Tea lovers! David’s Tea-romance & spice coming your way!

I love David’s Tea and swear by several different types that will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard (just in case you want to know what teas those are: Le Digestif, Organic Cold 911, and Mother’s little helper). I received an email in my inbox that I wanted to share with you regarding some new tea, a tea that’s being brought back, and a new product.
*Please note-I have not received any products from David’s Tea.*

New Tea- The Spice is Right!

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Using a green tea base instead of the traditional black tea adds an unexpected hint of freshness that pairs perfectly with spicy cinnamon, cloves, hot chili peppers and sweet orange peel. It’s just so warm and comforting at this time of the year.  This is a great time to enjoy citrus fruits, as oranges are ‘in-season’ in Florida.  Oranges are also considered to represent luck and wealth (Happy Belated Chinese New Year everyone).  In other cultures, the orange is considered a symbol of fertility and seduction, shared between new couples to help love blossom. Oranges were even supposedly given as a wedding gift between the Roman gods Juno and Jupiter. Could there be a better Valentine’s Day gift?

Bringing it back-Cherry Blossom

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This tea was from a collection in 2010 and disappeared from shelves too quickly if you ask me.  It’s made up of white and green tea, cherries, coconut and rosebuds, it’s lightly fruity, subtly floral and incredibly romantic.  Apparently it’s coming back but may disappear again-just like the Disney movies we all know and love.  I hope David’s decides to keep this one-I’ll definitely be picking it up.

 

New product-tea flavored chocolates

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These make me so curious I am going to have to try them. David’s Tea has teamed up with a Montreal based Chocolatier to make chocolate bars flavored with their actual loose leaf teas.  Interesting, don’t you think? Flavors available include:  Dark Chocolate with Hot Lips, Dark Cocolate with Cream of Earl Grey, Milk Chocolate with Coco Chai Rooibos and White Chocolate with Matcha Matsu. I want them all.

 

See anything that’s tempting your taste buds?  What would you like to try? Tell me in the comments below!   I’ll be a tea-sampling fool every time I pass by!

David’s Tea is a Canadian company-but you can also find them online (yes they have an online store!).  Check online to find a location near you!

 

 

 

My so called life-Adventures in retail seasonal employment

I haven’t been involved in retail on the ’employee’ side of things since my early 20’s.  When I was a teenager, it was tough to get a job anywhere-there was a permit that had to be obtained from the city and certain hours that could be worked, nevermind the fact that employers at the time weren’t really ‘into’ hiring young people. I do remember working at a clothing store, a department store, and even managing a card store at one time (boy was THAT a short stint-just wasn’t for me).

However, due to some recent events in my life, I decided to bite the proverbial bullet and dive into a seasonal job at one of my favorite retailers (I will not be divulging the name here although I’ll give you a hint-they sell handbags and leather goods and I’ve been a customer of theirs for several years. Anyone who knows me, will know what company this is….).

My experience ranged from “hey I could really get into this” to “What was I thinking-get me the hell out of here!”

I’ll tell you-seasonal employment is NOT for the weak at heart.  I’ll also tell you that I’M SO GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS.

The good:

-Teamwork.  Retail businesses don’t survive without it.  Other industries should sit up, pay attention, and take notes  on how retail operations run so efficiently.  Because they run EXTREMELY well.

-Comraderie.  I was the oldest seasonal employee. I’m even older than the manager of the store.  But somehow, the younger people (some still in their teens) and I seemed to make it work.  We shared laughs and good conversation during work.

-Discounts.  It’s a selfish reason but I did enjoy it and bought the majority of my gifts at the store.  I did not buy anything for myself (pick yourself up off the floor now).

-A paycheck.  Getting paid to work with a product that I already love? #winning

The not-so-good:

I was the oldest seasonal employee.  Yes, I know I listed that in the good section.

-Having to learn to do new tasks in limited time.  I was hired on rather late in the season and was the only *new* seasonal employee.  I had to pick up new tasks quickly-there just wasn’t any time not to.  I found myself feeling ‘helpless’ in many situations because I didn’t know what to do.

-Odd hours.  It’s not easy for a 9-to-5 gal to start working 11-7, 12-9 or most recently 3pm-MIDNIGHT. Way past my bedtime!

-Long hours. The closer it gets to Christmas and New Years, the longer the shift.  I won’t complain about a “nice” paycheck, but I definitely earned it.

