EATS: Joey VIP Patio Party 2017

Hello everyone! I was recently invited to the 2nd annual VIP Patio Party at Joey Sherway and this year was even bigger. This time around, Joey had partnered with Hudson’s Bay and Steamwhistle Brewery to celebrate Canada 150. As per last year, they had unlimited signature cocktails (Gin and Tonic Supersonic and Summer Sangria) as well as Steamwhistle beer. I indulged in 1 sangria because I just can’t resist! Continue reading

Canada Day Nails*

Hello everyone! If you live in Canada, you are well aware that on July 1st, our grand country is celebrating its 150th birthday. To help celebrate, Nail Polish Canada wants to help YOU flaunt some maple leaves on your nails. If you’re like me and love nail art but are incapable of keeping a steady hand to draw fun designs and shapes, then What’s Up Nail Vinyls are the PERFECT tool! They’re basically adhesive nail stencils that are super easy to use. All you need to do is make sure you apply your base polish first and let it dry COMPLETELY. Then, peel your desired stencil off and put it on your nail. Paint over the open shape with your secondary colour (I used Deborah Lippmann “Ruby Red Slippers” over Formula X “White Matter”) and immediately remove the vinyl. Let that baby dry and then seal it with your desired top coat (I use Seche Vite) and voila! CANADIAN PRIDE! I was so impressed with how easy these were to use and I will definitely order other shapes in the future! If you’ve never tried nail vinyls before, or if you’re looking to jazz up your Canada Day mani in a very simple way, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! Nail Polish Canada has generously created an exclusive code that will be valid for the FIRST TEN that read this post to get a FREE set of these maple leaf vinyls. That’s right – absolutely free – no shipping fees or taxes or anything. Click HERE to get to the product page (add to cart, then enter promo code: TH2KU197D495 at checkout to make them free!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and PLEASE let me know (ideally on Instagram via a photo) if you end up getting these!

DISCLAIMER: The product mentioned in this post was provided for the purposes of review and promotion. This is not a sponsored post nor does it contain any affiliate links. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily represent those of the brand or any of its affiliates.

RECAP: True Beauty Talk 2017

Hello everyone! As most of my regular readers know, I am a HUGE fan of The Truth Beauty Company. I have been slowly but surely finishing up my conventional skincare products and swapping them for greener (and usually locally made) alternatives. So when I heard about the True Beauty Talk and how it would be a fantastic opportunity to check out all sorts of green beauty brands as well as support my girl Jennifer Freitas’ dream, I figured I would definitely have to find a way to attend. Unfortunately, I work until 3:05pm every day so I missed all of the discussion panels but made it just in time for the last hour and a bit of networking. I had seen Vo Bath & Co during my last visit to the Waterloo shop and was delighted to see the table at the event. A Toronto-based company with girlboss Diana Vo at the helm, Vo Bath & Co specializes in 100% natural bath and body products. The brand I was most excited to discover is a new player in the green beauty game called Basd. Also a Toronto-based company, I immediately fell in love with their brandind and packaging. When I was given the demo with the coffee scrub, body wash, and lotion, I was immediately hooked to the mint scent. I am SO excited for this up and coming company and cannot wait to see what they come up with next! So many different brands were there (see my Instagram stories for more info) and of course, The Truth Beauty Company had a table set up with a variety of popular green beauty brands.HUGE thank you to all of the brands for the amazing swag bag! I can’t wait to try all of these – this will take a while to get through and review haha. 

I hope that this event will become an annual expo – it was absolutely fantastic and a great opportunity for bloggers, beauty enthusiasts, and brands alike.

For more information about all of the speakers and sponsors, please visit https://www.truebeautytalk.com. AND as always – for all of your green beauty needs, check out http://www.thetruthbeautycompany.com. Stay tuned for an actual Truth Beauty haul…and there may or may not be a promo code on the horizon 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

*This post does not contain any affiliate links nor is it sponsored. I purchased my ticket for this event, however was provided with a press kit including all of the products provided for promotional/review purposes.

