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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bask-It-Style Event for TIFF 2017 Hosts the Ninth Annual Media Day at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto

Stars and media alike were welcomed to kick off TIFF at this non-traditional gifting suite 

Another TIFF festival is now over – Torontonians just experienced 11 days of cinema, celebrities, glamour and parties during TIFF 2017. Among celebrities seen at Toronto International Film Festival this year were Halle Berry, Diane Kruger, Angelina Jolie, Andrew Garfield, James Franco, Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Eric Clapton, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Drake, Lady Gaga, Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Elle Fanning, and others.

One of the most glamorous parties dedicated to TIFF 2017 was Bask-It-Style -- Toronto’s premiere gifting experience, Bask-It-Style by GLO Communications, which opened its doors for media and celebrities for the ninth time at TIFF 2017. The event took place in the Front Room of the Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington Street West, Toronto), on Wednesday September 6th, one day prior the start of the festival, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (by appointment only) – media were invited to indulge themselves with a variety of lifestyle sponsors from beauty to fashion and books to technology and to receive the star treatment.
Entrance to Bask-It-Style 2017 event
Gifts participating at Bask-It-Style 2017 lounge
Bask-It-Style 2017 at Thompson Hotel in Toronto
Bask-It-Style, presented by title sponsors’ HP, Rakuten Kobo and DAVIDsTEA, is a twist on traditional gift-giving by delivering gift bags directly to celebrity hotel rooms, giving them more time to focus on promoting their films. Celebrities gifted in the past include: Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Colin Farrell, John Legend, Sir Elton John, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Tom Wilkinson, Rachel Weisz, Iggy Pop, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and many more.

I went to the Bask-It-Style event in the afternoon. I started attending this event in 2012, and I have been there ever since – this is the 6th year that I have the pleasure to attend this glamorous and exciting event dedicated to TIFF. This year’s venue, the luxurious Thompson Hotel, is located in the heart of TIFF, in the trendy King West area (the same Bask-It-Style location as last year). The elegantly designed Front Room of Thompson Hotel is an 858 square foot area that reflects the hotel’s signature avant-garde style, blending luxury furnishings with high-tech functionality. It features built-in audiovisual, including a 60 square foot media wall with plugins for Mac Mini, Apple TV, and HDMI.

“We started Bask-It-Style in 2008,” says Jessica Glover, Principal, GLO Communications. “We are thrilled to be back at the Thompson Hotel and this year’s sponsors are showcasing some exciting new products and technologies.”

Technology Room 
Print your TIFF experience with HP's new pocket printer 
Upon entering the suite, guests could share their favourite mobile-locked TIFF photos at the HP photo print booth with their new HP Sprocket Photo Printer. With the ultra-portable HP Sprocket, you can wirelessly and instantly print and share 2” x 3” photos from your smartphone or tablet. The HP Sprocket is the perfect way to bring your celebrity sightings to life during TIFF and beyond. Priced at $159.99 CAD, the Sprocket is available at HP.com, Staples, Best Buy and Amazon.
HP Sprocket
Presentation of HP Sprocket at Bask-It-Style 2017
Tea Room 
Refresh and re-energize with DAVIDsTEA
The hustle and bustle of TIFF can take its toll on the body’s energy -- DAVIDsTEA was on-site with a pop-up tea bar serving a variety of their relaxing and replenishing teas. Media could choose from iced or hot premium teas and hot or iced premium matcha. Matcha naturally detoxifies the body while focusing the mind, which is loaded with antioxidants and a good source of caffeine. Guests could leave with Harvest Tea Singles (retail value $25), a collection of loose leaf teas with flavours perfect for fall, prepared in pre-portioned packets for ready-to-steep use; as well as a 5 Faves Sachet Travel Pouch (retail value $12), a canvas pouch made to hold five tea sachets; and a Tea Press (retail value $35) a travel mug designed with loose leaf tea in mind making it possible to steep on-the-go.
David's Tea booth at Bask-It-Style 2017
Guests enjoying David's Tea at Bask-It-Style 2017 event
Style meets Beauty Room 
Treat yourself to handmade jewelry, meet with a Canadian designer and get your hair styled
In the style and beauty room, guests could experience the stylish 2017 A-List Super Tote (retail value $275), a lightweight and locally crafted celebrity bag designed exclusively for Bask-It-Style by Toronto designer Annie Thompson. The bag is made from a blend of PC nylon and polycotton and it features plenty of pockets and compartments making it the perfect everyday bag. Guests could also get a hands-on look at Annie Thompson’s signature utilitarian style with a viewing of her Fall 2017 collections, designed with the environment and community in mind.
Canadian fashion designer Annie Thompson showcasing one of her bags
Studio1098, a jewelry brand based in Toronto, and a long-time Bask-It-Style partner, showcased their latest collection, The Diamond Graphic Collection, comprised of a ring, necklace, and earrings. It gives the classic diamond shape a bold, graphic edge making it the perfect alternative to the traditional diamond gift this Christmas. Along with the new line, Studio1098 brought a selection of their finest handmade pieces for stars to borrow as they rock the red carpet.
Studio1098 jewelry
Finally, red carpets can be stressful with all the moving parts (lights, cameras, action) so this year, the lounge had a hair expert from Pureology on-site with a hairstyling station to touch up hairstyles. I also had my hair styled at the event. 😊 They showcased their collection of haircare products called Clean Volume System, the newest way to create lightweight, bouncy volume. The line is entirely free of sulfates, silicones, and parabens and is infused with natural ingredients to help boost volume while strengthening hair. Guests could go home with the Clean Volume Shampoo and Conditioner (retail value $72), as well as a bottle of Colour Fanatic, a multi-tasking hair beautifier designed for colour treated hair.
Pureology haircare products
Reading Room
Expand your book collection with major brands
Back by popular demand is the Reading Room, guests could browse a compelling array of books, meet with authors and test new devices. As title sponsor of the 2017 Reading Room, Rakuten Kobo ambassadors were on-site showcasing their newest device, the Kobo Aura H2O, as well as gifting $25 gift cards.

