Canadian Beauty Box “Winter” Review



“LIVE, LOVE, SHOP LOCAL”

Good Morning beautiful souls and welcome back to my channel, I am so so happy to have you here with me, especially on a Friday! I am so excited that it is finally the weekend, thank goodness man! It has been an absolute week let me tell you! Now it’s time to enjoy the weekend and the plans that arfe ahead! I have some fun plans ahead that I can not wait for! But today, I am so excited to share a collaboration that I have been working on for you beauts! I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review this gorgeous subscription box for the Winter from “Canadian Beauty Box”. This company fits me so perfectly, as they feature beauty, fashion and lifestyle products in their boxes. As you beauts know, I am a passionate beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger so this is golden! I honestly can not hide my excitement in this blog post! I am super stoked to share more about this company with you guys, and the goodies featured in this “winter” box! Shall we get started?!

Can we just take two seconds to acknowledge how adorable this box looks?!

I absolutely LOVE supporting local companies, especially when they are Canadian! Go Canada Go! I am excited this company is from Oakville Ontario, so that is pretty neat! How this company and subscription works is when you enter on the website, you have two payment options to choose from. You can choose to have one season subscription which retails for $69.95, or you can choose the one annual subscription which retails for $249.95. Once you have chosen, you are all set to go! Simply wait for your box to arrive! It’s that simple! Did I mention it’s free Canadian shipping? YUPP. Now what’s in this winter box you may be wondering…?

The product that I want to share with you beauts first is this moisturizing body bar. This bar is absolutely heavenly and feels amazing on your skin. Especially since the winter weather is approaching and the cold weather can create such dry skin. I love putting aside some self care time, and apply this on my body. These bars are made from unrefined food-grade cocoa butter and fair-trade, organic, refined shea butter. These bars are solid at room temperature but then honestly melt when they come into contact with skin. I know what you beauts may be thinking…does this product feel greasy on your skin? Absolutely not and that is what I adore about this! This “NYLA” moisturizing bar retails for $13.00.

The next goody that I am going to be talking about are these super adorable “Canadian Beauty” cabin socks that are the cutest when it comes to the winter season (these are shown up on the first picture). I don’t know about you beauts, but I love socks that are this style, especially when they keep your feet toasty warm as well! Can you say yes please? These socks are created by “K8 Creative Designs”.They give off such a cozy vibe and retail for $15.00.

The third product that I have been absolutely loving in the winter box is this “Nat’s Organic Lab Matcha Lip Balm”. I don’t know about you beauts, but I love a really good moisturizing lip balm in these harsh winter months. My lips are always insanely dry, and nobody has time for them cracked dry lips....am I right? I love the smell and feeling of this balm, it is super gentle. This product is made with 100% Japanese Matcha and other ingredients that will help your lips out immensely! When I say that I carry this product in my purse at ALL times… that is an understatement! Hands down. This product retails for $9.50.

“Hello weekend, I am glad you are here!”

For all you beauty and makeup lovers out there, this one is for YOU! I absolutely adore my makeup and can not get enough of lip products in general. I find adding some sort of lipstick to your makeup routine just enhances your look 100%! I am all for a great red lip with the holidays fast approaching. I think this looks so classy, especially with all the different festivities you may have planned! I am hooked you guys on this “Tin Feather Cosmetics Velvet Lipstick in the shade, “Viola”. GUYS….. GUYS…. can we just take two seconds to address how stunning this colour is! It is a beautiful soft raspberry red shade. This lipstick is super moisturizing and will not feel like your lips are drying out. I have tried numerous red lipsticks in the past but they have always dried out my lips making them look awful after a few hours! Not with this little guy. I can’t get over how flawless my lips look and how beautiful the packaging is as well! This is a must HAVE. This is a full coverage product and retails for $20.00.

I am a huge sucker for stunning earrings, anyone else?

I can’t get enough of these super adorable “NewBorn Feathers 8mm Earrings”. Honestly, these danty sparkly earrings are the absolute cutest! You beauts know I am all about my jewlery and fashion pieces always. These earrings can be paired with literally any outfit look that you had in mind! That is what I adore about these! This product retails for $29.00.

