HOLIDAY SKINCARE ESSENTIALS

Monday, August 21, 2017


I got a lot of questions while I was packing for holiday about what I was bringing to take care of my skin. As you all know over the last few months skincare has been extremely important to me, and I wasn’t going to neglect that just because I was on holiday. I try to pack extremely minimally- meaning I like to try and predict what concerns my skin may be presented with, and then pack accordingly. I had a HyrdraFacial at a local spa a few days before I left, so I knew I didn't need to pack an exfoliator. I also knew that I was going to be in the sun a lot so I needed a couple of my favourite products to restore moisture into my precious skin.



To start, of course, I use my almost antique Louis Vuitton toiletry case to pack everything. I honestly don’t leave my house without my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser- it's gentle and non-irritating for my face and still removes all the oil after tanning all day. One of my newest additions to my routine is the Tatcha Overnight Memory Serum. I can't really explain what it does to your skin, but you wake up flawless! Your skin is beyond moisturized, soft and, glowing. It looks like you had an oxygen facial overnight.



I've always been into layering when it comes to fashion, but who knew I would also take pride in layering when it comes to my skincare routine??? All skin care genius' know after a good serum (and essence) you need to layer on your moisturizer. My all-time favourite, a cult classic, in my opinion, is Nivea Crème. I've read two articles that support my love for this product- 1. Meryl Streep swears by this product, and look at her skin compared to her age. 2. A woman used Nivea Crème on half her face and on the other side used Crème de La Mer and her skin significantly improved after one month on the side that she had used the Nivea. It's incredibly moisturizing, definitely if you have redness or dry skin caused by tanning. I'm not a huge fan of the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer, I randomly bought it while on holiday in Saint Barthélemy. It has a lot of claims and I find it does nothing, for me, I just use it as a light daytime moisturizer or under a primer.


Since I knew my face would be deep cleansed and extracted already I only brought one face mask that I recently picked up, just in case I felt like my skin needed some extra deep hydration. The Darphin Hydrating Kiwi Mask was sadly disappointing in this goal (since Darphin is one of my favourite brands), it honestly was a useful daytime gel moisturizer though. The product wasn't rich or thick, meaning it felt like nothing was absorbed into my skin. Judging by the name I honestly expected a full-on kiwi mask! I guess it's my fault for ordering online. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is amazing! I honestly had no idea what this was or what it did when I saw it at checkout, but I'm so happy I picked it up. It's so refreshing and calming, I used up the entire travel size within 4 days and instantly ordered the full size.


I take no shortcuts when it comes to being bronzed, I tried the Maui Babe Browning Lotion a few months ago at Coachella in the Palm Springs desert when one of my friends had it and I instantly loved the smell and results so I had to buy it. I've tried almost every product on the market and this is the best one. My advice; after letting it soak in for 20 minutes pour organic coconut oil on your skin to increase your tan. If you read my travel diary you know I love a boutique called Salte in Martha's Vineyard that sells this brand, the BITCHSTIX Face SPF 30. I feel like sometimes my face tans quicker than my body, so I'll just throw some of this on to try and prevent that. I mostly just use it to put on my lips so they don't get burnt or dry.
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MID SUMMER IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD

Monday, August 14, 2017




I'm excited for my first post in my Travel series to take me back to a place that I consider my second home. Since I was a kid, my family and I have been going to the Cape and Islands summer after summer, just as my dad did as a child. It's a place that I hold close to my heart and a place that I no doubt will continue to frequent as an adult. I try not to get ahead of myself since I'm only 21 but I definitely have been looking into my own property here. The style of architecture is beautiful in my opinion and the oceanfront properties lined with indigo hydrangeas are breathtaking. Those familiar with the Hampton's understand- it's more than a vacation destination. It's a lifestyle.





One of my favorite things about shopping while on holiday is that there are always independent boutiques. I think that boutique shopping is so much fun, you always find unique things that you won't find anywhere else. I saw a straw beach tote stitched with "Hermès Paris", it was so cute but sadly, not my style. The Jack Wills store never disappoints me while I'm here, it's not a store that I normally check for when I'm in Toronto, but they always seem to have something that I can work into my holiday wardrobe. EDGAR is another boutique by Kelly House which is a trendy hotel and bar- with lifestyle and wellness products, and fashion- it truly just epitomizes summertime.


This sitting area is the patio at one of my favorite lifestyle and wellness boutiques in Edgartown called SALTE. They are the sister store to fashion boutique SLATE. They carry some of my favorite brands such as BITCHSTIX, Annie Selke, Le Feu De L'eau, and Vineyard Bath Company. I usually stop in here a few times and pick up all my essentials. The "beach" diffuser from VBC is something I can't live without in my bathroom wherever I go.