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Hello everyone! I basically became a fan of Chrissy Teigen because of her Twitter presence and her awesome cookbook (one of my birthday gifts from the HF.) So when I saw that she was collaborating with Becca Cosmetics to create a highlight/blush/bronzer palette, I knew it would have to be mine. Considering how much I love my Jaclyn Hill palette, I figured it would be just as amazing.Packaging-wise, they are pretty much the same in terms of material. Both are plastic with a slightly raised cover. Both have mirrors that are the same size as the palette surface and do not have the names of the shade imprinted (something that would be helpful but ehhh not absolutely necessary.) Continue reading

Current Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Skincare is so important and I figured I’d share with you my current routine since it’s been a while since my last post about it. 2 of the products I bought on my own and 2 are from swag bags. It’s a pretty basic routine; if you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m generally on the lazier side haha.

Step 1: Indie Lee Brightening Facial Cleanser ($41.95 CDN from The Truth Beauty Company)
My good friend Jennifer (owner of The Truth Beauty Company) recommended this to me the last time I was searching for a new cleanser. It’s all natural and has a lovely light strawberry scent. This leaves my skin feeling clean and still well hydrated.

Step 2: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner ($24.00 CDN from Kiehls.ca)
I’d been using the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial line for about 3 years before I started transitioning to green skincare. I do enjoy this toner – it works well to sooth my skin after coming out of the shower and removes any leftover residue before I put on my serum and moisturizer. When this is finished however, I will likely pick up either the Indie Lee or another natural toner to further green up my skincare game.

Step 3: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate* ($79.00 from thebay.com)
I received a bottle of this magical concentrate at the Shiseido Sparkle with Joy event with Dave Lackie about a year and a half ago and WOW. There is a reason why this Japanese brand has been a major icon in the beauty world since 1872. When I put this on my face (just 2-3 drops) before my moisturizer, it actually amps up the effect of it. Think of this as the Alfred to your skincare Batman. It prepares your skin for whatever you put over it and helps it work even better. It is a total splurge, but I can definitely see myself repurchasing this (cough cough probably when there’s a discount of some sort)

Step 4: Dr. Roebuck’s Face Cream* ($60.00 from beautyboutique.ca)
This jar was in my swag bag from the Dr. Roebuck’s Fall 2016 launch and boy am I glad they are now available in Canada. Made from 100% natural ingredients, this moisturizer is not too thick but not too thin or greasy and absorbs beautifully in the skin.

What’s your current skincare routine? Do you have any green skincare recommendations? Let me know in the comments. Thanks so much for stopping by!

QUICK REVIEW: Bite Agave Lip Balm

Hello everyone! This is another “YouTube Made Me Do It” purchase since I saw this lip balm on both Estee Lalonde’s IG story and in one of Claire Marshall’s videos. I am a fan of Bite Beauty as well as sleek packaging so really – I didn’t need much convincing.From Sephora.com: “A must have for on-the-go lip care, Agave Lip Balm is the perfect travel essential. Agave Lip Balm is a nourishing formula made from agave and rare Madagascan vanilla CO2 extract. Lips stay hydrated and protected all day long, making your lips look natural on their own. It also acts as a primer for any color application.”
PROS: Very subtle scent, not too thick, very hydrating and it leaves me lips smooth. The packaging is also very sleek and looks more like a tube of lipstick.
CONS: A bit pricey at $20 CDN, but considering I love the Caudalie Lip Conditioner ($14 CDN), it’s really not THAT bad.
Would I repurchase? I think it’s a nice to have item and not necessarily a MUST have. I’ll probably pick up another during the next VIB sale, but would survive without it.

What’s your Holy Grail lip balm? What makes a lip balm perfect for you? Let me know in the comments! Thanks so much for stopping by!

LOTD: Maid of Honour

Hello everyone! My best friend of 27 years got married last Saturday and I had the privilege of being her Maid of Honour. I ended up doing my own makeup however to try to save a few bucks (weddings are expensive!) and made sure to research the best products to use. The only new products I bought were the foundation (as recommended by Lisa Eldridge) to ensure it was a perfect match to my current skin colour as well as the setting spray. Continue reading