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Top 10 Best Products of 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

This has been a GREAT year for new collections!
As a Canadian Beauty Blogger, I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to try out
  these products and share them with you.

Let's get started!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Deep 

Deep brown girls rejoice! There was an amazing BB cream made for us this year!
I can never express how excited I was to finally be apart of this movement.

There is a great Canadian product which I actually finished within a month.
No sharpener needed!


Perfect color for EVERY skin tone!
These are a life saver!
Probably one of the best nail strips I've tried.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
Pigmented, long lasting, waterproof & creamy!
Get every color if you can!

If you haven't tried Mary Kay, you're missing out!
It's such a great line that has something for everyone.
I'm always amazed how pigmented and silky their shadows are.

I've said this once and I'll say it again: This is liquid gold!
One the best highlighters I own!

Givenchy: Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara
This an amazing high-end mascara which does everything it claims.
Intense volume, strong curl, infinite length, and complete lash care.

Another waterproof gem!
I love these because they are small enough to fit in my purse. 

Another great collection by OPI!
Why is it my favourite? Just check out the swatches!

There were so many other products that deserve attention but these were my favourites.

Let me know if you you tried any of these products before!

Save your lips with Polysporin’s Visible Lip Health- Day & Night

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Years Eve is a few days away!
Are you ready? 

I know that not everyone is going to dive in for that midnight kiss- some people may just be going out with a group of friends. Either way your lips should be ready for any close up.

Whether it's with another pair of lips or a camera!

Are you looking for something to improve lip heath in a short amount of time?
Check out Polysporin’s Visible Lip Health- Day & Night products!
Both Products:
  • Clinically shown to restore visibly healthier lips in 3 Days+
  • The emollient and vitamin enriched formula replenishes essential lipids, and locks in moisture
  • Reduces the signs and symptoms of dryness, such as scaling and chapping
Back to kissing- Did you know..?
Seventy-seven per cent of Canadians feel an emotional impact if they have chapped lips.

I know when my lips are chapped, I feel really self conscious. I wonder if anyone noticed or how long it was chapped for.

More Chapped lips stats:
Women are more likely than men to feel uncomfortable (75% vs. 63%), embarrassed (15% vs. 10%), and frustrated (13% vs. 9%). Similarly, Canadians between the ages of 18 and 44 are more likely to feel embarrassed than those over the age of 45 (18% vs. 8%). In each case (excluded the feeling of helplessness), those who have avoided kissing due to chapped lips and those who would kiss more if they had softer or healthier lips are more likely than others to have felt a negative emotional impact.

So far I've been wearing both of these Polysporin’s Visible Lip Health products and loving it. Fifteen Centimeters of snow has landed in Ontario last night. With the extra cold, I know that my lips will be prone to chapping. The number one way to avoid flaky lips is to hydrate them! My favourite thing about the daytime formula is how quickly it absorbs moisture into my lips.

Will you be going in for that midnight kiss?

Happy Holidays + My Hourglass Cosmetics Look

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holiday everyone!
I hope that your days are filled with happiness and hopefully you got everything that you wanted!
My Christmas look was very simple! The emphasis was on my eyes & lips. 
Products used:
Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner C$37.00
Color:  Ebony Black
A moisturizing water- and smudge-proof felt-tip liquid liner that contours and lines the eyes with precision.


Superficial Lash C$35.00
Color:  Carbon - rich black 
A lengthening, volumizing mascara.

Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick C$35.00
Color:  Raven-Vibrant Orange Red  
A lustrous, cream formula lipstick that hydrates and softens lips.

Happy Holidays!




Make Up For Ever All Eyes On You Set + Holiday Look

Friday, December 21, 2012

One of my top five favourite beauty brands has to be Make Up For Ever. They have something for EVERY skin tone. Plus their products are vibrant and always pigmented. I was lucky to get my hands on a Limited Edition All Eyes On You Set.


