Softlips Luxe 5 in 1 Lip Moisturizer : A quick review (and giveaway!)

Softlips Luxe 5 in 1 Lip Moisturizer : A quick review (and giveaway!)

What it is: A new spin on a beauty staple — this lip balm uses lip-perfecting technology to leave lips feeling hydrated. Harnessing the power of coconut and Shea butters, antioxidants  and vitamins A, C and E Softlips Luxe 5 in 1 Lip Moisturizer protects against dryness while adding a hint of shine.

Beauty bonus: A mellow yet sweet scent and lasting hydration? Yes, please!

Beauty bummer: We kind of wish the latest Softlips line would have come in a tinted version.

Overall: What are the items totally indispensable in our makeup bags? A good sunscreen and a moisturizing lip balm.

This update is a welcome addition to our absolute beauty basics.

The twist-up formula feels a little more weighty than the original Softlips products — thanks to the nourishing natural butters — which we love for our extra-dry, winter weather-chapped lips.

With a subtle shine, this balm acts as a super smoothing base for all our lipsticks — or an option for going au naturale.

Would recommend? Yes
Price: $4.67
Where to buy: Walmart
—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

And as for the giveaway ...

We want YOU to win a Softlips prize pack worth $50. 

One lucky winner* will receive:

1 Softlips Luxe Lip Moisturizer Creamy Coconut
1 Softlips Luxe Lip Moisturizer Silky Shea
1 Softlips Cube Lip Moisturizer Fresh Mint
1 Softlips Cube Lip Moisturizer Peach Mango
1 purse mirror 
1 cosmetic bag

Softlips Luxe 5 in 1 Lip Moisturizer : A quick review (and giveaway!)
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday & Cyber Monday fashion deals

It's no secret that I love shopping. And add in a hot deal, and I just can't resist. 
That's why Black Friday and Cyber Monday are going to be such a struggle for me this year — because I'm trying not to shop.
But just because I'm not shopping doesn't mean you can't! 
I've rounded up a few of my favourite sales (and a few of my even more favourite items at each retailer!) so that I can shop vicariously through you. 
Thank you ... and you're welcome. :P 
Anine Bing
Up to 60% off
On now until Nov. 30



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Express 
50% off everything + free shipping
On now until Nov. 30 at noon


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GAP 
50% off everything with code GAPFRIDAY + 50-70% off everything on Cyber Monday
Now until Nov. 30



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Neiman Marcus 
20% off sale items for up to 50% off online
Now through Nov. 27



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Nordstrom 
Up to 50% off select styles + free shipping and returns
Now through Nov. 27

Lipidol skin care: A quick review

Lipidol skin care: A quick review
What it is: A collection of oil-based skin care products from the makers of Bio-oil, that help maintain the lipid (read: moisture) layer of skin, leaving the naturally occurring enzymes to work their radiant magic.

Each oil is formulated with anti inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients to optimize the healthy benefits of the oil.

Beauty bonus: All three of the oils we tried (Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil, Lipidol Overnight Face Oil and Lipidol Cleansing Body Oil) left skin feeling supple and moisturized.

Beauty bummer: Our least favourite of the trio was the body oil, which provided a lovely lather, but also had a slightly clinical lime essential oil fragrance.

Overall: We thought cleansing with oil would be a little weird, which it was, but it also was pretty interesting.

Our favourite product from the trio we tested was the facial cleanser. It is quite oily when first applied to dry skin, but after adding a bit of water, it gently lathers and rinses away dirt and impurities to leave skin free of makeup, feeling fresh and without the tight feeling some soaps can leave.

We loved the fact that it was a double-duty product, makeup remover and facial cleanser in one — Hello, multi-use bonus!

Would recommend? The facial products — yes. But as for the body cleansing oil — the scent was enough to have us taking a pass.
Price: $8.97 each
Where to buy: Exclusively at Walmart
—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten

Winter woes

NYDJ Gap Sweater Le Chateau blanket scarf Cougar Boots Vancouver fashion blogger

The wintery weather in Vancouver lately has been making me want to dress cozy. Like, really cozy.

