12 Vacation Must-Haves Under $200

Since Summer 2017 is quickly approaching and so is my holiday, I thought I would put together a few of my faves for my luggage. Everything is linked below so make sure to check some of them out.

 


Mother ripped denim shorts
130 CAD – stylebop.com

Anine Bing bikini bottom swimwear
105 CAD – farfetch.com

Anine Bing swim suit top
105 CAD – farfetch.com

Pink romper
86 CAD – goodnightmacaroon.co

Soludos shoes
86 CAD – zappos.com

Indego Africa brown handbag
99 CAD – domino.com

Mimi Lu gold filled jewelry
90 CAD – revolve.com

Gorjana beaded chain necklace
86 CAD – revolve.com

Kate Spade raffia hat
130 CAD – nordstrom.com

Gift sets kit
76 CAD – sephora.com

Kassatex cabana stripe beach towel
120 CAD – neimanmarcus.com

LOOK GOOD AND FEEL EVEN BETTER WITH LOVE ARCTIC

If you follow my Instagram @melinamagnatta_; You would know that I am a bit obsessed with making smoothie bowls. I love trying out new powders, supplements, and toppings for my bowls and Love Arctic had everything I needed.  Love Arctic carries healthy products with a taste of the arctic and their goal is to share peaceful moments when enjoying the products. All of their products are Vegan, Non- GMO and Gluten-Free which makes me feel a bit better about what I am consuming. I was lucky enough to try 4 different products from the company and they were all unique and tasted really healthy!

“It could be the moment you sprinkle our lingonberry powder on your breakfast oatmeal, snack dried bilberries in between a hectic day of meetings at work or sit on your couch in the evening with a cup of arctic herbal tea in your hands. That moment you forget the rush of your life and just enjoy your arctic moment”- Saara, Founder of Love Arctic.

CRISP – ORGANIC LINGONBERRY POWDER

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The lingonberries are handpicked from the woods in Northern Finland and are then ground into a powder form. By adding 1 tablespoon of lingonberry powder, it is equivalent to 90 g of fresh berries. The colour of this powder is really fluorescent pink, which is an easy way to make your smoothie look pretty. Lingonberry powder is also an excellent way to add a bit more fibre to your diet. 

 

DAWN – GROUND FLAXSEED AND BILBERRY

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This product is harvested at the most northern part of Finland, close to the Arctic Circle. The flax is ground and mixed with handpicked bilberries, this is good to add to yogurt with some granola. Dawn is high in omega-3 fatty acid and is a great source of magnesium. Magnesium helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue throughout the day. Dawn is also an easy way to add protein to your meal. The recommended serving size is 19g of protein!

 
SWEET BLUE – ORGANIC DRIED BILBERRIES, SWEETENED

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This is perfect to add to your oatmeal or smoothie bowl! Also excellent for baking, I could imagine would be good in some berry bran muffins. What I love most, is that these berries are infused with pear juice concentrate to sweeten them. NO SUGAR!

 

FRESH – ORGANIC BLACKCURRANT POWDER 

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Blackcurrant powder is high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to maintain the healthy function of the immune system during and after physical exercise. Also high in Vitamin K. Vitamin K contributes to the maintenance of strong bones. The powder also adds a beautiful dark blue colour to smoothies and a great taste. 


THANK YOU LOVE ARCTIC FOR THIS AMAZING COLLABORATION AND EXPERIENCE. ALTHOUGH THESE PRODUCTS WERE COMPLIMENTARY, MY OPINION AND CONTENT REMAIN UNBIASED.

10 Best Blushes

Having fair skin, I find it extremely difficult to find products that works well for me. Most of these products I have purchased several times and have been using for years and some are new to me. Of course, some are more affordable than others but believe me, they are all worth the money and are all amazing in their own way.  If you are looking for a new blush, these are perfect for everyday and evening wear.

