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We all know that the beauty industry is booming, and there’s a reason why – there are about a billion products available, all with very high price tags. And while yes, we do love our Ole Henriksen cream and Fresh black tea facial mask, sometimes the best solutions are right beneath your nose. Literally, all you have to do is walk into your kitchen.

These are our top beauty picks, all simple, easy to find and best of all – affordable! They may even work better than the expensive stuff…but you didn’t hear it from us. So the next time you’re skin is begging for moisture, or you need to zap that pimple, try out one of these alternatives before running to the nearest Sephora. Chances are you have them around the house, or can pick them up at your local market!

Probably one of our favourite beauty picks, like ever, aloe vera has a thousand and one benefits. You can use it fresh from the plant as I way to treat burns, irritation and even bug bites. It’s also wonderful when mixed with rosewater as a daily cleanser.

Not only is it a great start to the morning, it can also double as a fantastic scrub to slough off any dry, dead skin. Mix it with some chamomile tea (let it cool it first!), honey and almond oil for the perfect facial scrub.

This next beauty pick is so good, we have to stop ourselves from devouring it on the spot! Avocado, when mixed with honey, a few drops of cider vinegar and some sesame oil, provides a rich and luxurious facial cleanse that is the perfect way to treat your face once a week.

Honey obviously has a ton of benefits, and when mixed with other main beauty picks, it can really make a different. However, it’s pretty great on it’s own as well. Pucker up those beauty lips, and make them more luscious than ever, by making a lip scrub using honey and brown sugar with a dash of lemon juice.

Take some dried lavender, a little bit of oatmeal and a handful of baking soda…grind it up inside a food processor and add it to your bath for a treat at the end of the day. Seriously try it…enough said.

Well, cucumbers are a classic. We’ve seen them in the movies, and your mom probably taught you about cucumber facials as a kid. But try blending some cucumber with honey to make a wonderful toner that will leave your skin feeling fresh!

You know the benefits of drinking it, but if you let it cool in the fridge, and pour it into a spritzer bottle, it makes the perfect toner. This is also an amazing spot acne treatment.

It might be kind of scary to think of olive oil as a moisturizer, but this stuff is a miracle. Mix it with distilled water, vitamin E oil, avocado oil, liquid lecithin and a little grated beeswax for a fabulous moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling smooth as a baby’s bum.

Are you running off to pick of some of these fabulous goodies right away? Or are you sorting through your sephora collection thinking WHY did I spend that much money? It’s OK, we’ve been there, done that. xx




Behind the beautiful forest wonderland that Chanel showcased today, Karl decided to incorporate a little edge to his show. Peter Philips, creative director of the makeup for Chanel, created an eye application specifically for this spring 2013 show.

The pieces seen on the models and in the image below are leaf shaped pieces  that Maison Lemarié created using strips of fragile fabric that Karl also used in a series of delicate hair pieces – pretty major right? The idea was to create makeup that was an extension of the hair accessories, and we think they succeeded in creating something seriously gorgeous.

“Close up, you feel the fragility of the textures and materials, and from a distance, the look feels much darker.”  Peter Philips

No detail was overlooked, as per usual.

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We already adore the Chanel lipstick line, but when we discovered their shade, Rouge Noir, we absolutely swooned. This is a sultry, sexy shade that screams statement. Perfect for date night, or a night out with the girls – this will put you in touch with your inner vixen.

DAY 5  Chanel Lipstick in Rouge Noir [ $34.00 ]

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It’s that dreaded time of year again – cold, unforgiving winter. And like us, you’re probably worrying about the next few months of frizzy hair, chapped lips and dull, dry skin. After fighting with our fair share of Canadian winters, we finally have a beauty routine to get you through the winter blues.

Products are only one of part of the winter beauty equation. There are some very important  steps that can keep winter at bay.

  • Drink Water – the key to hydrated skin comes from the inside. Drinking enough water can keep your complexion from becoming dull. During the summer, most of us don’t have any trouble drinking water – but in the winter, it’s easy to forget.
  • Take Care of Your Body – Whatever is happening on the inside of your body will show up on your skin. So, in order to have nice skin – it only makes sense to take care of the inside! Essential fatty acids are an important part of any diet, but it is even more important in the winter. Your skin and hair are absolutely begging for an extra boost so try some extra salmon, walnuts and avocados. Also, try to limit caffeinated beverages, as caffeine is a natural diuretic which can dry out your already sensitive skin.
  • Don’t Skimp on the SPF – Many people think that you no longer need SPF in the colder months, but that simply isn’t true. It is important to use SPF year round, and make it a part of your daily routine. Continuing to use SPF in the winter will help ward off wrinkles, prevent premature aging and of course guard against the threat of skin cancer.


1. La Roche Posay Sensitive Skin Scrub [ $18.00 ]
2. Clinique Almost Lipstick [ $15.00 ]
3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir [ $46.00 ]
4. Josie Maran Argan Oil [ $58.00 ]
5. Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream/SPF 20 [ $42.00 ]
6. St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse [ $49.50 ]
7. Origins Frothy Face Wash [ $24.00 ]