POTD: AVON SKIN-SO-SOFT BUG GUARD WIPES


It's the middle of Summer 2016 and we are again under a heat wave...Heat equals humidity, humidity equals bugs! Mosquito heaven...

Last week, I escaped the city and headed out to be with nature. I went camping. Well...Glamping. Found myself shopping for the essential, unscented everything...scent attracts bugs and flies so when it came to bug spray I packed my skin so soft iconic original bath oil spray,  as it has been a tried and tested bug spray repellent. Then, I remeneber that Avon Canada had sent me a pack of Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard plus Icaridin wipes to review! 

I totally recommend these wipes! They are so effective, so easy to apply, so convenient and most importantly they work! Not one bite the first night camping. One wipe was enough for my legs, arms, neck and ears. The great part of this wipes was that they also applied awesome Skin-so-soft lotion on the skin and I did not have to apply cream...always a good thing to keep it minimal when camping...gives you more time to make S'mores. 

Ok, what is Icaridin?   
Icaridin repels insects and makes them less likely to bite. It seems to block mosquitoes from sensing their prey and doesn't kill insects. Icaridin is a new topical insect repellent that entered the U.S. market in 2005 and was approved by Health Canada in 2012. Icaridin is considered to be as effective as DEET for offering protection against mosquito and tick bites.

 Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard plus Icaridin Wipes

  • Repels mosquitoes for 5 hours 
  • Repels deer ticks for 7 hours
  • Contains Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Non-Greasy and quick drying
  • Pleasent mild scent
  • Deet free
  • Individually wrapped
  • Pocket size
  • 10% Icaridin
  • 8 pack
  • $16 (but currently on sale for $9.99)

    Visit Avon.ca to order these awesome wipes plus check out the rest of the Skin-So-Soft products!


POTD: LOREAL INFALLIBLE PRO MATTE GLOSS

 
I am bringing back POTD (Product of the day) because so many gems out there that get overlooked and forgotten.

Like these amazing INFALLIBLE PRO MATTE GLOSSES from L'Oreal Paris..they were launched I believe in the beginning of 2016 and not much love or attention was given to these great liquid lipsticks.

The claims are all true but I would not consider them a full matte finish liquid lipstick, its very comfortable to wear but its more like a demi matte, I see why they call it a matte gloss. The formula takes a bit to dry and its not transfer proof. But, they are very comfortable to wear and very long lasting. The colour selection is beautiful and the applicator is great to get the most precise application.

  • matte finish
  • highly pigmented
  • long lasting 6 hour wear
  • comfortable and non drying
  • velvet finish
  • soft texture 
  • whipped cream consistency 
  • hydrating
  • 12 shades 
  • SRP $14.99
L'Oreal products are available at your local drugstore and walmart.




*Product was sent for consideration by LOREAL Canada

REVIEW: Natural at home Pedicure with DUCKISH COSMETICS

DIY Duckish Pedicure Kit
$29.99
Let me introduce you to Duckish Natural Skincare, a Canadian brand that is handmade, truly all natural and when possible made with all organic ingredients.

This all natural skin care line includes bath products, body butters, bath salts, lip balms, lotion sticks and the famous diaper rash sticks that started it all.

Working standing & walking all day can truly do some damage to your feet so when The Duckish people (Carolyn and Josh) contacted me to review their at home spa pedicure set, I was oh yes!! please!
 
So, one evening (BTW Duckish is a word used in Carolyn’s native Newfoundland that refers to dusk or twilight) after a long day of standing and making high school girls ready for their Prom, I came home and soaked my tired feet in this amazing detoxing sweet citrus scent bath salts..my feet where in heaven and after the soak, amazingly hydrated and soothed.

Citrus Bath Salts 
Ingredients:
Dead Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Epsom Salt, Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
$9.99
115g
 Lava Rock Pumice Stone

I used the lava rock pumice stone to remove my rough skin and dry patches on my feet. This lava rock is awesome and I keep it in the shower so I can keep my feet smooth between my pedicures. 
*this stone is included in the DIY bundle 

 

This little lavender lotion stick is so moisturizing and soothing.  I keep it in my purse for touch ups..yes touch ups. You see, wearing shoes all day can really dry out your feet and if I need to change my closed toe shoes to sandals after work not only does this lotion stick hydrates my feet but also the lavender soothes my aching tired feet.

Lavender Lotion Stick 
Ingredients: Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract
$6.99 
mini 0.35oz
  
Smooth as butter is the saying and yes your feet will be smooth as they have ever been by using this amazing invigoration body butter on your feet.

Use this body butter after your foot soak, apply it on your feet and legs and say goodbye to dry, cracked itchy skin thanks to essential oils and Shea butter.

