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Sunday, November 23, 2014

3 Things

Three things I am currently obsessed with....

Peaches 
The pastry that is!
I remember growing up and my grandmothers whipping up a batch of these each christmas. Darn I have to give the ladies credit because these are a pain in the butt to make. I wouldn't consider them difficult they are just VERY time consuming. For my peaches I opted for a non-traditional approach and left them white. Again deviating from the traditional recipe filled them with Peach Cobbler preserves and gave them a gentle dip in a bourbon vanilla simple syrup. I think the taste is there next time I would just make them smaller. I feel like my look like boulders in comparison to other dainty versions I've scene. 
Must get this recipe down pact before christmas... 

Four O'Clock Banana Cinnamon Spice Tea
If you love banana bread you will be a fan of this yummy tea. With hints of banana, cinnamon, ginger  and clove this tea smells and tastes like a decadent dessert. This is one of Four O'Clocks limited edition Christmas tea's so if you see these around I highly suggest you try them. I get a little crazy with these and buy a few boxes around christmas times so I can enjoy them all year. 

Marshmallow Fireside 
Darn this candle is out of this world amazing. I kind of think Bath and Body Works push the envelope with this one, because on one half its vanilla marshmallow sweet meets smokey campfire warm. 
The two contrasting scents make a room smell amazingly warm and festive. Personally I dislike typical pine scented christmas candles, so I am happy to have something festive yet not pine scented. 

Kind of a different post for me let me know if you would like to see more of these?
Also leave me a comment I would love to know what some of your other favourites are? 




Friday, November 21, 2014

3 Things To Try Clarins

In my late teens I would have told you Clarins was boring. I plainly remember visiting a department store and thinking to myself “who would buy Clarins?” While I credit myself for using skincare from a young age I eventually settled with a gimmicky eye cream that did not work and irritated my eyes.

My next memory of Clarins was while working in cosmetics. At this point I knew about Clarins but what surprised me was how many women and men swore by their range of products. Even fellow co-workers would spurge on Clarins even thou they would get free product from the respective brands. The Chanel lady would purchase the Vital Light line as where the MAC people swore by their Clarins re-balancing oils. Between trying out there makeup and skincare to learning more about the brand I am a complete Clarins fan. Like Avène and NUXE, Clarins is a line that does not disappoint and within each product I try I fall a little more in love.  With that being said here are my three things to try from Clarins.

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
I am very open about my love for this fantastic cleansing gel. I honestly don’t shut up about it; I’ve recommended this to friends, family and yes even strangers! It’s gentle, leaves your baby soft, contains no nasty ingredients, smells nice, removes all traces of makeup, smells nice and it’s affordable.  I always forget to add but this neutralizes hard water making it perfect for us non-city girls and cottage goers.
Basically Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel has got it going on! I did a whole review on this here if you’re interested.

Blue Orchid Rebalancing Oil
Back in my cosmetics days I vividly remember this lady that use to come in every 2 months or so and purchase on of of these. Before she would leave she would always confess that she “couldn’t live without this” and thank us gratefully for our help.  
One night while closing a co-worker secretly came to the counter and asked to purchase a bottle. He also claimed nothing worked better for his skin and whispered the brand he worked for did not come close to the results of Clarins. Eventually I noticed, the manager of The Body Shop, an associate from Lush all claimed that the rebalancing oils were life changing, from that point on I gave in.  
My parched skin lead me to the Blue Orchid oil. The Blue Orchid oil is ideal for dehydrated skin types, however it also works wonders on more mature skin types too. With patchouli, rosewood, blue orchid and hazelnut oils you can be assured this not only smells amazing but works miracles too. 
Seriously, this has worked wonders on my winter moisture deprived skin and my eczema too. I love the hydration, the scent, the soothing but most of all I love how amazing soft this leaves my skin. 
Clarins Blue Orchid Oil is a product I can't life without and a product that comes highly recommend too. 

Beauty Flash Balm 
Before I tried this infamous Clarins product I heard buzz that this was "a face lift in a bottle", "sleep in a tube" and more times then not people claim this is there "miracle" product. 
Usually I don't buy into things that sound to good to be true but unlike others Beauty Flash Balm lives up to the hype. 
The first thing you will notice about Beauty Flash Balm is just how amazing  your skin will immediately look. Fine sagging become tight, skin instantly look more awake and luminous and right off the bat your skin feels hydrated. 
Personally I like using Beauty Flash Balm as a makeup primer. Not only does this help extend the longevity of my foundation but this also helps my skin look luminous, feel moisturized and gives my skin an more even tone. Beauty Flash Balm is a totally unique product to the Clarins line, suitable for every age and skin type. 
On a side note it smells pretty darn amazing, heals spots and you can use it as a plumping face mask too. If you haven't tried Beauty Flash Balm do because it is out of this world amazing. 


