Annabelle/Marcelle Launch Event – Who Doesn't Love Makeup?


Thanks to Julie I got the opportunity to attend the Annabelle/Marcelle Launch Event a few weeks ago. I admit that I’m not the biggest or most talented lady at makeup but when I was younger I had quite an interest in it, and recently have found a renewed love for it. I am still not a lipstick person, much preferring to play up my huge “ox-eyes” (as my husband calls them), but I know a lot of you (including Julie) love your lipsticks so don’t worry, I will be covering what I saw for you lipstick lovers too.


Annabelle Makeup Wall

Firstly, I’ll introduce you to the new, soon-to-be-seen-in-all-pharmacies Annabelle wall of makeup (duh duh duuuuuh – but in a good way). Let me just say that when I reached to the venue, this wall took my breath away. It was gorgeous and to me was the center of attention. Not only was it brightly lit and colorful, but it invited you to view all of the Annabelle line efficiently – both the fantastic older makeup and the spectacular new colors and types of makeup that Annabelle are about to introduce to you.

Eyeliners Galore!

Now I’ve already told you that I like to play with eye makeup – and with Annabelle, I’m a fan of their paint pots and their liquid liners. I love that they both have short brushes that make it extremely easy to apply – especially for beginners. I wish I knew about them when I first started using liquid liners – I probably would have saved my eyes (and myself) a lot of grief…and pain….but oh well, now I know better and I can educate you that if you are a first-timer for liquid liners, look for a stiffer brush that has a shorter handle for easier control. The Annabelle liquid liners definitely fit that description, and come in various colours (including new colours about to be released), so definitely consider them when picking up a new liner.

Annabelle Lipsticks & New Eyeshadow colours

The other thing I loved about the Annabelle line was their lipstick crayons (at least that’s what I call it). I remember when I was younger and used to invade my Mother’s makeup stash, I used to love the eye shadow crayons she had because it had a thick and a thin side allowing me to play with *cough ruin cough* different thicknesses and effects without changing what I was using constantly.

I still love this which is why I love these lipstick crayons – and yes, I’m not a lipstick person. The colours are pretty spectacular and, get this, they’re TWIST UP which completely allows you to put on lip goodness without that frustrating sharpener hunt!

What I did like was their BB stick – one side highlights and the other diminishes wrinkles! That’s right ladies! I was pretty impressed with it when demonstrated – you just have to apply a little touch, rub it in to smooth a bit like concealer (I guess that’s what it is) and your fine wrinkles disappear in the non-greasy fantastical glow that is the Annabelle BB stick. And yes, BB as in BB the latest fad on the makeup market.

Just in case you don’t know what the BB creams do, they moisturize while primping the skin with nutrients and tinting slightly – so you can use them easily as a primer or a tinted moisturizer while trusting that your skin is being nourished appropriately.

Quad Eyeshadows by Marcelle

The last thing I want to chat about is actually a Marcelle product – although both Annabelle and Marcelle have some fantastic colours coming out in eye shadows, I have to say my favourite from the day was the Marcelle Four in One eye shadow compacts. They come in two variations – either with four complimentary shades or (my favourite) four of the same shade in different finishes.

The idea is that it simplifies the smoky eye and gives you more foolproof choices. I don’t know about you but I tend to stick to a few different shades and the rest of my colours remain untouched – again because I don’t play as much as I used to – so the four of the same colour with different finishes is perfect for me. I do love the four different colours though because I love a smoky eye (who doesn’t?!).

Storage underneath the colour!

What I also loved about this product was the way their applicators were stored – UNDERNEATH the colour, so no mess during storage, no applicators dropping on the floor and getting lost – they’re all stored away safely, neatly and hygienically underneath the colour so that you can find the applicator when needed. AND the applicators are shaped to help you get the perfect eye makeup on the first try!

