Hi there, my darlings! So, I've just completed a rather taxing contractual position, one that completely flipped my night owl routine upside down, and I'm in some serious need of a little TLC. Now, when it comes to pampering myself, I tend to reach for the tried and true. But every so often, a brand goes and surprises me by introducing me to new products that I had no idea even were on the market. I recently had just such an experience with  Nivea! Apparently, Nivea has quite the extensive line of skincare now and isn't at all just about their iconic, little tubs of hand cream. Who knew?! I sure didn't. Keep reading to find out what I've discovered!


The original Creme in its classic tin.

NIVEA® Creme is a skin care classic that provides protective care and deep nourishment for dry skin. First introduced in 1911, NIVEA® Creme continues to win the hearts of Canadians and moms worldwide. It's the world’s no. 1 skin care cream with over 100 million jars sold each year.

  • Mild formula suitable for the whole family, including kids
  • All-purpose cream for all skin types, even sensitive skin
  • Reduces the look and feel of rough, dry skin
  • Great for body, face, hands and dry spots like elbows, knees
  • Does not clog pores

OK, it may be comforting for some of you, as it was to me, that Nivea still does make their signature tins of hand cream and if you have ever used it, I'm happy to report that the formula remains pretty much unchanged. It's a thick, no, very thick cream that's ideally suited for very dry skin. Normally, I have combination skin but certain areas, like my cuticles, elbows and ankles, took a beating this first Canadian winter and are all but crying out for extra moisture. This does the trick! Just don't use it on your feet at night, if you tend to get overheated quickly, like I do!


Get smooth skin with no sticky feel.

Can’t stand the sticky feeling of body lotions or find the time to moisturize? Now there’s something new! NIVEA® Smooth Replenishing In-Shower Body Lotion for dry skin. Find it in the body lotion aisle.

  • Conveniently moisturize your skin in the shower: Apply after washing and rinse off
  • The lotion, with Shea Butter, is formulated to be quickly and effectively absorbed by wet skin
  • Moisturize instantly with no sticky feel - No need to wait for the lotion to absorb into your skin
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized for 24hr+
  • Dermatologically tested

I think I was the most excited about this product. An in-shower moisturizer from Nivea?! Sounded like the ultimate lazy-girl dream product. I find putting on lotion and massaging it in such a chore that a lotion that you could smooth on and rinse off while in the shower sounded too good to be true. And it kinda is. The lotion keeps your skin hydrated for a very short period of time and the super slippery bathtub/shower that inevitably results, which you then have to clean out, makes it really not worth it at all. Maybe it would work better in the Summer, when you only need something really light.


This versatile, lightweight 2-in-1 moisturizer and primer is the perfect non-greasy base for every look.

2-in-1 Moisturizing Primer Normal Skin. If you’re on the lookout for stunning, even-looking skin that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and ready for the next steps in your beauty routine, this long-lasting formula is just what you’re looking for.

  • Quick absorption feels light and refreshing
  • Innovative gel-cream texture
  • Enriched with vitamin E and natural lotus extract
  • Dermatologically tested

Multi-tasking skincare products are my favorite! I love that this is a moisturizer AND a primer in one, so I can skip a step. Plus, I love the gel texture which absorbs quickly and easily into my skin. This is going to be perfect under my foundation, particularly during the Summer months! Good job on this one, Nivea!


Pamper your lips and make them glow with a luminous pearly pink shine for silky smooth and velvety soft lips!

NIVEA Pearl & Shine lip balm provides long-lasting moisture to soften and condition lips, leaving your lips more beautiful than ever. The unique formula enriched with pearl and silk extracts, shea butter and natural avocado and jojoba oils instantly melts into your lips and keeps them moisturized for 24 hours*. Enjoy beautiful shimmery and pleasantly soft lips! *clinically tested

  • Leaves your lips irresistibly smooth
  • Protects lips against dryness
  • Brings out the natural beauty of lips with a pearly shimmer
  • Contains Pearl and Silk Extracts
  • Dermatologically tested

Unfortunately, this just didn't do it for me. I find it hard enough to find a pink that flatters my skin tone but a icy, pale baby pink with pearl frostiness? That just does NOT work for my skin tone. I would be interested to try some of their other lip balms, though!

