Ahhh. Spring is finally here. We’ve officially hit the first day of spring, and while it may not have felt like it, I’m still happy knowing that we’re hopefully going to be moving towards warmer weather soon. I like winter for about 5 days each year, so you can imagine why I’m so happy that we’ve hit it. This season brings so many good feelings and today I wanted to share with you 6 things I’m excited about for spring 2018. Let’s get to it!

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  1. Pretty Spring Manis – One of my favourite things about spring is the reintroduction of colour, especially those that are pastel in nature. It’s finally time to put the black away and add a bit more lightness into our lives, which is why I tend to fall hard for spring nail polish collections. I’m really loving the Chic Shook collection from CND and the Blush Collection from Sally Hansen, both of which have plenty of soft tones and pretty, Easter-ready shades. My picks: CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish in Jellied and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Blush Against the World

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2. Getting my Glow Back – At this point in time, my skin is super pale and feeling pretty dull and dried out. The past few weeks have been pretty harsh, with cold temps and nasty wind, and my skin is definitely reflecting this. Spring is all about feeling fresh and new, and I feel like one of the best ways to show that on your face is with a healthy glow. Add some bronzer or a beautiful highlight to your face and give it a quick revival. My picks: L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette, L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion (for a quick, all-over glow) and Elizabeth Arden Dare the Bare Bronzing Gel Pearls (for a natural-looking bronze boost)

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3. Fresh Spring Scents – I feel like spring is really about different things reawakening, including our senses. I start to reach for fragrances that can best be described as delicate and refreshing, which I think really reflects what’s going on in nature. My pick: Clean Fresh Linens Eau de Parfum

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4. Lighter Clothing – As much as I love being cosy and wrapped in blanket-like sweaters, I much rather prefer the light fabrics and flowy dresses of spring and summer. Since I’m going away in a few weeks, I’ve been looking out for pieces that will keep feeling comfortable, breathable and cool when the weather starts to warm up – and that includes what I’m wearing under my clothes. My pick: La Vie en Rose Lightly Lined Spacer Foam Bra (the perfect T-shirt bra!)

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5. Easy, Breezy Skincare – Once again, spring is all about taking off the layers and bringing things back to life – including your skin. I love how skincare gets a bit more lightweight and is more about brightening and maintaining a healthy appearance. My pick: Olay Luminous Whip Face Moisturizer (BONUS: it has SPF 25 included, so you can make sure your skin is protected without even thinking about it)

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6. Adding a Little Sparkle – Ok, yes, this is one that can happen anytime, but what better time to sparkle than when the sun is shining? Now that you’re casting off the sweaters and coats, it’s time to reemerge as the beautiful, sparkling goddesses that we are. And hey, who can ever say no to a little bling? My pick: Kiss Jewel Fantasy Nails (I’ve worn them and they’re freaking gorgeous)

What are you looking forward to for spring?

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Olay Luminous Whip Facial Moisturizer
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Clean Fresh Linens Eau de Parfum
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion
Sally Hansen Blush Against the World
CND Vinylux Polish in Jellied
Olay Luminous Whip Facial Moisturizer
La Vie en Rose Lightly Lined Spacer Bra
Clean Fresh Linens Eau de Parfum
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion
Sally Hansen Blush Against the World
CND Vinylux Polish in Jellied

 


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If you’re anything like me, you’re desperately hanging onto the last bit of summer despite the fact that September is a mere two days away. I, for one, live for summer. I love the heat, the colours, the vibes – everything – which is why I’m head over heels for the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection. The show-stopping collection features stunning tropical prints created by Hoffman and natural products that your skin can appreciate.

“The Collection is a celebration of colour, travel, vitality, and femininity,” said Mara Hoffman. “I’ve had an amazing relationship with the Sephora Team over the years, who have masterfully executed the makeup looks for my past few shows. When they approached me about doing a capsule collection, it was a no-brainer – I knew we would create something really special together.”

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The prints really are the stars in this collection, and shine brightly throughout the makeup products, brush sets and extensive selection of bags.

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In addition to the five makeup bags (two of which are clutches that can definitely fit into your wardrobe, the collection also features a stunning compact mirror – which you will definitely want to pull out at every possibly opportunity – a limited edition version of the PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 brush, a 5-piece charcoal brush set and a selection of cosmetics.

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Of the makeup products, all contain natural, body-friendly ingredients like She Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Manuka Honey. You’ll find a tinted lip balm, a 5-piece sheer lip gloss set, a stick cheek trio (containing a highlighter, blush and bronzer) and a natural oil balm, which can be used to hydrate the face and body.

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Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape Clutch

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The Kaleidescape Escapader

The Kaleidescape Reversible Overnighter

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The Kaledescape Universalist

Will you try to hang on to summer with anything from the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection?

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I’ve got good news and bad news (well, for me anyways). The good news: I’m heading to Costa Rica in a month to spend a couple of weeks with my parents. The bad news: At this point in the year, I’m as pale as they come, which means I’m definitely going to stand out on the beach for all of the wrong reasons. What? You’ve never seen a ghost on the beach before?

Lucky for me, Benefit’s newest offerings are exactly what I need to blend in while I learn to surf sans sun damage. The cult fave benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder has been joined by two new additions – Dew The Hoola and Hoola Zero Tanlines – along with a plush bronzing & contouring brush to make getting that healthy golden glow even easier than ever.

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First up, Dew The Hoola ($36 CAD)goes hand in hand with the original bronzer.  This creamy liquid bronzer is sheer enough to wear all over, but can be turned up a notch by applying the Hoola bronzing powder over top for the perfect sun-kissed look (how I’ve been wearing it) It also works great for contouring – apply a little in the areas you want to contour and blend in. You can layer this for a darker look as needed.  It blends in really well – I like to apply with my fingers and blend in with a sponge – and looks natural.

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Dew The Hoola applied to skin on left

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Now of course, I can’t go walking around with a tan face and pasty everything else, which is where Hoola Zero Tanlines ($39 CAD) comes in. This allover body bronzer helps to add a natural looking tan to, well, everywhere. This bronzer, which is gel-like in consistency, buffs into the skin really nicely, and is sheer enough that even someone like me can get away with wearing it. It can be easily layered to deepen colour (I’m good with one layer), and application is easy thanks to the sponge applicator that comes hidden in the tubes hula skirt. Squeeze a bit of product on the sponge and buff into the skin in circular motions for perfect application. As far as waterproof goes, it does seem to hold up pretty well through water exposure, though I would steer away from scrubbing or rubbing your skin with a towel afterwards – instead, pat your skin dry. You may want to reapply a little as needed afterwards as well.

HOOLA Zero Tanlines application - bare skin on left, one layer in center, two layers on right

Hoola Zero Tanlines application – bare skin on left, one layer in center, two layers on right

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And the original bronzing powder ($36 CAD) couldn’t be left out, because that just wouldn’t be fair, right? Benefit is also launching this gorgeous bronzing & contouring brush ($31 CAD), complete with a bamboo-esque look. This domed brush is plush, full and soft, making it perfect for  both swift bronzer application or effortless contouring.

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Hoola Matte Bonzing Powder on left, Dew The Hoola in centre, Hoola Zero Tanlines on right

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