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L'Oreal Paris: The Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's been a while since I really fell in love with a red lipstick. I was truly excited to get this exciting information from L'oreal. I know so many people who freak out when they see a red lipstick. This collection may help some ladies get their first red inspired by their favourite celebrity L'oreal beauty ambassador. These lipsticks are available in November!

The collection features six matte red lip ($10.99 CAN) and nail colours($3.99 CAN) ranging from 
a Classic Red to a Fiery Red to a Ruby Red.

My favourites are Blake & Laetitia!

Personalized Bridesmaids Gifts?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I was trying to think of the perfect bridesmaids gifts to give out and was stumped.  I really wanted to give the girls something that they would cherish as an appreciation of them putting up with me. That's when an idea of personalized jewellery came to my attend via an email. 
*Light bulb* It's unique and personal.

Name Necklace Canada has plenty of options to choose from.
  • Name Necklaces
  • Floating Lockets
  • Name Bracelets
  • Monogram Necklaces
  • Name Rings
I decided to be unique and go with a Two Finger Name Ring. It's crafted in Sterling Silver (0.925)- so it's pretty sturdy. Not like the cheap costume jewelry sets you get from the store. 

The first thing I did was give them my name. I wanted my full name: Jennifer. Then I measured my ring size using the ring guide that they had. This is where it kind got tricky. I measured for my middle finger and ring finger on my right side. I missed the part that read **measure the largest joint part of your finger** and went with the area in-between. *Covers eyes* Anyways, I moved it to my pinky and ring finger instead. Much more comfortable fit.


Overall, the website is pretty informative. They give you care instructions, offer free shipping & 60 day returns. As for me- I think I may just go with a name necklace. There are many options to choose from on their site and I can avoid having to measure their fingers (and getting it wrong).

Have you gotten personalized jewellery as a gift before?
Want to get 10% off discount using code SPICED14 at the checkout



Anastasia Beverly Hills + The Perfect Wedding Brows

Saturday, September 27, 2014

As a beauty blogger, one of my favourite things is getting to meet the creators of a product.
When I received an email from Sephora asking me if I wanted meet with Anastasia Soare, brow expert and beauty specialist to the stars, I responded with a quick yes! 


An area on my face that doesn't get as much TLC as it should is my brows!
I never know what products to use to get the perfect look. At the event, I got to have a one-on-one with her (She did my brows!!!)  and speak about her key products.

From our talk I discovered that I need to invest in brow stencils!



They're easy to use and made of plastic that can cleaned and reused.
A fuller brow works for my bone structure and I need to stop talking so much off the top and let them grow in.


Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW™ Pomade is a bride's best friend!

I'm overdramatic but I fear I'll sweat out my brows on my big day. Anastasia suggested using the DIPBROW™ Pomade because it's smudge-free and waterproof. Go in with light strokes to get a natural looking brow. She picked the colour Ebony for me.

Every girl has to have a Brow gel in their possession.
To set your brows it's good to finish them off with a gel.
Clear is perfect because it goes with all skin tones.

What are your brow must haves?







MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadows + Swatches!

Friday, September 26, 2014

How do you perfect a perfect product! 
One of the first brands I discovered at Sephora was Make Up For EVER. 
They have the most pigment, pure and innovative products on the market.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a MUFE party which introduced us to the new line of shadows. 
I'm so impressed. Each swatch was silky and vivid.

We also had the opportunity to customize our own MAKE UP FOR EVER Custom Artist Palette! 

A highly-blendable, gel-powder eye shadow and powder blush with vivid color payoff.
I wanted to make a palette that could used be for every occasion. 
One requirement for me was that it HAD to have a deep/rich dark brown.
For a deeper-skinned woman of colour, this would be the ultimate face contour colour.


These shadows ($24.00 CAN) blend effortlessly, come in 210 colours and five different finishes.
-Matte
-Satin
-Iridescent
-Metal
-Diamond


From Top to Bottom:
  • TJ01A
  • UB02A
  • T101A



Have you tried these shadows yet?


Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamels

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I'm just adding another cure-less gel polish to your list of must-haves. 
Don't get me wrong.. I love gel-based cure polishes but the removal is a pain. 
Who has time to stick their hands in acetone or spend time picking it off (damaging their nail beds). 
Not I!

