What it is: A collection of concealers formulated with Optimal Diffusion powder, which helps to blur and cover imperfections.
Hyaluronic acid, peptides and skin-nourishing vitamins and anti-oxidants round out the mix to leave skin better than before application. Available in 16 skin tone-matching shades.
Beauty bonus: Smooth to apply and very blendable, this concealer is a nice formula.
Beauty bummer: While this concealer is billed as full coverage, we did have a couple stubborn spots that peeked through a bit. But honestly, this wasn't so much of a bummer for us. A little variation in skin pigment makes faces look human and not like plastic.
Overall: We've all tried those concealer that leave eyes looking like they are made of slightly glossy crepe paper. All of our fine lines laid bare – hello, nightmare!
This concealer manages to do the opposite. The product skips the cake-y, heavy look of other concealers and feels very light weight on the skin.
We found a brush or finger application and sponge to blend worked well. As with any cream product, a powder is needed to set the product to prevent creasing, but after doing this, we were good to go for the entire day.
Would recommend? Yes. It offers natural, buildable coverage that can conceal even the most stubborn of spots.
Where to buy: Hudson's Bay, Sephora
What it is: A powder-format facial exfoliator that, when mixed with water, creates a paste to gently scrub away dead skin cells.
The "highly active resurfacer" ingredients including Activated Binchotan Charcoal to leave skin brighter, more smooth and protected against damaging pollutants.
Beauty bonus: Along with leaving the natural moisture barrier of skin intact, this scrub leaves skin feeling squeaky clean. We're into that. In a big way.
Beauty bummer: A small complaint because the scent is really quite mild, but it's a little on the powdery side.
Overall: When we poured this scrub into our hands we weren't sure it was going to be exfoliating enough for us because the dark grey granules feels super fin. We were wrong!
The micro-scrubbers in this formula mean business! (And a little goes a long way!)
This scrub makes skin feel buttery smooth. It's not harsh or abrasive at all, and can be used every day.
The scrub gently exfoliates to leave skin glowing — without feeling stripped. If your facial cleanser doesn't have exfoliators, or you just need a little more for the winter months, this one is a great choice.
Would recommend? Yes. Our skin felt unbelievably soft post-use.
Where to buy: dermalogica.ca, Beauty Mark
But there are a few things that make a bag better than others. I'm a fan of luxe leather, a usable size (not too big, not too small) and a comfortable chain length — to name a few.
While this Gucci Arabesque bag undoubtedly fits the bill on all three of these criteria, I couldn't help myself from looking around to see what else is out there this season.
Take a look at a few of my favourite new crossbody bags below!
Happy Friday — and even happier shopping.
What it is: A collection of salon-quality detangling and conditioning leave-in hair sprays.
Targeted to fix common hair types including those lusting after volume, perfect blonde and extra hydration. Plus, two formula for kids!
Beauty bonus: These spritzes smell AH-mazing!
Beauty bummer: Literally, none.
Overall: These sprays are literally the best. No joke.
We tried all of the available types and were amazed at how great these spritzes made our hair feel.
Dry locks? Instantly moisturized. Easily knotted hair? A few spritzes give way to smooth sailing with a brush.
And the best part? They don't leave hair feeling weighed down or sticky after use.
Would recommend: 100% yes! Our fave was the Hydra Nutritive Detangling Conditioner is one of our favourite new beauty releases.
Price: $12.95 (kids); $17.45 (all others)
Where to get it: Chatters; Trade Secrets
What it is: A sulfate, paraben, petrolatum and mineral oil-free (whew!) shampoo from a collective of hair care industry experts that work to bring products that are treatment-oriented and target hair and scalp health.
Diatomaceous earth is the magic ingredient in the texturizing formula to give grip to hair.
Beauty bonus: The scent is unique and subtle. It's not sweet or overpowering at all.
Beauty bummer: This shampoo doesn't mess around when it says to expect grit (you read that right). We followed the directions and skipped our conditioner. Post-use we felt like we had been out in the blowing, sandy desert with tangly, unmanageably stiff tresses.
Overall: This shampoo definitely delivers on texture, we're just not sure it works for our type of hair.
We tested it on fine hair and found that hair definitely felt texturized but also unmanageable and frizzy. We couldn't get a comb through wet hair, so we to spritz on a leave-in conditioner, and it still didn't tame our tresses.
On the plus side, hair feels thicker and more voluminous due to the texture.
Bottom line: if you have a specific style in mind that needs a little bit of help staying, this shampoo can help you achieve it without massive amounts of hairspray or waiting days without washing.
Would recommend? Yes, for a very specific textured look. But for everyday? We'll stick to using with a conditioner.
Where to buy: Select Salons
I can't believe it's almost 2017. Like, where did the time go?
While I can acknowledge that this year has been a tough one for many reasons on a global scale — for me — I found it to be personally fulfilling.
I was able to travel for work more than ever before, visiting Paris, L.A., Tokyo and more. My personal style has evolved further, I introduced new verticals to my blog (hello, travel!) I turned 30 and I went on the trip of a lifetime with a few of the people who matter most (my family!).
Sure, there have been some ups and downs, but all in all, I feel it's been a pretty decent year for me. And I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!
Which brings me to the point of this post ... do you know what you're going to wear for New Year's Eve?
I'm not usually one to wear tons of sparkle, but if there's ever a time to wear glitzy garments, it's NYE. I love this mock-neck top that's a perfect way to dress up simple pants and sleek suede ankle boots.
But, if I'm being completely honest about getting dressed up for NYE, I'd have to admit that one of my favourite parts of going out is the getting ready part. I love to do my makeup and drink some sweet sips while listening to party tunes. It's almost as fun as the whole going out thing. ;)
Happy New Year and thank you — as always — for taking the time to stop by. See you next year!