3-IN-1 CLEANSING WIPES ($5.00 USD/$7.00 CAD)

Enriched with NIVEA lotion and Vitamin E, these wipes thoroughly cleanse and effectively remove make-up and waterproof mascara, leaving your skin feeling refreshed.

At the end of a long and busy day, it can sometimes be hard to find time to look after your skin properly. Face wipes are a convenient way to cleanse your face without taking up too much of your time. No spills and no mess also make wet facial cleansing wipes the perfect choice when you’re on the go — in your purse or your gym bag. 3-in-1 Refreshing Cleansing Wipes for normal skin, Enriched with Vitamin E.

  • Deeply cleanse and purify your face, neck and eyes
  • Maintains your skin's natural moisture balance
  • Effectively remove make-up and waterproof mascara
  • Leave skin looking healthy and beautiful
  • Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested

These, I absolutely love! I'm a huge fan of wipes as it is but I find these to be just lovely. The wipes themselves are really soft and gentle on the skin while still doing a pretty good job of removing those stubborn traces of makeup that your micellar water or liquid remover leaves behind. Also, I love the classic Nivea scent to these!

So there you have it, my darlings! Nivea products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as your local CVS, Target and Ulta, across the US.

For us Canadians, Nivea products are found in a wide range of store stores, such as your local Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart.

To discover other great products, you can follow Nivea Canada through the social media outlets below:


Which of these new skincare products would you be interested in trying? 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! I have been SO busy lately that I just could not get a post up last week...despite my best intentions! I apologize, my faithful readers, and promise to be more consistent as soon as life settles down a bit. In the meantime, I finally found some time to get THIS week's posts up and the first one s a good one! It's April...and Aries season! Now, I ADORE fire signs! My BFF is a fire sign and despite all their bluster and boldness, they're just warm balls of affection, over-protectiveness and loyalty inside. All traits I value immensely. So, it gives me great pleasure to share a gorgeous collection dedicated to my beloved fire signs, as part of Wet n Wild's Limited Edition Zodiac collection series! Today, then, it's all about Fire, the Element personified by Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.


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.

We've talked about my love of the loose highlighting powder and while, yes, I still love it, I want to share a one quick word of caution: store this carefully! Do not just toss in a drawer like I did! As pretty as this is, it is not nearly as pretty scattered ALL OVER THE PLACE. And, I promise you, it will get everywhere...you will be picking glitter out of your hair and toes, if you're not careful!


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.

This palette embodies fire signs to a T! All warm, fiery reds and golds and oranges, with tons of shimmer to boot, this was made for fire signs. I also love how smoothly these shades applied and how richly pigmented they were. If you like warm shades, pick this one up. You won't regret it!


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.

I like this highlighter. I like it quite a lot. But do I love it? Maybe I wouldn't go that far, simply because I was expecting a richer, warmer, bolder, more intense gold for the fire signs' highlighter. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful shade and very flattering on my darker skin tone. But it's also quite subtle on my skin, despite layering it on. A beautiful shade...but it left me wanting more.


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.

Let's get one thing out of the way: I really, really, REALLY wish these were the Liquid Catsuit mattes! I adore these shades but glosses always leave me wanting. I just don't wear them!

That being said, Aries' gloss is my favorite--a rich, wine shade that was surprisingly pigmented, especially for a gloss. My BFF may or may not wear this shade but I know I certainly will!

As for Leo's gloss...meh. This one didn't really do it for me. Too sheer and much too subtle to match for a Leo's bold personality, I really couldn't feel the connection with this one. Even the (slight) shimmer couldn't redeem this one for me.

