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Holiday 2015 EOS Limited Edition Decorative Lip Balm Collection

Thursday, November 26, 2015

EOS is making the holidays exciting! 
Combining two of my favourite things: Soft Lips & DIY fun!

Three pack decorative lip balms are a great idea!
Now it's easy to customize your EOS to reflect your unique personality.

Flavours from left to right:
Pomegranate Raspberry
Sweet Mint
Vanilla Bean 

The decals come already in the box with an instruction sheet.

My unique vanilla bean <3
Check out my past: EOS lip spheres posts

You can the collection at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Loblaws, Walmart and

How I got started in Beauty

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I fell in love with makeup back in 2008, after watching a special effects video on YouTube. After watching which seemed like 20 videos, I stumbled on a “Golden Goddess” tutorial and that was it! I remember watching this young girl totally transform herself in less than10 minutes. I was hooked!

That’s what my obsession with makeup started. I started out with makeup from the dollar store (which I might add- wasn’t the best idea) then to drug store makeup items like Annabelle cosmetics and Maybelline. Lastly, graduating to Holy Grail MAC Cosmetics that all the gurus had. Looking back at those early pictures always makes me laugh. I looked decent but there was room for improvement. Like… my brows were way too thin and I was afraid to use liquid eyeliner!

Watching tutorials was pretty awesome but I always wanted to show my side of it. So I started to do YouTube reviews but I always wanted to know more.

I decided to go to a great makeup school and I learned a lot. Which equipped me to start my blog and get myself out there.

I do know that now-a-days there is a much younger crowd that is interested in makeup. It can be hard to know where to start. It’s also important that they know the difference between good and bad techniques. For example- over plucked thin brows are NOT in! Also what’s real from what’s fake in the online world. I remember to tell all my little cousins that a lot of the looks on Instagram are altered- whenever I hear them say “Why can’t I look like that?”. Well you can for a low price of $3.99…

I should add that it’s important to learn from professionals. Places like CMU College of Makeup Art & Design in Toronto offers a makeup camp during the March Break for teenagers. The cost covers a makeup kit. Imagine coming back to school and learning how to make the perfect cat-eye flick like Adele. Instant friends!

Remember that you have to start somewhere. Some of us are extra ordinary and literally get the winged liner/perfect brow lifestyle on the first try. Others need some assistance (like moi). The March makeup camp is a great start for those in the younger crowd who want to get their feet wet in makeup artistry. If you can’t attend that keep your eyes out for upcoming makeup events in Toronto!

Introducing Scarlet & Julia: Canada's new online beauty destination

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I have become an avid online shopper. Now that I've moved and I'm not within walking distance of the mall, the internet is my best friend. That's why I was so excited when I received an awesome package from the new online beauty destination Scarlet & Julia. 

Your new one-stop shop that offers a variety products, tips from experts and exclusive bargins. 

What you can get on the site: 
  • Makeup 
  • Skin care 
  • Bath & body 
  • Hair care 
Let me also add that they beauty outlet section. No need to dig through bins and get your hands dirty. These limited-timed sales are easy to access. Just sign up and become a member for free! 

Other notables:
  • Cash back reward in S&J credits
  • Free delivery on purchases of $75+
  • Free samples on purchases of $75 or more 
  • 1% of our sales is donated to Look Good Feel Better
The site was really easy to navigate. My favourite part was lips! There was so much selection. I loved the fact that you could filter by category. Being a matte liquid lipstick girl- I went to finish and selected then "matt". Then to Formulation and picked "liquid". I fell in love with STILA's Stay all Day® Liquid Lipsticks ($29.00 CAN). There was 10 shades to choose from! I choose Aria & Amore.

Shipping was very quick. I was sent a email from Scarlet & Julia that my product had shipped. 
Then I received an email from Canada Post that stated "You are receiving this email at the request of SCARLET & JULIA INC to provide you with updates on the progress of this shipment."

Overall, I'm so happy with the site and my purchases.
I would definitely shop there again!

The Beauty House: Russian Volume Extensions

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I had the opportunity to visit The Beauty House. Located at 49 Stewart Street which is adjacent to the Thompson Hotel. They specialize in eyelash extensions, however, they have a few other services which are really interesting such a brow extensions. Remember over tweezing in grade 7?? 
Well they can fix that! 
Looking for something more permanent?
Try Microblading or Feathering!

