Perfume

What I’ve Been Loving Lately…

It’s been a while since my last post, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back into the swing of things!  The products I’ve discovered these past few months are some of my all-time favourites, and I hope you’ll love them, too!

1. MantraBand “Smile, Breath, and Go Slowly” Bracelet

I discovered MantraBand during a trip to the USA this past summer.  Being someone who loves motivational quotes, I was immediately intrigued by these bracelets, which are sleek and simple in design (available in silver, rose gold, or yellow gold), and adorn various fun, inspirational messages.  In particular, I was drawn to the saying, “Smile, Breath, and Go Slowly“.  The MantraBand website describes this bracelet as a reminder to, “Remember to focus on one thing at a time and give it your all. Stay calm, look on the bright side, and keep going. Because it’s all about the journey, not the destination.”  I, like many others, often times find myself rushing to get things done, and I can easily forget to slow down and enjoy the process.  Naturally, I’m now hooked on these bracelets and have a handful of others on my wishlist: “Hakuna Matata“, “Ohana“, and “Que Sera Sera“, just to name a few!

2. L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve waited a long time for an affordable shampoo and conditioner that were specially formulated for oily roots, and guess what?  It’s finally arrived! L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Clay line is perfect for those who have hair the equivalent to “combination skin”: an oily scalp, with ends that could use some love.  These products use the power of various clays (white, blue, and green) to cleanse, moisturize, and revitalize the hair and scalp, leaving hair balanced for up to 72 hours!  The shampoo lathers beautifully and leaves your hair and scalp feeling clean and refreshed, and the conditioner is super moisturizing and lightweight.  Oh, and both products smell amazing.  Using the shampoo and conditioner, I noticed a difference in my hair within just two uses.  Next on my list to try is the Pre-Shampoo Clay Mask.

3. Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Box o’Powder Blush

I’d always heard great things about Benefit Cosmetic’s boxed blushes, but had never actually purchased or tried one for myself.  I decided it was time to hop on the bandwagon, and chose the shade “Dallas” (described as a rosy-bronze hue).  Trust me, the shade you see in the box does not do this product justice.  Once applied, it wears as a gorgeous, warm bronze that gives you a healthy glow, and is perfect for Fall.  You can even use it as a bronzer, or to contour, and it suits nearly every skin tone.

4. Quo Effortless Curl Mascara in “Black”

I’m someone who’s lucky enough to have long lashes naturally, but if I don’t use the right mascara, they just fall flat and can end up looking sparse.  I’m therefore always on the lookout for affordable options that give volume and hold curl.  I received this particular mascara in a gift bag from a Quo event, and was hooked after trying it just once.  The formula is glossy and super pigmented, the curved silicone brush adds curl, and it apples clump-free and lasts all day.  This mascara easily compares to high-end versions, and is just a fraction of the price. Definitely recommend!

5. Michael Kors Eau de Parfum in “Sexy Amber”

This is a perfume that has been on my wishlist for a long time, but due to it’s higher-than-average price tag, I always hesitated.  When Shoppers Drug Mart hosted their recent redeem your points event, I decided to finally take the plunge.  First off, this product is an Eau de Parfum, meaning a little bit goes a long way (making it a good value for money). It comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with gold accents, and the signature Michael Kors logo.  The scent itself has notes of warm amber, sandalwood, and white flowers.  It’s warm and musky but still feminine, and it’s perfect for the colder months ahead.

6. Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in “Golden Pear & Brown Sugar”

Surprise! Another warm, musky scent that I can’t get enough of.  Until it was recently discontinued, Bath and Body Works’ “Twilight Woods” was always one of my favourites.  However their new scent, “Golden Pear & Brown Sugar” has now replaced it as my number one.  It has notes of almond creme, Bartlett pear, brown sugar, toasted hazelnut, silken vanilla, and decadent pistachio mousse (hungry yet?).  It’s a pretty, sexy scent, but is also subtle and not overpowering.  I pair the shower gel in the same scent with the Ultra Shea Body Cream for an extra scent boost.  Note to self: stock up on this before it’s gone!

What have you been loving lately?  Let me know in the comments below!

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.

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Four

Photos and logo as seen on Aldoshoes.com

Photos and logo as seen on Aldoshoes.com

Beauty and fashion combined into one, this adorable “Cronkite” evening bag from Aldo can be worn as a clutch or shoulder bag.  Measuring at 8.7 X 4.4 inches, it is big enough to hold all of your holiday party essentials, while also doubling as a statement piece.  Shown above is the Midnight Black version, however you can also purchase it in Clear (with black lace detailing; check it out here).  Currently on sale for $39.98, you can purchase this both in-store or online at Aldo/Aldo Accessories.

