Hi there, my darlings! So...Spring in Toronto has pretty much a no-show this year. I mean, it's already May and all we have been getting is rain. Just rain every day! I think I am a little over the rain. But, today is a BEAUTIFUL day and it hasn't rained yet! So, I'm taking this opportunity to sgare the Innocence collection for Spring 2019 from Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment. It's not going to be much better than this day!


The Innocence collection consists of 4 cremes, 1 shimmer and a shimmery glitter.  Across the board, I found the formula of all 6 of the polishes to be quite easy to work with--Zoya makes the most beautiful Brenes and I was pretty happy with the shimmer and glitter too.  Unless specifically mentioned, all the swatches below show just 3 thin coats of each polish by itself on the index and ring fingers and 3 coats plus 1 thin coat of topcoat on the middle and pinkie fingers for the sake of comparison. A couple of the creamed, which I will mention below, needed no more than 2 easy coats!


Agnes is described as "a warm toned muted blush". Now I'm usually not a fan of blush anything so I was surprised by how much I liked this shade! The warm undertones make it much more flattering for my skin tone.





Birch is described as "a gentle greiged lavender". A really pretty pastel, especially for my fairer complexioned sisters!





Aire is described as "a deep, dusty periwinkle blue". It was such a mistake to swatch this beauty in the middle of my line up because I really didn't want to take it off! I'm SO in love with this shade of blue! 2 easy coats for full opacity.





Evette is described as "a softened grape with a pink undertone to balance". Another instant fave and another easy 2 coater, this is just a gorgeous purple!





Fern is described as "a balanced sage with a beautiful warm pearl accent". The shimmer in this, which was super hard to capture, is what makes this shade! Yet another easy 2 coats.





Theo is described as "a stormy grey with subtle texture featuring a flash of larger irregular silver flakies in silver, with dark blue glitter throughout". This shade is...interesting. I like the gray base, very aptly described above, but I'm not a huge fan of the glitter mix. Plus, this requires 4 coats at least for full opacity so this is probably not one I would reach for very often.






So there you have it, my darlings! The Zoya Innocence collection is available now on Zoya's website HERE for the price of $10 for a full-size, 0.5 oz bottle.


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***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! So Winter is finally over in Canada and we seem to have begun the Spring season...or so I think. See, Spring in Toronto, from what I have gathered during the last two seasons, is temperamental, whimsical, completely inconsistent. Some days are warm and sunny but most days are chilly or, more often, rainy. So much rain! After a brutal Winter (which they tell me was pretty mild compared to other years!!!!) and the fluctuating temperatures of Spring, my skin is really confused. I'm seeing things happen to it that I have never seen in my life. Case in point, the skin of my hands, especially around the palms and between my fingers, is peeling. Peeling like dried Elmer's glue and I cannot figure out what to do. So, I'm doing the only thing I can--religiously exfoliating and moisturizing. This is where Laline comes in. I was introduced to the brand a few months ago and fell quite in love with it--you can read my first impressions HERE. I've been trying a few other products from the brand and it's safe to say at this point that I'm hooked!


DEAD SEA MINERAL MUD SOAP BAR ($25.95 CAD)

Discover the magical blend of Dead Sea Minerals and Argan Oil.
A gentle bar soap made with mineral-rich Dead Sea mud and Argan Oil, delicately removes dirt and impurities while providing skin with a fresh scent of fig & sandalwood.



Now, don't let the unappealing look of this bar soap throw you off! This is good stuff! The Dead Sea Minerals effectively detox your skin, removing all traces of dirt, grime, pollution and general yuckiness while the Argan Oil ensures that your skin is not dried out at the end of your shower. Something most scented body washes, although I love them, can't claim to do! I like to treat myself to a hot shower with this soap at least once a week, just to detox, especially if I've been out and about or the weather has my skin feeling like it needs a little something extra. It IS pricey for a bar soap but use it carefully and it should last you awhile.




SCENTED BODY SCRUB ($35 CAD)

Restore your body's shine. The perfect combination of cleansing your skin with Dead Sea minerals, and caressing it with Avocado and Grape seed oils.


I'm a big fan of scrubs, both for the face and the body. My skin is acne-prone and, while I hate to admit it, that includes various parts of the body where I inevitably get annoying bumps and ingrowns and whatnots. It's maddening! Exfoliation is a key part of my body care routine, just so I can really scrub away all the dead cells, excess oil and anything else that would build up and clog my pores. Clogged pores always mean bumps!

