allowed it to fit my (ridiculously) small wrists.

 

Just Fab “Gypset” Statement Ring

Just Fab Ring

Known for their stylish and affordable shoes ($39.99 a pair, learn more here), Justfab.ca also offers fun purses, jewellery, and accessories.  As a member/email subscriber, I recently received a $10.00 store credit, and decided to give their website a browse.  I came across this statement ring (which comes in both silver and gold), and after reading all the positive reviews, decided to add it to my cart.  I love that it looks like two rings, when actually, it is x-shaped at the back, which holds it together (yes, it is quite comfortable, and yes, I can still bend my finger).  Did I also mention it is extremely reasonably priced at just $6.95?!

 

Just Fab “Sharp End” Bracelet in Gold/Fuchsia

Just Fab Bracelet

I’m always on the lookout for layering pieces, so when I spotted this hot-pink and gold bracelet, I couldn’t help but daydream about how nice it would look paired with a gold watch (does anyone else do this too?…maybe not).  Again, the adjustable sizing allows it to fit my small wrists, and for the price (only $9.95), it is quite durable.  If the colour pink isn’t your thing, it also comes in a really cute white/gold combo.

 

Winners “Natasha” Statement Earrings

Winners Earrings

Winners (similar to the US “T.J. Maxx”) offers brand names at lower prices on a per-store basis.  Because of this, I can’t find them online, but I can say that Winners has a ton of great statement necklaces and earrings in-store right now.  I purchased these earrings for 2 reasons: 1. because they’re shiny and beautiful and I had to have them (typical girl, right?), and 2. because royal blue is my absolute favourite colour.  At just $14.99, these earrings are a bargain that I’ll be sure to get a lot of use out of.

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art” ~Oscar Wlide