Spilledpolish - just your average Canadian blogger
Hello, I'm Maddy from Toronto (Canada). I love everything to do with beauty, so I began my blog to capture it all! I started blogging about my nail art - which I turned into a business - Beyond the Nail! Now, I continue blogging about that, in addition to other beauty products, events I attend, and other lifestyle topics.
Neostrata’s Correct Anti-Aging Collection is made up of products that contain potent antiaging ingredients such as Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to target specific aging issues. This collection targets visible lines and wrinkles, refines skin’s texture and evens skin tone. The Hyaluronic Acid Micro Infusion Patches that I had reviewed previously also fall into Neostrata’s Correct Collection.
The Hydra Filling Cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid (my favourite ingredient this year!) to attract plumping moisture to dry, dehydrated skin and it targets the skin’s hydrating matrix to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time. In conjunction with the Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum, I do actually see a visible difference. My skin is more hydrated and definitely has a glow to it.
I’ve always wanted to get a glycolic peel done because I have some acne scarring and some premature wrinkles on my forehead. Neostrata’s Dual Acid Antiaging Peel ($80 CDN) is a chemical peel which targets the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I was expecting to feel some sort of tingling or effects when I applied this glycolic peel, but I felt nothing. I applied it and left it on for 15 minutes, then rinsed it off with water. There didn’t seem to be any immediate results, and even after 4 uses, I don’t personally see much of a difference. I will probably try to increase my usage, as I’ve only used it once a week in combination with the Glycolic Microdermabrasion Polish.
Now, if you’re looking for immediate results and some sort of feeling to “know it’s working” (at least that’s how I feel haha), you 100% need to purchase Neostrata’s Glycolic Microdermabrasion Polish ($85 CDN). After washing my face, I applied and scrubbed my face with this polish and left it on for 2 minutes… my face was SO SMOOTH. I saw a huge difference in my skin’s appearance, especially on my forehead where most of my scarring and fine lines are. I will never go back to using a traditional scrub on my face anymore. This scrub is gentle on your skin, but with the addition of the glycolic acid, it really gets to work!
Which product from Neostrata’s Correct Antiaging Collection are you most interested in trying?
Finding the right place to get desserts for events can be hard. Getting both good prices and good quality products are tricky to find. Sometimes the places we forget to think about are the PERFECT places to go. I celebrated my 30th birthday this past weekend and was looking to find some treats to provide to my guests. Normally, I would search around instagram and ask friends for recommendations on where to go, but this time, I thought of Mrs. Fields Bakehouse right away! I always buy my mom a giant cookie for her birthday, so I figured I should do something similar for myself!
Mrs. Fields Bakehouse has a wide selection of gourmet, fresh products from soft-baked cookies to cakes to butter tarts! They also have some savoury pies for those who don’t have a sweet tooth I used to have a Mrs. Fields in the mall closest to my house (they recently closed), but they didn’t have as big of a selection of desserts like the Mrs. Fields Bakehouse at Sherway Gardens. This location is your one stop shop for all your parties and events! They have a ton of cookies, strudels, macarons, and individual cake slices.
Assortment of Mrs. Fields Nibblers
Maple Walnut Raisin Butter Tarts
For my birthday, I got one of their Gift Baskets filled with their Nibblers bite-sized cookies with just about every flavour of cookie they offer (White Chocolate Macadamia, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Sprinkle, Cinnamon Sugar, & more)! Every single cookie was FRESH & SOFT. It’s been 2 days since my party and I may have snuck some aside for me to eat during the week… and yep, still soft and delicious!! Along with the huge gift basket, I also had some of their Maple Raisin Walnut Butter Tarts. The crust on them were soft and buttery, and just as big of a hit as the cookies!
Mrs. Fields Bakehouse is located inside Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke, Ontario. They have SO many tasty treats which would be perfect for birthdays, work meetings, baby/bridal showers, gifts, or even just for yourself! You can of course get individual portions for yourself, or gift baskets like I got. Trust me when I say you will make any occasion that much more special with some cookies or butter tarts from Mrs. Fields Bakehouse! When I picked up my goodies from them, every single person I walked past in the mall couldn’t stop staring! My boyfriend just kept laughing and saying I was the talk of the town because everyone’s eyes were on the huge gift basket I had!
Mrs. Fields Bakehouse Inside Sherway Gardens
25 The West Mall
Etobicoke, ON M9C 1B8
These past couple of weeks were full of watching the Toronto Raptors (the only Canadian basketball team)! This is the first time in their franchise history that they’ve made it to the NBA Finals, so you know the whole country has been in an uproar with excitement! With all the games going on, I’ve been going out more to watch the games with my boyfriend and friends.. and such an occasion would usually mean sportswear, but nope, not me! I take it as an opportunity to go all out haha.
