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There is absolutely nothing better for your hair then all-natural homemade treatments! Hair Recipes is one of those lines that take a responsible approach to sulfate & paraben-free hair care. Their products are designed and targeted towards those who want a natural approach to beautiful, healthy hair with all of the benefits!

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Not only does Hair Recipes aim to enhance shine and brilliance for longer, lasting results, but their products are all natural with zero sulfates and parabens – perfect for those who don’t always have time to whip up their own homemade treatment. They offer gentle formulas that can easily be used with your current routine such as shampoos for dry hair, oily hair or chemically treated hair. Their infamous Egg Yolk Conditioner is packed with essential proteins and lecithin to help make your strands stronger, add volume and impeccable shine. Their paraben-free hair oils are made with modern technology to help you achieve the flawless style you need without leaving any greasy residue.

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Even though I don’t usually opt for all-natural products, I wanted to see if the claims and benefits were true, and I also wanted to see if it would control my frizz, strengthen and hydrate my tresses. If Hair Recipes sounds like something that may interest you, keep reading to hear my thoughts:

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Hair Recipes Beer Shampoo surprisingly has many incredible benefits. Did you know that the malt and hops found in beer are loaded with proteins that nourish and strengthen hair? It even helps repair damaged hair by binding together split strands and restoring body. I thought that beer would be drying as it contains alcohol, but the alcohol found in beer contains Vitamin B which is a key ingredient to obtaining healthy, shiny hair. It did an excellent job at cleansing and removing dirt, oil and product build up which left my scalp feeling super clean. It also gave my hair some much needed bounce and shine. It retails for $14.95 USD for 200ml.

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Hair Recipes Egg Yolk Conditioner instantly detangled any knots and left my hair feeling silky smooth and so soft! Egg yolks are rich in natural sulfur content, which also helps with dandruff and maintaining a healthy scalp. It did an amazing job at strengthening and locking in moisture without weighing my hair down. I actually found that I only needed to use a small amount, compared to many other conditioners I’ve used, which is a huge plus for me. Once dry, I found my hair much more manageable with less fly-aways. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about using anything egg-related on my hair (would it make my hair smell like eggs, or leave a film-like residue?) but the proteins are so conditioning it was well worth it- thankfully the scent was very pleasing as well. 😉 It retails for $16.95 USD for 200ml.

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Hair Recipes Argan Oil is great for extremely frizzy and unruly hair. It features an ultra-lightweight, instant absorbing formula that provides silky smooth, frizz-free tresses. When applied on damp hair it helps to detangle, enhance shine and can be used from roots to tips. It retails for $18.95 USD for 60ml. A little goes a long way with this miracle oil, and I’m loving how it can be used to moisturize and nourish dry hair as well.

I really felt a huge difference from using these all-natural products on my hair, and felt at ease knowing exactly what I was using on my scalp/hair. It is so important to use real, quality products as you never know when a reaction could occur (plus, who knows how many chemicals other companies are loading in their products these days).

Hair Recipes products are available exclusively online at hair-recipes.com, feel free to check out some more of their products and use the code LAURENSLIST16 at checkout to receive a free bottle of shampoo!

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*Post kindly sponsored by CHARMING MEDIA. All opinions are always my own.*</span>

 Hi lovelies, this year the essie Bridal 2016 Collection has the perfect mix of modern and classic! It consists of 6 lovely shades and is the follow-up to their Spring Collection. This collection has recently become a staple for me as I recently got engaged and am suddenly obsessed with all things Bridal!

Let’s check out the press release:

“Take off. Check-in. Bliss out. You’ve got two tickets to paradise, but why not start the honeymoon right now and canoodle the whole way there? That’s right: you’re just married and love is in the air – and in the taxi, too. The ceremony was perfect – seeing the whole family coming together was just so magical. The dress. The shoes. The perfect essie shade. It was everything you dreamed of, but now it’s time to focus on what’s really important: each other. Oh, wait. What’s really important is that you are mrs always-right!