Sagittarius' gloss is the most intriguing, which is pretty standard for the people of the sun sign themselves, if you really think about it. Sagittarians never fail to surprise you! The shimmer in this is a stunning blue that sparks when the light hits it at the right angle. Just gorgeous!

ZODIAC WATER Bundle ($20.95 USD)

Awaken your lively and feisty personality with our fire element inspired set from our Zodiac collection.

Bundle Contains:
  • 669A - Color Icon Eyeshadow - Fire
  • 687 - MegaGlo Highlighting Bar - Fire
  • 671A - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Aries
  • 675B - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Leo
  • 679 - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Sagittarius

Starting with the Loose Highlighting Powder as the sunrise, here are my swatches of the entire Water 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 or in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada. Head to Shoppers, my Canadian beauties, where you can definitely get your Zodiac fix!

For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow Wet n Wild through the social media outlets below :


What do you think of this collection? Do you think the Fire Signs in your life would like it? 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! TGIF! I literally don't even know where this week even went...is it almost April already?! Wherever did March go?! Anyways...I'm going to be working on a contract for the next couple of weeks (yay, income!) and this feeling of the days rushing by is going to become all too familiar! Especially since I have to wake up bright and early in the morning. So, I'm taking full advantage of this week, and the upcoming weekend, to get blog posts squared away. I mean, Spring is here and I have much I have been saving to share. First up, let's check out some new goodies from Almay!

SHADOW SQUAD ($6.99 USD/$8.97 CAD)
  • Your favorite shades, in each of four finishes: matte, satin, metallic, glitter
  • Mix it up in monochrome
  • Soft texture for beautiful color payoff
Available in 15 adorable little quads, I have Thrillseeker shown below.

I love this concept! If you gravitate towards certain shades, like I do, you'll love these monochromatic palettes. Apllication-wise, I really liked the metallic and glitter finishes which were pretty easy to work with and, while they start out quite subtle, they allow you to layer on for a bolder, richer effect. The satin and mattes? Well, they left a little to be desired. There was a bit of fallout out and I found I spent a good amount of time blending and layering to get the desired effect for these swatches. Nonetheless, I'm totally willing to try a bunch more of these travel-friendly quads!

PALETTE POPS EYESHADOW ($14.99 USD/$14.26 CAD on sale at Walmart)
  • 9 shades in 1 palette
  • Use wet for more POP!
  • Layer, blend and mix for limitless looks

Available in 2 color schemes, I have Fabulista shown below.

This was an interesting palette for me in that I was undecided, even after swatches, if I liked it or not. Still am, to be honest. I have zero complaints about the formula of these shadows--in fact, both mattes and shimmers were surprisingly easy to work with. Mattes, in particular, can be a bear sometimes but these applied beautifully. Still, I wasn't completely sold...with a name like Fabulista, I expected more richly pigmented or bolder colors. It's a pretty enough palette, especially for the price and most especially with those last three, darker shades, but I can't say I'd be reaching for this one very often.


Make it metallic with NEW Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow. Wear each shade individually or combine for a dramatic customized eye look. Quick and easy application – apply with fingertips or an eyeshadow brush. No shadow fall-out during application.
  • Cream eyeshadow in a fun paint tube format 
  • Long wear formula – up to 24 Hour wear 
  • High intensity color 
  • Crease-proof, smudge-proof, fade-proof all day 
  • Infused with Vitamin E and a botanical blend of ingredients.

    Available in 10 (although Walmart seems to show only 9) shades, from left to right, I have Golden Vibes, Lunar Disco and Silver Lining (missing on Walmart) shown below.

