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Daydreaming about a trip to the spa? Well, you're certainly not alone because this mama could use a soak, sauna and sangria; in that order. I've been spoiled by a trip to the Nordik Spa  and I fantasize about it pretty much daily. But if running away to Chelsea to spend the day blissfully in your bathrobe isn't in the cards for you anytime soon, perhaps a visit to Vichy Laboratoires is the next best thing. It's just down the aisle at your local drugstore, after all (if you're still keen on staying in your bathrobe though, you can always shop online. I'm not here to judge, but I can't say the general public will be as forgiving).

As a wise Parks & Rec character once said, "Treat yo'self!". Of course that sentiment also applies to your skin!
Vichy is one of the brands I've loved even before I started beauty blogging because their products are always consistently amazing. I'm talking that euphoric post-spa sensation, encapsulated in bottle-form. If you're seeking a little pamper sesh this weekend, here's some of my fave Vichy products that'll give you spa-tastic skin!

Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying Daily Skin Booster
- $39.95 CAD for 50mL or $49.95 CAD for 75mL at Shopper's Drug Mart

If you ask me what one single skincare product I cannot live without, this is would be the winner. Hands down.
I quite honestly recommend this to everyone I know that asks for skincare recommendations. Reason being, I don't know anyone who wouldn't benefit from this skin booster! It's such a versatile skincare product that you can truly tailor it to suit your needs, no matter what that may be. I use Mineral 89 year-round (though I bump up my usage to twice a day in the winter months, because colder weather = drier skin for me).

It holds its own very well as a moisturizer for those with normal skin types. Though if you really want the best bang for your buck, incorporate it into your regular skincare regime by using it as a primer for your moisturizer. It acts as a humectant to really lock in all that precious moisture. so you stay glowy & hydrated all day long. Plus you'll find you won't have to use as much moisturizer as a result! It's a skin & money saver all in one!

Vichy Liftactiv Hyalu Mask - $59.99 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

Not everyone has the time (or the patience) to sit down and wait for a face mask to do its job, and I respect that. Which is why I'm obsessed with the new Hyalu Mask, and it instantly made it to the top shelf of my bathroom cabinet.

This powerhouse formula works in just 5 minutes to give you skin that's just as plump and juicy as the ripest summer peach. All thanks to the magic of hyaluronic acid (you'll see this ingredient a lot in Vichy's lineup, and for good reason; it's like the nectar of the gods when it comes to skincare). When the timer runs out, you just wipe off any excess with a damp cotton pad. No scrubbing over a skin or bracing yourself for a painful peel-off. Just instant, glorious results!

Vichy Aqualia Light Cream - $39.95 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

Sometimes all you need is a good moisturizer to start the day off on the right note. And this stuff gets the job done perfectly every time.

Consider this a 'not-so-basic' basic day cream. Thermal water and, you guessed it, hyaluronic acid, pair beautifully in this formula to give the face a splash of hydration that lasts all day long. What I love most about this is the fact that it gives you all the benefits of a rich cream, without any heavy or greasy residue. While this same moisturizer comes in a 'rich' formula as well, I found that this is plenty hydrating for my combination skin (especially when I layer it overtop my trusted Mineral 89).

Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask - $34 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

This is another super-speedy skin treatment that I swear by. The combination of bentonite and kaolin clays work together to gently give your pores a good, deep clean. Unlike other pore purifying masks, I don't find my skin to feel uncomfortably dry after using this, I'm always left with that squeaky clean feeling we all seek.

Sometimes I use this as a spot treatment, other times I slather it all over my face (usually during that time of the month). I enjoy watching it dry down and seeing all the impurities surface like freckles in the process. It might remind you of another popular 'mud' mask, but just remember that Vichy's is not only half the price, it works super fast as well. WHOOPS, I just spilled tea everywhere while I typed that out. Silly me.

Vichy Teint Ideal Highlighter - $27 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

If it wasn't glaringly obvious by seeing the worn-off text on this little tube, this happens to be a very well-loved product of mine. Long-time readers of mine can tell you that I have a slight highlighter obsession, and this is where it all started.

This gives your skin that perfect, dewy, lit-from-within, I-woke-up-like-this gleam. It's a gorgeous pearlescent shade that isn't over the top (though it's buildable to blinding levels, if that's your preference). I really enjoy the rollerball applicator because you can glide it across the cheekbones, or dot it wherever you want a little extra glow. It doesn't disrupt any of your base makeup either, just melts in effortlessly and shines bright all day long.

Have you tried any products from Vichy? Which are your faves (perhaps they even made this list)? Share with me in the comments!
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Discovering new beauty brands is one of the reasons I love blogging. But not everything that comes across my desk hits the mark. 
The folks at Influenster sent over a complimentary box of VDL Cosmetics products, and I was overwhelmed with the amount I received. Truthfully, I was only expecting a bottle of foundation and primer, so I was pretty excited to see a bunch of goodies to play around with.
Unfortunately, things did not work out. 
When I confessed on Instagram Stories that I had some negative feelings towards these products, The majority of you wanted me to 'spill the tea', so to speak. While I was tempted, I ultimately decided to bite my tongue.  Here's why.

