Friday, February 1, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Skincare Routine

I have been so happy with my skincare routine lately that I had to share all the products I'm using right now. I've truly never been happier with my skin. And considering it's the middle of the winter I'm shocked my skin is looking so amazing.

I start off by removing my makeup with Bioderma micellar water for sensitive skin (using cotton pads). It cleanses and removes my makeup so well. It's so soothing on my skin and really helps diminish any redness on my skin. It also cleanses my skin enough that I don't need any additional cleanser. I buy this product at Shoppers Drug Mart.

The next step is using Biologique Recherche Lotion P50T toner. This exfoliates, moisturizes and reconditions my skin. If I were to recommend one product from my skincare routine I would recommend this. It's truly a game changer. My skin instantly looks smooth, my pores are smaller, any redness is gone and moisturized. It really is a miracle product. I apply this product with a cotton pad and use this about 4-5 times a week. I bought this product at One 2 One Studio.

My next step is applying two drops of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. I personally think this firms my skin and brightens. I love how this feels a bit thicker and really helps moisturize my skin. I was very lucky to get this gifted to me so I had no idea the price until a few weeks in. This is definitely a more expensive product but I personally think its worth every penny. 

The last step is using two drops of the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil. I'm not even using a moisturizer right now which is super rare for me, especially in the middle of the winter. This combination of products are moisturizing enough and all I need. I love this oil. I personally think the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum and the Indie Lee Oil is a winning combo. The Squalane oil is a lighter oil and feels wonderful when you apply. I will sometimes use one drop of this oil on my face before applying my makeup. I bought this at The Detox Market.

When I finish applying my oil I love using this Rose Quartz Facial Roller maybe 4-5 times a week. Does it actually do anything to my face? I have no idea. But I really like how it feels on my face. Throw it in the refrigerator for a little bit and it will feel so cool and refreshing on your face. I bought this at The Detox Market.

If I get the random breakout I really love applying Philosophy Clear Days Ahead acne spot treatment. I apply this to any spots on my face right before I go to bed and I always notice an improvement in any pimples the next morning. I bought this at Sephora.

The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is the newest product in my routine and at first I was totally skeptical of it. You probably have seen this on Instagram and its totally blown up and I think every influencer uses this. I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the hype but I had to try it. It totally is! This is so moisturizing and rich and wonderful. I use this when I get out of the shower and sometimes before I apply my makeup. I bought this at Sephora.

Although I am very happy with the products I'm using right now I'm always on the hunt for something new. What are some of your favourite skincare products!?

-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Monday, December 3, 2018

Purolator's Mobile Quick Stop

Purolator wants to save you time this holiday by setting up Mobile Quick Stops in four of Canada's urban cities - Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. I was ecstatic when I heard they were setting up several locations in Toronto, because this makes it way more convenient when I need to pick up my packages.

We've all been through the annoying process when you miss a package and left with a door knocker. This means you have to pick your package up at a different location. When you live downtown the usual facilities are not always close by or in a convenient location. I either have to drive somewhere or pay to commute to a specific pickup facility. This year I'm so happy Purolator has a Mobile Quick Stop in Liberty Village. Gary's favourite dog park is very close by so on my way back from the dog park, I head to the mobile quick stop to grab my parcel.

Purolator Mobile Quick Stop will be available now until December 28, 2018. Service will operate Monday - Friday 3pm-8pm in Liberty Village - 30 Fraser Ave.

Before or after heading to the Purolator Mobile Pick Up make sure you explore this beautiful neighbourhood. Liberty Village is so quaint and adorable and one of the best neighbourhoods in Toronto. When I'm out and about with Gary I've listed below some of my favourite spots.

The best dog park in the neighbourhood is Stanley Off Leash Dog Park located at 700 Wellington St W. It is one of the biggest parks around and there are always tons of dogs for Gary to play with. Gary loves it and the surrounding park is beautiful.

I always love heading to Balzac's Coffee in Liberty Village because it has great coffee in the most beautiful building located at 43 Hanna Ave.