I also want to shout out Ford, for the Mustang. I'm usually a Jeep person while I'm on holiday but I switched it up and went with this- by default because I waited too long to reserve a Jeep. The convertible was a lot of fun while driving around in the sun. Honestly... it made me think about getting one for Toronto.






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LAUNDRY DAY LOUNGING

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 


Contrary to popular belief, I didn't run out of clothes on laundry day but if you ever do this is a good look for you. It's clear now more than ever fashion is making the move from over the top to casual looks, definitely in terms of street style - and I'm all about it especially when its sleepwear. The past few season we've seen "pyjama" looks at some of the best houses and even brands dedicated to this trend such as F.R.S. taking some wild prints and putting them on traditional silk pyjama's. This look has definitely made it's appearance in street style shots during fashion week for years but it's really started to catch on. I'm honestly behind this concept so hard because it's so simple to translate into menswear and womenswear - since this look I've worn a silk pyjama robe over an outfit and it was a look! I found this silk set in my pyjama drawer and threw it on with some Dior sunglasses and a sneaker and was ready to go.



- mtgodin

Pajama's - No Brand, Sneakers - Adidas, Bag - Givenchy
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BEAUTY FAVOURITES OF THE MOMENT

Saturday, June 11, 2016





I don’t know about you, but in my opinion summer and having a flawless complexion go hand in hand. After winter is my favourite time of year to revamp my skin care regime to make sure I have that clear, glowing, tanned complexion all summer. Summer obviously brings out the oil in everyone’s skin and though having a tan is great, the sun can be super harsh on your skin, so it’s important to take extra care of it. In the beauty industry there are so many products that have claiming to have extraordinary benefits that it's important to let people know what's really working for you and what you're loving. 

In regards to my skin type it's definitely oily, I don't think I've ever experienced any type of dryness. But my skin isn't the only part of my body where I’m careful about the products I use. Deciding what to use for my hair and general aesthetic is also so up there in importance. So, I just wanted to do a quick post about what I think everyone needs in their bathroom vanity immediately! 

M A K E U P 

One of my absolute favourite makeup products right now, and potentially of all time, is the Becca Ever Matte Primer. I have used this product for about two years, and it keeps me matte for upwards of 12 hours. Obviously I do a few minimal touch ups through the day, but this primer definitely keeps all of my other makeup in place and keeps the majority of oil and shine off my skin. I've tried dozens of mattifying primers in the past from almost all brands including Givenchy, Tarte and Makeup Forever, but the Becca one outshines (without the shine) all of the others. The good thing about this product is that it doesn't get cakey or crease in fine lines, and it can also be used on top of makeup to “blot" or refine, throughout the day. I think is great because sometimes I don't want to pile more powder on top of my face halfway through the day. 

My current obsession is HIGHLIGHTING. I live for an overly aggressive alien-esque glow that will snatch anyone's soul. I have used almost every highlighter that is raved about and though I do have to say I love all of them, I have recently discovered the Burberry Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in Shell 003. Since then, my “relaxed, everyday" highlight has been perfected. It gives my skin a natural glow that almost looks like a swipe of fine, dewy perspiration glistening off my cheek. I love this because it doesn't look cakey or like an overdone highlight which isn't always suitable for a casual Starbucks run. The plus side of this product is definitely the fact that there is zero fallout and it stays in place with the same intensity of shine all day. For the days when I'm feeling more alien chic I'll spray my brush with Mac Fix+ and then dip into the product for a more pigmented appearance. 

H A I R C A R E 

I'm unsure as to how I originally discovered this product, and brand in general but I'm so beyond glad I did because it has changed my hair game for better. The Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray has become a product that I can't go a day without. For me, the best way to describe it is a dry shampoo that acts like a hairspray and matte paste all in one. It adds the perfect amount of denseness to my hair so that I don't even need to use hairspray or a paste, it just stays in place. I have given this product to all of my friends and family to use when travelling or getting ready at my house and they have all been obsessed. If you have thin hair (which I don't) this product will triple the volume instantly. As you can tell in my next haircare favourite I love Jen Atkin and her OUAI line, but I have also tried her texturising spray, which has been claimed to be similar to the Oribe and I can't say I was intrigued in the slightest, it just made my hair feel stiff and unmovable. 

