This is it ladies: The PERFECT lip balm

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rocLet me start off by saying that I’ve tried dozens of different lip balms (and I truly do mean dozens)  – Burt’s Bees, Carmex, Blistex, Vaseline, Maybelline Baby Lips, and so on and so forth. After trying every single one these over the years, I assumed that NOTHING would keep my lips smooth and chap-free – especially during the harsh winter months here in Canada.

This all changed when I bought ROC Lip balm at my local Shoppers Drug Mart; and I can honestly say that ever since I bought this product, I have constantly raved about it to every single person I know.
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How NOT to look like death the morning of a hangover

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By: Lauren Brunetti
So, it’s the morning after either a night of binge drinking or an impromptu night of hitting the bottle with friends and, let’s just say you overindulged! You wake up the next morning, stumble out of bed, look in the mirror and bam! You look as bad as you feel….

Some of you are lucky and can jump out of bed feeling and looking fine the next day (PS: I hate you!), but for the rest of us, we suffer from these common symptoms:

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“When it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay”

ImageFor those of you who don’t know, I freelance for eBay’s Fashion platform on my spare time – and honestly I love every single second of it!

Every week a new set of fashion billboards are posted. These billboards offer amazing fashion advice, they keep you up-to-date on the latest trends – plus they even can help you locate great finds on eBay!

Checkout my latest set of billboards here!

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Reality check

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Dove launched their Campaign for Real Beauty about 7 years ago. We have all seen these commercials or catchy advertisements, which emphasize being able to appreciate the beauty of natural women and not the artificial ad agency ideals of the ultra thin supermodels. I came across this image the other day and had to post it on here.

What’s your initial reaction when you see this? Comment below :)

Style watch: the sock bun

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By: Lauren Brunetti

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  1. A dress sock
  2. A pair of scissors
  3. A hair elastic
  4. Hair spray

With a little imagination and the easy steps I have below, you can use a regular sock to pull of this trendy and sophisticated hairstyle in seconds! After all, who said that socks are only for your feet, anyways?

Sock buns are created by simply rolling a sock into a doughnut-like form, and then making your hair look fuller than what it actually is. I promise you this actually works, and literally takes 3 seconds. Enjoy ;)

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WAVE hello to softer, clearer skin

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By: Lauren Brunetti
I admit it, I am an impulse buyer – as much as I try to fight this, it often gets the best of me or actually…more like my wallet. I recently bought the Neutrogena Wave at Shoppers Drug Mart about a month or so ago. I remember seeing a commercial for this product when it first came out starring Vaneesa Hudgens – I thought for sure it was one of those typical celebrity endorsed products…you know, the ones that seem like a miracle-worker but then when you go and try it out, it ends up being garbage. Boy was I wrong! Continue reading

Forget about braving the malls this holiday season

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By: Lauren Bruneti
It’s hard to believe we are almost in December and with this month upon us brings a whole lot of stress for the upcoming Holiday season. Dare I say it? … Christmas shopping!

Don’t get me wrong, I do love some good old retail therapy every now and again, but as I have mentioned in a previous post, I strongly believe that online shopping is the way to go instead. Believe me, you will save money (don’t worry you have still find good sales, if not more with online shopping) and its a cinch!

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My mayonnaise hair treatment addiction

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By: Lauren Brunetti
You can only imagine the look on my mother’s face when I grabbed the bottle of Hellmann’s mayonnaise from our fridge, squeezed out a handful and massaged it into my damp hair.

Who knew that one of my favourite condiments is now my go-to deep conditioning hair treatment! Is your hair dry, brittle and full of split ends? Is the color dull? Forget expensive commercial products that can do more damage than good to your hair. Treat your hair yourself, with the help of the all-natural ingredients found in mayonnaise! (And no, this is not a joke…)
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Words of wisdom

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I came across this other day and I thought I would share it with all of you!
Enjoy :) – Lauren

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. Continue reading

Fall sneak peak: Hunter Boots

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By: Lauren Brunetti
Comfort and quality – that’s all a girl can ask for right? I hate to do another post about about shoes but I can’t resist! And guy’s this can be for you too!

Now that summer is behind us (ugh, so long sweet summer…), it’s time to start thinking about necessities for Fall. Hunter rain boots are at the top of my list. I had my eye on these last year but couldn’t seem to track them down in the colour I wanted – they were sold out everywhere!
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The Row (Mary Kate and Ashley) + TOMS pair up

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen visited children outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, earlier this summer, delivering TOMS walking shoes to those in need.

