100$ Giveaway! Win a 100$ Giftcard to spend at Origin North opening June 2013 at Bayview Village

A New Burst of Flavour at Toronto's Luxury Retail Destination Has Arrived

"This June 2013, Bayview Village will serve up a tasty treat as Origin North officially opens its doors to the public. The hotly anticipated yummy addition, run by internationally acclaimed chef and owner Claudio Aprile, will welcome guests to indulge in unique flavours and a signature experience. Diners will be wowed by a new menu for the flagship location, which promises to bring dining to haute new levels. Combined with all the top amenities from concierge services, personal shopping and ample free and valet parking, Bayview Village is rolling out the pink carpet to welcome the savvy dining crowd.  
"Bayview Village aims to always cater to our high-end clientele and this gourmet addition and collaboration with Claudio further emphasizes that this is Toronto's most luxurious retail and culinary destination," says Donna Percival, General Manager, Bayview Village. "We have curated a venerable streetscape of restaurants to visit, with varying dining experiences and cuisines to choose from. Each and every offering comes complete with the haute experience our guests have grown to expect, reflecting the savoir-faire of our shopping centre."

"I'm honored and very excited to introduce Origin North to the vibrant community of Bayview Village. With every new restaurant I open, we have something new to reveal," says Claudio Aprile, head chef and owner, Orderfire. "Origin North will have many new signature dishes that will be exclusive to Bayview Village and as well the dishes that we have become so well-known for. I'm looking forward to seeing you all there!"


Bayview Village Shopping Centre is regarded as one of Canada's most prestigious shopping locations. Catering to discerning customers seeking unique merchandise in an inviting, upscale environment, the 440,000 sq.ft. venue located at Bayview and Sheppard Avenues in Toronto, is home to over 110 one-of-a-kind and luxury retailers carrying the latest fashion designs and trends. Having recently undergone a dramatic facelift, the shopping centre continues to welcome unique lifestyle retailers to its repertoire, in turn, cementing its reputation as a "haute" destination."

How To Enter:

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

This contest is open to Canadian addresses in the Greater Toronto Area. The winner will be chosen at random.
The winner has been notified.


Rosebud Medley of Lip Balm Tubes Product Review

Information from Rosebud Perfume Co's official website

All-Purpose Uses: Rosebud Salve is perfect for travel as an eye make-up remover, cuticle softener, sunburn easer, dry skin healer, and frizzy fighter. Use Rosebud Salve around the eyes and on the throat for severely parched, dry, or wrinkled skin.

Healing Properties: Rosebud Salve can be used to help relieve hemorrhoids, diaper rash, psoriasis, alopecia, and dry scalp. At night, apply Rosebud Salve generously to rough hands and then cover with gloves for an overnight spa-like treatment. Apply Rosebud Salve generously to heels and elbows as well. Rosebud Salve helps to ease skin irritations due to colds, wind burn, insect bites, and “zits”. Rosebud Salve helps relieve the itch associated with chemical burns on the scalp resulting from over-processing (bleaching and coloring) hair."

Cosmetic Uses: Outline lips with lip liner of your choice about ¼ inches from the outside of your lips toward the center. Then use a lip brush to blend the salve to achieve a “pouty look”.
Use Rosebud Salve alone or over your favorite hue of lipstick to moisturize and give a “dewy effect”.
Apply Rosebud Salve to eyebrows to tame an unruly brow line while also giving sheen.
Rosebud Salve is great on fly-away or frizzy hair. Dab a small amount on the palms of your hands and apply sparingly to tresses.
Use Rosebud Salve as a subtle accent to cheek bones, collar bones, shoulders, or any other body part that you want to moisturize or enhance.
Apply Rosebud Salve lightly to the skin above the eye as a base for powered eye shadow, and then add the desired colors you wish to dazzle your eyes with. The rich emollient properties of the Salve will help to hold that look all day.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

c/o Rosebudy Perfume Co.
Medley of Lip Balm TubesAvailable at www.rosebudsalve.com 
Left to right: Smith's Rosebud Salve, Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm, Smith's Mocha Rose

Texture: These are great products and can be used anywhere that is dry or chapped. The texture is not too sticky, too shiny, or too thick. It leaves lips moisturized and with a nice sheen and great texture. 
Design: The design makes it easy to apply to lips and cuticles with the end of the tube. The size is great to fit into your make up bag, wallet etc 
Smith's Rosebud Salve - Light Rose Scent. 
Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm - Strawberry flavor adds a welcome twist on the classic. Smells delicious!
Smith's Mocha Rose Lip Balm- Subtle chocolate and coffee flavor with mild vanilla undertones 
Overall: This is a great lip protector. Especially during winter a great product for your lips is a must-have everywhere you go. This is very good at preventing and healing chapped-lips and is a great mult-purpose product that can go anywhere on your body. 
You can use it on its' own or before applying lip glosses or lip stick for extra moisture. I think it helps lip glosses stay on better and recommend it as a lip primer as well. 

