Hi there, my darlings! So I waited and waited and WAITED for the arrival of Fall in Toronto...but no luck. Fall just did not arrive in Toronto this year. Instead, we went from Summer straight to Winter. Sure, we had a couple of Fall-ish days but as a whole, an entire season...no, my FAVORITE season went completely MIA in 2018. Go figure! But, nevertheless, the Holidays are coming up and you know what's perfect for the Holidays? The Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment Element collection! Although brought out as a Fall collection, I have been rotating these shades for weeks now and fuly plan on rocking a few during the Holiday season. Take a peek and see if you agree with me!


The Sunshine collection consists of 12 gorgeous, moody shades in varying finishes that are quite appropriate for an Element collection.  Across the board, I found the formula of each and every single polish to be an absolute pleasure to work with--I can't say that often with any other brand but Zoya! Unless specifically mentioned, all the swatches below show just 2 easy coats of each shade by itself on the index and ring fingers and with the addition of 1 thin coat of topcoat on the middle and pinkie fingers, for the sake of comparison. There are a couple of polishes that required a couple of extra coats but read on to see why. Now, on to swatches!


Rumor is described as "a full-coverage mauve taupe with a subtle shimmer". This beauty leaned more pinky-lavender on me but such a delicately pretty shade!






Maryann is described as "a full-coverage pink-toned rose with soft glowing shimmer". Such a flattering shade of rose!






Jenna is described as "a full-coverage dusty rose pink cream with blue undertones". This one would be beautiful on my paler-skinned lovelies!






Ruthie is described as "a full-coverage raspberry rose cream". I love this one, especially for professional or daytime events!






Kendra is described as "a beautiful full-coverage marsala cream". One of my faves in this collection, I wore this baby for weeks!






Donnie is described as "a full-coverage purple-toned sangria cream". I was so pleasantly surprised by how vibrant and bright this shade was!






Maeve is described as "a full-coverage concord grape cream". Another gorgeous purple, bring on all the stunning Zoya purples!






Alyssa is described as "a full-coverage red-toned purple cranberry cream". I love a good, sexy red and this one is SO sexy!






Rachael is described as "a full-coverage mulberry berry cream". These darker shades are so perfect for the season!






Leighton is described as "a deeply saturated blackened aubergine cream". Such a rich, deep aubergine that you can barely tell it's a shade of purple! Nevertheless, another instant fave for me!






Gardner is described as "a deep periwinkle with a vibrant magenta shimmer in a dense foil finish". 3 coats here for full coverage, this polish is a little thinner than the other shades in this collection but very buildable as a result!








Devin is described as "a steel blue with hints of multicolored shimmer in a dense foil finish". Quite sheer in formula, you can use this as a topper quite easily or build it up to full-coverage with 4 thin coats as I've done below!








So there you have it, my darlings! The Zoya Element 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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What do you think of this collection? Anyone on your gift list who would love one or all of these shades? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!














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



Hi there, my darlings! Brace yourselves, Winter is coming! Or, rather, if you live in Canada or certain parts of the US, Winter is very much here. Just ask my poor cuticles or my distressed feet. It seems no matter how much lotion I slather on my hands and feet, they always seem to want more. OK, OK, I'm a little more negligent of my feet but lotioned up feet make you feel SO WARM! Anyways, if you're like me, and your hands and feet could use a little extra TLC this cold weather season, I have the perfect little gift idea FOR YOURSELF...or, you know, a loved one, if you're feeling generous! I have been dying to try Soap & Glory for quite some time and my first taste did not disappoint!


ON THE DOUBLE Gift Set ($7.00 USD at ULTA; $9.50 CAD at SDM)

Get softer hands and feet On the DOUBLE with the Soap & Glory On the Double Gift Set.

This set includes:
Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream (1.69 oz)
Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream Marvel (1.69 oz)





First of all, let me just exclaim, yes EXCLAIM, how happy I am that the formulas of the two lotions are COMPLETELY different! Hand Food is a richer formula without being too heavy or too greasy with a light, Bergamot/Rose scent--if you're sensitive to fragrances, I daresay this one shouldn't bother you. On the other hand, Heel Genius is more of a light, gel-like formula. I have to admit I was a little skeptical about the formula--how was this lightweight gel gonna help my miserably cracked feet?! But, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding! Even after just a couple of nights' application, my feet feel better, the cracks are mending, all is wondrous and new. Is it a miracle, overnight cream? No, not at all but I can see enough of a difference for me to keep using it. But, best part though, apart of the mild, pleasing yet totally unidentifiable (to me)scent is that it doesn't make you feel uncomfortable and over-heated. Now, that, in my book, is the a real Christmas miracle!




