LUSH| Fresh Face Mask ‘Oatifix’

My loves,

You all know I’ve been taking a Special Fx Makeup course at George Brown. Taking makeup courses is quite a lot of fun but it can be brutal for the skin. When learning to do Special Fx makeup you are not only doing the makeup yourself but you are also the model half the time so your other classmates can also practice. The other day I learned how to create a Zombie and I was my teachers demo as well as a model. So you can imagine what my skin looked after two extensive makeup applications and two difficult removals. It was raw, red and very irritated.

I decided to make a little trip to LUSH after class was over so I could pick up a Fresh Face mask to soothe my irritated skin. I was look for something that would soothe and calm my skin, as well as put moisture back into it. I decided to try a Fresh Face Mask that I hadn’t yet tried, which is when I came across ‘Oatifix’.

IMG_3058 IMG_3059 IMG_3063“Few things are more soothing than a big bowl of banana porridge, all sweet and squishy. Did you know the same is true for your skin? Sensitive, dry or irritated faces love Oatifix for its calming oats, softening mashed banana and ground almonds to slough away flaky skin. Keep in mind that dry skin doesn’t just occur in the winter! The sun can be equally harsh, as UV rays penetrate the dermis and heat can leave you feeling tight and dry. Use Oatifix year-round on sensitive, dry skin in need of nourishment to keep it flexible and soft.”

This lovely Fresh Face mask is exactly what my skin needed! It had become sensitive, dry and irritated in only a few hours. I needed to treat it quickly to prevent any further irritation. As soon as I got home I put this cold delicious mask all over my face. I cannot even tell you how amazing it felt. Not to mention is smells delicious! The mask smells good enough to eat.

IMG_3052Oats are naturally anti-histemic, meaning they calm and soothe reactions or redness. The redness of my skin had gone completely down and it felt more hydrated. I didn’t expect my skin to be perfect after the removal because it was pretty irritated. But the results of the mask were impressive. My skin felt so much better afterwards. I actually think this might be my new favorite Fresh Face Mask!

You apply this mask to clean skin, smooth it over gently and leave it on for 10 minutes. It spreads incredibly easily and removes without any mess. Any time my skin is dry and irritated and I’m going to use this incredible mask. LUSH Cosmetics continues to not disappoint.

What’s your favorite LUSH Fresh Face Mask?

Laurelle, xo

Dermalogica| Skin Treatment Experience

My loves,

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a Dermalogica Skin Treatment done at the Dermalogica institute on King West (Bathurst and King). I can’t tell you how excited I was when this opportunity was presented to me! I absolutely love Dermalogica Skin Care, which makes me obsessed with the facials they perform.

The Moment Your Skin Changed. Forever.

“When Dermalogica meets skin, skin health is redefined. Dermalogica is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide. Why? Because for over 25 years, we’ve been dedicated to delivering skin health results through education, innovation, and professional recommendation, not through sparkly packaging, promises of miracle cures, or overblown hype.”

dermalogica_pix151Upon arriving at the institute I was greeted by all the staff and asked to fill out a detailed form related to my skin. The skin therapists do this so that they have a better understanding of your skins needs. They need to be aware of your skin’s sensitivities, problem areas and what results you would most like to see. They also use the detailed form to determine which products are best suited for your skin, so that you can have the best results when you leave.

The institute is very calm and extremely clean. The atmosphere is soothing from the moment you walk in. My Skin Therapist guided me to a room, had me change into a robe in a separate washroom where I could store all my stuff and then sat down with and asked me a few more questions about my skin. She asked me what my biggest concerns were and we got started with the facial.

IMG_6770I don’t know about any of you but I love having any sort of massage or treatment. I’m one of those people who absolutely loves being touched. Pedicures, massage and especially facials. I love having a facial treatment done, it is one of the most relaxing services to receive.

