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Nothing makes me more nostalgic for the early aughts (that's the 2000s, FYI) than the glossy sheen of of lip gloss. For the past few years, the beauty trends have focused on matte lip finishes. Which in turn left my lips achingly dry and overall uncomfortable. I for one, am so ready for not only a different texture, but to give my lips a damn break!

But I wasn't exactly quick to rejoice the return of gloss. The formulas I used back in the day were sticky, goopy and messy (Lancôme Juicy Tubes, I'm looking at you). And yet, despite the heavy syrup texture, I still lust for that iconic wet-looking pout.

LimeCrime recently launched their new Wet Cherry Gloss collection, complete with 14 different shades. Having fallen head over heels for the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, I was ready to add more lip lacquers to my repertoire. My only hope was that these would be as glistening and buttery-smooth as RiRi's creation.

LimeCrime Wet Cherry Glosses - $23.96 CAD each.
From left- Maraschino Cherrry, Extra Poppin, Cherry Pie.


At first look, I'm already in love with the packaging. It gives me major retro vibes, and it's just super fun & femme.
As expected, these smell like cherries. Specifically an artificial cherry scent that's reminiscent of some 80's toy that I can't seem to put my finger on. It's initially quite a strong fragrance, but becomes less noticeable as you wear it.

"Tastes so good, bring a tear to your eye. Sweet cherry piiiie"
Well... maybe you won't cry over them. But theses glosses sure are delicious looking on the lips!

The huge doe-foot wand hugs the entire lip to ensure even application in one swipe (though some shades are streaky - I'll go into more detail in the swatches section below). If you're familiar with the Fenty Gloss Bomb applicator, you'll know exactly what I mean. 

Each shade gives that coveted glassy, wet look to the lips. Very reflective, incredibly sexy. 

Swatches

From Top - Extra Poppin', Cherry Pie, and Maraschino Cherry.


The perfect pink shade. One dip into the tube gives even coverage, though one application is semi-sheer it still has a beautiful amount of pigmentation. It is a buildable colour, but can be a little streaky in some spots. I did find it left a bit of a stain after prolonged wear, especially along the lipline.

A punchy, classic red. Very streaky with one application. Again, the pigment can be built up for a more opaque coverage. Though I do feel it could definitely benefit from a lip liner.
This definitely leaves a Kool-Aid-esque stain on the lips, so be warned!

A basic clear gloss. Nothing too spectacular in my opinion, but a great option for everyday wear when you want your lips to look extra juicy.


Final Thoughts

The Wet Cherry glosses are all buttery and smooth on the lips. They do feel a little sticky, but not so much that it's uncomfortable. As much as LimeCrime stated that these do not bleed, I did notice some bleeding around my lipline, which is a little annoying. As mentioned previously, these would likely pair quite well with a coordinating lip liner. On the plus side, it helps achieve that 'popsicle lip' that's so trendy right now on Instagram.

'Maraschino Cherry' before and after a few hours of wear.
These are obviously not transfer proof, but the darker shades will stain your lips, as you can see in the bottom image.

While I do like these glosses, I wouldn't necessarily say they're a must-have by any means. That said, if you're a gloss fan, or simply nostalgic for the early 2000s, you'll likely enjoy these! 

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If you didn't already know, I'm a total sucker when it comes to candy. I always keep a little something on hand for when I get a sweet craving (just don't tell my husband, as he's already located a few of my secret stashes).
Needless to say, when a little care package arrived at my door step from Ottawa's newest confection company, I was filled with excitement! Or I guess we could call it a 'preemptive sugar rush', whichever.

Locally-made lollipops to make your heart go giddy-up!
Allow me to introduce you to Hey Sugar Candy Co! This lineup of luscious lollipops are hand-crafted here in Canada's capital by fellow girl boss, Debra Cowie. If you're not familiar with her portfolio, she is an extremely talented local photographer and food stylist. I've been following Debra on Instagram and drooling over her foodie flatlays since I first moved to Ottawa, and I was so excited to hear she was launching her own candy company.

Debra has created a beautiful selection of 10 different lollipops that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. All hand-made with the finest local ingredients, like Bridgehead espresso and True Bee Honey, these cute and creative confections are a must-try for those with a candy craving.

