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The Best Of The Body Shop

Posted September 11, 2014 by Loukia

I could spend countless hours at the make-up counter in any department store, and I love walking into The Body Shop no matter where I am in the world—from Athens to Ottawa, it’s always a treat to stock up on my favourite items knowing that I’ll love what I’m buying. For a flawless face, perfect nails, and soft, smooth skin, The Body Shop does it right, year after year.

I love receiving packages from my friends at The Body Shop, and today I opened my mail to find some nail polish from The Body Shop’s new Color Crush Nails collection. I received three pretty in pink colours (in Cupid Pink, Oh, Petal, and Rosy Cheeks) and you can find all 24 shades in stores soon. I also received the new Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate. (Along with a gift card to Starbucks? The Body Shop know me so well!)

Here is some information about my favourite Body Shop products:

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate:  “See life through younger-looking eyes.” Sounds good to me! I really love products that help me feel good and products that help refresh me so I can look more youthful… and less tired! The Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate contains Edelweiss plant stem cells and the product instantly refreshes the eyes, and smooths out the appearance of lines and bags, for younger-looking eyes. It has a cool innovative cooling roller ball pump applicator, too, so it’s easy to apply. I love that this eye cream makes tired eyes look more awake, and I love that it has a youth-enhancing boost. This is brand new in stores this month, so make sure to stock up soon.

Color Crush Nails: The Body Shop has come out with a brand-new line of nail polish with 24 uplifting, colourful shades. You’re certain to find your favourite colour in this collection! The best part about this new collection? The nail polish contains no harsh chemicals, they are totally vegan, and they’re not tested on animals. Also, the nail polish leaves a gorgeous glossy finish and it’s quick drying—that’s a must for me!

Colour Crush Shine Lipstick: I love the lipstick from The Body Shop—I’ve found these lipsticks to be long-lasting and very moisturizing, with the just the right amount of shine. These lipsticks retail for only $13.00, so you can buy all your favourite shades without spending too much.

Coconut Body Butter: My favourite go-to body lotion has always been the Coconut Body Butter. It works amazingly well, no matter how dry your skin is. It’s rich and creamy and melts easily in the skin. Of course, I especially love the delicious tropical coconut scent. It instantly takes me away… to my favourite vacation spot and happy memories of summer. The Coconut Body Butter contains Community Fair Trade virgin organic coconut oil and provides long-lasting 24-hour hydration.

All-In-One BB Cream: BB Creams are all the rage, and I loving using a good BB Cream before applying my make-up. I find that it’s a great primer before you put on your other make-up, like blush, eye shadow, and lipstick. Some BB Creams can feel too heavy, but this All-In-One BB cream  provides light to medium coverage and an even finish, and it’s easy to use. It’s non-clogging and offers 24-hour hydration. It starts off as a white cream that adapts to your skin tone.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream: This is one Body Shop’s best-sellers, because it’s so moisturizing and gentle on sensitive, dry skin. This moisturizer leaves skin very soft and smooth, and it’s only $8.50—a complete steal for the great job it does.

Thank you, Body Shop, for the fabulous products—I’m always impressed and I love what you send my way

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Treat Yourself At WaySpa

Posted September 8, 2014 by Loukia

I think it’s incredibly important to take time for yourself as often as possible. We all lead busy lives, and now that the children are back in school and we’ve fallen into a regular routine again, it’s time to book that appointment to the spa you’ve been putting off for too long. It’s time to give yourself a pat on the back for surviving summer (as amazing as it was!) and it’s time to treat yourself to a massage or facial… or anything you fancy, really.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with WaySpa as a Brand Ambassador.  

For those of you who are not yet familiar with WaySpa, let me introduce you to your new best friend:

WaySpa is a one-stop online spa marketplace for everyone. Whether you’re looking to book a massage or man-pedi in your city, or a city you’re travelling to, WaySpa has you covered. WaySpa helps you easily find the best treatments (facials, massages, hair styling, and so much more) conveniently online—from spas in your neighbourhood to spas around the world.

I love giving WaySpa gift certificates to friends for special occasions, too, like birthdays, the birth of a child, or for the holidays. There is no gift I appreciate more than a gift card to the spa!

When you go online to WaySpa, you just enter the city you’re searching for, and all the listings of the participating spas and salons pop up, with pictures, prices, and descriptions of services. WaySpa makes spa-searching quick, easy, and relaxing. WaySpa’s spa partners include hotel spas, ultra-luxuirous day spas, salon spas, and so much more.

I spent the day before my birthday at Holtz Spa, an Ottawa spa partnered with WaySpa, enjoying a one-hour relaxation massage. I was in need… and it was totally wonderful. See the face of relaxation?

I’ve talked about WaySpa before on CTV and in blog posts, and now I’m so happy to be sharing even more WaySpa news and updates with you on a regular basis. Stay tuned for more news from my friends at WaySpa, and in the meantime—please check out WaySpa yourself to see what I’m talking about. It’s time to treat yourself.

Enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a Brand Ambassador for WaySpa.com, and I receive special perks, gift cards, and compensation for my work. All views and opinions are my own. 

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30 Beautiful Looks And 30 Days Of Beauty With Shoppers Drug Mart

Posted August 18, 2014 by Loukia
Shoppers Drug Mart is the ultimate destination for beauty, and my go-to place to stock up on my beauty essentialslike my favourite Cover Girl mascara, my favourite Benefit eyeliner, and my favourite Prada fragrance. Once again (it’s the 4th annual national event) the Shoppers Drug Mart 30 Days of Beauty campaign is back, taking place across Canada just in time for fall and back-to-school! 


