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Wedding: Five things I wish I knew before I went dress shopping

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dress shopping wasn't the disaster I thought it would be. I'm short, got boobs and a small waist. I expected fitting room breakdowns but it never got to that. I had to write this post because no one ever talks about the dress experience. It's definitely something that needs to be addressed. Here are a few tips that I wish I knew before I went shopping.

DO not let anybody tell you what you can or can not wear.
I went into a retailer to talk about the process of booking an appointment and on the spot she judged me. I was wearing an oversized sweater and a puffy parka. Her words were "You're a ballgown girl. Nothing else in here would be flattering on you. Don't look over there". Immediately my confidence was shattered. There is nothing wrong with ballgowns-they're gorgeous but why put me into a bubble before I even try anything on. It doesn't matter if you're 100 pounds or 300 pounds- TRY ON WHAT YOU LIKE! You make the decision what works for you.

Always have a buffer in your budget
Say your budget is $2,500 and you see a dress that is $200 more- plus it fits all the requirements. TRY IT ON! It might be the one.

Don't Settle on your happiness + Take risks
Get the dress you want. You will be looking back on these pictures for a lifetime, who wants to be miserable when they see the dress in pictures. I took an extreme risk with the dress that I chose.. I cannot divulge all the details- YET! But I'm really happy. That's all that matters.

Not every girl cries when they find the dress
I've seen every episode of Say Yes to the Dress. 90% of girls cry their eyes out. I didn't cry at all. I was so confused why didn't I have the same reaction as the people on TV... I even panicked. But just know that everyone doesn't cry..and your normal. 

The proper undergarments make a huge difference.
Need waist definition? Try a corset with a built in underwire bra. So many options out there to smooth out unwanted lumps and bumps. I wrote a great post about what to wear under a wedding dress back in May. It's still relevant.

If you have some dress shopping tips PLEASE leave them below!

Six years of blogging... is this a goodbye?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last December, I celebrated 6 years of blogging.
Thank you for your comments, views and shares of my blog posts throughout the years. 
I know I haven't been posting a lot because of the wedding but this is still my baby. 
I'm not sure how long Spiced Beauty will be here.... but I will not lie.. the passion is kind of dying
I personally feel like the landscape is not where it should be right now. 
In other words, six years of doing this and I haven't seen much of a change (for me).  
Don't get me wrong... I still get excited when I see a palette in the mail or event invite but I still think there might be another realm for Spiced Beauty.  Actually let me rephrase that.. there is another realm but that hasn't really been tapped out yet.

For now, I'm going to keep on trucking........

Valentine's Day Red Lips

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I love this lip color because I asked Drew Barrymore what colour would she choose for me and she chose Rosebud! Coincidentally, it was in my gift bag.

It's the perfect red for every skin tone.
Plus it would be an amazing bridal or Valentine's day colour!

FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color 
- Creamy application
- Pigmented
- High shine

Products used for my look:
FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color ($7.98 CAN)
Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Lashblast ($10.99 CAN)
Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours - Indigo ($20.99 CAN)

Flower Beauty + Drew Barrymore

Monday, February 09, 2015

I went to an exclusive Flower Beauty event a while back and I had the opportunity to try out a lot of their products and meet Drew Barrymore. She is amazing- literally everything I thought she would be and more. I'm so impressed with the line. The pigmentation, the colour range, and the overall products that they have makes it unique.

Fell in-love this amazing red lipstick- Rosebud (shown above). Which I'll post about it soon. Plus I was also introduced to a new favourite: Flower Color Play Creme Eyeshadows $7.98 CAN. It that comes in six shades. The packaging is extremely cute and the consistency is soft like a soufflé.
You can apply it with your fingers or with a thin brush like a concealer brush. After eight hours of work- it did not crease. I used one of my make up removers to take off the eyeshadow and I had no issue. Each creme eyeshadow has vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
I would recommend getting every colour.

NewYorkColor: January Challenge #NYCBeautyPro

Thursday, February 05, 2015

I love these challenges because they force me to get all done up!

January's challenge: Is all about Demi Lovato!
If you're out of the loop and don't know- She is New York Color's first global ambassador.
More importantly- She can rock a mean smokey eye.

