Sephora is coming to St. John’s, Newfoundland!

Yes, you read that correctly– this isn’t some cruel joke! Sephora will be opening its first location in St. John’s, Newfoundland in early August of this year!!

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While I love my home province, I do despise the fact that there is little variety (or quality) when it comes to shopping. For a shopaholic, it’s pretty depressing to move from a city like Toronto (where they have Kate Spade, J.Crew, Sephora, and Tory Burch just to name a few), to St. John’s… where the highest end make-up you can get is at Shoppers DrugMart or Sears (*tear*).

According to Sephora on Twitter, it will be opening on August 8th, 2014 in the Avalon Mall, St. John’s.

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Other stores I would love to see in St. John’s would be the Hudsons Bay Company, M.A.C, and J.Crew (although I’m not sure J.Crew would really go far here).

Is there a particular store that you don’t have (but wish you did) in your city?


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$15 for $30 at THE BODY SHOP!

I absolutely adore the Body Shop. One of my favourite go-to products from the Body Shop is definitely the cocoa body butter (now $10)! And who remember these old school perfume oils from the Body Shop? I remember borrowing stealing these from my aunts as a child ;) 

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Are you a huge fan of the Body Shop like I am? If so, you’re going to be thrilled to know that Buytopia is currently hosting a $15 for $30 the Body Shop deal! This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift (why not shop a little early?), or even buy a little something for yourself ;)

Interested? You can get in on this deal by clicking HERE and entering your city!


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5 (positive) ways to relieve stress

I’m not going to sugar coat it– the last week or so has just been plain crazy. For starters, my father had an accident back home in Newfoundland and fractured several bones in his body. Naturally, I was startled. It’s even worse that I’m so far away from my parents and are unable to help them (thankfully, he’s doing well with recovery). And then today, I received a call regarding my grandmother. Apparently she fell, and isn’t doing well (at all). I mean, it’s urgent.

So with those two pieces of bad news, I made the decision to fly back to Newfoundland tomorrow (kind of crazy since just returned from Newfoundland!). I feel like a scatter-brain right now, so I decided to just sit and focus on five of my favourite ways to relieve stress.

PS– Yeah, it’s 4:30 in the morning. But you know, my mind is racing; and although it should be, sleep is just not on my “to do” list.

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DIVE INTO A GREAT BOOK | I enjoy reading, so I find this to be the best way to really relieve stress and “get away” (without breaking the bank on an all-inclusive vacation!). When I want to escape into a new book, I usually browse Goodreads for suggestions (you can browse my Goodreads bookshelf here!). I’m not going to lie… I’m a huge fan of Oprah’s Book Club. My most recent favourite?  ”The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. I highly recommend it! You won’t be able to put it down after a few chapters!

PAMPER YOURSELF | Another way I relieve stress is by taking hot soapy baths and pampering myself with a face mask. During my undergraduate and graduate degree, I would sometimes take three baths a day when paper writing. No joke! It really helps me unwind. For a facial, try the super refreshing “Catastrophe Cosmetic” face mask ($6.95) from LUSH– it’s one of my favourites!

GET LOST IN A NEW TV SHOW | I actually don’t watch a whole lot of television, so I rarely allow myself to get completely lost in a tv show. However, with that being said, I really enjoy watching “Being Erica.” It’s a Canadian based tv show (it was filmed here in Toronto!), and I actually really like it. You can read more about the show here.

EXPLORE NEW “FEEL GOOD” MUSIC | My playlist on my iPhone really needs to be updated. It’s pretty much full of upbeat music (more suited for the gym), and definitely outdated. When I’m feeling a little stressed (or just need a little refresher), I like to hit up my friends for new “feel good” music suggestions! A little cliche, but one of my new favourites is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (how fitting, no?).

WRITE (OR DOODLE) | For the more creative types, writing (or doodling/drawing/designing) is a great way to relieve stress (and to get the creative juices flowing!). While I rarely draw, I do like to write in my journal often and even blog/play around in Photoshop (like right now). Sometimes, I don’t even write in coherent sentences– I just start a new page and write a few words that describe how I’m feeling at the moment. I colour them, highlight them, and just doodle around them.

How do you relieve stress? 


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Beauty Favourites

I know I haven’t been around lately (feel free to scold me), but things have been a little crazy around here. I just got back from my trip to Newfoundland (which was amazing and well over-due), so I’m still going through the post-vacation adjustment.

But one thing I wanted to share with you guys is some of my new beauty favourites. I’ve been trying a lot of new products in the last month or so (especially hair products!), and I’ve been pretty pleased with all of them. Here are just a few of my favourites:

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1. Oribe Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher | $23.00
When I got my hair cut back in February, I went to a new salon which uses Oribe hair products. Oh my. Oribe is by far my favourite hair brand. The scent is out of this world! Not only did I purchase the Oribe heat protectant, but I also bought the Oribe hair refresher. It’s tiny enough that you can store it in your handbag!

