Fall into Autumn in style with Bench!

Check this new collection out from Bench.  I’m loving the sweater dresses….so so right and so necessary as a transition piece.  More to come from Bench-even the men’s collection-Stay tuned, you won’t want to miss it!

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and some of my favorite pieces:

 

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Aren’t these delectable? So many different options for fall, or for gifting.  Love them!

My new BFF-Marcelle Instant Eye Makeup remover

*I received this product for review.*

One of my favorite ‘looks’ for my face is what I like to call a ‘heavy lash’ -just very thick, luscious lashes.  In the past, I’ve used lash extensions to achieve this and while pleased with the results, was never happy with the maintenance (combing, brushing, not being able to place eye makeup near them, having to be mindful of sweating too much, etc).  I am a huge fan of mascara and have SO many different types-fiber, tube, curling, volumizing, lengthening, volumizing AND lengthening.

So when you’re like me and you like a LOT of LASH, taking it all off at the end of the day can be a daunting task.  It’s a 2-3 step process that includes multiple products like oils, wipes, creams and a TON of cotton. It’s also a time suck-I am familiar with the 10 minute eye makeup removal process.

Enter in my new BFF from Marcelle-lazy girls, this one’s for you. No more excuses about taking off your makeup at night.  eyemakeupremover

Oh where have you been all my days?  This product WORKS and there’s not much more to say….it is truly instant and I love it.  I’m more than halfway through the bottle and starting to panic.  It doesn’t irritate my eyes, there’s no fragrance.  I hold it over my eye for 10 seconds, then wipe.  That’s it.   Here’s my results after holding a cotton pad over one eye (with the product on the pad):

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Can’t say anymore than I have.  I adore this product and will use it and use it and use it.  When I run out, I’ll buy it again.  I suggest you do the same.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

*This product was sent to me for review*

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From Annabelle:

Can’t get enough of the nude trend? We can’t either! This palette is the ultimate in versatility thanks to its minimalist and ultrafresh shades. With its mix of warm, cool, dark and light, you can create the perfect look for your skintone. Keep it simple with an “I’m not really trying” by day, or go with an intense smoky eye by night. Go ahead and play!

Key features:

  • Perfume and paraben free
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Tested under ophthalmological control

My thoughts:

This palette from Annabelle is a great addition to any makeup lovers collection! It is light, portable and versatile in terms of color.  The shadows blend well and have a decent wear time (with a primer).  Plan to apply with a separate eyeshadow brush-although the palette comes with one, I like bigger eyeshadow brushes and fluffy crease brushes to blend these.

This palette has a suggested retail of $12.95 CAD

 

 

You need it-Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water

*I received this product for review*

To be perfectly honest, I have never known quite what to think about ‘essence’ products. Sure, I’ve seen them-in the many Asian beauty stores that I frequent….and they have always been suggested to me but I thought to myself, what does ‘ESSENCE’ do that my toner, serum, and moisturizer don’t already do?

Well. A lot.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence water is neither toner nor serum…..yes, you read that right.  IT IS NOT TONER, and IT IS NOT SERUM. so what is it exactly?  Well, to quote a fellow beauty blogger Sicilianna.…it’s more of a ‘pre-serum.’  This is something that you would use post cleanse, post toner, but pre-serum.  You know, like what I just said.  In my mind, serum is a product used to better prepare the skin to absorb moisturizer.  So a PRE-serum would be used to better prepare the skin to absorb serum in order to better prepare the skin to absorb moisturizer.  Confused yet?  Me too.  But it works.  Read on.  Please.

So what does it do?  Well let’s take a peek at this informative diagram from Vichy:

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(Click on photo to enlarge and see clearly please)

Texture

Thin but not exactly a ‘water’-definitely a liquid.   You do NOT need a lot and be CAREFUL when you dispense the product.  That’s a tip from me to you.  This product IS fragranced but not heavily.  I’d describe it as clean and fresh.

