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Currently Obsessed: NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I have prided myself on being able to make cat eyes with 95% accuracy. 
The other 5% results in a huge mess. Especially with liquid liner.

Lately, my clean ups have been really easy with NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil ($28.00 CAN).
It's a literal breeze. Just swipe it over the mistake and wipe it away!
Why you need it?
  • It doesn't pull on your skin- which is really important in delicate areas like your eyes.
  • Works on hard to take off makeup 
  • It's clean and quick
I love it!



Love: Fuji Green Tea™ Body Butter

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One thing about The Body Shop is that they always come up with the best scent combination. 
At first, when you hear them- you wonder.. How in the world is that going to smell?  
But! It always works out. I recently tried Fuji Green Tea™ Body Butter ($20.00 CAN). 


We all know about the benefits of green tea. I honestly live by it! 
This product is no different. Just for your skin. 

Smooth on replenishing hydration, while detoxing body and soul with the crisp and refreshing scent of Fuji Green Tea™ Body Butter.


This is actually their first collection which is infused with green tea leaves from Mount Fuji.

Top 5 reasons you need to get your hands on this body butter:

  • Not greasy
  • Very hydrating
  • Infused with green tea 
  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Contains Community Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana
The best tip I got from a Body Shop employee was to apply this butter right after you come out of the shower for maximum absorption. 



Check out Giant Tiger!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Did you know that Giant Tiger is one of the very few Canadian family discount stores out there? 
I was introduced to brand around 5 years ago. One thing to know about Giant Tiger is that they have REALLY affordable prices and an amazing return policy.
Canadian owned and operated since the first Giant Tiger store opened in 1961 in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, today the privately held company has more than 200 stores in 8 provinces.
Now that I'm a new home owner, I had the opportunity(giftcard) to check out what they have and I was appalled by the reasonable prices.

The first thing on my list was a mat for our garage. 
I found some trendy prints for $2.50.
DEAL!

I need some basic maxi dresses for my honeymoon and checked out these cute prints for under $8.00.
That's under $10.00 with tax.
Deal!

Of course I needed to get a cute makeup bag to carry my makeup for my Honeymoon.
It's black zippered and roomy. I believe it cost me $5.00.
Plus I got two 4x4 piece cup-plate-bowl-saucer sets for $16.00 each.
Which is very comparable to the department store brand that I was going to get for $100.
You could never tell the difference.
Once I realized that I got another box!
Deal!

Once of my favourite parts of Giant Tiger is the food section!
Brand name selections not brand name prices.
This is just a small portion of their refrigerated selection.
They also have frozen food, fruits/vegetables and packaged goods.

I should also add that Giant Tiger has their own line called Giant Value.
Products at a lower price point plus they come with a money back guarantee:

"If you are not completely satisfied with one of our Giant Value™products simply return the product with your receipt of purchase for a complete refund."

If you have a Giant Tiger in your area I'd suggest you check them out!
I got a lot of stuff within budget. I know I spoke about the Giant Value policy but overall it's a one stop shop.




Drink More Water- Strauss WaterBar

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Water is an essential part of my life. Before the wedding, I was so immersed in water. I drank up to almost 2L a day and I was reaping all the benefits! On my wedding day, my skin was immaculate and I was even able to lose 10 pounds. Remember water aids in digestion, detoxing and boosts circulation. But now that everything is over and I have hardly touched 500ml daily. SO embarrassing!

This week, I reconnected with my love of water. I was invited to a Hello Gorgeous event by Strauss Water Canada. The belle of the ball was the Strauss WaterBar. Let me explain this beauty to you....

Strauss WaterBar–a revolutionary drinking water solution that provides a convenient, stylish and environmentally friendly alternative to bottled, filtered and tap water. How? An activated carbon filter, a micro-mesh filter and ultra violet light to deliver safe, great tasting water, all the while maintaining essential mineral elements including calcium and magnesium.
Facts:
  • Strauss Water Canada- 40 years in the field
  • Two models(T6 &T7)
  • Comes in an array of colours
  • It's easily hooked up to your main water line
  • You chose the water you want: cold, room temp and boiling
  • Triple water filtration and purification process,  kills 99.9% of micro-organisms & bacteria plus absorbs the chlorine.

It's also good to get creative with your water drinking!
Add fruits to spice it up.
Lemon is very refreshing!

With the boiling water option, add your favourite tea bags!
At the Hello Gorgeous event, we had the opportunity to make our own teas.
My favourite part was coming up with the flavour combinations!

Overall, the Strauss WaterBar is suppose to bring back the love of drinking water at home or in the office. This is the best way to eliminate buying bottled water weekly.

Isn't it the perfect addition to your kitchen table?
You can purchase one at strauss-water.ca/

**This is a sponsored post*

Top 3 Honeymoon Must Haves!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After a whirl wind 20 month engagement- It's all over.
Two days after my wedding, I was on a flight to the islands with my essentials.
I don't want to go into the details yet but there was three items which I could NOT leave at home.

Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist ($35.95 CAN) - Gone are the days of throwing sunscreen in your hands to apply it to your body. Now you don't need to get you hands dirty at all. The best part is that it's hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben free! It applies as an invisible mist in a continuous spray. Super easy to use and applies dry!

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Shower Power™ Max ($17.50 CAN)- If you're running short on time or need a touch up, this needs to be in your suitcase. Apply with a sponge at least 1 minute before stepping in the shower. While in the shower try your best to keep the cream on for two minutes and away from water. Then use the bumpy side of the sponge the remove the cream. 
Really easy and it smells good.

ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste($3.99 CAN) So I had to reverse the 20 months of cake tasting, late night coffee dates and any other damage. So I religiously used this toothpaste daily! Not only does it whiten teeth but it also repairs tooth enamel.


Giveaway- Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor

Monday, June 08, 2015

I love products that make my life easier!
Right now, I have a product in my washroom that will change the way you think about shaving! 
It's the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle razor ($13.99 CAN). 
I recently saw the cheeky commercial and was very intrigued.

It's one of the only waterproof bikini trimmers/hydrating razors ALL in one tool. Perfect for pool parties, honeymoons and SUMMER!

Why you need it?
The trimmer has an adjustable comb for you to decide, "How low are you willing to go?".  Plus 4 settings for you to choose your own customized length.

The razor has not one but five blades which makes it awesome on all your curves. I love how the blades have skin guards which helps to reduce irritation. I recently used a no name brand razor and I now know the importance of skin guards :(

To replenish moisture after shaving, a water-activated hypoallergenic moisturizing serum is dermatologist-tested is applied to your body with every stroke. * I do recommend using a shaving cream when saving your legs for optimal use*


Again.. trust me this is one razor you will need this summer?
Schick Hydro Silk is offering 20 Canadian Spiced Beauty a chance to try out the razor!

The program is really easy!
To be eligible for the giveaway and for a chance to review the product, please ‘like’ the Hydro Silk TrimStyle Canada Facebook page. If you're eligible and win one of the razors- then post your review on their facebook page you will also be entered to win a $200 prize pack from Schick for submitting your review!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 This summer the Schick Hydro Hotel will be visiting select cities across Canada. The Hydro Hotel is a mini 2-story hotel complete with concierge, lounge, bathroom and spa area where visitors can get a key to turn open the door to great prizes! Check them out at the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival June 18 – 21.


Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Paint Tin

Friday, May 15, 2015

Gift giving for me is really easy. 
90% of the time I get it right!
The other 10% is usually a disaster.
Like the time I bought my mom a frame for Mother's day and it fell apart in a few weeks.
So embarrassing! 

Crabtree & Evelyn can help you pick out the best gift for your love one. Candles, perfumes, creams the list goes on. One of my favourites on the site is the Hand Therapy Paint Tin ($60.00 CAN).

It's comes in a gorgeous floral tin are which houses 12 ultra-moisturising hand creams (25g in size). This is not your typical basic hand creams they are formulated with rich ingredients such as macadamia nut oil, one of my favourites shea butter, and ceramides. This is therapy for your hands!
  • Gardeners
  • La Source 
  • Avocado, Olive & Basil 
  • Rosewater 
  • Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed 
  • English Honey and Peach Blossom 
  • Citron, Honey & Coriander
  • Verbena and Lavender 
  • Somerset Meadow 
  • Lavender
  • English Honey and Peach Blossom 
  • Summer Hill 
  • Nantucket Briar 

Right now, I've been prepping my hands with lavender so I can have super soft hands before the wedding!

Readers: Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The verdict is in!
The ladies are loving the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil.
Check out what my Spiced Beauty Readers had to say!

Cheryl

When I received my Skintimate Skin Therapy shaving cream I was pleasantly pleased with the package, it had a very nice design and highlighted the Moroccan Oil and that its lotionized with vitamin E. When I was ready to use the shaving cream I squeezed a small amount into my hand and a luscious pink mound of shaving cream came out, the smell is amazing, I worked it onto my legs and it was a nice creamy lather, the smell seemed to get better as it was smoothed onto my legs. After shaving my legs and even days later, my legs felt silky smooth, I had no irritation and my legs felt hydrated and not dried out at all. I love the way it makes my legs feel while I am shaving and after I am done, I love the smell and I love the hydration I get from the Moroccan oil. I am so pleased with this product, thanks for letting me try this product.

Florence

I received my Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil and had a chance to try it. I was quite happy with the results. First I love the scent and the amount of latter if provided. The shave gel gave me a close shave and left my skin feeling so soft and so moisturized. Can't wait for the weather to warm up and I can wear shorts to show off my legs.

Nicole

Overall I really liked the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. It had a great consistency that allowed me to put it on easily. The light fragrance was perfect and not too overpowering. The gel did it's job and shaving was a breeze with no nicks or skin irritations. The addition of Moroccan Oil meant that my skin felt lovely afterwards. I will definitely pick this one up again when I'm shopping for shaving gel.

Judy

I recently had the opportunity to review Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. This opportunity arrived just in time to get my legs ready for the nice weather. The first thing I noticed was that it had a really nice smell. It provided a nice smooth shave with no nicks. I found that a small amount of the gel went a long way. My legs were very dry before and after shaving I found that they were moisturized. I was very impressed with this shave gel!​

Steph

My legs are so smooth thanks to Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil!
Before receiving this sample I just dreaded shaving my legs! I dreaded it so much so I barely shaved my legs during the winter (scary!). After using this sample it changed my thoughts about shaving drastically. My skin on my legs stopped cracking, I had no more razor burn and my legs had a beautiful shine after my shower. Not to mention the smell is amazing! I will definitely be buying this in the future and I will recommend it to all my friends! So glad I received the opportunity to try this product.

Anne

The Skintimate Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil was a beautiful product. I liked how it came out in a lotion form and lathered up really well! It smelled beautifully light and wasn't at all overpowering. Also, a little went a long way which was great! The shave itself was really close and the razor slid very easily over my skin. After rinsing my skin was extremely smooth and soft which is a great side effect to have in a shaving product! I also smelled fantastic afterwards! I also loved the beautiful purple packaging!

I would not hesitate to purchase this product in the future for myself and my daughters!

Courtney

I really liked this shaving cream. It was a cool texture (and colour!) when I dispensed it. Once I rubbed it in, it foamed and lathered like any regular shaving cream does. It smelled awesome and left my legs really soft and hydrated after. I will absolutely be buying this again!

