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Spring sure is taking its time to show up this year, but that just gives you more time to get your skin on point before the intense effects of summer! I have come across some great skincare products over the past few months, and wanted to share some of my Spring favourites with you.

{DJS’ Spring Favourites 2019}

Disclaimer: I received the products below at no cost for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Recently, I’ve tried a variety of products from several different brands. Read on to find out a bit more about the brands themselves and the items I enjoyed the most this season.

Mask for Masc?

I don’t often hear my male friends talk about using face masks, or even about getting professional facials on a regular basis. Over the past few months, however, I have been using two masks from Image Skincare and one from Kariderm. As I continue to explore anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products, these masks have been a great addition to my skincare routine.

I seldom get comments on my skin, but, at a dinner party a week ago, a fellow guest asked what I was doing to make my skin look so good. A few hours before heading out, I had used the Kariderm Regenerating Mask ($25.95)! This clay-based mask contains ginseng and shea butter to give the skin a firm feeling and a healthy glow. The fact that Kariderm is fair trade, cruelty-free, and uses recycled materials in their packaging makes using their products even more satisfying.

The Image Skincare masks are of similarly high quality and have great fragrances. The I MASK Purifying Probiotic Mask ($45 USD) is packed with yogurt-based probiotics and charcoal – plus superfruits like acai and pomegranate – to detoxify the skin and restore its healthy balance. And the dramatic green colour makes it even more fun! The I MASK Firming Transformation Mask ($55 USD) is a great compliment to its probiotic companion. It uses ingredients like hyaluronic acid and jojoba beads to gently exfoliate and tighten the skin’s surface. Like all Image Skincare products, these masks are available through medispas and aestheticians.

As we all know, one of the best things about face masks is how fun they are to do with friends. I took the three masks with me to a weekend getaway to Prince Edward County with two of my girlfriends. We liked the fragrances, we liked the glow and smoothness, and we liked caring for our skin while playing board games!

Now that I’ve added face masks to my routine, next on my list is a bubbling charcoal mask like the one Maddie tried a few weeks ago!

Tea Tree Oil

Aside from the face masks, I’ve also been using some great products from Thursday Plantation. My Spring favourites from this Australian brand are the face wipes, the oil, and the medicated gel.

I carry the Tea Tree Face Wipes ($12.99) with me in my backpack. They’re easily portable, so I love using them to freshen up on the go. They’re particularly great if I’ve been sweating or have had to teach a Gym class I wasn’t expecting to teach!

One of the benefits of tea tree oil is that it’s antibacterial. Since it can fight fungus that can live at the gym, I use the 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil ($7.99) on my toes. The little bottle is easy to carry, it dispenses easily, and works really well.

Lately, I’ve been getting the odd breakout on my nose, so having the Medicated Gel for Acne ($10.99) has made me so happy. I applied the gel daily as soon as I noticed a pimple, and the blemish was gone after three days. Since then, I’ve been applying it every other night to fight future eruptions.

Thursday Plantation has been around for almost forty years. They’re cruelty-free, source their tea tree oil sustainably, and don’t use SLS, parabens, or harsh detergents in their products. Thursday Planation products are available for purchase online at and at many health and wellness stores.

Face Wash

Another Spring favourite that has earned a valued place in my shower is CeraVe‘s new face wash. I’ve been using their Renewing SA Cleanser ($15.99) daily, and I really like its smooth texture, as well as the fact that it’s unscented and leaves my skin feeling really clean.

The cleanser contains no microbeads, but rather gently exfoliates using salicylic acid. CeraVe products can be purchased a drugstores nationwide.

As we move to warmer temperatures, I’m feeling ready to face (pun intended) the sunny days of summer with healthy-looking skin, thanks to my favourite Spring products.

What are your must-have products this season? 

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There are hundreds of different spas and skincare clinics in our fair city, each of which offers its own selection of special services. This can make finding the right esthetician a challenge, particularly when you have sensitive skin and don’t want to risk getting an adverse reaction! Last month, I got the chance to try out the Luminous Light Therapy Facial at Province Apothecary (PA) to see if it would work for my sensitive skin.

