Sunday, January 19, 2020

Hello Lassie Beauty and Lifestyle Gift Box Veronica Edition | Jan 2020

This is my first box from the new Canadian brand Hello Lassie. Every month, Hello Lassie curates a new gift box available for purchase. The boxes contain a variety of health, beauty, and lifestyle products and the value is always much more than the cost of the box. It's such a great gift idea as there is no shopping required and no commitment since there is no subscription required. You can purchase a box as a gift for someone or you can always treat yourself. Boxes are also customizable and you can request specific products. If it fits into the budget, they will honour your request and add your requested item to the box. This is a great way to gift someone you love with a fun and fabulous box full of goodies and you don't have to step into a single store!

The cost of a box is $49.99 CAD and the value of the contents is always much more. They also have mini boxes available for $25-$35 which normally include about 3 products. Previous boxes are also available until they are sold out.

The box featured in this post is their Veronica Edition gift box.  This box contains so many great goodies from a beautiful scarf to jewellery as well as name brand beauty products. The value of this box is over $107 but retails for only $49.99 CAD!

Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction In Bloom Body Lotion was included in my box (full- size, scents may vary)

Also included was a thermal nail polish by Née Jolie, which changes colours depending on the temperature of your fingernails. Pretty cool! Colours will vary.

My box also included a beautiful, high-quality, sparkly makeup bag (colours may vary)

I was really happy to see a Sephora brand sheet mask in my box! Perfect for a day of pampering.

Each Veronica box includes a leather bracelet that fits most wrist sizes. The stones vary from box to box.

I'm so glad that scrunchies are back in style! Hello Lassie included a beautiful gold speckled large-sized scrunchie which I've been enjoying on the daily!

Lastly, s soft and elegant scarf was included in this box. It's a neutral grey colour that will go with pretty much anything!

Summary of contents:
  • Victoria's Secret Body Lotion
  • Thermal Nail Polish
  • Leather Bracelet
  • 1 Sparkly Cosmetic bag
  • Beautiful Scrunchie
  • Sephora mask
  • Elegant Scarf

This box would make such a great gift for a loved one or you can always treat yo' self! 😊
Hello Lassie is a Canadian brand! You can check them out and learn more at

Or, check them out on Instagram @ Hello Lassie

PR sample. All opinions are my own. Not sponsored.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Getting a Safe Tan Without the Sun | James Read H20 Tanning Drops Review

Sometimes I forget how pale I can get until the middle of winter arrives and I'm looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost! I'm not really a fan of this look on me. Some may like or suit a pale look, but not me. I look best with some colour on my face, which is why I have always been such a fan of blush and bronzer. With my chronic lack of sleep, I'm even more in need of a bit of a healthy-looking tan!

I recently started using James Read H20 Gradual Tanning Drops for the face (30ml/ SRP $35), I like to call it "sunshine in a bottle!" You just add a few drops to your skincare (serum or moisturizer) and apply to your face and neck. Within hours, you end up with a beautiful, natural-looking tan without the orangeness that many sunless tanners provide, so you don't run the risk of looking like Donald Trump! 😄 You can control the level of tan that you achieve by using more or less drops and it's also buildable.

The drops are like the consistency of water but it's super easy to apply when you add it to your moisturizer, which is the recommended way to apply it. In the past, a lot of self-tanners made me not only look orange but they'd up on going on streaky. This one does neither of those things. It is also mostly free of the typical self-tanner scent. It has a barely detectable scent, which I appreciate.

James Read has many tanning products which I am eager to try now. From body tanning drops (linked here), to face masks, and self-tanners with special skincare ingredients, even makeup!

These drops are such a great way to get a really natural, healthy-looking tan without the harmful rays of the sun or tanning beds. I feel more confident and can use a lot less makeup when I use these drops. I look healthier and that makes me feel more confident.

Shop Now (30ml/ SRP $35) 

Currently $25 on!

Have you tried any products by James Read? If so, what do I need to try next? 

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm Review with Swatches!

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm $28 USD/ 3 Grams

True to other Nars Orgasm products, this lip balm is described as a sheer, peachy pink with golden shimmer. The Afterglow Lip Balm is available in 8 shades.

Described as moisturizing lip balm infused with a blend of antioxidants to condition and protect lips.


  • Sheer coverage
  • High shine colour
  • Contains Monoï Oil for long-lasting hydration
  • Fragrance-free
  • Alcohol-free

As I get older, my lips get more and more dehydrated and lined. So I tend to look for hydrating lip products that add a hint of colour and this lippie seemed to tick off all of my boxes. And, with the Nars Orgasm name behind this shade, I was expecting something really special!

I have to admit that the rose gold packaging is stunning! I find the lip balm to be hydrating and it provides a sheer wash of colour to my lips. However, for the price, I was expecting it to have a wow factor. Don't get me wrong, I do really like it and enjoy using it but the wow factor just isn't there for me. I fee that I can get the same look from a lot of tinted lip balms.

It's very sheer, as it claims to be, but adds a decent amount of pink to my lips (this will vary for each person depending on how pigmented your lips are to begin with). It does swatch quite light and I didn't expect it to show up as much as it does on my lips based on that. It's described as a peachy pink with golden shimmer. It shows up as a sheer, shiny pink on my lips, however, I do not see any golden shimmer.

It is quite hydrating, as it should be. I find that the lasting power is average for a balm. Considering the price tag, I was expecting more here as well. After about 30 minutes, the colour, shine, and hydration start to wear off and I feel the need to reapply. However, if I do not reapply, I find that it does leave a very slight pink tint to my lips that does last as does a little bit of hydration.

Below are swatches from various angles during a dreary day, some with overhead lighting and some without.

As you can see, it is quite sheer against my pale skin. Of course, the effect will be different on your lips since they will have more pigmentation.

Here are a few comparisons of Nars Afterglow LipBalm in Orgasm beside ELF's Bare Kiss Lip Balm and Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Pink Blossom.

I read on a very reputable website that ELF's Bare Kiss was a DUPE for Nars Afterglow in Orgasm, so I purchased it right away. As you can see, they are not even close to each other. The formulas are also completely different (ELF is waxy and dry, Nars is sheer and hydrating).

Top: Nars Afterglow in Orgasm, Middle: ELF Bare Kiss, 
Bottom: Burt's Bees Pink Blossom

Below is right after application

30 minutes after application in the car

Overall, I do love this product even though it didn't have that wow factor that I was expecting. But, I also feel that I can get the same effect from many tinted lip balms. I would definitely repurchase this product if the price tag was around $10. But, at over $30 here in Canada, I would say it is very overpriced for what it is. However, I do think it would make a nice gift for someone who likes tinted lip balms as it comes in such beautiful packaging and it is very pretty. It's just not something I can justify repurchasing at its current price.

In hindsight, I would probably purchase the mini Afterglow Lip Balm that comes with the corresponding blush (linked here), and probably will when I finish this balm. 😊

$28 USD (Shop Now)

Once I find a DUPE for this product, I will be sharing with y'all as soon as I find it!

Let me know what your favourite coloured lip product is for aging lips in the comments below!

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