But while I'd love to step out in my favourite sweats — or even just stay in bed all day for that matter — I'm forced to face reality ... and therefore my real closet on these chilly days.

That's why I love having pieces like this oversized knit, classic denim jeans, a cozy scarf and simple chelsea boots in my closet.

They're pieces that keep me warm and insulated while still being weather appropriate and somewhat stylish.

And I'm seriously digging the fact that these boots are completely waterproof without even resembling rubber boots. See ya later, wet feet! Hello, style!

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Sweater: Gap | Jeans: NYDJ c/o | Shoes: Cougar c/o | Scarf: Le Chateau (also love this one!) c/o

NYDJ Gap Sweater Le Chateau blanket scarf Cougar Boots Vancouver fashion blogger



Benefit 2015 Holiday Collection: A quick review

Benefit Cosmetics Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit review
Benefit Cosmetics Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit review

What it is: Benefit Cosmetics debuts three different gift sets with a carnival theme with a variety of all-time faves and new superstars from the benefit lineup. 

Beauty bonus: With a good price point for all the sets, you can't go wrong for the value. 

Beauty bummer: None, we loved the variety of products in all the sets. 


Overall: Benefit's holiday 2015 offerings are what our makeup dreams are made of when it comes to holiday sets. 

They offer good value and product combinations that showcase a variety of products you may not necessarily pick up together if you were choosing a la carte. 

We are partial to the bronzer/ blush set and the Pret-a-Party Full Face Makeup Kit because these have nearly or full-sized products. 

By comparison, the Party Poppers Advent Calendar packs a very comprehensive array of products (12 in total including POREfessional face primer, they’re real! lengthening mascara, high beam face highlighter and more!) but it contains all minis, which makes it perfect for travel, and the Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit has mid- and full-size products.  


Check out the full holiday offering from Benefit — plus the product breakdowns here

Would I recommend? Yes! Whether you're buying it for a gift — or yourself — these are perfect options for any big-time beauty fan. 

Price: $54-$59
Where to buy: Sephora  or shop a few of my faves below! 


—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris





Suede boots

Le Chateau suede over the knee boots how to wear outfit idea Vancouver fashion blogger

I'm a big fan of over-the-knee boots but I haven't found too many that seem to fit me well — and also don't break the bank.

And these brandy-hued beauties from Le Chateau did both. (Thankfully!)

While I have plans to try styling them with bare legs and a sweater dress, as well as culottes or a midi dress, I wanted to keep them looking as simple and chic as possible for their maiden voyage.

Black skinnies and a cashmere turtleneck make these luxe boots appear more chic than retro, which is something I find brown-toned suede often has — a vintage vibe.

Not that I mind a vintage feel but I just like it to make a subtle statement rather than a bold yell.

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!

Boots: Le Chateau c/o | Sweater: Joe Fresh | Pants: Plenty c/o | Bag: Prada

Le Chateau suede over the knee boots how to wear outfit idea Vancouver fashion blogger

Louise Labrecque x Le Chateau

Le Chateau Louise Labrecque handbag Vancouver blogger crossbody winter style

I've been a champion of Le Chateau for a while now because I've been so pleased with their new collections, that it has quickly become a Canadian brand that I've been glad to get behind.

But in the interest of full disclosure, I've never been a huge fan of their handbags.

That is, until now.

The Montreal-based retailer recently collaborated with renowned stylist Louise Labrecque on a handbag collection that's worth taking a look at — and lingering on.

The limited-edition designs are crafted from soft black leather and feature Labrecque's trademark "VIAXHO" moniker, which has to do with the way women dress for their body shapes.

As you probably know, I'm a bit of a handbag hoarder (read my handbag reviews here!), so I'm pretty strict when it comes to requirements for a new bag — and this crossbody bag met a surprising number of my criteria.

Leather is a must for me as I believe it increases the durability and overall appearance of a bag — and I love the soft skin of this bag.

I also love functionality, which this bag delivers on thanks to an adjustable cross-body strap and roomy, box-bag shape.

And I'm a huge fan of considerate design details such as the four protective feet on the bottom of this bag. The gold-tone studs add a touch of glamour to the otherwise minimalist shape, while also providing protection from surfaces.

