Friday, 24 March 2017

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

Spring has sprung, so you can start to wean yourself off of the heavy creams and masks and move on over to a lighter skincare routine. Enter First Aid Beauty's 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask*. This mask works to nourish, calm, firm, plump, and refine your skin, without being too heavy. 

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

This name doesn't lie: this mask is bouncy. This formula has a thick gel-like consistency that I've never really seen in a face mask before. To use, scoop out some of the product and apply it to damp skin. I've tried to apply this to dry skin too, and it just doesn't work as well. On dry skin, it's hard to spread out the gel evenly, so damp skin is a must. 

This formula combines rose bud extract, marine botanicals, vitamin C, and pepha tight, and has a slightly fruity scent to it. I like to use this mask at night, leaving it on for about 20 minutes and then gently rinse it off with water and pat my skin dry. My skin feels instantly calm, hydrated, smooth, and I have a nice natural glow. This face mask is suited for all skin types, allergy-tested, free of artificial fragrances and colorants, and safe for sensitive skin.
First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

If you're wanting to add something new to your Spring skincare routine, then I'd highly recommend trying out FAB's 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask. This jar is a bit pricey at $47 CAD, but I do think that skincare is something that you shouldn't cheap out on. Plus FAB is a cruelty free brand, so I think that it's great to support them. I absolutely love how glowy my skin looks every time I use this mask, so it's definitely going to be a staple in my skincare routine as we transition into the warmer weather!

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition

As you may know, my hair has been through a lot over the past year. Right now, I have bleached out hair with a dark purple shadow root and toned lilac ends. So, as you can imagine, sometimes my hair can feel a bit dry (although it's in surprisingly good condition considering all that I've done to it!). Dry shampoo is my ride or die, as I try to only wash my hair twice a week, but now I've found a place in my hair care routine for a dry conditioner! I've been trying out Pureology's Fresh Approach Dry Condition* on those days that my hair really needs a shot of moisture!

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition

Pureology's Fresh Approach Dry Condition is not only cruelty free, but it's also vegan, which makes it an automatic winner in my books! Packaged in a purple bottle, this dry conditioner looks like a dry shampoo at first glance. Instead of spraying on your roots like you would a dry shampoo, focus this dry conditioner on your ends, which are usually the driest part of your hair. A light spritz on the ends of your hair is all you'll need, so this bottle should last quite a while. 

This formula does include orange peel oil, so there's a wonderfully uplifting fragrance to it! The orange oil not only smells fantastic, but it also works to deeply condition and nourish your hair. This product is safe to use on coloured hair, and actually uses Pureology's AntiFade complex, which is a "
mixture of antioxidants and minerals to extend the life of colour vibrancy".

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition

I love this product because it helps my hair feel smooth, soft, and hydrated without looking greasy or oily. Well done Pureology! Have you heard of dry conditioners before? What are your favourite hair styling products for dry/damaged hair?

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

OOTD Hello Spring ft. Poppy & Peonies

Well it's officially Spring! There may still be snow on the ground here in Ottawa, but the temperature is slowly creeping higher and higher. I don't want to jinx anything, but I think that one day soon I'll be able to hang up my Winter coat for good! I decided to take advantage of the nice Spring weather and take some photos of an outfit that I was loving.

OOTD Hello Spring

It seems as though pineapple print is absolutely everywhere these days, and when I saw this sweater in Old Navy I just couldn't resist! Plus, it was only $15! My favourite jeans of all time are American Eagle's dark wash skinny jeans, they just fit me so well and they're so comfortable. 

OOTD Hello Spring

Old Navy Pineapple Print Sweater

Stella & Dot Mondrian Ear Jacket

For years, Matt & Nat has dominated the vegan purse market, but now it seems that they have some competition! I've recently been introduced to Poppy & Peonies, a company that creates beautiful bags with vegan leather. How gorgeous is their Downtown Crossbody in Cognac? This purse features a removable shoulder strap so you either wear it cross body or over your shoulder. There are also removable tassels - I absolutely love that they're detachable because I know that tassels aren't everyone's cup of tea. This bag is made of soft pebble vegan leather which looks and feels very real - just without the cruelty that comes with real leather. There's a pocket at the back of the purse which I can definitely see myself using to carry my book. There's even a zippered expandable gusset so if you're like me and carry around your entire apartment in your purse, you'll have even more room to do so. This bag is also available in black, but I find the cognac with gold hardware just so stunning.