So there you have it, my darlings! Soap & Glory is found in select retailers across the US, Canada and the UK--find your local store HERE.

For us lucky Canadians, you can find your Soap & Glory fix at Shoppers Drug Mart.


For sneak peeks and all the latest, don't forget to follow Soap & Glory through the social media outlets below:

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Have you tried Soap & Glory yet? What are some of your favorites? 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! With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to focus on the best holiday gifts ideas that come across my desk/inbox. Since moving to Toronto, I am personally very invested in finding out more about local Canadian brands and supporting them. Recently, I had the pleasure of discovering a brand that is not only designed in Toronto but also has a truly heartwarming story and cause associated with it. It's my absolute pleasure to share NOGU, an inspirational design studio for unique jewellery pieces founded by two brothers who overcame their own health challenges to be able to give back meaningfully to several charitable causes.


About NOGU 

FOUNDED BY MARIO CHRISTIAN & LUCA DANIEL THE AWARD WINNING FAMILY OF BRANDS THAT INCLUDE JOSEPH NOGUCCI, NOGU & DANIEL CHRISTIAN TANG EXPLORE A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO FASHION & ACCESSORIES DESIGN.

“DESIGN IS DESIGN, REGARDLESS THE MEDIUM. WHETHER YOU’RE DESIGNING A MUSEUM OR A BRACELET, THE ARTISTIC PROCESS IS THE SAME” - MARIO CHRISTIAN

BOTH DIAGNOSED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS AT BIRTH, BROTHERS MARIO & LUCA GREW UP WITH A VERY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE, TIME AND THE PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS.

IT MADE THEM WANT TO LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH A VERY CLEAR AND DISTINCT JOIE DE VIVRE. DON’T STRESS OUT ON THE LITTLE THINGS. FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS, TRY AND TRAVEL THE WORLD WHEN YOU CAN AND JUST DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.

THESE BELIEFS PUSHED THEM INTO CHALLENGING CAREERS THEY LOVED, ARCHITECTURE FOR MARIO AND ENGINEERING FOR LUCA. THIS EVENTUALLY LED THEM TO DIRECT THEIR PASSION FOR DESIGN INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE ENJOYED BY MANY AND NOT FEW.

HOLDING NOTHING BACK THEY TRAVELED THE WORLD, WHEN HEALTH WAS ON THEIR SIDE, FINISHED DEGREES IN ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING AND EVENTUALLY FOUNDED JOSEPH NOGUCCI, A FASHION DESIGN FIRM GROUNDED IN THE TENETS OF CAREFREE LIVING, SPIRITUALITY, WHIMSICALITY AND ADVENTURE.




NOGU x CYSTIC FIBROSIS CANADA: KITE BRACELET ($26.95 USD, ON SALE)

Charity: 50% Donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada
FREE Suede Polishing Gift Pouch
Base: Stainless Steel
Finish: 18k Gold
Bead Size: 4mm
Crystal: Austrian Crystals
Cord: Clear Elastic

Mario and Luca Lavorato are the brothers behind the designs of every NOGU Jewelry piece. They also live with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease for which there is no cure. By purchasing this bracelet, you are not only supporting Mario and Luca’s love of creating genuine, high-quality jewelry, you are also helping Cystic Fibrosis Canada invest in vital care, innovation and research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, so that the Lavorato brothers can continue to make the world beautiful.

The NOGU Crystal Kite Charm Bracelets are hand-crafted from 4mm beads and are hand-strung on a clear elastic cord. The Kite bracelets are available in silver, gold, rose gold, or black gunmetal finishes and a selection of colorfully enamelled or all metallic crystal studded Kite charms. With their stretchable clear elastic cord, the bracelets are one-size-fits-most.



Now, I'm usually not a huge fan of delicate charms and bracelets, instead preferring the bolder, chunkier designs found in India. But, right from the moment I opened the box, I have to say I was quite taken by this little charm. It IS very pretty but I think the symbolism behind the piece resonated deeper with me. The little kite symbolizes Freedom, Possibility and Hope and as we leave a few challenging years behind, we could all use a little more of all of the above.




So there you have it, my darlings! You can find this and many other beautiful designs on NOGU's website HERE--shipping is available all throughout the US, Canada and internationally.


