February Favourites

Hey everyone, happy March!  I thought it would be fun to start a new series on the blog highlighting my favourite products of the month. These will be my most used, newly discovered, (or rediscovered!), beauty and makeup products of each month. I might even throw in some cute fashion finds, great books or yummy food items from time to time. So without further ado, and only a few days late, (#momlife), here are my favourite products from the month of February…First on the list are these super hydrating  Face Masks by Karuna. Sheet masks have been all the rage lately with every beauty brand coming out with their own version of one.  I love these ones especially because they’re made from 100% natural fiber, drenched in hyaluronic acid, and peptides, and the best part? They’re only $10 each! So sit back with a sheet mask on, relax and watch your favourite Netflix series. By the time you’re done, your face will feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom. My idea of a good night!

The next favourite of the month are these 3 in 1 Facial Towelettes from The Honest Company.  I don’t often use cleansing wipes, but this month we had a mini reno at home and being without plumbing for a few days these wipes came in very handy! They aren’t drying to the skin, and remove all traces of makeup including around the eyes. They contain olive oil, aloe and chamomile are so gentle I’ve even used them on my baby girl. Now I’m hooked and will be throwing a pack into my diaper bag, travel bag and yoga bag!

OK, can we talk about this next product for a moment?! Prep Rally by Drybar was probably one of my best beauty finds this month! The first time I used it I fell in love with the scent and it’s performance didn’t disappoint either!  It’s basically a leave-in conditioner and heat protector all in one. It contains Biotin and B12 which means it’s perfect for the dry winter weather we’ve had (goodbye static hair!), and will also come in handy during the summer months or on vacation because of it’s UV protection. Trust me, this one is a MUST-HAVE!

This next item was a bit of a splurge but in the end I’m SO happy I finally purchased it. My hands have been ROUGH this winter, with the cold dry winter and constantly washing my hands with a baby at home, my hands needed some TLC. After seeing the Aesop Hand Balm all over social media, I finally pulled the trigger and bought one. Now I understand what all the hype is about. Soooo luxurious feeling, not greasy, lightly scented (no old lady scent here), and super moisturizing. Not to mention this tube will last you a good few months at least. Do yourself a favour and just get one! You can thank me later.

I really lucked out this month with lip products! I had no expectations with this Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, other than loving the name of the shade (Champagne – duh!). Well, OMG this stuff is amazing!!! It’s 99% natural, full of antioxidants including the powerhouse Resveratrol, jojoba and organic agave nectar, OH and it tastes deliciious!!! It hydrates FOR DAYS!!!!  Plus it leaves just a hint of shimmering pink colour behind. I have used it everyday since I purchased it and will likely pick up another one for on-the-go.

The second lip product is the new Charlotte Tilbury Revolutionary Matte Lipstick in PillowTalk. Just as good as her infamous lipliner of the same name, this lipstick works on every skintone, giving that YLBB (your lips but better) look. It’s called a Modern-Matte finish which means it isn’t a dry formulation (nothing worse than cracked matte lips in the winter). This really is the perfect nudey-pink hue that’s wearable everyday.

bite agave lip mask charlotte tilbury pillow talk favoritesThe last favourite of the month is not a new product, but a new discovery found in the back of my makeup drawer. It’s the Highlighting Duo pencil from Anastasia. This thing has literally given me life this month. With both a matte and shimmer side, it’s perfect to highlight the brow-bone and inner corner of the eyes in a flash. No brushes needed, no messy powder or liquid, just a quick swipe and blend with your fingertip. It makes me look like I’ve had a full nights rest (NOT!) and brightens up the entire eye area.  I don’t know where this magic pencil was hiding but I’m so glad I found it. It’s a new mamas secret weapon!