{Trying Out an LED Facial at Province Apothecary}

Disclaimer: I received this service at no cost for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

The use of light to treat acne has become increasingly common over the past few years. Infrared and LED lights reduce inflammation and kill bacteria without harming the epidermis, making this type of treatment great for those with sensitive skin. Rather than being exclusively focused on healing or preventing acne, however, the Luminous Light Therapy Facial at PA is advertised primarily as helping to increase collagen production and blood flow. This stimulation leads to a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and inflammation, all without causing irritation. It sounded almost too good to be true!


The Experience

Right off the bat, I noticed that PA’s skincare clinic (located on the lower level of 1554 Dundas St. West) was comfortable, clean, and soothing. My Skin Therapist, Fran, greeted me warmly as I entered the space, and asked me to fill out a quick health form, as is standard practice. We chatted briefly about what I could expect, Fran asked me some questions as she looked over my form, and then the LED facial experience began!

The Luminous Light Therapy Facial ($120 first time clients, $100 returning clients) follows largely the same procedure as most facials, with the addition of the LED treatment towards the end of the service. While the order of steps and type of products used may differ depending on your particular skin needs, the facial essentially consists of:

  • Cleansing
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Toner application
  • Honey mask
  • Steaming towel
  • Serum application
  • Jade roller massage
  • LED treatment

For the LED treatment portion of the facial, Fran provided me with dark goggles to shield my eyes, then placed the light machine over top of my face. The lights are quite bright, but the eye coverings provide good protection, so I didn’t feel the need to squint. The machine stayed on for 15 minutes, cycling through a few different light patterns. My skin grew pleasantly warm as the lights shone down, and I felt very relaxed.

After my treatment, Fran answered any questions I had, and showed me some of the products she had used. She then provided me with my custom-blended face serum and explained why she had included each ingredient. I left the clinic feeling calm and cared-for, my skin absolutely glowing.

The PA Difference

While the general steps of the facial were quite similar to treatments I’ve had at other spas and clinics, I felt a big difference in the quality of the service and of the products used at Province Apothecary.

PA Skin Therapists use very few machines, focusing instead on manual massage and product application. This makes for a truly custom experience, as the pressure and type of touch can be shifted to your skin’s needs. When I expressed to Fran, for example, that I am extremely uncomfortable being touched underneath my chin, she accommodated seamlessly, avoiding the area and checking in with me during the facial to ensure I was OK. This type of care showed me that Fran was truly attentive to me and my comfort, not just going through the motions (as is unfortunately the case with so many other clinics).

The products being used during the treatment are just as high-quality as the customer service. PA is known for using organic, sustainably-sourced ingredients in their blends. The raw honey used in the mask is from Ontario bees, for example; the toner is filled with rose flower water and geranium extract, and the cleanser has avocado and raspberry seed oils. This commitment to natural ingredients means you can rest easy knowing your skin won’t be irritated by harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.

As an added bonus, first-time customers at PA receive a custom-blended serum to take home. so you can keep nourishing your skin post-treatment. Your Skin Therapist then keeps your “recipe” on file, and any additional batches of your custom serum can be purchased for $32.

Here I am post-LED facial! This photo is completely unedited: that glow is REAL, folks.


Final Thoughts

I absolutely loved the Luminous Light Therapy LED Facial at Province Apothecary! It was a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment that left my skin feeling incredible. I particularly appreciated Fran’s kindness, sensitivity, and knowledge (it will come as a surprise to no one that I ask a lot of questions!), and the custom serum and follow-up email extended the positive experience over the days that followed.

The LED portion of the treatment was relaxing and effective without being aggressive. Immediately after the facial, I experienced a tiny bit of redness, but it had already dissipated by the time I got back to my car. When I looked in the mirror, I saw radiant, plump, smooth skin. The fine lines on my forehead were visibly reduced, as were the patches of dry skin around my nose and chin.

