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French women just seem to have this effortless beauty, a je ne sais quoi that means they always look fresh and radiant. Steal some of their secrets with these French beauty brands you’ll fall in love with; some you may be familiar with and a few I know you won’t be able to wait to discover.

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When it comes to haircare, Kérastase is a brand that’s always top of mind. Salon quality products designed to target different needs & issues mean your hair is taken care of in luxurious fashion. To make things easy, their diagnostic tool will help you find the products you should be using for your healthiest hair.

You’ll love: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complex Serum, a beautifying oil (made with a blend of four oils) to help nourish and protect the hair for a boost in shine and softness.

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Lately, I’ve been giving a lot more thought to the products that I use and what goes into them. What we use on our bodies goes in our bodies, so to speak, and more and more companies are making it easier to make choices that we can feel confident about when it comes to purchasing these. When I heard of the new Matrix Biolage R.A.W. (click through for more info) line, a collection of hair products designed to be “Real, Authentic and Wholesome” I knew I had to give it a try.

The collection of shampoos, conditioners and clay masks was created with the intention of developing a lineup of products with an origin that is as natural as possible. They contain amazing natural ingredients, like coconut oil, kaolin clay, quinoa husk and black sesame, to provide hair with a wholesome treatment that doesn’t take away from performance. The products all have up to 95% natural origin, and are free of silicones, sulfates (a big one for me, as someone who colours their hair) and parabens. And, to make things even better, all of the packaging is 100% recyclable  and made from consumer recycled materials.

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I’ve tried out all three pairs of the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. shampoo and conditioner, and I’ve had a really positive experience with all three; I can honestly say that they don’t compromise on performance, and leave the hair feeling great. I’m really enamored with the Uplift Shampoo and Conditioner. I have fine hair that tends to fall flat, especially after the second and third day, but but with the use of this I’ve actually noticed that my hair has a bit more lift and maintains its body after a few days, which is key for me. Black sesame and grapefruit help to purify, while kiwi and kaolin clay condition without weighing the hair down at the root. I’m also a fan of using the Nourish and Recover pairs for the few washes before I colour my hair – they help to restore moisture and softness that makes colouring easier and more effective, while minimizing damage.

They also all have amazing natural (and eco-friendly!) scents – it really says something about the product when you can smell the ingredients.

Overall, are these RAW products a success? I’m very happy to report that the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. collection lives up to their intentions. The ingredients that were sourced help to provide amazing benefits for the hair, while maintaining a wholesome balance. I’m a big fan of these and will definitely continue using them to keep my hair healthy.

Will you be trying this line out? Learn more here.

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GUYS! It’s officially spring, which makes me one happy lil’ chicky. Granted, the weather may not be caught up as of yet (we’ve got freezing rain & negative temperatures on deck in Toronto), but this doesn’t mean that we can’t start getting into spring beauty. I’m all set to start giving myself a boost and I’ve pulled together some products that are sure to get you feeling warm and glowy so you can shake off winter.

