Back to School Skincare + Giveaway | ft. Vichy

SPECIAL FEATURE CONTENT

Back to school can be a stressful time; getting up too early, staying up too late and if you’re in university or college it means meeting new people in your classes all over again – talk about breakout inducing triggers all rolled into one! In collaboration with Vichy, I’m here to show you ways to customize an anti-acne routine for combination skin types like mine with some extra tips on mixing up your products.

Haven’t met Vichy yet? They are a French skincare line founded in 1930s based around the healing properties of thermal spring water which is still the foundation of all their products. They are widely available in the beauty pharmacy side of drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs. Now an world wide brand,Vichy creates targeted skincare ranges for total body care.

PRODUCTS SHOWN

(Note: I only had the old packaging of the cleanser, the new bottles are what you’ll see in stores and on their website.)

    IN A RUSH?
    You can shop Vichy products online anytime | Vichy.ca

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    GIVEAWAY
    Are you a Canadian reader? Vichy Canada has got an extra surprise for you! Share your experience with Vichy products and win a 3 piece Normaderm skincare set to mix into your own routine.

    DETAILS:

    • Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget (below), comment and log it in! 
    • For more chances to win, don’t forget to Tweet this giveaway (I’ve enabled it for daily points)!
    • Remember that only entries logged in Rafflecopter will be counted as this helps me keep track of everyone who entered and the total amount of entries.
    • Open to: Canadian Residents (or if you have a Canadian address that Vichy can ship to!)
    • Giveaway closes: Sunday, August 28th 2016
    • Winner to be chosen by random number generator, check back to this post to see the winner displayed on the Rafflecopter widget!
    • Giveaway winner to be contacted via the email registered on Rafflecopter so please use a recent address.
    Good luck,

    Giveaway: P&G Drugstore Beauty Unboxing & 1st Impressions

    The transition between winter to spring is such a fickle time of the year. While you dream of crisp brisk mornings, your hair and skin are both still in dry winter mode. To help ease this complicated time of the year and sharing some new beauty releases along the way, P&G Canada shared with me a beauty filled spring hair, skincare and makeup box. Here’s what’s inside and a few first impressions!

    THE GOOD THINGS
    Top of my list is certainly the Olay Rengerist Luminous Sleep Mask, this new type of product is a hot commodity in the beauty world right now but I’m most impressed by how effectively this does the job even from the first use. It does form a slight film on the skin (let it “set in first” for 10minutes before getting to bed) but the results are worth it for winter skin. Another likeable product or shall I say products, is the combination of the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Illuminating Shampoo which leans on the more clarifying side but does not strip my hair dry plus the Pantene Dry Defy Conditioner which is thick and rich. Using the entire set from either range was just too dry or too oily for my current hair condition but this little switch up gave me great results. If I must recommend one though, the Herbal Essences did give me great noticeable shine!

    GIVEAWAY
    Are you a Canadian reader? P&G Canada has got an extra surprise for you! Share how you prep your beauty routine for spring for a chance to win the Spring Beauty Box I’ve shown in the video.
    DETAILS:
    • Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget (below), comment and log it in! 
    • For more chances to win, don’t forget to Tweet this giveaway (I’ve enabled it for daily points)!
    • Remember that only entries logged on Rafflecopter will be counted as this helps me keep track of everyone that entered and the total amount of entries.
    • Open to: Canadian Residents (or if you have a Canadian address that I can ship to!)
    • Giveaway closes: Monday March 30th 2015
    • Giveaway winner to be contacted via the email registered on Rafflecopter so please use a recent address.

    GOOD LUCK 
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    STAY IN TOUCH
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    Disclosure: The giveaway prize in this post is kindly provided by Pantene (P&G Beauty) as part of their Beauty United blogger challenge. I am a #BeautyUnited blogger and as part of my affiliation with this group I periodically receive products and special access to P&G events. However I am not obligated to participate nor am I monetarily paid to do so. The opinions on this blog are my always my own. For more details on how I blog, visit my blog policy page.

    Beauty Tutorial | JetSet to Paris with Revlon & WIN!


    Paris oh Paris.

    There’s always been a certain romantic duality about this city, the warm nostalgia mixed with an ever evolving modernity that makes this the perfect place for getting lost in the old or discovering the new. That’s exactly how I feel about this JetSet into Fall beauty look that Revlon has challenged me to recreate.