My results:

Dear readers & subscribers…I have oily skin (yes, as an ADULT).  Guess what? Oily skin still needs hydration….us oily skin types just don’t need it in the form of a heavy, thick cream.  This is a fantastic addition to my skincare routine!  I put it on post toner and BAM! Hydration.  I have found that my skin appears clearer and looks refreshed.  This product can be used with any skin-type.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water will set you back $29.95 CAD (Suggested retail). This product isn’t listed on the Vichy website (yet) but I have seen it in several Shoppers Drug Mart locations.  I’d recommend it for anyone looking for an instant boost of hydration.

Purina Pro Plan-Nutrition that Performs (and Max & Lola like it!)

*I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Purina Canada and the staff at PawsWay for the opportunity to improve and educate myself as a dog owner.  It meant a great deal to me and I appreciate all that you do*

IMG_1730*Photo credit-Ann Brokelman*-this is Max during one of his favorite activities…..running!

IMG_0981                    Lola, my little senior that could!

Gosh I don’t even know where to start here. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I have 2 dogs.  I’ve had Lola since 2006 and Max came along in 2012.  With Lola, I made a lot of common ‘mistakes’ in training and guiding her….and by that I mean I really didn’t discourage or encourage any behavior at all.  I figured as a rescue dog, she had been through enough.  When Max came into the picture, I was now a ‘we’ and WE both decided that we would try a different approach with Max and his training, nutrition and OUR education.

Enter Purina Canada and PawsWay in Toronto.  Max is a very active dog-and does very well during his training sessions….what I found going through them was that I was the one who needed training.  I learned so much over the 4 sessions (once a week) and we will be going back for more-Max is great at agility courses!

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Because Max IS so active, he requires adequate nutrition.  Purina is proud to introduce some new dry formulas that really deliver.  Check out these stats:

  • 8 out of the last 8 Westminster Best in Show were fueled by Purina Pro Plan
  • The McCann Pro Plan Dog Stars have won 15 gold medals at agility world championships while being fueled by Purina Pro Plan
  • National Service Dogs (an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with special needs) have chosen Purina Pro Plan as the food to feed its Certified Dogs.

So what’s the difference with this nutrition-what’s the ‘performance’ angle?

  • Every ingredient is carefully chosen for a specific purpose
  • Purina is the first dry dog fod brand to use real meat as the #1 ingredient to help promote total body health.
  • Optimal protein to fat rations taileored to each dry formula help dogs maintain their ideal body condition.

There are 4 categories containing foods formulated for a dog’s taste preferences, age, dietary considerations and activity/lifestyle.

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Savor-Nutrition and Taste for everyday excellence

  • Real chicken, beef or lamb is the first ingredient in all dry formulas
  • High quality ingredients for great taste and nutrition
  • Available in a variety of wet and dry formulas.
  • Prebiotic fiber to help promote digestive health

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Focus-Specialized Nutrition for Unique Needs

  • Real chicken or lamb is the 1st ingredient in all dry formulas
  • Formulated with key nutrients to support specific needs based on life stage, life style or breed size.
  • Nutrient dense kibble in bite sized pieces

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Select-Carefully formulated nutrition for skin & digestive health

  • Formulated without wheat, corn or soy
  • Easily digestible and easy on the digestive system.
  • ingredients such as rice, oat meal and whole grain barley which are easily digestible

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Sport-Fine-tuned nutrition to promote strength and endurance

  • Dogs are naturally great athletes and by improving their nutrition you can improve their athleticism
  • A dog’s main energy source comes from fat not carbs
  • A diet high in fat and protein will increase an active dog’s metabolism and his endurance
  • EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid and glucosamine help support joint health and mobility
  • Helps optimize oxygen metabolism for increased endurance.

So even though Max was going through the training, we have introduced Lola (our ‘senior’ dog) to the Purina Pro Plan dry kibble as well.  No complaints from either so far.  Both dogs have shiny coats, bright eyes and wet noses! Lola moves well after her 11 years on the earth and Max loves to run & play more than anything.  Just like humans, dogs need the best nutrition in order to be at their best and I can honestly say that Purina DOES deliver the best!