 A limited-edition set of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s essential products to transform your look from soft shimmer to dramatic glamour.
The set comes with:
  • HD High Definition Powder
  • Aqua Cream in 16 Pink Beige (pinky beige shimmer)
  • Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black)
  • Aqua Eyes in Dark Grey 21L (dark metallic grey) 
  • Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara
I had a holiday work at lunch and I had no idea what look to do. I decided to try out their directions Soft Shimmer Look! It's the perfect option for someone like me who doesn't a lot of wear makeup to work.

The Look:

Directions:
  • Apply Aqua Cream #16 across the eyelid from the inner to the outer corner.
  • Using Aqua Eyes #21L, line the upper lash line and smudge to soften.
  • Apply Smoky Lash mascara to the top lashes in a zigzag motion.
  • Finish with HD Microfinish Powder.
I did almost everything above but I added a few modifications. Just to define my eye a bit more I used Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black) to line my top and bottom lid. I then applied Aqua Cream #16 on my lips and added a clear gloss over it. I finished of the look with the Make Up For Ever HD foundation in 178.

I'll be 100% honest and tell you that I never wear pink eye shadows. I don't like how it looks on my skin tone but Aqua Cream #16 looked great on me. It kinda reminded me of a rose gold more than a pinky beige shimmer.

This set is sold at Sephora and is originally $65 but now it's currently on sale for $50!




Every Girl Needs a Great Blazer!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express Canada for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Take a look in your closet, how many blazers do you own?
Would you believe that I own over twenty different blazers!
YES.. you heard me correctly!
I understand that twenty may be excessive to some but I'm a strong believer that every girl should at least own one great blazer. Whether it's cropped, boyfriend or tailored cut.
A good blazer is perfect to throw on to jazz up any outfit.
Have you ever walked into a store and found a blazer that fit you like a glove!
That's how I felt when I walked into Express Canada.

I found a blazer that didn't need to be cut or tailored and also complimented my skin tone.
I know that this this cheesy but I honestly feel like this blazer was made for me!
This picture was taken right after my movie date with my boyfriend.

Adding a deep coloured wine blazer was the perfect item I needed to break up my all black outfit.
It was definitely the focal point of my outfit.
My favourite thing about the jacket is the different colored lapel, material and length.
I can admit it, I'm short. I didn't need to cuff this blazer a lot because the arm length was perfect.
If I wore this blazer out for New Years Eve, I would pair it with a cute sequin dress!
It's hard to see but I wore these awesome Covered Wedge Bootie which is also from Express.
I love this shoe because it has a hidden 2" wedge heel. It zips at the side and has a skid resistant outsole.
Perfect for the Canadian winters!
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Sephora Collection Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We all know that Sephora is the go-to place for beauty, skin care, hair.. etc. Sometimes I walk in and I don't even know where to start! Well I'm going to point you in the right direction.  I've always been a fan of Sephora brand products. They are like the hidden gems of Sephora.
Check out my top 6 picks for Christmas.


Number One:
Glided Trio Brush Set $10.00
  • Small powder brush 
  • Shadow brush 
  • Liner brush.
Add a splash of gleaming gold to your makeup collection with this set of travel-friendly brushes. The dazzling gold handles are easy to hold and the crackle case promises to protect the set while you travel.

Number Two:
Houndstooth Mirror $12.00
A compact mirror adorned with a soft and shimmery houndstooth pattern.

Number Three:
Houndstooth Manicure Set $24.00

Sweet and sassy, this gold manicure kit features a vibrant gold textured case and
contains all the tools you need for flawless nails all season long.




Number Four:
Brush Wand $14.00

  • Crease brush 
  • Smudge brush
  • Eyeliner brush 
This stackable brush set is the perfect all-in-one solution for women on the go. The sleek, stylish component holds four interchangeable brush tips that magnetically snap into the handle for easy,
precise application. Leave your full brush set at home.

Number Five:
Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof Set $36.00

  • Taupe
  • Khaki
  • Black
  • Purple Glitter
  • White Glitter
Use these ultra-pigmented jumbo eye pencils as eyeliner or blend out color in place of eye shadow for a stunning finish. The beautiful, high-payoff shades promise long wear for all-night glamour.
Number Six:
3D Palette $29.00


This limited edition palette features eight highly pigmented eyeshadows in the must- have shades that take you from day to night, all housed in a fashion forward gift box. Use the double-ended brush for precise application and create endless beauty looks. 