DK Publishing, a publishing house from Toronto and a long-time Bask-It-Style partner as well, showcased its latest titles perfect for upcoming gift guides, including Birds of Canada, a complete guide to over 600 species of birds complete with stunning full-colour photographs.
DK Publishing booth in the Reading Room
Chris Houston of DK Publishing (left) presenting the newest titles to guests
Chris Houston of DK Publishing (far right) in the Reading Room at Bask-It-Style 2017
Alongside DK Publishing there were two Toronto writers presenting their newest books -- Adrienne Kress and Karma Brown. Both were on-site to mingle with media and sign copies of their latest books. Adrienne Kress discussed The Explorers: The Door in the Alley, published by Penguin Random House, the first part in a thrilling series following the adventures of two fearless explorers. The book is addressed to young readers aged 8-12. Next up there was award-winning Canadian author Karma Brown with the novel In This Moment, published by Park Row Books which is a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s guilt over an unexpected-yet avoidable-tragedy that causes her to risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart.
Writer Adrienne Kress presenting her newest novel for young readers "The Explorers"
"The Explorers", a novel by Adrienne Kress
Toronto based writers Karma Brown and Adrienne Kress, snowcasing their latest novels
"In This Moment", a novel by Karma Brown
Some other exciting items in the bag 

The goods don’t end there!

Gift bags for celebrities also included:

Local Toronto apothecary and artisan beauty boutique, Helen + Hildegard’s, Joy organic gift set complete with the Joy Bath Soak and Essential Oil Blend (retail value $70) which will be a perfect item for media and talent to enjoy after a busy red-carpet and not only.

A Barefoot Venus beautiful Goddess Bliss bag (retail value $160) filled with a gift card and five of their most popular products including their Dry Body Oil, a spray on oil which offers instant deep-hydration to dry skin and a Lip Bliss; a deeply nourishing shea butter balm loaded with meadowfoam oil; a natural SPF, to keep lips protected from the sun.
Barefoot Venus products
Guests also received a bottle of Yardley London’s delicate English Rose fragrance (retail value $19) complete with rose top notes, hints of magnolia, violet, cassis, warm cedarwood, amber, and musks -- it’s a classic scent perfect for any event.

Keep the pampering going with Mèreadesso’s Face + Neck cleanser (retail value $48), a non-foaming all-in-one face wash, toner, shaving lotion and makeup remover gentle enough for sensitive skin.

To battle being hungry, dehydrated on press days, the bags included Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Coconut Water from Buddha Brands Co, a natural, heart-healthy source of hydration free of added sugars; as well as a bag of their delicious Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips.

To continue the hydration, guests left with Natur-a fortified almond beverage.

For those who like salty treats, the bag included Toronto Popcorn Company’s Kettle Corn flavoured popcorn, created with locally sourced ingredients at their flagship store located in Kensington Market.

Guests could also go home with a can of Ace Hill Pilsner, the new exclusive beer partner of Porter Airlines, a refreshing beer with subtle flowery notes combined with sweet caramel undertones.

This year, celebrities received a variety of sense-provoking goodies in bags designed exclusively for Bask-It-Style by Annie Thompson. Total value is $1,370 which included:

• Ace Hill Beer: A can of the Ace Hill Pilsner
• Annie Thompson – A-List Super Tote, celebrity gift bag sponsor
• Barefoot Venus: Assorted skin care products and a $100 gift card
• Browns Shoes – media bag sponsor
• Buddha Brands Co.: Thirsty Buddha sparkling coconut water and Hungry Buddha coconut chips 
• DAVIDsTEA: Harvest tea singles, a 5 Faves sachet travel pouch, and a tea press
• DK Publishing: Birds of Canada – new edition
• Helen + Hildegard: Joy bath soak and essential oil blend set
• HP: The HP Sprocket photo printer
• Mèreadesso: Face and Neck cleanser and microfibre buffing cloth
• Natur-a: Chocolate or vanilla almond beverage
• Park Row Books: In This Moment by Karma Brown
• Penguin Random House LLC: The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress 
• Pureology: Clean Volume shampoo and conditioner and a bottle of Colour Fanatic hair treatment
• Rakuten Kobo Inc.: Kobo Aura and $25 gift card
Sharp Magazine: Magazine sponsor, the ultimate magazine for men
• Studio1098: handmade sterling silver maple leaf earrings
• Thompson Hotel: venue partner
• Toronto Popcorn Company: a bag of Kettle Corn Popcorn
• Yardley London: English Rose perfume

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About GLO Communications
GLO Communications is a boutique PR firm creating dynamic publicity campaigns for clients in the lifestyle industry including: publishing, fashion, beauty and entertainment. They specialize in: media relations, PR strategy development, marketing communications, product launches, event management, media training, product seeding and evaluation and measurement.

Bask-It-Style sponsors

Ace Hill Beer
Ace Hll is a Toronto-based beer company focused on quality and simplicity. What began as a one-man homebrew operation in our co-founder's garage several years ago, has quickly grown into one of Canada's most creative and sought-after beer brands. Their Pilsner and Vienna Lager are widely available across Ontario at leading bars and restaurants, LCBO's, Beer Stores and grocery stores. “Our mission is to provide high-quality, accessible beers and make an impact on culture. We donate 1 per cent of sales to clean water causes, because without good water there would be no good beer. We brew Ace Hill at a partner facility in Toronto called Brunswick Bierworks, using fresh, all-natural ingredients.”, say Ace Hill Beer representatives.

Annie Thompson
Annie Thompson is one of Canada’s most revered fashion designers. Established in 1981, Annie Thompson Studio creates limited quantities of carefully crafted, made-in-Canada separates to compliment unique bodies and personalities. As an advocate of green living, Thompson uses mainly organic and natural fabrics in her stand-out designs. From dress-up gear to her most casual, everyday styles, Thompson’s designs are quietly loud, thoroughly comfortable and surprisingly complimentary. Thompson's “Personal Baggage” line of contemporary, upcycled handbags and backpacks offer users rare character and functionality. There is nothing trendy or mass-market about Annie Thompson’s designs.

