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Sun Safe & Sassy! $150 UV Couture Giveaway

Posted May 25, 2015 by Stephanie

Fashion before function.  It’s something I’ve been known to say. It absolutely applies to many of my pretty pairs of shoes, definitely applies to a couple of those rather tight fitting dresses, and when it comes to dressing for the beach?  I can admit I’ve spent more time worrying about how it looks than if […]

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Lash fame… it’s a thing {Giveaway}

Posted May 20, 2015 by Anonymous

To get you ready for an evening out on the town this Summer, look no further, COVERGIRL and Olay are here to help you achieve that star look so you steal the spotlight!. To help start the night off right, prep with Olay’s newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40% more vitamins and the highest [Read On]

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Get Ready for Summer Giveaway with Pantene, Olay and Crest

Posted May 12, 2015 by Loukia

After hectic mornings getting the kids out the door for school—a time I cherish, despite how busy it is—I take the scenic route to work. The weather has been perfect, and I love that I’m surrounded by so much beauty on my drive. Windows down with my favourite music playing is always a great start to my day. May is my favourite month, because it’s the beginning of summer.  Nothing makes me happier than stepping outside in a little dress and feeling the hot sun on my skin. Sadly, spring and summer go by in the blink of an eye, and because of this, I do as much as I can to take it all in, by staying outside as much as possible. Sunny skies, hot temperatures, and a light breeze… absolute perfection. Nights on patios with friends, pool parties and backyard BBQ’s, vacations… all things to get really excited about. Here’s something else to get excited about: a spring and summer beauty routine.

Now that the harsh months of winter are behind us, it’s time to treat ourselves to the right hair and beauty products so we’re fully ready to step out in style. There is no better time than now to get back into a good beauty routine with the right moisturizers and products that’ll help you have the smoothest skin and the shiniest hair.

P&G has some great solutions to help get you ready for fun in the sun.

Here are some awesome new P&G products I’m loving:

The Pantene Dry Defy system is designed for women with really dry hair that’s lost it’s natural movement and shine. It’s perfect if your hair is feeling a little lifeless from the winter. (Hello, that would be me!) This is a three step system that helps replenish lost moisture. The three step system includes an intense hydrating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a Velvet Crème Infusion, which absorbs into hair and starts working right away, leaving hair soft and velvety for all those mid-afternoon strolls, patio lunches, and trips to the park… or to the mall, to pick up a new pair of shoes, because really, we can never have too many cute wedge heels!

I like to lighten up my blonde highlights in the spring and summer. I love the new Pantene Fade Defy because it really helps my hair colour stay resilient and vibrant. (Yay!) This collection includes a shampoo and conditioner formulated with three amino acids found naturally in the hair’s core that help colour form more intensely in the hair fibre. You can apply Fade Defy Vibrant Color Magnifying Gloss afterwards to seal it in and avoid damage, too. Now you can blow-dry away.

Want to rejuvenate your skin? Experience Olay’s new Fresh Outlast Body Washes formulated to work with skin’s natural pH. This body wash comes in four premium scents, like Cooling White Strawberry & Mint, made with essential oil fragrances. The smell is heavenly and delicious. You’ll have totally kissable skin after using this body wash.

Longing for pearly whites? You can whiten your teeth with the new Crest 3D White® Brilliance Toothpaste which works to enhance your smile’s beauty with an Illuminating Complex. Pair it along with new Crest 3D White Brilliance Boost –a polishing treatment designed to amplify your smile’s brilliant whiteness. I do this two step teeth cleaning routine every morning and night to help brighten my smile.

Pantene, Olay, and Crest want to help kickstart your spring regime with a gift box including all the products I’m mentioned here! Valued at $80, the giveaway includes:

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom.  As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. This contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.

By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Good Luck and enjoy the gorgeous weather!
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Burst into Spring with Shoppers Drug Mart and Enter for A Chance to Win!

Posted May 5, 2015 by Loukia

Lately the weather has been absolute perfection, with warm and sunny days. I simply cannot get enough of how nice it is outside, finally.

Spring is most definitely in the air and summer is close behind, which is my favourite time of the year. I love spring for so many reasons—we get to stay out late, enjoy the sunshine, and feel the warmth on our skin. I also love spring a lot because it’s always the perfect excuse to go shopping, to stock up on spring essentials!

