Victoria’s Secret

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 

 

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!

 

 

Supermodel in a Bottle?! Victoria’s Secret Rockin’ Body Perfecting Cream

Rockin Body Perfecting Cream

I know what you’re thinking…another gimmick that claims to make you instantly look like a model (even more, a Victoria’s Secret one). I thought so to, but just to be sure, I purchased this highly-coveted and recently re-released body lotion. It retails for $14.00, but you can find it on websites, such as Ebay or Amazon, selling for much more (because up until recently it was a limited edition product).

Essentially, Victoria’s Secret Rockin’ Body Perfecting Cream is a tinted lotion with subtle shimmer that claims to even out tone, moisturize skin (with vitamin E and shea butter), and give your body that “supermodel glow” (courtesy of diamond powder).

I recently attended an event (one that was a little fancier than my typical pajamas-and-a-movie kind of night), and felt it was the perfect opportunity to try this product out. Aside from smelling amazing, it applied evenly and had a nice, subtle finish. My original concern was that I would look like a Twilight character due to too much shimmer, but I was pleasantly surprised. The only downside is that the product is quite thick, and so while it is very moisturizing, I needed to use a fair amount to cover my arms and legs (you can use it on your décolleté as well). The lotion also has a perfect amount of tint to it, so you won’t have to worry about looking like a faux-tan gone wrong. I was also happy to see that not a single bit of product transferred onto my clothes throughout the night (I waited 5 minutes after applying prior to getting dressed, just to be safe).

All in all, I can’t say that I’ll be a supermodel any time soon (I’m 5’4” and enjoy carbs way too much), but I can say that this product is a great alternative to pantyhose, and gives a similar even-toned look. Definitely recommend!

Keep the Receipt! How your purchases can save you cash.

ReceiptsWe’ve all heard it before, the infamous, “would you like a copy of your receipt?” from the person behind the cash register.  If we say “yes”,  we either throw it away, or lose it in the abyss that is also known as our purse.  If we say “no”, it’s usually because we already know we won’t need it, or, because we don’t want our significant other to find the evidence (admit it, it’s the latter).

However, stores are starting to use receipts as a way to not only gain valuable feedback from their customers, but also to provide shoppers with discounts on future purchases (so now you just have to go back for that beautiful leather bag!).  I’ve touched briefly on this subject before, but today I wanted to share all the receipt-coupons that I use on a frequent basis (spreading the love, if you will).  Be sure to comment below if you know of any other great ones!  But first, a few quick rules to get us started:

1. Don’t Be Lazy!

The surveys usually only take 5 minutes of your time, and most of them are completely worth it.  What are you waiting for!?  Complete them as soon as you get home and put them in your wallet.  That way, you won’t be searching for it or wishing you’d brought it the next time.

2. Watch the Clock.

Some of the receipt coupons have expiry dates.  Make sure you’re using the ones that expire sooner, first.

3. Break it down.

Don’t be afraid to break down your purchases into multiple transactions.  If you have more than 1 receipt-coupon, and the store is willing to let you use them all, why wouldn’t you?!

4. Do the Math.

If the store is making you choose between a current promotion/other coupon and using your receipt-coupon, always do the math to see which one is the best deal.  Don’t waste your hard work!

Let the shopping begin:

Bath and Body Works $10.00 off your purchase of $30.00 or more (Note: when the large candles go on 2 for $30.00, you can now get 2 for $20.00 (or 4 for $30.00 using 2 coupons/transactions)!

La Senza– $10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more

Victoria’s Secret- $10.00 off your purchase of $60.00 or more

The Body Shop– $10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more

Payless Shoe Source– $4.00 off your next purchase of $10.00 or more

Old Navy– 15% off your next purchase (on randomly selected receipts)

The Gap 20% off your next purchase (on randomly selected receipts)

Banana Republic– 20% off one regularly priced item (on randomly selected receipts)

American Eagle-15% off your next purchase

Mark’s Work Warehouse-$10.00 off your next purchase of $40.00 or more

Globo Shoes– 10% off your next purchase

Aldo Shoes– 15% off your next purchase (aldoshoes.com/survey)

McDonalds– Free medium fries and a drink with your next sandwich purchase

Burger King-Free Whopper or chicken sandwich

Subway Sandwiches-Free cookie!

A penny saved is a penny earned.~Benjamin Franklin