It's worth mentioning that this is a salt scrub and therefore not unduly harsh on the skin, as many micro beads can be.Plus, it's packed with Dead Sea minerals and nourishing oils to make sure your skin stays hydrated even after a good exfoliation. Available in 10 scents, I like the Vanilla Pink Pepper scent I tried but I really want to try the Cherry Blossom next!




DEAD SEA MINERALS BODY CREAM ($27.95 CAD)

Discover the magical blend of Dead Sea Minerals and Argan Oil. A luxurious body cream that pampers and hydrates your skin with a unique complex of Dead Sea Minerals and a blend of Argan and Olive Oils. Enriched with Chamomile and Aloe Vera extracts and a delicate fragrance of fig & sandalwood.


You know, every time I'm about to try a Dead Sea or Mud or Charcoal product, I always think I'm about to dig into a muddy brown, earthy concoction. And every single time, I'm proven wrong! It's a normal white lotion, my darlings, in case you were wondering! As for the scent, it's not a floral or a fruity scent, I can tell you that right off the bat, even though it's supposed to smell like figs and sandalwood. I smell neither! I had a hard time placing the scent and so, I've settled on calling it an herbaceous fragrance--basically, this lotion smells like plants and nature. Not unpleasant in the least but I honestly would prefer a fruity/floral type of deal.

As for the texture, it's just lovely! The lotion is not too thick nor too runny and absorbs quite easily into the skin, leaving the skin feeling not just soft but velvety soft! I love this particularly for rough patches like my elbows and ankles, where I spend a few extra minutes massaging this in. The Argan Oil and Aloe Vera does wonders in soothing dry, itchy skin! So much better!




HAND CREAM in VANILLA PINK PEPPER ($15.95 CAD)

Two hands ? Twice the efficiency! Enriched with Glycerine, Vegetable oil and Vitamin E. 


Available in 10 scents, I tried the Musk scent earlier and Vanilla Pink Pepper this time.



I had claimed that this product was my favorite of the set I tried last time and, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. As you can see, it indeed became a favorite and a staple on my nightstand--I used up every last bit of the Musk hand cream. I'm well on my way with the Vanilla Pink Pepper and if you had to ask me to choose between the two scents, I think Vanilla Pink Pepper would be the winner. Musk is really nice but I'm so taken with the spicy-sweet notes of the latest scent.

I mentioned that my hands have been peeling and this is one of the few things that seem to help--I slather this cream on religiously before bed and wake up to my skin being just fine. Throughout the day, as I do dishes or go about life, the peeling starts up. I think I'm going to have to apply this a few more times during the day!




So there you have it, my darlings! In Canada, Laline is available through their site HERE, with shipping free over $50 CAD. You can also find them at select stand-alone stores across Canada, such as Sherway Gardens in Toronto.


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How is the weather treating you where you are? Do you feel your skin needs a little extra TLC?  Tell me in the comments section below!

















***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***


Hi there, my darlings! Mother's Day is right around the corner and I, for one, especially miss the mothership this year, having spent all of 2017 with her. While I'm too far away to treat her as she deserves, saving all my efforts for the net time I'm in the same city as her, you may be looking for the perfect gift for your own mom. If you're thinking traditional roses, I have a better idea! Grandmothers and mothers in India have been reiterating the benefits of natural beauty for years and we, being the younger, rebellious generation, never paid heed. So, it's particularly humbling and ironic when our favorite beauty brands come up with fabulous products infused with those same ingredients that our mothers vouched for so many years ago! Here's to the wisdom of mothers everywhere! Let's show ours a little bit of appreciation by treating her to a rosier, glowing complexion with Pixi Beauty's Rose-infused Skintreats line!


My mom and I are huge fans of wipes, never failing to have a stash of them in our purses. Now, admittedly, my love of wipes passed to her but I know she would love these delicately scented Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths ($10.00 USD). Beautifully scented and oh-so-soft, they gently but thoroughly remove any traces of makeup, dirt or pollution from your skin, while still keeping your skin hydrated. No irritation whatsoever!




The Rose Cream Cleanser ($18.00 USD) is a gentle, mineral packed mud cleanser with Aloe Vera and Chamomile, especially effective if you are prone to dry skin or sensitive skin. My oily skin doesn't do well with cream cleansers but if your skin needs a gentler touch after a particularly brutal winter, this cleanser is totally for you! Special mention to the earthier floral notes which may be more pleasing to you if you aren't a fan of straight-up florals.




Now, if you have been following me for a while, you know just how much I love Pixi's Glow Tonic. In fact, it was the first product that made me fall in love with the brand! Its newly launched sister, the Rose Tonic ($29.00 USD for 250 mL) is just as fabulous and formulated to be a soothing toner for redness of the skin, while still keeping skin well-hydrated. Wonderful after a facial or a particularly astringent at-home mask or even if you have been treating breakouts, like I often am, and your skin is annoyed with you!