For more about the brand and their story, don't forget to follow NOGU through the social media outlets below :

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What do you think of this piece? Do you know someone who would love this? 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...lately, I've had zero motivation to do anything at all. ZERO. It's been a rough couple of weeks for me and my first Canadian winter is an...experience. I have literally wanted to do nothing bu eat (some) and sleep (when I can). Let me tell you, the things that brought me so much joy, like this blog, has felt...lacking. Insipid. It's not a good feeling. But, last night, I decided to push myself, to try to snap myself out of this funk and I reached for a set I had been saving. As first impressions go, I had already been super impressed when this collection arrived so I thought, this would be the pick-me-up I needed. And thank goodness, I wasn't wrong! As I swatched into the wee hours of morning, I remembered why and just how much I loved the beauty world. So, today, I want to not only share this collection but express my gratitude--Wet n Wild's new, limited-edition Fire And Ice collection did what so many carbs and so many naps could not. Excite me and motivate me and bring a little bit of "wow" back into my routine. Take a look!


FIRE AND ICE COLLECTION BOX ($39.99 USD)

Awake your inner dragon and immerse yourself in a song of ice and fire with this collection that includes limited edition shades of liquid lipsticks, eyeshadows, loose pigments, highlighters and bronzers. Cheeks, eyes and lips are given heat and frost with new products that mimic the cool and warm tones of the two dragons. Choose to be fiery with smoldering warm colors or embrace the metallic icy tones of blue and silver. Which dragon will you be slaying with this season?

Fire Dragon collection contains
  • 3100-36311: Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad - Fit For A Queen
  • 3100-36315: Color Icon Loose Pigment - Gilded Crown
  • 3100-36316: Color Icon Loose Pigment - Fire Reign
  • 3100-36319: Color Icon Bronzer - You're Dragon Me Down
  • 3100-36320: Color Icon Bronzer - Queen's Land
  • 3100-36323: MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick - Queen's Blood
  • 3100-36324: MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick - Redlings



This collection is warm, glowy, fiery--everything you would expect from a Fire Dragon collection!

I'm totally in love with the eyeshadow quad, especially the shimmery shades, and both lipsticks! The Liquid Catsuit lipsticks are so easy to work with and dry to such a luscious, comfortable matte finish.

The bronzers...well, I'm not a big bronzer fan so they are probably not going to used much. The loose pigments, on the other hand, although a tad bit tricky to work with (as are most loose pigments) are gorgeous enough for me to make them work. I mean, I want to rub Gilded Crown ALL OVER!




Ice Dragon collection contains
  • 3100-36313: Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad - Mythicool Creatures
  • 3100-36317: Color Icon Loose Pigment - Ice, Ice, Lady
  • 3100-36318: Color Icon Loose Pigment - To-Knight's Blue
  • 3100-36321: MegaGlo Highlighting Powder - Winter Falls In LA
  • 3100-36322: MegaGlo Highlighting Powder - Halo Walkers
  • 3100-36325: MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick - Shall We Slay
  • 3100-36326: MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick - Icing On The Wall



Ah this collection! I have a thing for blues so I could not be happier!

Icy blues often look odd on a medium complexion--I can't explain it exactly. Well, ok, a gorgeous icy blue nail polish, for example, will make my complexion look darker, duller. But, I'm happy to report that these blues do no such thing!

I literally love every shade in this collection. I can admit that the highlighters will be re-purposed as eyeshadows and that blue lipstick will probably be used as an eyeliner, but, nevertheless, I can see myself reaching for every single thing in this collection. Oh and do you see the duochrome eyeshadow shade?! Wowza!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab the fabulous Fire and Ice LIMITED EDITION (!!!) collection box on Wet n Wild's website HERE or in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada.

***40% OFF SITEWIDE WITH CODE CM40 DURING CYBER WEEK***


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Which of the two collections appeals to you most--would you slay Fire Dragon or Ice Dragon? 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! On this Black Friday, I would like to share a unique, rather out-of-the-box gift idea...but a gift idea that may be welcome and absolutely necessary for some of you out there. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to a condition called Hyperhidrosis, aka excessive sweating, while working with an innovative brand. From the response to that particular post, that brand's innovative, at-home solution for excessive sweating, particularly of the hands and feet, was pretty revolutionary. I mean, having been born in a tropical country where the temperatures reach near-intolerable heights, I can only imagine just how uncomfortable this condition must be. Just imagine being uncomfortable with relatively mundane things like shaking hands or taking your shoes off (as is customary in many Asian homes) before you enter a friend's house. Sweaty hands/feet in the heat often means dealing with embarrassing odor and discomfort. Even in colder climates, can you imagine having to deal with a cold sweat which all but freezes on your body, even at the best of times? I can't and this is where the technique known as Iontophoresis can really help (more on that below). But at the time of that previous post, the brand's device only worked for hands or feet and I was left wondering, why not the most obvious area of sweat production? You guessed it, THE PITS! Excessively perspiring pits can all but ruin that first interview or that first date! Enter Dermadry Total, which can be used for hands, feet AND armpits, all from the comfort of your own home.


