Thursday, 10 April 2014

Mermaid Hair

We have all seen the Little Mermaid and I'm probably not alone when I say that whenever I went swimming as a child I would dunk underwater only to spring back up in attempts to recreate Ariel's famous hair flip (this gif!!!!!). She has always been my favourite out of all the other Disney princesses and I think it's mostly due to the fact that we both have red hair and I just really wanted a seashell bra. Ariel has always been my main hair inspiration and after a few years of "just give me a trim!" and debating whether or not to just chop it all off during the hot summer months, my hair is finally long enough to rival hers. Now that my hair is just how I like it I want to treat it as nicely as possible. So, I bought Mermaid Hair shampoo and conditioner from Mermaid Perfume and it's pretty much me in a bottle. Okay, okay. When I first went looking for this stuff I really didn't know much about it. You know how magpies are attracted to shiny things? I'm just drawn to most things mermaid related. It's a sickness, really. I bought it on a whim and oh my gosh I am so happy that I did because I really love this stuff. A lot. First of all, the shampoo and conditioner are completely natural and sulfate-free as well as cruelty free - so you're being nice to your hair and animals. Plus it smells of orange blossom and coconut so it basically transforms your shower into a tropical island paradise. Yeah, it's that great. The smell sadly doesn't linger for too long but I'm really happy with how soft my hair has been feeling.

For $60 you get an eight ounce bottle of shampoo and an eight ounce bottle of conditioner, which is pretty pricy. I used this stuff throughout my trip to the Bahamas and now that I'm home I have only been using it on days where I would like to feel a little bit more mermaid-y. I'm not even half though the bottles yet so it's lasting me quite nicely and I am definitely considering repurchasing once I run out. If you want to be a mermaid like me but don't want to shell (unintentional mermaid pun) out so much money on your hair, the company also makes perfumes (which I am so tempted to buy!) and candles which you can browse by clicking here.


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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Bahamas Photo Diary

I spent the past week with my family enjoying the sunshine in the Bahamas. I didn't take too many photos but I still thought I would share some with you. The weather was absolutely perfect and aside from a little bit of rain, I couldn't have been happier. One thing that I really enjoyed about the Bahamas was all of the brightly coloured buildings. Everything was so pretty! The resort we stayed at was called the Riu Palace Paradise Island and I would definitely love to visit again. The food was amazing and every morning at breakfast there were the most delicious, warm and fresh donuts I had ever eaten and I have have eaten a lot of donuts. The water was the bluest I have ever seen and was so crystal clear I could see all of the fish as they swam around me. We also spent a nice amount of time at the famous Atlantis resort, the marina was spectacular and full of some of the prettiest shops and a really cute yellow Starbucks!

I can't stop imagining myself lounging by the pool with the most delicious piña coladas and feeling the warm sun on my face and when I look out my window I am hit with the bitter reality of being back home in Canada, where it is still pretty cold and there still is snow on the ground. Hmph.

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Travel Essentials

My bags are all packed and I am so ready to trade in this miserably cold and snowy weather for some sunshine in the Bahamas. Before I leave on Tuesday (I'm counting down the hours) I thought that I would write a post about some of the new things I've picked up just for my holiday. 

I have never invested in a quality pair of sunglasses. Each summer I would always pick up a pair for no more than five dollars from Forever 21, I just couldn't justify spending so much money on an accessory that could so easily be broken or misplaced. I have finally decided it was time to spend a little more money and grabbed these super pretty sunglasses from Giorgio Armani. Sunglass Hut had a buy one get one sale going on so I managed to get them for half price and also pick up a second pair (I chose a pair of Oakley aviators)! The second thing I picked up is the La-Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion. My cousin, who works in cosmetics, told me about this face sunscreen. It's non-greasy, has a matte finish and can even be used as a makeup base! I have only tried using a tiny bit on my face and it absorbed so quickly and it didn't even feel like I had put anything on. This is also my first ever product from La-Roche Posay and I'm kind of excited to try out more things!

