Monday, 27 April 2015

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection

Summer is (hopefully) quickly approaching, and today I have one of The Body Shop's new Summer Collections to share with you! The Body Shop's Virgin Mojito Collection* will be available July 2015, but I've already been trying out a few products, and I think it's one that you'll want to keep your eyes out for!

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection

I've been trying out three products from the Virgin Mojito Collection - the Body Sorbet, Body Splash, and Body Scrub, and there will also be a Shower Gel and Body Butter available in this scent. First things first, this scent is amazing - I wish these products were safe to ingest... Summer to me is all about the frozen drinks - piña coladas, strawberry daiquiris, and mojitos! So obviously this new collection was right up my alley, and I think that you'll really like it too :)

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection

"Treat yourself to a sensorial experience this summer with the new Virgin Mojito range. Blending refreshing mint and zesty lime scents, your thirsty skin will thank you after just one sip."
The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub

The Virgin Mojito scent is very zesty, uplifting, and vibrant. Close your eyes, give it a sniff, and you're instantly transported to a tropical beach! The Body Scrub contains small exfoliating beads that gives a light scrub. The Body Sorbet offers light hydration with a cooling sensation - perfect for those hot Summer months! Finally, the Body Splash will help you smell like a Virgin Mojito all day long. I do have to say that I'm not a fan of the packaging of the Body Splash - it's not travel friendly, and I wish that it had a spritzer. 

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub & Body Sorbet
Body Scrub & Body Sorbet

If you like fun, citrus scents, then watch for the Virgin Mojito Collection to become available in July! I would recommend both the Body Scrub & Body Sorbet, but you can probably skip on the Body Splash. Does this scent sound like something you'd be interested in? What are your favourite Summer scents?

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Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise & Pink Sunset

I like to think that my lips are naturally quite luscious and plump, so I never really gravitate towards plumping products. However, there was something about the new Dior Addict Lip Maximizers* that made me gravitate to them. There are two new shades in this formula for Summer 2015, and I have both to share with you today!

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise & Pink Sunset

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise & Pink Sunset

"The first instant-volume gloss from Dior Backstage. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer moisturizes lips and gives an incredible instant-volume effect for a glossy smile and full, plump lips, as if transformed. Its mint-vanilla scent provides an even more addictive fresh sensation." - Dior

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Pink Sunset Applicator

I've tried plumping glosses in the past that left my lips only slightly plumper but in a lot more pain. I was initially a bit scared to try these out, since I hate that tingly feeling that plumping glosses tend to give, and I obviously didn't want it to be painful. Upon first application, there was a very slight tingly feeling that lasted maybe 15-30 seconds, and then it just felt like a normal gloss to me. I've been obsessed with the shade Beige Sunrise this week, and I don't even notice the tingly feeling anymore. I also don't notice a plumping effect, but that might just be because my lips are already plenty plump!

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise
Beige Sunrise

The two new shades are both very sheer, with only slight differences between the two shades. For that reason, I think that you only need to pink up one of these glosses, and my preference lies with Beige SunriseBeige Sunrise is a beautiful sheer nude with finely milled golden shimmers. This is the perfect gloss to either wear on its' own, or to pair over almost any lipstick. I love that I can reapply without a mirror, making it a great gloss to keep in my purse, or in my pocket at work. 

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Pink Sunset
Pink Sunset

Pink Sunset is a sheer light pink with no shimmers. This gloss gives a very translucent look to my lips, and I love the high-shine finish. There is a light vanilla-mint scent that I'm obsessed with, but you can't smell it at all once the gloss is on your lips. 

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise & Pink Sunset Swatches

Another winning product from Dior! I wouldn't necessarily recommend this line if you actually want something that will plump your lips, but I'm really happy with it as just a normal, everyday gloss. Beige Sunrise is a great everyday colour, and Pink Sunset has just a tiny bit more pigmentation. If you're looking to add a touch of luxury to your beauty collection, then I think you'll be impressed with the new Dior Addict Lip Maximizers!


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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Travel Diaries Vienna: Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel

Today I'm back with another Travel Diaries post! One of the highlights of our European vacation was definitely our stunning hotel in Vienna. We stayed at the Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel, and I think that anyone planning a trip to Vienna should definitely check out this unique hotel. This property is right on Mariahilfer Straße, in the MuseumsQuartier, i.e. the center of the city. We were actually able to walk directly to our hotel from the train coming in from Budapest!

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel

The staff at the Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel was incredible - everyone was incredibly helpful and friendly! This is a smaller hotel, and it was a nice change from the typical chain hotels that we were used to. This is an art hotel, and each floor has a different art theme. Our floor had Donald Duck themed paintings, but inside our room we found more abstract art. The orange and teal colour scheme was refreshing and unique. Every day we returned to find chocolates on our pillows, which was definitely a nice touch. Our room had a balcony that looked out onto Mariahilfer Straße, and it was so, so nice to be able to step outside and take in the city first thing in the morning. 

