Wednesday, June 5, 2019

May Favourites


Here are some of my favourite products I've been using in the month of May!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue
This is the perfect light-weight tinted moisturizer that gives you a glow while protecting your skin with SPF 30. BareMinerals is cruelty-free and free of Parabens, Phthalates, Fragrance, Chemical sunscreens, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Mineral oil, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, Talc, Gluten and animal-derived ingredients. I've been using this everyday this month and will be perfect for the summer months.

1'Lux - Velvet Blonde Emollient Body Oil
This is such a luxurious, hydrating oil. I can feel my body super moisturized even the next day. If you have dry skin you should definitely try this out. I apply this after I get out of the shower while my skin is damp. 1'Lux is cruelty-free and they do not use any toxic ingredients in their products.

1'Lux Velvet Drops Daily Botanical Body Lotion

This lotion feels light-weight but still moisturizes my skin. I've been going back and forth using the 1'Lux oil and this lotion. The scent in both products is AMAZING.

Hubble Contacts
I wear contacts almost everyday. Last year I changed from monthly contacts to dailies and saw a huge improvement. However, I still noticed I would get tired quickly and my eyes would still feel pretty strained when I wore contacts. I decided to order from Hubble just because it was cheap. Possibly the best contacts I've ever tried. If I put them in early my eyes don't burn or feel strained. I can wear them for the majority of the day and feel completely fine. Truly like they are not even there. 



I usually use a brow powder for better application and for a more natural look. However, when I started using this product it made my eyebrows look natural and the colour glided on so smoothly I could finish my brows in no time.


I love using this on my body in the shower. There is zero sulfates, gluten, dyes, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates and not tested on animals. This is gentle on my skin and does a great job cleaning my body. I've even used this on my face before and it's great. You can buy Renpure products at Target, Walmart, Amazon, CVS and Walgreens.

I have been absolutely in love with this shampoo this month. It says it's meant for normal to dry hair but I have greasy hair and I love it. It really deep cleans my hair but still keeps it soft and smooth. I also think this brightens my hair in a way. Maybe because it's really deep cleaning my hair it allows the colour to pop because nothing is weighing it down.

I have been using this after I rinse out my shampoo and I only use this on the ends of my hair. I have no idea if this makes my hair blonder but it does moisturize my ends really well. I've been using this on my ends almost every single time I shower.



-Sydney Hoffman


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Friday, May 31, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Canadian Skincare Brands



I've been obsessing over a few skincare brands lately and soon realized they were all Canadian brands. I thought it would be perfect to put together a blogpost featuring some of these amazing Canadian brands.


1 Lux Beauty is one of the newest brands I've been introduced to. I legit fell in love with the entire collection. 1 Lux is a Canadian brand that prides itself on clean, zeo-toxic, botanical based body care products. They are also cruelty-free. I've never fallen in love with an entire collection before...instantly. 

Some of my favourite products include:

1 Lux Beauty knows how much I'm in love with their brand, so they wanted to offer you guys 20% off all products using the code 'SYDNEY' until May 31st.


Cake Beauty is a brand I've known for a while now but had no idea was Canadian. Heather the founder & CEO started the brand in Kitchener, Ontario. She wanted the brand to have that girlie indulgence but with natural ingredients. Cake Beauty has created naturally luxe confections beyond bath & body into haircare and specialty items. Cake Beauty is cruelty free and vegan. When I first tried out the hand cream and foot cream below I was genuinely shocked. They were so thick, soft and luxurious. 

Some of my favourite products include:



Nuda is a fairly new Canadian brand that specializes in spray tanning products. They do sell a lot of their products to tanning salons but you can also purchase the Nuda skincare line. Nuda includes natural, handpicked ingredients that are vegan, cruelty-free, made without paraben or gluten. The last few months I've been using their tanning lotion and absolutely love the natural glow is gives me.

Some of my favourite products include:



Barefoot Venus is a brand I've talked a lot about. Barefoot Venus is a Canadian brand from out west. Three sisters created the company and they make straight-up natural products in seductive scents. Everything from the packaging to the scents are truly wonderful. My mom and I are both in love with the brand and our favourite scent is Maple Blondie.

Some of my favourite products include:



What are some of your favourite Canadian brands!?

-Sydney Hoffman



* Some of these products in this blogpost have been gifted*

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Cottage Essentials - What to Pack for the Cottage


I was just at the cottage for the long weekend and as I was going through my products, I thought I would share what I brought and what I think is essential for a cottage weekend.


I rarely style my hair when I'm at the cottage so I love to spritz some Matrix Rough Me Up - Salt Infused Spray. It adds a little bit of texture and a little wave to my hair. Perfect for when you don't want to do much, but still look somewhat put together.

Another hair product I always bring to the cottage with me is John Frieda Frizz Ease. I like to use this after coming in from the dock. Especially if we are heading out to town I like to add a little to my hair for those frizzy flyaways I usually get when I'm out at the dock.

