Announcing the Winner of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Contest!

After going through many entries received over the past week, we are pleased to announce that Brittany Goving is the winner of our latest giveaway sponsored by The Body Shop! We’re so excited for you to try out the full Tea Tree product line pictured below! Please look for our message to arrange the delivery of your prize!

We’d like to once again thank The Body Shop Canada for sponsoring a wonderful contest that lets us spoil our readers! We’d also like to thank our readers and everyone who took the time to enter the contest – we wish that everyone could win!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop with our most recent posts and contests! And once again, thanks to all for your continued support of inanutshell.

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CONTEST: Win $100 from The Body Shop! **CONTEST CLOSED**

UPDATE: The winner of this contest has been chosen! Thank you to all who entered. http://inanutshell.ca/2012/09/27/announcing-the-winner-of-the-body-shops-tea-tree-contest/

Last month, in collaboration with The Body Shop, inanutshell was pleased to run an awesome contest for $100 in Cruelty-Free Make-Up. Our winner, Sheralee Huot, was sent a beautiful basket courtesy of The Body Shop, just for commenting on the post and engaging with us using social media.

We’re back at it again, and this time, we’re focusing on skin care! Reduce the size of large, congested pores and get make-up ready, matte skin with The Body Shop’s new Tea Tree Pore Minimizer. Inanutshell is offering you a chance to win a Community Fair Trade Tea Tree prize pack from The Body Shop, valued at more than $100! 

When I worked for The Body Shop years ago, their Tea Tree line was one of the best skin care lines that available. Fast forward 6 years, and it’s only gotten better. Personally, tea tree oil has saved my skin on more than one occasion, a miracle worker when dealing with acne break-outs and pesky pimples.

So, want to win this awesome prize pack? 

This time around, we’re asking you to get connected with The Body Shop Canada using social media! Either like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, and send us the link showing that you’ve done it. You can send us the link by commenting on this post or sending us an e-mail at inanutshellca@gmail.com.

(And, while you’re at it, you might as well like US and follow US on both sites too!)

Contest entries will be accepted until Sunday September 23, 2012. Good luck!!

Announcing the Winner of The Body Shop’s Cruelty-Free Make-Up Contest

We are pleased to announce that Sheralee Huot was drawn as the winner of our contest for $100 of  The Body Shop’s new cruelty-free make-up line! Congratulations! We’re so excited for you to fall in love with these gorgeous products! Please check your e-mail to arrange the delivery of your prize!

We’re Jealous! Enjoy!

We’d like to thank The Body Shop Canada for coming out with a beautiful range of cruelty-free products and sponsoring this contest. We’d also like to thank everyone who entered our contest by commenting on our posts and interacting with us on Facebook and Twitter! We hope that you enjoy our contests and we’re looking forward to bringing you more in the future. Besides, Movember is just around the corner…

Until next time nuts, thank you for your participation & continued support of inanutshell!

CONTEST: Win $100 in Make-Up from The Body Shop! **CONTEST CLOSED**

Lily Cole: The new face behind The Body Shop’s Cruelty-Free Campaign.

UPDATE: The winner has been chosen! Thank you to all who entered!http://inanutshell.ca/2012/08/10/announcing-the-winner-of-the-body-shops-cruelty-free-make-up-contest/

This summer, go cruelty-free with Lily Cole and The Body Shop! inanutshell, in collaboration with The Body Shop are thrilled to offer you the chance to win an amazing gift basket valued at more than $100, filled with the new, limited edition make-up range: Cruelty Free Make-Up, launched in collaboration with Lily Cole.

Celebrating The Body Shop Against Animal Testing ethos, Cruelty Free Make-Up contains no animal products and hasn’t ever been tested on animals. With ultra-expressive colours, shimmering looks and super soft giant puffs for perfect application every time, being cruelty-free has never been so glamorous! For more information on the products, please visit: www.thebodyshop.ca. We nuts couldn’t be more excited for one of our lucky readers to try out these gorgeous products!

The Giveaway Package will include: Pearl Radiance Primer, Liquid Eyeliner, Puff on Radiance, Shimmer Cubes, 1 Lip & Cheek Dome & 2 Mini Hi-Shine Lip Glosses.

To enter our fabulous contest: leave a comment below with your name and e-mail address so that we can contact you!

Want to up your chances? Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter! For every Facebook post that you tag us in and for every tweet you send our way, an additional entry will be made in your name!