The next product that I grabbed for my holiday is to be used more before my trip than during and it is the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser. I've used this every morning for the last three days and I'm happy to report that I have a nice healthy glow (and a few streaks down my arms... oops!). I have very fair skin - almost alarmingly white and when I'm out in the sun I either burn or stay pale. While I normally embrace my alabaster skin I thought it would nice to give myself a pre-holiday tan. Last is the Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder dry shampoo. I previously used Batiste but I have found that it leaves my hair feeling pretty gross after using so I went looking for a replacement. Lots of people have been blogging about the Bb. Prêt-à-Powder so I thought I would give it a try and so far I really do like it. It leaves my hair looking and feeling clean.

Let me know what some of your favourite products to travel with are (I still have some room in my suitcase!) in the comments. Thank you for reading! xx

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Baking | Valentine's Day Donuts ♡

I think Valentine's Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I am such a sucker for anything pink, heart-shaped or chocolatey. I also love to bake for Valentine's day, so as the big day quickly approaches I got into the kitchen and started baking. I found the recipe for these baked donuts in the February issue of Chatelaine magazine. You can find the recipe online here. Strangely, I don't own any plain round cookie cutters (note to self: buy some asap!) so I went down the untraditional route of square donuts.  
This recipe is great because they are baked, no deep-fryer needed. The taste was pretty good, though a bit bland. I think they would have been better if I had made the donuts (or the glaze) a different flavour. Though, they were still quite nice! After the donuts were completely cooled, I dipped the tops in the glaze and let that dry and then dipped them again. You don't need to do this, but I wanted a more opaque look for the glaze. Then I topped them with some festive sprinkles and voila!! Adorable Valentine's day donuts!

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Beauty | Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Back in December when I visited New York City I did my fair bit of shopping. While I was perusing the makeup counters inside the lovely Henri Bendel I was stopped by a makeup artist asking if she could freshen up my look. I happily agreed and sat down. The line of cosmetics she was using was called Youngblood, a brand that I have never heard of before so I was very interested to see what she had in store for me. Once the makeup brushes were set back down and I looked in the mirror I knew I needed to buy some of these products. My skin looked absolutely incredibly. I had sat down on that chair with tired and dull looking skin and I left absolutely glowing. Not only did my skin look great, but it felt great, as well. It didn't even feel like I had any makeup on. I knew I needed some of this magical makeup (yeah, I was that impressed), so I bought the two products that the MUA suggested. After walking around the freezing cold city for several more hours, I came back to the hotel and my makeup looked as if it had just been applied. Very impressive. 

The first product is the Minerals in the Mist facial mist in Restore ($24). I use this facial mist after cleansing and moisturizing my face to lock in moisture and again after applying my makeup to set my foundation. You can also spritz this facial mist on during the day to freshen up your look. I think this will be especially great during the hot summer months to give your face a bit of refreshment. This spray uses a combination of grapefruit, lime and rosemary which give it a bit of a citrus-y smell that I absolutely love. It reminds me of Sprite!

The second product I picked up is the Mineral Primer ($41), one of Youngbloods's best selling products. What really sold me on this product was how soft and silky it made my skin feel. One pump is enough to cover your face, so the 30mL bottle is lasting quite nicely. Once you apply the product to your face using circular motions, your skin is left feeling like you have got nothing on. I have always had issues with other primers being either too heavy or incredibly greasy once applied, so this is a welcomed change. You can wear the primer by itself or as a base for your foundation or tinted moisturizer. When used on its own, it helps to reduce the visibility of pores or fine lines. When used as a base for foundation it helps create a smooth and even base that helps create a flawless look. 

When using both of these products together I really find that my makeup stays on all day long. I believe Youngblood is only in stores in the U.S but you can order online, which I intend to do after these guys run out. You can visit their website here and take a look around. 

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