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Make Every Day an Occasion Worth Remembering with Affordable Women's Rings

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When was the last time that you gave yourself the luxury of a beautiful ring? It was once common for women to reserve new rings for special occasions, but modern women see the value in rewarding themselves on a routine basis. Whether you receive a promotion at work or need inspiration to overcome difficult times, Bradford Exchange has affordable rings for women that will turn any day of your life into an unforgettable moment.

Go Classic or Get Quirky 
If you want an elegant ring that you can wear to the office, to a business meeting or with your favorite evening gown, look for classic diamond rings like the Crown Jewel-Inspired Royal Legacy Ring or the ½ Carat Sapphire and Diamond Ring. The Solid 10K Gold Ring with 15 Diamonds is also a good choice because you can wear it with virtually anything. The 15 diamond stones included in this ring are finished with three different cuts, and the fine details are eye-catching.

If you prefer to put your personality on display through jewelry, look to Bradford Exchange to provide unusual options. For instance, you can celebrate your wedding with the Camo Wedding Ring Set or let your pixie fly with the Tinkerbell "Believe" Two-Toned Engraved Ring. If your faith is important to you, then the Footprints in the Sand Diamond Cross Ring or the Pure Faith Sterling Silver Diamond Ring will fit into your everyday wardrobe beautifully.


The Hottest Trends on Any Budget 
Do you see chocolate diamonds and other new jewelry trends and wish that you had thousands of dollars to blow at the jewelry store? Save your money and turn to the Bradford Exchange to stay on trend at a fraction of the price.
For instance, the Sweet Decadence Ring is designed with diamonds and mocha-colored stones that look much like chocolate diamonds. It also has a flattering design that will look amazing with your work clothes or any evening gown. It's so beautiful that you may even slip it on while running errands just to show off a little. 

Get Creative with Personalization 
One perk to shopping with the Bradford Exchange is the opportunity to engrave most rings with a meaningful message. When you're buying a ring in honor of a special occasion, you can add the date or a sentimental message that will make the ring even more meaningful.

When selecting rings to accessorize your work wardrobe or add personality to your casual attire, you may select motivational phrases or words that have special meaning to you. Imagine slipping your ring off your finger in the middle of a challenging day and seeing a word that motivates, inspires or uplifts you. Customization turns a beautiful ring into a powerful motivation tool when used in this manner.

Create Your Moment 
Every woman craves those magical moments that are marked with a special ring, but you don't have to wait for an engagement, anniversary or birthday to give yourself a much-deserved treat. You can turn every day into a moment worth remembering with the right Bradford Exchange ring.

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Festival Essentials

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I'm so excited for this Summer. So many festivals and concerts coming in these upcoming months- my pockets are going to be drained. A good friend of mine asked me what should she be packing for her first festival next month- I decided to turn it into a blog post. 

Why ask me? 
Because I'm one of those girls who is almost prepared for everything. 
Break a nail? I got a file/clippers! 
Hands dry? I got hand cream! 
Lash in your eye? I got a mirror and a few q-tips. 
My purse is literally a store... and I'm proud of it.


Bandages
You do not have to bring the whole box but pack a few for you and your friends. You never know when you're going to get a blister from walking in those new pair of shoes or from the friction on your heels. I'm speaking from experience! Oh my gosh....this one time my cousin and I went to the beach and her bathing suit top kept on shifting! We used a Band-Aids to make sure that there were no nip slips.

Sunscreen
This is a given! If you left your house without this... please don't talk to me. I'm joking! I love the fact that these are travel size- Thank you Banana Boat! For reference, the spray is $3.49 CAN
and the "squeeze" is $6.99 CAN. I hate walking around with a full sized bottle... more than likely it will not fit in my purse and I'll end up leaving it somewhere. Sooo don't forget your minis!

Lip Balm
For me, I honestly have been living in liquid matte lipsticks for months! But let's be honest... they can get a little drying the longer you wear them. I find that applying a thin coat of EOS ($3.99 CAN) over my lips makes it comfortable and doesn't disrupt my lip colour.

