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New Year Skin Goals: Kate Somerville’s ‘Age Arrest: Anti-Winkle Cream’


Continuing on with our New Year skin goals, I recommend the ‘Age Arrest: Anti-Winkle Cream’.  We are aging and a cream that is effective, that makes you look and feel great is a step in the right direction for 2017.

Introducing Age Arrest from Kate Somerville, the first anti-aging treatment with Telo-5™ Technology, based on Nobel Prize* winning research on the youthful benefits of prolonging the life of telomeres. As we age, skin cell telomeres shorten and critical youth information is lost. Over time, this leads to wrinkles, dryness, and sagging skin.

Age Arrest’s advanced formula, based on telomere research, is proven to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin firmness and elasticity, improve the appearance of skin discoloration, and significantly hydrate. Revolutionary Telo-5™ Technology is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging and deliver a younger-looking complexion.

Based on the Nobel Prize* winning medical research on telomeres, Telo-5™ Technology is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging and deliver a younger-looking complexion.

Age-defying Peptide, with anti-glycation properties, helps to reduce the degradation of collagen and improve the appearance of firmness.

New bio-ferment Extract of Laminaria Kelp works synergistically with skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

A proprietary blend of Sea Whip Extract and Algae Plasma provides immediate and lasting soothing of sensitive skin 5 oz. luxury size for $185 ($80 savings).

How To Use

AM and PM. Use twice a day. Apply a thin, even layer to face and neck. Use alone or layer over a treatment serum. Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin.



New Year Skin Goals: Kate Somerville’s ‘Quench: Hydrating Face Serum’


‘Use Quench as a foundation primer or on arms and legs for a dewy sheen. It’s good for your skin and works to keep makeup in place all day.’ Kate Somerville

Continuing on with our New Year skin goals, I recommend the ‘Quench: Hydrating Face Serum’ from Kate Somerville to take me next level.

Use Quench as a foundation primer or on arms and legs for a dewy sheen. It’s good for your skin and works to keep makeup in place all day.

This advanced complex is designed to pull essential moisture in deep and lock it there. Quench Hydrating Face Serum is formulated to create a gorgeous, dewy complexion that’s silky soft and satiny smooth. Turn back time with a powerful combination of age-defense ingredients.

HSC Complex is designed to deliver intense hydration, while counteracting environmental stressors

An intense form of Vitamin A helps to promote healthier-looking skin and return skin to its youthful appearance by boosting the skin renewal process

How To Use

AM and PM. Use twice a day. Apply 1-2 pumps to a clean, dry face and neck. Allow serum to absorb into skin before applying other products.



Rimmel London: Eyebrow Essentials Inspired by Ibeyi

I’m a huge fan of the girls from Ibeyi. Their music is sublime, introspective and relaxing.  Their style is even more cohesive and lovely.  I love their appreciation for a good face palette – a stable foundation, pressed powder, primers, bold lips and tamed eyebrows.  French girls – they always have the best make up, don’t they?

Sometimes we take our eyebrows for granted. It’s time we all did a bit of an eyebrow overhaul as we head into holiday season.  Here are three make up must have’s from Rimmel London to get you up to date.

Rimmel London: Brow This Way Eyebrow Sculpting Kit

  • Comes with pro brushes for precise application.
  • Long lasting formula feels lightweight and comfortable all day long.

Get perfect photo-ready, high impact brows in 3 easy step –

Step 1. Apply the wax to define and set your eyebrows with the angled brush.

Step 2. With the other side of the brush blend the powder to fill in sparse areas.

Step 3. Finish by using the combing brush to perfect your look or our Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel.

With long lasting formula that feels lightweight and comfortable on eyebrows all day long.


Rimmel London: Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel

Style your brows into the perfect shape.

  • Perfectly groomed eyebrows in an easy, smooth application.
  • Defines, fills and fixes brow all day with a tint of shine.
  • Comfortable lightweight texture.

Steps to perfect eyebrows:

Step 1. Apply Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit as directed.

Step 2. Apply the gel across the eyebrows in the direction of your brow’s natural growth.

Or it can be used alone for a more natural look!


Rimmel London: Professional Eyebrow Pencil

Define your eyebrows like a professional.