I received everything from primer to setting spray from VDL Cosmetics, a brand that is very new to me (and perhaps to you). But just because these didn't work out for me doesn't mean that'll be the case for everyone!
Keep reading to learn more.

When I started Doll and Dye, my intent was to rediscover my longtime love of writing. I wanted to share things that filled me with joy, and inspire others to dip their toes into the unfamiliar. To take risks and embrace all colour in every aspect of their lives. It's been 3 years since I hit the publish button on my first post, and this little blog of mine has grown in ways I couldn't have ever predicted. For that, I am grateful beyond words.

Being able to share my thoughts on different products and hearing your feedback, or shared love is what keeps me going. Knowing that even just one person reads these ramblings of mine is enough to motivate me. So of course that means I want to keep things as positive as possible on this platform of mine. I'm very fortunate to receive products such as these, from brands who simply want an honest review in exchange. Though the reality is that not every single thing will work out in my favour.

I'd spill the tea, but I'd hate to get burned. Plus who wants to clean up that mess?
I fully believe that honesty is always the best policy, especially when it comes to reviewing.
However, there is a stark difference between being honest and being blatantly rude.
In some instances, I'll share products that didn't work out if I feel there might be someone else out there who might enjoy it. Other times, I won't (and I'll politely disclose to the sender why I won't).
I simply don't feel comfortable ranting and raving about why I thought a certain product was 'bad'. You don't need that negativity in your life (and quite honestly, neither do I).

I apologize if you truly wanted a thorough breakdown of these products. But because I did promise a review, I'm going to keep this short and sweet.
The VDL Cosmetics products I received did not perform in the ways I had hoped they would. I tried several times to make them work, and that includes applying them in different manners, and seeing how they interacted with different products. No matter what I did, they just did not satisfy me.

But just like any other review, your opinion could differ greatly from mine! I've had readers try out something that I loved and it didn't meet their expectations. And that's okay! I do intend on trying out other products from VDL Cosmetics on another occasion, and I remain optimistic that there is something in their range I'll love.
And maybe there's something out there for you, too.
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The world of drugstore beauty has really risen up in the last few years. More and more I'm finding the quality of affordable cosmetics is often on par (or better than) those in the high end category. I'm always excited to see how longtime brands have stepped up their game, which is why I'm excited to share what I received from Almay!

I can't honestly recall the last time I had Almay products in my beauty stash. Though I do remember loving their eyeshadows back in high school. There was a smokey shadow trio that was designed to enhance green eyes which I loved dearly, though looking back my execution wasn't that great. Thankfully my technique has since improved, and my brush collection isn't limited to the sponge applicator that the trio came with.

I was looking forward to seeing how Almay's formulas have changed over the years. The packaging looks a lot more vibrant & playful, which gives me the impression that they're trying to tap into a younger market (that said, I can't say with much confidence who their previous market was, considering I don't hear many fellow beauty gurus talking about this brand).

Something I didn't know is that everything in their lineup is formulated for sensitive eyes and skin. That means everything is hypoallergenic and opthalmologist tested (contact lens wearers rejoice!).

They say first impressions are the most lasting for a reason, so I wanted to share my initial reactions to each of the products I received. Consider this a live-feed for my personal unboxing session (seriously, I voice recorded myself as I opened and swatched everything). Let's dive in and see which Almay products are 'all-that'!

Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite - $12.46 CAD at Walmart

This was the product I'm most excited to try and - oh. Oh no.
It's just straight. up. glitter.

When I wear highlighter, I look for a dewy, wet-look, lit-from-within finish. This just reminds me of a tub of body glitter I used to have back in the early 00's, that I would slather all over my décolletage to feel like a Spice Girl.

Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lites in Unicorn Light (top) & 24K Dreams (bottom).

While the texture is really fun to poke at, I consider this a miss. If you're into glittery highlighters, or want something fun to wear for festival season, this might be the one for you.

Almay Goddess Glosses - $8.96 CAD at Walmart

I love a prismatic moment, and I wear glosses more than any other lip product these days (something I never thought I'd say after 2006). I love all the different colour reflects just looking at them in the tubes.

Almay Goddess Glosses in Cosmic (top) & Magic (bottom)

Let there be pigment! I love when lipsticks swatch exactly as expected. 'Cosmic' would look gorgeous as a lip topper. It would give so much dimension on an otherwise basic nude lipstick. 'Magic' isn't something I would normally reach for, but I'm pleasantly surprised at how flattering a shade it is!

My only gripe? I'm not crazy about the applicator. It's pretty stiff, but honestly I can look past that. These are so rich, buttery and buildable. I just added these to the top drawer of my beauty stash, which is pretty prestigious in case you didn't know.

Almay One-Coat Mega Volume Mascara - $9.96 CAD at Walmart

This is the strangest mascara wand I've come across. It looks like a little tornado. Won't this be hard to fit into the inner corner? I'm both confused and intrigued.

The application isn't as bad as I thought. I don't think I've applied mascara this carefully before. The wider bristles at the end of the wand actually do a decent job of hooking onto those inner corner lashes quite nicely.