In addition to loving the way my skin looked and felt post-treatment, I was happy to know I was supporting a local, ethical business that’s truly focused on wellness. For its clients and for our planet.

Do you think an LED facial would be right for your skin?

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Canada’s top homegrown makeup lines, Caryl Baker Visage. To celebrate this milestone, CBV has released the 1969 Collection, inspired by the line’s local beginnings.

{Travel Back to 1969 with Caryl Baker Visage}


Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned below at no cost for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

The Story of Caryl Baker Visage

In 1969, Caryl Baker was working as a fashion model in Toronto. Noticing a difference between the high quality cosmetics used by her fellow models and actresses and the makeup available to women outside of the beauty industry, Caryl decided to design her own products to bridge the gap. This cosmetics line became Caryl Baker Visage.

She didn’t stop there! To further democratize the beauty industry, Caryl wanted to help women learn the application techniques she herself had used and experienced as a model. She therefore began offering free makeup demonstrations and allowing women to try out the products before purchasing, helping them find the shades and formulas that would work best for them. Customers loved this interactive and informative approach, and soon CBV Cosmetics became synonymous with both education and quality.

Now with locations across the country, Caryl Baker Visage has become a true Canadian success story.

Left: Wearing “Let’s Party” on lips, “Bay” on cheeks, “Eaton” on lid and “Eglinton” as cut crease. || Right: Wearing “Caryl” on lips, “Bay” on cheeks, “Sherway” on lower lashline, “Eglinton” in corners, and “Eaton” on lid.


The 1969 Collection

The Caryl Baker Visage 1969 Collection contains:

  • Nude waterline liner
  • 2 shades of Bubble Blush (Bay, Bloor)
  • 4 shades of Lip Lacquer (Bash, Celebrate, Jubilee, Let’s Party)
  • 6 shades of Eye Shadow (Chatterley, Harrington, Hazelton, Sherway, Eaton, Eglinton)
  • 4 shades of Lipstick (Caryl, Mr. Baker, Visage, Marion)

It’s clear just how much thought and care went into developing this collection, giving it a truly personal feel. Each item of the collection, for instance, is named after an important person or place in CBV history, from store locations to the name of their first employee!

As ever, the formulas are beautiful. The shadows blend easily and have minimal fallout, the blush is buildable, and the lipstick is smooth and hydrating. The lip gloss colour is as high-octane as it seems in the tube, and doesn’t feel sticky at all. The collection is cohesive, so you can use many of the products to create one look, but the colours are unique enough that you can mix and match with other products you own to add a 60s vibe some of your tried-and-true routines, too!

The bright spring colours that were all the rage when CBV was launched 50 years ago inspired the shades themselves, meaning the products are perfect for the coming months. Featuring fabulously rich and retro peaches, pinks, and purples – plus some must-have nude lip products – this collection pays homage to CBV’s past while continuing its founder’s formidable legacy.

The 1969 Collection is now available online and at CBV stores across Canada. Prices range from $18 to $24.50 per product.

What’s your favourite part of this throwback collection?

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March: the time of year where the weather changes every few minutes, absolutely ruining your outfit plans. Even as I write this, the clouds started out as heavy and gray, then it snowed for 5 minutes, and now there’s bright sun with intense winds! Here’s a roundup of my recent faves and some new launches that have helped me get through the crazy weather of the past few months.

{Recent Faves and New Launches: Winter 2019}

Disclaimer: The products and experiences below were provided to me at no cost for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Given the intensity of Canadian winters, the January-March product release schedule is understandably dominated by skincare. I’ll touch on a few winter-ready skincare products I’ve been loving of late, but I’ve also made some haircare, makeup, and lifestyle discoveries that I can’t wait to share with you! Read on to find out about my recent faves and some new launches from:

  • Viviscal
  • The Inkey List
  • CeraVe
  • Covergirl
  • Body Harmonics
Viviscal

People often recognize me by my big mane of slightly unruly red hair, and my hair always been one of my favourite features. Over the past year, however, I’ve been suffering from stress-induced hair loss. My hair has been falling out at a rapid rate, and looks flat and lifeless. This has caused me additional stress and significantly affected my self-image – especially since part of my job is to take pictures of myself and post them on the internet.

