Category: Beauty

hope in a jar – Philosophy

Beauty January 31, 2017

I stumbled across this moisturizer while perusing a TK Maxx. I had recalled seeing it in a Sephora in Toronto and after quickly reading some reviews online decided to give it a go. If you have dry to combination skin like mine this is definitely a moisturizer for you. It feels enriching without making you feel greasy and has an amazing concealer primer if you’re a makeup minimalist like myself (although my last photo isn’t very demonstrative of that!). I also ordered their ‘hands of hope’ lotion which has lasted me a long time, though it does seem to clump if you rub your hands together for too long without letting them dry. I would definitely recommend this Philosophy hand lotion over my latest Aesop ‘resurrection’ hand balm purchase. Additionally, I used ‘hope in a jar’ for 6 months before my wedding and it definitely did the trick. I will definitely be purchasing both these products again soon!


Hermès- Eau de pamplemousse rose Moisturinzing Balm (face and body)

Beauty, Lifestyle June 19, 2015


I espied this luxurious looking balm online a month or two ago on the Symphony of Silk instagram and decided I would treat myself once I was back in Toronto and had a chance to drop into the Hermès. This is not something I would normally buy for myself given the hefty price for a container of balm (it came to around $80 Canadian dollars or £42), but I’m a bit of a sucker for all things Hermès and the scents were just irresistible. I was looking for something summery and fresh and Eau de pamplemousse rose definitely did the trick. It’s rich and absorbs wonderfully. It has this wonderful finish which reminds me of the Hermès men’s cologne Terre d’Hermès in it’s sort of mineral, vegetal fragrance. However, despite the woody tones it still manages to remain a fresh scent—perfect for the summer. I’ve also used it occasionally on my face and found it to be really nourishing but I definitely wouldn’t use it everyday. The container is the perfect size to take away on a weekend holiday (though obviously it’s not possible to bring in hand luggage as it’s 200 ml).