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Elizabeth and James Nirvana Pure Perfume Oil

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sexy or Sweet?
As a bride-to-be, this what I've been asking myself.
I think I've answered that question with my fragrance choice.

Thank you Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen!

They're the co-owners of Elizabeth and James.
The brand is very much the essence of the Olsen twins. 
A mix of feminine refinement and tailored construction.

There are two Pure Perfume Oils to choose from: Nirvana White & Nirvana Black ($42 CDN).
A concentrated pure perfume oil delivered in an innovative yet time-honored form to leave skin richly scented with every drop.

Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil Notes:
  • Sandalwood
  • Violet 
  • Vanilla

Nirvana White Pure Perfume Oil Notes:
  • Peony
  • Tender Musk
  • Muguet

To get the best wear, it is best to apply the perfume oil to your pulse points. 
If you're feeling daring you can can also layer them.

You can get Elizabeth and James Nirvana Pure Perfume Oil at Sephora.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Who knew the key to hydrated skin was something you would find on the beach! When
 THEFACESHOP came out with their mango seed line I had to try it. In the island, mango seeds are commonly discarded after eating. Did you know that mango seeds can survive 300 years in harsh environments? Now "one of nature’s best-kept secret" can help you revive your skin.

One of my current favourites is the Mango seed oil to foam cleanser. 

You get the benefits of a cleansing oil (the new it product) and a foam ($15.00 CAN). Start off by wetting your face, squirt some oil in your hands and once you start to massage it into your face- it turns into a rich foam. After super soft skin is yours!

Last week, when it was colder, I was rocking the Mango seed date-prep butter ($32.00 CAN). 

I didn't have a date everyday but I did have extreme moisture. It's nice and thick, definitely what I needed to hydrate. It contains Fair Trade ingredients from Sudan, Africa.

This week is the perfect time to use the Mango seed silk moisturizing lotion ($26.00 CAN).

 Made with 100% mango seed butter it's a silky and doesn't have a heavy texture/formula.

Is there a product here that you would like to try?

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirants

Thursday, March 12, 2015

His and Hers?
I know everyone has an interesting antiperspirant story. 
I'm so over messy and wet formulations. 
It's time that something new came along.

Hello Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirants ($5.99 CAN)!
Dove offers the option for men+care as well.

  • Made with Dove ¼ moisturizer.
  • Leaves underarms free of visible residue. 
  • 4 scent formulations in the line.
  • It goes on instantly dry.
  • Non-irritant formula.
  • It goes on instantly dry.
  • 48-hour protection. 
  • 4 scent formulations in the line.
This will be my go-to product that I'll be using on my wedding day. 
Way too many pictures going on to worry about any residue on that day!

Have you seen these in stores?

Available across Canada at grocery, drug and mass retailers.

NEW Mary Kay Eyeliner Swatches

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I love when brands revamp old favourites.
Mary Kay® has reworked their eyeliners and I'm a fan! 
The new Mary Kay® Eyeliners ($16.00 CAN) are more long lasting and pigmented.

The Specs:
  • Retractable pencil tip + built-in shaper.
  • Soft tip with extra glide.
  • Long lasting colour.


Do you have a favourite colour?

Beauty News: Live Clean + Venus Swirl

Friday, March 06, 2015

Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing 
Shampoo & Conditioner
I was very excited to try Live Clean coconut milk moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. As an island girl, I grew up with coconut at the stable. This is because it was a staple in my parents upbringing. It's one of those super fruits that can be used to eat and use topical. Love it in my hair! It wasn't heavy but it hydrated my hair. Overall my hair was very soft. Both products are free of- petroleum, paraben, silicone, phthalate and phosphate.

Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner  ($6.99 CAN)
  • Has Vitamins C, E and Provitamin B5
  • Rich in milk and rice protein
  • Plant derived
  • Coconut oil add hydration
Venus Swirl

Once you're ready to shed that extra winter "fur"... You should really try the Venus Swirl. The new Venus Swirl™ razor ($12.99 US) has FLEXIBALL™ technology. Which allows the razor to navigate your imitate areas with no issues.

I found that it has taken longer for my hair to grow back because of the microfine comb that guides your hair to blades. No hair is left behind. Plus the five contour™ blades have thinner, finer edges – the thinnest in Gillette’s history.