Pink Grapefruit Body Butter 
Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cornstarch, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract
$11.99
2oz jar

Visit and shop Duckish Handmade Natural Cosmetics HERE

Fashion Friday: black & white


Mixing patterns can be fun but tricky.  I combined a black and white stripped t shirt dress with this Rebecca Minkoff sheer black and white bomber jacket.  
    
Jennie Lottie mini purse from Shoppers Drug Mart $68
 
Black and white t shirt dress $13 from Winners on sale. Size m.
 
Black booties from last summer winners. $34.99 size 8
 This Rebecca Minkoff bomber sheer jacket was a great find at Winners! $60 on clearance regular winners price was $99. Googled it and the jacket retailer for over $300.

Love this outfit! It was so comfortable and I felt great in it. Love the simplicity of it. 

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Body: Avon creamy fruity yogurt senses ultimate trio

It's finally starting to feel like Spring! And we are finally shedding off our layers and layers of clothing plus we are in the mist of prepping our skin for our Spring and Summer wardrobe. 

What a better way to do so with this dymanic trio from Avon.ca...the Avon creamy fruity yogurt senses exfoliating body scrub, Hydrating shower gel and body lotion will leave your skin so smooth, moisturizer for days and smelling of so sweet. 

The Avon senses product ranges from a crisp cucumber to the sweetest cherry scent. Price ranges from $2.99 to 12.99 for trio packages.
  • sweet scent of Chantilly cream with hints of pomegranate and raspberry, 
  • infused with vitamins C and E 
  • Creamy lotion with shea butter 
  • provides 30 hours of moisture 
  • Leaves your skin velvety smooth feel
Shop for these great products and more at Avon.ca or speak to your local Avon representative.


Event: GENERATION BEAUTY TORONTO BY IPSY

Generation Beauty by ipsy was held last weekend May 14-15 in Toronto at the Toronto Convention Centre. 

What is Generation Beauty? 
A gathering of the leading online beauty and fashion creators along with their passionate fans and top beauty brands for a weekend of inspiration, networking, and fun.
Plus a goodie bags filled with makeup, skincare, hair products (and more!) for everyone who attends.

Tickets where free to IPSY Beauty Creators and anyone could attend. Tickets ranged from $60-$200 for both days depending on how and when you bought your ticket. Many special discount codes where available. 

I would like to thank Jane from Metro Public Relations for the invite and complimentary pass. 

This was the 1st international Generation Beauty event outside of LA and NY. It was all very organized with many volunteer ipsy girls everywhere directing you where to go. 

The registration process was very quick and doors opened 11am sharp on Saturday with a massive lineup.  The Too Faced booth line filled up instantly and slowly all the other 18 booths lines where filled. Most lineups where about 10-30 minutes long for the exception of Makeup Forever, NYX, and Too Faced where the wait was almost an hour +.  The Smashbox line was always full but moved quickly which was awesome.

We all received a map with tickets attached, which we had to give in for our complimentary product. Complimentary products varied from a full size product to samples...Tarte, Smashbox, Too Faced for example gave out a full size product and samples....Benefit, Ogx gave out samples. 

Overall, my Generation Beauty experience was ok. It would of been nice if the line ups moved faster, It would of been nice to receive full size products from all the brands, like they do in LA, and it would of been nice if more brands attended. But, what can we expect from the 1st Generation Beauty in TO..an appearance from Michelle Phan would of been nice.  
Too Faced line was always "closed" I think it was popular because we all thought we would receive a full size eye shadow palette like they did in LA. we were matched and gifted with the new Born this way concealer and a deluxe sample of either a Better than sex mascara, melted lipstick or tattoos.  
Tarte gave us the new full size Tarteist Marcara, products where also available to purchase with small discount.
Smashbox was always full and you could receive a complimentary touch up, pro picture from an awesome photographer plus a full size primer with a deluxe x rated mascara.
I was lucky to meet one of my fav Youtuber SAAAMMAGE Sam
MUFE, Absolute NY, Cake Beauty, Physicians Formula, Royal & Langnickel and NYX booths 
Benefit Cosmetics gave us a sneak peak into all the new products coming very soon.
A Youtubers dream set up. Lights, camera & fans.
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FASHION FRIDAY: Bohemian inspired with cold shoulder trend


Dressing with the latest trend when you are over 40 can sometimes be a little tricky, there is a fine line between looking like you wanna be 20 and looking stylish. 

The off the shoulder, cold shoulder top, dress, tunic trend is probably one of my faves this season. The fact that you can show off your shoulders without exposing your arms is a total yes for me. 

The lace up shoes are all over and I cant get enough of them, totally loving the flats. 

This whole look was super comfortable to wear and I receive so many compliments,felt really sexy but in a modest way showing off my shoulders.

You loving the cold shoulder trend?? 