After one swipe I can say this; it's not so great at volumizing, but I do like the length & definition it gives my lashes. I'm giving this a 7/10. I don't think I'll get over this brush, though.

Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadows - $8.97 CAD at Walmart

Cream shadows can be very hit and miss in my experience, so these have me feeling a little bit nervous. I'm hoping for intense jewel-tone pigment, and a crease-proof finish. Here goes nothin'!

Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadows in Ruby Glam (top) & End Game (bottom)
There's that pigment again! I love this finish, it's like a muted shimmer without being too glitzy. Actually, the name 'Velvet Foil' is spot on. Even the colours have me swooning! I might even mix these shades together at some point in the future.

I should also point out that I squeezed out the teensiest amount for these swatches. These little tubes will go a long way if you're gentle with them!

Almay Shadow Squad Eyeshadows - $8.97 CAD at Walmart

I am really confused by these little guys. I didn't realize it at first, but there are 4 different finishes in each compact; matte, satin, metallic & glitter. I feel like I have to look at it from every angle possible to see a slight differentiation between them!

Almay Shadow Squad in 'Here Goes Nothing'

Almay Shadow Squad in 'Unicorn'
As you can see, it's very hard to tell the different finishes apart. I can't even see the glitter reflects in the 'glitter' shade! The other issue I see with these is that because each square is so tiny, it's hard to get a brush dipped into one singular shade without it mixing with another. I guess you could swirl them all together but I'm not sure how well that would work, either.

I can't say I'm a fan. They're just too chalky & lacking in pigment, I can't see them working for me unfortunately.

Almay Smoky Eye Trios - $6.97 CAD at Walmart

Remember how I mentioned loving an Almay shadow palette back in the day? This is it! Well, kind of. The concept is the same, in that it is designed to have 3 steps for an easy to-do smoky eye. Here's hoping the formulation is as good as I remember!

Almay Smoky Eye Trio in 'Coppery Blaze'
Almay Smoky Eye Trio in 'Smoldering Embers'
Based on swatches alone, one looks to be more pigmented than the other. That said, they are very buttery soft and have gorgeous shimmer to them. I'm especially drawn to the tones of 'Smoldering Embers' (it would pair SO well with the Velvet Foil Cream Shadow shades I have!).

While I love how they make one of the most intimidating eye looks more approachable, I struggle with the fact that every shade is shimmery. Personally, I like my base & transition shades to be matte as I find it gives more depth to the look (There's no right or wrong way to play with makeup though, so take this criticism with a grain of salt).

Final Thoughts

I'm wearing:
Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin in '110 Ivory'
Shadows from the Almay Smoky Eye Trio in 'Coppery Blaze'
 Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow in 'End Game' 
Almay One Coat Mega Volume Mascara
Milk Makeup KUSH Fiber Brow Gel in 'Dutch'
Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite in '24K Dreams'
Glossier Cloud Paint in 'Puff'
Almay Goddess Gloss in 'Magic'
I did want to add some more notes about the cream shadows, after actually using them on the eyes:

I thought I was being smart by buffing these out with a brush, but ultimately they work best with a quick swipe of the finger instead. Try to work quickly though, because once these dry down they don't budge one bit. Which obviously has its advantages (hello longwearing shadow), but if you screw up there's not a lot of room for correction.

That said, these didn't crease one bit! I'd definitely be curious to try out the other colours available. I'm also thinking of picking up some more Goddess Gloss shades, because my gloss obsession grows deeper with each passing day.

Have you tried any products from Almay? What are your favourites? Anything in this lineup you're dying to try? Let me know in the comments!
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This past winter was brutal and never-ending. At one point we were gifted about 20cm of snow within 3 days. Needless to say, the minute I started to see a glimpse of my driveway, I was pretty elated.
Unfortunately the weather was also particularly unkind to my skin. I tend to be the textbook example of combination skin; oily T-zone, dry everywhere else. But now it seems that I'm consistently as dry as the Sahara everywhere. Add postpartum hormones to the mix, and I have a lovely arrangement of cystic acne to boot. I needed something that would rid me of the winter blahs from the inside out!

Bright packaging with even brighter results!
Keep reading to see how this lineup is getting my skin ready for spring.

I'm so grateful the folks at Reversa reached out to offer a range of their products to test out.This dermocosmetic line is formulated in Canada within a pharmaceutical laboratory. They are known for their use of glycolic acid to help skin look its very best. You'll also be pleased to know their line is vegan friendly and completely cruelty-free!

My skin is experiencing a spring awakening thanks to these products. Here's a run down of what they sent over, and how they're helping to revitalize my dull, tired and acne-prone skin.

Reversa Acnex Purifying Cleansing Gel - $23 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart

As mentioned, I've been dealing with some pretty nasty hormonal acne these days. Thankfully, this cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid to help deep clean my pores. Unlike other acne washes, this does not contain alcohol or soap, so it won't strip away the skin's natural moisture. That means it's gentle enough for everyday use, especially if you have combo skin like myself.

Reversa Acnex Purifying Solution - $29 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart

This goes hand-in-hand with the above cleanser, and together they're a match made in acne-fighting heaven. My history with acne solutions has been rocky in the past because they always left me dry and irritated. This is so gentle while still being incredibly effective; the combination of salicylic & glycolic acids work well to purify and balance the skin.

