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Currently Obsessed: VICHY Ideal Body Serum - Milk

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sooo the groundhog was right. WINTER is still here!
By now I thought I would at least be able to rock my maxi dress but no.. I'm here pulling out my parka and boots. Hydration is key right now. 

My new BFF is VICHY Ideal Body Serum - Milk.
What is Serum-Milk?
Serum-milk: Emulsion gel enriched with mother-of-pearl particles to enhance the skin. As a milk, it delivers hydration and comfort, as a serum, it has a very fresh, fluid and melt-in texture that is instantly absorbed. It is possible to dress immediately.
There are two key active ingredients usually used in face care in this product:
Hyaluronic Acid and LHA 


In combination, these result in radiant, smooth, hydrated and firmer skin. Since I have sensitive skin it's good to know that it's suitable for all skin types and infused with Vichy Thermal Spa Water. Plus paraben-free and hypoallergenic!

By combining 10 fundamental oils:
  1. Apricot kernel,
  2. Passionflower
  3. Corn
  4. Rice Bran
  5. Sunflower
  6. Blackcurrant Pips
  7. Rosehip
  8. Coriander
  9. Macadamia
  10. Jojoba
Best way to maximize the benefits:
Apply it to your skin when it's still slightly damp.
It will boost your hydration!

Curls or no Curls?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

As you all know the big day is drawing near.
The number one question I get asked is "Are you nervous?"

My answer is "No...."
I know exactly what I'm doing and I wouldn't do it if it wasn't for me.

I have my dress..
But now I need to pick a final hairstyle.

Here are my three choices.
Curls or no Curls?
Of course, all Kim Kardashian looks.
Which is your favourite?

To make this style work for me.. I need A LOT of volume and length.
I'm happy to say that Bella Dream Hair is going to help me achieve that!

I had the opportunity to choose from four types of hair.

-Brazilian Straight
-Brazilian Wavy
- Brazilian Curly
-Brazilian Natural Wave

Brazilian Natural Wave is the best hair to get the look I want!
It can also be straightened.

I had the opportunity to choose lengths from 8" to 36".
YES 36" *screams*

I'm thinking about making them into clip-ins so I can change my hairstyle for the honeymoon.
Not sure yet...

I'll be sure to post the final look.
But guess what?
I have a surprise.

Bella Dream Hair is allowing me to give one of my readers the opportunity to get fly for the summer.
I am giving away 4 bundles of up to 20 inches of Brazilian Natural Wave in 1B.

Fill out the form below to enter!
If the form to enter doesn't pop up-- CLICK HERE to enter
International entries allowed.

Bella Deam Hair Giveaway


Hard Candy Spring Collection + Swatches

Thursday, April 16, 2015

All these spring launches are getting me excited.

I had the opportunity to go to a Spring 2015 Hard Candy party and I was really impressed.
I saw a lot of great products to add to my spring makeup regime.
New eye primers!

Price: $4.98 CAN
Colours: (from left to right)
  • long wear
  • shimmer 
  • smokey
I'm really excited for the smokey primer. 
I've never seen ANYTHING like it.

Plumping Serum Lip Gloss + Fiberized Brow Gel & Brow Highlighter Duo
Plumping serum lip gloss

Price: 4.98 CAN
Colours:
  • pinky swear
  • magic muave
  • string bikini
  • show stopper
  • it girl
  • swan lake
  • nude beach
  • lion tamer
  • girl next door
  • crush on you
  • gallery girl
The plumping serum has improved it's formula.

Fiberized Brow Gel & Brow Highlighter Duo
Price: $5.98 CAN
Colours:
  • Light medium
  • Medium dark
I've never seen a fiberized brow gel before so I'm extremely excited to wear a product like this in the summer time. When it's hot and I know it's a struggle to keep your brows on. 

Eye shadows + Fierce lip gloss effects
Fierce lip gloss effects
Price: $5.98 CAN
Colours: 
  • just glow 
  • candy baby 
  • contraband 
  • black rose 
  • nude plunge 
  • make blush 
  • pink attitude 
  • knockout punch 
  • daredevil 
  • skyfall 
  • adrenaline 
  • plum diva 
Eye Shadow Collection 
Price: $5.98 CAN

  • guilty pleasure
  • aphrodisiac
  • rated - x
  • birthday suit
  • raining men

Skin Luminizers
Price: $7.98 CAN
Colours:
  • in the buff
  • blushing babe
Plumping Serum Gel Stick
Price: $4.98 CAN
Colours:  
  • anonymous 
  • admired
  • popular 
  • desired
  • beloved 
  • infamous
  • victorious 
  • wanted
It's a very unique lipstick because has lightweight mango butter 
which helps with hydrating your lips.

Wedding - Quick and Easy Seating Plans- Top Table Planner

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So I'm in the process of finalizing my guest list.
This has been the MOST nerve wrecking process ever.
Who to invite, who not to invite...
One of the biggest things to consider is personalities.
Especially when creating your seating plans.

You need an easy, clear and concise way to do it.
I found the perfect online software to help!
It's called Top Table Planner.


