Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Rainy Dayz

rainy day ootd

Most of the last days have been too rainy, cold or dark for it to feel like actual summer. I'm spending most of my free time binge watching OITNB, hanging out with friends, attempting (and failing) to paint my nails, ingesting way too much chocolate and spending a ridiculous amount of hours in the sale section at Urban Outfitters. All I'm saying is I wish I could wear sandals and get a bit of a tan (seriously looking undead ATM) - then my life would have meaning again. How's the weather in your corner of the world?

rainy day ootd

rainy day ootd

rainy day ootd

rainy day ootd

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Perfect Day for a Picnic

fashion blogger, summer ootd

The nice thing about living so close to a lake is that you can always spend your free time in the sun by the water. I used to hate anything to do with nature (it literally gave me anxiety to be outside the city), but now after being in Canada for 4 years, chasing squirrels (and by chasing I mean running for my life whenever I see one), lounging in the grass and picnics on the beach have basically become routine. I couldn't imagine my summers without them and have become thankful for every minute spent outside. Tell me all about how you spend your summers.

fashion blogger, summer ootd

fashion blogger, summer ootd

fashion blogger, summer ootd

fashion blogger, summer ootd

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sun's Out, Fun's Out

what to wear for beerfest

There's a local Beerfest happening every year in Kingston and we were lucky enough to score some complimentary tickets (cue totally freaking out because we're completely starved for festivals, crowds and basically any type of cultural scenery). Okay, so it wasn't the booming, densely populated event I was used to back home (to me beerfest usually means loud electronic music, massive crowds and Heiniken) but it was refreshing and surprisingly lively for the small town of Kingston.

view of fort henry in kingston ontario

what to wear for beerfest

We tasted some really nice craft beer, inhaled a hot dog or two, mingled with friends, played a few free hands of blackjack (never seen blackjack tables at a beer festival before, but uhm, why not...) and then dragged our tired slightly inebriated behinds home.

what to wear for beerfest

what to wear for beerfest

How was your weekend, everyone? Let me know all about it in the comment section.

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 7 June 2015

At the Spa with Zakia's Morocco


Zakia's Morocco face mask

I barely had time to do anything other that sleep and eat lately, so it's probably no wonder that my beauty care regimen fell somewhere to the bottom of my list of priorities (que breakouts and greasy forehead). Spending a day relaxing at a spa would fall into the same category of wishful thinking, so I was extremely excited when Zakia's Morocco brought the spa to me.

Zakia's Morocco face mask

Zakia's Morocco face mask

Zakia's Morocco face mask

The Zakia's Morocco face mask I got to try out, comes in the form of a water soluble powder (Ghassoul clay). I liked the hands-on approach to this product - the fact that you get to mix the mask yourself (to be read Dora made a huge mess in the kitchen again) allows for the delivery of a natural product without a fast expiration date. You get the benefits of the pure mineral-rich Ghassoul clay without the worry of other harmful ingredients being mixed into the product. It's a "what you see is what you get" kind of scenario we're talking about here.

Zakia's Morocco face mask

Pros:
- It's an all natural product.
- You get to prepare the mask at home yourself, so you know exactly what goes on your skin.
- It's multifunctional - you can also add some of the clay to your shampoo for added benefits to your hair care routine.
- The mask has a pleasant silky feeling when applied and leaves skin soft and bright when removed.
- It's environmentally friendly.
- It retails for $14.99 for 250 grams, which I might be a bit high end for a face mask, but I think is worth it considering because you are able to produce quite a large quantity of product once you mix it with water. A Drop of Indigo readers can also get a %20 discount with the code ZMBLOG-144 .

Cons:
- There is a little redness after removal that goes away in about half an hour, so I wouldn't recommend applying this if you have to leave the house immediately after.

All things considered, I really loved this product and I can see it becoming highly addictive. My skin feels great after using it yesterday and I'm considering giving it another go today before going to sleep.

Read more about the Zakia's Morocco products here and enter a the giveaway for a $50 shopping spree using the widget below.



Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. I received a sample of Zakia's Morocco face mask in exchange for a review.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Latest Finds

brixton hat

It's always the little things in life that are making everything better. Right now, it's the glass of Beaujolais that I'm chugging while putting down these words. During the day, it's my new pair of Reeboks that I wear with everything. What are your latest finds?

reebok shoes

puma handbag

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rosewater, Unicorns and Healthy Skin

Purely Radiant Skin product review

I'm not going to go into all the details of why rose water is so good for your skin (pssst, uhm, I hear from good sources that it is what unicorn tears are actually made of), but I am going to share the super affordable way of getting your hands on some.

Purely Radiant Skin product review

I was lucky enough to get to test the rose water Purely Radiant Skin line for a couple of weeks. Now, I didn't actually get to meet/play the unicorns that make it, but it was tons of fun nonetheless.

So, you know how the skin on your face can feel like paper after a long terrible winter and all you want to do is dip your whole head in a tub of moisturizer so you can gain the ability to smile again without looking 10 years older? That's exactly how the Purely Radiant Skin rose water moisturizer comes in handy. I wish I had this 6 months ago when winter started in Canada.

Purely Radiant Skin product review

My favorites of the line are the creamy face wash (which ended up taking over my tea tree Body Shop regimen this week) and the toner. I haven't used a toner in years since they always end up drying my skin, but this one is really nice and gentle and will definitely be incorporated in my morning routine.

Purely Radiant Skin product review

Learn more about the Purely Radiant Skin brand here and you can also check out my unboxing of the products here. Have you tried any Purely Radiant Skin products so far? I want to hear all about it.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. Samples courtesy of Purely Radiant Skin.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Glam and Sparkles with Born Pretty

Born Pretty accessories review

I'm really happy when I get the opportunity to work with a great brand and Born Pretty is a blogger's dream. For my third collaboration with the accessories retailer I wanted to really hike up the glam, so I played around with a few of their more extravagant pieces.

Born Pretty accessories review

The body chain was my absolute favorite - I liked the idea of crossing the line between accessory and garment, as well as the edgy feeling of the piece. The sparkly ear cuff finally satisfied my elf princess fantasy (cuz who doesn't have one of those) and the sunglasses brought on the old Hollywood charm.

Born Pretty accessories review

Born Pretty accessories review

For those of you who are not familiar with the brand yet, Born Pretty is an online Asian jewelry and accessories retailer. Their range covers almost everything you could think of (hello warrior elf princesses out there) at very affordable prices. 

Born Pretty accessories review

Born Pretty accessories review

As far as quality is concerned, the pieces could easily be compared to anything you'd be able to find at a chain store level (H&M or Forever 21), the only difference being the much more accessible pricing. When ordering be prepared for a bit of a longer wait - the parcels take around 3 weeks to get delivered, but I have always received mine in excellent condition.

Have you tried shopping for your jewelry online yet? What was your experience like?

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. I received free Born Pretty samples in exchange for a review.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Purely Radiant Skin Samples Unboxing


Today I'm unboxing my samples from Purely Radiant Skin, which arrived in the cutest packaging and with the sweetest note from the owner, Heather. I'll get back to you soon with my experience using the rose water skin care line, as well as with details about the brand, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts.

gift wrapping ideas

Till then take a look at my unboxing video and try to ignore how shiny my nose is.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

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