So keep a lookout for the fantastic new Annabelle wall in a pharmacy near you and be sure to check out the products I mentioned above and more! Trust me a true makeup maven can spend hours playing with that wall! Oh, and I have to give kudos out to Annabelle and Marcelle for choosing such a spectacular location and for using their products so creatively to be their centerpieces! I loved it and would love to go to the next one!

We should all be so lucky as to wake up to see these on our dining tables.

Hope this was helpful for you guys – please feel free to ask about any of their other new products that are coming out (BB creams, new formulations of their well-known face lotions etc., new colours from Annabelle AND Marcelle). I will do my best to answer your questions!

Cheers and happy primping!





Serena is a 30-something, PR-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, “smug-married”, self-proclaimed people-watching allergy-queen just trying to navigate this obstacle course called life. Her blog, Bewildered Bug, is her attempt to relay her everyday experiences. Feel free to contact her there, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Canada is Turning 145, #Win Handmade Jewellery #TGCBB

The Great Canadian Blog Bash is in full effect and being a good Canuk I am jumping on board!

This event is hosted by Whispered Inspirations, Kat’s Confessions, Mom vs. the Boys, Good Girl Gone Green and Positively Pampered Patty.

Canada is celebrating it’s 145th Birthday this year and to celebrate some FABULOUS Canadian bloggers are hosting #TGCBB giveaways.

As you may have read, I’ve recently begun making jewellery. It’s become a rewarding hobby and I’ve moved forward to selling some of my pieces on my FB page Handmade Treasures.

To celebrate this 145th Canada Day on July 1st I am giving away a beautiful set of Pea Pod Pendants I’ve made.

Customizable Peas in a Pod Pendant Set:  Hand made with non-tarnish silver wire, hugging 3 precious “peas”. Perfect for best friends or available individually.

To enter simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below, open to residents of Canada. The winner will be drawn July 1st and have 48 hours to respond.
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If you’re looking for more giveaways, check out the links as they’re listed below!

Personalized Photo Sterling Silver Dog Tag Giveaway for Father's Day – Pictures On Gold

Father’s Day is fast approaching and it’s often difficult to choose a gift! This year we are celebrating my uncle’s 80th birthday along with Father’s Day and I’m very excited to have found him a beautiful gift from offers custom jewelery which can be personalized for any occasion.

For my uncle I browsed through their huge selection of Father’s Day photo jewelery and finally decided that one of their Photo Dog Tags would be perfect.


The dog tags arrived in a gorgeous box which saves me having to wrap it. This piece comes with an 20″ sterling silver rope chain with diamond cut accent edges. It’s simply beautiful, the photo is very clear and the message I had engraved on the back is easy to read. really came through for me with this gift, it’s of great quality and something I know will touch my uncle’s heart. If you’re looking for a piece of Personalized Men’s Jewelery I’d suggest you head on over to their website and check out their selection of cuff links, custom dog tags and more.

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Cosmetic Tips for a Fresh, Modern Look for Summer – @LooseButton

A few weeks ago, Sober Julie gave me the opportunity to attend the Summer Trends 2012 event by Loose Button at the Dermalogica Toronto Training Center on King Street West in Toronto, and what a shindig it was!

Loose Button can throw a party I can tell you that! As I walked in, they had personalized LooseButton buttons for each guest making you feel a bit more cherished in true Loose Button style. Then, you lined up for complimentary drinks, delicious and beautiful hors d’oeuvre and individualized attention at each of the booths set up by various cosmetic companies.

Dermalogica counter

The first one I went to was the Dermalogica counter where I was able to discuss my skin needs with the lovely aesthetician who works with Dermalogica. She wasn’t able to pinpoint exactly how Dermalogica would help me personally, but was willing to give me a skin analysis another day after the event. She made me feel as if she were very concerned about my situation – someone who has highly allergic, beyond intolerant, beyond sensitive, gluten and dairy free needs in cosmetics and cleansing products. I appreciated this more than if she told me Dermalogica were magic, because it was honest….and because of her honesty, I have more desire to and I will be making that appointment in the near future.

