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    BonLook review: Spectacles on the cheap (and chic) | BonLook Myrtle, Illusion photos

    There’s always one way that I know I’m really freaking excited about a new thing. When I start drafting a post that I’m super pumped for (something like this BonLook review), each version begins with a functionally useless “OK, SO–” like I’m gossiping with an old friend or about a new flame.

    Okay, so: have you heard of BonLook?

    The BonLook review: concept

    BonLook is a new, Canadian glasses company that’s kind of like a Warby Parker. (They aren’t set up for home try-ons, but if you order a set of frames by mail and you don’t like them, you can return one set per order for a full refund.) The glasses are all designed by BonLook in Montréal, which means that there’s no middle man… so your new glasses are going to cost a heck of a lot less than they used to. 

    The company currently has locations throughout major centres in Québec and Ontario. I photographed the Toronto Eaton Centre location for my BonLook review, but they’re all this gorgeous! The stores are Instagram-friendly and spacious, with birch and black shelving paired with expansive white surfaces, marble, and mirrors.

    BonLook Myrtle in Rose Dazzling review

    Each pair of single-vision BonLook glasses feature anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings, and (get this)… They’re only $145. Canadian. Each. Including prescription lenses. 

    You can get your BonLook frames with additional lens types and treatments, too, including blue light protection, polarization (for your BonLook sunglasses), high-index glass, progressive and degressive lenses, and more.

    My BonLook frames

    Right now, I’m wearing the BonLook Myrtle frames in Rose Dazzling on a daily basis, and geez–I have never gotten compliments like this on an accessory before. (You can see them all over my Insta if you want more pics!) They’re fun and super hot (not my description), and they do that thing to my face that only really great frames do.

    You know: the one where you’re not wearing makeup but your eyes have the look of wearing makeup because your glasses just accent your face that damn well.

    BonLook Illusion in Blond Metal review

    I also picked up a pair of BonLook Illusion frames in Blond Metal over the summer, but while I love them, I don’t wear them as often. They’re a Look, with 70s softcore vibes and the perfect not-quite-clear tint. (They’re also super lightweight, for anyone who gets migraines!)

    My Illusions have a photochromic tint, but even though the BonLook sales associate assured me that they would only tint in direct sunlight… Uh. They totally tint in indirect sunlight, too. Which means that if I wear them at home next to my wall-to-wall windows, they’re lightly tinted until sundown.

    The photochromic tint (transition lenses) takes about 15 minutes to fully un-tint, but offers 100% UV protection. It can be layered on top of a prescription lens.

    BonLook review: Toronto Eaton Centre

    My verdict on BonLook?

    Getting a pair of glasses from BonLook isn’t as cheap as getting them from a shop like Zenni or Firmoo – but the quality is WAY better. My BonLook frames are of noticeably higher quality than my Firmoo glasses (which I do still love), and I definitely think they’re worth the price. The styles are more modern overall, and each set of frames is much more durable.

    At $145 a pair including lenses, BonLook spectacles are a phenomenal deal. They’re easy to try on online, but the super chill, style-focused in-store experience really sets them apart. They’ve been my #1 product recommendation since the summer, and my Myrtles are the one thing I get asked about most often!

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    Easy fall cleaning & mandarin orange scent memories

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    In the past few weeks, I have cleaned things that I literally didn’t think would ever be clean again. I’m not talking elbow grease and a bit of hope – I’ve wiped down things that have been off-white for so long that I just assumed they were off-white, only to find that they were still sparklingly radiant beneath a thin layer of grime.

    Which, as I type it, is actually a horrifying thing to admit to this many strangers. But there you have it: I am a mess, and I’ve been trying so hard to keep all of my cleaning products green that my furniture has taken a bit of a beating as a result. (Also, the stylus for my drawing tablet. I was legitimately surprised to find out what colour it was originally.)

    Pine-Sol’s Mandarin Multi-Surface Cleaner has been my go-to for pretty much all of my fall cleaning, and even though I know it’s not some fancy, small-batch, all-natural product… I kind of love it. It makes cleaning SO much easier on my joints, and I’m done in half the time. Plus, it leaves all of my surfaces smelling vaguely like those little orange candies that you’d find in jars as a child, which always puts a smile on my face.

    I’ll be totally honest with you: I never would have tried Pine-Sol if their PR firm hadn’t sent over a few bottles, so thank you, blogging life. I’m glad that I tried these out. These three scents smell NOTHING like the acrid lemon cleaners of days gone by, and they take the muscle work right out of fall cleaning. I’m using them sparingly (only on days when I’m too tired for the green stuff), but man, they help a lot.

    What scent brings back the best memories for you?

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    Bordelle Art Deco AW17

    If something terrible happens to me, can we please all just agree that I’m to be buried in Bordelle Art Deco everything?

    (Plus like, actual clothes, I guess. Whatever.)

    I’m feeling the pale mauve Bordelle Art Deco Collar & Garters so hard, and the 24k gold plated, geometric accents are just divine. Even the design of the garters is cool – the geometric shape hangs downwards if you’re wearing them alone, and faces up to clip to suspenders if you’re wearing a full set.

    Slide your way through the highlights of this collection below.

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    My Burberry Blush review, photos (AKA Francis Kurkdjian, I take it back.)

    The product: Burberry My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum

    My Burberry Blush is a people-pleaser. It’s basic to the core, with soft, millennial pink juice and a hand-tied, blush pink gabardine knot. It even has pretty gold detailing and a damn horn-look cap.

    And you know what? I’m usually a niche perfume snob, but I think My Burberry Blush is awesome. 

