You should be watching……

Hi all, I haven’t posted in a bit….life has been taking most of my time. So I thought I would fill this space with something constructive.  I know on some of the Facebook groups that I belong to, people will ask for new YouTube channels or blogs to read?  Well have I got one for you…..

I have been a fan of Julie in DC for a while.  Lately I’ve been loving her more….and it’s because of her YouTube channel. Her last 2 videos have been a huge hit and incredibly helpful to me. So I thought I would share-check out her videos on lip contouring (yes that’s a thing) and making your dark eye circles disappear and concealing under the eye.

I highly recommend watching and following along (and no she’s not paying me to say this)!

This just in-L’Oréal Paris introduces an International e-spokesperson.

Yes you read that right.  L’Oréal Paris is proud to announce their FIRST EVER international e-spokesperson.  Her name is Kristina Bazan.  Check her out below:

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#Itgirl Kristina Bazan, 21, has taken the world by storm and turned the blogosphere upside down. Creative mind behind the style blog @Kayture she started in 2011,
the fashion A-lister captivates millions of followers on her social media.
Her glamour #ootd and #beautytips have made her the latest obsession the world over. She’s just #worthit! Welcome to the L’Oréal Paris Gang @lorealparisofficial

Gosh I don’t think I necessarily know of any e-spokespeople … Congratulations Kristina!  Looking forward to reading your posts!

Ho Ho Holidays are coming-what will YOU wear? How about Gerry Weber?

I find myself getting more and more into fashion when Autumn & Winter roll around.  I like the idea of wearing layers and more clothing. It’s never too early for me to start my holiday preparations!  Check out the latest in Holiday Chic from Gerry Weber.  My favorite is Fireside cozy (but maybe not the winter white pants, as I AM a bit slovenly).  What’s your favorite?

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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?