Hydrating Spray
The sun is extremely drying. I think it is a good idea to carry a hydrating spray with you. My favourite is philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Microrenewal Hydrating Mist ($32.00 CAN) when you're feeling extremely parts just sprayed a few sprints and let it dry on its own it's packed with vitamins and super good for your skin

Temporary Tattoos 
I actually probably should not have included this because you wouldn't really bring this with you but it's totally fun to play with before you go! You can apply them to your hands, your back, your neck or whatever area you want to drive attention to. I love these gold metallic tattoos from Sephora!

There are probably so many more things that I could have added but this these are some items that came to my head. If you have any that you think I should I added him, please be sure to let me know in the comment section.


Mac/Estée Lauder Warehouse Haul 2016 + Giveaway

Friday, June 17, 2016

For the First time in 6 years, I stepped foot in Markham Fairgrounds. As if my makeup drawers were not already over flowing, I had to go pick up a few things from the Mac/Estée Lauder Warehouse Sale: Highlighters & Mascaras.

A few things did not change about the sale.
  • Need a ticket to enter- Needs to have a gold foil on it or fake
  • $600 limit
  • MAX 4 item
Room #1
Stuff like mini makeup bags, eyeshadow quads, paint pots, hair care, and etc...
Room #2
Smashbox Products, lip products, brushes, highlighters, foundations, eye shadows ...etc
Room #3
Nail polishes, packaged sets, eyeliners, clinque products, charity bags and cash

This time my issue was with the lines. I would never assume that on a Friday there would be so much going on. The line for cashout was sooooo long that it spread all the way into first room. I swear I debate going home every five seconds. Especially since I didn't have much.

My haul was tiny but in my youtube channel below you can get a detailed account of what I got. let me know if I should be doing a review on anything. So far my favourite is the mascaras!


Prices:
Lipsticks $10
Mascaras buy one get one free $12
Makeup bag $2
Creme shadow/Eyeshadow trio $15
Lip liner $4
Bottom lash mascara $4
Makeup brush sanitizer $12

I'm giving away some MAC goodies to my Canadian & USA readers!
Enter to win on my instagram : Spicedbeautyblog



Three uses: Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm

Friday, June 10, 2016

Since purses are getting smaller and smaller- Cake beauty is trying to cut down the products that you stuff into your make up. The solution:
Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm ($16.00 CAN).

This unique multi-purpose balm is petroleum-free, hydrating and conditioning.
It has over 21+ uses.


I like the fact that it's not greasy like petroleum jelly and it smells amazing. One of the key ingredients is natural Castor oil. A product that I haven't grown up with as a child- plus Coconut oil, Cocoa butter and Sunflower seed oil. I haven't got into the full list of 20 uses but there are three that I really think are awesome.

Cuticles

With the weather changing back my hands are not in the best looking right now. The excessive hand washing really took a toll on me. For repair, I like apply it around my cuticles. Let in “soak” in for around 2 minutes and then rub it in.

Lips

Before I get ready to apply my matte lipsticks, I put the balm on my lips. I then let it penetrate until my make up is done. After I wipe it off then apply my lipstick and I'm good to go. Or to revitalize an old lipstick, I apply a squirt to refresh.

Bites

This balm helps to reduces itchiness. When your outside and obviously do not have the product to apply- just dab the balm around the bite and you're good to go.






Those are my main three uses but you can do anything from tame your brows, soften cracked skin on your heels, put it on a sunburn or use it to tame flyaways, honestly the list goes on and on. You can find this product at cakebeauty.com, Shopper’s Drug Mart or even at well.ca.

Olay 4-In-1 Daily Facial Cloths

Friday, June 03, 2016

I really don't understand people who can go to sleep with their makeup on. 
#1- It damages your skin 
#2-  There so many easy ways to remove in less than 3 mins.



I'm a wipes girl. I love how easy it is! 
Wipe your face, wash off and after that apply your night cream.

 The one thing I can say about certain brands is that they are a little bit to dry. Especially now that we are in the whole waterproof/sweatproof resistant make up era. So when these new Olay 4-In-1 Daily Facial Cloths showed up at my door, I knew instantly that I would fall in love. 



