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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.
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“Fresh” Finds: Joe Fresh Beauty Arrives at Shoppers Drug Mart!

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I am excited and grateful to have been invited to attend a preview of the new Joe Fresh Beauty collection last week (available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores now!).  There were yummy treats, fancy drinks, gorgeous flowers, and lots of amazing new beauty products to test out.  The collection is seriously impressive, with products that will take you from a day at the office, to a night out on the town, without breaking the bank (products range from just $8.00 to $18.00).  The brand even has a signature “Five Minute Face” routine that’s simple, effective, and will enhance your natural beauty.

So let’s be real, as a beauty lover I wanted everything I saw at the preview.  There were so many innovative, fun products, and I’d love to tell you about all of them.  But, for this post I thought I’d highlight my top 3 must-haves from the new collection (plus a few extra honorable mentions!), alongside some pictures from the event. Products are shown above in order of discussion below.  Let’s get started!

1.Joe Fresh Highlighter Powder $8.00

I was drawn to this product right away (let’s just say it was love at first swatch).  This highlighting powder is a rich, velvety consistency with impressive colour payoff.  Available in two colours: Champagne (pink-toned) and Luster (gold-toned), simply apply to your cheek or brow bones with your fingers or a brush for an instant, gorgeous glow.  I also love that it can double as an eyeshadow!  And, while we’re on the topic of highlighting, I can’t help but talk about my love of the new Joe Fresh Illuminating Primer (shown to the left of the Highlighting Powders in the picture below).  At just $16.00, these primers are a gorgeous, light reflecting formula that hides imperfections and creates a glowing canvas for your makeup. Choose from “Pure Glow” or “Champagne”; you can even use it on your body as well!

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2.Joe Fresh Lip Crème $12.00

Well known-fact: I’m a lip-product junkie.  The bolder the hue, the better.  These Lip Crèmes are beautifully pigmented and long-lasting, and come in 6 different shades.  With the colour payoff of a lipstick, and the application of a lipgloss, these fun hybrids help condition your lips while providing a medium-shine finish.  And, if you’re someone who prefers a more natural look and wear for your lip products, be sure to check out the Long Wear Lip Veils: lighter weight and sheerer than the Lip Crèmes with a natural looking finish.

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3.Joe Fresh Precision Liquid Eyeliner $8.00

I use a liquid liner nearly every single day, changing up the style to match my mood: feeling fancy? Winged, obviously! What I love about this liner is it’s unique triangular shape, allowing it to sit perfectly and steadily in your hand.  At just $8.00, this liner is an incredible value for money.  It produces a rich, pigmented black line without needing to tug or pull on your lids.  It’s also water resistant, formaldehyde free, and paraben free.  And, while we’re on the topic of eyes, I also recommend checking out the Joe Fresh Tinted Brow Fix ($12.00): a wax-based cream that makes grooming and filling in your brows as easy as the swipe of a wand!

What will you try from the Joe Fresh Beauty collection?  Let me know in the comments below!

Gift Guide Day 2: The Perfect (Pink) Coffee Table Book

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For me, books have always been fascinating.  They are read and enjoyed, perhaps one day past along to someone new, and come to have not only their own story to tell (the one between the pages), but also those of the lives it has touched along the way (deep, I know).  In fact, it fascinates me so much, that I have my own personal collection of old books with strangers’ signatures and well-wishes on the inside covers.  So much history and so much mystery: I love it.

So naturally, I’ve chosen to add a book to the gift guide this year, and it’s one that’s perfect for your girlfriends, mother, sister, and beyond (it’s also a perfect housewarming present!).  All in Good Taste from Kate Spade New York is a gorgeous pink hardcover book (yes, that wine stain is intentional!) that shares fun recipes, how-to’s, personal essays, and more.  Topics covered include: how to shuck an oyster, the proper way to set the table, how to write the perfect thank-you note to the party hostess, what to have on-hand for your at-home bar, and Instagram etiquette at dinner.  This book is fun to read, but is also a great conversation piece to have on your coffee table or bookshelf.  Just write a cute note on the inside, place a bow on the outside, and gift!

Missed Day 1 of the Gift Guide? Check it out here (and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!).

Pink October: Glamulet for Breast Cancer Awareness

Glamulet-Breast Cancer Awareness

Everyone is affected by breast cancer.  Whether it’s a friend,  family member, or a personal fight, breast cancer is the 2nd deadliest cause of death for women around the world, and this needs to end.  With Pink October (for Breast Cancer Awareness) right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to don pink and show your love and support.

