Canadian Beauty and Fashion Blog | Spiced Beauty Blog Canadian Beauty and Fashion Blog- Spiced Beauty Canadian Beauty and Fashion Blog- Spiced Beauty

Win: LG G3 Smartphone (Canadian)

Friday, January 16, 2015

I'm to going to help you "Beat the January Blues" with an amazing giveaway 
sponsored by LG Canada!
One special CANADIAN Spiced Beauty reader will win an LG G3 Smartphone. 
I know many of you saw my past post on this amazing device!
If not, check it out: LG G3
It's your time for you to get your hands on it.

Five key reasons to get the LG G3 Smartphone:
  1. Full HD screen picture on a 5.5 inch LCD
  2. Beauty feature makes you look "selfie" ready every time
  3. Rear camera is 13 MP with laser auto focus
  4. You can develop different profiles on your phone for privacy
  5. Take a pictures by doing a gesture or just saying a special word
Back to the giveaway: The winner will receive one LG G3 smartphone.
Please note that this phone will be locked- It's up to you to get it unlocked to use it with your provider.

RULES
The giveaway will run from January 16, 2015 to January 28, 2015

You will need an instagram account to enter
An example entry to the LG G3 Contest
Upload your favourite selfie to instagram with this caption:
My favourite selfie @lgcanada @spicedbeautyblog #lgg3beauty

Also fill out this rafflecopter widget and make sure that you fill out ALL the mandatory elements.
Please follow the rules to be eligible- those who don't follow will be disqualified

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Review: LG G3 Smartphone

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

One of my favourite things about being a blogger is testing out new products. I'm even more ecstatic when the new product is tech related. In early December, I was invited to Her Majesty Pleasure for a special experience with LG Canada. They were looking for an exclusive group ladies and picked me plus a few other others to become official LG G3 Beauty bloggers. 

What are top things that you look for in a phone?
I look for:
  • Lightweight body
  • Attractive display
  • Comes with features that I'll actually use
I own android tablets but I've never actually had an android phone before. It was really a unique experience to try out this phone as a previous iPhone and BlackBerry user.

Let's start off with appearance:
It's a sleek metallic phone with a large screen. Similar to other new smart phones, there is no physical keyboard on the front. It's all touchscreen! Which can be a learning curve for any first time user but once you get use to it- you're set! On the back there is a button to turn off the phone plus volume controls. A unique alternative to the usual side buttons.
Plus a rear and front facing camera.

Being that I'm a videographer, I appreciate a clear and crisp display. The LG G3 does not disappoint. It offers you full HD screen picture on a 5.5 inch LCD. For me, the size was something to get used to. I used to make fun of people who had big phones but now that I got to try one- I understand the hype.

This phone is commonly referred to as the "selfie" phone. This is due to the beauty feature when taking pictures with the front camera. Let's get something out of the way...There's nothing wrong with a little enhancement to a picture as long as it still looks like you. The beauty feature let's you determine how much how "soft" you want your picture. Which eliminates the need for extra editing software on your phone. Win!  It's important to me as a blogger to be 100% transparent with you all. I did get a replacement phone during the process because I was having an issue with the forward facing camera. Although it was a minor issue, it got resolved.

Hello! Look at me! 
My first  LG G3 selfie.

Can you believe I took this picture by saying "LG"! 
No hands needed. 

Now the rear camera is 13 MP with laser auto focus. 
What is the purpose of laser auto focus you ask? 
Long story short- It prevents blur and allows you to take a great shot easier.

Taken with the LG G3 camera (rear camera).

I know it's a lot to take in but here are two more features that you should know about the LG G3:
  • You can develop different profiles on your phone. How about one for yourself and one for a guest?
  • I spoke a bit about this but you can take a picture by doing a gesture or just saying a special word. It eliminates that awkward left shoulder in the shot.
Do you want to test this phone out yourself? 
Look out for my January Blues contest this week.
Get started by following LG Canada on twitter: twitter.com/lgcanada



Wedding: Bridal Shower Advice from Weddingbells’ Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

After a lot of convincing from my future sister-in-law, I decided that I should put having a bridal shower on my list of wants. Let me start off by saying... I've never been to a bridal shower before. On top of that, I have no idea how the whole shindig goes. Sooo when you don't know anything about the topic.. You speak to an expert!

