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Beauty Travel

It’s pretty easy to neglect your skincare and haircare routine while traveling. I know I’ve been guilty of this in the past. The fact you can’t bring full-size products on the plane, the fear of your products opening in your suitcase and the simple fact you don’t want to fuss with an elaborate routine while you’re on holidays. Traveling can take a lot out of you, especially when it comes to hydration. From long hours in the sun, to one too many cocktails at the bar, and lack of water, can all contribute to both your body and skin feeling parched. It’s important to pack moisturizing products when you travel, for both your skin and hair.

Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean you should skimp on your skincare routine. In fact, it may be even more crucial to take care of your skin while on holidays. Look for products that have multi purposes to cut down on space and to simplify your routine. The Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is a 2-in-1 product that acts as your makeup remover and facial cleanser. The solid cleansing oil not only washes away dirt, oil and daily grime, it also washes away all traces of your makeup. The luxe cleansing cream is an extra bonus step that double cleanses your face and removes any left-over traces of makeup that the cleansing oil may have missed. This ensures your skin is squeaky clean and preps your skin before your next beauty regime product, such as your moisturizer. It retails for $24USD.

Speaking of moisturizers, the Decléor Hydra Floral Crème Riche Hydratante 24H is an intensely rich and creamy moisturizer that’s enriched with wild pansy and criste marine extract to deeply nourish the skin. Its lightweight texture is perfect for both morning and night, working beautifully under foundation and sunscreen. It helps provide intense and continuous hydration for upwards of 24 hours. It quenches the skin with moisture and locks in hydration for all day comfort. It absorbs into the skin almost instantly and immediately goes to work improving skin’s natural moisture barrier. It leaves skin smoother, plumper and with a somewhat healthy, youthful and luminous glow. This is the perfect moisturizer to travel with, as it leaves skin radiant, soothed and nourished the entire day. It retails for $59.

In the evening, I bump up my hydration game with the new Biotherm Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion. Its incredibly lightweight, yet creamy formula, immediately sinks into the skin, providing it with instant soothing and nourishing benefits. It helps to rebalance skin’s moisture loss for all day hydration and comfort. It’s the perfect serum to apply before your moisturizer when you’re looking for added moisture. It absorbs quickly and effortlessly, nourishing dry skin and eliminating any dry, irritated or redness. Skin looks plumper, healthier and more youthful after each use. It also helps to add a touch of luminosity, for brighter, more beautiful skin. It retails for $60.

If there’s one place on your body that needs sunscreen, it’s your face. You don’t want to look like an old catchers-mitt before your 30, do you? Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 60 Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion features an ultra-lightweight, rich and creamy texture, that applies evenly and dries almost instantly. It fully absorbs into the skin within seconds, leaving no white caste behind. It penetrates deep down into the skin, providing both UVA and UVB rays protection. It’s the perfect sunblock for those that like to apply foundation right after, as its dry touch technology doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky. It also doesn’t clog pores, nor does it feel heavy or greasy. It provides a solid 8 hours of hydration and doesn’t have that strong sunblock scent like others. It retails for $28.95.

The last thing you want to do when you’re traveling is to spend time washing and styling your hair. Cake The All Powderful Tinted Dry Shampoo Powder is a dry shampoo, with a slight tint, ensuring your hair stays fresh and oil-free without that nasty white caste. Its weightless, velvety-soft formula fully absorbs into the hair, lifting at the roots, providing mega volume. It also helps to thicken and add texture, ensuring hair never looks flat or dull. Just shake a small amount into the palms of your hands, rub together, and watch as it becomes somewhat tacky. This will help grab onto the roots for instant lift, while still looking incredibly natural. It refreshes dirty hair, absorbs excess oil, all while adding volume and body. It retails for $17.99.

Live Clean Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner combines 3 mineral clays, Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Bentonite, along with hydration properties to help detoxify, yet moisturize dry ends.  Its also enriched with vitamin E and provitamin B5, alongside organic botanicals of apple cider, witch hazel, and tea tree to help restore and promote healthy, glowing strands. Its the perfect duo for traveling, as it not only cleanses the hair or dirt, oil and product build-up, it helps to leave each stand soft, smooth and shiny. It rinses clean away, never leaving the hair heavy or greasy. It smells incredible fresh and creates a ton of body that lasts throughout the day. It retails for $7.99 each.

On days when I’m looking for extra shine, while defrizzing and controlling fly-a-ways, I rely on styling oil. Marc Anthony 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Ultra-Lightweight Dry Styling Oil not only helps to add mega shine, without looking greasy or oily, but it helps to prevent future breakage and split-ends. Simply spray onto dry hair, at the ends, and watch as it immediately adds glimmering shine and touchability. It leaves strands feeling incredibly soft and smooth, with a delicious coconut scent. Not only goes it control frizz throughout the entire day, it helps to add moisture, leaving hair incredibly soft and strong. The more you use it, the heathier and more nourished your hair will become. It retails for $9.99.

Smelling fresh while in the heat is key, so I’ll be relying on Secret Invisible Spray in Ooh La La Lavender. I love a spray anti-perspirant when travel, as it ensures no nasty white residue on my clothing. Its completely invisible formula provides up to 48-hours of protection with a light and airy lavender scent. I can now rest assured that my deodorant will help me stay fresh and dry throughout the entire day. It retails for $5.99.