When I'm at the cottage I wear little makeup so this Clinique Pep-Start - pout perfecting balm is great. It's a balm with a nice touch of colour. Ideally I would love this to have SPF in it...so if anyone knows a great balm with an SPF and a bit of colour, let me know.

Speaking of SPF I usually like to bring a few options with me. I just recently tried out the Neutrogena Hydro Boost sunscreen in SPF 50 and love it. It's super hydrating and gentle on my skin. I even applied it to my face one day and I had no bad reaction. I'm thoroughly impressed with this sunscreen.

Another favourite is the Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport in SPF 30. Whenever I know I'm working out in the sun or doing a lot of activities that day I usually grab this and can count on it for being lightweight and protecting my skin.

On to my face SPF! I have always been a mineral sunscreen fan for my face. This Clinique Mineral Sunscreen in SPF 50 is fantastic. I think it does a great job at protecting my skin, with no irritation and being a great base for my makeup. In the past I've also used the Skin Ceuticals and Kiehl's mineral sunscreen for my face and have also loved those. 
Whenever I'm at the cottage I know I'm usually going to be outside the whole day which is why I start off with the mineral sunscreen and then apply my tinted moisturizer after. The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer is my latest obsession. On regular days I just apply this without the mineral sunscreen because this tinted moisturizer has SPF 30. However, when I'm at the cottage I like to make sure I'm not missing any spots on my face so I apply the mineral sunscreen and then my tinted moisturizer. Although I wear this tinted moisturizer as my base most days, it really is perfect for the cottage because its lightweight and no fuss. It gives a nice glow and even complexion and thats all I need.

After sitting and playing in the sun all day going from the water to the dock, it can take a toll on our skin. Obviously I try to wear SPF all the time but sometimes I can get the odd burn which is why I like to pack the Avéne After-Sun Repair Creamy Gel. To be honest even if I don't burn but have been out in the sun all day I like to use this after the shower at the end of the night. It's very soothing and cool and feels amazing on my skin. 

Now for the more random but necessary things for a cottage weekend.
Slides!! Last year I didn't have any slides and I kept stealing everyones shoes to head down to the dock. I find I'm constantly going in and out of the cottage so having slides is crucial. The furthest you go is the dock so you need something comfy, breezy and easy to slide on. Already this weekend I used these the entire time. 

Slides: Roots

Hats, comfy sweaters and track pants are a must for a cottage weekend. Whenever it gets chilly at night or in the morning you will want to snuggle up in a big comfy sweater and track pants. If you are sitting out by the fire you will want a sweater and track pants so you don't get attacked by mosquitoes. When it gets a bit windy down by the water you will need your sweater. Waking up early while it's a bit cool out to drink coffee on the dock...you will need your sweater. Many, many reasons why you must pack a sweater or two. Make sure they are big and comfy!!

Sweater: Roots

Making sure you have hats is a no brainer for the cottage. Not only is a hat protecting me from the sun but usually my hair has not been brushed or styled all day so a hat just makes my crazy lake hair look a bit better.

Hat: Roots

Lastly, a great beach bag. There are some days I will throw a few things in a bag and stay down on the dock all day. Having a large beach bag is so convenient so you aren't juggling all the things you need at the dock for the day.


 I know bug spray may be a common one I didn't include but if I'm out late by the fire I just cover myself up from head to toe. Bug spray just smells and feels nasty on my clothes and skin so I try to skip bug spray as much as possible. 

There are definitely some things I'm missing so let me know what are some of your cottage essentials!?


-Sydney Hoffman




*Some of these links contain affiliant links and some of these products mentioned have been gifted to me.*


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SISTER MAKEOVER!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Easter Decor


If you have been following me for some time you know I LOVE the holidays, so of course I decorated my condo for Easter. Out of all the holidays I have the least amount of Easter decor, so I headed out to one of my favourite stores for decorations - Michael's and picked up some new pieces for my place.

Bows are from Michael's. I just took some string and tied them to my stools.

Little bunnies are from Dollarama. I made this cake and literally threw mini eggs all over the cake. The cake stand is from Party City. 

The egg is from Michael's. It actually comes in a giant egg you can break apart into three eggs. Vase was from the Hallmark store.

I found this egg wreath while thrift shopping but I found a similar one at Michael's.

Stools are from Structube. I bought the 30' bar stools.

 Both pillows are from Michael's and my white fluffy throws are from Homesense. 

My plant behind the couch is from Ikea and it is called bird of paradise.


I will be posting a lot this month of my home and decor over on my Instagram @syd.hoff make sure to check them out!!


-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Shein Bathing Suit Review

I always get a ton of questions about my bathing suits and where I get them from. Whenever I mention that the majority of them are from Shein everyone wants to know more about the brand and if they are a trustworthy company. Shein is a brand from China that ships worldwide. Everyone is always skeptical of the brand because of the large selection and cheap prices. I don't believe all reviews for the website are wonderful if you were to look them up online but here is my honest review...


