For those who are already blonde or those that are thinking about testing the waters Schwarzkopf are coming out with a new line of colour. The BLONDME Iconic Blonde collection comes in Prime Blonde, Blonde Make-over, Pastel Blonde and Blondré. Along with the new colour collection comes a relaunch for the BLONDME care range. With a Keratin shampoo, conditioner and mask, 2 colour enhancing shampoos (cool-ice, rich-caramel) and 2 spray conditioners (shine enhancing, colour correcting) there’s something here for every blonde. I’m in more of a strawberry blonde category so some of these products might not work for me but I really want wait to try them.
OPI releases gorgeous collections of nail polish all the time and if you have a hard time deciding which colour to spend your money on, the OPI mini collections might be a place to start. They have 4 shades from the collection and you get to try them all and then see if you want to buy a full size. The most recent mini kits are from the Brazil Collection and the Gwen Stefani Rock Starlets Mini Kit.
The Rock Starlets mini kit has Hey Baby (hot pink), I Sing In Colour (wine), Love.Angel.Music.Baby (gold shimmer) and 4 In the Morning (matte black). There’s a little something for everyone in this box.
The Brazil Collection mini kit is the perfect Spring/Summer set. It includes Next Stop…The Bikini Zone (purple shimmer), Kiss Me I’m Brazilian (bright pink), AmazON…AmazOFF (teal) and Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? (peach). If your nails haven’t gone for the Spring colours yet, this is where to start. AmazON…AmazOFF is probably my favourite nail polish right now.
I love these mini kits because you get to try different colours for not a ton of money and you never know which one will end up your favourite. I can’t wait to see if there’s a mini kit for the Muppets Collection.
It’s not like I need more eyeshadow but when it comes to Kat Von D’s eyeshadow palettes I literally have no willpower and the Esperanza palette wasn’t an exception. The cases alone are so pretty I almost want to put them on my wall, but the makeup itself is worth it. This palette is released just in time for Spring and the colours are perfect for the season.
Esperanza is a little lighter than most of the palettes in the range with a seafoamy green (Archangel), a pearly peach (Galore) and a matte pink (Placebo). The standout though is Dayglo, Once you put it over another shadow it changes it just a little bit. Even with just 8 shadows in the palette, you have options for way more combinations than you would normally have.
At this rate I’m going to need a separate drawer just for my Kat Von D palettes. Or maybe a coffee table to display them.
I’m not one for large palettes, I find that they usually get buried in a drawer until my other eye shadows and eyeliners and lash curlers and mascara. Even if I love the colours, I always seem to forget about it after a few months. Smashbox has introduced their new Full Exposure Palette and it is staying on the top of my makeup drawer.
Smashbox’s palette is a great option for any girl who wears makeup from the pro to the amateur. This big palette includes seven matte eye shadows and seven shimmery eye shadows in complimentary neutral shades. I love it that all of the hues are neutral enough that I can imagine myself wearing them. It’s not like some palettes where you have a few nice shadows, and then one neon blue that just sits there starting at you daring you to try to wear it. Smashbox has given me a whole set of colours that everyone can master, including the shimmer shadows. There is something for every occasion, even for a day in the office.
The Smashbox palette comes with a few fun bonuses too. First there is an eye shape chart to show you how to apply the eye shadow properly on your face. This makes this palette much less intimidating for more inexperienced makeup wearers.
The final bonus just is mini mascara! I mean does it get any better than getting bonus mascara with your palette?
There might be more buzz for some other makeup palettes, but this is my spring must have.
If you’ve never shopped on Julep.com before you can buy all kinds of nail polish and accessories from the Seattle based company but what really makes it different are the monthly Maven boxes. For $19.99 a month including shipping you get to choose from different boxes (Bombshell, Boho Glam, etc..) which gives you a couple nail polishes and usually some kind of accessory whether it’s a top coat, a new makeup product or some other useful tool. None of the colour combinations in the March boxes really caught my interest so I decided to go with the March Core Classics box.
Included in the Core Classics box was an Oxygen Nail Treatment (which is used to make your nails healthier and leave a slight colour), a Freedom Polymer topcoat (supposed to leave your nails with a gel like finish), a Nail Cleanup tool and a rock candy stick. It was the Nail Cleanup tool that made me choose this box since I’m used to using my thumbnails to clean up my messes with nail polish. It’s a good idea but I think it’s going to take some practice for me to get used to it. Especially when using my left hand.
The Oxygen Nail Treatment probably won’t get a ton of use from me since I change the colour of my nails pretty frequently but it’ll be nice to give them a break once in a while. The Freedom Polymer is something I’ve been using off and on. I can’t commit to a gel nail colour so this is a nice switch and it does help keep my polish from chipping for a couple days.
Hopefully next month’s colours interest me a little more.
If you want to try Julep’s Maven boxes click here and use the code FREEBOX for your first box free!
To promote their new loveswept fragrance, philosophy is celebrating true love with real life couples.
