Canadians! Enter my Veet Giveaway

Summer is finally here! I know June was kinda disappointing with all the rain but I know July will make up for it. Time to break out the short shorts & swimsuits.

Veet wants to help YOU with the prep work with a product giveaway valued at $100 for one of my lucky readers.
You can win:
  • Veet Precision Wax & Care-specially designed to effectively remove unwanted facial hair where it’s needed for up to 28 days.
  • Veet Underarm Hair Removal Kit, the perfect preparation tool to remove unwanted hair from the underarms, while eliminating razor burn in this delicate area. Veet’s Hair Removal Cream is effective on hair as short as 0.3mm and is enriched with soothing Aloe Vera and Vitamin E leaving skin feeling smooth and hydrated for up to one week.
  • Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit, an innovative dispenser that warms up and evenly distributes salon quality wax for use even on the most sensitive of skin.
  • Veet Hydro'Restor Hair Removal Cream.
Rules:
Must be Canadian
Must be 18+
Please fill out all the steps in the giveaway below to be eligible!
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Riri Loves MAC Summer Collection- Barbados Girl Lustre Drops Swatch

I'm so happy that I got everything in my MAC order! No issues at all other than waiting (what I feel like forever) for my lustre drops. It's soo gorgeous. The perfect rose gold that suits every skin tone.


There is a fine glitter in the drops that looks really pretty when it is hit by the light!
Enjoy the swatch below!

June Empties: Garnier, Maybelline & Biore

Anyone else guilty of trying another product before finishing the one that you started? I am. As a beauty blogger, it's the usual but I totally need to do better. I will try to finish at LEAST three products each month. Keyword TRY.

This month, I finished three products that I would recommend.

Biore- ULTRA deep cleansing pore strips
I can't believe I didn't try these earlier! They are different than the regular strips because they are formulated with tea tree oil, menthol and witch hazel. You can feel them as they work. I feel like I need these in bulk!

Maybelline Clean Express Facial Towelettes
I personally prefer to remove my makeup first with a towelette then wash my face. To save money, I usually tear them in half. The formula contains moringa seed extract which helps remove impurities and improve skin texture.

Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo

I'm always on the hunt for a good shampoo! This formula contains no paraben, silicone or dye. After using it my scalp is clean and my feels soft. Plus it smells really good.

Have you tried any of these products?


Riri Loves MAC Summer Collection- Heaux & RiRi Boy Swatches



I was so happy when the box arrived at my door step. After hearing comments on twitter about orders getting cancelled, I was concerned that I would not be able to get my hands on these babies.


On the left we have RiRi Boy & right is Heaux.

This post was just for swatches. 
Enjoy the images below.












Which colour is your favourite?

AVON Nail Art Design Strips Review


Nail Art is really popular right now. Sometimes you don't have to ability or patience to get the look that you want. My answer is always nail stickers when I am in a bind. In July, Avon will come out with a unique bunch of nail stickers called AVON Nail Art ($10.00). Probably the most intricate designs that I've seen in a while.

• Create salon-style nail art at home with no dry time!
• Dress up your nails with the hottest new appliqués.
• Easy on, easy off nail fashion.
• Won’t smudge or rub off.
• 18 nail strips.


I fell in love with a nail sticker called the Bows For You. It's a deep navy blue with little diamonds which form a bow. Out of all the appliqués I've done, this one gave me the most compliments because of the details. I would be in meeting and I'd have to stop and explain my nails because people were staring!

Let's get started on the application:
All the stickers are on a clear background and you have to put your nail underneath the measure which sticker would work for you. I prefer my nail stickers to be individually wrapped because I feel like its easier to measure which size fits my nail. I usually cut around the sticker strips off in to little blocks so I can determine which size works best.

On to the removal:
When I removed the stickers for the first time it was very tricky! They pretty much rolled up on me and I didn't know what to do. Patience is definitely a virtue with these because if you go fast you'll end up messing up a full hand. When filing your nails, I would recommend using a file that is pretty dull. If the file is fresh, it's rough on the tips. Please see below- First hand the sizing was off.
Duration:
They lasted a long time. The only thing that I had was some wear on the tip which I expected.

The Removal:
Really easy! All I did was peel them off and soak my nails. I looked underneath and it did not take any of my nail enamel with it which that is a really good thing.


Overall:
I wish that I had gotten the hang of these earlier. Next time I'm definitely going to go slower, use a dull nail file and measure up each nail ahead of time so I do not mix of any sizes.