OUTFIT BREAKDOWN

Top: Urban Planer, size M $24.99 (40% off sale)
Pants: Suzy Shier outlet, size 10 $10
Shoes: Urban Planet, size 8 $12
Necklace: Forever 21 $7.90
Earrings: Hoops Forever 21 $1.90







Event: NYX COSMETICS CANADA PROM CLASS OF 2016

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Who would of thought that after 29 years from my highschool prom, I would be again attending a Prom. This time, Prom had an open bar, I had a date, wore black and got to play with makeup! 

Thanks to NYX Cosmetics Canada, I was invited to celebrate the opening of the new NYX store in the Toronto Eaton Centre with a Prom.

The venue was at the grand ballroom of the famous Berkeley Church (built 1871) on Queen st E that has 17ft high stained glass windows, a victorian inspired bar, beautiful fireplaces and a wrap around mezzanine.

The night began with a great greeting from the PR staff and we were handed our pink bracelet to show that we were over the drinking age, we got our Class of 2016 NYX pin and I handed in my donation Prom dress. The night followed with great music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a fun game of spot the famous Canadian Youtube guru. 

We were asked to bring a pre-loved Prom dress to be donated to the great charity project New Circles Prom Boutique. The New Circles Prom boutique helps students facing economic barriers shop for a prom outfit at no cost. Giving them a chance to attend this milestone event looking their best. 

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The DJ had us dancing till midnight! 
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Makeup touch up stations, a little piece of heaven with all NYX goodies. Perfect place to touch up your lipstick for all the pictures to be taken at the numerous photo booths and great selfie spots around the ballroom.
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Pink lip cookies!
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with Leigh Dickson
Thanks to NYX Cosmetics Canada for the amazing gift! A NYX fashionable napsack filled with the Beauty School Dropout - GRADUATE palette that has 35 eye shadows, 3 blushes, 2 illuminators, and 2 contour shades. A colouring book featuring some of the Canadian Youture influencers with some colouring pencils 

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HAIR: 911 Intense Hair Repair thanks to PANTENE

Let's talk hair...if you follow me on Instagram, you know how I love to change up my hair colour and how I maintain my hair super short and always seem to go back to blonde as my "safe" colour.

Many have always commented on how my hair one day will fall off, and I of course said "oh no! my hair is strong, it can handle it!" until.....it fell off...literally. 

Below is just a glimpse of all the different shades of hair colour that I have done, plus a gallery of some of my bleaching and dying sessions. 

OK, so back to falling off hair...well, It happened a few months ago when I was doing a bleaching session and left the bleach on for too long. My hair was like cotton candy, it was dead and even if I moved my head, hair would just shed off. IT WAS BAD. 

I made a emergency appointment with my hairstylist and she salvaged what she could of my hair...what was left was about half an inch all around. I had super short hair. 
Plus, my Stylist also mentioned that my scalp looked super raw and I should stay away from the bleach. 
#shorthairdontcare #supershortpixie

So, I decided that it was a perfect time to let my hair grow...BUT I had to make sure the hair that was left on my head stayed on my head..it felt nasty and it looked nasty...I went and put a semi permanent hair colour and was ecstatic to get an email from the #BeautyUnited team to choose one of the five new PANTENE REPAIR shampoo and conditioner. Of course, I needed hair 911 rescue so I opted for the PANTENE PRO-V EXPERT INTENSE REPAIR Shampoo and conditioner that is formulated to repair severe damaged hair Instantly.


PANTENE PRO-V EXPERT INTENSE REPAIR SHAMPOO
Formulated with the most concentrated Pro-V formulas that Pantene offers, it provides intense repair for damaged hair from the 1st wash!

With every wash hair is cleansed with balance to achieve healthy, shiny and manageable hair. Hair is protected and its improved to a healthy state and is actively infused deeply into its core, fighting damage where it starts. It helps reduce protein loss, making your hair strong against damage. 

My hair was noticeably improved from the 1st time I used the Pantene Pro-V Expert Intense Repair Shampoo, my hair was shiny, soft and felt stronger.

PANTENE PRO-V EXPERT INTENSE REPAIR CONDITIONER

Also, Formulated with the highest concentration of PRO-V PANTENE has to offer, this conditioner instantly rejuvenates damaged hair.

Hair is instantly left feeling and looking silky, hair is repaired and damage to breakage is visibly reduced.

My hair felt and feels so strong just after the first time using this Pantene Pro-V Expert Intense Repair Conditioner. It made my hair feel so soft, it looked healthy and looked so shiny!

The PANTENE PRO-V EXPERT line includes:
  1. Intense Hydration - Instantly quenches hair with moisture
  2. Age Defy - Instantly restores youthful vitality
  3. Intense Smooth - Instantly tames frizz
  4. Intense Repair - Instantly rejuvenates damaged hair
  5. Intense Color care - Instantly enhances colour vibrancy






*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.