Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Review

March 29, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Review| Pastels & Pastries

Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask has to be one of the most innovative wonders in the beauty world that I've seen in a while! Guys-- it's dry! No cold, wet paper slipping down your face, and no residue left behind. And can we also just say YAY for ear loops?! I think all masks need to incorporate ear loops! You can actually get stuff done while wearing the mask, and while sometimes I may be masking one out in the bath, other times I need to multi-task!

If you saw on Instagram stories I had recently tried Charlotte's Dry Sheet Face Mask. You're probably wondering how it works since it doesn't feel like you're wearing anything at all. Well, it uses a biomimetic vector delivery system which releases the skin mimicking ingredients over time. All you do is unfold the mask, apply to face and massage into the skin for a few minutes. You leave it on for 15 minutes, and ready for the best part?! You can use it 3 times! I was super excited about this and it makes the investment totally worthwhile.

I'm not going to lie, I usually find sheet masks to be uncomfortable and I don't really notice any results. I just end up feeling sticky and wash my face afterwards. I was beyond impressed with the results of this mask. Not only did my face feel incredibly soft and smooth, it looked so hydrated and bright. There is a reason why it's called "magic"! If you looking for instant amazing results you need the mask. So perfect to use to get gorgeous, glowing skin before a big night or outing! 

Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Review| Pastels & Pastries


Side note--I recently treated myself to Charlotte's Magic Cream, and have not looked back since. Trust me when I say this is the day cream of your dreams. Anti-aging, SPF 15, contains hyaluronic acid (read up on my thoughts on Hyaluronic acid here!) and rosehip oil and it's paraben-free. Pair it with the mask for the ultimate beauty experience! 

So why do you need the mask? Here's why:

*It's dry-- no stickiness, no bacteria harboring!
*Can use up to 3 times -- totally worth it!
*Actual results-- skin is hydrated, brighter, smoother, wrinkles and lines reduces and face looks visibly lifted!

Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Review| Pastels & Pastries




Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Review| Pastels & Pastries

Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask Review| Pastels & Pastries

This mask was given to me for review, however, all thoughts and opinions on the mask and experience are my own. Try out Charlotte's magic for yourself!

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Chocolate Chia Mousse from Joyous Detox & Giveaway

March 27, 2017

Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Okay- let me just say that Joy from Joyous Health is probably one of the sweetest, most genuine people I've come across in the food blogging world! She's a certified holistic nutritionist, author, blogger, mother and to top it up she is insanely bubbly and always smiling! She changed her life and her health with food and has since gone on to do such amazing things, all while inspiring others to live happy, healthy lives. 

I first started following her blog, Joyous Health and became hooked on her simple, incredibly healthy and delicious recipes. I was so excited to finally meet her at the launch of her second book, 'Joyous Detox', which is a detox plan and cookbook. I literally started bookmarking every page because I loved learning about all the foods and how to fuel your bod in the best way possible. Oh, and the recipes are just amazing! The spinach-chicken burgers are like a weekly thing in my kitchen... and don't get me started on the dips! Soooo delish! And ridiculously easy to throw together. 

Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Today I'm teaming up with Joy to share one of my favourite desserts/snacks from the book-- the Chocolate Chia Mousse. I'm also giving away a copy of her new book, Joyous Detox! The mousse is so creamy, naturally sweetened and packed with superfood ingredients to make you feel good. You'll never need another box of pudding mix again! Be sure to stop by on Instagram today to enter. And trust me on this one... if you're always on the go, looking to make simple yet delicious recipes and learn how to fuel your bod with the best, it's a recipe book you need in your life!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Chocolate Chia Mousse

Ingredients:
4 Medjool dates pitted
1 can (14 oz) full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup real maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in water for 2 hours. Drain
  2. Add dates, coconut milk, cacao powder, chia seeds and maple syrup to blender and blend until combined.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes or so.
  4. Pour into bowls and garnish with additional toppings such as strawberries, bananas, cacao nibs, or coconut flakes.


Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Pastels & Pastries | Joyous Detox recipe- Chocolate Chia Mousse -- vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free

Huge thanks to Penguin Books Canada for gifting me the book, and to Joy McCarthy for offering to give away a copy of her book!

What You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

March 23, 2017

What you need to know about Hylauronic Acid- SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes Review


What is Hyaluronic Acid and why is it all the rage right now? Is it just me or is this ingredient popping up everywhere and in just about every product as of late. I was recently introduced to the ingredient and now I can't seem to find a company that isn't promoting the benefits of it. Since I really had no idea what's going on regards to H.A., I wanted to break it down plain and simple so we all can figure out just what the heck it does. 

Is it natural?
Yes. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. It's not even an acid, it's actually a sugar. But, over time, aka as we age, our bodies produce less and less of it which means more wrinkles and cartilage destruction. Boo. But the good news is that we can at least apply it topically to get that plumpness back.
 



What you need to know about Hylauronic Acid- SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes Review

What does it do?
It binds and locks in moisture, so it has a firming effect on the skin that tightens tones and plumps. It also holds 1,000 times its weight in water, so that's where we get the supple plumpness from. 

Can I get it from other substances?

Yes-- magnesium rich foods like dark greens, nuts, seeds, bananas and dark chocolate can all stimulate its production. You can also inject it (i.e. fillers) to regain some of your lost Hyaluronic acids. 


What you need to know about Hylauronic Acid- SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes Review


Yes or no-- What's the verdict?
Applying it topically will moisturize and hydrate your skin and leave your skin looking plump and firm. Injecting it is the only way to actually increase your levels on HA, though. Don't know about you but I'm fine with just the dewy moisture from serums and creams!

My results.  

I've been using the SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier for about a month now and can report that my skin does have such a dewy, moisturized glow to it! Especially if I apply it before bed. The H.A. Intensifier increases the appearance of refreshed and hydrated skin, and it makes it feel so soft! It's a product you can actually see working (which can be rare)!

I also used the Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes, which is a three-day eye treatment. The blue one (to be used on the first day), is all about hydration, so it's obvious that H.A. would be one of the active ingredients. Once again I found incredibly great results and the eye mask was incredibly cooling and fresh feeling (no gross residue). Dewy, hydrated and rid me of all the consequences of a late night and one too many glasses of vino. Almost as if I just had an injection! The results lasted well into the next day, too! 


Both products gave me great results and the effects are long-lasting. Overall, it may be temporary but since I'm not interested in getting any injections, I am totally okay with this! It's just a fact that to totally restore the skins' H.A. you need it to penetrate the skin. If you want to gain some moisture back into your face, have some wicked plump, dewy skin I would definitely try them out!  



Have you tried any products with Hyaluronic acid? I've posted more below that you can shop! Let me know what works for you.

What you need to know about Hylauronic Acid- SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes Review

You can read more on H.A. herehere, and here

I was given both products to test out for review however, all opinions are my own. 

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier will be available for $120 CAD in May 2017 at medi-spas and dermatologist offices nationally.

Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes are 
available at Trade Secrets locations and at TradeSecrets.CA


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Polka Dot Pant

March 20, 2017

Pastels & Pastries Fashion-- H&M faux fur black coat, Haight Ashbury Perforated White Crop Top, RW&CO Polka Dot Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini, Zara silver heeled boot, Celine Caty sunglasses

Just when you thought winter was on its way out we were graced with winter wrath in the form of snow and extreme temperatures. But it's funny because you could never tell by these photos, right? My mood, energy and overall levels of positivity are generally dictated by the amount of sunshine. It could be -16 and be starting to flurry but if the sun is shining I am a happy girl. I wore this outfit last weekend for brunch at Lavelle. 

Pastels & Pastries Fashion-- H&M faux fur black coat, Haight Ashbury Perforated White Crop Top, RW&CO Polka Dot Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini, Zara silver heeled boot, Celine Caty sunglasses

Two things I love about this outfit. The high waisted polka dot pants are a nice change from classic all black and I love how they accent the chrome heeled bootie. And also the texture play between the leather perforated top and the faux fur coat. Each element really kicks up the drama but it's still casual enough for Sunday brunch for a rooftop brunch, 16 stories up, at Chez Lavelle. Even though I had to pull a fast one and remove my coat for the shots, I think it was worth it because I'm hoping it will one of the last black on black looks for a while, since spring officially kicks off this week! I could not be more excited. 