    The mood of My Burberry Blush

    I wasn’t at all a fan of My Burberry or My Burberry Black, but I’m all over Blush. It’s one of my favourite perfume flankers ever, and I’m so darn smitten with it that I started misting it before I had even photographed the bottle, which never happens. I wore it for a solid week before the light was just right for photographing it, and I have zero regrets about it.

    Blush is unabashedly fruity, with great sillage. It’s a happy scent, and it’s very youthful. Underneath the layers upon layers of sweet fruitiness, there’s a touch of soapiness and citrus that makes this scent smell “shower fresh.”

    This is easily the most “feminine” scent that I have in my current rotation, but for some reason, it doesn’t make me feel too high-femme. Instead, it’s unpretentious and basic – in the best way possible. It smells less like a stuffy lawyer or a bouquet of white florals, and more like a badass who knows they’re awesome and doesn’t care who sees them with a unicorn Frappuccino.

    The notes & making of My Burberry Blush

    My Burberry Blush is described as a “sparkling and intensely feminine” scent, and it absolutely is. Everything about the press materials for this scent feels spot-on for me: Blush really does have a “confident, playful and energetic mood.” It was designed by Francis Kurkdjian and smells very much like one of his creations, but unlike Kenzo World (another one of Kurkdjian’s recent creations), Blush has intentionality. It knows exactly what it wants to be, and it doesn’t care who knows it.

    The listed top notes for Blush include glazed pomegranate and lemon, and the heart notes are listed as geranium, crisp apple, and rose petal. The entire scent has base notes of jasmine and wisteria accord.

    I smell an entirely different Blush when I mist it and smell the sillage vs. my skin, so I would definitely recommend wearing this around to test it. Don’t just smell it on paper, because it won’t capture the scent.

    Against my skin, My Burberry Blush is a little sharp. Especially at the beginning, it smells overwhelmingly clean, with too-sweet fruity notes and hit of florals. A foot away from my face, though, the scent just sort of wafts up and fills my nose. It smells sweeter and softer, with more of an emphasis on the rose and less of an emphasis on the lemon.

    The verdict on My Burberry Blush?

    If you love soft florals and sweet scents, you need to smell My Burberry Blush. It’s an excellent rendition of a sweet, fruity scent, and it has that wonderful Kurkdjian twist of eccentricity in its very base. There is nothing “floriental” (ugh) about this perfume, and it lasts well throughout the day.

    Blush is by far my favourite Burberry fragrance, and I would love to smell it around more next spring. It’s the only perfume that I’m wearing right now (everything else is a cologne), and I think it’s absolutely exquisite.

    Availability: $98 CAD/$90 USD (50 ml). Available as of August 2017 at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Shopper’s Drug Mart. Also offered in a rollerball format.

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    Kérastase Aura Botanica review, photos | Silicone-free & super luxe

    The products: Kérastase Aura Botanica Shampoo Bain Micellaire, Conditioner Soin Fundamental, Oil Concentre Essentiel, and Oil Essence d’Eclat

    There are very few haircare collections that can get me really excited, but the Kérastase Aura Botanica range takes the cake. The products are 98% natural, and they’re made from organic and responsibly sourced ingredients when possible. On top of that, all four products are silicone-free, and they’re luxe as fuck.

    (Expletive needed.)

    The Kérastase Aura Botanica packaging

    Folks, this is where it’s at. I’ll talk about these formulas in a moment, but let’s get real: the packaging of the Kérastase Aura Botanica is the real reason why it’s so lustworthy. (If you’ll note, this post is totally getting tagged as a Gift Guide selection. December, you maniac; here I come!)

    With gold detailing, dark red packaging, and delicate line art, the Aura Botanica products just feel luxe. The Bain Micellaire shampoo ($45 CAD) and Soin Fundamental conditioner ($50 CAD) bottles are shower-friendly plastic, while the two oils are packaged in thick glass bottles.

    I always wish that Kérastase used flip-tops instead of screw-on lids, but I get that they’re aiming for a clientele that’s more dextrous than I. Screw screw-on lids, though. Flip-tops are where it’s at when your hands are slippery and you’re only half awake!

    Kérastase Aura Botanica shampoo, conditioner, and oils review

    I may be alone in this, but I always find Kérastase products to be just a little too drying, too. My ends get a little crispy with consistent use, and the shampoos always make my hair feel rough – everything gets so tangled that it’s hard to even scrub my way through to my roots.

    But where the shampoo and conditioner lack finesse, the oils in this range are really quite cool. The Essence d’Eclat ($57 CAD) acts as a bi-phasic mist that moisturizes, prevents flyaways, and acts as a heat protectant to up to 230˚C. And the Oil Concentre Essentiel ($60 CAD) is a beast of its own calibre: it’s a little tough to wash out, but it’s designed for use as a pre-shampoo, a treatment (when blended with the conditioner), and a bath/massage oil.

    Like other Kérastase ranges, Aura Botanica is really designed to be used as a whole system. You need that heavy conditioner and oil-mist to follow the shampoo, or you’re just going to be too dry. But despite my struggles with dryness, there’s something that’s truly standout about all of these products: the rich, spicy scent.

    The Kérastase Aura Botanica verdict?

    This luxe range smells just as rich as it looks, with spicy notes that fill the whole shower. I don’t love it as much as I adore the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. range, but everyone’s hair is unique! I have friends who hate the R.A.W. range (or, I should say, I had friends who hate it; obviously, we can’t be friends anymore now that I know they hate it) who I bet would love this one.

    I liked the Aura Botanica shampoo and conditioner well enough that I plan on finishing my bottles, but I don’t think I’ll re-buy. They’re a nice way to spoil yourself (or someone else) if you have balanced hair, but I’d recommend focusing on the oils. They’re both quite innovative, and with those glass bottles… Man, they’d make a great gift.

    Availability: Permanent as of June 2017.

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