Last week, Shoppers Drug Mart invited me for a complete women’s pampering weekend leading up to the “Love You” Run for Women on Sunday, May 7, 2017. If you were following along my Instagram stories, you would have seen that we checked into the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, got made over ( by DIOR!!) at the SDM Beauty Gala inside the Rideau Centre, had dinner at Restaurant 18 and then I pampered myself with some of the products I received in my goody bag from Shoppers Drug Mart! And… I almost fainted when I received a note to pick up a free pair of Brooks running shoes at the Running Room. I can’t wait to break these bad boys in, after my surgery on June 7!
Sadly, the whole thing came to a brutal end, when I got a call at 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning. My son was fighting a really bad gastro and I had to go home and look after him. Poor little guy… he bounced back quickly, but this meant that mommy missed out on the actual run :S. Oh, the irony of it all. This was supposed to be a “Women’s Health” weekend, a time for me to rejuvenate and look after myself. Being a mom is a full time job, with ups and downs, but I do love it. I’ll tell you my dirty little secret… I love taking care of my baby when he is sick because he gets super cuddly ( hehehe, I know it’s super selfish of me!).
To thank Shoppers Drug Mart for their generosity and for hosting such a lovely day, I’d like to present some of the goodies that I got in my bag. And bonus… they would make perfect Mother’s Day gifts too!
What my weekend was supposed to look like… until real life happened. I was invited to spend the weekend with the lovely folks at @shoppersdrugmartofficial. We checked into the @sheratonottawa , got pampered at the Shoppers Drug Mart Gala at @cfrideaucentre where I got a @diormakeup makeover, and then we ended the night with a fabulous dinner at @restaurante18hteen. I started playing in my beauty loot, tried on my new sneakers from @runningroom, treated myself to a @patchology moisture mask and went to bed at a decent time to be energized for the 5km walk on Sunday. The phone rings at 2:45 am… my son has really bad gastro and real life sinks in. Today I play the role of nurse mommy instead. Thank you to Shoppers who gave me a spectacular day to myself yesterday and thank you for all you do for women and their health! Now I get to play with all this stuff at home and look after my little guy… not a bad deal at all. #SDMBeautyGala #ShoppersLOVEYOU #moisturemask #patchology #joefreshbeauty #hydraluron #runningshoes #pinksneakers
I don’t know about you, but I love going to Shoppers, it’s a perfect one-stop-shop destination! Come for baby wipes, makeup remover and dish soap… leave with limited edition Lise Watier bronzer and Stila liquid lipstick. You know you are guilty of it too. You can do so much damage in one place, in so little time… especially if you hit up the lux beauty boutiques that have a Dior and Chanel counter!! By the way, the store at Rideau is absolutely beautiful and has all the beauty lines your heart desires. The store will be connected to the pedestrian walkway for the new LRT station, and will look amazing with all the new windows. I can’t wait to see the transformation.
Mother’s Day gift ideas
This Quo matte lipstick pen in ‘Pretty in pink’ is my new go-to. It has great coverage, loads of pigment and easy to slap on your lips for a pop of colour. The matt finish is also not drying on your lips.
Phyto Paris Hair Masque offers an extremely luxurious hair treatment for dry-damaged hair (please sir, may I have some more?!).
Patchology hydrate flash mask will get you plump and radiant skin in only 5 minutes. I can assure you that any time-saving product is a mom’s best friend. The mask will also scare your children and husband away… the perfect solution to finally getting that well-deserved alone time! *Keeps mask on for 1 hour.
Pro tip: I learnt that you can squeeze all the goop from the packaging and cover your neck, décolletage, elbows and hands… anywhere that welcomes moisture!
If you notice that my face is darker and shinier lately, it’s because I am addicted to painting my face with Lise Watier’s limited edition bronzer. I bought it a few years back and dropped it on my bathroom floor. It shattered in a million pieces along with my heart (Bronzer PTSD is real guys). I spotted it a few weeks ago, and jumped on it! No joke, I dropped this one right after shooting it and the lid is cracked!!! PTSD ensues. This bronzer is not complete without its complimentary fan brush, so buy them both together, or nothing.. you here me?
Bio oil is the essence of life. Just like moms, it is a multi-tasking miracle! I use it on my cuticles, my pregnancy stretch marks, and my scar from a breast reduction. I have also used it to remove makeup and it also works as a backup for face oil.
And of course, if you want to be extra, throw in some Fashion magazines, some fun nail polish and any Stila liquid lipstick and you have yourself a comprehensive and caring Mother’s Day gift!
And if you know me well… you won’t forget the flowers! Although I cannot guarantee that they are sold at Shoppers Drug Mart.
XOX HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! XOX