Everything here gets the Spiced Beauty seal of approval!

Which item is your favourite?




My Favourites products for Moisturized Skin

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I know it's almost the beginning of winter but how is your skin?

Hydrated? Dry? Dull?

Currently my skin is extremely hydrated and ready to tackle the winter season.
Here are the three moisturizers that I can't live without at the moment:
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal 
  • Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
  • Skinauthority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir

Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream locks in moisture and blocks out dryness using a formula with a unique combination of a pure antioxidant fruit water extract and skin conditioning vitamins. Its luxurious, ultra-light texture is a breakthrough in hydration. For 24 hours of refreshing hydration.
I have included pictures of the packaging, content & application for reference. 
I'm obsessed with this product. 
If you're looking for something lightweight that locks in moisture this is it!
Plus it's packed with vitamins and extracts to keep your skin looking it's best.
I've been using this for over two months and would definitely recommend it.

Night: Skinauthority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir
Multi action, lightweight formula provides a topical dose of Vitamin D and essential nutrients to nourish the skin for firm, bright luminosity.
It's important to keep your skin hydrated even at night time. Did you know that's when all your essential oils in your face is usually sucked out by your cotton sheets/ pillow cases. This elixir is everything you need for your slumer because it has skin nutrients including vitamin D2, D3, A, E, and K. I don't know what vitamin K is but if it's going to continue to make my skin look amazing- I'll take it!

Day: Aqualia Thermal Cream Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Care

Rich Cream for 24 hours of continuous hydration. With Vichy Thermal Water to fortify the skin and Activ Hyaluronine™ to intensely hydrate and leave skin replenished with water.

This is the thickest cream out of the bunch. I use it on the really cold days. I'm lucky that I have a car to get me to and from work weekly. There still is times when I do have to bare the cold and this product is the best to use. It melts into your skin and doesn't leave a greasy residue.


I hope this in depth post helped you choose what to moisturize with this season!




Canadian Pre-Holiday Prep!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I can't believe the holiday's are already here! It seems like yesterday, I was in June and I was celebrating my birthday in Dominican Republic. I really need a vacation *sigh*.. Is it just me or do you feel like in the summer everything is perfect. Perfect skin, hair, body.. my list can go on and on. Now I have to work a little harder to make sure that everything is perfect. As a Canadian Beauty Blogger, I compiled a little list of awesome Canadian products which may help you get prepped for the holidays.

Lise Watier - Beauty in a Flash Kit
This must-have of the holiday season is inspired by the concept of the Advent calendar, where you can find behind each door a "beauty in a flash" solution to get an express beauty makeover. ($42.00)
  BIO LIFT EYE PATCH moisturize and reduce visible signs of fatigue around the eyes.
FLASH LIFT RADIANCE VIALS Quickly erase signs of fatigue, visibly smooth lines and wrinkles, while brightening your complexion. For instant lift and radiance, apply under or over makeup.
VENT DU SUD Blending the sensual, feminine notes of passion flower, jasmine and rose with the warmth of an exotic fruit cocktail and the sweet, hot traces of amber, vanilla and wood-scented musk, Vent du Sud Eau de Toilette is your passport to the exotic.

Elizabeth Grant - Moisturizing Socks
Help soften and hydrate cracked dry heels. These non-slip socks help to keep feet looking soft and moisturized to help repair chapped heels and toes ($29.99).

Look inside these socks!!
Whenever I take them off, my feet are always super soft.
I'll share what product I use with them in another post soon.
This thick, rich formula is packed with Aloe Vera, Chamomile, White Willow bark and Calendula extracts($24.99).
A little bit goes a love way and it smells so good!

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I should also add this for anyone who is looking for holiday gifts.
The Shopping Channel has several Holiday Specials which is definitely worth checking out.

They also have a payment plan which works on EVERY item.

 What have you been using to prep yourself
for the holidays?