 Poppy & Peonies Downtown Crossbody in Cognac

 Poppy & Peonies Downtown Crossbody in Cognac

 Poppy & Peonies Downtown Crossbody in Cognac

Earrings: Stella & Dot
Mint Ring: c/o Pandora
Sweater: Old Navy
Ankle Boots: Call It Spring
Purse: c/o Poppy & Peonies
Nail Polish: c/o Formula X Mahhvelous Rose

What are your favourite vegan purse brands? Have you heard of Poppy & Peonies before?

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now, as well as matte lips. Well, Buxom has combined those two trends in their Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks*. I've been trying out four shades from this range of whipped lipsticks, keep reading to hear my thoughts and to see swatches!


Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick Wand


Nudist is a straight up nude shade with warm undertones. I actually found this nude to be fairly wearable, but I think that it would look even better on someone with a deeper skin tone.


Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Nudist

Lover is a raspberry pink shade that's very girly and feminine. This shade pulls very warm, at least on my lips. 

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Lover

Flaunter is a bright coral red shade that I think would be absolutely perfect for a tropical vacation! This shade definitely has me dreaming of palm trees and sandy beaches. 

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Flaunter

Dominatrix is a fiery red that's perfect for date night. This is a blue based red that pulls somewhat warm, and it's definitely a statement lip!

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix

This formula is incredibly soft and creamy, thanks to the whipped consistency. However, this formula transfers extremely easily, so you'll have to be careful that you don't wind up with lipstick all over your teeth/face/cup/husbands lips. Matte lipsticks are normally fairly transfer-proof, so this was a bit disappointing. 

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick Swatches
Nudist, Flaunter, Dominatrix, Lover

If you can get the lipstick to stay put, then I have a feeling that you'll love the shade range, and all of the shades that I tried were very pigmented. However, I do think that there are better liquid lipsticks available, like Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - they don't budge at all

What is your favourite liquid lipstick formula?

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Pandora Spring 2017 Collection

Everyone knows that Pandora is famous for their charm bracelets and beads, but did you know in addition to beads, Pandora also carries a wide range of jewelry? Pandora's Spring 2017 Collection officially launches today, and I have three beautiful pieces* to share with you! This collection features soft pastel colours, environmentally friendly stones, and cut-out hearts.  

Pandora Spring 2017 Collection

Pandora Spring 2017 Collection

Purple Radiant Hearts of PANDORA Bangle

Available in 7 shades, this bangle features hand-applied enamel, a sterling silver bridge of cut-out hearts and 50 clear cubic zirconia stones finish each piece! Half of the bracelet is a beautiful lilac shade, and the other side features the beautiful stones. Beautiful on it's own, but I also think that these bangles would be stunning stacked together for some arm candy. 

Purple Radiant Hearts of PANDORA Bangle

Purple Radiant Hearts of PANDORA Bangle

Purple Radiant Hearts of PANDORA Bangle

Purple Radiant Hearts of PANDORA Bangle

Pink Hearts of PANDORA Band

This thick silver band features clear cubic zirconia and a soft pink enamel. I normally opt for thinner bands, but ring is just so feminine and pretty! This ring is finished really nicely, and hugs my finger comfortably. 

Pink Hearts of PANDORA Band

Pink Hearts of PANDORA Band

Mint Hearts of PANDORA

Very similar to the bangle, this thin ring is half mint enamel, and the other half is decorated with stones. It shouldn't come as any surprise that I absolutely love this ring, since I'm obsessed with anything mint! Just like the bangle, this ring is stackable, and is available in 7 colours. 

Mint Hearts of PANDORA

Mint Hearts of PANDORA

Mint Hearts of PANDORA

Mint Hearts of PANDORA

If you're looking to add some feminine pieces to your jewelry collection this Spring, then you need to pop into a Pandora store to check out their new collection. I also have my eyes on Dazzling Daisy Clusters earrings, everything rose gold, and the Interlinked Circles bead. 

What jewelry items have you been loving lately?

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