THIS JUST IN: Esqido Launches at Holt Renfrew

Hello everyone! I had heard about Esqido lashes from different YouTubers throughout the years, however being a false-lash noob, I generally avoided them since they’re so tricky to put on! That, and I would be too heavy handed with adhesive and basically wreck them eventually. Anyway, I was recently invited to attend the launch of Esqido at Holt Renfrew so I figured it was worth the opportunity to try and hopefully improve on my application skills. I went to the Yorkdale launch and met up with a few blogger friends.The coolest part of the display were the lashes that were on monocle type sticks so you could actually see what they would look like on your eyes! There are so many different styles ranging from light to high volume, so it’s easy to find a pair for you whether you want to keep it natural or really amp it up (which is coincidentally, the name of their most dramatic pair!) Continue reading

Eminence Organics Skincare*

Hello everyone! I’ve almost completely said goodbye to my trusty Kiehl’s (still a great brand! Just finishing up the Ultra Facial Toner) and am now on the lookout for the best in green skincare. I’ve discovered a lot of fantastic Canadian brands, however I was recently sent a bunch of awesome skincare goodies from Eminence Organics (created in Hungary) to try so I figured I would share my thoughts from this range. Descriptions of what they sent me from eminenceorganics.com:
Firm Skin Acai Cleanser ($44 CDN): Antioxidant-rich acai berries are perfect for revitalizing mature skin. This cream cleanser also blends hyaluronic acid and seabuckthorn oil to restore the appearance of elasticity to the skin and present a more youthful look. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant ($48 CDN): Rice powder absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. The strawberries and rhubarb infuse the skin with antioxidants.
Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist ($44 CDN): A collagen boosting toner with Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells for all skin types, especially mature. Your skin will feel smoother and appear tighter with the energizing boost of fragrant neroli oil.
Stone Crop Hydrating Gel ($56 CDN): The powerful cactus juice of stone crop give the skin instant, deep-penetrating moisture that leaves skin with a smooth matte finish. This hydrating gel will soothe, heal, and even skin tone to minimize the appearance fine lines and pigmentation.
My two favourite products out of this set are definitely the acai cleanser and strawberry rhubarb exfoliator. The cleanser smells sweet and delicious and is a creamy texture so my skin doesn’t feel stripped after using it. The dermafoliant was a surprise since as you can see, it comes out as a powder and you basically mix it with water to create a paste. It is gentle enough to use daily if you have normal skin, however if you’re like me and have an oily t-zone, then just stick with once a week. The neroli hydrating mist works as a toner and while the scent isn’t my favourite, it’s not offensive and this does feel nice misting onto my face after a hot shower. The only product that I did not enjoy was the stone crop gel. The scent is definitely not my cup of tea and I’m not a fan of gel moisturizers since I feel like they leave a film on my skin. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad and I will definitely keep these products in my rotation! You can shop Eminence Organics in Canada online at The Facial Room, ESkincarestore, and Beautysense.

Have you tried anything from Eminence Organics? What are your favourite green skincare brands? Let me know if you have any recommendations! Thanks so much for stopping by!

DISCLAIMER: This post contains products that were provided for consideration and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of the brand or any of its affiliates. This is not a sponsored post.

QUICK REVIEW: Hair Slinky*

Hello everyone! I was recently sent these alternatives to hair elastics to try by La Vita Glam, which is a Toronto-based company. Let’s just state the obvious – yes, they look like old school telephone cords or those bracelets you can put your keys on. I have pretty thick hair so I was a little skeptical at first (especially about the tiny ones…which don’t tie my hair tight enough) but was pleasantly surprised with the bigger ones.PROS: One of the larger ones keeps my hair up and out of my face whether it’s at the gym or for a hot yoga class. It doesn’t give that typical hair dent that happens with regular elastics and stays in place. It also comes off easily (no tangling) and I like that when it gets misshapen (stretched out due to wear), all you have to do is put it in some boiling water and it goes back to the original size.

CONS: It looks a little goofy in my opinion just because it looks like telephone cord. They do advertise it as being able to be an accessory on your wrist but enhhhh. Not my style! This of course has nothing to do with functionality though so overall it’s a pretty decent product.

Would I purchase this? Well they actually advertise that the Hair Slinky will basically last forever, so unless I lose both – I won’t buy it. If I see them at a store and I’ve somehow misplaced both then I’d probably pick up a few, however since they are limited to select salons and their website at the moment – it’s not super convenient (I always prefer to shop in store!) Hopefully they expand their stockists!

If you’re looking for a great alternative to conventional hair elastics (anyone else lose them or snap them constantly?) then check out the Hair Slinky. You can shop online at http://www.hairslinky.com or e-mail them for your nearest salon that carries them. You can also follow them on Instagram at @hairslinky.