“Let’s support one another!”

The next two products that I want to share with you guys are the “Clean Organics Rose Chamomile Facial Toner”, and the “Design Me Hair, Fab Me”. I love both of these products so much! The toner is so refreshing, and it is super calming! I use this product after cleansing my face and before moisturizing my facial skin. This product is very therapeutic and can be used for the daytime or night time. This can also be used under your makeup or even on top for a refresher. This product retails for $22.00.

The other product is amazing for your hair! The Fab Me treatment has 18 benefits included in it which is amazing! This amazing product helps with colour fade protection, split end smoother, breakage prevention, free radical and heat damage protection, a revitalizer for hair’s natural protective layer, helps with detangling, static reduction and frizz control just to name a few! Holy heck that is unreal, sign me up for all of that! I love this product a ton and have been using it everyday nonstop! This one retails for $24.50.

I am a lashes kind of gal…..sign me up!

Last but not least, is this “LIp Service Beauty You GROW GIRL LASH ELIXIR”. This product is unreal for strengthening and lengthening your lashes with this natural and vegan mixture made up of castor oil, vitamin E and fractionated coconut oil. You can even use this product on your eyebrows as well which is amazing! This product works best when applied at night time as there is oil within it. This wonderful product retails for $25.00.

So my gorgeous souls, this is the end of the review! I hope you all enjoyed hearing about the lovely local beauty, fashion and lifestyle products located in this winter subscription box! I want to personally thank the Canadian Beauty Box for allowing me to collaborate with you guys, you all are amazing and have such gorgeous products located in your boxes! I was honoured to review this winter box! Be sure to use my personal discount code, “ALYSSA” at checkout for 20% off your order! Be sure to check out their company on Instagram at “@canadianbeautybox” or their website at “www.canadianbeautybox.com“. What are you waiting for? Happy black friday shopping beauts!

My Collaboration with “Elemenopee Design”

Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel, I am so happy you decided to peak in and say hi! I have been busy with my new job at the moment as a nanny, and I absolutely love it. I have been a nanny in the past for about a year and I loved it. I absolutely love kids and have a strong passion for them. I am nannying a baby and she is gorgeous. So I have been super busy with that and slowly putting together some more blogs for you beauts. I have been collaborating non-stop with so many beautiful companies and I can not wait to share this company with you beauts. This one company has been featured on HGTV, BuzzFeed, The Wedding Co, Canadian Living in Style at Home and more! I reached out to this company as I absolutely loved their page and beautiful designs. This company is called, “Elemenopee Design”, and they are from Burlington Ontario, which is so close to me. The company specializes in art prints and words of wisdom. The company loves creating rustic wall prints with a touch of humour here and there. The company states, “printables are a great way to have affordable art on your walls within the same day! We now offer printing services if you’d rather leave the printing up to us”. I absolutely love this.

If you guys have not checked out their Instagram page already you are missing out. The company is so talented and the pieces are just beautiful. Their Instagram page is “Elemenopee_design”.  Elemenopee Design was happy to collaborate with me on a blog post which was so awesome and I was too excited to receive my package. If any of you beauts truly know me, you know I have a collection of mugs. I absolutely love my mugs, and the more the merrier. I saw this mug in their online shop and knew right away that I had to get my hands on it, the design and quote was absolutely adorable. It was a coffee mug that says, “But first, coffee“. I always need my coffee or tea in the morning and knew that this would suit me so well.  This mug retails for $22.59 in store. I honestly fell in love with my mug as soon as I took it out of the package! It’s so cute and will be perfect for the early mornings before work. Get yours today!