The Team from Benefit

Then I went to the next booth where I met the extremely excited and sweet team from Benefit cosmetics. They were so excited to show me a spectacular lip plumping gloss and amazing mascara that lengthens. The mascara is definitely on my “must buy” list – after I finish the three I have on hand right now – just because the wand is very similar to the Envyderm mascara I currently use that makes my lashes about twice the length (ooh sexy!) they actually are – the Benefit team promised me that their mascara would make it look even better… to get some money.

Valentina, the new perfume by Valentino

Then I went to speak to the lady who was representing Valentino’s new perfume, Valentina. The bottle is absolutely gorgeous and represents the colours and designs in Valentino’s new clothing line. It smells spectacular – I can’t remember exactly all the scents she mentioned, but it includes about five different florals, cedar wood and a few other scents. I’m sorry, I’m not a perfume person so I’m sorta lost here. I do know, however that it was a floral based perfume with a little touch of woody earthiness, and was really light and wearable. It also comes in a body lotion, which I love. If you get a chance, you should go try this perfume – it is excellent, and reacted nicely with my chemistry, without any allergic reaction! Maybe I will start wearing perfume again!

Chantel Guertin (photo from her blog)

The highlight of the night for me, was the presentation by Chantel Guertin. Chantel Guertin is probably best known as one of the lovely lady who works with the Marilyn Denis Show. She has also written two novels, Love Struck and Stuck in Downward Dog (the latter, btw which I just finished reading and is completely gratifying and uplifting), and has recently started publishing a beauty magazine called The Kit with the Toronto Star which gives fun, easy and modern makeup tips for the regular beauty-challenged lady like me. I also recently found out that she blogs at her own little corner of the blogosphere! Now that’s one busy lady!

Chantel (I hope she doesn’t mind me calling her that), is a spectacular speaker. Her presentation was exciting, interesting and informative while being fun and energetic. I love this lady even though I’ve never met her. That’s how good it was. She also made you feel extremely comfortable whether you were one of the gorgeous ladies in a short skirt or old frumpy me that considered jeans with heels and a nice top to be good enough to attend the event. We were all enamoured with Chantel and intrigued by what she had to say – I wish I could attach the audio to this post, just so that you can hear it! Since I can’t, here are the tips she gave for a fresh, modern look for Summer 2012 according to Chantel Guertin.

TIP 10: Go for the Glow

Go for the Glow!

You want to start your makeup routine with gorgeous glowing skin, so you have to have really clean skin. Make sure you have a good morning and a good evening cleansing routine. If you have clean skin, anything else you put on will be absorbed so much better! You don’t need to layer on tons of products at all. Right now, Chantel’s favourite product are the BB creams. They are hydrating moisturizers that smooth out fine lines, protect you from the sun (SPF) and which usually include a tinted moisturizer. It’s a great one step product that also covers imperfections. Also, primers are back! The old ones used to be heavy and feel as if it were a lot of product, but primers have been re-invented! The new primers protect your skin from the sun (SPF), hydrates, gets rid of free radicals and preps your skin nicely so that it looks great on its own. Chantel’s recommendations are Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer with SPF and Smashbox Camera Ready Beauty Cream (with SPF 35!)

TIP 9: Oh so Cheeky

Oh so Cheeky!

The latest thing in blush is cream blush! We are all used to powder blush, but the powder blush tends to mattify while the cream blush enhances the glow we are trying to achieve this summer! Many of them come in a pot and at a glance look like powdered blush, but if you look closely you’ll see they’re cream based. Cream blushes also helps to add moisture to your skin. It’s easy to use, you can use your fingers (if you so choose) or a synthetic based brush. The synthetic fibers will not absorb the product, allowing your product to last longer. If you choose to continue with a powder brush, real hair brushes are best. Some tips on applying the blush include applying it to your cheekbones OR to the apples of your cheeks, NOT both! Also, make sure not to go too low on your face with the blush – else you’ll look more like you just left the gym rather than the demure, glowing look we’re trying to achieve.