Speaking of fresh scents, when I heard that the new Shawn Mendes Signature perfume was created for both men and women, I knew I was going to love it. I’m in love with anything “manly “and although there is a touch of fruitiness, it’s quite rich and musky. It opens with a fresh burst of lemon oil, pineapple and McIntosh apple, but quickly develops into a decedent floral number of frangipani, sugar maple accord and rose petals. The dry down is my favourite part, consisting of dulce de leche, white cedar and skin musk. If this doesn’t scream Canadian, I don’t know what does. The pairing of McIntosh apple with maple accord is unique, delicious and yet extremely wearable. It retails for $59.50.

Nothing worse than getting a mosquito or bug bite while traveling. Now this might not be the case in every city/ country you visit, but I was told Nashville can get quite “buggy”. I hate bug sprays that are heavily scented, I get it, you need something strong enough to keep the insects at bay, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy walking around smelling of harsh chemicals. I’ve been using the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Icaridin Insect Repellent Spray for years, as it’s not only deet-free, but it has a slight cooling and refreshing scent. It creates an invisible barrier of protection against bugs, repelling for upwards of 5+ hours. It honestly does an amazing job, yet it doesn’t smell like your typical, nasty bug spray. It retails for $16 (but is on sale right now for $9.99).

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Must-Have Travel Essentials

Derek and I are off on a road trip tomorrow, which leaves me last minute packing. This is the first trip in awhile where we’re not flying… which means I can over-pack and bring all my favourite beauty essentials with me. Whether you’re heading out of town for a long weekend, or a week-long vacation in the tropics, I truly believe you don’t have to say “bon voyage” to all your favourite makeup goodies. You can still have fun traveling without giving up on your basic makeup and beauty essential needs. These are my top 17 jet-setting items I’ll be bringing with me to Nashville and Memphis.

First things first, what’s inside my makeup bag? I’ll be packing all my makeup essentials in this adorable Too Faced Clover Makeup Bag. This plastic makeup bag, with zipper closer, will not only keep my cosmetics safe and secure, the brand will be donating $250,000 to animal charities when you purchase this limited-edition keepsake. It’s small enough to fit in a small carry-on, but large enough to hold all my makeup treasures. It retails for $20USD.

It’s no secret that I have dry skin, and since I’ll be exploring from early morning until late in the evening, I won’t have time to touch-up my makeup. There’s nothing worse than having your makeup breakdown, melt off or accentuate dry patches mid-day. I’ll be relying on the Guerlain L’Or Radiance Primer to not only create an even base for my makeup to adhere to, but to keep my skin hydrated all day. This magical primer is infused with 24-carat gold flakes to not only add a touch of radiance to the skin, but its slightly cooling gel formula helps to retain moisture loss for all day comfort. It immediately melts into the skin, smoothing fine lines, diminishing the size of enlarged pores, while creating an even finish for your foundation to hold onto. This exquisite primer prolongs the wear-time of your makeup, while keeping your skin nourished, soft and smooth all day. It retails for $82.

After years of hearing everyone rave about the Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer, I finally bit the bullet and purchased it. Since I have dry skin, I’m not one to reach for a matte foundation, in fact, the dewier the better. This primer not only helps to blur imperfections and diminish fine lines and wrinkles, it helps to combat dullness and uneven skin texture. This brightening primer instantly helps to add a radiant, luminous glow, thanks to its luminescent pearl formula that diffuses light and acts as an instant smoothing filter. I love that it can be worn alone, under your foundation or even mixed in with your foundation for a healthy, youthful and brilliant glow. It retails for $46.

As for foundation, I’ll be bringing my trusty Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This is my holy grail foundation and the one I usually travel with. Although it’s a full coverage foundation, its lightweight, oil-free formula manages to create a natural-looking effect on the skin. Not only does it help neutralize discolouration, such as breakouts and hyperpigmentation, for an even, flawless finish, it stays put all day without breaking down, oxidizing or settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Its weightless and breathable formula is comfortable to wear all day, while its moisture enriched formula ensures my skin never feels dry or dehydrated. It retails for $60.

Keeping with the luminous and healthy theme, I’ll be bringing my trusty Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder. This is one setting product I reach for day after day and has quickly become my ride or die powder. This season the brand has released a limited-edition couture packaging dressed in gorgeous floral with a sexy black background. This is one powder you’re going to want to keep on display after the holidays. It has the same 4 complementary shades that look beautiful on all skin tones. When shaken together and applied all over the face, it helps to even out skin tone and adds a touch of radiance to the skin. Its finely milled formula almost disappears once in contact with the skin yet provides a slight brightening and glowing effect. Unlike other powders that tend to sit on top of the surface and never fully melt into the skin, leaving it looking powdery and chalky, this one goes virtually undetectable to the naked eye once applied. No need to reach for a setting spray to help set your entire look. Its light reflecting particles help to add dimension and definition to my complexion, creating a halo effect to the skin that looks incredibly natural and radiant. It retails for $69.

Too Faced Natural Face Palette is the perfect travel companion when you’re looking for your highlight, bronzer and blush to be all in one place. Instead of bringing multiple face products with me, this palette will allow me to create an array of stunning looks in one, travel-friendly palette. This velvety-soft, 6-pan palette is infused with hydrating coconut butter to not only keep my skin healthy and hydrated, but also assist in helping these multidimensional shades add depth and dimension to my complexion. From shimmery highlighters, to matte and satin blushes, to shimmery and satin bronzers, all 6 shades work beautifully together in creating a natural glow. Illuminate, bronze and add a touch of colour to the apple of my cheeks without having to reach for another product. It’s highly pigmented with true colour payoff in a single swipe or two. Its buildable formula allows me to go from a sheer wash of colour for day, to a bold and intense effect for evening. I can customize and play with different shades to create my own unique look depending on the day. I love that it stays in place the entire day without settling into fine lines or fading. It retails for $54.

