Category: Beauty

Allure Body Bar

Allure Body Bar is a stylish waxing and personal grooming salon in the east end. Allure Body Bar views waxing as a maintenance necessity, not a luxury, so they provide affordable pricing so their clients can wax as needed.
Although they are known for their famous full Brazillian waxes (which I’m not brave enough for) I’m here for a leg wax ($40)!
1-IMG_15921-June 2014I immediately love their funky graffiti style that greets you in the lobby. The graffiti is done by a local artist, and you can see the art in the treatment rooms and in other areas of the body bar.


Lovefresh Natural Cream Deodorant- It works!

lovefreshAh, the sweaty, hot times of summer are upon us. Deodorant is a definite must in the heat, but what’s a girl to do when the average deodorant is chock full of chemicals? I always try to avoid aluminum in my deodorant and antiperspirants. They aren’t good for you at all, but there are very few natural solutions that actually work. (more…)

Neons by OPI Swatches

It’s time to get your nails prepped for summer! OPI has released their first ever full sized neon shade collection. Neons by OPI has also been released in possibly the most adorable mini sized bottles ever.

Not only does each bottle contain a good amount of polish for multiple use, but these polishes are made to be stashed in a bag for a summer beach or cottage trip.


L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Swatches

1-IMG_1496Every time I get the chance to try some L’Oreal polishes, I’m always blown away.
The last time it was their amazing glitter textured polishes. Today, it’s their new Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 polishes. As a huge fan of gel manicures, I was super curious to see the results of an at home gel nail polish. Would it be shiny? Would it last long? Yes, and yes!

First you start with bare nails and apply one coat of their Gel Primer. Then, you choose your shade of polish and apply 2 coats. The last step is applying one coat of their magical Gel Glaze. And voila!

LacqueristeLacqueriste is my favourite shade. Just look at that bright coral! Great for summer.

1-IMG_1125Beauty Never Fades is a deep berry red.

1-IMG_0914I found Don’t Shy Away to be hard to put on evenly.

1-IMG_1169I loved Rose to the Occasion. Such a nice berry shade.

absolutelytimelessThis classic pale pink is just like its name: Absolutely Timeless.

So, what do I love about these polishes? They are long lasting, don’t chip easily and stay glossy forever! It’s almost just like a gel manicure, but without the messy removal. You can take this polish off with typical nail polish remover.

The collection has 21 shades and each bottle is $7.99. Take a look!


CND Open Road Collection & Swatches

1-cndThe CND Spring Open Road collection is a set of 6 chic Vinylux shades. To me, these muted shades scream spring! This was my first time wearing Vinylux and it won’t be my last!

Vinylux polishes are designed to last for a week. I am very hard on my nails. I wore these polishes for a week, and the colour did last. Towards the end, the polish at the very tips of my nails would chip off, but it was very gradual. The polish stayed glossy! So how do they work?


Can Your Favourite Beauty Products Stop Working?

I thought I would share this article, because this happens to me all the time!

By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Can Your Favourite Beauty Products Stop Working?

Every woman has had the experience: A tried-and-true regimen that once left your hair beautiful and shiny and your skin its radiant best suddenly seems to have stopped working. Is it time to move on to a new set of products? Here, advice from the experts.

Should You Change Your Shampoo and Conditioner?
When your once bouncy, gleaming hair starts looking flat and dull, you may wonder if it has “become used to” your favourite shampoo or conditioner. There are two things to keep in mind. No. 1: As hair expert John Gray — author of The World of Hair Colour — says, “High-quality hair products are rigorously tested to ensure that their performance does not deteriorate.” No. 2: Hair is technically dead, so it can’t develop a tolerance to a product.

That doesn’t mean that you’re imagining the changes in your hair. Residue from styling products is one common reason why hair may look and feel drab. To give your hair a clean slate, try a one-time wash with a clarifying shampoo. These shampoos contain ingredients — such as enzymes and citric acids — that bind to product deposits and whisk them away.

Seasonal changes can also make it seem like your shampoo and conditioner aren’t doing their job. In fact, these products are delivering consistent results, but it’s your hair itself that behaves differently in the high humidity of summer than it does during dry winter conditions. While you always want to choose a shampoo and conditioner that’s right for your hair type and texture, if you use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner in the summer, you may find that richer and more hydrating versions of those products work better in winter.

Colouring, highlighting, relaxing and perming all affect the fundamental properties of your hair, says Gray. If you’ve had one of these chemical processes, you may need to add deep-conditioning treatments, including masks, to keep your hair in tip-top shape. Ask your stylist for advice on how frequently to use these at-home treatments.

Do You Need to Swap Your Skin Care Products?
If the feeling that your skin care regimen isn’t working any more is a familiar one, then the fault may lie with your own expectations. “Using skin care products is a lot like dieting,” says aesthetician Tom Woodhouse. “Often, you’ll see a lot of improvement over the first three months, and then when you’ve achieved the maximum benefit from the products, your skin goes into more of a maintenance mode. What you’re missing is the excitement or novelty of those early results.”

Then again, our skin is dynamic, changing in some way almost every day, says Ellen Marmur, dermatologist and author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin. Rather than thinking of yourself as having one static skin type, Marmur says it’s more effective to learn to read your skin and be flexible in the types of products you use. While you may have a general tendency toward dry skin or oily skin, irritation or acne, it’s important to adjust your regimen to the type of skin you’re having today. If, for example, your skin is looking greasy and starting to break out, you may want to switch temporarily to a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which will help unclog pores.

The active ingredients that keep our skin looking its best, like peptides or retinol, work year-round. But just as cotton feels cool against your skin in July and cashmere is cozy in December, different formulations feel — and look — better as the weather changes. Consider rotating your regimen to include oil-free or gel-based products in summer and richer creams and lotions in the winter.

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