Add a pop of colour for spring


You see this advice all the time – just add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. Sounds easy, right?

Except that some of you are colour-phobic; wearing only black (or some other neutral) from head to toe. How does the “I-only-wear-one-colour” person start to bring in brighter shades?

Well, good news. Spring is the best time to do this. Shops are simply bursting with the fresh-squeezed shades of spring/summer. Here are some simple tips to add a pop of colour to your outfit:

  • Choose a brightly coloured bag. This season, most designers have added bright orange, lime green, hot pink and the bold primary colours of red, blue and yellow. No, it doesn’t have to match your shoes or belt.
  • A sassy scarf can easily brighten any outfit by adding a splash of colour right next to your face. This is particularly helpful for mature women who normally favour black. Black against delicate facial skin is very aging, so a scarf is a great answer.
  • I’m loving the cute and colourful shoes for spring! And, bonus, ballet flats are big this year and bursting with the colours of the rainbow. Shoes are also incorporating patterns, such as florals and graphics. Shoes make any outfit, so be bold.
  • Pastels are also big for spring. Look for soft lilac, warm blush, baby pink, mint green and delicate peach. Pair pastels with the jewel-tone version of the same colour for extra punch.

Have fun!

Marcelle does it again!

A while back I was given samples of some new Marcelle products to try. Quite coincidentally, I’ve been searching around for some new skin care products, so this opportunity came at a great time.

Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel – A+


I love, love, love this product! Recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) as part of the skin health program, this Cleansing Gel is by far the best cleanser I have ever used – and that includes those pricey ‘department store’ brands.

When you first smooth it on, you’ll notice how soft and gentle it is; yet it is strong enough to remove mascara and all your cosmetics. Once you’ve rinsed and patted dry your skin, the next thing you’ll notice is how silky your skin feels, even before applying any moisturizer. Gone are the days when you had to rush to put on skin cream to avoid that tight, uncomfortable feeling! The Cleansing Gel is formulated with aloe vera, glycerin and glyceryl oleate for outstanding hydration. Moreover, the CDA’s seal gives me comfort that this is good for my skin.

Marcelle once again proves that quality skincare is available at an affordable price. At just $12.95 for 350ml, this cleansing gel is a treat. I highly recommend it and have told all my friends about it!

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner – A


A nifty little eyeliner, I found this to be easy to use. Its soft crayon tip provides ample colour coverage without pulling or having to press hard. The other end features a neat little smudging foam tip to help create a really super smoky eye. Again, at $10.95, it’s a great price point for a quality product.

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen – B


This eyebrow pen resembles the functionality of a felt pen. I like the concept and was pleased that, unlike a felt pen, you are able to wipe away ‘mistakes’ quite easily before the product dries. I will admit that I struggled a bit with the pen. I found times when it didn’t appear that any product was being applied. And, just like a felt pen, you have to practice with the angled tip to get the application just right. Reasonably priced at $13.95, I will give it a “B” rating because I like the idea of it. Try it if you’re handier with a felt pen than I am.


(DISCLOSURE: Products were generously provided free of charge by Marcelle. There is no compensation provided for this review.)


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