I was able to team up with Blo Bar – Lakeshore Village to promote their blow out and makeup services (you can check out my instagram for more information!). I’ve been to other Blo Bar locations in the past and always loved getting my hair done there! This time I wanted to try something new and get braids at the top of my head, with curls everywhere else. I loved it SO much, I’ve actually booked another appointment with them in 2 weeks for my birthday!
The same day, I went to a huge sports bar called Gametime to watch the game. A quick change of outfit to rock with my new hairdo, and to match my new white Rattan purse from Amerii! (If you want to check out purses like this, check out Amerii -> https://www.amerii.com).
Where are some places that you like to get dolled up for?
Primers seem to be a hit or miss with people. I’m on the fence with them only because I’ve never actually noticed any huge difference in my skin/makeup when using them. I always apply moisturizer before applying my makeup, so I find when I apply a primer, my makeup never sits properly on my skin, and if I apply my foundation with too much pressure, I find it almost lifts or smears the primer and I’m left with a blotchy/streaky mess.
When I received Revlon’s Photoready Rose Glow Hydrating + Illuminating Primer, I wasn’t that excited. I mean, I was in LOVE with the bottle and colour of the product as soon as I saw it, and I was hoping this primer would exceed my expectations since I’ve never had a good impression with any other primer.
Revlon’s Photoready Rose Glow Hydrating + Illuminating Primeris a water based primer, infused with botanical extracts, luminous quartz, and skin-hydrating beads. You can use it alone for a radiant boost, or under makeup and have your skin feeling moisturized for up to 24 hours. This primer has hydrating oil beads inside it, so to use this primer, you first have to place a few drops in your hands, then rub together to “melt” the oil beads and mix all the product together. Then you can apply it all over your face for radiant skin.
The first time I used this Rose Glow Primer, I didn’t really notice the beads and didn’t rub it together in my hands well enough so when I went to apply it on my face, I had these little clumps all over my skin from the beads not breaking down enough. It was then that I decided to read the bottle, and then actually noticed there were beads inside haha. I tried this for the first time without makeup, and didn’t see any difference in my skin – not even a shimmer from the product (which is probably a good thing, otherwise I’d look like I had highlighter all over!). I wore it another day with makeup over it, and I noticed my foundation didn’t sit entirely perfect over it, but it wasn’t bad enough that I had to redo my makeup. As I said, I don’t use primer enough anyways, so I can’t even say if my makeup is just sitting differently on my skin because of the primer or if that’s how it’s supposed to be and I’m just not used to it (I’m thinking it’s not supposed to be like that..). The one good thing to note is that it absorbs quickly and didn’t leave my skin oily at all.
Primer on my skin (you can see the skin-hydrating beads here – they almost look like air bubbles)
All rubbed into my skin – no shimmer or noticeable difference
After using this a couple times, I don’t think I would spend the money to repurchase this. I don’t see a need for it in my current skincare and makeup regimen. However, with my limited experience using primers, I wouldn’t necessarily trust my judgement as I don’t have a ton of experience with other brands. I will definitely continue to use it, even on it’s own for some extra moisture. I am more obsessed with the packaging and the colour of the product more than anything, which is probably why I want to love it so much.
Revlon’s Photoready Rose Glow Hyrdrating + Illuminating Primer is available at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $17.99 CDN.
Have you tried Revlon’s Photoready Rose Glow Hydrating + Illuminating Primer? What are your thoughts?
With the warmer weather, I’m finally hoping my skin sees the end of its dryness and flakiness. Every time I’ve gone to get a facial, I’m always told my skin is dry. I’ve always been proactive with washing my face and applying moisturizer day and night, so to hear my skin is dry is defeating. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been introducing Hyaluronic Acid into my skincare regimen to see if I can plump up my skin. Luckily, when I went to Neostrata’s secret pop-up event last month, I was given their Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum.
Neostrata’s Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum helps skin appear smoother and evenly toned, with a more lifted appearance. It has a AMINOFIL Amino acid derivative concentrated to target skin’s hydrating matrix for a more lifted appearance. Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy Acid & antioxidant chelator is added which helps to gently exfoliate and promote a more even skin tone. The serum also includes Hyaluronic Acid, which penetrates your skin’s surface to hydrate and replenish it.
Neostrata’s Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is $130 CDN for 1.0 fl oz / 30 mL. For this amount of product, the price tag would honestly stop me from purchasing it. I’m a huge believer in that not all expensive skincare/makeup is worth it, but there are some key products worth splurging on. This serum is one of those splurge worthy items! To make the most of this product, I only use one to two drops and focus it on areas where I’m most concerned of dry skin and dark spots.
I’ve been using this serum for about a month now, and although I didn’t have deep enough wrinkles to notice any difference in that aspect, I do find that my skin is much more hydrated and smoother looking. I know most products take a couple of weeks/months to actually see results, and with that, I will definitely use up the whole bottle to see if it’s made any other difference in my skin other than the added hydration.