TIP 8: Flick it.

Flick It!

This trend is straight from the runway and can be quite dramatic. The whole purpose is that little upward motion at the outer corner of the eye opens your eyes up making them seem larger and helping them to pop! It’s easiest done with liquid liner, but can be done with a pencil if you don’t use liquid. If you want to switch to liquid, make sure to try one with a short wand – such as the liquid liner from Essence which could be found for less than $5 in your drugstore. The smaller applicator is easier to use and more maneuverable allowing you to perfect the liquid liner flick faster. Oh, and the liquid liner would completely eliminate the hunt for the eye pencil sharpener (which we all have done at one time or another!) Also, with this look, we live in the real world, so you don’t have to go as dramatic as the runway looks – you can extend it less or make the line thinner if you would like to.

TIP 7: Match Point

Match Point!

I know what you’re about to say, being matchy matchy is the ultimate faux pas! Well ladies, not anymore. The idea of matching your nails to your lipstick and your toenails to your fingernails is now a fashion DO! In fact, many companies are even selling lipstick/nailpolish combos together – for example, the Mac Fashion Sense nail polishes and lipsticks. Mac isn’t the only one doing this though, a lot of drug store brands have chosen to do it as well, and if you don’t like their selection, you can always match lipsticks and nailpolishes yourself in the beauty aisle! Think of it, it’s actually a good thing, because the skin at the back of your hand is similar to the skin on your face, and therefore if you have a lipstick you love, or a nailpolish you love, it’s easy to pick up a matching product in that specific colour with confidence that it will suit you!

TIP 6: Batting 1000

Batting 1000!

If you have great lashes, you are really going to make your eyes pop. Chantel believes that if you are going to emphasize your eye lashes to be bold. I mean, who wants to look natural if you’re piling on mascara? Isn’t the point to NOT look natural? So her advice is to just use black mascara and if you want, double up! By that I mean use two different mascaras with two different results if you need to – you can use a lengthening mascara and then a thickening mascara for the second coat, for example. Also, the second tip she has for you is to be brave and try false lashes. You don’t have to go ultra-glam, you can actually purchase the single lashes. Also, if you purchase the full set, you can always trim them to half the lash, and apply to emphasize just the area you want to (e.g. the outer corner of your eyes) to avoid the obvious fake plastic dolly look. A good pair of falsies last for SEVERAL uses! If you peel them off carefully with water and soap and clean them well, you can reuse a good quality set of lashes about ten times! Chantel advises to do your full makeup first, mascara on, then the lashes and then the eyeliner. You can just use mascara – pick what you think your problem is – none is “right” or “wrong” except for your preference. The third thing she spoke about was the new trend of growing your lashes. We have all heard about Latisse, and there is now also one called Teleka *available at the drug store) that darkens and lengthens and just got here from France – it comes in a mascara wand and put your mascara on top. Interestingly, these products were developed when glaucoma patients started noticing that their lashes grew when they used their eyedrops!

TIP 5: White Hot Smile

White Hot Smile!

When you smile, what is the first t hing you notice? That’s right – your teeth! They don’t call them pearly whites for nothing. There are so many whitening options on the market so to look and feel your best, pick what’s right for you. You can choose to get it done at your dentist’s or do it at home, and the options are endless! If you are diligent, white strips are a good option, if you’re not so diligent, Crest now has a 2 hour express whitening that is equivalent to their 2 week program. If you have sensitive teeth, there’s a brand new brand called Tanda Pearl that is available in your drugstore – it’s an ionic whitening system that whitens your teeth from the inside out, not causing any sensitivity problems . It’s a bit more expensive but is worth it. The other plus is that you can do it all at home and don’t have to go to the dentist.


TIP 4: Wave Running

Wave Running!