I asked Adam Leyton the Director of Top Table Planner some quick questions about the software.

Why should a bride look into using a software like Top Table Planner?
Also what are the benefits of using a software like this?
TopTablePlanner takes all the stress and headache out of arranging your seating plan. Instead of messing around with scraps of paper or Post-It (sticky) notes which can easily get lost or muddled, you simply move your guests and tables around the screen until you’ve created the perfect plan. You can even save different versions to see which works best.

The greatest benefit of TopTablePlanner is that as there’s no software to download, you can access and edit your seating plan from anywhere - from home, work or even at your venue! It’s easy to create PDF copies of your plan too for printing or emailing to your stationer or wedding/event planner.

Which devices can the software be accessed on?
TopTablePlanner works on pretty much any device with an internet browser - PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone!

What is the best way to input guests on to the software?
It’s easy to import your guest from an Excel spreadsheet or Word file. You can, of course, add names manually too.

What types of tables can you choose from?
TopTablePlanner supports round, square and various configurations of rectangular table. You can add rows of seats too for planning your ceremony seating as well if you wish to.

So far I have created all 12 tables and filled them with guest.
I was even able to differentiate guest by gender and meal choice.
I feel so accomplished!
You have two choices: 
  • A free trial
    The only thing you can’t do in the trial is save plans and it’s limited to 10 guests and 5 tables.

  • Paid
    It costs just £10/$20 for 6 months of use or £15/$30 for a whole year. 


They also offer a 7-day moneyback guarantee.

NewYorkColor: April Challenge #NYCBeautyPro

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's been a while since I have done a #NYCBeautyPro challenge! 
I had to do challenge this month due to it's contents.

I know it's early to say this but I swear New York Color Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stains ($2.99) are the best products of 2015.

Back to the challenge....
This month we had the opportunity to do a look inspired by like our favourite fictional character.

I picked Tiana from The Princess and the Frog!
I felt like her bold lips would be perfect to emulate with these lip stains!


I shared these on instagram and you all went crazy!
They're pigmented and EXTREMELY long lasting.


PLUS UNDER $3.00! INSANE!
I swear Tiana would have these in her makeup stash.



Main products used:
  • New York Color Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain ($2.99)
  • New York Color City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadow ($4.99)


Have you seen these in-stores yet?


Weddingbells Celebrates 30 Years!

Friday, April 10, 2015

I had the opportunity to attend the Weddingbells 30 years anniversary event. I love Weddingbells! They were one of the first magazines to get in contact with me, when I got engaged. They are the "go-to source" for Canadian brides. The lovely event was at the Design Exchange in Toronto. 

Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbells stated that the anniversary would be eventful-
"From live performances and innovative d├ęcor concepts, to an on-trend party menu of cocktail foods, an epic candy table and a very special wedding cake; this will definitely be a celebration to remember.”

Some highlights:
  • There was an opportunity to win a trip for two to The Cove Atlantis in Bahamas 
  • A crazy macaroon table
  • Manicures from CND
  • Hair touch-ups from Revlon Professional 
  • Each guest received a key to win one of three items from inside the Birks lounge. 

Check out some pictures from the fun event!


I was obsessed with the latex balloons hanging from the ceiling!


Loved the modern gowns these brides were wearing!


Watched an amazing aerialist!


I got lovely CND manicure.
I also learned that I need to introduce Solar oil into my nail regime.

Essie Loves Tattify

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Fashion week at David Pecaut Square.
One of my highlights was visiting Essie's media-exclusive backstage lounge to get some #essielove.
My nails were done using one of the newest spring 2015 collections!
I choose "picked perfect" as a base with an accent of "garden variety" from the flowerista collection! This collection marks the first collaboration with designer Rebecca Minkoff. 
She's essie's global color designer.

To jazz up my manicure we used Tattify!
Tattify sells temporary tattoos and nail art wraps.
Definitely a trend that we will see everywhere in the upcoming months.

After all of that was done, I went into the mani cam for my close up!

Do you like my nails?

Make Up For Ever Spring 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a Make Up For Ever Spring 2015 event.
There were quite a few products I know you all would be excited to try out!

The star of the show were the Step 1 Skin Equalizers!
These are primers that not only transform skin’s texture but also creates the ultimate canvas.

What you should know:
  • 10 Formulas to address dullness, shine, dryness, shine & dehydration.
  • The formulas can be layered.
  • Perfect for ALL skin tones.
As a mascara fiend, I'm ready for the SMOKY STRETCH Lengthening & Defining Mascara.
This is a mascara that doesn't need to be layered. It has a Flex Control complex which will glide on your lashes to built definition and length. 

Last but not least, there is a new Pro Sculpting Duo. 
This product is a gel powder formula which blends flawlessly. 
Two duos available.  

Check out the photos below:



Available NOW at Sephora, sephora.ca and in MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.

CANADIAN GIVEAWAY: Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wedding season is here. I can't believe my shower is so close! 
I planned this really cute outfit which requires me to share an area which has been hidden from mother nature for a while. 
My legs! 


