12.29.2012

Try This: H20+ Sea Moss Spa Trio


H20 was on the list  of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2012. H20+ Sea Moss Spa Trio is a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one!

"Trio that cleanses and softens with Irish moss, soothing aloe and vitamin E as hints of fresh water lily and lush marine accords lightly scent the skin.-Sea Moss Replenishing Body Wash lathers away impurities to restore and nourish the skin-Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub uses micro-fine black sand to gently exfoliate dull, dry skin leaving it smooth and invigorated-Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion rapidly absorbs to instantly smooth and protect with rich mango and cocoa buttersPrice: $25; Availability: h2oplus.com"

"I first discovered these products at David Copperfield's house. I liked them so much I wanted to take them with me."—Oprah

Gift Set Includes:
Sea Moss Replenishing Body Wash 4 Fl oz / 118 mL
Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub 4 Fl oz / 118 mL
Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion 4 Fl oz / 118 mL

Currently 40% off online !
 
What we have to say: An at-home spa experience set featuring essentials that work to nourish the skin. Indulge in the at-home spa experience featuring these must-have skin care products to cleanse, exfoliate, and replenish your skin!

Sea Moss Replenishing Body Wash has a very unique scent that lightly lathers away dirt and impurities while nourishing skin. Contains Red marine algae, brown algae, aloe, provitamin B and vitamin E. We found that this product is good quality, with good consistency that lathers well. Using his body wash makes us feel like we are at the spa!

Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub is a gentle moisturizing scrub treatment for the body- a rich volcanic scrub that reveals skin that feels remarkably smooth and invigorated. Contains Irish moss, sea salt, aloe and provitamin B. We found that this product results in an entirely natural and stimulating exfoliant! Using this scrub reminded us of having a mud wrap.
Tips: Perfect for use as a pre-shave treatment.

Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion is a great way to top the previous two products off!
This lotion is a moisture-intensive lotion that deeply hydrates and softens skin while feeling water-light. Contains red marine algae, vitamin E, and provitamin B.  We find that the lotion absorbs quite quickly, leaving skin feeling hydrated, healthy and smooth.
 
The whole line has left skin feeling more healthy and revitalized!  Perfect for those wanting an at- home spa experience. The three products seem to work very well together and we highly recommend the set.
 
 

Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm

Rosebud products are excellent items to include when putting together gift baskets! In addition to being used on lips, they can also be used on any dry patch of skin. They are good for burns and cuts and scrapes, and, if you occasionally find yourself with burned lips from sipping a beverage that is too hot0- this will quickly soothe the skin. Perfect way to keep lips well hydrated and soft without being sticky.

We highly recommend this along with the rest of the Rosebud products such as their original Rosebud Salve, which you can find at places like Sephora or Anthropologie.

Rosebud's world famous Minted Rose Lip Balm is now available in a tube. Now you can enjoy the same zing of peppermint and rosy glow, but with all the convenience of a tube. Great for lips and cracked cuticles and dry elbows too. $6

What we have to say: Neither the mint or the rose is overwhelming but goes very well together. It leaves a nice glossy look with a slight hint of color. The mint is refreshing. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes/ fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMO's, Triclosan.
Our favorite is definitely the minted salve; it is cool, refreshing, tingly, and moisturizing but we love the other ones too!


http://www.rosebudperfume.com/

LUSH: Roots Hair Treatment + Superbalm Scalp Treatment

Want to have healthier hair for 2013?

Roots Healthy Scalp Cream: Fine hair can be finicky, so this treatment is packed full of ingredients to revitalize from root to end.  There’s honey to soften, along with some extra virgin olive oil to strengthen and condition the hair.  Menthol stimulates the scalp and encourages hair to grow to its full length, giving the appearance of thicker hair.  This is one of our founder Mark Constantine’s Trichology creams from the early days when he worked in a salon and really needed to sort people’s hair out.  Roots works on the scalp to make it healthy, which in turn makes hair, strong, shiny and voluminous. How to use: Apply generously to the hair and scalp and gently massage (or have someone do it for you!) and leave it on for 20 minutes.  Gently shampoo out and condition as normal.  Use 3 times a week for a couple of weeks to see real improvement.
Price: $19.95/ 8.4 oz

What we have to say: Gave us volume and shine, while conditioning hair as it worked. No need to follow up with conditioner after! Works well once a week. A spoon sized quanity is enough to work through the length of hair.
The treatment is light and fluffy in texture and proves to soothe itchiness in the scalp caused by the cold weather.



