Live colourfully: L’Occitane x OMY collection

I love it when two brands from different industries collide, releasing a limited-edition collection that combines the best of both worlds. Such is the case with L’Occitane en Provence’s new collection with French illustrators OMY.

Now if you are like me and had never heard of OMY before, it’s a company by Elvire Laurent & Marie-Cerise Lichtlé, two French illustrators who have a line of products such as maps that you can colour in, pens, totes, stationary, etc. The collection with L’Occitane features certain products in packaging that is adorned with colourful illustrations that celebrate Provence in the city.  The collection features special packaging on some of the brand’s favourite products, as well as their Shea line, which highlights iconic elements that represent the brand’s mission and passion for nature and biodiversity.

L'Occitane OMY Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

L’Occitane sent me a number of items from the collection, and first off, I had to mention how cute everything is.  The products are the same but the packaging features OMY designs, some of which is coloured in (the rest is up to you to colour in). I know it’s totally gimmicky, but I’m such a sucker for cute packaging, so although this is the first time I have ever heard of OMY, I am all about this collection.

The collection in general centres around their Shea line (perfect for winter), but new to this range is the limited-edition Violet x OMY line of products. These goodies, which feature a light hand cream and light body cream, smells delightful and are designed to soothe the senses.

L'Occitane OMY Shea Body Care collection L'Occitane OMY Shea Body Care collection

Although there are an abundance of products to choose from, I really love the OMY Shea Body Care set (C$84), which includes four classic Shea Butter products. Their shea butter is sustainably sourced from the women of Burkina Faso, a country in west Africa.  Included in here is the Shea Body Shower Cream (8.4 fl. oz.), Extra Gentle Soap Milk (net weight 3.5 oz.), Shea Butter Hands Violet Scent Ultra Light Cream (net weight 0.6 oz.), and Shea Butter Ultra Light Body Cream Violet Scent (net weight 4.5 oz.). All the products come housed in a L’Occitane x OMY box which includes two markers so you can colour in the illustrations on the box.

This set includes some limited-edition products that are exclusive to this set, such as the OMY Extra-Gentle Soap Milk (regular retail price is C$9). This body soap is enriched with Shea, and produces a light, creamy lather which cleanses the body.

L'Occitane OMY Shea Body Care collection

There is also a manicure set (C$79), a shea discovery set (C$39), as well as a few different sets and single items to choose from.  My favourite of the bunch is definitely the Shea X OMY Hand Cream (C$34), which is a large hand cream that contains highly concentrated shea butter (20 per cent). I find that in the winter months I have to always carry a hand cream with me, so this has definitely come in handy.  This cream absorbs nicely and quickly into the skin and helps to nourish, protect, and soften the hands.  Other ingredients include honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil to leave hands feeling soft and nourished.

Finally, the last item they sent was the Shea X OMY Ultra Rich Body Cream (C$50), which is perfect for our prairie winters. This cream is geared towards extremely dry skin and is made with 25 per cent shea butter to deliver lasting hydration for up to 72 hours.  I love applying my moisturizers at night since I like to wake up to moisturized skin.

L'Occitane OMY Hand Cream

I’m already a big fan of L’Occitane so I knew I would really enjoy this collection. Although there are some limited-edition items in the collection, for the most part it’s all stuff in the regular line, just in more fun packaging.

Like I said, I’m such a sucker for branding, so if there are some items in here that you already use, I would recommend picking up some of these limited-edition items to keep in your collection for later (but really, who doesn’t need a stock pile of moisturizers anyways?).

Will you be purchasing anything from the L’Occitane x OMY collection?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Healthy inside and out: My top picks from Vital Proteins

Okay, so I harp on here all the time about keeping your skin and hair nice and moisturized, but I mean there is only so much a good body lotion/skincare/hair product can do.

Lately, I’ve been getting more interested in supplements and items that I can take orally to help nourish my skin, nails, and hair.  One brand that I saw everywhere when I was in New York (seriously, they even sold it at Sephora), was Vital Proteins.