I got Weddingbells Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill to answer those questions
that you may have about bridal showers.


Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill tackles my bridal shower questions

What typically happens at bridal showers?

A bridal shower is a celebration of the bride-to-be, which usually happens a few months before her wedding date. Family and friends are invited (usually it’s a female-centric event but more events are now becoming male inclusive). Bridal showers typically are an event hosted at someone’s house or at a restaurant. This is also a time when guests gift the bride with items typically found on their bridal registry. Good food, good times, good friends…that is a great bridal shower!

Who takes care of the bridal shower? bride? bridesmaids?

Tradition dictates that the maid of honor or bridesmaids throw the bridal shower. Family members such as mothers, sisters or cousins often take on the role of co-hosting the event (if sisters or cousins are in the bridal party, it’s easy shower planning). A bride may also have friends, co-workers or someone from the groom’s family who wants to throw the shower. The rules have become a little more flexible as to who throws the party (and sometimes there can be more than one event).

How many people usually attend a bridal shower?

The number of people can vary greatly from a very intimate event to a celebration for 80-100 people. It really depends on how large the bride’s group of family and friends are and often times a bride’s cultural background will dictate the size of the event.

Can men be invited to the bridal showers?

Yes! In the modern age of weddings anything goes. A lot of showers end with a cocktail hour where the groom and his friends and family are invited to celebrate too.

NewYorkColor: NYC Style Holiday Challenge

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December's challenge: Holiday Makeup!
Believe or Not.. I've never worn a red lips for NYE.
I've totally have been missing out.

Here is my look for the New Years using NewYorkColor products!

I had to use NYC Ultra Moist Lipstick ($2.99 CAN) in Mahogany as a lipliner because it's such a deep rich plus and add Retro Red as a pop of colour in the middle. On the eyes I used Liquid Liner in Black ($3.99) and the Sun n Bronze Bronzing Powder ($5.99 CAN) Coney Island as a highlight.
Overall a nice clean look which translates well for any New Year's eve activity!

Would you wear this look?

Last Minute Wants: Sephora Edition

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


If you're an extremely late shopper like me and are going to attempt to brave the malls tomorrow here are a few items from Sephora which any makeup lover would be glad to get!

Hello Kitty

The Red Bow Beauty Diaries
$33.00 CAN
A diary for the ultimate collector that honors Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary with 15 pretty surprises—from accessories to makeup collectibles.

Hello Kitty

Ruby Compact Mirror
$30.00 CAN
A collectable Hello Kitty-shaped compact mirror that sparkles in bling with nearly 300 hand-placed jewels in honor of Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

Gold Star Skinny Brush Set
$49.00 CAN
A colorful five-piece brush set in a flashy, metallic clutch.

tarte
Bon Voyage Collector's Set And Travel Bag
$71.00 CAN
A chic, portable travel bag filled with a collection of limited-edition, oversized must-have beauty essentials for the eyes, lips, cheeks, and complexion.

SEPHORA COLLECTION
Pure Luxury Antibacterial Brush Set
$75.00 CAN
A seven-piece brush set treated with a cutting-edge antimicrobial technology that keeps brushes fresher for longer and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Urban Decay
Full Frontal Lipstick Stash Set
$47.00 CAN
A limited-edition mini lip set loaded with six mini shades of Revolution Lipstick, plus a full-size, 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil.



o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular tampons giveaway!

Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm interested in finding out about various different things but there are some stuff that you can find out through conversations with your friends and some stuff that you need the internet for (if you know what I mean). I was asked to try a pack of o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular tampons and share my honest options. When I find a brand and I like, I do not venture out. After many years, I decided to let's see what else is out there. Who knows, I might find a new favourite.
o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular tampons with Fluid-Lock® grooves for locked-in leak protection. The only one with SilkTouch™ cover for ultimate comfort and protection
I won't lie.. I was a little bit shocked when I first received the package. It was extremely small and it could fit in the palm of my hand. I swear I thought I received the wrong package. The biggest shocker was that there was no applicators. 

