Redbubble Gift Guide + Giveaway!

Hiya lovelies!

I don't know about you, but I've already started my Christmas shopping. Yup, the day after Halloween marks the start of 2 months of Christmas in my calendars! I can't help it, everything about the season makes me feel happy - might have to do with the release of the Starbucks holiday drinks? Shhhh....

Anyway, one of my favourite parts of the holiday season is shopping for presents! It's true what they say - when you get older, you start to find more joy in giving than receiving. (At least... that's the case for me!) Don't get my wrong - I do love a good present or two, but I love seeing the looks on people's faces when they get open the presents I've given them.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be compiling a few little gift guides if you need present ideas! Let's kickstart it with an awesome little collaboration with Redbubble.

Redbubble is an art and printing website - artists submit their artwork, photos, and prints, and you can choose to have it printed on a huge array of items! These range from prints, notebooks, and pillows, clothing, duvet covers, mugs... and more! There is a massive selection of gorgeous work on the site, guaranteeing you'll have lots of choices that are special and unique.

For the fangirl...

We all have that one friend that get's overly attached to fictional characters, cries over tumblr text posts, and goes on passionate rants about their OTPs. This cute canvas tote bag features fangirl essentials such as tears, books, TVs, broken hearts, tissues, and of course...ships! Being a fangirl is a 24 hour, 7 day a week job.. ok? Find the tote bag here! 

For the friend that spends too much time on the internet...

Stop for a second, and think about that one friend that has a meme obsession. Admit it, we all have one! (If you can't think of a name, then maybe you're the memelord.) This shirt design is reminescent of those ultra-fashionable wolf moon shirts! Except, y'know, a lot more trendy. Find it here!

For the mother or sister...

Scarves a great accessories that can definitely level-up a simple outfit - especially if it's a patterned one like this! It features a gorgeous print of a couple in a boat below a sky of lanterns... All those days watching from the windows All those years outside looking in... Added bonus if they're a Tangled fan!

When worn as a scarf, you'll see a soft blue and yellow gradient overlayed by a beautiful lantern pattern. However, you can also pin this scarf up on a wall and display it as wall art! I can confirm that it makes a great backdrop for selfies ;)

For the student living at university...

Living away from home in a dingy student apartment can be a bit of a drag, but there are always a few fun ways to spruce up your interiors! Check out this very ~tumblresque~ design, featuring a dreamy beach and some "Good Vibes". Definitely a lovely piece to bring some colour and detail into a bedroom or living area! Find it here! 

How about those picks? I've been living for that Shibe shirt. I can't even begin to tell you how many Shibe accounts I'm following on instagram...what cute doges! Much cute! Such happy! So doge!

Now... for the fun part! You can win a $50 gift certificate to! Just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below!

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And if you want to check out what Redbubble has to offer for yourself, you can get 20% off your order between now and Nov 22, 2015 at 11:59PM! Wow such deal! Very value! Much happy! Ahem...

Let me know what your favourite items were down below!



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Korres Wild Rose Brightening Set

Ah yes, Christmas season has begun! I'm always instantly drawn to the Beauty Boutique section of Shoppers Drug Mart as brands start to release their holiday gift sets! Korres has been great with releases this year, offering a few different sets with trial and full sized items.

I picked up this gift set earlier this week because I'm almost done my Wild Rose Advanced Sleeping Facial - a thick and luxurious night cream which restores and hydrates my skin overnight! I've been wanting to try the other items in the Wild Rose range but never went ahead due to the hefty price tag. I saw this kit for $50 in Shoppers and decided to go for it to test out these items! And luckily for me, the kit scanned for $40.99 at the checkout (which I kept quiet about because it must have been a pricing error, but $10 off, yay!)

This kit includes two full sized products - the Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser and the Exfoliating Cleanser. I love the Wild Rose Scent! For those who are a bit more sensitive to scents, you might want to test it in stores first. My skin is sensitive but the fragrance does not cause breakouts.

The moisturizer comes in a solid glass jar with a thick white plastic lid. I originally wanted to compare the moisturiser to the sleeping facial cream to see if there was that much of a difference in consistency and overall result, and I must say, there is. I would have included pictures of the sleeping facial but I've basically run out so I'd just be showing you an empty jar, but the packaging is quite similar except it's white rather than red.

The Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser is very lightweight and applies like a light lotion. It is quickly absorbed and has a dewy finish when worked into the skin, My skin feels moisturised and hydrated throughout the day, but the "24-hour" claim is a bit of a stretch. It has a powdery rose scent which lingers for a little bit after application before fading away.

By contrast, the Wild Rose Sleeping Facial is much thicker and has a more gel-like consistency. I only really use it before bed on days where I've been wearing a lot of makeup, or before I go out in very cold weather. It offers a huge hydration boost to the skin. I always notice that my skin has a drastic improvement in brightness and elasticity when I wake up in the mornings, which is nice!

