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Caffeine addict? Today marks national coffee day, and Sally Hansen’s Global Colour Ambassador Madeline Poole created the perfect mocha mani in honour of it, using Miracle Gel polishes. Take a look at the mani and learn how to get the look below!

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Start by applying 2 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit to all the nails.

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Using a striping brush, outline a semi-circle shape on the pinky nail using the color Sally Hansen Miracle
Gel in Totem-ly Yours. The shape should resemble the shape of a coffee bean – oblong and round.

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Fill in this semi-circle and repeat this process in a flip-flopping manner down the nails. The feel should be
organic and random in placement.

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After painting the coffee bean outlines. Allow the nails to dry a few minutes and then apply one coat of
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat.

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The look is super chic, and can easily be worn well past National Coffee Day. The nude look is timeless, or you can try switching up the shades to create your own colour combination. What shades would you try?

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I spent a good chunk of mine working (yay for restaurant life) but also had a chance to have a photoshoot with Pastel Dress Party and their gorgeous tulle skirts. I can’t wait to share the photos with you!

Anyways, with the warmer weather and fun, bright clothes that summer brings, I’m all about fun nails and nail art. I’m sure you saw my nail art post from a few weeks back, but if you’re not following me on Instagram yet (you totally should be) you might have missed out on the other nail art looks that I put together for this season.

Today I thought I would bring them all together in this post to hit you with some mani inspiration to start the week off with. Take a look at the looks I’ve created below and let me know what your favourite is in the comments below? Have any nail art looks of your own to share? I would love to see them as well! And on another note, if you would like tutorials for any of the following looks, be sure to let me know and I’ll get on it!

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What do you think of these looks?

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SUMMER IS HERE! Yep, as of Sunday summer has officially arrived. I’m going to help you get ready to beat the heat and survive the season with some of my top warm weather beauty picks.

Look Hot

  • The Refresh Botanicals BB Cream ($24) is perfect for giving your skin a bit of a boost when the heat hits. This lightweight BB cream helps to even out skintone, leaving it more radiant and smooth, while hydrating (thanks to safflower, almost and jojoba oils) and protecting against the signs of aging. It’s ideal for days at the beach when you want a bit of coverage and hydration without layering on the foundation.
  • Shine bright with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($12 ea/$20 for duo pack). 2 new collections and 5 limited edition shades coming in July mean tons of colour options (the Boho Chic collection is hella bright and perfect for pedis!) while a new Top Coat Activator locks in colour and provides serious shine and volume, giving you the effect of a gel manicure at home – without using a UV/LED light!

Tame Your Mane

  • Banish fly-aways and frizz with Redken Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets ($25). These sheets, which resemble those used in the dryer to get rid of static, are easily stashed in your purse for easy access throughout the day. Swipe one throughout your hair and over fly-aways to tone them down for a sleek finish.
  • Make styling your hair after a day in the water a snap with Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Texturizing Beach Spray ($24, available July at Murale). This non-drying spray helps to build body and create soft beachy waves using sugar and a tiny bit of salt. Spray it in, scrunch your locks and let them air dry for a perfectly tousled look.
  • Give your hair a deep clean with Biolage Cleansing Conditioner ($34 for 1L). Available in 4 different formulas for fine, medium, coarse & curly hair, these conditioners get rid of the need for shampoo so you can give your hair a rest, while nourishing, strengthening and preventing frizz. Get rid of product, chlorine and sweat buildup so your hair stays cleaner and fresher longer.
  • Minimize blow dry time with a spritz of Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray ($18). This quick drying spray helps to speed up your blow dry while helping to tame frizz and fly-aways for smoother, sleeker style.

Cool Down

  • The Sephora Collection Glitter and Chill Cooling Mask ($15) is the perfect way to relax after a day in the sun or the morning after. Keep it in the fridge and throw it on to depuff, cool down tired eyes & relax.
  • Wake up tired skin with the Sephora Collection Moisturizing and Energizing Jelly Mask ($24 for 6 masks). These individually packaged masks help to refresh and illuminate tired skin for an instantly energized look. Pop them in the fridge for half an hour before using for an instantly refreshing and cooling feel.

Keep Going

  • Getting used to your favourite or new sandals & wedges again can be a pain. Polysporin Blister Treatment ($8). These discreet, water resistant pads help to immediately relieve blister pain while they give a cushion that protects from rubbing so that blisters can heal quickly and you can keep rocking those sky high wedges.

What are your favourite beauty products to help you survive the summer?


 

Disclaimer: This post contains samples that were sent for review, but as always, opinions are 100% my own and completely honest. xo!

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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?

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Walmart Frugal Heroes Challenge

This year, Walmart decided to declare May 2nd it’s National Day of Savings, and decided to host the Frugal Heroes Challenge to give us the opportunity to save money and live better.  I got to take part in the challenge, and had $100 to spend at the store to fulfill my own personal goal.  What was my challenge?  To stock up on all of my summer beauty essentials while staying within the budget (yep, I was almost right on – my total came to $99.90!).

I went to the Walmart Supercentre at Dufferin Mall with my friend Sandra (check out how she did here) and we quickly got to work – lists in hand, we spent the next hour going through the the store to make sure we got exactly what we needed.  Take a look below to see how I grabbed all of the summer beauty essentials I’ll need for $100.

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So what did I get for $100?

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  • Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer
  • Got2B Rockin’ It Dry Shampoo
  • Schick Quattro Trim Style Razor (this is great – one end is the usual Schick Quattro Razor while the other end has an electric trimmer)
  • Banana Boat Sunscreen Oil Spray SPF 15
  • Vitamin Water (gotta stay hydrated!)

Walmart Frugal Heroes Challenge

  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 (I loveeee this stuff – it smells amazing and is really moisturizing!)
  • Vidal Sassoon VS Repair Spray Heat Protect & Shine
  • Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment for Lips
  • Goody Glam Girls Headbands
  • Sally Hansen Insta Gel Strips (lasts up to 2 weeks – perfect for when you’re going away and won’t be painting your nails!)
  • Rimmel Scandaleye Waterproof Mascara
  • Cute printed beach towel (Only $7.88 and they have some gorge patterns)

What do you think of my picks?

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