We all drool at the gorgeous waves in the photos of celebrities that surround us daily – why can’t we have hair like that? Well, those celebrities take the time with their hair, time that most of us do not award ourselves! Did you know that 90% of people have natural wave in their hair?! We’re never satisfied with the texture of our hair – those with dead straight hair want curls, those with waves think “why can’t I be one or the other?” and those with curls want straight hair – it’s the ultimate “grass is greener” syndrome……it’s about hair. Anyway, Chantel says the trick to achieving those wonderful celebrity-like curls is to take the time to section your hair when you are curling it. She also advises you to invest in a curling iron with out a clamp – or if you can’t afford to, to re-learn how to curl your hair. Clamps are bad and end up in kinky ends, so whichever iron you have, curl your hair around the barrel (carefully!) and hold it there with your hand – do not use the clamp! The other advice she gave was that most people over-use product in their hair. Hair doesn’t NEED so much product all of the time, and when applying product, do so to the ends of your hair, never to the root!

TIP 3: Faux Glow

Faux Glow

I know you’re thinking, with so much SPF on, how are you supposed to look tanned? Don’t go to the tanning bed, use a self-tanner. The brands out there are great now and don’t make you orange like the older ones used to. You can either use a simple bronzer or use a good self tanner that could make you beautifully bronze for up to 3 days or a week. Two great brands are the time-tested St. Tropez and the newly revealed Victoria Secrets self tanners. The most important tip for self-tanning, however is that you HAVE to exfoliate until you’re practically red – you CANNOT have any dry skin because that’s when you get patches and dry spots and an uneven fake tan. Don’t do it before a huge event – do it when you have nothing to go to so that you’re not rushed and so that if you have to fix anything you can without rushing. Also, remember where is visible – for example, where there is usually a little bathing suit slippage for example (think bum cheeks and bust-lines for bikinis).

TIP 2: Digit(al) Design

Digit(al) Design!

It’s no longer about the plain, boring manicure, jazz up your nails! The latest thing in nails are cool and funky designs – they can be as modest as a single different colour on one nail, a different shade of the same colour on each nail (such as the ombre look – taken from the recent variegation of hair colours of celebrities), a colourful, fun twist on a french manicure (e.g. leapord skin tips), or “caviar look” with textural differences such as gems, sparkles, balls etc. etc. The options are endless and anyone can do this at home! To give yourself maximum room for mistakes and experimentation, start off with UV cured nails at the salon or the at home kit from the drug store. This way you will have a plain manicure base just in case your artistic interpretation doesn’t quite turn out the way it is supposed to, of if you want to go party on Saturday night and go to church on Sunday without being frowned upon!

TIP 1: Pretty in HOT Pink

Pretty in HOT Pink!

Chantel says there is a hot pink for every skin tone out there – and hot pink is the modern look for summer 2012. Go get your Neon on! Everyone can do this because there is a pink for you regardless of your skin tone – if you have fair skin, look for a hot pink with bluish-red tones, if you have medium toned skin you should look for deep pink, if you have olive skin, a dark pink, and if you have really dark skin look for a bright pink for a fun, fantastic contrast. Try to start with lip stain – eg. Benefit :Lip Stain – and then finish with your preference of lipgloss or lipstick. This will allow you to eat, drink and…well do whatever you need to do that tends to take lipstick off, while being confident that your lipcolour will last. Oh, and with regards to the argument about where to line your lips, to make it look bigger or smaller, always line your lips on the actual line – if you line outside the lines, you look like you lined outside the lines. If you line inside, you look like you lined inside. Different people have different sized lips and they are all beautiful – accept yours and work with it.

Chantel’s last words were very pertinent.

She wanted to leave this message with you: In the end, beauty and cosmetics are just there to emphasize your personal fabulousness. You just want to feel good about yourself. There will always be things you don’t love about yourself that others admire in you – pick up those things, emphasize them and feel good about yourself. Instead of staring at the mirror and picking at your flaws, find your strengths and alter your beauty regime to emphasize them and make yourself feel more confident. If you feel good it trickles into everything else in the day so stay positive about yourself and live a happy life.