    MAKE THEM JELLY HI-LITE ($14.99 USD exclusively at Ulta/$12.46 CAD, older shade, at Walmart)
    • Jelly highlighter that illuminates and shimmers, giving you a celestial glow.
    • Iridescent glitter sheen complements all skin tones
    • Instantly illuminates and adds moisture to skin
    • Buildable highlight for customized level of radiance
    • As always, hypoallergenic & fragrance free
    Pro Tips!
    • Brush onto cheekbones and the bridge of your nose for an iridescent gleam
    • Apply to collarbones and shoulders to make them pop
    • Mix with moisturizer or primer for an all-over glow
    • Add to foundation for customized radiance

      Available in (at least) 3 shades (of which two of the newest shades are exclusive to Ulta), I have 24K Dreams shown below.

      Here's where the going gets good...and I mean, really good! Starting with the Velvet Foil shadows, right off the bat, I was very pleasantly surprised with just how little product you need! A little goes a long way with these babies and you still get killer color-payoff. Yes, they are THAT pigmented. As for application, velvet in the name should say it all and yes, it totally lives up to its name. These go on smooth as velvet and dry to a finish that will NOT budge. Huge fan of these!

      Now, coming to the jelly highlighter, I know it's technically not an eye makeup product, but hey! I can absolutely see myself reaching for this one as not only a highlighter but a subtle eyeshadow...an eye-lighter, if you will. Pardon my penchant for puns! The formula is light and easily blended, application was just lovely, and really, I am quite taken with this!

      So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab these gorgeous glosses in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada, such as Ulta and Walmart.

      For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow Almay through the social media outlets below :


      What do you think of these new products? See any must-haves? 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! I have just noticed that all my recent posts had an over-riding theme--SPRING! I hope you, my wonderful readers, aren't tired of the season yet. I mean, it's just begun and I can't be more excited. My first winter in Canada was no joke and I have never been so happy to bask in the sunshine. And get out of boots! And the return of a bit of color to the world! So, with the theme of what's turning out to be my life lately in mind, let's talk about a few new additions from one of my fave brands, NYX Cosmetics. Today, we focus on the latest in eye makeup!

      OFF TROPIC PRO LINER ($5.00 USD/$7.00 CAD)

      Bring your wildest artistry dreams to life with our all-new Off Tropic Pro Liner! Available in nine vibrant shades ranging from pink and red to yellow, green and blue, this water-resistant formula is perfect for creating bold, beautiful looks. Each creamy shade is rich with bright pigments and dries down to a matte finish that always stands out.

      WHAT IT IS: Nine playful professional liners for creating endless editorial looks.

      WHAT IT DOES: Makes it easy for the pro-in-training to draw imaginative designs with expert precision.

      WHY WE LOVE IT: The water-resistant formula makes it perfect for festival season!

      HOW TO USE: Twist each retractable pencil and apply to skin.

      Available in 9 shades, I have Crushin' It (left) and Pool Boy shown below.

      Part of the brand new Off Tropic collection, these are some beautiful shades! I love the soft tips and the rich pigmentation. Bold colors, especially when applied directly to the lower waterline, bring an unexpected pop of color to your look and that's what I go for, when I play with liners that are not your usual black or brown. The blue, in particular, is so gorgeous!


      We named this collection the Ultimate Shadow Palette because that’s exactly what it is—a pro-level palette packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows and pressed pigments in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades. Available in four striking color combinations—Neutral-Cool, Neutral-Warm, Bright and Smokey/Highlight—each set features a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes that range from mattes and satins to shimmers and metallics.

      Available in 6 themes, I have Ash shown below.

      If I had to categorize this particular, I'd put it in the Neutral-Cool category with its moody grays and dusky blues. Yeah, this would be a great palette for Winter but I also think these shades would work for Spring. Now, I'm a fan of both the color pay-off and the pigmentation of the shimmers but this palette has a few great, super pigmented matte shades too. I did find the mattes a little more of a challenge to work with in that they need a heavier hand and would probably be best applied wet. That being said, the dark blue and the black was pigmented enough to make up for any issues with the other mattes!


      Don’t be fooled by its adorable size—the Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palette is small but mighty! Choose from our two best-selling assortments (Brights and Warm Neutrals) and two new shade combinations (Ash and Phoenix). Each travel-friendly palette is packed with six handpicked hues in a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes.

