Wednesday, 15 July 2020



I can't believe we're halfway through July already. At this point, we've spent more of 2020 inside, working from home! I'm such a homebody so this wfh thing has been perfect for me although I do miss a few things of pre-covid life!

During this time, I've spent some time trying new products and I wanted to share some of my favourites.

BEAUTY

Skincare

During Sephora's spring sale, I picked up a few new products I had been eyeing for awhile, including Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Biossance's Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil. I added the Caudalie face elixir for days that I feel like my skin needs that extra boost of moisture. After washing your face and putting on toner, spray two or three spritz on your face before your moisturizer. It helps soothe your skin and helps your complexion glow.

I've also enjoyed adding the rose oil to my PM routine. I find this oil absorbs easily, making it easy to add even in the summer months. Just add a drop or two, and make sure to apply after your night cream.



FRAGRANCE

For those of who know me, know how much I love fragrances, specifically the citrus and fresh ones! I've never been drawn to the overpowering fragrances but would rather the fresh ones. I added two new fragrances to my rotation for the Summer months and I absolutely love them! I've gotten so many compliments on these two.

Replica from Maison Margiela - Springtime in the Park

This perfume is absolutely heavenly for warmer months. Each perfume of the Replica line is meant to take you back to a specific place and time. Springtime in the Park is a delicate fruity floral so it is not overpowering at all. Its key notes are pear accord, Lily of the Valley and musks. It's the perfect every day perfume!




Atelier Love Osmanthus

It's hard not to fall in love with Atelier's gorgeous fragrances! Love Osmanthus is another fruity floral that screams summertime. Its keynotes are Osmanthus, Cedarwood and Lemon (I'm a sucker anytime citrus is featured in a fragrance!). The Osmanthus is a nocturnal flower, that only blooms at night is sourced in China. Because it is fifteen percent pure perfume, it'll last you all day.




HAIRCARE

I'm so excited to have been introduced to this new line that sells at Sephora called Fable & Mane. Handsdown, this is the most luxurious haircare I've ever used. The products are so rich and the essential oils that they use are heavenly. Each product is meant to hydrate, fight frizz, protects against damage, split ends and breakage. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging and is part of Clean at Sephora.

This past month, I've tried the shampoo, conditioner, oil and hair mask and each one makes me feel like I just left the salon. If you're looking to show your hair some love, don't walk, run to get this line!





ACCESSORIES

Because I've been working from home,  I haven't touched my purses/bags in weeks! Most of them time I've even been forgetting to take my wallet with me since I haven't been in stores! It'll definitely be and be an adjustment now that things are starting to open up again! During this time, we've been doing tons of hikes and walks so I've started using a backpack to store snacks and drinks, especially now that it's Summer, I always make sure to carry my water bottle with me. I've been using Lambert's "MIA" backpack. Lambert is a Canadian and they specialize in vegan leather bags. The Mia is offered in both black and tan;  I personally love it in this beautiful cognac tan colour because how luxe the colour looks. You can fit a ton in this backpack while the structure keeps your bag looking chic; it's both practical and beautiful.



Another great Canadian brand I came across this month is The Gift Refinery. They curate beautiful seasonal boxes with amazing Canadian artisans and brands that focus on wellness, beauty and style. Each box includes 7-10 full sized items and this month's Summer box didn't disappoint! It makes such a thoughtful gift or if you feel like treating yourself! This box contained so many goodies that I couldn't even fit into a photo! You are able to sign up for an annual subscription or purchase a season box. If you use code DESIREE15 , you'll receive $15 off your first order. I've linked them here so you can check out this local business!





Fiddle trees are everywhere now and they aren't going anywhere anytime soon! They've been gracing the pages of home decor for a couple of years and you've probably seen them on every design episode on HGTV.  So you're thinking of getting one or have brought one home and perhaps realized they are a little moodier than your other plant babies.

I'm sharing what I've learned from having my two fiddle plants for the past two years and how you can keep yours healthy and happy.

Fiddle Tree Care

Fiddle trees are not the easiest plants to begin with, so if you are looking for an easy plant to bring home, I might not recommend this one to begin with. The good thing is that once you understand what it likes, you'll be set.

Let's begin of where to place the plant in your home.


Placing

The main thing about a fiddle is having it in a well lit area of your home. Although there needs to be a lot of light for this plant, it does not like direct sunlight (you will begin seeing brown spots on its leaves if the sun hits the tree directly). If you look at my small fiddle, there's one brown spot on a leaf where it got a sunburn. You also want to place it 2 to 3 feet away from any windows. I learned this the hard way during the first winter I had my large plant. It didn't like the draft from the windows, they are very sensitive plants.

Watering

With a fiddle tree, too much watering will absolutely kill your plant. You can water your plant a few different ways. Depending on the size of your plant, you'll want to water it about once every two weeks. I use a soil moisture thermometer (I purchased mine at Canadian Tire but Amazon has a few as well under $25). The figs usually like to be watered once it reads a 1 in the soil thermometer. When watering it, make sure that the roots have been soaked but that they don't sit in the water - this will cause root rot; this is a common problem for fig trees so be extra careful not too overwater.