The 30 different fabulous looks are telling the story of 30 Days of Beauty, giving you new ideas to try, inspiring you to add to your make-up collection, and on top of that? You can even receive a five-minute in-store makeover! The 30 Days of Beauty website has tons of great ideas to get you ready for fall and with your in-store make-over, you can try out some of these looks yourself.  A new shade of lipstick, a new blush, and you’re good to go. Take risks, add some colour to your life, and have fun shopping! I love buying new make-up brushes once a year, too.

The 30 Days of Beauty event is always quite popular with shoppers like myself, and Shoppers Drug Mart is always my number one beauty destination. 30 Days of Beauty is the biggest beauty event of the year because throughout the month, you can access instructional “how-to” videos, in-store and online, and behind the scenes videos that you can watch on YouTube.ca that will help you decide what new look you want to try next. This event is taking place from now until September 14th.


I have a few go-to beauty products, and my favourite new addition recently was the new Cover Girl Bombshell collection, because I love the bright pink lipstick. I wore this new lipstick to the Katy Perry concert, where I even had the chance to meet her, thanks to Cover GirlI figured since she is the new face of Cover Girl, this collection would be fitting to wear to her concert! 

Check out 30DaysofBeauty.ca  for all the information on this fabulous event.  From now until September 14th, a one-day only offer will be provided to you. (One awesome offer a day? Sweet!)  Now you have the perfect excuse to go shopping for all your fall beauty must-haves… stocking up every day! You’ll even receive an exclusive gift with purchase (a cosmetic pouch with over 25 beauty and fragrance samples) from August 23rd to the 29th when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, skin care, or fragrances. (My new favourite scent? Valentina, and as always, Candy by Prada.) 


Why not take some time for yourself and book a five-minute makeover the next time you’re in Shoppers Drug Mart? I guarantee you’ll leave with a new favourite beauty product to use at home, and you’ll feel like a million bucks, too, and you’ll be ready for a new season… cute sweaters, new boots, and a new make-up look, and you’re ready to take on whatever adventure awaits you. 


Disclaimer: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart. 

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Softlips Cube Giveaway: For Kissable Lips!

Posted July 31, 2014 by Loukia

What are some of your beauty products must-have’s? I have a lot: anti-frizz, coconut body lotion, mascara, my favourite lipstick, and always, always a great lip gloss. I never leave home without lipgloss, and I am constantly re-applying throughout the day.

My favourite lipgloss right now? The Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer in Berry Bliss and Vanilla Bean. They come in a cute little cube, and leave my lips extra soft!

Softlips offers long-lasting coverage and Softlips Cube provide 5-in-1 lip care with lip perfecting technology to deliver these five lip loving benefits:

Hydrates—formulated with Shea Butter to restore moisture.
Replenishes—with antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E.
Smoothes—rich emollients leave lips silky and soft.
Protects—long lasting moisture to protect against dryness.
Adds Shine—for a perfect, radiant finish.

Aren’t they so cute?

I’d love for you to try out these great lip moisturizers, too, so I’m giving away a package worth $50!

Included in this giveaway:

1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer in Berry Bliss
1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer in Vanilla Bean
1 Clutch Purse with zipper chain wrstlet
1 Purse Mirror

Enter here! Giveaway open to Canadians residents only.

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Good Luck!

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Baby, You’re A Firework! (On Meeting Katy Perry)

Posted July 21, 2014 by Loukia

Music, travel, shopping, family and friends… these are the things I love the most in the world, so imagine my excitement when I received an email while on vacation in Greece with my family, from my friends at Cover Girl inviting me to the Katy Perry concert back home… PLUS an exclusive meet and greet with the gorgeous pop star herself? I was so excited! Best news? I wouldn’t have to miss the concert because I would be returning from Greece just a day before the big show.

First step? Make sure all my Cover Girl make-up was in order. Lipstick? Check! In Bombshell pink, of course.
I didn’t know what to wear—jeans and a cute top? Black dress? Little skirt? I ended up wearing a bright yellow dress I bought at Zara in Athens, (the Zara in Europe is so much better than here, for some reason) because Katy is usually bright and colourful so I thought it would be fitting for her show.

My hubs declined my invite to take him to meet Katy (is he crazy or what?) so I took my sister to the sold-out show—she is a huge Katy Perry fan! We had a blast—we partied and sang and danced as hard as the teenagers, and didn’t fall asleep like the young kids at the show. We had excellent seats in the 100 section, close to the pit, and we felt so cool being escorted down the “secret way” to the room that was set up for the Katy Perry meet and greet.

Katy Perry put on an excellent show—it was super fun and I’ve been listening to all her songs non-stop since the concert. (My boys love Roar—it’s now my six year old’s favourite song!)

My blogger friend Jane was there with her daughter, too, (there were about ten of us there for the meet and greet) and then Katy came into the room about 10 minutes after her show looking like a goddess. I have no idea how Katy looked so gorgeous after dancing and singing for two hours to a crowd of 18,000 fans, but hey, maybe that’s why she’s a superstar? I mean, just look at her—she is flawless! I was pretty starstruck, and I know I checked out her boobs, because they were really nice. Just being honest, you guys.

I love that she took the time to meet us, and I had a really great night—it was just what I needed to get over my depression that my Greece vacation was over. 
Disclaimer: I received tickets to the Katy Perry concert in Ottawa plus the chance to meet Katy Perry thanks to Cover Girl. I was not required or asked to write this post or mention any Cover Girl products, but being the huge fan of Cover Girl and Katy Perry, it was my pleasure to post this! Thanks for a memorable night, Cover Girl!
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Elastics

Posted June 5, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

What we refer to as “rubber bands” in the states are often called “elastics” or “elastic bands” in Canada. While both are technically correct (it is a band made of rubber, and it is also elastic), the Canadian way is more consistent with the bands they use to put their hair up, “hair elastics.” 

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