Gift Guide 2018 | Health and Wellness

  1. Training socks-Nike
  2. Pocket Farmacy- Saje Wellness
  3. Inner purity crystal water bottle – Chapters/Indigo
  4. Palm print yoga mat – alwaysXalways
  5. Bombs away, twilight bath bomb – Lush
  6. Lip Juicer – The Body Shop
  7. Dont lick it! Salt lamp – Amazon
  8. Wash off the toxins with Charcoal soap – Chapters/Indigo
  9.  The best natural deoderant in the game – Kopari
  10. SAVE THE TURTLES! Set of metal reusable straws- Klean Kanteen
  11. What’s your sign? Nail Varnish- Love by Luna
  12. How many steps can you do before you pass out? Let’s check! – Fitbit
  13. Blend it all, even the kitchen sink – Blendtec
  14. Look adorable while you sweat out your Xmas dinner – via Bandier

Health and wellness have been on a steady incline the last few years and as the new year approaches most people have that as one of their top resolutions. We know it’s a popular way of life because apparently even vegetable prices will be on the rise for the new year! Did you ever think you would see the day where Kobe beef might be cheaper than a bell pepper?

If you have a friend that is all about a healthy lifestyle try to hone in on one of the things they love most. For example if they’re an avid yogi, get them a really cute new “designer” mat they might never buy for themselves. Something I personally like doing is creating my own “gift sets”. Get them a bunch of little bits and bobs that support their healthy lifestyle. I would start with a set of metal straws,  a pocket ‘farmacy’ full of all the essential oils you need to get you through minor hiccups during the day ( I own this and love it), calming Lush bath bombs, as well as, (in my opinion) the best natural deodorant on the market from Kopari found at Sephora. (I tested this bad boy on my  recent trip to Mexico and I was shooketh by how good it is. I was never smelly!)

I would round up a whole bunch of small eco-friendly, health concious vibes into one bag (depending on budget) and start there. It’s always nice to have a little variety.

And so, above are just a few ideas to keep in mind while trying to buy for your kale eating, yoga posing, water drinking bestie.

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: For Her | Trendy gifts women actually want

  1. Dainty Jewels are always a winner – Mejuri
  2. The best of Benefit “goodie, goodie, gorgeous” set – Benefit 
  3. The hair game, game changer – Dyson Airwrap
  4. A cute toque to warm your noggin – Gap
  5. Capture the memories – Instax via Walmart
  6. Amp up your walk into any holiday party – Zara
  7. Headbands are back, xoxo Gossip Girl – H&M
  8. A actual page turner (my fave book of 2018) – Chapters/Indigo
  9. Listen to that uncle tell the same story over and over in style- Bluboho
  10. Smell the season all year round – Makers of Wax Candles
  11. Cover your New Years hangover with these bad boys –Miu Miu via Sunglasses Hut
  12. Stuff your new make up, and bad decisions of 2018 into this powder pink crossbody- Coach

The holidays are fast approaching. Can you believe how fast2018 flew by? Do we all agree that year happened in a blink of an eye? I’m not ready! 

What I’m also not ready for is Christmas shopping. The thought of rummaging through the mall’s stores, sweating in places you didn’t think you could with the looming thought of my gift isn’t good enough, ouch. Let’s stick to our safety net of small accessories, books and delicious candles shall we? If you’ve been granted access to their computer browser check out their bookmarks. Chances are something they’re saving for is in there. As well a helpful tip is to know who their fave influencer might be. Knowing this will give you some insight into products they might want to try. As women we tend to buy everything we want for ourselves so it can be really tricky to find something interesting or something we didn’t have on a hidden (but not so hidden) list. My suggestion when the mall swallows you up and you just can’t do materialistic gifts anymore…buy them a memory. There is nothing better than getting out there and doing something with your brain/body; especially together. Build your bond depending on your relationship. Maybe you go on a helicopter ride, or a couples massage, or go knitting together. There truly are endless options. Just remember to breath, and do your research!

Stay tuned for more gift guides!

The Best Teddy Bear Coats for this Spring Season | Layla Lane

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1) Cupcakes and Cashmere Via Nordstrom
2) Contrast Faux Fur Via Mango
3) Current Elliot Trucker Sherpa Jacket (SALE!)

 

This Spring is COLD! Tis the season for an easy throw on jacket that is equally stylish and warm “ish”. The “teddy” coat is the coat of the season. I think it’s effortless and chic and adds that touch of personal style when you’re in a slump and stuck wearing basics ( am I only referring to myself here?

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4) A Literal Teddy Coat from Forever 21 
5) Oak and Fort #1683 (almost sold out)
6) Urban Outfitters Maroon Bomber

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7) TOPSHOP Via The Bay
8) H&M Pink Pile Jacket
9)  Asos Tangerine Dream

 

Glossier Haul+Review! via Toronto Pop Up Shop!