Superbalm for Scalps: This is exactly as the name suggests, a super soothing balm for serious scalp problems.  When there’s build-up on the scalp that can’t be removed by shampooing or dandruff, this is when you NEED Superbalm.  Based on LUSH’s Ultrabalm, this is a type of ointment used in Trichology treatments to soothe eczema, dermatitis and redness.  Coconut oil, chamomile blue and candelilla wax works to soothe and moisturize, while lavender oil is great for skin irritations. (Vegan)  How to use: Take a small amount on your fingertip then gently massage into the scalp – it’s not really for the hair so try to be careful to apply it directly to the scalp.  Leave for about 20 minutes and then wash out, before shampooing and conditioning as normal.
Price: $19.95/ 1.5 oz

What we have to say: Great treatment for those suffering dry scalp. If your scalp is ' well - behaved'  we recommend using it only as a spot treatment when needed. Always great to have in your medicine cabinet especially during the cold season. Convenient size, and pleasant smell.
Tip: Mix the shampoo into the superbalm before getting hair wet

Superbalm Scalp Treatment is more of a spot treatment while Roots Hair Treatment can used all over the scalp and hair. Super Balm is VERY concentrated so a little bit goes a long way!

Visit http://www.lush.ca/ (Canadian site) or http://www.lushusa.com/ (US site) to see what other great products LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has to offer.

12.23.2012

Newsworthy: Darwin- Monkey found at Ikea store in Toronto



Read all about Darwin's style and a little bit about his story here: http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/blog/category/toronto

Try This: Avocado Smoothie



If you are a fan of Avocado you will LOVE this!

Basic Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients:
- 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
- 1 cup milk
- 3 table spoons condensed milk (or honey, sugar, agave)
- 4 ice cubes

Place in the blender and enjoy!


Tip:

 To ripen avocados more quickly, place them in a sealed paper bag with an apple or a banana for 24 hours.

Add more milk or ice cubes if you find it too thick or rich in texture.

Suggestion:

Once the smoothie is in the glass, garnish with a sprinkle of matcha and mint leaves!

12.17.2012

LUSH Cosmetics

Many of you have been asking when another feature on LUSH cosmetics will be....and there will be one shortly featuring two exciting products!


In the meantime, if you haven't tried this already : Ro's Argan Body Conditioner $32.95 works miracles for your skin. I have never tried a product that has made skin this soft. (Not to mention, the fragrance is heavenly!)

Happy Holidays!

Style Inspiration: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo's Style Blog and Website: http://www.oliviapalermo.com/

Great Products for Travel!


"Looking for the perfect gift for your workout-obsessed, outdoors-loving BFF? Adventuress Skin care offers all the beauty essentials your active loved one needs in order to keep skin looking as healthy as their bodies. The Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes and Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes also make for a perfect stocking stuffer!

Made with the finest natural ingredients, Adventuress was designed for thrill-seekers with varying degrees of skin sensitivities and allergies. By combining some of the world’s most healing ingredients, Adventuress products are scientifically proven to protect, nourish, boost and restore your beautiful outer shield."



Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes: These cleansing, biodegradable wipes act as an environmental shield to protect skin from irritation, rash and redness.

Price: $22 for 24 wipes
Instructions: Wipe your face and neck for a pick-me-up anytime you need to cleanse and refresh.
Tips: Great to use as make up remover wipes.
Benefits:
- Protect against Rosacea, rash and itchiness
- Reduces age spot production, prevents pigmentation
-Anti- inflammatory
- Soothes and hydrates
- Disposable, individually packaged, biodegradable
- Fragrance and alcohol free
Ingredients: Aqua (water,) Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Gabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scuttellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Glycol and Penoxyethanol, xantham gum, Disodium EDTA.
Key Ingredients: Vitamin B3, Witch Hazel, Glycerin, Aloe Vera

Great product for travelling.  The product stays fresh and mess free, as they are individually packaged. Terrific to keep in a gym bag or your purse to freshen up mid-day.  