    Taking inspiration from some of the world’s most iconic cities, Revlon’s artists have designed and paired a JetSet beauty box to help you create a perfect fall look with just a few key products. My look was Pucker up in Paris, featureing a neoclassic double winged eyeliner look with a rich deep berry lip.

    KEY PRODUCTS:

    • REVLON | Colourstay ShadowLinks*
      • Petal, Greige
    • REVLON | Colourstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner* | Blackest Black
    • REVLON | Bold Lacquer Mascara* | Blackest Black
    • REVLON | Colourstay Moisture Stain* | Parisian Passion
    • REVLON | Colourstay Gel Envy Polish*
      • Sure Thing, Blackjack, Diamond Top Coat
    MAKE IT HAPPEN:

    • Start with a soft matte foundation and conceal any obvious blemishes.
    • Apply Petal eyeshadow over the entire lid, blending up to just under the brow bone. Sweep Greige from the inner corner of the eye outwards along the crease and blend. If you don’t have an obvious crease (like me) then just take the colour up to about halfway up the lid from the lash line so it’s visible when you open your eyes.
    • With the Colourstay liquid eyeliner, draw a thin line along the upper lash line and extend it past your outer corner.
    • Create a double wing by adding an extra “flick” to the outer corner, this one lifting upwards.
    • Glide Parisian Passion onto lips for a bold and moist finish.
    • On the nails, use Blackjack on every nail and leave one accent finger to paint Sure Thing. Seal it all with a coat of Diamond Finish Top Coat.
    The key to this look is minimal product but maximum impact, using strategic colours and lines to create an eye catching makeup look. I kept the brows strong but with a soft arch (no sharp lines here) that balanced out the darker lip. Cheeks could be left bare or lightly shaded with a neutral powder blusher. Lastly, I chose a light but lengthening pair of false lashes to give a little extra impact without taking away from the liner.

    WIN THIS LOOK!
    Ready to take-off for a little Parisian indulgence of your own? Revlon is giving away a Pucker up in Paris Jet Set into Fall box (with all the products you see here) to one of you reading this right now! 
    • Drop by my Instagram account and “like” THIS Revlon makeup photo of mine and leave me a comment saying “enter me” so I know you read all the requirements.
    • I will draw a winner from the list on Sunday, October 19th.
    • Winners will be announced and contacted via Instagram.
    • Open to all Canadian residents 18yrs or older.
    Good luck to everyone!

    STAY IN TOUCH

    iHerb | Favs & Haul & Giveaway!

    For all you health conscious beauty gals out there, I’m sure you’ve been following me on my exploration through the jungle of natural beauty products and one of my favourite places to go has been iHerb. To say I shop there a lot is a bit of an understatement… if you see my wishlist, it is just bursting! They have an abundant selection, regular updates on their stock plus…once in a while I’ll even grab a few snack foods too. In celebration of discovering new natural products, I’m sharing some of my ultimate iHerb favourite purchases throughout the years, a few new items that just came in the mail plus a double giveaway so you can do a little shopping of your own!


    THE GIVEAWAY

    Rules & Details

    • Giveaway open Internationally to all the countries iHerb ships to, that’s more than 150 countries but if you want to confirm, check their website.
    • Giveaway ends Monday, October 20th 2014
    • There are two online gift cards to be won, each worth $50
    • Shipping will be taken care of for both US and non-US winners. The following only applies if you are a winner out of the US: you are responsible for any additional taxes/duties/brokerage fees levied you country’s Customs Agency and/or Postal Service should there be any.

    Please follow the steps to enter in the Rafflecoopter widget below, only entries logged in the widget will be counted. 

    DROP BY AND SAY HELLO!
    Eager to see what they’re up to at iHerb? You can follow them via their social media outlets.
    Facebook | Twitter | Website

    Winners will be contact by me using your Rafflecopter entry email so make sure it’s current. I will also announce the winner via my Facebook and Twitter. Good luck

    STAY IN TOUCH

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    * This post contains an iHerb rewards code that I was given upon my introduction as a first time customer. When used by other first time customers, I gain rewards points which can be redeemed towards my own next purchase for a limited time. This “cash back” reward comes from iHerb’s own marketing budget, not from your order. The products shown in this video are a combination of products I have purchased myself as well as some purchased with a giftcard provided by iHerb. This does not distort my opinion in any way and I have long enjoyed shopping at iHerb prior to this post.