You can also find Rosebud Perfume Co. products at places like SephoraAnthropologie, and American Apparel

Pür Minerals: Eye Defining Pencil with Smudger + Lip Gloss Stick

About Pür Minerals
Pür Minerals has pioneered a performance-based line of colour cosmetics and skin care treatments designed for optimal skin fitness and health since 2002. The pressed mineral colour formulations are specially engineered with good-for-your-skin ingredients that not only offer exceptional coverage, but also nourish and condition the skin for a healthy radiance. The multitasking skin care products eliminate the need for complicated regimens to keep your beauty pür and simple.

 "Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pur's megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping wet lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that's something to smile about. Net Wt. .08 oz/2.2 g $15
Pur Minerals does NOT test its products on animals."

Good value, great coverage. Highly recommend Daredevil - a punch light red. Gives you the glossy look without feeling sticky.

"State of the art, waterproof, smudge resistant eye color. Glides on easily and resists bleeding even when wet. $17"

Comes in ten colors, the smudger is a great addition to this eyel color. Self sharpening, and state of the art. This product has long lasting colors, and will keep you looking fresh. 

Pür Minerals is available exclusively at ULTA Stores nationwide, professional spas and physician offices and www.purminerals.com .


Elle Macpherson Intimates

"Elle Macpherson Intimates releases a Moroccan-inspired collection for Summer 2013.
The 2013 Elle Macpherson Intimates Summer collection takes you on a journey through Morocco, from the souks of Casablanca to the medinas of Marrakech and the riads of Fes.
Creative director Elle Macpherson elaborates on her design influences; “Exploring Morocco revealed a rich culture steeped in diverse civilisations, where tradition and modernity flourish. We combined the sights, scenes and feelings we experienced to create one of our most feminine, luxurious and captivating collections to date.”
An eclectic mix of strong colours in jewelled tones and spicy hues is enriched by muted greys, blush pinks and neutral shades. Prints are given a contemporary twist and influenced by mosaic, tiles and ceramics, the sharpness of geometry softened by romantic rose florals.
Highlights from the collection include:
The vintage inspired “Duo” features lace, with contrast edging, pintuck detailing and satin inserts. This silver and cream range is available as an Underwire bra, Contour bra, Bikini brief, Thong brief and Chemise
“Exotic Plume” combines delicate floral lace and satin keyhole detailing, and features a contrasting trim. Coloured in Bordeaux red and Sunkiss the range features an Underwire bra, Contour Balconnet bra, Midi brief, Thong brief and Chemise.
 “Lush Bloom” is a satin story with a floral lace edge. This Insignia Blue and Cameo Rose range is available as a Plunge Boost bra, Midi brief, Thong brief and Chemise.
“Moroccan Rose” features a vibrant floral print on sheer chiffon with ruffled edges and rouleau straps. The range features a Contour Balconnet bra, Bikini brief, Thong brief and Chemise.
“Oasis” combines rich two-tone lace with a scallop edge along the neckline. This Dove Grey and Silver range includes an Underwire bra, Contour Plunge bra, Bikini brief, Thong brief, and a Chemise in a soft modal fabric.
The Moroccan theme does not extend to the Basic collection, which has introduced a new range that could give your bust the most comfortable uplift ever!
It’s called The Body, and is available in two colour ranges; the Grey and Retro Cream Sweat Shirt, and the Little Black Bra, specifically designed for your Little Black Dress. Each range features three bra styles (Contour Plunge, Strapless and Underwire) and two briefs (Boyleg and Thong).

The seamless bras feature innovative foam cups with a soft suede-like lining for comfortable all day wear, and give you a smooth, invisible finish under clothing. Their most significant benefit however, is giving your bust customised uplift with precision push-up padding built-in to the cups! The bras work with your body; the fuller your bust the thinner the padding.

The matching boyleg and thong briefs are also seamless and elastic-free so they won’t dig-in at your waist or reveal signs of VPL. Luxurious to the touch and soft on your skin, The Body is the ultimate in comfort and the epitome of casual luxe.

Both the Moroccan collection and The Body range will be available from June 2013."

We especially loved Elle Macphersons interview which you can view here. Her line has some fantastic pieces. 


EmerginC Aromatic Cream Tea Cleanser

"The cleanser draws upon the soothing and calming effects of matricaria and the effective antioxidant properties of green tea, white tea and red tea to put power and relaxation in every use.  Aromatic Cream Tea Cleanser also contains hibiscuswhich calms, soothes, and can help with microcirculation."

Price:  $37/ 240 ml
How to Use: Apply on dry skin, massage, rinse 
Active Ingredients: matricaria, green tea, red tea, white tea, rosa centifola
Benefits: Great for sensitive skin. 

This product is ideal for all skin types. It gently cleanses skin making it great for sensitive skin. This cleanser is infused with green, red, white teas used to remove dirt, make up, excess oil. 
EmerginC is formulated with natural plant-based preservatives and is paraben free. There are no artificial colors and their products do not test on animals. 
We highly recommend this product. It feels great. It smoothly wipes away make up, and is gentle to remove with warm water and a cloth. The aromatic smell enlightens your senses and leaves your skin feeling soft and free of residue. 
We can see why their products are available at spas!

