Diptyque Face Oil, Jason Wu x Caudalie, and more: New 27/08/16 | Steals & Deals with Groupon

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Okay, so here’s the thing. You know Groupon? I’ve been using their site for years*, and I recently found out that they do more than just coupons for in-store deals. They emailed me a couple weeks back and asked me to check out their site, and like… did you guys know that they have pages for web coupons, too? Because they do, and it’s awesome.

The Groupon Coupon pages have everything from % off deals to free shipping, and they have them for all sorts of sites – Nordstrom, Namecheap, even Ebay. Literally everything in the box above comes from a Groupon Coupon site. (In other words: ALL THE MAKEUPS.)

If you do a lot of online shopping, they’re worth checking out!

Sunday Riley calrifying face oil

*Okay, technically my mother has been compulsively using their site for years and the rest of us are just getting sucked into the vortex, but it’s lead to a surprisingly affordable Marble Slab addiction for all of us, so I’m cool with it. 

Liberator Hipster review, photos | Supportive furniture that’ll blow your (ahem) socks off

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Liberator Hipster supportive wedge review

The product: Liberator Hipster in Velvish Merlot

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend, folks! I have something super special cued up for you guys today: a review of the Liberator Hipster.

I’ve had my eye on a Liberator for a while, and unlike the photos for this post, it did not disappoint. I’m going to be spending my weekend in an awesome cabin under the stars, but for all of you at home… here’s a thing that you should totally look into owning.

(The first batch of images for this post came out looking way too dirty, so please enjoy this super-clean photo session featuring Tuna-kitty!)

Liberator hipster regular not plus size

Liberator Hipster review glory

What’s this “Liberator” stuff? For those of you who aren’t weirdly nerdy about sex, Liberator is a line that basically makes furniture for banging supportive sex furniture. Their pieces let you mount toys, protect from spills, and support your body, and they’re awesome for getting the angle juuuust right.

Because of a combination of fibromyalgia, a retroverted uterus, and really bad TMJ, I usually end up having to add supportive pillows and blankets during sex. I thought the Liberator would be a lot like that, and it is, but saying that is sort of like comparing hospital pudding to fresh crème brûlée. 

Liberator Hipster review

Liberator Wedge vs Hipster review

Outdoor kitty is wondering where all the food is and oh, hey, did someone say crème brûlée?

The Liberator Hipster: Liberator furniture is always shipped compressed, so my Hipster arrived in a small, discreet box no bigger than your average makeup press package. (Thank you, Liberator!) I then had to open up the eco-compressed packaging and allow air to rush back into the cushion’s high-density foam, which was… I mean, it was awesome and totally OCD-satisfying and you should see it for yourself.

Liberator hipster review size

Liberator velvet washable cover

The Hipster is awesome, though. It’s 33″ x 24″ and comes with a waterproof, machine-washable cover, and it features two curves for support and lift. I even found a “hidden” Liberator Ramp in it to help justify the price — just flip it over and you get all the lift without any of the curve.

I’m totally in love with the Hipster because it makes having sex way easier on my muscles and joints, but my boyfriend was the unexpected #1 fan: he’s kind of obsessed with it. The taller curve takes a lot of the work out of his glutes, and the angle lets him get (in his words) “deeper than I’ve ever gone before.” Thanks for that overshare, boyfriend.

Plus, the firmness of the material means that we have to do very little adjusting mid-coitus*, which is always a bonus!

Liberator hipster with hidden wedge ramp review

Tuna checking out the Hipster’s hidden Ramp and wondering why there still isn’t any food

The best ways to use the Liberator Hipster: Figuring out which Hipster positions did and didn’t work for A and I was kind of a clusterfuck, and also some of the most fun I’ve ever had in the bedroom. Girl-on-top didn’t work for us AT ALL (I still don’t know where my legs were supposed to be going), but doggy-style with the Hipster is like–askdfghrrrrngh.

I thought this post could use some hilarious sex position names and bad stick figure drawings, so I give you now: four of our favourite ways to use the Hipster.

Liberator positions hipster review

How to use the Hipster! (In blue and grey, to symbolize the “presently wielding dick” and “presently receiving dick” partners.)

A really likes position #1 because it feels really intimate, so I (of course) have decided that it is the Worst of the Worst (of the best). It’s honestly pretty nice, but I object to all unintentional closeness and must therefore mock it until one of us dies.

My favourite position is #3, though, which takes away all of the “It feels like I’m being repeatedly stabbed in the uterus,” and “I’m too short for this oh god ouch ouch ouch,” aspects of doggy style and magically turns the position into one of the easiest, most comfortable positions ever.

Our very favourite way to use the Hipster, though, is #4: The Boob Rejoicer. I swear, this alone is worth buying a Hipster for. It allows for crazy deep penetration, and more importantly, it makes my boobs look awesome — or so I’m told. The Boob Rejoicer is so good that we rarely make it past the 5-10 minute mark, and it’s a position that I don’t think you (or your squishy pillows) could even halfway dupe without a Liberator.

