event recap

Ipsy Generation Beauty | Creator Swag Bag 2017

Hello lovelies!

This past weekend was Ipsy’s Generation Beauty, a weekend-long makeup and beauty event founded by Michelle Phan for beauty lovers to network, meet their favourite brands, and get a ton of free stuff! (I say “free”, but I think the regular attendee badge was about $100?) I was fortunate enough to qualify for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty as a creator. Keep reading to see what we received….

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Pixi By Petra Beauty Launch

Hello lovelies! I have a very exciting event recap for you today. Pixi was a brand that flitted through the Canadian market in the blink of an eye on the wings of now-gone Target stores. However, I come bearing good news for us Canadian gals – Pixi is back and here to stay at Shoppers Drug Mart! A few weeks ago Emily and I were fortunate enough to attend the Toronto launch of Pixi by Petra. Keep reading for a rundown of Pixi goodness (spoiler alert: I love everything!)

Emily and I took a train downtown and Ubered our way to the launch, through the craziest sleet/freezing rain/ wind storm we’ve had this season! However when we got inside, we were greeted with a table filled with Pixi goodness! Everything from skincare, facial mists, lipsticks, contour palettes, and base products.

The Canadian range is missing a few influencer collaborations (such as the coveted Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse,) but I hope they will make their way over soon!

We were led to the table and tried out the products while Pixi global spokesperson Amanda Bell showed us her favourites. I have a few items to show you today!

Pixi SkinTreats and Skincare Line

You guys know I absolutely love skincare! It’s probably my favourite element of my beauty routine. After all, a clean base leads to smoother makeup application!

I was so excited to try out their skincare range because I often hear British youtubers like Anna and Lily raving about certain products.

The Pixi Peel & Polish is an intense exfoliator – “resurfacing concentrate” with natural fruit enzymes. The lactic acid gently exfoliates, cellulose peels & sugar extracts polishes, lifting away dullness revealing brighter skin. The exfoliating particles are fine but intense, and you can really feel it scrubbing all the dead skin cells away! It doesn’t feel abrasive and does a great job. I use this every 3 days.

I love sleep masks – the Laneige Sleeping Mask was my holy grail. I recently just ran out, to which ~ praise the skincare gods~ the Pixi Nourishing Sleeping Mask came into my life. It has a slightly creamier texture than the Laneige mask, and comes in a handy squeeze tube.

The formula is rich in fruit & flower oils to soothe, arginine to strengthen, and hyaluronic acid to plump! It has a lovely floral scent that I can’t get enough of.

I’ve never really used eye treatments before, but I was intrigued when I saw the Pixi 24K Eye Elixir. It contains collagens and peptides to decrease the look of fine lines under the eyes. I store it in the fridge and I love the cooling sensation on the skin!

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The Cult Product


The Pixi Glow Tonic is a cult skincare product that I’ve heard bloggers raving about for ages. It’s a soothing toner that contains 5% glycolic acid,which exfoliates, brightens and smoothes skin. It has the most gorgeous scent – a cross betweet floral, ginseng, and aloe vera! I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. It feels so soothing, and I love applying it immediately after cleansing.

Did somebody say…facial mist?


I LOVE FACIAL MISTS. You could say I’m an addict now. They feel so refreshing and soothing on the skin, and I’ve made it my mission to try as many as possible. The Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist has a gorgeous floral scent! The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavendar, and arginine. The spray isn’t quite as fine as I’m used to, but does the job nonetheless!

 

The Holy Book of Contour


The Pixi Book of Beauty Contour Creator caught my eye with its 6 gorgeous shades! My favourites are the highlighting shades, the sparkly light pink blush, and the lightest contour shade.

The blush is such a beautiful shade, and the middle highlighting hue is perfect for setting my concealer. I haven’t really touched the middle or darker contouring shades, but I’ll likely be using them as eyeshadows.

Overall, this is a very handy travel kit!

Time To Prime


Finally, the last two makeup items: Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer. It lasts forever, you only need to use a dab of it on each side of your face and it leaves it looking flawless with a glow. The primer offers a light wash of colour with a slight peachy pink undertone, but you can definitely sheer it out and layer your foundation over top. It evens out the complexion and allows me to apply less foundation, as well as prolonging my  makeup to last all day!