Being the fan of Jen Atkin that I am, I obviously had to test out all of the products in her line that I thought would be beneficial to my hair. I found the OUAI Finishing Creme and was intrigued by the fact that it was multi-purpose. I'm not entirely sure what exactly it should be used for, but I tend to gravitate towards this product as a heat styling cream, a malleable cream gel, and as a finishing cream to smooth out the ends of my hair. I just apply a small amount of this product to my hair at various stages and it just works wonders. Since using this product my hair blows out straighter and smoother. Also, if I want a slight casual hold in my hair this product is able to hold hair gently in place without that typical hairsprayed look to it. If I want a very crisp look I apply this to the ends of my hair before styling and finishing just to smooth ends down and it does this without a greasy finish or adding unnecessary weight to the hair. 

S K I N C A R E 

Last but not least, I want to mention a few of my favourite skincare products, which has recently become one of my favourite areas of the beauty industry. I think that keeping your skin healthy and fresh is something that is truly important in prolonging the longevity of your skin. 

As I mentioned above I have oily skin especially in the warmer months so finding a good face wash that will actually work towards stopping the oil is difficult, but super important. I've known about this brand for a while, but have never tried any of their products before, so when I heard about the Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser and all of its amazing reviews, I instantly (no exaggeration) went to Saks to pick up a bottle. I was feeling brave and bought the largest size bottle which isn't the cheapest cleanser out there, but I was convinced it would change my life. Here I am 4 months later completely infatuated with the cleanser, this product soaks up the perfect amount of oil from my skin and leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh, but not dried out at all. I have noticed a drastic decrease in oil and shine on my face since starting to use this product. When I use it, I allow the suds to soak into my skin for about a minute before rinsing it off and I feel like this definitely helps retract all the oil stuck in my pores. 

Like most people, I've stumbled across the Herbivore Botanicals Instagram account and liked a few of their aesthetically pleasing pictures of their products. They were kind enough to send me some products to try out and I couldn't be more thankful that they did. I discovered one of my newest obsessions and that is the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Facial Mist. I spray this on my skin whenever I see the bottle sitting on my vanity - which is at least twice a day. Aside from the amazing scent, this product leaves my skin feeling refreshed, moisturized, glowy and clean without leaving a sticky or wet mess all over my face. 

After at least 8 months of me debating purchasing this product I decided to go for it and try something new, a facial oil. This is one of the most talked about beauty products by far over the past few years. The Sunday Riley Luna Sleep Night Oil has undoubtedly changed not only my skin, but my life. Literally. This product decreased the natural oils in my skin, reduced pore size and redness, brightened and evened my complexion. It really brought an overall youthful bounce to my skin. The stunning packaging of the product is a testament to how amazing the product is itself. This product has just about done everything it is promised to do, if not more - not to mention I saw results after just one use. I wake up in the morning and I can physically feel an improvement in my skin. I'm excited to see how this product reacts with my skin over the summer months and I predict nothing but results great enough to snatch the pores right off my face. 

This last product isn't directly skincare, but it goes onto your skin, right? I heard about the Scentbird monthly subscription service years ago but never thought to apply because I always thought monthly services were unnecessary and almost obsolete. Scentbird was kind enough to reach out to me and offer me a few months worth of product to sample a few fragrances that I have been curious about. I was about to try out some Viktor and Rolf, Cartier, Tom Ford, and Balenciaga fragrances that have caught my eye in the past but I never knew how they would smell on my skin. The great thing about this service is that the product sizes are just enough to form an opinion on whether or not you like the scent and would want to purchase a full size. Scentbird was kind enough to offer my readers 25% off their subscription using the code MTG25. I have been loving the men's fragrance Spicebomb by Viktor and Rolf this month, and I'll definitely be purchasing the full size. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about what I'm going to be soaking my body in over the summer months and highly encourage you to give some, if not all, of these products a try! Talk Soon!

- Matt
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DREAMING PINK

Wednesday, March 9, 2016






If you're from Toronto, there's no way you haven't seen this tiny pink playground making its way around Instagram. I've been infatuated since the moment I saw it, and just incase you were wondering- yes. Yes, I have liked pink before Drake wove the soft shade into his 'Hotline Bling' album cover. I found the Yeezy Season 1 invitation Anorak on eBay from a seller whom was actually invited to the shower. I jumped on it so fast because of its simplicity and I know it's bound to become a collectible. I paired it with these Alexander Wang scuba pants I picked up a few seasons ago after I'd lost and rediscovered them a few days ago (tag still intact). I've come into a new shoe-tying technique if you haven't noticed, where I wrap the laces once or twice around my ankle and end it with a little bow. I can't tell you how obsessed I am with the whole aesthetic of it, but I do it now with almost every pair that has long enough laces. I especially can't resist it with a good pair of Fenty Creepers. Talk soon!

- mtgodin

Jacket - Yeezy x Adidas, Shirt - Opening Ceremony, Pants - Alexander Wang, Shoes - Nike

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