Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted long hair and although I wasn’t allowed to have it (school restrictions), I envied those who did. Fast forward a few decades later… and I have the hair of my dreams! Needless to say I’m pretty obsessed with taking care of it. My hair is bleached blonde with platinum highlights, and it can be tough to maintain the colour AND keep my locks healthy and hydrated.

I feature my hair A LOT on Instagram, and get asked lots of questions about my haircare routine and the steps I take to try and keep it healthy and long. Starting Fall 2017, I tried out a new haircare routine featuring some items from the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Line and I am really loving the results so far!

 

I tried out the  L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and a 10-in-1 elixir which is a leave-in treatment. Since my hair is pretty dry (all that bleach!), the EverPure Moisture shampoo and conditioner contains rosemary and helps replenish essential moisture and shine to my locks. I love how there are no harsh sulfates, salts or surfactants that can damage my hair.

 

Step 1 of my haircare routine involves using the L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower. I don’t wash my hair everyday – and you shouldn’t either because the extra washes will strip away the natural oils in your scalp (which helps naturally nourish your hair). I wait 2 or 3 days in between washes, and I generally time it after a workout or an intense shopping day (hahaha!). The L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo smells like lavender, which is really soothing. TIP: Make sure you take the time to shampoo your hair a second time AND to rinse out all the product from your hair! I always find that the first shampooing round is to lift the dirt and grease off the hair, and the second shampoo helps take away the gunk. This makes conditioning your hair much more effective! For conditioning, I leave the L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Conditioner in my hair for at least 3 minutes as I find this helps my hair soak in the goodness of the conditioner.

After I wash off my conditioner and step out of the shower, I towel dry my hair (DO NOT RUB HAIR BETWEEN TOWEL! Always pat down softly) and follow up with a few good spritz of the L’Oreal EverPure Moisture 10-in-one elixir. This is a skincare inspired super treatment with indian lilac that aims to deliver 10 benefits in 1 (1. Nourish 2. Hydrate 3. Soothe 4. Repair 5. Density 6. Smooth 7. Texture 8. Strength 9. Softness 10. Shine) – basically a spa treatment for your hair!

I then let my hair air dry to allow time for my hair cuticles to close, then when my hair is 50% dry I finish up by blow drying in a medium – low heat setting.

RESULTS

After using the L’Oreal EverPure Moisture line for 2 weeks, I’ve noticed a few subtle but important changes in my hair!

To begin with, my hair is a lot more manageable and soft. This says a lot given that my hair is super dry already. I find that the 10-in-one elixir really helps to smooth out any frizz and detangles my hair so it doesn’t get caught in my brush (and subsequently gets pulled out).

In addition – my bleached blonde hair color is maintained. Everyone who colors their hair knows that the blond tends to oxidize with time, turning into a brassy, orangey color. Despite the L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner not being a blonde or purple line, I find that the blonds in my hair are still maintained which is an added bonus – YAY!

So there you have it! I’ll be continuing to use the  L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture line for a longer period of time, and I’ll update any new findings here!

The L’Oreal EverPure Moisture line is the recipient of the “I recommend” award from cosmetics magazine in Canada, and is 100% Sulfate Free, 100% Paraben Free and 100% Vegan. If your hair is like mine – a little dull and dry – give this line a try and let me know what you think!

xoxo,

Kerina

Fall is now upon us and we are all looking for new pieces and ways to style our wardrobes for this season. There are some days when I want to dress up, and then there are the days when I just want to be comfy and casual. What screams comfort and coziness more than flannels? These flannels are from UNTUCKit and are hands down one of the most comfy flannels I’ve ever owned!

