Magic in a bottle


I can’t stop raving about Toronto’s Consonant HydrExtreme! Seriously, people–this product is worth the hype (and the steep $150 price for 30mL).

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Fave find: Aveda eco-friendly compact

Aveda compact

I love makeup and skincare products, and, as my loving husband said to me today, there are no doubts about my ability to spend money on them (gee, thanks?), but one thing that’s always made me feel Grinch-y is the packaging. Oh, the packaging, boxes, and bags!

Environmentalism has a sneaky way of creeping up on you, so you have a sense of guilt about a lot of things. Like makeup compacts, for instance. Why on earth do we buy face powders that come with a new mirror each time, and then throw it out when we’re done? It’s pretty terrible when you stop to think about it.

That’s why I was thrilled to see this amazing, functional compact from Aveda. It was my only Black Friday purchase of the year, and well worth it. Depending on the products you use, you can fit a face powder/foundation or eye colour, plus a lipstick that smartly tucks away in the hinge of the compact.


Since Aveda’s “sheer moonflower” is my go-to everyday lip shade anyway, and I also love their dual foundation, it just makes sense. And no more throwing out mirrors! Finally.


Fave Find: Cute, Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards


Welcome to my first Fave Find blog post! I’m going to try to do one of these each week, showcasing a recent discovery of something I love and want to share.

Not only do I love Christmas, but I also love Christmas cards. It’s all about steering clear of the big card stores and finding unique cards that are locally made, eco-friendly, and beautiful. Like these adorable cards I found at Whole Foods the other day. Take a look at those penguins–they’re making a pyramid! Doesn’t get any cuter than that, folks.


And there’s the fine print: made in BC out of 100% post-consumer paper. Check and check.

Want more? Visit Val’s website. Available at Whole Foods.


4 Things on my December To-Do List

I’ll admit it, I’m a Christmas fanatic. I can’t help myself, I love everything about the season—the music, the events (and craziness) of getting together with family and friends, and yes, even the commercials. I know, I know, but I have no shame.

Here are a few things I’m planning this year to celebrate the season!

1. Have a “Treat Yo’ Self Day”

Did this today! If you’ve seen Parks and Rec, you’ll know that the adorable characters Tom and Donna go for an annual excursion where they go to the spa, go out for lunch, and shop, shop, shop! What a fun idea. Today my friend I and did it up right, complete with sparkly Christmas manicures, lunch, and decadent lattes. Definitely recommend it.

2. Go ice-skating outside

This seems to be on my list every year, but I never seem to get around to it. This year, it must happen! Right now my hubby Scott is in the midst of exams, which means we don’t exactly have a lot of date nights. But when that’s done, I’m envisioning a romantic ice-skating date. Since I actually haven’t been skating since I was about 10, it will probably be quite clumsy and not romantic, but I’m ready to get out there and give it my all anyway!

3. Write the best Stocking Song ever!

My family’s had a bizarre Christmas-morning tradition since I was little: we have to sing for our stockings. No song = no stocking. And stockings are pretty much the main event in my family. Last year was Scott’s first Stocking Song, and he knocked it out of the park by changing the lyrics to a traditional song to lovingly make fun of the rest of this. I have no idea what I’m going to do yet, so this is going to be a toughie…

4. Bake 

I’m a terrible baker! I pretty much bake only once a year, for Christmas. Every year I tell myself, “this will be the year where I’ll discover how much I love baking, and how talented I am, and then I’ll bake all the time!” And then it never happens. But who knows? Maybe this will be the year where I’ll discover how much I love baking, and how talented I am, and then I’ll bake all the time!