New leaves coming in 

Re-Potting

I'd recommend re-potting your plant once a year, especially if you begin seeing the roots at the top by the soil. When you re-pot, be sure that your new pot has proper draining in the bottom so the roots don't sit on water. I also make sure to tip it from side to side once I've watered it to make sure that the water drains properly and it doesn't sit in a pocket of soil. 

Cleaning and Polishing Leaves

I like to clean the leaves every few days with a damp cloth to remove any dirt. Not only will this make your plant look great, the leaves will be able to better absorb light from the sun. 

If all this sounds too daunting, start with a small one before you invest on a larger plant. I purchased my small plant for about $25 from a local flower shop. Once I felt confident, I got the 4 foot fiddle for our living room! 

Let me know what plants you have and if you have a or are thinking of getting a fig tree! 

Thursday, 16 April 2020




Happy Spring, friends! Hope you all continue staying safe at home and are making the most of this quarantine life, whether it's sleeping in, cooking, catching up on your reading or simply having more time for selfcare!

As most of you know, the Sephora sale is coming up. I've been waiting for a few months for this one as I missed the last one.  I've been taking screenshots and reading up on the products that I want to pick up during this sale, specially skincare! This is the first time I'm going to purchase a retinol product to add to my skincare routine, so I'll keep you all posted on that in the next little while.

From skincare to make up, I'm sharing some of the products that I'll be picking up this weekend and some that I already own and would definitely, re-purchase. I've divided them up into categories (skincare, makeup, hair and fragrance).

Sephora sale begins on Friday for Rouge. Let me know in the comments what you're thinking if getting or if you have any questions! Happy shopping!

Click here to shop the Sephora sale!

20% off for Rouge (4/17-5/1)
15% off for VIB (4/21-4/29)
10% off for Insiders (4/23-4/27)

xo,
Desiree



SKINCARE

MAKEUP
HAIR
FRAGRANCE

Tuesday, 14 April 2020




Coasters and Mason Jar: Home Sense | Kinfolk Book: Indigo 

I hope you are all doing well and feeling healthy and safe during this difficult and crazy time we are living! With most of us following the lockdown regulations and staying home, we are finding new and creative ways to use this time. Most of us are cooking, baking, working out, stepping up our skincare routine and of course, trying one or two viral trends (everyone is baking bread now).

All I have to say is, TikTok made me do this one...

A couple of weeks ago, the Dalgona coffee was making its rounds on all of our TikToks and now, it's starting to show up all over our Instagram feeds as well. As a coffee lover,  I was more and more tempted to try it with each new photo I saw (each one dreamier than the one before!).

I tested it out and tried it and friends, it did not disappoint! I've posted pictures of the first time I tried making it to show how simple it is to make this new coffee trend! If you're interested in trying this delicious (and very instagramable) coffee, I've written the recipe and instructions below. This can be used for both iced and hot coffee.


Ingredients:

2 Tbsp - Instant Coffee (I used a dark roast)
2 Tbsp - Sugar (brown or white)
2 Tbsp - Warm water

Mix all ingredients for about two minutes using a whisk (or mixer), until thick. Set aside.

In a glass, add ice (to liking) and add milk (milk of your preference) until glass is about 3/4 full. Take the whipped coffee and add to the cup with a spoon. Stir and enjoy!

xo



Tuesday, 27 August 2019



If you've felt that slight change in the air, you're not alone. The days are (unfortunately) becoming shorter and there's definitely the need to grab that cardigan in the evenings before heading out. Although I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer days yet, with only a few days left in August, Fall is definitely on my mind! 

With so many trends coming in strong this Fall, one of my favourite ones is the the hair accessory trend. This ’90's trend has circled its way back in style and made its way into 2019 and I'm so here for it! There are so many options right now! Not only do they look beautiful on your hair, they'll also look amazing on your vanity. 


Barrettes / Clips 

These are my favourite right now because they are so easy to use, they dress up any pony and they elevate any look. From tortoiseshell to pearl, there's no shortage of beautiful clips here! When you aren't using them, set them on a marble platter on your dresser along with your perfumes, rings and other accessories. They're too gorgeous to only have them out when wearing them! 




Headbands

If you're more of a Blair Walrdorf, there are so many stunning headbands that I’m loving lately. For Fall, look for anything velvet, padded or knotted. Anthropologie currently has so many beautiful ones in amazing colours and patterns that run under $20.


The Scrunchie

Beat the heat by pulling your hair up into a high pony, a la Kelly Kapowski. Told you, the '90's are back. If you usually throw your hair up in the night, use a silk scrunchie that won't leave any marks on your hair in the morning.

Hair Scarves

Use them as a headband, tie it around your pony, even tie it on your bag when you aren't using it.


Splurge

For those of you who want to do a little splurging (or just dreaming), here are a few show-stoppers.


Tuesday, 7 May 2019


Lash Lift


Happy May, friends! The days are getting a little longer, the temperature is getting a little bit warmer and I couldn’t be any happier for it! I’m ready for you, Spring!


