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How to get the most out of Drunk Elephant skincare products

I will start by saying that I absolutely love the Drunk Elephant products that I have been using. My favourite Drunk Elephant products are C-Firma Day serum, Shaba Eye Serum, TLC Sukari Babyfacial, and Umbra Tinte physical daily defense. I bought most of my DE products during the Holiday VIB sale in November, so many have been recently running out one by one. Purchasing a clean, high quality skincare routine can be quite the investment, so it's best to get the most out of it when you can! 

The products are packaged in Instagram-worthy white plastic containers with various coloured lids depending on the product. This packaging is genius for many reasons: 
It looks amazing on your vanity The serums and lotions are housed in airless pump mechanisms to reduce the oxidation of your products The packaging is completely opaque, so light-reactive ingredients will not spoil as they would when housed in something transparent The pump twists in and out of the product (no more losing those litt…

My trip to LA with Pixi Beauty and Dulce Candy!

I recently visited Los Angeles, California to visit the Pixi Beauty Boutique!

A few months ago, I entered a giveaway they were running to promote the Pixi Pretties collection that they released for spring in collaboration with Dulce Candy, Weylie, and Chloe Morello. Amazingly, I was contacted by Pixi and found out that I had won! The prize included a makeover at their Venice Beach boutique, followed by a photoshoot and a meet and greet with Dulce Candy, one of my favourite Youtubers! There was a giveaway winner selected for each of the #PixiPretties collaborators.

I went at the end of May and had such a wonderful time! I arrived to the Pixi Boutique and was immediately in my happy place. Their boutique is absolutely adorable, everything you'd expect from Pixi! Everything was super girly, with white vintage furniture, their signature pastel green, and pops of pink throughout. Their products were gorgeously displayed across the store!

When I arrived, I had my makeup done by Pixi makeup…

Biolage RAW Haircare Review

I was recently sent products from Biolage's RAW collection to try and review. The Raw subdivision of the Biolage line boasts natural ingredients, and a formula that is free of silicones, parabens, and sulfates, and is also vegan. 

I was sent the Colour Care shampoo and conditioner, as well as a protective heat styling primer. The featured ingredients in these products are coconut milk and meadowfoam seed oil. Here is my review of these products. 

I was sent the Colour Care shampoo and conditioner, as well as a protective heat styling primer. The featured ingredients in these products are coconut milk and meadowfoam seed oil.  

I have been a long time user of Davines hair care, especially the Oi collection, and was hesitant to "cheat" and use another haircare brand. I did feel good about trying these products, however, once I read more about the formula. The Oi shampoo and conditioner is that I regularly use is oil-based and does wonderful magic to the hair, however I have v…

Bite Lip Lab Toronto - Experience and Review

Last month I went to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab on Queen Street W in Toronto to create my own lipstick shades. The experience was a Christmas gift from my Sister-in-Law, and I was so excited to go! Bite is a Toronto-based (and founded) brand that that creates lipsticks made with entirely food-grade ingredients. Good products that are also good for you! 
Love Bite? You can join their Ambassador Program and enter to win some of their amazing products by clicking here!

We went for the Bespoke Service, which includes 2 fully customized lipsticks and a gift set of lip care essentials, priced at $150. They also offer a Custom Service, where you can select a pre-existing shade and customize it with your favourite finish and scent. The custom service is priced at $55 for 1 lipstick, or $80 for two. The Lip Lab also stocks their entire collection, so you can shop your favourites while you're there. 

Heres how it works:
1. Create your unique shade 2. Choose your finish (sheer, luminous, cuvée, or m…

February Lip of the Day

For the month of February, I challenged myself to wear a different lipstick each day. I posted each look in my Instagram Story that day. I tried to pick as many different brands, finishes, and shades as I had in my collection. The funny thing is I could probably do multiple months of wearing a different lip product each day... I didn't even come close to maxing out my collection! There are also a few formulas that I have in multiple shades. Thats the life of a makeup lover, I guess! 

Take a look at each of my February #lotd pics below! 

Overall, I loved wearing lipstick every day. I am in grad school, so it's really easy to not wear makeup and to dress down on school days. This challenge gave me an excuse to do my makeup every day and really think about budgeting my time to get ready in the morning. I also loved that I had a chance to rediscover some products in my collection that I hadn't used in a while, and to add some new ones in! One that really shocked me was the L'…