Becoming loveswept is the new campaign from philosophy with interview with real life couples who are in love from the couples who has been married for 50 years to cute young newlyweds to same sex partners. In the videos they talk about how they met, their best relationship advice, their most romantic moments and more. My heart is growing just watching them. The couples they found are so cute. I hope I am half that cute with my boyfriend.
They will be posting a new video every week with more romantic tidbits from the philosophy couples.
As an added bonus, if you head to Sephora now, you can get a deluxe sized sample of loveswept free! I’ll meet you there!
Watch the first becoming loveswept video here:
My skin is pretty dry but winter in Toronto this year has pretty much killed it. Luckily I’ve found a few hand creams that have saved my skin.
L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
This is my go to hand cream. I must have 5 different scents lying around but the original Dry Skin Hand Cream is my favourite. It’s non greasy, absorbs super fast and lasts for a really long time.
Lush Charity Pot
I keep a small tub of this on my desk. I love the scent, it’s absorbs relatively quickly and I love that the proceeds of every sale go to different charities.
Soap And Glory Hand Food
This is what I keep in my purse. It goes on really smoothly and it has a pretty girly fragrance that I love.
There are definitely other hand creams I use but these are my most wanted
I have always wanted to put my hair in braids, but have never been able to master the art. I envy girls who casually walk around with cute fishtails braids like its nothing. Then I see Diane Kruger’s hair at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and practically die of envy.
Diane Kruger is effortlessly gorgeous with amazing style and my teenage dream man Joshua Jaskson as her boyfriend. This braided hairstyle puts her on the top of my hot list. Luckily, I have a step by step from Moroccanoil’s stylist Kylee Heath, who did Diane Kruger’s hair. If you have talented hands, maybe you can stop by my house to do my hair by following her step-by-step:
“This style is very edgy and modern, so to set the foundation, I began by drawing a dead-straight part down the center of Diane’s damp hair. Then, I applied Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse and Moroccanoil Root Boost from root to mid-shaft and Moroccanoil Treatment Light to her ends. These all worked together to add body, hold and shine to the hair.
‘Next, I blew the hair out using Moroccanoil’s 35mm Boar Bristle Round Brush, paying close attention to keeping the roots very smooth. Once the hair was fully dry, I sectioned off the bangs as well as a 1/2” strip from each ear, downwards, all the way to the nape of the neck. I secured this section with an elastic at the center back nape and wove it into a single braid.
‘Keeping the bangs sectioned off, I misted the main section of the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray and brushed it smooth in a backward direction.
‘Beginning at the center of the head working outward, I wove the remaining hair into 15 small braids—not making them all the same size. Once all the hair was in braids, I wrapped two fine braids from left-to-right and then right- to-left to create a finely braided headband.
‘Leaving out one braid in the center, one-by-one I looped the remaining braids under and tucked them into the base of the braided section—pinning along the way. This created the illusion of a large “chignon”.
‘The last braid was wrapped horizontally across the top of the chignon to finish it off.
‘To finish the style, I left the bangs soft and swept them backwards toward the braids and secured. Mist the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to add shine and long-lasting hold.”
Photos: Jon Kopaloff at FilmMagic and Anthony Harvey at Getty Images
Ipsy is probably my favourite subscription box. It’s not only one of the few American boxes that ships to Canada but for under $20 a month you get a new makeup bag filled with around 5 makeup and beauty products both full sized and deluxe samples. Each month has a theme and this month seems to be based around travel.
Here are the sneak peek to what Ipsy members could be getting in their glam bags this month.
Bare Escentuals’ Double Trouble Mini Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move or Smooth Talker
NYX Love in Rio trio
Be a Bombshell palette in Bora Bora
Nicole by OPI Nail Polish
Missha BB Cream
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter
Klorane Soothing Eye Patches
Pixi Beauty Primer
Vita Liberata Self Tan
If you’re interested in trying Ipsy, here’s our referral code: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1xn0
On a recent trip to Key West, I made a stop in a little beauty shop and discovered one of my new favourite skincare lines, Key West Aloe. This small unassuming company has been dedicated to skincare since the 1970’s.
The first thing that grabbed my attention was that they use skin soothing aloe vera in all of their products. Like most people, I had used aloe vera on sunburns before but never seen it as an ingredient in other products. I suddenly wondered why not? If it soothed my sunburn and made my skin soft, why wouldn’t it work on regular skin?
Their moisturizing lotion was just the right consistency and the aloe vera was softening my skin before my eyes. I couldn’t decide which scent to buy between their coconut, mango or key lime. Fortunately they have these great little gift sets with all of the moisturizers.
While I was there I snagged a few samples of their other aloe vera skincare products including their after sun, shower gels and eye creams. On one hand I am ecstatic to report that all of their products give you the same smoothing results and have great tropical scents. I am sad to say though that now I will need to head back down to Key West to get more! Actually maybe that’s not such a bad thing.