Thursday, January 18, 2018

Monthly Watch Club

I'm a huge fan of subscription boxes. They give you the chance to try new products at an often discounted price, and can force you out of your comfort zone (trying new colours, textures, styles).

Women's Watch

I've only ever had beauty subscriptions, so when I was approached by the Monthly Watch Club to try their subscription, I was beyond excited!

For as little as $33 CAD a month, you will receive a brand new, custom watch. The Monthly Watch Club will never send you the same watch twice, and the watch is yours to keep. They work with watch makers around the world to provide you with an amazing watch at an affordable price.

There are a few different subscription options available.



Month to month (no commitment, cancel anytime) $39.99 CAD

3 Month Prepay (try it for 3 months) $114.99 CAD

6 Month Prepay (less than $37 per month) $219.99 CAD

12 Month Prepay (only $33 per month + includes a free watch box) $395.99 CAD


There is a shipping fee of $7 CAD to orders within Canada and $15 everywhere else (Monthly Watch Club ships worldwide). All orders ship on the 1st of the month from Calgary, Alberta and should arrive by the 15th. All of the watches have a 100 day limited warranty - I'm not sure what the terms are, but this is a pretty generous time frame!


The watch I received is not only beautiful, but well made. The movement is fluid and the band is comfortable. This is a watch that I will be wearing allll the time come spring.
With subscriptions available for both women and men, this would make a perfect gift.



For more information, or to purchse a subscription, visit monthlywatchclub.ca





Press sample(s) were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Crawford Street Skin Care

Welcome back beauties! I've got another green beauty review to share with you all. Today we're talking about Crawford Street Skin Care*, a brand that proudly manufactures their products in Toronto 🙌


"Crawford Street Skin Care came from the desire to create products with natural ingredients that were sophisticated and luxurious.  Products that not only enhanced your natural beauty, but were themselves beautiful and natural.  We wanted to draw on the beauty treatments and knowledge of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Anti-aging might be a twentieth century word but it’s an age-old concept!  Men and women have been using natural ingredients to nourish their skin for centuries, and at Crawford Street, we're continuing that tradition." 
/source


Crawford Street Skin Care creates products that are holistic; with natural ingredients and packaging that's eco-friendly. They also offer a selection of vegan products and all of their products are cruelty-free. I haven't tried many green beauty products, so I can't compare them that way. I can, however, compare them to 'traditional' products 😉


"Crawford Street Skin Care products are 100% natural. They are free of petrochemical derivatives, such as mineral oil and petroleum, PEGs, Parabens, DEA, Sodium laurel sulphate, artificial dyes and fragrances, chemical preservatives." /source/

I've been wanting to switch to natural deodorant for years but never managed to take that leap. In all honesty, I really only wear deodorant in the summer. Thankfully, I don't need it most of the year! Anyways, when given the opportunity to test out Crawford Street Skin Care's Cream Deodorant, I jumped on it!



Woods Cream Deodorant is available in two sizes; 30ml ($10) and 60ml ($18). It's 100% vegan and doesn't contain aluminum, propylene glycol, phthalates or parabens. What it does contain is a trio of essential oils that are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and deodorizing and cornstarch to absorb wetness. This deodorant kind of reminds me of a Christmas tree, and I'm not about it. A dime sized amount is all that's needed for each underarm and it lasts quite a few hours. It's definitely not the same as using your regular drugstore deodorant, but it's pretty darn good.

Neroli + Frankincense Body Lotion ($28, 240 ml) is a light, daily moisturizer that's 100% vegan. This lotion isn't overly fluid, but it's not too thick either (aka perfect texture). The scent is light and not as overpowering as the name could suggest. In fact, I almost find it too light. When you hear frankincense, you expect it to be strongly scented. My nose really only picks up orange, and it's very mild. Personally, I would have enjoyed a stronger scent- I love fragrance! Anyways, it spreads easily and takes a few minutes to absorb. Once absorbed, my skin stays hydrated for the whole day - even during this bitter cold.

Frankincense Hand Cream ($40, 120 ml / $25 60 ml) is a super rich cream that contains frankincense and myrrh to rejuvenate and lemon and lavender to nourish and protect. This hand cream has a light, natural scent and it's non-greasy. A little goes a looong way, which means this fun will last me well into spring. I find it takes a few minutes to absorb, but when it does, my skin feels great. This has been a staple of mine this winter and for once, my hands aren't chapped.

