Friday, 28 October 2016

Pretty Pumpkins Please | How To Decorate With Pumpkins In A Sophisticated Chic Way

Hey Beauties! 

From the changing leaves and warm cozy sweaters to spiced lattes and big blanket scarves, Fall is my absolute favourite season and I spend the rest of the year looking forward to the pumpkin patches and candle lit dinners.

 I love to immerse myself in the warm cocoon that is Fall through my home decor but I also love to keep up my signature sophisticated vibe. The answer is found in white pumpkins and Fall foliage with a little hint of sparkle! 

I thought I would compile a few examples of how to decorate your home for Fall with a stylish, chic vibe. 

via tone on tone antiques

White pumpkins with fall flowers and rustic decor

Hints of metal and glam

via homey oh my
via chatelaine
via homey oh my
via sugar & cloth

Muted tones of paint and succulents

via alisa burke
via the casual craftlete
via molly one

What is your favourite way to decorate for fall?

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wedding Wednesday | Finding The Perfect Save The Dates With Minted

Wedding Wednesday | Finding The Perfect Save The Dates With Minted |

Hey Beauties! 

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Time is flying by and the big day is only 275 days away! Planning is well underway and progress is being made. We have booked our florist and our decorator, we have picked our cake and I have found the dress! 

With only 9 months left, we are buckling down and getting all of our ducks in a row. The first task on my list was to get our Save the Dates sent out for guests that will be coming from out of town. 

I knew that I wanted to order them online and after doing plenty of research and reading reviews, I decided upon Minted

Minted is an online print & stationery company that provides everything you could need from artwork & business cards to menus, invitations and thank you cards. I really enjoyed the variety and vast amount of options that Minted offered and the fact that each template is designed by an artist and part of the credit and profits goes directly to that artist. 

Their Save The Date selection is pretty incredible with hundreds of designs that you can order in postcards, magnets, booklets or traditional cards. Once you choose a template it can be fully customized with colours, images, text and even paper type. You can even order a personalized sample before committing to the final copy. 

Wedding Wednesday | Finding The Perfect Save The Dates With Minted |

We ended up choosing a simple postcard design with one of our incredible engagement photos (see all of them here) on the front. The Meet In The Middle design has very simple typography on the front and comes with two options for the back - a photo or simple text. We choose to include a photo as well as a link to our wedding website. 

When they arrived they completely blew my expectations out of the water. The paper is really thick, the colours are rich and the quality is amazing. We couldn't be happier with the way they came out and everyone who has received them has had nothing but great compliments to say. We are even thinking of ordering our invitations now! 

Wedding Wednesday | Finding The Perfect Save The Dates With Minted |

Minted is a really fantastic website that provides an incredible array of options, templates, designs and formats for just about anything you could need for a wedding. They arrived quickly, beautifully packaged and were more than affordable. Make sure to check out minted if you need paper goods for any sort of occasion!  

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Gosh Cosmetics Fall 2016 & New Core Products | Review & Swatches

Hey Beauties! 

It's no surprise that I am a big cheerleader for brands who follow the latest innovations in the beauty world and work their magic to bring the big trends to an affordable market. Gosh Cosmetics is one of those very brands. 

In the past, they have been right at the top of the trends making sure to release their own versions at an affordable cost. This year is no different but I have to say that I am LOVING their take on the trends of fall 2016. 

Gosh is originally from Copenhagen but they have been a Canadian staple for quite a few years. They specialize in affordable products that every girl needs in her makeup bag and they never sacrifice quality with high-end performing formulas. Their Fall 2016 collection features 13 new products including core items that are definite must-haves. 

#Foundation Drops ($26 CAD) - A buildable, liquid foundation that can be used in a multitude of ways like mixing for added coverage, to adjust shades or on its own for a lightweight satin finish.  It has a very thin, liquidy consistency that is enhanced with argan oil and comes housed in a bottle with a dropper. It comes in 5 shades - Ivory, Natural, Tawny, Honey & Tan. 

Lumi Drops ($17 CAD) - Intensely pigmented liquid illuminators that can be used in many ways such as adding them to foundation, spot highlighting or overall strobing. They have an easy to blend, lightweight formula that can customized for either a subtle glow or a dramatic sheen. The light reflecting pigments give a radiant lit from within glow and they come in 3 shades - Vanilla, Peach & Bronze. 