Do you like this design?



Canadians! Enter my NIVEA Haus Giveaway

Have you heard?
Starting June 11 to June 27, the NIVEA Haus will be in Toronto where visitors can get a free skin analysis to learn about their skin type and receive personalized expert advice, product samples, surprise giveaways and more. Following the stop in Toronto, the NIVEA Haus will be visiting Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal. So be on the look out!

NIVEA is pleased to offer ONE Spiced Beauty reader a NIVEA Summer Skincare Giveaway in celebration of the brand’s NIVEA Haus mobile pop-up centre! Right in time for my birthday month! My gift from me to you.

The prize pack is valued at approx. $85 CDN and includes a great assortment of NIVEA products to help you get your skin on tip-top shape for summer. I expect you to attend more bbqs, dates and pool parties!

In the bag:
o NIVEA Frangipani & Oil Shower Gel
o NIVEA Free Time Shower Cream
o NIVEA Aqua Effect Gentle Foaming Cleanser
o NIVEA Aqua Effect Exfoliating Scrub
o NIVEA Aqua Effect Refreshing Cleansing Gel
o NIVEA Aqua Effect Refreshing Toner
o NIVEA Aqua Effect Moisturizing Day Care
o NIVEA Q10 PLUS Anti-Wrinkle Light Day Care
+ Cute NIVEA branded bag

Rules:
Must be Canadian
Must be 18+
Please fill out all the steps in the giveaway below to be eligible!

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 For the full NIVEA Haus schedule details, visit www.nivea.ca.

Beauty Blog Link Love 15/06/13

Over at LipstickRules, Michelle takes a look at Yu, a satin pencil from NARS.

Stila comes out with a gorgeous Festival Collection that Spiced Beauty thinks you must get your hands on!

The internet's all abuzz over Sephora's upcoming Disney Ariel collection, but Rae's attention is elsewhere. Find out what beautiful Sephora x Disney eyeshadow palette has captured her heart over at theNotice!

Addicted to Beauty tries circle lenses and is less than impressed with the results.

Musicalhouses does a Julep DD Creme ingredient analysis, and finds out if the product lives up to its hype!

Jenny talks skin care science and sulphates to kick off her winter sulphate free skin care series at My Funny Valentine.

Looking for the perfect summer go bag? Find out what you'll need in this week's edition of the Gouldylox Reviews Beauty Blogger Top Ten!

Want voluminous Kate Middleton hair? Hellcandy shows you how to achieve Britain's most coveted hair style with GHD! Click here for the tutorial!


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Beauty Crazed is giving away a $250 Sephora gift certificate and all you have to do is tell them about your worst or best date ever - but let's be serious, they want to hear about the worst! Come on by to enter and win!

Father's Day Fragrance Inspiration: Fendi & Kenzo

Do you know what you're getting dad for Father's day?
You have all day Saturday to shop! 

Choosing the right fragrance can sometimes be difficult- specially when it's for your dad. I chose two fragrances that I think any dad would love. I broke it into two categories.

 Everyday Dad and Sporty Dad. 
I know that Everyday dad can be a sporty dad and a sporty dad can
 be an everyday dad but just trust me on this one!

Let's get started on with the fragrance on the left.

Everyday Dad:
Fan di FENDI Pour Homme ACQUA ( SRP $88.00 CAN)
This is perfect for that hard working dad who really wants a nice modern scent to wear on his days off.
Audacious and ultra-contemporary, that is the Fendi style.

In perfect balance with traditional craftsmanship and innovation, Fendi fashion and fragrances create a singular alchemy of line and material. The kind of extreme refinement where luxury, the art of living and innovation combine together in that inimitable Italian way. The ultimate expression of this style.
Loved this! The best way to describe the scent was fresh. Not overpowering but very commanding. Make sense? Italian notes of Lavender, Bergamot, Musk, and Lemon plus more can be found in this bottle.

Sporty Dad:
KENZO Sport Homme ( SRP $90.00 CAN)
This is perfect for the sporty dad who is always on the go. A signature scent that can light up a room.
A natural born athlete. He has nothing to prove: his body speaks for him. A free spirit, naturally sexy, never takes himself too seriously. Nature is his playing field. A fresh aromatic eau de toilette with tonic notes, and a strong personality.      
This description is the best way to describe the fragrance. It's just cool, laid back and sexy! Mint, pepper and cedar are some of the scents found in this bottle.