Products we received in our January Kit:

Products used:
  • Show Time Smoking Hot Mascara $3.49
  • City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadow $4.99
  • Expert Satin Matte Lip Color $4.99

The Look:

I'm in love with the stay power of the City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadows. 
I'm so use to "cream" shadows creasing on me but these stayed put!
And those lipsticks.. *swoon* The PERFECT combination of matte & satin. 
I'm wearing Expert Satin Matte Lip Color in Berry Me.

Avon Moisture Therapy line

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I live in Canada and I know it's apart of the cycle but I'm annoyed with Winter right now.
We're all suffering from dry skin and chapped lips. 
That's why I'm happy when I find products that work well with sensitive skin.

Introducing Avon's Moisture Therapy Derma line.

This line has clinically been shown to help relieve dryness which is typically 
associated with individuals who suffer from eczema.

Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Lotion ($12.00 CAN)
This mild and gentle lotion delivers the powerful moisturizing benefits of an ointment in the light format of a cream. The formula is really light but hydrating. It doesn't leave a residue behind and a dime sized amount goes a long way.

Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Wash ($12.00 CAN)
This mild body wash for bath or shower gently cleanses while soothing dryness associated with eczema-prone skin. The formula is completely scent-free. The gel is infused with chamomile, aloe and vitamin E. Perfect for daily usage.

Calming Relief Anti-Itch Spray Lotion ($10.00 CAN)
Infused with colloidal oatmeal and menthol- This formula provides temporary relief of itching. This is a very interesting product which comes with a pump. Spray it on your skin, when dryness attacks. It cools it down. Remember it contains menthol- so wash your hands before you rub your eyes.

You can order or through your avon representative.

The Park Hyatt Toronto Stillwater Spa: Citrus Treatments + Menu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Did you know that the scent of citrus can improve your energy and relieve stress?

Last week, I had the opportunity to indulge in the benefits of citrus from Sunkist!
The Park Hyatt Toronto Stillwater Spa is now offering Citrus spa treatments as well as citrus inspired meals to boost your spirits. 

Citrus Spa Treatments:
  • Navel Orange Body Scrub
  • Grapefruit Massage with a hand and foot exfoliation
  • Navel Orange Food Scrub
  • Lemon Hand Scrub

Each treatment captures the essence of each Sunkist citrus fruit.
For example: The Navel Orange Body Scrub contains good stuff like raw sugar, organic honey and fresh squeezed Sunkist® Navel orange juice. 

  • Detox Juice
  • Kale & Sunkist® Orange Salad with Oyster Mushrooms and Miso Dressing
  • Chili Sunkist® Lime Seared Scallops with Grilled Corn Salsa
  • Sunkist® Lemon Tart

Chef Joan Monfaredi created a tasting menu to enlighten us on the health & wellness benefits of citrus. You would love the detox juice! It contains Sunkist® Navel oranges, green grapes, watermelon and fresh mint.

I had the grapefruit Massage with a hand and foot exfoliation and LOVED it! 
Definitely worth checking out if you're in need of some TLC.

Note: The citrus-inspired spa treatments will be available at Stillwater Spa Toronto from January 20th to February 28th, 2015.

The Wedluxe Wedding Show 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Out of all the Wedding shows that I've been to, The Wedluxe Wedding Show is the most glamorous and inspirational. It was also the very first show that attended in 2014.
Check out my "The Wedluxe Wedding Show 2014" post.

The event took place at the ARCADIAN- 401 Bay Street, 8th floor. Vendors were spread out in the Arcadian Loft, Arcadian Court, Arcadian Studio and the Mezzanine. Think that's a lot of space? The event was also located on the 7th floor of Hudson’s Bay! Definitely a place to get familiar with! It's where Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and Hudson’s Bay Gift Registry is.

Why should you attend?
  • 120 vendors
  • Gorgeous decor + flowers
  • Good eats
  • Beauty samples
My fiance and I came with a plan. 
Check out Honeymoon options and find a videographer.
Still reviewing the videographers but the show introduced us to St. Lucia as a honeymoon spot.
It's gorgeous and totally now on our list.

Check out pics from the show!
Let me know in the comment section which ones are your favourite.

Win: LG G3 Smartphone (Canadian)

Friday, January 16, 2015

I'm to going to help you "Beat the January Blues" with an amazing giveaway 
sponsored by LG Canada!
One special CANADIAN Spiced Beauty reader will win an LG G3 Smartphone. 
I know many of you saw my past post on this amazing device!
If not, check it out: LG G3
It's your time for you to get your hands on it.