The Scoop:
The size!
I was able to put them in one of my mini makeup bag without any hassle.
Also when I traveled out of country they took up NO space.

Less Waste
Did you know without the applicator  o.b.® saves 58% of waste compared to some other brands?

Detailed instructions
Each pack comes with an very detailed sheet that gives you step-by-step instruction and FAQs.
If you're an applicator user then you will be happy to see this sheet.

Patience
I want to be 100% honest. I didn't get it the first few tries. Which is okay because I been dependant on an applicator for years but once I got it- it wasn't bad at all. Similar to any other tampon just pull the string once you're ready to dispose of it.

o.b.® PRO COMFORT® Regular are available in a 18 or 40 pack.

Have you tried o.b.® tampons before?
Well o.b.® is giving 50 Spiced Beauty readers the opportunity to get an 18-count box FREE!
Shipped right to your doorstep!

Interested?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holiday: Benefit Cosmetics 3 Scoops O' Sexy

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What a cute gift idea!
Benefit Cosmetics 3 Scoops O' Sexy comes with 3 limited edition 
lip balms/lip and cheek tints ($50 CAN)
Give the whole box set to someone or share with others!

Check out my past posts on Benefit's lip balms & lip and cheek tints.

  • Lollibalm lip balm in Candy Orchid
  • Lollitint lip and cheek stain in Candy Orchid
  • Benebalm lip balm in Rose
  • Benetint cheek and lip tint in Rose
  • Posiebalm lip balm in Poppy Pink
  • Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
Buy it now:


You can get this giftset at Sephora online & in-store.

Quick & Easy Holiday Look: Liner & Bold Lips

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The older I get the less patience I have to do intricate makeup looks.
For me, liner-mascara-lips are a must!

Here is my super easy Holiday Look!

Products used:
L.A Girl Glazed Lip Paint -Tempt  (*Bought at my local BSB $3.99 CAN*)
Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Lashblast ($10.99 CAN)
Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours - Indigo ($20.99 CAN)

Would you wear this look?


Canadian Holiday: 12 Days of Beauty!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's that time again!
P&G has challenged #Beautyunited bloggers to another 12 Days of Beauty photo challenge!

You know I'm aways up for the challenge!

We had to use any of the 12 products from #COVERGIRL, #Pantene, #Olay, #Clairol, #VidalSassoon, #HerbalEssences, #VenusOlay and #3DWhite  to create five Holiday inspiration photos!

Want to try out some of the products that are shown above? 
Guess what!........
P&G is sending one of my lucky Canadian readers a gift pack with the same Holiday essentials that I received!

  1. Olay Sensitive Body Wash (part of the Olay Body Sensitive gift set)
  2. Secret Oh La La Lavender Clear Gel Deodorant (also in this year’s Secret + Olay holiday gift set)
  3. Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream Fragrance-Free (featured in this year’s Olay Regenerist gift set)
  4. Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo + Conditioner
  5. Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
  6. Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
  7. Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2-minute Moisturizer Scalp & Hair Treatment
  8. Clairol Hair Colour Coupon
  9. Crest Flex-Fit Whitestrips
  10. COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Very Black
  11. COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes
  12. COVERGIRL Bombshell Powder Brow & Liner Medium Brown
Good Luck!

Holiday: Kat Von D Immortal Lash & Line Kit

Monday, December 15, 2014

This holiday is all about the lashes. 
If you cannot pay to get some falsies put on... why not build them yourself. 
Kat Von D Immortal Lash & Line Kit ($24 CAN) is the best way to get your eyes ready this holiday. 
The kit comes with full-size Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara and deluxe-size Tattoo Eye Liner. 
Immortal Lash is a cutting-edge, 24-hour mascara that powers lashes to their maximum potential with a first-of-its-kind three-in-one brush that lengthens, curls, and coats every lash in ultra-black drama.  
Tattoo Liner, the bestselling liquid liner, provides the ultimate precision, versatility and control with innovative brush tip design crafted with 325 ultrafine bristles.
The brush is amazing and gives me insane volume.
After application my lashes are still soft which makes removal a breeze at night.
My only tip is that the formula is wet..so do not immediately blink or sneeze after application.

