Joe Fresh Jewels

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Va-va voom! For the LAST contest of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways, I wanted to get a little glam up in here.

We all talk about Joe Fresh and it's budget-friendly fashionable clothing, the revamped beauty wardrobe and even some of the season's hottest shoes. One section that I completely overlooked until this season is Joe Fresh's JEWELRY collection, available at Shoppers Drug Mart. It's sparkly, mixed metal and exactly what you need to add a little more oomph to your look.

Smashbox Faves

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I'm sad that SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways is coming to an end soon, but SO excited that I get to share amazing goodies with you. These two are more recent makeup favourites of mine that YOU could win!

Smashbox Cosmetics has been one of my go-to makeup brands for years; it started with the eyeshadow trios and the FLUSH blush that I still can't part with. Since then I discovered the brand's primers and lip products; they are seriously some of the best in the industry! The packaging is always minimalist and sleek, and they come up with unique matte tones that are hard to find anywhere else. Continue reading to find out how you can win this face primer + lipstick combo!

Electric Blue Makeup Look

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Hello, my loves! Out of all the giveaways, this one is extra special because I created a whole makeup tutorial to inspire your holiday look. I'm also combining TWO giveaways (9 +10) for SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways.

This makeup look features the highly sought-after Gritty & Glow Palettes from The Estee Edit. Once you see the video and the range of colours, you will see why I look so excited in the clip above.

Vichy Masking Trio

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We're getting close to the last few contests of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways! This one is #8.

I didn't know much about VICHY until this fall when I was introduced to the brand's latest masking trio. Be honest, how often do you use a face (or hair) mask? It felt like a burden to me for a long time, one of those things I never made time for. However, these masks have truly changed the experience for me!

QUO Lipsticks and Contouring Set

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Lucky number 7, here we go! I've been having so much fun with SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways. Make sure to click the banner on the side bar (or here) to check out everything that's been featured so far.

QUO, a brand exclusively sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, puts together special holiday kits for makeup lovers. They have quite a variety from lipstick sets, to nail polishes, contour palettes and more.

Elevate Your Skin with Olay Regenerist

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Time for the SIXTH giveaway of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways! Such a fun ride so far, have you been keeping up?

Olay has always been known for its impeccible skincare products. For me, it feels nostalgic whenever I come across anything from the brand because my grandmother was a HUGE fan. She especially loved the day and night creams because the scent never changed and the formula has been consistent since it first came to market. Recently, the brand has been unveiling the Regenerist collection which does not disappoint. Continue reading and enter to WIN!

Girl A Rama Makeup Look

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It's the 5th segment of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways and I'm SO happy this one is for makeup lovers!

Every year Benefit Cosmetics comes out with the cutest, cheeky holiday kits (including the advent calendar I mentioned previously). One of my favourites from this year is Girl-A-Rama, it includes a little bit of everything to help you achieve the perfect holiday look! 

Bioderma Sensibio Collection

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Hello #4 of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways! Playing a bit of catch up; be sure to keep checking back multiple times a day for MORE chances to win amazing goodies.

I'm happy to report that this year, Bioderma officially became one of my favourite skincare brands. It's always a tough decision, but I've been repurchasing some of these products over and over, and I know that I'll be going back for them again next year.

Blanket Scarves: A Girl's Best Friend

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KRAVE Jerky Holiday Package

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For DAY THREE of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways, I want to give you a little sweet and savoury treat for the holidays. 

KRAVE is an all-natural jerky made in California that comes in a variety of different flavours! It's great for road trips, as an appetizer. It can even be served during an intimate gathering or party.

Luxury Treatment at Home with BVspa (+ giveaway)

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Exfoliate. Nourish. Hydrate. That's what BVspa claims as its motto. Available in three different scents at Shoppers Drug Mart, it aims to bring that spa experience right to your home with high quality products and simple steps to follow for a regular routine.

Continue for a quick overview of BVspa's product offerings, imagery of the Pomegranate & Acai Berry collection, and find out how you can WIN the ultimate gift set that will help you relax and enjoy an at-home spa treatment over the holidays!

