Friday, February 20, 2015

Hello, Beautiful... Here's a Giveaway For You!

I just got back from an amazing quick trip to Toronto. Thank you, Almay Canada, for flying me to Toronto and for putting me up in the ultra-cool Hotel Le Germain at Maple Leaf Square, so I could attend the beautiful breakfast event at Aria. It was a lovely treat, and a pleasure being there in person. Are you ready to talk makeup? (And win some great beauty products from Almay, too?)



Almay is a brand we all know and love, but did you know that Almay was the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand? Almay uses hypoallergenic ingredients, and tests all products with dermatologists and ophthalmologists. This is really important to me, becuase what I put on my face as part of my beauty routine has to pass a few tests—and Almay passes, with flying colours. Almay is celebrating its hypoallergienic heritage with a fresh take on beauty—pure beauty.

Almay understands that women and moms are busy—we wear many hats, and accomplish more before 9 a.m. than is sometimes humanly possible! We juggle full-time jobs, meet deadlines, attend meetings, get the children ready for school, take our children to their after school activities, volunteer, run the household, and, somehow, we make time for ourselves.

Almay knows that mornings are busy, and they've helped simplify my beauty routine with a few beauty product must-haves, like:

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup: Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup is a great foundation that is very lightweight, complete with SPF 15. The perfect start to your beauty routine.


Almay One Coat Get Up And Grow Mascara: Mascara can be tricky; many different brands promise amazing things for your lashes but few actually work as well as they say they do. I had my make-up applied by a make-up artists and was blown away by how great Almay's mascara worked on my lashes, especially because it's a completely affordable product. This mascara really lengthened the look of my lashes and the anti-breakage pro-vitamin formula helps protect my lashes too. (Also, mascara applied on lower lashes? A look I was scared to try before, but now, I love!)


Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick: You guys, I own hundreds of lipsticks. I know I'm not alone here; shopping for lipstick is fun. Of course, very few become personal favourites of mine, and even fewer can do two things at once: moisturize my lips, and give great colour. This lipstick by Almay does both these things! I am in love with Almay's new Butter Kiss Lipstick because of the great colours and also because it's a product that does what it is supposed to. It's a creamy lipstick that is hydrating, with ingredients like jojoba, coconut oil, and vitamin E. There are 12 shades to choose from, and each lipstick is under ten dollars. Amazing.

Almay Intense I-Colou Smoky-I Kits: These eye shadow kits are perfect for creating a mistake-proof (seriously!) eye look, from day to night. This pretty eye shadow trios are easy to apply, last a very long time, and come in four shades for Blues, Browns, Hazels, and Greens, although you can definitely mix and match them to get the desired colour you want.

The Almay Eyeliner is a great smudge-proof eyeliner that lasts all day. So even if you're in the office in front of a computer all day, your eyes will look as great at 5 p.m. as they did when you first applied your make-up in the morning.

I'm also a fan of the Almay Makeup Removers for eyes and face, because they are very gentle. They also do a great job of taking off my eye make-up at the end of the day with irritating my eyes.

Not only did I discover new makeup with Almay, but I also had the pleasure of meeting the authors of How To Feed A Family—these two busy moms (and bloggers) are the new faces of Almay Canada, and hearing them talk about how they find balance in their life (with great tips like packing lunches the night before, keeping everything by the front door, cooking dinners that become lunch the next day, and using the weekend to do some batch cooking or baking, so you'll have something for the kids to eat during the week) was helpful. Laura Keogh (former Beauty Director of FASHION Magazine) and Ceri Marsh (former editor-in-chief of FASHION Magazine) were lovely to speak to, and have motivated me to cook more. (Thanks, ladies!)

We even got to take home cookie mix, and pick our own toppings. A beautiful breakfast event in Toronto, in a room full of amazing, smart ladies, while testing out the latest beauty products by Almay? A perfect day.




I'm giving away something special from Almay, for one of my lovely readers, too! Enter to win a package that includes the book How To Feed A Family, and the latest beauty products from Almay Canada.

Just leave me a comment below sharing one tip that helps you get out the door in the morning! Please remember to leave your contact information, too.

Winner will be selected randomly on February 27th.

Good Luck, beautiful!

39 comments:

Jen Wilson said...

If I get up before the kids, my day is already three steps ahead. It makes such a huge difference!

jenwilsonca@gmail.com

krisha44 said...

oh and I forgot my contact info. kristennowak@hotmail.com

marlibu said...

My best tip is spray hairspray on a toothbrush and brush fine fly away hairs back for a sleek ponytail

Also drink lots of water :)

Twitter handle @marlibu

Joelle said...

Lovely giveaway, I love Almay, best products for my skin!
To get out quicker, I organize everything the night before: lunch boxes, clothes for me & the kids, backpacks, etc. and I use multitasking products.

El said...

I find if I have my makeup laid out in the bathroom it helps me get ready faster and out the door!

El said...

ebrickell@gmail.com

Glogirl said...

