NOTE Cosmetics Launch in Canada

Friday, December 22, 2017

A popular brand from Europe recently joined us here in Canada, and it is NOTE Cosmetics! This vegan and environment-friendly makeup line is now available at select Rexall stores and I couldn't be more excited.

I had the opportunity to explore NOTE Cosmetics in detail at the Holiday Pop-Up at Richmond-Adelaide Centre a couple of weeks ago, and got a wonderful makeover by the lovely makeup artist, Christine Cho!

Side-Swept Braid & Loose Curls for this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 21, 2017

WOW! I’m not sure what happened this year, but I can barely grasp that we’re SO close to Christmas and 2018 is around the corner. Lately, I’ve been finding ways to cut my beauty routine in half so I can spend more time on other things that matter, and yes, that includes hair and makeup for holiday parties!

Continue reading if you’re curious how I achieved this look, PLUS a couple of cute gift ideas from Goody.

Holiday Makeup Look with Yves Rocher

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Get your glow on this holiday season! Here is a look that I've created using all Yves Rocher products; very shimmery and dewy with a POP of a dark lip.

SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide: Everything Under $100 (+ giveaway)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alas! The annual SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide is here! If this is your first time on my blog or checking out this guide, I love curating items that are practical, can be utilized throughout the year, and work well as stocking stuffers or wrapped gifts under the tree.

Continue reading to see gift ideas from some of my favourite brands, and stick around until the end for a HUGE giveaway!

Holiday Entertaining with Italpasta

Monday, December 4, 2017

I love hosting people at our condo! Large gatherings, dinners, sleepovers... you'd be surprised at how many people we can fit in our tiny 600 square foot condo.

While every occasion is a delight for us, December is where everything comes full circle and we love to have intimate dinner parties with our friends to enjoy good food, drinks and conversation. It's also a great way to wrap up the year!

Entertaining can be both fun and stressful. Lucky for us, Italpasta made the process a lot easier with their incredible offerings that inspired us to create quick recipes for a dinner.

Make Gift Giving Easier with Blue Nile

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Friends, I may look calm in these photos but inside I am freaking out! As if life wasn’t already busy, the holidays make everything 10x crazier.

Yves Rocher Lipstick Swatches & Makeup Tutorial

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I recently got the chance to test Yves Rocher's latest lipstick collections and am happy to report they are hydrating, long-wearing AND moisturizing!

LipSense Application and Review

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Have you heard of LipSense? You might have an acquaintance or family member who raves about it and constantly encourages you to check it out.

After reviewing a few LipSense products for the past few months, I'm ready to share pros and cons about this unique set of lippies. Be sure to watch the video to hear my full review + demo application of how it works.

Are you going to try Lipsense? Let's chat about it more on Instagram or Twitter!

Key Skincare Tips from VICHY for a Smooth Summer-to-Winter Transition

Monday, November 6, 2017

Everyone has been feeling it lately: changes in mood, exhaustion, getting sick. Transitioning from one season to another can be difficult, and we often don't realize the strain it can put on our body and mind.

One big thing to also remember is how weather affects your skin. After recently joining the VICHY University (Phase Two) webinar a couple of weeks ago, there were a lot of things I learned + key tips that I'm sharing with you to help as your skincare routine adjusts from summer to fall/winter like mine.

Joker Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween, friends!

It is a bit surprising that I haven't done a Halloween-themed makeup tutorial before, especially since James and I love celebrating it. I guess there is a first time for everything! I dressed up as the iconic Joker character; it's been on my mind for a few years and turned out to be more easier than I expected. I didn't want to look insanely scary or *ugly*, so I spiced it up with a smokey eye and pretty lips.

What do you think of my Halloween makeup tutorial? Let's chat on Instagram or Twitter!

One Top, Three Fall Looks + The Effortless Goody Ponytail

Monday, October 9, 2017

Autumn, is that you? If you’ve been following me for a while you probably know that fall is my favourite time of year. Everything from the change in scenery to adding dark, bold colours to my wardrobe, refreshing my work/life/fitness routine and of course… LAYERS. Now is the time to take advantage of blazers, scarves and cute booties you’ve got in your closet - it is time for them to shine, even if it won’t last for long.

Check out how I’ve created three different looks with one lace top. Continue reading to see how I’ve been doing my hair lately using Goody accessories, I call it the Flawless, Effortless Ponytail!