Introducing Riri Loves MAC Summer Collection

It's finally here! Introducing Riri Loves MAC Summer Collection will be exclusively online 
June 18, 2013, starting at 12 EST in North America.

I'm getting everything! 
I loved Riri Woo and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the collection.
This is more than summer love. Rihanna and M∙A∙C strike a chord with an online-exclusive colour collection created by the global superstar. Bronze and cool coral combine for a Powder Blush Duo in the unforgettable Hibiscus Kiss, while Retro Matte Lipsticks in RiRi Boy, Heaux and the instant classic RiRi Woo make a statement against sheer, shimmering skin highlighted with rose gold Lustre Drops.

LIPSTICK RiRi Woo matte cool red (retro matte) $15.00 US/$18.00 CDN

RiRi Boy matte vivid lavender (retro matte) $15.00 US/$18.00 CDN

 Heaux matte berry (retro matte) Suggested Retail Price $15.00 US/$18.00 CDN


POWDER BLUSH DUO Hibiscus Kiss cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze duo 
$26.00 US/$30.00 CDN
LUSTRE DROP Barbados Girl rose gold bronzer  
$20.00 US/$24.00 CDN





Available Exclusively online.

What are you getting?

L'oreal Paris Nail Products for Summer 2013

On top of being obsessed with hair, accessories and makeup my other love is nail polish. Back in May, I had the opportunity to go to a L'Oreal Paris nail event. At the event we had the opportunity hear from celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik. He shared the current trends and new L'Oreal products. 

This year there will be a strong emphasis on nail art. Nail art is the best way to spruce up your nails and really really attract attention. Look out for texture, rich tones and matte nails.

Everyone loves a unique top coat. It's easy to do it and it doesn't require a lot of "precision". L'Oreal has new topcoats called Colour Riche Nail Top Coats ($6.99 CAN) coming out July. 
The top coats range from a Matte velvet to a true gold glitter.



One of the most popular items at the event was the L'oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie ($9.99 CAN). These are nail stickers that have a 3D texture.They can be used on their own or on top of a polish. Tom told us a great trick that I want to share with you! He told us that you can apply a clear gel polish over the nail sticker and cure it under a UV light and it will last even longer.


For the ladies who have no time to spend on their nails, L'Oreal now has a press-on styles.  They are called Colour Riche Nail Press-On Couture ($14.99 CAN). Yes press-on nails are back and hotter than ever! There are eight new styles thats come out in July.



Lastly, I should mention that there are nine new shades from L'Oreal Color Riche ($6.99 CAN). These are beautiful rich tones that are popular all year around and work for every skin tone.

Which products are you excited to try?

Beauty News: Montagne Jeunesse, Victoria Secret & Philosophy

Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa Masques

Last May, I had the opportunity to go to the Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa Masques event hosted my FarleyCo. I've been a long time user of the masques and couldn't wait to hear about the new line:  Glacial Clay, Red Earth &  Dead Sea Mud Clay.


Glacial Clay
Glacial Clay, sourced from Canada’s Northwest Coast, cools, rehydrates and clears pores deep down to remove impurities. Sourced from the glacial heights of Scandinavia, nutrient-rich anti-oxidant Cloudberries is an anti-oxidant that soothes the skin and high in nutrients.
Red Earth Clay Spa 
Prepare your skin for a truly incredible, fresh pulped and juiced, deep cleansing journey. Montagne Jeunesse has infused Mediterranean Clay with suitably spicy Cinnamon and pulped Pomegrantes to protect. This juicy boost will captivate your skin and senses.

Dead Sea Mud Clay Spa
Breathe life back into skin with intensely invigorating & revitalising Dead Sea Minerals. We’ve harvested the oceans nutrient rich Seaweed & Kelp right from the source - A satisfying boost for thirsty skin & then some!
These products are $2.49 CAN and all vegetarian friendly. 