One of my favorite products of the Rose-infused line has to the Rose Caviar Essence ($24.00 USD). Meant to hydrate while feeling all but weightless, the gel-like formula absorbs quickly and easily into the skin. My skin always feels so soft and pampered, with none of the heaviness or stickiness of many a serum that steers me away! If you have oily skin or get overheated quickly like I do, this one was made for you!




Now, for the moisturizers. There are three pictured below which I would classify as moisturizers but each are as different as they can be.

First, the Rose Oil Blend ($is a mixed oil made from the extracts of sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium. Intense and rich, I believe this would be particularly beneficial for very dry skin. I tend to steer clear of face oils, since my skin breaks out at the mere mention of it, but if you love florals and need the extra hydration, go on and reach for this!




Next, the Rose Ceramide Cream and the Rose Flash Balm ($24.00 USD) are the two moisturizers in the collection. They are quite different from each other and I personally have a definite preference for the 3-in-1 oil-free Balm, which is absorbs quicker without even the need to massage it in, feels lighter on the skin and just feels better for my oily/combination/acne-prone skin. It is meant to be a primer but honestly, I often use just this as both a moisturizer and to prep my skin before makeup before going out.

The Rose Ceramide Cream ($24.00 USD) is the more traditional moisturizer, feeling richer and thicker to the touch. Packed with both rose oil, anti-oxidants and ceramides, this is the perfect cream to reach for before bed. Smooth a little on after removing your makeup and cleansing and just let it hydrate your skin while you sleep!




Last but not the least, the two mists in the collection! I an a huge fan of Pixi's mists and I swear they saved me during my stay in India. The Makeup Fixing Mist ($15.00) is lightweight but powerful--my makeup didn't budge during some of my forays into the scorching summer nights of Calcutta but it didn't feel in the least uncomfortable! Huge win!

The Rose Glow Mist ($15.00 USD) gives you that dewy, subtle glow of naturally healthy skin. With rose, avocado and argan oil, your skin will stay hydrated and fresh without feeling sticky. Stick this one in the fridge before applying when summer comes around--you can thank me later!




Confused as to what to buy for mom? Pixi has a beautifully curated set, with all their favorites from the collection, inside a pretty but limited-edition travel bag. Snatch up the Ultra-Luxe Rose-infused Skintreats Set ($96.00 USD) as the perfect Mother's Day for mom!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these fabulous Rose-infused Skintreats on Pixi Beauty's site HERE. Shipping, as always, is free over $25 within the US!


For all of us Canadians, Pixi is available exclusively through Shoppers Drug Mart, both in-store and online HERE.


Not in the US or Canada? Pixi Beauty ships globally through their UK site HERE. Free shipping over £35 is a great bonus!


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What do you think of this collection? See anything you would like to try? Tell me in the comments section below!

















***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! How time flies! It seems like just yesterday that I began this series in February...and here we are, about to check out the last installment, in MAY! Where did the time go?! The Zodiac collection from Wet n Wild was a truly magnificent collection and overall, I'm super impressed with it. It just goes to show how far drugstore/affordable beauty has come. With that said, let's take a look at Zodiac Earth, the Element personified by Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.


MEGAGLO LOOSE HIGHLIGHTING POWDER ($3.49 USD, ON SALE)

Illuminate your inner aurora! Brush on a luminous sheen with high-impact glow for radiant cheekbones and an all-over shimmer thanks to this highlighter’s iridescent pearls. This buildable formula is silky to the touch and blends into the skin for an otherworldly gleam.



Last time I'm swatching this beauty and as you can see, it's gotten a fair bit of use! I don't usually reach much for loose highlighters, finding the mess too much to handle, but I love this shade and found multiple uses for it--highlighter, eyeshadow, etc. If you can find this, give it a whirl!




COLOR ICON EYESHADOW ($2.49 USD, ON SALE)

Dream up a heavenly eye look that’ll put the orb in orbit. From air to earth, fire to wind, each palette has six super-pigmented, metallic shades that are designed to highlight your element with shadows that build from subtle to sultry for an out-of-this-world look.


The shades in this palette are absolutely fabulous! From the intense pigmentation to the velvety texture to the ease of application, I cannot find one thing negative to say about this little compact. Yes, much like its sisters, it's a bear to try to keep the colors separate but these colors make it worth the while! I mean, just look at that green and the matte plum shade! No other words describe it other than WOW!