    #ShineStrong | What’s your strong? Tag & Giveaway!

    I’ve heard it so many times. The blessing that come with having a double x chromosome is also a double edged sword. In an ever demanding society, it’s a continuous struggle to show the world that women are capable of taking on the world, not only competing but also succeeding.

    But why can’t we do all this with out lipstick and high heels on?
    I happened on Pantene’s #ShineStrong video long before I opened this month’s surprise box from the Beauty United Team. While it caused quite a heated conversation in the Youtube comments, I loved that it highlighted some of the everyday challenges that women face in the everyday world and many of which I have experienced first hand. I’ve always said how I happy and blessed I am to be a woman and so today we’re celebrating with a tag video and a giveaway!
    GIVEAWAY
    Are you a Canadian reader? Pantene Canada has got an extra surprise for you! Share how you #shinestrong for a chance to win a Pantene Pro-V prize pack to help you look beautiful while making your mark in the world.
    Details:
    • Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget (below), comment and log it in! 
    • For more chances to win, share your #shinestrong tag via social media!
    • Remember that only entries logged on Rafflecopter will be counted as this helps me keep track of everyone that entered and the total amount of entries.
    • Open to: Canadian Residents (or if you have a Canadian address that I can ship to!)
    • Giveaway closes: August 19th 2014
    • Giveaway winner to be contacted via the email registered on Rafflecopter so please use a recent address. 
    GOOD LUCK & SHINE STRONG!
    STAY IN TOUCH
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    Disclosure: The giveaway prize in this post is kindly provided by Pantene (P&G Beauty) as part of their Beauty United blogger challenge. I am a #BeautyUnited blogger and as part of my affiliation with this group I periodically receive products and special access to P&G events. However I am not obligated to participate nor am I monetarily paid to do so. The opinions on this blog are my always my own. For more details on how I blog, visit my blog policy page.

    Beauty Tutorial | The V-Files + $50 Walmart Giveaway (closed)

    Perhaps it’s the aftereffects of the polar vortex but there seems to be an extra anticipation for spring to arrive this year. In preparation for the grand revival of the warmer weather, P&G Beauty have created several on trend beauty looks for 2014 and challenged me to try one on for size.

    I choose “The V Files” with it’s graphic liner and 80s inspired side sweep it’s the perfect look to say hello to a brand new spring. Plus, who can resist that big hair!

    THE FINER DETAILS
    I think this look is such a statement maker, glamourous in it’s own way and perfect for days when you need a little fabulous in your life. Not feeling the blue liner? Switch it out for a shade of your choice to make it your own.


    PRODUCTS USED

    • LANEIGE | Skin Refining Toner
    • OLAY | Regenerist Luminous Moisturizing Cream
    • COVERGIRL | Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
    • NATURE’S REPUBLIC | Botanical Eyebrow Powder Duo
    • COVERGIRL | Liquiline Blast Pencil “Blue Bloom”
    • RIMMEL | Scandaleyes Pencil “Black”
    • COVERGIRL | Clump Crusher Mascara/WR “Blackest Black”
    • COVERGIRL | Clean Glow Bronzer #120 “Spices”
    • COVERGIRL | Lip Perfection “Delicious”
    • PANTENE | Triple Action Volumizing Mousse
    • PANTENE | Shaping Hairspray

    Check out all 10 Spring and Summer Beauty trends:
    The V FilesWave Rave | Statement Pieces | Plait Please | Moonlit | Glamourous Grunge | Gilded Glory | Colour Field | Bright Club | Purple Reign

    SHARE & WIN
    Here’s your chance to grab a $50 Walmart Canada Giftcard to shop the products you need to recreate your favourite trend look. Simply share and win!

    Rules & Details
    Giveaway open to Canadian residents.
    Giveaway ends Monday, Feb 24th 2014, 12:00am PST

    Winners will be contacted via email (as entered in the Rafflecopter widget) and also announced on my Facebook page as well as Twitter.

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

    Disclosure: Some of the products used in this video were purchased with a gift card provided by P&G Beauty of their Beauty United blogger challenge. I am a #BeautyUnited blogger and as part of my affiliation with this group I periodically receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own. For more details on how I blog, visit my blog policy page.