Fabulous by Victoria's Secret

I love floral scents for the summer because they are light and not over powering. One of the scents that I have in rotation at the moment is Fabulous by Victoria Secret ($65 USA).
Forever sexy. Forever Fabulous. Go glam in this thrilling blend of juicy currant, osmanthus blossom and pink freesia from our Victoria’s Secret Fabulous collection. Spray on eau de parfum for irresistibly fresh Fabulous scent that lingers.
Notes: Juicy currant, osmanthus blossom and pink freesia
Domestic

This fragrance is very feminine plus can also be purchased in a body cream and lotion.
Philosophy
total matteness

For the nights when it's hot but there is no sun out, you need a product to keep you matte. Total matteness from Philosophy ($40.00 CAN) would be one of my picks.
A serum designed to instantly refine the appearance of pores and improve the look of pores over time.
Tip: A little bit goes a long way. I made the mistake the first time to use a lot and once it dried it didn't "stay" on my face. I just washed my face and tried it again with least product. No problems!
Visibly reduce the size and appearance of pores with this powerful, mattifying serum. Lentil seed extract helps support the pore wall, making pores less apparent, while salicylic acid helps remove build-up of dead cells around the pore wall, brightening their darkened appearance. Natural bamboo extract helps absorb excess oil and control shine for a soft-touch finish.
This serum can be used as a primer. Use it on dry skin for the best results.


Which one of these products would you want to try?



Bobbi Brown: Summer Date Night Look

One makeup line that everyone should have at least one item from Bobbi Brown. I started out years ago by dabbing with their foundation. They have a huge advantage with their foundations because they have a range of shades from ivory to ebony.

This summer I will be trying my best to use the least amount of  makeup I can. Let's be honest! The nights are really hot and the last thing you want is your makeup slipping off! I've seen it and it's not pretty.

Products use:
Lips- Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour in “Red Carpet.”
Eyes- Cream shadow like Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow in “Steel.”
Highlight- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze.

This post was on Fashion magazine - Beauty Panel.



My Top 7 May Favourites: Revlon, Vichy, Sephora & Hourglass

I kept my look to a straight minimum in May. I was soooo busy with a lot of work at my 9-5. 
Here were my essentials:

1. VICHY Capital Soleil Bare Skin Feel Lotion SPF 45 ($29.95 CAN)
For men and women of all ages with phototypes 2, 3 or 4 who want to protect their skin efficiently from UVA and UVB rays, in an ultra-light dry-touch texture for body and face.
I will be speaking about sunscreen a lot this summer! I love this because it applies sheer. I don`t get a white cast when applied. Do you know how hard it is to find a sunscreen like that!

2. VICHY Aqualia Thermal Night Spa ($44.00 CAN)
This gel-like formula is loaded with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, hyaluronic acid and Aquabioryl for a total hydration boost.  These active ingredients act in relay to lead Vichy Thermal Spa Water deep into the skin and skin cells for maximum benefits, lasting well over 12 hours.
Hydration is key! Perfect product to use after you exfoliate before bed.
*Tip: Wait about 10-20 minutes before you lie on your pillow.

3. MARK GlossWorks Lip Gloss ($14.00 CAN)
Go from beach to street without a worry with a luscious formula for gorgeous glossy color that helps protect lips from drying UVA and UVB rays. Brilliant shine that lasts for hours.
Love! Love! Love this lipgloss! It contains SPF so it protects your lips from the harmful rays. It`s pigmented and has the perfect shine.

4. Essence Cherry Blossom Girl  2in1 eyeliner ($1.00 CAN on sale)
Yin & yang! both ends of the 2in1 eyeliner let you create beautiful, accurate lines – from fine to broad. thanks to its semi-permanent texture, this eye make-up is extremely long-lasting in a choice of classic black or natural dark brown. 
This launched back in September and I was sooo lucky to find it on clearance for a $1.00. This stuff does not budge. Honestly it`s the perfect eyeliner! I wish there were more- I`d buy them all.  

5. Revlon lash potion™ volume + length mascara by grow luscious™ ($9.95 CAN)
Magically transform lashes to lush, long and lustrous. A potion with strengthening proteins drenches lashes for volume. Triple-groove wand combs through for clump-free length.
Clump-free lashes! I personally would say that it gives me more volume than length. I apply 3 to 4 coats to get full volume.

6. Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear ($6.00 CAN)
A waterproof eye pencil with a long-wearing, matte black shade. 
It`s so hard to find a matte eyeliner that last all day! This one is perfect because you don`t have to "set" it and it's paraben-free!

7.  Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($49.00 CAN)
A richly concentrated oil blend of cutting-edge actives, botanicals, and skin-rejuvenating vitamins for the delicate lip area.  
No words can explain how it feels on your lips. It also has opulent 24KT, anti-bacterial, gold-plated tip to create a soothing effect on the lips. I know the price may scare you but trust me it's worth it.