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March/April Favourites!

March-April 2015 Favourites
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!

 

 

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Spotted: NYX Butter Glosses are finally in Canada!

NYX Butter Gloss

I originally received one of these highly-coveted lip glosses in an American monthly subscription box, and, like a kid at Christmas, waited patiently for them to be released in Canada so I could add to my collection.  Yesterday while walking through Target, I thought I’d do my usual “Butter Gloss” check in the NYX section, and could barely believe my eyes when they were actually there (embarrassingly, I gasped loud enough that someone else came over to see what was so impressive).  And, let me tell you, when it comes to these glosses, impressive is an understatement (even Oprah thinks so!).  A smooth, creamy texture, this gloss provides sheer-to-medium pigmentation and coverage, and feels more like a moisturizing lip balm than your average sticky lip gloss.  You can also pair it over your favourite lipstick.

At my local Target, these glosses were selling for $7.99, and in my opinion, are worth every penny.  Pictured above (left to right) are: Creme Brulee, Vanilla Cream Pie, Sugar Cookie, Red Velvet, and Meringue (I also own and love Apple Strudel, a pretty peach tone).  You can check out all the gorgeous colours on the NYX website here, and then run (or drive) to your local Target before their gone!

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