Matte is in for Fall: Check out the POREfessional Line

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Can we take a moment to talk about how it's September already?! I spent the last few days getting ready for fall and am excited to transition my wardrobe to muted tones + rich colours, but still holding on to the warmth for as long as I can!

Speaking of seasons changing, it's time to put those epic dewy foundations away and embrace a nice contoured matte face. Benefit Cosmetics recently came out with makeup that exactly helps with this while reducing the look of pores/skin sensitivity. How amazing is that?

IT Cosmetics is *FINALLY* Available in Canada

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

After years of hearing some of my favourite YouTubers and media talk about how amazing IT Cosmetics is, we finally get a chance to explore the brand ourselves at Sephora Canada. Such an exciting moment!

Stay Inspired

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yesterday I woke up with the biggest smile on my face. After 3 and a half weeks of a headache constantly swirling around my brain and the back of my eyes, I finally felt it fading away this past weekend. I tried getting more sleep, increasing my daily exercise, changing my diet (a bit)... even gave up coffee for a couple of days. Nothing helped until I stopped complaining and went on with my life regardless!

Vichy Skin Essentials for Summer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

If you haven't tried any skincare products from Vichy yet, you need to stop what you're doing right now (...maybe after reading this post) and go to your local drugstore! Ever since indulging in the masking trio last year, I have been testing and adding more items to my skincare routine.

Fortunately for me, Vichy has kindly been sending me their launches as they hit the market and to be honest, it's hard to choose one product I've been loving this year so I'm going to tell you about FOUR!

Build Your Ultimate Wardrobe: Invest in Quality Pieces

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I've been living in dresses lately. While that has always been my "go-to" style, instead of getting the trendiest affordable pieces or sifting through racks of fast fashion, I've come to realize that investing in fewer, high quality items goes a long way when creating your ultimate wardrobe.

4-Days in Montreal: What to do, Eat and See

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back in the spring I had the opportunity to go on a business trip to Montreal for C2. I ate amazing food, did some shopping, and even asked James to join me for the weekend! The last time I explored the city for multiple days was a few years back, so it felt really good to revisit and make new memories.

My Experience Getting a Facial at Yves Rocher (+ giveaway)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ever wonder what to look for in a facial or factors that will help identify good skincare health? Check out my latest video as I walk you through my experience getting a facial at Yves Rocher. I opted for the Purifying Botanical Treatment; continue watching to find out how I felt before/during/after!

C O L O U R F U L Summer Makeup Look

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Well, I had all these high hopes for summer but then it decided to rain almost EVERY single day. I couldn't go to the beach as much I wanted, but the weather didn't stop me from playing with colourful makeup!

This has been my go-to for the last few weeks; here is why I'm loving these Lancome goodies.

4 Quick, Easy Hairstyles for Summer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer is all about colour, fun patterns and accessories; why not try out a floral crown headband or bright hair ties from Goody? Check out my latest video showing you 4 easy, quick hairstyles that are perfect for the season.

Treating My Hair to Schwarzkopf Keratin Color

Friday, July 14, 2017

It’s been raining in Ottawa this whole week that I’ve been here and I’m glad to have casual clothes and comfy runners to help battle gloomy weather. My hair, however, has been on a completely elevated level with the new hair colour treatment I recently tried.

I’ve been using Schwarzkopf Color Ultime in Flaming Reds for a while now and have been so impressed with the quality and longevity that I haven’t needed to go to a salon at all for correction or to fix anything. Instead of grabbing the same box again, this time I opted for Schwarzkopf Keratin Color in Bordeaux Red (4.7) to give my hair a nice treatment for summer.

Five Sunscreens I'm Loving This Summer

Friday, July 7, 2017

Everyday I hear the same story from someone about a friend who got burnt after being under the sun for only a few minutes, or that they're peeling and hurting like crazy from a day at the beach. While I'm all for the motto, "Beauty is pain," the sun is absolutely no joke.

Does It Work?! Review of Clarisonic's Latest Sonic Foundation Brush Head

Friday, June 30, 2017

Clarisonic and I have been friends for a long time and I generally don't have any complaints about our relationship. I was recently sent the latest innovation by their brilliant team: the Sonic Foundation Brush Head. Of course, I immediately decided to test it out and film a first impression of it!