There you have it my 3 products you need to try from Clarins. What are your favourite Clarins product's leave me a comment?






Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NSPA Hot Cloth Polish

Like most teenagers I suffered from sensitive acne prone skin. At the time I remember being recommended strong salicylic based products that temporarily helped my acne but dried the heck out of my skin. Actually, I kind of think that is partially the reason why my skin is so sensitive today. If you didn’t fall into the anti-aging or acne-prone skin ranges there really wasn’t much out there for you.  Over the past couple of years drugstore skincare has done a 180. We now see product’s for multi skin concerns, new brands, cutting edge ingredients and product’s that follow the newest skincare trends. One of these new drugstore skincare offerings in Canada is NSPA.

Sold at Wall Mart, NSPA carries skincare, bath & body care and mother–to-be product ranges. Although this brand is new to us here in Canada it has a strong 25 year history. Among there line up of interesting products was this Hot Cloth Polish. The whole hot cloth cleansing fad began with famous Liz Earl but expensive cleanser.  A hot cloth cleanse basically involves a thick cream cleanser that is to nourish the face while removing makeup and dirt. The cream is then removed by a hot muslin cloth which helps not only remove the cream cleanser but also helps physically exfoliate the face.
In my humble opinion I think this works best as the first step to a double cleanse routine. The first step exfoliates, nourishes and removes make up, while the second step aims to really give your skin a good clean.

Okay here is the thing I’ve never tried the Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser. Actually the closest thing I’ve gotten to this trend is THEFACESHOP’s Mango Seed cleanser, which is similar is texture. However even with my limited experience in the “hot cloth” world I can safely say the NSPA kicks some serious ass.  NSPA’s buttery cleanser is conveniently dispensed by a pump, which a winning quality because it’s shower friendly without getting swampy.
Yes, swampy…. shower water + potted product = some seriously questionable stuff.

This creamy formula is comprised of cocoa butter and almond oil which makes it ultra-hydrating and perfect for even the most sensitive skin types. As thick as the formula is its really easy to work into the face and gentle enough for the eye area too. If you wear a lot of eye makeup or water proof mascara this might as well be your best friend because it melts makeup off like a dream.

NSPA’s Hot Cloth Cleanser makes my skin oh- so very happy. With miracle ingredient vitamin E it makes my skin appear brighter and luminous. This also contains Neroli Oil which aids in cellular regeneration. So for those of us who suffer from acne scares or hyper pigmentation you might want to give this a go.

I love this cleanser if you haven’t noticed… The woodsy scent, the quality of ingredients, the results, the packaging heck I even love the muslin cloth it comes with. NSPAS $14.00 Hot Cloth Polish is undeniably luxurious, but without the posh price tag. For a while I gave up on drugstore skincare but NSPA’s Hot Cloth Cleanser is a testament that cutting edge, amazing products can be found at any price point.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

What is in my makeup bag?

This is a good question, because I don’t even know what’s in my makeup bag. At the start of every season my makeup bag looks refined, organized and dare I even say cute? This is not the beginning of fall and half way through the fall my makeup bag is looking rather… cluttered.  So brace yourself this is what is in my makeup bag.

Flower Lipstick Petal to the Metal
I was excited to see this Drew Barrymore's new Flower makeup line in Canada, so I decided "what the heck let’s try a lip product".  My first impression is it feels nice on the lips but it starts to look patchy when it wears off. Also, the lid keeps popping off which I hate because I fear it might ruin my purse.
We will see with this one but we are off on a bad start.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Enchantment
I picked this up last week too and although it’s new and I don’t want to jump the gun but it’s a great lip liner. I love mechanical lip liners there easy and travel friendly. I want to try some more colors from this range because while I love this raspberry color but I am craving something a little lighter.

Essie Good to Go Topcoat
Not really sure how this ended up in my makeup bag but it’s a great top coat. Mine happens to be slightly pink because I have been wearing red and burgundy polishes constantly.

La Vanilla Pure Vanilla Roller Ball
This is empty and I have been totally lugging this around with the intention to replace it.

Guerlain Rose Pompon
I am almost finished this lipstick and let face it, it’s had better days. Probably my favorite lipstick of all time, I already have back up ready to go!
If you’re into sheer, rosy- plum colors this one has my stamp of approval.

Bare Minerals Dare Devil
I got this in a Bare Minerals makeup set and am in love. This is like a pinkier lip gloss version of Guerlain Rose Pompon and it even has a minty tingle. And we all know how much I love a little tingle! I love this lip gloss but the packaging looks abused which is crazy considering I’ve only had it for a month.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extract De Gloss in Merveille
Another rosy plum lip product! In comparison to the two above Merveille is more plum then rose. It’s ever so slightly vampy, but still very wearable. Really pretty, excellent color payoff and super long wearing but like all good things this was a limited edition product!

