September 27, 2014

The Perth Soap Co. - Stunning Luxe Scented Soaps That You Can Actually Afford



The Perth Soap Co. takes bar soaps up to the next level by using premium ingredients and adding bespoke fragrances.

To keep your skin moisturized and glowing, they also add argan oil, one of those ingredients that are so revolutionary, once you see what it does for your skin, you can never go without it.

They also call their soaps "cleansing bars," which I think is so smart, and also apropos. I haven't used a bar of soap in years, preferring the more modern version of liquid. But a cleansing bar? Now, that's just smart thinking.

And the company is right - this isn't soap at all. The thick rectangular bars look like they've come right of a hotel. The boxes too are in muted earthy tones with a thin rim of gold that give it that elevated, sophisticated appearance.

There are three varieties to choose from:

Milk & Honey- Most soap maker's milk & honey is too sweet for my liking. Here, the scent is clean, yet warm. Like the memory of when you were bathed you as a child, or that feeling of getting out of the shower on a cold winter's day where you are warm and bundled under a thick terry robe. It's a little floral too, keeping it from being too heavy, too much, despite ingredients like sweet anise, orange, cinnamon and smooth sandalwood, that other soap companies would use in abundance. In other words, it's perfect.

Moroccan Spice - Do not for a minute think Moroccan Spice is anything but elegant. It is so delicate that the melange of Moroccan amber, spice, vanilla musk, grapefruit, fresh green and bergamot, accented with hints of cassis, jasmine and cedar wood is just discernible enough to be captivating and intriguing. A slight waft of exotic warmth exudes from the bar and your skin.

Rosemary Mint - This is one of those bars that you'll be so grateful for on those mornings where you need another hour of sleep and another cup of coffee to help get you going. This wake-up bar uses  natural rejuvenating and refreshing rosemary, peppermint, sage and thyme, to get your day started. It's works so well, you might just forgo the coffee. Okay, well, almost...

If you want a rich lather, and to feel squeaky clean but be left with soft, smooth pampered skin, all you need is The Perth Soap Co.

Shop The Perth Soap Co. now.

Psst! Not only a great gift for yourself, but with the holidays not far away, I'd start stocking up. And the boxes are so pretty, don't wrap 'em up - all they need is a little string or bow. Ta-dah, your Christmas shopping just got a little more manageable.

September 07, 2014

Bask-It-Style - You Too Can Read/Dress/Drink/Look Like a TIFF Celebrity!


The city is filled with electricity this week, thanks to the opening of TIFF - the Toronto International Film Festival.

I have gone to a few celebrity-filled shindigs and been writing about the events all the week. But what's most intriguing is what the stars will be going home with. 

Bask-It-Style by GLO Communications celebrated its sixth year anniversary at The Fairmont Royal York (in the Queen’s Royal Suite!) for its annual media day, and showed off what the stars will be getting. What's fun is that media got their own version (mine is pictured above).

It included some great new books, Green & Black’s Organic Burnt Toffee chocolate bar, as well as the following, many of which I'll have a more in-depth look for you in coming weeks:


- Mary Kay: Limited-Edition Midnight Jewels Colour Collection with a compact mini and an on-trend clutch. Little Gifts Lip Balm Set includes these three fun scents: Vanilla Mint, Vanilla Berry and Vanilla. And for the guys, MKMen High Intensity Sport Hair & Body Wash.
Studio 1098: Hand-stamped, personalized sterling silver name necklace with Swarovski crystals 

In the meantime, enjoy the festival whether you're in the city, or watching the action from afar!

September 01, 2014

Make Collaboration - Getting Organized Have Never Been Easier, or More Stylish



Happy September and Happy Labour Day!

This is one of my favourite days of the year, as it always marks the day before back-to-school.

While it has been many a decade since I last attended classes or took notes in a binder, I still use it as a day to get organized and start anew.

And there is no better, or more stylish, way than the awesome products from Make Collaboration.

If you work on a laptop, you know the kind of heat it can generate in a short amount of time. So perhaps you've given into one of those thick, black, clunky, loud laptop cooling pads that

Give your computer room to breathe with The Prop, an amazingly chic laptop stand. It takes up little room, but it's pretty bow profile can be seen from all angles. It also comes apart to lie flat, so you can pack it up to take to the office or while traveling further abroad.

Now you can work in comfort and style. Ahh, that's better.

Go ahead and rework your desk and workspace all you want, but we both know that what really needs attending to is how you capture and plan your time. I've got three fab solutions for you:

Original Vertical Calendar

Look, it's time you upgraded from those hot air balloon/cat/beach vista wall calendars that you've been relying on for years. You are a modern, sophisticated gal, so how you track your life should be too. Get a look at your time one streamlined month at a time (or display a group if you wish), with this enlightened, dapper wall calendar (pictured above).

It comes with rainbow-coloured icon event stickers (because you are never too old for stickers) and an ingenious hanging system that leaves your pages hole-free.

And no need to mark down the holidays - they are thoughtfully added, so you'll always know well ahead of time the days you'll have free from work - and there is a ton of room to mark down where you need to be and when.

