The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil: A quick review

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil: A quick review

What it is: A cold-pressed mix of three precious seed oils (black cumin, rosehip and camellia) for the face that revitalizes and helps reduce the signs of ageing.

Beauty bonus: This oil absorbs very nicely leaving smooth, soft skin.

Beauty bummer: If you're not a fan of a more earthy, essential oil-type scent, it may not be love at first sniff.

Overall: We really liked this oil — and its snazzy new Body Shop packaging, too!

We found this mid-priced offering absorbs very well into skin without leaving skin feeling slick.

The repairing qualities from the omegas and anti-oxidants make it a good addition to our daily skincare routines, leaving skin looking more aglow and feeling much smoother.

While the directions say to use both a.m. and p.m., we stuck to p.m. only because we didn't love the feeling under our BB cream.

But we did love the way it left our skin feeling (and looking more glow-y!) in the morning when used as an overnight treatment.

Would recommend? Yes.
Price: $44
Where to buy: The Body Shop 

—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

Sweater dress-ing

Bench Canada Takeback sweater dress Vancouver blogger How to wear a sweater dress

I've never been a huge fan of sweater dresses.

While I love the cozy chicness of the all-in-one outfit piece, I always find that they don't fit me quite right.

Usually I'm looking for casual, cool vibes when I don a sweater dress, and yet somehow, I always feel it comes off a tad skimpy and sexy — which is not really my thing.

But I was determined to make it work with this Bench Canada version. Why?

Well, partly because it's in my current fave colour (grey!) and partly because it has a chic turtleneck (obsessed!).

So, I paired it with classic sneakers and an oversized coat for a laid-back look I thought took the sex appeal right out of this bad boy.

But I guess all that bare leg adds a bit of allure anyway. :P

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Sweater dress: Bench Canada (on sale!) c/o | Coat: HM (old) | Bag: Prada | Shoes: Adidas

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Work-to-weekend

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My love for shoes — and Sanuk Canada specifically — has been pretty well-documented on my blog.

What can I say? I love a stylish pair of shoes that don't leave my feet feeling dreadful at the end of a long day.

This season's releases from the "Never Uncomfortable" footwear company have been straight-up ridiculous.

I mean, suede, pointed-toe moccasins (see how I styled mine here) inky black slip-ons and perforated boots that make me think more Helmut Lang-chic than surfer style? Sign me up!

From cute, cutout ballet flats to stylish little lace-ups, the latest offerings from Sanuk are the perfect pairing for work to weekend (and back again!) dressing.

Shop a few of my favourite styles here. And see how I style my top Sanuk pics here, here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape and Sculpt Eye Kit: A quick review

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape and Sculpt Eye Kit: A quick review


What it is: A trio of contouring shades specifically tailored to create bigger, brighter looking eyes.

Beauty bonus: A how-to instruction sheet is supplied to give easy-to-follow instructions.

Beauty bummer: The contouring craze has officially reached our eyes! But we have to admit, we're getting a little contoured out.

Overall: The contour craze is kicked into high gear with this trio.

Not only do we have to worry about our cheeks, chin and brow, now we have to keep our peepers on fleek before our shadow is even applied.

We used this palette with a simple eyeliner-and-mascara combination to let the contouring be the star.

As with all contouring, there's a learning curve to it, so practice and blend!

The product was easy and lightweight and didn't crease throughout the day.

Would I recommend? Honestly? Probably not because we're not looking to add yet another step to our contouring routine. But don't let our lack of interest dissuade you from giving this product a try if you're a contouring convert. Its performance is worthy of a purchase.
Price: $44
Where to buy: The Bay
—Review by Covet and Acquire Beauty Editor Kirsten Harris

Must-have travel item: The blanket scarf

Le Chateau blanket scarf fashion blogger travel must-have

If there's one thing I can't live without while traveling — it's a cozy blanket scarf.

From an airplane blanket replacement (I mean, who cleans those things, anyway!?), to a packable wrap during chilly days, I think a great blanket scarf is hands-down the most versatile piece you can throw in your suitcase.

