Get more out of your beauty routine with products that give back

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Are you a beauty addict? This month, try swapping out your usual products or accessories for one of these – they all help to give a little something back!

  1. In need of a new bottle of lotion when the weather gets a little cooler? Pick up a bottle of eos Berry Blossom body lotion ($4.99-$8.99 CAD depending on size – available at Loblaws, Walmart, FamiliPrix & London Drugs) instead of your regular lotion. During the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness month), 100% net proceeds from the sale of this light, refreshing lotion, made with Shea butter, Vitamin E, and a blend of 5 oils,  will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  2. Did you know that “1 in 9 Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime”? That number is pretty unbelievable, and Avon wants to help chance it during BCA month. $1.20 from the purchase of every Breast Cancer Crusade Key Chain ($6 CAD) and $1 from the purchase of every bottle of Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Dazzle Pink ($9 CAD) (along with $3.00 from every Breast Cancer Illusion Necklace, not pictured) will go towards breast cancer research, awareness and support services.
  3. Looking for a new lipstick shade for fall? Pick up Kat Von D’s Everlasting Lipstick in the shade Project Chimps ($24 CAD), the perfect red with a hint of orange, aka what autumn lipstick dreams are made of. 20% of the proceeds from each sale goes to Project Chimps, a non-profit organization that helps to provide sanctuary to chimps who were part of private research programs.
  4. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly looking for hair ties – I seem to lose them all the time. Stock up with the Breast Cancer Awareness Hair Tie Package ($9.45) from Mane Message. The set of 6 pink hair ties that double nicely as bracelets when you’re wearing them on your wrist help out Breast Cancer Awareness, with 20% of all sales going to The Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Will you be picking up any of these products this month?


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Don’t forget about mom!  With Mother’s Day being only a few days away I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect treats to surprise my mama bear with.  Since it’s all about her this Sunday, I’ve come up with a few ideas that I think she’ll absolutely love and hope to inspire you as well!

      1. Pamper her with the OURS by Cheryl Hickey line!  There’s no better gift that being taken care of and feeling refreshed. As a new mom, Cheryl wanted to create a line that would be safe, simple and natural, and perfect for the whole family to use. The line is free from all the bad stuff so you can feel good about using it!  Put together a little gift basket with the Face & Body Exfoliator ($11.99 CAD), EveryBody Lotion ($11.99 CAD) & 3-in-1 Hydrating Oil ($14.99) to mom can feel beautiful (as if she isn’t beautiful enough already) from head to toe! PS.  Click here for a Mother’s Day message from Cheryl!
      2. Treat her with eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms ($7.99 CAD)! These cute little sphere shaped balms are a fun little treat for her to pop in her purse.  This limited edition set contains the Passion Fruit and Fresh Watermelon flavours.
      3. Give her a fresh scent with Avon Outspoken Fresh by Fergie Eau de Parfum ($30.00 CAD). This fun, vibrant fragrance is perfect for spring and summer with fresh notes of sparkling citrus, blackcurrant flower and sandalwood. One spritz and she;ll feel her spirits instantly lifted!
      4. Illuminate her with the new Lise Watier Teint Lumière Luminous Foundation ($39.00 cAD). This foundation provides ultra-light yet buildable coverage for a finish that blends seamlessly into the skin.  It evens out the skintone and gives a look of instant radiance.  Make her glow like the goddess she is!
      5. Treat her like a pro and give her the perfect tools for flawless beauty with this brush set ($50.00 CAD) from the QUO Mother’s Day collection. Colourful and springy, this set contains everything she needs for her beauty routine; foundation, concealer, blush, shadow definer, crease blender, gel liner, liner/brow definer and lip brushes can all be found in this lovely kit with a handy pink travel bag.
      6. Refresh her with an at-home spa night. These face masks from Montange Jeunesse are exactly what she needs to kick back for a night.  Through on her favourite movie and treat her to a glass of wine while these masks work their magic.  The Super Fruit Mud mask ($1.99 CAD) deeply cleanses & nourishes pores while the Dead Sea Mud Spa mask ($2.49)  cleanses, invigorates & revitalises the skin so she ends up looking brighter and feeling fresher than ever!
      7. Let her relax with a warm cup of tea & let her enjoy the beautiful weather outside with Lemon Lily’s Canadian Maple tea ($7.00 CAD). This organic & all natural tea contains a blend of fair trade rooibos, Canadian maple & brown sugar for a sweet treat that she’ll love.