My Skin Therapists began the treatment by first cleansing my eyes and mouth. She then proceeded with a double cleanse of my face, following with Face Mapping. Face Mapping is a great tool that Dermalogica designed to help target areas of the face more intensively. It helps the skin therapist understand the skin better and what to look for in certain areas. We determined that my skin looked pretty good but it was dehydrated which is normal after having the winter we had!

dermalogica-face-mapping facemap

After the Skin Mapping was done she proceeded with a good exfoliation, some steam and some good old extractions. They hurt but they are definitely necessary. I had a few that my skin therapist thankfully extracted for me. Then of course I received a lovely facial massage (which is my favorite thing in the world). I love love love having my face touched and massaged, it is the best feeling ever and puts me right into relaxation mode.

And of course she finished off with a mask, toner and cream. It was a wonderful experience. My Skin Therapist is extremely knowledgeable. While performing the facial she informed me of what she was doing and why she was doing it. She made sure I was comfortable and relaxed the whole time.

IMG_6779I have a pretty high stress level and she made sure to release that stress and make me feel as relaxed and calm as possible. It was a perfect facial. I left with my skin feeling clean and glowing! My skin literally looked flawless. My Skin Therapist was nice enough to give me a complimentary product, Daily Microfoliant. Which is one of my all time favorite products from Dermalogica, so I was very happy to receive it and I’ve already been using it every night!

IMG_2943Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I do hope to have the pleasure of having a Dermalogica Skin Treatment again. I have always been a fan of their products and it feels so much better having a facial done with products you believe in.

Here are some of my favorite products:

  • Daily Microfoliant
  • Multivitamin Power Firm
  • Precleanse
  • Dermal Clay Cleanser
  • Overnight Clearing Gel

If you haven’t tried Dermalogica I highly recommend that you do. If you are unsure about purchasing the product there are many salons that carry Dermalogica and perform the same kind of facial I received! Believe me the facial alone is worth it.

“The #1 professional skin care line in the world. We’re not pretty. Or beautiful. Or pampering. Or luxury. We’ll just give you great skin!”

For more information about Dermalogica click HERE.

Have you tried Dermalogica? What’s your favorite product?

Laurelle, xo

Trind Cosmetics

My loves,

 I was recently sent some lovely TRIND Cosmetics to try out from Charming Media. This post is long over do and I have been dying to try out these lovely nail polishes, but I had some trouble with my mail! It finally made its way into my hands and I could not be happier. I was very curious to try TRIND nail products because they differ from other nail products on the market. TRIND products are based on the natural consistency of the nail, cuticle and hands. Their products are designed to make the nails stronger and more beautiful.

IMG_2990“Trind products make the nails stronger and beautiful, without disturbing the structure of the nail while nourishing the cuticles and hands. This is the basis for the success of Trind. Highly effective active products uniquely formulated! Trind’s products are not designed to mask, hide or provide a quick fix to problem nails cuticle or hand issues. Using Trind products will develop a synergistic nail, cuticle and hand therapy maintenance program for a lifetime of beauty!”

Firstly, I will explain the nail treatments I was sent. It seems like a good place to start because your nails should be strong and healthy before you decide to do anything else. I love nail treatments, every once in a while you really do need them. Now, you have heard me explain before that Shellac/Gel Polish DOES NOT DAMAGE YOUR NAILS. If your nails are damaged after having Shellac/Gel Polish on your nails it is because:

- You peeled the polish off your fingernails, therefore removing a layer of your nail with the polish

- Your nail technician incorrectly applied and removed your Shellac/Gel Polish, therefore leaving your nails damaged

If you are removing and applying gel polish correctly your nails should be just as healthy as they were before you applied the polish. This is why it is so important to go to a salon that is using proper techniques and has educated nail technicians. So if you caused damage to your nails or your nail technician did these two products will have your nails in tip-top shape in no time!

IMG_2988TRIND Nail Restorer

“The Trind Keratin Treatment is a nail strengthening product for persons with weakened or damaged nails, for example after use of artificial nails or exposure to solvents (nail polish remover) and the environmental pollution. The Trind Keratin Nail Restorer and Trind Keratin Nail Protector are designed to support each other’s efficacy, when used in combination with each other.The added Keratin from the Trind Keratin Nail Restorer (which is a balsam and therefore doesn’t seal the nail) provides extra structural integrity of the nail plate through adhesion.”