Contest entries will be accepted from Thursday August 2nd – Thursday August 9th. Good luck nuts!

Beauty on a Budget

Alright readers, I’m just going to throw this out there – being on a budget is NOT fun. Whether you’re paying back student loans, starting out at a new job with a tiny salary or trying to save for your first home (or all of the above!), being in your twenties is a time where money matters. For women, cosmetics and beauty products can be so frustrating; not only are they huge money-suckers, but half the time you feel like they don’t give you the results that you anticipated. I’ve put together a list of some great products that are inexpensive and will cover most elements of your beauty regime – in fact, you can purchase everything on this list for under $100!

1. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation ($14.99)
Used by multiple nuts, Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is creamy and leaves a nice matte finish on your skin.

2. Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips ($19.99)
These shimmer strips are great because they are multi-purpose. Use each shade individually as eye-shadows and then use them together for a great, shimmery bronzer or blush

3. MAC Fluid Line ($18)
This gel is by far the best and longest lasting eye-liner I’ve ever used. Once you get used to applying it with a thin-angled brush, it will change your life. Perfect for creating a dramatic cat eye or a simple every-day look, this eye-liner is great on both upper and lower lids and is definitely a staple of mine. (Plus, it doesn’t smudge constantly like some pencils do!)

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($10.49)
This mascara is a fan-favourite. Kate mentioned it in the past and I have since converted to it after trying it once. Use one sweep for a simple look or load it on for dramatic lashes.

5. Rimmel Vinyl Lip Gloss ($6.49)
One of inanutshell’s #1 supporters, Kelly, went on a quest for lip gloss and after trying multiple expensive brands, decided to give this a shot. After trying it over the weekend, we’re glad she did – it’s awesome and a great value!

6. Treseme Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($5.49)
I’ve blogged about dry shampoos in the past and at the time I wasn’t impressed. But, after trying Tresseme’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo, I can say that it’s now a staple in my beauty regime. Not only useful if you sleep in and have to skip a full wash, but also a great tool for creating a bit more volume if your hair falls flat.

7. Mini Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream ($10)
This hand cream has been a staple in my purse/home/office for as long as I can remember. A light moisturizer with a sweet fragrance, this product not only targets dry hands, but moisturizes your nails as well! The mini size is perfect for taking on the go.

8. Essie ‘Fiji’ Nail Polish ($10.99)
It’s no secret that we nuts LOVE Essie nail polish. And now, you can get the look that Emily Maynard rocked all season as The Bachelorette by sporting the shade ‘Fiji’. It’s a light pink that’s great for everyday because it goes well with just about anything!

And there you have it nuts, some great bargains that will keep you looking great on a budget. Happy shopping & happy saving!

Hair Dare: 5 Days with Bobby

I can’t say I’ve ever cared about any area of my beauty routine. I may be guilty of dropping some coin on pretty YSL mascara and the odd Clinique concealer, but that is as far as the efforts I make to upkeep my beauty regimen go. Whether getting ready for a day at work or getting dolled up for a night out, I consistently spend an exponential amount of time on my wardrobe, leaving little to no room for any experimentation in the hair and makeup department. Lately this behavior has begun to bother me – why shouldn’t I invest some time in my hair each day? What has it done to deserve such treatment? (Or lack there of..)

Equipped with a handful of bobby pins, a variety of curling products and youtube on speed dial – I devised an experiment.  For one week, I would have to find the time each day between my early rise and my city commute, to try a new hairstyle. As I sit here at the finish line of my self-inflicted challenge, I have to say it was not easy. How do people do this everyday? My arms are soar. My once tame bobby pins have now had worldly experiences to last a lifetime. My dreams are haunted by girls who spend their days teaching strangers how to wear socks on their heads. Needless to say, it was not a life-changing journey, and I now know that there’s a reason I’m not doing this everyday – plain and simple, I don’t like to. HA. Truth be told, the outcome of a little hair-novation (coined) was worthwhile; spending the day with a hairstyle that I knew would stick around ’til bedtime and required no mid-day maintenance, was grrreat.

Monday
I started the week off with the mother of all youtube sensations – the sock bun. I followed this tutorial, which worked very well for me. For those who don’t know (where have you been.), a sock bun does actually involve the use of a sock. It’s as simple as cutting the toe off a long sock and rolling it into a donut shape, sticking it on top of your ponytail and creating a bun around it. This gives you the effect of having a mass of perfectly shaped hair, with the sock coyly hidden beneath your strands. Once you become a pro, this is the best trick for throwing your hair up and making it look like you’ve gone to the salon for an updo. I’ll definitely make use of this one in the future.

