Aveeno Fresh Essentials – Review

Aveeno Fresh Essentials – Review

With Spring around the corner (or so says the calendar) these could not come at a better time!

The first thing I noticed about this lineup of Aveeno Fresh Essentials is the smell. The fresh scent itself is enough to rejuvenate tired skin. My sister came over the other day and used the facial scrub and those were her first words too. It smells amazing! Another wonderful factor common to all 3 products is they are oil-free.

Full disclosure: These were sent to me for free to try out and share my opinion.

1. Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub

The great thing about a scrub is that it can be used to remove makeup and deep clean your pores at the same time, leaving you with perfectly clean skin after the makeup’s all gone. Personally my skin can be sensitive and scrubs that are too harsh tend to leave it red and irritated. The texture of this scrub feels very smooth at first, but as you begin to rub it between your hands you start to feel tiny beads. These tiny beads are so gentle that even if you have sensitive skin, like mine, your skin will be left feeling exfoliated but not red and irritated. This was a huge factor for me. Definite bonus points right there! Read more

The Beauty of Malu

The Beauty of Malu

I recently attended the Mode Accessories Show where I witnessed many beautiful and unique gems. Today I want to share with you a brand that touched me beyond the physical beauty of its pieces. I was very lucky to not only get a glimpse of MaLu’s spring line but get to know the woman behind the brand – Maria Luisa.

Maria, a school teacher so wholeheartedly devoted to her kids, started the “Start me up” breakfast program at the school she was teaching in at the time. The program quickly became successful and grew from the $500 Maria began with to receiving a $100,000 grant from Sun Life Financial. The Toronto District School Board took notice and modeled their own nutrition programs after Start Me Up. The name, by the way, was created by the kids themselves which earned them a well-deserved pizza party for their efforts! But the school where Start Me Up originated had to close down which was hugely upsetting to Maria. Read more

Make up Haul! #LOreal

Make up Haul! #LOreal

So there was a makeup sale in town and this happened:

makeup haul @splattershare

I regret nothing! It was hosted by L’Oreal and the prices were second only to the selections. The cool thing was that not only were there amazing deals on L’Oreal products, but the sale featured L’Oreal’s other brands as well. For example, there was a pretty wide selection of perfumes and I was able to get the YSL Manifesto perfume I’ve had my eye on, for a fraction of the cost. Read more

Gather Adventures! A Not-So-Hidden Gem

Gather Adventures! A Not-So-Hidden Gem

I have discovered a new gem, and although this store has been around for years now, it was a first for me because I have never been to Bowmanville before. Bowmanville is about 45 min East of the city, and it sure looks like I’ll be coming back!

The store I’m talking about is Gather, and it is the cutest boutique I have been to! All of the items are hand selected by the lovely Karen, and are all unique in their own right.

Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare

How pretty is she?!

Karen doesn’t buy entire lines necessarily, or even outfits that are meant to be worn together. She uses her personal style, intuition, and love of fabulous things to source individual pieces that will appeal to her customers.

Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare

Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare

Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershareWhat I personally loved about this store, aside from the fact that it’s huge and you feel like a kid in a candy store, is the fact that as different and unique as the items are they are not outrageous and you can picture yourself wearing everything. There is an interesting story when it comes to every piece in the store. If you pick Karen’s brain she can tell you where everything was made and how it found its place into her store. The prices are not cheap but are completely affordable, and definitely reflect the excellent quality! Not to mention that the chances of someone else wearing the same outfit are slim!

Karen and I had a blast trying on a bunch of awesome outfits, and of course I couldn’t leave the store empty handed…

Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare

It was a damask & jacquard kind of day…
Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershareGather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershareGather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare  This sweater was super comfy and had this great detail in the back:Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare

And to add to all of the aforementioned awesomeness, there are quotes displayed all around the store, adding to the feel-good experience:

inspirational quotes in Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershareKaren - Gather Boutique in Bowmanville - @splattershare

I had a total blast shopping at Gather. Karen, thank you for spending the afternoon and sharing your wonderful store with me!

Ladies, I highly recommend you check this place out! Fellas, there is an incredibly comfy chair for you at Gather!

xoxo

Outfit of the day – J.Crew dress shirt

Outfit of the day – J.Crew dress shirt

I don’t normally wear dress shirts, but boy oh boy things are about to change! I am in love with this top!

I got it at the J.Crew outlet store at the Toronto Premium Outlets in Mississauga for $35. It’s similar to this one but not quite it. I think the selection will vary by store.

It looks very professional for work, but I can definitely see myself dressing it up, wearing it with jeans, and just really any multitude of outfits. Great for fall!

The coloring of it is interesting enough to make it unique but also simple that it can be used as a basic, and layered with colours, jewelry, or a nice jacket.

Outfit of the day - J.Crew dress shirt @splattershare

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Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® COLOR

Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® COLOR

I have to tell you about this lipstick, or lip stain rather.
A friend told me about it a while ago. She claimed that it stays on all night. What are the chances of a color staying on your lips after you eat, drink, kiss, or whatever else you do? But I figured I’d try it. It only cost $12 so I didn’t have too much to lose but potentially a new favorite to gain!