The Trind Keratin Treatment is fabulous for damaged nails. If you use this treatment over 4-6 weeks your nails will be as good as new and you will be able to use other products and colours to have your nails looking fantastic in no time. The Trind Keratin Treatment is also really great after a Shellac/Gel Removal and even from the environmental pollution!

TRIND Keratin Nail Protector

“In order to preserve the beneficial effects of Trind Nail Restorer, we created Trind Protector. It protects the sensitive nail against influences from “outside” (mechanical damage, leaching by water etc.). It also contains hydrolyzed keratin and can be used as such or as a base for coloured nail polish.”

The Trind Keratin Treatment and Keratin Nail Protector are designed to work together and support each other. Though they can be used on their own it is recommended that you use them as a pair for the best results! This product can also be used as a base for the nail before apply a colour, for a little added protection.

Two little products and your damaged nails can be as good as new, and ready for some polish! I was lucky enough to also receive 3 lovely polishes from Charming Media, and let me tell you the pigment is amazing.

IMG_2974 IMG_2980“The Trind Caring Color Line offers a fascinating palette of fashionable shades for fabulous nails. Color Lacquer that has specially been developed as a maintenance system.”

TRIND Caring Colours

Look at that beautiful coral! OH MY GOODNESS I just love it. I think my toes are going to be very coral this Spring/Summer. What a perfect colour selection, don’t you think? I mean I love gray polish, it looks fantastic on the toes. And I mean True Red, can you ever really go wrong with that? Red hands and feet, my goodness that’s so sexy. There is something so sexy about red toe nails. And Coral I don’t even need to explain that one, coral is my all time favorite colour for the summer. So this will most definitely be my go-to colour.

“The Trind Caring Colors maintain your beautiful nails, keeping them in better shape all the time.”
And these are only 3 of the colours that they have! They offer 48 fantastic colours to choose from! Isn’t it great that you can have a nail system that will help restore and repair your nails, as well as continue to protect them even while still wearing beautiful colours? I just love the whole concept.
IMG_2993“Trind Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover is oil- and acetone free and guaranteed perfectly cleans your nails. Use before applying a Trind product or polish. Trind Nail Polish Remover is safe and effective, because we use those solvents, that are least aggressive to the nails and the surrounding skin.”
Nail Polish Remover
And it doesn’t even end at the treatments and the lovely colours. TRIND also has a Nail Polish Remover that is extra mild and acetone free so that you do not dehydrate the nail and cuticle area. However, you will still get clean polish free nails with no fuss or mess. Safe and effective. Exactly what you want from a Nail Polish Remover.
The TRIND Keratin Treatment (as a DUO) $45.95
The TRIND Caring Colours $13.00 each
To find out where the closest store/spa that carries TRIND Cosmetics click HERE.
Thank You to Charming Media for sending me these lovely products. I always love everything they send me! I very much enjoyed trying these nail products. It’s always refreshing try new products on the market. Being a nail tech and seeing many damaged nails I think the Keratin Treatment is fantastic.
Have you tried TRIND Cosmetics?
Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| RIO Ready

My loves,

Ahhhh yes Mani Monday, one of my favorite days. I’ve got an exciting manicure for you today my loves! Spring has Sprung and the bright colours begin! Let the colourful manicures take over. It was time for my Mom to get her nails redone and she had a theme in mind. She is attending a Charity in Chatham this weekend and the theme is RIO. So obviously her nails had to be extravagant and RIO ready. We knew we needed bright, a fun design and of course sparkle (even thought I tend to protest when sparkle is involved). This is what we came up with!

IMG_6808 IMG_6809 IMG_6810 IMG_6812 IMG_6813Hot, Hot Pink, I’d say they are RIO ready for sure. I love this colour so much! I love a beautiful hot pink manicure and I love it even more when there is some nail art incorporated into the manicure. We decided to do a black swirl design to make it look fun. It’s hard to see in the pictures but there is a light sparkle on the pointer finger. Subtle enough that it’s not too in your face, but it adds some flare and jazz to this RIO inspired manicure.

