Category Archives: Beauty

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. 

Summer Hair Repair

Botanicals, love, & fashion

This past weekend my family and I took a trip to one of Toronto’s oldest parks: Allan Gardens. This beautiful spot is over 100 years old and features a 16,000 square foot conservatory containing 6 different interconnected greenhouses. If I had to pick my favourite houses in this luscious paradise, I’d have to say the Cactus House and the Palm House have my heart. And since I’ve been trying my green thumb in growing succulents and cacti within our home it was pretty inspiring to me. If you haven’t had the chance to check out this TO landmark, I’d highly recommend it. Not only was it educational, but it was also quite rejuvenating!

PS. If you’re looking for a great summer piece to do city exploration type staycation things in, I love my Wilfred Free Yasmin Dress. It’s the most carefree summer staple. Artizia’s sale is decent, but this sale item was really too good to pass up, marked down from $60 to $35.

Wearing: Wilfred Free Yasmin Dress (Heather White) | D&G sunglass | Kate Spade purse
Summer’s wearing: Carter’s top & bottoms
Shauns’ wearing: H&M tee | Ray Ban sunnies

Spring Tings

Its been a while since I had a chance to post on here. But, I’ve been stocking up on spring and summer work wardrobe essentials. A few basic dress shirts from Calvin Klein will help me to mix and match other items in my closet when pulling together an outfit. To be honest, I’ve needed some work shirts for spring and summer since my closet currently has a lot of street wear items for the hotter days that are not really work appropriate.

One of my favourite things I recently got on a shopping trip is my lash bag from The Hudson’s Bay, it was free with purchase in the cosmetic section. Also pretty essential for work and for hot days when you need a little touch up.

I’ll tell you more about building a work appropriate wardrobe and where to find great deals. Stay tuned!

Angel Hair For Kids Partners With Nisim

Recently, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Roslyn Yearwood, founder and executive director of Angel Hair For Kids.

What is Angel Hair For Kids?
We provide hair solutions for children who have lost their hair due to any medical conditions – it could be cancer, it could be burns, it could be alopecia – anything that causes a child to lose their hair. When I say hair solutions it’s not only a wig, sometimes it’s hair prosthesis as well, somebody may need a partial wig.

How did Nisim and Angel Hair For Kids join partnership?
About five years ago we were looking for people to sponsor our Angel Hair For Kids. We put a callout to different hair salons and people in the industry. We had a little meeting. And Tom (Nisim’s CEO) showed up. He’s been a supporter ever since.

How do you find hair donors?
Through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. People cut their hair and they try to find a place to donate. We also have the salon partner program.

There are about 60 salons across Canada that have the Angel Hair Salon Partner Program. 
Right, we launched the hair salon program where hair salons will advertise for us and raise public awareness. They know ahead of time if someone is going in to donate their hair. People are very particular as to how they have their hair cut. Our criteria is 12 inches of hair because all of our wigs are long.

What are some of the other requirements that you would need in order to donate your hair?
Not dyed or chemically processed. We do take a percentage of grey hair because sometimes we have specialty pieces that are made and we can take grey hair and dye it. But 95% of the hair that we do get is virgin hair.

What makes our wigs different is that we design the caps – especially for children – it has to be a certain circumference and we’re always updating the material inside. Every child who receives a wig gets it specially styled for them – bangs or no bangs, etc. All of our kids get instructions on how to take care of the hair. We look after them up until the age of 19 if there’s a problem.

The hair donors – do they mentally prepare to cut their hair or do they do it on a whim?
It’s interesting, you get the ones who say, “I’m going to cut my hair, I’m tired of it.” But then you get ones who say, “I’ve been thinking for at least a year now if I want to cut it.” It just goes to show how important hair is to some people. So when you have a child who doesn’t have any hair, it’s very difficult for them. Men are the funniest. There are a lot of men who donate their hair and they are just ready to cut it off. A lot of them are going through career changes, we’ve had police officers, we’ve had bikers too. We’ve gotten hair from 43 different countries. It takes 10-12 donors to create a wig.

How does the wig help to positively impact the children?
It’s so hard to express. Not only do we help the children, but we also help the parents. I remember there was one mother in particular who cried when her daughter received her wig. We take the burden off of the parents since we provide the wigs for free.