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel

The location of the Das Tyrol was beyond perfect - you're right on Mariahilfer Straße, in the middle of a huge shopping district. You're minutes away from public transportation, which we relied on quite heavily. There were cafes, museums, boutiques, and incredible sights within minutes of this hotel. You're in the center of the city! If you haven't been to Vienna before, then this is the perfect location to let you get a feel for the city. 

The rooms at the Das Tyrol do come with complimentary wireless internet, but we did find that the connection was extremely slow. It was alright for a quick Google search or to post an Instagram picture of our hotel, but we weren't able stream videos, etc. 

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel

The bathroom at the Das Tyrol was fairly large, and came equipped with a deep tub and a towel warmer! There is a little plaque above the sink that says that the Viennese tap water is a very famous natural drinking water that comes fresh from the spring of a mountain! The shower actually included a retractable clothesline, which I thought was just genius. Since we were travelling for two weeks, it was nice to be able to hand wash some of our items and hang them up over night. 

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel Bathroom

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel

My absolute favourite feature of the Das Tyrol was the Wellness Centre. I was told about this upon check-in, and I immediately made a booking. Basically, in the basement of this hotel there is a private relaxation retreat. Simply book a time (they come in hour increments), and the space is all yours! The Wellness Centre offers two comfy chairs equipped with reading lights, a light therapy shower, a saltwater aquarium, a Finnish sauna, and a steam bath. I made sure to visit the Wellness Centre every night that we were at the Das Tyrol, because why not?! The light therapy shower was incredible - you were able to control every aspect of the shower - the lights, the water pressure, water angles, and of course the water temperature. This was hands down the best shower I've ever experienced. There's a lot to do and see in Vienna, you're sure to be exhausted at the end of the day. What better way to relax than spending an hour at the Wellness Centre?! Tourists will absolutely love feature of the hotel!

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel Wellness Centre

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel Wellness Centre

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel Wellness Centre

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel Wellness Centre
Waterfall! 

Das Tyrol Small Luxury Hotel Wellness Centre
Sauna

If you're visiting Vienna and you want to try something other than the big chain hotels, then I think that you would absolutely love your time at the Das Tyrol. The rooms are approximately €160 per night, and you definitely get what you pay for. The staff is beyond accommodating, the rooms are spacious, and the Wellness Centre is just the cherry on top! 

Have you been to Vienna before? Would you consider staying in a small luxury hotel?

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Avon Amour Eau De Parfum Spray

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you're all able to have a relaxing Sunday - I was able to sleep in, and I don't have any major plans for the day, isn't that what Sundays are all about?! :) As for beauty, today I have a new fragrance from Avon to share with you, their new Amour Eau De Parfum Spray* ($35 CAD/50mL)! 

Avon Amour Eau De Parfum Spray

"Today Tomorrow Always Amour

The wonder of Love. A beautiful blend of joyful citrus, jasmine petals and elegant musk that blooms like pure love." - Avon

Avon Amour Eau De Parfum Spray

I really like this perfume bottle - it's simple but still quite beautiful and elegant! This perfume is absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer - it's light, crisp, and uplifting. This scent is a lovely blend of citrus, jasmine petals, and musk. Jasmine is one of my all time favourite scents, so it's no surprise that I'm totally head over heals in love with this new fragrance from Avon! I only need one spritz of this perfume as it is fairly strong. I get about 6 hours of wear from this scent, which I think is pretty good. 

Avon Amour Eau De Parfum Spray

If you like crisp, light scents, then I think you'll really enjoy Avon's Amour! If you're in the market for a new Spring/Summer fragrance, then I would highly recommend giving this one a sniff. 

What's your favourite Summer fragrance?

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash & Beauty Bar

I honestly love trying out new shower products, there's something so pampering about switching up your shower routine. Lately I've been trying (and loving) Dove's Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash* & Beauty Bar*. It's been a while since I've used Dove's shower products, but I'm oh so happy to have them back in my life!

Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash & Beauty Bar

"Beauty bar with mandarin and tiare flower scent. An energetic awakening for your mind and skin. The vibrant and juicy scent of mandarin and tiare flower. Leaves you and your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated." - Dove

Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash & Beauty Bar

Dove's Go Fresh Revitalize scent contains notes of mandarin & tiare flower. I'm honestly not sure with a tiare flower is, but it smells really lovely! The mandarin notes are quite prominent, and very uplifting. The floral notes round out the scent quite nicely, and the scent does linger on my skin for a few hours. This Beauty Bar (i.e. soap) lathers incredibly well - it's soooo creamy! The Body Wash has a thick, creamy formula, and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and lightly scented. This formula contains Nutrium Moisture, which aims to leave your skin softer and smoother after just one shower. 

Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash
Body Wash

Paired together, these two products will not only cleanse your skin, but they will also hydrate, nourish, and scent your entire body. For a drugstore line, I'm seriously impressed! Have you tried any of Dove's shower products? Which line is your favourite?

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