3 Brewers Liberty is another great spot. On a chilly night there is nothing better than heading to a cozy pub, eating comfort food and drinking beer right from the brewery. Located at 2 Liberty St.
If you are looking to be a bit more active, Pure Yoga or Joe Rockhead's Indoor Rock Climbing are great places to visit in Liberty.

Incase the Purolator Mobile Quick Stop is not in walking distance for you or you need to head home with a large package, Purolator has partnered with Lyft in the GTA. You can receive $5 off up to four rides to or from Purolator's Mobile Quick Stop with promotional code PUROLATOR now until December 31st.

I hope this helps save some time for you this holiday because the last thing you need to worry about is making sure you can get your packages in time for the big day!!

-Sydney Hoffman

*This post was sponsored by Purolator. However the views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely my own.*

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Best Hallmark Christmas Movies

I don't know about you but I'm a huge Hallmark Christmas movie fan. Call me basic but If I could watch them all day with hot chocolate, I would. After many years and many hours of watching Hallmark movies I've definitely made a list of my absolute favourites. If they make it on my list that means the decor is usually next level, the location is beautiful and the main characters have a great connection. I'm very particular. 

1. Christmas Getaway
I just saw this one for the first time a few weeks ago and have watched it numerous times since. It is located up north in the mountains in the most beautiful log cabin. The main characters have a great connection and I definitely was crushing hard on the main guy. YUM!

2. Snowcapped Christmas
I feel like this one doesn't air as much as I would like, but is on my list because you can tell it's truly filmed up north in the mountains. It is full of outdoor winter activities in a cute small town with a super cute connection between the main characters. You even fall in love with the little girl in the movie. 

3. Let It Snow
This is a new favourite for me and clearly I love when the Hallmark movies are based outside in the snow. This is another one up north in a ski lodge that puts together the cutest Christmas traditions for their guests. It involves lots of skiing and beautiful winter shots with a super cute connection between the main characters.

4. Christmas Cookies
In this movie it revolves around a small town called Cookie Jar and yes, it involves lots and lots of Christmas cookies. The decor is truly next level in this town and so well done. I will almost guarantee you will want to eat some Christmas cookies after watching this movie. PLUS the main characters are adorable together.

5. Veteran's Christmas
This has such a sweet story about a veteran coming home and figuring out what her next step is going to be. It's also based around a dog which is the best and the farm they film on is just too cute.

6. Christmas Connection
I thought the house decor inside and outside was great!! Everyone is wearing some kind of Christmas sweater in every scene and they are always doing some kind of classic Christmas tradition. I wasn't even in love with the connection of the main characters but the decor and houses won me over.

7. Christmas Cure
This is of course filmed in a small town and I really adored the home they filmed in with a sweet storyline. I thought the connection between the main characters was cute and loved the family dynamic in this movie.

8. Christmas in Evergreen
I'll be completely honest I wasn't head over heels for the main characters but loved the decor in this one. Real looking snow, cute decorated homes with an adorable Christmas festival. Even the main characters truck is stinkin cute.

9. Christmas Incorporated
I personally really loved the chemistry between the main characters. It felt very real and they looked adorable together. I really enjoyed the storyline becauce lets be honest sometimes it can be a little silly. The town they filmed in was also very well decorated.

10. December Bride 
The decor in this one didn't wow me and it didn't have the greatest location or anything but I loved the connection between the main characters. I may or may not have a crush on the guy in this film. If you haven't seen him yet in When Calls the Heart (a Hallmark series) you should check it out.

11. Christmas In Homestead 
Such a cute storyline, adorable town full of all your favourite Christmas traditions. After writing this I realized how similar these movies are...but thats why we love them!!

The holiday season has just begun and new Hallmark movies are being released almost every weekend, so this list may be updated. What is your favourite Hallmark Christmas movie!?

Watch all these Christmas movies and more during Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas on W Network in Canada (Hallmark Channel in USA).

-Sydney Hoffman