  • Fill in gaps or lengthen the arc of the eyebrow for a natural look.
  • Groom and shape brows with its built-in brush.
  • Long wear color that doesn’t smudge.

Steps for perfect eyebrows:

Step 1. Use the brush to coax hairs up for lift and volume.

Step 2. Lightly draw in your eyebrows for more full lashes.

Step 3. Apply Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel to look in your look.


Pick up these three eyebrow essentials in the weeks ahead from Rimmel London and try testing them out. Holiday parties are right around the corner.  Photo op’s will sure to abound, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Rimmel London: Oh My Gloss! Lip Gloss in ‘Cosmic’

I’m not a huge fan of matte lip glosses. I like a vibrant lip and Rimmel London does that the best.  But who knew Rimmel London would bring their A game in a neutral lip too.

After watching Adele’s ‘Hello’ a few hundred times a few weeks ago I was swayed to pick up a matte neutral lip gloss. You know for those days you need a lil somethin’ somethin’ but not too much hurrah.

I grabbed Rimmel London’s Oh My Gloss! Lip Gloss in ‘Cosmic’.  It’s a:

  • Lip Loving gloss with Argan Oil and Vitamin E.
  • Features Rimmel London’s ‘Gloss Lock’ technology, which delivers an elevated, long-lasting 3-dimensional shine.
  • Non-sticky, lightweight and comfortable to wear.
  • 14 other glossy shades are available.

This is the perfect lip gloss for a Fall day as we transition into the winter.  ‘Cosmic’ is a perfect shade to keep in one of every purse.


My Make-Up Bag

My Make Up Bag

My Make Up Bag

The last post in my make-up date series is a look within my own make-up bag.  As you can see I tend to stay with lines that are affordable, road warriors and make me happy.

Indeed you can go crazy and pick up loads of expensive products and not use them.  Hand up over here!  I spent years spending loads of money on product which ended up being thrown out.

These days I stay true to my staples:  a good primer, colour corrector, foundation, loose powder, a bronzer, mascara, a few eye shadows, a few lipsticks, lip and eye liner and lip glosses for touch ups.

I like to feel natural in my make-up esthetic.  Thus, I keep a few good products which work great on my skin.  I have actually received compliments from fellow gals about how ‘natural’ my face looks.  This is thanks to a Mac consult a few years ago.  If you are able, try and get a professional make up consult done for your skin tone needs.  You will save loads of money, leave educated and feel great about your appearance.

I also recommend investing in a good face mask for the end of your work week rituals.  It will leave your face with a hydrated palette for your week ahead.

Here are my make-up bag essentials for your perusal.  Tell me yours!

Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Primer 001


Avon (Totally Kissable)

Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 01

Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 111

Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 04

Avon Eye Primer

Rimmel London Scandaleyes (Kohl)

Pixi Softly Smokey Crayon Combo

Rimmel London Match Perfection 060 Natural Beige (2 in 1 Concealer and Highlighter)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (Black)

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil (041 Coffee Bean)

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (303 True Nude) Anti-Fatigue Effect & Radiant Glow

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer

EOS Lip Balm

Pixi Large Lash Mascara

Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder – Colorless

Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads

Mac Pro Conceal & Correct Palette (Medium Deep) NC40, NW40, NC42, NW43 Rich Yellow, Burnt Coral

Mac Studio Tech Foundation (NW40)

Avon Mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder (Shimmed Up)








Target Canada The Perfect Loose Powder: Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder – Colorless

Third in my makeup update series, we look at Sonia Kashuk’s ® Undetectable Loose Powder – Colorless available at Target Canada.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Sonia Kashuk® makes some quality products at the fraction of the price.  Really you are a ‘winning’ customer when you leave Target Canada with her wares.  You are guaranteed not only a flawless complexion upon application of her products but also compliments galore.  Let me tell you about the Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder.

Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder - Colorless

Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder – Colorless

Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder – Colorless

The Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Loose Powder is a high performance setting powder that absorbs excess oil and diffuses light to soften fine lines and imperfections for an airbrushed appearance. The invisible powder is universal for all skin tones and mattifies without dulling the skin, for a shine-free yet vibrant complexion.