You may have seen Vital Proteins before (their branding and packaging is so cute), but if you haven’t, it’s a line of sustainably-sourced nutrition products that are aimed at promoting health, fitness, and natural beauty. Their items are designed to add collagen back into your body, as well as promoting the production of it, which is an essential nutrient that is trapped from our diets by modern food processing. The collagen is sourced from either cattle (bovine) or fish.

Vital Proteins Blueberry Moon Milk latte and Cocoa Caramel Collagen Latte

We all have collagen in our bodies, however, the production of it starts to decline as we age. So what is collagen? It’s a nutrient that our bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are made of.  It’s also found in blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. As we age, the production of it starts to decline and you may notice signs of aging, so this is where these products come in handy.

Vital Proteins is a line of collagen-infused products that are designed to work with your lifestyle. You can add the OG Collagen Peptides to your coffee, water, oatmeal, etc., or you can do their coffee creamers, lattes, shots, water, supplements, etc. I received a few different products from the brand and wanted to share my thoughts on these items and if they really do work.

So without further ado…

Vital Proteins Cocoa Caramel Collagen Latte

Caramel Cocoa Collagen Latte

If you’re looking for a little treat, then I recommend the Caramel Cocoa Collagen Latte ($45 USD), which is a gluten-free powder that you can add to hot water or a different hot beverage (I recommend oat milk). This dairy-free latte has 10g of bone broth collagen, 1g of sugar, and other ingredients like ashwagandha extract (for less stress), hydronic acid (skin nourishing), and MCTs from coconut milk power (to give you energy).

All it takes is two scoops to gain the benefits of this innovative latte. With regular consumption you should start to see benefits in your hair, skin, and nails. Although it is a cocoa caramel flavour, I don’t find this to be sweet at all. It’s more like a hint of flavour, so I feel like it could also be a nice little pick me up to a black cup of coffee or other latte.

You can also add this to cold water if you prefer, however, I did find it to be a little difficult to dissolve in hot water, so it would probably be even tougher to get a creamy texture in a cold beverage.

Vital Proteins also offers this in a variety of other flavours, so if caramel isn’t your jam, there are other options like Chocolate Cherry Almond, Madagascar Vanilla, and more.

Vital Proteins Blue Moon Milk Collagen Latte

Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte

If you have trouble sleeping at night, then this will be your jam.

The Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte ($39 USD) helps relax you for a perfect night’s sleep.  Add two scoops of powder to a hot beverage to get 10g of bone broth collagen, as well as melatonin, GABA, and magnesium for relaxation.

This powder is made without dairy, artificial flavours, colour, sweeteners, or additives, and is also gluten free.

This one is probably my favourite product from them. Truthfully, I wasn’t so excited on the taste of this initially since blueberry is kind of a strange flavour for a beverage, but I have to say that every night I have taken this it has completely knocked me out. I typically read a book or watch a show before bed and I find that on the nights I have used this, I find it difficult to keep my eyes open.

I do find that two swoops is a lot, so I have been using one scoop and warm oat milk, and find it’s perfect as this combo.  I have tried it with water, however, I find the milk to dilute the flavour a little more and make it creamier. As a result, I’m usually done the beverage within five minutes since it’s way more yummy this way.

They also offer the Moon Milk Latte in blueberry and lemon in a special edition Poosh version with Kourtney Kardashian.

Vital Proteins Sleep and Defence shots

Sleep and Defense Collagen Shot

If you want a quick fix to your sleep problems, then take a look at the Sleep Collagen Shots ($54 USD).  These 2 fl. oz. shots come in a pack of 12 and is a blend of blueberry and lavender, as well as 7g of collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated and nourished while you sleep, as well as melatonin, magnesium, and GABA.

I love the idea of these and they are great to incorporate into your bedtime routine (especially since they are so quick to take).  Vital Proteins has other shots available as well, such as the Defense shots, which would be great to take right now since it’s flu season.

Vital Proteins Sleep and Defence shots

The Defense shots include turmeric and black pepper, as well as 7g of collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, pineapple juice, organic coconut water, and lime juice.  These are great to take after your workout for a quick boost and a nice cool-down treat.

Vital Proteins also has these shots available in four other options (Zen, Glow, Restore, and Cleanse). Just shake it up, open it up, and pound it back.  I love the idea of these, although I do have to say that they are very expensive for what they are.  You only get 12 in a pack, so the cost per use is $4.50 USD, making these very expensive.