Lumi Drops in Peach & Vanilla (tilt screen back to see the glow)

Velvet Touch Matt Lipstick ($14 CAD) - One of my favourite lipstick formulas, the Velvet Touch Matt Lipsticks are creamy, smooth and very rich in pigment. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate lips as well as natural bee, carnauba, and candelilla wax to keep lips moist and soothed. Gosh has released 4 new brown-based shades that are perfect for fall - Nougat, Rose, Cinnamon & Cranberry. 

Velvet Touch Lip Liner ($10 CAD) - To go along with the lipsticks, Gosh has released two long wearing, waterproof lip liners in the shades Nougat and Raisin. They feature Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to hydrate the lips while contouring the lips and preventing the lipstick from feathering. 

Contour N' Strobe Kit ($32 CAD) - a compact palette with everything you need to get perfectly contoured and highlighted cheeks. Available in 2 shades (Light & Medium) with 4 powders in each - 1 highlight, 1 blush, 1 warm contour & 1 cool contour. The powders are creamy, nicely pigmented and easy to blend. 

Lipstick in Rose, Cranberry & Nougat - Contour Kit Contours, Blush & Highlight

 Primer Plus+ Illuminating Skin Perfector ($25 CAD) - a 2-in-1 Primer & Base that corrects, covers and illuminates all at once. The priming aspect moisturizes, nourishes and stimulates skin renewal while Silsoft E-pearl blurs lines, brightens, and smooths pores. The base helps to even skin tone and reduce the look of imperfections while adding a bit of coverage. It is the perfect daily base for a no-makeup makeup look but it can also be mixed with the foundation drops for extra coverage. 

Overnight Primer Oil Essence ($22 CAD) - good skincare is essential to a good makeup routine and this oil based serum helps to prep, prime and revitalize skin overnight. It contains antioxidants, fatty acids and an array of nourishing oils including argan, jojoba, black currant seed and french lavender. 

Giant Pro Liner ($16 CAD) - an intense graphic liner with a chunky, pen-shaped felt tip that allows you to create thin or thick lines. It has a water-based formula that is easy to remove but does not budge or smudge. 

Lash Sculpting Fibre Mascara ($17 CAD) - a fibre based mascara that builds visibly longer and fuller lashes. Formulated with Bladderwrack Seaweed from the Danish Coast which includes antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to nourish, hydrate and keep lashes looking healthy & voluminous. Comes with a rounded Tynex brush that lets you get straight to the roots and build up each lash for maximum volume and drama. 

Rebel Eyes Long Wear Volume Mascara ($17 CAD) - a mascara that focuses on length and curl with a specialized curved, flexible rubber brush with unique wedge-shaped discs and a bristled tip for an ultra push-up effect. It is formulated with the same  Seaweed mixture as well as Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil to nourish and protect lashes. 

To Be Cool In Copenhagen Eyeshadow Palette ($20) - a palette containing 9 matte eyeshadows inspired by the cool tones of the Nordic Lights. It has a great range of soft nudes, browns, and grays, with a staple black and cream. All of which come together to create gorgeous smokey eyes with beautifully pigmented, super creamy shadows. It is a very impressive, compact and portable palette. 

Brow Sculpting Fibre Gel ($17 CAD) - a versatile gel that adds volume and a slight tint while filling in the brow and holding them in place all day long. The formula features the same Bladderwrack Seaweed that helps to nourish brows while adding volume. The tiny, tapered brush helps to comb through brow hairs and disperse fibres evenly for a full, feathered look. Available in two shades - Nutmeg and Chesnut. 

Forever Matt Eye Shadow Stick ($14 CAD) - ultra creamy shadows in pencil form that can be used alone for a wash of colour or as a base to enhance a smokey eye. The super smooth, waterproof formula glides on and is a breeze to blend and build for extra depth. They come in 4 shades - Nougat, Dark Brown, Twisted Brown & Dark Grey. 

Nougat & Dark Grey

Overall I was really impressed with the Gosh Fall 2016 collection and I really love how exciting and innovative the products were. They really outdid themselves in trying new things and accepting new challenges. 

If you have a Gosh display near you, make sure to check out their new collection. 

*press sample*


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination

#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination |

Hey Beauties!

