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Spring Favourites

With just a couple more weeks of Spring left (helloooo Summer!), I wanted to share some of the products I’ve been loving for the past few months.  Let’s get started!

1. Beauty With a Twist Daily Shampoo and Conditioner*

Created in 2013 by celebrity stylist Oliver Ifergan in an effort to capture the essence of the California lifestyle (palm trees, sandy beaches…basically everything I dream about), Beauty With a Twist’s products are formulated with only the highest quality, certified-organic ingredients.  Their products are not tested on animals, and a portion of their sales are donated to The Beagle Freedom Project to help end animal cruelty.  Their Daily Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing, (notes of coconut and soft peach), and leave hair feeling soft and moisturized.  Both are formulated without parabens and are sulfate-free, ensuring they protect and preserve colour treated hair.  Beauty With a Twist products can be purchased in Canada exclusively on Amazon.ca.

2. Sahajan Discovery Kit*

This Discovery Kit is like an adult goodie-bag full of nourishing treatments for your face, body, and hair.  All of Sahajan’s products are natural and organic, and are developed and made in Canada (Toronto to be exact!) with eco-friendly and sustainable practices.  This kit is the perfect way to test out some of Sahajan’s products and includes: Nourish Face Cream, Restorative Eye Cream, Protective Face Serum, Nurture Hair Oil, and Ritual Body Oil (plus a handy linen makeup bag and a natural-wood mirror).  All of the products in this kit are impressive; they are nourishing, lightweight, and smell beautiful.  If I had to choose just one favourite (and trust me, it’s hard), it would have to be the Restorative Eye Cream.  A good eye cream is hard to find, and this one left the skin under my eyes feeling soft and moisturized, and looking brighter.  You can purchase this Discovery Kit, or the individual Sahajan products at Toronto’s Blossom Lounge.

3. Skechers Flex Appeal Sneakers in “Floral Bloom”

For me, these sneakers were love at first sight (um, hello, do you see those flamingos!?).  Not only are they bright, adorable, and perfect for Summer, they are also extremely comfortable, thanks to their memory foam insoles and stretch mesh panels.  They are light-weight (a women’s size 7 is just 6oz!) and are super flexible, allowing them to bend and flex naturally with your feet.

4. NYX Lip Lingerie in “Corset”

After reading positive reviews about this colour and formula online, I decided to give it a try.  This product is a matte liquid lipstick with a griege-ish tone.  It is long-lasting, and, as is commonplace for the NYX brand, is affordable without compromising on quality. If you’re looking for a super-unique yet wearable tone to add to your makeup collection, this is it.

5. Prada Candy Eau de Parfum

I’m one of those people who likes to switch up their scent on a daily basis, so it’s not often I find one that ends up on repeat.  I received a sample of this scent about a year ago, and brought it with me on a trip to Mexico.  Now, maybe it’s that every time I smell this scent I recall sandy beaches, warm breezes, and pina coladas, but since purchasing a full-sized version a couple of months ago, I still can’t get enough.  With notes of caramel, musk, and vanilla, this scent is soft and sweet with a nice warmth to it, just like a Summer night.

What have you been loving these past few months?  Let me know in the comments below!

Note: products indicated with an asterisk (*) were received for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.
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Beauty Innovations to Make Your Fall Days a Breeze

Fall Beauty Innovations

As someone who’s not much of  a “morning person” to begin with, Fall’s late sunrises certainly do not make things any easier (not to mention the cooler, drier temperatures that wreak havoc on your hair and skin).  The good news, is that there are some awesome (and fun) products available to help you make your Fall mornings and days easier, and some that may even allow you to catch a few extra zzz’s.

1. Deborah Lippmann “Genie In A Bottle” Illuminating Nail Tone Perfector

In Fall especially, I love a gorgeous oxblood or navy nail polish.  But we all know the frustration that is removing it: stained nails and cuticles, and yellowed tips…ugh.  However this handy polish by Deborah Lippmann is changing the Fall nail game.  Simply apply a coat under your favourite polish to  protect and enhance your natural nail tone.  You can also wear it on its own for natural, luminous looking nails.

2. Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil

Much like my choice of nail colour, Fall also inspires me to bring out my darker berry, brown, and purple lipsticks and glosses.  After all, what better way to change up your look than with a statement lip, right?  The problem is, sometimes the “statement” is that your carefully-applied lipstick is now feathering and bleeding outside the lines (grrr!).  Solution? Urban Decay’s Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil.  Line the outside of your lips with this clear pencil for long-lasting lip colour that stays where it’s applied.  Want even more staying power?  Apply it under your lipstick to help it last all day.  But wait, it gets even better.  You can also use this product as a primer when covering up blemishes and fine lines, and as a beauty eraser to correct any makeup mishaps (example: for those fun times when your mascara ends up on your cheek instead of your eyelashes).  This multi-tasker is a Fall must-have!

3. Conair InfinitiPro “The Ultimate Brush”

The dry air this time of year means there’s a good chance that your freshly straightened hair is going to be visited by Fall’s good friend: static electricity.  And no matter how much product or water you add, sometimes it just seems as if it’s never going to leave.  This handy hair innovation by Conair, “The Ultimate Brush“, contains a battery-powered (2X AAA) ionic generator that acts to “neutralize the static charge, smoothing the cuticle for an instant shiny, frizz-free finish” (conaircanada.ca).  That’s right, the static in your hair can now be turned off with the slide of a switch. Dreams do come true.

4. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

Now that we have our dry, static-y hair problem solved, it’s time to show some love to our skin.  There’s two things about applying moisturizer that frustrate me: 1. waiting for your skin to dry after the shower, and 2. waiting to get dressed while your moisturizer soaks in.  Luckily, this Wet Skin Moisturizer by Jergens solves both of these problems.  Simply apply to your skin before you exit the shower, and then pat dry with a towel (no need to rinse!)  Because your pores are open from the heat of  the shower, your skin is more receptive to absorbing moisture.  In fact, studies have shown this product actually moisturizes 2X’s more, and in half the time, than with ordinary lotion.  In a nutshell, this means you can sleep in a little longer and have gorgeous, moisturized skin.  Where can I sign up for a lifetime supply?

Have you tried any of these products?  Are there any beauty innovations you’re loving?  Let me know in the comments below! 

WhatDidSheFind Wishlist: Fjällräven Edition

Fjallraven

I love a brand with a good story.  One that makes classic, functional, and high-quality pieces, but also one that cares about the world we live in and contributes to it in a meaningful way.  Enter Fjällräven: a company that encourages people to get out and enjoy nature, while also ensuring their products have the lowest possible impact on the environment (no real fur here!).  What started with a framed backpack in Sweden in the 1950’s, Fjällräven (which means “Arctic Fox” in Swedish) has grown into a national brand that can be found in nearly 20 countries around the world.  With the recent arrival of the colder weather (and with Christmas just a couple of short months away) I’m excited to share with you today some of the Fjällräven items on my wishlist.  Let’s get started!

1. Luhkka No. 3 Cape

Swoon.  I am obsessed with this gorgeous knee-length cape.  Water and wind resistant, and made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, this cape is a perfect example of fashion-meets-function.  Wear it on it’s own in Spring or Fall, or layer it in the winter; it’s even reversible!  This cape is a chic take on the typical jacket or coat.

2. Tablet Case

If you’re going to invest in a tablet, you’ll want to keep it safe.  Made of super-durable fabric and lined with foam,  this tablet case is the perfect way to do just that.  It comes in 3 different colours (but how gorgeous is the red?!), and has a front pocket to stash your headphones and accessories.

3. Kånken Photo Insert

As a blogger, it’s no surprise I love photography.  However, taking my DSLR camera, lenses, and various accessories with me isn’t always easy or convenient.  That’s why I love this foam insert that fits into Fjällräven’s classic Kånken backpack, and makes it easy to protect and carry your camera, extra lenses, and anything else your heart desires, with you on the go.