Vital Proteins Hyaluronic Acid capsules

Hyaluronic Acid Super Surge Capsules

If you are looking for some extra moisture in your skin that isn’t a topical solution then give the Hyaluronic Acid Super Surge Capsules ($39 USD) a look.

Pop two capsules a day for hydrated and healthier skin, hair, and nails. These capsules are vegan and contain 120mg of hyaluronic acid, five-times the daily value of biotin, and two-times the daily value of vitamin C.

These capsules are so easy to take, I just leave the bottle on my counter and usually take them around dinner.  After repeated use, you should see an improvement in your skin, hair, and nail texture. These are also great to take if you are looking for a vegan option. Since a lot of the other collagen products contain ingredients from bovine or fish, these are a great alternative for you if you shy away from those things.

Vital Proteins has many other products available as well, and if you are looking for a little boost to keep your skin, hair, and nails extra healthy this season and going forward, I would look to see if they have a product that could suit your needs. Seriously, they have so many awesome items that it may be a bit overwhelming at first to find the right product for you, but once you do, I know you’re going to love the line.

Have you tried Vital Proteins?

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Make an impression: Two palettes to jazz up your makeup collection

Can one ever have enough eyeshadow palettes? The answer is always no.

The thing about eyeshadow palettes is that there are so many different kinds available. There’s colours in every shade, different textures and finishes, and multiple consistencies.

I received a couple palettes before the holiday season, both of which were very holiday appropriate. Since I had a flurry of posts to get up at that time, I did hold off on getting these guys up, but now that it’s slowed down, I figured I would be able to give them the proper time to shine.

Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust palette Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust palette Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust Palette

I love adding a little glitter to my makeup look, so when I first saw the Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust Palette (C$38), I knew I would love it.

This palette opens up to six glitter shades, which is formulated with micro-fine sparkle and 3D metallic glitter.  The colours range from darker hues that give more of a subtle shine to silver and gold metallics that deliver an eye-popping effect.

Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust palette swatched

Now glitter shadows are typically hit or miss for me since I find a lot of them to be very subtle. With this palette in particular, you can wear these hues in a variety of different ways. You can apply them with a dry brush for a subtle effect or with a wet one for a more foiled, metallic look. You can also use these as an eyeliner or highlighter as well.

If you are into glitter shadows, I would definitely take a look into this palette.

 Lancome Hypnose Palette in Bleu Hypnotique

Lancome Hypnose Palette

When I first received Lancome’s Hypnose Palette in Bleu Hypnotique (C$60), I automatically thought of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Okay, I know this is a weird reference, but they were also in the Grey Cup playoffs around the time I got it (which they went on to win), and they are also affectionally known as the “Blue and Gold”.

This palette, which is also available in 10 other shade ranges, contains five colours that can be used to create a variety of different eye looks.  Open up the palette to find an assortment of mattes and shimmers that can be customized to whatever kind of look you’re going for, whether it’s something more dramatic or natural.

 Lancome's Hypnose Palette in Bleu Hypnotique swatched

Okay, the first thing you’ll notice about this palette is how beautiful those blues are. Truthfully, I wouldn’t have gone for this particular colour range since I don’t wear a lot of blues, but with there being a gold and a champagne in here, that definitely makes it more wearable, which is something that I love about this palette (and which is what I did when I swatched it for the photos; when you blend out the blue it makes it less dramatic).

The formula in these is incredible, as the colours just glide on the lids. They are soft and creamy, making them easy to blend out.  If you want something a little more intense (which I feel is an oxymoron with this particular palette), you can also wet the shadows for a more vibrant look.

i highly recommend popping by the Lancome counter to check out these Hypnose palettes, and even take a gander at the Bleu Hypnotique one. If you’re into blues, then I know you’re going to absolutely fall in love with this one.

If you are on the hunt (or even in the mood) for a new eyeshadow palette, I would recommend checking these out. Both of them may not be the most conventional palettes in terms of shade range, but hey, they’re fun and they will definitely spice up your makeup collection.

What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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