January 16, 2015

Caudalie Teint Divin - Mineral Tinted Moisturizer Adds Instant Glow

My goal with makeup is always to make it look like I'm not wearing much. I don't want there to be a huge difference between how I look without a stitch on to my everyday, public mug.

That's why I have fallen for Teint Divin by Caudalie. This mineral tinted moisturizer, available in light to medium and medium to dark, delivers just a little bit of colour with the added bonus of a ton of moisture, so your skin finally feels quenched.

It saves you the step of having to apply moisturizer and foundation, so go ahead and sleep in just a little bit more. It also happens to even out your skintone and add illumination, so you also save time and money, as you won't have to buy and apply extra product.

Filled with antioxidants, shea butter extract, grape seed extract, sunflower seed oil and a gorgeous floral scent, it's a sheer joy to apply - and when you see the results? You'll stand a little taller, laugh more readily.

That healthy, natural glow that you're rockin' now? It's a game changer, for your skin and soul.

January 03, 2015

Cocky Socks - Now Drake Follows Me Everywhere I Go

It's not every day that I meet a celebrity (though probably more than most, as I interview them time to time for my work), but I met Drake once. He was as charming as you could imagine (so was his bodyguard Spoon).

So even though it was brief, I still think of it from time to time. 

And now, thanks to Cocky Socks, Drake follows me everywhere I go. In the form of the coolest socks in the history of the world.

Why would you wear regular socks when you can rock Drizzy 2.0? Or perhaps you'd prefer stunners like Rihanna and Selena Gomez.

You don't have to get stars if you don't want - go ahead and get an entire galaxy if that's more your thing.

Either way, these socks are made to last. Made from 90% polyester, the design stays dope longer (and the image is on both sides, so no matter whose side you're on, you can show 'em off. And because they're not ribbed, you don't get white streaks messing up the photo like those other socks.

Double cushioned and padded, they're also crazy comfortable.

I imagine these were made for Nike shoe collectors, basketball players and much cooler folks than me, but my Cocky Socks are coming along for my short runs and long walks. The view from the six is pretty awesome now. My game is most certainly upped now that I've got Champagne Papi at my feet. In fact, I'm running harder and walking farther than I ever have before.

Harder, better, faster, stronger, you could say. Phew. I'm done for the day.

Just hold on Drake, we're going home.

January 02, 2015

Roloxin Lift - Wrinkle Free for the Entire Day

I don't mind the small wrinkles. The little creases around my eyes and mouth. They're from smiling and laughing and living a pretty great life.

What I can't live with are the deep lines. The ones that come from worry and stress and make me look older than I am, than I feel (if you saw me dancing to "Turn Down For What," you know I don't feel my age at all).

And luckily, I don't have to live with 'em.  To instantly smooth away those wrinkles, all you need is Roloxin Lift.

In fact, with just one revitalizing facial treatment, you get 24 hours of a lineless face. So before your big event - important job interview, first date or wedding reception - or as a daily boost, know you've got time on your side. At least for the day. In each box, you get 10 single application sachets, so that oughtta see you through to spring. 

And it's so effortless. There's no three-step-sytem or even jars and bottles that will take up valuable medicine cabinet real estate. Just a sachet that you massage for 20 seconds to activate the Roloxin Lift. Then you simply apply to your cleansed, damp face and let it dry for 7-10 minutes (watch some Netflix and you'll forget you've even got it on). Then rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply moisturizer. Then get on with you day, looking and feeling like you've reversed the clock.

In fact, you have. One day at a time.

Shop Roloxin Lift now and look and feel ageless. It really is that easy.

December 31, 2014

Secret Sweater - The Warmest, Prettiest, Can't-Live-Without Secret Ever

Like many women I know, I am always cold. But being fashion conscious and despite living in a snow-laden country, I refuse to wear long underwear or anything bulky to keep the chill out. I'm of the mindset that a girl's gotta look good, no matter what the weather.

Which is why I have fallen Ryan-Gosling-hard for Secret Sweater.

This l'il wonder is soft and thick without a stitch of bulkiness and is made to go over your current outfit (nice dress, BTW) or slip discreetly under your blazer for extra warmth. Your office mates may shiver under the air conditioner's blast, and friends catch cold in their pretty, but onion-skin-thin party wares, but you're too smart for that now.

I can't get over how soft it is - forget about expensive cashmere, you're going to want all your clothing to be made like this from now on (high quality cotton & modal blended interlock knit fabric). Which means that despite a closet full of cute cardis, this is going to be the one that rocks your world from now on.

And because it's got 3/4 sleeves and isn't made to close (so it slips effortlessly under your blazer or jacket), it's more flattering than your current go-to sweater, so while it's meant to be a discreet warmer, go ahead and flaunt it. It's too pretty to keep under wraps.