 

1. tarte – Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – Risque, peachy nude

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2. NARS – Blush – Madly, Seashell pink

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3. bareMinerals – READY Blush –The Aphrodisiac, Peachy Coral

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4. SEPHORA COLLECTION – Colorful Face Powders – Secretive, Illuminator

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5. BECCA – Mineral Blush – Flowerchild

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6. ILIA – Multi-Stick – Tenderly, Washed Pink

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7. Smashbox – L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color –Silver Lake Sunset, Warm Coral

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8. KEVYN AUCOIN – The Pure Powder Glow – Helena

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9. Smashbox – Blush Rush – Flush, Petal Pink

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10. Buxom – True Hue Blush – Tryst, Shimmering Clay

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Summer soft skin steps ☀️

This is one of the first summers in a long time that I have truly felt happy with my skin. I’m not bragging or anything here, I am just happy that I feel confident with it because I struggled with nasty spots growing up. For years, I felt insecure about my skin because first of all, it is very fair and freckley. Second of all, it was not very smooth and always had an obvious pimple. Third, I felt like everyone around me had flawless skin.

Just recently, these pasts couple of years I have learned to love my freckles and I get excited when I get more! Honestly, it kind of looks like a tan when you have so many. Freckles make me who I am and there is no point in hiding them because they are unique. They are awesome, they fade in the winter and come out and multiply in the summer.
Anyways, this summer I have been taking really good care of my skin and making sure it feels and looks it’s best. In the morning and night I typically wash my face with MARCELLE BB CLEANSER and just pat dry it with a towel. This takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh.  In the morning, before I put on my makeup, I put on a facial sunscreen. I do this to protect my skin from whatever sun I will be exposed to during the day and to moisturize my skin. For this, I use SPF 60, because I do have very sensitive skin.
At night after I wash my face, I use the BOTANICAL SIGNATURE OIL for brightening skin. In the morning when I re-wash my face, it feels so soft and smooth.
In the summer I do try to wear as little makeup as possible for the daytime because at work I do sweat a lot. It is also very important to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated. Eating a healthy diet is key to good skin as well.  But when I do start to notice a few blemishes I use and excellent coffee scrub. There are a few that I normally use and would recommend. I have posted about these before if you are interested in coffee scrubbing.
If you are looking for some new skin care products to add into your routine, these are great! Or if you have any questions, let me know. Protect yourselves from the sun and have a great summer.
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Mr. Bean Coffee Scrub

Almost two weeks ago I tried an upcoming product called Mr.Bean coffee scrub. When it comes to making your skin more toned looking and soft feeling, coffee scrubs have become very popular. Mr. Bean Coffee Body Scrub is formulated to improve your skin imperfections. This is an all-natural and organic product, that has never been tested on animals. After using this scrub for the first time, my skin felt softer and smoother than it ever has. Mr.Bean uses fair-trade coffee beans and other Organic ingriedients such as coconut oil!   Here are some of the perks of adding a Coffee Scrub into your weekly beauty routine, information found at mrbeanbody.com

• Caffeine will stimulate blood flow and help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins and psoriasis.
• Demerara Sugar and Himalayan Salt will exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes
• Coconut Oil will hydrate and moisturize your skin
• Cocoa and Vitamin E are high in antioxidants which nourish and protect the skin, promoting cell repair and rejuvenation 



I recieved the Mandarin Coffee Scrub and I really did love it. I enjoyed it so much that I actually ended up overusing the product on my face, which led to a pretty serious rash.  I believe that this rash was caused by my own wrong doing and not the product itself. I have very sensitive skin especially on my face and I should have been more smart and careful. I got a bit excited about the scrub and got carried away 🙈 The rash only lasted a few days but it was pretty serious. I advise starting off with very little if you have super sensitive skin.

As for the company itself, Mr.Bean is great! They really take the time to respond back to your emails regarding both compliments and concerns. Soon after I had posted about the scrub on my Instagram page, Mr.Bean had reposted my selfie with their product.

I really do recommend trying out this scrub if your skin is not as silky as desired. Immediately after my first use, I had noticed a difference in the way my skin felt!