Verb Review

I only like to write reviews when I’ve been using a product long enough to see and feel results. I’ve tried a few of the shampoo and conditioner products from the Verb line featured at Sephora.

For starters, I began using the Verb hydrating shampoo and conditioner which was great, but I wanted it to be a bit more weightless. I went on try to the sea shampoo and conditioner (for them summery beach waves), and no surprise this made my mane extra wavy, which was also amazing to see. I don’t usually put too much product in my hair after a wash and condition so I love the fact that I could just ‘shower and go.’

After two successful rounds of the Verb line, I then went on to try the Ghost shampoo and conditioner. I love these ones the most because it truly had a weightless feel and it is made for all hair types. My hair tends to be on the coarser + thicker + dryer side so it was nice to see that the shampoo and conditioner helped to moisturize, detangle, and smooth frizz while providing natural UV protection via sunflower seed extract.

The other thing that may be of interest is that it helped with hair growth due to quinoa protein which is packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acid. So, if you’ve cut your hair off for the summertime and want to get it growing for the fall, you’re in luck!

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and mineral oil. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. It comes in recyclable packaging. 

Spring Hike | Inglis Falls

Inglis Falls Conservation Area, Owen Sound

Last weekend, my family and I took a day trip to Inglis Falls, Owen Sound. Although it’s a bit of a drive from Toronto, it was definitely worth it.

I was truly in awe of the natural beauty that the conservation area offered. There are a few hiking trails leading from the top of the cascade all the way down to the full-forced stream running through the gorge at the base of the falls. If you feel so inclined you can hike for 7.42 km – and the trails themselves vary in degree of difficulty.

We did about 2km and along the way we encountered Ontario Trilliums, boardwalks, bridges, over 20 species of ferns, an abundance of trees, and overall a feeling of extreme peace.

Needless to say, Summer was truly exhausted by the end of the 2km expedition.

This was one family adventure I will not forget about!

Spring Sense | Pink Sugar

Pink Sugar has been around for a while, and I’ve been looking for a more cost effective everyday scent – my current everyday scent is Marc Jacobs Daisy. Daisy of course has floral notes, but I felt like I needed something a little lighter, more spring-y, and more playful for the daily. I was able to find the Pink Sugar kit complete with shower gel and body lotion at Shoppers Drug Mart for $22. Just to compare, the same perfume bottle size at 50ml retails at Sephora for $49 sans the extras. Don’t worry Sephora, this ain’t a knock against you, I still love you and also picked up my go-to Verb shampoo and conditioner. More on this later.

For now, here’s a little more info on Pink Sugar:

Tapping into the smells from your inner childhood, Pink Sugar mixes familiar aromas to create delicious olfactory experiences (cotton candy, anyone?) that aren’t easily forgotten. Just like your earliest memories and the things that remind you of them, Pink Sugar fragrances grab you out of adult life and throw you back to the good old days when life was so darn sweet.
Notes:
Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder.
Style:
Playful. Mischievous. Romantic.

Hydrangeas & The Hammer

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

Summer’s wearing: Primark dress and espadrilles
Karen’s wearing: Arizia Wilfred Free Dress | Kate Spade Earrings | Espadrilles | Ray Ban’s

Summer Essentials | Espadrilles

The heat wave is upon us in Toronto, and what better way to celebrate than by hitting up a beach, hanging out with loved ones, or by walking around in some beautiful espadrilles?!!

Did you know that the most primitive form of espadrilles date as far back as 4000 years ago?! The existence of espadrilles in Europe is documented since at least 1322, when it was described for the first time with its current Catalan name, and they were mainly made in France and Spain.

So, when my parents recently traveled to Spain my one request was for a pair of these babies! My mom found these for me, and also gave me this lovely purse to wear with my new shoes. Thanks, mom and dad!!!!!

My summer essentials are complete for 2018!