I was trying to decide which method did I want to use to bring myself back to civilization. That's when I got an email to try out Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. I had no idea what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. The formula was something I've never seen in my life. I swear I wanted to eat it.. don't ask but it reminded me of some yummy pink icing!

To get started, I wet my legs and dispensed the products onto my fingers and gently rubbed in.
That's when it started to produce a nice rich lather! Overall shaving was easy and here was no irritation after. I was extremely happy!

Canadians: I would like you guys to try out the product as well!
I'm picking 15 SPICED BEAUTY readers to receive  Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil samples. Once you get the sample I want to hear from you!
 In exchange for your review of the sample, I'm offering you a $100 Visa gift card!

Enter now:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Pure Perfume Oil

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Sexy or Sweet?
As a bride-to-be, this what I've been asking myself.
I think I've answered that question with my fragrance choice.
SEXY!

Thank you Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen!

They're the co-owners of Elizabeth and James.
The brand is very much the essence of the Olsen twins. 
A mix of feminine refinement and tailored construction.

There are two Pure Perfume Oils to choose from: Nirvana White & Nirvana Black ($42 CDN).
A concentrated pure perfume oil delivered in an innovative yet time-honored form to leave skin richly scented with every drop.

Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil Notes:
SEXY
  • Sandalwood
  • Violet 
  • Vanilla

Nirvana White Pure Perfume Oil Notes:
SWEET
  • Peony
  • Tender Musk
  • Muguet

To get the best wear, it is best to apply the perfume oil to your pulse points. 
If you're feeling daring you can can also layer them.

You can get Elizabeth and James Nirvana Pure Perfume Oil at Sephora.



THEFACESHOP Mango Seed Line

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Who knew the key to hydrated skin was something you would find on the beach! When
 THEFACESHOP came out with their mango seed line I had to try it. In the island, mango seeds are commonly discarded after eating. Did you know that mango seeds can survive 300 years in harsh environments? Now "one of nature’s best-kept secret" can help you revive your skin.



One of my current favourites is the Mango seed oil to foam cleanser. 

You get the benefits of a cleansing oil (the new it product) and a foam ($15.00 CAN). Start off by wetting your face, squirt some oil in your hands and once you start to massage it into your face- it turns into a rich foam. After super soft skin is yours!

Last week, when it was colder, I was rocking the Mango seed date-prep butter ($32.00 CAN). 

I didn't have a date everyday but I did have extreme moisture. It's nice and thick, definitely what I needed to hydrate. It contains Fair Trade ingredients from Sudan, Africa.

This week is the perfect time to use the Mango seed silk moisturizing lotion ($26.00 CAN).

 Made with 100% mango seed butter it's a silky and doesn't have a heavy texture/formula.

Is there a product here that you would like to try?

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirants

Thursday, March 12, 2015

His and Hers?
I know everyone has an interesting antiperspirant story. 
I'm so over messy and wet formulations. 
It's time that something new came along.

Hello Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirants ($5.99 CAN)!
Dove offers the option for men+care as well.

WOMEN
  • Made with Dove ¼ moisturizer.
  • Leaves underarms free of visible residue. 
  • 4 scent formulations in the line.
  • It goes on instantly dry.
MEN
  • Non-irritant formula.
  • It goes on instantly dry.
  • 48-hour protection. 
  • 4 scent formulations in the line.
This will be my go-to product that I'll be using on my wedding day. 
Way too many pictures going on to worry about any residue on that day!

Have you seen these in stores?

Available across Canada at grocery, drug and mass retailers.







NEW Mary Kay Eyeliner Swatches

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I love when brands revamp old favourites.
Mary Kay® has reworked their eyeliners and I'm a fan! 
The new Mary Kay® Eyeliners ($16.00 CAN) are more long lasting and pigmented.


The Specs:
  • Retractable pencil tip + built-in shaper.
  • Soft tip with extra glide.
  • Long lasting colour.

Swatches


Do you have a favourite colour?



Beauty News: Live Clean + Venus Swirl

Friday, March 06, 2015

Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing 
Shampoo & Conditioner
I was very excited to try Live Clean coconut milk moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. As an island girl, I grew up with coconut at the stable. This is because it was a staple in my parents upbringing. It's one of those super fruits that can be used to eat and use topical. Love it in my hair! It wasn't heavy but it hydrated my hair. Overall my hair was very soft. Both products are free of- petroleum, paraben, silicone, phthalate and phosphate.

Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner  ($6.99 CAN)
  • Has Vitamins C, E and Provitamin B5
  • Rich in milk and rice protein
  • Plant derived
  • Coconut oil add hydration
Venus Swirl

Once you're ready to shed that extra winter "fur"... You should really try the Venus Swirl. The new Venus Swirl™ razor ($12.99 US) has FLEXIBALL™ technology. Which allows the razor to navigate your imitate areas with no issues.

I found that it has taken longer for my hair to grow back because of the microfine comb that guides your hair to blades. No hair is left behind. Plus the five contour™ blades have thinner, finer edges – the thinnest in Gillette’s history.