Recently Glossier had what some may call I semi-secret pop up in toronto because a ton of my friends messaged me and had no idea it was happening until my Instagram stories were flooded with video from the shop. I have always been really curious about Glossier and their products but it’s always been rather untouchable for us Canadians, until now! Glossier announced shipping to Canada which had us extremely excited but because I have never ever seen these products in person I just couldn’t understand them and get a true feel for how they work/look; then low and behold a POP UP! I could not contain my excitement I didn’t even ask a friend to come with I just zipped over. I wanted to be alone with the products and really feel it out for myself; although I really wish I had brought a friend because there were some pretty good photo op moments. To be truthful my best friend and I were going to go later in the day but there was an event so I went alone during the mid-day pre rush and bought her stuff for her, but I didn’t call anyone to join because I knew I wanted to be alone. My friend Steph is the best to shop with so if we had been able to go together it wouldv’e worked out really well hah.

Let’s talk products, shall we!

Phase one: Milky Jelly Cleanser, Moisturizing Primer, and Balm Dot Com

Milky Jelly Cleanser:

This is the best trio pack I have ever purchased. GOSH DANG! I was hesitant to review anything too soon, I really wanted to get a feel for these products before blasting the internet with my thoughts. It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve used everything from glossier so I think I have a real understanding for how they’re working with my skin of which is veryyy sensitive and mainly dry. The milky jelly is an amazing cleanser for me. It feels super hydrating which is something I like. Sometimes cleansers can make you feel really tight and like all the moisture was sucked from your face and that must be why they don’t have a toner because this leaves my skin feeling like it just had a big glass of water. After I use the milky Jelly my skin is super smooth and glowy. This is my fave go-to face cleanser at the moment. I am obsessed with the consistency and that you can use it whether your skin is dry or wet, of course I do use a makeup wipe no matter what cleanser I use. For sure this is a re-purchase.

Priming Moisturizer:

From the second I tried this out at the pop up on the back of my hand I knew I had to buy the Phase One package. It comes out super fast because it’s quite a thin cream, and feels so soothing on my skin. My skin just sucked it up like a sponge. When I got it home and started using it as a primer before makeup after I had washed my face, I really started to understand the Glossier look. Dewy, fresh, and super radiant. It was great with my foundation (and good with every foundation I have used or my friends have used) and really just feels like you aren’t wearing anything, which is what I love most in any cream/primer etc.

Balm Dot Com:

You got dry lips? cuticles, elbows? Well honey look NO FURTHER. Balm Dot Com is the BOMB.COM I bought it in original salve with the no scent or additives to really get a feel for what this product can do. I love it on my lips, especially after  I have exfoliated them. I literally locks in the moisture it feels like a seal on my lips when I apply it. The only thing bad I have to say about it is the application. I wish it had a rounded tip with a tiny opening so you could apply it bottle to lip, I don’t love swiping my finger across the top to pick up product, lots of bacteria has the chance of making it’s way into the bottle. Otherwise I’m a big fan and would re-purchase this product, in all of it’s many flavours-next up for sure is coconut..

Next up: Cloud Paint

I bought this cheek tint in the colour buff and I’m sort of on the fence with this product. I think the colour shades/range could be a lotttt better. There’s only 4 or 5 and this one seemed the most pink that was wearable. The others were either wayyyy too pigmented or too dark and wouldn’t match with my skin tone. I think it’s an ok product, you have to be an all natural girl because you’re not getting much pigmentation. I can it’s not a standout blush for me because I’ve only reached for it twice to use it and that was the next day and the day after I bought it. When you have a lot of variation to choose from, sometimes it’s easy to see what you like and what you’re meh on from how much you reach for it. The consistency is really runny so be careful when opening the package. If you have the most perfect skin and are just looking for the slightest colour then cloud paint is great for you. The good thing is is it’s buildable. But don’t add a powder product into the mix, I don’t find they work well together at all. Glossier products seem to be a no-set situation.

Brow Boy in Brown

Guys, I can’t even with this product. I want to go out and buy every bottle that exists because I am afraid that it will go away one day. I don’t think I can live without this. It has such amzing colour pay off. It makes your brows look fresh and perky and busy, espeically if you have a couple caterpillars like I do. This is a product for the girl  who has fuller brows and is looking to fill in the sparse areas but keeeping them looking their most natural. I am not a draw on my brows kinda girl. Or the girl who has amazing shape and depth but needs some texture, the clear gel is yours for the taking.  I like to fill and define them with a powder and angle brush so it stays as natural as possible, and then set them with a brow gel of sorts. I just seriously can’t get over this product, it’s un-freaking-real. Re-purchase big time!

Lip Gloss:

To be honest, I bought this one just for the nostalgia and hype. I was a lipgloss girl big time. If you ever watched Lizzie McGuire, or So Little Time, or The O.C. lip gloss was a part of your upbringing. Personally at that time it was Juicy Tubes, we all had them and they were pretty pricey so we all thought we were pretty cool.

I think overall Glossier is a pretty wicked brand. They’re cruelty free, the price point isn’t terrible, and for the most part the products are great. I’m really hoping they set up a permanent home here in Toronto because I don’t know if I can wait the 5 business days for my next order, and lord knows I can’t afford that express shipping hah! I’m so happy I had a chance to check out all the products in their natural state, thank you Glossier for bringing yourself here to share with us Canadians, we beauty gurus appreciate it.

The products I regret not getting but also couldn’t afford to buy it all: Wowder, Stretch Concealer, Facemask Duo, Haloscope in Quartz and Moonstone, and Face mist. Also EVERYTHING ELSE!