Spring is around the corner! That means biker jackets,ripped jeans, and white sneakers out! I am in love with Grlfrnd Denim, they have THE. MOST. COMFORTABLE. denim everrrr it seriously feels like you are wearing a second layer of skin. I’m wearing the Candice mid-rise super stretch skinny jeans by Grlfrnd Denim.

It’s seriously biker jacket season, I pretty much have biker jackets in all colors, but black is still my go-to! This one is from Zara, it’s faux leather and cropped meaning it goes great with high-waisted jeans!

I layered my look with a cozy knit two-tone scarf from Zara. Even though I recently got it in store, I couldn’t find it online anymore! But I did find a pretty close dupe here.

Cut out details on the Candice mid-rise super stretch skinny jeans by Grlfrnd Denim.

Ever since I wore these on Instagram, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on where they are from. I got these from an Adidas store in Paris, Champs Elysees! (How cool is that!) At that time, it was limited edition (Summer 2015). Luckily, you can also get it online here!

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WHAT IM WEARING:

Jeans: Grlfrnd Denim

Jacket: Zara

Sneakers: Stan Smith

Scarf: Zara, similar here

Purse: Chanel Classic Flap

 

What is your go-to look for spring?

xo, Kerina

 

I’m a huge fan of tea, and anything related to detoxifying. With our everyday lives being as busy as we are, we often forget to eat the cleanest and have poor exercise regimes. What’s the end result? We end up feeling bloated, have no energy, can’t sleep well, insomnia, waking up not well rested and, well, the cycle continues.

When teatoxes came out, I jumped on the bandwagon and tried a few – to my dissatisfaction. They often make me run to the washroom (um laxatives anyone?) or just simply don’t taste the best. My experience with SkinnyMint so far has been nothing but positive and I can’t wait to share my honest experience.

SkinnyMint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox come in 2 steps, the daytime tea and the nighttime cleanse. One complete teatox cycle lasts 28 days, you’ll have one morning boost tea every day, and one night cleanse tea every other day.

All of SkinnyMint’s ingredients are listed on the back of the packaging, along with the instructions on how and when to best enjoy the tea. All the herbs used are natural and ethically sourced. I love how the morning boost tea contains caffeine, so INSTEAD of that daily coffee, I reach for my SkinnyMint morning boost tea and simply have it with my breakfast.

I noticed that I didn’t experience a “crash” like what I would if I had coffee. The taste is minty and refreshing, and I steep it with hot water OR I throw some ice in it and make some iced tea for my on-the-go runs. Both tastes amazing.

When I’m done for my day, I find that a few hours after dinner, I crave a little something as a late night snack. Prior to starting SkinnyMint teatox, I would have a few cookies or a chocolate bar (DON’T LEARN FROM ME! HEHE). But now, instead of reaching for that chocolate, I go for a yogurt, some fruits, and a cup of the night cleanse tea. I LOVE anything ginger, so having that ingredient in the tea definitely helped make my tummy happy.

I find that unlike the other teatoxes, my tummy doesn’t contort in a way that makes me run to the bathroom IMMEDIATELY. What I feel is actually a churning sensation that’s gentle and doesn’t hurt, but it definitely helped me getting all the gunk out of my system.

 

It’s now been 3 weeks since I started the teatox, and I feel less bloated, more energized, and strangely enough my sleep improved dramatically. If you’re looking for a teatox that is not strictly a laxative and actually helps you cleanse and rejuvenate, SkinnyMint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox is the way to go. Thanks for partnering with me on this!

I have ‘t had the time to workout with my little one, but if you pair this teatox with working out, eating healthy or a generally healthy lifestyle, I’m sure it’ll work wonders!

www.skinnymint.com

Have you tried any teatoxes? Which ones were your favorite?

xoxo, Kerina

I was always one to believe in love, since when  I was a little girl. The human heart is capable of love in so many different ways, and I always trusted mine to fall in love, over and over again.

The dress is from Madison James, it is truly one of a kind, and made me feel like a princess. Can’t believe me and the hubby spent 4 years together already, looking forward to more in the future!

Nothing like a good hair day for a pick me up, right? For a while now I’ve always loved getting balayage done for my hair – since I heat-style it a lot, the balayage really makes my curls and hairstyles pop and make it more dimensional. When I heard of N15 Salon from a fellow blogger, I cannot wait to try them out because they specialize in asian hair. My first time there, senior stylist JunJi took care of my split ends and freshened up my old balayage. Then came spring and I really wanted to go a bit lighter so I booked another appointment!

My hair right when I went there. You can totally tell my roots are totally outgrown, the ends are super brassy and the super contrast of the top vs bottom. JunJi taking the pic for me in the mirror, hi! :D
The first step is to touchup my roots – JunJi applying a medium brown base all over my roots

After touching up my roots and a super luxurious wash

Getting pampered with a blow-out!