I’ve been using the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying shampoo and conditioner ($19.99 each) since January, and have seen life coming back into my hair! The formulas smell lovely, and include strengthening ingredients like biotin, keratin, and zinc. I can’t say whether the products are actually thickening my hair or preventing loss, but they have certainly made my hair look more robust and feel nourished without being weighed down. The line also offers a Densifying Elixir and daily supplements for those looking for a more rigorous intervention.

The Inkey List

Positioning themselves as “the beauty translators,” the founders of The Inkey List have created user-friendly products that get you big results without a big price tag. It’s easy to see why this skincare line has had such immediate success: the packaging of The Inkey List products is clear, the messaging is straightforward, there are no filler ingredients, and all of the products are under $15! Available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Inkey List is absolutely worth checking out.

My favourite item from their line is the Caffeine Serum ($9.99). This super hydrating eye treatment is named – like all Inkey List products – after its main ingredient. Caffeine has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce puffiness and dark circles, so it’s a common ingredient in skincare, and especially useful around the eyes. I love how light this serum feels, and how well it absorbs into my skin. Despite my slightly erratic sleep schedule, my eyes have never looked better!

CeraVe

With the dry air outdoors and inside most buildings, finding the right moisturizer is a necessity! When my hands are feeling extra chapped, my go-to is CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream ($21.99). Developed with the Canadian Dermatology Association, this rich moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid and 3 different ceramides to help hydrate your skin and restore its natural protective barrier.

The cream can be used all over your face and body. It’s suitable for folks suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or generally itchy and flaky skin, and is extremely gentle with almost no fragrance. It’s been such a hit in our house that I’ve kept a jar on the bedside table all winter. I love to put it on my hands just before crawling under the covers after a long (cold, windy) day.

Covergirl

Almost everyone I know has at least one Covergirl product in their makeup bag! The brand has been a drugstore staple for years, but lately has been releasing products that feel decidedly more high-end. I’m a big fan of their TruBlend Matte Made Foundation, and their Exhibitionist Mascara ($13.99) is definitely one of my recent faves.

This mascara has a drier formula than many, resulting in fewer smudges and fabulous volume. I find that it works best if you wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes as you apply, giving your roots an extra boost. And the best part is that all Covergirl products are now certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny program!

Body Harmonics

I’ve had two knee surgeries over the past few years, both on the same knee. As anyone who has had a similar major injury knows, the treatment and rehab process is long and involved. And the impact of the pain is far-reaching.

My injury caused me to I favour my knee when I walked. This led to me changing my gait, which ultimately created foot, hip and back stress. After years of walking this way, it became a habit I found tough to break: I needed someone to help me learn to move in a healthy way again. My physiotherapist recommended I try Pilates, and that’s when I found Body Harmonics.

Before trying Body Harmonics, when I thought of Pilates, I thought of thin, shiny, smiling women in Lycra. I was scared that I would be judged for my size and my lack of flexibility. Instead, I found a supportive, diverse community with the shared goal of fitness, but – more importantly – the goal of moving well. Each participant is encouraged to be aware of their own body and modify or intensify the class exercises as needed. For a group fitness program, Body Harmonics feels surprisingly individualized.

Hanging with Margot post-consultation

One of the best parts of the experience was the introductory consultation. I was lucky enough to have my one-on-one consultation with Margot McKinnon, founder of Body Harmonics. Even in such a short time with her, I was blown away by her kindness and her expertise. Margot analyzed my gait, gave me some suggestions for small alterations to my movement, and took me through some common Pilates exercises to show me how I could adapt them for my needs.

After just half an hour with Margot, I was able to move more smoothly and more mindfully. Margot gave me suggestions for how to protect and strengthen my knee during classes, but also allowed me to regain some confidence in my motion. And that’s something I can carry with me everywhere I go.

Which products have gotten you through the winter? Let us know your recent faves in the comments below!

