As a girl with fine, and often flat looking hair, I hardly ever wear it straight. It just lacks any sort of volume! So why am I talking about a hair straightener today? Because it’s my new favourite way of putting wave or curls into my hair!

Irresistible Me was kind enough to send over their Diamond Hair Straightener for me to test out and review, and I honestly don’t think I have one negative thing to say about it. I’ve been playing around with it for a couple of weeks, and it’s been the only hair tool I’ve been reaching for! So if you’re in the market for a new flat iron, I highly recommend you check this one out.

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

Packaging: The Diamond Hair Straightener comes in a sleek black, professional looking case. Inside, you will find a list of features and an instruction booklet. I love the fun red colour!

Price: $149 USD. You can also receive free shipping when you spend over $150.

Features: 

-Digital heat display. Pick the best setting for your hair type! Heat ranges from 260 degrees to 450 degrees.

-Buttons are placed on the inside, so you don’t accidentally change the setting.

-Thumb print and cool tips so you won’t burn your fingers.

-15 second heat up time. Incredibly fast!

-Shuts down after 30 minutes.

-360 degree swivel cord

 

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

I love having long hair, but after having my Son, I lost a ton of it which left it looking a little lifeless. Although sometimes I really consider chopping it off, I know I would regret it! Plus, my husband loves my long hair.

So in attempt to give my hair a bit more volume, I love creating these easy flat iron curls that help it look fuller and last for days! It’s a quick and easy hairstyle that can instantly change your look, and I always get compliments on these curls.

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

To create these curls, all you need to do is take approximately 1in sections of hair between the plates of the straightener and turn it one full turn away from your face. Slowly slide the iron to the ends of your hair and voila! A beautiful curl!

If you want loser curls, you can take bigger sections of hair, and if you want even more volume, you can section off the top and bottom to create some more oomph!

Do you prefer curling your hair with a flat iron, curling wand or traditional curling iron? 

 

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Today I am showcasing a small shop that will truly warm your heart! Love Too Apparel is a small shop in Tennessee run by two best friends, Nic and Courty who aim to bring you and your littles comfortable, fun and stylish graphic tees to show off the different ways we all love.

graphic tees

Love Too Apparel all started back when Nichole’s 2 year old Son Tripp seemed a little behind in the speech department. He wasn’t speaking as they thought he should, which led to speech testing. One of the phrases they worked on was “I Love You” and one day, unexpected, Tripp looked up at her and said “love too.” Although he didn’t say it perfectly, “love too” stuck, and became part of the family’s regular vocabulary!

 

“We believe love comes in all shapes, sizes, forms, strengths, and weaknesses… and we will wear it proud!”

 

Tripp is now 6 years old, and Love Too Apparel was a dream brought to life as a reminder that love doesn’t have to be perfect. Nic and Courty have created a brand that lets you wear your love proud!

graphic tees

graphic tees

The “Love Too Much” tee I’m wearing was a perfect fit for me. I often think to myself, “I love this kid way too much! My heart is going to burst!”

This one was inspired by Tripp because of his heart of gold and ability to love everyone full heartedly. Available in 7 different colours, this tee is printed on a unisex slim fitting and ultra soft American Apparel Track Shirt.

I really like that this style is more fitted, but still incredibly soft and comfortable. I ordered an XS for myself as it’s recommended to order a size smaller because of the fact that it’s a unisex tee.

Blake’s “Love Too Loud” tee also couldn’t be more perfect for him! He may act shy and quiet around other people, but when we are home, cover your ears! Although he’s not always loud, he does love to scream at the top of his lungs for no reason and make his presence known.

This tee was inspired by Nichole’s other Son, Tyce who can be very loud and energetic! Also printed on an American Apparel t-shirt, I love the slate grey colour and that it’s 100% jersey cotton making it a very forgiving material for rowdy little boys (or girls!).

Other sayings include: Love Too Messy, Love Too Wild and Love Too Deeply.

graphic tees

graphic tees

graphic tees

graphic tees

graphic tees

What saying would you want on your Love Too Apparel tee?

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Hands up if you were blessed with thin, small lips! I hear ya, girlfriend. Thanks to Kylie Jenner and her infamous pout, I feel like I’m lacking in that area. Although I wouldn’t say mine are terrible, I could definitely use a little more volume.Thankfully there are products out there that can help with this without going to extreme measures. Cheeky Physique sent over their Sublime Lips Manuka Honey Lip Plumper for me to try out and review, and *spoiler alert* I love it!

Lip Plumper

“Let Sublime Lips take your natural pout to the next level with its high impact combo of nourishing Manuka honey and advanced lip plumping ingredients.”