I had a nasty cystic pimple that was starting to form when this arrived at my doorstep, and in a few days it had drastically shrunk in size. I am definitely going to be reaching for this anytime my hormones start wreaking havoc on my skin.

Reversa Eye Care - $37 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart

Anything that makes me look like I got 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep gets an A+ from me. I love a good eye cream for this very reason, and I'm definitely giving Reversa a passing grade. The formula is very lightweight so it doesn't feel greasy under the eyes, while still giving just the right amount of hydration.

There's a lot of interesting science behind the ingredient list, but put simply the trio of ash tree bark extract, vitamin B3, and organic silicon work their magic to make those dreaded dark circles disappear. Combined with my morning coffee, you'd never know I was up all night with a teething baby.

Reversa Antioxidant Booster Serum - $49 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

You use a primer for your foundation, why not start using one for your moisturizer too? This lightweight layering product not only helps to seal in hydration, it also protects against environmental stressers like pollution and second-hand smoke.

Because my skin has been more dry than usual as of lately, I've been layering this under my moisturizer (day and night). It really helps everything absorb into the skin and gives your other products more mileage so you can use less!

Reversa Radiance-C Concentrate - $60 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

If you find your skin is in dire need of a spring awakening, look no further. Vitamin C is easily one of my favourite skincare ingredients because it truly livens things up. While the price point is a bit higher than my usual recommendations, it is worthwhile for the quality. 20% pure vitamin C is nothing to shake your head at! This is one of the most effective ways to make your face look brighter.
It's like a ray of sunshine in a bottle!

Because this is made of Vitamin C in its purest form (ascorbic acid) at a high potency, I do not recommend this if you're new to the skincare game. It can cause irritation pretty quickly if misused, so it is of utmost importance to follow the directions on the label; that means applying this to damp skin, and patting it on rather than rubbing it in.

Reversa Radiance Cream - $49 CAD at Shopper's Drug Mart

I saved this product for last because sun protection is so important and often overlooked.
As mentioned previously, Reversa is known for their use of glycolic acid as their primary ingredient. But because of it's chemical exfoliating properties, it can make you more susceptible to good ol' Mr Sun's harmful rays. Thankfully they concocted this moisturizer to help protect that newly revived skin of yours!

This also happens to be my favourite Reversa product of them all! Not all sunscreen is made equally, but this is one I've come back to repeatedly. It is not heavy or greasy, it's practically odorless, and it layers seamlessly under makeup. No white cast here! Just beautiful, broad spectrum protection.

Have you tried any Reversa products? Share your favourites with me in the comments below!
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I cannot even believe I'm writing this, but my little Elliott just turned 6 months old! People always say the days are long but the years are short, and oh man do I ever believe it.

Getting to this stage has not been the easiest, if I'm being completely honest. I was warned by many that the first 3 months (the 'fourth trimester') are usually the hardest, but I always thought, "How hard could it be?"
Being the oldest of 5 kids (the 'built-in babysitter', as my mom liked to call me) gave me a lot of experience, but there were still many things that blindsided me. There are some things the baby books don't tell you, folks! While we've had our shares of ups and downs, I finally feel like we're getting into the swing of things. Truthfully, I learn something new every day, and it makes it all that much more exciting!

Now that baby bumps are literally popping up all over my Facebook feed, and I see a lot of new parents hitting that follow button of mine, I thought I'd share some of the products that helped me to get through those first 3 months of motherhood. So whether you're preparing for a new roommate, or you're simply shopping around for baby shower season, I hope these recommendations help make 'the fourth trimester' a little less daunting.

Copper Pearl Swaddle Blanket - $39.99 CAD at Well.ca

This was our go-to blanket for swaddling because it was so big and had a ton of stretch to it. We would actually panic when it had to be washed because nothing else really compared!

I'll admit I was not the best at making Elliott into a little baby burrito, especially when compared  to my husband; the self-professed swaddling pro. But this blankie made it SO easy to make sure he was snuggled up tight every time. The cute cookie print just made it that much more sweet!
They have a ton of really adorable prints and patterns, and even matching knot hats, carseat covers and bibs!

HydraSense Baby Nasal Aspirator Kit - $20.99 CAD at Well.ca

Elliott got his first cold when he was almost 2 months old, right around the time when we started to get the first real signs of winter. He got so congested it was causing him difficulty to nurse, and I went into full blown panic mode. He obviously couldn't blow his nose, how the heck do you get those boogers out safely?!

I'll admit the concept of sucking out snot is pretty gross, I can't tiptoe around that. But it is seriously effective! This kit from HydraSense has been a total lifesaver. Unlike traditional bulbs that cannot be opened up and cleaned out, this aspirator is totally hygenic and easy to sterilize. The silicone tip is soft and small enough to fit baby's teeny little nose, and the disposable filters ensure you won't taste any boogers in the process.

