#ManiMasterpieces with Shoppers Drug Mart

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I’ve briefly mentioned my high-school nail obsession via social media (check some visuals here) here and there. Here’s the full story on it: there was a time where I used to be super into doing my nails. I would go for a full set, with crazy intricate designs, every 3 weeks. They were ridiculously long and gaudy…and to be honest, I think I subconsciously shied away from doing anything at all to my nails for years afterwards to compensate! But, I’ve gotta admit, I really do miss playing around with nail art! I forgot how much fun experimenting with colours, brushes & patterns can be (and how nice it is to have nails that don’t look like a boys!). So I’m excited to say that over the next month I’ll be doing a fun project with Shoppers Drug Mart called #ManiMasterpieces, where I’ll be sharing a bunch of posts via Instagram with my own take on summer nail looks. I’m honestly SO excited to get all creative with it and see what I come up with! My first look, called “Graphic Arts,” is one I was challenged to recreate by Shopper’s – the original used super bright colours, but obviously I decided to go towards the minimal side. I’m excited that minimalism is back in style, and with the influx of other cool nail trends popping up – from the rise of greys & nudes, to matte topcoats, to gradients – I can’t wait to show you guys all the designs I have planned. Make sure to follow along via my Instagram for all the looks!

products: Nailene Perfect tips & toes, here, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in “Black Out” here, Misslyn nail polish in “597”, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in “Show Steel-er”, Essie nail lacquer in “bikini so teeny”, hereCeramix Glaze in “Pure”, Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy top coat

Step 1: Apply 2 coats of Ceramic Glaze in Pure and let dry.

Step 2: Using Nailene Perfect tips & toes, divide the nail into 4 shapes.

Step 3: Fill in each shape with a different colour. Slowly remove tape before it dries.

Step 4: Once dry, finish with a clear top coat like Ceramic Glaze Fast Drying Top Coat.

Get your hands on the latest nail looks at Shoppers Drug Mart. Plus, from May 23 – June 19, get 15x the Shoppers Optimum Points when you spend $15 or more on participating nail products.

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A Tale of Transitions with Neutrogena | Videos

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So remember that project I’ve been working on with Neutrogena (more on it here)? The videos we shot for it are finally live and they are so funny! Featuring real life stories by Ania Boniecka of aniab.net, Natalie Ho of mylittlesecrets.ca, Alicia Quan of aliciafashionista.ca, and Katelyn Zborowski of katelynsaid.com.

Check ‘em out on the next page – but please don’t make fun of my prom dress!!

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Equinox | Pilates

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An innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates, pilates teaches the body awareness and good posture while increasing core strength, flexibility, and mobility. After easing into my Equinox fitness journey with yoga around 6 months back (more on that here), I recently started introducing pilates into my routine. It has become one of my favourites for many reasons: I like that the controlled movements get me into a flow similar to yoga, but I also love that it tests my core strength.

Cool, calm and intimate, the private pilates studio at Equinox provides the perfect setting for optimal transformation to take place. Pair this with their state-of-the-art equipment and the industry’s best instructors, and you’re guaranteed a workout that takes your body to new levels. Whether its standard pilates or pilates fusion, both classes target the core, help with alignment, breathing, coordination and balance, and are a great “in-between-day” workout to high intensity classes (like my favs STACKED! & Metcon3).

wearing: Nike Dri-Fit Epic Lux Crop, here, & Pro Classic Sports Bra, here

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Review | Neutrogena Hydro Boost

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If you know me, you know I’m kind of a skin freak and have been since a young age. I never sleep without removing my makeup, make a conscious effort to eat and drink things that classify as “skin food” (a.k.a avocados, coconut water, sweet potatoes, salmon), and I avoid the sun at all costs. So when it comes to the actual product that I put onto my skin, you can bet that I’m a purist. The first moisturizer I ever started using (over – gasp!- a decade ago) was Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, which my mother turned me onto. She’s used it for literally as long as I can remember!

Now as much as I’m a die-hard fan of that product, Neutrogena’s latest launch, Hydro Boost, might just be my new favourite. Here’s a bit about the technology behind it: Hydro Boost is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid – an ingredient naturally found in our bodies that helps keep the skin supple and youthful. (Hyaluronic Acid infuses your skin and acts like a sponge, absorbing more than 1,000 times its weight!) The only problem is, we start losing it over time.