Enter Glamulet, a company that launched in 2014 and prides itself on making high-quality, fashion-forward, and affordable jewelry and charms.  During Pink October, Glamulet will donate 50% of their sales of pink charms to charities that support breast cancer.  Glamulet’s goal is to ensure that by 2050, no more lives will be lost to this cause.

There are a variety of charms in the collection, but some of my personal favourites are the “Pink Ribbon Rose Gold“, “Pink Enamel Ribbon Heat Pendant“, and the “Bright Pink Paved Crystal Charm“.  I love that these charms can be worn alone or mixed-and-matched; you can even purchase pre-made sets.

These pieces are a fun and fashionable way to help support the cause and raise awareness.  What charms will you choose to show your support?  Let me know in the comments below.

*This post is powered by BrandBacker.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.    

 

 

August Favourites!

August Favourites

It’s hard to believe that August is officially over…where has the Summer gone?!  My favourites this time around are a mix of both warm and cool weather-inspired products. Let’s get started!

1. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Celebrated” $34.00 

At first glance, the colour of this blush is a bit under-whelming.  And to be honest, it’s probably not something I would have ever picked out on my own during one of my Sephora trips.  It wasn’t until recently, when I had my makeup done for an event, that I fell in love with it.  This “warm pink nude” wears completely different than it appears in the packaging, and suits nearly every skin tone.  So what’s with the name (“Celebrated”), you ask?  This long-wearing shade was actually limited edition, brought out in celebration of Tarte’s 15th birthday.  Beauty fanatics went so crazy for it, that they re-released it.  Now I know what all the hype is about!

2. Glade Wax Melt Refills in “Cashmere Woods” $4.68

This scent was released in Canada a few years back, and I bought a handfull of candles to keep in my “backup” collection.  Sadly, I went through them quickly, and was left with the opportunity to restock only during the occasional cross-border shopping trip.  On a recent trip to my local Walmart, I spotted both candles and these wax melts in the Cashmere Woods scent, and yelped in excitement.  Since my candle collection is quite large at the moment, I decided to opt for the wax melts, along with the Glade Wax Melts Warmer.  Since I’m already a huge fan of Scentsy, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  To my surprise, this warmer performs just as well as the Scentsy, spreading the smell of “mixed notes of citrus and jasmine and the oaky scents of amber and vanilla beans” throughout the entire house.  I simply cannot get enough of this scent and am so excited to have it back!

3. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in “Retsina” $28.00

Let’s face it, the perfect nude lipstick is on every beauty lover’s shopping radar.  Bite Beauty is not a brand I’d tried before, though I’d always heard great things, and I love that their products are made of all-natural, food grade ingredients (and that they’re Canadian!).  I decided to purchase the colour Retsina, a creamy, natural pink tone.  This product feels amazing on your lips, is long-wearing, beautifully pigmented, and has as much resveratrol (with anti-aging properties) as 5 glasses of red wine!

4.  Guess Factory Hilary Backpack in “Red Multi” $52.49

I may not be headed back to school this September, but this adorable backpack was just too cute to resist.  I purchased this on a recent trip to Dixie Outlet Mall during the “She Who Hunts Finds” blogger challenge.  I love that it’s a) a backpack and can carry anything and everything, but more so that b) it comes in buffalo plaid!  It’s faux-leather details make it easy to dress up, and the colour is perfect for Fall.

5. St. Ives Indulge Coconut Milk & Orchid Body Lotion $4.47

I received this product in a seasonal giftpack from Walmart, and decided to give it a try.  This lotion smells amazing: like Summer in a bottle, and goes on smoothly with no greasy residue.  I also love that it is extremely affordable, at under $5.00 for 600ml!  The pump makes it easy to apply, and the packaging is super cute!

 

What did you love for the month of August?  Let me know in the comments below!  

 

 

 

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

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 

 

 

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Two

Photos and logo as seen on Forever21.com

Photos and logo as seen on Forever21.com

I think it’s fairly obvious who today’s gift is perfect for (other than me): the makeup and beauty lover in your life.  Each piece can be purchased individually for under $10.00 from Forever 21:  the 4-piece set I’ve put together, above, will only cost you $23.30 CDN!  From left to right: “Lipstick Addict Cosmetic Bag$7.80, “Bow Case Lipstick in Pink$5.90, “Lipstick Addict Compact Mirror$4.80, and the “Lipstick Addict Paddle Brush$4.80.  There are a variety of other styles and products to choose from, which you can check out here, and don’t forget to subscribe to Forever 21’s email list to receive 10% off your entire online order (plus free shipping if you spend $30.00 or more)!

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

 

Blogiversary Giveaway!