      Giveaway! WIN a holiday beauty box | P&G Canada

      BeautyUnited 12Days of Beauty
      The holiday season is an exciting time of the year, with so many things to do and not enough hours in a day to get them all checked off your list. The beauty elves over at P&G want to take away some of your December stress by helping you look and feel beautiful with their 12 Days of Beauty Box!

      WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOX

      GIVEAWAY RULES:
      Open exclusively to Canadian residents.
      Follow the instructions below to enter (multiple chances to win!)

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      GIVEAWAY ENDS:
      Sunday, Dec 15th at 12:00am PST
      Winners will be contacted via email (entered in the giveaway widget on my blog), announced on my Facebook and Twitter!
      GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
      BeautyUnited 12Days of Beauty

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      Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own. For more details on how I blog, visit my blog policy page.

      Giveaway!:: Benefit’s 15hr Stay Flawless Event Vancouver

      Benefit 15hr Flawless

      Summer can be the least exciting time to wear base makeup, I admit even I am trying to sneak in a few foundation-less days during the past weeks as the weather suddenly rocketed in Vancouver. It seems like with the passing years we are teetering away from the mild transitional temperatures and plunging into a duality of rain versus sun. But sometimes you’ve just gotta show up and bring your best face with you so Benefit Cosmetics has devised an easy 1-2-3 plan to get you flawless in a snap.
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      Word on the street has it that the Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation has been winning some loyal fans with its lightweight texture and brightening coverage. The new launch of the Stay Flawless 15 hr Primer is also causing quite a stir here in Canada with it’s unique stick format and cheeky packaging and together with their Hello Flawless Powder Compact, this trio is ready to help you conquer the day.
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      The generous people at Benefit Cosmetics has kindly sent some products my way and I shall be trying out their flawless claims in the upcoming weeks. Maybe I’ll even wear this to IMATS Vancouver, I’m sure that’s going to be a very long day indeed.
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      But since it’s much more fun to do to this together, Benefit is offering a Flawless Base Giveaway package to my readers so you can try it out with me! One lucky reader will get a chance to grab all three products in your choice of shades.
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      This Giveaway is….
      • Open to all residents of Canada.
      • Absolutely customizable, you can choose your own product shades for your perfect match.
      • Provided by Benefit Canada, they’ll be the ones sending out your prize.
      • Closed on Monday, July 15th @ 12:00am PST
      • Winners will be contact by me using your Rafflecopter entry email so make sure it’s current. I will also announce the winner via my Facebook and Twitter.

      I’ve made entering easier by putting all the details in this Rafflecopter widget below, just follow the steps for your way to flawlessness.

      JUST FOR YOU VANCOUVER::
      For all you readers who live in the Vancouver area, here’s an extra surprise tidbit. Benefit will be hosting a Where’s Wendy event this Thursday July 11th in which Wendy (dressed in her lederhosen finest, see image below) will be running about town and stopping by special locations to share her flawless secrets. You say beauty fun never comes here to the Westcoast? Well here’s your chance! 
      You can follow Wendy’s whereabouts via @BenefitCanada on Twitter #WheresWendy on Thursday, join the convo and be entered to win some special samples of their products. And hey, if you happen to see Wendy around town, she’ll have some goodies for you as well so mark your calendars this week and chase the pretty girl in the green lederhosen!

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      Rewind: Ups & Downs of 2012 + A Giveaway!

      Whooosh and there it goes, another year out the window. It’s this time of the year that makes one look back at all the adventures and (misadventures) of their life. It makes me so proud and happy to say that my little corner of the interweb has reached so many people with whom I can share my love for colourful smelly girly things.

      I always think it’s good karma to start off the New Year with a bit of giving back so here’s an opportunity to win something beautiful, a little kit from MUA that I’ve snucked away just for the occasion. Enter in the widget below by following the instructions, there is one mandatory entry and opportunities for more add on entries if you’d like. Please read the giveaway “Terms & Conditions” at the bottom of the widget clicking the link and be sure to provide an email that you’d check often as this will be the way I will contact the winner.


      Giveaway ends: Saturday, January 19th 2012

      Good luck everyone and may your New Year start off bright!

      Sending you all warm wishes from a bunnie in fuzzy fleece pants.