Now that I’m moving into my mid-twenties, it’s the perfect time to start reaping the benefits of the added Hyaluronic Acid in Hydro Boost. It helps the skin hold on to moisture, keeping it looking visibly smooth and healthy-looking day after day. I love how refreshing and lightweight the gel consistency is, how it instantly hydrates the skin, and my favourite part – how it absorbs immediately! I also am super keen on the fact that I can apply makeup literally right away without that greasy, slippery feel. (Because, honestly, who really waits 5 minutes for moisturizer to absorb in the morning! #aintnobodygottimeforthat!) Even better, makeup actually stays on with it as a base better than anything I’ve ever used. It’s honestly a bit like a primer, and ensures no contour falling down my face, no muddy bronzer…and with the matching Hydro Boost eye cream – no mascara puddles, eye shadow creasing, and no liquid eyeliner smudging. Personally, I have a tough time with my combination skin (oily forehead and chin, semi-dry cheeks and weirdly enough, nostrils) and it seems to do the job for both – managing the greasy zones and keeping the dry spots moisturized for a full 24 hours. Kind of miraculous, really!

Changes are a part of life and the ones that happen when you’re a young adult represent some of the biggest transitions. Our latest innovation: Hydro Boost gel creams for face and eye feature purified hyaluronic acid, instantly quenches and infuses skin with an abundance of moisture, so your skin will feel smooth and supple day after day. For more information, visit us at www.neutrogena.ca/hydroboost

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Lola & August

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There’s something that makes me feel so good about wearing beautiful underthings – whether it be (matching!) everyday bra and panties, or an almost-too-gorgeous-to-wear set of lingerie. Lola & August, a new homegrown lingerie brand, are definitely with me on this. They’ve taken the concept of luxurious lingerie to a new level – everything they produce is handcrafted in Canada with imported fabrics, their panties are lined with 100% organic cotton, and the gold rings used on sets are 18K gold plated (and nickel and lead-free). You really can see the love and passion that they put into each piece. I’m wearing the Anneau D’Or bra and panty set and the Chemise de Chasse chiffon robe in the images above, definitely #feelingmyself *Beyoncé hair flip*. Be on the lookout for their website, launching soon.

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Thomas Sabo Jewellery

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thomas-sabo-jewellery-1Ok – I have to admit…over the years I’ve kind of gotten lax with my jewellery game. Part of it is due to the fact that most the time I just forget to wear it, but the other part is because I rarely come across jewellery that I really like and feel like I’ll actually wear. Thomas Sabo has made me revisit accessorizing with their cool, versatile pieces. I love that their stuff is in between regular costume jewellery (they use sterling silver as well as gold-plating – a.k.a no tarnishing after a month of wearing) and doesn’t break the bank like fine jewellery. My favourite part of the brand is the harmonization of their pieces – they can be combined with one another seamlessly for a look that’s unique to you, which is great.

Now for the fun part – Thomas Sabo has opened a new store at Sherway Gardens here in Toronto, and I’ll be partnering with them with for the launch event! It’s taking place at the new location this Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, and there will be Glam & Soul tattoo applications, balloons, plus candy & sweets – and there will be me (heh). So yeah, I really don’t know what else you’d need to convince you to come hang! I’ll be in store Friday from 4-8 and Saturday from 12-4…Hope to see you guys there!

wearing: Rebel at Heart ring, here; bangle, here Glam & Soul ring, here; bangle, here; Kathmandu ear studs, here; Rebel at Heart ear stud, here

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Clockwise from top left:

Petite & Sweet sophisticated sweet tooth, here; Voluspa french bourbon vanilla slender glass candle, here; Moroccanoil fleur de rose body butter, hereKérastase Chronologiste shampoo, here, & masque hereAndrew & Blaine notebook, similar hereAlex & Ani path of life bangle, hereSaint Cosmetics vegan/gluten-free blush, here, Elizabeth Arden lipsticks, hereHillberg & Berk sparkle ball earrings, here; Remodelista hardcover book, here

I always seem to have the hardest time shopping for my mom, and I feel like bascially everybody I know feels the same as me. So to make things easier for everyone, I decided to go on the hunt weeks early and gather up some super cute items that I know would make great (buildable) gifts for momma’s day – whatever your budget/mom type is! You’re welcome.