I hope these tips were useful to you and give you some incentive to go out and beautify yourself. With all beauty and fashion trends, you don’t have to follow all, but follow the ones that suit you and look good on you (that’s my fashion advice not Chantel’s) – after all, we can’t all pull off neon yellow and mini skirts right?


Serena is a 30-something, PR-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, “smug-married”, self-proclaimed people-watching allergy queen just trying to navigate this obstacle course called life. Her blog, Bewildered Bug, is her attempt to relay her everyday adventures.

SAC O GRANDE Handbag Review & Giveaway US&CAN

I am a handbag lover, I often fall in love with handbags but have to deny myself the purchase because I cannot justify the high price point.

SAC O GRANDE is a handbag line for women who value a fashionable, high quality handbag but don’t want to break the budget to purchase one. The President of SAC O GRANDE, Sandra Cassivi in Montreal is a mother of 4 who places great importance on functionality.With a price point of $79 to $109.99 you can find the line in independent retail stores across Canada and online retailers.

SAC O GRAND handbags are made of man-made material polyurethane and high quality embellishments. They have a signature hot pink interior and a hot pink signature dust bag. Their bags are well thought-out, with back zipper pockets, zipper top closure and plenty of space.

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for a larger style handbag, one that can fit all of the accoutrements which come with being  a Mom, plus my iPad, phone and other items I’ll need for an outing.

The folks at SAC O GRAND sent me the SOG168 – Ms Thing Model which retails for &89.99. It’s available in Black, Pewter, Purple and will be available in July 2012.

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This bag is gorgeous, the iridescent purple with the silver circle embellishments are trendy and eye-catching.


Ms Thing has a very generous interior, it has a zippered pocket and 2 smaller pouches to hold my cell phone and keys.


On the back of the handbag there is a perfectly sized zippered pocket to hold keys, lipstick or anything you may need to retrieve quickly.

SAC O GRANDEOn the front of SAC O GRAND’s Ms Thing there is a long, shallow zippered pocket which is easily accessed and adds an interesting look to the front of the purse.

Sac O Grande handbags are available in select retail outlets as well as online via their website, Sears, Best Buy and The Shopping channel to name a few. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 of my readers will WIN the Sac O Grande OSA015 (in Red, Silver or Black; depending on availability) valued at $89.99! Contest ends June 25th, winner has 48 hours to respond.

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Hapari Swimwear – Review and Giveaway ~ WIN a Swimsuit!

HapariThe warm weather has arrived here in suburbia and with it the need to cool off. We happen to have a pool and a trailer at a resort which has a gorgeous beach, this means many of my days are spent in a swimsuit. Finding the perfect swimsuit has been a quest of mine for a few years now, thankfully this year Hapari has come to save the day!

Hapari swimwear is the brain child of two designers who happen to be moms, this explains their brilliance in my mind! Shopping with Hapari is so easy, they offer products separately so if you’re like myself and have different size needs for your bathing suit top and bottom it’s no problem.

Since January I’ve lost 30 lbs but am still not comfortable with wearing a bikini so I was very pleased at the choices of tankinis Hapari offers. I chose to review the Hibiscus Dream Allure Bandeau Tankini Top and the Tummy Tuk Turquoise Bottom.

Hibiscus Dream Allure Bandeau Tankini Top

I chose this tankini top because it claimed to offer underwire support (my girls need this kind of assistance) with a molded cup and adjustable hook back closure.

It also looked bright and stylish in the photo and with the option of removing the strap I knew I could avoid ending up with tan lines.

This top has ample support for me, I’m not exactly performing calisthenics by the pool in it but in the past I’ve had embarrassing situations with suits which slip if you get my drift.

I’m confident I won’t be frightening anyone on the beach this year, the adjustable hook back closure ensures that I’m snug and secure in this gorgeous suit.