Beluga Baby Wrap - $76.95 CAD at Beluga Baby

Even before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to be a baby-wearing mom. The idea of being able to snuggle my little one hands-free was so appealing to me! This has allowed me to do things like cook dinner, or finish up a blog post, all while soothing Elliott (and even getting him to nap).

 I did a ton of research into different carriers and wraps and ultimately settled on Beluga Baby. You know how much I love to support Canadian-made products, and this company happens to be woman-run and based in Vancouver!

My husband and I still regularly carry Elliott in this wrap. It's made of the softest bamboo cotton, which means it's super breathable too. Don't let the wrap intimidate you; they have a bunch of  easy to follow Youtube tutorials to help you learn to tie it properly. I could probably do it blindfolded by now! No matter your style, Beluga Baby carries lots of gorgeous colours and patterns to choose from. I was lucky enough to snag the limited edition tye-dye Joni colour-way (named after Joni Mitchell, of course), and it goes with just about anything. They even make miniature versions so that your little one can baby-wear their favourite doll!

Nature Bond Silicone Breast Pump - $20.99 CAD at Amazon

Nursing mamas, meet your your new 'breast' friend (you know I can't resist a good pun).
I really loathe having to pump breast milk. It truly makes me feel like a dairy cow at milking time, as much as I hate to make that comparison. Plus the task of having to sterilize all of the parts every time is so cumbersome; I barely have time to do my regular dishes!

This is the lazy mom's dream come true. This isn't so much a 'pump' as it is a milk catcher. You just suction this onto the opposite breast you're nursing on, and it catches any milk that results from a letdown. It's mind-blowing when you see what would otherwise be soaked into a breast pad. It's helped me create a little freezer stash and keep up my milk supply, which means it's worth its weight in gold to me.

What are your must-have baby products? Share with me in the comments!
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People use face masks for all different skin types, occasions or moods. But it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of mask is best suited to your needs. I've helped to take some of the guess work out by putting together a quiz for you to determine which Pixi Beauty mask is a perfect fit with your personality!

Which mask is meant to be your match? Take the quiz to find out!
Pixi Beauty kindly sent over 5 different masks from their SkinTreats line for me to test out:
The rejuvenating DetoxifEYE Depuffing Eye Patches, the cleansing Glow Mud Mask, the invigorating Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate, the deep-purifying T-Zone Peel-Off Mask, and the hydrating GLOW Glycolic Boost sheet mask.

After playing around with them the last few weeks, I can happily say they are all great for different reasons. Take the quiz to see which one you'll be paired with, and be sure to share your results in a comment below!

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Even though I've been living in my new home for 6 months now, I'm still slowly decorating it and making it my own. I found the best way to do this is to go for unique pieces that truly speak to me, rather than throwing money at mass-marketed products. Of course, this means I opt for antiques as much as possible!

Modeling some perfectly appropriate cooking attire in my retro-inspired kitchen!
(Jumpsuit & Boots from Winners - Shop Similar jumpsuit boots )

This weekend happens to be one of my favourite shopping events in the capital - The Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market!
Running twice annually since 1995, the Carleton University Fieldhouse is transformed into a giant flea market filled with everything from pyrex bowls to postmodern furniture. If you've never been antiquing and you're curious to know what it's all about, this is a great way to experience it!
But if you're a little overwhelmed or intimidated by the idea of shopping for pre-loved vintage pieces, I've got your back. I spoke with Catherine Knoll, the show's manager, and she shared some of her key tips for first time antique hunters.

I've re-purposed these vintage juice jugs as containers for my kitchen utensils.
They can even double as a vase when I bring home fresh blooms!

1. Buy What You Love

When it comes to styling my home, I live by this William Morris quote:
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Everyone has different tastes when it comes to home decor. As you can see from my kitchen, I love bright & kitschy ceramics from the 50s and 60s. Whereas Catherine has her eye on more rustic pieces.

If it's cute & kitschy, I'll more than likely be taking it home with me.
Knick knacks like these are all lined up on my kitchen windowsill, and on the desk in my office.
"They can be a great focal point when mixed in with a more modern or minimalist decor," she explains. Bottom line? Follow your heart! There's a ton of of different eras to choose from, and there's bound to be something that catches your eye.

2. Get To Know The Vendors

Funky Jell-O molds add an unexpected touch of texture.
 I can only imagine all of the possible dishes some 1950's housewives made with these to entertain their guests!

The beautiful thing about antiques is there is always a history to them. Pieces are sourced from all over, and the same can be said for the sellers themselves. This show features vendors from the Ottawa region, as well as Toronto and even the USA.
"Talk to the antique dealers," Catherine recommends, "They are happy to share their knowledge and may have an interesting story to tell about a specific piece."

3. Don't Wait!

I've made this mistake before, and it still pains me to think about the ones that got away. Antiques are unique for a reason; they're one of a kind. And if you walk away from it, you run the risk of someone else taking it home with them. Put simply, follow Catherine's sage advice,
"If you see something that connects with you and is fairly priced - buy it - you may not see it again!"

Every year I pick up a new vintage apron from the market to add to my collection. Wonder what I'll find this time around!

The Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market is this weekend, April 6th from 10 am - 5 pm,  and April 7th from 10 am - 4 pm, at the Carleton University Fieldhouse - 85 University Road, Ottawa, ON. 
Entry is $12 per day.