Being so small and lightweight, it makes the perfect traveling companion - it even comes with its own matching pouch! - so go ahead and take it with you to the office, gym or farther afield. It's fantastic on planes and trains that tend to be breezy. And movie theaters - brr.

It comes in 4 great solid colours - black, ivory, raspberry and whisper grey - which means they'll go with anything. I chose raspberry because I wear a lot of black and grey already and people always remark on how great the colour is. So for those of you who are colour shy, know that if you're going to do a colour, this is it.

Secret Sweater is a wardrobe lifesaver - once you try it, you'll be hooked for life. I am.

And you know what I've noticed? I've never had more jackets and blazers. I think it's all The Good Wife and Scandal I've been binge-watching. Yes, it must be, because I've taken to calling my fitted little leather jackets my"Kalindas." So there's never been a better time to have a Secret Sweater.

In fact, I say get one of each colour. Olivia and Alicia would agree.

December 29, 2014

Demeter Fragrances - Like Nature, Only Better

I first fell for Demeter Fragrance back in the summer and fall of '08  and then again the following year.

After wearing designer perfumes for years, I yearned for simple, natural scents that would be light, yet distinctive. I knew there was no better place than Demeter. And boy are they affordable too - you can get a whole whack of them for the price of that one from the fashion house that you forked over a hefty chunk of your paycheque for.

I choose three very simple fragrances that bring me such immense joy every day:

There is no scent better suited for me than Clean Skin. While I am not a clean freak or a multiple-shower-a-day person, I do love clean smells - cotton, laundry, ocean breeze - and a clean (and mostly tidy) environment. That feeling after a shower in the morning is one of the best of the day for me. I'm energized and raring to go, yet there's a calmness within that comes with clean skin. This fragrance extends those feelings all day long. In other words, they might as well call it Wonder Woman, because that's how it makes me feel.

And while the ingredients sound sweet - orange, lemon, white rose, bergamot peach and vanilla - you'd be amazed at the result - simply, cleanly scrubbed skin


If you've ever wanted to capture a little bit of the Cape Cod coast, Montauk breeze or vacations of your youth, all you need is this l'il beauty. Like bringing a fresh sea spray along with you for the entire day, don't be surprised when you hear the caws of seagulls and feel warm sand sinking beneath your feet.

The most complex and perfume-y of the bunch, Moonbeam is a unique, complex scent, both feminine and floral and evokes warm summer nights underneath the moonlight.

How Demeter has encapsulated such a specific image shouldn't surprise you by now. After all, this is their true gift. What is truly fascinating is that the effervescent fragrance is actually quite deep and sexy. Almost plummy, but not quite. Which is odd, considering the ingredients are vanilla, chocolate, green leaves, jasmine, lily of the valley, amber and precious woods.

Moonbeam is a "study in the contrasts between light and dark," and was inspired by the poetry of
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1803-1822):

Love's Philosophy

See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven,
If it disdained it's brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;--
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

This slightly sweet, yet clean and sensual scent is joyous, youthful and brimming with optimism. How could you not want to envelop yourself in it everyday?

Shop the Demeter Fragrance Library now for your perfect scents. That's right - plural. Because why should you have just one?

December 28, 2014

iCoffee Single Serve Brewer - The All-in-One Coffee Machine

If you've been torn between the thick, frothy brew that a french press delivers, and the convenience of a k-cup-style coffee machine all of this time, your prayers have been answered with the amazing iCoffee Single Serve!

I have gone back and forth between french press systems and k-type cup machines throughout the years because I like features from both methods.

Which is why the is iCoffee Single Serve is ideal.

It gives you a rich cuppa without any acidity (using SpinBrew Technology!), and with so little effort - just pop in a K-Cup, RealCup, OneCup and all private label cups, or use the iCup reusable basket included and fill with your favourite brew.

There are no limitations with this machine. You can choose your beverage size - from 4 to 12 oz. - with the ease of the Dial-a-Brew control, that allows you to customize your size in 0.5 oz. increments. So while one person in the house loves a big mug of coffee and another likes an espresso, both can be accommodated with one machine and immense ease.

And that's one of my favourite things about the machine - it makes life so easy. I don't have to boil the kettle, fill the french press, wait for the water to boil, fill it and set the timer, then go and plunge the coffee when I hear the ding. If I want a cup of coffee, it brews 10 oz. in less than a minute. And it comes out hot, yet I don't have to let it cool.

The other bonus is the 75-ounce water reservoir, so that I only have to fill occasionally. Again, a beautiful time-saver in this time-crunched world we live in.

I love the blue light that makes the whole kitchen feel like being poolside and there's an energy-saving feature should you wish to keep your utility bill low.

The Opus from iCoffee is available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon and several retail outfits, so buy your iCoffee Single Serve Brewer now and have a great cup of coffee every day, your way.