I can't wait to wear flats, frolick in the late afternoon sun, and enjoy some perfectly crisp rosé. What about you? What are you most looking forward to this spring? 

What I'm Wearing: H&M coat (similar), Haight & Ashbury Crop Top (similar), RW&CO Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini (similar), Zara silver heeled boot (similar), Celine sunglasses 

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Pastels & Pastries Fashion-- H&M faux fur black coat, Haight Ashbury Perforated White Crop Top, RW&CO Polka Dot Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini, Zara silver heeled boot, Celine Caty sunglasses
Pastels & Pastries Fashion-- H&M faux fur black coat, Haight Ashbury Perforated White Crop Top, RW&CO Polka Dot Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini, Zara silver heeled boot, Celine Caty sunglasses
Pastels & Pastries Fashion-- H&M faux fur black coat, Haight Ashbury Perforated White Crop Top, RW&CO Polka Dot Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini, Zara silver heeled boot, Celine Caty sunglasses

Pastels & Pastries Fashion-- H&M faux fur black coat, Haight Ashbury Perforated White Crop Top, RW&CO Polka Dot Modern Stretch Printed Legging, Rebecca Minkoff marble MAB mini, Zara silver heeled boot, Celine Caty sunglasses



Superseed Granola Bars

March 15, 2017

Pastels & Pastries Superfood Granola Bars- sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, goji, almond butter, flax -- Healthy, no-bake, nut free version

Ready for the ultimate energy boosting, superfood snack?! You guys, I can't stop eating these bars. First of all, you should know that I am a huge granola fan. I would eat it every day if I could keep it around long enough. I'm just a huge nut and seed lover, so when I saw this recipe on Ambitious Kitchen I literally jumped to the pantry.

Pastels & Pastries Superfood Granola Bars- sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, goji, almond butter, flax -- Healthy, no-bake, nut free version

I adapted the recipe just a bit with what I had on hand. Subbed out the sunflower butter with almond butter, took a pass on the dried figs and added in goji berries and raisins instead. I also took a pass on the chocolate drizzle to keep them more breakfast friendly. Still loaded with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, flax meal, chia, and oats, they are beyond good, and good for you! Although the original recipe is nut-free (mine is not), these are still gluten-free if using certified gluten-free oats. The almond butter and honey come together to create such a subtly sweet, chewy mixture that binds all the tastiness together and then every once in a while you'll get a sweet pop from a raisin or goji! I just made these on the weekend and must divulge that there are barely any left! B even approves! (I love it when he approves of my nutty creations!)

They are so incredibly easy to put together and if you don't count toasting the seeds they really are a no-bake. I urge you to make these as soon as possible. They are the ultimate superfood bar and you know exactly what is going into them. Later grocery store bars with added sugars and weirdo ingredients!

Superseed Granola Bars
Makes 10-12 bars

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw almond butter (or any nut/seed butter you have)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup mixed dried fruit (I used goji berries and raisins)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
2. Spread oats, quinoa, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds on parchment lined baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes
3. While toasting, place almond butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt into sauce pot and simmer on low heat until combined
4. Remove from heat and add to bowl with toasted oat/quinoa mixture
5. Add in flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and dried fruit
6. Line a 9x5 baking dish with parchment paper and pour in the granola bar mixture
7. Pack down tightly with your hands (you may need to get your hands a bit wet to pack down)
8. Place in freezer for 20 minutes to set, then move to fridge

I like to enjoy these at room temperature! Get ready for a seriously delicious and good for you burst of energy with these little ones.

Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen


Pastels & Pastries Superfood Granola Bars- sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, goji, almond butter, flax -- Healthy, no-bake, nut free version

Pastels & Pastries Superfood Granola Bars- sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, goji, almond butter, flax -- Healthy, no-bake, nut free version