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Walmart Celebrates Back to School Beauty {Giveaway}

Posted August 25, 2015 by Anonymous

The final few weeks of summer are upon us, can I get a collective Boo! While the lazy days of summer are certainly relaxing and fun, it’s also good to get back into that routine come fall. This year comes with a little change for us as my kids will no longer be taking the [Read On]

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Put A Smile On Your Face: A Crest And Olay Giveaway Thanks To P&G!

Posted July 5, 2015 by Loukia

I’m pretty sure nobody loves summer as much as I do—seriously, after the long, harsh winters we have, I cherish every sunny and warm day because they sure don’t last long here. I am outside for more hours than I am inside—swimming as much as I can with my boys, enjoying backyard BBQ’s,  soaking up the sun on patios with friends, and drinking lots of sangria. And beer. You know, summertime stuff.

I keep a more simple beauty routine in the summer, but I still make sure I’m taking care of myself. Olay and Crest are my go-to staples because Olay helps keep my skin hydrated (and protected) and Crest helps keep my smile shining bright through my summer days and nights.

I love the new Olay Total Effects moisturizer (with 40% more vitamins) which has the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product.

To help brighten my smile, I love using Crest Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips. They are super easy to use and offer great results. The strips use a technology called FlexFit, which allow the Whitestrip to stretch around your smile for a perfect fit so you can leave the washroom to do something productive like organize your closet so there is more room for the new dresses you have to buy this summer! Once that’s done, your smile will be even brighter.

To help keep you smiling this summer, P&G is giving away a Brighten Your Summer prize pack, including the Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Fragrance-Free, and Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit! 

I’ll randomly pick a winner July 30th. To enter, leave a comment below telling me something you love about summer—something that makes you smile bright. 

Bonus entries: Follow @OlayUS and @Crest on Twitter and leave a second comment. 

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

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 will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. 

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A Jergens Skincare Giveaway (For Summer Smooth Skin!)

Posted May 29, 2015 by Loukia

What do you love the most about this great weather? When I step outside first thing in the morning, or when I leave work for the day, I can’t help but take a deep breath, and smile—the sounds of summer, and the sunshine on my skin really helps put me in a good mood, no matter what’s going on in my life. And there is not much I don’t love about summer, to be honest. I’d say dressing for these warm, sunshiny days is one of my favourite things to do. Spring and summer is all about cute dresses (and my closet is full of dresses!) and great wedge heels—and with that, smooth, soft, silky skin.

Because I’m always in a rush in the morning, I love using great moisturizing products that are going to leave my skin feeling soft all day long. I’m addicted to Jergens Skincare products, because they provide great moisture protection for my skin.

One of my favourite new products from Jergens is the Shea Butter Lotion which smells delicious, and kind of like coconut—the way summer should smell!

I also love the Jergens Shea Oil—I put this on after the Shea Butter Lotion which helps bring out a little shine and makes my tanned skin look almost darker. (I’m all about safe tanning in the summertime!)

Another must-have Jergens product for me? The Jergens Body BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. This is an amazing moisturizer that helps instantly hydrate your skin while firming and correcting skin at the same time. It goes on sheer, but adjusts to your skin colour, so you get a bit of a glow, too.

Because Jergens Skincare is so fabulous, they’re letting me give away an amazing basket of skin care products that’ll have you wearing nothing but little dresses all season long!

This is what I’m giving away:

  • Jergens Shea Butter Lotion
  • Jergens Shea Oil
  • Jergens Soothing Aloe
  • Jergens Ultra Care
  • Jergens Ultra Care Fragrance Free
  • Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Fair-Medium)
  • Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow (Medium-Tan)
  • Jergens Natural Glow Colour Primer
  • Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender
  • Jergens BB Body Medium-Deep
  • Jergens Fine Liquid Hand Wash White Tea

To enter to win this amazing basket, just leave me a comment below telling me what you are looking forward to this summer.

I’ll pick a winner randomly by June 5th.

Good Luck!

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Summertime Giveaway with COVERGIRL and Olay

Posted May 28, 2015 by Loukia

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.

Summer is finally here, and so are the wonderful days of lounging outside on patios with friends and family, backyard BBQ’s, swimming with the children, enjoying evening soccer games, and, of course, shopping for a new summer wardrobe (hello, dresses!) and new beauty products.

When you’re getting ready to head out, whether it’s for a date night at a romantic Italian restaurant, or a girls night out on a patio, COVERGIRL and Olay can help bring out the most beautiful you. (It is amazing what a little make-up can do!)

I love the Olay Total Effects Anti-aging Moisturizer. This new formula has 40% more vitamins and the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product. Pretty awesome. This new anti-aging moisturizer is a must-have when you’re shopping for new summer beauty products—your skin will truly love it.

Of course, with glowing, healthy, radiant skin, you’ll need to bring out your eyes, too—and show off your lashes! The new COVERGIRL Super Sizer Mascara is amazing and totally helps lengthen your lashes while adding mega volume for a stunning look and gorgeous eyes. This mascara makes lashes grow.

Here’s how you can get gorgeous lashes in three easy steps:

  1. Place the Lash Styler’s narrow, long core and short bristles right at the base of the lashes.
  2. Pull the Lash Styler through the lashes from root to tip, twirling or rotating it a bit as you go.
  3. Sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume.

What goes great with mascara? A great eye liner, of course. I have tried all the products out there, and there are only three eye liners that I will use, and Intensify me! Liquid Liner by COVERGIRL is one of them. It has a great paddle tip that provides two looks, actually—thick and dramatic or thin and elegant and it can help you achieve the perfect cat-eye, effortlessly.

I know you totally take my word for it when I talk about the beauty products I love to use, but I want you to put them to the test, too! Thanks to P&G, I’m giving away these great products to one of my wonderful readers.

Here’s what I’ve got for you:

Just leave me a comment below telling me what you love the most about summer and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll pick a winner, randomly, by June 30th.

Note: P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G. 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/#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.
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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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“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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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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