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To celebrate my new role as Editor of Toronto Beauty Reviews, I’m having an incredible giveaway through Instagram, featuring some of my favourite Toronto-area products. Read on to find out more about the contest and how you can win my Local Loves prize pack!

{Giveaway! TBR’s Local Loves}

Disclaimer: The products in the prize pack were provided to me at no cost for the purpose of this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or affiliated with, Instagram.

First off: Thank you so much for continuing to read Toronto Beauty Reviews! I love being able to share my beauty journey with you, and I’m so grateful for your support.

As you all know, I love this city. Toronto has some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met, and is home to a thriving beauty industry. So what better way to celebrate the next chapter of Toronto Beauty Reviews than with a giveaway of some of my favourite products created by local brands?!

The “Local Loves” Prize Pack

I’ve teamed up with Cake Beauty, Veriphy Skincare, and Mix Beauty Lab to give you the ultimate Local Loves prize pack! Each of these businesses was founded by strong, brilliant, creative women from the Greater Toronto Area who are passionate about beauty and wellness. I’ve carefully curated the items in this prize pack, and I’m sure you’ll love each item as much as I do!

The prize pack includes:

  • Veriphy Skincare’s 20/20 Eye Cream ($82)
  • Veriphy Skincare’s Self Absorbed Facial Moisturizer ($85)
  • Veriphy Skincare’s Power Trip Facial Serium ($105)
  • Cake Beauty’s The Wave Maker ($14.99)
  • Cake Beauty’s Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Balm ($11.99)
  • Custom foundation, to be created at Mix Beauty Lab ($65)
  • Custom lipstick, to be created at Mix Beauty Lab ($50)
  • Custom lip gloss, to be created at Mix Beauty Lab ($40)


That’s a combined retail value of approximately $450 CDN!

*The Mix Beauty Lab products featured in the prize pack photo are the ones I created for myself. The winner will receive a Mix Beauty Lab gift card that will allow them to create their own custom products!

How to Enter

To enter the giveaway, just follow these steps:

  • Like this photo on Instagram
  • Follow @torontobeautyreviews, @cakebeauty, @veriphyskincare, and @mixbeautylab (you must be following all 4 accounts to qualify)
  • Tag a friend in the comments who would love to win this, too!

Optional: Share the prize pack photo on your own feed for an extra entry (be sure your profile isn’t set to private, and tag @torontobeautyreviews in the photo so that I can see it!)

The Fine Print

The TBR Local Loves giveaway will run from 7:30 am EST on February 20th, 2019 to 11 pm EST on February 27th, 2019. This giveaway is open to all Canadian residents (excluding Québec residents) aged 18+, though the winner must be able to come to Toronto within the year 2019 to create the custom makeup products.

Toronto Beauty Reviews will cover the cost of shipment of products to the winner’s valid Canadian (non-Québec) address, but any travel, food, accommodation, or other expenses incurred by the winner to/in Toronto are the sole responsibility of the winner. By entering this giveaway you confirm that you have fulfilled the entry criteria, and you release Instagram, TBR, and all participating brands of any responsibility, including any damage, duties, taxes, or loss of items that may occur during the shipping process.

The TBR Local Loves giveaway winner will be chosen using a number randomizer and contacted via Instagram Direct Message on February 28th, 2019. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, they will forfeit the prize and a different winner will be chosen. Accounts existing solely for the purpose of entering giveaways will be disqualified. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Head over to @torontobeautyreviews on Instagram now to enter!

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March: the time of year where the weather changes every few minutes, absolutely ruining your outfit plans. Even as I write this, the clouds started out as heavy and gray, then it snowed for 5 minutes, and now there’s bright sun with intense winds! Here’s a roundup of my recent faves and some new launches that have helped me get through the crazy weather of the past few months.

