[ Review ] Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation

Wearing makeup during the hotter months can always be challenging without the right formula. A freshly applied makeup look can slide right off in under an hour, if the right products aren’t used. If you have oily skin, that time can be cut in half!

Good thing one of my favourite brands, Makeup For Ever, has launched a new Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation ($48). The foundation comes in a handy squeeze tube bottle perfect for getting the right amount each time. The foundation comes in 40 different shades, and I tried shade Y455.

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Bask-it Style brings gifting suites straight to the celebs

TIFF was such a whirlwind! Tons of events, visiting celebrities and luxurious gifting lounges. The celebrities are truly living the good life with the Bask-it Style bag. Instead of having to schlepp a bag of goodies back to their hotels, visiting celebs are gifted a bag of goodies that are sent directly to their hotel.

In the past, celebrities that have received the Bask-it Style bag are: Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Colin Farrell, John Legend, Sir Elton John, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Tom Wilkinson, Rachel Weisz, Iggy Pop, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

Here’s a peak at my favourite items:

The House of Hayla  has a new collection that was inspired by vibrant Pantone colour palettes. The Monochrome Collection heels are made from vegan synthetics in a single tone. I love how they look! So pretty. (more…)

The Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro is a lifesaver for pet lovers

This is Newton, my cat. We think that he’s got a bit of Norwegian Forest cat in him.

He likes to sleep in funny positions. He likes boxes and running to the door whenever someone opens the front door. If he’s happy to see you, he’ll stand up backwards on his hind legs. He likes falling asleep in your lap.

He also loves to get his fur everywhere. We’re constantly finding bits of fur. If he sits on you, it’s fur city. We brush him tons, but the fur keeps spreading. I’m actually slightly allergic to cats, so try my best to keep the house as fur free as possible (as it can be with a cat.)

Enter the Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro. Bissell totally understands that sometimes, our furry friends can be a bit more fur than friend. I’m often out and about, and don’t have much time to clean. The Crosswave can mop and vacuum at the same time, saving me valuable time. (more…)

[ Win it ] Let’s Go to the Ex!

I’ve been going to the CNE with my family since I was a little girl. It’s a tradition that I’ve rarely strayed from each year. Even now that I’m an adult (when did that happen?) I still go with my parents and sister each year. This year I’ll be including my husband on the fun.

The food is a huge draw. The Food building is my jam, and it’s packed with lobster rolls, crazy burgers, raclette, bao tacos, and so much more. There’s always something new to check out each year. The CNE hasn’t announced what wild and wacky food they’ll be having this year, but I bet it will be something unique and tasty.

As a testament to the popularity of Toronto’s ever growing list of night markets, the CNE will be hosting its very own Asian food market this year. Visitors can check out the market from August 30th to September 3rd.

This year, it’s the 125th anniversary of the debut of the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel was invented in Chicago. Be sure to ride the giant Ferris wheel in honour of this anniversary this summer.

This year, in honor of the year of Canada-China Tourism. 50 artists created 17 illuminated giant silk lanterns. It sounds beautiful, and I’m excited to see them.

What are some of your summer traditions? Do you go to the Ex each year with your family? Or will this be your first time? I’ve partnered with the CNE to giveaway general admission passes and Ride All Day Passes to the CNE this summer! To enter, see below. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more chances to win!

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Win Tickets to the Toronto Cider Festival

In this beer obsessed world, I’m so happy that cider has found a place to grow and get bigger and bigger. I’m not knocking beer, but cider is my brew of choice. (What’s yours?)

My favourite drinks festival is back for 4th year of spreading the cider love! The Toronto Cider Festival will happen on August 24th & 25th at the Sherbourne Common, right by the waterfront.

This festival is tons of fun and a great way to get exposure to new ciders that you may not have tried before. There’s nothing better than spending a summer evening sipping cider next to Lake Ontario. This year the theme is wild Western and each session will have over 100 taps of cider available.

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