Strawberry is my personal fave, and that's not just because it fits in with my whole 'pink aesthetic'.

How many licks does it take to fall head over heels with these lollipops?
Just one - but I promise you'll want to try every flavour!

What I love most about these are the fact that they don't taste artificial or overtly sweet. I've personally fallen hard in love with the Strawberry flavour; it tastes exactly like freshly-made strawberry jam. Just like what you'd find at your local farmers market.
Plus her assortment of boozy flavours are totally cheers-worthy. Mojito, Bourbon Lemonade & Margarita all taste like the real deal! (and they're totally safe for moms-to-be or little ones, as the alcohol content has been cooked off). There's definitely a flavour perfect for every palette and age-group!

Just a few of the Hey Sugar Candy Co family members.
From left; Rose All Day, Mojito, Sprinkle Cake, Strawberry and Bourbon Lemonade. 

If you're looking for something new to sink your sweet tooth into, I can't recommend Hey Sugar Candy Co enough! They'd even make great gifts or favours for your next big event. Each of the 10 flavours are available in a set of 10-$24 CAD, or 50-$115 CAD. A sampler pack of all 10 flavours is also available!

Shop the collection on Etsy, or find Debra at upcoming local markets like the Freewheeling Craft Backyard Social every second Thursday starting June 7th!
And don't forget to follow Hey Sugar Candy Co on Instagram to be the first to know about upcoming events and possible new flavours to come!
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When new beauty products are released, I'm usually pretty good about keeping my cool and my wallet unharmed. I've trained myself to either wait for a sale or for reviews to start trickling in.

Except when it comes to Glossier. Something about that millennial pink packaging always pulls me in (can we talk about how covetable those pink shipping pouches are?!)!
It doesn't hurt that I've fallen in love with every product I've tried from them thus far. The products I originally ordered during their Canadian launch in late 2017, have become absolute staples in my everyday beauty routine.

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara - $20 CAD

Recently Glossier launched their new mascara, Lash Slick, and the crowd has officially gone wild. Myself included. According to Glossier, it took 248 formulation attempts to nail the final product; I always appreciate perfectionism, especially with beauty companies. And while I was quick to add this tube to my online cart, I could feel my inner skeptic whispering into my ear. I'm incredibly particular about what goes on my lashes, and the promise an extension effect had me raising my Glossier Boy Brows.

Here's hoping it adds inches where it counts! I expect it to be a real eye-opener.

I cannot stop the puns from happening, I'm sorry.
After using this mascara for about 2 weeks, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on how it wears, and if it truly lives up to the notorious Glossier hype.

First Impressions

- In terms of formula consistency, it's not too wet and not too dry. It's a perfect happy medium, in my opinion.
- The conical brush does a fantastic job of separating and coating every single lash. No clumps in sight! I also found it does a great job at coating the lower lashes, too. Doesn't look spidery at all. Just nicely separated and defined.

Before and after - One coat of Glossier Lash Slick Mascara has given me long, lifted lashes with beautiful definition.
Two coats (top and bottom lashes) adds a bit more length and some volume at the root.
On the right are the results after 12 hours of wear.
- It does not layer very well. I found that because it dries down so fast, the second coat dragged on the lashes and was an uncomfortable experience. That said, I found one coat was plenty to get the look I desired.
 - It is not waterproof. Not even a little bit (not that it ever claimed to be) Got a little teary eyed at one point during the first wear, and all of the lower lash mascara got wiped away.
- I noticed a minimal amount of  flaking. It should be noted that I'm a notorious eye-rubber, but I was relieved to find there weren't a ton of black freckles under my eyes.
 - Can be removed SO easily. I've quite honestly never had a mascara come off this quickly! They state
Glossier recommends using their Milky Jelly Cleanser to remove it, which has never failed me in the past. Though I should note that my lashes are very stubborn, so it's especially nice to not have to soak them in micellar water for once!
- This is very much a tubing mascara, as much as Glossier says it isn't; they claim tiny fibers and polymers are used to create a 'baby-extension' effect. The micro-fibers used in this formula are very tube-like, and this is especially evident when removing the product (not that this is a bad thing).

Worth The Hype?


I gave it an inch, & it gave me mile-long lashes in return!

I'm giving this a solid, "Hell yes!"