So that rounds up this month’s list of favourites. Hope you enjoyed it and found something new to try out for yourself!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hey everyone! I had so much fun with my last gift guide, so I thought I would do another! With V-Day being less than a week away, this should actually be called the “Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide”.  However, it’s never to late to spoil the one you love and there’s always a good excuse to say I love You with a little gift …. So make sure to share this guide with your girlfriends, your hubby or that special someone in your life. Now let’s get into my top 10 Love Day gifts…

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her

 

  1.  Card Case: This is probably my favourite item on the list, which is why it’s # one! There’s nothing easier than throwing a card holder into your diaper bag, or small clutch when you’re on the go. This pink Gucci one is a bit of a splurge…but hey, it’s Valentine’s Day and a girl can dream, right?
  2. Chocolates: Not just any chocolates, but Pink Champagne Truffles! (Sigh) So much goodness in one heart-shaped box. I’m not usually a big chocolate lover, but this I just can’t resist!
  3. Reading Socks:  Cozy, cute and comfortable, these socks are perfect for this time of year. Curl up next to the fire or in bed with a good book and keep your toes nice and warm. Did I mention how cute they are?!
  4. Eternity Roses: This is what I call the gift that keeps on giving. Preserved roses that last a year are the new thing and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve seen these all over social media recently and now we can get them delivered right here in the Toronto area. Starting as low as $159 for your beautiful customized box of REAL roses, this gift is definitely Instagram-worthy! 
  5. MAC Lip Kit:  Lipstick, liner, gloss and you’re all set! You can’t go wrong with this lip kit in the prettiest shades of pink, (also available in Nude). This is the perfect gift ’cause I’ve never met a girl who doesn’t like a good MAC lippy.
  6. Bath Salts: As a new mom, taking a bath is probably the most relaxing time of my day…even if some days it’s only a quick 5 minute soak. These 100% natural Dead Sea Salts not only have detoxing benefits, but the vanilla scent helps to calm and soothe the body after a long hard day.
  7. Necklace: This beautiful handcrafted Lotus necklace from Mejuri is the perfect layering piece. Handcrafted in 18K gold vermeil with 3 white sapphires, it’s dainty and chic and the price just can’t be beat! (Check out the earrings, they’re super cute too!)
  8. Book: A New York Times Bestseller, this book talks about all things love, style and life from a cool Parisian perspective. This is the perfect coffee table book for the chic girl!
  9. Frame: I’m in love with all things marble and this picture frame is so pretty it could go anywhere…bedroom dresser, bathroom vanity, office desk, it adds just a little bit of glam. This would be such a sweet gift with a picture of your loved one inside or a special place you’ve visited together.
  10. Spa: This one needs no explanation! Whether it’s a pedicure, or a couples massage, you just can’t go wrong with the gift of relaxation. There are so many great spas in Ontario, but how about one where you can enjoy some brunch afterwards while taking in a beautiful view? Sounds like heaven to me!

So that’s a wrap on my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her. I hope you enjoyed it…now get out there quick and start shopping!!!

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My Must-Have Drugstore Makeup Products

Happy Monday everyone! Today I thought I would share with you my must-have drugstore makeup products. This post was especially fun for me because as much as I am a product junkie who can spend hours (and $$$) at Sephora and department store beauty counters, I also love finding good, quality drugstore makeup. There’s nothing better than the satisfaction of finding an inexpensive product that actually performs just as well – and in some cases better- than the high end/luxury brands. That said, these are my absolute favourite go-to items that I wear on a daily basis. Some of them are dupes for higher-priced products and others are just tried and true standouts. The best part is, nothing is over $20 (and even less if you find it on sale!) As always, I’ve linked all items below so you can get to shopping ASAP!

Favourite drugstore makeup dupesFoundation: I hate to admit it but I’ve always been a bit of a snob when it comes to drugstore foundations…I just didn’t think the quality could come close to anything I would spend $40+ on, (insert eye-roll emoji). Well I was wrong, (gasp!), and I can admit it, so let’s just move on and say that the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation is AHHHHMAZING!!! I use this product Every.Single.Day. It’s light-weight with a buildable coverage and really does leave you with that flawless, glowing finish. I’ll be honest, I can’t stand the pad applicator as I find it doesn’t deposit the product evenly onto the skin and it also reminds me of the makeup sponges of the 80’s (yes, I’m old enough to remember those). Instead, I would recommend using a soft foundation brush instead for a more airbrushed finish.