      WHAT IT IS: A trimmed-down version of our best-selling Ultimate Shadow Palette.

      WHAT IT DOES: Each creamy-rich shade glides on and delivers the ultimate color payoff.

      WHY WE LOVE IT: Perfect for travel or touch-ups on the go.

      HOW TO USE: Smooth on primer. Apply base color all over with our Tapered All Over Shadow Brush. Then use the Buffing Brush to apply the darkest color. Blend well.
      Available in 4 themes, I have Phoenix shown below.

      I saved my favorite for last! Now, these shades totally scream Spring (and yes, probably, Summer) to me! 2 matte shades and 4 shimmers make up this travel-friendly palette. Once again, I found the shimmers much easier to work with, both in terms of pigmentation and color-payoff. They even applied better. That bright matte red? Yeah, it's gorgeous but a bear to work with--I really had to layer it on to get the color to swatch evenly. That being said, I do believe the use of a primer or applying wet would take care of these issues. I love the colors so much that I'm still going to be reaching for it. Just look at that gold!

      So there you have it, my darlings! NYX products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as your CVS, Target and Ulta, across the US. To find a retailer near you OR to purchase online, please visit NYX's website HERE. Shipping is free with a $25 order within the US.

      For us Canadians, NYX products are found in select stores, such as your local Shoppers Drug Mart, or online HERE. Shipping is free with a $30 order within Canada.

      To discover other great products, you can follow NYX Cosmetics Canada through the social media outlets below :


      Which of these new eye makeup products do you like best? 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, today, we'll be taking a break from our regularly scheduled beauty features with a fun little lifestyle post, courtesy of  the date night experts, Crated with Love! Now, between the huge international moves, the constant search for meaningful employment and all else life has thrown at me, I haven't had time for a romantic life in...well, let's not go there. Let's just say it's been awhile! Toronto has done wonders for my social life and I'm hoping my romantic life follows suit. Fingers crossed! Until then though, this post is aimed at all the lovely couples out there who are in search of a little date night inspiration.


      Tyler and Michelle (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) , founders of Crated with Love launched Crated with Love together in 2014 after noticing how much date night strengthened​ their relationship. They were at a point in their lives where they were surrounded by stress and the first thing to go was their one-on-one time together. So, they decided to create a $20 a month budget to spend on a date night (no matter what). A few months in, they started to see how powerful that time together was to strengthening our relationship and figured more couples could benefit just like us! And thus, Crated with Love was born!

      There are several subscription options on the website, including a gift subscription for your favorite couple!

      First of all, my review box is absolutely adorable so brownie points for the cuteness factor. Secondly, the tiny little box was jammed packed with various components to a fun, stay-in, date-night game, all centered around the Safari theme. You get a little box of playing cards with cute instructions, along with dice and your game pieces (shown below). You also get an instruction/game manual. 

      The game "board" itself is a sturdy but foldable piece of paper, which you could glue onto a piece of cardboard if you intend to play the game a few time. Along with this, you get a spinner card (yay!), stackable wooden game pieces and a set of activities (based on where you land on the board). All the activities are geared towards appreciating your partner--how cute!!!

      At the end of the game, you are presented with a Goals Journal and a little scorecard because what's a game without scores, right?! Is my competitive streak showing? Oops!

      Finally, prizes! Adorable little pins that you can (if you want) wear with pride! And that's how date night is done when you don't want to zone out in front of a video game or reach for an old staple like Monopoly. Perfect for couples who love games...and each other! =)

      So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick one of the various Crated with Love subscriptions on their site HERE--it's $19.99 USD for the monthly subscription option. They even have the option to purchase a single box to try out. Shipping is available throughout the US.

      For more information about them, you can find Crated with Love through the social media outlets below:


      Do you and your partner schedule regular date nights? What do you think of this subscription? 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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