The first thing I did was look at the gallery on the site for examples of their work. 
 I close get 3D lash extensions because I loved how natural but glam the work was.
Plus I knew that it would literally cut down my get ready time by 30 mins.
A total life saver!

Once I walked in, I was greeted and given a form to fill out. This is standard procedure at every lash location. It just asks you questions such as "If you have any latex allergies".. no biggie.

I was led upstairs to a room with two beds. Let me put this out there- a dual bed room is not for everyone. I won't lie, when I first walked in- I was unsure since I'm so shy. 
But after that subsided, I was okay. 

My lashes were done by Mei she's the Eyelash/ Eyebrow Specialist & Co-Founder. Her work was really good. She was able to work with my super curly lashes. Which is pretty hard for some lash techs but she worked it out. The end outcome was gorgeous.

 I honestly got so many compliments and a lot of people thought that they were real.
 I might have just nodded and smiled when they asked. Haha nothing is wrong with that!

The hours are perfect for any working girl Mon-Sat 9am-9pm.
I'm due for a fill!

I would definitely go back. 

New Spiced Beauty Contributor: Jessica

Friday, November 20, 2015

The holiday's are coming and I thought it would be a perfect time to get a more content out on the blog. I'm lucky that I found a great contributor. Jessica is no stranger to the blog. She's been reading Spiced Beauty since her PR intern days and I'm excited to welcome her on board. 

Check out what Jessica has to say about beauty, blogging & skin care.

Why did you want to contribute to Spiced Beauty?
As a former beauty and fashion blogger, I’ve really missed sharing my love of beauty products with other beauty junkies. Leaving reviews on Sephora and Makeup Alley is no longer cutting it! I’ve been reading Spiced Beauty since my intern days at a Toronto-based beauty PR agency and was excited about the opportunity to contribute!

Favourite Canadian Beauty Brand?
Bite Beauty!

Liquid, pencil or gel eye liners?
Pencil for day, gel for night.

Tip to get the perfect eyeliner?
Lots of patience and Post-It Flags – perfect for tracing a straight line!

Lipsticks or Gloss?
Lipstick, definitely.

My ideal mascara is...
Volumizing and thickening without being clumpy. Too Faced’s Better than Sex Mascara is my Holy Grail right now.

My favourite make up remover ...
She Uemura cleansing oil. I’m one of those anti-face wipe girls and am a religious double-cleanser. This cleansing oil takes off everything from red lipstick to waterproof mascara!

My skin care routine ...
It’s quite minimal lately – I’ve noticed that when I started doing less, my skin cleared up. In the morning, I spritz on thermal water and moisturize with La Roche-Posay Toleraine Lotion. At night, I double cleanse with She Uemura’s Anti-Oxi Cleaning Oil and follow it with Glam Glow’s SuperCleanse – it’s a deep cleaning cleanser that doesn’t irritate my skin or dry it out. I then mix a few drops of Sunday Riley’s Artemis Oil into the same La Roche-Posay moisturizer and call it a night. Twice a week, I exfoliate with Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate treatment – it’s a chemical exfoliant that works really well to get rid of dead skin cells. Once I’ve exfoliated, I follow with Peter Thomas Roth’s Rose Stem Cell Mask – it’s super hydrating and helps soothe inflamed skin.

Curly or straight hair?
Naturally curly. For years, I’ve straightened it or blown it out, but lately, I’ve been trying to embrace my natural curl.

How many lip products do you have in your purse/makeup bag?
Nine - Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in “Boy”, NARS Sheer Lipstick in “Dolce Vita”, Dior Addict Fluid Stick in “Ciel Rose”, Buxom Full On Lip Polish in “Dolly” and “Sophia”, Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in “Rose”, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in “Rikugien”, Bite Beauty BB For Lips in “Tawny”. I’m actually a little embarrassed that I carry all this around.

Hudson's Bay #Beautyunderground

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beauty Underground is a new beauty concept shop located on the concourse level of the Queen Street store and online at the This location is perfect for girls who love to grab and go!

Hours of Service:
 Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 9:30 PM 
Saturday from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM
 Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM 

Let me give you an idea of the space. It's made up a vendor counters, zones and the TEN SPOT. I've been to a location in Forest Hill before and I really liked it. They offer facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing also this location offers a new concept. You can get 7 signature styles for only $25. Plus you have the option of paying $5 to add a braid to your style! Which is pretty affordable.

