My 2016 Beauty Favourites


2016 has been an enjoyable ride in the beauty department. Discovering new products that instantly become a new favourite is a lot of fun. Having to narrow down the best of the best for 2016, on the other hand, is never easy. But I managed to come up with a list of my 2016 favourites in each category.

Bleu Lavande Moisturizing Multifunctional Day & Night Facial Cream


Winter is here! And although I love being outside in the cold with the snow, my skin begs to differ. Dry skin is never fun, it doesn't feel or look pleasant. Luckily there are moisturizers out there that can help! Lately, I have been loving Bleu Lavande Moisturizing Multifunctional Day & Night Facial Cream. 

Smile Brilliant

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness" -- William Arthur Ward

Professional Teeth Whitening

As much as I enjoy smiling with my teeth, I tend to feel insecure when it comes to the stains that were left from years of drinking coffee and tea. From a distance, it's unnoticeable but up close, it's embarrassing. Over the past few years, I've tried numerous teeth whitening products from toothpaste to whitening strips to even oil pulling. As efficient as some of these products were, they were not as effective. And I'm sure oil pulling would have done the trick but after trying it for a few days, I couldn't get used to it. When Smile Brilliant reached out to me, I'm not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical. But after seeing results from various bloggers, I had to give it a go! Keep on reading because at the end there is a chance for you to win a Smile Brilliant package! 

Who is Smile Brilliant?
They are the #1 dentist recommended teeth whitening procedure, delivered to your home! Their teeth whitening system is exactly what you would get at the dentist. The only difference? You save time and money. No dentist appointment needed, as everything is done from the comfort of your home and let's face it, getting your teeth whiten from the dentist can be costly. 

Orville Redenbacher's Caramel & White Cheddar Gourmet Popcorn

Orville Redenbacher's Caramel & White Cheddar Gourmet Popcorn Influenster Review

Orville Redenbacher's has always been about quality. In fact, they are a little obsessed with it. Take their new premium Caramel & White Cheddar popcorn. It has the light, fluffy texture you know and love with a rich, buttery caramel and premium white cheddar to heighten the experience. 

COVERGIRL Intensify Me! Liquid Liner

COVERGIRL Intensify Me! Liquid Liner First Impression Swatch Review

Get the control of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid eyeliner for beautifully defined eyes every time. COVERGIRL's all-new paddle-shaped tip gives you two looks in one - thick and dramatic or thin and elegant. The intense black formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly for instant drama. Clinically tested, suitable eyeliner for sensitive eyes.

COVERGIRL So Lashy! Mascara

COVERGIRL So Lashy! Mascara Review

Bold sexy lashes for all! Get the bold, dark, voluminous lashes you’ve dreamed of with COVERGIRL So Lashy! Mascara. COVERGIRL's 3-in-1 brush shapes, molds and builds lashes regardless of your lash type, while the specialized ball tip gets the corners and hard to reach lashes. 

Fall 2016 Fashion Favourites


Those who know me, knows I L-O-V-E the Fall/Winter season, not in terms of those deep freeze days (though I do love to bundle up and have a hot drink in hand) but the fashion. Outerwear, boots, hats, scarves, and most importantly, it's sweater weather! I love layering pieces, combining different textures and the juxtaposition look because as Alexander McQueen states: It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Review and Swatches

Doll up your lips in plush and vibrant colours! NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on and sets into a striking matte finish. This waterproof lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe. 

Fall in love with NIVEA

NIVEA Creme, Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls, Day Cream SPF30, Night Care Review

NIVEA. A beloved favourite brand that I have known and used since childhood. The iconic classic to say the least. At a young age, I remember my Mother using NIVEA Creme on the daily. I always admired the delightful fragrance and from time-to-time would ask if I can apply some on my hands. From kindly asking to sneakingly taking, my Mother eventually bought me my own jar of NIVEA Soft as my skin was lacking hydration. I was super happy as this was the first skincare product I own. The 10 year old me felt like a grown up with a little NIVEA jar on the corner of my bedside table. Fast forward to now and you will never see my desk, bathroom counter or even my bag without NIVEA. Especially now that the cold weather is upon us.

Biolage R.A.W.

Real. Authentic. Wholesome.

Matrix Biolage R.A.W Collection

Biolage R.A.W. is a range of feel-good, look-good, do-good hair care. This powerful haircare regimen gives you the power to create the hair you've always dreamed of, all while being good for you and the environment. This 70-100% natural-origin haircare range provides a unique sensorial experience combined with true professional results. What is natural-origin? Biolage R.A.W. considers an ingredient to be of natural origin if it is unchanged from its natural state or has undergone processing yet still retains greater than 50% of its molecular structure from the original plant or mineral source.

