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May/June Favourites

May June Favourites

Here we are, right in the middle of 2014 (can you believe it!?).  June is one of my favourite months: a) because it’s the month of my birthday, and b) because Summer beauty and fashion is in full swing.  Check out some of my favourites for the months of May and June, below!

1.  Bluenotes Short Sleeve Boyfriend Tunic-$8.00

I have been in constant search of a loose-fitting, plain t-shirt that is long enough to wear with leggings (I’m one of those people who doesn’t believe that leggings are pants).  So, when I discovered these (ridiculously affordable) tunics from Bluenotes, I grabbed them in nearly every colour.  They are lightweight, soft, and the perfect length (they look great with jeans too).  I also love the crew-neck, which is perfect for pairing with statement necklaces.

2.  Addition Elle Turquoise Stone Pendant Necklace-$15.00

I received a 40% off coupon for my birthday, and decided to go check out the jewelry at Addition Elle.  They were having a 2-for-$22.00 deal on some of their jewelry, and this was the 2nd piece I chose.  What drew me to this necklace was its extra long length, as well as its simplicity; I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I purchased it!

3. Julep Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover & Pump-$14.00 ($11.20 for Mavens)

The thing I hate more than waiting for nail polish to dry, is the mess it can make (and the time it takes) when removing it.  This polish remover is my new favourite for a few reasons: 1. the pump makes it extra-easy to remove polish with one hand, 2. it prevents spills since you don’t tip the bottle, and 3. the remover is effective, so a little goes a really long way.  You can also purchase refills, so no need to buy a new pump every time (and you’ll get a 20% discount and free shipping as a monthly Maven).

4.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown-$27.00

Up until recently, I had been using Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo to fill in my brows.  While I still really enjoy (and use) this product, I’ve been loving the Brow Wiz pencil, due to its precision application and all-in-one packaging (double ended applicator: one side is the pencil, the other is a brush).  The thin tip pencil doesn’t require sharpening, and allows you to easily create natural looking brows that last all day.

5. Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush-$7.99

I’ve been a long-time fan of Eco Tools brushes.  They are affordable, long-lasting, and most importantly, they don’t shed on your face.  It drives me crazy when I “invest” in some department store brushes, and then they leave bristles all over my face (is anyone with me on this one?!).  Eco Tools brushes are an impressive value for money, and I’m especially loving this Skin Perfecting Brush that is designed for the application of BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers.  It buffs product into the skin beautifully, and makes it easier to achieve even coverage.

6. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around”-$9.95

While I love unique, fun nail polish colours (the brighter, the better), I’m also really fond of neutrals for Summer.  This gorgeous, creamy polish applies evenly with just 2 coats, and is also quite the chameleon: while it is described as a light pink crème, in some lights it looks purple,  and in others it even looks beige.  However, what I love most about it, is how great it looks with a tan!

“Every Summer has a story”

 

 

March/April Favourites!

March-April Favourites

Can you believe it’s May already?! That means summer is slowly but surely on it’s way.  It also means it’s time for me to share some of my favourite things from the months of March and April.  Let’s get to it!

1. Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings

For me, these are the crème de la crème of all leggings.  First, they are amazing quality: a thick cotton/rayon/spandex combo ensures you don’t have to worry about sheer tights that give the world a peep-show.  Second, the ultra-wide waistband hits your waist at the perfect height allowing for ultimate comfort (and, because no one likes “muffin-top”!).  Yes, they may cost you a little more than your typical $10.00 leggings (these retail for $35.00 CDN), but I promise you, once you try these, you’ll want to invest in a pair in every colour (navy, black, and brown), and purge the rest of your legging collection.

2. Phillips Sonicare HealthyWhite Rechargable Sonic Toothbrush

I’d been toying with the idea of purchasing a Sonicare toothbrush for quite some time.  After a bad experience with whitening strips (major, painful tooth sensitivity), I started looking into Sonicare’s HealthyWhite model.  The HealthyWhite toothbrush comes with claims that, with everyday use, you “can get two shades whiter in just two weeks”.  I was a little hesitant because of the price (average price being $130.00-$150.00 CDN).  I’d only ever spent $3.00-$5.00 on toothbrushes at the drugstore.  So, I combined by sale-watching and couponing skills, and waited for the perfect moment to pounce.  Here comes the fun part.  I purchased my Sonicare at Shoppers Drug Mart (the Walgreens or CVS of Canada).  The regular price of this toothbrush was $149.00, and it went on sale for $119.00.  Then, I used a manufacturer’s coupon for $15.00, and combined it with a one-day-only store coupon for $20.00 (the total cost now down to $85.00).  I then redeemed $80.00 worth of Shoppers Optimum Points (rewards program), and ended up paying $5.00 for this baby (97% off of retail!).  Great deal aside, this toothbrush is life-changing, and looking back, (and knowing what I know now), it is totally worth its full retail price. The built-in timer (2.5 minutes in whitening mode) ensures that you’re brushing the dentist-recommended amount of time, a single charge lasts a very reasonable amount of time, and the way your teeth feel after brushing is exquisite.  In terms of whitening, I can definitely say I (and other people, yay!) have noticed a difference.  All in all, this toothbrush comes from me to you as highly recommended.

3.  Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

You know the saying “a little bit goes a long way”?  It’s probably a good idea to keep that in mind  when it comes to this product.  All you need is a teeny-tiny amount, and you’re good to go (for the whole day).  Not only is this liquid lipstick extremely pigmented, it’s also extremely long-lasting.  I’ve been loving this gorgeous fuchsia colour, which is the perfect combination (and statement-maker) with a simple wing-lined eye.  Another thing I love about this product, is the great built-in applicator, which ensures you’re able to “colour within the lines”.  Because you need so little product, one tube should last you a very long time.  The next colour on my wish list is “Melted Violet”.

4.  bareMinerals READY™ Eyeshadow 2.0 in “The Top Shelf”

Perfect for everyday, this duo comes with 2 buildable eyeshadows: a shimmery champagne colour, and a rich bronze.  These shadows apply as a cream (thick, pigmented colour), but wear as a powder (long wear, blendable, and anti-creasing).  Even better? They are formulated to have anti-aging and de-puffing benefits!

5.  Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in “Fig Jam”

In the tube, this colour looks a smidge intimidating (a deep burgundy/brown tone), but personally, I see these types of lipsticks as a fun challenge.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the everyday wearability of this lipstick (think deep-neutral), not to mention the amazing moisturizing benefits.  Much like Clinique’s Black Honey, it’s unique colour makes it universal for almost any skin tone.  I’ve mentioned my love of these lip butters before, and I’m happy to have added this beauty to my growing collection.

6.  Gillette Satin Care Lavender Kiss Shave Gel

For some reason, I fell off the “shave gel” train a long time ago, and ever since, have been using basic body wash to shave my legs.  Recently, I decided to purchase this beautifully-scented (pink roses, calla lily and lavender) shave gel and was forced to ask, “where have you been all my life?”.  This product allows for the closest, smoothest shave possible, prevents annoying cuts, and leaves your skin perfectly moisturized.

 “Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring” ~Lily Pulitzer