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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!

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Gift Guide Day 1: A Gift that Gives Back (+Giveaway!)

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Today’s gift focuses on what’s truly important this time of year: spreading love and care.  And, when you gift someone you love (or yourself) with this gorgeous Palmwood Diamond Pendant from This Counts, 25% of the proceeds are donated to Make A Wish Canada to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Made of palm wood and resin diamond on a metal chain, this necklace proves even more beautiful when you know that you can change and enrich lives by wearing it.

I’ve blogged about This Counts previously, and how a portion of the sale of every single item on their site goes to a charity supported by the retailer.  I also love that there’s no guessing game when you’re shopping: the price you see is the price you pay (including tax and shipping).  This necklace is just one of the many fun and unique gift ideas on the site.  Check out my previous post (linked above) for some other great gift ideas from This Counts!

This Counts has generously offered to host a giveaway to help celebrate day 1 of the 2015 Gift Guide on WhatDidSheFind.  To enter to win your very own Palmwood Diamond Pendant, simply follow the link below and use the Rafflecopter tool.  This giveaway is open to Canadian entrants only, and will close on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck and happy shopping!

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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!     

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.

The Perfect Pout (Just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

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One of the girliest days of the year is just a week away, and whether you’ve penciled in a hot date, or a night out on the town with the girls, consider these your essentials for your prettiest pout yet.

Step 1: Exfoliate

Nothing ruins a gorgeous lip colour quite like dry, flaky skin beneath it.  Prep your lips by exfoliating them with a toothbrush, or with this Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh.  Made with real brown sugar, this polish tastes as good as it will make your lips feel.

Step 2: Moisturize

Aside from applying at bedtime, I like to swipe on some moisturizer at the beginning of my makeup routine, allowing it time to soak in.  I then wipe off any excess (or wear as-is depending on the day), and follow with other lip products.  This Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm by Dior makes your lips feel incredible (and can we note the festive “rose” scent? So very Valentine’s Day).

Step 3: Prime

Once you’ve given your moisturizer some time to work its magic, prime lips using your foundation, or this Lip Insurance Lip Primer by Too Faced.  This not only helps prevent creasing and feathering, it also ensures your lipstick or lip gloss stays as true-to-colour as possible.

Step 4: Line

In the word of makeup, I don’t think lip liners receive nearly the credit that they deserve.  Yes, they prevent feathering and “bleeding” (essentially, looking like you coloured outside the lines), but they also make your lip colour last considerably longer.  If you’re looking for long-wear, carefully line your lips with a colour in the same family as the lipstick you’ll be using, then finish by colouring within the lines.  If you’re simply looking to prevent any unwanted shifting or creasing, try No Bleeding Lips-Secret Lip Liner by No Cosmetics.  This product is clear, so you don’t need to worry about matching it to your lip colour or gloss, and it also acts as a temporary filler for those who have deeper lines around the lips.

Step 5: Colour

Probably my favourite step of all, is applying the colour that finishes off the look.  For Valentine’s Day, my pick is Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Mistress.  A gorgeous pink with a satin finish, this lipstick offers full coverage and gently plumps lips as you wear.  Apply your lip colour, blot with a tissue, and finish with gloss if your heart desires (pun intended!).

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald