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Canadians: Introducing- ABAA Beauty Supply

Friday, February 05, 2016

The most depressing thing is the fact that the Canadian dollar is doing horribly right now. Taking trips To the USA and buying online- just isn't worth it for me anymore. Right now, it's all about buying locally! There are so many Canadian shops that offer everything you need- you just need a little push in the right direction. I recently came across a company named ABAA Beauty Supply. They have a store in Mississauga and an online shop that caters to your beauty needs.

They offer products like Morrocan Oil, Babybliss, Redken and OPI to name a few.

Why should you shop with them?
  • They offer reasonable pricing
  • In store: They offer discounts to licensed/student hair stylists and estheticians 
  • They take credit cards(Visa, Mastercard & American Express) & Paypal!!


Guess what?
ABAA Beauty supply is allowing me to giveaway a 

BaByliss Pro BAB2000 Ceramix Xtreme Dryer to one lucky Canadian reader!

How to win:
  • Follow me: @JennMUA & @ABAA_beauty on twitter
  • Retweet my pinned tweet
  • Come back to this post and let me know you entered below & your twitter name
  • Giveaway is over Feb 12, 2016 
  • Canada ONLY

Wedding: Trends + Isabelle Armstrong 2016 collection

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I know that I'm in the newlywed stage but the bride in me gets excited whenever I see a gorgeous luxury wedding dress. The Isabelle Armstrong 2016 collection did NOT disappoint!

Whenever I think of Isabelle Armstrong dresses three words comes to mind: Elegant, Classic & Posh.


Bridal Trends
- Pantone 2016 & Blush is out
Light pinks + blues, Isabelle has it!

- Shoulders are in
This spring’s expect to see decorated shoulders.

- Details
Think beadings, crystals, sequins, laser cut leather and embellishments.

My top three favourites:
From left to right:Dena, Digna, Laurinda

Check out more of the collection here: Luxury wedding dresses

New Glasses from Clearly.ca

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I walked into my parents house and immediately I was asked where I got my glasses. I told my mom "off the internet"- she laughed and asked me if I got it from the mall. You can literally do everything/anything from the comfort of your computer. Now this includes finding a pair of glasses! 

I was contacted by cleary.ca and given the opportunity to try out a pair of glasses. I've been dreaming of owning a super cute pair of cat eyes but so far I haven't had any luck finding any.

That's when these babies popped up!
Love L773 Cranberry Punch

Maybe not an everyday pair for me. 
But the perfect accent to an outfit or a night out!

Overall the site has A LOT of glasses to choose from. If you're overwhelmed, there is a "TRY ON VIEW" section on each pair of glasses. Choose someone from a list of people who looks like you: Same face shape, skin tone or whatever. Or upload a photo of yourself!

It's super easy to get a pair of the site.
  1. If you know the frame name (eg. cat eye) or brand name type it in the search box.Top right side of the homepage.
  2. Once you get the result page- you can narrow down what you want. Then "Add Lenses"
  3. Pick your lens
  4. Add your prescription, pupillary distance, lens size & coatings
  5. Then add it to your cart and play with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex or PayPal.

Me rocking my new glasses
Cute!

Do you have a favourite glasses shape?

Getting Rid of Eye Bags at 25, 35, or 45

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bags under the eyes. Ugh. Even someone who carefully follows a daily skin care regimen to stave off the early signs of aging may wake up one day in their 20s and find the tell-tale puffiness under the eyes that can add years to a face.

Eye bags may be caused by a genetic curse, an active nightlife, or aging. Whatever the source, they prompt both women and men to spend quite a bit of cash seeking remedies. Depending on your age and the reason for the bags under your eyes, solutions do exist out there.

It's best to start by understanding specifically what causes eye bags. We all have fat under the eye socket. A thick membrane supports that fat, keeping it in place. But when that membrane begins weakening, the fat starts to slip down and bulge forward. As we age and lose volume in the cheeks, the bags become even more pronounced.

That's under the best of circumstances, for people who regularly apply sunscreen, don't smoke, get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water. Healthy skin retains its elasticity and helps prevent bags under the eyes from developing in most people.

So what's the best plan if you've already noticed the dreaded eye bags?


In Your 20s
This is when lifestyle choices tend to make more of a difference. Think late nights out drinking and a less-than-perfect skin care routine. Yes, getting a good night's sleep and avoiding too much alcohol helps prevent eye bags. It's also a good idea to use moisturizing eye creams with antioxidants that can help keep the sensitive skin around the eyes hydrated and prevent collagen damage.

If you notice that you have bags under your eyes early in the morning but they're generally gone by noon, it probably means they're being caused by fluid retention. The Mayo Clinic suggests that simply sleeping with your head elevated a bit more could remedy the condition.

In Your 30s
It's time to increase the firepower in your skin care arsenal for use around the eyes. Prescription Retin-A used under the eyes is fine, but it should be used sparingly because the skin there is very thin and sensitive. Start slow to avoid drying out the area and invest in good moisturizing eye creams and serums that contain peptides and antioxidants.

This is also a good time to check in with a medical spa run by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. They can give you product recommendations and also suggest any in-office treatments that might benefit you. Many people begin getting regular facials at this point in their lives, as well as chemical peels and laser treatments, all of which help strengthen and rejuvenate facial skin. Some treatments are even tailored just for the delicate eye area.

In Your 40s (and Beyond)
At this point in your life, it may be time to invest in slightly stronger treatments to target your under-eye bags. Dermal fillers and eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) are great solutions, according to Dr. Derek T. Ford in the Toronto and Oshawa area. His website says he often recommends a treatment with an injectable hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane®:
"This product can fill in the tear trough, which is the depressed groove between the puffy lower eyelid and cheek. Although this option doesn't replace the results that can be achieved with formal blepharoplasty surgery, it does offer an in-office, non-surgical alternative that reduces the appearance of lower eyelid aging."

Of course, eyelid surgery is the most effective option if you're willing to make the investment. During surgery, a plastic surgeon physically adjusts or removes part of the bulging fat for lasting results. Most people are surprised how simple the recovery process is — typically about a week of downtime and only mild discomfort — but it is the most invasive route and so it's not for everyone.

Remember that fillers, creams, serums, even eyelid surgery ultimately are temporary fixes. Aging is an inevitable process that changes our appearances. But taking care of your skin, using professional-grade products, and checking in with cosmetic medical providers regularly can help turn back the clock.

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Affordable: Live Clean Shampoo and Conditioners

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I tend to be just the type to purchase the $40 shampoo or conditioner my stylist recommends at the salon out of sheer guilt. A few months ago, I remember spending about $100 on a certain fancy French brand’s shampoo and conditioner – and they did NOTHING for me.

I’ve been using Live Clean on-and-off for about two years, and I am kicking myself for abandoning an amazing, affordable line. Here are two of the lines that I consider my cult favourites:


Apple Cider Vinegar – Clarifying Shampoo and Finishing Rinse
Suffer from an oily, greasy scalp that leaves your blowout looking less than desirable? This is the line for you. I am a devout dry shampoo user – my hair tends to look like I haven’t showered in a week after two days, and it’s the only way to keep my blowout looking fresh. Once a week, I use this line to remove buildup from oil and hair products which can dull your colour and add shine to my hair. Plus, the apple cider scent is divine. I’ve caught my boyfriend stealing it on more than one occasion.


Exotic Silk – Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner
Not only do I suffer from an oily scalp, I also have dry, frizzy, curly hair (my hair is my worst enemy sometimes). If I am in need of something really hydrating, this line is my go-to. It’s perfect for restoring moisture to your hair, straightening unruly hair and strengthening split ends. Again, like all Live Clean products, it smells amazing – it’s formulated with Brazilian Buriti Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil and Wild Flower Honey.

Live Clean products are available at leading Canadian retailers, including Walmart, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Loblaws and the Real Canadian Superstore. Most shampoos and conditioners retail for $4.98 (what a steal!).


Spiced Beauty: Best of Beauty 2015

Saturday, January 16, 2016

In 2015, I found some holy grail products. I literally don't leave the house without any of them... and because of that- I'm going to celebrate them! I hope you fall in love with them too.

NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel ($28.00 CAN)
My brows have never looked better. I'm serious!
The brown/black pencil is the perfect colour for my brows.
Not too dark or ashy. The gel has great staying power.
This is a 5 start product.


Buy it here: NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel

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Hands down the BEST foundation I've ever used in life!
My colour: COLOR 178 = Y535 - Chestnut
No streaking! 40 shades to choose from.
Not 3 shades! 40 shades with different undertones to suit you!



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This is the first skincare product that I actually finished in years.
It didn't irritate my skin or leave any spots.
It hydrated my skin. I'd totally recommend it!



Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Moisturiser can be found at Shopper's Drug Mart.

This was the first year that I really embraced my curls.
Now that I've tried this product I'm not sure how I would try anything else.
It's not sticky and a little bit goes a LONG way.

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel can be found at aonebeauty.com.

Three words: Creamy Matte Goodness
Plus extremely long lasting!
Probably one the best liquid lipsticks on the market right now.




Have you tried any of these brands?

Wedding: Five questions to ask your florist before you book

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Getting married is a serious task. Some brides do it all themselves while others call in help. There is no wrong way to plan a wedding. But there is a few questions that you have to ask yourself. Trust me. .. I wish I had asked some of these before.

  1. Do you have any examples of your work?Word of mouth is GOLD. Talking to a bride after going to her wedding/seeing pictures for a referral is always a good thing. If you haven't been to one in a while getting recent examples of their work is key. Social media is a powerful tool. Now-a-days you can follow florist-check out their work- if you like them.. set up a meeting. Also magazines/reputable wedding blogs are extremely helpful.
  2. Where do you store your flowers?
    This is an important question. Flowers need to be kept at a certain temperature to ensure freshness. If you ask this question and your florist looks at you lost.. move on.
  3. When do you make your flowers (bouquets..etc)?
    Here is a good example. Say you get married on Sunday. The florist tells you that the flowers will be made on Thursday. You don't want your flowers to be made so early in advance. They will probably wilt easy and become fragile.
  4. Will you come to the venue and set up the flowers?
    This is a good question to ask. There usually is an extra fee to for the florist to come and set up. Depending on you wedding coordinator, they MAY do it for you (no fee).
  5. Can you provide me a sample piece before we book?
    This might not be a question that every bride might ask but it's always good to ask. 90% of the time a fee is associated. I wish I did this so we could have squeaked the final look before the big day.
These are just five of the questions that a bride may ask. 
Do you think I missed an important question?
Please leave it below in the comments section below.

Your Nails But Better: Zoya Naked Manicure Kit

Friday, January 08, 2016

Some girls hate wearing nail polish – I am not one of those girls. There’s always an “it” colour season after season that I lust over (remember the craze over Chanel’s Jade shade? I think I went to about 30 department stores to find it). 

My one pet peeve about bright polishes? The second you get a chip, you immediately look unkept. That is why the Zoya Naked Manicure Kit immediately caught my attention. As much as I love a pop of colour, there’s something alluring about a sheer, natural manicure.

The formula of this kit is great – it’ll improve the overall strength of your nails (bye bye breakage and hangnails) using a formula made of algae, proteins and Vitamins E and B5.

The instant benefits of the polish includes neutralized discoloration, refined nail plate surface, smoother nail ridges and a natural, healthy tone and finish.

The kit consists of four steps – the Naked Manicure Naked Base (refines nail surface, hydrates nail beds and treats damage), the Naked Manicure Pink Perfector (gives nails a healthy pink glow and brightens the tone of your nails), the Naked Manicure Tip Perfector (mimics a natural nail edge – eliminates yucky yellow fingernail edges) and the Naked Manicure Satin Seal (blurs imperfections, seals in the Pink and Tip Perfector).

Over time, the kit promises to support cellular renewal, improve oxygenation of your nails, enhance your nails’ flexibility and strength and increase hydration and resilience.

The kit retails for $30 and is available on NakedManicure.com. Zoya also sells additional Perfector shades in buff, lavender and mauve to achieve other desired nail effects, including deepening, brightening and colour correction.


Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush

Thursday, January 07, 2016

There’s nothing wrong with adding a little love into your beauty routine. The adorable Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes come in coquettish heart-shaped compacts, with even more saccharine love-themed shades. Keep reading below to see if this product is worth loving…


Packaging: Leave it to Too Faced to come up with the most adorable blush packaging. The blushes come in a sleek compact, with the packaging matching the shade of each blush. There is also a mirror included in the compact, perfect for travelling or touch-ups.

Colour Range: There are six shades in this range – with one neutral tone (“Baby Love”) and five brighter shades – ranging from pink to coral to plum. I can see these shades working for a multitude of skin tones as the shades are bright enough to make darker skin tones pop, without making lighter skin tones look as if they are wearing theatre makeup. Speaking as a pale gal, I’d advise those with lighter skin tones to use a light hand when applying these blushes – the colours are BRIGHT and if you swirl too much product on, your face will be hot pink before you know it.

Pigmentation: I’ve been using NARS blushes for years since I didn’t think I’d ever find anything better – but this product proved me wrong. While only six shades are available, the blush is so buttery and applies seamlessly – there’s no smudging product caking when you apply it. If you’re interested in a higher-end product, such as the Tom Ford Cheek Colour Blush or Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush, but don’t want to shell out $60 on a blush, you’ll actually find that this range has better colour payoff and a similar texture.

Staying Power: The formula is definitely smudge-proof; however, I'm not sure about the 16-hour wear time. I applied “Baby Love” prior to going to work, and by mid-afternoon, the majority of the colour was gone. I’d recommend carrying it in your purse with a travel-sized blush brush to re-apply if you’re planning some post-work fun.

SHOP:



Swatched from left: “Baby Love”, “Love Hangover”, “I Will Always Love You”.



The Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush retails for $39.00 CAD
and is available at toofaced.com.


AOneBeauty.com Curl Care Box

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I won't lie. I don't know many curl boxes ship to Canada or originate in Canada. So I was excited to check out AOnesbeauty curl care box. Not sure if many people know.. I'm natural. I've been natural for a LONG time. I usually straighten my hair to wear with weaves. But on my wash/in-between days I make sure my natural curls are moisturized and popping!

Now about the box. There is shipping to Canada & USA. 
The Canadian box is $30 (including shipping).
The USA box is $45 (including shipping).

What you should know about each box:

  • Has around $40 (or more) in products. 
  • You could get beauty products, samples & curly hair specific products (+plus discount coupons). 
  • Ship on the 25th of each month. 
  • Limited quantities. 
  • Ships to: Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories for $45

The December 2015 box was pretty good. I was extremely excited for the dye, detangler, gel & Jamaican castor oil. The two beauty products were cool too! Especially since they're in colours that I would use/flatter my skin tone. Lastly, samples are a blessing. If it works, I buy. If not, I throw them away. No love lost.
The only thing in the box which doesn't bother me but I could see some others having an issue with is the Profectiv No-Lye Relaxer Touch Up. I know natural girls who relax their edges or are texlaxed- so I can understand why it would be in the box. 
The total price of the contents in the box:

Would you try a curl care box?


Canadian Made: Therapie Silk and Bamboo Pillowcase

Monday, January 04, 2016

Growing up, I've always known the importance of silk pillows. But they were way to expensive for me to invest in. So cotton was the way to go. Honestly, it was wreaking havoc on my face silently. My sleeping masks weren't doing their jobs. My lash extensions were falling out prematurely. I won't even go on. That's when I found out about Cherise at Therapie. She has a line of  Silk and Bamboo Pillowcases, eyemasks, booties and mitts. I interviewed her to find out more about her line.


How did start your business?
I started Therapie to fill a need I saw in my skin rejuvenation and hair restoration business, Results Cosmetic & Wellness Therapies. My clients invest in high quality skin and hair care products and in expensive in office treatments for their face and hair. I want them to get the best possible results for their investment. Hopefully, they have their face/ hair pressed up against a pillowcase for 6 to 8 hours out of 24 hours. That pillowcase influences the beauty of skin, hair, and lashes. A pure silk pillowcase is the kindest to the face, hair and lashes. The pure bamboo panels keep that pillowcase in place so you actually sleep.

Why are silk pillow cases important?
A pure silk pillowcase is important because no other fabric has the slip, slide and glide of pure silk. It is the kindest fabric to the delicate skin of the face and to hair. It's the gentlest fabric on lash extensions. It's very breathable so it feels cooling to hot sleepers. This starts being very important for all women as they get older, even as early as in their mid 30s.

What are the benefits of silk pillow cases?
The problem with a traditional silk pillowcase is that you might not sleep well. Because of the great slip, slide and glide of pure silk, it makes your pillow move around under your head. And the case likes to work its way off the pillow. The 2 bamboo panels act like grip and eliminate this problem.

When should I wash my pillow cases?
If you wear makeup to bed, you'll need to wash your Therapie Silk and Bamboo Pillowcase more frequently. If there's a lot of styling products in your hair at the end of your day, you'll want to wash your pillowcase more frequently. With acne, wash your pillowcase more frequently. Otherwise, aim for every second week.

How to wash - hand washing best preserves the luster of silk. Turn inside out. Use a fine fabric wash. Soak in warm soapy water for at least 5 minutes. I let mine soak for about 20 minutes. Squeeze soapy water out, do not twist or wring out. Silk is its most fragile when it's wet. Soak in cold water for a minute or two, to rinse. Squeeze water out again, lay on dry clean towel and roll up the towel. Squeeze the heck out of the towel. Then place pillowcase over a towel bar of the back of a chair, to dry. If you need to machine wash, a mesh bag for delicates is a must. Turn inside out, put in mesh bag. Do a gently cycle, the smallest load possible, only like colors. Do not bleach. Do the shortest cycle possible. Dry the same way.

What is the best way to wash/dry them?
If pillowcase is still damp before bed, tumble dry, inside out, for 5 minutes by itself.



Bayview Village Pop-Up Shop- Dermalogica

Monday, January 04, 2016

Do you live near Bayview Village? 
If so, check out the Dermalogica Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Bayview Village. 
It's open until January 15!


At this space, shoppers can do three things.

Receive a Face Mapping® Skin Analysis:
It’s unique skin analysis provides insight into your skin’s past and present within 10 minutes. Your skin issues are divided into fourteen zones and at the end you get a skin prescription sheet.

Book MicroZone treatments
These are unique 20 minute treatments.
  • Brightening Treatment
  • Eye Relief Treatment
  • Hydrating & Soothing Treatment
  • Clearing Treatment


Lastly, purchase their favourite Dermalogica products.

Check it out!


LANEIGE comes to Canada

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Laneige is a Korean skincare brand which recently launched at Sephora. It's inspired by purity and the gift of life. With two decades of research under their belt, they discovered the advantages of skin-perfecting mineral water.
Laneige is meant to do three main things to your skin: hydrate, protect and revitalize!

I fell in love with the line. So many innovative products to try out for the new year! The biggest pros for me is that the line is dermatologist tested, does not test on animals or has any animal-derived ingredients in the skincare.

These three products are most haves for the new year!

Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel ($29.00 CAN)
Gentle exfoliator for smooth skin.
Use it once or twice a week. The coolest part is that it actually contains yogurt: Sogurty™. It's a fermented yogurt that offers your skin anti-inflammatory advances and soothes/calms skin while making collagen production.

More note worthy ingredients:
  • For skin polishing there is natural Konjac beads and chestnut extract to remove dead skin
  • Extracts of raspberry, blueberry, wolfberry, cranberry and strawberry.
  • Multiberry Complex which contains nutrients & antioxidants to protect skin.
How to:
  • Wet face
  • Massage product all over face
  • Rinse off with warm water
Deep Pore Cleansing Foam ($29.00 CAN)
Perfect for deep cleaning! My girls with oil-prone complexions will really benefit from this one. Cleanses your skin without striping it of moisture. It's infused with Melia Azadirachta Extract Water. Which is really good for clogged pores.

More note worthy ingredients:
  • Natural Moroccan Clay to absorb oil
  • Salicylic Acid as an anti-inflammatory 
  • Keratinase is a natural exfoliating enzyme
How-to:
  • Dispense it in your hands
  • Add water
  • Make it lather
  • Massage all over face- including problematic areas
  • Rinse off with warm water
Brightening Sparkling Water Foam Cleanser ($30.00 CAN)
This product is everything- probably my favourite from all the products I tried! I sound crazy but this product makes washing your face fun. The consistency is a thick foam infused with sparkling water. Optimal for deep cleansing. It's really light and helps clogged pores. Contains five multi-fruit AHA’s that do four things: exfoliate, brighten, detoxify, and purify.

How-to:
  • Shake it well
  • Dispense the foam in your hands to dry face
  • Apply in a circular motion
  • Rinse off with warm water

SHOP:



The MICRO Pedi is your emergency fix

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Okay so your friends tell you that they have tickets to the hottest New Year's Eve party. It's 3pm and you know all the nail salons are closed in 2 hours. They're is NO way that you can get an appointment- so last minute. 

What do you do? 
You head to your local Shopper's Drug Mart for the most painless alternative to salon fresh feet:
 The MICRO Pedi ($49.99 CAN).

In the comfort of your home, there is a safe and painless alternative to a salon pedicure. It's super easy to use the MICRO Pedi. The micro-mineral roller that spins 360 degrees at 30 times per second. Spinning to remove the rough skin off all areas of your feet. It's battery operated (not included) and also water resistant. Another pro is that it was given the seal of approval by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Can be found: Shoppers Drug Mart, www.micropedi.ca, or call (800) 473-0941Price: $49.99