Sephora Makeup Brushes– While purging my way though all the stuff in my bathroom cabinets, I realized that I was using makeup brushes that were at least 5 years old and many were much older than that. I decided to purchase a totally new set from Sephora, which are infused with charcoal powder, which has antimicrobial properties.
Mom-preneaur Liliana Tureck wanted to create clothing that reflected how a woman’s body changes after children and as she ages. She also wanted comfortable and flattering yet supportive shapeware that didn’t feel like bondage so she created Svelte Shapewear– “Svelte products are the result of fabric, fit and style working together”. Designed in Montreal, Svelte items are made with built-in four way stretch Spandex which makes for the most comfortable non-restrictive shape wear I have ever tried.
Since having the twins, my abs haven’t been…well… really abs any more. I can’t seem to get rid of that skin/fat pooch (If you have had kids and especially if you have had a c-section you get it) and I am super self-consious about it. When given the chance to choose a piece from the Svelte website to review, I headed right for the jeans. I had been looking for a new pair of skinnies because jeans are my uniform in my casual office environment. When they arrived, I knew that I had chosen wisely- these jeans are wonderful. They are SO insanely comfortable and soft; they feel like sweatpants but the spandex panel comes up nice and high and keeps me feeling smooth and tucked in without being too constricted.
The first time I wore them, I was so excited that I kept pulling up my top to show the panel for all my female friends and colleagues and they were so impressed with the style and the slimming power. The back has perfectly placed pockets and the length is perfect for me (may run a bit long for shorter girls) and they have small slits at the ankle that help elongate the look of the leg.
My only initial concern was a dye smell that really permeated the pants until after a couple of washes but that is a small thing for such comfortable and flattering pants! I am totally coveting several other pieces from their collection, especially the Leather Spike leggings and the Pencil Skirt.
Svelte Shapewear is available online and ships for free on orders over $55 in Canada with 30 day free returns (they ship internationally as well) and are also available at stores across the country (which are listed on their website) Right now, if you order online, you get 20% off your first purchase! DO it! You can thank me later 😉
** This product was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
Getting out of the house looking decent in the morning can be challenging when you have a gaggle of kids hanging off your leg, even with a helpful spouse like I have. Spending too much time getting ready while the kids are tearing up the joint downstairs while my husband does his level best to wrangle is super stressful for me.
A few months ago, my friend Kat got her brows micro bladed and I was CAPTIVATED. Her new and improved brows framed her face, were the perfect shape and semi- permanent! No pencils or powder required!
One night Kat and I were out for drinks with another friend Tina and Kat told us about a friend of a friend who was training to microblade and was looking for models to use. Tina literally texted her the next day and I followed suit. I also convinced my sister-in-law to do it too!
We were both super nervous about the pain and permanence of the procedure ahead of time. As I do, I spent a lot of time researching microbladding and I started to get excited about the prospect!
My SIL and I arrives at Sonia Marques home studio on a fall afternoon totally unsure about the entire process. SIL went first (I was chicken). Sonia consulted with her about the shape that she wanted and mapped her brows with grease pencil (looked nuts) and then applied the numbing gel. After about 20 minutes, Sonia began applying the dye via a teeny tiny blade. Yes- basically a super sharp scalpel. The first couple of cuts hurt quite a bit but not as much as I was anticipating ( I guess after two pregnancies and two c-sections, my pain threshold has increased). Sonia re-applied the numbing gel several times over the course of the work, so it hurt less and less.
When we left her studio, SIL and I were laughing at our bonkers dark brows! You are not allowed to wash your face for 24 hours so there is a lot of dye still on there and then as the brows scab and oxidize, they get SUPER dark. Here is a picture of me the day after.
I felt super self-conscious about how dark they were but look at that SHAPE!! So boss!
By day five I was really feeling my brows, although they were still quite dark.
I have to say that while getting my brows microbladded was a totally vanity based decision, I am so glad that I did it. I feel put together with even the smallest amount of makeup on and I think they give my face angles that it didn’t have before (I am a total moon pie face girl).
I have not regretted my decision to micro blade once in the last three months. I even looked forward to my one month touch up because I wanted them even MORE defined in some places.
If you are interested in microbladding and have waited on pulling the trigger DO IT!
If you are in the Toronto area, contact Sonia Marques! She will hook you up.