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Hello, Beautiful… Here’s a Giveaway For You!

Posted February 20, 2015 by Loukia

I just got back from an amazing quick trip to Toronto. Thank you, Almay Canada, for flying me to Toronto and for putting me up in the ultra-cool Hotel Le Germain at Maple Leaf Square, so I could attend the beautiful breakfast event at Aria. It was a lovely treat, and a pleasure being there in person. Are you ready to talk makeup? (And win some great beauty products from Almay, too?)

Almay is a brand we all know and love, but did you know that Almay was the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand? Almay uses hypoallergenic ingredients, and tests all products with dermatologists and ophthalmologists. This is really important to me, becuase what I put on my face as part of my beauty routine has to pass a few tests—and Almay passes, with flying colours. Almay is celebrating its hypoallergienic heritage with a fresh take on beauty—pure beauty.

Almay understands that women and moms are busy—we wear many hats, and accomplish more before 9 a.m. than is sometimes humanly possible! We juggle full-time jobs, meet deadlines, attend meetings, get the children ready for school, take our children to their after school activities, volunteer, run the household, and, somehow, we make time for ourselves.

Almay knows that mornings are busy, and they’ve helped simplify my beauty routine with a few beauty product must-haves, like:

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup: Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup is a great foundation that is very lightweight, complete with SPF 15. The perfect start to your beauty routine.

Almay One Coat Get Up And Grow Mascara: Mascara can be tricky; many different brands promise amazing things for your lashes but few actually work as well as they say they do. I had my make-up applied by a make-up artists and was blown away by how great Almay’s mascara worked on my lashes, especially because it’s a completely affordable product. This mascara really lengthened the look of my lashes and the anti-breakage pro-vitamin formula helps protect my lashes too. (Also, mascara applied on lower lashes? A look I was scared to try before, but now, I love!)

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick: You guys, I own hundreds of lipsticks. I know I’m not alone here; shopping for lipstick is fun. Of course, very few become personal favourites of mine, and even fewer can do two things at once: moisturize my lips, and give great colour. This lipstick by Almay does both these things! I am in love with Almay’s new Butter Kiss Lipstick because of the great colours and also because it’s a product that does what it is supposed to. It’s a creamy lipstick that is hydrating, with ingredients like jojoba, coconut oil, and vitamin E. There are 12 shades to choose from, and each lipstick is under ten dollars. Amazing.

Almay Intense I-Colou Smoky-I Kits: These eye shadow kits are perfect for creating a mistake-proof (seriously!) eye look, from day to night. This pretty eye shadow trios are easy to apply, last a very long time, and come in four shades for Blues, Browns, Hazels, and Greens, although you can definitely mix and match them to get the desired colour you want.

The Almay Eyeliner is a great smudge-proof eyeliner that lasts all day. So even if you’re in the office in front of a computer all day, your eyes will look as great at 5 p.m. as they did when you first applied your make-up in the morning.

I’m also a fan of the Almay Makeup Removers for eyes and face, because they are very gentle. They also do a great job of taking off my eye make-up at the end of the day with irritating my eyes.

Not only did I discover new makeup with Almay, but I also had the pleasure of meeting the authors of How To Feed A Family—these two busy moms (and bloggers) are the new faces of Almay Canada, and hearing them talk about how they find balance in their life (with great tips like packing lunches the night before, keeping everything by the front door, cooking dinners that become lunch the next day, and using the weekend to do some batch cooking or baking, so you’ll have something for the kids to eat during the week) was helpful. Laura Keogh (former Beauty Director of FASHION Magazine) and Ceri Marsh (former editor-in-chief of FASHION Magazine) were lovely to speak to, and have motivated me to cook more. (Thanks, ladies!)

We even got to take home cookie mix, and pick our own toppings. A beautiful breakfast event in Toronto, in a room full of amazing, smart ladies, while testing out the latest beauty products by Almay? A perfect day.