Philosophy's Iconic Amazing Grace Collection

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It's DAY TWO of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways! Be sure to come back each day over the next couple of weeks to see some of my top beauty, food & fashion picks and enter to WIN amazing contests we've lined up.

Philosophy is a brand I discovered in my late teens when I was first started to develop my love for makeup and skincare. At the time I couldn't afford it so I'd get samples from Sephora or ask for it for my birthday! Over the years I've had the opportunity to try a lot of their collections and somehow, I always go back to Amazing Grace. This 3-piece set is truly a dream because you get perfume, shampoo/shower gel AND body cream!

Sparkle & Shine with essie

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Welcome to DAY ONE of SummerxSkin's 12 Days of Giveaways! This is the first time I'm trying something like this, where I will talk about products that I love each day and give you the chance to WIN them. Be sure to come back each day over the next couple of weeks to see some of my top picks and hopefully be able to score something for yourself. ;)

Lets kick things off with nail polish. It's basically a necessity! I always find my outfit or look incomplete without a bit of colour on my nails, even if it's not the best manicure. essie always has the most unusual, yet beautiful, shades of nail polishes that are hard to replicate by any other brand.

I've curated a range of 10 polishes that include best sellers from this year, and some others that I think every lady should have in her collection! 

Cranberry Eyes Holiday Look with Yves Rocher

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Yves Rocher Holiday Gifting (giveaway closed)

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Believe it or not, Christmas will be here in no time! There have been so many years where I’ve left my shopping to the last minute, but what truly helps me is the gift guides I find online. Happy to report that I’ve got you covered on this front!

I always find the most value for my buck in holiday collections and Yves Rocher has some AMAZING bundles up for grabs at a price you won’t believe. Everything I’ve included on this list is under $20! Continue reading to see what I’ve handpicked and reviewed PLUS enter for a chance to WIN a gift for yourself. ;)

SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide

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It's here! If you follow me on social media, you probably saw that I kept hinting at something *pretty* major. I'm so excited to share the SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide with you!

I created one last year and had so much fun putting it together. Thanks to your positive feedback and support, this time we've gone bigger and better. Continue reading to see gift ideas from some of my favourite brands, AND stay till the end for the HUGE giveaway announcement!

FamJam in Niagara Falls

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SHOP MY LOOK!


Getting Ready for the Holidays with #KPMadLove (giveaway closed)

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The holidays can be both stressful + exciting. Projects pile up around this time, you're knee-deep in planning mode for the next year AND you can't forget to buy presents for all your nieces and nephews.

Instead of rushing like a crazy lady closer to Christmas, I ease into the festive spirit by doing some of the things I absolutely love about the season of giving! Here are a few ways I begin getting ready for the holidays, all while smelling absolutely fabulous thanks to Katy Perry Mad Love. Continue reading to find helpful tips and enter for a chance to WIN this delightful fragrance!

First Impression of Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! BIG Sexy Lip Kit

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While running some errands the other day, I came across this adorable lip kit from Benefit Cosmetics. Since I hadn't spotted it on Instagram or anything yet, I decided to take it home with me to play around. I shared it on Snapchat and got TONS of responses asking me to do this post, so here it is... for you!

Benefits Cosmetics is known for brows, mascara and some iconic cheek products. However, the company hasn't done too much with lips yet, so I was excited to see what they'd done with They're Real! Big SEXY Lip Kit. Keep reading for my first impression of all FOUR colours, swatches, and more.

Hat Lady

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SHOP MY LOOK!


Lash Lift Treatment from MV Beauty Lab

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Cocooning Weekend with Yves Rocher

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As we get closer to the weekend, I try to map out what it’s going to look like, the things I need to get done and how I can squeeze in some personal time. Working in the digital space (social media + blogging) means that you’re pretty much online 24/7, but there are a few ways that I like to unplug and enjoy a few quiet, relaxing hours.

