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When life gives you lemons…

I first learned of ILYMIX when I came about their account on Instagram, and was drawn to their pictures of beautiful, bold statement necklaces and earrings.  This one in particular stood out to me: it’s bright, fun, and kind of reminds me of something Kate Spade would release.  I love the adorable lemons and lemon slices paired with starfishes and pearls (I mean, it pretty much screams Summer).

I paired mine with a J.Crew Factory sweater, American Eagle jeggings, and Payless Shoe Source pumps (shown below).


I definitely recommend checking out ILYMIX.  Their products are reasonably priced, ship quickly, and are of good quality.  There are tons of other items on my wishlist, from sunglasses, to scarves, to bracelets (and how cute is this watermelon clutch!?).  If you’re interested in making a purchase, ILYMIX has generously offered to give my readers 20% off your purchase: just use the code Elyse20.  Happy shopping!

*Note: Necklace provided for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

This Counts: Shopping with a Purpose (+Giveaway!)

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A running joke with my boyfriend is that I “fake online shop”: I sometimes browse a website, put all of my wishlist items in my cart, and then walk away because the shipping charges are outrageous. So, one of the things I instantly loved when introduced to a Canadian e-commerce retail site, This Counts, was that they offer free shipping on all items (AND all listed prices include taxes!). What I love even more than the free shipping, is what the site stands for: giving back. A portion of the sale of every single item goes to a charity supported by the retailer: with every purchase you make, you’re changing and saving lives around the world.  And, if you’re curious to see which charity the retailer supports, just click on the item to find out!

On the This Counts site, you can easily share items, and create boards to keep track of your wishlists (which you’ll want to do, as the site continues to grow everyday!).  You can shop by store, by item, or by collection.  There’s something to be found for everyone: from electronics, to men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, to home decor.  They have a wide variety of pieces ranging from classic to super unique, and their prices are extremely reasonable.  Curious to know what’s on my wishlist?  I thought you’d never ask (keep reading for a giveaway and promo code!).

Let’s be honest, sometimes navigating the inside of our purses can seem….puzzling.  How awesome is this Rubiks Cube Purse (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada)!? 

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m in love with anything palm-trees or flamingos.  These Dessert Palm Earrings (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada) are no exception! 

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Is there anyone who doesn’t love Ryan Gosling (who just happens to be from my hometown)? I’m picturing this “Run for Ryan Gosling Tee” (supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities) paired with a chic statement necklace (or some cozy sweats). 

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical heart-shaped ring, but how about this amazing “Lifeline Heartbeat Ring” (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada)?! My heart races just looking at it.  

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad, but sometimes I just want to read a good old-fashioned hard copy book.  This “Once Upon a Time” bookmark set ensures you won’t lose your page, and is a gorgeous conversation piece.   

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But wait, there’s more!

This Counts has generously offered to provide all WhatDidSheFind readers with 15% off sitewide! Just use promo codeSHEFOUND15″.

And if you’re feeling lucky, why not enter to win a $50.00 credit to turn your wishlist into a reality!? This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and will close on July 5, 2015.

 Click to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

 

Review: Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Face, Body, and Hair Mask


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After reading about Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder, I was excited by its versatility: you can use it as a face mask, a hair mask, a clarifying shampoo, or as a whole body treatment.  This product is made of 100% pure, natural clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and has cleansing, toning, detoxifying, and rejuvenating properties.

So how does it work?  All you need is the Ghassoul powder and water (and of course, a small bowl and spoon for mixing).  After testing out this product as a facial mask, I found the best ratio for me was 3 tablespoons water to 1 heaping tablespoon of powder (so that it becomes a pasty texture).  Simply apply it to your face, let dry for around 10 minutes, and rinse off! Use this mask weekly for the best results. Want the full-body experience? Just make more!

For the hair mask, simply follow the same directions to create the paste, apply to your scalp and hair, and leave on for 5-10 minutes.  For the clarifying shampoo, simply mix a palm-full of your favourite shampoo with an equal amount of Ghassoul powder, mix it together, and shampoo your hair as you normally would.  This is not something I’ve tried yet, but is next on my list as I love a good clarifying treatment!

My experience. I found the mask super easy to prepare and apply, and simple to wash off.  All it took was a few splashes of water on my face to rinse it all away, leaving my skin feeling toned and refreshed.  As someone with really oily skin, I loved that it left my face feeling smooth and matte.  The instructions state that you may notice your skin becomes slighly reddish for 15-30 minutes after use (as the skin is detoxified), but personally I didn’t experience this.  What’s also great is that this mask is gentle enough to naturally treat common skin irritations such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Overall, the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask is both effective and a great value for money: it’s basically 4 products in one!  Want to give it a try?  Zakia’s Morocco is offering 20% off their entire store, just use the code: ZMBLOG-214.  In addition to this, Zakia’s Morocco will be giving away 10 gift certificates valued at $50.00 each! To enter, click here.