Barefoot Venus
With a passion to experience indulgence in the everyday, 3 sisters started crafting bath and body products for the daily routine. Using Mother Nature’s legendary powers to seduce the senses, beautify the body and help heal the spirit the philosophy of Barefoot Venus emerged; old time ingredients are consciously crafted by the three sisters to provide serious skin treatments and a wildly angelic experience. Welcome to the world of Barefoot Venus… be prepared to glow like the goddess you are!

Browns Shoes
Browns Shoes, a family-owned business established in Montreal in 1940, is synonymous with top international designer collections, luxurious leather goods, and exclusive street savvy fashion for ladies, men and children. Browns is one of the few companies that donates 10% of its pre-tax profits to charities. Mr. Morton Brownstein, Chairman, was recognized for his extraordinary fundraising work when he was appointed to the Order of Canada in July 2004.

Buddha Brands Company
Buddha Brands Company has a mission to bring healthy products to health-conscious people, while preserving the health of our planet. As members of 1% for the Planet, they pledge to give back 1% of Thirsty Buddha and Hungry Buddha sales to sustainable organizations worldwide.

Great tea, friendly stores and above-and-beyond customer service. It seemed like a simple idea, but they couldn’t find anyone else that was doing it. So in 2008, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Today DAVIDsTEA has over 230 stores across Canada and the US. You can choose from over 100 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the world. With colourful, modern packaging, sleek in-house designed tea accessories and a friendly, welcoming attitude, DAVIDsTEA offers a tea experience that is fun, fresh and unintimidating. To keep up with the latest products and offers, follow along at Facebook.com/DavidsTea and Twitter.com/DavidsTea. 

DK Publishing
The world's leading illustrated reference publisher whose aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages, DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children, bringing unrivaled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect.

Helen + Hildegard
Beauty infused in everything. This is the Helen + Hildegard philosophy, reflected in their unique collection of natural beauty brands and organic herbal teas. H+H is where traditional botanical principles and innovation in green chemistry come together. Conscientiously sourced from sustainably responsible suppliers, all of their products draw from the intelligence of plants to instill healthy skin experiences and leave a beneficial footprint on our planet.

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through their portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, they engineer experiences that amaze. 

Mèreadesso believes healthy, beautiful skin shouldn’t be easy, it should be effortless. Offering one-step skin care products that leave immaculate results, Mèreadesso is the epitome of simplicity, ease, and effectiveness: one regime for every skin type, age and gender.

At Natura Foods, we know that you base your decisions about your diet on what’s best for your health. That’s why we’re committed to developing and producing soy beverages, rice beverages and almond beverages that are tasty, deliver great quality, and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Our Natur-a product family meets a growing need: to provide you with a healthful alternative to dairy products. And that’s why Natura Foods continues to develop delicious, nutritious, organic health foods and beverages made from plant products.

Park Row Books
Park Row Books was launched in 2016 and is dedicated to publishing an exclusive list of voice-driven and thought-provoking books across a variety of genres, from mainstream literary fiction and book club fiction to literary suspense and narrative nonfiction. Park Row is an exciting destination for literary writers who want a boutique publishing experience with the support of a powerhouse commercial publisher. Like the Manhattan street after which it is named, and which was once the home of New York’s many newspapers, Park Row takes immense pride in fostering free expression, innovative ideas and important voices.

About Pureology SeriousColour Care: Pureology offers a complete collection of haircare and styling products that enhance and protect colour vibrancy while ensuring improved condition and healthy shine. From concentrated ZeroSulfate® shampoos to conditioners, masques and stylers, each and every product contains the exclusive AntiFadeComplex® component to maximize colour retention from start to finish.

Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including the Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Kobo’s award-winning eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit Kobo.com. 

Studio1098 is consistently recognized as one of the Best Jewelry Stores in Canada. Winner of the coveted NOW Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Best Jewelry Store for 2015, Studio1098 has been named both one of Toronto’s “Top 10” places to buy a diamond engagement ring and one of Toronto’s best jewelry stores by BlogTO. Studio1098 is known for its excellent client service and its unpretentious, relaxed environment, where Tamara Kronis, Studio1098’s Chief goldsmith, gemmologist and jewelry designer creates high quality, custom fine jewelry right in the studio with the help of her team. Studio1098 is located at 1098 Yonge Street, just north of Rosedale subway station on Yonge Street between St. Clair and Bloor.

About goldsmith, gemmologist and jewelry designer, Tamara Kronis
Tamara Kronis, Studio1098’s Chief goldsmith, gemmologist and jewelry designer, offers personalized custom design that ensures that each piece of fine jewelry she and her team create is “as unique as you are,” reflecting the individual style of each client. Her designs are inspired by art, architecture, and the movement of metal. Kronis is particularly influenced by the eras of Art Deco and Art Nouveau, but also loves taking on the design challenges of modern pieces inspired by geometry and nature. Prior to becoming a goldsmith, Kronis had a successful career as a commercial lawyer at a prominent Toronto law firm, and continues to be active in the business world as a corporate director of a large public utility. Kronis has won numerous industry awards as a goldsmith, has exhibited her work internationally, and has also taught a course at George Brown College on the Chemistry of Gemstones. Kronis lives in Toronto with her husband Martin and their two children. 

Thompson Hotel, Toronto
Part of the King West landscape since 2010, Thompson Toronto has become known for its refined edge. A vibrant destination for discerning travellers and in-the-know urbanites, Thompson Toronto is a premier location, offering personalized service, distinctive culinary experiences and the city’s only rooftop lounge with a 40-foot infinity swimming pool. Designed by Studio Gaia, 105 ultra-sleek guestrooms, including three brand new suites for 2016, all feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a list of modern luxuries. Amid Toronto’s hot spots, Thompson Toronto is a star, offering guests food, drink and entertainment options to suit any mood: Thompson Diner, a contemporary classic diner; Rooftop Lounge, a retreat with poolside cabanas and cocktails; the newly-reimagined Lobby Bar; French bistro Colette; and the effortlessly cool nightclub Wildflower. And with 30,000 square feet of prime event space, including the Rooftop Lounge and luxurious Screening Room, Thompson Toronto offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, weddings and more.

About Thompson Hotels
Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels, a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand, is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes the newly-opened Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico and the recently opened The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including The Beekman in Lower Manhattan, Thompson Seattle and Thompson Nashville. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit ThompsonHotels.com. 

