Mother’s Day: Gift Guide 2014

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Though it certainly doesn’t feel like it, May is here, and with it – Mother’s Day! If you still haven’t figured out what to buy for your mom, as usual, we have some ideas to help you in your search. From a personalized leather tote, to a fancy perfume, to a bottle of delicious bubbly, to a pair of comfy pajamas, there’s something for every mom (and every budget) on our list.

What will you be picking up for your mom this year? Share in the comments!

1. Monogram Travel Mug – Indigo
2. Atlas Bangle – Tiffany and Co
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear – Best Buy
4. DOLCE & GABBANA Dolce Eau de Parfum – The Bay
5. Nespresso VertuoLine – The Bay
6. Personalized Leather Tote – Cuyana
7. Les 4 Ombres – CHANEL
8. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui – Indigo
9. Pajamas – Joe Fresh
10. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne – LCBO
11. D/N Bag – ela handbags
12. Orchid Statement Necklace – Banana Republic
13. Embroidered Floral Topper – Ann Taylor
14. Canapile Heels – ALDO
15. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lip Balm – Sephora

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Giveaways: Olay Regenerist Luminous

After 8 weeks of sticking to the Olay Regenerist Luminous routine, I was pretty impressed with the line and what it did for my skin. Over the course of my trial, I met other bloggers who were using the same products, and learned that while we all loved the results, we also had different opinions on our faves from the line, and what did and didn’t work.

And though I’d already shared my personal experience with Olay Regenerist Luminous, I wanted to give you a chance to try it the line for yourselves and (hopefully) love it as much as I do. Sounds good? Here’s how you can win one of five Olay Regenerist Luminous line sets (Brightening Cream Cleanser, Tone Perfecting Cream, and Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl).

I want to make it as easy as possible, so for this giveaway you can do all four, or just one of the below – it’s up to you.

1. Comment below, and let me know which Olay Regenerist Luminous product you are most excited to try.

2. Tweet the following: “Hey @styleblogca, I want to win 1 of 5 @OlayUS #bestbeautiful prizes! http://wp.me/p1WxbY-6eY”

3. Comment on our Facebook page sharing why you would like to win an Olay Regenerist Luminous prize pack.

4. Comment on my Olay  Instagram photo sharing why you would like to win an Olay Regenerist Luminous prize pack.

Remember, you can do all four, or just one of the above and you will still be entered to win a prize pack! You don’t even have to follow me on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram…but of course, I appreciate it if you do.

This giveaway is open to Canadian readers only and will close on Sunday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

The winners have now been chosen and contacted. Thank you for entering!

Beauty: Olay Regenerist Luminous – 8 Weeks Later

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Okay, guys! It’s now been eight weeks since the first time I tried Olay Regenerist Luminous line, and it’s time to tell all! Who’s excited?!

To recap, at the beginning of my Olay journey, my main concern was the sun damage around my eyes and cheeks. Having those pesky dark spots on my face meant that I always looked extra tired and had to use a ton of concealer to cover them up. I also had some dry spots and redness here and there, and a bit of darkness under my eyes courtesy of way too many long nights working on the blog.

For the last eight weeks, I used the Olay Regenerist Luminous line religiously and without much effort – each and every morning and evening – cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream, followed by sunscreen to make sure that I don’t accidentally undo all of the good work that the products were doing to my face. So what’s the verdict? Here are my thoughts:

Tone Perfecting Crème

The moisturizing Tone Perfecting Crème was my favourite product out of the three. My skin looked brighter and more even almost immediately, the texture was very smooth, and made make-up go on seamlessly…but did it actually help fade those dark spots?! Yes, it did! About five weeks into the trial, I noticed some of the darkest spots begin to fade. Eight weeks later, while I still have lots of freckles around my eyes, they are definitely lighter, and less prominent. Sadly, once the (sun) damage is done, it’s incredibly difficult to erase it completely, but just by using this great moisturizer, I was able to see definite improvement in my overall skin tone, and watch my sun spots fade. Because I loved this moisturizer a lot, I will keep it in my daily routine, and hopefully, those spots will eventually become history.

Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl

What I liked most about this eye cream, is that it wasn’t sticky or heavy, and was very easy to apply. My under eye area felt hydrated, and looked firmer after eight weeks of using the cream. As for the dark circles… sadly, I did not notice enough of a difference to say that they disappeared. The cream contains light-reflecting particles which gave the appearance of illuminating the under eye area, but I don’t think it actually made my dark circles lighter. I will still continue using this eye cream, because of its hydrating properties, and because of how much firmer my under eye area looks after using it. It’s a keeper.

Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser

While this cleanser left my skin looking brighter and feeling extra hydrated, my two-week mark concerns remained valid at the end of my Olay journey. Because of its creamy texture, this cleanser did not feel very…cleansing. And after washing my face with it, I still had grime and dirt on my face that needed to be washed away. If you don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis, this cleanser might work better for you, but in my case, I definitely need something a little more potent.

Overall, I was very pleased with my Olay Regenerist Luminous experience. Participating in the program meant that I had to use the products for at least eight weeks, and that I could not give up halfway… and I’m so glad that I stuck to it! Seeing my dark spots begin to fade was a very exciting development, as was the photo shoot and video shoot that followed my trial. I got to hang out with some really cool beauty bloggers on set in Toronto, where we all showed off our newly radiant skin, and shared our experiences. It was really fun, but also educational. If I learned anything from this program, it’s how super important it is to take care of your skin. Sunscreen is not optional… even in the winter! It’s much easier to protect yourself from sun damage than get rid of it later on. So, please, don’t forget to slather it on every morning before you leave the house. Your skin will thank you!

So this is my Olay Regenerist Luminous experience in a nutshell. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and I’ll do my best to answer in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Olay Regenerist Luminous brings you a complete regime to brighten your skin step-by-step.

Step 1: Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser’s creamy formula instantly illuminates skin and leaves it feeling smooth, conditioned and even textured.

Step 2: Recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. You’ll feel intense hydration immediately, and see visibly younger-looking skin in 2 weeks and more even skin tone in 8 weeks. 

Step 3: Luminous Dark Circle Correcting HydraSwirl uses a distinctive dual-swirl formula with a gel to hydrate and a cream to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.

For more information, visit Olay.ca.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Procter & Gamble via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Procter & Gamble.

Toronto Fashion Week: Best Hair and Makeup Looks For Fall 2014

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Greetings Lovely Readers! Toronto Fashion Week has officially wrapped up and although I’m still exhausted, it was a phenomenal experience watching the hair and makeup “magic” happen backstage.

Here are my favourite hair and makeup looks from the Fall 2014 season of WMCFW, with some handy tips on how you can achieve the same results at home. Enjoy!

Hair by Redken

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Pink Tartan hair was one of my absolute favourites last week. The collection told the story of a Canadian girl living a normal everyday life so the hair reflected that natural and lived-in look. The hair was set off-centre, with soft waves and looked pretty without looking structured. They really wanted the hair to have movement, making it look effortless.

Star Products: Pillow Proof Primer, Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray

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As a huge fan of Joe Fresh, I was very excited to see what the fall hair would look like. For hair, Joe wanted to have a more bohemian feel so the models wore a dishevelled side braid with lots of texture. Again, they didn’t want it looking too polished but rather wanted something with more of a grunge feeling with soft wisps framing the face. One great tip that Jorge Joao, Lead Stylist for Redken gave us was to take the elastic and tie the hair at the top before you start the braid. Once you are done, cut the top elastic so your hair and braid looks fuller and not as structured. The big focus of this look was to make the models look chic and effortless.

Star Products: Pillow Proof Primer, Redken Fashion Waves 07

Narces

Narces hair had more of a classic feel to it. It was all about being sleek, stylish, but again without looking like you spent hours doing your hair. As a result, sleeked back, smooth hair was pulled into a classic small bun at the base of the head. As with other looks, hair was once again primed with Pillow Proof Primer, prepped with mousse for texture and then finished off with Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray to get rid of flyaways and give the hairstyle that polished sleek finish. Definitely a look you can wear to the office or after work for some drinks!

Star Products: Pillow Proof Primer, Redken Full Frame 07 Volumizing Mousse Foam, Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray

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Beauty: CHANEL Les 4 Ombres 2014 Collection

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Since 1982, CHANEL’s Les 4 Ombres have been on every beauty junky’s must-have list…what with their stunning colours, smooth texture, saturated pigments, and of course the iconic packaging. Well, this year, CHANEL released 8 new Les 4 Ombres quads, and they are amazing! Inspired by the iconic tweed fabric, the shades range from intense to natural, and finishes from silky to metallic.