I’m giving away something special from Almay, for one of my lovely readers, too! Enter to win a package that includes the book How To Feed A Family, and the latest beauty products from Almay Canada.
Just leave me a comment below sharing one tip that helps you get out the door in the morning! Please remember to leave your contact information, too.
Winner will be selected randomly on February 27th.
Good Luck, beautiful!
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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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Nordstrom Ottawa Beauty Bash

Posted February 9, 2015 by Loukia
On March 6th,  Nordstrom Ottawa will finally open its grand doors in Rideau Centre. 
Nordstrom is my favourite department store—Nordstrom carries all the amazing brands I love, from shoes and beauty products to accessories and clothes. Also, the service is always excellent. I frequently visit and shop at south Florida’s Aventura Nordstrom, but now I won’t have to travel to get my shopping fix.
I actually just got back from south Florida and came home to this gorgeous box from Nordstrom Ottawa, filled with the best beauty product must-haves—in anticipation of the upcoming Nordstrom Beauty Bash. 

To celebrate the grand opening, Nordstrom is hosting an early-morning Beauty Bash outside the main mall entrance on Friday, March 6th, at 7:30 a.m.,  lasting until the store opens at 9:30 a.m. 

Customers are invited to enjoy complimentary skincare consultations, demonstrations, and makeup lessons, and everyone will have the chance to meet with beauty and fragrance experts from Chanel, NARS, Burberry Beauty (exclusive to Nordstrom in Ottawa), Chantecaille (also exclusive to Nordstrom), Jo Malone, Creed, La Mer and so much more. How fun!

As a bonus, the first 2,000 customers to visit the Beauty Bash will receive an exclusive commemorative tote bag, while supplies last.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the great brands and products you’ll find when you shop Nordstrom Ottawa, including my new favourite products that I was so fortunate to receive:

AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response’ Eye Renewal Creme: This is a powerful anti-aging cream that renews the area around the eyes taking years off in days. The advanced 24-hour time release formula restores collagen products, increases skin’s antioxidant production and speeds up cellular regeneration to address all aging concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles while improving skin firmness. This product retails for $275.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil: La Prairie is just as luxuriously wonderful as you’d expect; it’s a sheer treatment filled with age-delaying fortifiers that strengthen skin’s resilience, transforming your complexion into a beautiful, radiant one that thrives in stressful conditions. “The oil is formulated with a patent-pending complex of Alpine flora to renew the look of firmness and smooth the appearance of wrinkles, keeping you looking younger, longer.” This product sells for $360.

Guerlain ‘Terracotta Joli Teint': This new Terracotta sunny duo leaves my face looking tan and glowy even in cold winter days. This fluid foundation with ultra-light texture melts instantly into your skin, goes on like a powder, and creates a perfectly sun-kissed complexion while protecting skin with SPF 20. Retail price is $60.

La Mer Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream: I was so excited to  use this coveted much-loved moisturizer and I’m already in love—this legendary Creme de la Mer “…has the power to transform the skin with its ultra-rich, dewy formula. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible and skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated.” With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities are soothed, and radiance is restored. This product sells for $180.

Kate Somerville ‘ExfoliKate’ Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: Now you can treat yourself to a Kate Somerville Signature Facial at home! This is a great exfoliating cream that leaves skin clean, revealing a smooth, glowing complexion. Sell for $27.

Nars-Dual Intensity Blush: I’m a lover of Nars; especially for blush! (My favourite is Orgasm.) This blush comes with two shades—the ultimate in versatility. It’s the only blush that delivers two different finishes: Translucent Veil or a Second-Skin Watercolor Effect. Sells for $52.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick Compact in Pastel Pink: I love Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and this blush is such a pretty shade of pastel pink. It provides an overall brightening effect, “a lit from within glow” plus a hint of pretty pink. You can use it on the cheeks for a soft blush or all over the face, for veil-like luminosity. This blush is $54.

Armani ‘Maestro’ Fusion Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: This is an ultra-lightweight formula that is easy to apply, leaving skin moisturized and conditioned for a flawless complexion with just a drop. It’s great coverage with a natural finish, and this product won Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ award for Best Medium Coverage Foundation. A good foundation can be hard to find—and this product does not dissapoint at all. It’s officially my new must-have foundation. Sell for $68.

Chantecaille ‘Faux Cils’ Longest Lash Mascara: This mascara is so brilliant, I don’t even have to use an eyelash curler before I apply it. It’s a high-performance, super-volumizing mascara that is better than false eyelashes—really, why go through the trouble when this product works so well? It intensifies lashes, plumping them for a super-dramatic effect that is healthy and stunning, making your eyes the focus of your face. Sells for $50.