Toronto Popcorn Company
It’s not your random popcorn!

Yardley London
Company overview: Yardley London is famous as a purveyor of luxury fragrances and soaps. The much-storied House of Yardley was born in England in the mid-seventeenth century, during the reign of King Charles I. Today's Yardley London embodies a rich and wonderful heritage with pride. They continue to create exquisite luxury items for discerning customers the world over, carrying on a tradition and lineage that other perfumery houses can only aspire to.

Photographer credit: Evan Bergstra / Ryan Emberley Photography

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Unboxing – Topbox Beauty Box, August

Time to unbox another Topbox monthly beauty box, the August box! This time I got a shower gel, a Shu Uemura face cleanser, a China Glaze burgundy nail polish, and a red lip crayon. I love all of them! 😊 I also got a Shu Uemura coupon which I didn't bother to include in the photo.

It's also my anniversary box -- it's been a year since I've been subscribing to this beauty box, as I started purchasing Topbox last August.

And here they are.
Photo credit
Barefoot Venus green tea body wash
This mild plant-derived wash creates a rich, luxurious lather that cleans without stripping or drying. Packed with skin loving extracts of white pine bark, green tea, ginseng, bearberry and licorice, skin is left silky soft. It's a new brand to me, and it's made in Canada which I love. 😍
50 ml, available at BarefootVenus.com

Shu Uemura Nutri:Nectar gentle cleansing oil in emulsion
This cleansing oil removes makeup and gently but effectively cleanses and moisturizes the skin in just one step. Nutri:nectar incorporates healing nutrients to soothe and strengthen sensitive skin. Made in Japan.
15 ml, available at ShuUemura.ca

China Glaze nail lacquer
These unique lacquers contain China clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. China Glaze nail polishes are pretty awesome! I have another dark blue one which I love, also from Topbox a few months ago.
14 ml, $10, available at professional nail salons.

Be a Bombshell lip crayon
A glossy lip crayon (red) with a smooth texture. This is also a new brand to me, I'm pretty excited to try it out.
$7, available at BeaBombshellCosmetics.com

What is your latest beauty binge?

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Noul meu parfum – L'Eau d'Issey Pure by Issey Miyake

Cadoul de Craciun pe care l-am primit de la sotul meu John anul trecut in decembrie a fost un perfume sampler -- un set de mostre de parfumuri care are scopul sa incerci un numar de parfumuri, de exemplu 7 mostre, sau 10. Un astfel de sampler contine si un certificat cadou pentru un parfum in marimea standard (30 ml sau 50 ml), iar samplerul iti da posibilitatea sa te hotarasti care din cele 7 parfumuri iti place cel mai mult, si pe urma mergi la magazinul de frumusete de unde a fost cumparat samplerul, si cu acel certificat cadou cumperi parfumul ales in marimea standard.

Nu este prima oara cand John imi face un asemenea cadou. In general John imi ia parfumuri des, cu diferite ocazii (ziua mea, Craciunul, etc.), pentru ca stie ca imi plac parfumurile, si pentru el un parfum este o solutie salvatoare atunci cand e in pana de idei pentru cadouri. Niciodata nu stramb din nas cand primesc parfumuri de ziua mea de nastere, sau Craciun, sau alte ocazii. Am mai primit un sampler de parfumuri de la John cu ocazia Craciunului precedent, cel din 2015, acel sampler a avut 10 mostre de parfumuri, si parfumul in marimea standard pe care l-am ales atunci a fost Hugo Boss Hugo Woman. Am scris mai multe despre aceasta experienta de beauty a mea in acest articol din martie 2016, dar si in acest articol din mai 2017.

Revenind la subiectul de astazi, am fost incantata cand John mi-a facut cadou acest sampler de parfumuri cu 7 mostre, in aceasta cutie eleganta si festiva.
Cele 7 mini-parfumuri in acest sampler au fost: 
Signorina by Salvatore Ferragamo
Chloé by Chloé
Angel Muse by Thierry Mugler
La Nuit Trésor by Lancome
L'Eau d'Issey Pure by Issey Miyake
Eros pour Femme by Versace
Si by Giorgio Armani
Aceasta poza a aparut si pe pagina mea de Instagram acum cateva luni
Nu m-am grabit sa-mi aleg parfumul preferat din acest sampler imediat, ci mi-am acordat timp sa le incerc si sa ma hotarasc asupra parfumului ales. De asemenea, am si multe alte parfumuri pe masuta mea vanity, asa ca mini-parfumurile din aceasta colectie sampler nu au fost singurele pe care le-am folosit in decursul acestui an, de la Craciun incoace. Tindeam sa ma hotarasc asupra unei ape de parfum in sticluta de 50 ml, si toate aromele din acest set erau ape de parfum 50 ml, cu exceptia aromei Eros pour Femme by Versace, care era o apa de toaleta 50 ml. Asadar, alegerea mea urma sa fie unul dintre celelalte 6 parfumuri din set.

Pana la urma m-am hotarat -- parfumul care m-a sedus a fost L'Eau d'Issey Pure by Issey Miyake, apa de parfum 50 ml, asa ca de curand am fost la farmacia Shoppers Drug Mart de unde a fost cumparat acest set de mini-parfumuri, si cu acel certificat cadou inclus in set mi-am luat parfumul ales.
L'Eau d'Issey Pure by Issey Miyake e o aroma seducatoare de vara, floral-fructata, care ma duce cu gandul la vacante, la plaje cu nisip alb, la cer albastru insorit de pe malurile Mediteranei -- motivul pentru care am fost cucerita de acest parfum. In octombrie voi pleca intr-o vacanta tropicala pe malul Oceanului Atlantic, si il voi lua cu mine -- va fi parfumul perfect pe care sa il port in aceasta vacanta, ma va face sa am o vara prelungita in acest an.