Sexy Smokey Eye with Fall Colours

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I go through tons and tons of smokey eye tutorials on a weekly basis, and almost all of them are simply too dramatic unless I plan to go clubbing. Don't get me wrong, I love a complete smoked out look, but it's not for me to pull off on an everyday basis. I've been searching for one that is feminine, sexy and incorporates fall colours. So, I decided to take out a couple of palettes that I've been dying to put to use and create something of my own!

Continue reading to find out what I used and where. If you enjoy these types of posts, please let me know and I'd love to do more.

SHOP MY LOOK!



Shades of Brown

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Hello, friends! Apologies for being a little MIA here on the blog, but we've been super busy planning for holiday + 2017 and I'm so excited to share some great content with you very soon (and that means AWESOME giveaways too).

The other night I was going through my drawers and came across Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick in True Grit and got inspired to create this look featuring different shades of brown. Continue reading to find out how to achieve this look.

SHOP MY LOOK!


Get to Know Us: Marriage Q&A

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2-Year Wedding Anniversary: Photo Montage

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When James and I met more than seven years ago, it wasn't just a coincidence. Everything happens for a reason and I knew then that he was going to be my soulmate. Two years into marriage and we are both happier, healthier and stronger together.

Besides sharing little snapshots on social media and a couple of featured articles, I realize that I never showed you the official photos from our incredible 3-day wedding! Here is a *small* photo montage of everything that happened. Enjoy!

Beauty Must-Haves from Shoppers Drug Mart Top Picks

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Last weekend I went to CF Toronto Eaton Centre to check out an activation held by Shoppers Drug Mart to support its Top Picks in the beauty category. You might’ve seen some of the buzz around it already but I shared photos on social media here, here and here.  

Until October 7, Shoppers Drug Mart is hosting a great in-store event featuring their Top Picks, categorized as Top Sellers, Hidden Gems and New Finds. The best part? You can earn BONUS Shoppers Optimum Points if you purchase items from the list. That’s always a win in my books.

Black, Blue + Beige

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Perfect Fragrances for Fall

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Out of the five senses we all have, smell is definitely my strongest one. I can smell something from a distance and take a pretty good hint at what it could be. Some say it's a gift, but of course... that depends on what the smell is! I even have names for certain scents such as the "outside smell" or "rain smell". I know, I'm a weirdo.

Since I'm so in touch with that sensory of mine, fragrance is a very important, personal thing to me. I wear a different perfume almost daily and it is all dependent on what I'm doing that day, where I'm going and how the weather is outside.

I'm sharing my four favourite fragrances that will be on repeat this fall - continue reading to find out which ones I'm loving!

Everyday Makeup Look for Fall

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As we start to face chilly mornings and less sunlight, there isn’t much that I like to do except snuggle during my downtime with good books and delicious coffee. While I love to do my makeup and put on as much highlight as possible, most days I enjoy keeping my look simple and elegant for the office.

I’ve partnered with Yves Rocher to show you an easy breezy everyday makeup look that is perfect for fall! You can add your own touches and make it suitable for work (or school if you’re a student). I’m so excited to be a brand ambassador for Yves Rocher; the brand’s passion for botanical beauty and a healthy, green environment are two factors that really stood out to me. We’ve got a lot of great content planned for you – stay tuned as we unveil it all!

Chill Zone Makeup Look

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Whoa. The minute I came across the shade "Chill Zone" by Smashbox Cosmetics, I knew two things: 1) it's different from anything else in my collection and, 2) I had to create a look using it immediately!

Unicorns Are Real

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Lipidol: Oils for Daily Skincare

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked is if my makeup or skincare routine changes throughout the seasons... and the answer is YES. Weather can have such a huge impact on how your skin reacts in the heat or cold, and it can also inspire the type of looks you want to go with.

A big trend that I've been following but have been scared to try are beauty oils. For the longest time I avoided oils, mainly because I thought they were too messy and didn't know how to apply them properly. Just a few years ago I welcomed hair oils into my life, and have never looked back.

Recently I've been hearing great things about cleansing and moisturizing oils, specifically Lipidol (from the makers of Bio-Oil). In order to keep my skin hydrated during the colder months, I've decided to test them out and walk you through some benefits of their products.

Wear Your #DesignerSmile With Confidence

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This is a sponsored post. However, all photos and opinions are my own.