And I did just that during my recent vacay with this black-and-white version from Le Chateau.

While I didn't need it too often in NYC, it was an absolute necessity during my day trip to Washington, D.C. where the wind seemed to whip through the National Mall.

Not that I really minded though, this cozy coverup sort of made my outfit complete. :P

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!


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Tourist style

Ann Taylor trench coat and flannel ankle trousers Vancouver fashion blogger New York City

I spent last week in New York City on holiday.

Though I was just in NYC last month covering NYFW, I took the opportunity to take advantage of a few touristy things I've skipped on my previous visits.

One such stop on my holiday to-do list (yes, I make those!) was a morning trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

I'm not one for big crowds, so I forced my sister to get up at the crack of dawn to make sure we made the first ferry to the monuments.

And let me tell you, it was worth it.

We breezed through the two destinations, soaking up all the history and scenery that we could before the massive crowds arrived. But, if I'm being completely honest, I would have braved the crowds if I had to because making a stop at these two locations was a big deal to me.

Growing up largely in the U.S. and having distant relatives who immigrated through Ellis Island, the trip held special sentiment for me.

It reminded me how lucky I am to be able to call North America — and especially Canada — home. (Ps: Fellow Canadians, don't forget to vote today!) 

Anyway, enough of the serious stuff. Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Ann Taylor trench coat and flannel ankle trousers Vancouver fashion blogger New York City

Viva Amaze Exfoliating Gel: A quick review

Viva Amaze Exfoliating Gel: A quick review

What it is: A vegan, plant-based, non-abrasive natural exfoliant that works to smooth and calm blemishes, age spots, scarring and fine lines.

Beauty bonus: Post use, skin was fabulously smooth and very soft.

Beauty bummer: The product directions were slightly vague for when the mask was ready to rinse off, so we were expecting the "particles" to be firm during renewal. But they weren't. Think: soft, like rolled up glue bits.

Overall: We thought the name of the mask was pretty ostentatious, but after using it we kind of agreed with them.

Using ginseng and aloe, this natural exfoliator is quite different from the usual gritty kinds we're used to.

The cooling gel is soothing on tired skin and because there are no actual particulates being rubbed across skin, irritation is kept to a minimum.

This product would be super for scent-sensitive faces as well as it contains no artificial fragrances, perfumes, parabens, gmo or colorant — and it's cruelty free!

Would recommend? Yes! Despite the slightly off-putting texture during removal, this skin smoother is the real deal.
Price: $62.99
Where to buy: vivahealthskincare.com

—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

Bench Canada #PolaroidProject

Bench Canada Polaroid Project Vancouver blogger Covet and Acquire

There's a lot to love about living in Vancouver.

While we can all bemoan the cost of living, the omnipresent rain and the, well — whatever else it is that Vancouverites are always complaining about — when it comes right down to it, this city is a pretty neat place to call home.

That's why taking part in the Bench Canada #PolaroidProject was such a treat for me. It forced me to take a moment to pin down my favourite neighborhoods, eateries, shopping spots — and a few secret(!!) destinations too — which allowed me to experience my city as a tourist might.

I had so much fun that it actually took me two days to shoot it — and more than a few days to plan.

So, without further ado, here are a few of my favourite Vancouver haunts that consistently play a part in my #24hourlife. Consider it a mini city guide ... by ME! :P

 

Click through to read more ...

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70s vibes

70s chic Le Chateau midi dress suede ankle boots and Aritzia faux shearling jacket Vancouver blogger ootd

When I heard that 70s fashion was back in a big way this season I was slightly less than overjoyed.

While I've always been a fan of the sartorial vibes of that time period, it's never been one that I've been very successful at pulling off. But I'm going to give it another go.

So, with the infamous Penny Lane in mind, I styled this faux shearling jacket with my favourite new midi dress and suede ankle boots.

While it might not be an exact homage to all things 70s-chic, I'd say it's a pretty good start.

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!