November 25, 2014

Noridic Collection by OPI - Norse Beauties

Nordic might just be one of the best collections OPI has ever put out.

The wide range of colours offers everything from office workable to weekend wedding reception to late night drinks with the gang.

The sheer ease with which it goes on means you get a super professional finish without having to be too fussy or have mad skills. One coat also will do, if you're cramped for time. But of course two is always better.

I put three shades to the test:

- Ice-Bergers & Fries: This rich chocolate brown isn't a shade I would normally turn to, but now it happens to be one of my faves, thanks to its warmth and versatility (your black clothes suddenly lose their drabness and now pop!).

- Thank Glogg It's Friday! Then there's the creamy, party perfect wine red that has a beautiful sheen. I wore it to an event where a fashion-forward friend squealed at how great my nails looked.

- My Voice is a Little Norse: What a gorgeous gray speckled with disco ball party glitter, which will go with whatever party outfit you're rockin' this holiday season. Like dipping your nails in diamonds. Simply stunning!

See the whole range here. And watch the evocative video here:

But whatever you do, shop the Nordic Collection by OPI. These stunning lacquers will help see you through the winter months.

October 27, 2014

Fivesse Gym Bags - Fit & Fabulous. And Organized. Finally.

Just because you're heading to the gym, doesn't mean you can't be organized and stylish.

Fivesse Gym Bags are the best I've seen yet. Available in a variety of eye-catching styles and sizes, they make heading to your workout a little easier. Especially now that you have compartments to store everything in.

They have thoughtfully considered and based their designs on whether you go from home to the gym and back home, or if you workout after workWho is thinking that much about your schedule other than you?

There is even a garment bag designed to easily attach, making it possible to change for an event, or travel without compromising your own personal style.

There is so much to love and covet about these bags. My Home-Gym-Work Stripe (pictured above) is outfitted with more features than my entire house! And easily denoted with cute icon symbols (the washing machine one is adorable).

I am completely gobsmacked by:

- The stunning design. It looks like luxe luggage more than a mere gym bag.

- How big, yet not bulky it is. I could fit waaaay more than my gym stuff in here. Which is why I am using it as my new travel carry-on, and truly think they should also be marketed for travel. And if it had netting, it would be an ideal carrier for small pets! Ooh, the possibilities...

The fabric, which is lightweight, but durable, thank to a waterproof vinyl bottom. The inside is made of polyester (treated with an  anti-microbial treatment) and double coated polyurethane that's also water resistant, so go ahead and swim and sweat. This bag can take it!

- The handles. Thick, but soft enough webbing that it won't cut into your shoulder. And thankfully deep enough to fit over my thick, puffy coat in winter, which where I live is most of the months of the year.

- Built-in straps for your yoga mat, so you don't have to lug around an extra bag. Phew.

- A large zippered pocket for your toiletries. Compartmentalizing is a great thing.

- An elastic pouch for your jewelery. Because whether you spent a mint on them or not, they are keepsakes and you want them to be safe and sound.

- The music pocket! Talk about sweet features. Keep your iPod separate from everything else, because it's certainly not a toiletry and you don't want it getting anywhere near your sweaty attire.

- Ear bud wrap! Tangled cords are a thing of the past now, thanks to Fivesse.
- A quick and easy to use key hook. I try to keep what I take to the gym as minimal as possible, so this allows me to keep 'em right where I can easily see and access them without digging for them around the bottom of the bag like a flake.
- Small ID pocket. Located on the outside at the top, you can find and scan your gym card with ease.

- A convenient side pocket for your phone. Because you never know when you're going to have to take a call and again, no digging.

- Glasses compartment! When I go swimming, I have to leave my glasses in my locker. Now, they've got their own spot. Genius. And so much appreciated from us four-eyed folk.

- A netted laundry zip up pouch, which means you'll never have to scrounge around for what needs to be thrown in the wash. Saving you valuable time and mental energy.

- The large and deep webbed sneaker pouch. It's accessible from the outside but can hold everything from a pair of large sneakers to your entire gym wardrobe or towel.

- An extra polyester bag. I swim twice a week, so this keeps me soggy suit and cap separate from everything else. Which means no more putting them in grocery bags. Ew.

- Two elastic water bottle holders on the side. Now I can stay hydrated and keep my greens drink and/or smoothies and remain hands-free.

Whether you like to work out with machines, do a dance or yoga class, or swim at the Y, this bag has absolutely everything you need. And more.
Seriously, Fivesse, where have you been all my life and please tell me you are going to do an entire line for the home?! Because if each room of my house were as organized as my gym stuff is now, thanks to you, I would be an extremely elated individual.
Shop Fivesse Gym Bags now and completely transform your gym experience. In fact, their bags are go great, it might just motivate you to go based on how gorgeous and well-packed it is!

p.s. I can't wait to see their soon-to-arrive beach bags. If anything will get me down to the shore, it will be these.