It's a brand new way of looking at your schedule (top to bottom, instead of left to right). And isn't it about time?

Mini Vertical

How cute is this?! A smaller version for compact spaces and ideal for the office, but no less dashing than its big brother.

Week Plan

For years, I have always had a week-at-glance planner in addition to anything else I'm using. It helps me focus on what lies immediately ahead, without getting distracted or overwhelmed by what's to come. And should I have to recall what I'm doing from memory, I can almost always do it if I just have the one week to think about.

 Make Collab's Week Plan is one of the greatest of all time. First of all, being set in Helvetica, it's super clean and minimalist, so that what you write down becomes the focus, not the calendar.

It's got space for the date, and all your many, many to-dos and deadlines. Sized like the mini, it's small enough to squeeze in anywhere (it fits snugly underneath your keyboard) and handily includes a 31 day spread, so you always know where you stand. With 60 pages and 90 stickers (woo woo!), you can plan your work and work your plan like a pro.

With these sleek products and systems in place from Make Collaboration, you'll always be on top of your game.

p.s. Select packages and you'll get a whack of products, all at a reduced price.

August 23, 2014

NEW Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Fragrance - A Breath of Fresh Air



Marc Jacobs Fragrances are as much a part of my identity as my glasses, blonde hair and sleek shift dresses.

In the past I have rocked DOT, Daisy HOT PINK, Lola Velvet Edition, Daisy Pop Art Edition and Daisy. If someone were to inhale one of these gorgeous aromas, no doubt they'd say it reminds them of me.

What I love about these scents is they are full of optimism and joy and light. And the NEW Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs encompasses these same qualities. Only this time, add airy and dreamy and oozing freedom!

This joyous scent is extremely light - perhaps the lightest I've ever tried of the line - and so fresh, like you've just stepped out of the shower, except that feeling lasts all day long.

Notes of blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, musks and coconut water keep it youthful, bright and playful, without ever losing it's sophisticated edge.

Which I think is the kind of woman it's geared towards - smart, but does't take things too seriously. She still knows how to have a good time and take a break from smashing glass ceilings.

This floral bouquet is like a breath of fresh air, captured in a pretty, feminine sky blue bottle, draped with a delicate lace-like daisy chain.

What's not to love?

he dry down is textural yet weightless with notes of white woods, musks and coconut water. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance

Captivating top notes of blackberry, fresh grapefruit and succulent pear provide a juicy fruitiness that is playful and fun. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance
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Daisy Dream is elegantly crafted and dressed with an embellished daisy detail that creates an airy, lace-like effect. A delicate daisy chain laces the carton, complementing the ethereal blue color palette. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!concept_design
Daisy Dream is elegantly crafted and dressed with an embellished daisy detail that creates an airy, lace-like effect. A delicate daisy chain laces the carton, complementing the ethereal blue color palette. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!concept_design
he dry down is textural yet weightless with notes of white woods, musks and coconut water. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance

August 18, 2014

Knix Wear - Don't Sweat It Undies


When I was growing up, the thicker and heavier the coat, the warmer you were. Nowadays, fabric technology has come so far that material as light as a t-shirt can keep you warm in freezing temperatures.

I have upgraded a lot of things in my life - my phone, my home, my job, everything practically - so why not my underwear?

Knix Wear are the first panties to keep up with my/our busy lifestyle. Because the hustle doesn't stop from the moment you propel yourself outta bed to get to work to the moment you finally fall into bed some 16 hours later. During that time, you've probably run to get something, sweat it out over a decision - or ten - to make, sweat it out at the gym,  and later on, you might either sit for a spell and watch something on Netflix, or canoodle with someone. Or if you're lucky, both. No matter what your day is like, you need underwear that breathes and moves with you.

But if you're like me, you won't settle for anything that isn't damn pretty too.

My problem with most pretty underwear is this - while sexy,  it digs and jabs into your skin. The lace start to unravel almost immediately, while the silk and satin runs and pill. After just a few wears and washes, they start to look months or even years old. This is what you spent your hard-earned money on?
 
That's why Knix Wear are so freakin' fabulous - you get the pretty with the technology and quality. See, every pair comes with their Fresh Fix Technology, a thin yet super absorbent gusset, that wicks away moisture and naturally eliminates odor. And you can pick from the pretty simple to the pretty sexy. Whatever your mood, whatever the occasion, there's a perfect Knix pair for you. From the every day to the now-let's-play.

p.s. Normally I would choose the very practical, everyday seamless. All-purpose and ready for anything. But I am all about the upgrade these days, so I went for the all out lace. So glad I did. Super stretchy, it's like a second skin (75% nylon, 25% spandex). But oh-so-pretty. Yet sturdy. You don't have to walk on eggshells with these beauties. For the gym? FixKnix all the way! And because life is busy, stock up with the uber-convenient 3 packs .

Life is good. But now it's better, thanks to Knix Wear.

Shop Knix wear now.