4-Day Lisbon Travel Guide

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ever since we came back from Lisbon, I've been yearning to go back and explore more. It's no secret that I fell in love with Portugal; what's even more fascinating is how many of you keep asking me for travel tips and what to see, eat and do there!

I've got a video dedicated to our week in Portugal that includes Lisbon, Sintra and Porto. Check it out if you haven't already. However, I thought it might be fun to put a *quick* guide together as well. As much as this is for those of you requesting a post, it's actually a great memory for me and James since it was our first time traveling to Europe together.

Pretty Scents for Summer

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You didn't think I'd forget to do a roundup of my favourite summer scents, did ya? I'm an avid collector (and wearer) of perfume and when I like a certain type, it becomes a serious relationship really quickly.

A few months ago I shared a list of fall fragrances I was loving and thought to do a refresh of that now. Continue reading to find out which new fragrances I'm loving this warm season, as well as a couple of staple favourites of mine!

April + May Favorites

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The last time I created a Favorites roundup, I compiled a HUGE list covering off recent hair, skincare and makeup products I've been loving lately, and thought to do something similar for the last couple of months.

Take a Step Back and Breathe

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

First Impression of Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to attend an event that Wet n Wild hosted in Toronto. Even though it is a brand that has been around for a long time, it wasn't talked about that often until recently when they launched the Photo Focus collection.

Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Collection is a Cocktail of Citrus & Spice

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's tangy, citrusy, spicy. I'm not talking about the last meal I made using a cookbook I recently picked up. Herbal Essences' new Argan Oil of Morocco collection is definitely something to indulge in.

A Week in Portugal

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Here it is! A *short* video of what we did, ate and learned in Portugal. I've been promising this vlog to my Insta-fam for the last couple of weeks, and finally wrapped it up. There was so many hours of footage that I had to filter through and compile into less than 20 minutes.

Feeling Uninspired? Visit Europe For a Few Days

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

After pinning Portugal-related things and researching its culture for the last couple of years, I spontaneously booked a flight for two to Lisbon one afternoon. I didn't know where we'd be staying or what exactly we would do, but I knew that I'd need a pick-me-up at the end of March to get over the winter hump, enjoy sunshine and welcome a new season.

What About Your Hair? Must-Try Lip Trends for Spring

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Whenever I get ready for an event or occasion, it seems like I can easily spend 40-50 minutes doing my makeup. Once I’ve perfected my face, I’m already running late and try to whip something up with my hair with the 3-5 minutes I have to spare! It’s a terrible habit but I am always on the hunt to find pretty, effortless hairstyles that I can achieve in a very short amount of time to complete my look.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Goody to share chic, affordable and easy-to-achieve hair looks throughout the year in hopes to inspire your hair creations! Let’s begin with a couple of lip trends I’ve been absolutely loving, and the hair styles that pair perfectly with them, that I want to implement into my lifestyle this spring/summer.

Our Idea of Easy, Fun Date Nights

Friday, May 5, 2017

As much as James and I enjoy exploring the city, checking out Toronto's hottest restaurants or going to a show/movie, we are complete homebodies at heart. Our idea of the perfect fun night out is being curled up at home or going for casual strolls around our neighbourhood (woo, the Junction!) with our cute furry friend.

Lately we've both been traveling quite a bit, sometimes with conflicting schedules. Being at home and coming up with quick, in-the-moment "date night" ideas has become our thing! Here are some ways we've been spending quality time together, while being relaxed, stress-free and comfortable.

My Eyebrow Routine & Tutorial #BoldisBeautiful

Thursday, May 4, 2017

One of my most frequently asked questions is how I do my eyebrows. Since it is highly requested, I decided to film the process for you! I'm not going to lie, eyebrows are the one thing I spend MOST of my time on when I'm doing my makeup; at least a good 5-8 minutes. Check out the video above for the full tutorial, as well as little tips and tricks that I like to do on a daily basis to ensure they stay put all day!

Every May, Benefit Cosmetics has a program where EVERY dollar from brow wax services goes to charities empowering women. Participating countries include Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, UAE, USA, UK and our very own, Canada!