According to this website, here's a quick recap of hyperhidrosis and the whopping number of people around the globe who suffer from it:

Hyperhidrosis is a serious medical condition characterized by excessive, uncontrollable sweating

New research shows that nearly 5% of the world's population suffers from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. That's right, 365 MILLION people are struggling with extreme sweating -- just like you!


According to wedMD:
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder which produces a lot of unhappiness. An estimated 2%-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Underarm problems tend to start in late adolescence, while palm and sole sweating often begins earlier, around age 13 (on the average). Untreated, these problems may continue throughout life.



An at-home, non-invasive treatment option hyperhidrosis is Iontophoresis. Here's what webMD says about this treatment option:

Iontophoresis was introduced over 50 years ago as a treatment for excessive sweating. Its exact mechanism of action is still unclear, although it probably works by temporarily blocking the sweat duct. The procedure uses water to conduct an electric current to the skin a few times each week, for about 10-20 minutes per session, followed by a maintenance program of treatments at 1- to 3-week intervals, depending on the patient's response. Iontophoresis treatments are not painful.


And finally, a little bit about the Dermadry Total:

Dermadry is a tap water iontophoresis device. This solution works by directing a small current through the skin, thus neutralizing the connections between the sweat nerves and sweat glands. For the vast majority of cases, this treatment drastically reduces excessive sweating.

Studies have shown that tap-water iontophoresis devices such as Dermadry are extremely effective in the treatment of excessive sweating. These studies report that the success rates of these devices can reach 93%1, 98.5%2 and even 100%3 of people treated for hyperhidrosis.


Setting up the device at home is fairly easy process. The Total is built to treat hands, feet OR armpits and your set up will be a little different based on which area you are planning to treat at that moment. Your main components are all in the travel-friendly, surprisingly light carry case, which doubles as your treatment trays, but nonetheless, the instruction guide (shown below), written in both English and French, should be your new best friend!




When treating your hands or feet, the instructions are pretty simple--all you need to have available a steady, flat surface and access to a few cups of tap water (distilled water will NOT work!). In your kit, you will find:

  • 2 treatment trays (these are the top and bottom of your carry case, which you can pull part)
  • Controller
  • AC adapter (to connect to an external outlet)


  • Cable (white, to connect your electrodes to the controller)
  • Hand and foot electrodes (two large metal sheets)
  • Towels



How do you set up? Simple! Place the two treatments trays on a flat surface, place a metal electrode within a tray and cover the electrode with a towel. Fill the trays with tap water. Then, connect the cable to the controller and the adapter to the controller. Plug the adapter in and you're ready to go! Once you have your connections made correctly and added regular tap water to your device, the set up should look as below:




When treating your armpits, the set-up is even simpler. In your kit, you will also find:

2 small metal, underarm electrodes
2 blue, underarm pockets (which must be soaked in tap water before use)

The electrodes are slipped easily into the pockets, as shown below, and the connections are similar to what has been detailed above, except you will be connecting your cables directly to the pocket-ensconced electrodes:




You will also need the controller, adapter and cable for this part. Once your connections are made, as shown below, your set up is ready for use:




Easy, safe, surprisingly travel-friendly and a much more affordable alternative to surgery, Dermadry brings you the opportunity to finally get rid of the discomfort of hyperhidrosis, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home! As with any at-home treatment, it's important to be aware of any potential side effects and contraindications, all of which have been detailed on the site HERE.


So there you have it, my darlings! If you or a loved one suffers from hyperhidrosis and would like to try the Dermadry Total device, you can find it on Dermadry's HERE for the price of $349--worldwide shipping is available!

You can use code COLORSUTRAA10 for 10% off your total order!


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Do you or a loved one suffer from hyperhidrosis? Would you be open to trying this device? Tell me in the comments section below!















***This post was sponsored by Dermadry. Product was sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***
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