On a side note, since I’ve been using this, I’ve had 2 people tell me that my skin is really nice. So if strangers are telling me this, it must be true!
Neostrata products are available in a ton of drugstores. Check out the Retailers Near You to find the closest store.
I received this item for free at a product launch event.
Getting ready for date night (or even a night out with my girlfriends) is my favourite. I put more effort into my hair and makeup than I do for work every day. Not only that, but I tend to wear nicer pieces of jewelry as well! I received some pieces from Moon Magic and could not wait to wear them this week for a date night with my boyfriend.
The first piece I picked out was their Opal Ring – Arrow Attitude. This ring caught my eye right away and I knew I had to get it or I’d regret it. I am so glad I did because I’ve received SO many compliments on it. The ring is made with 925 sterling silver, synthetic opal, and white topaz. It is slightly adjustable, which is perfect because I can wear it on different fingers if I wanted. However, because the size can be changed, it does feel more fragile than I’d like, so I would be careful when resizing it.
The other piece I chose was their Moonstone Earrings – Moonage Studs. These earrings at first glance look very understated, but in the light, they shine so beautifully! My boyfriend commented on how nicely they look too (so that’s better than most compliments because guys rarely ever notice things or comment without being asked first haha). These earrings are made with nickel free 925 Sterling Silver, and Genuine & iridescent Premium Moonstone.
Aside from the beautiful jewelry, I curled my hair using the 25mm barrel in the Irresistible Me – Sapphire 8 in 1 Curler set. I used to only use the 32mm barrel, but it doesn’t heat up properly anymore (after 4 years of constant use), so now I’ve moved down a size to the 25mm and I am actually LOVING it more. It brings a much elegant look to my hair, instead of a loose wavy look.
What do you think of the ring and earrings from Moon Magic?
They have SO many nice and unique pieces, I would definitely recommend getting some pieces for yourself! They have more simple pieces for an every day look, or really extravagant pieces for special occasions.
Putting yourself first can be tough when there are other people to take care of, life can get so busy and all of a sudden you realize that you’ve not paid any attention to yourself, you’ve ignored your own needs and not looked after yourself. Here are a few easy ways you can do just that without having to make extra time for yourself.
Finding time to go to the gym or exercise at home or outdoors can be hard, but even if it’s only ten minutes a day, it can make a difference. Get up early and head outside for a walk or run – it’s free, it clears your head and gets you ready for the day. Then there are the obvious health benefits, the social aspect of meeting friends to train with and make friends and it also keeps you in touch with the great outdoors.
Get Enough Sleep
The benefits of sleep are innumerable and the more rest you get, the healthier and happier you will be, and your decision-making will be improved too. Getting enough sleep detoxes your brain and recharges your batteries which means you can be at your best and do your best work when you need to be.
Talk To Your Friends And Family
Your friends and family are your support network and even if you are having a very stressful and busy day, pick up the phone for a few minutes to say hi to your Mum or your best friend – it’s what they are there for. Spend time talking about the good things that are happening in both of your lives. It will keep you grounded.
Take Preventative Measures
Invest in your health and appearance to save a fortune down the line, and if you look after yourself and do all over maintenance, then you should hopefully ward off health problems. Make sure you go to the doctor and the dentist for regular check-ups.
It might seem a bit much to ask but when you get into it, how long does it take to make a home-cooked healthy meal instead of putting some processed food in the oven? There are tools available to make chopping quicker or pre-chopped or spiralized veg ready-made. Taking care of your body is essential when it comes to looking after yourself. Make a nice meal, and if you make a bit extra, that’s your lunch sorted for tomorrow too. With the right diet you shouldn’t need any extra help but to begin with, a couple vitamin supplements can be really beneficial and if there’s a certain part of your body you’re insecure about then fix it, get some hair growth pills that actually work or eyelash extensions, if it will make you more confident to begin with.
Wake Up Earlier
While you need to get enough sleep, waking up earlier gives you that productive hour before everyone else starts imposing on your time. It’s time for you. To do this, go to bed earlier – it’s that simple.
People make a living from ironing, cleaning and dog walking, so if you need the help and have the money, then go for it. Don’t feel bad about it. Look after yourself and the rest will fall into place.
I’m going to be turning 30 next month, and whether I’m actually noticing signs of aging or if it’s just in my head, I’m noticing more fine lines and the beginning stages of wrinkles. Either way, I’m trying to introduce more moisture and anti-aging products into my skincare routine. Luckily for me, I went to a secret beauty product event last week and was told about all these new products that have Hyaluronic Acid in them, which are perfect for plumping up your skin! The brand was revealed soon after as Neostrata! They’ve been around for YEARS and brought some of the best known technologies to the skincare industry, such as Glycolic Acid. During Neostrata’s reveal launch, they introduced two new products – their Hyaluronic Acid Micro Infusion Patches and their Pure Hyaluronic Acid Biocellulose Mask. Both products are ideal for replenishing skin’s moisture and work in new fun ways!