Back to the vendor counters. There will a MAC, Kiehlr, Clinque, Bliss, Anna Sui, Becca & Vincent Longo. Now with the zones, you really have to step out of the box. In each zone, they deal with the day to day issues that we all have. Zone one is about skincare solutions and anti-aging. Zone two is all about colour. Zone three is for travel and devices. Zone four is for men and Zone five is fragrances (his & hers).

Check out some of the new brands now at Beauty Underground:

You can see some new products such as brow gal, eyeko, jack black (men's grooming), baby foot and check out much more Beauty Underground- The Bay

I think this concept is a total game changer. 

Check out #Beautyunderground

Introducing: H&M Beauty

Monday, November 09, 2015

Canadians deserve more options when it comes to beauty products.
Welcome H&M Beauty Canada!

I'm lucky that I had the opportunity to check out the new beauty brand up close and personal.
My personal favourites are the glitter dusts, matte lip colours & highlighters.
Canadian prices can be found here: H&M Beauty

Check out some shots I got from the event below!


Currently Obsessed: Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Moisturiser

Friday, November 06, 2015

I recently ran out my holy grail moisturizer so I decided to try out Canadian skin care brand Indeed Laboratories. They have a new product called fillume volumising moisturiser ($24.99 CAN). 

It's suppose to refine the visual signs of aging. 
Making skin plumper and smoother with continued use. 
This formula has some unique ingredients such as sym3D

What is sym3D? 
  • Stimulates fat cells to bring volume to the skin 
  • Plumps the skin
  • Contains hyalufix- helps generate hyaluronic acid 

What I love about Fillume?
  • It works well with my skin
I have been using it for months and I have not broken out once
  • My skin feels hydrated after using it
I usually have to use two moisturizers- One all on my face/another around my mouth
  • It doesn't bleach my skin
It doesn't leave spots on my skin

Check out some other indeed lab products:

My Top Sephora Picks 2015

Friday, November 06, 2015

For the first time in my life, a Sephora store is within a walking distance from me. This is both a blessing & a curse because I'm in there all the time. Always swatching, playing and now that they have a Benefit brow bar in my location- it's over! Check out some of my Sephora picks for 2015.

**Each link is clickable**

Mary Kay Holiday 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015

It's time to talk Holiday! November is here!
Let's get started with some limited-edition products from Mary Kay!

The first thing I could say is everything is super colourful and smells great!

Limited-Edition Mary Kay® Body Lotion & Lip Balm Gift Sets ($18 CAN each)

Each in a cute fashionable festive box:
  • Sugar & Spice™ 
  • Berry & Cream™ 
  • Apple & Pear™
Full sized juicy body lotion with coordinating squeezable lip balm.
Apple & Pear™shown below.

Limited-Edition Mary Kay® Cream & Sugar Gift Set ($30 CAN)
  • Chocolate Cocoa Body Scrub
  • Marshmallow Body Whip
This decadent duo is perfect for any lover of indulgent treats! 

This limited edition collection will have quantities available while supplies last until February 15th, 2016.

NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sometimes a product comes into your possession and changes your whole life. Brows are a tricky subject for me. I was born with super thick brows.

In grade 7, I found brow scissors and it was over. I had these horrible thin brows for years.

Nobody told me that they were bad... until my first day of my makeup course.

Once I grew them out, I was never sure what to put in them. Whenever, I'd find a product.. I'd get bored of it easily. Or I'd get overwhelmed. I refuse to carry around more than one product.

Then I was introduced to Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel ($28.00 CAN).

This duo-sided pen & gel is super easy to use. Perfect triangular shape to give you a natural brow.
Also when it sets- it SETS! It's goes no where!

Comes in 4 colours: Blonde, Dirty Blonde, Brown and Brown/Black.

I have the Brown/Black formula and I love it.
I honestly have no idea how I got through life without it. A little dramatic- I know! But hear me out.
I literally take 3-4 steps a day to get a really decent looking brow- DAILY!

My Daily Routine

Five reasons why you need it:
  • It's waterproof: It will get you through all four seasons.
  • Tri-angled tip: Allows you to get a natural brow with strokes.
  • Strong-hold gel: That brow isn't going anywhere!
  • Free of preservatives: A major perk!
  • Not tested on animals: Another major perk!
Finished brows