About a week ago I gave you guys a peek at a pretty exciting haul (see here) featuring products that until now had been just about impossible to get your hands on in Canada and if you could track them down, the selection was always abysmal. Well, I promised to tell you guys more about the incredible store where I found those goodies and today is the day! 

The brand new Rexall #InspiredBeauty Beauty Department is located at 901 Eglington Avenue West in Toronto. It is the first concept location for the new department that is dedicated to all things beauty with at least 10 more rolling out in the near future. 

The Inspiration

Rexall has gone above and beyond and created a space that offers a full-service experience for both the beauty lover and the new adventurer. They performed extensive customer research, asked consumers for their honest feedback and worked closely with both their large and smaller beauty brands to create the ultimate destination that answers every beauty need possible. 

#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination |
#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination |

Design & Experience

The Beauty Department is an entirely revamped environment that will change the way you shop by bringing cosmetics, tools, skincare, nails, hair care, body care, and fragrance into one easy to shop destination. It is exceptionally designed with an incredibly open and spacious layout that makes for great accessibility

The overall atmosphere is very reminiscent of the shopping experience you find in top department stores but with a much more approachable vibe that makes you feel very comfortable.

Rexall chose a clean, sophisticated black and white design that showcases each individual brand and lets the products themselves do the talking. The brightly lit space and organized boutique like shelves are thoughtfully designed to highlight the products without the typical mess of mismatched packaging and overstocked shelves. 

End caps feature new releases and the latest trends in makeup with everything you need to achieve that trend in one spot. Most displays come equipped with testers so that customers can actually sample products before selecting them. 

#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination |

A Personal Touch

Rexall has arranged to have trained specialists and cosmeticians on hand to help customers choose the right products and explain their purpose and the best way to use them. They have stations available to walk customers through every stage of a beauty routine and to answer any possible question from Skin Analysis to full on Makeup Application

Brands & Availability

The Beauty Department carries an incredible mixture of both prestige and drugstore products but all are available at a very affordable price point. It features the staples we all know and love like L'Oreal, Covergirl, Maybelline and Revlon as well the hard-to-find brands that have previously been impossible to find in Canada such as Milani, e.l.f, NYX, theBalm, Studio Makeup, Pupa, Iman, and Emani. 

It also showcases Canadian made products from brands like Cargo, Vasanti, and Deciem

The skincare selection reflects the shelves of a french pharmacy with a focus on brands that truly do good for your skin like Bioderma, Avene, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Strivectin, and Neostrata. In this new department not only can you shop these brands but you can also have a personalized skincare routine designed just for you! 

#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination |


Each brand has it's very own display that is designed to help each brand stand out from the crowd. They each feature an extensive range of products that are fully stocked in every shade and expertly organized to make shopping a breeze. The products are grouped into sections that help you find everything you need from base products to shadows, mascara, and lipsticks and even the tools you need to apply them like brushes from Real Techniques and accessories from their in-house brand KIT

Final Impressions

The new Rexall Beauty Department is an absolute delight and a true revolution in the beauty world. It gives customers the convenience and atmosphere of a high-end department store with the prices and ease of your local drugstore. As a customer, you can actually enjoy your shopping experience and feel like you leaving more knowledgeable and more prepared.

I had an incredible time at the #InspiredBeauty launch and left with a fantastic selection of products that have been on my wishlist for the longest time. I can't wait for the Beauty Department to spread out across the country because it will change the way you shop for good! 

Check out my haul post (here) to see the products I picked up and share your haul on social with the #InspiredBeauty Hashtag. 

#InspiredBeauty | Rexall's New Beauty Department - The Next Beauty Destination |

A million thank yous to Rexall for having me at the launch, I truly think it is the beginning of a beauty revolution. If you are anywhere near Toronto, I highly suggest you stop by 901 Eglington Avenue West to experience the #RexallGlam effect for yourself. 

Photos by Elaine Fancy (@e_fancy)


Monday, 10 October 2016

Bath Time Beauty | Adding Organic Ingredients To Your Bath For Added Health & Beauty Benefits

Bath Time Beauty | Adding Organic Ingredients To Your Bath For Added Health & Beauty Benefits |

Hey Beauties! 

It seems like everyone I know (including myself) is fighting off some sort of cold at the moment and I think one of the best things to help get you back on your feet and feeling your best is nice long soak in the tub. 