August 05, 2014

Logitech Limited Edition Colour Collection Wireless Mice - Pretty Up Your Workspace




Most people I know, work next to (and practically under) towering piles of paper, computer screens and cables competing for desk space, and in mostly undecorated rooms that are the colour of masking tape.

I am not most people. Having an attractive workspace makes all the difference in how I work. My workspace and tools have to be clean, streamlined and look good (read: stylish and modern). So for as long as I can remember, I have always upgraded the mouse that came with my computer (back in the days when that happened) to match my surroundings and live up to my design standards.

And that's why I always select one from Logitech.

Back in 2012, I tried a fantastic matching keyboard and mouse set that still is one of the first things that people comment on when they enter my office: "Great mouse and keyboard! Where did you get it? Uh, do you mind if we have the same ones?"

Since then, I've moved and now my office is a gorgeous, magical, light teal, so many of my old office accessories were in need of a serious colour update.
 
I was over the moon to discover Logitech just unveiled its sixth-annual design collection, which offers fantastic, modern patterns and colours on three of their most popular wireless mice.

And how lucky am I? They just happen to do the M317 in Limited Edition teal stripes on a white body. It's so perfect, you'd think I'd had an interior designer in to match everything! And the contoured body and sturdy scroll wheel makes it comfortable to use for hours at a time. That, mixed with it's stylin' look, makes it everything you could ever want.

Just some of the many reasons I am a lifelong fan of Logitech.

The 2014 Logitech Color Collection are available on the M325 and the M317 in the US, and the  M187 in Asia.

Shop Logitech now.

August 02, 2014

Annabelle Cosmetics - Stunning Lips & Eyes for Summer



I have loved Annabelle Cosmetics and Skincare ever since I first tried their products. 

Whether it's their foundation, eye shadows, or bronzing powder, you always get innovative products that deliver a professional look, all without having to pay a fortune.

I've discovered some great new products that will really transform your look. And routine.

Check them out:

Big Show Lipshine

I tend to shy away from lipgloss because it can so thick and goopy. But these are anything but - sleek and smooth, the creamy formula glides on and imparts enough shine and sparkle that your lips get the spotlight, but with a sophisticated finish.

It's rare to find lip products that are as moisturizing as balms (despite their many, many claims), but Big Show Lipshine really delivers constant hydration (thanks to grapeseed oil, Omega-6, vitamin E and antioxidants). And I should know - I've got the driest lips on the planet. 

There are three shades to choose from:  Attract (coral),  Rock (hot pink) and Glow (neutral with a sparkly, shine kick). I say get all three - that way you're completely covered for the season, no matter what your outfit.

Don't forget to select matching lipliners  to complete your look.

I am not a good makeup applier. I just can't seem to layer, blend and get it all to come together. So I usually skip eyeshadow all together.

But thanks to TwistUps, I can swipe it on quickly and have it look good. Really good. It's all due to the thickness (a couple of swaths across my eyelids is all it takes) and the creamy soft application. It stays put throughout the day and the shades allow you to to add just a touch of colour (pink, pearl and gold) or go a bit bolder - my fave! - with indigo, plum and taupe.
  
TwistUps - the quickest, coolest way to apply error-proof colour.

I'm hooked!

I love makeup but I don't like the time it takes. I want to be able to apply products and go. This multi-tasker is great and also doesn't take up valuable real estate in your bag.

This two-in-one beauty offers a wide black liquid eyeliner, at one end, that's easy to apply with the oversize barrel, so you get a steady line for once. It's so easy, you'll be rocking a cat eye all the time now!
At the other end, a tiny mascara brush lets you get right in there, delivering electric abyss or black star colour. You can build a look that's work appropriate and then add on a few extra layers for after work cocktails.

Who said mascara had to be boring? You'll be amazed at how the extra colour on your lashes adds vibrancy to your whole look.

July 29, 2014

Derma Yantra - Dry Skin & Hair is a Thing of the Past



If you've ever suffered from psoriasis, eczema or dandruff, you know that the uncomfortable itch isn't what's most difficult to live with. It's the embarrassing red and white flaky patches that loom for months on end.

Instead of relying on expensive prescriptions from doctors and dermatologists, why not treat it naturally with Derma Yantra?

Made from all natural ingredients, the products go to work immediately. Because the formulas absorb deeply into the skin upon application (leaving your clothes and sheets grease free!), you'll feel immediate relief. It's one of the few products that completely stops the itching as promised.

And in just a few days, you see the healing process begin.

What is amazing to me is how easy it is to use - start with the Calming Cleanser (mine has saponified organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, rosemary extract) and finish with a few small drops of Healing Serum. Whether you're working the scalp or skin, you do both steps.

The other amazing fact? The psoriasis healing serum contains garlic and onion oils as well as sulfur! But don't worry, it doesn't smell a bit!

Each health issue comes sets of serum and cleanser in three sizes - flare-up, maintenance and travel - so you only pay for what you need at the time. Fantastic!

This small company out of Florida is about to change your life and your health.

What are you waiting for? Shop Derma Yantra now.