The quality is great, the sizing true to their size chart, the colors are vibrant, the gathering at the side of the suit is quite flattering and honestly I feel really pretty in this.


Tummy Tuk Turquoise Bottom

bottomLike any respectable Mommy who is trying to hide her hips, I have a million black skirts for swimming so this time I decided to be wild and choose something different.

The Tummy Tuk Bottoms claimed to have the perfect amount of stretch which would give me plenty of coverage.

Listen, you could name anything Tummy Tuck and I’d leap at it these days. I was hoping I wouldn’t suddenly look like a stuffed sausage in these, I’ve had it happen when a “slimming” article of clothing simply pushes my “curves” another direction and the perfect muffin top appears.

The Turquoise was vibrant and once again the sizing was a perfect fit in relation to their size chart. I’m pleased to announce that there was no muffin top (or bottom) to be seen!

Hapari offers quality swimwear

Hapari offers many different styles of women’s swimwear from fun tankinis, cute bikinis and flattering one pieces. They have a special lines of Junior’s swimwear, as well as great options for men and boys! Hapari even has Plus Sized swimwear and special mastectomy swimwear for those breast cancer survivors out there.

I highly recommend Hapari to all of my friend and family, their suits are of high quality at reasonable prices, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Win a Swimsuit from Hapari Swimwear!

I’m happy to say that Hapari has generously donated an $85 gift certificate for me to giveaway to one lucky reader who is 18+ and resides in either Canada or the US. Enter by filling in the Rafflecopter form below, the winner will be drawn on June 19th and have 48 hours to respond.

The final prize is $85 gift code which covers the cost of the product. If the purchase and shipping exceeds that amount in any given circumstance the winner will be required to pay the difference.

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Looking for Protection from the Sun? Check out La Roche-Posay's fab products!

I was recently sent two amazing sun protection products from La Roche-Posay which my reviewer Krista tested for us, here is her opinion.


La Roche- Posay Anthelios XL 60 and Ultra-Fluid Face Protection

Properties: Contains patented Mexoryl® sunscreen technology and other sunscreen filters and has been rigorously formulated to provide excellent protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Breakthrough texture: This weightless texture penetrates fast and leaves skin feeling clean and matte. Suitable also for daily use. Excellent make-up base.



I personally used the lightweight lotion and face protection for about a month. I have also put it on my 5 year old and 18 month old as it is for fair skin, sensitive skin, it is fragrance free and hypo-allergenic. I must say that these are excellent products.
La Roche- Posay Anthelios XL 60 and Ultra-Fluid Face Protection offer excellent sun protection, my sensitive family has had no breakouts or reactions, there is no shine or greasiness and it absorbs into the skin very quickly. None of us have yet gotten sunburnt.

There is a slight white cast that is barely visible on our very fair skin but may be a problem for those with darker skin tones. It also has a slight chemical smell but it didn’t bother us. I have also found that it makes my skin more dry than normal, however the kids have been fine. This may be due to the fact that I have dry skin to begin with.
I do feel that the pros substantially outweigh the cons. It is easy to apply to squirmy children and absorbs quickly, so it doesn’t leave stains on clothing. It is also great for sensitive skin! I will use these products again and recommend them for anyone seeking protection from the sun.

Patio Lanterns Giveaway Event – Over $475 worth of prizes!

The Patio Lanterns Blog Hop Giveaway Event has arrived and will run from now until May 13th midnight where we will celebrate Mother’s Day and Days on the patio. After you enter my giveaway, head over to the hosts This Lil Piglet, Tales of a Ranting Ginger and Sober Julie combined giveaways with over $475 in prizes and then make sure to click on all the participating blogs in the linky below to enter their giveaways too.

Win some great prizes for Mother’s Day!…

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Ivory Canada Take Back Simple GIVEAWAY

ivoryMy Mum has always used Ivory soap, I can remember watching her wash her face every night with it, explaining how important it is to take care of your skin.