Clarins ‘Double Serum’ Complete Age Control Concentrate: This is my favourite serum, and I use it faithfully. “This double serum’s innovative, dual-chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions.” The results? Firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, more even skin tone and less visible pores in just a few weeks. Yes! Sells for $85.

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil: This lightweight fast-absorbing oil nourishes, hydrates, and revitalizes skin. I love that it can be used on clear skin, under moisturizer, over moisturizer, or added to moisturizer. Sells for $41.

I’ve tried these amazing products and I love them all. My skin is feeling and looking great, and I’m looking forward to shopping at my favourite department store very soon, where I can stock up on my must-have spring beauty products.

The big Nordstrom Gala is coming up, too, on Wednesday, March 4th, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and United Way Ottawa. I am so excited to be attending the Nordstrom Gala—I’ll give you all the details of the glam night soon!

Thank you, #NordstromOTT, so much!

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Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hair Care Collection

Posted February 4, 2015 by Loukia

I have naturally long, thick, and curly hair, although unless you’ve known me my entire life, you wouldn’t know my hair is curly because I am always at the salon getting a blow-dry or flat ironing it myself at home.

Not only that, but I’m also not a naturally blonde! I know—shocking, right? Truth is, my hair colour is brown, but I love being a blonde. Which means, sadly, my hair is majorly damaged, because I’ve been highlighting it for years and years. And with all the frequent blow-drying, it’s just not as healthy as it should be, and I’m beginning to really notice.

I am always looking out for great affordable hair care products that can take care of my over-processed hair, and I recently received (thank you, Aveeno!) and started using the new Aveeno Positively Nourishing  shampoo and conditioner.

The Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hair Care Collection is specially formulated to help nourish the most damaged hair back to life in just three washes—and I’ve already noticed a different in my hair! I started using the Positively Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner on my recent trip to Florida—all that time swimming in the ocean and all the pools meant my hair needed help, and this combination of hair care products certainly helped—the Aveeno Positively Nourishing Moisture Conditioner is my favourite, because it leaves my hair soft, easy to brush, and and silky smooth. I’ve noticed I’m losing less hair when I brush, too, which is great.

The conditioner is actually designed to help the driest hair with a fusion of gentle conditioners and moisturizers with Active Naturals Wheat Complex being the key moisturizing ingredient. I love that every time I use this shampoo and conditioner, my hair is being brought back to life. It’s already stronger, softer, shinier, and healthier. It’s far from perfect, but hopefully with time, the damage won’t be as bad! 
Thank you, Aveeno, for helping my hair get its bounce back!

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Top Five Reasons Why A WaySpa Gift Card Makes A Great Holiday Gift

Posted December 16, 2014 by Loukia

It’s the season for baking, shopping, wrapping, cooking, hosting, partying, attending Christmas concerts, and celebrating with family and friends. It is a busy month, to say the least, and I love giving gifts that I know people will love and really appreciate—like a gift card to WaySpa.

I love spa days and I love being a Brand Ambassador for WaySpa, because it’s my job to test out different spas every month and blog about my experience. It’s aways a wonderful and relaxing time, and I think that a gift card to WaySpa would make an excellent gift for everyone on your shopping list.
Here are the TOP FIVE  reasons to give the gift of a WaySpa gift card this holiday season to the people on your shopping list:
1. It’s a simple way to shop—just go to Wayspa.com and with a click of a button, your gift card has been purchased.
2. You don’t have to worry about wrapping your gift. Just put your gift card in a cute little box, or inside a holiday card, and you’re good to go. No need to worry about making the perfect bow. 
3. Stress-free shopping—everyone, and I mean everyone—appreciates a day at the spa, whether it’s for a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, a blow-dry, or a facial. 
4. It’s a gift that’s really appreciated this time of year because it’s calorie-free! Save the cookies for the exchange, and give the gift that’s all about pampering.
5. WaySpa is the world’s fastest-growing online spa marketplace in partnership with over 2000 spa around the world, and offers great prices to the best salons. If you’re looking for a perfect last-minute gift, purchases can be delivered digitally and emailed (or printed directly from your computer after you’ve made your purchase.) Last minute shopping made easy!
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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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