3 Brands On My 2019 Wishlist

Happy New Year!

This past year I had the opportunity to try out many different beauty, fashion, food and wellness brands and have discovered some of my favourite products through my shopping endeavours. With the start of a new and exciting year, I decided to write down a list of the lifestyle brands/products that I would like to try within the next year and hopefully review them on the blog!


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Happy New Year! Our final #APassioni101 lesson (don't you worry—you can find the series using the hashtag, plus we'll have each post rounded up in our Instagram Stories Highlights, where we will continue to share the #trunktip🐘 goodness!): what's the difference between #TLCFramboos, #Babyfacial & #APassioni? ❤️🌹🥊🚨 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A: These do different things for sure. Retinol, as we discussed in yesterday’s post, works by helping to strengthen and repair skin from its deeper layers up. ❤️🌹🥊🚨 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This “bottom-up approach” of retinol is different than alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) leave-on exfoliants like T.L.C. Framboos or Babyfacial, which work from the “top down,” on the outermost layers of skin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️🌹🥊🚨 For example, hydroxy acids step in to help skin manage its cell turnover by dissolving dead, built up cells on the surface layer, which triggers the development of new, health cells in the deeper layers. Retinol works in a similar capacity, helping trigger the development of new, healthy cells—but without the manual breakdown of dead cells on the surface layer of skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️🌹🥊🚨 This is why the benefits of retinol are improved upon by using it in conjunction with hydroxy acids. Having said all that, it’s best to alternate A-Passioni with T.L.C. Framboos or Babyfacial to start, then gradually ramp up to that same-day combination over time. The key is to listen to how your skin responds and to not rush anything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo: @eyecreamandlattes

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Drunk Elephant originated in 2012 and has since become a skincare brand known for their natural, fragrance & synthetic free formulations. The lifestyle in industry in general I believe, is shifting towards “clean” products and are putting in the effort to appeal to consumers that are concerned about harmful and irritating and often unnecessary synthetics, fragrances, additives and toxins found in products. I personally have VERY sensitive skin and I have a difficult time finding products that are gentle enough or do not break me out 😫. As the brand states, less is more and I am hoping that the simplicity and care put into the products can solve my skin issues. Plus, how cute is their brand name!

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Glory Hole Doughnuts 

Are you truly Canadian if you can’t appreciate a decadent 🍩 once in a while? Doughnuts are one of those desserts or snacks that are truly versatile and can be decorated, filled and sprinkled with just about any flavour combination you can think of.  While Tim Hortons offers classic doughnut options, I am interested in exploring and most importantly tasting more sophisticated and deluxe doughnuts that the city of Toronto has to offer. Doughnuts that I have my eyes on include those pictured above from Toronto hot shop, Glory Hole Doughnuts!


I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. It’s not quite curly or wavy and everyday I wake up wondering how my hair will look and brace myself for the task of styling or embracing a bad hair day 💇🏻. Until recently, I had not put much thought into the impact certain hair products or ingredients in these products can have on your hair. Sulphates, parabens and fragrance can negatively impact hair and often leave it dry, sensitive and can even cause breakage and thinning. For this specific reason I am eager to try “clean” hair products such as those offered by Briogeo in order to help revive my hair and use gentler products.

What brands or products are you interested in trying in 2019?

Until next time,



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