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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Fashion & Accessories 2014

Hello beauties! Did you happen to see my beauty round-up featuring eco-friendly products that I posted on the site earlier? Well, today is Earth Day and in addition to profiling some fantastic beauty companies that use organic or natural ingredients, I also wanted to highlight some earth-friendly fashion & accessories that have become personal standouts! More and more each year, fashion brands are using sustainable, recycled or up-cycled materials when creating their merchandise. I've gathered some of my favourites to share with you today.

H&M Conscious Collection

On April 10, 2014, retailer H&M came out with a jaw dropping collection of sustainable fashion. The Spring collection, that has already been spotted on Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba, includes exclusive and everyday pieces made with organic cotton, recycled polyester and Tencel. Take a look at the amazing lace dress below. Isn't she just beautiful?

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H&M Conscious Collection Lace Dress - $249 CAD
Alex and Ani Jewelry
Alex and Ani is a "positive energy" jewelry and lifestyle brand. It's Founder & Creative Director Carolyn Rafaelian is committed to creating a greener future and reuses & recycles materials when creating her trendy and captivating jewelry pieces. The Earth Sultry collection is pictured below and includes a variety of stackable bangles with a bumblebee, dragonfly, pineapple and other earthly charms. They also offer free ground shipping on all orders over $100.
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Alex and Ani Bracelets - Earth Sultry Collection - $28 CAD each
Pelcor (The Genuine Cork Skin) Handbags
A stylish Portuguese brand known for re-purposing cork has everyone buzzing about their gorgeous new handbag from the Spring/Summer 2014 Flora Collection. "The Lady Bag" from Pelcor features a cylindrical shape, two interior pockets and is definitely original. I've never seen anything like it. Online orders of $200 or more also come with free shipping.
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Pelcor "The Lady Bag" - S/S 2014 Flora Collection - $225 CAD
Looptworks Designer Tee's
Looptworks is an American company that "turns waste into something beautiful". The brand up-cycles and re-purposes abandoned, pre-consumer materials to make functional products including men's and women's apparel, cases and bags....all of which are eco-friendly. I love the Women's Designer Tee in Magenta pictured below!
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Looptworks Women's Designer T-Shirt - $28 CAD
Roots Essential Leggings
Not everything at Roots is made from eco-friendly materials but the company is certainly becoming more and more eco-conscious every day. They have increased the use of organic cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyesters and natural sustainable fabrics such as wool, bamboo, hemp and soy in their collections of womenswear, menswear, baby wear and accessories. Their cozy leggings made from a soft blend of organic cotton and spandex jersey retail for only $22 CAD and are a fan favourite! 
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Roots Essential Leggings - $22 CAD
What do you think of my fashion picks for Earth Day?

Round Up: Green Beauty for Earth DAY 2014 (Featuring Tom's of Maine, Epic Blend, Weleda & More!)

Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a day to reflect on all of the ways that we can make a difference on improving our environment. Environmental charities like Earth Day Canada foster environmental respect and actions that lessen the impact on our earth. Going green and becoming conscious of our "carbon footprint" takes effort and starts with a general awareness. Here are some quick ways that you can make a difference:

1. Conserve Energy (i.e. unplug appliances that are not in use, dry clothes on a drying rack/clothesline) 
2. Save Water (i.e. take shorter showers, turn the tap off while brushing your teeth) 
3. Stop using bottled water (i.e. use a water filter at home, bring a reusable water bottle with you)
4. Use natural productsUsing products made from natural ingredients is not only good for you but it's also good for our planet. (see below) 

Here's a quick look at some eco-friendly household and beauty products that are environmentally conscious and contain natural ingredients:



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Epic Blend Premium Lip Balm - $3.49 CAD (or $12 CAD for a 4 pack)

> Incredibly silky lip balms made from all-natural ingredients
> Gluten-free, cruelty-free & vegan
> Come in 10 mouth watering flavours including fan favourites Pineapple Mint, Citrus Kick, Coconut & Wild Berry. An unflavoured option is also available on their website.  

Pelle Beauty Facial Oils - $29.00 - $68.00 CAD 

> A natural & effective way to moisturize your face 
> Highly concentrated formula does not contain any fillers, water, dyes, preservatives or synthetic fragrances
> Made only from pure plant based ingredients & essential oils 
> For more information or to see other natural products click here.