I want to take the time to personally thank “Elemenopee Design” for allowing me to collaborate with them on this blog post and feature one of their mugs for you beauts. I am sitting here typing this with my beautiful mug and enjoying my coffee! Keep up the great work Elemenopee Design, you guys are doing fantastic and were a pleasure to work with! Thank you again! Be sure to come spread some love on their page and follow their social media sites at :

Website: http://www.elemenopeedesign.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elemenopeede/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ElemenopeeD

And lastly Instagram at “Elemenopee_Design”

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December/Cozy Christmas Decor 2016

December/Cozy Christmas Decor 2016

Processed with MOLDIVHello my beauts, I hope you all are having a not so shabby Monday! As you all are probably as excited as I am, Christmas is coming soon! I think this is probably the first Christmas where I am really really excited and actually stoked to listen to Christmas music. I remember past Christmases always changing the radio station everytime an annoying Christmas song came on…. oh the good old days. Now when the Trans Siberian Orchestra comes on I crank that shit right up and belt it out.. I mean come on… who wouldn’t? I think I am actually really excited about this Christmas because I finally have my own place that I can decorate and “cozy” it all up as opposed to my parent’s house. That being said, I decked out my apartment building in tons of Christmas decorations even though it has not quite reached December yet! Hey that is okay!  I absolutely love this cold weather and coming home to a cute & cozy house that is all decorated and beautiful! Here are a few of my home decor for December that I decided to share with you beauts! I hope you all enjoy these cute decor!

Candles

Okay okay okay…. candles are life. Nothing else needs to be said. I literally love candles and find them so relaxing no matter what season it is. If you do not have any candles in that home of yours, I highly recommend stopping at your local Bath and Body Works and stocking up on some holiday candles. Bath and Body Works always has amazing deals at this time of year, especially on their holiday scented candles. Walking into this store is literally like heaven for me. I never ever know which candles to purchase, cause all the scents are to die for. I picked up two candles on my last visit at Bath and Body Works. The first was in the scent “Maple Cinnamon Pancakes“…… GUYS. This scent is literally heaven in a container. I am in love with this one and will be purchasing another soon! I also grabbed another candle in the scent “ Hot Coco and Cream“…mmmmmmmmm. If you are a chocolate lover then this candle is deff for you! It literally smells like your sitting in a giant chocolate bar and I love every second of it.

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(How cute is the packaging on these candles though guys!!?)

Soaps

nnnbnbn4 words. That is all that really needs to be said… Bath and Body Works. If you have not stopped by and glanced in this store this holiday season… boy… are you missing out. First of all, I am one to never in my life spend some of my paycheck buying hand soaps.. I would rather buy pounds of makeup than soap haha. I finally decided to change up my ways when I saw the Christmas collection out. I personally love the more foamier soaps that lather in your hands. All of these scents are to die for. I literally look forward to washing my hands every day as sad as that sounds! I think I bought 10 for $35.00 or something along those lines! I also decided to splurge and buy this cute hand soap decoration to place my soaps in. How cute is this reindeer decor? I absolutely love all the sparkles and thought this looked super cute in my bathroom to help spread the Christmas spirit.

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(Literally only $10.00…. don’t mind if I do!)

Socks

Who doesn’t love those big, long comfy socks? Especially if you are lounging around all day or even if you are going out, they always look super cute with holiday outfits. I purchased my holiday socks at Boathouse. I believe it was 3 or $20.00 and you could choose from different pairs.  There are so many different stores that sell these super comfy socks, and I highly recommend purchasing some pairs for this holiday season! I always love showing mine off with my black tights or even my pj shorts on those lazy days.

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Living Room Decor

First of all… let’s just start off by thanking god for a grandmother who loves to make Christmas crafts and decorations. Every year I always look forward to the numerous amounts of crafts that my grandma makes and creates, she is so talented! I always purchase something from her craft show ! This year my grandma surprised me with this beautiful center piece that she had made, and I placed it on display within my living room on my coffee table. I have it turned on right now as I am typing away and honestly it is so relaxing and beautiful! I love putting things on display on my coffee table, as everyone sees it as soon as they walk in. Holiday center pieces really are so gorgeous when it comes to decorating your house and getting into the Christmas spirit. If you are not lucky enough to know someone who makes them, you can always shop at Michaels (more on the pricier side) or any other craft store for beautiful holiday pieces. This is also a gorgeous decoration when guests are coming over for coffee or tea.