For my eyeshadows, I’ll be bringing two Dior 5 Couleurs Palettes from the brand’s new limited-edition Cool Wave Collection. 367 Cool Down features blue lagoon shades of turquoise, pastel blue, night blue, denim blue and azure blues. These tropical shades will allow me to achieve a ton of fresh and vibrant looks that will be anything but boring. On days when I’m looking to play it safer, or neutral, I can reach for 597 Heat Up. It consists of warm Indian summer tones in nude gold, nude pink, warm brown, luminous brown and a fun pop of coral-y red. Not only will I be able to create a ton of wearable neutral looks, I’ll be able to achieve trendy red effects thanks to the middle shade. And because each shade is unbelievably soft, smooth and intensely pigmented, I know I won’t have to spend time applying and blending out to achieve a flawless effect. When paired with a primer, it stays put the entire day without creasing or fading. Each retail for $73.

On days when I’m looking to intensify my eye look, I’ll be placing the new Dior Diorshow Cooling Stick underneath my shadow. Its unique water-based formula immediately delivers a light cooling sensation and creates a wet-effect on the skin. Not only will these help to intensify the colour underneath, adding dimension and depth to your look, it will also help with longevity. It features an oversized tip with a rich and creamy formula that glides across the lid with ease. It applies effortlessly and seamlessly for a flawless finish. It can be used as an all-over base shade to the entire eyelid or even underneath your fave shade for a bolder pop of colour on the lid. 002 Gold Splash is a stunning gold and will look amazing with the Heat Up Palette, whereas 003 Fresh Pink is a lovely ballerina pink that will look amazing with the Cool Down Palette. Each retail for $41.

For mascara, I’m going to be bringing The Balm Mad Lash..

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Denim Jacket

A jacket can add so much visual interest to an outfit. On days when you’re rocking a basic tee, and looking to elevate your look, a jacket can be that extra special touch you’re looking for. Its that added pop of interest that takes your outfit to the next level. While there’s a ton of different options when it comes to jacket, from your biker-chic leather moto jacket to a classic bomber, to workwear appropriate blazers and everything in between, my personal favourite would have to be a denim or jean jacket.

If you’re been following my page for some time now, you’ve probably seen my wide selection of denim jackets. It the one jacket that every woman needs in her closet, as it goes with everything in your current wardrobe. From light to dark wash, form-fitting to oversize, minimalist or bedazzled, the possibilities are endless. With a large selection to choose from, there a perfect cut, style or design to suit every body type and preference. I promise you, there’s that special denim jacket out there for everyone, you just have to look.

Don’t be afraid to pair this with other washes of jeans for that denim on denim look (aka Canadian tuxedo). Black pants with a crisp button-down white shirt looks amazing for work, while an oversize shirt and leggings look comfy and cozy for weekends. It also looks amazing paired with your favourite floral dress to create that laid-back, yet feminine and dressy effect. A denim jacket will make such a difference in your wardrobe and you’ll be surprised how often you’re reaching for it.

What I Wore- Sweater- Calvin Klein, Sunglasses- c/o Toms, Hat- Forever 21, Watch- c/o Wittnauer, Denim Jacket- The Gap, Jeans- Smart Set, Heels- Aldo

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Culligan Water

I’m lucky enough to live in a country where water is widely available. I rarely think about where my next glass of water is going to come from, and I have the luxury of taking a shower/ bath daily. Up until a few months ago, I couldn’t tell you the difference between hard and soft water, nor could I explain the benefits of having a water softener installed in your home. Water consumption is such an integral part of our daily routine, yet we hardly think about it. Did you know soft water can help with your beauty routine?

My friends at Culligan Water, the world’s leader in water filtration systems, installed a water softener in our home a few months ago, and we are loving the results. With over 80 years in the industry, we knew we were in good hands (read all about what a water softener is and how it can benefit your home here). From reaching for my daily glasses of water to keeping me hydrated to long, hot and relaxing baths my new Culligan Water filtration and softening systems are making my life a little easier.

Have you ever gotten out of the shower or bath, feeling dirtier than when you went in? Chances are, you have hard water. Soap and hard water are not compatible, meaning you’re left with a nasty residue on your skin afterwards. The soap reacts with the minerals found within hard water, creating a sticky film on the skin. My new water softener not only allows my body washes to lather better, with less product, it washes away clean. This helps to leave my skin incredibly soft and smooth, without the fear of it clogging my pores.

What about frizzy, untamed and out-of-control hair? No matter how expensive your haircare products are, and no matter how often you get it trimmed, unruly strands can be caused by harsh water. Again, the minerals found within hard water cause your hair cuticles to stand up, leaving them feeling rough, dry and brittle.  Shampoo doesn’t break down that easily in hard water, so not only will you find yourself using more product, to help compensate, your hair will never feel the full effects. Not only are my strands softer and shinier than ever, I’m using less product. And since I’m not stripping my hair of its natural oils, it’s looking glossier and healthier.


Although hard water isn’t necessarily harmful to your skin (I had hard water in my home for years), it does have the potential to cause skin irritation and future problems. I always thought I had sensitive skin, until a few months ago when I made the switch to soft water. For someone who’s battled breakouts for years, I’ve noticed my skin clearing up (using the same products I’ve used for years), thanks to the benefits of soft water. The soapy residue that always seemed to be left behind, is no longer there. Not only are my skincare products working more efficiently, I’m not left with pore-clogging scum, that led to breakouts.

The minerals found in hard water cause your skin to lose moisture, leaving it feeling dry and dehydrated. Now that my skin isn’t producing extra oil production to compensate for dry skin, it’s allowing my moisturizers to fully sink in. They’re penetrating deeper into the skin than ever before, allowing for all the wonderful benefits to fully be absorbed. My skin is now soft, smooth and fully hydrated for upwards of 24 hours. As a result, my skin is baby-smooth, nourished and healthier. My makeup is also applying smoother and more even with less dry patches.

We all need water to survive, but I was always worried of what type of water I was consuming from my tap, I always resorted to bottled water. Not only was this expensive, it’s also dangerous to our environment. When Culligan Water was installing my water softener, they also installed an Aqua-Clear Water Filtration System with ClearLink Pro to our kitchen tap. Now, at a touch of a button, Derek and I can enjoy clean, delicious water that costs pennies per gallon.

A little softness goes a long way, from the laundry room to my bathroom, my new Culligan Water Filtration System is creating a huge impact on both my skin, hair and clothes.

This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Springtime “it” skirt

Pleated skirts are making a huge come-back, and with good reasons. Not only are they easy to style, they are incredibly comfortable. They are universality flattering on all body types. I promise you, they suit everyone. A pleated skirt is an excellent trans seasonal piece, meaning they work well across all seasons. In the winter, style it with your favourite oversize sweater, or in the summer with a trendy, flowy blouse. It’s a versatile item that not only goes with everything in your current wardrobe, but can effortlessly take you from day to night, work to play.

Even if you’re not a skirt person, or you think you can’t pull off the pleats, here are just a few reasons why I think you can. The idea is not to look too outdated or frumpy. You want a chic, stylish and modern effect. My first tip is, size really does matter. When you’re choosing that perfect pleated skirt, the size of the pleats is critical. You don’t want to add extra volume or bulk to your frame. You want your silhouette to be slim and sleek. Look for a thin, streamline pleat.

The length is also something you should pay attention too. My favourite two lengths are either just below the knee or just above the ankle. Those just happen to be the two most narrow parts of your leg, ensuring your eye will be drawn to the smallest part of your lower half. Remember, you don’t want the skirt to hit you at your widest part, as that will only draw attention to areas we might be trying to hide.

Since a pleated skirt tends to be extremely dainty and feminine, try pairing it with more casual pieces. This will help add visual interest to your outfit and keep it looking fresh. Think a chunky over-size sweater, a basic t-shirt, white kicks or even a denim jacket. Not only will this create a modern-day twist to an otherwise ultra-girly outfit, it will help keep it looking relevant and right on trend this season.

What I Wore- Cashmere Sweater- Aritzia, Purse- Chanel Double Flap, Watch- c/o Bulova, Sunglasses- co Toms, Pleated Skirt- Aritzia and Booties- Vince Camuto

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Ultimate Glow All Year Round

Beauty trends may come and go, but radiant and glowing skin is here to stay. Whether you’re looking for a subtle sheen, glimmer, strobe or intense glow, a highlighter is an excellent way to add dimension, shape and lift to certain areas of the face. The goal when applying a highlighter is to get a reflective dewy look that looks youthful and healthy. You don’t want to look glittery, greasy, shiny or oily. You want to create a slight sheen to the cheekbones, temples, inner-corner of the eyes, below the brow bone and on the Cupid’s bow. When applied correctly, it will help to instantly lift, brighten and improve the overall look of your skin and makeup. It’s a great way to play up the features you love, while making your natural skin look more luminous and healthy.

Givenchy Mister Light Glow Highlighter is a golden glow, highlighting pen that instantly gives your complexion a “pick-me-up” with only a few short strokes. This innovated illuminating pen is designed to brighten and highlight the face for a subtle, golden glow in seconds. Simply click the one end of the pen to get the golden mother-of-pearl product up to the top of the brush tip and place on the high points of your face. In between the eyebrows, along the side of the nose, hollows of the chin, or around the contours of your lips, this rich and creamy texture, glides on effortlessly to help eliminate dark shadows, create the illusion of wide-awake eyes or fuller, kissable, poutier lips. Possibilities are endless. It can easily take you from a soft, sheer wash of colour to intensely bold and dramatic, by building up the product. It doesn’t fade or crease the entire day, just perfectly glowing skin. It retails for $44.

You don’t even know how excited I am about the new Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighters. I fell hard for the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, and these new highlighters basically have the same formula as the shadows, only intended for your entire face and not just the eyes. Its unique water-infused, sheer base formula contains a multitude of colourful pearls and glitter flecks that immediately create a multidimensional, high sparkle effect on the skin. It can be used alone or layered over your favourite powder or cream highlighter, to create a stunning, light-catching, illuminating effect. Unlike other liquid highlighters, that interfere with your foundation, this one seamlessly blends into the skin for an airbrush finish that doesn’t disturb your makeup underneath. It leaves a dewy, prismatic glow that you can see from space.

There’s 5 holographic shades to choose from, classic Kitten, the brand’s most iconic shade, which is a stunning tan with reflective silver and champagne sparkle, to the more playful and fun Admiral, a mint green with duo- chromatic icy blue and purple sparkle. Painted Lady is perfect for those obsessed with Millennial pink, thanks to its deep iridescent pink with gold sparkle, while Monarch is an iridescent pink with reflective green, pink and silver sparkle. Queen is a lovely lilac with reflective pink and purple sparkle and is probably the trendiest shade out of the bunch. These are limited editions, so get them while you can for $39 each.

If you’re not a fan of glittery highlighters, then you’re going to love the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter. Its unique formula helps to instantly create a glowy luminosity without large chunks of sparkle. Its mother-of-pearl formula provides a soft, subtle sheen, for that lit-from-within glow that looks incredibly natural. Its liquid-y texture glides on seamlessly, and almost melts into the skin, for a second skin effect that’s never patchy or streaky. It blurs and smooths the look of skin texture, while enhancing high parts of your face, such as your cheekbones and Cupid’s bow. It can be mixed into your foundation for a dewy finish or worn alone for a radiant, healthy glow.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter is perfect for those that want mega shine without the glitter. Its shimmering pearl pigments help to ensure your complexion never looks flat or dull without looking like a shiny disco-ball. Its buildable formula allows you to create a wearable daytime look, but intensity with a second layer for evening. Its highly pigmented formula allows for a bold and intense glow with the smallest amount of product needed. It provides a hi-shine glow to the skin without the fear of it settling into fine lines or wrinkles. It retails for $36 in 4 shades, 20 Pink Pearl (shown), 30 Golden Champagne, 40 Pink Copper and 50 Golden Copper.

On days when you’re looking for a more natural, sun-kissed glow, reach for the new L’Oreal Ture Mach Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. Its dual-purpose formula can be used both as a highlighting and illuminating product. Worn alone or under your foundation, this will help to achieve a healthier, livelier complexion. Try it as a highlighter, to both your cheekbones, forehead, cupid’s bow, chin or inner corner of your eyes to help brighten and illuminize the skin. If you pick up a slightly deeper shade, it can also double as a contour shade to add depth to the face. Either way, it immediately helps to provide an all-over radiant glow that hydrates and illuminizes the skin.

L’Oreal Ture Mach Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer pearl-light technology offers optimal colour purity and brightness for high intensity results with a pearlescent, youthful finish. It’s incredibly lightweight, making it the perfect product to mix in with your foundation, without changing the consistency of it, but also sits well overtop of your makeup without disturbing it. It applies smoothly and evenly and blends into the skin like a dream. It provides a dewy, sheer finish, when combined with your foundation, but also elevates the high points of your complexion when used on its own. No matter how you apply it, it gives an instant glow that’s sparkle and glitter free. As it slowly starts to fade mid-day, you’re left with a stunning glow that looks incredibly natural and never patchy. It retails for $19.99 in 4 shades, Fair, Light, Medium and Deep.

Playing off the success of the Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighters, the brand has released a new shade called Molten Rose Gold this season. With the same melted metallic formula as the OG, this intense pigmented rose gold hue is right on trend for 2018. It’s infused with metallic pigmented to create a high-shine, reflective finish that provides a radiant glow to the skin. It can be applied with both your fingertip or brush, to either the cheekbones, brow bones, down the bridge of the nose or even the inner corner of the eyes, to create a super metallic peachy, pink luminosity. It retails for $12.99.

If you’re looking for a more intense, holographic glow, try the new Maybelline Facestudio Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter instead. It has the same finely-milled formula as the Chrome Metallic above, but with a more dual-chrome, holographic finish. It immediately leaves a lustrous multi-hued sheen to the skin and thanks to its prismatic pearl pigments, it provides a dazzling three-dimensional effect to the skin. This pale white, with silver and lavender sparkle, is a fun shade if you’re into sparkle and glitter. It creates more of a sparkly shine than your typical highlighter, that may be best suited for evening? It retails for $12.99.

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SunRype Slim10
There’s 1,440 minutes in every day, yet we often find it difficult to find just 10 minutes for ourselves. I see my friends practising yoga to feel complete and relaxed, while others turn to meditation to reduce stress and minimize the noise around them. The older I get, the more I value a little “me-time”. I know the importance of self-care, not only for my overall health and well-being, but for my mental state. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? We only have one body, and it’s our duty to pay close attention to it.

Taking 10 minutes out of your day for a little self-love, isn’t that hard, you just have to make time for it. There’s no reason why you can’t incorporate the things you love, value, and enjoy for just a few minutes a day. Not only will this help bring you balance, it can make you more productive and make better choices in your life. Try setting the alarm on your phone, for either the morning before work, or the evening before bed, to get in a little pampering.

I know what you’re thinking, morning and pamper don’t mix… nobody has time for that. Although it may seem like we’re running a race in the AM, if you plan accordingly and get up a few minutes early, there are simple things you can do to feel refreshed and relaxed. Maybe it’s a quick beauty treatment, like a facial mask or deep scrub, maybe you find journaling or writing in a diary therapeutic, or it could be something as simple as enjoying your morning coffee over a magazine, instead of having it in a to-go cup.

Sparing myself a few minutes in the evening is my favourite time to treat myself. From online shopping, to watching my favourite T.V. show, to running a hot relaxing bath to relieve my muscles and let go of all my tension, the evening is the perfect time to indulge. Of course, none of these things are equally as fun without a delicious cocktail or two.

With the warmer weather finally upon us, it brings back fond memories of me selling lemonade at the curb side and rushing to the store to buy candy. Although I may not be a sugar feen anymore, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a tall glass of lemonade on a hot summer night. I, of course, turn my beloved drink into an adult version with vodka and ice. A spiked lemonade is the perfect way to unwind after a long, stressful day. If you’re like myself, looking to cut down on calories and sugar, let me introduce you to, SunRype Slim.

SunRype Slim 10 beverages not only come in a wide variety of refreshing flavours with excellent taste, it’s only 10 calories per serving (250ml). This low-calorie beverage has a great taste and contains no aspartame, no artificial flavours or colours and is amazing mixed with your favourite alcoholic beverage, like vodka. My personal fave, of course, is the Slim Lemon Drop Lemonade. Its juicy and refreshing flavour pairs beautifully with 7Up and vodka. My inner child is totally loving it.

This adult lemonade is the perfect way to pamper yourself and show a little self-love. It’s quickly become my signature drink and has definitely made its way into my nightly routine.

It couldn’t be easier to make, so it won’t cut into your alone time. All you need is, 6oz of SunRype Slim 10 Slim Lemon Drop Lemonade, 3oz of 7Up, 3oz of vodka, crushed ice and a fresh lemon slice. You can easily find SunRype Slim in the non refrigerated juice aisle of your grocery store, so it’s simple to pick up during your routine grocery shop!

If lemonade isn’t your thing, Derek’s personal favourite is a Long Island Iced Tea. For this, you’ll take SunRype Slim Long Island Iced Tea, which just so happens to be made with real brewed tea, and a half oz of Triple sec, Vodka, Tequila, Rum and Gin each. Sure, it takes a little extra prep-work, but I promise you, it’s totally worth it.

You can also experiment for yourself and create a cocktail of your own using the other SunRype Slim flavours. From Blueberry Burst, Cranberry Twist and Tropical Mango, there is truly a flavour for everyone to enjoy. It also is great by itself without alcohol over a glass of ice to serve to your non-alcohol loving friends.

I can’t wait for you to Take 10 for yourself and enjoy a little me-time. If you want to find me, I’ll be taking 10 with my SunRype Slim 10 Spiked Lemonade ;)

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This post has been generously sponsored by Sun-Rype, the opinions are my own and in no way do they reflect Sun-Rype.

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Giant Tiger Outfits for a Week

Today marks day five of my new series called…. “I Wore (insert clothing brand here) for a week. This week is all about Giant Tiger and how to create fashion-forward looks at affordable prices. On Wednesday we chatted about how you can get out of a fashion rut, Friday was all about faking longer legs with fashion, and today we focus on how to look stylish every day of the week.

We all want to look more stylish when we leave the house, but sometimes we don’t have time to bother with multiple pieces, nor do we have the time to stand in front of the mirror for hours trying on different looks. Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks on how I get ready, quick and easily, all while looking stylish, with little to no effort.

Take your outfit from a zero to hero by adding that one special piece to make your outfit look interesting. This may be a show-stopping handbag, a statement ring, a killer pair of heels, anything that will grab attention and make your outfit look totally unique. By adding that one extra surprise element, it will really help to elevate your look.

When in doubt on what to wear, play up your strengths. We all have something we love about ourselves, so when you’re looking for a fashionable look in a hurry, reach for those pieces that make you feel confident. Long, lean legs, try a mini-skirt, firm, toned arms, look for something sleeveless, 6-pack abs, how about a crop-top.  Focusing on the areas you feel secure and poised in will ensure you look fabulous the entire day.

Don’t leave home without your visa… oops.. I mean an accessory. I know when you’re in a hurry, it’s hard enough putting pants on, let alone jewellery, but having at least one or two beautiful pieces that you can reach for daily will really tie your look together. A statement necklace, a classic watch or even a cocktail ring can really take your outfit to the next level.

My favourite tip might be, creating your own unique uniform. Although you don’t necessarily have to focus on one certain style, having pieces in your collection that all work well together makes it incredibly easier getting dressed in the morning.  If you have been following my page for awhile now, you’ve probably noticed that I have a slight obsession with pink. I consider this my signature look. By having a large selection of the same colour, it effortlessly allows me to create a chic monochromatic look with ease. Wearing the same colour head to toe, whether that be all black, white, grey is a sure way to look put together.

Giant Tiger is a Canadian owned discount store that features a large selection of fashion-forward pieces that everyone can afford. Lily Morgan is a fun, fresh and stylish label that can only be found at Giant Tiger and offers this season’s hottest trends that will leave you feeling current, confident and modern.
I was able to find this head to toe pink number for under $160. I did add a pop of white with this denim jacket for only $35, but it can easily be taken off, if I’m looking for a monochromatic look. The pink pants were only $30, the flowy top was $16, the belt was $6, sunglasses, necklace and rings were all $9 each and the purse was $45.

Win Big this Summer with Giant Tiger. From now until July 3rd, 2018 enter online for daily opportunities to “scratch and win” prizes such as gift cards, home décor, and more, Also, until June 13, 2018 GT will also be doing a special draw for a backyard concert performance by CCMA nominees, River Town Saints. Visit gianttiger.com or bigsummerwins.com for more details and to enter.

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Giant Tiger, but all opinions on this blog are my own. I also want to thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.”

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Must-Have Foundations

After months of dry, harsh winds, we’re all ready to embrace that no-makeup, makeup trend. Nothing gets me more excited than a new season, especially, spring. It’s an excuse to buy new clothes, accessories and of course, makeup. A general rule of thumb for spring, is switch up your foundation. While a hydrating, full-coverage formula may work in the cold, winter months, a lighter, thinner coverage is usually desired during the warmer months. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with new foundations, as we tend to buy a new one anyways, thanks to extra sun exposure and our current shade section being too light.

For someone who has dry skin all year round, I’m always reaching for a dewy foundation. In the spring and summer months, even if you don’t have dehydrated skin, chances are you’re looking for fresh and healthy complexion. The new Burt’s Bee Goodness Glow Liquid Makeup is a lightweight, full-coverage, mineral foundation that helps leave skin soft, smooth and radiant. It’s sourced with meadowfoam seed oil to provide added moisturization, without it looking or feeling oily or greasy. It’s packed-full of skin-loving benefits that deliver long-lasting hydration. Its silky-smooth texture applies beautifully and soaks into the skin seamlessly. It helps conceal all blemishes, even out skin tone and reduce redness with the smallest amount. When paired with a primer, it lasts upwards of 12+ hours without separating or fading.

Because glowing skin is always in, Burt’s Bee Goodness Glow Liquid Makeup is a must for anyone that wants a youthful and healthy glow this season. It instantly smoothes skin for an extremely natural looking, almost second-skin like finish that’s velvety soft. It creates a full-coverage effect with only a few drops and provides a natural finish that never looks heavy or cakey. It immediately hydrates and nourishes the skin for all day comfort. Although it’s such a luminous and radiant product, it never seems to settle into fine lines or accentuate enlarged pores. It doesn’t breakdown mid-day, nor does it crease or smudge. Just a healthy, glowing and brilliant finish. It retails for $18.99 in 12 natural-looking shades.

No matter which day of the week, or what month it is, everyone loves a good matte foundation. Unlike traditional matte formulas that tend to be dry, dehydrating and dull, the new Givenchy Matissime Velvet Radiant Mat Fluid Foundation somehow manages to create a perfectly matte finish with a dewy finish. The formula was inspired by velvet, which is a designer’s favourite fabric thanks to its ability to absorb and reflect light, making it incredibly beautiful to work with. This foundation somehow creates a matte finish, that’s still amazingly radiant. Its lightweight, airy texture absorbs excess sebum, which not only helps control oil, ensuring your foundation doesn’t breakdown mid-day, but it also allows your skin to breathe. Its intensely pigmented formula features a unique coating that extends colour for a long-lasting hold without oxidizing or separating.

Givenchy Matissime Velvet Radiant Mat Fluid Foundation is perfect for those looking for a long-wearing matte finish, but still want that lit-from-within effect. Not only does it help even out skin tone, conceal minor breakouts and blemishes, it helps to protect and enhance your natural beauty. Its thin, sheer, almost liquid-y formula applies seamlessly, blends beautifully and almost melts into the skin for a completely flawless finish. It helps to reduce the appearance of pores, doesn’t settle into fine lines, and doesn’t cling to dry areas of textured areas. You can easily build up the coverage from a medium to full without the fear of it looking thick, heavy or caky. You can effortlessly achieve a soft, matte finish with a healthy natural glow. It retails for $65 in 8 shades.

Givenchy Matissime Velvet Radiant Mat Fluid Foundation in 01 Mat Porcelain, 02 Mat Shell, 03 Mat Sand, 04 Mat Beige, 05 Mat Honey, 06 Mat Gold, 07 Mat Ginger and 08 Mat Amber

The humidity is coming, I can just feel it. Even though we want lightweight foundations in the warmer months, that doesn’t mean we want our sweat to breakdown our foundation after only a few hours. The new Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation is a water-based foundation that not only feels incredibly weightless once applied to the skin, its full-coverage formula is designed to wear for upwards of 24 hours. Its ultra-smooth texture can be blended in with your fingertips, ensuring you’re out of the house within seconds to enjoy the beautiful weather, but can also be used with a foundation brush if you’re looking for that full-face, flawless finish.

Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation provides a natural, matte finish that looks just as amazing in the evening as it did in the morning. Its intensely pigmented formula, almost twice the intensity as the OG Forever Fluid Foundation, provides an even fuller coverage, but with less product. Its ultra-fine pigments almost seem to melt into the skin, with the tiniest amount, to achieve a flawless, full-coverage makeup look. It doesn’t oxidize on the skin once dry, ensuring the colour looks just as rich and accurate as the moment you applied it. Unlike full-coverage foundation that tends to suck the life out of your skin by mid-day, this one stays comfortable without looking cakey or dry. Your skin, but better, all day long. It retails for $64 in 24 shades.

One way to ensure your foundation is lightweight this season, is to mix it in with your serums or moisturizers. The new Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation Drops are designed to do just this. Its highly pigmented, 33% liquid pigments to be exact, customizable formula is intended to be used alone or mix in with your favourite skincare products. Its lightweight, buildable and blendable coverage provides a seamless, silky-smooth finish with the tiniest amount. Use a single drop for a sheer to light coverage, two to three drops for a medium coverage or apply four drops to achieve a full-coverage, flawless effect. It instantly helps even out skin tone and complexion for an incredibly natural and healthy look. It’s comfortable to wear the entire day, and stays put without transferring, fading or smudging for upwards of 16+ hours.

For those looking to have total control over their foundation, or those looking for a single product that can do it all, Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Pigments will be your new best friend. On days when you want that “no makeup, makeup look” mix in a drop of your fave serum and blend out with your fingers for a sheer wash of colour. On days when you’re wanting a little more coverage, try adding a few drops to your moisturizer. If you’re looking for a full-coverage effect without it looking cakey or mask-like, add 4 drops to any of your foundations and blend out with a buffing brush. Finally, you can also apply directly to your face. For this application process, I suggest buffing out with a beauty sponge. Its light and somewhat silicone feel blends out effortlessly and sets to a satin-like finish. It sets quickly, without being tacky or sticky. It retails for $52 in 10 shades.

Much like liquid foundation, a stick foundation can be applied using a number of methods, including a brush, sponge or your fingers. Unlike liquid, pressed or even cream foundation, stick foundations tend to be easier to control and provide a quicker application process. The new Hard Candy Look Pro Bare It All Foundation Stick silky-smooth and creamy formula glides onto the skin like butter, providing ultimate coverage in a single swipe. It comes with a handy brush on the opposite end, allowing you to blend and buff into the skin seamlessly. Whether you desire a sheer, medium, or full coverage finish, you’ll be able to achieve all three. It can also double as a concealer, so if you’re in need of a little extra coverage under your eyes, to hide a blemish or two, or maybe even hyperpigmentation, concentrate the stick on those areas and blend.

The dual-ended, twist-up design and multi-purpose brush packaging, makes the Hard Candy Look Pro Bare It All Foundation Stick convenient and travel-friendly. Simply apply all-over the face and blend. You can easily control how much product you apply, allowing you to go from a sheer, wearable, everyday makeup look, to a more high-intense, full-coverage effect simply by adding more layers. Its creaseless and budge-proof formula ensures it stays in place all day, and instead of looking like you’re wearing a heavy layer of foundation, you’ll look as though you have a naturally flawless complexion. It’s comfortable to wear, doesn’t settle into fine lines, doesn’t accentuate enlarged pores and camouflages all imperfections. Perfectly portable, it can be used for touch ups on the go or for spot treatments. It retails for $7.99 in 6 shades.

As an added bonus, I want to talk about the new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. Not technicality a foundation, but it’s more than your typical primer or tinted moisturizer. This product is designed and created to use under, instead of, or overtop of your foundation. It’s indented to provide your skin with that ultimate, high-gloss, high glow and dewy complexion we so desperately want in the warmer months. It helps to even out skin tone, blur imperfections and minimize enlarged pores, all while adding a brightening effect to the skin. Think of it as an anti-aging product that offers multiple uses. One might call it an Instagram filter or celebrity-skin in a bottle.

If you’re looking for that J-Lo glow in a customisable, complexion booster format, you’re..

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Giant Tiger Outfits for a Week

Today marks day three of my new series called…. “I Wore (insert clothing brand here) for a week. This week is all about Giant Tiger and how to create fashion-forward looks at affordable prices. On Wednesday we chatted about how you can get out of a fashion rut and today is all about faking longer legs. Whether you were naturally blessed with long gams, or just looking to fake longer legs, most of us wouldn’t mind creating the illusion of a taller silhouette. There are so many fashion choices you can make when you’re looking to fake longer legs, and today I’m sharing my favourites with you.

Instead of accentuating a natural waistline, opt for something high-waisted. Bringing your waistline up will create the illusion of your legs starting higher on your body, magically making your legs look longer. High-waisted pants, skirts, even shorts will allow your legs to look like they start at a higher point than they really do.

Shoes that match your skin tone will also help extend your legs. Wearing a nude pump or even open-toe sandals will instantly create a look that visually lengthens the leg. A nude shoe lets the eye think your legs are going on and on, instead of cutting it off at the ankle.

Floor glazing hemlines will make your legs appear longer. Long hems on your pants, when paired with a killer heel, will make your legs looking incredibly long.

The opposite of that would be to show a little more skin, if you’re comfortable with showing off your legs. A shorter hemline will also make your legs look longer and leaner.

Monochromatic looks are incredibly popular right now, not only for style, but one colour from head to toe can make you look taller. It creates an uninterrupted visual line that goes from head to toe, with no breaks, giving the appearance of a longer, leaner leg.

I know a lot of us fear stripes, but they can be your BFF when it comes to creating the illusion of longer legs. Vertical lines force the eye to look up and down, immediately creating a lengthening effect. This pinstriped dress from Giant Tiger, which was only $22, is perfect for elongating the legs. Pair that with its shorter hemline, and it’s a match-made in heaven for super-model legs. I paired it with a white denim jacket that was $35, to add a layered effect, along with a statement pink purse for only $45. As for the accessories, I tossed on a layered necklace that was $9, stacked some beautiful rings, also only $9 for the set and some chic $9 sunnies.

Win Big this Summer with Giant Tiger. From now until July 3rd, 2018 enter online for daily opportunities to “scratch and win” prizes such as gift cards, home décor, and more, Also, until June 13, 2018 GT will also be doing a special draw for a backyard concert performance by CCMA nominees, River Town Saints. Visit gianttiger.com or bigsummerwins.com for more details and to enter.

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Giant Tiger, but all opinions on this blog are my own. I also want to thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.”

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