My Blog Turns 5 Today!

Hello everyone! 5 years ago today, my first blog post went live and I have definitely come a long way LOL. When I first started my blog, I had no idea what I was doing and had just been bitten by the beauty bug. Up until 5 years ago, I only wore makeup for special occasions, and it only consisted of eyeshadow, mascara, perhaps a bit of blush and lip gloss. I’ve learned so much in the last 5 years and am so grateful for all of the support from all of you.

To celebrate this milestone, I am hosting a giveaway on Instagram @StaygorgeousLC (look for the photo above) – and one of the bonus entry methods is to comment below (whatever you want to say!) along with your IG username.

This giveaway is open internationally – please see the IG post for contest details.

Thank you so much for stopping by for the last 5 years, and good luck!

QUICK REVIEW: Cocoon Apothecary Spotbuster

Hello everyone! Over the years, I’ve tried many “spot treatments” with little success. Even the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion was inconsistent for me, which was disappointing because I had heard great things about it from my favourite YouTubers. After my last facial at Rinse Beauty Bar, I was recommended the Cocoon Apothecary Spotbuster and I was so blissed out and figured, hey – worth a try. From cocoonapothecary.ca: A 100% organic solution for blemishes that combines the antiseptic, astringent properties of witch hazel hydrosol with the healing, anti-inflammatory powers of aloe vera juice. The organic essential oils of lavender and tea tree are added to fight bacteria and promote speedy, uncomplicated healing.
PROS: Actually speeds up healing time for zits and prevents them from getting bigger/worse if caught in the early stages. It just works and I LOVE IT.
CONS: The rollerball takes a little getting used to because sometimes it seems like it’s not depositing any of the product (but don’t worry – it is!) So really – not that much of a con.

Would I repurchase? ABSOLUTELY. I love that it’s organic and it does its job.

The Cocoon Apothecary Spotbuster Blemish Treatment ($13.00) is available online at cocoonapothecary.ca as well as in their store at 72 St. Leger Street  in Kitchener. To find a stockist near you, you can also check out their Store Locator page.

Have you tried any of Cocoon Apothecary’s products? What’s your blemish treatment of choice? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

EATS: Big Tobacco Kitchen

Hello everyone! I had been following Big Tobacco Kitchen on Instagram for some time and had heard nothing but great things from people who had gone. A few weeks ago they ran a free hot chicken hour and since I’m off for the summer (yes, one of the major perks of my profession), I made my way there. They were handing out paper bags with the most amazing biscuit and piece of fried chicken – I was instantly hooked and knew I had to come back for the full experience. Continue reading

Kat Von D: Saint and Sinner Fragrances*

Hello everyone! I recently received TWO Influenster Voxboxes (like cracking open an egg and finding a double yolk) and today I’m sharing with you the first of the two. I didn’t actually receive an e-mail saying I was getting the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner box, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this. The original Saint and Sinner perfumes were released in 2009 but were sadly discontinued some time after. This was obviously met with some shock and sadness as these became cult classics in the perfume scene. So when news broke that they would be making a comeback (or being resurrected, as the campaign would say), KVD fans were ecstatic. The scents match the names quite well: Saint is a sweeter, floral perfume (notes of vanilla and jasmine) whereas Sinner is muskier with a hint of spice (notes of patchouli and cinnamon.) Both are different and suit different moods and occasions. Personally, I’m more of a fan of Saint, however I definitely use this sparingly as it is quite strong.

Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Eau de Parfum ($88 CDN each for 1.7oz/50ml) are available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

What’s your fragrance of choice? Have you tried Saint and/or Sinner? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

DISCLAIMER: The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for the purposes of trial and review from Influenster through their complimentary voxbox program. This post is not sponsored, nor does it contain any affiliate links. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the brands or any of their affiliates.

Estée Lauder Fall Preview

Hello everyone! I was very fortunate to have been invited to the Estee Lauder Fall Press Preview at The Thompson Hotel in Toronto and am so excited to share with you this awesome event as well as give you a peek at what’s new in their collection. Upon entering, we were greeted with a table full of goodies (not sure if they were from Colette Grand Cafe which is located at the Thompson) which was fantastic as I had just driven in from Hamilton and was ready for lunch. The entire suite was decorated immaculately and beautifully showcased many Estee Lauder products. Continue reading

EATS: Summerlicious at One Restaurant

Hello everyone! Instead of doing a Summerlicious recap this year, I figured I would blog as I went so that way you can get in on the fun before it ends! Summerlicious is on until Sunday, July 23rd so don’t miss out. Anyway, the first restaurant I went to this year was One Restaurant in Yorkville. This is a Mark McEwan establishment and I had been here for brunch several years ago, so I knew it would be a fantastic experience. Of course, I came here with my favourite dinner companion (my boyfriend, Mike, aka the HF) and we started off with some beverages. I decided to try one of the Summerlicious cocktails – the name is escaping me now but it was basically sparkling wine with blood orange syrup. Sweet and just a little tart, it was a refreshing start to the meal.  Continue reading