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What do you feed your dog?  Have you tried Purina Pro Plan?

 

 

This is so cool-I have to share #petsatwork

In honor of this year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, the passionate pet lovers at Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada decided to celebrate by providing a Pet-Friendly makeover to a deserving office – Jellinek Law Office – that specializes in sexual assault and personal injury law, and has seen first-hand the incredible impact that Pets at Work can have on employees and clients alike.

Please watch.  Thank you.

 

Vichy Cleansing beauty oil-take it all off!

Because I’m all about the pre-cleanse.  Dermalogica introduced me to this and I’ve been hooked ever since.  My quandry with cleansing oils is that I want to find one that works well for a decent price (um shu umera you are OUT of the running).

So I’m happy to say I have found a GREAT oil for a decent price.  My wallet is loving me these days.

Vichy cleansing beauty oil contains the benefits of an oil and a cleansing milk in one step.  It contains micellar technology to gently remove makeup and impurities and cameilia oil to improve softness, radiance and smoothness.

-contains soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water

-Paraben free

-Tested on sensitive skin

And it does a GREAT job on removing my waterproof mascara and eye makeup-this is one pass, holding the cotton round on each eye for 10 seconds.

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Overall, I recommend this cleansing oil as a first step to your night time skin care routine.  It will dissolve the dirt and impurities and allow your products to work better-what’s not to love?

Have you tried any cleansing oils? What’s your favorite and why?

Undereye issues meet their worst enemy with the Eye Perfecting Brush from EcoTools

I’ve had an undereye ‘situation’ since my 20’s (yes over 20 years ago-SIGH).  I’ve tried a lot of things, combinations of products, different tools to apply-and I still have the situation.

I’ve had a moderate amount of success with this new brush from EcoTools and I thought I would take a moment and just sit right there, I‘ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel.…ooops wait, I want to tell you about this brush.

The EcoTools Eye Perfecting Brush reduces the appearance of fine lines or dark circles around eyes.  The brush features uniquely cut, rounded tip bristles that mimics the shape of a finger for easy application under and around the eyes without tugging sensitive skin or transferring oils from the hands.

Designed with straight, firm and dense bristles, the Eye Perfecting Brush allows for optimal bending and coverage to take on fine lines and even the darkest of under eye circles.

EcoTools_Complexion_Collection_Eye_Perfecting_Makeup_Brush-079625100259My thoughts?

Love this brush for almost all of my concealers.  It picks up product well, and distributes it well in some fairly sensitive and particular places around my eyes. The only thing I have not tried it with is my corrector from Becca which is fairly creamy and thick and in my opinion, best applied with fingers.  Some of my other favorite things about this brush are that the bristles are soft, made with bamboo and recycled aluminum and are CRUELTY FREE.  The suggested retail price of $9.99 CAD means my wallet stays happy too.

Have you tried this EcoTools brush? How do you apply your undereye products?

Best face forward-the aging situation. My experience & a first step with Teosyal!

 

Who googled the last word in my title?  Don’t be embarassed if you did….I didn’t know what it was either at first.

I thought by 2015, people would be ‘over’ the whole dermal filler/neuromodulator “stigma” but lo and behold, I still get raised eyebrows when I talk about it.  I have a BIG soapbox to stand up on regarding this topic and I will be doing that-just not in this post.  This is an EXPERIENCE post.  Please keep that in mind as you read!

Since you googled Teosyal, I’m sure you have an idea of what I’m going to be talking about here. I’m in my 40’s now and have been noticing that my skin is losing it’s elasticity and brightness, and starting to droop quite a bit.  I have also noticed dark undereye circles.  I have made major changes to my diet, stepped up my skincare game, and have been drinking water, and taking my vitamins.  That only gets a girl so far though….so I decided to take it to the next level.  Here we go….

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WHAT IS TEOSYAL®?

Teosyal is a full range of injectable dermal fillers made of biodegradeable hyaluronic acid

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural skin component. It acts like a sponge and retains large quantities of water to keep the skin plumped and soft. One HA molecule can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water. In the filler syringes, HA comes in the form of a gel.

Age, stress, hormonal changes, harmful effects of UV rays, oxidants and environment all play a role in depleting our skin of collagen, elastin and especially hyaluronic acid. We lose 50% of our bodies hyaluronic acid between the ages of 40-50. The dermis breaks down, causing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and sagging.

My experience:

I have raved about Dr. Cory Torgerson more than once on various social media platforms.  His office and staff alone deserve their very own blog post (and they will be getting one).  To make sure my skin was at its absolute best and brightest prior to my Teosyal appointment, I had a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion which was incredible.  I’m going to try to explain this treatment the best I can.

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. It is the ONLY procedure that provides simultaneous exfoliation, evacuation, and delivery of ‘condition-specific’ topicals (for example, if your skin is oily, you will get a certain topical, if it’s dull, you get a different topical. A topical is a product applied to the skin).

The SilkPeel took approximately 30 minutes. My skin was super smooth and VERY clean.  It isn’t irritating like Microdermabrasion and I like the fact that the tool does the work and EVENLY exfoliates and treats every inch of my face.

Teosyal:

QUICK FACTS:

  • Did you know that 5 syringes of filler, equals only 1 teaspoon of product? That’s why you need more than 1 syringe to get the results you are looking for! Although each molecule holds 1000 times it’s weight in water, to get best results, most people need 2-5 syringes to get the results they are looking for!
  • Teosyal is the most natural looking and feeling product, because it integrates naturally into your tissue, allowing for dynamic and natural expression.
  • Teosyal is the purest filler on the market, resulting in less swelling!
  • Depending on the area injected, Teosyal can last anywhere from 6-18 months.

 

My turn-back-the-clock experience included  Teosyal Ultimate and Teosyal Redensity to give me some beautiful volume in my cheeks and provide me with that “I just got my beauty rest” type look  under my eyes too. 

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I’m sure I don’t need to write out which photo is before and which photo is after.  Keep reading to see how I look now!

My thoughts:

I won’t lie, this isn’t a pain-free procedure but it’s not intense or prolonged discomfort.   It feels like exactly what it is….a needle in your face.  I can compare it to having blood drawn or getting a shot.  The whole kit and kaboodle took 15 minutes and there are instant results.  If you are fair skinned, have thin skin (like me) don’t be incredibly shocked if you see a “baby bruise” or two.  This is normal and will fade in a short time.  Also, please note….Hyaluronic acid is attracted to water so you may see some slight swelling.  Again, give the product some time to ‘settle in’ -I’m a big fan of soft ice packs on the areas that were corrected.

Overall, this was a great choice for me.  I recently posted a photo of myself on Facebook and it’s a side by side.  The photo on the left was me 4 years ago (from an article on the website ChickAdvisor) and the photo on the right is me currently.

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While there was nothing ‘wrong’ with my photo from the past, I can’t help but notice the current photo is so much brighter and fresher.  It represents ME and how I feel, not my age.  I know that I can’t stop the aging process and I don’t want to …..but I do like knowing that I’m the best version of myself that I can be.  Teosyal helps me achieve that.  It’s one more ‘care item’ I’m adding to my list.   There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with wanting to look the best I can be-and I do recommend Teosyal products. The best way to find out if this is right for you is to speak to a professional, in my case I always recommend Dr. Cory Torgerson..

Stay tuned for more about my anti-aging journey with #Teosyal and Clarion Medical Technologies.  I personally would like to thank Dr. Torgerson, Clarion Medical Technologies, and the staff at The Clinic at Yorkville for being kind, knowlegable, and supportive. I am so thankful to have been able to participate in this opportunity and look forward to sharing more posts, information with all of my readers!

I would love to hear your thoughts-have you had any experience with dermal fillers and/or neuromodulators?

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