4. Kånken Backpack

Naturally, a Kånken backpack is then also a wishlist essential.  Created in 1978 in an effort to prevent back problems with school children, this backpack has become an adult favourite as well.  Made with vinylon fabric (lightweight and durable), and with narrow shoulder straps, it’s guaranteed to be be both comfortable and functional.  Even better? If you’re out at night, the logo doubles as a reflector!  This backpack comes in a wide variety of colour options, but my personal favourite is this gorgeous royal blue and ox-blood red version.

5. Kiruna Beanie

This classic, unisex beanie is a fall and winter essential.  As someone who likes to be warm (at pretty much all times), I love that this hat will keep your head and ears toasty, but also looks fashionable.  My personal favourite is this salt-and-pepper grey version, but it also comes in other colours.  Whether you’re out for a hike or just running weekend errands, this beanie’s double-knitted wool and acrylic blend material whisks away moisture, ensuring you stay warm and dry.

What’s on your Fjällräven wishlist?  Let me know in the comments below!

How I Style: Foxy Originals Austin Necklace

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Over the years my Foxy Originals collection has continued to grow, and this piece, (the Austin Necklace in Silver), is by far one of my favourites.  This necklace features a handful of recent trends: tassels, studs, bars, and a long-length lariat-style.

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Made of pewter and plated in silver, (you can also purchase this necklace in gold), the Austin Necklace is high quality, affordable, and is extremely versatile (dress it up or down).  I even tried my hand at wearing it as a headpiece (using three bobby pins), shown below!

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I’ve been a longtime fan of Foxy Originals jewelry (I also included them in my holiday gift guide).  All of their pieces are locally designed and produced in Canada, and can be purchased online or in hundreds of stores internationally (they are also a celebrity favourite!).

Do you own any Foxy Originals pieces?  Let me know in the comments below!

*Necklace provided for consideration.

November/December Favourites

November December Favourites
It’s hard to believe that 2015 is just around the corner (a.k.a: tomorrow).  From smooth skin, to the perfect blowout, to a beautifully scented room, November and December have introduced me to some awesome beauty and fashion items, which are sure to help start the new year off right.  Here we go!

1. Mac Lipstick in “Rebel” $19.00  

I had heard great things about this lipstick, and was lucky enough to receive it as a Christmas gift this year.  The colour is perfection and I love the way it changes depending on the amount you apply: a rich purple if applied with a heavier hand, and a pretty pinkish-berry colour if applied thinly.  Long lasting and with a satin finish, this lipstick is surprisingly wearable (don’t be scared by the colour in the tube!).  There’s a reason it’s a Mac best seller (and I now know why)!

2. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment $18.00

When it comes to hair care products, I tend to have my tried-and-true: I’m not super adventurous.  I received this product in sample format from Sephora, and decided to give it a try.  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much: how can one product really make your blow-dried hair look any better?  Well, it turns out it can.  This product is oil and silicone free, so it is weightless and doesn’t look greasy, and my after using it, my hair looked voluminous, polished, and much less frizzy than normal.  Fun fact: after trying and loving Living Proof products, Jennifer Aniston became a co-owner!

3. Scentsy Deluxe Warmer in “Leopard” $36.00

I was recently invited to a Scentsy party, and was excited to purchase my very first warmer.  After debating between 3 warmers, (including the Vintage Teapot and Paris warmers), I decided on the Leopard one.  There are a number of things I love about these warmers, and I use mine nearly every day.  First, they’re safe: no need to worry about an open flame, or forgetting to blow it out.  They’re also effective: one scent cube lasts around 8 hours and really does fill the entire room with fragrance.  Some of my favourite scents?  Satin Sheets, Vanilla Suede, Business Casual (think: a man’s cologne), and Sugar (which smells exactly like Pink Sugar perfume).