Want to win a pair of tickets to the show? I'm giving away two sets on Instagram! Ends April 5th, 2019 at 5pm EST.

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Cannabis has always been a hot-topic, especially now that it's legalized in Canada. I'm not one who likes to partake in toking, but I've always been  a little curious about it's other applications. More and more beauty companies are starting to see the benefits of CBD, and have started to include it in everything from bath bombs to brow gel.

Milk Makeup is known for being all natural, vegan, cruelty free, and all-around pretty damn cool, so it's no surprise that they launched a 420 friendly line of products.
The Kush collection is infused with hemp derived cannabis sativa seed oil. I know some of you will see this ingredient and immediately ponder, "Won't this get me high?" and the answer is a very firm no. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC, which is not present in this formulation.
Instead, Milk claims this oil helps to condition and hydrate, which is something I always look for in makeup products.

Milk Makeup's Kush line is a cult fave among many beauty lovers. But is it as lit as they say?

I picked up the limited edition When The Kush Hits set (pictured above) which includes the mascara, brow gel, lip balm & super cute pouch, at a discounted price (a $55 value for only $41). I figured this was a great way to test out the 3 budding best sellers & make sure the claims aren't all smoke & mirrors.

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara - $29 CAD for 10mL or $14 CAD for 4mL

This is the product that initially peaked my interest in this chronic-infused collection.
Mascara is a makeup product I tend to be very particular about. I need something that adds just enough length, the right amount of volume, and keeps my lashes lifted all day long.
When I asked two of my closest friends their thoughts on this mascara, they questioned why it's taken me so long to try it. We all know that bestie stamp of approval is the gold standard when it comes to word of mouth. And let me tell you, my girls never lie.

Wearing one coat of Kush High Volume Masacara & Kush Fiber Brow Gel on the left, versus nothing on the right.

I was stunned after swiping this on. My lashes were a mile long, well-defined without looking spidery, and blacker than my morning coffee. Best of all is how buildable it is; one swipe is enough for a lifted daytime look, but it can be layered if you crave something a little more dramatic. No matter the amount, it feels as light as a feather and doesn't flake one bit.

Milk Makeup Kush Fiber Brow Gel in 'Dutch'
- $22 CAD

After too many mistakes, I've learned over the years that my full arches only need a little extra pigment & a strong hold to make them happy. If you've been following me for a while, you know that the only thing I use in my brows is Glossier's cult classic, Boy Brow.
When I saw that the Kush line included a brow gel, I can't hide the fact that I was skeptical at first. I've tried many a brow gel, and none seem to compare to my good ol' Glossier fave.
Could this truly replace that tried & true tube of mine?

The answer is yes.
(I know, I'm as shocked as you are)

I honestly cannot believe I'm saying this, but it beats the hell out of Boy Brow by a landslide. The pigment is an ashier, cool-toned brown, the spoolie bristles are slightly further apart which catches every brow hair, and the hold is unparalleled. It is also not nearly as waxy in texture, and it dries down without any crunchy hairspray-esque texture.

\ Kush Fiber Brow Gel in 'Dutch' (left) compared to Glossier Boy Brow in 'Brown' (right)
Let me quickly summarize how good this stuff. I was wearing this on a day when I took a really good nap (the kind where you drool all over the pillow and wake up with creases in your face from the blanket) and my brows were still perfectly in place when I woke up. I'm sorry, but even my beloved Boy Brow couldn't survive that.

Milk Makeup Kush Lip Balm in 'Green Dragon'
- $19 CAD

Given how well the brow gel & mascara performed, I figured this would be a home run. My perpetually dry lips are always excited to test out a new lip balm, and this one looked incredibly nourishing.

And then it hit me. Peppermint oil.

Folks, this ingredient is my worst enemy when it comes to lip care. I know many people love when lip products have a minty flavour, or give off a tingly, plumping sensation. For me, the second it meets my pout I'm instantly hit with burning pain.

Believe me when I say I tried to wear this as long as I could to see if the minty agony would pass, and the soothing shea & moringa butters would come to my rescue. Unfortunately, I'm sad to announce that it didn't. In lieu of my sensitivity, I apologize that I wasn't able to properly review this for you all. 

Would I Recommend?

In addition to the products listed above, I'm also wearing:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in shade 110-IvoryL'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Cream Blush
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Annabelle Stay Sharp Eyeliner in 'Forest'
Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in ' Vivid Jade'
New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in ' Brooklyn Brown Stone'
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in 'Fenty Glow'

Dress from H&M
With the exception of the lip balm, I can happily say these are were instant favourites for me. I truly cannot recommend them enough! Seriously, if it's good enough to sway me away from some of my ride or die products, you know it's worth trying for yourself!

Have you tried any products from Milk Makeup? Let me know your faves in the comments below!
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If you've been following for a while, you know I'm not shy when it comes to gettin' my glow on.
Highlighter is a girls best friend when it comes to makeup, and I love a touch of shimmer on the eyes. There's something so magical about having the sun reflect off your cheekbones.
I was fortunate to receive some new-to-me goodies from the folks at Revlon, and they challenged me to create a look for their Mythical Lights trend. Think metallic, shimmery goodness (right up my alley, basically).