TOM's of Maine Natural Toothpaste & Deodorant - $4.00 - $5.00 CAD

> All of Tom's toothpastes are made without any artificial dyes, sweeteners or flavours. Deodorants contain no artificial fragrances or preservatives either!
> The Simply White® toothpaste uses naturally sourced silicas for clinically proven whitening (no bleaching chemicals!) 
> Wicked Cool!™ fluoride toothpaste (for ages 8+) features a mild mint flavour for kids who have outgrown fruit or bubblegum flavours but don't like the strong mint flavours in most adult toothpastes. Helps prevent cavities, strengthens enamel and freshens breath. 
> Children's Toothpaste uses calcium and silica to gently clean while real fruit flavour appeals to children's taste 
> The Long-Lasting Deodorants provide 24h protection for men & women and are all aluminum-free. They contain natural fragrances and odor-fighting botanical hops as well as the mineral zinc to help keep you feeling fresh throughout the day. 


Lavanila Laboratories "The Healthy Deodorant" - $23 CAD
> Another great deodorant option but much more expensive 
> 100% natural, freshly scented and long-lasting
> Contains soothing essential oils; available at Sephora.


Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk - $24 CAD

> Creamy cleansing milk that gently removes dirt and skin impurities 
Non-foaming action leaves your skin squeaky clean and smelling like citrus
> Contains iodynamic iris root extract (known for its moisture-retaining & regulating properties), Organic Jojoba seed oil (preserves skin's natural moisture & acts as an emollient) and Witch Hazel (naturally light astringent renowned for its skin-strengthening effects) 
> For more details or to see their extensive product range, click here.


The Body Shop Nutriganics™Smoothing Eye Cream - $20 CAD 

> Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with this lightweight eye cream treatment that smoothes and softens the delicate skin around the eye area & helps improve skin tone and texture.
> Uses Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil, organic red grape from France, plantain and elderflower from Switzerland, organic buddleja and thyme from Switzerland, essential oils & natural fragrances 
> The Body Shop's Nutiganics range is a certified organic range that was created to help combat the first signs of aging. 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodal

Monday, April 21, 2014

REVIEW: Essence Metal Glam Eye Shadows (Photos & Swatches of the Entire Range)

Essence is one of the most affordable beauty brands available at drugstores worldwide, but that doesn't mean that the quality is ever compromised. Their new range of Metal Glam Eyeshadows are a perfect example that good makeup doesn't always have to break the bank. Before I go any further, I do want to preface that the effectiveness of these shadows can be called into question if they are used incorrectly....so if you plan on picking up any of these budget-friendly eye shadows, make sure to read the suggestions below on how-to best apply them, cause the method certainly made a difference for me. These shadows are not high-end quality shadows but for just a few bucks, you seriously can't go wrong. They are definitely great value for the money.....

Range: 

The Metal Glam Eyeshadows by essence are available in six metallic shades: 

01 Jewel up the Ocean
02 Coffee to Glow
03 Frosted Apple
05 Chocolate Jewelery
07 Golden Up!
08 N'Ice Frosting

My favourites in the bunch are "Coffee to Glow" and "Chocolate Jewelry". Both shades are absolutely beautiful and also happened to be the easiest to apply. 

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essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows - $2.99 USD / $3.99 CAD
Texture & Pigmentation: 

These shadows have a glittery top layer which isn't visible in any of the photos above because the over spray has since disappeared. There is definitely glitter present in them though, which I'm normally not a fan of but it's nothing unwearable and it looks more like a fine shimmer/metallic sheen once on the eyes. The formula is pressed and the texture is soft & velvety, which actually makes blending them out with a brush a bit tricky. The initial application was problematic but I experienced no fall out and no chalkiness after I mastered how to apply them. These shadows also have excellent pigmentation (especially when used wet) so using a primer is entirely optional. 

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Application:

As mentioned above, applying eye shadows with this type of texture can be quite challenging. I would discourage using a regular shadow or blending brush when applying these shadows onto the eye lid or in the crease area. Instead, what I do is pat the colour on using my index finger and lightly blend out if necessary using a big fluffy brush. Since these shadows can be worn wet or dry, you could also spritz your finger with some MAC Fix+ to elevate the colours intensity. The latter would be more appropriate for a fun night out. Whether you apply these wet or dry, either way....the result is a lovely finish with a metal sheen that lasts.

