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?

Shop the post:

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
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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With the beautiful, radiant orchid being Pantone’s colour of the year I figured it would be the perfect time to pull together some of my favourite orchid-inspired products and items so you can inject a little bit of this warm and confident shade into your beauty routine and wardrobe.  Take a look at my Radiant Orchid Roundup and let me know what your favourite orchid picks are in the comments below!

  • Lancome Vernis in Love in Violet Coquette ($16; Lancome.ca) – Brilliant colour and shine make this violet polish perfect for adding a bold pop of colour to your tips.  With a long-lasting finish, you can easily rock this shade for days without worrying about chipping and dullness.
  • Avon Eye Dimensions in Sweetheart Plum ($10; Avon.ca) – Avon made it easy to get the perfect sculpted, feminine eye with their new eye dimensions shadows.  Soft and creamy, they blend seamlessly with the skin.  The three shades make it easy to add colour, highlight and slide on some shimmer.  I love the pretty purple shades included in the Sweetheart Plum compact.
  • Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint ($30; BenefitCosmetics.com) – This year Benefit decided to add a new tint to their lineup.  This perfectly-timed candy orchid toned tint is a great way to add a bit of the colour of the year into your beauty routine.  Dab and blend a little into your lips or cheeks for long-lasting, smudge-proof colour!
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Golden Orchid ($18.50; ElizabethArden.com) – This gorgeous shade takes on a new, darker form of the beautiful rose-gold trend.  This shadow gives off a multi-toned look with soft shimmer.
  • Caryl Baker Visage Pantone Lipstick in Plume ($18; CarylBakerVisage.com) – Inspired by Panton’s colours of the year, Caryl Baker Visage decided to debut three bold lipstick shades (tuscan orange, cherry blossom and plume), with the dramatic orchid shade being front and center.  Add a pop of colour to your lips with this on-trend shade!
  • Fraas Cashmink Scarf (Under $30; Fraas.com & Amazon) – Spring may finally have arrived but we’re still facing some chilly temperatures up in Toronto.  This “cashmink” scarf from Fraas is the perfect solution for staying warm while looking cool.  Made of 10% acrylic materials, this scarf is soft and smooth, with a feel that is almost identical to cashmere.  It’s light enough to make the transition into spring while still helping to cover up, and this peony shade is ideal for both the season and matching with the colour of the year.  This style is available in 16 shades including periwinkle, berry and amethyst.

Of course, there’s also the Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection which features some amazing orchid products!  What’s your take on the radiant orchid trend?

 

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So, I’ve got big news!  I received my first GlossyBox today!  I’m a huge fan of these subscription beauty boxes, and was stoked when I heard that GlossyBox was coming to Canada – it originated in the UK and has been explanding ever since, and I’d been hearing such amazing things about it.  It made it’s debut this month, and it’s off to a good start. Not only that, but the box is totally cute.

For those of you not familiar with these services, I’ll give you a quick break down – for a monthly payment you receive a box full of luxury beauty smaples delivered to your door.  In GlossyBox’s case, you pay $15 a month (including taxes and shipping) and receive a selection of 5 deluxe samples.

Want to see what’s inside this month’s box? Read on.

The goods:

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($22 for 100 ml) – I’ve tried this hand cream before and love it.  It’s one of Ahava’s best sellers for a reason, and leaves your hands soft with a nice light scent.

Elizabeth Grant Skin Care Moisturizing Stick ($12) – a sheer, highly moisturizing balm.  I gave it a try today and was pleasantly surprised with how soft my lips felt after applying.  Also gave a nice light shine.

Essie nail polish in Neo Whimsical ($9.99) – I love Essie polish, so this was a nice surprise to find in the box.  The colour is a really pretty light pink.

Oscar de la Renta Live in Love body lotion ($54.00 for 200 ml) – Oscar de la Renta’s new scent launched in Fall 2011.  Light, floral scent is really pretty.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream ($160 for 50 ml) – This isn’t necessarily a product that I’m going to be using, but my mom is already excited to take advantage of this one.

Bonus Beauty So Clean Sanitizer Wipes and Cosmetic Sanitize Mist – these are really neat – can be used to sanitize your cosmetics so you can prevent bacteria and germsfrom building up, which can lead to breakouts and infections.

What do you think of the GlossyBox so far?  If you’re interested in purchasing a subscription or finding out more information, click here.

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