To achieve this manicure I used Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Manic’ and ‘Swag’. I free-handed the black swirl design and added loose sparkle to the pointer finger.

Well, my mom’s nails are all ready for this RIO themed Charity. What do your RIO nails look like?

Laurelle, xo

Special FX Makeup

My loves,

I apologize for the lack of post yesterday but I recently started a new makeup course at George Brown College and I’ve been crazy busy! After my first full day of class I was completely zonked and couldn’t even put two sentences together. So I decided to let you in on what I’ve been up to. You all know I am a working Makeup Artist, but it’s always important to continue to learn new things because the industry is constantly changing. I decided to take a 3 week Special FX Makeup course at George Brown College (where I did all my previous schooling), it’s only been two days and I’m already having a blast.

What I’ve Learned:

Day 1: Usually Day 1 of Makeup Course is pretty boring and you learn about the course outline, your kit and really what you are going to be learning. This one not like that at all, which I was quite happy about! We jumped right into it and begin creating wounds, cuts and bruises. I learned basic cuts and bruises previously but this was far cooler. Instead of using wax to create the wounds we used transfers. I don’t know about any of you, but even though it can be tedious work I love creating guts and gore.

IMG_6855 IMG_6854The above pictures show the work of my classmate, I did not create this makeup look.

It is such a fun course (intense/difficult, but amazing), and you get to do the work and have someone do the work on you! Which is always fun to see yourself all gored up.

IMG_6860 IMG_6862I created this nice knife gash in my classmates arm! I had never used transfers before but I much prefer it over creating the wound with wax. It’s a lot easier and a lot less time consuming.

IMG_6864 IMG_6866We finished the day off by painting cuts on ourselves. This part was quite fun! We had to try to make it look 3D using only paint, which can be quite difficult. I love doing stuff like this because I actually do paint in my free time.

Day 2: Second Day we dove straight into bald caps! This particular task I was pretty nervous about, I’ve never done a bald cap before so I really didn’t know what to expect. But I can tell you that my teacher made it look far easier than it actually is.

Slide1My lovely classmate in her bald cap that I adhered to her head. Very time consuming and very difficult, yet I enjoyed every minute of it! After two days I can tell you I’m very much going to enjoy this course.

Just for fun, me in my bald cap!

IMG_6885Scary, I know!

Okay, so why I chose to go to George Brown College for my full Makeup and Esthetics course. The teachers are absolutely amazing and they all work and have been working in the industry. So they are always up to date with new products, new techniques and know what the industry is like and what to expect as a working makeup artist. I love absolutely everyone who works at George Brown in the Makeup and Esthetics department. And I’m very happy I chose to do all my courses there.

My teacher for this Special FX class is crazy talented and a fabulous instructor. He previously worked on Hannibal and Defiance, which is awesome. Keep your eyes peeled for more crazy special effects makeup, it’s going to be a wild ride.

If you are at all thinking about going into makeup or esthetics please check out George Brown College, you won’t be disappointed and there are so many opportunities presented to you at this school.

Psst…I’ve recently updated my page ‘Artistry‘, please take a peak!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Laurelle, xo

HILARY MACMILLAN| FALL FASHION WEEK

My loves,

 A couple of weeks ago my friend and I attended the HILARY MACMILLAN Fall Runway Show. I love everything fashion so I was super excited when my girlfriend invited me to attend. HILARY MACMILLAN is a Toronto based designer, believe me you are going to want to remember that name! Her Fall/Winter 2014 Collection is absolutely beautiful! All styles are very classy and elegant and they are even wearable! A little bit about HILARY MACMILLAN:

“Hilary MacMillan is a Toronto based womenswear designer. Her self-titled brand was founded early 2012 with a focus on creating wearable designs for the urban modern woman. She creates effortless style with the aesthetics of flattering silhouettes, and modern femininity with a retro feeling. The use of colour and prints is a design stable seen consistently throughout her seasons.”

