A few weeks ago I received the opportunity to try out a brand new skincare product from Canada's leading anti-aging skincare company, Jouviance. As a newbie to Jouviance, I really had no idea what to expect, but since attending the launch of Jouvinace's Contour+, I have to say I am extremely impressed by not only their passion for sourcing effective ingredients, but also their transparency with consumers, and I'm looking forward to using more of their products as a preventative measure to keep my skin looking youthful.

For the past two weeks I have been using Jouviance's Contour+, an anti-aging neck sculpting gel concentrate designed to firm up the neck and reduce wrinkles and lines. It also helps to reduce the appearance of laugh lines and marionette lines, resulting in reshaped facial contours, fewer wrinkles, and improved skin firmness, elasticity and hydration. The active ingredients in Contour+ contribute to all of those benefits.


LIFTONIN-XPERT | improves skin firmness/elasticity, fills in deep wrinkles
ACTIFCOL | reactivates production of collagen fibres
FILMEXEL | protects, lifts, and smooths skin
GATULINE IN-TENSE | creates an instant sculpting effect and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
HYALURONIC ACID | improves skin hydration, firmness, and volume

Packaging-wise, the product comes in a pump cylinder, with 50mL/1.7 oz. of concentrate. I love how high quality the packaging is, considering the price point of $78.00 CAD per bottle, although for a high quality anti-ageing product, I don't find that surprising. If anything, it is in the mid-range price point for these types of products. The high quality list of ingredients, research, and data is also reflected in the price per unit.

In terms of personal experience, after two weeks of using Contour+, I have noticed improved firmness and tightness around my neck area. After one application, I also noticed an immediate lifting effect which over time will improve even more as the full effects of this product will be most prominent after two months of use. I love how it has a light, citrusy scent that is very mild, and it also applies like a gel serum even though it comes out white of the tube. This makes it very easy to spread and massage around my neck and decollete area.

If you're looking for an effective solution and prevention to combat ageing concerns around the jawline and neck, I would say Jouviance's Contour+ Neck Sculpting Gel is for you. As I get older, the more I am willing to invest in skincare, because great skincare (combined with diet and exercise) means great skin, and even though I love makeup, I also love not wearing a lot of makeup on a daily basis. Contour+ helps with uneven texture, skin firmness, anti-aging, hydration, and more, so I definitely think the investment is worth it.

You can find Jouviance products at your local Shoppers Drug Mart in the high-end skincare aisle. If you wanted to learn more about Contour+ Neck Sculpting Gel Concentrate, you can do so here.

Have a great weekend!
- Nancy

Disclaimer* Press sample sent for review.


Hi friends! Today on the blog I have a delicious breakfast recipe that I want to share with all of you. These are my overnight oats. I make overnight oats at least once a month, sometimes more, because the base recipe is so simple and easy, and from there you can add in different flavours and ingredients for a truly superfood breakfast. If you've never had overnight oats before, it's like a cold oatmeal/pudding, but my recipe is packed full of spices and hidden goodness (ie. dates, chia seeds). It's also super filling, making it an ideal breakfast food.


for 4 servings
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 3/4 cups almond milk
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon honey


1. Simple put everything into a blender and blend until smooth! If it seems like you need more liquid, feel free to add more almond milk. Also keep in mind the oats and chia seeds will soak up more moisture while sitting in the fridge. 
2. Divide the oats evenly into four small bowls and cover with cling wrap. Let them sit in the fridge for at least six hours.
3. Serve with fresh fruit, sprinkle on more cinnamon and chia seeds, and enjoy!

These will last at least a week in the fridge, and since this recipe makes four servings, it'll last you almost the entire week... considering you don't have two or three a day ;) If you try these overnight oats out, please share a photo and tag me! I'd love to see your creations... you can blend in some fruit, add some dark chocolate; the variations are endless!

- Nancy


Hi lovelies! Today I'm revisiting my roots and sharing some love to a local Canadian beauty company. If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll know that I began blogging primarily local and/or Canadian-made products and companies. I love supporting local businesses (I work for one full-time after all!), but truthfully, it's been a while since I've tested out local products.

Working for and around local businesses in Toronto has it perks, and we were gifted a few deodorant samples from LOVEFRESH to try. These deodorants are 100% natural, which is important as I've recently learned that most anti-antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminium, which is the active ingredient that prevents you from sweating. However, it has also been linked to some health problems, although I can't say that they have been 100% proven. The main difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant is that one prevents sweat while deodorants do not, but they both prevent odour. 

I picked out the Eucalyptus Spearmint and Lavender Tea Tree scents. In terms of smell, these both smell sooooo nice. I was also able to smell all of the other available scents, and there is pretty much something for everyone, ranging from more minty and fresh scents, to more fruity and sweet scents.

I like the cream texture of these deodorants, and they apply pretty smoothly. They do apply a little bit white, but after a couple of minutes, the natural butters dissolve and the deodorant appears clear. In terms of lasting power, I wouldn't say that the deodorant lasts "all day long", because I found myself needing to reapply after about five hours. 

I think it's important to be more conscious of what you are putting in and on your body, but I still think I prefer an antiperspirant over a regular deodorant. I like not having to worry about reapplying to smell fresh, and since I do tend to sweat more, deodorants don't really help me with preventing that. However, what I have been doing lately is carrying this deodorant around with me in my bag, and it's great for when I want to freshen up a little bit, or to apply at the end of the day at work if I have an event later on in the night.

Overall, I like these LOVEFRESH deodorants. As a deodorant, they do their job, they're all natural, and they smell amazing. I think because I have been using anti-perspirants for over ten years, it's difficult to make the switch over to something different but I'm sure with time, I could get used to an all-natural alternative. 