After the roots are touched up, the next step is to create some highlights. Because  I wanted the gradual balayage effect, the highlights were placed high up on my head but not touching the roots so they will blend better even when my hair grows.

Ta-da!!! Finished! Just kidding haha this is what my hair looked like after the highlights are put in – now it’s time for toning! The toner is applied then rinsed off at the sink, which results in….

This. Can I get a OMG. My black roots are gone, the base color is now a lovely cappucino brown, with dark blonde highlights evenly at the top and gradually blending in to ombre blonde ends.

This is the finished look after curls by Mari. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I can never round brush my hair at home and even when I try my hardest my curls never end up looking so perfect! 

My hair seriously feels super silky and not at all damaged after all of that. All the staff at N15 salon really cares about your hair and they will try to minimize the amount of bleach but at the same time maximize the effects it will have on your hair. Before this I’ve always thought balayage = killing my hair. But after my exprience at N15, I’ve really come to realize that you can still have healthy hair AND beautiful highlights.

I mean take a look at the before and after. My hair seems even more healthy and silky after a balayage refresh! It blends so much better with my roots and the ends are a gorgeous blond color minus the brassiness! 

Oh hai! Just flaunting my new hair and curls. See how the different highlights add so much more dimension to the curls? N15 salon also uses top notch hair products (shampoo, conditioner, color, toner, etc) so you can rest assured knowing the best products are being used on your hair and everything is done to minimize damage while maximizing beauty.

The staff is all super nice and friendly, and will actually LISTEN to what you want as opposed to doing what THEY feel like (ring a bell?)

All in all, I cannot be happier with my balayage experience at N15 Salon. I promise if you’re looking for quality salon you will not be disappointed. They’re located at

N15 Hair Salon

831 Bay St, Toronto,

Ontario

Canada

When you do go, remember to book in advance since they are almost fully booked everyday! (That’s how popular they are)

Also quote me or show them my picture to get a special discount! 

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! What can be more romantic than a little self-loving this valentine’s day? Since being a mommy I find that I hardly have time to dedicate to just ME anymore, and I am definitely in need of a little pampering session! These Vichy masks are the perfect presents to myself and since I got it I cannot wait to try them out!

Vichy masks review by Kerina Mango

 

I’ve used many different types of face masks, including sheet masks, mud masks and peel masks. These masks retail for $34 each, and can last you a long time if you treat yourself weekly! Here are my thoughts on each of the Vichy masks:

Vichy masks review by Kerina Mango

 

The Vichy Masque Argile Purifiant Pores, or the Pore Purifying Clay Mask contains Kaolin and Bentonite Clay, which are pore-cleansing properties to help draw out impurities from your pores. Although Vichy states that it can be used for all skin types, I find that clay masks in particular does WONDERS for oily or combination skin. My all time favorite clay mask is the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, but I find that it tends to dry out VERY FAST on the skin, as well as the in the tub once it’s opened. The Vichy Clay Mask is thick and dries on my skin slower, so I have more time to spread the mask evenly around my face. It also doesn’t make my skin too tight and taut which is a plus. The clay mask works by extracting impurities from deep within the pores to the surface, and is trapped within the mask and gets washed off. I rinse it off after 10-15 minutes with warm water, and my face instantly feels cleaner and less oily. It doesn’t give off a squeaky clean feeling compared to the Kiehl’s mask, and my skin feels more hydrated afterwards. I recommend using this mask once or twice a week depending on your skin type. Combination skin people can also use this along the oily areas and T zone of your skin!

Vichy masks review by Kerina Mango

 

The Vichy Masque Mineral Desalterant, or Quenching Mineral Mask reminds me so much of the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask which is super huge in Asia. Just like the Laneige mask, you can choose to rinse off after a few minutes or let it sit in your skin overnight for that boost of hydration. It smells super calming with Jasmine and green tea, and I popped this in the fridge before using it so it’s extra cooling (which seals your pores!). I sometimes also use this mask after the Clay mask to replenish and hydrate my skin. I always wake up in the morning feeling super refreshed and my skin feels softer and less dry!

 

Vichy masks review by Kerina Mango

Lastly, the Vichy Masque Peel Double Eclat, or the Double Glow Peel Mask is my favorite! It smells like peaches and is so refreshing. It also contains AHA (similar to the Mizon AHA Peeling Serum, which is one of my favorite serums) which my skin just LOVES AHA for some reason. I live in the dry Canadian climate so my skin, while being super oily, is sometimes flaky around the cheeks. This mask gets rid of all the dry patches and the vitamin C brightens my complexion after a few uses. Love, LOVE this mask!

What are some of your favorite skin masks this season? Do share!