IMG_6576Fashion Shows are always exciting and we got to putter around the little booths that were set up before the show started! Maybelline New York was there offering manicures, as well as a bottle of polish if you took a selfie of yourself and posted in on Instagram with various tags! Here is our Maybelline New York Selfie.

IMG_6571 IMG_6597We also got a little goodie bag of skin care from NeoStrata, which I am very eager to try!

A very interesting and fun fact; remember when I blogged about the oh so lovely Elle Hardware on Queen West? Well my friends Hilary MacMillan is actually the sister of Lindsay MacMillan who owes Elle Hardware! Both very talented woman and they definitely have incredible fashion and style sense. I just love that they work so closely together and in the same industry. Both kind, lovely people as well.

Lucky enough my friend and I ended up getting bumped up to one of the front rows which was incredibly exciting! And in the front row was a little treat for us.

IMG_6577“be so good they can’t ignore you”

So adorable, I just love it! Once settled in our front row seats we got to enjoy the show! Here are some of my favorite pieces!

“Hilary is inspired by different design movements throughout history, and pulls a lot of inspiration from the changing styles throughout the decades. “Those decades in history were about investing in key signature pieces and not our current climate of ‘throw away fashion’, which happens too often these days.” Women invested in key pieces, which lasted decades. Her appreciation of well-designed signature pieces inspires many of her collections, creating pieces that last more than a season.”

IMG_6578 IMG_6582 IMG_6589 IMG_6590 IMG_6591 IMG_6593Hilary MacMillan found most of her inspiration for her Fall/Winter 2014 Collection while traveling to the North of Scotland where pheasant hunting is a romanticized tradition. Much of her collection is inspired by the colouring of the pheasant bird; rich blues, reds and winter whites.

I absolutely love that plaid, patterns and textures seems to be the trend for the Fall/Winter Collections of 2014. I absolutely love how beautifully tailored all her clothing is and the styles flow so well together looking both causal and elegant. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this lovely designer.

Much of Hilary MacMillan’s clothing can be found at Elle Hardware which is Queen West in Toronto. Hilary is a Toronto based Canadian designer, all her clothing is designed, sourced and manufactured in Canada.

www.hilarymacmillan.com

www.ellehardware.com

You are going to want to keep on eye on these two sisters! I know I do!

What do you think of Hilary MacMillan’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection?

Laurelle, xo

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics| Mini Lip Tar Set

My loves,

I don’t know if you’ve already noticed but I’m absolutely, completely obsessed with trying new lip products. It’s a serious problem, I can’t even tell you how many lip glosses/lip sticks/lip balms/lip stains I own! A while back, I came across Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics which has the amazing product Lip Tar. I was very eager to try these lip products because I’ve heard they look sensational on! Luckily I came across the Mini Set x4 and snatched it up! I don’t believe it’s available at Sephora any longer in this set, however have no fear there is a Lip Tar Mini Set x12 set available for $69.00 valued at $108.00, Lip Tar Trio Set for $47.50, as well as Pro Picks Lip Tar Set x4 for $59.00 valued at $118.00.

The shades in my Mini Lip Tar set included a neutral pink, bright pink, classic red, and a dark seductive plum. Which in my opinion are 4 of the best colours to own, perfect for any occasion and you are bound to love at least one of them!

IMG_2248IMG_2234IMG_2250“Lip Tar is a deeply pigmented liquid lipstick with extraordinary staying power. This expertly coordinate set of OCC’s most popular shades is a great new way to share your Lip Tar obsession. Whether as a gift, or for petite portability, this set is the perfect way to get your first taste of Lip Tar before building your full-size collection.”

This Mini Lip Tar Set from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics included 4 mini lip tar’s in shades: Memento (Mid-Town Pink Plum), Anime (Seriously Neon Fuchsia), NSFW (true, balanced red), and Black Dahlia (blackest blackened red), as well as a small lip brush.

IMG_2254If you intend to purchase a set or one individually I HIGHLY recommend that you also purchase the Lip Tar Primer. The pigment is so strong in these lip products that the product does tend to bleed. However, when you apply this lovely lip primer it pretty much eliminates any bleeding.

