Author: Jennifer Shadoff

Healthy DIY for Kitchen Spices
Food

DIY Homemade Gifts

For those hard-to-buy-for people in your life, an easy homemade gift can be a wonderful surprise. Many of the pre-made store bought herb and spice blends can be expensive and contain additives or anti-caking agents that some may not appreciate. Fortunately, spice mixes are very easy to make at home and you can make many different spice blends using only a few essential herbs that you may actually already have in your home. By making gourmet spice blends, your recipient would appreciate your beautiful DIY homemade gifts. Also, having a quality spice blend at home can make even the most picky of vegetable eaters enjoy their meal.
Winter Wedding with Snow
Lifestyle

Wedding Wednesday: Winter Wedding Ideas

For some, winter is the season that you stay indoors. For others, there's no view that's more romantic than a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. Winter weddings in pictures are the most cinematic and magical and a glamorous winter wonderland wedding ceremony can be achieved with little effort! I've got some winter wedding ideas that are sure to wow your guests and make your day spectacular!
Retinoid Molecular structure of Retinoic Acid Tretinoin
Beauty

Skincare Ingredients: Retinol

With countless brands and products on the market claiming to turn back the clock on your skin, anti-aging products can be difficult to navigate. Retinol is a key skincare ingredient in many anti-aging skincare products and have become very common. Although prevention is key when it comes to youthful skin, using products specifically for aging skin can help. 
Canadian blogger STYLU photoshoot photo model
Lifestyle

How to Overcome Your Fears

Yesterday, I posted an Instagram photo with a caption that I had been thinking about for a while. It's been at the back of my mind and I have been wanting to write about how to overcome your fears for a while now, but couldn't get over the anxiety and stress that came with reliving these situations and feelings. Over the past month, I had been reflecting on my life and I wasn't happy with where I was. I had to learn how to stop living in fear. It's kind of sad for me to even read what I'm typing, but it's true. (It also probably doesn't help that I'm currently listening to some 80's angst-ridden songs...) In terms of my personal life, I might go more in detail in the future, but let's just say that I had lost my creative spark and was working for someone that didn't believe in my professional abilities.
Sephora High End Luxe Givenchy Mascara
Beauty

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara Review

Mascara is a major part of my makeup routine. It was the first makeup product I ever purchased and over the years, I've just grown more and more interested in all of the different kinds and variations. From different brands, brushes and formulations, I've tried many! I've always loved voluminous lashes and most of my favourite mascaras give great volume in addition to length. When I'm having a good lash day, I know I'm going to have a great day ahead! I got to try the new Givenchy Noir Interdit mascara for a few weeks, keep reading and get to know what I thought about the $38 mascara!
Clean Beauty Think Dirty July 2017 Subscription Box Contents Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste, Buckaroo Soapberry Suds, Crave Alchemy Oil, 100% Pure Sun Stick SPF30, POGO Balm Vanilla Bean, NIU BODY Makeup Remover Wipe, Cocopits review, Biossance Squalane antioxidant Cleansing Oil review on Dock in Cottage Country
Beauty

Think Dirty July 2017 Limited Edition Beauty Box Review

Since taking baby steps toward a cleaner, healthier lifestyle, I've been choosing different products and making more conscious choices. But, do you ever wonder just how clean some products are? Thanks to Think Dirty, you don't have to use much brain power! Think Dirty is an app that helps consumers make clean beauty choices. Based on a scale of 0-10, products are rated on the carcinogenity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergenicity and immunotoxicity of the ingredients. The lower the score, the cleaner the product. You can scan your current products or view the extensive database that's growing every day.
Food

DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Press

For quite a while, I was scared of making iced tea. I was so used to drinking store bought, I wasn't sure if making it at home would give the same effect. And yes, it's no secret that the store bought stuff is high in sugar... but let's face it: that's why it's tasty! Unfortunately, evolution has primed our taste buds to prefer sugary, high-calorie foods. Since all of that added sugar is not healthy for me, I thought I'd try making a homemade version to see how that stacks up! When I saw the DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Press, I knew it was the answer to all my problems!
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, Weleda Salt Toothpaste, REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Mask, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Mist, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, AmorePacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel, Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, DAVIDsTEA kokomo green tea all on a fluffy white carpet
Beauty

June 2017 Empties

This month, I have a ton more products to let you guys know about! For this month's June 2017 Empties post, I've been adding more products that I've finished (not just skincare or makeup based!). This summer, I've been working on more skincare since it's so important! Essentially the canvas, your face is fairly important when it comes to creating a great makeup look. As a surprise this month, my fiancé thought to join me with his empties as well! This June 2017 empties post is my first his and hers empties... Watch out, cause this post is long!
DIY Wedding bar ideas, DIY Wedding guest favor
Lifestyle

DIY Wedding Favours

I'm back with the Wedding Wednesday posts! If you're a new reader, let me fill you in! I'm engaged and have been writing a few Wedding Wednesday posts to get prepared for the big day. As much fun as planning can be, no one told me how many things I need to account for! From save the dates, to invitations to party favours... the options are endless. That's why every Wednesday  is dedicated to weddings to help give you ideas for your future wedding, and to document my own experiences!