Have you tried this mask? Or are you going to be purchasing? Let me know in the comments below!

*Product provided via Brandbacker for consideration.  All opinions are honest and are my own.

 

 

Girly Goodies from Chapters!

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If you know me, (or have read my “About Me” page), you know that while I’m not currently practicing, I am a licenced teacher.  An awesome perk of this, is being able to take advantage of various teacher discounts and sales, such as the one Chapters is hosting this weekend (30% off almost all regular priced items, plus bargain books; in store only).

I purchased some items I’ve been eyeing for a while (and others that just happened to catch my eye while shopping)! Check them out below!

1.   Kate Spade New York Acrylic Straws- Assorted Colours

I recently purchased a re-usable plastic drinking tumbler, and no sooner did I get it home, I dropped it off my counter. Luckily, the tumbler remained unscathed, but sadly, the straw inside smashed to pieces.  However, my tears are dry, as I now have these awesome Kate Spade straws to use as replacements! The package comes with 6 straws in different colours, and each straw has a different saying on it: “Spike the punch”, “Laugh out loud”, “Dance til dawn”, “Strike a pose”, “Make it a double”, and “Life of the party”.  They also have the Kate Spade logo on the bottom of each of them.  They are 100% reusable, and are recommended “hand wash only”.  Let’s be honest, drinking water is that much more appealing when it comes through a fun (designer) straw!

2.  The 7 Year Pen in “Notes to Self”

This is one of the items I’ve been eyeing for a while; I just can’t seem to fathom that a pen could possibly last 7 years!  The packaging states that the pen is able to write 1.7 meters a day for 7 years, thanks to its large ink cartridge and long-life tip.  I felt the sale was the perfect time to test it out, and purchased the turquoise version that says “Notes to Self” on the clip.  Provided I can avoid pen thieves (unlikely), I’m excited to write with this for many years to come!

3.  Spiral Notebook “Chalkboard”

The other day, when forced to write on unlined printer paper, I realized I needed a new notebook.  And, just as I have a love for graphic tees adorned with fun and inspiring quotes, I’ve now learned I also love them on notebooks, too.  I’m especially fond of the quote on this spiral notebook, “Creativity is intelligence having fun” (Albert Einstein).  It also works out perfectly that I now have a pen to fill up the blank pages (though sadly, I’m thinking the pen will likely outlive the notebook).

4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This is a book that’s been on my “to read” list for a few months.  For those of you who don’t already know, Sophia Amoruso is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, an online fashion retailer.  The following is the synopsis, as written on the Chapters website: “#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is your invention”), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.”

5.  “Nail Polish” Highlighters (Not currently online)

At first sight, they look like small bottles of nail polish, but a closer look shows they’ll work perfectly for highlighting your favourite quotes in #GIRLBOSS (see it all coming together?).  These are the ultimate girly desk-accessory (and, for $1.00, you can’t really go wrong!).

Beauty Deals for $3.00 or Less: Dollarama Haul!

Dollarama BeautyGone are the days you only visited a dollar store when you needed bristol board for a school project (admit it, it was the night before it was due!), or wrapping paper for a friend’s birthday gift.  Yes, you still can find both of those things, but now, you can also score some serious brand-name beauty deals too!   On a recent trip to Dollarama, I purchased some great beauty products (and took pictures of others) that I wanted to share with you.  Keep in mind that product options and availability may vary store-to-store, but that just makes the hunt more fun!  Everything was $3.00 or less, making it not only affordable, but also a great opportunity to try out products I might never have thought of purchasing before.

  1. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in “Cinnamon Spiced”- $3.00

IMG_1605It’s hard to tell in the picture, but this lip gloss is a beautiful bronzey-gold colour with subtle shimmer.  One great thing about only paying a few dollars for a product, is that it is fairly low-risk.  If you don’t like it, you have the satisfaction of knowing you didn’t spend an arm and a leg on it!  I had trouble finding this specific colour online, as I’m pretty sure it was discontinued (hence why it is so low/well priced), but the newer collection of these glosses retails for up to $11.00 online!

2. Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen AND Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen- $3.00

IMG_1590These extremely well-priced nail polish pens are fantastic.  I painted my nails using one of the Color Quick Pens, in the colour “Smoke” (a deep grey), and it lasted 5 days before I needed to touch it up.  And, when touch up time comes, the pen style applicator makes it super easy to fix any chips or smudges.  I’d never tried any of these pens before, (as they normally retail for upwards of $8.00 each!), but the $3.00 price tag convinced me to give it a go.  After trying them, I`d say they are even worth the more expensive price (though I`m definitely not complaining that you can get them for less!).  Whenever I apply nail polish with a normal bottle/brush applicator, I usually end up with it all over my hands (or at least one of them: clearly, I`m  not ambidextrous), however I found that the pen applied cleanly and easily.  Don`t forget to add some fancy-shmancy designs using the Nail Art Pen, too!

