My Top 5 Skin Face cleansing products.



Beauty and skin products have always been on my priority list. I remember getting my first Optimum points card at the Pharmaprix, one of Montreal’s drug store at the age of 12. Since then I have always had a secret obsession with skincare products and makeup. At an early age I knew that my skin was super sensitive, so I tried not experiment too much. I started off with Aveeno because it was super mild and ideal for sensitive skin and now I am using mostly, if not only, Clinique products.

Amongst my sisters I am the “go-to” person for which face wash, makeup and lipsticks to get. When I got my first part-time job, it was nothing but saving and then spending at Pharmaprix. My very first experiments were done with Lise Watier’s makeup products, then I jumped onto MAC and now well, like many of us, I am in love with Sephora.

I love Sephora because they can find specific products and brands according to your type of skin and their products are just amazingly fabulous. Clinique won my heart because of how specific their products are: they pretty much have products matching every skin type and still giving a 3-step plan.



Now let me share with you my Top 5 beauty and skin products:

  1. First things first: The Cleanser. Clinique cleansers, toner and face lotions are the products that I use every day, day and night. I use the mild foam cleanser: a gel to foam activate with water. It does not have a strong scent and it deep cleanses your skin; I even use it as a makeup remover. To find out more about the product click here.
  2. The Toner: I use the Clinique Toner in number 4, the purple solution. What I love about Clinique is they have regime and products based on your skin type whether you have normal to dry, or just simply oily. I like to say I have combination skin type because my T zone is oily and my cheeks and around the mouth area dry. Toner is important because sometimes washing just doesn’t do the entire trick, so toner removes all the traces of dirt and oil that was a bit more stubborn. To find out more about the toner click here
  3.  Moisturizer: Also, from Clinique I use their face moisturizers. They have two types of face lotions; the gel formula and the dramatically different formula. I use the gel formula in the summer because my skin is already naturally oily, and I use the Dramatically different formula in the winter when its colder and dryer. To find out more click here
  4. Exfoliant/Masks: If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen me share my love for the glam glow line of masks. I have tried all of them and a great way to do so is at Sephora as they have the sample sizes of all the masks. That gives you an opportunity to try them all and see what works for your skin type. I use the green jar, which is the power mud; it is a dual cleanse mud to oil formula. This mud mask is LIFE!! I absolutely love it, love the way my skin feels after using it. Just. Love. It. To find out more click here
  5.  Make up Remover: I use the Clinique Take the day off. This is a balm formula that you rub on to take your makeup off. Its turns from balm to oil but girl when I tell you it works, IT WORKS. To find out more click here




Recently I discovered these face cloths called “Face it” by cloth in a box. Its perfect for us ladies who love our cleansing products and like to be cute while doing so. The cloths have these hand pockets that make if easy for you to clean your entire face, Its a gentle face cloth and can be used up to 100 times, hand wash in mild detergent and dry on tumble dry. 





Well beautifuls, this is it for my beauty and skin products. I hope this helped.

Happy Cleansing!


Editor: @alavie

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Valentines day inspirational shoot



Valentine’s day to me is just about cuteness for the kids and for inspirational purposes. My partner and I get super weird when it comes to buying Valentine’s day gifts because we are never sure if we really need to buy each other anything. This year I didn’t go crazy on VDay gifts for my loved ones, but I styled a few pieces to inspire you but also to share with them.
It is not necessary but still important to show it; good intentions are always nice.


If you are Hosting a brunch or lunch, having mimosas is an absolute YES!
I love my wines sparkly and sweet. I’ve been drinking Bottega for about 3 years, besides my Jacobs Creek Moscato, and so you can tell Bottega is one of my favorites. If I am hosting a brunch or lunch or just simply celebrating, having a mimosa is very important to me and let’s be honest, mimosas are always a great hit at any event. 

Plus, it is so easy to make; the ingredients are super simple.

In my mimosa, I do the following:


1/2 glass of simply Orange juice

Topped off with a Prosecco,  

Then add berries of your choice




Now, no Valentine’s day is complete without having some sweets. Normally people go straight to the chocolate and pastries. For this shoot, we of course had some heart-shaped chocolates and Hershey’s kisses, but we added some old fashion Timbits with marshmallows and strawberries. When it comes to sweets, I’m super picky but once I find something I like then I Kill it.





I think your Valentine’s day should be however you want it to be. To me it is a time to help my daughter show and make cute things for her class also for sweets and more wine (hihi). We don’t mind if there are no gifts involved, simply because we buy each other things all the time so what’s one more day? Also, with 2 children it is a bit trickier to find a sitter on Vday so if it falls on a weekday, we don’t even go out until the weekend, but that is for another topic.





Happy Valentines Day!


@alavie.ev     Editor

@sarah.dja    Photographer



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My basic Salad with Beans and leafy greens.


I love going out and having a nice salad, but I love making basic ones from home. When it comes to the types of salads I like their  simple but extremely delicious. I normally make my salads with romain lettuce, radicchio, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, avocado and red onions. The other day I feeling for my quick bean salad and my normal house salad, So I decided to just make it together

It was so good.

I thought I shared this recipes for this salad its quick and easy and full of proteins.




Basic Bean salad with leafy greens

Perfect for lunches and dinner salad

























2 cups of romain lettuce finely chopped

1 can of mixed beans (ready for salad can)

12 cherry tomatos (diced in halves)

1/4 of a cucumber chopped in small small triangles)

1 Tablespoon of red onions

Add salt and pepper to taste





Basically toss altogether and Voila!

I added my dressing separately which is my poppy seed house dressing, but you can simply add oil vinegar oregano salt and pepper Or whatever dressing you love!

 (If you’d like ill post the recipe for my quick bean salad comment below)


Happy Eating!

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Save-the-date card Etiquette

Want to announce your engagement and upcoming wedding with save-the-date cards? 

Here are some quick facts and etiquette on how to use those Cards


Over the holidays you got engaged and planning is underway. You’ve both decided on a date and want to make sure all your future guest don’t come up with last minute excuses as to why they can’t attend. Using save the date Cards are just as useful as your wedding invitations and can be used two ways.

Before the Actual wedding invitations

After you’ve decided on a date and you’ve drafted up a rough copy of you’re guest list, using a save the date card is the first step.

unsure of your location but you want your guest to be aware of the date so they can either arrange for travels and advise their bosses. In my experience using save-the date- cards is a great tool to let guest know there is a wedding coming up and they can look forward to an actual invitation with more details. They come in handy especially if you have family and friends out of town so they can arrange their travels in advance.

After the wedding invitations has been sent out

You can also use, save the date cards as a reminder to your guest who have already received the wedding invitation. Sometimes guest will receive their invitations but not pay close attention to the date. Sending a save the date card 3-6 months before the ceremony is a great idea to get guest excited and as a reminder if they have not yet responded to whether they’re attending or not. 






Your Save the date cards does not necessarily have to match your wedding theme, especially if you’re sending them out before you make all those decisions. You can get creative and think of  fun ideas. If your sending them out after you’ve decided on all your colours and themes, I suggest having them match this gives your guest a glimpse of what to expect on the big day. If your a couple on a budget you can easily design your cards yourself and print them at your local print shop!





Happy Planning!

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