Overall, this gives a nice 'awake' look without being overtly dramatic. It gives great definition and length and appears very natural. To quote Ned Flanders, "It feels like I'm wearing nothing at all!"
Glossier always delivers when it comes to 'cool girl, no makeup-makeup', and this completely fits the bill. Lash Slick is great every day mascara for when you just want a little makeup, which is my preference as of lately.

That said, if you prefer a more volumizing formula, you probably won't like this. I'll continue to reach for my trusted L'Oreal Lash Paradise mascara for those days when I want a lot more 'oomph'.

Will you be ordering a tube of Lash Slick? Have you tried any other Glossier products? Share a comment with me and lets chat! I love hearing your thoughts!

If you haven't ordered from Glossier yet...what are you waiting for?! 
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When the summer months start to roll around, I tend to let my hair air dry to it's natural texture. Which can quickly become a hot mess, to say the least. Humidity and I have had a love/hate relationship for as long as I can remember. I've always had a natural wave to my hair, which was a pain in my teenage years as I was convinced that pin straight hair was the only style for me.

After years of feeble flat iron fights against it, I've learned to accept that my hair just wants to be wavy this time of year.
What I've recently learned, is that I can have some say in how my waves take shape.

Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner - $16.99 USD 
I recently took the advice from my mom to try a leave-in conditioner from a company called Mixed Chicks. They always say mother knows best, and it certainly rings true in this case given that I inherited her hair texture. She swears it's the only product that's ever given her beautiful, defined curls without any crunchy or sticky texture. I had to give it a try after seeing how gorgeous her curls were looking!

I've been using the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner after washing with my regular shampoo and lightly towel drying my hair (just so it's not sopping wet). I find that my hair not only air-dries faster with this, but it completely eliminates any frizz that usually occurs. It doesn't feel weighed-down at all, either!
What I'm left with are these gorgeous, touchable curls that look perfectly undone. No heat-styling needed, which means my colour can resist fading for even longer!


Who needs to go to the beach when the perfect mermaid waves are right here?!

Even my next day hair looks flawless when using this product. I find if I need a touch more definition or volume, I can reach for my fave texture spray (I'm personally obsessed with The Wave Maker from Cake Beauty). It feels so wonderful to embrace my natural hair without putting much effort into styling it. I've finally found the perfect wash-&-go product!

Not only have I become obsessed with this product, I'm truly appreciative of the brand's inclusivity. They recognize that individuals of all different ethnicities can have textured hair, and have formulated a line of products that work for all varieties of curls. It's a nice departure from the typical products designated for 'normal hair'; because really, what is normal anyway?

Can't help but smile when your hair looks and feels this good!
For all the corkscrew cuties and wavy-haired wonders reading this, I cannot recommend Mixed Chicks enough!
You can shop Mixed Chicks online, or at your local Shoppers Drug Mart location.

What's your go-to summer hairstyle? What products do you tend to reach for over the summer months? Tell me in the comments below!
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Shopping for maternity clothing is not as joyous an occasion as I had hoped it to be. It seems that the second you put 'maternity' in front of any clothing item, and it suddenly doubles in price! As if we didn't already have a long list of things to buy before baby arrives, I decided to hold off as long as I could before needing to set foot in another maternity shop.

Because my baby bump is only just starting to debut, I've been making full use of my existing wardrobe these first 4 months (I know, I can't believe it either. Time is FLYING BY). And for that, my wallet is quite thankful! I wanted to share with you what pieces are in heavy rotation as I continue my journey towards motherhood.

Jeans with Stretch


Top & Jeans - Old Navy (shop similar jeans here)
Shoes - Winners
Sunglasses - Vintage
I've always leaned towards denim with a higher rise and some comfortable stretch because in all honesty, I've always had a bit of a belly. Now that my belly has turned into a bump, I find I can still comfortably wear my regular jeans without having to reach for ones with an elastic waistband.

My personal favourite is easily the Rockstar Jean from Old Navy!  These jeans have extra stretch so they're super comfortable whether you're pregnant or not. Plus they come in low, mid or high rise options, so depending on your preference there's a fit for you! I've been wearing this cropped pair of light wash denim for the majority of spring because they don't suffocate my stomach while having a higher rise.

Feelin' my pregnancy glow in this outfit, that's for sure!