-Standing on your almost 40 year old feet for 9 hours.  Let’s just say I’ve already scheduled my trip to the podiatrist because my feet h-u-r-t.

-The customers. Surprised I’m saying this?  People aren’t always sugar and spice and everything nice…you need to have a thick skin and be prepared for absolutely ANYTHING to be said or to happen.

So before you go into a retail establishment and think that the employees are the lowest of the low and are beneath you and your office job or 6 figure salary, I want you to know:

1. Kick yourself in your own rear end right now.  Or punch yourself in the face.

2. There is a lot of business sense needed to manage a store.   There is also quite a bit of knowledge involved in simply working in one.

3. This is a business-it is meant to generate revenue.  Time is money-so if you’re feeling a sense of entitlement and want to waste everyone’s time, think twice.  Not only will karma get you, but next time you DO want to actually purchase, things may become a bit difficult.

4. People that choose to work in retail or be managers in retail aren’t stupid.  For some, this is what they have chosen to do-and they need to be respected.

5. Some retail employees are part-time and may have either multiple jobs, families, or are going to school.  It may be a part time gig for them but they’re still there to help, so have some courtesy and respect for them.

Overall, I’m glad I chose to work this holiday season. I gained a new appreciation for the behind-the-scenes action at one of my favorite retailers.  Would I do it again?  Hmmmm, ask me again next year.

 

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE! New products from Annabelle for Spring 2014-Available in February!

Hello everyone! Just received a press release from Annabelle and wanted to share their new Spring 2014 products with you!  Get excited-there’s a lot to look at….lets dive in!

*I have not received (or purchased) any of these products….this is just the press release!*

Twist-up retractable eyeshadow crayon!

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Further to the success and great popularity of the Annabelle® TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon, one could only dream of easy-to-use, true colours for the eyes as well. There is something highly seductive, and incredibly practical, about an eyeshadow that doesn’t need a brush to be applied. It goes straight from the bullet to the lid; full-on, radiant colour. Just take the cap off and paint your eyes in 6 of the new Annabelle® TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon. All 6 pastel metallic shades go on very pigmented and may be softened for a more subtle look. These colours are so light and bright they should be called eyelighters instead of eyeshadows.

Key features:
-Pastel hues, metallic finish

-Creamy, velvety-soft eyeshadows
-No-stick texture
-Super-smooth application with a rounded tip that glides on the skin

-Long lasting (10 h stay-on power)

-Paraben free

The eyeshadow is applied directly onto the skin – no applicator necessary! It may be blended or softened with the fingertip or with a brush. Once it settles, it promises not to budge for 10 hours. Really, the only remaining thing to ask for would be more hues!

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Annabelle Big Show Lip Shine-NEW SHADES PEOPLE!

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-Ultra-shiny lip gloss thanks to light-reflecting spheres that provide ultimate shine
-Non-sticky lip luster
-Luxuriously hydrating and antioxidant with Omega-6
-Sheer and semi-sheer colouring
-Paraben free

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Annabelle lipliner-NEW SHADES PEOPLE!

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Key features:
-Long wearing formula

-Smooth texture does not pull on lips

-Hypo-allergenic

Outline and define your lips with endless colour possibilities.

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Anyone else excited about using some new shades in fresh spring colors? I couldn’t possibly be alone in wanting to *spring* into spring!  Let me know what you’ll be using for spring in the comments below!

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I’m curious about……Nuxe new launches for January

I have one Nuxe product in my arsenal and it’s a serum.  I’m neither here nor there about it, however…….

I recently received a look book of Nuxe products for Spring/Summer 2014 and wanted to share some items I’m interested in with you.  *Please note, I do not have any samples of these products-these are items I saw in the look book and want to know more about.*

Anti-tightness High Nutrition Balm for Sensitive Skin

WheatenBeauty on YouTube got me interested in balms for moisture.  I’m really curious as to the texture of this product.

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This rich balm, formulated with exclusive BIO-BEAUTÉ® by NUXE Natural Cold Cream, nourishes (Organic Sweet Almond Oil), protects the skin barrier (Organic Beeswax) and soothes sensitive skin (Organic Rose Water). It is enriched with Shea Butter and delivers intense and long-lasting 24-hour effectiveness

Initial impression after reading description: I want to know about the texture!