If you're debating on which product to make the splurge on, I'd 100% say the sleeping facial. However, the moisturiser is good too! Especially for the set value.

Next - the exfoliating cleanser! This is a very creamy exfoliating cleanser with microbeads. The formula isn't packed with them - it is very gentle on the skin and works up to a creamy lather when water is added. I love how this feels on my face! It has the same powdery rose scent as the moisturiser. It exfoliates my skin without drying it out. I'll probably purchase the full size when I'm finished with this one!

Overall, I really like this set! Definitely pick it up if you're a fan of Korres products. This would also make a great gift for the friend or family member who likes rose scented products and is looking to invest more in their skincare regime!

Have you tried any Korres products? What are some essentials in your winter skincare regime?



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How I Edit My Photos ft Corel PaintShop Pro X8

Hello lovelies!
I often get questions about how I edit my cosplay and blog photos...whether that be fashion, food, or product photos! Thanks to the partnership I have with Corel on this post, I am sharing tips on photo editing using PaintShop Pro X8!

PaintShop Pro X8 is basically a fast, easy, powerful, and affordable photo editing program with almost all the power of Photoshop at an affordable price! Adobe is the big name in the industry for creative editing programs and the one I'm most used to, but my dad favours Corel and subsequently gave me lessons on how to use the program haha! The roles have reversed... It's very easy to pick up though, and has a lot of creative options.

So, let's get started!

The basics:

I have a few different items in my photography/ video kit that I use. I am currently using the Canon T3i as my DSLR camera. I typically pair it with the 18-55 kit lens, and the 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens. I use my DSLR and a Nexxtech for video and fashion/outfit posts!

I have a set of Cowboy Studio lights which I use to light my videos and sometimes product photos if I don't have good indoor lighting.

For photos of makeup, food, and anytime out and about on the streets, I use my Canon G7X, which is a micro four-thirds camera! (Think of it as the lovechild between a standard point and shoot and DSLR)... Many of the DSLR capabilities in the body of a point and shoot! Very handy and easy to carry around.


Although photos can still look great straight from the camera, editing makes quite a noticeable difference!

Here's an example from my Halloween outfit post... (You can see the full post here)

This is the raw photo from my camera... It looks okay, but there's a lot that can be done to improve it!

The same photo, with increased brightness and contrast, tweaked levels and curves, and a boost in saturation!

Makes a bit of a difference, doesn't it?

Now, I'll be showing you how I edit photos using Corel PaintShop Pro X8! The program itself is very similar to Photoshop except with more accessible creative options! One of my favourite features is the instant effects! It's kind of like preset Photoshop actions.

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There are lots to choose from! The one applied on the top photo was called Fade Correct Small, which added subtle blur and focusing and changed the colour balance to be more blue/cyan. This is typically how I edit my photos anyway, so it's convenient to be able to do it in one click!

Another example for an upcoming post, which I edited entirely with Corel Paint Shop Pro! It's a recipe post.... Here's one of the unedited photos...

Now, let's work on this photo! Like my other photos, I'm going to increase the contrast, up some of levels, and work with the curves.

Looking much better, right? PaintShop Pro also has a one-step photo fix, or a smart photo fix which can put the unedited photos beside the work area so you can see your edits instantaneously!

There are lots of other features which make it a great alternative to Photoshop! Definitely a blogger friendly program, and much cheaper than Photoshop! I don't know about you, but I'm super impatient and I'd rather take photos than sit down and edit for hours... I want my photos to look good, but I hate editing! Paintshop X8 is a great solution!

Here's another examples of the things you can do...

Looks cool, right? Luckily for you, Corel is offering up to 30% off the price of Corel Paintshop Pro X8! And check this out --  Here's a campaign coupon for $20 off the purchase or upgrade of PaintShop Pro X8 (Pro & Ultimate)! Just use the code 2930 Click here to find out more...

Have fun! Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think!



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Bioderma - Anti-Redness and Sensitive Skin Holiday Kit

Hello lovelies!

I've been on a huge skincare kick these past few weeks. After discovering the Bioderma skin care trial kits, I've been addicted to the brand! I've used Bioderma in the past (bought two bottles of their micellar cleansing water in France), but have only recently expanded to their collections in Shoppers Drug Mart. Fortunately for me, SDM carry a huge array of Bioderma products!

I've always struggled with redness and rosacea on my face. Whilst browsing the aisles in Eaton Centre's Beauty Boutique, I noticed that Bioderma had released a holiday trial kit for sensitive skin and redness! I had previously wanted to try the anti-redness cream but decided against it because of the price tag. I had the $5 off coupon from the previous trial kits, and a $10 credit from my optimum points! The holiday hit only cost me $18 in the end, which I considered to be a very good deal!

The kit includes a mini Sensibo micellar water (I swear I have like 6 of these now lol), a full size anti-redness moisturizer, a full size anti-puffiness eye cream, and a moisturizing balm cream.