Shoppers Drug Mart has everything I need to take care of myself and my family. They have a huge selection of products, no matter what you’re looking for; from home decor, to cards and gift ideas, to children’s products and, of course, all the beauty products I desire. Shoppers Drug Mart continues to be my one-stop place to shop, and this spring, there is so much to shop for. Shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart is effortless, easy, and doesn’t take up too much of my time. The service is always great, which really helps, but more importantly, the products I know, trust and love are always available for me to purchase.

Here are my favourite Burst into Spring products from Shoppers Drug Mart that I totally love for spring… and I know you will, too.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream: Olay didn’t become the number one female facial skin care brand for nothing; Olay is always a great skin care product that works beautifully on my skin and face by providing amazing protection from the elements while keeping my skin hydrated and looking energized. I was able to buy Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream and I love that I can use both day and night. The Tone Perfecting Cream instantly brightens my skin and helps reduce the appearance of dark spots over time. Total bonus.

Life Brand Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50  is the perfect sunscreen for my entire family. I always stock up on this sunscreen for the spring and summer and use it on all of us, for perfect protection, knowing it’s also not harmful for our skin. (We used this in Greece last summer, too, and it really helped our skin stay sunburn free!)

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer: I picked up this skin moisturizer recently and I love it—I love it because it does  a great job of keeping my skin feeling smooth, soft, and silky, while at the same time giving my skin that extra glow it needs for spring. The scent is sweet and it’s super easy to apply. It also comes in different shades, depending on your skin colour—so it will be matched perfectly to your skin and give you just the right amount of glow.

Crest 3D White Brilliance Mesmerizing Mint Toothpaste: The most important thing you need for any season? A beautiful smile. I am addicted to Crest 3D White Brilliance Mesmerizing Mint Toothpaste; it’s the perfect minty taste and keeps my teeth looking white, and feeling clean.

Venus Swirl Razor with FlexiBall Technology: Smooth, silky skin is so important for spring and summer, because I pretty much live in little dresses as soon as the weather warms up. And because I’m always in a rush with my children,  I love the Venus Swirl, because it’s easy to use (meaning it contours over all the curves of my skin without any mishaps, and it always leaves my skin smooth.)

There are so many fabulous Burst into Spring products available at Shoppers Drug Mart that’ll certainly get you in the spring shopping mood, but what’s even more amazing is that when you spend $10 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart you can win 1 of 3 prizes of $10,000. For details, visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart store or

And when you’re shopping in-store, you’ll be able to earn Shoppers Optimum Points on almost every purchase. (You can also join in the conversation on Twitter. Just use the hashtag #BurstIntoSpring!)

I’ve got a great giveaway for you, too! Just leave me a comment below telling me which Shoppers Drug Mart Spring products you want to try this spring and you will be entered to win a gift basket full of Shoppers Drug Mart Spring products.

Happy Spring Shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart—and Good Luck!

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Blind Women Describe Their Ideas Of Beauty In Powerful Video

Posted April 30, 2015 by Anonymous

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s subjective and usually based off of societal standards, created and perpetuated by the media. These are what that help define our personal ideas of beauty and in turn, become […]

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The Go-To Beauty Buy Pick-Me-Ups You Need

Posted April 17, 2015 by Anonymous

It’s hard to look good when you’re feeling down. There were days I cried so much that I thought I’d forgotten how to smile. My skin looked dull, my eyes were puffy, my mascara seemed to have left permanent streak […]

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A Standout Spa At The Diplomat Resort

Posted March 20, 2015 by Loukia

As much as I love to travel and explore new countries and cities, there is something very comforting about travelling back to my favourite vacation destination. For me and my family, that special place of familiarity that keeps us coming back for more, year after year, is the Diplomat Resort and Spa in South Florida.

Aside from spending some serious quality time with my family on the beach and by the pools while on vacation at the Diplomat, I also love to sneak away for some pampering at the Diplomat Spa.