 
Sunscreen Swipes:  These handy swipes are designed with “on-the-go” in mind as they are individually wrapped. No more greasy hands or fingers, just the exact dosage of moisturizing sunscreen uniquely packaged in a sealed finger pocket to ensure you get a clean application and, more importantly, reapplication during any activity. 

Price: $24 for 24
Instructions: Open packet and place finger into pocket of swipe. Apply swipe to skin and reapply every 2 hours, after swimming or sweating.
Tips:
Benefits: 
- Sealed finger pocket for clean application
- Exact dosage with on-the-go convenience
- UVB absorber, UVA/UVA blocker
- For all skin types, including sensitive or Rosacea-prone skin
- Fragrance and paraben free

Ingredients: (Inactive) Deionized Water, Dimethicone Copolyol, Safflower Oil, Octyl Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Sunflower Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Vera Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Talc, Silica, DMDM Hydantoin. (Active) Titanium Dioxide Micronized 4%, Octinoxate 3%.
Key Ingredients:  Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.  Micronized titanium dioxide (to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.)

Each product has a finger pocket on one side and sunscreen on the other. Peel off the label and apply the product. What is great about this is that you won't have to wash your hands after - your hands are free from the grease. The sunscreen itself is soothing, not irritating.

Both extremely convenient products for when you are on the go, traveling, or before/ after workouts.  

Available online via www.goadventuress.com
About: Adventuress was designed for thrill-seekers across the globe. By combining some of the world’s most healing ingredients, Adventuress products are scientifically proven to protect, nourish, boost and restore your beautiful outer shield as you embrace your next adventure.

12.14.2012

Memories To Last A Lifetime

There is something so special about receiving a card from a loved one - something that an email are a text cannot take the place of. 

Our favorite cards are from Carlton Cards, a subsidiary of American Greetings Corportation with corporate headquarters located in MIssissauga, Ontario. They always have great quality and original products.

Here are some of our favourites this season....Hope they are yours too!

Christmas + Holiday Cards




Winter WobblersTM
Carlton Cards helps you celebrate the season with Winter WobblersTM, a fun new collection featuring iconic holiday characters ready to bop their heads to your favourite songs of the season.  The innovative design allows for extra-jolly moves and the bell on each character’s hat jingles as it wobbles back and forth to the music.  With simple, upbeat greetings and cute as can be designs, Winter WobblersTM are the perfect way to make the holiday season merry and bright.


A perfect card that is so fun! This card is artfully designed with its texture and color scheme. Inside features a dog with a jingle bell on its hat that moves back and forth barking in a festive tune.




Musical Card with a Canadian Feel
You will score big with any hockey fan with a card that plays the timeless Canadian classic “The Hockey Song” by the legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors. 

A lovely card for all ages.


justWink
justWink, the fresh as sassy greeting card line from Carlton Cards offers greeting card shoppers something completely new and unexpected that also connects cards with the mobile world for the first time with a free greeting app for iPhone and Android users.  Shuffling seamlessly between witty, funny, charming, sassy and sweet, the justWink collection offers a new way of thinking about greeting cards. With more than 200 different cards to choose from, justWink celebrates birthdays, wedding days, baby days, and even any old day that deserves some recognition.


A classic card firt for royalty! With the red sparkling design, and attention to detail - with even a crystal on top of the crown.

Birthday Cards
 Adorable funny birthday card for a loved one!

 Beautiful felt texture, perfect for a friend, daughter, mother, sister.




To find any of these cards or ones like them, be sure to visit participating drug chains, grocery stores, and mass retailers as well as any Carlton Cards or Papyrus retail stores.


Happy Holidays everyone!

Manna Kadar Cosmetics





Want a healthy glow this holiday season?

"Be a Fall Bronze Beauty: Create a Natural-Looking, Streak-Free, Sun-Free Tan with Manna Kadar Cosmetics
There are many self-tanners on the market, but not all result in a streak-free, natural-looking tan. Become a bronzed beauty with Manna Kadar’s new self-tanning lotion. This innovative formula is a custom blend of natural ingredients that creates an envy-worthy, natural-looking, safe tan. Go on, be a bronze beauty!