Acum ma bucur ca nu m-am grabit sa-mi aleg parfumul preferat din acest set de 7 arome in timpul lunilor de iarna, imediat ce am primit setul cadou de Craciun de la John. Daca alegeam parfumul in decursul iernii trecute, adica imediat dupa Craciun, as fi ales probabil un parfum dulce potrivit pentru sezonul de iarna, cum ar fi de exemplu Si by Giorgio Armani. Dar pentru ca am ales parfumul din acest sampler in timp ce era vara afara, Issey Miyake cu aroma sa de vacanta de pe malul marii a fost parfumul care m-a sedus si m-a cucerit.

Cand am mers la farmacia Shoppers Drug Mart sa-mi aleg parfumul preferat din acest sampler, fata de la raftul de frumusete de acolo de la farmacie a fost foarte draguta si entuziasmata cand am prezentat certificatul cadou din sampler cu care urma sa-mi iau parfumul. Mi-a spus ca ii plac foarte mult aceste seturi de samplere de parfumuri, si e foarte incantata cand o clienta vine cu un astfel de certificat cadou sa-si ia parfumul ales. De asemenea, s-a aratat incantata cand i-am spus alegererea mea -- Issey Miyake. Mi-a impartasit ca e unul din parfumurile ei preferate, si a fost de acord ca e un parfum perfect pentru vara care te duce cu gandul la vacante insorite si la plaje de pe malul marii.

Il port acum in aceste zile de vara, si ma voi bucura de acest parfum pana cand se sfarseste vara si va veni toamna in oras cu zilele ei racoroase. De-abia astept sa plec in vacanta in octombrie, cand voi putea retrai 7 zile fierbinti de vara in acest an si voi purta acest parfum pe malul Oceanului Atlantic.

Photo credit: Victoria West

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Unboxing – Topbox Beauty Box, July

Time to unbox another Topbox monthly beauty box, the July box! I love my Topbox for two main reasons. First, it allows me to discover so many great beauty brands and products that are not mainstream and are not available in supermarkets and massmarket, which otherwise I wouldn't know about. And the second reason -- it saves me so much time by getting me my monthly beauty stack at my door, and this way I don't have to go shopping and I don't have to spend time at the beauty counter to select and buy all the beauty products that I need in my bathroom on a monthly basis, it's such a relief! Every month I get 4-5 beauty products in my Topbox beauty box, and they cover my beauty needs. Of course I have to complete my beauty stack and I still buy other products from beauty stores, but it really is a relief that I don't have to buy at least some of them, because I already get them in my mailbox on a monthly basis. For instance, I haven't bought products like lipsticks, lipglosses, nail polishes, face masks, face creams, hand creams and other types of products since last August, because I got enough of them in my Topbox beauty box every month. But I still have to buy other products like haircare (shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, hair detanglers etc.).

When I subscribed to Topbox last year in August, I only wanted to try the monthly beauty box experience to see what's this all about, and I chose the smallest and the cheapest beauty box that I could find, just to try it out. I found Topbox with an average of 4-5 beauty products per month. I tried it for a few months, I decided that I liked it, and I still subscribe to it. The Topbox content proved to be just right for me -- not too much, not too little, and for now I will keep subscribing to this beauty box, I feel that I do not need a bigger beauty box, because I wouldn't want to hoard beauty products in my bathroom without having the chance to use them, and I wouldn't want to get too many of them and have them add up and clutter my home.

This month I got a lipgloss, a mascara, a shower gel, a face mask and face cream.

And here they are.
Photo credit: Victoria West
LARITZY Cosmetics, Undressed liquid lipgloss in Pebble shade
Intensely pigmented, this velvet matte liquid lipgloss will give you a pop of color that lasts for hours! The lipgloss was also accompanied by a Laritzy coupon of 20% off which I may or may not decide to use to buy some Laritzy products on sale.
3.1 g, $20, available at Laritzy.com

Medusa's Make-Up, Witch Lash mascara
Medusa's Makeup Witch Lash mascara adds length and volume to your lashes with an easy to apply flexible rubber wand.
$12, available at MedusasMakeup.com

Fruits & Passion, Orange Cantaloup shower gel
Apply a small amount of this 8 fruits extracts enriched shower gel to a wet washcloth or shower puff. Lather all over body and rinse.
60 ml, available at Fruits-Passion.com

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD® clearing treatment and face mask
Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave on for 5 - 20 minutes and remove with water. Use as a full face mask or spot treatment as often as needed. Avoid eye area.
15 g, available at Sephora.com

Garnier SkinActive gel cream
It's a great face cream, I currently use it. I love that it's light and absorbs quickly in the skin, without leaving any greasy traces on the skin.
6 ml.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cele mai recente cumparaturi – Shopping Lately

Astazi fiind sambata, aveam chef sa scriu despre ceva lejer si frivol, asa ca articolul de astazi va fi din seria Cele mai recente cumparaturi – Shopping Lately, si voi scrie despre cumparaturile pe care le-am facut in ultima perioada -- haine, pantofi, accesorii, produse de frumusete si ingrijire, produse de birotica, etc. 