The essie Bridal 2016 Collection is thrilled to present six shades of bridal perfection. This blissful palette is a passport to happiness that will take brides on a love-fueled holiday of lifetime. The romantic grey lilac of between the seats adds an element of surprise when you kiss and fly. Perhaps you’ll consider going for a deeper shade of amour with a rich, satisfying violet or entrance-making shade of fierce terracotta rose. However you color your honeymoon, essie’s bridal 2016 collection is committed to making your wildest fashion dreams come true. Bon voyage as you embark on the journey of a lifetime!”

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“The first day of the rest of our lives is finally here! Everyone is coming together to watch me steal his name. After our big day, we’ll wave good-bye and hop on a plane with our passport to happiness and each other. I can’t wait to hold hands and kiss between the seats the entire flight. As soon as we check- in into our honeymoon suite I’m going to order groom service. I get what I want, when I want. Just call me mrs always right!”

Now that you’ve got the details, let’s get to swatching!

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‘steal his name’ | he, and his name are yours for keeps when you make it official in this cheeky sheer peach.

image3‘between the seats’ | it’s a wild ride! hold on tight with this seductively romantic grey lilac. what goes on from there, i’ll never tell!

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‘passport to happiness’ | check you baggage at the gate, because your bright future is ready for take-off in this whispering spring green.

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‘mrs. always-right’ | nothing like this fierce terracotta rose to aptly remind him  who shares the pants. yes, ma’am.

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‘groom service’ | ding-dong! a special delivery just for you, this deeply satisfying violet makes all your dreams come true.

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‘coming together’ | I love you, and you love me. sigh! with you and this lavish pink bouquet, life truly is a bed of roses.

Also, so sorry if my swatches aren’t all the same lighting or pose, I did them between travelling over the past month. Usually Bridal shades are a bit of a pain to work with as some of them are very sheer, but I have to say there are a few gems in this collection. What do you think?

The essie Bridal Collection will be available as of April 12, 2016 across Canada.

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Guys!! I am officially obsessed with Murad! Not only are their ingredients bomb but they deliver amazing results too. Like, no joke, my wrinkles/fine lines seemed to disappear overnight, okay maybe not completely but they sure were plump and smoothed by morning. Although I have not finished my bottles yet I’m pretty much hooked on their products and I can’t wait to try more… Keep reading to hear my thoughts. 🙂

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Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

This cream is a dry skin saviour!! It is an uber-rich, hydrating moisturizer that locks in hydration for up to eight hours. With an ultra concentrated and non-greasy formula it provides immediate, long-lasting hydration, smoothness and comfort. It is also formulated with Murad’s Collagen Support Complex which boosts the skin’s resilience and delivers a gorgeous glow!

I’m obsessed with this cream and love the fact that it comes with an applicator so that no bacteria gets trapped in the jar. It applies white, and disappears once massaged into your skin. It truly does leave you with plump, hydrated skin without that sticky silicone feeling.

No parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances/dyes, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosans.

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Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence

I love this serum- it’s silky smooth texture instantly won my heart! Basically the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is a moisture-enhancing treatment that optimizes your skin’s capacity to retain moisture while leaving it plump and soft- I always use this before my Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisture and the combination is insane! It contains Mexican blue agave leaf extract to restore your skins ability to retain water, glycolic acid to gently exfoliate for a smooth natural texture and a blend of watermelon, apple and lentil to help reduce dryness, flakiness and rough patches. A definite re-purchase for me as it has become a staple in my routine.

No parabens or sulfates.

Murad Refreshing Cleanser

Their Refreshing Cleanser is a non-drying, foaming cleanser that claims to wash away surface oil and makeup. Did it work? It sure did. It’s formulated with Hawaiian white ginger, algae and cucumber extract and leaves your skin oh so fresh and clean (not sure if it has added fragrance but I’m loving the scent)! I absolutely love pairing this cleanser with my Clarisonic brush for an extra deep clean feeling!