A while back, I wrote about my experience with lash extensions. Today, I wanted to share with you guys my experience with a Lash Lift & Tint in an Oakville spa. This is a new service that I had been hearing about everywhere! I mean, who doesn’t want longer, curlier lashes so I was excited to be invited by InStyle Nails & Boutique in Oakville, to visit their beautiful salon to try out the procedure. InStyle Nails & Boutique Oakville offers a variety of high-end nail services, as well as waxing, biogel, facials, eyelash lifts and extensions, makeup and permanent makeup.


Because it was my first time trying Lash Lift, Judit, owner and a Certified Lash Lift Technician went over each step, letting me know what she was doing and what I could expect at each step. I found this so helpful because I really had no idea what was happening as my eyes were closed during the entire process. Having her tell me each step as she went was not only informative, but it also helped make me comfortable during the process!


Now I’m sharing with you what I learned...


What is a Lash Lift?


A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes! Lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. It gives your lashes an amazing shape and curl.


Before the Lash Lift


Because you can customize your results your Lash consultant will first ask you questions about the style of lashes you would like, whether or not you wear mascara everyday, etc. Based on your answers, your technician will pick a curl size for your eye shape.


Process


To begin the process, your lashes are cleansed to make sure there is no make up residue left on your lashes.


Lower lashes are then glued down to a shield so they don’t interfere with the top lashes during the process. A silicone pad is applied and lashes are glued to the pad. This will ensure the shape and lift height for the curl!


The perming solution is then applied.

"The perm solution acts as a softener by opening up the cuticles in the lashes and making them pliable." Judit explained. A second solution is then applied which will set the lashes.


Judit then used a collagen treatment and finished with a tint, to make the lashes even darker, really making them pop. This is optional but I found it really made an impact as the finishing touch!


The whole process took about an hour, start to finish, and let me tell you, it was an hour well spent!


Highlights of a Lash Lift
- Makeup takes only a couple of minutes because your face already looks done-up upon waking. In fact, I didn’t use mascara for the entire week after having the Lash Lift done as I found I didn’t need it, only opting to wear it for special engagements/events!


- What’s not to love about this process? You get the semi-permanent lift and curl of extensions while keeping your natural lashes damage-free.


- Lash Lifts last six to eight weeks.


- Avoid getting your lashes wet in the first 24 hours after a Lash Lift, in order to make that curl last.


- Lash Lifts are SO low maintenance! While lash extensions requires you to be more careful when washing your face, sleeping on them, etc, there really is no maintenance with a Lash Lift!


I absolutely loved it and would definitely do it again!


Thank you to InStyle Nails and Boutique for having me. If you're in the Oakville area, I highly recommend their salon - not only is the space is beautiful but the owner, Judit and staff are friendly and so knowledgeable.

xo,

Desirée


Three weeks post Last Lift: w/o mascara






Tuesday, 2 April 2019

If you're anything like me, you're probably done with all things winter and are starting to look ahead into warmer, longer days! Because winter weather does quite the number on our skin, I always up my moisturizing routine for the colder months. Now that we've entered April, I'm looking into products that will help prepare my skin for the warmer temperatures.

Dewy, soft skin and a little highlighter can go a long way but honestly, it really starts with your diet. Everything that you put in your body will have an impact on your skin. Staying hydrated, cutting back on sugar and artificial flavours and eating healthy fats are key. 

Now that we've mentioned diet, let's move on to products.

MOISTURIZERS
I cannot leave the house in the morning without moisturizer. With that being said, I have tried quite a few and have landed on a few favourites that I come back to time again and again. I'm currently using the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. It is very rich in texture, which I love, but some may find it a bit too heavy for Spring. I will continue using it for a few more weeks and then switch to a lighter texture.

EXFOLIANT 
There are several exfoliants that I have tried, but so far, the Dermalogica exfoliator is my favourite. It's gentle enough and makes my skin feel so smooth! Use it twice a week for baby smooth skin!

SELF-TANNERS
Coming out of hibernation now that it's Spring and in need of a little boost? A little self-tanner as part of your skincare routine will go a long way.


     
SERUMS
In the past year, I have added serums to my skincare routine and have tried a few. I'm dying to try the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum as I've read great reviews about it! I'll keep you guys posted. When using serums, make sure to use them twice daily, after your cleanser and toner. 


SPF
No matter what your skincare routine is, you absolutely need to be using SPF daily. Most days, I only use a CC cream that includes an SPF. You can find an SPF that works well with your skincare routine already; whether it's a moisturizer + SPF, or on it's own...just make sure not to skip this step. I have added a few SPF favourites below.

MAKE UP
Some of these are irresistible due to their pretty packaging alone! I'm currently using the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer (I've linked it below). You can add it to your foundation or use it alone. I use it over my moisturizer for a dewy look. I love how natural it is without it being overpowering. I've heard great things about the Hourglass Ambiant Lighting, so I will definitely be trying that one next!

I hope you have found this helpful! Leave me a comment below letting me know which skincare products are your absolute must-haves!

xo