What's even better is that they offer this cut in their maternity line, so I can order my regular size with either full or side panel elastics for extra comfort.

Easy Breezy Blouses


Top & Jeans - Old Navy (shop the top here)
Button up blouses and I are no longer BFFs, with the rate my bust is growing at. Rather than stuff myself into tops that pucker and pull at the seams, I've been reaching for flowy tunics and tops instead.
Cotton and linen fabrics are lightweight, which is ideal for when the temperatures start to rise. I've been loving tops with peplum details and empire waists because they flow away from my bump to keep things cool, while still showcasing it for all to see.


This off-the-shoulder number is also from Old Navy (it's one of my fave stores, what can I say!), and is both comfortable and perfectly on trend.

Simple Swing Dresses


Dress - American Eagle Outfitters (shop similar here)
Belt, Scarf & Denim Jacket -Vintage
Shoes - Winners
My motto for pregnancy dressing thus far is 'super comfortable, yet effortless looking. Thankfully I had a bunch of comfortable t-shirt dresses and swingy a-lines at the ready.
I picked up this striped number from American Eagle a few summers ago, and I loved it so much I also grabbed it in black. Outfit repeating occurs quite often with this dress, but it can be easily belted to further accentuate the bump (and mix up the look).

Can't keep my hands to myself. Seriously; I'm anxiously awaiting to feel some kicks from my little one! 

Plus on cooler days, it can be topped off with a denim jacket! How's that for versatility?


I hope this helps my fellow moms-to-be pinch some pennies and utilize their existing closets before more of the inevitable baby shopping occurs! What's your go-to maternity outfit? Share them with me in the comments!
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In case you missed the excitement over on Instagram, I'm pregnant!!
The past 3 months have been a bit of a whirlwind, mostly filled with all-day nausea that has thankfully passed (seriously, it was hell for a good month and a half). Despite all those nights spent laying on the bathroom floor, I knew I had two things I could look forward to: meeting my baby after 9 months, and that 'pregnancy glow' everyone talks about.

15 weeks pregnant and learning to love the skin I'm in.
 Read more about how Pixi Beauty products are helping me find my 'glow'.

Yet instead of a glow, I got hit with a face full of hormonal acne. Unless you count the shine from the red clusters of pimples all over my cheeks as a ;glow' of sorts?

I've always been fortunate to have fairly manageable skin, even as a teenager (not to brag or anything). I'm used to the odd pimple or two, but this was a visage I was wholly unfamiliar with when I looked in the mirror. And because my hormones are at an all time high, so came the tears.
I had so much texture and redness, I thought it was an allergic reaction at first.
I wanted to hide my face from the world. So I shunned my makeup collection to avoid the dreaded 'cake face', as foundation just emphasized my imperfections. I was so worried as a beauty blogger, that people would judge me for having a face full of pimples and assuming I didn't know how to care for my skin.

To be quite blunt, I felt ugly.
And that's an ugly way to feel when I'm going through one of the happiest times of my life.

A trio of products I've been loving from the Pixi Beauty SkinTreats collection.

At this point, I was a little desperate for a solution. The tricky thing with pregnancy is that you have give your beauty products a double-take to ensure the ingredients won't harm baby.
After shuffling some products to the back of the bathroom cabinet, I remembered something that I had used religiously that had helped with minor breakouts in the past; a trio of products from the Pixi Beauty SkinTreats line.

If you've never tried Pixi Beauty, specifically their highly coveted Glow Tonic, then you are missing out! It has a cult following for a reason; because it works!!

Pixi Beauty SkinTreats Glow Tonic - $38 CAD for 250 mL
(also available in 100mL and 15mL sizes)

I did a little research on skincare acids, just to ensure what I was using was totally safe for use during pregnancy. The Pixi Beauty SkinTreats line contains 5% glycolic acid, which is an AHA that is totally safe for moms-to-be. This chemical works as an exfoliant to encourage cell renewal and kill off acne-causing bacteria. Basically, this is the magic elixir to end my hormonal acne once and for all.  I've been using this day and night after cleansing, and before moisturizing. I find that it shrinks down pimples faster than when I run to the bathroom with a full bladder (which happens a lot lately), and believe me that is fast!