Dermablend Professional SMOOTH Liquid Camo Foundation

Dermablend Professional Smooth Liquid Camo Medium Coverage Foundation Camel 30N, Loose Setting Powder, Long Wear Makeup Remover Review

Flawless, clear skin. Not everyone is lucky to have good looking skin and if you do, I envy you. Whether it's a minor blemish or a permanent mark, insecurities can sometimes come out to play. The #1 dermatologist recommended camouflage brand in the USA, Dermablend Professional helps transforms you into you. A high level of pigments in ultra-blendable formulas for natural yet flawlessly camouflaged skin, Dermablend clinically proven to immediately improve skin's appearance and quality of life. 

Dermablend Professional Canadian Launch

Dermablend Professional Canadian Launch Recap

Created by American dermatologist, Dr. Craig Roberts, Dermablend has been recognized as the expert in camouflage cosmetics since 1981. Dermatologist tested, allergy tested, sensitive skin tested, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and fragrance free; Dermablend is the #1 dermatologist recommended camouflage brand in the USA. And guess what? It's finally making its way to Canada, available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and beautyboutique.ca starting October 8.

Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut & Hydration

Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut and Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner Review

"Put the lime in the coconut..." 

That's essentially what Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut & Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner features; coconut water and sweet lime. If you have dry hair and looking for a shampoo to make your hair look, feel, and smell beautiful and a conditioner that provides extra nourishment. Dove Nutritive Solution Coconut & Hydration has everything you need and more. 

ChickAdvisor ShowCase Toronto 2016

ChickAdvisor ShowCase Toronto 2016 - Event recap and products reviewed

ChickAdvisor hosted one of its most popular events, ShowCase by ChickAdvisor. What is ShowCase? It's an exclusive live product testing party. Guests get to experience and review a selection of new and classic beauty products while also enjoying exquisite high tea pastries and savouries in a luxurious hotel ballroom setting. 

NYX Pro Lip Cream Palette - The Pinks

NYX Pro Lip Cream Palette The Pinks Swatches

Pucker up! Available in four shade palettes: The Pinks, The Nudes, The Reds, The Plums, NYX Pro Lip Cream Palettes features six expertly coordinated colour combinations of intensely pigmented lip creams. Wear each shade alone or blend them all together for a totally customized look!

Fashion on Yonge 2016

Last week, I attended the 4th annual Fashion on Yonge event presented by Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. The event featured over 300 outfits in three runway shows from a sampling of 150 apparel and accessories retailers in the area. But that wasn't all. Not only do attendees get to see some of fashion retailers' current fall trends; food samplings from local restaurants, mini beauty services, and live music performances were also included. 

Fashion on Yonge 2016 Swag Bag

Fashion on Yonge took place outside Trinity Square while the runway shows were held inside the beautiful and historic church of Holy Trinity. Seating was limited for the runway shows, so online ticket registration was required for entry. Attendees at the show were given a special presentation from Toronto Film School's emerging designers who shared their work on the runway. The event, including the runway shows, were completely free and opened to the public. 

Post Labour Day Whites

Rule Breaker: Wear white after Labour Day. 

How to wear White after Labour Day Fashion

Go ahead and wear white whenever you want! But let's face it, it's pretty hard to wear white head-to-toe on a normal day. You're either afraid to get that clean white dirty or feel an all white outfit simply doesn't make sense. Believe me, I've been in both situations but lately, I've been having fun and enjoying wearing whites. It's not as challenging as it may seem. Check out the different ways I incorporate an all white outfitThen, leave me a comment: What's your favourite look? How do you wear white? Would you wear all white, from head-to-toe?

NYX Rocker Chic Palette - California Dreaming

NYX Rocker Chic California Dreaming Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

Matte, metallics, shimmer. The perfect palette to step to the mic and dazzle the crowd with your bold tones. The Rocker Chic Palette features five vibrant eye shadows that can be used to take any look from soft to dramatic. 

California Dreaming features: 
Matte Black, Shimmery Pink, Metallic Deep Grey, Shimmery Rusty Red Copper, and Matte Teal. 

ESQIDO Lashes

The world's most comfortable false lashes.

ESQIDO Lashes in Unforgettable and Companion Eyelash Glue

Handcrafted from the softest and finest naturally shed mink hairs, ESQIDO lashes are inexplicably natural looking. Combined with their beautiful curls, these ultra fine lashes give your eyes a natural lift. A light and soft handcrafted cotton band results in an easy to apply and comfortable pair of lashes you can wear all day long.