I have been using the Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder for a few months now after my Mac pressed powder ran out.  Not only was the price right for a Loose Powder but it was able to put up with my rigorous schedule while keeping my makeup locked in.

I use the Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder on top of my primer and colour corrector.  It sets both of them beautifully and then takes on my makeup ritual of foundation and another dusting of a loose powder or my bronzer (depending on the season).  I love how it mattifies my oily to dry skin and adds a lovely finish to my skin tone.

There are times when I am on the road and need a touch up, the Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Loose Powder is a perfect mate and takes off the edge from my day instantly.  I also really liked the luxe packaging of the loose powder. It looked like a Parisian make up puff case.  Thank you Target Canada and Sonia Kashuk® for making me always look my best!


Target Canada Make-Up Must Have’s: Pixi Makeup

Second in my makeup update series, we look at Pixi Makeup available at Target Canada.  I have been ooing and ahhing at the design of this line for months and only recently picked up a few of their products to test.  My favourite two products that I encourage you to try out are the Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer – Translucent and Pixi Large Lash Mascara.

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer - Translucent

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer – Translucent

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer – Translucent

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer is a miracle-in-a-tube primer which smooth’s out fine lines & hydrates while making pores instantly disappear. This primer creates a seamless, silky canvas with a beautiful no-shine, cashmere finish. The formula’s skin-loving ingredients clear and unblock pores to allow for an utterly flawless, long-lasting makeup application. It is the perfect skin primer for all complexions and skin types. Pore minimizing. Shine controlling. Hydrating. Oil free. Hypoallergenic.


In a market flooded with primers promising perfection based on what makeup dreams are made of; I found that the Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer gave that to me and more.  Not only was it effective but it was a perfect match for my skin tone and type.  Applying a primer is a necessity especially if you want that expensive make up you own to last all day.  If you buy anything from the Pixi Makeup line, this should be it.

I tend to have oily and dry skin (which is changing as I age) and I found that not only did the Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer lock in my makeup for the day but I didn’t need to apply a press powder touch up mid-day.  Talk about a lot of bang for my buck.  If you are going to any summer festivals this year, the Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer will be a perfect fit.  Its light, no fuss and an easy ally in your makeup regimen.

Pixi Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Large Lash Mascara

Specialized, buildable formula along with oversized brush delivers extreme volume & intense colour in one sweep. Separates, lengthens, and plumps each lash for a false lash look without clumping. Smudge-proof. Water-resistant. Ophthalmologically approved. Paraben & fragrance free.


The brush is indeed the secret to the Pixi Large Lash Mascara.  The brush picks up every lash and instantly lubricates each hair strand to take you from quiet girl to vavavoom chica in seconds.  Even on days when I am not wearing a lot of eye makeup, I use the Pixi Large Lash Mascara with some simple lip gloss.  It looks like I’ve made an effort when really I am just staying on the down low.  On nights out I pop on two coats for an added dramatic effect which really brings out my eye makeup.  A perfect must have for your makeup bag and for any summer festival travel you have up your sleeve this year.


Target Canada Make-Up Quickies: Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil and Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads

Today I start a weekly series on makeup essentials that could offer some inspiration in updating your make up bag.

My two favourite Make-Up Quickies that I tend to gravitate to daily are from Target’s Pixi and Sonia Kashuk lines.

Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil

Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil

Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil

The Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil is a multi-use, double-ended eye pencil to create a gorgeous look in moments.  The Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil effortlessly awakens, enhances, or smokes up your gaze with these longwearing pencils.  Super-smooth, high-performance formula is waterproof, can be used on inner rim and has rich colour payoff.  Easily blends for a soft-focus effect.  The chamomile soothes while the pearl powder brightens.  Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil brightens under the eye & on the lower waterline.  You can lighten the end on brow bones, inner corner of eye, lids & bow of lips to highlight for a wide awake look.


I chose the “Softly Smoky” Pencil to test for my daily looks.  Indeed it does goes on quite easily and stays committed to my lids throughout my work day.  I love either playing it up or keeping it simple depending on what I choose to go with on the day.  As it’s been quite humid – I’ve been adding an eye primer to my lids just to keep the ‘lined’ pencil colour intact.  If you are going out and want a more dramatic look keep the ‘definer’ pencil ready in your on – the- go cosmetic bag and play up the colour accordingly as a more defined eye shadow.  No fuss! The Pixi line is affordable and a great addition to your make up essentials.

Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads

Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads

Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads

Seamlessly take your look from day to night with the Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad, featuring four complementary shades to create multiple looks, housed in a convenient palette. Combination of creamy matte shades that allow for high-impact, buildable color.


Whenever I go to Buffalo I’m sure to frequent the Sonia Kashuk ® line at my local Target.  It is like a gold mine of colours, neat palettes and daring styles that I may normally not gravitate to.  Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads is my daily go to mainly because it takes the fuss out of thinking up colour combos when I need to be out of the house in 30 minutes.  I picked up the Textured Mauve10 from the Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads.

I have worked on my full make up face for years by keeping it looking simple and natural.  I heart the Sonia Kashuk ® Eye Shadow Quads because not only does it add a dash of sparkle but it also keeps my overall look clean and fun.  If you are looking to build on a look for a night out; just go step by step within the quads case to get you ready.  Start with the lightest shade first to cover the full lid.  Depending on how much shimmer you like – pick one or both of the lighter shade shimmers.  If you are looking for a dramatic lid, go for the 4th and most glittery quad.  It won’t disappoint.  If you have time to experiment, break up the full quad on your lid – again cover the full lid with a lighter shade, pay attention to corners with the lighter shimmer shades and lastly cover the whole lower lid with the 4th and most glittery quad.    Just because its summer, it doesn’t mean you can rock a bit of glitter to work and play.


Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’

I love finding a cool perfume to ring in a new season.  When I was Sephora a few months back I was looking for a thank you gift for my friend Alix who welcomed my stay at her place in NYC in November.  I tried a few scents and happened upon Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’.  Done.

I knew Alix used Ralph Lauren ‘Romance’ and thought that Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ would make a nice bosom buddy to her collection.

Alix can definitely be described as youthful, charming and effortlessly chic which made her a perfect match to ‘Daisy’.

I liked the notes of wild strawberry, violet leaves, ruby grapefruit, gardenia, violet petals and jasmine petals.  They would compliment her from work to play.  The dry notes hint of a musk and vanilla infusion white woods was subtle and soothing.

Now Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ is pricey.   Eau de Toilette 50 mL $79.00, 100 mL $100.00, Eau de Parfum 50 mL $85.00.  But is it worth it? Yes!  I like my perfume to last all day but without getting stale.  ‘Daisy’ won’t let you down.

Pick this one up for your mom, your girlfriend, your sister, daughter or even a great mate like I did for Alix.  She was worth it.  Not only did it make a great thank you gift but it could make for a Happy New Year treat to start your year off right.



Apocalips Lip Lacquer by Rimmel London

Apocalips Lip Lacquer by Rimmel London

Apocalips Lip Lacquer by Rimmel London

Before I left for NYC, I threw some products into my bag to try out and also have some fun with away from my usual go to’s.   I popped in a Apocalips Lip Lacquer by Rimmel London for one.  It is pigmented as a lipstick, yet with the gloss of a lip gloss.  Perfect for travel and no fuss.

I liked the 100 Phenomenon shade.  It was a true nude.  I liked the low key-ness of the shade.  It felt great on my lips and I felt great wearing it.  Plus it matched with any outfit I had in my duffle bag.  Be it dressing up one day or down another.

I did have to re-apply the Apocalips Lip Lacquer by Rimmel London a few times during my day but that’s pretty common for lipsticks in general after sipping tea, drinking water and eating a croissant or two.

I liked the irregular prism of the packaging.  It was neat and pulling it out on the subway looked like I was using a product worth far more than the suggested retail.  Yes, I’m posh when I travel.

There are 13 awesome shades to choose from so grab a few and try them out.  Better yet – the price is right so instead of going big on holiday presents this year pop the Apocalips Lip Lacquer by Rimmel London on your holiday cards for friends and family and you are set!

I’m always a big fan of Rimmel London products scents.  The Apocalips Lip Lacquer didn’t disappoint.  There was something so soothing and easy when I applied this product onto my lips.  Aromatherapeutic?  Yes for me it was.  Perfect for when a girl is hustling from museums to walking tours in thirty minutes flat.