And check this out- Nirvanesque, a line designed for women between the ages of 30 and 40.  How come I didn’t know about this? Could it have made a difference?

The Nirvanesque ‘solution’-no claims here apparently just solutions. I like the sound of that already:

-A double-floral neuro cosmetic action for a ‘Botox-like boosted effect’

-A neuro-relaxing action,promoting ‘well-being’ molecules

-Anti-depressant textures that boost pleasure of application and active ingredient penetration

-eco designed jar in response to environmental concerns of females in the 21st century

Mind blown yet?  Who needs therapy when Nirvanesque is available…..and why wasn’t I asked my opinion of the jar design? 

Okay, all kidding aside, this has at the very least got me curious.  While I AM leaving the 30-40 year old group, that doesn’t mean I can’t be curious about these products.

Nirvanesque Light-combination skin

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Nirvanesque® Light, a cream for first wrinkles with Peony and Blue Lotus designed to instantly and visibly smooth away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax. Skin is instantly relaxed and mattified. Features are de-stressed and the complexion is radiant.

My initial impressions after reading description: anything that mattifies my face is worth a try!

Nirvanesque:

nirva-normNirvanesque®, a cream for first wrinkles with Peony and Blue Lotus which instantly and visibly smoothes away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax. Smooth texture enriched with Musk Rose Oil that combines hydrating and anti-wrinkle properties.

My initial thoughts after reading description:  I’d probably go for the light version based on my skin’s behavior.

Nirvanesque Yeux

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This eye contour treatment with Poppy Root and Hyaluronic Acid instantly and visibly smoothes away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax.  First eye contour wrinkles are diminished, leaving younger-looking eyes. Dark circles are erased.

My initial thoughts after reading description:  Hyaluronic acid is in dermal fillers-could this actually work?

 

And there you have it…..would you try any of these miracles above? I’m looking forward to trying at least one.  If you could try any of the products, which one would you try? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

Wax on, wax off with Sicilianna Beauty

Raise your hand if you’re sick of wearing your darkest sunglasses & non-descript outfit and driving to the out-of-your-neighborhood nails/wax shop. You know-the one where you walk in and there’s someone at the front table getting their acrylic tips airbrushed? You get your wax done, then you leave with a bright red upper lip and eyebrows? How will you ever explain that away to your spouse/significant/parent/sibling/child?

Let’s face it, waxing and hair removal is a part of life….and while it’s becoming more “normal” to talk about, how do you bring up in everyday conversation that you’re looking for an extra-special-someone to rip your hair out by the roots?

If you’re in the GTA or any other metropolis, there are hundreds of places you could go….from the shop scenario I described above to upscale salons/spas. But you need to feel comfortable-especially if your waxer is going to be in areas that are normally reserved for certain pairs of eyes 🙂

Since I’m getting older, hair removal has moved up on my ‘beauty priority list’ and lately I’ve been noticing this increased hair on my face more and more. I want to feel comfortable and confident wearing my hair up and exposing my hairline. I knew there was only one person for this job…..and it’s Anna.

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I’ve known Anna for several years-she is in my ‘blogging circle.’ I actually met her at a blushpretty workshop-I believe it was a contouring one (but correct me if I’m wrong A).  She recently (and I’m not sure how recently) starting offering waxing services/lash extensions out of her very own studio!

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Anna is warm, inviting, but most of all professional.  She gave me a thorough once-over and suggested some areas I focus on and I gave her the green light and free reign over my face.  I want the hair gone!  Anna uses hard wax and traditional wax with strips.  The hard wax grabs the more stubborn hair apparently….and that’s what is used more frequently during a Brazilian wax. I did not get a Brazilian, and don’t think I could endure that “procedure”!

Zip, zip, zip and I was through.  Anna applied a soothing aloe product to my skin.  She tidied up my brows for me, which are a constant source of frustration for me.  She even gave me a suggestion and a plan for maintaining my skin post-wax and frequency of future appointments!  While it wasn’t entirely pain free (and it shouldn’t be, after all someone is ripping your hair out of your face by the ROOT), I felt comfortable during the process and put my hair up into a ponytail when I returned home.  YAY!

Do yourself a favor and stay on top of your hair removal-start by finding a person who is qualified and professional like Anna.

P.S. Anna did not ask me to post about her nor did I receive complimentary service.  This is me talking to you about a great esthetician!

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