I've been playing with the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel ($8.99 CAN) for a couple months.
I just received the perfect fall nail colour from them in the mail- so I decided to share them.
*******I have other colours, if you would like them swatched*******



So far, I have tried a few polish based gel polish brands. For me, the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel is equal or if not a little bit better (due to the 2 step process) then the L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer. At the bottom of the totem pole is the CND Vinylux polishes

The only con I have about the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polishes is that you should not add more then two coats of colour. I did it and it took a really long to dry.
Other than that these are pretty fantastic!

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel- All or Nothing



Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel- High Stakes
Have you tried these polishes before?

Canadian Beauty News: Marcelle & Lise Watier

Monday, September 15, 2014

Winter is coming!
 I feel like we completely skipped Fall, it's getting chilly.
With a change in the weather, expect a change in your skin.

Here are three Canadian products to check out:

Lise Waiter Lift & Firm 3D Duo Serum 24hrs ($78.00 CAN)
Serums are amazing if you want to retain moisture throughout the day & night. If this current weather is any identification of the type of winter we will be getting, this is a MUST have.

Lise Waiter Lift & Firm 3D Duo Serum is two serums in one!
Day formula: Instant lifting forms an invisible mesh on the skin’s surface for a visibly firmer appearance throughout the day.
Night formula : Lasting firmness regenerates all night long to visibly firm the skin.


Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel ($12.95 CAN)
Nothing is better than using a gentle cleanser to effectively clean your pores. Use with a cotton pad on dry skin or on wet skin. This non-comedogenic gem is made in Canada and can be found in your local drugstore.

  • 100% Hypo-allergenic & perfume free
  • Paraben & Gluten free
  • Oil free
  • Soap free

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector ($24.95 CAN)
Are you battling uneven skin? If yes, then give Marcelle's Ideal Skin Perfector a try! Apply it in the morning and/or night before your moisturizer.

  • Instantly reveals a more radiant glow 
  • Visibly reduces the look of dark spots
  • Visibly reduces the look of acne marks
  • Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores Softens the skin and visibly improves its texture
Is your skin ready for winter?

The Stayfree Challenge

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 I was asked to take the Stayfree challenge a few months ago but passed on the opportunity. I'm not sure what happened after but I started to see a barrage of pad commercials on TV. 
It was crazy! 

With sooo many claims out there, I became curious if my brand was even doing the job. 
When the opportunity came around the second time ,I knew that I had to participate.

What do you look for in a pad?
I look for a product that is going to do it's job and keep me comfortable during my time of the month!

Well Stayfree has declared it's self to be the one of the best brands out there.
 Let's see how they measure up compared to the top ultra thin pads out there.


In the kit:

  • Three bottles of 5 mL a blue saline liquid in each
  • Three 5 pound weights
  • Three blotting sheets
  • Package of Stayfree Ultra thin pads
  • Two competitive Ultra thin pad brands
  • Placement sheet 
Let's start the challenge:


The first thing I did was take out the placement sheet and place each pad where they were supposed to go based on the diagram.

Then I poured the liquid at the center of the pad and waited 30 seconds for it to absorb. Then I placed a blotting sheets on the center of the pad and added the weight on top.
I waited five seconds and then removed them to reveal the results.

Stayfree is a brand that I have never used in my life but wow!
I'm generally surprised with by the outcome. 
Especially since I know that the brand that I'm using right now is a thumbs down.


Are you a Stayfree user?



Scentuals Body Care from Nature De-Stress - Aromatherapy Roll On

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On a scale of 1-10, how high is your stress level. Mine right now would be a smooth 6.75. As the months pass and the wedding date nears, it keeps increasing. A few years ago, I started to carry around a little vial of lavender essential oil. I personally found it very calming.

Right now I'm carrying around Canadian brand Scentuals Body Care from Nature De-Stress - Aromatherapy Roll On ($15.95 CAN).

It's good to rub on your inner wrists whenever you need to relax. 
Once applied take two deep breaths in and out.