{Recent Faves and New Launches: Winter 2019}

Disclaimer: The products and experiences below were provided to me at no cost for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Given the intensity of Canadian winters, the January-March product release schedule is understandably dominated by skincare. I’ll touch on a few winter-ready skincare products I’ve been loving of late, but I’ve also made some haircare, makeup, and lifestyle discoveries that I can’t wait to share with you! Read on to find out about my recent faves and some new launches from:

  • Viviscal
  • The Inkey List
  • CeraVe
  • Covergirl
  • Body Harmonics
Viviscal

People often recognize me by my big mane of slightly unruly red hair, and my hair always been one of my favourite features. Over the past year, however, I’ve been suffering from stress-induced hair loss. My hair has been falling out at a rapid rate, and looks flat and lifeless. This has caused me additional stress and significantly affected my self-image – especially since part of my job is to take pictures of myself and post them on the internet.

I’ve been using the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying shampoo and conditioner ($19.99 each) since January, and have seen life coming back into my hair! The formulas smell lovely, and include strengthening ingredients like biotin, keratin, and zinc. I can’t say whether the products are actually thickening my hair or preventing loss, but they have certainly made my hair look more robust and feel nourished without being weighed down. The line also offers a Densifying Elixir and daily supplements for those looking for a more rigorous intervention.

The Inkey List

Positioning themselves as “the beauty translators,” the founders of The Inkey List have created user-friendly products that get you big results without a big price tag. It’s easy to see why this skincare line has had such immediate success: the packaging of The Inkey List products is clear, the messaging is straightforward, there are no filler ingredients, and all of the products are under $15! Available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Inkey List is absolutely worth checking out.

My favourite item from their line is the Caffeine Serum ($9.99). This super hydrating eye treatment is named – like all Inkey List products – after its main ingredient. Caffeine has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce puffiness and dark circles, so it’s a common ingredient in skincare, and especially useful around the eyes. I love how light this serum feels, and how well it absorbs into my skin. Despite my slightly erratic sleep schedule, my eyes have never looked better!

CeraVe

With the dry air outdoors and inside most buildings, finding the right moisturizer is a necessity! When my hands are feeling extra chapped, my go-to is CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream ($21.99). Developed with the Canadian Dermatology Association, this rich moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid and 3 different ceramides to help hydrate your skin and restore its natural protective barrier.

The cream can be used all over your face and body. It’s suitable for folks suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or generally itchy and flaky skin, and is extremely gentle with almost no fragrance. It’s been such a hit in our house that I’ve kept a jar on the bedside table all winter. I love to put it on my hands just before crawling under the covers after a long (cold, windy) day.

Covergirl

Almost everyone I know has at least one Covergirl product in their makeup bag! The brand has been a drugstore staple for years, but lately has been releasing products that feel decidedly more high-end. I’m a big fan of their TruBlend Matte Made Foundation, and their Exhibitionist Mascara ($13.99) is definitely one of my recent faves.

This mascara has a drier formula than many, resulting in fewer smudges and fabulous volume. I find that it works best if you wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes as you apply, giving your roots an extra boost. And the best part is that all Covergirl products are now certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny program!

Body Harmonics

I’ve had two knee surgeries over the past few years, both on the same knee. As anyone who has had a similar major injury knows, the treatment and rehab process is long and involved. And the impact of the pain is far-reaching.

My injury caused me to I favour my knee when I walked. This led to me changing my gait, which ultimately created foot, hip and back stress. After years of walking this way, it became a habit I found tough to break: I needed someone to help me learn to move in a healthy way again. My physiotherapist recommended I try Pilates, and that’s when I found Body Harmonics.

Before trying Body Harmonics, when I thought of Pilates, I thought of thin, shiny, smiling women in Lycra. I was scared that I would be judged for my size and my lack of flexibility. Instead, I found a supportive, diverse community with the shared goal of fitness, but – more importantly – the goal of moving well. Each participant is encouraged to be aware of their own body and modify or intensify the class exercises as needed. For a group fitness program, Body Harmonics feels surprisingly individualized.

Hanging with Margot post-consultation

One of the best parts of the experience was the introductory consultation. I was lucky enough to have my one-on-one consultation with Margot McKinnon, founder of Body Harmonics. Even in such a short time with her, I was blown away by her kindness and her expertise. Margot analyzed my gait, gave me some suggestions for small alterations to my movement, and took me through some common Pilates exercises to show me how I could adapt them for my needs.

After just half an hour with Margot, I was able to move more smoothly and more mindfully. Margot gave me suggestions for how to protect and strengthen my knee during classes, but also allowed me to regain some confidence in my motion. And that’s something I can carry with me everywhere I go.

Which products have gotten you through the winter? Let us know your recent faves in the comments below!

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To celebrate my new role as Editor of Toronto Beauty Reviews, I’m having an incredible giveaway through Instagram, featuring some of my favourite Toronto-area products. Read on to find out more about the contest and how you can win my Local Loves prize pack!

{Giveaway! TBR’s Local Loves}

Disclaimer: The products in the prize pack were provided to me at no cost for the purpose of this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or affiliated with, Instagram.

First off: Thank you so much for continuing to read Toronto Beauty Reviews! I love being able to share my beauty journey with you, and I’m so grateful for your support.

As you all know, I love this city. Toronto has some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met, and is home to a thriving beauty industry. So what better way to celebrate the next chapter of Toronto Beauty Reviews than with a giveaway of some of my favourite products created by local brands?!

The “Local Loves” Prize Pack

I’ve teamed up with Cake Beauty, Veriphy Skincare, and Mix Beauty Lab to give you the ultimate Local Loves prize pack! Each of these businesses was founded by strong, brilliant, creative women from the Greater Toronto Area who are passionate about beauty and wellness. I’ve carefully curated the items in this prize pack, and I’m sure you’ll love each item as much as I do!

The prize pack includes:

  • Veriphy Skincare’s 20/20 Eye Cream ($82)
  • Veriphy Skincare’s Self Absorbed Facial Moisturizer ($85)
  • Veriphy Skincare’s Power Trip Facial Serium ($105)
  • Cake Beauty’s The Wave Maker ($14.99)
  • Cake Beauty’s Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Balm ($11.99)
  • Custom foundation, to be created at Mix Beauty Lab ($65)
  • Custom lipstick, to be created at Mix Beauty Lab ($50)
  • Custom lip gloss, to be created at Mix Beauty Lab ($40)


That’s a combined retail value of approximately $450 CDN!

*The Mix Beauty Lab products featured in the prize pack photo are the ones I created for myself. The winner will receive a Mix Beauty Lab gift card that will allow them to create their own custom products!

How to Enter

To enter the giveaway, just follow these steps:

  • Like this photo on Instagram
  • Follow @torontobeautyreviews, @cakebeauty, @veriphyskincare, and @mixbeautylab (you must be following all 4 accounts to qualify)
  • Tag a friend in the comments who would love to win this, too!

Optional: Share the prize pack photo on your own feed for an extra entry (be sure your profile isn’t set to private, and tag @torontobeautyreviews in the photo so that I can see it!)

The Fine Print

The TBR Local Loves giveaway will run from 7:30 am EST on February 20th, 2019 to 11 pm EST on February 27th, 2019. This giveaway is open to all Canadian residents (excluding Québec residents) aged 18+, though the winner must be able to come to Toronto within the year 2019 to create the custom makeup products.

Toronto Beauty Reviews will cover the cost of shipment of products to the winner’s valid Canadian (non-Québec) address, but any travel, food, accommodation, or other expenses incurred by the winner to/in Toronto are the sole responsibility of the winner. By entering this giveaway you confirm that you have fulfilled the entry criteria, and you release Instagram, TBR, and all participating brands of any responsibility, including any damage, duties, taxes, or loss of items that may occur during the shipping process.

The TBR Local Loves giveaway winner will be chosen using a number randomizer and contacted via Instagram Direct Message on February 28th, 2019. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, they will forfeit the prize and a different winner will be chosen. Accounts existing solely for the purpose of entering giveaways will be disqualified. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Head over to @torontobeautyreviews on Instagram now to enter!

The post Giveaway! TBR’s Local Loves appeared first on Toronto Beauty Reviews.

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