Friday, 29 December 2017

Best In Beauty | Most Used & Most Loved Beauty Products of 2017 | Roundup & Suggestions

Hey Beauties! 

2017 is coming to a close and it has been such an exciting year for the beauty industry. There have been so many incredibly new releases from your favourite brands, both affordable and prestige, as well as so many new indie brands popping up and taking over. 

With only two more days before it's officially a new year, I decided that I wanted to share a roundup of my favourite beauty bits from 2017. I wanted to do something a little bit different and instead of sharing the "best" or most exciting products from the past year, I wanted to share the products that actually put a stamp on my beauty routine. These are the products that I consistently reached for on a daily basis and the products that have hit pan or been repurchased. These are my ride or die, must have, can't live without products from 2017!

The Face


Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil ($50 CAD) - Photo Finish Primer Oil preps your skin for makeup and hydrates for seamless foundation application. It reduces the appearance of dry, fine lines and absorbs instantly to support the skin’s barrier while boosting radiance. 

Smashbox Cosmetics Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($44 CAD) - A translucent, silicone based gel that smooths skin and blurs flaws—for makeup that looks better and lasts longer on set. Instantly reduce the appearance and fine lines and pores while locking in your makeup.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primerizer ($50 CAD) - Primerizer instantly increases moisture and preps skin for makeup in one step. The non-greasy, quick-dry formula sets in seconds, acting as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation and makes it last. 


Smashbox Cosmetics Studio Skin 15hr Hydrating Foundation ($50 CAD) - An oil-free, hydrating foundation that gives you flawless skin for 15 hours with medium coverage. 

Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($56 CAD) - A long-wearing foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid, and weightlessness of a powder for invisible, full coverage. 

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation ($17 CAD)Lightweight and creamy, this long lasting foundation goes on smooth with a luminous glowy finish that lasts. With medium-full coverage, it instantly hides imperfections for a radiant complexion.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($35 CAD)An innovative, high-coverage concealer that provides buildable, weightless coverage and leaves an invisible, Naked Skin finish. Lets you cover imperfections without looking covered up. 

Tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($35 CAD)Sculpt and highlight as you mask imperfections with this 2-in-1 full coverage concealer. The hydrating, longwearing formula delivers full radiant coverage across all skin types so you can instantly brighten and cover acne, dark circles and redness.

Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($36 CAD)This innovative Under Eye Brightening Corrector completely eradicates under-eye darkness by brightening and blurring imperfections. Infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich, luminescent cream won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles as it preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage.


Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder ($39 CAD) -  A translucent Pressed Beauty Powder instantly illuminates, giving skin a radiant look. Formulated with synthetic white sapphire, it gives The Illuminizer a multidimensional finish. Because these pigments are semi-transparent, they reflect light beautifully while still letting your skin show through. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($47 CAD)  - Locks in makeup for long-lasting wear, without adding weight or texture. This bestseller creates a modern, matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage, while it absorbs oil and reduces shine all day. 

  • Keep your makeup fresh and flawless for hours with no caking, creasing, ashiness, or breakthrough shine. Pigment-free formula blends smoothly over all skin tones and makeup products without altering color or texture. Blurs fine lines, pores, and imperfections with a silky, ultra-fine blend of talc and silica

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Shadow ($33 CAD) - A highly pigmented, buildable cream stick foundation creates a flawless, natural looking demi-matte finish. 

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Cream-to-Powder Quickie Contour Stick ($38 CAD) -  A matte, soft bronze cream-to-powder contour stick. It lets you create defined cheekbones, a slimmer-looking nose, and an overall sculpted look with just a few strokes. 

Tarte Cosmetics Clay Play Face Shaping Palette Vol 1 ($64 CAD) - An all-in-one palette stuffed with 12 silky-smooth, Amazonian clay-powered shades that play with light and shadow. Each creamy, microfine powder is infused with Amazonian clay, so it offers rich payoff that blends to a natural, long-wearing finish without creasing, caking, or flaking.


Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer ($38 CAD) - Dust on this iconic Hoola Matte Bronzer across the chin, cheeks, and forehead for a healthy, natural-looking tan that flatters any skin tone. Complete with a soft, natural-bristle cheek brush, it delivers pure matte color—without leaving behind shine or shimmer.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($19 CAD)an ultra-luxurious bronzer infused with Murumuru Butter, delivering a radiant Brazilian goddess glow! Moisturizing wonder features ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments that smooth skin texture, brighten skin tone and deliver a gorgeous bronze finish.


Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12hr Blush in Exposed ($38 CAD)Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish that lasts an amazing 12 hours. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Flesh & Fantasy ($57 CAD) - Air Blush Soft Glow Duo features two shades that merge together so you can customize your color for a sexy, natural-looking glow. Achieve a dance-floor flush with this blush that’s infused with Japanese air powder for the ultimate cheek look.

Milani Cosmetics Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose ($9 USD) The soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights with flattering matte and shimmery shades made to complement every skin tone. This is one petal-perfect beauty that you'll reach for again and again.


Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial ($52 CAD)A formula of ultra-concentrated, illuminating and bronzing drops to customize your ideal glow with a liquid metal or sunkissed finish. Use them alone for a light reflective strobing or bronzing effect even on top of powder, or add them to your favorite liquid foundation or skincare product for an all-over glow. 

Smashbox Cosmetics Spotlight Palette in Pearl ($40 CAD) - An easy-to-use highlighting palette to customize your ultimate glow, add dimension, and let features pop with layers of light. The Spotlight Palette features three highlight finishes—from subtle glow to super sparkle—so you can build and control your glow. These shades deliver ultra-blendable, velvety smooth formula. 

Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz ($24 USD)Ultra-fine pearls and luminescent pigments create the ultimate, "lit-from-within" glow. This creamy, powder formula is long-wearing, highly pigmented, and layers with our best-selling cream Highlighter for the perfect radiant finish.


Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil ($32 CAD) - A foolproof brow pencil with a custom tip that instantly shapes, defines, and fills in brows.

Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil ($32 CAD) - A ultra-fine brow shaping and defining pencil that draws incredibly natural hair-like strokes that last up to 12-hours. 

Benefit Cosmetics 24hr Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel ($32 CAD) - An invisible brow gel that shapes, sets, and locks in brow color for 24 hours. 

Eyeshadow Palettes

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($66 CAD) - 12 all-new, amber-hued neutrals—including warm browns, burnt oranges, and rich siennas. The most shade-driven Naked palette Urban Decay has ever created, this palette takes Naked the next level. From a super-smooth red-brown matte and a glimmering copper to a deep, shifty bronze, this palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, intensely smoky nighttime looks, and everything in between. 

Smashbox Cosmetics Cover Shot Matte Eye Palette ($35 CAD) -  It offers mattes that never fall flat, and it’s lush, soft, and velvety with ultra-high coverage—including shades in warm nudes, cool mauves, and a deep, dramatic black. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($55 CAD) - A present-day take on Renaissance colors, this eye palette features 14 shades that let you create stylish, day to night looks. From the earthy yellow and ultra-matte finish of Golden Ochre to Primavera’s shimmer gold with a metallic finish, this palette’s high-pigment shadows are crease and fade-resistant and are sure to bring modern elegance to your eye looks. 


Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Tinted Lash Primer ($31 CAD) - A mink-brown lash primer that tints, defines, and primes lashes for a natural, feathery look—plus, it can be paired with your favorite mascara for boosted length and separation. 

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($13 CAD) L'Oreal's Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara is their first mascara for voluptuous volume and length now with even more black pigments. Soft wavy bristle brush holds maximum formula for a dramatic volumizing charge.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($12 CAD)Glide on smooth intensity with L'Oreal's first silk inspired liquid pencil.This smudge-proof formula lasts for up to 16-hours of intense color from dusk until dawn.

Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($40 CAD)A weightless setting spray that keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours. It features patented Temperature Control Technology. It actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. The result? Smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or night) without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines. 

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($58 CAD) - A silky, fine mist moisturizer that can be used under or over makeup for dewy glowing skin anytime, anywhere. 


Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick ($28 CAD) - An eight-hour, liquid matte lipstick that’s specifically formulated to be comfortable and not dry out your lips. It’s infused with Primer Oil complex to condition lips, and it features a range of vibrant, highly pigmented shades, and a precision tip applicator that perfectly lines and fills in lip colour. 

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick ($25 CAD) - An ultra-matte liquid lipstick with insane color payoff and crazy long wear. Its unique formula boasts beeswax for long-lasting wear and avocado oil for soft, nourished lips. It's an ultra-matte, liquid lipstick with high color payoff and 20-hour, comfortable wear. Its precise applicator coats and defines every peak and valley of your lips to perfection.

What were your most loved products this year?


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

With the holidays in full swing, there is new makeup popping up left, right and centre. I see so many new releases come across my desk on a daily basis and even I find it hard to keep up so I can only imagine how confusing it can be for you! It can be almost impossible to figure out what is worth buying and what is just a fun treat for the season. So I wanted to show you two new releases that have made their way into my everyday routine and onto my list on must have makeup. 