To help me get out the door in the morning I try to get as much done the night before. I choose my clothes and will flat iron my hair the night before so I just need to touch it up in the morning.

ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

seham merzib said...

I straighten my hair the day before, wake up early for make up and everything done the night before

Chantal said...

My trick for getting out the door in the morning is making my DH responsible for the morning routine! LOL He works from home and doesn't need to start till 9am. The kids and me are gone by 7:30. So he gets up and gets them and their lunches ready while I prepare myself. I love it. :)

Anonymous said...

I tried it before to get as much done as possible. make up daily in the morning start off fresh face washed. I usually straighten my hair the night before. nails are done the night before also. one of my favorite product
s from Almay is the makeup remover.
My email is missdwil@yahoo.ca

Aneta Alaei said...

A great BB creme will not only moisturize but even out skin tone. homewithaneta@gmail.com

CourtneyF said...

I make lunches and choose clothes the night before! courtellina@hotmail.com

Jenness Mills said...

I plan my outfit the night before and have my makeup handy. jenness(at)mts(dot)net

Julie said...

One tip that helps me get out the door in the morning: having the kids' snowsuits, hats, mitts and backpacks hung up (so that they've dried overnight) and ready to go by the door. Getting the kids into them is another matter altogether, but if we know where everything is we're ahead of the game!

Anonymous said...

i ready everything the night before clothes laid out lunches made backpack ready lynn c lynnbeaniethethird@yahoo.ca

Joelle said...

Lovely giveaway, I love Almay, best products for my skin!
To get out quicker, I organize everything the night before: lunch boxes, clothes for me & the kids, backpacks, etc. and I use multitasking products.
Forgot to add my contact info:
joelle.zananiri@outlook.com

krystyl olson said...

my tip IS LEAVIN for WORK BEFORe MY KIDS EVEN WAKE UP-we also put out our clothes and pack lunches the night before

krystyl olson said...

oops! ^ krystylolson90@gmail.com

Brenda Penton said...

My tip is to plan what I am going to wear and what type of hairstyle and makeup look I want to achieve the day before and have everything out and ready to use. Less to dig through in the morning and less mess to clean up after.

brendapenton(at)gmail(dot)com

@BlessedTA said...

Lipstick and mascara

Annie1 said...

I always get up earlier than everyone so I can get ready before they get up and I always freeze scones, pancakes, waffles etc. that can be easily thawed or put in the toaster. Lunches are always made the night before too!

Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

nancyrobster at gmail dot com

Maggie C said...

Overnight oats is my breakfast made the night before so I can grab and go the next morning!

cheung.maggie39@yahoo.ca

Jonnie (JB) said...

My tip is to get up before the rest of the family, enjoy a cup of coffee and a moment of peace and quiet to prepare for the hustle and bustle. It makes the morning rush so much more doable.

Salma Alahmad said...

My tip is to put on a getting ready music playlist. I know how far along in my getting ready routine I should be when each song plays so I know to hurry up if I'm running behind.

selmaalahmad@hotmail.com

lushka said...

I get my clothes and lunch ready the night before so the morning is less hectic.

lushka204@gmail.com

blogginggal said...

I put out all of my clothes the night before and lay out my jewelry and accessories too. That way, no matter how late I get up, I can still be ready to head out the door looking great! (Suzi)

Heather @ Raising Memories Blog said...

anything done the night before is a big help! (choose clothes, lay out kids clothes, make lunches, etc.)

Belinda M said...

To help get me out the door more quickly in the mornings I get our clothes and lunches ready the night before. So much less stress when we rush around in the am

Andrea Fulton said...

I work out every morning. andrea.fulton@axeotech.com

ginette4 said...

I plan the night before what I'm going to wear and have everything that I need to bring by the door

A Labour of Life said...

I try and plan the night before, if I have an idea of what i want to wear I am ready 20 minutes earlier ( and then I go take outfit pictures so I am still late LOL)
Lindaandkent1@gmail.com
Ottawa

Erika E said...

I plan out what I'm going to wear and put everything together so I'm not searching for anything.

Erika E said...

Sorry, forgot my info, jsmom92 at gmail dot com.

Anonymous said...

coffee and blush!!!

billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

Wanda Tracey said...

I have getting out the door in the morning down to a science! Everything is laid out to what I am wearing.My lunch is in the fridge and the coffee is on automatic.I just have to shower,brush my teeth and my hair, get dressed, grab my lunch and coffee and put a smile on my face.

Brenda Lacourciere said...

The easiest way for me to get out the door is to get up early, have coffee and have a minute to myself
brendaspuppy@hotmail.com

flowerchild said...

Make lunches the night before, and have a routine in the morning with my kids
flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win!
Caroline

Brandee H said...

I have my clothes and my son's ready the night before. I also wash in my hair in the evening so it's dry and ready to be styled in the morning. That is how how I get out the door quickly in the morning!

brandeelh7@hotmail.com

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