They are designed to remove dirt, makeup and oil while gently conditioning skin, these cloths cleanse and hydrate skin in one easy step Super easy to use- just wet them, rub together to lather, cleanse and then rinse. For people like me who do not wear foundation, try cutting them in into four squares. 
Why waste a full one if you don't need to. 
 These wipes are very gentle and they smell good. 
If you see them in store, I'd recommend that you pick it up!

#BESTBEAUTIFUL


New York Color Get It All Lip Color- Swatches

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Summer is here!
Now it's time to break out the new colours and have fun.
I'm going to step away from the ultra matte trend for a bit to introduce you to 
New York Color- Get It All Lip Colors ($5.99 CAN).

The line features 12 unique lip colours. 
At a very affordable price of $5.99 CAN.
What else you should know:
  • Semi-matte shiny finish
  • Long lasting
  • Moisturizing

SWATCHES



Made in Canada: Introducing Alba Botanica

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

With vacay on my mind (I'm planning two major ones within 3 months) I'm already thinking of sunscreens. I'm lucky that a lovely Alba Botanica package showed up at my door. I won't lie, I've never heard of the brand before. Through research, I found out some really amazing things about Alba Botanica. 

Their products are:
  • Natural- Enhanced with naturally sourced botanical extracts 
  • Around since 1976
  • 100% Vegetarian 
  • Parabens-free
The keyword I keep on getting from these Alba Botanica sunscreens are: Emollient. Meaning: Softening and good for your skin. To be honest, that is the first time- I've ever seen those words to describe a sunscreen. This formula is like a milk lotion. So a few squeezes of the tube is all you need to fully lather your whole body. If your struggling to find out how much to really use on your body- google the "shot glass" method.

A few other notables: Alba Botanica provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 40 protection, Dermatologist Tested, hypo-allergenic and water resistant up to 80 minutes.

The biggest pro for me was the spray!
I have no answer why but I'm a sucker for anything spray lotion. It's just easier on my life. On vacay, just spray it all over the areas exposed to the sun and then pass it over to your significant other! Super easy.

Available at: Well.ca, Whole Food & London Drugs.

Foreo LUNA 2 facial-cleansing brush + Anti-Aging Device

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Skin care is so important to me. It's literally my #1 priority. Whenever my skin is bad, I swear it's like an extreme downer. While some people would cover it with makeup, I go back to my skincare routine. I've been eyeing the Foreo LUNA 2 ($229 CDN) for a long time. Where have you seen a silicone device that uses sonic power before? 


What is it?
The revolutionary designed LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic™ face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing. 

This device has actually changed my whole skin care routine. It's smooth, hygienic and powerful. It can put out 8,000 T-Sonic (transdermal sonic) pulsations per minute. Which sounds scary but it's very gentle. You never feel like your damaging your skin when you use it. Off topic: I once burned my skin with a brush device-  so I really appreciate how delicate this product is.

This dual-sided device on the other side is used for anti-aging and helps you absorb product into your skin. You can use the lower-frequency pulsations for this task. Within a week my skin of serums, hydration, water plus the foreo my skin was literally back to my teenage years. It was glowing!


How to use it?
1.
Apply your favourite skin care cleanser to your skin.
Wet the device and click the button once to start the cleansing mode.
2.
Glide the cleansing surface(the "brush" side) in circular motions over your skin.
This should last one minute.
3.
Rinse the product off and pat dry your face.
Apply your serum and moisturizer.
4.
Double tap the device to the Anti-Aging mode.
Press it into your wrinkle/fine line areas for one minute.

SHOP




How does it feel?
Extremely gentle on the skin.
With product it glides over the skin effortlessly.

How to clean it?
Easiest way: All you need is soap and water. To dry, pat with a towel.
Foreo also sells a Silicone Cleaning Spray which is also a great option.

Why you should get it?
It's an investment for great skin.
It also comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty and 10-Year Quality Guarantee.
Lastly one charge gives you 450 uses.


Sleek Makeup Lip VIP Lipstick Swatches

Monday, May 16, 2016

Summer is coming... Are you looking for a few bright lipsticks to add to your collection?

Sleek Makeup Lip VIP lipsticks ($8.49) might be with worth trying! These extremely pigmented babies pack on colour with the first swipe.

