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***


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

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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!


You can find more information about Dermadry through the social media outlets below :

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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.***




Hi there, my darlings! LONGGGGG time, no see, huh? I'm sorry, loves, but October was just awful for me. A couple of deaths in the family, a lost job and a dream delayed made for one heck of a birthday month. As you can imagine, I had literally zero motivation for anything except to eat and sleep...and that too, pretty sporadically. I can't promise, even now, that I'm back 100% but I do miss posting regularly....so let's start somewhere and see what happens, shall we?First up, a horrendously delayed BoxyCharm for October 2018! Unlike the rest of the month, this was a pretty great box--take a peek!



BRIGEO Don't Despair, Repair! Leave In Mask ($36.00 USD for 8 oz; travel size included in box)

What it is: An intensive weekly treatment to restore essential hydration and enhance hair’s resilience and strength.

Key benefits:
- Restores moisture
- Creates vibrancy
- Prevents future damage

If you want to know more…
Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask works in as little as five minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster locks. To protect against future damage, its unique NOVA complex formulation, packed with 95 percent naturally-derived ingredients, delivers an optimal blend of transformative nutrients. They range from B vitamins to rosehip oil, argan oil, collagen, and silk to transform damaged hair into shiny, healthy, lustrous-looking locks. 

This was a really timely addition to my arsenal since I have just very recently had balayage done on my hair and while I love the results, my ends are FRIED! Plus the frigid temperatures in Toronto makes for very unhappy hair. A little of this goes a long way towards making my hair look and feel so much better.




AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion ($29.00 USD for 8.5 oz; travel size included in box)

Treat yourself to a light but luxuriously rich body lotion that helps nourish itchy, dry skin and maintain softness. Best-selling formula absorbs quickly without feeling greasy or sticky and is made with nutrient-rich Dead Sea water, aloe vera and smoothing Witch Hazel.
Replenish skin with 21 essential minerals, including magnesium, calcium, and potassium
Fast-absorbing, non-greasy lotion nourishes dry, itchy skin, providing refreshing hydration
Formulated for daily use, to elevate and lock in skin’s moisture


Another welcome addition because Canada's temperatures are no joke! The little hand lotion I carried in my purse all these days while in NYC has completely let me down here--my hands stay ashy! I tossed this in my purse as a replacement and it does the job nicely! Thanks, Ahava, my hands are grateful!




IT COSMETICS Superhero Mascara ($24.00 USD)

Give your lashes SUPERHERO powers with a game-changing mascara that’s clinically shown to give your lashes super volume, super length and super elastic stretch in just one coat! Developed with plastic surgeons, Superhero™ mascara is skincare for your lashes. The proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology stretches the look of your lashes wider and longer, and wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening, ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color for your strongest, thickest, most defined results. Powerful lash-lifting polymers, volumizing collagen, strengthening biotin, proteins and peptides combined with Super Black pigment and the Lash-Changing Power Brush work together to coat every lash from base to tips—lifting lashes while separating them to create a fuller lash line and ensure that no lash is left behind. The super-buildable formula literally takes your lashes to new heights and puts lash power at your fingertips; simply apply more coats for additional volume and length. You do IT all… now your mascara does, too!


I have heard rave reviews bout this brand from fellow bloggers nd I personally have not tried nearly enough of their products...so naturally, I was very excited when this popped up in this month's box. It's a solid mascara for everyday use and while I like it, I wanted it to give me more oomph, more volume. I'll still use it but let's just say, I'm not bowled over.




KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow ($20.00 USD)

Meet THE liquid lip that launched a lipstick revolution! The world went matte when Everlasting Liquid Lipstick first debuted: Eye-catching matte lipstick in a comfortable liquid formula with extreme long wear? It was unheard of! 4 years and 40+ shades later, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is still rockin’ hard as Kat Von D’s #1 bestseller and it’s not hard to see why!

Take your pick from 40+ insanely pigmented shades designed for every skin tone—tons of reds (Kat Von D’s fave!), unique color pops you won’t find anywhere else and a full spectrum of nudes including Lolita, the iconic shade that looks beautiful, and different, on everyone.

Unleash high-pigment, long lasting lipstick with an effortless swipe of the doe-footed wand. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick makes it easy to get a crisp, precise lip look. This creamy formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish, plus it’s packed with natural moisturizers, including Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. Matte lipstick has never felt so comfortable!


I was SO excited when I checked out a couple of spoilers and found out that a KvD lipstick was going to be included, simply because I have been dying to try her liquid lipsticks. Unfortunately for me, this nude shade, although pretty enough if you're into neutrals. is not for me. Whomp.




PUR COSMETICS Midnight Masquerade Face Palette ($38.00 USD)

What it is: Midnight Masquerade is a highly pigmented, limited-edition 10-piece face palette with everything you need to transform your look and reveal your true beauty.

What it does: There’s nothing to mask here! Unveil endless beauty looks with Midnight Masquerade, a 10-piece good-for-your-skin face palette that easily takes any look from natural and innocent to sultry and mysterious. Perfect for every makeup newbie or maven, this limited-edition PÜR palette is arranged with highly pigmented and buildable matte and shimmer shades that blend effortlessly into the face and eyelids for endless full-face looks that stand out. Making a bold statement has never been easier with four, shimmery face powders and six buttery, soft-to-the-skin eyeshadows that complement all skin tones and eye colors. Uncover your true creative side with this unique shade range with a finely milled formula that makes for a flawless application. Infused with our Energy Complex of ginseng, vitamin B and green tea, the highlighter, blushes, bronzer, and eyeshadows help energize the skin’s metabolism for a healthier-looking complexion well after the makeup comes off. After all, the party doesn’t stop at midnight


Time and again, Boxycharm makes sure to include a full-size palette in their boxes and for me personally, that in itself is value enough to get the whole gosh darn box! This palette...I LOVE! The shades are totally up my alley, with more shimmers and than mattes, and the face powders are all perfect as either highlighters or blushes for my skin tone. I mean, just look at that coral blush and the blue eyeshadow!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can sign up for your very own Boxycharm subscription on their site HERE--it's just $21 a month! Shipping is free within the US and an additional $5 throughout Canada!


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Have you signed up for Boxycharm yet? What do you think of this month's box? 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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