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Clockwise from top left:

 David’s Tea travel cup, here; Renew jasmine body oil, here; & bath salts, here; Ecocube lavendar plant, here, & basil plant, hereLush yummy mummy body conditioner, here, & shower gel, here, lemony flutter cuticle butter, here; David’s Tea organic detox tea, here; Dynasty potted cacti, available in-store

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Forever 21 Summer Partnership

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It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeeear – when the scarves and thermal socks go away and the sunglasses, tank tops and ice cream trucks come out. To ease into this magical time, I’ll be working with Forever 21 on a fun summer partnership that will take place over the next month. With themes like “what’s in my weekend bag” and “poolside attire,” you can be rest assured I’ll have some fresh-2-death monochrome picks. I’ll be sharing my post via my Instagram every Monday, so stay tuned!

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bag, here, pouch, here, nail polish, here, lipgloss, here, sunglasses, similar here

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top, here, vest, here, shoes, similar here, sunglasses, here

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Exclusive Rudsak Sample Sale

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Do you have a thang for leather jackets? Rock ‘n’ roll? Are you a (cool) rebel without a cause? If you answered yes to any of these, you should probably know that one of my Canadian favs, Rudsak, is having one of their famous bi-annual sample sales. Lucky me snaffled up this puffer jacket and chain bag that I’m wearing in this post, along with a metallic biker and some super dope architectural (albeit men’s) sneakers. But have no fear – stock will be replenished daily with outwear, accessories and shoes (featuring their Canadian-made quality leather), all at up to 70% off. The sale is on from April 30-May 3 2015 at 99 Sudbury Street…see you there?

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Thursday April 30th & Friday May 1st: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday May 2nd & Sunday May 3rd: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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A Tale Of Transitions with Neutrogena

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As you may already know if you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been working on a super fun project with Neutrogena over the past little while to celebrate the launch of their new Hydroboost cream (which is, by the way, the perfect thing for not-teenage-but-not-yet-“adult”-skin, like mine!). The whole project is about – you guessed it – transitions, from those epic teenage years onward. And you can rest assured I have an abundance of amazing/embarrassing stories from this time period!

A lot of these transitions happened from 16 onwards for me, and are still in the process of happening now – not just with my appearance and style, but with my mindset and life. Although I must admit, people are always shocked to learn of some of my past aesthetic choices (hi, nose ring and fire-engine red hair!).  The road to minimalism and monochromaticness was a long and winding one, full of acrylic nails, hair extensions, and oversized hoop earrings.

Okay, but seriously, everyone makes questionable choices – fashion-related or not – as a young adolescent. The good part about this is that getting them out of our systems helps us to realize what we do and don’t like, and, ultimately, this is what helps us to transition into the person we are meant to become. (It took getting perms and eating chicken nuggets every day to make me realize that straight hair and being a vegetarian was my thing!)

I’ve talked about how drastically my life has changed in the last couple of years in past posts (and is still in the process of changing, methinks!). From graduating university to moving out into my first condo, it’s been a rollercoaster to say the least. But hey, isn’t that what makes life exciting? Well, that and flooding your kitchen with bubbles…more on that soon.

When you think about it, life is really all about changes – whatever is placed in front of us on any given day, good or bad, and how we deal with these things. Learning from them, growing from them…these are the things that define us and makes us the people we are. How crazy is that?

p.s. I honestly can’t wait for you guys to see the videos we shot for this…my infamous prom dress even makes an appearance in one of them. Stay tuned!

Changes are a part of life and the ones that happen when you’re a young adult represent some of the biggest transitions. Our latest innovation: Hydro Boost gel creams for face and eye features purified hyaluronic acid, it instantly quenches and infuses skin with an abundance of moisture, so your skin will feel smooth and supple day after day. For more information, visit us at www.neutrogena.ca/hydroboost

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Neutrogena® Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Neutrogena® Canada.

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