Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Absolute Best Face Wash Ever!!!

Today I am going to share with you, my absolute favorite face wash. It's highly possible that I've shared it with you before, but I'm okay with that. It's THAT good that it deserves a 2nd mention...

Anyhow, first up, a little about my skin. I have Senaitive, Combination and Acne Prone skin. As a teen I suffered with very bad acne to the point that I actually went on prescription Acutane. This may have been one of the absolute best decisions my parents and I could have made because it was really challenging. Now, while some people (something like 80% they say...) who go on Acutane will never get another outbreak, I will be the first to admit that sadly I was NOT one of those people. However, my skim greatly improved over the years and I typically now only get the occasional outbreak and it is almost always hormonally related. 

However, last winter I had some SERIOUSLY problematic skin. My akin was just super greasy and I suffered with severe, painful breakouts for like 2 months straight. It was really getting out of hand and I couldn't deal any longer. I was using super gentle products that sadly, just weren't cutting it and I needed something stronger. So off I went to <a href="">Sephora</a> in search of a product I had used years before.

While they no longer carried the Acne-specific wash I wanted, I spoke to a few staffers who suggested I try the one that had replaced it.... It was an "Anti-Aging" one and pretty expensive so needless to say I was not impressed... Until I tried it out!! 

<a href="">Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel</a> 

Within a couple days, my breakouts had cleared up entirely! It's been almost a year now and it is now an integral part of my skin care routine and I'm happy to report that my skin is probably in the best shape it's ever been, since my childhood! 

Since it's chock full of anti-aging and acne ingredients like salycylic and glycolic acid, it can be a little drying on my skin so I usually try and only use it once a day, or every second day and alternate with using another mild liquid cleanser or even just makeup wipes on days where I don't wear much makeup. But I have used it twice a day for a week at a time and it hasn't been too harsh. 

So if you are suffering from breakouts or troubled skin, I HIGHLY recommend this one!! As far as the anti-aging effects, I can't speak too much on that as I happen to have very young looking skin without much sign of wrinkles or anything. However, in knowing what the ingredients have done in keeping my skin clear and obviously exfoliated, I can attest to the fact that it does make me look so much younger in that my skin looks GREAT!! 

Have you used this before? What are your thoughts or skin care secrets? 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Indigo: Fall 2015 Picks

As always, one of my absolute favorite places to check out each new season is Indigo.  They always have great home décor, accessories and odds and ends.

So, without further ado, here are a few new items on my Indigo Wish List:

Antler Pillow Cover

Everything about this pillow is ME!!  The color scheme is absolutely perfect.  It is also the perfect mix of feminine and masculine.  I love the kitschy-ness of antlers.  I always have a thing for the pillows at Indigo, however they`re a little pricey, so I don`t often buy many, despite my desires.  However, they have recently switched to a separate cover and insert so I am kinda bummed about that.  But I have a few inserts kicking around that I can substitute since I always find the Indigo feather ones stab me.
Brass Acorn
Okay, so last year I got a little out of hand with pumpkins and gourds, so...... I think an acorn is the perfect piece for fall.  Plus, it would still look in that in-between stage from New Years to Valentine`s, when you don`t know how to seasonally decorate, but you don`t want anything to cluttered so something traditional is perfect.  They also have a feather and antlers which I always love.
Daniel Wellington Classic Collection Winchester Watch

This is not my regular style, but I find I can dress a little preppier in the fall, with a lot of jeans, tees and cardis, so this pretty watch is perfect for those days where I want something cute but not quite as flashy as a Kors.  I love the pink and navy strap on this one which still keeps it cute and girly enough for me as an everyday piece!
Feather Scarf

Feathers are my jam, so I was a little surprised when I realized I didn`t have a scarf with a feather pattern.  I love the colors in this one, everything from pinks and reds, purples and some blues.  Absolutely perfect.  Plus I just generally like the quality of scarf they sell.  There are a couple other color options and I really would wear any of them.
Frends with Benefits Taylor Headphones

Okay, so I might be the only person who does not own any over the ear headphones.  I really need to get on this bandwagon.  I absolutely LOVE the styling of these - they are super simple, with just a little touch off something (rose gold) to make them special.  I really need these!
Pablo Foldover Clutch
How perfect would this be for a Girl`s Night!!  The dark moody color scheme with the floral is absolute perfection!!   I like the fold over clutch style as well.  I`ve had my eye on a few clutches in the past and never bought them, but this one is definitely worth checking out in person!