All in all, I have been carrying this bag for about two weeks now and I'm very impressed with its performance. Well done, Louise Labrecque and Le Chateau! 

Happy Remembrance Day and thank you, as always, for stopping by.

Bag: Louise Labrecque x Le Chateau c/o
Le Chateau Louise Labrecque handbag Vancouver blogger crossbody winter style

Quo Holiday 2015 Collection: A quick review

Quo Holiday 2015 Collection: A quick review

What it is: Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive brand Quo goes festive with a holiday collection that's worth getting on Santa's good list!

Beauty bonus: We sort of love their take on the traditional holiday poppers. Move over paper crowns, we think a mini lippie and shadow take the cake!

Beauty bummer: None —We loved this budget-friendly and oh-so festive collection!

Overall: This collection hits many of our holiday wishes for gift sets.

The range offers are quite a few quality options and combinations of products at various price points.

We were impressed with the value of the $45 Trendsetter Face and Eye kit in a faux lacquer box, which features pull-out trays revealing multiple shadows, lip colours and contour shades. Thank you, Santa!

Whether you are gifting these sets or treating yourself, they will definitely not disappoint.

Would I recommend? Yes.
Price: $10-$75
Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart 
—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

On the go

Forever 21 midi dress and trench coat Vancouver blogger

Well, I'm back in black.

This is my final look from my recent trip to New York, (See my other looks here and here!) and of course, I went back to my favourite shade.

But if there's one thing I would hope to convey with this look, other than my aversion for seemingly all other colours of clothing except for black,  is that dressing comfortably and stylishly on a trip is possible.

I can never understand why people wear yoga clothes and grubby sneakers while travelling. There's really no excuse for that.

Personally, I love dressing well when I'm on vacation, and I think this Forever 21 trench, midi dress and Vans slip-ons are the perfect combination of holiday chic. No foot pain or gym-wear required.

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by.

Coat and dress: Forever 21 c/o | Shoes: Vans | Bag: Sophie Hulme via Net-a-Porter

Forever 21 midi dress and trench coat Vancouver blogger

Matrix Total Results hair care line: A quick review

Matrix Total Results hair care line: A quick review

What it is: A new line of shampoos, conditioners and spritzes with options targeting everything from dry (Moisture Me Rich) to volume (Rock it Texture) to colour-treated hair issues (Color Obsessed).

Beauty bonus: We were a little head-over-heels for the scent of these haircare offerings — it's reminiscent of fresh roses with a zest.

Beauty bummer: We tried both the texturizing system (Rock it Texture) and the colour-treated options (Color Obsessed) and had mixed results.

For fine-haired ladies and gentleman, texture can sometimes read as stringy, and we found this was the case with this line.

But for those with colour-treated hair, we were happy with the smoothing and shine-inducing properties of this collection.

While the cream-like leave-in spray was a tad messy to apply, it worked to detangle tresses and leave locks looking smooth and non-greasy in the morning.

Overall: This line seems to have something for everyone, which we love. Targeting eight different hair issues, there is surely one to tame your mane.

While the texturizing option wasn't the right fit for us, we were more than happy with the colour-treated option.

Would recommend? Yes, but note that the volume collection might not be a perfect fit for super-fine hair.
Price: Shampoo, $12.50; conditioner, $13.50; styling products, $16.50-$17.50
Where to buy: Select salons

—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

Back to blue

Forever 21 duster trench coat navy wide-leg trousers outfit fashion blogger

I'm wheels up and wings in the air again this week, so I thought it the perfect time to finish sharing my New York travel outfits.

But these posts are as much for me as they are for you — serving to remind me of my recent travels to an only slightly cooler destination than the one I'm off to right now: Regina, Sask. :P

But back to this look.

I've been gravitating toward black and greys even more than usual lately (as if that's even possible!), so this look was a bit of a welcome surprise for me.

Completely void of any black pieces — hooray!(?) —it boasts one of my other fave colours of the moment ... navy blue.

What colours will you be wearing this winter?

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Coat, pants and top: Forever 21 c/o | Shoes: Adidas Superstar | Backpack: Longchamp

Forever 21 duster trench coat navy wide-leg trousers outfit fashion blogger

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