Monday, March 30, 2015

TruSelf Organics

I was so excited to receive a TruSelf Organics package, because I've been dying to try out these products for a while now. I was lucky enough to receive the full Detox Mask Kit which looks like this ^^ when you receive it.
I couldn't wait to start, and adored that everything is handmade, and all natural. I have some pesky black heads, and bigger pores around my nose, so I was really looking forward to using this. 

I loved the extra features in the kit including the measuring spoons, mixing bowls and applicator. I used all of them, and it was super easy to wash off and place them with the rest of my skin care pieces. 

 There are a few steps to using this mask. It's not an open the jar and smear right on your face sorta mask. You must mix the detox solution with the detox mask to create the full mask and to get it the texture you need to apply to your face. 
I have read that with sensitive skin some people choose not to use the detox solution and opted to mix in water instead. Which is totally okay! 

I poured a bit of the solution in at a time, mixed and decided if the mask was at the texture I needed it to be (thin paste-like consistency). 

I started using the applicator to apply the mask to my face, but quickly just used my hands for the rest of my face. 

So heres where I went wrong the first time I used this. I quickly read to keep the mask on for 25-30 minutes or a bit less if you have sensitive skin. I thought I would keep it on for 20 minutes, because of my sensitive skin. I lost track of time between taking selfies and watching the mask transform into crackling clay. It was probably around 25 minutes by the time I removed the mask. I noticed it made my forehead red and stung a bit. 
Thats when I went back and re-read the instructions for first time users. It says the first few times you try it (especially with sensitive skin) to only keep it on for 10 minutes at a time because the solution can be a bit harsh and your skin needs to adjust to it. Stupid me.

I waited 2 more days to try it again (the proper way) and I'm in love with the results. I made sure to do it 2-3 times a week for only 10 minutes at the start and by the second time I was seeing results. Even the first time, although my forehead was a bit read, I noticed how amazing my skin felt. My skin felt like a babies bottom, my skin tone was even, pores were smaller, and by the 3rd treatment I saw any blemishes or blackheads diminishing.

Make sure to check out the full mask kit (here) plus other products from the TruSelf Organics line.

-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Everything's a bit behind because I was at World MasterCard Fashion Week, but don't worry I didn't forget my weekly Pinspiration from Paula Coop McCrory's Pinterest page. 
I'm continuing on with some of my favourite fashion and summer pins. The weather is warming up and I just can't wait to get more creative with my photos outside!!!

Follow for more of these inspiring Pinterest photos (here) 

-Sydney Hoffman

WMCFashionWeek through my iPhone

I'm sorry I've been absent, I've been out and about attending shows at Toronto Fashion Week. I wanted to put together a bunch of photos I've taken the last 3 days. I was only able to attend Monday-Wednesday as I have my other job Thursday and Friday. I had a blast these past few days and decided to snap photos through my iPhone this week. 

Day 1 I attended the Sid Neigum fashion show which was full of black layered ensembles with beautifully designed cuts. Great go to pieces that are perfect to pop on and look fierce.

Day 2 I attended the Melissa Nepton runway show which was my absolute favourite. They had fun, oversized knitted cardigans with massive pouch pockets. Gorgeous knitted dresses with the perfect flounce at the bottom. The knitted dresses were so simple, but just stunning. I would LOVE every piece. I felt myself getting excited for fall. 

Day 3 I attended the Mackage runway show which had the most beautiful fall/winter jackets. If I could afford every jacket, I would actually enjoy winter. There was a leather jacket with fringe in the back, that I was drooling over. Everything from the fur, to the quilted detailing...these jackets were EVERYTHING. 

I've posted tons this week from World MasterCard Fashion Week over on my Instagram. Make sure to follow along- @sydhoff3 

-Sydney Hoffman

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


This week for my pinspiration posts I have collected some of my favourite fashionable outfits from Paula Coop McCrory's Pinterest page. I'm heading to Toronto Fashion Week next week, so I'm on the hunt for some inspiring outfits and ideas. I'm so excited!! 

Make sure to follow along for more inspiring Pinterest photos (Paula Coop McCrory)

-Sydney Hoffman

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stroll by the Lake

 Jeans: Mavi || Shoes: Converse || Shirt: (Dads Old Shirt) || Sweater: (ValueVillage) || Hat: (Las Vegas) || Purse: (Value Village) || Watch: Daniel Wellington || Bracelet: Tiffany&Co. 

Lipstick : Rimmel by Kate Moss - 110

Yesterday my mom and I finished the day off with a coffee and a stroll by the lake. Obviously most people are super happy that the weather is nicer, but its a major bonus for me because I can take my time when it comes to my photography for my blog. I loved just cruising along and getting different ideas, and taking my time with my photos. This past winter was so bitterly cold. I was usually half screaming from being frozen or running inside after taking 5 photos. This was so nice, and I hope it keeps up.

-Sydney Hoffman

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Blazer: Pink Martini || Blouse: Jacob || Watch: Daniel Wellington || Bracelet: Tiffany&Co. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

I decided to put on my best green, buy some festive treats and stuff my face. The best way to celebrate any holiday!! I hope everyone has a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day :)

-Sydney Hoffman