Cuticle Serum ($25, 7.4 ml) has been pivotal in keeping my mani's looking fresh this winter. This cuticle serum contains lots of omega fatty acids, protein  and vitamin enriched oils to effectively hydrate and promote healthy nails and cuticles. It's also 100% vegan! I like to apply it before bed so that I get a solid 8 hours of it soaking in uninterrupted. I also apply it after my at home manicures. Love it!


I'm actually in love with Crawford Street Skin Care's Rose Geranium Toner ($25, 60ml / $40 120 ml). Admittedly, I often skip toning because I can't be bothered to take out the cotton rounds, swipe it on and wait for it to dry. I already double cleanse, use a few serums, moisturize and apply sunscreen. Sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Anyways, this toner is in a spray bottle (a glass one 😍) which makes it so much easier for me to want to use it. It has a light rose scent and it dries almost instantly - a total win. The ingredients are simple and beneficial - rose water, aloe and lavender to soothe, geranium to balance and witch hazel to revitalize. I would carry this everywhere, but knowing me I would end up breaking it in my bag.

Last but certainly not least, is the Sandalwood Aftershave Cream ($35, 120 ml). This 100% vegan aftershave cream is soothing, moisturizing and protecting. It contains skin healthy ingredients such as bitter orange oil (natural anti-inflammatory), grapefruit seed oil (natural anti-septic) and aloe vera to keep your skin in tip-top shape after shaving. This unisex aftershave cream helps to calm irritated skin, prevent bumps and tones skin. It has a very light and natural scent that doesn't linger and it leaves my skin feeling calm. I feel like this is a product that some ladies may overlook, which is a shame because it feels so good on freshly shaven skin. If you have sensitive skin that's prone to irritation after shaving, I highly recommend you check this out.


I'm seriously impressed by Crawford Street Skin Care! Their products are simple yet effective, and their packaging is absolutely stunning. I appreciate that they're local and that they make their products in small batches. If you're looking to clean up your beauty routine, I highly suggest checking them out.

For more information, points of sale or to purchase their products, visit www.crawfordskincare.com


*Press samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Introduction to Maison Jacynthe

Happy New Year beauties! January brings the promise of a fresh start and a chance for change. Some of us set fitness goals, while others focus on their careers or personal relationships. Perhaps some of you would like transition into using natural aka 'green beauty' products - if so, then this post is for you!


Maison Jacynthe is a cruelty-free, natural makeup and skincare company from Quebec. They offer a variety of products from skincare, to personal care, to makeup and fragrance. I was fortunate to receive three products to review (lipstick, blush and eyeshadow) and I'm quite happy with them!


Fard À Joues in 01 Roméo ($29.50) is my new winter blush. It's literally the perfect shade for winter - it mimics the natural flush you would get stepping in from the cold. This blush has a very interesting scent to it - it's almost like a cinnamon scented baby powder. Hard to explain, but it smells unique and really nice. Fard À Joues doesn't come in a compact, but rather a large square pan. You can purchase a compact from Maison Jacynthe or stick it in a z palette.



Rouge À Lèvres  Bordeaux Mate 02 ($33) has quickly become a favourite of mine. The packaging is seriously trendy eco chic metal meets wood tube. Not only does it look stunning, but it has a nice weight to it and it's comfortable to hold and apply. The shade I selected (02 Bordeaux) is a beautiful, matte, warm burgundy colour that screams winter and fall. It has some serious pigment to it, so one swipe is all that's needed to achieve opaque coverage. It feels creamy, comfortable and hydrating on my lips and it doesn't highlight dry patches. I love it!




Fard À Paupières 17 Lait d'Or ($22) is a pretty light gold shade that I can see myself using as a highlighter. It's a pale gold, shimmery shade and that contains glitter, but it's not a glitter bomb. I found that it was more shimmer than pigment, and it really didn't show up well on my bare lids. In order for it to be noticeable, I had to apply it either over primer or wet. I feel like the lack of pigment has more to do with this particular shade, combined with my light skin tone. I'm definitely interested in trying another shade to see if I'm right.



You can find Maison Jacynthe products online at maisonjacynthe.ca and I'm select spas/stores in Quebec (refer to the website to find locations).