2. Dior Addict Gloss | $31.00
I’m extremely picky when it comes to lipgloss. My go-to lipgloss has always been the lip enhancing gloss (in “pout”) by Smashbox. But after trying Dior’s Addict Gloss… Well, I think I have a new favourite! The best part? Dior’s Addict gloss doesn’t have that super sticky formula!

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer | $48.00
I’ve tried several foundation primers in the last couple of years. While I don’t have a favourite just yet, I will admit that Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer comes really close. I use the green version, which is great for correcting redness (one of my problems).

4. MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner | $19.00
I absolutely love MAC’s pearlglide intense eye liners! The pigmentation of these are out-of-this-world amazing! And I find they last quite a while too (at least for five or six hours). My favourites are “Designer Purple” and “Undercurrent.” These babies will make your eyes seriously pop!

PS: Have a Pinterest account? Just hover your mouse over my “beauty favourites” image and pin away! ;)


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Allure Body Bar – Toronto’s Best Waxing

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted and asked to try out Toronto’s best waxing bar– Allure Body Bar. I’m not going to lie… I was pretty hesitant (I mean, I’m one of those people who find eyebrow waxing a little painful– lol!). However, after giving it some thought, I decided to go for it!

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The “Quickzilian” is one of Allure Body Bar’s most famous treatments. This particular type of waxing promises to “take the edge and anxiety out of waxing” in just eight minutes.

Yep, I said eight minutes.

Yes, waxing can be a little painful (there’s no way to sugarcoat it) and maybe even a little uncomfortable– but Allure Body Bar will make your experience the best one possible.

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Not only was the waxing room incredibly clean, but the whole “vibe” that I felt at Allure Body Bar was extremely positive. The owner and waxing extraordinaire, Alaa, is amazing at what she does. Not only does she do her job well (and takes pride in it!), but she will really take the edge off and make you feel very comfortable!

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Allure Body Bar not only specializes in the 8 minute “Quickzilian,” but in all other types of waxing for both men and women (even the “manzilian!”).

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My experience at Allure Body Bar was overwhelmingly positive. I cannot stress that enough. I am completely blown away at how comfortable I felt! I highly (highly!) recommend trying Allure Body Bar if you’re in the Toronto area.

Finding Allure Body Bar is super easy– they’re located on south east side of Pape Subway station (at 735 Danforth Avenue), and you can even book your appointment online!

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You can find Allure Body Bar on Facebook (Allure Body Bar), on Twitter (@AllureBodyBar), and on Pinterest!


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Back to my Roots…

I am so over these freezing temperatures here in Toronto. I’m sick of the snow, the icy cold wind, and just wearing heavy coats, boots, mitts, and scarves. Even though it’s snowing as I type this (sigh), I am praying that spring is just around the corner… it has to be, right?

March/”Spring” break is coming up, and I want to know– are you traveling anywhere this month? (If it’s somewhere warm, don’t forget to check out Sun Zone sunscreen products!). I’m not traveling to a warm place, but I am traveling to an amazing place…

St. John’s, Newfoundland! …My home!

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Credit: PlentyofColor.com

I’ve been home-sick for quite some time now (and haven’t visited back home since October 2012!), so this trip is long overdue. I’ll be visiting for 8 days, and could not be any more excited! My “big day lite” app on my iPhone tells me it’s only 11 more days until Newfoundland ;)

Stay tuned… I have a few packing tips to share! XO.

PS: I started a “Newfoundland” board on Pinterest! You can follow along here.


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SunZone Sunscreen Review

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by SunZone to review their sunscreen products.  Even though it’s still quite cold here in Toronto, I decided to give it a try! I love trying new products, especially if they’re locally made or made in Canada ;)

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I was sent four different sunscreen products to try: two sunscreen lotions 60SPF (one for sport, another for work), and two spray-on sunscreens (a “family” one, which was 30SPF; and a “kids” sunscreen which was 45SPF).

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All of SunZone’s lotions are dermatologist tested and are non-comedogenic. They are hypoallergenic and contain natural ingredients and antioxidants like green tea extract, vitamin E and moisturizing aloe. The best part? The sunscreens are also water resistant for up to 80 minutes!

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Personally, my favourite was the sunscreen lotion. It went on rather smoothly; and to my surprise, didn’t really have a strong scent! It had a very, very light scent, which I prefer. One great thing about SunZone products is that the lotions do not feel sticky at all– it’s like you’re not wearing sunscreen at all!

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So if you’re planning on trip down south for spring break, or a family vacation– I would definitely give SunZone a try! You won’t look (or feel!) sticky with their products, and you won’t get a headache from the scent!

You can follow SunZone along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and even through their blog!

Do you typically wear sunscreen in the warmer months? What kind of sunscreen do you usually wear? 


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