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I got back from my va-cay in Orlando a little over a week ago and ever since my lips have been a mess.  Between the dryness of the plane during my flights and the frigid weather (of course, I was not happy to come back to -30 temperatures when I returned), they’ve turned into a dry, chapped, flaky mess. Let’s be real here — ain’t nobody got time for that.  Take a look at a few of my fave – some new –  lip care products to help get your pout ready for all of spring’s fun shades (more on this to come!).

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L’Occitane Ultra Soft Balm ($6.00 CAD): This apricot balm, made with 96% shea butter, is deeply nourishing & can also be used on the body and hair for whenever you need a little moisture on the go.  You can also feel good about purchasing this one; 100% of proceeds from each tin sold are donated to organizations that promote entrepreneurship for women in developing countries.

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eos VISIBLY SOFT Lip Balm Sphere ($3.99 CAD): I’m sure you’ve seen and/or tried eos’ cute little lip balm sphere’s before.  This new addition contains coconut milk for the softest lips ever.  An added bonus is the tantalizing coconut scent and flavour.

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Bio Beauté by NUXE 8 HR High Nutrition Lip Stick ($8.00 CAD): This lip balm offers intense hydration thanks   to the addition of Bio Beauté by NUXE’s reinvented cold cream, which combines sweet almond, organic rosewater and organic beeswax for a highly effective formula with a delightful almond scent.

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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($23.00 CAD): Clarins decided to pull together some of the most nourishing oils available (hazelnut oil, organic jojoba oil & plum oil) to create this unique lip treatment.  With a hint of a glossy finish, this lip oil locks in moisture and gets to work to immediately repair and relieve dry, chapped lips.

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Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter ($14.00 CAD): I first came across the Royal Apothic brand at a Murale Spring preview a few months back and instantly fell in love.  The packaging is absolutely adorable & deserves to be on display.  Lips are conditioned with a mix of argan oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter, while a hint of tint is added for flirty colour.

What’s your favourite lip conditioning product?


Hi guys!  I’m taking a week off from life to unplug and hang out in Orlando.  This week is going to be all about relaxing and having a little fun – and yes, I’m definitely going to be checking out Disney World (OMG, Disney princesses…) and Universal Studios (HARRY POTTER LAND).  Anyways, since I’m taking this time to regroup, I’ve enlisted the help of some of my fellow Canadian Beauty Bloggers to bring some amazing content my way.  Today’s post comes from Ling Chiu of The Cosmetic Critic.  Make sure you give her a follow below to check out some more amazing content from her 🙂

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Hi! My name’s Ling and I blog over at The Cosmetic Critic. Thanks Dee for having me guest post and hopefully you’re having fun away 🙂

As all beauty junkies know, it’s really hard to finish beauty products, and rather rare concerning makeup. Having a backup of something is usually an indication of something well loved, enough so that we spend our limited funds on products that we might not even get to open.

Well, that’s the case for most people. I’m not like most people since I’m (supposed to be) on a budget, thus I own products that I don’t necessarily want backups of, though some of them are items that I do genuinely like.

A lot of people rave about the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, but honestly I don’t get the hype. Yeah, it’s a nice drugstore powder but it’s really not that exceptional. I do have a backup but only because it was on sale and I thought it would be worthwhile to go buy another (even though I rarely hit pan on powders…).

 Another powder that I have a backup of is the e.l.f. Essential Clarifying Powder. It’s not that great honestly since it’s kind of chalky, but it makes up for it through it’s strong pigmentation. My sister bought these but I don’t understand why since they’re several shades too light for her. As a result, I now possess them since they are a much better shade match on me.
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She also gifted me 2 deluxe samples of the Elisa Coy Always Nuddy CC Cream (of which I already had one of). While I haven’t been using it much lately, it’s still a nice product that I’m attempting to use more now.