Karla

I received the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil to review free of charge from Spiced Beauty . I first used it to shave my legs ,and I love it! I have always loved Skintimate products,so this was no surprise. The smell of it is really nice,but not too overwhelming at all. It made my legs feel so soft, smooth and moisturized afterwards. It lathers up nicely as well,you don`t need to use a whole lot. I definitely would buy this! Thank you for the chance to review it :)

Belinda 

Armed with a new shaver and the Skintimate Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil....and 10 minutes of me time I tested this new product.
I suffer from dry skin and I find that many gels and creams cause my skin to be sensitive and flaky. Not the case with this product.
I have used it three times now and love it! It lathered up all nice and thick and resulted in a nice close shave.

My skin feels super soft, silky, smooth and did not zap the moisture from the areas I shaved. I totally recommend this product and thank you for the chance to review it.

Jonnie

What I first noticed about this product was the tiny amount I needed. A small dollop of gel quickly transformed into a nice, thick layer of foam covering my legs. I was able to get a really close shave with no irritation at all and my skin was left feeling incredible! It's like the product acts as a shave gel and a moisturizer together. The shave gel has a nice, feminine scent and rinses clean easily. I also liked that the lid has bumps, making it really easy to open even with wet, soapy hands!

Zahra

I was very pleased by the Skintimate skin therapy silky skin shave gel with Moroccan Oil, in terms of both scent and feel. I liked that the scent was pleasing but not overpowering. When I squeezed some gel from the can, it was very gel-like which caught me off guard but as soon as I tried to apply it, it became light and fluffy and very smooth to put on the area.

My skin felt quite smooth after I was done with shaving and it allowed the shaving process to be much smoother and therefore closer. I felt like I was able to get a closer shave than I would if I were using regular soap or some other product.

I will continue to use product for my shaving needs. In fact, my husband also tried it and preferred it to the male-scented products he uses. He might not admit it to his friends but he would rather use this.


Emily

Shaving cream was never really a must for me as I just used my shower gel and figured there wouldn't be much difference. I was so wrong! Firstly, the Skintimate shave gel applies evenly with a wonderful, yet not overpowering, scent. Razors glide easily to give a very smooth shave. Best of all, I got no nicks, which almost never happens. The Moroccan oil really helps with moisturization and gave me the silkiest feeling legs I've had in a very long time. I can honestly say that the Skintimate shave gel does make a difference. I'm converted!

Maria 

I liked the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. A few of the cons were that it didn't lather as much as my usual shave gel and i also got a few nicks. It is better than Skintimate shave gels i have tried in the past. I liked the light scent and the color of the gel and bottle.

Heather

I stopped using shaving cream last year because I was not able to find a formula that didn't irritate my skin. I was excited to try this gel because of all the great things I've heard about Moroccan oil. The gel is think and smells amazing. It foams into a rich, creamy lather that is thick enough to last for my shave without requiring reapplying. I found the cream enabled me to get a very close shave and I didn't have any irritation at all. My legs felt so smooth that I didn't even feel the need to apply moisturizer after I was finished. I will definitely recommend this shave gel to my friends.

Thanks again for giving me a chance to try it out! I'm definitely a convert to this brand!

Amy

This shave gel was a pleasure to use! It comes out of the can as an opaque pink gel and then turns into a white foam when it is rubbed in. Compared to other shave gels, I found this product much creamier, thicker and richer. I usually use soap for shaving and sometimes it can cause razor irritation. With this skin therapy shave gel, my razor glided right over my skin with no drag or irritation. My legs were left soft, smooth and perfectly moisturized. I didn't even feel a need to apply moisturizer to my legs. Overall, I really liked this shave gel and will continue to use it for my shaving needs.

Thank you for the opportunity to test this shave gel!

Congratulations to Cheryl H. from Ontario for winning the $100 Visa gift card!


H&M launches premium beauty range

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I worked at H&M for 4 years. It's such an amazing company. I still miss it. 
Since I left, there has been so many new items added. 

I'm excited to announce that H&M now has a beauty products! 

Be prepared to see a full makeup collection (700+ items) plus beauty tools, haircare and body care this Fall. It will be available in over 900 stores worldwide.


