September 15, 2014

Softlips CUBE (& GIVEAWAY!)

These Softlips CUBE lip moisturizers have been popping up at drugstores everywhere lately so I was super excited when Mentholatum sent me some to try out. Even better, they're offering a prize package for one of my readers too (read on for more details).

Vanilla Bean and Berry Bliss

Softlips is known for its "skinny tube" packaging so this new cube design is quite a departure from the norm. About 1 inch wide, they actually aren't that all that big but still might be uncomfortable if you're the type who likes to stash lip balm in your pockets. The product inside is spherical (just like eos lip balms), which I like since I find this shape easy to apply. Plus, I personally think the roundness is adorable.

The CUBE lip moisturizers also feature 5-in-1 lip perfecting technology to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect, and add shine. My lips feel moisturized immediately upon use and I don't have to continuously reapply. Both Vanilla Bean and Berry Bliss are pleasant scents/flavours, although my favourite of the two is Berry Bliss for its delicious fruity notes. At only $4.99 CAD, these are a great purchase for lip product lovers!


Now for that giveaway I mentioned earlier... Mentholatum is kindly offering a giveaway prize worth $50 which includes 1 Softlips CUBE in Berry Bliss, 1 Softlips CUBE in Vanilla Bean, 1 clutch purse with a zipper chain wristlet, and 1 purse mirror.

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me why you're excited to try the new Softlips CUBE and don't forget to leave an e-mail address so I can contact you.

For a bonus entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: "I just entered to win a Softlips CUBE prize package from @alison_elle and you should too! -"

Giveaway ends September 25 and is only open to Canadian readers (sorry!). Winner will be randomly selected.

September 10, 2014

Blonde Ambitions

If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen that I recently underwent a bit of a hair transformation. Thanks to Celine at Hair Matters for getting me the blonde balayage I was looking for! She's definitely worth a trip to the Sunshine Coast (and yes, I did take a ferry just to get my hair done).

Tank: Club Monaco (here) / Pants: Talula (Aritzia) / Belt: Moschino (here)
Shoes: Prada (here) / Ring: Front & Company / iPhone Case: Lindiess

September 7, 2014

Amie Skincare

If you're in the market for a new and affordable skincare line, you might be interested in British brand Amie which officially launched in Canada just last month. Specifically targeted to those with sensitive skin, the products contain no harsh chemicals or parabens. In fact, 95% of the ingredients used in each product are natural botanical/plant extracts, making the range vegetarian-/vegan-friendly (no animal testing here!)

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at few of Amie's award-winning products and have really been liking them so far.

Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash ($10 CAD) has been a refreshing cleanser for sleepy mornings with its green apple scent. The Vitamin E bursting beads are a little larger than I typically use with exfoliating cleansers but they thankfully don't feel harsh on the skin.

Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask ($12 CAD) is a deep cleansing mask that you apply for 10 minutes once or twice a week. I love a good mask and this one leaves my skin feeling nice and soft afterwards.

Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser ($12 CAD) is supposed to control oiliness and shine (so perfect for oily skinned girls like myself). I actually haven't really noticed a matte effect from using this moisturizer (maybe my skin is too oily!) but no breakouts either which is still a plus.

Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturiser ($12 CAD) is better for drier skin types. It's rich in rose extract, rose hip oil, and mallow, which makes for a super delicious scent combination.

Amie Skincare is available exclusively at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.