Murad Hydrating Toner

I have been wanting to try this toner for ages! It’s gentle, hydrating formula and invigorating scent is a must. Murad’s Hydrating Toner is a classic complexion-perfecting toner, which means it rebalances and rehydrates your skin while neutralizing any surface impurities. It contains infusions of lecithin, chamomile and cucumber for a soft, rejuvenated look and feel. I also like this because it can double as a setting spray for your makeup.

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Murad has quickly become my go-to for skincare. It’s been a while since I’ve been this blown away by a brand so I’m pretty excited. 🙂 I need to try all their products!

Have any of you tried Murad products, if so what are some of your favourites? I’ll definitely update you guys once I finish these.

Check them out at Murad Canada and @muradcanada (they’re also sold at Sephora Canada).

♡ Lauren

[disclaim]Samples kindly provided for my un-biased consideration[/disclaim]

Hi loves,

Chances are you’ve seen a tube of blinc mascara while walking down the cosmetics aisle at your loal drugstore or Sephora. You know, the mascara that basically claims to be Life Proof? Well, I was lucky enough to receive a blinc Box Discovery Collection and try it out for myself (along with three other innovative products).

blinc products are ideal if you wear contact lenses or glasses, suffer from sensitive eyes, have oily skin, live somewhere with harsh climates or lead a super active lifestyle or if you just want hassle-free makeup! Basically no flaking or smudging = no problems.

“Traditional eye cosmetics force the consumer to choose between long lasting wear or ease of removal. In contrast, blinc delivers hold that is better than waterproof cosmetics but at the same time, very easy to remove. blinc continues to make important contributions to the beauty industry with innovations such as the world’s first tube-forming mascara and peelable eyeliner. Whether you have sensitive eyes or an active lifestyle, blinc promises smudge-proof, run-proof and flake-proof cosmetics that deliver Life Proof results.”

Here are the products included with the blinc Discovery Box:

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blinc Mascara, Eyeliner, Eye Shadow Primer and Eyebrow Mousse. Also, how cute is this customized blinc mascara wand cookie by Hello Baked? Adorbs!

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Keep reading to find out my thoughts on these products:

blinc Mascara Amplified in Black

“blinc mascara AMPLIFIED provides buildable, glamorous volume and length while forming tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes that cannot run, smudge clump or flake and slide off with a combination of water and gentle pressure.”

As a contact lense wearer, the one thing I despise more than anything is finding irritating flakes of mascara in my eyeballs. I have to say that I was amazed at the longevity of this mascara! I mean, it did not budge, smudge or flake through a day at work and rainy weather. I even tried removing it with my trusty Lancôme Bi-Facil eye makeup remover and nothing, not even a smear.

Basically, the trick is to use lots of water combined with the gentle pressure of a washcloth or your fingers to “slide” them off your lashes. Or take a nice hot shower, the water pressure did the trick for me, the tubes slid right off with no hassle! The bonus is that none of my lashes fell out like they do when I wear regular mascara and remove with an oil based makeup remover.

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blinc Eyeliner Pencil in Black

“blinc eyeliner pencil glides onto lids effortlessly and offers intense, all day, water proof colour that cannot smudge or fade. The creamy anti-aging formula also contains antioxidants for conditioning benefits.”

I’m not a huge fan of pencil eyeliners as I like to use felt-tip or liquid. However, this one did not smudge (maybe the combination of the mascara and eyeshadow primer?) whatever the reason it will definitely be staying in my makeup collection. This eyeliner can be removed with regular makeup remover.

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blinc Eye Shadow Primer in Light Tone

“blinc eye shadow primer gives any shadow crease proof, fade proof wear and contains ingredients clinically studied to decrease fine lines 67% after six weeks and increase skin’s moisture by 53% after one week.”