Revlon sent over products from their Colorstay & PhotoReady collections for me to play with. Keep reading to see how each product performed.
I had lots of fun playing around with the products and used them all to create a shining, shimmering, sensational look!! But before I show you my magical makeup creation, let's dive into the products I received with a quick review.

Revlon ColorStay Foundation (For Normal/Dry Skin)
- $20.99 CAD

This foundation has a watery consistency but spreads across the skin very easily.
While the finish is matte, it isn't flat; it looks very natural (think your skin, but much better). That said, it will cling to dry patches if you have any. So be sure to have your skin well hydrated and use a moisturizing primer beforehand!

A comparison with some of my other current fave foundations. From Left:
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation in shade 150
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in 201- Classic Ivory
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in shade 110-Ivory 

As you can see from the image above, the shade '110 - Ivory' is the slightest bit too light for my skin tone, but it's nothing that a little bronzer can't balance out. It totally evened out the redness in my skin, and lasted all day long without breaking up or oxidizing. I love that this also has 20 SPF so it'll be great for the summer months ahead! They also make the same foundation in an Oily/Combination formula if that is more suited to your skin type.

Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tints - $12.49 CAD

These have to be the most comfortable lip stains I've come across. They give my lips this bright & juicy appearance that I love. They have the slightest hint of shimmer to them, which helps give the stain more dimension. I even like to amp it up with a touch of gloss if I'm feeling extra.

The velvet applicator makes for an easy, buildable application.
From left: Extra Violet & Berry Lit
They don't dry down completely though, so it will transfer. But I find that with wear the stain fades evenly and beautifully; no streaky, patchy mess!
use them as a cheek stain (just use a light hand and blend quickly because these are pretty pigmented)!

Revlon PhotoReady Sunlit Dream Highlighting Palette - $19.99 CAD

I was a bit worried these shades would be too dark for my pale complexion given that they are on the warmer side, but I was pretty easily swayed by the first swatch. It definitely delivers the sunlit glow it promises; the shades aren't too glittery, but they give a nice wash of shimmer.

Beautiful, warm-toned goodness from this palette! That second last rose-gold shade has my heart.
My only critique is that they are a bit powdery, so you'll get some kickback on the pan, but they aren't chalky by any means. Just buttery, blendable goodness!
They even wear quite nicely as eyeshadow, so you can definitely have fun playing around with this palette!

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows - $9.49 CAD

These weren't my favourite, unfortunately. They're loaded with glitter, and I'm more of a shimmer gal, personally. But If you want just a little budget-friendly bling, you might really enjoy these! I like that they come with their own little brush tucked into the lid, but I prefer to use my fingers to warm up the product and blend it out onto the lid. They didn't crease and while the pigment did fade throughout the day, the glitter held strong without falling out under the eye.

Shades 760-Earl Grey & 745-Cherry Blossom.
I'm a little bummed that Cherry Blossom isn't as pigmented, but it's still a gorgeous blush tone! 
Without further ado, this is the look I created with all of the products above!

For the eyes, I used the darkest shade from the Sunlit Dream palette in the crease, patted the Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow in Cherry Blosson on the lid, and the lightest shade from the Sunlit Dream palette on the inner corner.
I used the Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in shade Berry Lit as a blush by dabbing it on the apples of my cheeks and blending it out quickly with my fingers (I blended it further with a damp beauty sponge to make it more subtle).
For the lips I used the both Kiss Cushion Lip Tints (Extra Violet around the outer rim and Berry Lit on the middle, and blended them with my finger).
(I'm also wearing Revlon Volumazing Mascara)

How's that for a glint in your eye?! I love how reflective the highlighter shade is!
What do you think of my Mythical Lights makeup look? Will you be adding any of these Revlon products to your collection? Leave me a comment!
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Oops, I did it again. I went and dropped some more cash on the internet's favourite beauty brand.
In case you've missed the news (or you succumbed to the great Instagram blackout of 2019), Glossier launched their sister line, Glossier Play, this past week! Described as 'dialed up beauty extras', the collection includes bold & bright eyeliner, glossy glitters and lacquered lipstick to name a few.

A playful assortment of products from Glossier's new Play line
Before I could even hit the checkout button, I was already hearing a ton of mixed reviews about the launch. So in an effort to help hush down the hype, I went and purchased Play so I can tell you if Glossier is playing into our obsession, or they're just playin' us.

Wear Test

Something I wanted to quickly note about the Glossier Play line is this:
Each of the products come in their own foil packaging...inside of a box.
While I understand this is for 'aesthetic' reasons, I find it to be incredibly wasteful and tedious (even if it does look cool).

I picked up The Playground, which contains all 6 pieces from the lineup, including the brand new tools (which have gotten the most criticisms by far). I love a good bundle, and Glossier does a great job of creating these deals. It's a great way to dip your toes into the millennial pink waters of the brand, without breaking the bank.