Pixi Beauty SkinTreats Glow Mud Cleanser - $24 CAD

To double up on the AHA action, I've also started cleansing with the Glow Mud Cleanser. This gives me a tingly, 'minty' sensation without the burn I've experienced from other acid-based cleansers. Likely because this is balanced out with sensitive-skin friendly aloe vera. That squeaky clean feeling is definitely felt after washing with this. Of course, since it does also contain 5% glycolic acid, I am following with a SPF-based moisturizer during the day to help protect my skin.

Pixi Beauty SkinTreats Glow Mist - $20 CAD

My favourite part of this skincare routine has to be the Glow Mist. As you can see, I've gone through quite a bit of this product already! That's truly because it has so many wonderful functions.
I mist this before and after moisturizing, like a primer and setting spray would be used during makeup applications. I find it just gives an extra-oomph of hydration, and of course leaves a dewy, glowy shine. That is of course, what I've been after this whole time!

While I unfortunately don't have before & after shots, I can confirm I'm definitely seeing an improvement in my skin's appearance! It's still in recovery mode, as I still have some texture and a few pimples. But of course we all know these improvements don't always happen in a flash. Though I will say, the skin not affected by breakouts does look pretty damn good!

I'm grateful that these Pixi Beauty products are helping to clear up my acne more and more each day. But it's taught me something valuable in the process. Even though I don't have the clearest skin ever, I've learned to embrace it, because it's all part of this experience we call motherhood. It will have its ups and downs, but there's always beauty to be seen in it. The excitement I feel has given me a different kind of glow; one that's within me.
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disclaimer: All items included in this post were sent complimentary in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Spring has finally sprung here in Ottawa, and my legs are ready to finally come out of hiding after a much too-long winter season. I have a closet full of skirts and dresses just begging to be worn without socks and tights. But that simply reminded me that my legs just weren't spring ready yet
(I'll spare you the 'before' shots simply because things were just a bit too grizzly, for lack of a better word).

A trio of products freshly picked for your pins! 
I've always reached for the razor when it comes to grooming, simply because waxing sessions add up fast, and I've experienced one burn too many in the past. Yet keeping my legs as smooth as can be was always a struggle. I often fell victim to razor burn, ingrown hairs and all the other unpleasantness that comes along with hair removal.

I've recently put together a dream team of products that help keep my legs looking and feeling good, even days after shaving. Hopefully they'll work for your 'stems', too!


Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth - $14.97 CAD



A good shave starts with a fresh razor. So before you hop in the shower, toss out that razor you haven't touched since last summer. A dull blade will is a good culprit for nasty irritation and pesky stubble.

This new edition to the Gillette Venus family comes with 5-blades and a premium metal handle.
I find the handle on this razor not only gives it a more luxurious appeal, but it also makes it easier to control. Plus it's longevity and durability means less waste in the long-run!

I also appreciate that this can be used with various razor cartridges from the Venus line of products. This one came with 2 extra cartridges, but it's reassuring knowing I can easily replace it with an alternate razor-head should this model be out of stock.

If you're looking for a new way to shave, be sure to check this one out (plus you can score $3 off with this coupon!).

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Blood Orange Sugar Body Scrub - $25 CAD



I always cap off a fresh shave by scrubbing down my stems. I recently received this sugar scrub from the Alberta based Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and it immediately found its way into heavy rotation in my shower.

This scrub does a great job of not only removing dry flakes it also helps to nourish the dehydrated skin beneath! I step out of the shower feeling silky smooth, and not one bit greasy. Plus I don't have to worry if I nick myself with the razor; this doesn't sting at all!
The blood orange fragrance is invigorating and decadent, and lasts on my skin even after toweling off. Nothing says spring like a freshly squeezed citrus scent, if you ask me!

Dove Nourishing Body Wash for Sensitive Skin - $7.79 CAD



My skin has become a lot more sensitive these past few years, and especially so after a shaving session. Thankfully this body wash is both ultra soothing and intensely moisturizing, so I can lather up without dreading irritation.
If you're familiar with Dove's line of body washes, you'll recognize the big, frothy bubbles this creates. A little dollop is all you need on your bath pouf, and you'll get full body coverage!

My only note for this product is that while it states it is 'Unscented' on the label, I did catch of whiff of that signature Dove soap fragrance. While it is very mild, be cautious if you are super sensitive to scents.



