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

DIY Straw Clutch

March 13, 2017

DIY STRAW CLUTCH- AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump

After I rounded up my favourite woven bags here I just had to put together a MUCH more affordable DIY version. I knew they would quickly make their way to Toronto, and they officially have, which can only mean one thing-- hello, spring! I love my DIY version for the round shape, size and just for the fact that it cost me $2.00 to make. It's going to be such a summer staple!  The project took all of five minutes to put together and while it may not be as polished as the ones you'll find in the stores, it's a fun piece to take with you just about anywhere this spring/summer. I am so eager for spring like weather... can you tell? I had just to whip it out this weekend for a quick coffee date. Also, can we discuss this bell sleeve v-neck top? It's from the Who What Wear line at Target and I can't get enough of the tie-up arms! So cute! Okay, now back to the bag... Ready to see how easy it is to make?

DIY STRAW CLUTCH- AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump

What You'll Need:

1. 2 woven trays/thin baskets that are roughly the same size (I found mine at Value Village in the home section). I opted for one slighter deeper than the other to create more of a clutch style.
2. 2 pieces of small fabric (I used some random 2-inch leather I had, you can use string too). It's to permanently close one end of the bag.
3. An old chain bracelet or necklace that has a clasp.

How to Make:

1. Lay 1 woven tray on top of the other ensuring the outer rims meet all the way around the 2 pieces.
2. Twist the trays looking for decent sized "holes" or openings/gaps in both pieces of the tray that will allow you to weave a piece of fabric or string through.
3. Take a piece of fabric/leather/string (whatever you have on hand) and weave it through both pieces. Tie tightly to secure of if using fabric like me (glue gun the piece together).
4. On the opposite end of the bag take a piece of chain and weave it through the top of the two woven pieces. This will act as your clasp on the top of the bag. You may need to cut your chain smaller to make for a tighter clasp (use proper pliers if needed). The bracelet I used has a basic lobster clasp so I can easily open and close the bag. Adjust your chain accordingly.
5.*If your bag doesn't have handles try weaving a strap or chain of your desired length through the sides as well.

What I'm Wearing:
AEO Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump (similar, similar)

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DIY STRAW CLUTCH- AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump


AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump

AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump


AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump

AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump

AEO American Eagle Denim X4 Skinny Jean, Target Who What Wear Bell Sleeve Vee, DIY woven straw clutch, Sam Edelman leopard D'Orsay Pump

Black Babydoll Dress

March 09, 2017

Target Lace Babydoll dress, Sam Edelman Elina Boots, Poppy & Peonies crossbody, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Shockaholic review

A definite change up from my usual style has me feeling kind of dramatic in this black babydoll dress and over the knee boot combo. Sometimes it's nice to switch things up and get into a black on black ensemble. A few weekends ago I did run over the border to stock up on some essentials at Target and Trader Joe's. (Side note-- guys... I seriously love Trader Joe's. It's an addiction! Make it a point to visit next time you are in the Niagara Falls, NY area. It really is just a hop, skip, and a jump over the border! Stock up on all the cheap nuts, nut butter, kombucha and pantry items you will ever need!) I came across this babydoll dress at Target and thought it was the cutest thing. The slit sleeves, the lace detailing on the front and the way it billows under the bust are what sold me.

I have to say... I haven't bought a black dress in a LONG time. I am just far more gravitated towards all the blush and floral the world can offer, but something about this one caught my eye.  I'm looking forward to wearing this dress more and more as the weather gets warmer, but for now, I am pairing it with my over the knee boots. I may have done this for protection from the wind but I ended up loving the look of the mini paired with the boots. It's fun and retro, yet still sleek! To keep things fun I went with a bright lip. The Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks are seriously matte perfection. They last all day and don't smudge! So smooth, deep in colour and they don't dry out! I'm hooked on them and you should be too. Next, I need to get my hands on "Stepping Out". What do you think of the look?

What I'm Wearing: Target Lace Babydoll dress, Sam Edelman Elina Boots, Poppy & Peonies crossbody, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick

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