Hi everyone!

You have noticed some major blog slack age and a lack of new posts in the past few days. Truth is, things have been a little crazy in the past few weeks and I just needed to take a break for a few days to regroup! Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow and have lots of great posts planned which will include some exciting new products/collections, giveaways and stories.  So please bear with me and come back starting tomorrow!

Also, as a peace offering I will just leave this picture of a very shirtless Zac Efron here. Have mercy…

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I love foundation.  I really, really do.  I’ve tried different brands, formulas and levels of coverage and honestly find that there’s nothing better than finding your perfect match.  You know what I mean – the perfect shade with a formula that just makes your skin glow.  Well, I’ve found a new foundation that I can’t wait to try out once it hits stores – MAC Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation.

M∙A∙C Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation now provides the same incredible ten-hour wear of Pro Longwear Foundation, in a lightweight cream compact perfectly suited for touch-ups on the go. Available in 17 shades, from light to medium to dark, Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation glides on comfortably, with a natural matte finish and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Provides sheer to medium coverage while keeping skin fresh, flawless and leaving it free to breathe.

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Price: $37.50 CAD

Availability: April 17, 2014 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com

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Is it just me or has this winter been particularly harsh?  I don’t know about you, but the constant cold and grey skies have left me feeling a little down and in need of a little relaxation.  Which, you know, is perfect because Spa Week by WaySpa.com is back once again!

You might remember me sharing this week of spa savings before.  It’s really a fantastic deal and is perfect for those of us who have been wanting a little pampering but have found it out of our budgets.  How does it work?  Participating spas in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario & Quebec have teamed up with WaySpa.com to offer various treatments and packages for the price of $50.  These offer great savings and an awesome chance to get out of the house to relax for a little while.  For example, I just booked my Spa Week treatment at the Bellagio Day Spa in Mississauga (a little birthday treat for myself).  What do I get for $50?  A 30 minute deep tissue Swedish massage and a 30 minute hydrating facial.  Not bad at all if I do say so myself.

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Spa Week will run from April 21-27th and it’s definitely a good idea to book now to make sure you are able to take advantage of the treatments you want.  It’s easy to join in on the pampering fun as well:

  1. Head to WaySpa.com/SPAWEEK to check out the participating spas and their available treatments
  2. Purchase your $50 Spa Week treatment voucher
  3. Call in to the spa of your choice to book your treatment

Anyways, I know I’m going to be doing a little relaxing in a couple of weeks to enjoy my $50 spa package.  Will you be checking out any of these treatments as well?

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By now I’m sure you’ve realized that Dior products make my heart skip a beat – especially when they come from spring/summer collections, which are hands down my favourite.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fall/winter collections as well, but there is just something that makes me so happy about the playful colours and feel that comes with those that debut this time of year.  The Dior Transat Collection for Summer 2014 perfectly fulfilled all my expectations of what a warm weather collection should be.  Perfectly nautical, this collection takes inspiration from Dior’s first Resort & Spring line in 1948.  Cruise elegance and the fresh feel of the water shine through in every item, bringing shades of navy blue, primary red and sandy beige to the forefront.  Read on to learn more about the products and shades in this collection and to see swatches!

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Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze ($42 CAD) – Dior decided to take their primers to the next level with this multi-tasking prep product.  While it primes the skin for makeup application it also gives off a more radiant and glowing look.  An immediate bronzed look is given with a tan tint that deepens the skin tone while self-tanning properties help a sun-kissed glow to develop.  It is suggested that this product is used every day for a week to allow for a healthy (and safe) tan.

Diorskin Nude Shimmer in Amber & Pink ($57 CAD each, not available at Holt Renfrew) – Of course radiant, healthy skin is one of the most sought-after looks when the summer season rolls around, and these new Diorskin Nude Shimmer compacts make getting this look extremely easy.  Available in two shades to help compliment your skin tone, these compacts help to highlight and contour the face with an easy swipe of the included kabuki brush.  With a sheer but warm feel and a subtle hint of shimmer, these are the perfect companion to a fresh face.

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Diorsking Nude Shimmer in Amber & Pink (Swatches) – all shades in compact blended together

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Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition in Sundeck & Atlantique

Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition in Sundeck & Atlantique ($62 CAD each, Not Available at Holt Renfrew) – One of my favourite parts of every single Dior collection has got to be the new 5 Couleurs palettes.  Never one to disappoint, Dior releases perfectly on-point colour palettes in stunning shades and this collection is no different.  Upon first glance the Atlantique palette took my breath away.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experiences with Dior it’s that they know blue shadow.  Both of these capture the essence of the entire collection, with sun-kissed shades and ocean blues.  I really do like both of these but I find that some shades in the Sundeck palette are a little too sheer for my liking; that being said, some of the bolder & brighter colours do come together nicely.  The Atlantique palette is much more my speed – the shades are stunning and so perfect for summer.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition in Sundeck Swatches

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Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition in Atlantique Swatches

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Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara ($35 CAD) – Last year I fell head over heels in love with a new addition to the Dior mascara family – Diorshow Iconic Overcurl.  This summer lashes can be bathed in this amazing lengthening & curling mascara without having to worry about it straying during a day at the beach with its new waterproof formula.