I hope this trio helps you tiptoe through the tulips this season without a care in the world!
What do you use to help keep your skin smooth after shaving? Do you prefer to shave or wax? Tell me in the comments!!
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I'm always looking for something special to gift my loved ones during the holidays. With Easter around the corner, the first thing that comes to mind is of course, chocolate. But rather than pickup the standard cheap & chalky candy, why not get something extra special instead? Something totally unique that no one else will have. 
Better pay a visit to Alicja!

Two things I'm a sucker for: Chocolate and beautiful packaging. These are two things Alicja Buchowicz does incredibly well. As the head chocolatier behind her namesake company, Alicja Confections, she meticulously hand-creates unique flavour combinations for her signature postcard chocolate bars and bonbons. A single batch can take up to 3 hours of labour, as she always ensures everything is perfectly 'Instagram worthy'.

I'm not lying when I say it's the best chocolate I've had in ages. And quite frankly, the prettiest as well! I regularly pickup bars from her when I can (I'm trying to work my way through all of the flavours). While I regularly reach for her milk & white chocolate varieties, I even find myself reaching for her dark chocolate flavours which I'm usually not a fan of. They typically range from 54.5%-70.5% dark, so there's no unpleasant bitterness here!

A very special Easter bunny just for me! Keep reading for details on how you can WIN one for yourself!
While Alicja regularly makes appearances at events like the Freewheeling Craft Market, The CF Rideau Centre Flower Market, and even the One of a Kind Show & Sale in Toronto, you can often find her churning out candy at her boutique shop in the Glebe neighborhood. 
She's come up with something extra special for  Easter, and it just might be the most gorgeous chocolate you've laid your eyes on!

One of a Kind Bunny - $39.99, Milk Chocolate Jordan Almonds - $9.99

With this super cute minimalist mold, Alicja has designed several one of a kind bunnies for your Easter baskets. I was so flattered when she gave me this pretty pink bunny to enjoy. It's going to make a great centerpiece at my Easter dinner with friends, and an even better treat for after!

The detail in this bunny is incredible, pictures don't do it justice!

I can't guarantee this bunny will make it to Easter.  Oops.

No two bunnies are alike, so if you have your eye on one you like you better hurry over to the shop to pick one up for yourself! They even come with pretty pastel jordan almonds; these ones are coated in chocolate AND candy, so they're extra delicious!
I love that it's so different than the traditional (and admittedly creepy looking) chocolate bunnies we see lining the shelves at grocery stores. This makes for a great gift for the adults in your life, because who says kids get to have all the fun?! 

Wishing you all a very 'hoppy' Easter!

If you've got a candy craving, or looking for something special to fill the Easter baskets with, go visit Alicja Confections at 329 Bank St in Ottawa, or shop online! There's certainly something for every-bunny!

Want to win a one-of-a-kind chocolate bunny from Alicja Confections?
Enter my giveaway through the widget below!
Contest closes Friday March 30th at 6pm EST.
 Open to Ottawa residents only 
(must be able to pickup prize at the Bank Street location)

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I'm all for taking short-cuts to make life easier, yet some of the 'hacks' and DIYs that circulate the web have me scratching my head. Why anyone would want to turn their husband's old boxer briefs into a sports bra is beyond me. Though the odd suggestion can peak my interest, most of these shareable Pinterest ideas have my inner skeptic rolling her eyes.
You might have won me over with the mug cake in the microwave, but I'm not melting down a crayon to make my own lipstick. Sorry 'bout it.

Salty boots & micellar water? Trust me, it's a magical pairing.

During my daily Twitter scroll, I came across a viral tweet that blew my mind. Apparently micellar water can be used to remove salt stains from suede shoes & boots. It seemed too good to be true, but I had just enough Bioderma Sensibio H20 (my personal favourite makeup remover) left to give it the ol' college try.

My poor, sad, salty boots. I've betrayed them. 

Ol' faithful Bioderma (if you haven't tried this to remove your makeup, you're missing out!!)