The Shades

“Flash a fabulous smile and a stunning splash of color with this lip formula that combines the longevity of a lipstick with the breezy application of a gloss. The rich pigment will drench your pout and the blend of essential oils, including hemp and peppermint, will soothe and soften the skin for a supremely comfortable finish. For easy travel and application, each Lip Tar comes with a vinyl carrying case and mini lip brush.”

Memento| $22.00 individually

IMG_2239 IMG_2441 IMG_2440Mementois described as a “mid-tone pink plum” with a matte finish. This out of all 4 is probably my favorite shade, only because I can wear it as an everyday colour or in the evenings. It’s a beautiful neutral pink that I can see myself wearing often. It applies quite evenly and effortlessly. Perfect shade for the summer when you have a nice tan.

Anime| $22.00 individually

IMG_2236 IMG_2466 IMG_2458Anime is described as “seriously neon fuchsia” with a matte finish. And it is seriously hot pink. I absolutely love it though. Hot Pink lips in the summer is my favorite look to rock, so this will be among my favorites for this upcoming summer. Applies evenly and effortlessly.

NSFW| $22.00 individually

IMG_2242 IMG_2491 IMG_2485NSFWis described as “true, balanced red”, with a matte finish. The pigment in this red is INSANE. I love it so much. It’s a perfect true red and it looks fabulous on. There’s something about a good red lip that is so incredibly sexy.

Black Dahlia| $22.00 individually

IMG_2245 IMG_2510 IMG_2512Black Dahlia is described as “blackest blackened red”, with a matte finish. It is definitely the blackest, blackened red no questions asked. Now I love this colour so much but it bleeds like crazy and it is extremely difficult to apply. It took me forever to get an even application with no bleeding. I very much want to love this colour but it’s too high maintenance for me. I love a good vampy lip, I just wish it were easier to wear!

Now all of these shades claim to have a matte finish, but I found that they had a glossy finish. Not that I mind I actually love that it appears shiny but it shouldn’t claim to be matte, because it is not.

All in all I am definitely going to be purchasing more shades of this lovely Lip Tar from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, I very much enjoyed trying these shades out and I cannot wait to try more!

Have you tried Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar? What shades do you like?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| April Showers Bring May Flowers

My loves,

April is here and is the weather warmer yet in Canada? Sadly it is not. However, and I cannot believe I’m happy about this but at least there is rain instead of snow! And what does Spring rain bring us? Flowers! So it only seemed fitting to do a lovely floral manicure on one of my all time favorite clients and friends.

IMG_6787IMG_6790IMG_6793IMG_6802IMG_6803I know, I know, its floral print again. But it only seems fitting for Spring! Plus, I love the colour scheme we chose to do with this particular print. The floral print reminds me a china tea set, which I really love.

To achieve this lovely manicure I used Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Riviera Rendez-Blue’, ‘Bride’, ‘Wild’ and Entity Beauty ‘Hunter Plaid’. I free-hand painted the flowers and I actually love these flowers. I usually paint floral nail art a little different, but I feel like I will be trying out this print far more often, I just love it.

Well, it’s time for bright colours, blues, pinks, purples, orange you name it. It’s Spring time, which means fun colourful nails! And you said it lots of nail art (I particularly enjoy the floral nail art!).

What nails will you be rocking this Spring?

Laurelle, xo

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’

My loves,

I love Marc Jacobs, I especially love Marc Jacobs perfume in Daisy! It is my signature scent, I wear it every single day and I love that when people smell Marc Jacobs Daisy they think of me! I have for quite some time now wanted to do a Marc Jacobs inspired manicure. Well my friends, I finally got around to doing it with the help of my lovely friend and co-worker.

IMG_2856 IMG_2858 IMG_2880 IMG_2864 IMG_2882A little about Marc Jacobs Perfume ‘Daisy’:

Fresh and feminine, Daisy is a playful bright and alluring scent. Daisy captivates with the luscious freshness of wild strawberry, then blooms with the modern vintage edge of velvety violet petals and finishes with a luminous blend of gardenia and jasmine. The white accords of birch and cedarwood add intensity.