1. Selection 
I've truly never had any crazy issues with Shein. I order a lot from them. Yes, I love how cheap the prices are but I also love the fun selection they have for everything. My love for the website started with bathing suits. I was wanting bold, fun, colourful bathing suits and I thought most bathing suits online were so boring. When I stumbled on Shein I wanted every bathing suit. 
Bathing Suit: Shein

2. Quality
When it comes to bathing suits I think the quality is great. Don't expect next level quality, but I think it's totally comparable to most brands. I have well over 10 bathing suits from them and I've never had issues. I've also never had issues washing any item either. I even wore a full piece white bathing suit thinking it may go see through when I got it wet..but it passed the test!!
Bikini: Shein

3.Fit
The fit is the only thing that can be a little tricky. I love to read reviews for each item because people will give their honest opinion and let you know if the product fits big, small or true to size. I still order my regular size small and for the most part everything has been fine. My last order of bathing suits I did decide to order medium because I did notice some smalls were a little tight (they still fit) but I wanted to be super comfy and medium was great. If you are tall lady like me (I'm about 5'9 - 5'10) most of the dresses and skirts are going to be way too short. I try to stay away from skirts and dresses. 
Bikini: Shein

4. Shipping
I think within the last year Shein has majorly stepped up their game with everything. When I first started ordering from them my packages would honestly take a month to arrive. Now I find them totally comparable to most brands. I believe my last shipment took 11-12 days. If you want something for a trip I would still give yourself some extra time just incase. Most of my orders have been under $100 and I get regular shipping and I've never had to pay Canadian duties. However, my last order was over $100 with express shipping and I did have to pay $30 in duties. I wasn't sure if it was the price or the express shipping that was the reason for duties, but just be aware of that!
Bikini: Shein

I believe those are the majority of questions I get asked. If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or private message me on Instagram at @syd.hoff

-Sydney Hoffman

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Boca Grande Florida


Earlier this month my sisters, mom and I went on a little vacation to Boca Grande Florida. Devon and I were getting a little sad about the crazy winter weather Toronto was having and we needed to go somewhere warm. Devon searched hidden gems in Florida and Boca Grande popped up. I had never heard of Boca Grande Florida but it looked so quaint and tropical. When we arrived we realized it's definitely not a tourist spot. The majority of people are retired and wealthy. It was so quiet and everyone was SO nice. After 5pm most places in the town close up, so if you are wanting to party at night this isn't the place for you. However, my sisters and mom loved that even more!
As you can see from the photos above the beaches are beautiful. There are tons of public beach access spots all along the main strip.

As I mentioned this isn't a very touristy spot so there weren't many hotels to choose from. The building I'm standing in front of is the main place to stay. Unfortunately we booked so last minute this was completely booked but its so adorable inside and out. The Gasparilla Inn has the cutest decor and they own many restaurants throughout the town like Pink Elephant and The Inn Bakery which we went to every morning.

The coffee and ham&brie sandwich on a croissant was DELICIOUS.

We ended up finding only one hotel available at The Boca Grande Resort and it was wonderful. I wouldn't really call it a resort exactly but it was very cute, clean and everyone was friendly. It was definitely further from the beach and town but we rented golf carts and had such a fun time carting around everywhere. In fact everyone there has golf carts. They even have designated golf cart paths that make getting around super simple. Beside our hotel there was a shop called Kappy's Market. It had everything from Florida merchandise to food to golf cart rentals. It was very convenient to walk over and rent a golf cart for the weekend. 


The Loose Caboose was another favourite restaurant of ours. This is located in the heart of the small town. Everyone working there was so kind. The food wasn't fancy at all but tasted amazing.

Our very favourite spot we went to almost every night was South Beach Bar and Grill. We would head there to drink on the beach and watch the sunset. After sunset we would head inside and get food which was so so delicious!


Make sure to check out my Instagram for other photos and a highlight of my stories @syd.hoff.

-Sydney Hoffman


Saturday, February 23, 2019

UPDATE on our channel | The Hoffman Sisters

Airplane Toiletry Bag

I'm setting off to Florida next week and thought I would share with you what I have in my plane toiletry bag.


I like this hand cream for traveling because its lighter than most of my hand creams. I don't want my hands to be super greasy when I'm on a plane but it still does the job and keeps them moisturized.

Whenever I fly I notice my skin gets pretty dry so I will be applying this mask before I take off. It's so refreshing and moisturizing.

We have a very early flight so I will definitely be applying this after I apply the Jet Lag Mask. This is the perfect morning eye cream to refresh your eyes and wake you up. 

I recently got this but it truly is super moisturizing and perfect for the plane. I also love to add this to my cuticles because they are very dry right now.

5. Scrunchie
I can't travel anywhere without a hair tie or scrunchie. I'm really liking scrunchies lately because they don't hurt my hair like most hair elastics. 

6. Hair Clips
I always like to get my hair out of my face when I'm applying any products to my face. Hair clips are a necessity when travelling.


The only other thing I may add to my toiletry bag is some hand wipes. I never touch my face without washing my hands and it can be annoying going to the bathroom on the plane so hand wipes are amazing.


-Sydney Hoffman

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