Rodan+Fields – Product Review

I’ve been fortunate to have pretty decent, trouble-free skin.  Having said that, I’ve typically gotten away with whatever was on sale at the drugstore when it comes to face cleansers, creams, lotions and potions.

As I approach yet another anniversary-of-my-29th-birthday, 😉 …the areas of noticeable change when it comes to my skin have become:

  1. Increased freckles on my cheeks (aka, sun-spots), and
  2. Under eye darkness/puffiness

Lucky for me Heather O’Shea, Independent Consultant for Rodan+Fields, reached out to me with solutions!

#1 SKIN SOLUTION:  Give it a Glow Mini Facial

This 3-step system aims to give you skin a glow … revealing a more vibrant, youthful-looking complexion.

In the morning, I used the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste onto dry skin to enhance cell turnover and improve tone and texture of my face.  For gentler exfoliation, it is suggested to add water.  It is recommended to use this up to 3x per week.  I had enough product to try it twice that week.

In the evening, after cleansing my face, I applied the REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum (blue ampule) over the entire face (avoiding eye area) to visibly improve skin texture and fitness, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles – if any 😉   My face felt a bit dry after, so I finished with a bit of additional moisturizer.

Then I used the REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum (grey ampule) to smooth lip texture and increase moisturization.


#2 SKIN SOLUTION: REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream

The REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area.

After cleansing and toning my face, I used this eye cream regularly for nearly a 2 months.  Applying a small amount to the eye area in the morning AND evening, staying away from lashes and NOT applying it to my eyelids, as per the directions.

… and here are the results:




What do you think of the results of the Mini-Facial and the Eye Cream?  Tell me in the comment section below.

Think these products might be right for you?  Want them?

Contact Heather O’Shea, Independent Consultant

(416) 276-6331, via email or visit her site here.


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Hi friends, just a quick note to say I’m sticking to my New Year promises to myself and am taking my first vacation of the year. I’ll be exploring three countries in South East Asia with just the clothes on my back!!!

Looking forward to the warm weather, exotic foods and hopefully I’ll find some great plus-size clothing to bring back.  🙂

I won’t be doing regular blogposts while I’m away, but will be INSTAGRAMING on the regular.  Follow me and my Asian Adventures.  xo
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Cherry Bomb

I bought this Cherry Bomb dress last year as my Happy-Birthday splurge.  It is a sexy ultra form-fitting pin-up/vintage/ultimate bombshell dress…and oh so comfortable. This dress has a wrap twist in the bust area, enhancing ‘the girls’ and cap sleeves that look great on all arms.  It even has helpful gathers in the front skirt to help hide any possible flaws in your waistline.    The dress is a classy below knee-length, and has a nice slit in the back for ease in cat-walking.  Being petite, I did have to get a few alterations to both the length (shorten) and have the arm holes taken in a bit more so that it neckline would stay-put.

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Being a September baby, it was warm enough to simply be worn all on its own from dinner to dancing into the wee hours of the morning.    I really wanted to wear this fab dress for this past weekend’s #DUSTED event I was invited to, but I would need to transform this Cherry Bomb dress into a more winter-friendly one.  So here’s what I did:

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Gave up the flower in my hair and the peep-toed pumps.  Put on black hose and short rocker-chick booties, along with a black leather and suede open jacket that helps keep that rocker-chick look alive – plus helps keep me warm under the winter coat when waiting for the notoriously late Queen streetcar to get around Toronto on a Saturday Night.

Let’s talk about the event, the venue and Saturday night.  Seeing as I only knew the DJ who would be busy working at this event, I invited a gf I recently reconnected with to be my +1 …someone to drink and dance with, flirt with boys with, someone to  act as my paparazzi for blog-worthy photos. 🙂  Unfortunately, mere hours before waking up from my required ‘nap-before-I-have-a-night-out’ nap, I get a text and phone call from said gf, weeping about her on-again-off-again relationship that ended a few hours ago.   Listening to her emphatically, I encouraged her to do whatever she needed to, and not worry about coming out with me…unless of course getting cute and dancing her cares away would help.  She opted not to come. And I waffled – do I go to this event…ALONE…knowing nobody…completely friendless?

Why the heck not!?  After all, I made a commitment to go, I’m dressed oh-so cute, and I’m chatty enough to manage a few hours of small-talk with strangers I’ll never see again, right?  I was going!

The event was at Atelier Resto-Lounge (366 Queen Street East at Parliament St) – a beautifully converted space with exposed brick walls, that acts as a new casual restaurant for the neighbourhood sandwiched between small independent restaurants and shops on the north side of the street.  I didn’t come early enough to taste their dinner offerings from their menu unfortunately, but the bar staff were lovely and I got to meet the owner, a young entrepreneur who seemed very pleased at the turn out for the launch party of this trendy new spot.dusted3


The venue is long rather than wide, with the DJ stage at the very back with a large screen that displayed various vids on mute and the occasional shout-out for the event name.  I got there a little after midnight and from what I saw, it was a mature clientele (30+) who for the most part were dressed to impress.  As I stood along the side-lines of the bar sipping my drink to people-watch I couldn’t help but observe how many more men there were to women in this place.  And of this ratio, the women were all dressed fantastically, whereas I couldn’t say that about all the men there.  In fact, it got me thinking about how much more of an effort chicks seem to put into everything that seemingly goes unappreciated yielding limited results, when compared with a guy who gets ready for a night out to meet or take out their lady.

I met a few nice women actually – they complimented me on my outfit and we got to chatting.  Even danced around with a few, complete with fancy dips and spins on the floor.  There was a professional photographer afoot, don’t know where/how I can get my hands on those pics  just yet, so unfortunately my iPhone pics will have to do for now folks.