The sisters have also create limited-edition shoes through their label, The Row; for every pair of TOMS + The Row shoes sold, a child in need will receive a new pair of shoes!

I love the Olsen’s even more now. Check out the video below, enjoy!

My idea of proper etiquette while taking public transportation

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By: Lauren Brunetti
Alright, as some of you know I have to take the subway into Toronto every morning for work. From where I live this means that I am one lucky girl and get to spend a whopping hour and half every day on this wonderful mode of public transportation (please tell me that you can catch onto my sarcasm…). Let me start by saying that I HATE the subway – anyone who knows me the slightest bit knows how I feel about this. It literally gives me anxiety – maybe even a border line panic attack.

Over the past week I did some “people watching” and accumulated the following rules for proper etiquette on the subway system.
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Retro is ALWAYS more fun

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By: Lauren Brunetti
Retro, a trendy part of fashion from the 1960’s is back in style and I love it! Highlighter colours and bright bold prints are my favourite right now.

I went on a MASSIVE search for running shoes the other day, and by massive I mean that I literally went to six different stores and tried on at least a dozen pairs of shoes. Very unnecessary considering how time consuming it was, but in the end I was very happy. Take a look!

Ladies, this one is for you

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By: Lauren Brunetti
Unlike Carrie Bradshaw, I realized quickly the other night that high-heeled life in the real world can be killer. Why is it men can get away with wearing Timberlands to a bar and we have to suffer through the pain of wearing high-heel stilettos?

Yes our shoes look gorgeous, they even have the power to make our legs look longer and give us an overall height boost (yay, my favourite part!). But when I can’t feel my baby toes by the end of the night and my feet are so swollen they are on fire causing me to limp, come on! Is this really worth it?

Well, most women will say, yes! So here are some tips to help ease the pain…

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The story behind Forever 21

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By: Lauren Brunetti
Forever 21 is by far one of my favourite places to shop. It offers cheap chic clothing items that are fun, fashionable and won’t break your wallet by any means. The other day I noticed something random, something that I have never noticed before after shopping at this store for over five years.

A bible verse can be found on the bottom of each bag from Forever 21. Who knew?

On the bottom of the store’s signature bright yellow bag read the words, “John 3:16.”

Huh? A bible verse? Odd…  Why on earth would they have this branded on their bags? Especially on the bottom of them out of all places?

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Your challenge…if you choose to accept it!

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By:  Lauren Brunetti
I caught myself a couple of times this week stepping out of my comfort zone a bit and I urge you to do the same!

1.Go into a clothing store, mall, boutique or even online shopping websites count as well!

2.Find something that strikes your eye – something out if the ordinary you wouldn’t normally wear.

3.Buy it! Wear it with confidence and feel proud.

4. Smile when you get compliments from other people when they say they “love your outfit.”

Trust me, it’s fun to try this and a good way to mix up your wardrobe a bit. Have fun!

Eating healthy (or better yet, my attempt at trying!)

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By Lauren Brunetti
As most of my close friends and family know, I am on a health kick! And no it is not in an attempt to lose weight – it is simply to feel better about myself and to start making some better choices.

What I have basically done is cut out the following: All saturated fats, any type of takeout/fast food (see you later golden arches!) and anything deep fried (ew, gross).

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Online shopping…God help me.

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By: Lauren Brunetti
I admit it – I have a problem.
And I tend to take it out on my credit card…

Online shopping is going to  be the death of me – or most likely, my bank account. It is so easy and convenient! The other day I was stressed out at work, I had a million things on my to-do list that needed to be done, with tight deadlines approaching. So what did I do? Some retail therapy obviously! Within exactly 4 minutes, I jumped online and bought a new cardigan…..and a purse.
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Dirty Dancing coming to hollywood again

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By: Lauren Brunetti
Is nothing sacred? I was on my way to work yesterday listening to the radio while I am heading along the painful traffic on Eglinton Ave in Toronto. When all of a sudden, the unthinkable was said….”The famous 1987 dance movie, Dirty Dancing is being remade!.”

What? Ugh, I refuse to join hands and hearts and voices (voices, hearts and haaands) on this decision!

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Roots leather handbags, Canada’s dirty little secret

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By: Lauren Brunetti
My obsession started a couple of years ago, I was walking around my local mall and we made eye contact – it was love at first sight.

I own this in bright red, with cream stitching. The perfect bag for everyday use!

It was beautiful, simple, dependable and to be honest a tad pricey; my all time favorite leather accessory that has never, ever left my side since the day I bought it.

Roots is known around the world as Canada’s leading brand and best source of leather handbags that are handcrafted from the finest Italian leather.

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