Wandering Through the Lens: New York

Take me back to the city that never sleeps. 

The Christina Truong Network. Through the Lens. Touring New York Photography Manhattan Skyline

Earlier this year I took a trip to New York City with the intention of exploring. Exploring I did! From Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and even a quick visit to Staten Island. It's no wonder "The City That Never Sleeps" is a well-known nickname for New York - I wanted to spend my entire week awake and wandering through every street. There was just so much to see but so little time. One week was not enough for this lady. I'm sure with better planning, hitting up every stop would have been possible. At least I have an excuse to go back, right? Nonetheless, experiencing the busy streets, riding the subway, and visiting iconic landmarks; it was an adventurous week full of fun-filled memories that will sure be in the books. 

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara


COVERGIRL Super Sizer Fibers Mascara brings you 400% more volume and the look of long, dark, amplified lashes. Its specialized formula contains built-in fibers to create the ultimate false lash extension effect, even with short lashes. Available in four shades: Very Black, Black, Black Brown, and Brown. With eyelashes this bold, prepare to accept compliments and spread the word.

COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream

Get dramatically flawless coverage with COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream. An oil-free formula that provides the perfect amount of coverage to even skin tone, hide blemishes, won’t clog pores and leaves skin shine-free all day.

COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream for Oily Skin 530 light/medium first impression review

Vichy Ideal Body Care

My first serious skincare routine started when I was an early teen. I was browsing the aisle of a drugstore and a beauty consultant lured me in with a mist of thermal water and started to showcase a bunch of the brand's products. Talk about pressuring a customer for a sale. Luckily, no pressure was made to purchase their product but I was given tons of samples and instructions on what to use when. I gave them a go and I was impressed at what it did to my skin. Of course, my teenage skin was already at its best but after trying a few samples from this brand, my skin was, dare I say, amazing! So who is this brand? VichyMost popular in Europe and in my daily skincare life, Vichy is a premium brand of skincare, body care, make-up and anti-aging products. 

Vichy Ideal Body Care: Spa Shower Gel-Cream, Body Serum Milk, Replumping Lip Balm First Impression Review

I have tried numerous skincare products from various brands and love them all but Vichy holds a special place in my heart (and for my skin). And although Vichy is one of my favourites, I haven't tried all their products, mainly because it's not suitable for my skin type or I haven't explore that collection. One of which is the Vichy Ideal Body Care line. Body care is just as important as skincare for the face, so I was excited to give the Ideal Body Care line a try. 

Show Off Some Shoulders

Trends come and go... and then they make a comeback.

Summer Trend: Off the shoulder. Top 10 favourite off the shoulder styles

Off-the-Shoulders, the fashion trend of the summer season. Crazy enough, during this year's spring cleaning, I found a storage box of clothes hidden in the basement from well over 10 years ago. I believe I was suppose to drop them off as hand-me-downs for family back then but it never left the house. Thankful for a growing family, I still can pass this box of clothing to the youngest members of the clan and hope they can retrieve a few beloved pieces. That being said, I found some off-the-shoulder tops that look and fit better now then it did when I was a teen and they're not getting their hands on them. 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencils

A long-wearing, waterproof eye pencil that pairs ultra-creamy glide with instant colour intensity?! YES, PLEASE!!!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencils M-10 Matte Black M-92 Matte Pastel Purple Review Swatch Generation Beauty Toronto 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER had joined forces with pop star Charli XCX to create this collection of Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners. Charli's bold, artistic, transformative nature and energetic stage presence exemplify the creative spirit of MAKE UP FOR EVER and the Aqua XL collection.

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Light Review and Swatch
Last month when I attended Generation Beauty I was ecstatic to learn that Too Faced was exclusively demonstrating and offering their new Born This Way Concealer to every attendee. At that time, this product hadn't been released to the market and was set to launch in the upcoming month (available now at TooFaced.com and in Sephora Canada July 2016). Unfortunately, I got to their booth a little too late and they were out of the "lighter" shades (they were kind enough to offer me their Sweethearts Bronzer (review coming soon!)). 

After GenBeauty, I read so many reviews raving about this new concealer and I honestly couldn't wait any longer to try it out myself. Can July come any sooner?! Fortunately, earlier this month, Sephora held an exclusive 3-day event at CF Toronto Eaton Centre to celebrate the launch of the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. A second chance to try out this concealer before it hits shelves?! I couldn't be more excited. I mean, I don't mind waiting another month but when an opportunity strikes, you take it! In this case, I wanted to experience and learn about the Born This Way Concealer firsthand with makeup artists from Too Faced. 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day (under $100) Gift Guide

With Father's Day coming up, I'm sure there are a few who are scrambling to find that last minute gift. I'm not going to lie, shopping for Dad isn't easy. What does he like? What does he not have? Will he use it? A simple card is always a thoughtful gift but sometimes you just want to get him something that he will love to use. I've come up with a list of gifts that will make any Dad happy and best of all, they are all under $100! 