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dhbdhfhdThe dollar store is also going to be your best friend when it comes to dolling up your house with holiday decorations… the best part is…. nobody has to know it came from the dollar store! I purchased beautiful sets of fake poinsettias from there, as real ones are poisonous to pets. I grabbed a few different colours such as the traditional red ones, gold and even white ones and placed them all around my house in vases. You literally can not go wrong with fake flowers… I mean… you don’t have to take care of them or water them… you are golden. I also find that fake flowers look so classy when they are all set up on display as well.

 

Also while browsing around at the dollar store, I came across these gorgeous sparkly decor balls and knew exactly what I could use them for. I have seen on Pinterest these decor techniques but always found these balls to be so expensive! Finally I got my hands on some at the dollar store and they look so stunning in my display! I found an old wicker basket at the thrift store a while back and decided to place these balls as well as a few pine cones within the basket. I now have this on display within my bedroom and I must say… these look so so stunning and cozy!

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Another thing that I love about having my own front door is that I can hang my own wreath up! I am so corny I know, but you guys do not know how excited I am about this! I am so blessed that I got to purchase this hand made wreath from my grandma! I literally think it is so gorgeous, and it gets me so excited after a long day at work to come home and open the door to my cozy house. I fell in love with the cute Gingerman within the wreath and knew I had to get my hands on it right away. Again you can find wreaths at your nearest craft store, but they are honestly a must for home owners! They help pull the house altogether for the season.

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Now… you can not forget about that beautiful Christmas tree! Being in an apartment building, we are not allowed to purchase a real Christmas tree for our current home so we had to go with the fake tree this year which is completely fine! We purchased ours from Canadian Tire for around $100 I believe. There was no way in hell we were spending hundreds on a tree.. just no way.  We also bought our ornaments at Canadian Tire as well and decided to go with the gold and silver theme. I absolutely love the package of balls that we had purchased, there was a mixture of matte coloured balls, shimmery ones, big and also little ones. I love the whole mixture of them put together, I feel as though this brought the tree together perfectly. We also placed several ornaments my grandmother had made for us on there too, which are so cute! Just to give you guys a sneak peak at some of her decorations take a look at this little guy…. how cute is he?!

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( I can not deal with this load of cuteness….)

sdhsghdghsThis is our first Christmas tree that my boyfriend and I purchased together and it’s honestly a proud moment for us! When I get home from work right away I plug in my tree and get into some cozy clothes. Our tree makes our home so cozy! They are so fun to decorate too. You can even Pinterest different tree decorating ideas as there are literally a shit ton to choose from. I personally have always loved the gold theme and thought the silver would tie in beautifully with it as well. I love the variety of sparkly decorations to matte. I think this adds so much character and definition to the tree!  We were lucky enough that our lights actually came attached to our tree, and we didn’t have to unwind any! This was honestly a boat load of stress off our backs and was so easy to work with which was fantastic! Also the assembling of the tree was super easy to work with as well. The tree came in 3 different parts, that is it! No 100 pieces which was awesome. I also decided to place one of my other Christmas trees in my makeup room. This one I also received from my grandma a couple years ago. I absolutely love this wooden tree, I think it looks so cozy and classy. I would highly recommend decorating rooms you most likely spend most of your time in. When doing my makeup in the morning for work, I get amped just looking at my tree and right away get into the Christmas spirit.

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One last home Christmas decor that I have for you guys actually was not supposed to be a Christmas decoration but when looking at it, it literally reminds me of Christmas. I got this made for me, but you can find this same craft on Pinterest (god bless)! It is extremely easy to make if you have the patience! This is also a super cute holiday gift idea for those of you who are still looking to buy that special someone something! The date on mine represents my boyfriend and my anniversary but you can write any date of importance to you. I also love the finishing touches of the birds as well as the word “love“. I think this decor is super cute and is also appropriate for showing off on your holiday Christmas display!