NARS Cosmetics has always been a brand I turn to for out of the box eyeshadows that play with different finishes and bold colour combinations. Their Dual-Finish Eyeshadows are some of my absolute favourites for high shine, metallic finishes. Now they are amped it up even further with their brand new NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette.  

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |

The NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette ($74 CAD/$59 USD) is an all new game changer that promises everything you have ever wanted in an eyeshadow and more. Think more pigment, richer colour, and instant gratification. 

The sleek rose gold compact contains 12 shadows in a warm nude range featuring pinks, rose golds, browns, cranberries and even a pop of olive. It may look just like all of the other warm neutral palettes out there but this beauty is truly one of a kind. The tones of each shade are so perfectly coordinated that they work on every skin tone and reflect differently on every complexion.

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |

The Wanted palette is expertly laid out with a mixture of different finishes and formulas. There is a range of buttery matte transition shades and base colours, beautiful satins and shimmers and even a couple dramatic glittery metallics. The palette itself is compact but you can create an endless variety of looks from simple, everyday ones to full on glam. 

The shadows have an all new pure-pigment formula that brings the richest colour payoff yet with an innovative powder suspended in a liquid binding system for intense, high-impact colour. The mattes are seriously pigmented, creamy to the touch and they build beautifully on the lid. The shimmers are the true star of the palette with an ultra-smooth texture that glides onto the lid and leaves an almost wet, metallic sheen. The one glittering metallic is almost like a pressed pigment that delivers a gorgeous glitter top coat or an intense foiled finish when used wet. 

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |

Shades left to right from top to bottom - 

Biarritz (a matte neutral cream), Satisfaction (a shimmering golden pink), Delirium (a metallic rose), Temptress (a satin paprika), Seven Heaven (a matte sand), Shadow Hill ( a matte saddle), Mendoza (a shimmering pink copper), Wicked Game (a satin cranberry), Shooting Star (a sparkling champagne), LA LA (a shimmering deep bronze), Fallen Star (a shimmering antique bronze), and Coconut Grove (a matte deep brown)

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |

The NARSISSIST Wanted Palette is the perfect all-in-one palette filled with endless opportunities. It's my current favourite palette for everyday use and for more glamorous holiday looks.

No eye look is complete without a beautiful statement lip and I have been loving the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments to give that pop of colour. 

The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments ($34 CAD/$26 USD - 0.18 fl oz) are innovative matte liquid lipsticks that are in a world all of their own when compared to other matte liquid lips. These are truly weightless with an inky fluid-like consistency that delivers full high-impact colour payoff with very little product. 

The ink-like formula smooths over every crack and crevice in your lips and melts into them, leaving a second skin like finish that moves with your lips. It dries quickly and locks the colour onto your lips (leaving a stain behind) but does not dry down fully so they stay comfortable and wearable all day long. No desert-like lips with these beauties, they may look and feel velvety and matte but they feel like you have absolutely nothing on.

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |

The Powermatte Lipsticks have a Fluid Pigment Complex meaning the actual liquid is infused with millions of individual liquified pigments making for a more concentrated level of colour versus the base itself. Making these a true innovative liquid pigment not a lipstick or a gloss but pure colour similar to an oil paint an artist would use. 

The intense colour payoff means you need very little product for full opacity and you can achieve it in one carefully applied layer. The darker shades do require a second coat but luckily they layer beautifully, even throughout the day. The super tiny doe foot applicator makes it easy to precisely line and fill in your lips and it holds just the right amount of product for one application. 

To help with perfect application, I always love to use one of the NARS Precision Lip Liners ($30 CAD/$24 USD - 26 shades). They are ultra pigmented wonder lip liners with a creamy yet matte finish that pairs perfectly with every shade!

Two New Favs From Nars Cosmetics | NARSISSIST Wanted Eyeshadow Palette & PowerMatte Lip Pigments | Review & Swatches |
L-R Walk This Way, Low Rider, London Calling, Don't Stop

There are 20 shades within the line, ranging from darker nudes and pinks to reds, vampy plums and even a pitch black. All of which are named after classic rock n' roll hit songs and inspired by the rebellion of the rock n' roll era. I have the shade Walk This Way (a warm rose pink), Low Rider (a bright, cool toned pink), London Calling (a deep warm plum), and Don't Stop (a hot geranium)

Wearing London Calling
Wearing Walk This Way

The Wanted Palette is currently available at Sephora and and will be released at all other retailers on January 5th. The Powermatte Lip Pigments and Precision Lip Pencils are available at all NARS retailers. 


