Tuesday, 30 August 2016

What I Ate In A Day #34 - Vegan in Montreal

Hello friends! I'm back today with another What I Ate In A Day post (you can see last week's food diary here). I'm vegan, so of course everything I'm sharing is free from any sort of animal products/by-products. Of course I drink a ton of water throughout the day - I try to get in at least 8 cups every day. Last weekend my husband and I went to Montreal to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Montreal has an incredible amount of vegan and vegetarian options, so we definitely did not go hungry! Last week's food diary was also from Montreal, but we ate so much amazing food that I had to do another Montreal edition of What I Ate! We did however sleep in, so our first meal of the day was lunch!

Lunch

After our first amazing meal at Resto Vego, we decided to go back to try out something else from their menu! I ordered their teriyaki tempeh hot sandwich with a side of potato salad. OMG let me tell you - this meal was incredible! If you're in Montreal, please do yourself a favour and stop by Resto Vego!

Resto Vego Tempeh Sandwich Potato Salad

Resto Vego Montreal

Dinner 

Right across from Resto Vego was La Panthère Verte, and that's where we stopped by for dinner on our last day in Montreal. They are a fully vegan restaurant that serves mainly pitas. Dylan and I ordered one BBQ Tofu pita (tofu, cabbage, carrots, pickles, sprouts, mayo, ketchup), and one Tempehtation pita (tempeh, tomatoes, lettuce, sauerkraut, sprouts, hippie sauce), and shared. Both pitas were delicious, and got me wondering why I've never tried to make anything like this at home!

La Panthère Verte BBQ Tofu Pita

La Panthère Verte Tempehtation Pita

La Panthère Verte Montreal

While we were waiting for our Greyhound home we stopped by Jardins Gamelin, which is such a nice outdoor spot!

Jardins Gamelin Montreal

So that rounds out another vegan food diary! If you're vegan and travelling to Montreal, you'll have a ton of options to choose from. If you've been to Montreal, I'd love to hear about your favourite restaurants!

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

I'm a bit of a highlighter addict, but surprisingly I don't have any brushes specifically made for highlighters! I normally just use the edge of my fluffy blush brush, but thanks to Sephora Collection's Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set* ($56) I now have three incredible highlighting brushes!

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

"This set includes brushes designed for strobing or creating glowing highlights. It comes in a compact pouch with instructions on best usage. The tapered tip of the highlighting brush will place highlighting products precisely without any harsh lines and works well with both liquids and creams. The Blending brush makes it easy to buff and sweep product onto the skin for a seamless application. The round, soft bristles create a line-free transition. The sculpting complexion brush will layer product onto the skin with flexibility and movement." - Sephora
Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

These three brushes are of course made with synthetic bristles (I wouldn't use anything else!), and they aren't tested on animals. These bristles are incredibly soft, and they make applying your makeup so enjoyable and relaxing. 

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

The Flat Blending Brush has a flat top and it is best used to smooth out edges or to even out product. The bristles on this brush are very densely packed, so it buffs out product really easily.  

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

The Sculpting Complexion Brush has a curved tip and is best used to apply and blend out product. You can concentrate shimmer on the longer bristles and use the shorter bristles to blend, resulting in a softer application. The skinny tip of this brush can be used to apply highlighter in a smaller area, such as the cupid's bow and the inner corners of the eyes.

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

The Small Highlighting Brush looks a lot like a fluffy eye shadow brush, and it could probably be used for just that purpose. Additionally, it makes for a great brush to apply highlighter on the high points of your face - cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of your nose, etc. 

Sephora Collection Get Glowing Highlighting Brush Set

These three brushes come housed in a small magnetic pouch, along with Sephora pro tips on how to best use these brushes. I really like all three brushes, and I think that any beauty addict will get a lot of use out off this set! Have you used any brushes from the Sephora Collection before? Which brushes are your favourites?

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ole Henriksen The Works Kit

Value sets are often the best way to explore new brands, since you get to try out multiple products without committing to anything full size. Lately I've been trying out Ole Henriksen's The Works Kit* ($59, $83 value), which contains 5 skin care minis from the cruelty free brand.

Ole Henriksen The Works Kit

The works kit includes:

- 0.5 oz Invigorating Night Treatment Face Gel
- 1.5 oz  African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
- 0.5 oz Sheer Transformation Moisturizer
- 0.25 oz Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
- 0.5 oz Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster Serum

Ole Henriksen The Works Kit

Ole Henriksen's African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser gently cleanses, nourishes, and hydrates. African red tea is a youth-restoring antioxidant that works to strengthen skin, Vitamin C works to brighten & firm, and borage seed oil soothes and nourishes. Additionally, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine extracts purify and intoxicate the skin senses. 

