Monday, March 19, 2018

February 2018 Bakers Krate Review

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Today I have an exciting and extra-sweet post for you featuring the February Bakers Krate*.

If you are unfamiliar with Bakers Krate, it’s a subscription box that sends its members hand-crafted gourmet baked goods produced by Canadian experts. The Bakers Krate team searches for Canada’s best desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth so that you can enjoy local tastes and delicacies in the comfort of your own home. Each box contains fresh baked goods such as cake pops, pie jars, cookies, dessert squares, and more made by Canadian artisans. Each item in the box is packaged well to guarantee freshness.

Subscriptions are $19.99 per month plus $9.99 shipping across Canada. You can save a bit each month by signing up for a three month or a six month plan. You can also send Bakers Krate as a gift and include a sweet, personalized message for the receiver. I have used the gift option for special holidays, birthdays, and for friends who are living away from home. After all, there’s no better cure for missing home than a surprise box of delicious gourmet treats.

The February box is pretty in pink for Valentine’s Day! It also comes with two information cards. One card includes a Dessert Menu with a description of each product as well as an Ingredients List an an expiry date for each dessert. The other card provides interesting background information on the bakeries that created the desserts. Bakeries that contributed to this month’s box are all based in Ontario.

Monday, March 12, 2018

NOTD: Essie Turn 'N' Pose (Gel Couture)

Essie Turn  n pose Gel Couture Review

Today’s NOTD is a little different from my usual posts since the featured polish is not grey or pastel pink. I was in the mood for darker polishes this winter, and Turn ’N’ Pose from Essie’s Gel Couture line has been one of my go-to shades this season.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

February 2018 Little Life Box Review

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We are entering the third month of 2018, and I’m proud to say that I’m still following the healthy habits that I planned to adopt at the beginning of the year. One of my goals is to replace unhealthy, processed snacks with more natural, healthier options. This is not always easy during the busy work week when it’s hard to find time time to go to the grocery store or prepare snacks in advance, but luckily there's a subscription that can help: Little Life Box.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: Sothys Paris Les Jardins Sothys Make-Up Collection (Spring/Summer 2018)

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The Sothys Paris Spring/Summer 2018 Les Jardins Sothys Make-Up Collection draws inspiration from the heart of nature for a wild and radiant beauty look.

Sothys, an avant-garde beauty expert, offers a line of innovative skin and body care, as well as a makeup line with limited-edition collections inspired by the seasons. The Les Jardins Sothys collection launches today (March 5), and features fresh, floral colours such as sunny yellow, vibrant orange, radiant red, garden green, and midnight blue.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Review: Sothys Paris Youth Creams

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I have a confession to make: I genuinely get excited when I am asked for my ID when I go to the casino in my city for dinner. It assures me that I must be taking good care of my skin if I look like I could potentially be at least ten years younger than my age.

Over the past few years, I have been refining my skincare routine to include only products that visibly preserve the youth of my skin and keep it looking healthy and radiant. For this reason, about 90% of the products that I use are from Sothys Paris.

If you are unfamiliar with Sothys, it is an avant-garde beauty expert that produces products sold exclusively in beauty institutes and spas. This highly specialized brand has an extraordinary commitment to research and innovation, which is shown through its effective line of luxurious skin and body care.

According to Sothys research, 80% of aging is caused by environmental factors. Thankfully, the new Sothys Youth Creams* are ideal for those, like me, who wish to keep their real age to themselves because they protect the skin every day from aging, preserve its beauty, and visibly fight the signs of aging.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

January 2018 Spiffster Club Box Review

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Some of my favourite accessories to collect are shoes, earrings, and scarves. For Mr. Writing Beauty, it’s ties. They add a pop of uniqueness and personality to any outfit and are an easy way to make the most of a small wardrobe.

Good quality ties can be expensive though and the selection at department stores doesn’t change frequently enough for tie enthusiasts to build a diverse collection.

Thankfully, Spiffster Club offers an affordable monthly tie subscription so that anyone can build a dapper collection of ties that fit their style. There are five different variations of tie styles and patterns to choose from including silk ties made from the finest silk fabrics, original or skinny ties made from premium microfiber, cotton, wool, and silk materials, and bow ties in self-tying or pre-tied options. Ties come in multiple patterns such as solid, striped, paisley, foulard, pin dotted, polka dotted, plaid, and knit. There is also a sock collection for those who love to keep their feet looking stylish and a Shop where ties can be purchased individually. I think the shop would be a great place to look when shopping for groomsmen ties. In terms of subscription options, they start at only $10 per month and you can save 20% for as long as you are subscribed with the code BEAUTYWRITER.

In January, Mr. Writing Beauty was lucky enough to try the January 2018 Spiffster Club Box*. Read on to see which tie he received and to read our thoughts on it.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

January 2018 CatLadyBox Review

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Happy Caturday! Today I have a special post for all the cats and cat lovers out there.

One of my most important roles is cat mom, and I have no problem admitting that I’m a crazy cat lady. If it weren’t for Mr. Writing Beauty’s allergies, I would like to think that we would have more than two cats.

I'm sure that you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that there’s a subscription box for cat lovers.

CatLadyBox sends its members a monthly selection of unique and high-quality cat-themed items such as clothing, jewellery, home decor, and cat toys that you can’t find anywhere else. There is a CatLadyBox option that includes 3 items for cat ladies and a CRAZY CatLadyBox that sends 3 items for cat ladies and 2 additional goodies for cats. Boxes start at $34.99 per month and feature exclusive designs and limited-edition items.