Your Skin Routine Needs a Spring Makeover Too

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

We’re in the middle of a fresh new season and I always find this time of the year to be inspiring because you get to embrace spring cleaning. Get rid of your bulky winter parka and bring out the jean jackets; clean that pantry you’ve been dreading all winter for healthier snack options. One thing we absolutely can’t forget about is your skincare routine!

Here are some little tips you could incorporate into your day-to-day lifestyle that will have YOUR skin thanking you.

We Need to Talk About Marcelle's Latest Lip Collection

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Maybe it's the fact that Marcelle is a Canadian brand or it could be that it's seen as your ordinary drugstore find, but I hadn't heard much about the latest lipsticks and lip liners and we absolutely NEED to discuss them.

Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Gives Incredible Results

Friday, April 21, 2017

Remember when I shared this post last week with photos of how badly my hair colour had faded?! Well, I took the challenge and gave Schwarzkopf Color Ultime a try and the results are… incredible.

What's In My Bag

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maintaining my Hair Colour with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I love red hair! It looks good on any skin tone, and there are SO many variations you could try to find the perfect shade for you. However, with stubborn dark hair like mine, it’s almost impossible to get the desired bright red that I want without bleaching it, so I simply keep a reddish tint in it; it looks lovely under the sun or bright light, and I really like the warmth it brings to my face.

February + March Favorites

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I completely lost track of time and didn't do my monthly round-up for February, so I'm making up for it with an extra-long post PLUS tons of amazing products I've been loving in February and March.

Must-Haves from Pixi Beauty

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I came across Pixi Beauty a few years ago when Target came to Canada. Sadly, when that chain failed miserably here and shut down all its stores, it meant that all good beauty brands I had discovered left along with it.

Now, Pixi Beauty is available at select Shoppers Drug Marts across Canada and I was so excited to give this line another chance! I was fortunate to receive a whole range of goodies from the brand and I'm sharing my five must-haves with you.

6 Tips for Healthier Hair

Friday, March 17, 2017

As my hair journey continues, I’ve been researching a lot about what products to use, techniques to avoid and habits to break. Having coloured hair can be damaging enough all on its own, and while I won’t be stopping that anytime soon, why not try to make my locks healthier in other ways?

Here are 6 tips that I’ve been implementing lately, and have noticed a difference:

Bold with Smashbox Cosmetics Cover Shot Palette

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Launch of GLISS Hair Repair at Shoppers Drug Mart

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I recently complained about how I've been finding my hair extra dry and brittle this season. Well, the hair gods were listening and I was fortunately introduced to GLISS Hair Repair by Schwarzkopf!

Continue reading to find out about this latest initiative, the five different types of treatments + get a peek at the Toronto launch party I went to couple of weeks ago.

Getting Back into Flow with Yoga Tree Studios

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

When I first began yoga practice (seven years ago), I was stiff, barely flexible and didn't have a clue as to what I was doing. As much as I wanted to roll up my mat and escape the class quietly, I took the polite route and stuck until the end. On my way home, I had a new sensation in my body that I didn't know existed... I was actually feeling relaxed. I didn't ever want to lose that feeling; I started doing yoga daily, sometimes twice a day, and kept the momentum for a year.

Somewhere between growing up and building my career, I forgot to keep up with my practice. It wasn't until recently this year that I was given the opportunity to start again with Yoga Tree Studios and I could NOT pass it up!

January Favorites

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Smith Farms All-Natural Winter Survival Skincare

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What started as a simple experiment in the farm turned into an all-natural skincare line by sisters Julia and Rebecca Sinclair-Smith. I was recently introduced to Smith Farms and here is what I've been testing so far as part of the winter survival kit!

The Netflix Addiction

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I have an addiction. Despite the photo above, it's not an addiction to food. I'm addicted to TV shows on Netflix. As soon as I hear about a show that a friend has been enjoying, I absolutely have to add it to my list.

Best of Beauty 2016

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Get your coffee or tea ready because this is *quite* the list!

I often get asked what my favourite lipstick is, or which foundation I use the most. While I'm constantly trying new things and exploring different ways of applying makeup, there are staple products that I gravitate towards on a regular basis. Once I start to like an item, I wear it quite often! This is a list of my favourite beauty products of 2016; it consists of makeup that I tried and fell in love with this past year, others include items that have carried over from previous years.

Here we go!

All About Good Vibes

Friday, January 6, 2017

Chicago in 36 Hours + Get Ready With Me

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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