I'd love to try some other natural deodorants! Which ones have you guys tried? Let me know in the comments down below :)

- Nancy

Disclaimer* Not a press sample or gifted for review, but simply gifted to me and my coworkers!


Happy Sunday friends! Today I wanted to share my night time skincare routine because since I've last shared it, there have been quite a few changes. I would describe my skin as normal-oily, leaning more on the oily side, although that has definitely gotten better through my many years of trying different skincare routines.

At the moment, I would say that what I am most concerned about is hydration and nourishing my skin, especially at night. During the day, I keep my skincare routine quite simple, but I like to take the opportunity at night to use the skincare products that are just a bit too much for the daytime. Additionally, I feel like because at night all I do is go to sleep, I can reap the full benefits of my skincare products because I'm not wearing makeup or going outside, etc.


TREATMENT - On two or three nights out of the week, I'll put on a sheet mask before I go to bed. My favourite sheet mask brand is The Face Shop, and lately I've been using their The Solution Sheet Masks. There's a huge range to choose from for your specific skin concerns, but I just love adding that extra element before diving into my normal routine.
TONE - To tone, I'll spray two to three spritzes of Dr. Hauschka's Facial Toner to calm my skin and prep it for the rest of the products. This toner contains a blend of anthyllis and witch hazel so it smells absolutely divine!
SERUM - For my serum, I've been using Pixi's Rose Caviar Essence. This has encapsulated flower oils that melt into the skin when the serum is rubbed in. This serum feels soooo refreshing to apply, and it's meant to hydrate and restore the skin's brightness for a radiant look.

MOISTURIZE - I always add a face oil into my night time skincare routine, and the one I've been loving lately is Dermalogica's Barrier Defence Booster. This oil booster nourishes the skin, relieves dryness, and prevents future skin irritation. 
MOISTURIZE - To seal in everything, I've been using Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. This moisturizer is lightweight, watery, and it also has a slightly cooling affect on the skin. It's definitely a cult classic, and after using samples of it for months, I bit the bullet purchased a full size!
LIPS - To finish off, for my lips I've been using Fresh's Sugar Advanced Therapy lip balm. It has anti-aging ingredients which helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and is the perfect way to end my routine.

I love reading about other people's skincare routines so if you have one up, please let me know in the comments down below!



Happy Monday! What better way to start the week than with a hot cup of matcha?! You know how much I love lattes (evident through my Instagram posts and real life), and lately I've been making matcha lattes for my morning kick of antioxidants and caffeine. I can go on and on about the health benefits associated with matcha, but to just name a few... it boosts metabolism, is a natural detoxifier, is rich is fiber, vitamins C, zinc, and magnesium, prevents cancer, ageing, and lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. At the end of the day, it's just good for you!


for one serving
1 cup of almond milk
1 1/2 tsp of matcha powder
a pinch of black pepper
honey/agave to taste

This recipe is pretty straightforward, but this is how I make my lattes: I pour the almond milk into a small saucepan and once it starts simmering, I will put the matcha powder in and whisk it until everything is combined. For a kick of spice, I like to add a pinch of black pepper, and then I'll pour it into a mug and stir in about a teaspoon of honey.

For a really great latte, I recommend finding a milk that works for you. You can use soy, almond, regular milk, but whatever you use, make sure it is unsweetened and especially if you are using a nut milk, use one that has a high ratio of nuts to water, because I've used different types of almond milk in the past, and they never taste as rich. My favourite almond milk is the PC Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk. A lot of the times matcha powder used in cafes contains sweetener powder already milled into it, so it's best to buy it yourself and adjust the level of sweetness that suits your taste. 

Have a great week everyone! I hope you give this latte a try, and if you do, tag me in a photo!

- Nancy


Over the past few weeks, I've seen the Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipsticks all over Instagram, and I could not wait to try them out myself. I'm also very excited that my very first beauty blog post of 2018 will be about these liquid lipsticks, because they have been so fun to wear and try out over the past few days since I've gotten them.

There are six shades in the range, and I got to try out five of them in the shades: Pastel Petal, Matte Beige, Really Rose, Evening Rose, and Au Naturelle. The shade I didn't try was Prettiest Pink. According to the website, these lipsticks are extremely longwearing and comfortable. They set to a matte finish, and the colours are "universally flattering and wearable".

L-R: Au Naturelle, Matte Beige, Pastel Petal, Really Rose, Evening Rose

Each liquid lipstick comes housed in thick plastic tubes with 6.9g/0.24 oz of product. Even though the packaging is small and compact, this is actually very similar to, if not more product than most drugstore liquid lipsticks. In terms of the applicator, it is a pointed applicator, which I really liked because it provides pretty precise application which can be difficult with a liquid lip product.


Overall, I like the shade range that these liquid lipsticks come in, but they are also all very similar. The six shades are very pinky and nude, and even though they look different on the website, in real life, I don't think they are all that different. It would be nice to see a wider range, but they are definitely perfect MLBBs (My Lips But Better!). My favourite shades were Matte Beige, Really Rose, and Evening Rose.


In terms of application, these liquid lipsticks are not the typical thick formula, but rather, quite thin and almost watery. If these lipsticks were offered in darker shades, I can see how they would be difficult to apply precisely, but since the shade range is very similar to natural lips, application is quite easy. They dry to a matte finish, and don't feel drying or flaky or all. I like how the finish feels velvety, lightweight and not cakey on the lips.

Each MatteLast Liquid Lip retails for $20.00 CAD which is on the steep end for a drugstore brand, but I do think if you want to try a liquid lipstick that is non-drying and highly pigmented, you might want to give one of these a try! You can find them online and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. 

Which shade would you like to try? Let me know in the comments down below!

- Nancy

Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent to me for review. All opinions are truthful and my own.

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