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end soon. My husband and I are trying to make the most of our last few weeks before chilly nights start to get in the way!

We made a pact to explore the city as much as we could, so we got new bikes at the beginning of the season and have put them to very good use. I’m happy to report that we’ve done everything you plan to do during the summer months including BBQ dinners, weekend getaway to the cottage with friends, a lot of ice cream dates and a fun little picnic with my adorable niece. Thanks to Colgate* Optic WhiteTM/MC, I was able to wear my #DesignerSmile through it all.

Farm Vibes

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You Give Me Butterflies

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Anti-Aging Skincare Simplified with IDC

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Your skincare routine can be as complicated or simple as you choose for it to be. As I get older, I often think about giving my skin a detox or being less harsh with the different types of products or chemicals I use on a daily basis. Now available at beautyBOUTIQUE.caIDC (Integral Dermo Correction), a Canadian company, has simplified the anti-aging process for us by producing a line of skincare that is easy to use, customizable based on your needs and provides effective results!

Boho Maxi

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All the Nudes! OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016

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Bright colours, bold prints, pastel shades. That's what we usually think of when summer comes to mind. However, after seeing a lot of neutral on the runway for spring/summer, OPI came out with the Infinite Shine Summer 2016 collection, which features six stunning neutral shades ranging from light pinks to beige, as well as a couple of nude colours with a hint of yellow and brown.

Jamesie's Almond Date Scones

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Last weekend I woke up to my condo smelling like sweet cinnamon and baking; I knew James was up to something! He spent the morning baking these delicious almond date scones, a recipe he dreamed up and brought to life. We were both so pleased with how they turned out, we decided to make them again a couple of days ago!

I'd happily invite you over to come and share a batch with us, but they never last! These soft, buttery balls of baked dough are easy to make and an absolute treat to share with a group of friends.

How to Style a Jumpsuit

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First Impression of THEFACESHOP's CC Intense Cover Cushion

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The cushion foundation has been SO popular in the beauty community this summer and that only meant one thing: I had try it.

I've been using skincare products from THEFACESHOP for years now but didn't get an opportunity to explore the makeup line until now. The brand recently came out with a series of cushion foundations including the one that I tested this week called CC Intense Cover Cushion!

Mm Mm Candied Almond Biscotti

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Well, this is a little awkward. You thought you clicked the wrong blog, didn't you?

I promise, it's still me here, Anum from SummerxSkin. I'm super excited to introduce a new category today and it's going to be all about FOOD. Every Friday, you can come here to find a new recipe that has been tried, tasted, touched up and perfected. Maybe we can call it Food Friday? TGIFood? I'll try to think of a better name...

To be completely transparent, I originally started this blog thinking it would be a great way for me to teach myself how to cook and share my learnings with you. Of course that didn't work out as planned and instead, I eventually married my husband who is an INCREDIBLE cook. He prepares almost 100% of our meals, but I've always been the better baker (shh, don't tell him that). It works out well because he will make dinner and I sweeten things up with dessert! He'll be helping me with this series and together, we will share AWESOME recipes with you + tips and tricks from the expert himself. Let me know what you think of the first one!

Pokewalk in Stripes

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Celebrating 4 Years of SummerxSkin!

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Four years ago I started this little space on the Internet...and I've never looked back! I didn't know what it could do for my career or where it would take me but now I can happily say that this is where I belong.

Confessions with #ColgateDailyRepair (+ giveaway)

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This is a sponsored post. However, all photos and opinions are my own.

We all have our secrets, right? Something that only your very close loved ones would know if anyone at all? Well, I’m going to share mine with you but you have to promise not to judge. Ready?

That Military Green Though

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Shake Things Up with Lancome Juicy Shaker

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Tinted lip gloss was never my thing…until now. I've always been a lipstick kind of gal: matte, bold and long-lasting. However, I opt for a non-sticky, light gloss in the summer to give my lips a nice glow. Lucky for me, Lancome recently came out with Juicy Shaker, the latest beauty innovation everyone's chatting about, so I gave them a shot!

Floral Mesh

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Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort

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