Application:
Easy and streak-free. It actually feels pretty velvety on the lips.

Formula:
Creamy semi-matte lipstick finish that doesn't dry out your lips. Infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Coconut oil.

SWATCHES:

Personally, I'm not use to wearing bright colours like this which draw attention to my lips. But it was fun to play with them. If you asked me which colour would I work into my "every day" routine- it would definitely be Night Spot. 







Testing out Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

This is a follow up of my popular Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer (19.99 CAN) post I did in February.

Let me do a quick rundown, in case you missed the original post. This 2-in-1 compact is all you need. Black plastic packaging- Foundation and concealer together with a tear-shaped sponge beneath, totally eliminating clutter. Perfect for me since I’m forever misplacing my concealer!



I originally tried 400 Caramel which really wasn’t my tone. So I was given the colour 410 Cappuccino which is the deepest colour in the line.

This is a medium-heavy coverage foundation with a satin-matte finish.

Disclaimer- When wearing a matte finish. It’s important to have a really good skin regime. I’m talking about cleansing, exfoliating the dead skin off, toning and moisturizing. If you neglect this your foundation will not look its best.

Testing what colour works for you:
Always use your jaw, not the side of your arm or your hand. You may pick a foundation that looks amazing on your hand and when you get home and try it…completely off. As with other compact foundations, the colour in the compact may appear darker than it will on your skin so Revlon suggests using the smaller concealer shade as a reference point for proper shade matching in-store before you buy.

Foundation Left to Right:

410 Cappuccino 

400 Caramel


Concealer Left to Right: 

410 Cappuccino 

400 Caramel


Totally embarrassing but my skin has come a long way in the past few months; some slight discolouration on my cheeks, under my eyes and around my nose.

BEFORE



With one application of 410 Cappuccino, most of it is covered. Just a few areas that need extra attention. I added 410 Cappuccino concealer on top of the foundation (I put a circle on top to show you the colour difference). Depending on your preference, you can blend this out and be done with your look or add foundation on top for extra coverage.

The finished look.

I would recommend using a sponge or fingers for this product. The product comes with a sponge—it’s under the second layer along with a hidden mirror, which is really handy. The consistency is very creamy and blendable. Not dry like most matte formulas. This is a foundation worth trying! There are 12 colours in the range to choose from. Let me know what you think below!

This post was brought to you by Revlon but the images and opinions are my own.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks + Swatches

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer is coming and it's time to try something new. The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks ($30.00 CAN) showed up on my doorstep a few months ago. I've literally been using them so much that I forgot to post. Let me start off by saying these Bite Beauty lipsticks are handcrafted. 
And also they're Canadian!


When you buy a Amuse Bouche lipstick you're getting the best. I'm talking 12 edible oils, food grade ingredients and nutrients in your lipstick. Not harsh dyes like some of the other brands. Texture-wise they're really creamy and comfortable on the lips. Plus an they have an awesome citrus flavour from fresh fruit. I've added these to my permanent collection and I can't wait to try more. 

Check out these swatches!

Lip swatches:
***Missing Chai but it looked very similar to Honeycomb on me***
My favourite!

SHOP:






SEPHORA COLLECTION Skincare Booster - Tired Skin

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Earlier this year, my skin was in shambles. I was trying out a new product for the blog which made my skin go haywire( I will not be showing pictures of this). I knew that something wasn't right but I didn't want to stop due to it's "benefits". I know some of y'all are shaking your head right now. Once I stopped using it.. all the impurities came to the top of my skin. It was not cute... I really needed something to get rid of them. That's when I found SEPHORA COLLECTION Skincare Booster - Tired Skin ($26.00 CAN).


I literally went out on a limb with this product. Skin boosters are on the rise. Think of it as a shot of minerals for your skin to improve complexion. I'm in love. This product was extremely gentle for sensitive skin users like me.


One of the main ingredient is  a high concentration of magnesium.
Which can reduce signs of fatigue and brighten your complexion.


How to?
  • Use in 14-day cycles at each change of season.
  • Using the dropper take five drops- mix it with your cream/makeup or use it on it's own.
    This can be used morning or night. 

The only picture I have on my phone which show cases my skin.
SHOP