Voi incepe cu pantofi, haine si accesorii.
Pantofi Vince Camuto
Pantofi cu toc Vince Camuto, i-am luat de la Winners in timpul celei mai recente sedinte de shopping pe care am facut-o la acest magazin. Am un magazin Winners chiar langa jobul meu unde obisnuiesc sa merg cateodata in timpul orei mele de pranz. I-am vazut pe raft, mi-au placut, and the next thing I knew, erau in dulapul meu de pantofi. Mi-au placut mai ales pentru alura sexy pe care o dau piciorului. Inca nu i-am purtat, dar urmeaza sa-i port la urmatoarea petrecere.
Sandale Winners
Aceste sandale de vara le-am luat tot de la Winners, in timpul aceleiasi sedinte de shopping ca si pantofii Vince Camuto din poza de mai sus. Voiam o pereche noua de sandale negre casual, cu toc mic (acestea sunt cu platforma mica, 2 cm), confortabile, pe care sa le port in cele mai casual situatii cum ar fi condus, in timpul calatoriilor, la serviciu, prin oras, etc., si le-am ales pe acestea. Le-am purtat de curand la o petrecere la casa de vacanta a unui prieten, 2 ore distanta de Toronto.
Blugi Gap & blugi New Woman Design
Blugi -- cei din stanga sunt Gap, si cei din dreapta sunt New Woman Design. Ii purtasem deja odata cand am facut aceste poze, asa ca ii prezint doar intr-un glimpse, si nu "desfasurati".
Hanurac Walmart, sapca Walmart
Pantaloni sweatpants Walmart
Costum de training si sapca alba, de la Walmart. Well, in vara asta eu si sotul meu am mai facut o cumparartura importanta -- ne-am luat o casa de vacanta la Minden, un oras turistic situat la o distanta de 2 ore de condus la Nord-Est de Toronto. Am intrat in posesia casei noastre de vacanta la sfarsitul lui iunie, si am petrecut acolo doua weekenduri pana acum. Casa se afla intr-un loc foarte verde, la marginea unei paduri, pe malul unui rau, si nu departe de un lac. Proprietatea este mare, cu multa-multa verdeata si cu o fortareata naturala de pini si brazi de jur-imprejur. Dar exista si un dezavantaj sa ai casa de vacanta intr-un loc impadurit si atat de verde -- tantarii. Nu e o problema nerezolvabila, caci ne protejam de tantari cu spray anti-tantari si alte solutii insect-repellent. Dar si haine deschise la culoare. Motiv pentru care ne-am luat toti trei costume din acestea hanurac cu sweatpants gri-deshis, si sepci albe -- insectele nu te ataca (sau te ataca mai putin) daca porti haine deschise la culoare. In pozele de mai sus va arat doar hainele mele de cottage, dar John si Alex de asemenea au haine din acestea gri-deschis si sepci albe -- ne-am echipat toti trei. Cu putin timp inainte sa incheiem actul de vanzare-cumparare pentru casa noastra de vacanta, am mers la Walmart sa ne luam haine de cottage, si le-am luat pe acestea. Am avut ocazia sa le purtam toti trei weekendul trecut cand am fost la cottage si am avut musafiri, si am purtat hainele noastre de cottage -- aratam toti trei ca niste tripleti imbracati la fel, fani Eminem. 😊

Ah da, spuneam ca mi-am luat casa de vacanta? Cea mai importanta cumparatura pe care am facut-o in ultimii 5 ani. Iata si casa. Totul e atat de verde acolo, incat casa in sine de-abia se vede printre copaci. Iar spatiul e atat de mare, incat am loc suficient in curte sa-mi tin si jucariile, cum ar fi RV-ul, Jeepul, platforma de carat Jeepul, RZR-ul, etc.
Casa mea de vacanta din Minden, provincia Ontario, Canada
Si o palarie de vara, un alt accesoriu util la o casa de vacanta.
Palarie de soare
Alte accesorii -- umbrele, sosete.
Umbrele Walmart, sosete
Umbrelele -- le-am luat de la Walmart la o tura obisnuita de cumparaturi. Tin minte ca ploua in ziua aia, si angajatii supermarketului au pus standul cu umbrele (diferite modele & marimi) fix la intrare chiar in fata usii, astfel incat cumparatorii sa dea cu nasul in umbrele cum intrau in supermarket de afara cu ploaia peste ei, si sa cumpere umbrele. O tactica de marketing excelenta, a functionat perfect asupra mea. Aveam acasa vreo patru umbrele, dar toate erau deja stricate si cu spitele rupte, si trebuia sa le inlocuiesc demult, asa ca aceasta s-a dovedit a fi o ocazie perfecta sa cumpar umbrele noi si sa renunt la cele vechi. Am luat una rosie si una albastra, allegedly una pentru mine si una pentru John (Alex are o umbrela cu Spiderman), dar pot sa le port pe amandoua fara nicio problema. Nu va spun ca in seara aia cand am ajuns acasa dupa cumparaturi la supermarket, primul lucru pe care l-am facut a fost sa arunc la gunoi cele patru umbrele defecte.

Sosetele -- am o mica obsesie cu sosetele, si tot imi cumpar. De cand le-am luat pe acestea din poza, mi-am luat mai multe perechi, impreuna cu alte piese de lenjerie, dar pentru ca deja facusem aceste poze si pentru ca celelalte sosete sunt la fel ca acestea, am inclus doar aceasta poza in articolul meu de azi despre cumparaturi ca sa nu repet pozele.
Umeras pentru esarfe
Umeras pentru esarfe -- un accesoriu foarte util pentru garderoba. Imi plac esarfele si am un numar mare de esarfe (diferite stiluri, culori, marimi, branduri), si pana acum le tineam pe toate pe un umeras obisnuit de haine. Dar acum am acest umeras pentru esarfe, si fiecare petala gazduieste cate o esarfa (sau doua, ca am mai multe esarfe decat numarul petalelor acestei flori-umeras).

Continuu cu produse de frumusete si ingrijire. Produse pentru ingrijirea parului...
Sampoane L'Oréal
Sampoane l'Oréal -- sunt grozave! Am mai folosit sampoane din acestea, am scris despre ele in unul din articolele mele din seria Produse terminate -- Empties, si am luat din nou din acestea, pentru ca au intrat pe lista favoritelor mele. Parul meu este high maintenance si necesita o ingrijire intensa, asa ca de multe ori cumpar doua sampoane odata si nu doar unul, ca saptamana urmatoare sa nu fac iar un drum la raionul de frumusete din supermarket sa-mi iau produse pentru ingrijirea parului din nou.
Sampon Garnier
Un alt produs favorit de-al meu pe care il cumpar des -- samponul Garnier cu ulei de argan.
Balsamuri de par Garnier cu ulei de argan
Cand imi iau produse pentru ingrijirea parului, balsamul de par vine la pachet cu samponul, de aceea si aceste doua balsamuri de par Garnier pe care de obicei le cumpar impreuna cu samponul Garnier de mai sus. Este un balsam pe care il folosesc des, este unul din preferatele mele.