Tuesday
My friends are rolling their eyes right now. This one is by no means a new look for me. The side braid is a simple fix when you need a little extra oomph. This one is tried and true, so it deserved a little air time in what is likely one of few hair pieces I’ll write in my blogging career. If your hair is ultra-layered, this may not be your best option, but there are so many ways to wear the side braid that I’m sure there’s an alternative for everyone.

Wednesday
On day 3 of my little experiment, I was looking to do a low side bun in a way I had never done before. I made a low, side pony tail first, made a knot with my hair around the elastic and then added bobby pins, keeping quite a bit of my hair out for more of a messy look. I really loved this one for its “I just rolled out of bed like this” qualities – don’t you love how spending more time on one’s hair offers the effect of spending less?

 

Thursday
Inspired by all things soft, loose and feminine, I added a ballerina-esque headband to Thursday’s look. With the help of some bobbies, I secured my waves around the headband, making it look like it fell into place that way. As you’d suspect, this one’s not ideal for a busy workday, but it’s pretty for a special occasion or casual night out. I have so many fabulous headbands collecting dust in my linen closet, and it’s time they got some wear.

Friday
For casual friday, I parted my hair way on the side, combing my locks back into a half-up pony tail. I then pinned a small section of the ponytail around to hide the elastic. This one was an easy fix, and the part adjustment kept things fresh.

Sometimes, even if you’re not elated by it, you have to push yourself to try new things to see what comes of it. Whenever I decide to spend an extra 10 minutes on my beauty routine, the outcome pays off ten fold. If you’re lacking imagination in any department, blogs, youtube and any fashion mag has got you covered – that’s exactly what they’re there for after all. Happy experimenting, nuts!

The Litter bug

In 2009, two sisters began tinkering with old pieces of jewellery that they either owned or found in thrift stores. The pair would simply recreate a necklace by removing a few links here and adding a jewel or two there, to completely reinvigorate an outdated piece of jewelry. “What’s old, is new”, has been the duo’s motto and the motto has been working wonders for them.

4 years later, Rachael Mann and Mackenzie Burdick have some serious business on their hands. . .  and it’s not just their jewelry. Litter’s various collections range from head pieces reminiscent of 60’s fashion, to edgy rocker chick pieces that include arm chains, foot chains, and legs chains. These chains are the perfect match for festival go-ers and I expect this summer the concert crowds will have the litter bug. Litter has recently introduced chain body suits which are the epitome of sexuality, perhaps a tad risqué for everyday wear but certainly not for celebs who like to push the envelope.

The concept of “re-used chain jewelry”, without a visual, sounds a bit bizarre but these two girls have  hit a home run with their sexy and unique accessories that are ideal for adding on to an outfit for an evening out.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces:

From collection “Bear Cat”. . .

From collection Desert Queen . . .

Their designs are completely unlike any other on the market and as soon as the demand for Litter grew, their pieces were quickly featured in major publications across the globe. Rachael and Mackenzie, now San Francisco based, have a huge following and their most recent appearance on Shark Tank ( aired March 12th 2012) have gained them even more publicity and exposure.

Since the launch of their company in 2009, their jewelry has garnered attention from  Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Teen Vogue. They’ve also gained a celebrity “cult” following, attracting the likes of Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens, Fergie and even Lady Gaga. Litter has also made it onto a few of my favourite fashion blogs: Fashion Toast and LeFlaash.  Not only can you see these styles on celebs and fashion bloggers, but their pieces have also hogged the lime light on more than a few runways. In 2010, Litter was stippled throughout various fashion weeks, including a collaboration with designer, Jasmine Di Milo, in Paris’ Fashion Week as well as a successful collaborative effort with Christina Cota in New York’s Fashion Week 2010.

In the company’s formative years, the sisters were working hours on end out of their North Beach apartment. As each piece was painstakingly assembled by hand, pricing has been reflective of the labour intensive hours dedicated to each item; however, their recent collaboration with entrepreneurs, Mark Cuban and Daymond John, will allow them channels for better and wider distribution. Although most of their pieces sell for hundreds of dollars (especially custom-made pieces for celebrity clientele), they now have the opportunity to work with Urban Outfitters and thus, the opportunity to produce Litter that is more reasonably priced.