Wedding: Five things I wish I knew before I went dress shopping

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dress shopping wasn't the disaster I thought it would be. I'm short, got boobs and a small waist. I expected fitting room breakdowns but it never got to that. I had to write this post because no one ever talks about the dress experience. It's definitely something that needs to be addressed. Here are a few tips that I wish I knew before I went shopping.

DO not let anybody tell you what you can or can not wear.
I went into a retailer to talk about the process of booking an appointment and on the spot she judged me. I was wearing an oversized sweater and a puffy parka. Her words were "You're a ballgown girl. Nothing else in here would be flattering on you. Don't look over there". Immediately my confidence was shattered. There is nothing wrong with ballgowns-they're gorgeous but why put me into a bubble before I even try anything on. It doesn't matter if you're 100 pounds or 300 pounds- TRY ON WHAT YOU LIKE! You make the decision what works for you.

Always have a buffer in your budget
Say your budget is $2,500 and you see a dress that is $200 more- plus it fits all the requirements. TRY IT ON! It might be the one.

Don't Settle on your happiness + Take risks
Get the dress you want. You will be looking back on these pictures for a lifetime, who wants to be miserable when they see the dress in pictures. I took an extreme risk with the dress that I chose.. I cannot divulge all the details- YET! But I'm really happy. That's all that matters.

Not every girl cries when they find the dress
I've seen every episode of Say Yes to the Dress. 90% of girls cry their eyes out. I didn't cry at all. I was so confused why didn't I have the same reaction as the people on TV... I even panicked. But just know that everyone doesn't cry..and your normal. 

The proper undergarments make a huge difference.
Need waist definition? Try a corset with a built in underwire bra. So many options out there to smooth out unwanted lumps and bumps. I wrote a great post about what to wear under a wedding dress back in May. It's still relevant.

If you have some dress shopping tips PLEASE leave them below!

Six years of blogging... is this a goodbye?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last December, I celebrated 6 years of blogging.
Thank you for your comments, views and shares of my blog posts throughout the years. 
I know I haven't been posting a lot because of the wedding but this is still my baby. 
I'm not sure how long Spiced Beauty will be here.... but I will not lie.. the passion is kind of dying
I personally feel like the landscape is not where it should be right now. 
In other words, six years of doing this and I haven't seen much of a change (for me).  
Don't get me wrong... I still get excited when I see a palette in the mail or event invite but I still think there might be another realm for Spiced Beauty.  Actually let me rephrase that.. there is another realm but that hasn't really been tapped out yet.

For now, I'm going to keep on trucking........

Valentine's Day Red Lips

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I love this lip color because I asked Drew Barrymore what colour would she choose for me and she chose Rosebud! Coincidentally, it was in my gift bag.

It's the perfect red for every skin tone.
Plus it would be an amazing bridal or Valentine's day colour!

FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color 
- Creamy application
- Pigmented
- High shine

Products used for my look:
FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color ($7.98 CAN)
Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Lashblast ($10.99 CAN)
Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours - Indigo ($20.99 CAN)

Flower Beauty + Drew Barrymore

Monday, February 09, 2015

I went to an exclusive Flower Beauty event a while back and I had the opportunity to try out a lot of their products and meet Drew Barrymore. She is amazing- literally everything I thought she would be and more. I'm so impressed with the line. The pigmentation, the colour range, and the overall products that they have makes it unique.

Fell in-love this amazing red lipstick- Rosebud (shown above). Which I'll post about it soon. Plus I was also introduced to a new favourite: Flower Color Play Creme Eyeshadows $7.98 CAN. It that comes in six shades. The packaging is extremely cute and the consistency is soft like a soufflé.
You can apply it with your fingers or with a thin brush like a concealer brush. After eight hours of work- it did not crease. I used one of my make up removers to take off the eyeshadow and I had no issue. Each creme eyeshadow has vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
I would recommend getting every colour.

NewYorkColor: January Challenge #NYCBeautyPro

Thursday, February 05, 2015

I love these challenges because they force me to get all done up!

January's challenge: Is all about Demi Lovato!
If you're out of the loop and don't know- She is New York Color's first global ambassador.
More importantly- She can rock a mean smokey eye.