Have you tried anything from Maison Jacynthe? What is your fave green beauty company? Let's chat in the comment section below 👇


*Press samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Being by Sanctuary Spa ~ Part 1

Christmas is only a few short days away and I'm sure by now most of you have finished (or almost finished) your shopping. If not, this post could be helpful to you, too!


Although I love the holiday season, it can get quite stressful. Its important to take time for yourself and relax. I love to surround myself in beautiful scents because I find they really help me unwind. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on some deliciously scented products that I'm absolutely loving!

Being by Sanctuary Spa is a new-ish addition to Shoppers Drug Mart's bath & body section. There are 4 lines to choose from, and the price points are very affordable. The scents are amazing and the packaging is way too cute!


Salted Caramel & Macadamia Body Butter ($20, 300 ml) is easily my favourite of the bunch. The scent is rich and scrumpious - just like a batch of fresh baked cookies! Formulated with shea and cocoa butter, this body butter is thick and super nourishing -a must have for winter!


The Hibiscus & Coconut Water Body Lotion ($16, 300 ml) reminds me of the summer and I'm definitely not mad about it! It has a tropical scent and a very light texture. It absorbs almost instantly and leaves my skin feeling super smooth. I personally don't think that it will be hydrating enough for the winter months, but once spring rolls around I'll be reaching for this one a lot.


Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Mist ($10, 100 ml) surprised the hell out of me! I usually shy away from body mists/sprays from the drugstore because they often smell like alcohol. This does not. It smells like a tropical island paradise and I love it! For $10 you can't go wrong, it's like a vacation in a bottle.

I was so impressed by these Being By Sanctuary Spa products, that I out and bought 2 of the bubble baths plus a body scrub! My daughter's and I will be testing them out after Christmas, so keep your eyes out for a review 😉

You can find Being By Sanctuary Spa in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at beautyboutique.ca

Have you tried anything from Being By Sanctuary Spa? What scent calls out to you? Lets chat in the comment section below 👇


This post features press samples sent to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own

Friday, December 15, 2017

Give The Gift Of Youthful Skin This Holiday ~ Robin McGraw Revelation

Last month I featured some amazing products from Robin McGraw Revelation (read here) and today I'm back with some more awesome products from Robin's line that would make fabulous stocking stuffers!


"This antioxidant foaming gel cleanser gently and thoroughly removes all traces of makeup, dirt and oil, leaving skin soft, supple, and glowing. The balanced formula contains hydrating and purifying ingredients to cleanse without stripping skin." 
/source


Foaming Joy! Purifying Facial Cleanser ($22, 120 ml) contains Chamomile Extract for its anti-inflammatory, soothing and astringent properties as well as Green Tea Oil for its anti-aging and antioxidant properties. There's even Apple Fruit Extract, a natural AHA, to exfoliate and encourage cell renewal.

This cleanser is actually a gel, not a foam as its name would suggest. It does foam up though and it cleanses without stripping. I use a dime sized amount after removing my makeup, and It leaves my skin refreshed.

"Achieve a refreshed, relaxed, and younger-looking complexion with this advanced formulation. An innovative blend of four unique peptides relaxes and smooths the appearance of expression lines to help diminish the visible signs of aging." 
/source


Face It, You Look Amazing! Revitalizing Serum ($38, 15 ml) contains three key ingredients to assist in preventing visible signs of aging by reducing expression lines.

Ginseng Root Extract
Valued as an anti-aging ingredient, due to the many phytonutrients found in the plant, with anti-aging and energy-supporting properties that help to tone and brighten the skin.

Purslane Extract
This cute little plant is also loaded with antioxidants like Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It has long been used to treat skin disorders and wounds.

Gotu Kola Extract
An ancient healing plant, modern science has recognized it’s calming and healing properties. Rich in amino acids and Beta Carotene, it helps stimulate new cell growth and build collagen.


I've only been using this serum for slightly over a week, so I can't comment on its long term effects (yet). I can say that a little goes a long way, and it feels so hydrating on my skin. I've just started to develop some expression lines on my forehead, so fingers crossed I see some results! FYI, this serum is for expression lines (not all over your face). Apply it to your forehead, between the brows and crows feet.