4. Tarte Prismatic Eye Color Enhancing Shadow Palette For Rich Brown Eyes $14.00

Initially, this palette was a bit of an impulse-purchase when Sephora had their “extra 20% off sale items” event.  On sale for $17.00 (already a great deal), I purchased this for around $13.60 after the extra 20% off.  The colours in this palette are beautiful: rich, pigmented, and yes, they really do make brown eyes “pop”.  While it is no longer available on the Sephora website, Tarte does offer similar colours if you’re interested in re-creating this palette.  I highly recommend it!

5. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream $9.97

I received this product in my Spark Sessions gift bag, and have been using it daily ever since.  In just as little as 5 days, you’ll notice your skin is more hydrated, illuminated, even, and firm.  It applies smoothly, smells great (a mix of floral and musky notes), and comes in two tone-matching formulas: one for light skin tones, and one for medium-deep skin tones.

Here’s to many more fashion and beauty favourites in 2015!

Elyse

January/February Favourites!

January-February Favourites

1. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

What I love about this lip balm is that it can be worn day or night.  Use it as a lip treatment while you sleep, or wear it to school or work in place of (or underneath) a lipstick or gloss.  The baby-pink tone flatters nearly every skin tone, and can be subtle or more intense depending on how much you apply.  The rose scent is pretty (not overpowering), the formula has SPF 10, and the packaging is chic and durable.  A little more expensive than your typical Chapstick, this balm is definitely worth the splurge (around $29.00).

2.  Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

This is one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever used.  It provides rich, pigmented colour, a smooth application (no tugging), and has a tip that makes it easy to create both thick, thin, and cat-eye style lines (with a marker-style tip).  The waterproof formula ensures it stays in place throughout the day, but yet still washes off easily at night.

3.  JESSICA (by Sears) Women’s ‘Ibenawen’ Leather Platform-Heel Pump

For about 6 months, I was on the hunt for a pair of leather shoes that have leather insoles.  I was close to giving up, when I came across these pumps at Sears.  An extremely reasonable price for an all-leather shoe ($59.99), I picked up both the matte and patent black.  I was prepared to be uncomfortable the first day (as most leather shoes need time to stretch), but was surprised to find that they fit perfectly right from the start; no blisters, irritations, or soreness.  After about 2 weeks of wearing them, they still fit like a glove.  I also love that they are the perfect height.  They are tall enough to lengthen your legs (3.5 inches), but the platform makes them easy to walk in and adds extra comfort (the leather insoles are also cushioned).  Depending on the season, these shoes come in different colours (currently, I’m lusting over the “Cognac” pair).  I was lucky enough to find last season’s pairs in blue and beige, and got them for $23.00!

4. Buxom Full-On™ Lip Cream in “White Russian”

This lip gloss is creamy, shiny, and is the perfect pink tone.  It has a temporary plumping effect (with a slight cool, tingling sensation), but provides your lips with vitamins A and E to keep them soft and hydrated.  No shimmer or sparkle to be found in this gloss, which makes for a nice, clean finish to a smoky-eye or dramatic eye makeup look.

5. American Eagle Hi-Rise Jegging in “Clean Rinse”

For me, finding the perfect pair of jeans can seem next to impossible.  They’re either too short, too long, not the right shade of blue, don’t fit my waist properly, or most annoyingly: too low.   Luckily, more and more stores are offering higher-rise versions of their jeans, including American Eagle.  For these jeans, it was love at first try-on.  They are stretchy like a legging, a rich indigo blue that matches nearly everything (and have no feathering or pre-purchase rips), and are the perfect rise (just below the belly button).  I also love that they are skinnies, so they can be worn with heels or tucked into boots.  Interested? American Eagle always has great sales on, so be sure to follow them via email for updates on current promotions (up to 40% off and free shipping).

6.  Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Studs Kit

This fun set creates endless nail-art opportunities.  It includes 3 vials of studs (black, silver/metal, and clear), and also includes a handy nail-art pick up tool.  No glue necessary, simply apply the studs when polish becomes tacky (approximately 30 seconds after polishing), and then cover with a top coat.  This set is extremely affordable and  can make a plain polish seem that much more exciting (accent nail, anyone?).

Happy girls are the prettiest. ~Audrey Hepburn