I’m not entirely sure if you, my dear reader, know how much I love a good hair product. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen more pictures of my long locks than I care to admit I have posted. Ooops. So when I was asked to attend the launch of the reinvented Matrix Biolage line, I was there, with Prosecco in hand.
Personally I have used the Matrix line for many moons. Their Exquisite Oil is a personal favourite, especially in the winter, when your ends take most of the winter brunt. A few drops overnight and I’ve kept my ends in hydrated condition all hell (sorry, winter) long. But their Biolage products seemed to be missing from my shower for the last few years, and I wasn’t sure why. I tended to gravitate towards other bottles of shampoo and conditioner at the salon, especially since my hairstylist has his own line.
Well, I can confidently say, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the reinvention. All aspects of the line have been altered – from the packaging to what matters the most, the product itself. Inspired by botanical ingredients and nature, the new line has 4 delightful categories:
Volumebloom: inspired by the voluminous effects of cotton to give your flat hair some needed lift.
Hydrasource: giving your hair the body you desire with aloe.
Colorlast: keeping your colour bright with the power of the orchid.
Smoothproof: taming your tresses with the Camellia plant.
At the event, held at the L’Oreal Academy in downtown Toronto, we learned about how nature was directly infused into the new line. The shape of the packaging had changed too, feeling more sleek. A bonus in my eyes, the ability to flip over the bottle so you don’t miss a drop at the end!
I went home with both the Colorlast and Hydrasource, and so far so fantastic. I have been using the Colorlast once a week, focusing on the bottom half of my hair. My homemade ombré has really thanked me, as my old highlights, new highlights, and natural hair all have different needs. The smell was infectious, and the results were soft, bouncy, and vibrant locks.
I also love that I can wash & wear with this line. It doesn’t weigh down my waves.
If you’ve never tried Biolage in the past, give them a whirl! The line comes out in April at your favourite salon.
This is an excerpt from a larger body of writing I am working on. It is pure fiction, and any resemblance to a real place or person is only a coincidence.
It had been quite some time since I had missed a Saturday morning yoga class. After a week at the office it was important for me to wind down, without something alcoholic. Yoga was my release, my happy baby place, and chavasana was basically napping with purpose. I love every minute of it, especially my tight-bottomed teacher with a delicious Parisian accent. He also had a thing for adjusting me. It was the most fulfilling way to start a weekend.
Today though, I swapped my yoga mat slung over my shoulder for my sleek and silver MacBook Air, and meandered my way over to my new local coffee shop.
Ever since John showed up in my life over a neat scotch, I had trouble focusing on work after hours. We regularly met up for dinner, or went back to his place and enjoyed a bottle of red wine over casual conversation. I even attended his Friday night hockey games with guys from his firm. I’d bundle up in my parka and wrap my blush pink scarf around my neck at least 3 times to keep warm. As I drew in the corner on my sketchpad, I’d glance up every once and a while to see him glove tapping his teammates.
I knew I needed to catch up this weekend, and doing it at home while he was naked in my bed was not a smart choice. I would be way too distracted, I’m distracted just thinking about it.
Don’t. Turn. Around.
My new coffee shop was quaint, with an old antique suitcase welcoming you at the door. I had made it my new home away from home after the move, a perfect morning stop for my caffeine fix. The subway tiles reflected soft chandelier lighting, and a giant chalkboard menu read numerous delightful drinks. I knew exactly what I wanted to drink, but the array of baked treats was a little more than I could handle as I salivated over cinnamon rolls, brownies, muffins and the pièce de résistance, a cheddar bacon scone.
“What’s delicious, Jim? Besides everything.”
I needed caffeine and carbs, stat.
“Do you see the cinnamon rolls in front of you? They look incredible.”
Jim, the barista was right. They did look pretty incredible. And I always trust a man with a beard and glasses.
“So incredible, majorly incredible. I will take one for here, and my standard mocha.”
Living on the edge.
Grabbing my goodies, I parked myself at the wooden bar by the window and unpacked my computer. People watching was a simple pleasure for me, and I knew I would need to draw a lot of inspiration for the current article I was working on. “Dating Disasters” – where do I begin?
Opening up a brand new blank page, I swirled around the design in my mocha, wishing the words would just appear on the page. I knew I couldn’t write about my own life and experiences, and my deadline was creeping closer and closer, making it a tad late to interview my single girlfriends. Plus, I really hadn’t downward spiraled into disaster dating… this was going to be tough.
Clicking my ring on the side of my trackpad, I eyed two people settling into the stools beside me. Too early for a date, I figured they were old lovers who were coming up for air this morning.
“I’m so glad we could get together on such short notice!”