"Wake up to a repaired, refreshed complexion! This unique nightly treatment addresses multiple visible signs of aging while protecting skin from future damage. Increase firmness and elasticity, balance skin tone, and restore skin’s moisture all while you sleep." 
/source


Hydra Qwench Moisturizing Night Cream ($42, 30 ml) contains a healthy dose of Squalane - an antioxidant that feeds skin cells to promote cell growth, Hyaluronic Acid to promote collagen production and to plump skin, as well as Caprylic Acid.
This night cream is so rich and hydrating! I apply this as the final step in my skincare routine and I'm so impressed. I wake up to skin that looks even, rested and hydrated. Perfect for Canadian winters!


I have yet to try a product from Robin McGraw that I don't like, so yes, I totally recommend them!



To learn more and purchase these products, visit robinmcgrawrevelation.com



Press samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sephora Collection Holiday 2017

Are you ready for the holidays? Christmas is exactly 2 weeks away, and if you're looking for some last minute gift ideas, you've come to the right place!


Sephora Collection always releases the cutest sets around the holidays, and I was fortunate enough to be sent two of them to review!

Sephora Collection Holiday 2017 : Once Upon A Look Palette ($35) contains 15 neutral to cool toned eye shadows in a glamorous rose gold clutch. There's a good mix of mattes and shimmers and the included mirror makes it travel friendly. The shimmer shades are beautiful and pigmented, however some of the mattes are a bit chalky. Luckily they can be built up and the use of a primer will help. This palette would be perfect for the budding makeup artist in your life.




Sephora Collection Holiday 2017 : The Dark Rainbow Ready In Five Brush Set ($28) is a great travelling companion. You get 5 travel sized brushes (powder, crease, shadow and angled liner) in a gorgeous clutch-style case. The brushes are soft and durable, and the case is sturdy - perfect for on the go touch ups Functionality aside, this set is stunning!


Sephora Collection has a ton of other items available and some of them look incredible (I'm looking at you Vault Pro Brush Set). So if you find yourself in Sephora, take a look at the fun, functional and affordable Sephora Collection.

The Sephora Collection is available exclusively in store and online at sephora.com



This post features press samples sent for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Friday, December 8, 2017

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Lustrous Brush Set

MAKE UP FOR EVER has released some really great holiday sets, and today I'm sharing my thoughts on the Lustrous Brush Set.


The Lustrous Brush Set contains 5 full size brushes and a handy, mesh case for travelling. The value is insane; for only $95 CAD you get $188 worth of brushes. There's a mix of eye and face brushes, and you can tell they were carefully selected.

If you haven't tried any brushes from MAKE UP FOR EVER, now's the time! They're soft, fluffy and perform so well. Plus they hold their shape after washing and don't shed - what more could you ask for?

156 Blush Brush

"After five years in development with makeup artists and fiber experts, MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brushes are a revolution in brush craftsmanship. The 100-percent fiber brushes are available in a range of 76 handcrafted styles, each with the perfect balance of straight and wavy fibers that replicate natural hairs. Beveled tips create a two-in-one makeup brush and tool, while innovative hair density and brush head shapes optimize every stroke for ideal makeup application. To achieve the ultimate collection, every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times."
 /source

These are the brushes you get in the Lustrous Brush Set..

108 Foundation Brush ($43)



This is a large, flat and rounded brush for applying foundation. It applies liquid foundation quickly and evenly without streaking.



156 Blush Brush ($44)



Exclusive to Sephora, this brush is flat and rounded for light powder and blush. It features both straight and wavy fibers, so it can be used with loose and compact powders. 



140 Small Highlighter Brush ($41)



Not only is this brush perfect for highlighting, it can be used to set your under-eye concealer. It has soft, wavy fibers that are firm enough to blend as well as apply.



226 Shader Brush ($30)



This flat brush with tapered edges was created for applying a variety of eye shadows (cream, loose and compact). With its medium size and straight fibers, this brush is ideal for applying and blending eye shadow. It allows for moderate to intense colour payoff and it's tapered edge allows for precision.



216 Precision Blender Brush ($30)



You can never have enough blending brushes, and you need to own at least one of these! This medium sized brush is ideal for blending in the crease as well as smudging along the lash line. It's soft yet dense and so perfect! You can use it with loose powders, pressed eyeshadow and pencil eye liner.



Unfortunately, this set isn't available in Canada online at sephora.com anymore, but it is available on the US site! It could still be in Sephora stores in Canada though. I highly recommend checking in store on your next Sephora visit 😉




This post features press samples sent to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.