The eyeliner is nice as well. 
It's waterproof but just like the mascara- removes really easy with wipes. Since I like my liner a deep rich black, I had to go over it a few times to get my desirable look.

This kit is now available on Sephora online for your favourite makeup lover!



Nudestix: Go nude, but better SWATCHES

Monday, December 08, 2014

I feel like 2015 is going to be about natural looks. 
The point is to look polished but never over done. 
If that's you.. then should check out Nudestix.  

Their slogan is "Go nude, but better".
They come packaged up in a sleek black tin along which has a large mirror and a pencil sharpener.

The line is actually the brain child of Jenny Frankel who is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of beauty experience.  Her muses are her daughters Ally & Taylor. I had the opportunity to try out some products from the line. Immediately, I fell in love with Nudestix concealer pencil ($28.00 Cdn). The consistency is amazing. I had NO idea if the colour would match me but it ended up being perfect! I'm a deep 8. That is the darkest colour in the line. The colour is not muddy or red, it's the perfect matte chocolate brown. I should also add the pencil is very soft so it glides instead of drags.

Left to right: Angel, Deep8 & Ripe

I also tried out a lip/cheek pencil ($28.00 Cdn) in Ripe (not sure if it has the right colour for me but I loved the consistency as well).  I want to try sin. Also I tried one of the magnetic eye colours ($28.00 Cdn) in Angel. If not used over the lid, this would make a great inner eye colour.
TIP: 
"If you have an oily lid like me, you’ll love the way the magnetic eye color never creases, fades or smudges."- Ally
Nudestix is sold at Sephora.
Shop the line below:




Stocking Stuffers: Flower Beauty Rollerball Eau de Toilette

Friday, December 05, 2014

I struggle with finding stocking stuffers to add to Christmas stockings. 
Chocolate and Candy canes are a must but how about something that smells good? 
I was recently introduced to Flower Beauty and fell in love with their Rollerballs. 
For under $10.00 ($9.97 CAN) you can fall in love with three unique scents.
From Left to Right:
Feeling delicate and soft?
Try Cherished!
A comforting and nuzzly powdery floral.

Feeling romantic and daring?
Try Sultry!
A sensual oriental floral that wraps you in a seductive trail of creamy florals, alluring spices and sultry vanilla woods.

Feeling strong and happy?
Try Radiant!
A striking and confident sparkling floral blooming with dewy greens and lush freshness.

If I had to pick a fave I'd pick Sultry.  It smells fun but has a sexy playful side.

Want to try out the scents for yourself?
Flower Beauty is exclusive to Walmart.



Birchbox Monthly Subscription box is Available in Canada!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Beauty boxes are making a comeback! 
Just in time for the holidays.
One of the original beauty box makers is coming  to Canada.

Believe it or not I did not know the FULL hype of Birchbox (originated in 2010) until I went on vacation. I had my Birchbox beach bag and a lady came up to me and asked me if I worked for them. After I said no, she begin to rave about the box. She told me that she had a friend in New York who would order a box for her and send it to her in Canada. She nearly did a cart wheel on the beach when I told her the boxes can now be ordered from Canada.

Let me give you the low down on Birchbox: it's a platform that helps you find the best in beauty and lifestyle products. There is a online shop component and also the option of getting a monthly subscription. 

If you choose to subscription option, each month you will get five beauty samples shipped right to your door. The products can range from skincare, perfume or maybe even nail polish. If you find something that you truly love in the box.... Guess what? You can get the full-size version of the sample you got in their online shop.

I should also add that every box comes with a card which details the price of the full-size sample and also gives you a description on what the product is and also how to use it.
Canadians if you're interested in trying out Birchbox you can go to birchbox.ca to try out your first box.

My Easy Women of Colour Foundation Guide

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I get asked "What foundation/concealers work for dark/deep skin?" daily.
So I decided to make a compilation of my past posts to help out anyone who is on the hunt.
Please click the image to be sent to the full post!
Hope this helps!

LA Girl High Definition Pro Concealer

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Deep
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation- Chestnut

Avon MagiX Cashmere Advanced Liquid Dark/Deep Foundation



Make Up For Ever PRO Finish Foundation

L'oreal Paris Magic Beautifier BB cream

L'oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation


Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation


COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation