Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PLAID SHIRT DRESS










Outfit Details:
Dress  ||  Booties  ||  Sunglasses  ||  Watch  ||  Belt

Hey lovelies,

Besides summer, fall is my second favourite season out of the year. So many cute options and outfits to wear that we wait all year for. This dress is seriously my go to dress this season. I have been looking for a plaid dress and I scored this one for under $40.

There are so many ways you can wear this dress. You can pair it with a faux fur vest, faux leather jacket, a cardigan or even with leggings.



Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE




Over the years, I have been using coconut oil for a lot of my go to beauty routines. I never thought that I would be resorting to one product that would meet a lot of needs in just one jar. It's 100% natural, free from chemicals, it's antibacterial and loaded with vitamins.

1. Hair Mask
It all started when the health of my hair was at it's worse. I was so desperate that I was trying every deep conditioner there was but it just wasn't cutting it. Coconut oil was my last resort and boy did I wish I had used it sooner. If you have been following me for some time you would know that I had went brunette (always being a blonde) and just couldn't get over the fact that every time I looked into the mirror, I never recognized myself. With that being said, I went back to the hair salon and had blonde put back in and that's when my hair went for the worst. My hair was super dry and my hair was breaking like you wouldn't believe. That's when I started to use coconut oil in my hair on a weekly basis for two months and my hair was 70% better than it was when I had first started. Now it's been five years and my hair is back blonde and healthy again. Amen!

{Apply it to dry or damp hair, put your hair in a top knot and go to bed or put your hair in this satin beanie so that the heat from your head will help the oil to penetrate better into your hair follicles. This will also help to keep your pillow case oil free}.

Now that my hair is healthier, I still like to do a hair mask once or twice a week...


2. Make-up Remover
I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup (specifically mascara) almost every night whenever I am not using a different type of makeup remover. It is extremely gentle on the eyes and the mascara just melts off your lashes. Don't worry if you can't get all the oil off when you are done, rumour has it that coconut oil helps with lash growth.

{Apply a small amount to each eye. With your eyes closed, gently swipe downward and work the oil into the lash line while swiping it out to the tips of your lashes. Cleanse face when finished}

3. Face Mask
Using coconut oil as a face mask is one of my favourite things to do in my beauty routine at least once a week. Coconut oil is more hydrating than most moisturizers on the market and not to mention, it has a natural antibacterial and anti fungal benefits to it which will help with breakouts.

{After cleansing and toning your face, apply a thin layer all over your face, including around the eyes and lips. Leave it and go to bed. If you are not one to go to bed with a mask on your face then leave it on as long as you can before rinsing it off}.

4. Nails/Hands
Another favourite way to use coconut oil is using it on my hands, nails and cuticles. When my hands are at it's driest, especially during the winter months, I treat my hands in coconut oil and put silk gloves on afterwards for better absorption. I wear these gloves to bed or when I am lounging around the house and don't want to transfer the oils onto furniture and clothing.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE GO TO FALL COAT







Outfit Details:
Top  ||  Coat  ||  Jeans  ||  Booties {Similar here & here}  ||  Sunglasses  ||  Bag  ||  Lipstick

Hey lovelies,

The weather has been up and down, one day it's hot and the next day it's pretty cool. That's when this essential coat comes in handy. This open front coat is great for fall and is a great transitional piece into those milder winter days. It's lightweight, comfortable, has open front pockets and is great piece for layering over sweaters, blouses and so much more. I am wearing an XS but if you plan on wearing heavier knit sweaters, I would recommend going up a size.




Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TANCEUTICALS || GO TO SELF TANNER




Hey everyone,

Today I am here with another beauty review. I get asked a lot if I use a self tanner and which one do I use or would recommend that gives a nice natural colour. Yes, I do use a self tanner and the one that I use is a must try (keep reading below).

I have tried many self tanners over the years and some were horrible (mise well say I looked like an Oompa Loompa. You know, those orange skinned characters on the Willy Wonka movie) yeah, wasn't the best look on me or on anyone for that matter. Then there were some that I really liked that gave an amazing colour but the smell of some were so unbearable and I would be so self conscious about it if I was in public. Then I finally came across Tanceuticals and my self tanning experience changed forever.

When I came across Tanceuticals I was of course a little sceptical as I always am at first when it comes to self tanners but I am always willing to try something new and give it a go. Well, I am so glad that I decided to use this line because the results were amazing and the smell of these products is so good. If you like the smell of coconuts mixed with tropical fruit then you will love these self tanners. Not to mention, Tanceuticals is also rated #1 Self Tanner on selftanning.com



All of these are great Self Tanners but if I had to chose between the lotion or the mousse, I would definitely choose the lotion. The reason being is because I find it easier to use and to apply to my skin as it's less messy. You can apply it with your hands or with the Tanceuticals Self Tanner Mitt. I use the mitt to make sure I get an even streak-free layer all over my body.

The mousse is great too as it has a "guide" when you apply it which I love. What I mean about that is when you apply it to the mitt and then start applying it to your skin in a circular motion, the colour transfers right away so you are able to see exactly where you are applying the self tanner. This is great but I do find it transfers onto my clothes throughout the day before you have a shower or if you apply it before bed it will transfer onto your sheets as well. The good news is it does come out in the wash so you don't have to worry about ruining your clothes or bedding which is a huge plus.

The face lotion is nice as well and I find you don't need a lot of this when you apply it. I like to put a thin layer all over my face and down onto my neck so it blends nicely with the rest of my body. You can also apply this with the mitt but I like to apply it with clean finger tips and then washing my hands right away after application.


The Do's and Dont's
Do's:

- Shave or Wax before
- Shower
- Exfoliate
- Wear loose clothing (optional)
- Make sure to wash your hands well after each use

Don't:
- Don't apply body cream all over the body before applying Self Tanner (on those dry areas like the knees, elbows and heels, you may apply cream to those areas only to prevent those areas from becoming darker as they are drier areas)
- Don't shower for at least 6-8 hours (it needs time to develop colour)
- Don't exercise or sweat

The Before and After
The before and after pictures below are with one use and with the Dark Lotion. Of course you could do a couple of applications to achieve a darker colour but I wanted to show you all what it looks like with just one light application. I do not have a before or after picture of the Ultra- Dark Lotion but I must say, if you want an even darker richer colour with just one use then I would really recommend getting the Ultra-Dark. Trust me when I say this, even though it is Ultra-Dark the result you get still looks natural.

Before:

After:
(Dark Lotion)

I apply Tanceuticals once a week but you can apply it as many times as you wish. I like to start exfoliating two days before I tan again to make sure I get all of the old tan off before re-applying. It is so important to make sure you have gotten majority, if not all of the old tan off first because if you apply a fresh tan on your old tan then you will definitely have some patchy areas and it wont look too pretty.



Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!

This post was sponsored by Tanceuticals but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Monday, September 25, 2017

HOW TO LAYER YOUR NIGHTTIME SKIN CARE PRODUCTS


Good Morning,

Over the past few years and especially when I hit my "cough" 30th year, I knew I had to get my act in gear and really focus on my skincare routine and the products that I am using. Let's get real though, no matter how old you are, if you are not taking the proper care of your skin then your makeup may not look as good as it should be. You can use all kinds of skin benefiting products but if you are not applying them in the proper order then you are not getting the most out of your skin care regime. Applying your skincare products in the proper order will not only make a huge difference in the way your skin looks and feels but your skin will be absorbing the products the way they should be.

These are the proper steps on how to layer your nighttime skin care products properly:

Step 1: Cleanse
Ok, so this is an obvious step but if you are not properly removing your makeup and dirt then your pores will be blocked and the remaining products won't be able to penetrate into your skin as effectively. I like to remove my makeup with either a makeup removing wipe or a cleansing oil {this is the cleansing oil that I use that works like a charm} and then I will cleanse my face {I use this cleanser}. 

Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating is so important. Some of us can do it on a daily basis and then there are some that can only do it 2-3 times a week. My face gets irritated if I over exfoliate so I try to do it at least 2-3 times a week. Normally I pick 3 day's out of the week and follow the same routine every week so my face is getting exfoliated on the same days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday). Exfoliating not only is removing dry/flaky skin but you are allowing your "treatment" products and moisturizers to absorb better and for the products to penetrate deeper into your skin {I use this gentle exfoliant}.

Step 3: Tone
Some people have mixed feelings about adding this step to their beauty regime but I personally love using a toner. This step removes any access oil or makeup that you may have missed in the cleansing step and it's a refreshing step to bring the PH levels back to your skin before serums, creams or oils {I use this toner}.

Step 4: Mask
This is of course an "optional" step but I like to do a mask at least once or twice a week. It's best to always do a mask at night so you can leave it on longer for better absorption and relaxation. I use a few different masks depending on what I am wanting that night but I really like this one and it smells amazing too.

Step 5: Treatments/Serums
Whether you are treating acne, dark spots or wanting to add hydrating/treatment serums then this is the step to do all of this. These products can simply be retinoids, topical acne creams, oils, water based serums (Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C etc). These products always come before a moisturizer.

Step 6: Eye Cream 
Again, this is an "optional" step as well but I think it's important to incorporate an eye cream for a.m and p.m. based on your needs. I always look for an eye cream that is hydrating, reduces puffiness and helps with firming {I use this one}.

Step 7: Moisturize
Whether you are using a light or heavy moisturizer for the a.m. or p.m. this step should always come last in your beauty routine. If you apply moisutizer first and then you add an oil or maybe a serum you forgot to apply, your face will start to pill and all the products that you had put on will all be sliding off your face and what you did was a waste of time. Typically you want to start with the light weight products first and work your way to the heaviest.  I am currently using this moisturizer.

Step 8: Lip Treatment
I think it's important to also treat your lips before bed as well. Whether you have dry lips or not, apply a lip treatment. I use this one and it keeps my lips from getting dry and flaky. 




Monday, September 18, 2017

DRUNK ELEPHANT REVIEW




Hey lovelies,

For the past few weeks, I have been using a couple of different products and wanted to share my thoughts and opinions with all of you. 

Now that fall and winter is just around the corner, I wanted to find a moisturizer and a lip balm that was going to be hydrating enough to with stand the dry weather and something that has skin benefiting ingredients. I did my research and I ended up choosing the Drunk Elephant LALA Retro Whipped Cream and the Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm

I had heard so many great things about Drunk Elephant that I wanted to venture out and try some of their products to see for myself what the amazing "fuss" was all about. 


So, after using these two products for about two weeks now I can finally understand why so many people are in love with this line. Not only is this line completely vegan, it is also cruelty free and are jam packed with some amazing rare African oils that has huge skin benefiting properties.

I also truly love that Drunk Elephant is a brand supporter for IEF (International Elephant Foundation). How amazing is that?


This whipped cream is absolutely what I was looking for. It it extremely hydrating (does not leave your skin greasy at all) leaving your face feeling like silk. I can't even describe to you how great it feels on your skin. You will just have to try it for yourself..

I like the air sealed packaging and the fact that no bacterial will ever form. You simply press down on the top (looks like a button) and the cream comes out from the sealed tight hole on top.

What you want to know:
- It is formulated without any Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates
- Fragrance free
- Silicone free

What skin type can use this?
All skin types. Yes, even oily skin

 What it's doing for your skin:
- Hydrating
- Helps with loss of firmness and elasticity
- Targets fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving skins brightness

What's in it?
- A blend of six rare African oils
- Plantain extract 
- Antioxidant rich fermented green tea


This Lippe Balm is probably the best and beneficial hydrating lip product that I have ever used. I have tried many different brands in the past and they only made my lips feel even more dry than they were prior. The Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm is none addicting and doesn't promote dryness. This means, your lips aren't relying on the product all the time. I use it once in the morning and before bed or use it only when your lips are dry and when they aren't, you don't have to use it. 

 What you want to know:
- It is formulated without any Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates
- Fragrance free
- Silicone free
- Non-toxic
- Free from other harmful ingredients that can cause other health problems.

What's in it?
- A blend of Avacado, Mongongo, Cranberry and Marula oil. 
- Shea Butter
- Sea Fern Algae

Benefits:
- Hydrating
- Restores collagen 
- Plumpness




This post was not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, September 15, 2017

FALL SALE // THIS WEEKEND ONLY

Hey everyone!

This weekend only, there are a few sales going on but I wanted to share a few items that are on sale and happening right now until Sunday.

Take 20% at checkout. No code needed and free shipping!

Shop:
Belle Sleeve Sweater comes in two other colours. Love the green shade

Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

BLACK // WHITE








Outfit Details:
Denim Shorts  ||  Tee {similar}  ||  Sneakers ||  Watch  ||  Sunglasses  ||  Necklace

Hey lovelies,

I hope everyone is having a great long weekend so far.

Even though summer is almost coming to an end {sigh}, I wanted to show one more summer look that I wore a lot over these past months. Throw on your favourite pair of denim shorts, a cute loose fitting tee and your favourite sneakers and done. I love casual looks like these.

I also like to incorporate dark denim shorts like these into the fall  season as well. Fall weather can be awkward, cold in the morning but warm during the day, so I like to wear these shorts with an oversized sweater or a turtleneck with a pair of booties. Stay tuned for that exact look coming soon.

Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SUMMER SALE ALERT


Sharing some really cute sale items today. The sale ends tonight at midnight. 

I know summer is almost over but these prices are too good to pass up, especially if you plan on going on vacation over the winter or packing them away for next summer.

Click on each item below to shop!
Or click here to shop their website


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

FANOLA ORO THERAPY 24K DIAMANTE PURO REVIEW




Hey lovelies,

I have been working with a Salon Guys on some hair care products that they have sent me to try and share with all of my readers. Please note that this post was shared with my own personal thoughts and opinions. 

One of the products that I received and have been using is the Fanola Oro Therapy 24k Diamante Puro Regenerating Fluid that is enriched with argan and sweet cyperus oil. This product is for sensitzed stressed hair caused by colour damage, heat styling tools, UV damage etc.


First off, this product is like magic in a glass bottle. It is a product that I have not experienced in my days of really taking good care of the health of my hair. 

I find it really hard to find a product that is not heavy on my hair that would weigh my hair down and that will not make my hair look and feel greasy. This regenerating fluid is very light weight and does not weigh my hair down at all. It has a nice faint scent to it which is great for those who don't like a strong perfume scent.  


How you can apply it:
1. On towel dried hair or on completely dry hair
2. Apply a few drops to the palm of your hands (I use about 5 drops) and rub your hands together and apply it focusing on your mid shaft down to the ends. Whatever is left over on my hands, I will apply the rest to my bangs.

What is this product doing for your hair?

- It is protecting your hair from all heat styling tools
- It is also protecting your hair from environment factors such as pollution and UV rays
- It adds shine, eliminates frizz and makes your hair silky soft

I have only used this product four times since I received it in the mail and I was immediately blown away on how this regenerating fluid as improved my hair. Normally, I would use a product for a few weeks to a month before giving my total thoughts and reviews but I knew I had to share this with all of you sooner as this is one heck of an amazing product right off the bat.

My hair is so much softer and shiner than my hair has ever been. I have always lacked shine in my hair and I am so happy that this product brings life back to my hair and not to mention, it's protecting my hair from harmful UV rays that typically fades hair colour making your hair look dull.

I would definitely recommend this product for all hair types and for someone who is looking for immediate results. 



Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!

This post was sponsored by Salon Guys but my thoughts and opinions shared in this post are my own.

Monday, August 21, 2017

WISH LIST


DETAILS BELOW:



Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

HOW TO GET GLOWING SKIN IN JUST MINUTES




Hey lovelies,

I wanted to share a quick beauty post on how to get an "All- Over Glow" within minutes. Glowing skin isn't just for the summer months, it's really nice to have glowing skin all year round as long as it looks natural. This quick and easy beauty routine will literally take you just 5 minutes to do.
5 products= 5 minutes

Step 1: Start with applying this tinted moisturizer all over your face. This tinted moisturizer is actually unisex, so even your man can use this as well. This product evens out your skin while leaving a natural glow finish.

Step 2: Apply the Posie Tint Stain to your cheeks and lips.

Step 3: Apply this bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, along your hair line and a little dusting on your nose.

Step 4: Apply this highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and above your cupids bow (above the lips).

Step 5: Apply this cream illuminating eyeshadow all over each lid and even bringing it up to your brow bone. This gives the perfect amount of natural sheen to your lids and with your favourite mascara, your eyes will just pop.

Product Details:


Thursday, August 3, 2017

LAST CHANCE FOR THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE




Hey everyone,

The Nordstrom Sale is coming to end and you only have 3 days left to take advantage of the remaining in stock items before the prices change and go up on August 7th.

I have rounded up some last minute items that are still available at an amazing price.

Click on each item below to shop!


Monday, July 31, 2017

SCALLOPED HEM SHORTS








Outfit Details:
Shorts  ||  Tank  ||  Shoes {Similar}  ||  Bag- Old {Love this}  ||  Lipstick  ||  Bracelet  ||  Necklace 

Hey lovelies,

Ok, so if you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instastories, you would know that I couldn't wait to share these scalloped shorts with you. These shorts have to be one of my favourite pairs of shorts that I have bought this summer. They are so feminine and the detailing on the bottom gives the perfect added touch.

What I love most about these shorts is that they are so silky soft and you can dress these up or down. I like that the lilac shade is more on the pastel side which allows you to wear these shorts in many ways from different coloured tops to adding a blazer or a leather jacket etc.




Thank you so much for stopping by, xo!!