3. Almay Intense I-Color Satin-I Kit- $3.00

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After finding this at Dollarama, I then saw it in the Wal Mart flyer a few days later priced at over $7.00!  Though this kit is marketed as a product for hazel-coloured eyes, I personally would wear all of the colours as well (and I have brown eyes).  A great thing about Almay products is that they are hypoallergenic, so you won`t have to worry about any adverse reactions or breakouts.  It also comes with an applicator, though I only recommend using it if your travelling or in a pinch.  Instead, use the Elf brushes I found at the dollar store, up next!

4. Assorted e.l.f. Makeup Brushes- $1.50

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e.l.f. (Eyes, Lips, Face) brushes have always been well priced, but the hard part for the longest time was finding them here in Canada.  I purchased my set of e.l.f. brushes a few years ago from Winners, and they are still going strong today (usually the glue in lower-priced brushes weakens and it causes them to shed and disintegrate fairly quickly).  e.l.f. is known for making good quality beauty products at affordable prices (and price ranges).  For example, there are currently 2 main tiers of brushes made by e.l.f.: Studio and Essentials.  Studio brushes are typically all black, come in black packaging, and are a higher quality, somewhat higher-priced line that is for the more serious makeup fanatic.  Their Essentials line is less expensive, and provides the basics for everyday makeup wearers, or those who are just starting out with their collection.  Both of the brushes shown above are from the essentials collection, and are a great deal!  These are also perfect for your travel makeup bag because you don`t need to worry if they get damaged or lost en route.

5.  Revlon Nail Art FrenchMix Nail Enamel AND Nicole by OPI Nail Polish- $3.00 

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Chances are, if you`re a fan of OPI nail polishes, you`re also a fan of their lower-priced Nicole by OPI line.  Typically, these polishes sell for about $6.00-$7.00, but you can find a wide array of colours and finishes for just $3.00 at Dollarama (they even have the textured finish line)!  Another cool nail product you can find is the dual-ended polish wand by Revlon, which includes 2 colours that can be worn alone or together to create designs or French manicures (hence the name, FrenchMix).  The one I purchased, above, is called Over the Moon, and if you Google it you`ll see a variety of designs that people have created using these 2 colours (and other combinations).

So, what are you waiting for?! Find that loose change under those couch cushions or beneath your car floor mats.  A cup of coffee or new makeup? I know which one I`d choose!…

Keep the Receipt! How your purchases can save you cash.

ReceiptsWe’ve all heard it before, the infamous, “would you like a copy of your receipt?” from the person behind the cash register.  If we say “yes”,  we either throw it away, or lose it in the abyss that is also known as our purse.  If we say “no”, it’s usually because we already know we won’t need it, or, because we don’t want our significant other to find the evidence (admit it, it’s the latter).

However, stores are starting to use receipts as a way to not only gain valuable feedback from their customers, but also to provide shoppers with discounts on future purchases (so now you just have to go back for that beautiful leather bag!).  I’ve touched briefly on this subject before, but today I wanted to share all the receipt-coupons that I use on a frequent basis (spreading the love, if you will).  Be sure to comment below if you know of any other great ones!  But first, a few quick rules to get us started:

1. Don’t Be Lazy!

The surveys usually only take 5 minutes of your time, and most of them are completely worth it.  What are you waiting for!?  Complete them as soon as you get home and put them in your wallet.  That way, you won’t be searching for it or wishing you’d brought it the next time.

2. Watch the Clock.

Some of the receipt coupons have expiry dates.  Make sure you’re using the ones that expire sooner, first.

3. Break it down.

Don’t be afraid to break down your purchases into multiple transactions.  If you have more than 1 receipt-coupon, and the store is willing to let you use them all, why wouldn’t you?!

4. Do the Math.

If the store is making you choose between a current promotion/other coupon and using your receipt-coupon, always do the math to see which one is the best deal.  Don’t waste your hard work!

Let the shopping begin:

Bath and Body Works $10.00 off your purchase of $30.00 or more (Note: when the large candles go on 2 for $30.00, you can now get 2 for $20.00 (or 4 for $30.00 using 2 coupons/transactions)!

La Senza– $10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more

Victoria’s Secret- $10.00 off your purchase of $60.00 or more

The Body Shop– $10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more

Payless Shoe Source– $4.00 off your next purchase of $10.00 or more

Old Navy– 15% off your next purchase (on randomly selected receipts)

The Gap 20% off your next purchase (on randomly selected receipts)

Banana Republic– 20% off one regularly priced item (on randomly selected receipts)

American Eagle-15% off your next purchase

Mark’s Work Warehouse-$10.00 off your next purchase of $40.00 or more

Globo Shoes– 10% off your next purchase

Aldo Shoes– 15% off your next purchase (aldoshoes.com/survey)

McDonalds– Free medium fries and a drink with your next sandwich purchase

Burger King-Free Whopper or chicken sandwich

Subway Sandwiches-Free cookie!

A penny saved is a penny earned.~Benjamin Franklin