As the evening went on and the dance floor crowd diminished, I noticed a gaggle of guys who were dressed in jeans and hoodies – seriously – who, one by one, made their way to the group of ottomans where I was sitting waiting for my DJ friend.  Listening to these 24-year-old boys tell me they’re 26, impress me with questionable humor and unnecessary close-talking, I have never been more acutely aware of how much I’ve grown and changed as a person who was able to politely tolerate my current situation.  Don’t get me wrong, it is always flattering to be approached, but looking at the effort I put into my outfit vs. the results it yielded (young boys in hoodies) it’s a sad truth indeed friends.  Luckily I was rescued by the DJ shortly after… {Insert “Last night a DJ saved my lifetune here :)}.  Overall, the night was a success – I was glad I pushed past my fear of going to something like this alone, but in the end anything involving a dance floor is always better with a friend or two.

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How I got The Look:

Cherry Bomb Dress by Stop Staring, from SexyPlus Clothing (Rosedale/Yonge Sts)

Rocker-chick buckle+zipper booties from Aldo/Black peep-toe platform pumps from Diesel, Winners

Black leather & suede open jacket by Jessica, Sears (Eaton Center)

Accessories: Earrings from BitterSweet; Odette Cuff from Stella¨ White hair-flower from Forever21

Pretty in Pink …

I love pink! I would wear it head-to-toe everyday if I could.  But working for a Financial Institution as a Consultant of Training & Development Solutions, delivering instruction to classrooms of people regularly, I’ve got to tone down the passionate pink panther within me for the office. 😉


This shot is my absolute fav of me pretty in pink with the city in the background!  On NYE I paired this high-waisted flare skirt with a black crop-top.  Yup…I got brave and bared my mid-drif…and it was awesome! Sadly all of those shots were taking by wobbly drunks, selfies included, and such blurry pics are not cute for a blog, so stay tuned.

This black n’ white skirt has quickly become one of my all-time faves…and the pop of pink just makes it pretty perfect!  Plus, with it being a pretty simple look, I can add my Stella & Dot bling to kick it up a notch!  So now I’m looking for ways to bring this dynamic duo to the office.

Here’s what I’ve come up with …once the weather gets a bit more spring- like and I can wear my lovely peep-toed heels again.

Blazers are basically the best invention ever to give any piece of clothing a polished and immediate upgrade. I’ve paired up the above look with a classic black n’ white tuxedo blazer and pushed the colour limits of office-acceptable with a Kelly green blazer too.

You likee? 🙂

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 How I got The Look:

Medina Bib Necklace from Stella&Dot

Odette Cuff from Stella&Dot

Pink tank from Reitmans

High-waisted black n’ white flare skirt from Forever21+, The Eaton Center

Black n’ white tuxedo blazer from INC, The Hundson Bay Co. in Yorkdale Mall

Kelly green blazer from INC, The Hundson Bay Co. Outlet in Halton Hills

Peep-toe black platform pumps from Diesel, Winners

Photo credit: Tami Falus


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Saturday Night dress goes to the Office

I promised that I’d be blogging more about the items I have in my closet by refreshing and repurposing them into new Looks.  So here I go.  Typically I work from home, which means my workday attire is basically tank tops & panties (with this polar vortex Toronto has been dealing with, hoodies & pyjama pants).  So whenever there’s a reason or opportunity to leave the house – I’m excited to plan an outfit.  This is the key contributing factor of me always wanting to get dressed up as fashionably as possible, making leaving the the house an event!

I’ve made the trek into the office twice this week – dunno how you normies do it everyday – just the ride on the streetcar one-way during the morning rush made me regret the decision immediately.  Anywhooo….here’s one of the Looks I brought into the office earlier this week.

Sadly, the following snaps are not as fabulous as you’ve previously seen on this space, as I do not have the magical photographic talents as Ms. Tami Falus does (she’s been kind enough to have taken most of the Looks I’ve blogged about so far – if I could keep her in my pocket as my own personal paparazzi, I totally  would! xo). 

All I’ve got is an iPhone camera in the women’s bathroom of my office…classy, I know! 🙂  So here’s what I’ve put together:

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The dress – this was an end of season party dress from Reitmans that was a ridiculous $10.  It’s a bodycon type with sexy black mesh along the shoulder line and chest that turns into a simple stretchy solid navy-blue-sleeveless-above-the-knee hip-hugging dress.  In order to make it ‘office appropriate’ and winter manageable I covered up with a flowy thick sweater open cardi, belting it at the smallest part of my waist.  I really love how it turned out.  I was warm and felt sassy all day…plus if you have after-work drinks planned, with a handsome boy perhaps, that mesh is just flirty enough but lets you be a modest-winter-ready lady too :p

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How I got the Look:

The Dress in mesh and navy blue from Reitmans

Grey Tri-toned open sweater cardi from Belldini, Winners

Black n’ white sliver buckle belt from Reitmans

Grey tall boots from Payless

Navy Polka-Dots: 2 Looks

In an effort to curb my shopping addiction, I’ve been trying very hard to dig deep into my current closet and rediscover the lovely pieces that I already have and come up with new refreshing ways to wear them.

This is one of the first “everyday” dresses I bought a few years ago.  A simple sheer shirt + slip dress from Old Navy (that cost less than $30).  I’ve always worn this in the summer time … but what was really keeping me from wearing it anytime of the year?

So…below are two looks for this cute navy polka-dot number, one for Winter/Fall and the other for Spring/Summer 🙂

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How I got The Look:

Polka-Dot sheer shirt+slip dress from Old Navy, Eaton Center

Taupe suede booties from Rebels

Cork platform sandals from Frizzy Lizard in London, ON

Sunhat from H&M, Yorkdale Mall

Medina Bib Necklace from Stella&Dot

Odette Cuff from Stella&Dot

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