Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An Easy Way to Dress for Fall

One of the easiest ways to dress for the cooler Fall weather is to pair a long-sleeved dress with tights and boots. It's a simple formula and you can accessorize as needed: fur vests, felt hats, long cardigans - there are so many options!

LOFT Twilight Floral Shirtdress with black tights and boots
Dress: c/o LOFT / Boots: c/o Cougar / Necklace: H&M (similar) / Bag: Chanel

This Twilight Floral Shirtdress is from LOFT. I visited the store recently to pick out some new Fall clothes. Since I wear jeans 75% of the time, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and choose at least one item that was slightly dressy yet easy to wear. I love the printed leaf pattern of this dress, and the button-down style is casual yet feels elegant.

LOFT Fall 2015

Here are some of the other Fall pieces I tried on - there were a lot of rust and navy options and even some blush pink! The fanfare blouse incorporates all three colours - I think it's one of LOFT's signature prints for this season.

LOFT Striped Dolman Tee with Pink Ruffle Scarf

The slouchy Striped Dolman Tee was so comfortable - my friend bought it, while I picked up this (non-Fall) pink scarf on clearance for $9!

LOFT Pink Split Neck Tunic

If you know me AT ALL...then you'll know that I had to buy this Pink Split Neck Tunic!

LOFT Dotblock Ruffle Shell

I also tried on the Dotblock Ruffle Shell -  I think this would look cute tucked into this faux leather pencil skirt!

In the end, I left the store with three pieces - the shirt dress, split-neck tunic and pink scarf. It was a great time to buy as LOFT had 30% off new Fall items PLUS they were giving out cash cards to use on future purchases - score!

Have you purchased any new clothes for Fall?

DISCLAIMER: A gift card was provided by LOFT to purchase pieces for this post.

P.S. I'm giving away these four Covergirl Fall Lipsticks (retail value $40). Canadian readers - click here to regram the photo below and enter to win!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pink Tweed and Beauty Buys

With the weather cooling down, I've been reaching for my tweed jackets again. This pink one from White House Black Market is my absolute favorite - it might be cliched, but I just feel happier when I'm wearing pink!

Pink Tweed Jacket Chanel Distressed Jeans
Jacket: WHBM (similar) / Top: Express / Jeans: GAP (similar) / Necklace: Joe Fresh / Heels: F21 (similar) / Bag: Chanel (similar)

And speaking of pink items - I'm loving my new pink travel Clarisonic Mia. During my acne outbreak, I switched back to nightly sonic cleansing (hot washcloths were too irritating for my inflamed skin). I'm glad I now have a mini Clarisonic to take with me on weekend trips. I love that it comes with a hard plastic cover - so it doesn't accidentally get switched on in transit!

Pink Clarisonic Mia with Travel Case

I've also picked up some other products - they're mainly for the lips!
  • I FINALLY purchased Bobbi Brown's Sandwash Pink (it's the shade Kate wore on her wedding day). It's the perfect brownish pink - and looks lovely paired with Spice lipliner. 
  • NARS Orgasm lipgloss is a gorgeous corally-gold that would look pretty on nearly everyone. I used my Sephora points to get this mini version - but I plan on buying the full-size one too! 
  • If you're a fan of the Sephora lipstains - you HAVE to try the Stila All-Day Liquid Lipstick - I own both and prefer Stila because it does not transfer or budge from your lips at all!
Wearing Stila All-Day Lipstick in Beso
  • For ELF products in Canada - visit Old Navy - they sell a limited selection near checkout. I picked up this sweet-smelling lip exfoliator because it's an inexpensive and easy way to prep your lips for long-wearing lip colors.
  • On my London trip, I purchased a Sleek Contouring & Blush palette. Sleek is a UK drugstore brand with a reputation for silky formulations and strong pigmentation - so I thought it would be a good option to experiment with. Also, the colors are so pretty and I knew the kit could pull double duty as eyeshadow!
What is your favorite lip product at the moment?

DISCLAIMER: The Clarisonic and Stila Lipstick were gifted to me - but I'm featuring them because I truly love them! 

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and Sincerely Jenna Marie 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Carrie Bradshaw Inspired & $200 Dixie Giftcard Giveaway!

I started watching SATC when I was sent to New York for analyst training - and I quickly became hooked. The fashion...the friendship...did I mention the fashion? And while I generally loved Charlotte's Park Avenue Princess style the most...when Carrie got it right, she got it REALLY right.