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essence Metal Glam Eye Shadow Swatches (L-R)
#01 Jewel up the Ocean, #02 Coffee to Glow, #03 Frosted Apple, #05 Chocolate Jewelry, 
#07 Golden Up! & #08 N'Ice Frosting

Have you tried these eye shadows? 
What are your go-to essence products? 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Hunt Ends Here! LUSH Limited Edition Collection for Easter 2014 (With Demo Videos)

Instead of indulging in chocolate this Easter, I'll be treating my skin to some new limited edition novelties from LUSH. For the last several years, LUSH has become one of my families go-to brands. My husband uses their their shampoo pucks religiously and the kids love taking baths with baby bot bath bombs.  I personally love how nourished my skin feels after a bath or shower and how refreshed and relaxed LUSH products make me feel. I think I'm seriously addicted! On every special calendar occasion, LUSH comes out with limited edition products and this Easter, the range is super tempting. The Easter Collection includes 10 new products including fragrant bubble bars, colourful soap, enticing bath bombs and even a few pre-packaged gift sets. The one item that is "melting" everyone's heart is this year's Golden Egg, a bath bomb/bath melt hybrid that literally sparkles!


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LUSH Easter 2014

Golden Egg Bath Melt Bomb 

This insanely gorgeous egg is one of LUSH's newest inventions. Golden Egg combines the components of a Bath Bomb and a Bath Melt to create the ultimate in luxury. With a creamy cocoa butter exterior, fizzy bath bomb center and a dusting of golden lustre, this "Honey I Washed the Kids" scented bath melt bomb is bar none the "pièce de résistance" of the collection. Isn't it beautiful?


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Golden Egg Bath Melt Bomb  - $8.95 CAD - 3.8 oz/108 g



Bunny Bubble Bar 

This softening bubble bar is full of coconut oil and Shea butter, both great for moisturizing the skin. The "Creamy Candy" scent also helps soothes the mind after a long, stressful day. Bunny houses tiny cornflower petals and a pink center underneath its cool white exterior. 

Fluffy Egg

Every Easter, Fluffy Egg, the cherry pink bath bomb returns to LUSH. It's vanilla/cotton candy aroma (fans of "Snow Fairy" will love this) and softening properties make it a true fan favourite. 

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Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb - $5.95 CAD (4.6oz) & Bunny Bubble Bar - $6.95 CAD (2.8 oz)



Brightside Bubble Bar

This over sized bubble bar will have you looking on the "Brightside" and easily transforms your bath water into a vivid orange cloud of bubbles. It's scent is intoxicating and includes Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot. Citrus oils also tone and brighten the skin. This bar has become one of my all-time favourites and was SO popular last Spring, that it's back again for Easter and is being added to the permanent range! 

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Brightside Bubble Bar $10.95 CAD - 7.0 oz

Carrot Soap

Don't be fooled by appearances. Carrot Soap may resemble a carrot but smells like a fruity tropical paradise! It's energizing blend of Sicilian lemon oil and fruity buchu oil will definitely put some Spring in your step. A leaping white bunny is visible as you slice into the soap. Carrot seed oil and skin softening cocoa butter soften and moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling both smooth & refreshed. 

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LUSH Carrot Soap
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Slice of Carrot Soap $6.95 CAD/3.5oz

Also available this Easter are Immaculate EGGseption Bath Bombs in Pink and Yellow, Bunch of Carrots (on my wish list!), and the two Gift Sets pictured below. Visit the LUSH website for additional information on any of these items. Oh, and hurry, all of the items mentioned are only available for a limited time.


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LUSH Easter 2014
Bunch of Carrots & Carrot Gift Set (Top)
Funny Bunny Gift Set & Pink Immaculate Eggseption (also available in yellow) (Bottom)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Converse Spring 2014 Lookbook: Shoes for the Whole Family!

The iconic Converse sneaker has a reputation for looking clean, and being both functional and comfortable. It's "that item" in your closet that never goes out of style, can transform an everyday/ordinary outfit and show off your sense of personal style. The All-Star Spring 2014 Collection features dynamic pops of colour and elevated silhouettes that further promote self-expression. Expect to see everything from tie-dye prints, bright hues and even a new Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Plus which includes a 2" concealed heel. Take a look at some of these standout styles including the new platform wedge, zebra, camouflage and tie-dye prints. While I have always appreciated the classic sneaker... I must say I'm really loving the children's collection this season! 

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Men's & Women's Converse Spring 2014




The Kids Collection is fun, colourful and full of personality! There are options with accessible Velcro closures, others that are lightweight & water resistant and even dressy options for girls (my favourite has tulle along the tongue!) Other stylish features include "dead laces" and rubber outsoles. Take a look at these really cute options for your little trend setter!


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Boys Converse Spring 2014
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Converse offers a diverse assortment of men's, women's and children's footwear and is available in over 160 countries worldwide.  

Which of the above styles is your favourite? 
Do you remember when you got your first pair of "Chucks"?

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