MEGAGLO HIGHLIGHTER BAR ($3.49 USD, ON SALE)

Tap into your earthly element for a perfectly ethereal lit-from-within glow. This highlighting bar delivers a strobing effect that’ll look like you've been kissed by the stars. It goes on super-smooth and can be applied both wet and dry for a luminous effect that’s uniquely you.


OK, I have a quibble with this highlighter. When I think Earth signs, I look for...well, earthier shades. I fully expected a bronze or copper highlighter. Yes, there's a tinge of bronze in there but this is mostly a light gold. Another light gold. Let's just say I'm underwhelmed.




COLOR ICON LIP GLOSS ($1.49 USD, ON SALE)

Embrace your star sign with an ultra-pigmented lip gloss hue that’s just for you. Swipe on for a mirror-like shine that embraces the beams of your rising sign. Argan, Macadamia, and Jojoba Oils keep your lips soft and moisturized for a perfectly kissable pout.



First up, the Taurus gloss: this one took me by surprise. I wouldn't necessarily associate Taurus women with pretty pinks but here we are. It IS a beautiful pink, though, and much more pigmented than I expected, and that too, with quite the intense shimmer.

On to Virgo's gloss. The mothership is a Virgo and she really would not touch this shade with a ten-foot pole. She favors classic shades, which I imagine many Virgos do. This is not a classic shade. It is far from classic but incredibly intriguing. A light mauve with a light blue-green shimmer, it's very unique, I would say.

Capricorn's gloss is definitely the one I found most aligned with how I think of practical Capricorn girls. It's a lighter berry with brown undertones and a pretty pink shimmer. I would have to say this one was my favorite!




ZODIAC WATER Bundle ($10.49 USD, ON SALE)

Practical, grounded and dependable – just like the shimmering hues inspired by the beauty of our Zodiac earth element set.

Bundle Contains:
  • 670A - Color Icon Eyeshadow - Earth
  • 688 - MegaGlo Highlighting Bar - Earth
  • 672A - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Taurus
  • 676A - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Virgo
  • 680 - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Capricorn

Starting with the Loose Highlighting Powder as the leaf, here are my swatches of the entire Earth bundle:




So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab this bundle or any of the products individually on Wet n Wild's website HERE (check out the sale on these beauties!) or in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada. Hopefully, Shoppers has a comparable sale for us Canadians!


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What's your sign? Do you like this collection? What did you think of this series? Tell me in the comments section below!
















***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings!So...Mother's Day is right around the corner and, while my own beloved mothership is miles away, I bet a lot of you are still searching for the perfect Mother's Day gift! If you're in Canada, why not support a local Canadian brand AND contribute to a good cause, while you're at it! A few months back, I featured the designers behind NOGU, a jewellery design studio that gives back to various charities with every sale. Today, I'd like to share another piece from the house of NOGU which might just fulfill your gifting needs.


MERMAID GLASS MACRAME BEAD BRACELET IN SAPPHIRE AND SILVER ($74 CAD)
  • Charity: 5% of sales donated to the Take 3
  • Base: Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Silver
  • Bead Size: 6mm
  • Cord: Adjustable Nylon
The Sapphire Mermaid Glass Macrame Bead Bracelets are hand-crafted from 6mm beads and are hand-strung on an adjustable woven nylon macrame cord. The Mermaid Glass bracelets are available in a selection of hypnotic hues and a silver finished centerpiece. Each bracelet includes a matching silver plated stainless steel logo plate. With their adjustable nylon cord, these bracelets are one size fits all.

* Take 3's mission is to clean up the world's oceans and reduce plastic pollution through education and participation. Their message is simple, take 3 pieces of rubbish when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere!





While my own mothership is a traditional ethnic gold lover, these trendy bracelets would appeal to many new moms I know. Personally, I'll be gifting this to a close friend, who likes unique pieces like this. She chose the Sapphire version from the Mermaid Glass collection but you're not just limited to blue! The collection features similar bracelets in colors such as Aquamarine, Emerald and Violet. All the hand-crafted beads are iridescent and glow beautifully from within, when the light hits them, evoking the mermaid vibe the collection is aptly named after. Stacked or worn as a single piece, I bet this would be a magical gift for any mom who has a bit of mermaid magic in her soul! Need a gift for a treasured Water sign? Well, look no further! I, for one, can't wait to see my friend's reaction! 



So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up this beauty or any of the others in the Mermaid Glass collection on NOGU's website HERE--shipping is available all throughout the US, Canada and internationally. Shipping is free with a $75 CAD purchase throughout Canada.


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Have you found the perfect Mother's Day gift yet? If not, would your mom love this piece? Tell me in the comments section below!


















***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***
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