DISCLAIMER: This post contains products that were provided for consideration and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of the brand or any of its affiliates. This is not a sponsored post.

EATS: NYC 2016 

Hello everyone! This post is MEGA food pic heavy so if you’re hungry, maybe grab a snack first…or drool all over yourself – no judgment! This past weekend I went to New York for a mini vacation with my friend, Heidi. Being the total foodie, I made a list of the places I needed to eat at and she happily let me be in charge of that. We arrived late Friday night after our flight was delayed for 4 hours (YEP FOUR) so Saturday was our first full day in NYC. We visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as The Met, first thing in the morning. After checking out some exhibits (including the amazing Manus x Machina), we trekked to the first place on my list – Shake Shack at 86th and Lexington. I had heard about Shake Shack from several American YouTubers so of course I had to give it a try. I ordered the Shack Burger, crinkle fries, and their milkshake of the week which was blueberry and sweet corn. While the burger was delicious, it immediately reminded me of The Burger’s Priest which we have in Toronto and the GTA. We definitely need more crinkle fries up here in Canada though. The shake was one of the best shakes I’ve had (which, to be fair, I don’t drink milkshakes often.) Blueberry and sweet corn may sound like an odd combination, but it totally worked and tasted like a blueberry muffin.

Continue reading

#ScoopOfCare at Joey

Hello everyone! On these hot summer days, who doesn’t love indulging in ice cream? If you need another reason, then here it is! For the entire month of August, Joey restaurants across Canada are hosting a philanthropic event called #ScoopOfCare. The ice cream at Joey is amazing! Their flavours are spun daily with liquid nitrogen which gives you fresh and creamy ice cream every time.
“We thought our Spun Daily Ice Cream was a great menu choice for the summer,” said Executive Chef Chris Mills, “we have brought the process of making ice cream in house. We start with liquid nitrogen, which is –321°F, and combine it with the house made ice cream base. When the liquid nitrogen hits the ice cream base, it freezes instantly which produces extremely small ice crystals. This is what makes the creamiest and smoothest ice cream you have ever tasted. We will have one of our rotating flavours featured daily meaning there will be plenty of reason to come back!”
Indulge in one (or all  – you have all month!) of the following flavours:
-Tahitian vanilla (can’t go wrong with a classic)
-Double Chocolate (the texture of this one is like a thick fudgey mousse! DELICIOUS!)
-Strawberry Jam (my personal favourite – fresh and summery!)
-Maple (probably my 2nd favourite because what true Canadian doesn’t love maple?!)
-Salted Caramel (sweet and salty is always a good choice)
$1 from every scoop of ice cream will be donated to a local charity of that location’s choosing. The staff at each Joey restaurant have chosen which organization they are raising money for and there are a variety of fantastic causes. Joey Sherway (at Sherway Gardens mall) is supporting Peel Youth Village which provides housing and help for displaced youth.
peelyouthJoey Toronto locations include Eaton Centre, Yorkdale (in support of Convenant House), Don Mills (in support of North York Women’s Shelter), and Markville (in support of Yellow Brick House).

For more information about #ScoopOfCare, check out http://www.joeyrestaurants.com and follow them on social media (Twitter and Instagram) at @JOEYrestaurants. For more information about Peel Youth Village, click here! If you cannot have ice cream for whatever reason, you can also donate to the cause at any Joey location.

I will definitely be coming back at least twice this month to show my support (because really – ice cream is always necessary!)

Let me know which location you dine at and which flavour(s) you tried! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Caudalie Express D-Vine Facial

Hello everyone! One of the gifts in the Creator Swag Bag at Generation Beauty was a voucher for a free Express D-Vine Facial at Caudalie (regularly $65 for 30 minutes.) I finally made an appointment and got to indulge in Caudalie products and the ultimate in relaxation.Right now, the Caudalie Boutique in Toronto is only at Sherway Gardens mall (more locations coming) and when you walk by, you wouldn’t know that there’s a treatment room in the back. Everything in the store is decorated and styled with the Caudalie winery heritage in mind and all of their products are rooted in the science and benefits of grapes. With deep cleansing, exfoliating, a mask, and of course a fantastic mini massage, the Express D-Vine Facial is a wonderful and timely way to treat yourself. The only thing I would’ve enjoyed more was if I was told the cleanser was going to be cold (first world problem!) as it was a bit of a shock to the system since I was warm under the sheet and blanket. But really, totally worth the indulgence! I would highly recommend it if you’ve never had a facial and want a great session.

Caudalie Boutique Spa Toronto is located at Sherway Gardens at 25 The West Mall in Etobicoke. You can check out their spa menu here.

What’s your spa of choice? Let me know in the comments as I am always on the lookout for great spots! Thanks so much for stopping by!