Made with natural ingredients such as aloe, vitamin A and vitamin E, Manna Kadar’s Bronze Beauty serves to moisturize, hydrate and protect the body with a fresh almond oil scent.
$20 (2.7oz) and $29 (4oz) / Available online via
www.mannakadarcosmetics.com  "

EmerginC's Scientific Organics Spirulina Toner


What: EmerginC's Scientific Organics Spirulina Toner
Price: $30  / 120 ml
Active Ingredients: ombucha, grape stem cells, algae extract, glycerin, spirulina, green tea, white tea, aloe vera, maritime pine bark extract, horsetail, red algae.
Features: 100% natural ingredients (minimum 70% organic ingredients) pure, potent botanicals, paraben free, free of synthetic fragrances and colors, recyclable bottle, no animal ingredients or testing


I was given the opportunity to try emerginC's Spirulina Toner from their product line Scientific Organics. This product is a gentle, effective toner with spriulina from blue-green algae, red algae, aloe, kombucha, grape stem cells, white and green teas, horsetail, and pine bark extracts to sooth, nourish and balance skin. Scientific Organic products are paraben-free, petro-chemical free, synthetic fragrance-free, with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients in every item.

The  Spirulina Toner  is "A gentle toner for all skin types to refresh, nourish and re-balance the skin.  It tones, removes dead skin cells and prepares the skin for better product absorption.  The main ingredient is Spirulinaa blue-green algae found in fresh water that’s packed with amino acids, along with grape stem cells from the Gamay Grape of Burgundy, France."

To use: Gently apply with a cotton after cleansing.

Having neglected my skin for months, I was in need of a good product to remind myself of how great and important it is to having your skin looking healthy and radiant. This toner does exactly that and leaves your skin with a refreshed feeling, tightening your pores with a barely- there, almost fragrance free scent. Not too overpowering, and very gentle on your skin. 


Scientific Organics products are available at leading spas nationwide and online via www.emerginC.com.




11.06.2012

EmerginC Multi-Fruit Cleanser



"emerginC multi-fruit cleanser is packed with vitamin C, natural fruit acids and maritime pine bark extract to help remove dead skin cells, cellular debris and makeup without over-drying the skin.

This gentle, yet effective soap-free cleanser is perfect for the transition from the cool weather of fall into the long, dry months of winter to keep skin hydrated and fresh.


$37 for two multi-fruit cleansers at www.emerginC.com
Valid: October through December 2012

A perfect product to prepare your skin for the winter, emerginC's multi-fruit cleanser is light and refreshing. The skin cleanser leaves your skin soft and moist, without drying out your skin. Soothing, delicious scent.

10.03.2012

Keranique Giveaway!



"Summer means beach-y waves and undone hair, but with fall in full swing its back to smooth, shiny dos.  On her most recent tour of Southeast Asia, Kate Middleton had us all lusting after her luminous locks and showed that even in the most humid conditions, perfectly glossed hair is possible. 

With the help of the Keranique system for women, your tresses will be hydrated and nourished from root to tip for silky strands that will have the Duchess green with envy! 

Co-founders Dr. Mindy Goldstein and Tammy Yaiser combined their expertise to devise a structure that worked to cleanse, nourish and treat the scalp – providing a healthy base to stimulate new, healthy hair growth. "

The Keranique solution involves the 3 simple and easy steps:


One lucky reader can win Step 1: Cleanse & Condition ($70 Value)

·        The Keranique Volumizing Shampoo gently deep cleans, stimulates/nourishes the scalp and follicles, and removes oil/build up that drags hair down. The shampoo is free of sulfates, parabens and synthetic fragrances. ($35)
·        The Keranique Volumizing Conditioner coats the hair to make each strand thicker and protects fine hair with a unique cream-gel formula that doesn’t weigh it down. It is also formulated to help hydrate and stimulate micro-circulation around the hair follicle to help nourish the hair. The conditioner’s blend of technologies penetrates each hair shaft to help smooth cuticles, mend split ends and decrease hair breakage. ($35)


These items are both available via www.keranique.com and www.hsn.com.



How To Enter:




*Email contests@sarahvelasco.com with the subject line: Keranique Giveaway

This giveaway is open worldwide and the winners will be chosen at random.
Goodluck!