My boots were saltier than my Monday mood, and desperately needed some TLC. That's what I get for not protecting them with suede spray! I scored these Sam Edelman's for super cheap during Sears liquidation, and figured if they lasted one season I'd be content. Needless to say, I've been wearing them non-stop and regret not giving them a fair shot at surviving the winter streets. Lesson learned for next time, but for now I was willing to take a risk at reviving them.

This is where the magic happens.

I simply took a cotton pad I soaked with micellar water, and gently wiped away (with the grain of the suede) to remove the salt stains.
Well folks, it works! I was amazed at how easily the crusty salt stains were wiped away. No scrubbing necessary! In some spots I did have to hold the pad in place for a few seconds to really soak it in; I was a little concerned that I may have used too much micellar water at first, but once the boots fully dried they looked as good as new!

Good as new! I'm still in awe at how well this hack worked. Now to douse these with suede protector spray.
I even used this technique on a pair of faux leather boots, and found the salt spots wiped away with ease. I've used vinegar in the past, but the smell is just horrendous to me. This is a much more nose-friendly alternative!

The moral of the story is this, folks - don't judge a hack by it's cover! And take good care of your shoes!

Have you tried this method to revive your boots? What are your favourite time-saving tricks? Tell me in the comments!


Like this hack? Don't forget to pin it to your board!


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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of announcing my ambassadorship with my favourite Canadian indie brand, GummiBand!

If you've never heard of them, GummiBands are the best thing that will ever happen to your hair. These hair cords have made me bid farewell to all my other hair ties; they're that amazing. Plus the company is based in Vancouver and full of amazing girl-power!
(click here if you want to read more about them)

Since announcing this amazing partnership of ours, we wanted to celebrate with something extra special. Something that ties us together and represents us both authentically. I was so flattered when the owner, Kirsten, gave me the opportunity to choose my own signature GummiBand colour!!

I know. I still can't believe it, either!

The Signature Doll & Dye GummiBand Colour! And soon it can be yours!
Keep reading for an exclusive giveaway!
When I received my box of sample colours, I was amazed at how many options I had to choose from (which means there are lots of fun new colours to come!). Though at first glance, I was immediately drawn to the vibrant fuschia shade.

Care to wager a guess as to why? 

While GummiBand currently carries two pink shades, this one is a true fuschia and is totally opaque. But still features all the great qualities that GummiBand has to offer: super strong, hypoallergenic, & long-lasting!

You could say this was a match made in pink heaven.

While picking the colour came naturally to me, giving it a name was no easy task. I wanted something that spoke to the shade choice but also paid homage to me and what I'm about.
I didn't want to just call it 'Doll And Dye Pink', that just seemed too bland.

Pink has essentially become my lifestyle. My hair, my clothing, my makeup, my home decor; everything has a touch of pink, in one way or another. I fully embody the colour and all it's vibrancy as a way to help others embrace colour in their own lives. That's what Doll & Dye is all about!

When I got to thinking about how the colour pink influences me, I immediately looked to my Spotfiy playlists. Nothing puts me in more of a feel-good mood than my favourite tunes, and one just so happens to be named after a particular shade of pink.


My all-time favourite song has to be 'Raspberry Beret' by Prince.  And as soon as I put it on, I knew that was the name.

It always makes me want to get up and dance. It brings a smile to my face when I'm in the sourest of moods. I connect with it, I see myself in it, and it fills me with so much joy.
Just like my favourite colour.

Prince was synonymous with the colour purple. And while I'm nowhere near that level of stardom, I like to think I've become synonymous with the colour pink.

You won't find this in a second-hand store, that's for sure!

Raspberry Beret by Doll & Dye will be available in a 4-pack for $7.99, exclusively on the GummiBand website as of March 5th, 2018. As always, shipping is free across Canada!

Plus, you can use my promo code 'DOLLNDYE' to score an extra 2 free GummiBands on your order!

I'm so pleased to be able to share this exciting collaboration with you all, and I can't wait to see you sporting these funky fuschia cords in your up-dos! It's an absolute honour to be a part of the GummiBand family! Thank you for the love and support!


GIVEAWAY!

Want to win a 4-pack of my signature GummiBands EXCLUSIVELY before they become available to the public?! 
Of course you do!


Check out the Rafflecopter widget below for more info (and additional entry options)!

3 lucky winners will be drawn Sunday March 4th at 8pm EST, and notified via email. Open to Canadian residents
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