Let’s do it: Get beautiful winter skin.

I have pale, sensitive skin.

A lot of people romanticize it, but honestly, come winter there are usually more days that I end up looking like Wednesday Addams than some dewy red carpet celebrity. One of the biggest struggles with having sensitive skin is trying to get through the cold seasons without ending up a pink, chapped mess.

Over the years I have tried a number of different things to combat this inevitable November through March struggle, and along the way I’ve definitely found some specific products that have worked for me. I’m definitely not a skin care obsessed person – dirty little secret time, sometimes I may or may not fall asleep at night without even washing my makeup off – but I’ve found just keeping a few core products on hand makes a huge difference.

Vaseline Total Moisture™ Dry Skin Lotion Lets do it: Get beautiful winter skin.

My favourite product for combatting cold, dry wind is Vaseline Total MoistureTM Dry Skin Lotion. Throw some of this on your face in the morning, and you’ll be ready to wait at the bus stop or march down the street to the corner grocery store. Pick up Nivea Extra Nourishing Body Milk to replenish your body in the same way.

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV protector SPF 42 Lets do it: Get beautiful winter skin.

I live on the west coast, where the sun is always out but it also has a tendency to be quite dry and cool. Even though it’s cold, I still try and remember to protect myself from the sun – UV rays don’t stop just because it’s zero degrees outside! Pick up a bottle of Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV protector SPF 42 to protect yourself from those potentially harmful rays.

Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance Free Lotion Lets do it: Get beautiful winter skin.

Finally, make sure you’re taking care of your hands. I know I definitely don’t wear gloves as much as I probably should, and because of that sometimes I will end up with dry, cracked hands come the beginning of spring. Keep a bottle of Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance Free Lotion in your car for hydration on the go.

And I don’t know about you, but I have a monthly ritual of stopping by Shoppers Drug Mart on the weekend to shop for all of my seasonal products. I find that Shoppers Drug Mart specifically has a wide selection of new skin products to keep my skin healthy, especially through the cold, dry winter seasons. I also like the way I can rack my Shoppers Optimum Points up by picking up participating skin care products.

If wandering the aisles overwhelms you, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Experts offer complimentary in-store skin care consultations using their beautyRx tool. Their Skin Analysis consists of a Moisture Checker, which measures your skin’s hydration level, and a Video Microscope, which magnifies your skin’s surface by 30 times to help diagnose your skin type. Of course based on the readings from your beautyRx Skin Analysis, your Beauty Expert will recommend skin care products accordingly.

Wanna get in on it? Head to your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart to check out their assortment of skin care products, receive a complimentary beautyRx Skin Analysis, and earn Shoppers Optimum Points on participating skin care products! Click here for more details.

Shoppers drug mart Logo Lets do it: Get beautiful winter skin.

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.

Christmas Gifts Made Easy!

Logo Christmas Gifts Made Easy!

You guys! It’s almost Christmas time, as made evident by the sudden appearance of red Starbucks cups, trees and decorations beginning to creep into department stores, and ‘Holiday Favorites’ lists popping up on your Netflix recommendations list.

I don’t know about you, but every year I have the same thought process. In August I think, you know what. I should be one of those people. You know, those really organized, thoughtful people who begin their Christmas shopping in the summer, and slowly amass a gigantic pile of Christmas gifts by early December, when they inevitably carefully wrap every single one.

Well, maybe you’re similar to me in that even if you think about doing this, you inevitably end up thinking ‘crap, crap, crap’ at the beginning of November when you’ve only got two paychecks in between you and the big day and about a million people to buy for. Maybe you also sometimes end up at a department store on December 23rd, battling hordes of people that don’t online shop either to get the best gifts.

This year I think I’m going to try something else. Throughout the months of November and December I’m going to be visiting Shoppers Drug Mart, and I’ll tell you why. They have a whole ton of awesome gift ideas for friends and family – they even have you covered for that awkward “co-workers and boss” chunk of your shopping list too. Shoppers Drug Mart offers fragrances, tons of neat gifts, delicious chocolates and boxed candy, and the all latest toys and electronics.

Here are a few of my favorite picks from this Shoppers Drug Mart holiday season:

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Katy Perry Royal Revolution Gift Set (Exclusive Set)

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one of Katy Perry’s fragrances since the first time I received a sample of Killer Queen. I might pick this box set up for myself, because a girl can only have so many Britney perfumes before she needs to branch out.

QuoBeautyBoudoir Christmas Gifts Made Easy!

Quo Beauty Boudoir (Exclusive)

Just looking at this set makes me a little bit jelly. Can you imagine getting this as a gift as a teenager who’s makeup collection consists of a mascara, a tinted lip balm, and some hand me down eye shadow? Best Christmas morning ever! Also, get ready for some serious blending, guys.

MascaraSamplerBox Christmas Gifts Made Easy!

Eye Studio Mascara Sampler (Exclusive)

Alright, so maybe so far I’ve been making more of a wish list than a gift list, but tell me you wouldn’t flip out if you received a sampler of mascaras. Seriously. I still haven’t found “the one”, and I’m pretty sure that this sampler box would help me in remedying that. And let’s be real, you can never have too many mascaras.

Besides seriously improving your makeup and fragrance gift game, Shoppers Drug Mart has also got you covered for any guys and/or hostesses on your list.