Saturday, 16 December 2017

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

Hey Beauties! 

The holiday season is all about sparkling baubles, shimmering lights, and over the top glamour. All of those holiday parties, late night drives to hunt down the best lights and Christmas adventures are filled with the spirit so what better time is there to break out your best sparkly makeup and glow from head to toe?

I personally don't think you can really be fully immersed in the holiday spirit unless you have glitter on your eyelids and a ruby red lip so I have pulled together 3 of my absolute favourite products to help you achieve just that! 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

The Palette

Urban Decay is my go-to brand for high shine, metallic eyeshadows, vibrant jewel tones and glittering topcoats. Their Moondust Eyeshadows and Heavy Metal Glitter Liners have long been favourites of mine that I reach for whenever I want to do a more dramatic, shimmering look. 

The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette (20x0.03oz - $72 CAD/$55 USD) is a stunning limited edition palette that was inspired by modern art and released just in time for the holidays! It has an incredibly unique design with a metallic purple case that slides to reveal the double ended palette with a large mirror in the centre. 20 shades are divided by neutrals and classic metallics on the right and bright, bold jewel tones on the left. 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

The Heavy Metals palette was developed to be an accent to other palettes in your collection, such as the Urban Decay Naked palettes. It is fully made up of a brand new formula that takes their Moondust Shadows to an entirely new level. These shadows are almost like pressed pigments with insane colour payoff, a serious metallic sheen and an ultra velvety texture. They feel almost like a cream to the touch and they just glide like butter onto the skin and blend out seamlessly. 

This palette truly is incredible and a one of a kind palette that you can't live without if you want a little sparkle in your life. The best bit is that it's on sale at this very moment for Sephora's Weekly Wow Sale. You can get it for only $36 CAD/$39 USD on Sephora or

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

The Liquid Shadow

For those days when you want a serious punch of glamour but you don't want to do a ton of work or spend a lot of time on your makeup, a liquid shadow is a must! The Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows (0.15oz - $31 CAD/$24 USD) are some of the most beautiful products in existence. 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

These shadows take the glamour and glow of loose glitter and combine it with a liquid base to take away all of the hassle that comes with glitter. These long-wearing liquid glitters have a lightweight, water-based texture that holds microfine glitter in an array of 9 permanent shades. They have the perfect blend of pearly shimmer and glitter for a dazzling ultra sparkle finish that adds a serious wow factor to any look. 

They formula makes them a breeze to apply, you just paint them on and blend out the edges for a seamless finish. Or you can apply them in targeted areas for a pop. They glide on easily and dry down quickly locking in all of the sparkle without any mess or fallout. 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

For holiday, Stila have released the Eye For Elegance Gift Set ($59 CAD/$94 value) which features 6 deluxe sized shades of the liquid shadows. It contains 3 shades of the Glitter & Glow formula (Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next To Notte) and 3 shades of the brand NEW Shimmer & Glow formula (Kitten, Grace, Twig). 

This new formula will not be available individually until next year but this sneak peek has already proved to me that they are just as incredible as their sisters. They offer a high sheen, shimmer finish that looks like liquified metal on the lids. 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

The Pure Glitter

To add that little pop of sparkle to any look, I always reach for the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liners ($23 CAD/$20 USD). They are the absolute perfect finishing touch as a glittery wing, an accent lower lash line, or a spotlight of glitter on the lid and they come in 13 stunning shades, some of which are clear, some have more tint, some are duo chrome and some have really cool reflects. 

The Heavy Metal Liners are beautiful, buildable water-based liners that suspend superfine glitter in a clear gel base. The gel consistency means the glitters stays mixed within the formula, it won't settle giving you an uneven application and you don't need to shake it up. 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

The gel glides on over all types of shadows and other liners, dries down quickly and stays put all day long. This glitter will not budge, smudge, transfer or migrate once it sets. The ultra precise thin tipped brush makes it super simple to create a thin line or a pointy wing. If you want to cover more space, simply turn the brush on its side and paint it on. 

Sparkle & Shine | Must Have Products That Give The Ultimate Glittery Glow | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection & Stila Liquid Glitter & Shimmer Shadows |

How do you add a bit of sparkle to your holiday looks? What are your favourite glittery products?


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

All I Want For Christmas... | Luxe Gifts for the Beauty Lover That She Might Not Choose Herself | Gift Guide

Bauble Bar Earrings - Nordstrom / Burberry Blush - Nordstrom / Docking Station - Nordstrom / Lipstick Trio - Nordstrom / Brush Roll - Nordstrom / Mercury Candle - Indigo / Eye Mask Set - Nordstrom / Marble Phone Case - Nordstrom / Silk Pillowcase - Nordstrom / Fujifilm Printer - Indigo / Popsocket - Indigo 

Hey Beauties! 