Calm your nerves and reduce tension with a special blend of therapeutic grade essential oils. 

Ingredients
Bergamot essential oil:
  • Helps with stress
  • Tension
  • Fear 
Lemon essential oil:
  • Helps brighten your mood
Palmarosa essential oil:
  • Eases the mind
Lavender essential oil:
  • Calming 
  • Soothing
Plus chamomile, Clary Sage, Jasmine and Neroli are also essential oils in this blend.

What oils do you use to De-stress?


Walmart Back to School challenge: Makeup #1

Monday, September 08, 2014

It's always good to have a quick and easy back to school look.
I remember getting to college was 90 mins to 2 hours bus and train ride.
For three years, I had to wake up really early -just to make sure I'd get there on time.

I had only five minutes to get my routine down.
My three go-to products were: Eyeliner, mascara and lip colour.

Well all know the best place to get all your skincare/beauty needs is at Walmart!
I was given the opportunity to visit my local Walmart and shop in-store to complete a 
Back to School challenge. Check out my skin care post using products I bought from Walmart. 

I picked three brands that will make your life easy this up-coming semester!
  1. Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara
    The Ultimate black mascara
    $8.96
  2. Revlon ColorStay Skinny™ Liquid Liner
    0.1mm skinny tip liner
    $8.96
  3. NYC Expert Last Lipstick
    Long-lasting
    2 for $3.00
Total with tax= $23.64
Check these products up close:

Swatches
*not including the mascara*
Lipsticks: Creamy Caramel & Traffic Jam

Eyes:


The walmart beauty section is one of my favourites because they have so many rollbacks on their prices. Also they have everyday specials like bonus beauty packs and crazy everyday deals like the 2 for $3.00 NYC lipsticks.

Wedding: Are bridal shows worth it?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This is a good question that plagues every bride: 
Are wedding shows worth it?

I feel like a wedding show veteran right now. I've been engaged for over a year and I have attended four shows. Overall- they're worth it.

Don't believe me?
Here are five reasons why you should attend!

Get to know the wedding industry
Being that I work in film/broadcasting-television, I know how many "players" it takes to run a production. It's a lot. Each "player" comes together to make your day unique. 
I attended the National Bridal Show and met so many photographers, bakers and djs. Plus I got pamphlets from them with links to their websites so I could check out their work.

Check out dresses up close and personal
My favorite part is always the fashion shows. It's totally different looking through a magazine and looking at a dress. Actually seeing the dresses actually move and glide on the runway lets you see what works for you and what wouldn't.

Freebies
Who doesn't love free product! 
We got samples of cake, snacks, magazines and wine.

Interact with other brides
While I was there I met other girls. 
We chatted about rings and they also told me their favourite vendors.

Win prizes
If you're a bride on budget who wouldn't want a to win their wedding services for free.
A lot of vendors also gave out discounts on the spot with was a perk of attending the show!

Walmart Back to School challenge: Skincare

Sunday, September 07, 2014

When I was going to school skin care was #1 on my list. 
Yes...it came before my school supplies and outfits.
I was blessed to go through elementary school - college with perfect skin. 
I think it came down to having the right essentials.

The best place to get all your skincare/beauty needs is Walmart!
I love Walmart because it's a one stop shop. Literally everything is under one roof!

I was given the opportunity to visit my local Walmart and shop in-store to complete a 
Back to School challenge.  

It was fun going through the aisles and looking at all the makeup/skin care stations.
I picked three products that will make your skin ready to battle the up-coming semester!
  1. Simple® Foaming Cleanser
    Essential for sensitive skin
    Roll back $6.77
    Was $7.97
  2. Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Powered Contour Cleansing System
    Gentle on skin
    $14.96
  3. Simple® Protecting Light Moisturizer spf 15
    Perfect for sensitive skin
    $10.97
Total with tax= $36.95

Wet your skin and apply Simple's foaming cleanser into wet skin with your finger tips.


To get out all of the dirt and impurities use Olay Fresh Effects's Va-Va-Vivid powered contour cleansing brush. Use it on your face in a gentle circular motion.



Lastly, use Simple's Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect your skin from 
UVA and UVB rays. 


Have you tried these products before?