COVERGIRL + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation


COVERGIRL meets Olay with a product that instantly reduced the look of wrinkles, evens skin tone and delivers firming hydration with the Simply Ageless 3-in-1 foundation.

Softlips Luxe and Cube

Softlips Luxe and Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care First Impression Review

Softlips, known to keeping lips soft have been a past time favourite. I discovered Softlips through a friend during my childhood. She had the Honeydew Melon flavour and I was intrigued by the skinny tube packaging and the scent. So I immediately headed to the drugstore after school with my Mom and bought the exact one, tried it on and loved it! Not only did it smell amazing but left my lips moisturized!

Generation Beauty 2016 Toronto Weekend Thoughts & Experience

Generation Beauty GenBeauty by ipsy Toronto 2016 Weekend Experience

Generation Beauty is a two day beauty event founded by Michelle Phan and her company, ipsy. This event is the place to express ones unique beauty, get energized and inspired by favourite brands, beauty gurus and fans alike. Generation Beauty had been held in Los Angeles and New York, but they decided it was time to go international - first stop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada! 

#NYXClassOf2016

#NYXClassOf2016 Prom
About last week... I was asked to "Glow to Prom" to celebrate #NYXClassOf2016. Of course I said yes! I mean, who doesn't want to re-do prom? I certainly do. I have mentioned in a past post, my high school prom wasn't what I had hoped - still had a great time, though. But to be able to have a second chance at prom, I made the most of it. Well, sort of. If I had Claire Danes' Met Gala gown by Zac Posen, my evening would have been complete!

Generation Beauty 2016 Toronto Haul

Generation Beauty GenBeauty 2016 Toronto Haul

Generation Beauty by ipsy is the biggest celebration of the next generation of beauty: YOU. 

On May 14 and 15, Generation Beauty came to Toronto, finally! I have heard and seen pictures of this event, which was always held in Los Angeles and New York City, and always wanted to take the trip south of the border just to join the fun. 

When they announced they were coming north of the border for the first time, I was excited. And when they said it was going to be in Toronto, I immediately bought my ticket! So glad I did because it's truly an amazing experience - more on that in my next blog post. For now, check out all the goodies received from the event. P.S.: This is only half the reason why I wanted to attend #GenBeauty

NEXXUS Emergencée Reconstructive System

Intensely Reconstructed. Totally responsive. Beautiful fluidity. 

NEXXUS Emergencee Reconstrucive System. Recondtructing Treatment, Rebalancing Shampoo, and Restoring Conditioner Review

NEXXUS Emergencée reconstruct damaged hair from within and breathe responsiveness and resilience with their highly sophisticated reconstructive system. Specifically formulated with concentrated, 100% pure Elastin Protein and Marine Collagen*, NEXXUS' Emergencée regimen actively repairs the internal structure of fibers and leaves hair resilient so it unravels with responsive, fluid beauty. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide


A few years ago, under my secondary blog over on Tumblr, I wrote about Mother's Day gifting and being creative (read more about it here). Since then, nothing has changed except for the fact that social media today is playing a huge role in doing the creative thinking for you. Although gifts aren't a priority in the family, I like to throw a few surprises here and there for Mom. And if you're stuck on what to gift Mom, you've come to the right place, here are my top Mother's Day gifts under $100. Don't forget to check out the different ways to celebrate Mom's special day.

Prom Guide To Memories: Prom Dress the Night

Prom Guide: Dress the Night. Top prom dress ideas and picks.

As prom season arrives, shop window displays are filled with gorgeous dresses. I can't help but wish I could go back to prom wearing the dresses I see today. But since time travel doesn't exist at this time, I can simply admire the dresses from afar or in this case, share some of the dresses I've seen and love. If you're heading to prom this year and at crunch time looking for a dress, I hope my top picks gives you some inspirations. 

Oh and don't forget to check out my list of Prom Preparations Do's and Don'ts, where I share my tips and prom mistakes that no one else needs to make. 

DorMauri Tea Tree Clay Facial Cleanser

DorMauri Tea Tree Mineral Clay Facial Cleanser Review

A unique detoxifying and replenishing cleanser that restores skin's nutrients for a smooth and revitalized look and feel. DorMauri Facial Clay Cleanser features the exclusive DorMauri Mineral Clay which contains the highest amount of minerals and trace elements. These elements help supply skin with rich nutrients while drawing out the impurities, leaving skin looking radiant and smooth. 

