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January/February Favourites!

Jan-Feb 2015 Faves

I can barely fathom that it’s already March…where did January and February go?!  Wherever it went, it did leave me with some awesome new favourites to share with you.  Let’s get started!

1. American Eagle AEO Soft & Sexy Jegging V-Neck T-Shirt

I know what you’re thinking: Elyse, a t-shirt is a t-shirt.  But trust me, these shirts are perfection.  Part of AE’s new collection, these tees are the perfect length, are extremely soft and silky, are tagless, and come out good-as-new when washing.  I purchased my v-neck in black, (they are available in other colours), and the “Soft & Sexy” line also includes other styles (muscle tees, baseball tees, zip ups, and more!).

2. Arm & Hammer Pro Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste

For me, a good toothpaste is hard to find.  Sometimes I don’t like the texture, sometimes I don’t care for the taste, and sometimes I’m just not happy with the results. But for me, this toothpaste has it all: sensitivity protection, whitening, and a great “clean” feeling after you use it.  I’m especially impressed with its whitening ability, and noticed a significant difference after just a few days of use.

3. Tetley Chai Tea

I tried this tea after I found it in my pantry on a day when my go-to, Orange Pekoe, had run out.  When it comes to home-brewed tea, this is definitely one of my new front-runners.  A combination of, “cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, star anise and cloves”, I find it to be extremely smooth tasting and aromatic (just smelling it calms me down at the end of the day).

4. MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in “Hip ‘n’ Happy”

Lip pencils have become one of my favourite beauty products as of late (check out my Valentine’s day post here).  I was introduced to this MAC classic when I went to pick up the new Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Tinted Lipglass.  The makeup artist at the MAC counter was wearing a gorgeous colour on her lips, and she informed me that it was actually this lip pencil underneath the Miley lipglass.  She had received so many compliments on her lip combo, that her store at the mall (and the MAC counter in The Bay) were all sold out.  So, three MAC counters later, I now own and love this lip pencil.  Wear it on its own, with a lipstick, or under a gloss.  Any which way, you’re sure to love it too!

5. Aldo Accessories “Olaoviel” Necklace

Aldo Accessories is one of my favourite stores, and I frequent it often to check out their sale section (usually buy one, get one free).  This fun statement necklace, made of multifaceted black rings woven into braided black fabric, is perfect for jazzing up the neckline of a simple crew neck tee (or LBD).

6. Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub

I’ve already raved about this product in my previous post: a review of the Aveeno Fresh Essentials line.  So to summarize, this scrub: a) smells amazing, b) feels awesome on your skin, and c) works like a charm.  Highly recommend!

  “Spring is when life’s alive in everything” ~Christina Rossetti

Glitter Be Gone: The cure for nail polish that just won’t come off!

Partys OverI’m one of those people who loves fun, glittery nail polishes, but absolutely dreads when it comes time to take it off.  Scrubbing, picking, and soaking: it might as well take the place of your workout that day (dramatic, I know).  This awesome kit from Julep takes all the pain and energy out of removing those beloved sparkles.  Simply tear open a polish remover packet, place it on your nail, and then cover it with one of the reusable nail caps.  Leave the caps on for 3-5 minutes, then squeeze and pull to remove both the cap and the pad, and finish by wiping off any excess glitter.  You can also use this product to remove gel manicures!

The kit, adorably named “Party’s Over”, comes with 10 reusable nail caps and 5 (10 piece) polish remover packettes.  You can also purchase polish remover refill kits which come in sets of 5.  If you’re a “Julep Maven“, you can purchase this kit for $22.40 (plus free shipping).  Essentially, the Julep Maven program is a monthly subscription service which costs $19.99 a month, and allows you the option to skip the months where nail polish and beauty products aren’t in your budget.  You can view the products selected for you, (based on a survey that assesses your style), and then choose if you’d like to keep them, choose a different set of products, or skip the month.  Additional benefits include free shipping on all Julep products (even to Canada!), 20% off your orders, and exclusive Maven-only products and sales (I purchased this kit during an exclusive sale for $19.99).  For every consecutive monthly box you accept, you earn points that can be redeemed for free items.  While Julep is famous for their nail polish and manicure tools, they also offer makeup and body care items as well.   Interested?  Sign up here

If you want to purchase this set, but aren’t looking to sign up as a Maven, you can grab it for $28.00 here (and get the refill kit here).

Want to see a review of one of my monthly Julep Maven boxes?  Already a Julep Maven? Let me know, below!

Beauty, delivered. Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription

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There’s nothing quite like coming home to a pretty, shiny, girly pink envelope waiting for you in your mailbox.  Even more exciting? It’s filled with beauty products!  Glam Bag is a monthly subscription service that sends you 5 customized body, hair, and makeup goodies, all inside a cute makeup bag (that is different every month!).  I’ve subscribed to this service for a few months now, and am very impressed witIpsy Pinkh the quality and size of the products I’ve received, as well as the fast and affordable shipping.  Not only is this service like a monthly adult goodie bag, it’s also a great way to try out new products without making a big commitment or spending money to purchase the full size versions.  Even better, if you do like a product in your Glam Bag, you also receive discount/coupon codes to purchase the full size online (note that because this is a service out of the United States, not all coupon codes can be used on Canadian orders).  To get started, you complete a short, fun survey on your style, which then determines which products you’ll get sent.  Not a fan of the products you received? No problem.  Simply re-complete the survey anytime.  For only $10.00/month (plus $4.95 shipping to Canada), this service is definitely worth trying out.  Interested? Sign up here.  

My October Glam Bag:

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1. Zoya Nail Polish in “Neve” 15ml FULL SIZE

Value: $8.00

This nail polish is a beautiful purple/royal blue colour that’s perfect for every season!  I was thrilled to find this in my bag this month!  Zoya is a higher-end nail polish line that is often compared to Essie or OPI.

2. Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush FULL SIZE

Value: $2.50

Coastal Scents products are extremely popular worldwide, but are not sold in retail stores in Canada (you can have them shipped, however).  Glam Bag is a great way to try products that otherwise are hard/impossible to find here!   This brush is perfect for blending or applying shadow to the crease.

3. Nourish Organic Coconut & Argan Body Lotion 1oz (Full size is 8oz)

Value: $1.25

If you like tropical vacations, summer nights, and pina coladas (I think I ‘ve covered just about everyone), then you’ll love the scent of this body lotion. It spreads evenly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

4.  Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Emotion 2.0g (Full size is 2.5g)

Value: $12.00

Not only is this eye shimmer a beautiful goldy-purple tone, it also applies and spreads perfectly, with little fallout.  It’s a great colour for fall, and goes especially well with brown or green eyes.

5. Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay 1.4oz (Travel Size)

Value: $8.00

I have never tried this product before, and am excited to see how it works.  I’ve heard good things about these types of products, as they help create texture in the hair without looking greasy.  Who knows? Maybe it will end up in my next “hair favourites“!

Total Product Value: $31.75

Added Value: Makeup Bag (How cute is the saying on this month’s bag?!)

The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. ~Yves Saint Laurent