During my stay at the Diplomat Resort and Spa this winter, I was treated to the New Year, New You Spa Package, and it was incredible. This special package consisted of a one hour personal training session, an 80 minute massage, a 50 minute firming facial, and a shellac manicure and pedicure. I was blown away, and very grateful for my spa experience. (I didn’t do the personal training session, though—I left my running shoes at home and instead spent time working out on the beach!)

The Diplomat Spa is a luxurious, tranquil spa to unwind and relax while you’re staying at the resort, whether you’re there for business or pleasure. And truly—with unforgettable oceanfront views, dim lights, and soft music, you’ll be exhaling from the moment you walk into the change rooms and step into your plush bath robe as you await your spa experience.

I’ve had the pleasure of being treated to some serious pampering at the Diploma Spa after it opened in 2013, and I must say, this spa knows how to make you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated. The spa features 10 treatment rooms, a salt-steam bath, and a variety of massages, including hot stone, deep tissue, signature, bamboo, pre-natal, reflexology, and couples massage. The spa also has a great selection of facials, waxing, manicures, and pedicures.  (Next to the spa, you’ll find a 24-hour fitness room, which is the nicest fitness room I’ve ever seen.)

When booking your vacation to the Diplomat Resort and Spa, makes sure you allow some time to experience what this great spa has to offer. It’s a great escape, especially since you’re already on vacation. You’re worth the pampering!

Enjoy. And if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to help you.

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Date Night Must Haves (And a COVERGIRL, Pantene, and Crest Giveaway!)

Posted March 12, 2015 by Loukia

Most days, I feel like I live in my car. From morning to night, I’m driving around town, taking the kids to school, working from the office downtown or from my home, heading into meetings, shopping, picking my kids up, and taking them to their after school activities, after homework, of course. Thank goodness for coffee on the go, otherwise I’d never make it through the day!

Of course all the driving around happens in between everything else that’s getting checked off my to-do list, and let’s not forget dinner preparation. (Pizza delivery nights are the best!)

We do so much, all the time. Phew—it’s no wonder we’re often left exhausted at the end of the day and all we can think about is relaxing. While I often squeeze in time for a quick lunch with friends and a weekly visits to the salon, (I need my weekly blow-dry!) we don’t often take the time for ourselves in the evening, to relax, unwind, and re-connect with our loved ones—you know, like going on a date?

Dates nights are important in order to spend some quality time with your man or woman. And I love getting ready for date nights—if I know I’m going out, I am always full of energy. I love the process of getting ready, too—getting my hair done, using my favourite beauty products, and trying out new shades of lipstick that I know will quickly become favourites of mine.

I recenlty received—just in time for date night—some amazing must-have beauty products from P&G. COVERGIRL, Pantene Pro-V, and Crest to the rescue! The new COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipsticks are amazing, you guys—the colours are bright and perfect for spring, and they last a really long time. So basically that means you can have a glass of wine without having to worry about re-applying your lipstick on your date night! I usually always wear some shade of pink lipstick or lip gloss and I’m happy to say that the two shades of pink below? Both are perfect for date night! I also love Caramel Kiss—it’s so pretty, and perfect for every day.

A new product I hadn’t tried before was the Pantene Pro-V PowerFULL Body Booster Spray—I’m a girl who loves volume, and this product delivers. (Plus, it smells so good, too!) I always use the Booster Spray before TV appearances, because it gives my hair extra bounce and volume. Using this collection together will result in gorgeous, thick, and shiny hair—a good hair day every day? I’m down with that!

I’m excited I’m able to give away these fabulous products to one of my readers, too—just enter below for your chance to win:

  • Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Conditioner
  • Pantene Pro-V PowerFULL Body Booster Spray
  • Pantene Pro-V Power Up Daily Treatment
  • COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick (Enchantress)
  • COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick (Tantalize)
  • COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick (Succulent Cherry)
  • COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick (Caramel Kiss)
  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit (Sample Size)

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By entering the following contest, you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your  name is chosen more than once, another winner be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Disclosure: I am a P&G Mom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunties. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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“Jeunesse,” miracle cure?