It also includes a $5 coupon for the Atoderm PP Balm... Although, I haven't really figured out what the balm is for. It doesn't feel like a thick balm, it's more like a lotion? I'll keep testing it out and get back to you later!

The star of the show - the anti-redness care moisturizer! It's an ultra-gentle moisturizer which is supposed to minimize the look of redness and soothe irritated skin. I didn't really notice any instant effects, but I'll continue using it over the next little while. It does make for a very good makeup primer though! It has a gel/cream consistency that isn't oily and absorbs quickly into the skin.

Next up, the eye contour gel. I really like this moisturizer - I've never really used specialty eye creams - I usually just pat extra night time moisturizer under my eyes to supplement. This gel absorbs quickly and feels very soothing on the undereye area!

It also includes a tiny sample of this Bioderma ultra-nourishing balm. I expected it to be more like a lip balm / vaseline type of lotion but its more like a gel consistency.

Have you tried any Bioderma products? I'm excited to see if they do reduce redness on my skin over the upcoming weeks, especially since the air is getting colder and dryer...

Thanks for reading!



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OOTD - Happy Halloween!

 Hiya lovelies! Happy Halloween!

Do you have any plans for Halloween? I'll be at home eating candy and watching Friends (like every other night, hahaha). No Halloween plans for me! My friends all quite far now, or they're at school. Such is the life a new graduate...

I'll be sitting here playing the TF2 Halloween event! I've been getting back into the game after taking a break for about a year. I forgot how fun it was!

I did have some fun with my pumpkin though. My parents planted a few pumpkin seeds and only one managed to grow up! I went down the traditional pumpkin face route when I was carving though. That reminds me, I need to check up on the Halloween event on Animal Crossing!

Jacquard sweater - TOPSHOP
T-shirt - FOREVER 21
Jeans - TOPSHOP (Tall)
Boots - Franco Sarto 

Although I didn't put together a costume, I did paint my nails a ~spooky bloody red~~!!! (China Glaze Merry Berry to be exact!) Oo0o0o0o0o0o0o0oh!! 

Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! Also, if you're planning on going to any parties and need a taxi, download the Uber app and use the code "UBERSACHIE" for $20 off your first ride! If you and a friend both use it in turns, you've basically got your rides sorted for the evening! :D

Don't eat too much candy and try not to get too drunk ;) Remember - be smart! And if you can't be smart, be careful :)

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

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Avalai For Her - Monthly Subscription Box

Hello lovelies!

Today's post is for the ladies! We all know about (and dread)... shark week. (Not the discovery channel one.) It's an unpleasant experience that most ladies have got to go through. Fortunately, there's Avalai For Her! Avalai For Her is a monthly subscription box to help us get through that week. Imagine you never had to go to your local drug store to pick up tampons or pads late at night or in the middle of your workday!  Imagine you could get a box delivered on a monthly basis that included not only your essentials but also spa products to help you get through that time of the month.

I recent received a box courtesy of Avalai to try out (at a pretty convenient time too). And lemme tell you, there's some good stuff in there. You can custom select your box based on the length of your period, the flow, the type of essentials you would like to receive and when you would like to receive them.  Boxes start at $19.99 a month.

Let's take a look inside!

WOOO period essentials! My Avalai box was packed with all the way to the top with lots of goodies. Inside, you'll find an assortment of sweets, snacks, teas, and lady products!

First, let's take a look at the snacky bits! There were two mini backs of chocolate - one from Lindor (yesss), and Godiva (double yess!!!!) Chocolate is a definite essential. Next, a bag of pretzel sticks, a few packets of tea, and a bar of maple syrup scented soap! I can definitely say that my cravings for sweets goes through the roof so it's nice to know that I now have some at arms length. (I may or may not be eating the pretzel sticks right now...)

And THIS. Ok, after doing the beanboozled challenge a few weeks ago with mle [watch the video here], I've been a bit traumatized by jelly beans. I have now been shocked into associating vomit with orange flavoured jelly bellies... But these... cocktail flavoured jelly beans? That's more like it!

You also receive a pack of pads and tampons. You can choose your preferred brand, how heavy your flow is, and whether you prefer pads, tampons, or both! It's handy to have an assortment of sizes and lengths on hand because you're know for sure you're going to use them all, haha...

One of my favourite elements of the bag is the pink and white striped pad pouch. You can tuck everything inside to hold your pads/ tampons. It can be a bit embarrassing to try to slip a pad or tampon out of your purse/bag if you need to pop to the toilet - It's one of those uncomfortable things that we shouldn't be ashamed about, but it can't be helped. With this cute case, nobody is going to bat and eye, and all if your lady items are in one place.

Overall, I really enjoyed this box! It includes a nice assortment of items, and it's something that you can look forward to every month. :)

You can check out Avalai For Her on their website.
Also - if you order between now and November 8th, 2015, you can receive 20% off your first order with the code "JUSTFORYOU"!!

Thanks for reading!



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