Packaging:

The Cheeky Physique Sublime Lips comes in a sleek, matte finish tube with a twist off doe foot applicator.

Price:

$25 USD each.

Ingredients:

Key ingredients include Manuka Honey, Hyaluronic Acid and Tripeptide-1. Together, these ingredients provide optimal hydration to give your lips the volume you crave!

How to use:

Apply any time you feel that your lips need some extra moisture, shine or fullness. Instantly, you will feel a slight tingling and cooling sensation. This means circulation is gently increased to you lips. With regular use, you will notice consistently fuller and more voluminous lips!

sublime lips

My Overall Thoughts:

As you can see in the before picture, my lips are dry, bare and lacking any kind of volume. A few minutes after applying Sublime Lips, they feel super moisturized, smooth, fuller and just overall amazing.

Although the product is mostly clear, there is a slight iridescent pink that really gives my lips a healthy look. I love wearing this product by itself, but it can also be worn over your favourite lipstick for a high-gloss shine.

Some lip plumper’s can give a really overwhelming tingling feeling when applied. To my surprise, this one is very subtle, but still gives a slight tingle and cooling effect to let you know its working. I appreciate that it’s not too intense.

Sublime Lips will definitely be a staple in my makeup bag! Have you tried a lip plumping product before?

sublime lips

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I’ve been going through a DIY phase lately. I’m actually a bit of a hoarder when it comes to saving things I think would make a good project, but never actually do anything with them! So I finally decided what I wanted to do with these old Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle holders. If you’re addicted to those candles like I am, here’s an idea for you! I created these simple DIY Succulent Planters that are so easy and fun to make!

DIY planter

You only need a few things:

  • containers for your plants
  • paint and paint brush (I like chalk paint)
  • metallic Sharpie
  • painters tape (optional)
  • succulents

DIY planters

DIY planters

DIY planters

After cleaning out the old wax of my candles, I used a white chalk paint and applied 2 even layers letting them fully dry between coats. I’ve really had a thing lately for white and gold together, so those are the colours I decided to do for these DIY succulent planters. I had some leftover Van Gogh Fossil Paint from other projects and I absolutely adore this stuff. It requires no sanding beforehand and adheres to pretty much any surface.

DIY planters

I used some painters tape to create a simple design and coloured it in with a metallic gold Sharpie. You can really have fun with this step! For my second planter, I decided to freehand a cute quote and I love the way they both turned out!

DIY planter

DIY planters

DIY planters

I put some crushed stone in the bottom to help with drainage. Then it’s time to put it in your succulents! I love having plants in my house, but I do NOT have a green thumb. Succulents are great because they don’t require tons of attention and aren’t too picky about their environment. Perfect for me!

Let me know if you give these planters a try and tag me in your photos!

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DIY planters

DIY planters

DIY planters

DIY planters

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It’s been a while since I did a Small Shop Showcase, and today I am thrilled to introduce you all to another amazing Canadian shop: Urban Cowgirl & Co.!

Owner, Linnden, runs her shop right here in Alberta where she handcrafts classic, timeless pieces of apparel and accessories. All of her Urban Cowgirl pieces are exclusive and original to her, which is great when you want to stand out in a unique style!

Urban Cowgirl & Co. offers products like beautiful infinity scarves, hair accessories and kimonos. There is even a “Little Urban Cowgirl” section on her website dedicated to styling your adorable little ladies and gents!

Linnden was kind enough to send me one of her new tanks and a kimono just in time for our family trip to the Bahamas! Let me tell you, I literally lived in these on our trip.

Urban Cowgirl

Urban Cowgirl

Urban Cowgirl

The Stay Wild tank design was inspired by Linnden’s youngest Son who can really give her a run for her money. (and I can totally relate!) This tank serves as a great reminder to let our little ones stay a little wild no matter how much we want to tame them! This tank is long and flowy which is perfect for my long torso. I often have trouble finding tops that are long enough for me.

Urban Cowgirl also has a beautiful selection of Kimonos that are my new favourite thing to wear! These incredibly comfortable kimonos are perfect for layering over a tee or tank with a comfy pair of jeans or leggings. They also make the perfect bathing suit coverup for the beach! The lightweight material is so soft you will want one of each design so you can wear them every day. I have even caught my Son sneaking into my closet and pulling it out to use as a blanket. He just loves the softness! This popular Candy Aztec design is colourful and fun. Perfect for Summer! You even have the option to add fringe, pom-poms or lace to make your Kimono custom to you!

Urban Cowgirl

Urban Cowgirl

 

Urban Cowgirl can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to check out Urban Cowgirl and support your small Canadian businesses!

Thanks for reading,

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