Chanel Glossimer in 176
This blackish red lip gloss is actually pretty darn pigmented.  Personally I find really pigmented glossimers hard to wear because they always end up all over my face. In effort to finish this before it goes off, I been adding just a touch to the lips and wearing it like a sheer wash of color. With that being said because I use so little I feel like I am never going to finish this. 

Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon
This pinky red lip liner is surprisingly hydrating and sheer. I did a really bold lip look a few weeks ago and I found this to be a perfect touch up tool that got me though the night. I don't reach for this often so back into my collection it will go.

If you haven’t noticed there is a ton of crap in my makeup bag….

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Antigone
Rouge Coco Shines happen to be one of my favorite lipstick formulas ever. Antigone is a sheer strawberry red and although it’s new I think we are going to have a great future together.

Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Balm
Last lip product but probably the one I reach for the most. This color adds the perfect sheer wash of berry, it’s so very pretty! The best part about Fresh lip balms is there super hydrating and literally feel like a lip balm.

Eye Cream Sample
I love keeping eye cream samples in my makeup bag they are great if you need a pick me up after work.
The one I have now is a Re Vive sample, truth be told I have not tried this yet so I can’t contest to its performance.

Perfume Samples
Right now I am carrying an assortment of Jo Malone and one random perfume sample. Adding to the random things I carry with me half of these are empty and need to be thrown out.  I must add Jo Malone’s Blush Peony and Suede is beautiful.

Not in my beauty bag but still beauty…..
Chanel Compact
This compact I use for the mirror. I got “crafty” one day and took out the old Chanel blush this was holding. Old blush is an understatement this ancient blush was 10 years old.

Selection of moisturizers
This includes my new favorite hand cream Reve De Miel, a body lotion by L'Occitane and Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour cream.  The L’Occitane body lotion is a little overkill but it smells beautiful I just can’t get enough of its vanilla floral scent.

Darn I really carry a ton of crap with me on a daily bases. 
I also think I have a slight lipstick problem… which I’m sure many of you guys to do.
What is some product’s that you carry around? Leave me a comment!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunday’s Sample Predicament



Last Sunday unknowingly I took place in one of the nicest pampering sessions in my life. I love trying new products, but somehow I always forget to use these samples up. With a good novel in one hand and a cup of tea in the other I came to the conclusion today was the day I would use some minis. I was totally expecting good experience but little did I know I would soon counter one of the best bath experiences ever.

I started off with a scoop full of the Blithe and Bonny Honey Almond Bath Salts. I confess this is not a sample but the soothing, sweet fragrance was definitely a nice touch and added to the whole experience.  Then I did the typical face, hair, body washing routine… From this point on my typical relaxation routine went from nice to amazing…

 Jo Malone Vitamin E Treatment Scrub
Oh dear, I have never felt so posh and polished in my entire life. This gritty salt scrub is infused with Vitamin E. I truly believe the texture of this is what makes it so amazing. It’s one part greasy paste and the other part is salt. While that might be the most appealing description, it works! The thick paste adheres to your skin allowing for the scrub to thoroughly be worked into the skin. Once everything hits the water is dissolves into a rich moisturizing liquid and your left with glowing baby soft skin.
Whole heartedly I have never tried a scrub as effective as this ever!

L'OCCITANE Almond Milk Concentrate
After the Jo Malone Scrub I followed with a good helping of the Almond Concentrate. This body cream is unique in the sense that its extremely hydrating, yet feels considerably light. Not I’m not going to lie I always pictured this to be a thick greasy body butter so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered was light but just as moisturizing. As far as the scent … holy damn! If you’re into almond anything you will be a fan. I kind of feel like a bad blogger when I say this but based on scent alone I want to pick this up. Well maybe one day but more on that later…



Guerlain Super Aqua Cream- Night Balm
Age defying hydration… As a person who likes a little anti-aging and has a whole lot of dry skin this seems like the perfect combination. This feels rich, nourishing and soothes over skin effortlessly. Like so many high eye skincare ranges this smells beautifully fresh with the slightest touch of perfume. How do high end skincare ranges do it? There product’s always scented but never cause irritation to the face! As for the night balm, I woke up the next day with nourished plumped looking skin. Amazing first experience and I’m cherishing the small amount I have in the tube for another spa escape.


Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire
My relaxation routine was finally complete with a heavy dose of Guerlain’s Petite Robe Noire. I know some might not finish their pamper routines with perfume. However I love perfume so I couldn’t imagine a spa-like indulgence without. La Petite Robe Noire smells like notes of smoky black tea, almond, cherry and a touch of rose. If you’re into Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noire I think this would be up your ally.

I love getting samples and I am very thankful whenever I get one, but the thing about samples is…
So with my luxurious life changing pamper done I headed straight for the computer to see how much these astonishing products were. I was shaken to see total routine would have cost me almost $500 for full sized products.
The Jo Malone Scrub alone cost’s $90 US dollars… why did I use it all at once??
 So while I am grateful and had a great little spoil session the problem with samples is sometimes there just heart-breakingly expensive.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Leave me a comment I would love to hear.




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An All Clarins Haul

It should come to no shock to you when I say that I am a Clarins fan.  Clarins products are effective, jam-packed with great ingredients and there makeup line is pretty darn good too. So when The Bay had their gift with purchase I jumped at the opportunity to pick up some of my favourites, some things I’ve always wanted and some new things too!  

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
This is a must have for me this gentle gel cleanser is simply perfect. While this produces a good lather it’s not drying in the slightest. For $16.00 a pop it’s great value for money considering the long list of astonishing ingredients and just how mildly effective this is.  
It smells citrus-y and neutralizes hard water too… if you want you can read my whole review here.

Daily Energizer Cream
This is moisturizer features vitamin c, ginkgo biloba and turmeric, which help this skin appear radiant. I needed a basic daily moisturizer and wanted to try something new.  I liked that this moisturizer acts as a primer for your foundation and for $26.00 I thought to myself why not? Next time I might go for the hydra quench line but for now let’s see how this performs.

Beauty Flash Balm
I tried Beauty Flash balm first as a sample and I fell instantly in love. Ever since my brief run-in with this wonder cream I have been completely and utterly obsessed. Literally every time I was close to a Clarins counter I had to talk myself out of buying this. Beauty Flash balm is a miracle product that makes skin look illuminated, younger and moisturized.  Since the busy holiday season is just around the corner I thought this would be a trusty companion for tired skin.

Hydra Quench Gift
This gift came with a cleanser, serum, moisturizer and mask. I am eagerly anticipating trying all of these hydrating products especially with the colder winter months approaching. I have to say I was surprised to see how big the sample sizes are and I definitely plan on putting them through good use on an upcoming trip to Montreal.  

Renew Plus Body Serum
This was the Clarins “step-up” gift. I haven’t tried too many Clarins body products so I am excited to give this full sized moisturizer a try. I’ve read reviews on this and a lot of people swear it makes their skin baby soft. I have so many lotions of the go at the moment so stay tuned it might make it into a future favourites. 

Yes, this post has been a whole lot of Clarins but I gift with purchases are great for stocking up on some of your favourite products or new products. What are some of your favourites Clarins products? Leave me a comment!




Sunday, November 9, 2014

A little Bit of Honey

Honey is sort of a miracle product isn’t it? It has both antibacterial and calming properties. Plus even the driest to the oiliest of skin types can seek benefit from this miraculous ingredient. Unlike other wonder ingredients it actually smells good too. This is amazing because some of nature’s magical ingredients stink! Has anyone ever smelt Valerian root? Do yourself a favour and don’t! Sorting through my collection I realized I am sort of honey obsessed so I thought I would share with you all some of my favourite honey products.

NUXE Reve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream
This could be the worst hand cream in the world and I would buy it for just the scent alone. This flowery, honey scent is so beautiful I wish I could make it into a perfume.  Is there a way you can do that?
Likely this isn’t the worst hand cream in the world, its thick texture is actually absorbed instantly. Even after the first use I noticed my hands were much softer. This hand cream features coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, shea butter and even contains 89% natural ingredients. Reve de Miel is affordable, smells amazing and is effective!
 I am completely hooked and highly recommend!

NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm
I use this lip balm religiously before bed… it’s such a routine that I don’t think I could fall asleep without it. This balm has a quite the online following so I’m sure many of you have heard about this before. For those of you who haven’t this matte gritty balm it’s partially exfoliating but also a whole lot hydrating.  Totally unique in texture but it works extremely well at keeping lips smooth and moisturized.

LUSH Honey I washed the Kids
This was the very first product I’ve ever bought from Lush and it’s one that I have continued to buy over the years. Honey I Washed the Kids smells like honey and toffee. It smells so good I wish it was edible. It’s not edible so don’t try it, trust me! The gritty honeycomb side as a bonus works well to slough off dead skin. Personally I think Lush soaps are expensive but there is no denying Honey I Washed the Kids is one sweet-smelling indulgence!

I know honey is a favourite among many so leave a comment below I would love to know what some of your favourites are.