Blogiversary Giveaway

It’s hard to believe it has been (a little over) a year since I started WhatDidSheFind.  Blogging about beauty and fashion is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m so glad I finally “took the plunge”.  To all of you who take time out of your day to read my posts: thank you.

I’m excited to announce that, in honour of my 1 year blogiversary, I’m hosting a giveaway!  One winner will receive two items I’m currently loving: this adorable “Stay Chic” clutch (or makeup bag), and a limited edition Barbie for Forever 21 lipstick trio (red, fuchsia, and baby pink).

Entry requires that the winner be both a follower of my blog and my Instagram account.  For extra entries, you can choose to share this giveaway on Facebook.  The giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S., and the winner must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.  Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter link below.

Here’s to many more fashion and beauty-full years to come!

Elyse

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July/August Favourites!

July August Favourites

The beginning of September means that Summer is slowly coming to an end (but hey, all the more reason to enjoy every minute of the remaining 20 days of the season!).  Here are some of my fashion, beauty, and entertainment favourites for the past 2 months.

1. Jockey Skimmies Short Length Slipshort

I’d been wanting to try these shorts for a while, and it wasn’t until a recent embarrassing (and slightly traumatizing) experience that I finally got my hands on them.  To explain, let me use a simple equation: a windy day + a lightweight dress + bending over to adjust your shoe before getting in the car = showing your neighbours more than they want to see.  Anyways, these shorts are the answer to many of my fashion-prayers: 1. they can be worn as an extra layer under sheer dresses, 2. the smooth fabric doesn’t catch on clothing and can be worn under pants, skirts, and dresses, 3.  they provide a smoothing effect without cutting off circulation or hindering your breathing, and 4. they provide an extra layer of security under short (or lightweight) dresses.  They come in a variety of colours and 2 lengths (I purchased mine in the short length in both nude and black).  Check out Jockey’s website here

2. The Original Beauty Blender

It took me quite some time to hop on the Beauty Blender train, but I’m sure glad I did! I think some people, such as myself, are little hesitant due to the $26.00 price tag, but the results of using this teardrop shaped sponge are definitely worth every penny.  While you can use this sponge with a variety of products (blushes, powders, and etcetera), my favourite use for it is with liquid foundation. Basically, you dampen the sponge (it nearly doubles in size), squeeze all water out of it, and then apply your foundation in a dabbing motion: the result is a finish similar to airbrush makeup.  You can check out the video on Sephora’s website to learn more.

3. Pink by Victoria’s Secret Varsity Crew

This long-sleeve crew sweatshirt is one of the comfiest items of clothing I own (I purchased mine in royal blue at the semi-annual sale).  It’s more lightweight than a hoodie, and has a longer length that can be paired with leggings.  Pink is constantly coming out with new styles and colours, so be sure to check in store as well as online!

4. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”

I originally received this lipstick in a sample-size during a Sephora promotion.  It has a “good for your lips” formulation that includes shea butter and coconut oil, and the colour is a rich, pigmented, beautiful pink suitable for everyday wear.  While the sample-size was generous and is still kicking, I fully intend on purchasing the full-size in the near future!

5. Isis Jewels “The Bar and Chain” Bracelet

I’ve been loving the bar bracelet and necklace trend; there’s just something so simple and elegant about it.  The greatest challenge I face however, is finding a bracelet that fits my super-small wrists.  Luckily, when I spotted this beauty (on sale for 50% off) at the Canadian National Exhibition, the sales associate was kind enough to adjust the length for me on the spot.  Made of sterling silver coated with 14K white gold, and accented with Austrian crystals, it is dainty enough to wear on its own, or will pair perfectly with a watch or other bracelets. Check out other pretty things from Isis Jewels here.

6. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in “Kiss Me”

Sadly, I can’t take credit for discovering this gorgeous lipstick/lipgloss hybrid.  In fact, when I was having my makeup done at Sephora and the artist chose it, I was secretly pouting inside because it seemed so…boring.  However, I was pleasantly surprised once she put it on.  It is one of the prettiest nudey-pinks I’ve ever seen!  I was also impressed by its long-wear: I only need to touch up my lips once the whole night (you can see a picture of it on, here).  Other colours I intend on trying? Trompre L’Oeil and Wonderland.

7. Nashville (on Netflix)

While most of my favourites are usually fashion and beauty related, this television series was a must-have for July and August.  I started watching it last month during my road trip to Nova Scotia, and have been hooked ever since.  Season 1 and 2 are available on Netflix, and if you fall in love with the music like I did, the soundtracks can be purchased on iTunes!