In a nutshell, Litter seems to be the next big thing with fashionistas world-wide and soon enough we can expect to see 20-somethings adorned with Litter as the litter bug quickly catches on.

To see more of their work visit www.littersf.com 

All images via

Beauty Buys

Is it just me, or does your pharmacy bill always shock you? You empty your basket, filled with the usual suspects; conditioner, lotion, some concealer, a new polish and a few odds and ends …and somehow the tally is $60 and up. Beauty products are relentlessly pricey, and quite often, I find myself reaching for a product I know nothing about because a) it’s on sale, b) the bottle’s pretty or c) I’m just feeling frisky. These impulse buys are what make up (no pun intended..) the contents of my bottom drawer; the products I hardly use due to their futile qualities. Just what I need, another thing to remind me that I’m genius at throwing away money. The only real solution to this careless buying pattern is to spread the word about products that will never disappoint. Those products that make you want to tell every woman who has complained of dry hands or expressed self-consciousness for dark under-eye circles. I recently discovered a product that made me do just that, and it got me thinking; Halle Barry, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson are all beautiful women, and seeing them wear the latest product may subconsciously make me feel like I’ll start to look like them upon purchase…but if a friend were to tell me she discovered the greatest mascara of all time, I would buy it instantly. It’s a little thing called word of mouth marketing, and it’s really the most beneficial form of advertising for all involved parties. So, in an effort to stop the relentless cycle of buying unnecessary, ineffective products, here are some items I think you should reach for on your next trip down those overwhelming beauty aisles.

If you’ve ever complained about your dry hands, buy this product NOW. Seriously, it will be the best $10 you’ve ever spent. Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream is absolutely non-greasy and, brace yourself…it lasts through hand washes. A little dollop of this golden lotion instantly returns my hands to their soft, nourished state and that glorious feeling lasts for hours.

A friend of mine introduced me to this light and effective face cream (word-of-mouth…the bomb). Among the sea of big brand names and broken promises, you’ll find this skinny, modest bottle. If you’re sick of caking on thick, greasy face creams, try some Complex 15 on for size. It’s oil-free, fragrance-free and dermatologist approved. Get it for $10.99

Most concealers offer you a single stick of your perfect shade, and that’s all fine and dandy. But what happens when you have a red spot, dark under eye circles, or you’ve got a little tan? Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors has got you covered. With three shades of beige, and green and lilac for unfortunate pimples/circles, this is the ideal travel companion and/or daily palette. Approximately $30.

Absolutely all of my friends use this, and somehow we all discovered it on our own, and recently noticed we’re all fans. Eye make-up remover can so often be greasy, painful and ineffective. NIVEA’s eye make-up remover is a lotion that’s so delicate, your eyes will never become irritated, but they’ll always end up make-up free. $10.99 for this one.

I think we’re all onboard with this one, but I’m such a fan that I couldn’t help but include it. While there are undoubtedly some Essie and OPI fans out there, let’s be honest and admit to ourselves that $10 for ONE bottle of polish is a bit much. Revlon releases new shades so often that the latest trends and recent season influences, are always covered. It’s great quality polish and HELLO, it’s $4.99.

All above products available at a pharmacy near you.

I’d love to know your go-to products! Any hidden gems I should try?

Calling All Chocoholics!

Today marks a special day for all you chocoholics… The launch of The Body Shop’s newest collection: Chocomania! The only calorie-free chocolate that you’ll receive this Valentine’s Day, chocomania products are being promoted as indulgent, sweet treats. This guilt-free chocolate is a great way to please your sweetheart on February 14!

Having worked at The Body Shop for years, I can say that men and women alike turn to The Body Shop when they want to spoil their partners. There are so many great things about all the products available, but the best part of a Body Shop gift is the aspect of pampering and relaxation. When you give someone a bubble bath or a body scrub, you’re not just giving them products to help their skin, you’re giving them what they need to spend some quality time on themselves. In our busy world, there’s usually nothing better.

I was lucky enough to receive advance samples of the line and I decided to take the new Chocomania products to my most trusted allies (nuts, friends and co-workers) to get the full scoop on them. The scent of these products is nutty, with a hint of dark chocolate. Where I thought the chocolate scent would be overwhelming (since I don’t actually LIKE chocolate…shock, gasp) it wasn’t. It reminded me of crème de cacao… YUM!