This lipstick is available in 30 different wonderful shades (click on picture for link). The one I’m wearing is ‘Keep up the Flame’ #025, but I have a feeling I’ll be adding more to my collection. This lipstick has 2 sides to it. One is the actual colour, and the other is the hydrating balm. After applying the colour your lips will feel a bit dry but that’s ok. Make sure the color dries completely and then apply the balm, which will hydrate your lips and add shine.

Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® COLOR @splattershare

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Cirque du Soleil in Toronto

Cirque du Soleil in Toronto

I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil perform 3 times already, twice here in Toronto, and once in Vegas, and I will gladly see them 100 more times. I can’t tell you how fantastic their shows are! I find myself on the edge of my seat every time. Each number is unique, creative, and entertaining. Kudos to the creative minds behind theses shows. The stories, the sets, the numbers, everything is so elaborate and imaginative.

This time the show I saw was called KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities and it certainly did not disappoint! I went to see the show with my entire family, I mean ENTIRE family – there was 15 of us, which also meant we got a group rate! When you buy tickets make sure that you don’t have an obstructed view – there are a few poles in the tent which can block your view. Other than the obstructions though, it doesn’t matter how close or far, or on which side you sit because the horseshoe shaped stage allows for great visibility no matter where you are. The beautiful thing with Cirque du Soleil shows is you don’t need to speak the language to enjoy it. My grandparents who do not speak English came with us and had the time of their life!

The level of professionalism is so astonishing. The amount of hours put into practicing these routines must be insurmountable because the performers make it look so easy. You have complete faith that the gymnasts, tumblers, and acrobats will land safely yet you can’t help but gasp for air each time they throw themselves up in the air again.

It is a show for all ages, all occasions, and just overall an incredible spectacle. I truly recommend everyone to go see it!

Here is the look I went with:

Cirque du Soleil in Toronto look! @splattershare Read more

TIFF at Yorkville

TIFF at Yorkville

Hi guys! So I haven’t posted anything in 5 days *Gasp*! I know. I even missed Thursday Thought! But here’s why: As you know TIFF is in town, so naturally I had to be there. My friends and I didn’t get tickets to see any movies, not yet anyway, but we really wanted to be downtown for the hoopla of opening night! While we probably should have gone to King St. W. we decided to make our way to Yorkville instead, in the hopes of spotting some stars enjoying their evening. If you’ve never been to Toronto, you have to visit Yorkville. It’s a really cute area to just walk through, grab some lunch, go for drinks, and of course shop. This is the expensive shopping part of town, so if you’re into that sort of thing it’s fantastic! Just name it, it’s there. Otherwise, Yorkville is really great for window-shopping and inspiration. Because it’s an expensive area your chances of spotting celebrities there are pretty good all year round, not to mention during TIFF time.

What we learned is that to sit on the patio of certain places around TIFF time you need to make reservations. I’m pretty sure there were free tables but they must have been saved for celebs. Obviously we just didn’t cut it. Anyway, we ended up going to this adorable Italian restaurant called Trattoria Nervosa, and sat on their rooftop patio.

If you go, you should try their pizza and Aperol Spritzers. Both were divine! The pizza has a super thin crust, and tasted really fresh. They told us it was small, but we found it to be perfect for sharing.

Trattoria NervosaHere is my look for the night:

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L’Oreal Wishful Pinking

L’Oreal Wishful Pinking

Sometimes it’s the simple things.

This nail polish is so soft, yet it immediately gives your nails a more, no pun intended, polished look. This nail polish makes me feel more put together. Just like a simple pink gloss. And let me tell you that L’Oreal makes fantastic nail polishes. I have quite a few so I know! The brush is great, and makes for simple and neat application. The consistency of the nail polish is excellent because it stores well, and doesn’t clump up or dry up. It preserves well both in the bottle and on your nails!

and Wishful Pinking?? How cute!!

L'oreal nailpolish wishful pinking @splattershare

xoxo

 

Rained On

Rained On

In Toronto we have an annual event called “Salsa on St.Claire”. The event happens in July when it’s usually warm, if not hot! There is lots of dancing, and food vendors from all over Latin America. It’s a grand time. Yesterday, however, it got rained on! The event still went on, food was delicious, people were dancing, and it was lots of fun, but my straight hair didn’t survive it, and wearing flip flops was a bad decision too.

I knew my hair would be curly by the time i got home – it’s naturally curly and I had no product in it. My makeup on the other hand was flawless! After being in the rain all day I got home to realize nothing happened to my makeup – even my eye shadow was intact. So I felt it necessary to share what exactly I had used that morning and give a quick kudos to these makeup companies. Read more

Crazy about these shoes! #nwrocha

Crazy about these shoes! #nwrocha

I think everyone should know about this shoe! The Nine West Rocha.

This is the best $100 you’ll spend. I have plenty of shoes which are adorable at first but you can’t actually get any use out of them because your feet kill after a few hours (if that). I got the burgundy ones a couple of years ago, at the time because they were on sale, and have pretty much lived in them since. This is an excellent work shoe because it’s stylish, gives you enough height to work really well with pencil skirts due to the small platform and 3.5″ heel, and most importantly comfortable. I love the shape of the toe too – it’s not too pointy, which I find too sexy for the office, but it’s not too round, which I find boring and old fashioned. It’s just right!

This is the time of year when many shoes go on sale, and I love saving money, but this is one thing I will not compromise on, and $100 for a pair of shoes is great anyway! I just got the black ones, and I have a feeling they will have a good life.

TIP:

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