9.22.2012

Club Couture ....Giveaway!





Club Couture is giving away a Zebra printed silk-blend scarf and J'aime Paris Necklace to one lucky www.sarahvelasco.com reader!


These items are both available on the Club Couture site to purchase. 


How To Enter:


*Follow Club Couture on Facebook

*Email contests@sarahvelasco.com with the name of your favorite item from their site.  

This giveaway is open worldwide and the winners will be chosen at random.
Goodluck!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thank you for your entries!

Club Couture





ClubCouture is an international label both fashionable and affordable. Ranging from statement accessories to classic pieces, whatever your style - you'll find something you love.


Items we love:

Gabrielle Beaded Dress

One Shoulder Pleated Maxi Dress
Quilted Tote Bag in Blue
Assymetrical Chiffon Skirt in Black
Colourblock Swing Dress
Jet Set Sheer Blouse


8.26.2012

TATCHA


What it is:
The trial-sized TATCHA beauty collection for exquisite skin.
What this set includes:
6 trial-sized essentials + beauty papers:
- PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil - 15ml | 0.5oz
- POLISHED Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder - 3 x 1g packets
- POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder - 3 x 1g packets
- POLISHED Deep Rice Enzyme Powder - 3 x 1g packets
- RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum - 15ml | 0.5oz
- SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream - 10ml | 0.3oz
+PETAL FRESH Original Japanese Beauty Papers - 1 full sized pack | 30 sheets
Why it's different:
Brilliantly effective and deceptively simple daily ritual, available in rituals tailored for dry, combination and active skin.
Who it's for:
Rituals available for all skin types.
Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested.


About the brand:

"TATCHA products are completely free of mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.
All formulas are dermatologist tested, non-irritating and non-sensitizing, just the way nature intended."

8.25.2012

KÉRASTASE Elixir Ultime - Grand Crus


"KÉRASTASE’s legendary Elixir Ultime is now declined in three different made-to-measure Elixirs.
Grand Crus” are a unique creation born from the alchemy of rare and precious extracts selected with the utmost care"


Grands Crus Elixir Ultime are custom-made oils with a subtle fragrance for fine and sensitised, damaged or colour-treated hair.

PRICE : $52 (125 ml)
AVAILABILITY : in salons only
LAUNCH : October 2012


With Kérastase being a favorite amongst beauty experts and hair care enthusiasts, it is hard not to be excited about new Kérastase products (that either are brand new, or that have not been tried before)

Coordinating the bottle colors with the existing hair care range makes it quick to find the right oil for your needs. 
Between the different bottles the scent and colors differ, as well as the oil in each bottle. 
They can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment as well as a styling product. As a result, hair is left feeling smoother and smells terrific. 


8.18.2012

Amarelli Liquorice


"Liquorice is the oldest candy in the world, and the best liquiriza in the world is made in the town of Calabria by the Amarelli family, since 1731, and still by hand.

Under the watchful eye of the “master liquorice maker,” Amarelli has paired the ancient handcrafted method with hightech computerized equipment to produce today’s liquorice products that are uniform and unchanging in quality. With neither additives nor sweeteners, with its delicious taste and distinctive flavour, Amarelli liquorice is worlds apart from today’s manufactured candy that’s stuffed with beeswax and sugar, cornstarch and other additives.

Amarelli liquorice candies come in three varieties: 

  • Plain (for purists!)
  • Mint-flavoured
  • Anise 



Presented in delightful little metal boxes with antique accents, you’ll want to keep and collect them!

Price: $4 (20 g box)
Now available in Toronto at Pascale Gourmet 2393 Younge St. (at Eglinton) and in numerous stores across Quebec."



8.17.2012

8.11.2012

Fullum & Holt

"It is under the sign of luxury and style that FULLUM & HOLT, a Canadian family-owned company, brings us their new Fall/Winter 2012 collection. True to form, Fullum & Holt’s pieces are all made from premium quality leather which makes for staples designed to last a lifetime.


Featuring iPad cases, passport holders , wallets and bags, this luxurious and functional new collection has all it takes to please all high end goods lovers. "


 the Classic Purse 185 $

 the Overland Messenger 595$ 

 the Master’s Ipad case 125 $
the Jen Belt 95 $