“We are very excited to have ‘fashion for the face’ on offer at H&M. It’s an opportunity to be inventive and creative, and to have fun with colors”, says Sara Wallander, concept designer at H&M Beauty.

Please note-The range, which will replace existing beauty products at H&M. So stock up now!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Brushes

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

It was immediate love when these showed up at my door. 

Where do I start? 
The construction of the brushes, size and bristles are extremely high quality. 

One of the biggest selling features for me is the plastic encasing that it comes with. 
Yes... you can buy something like that separately but it's always so hard to get the perfect fit. 

Overall, I'm extremely impressed. 

Check out the specs on both brushes: 
SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Airbrush Blender #78
$48.00 CAN
  • Pointed head shape.
  • Fine synthetic fibers.
  • Perfect for high definition coverage.
  • Areas like your eyes and nose get blended easily.
  • Amazing with liquid foundations but still suitable for powder.

-RO tip: For targeted use, buff in product and then pat and roll product onto the desired area. For full coverage, massage product into skin in a circular buffing motion.

SHOP



SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Contour Blender #77
$43.00 CAN
  • Contour angled shape.
  • Fine synthetic fibers.
  • Makes contouring easy.
  • Works with liquid, powder & cream.
Pro Tip: After makeup application, sweep this brush along the T-zone, jaw, and forehead to create a smooth and blended look.

Have you seen these in Sephora yet?




Maybelline: Jourdan Dunn- Met Ball 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I really like Jourdan Dunn! 
Why? 
She went from being spotted in Primark 9 years ago to being the first black British model on the Forbes list! ICONIC!!! Plus she comes from a West Indian background like me. She was at the MET ball and her makeup was done with Maybelline products- I have the scoop!
“Jourdan's makeup look was created to reflect the gold and mauve tones of her
graphic cut-out and geometric shaped dress.”
Breakdown:
Face-
Maybelline New York Master Prime in "Blur + Illuminate"
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in Coconut #355
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder and Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer
Cheeks-
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Plums Up
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Mauve
Eyes-
Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes Palette (June 2015),
-Mauve toned shades on her lid and crease. 
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel in "Bad to the Bronze" + "Pomegranate Punk".
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in "Blackest Black"
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Black Pearl Waterproof Mascara.
Brows-
Maybelline New York Brow Drama
Lips-
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Daringly Nude
Nails-
Maybelline New York Color Show in Onyx Rush
I love it!
I'm need that palette ASAP!

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Currently Obsessed: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

When it comes to hair, I think that everyone should have the opportunity to have fun.
Wear protective styles! Play with your texture!
Overall DO you!

Since I've been doing me for the past two months, I decided to try out more natural styles.
A Canada based beauty store named Aonebeauty.com allowed me to try out some brands that they sell. I have a beauty supply store near me but it's so popular that everything is always sold out!

Shopping online gives me..
A) More selection.
B) The opportunity to try lot of the products that my fave USA bloggers are talking about :)
C) Deals and allows me to save money!!!

Let me point out that I'm not being paid to promote anything. 
I'm just a bride-to-be/new home owner who now pays bills and can't depend on mommy and daddy anymore.. LOL!

Moving on.... I have a very TIGHT and defined curl pattern. Shrinkage is NOT my friend. I've always heard really good things about elongating curling gels. I decided to give Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel ($8.99 CAN) a try. 

Now I'm currently obsessed!!!
Main ingredients:

  • Moisturizing conditioners
  • Flaxseed
  • Shea Butter 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

I didn't know that flaxseed is a natural remedy for scalp health! 
It's anti-thinning and promotes hair growth.
It's best to use it on clean hair. Like fresh out the shower hair! 
When it's slightly damp, I take a nice quarter sized amount in my hands and apply it from root to ends. I tried it on hair with product and it didn't go so well when I wanted curls but worked well with twist outs. Just something to think about.


Have you tried a curl elongating curling gel before?

++ I received this product free from Aonebeauty++

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 ($24.00 CAN).
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.