Colorslide Technogel Eye Pencil in 'Critical Mass - $18 CAD

It was very hard to choose one shade from a rainbow assortment of 14 different colours! I went with Critical Mass, a 'dark magenta' because I shockingly don't own a pink eyeliner (I know, crazy right?).

The name alone suggests this pencil will be smooth as butter but it just doesn't glide as well as Glossier lets on. I found I had to warm it up on the back of my hand or else it dragged a bit on the lid. The pigmentation isn't all that, either. It's not bad, I just found the vibrancy didn't come through as boldly as I had hoped. It's still a unique shade that I haven't really come across anywhere else, and will definitely continue to use it.

Colorslide dries down fairly quickly and has very minimal smudging afterward. While it's not the best pencil I've used by any means, I would be curious to try more colours and hope that they release some type of bundle in the future.

Blade Sharpener - $5 CAD

I don't really have anything bad to say about Blade; it does exactly what it claims to do, and that is sharpen the Colorslide pencils. It's just annoying that this sharpener doesn't automatically come with said eyeliner pencils.

I don't see it as a necessary purchase because you could truly use any other pencil sharpener on the market. The only benefit is that Blade comes with a wax crayon that's purpose is for cleaning to ensure your Colorslide's pigments don't mix and get gunked up (though that's nothing that a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol can't do).
But if you're in the market for a cheap pencil sharpener, and you're already stocking up on Glossier goodies; go for it!

Glitter Gelée in 'Phantasm' - $17 CAD

I have some very mixed feelings about this stuff. Which is hard, because I was excited about this product the most!

Glitter Geleé is a glitter gel paste that can be worn on the eyes, or anywhere else on the body. The glitter itself is very chunky, and the shade Phantasm has a gorgeous array of opalescent hues within it. It's very reminiscent of something we all likely slathered on our décolletage back in the early aughts. It's definitely not for everyday wear, but if you want to feel a little extra and channel those early millenium vibes, this'll fulfill that fantasy.

In terms of wear, it also felt very lightweight on the eyes. I tried dotting it on with The Detailer, but I found it worked best with just my fingers (especially if you're not picky about the placement of the paillettes). However, it started to flake off after 2 hours of wear, which is upsetting given that it's supposed to be 12-hour longwearing. If you want to ensure it stays on longer, you'd likely have to use some type of specialized primer for loose glitter.
Removal of the glitter was a little terrifying because it went everywhere. I used some micellar water on a cotton pad and then tried to wipe off the excess with a makeup wipe, and it still didn't get it all off. I ended up having to scrape some of it off with my fingernail and try my best not to get any in my eye in the process. In the end, it was just too much mess for way too little payoff.

The Detailer Silicone Precision Tool - $7 CAD

This is touted as the 'sidekick' for the Glitter Geleé, but let me save you $7 real quick by telling you it's not really worth it.
It's a slanted edge brush made of silicone. That's it. You could use a run of the mill eyeliner brush and it'll do pretty much the same thing this does. 
The Detailer's purpose is to help precisely place each paillette exactly where you want it. But as I mentioned above, I am not that fussy when it comes to adding sparkle to my look.

Vinylic Lip High Shine Lacquer Lipstick in 'Blow-Up' - $20 CAD

I am so glad that lipgloss is still having a major moment in the beauty world, because this girl loves a slick lip look!

Blow-Up is a gorgeous candy pink shade (and it matches the eyeliner shade almost exactly). I really love this formula because of how buildable it is. You can dab it on for a gentle wash of colour, or you can pump it up for that plastic fantastic shine. I found it to be slightly sticky if you do layer more on, but not uncomfortably so. It has the texture of a lip balm, so it doesn't feel heavy.
Given that it's a gloss, you will find that it transfers, but as it wears down it creates this gorgeous stain that I've come to really really love.

My only critique is the click applicator, because it took so. many. clicks. to get the product to finally come through the velour tip. Though once you get it going, you'll be hard pressed to put it down!

Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate in 'Pale Pearl'- $25 CAD

This highlighter is the star of the show. And I'm not just saying that because I love to glow. This might be my new favourite highlighter; that is some high praise, folks.

Niteshine has a doe-foot applicator that you can dot or swipe onto the skin and blend out with your fingers. It has this beautiful cream to powder finish that practically melts into the skin. It creates the most stunning glossy, wet look without being glittery. I would truthfully bathe in the stuff, if I could. If you're going to get anything from the Play lineup, make sure it's this!

Would I Recommend?

Wearing all 4 Glossier Play products mentioned, plus...
L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation in shade '201 Classic Ivory'
L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Glossier Cloud Paint in 'Puff'
Glossier Boy Brow in 'Brown'
Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Overall my feelings are pretty lukewarm about this collection. Glossier is known for being a minimalist beauty brand, so it makes sense that their creative line is pretty understated and simple. Maybe my expectations were a bit high, given that nearly every other product I've picked up from them have been a total home run. I can at least say that Niteshine & Vinylic will be in high rotation from here on out!
If you're into high glam, full coverage makeup, then this won't be the collection for you.
That said, if you're looking for a way to incorporate some color or some playful texture and your makeup looks without going over the top, this is a fun option!

Still curious about Glossier? Check out my post about my first purchase ever.

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