positivity

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!

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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!

 

 

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Thirteen

Photos and logo as seen on Foxyoriginals.com

Photos and logo as seen on Foxyoriginals.com

I’ve been a long-time fan of Foxy Originals, not only because they are a local, Canadian company (sold in many other countries as well), but also because their products are fun, affordable, and well-made (not to mention favourited by a ton of celebrities).  This adorable “Sparkle Everyday” Necklace is part of Foxy Originals’ RSVP Collection, available in silver or gold, and retails for $24.00 CDN on the Foxy Originals website.  With a 17.5 inch chain, and a 1″ charm, my favourite thing about this necklace is that both sides of the charm have a saying on them: “Sparkle Everyday” on one side. and “Think Happy Thoughts” on the other.  I purchased mine in gold and it arrived beautifully packaged, confetti and all!

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

 

Girly Goodies from Chapters!

Chapters Haul

If you know me, (or have read my “About Me” page), you know that while I’m not currently practicing, I am a licenced teacher.  An awesome perk of this, is being able to take advantage of various teacher discounts and sales, such as the one Chapters is hosting this weekend (30% off almost all regular priced items, plus bargain books; in store only).

I purchased some items I’ve been eyeing for a while (and others that just happened to catch my eye while shopping)! Check them out below!

1.   Kate Spade New York Acrylic Straws- Assorted Colours

I recently purchased a re-usable plastic drinking tumbler, and no sooner did I get it home, I dropped it off my counter. Luckily, the tumbler remained unscathed, but sadly, the straw inside smashed to pieces.  However, my tears are dry, as I now have these awesome Kate Spade straws to use as replacements! The package comes with 6 straws in different colours, and each straw has a different saying on it: “Spike the punch”, “Laugh out loud”, “Dance til dawn”, “Strike a pose”, “Make it a double”, and “Life of the party”.  They also have the Kate Spade logo on the bottom of each of them.  They are 100% reusable, and are recommended “hand wash only”.  Let’s be honest, drinking water is that much more appealing when it comes through a fun (designer) straw!

2.  The 7 Year Pen in “Notes to Self”

This is one of the items I’ve been eyeing for a while; I just can’t seem to fathom that a pen could possibly last 7 years!  The packaging states that the pen is able to write 1.7 meters a day for 7 years, thanks to its large ink cartridge and long-life tip.  I felt the sale was the perfect time to test it out, and purchased the turquoise version that says “Notes to Self” on the clip.  Provided I can avoid pen thieves (unlikely), I’m excited to write with this for many years to come!

3.  Spiral Notebook “Chalkboard”

The other day, when forced to write on unlined printer paper, I realized I needed a new notebook.  And, just as I have a love for graphic tees adorned with fun and inspiring quotes, I’ve now learned I also love them on notebooks, too.  I’m especially fond of the quote on this spiral notebook, “Creativity is intelligence having fun” (Albert Einstein).  It also works out perfectly that I now have a pen to fill up the blank pages (though sadly, I’m thinking the pen will likely outlive the notebook).

4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This is a book that’s been on my “to read” list for a few months.  For those of you who don’t already know, Sophia Amoruso is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, an online fashion retailer.  The following is the synopsis, as written on the Chapters website: “#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is your invention”), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.”

5.  “Nail Polish” Highlighters (Not currently online)

At first sight, they look like small bottles of nail polish, but a closer look shows they’ll work perfectly for highlighting your favourite quotes in #GIRLBOSS (see it all coming together?).  These are the ultimate girly desk-accessory (and, for $1.00, you can’t really go wrong!).

Earworm Alert! Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”

 

Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

Though it’s something I’m extremely passionate about, I don’t typically write about music here on my blog.  However, as soon as  I heard this song, I felt compelled to share it.  Not only is it a catchy (retro-inspired) tune you’ll be singing all day, I think the message behind it is also very powerful: stop comparing yourself to others and love yourself the way you are.  In an interview with HuffPost Meghan stated: “It’s impossible for a girl to live up to what we see in the magazines… Everyone is born to be different, and [yet] that’s the thing that makes us all the same.”

Meghan Trainor is a 20 year old songwriter (recruited right out of high-school at age 17), who writes songs for well known singers such as Rihanna.  A song that started as a fun project was then presented to L.A. Reid, who encouraged Trainor to be the voice behind the song (something she’d always dreamed of).  Trainor stated that she wrote the song about herself, as body image is something she, like almost every girl, has struggled with.  She wanted the song to be fun, positive, and feel-good, all of which I think she has achieved perfectly.  (All biographical information courtesy of Today.com).

Video player below not working? You can also check out the video on YouTube by clicking here (4.5 million views and counting!)  Love the song like I do? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

#DealOfTheDay “Time” for Positivity

Watch-AldoI’m always on the lookout for clothing and accessories adorned with fun, positive sayings.  When I saw this watch, I fell in love, and when I saw the price, I knew it needed to be mine.  The simple beige band and gold face make it wearable for everyday, and the fun play on words: “Every Minute Counts” makes it unique (and gives it a special positive touch).

I purchased this watch from Aldo Accessories (a store I’ve been loving lately).  Their promotion at the time was an additional 30% off of sale items, making this beauty only $17.49!  You can check out some of their watches online here, or visit them in-store for even greater selection.