I do have an upcoming Birthday, so for anyone who was looking for gift ideas, any or all of the above are right up my alley! Do you have your eye on anything at Indigo?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mark for Avon: Debunking the Myth and a few of my Fave Finds

Hey All!  It's officially September which means cooler weather and shorter days are here.  :(

But I refuse to completely convert to fall until absolutely necessary. While I didn't post a lot this summer, since I was busy living my life, I did so sporting a lot of Avon and Mark for Avon piece . And yes, while I technically am a "Demonstrator" I don't actually really even sell it, just buy stuff at a discount for myself, so this post isn't about me trying to get sales (although if you're local and want something, I definitely CAN help with that). I simply just wanted to bring awareness to a company that people either don't seem to know about or have a pre-conceived (and wrong) idea about what they have to offer. Everytime I get a compliment on something I've purchased through Avon or Mark, people are always so shocked to hear where it's from- and believe me, latelyy mark stuff has been getting a ridiculous amount of comments. 

Here are some of the pieces that I've been wearing non-stop:

Bright & Breezy Scarf in Turquoise 

This scarf comes in both turquoise and coral. Firstly, it's ombré which is hard to tell in the picture, plus those tassels are to die for and so on-trend. It's also a very large size - you could totally use this as a sarong. It's nice and soft and since it's lightweight it's perfect for summer or layering up all year long. Also, I think the coral color is on sale. Here's me sporting it to work earlier this week: 

From the Top Fedora
I actually own two of these... The first one got a bit crushed after a music festival long weekend that may have involved drinking... So I have one in better condition for when I go out and one for beach days and working in the yard. This actually comes with three different colored hat bands (floral, black and turquoise) which I think is ingenious! This way you can coordinate to match your outfits, so smart! Super lightweight and comfy (sometimes straw hats can be scratchy but I've had no issues with this one). I wore this pretty much every weekend since I bought it, perfect for lazy weekends where u don't wash your hair and it saved my face from sunburn during aforementioned music festival! 
Here's a peek at me wearing it and you can see both other Band colors. 


Looking Sharp Bracelet 

Okay, so I actually own both the gold and silver and purchased the rose gold as a gift for my bestie. I like that each of these are slightly different so you could even wear them together and they wouldn't be too "samesies". I also like that they the hinge on them for easy on/off. They are kind edgy but oh so pretty. Love these, especially with an arm party stack! 

Charm Necklaces 
Alright, so technically just the horseshoe and the unicorn in this photo and I don't actually see them any longer on the site, but I have been getting so many comments when I wear this collaboration of necklaces that I had to feature these. I got these as a bundle with the fedora and a bronzer, so you can see the kind of packages that Avon puts together. This would have been the perfect gift set for any gal in your life (or just to keep for yourself).

Amazing Shoes/Sandals/Boots
I just snapped this now, on my lunch. Once again, these are old, from last summer and no longer available. However I wanted to show them cause the footwear from mark gets crazy compliments. I have maybe about 7 or so different pairs and have even re-bought a pair my dog ate cause I loved them that much! The sizing is true to sizing, they are always on trend and the quality has been great. 

So that's just a sneak peek at some of the accessories I've been sporting that have been getting a lot of positive feedback. But of course, that's just a small sampling of what they have to offer. All these pieces are their mark branded, which is geared towards a younger (teen-twenties?) audience - however I'm in my 30s and can't get enough. I like the makeup, apparel, footwear, accessories, body care and hair care. I am constantly singing their praises and gladly let all my gfs and random people know about this brand. Often I hear that people think Avon is for older ladies and I just wanted to throw it out there that it is definitely NOT the case. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Splendies Review: August 2015