This may be a close second to my beloved UD eyeshadow primer, it goes on smooth and makes sure there are no creases or smudging once you apply your shadow. It pretty much lasted the whole day, too, which is a huge plus for me. I will have to use it for a few more weeks to see if it decreases my fine lines, but I did notice it gave my lids a boost of hydration. This eye shadow primer can be removed easily with makeup remover.

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blinc Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette

“blinc eyebrow mousse is the original brow innovation that does four things in just one easy step. It tints with water proof color, hold and sculpts like a gel, fills in sparse areas and moisturizes skin all at the same time.”

I’m such a fan of this eyebrow mousse! It is so easy to apply and gives a natural but polished result. A perfect look for work days… I would definitely use this again. 🙂 I also love that their products aren’t overly scented/irritating whatsoever. Again, the blinc eyebrow mousse can be removed using regular makeup remover.

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Would I recommend these products? Absolutely! They are a perfect option for someone who wants hassle free beauty. Be sure to check out blinc or Sephora for more information!

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi loves,

With all the ups and downs we’ve been having weather-wise this season, our skin can sometimes have a hard time adjusting, making our skin more blemish-prone.

Vichy’s NORMADERM range is ah-mazing for acne-prone, oily skin. So, if this is something that you struggle with then keep reading!

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Vichy sent out a super cute NORMADERM package including their cleanser, toner and new moisturizer, this package also included a colour-changing mood ring, butterfly clips and a bright green fanny pack! Lol! I thought that this PR concept was amazing because acne really is so passé… #VICHYWORKSFORME

“Some things are better left in the past. As is the case with pagers (because a pager can’t FaceTime), butterfly hairclips, fanny packs and colour changing jewelry! But one thing we would love to definitely leave behind is acne.

Pimples in 2016? We can now say it’s a thing of the past! The new Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment by Vichy gives a confidence to those with acne-prone skin types. The formula is clinically proven to ensure the reduction of pimples by 75%. The Salicylic Acid, 50% more concentrated than before, allows for unclogging of pores, in addition to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Additonally, this new hydrating treatment is enriched with Phe-Resorcinol and LHA exfoliant helps reduce the appearance of acne marks, while the new Air LiciumTM Technology refreshes and matifies the skin!

For the complete routine, use the full Normaderm range with the Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion.”

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“This range is specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Get with the Normaderm program and say goodbye to pimples, large pores and shine for good.”

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NORMADERM – Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

I love that this cleanser is soap-free! Although a gel cleanser it also foams up perfectly when paired with my Clarisonic brush for deep cleansing. It gives you that squeaky clean feeling without stripping your skins natural barrier and ph level. A+

“Deep cleansing gel for acne-prone skin. Cleanses excess sebum and impurities, without over drying.”

NORMADERM – Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion

I really enjoy the way that this toner smells and feels on my skin, it left my face feeling so fresh! My only wish is for this toner to be alcohol-free, because that is literally the only problem I have with it.

“A toner specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. From the 1st application, leaves skin feeling mattified and helps unclog/tighten pores.”

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NORMADERM – Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment 24h Hydrating Lotion

Now formulated with 1.5% Salicylic Acid, this hydrating moisturizer is a great addition to the Normaderm range. It feels silky smooth when applied and doesn’t leave you with a greasy “silicone” film. I love that this product is for acne-prone skin but a hydration lotion instead of a mattifying one. I don’t have full blown acne but I get the occasional pimple around that time of the month and this seemed to help calm and heal those.

“New hydrating anti-acne treatment now 50% more concentrated in Salicylic Acid. Helps reduce pimples, pore visibility and acne marks.”

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I also highly recommend their NORMADERM Tri-Activ face mask, it has been a staple in my routine for years (it’s a cleanser, scrub and mask all in one).

To find out more check out vichy.ca and @vichycanada for a chance to win Normaderm’s complete routine with all 3 of these products!

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>