Alte produse de frumusete si ingrijire.
Servetele umede pentru maini si uz general Cottonelle, deodorante Dove, balsam de par Winners
Margele parfumate pentru dulapuri cu aroma de zmeura, spuma de baie
Sfera efervescenta de baie Winners, servetele umede pentru maini si uz general Walmart
Pentru sfarsit am lasat produsele de birotica -- obsesia mea declarata pentru agende, jurnale, carnete, materiale pentru scris, the paper works. Luna aceasta se pare ca am exagerat cu produsele de birotica si papetarie. Am I a stationery addict or what??? 😍
Jurnale Indigo
Jurnale, carnete diverse
Jurnale, carnete, agende, un set de felicitari Hallmark pentru diverse ocazii (thank you notes etc.)
Produse diverse de birotica
Produse de birotica -- etichete albe (rotunde), corector lichid, pixuri. De cand am facut aceste poze, mi-am luat mai multe produse din aceasta categorie, dar am inclus o singura poza in articol pentru a nu le repeta. Cand merg la shopping, trec pe la raftul cu stationery, birotica si papetarie cel putin o data pe saptamana, pentru "office supplies". 😊

Si in sfarsit, ultimul item din acest articol -- selfie stick cu bluetooth.
Selfie stick
Voi ce cumparaturi ati mai facut ultimul timp?

Sa aveti un weekend frumos!

Photo credit: Victoria West

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Produse terminate – Empties (5)

Astazi voi vorbi despre produsele cosmetice pe care le-am folosit recent, in ultimele doua luni – un articol din seria Produse terminate – Empties. In articolul de astazi va voi prezenta 12 produse, carora le voi face cate un mini-review – produse pentru ingrijirea parului, pentru ingrijirea tenului, produse de machiaj, accesorii cosmetice, mostre.
Sampoane, sampon uscat, spray pentru colorarea instanta a parului, dischete demachiante, servetele umede, oja, mostre de parfumuri, crema de fata, masca de fata, masca pentru buze
Voi incepe cu produsele pentru ingrijirea parului.
Sampon Herbal Essences, sampon Dove, sampon uscat Cake, spray petru colorarea instanta a parului Joico
Sampon Herbal Essences cu ulei de argan, 300 ml -- este un sampon grozav! L-am gasit foarte "spornic", n-a trebuit sa folosesc prea mult produs la o utilizare, ci cam jumatate din cantitatea pe care o foloseam in cazul altor sampoane. Am folosit concomitent si balsam pentru par din aceeasi gama care de asemenea mi-a placut foarte mult si mi-a lasat o impresie buna; dar nu am apucat sa pastrez ambalajul balsamului pentru a-l include in acest articol.

Sampon Dove pentru volum, 355 ml -- un alt produs care mi-a placut foarte mult, parul meu a fost fericit cu acest sampon. In general imi plac sampoanele Dove, sunt de buna calitate, am folosit pana acum diverse arome. In present mai am unul, dar il tin la casa de vacanta, ca le-am cumparat pe ambele la aceeasi sedinta de shopping. Pe acesta de acasa l-am terminat, si pe celalalt de la casa de vacanta inca il mai am.

Sampon uscat Cake, 50 ml -- l-am primit in cutia mea lunara de frumusete Topbox pentru luna aprilie. Am inceput sa folosesc sampoane uscate acum doi ani, si de atunci am avut acest tip de produs in baia mea in mod constant. Am tendinta sa folosesc sampon uscat mai mult vara si mai putin iarna, si daca l-am primit pe acesta in aprilie (acum 3 luni), l-am consumat destul de repede. Este un sampon uscat de buna calitate, mi-a placut cum isi face treaba. Acum folosesc un alt sampon uscat Herbal Essences. Pana acum am incercat trei branduri de sampoane uscate -- Batiste, Cake, Herbal Essences, si mi-au placut in ordinea in care le-am enumerat mai sus, asa ca tot Batiste ramane preferatul meu, chiar daca intre timp am mai incercat si alte sampoane uscate.

Spray pentru colorare instanta a parului Joico (roscat), 50 ml -- l-am primit in cutia mea lunara de frumusete Topbox din luna septembrie de anul trecut. Are efect instant, tot ce trebuie sa faci e sa-l sprayezi in par si te-ai vopsit roscata. Se aplica pe par uscat, are putere de fixare 3 din 10 (adica 30%). L-am folosit in weekenduri, just for fun. Culoarea naturala a parului meu este este brunet, si daca n-as fi fost bruneta, as fi fost roscata -- este a doua nuanta de par care ma prinde bine. Cand locuiam in Romania, obisnuiam sa-mi vopsesc parul, si nuanta la care apelam cel mai des era roscatul. Dar cand m-am mutat in Canada, am renuntat la obiceiul de a m-mi vopsi parul, din lipsa de timp, iar in afara de aceasta imi place culoarea mea naturala destul de mult incat sa nu-mi fie dor sa-mi vopsesc parul, chiar nu-mi lipseste. Dar cand am primit acest spray colorant, a fost fun sa ma "vopsesc" din nou, chiar daca este un produs cu efect temporar si vopseaua se duce din cap la prima spalare. L-am folosit inainte sa ies in oras de exemplu, cand mergeam la shopping etc. Are si un mare dezavantaj, lasa pete si urme peste tot, trebuie sa fii foarte atenta sa nu-ti murdaresti/sprayezi hainele cand il folosesti. Lasa mainilie rosii daca dai cu mana in par cand il porti (dar se spala cu usurinta si nu lasa pete indelungate pe piele). Nu am devenit fana a acestui produs, n-o sa-l cumpar. Acum l-am folosit ca l-am primit in cutia mea lunara de frumusete, dar altfel nu l-as cumpara.

Continuu cu produsele pentru ingrijirea tenului si produse de machiaj.
Masca hidratanta pentru fata Garnier, masca pentru buze MaskerAide, crema de fata Clinique, oja Mary Kay
Masca hidratanta de fata Garnier SkinActive (mostra, o utilizare) -- am primit aceasta masca in cutia mea lunara de frumusete Topbox din luna aprilie, este un tip nou de masca pentru mine si este prima oara cand am folosit acest tip de produs, pana acum foloseam masti clasice -- scrub pentru fata, masti peeling, masti de argila. Masca Garnier SkinActive e un film care se aplica pe fata, se tine timp de 15 minute, si ingredientele hidratante din compozitia filmului actioneaza asupra tenului, iar dupa 15 minute cand inlaturi filmul de pe fata, masezi surplusul de produs (crema hidratanta) in piele. Masca are un puternic efect hidratant, tenul se simte proaspat dupa aplicare, as mai folosi aceasta masca. Ingredientul principal al acestei masti este extractul de rodie.