Five key reasons to get the LG G3 Smartphone:
  1. Full HD screen picture on a 5.5 inch LCD
  2. Beauty feature makes you look "selfie" ready every time
  3. Rear camera is 13 MP with laser auto focus
  4. You can develop different profiles on your phone for privacy
  5. Take a pictures by doing a gesture or just saying a special word
Back to the giveaway: The winner will receive one LG G3 smartphone.
Please note that this phone will be locked- It's up to you to get it unlocked to use it with your provider.

The giveaway will run from January 16, 2015 to January 28, 2015

You will need an instagram account to enter
An example entry to the LG G3 Contest
Upload your favourite selfie to instagram with this caption:
My favourite selfie @lgcanada @spicedbeautyblog #lgg3beauty

Also fill out this rafflecopter widget and make sure that you fill out ALL the mandatory elements.
Please follow the rules to be eligible- those who don't follow will be disqualified

Good Luck!

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Review: LG G3 Smartphone

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

One of my favourite things about being a blogger is testing out new products. I'm even more ecstatic when the new product is tech related. In early December, I was invited to Her Majesty Pleasure for a special experience with LG Canada. They were looking for an exclusive group ladies and picked me plus a few other others to become official LG G3 Beauty bloggers. 

What are top things that you look for in a phone?
I look for:
  • Lightweight body
  • Attractive display
  • Comes with features that I'll actually use
I own android tablets but I've never actually had an android phone before. It was really a unique experience to try out this phone as a previous iPhone and BlackBerry user.

Let's start off with appearance:
It's a sleek metallic phone with a large screen. Similar to other new smart phones, there is no physical keyboard on the front. It's all touchscreen! Which can be a learning curve for any first time user but once you get use to it- you're set! On the back there is a button to turn off the phone plus volume controls. A unique alternative to the usual side buttons.
Plus a rear and front facing camera.

Being that I'm a videographer, I appreciate a clear and crisp display. The LG G3 does not disappoint. It offers you full HD screen picture on a 5.5 inch LCD. For me, the size was something to get used to. I used to make fun of people who had big phones but now that I got to try one- I understand the hype.

This phone is commonly referred to as the "selfie" phone. This is due to the beauty feature when taking pictures with the front camera. Let's get something out of the way...There's nothing wrong with a little enhancement to a picture as long as it still looks like you. The beauty feature let's you determine how much how "soft" you want your picture. Which eliminates the need for extra editing software on your phone. Win!  It's important to me as a blogger to be 100% transparent with you all. I did get a replacement phone during the process because I was having an issue with the forward facing camera. Although it was a minor issue, it got resolved.

Hello! Look at me! 
My first  LG G3 selfie.

Can you believe I took this picture by saying "LG"! 
No hands needed. 

Now the rear camera is 13 MP with laser auto focus. 
What is the purpose of laser auto focus you ask? 
Long story short- It prevents blur and allows you to take a great shot easier.

Taken with the LG G3 camera (rear camera).

I know it's a lot to take in but here are two more features that you should know about the LG G3:
  • You can develop different profiles on your phone. How about one for yourself and one for a guest?
  • I spoke a bit about this but you can take a picture by doing a gesture or just saying a special word. It eliminates that awkward left shoulder in the shot.
Do you want to test this phone out yourself? 
Look out for my January Blues contest this week.
Get started by following LG Canada on twitter:

Wedding: Bridal Shower Advice from Weddingbells’ Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

After a lot of convincing from my future sister-in-law, I decided that I should put having a bridal shower on my list of wants. Let me start off by saying... I've never been to a bridal shower before. On top of that, I have no idea how the whole shindig goes. Sooo when you don't know anything about the topic.. You speak to an expert!

I got Weddingbells Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill to answer those questions
that you may have about bridal showers.

Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill tackles my bridal shower questions

What typically happens at bridal showers?

A bridal shower is a celebration of the bride-to-be, which usually happens a few months before her wedding date. Family and friends are invited (usually it’s a female-centric event but more events are now becoming male inclusive). Bridal showers typically are an event hosted at someone’s house or at a restaurant. This is also a time when guests gift the bride with items typically found on their bridal registry. Good food, good times, good friends…that is a great bridal shower!