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine,Day Ten, Day Eleven, Day Twelve, Day Thirteen, Day Fourteen, Day Fifteen, Day Sixteen, Day Seventeen, Day Eighteen, Day Nineteen, Day Twenty, Day Twenty-One, Day Twenty-Two, Day Twenty-Three

 

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Nineteen

Photo and logo as seen on Shoppersdrugmart.ca

Photo and logo as seen on Shoppersdrugmart.ca

Today’s gift is sold exclusively in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart, and the concept is both simple and brilliant.  Step 1: gift this Fragrance Sampler set ($75.00) to your friend or family member (there are both male and female versions). Step 2: they then choose their favourite of the 10 samples, and step 3: they redeem the included certificate for a full-size version!  For some, selecting a new fragrance can be a very personal endeavor, and this gift is perfect in that it gives the person choice, variety, and ultimately, a full-size bottle (plus all the handy samples for their purse or briefcase)!

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine,Day Ten, Day Eleven, Day Twelve, Day Thirteen, Day Fourteen, Day Fifteen, Day Sixteen, Day Seventeen, Day Eighteen

 

 

 

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Seventeen

Photo and logo as seen on Victoriassecret.com

Photo and logo as seen on Victoriassecret.com

Today’s gift is so pretty, you don’t even need to wrap it (in fact, you can just hang it on the tree!).  For just $10.00, these adorable Victoria’s Secret Eau de Parfum Ornaments make the perfect gift for friends and co-workers.  Each sparkly ornament comes with a 7.5 ml fragrance inside (you can choose from a variety of scents).  Grab your friend’s signature fragrance, or give her the opportunity to test out a new one, without having to commit to a full bottle. And maybe grab one (or two, or three) for yourself while you’re at it.

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine,Day Ten, Day Eleven, Day Twelve, Day Thirteen, Day Fourteen, Day Fifteen, Day Sixteen 

 

October/November Fashion and Beauty Favourites!

November Favourites1. “AE Chambray Shirt” by American Eagle Outfitters

This shirt is soft, durable, and extremely comfortable, which means you’ll want to (and can) wear it every day.  A wardrobe staple, it can be worn endless ways: wear it open over your favourite tee or tank, tie it and wear it as a shrug over your favourite Summer dress to help transition it to Fall, layer it underneath a cozy sweater, or simply wear it buttoned up with a great statement necklace on top (my personal fave).   My favourite thing about this top?  The neutral coloured buttons allow you to wear any colour jewellery you’d like (no need to match the gold or silver toned hardware on this beauty!).

2. “Dropping By” Necklace by Mark (Avon)

I have been a fan of the Mark brand for quite some time.  What I love about this necklace is that it’sMark Necklace reversible: one side has sparkle, the other is a matte-silver tone. You also have the option to adjust the length (24.5-33 inches).  It’s easy to match, unique, and great quality.  Feeling adventurous? Try layering it with shorter necklaces for extra pizazz! 

3. Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum 

This is one of my favourite celebrity-inspired perfumes, which I purchased when it was first released, but recently rediscovered.  This perfume has notes of jasmine, violet, rose water, amber, sandalwood, musk, and more.  Floral enough for the Summer, but musky enough for the Fall,  you can reach for this scent all year round.  Cool fact? A fan of Summer days at the beach, Jennifer Aniston even designed the bottle to look like a cresting wave.

4.  Mineral Powder Blotting Tissues by The Body Shop

As someone who struggles with oily skin on a day-to-day basis, these blotting sheets are heaven-sent.  A true multi-tasker, this product removes oil from the face, while also distributing a small amount of mattifying mineral powder.  Fool proof as it’s made for all skin types, and wallet friendly at just $5.00 for 65 sheets, grab a pack for the car, your purse, your desk…you get the idea!

5. AEO Statement Ring” by American Eagle Outfitters

This ring has been my go-to since I purchased it last month.  It is big and bold enough to make a statement, yet light and thin enough to be extremely comfortable.  With pretty, intricate detailing, including 3 rhinestones for shine, this ring looks great paired with your favourite dark nail polish.

6. Rhinestone Button Earrings by Payless Shoe Source

Sparkly yet elegant and simple, these extremely affordable earrings go with nearly everything.  Pair them with a pretty up-do to show them off, or your leave your hair down for some unexpected sparkle when you “happen” to flip your hair.  Not a fan of the gold tone? They also come in silver, here.  

7. Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in “Galactic”  

This is by far, one of the coolest drugstore nail polishes I have found in a long time.  The double ended stick provides both a glossy base coat, and a sparkly, opalescent top coat.  The base coat was so thick and pigmented, I only need 1 coat prior to applying the top coat.  The effect that these polishes give is really unique, and is far from the simple glitter top coats you find in nearly every brand’s lineup.  Check out the Revlon website for all the fun and unique ways you can wear this polish.  The only downside is that it is a little difficult and messy to remove.  The upside? It lasts a really long time, and the compliments will be well worth it!

8. Harmonie Necklace by Aldo in “Light Green”

For me, this necklace was love at first sight (and it was on sale…don’t you just love when the stars align?).  Pair it with a simple crew neck t-shirt or sweater and you’ll go from a lazy Sunday afternoon, to a Friday night on the town.  Not only does it shine beautifully, it’s also extremely durable and has substantial weight to it.  It also comes in other colours, depending on the season.  Keep an eye out for them on the Aldo website, here.

Proof that these really are some of my favourite things this month?  You can find me wearing the shirt, ring, and necklace from this list in the picture from my previous post, here!

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak ~Rachel Zoe