Masca pentru buze MaskerAide, am primit-o in cutia mea lunara de frumusete Topbox din iunie. Masca are forma buzelor, urmeaza conturul buzelor, si se aplica pe buzele uscate si demachiate pentru efect de invigorare si plumping, timp de 10 minute. Efectul este instantaneu, dupa cele 10 minute buzele arata "plumped", mai pline si mai senzuale. In acelasi timp efectul este de scurta durata, a doua zi nu se mai vede, si cel mai potrivit timp pentru a folosi acest tip de produs este inainte de un eveniment, ca fiind parte din pregatirea pentru eveniment sau iesire, cum ar fi o petrecere. Am mai folosit acest tip de produs in trecut, un gel Skyn pentru invigorarea buzelor si pentru un aspect mai plin si mai senzual al buzelor, l-am primit in cutia mea lunara de frumusete Topbox acum cateva luni, si am scris un mini-review al acelui gel pentru buze Skyn in articolul meu precedent despre produse consumate.

Crema hidratanta Clinique, 7 ml, am primit-o in cutia mea lunara de frumusete Topbox din luna mai. Descrierea produsului spune urmatoarele: Allergy tested, 100% fragrance free. Rich cream-gel instantly rehydrates dry or dehydrated skin for a full 24 hours. Daily use helps repair skin's moisture barrier. Oil-free. Este o crema care asigura hidratarea tenului pentru 24 de ore, si am ales sa o folosesc ca si crema de noapte, avand in vedere ca foloseam deja o crema de zi Nivea. Efectul sau hidratant este de netagaduit, e o crema foarte buna si tenul meu s-a simtit bine cu ea. Se absoarbe repede si usor in piele, nu lasa urme grase pe ten, ceea ce eu apreciez foarte mult la cremele pentru fata, fie ele de zi sau de noapte.

Oja Mary Kay café au lait, am primit-o la un eveniment monden din 2013, si am folosit-o pana cand am consumat-o si s-a uscat de tot. A fost o oja buna, nu m-a dezamagit cu nimic. Culoarea asta discreta café au lait este tot timpul prezenta in trusa mea de oje, pentru atunci cand nu am timp sa-mi fac o manicura prea sofisticata. Cateodata imi place sa imi fac manicura cu oje in culori tari (negru, orice nuanta de albastru, turcoaz, verde, gri metalizat, rosu, burgundy, maro, etc.), dar cateodata, cand nu am prea mult timp la dispozitie pentru rasfat personal, imi fac manicura cu o oja intr-o nuanta mai discreta cum este aceasta oja café au lait de la Mary Kay.

Si in sfarsit, accesorii cosmetice si mostre de parfumuri.
Servetele umede Cottonelle, mostra de parfum Province Apothecary, mini-parfum Si by Giorgio Armani, dischete demachiante Quo
Servetele umede Cottonelle pentru maini si pentru uz general, 10 bucati -- am tot timpul servetele din acestea la dispozitie, la birou, in poseta, acasa, in baie, in dormitor, imi sunt indispensabile si sunt foarte utile in tot felul de situatii.

Mostra de parfum Province Apothecary No. 19 -- e o mostra pe care am primit-o la un eveniment monden sau altul. Province Apothecary e un brand de frumusete din Toronto care creeaza parfumuri handmade pe baza de ulieuri naturale. Parfumurile Province Apothecary nu au ingrediente chimice sau sintetice, ci numai ingrediente naturale organice, cum ar fi ulieuri de jojoba. E un parfum interesant, potrivit pentru zi, l-as incerca si in marimea standard de dragul compozitiei naturale, dar nu are aroma unui parfum clasic, aceasta ii este influentata de uleiurile din compozitie.

Mini-parfum Si by Giorgio Armani, 7 ml -- un parfum dulce.

Dischete demachiante Quo, 30 bucati, dischete dreptunghiulare -- au fost de o calitate buna, cu o putere de absorbtie buna, nu m-au dezamagit.

Ati folosit vreunul din aceste produse? Ce parere ati avut despre ele?

Photo credit: Victoria West

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Unboxing – Topbox Beauty Box, June

Time to unbox another Topbox monthly beauty box, the June box! I should have written and published this story earlier, during the month of June, and not let it slip into July, however I have been busy with other things lately and I didn't get the chance to publish it when I actually meant to. But better later than never, right?

This time I got a lip mask, a face cream, a bath bomb and a lip crayon.

And here they are.
Photo credit: Victoria West
MaskerAide lip mask
TELL ME ‘POUT IT – Hydrating Lip Mask
Prep lips by making sure they are dry and make-up free. Apply to lips on flat side of patch. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Remove and apply lip makeup if desired.
Single – 6 g, $7, available at REXALL Pharmacy locations, MaskerAide.com

Belif face cream 
The True Cream - Aqua Bomb
Instantly hydrating, lightweight gel cream. Clinically proven to increase hydration levels by 18%. Perfect for all skin type.
10 ml, available at The Face Shop, Nature Collection and Fruits & Passion. E-commerce: BelifCanada.com

AvryBeauty bath bomb
Jelly Spa Bath Lavender
Pour Step 1 (first pack) - Jelly Spa bath in a foot tub with warm water. As the water turns into jelly, soak your feet for a relaxing heat therapy. Pour Step 2 - Dilution Mineral to dilute the jelly and drain the water.
100 g, $3, available at Amazon.com, PurpleBeautySupplies.com

ESTATE Cosmetics lip pencil
Lip Crayon in Sweeter Season
These versatile crayons are all you need for the perfect pout. Use it alone or layer it under your fave lip color!
1 g, $10 USD, available at EstateCosmetics.com

All of these brands are new to me, so it's that much more exciting to try them out. I have already tried the first two products -- the lip mask and the face cream, they are pretty great. I am yet to try out the other two products, the lip crayon and the bath bomb.

Have a great week ahead everyone!