Who takes care of the bridal shower? bride? bridesmaids?

Tradition dictates that the maid of honor or bridesmaids throw the bridal shower. Family members such as mothers, sisters or cousins often take on the role of co-hosting the event (if sisters or cousins are in the bridal party, it’s easy shower planning). A bride may also have friends, co-workers or someone from the groom’s family who wants to throw the shower. The rules have become a little more flexible as to who throws the party (and sometimes there can be more than one event).

How many people usually attend a bridal shower?

The number of people can vary greatly from a very intimate event to a celebration for 80-100 people. It really depends on how large the bride’s group of family and friends are and often times a bride’s cultural background will dictate the size of the event.

Can men be invited to the bridal showers?

Yes! In the modern age of weddings anything goes. A lot of showers end with a cocktail hour where the groom and his friends and family are invited to celebrate too.

NewYorkColor: NYC Style Holiday Challenge

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December's challenge: Holiday Makeup!
Believe or Not.. I've never worn a red lips for NYE.
I've totally have been missing out.

Here is my look for the New Years using NewYorkColor products!

I had to use NYC Ultra Moist Lipstick ($2.99 CAN) in Mahogany as a lipliner because it's such a deep rich plus and add Retro Red as a pop of colour in the middle. On the eyes I used Liquid Liner in Black ($3.99) and the Sun n Bronze Bronzing Powder ($5.99 CAN) Coney Island as a highlight.
Overall a nice clean look which translates well for any New Year's eve activity!

Would you wear this look?

Last Minute Wants: Sephora Edition

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If you're an extremely late shopper like me and are going to attempt to brave the malls tomorrow here are a few items from Sephora which any makeup lover would be glad to get!

Hello Kitty

The Red Bow Beauty Diaries
$33.00 CAN
A diary for the ultimate collector that honors Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary with 15 pretty surprises—from accessories to makeup collectibles.

Hello Kitty

Ruby Compact Mirror
$30.00 CAN
A collectable Hello Kitty-shaped compact mirror that sparkles in bling with nearly 300 hand-placed jewels in honor of Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary.


Gold Star Skinny Brush Set
$49.00 CAN
A colorful five-piece brush set in a flashy, metallic clutch.

Bon Voyage Collector's Set And Travel Bag
$71.00 CAN
A chic, portable travel bag filled with a collection of limited-edition, oversized must-have beauty essentials for the eyes, lips, cheeks, and complexion.

Pure Luxury Antibacterial Brush Set
$75.00 CAN
A seven-piece brush set treated with a cutting-edge antimicrobial technology that keeps brushes fresher for longer and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Urban Decay
Full Frontal Lipstick Stash Set
$47.00 CAN
A limited-edition mini lip set loaded with six mini shades of Revolution Lipstick, plus a full-size, 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil.

o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular tampons giveaway!

Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm interested in finding out about various different things but there are some stuff that you can find out through conversations with your friends and some stuff that you need the internet for (if you know what I mean). I was asked to try a pack of o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular tampons and share my honest options. When I find a brand and I like, I do not venture out. After many years, I decided to let's see what else is out there. Who knows, I might find a new favourite.
o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular tampons with Fluid-Lock® grooves for locked-in leak protection. The only one with SilkTouch™ cover for ultimate comfort and protection
I won't lie.. I was a little bit shocked when I first received the package. It was extremely small and it could fit in the palm of my hand. I swear I thought I received the wrong package. The biggest shocker was that there was no applicators. 

The Scoop:
The size!
I was able to put them in one of my mini makeup bag without any hassle.
Also when I traveled out of country they took up NO space.

Less Waste
Did you know without the applicator  o.b.® saves 58% of waste compared to some other brands?

Detailed instructions
Each pack comes with an very detailed sheet that gives you step-by-step instruction and FAQs.
If you're an applicator user then you will be happy to see this sheet.

I want to be 100% honest. I didn't get it the first few tries. Which is okay because I been dependant on an applicator for years but once I got it- it wasn't bad at all. Similar to any other tampon just pull the string once you're ready to dispose of it.

o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular are available in a 18 or 40 pack.

Have you tried o.b.® tampons before?
Well o.b.® is giving 50 Spiced Beauty readers the opportunity to get an 18-count box FREE!
Shipped right to your doorstep!


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