  • Kérastase PARIS Fondant Densité ($49 CAD) – I’ll be honest, during the winter months I don’t pay as much attention to my hair. It’s dry, there’s a ton of static going around, and I feel like when I do style it, it just tends to fall flat. This rinse out treatment is great for fine or thin hair that needs a little somethin’, with hyaluronic acid and intra-cylane to help plumpify and strengthen the hair.
  • The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum ($38 CAD) – Need a skin boost? This lightweight serum might be just what you need. It’s fast absorbing, smells great, and promises to reduce dark spots. You’ll immediately notice an improvement in hydration, and healthier, more toned skin will be yours after continued use.
  • Formula X x Cupcakes and Cashmere polishes ($16 CAD ea) – This month’s Color Curators collection by Formula X features three polishes created in collaboration with Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Peach Tea and Latte Run, shown here, are absolutely perfect for spring with their delicate tones!
  • MAC Powder Blush in Let’s Be Friends ($26 CAD) – Your cheeks are going to fall for this hot pink blush from the Flamingo Park collection. This satin brush gives off a killer pop of colour that will have you feeling the warmth in no time.
  • Vichy Idéalia Day Care Smoothing and Illuminating Cream ($45 CAD) – Dull skin will find a friend in this new cream from Vichy, which helped to improve radiance and skin texture while reducing the look of fine lines and pores. Natural antioxidants help to fight back against the first signs of aging so your skin will be looking perky and fresh for spring.
  • Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam ($34 CAD) – When you’re ready to restore a little life to your face, this nude pink highlighter is going to become a welcome addition to your makeup bag. This matte highlighter helps to add a pretty pink glow – dab it on your cheek & brow bones and blend in for a natural look that instantly brightens your face!
  • Mèreadesso Beautiful Body Balm ($54 CAD) – Now that you’re looking good up top, it’s time to give your body a little love. This non-greasy lotion helps to tone the skin (because we all know bathing suit season is just around the corner) and helps with stretch marks & scarring with a blend of 8 vitamins and minerals.

I’m all set to get spring ready – are you? What products are you using to brighten up after the winter?

 


 

 

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out the new Garnier Whole Blends collection – you may have even seen the dinner I recently attended to celebrate the line on my social channels!

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The Whole Blends collection was created to bring blends of amazing ingredient sourced from around the globe together to provide targeted care exactly where your hair needs it. While I’ve been loving the products so far, I also love the premise behind them. They promise to be great for your hair (paraben-free with proven natural blends), help improve communities through a whole trade community source program and are dedicated to the preservation of the environment.

Anyways, I’m sure you want to hear more about the blends, so here goes:

  • The Repairing Blend – A delicate blend of nourishing honey, revitalizing royal jelly and protecting propolis to strengthen and heal
  • The Hydrating Blend – Blend of replenishing Indian coconut water and Madagascan vanilla milk to quench & soften
  • The Colour Care Blend – Blend of Argan Oil, cranberry extract (full of protective antioxidants) to protect colour and improve radiance
  • The Refreshing Blend – Blend of North American farm harvest apple & invigorating Chinese green tea to revitalize and boost shine
  • The Smoothing Blend – Blend of smoothing South Pacific Coconut Oil and West African cocoa butter to tame and control frizzy hair
  • The Nourishing Blend – Blend of moisturizing South African Avocado Oil and restoring shea butter from West Africa to deeply replenish and restore hair

I’ve been using and loving the Colour Care Blend – I’m pretty impartial to using those made for colour treated hair – but was using the Repairing Blend prior to getting my hair coloured and love it! I’ve found that these blends leave my hair feeling touchably soft and smooth, and best of all, looking healthy!

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Want to try out a sample of the Garnier Whole Blends collection? Good news – there are 20,000 samples up for grabs right now! Get yours (or share with a friend) here: http://smpl.ly/WholeBlends. Which blend would you like to try?


 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Garnier Whole Blends, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! xo

 

 

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Want to spoil a lady in your life this holiday season, but not where to start? I’m sharing some of my top gift picks for every budget today so you can find the perfect beauty gift (within your budget)! Read on to see my top picks.

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  1. mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers ($11) – Two picture perfect mini nail lacquers in complimenting colours will have her creating gorgeous nail looks in no time!
  2. Olay Essentials Holiday Gift Set ($10) – Make sure she has what she needs to keep her skin looking great throughout the holidays with this set containing Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes & Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer.
  3. Fresh Sugar Rosé Ritual ($23) – She’ll love you for this Fresh gift set & will gladly show off her smile all holiday season long, thanks to the Sugar Rosé Lip Shine Treatment & Tinted Lip Treatment.
  4. Birchbox Membership ($10/Month, available in 3, 6 or 12 month options) – The gift that keeps on giving! Each month, she’ll receive a box full of deluxe beauty samples right to her door.
  5. QUO Lips All Around set ($25 at Shoppers Drug Mart) – This set of 8 QUO lip glosses will have her starting the new year with a brilliant smile – and lots of choice!
  6. Philosophy Amazing Grace Ornament ($22) – This purse size version of Philosophy’s Amazing Grace fragrance smells great – plus, you can hang it on the tree before you gift it!

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  1. The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Tin of Delights ($39) – Who doesn’t love finding a treat from The Body Shop under the tree? This set, in the limited edition frosted cranberry scent, comes complete with shower gel, body butter, lip balm and a shimmer fragrance globe (which you will LOVE).
  2. Mary Kay Cream & Sugar Gift Set ($30) – This limited edition set contains the Chocolate Cocoa Body Scrub & Marshmallow Body Whip – can you say delicious?
  3. Benefit Cosmetics Real Cheeky Party Kit ($50) – As any girl knows, Benefit’s blushes are top shelf, which makes this set a must-have under the tree. Seriously. It contains 5 of their fave powder blushes, Watt’s Up highlighter and They’re Real! Push-Up Liner & Mascara. Plus, they’re housed in the cutest keepsake tin.
  4. Vichy Christmas Boxes ($39.50 each, available at drugstores) – She will so thank you for gifting her one of these tins, especially when you choose her perfect match. The boxes feature Vichy’s amazing lines – Liftactiv, Neovadiol, Aqualia, Proeven & Normaderm – so can find the one that matches her skin’s needs!
  5.  Avon Makeup Design Palette ($30) – The perfect set for someone who’s starting to play around with makeup or who loves changing up their look! This set contains 21 shadows, 6 lip glosses, 3 blushes, 1 bronzer and an instructional booklet.

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  1. QUO Backstage Brush Set ($70 at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques) – As if this 8 piece brush set (with gold handles) wasn’t enough, it comes in this stunning geometric clutch  that will definitely come in handy on NYE!
  2. Mary Kay Limited Edition Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush ($60) – This limited edition colourful version of MK’s Skinvigorate brush is the perfect size for travel and gives a great clean!
  3. Saje Wellness aromaGem Gift Set ($85) – I’m going to start off by letting you know that I’m absolutely crazy for Saje Wellness. I have the aromaGem and l-o-v-e it – and I can guarantee she will too. This nebulizing diffuser even comes with two holiday-ready diffuser blends: Tree Scents & Peppermint Twist. Get. Her. This. You’ll thank me.
  4. Pearls for Girls Armona Bracelet ($70) – Let’s be real here; What gal doesn’t want a little bling around the holidays? This bracelet is so unique, with a great combination of stones that’s perfect for layering. LOVE.
  5. Too Faced Le Grand Palais ($72) – This set is enough to make my Too Faced-loving heart jump around in my chest. I mean, 18 eye shadows, 2 blushes, bronzer, highlighter, plus deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara, Melted Lipstick & Shadow Primer Insurance – need I say more?

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  1. Clarisonic Smart Profile Set ($299) – This set really takes on 3-in-one gift status. The Smart Profile comes complete with a facial brush head, a brush head and the pedi disc/buffing head combo, meaning she’ll be taking care of from head to toe.
  2. My Burberry Festive ($135) – My Burberry smells amazing enough as is, but through in some luxe gold flakes and this limited edition version will be sitting pretty on her vanity.
  3. Sephora Glitter Happy Brush Set ($106 in store) – Oh you guys. This brush set is just so pretty. The 6 makeup brushes have found their home inside this beautiful rose gold glitter-filled acrylic base, and they’re oh so soft. I’ve made mine a permanent fixture on my desk.
  4. Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Runway Beauty Secrets ($118) – This amazing set of BB’s perfectly on-trend products will have her creating a gorgeous look in no time!
  5. LUSH Under the Mistletoe ($130) – Give her the gift of relaxation and let her pamper herself with this collection of LUSH’s holiday favourites. Between the bath bombs, soaps, massage bars, shower gels & other treats, she might never leave the bathroom again.

What are your top beauty picks for gifting this holiday season?

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