Posted March 9, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As you may know I just spent ten weeks in the hospital, four of them on life support, for complications from the flu! My recover has been sporadic until I tried this product from “Jeunesse.” They call it “Reserve” and it is a combination of many natural occurring substances that slow aging and […]

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Top Five Reasons to Shop At Nordstrom Ottawa #NordstromOTT

Posted March 6, 2015 by Loukia

Nordstrom Ottawa is opening its doors today, after much excitement and anticipation. I am ALL CAPS EXCITED, you guys! I have been a long-time lover and shopper of Nordstrom—it is my favourite department store, after all—and after attending the #NordstromOTT Gala Wednesday night, it was great to see that all the things I love about Nordstrom will be the same in my hometown, with a local twist. (How amazing is it that $180,000 was raised for United Way Ottawa and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation because of the Gala?)

Bright and early today (starting at 7:30 a.m.) you can attend the Nordstrom Ottawa Beauty Bash, to get a look at what’s in store for you (no pun intended) and to meet some of the lovely people who will be working behind your favourite beauty counters. (I’m still in awe of this package of amazing products Nordstrom sent my way to review. Best. Gift. Ever.)

From the Nordstrom pre-gala party  (which was a great way to welcome Nordstrom to Ottawa!) to the media preview of the 157,000 square-foot department store, to the VIP night in a Sens Suite (where I hung out with some wonderful people, including the amazing and charming John Bailey, Nordstrom’s Spokesperson extraordinaire) it has been such a fun ride waiting for Nordstom to open. Yes, I love to shop, and yes, I’m easily excited, but you guys… this is huge news for Ottawa.

Here are my top five reasons to shop at Nordstrom Ottawa:  

1. One stop shopping. You can find it all at Nordstrom, from your favourite beauty products to accessories and clothes, for men, women, and children. (There’s even an amazing lingerie department where you can finally stock up on Hanky Panky!) You can shop home decor, too. I love that this department store provides affordable options as well as exclusive, more expensive brands. Tory Burch, French Connection, Kenzie, Vince Camuto, Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Rag & Bone, Ted Baker, and Michael Kors are just some of the names you’ll see as you shop.

2. The shoe department. Nordstrom started out as a shoe store in Seattle back in 1901. Trust me, Nordstrom knows shoes. The shoe shopping experience is my favourite part about shopping at Nordstrom! You’ll be blown away at just how many shoes there are. And I need them all. I do!

3. Bazille restaurant. Rest your tired feet after hours of shoe shopping at Bazille restaurant, and enjoy all the delicious food and wine as you relax with friends. Bonus? An amazing patio to enjoy eating and drinking outside when the weather is nice out. (If you need a quick bite or an espresso, Nordstrom Ottawa also has a coffee shop on the main floor for a little pick-me-up.)

4. The service. I’ve always found the service to be excellent at Nordstrom, and this is very important to me. I love knowledgeable employees who are smiling and helpful, and Nordstrom does a great job of hiring the right people for the job.

5. Pretty things. Everything is pretty in Nordstrom. Just walk in, and you’ll see what I mean. You can’t shop at Nordstrom and not be in a happy mood, especially when you’re surrounded by everything that is pretty. Put on those Michael Kors sunglasses. Feel the soft leather on that gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff bag. Try on the Jimmy Choo heels. It’s retail therapy at its best.

These are just five of many reasons I love Nordstrom.

And now, I have to go—I’ve got some shopping to do!

Happy shopping, Ottawa.

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Summer Inspired Beauty We’re Loving Right Now

Posted February 20, 2015 by Sonya

You know what’s getting me through these bitter cold winter days? The thought of warmer, sunnier beaches, like Hawaii! It seems like all of the sudden visions of ocean breezes and warm sunshine are everywhere, especially in beauty products. The […]

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Top 5 Beauty Tips To Make You Radiant For The Holidays

Posted December 12, 2014 by Sonya

We’re into the festive season now with office parties, neighbourhood dinners and nights out with friends. We’ve getting our Secret Santa gifts all ready and finalizing our menus. Now, how about everything that keeps you from looking exhausted and frazzled […]

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Aveeno’s Here To Save Your Winter Skin

Posted November 28, 2014 by Jennifer

This just in from CBC: “Winter outlook: Another deep freeze ahead for most of Canada.” Winter is here to stay. Most of us across Canada were treated to an early blast of the season, and the combination of cold temperatures, […]

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