The bottle design features a luxurious block of weighted, clear glass topped with a playful scattering of daisies that appear to bloom from the rounded gold cap. Winner of the Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi Awards for Women’s Luxe Fragrance of the Year and Women’s Prestige Best Packaging, 2008.

I personally love the perfume, I haven’t grown fond of any other Marc Jacobs perfumes but I literally have not worn another perfume for at least 6 years. I just love the way Daisy smells. It’s fresh, feminine with floral undertones. But it’s subtle and soft and in no way over powering.

IMG_2869Now I don’t know if any of you have noticed but I’m obsessed with floral everything. I have a floral wallet, a floral phone case and even floral shoes (I know over kill with the floral, but I just love it!). So it seemed fitting to put such a magnificent floral design on my nails. Now I must admit when I first put this design on my nails even I was skeptical. It’s a little much for me, but with each day I grow more and more fond of this manicure.

To achieve this manicure I used Artistic Colour Gloss, ‘Swag’, ‘Bride’ and ‘Wild’. I created the entire design with polka dots, and used the polka dots to create a daisy. Each nail has a different pattern, they are in no way the same, which I love.

So there you have it my loves, I’m all ready for Spring and Summer, bring on the floral!

What’s your favorite perfume?

Laurelle, xo

 

Ready, Set, Summer with Lady Speed Stick

My loves,

This winter has been by far one of the worst winters we have seen in years. Now that Spring is finally starting to show itself it’s time to repair and condition our poor dry and dehydrated skin. Now I don’t know about any of you but my cuticles and hands are dehydrated, my underarms are in need of some tender love and care, and my feet need some serious moisture put back into them. Luckily for me Lady Speed Stick was kind enough to send me a care package to help me get ready for the summer!

IMG_2637I was so excited to come home to this lovely little care package filled with goodies. My bag included the New Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin (stick and roll-on formulas), Baléa Warming Foot Balm (Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil), Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment, and a beautiful lilac purple Get Nailed polish from The Ten Spot nail salon.

IMG_2646IMG_2650IMG_2647 New Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin, with Vitamin E has a smooth, invisible formula with over 30% skin conditioning agents to help soothe dry skin while providing 24-hour wetness and odour protection. Vitamin E is one of the best ingredients in skin care, so I think it’s great that it’s a key ingredient in this deodorant.

 Vitamin E Benefits:

- It protects the skin from environmental pollution

- It is an excellent moisturizer

- It contains powerful anti-inflammatory action –perfect for irritated and dry skin

- It has excellent wound healing properties

As an expert on moisturizing winter-neglected nails, feet and underarms, Kristen Wood, CEO and creator of Toronto’s beloved beauty and wax bar chain, The Ten Spot knows how parched our “thirsty three” can be:

 “Winter is hard on our hands, cuticles, feet and even our underarms. Tight sweaters, irregular shaving, perspiration and dry air can really affect that precious underarm real estate over the course of the long winter. Before you bare it, prepare it! Nutra-Skin, a new product from Lady Speed Stick, provides moisturizers to soothe and nourish your sensitive underarm area without sacrificing the protection you need and expect from your anti-perspirant.”

 Your underarm skin is particularly delicate. Factors such as hair removal, perspiration and tight clothing may damage it, and that’s not even including this dreadful harsh dry winter air.

 I’ve been using the New Lady Speed Stick Nurta-Skin for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love it. I use Lady Speed Stick on a regular basis as is, but with the added ingredient of Vitamin E I really notice a difference. My underarms feel moisturized and fresh. I get all day protection from odour and perspiration. I much prefer using the stick formula; I love the scent because it’s not too overbearing and it leaves no residue on my clothing.

 New Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin is available in stick (45 gram) and a roll-on (50 ml) for $2.99. It’s a great price and it’s definitely worth a try. I’m telling you Vitamin E works wonders, even on your underarm skin. Don’t neglect your most delicate skin!

There is even a special offer on SnapSaves, check it out!

Have you tried the New Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin? If so, which do you prefer the Stick or Roll-On Formula?

Laurelle, xo

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