From Friday night date night allllll the way through to Sunday brunches at The Coastal I’ll take you through a weekend of product suggestions to keep you looking in tip top shape. Become a local weekend warrior with these go-to products and Halifax hot spot pairings.

Place: Date Night w/ Your Beau at Bistro Le Coq

Product: “They’re Real” Mascara by Benefit
What’s is more sexy than a set a full lashes? Well I’m sure I could think of a few, but I think we should keep things PG! So back to the mascara… Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara adds some major drama to your lashes, and won’t smudge or dry out, so your lashes will stay intact no matter where the night takes you. 
*Benefit photo sourced here


Place: Moonlit Strolls After Dinner

Product: Eos Lip Balm

Don’t get caught with chapped lips! Always keep one of these adorable lip balms on hand, so you are always pucker ready! Honestly I never leave my house without one, and if I do I usually end up purchasing another one at the drug store. The clever egg shaped design of Eos lip balms makes them super easy to find in your purse and/or bag, and for someone like me who likes to tote a lot of stuff around this is major win. I REALLY love the Acai flavor (the blue one), and I think I am not alone in this because it one seems SO hard to find! But it’s hands down my favorite.
*Eos image sourced here

Place: Saturday at the Halifax Seaport Market 
Product: Marcelle BB Cream
Blend in with the farmer’s market crowd without feeling like you’re naked. This light coverage beauty balm is hypo-allergenic, and allows for just enough coverage without looking too done up! Perfect for Saturday mornings shopping for your organic goodies at the farmers market.
*BB Creme image sourced here

Place: Post Sweat Session at Moksha Yoga Halifax
Product: Biore Acne Clearing Scrub
For those who like to sweat it out on the weekend, but tend to get breakouts as a result; this facial scrub is for you. Biore’s “Acne Clearing Scrub” contains salcyclic acid (1%) and not only helps with current break outs, but it also helps to prevent future breakouts as well. This facial scrub is recommended for individuals who suffer from athletic related acne. Use a couple times of week to see results, and make sure to hydrate skin afterwards with an oil free moisturizer.
*Biore image sourced here

Place: Drinks w/ the girls at Oynx  

Product: CK Downtown
Did you know that scent is the strongest thing known to memory? And so what you choose to dose yourself in before you head out the door could dramatically affect how people perceive you. If you think about it, the first thing you do when you meet up with your friends is give them a big giant hug (well I know that’s what I do). Whether they like it or not, the first things your friends are being greeted by is your scent. Sophisticated and extremely feminine this scent from Calvin Klein  has a confident edge that sets it apart from the rest. This super girlie fragrance is the perfect go-to for all your downtown adventures. Doll yourself up to the nines and sport this scent while enjoying some Saturday night martini’s with your gal pals, and you'll be plenty prepared to catch up on all the drama! 
*images sourced here and here

Place: Sunday Morning Brunch at The Coastal 
Product: Select Moisture Cover by Mac Cosmetics 

If you are a late bloomer when it comes to Sunday mornings then this product is for you! Mac Cosmetic's Select Moisture Cover Concealer is a full to maximum coverage product that will not become cakey when layered either with other makeup or its self. You can literally pile this product on before you head out the door and no one will be the wiser that you didn't get in the door until 2am last night (you think). Truck your sorry self and your concealed raccoon eyes over to Halifax's best brunch spot The Coastal, and everything will be right in the world again. 
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Place: Sunday Night Couch Potato Sesh w/ Netflix 
 Product: Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal #4
You see ads for these things all the time, but you probably think to yourself do they really work? They can seem a little expensive to shell out ovr 60$ for something you're not even sure works, but I can attest to the fact that the "Advanced Seal" Whitestrips definitely worked for me! I've tried others before and I even tried Crest's "sensitive" kind before and they didn't do anything for my teeth. If you leave them on too long you will experience sensitivity; when they say 20 minutes they mean it. I coupled my whitening treatments with senstiive toothpaste as well just to be on the safe side. Also be sure not to brush your teeth either before or after using the strips this will also increase sensitivity (especially with your gums). I found using them at night while I watched television was the best time to use them; I've already had dinner, and bedtime is still far enough away that brushing them before bed won't irritate my gums.  What I really liked about this product is that the "advanced seal" really gripped to my teeth to form a tight fit which prevented them from slipping around in my mouth while I was wearing them. I hardly noticed I was wearing the whitening strips, and I could even carry on a conversation, and you would never know (no slurred speech). I'm not sure if this makes sense, but because they are such a good fit I feel like this technology is probably conducive to actually lifting stains from your teeth. You literally have to peel the strips off your teeth and to me this is great. In any case it's a lot cheaper than getting em done by a pro, and you can whiten your teeth while you watch TV! Might I suggest you watch House of Cards? It's a great show.
*image sources here and here

Place: As you head into the work week
Product: Ascenta Skin Soft Gel Formula
So we all know Mondays are the worst, but to help get you prepared for the week ahead might I suggest a good dose of omega 3 supplements. It's no secret I am a fan of Omega 3's! Omega 3's are SO good for you: both for your nervous system, your cardiovascular system, but also for your hair and skin! Which is why I'm really excited about this new product from Ascenta Skin.  Those of you who are familiar with their liquid supplement will love their new soft gel formula that is coming out very soon. The Ascenta Skin Gel Caps encompass everything you already love about the liquid Ascenta Skin product (Full review here) with the convenience of taking the powerhouse supplement on the go while ALSO allowing you to spread its healthy goodness throughout the entire day. The label suggests taking 4 soft gels a day, so I find it easiest to take them with my meals and then take an additional one before bed. It's great to take omega 3s before bed not only because they help you sleep (hello natural Valium), but also because while you are in lala land your body is already in repair mode, and adding omega 3s into the mix only accelerates these process! 

So these are my go-to products to get me through the weekend; what are yours blog reader? I'd love to hear what you are using; please comment below or tweet me @shortpresents I'm always on the hunt for great new products!

Thanks for Reading! 
Short Presents

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