I figured I'd start the week off with another Subscription box review!  
Today we have my Splendies box, which is always a fun one to receive, cause who doesn't love fun new underwear?!
Splendies delivers 3 brand new pairs of underwear a month.  There's no Style Profile or anything with this subscription, so it truly is a surprise as to what you're going to get!  They do deliver a variety of styles (bikini, thong and hipster/boy cut) each month, and since I wear pretty much everything, that's fine with me.
The package arrives in a non-descript white plastic mailer, wrapped in tissue.  There is no product card, but pairs have their tags attached and often list prices, which is nice.
Cost:  $13.99/month for 3 pairs
Ships:  US- Free; Canada - $7.00; International-$9.00
Spree Black and White Polka Dot Hipsters
These are super cute.  I love polka dots and the added pink trim/.bow is such a sweet touch!  I like this style, and they have a ruching detail along the back.  They have a nice slinky feel and look like they would be comfortable, but sadly, they are too small..... ***One thing to mention with Splendies, is that they have a tendency to run small, so I advise sizing up - I hadn't at first and now I have a ton of pairs that don't fit, so I will be putting those into some friends' stockings this Christmas!  However, I regularly wear a small, sized up to a medium and these are STILL too small... so that's pretty upsetting.    There's no price listed, but I found similar ones on sale for about $10.00
Joe's Lace Trimmed Patterned Thong
The fabric on these is super soft and very stretchy, so super comfy. I never used to be into red, but I've been getting quite a few pairs through Splendies and I really like these!  The style is my preferred cut as well. I can't find these online, but they are tagged at $12.00

Spree Lace Trimmed Hipsters
These are actually really pretty - the fabric is stretchy but once again, these do not fit - I think maybe Spree must run super tiny.... I really like the moody dark purple background of this pattern.  A lot of people aren't lovers of flowers for undergarments, but I actually like them!  Once again, no price but I am guessing these are probably around $10 since they are similar to the polka dot pair.

Rose Intimates Flourescent Lemon Lace Boyshort

Sadly, another pair that does not fit!!  These aren't even close to fitting... they are so tiny!  I usually love a lace boyshort and actually have a bra that these would be a perfect match for, so this is super disappointing!  This brand isn't well known so I'm not familiar with their sizing, but the style is super cute!
** I should note that yes, regularly they only send 3 pairs, but back in June, Splendies contacted me via a photo I posted, mentioning my review and they wanted to send me a free pair - so this month I got a Bonus pair.  Which would have been great, except they didn't fit.....
Overall thoughts:  What is happening with the sizing here?  I am a consistent size small in all the underwear I buy in stores.  Everywhere from Walmart, La Vie en Rose, La Senza and Victoria's Secret - I am a size small. Regardless of the style....   When I signed up, the smalls were too small and I read that others were recommended sizing up, so I did and it worked... for a bit but we are back to very small items.  I really do not want to have to size up even further to a Large, because I feel like that would just leave too much room for error and feel that I'd end up with too many pairs way too big.  It's just a little frustrating, since I can't even really leave any feedback for a stylist, since there isn't any.  So, I think I am going to give it another month and see if things improve, otherwise I may have to think about cancelling my subscription  :(
However, style wise, I actually really like all the pairs they sent me this month.  Lace trimmed pairs seemed to be the theme this month and  I like that there was a thong and several hipster pairs, which I prefer over bikini.  Had everything fit, I would be a very happy camper.
How about you? Have you been experiencing the same sort of sizing frustration? 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wantable Intimates: August 2015 Review

Okay doke, I've finally got a free evening and got some pictures taken so I could post my latest reviews.  Last week was a full week for me, with lots of packages arriving daily, so without further ado, let's get to it!

Wantable is a subscription service with a couple different options:  Intimates, Accessories, Makeup.  Plus, a few new Editing options:  Fitness, Style and a Men's option (these aren't available in Canada...yet... so I haven't had the option to test these out!)

This box is the Intimates box, which sends 3-4 pieces ranging from loungewear, socks, intimates, lingerie and tanks.

Cost:  $36.00/month (subscribers get a $4.00 credit with each order)  ** As a Canadian, with the exchange rate and all that jazz, I do technically pay closer to $50/mth.

Shipping:  US- Free; Canada- $7.00; International - $10.00

You get to create a Style Profile that let's you identify the items you Love/Like/Dislike. 
 Here's a look at my Style Profile options:

Here's a brief description of the items included in my box:

Pajama Drama Coral Tank with Lace Trim

This tank is a nice soft cotton.  I really like the cute coral and white polka dot pattern and the lace trim detail is a nice touch.  I like that it is a longer length, which is great for lounging and getting cleaning tasks done around the house.  My only complaint is that even though this tank LOOKS like it was gonna be a little baggy, it's still a little snug around my midsection.  However, I feel like this is more a reflection that I need to get back working out!  ;)
Valued at: $21.00 (I feel this is a bit high for a sleep tank though...)
Per Lei Intimates Spring Fling Bottoms
Until I read the info card, I actually thought these were a coordinating item, but they aren`t even by the same brand, so kudos to my stylist for choosing items that coordinate together nicely!  I love a comfy pant for lounging around the house and while I think these are technically a capri style pant, they are the perfect length for a shorty like me!  They are lightweight which is nice cause I never like to be too warm and have a cute little bow detail at the bottoms.
Valued at $16.00
I really love how these two pieces coordinate together.