The holidays are supposed to be a time of kindness, giving and above all else love. Christmas itself is founded in celebrating the birth of Jesus and the life that He gave us. Without the immense love that God wrapped the world in and the kindness, empathy, strength and grace that Jesus showed during His life, we wouldn't be where we are today. 

I think it is SO important that we carry that spirit through to every person we meet, every chat we have and every gift that we give during this season. So I try to keep that spirit in my heart as I shop for gifts for the loved ones in my life. I love to treat them to something that they may not get for themselves, no matter how much they want it. It can be a massive candle in beautiful packaging, a pretty new phone case, a luxurious pillow case or  even a new perfume. There is no rule book or limit on how to treat someone, it is all based on them individually and what would be a special treat in their heart. 

I've gathered together a few items that I would give to some of my most loved friends as a special treat to acknowledge their impact on my life and show them the love they deserve to show themselves. 

What is the one thing that you would love to have but would never get for yourself?


Friday, 8 December 2017

Sweet Tooth Satisfaction | Decadent Desserts For The Food Conscious Gal with Dolled Up Desserts & Their GF Vegan Delights

Hey Beauties!

It wouldn’t truly be the holidays without peppermint hot chocolates, candy canes and gingerbread houses, would it? Those sweet treats filled with festive flavours really help the Christmas spirit surround you. So, you can imagine how heartbroken I was to think that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy those treats this year.

I’ve been completely committed to my gluten-free, vegan lifestyle for a few months now and I’ve discovered an entire new world along the way. My understanding of food, how it’s made, what it contains and how it effects my body has vastly expanded so missing out on certain foods has been a welcome loss.

Sadly, my sweet tooth has taken the biggest hit because I haven’t been able to find suitable replacements that not only taste good and conquer my cravings but that are easy to make and are not packed full of preservatives and additives.

Well my tooth is quickly on its way to recovery ever since the discovery of Dolled Up Desserts.

Dolled Up Desserts has suddenly become the new love of my life with their all-inclusive GF, vegan desserts. The local Hamilton based company was created by the beautiful Katarina Poletto who took her dietary sensitivities and turned them into a creative outlet where she could recreate her favourite desserts without all of the ingredients that didn’t agree with her body. She set out to reimagine the classic desserts and baked goods that she grew up with, but made with all-inclusive ingredients and recipes that are easy to follow.

She now sells her delicious desserts all over the GTA in countless coffee shops (Relay, Durand etc) as well as offering her premium baking mixes in speciality stores (Goodness Me, James North General Store, The Mustard Seed etc).

 Premium Baking Mixes

Dolled Up Desserts offers 6 different Premium Baking Mixes including ($12.50 ea) –

Bettie’s Brownies
Cloud Nine Vanilla Cake
Cocolicious Chocolate Cake
The Monroe Blondies
"12 Karat" Carrot Cake
Lady Banane Banana Muffins

Each mix comes with all of the basic dry ingredients that you need to create these yummy treats. They come in adorable (completely biodegradable) packaging with simple, easy to follow recipes on the back. They point out exactly how to achieve the perfect product and offer different options to complete the recipe and customize it to your cravings. The instructions are very well detailed but not at all over complicated, making them SO easy to understand and follow – even for the non-baker. The best bit of course is that every mix is made from locally sourced, organic ingredients and is free from gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and artificial colours or flavours.

For the holidays, Katarina has come out with a Holiday Baking Guide filled with an incredible array of recipes that touch on all of your holiday favourites like peppermint brownies! It’s the perfect guide to show how truly customizable the mixes are and how easy it is to use your imagination and create a masterpiece from a simple base.

I was lucky enough to be able to try out the Bettie’s Brownies mix and I incorporated my own ingredients and preferences to create my very own Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies. The baking process was a breeze! It was so easy to follow along and I felt like I really knew what I was doing. They baked quickly and evenly and the result was ooey, gooey, delicious, chocolately brownies that melted in my mouth and satisfied that sweet tooth.

I honestly don’t think my taste buds and my stomach have ever been happier all at once! It’s rare to find something that is good for your body but also tastes like heaven and Dolled Up Desserts has managed just that. 

If you are Canadian and you would like to give Dolled Up Desserts a try, head on over to my Instagram (@labellesirene_) to enter to win your very own Holiday Baking Kit complete with mix, guide and all of the fun ingredients to add in.
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