 

To put it simply, they are flannel shirts that can be worn by both men and women, meant to be styled untucked. I decided to wear mine in two different combos: first I paired it with a basic white tank top underneath, it’s quick and effortlessly cute at the same time! In the second outfit I wore a casual grey sweater, and tied the shirt around the waist, going for a more streetstyle inspired vibe. Added a pair of classic Timbs and a warm beanie to tie the look together, and voila!

untuckit shirt flannel fall cozy casual

untuckit shirt flannel casual sweatshirt

As I mentioned above, men can wear this shirt just as easily as women. My hubby wanted to wear his unbuttoned with a black t-shirt underneath. He also added jeans and a pair of Timbs to match mine! The great thing about those flannels is that they’re versatile and if you feel like you prefer to wear it buttoned up, it will look just as good.

untuckit shirt flannel casual outfit

untuckit shirt casual flannel outfit

You can get yours here, from the UNTUCKit shirts official website. Their initiative was to create a type of shirt that can still look well-fitted and smart even if it’s worn untucked. For people who want their outfit to look put together but be comfortable at the same time – a combination that is often hard to pull off. Depending on your tastes, they have a variety of designs and colors, from plaid and polka dots to plain/monochrome, that are sure going to be a great addition to your wardrobe, especially for this season. Stay cozy!

untuckit shirt cozy fall sweatshirt blogger

Hello hello my lovelies! As you might already know, I always enjoy trying out and testing lipsticks, especially ones that look very promising. The LÓreal Matte Lipsticks is no exception. Pretty packaging is always a plus, and even though these ones have a more elegant feel to them rather than girly and cute, they are still eye-catching. Matte black and gold detailing are a very good match!

lóreal matte lipsticks the exclusives collection

As presented above, I am going to do an honest review of those five colors that range from light nudes to deep brown and more. Holidays are approaching quickly and I really can’t think of a better time to so some make up updates! Besides, it’s always loads of fun to try out new products =D

LÓreal Paris Matte Lipsticks

#703 – A gorgeous pink nude. Perfect to use for natural make-up looks, as it’s definitely not too bold. It’s downside is, as you can see on my lips, that the color is not as prominent when you wear it. The tube definitely makes it seem like a deeper color.

LÓreal Paris Matte Lipsticks

#712 – OMG, this one is VIBRANT! If you’re kind of gal who needs a bold fuchsia lipstick in her collection, this could be a great choice. I feel like it even gives the effect of plumper lips!

LÓreal Paris Matte Lipsticks

#800 – A nude shade. Unfortunately, the color payoff on the lips is not very similar to the shade in the tube. It has a pinkish undertone, and you might want to add more coats to make the color deeper.

matte lipsticks lóreal try outs

#802 – A deeper shade of nude! If you want something a bit more pigmented than the previous one, I suggest you go for this shade. Again, the color in the lips is not as strong as it is in the tube, however, I think it looks quite cute overall!^^

matte lipsticks lóreal try outs

#804 – LOVE this one! It’s deep brown color and I was very surprised on how good it looks on the lips. The ideal color to rock during those autumn days. This also probably has the most matte effect out of all the lipsticks in this collection.

 

PACKAGING: 8/10

As I mentioned in the beginning, I think the packaging has it’s strong point as it looks very elegant. There is also a good way to differentiate them, as they each have a specific signature. For example, #703 dubbed “Eva’s Pink” has a golden signature on it.

COLOR PAYOFF: 7/10 

The lighter colors didn’t look as strong on the lips as they did in the packaging. You might have to apply one more layer if you want the full color effect, especially with the light nude ones! However, the fuchsia and deep brown tubes were very pretty. If you’re looking for the extreme pigment and matte effect, this collection might not exactly be your cup of tea. Those lipsticks are subtle, everyday colors that will give a natural vibe to your look^^

 

My favorite is number #703, it’s that perfect MLBB shade that’s perfect for everyday wear. For fall, my favorite is definitely #804 – it screams chic and can “dress your face up” even if you’re wearing minimal makeup!

Which is your favorite shade? Any new lippie loves lately? Please share!

 

XO, Kerina

 

 

 

I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

I can’t believe it’s already September. That means summer is ending, fall is approaching and the super exciting New York Fashion Week is coming up soon in September 2017! Fashion weeks are always fun and busy, with tons of running around between and after shows. Great outfit combos with heels come at a great price, with my feet always getting super tired and I resort to changing into flats. I believe lots of you girls out there do the same!