Chocomania Body Lotion:

Out of all the people that I had try this body lotion, the biggest fan was my male co-worker, David.

“This cream rubs in so quickly and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. The smell isn’t overwhelming or too sweet.  I don’t usually buy lotion, but I could see myself using this.”

Disclaimer: Some of the women who tried the chocomania body lotion felt that the smell didn’t work well with perfume they were wearing. I would avoid using other scented products at the same time!

Chocomania Shower Cream:

Kelly, who generally prefers sweeter scents, tried out the shower cream and had mixed reviews.

“The quality of the product is great; it was nice and creamy on my skin. It’s got a strong scent when you first use it, but it fades once you’re out of the shower. Truthfully, I felt that it had a bit of a men’s cologne scent at first, but as the scent stayed with me for about an hour after my shower, it grew on me as I smelt myself. Personally, I don’t know if I’d use it regularly because it’s not sweet enough for what I’m used to.”

Disclaimer: If you’re into really sweet smells, this line may not be for you! I would suggest asking for a sample or demonstration at your local store to find out what your preferences are.

Chocomania Body Butter:

Kate, being an avid fan of Shea Body Butter normally, was smitten with the Choccomania variety of her skin saviour.

“I always love the body butter products by Body Shop. I find the butter is a superior moisturizing product and maintains the skin’s moisture throughout the day without leaving a greasy film. The new Chocolate Body Butter is definitely a top contender with other body butters I have used, such as the Shea. It has a similar aroma profile to the Shea Butter with an accentuated “nuttiness” and a hint of cocoa, leaving your skin feeling like a silky cocoa puff!”

Chocomania Body Scrub:

Body scrubs are always a must-have, especially during the dry winter months. I asked Jess to try it out…

“The smell was more pleasant than expected – taking on a nuttier aroma. I found it a little bit oily, so I wouldn’t recommend using it in the morning. It’s a great nighttime pampering treatment, where even if you’re a little bit oily afterwards, it wouldn’t matter!”

Chocomania Lip Butter:

Catherine was my ginea pig for this product, and has given it a rave review.

“Rarely when asked, ‘Do you have any lip gloss?’ can I actually respond with a ‘Yes’.” It’s just not my thing to sport trendy lipsticks or be in a constant state of chapstick application. But, with the erratic winter that January threw our way, my lips were looking for a little TLC. As a self diagnosed chocoholic, I knew I would have no problem applying and re-applying. The scent (and taste) is a dark chocolate and nutty mix, but not too fragrant. Within days my chapped lips were remedied and the butter leaves just the smallest trace of a shine, perfect for not looking over-glammed at work. It was definitely a positive experience that might even have converted me to storing a container in my clutch on the regular.”

In a nutshell, these products are a great idea for a Valentine’s Day gift, which will surely impress the chocoholics in your life. Head down to your local shop today to try out the new products and let us know if you given in to Chocomania!

*All photos courtesy of The Body Shop Canada.

Friday’s Fashion Fix

We all have our morning routine, whether it lasts 20 minutes, 4 hours or it’s a roll-out-of-bed kinda deal. I find with myself, certain parts of the morning are much more “routine” than others. I wouldn’t say the haphazardness process I have of picking out clothing is all that procedural, I have different issues everyday, and an outfit that once seemed like perfection will likely seem ridiculous to me just a few days later. The truly routine part of my morning comes in when beauty is involved. Makeup and hair. I think you have to have a flair for either if you’re able to experiment and be adventurous in the artistry that these areas involve. I for one, don’t really take the time to work on my hair or alter the cosmetic pattern I’m used to. Hair down, ponytail, half up or low bun; if you asked me to do your hair, I’d pick from this elementary list of options. If you asked me to do your makeup, I wouldn’t think of experimentation, but rather perform my robotic method, achieving a familiar and archetypal result.

Enter stage right: magazine editorials. I try not to spend all of my money on magazines so I heavily rely on Fashion Gone Rogue to keep up-to-date on editorials that I would never find at the average joe magazine store and/or haven’t even hit the newsstands yet. One such editorial that caught my eye recently is Hasse Nielsen’s F/W 2011 beauty spot for Bon International Magazine.  Model Josephine Skriver is coiffed with edgy yet polished looks, each oozing with holiday charm. Here’s hoping that some of these styles inspires you (and me!) to try something new this season. It’s time to get those bobby pins to work!

See the full editorial here.