Neostrata’s Hyaluronic Acid Micro Infusion Patches ($25 CDN) are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. At first glance, I thought they were under eye masks that would help get rid of wrinkles or puffiness. However, they’re for use on your forehead/brow furrow, crow’s feet, and laugh lines. What makes these even more unique is the rough, conical side of the patches which are applied directly to your skin. The patches are applied to your area of concern, and left on overnight for the patches to infuse the surface of your skin with Hyaluronic Acid. These are designed to smooth, plump, and fill the look of lines.
I gave these patches to my mom to try out because she has deeper fine lines than me and I wanted to see if these actually made any difference. While her skin did look a lot smoother and hydrated, I do think with continued use is when you’d see longer lasting results.
If you’ve never tried a Biocellulose Mask, I highly suggest you try them out NOW. These masks cling to your face better than any other sheet mask I’ve ever tried – regardless of the brand. They stay hydrated the entire time you wear it, without ever drying out or falling off your face. Neostrata’s Pure Hyaluronic Acid Biocellulose Mask ($10 CDN – available in June 2019) is designed to hydrate and replenish your skin with the help of 0.15% Hyaluronic Acid. When opening the package for these types of masks, take note that the mask is in-between two layers of mesh liner. The first time I ever tried one, I applied the mask as-is.. with the mesh layers. I thought it was weird, especially because it felt so “thick”. The mask I had bought didn’t have any English writing on it, so I had no idea any different. Luckily, a friend on Instagram mentioned to me that I was supposed to peel away the mesh liners to reveal the actual mask! Thank goodness for beauty blogger friends, am I right?!
When I tried this mask, I left it on for 20 minutes to get the most out of it as I could. It was easy to apply, but I think it’s because I’ve used these types of masks before.. I know the first time I ever did, it was a bit tricky. When I peeled it off, I could definitely see that my skin was more hydrated. I also massaged any leftover serum into my skin and neck.
A couple of weeks ago, I had asked my boyfriend what colour to paint my nails. He suggested purple and green – his favourite colours. I found a nail plate that said “happy birthday”, so I knew I had to pair it up – especially for his birthday!
I started by painting my nails with two coats of Beyond the Nail – Bright White. When it was dry, I took a straw, dipped it into Beyond the Nail – Space Cadet and blew it over each nail to create a spray paint look. I repeated the process for each nail, and then did the same with Beyond the Nail – Comet. Since this technique is messy and creates blobs of nail polish on your nails, I had to let it dry for about 10 minutes before adding a topcoat so it wouldn’t smudge. On my ring finger, I stamped over it using a Happy Birthday nail plate and Beyond the Nail – Deep Black. I topped each nail off with one coat of PRO FX – Complete 3 and added some green and purple rhinestones to the top of each nail.
What’s better than going to a Museum when you’re in a new city? How about going to a Museum after hours for a themed night where you can explore, engage in activities, and enjoy music and some drinks! If you’re looking for a fun date night out or to get together with your friends, check out Nature Nocturne at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. It’s held the last Friday of every month, with a new theme!
View of the giant jellyfish from the 3rd floor
I came to visit when the theme of the night was The Deep Blue – an ocean-inspired evening. There were activities all around the museum that had an ocean feel – live sea stars, seaweed tasting, and a giant jellyfish like you can see above. I definitely felt the theme all around the museum, which made it feel like much more than just a museum – it was an experience. A lot of people also dressed up for the occasion – I saw a ton of people dressed up as mermaids, pirates, and even sea creatures!
Beavers at the Mammal Gallery
Polar Bear in the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery
Tarantula in the Nature Gallery
Me in the Earth Gallery
Chasmosaurus in the Fossil Gallery
There are so many permanent galleries to see – Fossils, Water, Earth, Nature, Mammal, Bird, & the Canada Goose Arctic gallery. My personal favourite was the Fossil gallery – I really love to see dinosaurs and their skeletons! It’s insane to see just how BIG or small these animals were. There was a huge whale skeleton in the Water Gallery and it’s just amazing to see how big they can grow. I could literally fit inside the stomach of the whale, standing up!
Along with all the galleries, there are areas in the museum to grab drinks and take part in some of the activities. In one area, we grabbed a drink and watched an acrobatics show, then we got to dress up as mermaids (as you can see above – my boyfriend’s a real sport haha). There was also a VIP lounge where you can get bottle service and food in your own private area overlooking a dance floor. There were three separate dance areas playing different music, where you’re bound to like something.
You can visit Nature Nocturne at the Museum of Nature for yourself on the last Friday of every month for only $25 CDN.