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Dior Manucure Transat in Yacht, Sailor & Captain

Dior Manucure Transat in Yacht, Sailor & Captain ($31 each, Not Available at Holt Renfrew) – Another line that has a special place in my heart is the Dior Vernis.  Between the amazing formula, fantastic brush and beautiful results, these polishes have quickly become some of my favourites.  I love the new, perfectly-fitting shades from this collection: the sandy Yacht, ultramarine Sailor and bold Captain are so nautical and pigmented.  Sailor is a must-have from this collection – the punchy shade is so luminescent and has the tiniest hint of shimmer to make it stand out.  Each of these shades also comes with a CD stamped transparent sticker kit.  These can be applied over top of the shades to add a little luxury to any mani.  I’m going to tell you right now that I wanted to love these stickers, I really did.  I just found that I had trouble applying these perfectly to the nail – no matter what I did, I always seemed to get ripples throughout the sticker.  Maybe with some more practice I can get it right but at the moment they just aren’t working for me.

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Dior Vernis in Yacht

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Dior Vernis in Sailor

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Dior Vernis in Captain

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Dior Vernis in Sailor with CD sticker applied

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Dior Addict Lipstick in Cruise & Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick in Cruise & Mayday ($33 CAD each, Not Available at Holt Renfrew) – A fun pop of colour on the lips is the perfect match for a sun-kissed face.  Available in two shades – sultry crimson (Mayday) and mandarin orange (Cruise) – for a soft, moisturized lip with personality.  I’m drooling over Mayday.  It’s got so much personality (is it weird that I’m giving that characteristic to a lipstick) and is such a brilliant shade.

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Dior Addict Lipstick in Cruise

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Dior Addict Lipstick in Mayday

 

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Dior Addict Gloss in Seafarer & Offshore

Dior Addict Gloss in Seafarer & Offshore ($31 CAD each, Not Available at Holt Renfrew) – Of course, no summer collection would be complete without some pretty, shiny gloss.  Both shades are stunners – one with tons of pigmentation and shine (the poppy-hued Seafarer) and the other with a neutral tone but lots of sparkle (the golden sand shade Offshore).  Both provided maximum shine while hydrating the lips for a big impact.

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Dior Addict Gloss in Seafarer Swatch

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Dior Addict Gloss in Offshore Swatch

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The Dior Transat Collection for Summer 2014 will be available at Dior counters nationwide and thebay.com starting May 1st, 2014.  Will you be checking out any items from this collection?

 

 

 

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Now that we’ve finally shaken off winter (for the most part), skin can be left parched and thirsty… And in need of some major TLC.  Now that the warmer weather is starting to show up it will soon be time for sleeveless tops that show some skin.  While you’re baring it in the sun, your underarms will naturally be exposed, and they’re going to need some loving as well.  Between the dryness, tighter clothing and funny shaving habits (let’s face it, we aren’t as vigilant during the winter), underarms are left dry and in need of moisture.  This is exactly where the new Lady Speedstick Nutra-Skin with Vitamin E comes into play.

Winter is hard on our hands, cuticles, feet and even our underarms. Tight sweaters, irregular shaving, perspiration and dry air can really affect that precious underarm real estate over the course of the long winter. Before you bare it, prepare it! Nutra-Skin, a new product from Lady SpeedStick*, provides moisturizers to soothe and nourish your sensitive underarm area without sacrificing the protection you need and expect from your anti-perspirant.” – Kristen Wood, The Ten Spot CEO & Creator

These 2 new antiperspirants (it comes in both stick and roll-on form) do double duty.  While they offer 24 hour wetness and odour protection, they also help to moisturise and soothe the skin.  They’re packed with skin conditioning emollients to help quench your underarm’s thirst so you can look good in tank top weather.

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The crew at Lady Speedstick know just how important it is to get all your dehydrated parts moisturised and ready for the warm weather so they sent me to The Ten Spot (a fab beauty and wax bar chain) to take in the “Thirsty Three Experience.”  This takes care of three of your driest body parts with a manicure, pedicure and underarm wax.  Such a great way to get ready for the warmth, and the Lady Speedstick Nutra-Skin is perfect for use after the underarm wax. Now since I’m not the only one suffering from a little dryness right now they’ve decided to hook one of you up with the Thirsty Three Experience as well!  Please note that this must be done by April 30th at one of The Ten Spot locations (you can check them out here).  Want to get pampered a little?  Enter below!
Lady Speedstick + Thirsty Three Experience Giveaway

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