The woman, with her back towards me, I would guess to be in her mid thirties sat up a little too straight in her stool. Sucking in, such a classic first date trick. With cascading tight brown curls falling down her back, pinned up at the sides to highlight her cheekbones, her face showed a bit of wear. She was simple, yet beautiful, and with a bit of make-up could be a knockout. Her date looked to be in his mid thirties as well. A few wrinkles at the corners of his eyes and mouth showed off many years of laughing, which he did often during their conversation. A little too much if you ask me.
“Me too. With online dating you either make plans right away, or it really never happens.”
I was witnessing a morning online date? Dating Disasters: Online Gone Offline.
My phone buzzed on the bar, John was awake.
I hope you’re getting some work done and not just eavesdropping on peoples conversations.
Oh God, how did he know?
I half-smiled at the daters who had looked over to see my phone lighting up like a Christmas tree, and over exaggeratingly turned it on silent while mouthing, “sorry!”
I’d have to be a bit more discreet but I think I may have found my muses.
If you haven’t heard about House of Cards, you’ve probably been living under a rock. And by rock I mean somewhere without Netflix (I feel sorry for you). Season 2 was released on Valentine’s Day, and while many men were sweeping their lovely lady off her feet, I know quite a few couples who opted for takeout and a marathon session! I personally can’t wait to dive in…
To celebrate the release Netflix teamed up with the party game for horrible people, Cards Against Humanity, to release a limited edition House of Cards expansion deck! How much sense does that make? Cards and Cards… so smart. Well, it’s sold out now, whomp whomp…. but good thing Netflix Canada sent me one to keep, and one for you!
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Who says romance is dead?
Sometimes the best romantical dinners are the ones made for friends. I’m a pretty lucky girl, I celebrated Valentine’s Day with my beautiful Mom. We had a lovely dinner at a local Italian restaurant, and a glass of wine with my best friend at Canoe before heading to see Justin Timberlake in concert. That man can put on a show! While it may not have been with a stud muffin, it was my perfect way to celebrate love day.
On Sunday I treated my bestie to Valentine’s Day 2! Both of us are single, and sometimes need a little chocolate, wine and Sex and The City (season 4, naturally). My menu started with an old favourite, and ended with us whipping up chocolate soufflé in the kitchen! I literally mean whipping, and spilling, and coating my counter in icing sugar. But nevertheless, it was tasty and a real treat! Adapted from Lo Bosworth‘s recipe, enjoy!
Paired with Stratus 2007 White
Recipe: Chocolate Soufflé
- Butter and Fine Sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolates, finely chopped
- 2 egg yolks
- A few drops of a great Vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 4 raspberries
- Preheat oven to 400° and prepare soufflé ramekins by brushing them with softened butter and then sugar.
- Make a bechamel sauce by creating a roux with the flour and butter, cooking off the flour, and then adding the milk. Boil until thickened.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan filled with an inch of simmering water (double boiler). Combine the chocolate and the bechamel sauce by mixing the chocolate slowly into the bechamel. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well plus a couple drops of vanilla extract.
- Whip the egg whites until you have soft peaks, then fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate sauce. Once combined, gently fold in the rest.
- Pour into the ramekins and place on a cookie sheet. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° and place the cookie on the middle rack of the oven. Gently close the oven and bake for 8 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the soufflé. They should rise and jiggle slightly when done.
- Dust with icing sugar.
- Serve immediately, and top with raspberries!
Sigh… my skin is so dry that my face hurts. I’m serious, my face is basically crying for more moisture than I can’t seem to provide. It’s the dead of winter in Canada and all I want for Valentine’s Day is my skin to feel exfoliated, hydrated, and smooth. Is that so hard? The part of me that isn’t feeling the lack-of-hydration woes? My body!
Sorry face, but I’m working my way up. Recently I was sent the Mèreadesso Beautiful Body Balm to try out and upon its arrival I was hopeful it would do just the trick. I’m very pale and in the winter my skin seems to fight back, turning red, becoming flaky, and very dry. Not only is this painful, but it sure isn’t sexy. I am constantly applying body butter after body butter in the hopes to find a product that does the trick – while not extending my getting out the door time. Ladies and gents, it seems I have found the product to do just that.
Blended with 8 vitamins and minerals, along with 28 globally sourced botanical extracts, it changes the entire feeling of your skin. I’ve been applying it after showers, generously if I may add, and have noticed such a difference in the way my skin feels throughout the day. It has a more fluid texture than other creams you’ve probably tried meaning it applies quickly and easily, and absorbs in a flash. The best part? It’s a non-greasy formula which means your skin won’t be mucking up your favourite silk blouse.
When researching the beautiful body balm online, I noticed a hesitation towards the scent, but oddly enough, I loved it. The scent was intoxicating to me, but it also disappeared while wearing which meant it didn’t clash with any of my favourite perfumes. The only downfall is the packaging, the body balm spills out rather quickly upon opening, so make sure to have a free hand!
Retailing at $54 online, if you’ve gone through bottles of lotions only to come up short, I would highly recommend giving this body balm a whirl!
Let me know what you think in the comments below