Liberator Hipster sex furniture review

The verdict (and other Liberator options)

I can’t remember the last time that I said this about a brand, but I honestly think that everybody (yes, everybody!) needs to own at least one Liberator piece. They’re a must-have for couples with fatigue issues, and they seriously level up pretty much everything in the bedroom.

The Hipster and insanely popular Wedge/Ramp Combo are awesome, but Liberator stuff can be enormous (and doesn’t come cheap). The Wedge and Decor Heart Wedge are more affordable options, and the Flip Ramp daylights as a space-saving ottoman.

So go fourth, dear readers! Make sex stuff easier on your poor little bodies, and think of me fondly when your glutes aren’t sore after your next marathon session.

Availability: $160 USD at Liberator.com, where everything is presently 20% off with code KISSME. You can also buy Liberator products from my fave folks over at SheVibe, where the Hipster is on for $149.99!

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Ivory Avenue Art | Small Business Saturdays

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ivory Avenue Valentine's Day

One of the things that I get excited about, like most beauty writers, is when beauty bloggers branch out. Sometimes they branch out by starting their own beauty brand (hello, MIYU), but sometimes it’s not quite as beauty-related, as is the case with Natalie of Ivory Avenue.

I’ve been a fan of Ivory Avenue for a while, and there’s no question as to why: Natalie is kind and funny, with a great eye for design and a frankly adorable obsession with her puppy. So when Natalie announced that she was planning on opening her own Etsy shop full of original watercolour paintings… well, I knew it was going to be something pretty special.

Small Business Saturdays Ivory Avenue Art

Rosie and painting No. 1 from the Valentine’s Day collection

Ivory Avenue Art

Natalie started painting to express her feelings and stay positive, and she decided to open her Etsy shop in order to share that happiness with others — something that I find to be particularly beautiful. There are a lot of us in the beauty community who struggle with mental illness and physical limitations, and I like to think that each of us feels a little less alone knowing how many of our friends and favourite bloggers experience similar struggles.

Ivory Avenue Art showcases one collection of six paintings every month, and a different charity is chosen for each collection to receive 10% of the sale price of each order. Available right now are the Winter’s Morn and Valentine’s Day collections (in green & grey and coral-pink, respectively,) and the current Ivory Avenue charity is the Samaritan’s Purse!

Natalie Heather Ivory Avenue Art Etsy

I’m particularly fond of Natalie’s Valentine’s Day Collection Painting No. 1, with its beautiful gold detailing and coral-pink ombré (directly above), but honestly, her entire shop is just gorgeous.

If you want to support a small business (and a local Canadian blogger!) this Valentine’s Day, make sure to check out Ivory Avenue Art — and use code LOVEYOU until February 29th for a whopping $30 off your order! 

All images are from Natalie’s Etsy shop and Instagram

The best Black Friday/Cyber Monday beauty sales *Updated 2:00pm Nov 30th

Sunday, November 29, 2015

shu uemura art of hair Maison Kitsune, Silk Bloom

Wait! Before you get started… don’t forget to shop using Ebates for up to 10% cash back on your orders at Sephora, Amazon, The Body Shop, and more! Sign up using my referral links here: Ebates/Ebates.ca.

Beauty deals

AHAVA (US) – Nov 24th-28th: BOGO free, plus free shipping over $50 & free samples on all orders. ⇒ See my favourites from AHAVA here!

ANNABELLE COSMETICS – Nov 27th-30th: 40% off + free shipping over $40 CAD! See my product recommendations

⇒ Current favourites: Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Ebony (review), Blushon Powder Blushes (review), Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (review), and the Glitterama Liquid Eyeliners.

BIRCHBOX – Nov 27th-Dec 1st: 25% off all subscriptions and all orders over $35. Free shipping over $25. Use code BIGDEAL. See my product recommendations

⇒ The 25% off also applies-Birchbox’s full-sized products, so here are some of my must-haves: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (review), everything Clinique Chubby, Klorane Dry Shampoo, and the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color. The Charmed Life gift set looks really cool, too — it would make an amazing already-done gift box for your best friend!

CLARINS CANADA – Nov 23rd-27th: 15% off of five full-sized sets. / Nov 30th-Dec 4th: Get a 5 piece gift + 2 bags with any order over $75. Use code CYBER15! 

CULT BEAUTY – Nov 27th-30th: Use code MERRY10 for £10 off £60, MERRY20 for £20 off £100, MERRY45 for £45 off £200, or MERRY75 for £75 off £300. 

***DHC – Nov 30th: 10% off sitewide! / Dec 1st-31st: Get $15 off orders over $60!


FOREO – Nov 27th-30th: 25% off on all devices + Free Shipping! This is Foreo’s biggest discount of the year, so if you were holding out for the best deal possible, this is it! 