You can gift the Modern Man in your life with grooming essentials, fragrance sampler packs, and electronics. Why not get him a Gillette ProGlide Holiday Pack? Likewise you can also feel better about never showing up to a party empty handed. Get The Entertainer in your life some chocolate, cookies, or mixed nuts. Cause let’s be real, mixed nuts are pretty much a holiday institution.

If you want to get in on this party, you should know that Shoppers Drug Mart has created an online destination that allows you to filter hundreds of gift ideas by price, category, or the type of person that you are shopping for (the Modern Man, The Entertainer… myself.) Click here to visit!

They are also featuring a whole ton of in-store sales, promotions and exclusive holiday gift sets from November 12 to December 25th at all Shoppers Drug Mart locations. You can also earn Shoppers Optimum Points on every purchase, and most stores are open late.

The holiday gift giving train doesn’t stop there. From December 1st to 24th, you can also visit the Shoppers Drug Mart website and play the Unwrap the Win game for a chance to win seriously awesome prizes ranging from beauty, fragrances and skin care sets to toys, electronics and gift cards! With The Unwrap to Win game, Shoppers Drug Mart is giving away 15 prizes every day (that’s 360 in total), which means that one could totally be yours!

And just so you know, here are the dates for the Holiday Gift Guide launches:

- “Give Beauty, beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart” available now
– “Get Set for the Happiest Holidays!” on November 15th
– And 3 additional gift and beauty books will also be available in late November and December

All throughout the celebrations, you can keep the conversation going online by using the hashtag #giftsmadeeasy. Be sure to show off your gift finds, and that shopping list once you’ve crossed all of the names off! You can also join the #SDMHolidays retweet to win contest for a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards. The contest ends November 21st at 9AM EST, so click here for more information.

What are you waiting for? Whip those gift lists out, and start shopping!

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.


My teenage years can best be summed up with three words: bad style choices.

Okay, four: really bad style choices.

One of the two most notable phases that I went through as a pre-teen happened while the majority of my peers were taking the white gangsta route (let’s think about a bunch of pallid-looking teenaged boys trying to dress like Eminem, Nelly and Fred Durst for a second.)

Well, I went the opposite way.

Like, ended my 13th year with a bedroom wallpapered in posters of NSYNC and Britney Spears type of way.

And yes, this post has officially solidified my boy band camp as NSYNC. Deal with it.
My musical preferences were always and have always been very relevant to the way I look. In this case, the bubble gum obsession inspired me to covet thick silver glittered eye shadow, glassy, endlessly sticky lip gloss, and a never-ending roster of hair product as I tried in vain to get my hair to look as purposely unkempt as Britney’s.

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Throughout all of this, I would religiously go to the Shoppers Drug Mart on my lunch break at school to dip my fingers into as many opened eye shadows as possible. Typically, I would end up buying enough N.Y.C. makeup to qualify as a company shareholder, and would be back on my merry way with my discman spinning Lucky on repeat.

The strange thing is that the second major phase I went through couldn’t have been more different from the one that preceded it, which made looking at the difference between 15 and 16 year old me all the more hilarious.

One night, I discovered the wonder that was pop-punk music. Bratty, bouncy pop-punk, full of gloriously swearword laden lyrics. I had finally, surprisingly, found my people.

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So one day I’m this Britney Spears gangbusters wannabe who watches concert VHS tapes on repeat, and the next I’m listening to record after record of pop-punk and punk music, honing in on the pink hair and the dark makeup and the safety pins.

And boy, I went there.

I hauled my discman back to Shoppers, and became a major supporter of Manic Panic hair dye and black eyeliner. Eyeliner all down my cheeks, to be specific, caked on my eyelids and smeared underneath my eyes in some bizarre attempt to present myself as the female version of Benji Madden.

And so, soon my lunch break Shoppers run turned from coveting the fancy, shimmery Rimmel glitter, to buying sticks of black eyeliner by the handful.

I mean, as a teenaged girl in Canada, I always relied heavily upon Shoppers Drug Mart to get my makeup fix.

To this day, I will hit up Shoppers regularly on the way home from work, or before an important party to pick up a refresher on my hair color (Feria 41 Rich Mahogany, thank you), a bottle of on-trend nail polish (obviously this season was coral), or a Smashbox powder splurge (as pale as you can get it, basically.)

Starting now.this month Shoppers Drug Mart happens to be celebrating their 4th Annual 30 Days of Beauty event, which is one glorious month packed full of brand new beauty tutorials, online videos (including behind the scenes videos found on YouTube), in-store makeovers, and product coupons. It’s pretty much the biggest beauty event of the year.

Basically, if this was something that existed when I was a teenager who didn’t know the difference between eye shadow and eyeliner, I wouldn’t have to now endure photo after traumatizing photo of my then makeup choices.

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The 30 Days of Beauty event runs for an entire month – from August 16th, to September 14th – and includes products and deals from all of your faves. There will also be is daily excitement in-store, including one- day only offers as well as campaign offers on all your fav beauty brands.

Don’t forget to check out 30DaysofBeauty.ca throughout the month, as a daily offer will be revealed each day of the month.

Check it out in stores too, as an exclusive gift will be given with purchase from August 23rd to August 29th when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, skin care, or fragrances. Not into free gifts? Book yourself for a five minute makeover instead!

So! My Canadian friends, make sure you take advantage of this awesome opportunity – and American readers, don’t be too jelly!

You know I’ll be there!

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Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.

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