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

P.S. You can now subscribe to my Youtube channel here.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sweet Escape

weekend outfit idea

Turns out there's a beach five minutes away from my house. Yeah! To think I was wasting my free time planting garlic in my back yard like a boring white suburban person, when I could have spent hours prancing around by the water and catching some much needed sun. You live, you learn.

weekend outfit idea

weekend outfit idea

weekend outfit idea

It was still chilly, but the rays felt really nice on our light deprived skin. My only regret is that I didn't bring along a bottle of wine to add a nice buzz to the lovely afternoon. Let me hear all about your weekend in the comments below!

weekend outfit idea

weekend outfit idea

weekend outfit idea


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The World Through the Eyes of an Alien

blue contact lenses review

Tudor likes to joke about me being an alien because I'm so weird and often antisocial, so today when he saw me wearing my new blue contact lenses, his first words were: "I knew it!"

I was so happy to hear from Spooky Eyes about reviewing these lenses because my other pair I had from them got lost in our latest move. So, yay!

blue contact lenses review

They aren't the most natural looking lenses (I'd definitely get some stares at work), but I still see a lot of applications for them in less casual/daily circumstances. I kind of feel like a Vulcan when I have them on, so I'm planning to wear them for the next costume party I get invited to (or organize in my kitchen for me and my imaginary alien family) along with some pointy ears and a blue science officer uniform. Ah, if only life could be a Star Trek movie!

blue contact lenses review

Pros:
- Arrived in a week (ships from England)
- Good price point - most retail for around $27
- Affordable way of getting creative with your look

blue contact lenses review

Cons:
- I found the size (I feel like the ones I got are a bit oversized in order to make your eyes look bigger) made it a bit harder to put them in. It might just be the fact that I am a bit inexperienced with contacts, but it took me about 15 min to get the hang of it.

For those of you who are not familiar with Spooky Eyes yet, you can check out their selections of contact lenses here. Have you tried changing your look with contact lenses so far? What was your experience like?

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Contact lenses courtesy of Spooky Eyes

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Summer Cravings

Summer Outfit

I haven't done one of these in a while! I wonder why I ever gave up putting style boards together - it's so much fun. I spent most of today daydreaming about my summer wardrobe, not that we'll ever get summer in Canada. It actually snowed this week and it was -1 degrees when I went to work this morning. So if I ever get to buy any of these, I'll probably end up wearing them around the house. Sigh! What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?

Summer Outfit

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Saturday, 11 April 2015

First Day of Spring

spring preppy layered outfit idea

It finally got warm enough for me to wonder outside of the house for my OOTDs. I'm excited about having a fenced backyard all to myself where I can take pictures, prance around, shoot videos and pretend to be a unicorn without anyone watching.

spring preppy layered outfit idea

spring preppy layered outfit idea

Today's outfit is all about my new cardigan which I snagged for $19.99 from Urban Outfitters. I bought a size up (medium) for extra comfiness (is that a word?). I layered it with my trusty shirt dress and paired it with a pair of thigh highs which I never pull over my knees because they squeeze my legs into a weird sausage shape. Does that ever happen to you or do you have perfect model-like thin firm un-sausagy thighs? I topped it all off with saddle shoes and a pair of wayfarers. What outfits are you guys rocking this weekend?

spring preppy layered outfit idea


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Last week I received a sample of OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum to try out and review. I got really excited about this opportunity because my favourite beauty regimen is comprised of applying a lemon juice and baking soda mask to my skin once a week and I often wondered if I could find an equivalent of that in a bottle.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

The OZ Naturals serum is a highly concentrated anti aging cocktail of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, amino blend, vitamin E and ferulic acid.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

I've been using the serum for about 5 days now every night before bed, followed by my usual moisturiser. The changes I am noticing are not miraculous by all means (I'm too old to believe in the tooth fairy anymore), but noteworthy nonetheless. My skin looks brighter and my complexion feels more uniform. I haven't noticed any change in my fine expression wrinkles, but it might be too soon to speak on the matter (I will update you in another week or so). Here is my list of pros and cons.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Pros:

- Fast delivery - I received my sample in 2 days.
- Light, non fat formula that absorbs rapidly into the skin - great for any skin type.
- No perfume - my skin does not react well to strong perfume in cosmetic products and I am happy the creators of the serum decided against such an addition.
- Brightens skin - complexion looks more uniform after a few days of use.
- Great addition to anti aging beauty regime.
- Cruelty free, vegan and 72% organic product.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Cons:

- I would have liked this product more if it were 100% organic. I'm at that point in my life when I am starting to take into consideration all of the chemical compounds that I come in contact with and wonder about the long time exposure effects.
- A 30ml bottle will set you back $27 - that is almost 1$ per ml. I really like this product, but I am yet to discover the miraculous effects other bloggers have mentioned, which would justify me spending that much every month.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

The bottom line. I'm a firm believer that cosmetic products can visibly improve the quality of your skin, however, I would never expect anything that I put on my face to "take the years off". If you are not tight on your budget and looking for a more transparent source of vitamin C and other beneficial anti-aging compounds to add to your beauty routine, the OZ Naturals Serum is a great option.

Have you tried this serum yet? Share your experience in the comment section below.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. I was sent a free sample of the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum in exchange for a review. All thoughts expressed in this post are my own.