⇒ My FOREO LUNA Mini review (& giveaway!) here.

INGLOT – Nov 26th-Dec 2nd: 20% off all products; 10% off Freedom System palettes. Free US shipping over $50.

***JURLIQUE – Nov 23rd-29th: Up to 50% off sitewide. / Nov 30th-Dec 8th: Get 25% off orders $50+ and 30% off orders $100+ with codes CYBER and CYBER30. Plus, only on November 30th, The Iconic Collection set will be marked down to $81. 

***KATE SOMMERVILLE – Nov 30th: Receive a $25 e-gift card with all orders over $150 with code CYBER.

L’OCCITANE (CA) – Nov 26th-29th: Exclusive gift sets at marked down up to 65%! Use code NOIR for $16 sets with any $45 purchase or NOIRPLUS for $35 deluxe git sets with any $55 purchase. / Buy any 3 stocking stuffers and get a 4th one free! / Deluxe gift sets up to $85 off for a limited time. / Nov 4th-Dec 25th: Get a Magic Key for $5 with any 150ml Shea Cream with code MAGICKEY. / Nov 26th-29th: Use code DELUXE for a free deluxe holiday essentials kit with all orders over $145. / Nov 23rd-Dec 1st: Free shipping on all orders over $25, no code needed. 


MARC JACOBS – Nov 30th: Limited edition Blacquer and brush sets; free shipping on all orders with code SHIP / Free shipping over $50 / Four free mini makeup products with code MARCDAY.

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Are you shopping these Black Friday weekend deals?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

September 2015 Birchbox review

My Black Friday sale roundup was kind of hellish to compile, and I can’t help but think that it must be hard to get through, too! So, for anyone out there who wants to shop Black Friday without all the sifting and picking, here are the best of the best beauty sales to indulge in this weekend (Nov 27th to 30th).

See you Monday for an updated list of sales!

  • ANNABELLE COSMETICS: 40% off + free shipping over $40 CAD! (Also applies to Marcelle.com)
  • BIRCHBOX: 25% off all subscriptions and all orders over $35, plus free shipping over $25. Use code BIGDEAL!
  • DECIEM: Save up to 60% on DECIEM bundles! Bundles start at $21 CAD and worldwide shipping is, as always, free.
  • FOREO25% off + free shipping on all devices. (This is Foreo’s biggest discount of the year!)
  • MAC: 25% off all holiday kits and pre-made palettes. This is the best deal that I have EVER seen for MAC, so don’t miss it!
  • NARS: 20% off + free shipping over $50! Or, use code YEARNNOV15 to get a free mini Orgasm Multiple & Audacious Mascara with all orders over $60 until Nov 30th.
  • SHU UEMURA CANADA: 20% all orders over $50, 25% off all orders over $100.

Give the GiftofGOLD with Kérastase

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kerastase Gift of Gold

I like to get all of my holiday shopping done before, if possible, the second week of December. It’s a great setup: you start planning in July, finish up in November, and then you have all of December to bake cookies, hang tinsel, and pick a tree.

That being said, “like to” and “actually do” are two very, very different things. So, if you’re just starting your holiday gift acquisition right now, here’s a little something to help you get started!

Kerastase Bain Densité shampoo review

Kérastase PARIS is running a great promotion in all Kérastase PARIS salons and on the Kerastase.ca website right now: buy a styling product and conditioner and get the corresponding shampoo free!

They’re calling it the Gift of Gold promo, and it’s a haircare lover’s dream. The gift sets start at $83 CAD, and there are eleven sets available, including:

Kerastase Densifique Masque Densite review

There aren’t a ton of silicone-free Kérastase PARIS products, but I’ve been testing some of the Chronologiste and Densifique ranges this month.

Densifique comes packaged in simple, pretty, champagne-beige packaging, and the Mousse Densimorphose, Bain Densité (shampoo), and Masque Densité (conditioner) are all ‘cone-free. I’d like more hydration for my already-dry prairie hair, but a little goes a long way with this range! I use about 1/3 of my normal amount of shampoo with Kérastase, and it’s still more than enough.

Kerastase Chronologiste Scalp Exfoliator

The coolest product that I tested from the gift sets, however, was definitely the Chronologiste Revitalizing Exfoliating Care Rinse-Out Pre-Shampoo treatment. The Chronologiste line is gorgeously packaged to begin with (that black! That gold!), and the treatment is silicone-free.

To use, you take a large dollop of the Revitalizing Exfoliating Care, work it through your hair in sections, and massage it onto the scalp for five minutes before rinsing out. It’s a little hard on the arms, but quite unique overall: the product is flecked with gold and red for a great sensory experience, and it does a great job of exfoliating away any little scalp-flakies that the winter has “gifted” upon you!

Kérastase Chronologiste review scalp and hair exfoliator (more…)

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