Next up is this beautiful baked powder blush from Milani, in the colour Rose D’Oro. It is the perfect shade of pink, not too bright, not too coral…and who doesn’t love anything rose gold?! I would say it’s a pretty good dupe for the Nars Orgasm blush, but at a much prettier price point. The colour payoff is great and I love that it leaves a slight highlighted affect to the skin. I’ve been seriously impressed with this blush and haven’t worn anything else since trying it almost 3 years ago.

Best Drugstore Blush Milani Baked Dupe for NarsI have a few eye products that I can’t live without and this wouldn’t be a proper drugstore post without talking about the infamous Voluminous mascara from L’oreal. Hands down THE BEST lower-priced mascara out there. There’s a reason it wins best mascara year after year from the editors at Instyle Magazine. It lengthens, it volumizes, it even comes in a waterproof formulation…and if you’re lucky to find it on sale, (as low as $4.98!!!), I would suggest stocking up on two or three.

Another eye product I have been using for years is the Annabelle Kohl eyeliner pencils. I  have this thing about paying more than six bucks for an eyeliner…I just can’t do it!! These eyeliners last forever, come in a million colours and are CHEAP!!! I’m not one for the really waxy eyeliners, (eg. MAC and Urban Decay), because I find they smudge way too easily and I end up looking like a racoon, so that’s why I love these kohl pencils. They’re long lasting, don’t budge and are hypo-allergenic, (which means gentle enough to use along the inner rim/water line). So if you’re looking for a good, standard eye pencil, these ones can’t be beat. Oh, and they’re also the #1 eye pencil in Canada…who knew?!

Best drugstore mascara L'Oreal Luminous mascaraAs for eyeshadow, this quad from Cover Girl has been a relatively new discovery for me and it’s quickly become one of my can’t-live-without products. If you’re like me and are used to MAC shadows or the Urban Decay Naked palettes, then you’ve probably never even given these a second glance at the drugstore. But let me tell you, you have been missing out! There are six different colour palettes in the Notice Me Nudes line and I use #700. Each of the 4 shades in this palette are neutral enough for an everyday look, but can also easily transition to a more dramatic evening look by applying the darkest colour in your crease. Bottom line, if I were stranded on a desert island and could only take one eyeshadow palette with me, this would be the one.

Best drugstore eyeshadow paletteMoving on to lips! I thought this one was going to be pretty tough as I have a ton of drugstore lipsticks and didn’t think I’d be able to narrow it down to just one favourite…until I took a look at my lipstick collection and found not one, not two, but FOUR of the exact same lipgloss in my drawer! (I was either afraid this colour would get discontinued, or I was stocking up incase of an apocalypse). The winner in the lip category is non other than Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal. It’s pretty, it’s perfect and it’s almost an exact dupe for the Nars Turkish Delight gloss. Apply this alone or over any shade of lipstick and it adds that perfect pinky-nude finish. 

Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss review dupe for nars turkish delightLastly, I have to mention my absolute favourite nail polish. If you’re a follower of mine, you already know that I’m obsessed with at-home gel nail polishes. In fact, I haven’t bought a “regular” nail polish in months. My most worn gel polish is hands down the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit.  It’s the perfect neutral shade – not too pink, not too nude, and gives just a hint of colour.  Like all gel polishes, it lasts about a week with no chipping or cracking. If you ever see me with my nails done, this is what I’m most likely wearing. It’s just that good.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail duo review drugstore favouriteSo, that rounds up my must-have, no-fail, holy-grail drugstore makeup products. I hope you all enjoyed it and found some new products to try out. I’d love to hear what some of your favourites are. Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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