Products we received in our January Kit:

Products used:
  • Show Time Smoking Hot Mascara $3.49
  • City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadow $4.99
  • Expert Satin Matte Lip Color $4.99

The Look:

I'm in love with the stay power of the City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadows. 
I'm so use to "cream" shadows creasing on me but these stayed put!
And those lipsticks.. *swoon* The PERFECT combination of matte & satin. 
I'm wearing Expert Satin Matte Lip Color in Berry Me.

Avon Moisture Therapy line

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I live in Canada and I know it's apart of the cycle but I'm annoyed with Winter right now.
We're all suffering from dry skin and chapped lips. 
That's why I'm happy when I find products that work well with sensitive skin.

Introducing Avon's Moisture Therapy Derma line.

This line has clinically been shown to help relieve dryness which is typically 
associated with individuals who suffer from eczema.

Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Lotion ($12.00 CAN)
This mild and gentle lotion delivers the powerful moisturizing benefits of an ointment in the light format of a cream. The formula is really light but hydrating. It doesn't leave a residue behind and a dime sized amount goes a long way.

Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Wash ($12.00 CAN)
This mild body wash for bath or shower gently cleanses while soothing dryness associated with eczema-prone skin. The formula is completely scent-free. The gel is infused with chamomile, aloe and vitamin E. Perfect for daily usage.

Calming Relief Anti-Itch Spray Lotion ($10.00 CAN)
Infused with colloidal oatmeal and menthol- This formula provides temporary relief of itching. This is a very interesting product which comes with a pump. Spray it on your skin, when dryness attacks. It cools it down. Remember it contains menthol- so wash your hands before you rub your eyes.

You can order or through your avon representative.

The Park Hyatt Toronto Stillwater Spa: Citrus Treatments + Menu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Did you know that the scent of citrus can improve your energy and relieve stress?

Last week, I had the opportunity to indulge in the benefits of citrus from Sunkist!
The Park Hyatt Toronto Stillwater Spa is now offering Citrus spa treatments as well as citrus inspired meals to boost your spirits. 

Citrus Spa Treatments:
  • Navel Orange Body Scrub
  • Grapefruit Massage with a hand and foot exfoliation
  • Navel Orange Food Scrub
  • Lemon Hand Scrub

Each treatment captures the essence of each Sunkist citrus fruit.
For example: The Navel Orange Body Scrub contains good stuff like raw sugar, organic honey and fresh squeezed Sunkist® Navel orange juice. 

  • Detox Juice
  • Kale & Sunkist® Orange Salad with Oyster Mushrooms and Miso Dressing
  • Chili Sunkist® Lime Seared Scallops with Grilled Corn Salsa
  • Sunkist® Lemon Tart

Chef Joan Monfaredi created a tasting menu to enlighten us on the health & wellness benefits of citrus. You would love the detox juice! It contains Sunkist® Navel oranges, green grapes, watermelon and fresh mint.

I had the grapefruit Massage with a hand and foot exfoliation and LOVED it! 
Definitely worth checking out if you're in need of some TLC.

Note: The citrus-inspired spa treatments will be available at Stillwater Spa Toronto from January 20th to February 28th, 2015.

The Wedluxe Wedding Show 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Out of all the Wedding shows that I've been to, The Wedluxe Wedding Show is the most glamorous and inspirational. It was also the very first show that attended in 2014.
Check out my "The Wedluxe Wedding Show 2014" post.

The event took place at the ARCADIAN- 401 Bay Street, 8th floor. Vendors were spread out in the Arcadian Loft, Arcadian Court, Arcadian Studio and the Mezzanine. Think that's a lot of space? The event was also located on the 7th floor of Hudson’s Bay! Definitely a place to get familiar with! It's where Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and Hudson’s Bay Gift Registry is.

Why should you attend?
  • 120 vendors
  • Gorgeous decor + flowers
  • Good eats
  • Beauty samples
My fiance and I came with a plan. 
Check out Honeymoon options and find a videographer.
Still reviewing the videographers but the show introduced us to St. Lucia as a honeymoon spot.
It's gorgeous and totally now on our list.

Check out pics from the show!
Let me know in the comment section which ones are your favourite.

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.

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!

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