I love The Face Shop’s Design My Eyebrow pencil since it’s such a good match for my brows. So much so that I purposely purchased another since I knew I would finish the one that I’m currently using (and likely to finish soon).

 Lip balms are one of the few types of products that actually make sense for me to repurchase since I go through them so quickly. My top picks are Nivea and eos lip balms, so I always have them on hand. I’m not really a fan of Softlips since it’s of the methanol variety, but they are life savers when I have uncomfortable lips.
What products do you own back ups of?

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With Mother’s Day being only a few days away (May 11th, don’t forget!), I thought I would pull together a few of my top picks to help you find a gift your mom will love.  Granted, she’ll probably be just as happy with a big hug and you telling her how much you love her, but a little something special never hurts 😉

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L’Occitane Neroli & Orchidee Eau de Toilette ($75, 75 ml) & Fragrance Beautifying Cream ($36) – By combining two lovely ingredients (Neroli essence from the Mediterranean Shores & White Orchid from Madagascar), L’Occitane’s perfumer Karine Dubreuil created a scent that is feminine and delicate to join the La Collection de Grasse family.  An exciting addition is the Fragrance Beautifying Cream, which is lightly scented and designed to bring out the most in the fragrance while giving it longer staying power – and it works with any of the Collection de Grasse fragrances.

Sally Hansen Mother’s Day Salon Gel Polish Collection in Laven-Darling, For Teal, Just Peachy & Glamor-Fied ($14.95 each; gel starter kit sold separately) – These easy to use, at-home gel polishes are perfect for the mom who doesn’t have enough time to pamper herself regularly.  They promise chip-free colour and shine that lasts up to two weeks!

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Bite Me & Bite Me Too by Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat ($29.95) – I love cooking.  If you’re looking for an amazing cookbook to get a mom who enjoys getting crafty in the kitchen, make it one of these.  Julie & Lisa have served up some kick-ass recipes with a side of sass, and I’ve enjoyed working my way through these books.  Seriously, they have yet to steer me wrong and I’m always left soaking up the compliments when I make something from these books.  Do yourself a favour and toss another copy in your cart for you to enjoy later.

Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar ($10) – Let your mom indulge in a little me-time when she bathes with this deeply moisturising bar, enriched with argan oil and shea butter to leave skin feeling clean and hydrated.  And no, the signature Moroccanoil scent certainly doesn’t hurt…

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You Makeup Kit in Solace ($79.99) – This set is the perfect way to help inject a little more glamour into you mom’s life.  Each kit (there are 3 available) contains everything she needs to create a gorgeous look for a night out.  Inside you’ll find liquid liner, 2 shades of eye shadow, blush glow powder, lipstick, false eye lashes, lash adhesive, lip and eye primer & 3 brushes (blush brush, crease brush & eye shadow brush) which all come together for a beautiful look that can be easily recreated using the included instructions.  These can also be found on YouTube for the more visual learners!

The Body Shop Body Sorbet ($15) – I already go crazy for The Body Shop’s Body Butters and am really enjoying these new moisturizers!  They have more of a gel-like feel for hydration that feels light and cool to the touch.  Of course, they smell delicious – available in satsuma, morninga, grapefruit, mango & strawberry.

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eos Lip Balm Set ($5.99) – I will gladly attest that good things come in pretty packages, which is exactly why this eos Smooth Sphere lip balm set made its way onto this list.  If you’ve ever tried them, you know these lip balms are, for lack of a better word, the bomb.  They’re adorable and I’ve always got at least one packed into my purse.  And since it’s what’s on the inside that counts, these smell great and feel great (smooth lips for days!) and… Yes, they taste great too.

Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Set ($31) – You may not be able to whisk mom away to an exotic locale, but you can definitely help her feel like she’s in the tropics with this vanilla coconut scented set.  It contains lip gloss, body lotion and shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath so she’ll be surrounded by the intoxicating scent.

What are you planning on getting your mom for Mother’s Day? What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?