Pajama Drama Raw Edge Tank  
Okay, so this tank is exactly something that I would buy.  The one gripe I have with it is that the cotton isn`t as soft as I would like... maybe some washing will soften it up.  I love the racerback style and stripes, it is however a little sheer so if I was to wear this outside of the house, I would have to take that into consideration.  But this color way is perfect for me!
Valued at $16.00


Pajama Drama Raw Edge Short
 I was originally on the fence about the pattern on here, but I actually really like it for loungewear.  They are super cute and fit nice.  I like that there is a drawstring waist for any nights where I have a big dinner or for keeping the neighbours from seeing my butt when I am doing yard work... haha

Valued at $16.00 

Overall Thoughts:
This was a nice box.  I liked that they listened to my notes and sent me the style of items I asked for!  While it may not be my favorite box, I will definitely use all four pieces and am happy with the fit.  Also, all 4 pieces are in coordinating colorways, so I can mix and match them and not look totally CRAZY!!   Here is a peek of the coral tank with floral shorts:

The overall value of the box is $69.00 which is not the highest valued box I have ever gotten from Wantable, so I am a little disappointed in that, considering the cost that we pay to ship to Canada.  But I do like all the items, so I`m still happy with the box.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Beauty Secret: Office Staple as Exfoliator

This is probably one of the most ridiculous secrets I'm gonna share but I've been doing it for years and years, and it's one of the easiest tricks ever, so I just wanted to share! 

I am one of those unlucky gals who has combination skin, which means it's doubly hard for me to nail down a skin care routine that's aces. Couple that with the mild acne I've always suffered, and now aging (over 30) skin, things are always a little rough.

My biggest pet peeve though, when it comes to my skin, is just how dry and flaky certain areas can get.  Namely, the area around my nose, mouth and chin, which are incredibly sensitive. This is never more prominent then when I'm sick- blowing my nose is the worst kind of pain, leaving me burning, red and flaky.  Especially in areas that are typically drier and more apt to show flakes and dryness.

Unfortunately, using a scrub or even a battery powered cleansing brush on these irritated spots isn't always possible, as it's likely to bring on more irritation.   Enter, my life-saving flakiness remover:

Yes ladies, Scotch Tape!! You probably have a roll of this sitting on your desk right now! I guarantee you, it's the easiest way to remove stubborn flaky skin! 

I simply apply a tiny strip to the offending flaky area (with very little pressure) and rip it off quickly, like a wax strip. It's easy, painless and works like a charm! 

The best part? It's essentially free, since I ether already own the tape ( or often find a dry spot at work and just use a strip in the washroom at lunch). I've also found this to be the least irritating option. Since I typically do this at work, my makeup keeps the tape from sticking to my other skin AND it's just sticky enough to remove flakes but not my good skin! 

Of course, once the redness and burning has subsided, I'll make sure to up the external exfoliants and use my skin brush but in the meantime, I'm drinking a ton of water and adding some heavy duty creams to my arsenal! 

Any silly beauty tips or tricks you want to share? I'd love to hear from you! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unexpected Find: Neon Infinity

I'm heading to a music festival later this week and when I was at the Dollarama picking up a few little goodies to play with, I happened across the best find ever: the softest infinity scarves in some great summer neons! 

I didn't have anything similar to the neon pink, so I snatched it up for only $3.00 and absolutely LOVE it! I'm actually wishing is had picked up a few other colors, although neon yellow, lime green and white prob wouldn't have gotten much use with me. But I will be keeping my eye out for other colors! 

Considering the cheapest I've ever really gotten scarves is if I find a 3/$15.00 sale, I was pretty excited with this find!! 
Plus they are huge and super stretchy so you can definitely wear this one a few different ways! 
I got a compliment from two people at work already today, and I couldn't help but immediately share my good fortune! 

What great finds have you picked up lately?