beauty.picks: My Everyday Makeup Arsenal

My Beauty Arsenal

If you remember from a few weeks ago, we discussed our skincare routines and how they differ.

I’m always interested in hearing everyone’s unique beauty routines because it’s such a definition of what makes us … us! And also, I’m a little nosy! I’m love peaking into everyone’s makeup kit and analyzing everyone’s tried and true favourites.

So, if I’m going to ask about yours, you might as well see mine! Here are my tried and true, desert island, beauty favourites! See anything you like?

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healthy.toronto: Gluten Free Garage Review

Gluten Free Garage

As a gluten-free eater (80% of the time – I do cheat), I was immediately intrigued by Toronto’s Gluten Free Garage event. If you’re gluten free, you know that there isn’t as many places that cater to gluten free needs as there should be. Having a one stop shop for all things gluten-free was something I couldn’t pass up!

Luckily, the Gluten Free Garage invited me down to check out their Fall edition of their marketplace. How was it? In a word – perfection!

Come read some of the brands I got to interact (and eat) with at the event!

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lit.picks: Winter Books 2013

Winter lit.picks 2013

In the past, I’ve created lists of the must-read books for the upcoming seasons (you’ll can find the summer and fall lit.picks in the links attached). Now, I’ve got books for you to read while you’re cozying up next to the fireplace with a cop of cocoa!

Get lost in these books during the upcoming snowy months!

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chic.giveaway: Winner!

rsz_1chictorontoTwo weeks ago, chic.toronto launched it’s very first giveaway, meant to thank everyone for helping chic.toronto reach over 1,000 followers.

Words can’t express how overwhelmed I am at the response to this giveaway! With over 2,100 entries, there’s a lot of people vying for this amazing prize pack!

Let’s overview what the winner will receive:

  • (1) Kona Kare Body Butter in Thyme Tea & Floral scent
  • (1) Kona Kare Lip Butter in French Vanilla
  • (1) Dot & Lil Shower Scrub bar in Oatmeal & Honey scent
  • (2) Maybelline Colour Whisper Lip Colours in Pink Possibilities & Cherry on Top
  • (2) Rimmel London Long Lasting Polishes in French Cafe & Steel Grey
  • (2) Revlon Lip Balm Stains in Romantic & Honey
  • (2) Essie Nail Colours in Eternal Optimist & Mademoiselle
  • (1) Hard Candy Nail Polish in Celebrate Sequins
  • (1) Revlon Nail File in Funky Patterning
  • (1) Pair of H&M Knitted Mittens in Cream
  • (1) H&M Knitted Tube Scarf in Cream
  • () ALDO Accessories Harmoine Necklace in Turquoise
  • (1) copy of THE GREAT GATBSY on DVD Blu-Ray combo pack
  • (2) of the novels featured previously on chic.toronto’s or lit.picks.

Now, who is the winner of this amazing prize pack? Find out under the cut!

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style.picks: WMCFW Target Holiday Collection


I was lucky enough to attend Target Canada’s World Mastercard Fashion Week’s Holiday Runway show last week – and it was absolutely stunning.

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beauty.picks: My Skincare Arsenal

Skin Routine

I’m always interested – what’s in your beauty routine?

I’m always curious as to what others have in their beauty routine and makeup bag that perhaps I am missing. For instance, I’d love to pick the brain of the woman with the flawless skin just as much as I’d love to listen to what eye shadows were used by the woman with the sultry smokey eye. Beauty has a way to unite the masses, and get us on a common ground. Paying a compliment (“Your skin is flawless! What do you use?“) is a great way to break the ice.

If I’m asking so much about everyone else’s beauty routine, I should probably divulge mine.

Here’s the beginning of a series of breakdowns of my tried, tested and true favourite beauty products currently in my arsenal. First up? Skin care!

Continue reading The Fifth Estate

The_Fifth_Estate_poster We’re overdue for a, no? This time around – THE FIFTH ESTATE.

If you haven’t heard of Benedict Cumberbatch, you’re about too.

Continue reading October Bargains

It’s October!

Last month I started a monthly series entitled, where I find beauty, style, and books for less than $10.00 CAN. It’s completely possible to add special little statements to your wardrobe or beauty routine for less than $10.00 CAN. It’s also completely possible to get amazing books for less than $10.00 CAN. Being on a budget is something that the majority of women can understand – for me, I’m scaling back on purchases. To know that I can still treat myself to something special and not break the bank is completely important!

So above and below, I’ve got 7 items you can choose from to add to your life without counting pennies. Keep reading!

Continue reading Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne


Apocalyptic YA books seem to be all the rage now, yes? Perhaps started with THE HUNGER GAMES, teenagers facing impossible odds is a lit trend on the rise…and I can’t seem to get enough! From previous THE 5TH WAVE to today’s review of MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne, apocalyptic YA novels are here to stay.

A freak hail storm causes a school bus to crash into a local grocery store. Going outside soon rules to be suicide. How do these kids survive on their own? Read on!

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