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster Serum helps to brighten, boost collagen, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. 

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster Serum

Ole Henriksen's Invigorating Night Treatment Face Gel is packaged in a pump dispenser when purchased full size. This gel works to seal in essential vitamins & minerals, and supports cell turnover. Mucopolysaccharides works to bind moisture to the skin & hydrates.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment Face Gel

Ole Henriksen's Sheer Transformation Moisturizer has an oil-free formula with a multi-fruit AHA complex to even the skintone and smooth the skin's texture. Pea extract, sugar, and vitamin C work together to fade dark spots and even skintone.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel has cooling properties to it, and works to quickly soothe and de-puff the undereye area thanks to cucumber and algae extracts. Additionally, a blend of bio-peptides and hyaluronic acid help lift, firm, and diminish the appearance of crow's feet and wrinkles. 

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel

If you're interested in trying out Ole Henriksen products, then I think that The Works Kit is the perfect place to start! I'll be bringing along all 5 products with me on my trip to Japan in 2 weeks, as these minis were made for travelling! Have you tried anything from the Ole Henriksen brand before? If so, let me know what are your favourite products!


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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

What I Ate In A Day #33 - Vegan in Montreal

Hello friends! I'm back today with another What I Ate In A Day post (you can see last week's food diary here). I'm vegan, so of course everything I'm sharing is free from any sort of animal products/by-products. Of course I drink a ton of water throughout the day - I try to get in at least 8 cups every day. This past weekend my husband and I went to Montreal for the weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Montreal has an incredible amount of vegan and vegetarian options, so we definitely did not go hungry! We did however sleep in, so our first meal of the day was lunch!

Lunch

 We decided to stop by Resto Vego after seeing great reviews on Happy Cow, and I'm really glad that we did! I went for the Roasted red pepper pesto sandwich, which was absolutely incredible! I found this restaurant to be really decently priced, as I believe that this wrap was $5.50, and it was quite filling.

Resto Vego Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Sandwich

Snack

My husband and I are huge Menchie's fans, but we kept seeing Yeh! all over Montreal so we had to try it out. They had one vegan option - Dole Mango Sorbet, and we topped it off with fruit. This place seemed quite a bit more expensive than Menchies, but the sorbet was good and hit the spot. 

Yeh! Mango Sorbet
 
Dinner

We went to L'Gros Luxe for dinner, which is a vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options! I had Vegan Poutine & Jackfruit Tacos, both of which were absolutely incredible! My husband actually said that this was the best poutine that he's ever had - vegan or not!
 
L'Gros Luxe Vegan Poutine
Dessert 

We also ordered dessert at L'Gros Luxe, because who can say no to Vegan Chocolate Cake?! This cake was just divine - if you're ever in Montreal you need to give this a try! L'Gros Luxe had a really cool vibe to it, and it was packed when we went!

L'Gros Luxe Vegan Chocolate Cake

So that rounds out another vegan food diary! If you're vegan and travelling to Montreal, you'll have a ton of options to choose from. If you've been to Montreal, I'd love to hear about your favourite restaurants!


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Formula X #ColorCurators Makeup By Rose XOXO in Mahhvelous Rose

Hello hello! Have you heard about Formula X's #ColorCurators 2016 yet? It's a super exciting collaboration between social media influencers and Formula X. Each month for 2016, Formula X is teaming up with a beauty, fashion, or wellness powerhouse to bring us 3 new polishes. Each curated collection is a one-month exclusive, so you've got to act fast! The seventh influencer is Rose Siard of Makeup By Rose XOXO, who's bringing us three pretty polishes for August! Today I have the shade Mahhvelous Rose* to swatch for you!

Formula X Mahhvelous Rose

Formula X Mahhvelous Rose

Mahhvelous Rose is a beautiful rosy mauve polish with a wonderful formula! I really, really love Formula X polishes as they're easy to work with thanks to the wide brush, and the formulas are always creamy and pigmented. I've been wearing Mahhvelous Rose for three days now, and I don't have any chips at all, which is quite good for my nails! Since this colour is so neutral, it easily pairs with any outfit, and it's a great year-round polish. 

Formula X Mahhvelous Rose

Formula X Mahhvelous Rose

Formula X Mahhvelous Rose

Have you checked out Makeup By Rose XOXO's #ColorCurators yet? They're only going to be around for the month of August, so pick them up ASAP if you're interested!

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