Earlier this month, I got to meet CHANEL’s uber-talented make-up artist Kris Wares, who introduced me to the new Les 4 Ombres collection, and showed me a few cool eyeshadow application tips. There are so many different ways that you can wear Les 4 Ombres – from using the darkest shade as eyeliner, to smoky eye, to going for a natural look – these eyeshadows are really versatile. Kris used #232 Tissé Vénitien on my eyes, using the darker shades on my eyelid, and the lightest to line my lash line, making my eyes pop, and I’ve been recreating this look ever since!

If you are interested in checking out the new CHANEL Les 4 Ombres collection, all of the new shades are currently available at Holt Renfrew, so make sure to stop by and discover your favourite!

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You Are Invited: Blogger Beauty Brunch at Do My Hair!

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Exciting news, lovelies! Right in time for Toronto Fashion Week, my blogger friends and I will be throwing a fun Blogger Beauty Brunch at Do My Hair salon on Mt. Pleasant! Join us for an afternoon of pampering, light refreshments, and fun. The salon will be offering complimentary haircuts, blowouts, and make-up applications, to get you ready for fashion week, or to just treat yourself, because spring is coming, and we all could use a little TLC!

But that’s not all! If you attend our event, make sure to post some photos, using hashtag #beautybrunchTO for a chance to win a makeover valued at up to $500! Pretty awesome, right?! Oh, and did I mention gift bags? We’ll have those too! So if you are interested in getting pampered and joining us at the Blogger Beauty Brunch this Sunday, check out the details below and don’t forget to reserve your spot! See you there!

WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30am-2:30am
WHERE: Do My Hair, 583 Mount Pleasant Rd
WHAT: Choice of a complimentary haircut, blowout, or make-up application (spots are limited!)
WHO: Style Blog, The Backseat Stylers, The Souls of My Shoes
Call 416-544-0505 to book your appointment!

Lancôme Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Growing up, Women’s Day was always a really big deal in my home-country. Male classmates would create elaborate parties for the girls and female teachers, complete with handmade cards, flowers, and little presents. It was really fun and made the girls feel special. As a grown woman, I still love flowers on Women’s Day, and this year, Lancôme will be doling out random acts of kindness throughout Canada to celebrate women and to make their day a bit brighter.

On March 8th, in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, Lancôme’s helpers will be giving out thousands of roses to put thousands of smiles on Canadian women’s faces. But that’s not all! Among the thousands of roses that will be distributed at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto, 20 will hold an exclusive invitation on behalf of Lancôme. The 20 women who will receive this special rose will be invited to a VIP dinner event with a female guest of their choice, on the evening of March 8th at one of Toronto’s top restaurants!

Interested? Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for beautiful roses at the below locations, and Happy Women’s Day!

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Beauty: Olay Regenerist Luminous Two-Week Check-in

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It’s been two weeks since I’ve started my #BestBeautiful journey with Olay. My new routine has been pretty easy to follow… as easy as 1, 2, 3, actually. Each morning and evening I wash my face with the Brightening Cream Cleanser to brighten and exfoliate, followed by Tone Perfecting Cream to hydrate and smooth my skin, and the Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl to reduce the appearance of dark circles. And though it’s still too early to see those pesky spots disappear, here are my thoughts on the Olay Regenerist Luminous line so far.

The Good:

First of all, I must say that I just love the smell and texture of all three products. The Tone Perfecting Cream in particular felt silky smooth and super luxurious to the touch. My skin feels soft and supple, a lot like it feels after using primer, which makes makeup application a breeze. The Brightening Cream Cleanser is creamy and leaves my skin feeling hydrated.

Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl didn’t make my dark circles disappear (yet?), but I did notice a difference after a couple of days, which was pretty cool. Overall, my complexion looks brighter and more radiant after every application.

Not My Cup of Tea:

Although I will continue to use the Brightening Cream Cleanser for the remaining weeks, I do wish it was more foamy. To get my face completely clean, I feel like I have to wash it twice in order to remove all makeup and impurities.

Also, while I really like the Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl eye cream so far, I could do without the glitter-like particles, which can be a bit too much at times.

Two-week Verdict:

Overall, I am very impressed with the Olay Regenerist Luminous line. Following the regimen is very easy, and my skin’s been responding really well to the products. I love how smooth my skin feels and how bright it looks after every application! As for those spots, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Six more weeks to go!

Stay tuned for more updates, and follow the hashtag #BestBeautiful for my Olay journey.

Olay Regenerist Luminous brings you a complete regime to brighten your skin step-by-step.

Step 1: Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser’s creamy formula instantly illuminates skin and leaves it feeling smooth, conditioned and even textured.

Step 2: Recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. You’ll feel intense hydration immediately, and see visibly younger-looking skin in 2 weeks and more even skin tone in 8 weeks. 

Step 3: Luminous Dark Circle Correcting HydraSwirl uses a distinctive dual-swirl formula with a gel to hydrate and a cream to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.

For more information, visit Olay.ca.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Procter & Gamble via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Procter & Gamble.

Beauty: Before Olay Regenerist Luminous

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A few years ago, le bf and I went to Mexico, where I had an unfortunate sunscreen accident. I don’t know how, but I mistook a bottle of insect repellant for sunscreen, which became apparent after my skin started to turn reeeeally red. Ever since that trip, my face has been something of a constellation map, a really annoying and inconvenient map of freckles on my cheeks and around my eyes.

As someone who’s nearing 30, I do my best to take good care of my skin, and I’ve been pretty lucky so far. My pores are visible, but aren’t exceptionally large; I get occasional breakouts, but nothing too severe…but those spots, or sun damage as my dermatologist keeps telling me, definitely make me look older and more tired. So when I was asked to try the new Olay Regenerist Luminous line, I jumped at the chance. Even a remote possibility of fading some of my sun spots made me excited to participate in this program. And having used and loved Olay products before, I really wanted to give the Olay Regenerist Luminous line a go.

I have to admit, I’ve tried other tone-correcting products in the past, but without the discipline to keep going, I would give up halfway after not seeing quick results. This time, I’m 100% committed. Over the next eight weeks, I will use Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream and Olay Regenerist Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl religiously – twice a day! No more giving up halfway. And hopefully, at the end of the trial, I’ll see a noticeable difference. To make it easier for you to follow my skincare journey, I took this makeup-less before selfie. This is my starting point. I’m not expecting my skin to look like this once my trial is over, but I do expect to see less prominent sun spots, and not as much darkness under my eyes. I hope that after using Olay Regenerist Luminous products for eight weeks (combined with sunscreen, of course), I’ll be able to stop wearing as much makeup to cover up my sun spots, and will be able to give my skin a break more often. Luminous skin, here I come!

So tell me, have you ever used tone perfecting creams or serums? Share your tips in the comments, and follow the hashtag #BestBeautiful for my Olay journey!

Olay Regenerist Luminous brings you a complete regime to brighten your skin step-by-step.

Step 1: Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser’s creamy formula instantly illuminates skin and leaves it feeling smooth, conditioned and even textured.

Step 2: Recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. You’ll feel intense hydration immediately, and see visibly younger-looking skin in 2 weeks and more even skin tone in 8 weeks. 

Step 3: Luminous Dark Circle Correcting HydraSwirl uses a distinctive dual-swirl formula with a gel to hydrate and a cream to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.

For more information, visit Olay.ca.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Procter & Gamble via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Procter & Gamble.

Style Days of Christmas: Dolce & Gabbana The One Gift Set

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I can’t believe we are already on Day 8 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways! Time really does fly. Today’s amazing prize is a very special limited edition Dolce & Gabbana The One perfume and cologne gift set* (valued at $224) – a perfect luxurious prezzie for a sophisticated lady (and gent) on your shopping list.

With top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lychee, and peach, The One perfume is rich without feeling overbearing, feminine, sensuous, and irresistible. All you need is a little dab, and you won’t be able to stop smelling yourself all day. Recently, I’ve started to move away from the girly fragrances I used to be drawn to in my early twenties, and Dolce & Gabbana The One is now my go-to scent for the fall and winter months.

The One for Men cologne is also very alluring. The scent is powerful and spicy, with hints of cedar and tobacco. It aims to be “not a banal classic, but a classic men’s fragrance that would last for years and be the type of scent that women adore”. From this woman’s POV, this is indeed The One. I love the smell of this cologne, and I am sure the special guy in your life will love it too.

Sounds like something you’d like to see under your Christmas tree? Enter the giveaway below!

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