Ivory recently contacted me and asked if I’d like to be involved in their re-launch. We use Ivory soap regularly, my daughter’s skin is sensitive and Ivory has always been the right soap for her.

Ivory Canada is encouraging Canadians to take back simple moments and enjoy what’s most important in life with the relaunch of its basic line up of soaps and body washes.

Ivory Canada is encouraging Canadians to take back simple moments and enjoy what’s most important in life with the relaunch of its basic line up of soaps and body washes.

In a recent national survey, over 40 per cent of Canadians revealed they lack time in their lives to enjoy what’s most important to them. With fairly complicated lives cited as a contributing factor, Ivory is encouraging Canadians to cut the complexity and enjoy more balance by taking back simple moments.
“In life, there is a constant struggle to balance personal and professional priorities,” said France Hutchison, professional life coach and author. “Enjoying a simple moment means making time each day to enjoy what’s most important to you, whether it’s reading a book, getting home in time to put your kids to bed,or enjoying a meal with friends.”

Ivory recognizes the need for Canadians to start making time for what they want to do, not just what they have to do.

“Life can easily get cluttered with never-ending professional commitments, household chores and everything in between,” said Hutchison. “After making lunches and walking the dog, set aside time to do something that you enjoy, the chores can wait.”

With a formula that is 99.4 per cent pure, Ivory stands for all things pure, clean and simple. Canadians can enjoy Ivory’s basic line up of bar soaps in Simply Ivory and Aloe, and body washes in Lavender, Aloe, Waterlily and Simply Ivory plus liquid hand soap in Simply Ivory.

Visit Ivory’s Facebook Page to learn more about taking back simple moments.


Ivory has provided me with a FAB prize pack for one lucky Canadian reader! Giveaway consists of: Two large bottles of Waterlilly soap, two medium bottles of Simply Ivory, two medium bottles of Lavender, two medium bottles of Aloe scent and then two small packages of the simply Ivory bar soap.

Enter by filling in the form below, giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+, winner will be chosen May 15 and have 48 hours to respond.

“Disclosure – I was given products to sample of the body washes and bar soap. I was provided info from the PR firm/Company to share. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.”

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Nature's Sleep Memory Foam Slipper Giveaway – US&CAN

Whenever I go to someone’s home for a get together and see friends arrive with slippers I think to myself that I must buy a pair. I am always cold, my feet often feel like ice and I’m seen to be holding my toes trying to warm them up. Shopping for slippers hasn’t been easy for me, I’ve bought ones that flip off of my feet as I walk, some that feel like I’ve got a piece of cardboard on my foot offering no warmth at all.

I’m a complete and utter failure when it comes to slippers so I’d given up until now. When Nature’s Sleep offered me a pair of their Memory Foam Slippers to review I jumped at it, could I finally have found a pair of slippers to fall in love with?

nature-sleepI chose the Closed-Toe Terry Slippers with memory foam and was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. They’re quite cute actually and super-soft to touch.They are like a bit of heaven for my feet, these slippers have a visco-elastic memory foam inner sole, which cradles and contours to your feet while absorbing pressure and impact.

I’ll be wearing these puppies out in public friends, the bottoms are made out of thermoplastic rubber which will hold up to trips to the kid’s school. Oh they’ll love that!

I love my new slippers!

Do you need a memory foam mattress or pillow? Nature’s Sleep has a wide selection to choose from. They even sell pet beds! Right now Nature’s Sleep is offering 50% off any one item with code BEARS50.

I’m very excited to be giving away a pair of Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam Slippers to one of my readers! This giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada, 18+. Contest will end May 12, 2012, winner will have 48 hrs to respond.
If you are the lucky winner or decided to purchase your own amazing pair of Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam Slippers that if you are ordering a woman’s size…you need to select a size that is one size smaller than your shoes size as these are unisex sizes.

Simply fill out the form below to enter!

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