Did you know that there are a million more options to enhance your bath time than just bubble bath, oils or bath bombs? Apart from rose petals, I never thought to add anything organic to my bath. In reality it's a bit of a duh moment, we are always trying to detox and treat our bodies naturally so why not go straight back to the basics?

Enhance your me time with something you can't find in the beauty aisle - add any of these to the hot water and enjoy.

Tea Bags - anti-aging properties that detox and balance the skin.

Honey - Softens and smooths the skin.

Jello Powder - Hydrates and soften the skin plus it smells amazing.

Milk - Soothes and calms irritated skin.

Olive Oil - Hydrates and strengths the skin's outer layer, also great for anti-aging.

Salt - An anti-inflammatory that helps relieve pain.

Lavender - A great stress reliever that helps you wind down at the end of the day, is also   great at soothing inflammation and muscle strains.

Lemon - Shrinks pores and helps to refresh and revive your body.

Ginger Root - Wonderful for cold and flu relief as well as relaxing muscles.

Baking Soda - Calms and soothes irritated skin.

Cinnamon - Great for treating rashes and detoxing the skin.

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What might you add to your next bath?

Friday, 7 October 2016

Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons

Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons |

Hey Beauties!

We've all found ourselves in the middle of a makeup meltdown once or twice. Whether our foundation is slipping and sliding in the hot sun, our eyeliner is smudged beyond repair or we went a little too heavy on the powder, makeup meltdowns are inevitable when we don't take every step possible to keep our makeup locked into place. 

My number 1 secret weapon for preventing those makeup emergencies is a good makeup setting spray and frankly, I never do my makeup without one! 

What Is A Setting Spray?

Makeup Setting Sprays come in a variety of formulas and finishes but essentially they are a liquid mist meant to set and refresh makeup, keeping it in place through all conditions including excessive heat, wind, water, activity and wear. 

A good setting spray will keep your makeup from smudging, transferring, settling into fine lines, creasing, melting, moving or breaking up. They can be used with both liquid and powder products to keep colours vibrant, soften harsh lines, blend products and help powders melt into the skin. They can be sprayed directly onto the skin or tapped into place to target certain areas using a sponge. 

Setting sprays are not only used to set makeup in place but to refresh and revive makeup throughout the day (travel size bottles are great for your handbag!) and some even contain skincare benefits. 

My Must Have Mists

1. The Everyday Mist - 
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray ($29-$39 USD) 

The very first ever setting spray and one of my old school favourites. I fully reviewed both the Setting Spray and Primer Spray (which you can read here) in the past and it remains a staple in my collection. The secret weapon of many makeup artists, this lightweight breathable mist locks your makeup into place for 16 hours and you are left with basically bulletproof makeup. 

Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons |

2. The Hydrating Spray - 
Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray ($38 CAD)

Urban Decay is known for their range of setting sprays but Chill is my particular favourite for its moisture resistant properties and hydrating skin benefits. This micro-fine mist has the perfect even spray and features an exclusive Temperature Control Technology that chills the surface of your makeup to keep it looking fresh for up to 12 hours. This technology makes it the perfect pick for dry or combination skin while Urban Decay's All Nighter or De-Slick Spray is best for oily skin. 

3. The Cult Classic - 
Mac Cosmetics Prep & Prime Fix+ ($27 CAD)

Probably the most well-known makeup setting mist used by plenty of artists, Fix+ is a lightweight water based mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin while finishing and setting makeup. It is designed to prepare skin for the application of makeup as well as keep it fresh all day long and is packed with vitamins and minerals. It is also infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to soothe and refresh. It is an artist's best friend as it includes glycerin to help products stick to skin and to bring out the metallic pigments in shadows.  

Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons |

4. The Glow Getter - 
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($58 CAD)

Unlike any other setting spray, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist is a fine mist moisturizer for dewy, glowing, luminous skin. It offers a boost of soothing hydration, formulated with 20% botanical oils and humectants that moisturize deep down without clogging pores. This spray is also infused with an anti-aging complex that erases signs of dryness, dull skin, and wrinkles. This stuff will not only help your skin flourish but it will give you a gorgeous glow and radiant finish. 

Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons |

5. The Good Skin Spray - 
Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist ($47 CAD)

This multi-benefit facial mist is not only a great final step in the makeup process but it is also an incredible skin care product (I love to use it as my morning toner). It features Vitamin C for rich radiance and CPR Technology that helps skin with hydration, toning, and oxygen absorption. It also helps to protect skin against environmental aggressors for a glowing, youthful looking complexion. It also features a really great citrus scent! 

So there are my Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays! Which ones are you wanting to try?

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Everyday Essentials | Update Your Vanity With Shoppers Drug Mart Top Picks | #SDMTopPicks

Hey Beauties!

When it comes to the world of beauty we often forget to talk about the products that get us through the day-to-day. The products that we use religiously and that get us started each and every morning. Those products play a massive part in how we feel about ourselves when we walk out the door and they are a key piece to the puzzle of our beauty regime. 

I've teamed up with my number one beauty destination Shoppers Drug Mart to help you discover the essentials that every girl needs in her collection from new finds and hidden gems to top sellers and old favourites. 

Shoppers have released their list of must-try products to help you feel beautiful from head to toe, inside and out! I was lucky enough to be able to visit one of their #SDMTop Picks pop-ups to learn more about this list and the products that they think need to be in every girl's vanity. 

I also got the chance to learn about their Top Picks promotion which is a dream come true for all of us Shoppers Optimum Point collectors! Keep reading to learn more about it! 

They have divided their everyday favs into three categories - New Finds, Hidden Gems, and Top Sellers - each of which feature products for every need. From dental hygiene, shaving and skin care to body care, deodorant, and hair styling. There is a solution to every problem and an answer to every question within the Top Picks collection. 

After learning a bit more about the Top Picks products (which you can read about here) I decided to add 3 more to my very own vanity. I already use the Gilette Venus Swirl Razor and the Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion on a regular basis so I ended up choosing three hair care products to help revamp my routine for this new season. 

My Top Picks

The first product I decided to try is from the Top Sellers section, the Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Hydrating Shampoo is an old favourite of mine that I wanted to bring back into my routine to battle the way cold weather affects my hair. 

The Daily Moisture Renewal Hydrating Shampoo is a must have if you suffer from dry, brittle, damaged hair but want strong, healthy-looking, moisturized locks. It is formulated with a Moisture Silk Complex that helps to lock in moisture and leave hair soft, silky, manageable and strong against damage. It works on all hair types even colour-treated or permed and it erases the damage of 100 blow dries for silky, revived hair. 

To battle those days when my hair is slightly out of control and I've used too much dry shampoo I chose the L'Oreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Masque.

 This New Find is a revolutionary new product that helps to rebalance hair when it produces too much grease or has been stripped of its natural oils. This clay based masque features 3 different mineral clays that work together to eliminate grease, refresh the scalp, lift away excess product buildup and give the hair a boost of volume right at the roots.  

Apply onto dry roots, massage into the scalp and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing away thoroughly. Follow with your normal shampoo & conditioner to leave you with 72 hours of purified roots and hydrated ends. 

Last but definitely not least I picked one of the Hidden Gem products which are all show-stopping products that deserve more recognition. I chose the Schwarzkopf Ultime Omega Repair 11-in-1 Leave-In

This luxurious yet affordable treatment is specially developed for damaged, depleted hair and is based on the powers of Omega Oil. It has a rich formula that promises to fight 11 key issues including; repairing damaged hair, heat protection, frizz control, split ends, rebalancing natural hydration levels, manageability and more! It is enriched with Vitamin B5 for improved moisture, balance and all over shine. 

Applying Omega Repair as a treatment after using the other two products in this routine and leaving it in to work its magic will leave you with perfectly balanced, hydrated hair. 

Top Picks Promotion

Shoppers Drug Mart wants YOU to find your own favourites in their Top Picks because we all need to revamp our routine once in awhile. So to help you do just that they are offering BONUS Optimum Points on all Top Picks products until October 7th

You can browse all of the Top Picks products and find out just how many points you could earn on the Top Picks website - here

Then visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart, pick up a few products you haven't tried before or even an old favourite and see how refreshed and rejuvenated your vanity will feel! 

Don't forget to post your Top Picks on social media with the hashtag #SDMTopPicks

*This blog post was sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart Top Picks but the opinions are all my own*
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