Available at leading spas nationwide and online via www.emerginC.com


Standard Baggu Review

What: Standard Baggu in Red
Price: $9
About: Holds 50 lbs. Folds into a flat 5"x5" pouch. 100% Ripstop nylon. Machine washable. 15" wide, 25" high. 6" deep. Holds the contents of 2-3 plastic grocery bags. Guaranteed for 1 year. 100% Ripstop nylon. Ethically made in China. Machine washable.
What we think: Baggu bags are simple, practically designed with an unbeatable price and many color selections! The standard baggu can be used for so many things, and we appreciate the cute little pouch that comes with it. 
We recommend their zipper bags to carry shoes, hold knick knaps, and a portable cosmetic pouch.



Freshen Up Your Look with Pür Minerals: Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow & Double Ego Mascara

Looking for new products to freshen up your look? We recommend:

Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Singles ($14)

Press Mineral Eye Shadow is great for even the most sensitive eyes. This velvety-smooth eye shadow glides on easily, giving you a crease-proof, soft-textured look that lasts all day. Infused with the light reflective mineral mica, this mineral eye shadow imparts a youthful finish that women of all ages will love!

This mineral eye shadow gives you a great blend of colors. If you want to give attention to your eyes, we recommend this product! The eye shadow goes on silky smooth and lasts a long time. Impressive color selections (over 25 shades) , and all of which are natural and sophisticated.

 Double Ego Mascara ($21)

Pür Minerals’ limited-edition, dual-action mascara features a unique adjustable wand that lets you dial up the amount of volume and length you want, with a simple twist of the barrel. Featuring a water-resistant, fiber and clump-free formula with lash-conditioning vitamin E, Double Ego lengthens and thickens like never before in a dramatic, jet black.

Fabulous and truly innovative. Water resistant and fiber free so you don't need to worry about clumping. It contains vitamin E to hydrate your lashes and has a dual-action brush. This allows you to have two mascaras in one tube. By twisting the wand, you can get more impact and make your lashes full and lush. The other way gives you lean maximum definition and separation. 

"About Pür Minerals: Combining nature’s finest ingredients with the latest skincare technology, Pür Minerals’ multitasking makeup and skincare collection works with the skin to correct, prevent and interrupt common concerns for radiant results you can see—even after they come off! Trusted by makeup artists, skincare experts and countless women worldwide, our easy-to-use, skin-perfecting line has earned us the name the Complexion Authority™."

Pür Minerals is available exclusively at ULTA Stores nationwide, professional spas and physician offices, and at www.purminerals.com

This line is great. Pür Minerals products are free from parabens, SLS, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, Formaldehyde, Hydroquinone. 

Jan Marini Physical Protectant

"The newest product to join Jan Marini’s superior sun protection line utilizing purely physical filters for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to decrease the risk of premature skin aging. This weightless sunscreen features a universal tint and microscopic sponges for additional oil control with a sheer, matte finish. Green tea extract and alpha bisabolol provide enhanced free radical protection while soothing and calming the skin from stress caused by UV and heat."
What: Jan Marini Physical Protectant Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
Price: $48 / 2oz tube
Key Ingredients: Antioxidants, Green Tea Extract, Alpha-Bisabolol, CoEnzyme Z10, Oil Absorbing Microscopic Sponges
Benefits: Multiple Antioxidants, Weightless Finish, UVA and UVB Protection, Water Resistant up to 80 Minutes, Paraben Fragrance and Oil- Free. 
How To Use: shake well, apply liberally 15 min before exposure to sun. Reapply after 80 min of sweating or swimming, after towel drying, after 2 hours. 

What a fantastic product to add to your summer must-haves! Recommended for all skin types, this product soothes and calms the skin from stresses caused by UV rays and heat. It is water resistant up to 80 minutes. 
This universally tinted, mattifying, sheer, anti-inflammatory sunscreen is our go-to especially since we will be hitting the beach this summer ;).


Adventuress' Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier

"Following winter, there is always a desire to shed the unwanted – whether it be in your closet or on your body. Refresh more than just your wardrobe this spring with Adventuress’ Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier. This serum is packed with micronutrients to restore skin’s youthful radiance and works to hydrate, unblock pores and firm skin using the power of quince seed and other naturally occurring fruit and plant extracts.   Restore what winter has taken from your skin!"

Additional Features & Benefits
·            Decongests environmentally stressed skin 
·            Reduce breakouts - Micronutrients replenish skin cells 
·            Airless dispenser keeps out contaminants 
·            Fragrance free and paraben free

To Use: The serum can be used at any time, after cleansing – morning, noon or night. Gently apply to dry skin and décolleté and allow serum to fully absorb.

Glides on well and moisturizes while it purifies. The Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier is available for $35 online via www.goadventuress.com.