Dress: Le Chateau | Shoes: Le Chateau c/o | Jacket: Aritzia | Bag: Moschino | Jewelry: Birks, Movado, Tiffany and Co. and Paegan Ritual


Kérastase Discipline haircare line: A quick review

Kérastase Discipline haircare line: A quick review

What it is: A luxe haircare line from Kérastase Paris specifically formulated for unruly hair types that includes a shampoo, (Bain Fluidealiste) conditioner (Fondant Fluidealiste), mask (Maskeratin) and leave-in conditioner (Fluidissime).

Beauty bonus: From the rose-gold packaging to the tres-chic scent within, these products are an absolute treat. Who says you can't bring the salon home?

Beauty bummer: As with all Kérastase products, the price tags are a bit steep.

Overall: Living in the Pacific Northwest with wavy, frizz-prone hair means one thing: for at least four months out of the year, my hair's a total mess.

I can't even look at a cloud without my hair puffing out like a cotton ball. Trust me when I say — my hair can get big. Not like, "Wow, you have amazing texture" big. But more like, "Um, Aleesha, what have you done to your hair?" big.

So when I find a line that promises to tame unruly locks, I expect it to hold up to its word. And this one from Kérastase does just that.

A little goes a long way with this company — a nickel-sized dollop produces suds a plenty when shampooing and the same size amount of conditioner leaves my shoulder-length strands feeling fully covered.

Post-wash, hair was easy to brush and felt smoother already (I'm thinking the leave-in spray helped a lot with that too). And when hair was dried and styled, it looked and felt sleek and chic.

I was able to rock controlled waves for four days straight without worrying about frizz. Yippee! Goodbye, cotton puff hair. 

Would I recommend: Yes! Even with the budget-pushing price, I would willingly purchase this line — and then probably use it every other wash to make it last longer. :P

Price: $42-$61
Where to buy: Select salons and kerastase.ca 

Earth tones

Lord and Taylor Merino Wool camel coat and Le Chateau Textured Knit midi dress Vancouver fashion blogger

There is nothing chicer than a tone-on-tone outfit.

Whether it's all grey, all black — or, as seen here, all earth tones — a monochromatic look is super stylish ... and super easy to style.

And can we talk about this dress for a minute?

The ribbed knit is so on-trend, it tends to hide lumps and bumps (yay!) and it's the perfect midi length. I was so obsessed with it that I also bought it in black.

But I'm guessing that's no surprise. :P

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Dress: Le Chateau | Coat: Lord and Taylor | Boots: Vince Camuto (love these ones)| Bag: Coach
Jewellery: Birks, Movado, Tiffany and Co. 

Lord and Taylor Merino Wool camel coat and Le Chateau Textured Knit midi dress Vancouver fashion blogger

Quo Fall 2015 Collection and Quo Fall Dance Party Collection 2015 nail colours: A quick review

Quo Fall 2015 Collection and Quo Fall Dance Party Collection 2015 nail colours: A quick review

What it is: A fall beauty collection that includes dreamy eye shadows, shimmery highlighter/bronzer sets, a palette to make your brows wow and saturated lip crayons to take our makeup bags into the cooler months — and beyond.

Plus, nail colours that are dramatic and bold — featuring deep, saturated colours that are perfect for the autumn shift.

Beauty bonus: The chubby lip crayons give a good pop of colour that goes on super smooth and even. And at $10 each, they're pretty much the steal of the season.

Beauty bummer: While we loved the shade choices for the shadow palettes, we were a bit disappointed with the colour saturation. A base is definitely required if you're looking for a hit of hue.

Overall: Quo's Fall Collection hits all the major trends happening in makeup this season.

From liquid liners and contouring palettes to brow-defining sets (because it's still all about the brows!) this collection lets us dabble without the huge price tags.

Our faves were the highlighter/bronzer set and the lip colours, both of which provided pretty colour and smooth application.

The polishes were glitter-free, letting us mix up our compilation with sleek, jewel tones and fun confetti. Perfect for the holiday party season to come.

Who knew a drugstore brand could be so much fun?!

Would recommend? Yes! The product quality for the price is spot on.
Price: $10-$50
Where to buy: Exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart 
—Review by Covet and Acquire Beauty Editor Kirsten Harris

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