This pencil was the perfect consistency.


I never really use eyeliner pencils anymore – you guys know I’m all about those liquid liners! I was happily surprised when I swatched the Pixi Silky Eye Pen though, because it was so smooth and glided effortlessly across the skin. It was soft, but not too soft if you catch my drift. I find that sometimes some pencils break easily at the tip, but this pencil was the perfect consistency.


What do you guys think?


I’m absolutely in love with Pixi and I’m so glad it’s available once again for us Canadian gals – you can find the brand at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. I really want to try out their mud masks and cleaners, as well as their hydrating milky mist! Ooh, and their rose products, the scent is absolutely divine.

Be sure to snap them up when you see them because the Pixi displays often sell out!

Have you tried this brand before? Do you have a favourite Pixi product? Are there any products you’d like to try out?

*This post features press samples. A big thank you to the Pixi team for inviting me to this event! 

One Of A Kind Show – Winter 2016 #OOAK

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One Of A Kind Show Toronto 2016

Hello lovelies! Time to finish up with all the leftover draft that I forgot about… Better late than never, right? I decided to check out the One of A Kind Show in the Enercare Centre in downtown Toronto on December 3rd! It’s a large crafts exhibition that is held in December (Christmas show), and March (Spring show.) The show hall is filled with booths showcasing original artwork, clothing, ceramics, and food. Many items are one of a kind, as the show name suggests. We perused the aisles for a few hours and picked up a few Christmas gifts. Today, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite booths!

Here are a few local small businesses fantastic Canadian creators. Keep reading to see what we got up to…

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An Afternoon of Glitz and Glamour | BeautyBOUTIQUE & PHYTO Paris TIFF Suite 2016

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2016 TIFF Suite with beautyBOUTIQUE and Phyto Paris

Each year the air is filled with a bit more glitz and glamour as the Toronto International Film Festival rolls into town. You know what that means – big films, big stars, big hair, red carpets, red lipstick – the works! Last Thursday, Emily and I strolled down the trendy streets of King Street West, past the popular little bars and cafes with slinking queues full of beautiful people. We reached the beautiful Spoke Club, and were led up to a charming little showroom with some of our favourite brands. Various stations were set up for hair and makeup, as well as previews of new collections and holiday releases! I’m so excited to share our experience with you today – keep on reading for the deets…

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Youthful Skin with Estee Lauder | Fall 2016 New Launches + Review and Faves!

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Estee Lauder Fall 2016 Collection

Hello lovelies! Last week I was invited to the fall media preview for Estee Lauder and Aerin – so exciting! Estee Lauder is one of my all time favourite beauty brands, especially for their luxurious skincare collections. (I was pretty much raised on it because my mom is a huge fan of them and has most of their products, hehe.) The autumn 2016 Estee Lauder collection introduces a gorgeous new line of anti-aging and hydrating products, as well as a revoltionary new cushion stick foundation, and an alluring new addition to the Modern Muse fragrance line. Keep reading for a look at the products, as well as my thoughts, a few of my Estee Lauder Faves!

 

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#TakeYourChance with Chanel – Toronto Yorkdale Event!

 

#TakeYourChance with Chanel

Chanel is one of my all time favourite beauty and fragrance brands – it just exudes an aura of luxury and charm. Chanel No5 Eau Premiere is probably my signature scent! It’s light and seductive, with notes of jasmine flowers and tonka beans. The fragrance itself is both timeless and recognizable, and I’ve always received compliments when wearing it. Chanel has a number of iconic perfumes, and I’m here to share one of their most popular fragrances.

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Chanel #TakeYourChance event held at the Hudson’s Bay in Yorkdale Mall in celebration of the Chanel Chance fragrance. The line includes 4 different scents : Chance Original, Chance Eau Fraiche, Chance Eau Tendre and Chance Eau Vive. Each bottle was a different colour – yellow, green, pink, and beige.

It’s your chance . . . TAKE IT! A decidedly young scent for those who dare to dream. A light, subtly sensual fragrance, filled with vitality and energy, evolves from one moment to the next, each wholly unique.

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