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Beauty Swellness: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

Anyone who’s travelled with me and allowed me the task of creating the trip itinerary knows I can get a little cray cray with cramming in as much as possible. I’ve tried to relax a bit on pushing myself (and friends) too much, but still, I like to do as much as possible — sleep can happen when I’m back home.

So I’m super stoked about the new Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Eye Mask for travel to help me look and feel more bright-eyed and less weary. It’s 5.5 mL per mask, so it’s carry-on friendly, and how can you not love the little MacGyver-ish manoeuvre of poppng the fluid chamber (the fluid’s got actives including three oxygenating ingredients and vitamin C for brightening and evening skin tone) so that the fluid saturates the eye masks. (Oh, it’s got cucumber extract, too, to help with depuffing!).

I tried out the mask this past weekend in Philly and my skin felt incredible after — soft and refreshed, and it erased signs of the late night of karaoke and early mornings of going to buy delicious donuts (more on that later in my travel story on Philly).

Since it’s carry-on friendly, use it right on your flight if you don’t mind your seatmates’ curious glances. (I myself will reserve its flight use to an airplane’s private pod away from other people’s view — ah Cathay Pacific, you’ve ruined me by allowing me to experience the luxury of your business-class pods…).

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask, $65 for a box of four masks. Available at Sephora and The Bay.


April 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM Leave a comment

Beauty Swellness: Ceramic Glaze nail polish


From the people behind China Glaze (who IMHO make the best neons for summer pedis) comes Ceramic Glaze, and its 24-shade summer collection ($10.99 per bottle). The brand is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart and it contains the same clay hardeners as China Glaze, but has an extra helping of pigments and dyes for a really saturated colour.

I’ve got on the hotter than hot shade Exotic Dragonfruit here and I’m in love. It dries to an almost matte finish that looks velvety, which I like so much I’ve skipped topcoat.

April 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM 2 comments

Beauty Swellness: How to rock unshampooed hair messy-braids-balmain

(Photo: Balmain Spring 2013,

In honour of Earth Month, would you consider conserving some water and skipping shampooing your hair so often? I have not yet totally embraced dry shampoo myself (plus I run what seems like all the time, so I shampoo a lot, often twice a day), but picked up some valuable info from Kristjan Hayden, Aveda’s creative director, on getting great hair when you have not washed it fresh.

Embrace your second-day hair. Loads of the top runway looks work better with not freshly shampooed hair. Updos, braids, textured hair? All easier to accomplish with “dirty” hair.

Too-clean hair can lead to annoying catch-y ends. I’ve been noticing that my hair always seems somewhat tangled, even when it’s not. Kristjan explained that because my hair is squeaky clean, this can lead the ends catching. This is why I can never run my hands easily through the ends.

Use a crimper.  Yes, you read that right. A crimper can give you some nice lift. Are you like me — my fine hair when unshampooed will lie super flat against my scalp. Kristjan suggests crimping sections from underneath at the roots to give some lift and volume. Brush it out (plus the sections over top will cover the sections you’ve crimped) and it gives oomph to hair but without the solidness of backcombing.

Try a liquid volumizer to refresh on day 2. Kristjan is wary of some dry shampoos for the potentially powdery look they can give hair. He recommends Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep spritzed into dry unshampooed hair to add volume and texture.

Aveda Pure Abundance

April 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM Leave a comment

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