Fashion: My favorite sunglasses for fall and winter

I may live in the northernmost city in North American with a population of over 1 million, but Alberta is also by all accounts the sunniest province in Canada. Sunglasses are a must year-round, and because of that I like to switch styles according to the season.
I tend to keep the lighter, metal frames with gold accent or mirrored lenses for summer, and go for heavier, almost clunky styles in the fall and winter (to balance out the amount of layers I have to wear, perhaps?)
  
So I went on my favorite website to order frames online (we have been loyal to them for over 6 years) and selected my favorite styles for fall and winter.


Céline ($276); Gucci ($386); Tom Ford ($247); LMNT ($30); LMNT ($30); Karen Walker ($295)
*prices in USD

As you can tell, I'm a big fan of the chunky plastic frame. I also have a soft spot for tortoise shell, but you also can't go wrong with a pair of classic black sunglasses. That's why you need more than one - and at $30 for some of those, you can! 

* This post is not sponsored. Smartbuyglasses did send me a pair of sunglasses for promotion purposes, but the thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are my own. 

The Quick Review: Mr. Burberry & My Burberry Blush

My husband and I are pretty faithful when it comes to perfumes. He has been loyal to his Terre d'Hermès for years and while I like switching with the seasons, I always go back to the same few favorites. 

Enter the new Burberry perfumes, Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum (for him) and My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum (for me). 


Mr. Burberry is a woody, warm and spicy scent that is not too heavy. To me, it smells very sexy, but not like your typical men's cologne. The Sephora website describes it as "A warm, sensual, and woody scent with fresh and aromatic top notes of tarragon and comforting, spicy cinnamon, layered delicately on rich patchouli with a base of amber and smoky vetiver." It is the perfect Fall scent for men - and the bottle is absolutely perfect. Classic, sleek and perfectly chic.

My Burberry Blush is a fruity floral with top notes of jasmine, rose and pomegranate. I typically don't love very floral scents, as they tend to give me headaches, but this one is light, crisp, and it has a sophisticated edge that none of my other perfumes has. It is fruity but not overly sweet, and I am obsessed with that gorgeous bottle! 

Do you switch perfumes often?  

* These products were sent to me complimentary for review purposes. Opinions are my own.

The Quick Review: Make Up For Ever AquaXL

I recently had the opportunity to try a few items from Make Up For Ever's AquaXL line and thought I would share my thoughts!





+ The eyeliners are incredibly pigmented and easy to apply. They are not goopy, don't transfer or bleed, and stay on really well. While they are not 100% matte, they are definitely not glossy and look great with a smokey eye.

+ The gel eyeshadows are absolutely gorgeous. They are a dream to apply: the formula is not too wet, not too dry. They are iridescent but not glittery, and glide on evenly to create the perfect base. I absolutely love wearing them on their own and even put them to the test during our trip to Hawaii this summer and they lasted for several hours without creasing - without a primer! That is nothing short of miraculous for this hooded-eye girl. 

You know how I love my neutrals, but if you are a color lover, these come in a wide array of shades. Check them out here and here

* I received these products complimentary for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Beauty: A look at Clarins Fall 2017 Make-Up Collection

Clarins is one of those timeless brands you know you can trust when it comes to quality, high end packaging and overall amazing products. The Graphik collection is no exception, it might in fact be my favorite Clarins collection as of yet. Something about the soft fall hues, the perfect black liner and doll face pink blush.. it's perfect.  


The Joli Rouge in Litchi ($28) looks like nothing in the tube, but I've been wearing it non-stop. It's the perfect mix of juicy, healthy looking lip color with a strong pigment and a pretty sheen. It's easy to apply, comfortable on the lips, and the shade is absolutely perfect for fall. 


The blush prodige in Golden Pink ($33) is a limited edition, and that's a shame because if there ever was one blush I could wear year round, it would be this one. It is a more muted dupe of Nars' Orgasm blush. The gold shimmer isn't as noticeable - it just creates the perfect healthy glow without being overly pink or glittery. 


I am in love with the Shades of the Season eyeshadow palette in Forest ($45). Yes, me, the queen of neutral. I just love these shades, from the pretty, muted pale ballerina pink to the deep mossy greens, I just think this is such a chic way to incorporate color into a look this fall. 


The new Ombre matte in Ivory and Midnight Blue ($26) are also super gorgeous. There's something so chic about a little glass jar. I love the cream to powder finish and how buildable they are.

Midnight Blue is a dark blue with a light pearl-like shimmer to reflect the light, and Ivory is a luminous soft gold. 


Last but not least, Clarins launched the cutest mini collection last August called "Tender Moments". It includes a blush (not pictured) and this amazing clever pigment Lovely lip balm ($18).  I have been carrying this in my purse and wear it every time I can't figure out what lip color to wear. It looks beautiful whether I am wearing makeup or not, it's moisturizing and it smells like fresh peaches! I can't say enough good things about this product. 



Do you ever wear color on your eyes or do you stick to neutrals? 


* These products were sent to me complimentary for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty: My Favorite Natural Beauty & Skincare Products

You may know I love finding natural options when it comes to cosmetics.

While my beauty routine is far from being 100% green, I'm always testing out new natural brands and stick with their products whenever I can.

Here is a little round-up of my favorite natural beauty and skincare products as of late.





Yes, I count diffusing essential oils as part of my natural beauty routine. Diffusing makes me feel better, whether to boost my mood with an uplifting blend or purify the air with something refreshing. My favorite diffusers are the Saje ones - how gorgeous is this particular one? It is a limited edition designed by Vancouver-based artist Dana Mooney and up to $10,000 in proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation's Therapeutic Arts Program. 



I use coconut oil for everything from cuticles to dry patches on my son's delicate skin. This one is organic and comes in the prettiest little jar.



We are super fans of the Peppermint Twist and Sweet Comfort soap bars - and have converted our whole extended family to them. You may remember that they are some of our favorite stocking stuffers, and we make sure to stock up the guest bathroom with a few bars every time we have visitors. 



This dry face scrub comes in a delicious-smelling powder that turns into the perfect exfoliating paste when mixed with water. 



I didn't think anything would detrone my beloved Lavanila natural deodorant, but this roll-on formula has gotten me through the hot summer months without a glitch and I absolutely love it. 



I have to admit, I had zero faith I could ever like a natural mascara. I gave this one a try anyway and was blown away. First of all, the tube is a work of art - but the product itself is actually really good. 



Finding a good hand cream is hard. Finding a good natural hand cream is nothing short of a miracle. And this one smells amazing! Jackpot! 



This tamarind body scrub is full of good-for-your-skin oils and extracts (apricot, almond, shea, jojoba, etc.) and exfoliates the skin gently but efficiently. I love that it comes in a tube which makes it easy to use in the shower. It's not too oily and has the perfect paste consistency.

Do you have any green faves?

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