Carrie Bradshaw Tulle Skirt Inspired Leather Jacket Chanel Bag
Jacket: ZARA (similar) / Camisole: Express / Skirt: Romwe / Shoes: Forever21 (similar)

Two of my favorite "Carrie trends" were the tulle skirt and her personalized name necklace - and I'm wearing both of these items in this outfit. Tulle skirts can be tricky to wear - you don't want to end up looking like a little girl at a birthday party! But I think balancing it out with a slim fitting top and edgy accessories can stop it from looking too cutesy.

Carrie Bradshaw Name Necklace Inspired
Name Pendant: c/o Jewlr / Arrow Pendant: F21 (similar)

Here's a closer look at my name necklace - it is more delicate and lighter than Carrie's one - but it's perfect for layering. Mine was sent to me by Jewlr - click here to see their selection - I'm loving their cursive love necklace too!

Which SATC style did you like the most - Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda?

If you want to add some Fall Style to YOUR wardrobe - you're in luck! As mentioned in last week's post - I'm giving away a $200 giftcard to Dixie Outlet Mall. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, be sure to enter in the rafflecopter below! Contest ends September 18 - you must be able to travel to Dixie Outlet Mall to pick up your gift card. This post will be updated with the winner's name once the contest ends.

There are 5 tasks to complete below - please complete them ALL to be eligible to win. Winning entries will be triple checked!

UPDATE: Winner has been drawn - congrats @izwicker!

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Linking up with More Pieces of Me and Sincerely Jenna Marie 

Friday, September 4, 2015

My At-Home Spa Day

It has been a LONG time since I've had a facial, so when Indeed Labs invited me to experience an at-home Spa Day - I was ready! Due to my acne-prone skin, I'm not adventurous when it comes to skincare - but I've purchased and used Indeed Labs products in the past, so I felt comfortable trying items from their range.

I started with their Exfoliator. I've never used a powder-based exfoliator before, but it was easy. You just shake out some powder on to the palm of your hand and add water. It transforms into a creamy paste which you massage on to your skin and leave on for a minute. It rinses off cleanly, leaving no residue. I love that this product uses enzymes rather than granules to exfoliate the skin, since physical exfoliators can actually damage the surface of your skin! The powder contains active ingredients from Bamboo, Rice Bran, Red Algae and Pineapple - which help with skin issues including acne, wrinkes and skin elasticity. It is gentle enough to use every day - but I plan on using it once a week.

After my exfoliation, it was time for the Hydraluron Moisture Mask (a step my husband called "Totally Terrifying"). I opened the sealed package and spread the sheet mask on my face, adjusting it carefully around my eyes, nose and lips (at this point, my husband called the children over to see how scary I looked...thanks!) Stares from family aside, the mask felt cool and soothing on my skin - I headed to my bed, (took a selfie) set my timer for 15 minutes and had a little nap. When my timer went off, I removed the mask, massaged in the residual serum and topped it off with my moisturizer. My skin looked plumped up and glowing, and my pores seemed smaller. The mask contains timed release Hyluronic Acid so the effects last 24 hours. When I examined my skin the following morning, it still looked bright and poreless. Two days later - my bare skin still looked so glowing and radiant PLUS my foundation went on more smoothly! I think this mask would be a great treatment when your skin looks dull and rough - if you've had too many late nights or travelled on a long-haul flight.

Hi Honey!

Along with the mask, the serum and jelly are part of the Hydraluron skin hydration series. They all contain high levels of Hyaluronic Acid, which provides deep and long-lasting moisturisation. In addition, the serum contains Red Marine Algae to increase cell turnover, while the jelly creates a protective film on the skin to lock in hydration.

The last item I was sent to try was Nanoblur - an "instant skin finisher" that minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores. You can apply it on bare skin, on top of makeup or mixed in with your moisturizer/foundation. You can also use it as a spot treatment to address shiny/oily spots.  I applied it over my makeup and here's what I noticed: my skin looked matte and airbrushed BUT you could still see the enlarged pores on my cheeks. I dabbed some on my naso-labial lines - and they disappeared! So my skin looked pretty but not completely flawless. I wore it out all day and was amazed that I didn't need to use blotting paper  (a first for me!) - so I think this product will be great for targeting my oily t-zone. You may want to tread carefully if your skin is sensitive to silicone - although I had no issues, maybe because I applied it on TOP of my moisturizer and foundation rather than on my bare skin.

Hope you liked my mini-review of these Indeed Labs products. If you're curious to try them for yourself - you're in luck! I'm giving away 4 products - the Exfoliator, Mask, Jelly and Nanoblur - enter below for your chance to win:

UPDATE - winner has been drawn - congrats Melanie/cocovanilla123!

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DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Indeed Labs. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and Sincerely Jenna Marie


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