Other great features of this subscription include a gift option (I don’t know any cat ladies who wouldn’t be excited to receive a CatLadyBox as a gift), the opportunity to purchase individual items from past boxes in the CatLadyBox Shop (they currently have a cat makeup brush set!), and the CatLadyBox Cares program which allows you to nominate your favourite rescue organization for a donation. Each week, CatLadyBox chooses one to receive a monetary donation and a box of CatLadyBox toys for their kitties to enjoy while awaiting their forever homes. My cats are both rescues, so I really appreciate companies that give back to animals in need and organizations that work hard to save animals and provide them with food and shelter.

CatLadyBox also supports independent artists and small businesses by including items in the monthly boxes from art galleries, boutique shops, craft festivals, and independent artist sites.

My cats and I were lucky enough to try the January 2018 CRAZY CatLadyBox*. Read on for our thoughts and to see what we received.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 2018 Oatbox Review

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With the start of 2018, many of us are making resolutions and setting goals to live healthier this year. Exercising, drinking more water, going to bed earlier, eating cleaner, and taking more time to relax are all great ways to improve your health, but don’t forget about breakfast. Sometimes it seems easier to grab a donut or skip breakfast entirely, but taking a few minutes to fuel your body with something nourishing and satisfying will give you energy to make progress throughout the day and keep you from making poor food choices at other meals.

Here’s some good news: You can have a quick, healthy breakfast without having to turn the stove on or get up much earlier. Even more good news: You don’t have to leave the house to get the ingredients. Thanks to Oatbox, you can have a variety of healthy breakfast products delivered to your door for only $20 per month with free shipping across North America.

Oatbox sends its subscribers two different granola mixes every month. The mixes include seasonal ingredients,  mineral-rich organic oat flakes that are known for preventing cardiovascular diseases and maintaining a healthy digestive system, organic rye flakes that aid in digestion and weight loss while lowering the risk of diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure, and organic raw honey that contains antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. They do not need to be cooked and can be enjoyed with some milk or yogurt for a fast yet healthy breakfast. Aside from the classic granola mixes, there is also an option to receive individual oatmeal pouches, gluten-free and nut-free granola, and breakfast cereal bars. All Oatbox products are handcrafted, made of healthy ingredients, and free of preservatives.

I was lucky enough to try the January 2018 Oatbox*. Read on for my review and to see the unique granola flavours that I received this month.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

NOTD: Zoya Dove

Zoya Dove Review 2

I think I’ve mentioned before that grey is one of my favourite colours. It’s the main shade in my home, and I have more grey cardigans than one person could ever need. I also ask for grey at about 90% of my gel polish appointments. It truly goes with everything and it always feels so classy and chic.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 2018 Bullymake Box

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There’s a basket of broken dog toys in my kitchen cupboard. Normally, I would throw a broken item away immediately, but these toys went from brand new to destroyed within five minutes, so I saved them with the intention of fixing them for my dog to enjoy again. If you have a large, strong dog like I do, you likely know the frustration of purchasing an “indestructible” toy, only for your dog to pull out the stuffing, break it in half, or swallow part of it the moment you take it out of the package.

The founders of Bullymake are Bulldog owners who realized that many different dog breeds were in need of more durable toys. Their solution was to create the Bullymake Box which is a subscription designed for power chewers that have an easy time destroying toys and treats.

Boxes contain 2-3 extremely tough chew toys and 3-4 all-natural treats. Toys are tested for durability on nearly every power chewing breed. Bullymake is very accommodating to its subscribers and truly stands behind its products. All toys have a 14-day guarantee and will be replaced with an even tougher toy for free if they are destroyed in this time period. The company also has a satisfaction guarantee, so if a dog does not enjoy a certain toy or treat, it will be replaced without the owner having to send it back or pay for shipping on the replacement. For dogs with beef, chicken, or grain allergies, Bullymake can customize boxes to cater to them and even offers a toys only option for those who cannot have treats at all. Boxes are also customized by dog size and can accommodate dogs from 10-200 pounds.

Boxes start at $39 per month, and you can use the code BULLYMAKE10 for $10 off your first box. This could be a great Valentine’s Day gift for your favourite pup!

My dog, who is approximately 65 pounds, was lucky enough to try the January 2018 Bullymake Box*. Read on to see what he received.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Sothys Paris Reconstructive Youth Serum

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Today I’m sharing my favourite product for waking up to more youthful-looking skin.

Over the past few months, I have been testing out another serum from Sothys Paris. Like the others I have tried, this serum provides visible results right from the first application.

Monday, January 15, 2018

NOTD: Julep Jennye

Julep Jennye Swatch and Review

One of my blogging goals for 2018 is to create more Nail Art and NOTD (Nail of the Day) posts. After all, I started Writing Beauty back in 2011 because of my passion for nails. Although I have downsized my polish collection  over the years and have started getting salon gel manicures when life gets busy, nail polish will always be my first beauty love.

Today I want to share my thoughts on one of my favourite polish purchases from 2017: Julep Jennye.
I received this polish in my May 2017 Julep Maven Customized Box. As I was browsing through the site, this polish immediately caught my attention because it reminded me of a periwinkle crayon that was my favourite colouring tool when I was a child.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bronkotux: A Natural Syrup for Cold & Flu Season

Bronkotux Review

Happy 2018, and welcome back to Writing Beauty!

Now that the holidays are over and I’ve settled into January, my focus is getting back to blogging on a regular basis. I have many exciting posts to share with you over the next twelve months, but I want to start off the year with a seasonally appropriate topic: winter colds and flus.

Whether you know someone who has been sick recently or you have been battling an illness yourself, you are probably well aware of all the germs floating around in this dry, icy air. The frustrating reality is that no matter how often we sanitize our hands, avoid those who are sick, and take care of our bodies, we can still catch a virus.