The most wonderful time of the year is here! I've already gone down the rabbit hole of having Christmas decorations up and have been watching (too) many Hallmark holiday movies (and I'm not ashamed to admit it)! It's also been an insanely long time since I shared a holiday-inspired makeup look (take a trip down memory lane here) so I figure it was about time I got to it! Once my eyes were treated to the Lise Watier Diamond Dreams Collection Set* I knew I had to share it because it is absolutely gorgeous, from the holographic packaging down to the colours and the quality and performance of the makeup itself. For those unfamiliar with the brand, Lise Watier is part of Canada's largest cosmetics brand based here in Montreal and it has been around since 1972. The entire line is cruelty-free and products are made in Italy and available at pharmacies and department stores across Canada as well as online.
November 23, 2020
October 2, 2020
Over the years, I've had my ups and downs dealing with acne, which I've struggled with for over 15 years now. It crushed my confidence and self-esteem at a young age and has been an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least! Despite all the low points I've been through, I am so grateful that I am an acne sufferer - not something my younger self ever imagined I would say! It led me to where I am today in many aspects of my life, including the existence of this blog because acne is what got me into researching health and beauty products in the first place as well as helping me discover the plant-based lifestyle. While I don't break out nearly as much as I used to, I do get the occasional breakout (the proof is on my Youtube channel where you can also see how my skin has progressed and improved acne-wise over the last few years) and my skin is still very much prone to scarring and hyperpigmentation. I wanted to go more in-depth about microneedling, a treatment that has done wonders for my skin over the last couple of years and share a recent discovery in Banish* skincare products which I was so excited to finally test out after hearing great things about them over the years.
July 6, 2020
Are you familiar with castor oil? This ingredient has gotten a lot of praise in the beauty world in the last few years, and with reason. I first heard of castor oil around the same time I started my blog (over eight years ago!) when I was researching ingredients that would help condition my sparse eyelashes and eyebrows. While it definitely helped in that department, I had never given much thought to incorporate this star ingredient into my hair care routine until now, thanks to the new Garnier Whole Blends Castor Oil Remedy* product lineup. I have seen great results since starting use and wanted to share the love as I think they are definitely worthy of a try!
June 15, 2020
My favourite time of the year is right around the corner! The vegetables have been planted in the garden, everything has been pressure washed around the house and even the pool has gotten some use with the first heatwave of the season we've been greeted with. Having an early taste of the summer season? This girl here sure can't complain! That being said, with current times, and now more than ever, I think it is important to support local and Canadian brands and companies. I was recently introduced to Beautysense*, an online retailer that is based here in Montreal that offers professional beauty and cosmetic products. I was so impressed with their selection when first browsing their website, with many brands they carry being hard to come by in the Canadian market without going to an actual spa or salon. I am excited to be partnering with them to share the amazing skincare products I've been incorporating into my routine and that I will for sure be getting a lot of use out of in the warmer months.
April 19, 2020
These last few weeks have felt very surreal with the pandemic we are currently facing and this new reality we have had to quickly adjust to. It's been devastating, to say the least, and not knowing what the future holds can be unsettling and really have a toll on one's well-being. I decided to take some time away from my platforms to process it all, and it felt good to not pressure myself to put out content when I felt it personally best to take a step back. I am however happy to be back today and wanted to keep with the regular programming that can be expected each season on my virtual space here on the internet. I am sharing my latest epic empties installment (better late than never)! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy at home. Stay strong - we will get through this together!
February 16, 2020
I recently experienced one of those "pinch me" moments when this adorable pink box filled with the entire Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection landed on my doorstep. I am such a big fan of both the makeup artist and the amazing cosmetics line she has built, having tried quite a few of her products over the years. Surprisingly though, I had never tried the ever so popular Pillow Talk lipstick, one (if not the) most sold lipstick shade in the world. I saw on social media that Charlotte Tilbury was expanding her line to include not only deeper shades in the existing lipstick, lip liner and blusher but was also adding a bunch more Pillow Talk products to her range, such as an eyeshadow palette, highlighters and eyeliner. I was super stoked to put the new Pillow Talk products to work, and I figured it would be great to not only show you what's new but also have you see in action how these apply in my latest video, too!
January 19, 2020
I consider myself lucky as I have had very little trouble falling or staying asleep for most of my life. Lately, however, I have been having more difficulty getting a restful night's sleep. I've been trying to find ways to better set myself up for some quality shut-eye. Taking a hot shower, drinking herbal tea, listening to relaxing music and meditating before going to bed has helped, as has incorporating these two products from This Works* into my ritual to restore a sense of calm before hitting the hay. I have tried similar alternatives from other brands in the past, however, I just had to give these two their time to shine because they have been so incredibly effective in my night time routine.