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As you can see, there are so many different ideas and decorations that you can use to help spread the Christmas spirit throughout your home. There is nothing better than sitting down after a long day at work, jumping in your jammies, making yourself a nice hot cup of tea and lighting your candles as you are sitting beside your Christmas tree. Embrace the holidays and Christmas spirit!  Be kind to one another and really be thankful for your family and friends this holiday season. Christmas is a time for giving and truly appreciating one another. I hope you beauts enjoyed this December decor/ cozy Chrismas decor blog for today. Be sure to leave comments below on what decorations are your favourite this holiday season! Also be sure to follow my other social media pages for more blogs in the near future!

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Holiday Glam Makeup Look 2015

Holiday Glam Makeup Look 2015

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Hello my beauts! Hopefully you are having a wonderful day! I decided to write a blog post today on how to do a beautiful holiday glam makeup look for yous, since the holidays are fast approaching! I just came up with this look today and thought it would look great for festivities going on throughout December! So without further or do let’s get started!

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You want to make sure you start off with a nice clean face before applying your makeup. I always wash my face in the morning with Clean and Clear face wash. I usually always like to mix up my face washes every now and then, but I have been loving the feeling of my current face wash, and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.

 

Next, I like to moisturize my face with my Clean and Clean Advantage Acne control moisturizer.  I recently just started using this not too long ago, and I have been loving how much my Acne has decreased as well as how smooth my skin feels afterwards.

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Next, after you have applied your moisturizer, you are going to prime up your face. I personally love priming my face as I have mentioned in previous blog posts before. I found that there is a major improvement on how flawless your foundation looks after you have applied a primer first. I always use my Benefit the Porefessional before I take the time to apply my foundation. I am actually going to apply my foundation and powder on  last, in case I have any fall-out with my eye shadow application.

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Next, I am going to use my Naked 3 Palette, and use the shade “Trick” as I apply this all over my lid (this is more of a coppery and orangy shade).  I did not mention this earlier but be sure to prime your eyelids before you start applying your eyeshadow to your lids. This helps to ensure that your eyeshadow “pops” and is extremely pigmented.

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After applying this shade all over my eye lids, I am going to take my other palette, the NYX Be Fierce eyeshadow palette, and grab this pinky/purply shade. Sorry I am not too sure what it is called but I found it to look super flattering blended in with the coppery colour that we used previously. You are going to blend this shade into the crease of your lids, working it from the outer corner and meeting only halfway into the middle of your eye lid. Then you are going to take a blending brush and blend the two colours together.

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(As you can see, it greats a beautiful coppery/purply colour)

Next, you are going to take your liquid liner, mine is the Rimmel London WaterProof Gel Liner, and apply this on top of your eyelids. You can choose how thick you would like your eye liner and wing to be. I personally always go with the same thickness, which is a medium thickness and a medium sized wing. I love the application of the gel liner, as it glides on easily, and you can have more control over it.

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        After this is applied you can move in with your mascara. Obviously I always use the same kind the L’oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black, and apply two coats with it. I let the first coat dry for a few minutes before I apply the second coat. Applying two coats just looks better in my opinion, because I love clumpy and thick lashes.

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I then move onto my foundation and powder routine since I know I am now finished with my eye makeup. I take my Rimmel London Foundation, and apply this all over my face with my beauty blender.

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After you have applied your foundation, you can now put on your powder. I always use my Studio Fix Mac Powder, which I absolutely love and apply this all over my face. I find this powder provides just the right coverage and looks flawless every time.

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I then like to contour and highlight my face. I always use my Two-faced Deep matte bronzer to contour and apply my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer underneath my eyes, on the top of my forehead and on the bridge of my nose to complete my highlighting process.

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You want to make sure that you blend in all the strong intense contour lines before you are all finished!

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(Voila!, now you are ready for those big red lips!)

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You can use any kind of red lipstick that you please to. I am currently using NARS velvet matte lipstick in Cruella.

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Voila, you are now ready for the holidays! I simply paired my makeup look with some ripped black jeans that I purchased from H&M, a plain black long sleeve shirt from Blue Notes, a poncho/scarf from Winners and just plain black boots from Payless. I wanted to make sure that my outfit was rather plain to make my lips and makeup “pop”.

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