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Clearly Brighter™ Challenge By Garnier

With the change in seasons, stress and sitting inside at my desk all day – my skin has begun to look a bit dull. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or maybe even a lifestyle thing, but I’ve finally decided to take charge of my skin. I do my best by keeping hydrated throughout the day, eating well and avoid alcohol during the week. But there are some days when my skin still looks dull.

So what’s a girl to do?

I recently partnered up with Garnier to take their Clearly Brighter Challenge. I wanted to see if their product would make a difference on my skin. I tried their new SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 for two weeks to see if it would help with any dullness on my face. 

Before I started using the product my skin was definitely looking tired, dull and I was prone to breakouts. I have combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks – so it’s tough find the right balance when it comes to good moisturizer.

What I like about this product is that it is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C + E, which work to even out skin tone and texture for brighter and smoother skin. I noticed a difference after just two weeks.

It’s a great way to keep that summer glow going and I like how it made my skin look fresh and bright. I am trying my best to wear sunscreen daily and having it built in to my moisturizer makes mornings a million times easier. It takes two beauty steps and combines them into one and I don’t have to think about whether I remembered to put sunscreen on in my morning haze.

The product claims it will give you brighter, smoother skin in just one week.*

What I like about it is that the formula is oil-free, doesn’t clog my pores and is light enough to wear under make-up.

It does not feel greasy at all and has a matte feel to it once it’s absorbed. The smell is also fresh, fruity and floral which instantly wakes me up in the morning. The product comes in an easy pump bottle that you twist to open and close with no cap to lose!

After about two weeks my skin looked fresher, brighter and healthier. Moisturizing on the regular and having that built in sun protection left my skin with a healthy natural glow.




Invest in a great moisturizer like Garnier’s SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 and let the formula get to work for you. Be consistent and use it twice a day to get the best results. I know it’s easy to forget to moisturize but you’ll see the benefits in healthier and more hydrated skin when you do.

SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 is available at CVS, Target, Amazon, Rite Aid and other pharmacies and stores across the country.

Want to try it out for yourself? I’m giving one lucky winner a chance to win!

Garnier SkinActive® Clearly Brighter™ Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 is available at CVS, Target, Amazon, Rite Aid and other pharmacy and stores across the country.

*In a clinical test

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Colgate Daily Repair + $250 Fairmont Giveaway!

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Colgate Total* Advanced Health* Daily Repair.

I have a confession to make.

So what’s the one thing I slack on?

Brushing my teeth before bed!

Honest to goodness, there are times when I am SO tired that I fall face first into my pillow and into snoozeland. I wish I could be more consistent about it just so I could rock my nighttime routine and help prevent cavities. The weird thing is that I am beyond diligent about flossing and I do it daily. My whole day feels off if I don’t floss in the morning. (more…)

7 Essential Summer Beauty Tips

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Colgate* Optic White TM/MC.

Summer is right around the corner and I’m trying to get my summer beauty routine up to speed with all the fun events I have planned with friends and family over the next couple months. Hello, wedding season!

I’ll be flying a bunch, going glamping and attending a mini family reunion in New York City. I’m definitely trying to make sure I look and feel my best for this summer and beyond. So I’ve put together a list of my 7 Essential Summer Beauty Tips to get you ready for all the warm weather and the activities that go with it! (more…)

My Colgate Optic White Beauty Lounge Makeover

Colgate Optic White

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Colgate* Optic WhiteTM/MC.

I’m pretty good about taking care of my skin, working out and eating well.

However taking care of my smile is one of things I am diligent about because it truly expresses who I am to the rest of the world. A warm smile is just contagious and opens you up to new people and new conversation. Having spent the past couple years traveling and moving cities, I make a point of smiling as much as possible because you never know who you will meet and connect with. (more…)

Spa Life: Park Hyatt Tokyo


Konichiwa! I’m back from Tokyo!

I had a bit of time to kill this month while I was waiting for some documents to be renewed, so I took a last-minute solo trip to Tokyo. With about 2 weeks notice, I was able to book myself on a flight, hotel (including the Park Hyatt Tokyo) and activities for a 10 day trip to just Tokyo this time. I tried to convince Paul and my sister to go, but no one could take the time off work with such short notice.

So I decided to go anyway! Tokyo is a city I’ve always wanted to return to – so here was my chance to enjoy it and explore it on my own. 10 days was perfect because I started to get lonely (not being able to speak Japanese) and I missed Paul and BINGO terribly.

I chose to do a city vacation with a jam-packed itinerary where I was seeing and doing a lot of stuff. It’s easy to burnout this way, so I am all about booking in downtime and unique spa visits into my travel plans. (more…)

Spa Life: Esme Beauty + Floral Bar – Calgary

Esme Spa Calgary

By: Colleen Seto

Even on a stormy winter morning, entering Esmé Beauty & Floral Bar is like finding an oasis. Located in a charming old house on Calgary’s busy pedestrian strip, 17th Avenue, Esmé offers an array of beauty services such as manis, pedis and waxing. (more…)