Luckily, Dr Scholl’s came out with their Stylish Step™ insoles line, which includes insoles for your heels, flats, booties, and whatever you’re sporting.

 

My newfound comfort that I bring along with me every time I wear heels, the Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ High Heel Relief insoles. I love the super comfy gel arch support, which is designed to shift pressure off the ball of my feet (which is always my number 1 pain when wearing heels).

This is what it looks like inside my heels. They are invisible, which means even if you wear sandals like mine or peep toes or strappy stilettos, they won’t show. I wear a size US7, and the insoles work for shoe sizes 6-10. I placed it so that the ball of my foot is directly supported by the gel pad and the arch lined up with my foot.

Instant. Game. Changer.

I also noticed my feet don’t tend to slide downwards as much, and the arch lifts my feet up ever so slightly that the pressure is distributed evenly across my feet, as opposed to a 100% on the balls of my feet. I’ve also heard it keeps your feet dry, although with me wearing sandals I don’t usually have a problem with sweaty feet (lol). But I’m assuming if I’m wearing a pair of leather pumps it would make a huge difference.

Another Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ insoles item that I absolutely love and is a MUST HAVE for any heel-wearer on the go is the Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ Ball of Foot Cushions. I find that these offer great padding for those sky high heels. I no longer feel like I am walking on concrete but rather on soft padding.

Even when I’m jumping or running you can barely see the insoles, which is great! All in all, Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ insoles are amazing add-ons to any high heels for any occasions. Now I don’t necessarily think they are able to magically transform a pair of killer heels (i.e. 6 inch Louboutins) into a pair of dream shoes that you can wear all day, but they can definitely help extend the time by which you can wear them. My heels are 4 inch strappy sandals that normally I can last about 20 minutes in before needing a break, but with the Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ insoles, I can walk comfortably in them for up to 1 hour continuously.

Invisible support and comfort for all-day comfort AND looking great! I’m totally ready for NY Fashion Week! You can find Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ products at Target (in the footcare aisle near the pharmacy) for 10% off with the Cartwheel app. Find out more here.

For me, few things are as delicious, relaxing, and satisfying as a set of afternoon tea. Did you know that the term “afternoon tea” was coined by a duchess of England in 1800’s? It is the perfect meal between lunch and dinner, and afternoon tea with the right people at the right place while watching life hustle around you can be the one of the most luxurious feeling ever. I had the opportunity to try the afternoon tea at Le Lobby in The Peninsula Paris, and it was scrumptious!

The set afternoon tea menu at Le Lobby, The Peninsula Paris. Isn’t it super cute that they have afternoon tea menus for kids?!

The afternoon tea set was presented in the most visually appealing way, when it first arrived I was so excited I didn’t know which treat to try first! The bottom tier included the yummiest finger sandwiches and savoury delights, the middle tier 2 mouth watering scones, and the top filled with award winning pastries that are bound to delight your taste buds.

In the bottom tier, one of my favorites is the smoked beef wrap (left). It reminds me of a mix between Chinese fried dough fritters and mustard beef roll, and it’s absolutely DE-LI-CIOUS! I made a remark to one of the servers and they were so happy to know that we enjoyed it so much, they came back 5 minutes later with 3 extra wraps for us! I was shocked at the service and at the reality that I had the luck to enjoy 4 of these yums!

The top tier contains some of the most tasty pastries I have ever tasted in my life. I am an avid lover of anything hazelnut-related, so imagine my happiness when I tried those cookies. A few weeks later and I can still taste it in my mouth!

Le Lobby also provides the most delicious jams and cream to go with scones and pastries. I find that the scones themselves were delicious enough on their own, but if you’re a lover of jam this would be your heaven.

Nonstop picture taking! (The blogger life, hahaha)

If you’re looking for quality, luxurious afternoon tea in Paris, Le Lobby at The Peninsula Paris is definitely the spot to be. Go with your lover, your girlfriends, boyfriends, and kids to enjoy the scrumptious delights. Le Lobby offers both indoor and patio seating, and their decor will blow your minds away. Perfect for photo taking!

 

What are your favorite treats – sweet and savoury? Let me know!

Xo, Kerina