Dove Quench Absolute

Get perfectly nourished hair and 72hr manageability with the new Dove Quench Absolute range. 

Dove Quench Absolute - For dry, wavy, curly hair. Ultra nourishing shampoo, conditioner, creme serum Review

Did you know? Wavy and curly hair naturally feels drier. It needs effective nourishment to keep it smooth, more manageable and free-flowing. Dove Quench Absolute range with Nutrients, Proteins and Buriti Oil deeply nourishes to quench dryness from the inside and out so hair naturally behaves better. 

Lise Watier HydraForce - Review Experience

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme Hydrating Moisturizer Review and Experience

Keeping hydrated inside and out plays an important part in the health of your body and maintenance of healthy skin. My question is: Is your skin well hydrated? You may be surprised it might not. Fret not, Lise Watier HydraForce, the new Canadian line of weatherproof moisturizers, is here to help.

Burt's Bees Lipstick

Burt's Bees Lipstick 520 Scarlet Soaked Review and Swatch
Burt's Bees has always been a company that I know as using natural ingredients in their products ranging from personal care, health to beauty, and personal hygiene. Although they have well over 100 products, I have only tried their lip balms, moisturizing creams and most recently, their facial cleansing towelettes (in pink grapefruit!!!). Well, that's about to change as I'm adding one more to the list of Burt's Bees products I tried: Lipstick. 

Simple Skincare

Simple Skincare - Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes, Micellar Cleansing Water and Replenishing Rich Moisturizer Review

Simple skincare provides a complete range of facial skincare products that are perfect for everyone, including those with sensitive skin. Simple products contain skin-loving ingredients and added vitamins for natural, healthy-looking skin. No dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals. Simple products are also hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and pH balanced. 

HASK Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Hair Care Collection

HASK Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Hair Care Collection Review

Toes in the sand, sun on your skin, sipping a drink out of a coconut (with a little umbrella of course)... TIME TO WAKE UP! Sadly, it was just a dream. But at least you’ve got your HASK Monoi Coconut Oil products. Hopping in the shower with some HASK Monoi Coconut Oil will definitely make you feel like you’re in Tahiti. 

Lipidol Skincare Oils

Lipidol Skincare Oils Review

The first step in caring for skin is helping it retain its moisture. Daily washing, dry climates, heating and air conditioning all allow moisture to escape. The advantage of using oil in daily skincare is that the skin's natural oily layer is continually being supplemented. Introducing Lipidol, a new line of cleansing and moisturizing skincare oils for face and body from the makers of Bio-Oil. Lipidol helps protect skin against moisture loss. It is suitable for sensitive skin and is non-comedogenic. 

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation and Blender

Hydrated skin. Matte Finish. Flawless face. Put your best face forward with Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. And for a smooth, seamless coverage, built for precision and ease, enhance a flawless finish using Maybelline Dream Blender. 

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation and Blender Review 60 Sandy Beige

Garnier Whole Blends - Green Apple & Green Tea

Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing Green Apple and Green Tea Shampoo Conditioner 5 in 1 Lightweight Spray Review

Experience the ultimate recipe for refreshed hair. A "good for you" combination of hand-selected farm harvested Green Apple and Chinese Green Tea extracts. Garnier's invigorating formula blooms with a crisp, fresh fragrance, bringing to life the wholesome care that revitalizes hair and boost shine. 

Brookside Chocolate Tablet Bars

Brookside Chocolate Tablet Bars Review Blueberry Almond with acai flavour Mango Coconut Crisp Tart Cherry Crisp with pomegranate flavour

Whether it's a chocolate bar from the convenience store or the more luxurious kind, chocolate is a guilty pleasure. Who can resist? Well, I know some who can. But for the rest of us, we can't. So imagine a good-for-you sweet treat featuring high quality ingredients, such as fruits and nuts, and rich quality dark chocolate. Does that sound divine to you? Well then, Brookside has the answer to satisfying your sweet tooth with their Chocolate Tablet Bars. 

Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin

Say hello to hydration with Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin. A revolutionary new formula that blends with water when skin is most receptive to moisture (i.e. Right after bathing; when pores are open). Moisture-rich oils bind instantly to water on skin, absorbing quickly and leaving skin twice as moisturized* and looking luminous in just half the time**. 

Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin Review Skincare

*Twice the moisturization in a single application clinical study 
**1/2 the time versus ordinary lotion 
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