It’s time to Hydrate Your Hands

From holding to writing to typing to painting to hand-related tasks, it is important to always treat your hands with some TLC. Your hands are an extremely useful body part, but after a lot of wear and tear, they can get rough, cracked, chapped, or cut. Even handling just a small amount of paper for a short period of time can leave your fingers dry. This is why I am a fan of a good quality hand cream.

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Hand cream is a wonderful thing. It has many benefits, such as:

  • Moisturizing and nourishing your skin
  • SPF protection – many hand lotions have sunscreen in them now as your hands are regularly exposed to the sun
  • Assist in smoothing out hands and reducing the appearances of dark spots – as they say, your hands can show your age as much as your face
  • Can help with cuticle and nail health

All it takes for great hand health is a small amount of hand cream applied and rubbed gently into your hands once a day and you are all set!

Here are some of my favourite hand creams that have been tried, tested, and reviewed by yours truly and are wonderful:

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(Clockwise from the top left:  Aveeno Restore & Product Hand Cream, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, L’Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream, Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Ultra-Moisurising Hand Therapy, The Body Shop Wild Rose Nourishing Hand Butter, Elizabeth Grant Hand & Foot Cream, and EOS Fresh Flowers Hand Lotion)

Springing into Scuba Blue

One of the best things about spring time are the colours! Once the spring sunshine arrives and the warm weather hits us, the bright colours come out of the trenches of our closets and back into our wardrobes, beauty routines, and beyond! From this year’s Pantone spring palette, one of my favourite shades is Scuba Blue.

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Pantone defines this beautiful colour as “an invigorating turquoise, which conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

If you are a fan of blue and even more a fan of a BRIGHT blue, here are some great ways to get your scuba on:

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(Products featured are from Bench, Deborah Lippmann, Etsy, Kate Spade, Modal, and Skechers)

Showing Love to Your Lips

I admit it – since the tender age of 12, I’ve been a fanatic… a lip balm/gloss fanatic! This obsession has been interesting and informative as it has led me to discover, test out, and purchase several types of lip products over the years – from the naturally nude to the scented/flavoured to the medicating balm to the subtly pigmented gloss.

At the present moment, here are some of my favourite products to help service my lips. These selections get my vote based on great texture, yummy scents and tastes, adorable packaging and good nude shimmer power or a light dash of colour:

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Here we go with the lip product role call (starting from the top left corner, going clockwise):

1) Tony Moly Mini Cherry Lip Balm, $10, available at Sephora – Who can resist this cute cherry shaped package? Formulated from real cherries, this balm is lightweight and creamy and helps to nourish, protect and plump up your lips.

2) Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, $29, available at Sephora – This is great multi-purpose lip treatment, which moisturizes the lips and helps to smooth wrinkles on the lips and around the delicate area of the mouth.

3) eos (Evolution of Smooth) Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, $3.29, available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Chapters/Indigo and other select retailers – Talk about a splash into the market! The minute eos launched their incredible lip balm in this unique packaging, everyone flocked to purchase it. This balm in Blueberry Acai is 95% organic, 100% natural and is packed with tons of antioxidants.

 4) Liplicious Lip Gloss, $7.50, available at Bath & Body Works – Looking for a hydrating gloss with a gorgeous shimmer ? This is the one! The Liplicious gloss (the one in Fruit Punch is my favourite) delivers the perfect combination of colour, delicious flavour and a pretty sparkle.

5) Lush Lip Service, $7.25, available at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics – A staple from Lush for over a decade, Lip Service is a mix of olive oil, cocoa, and shea butters to create a rich formula that softens your lips, PLUS your heels, toes, cuticles and elbows if you wish.

6) NARS Lip Gloss, $31, available at Sephora – This is my go-to when I don’t feel like sporting full on lipstick. NARS lip gloss is moisturizing, comes in subtle shades to bright colours and is long-lasting from the initial application to your lips.

7) Epic Blend Premium Lip Balm’s Hemp Lip Balm in Mint, $3.49, available at www.epicblend.com and selected retailers – Soothing and calming to chapped and cracked lips, this Epic Blend gives your pout a kick of 100% pure spearmint and peppermint essential oils to cure your lips of dryness and soreness.

8) The Body Shop’s Mango Lip Butter, $6, available at The Body Shop – Packaged in a colourful and compact cylinder, The Body Shop lip butter is a concoction that is whipped, silky, and is infused with shea butter and beeswax.

Got any other amazing lip product recommendations? Please comment and share your top lip picks!

Peach Beauty Pick – Spring 2015 Mani Colours

Spring has sprung and so has prime manicure season! Some of us enjoy treating our nails and hands to pampering services all year round, while some of us indulge in the warmer months when vibrant colours are all the rage and the weather helps with drying time.

Here are some of The Domestic Peach’s favourite nail polish shades for the season:

 Is Mai Tai Crooked? by OPI

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From OPI’s Hawaii Spring/Summer 2015 collection, this fruity orange creme shade is feminine yet subtly punchy and reminds one of fresh spring fruit.

Garden Variety by Essie

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From Essie’s Spring 2015 collection, this gorgeous teal blue is rich, deep, and is reminiscent of a spring pool or ocean.

Wanderlust by China Glaze

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From China Glaze’s Road Trip collection, this soft pink is the perfect addition to spring and is an ideal neutral to go with any seasonal outfit.

Daisy by Zoya

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From Zoya’s Delight Spring 2015 collection, this metallic yellow screams refreshing citrus and resembles spring sunshine.

Appletini by Trind

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From Trind’s Spring collection, this apple green is cheery and makes one crave a sweet and delicious apple martini.

Which  colour is your favourite from our Domestic Peach spring mani line-up? Got any great spring mani polish suggestions? Please share!