Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready with a DIY Pedicure

March 29, 2012 in Beauty, Fashion

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and you’re happier than ever! The reason? It’s Spring! … and Summer is just around the corner! Woohoo! So, throw away those clunky winter boots and break out the sandals! BUT WAIT! Before you do, take a good look at your feet and ask yourself … are my feet sandal ready? It might be an odd question to ask, but feet are often the most neglected, and you want to make sure that they’re in tip top shape for the warm weather. Some might prefer to go out for a pedicure, but if you’re more hands on then follow these steps into achieving a fabulous pedicure: Step 1: Remove nail polish and soak feet for 10-15 minutes in our All About Feet Revitalizing Foot Salt Soak ($14). This step does more than clean your feet, it also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation. Step 2: Exfoliate and get ride of the dead skin cells with our All About Feet Exfoliating Foot Scrub ($14). Our combination of Walnut Shell and Apricot Seed will scrub away calloused skin while Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil soothe, cool and replenish your skin’s moisture. Add a dollop of the scrub and rub in a circular motion. Step 3: Buff away bumps and calluses with our All About Feet Frosted Foot File ($6). Using a back-and-forth motion, lightly scrape your heels and the bottoms of your feet, and your toes. Make sure that you’re gentle, as
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Our Top 5 Picks for the Perfect Spring Sandal

March 29, 2012 in Fashion

You’ve just finished your fabulous DIY pedicure and would like to show off the lovely results. Why not do so with the perfect Spring sandal? We’re not talking Crocs (is it a shoe or a sandal?), we’re talking the latest styles for this season … which consists of colours from neons to pastels. So, go ahead and let your pedicure shine in one  of our favourite sandal picks below! 1. ASOS FIZZ Leather Flat Sandal with Multi Ankle Straps ($57.30) 2. J. Crew Olympia Suede Sandal ($148) 3. Sam Edelman Fruman Leather Sandal ($100) 4. Aldo Langham Sandal ($70) 5. Tory Burch Printed Emmy Sandal ($210) Which one is your favourite? Comment below!  

10 Spring Cleaning Tips

March 28, 2012 in Life

It’s Spring cleaning time! I get a little too excited about this time of year … but for good reason! Is there anything better than coming home to a well organized, dust-free and clutter-free home? It’s time to open the windows and let the fresh and beautiful Spring breeze in! Here are 10 Spring cleaning tips that will have your home glistening with cleanliness in a heartbeat. Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again. Always dust before vacuuming!  Tackle one room at a time. It will make the process a whole lot easier. Multi-task. When you have the laundry going, wipe down the kitchen counters. Our KITCHEN Counter Spray will get the job done. Get three boxes and label them store, donate and toss. Furthermore, if you’ve found some “treasures” that you don’t need anymore, try making some money and selling them on Craigslist or Kijiji. Invest in some good cleaning tools (brooms, mops, etc.) and rubber gloves! No one likes holes in rubber gloves .. the water gets in which makes it uncomfortable, then you have to peel the glove off and are left with a powder-residue-paste on your hand. Yuck! Buckle down and empty out the fridge/freezer, and wipe them down.  Defrosting is a good idea if you have a build up of ice. Don’t forget to throw out the expired goods. Make small repairs. If you’re not handy, hire someone or lure a friend over with a
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[Recipe] Nestling Baby-Bluebird Coconut and Vanilla Cupcakes

March 26, 2012 in Life

In celebration of our NEW Sweet Indulgence cupcake bath and beauty product line, we thought it would be fitting to share a cupcake recipe that has everyone at Upper Canada Soap  head-over-heels for. If you don’t already know, we’ve been featured by Martha Stewart a couple of times (which is amazing and we still cannot believe!). So, we thought we’d return the favour and share with you her recipe for the delicious, delectable and all around yummy Nestling Baby-Bluebird Coconut and Vanilla Cupcakes! Trust me, these are the perfect treat for Easter! Makes 1 dozen Ingredients 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut (about 5 ounces) Vanilla Cupcakes Chocolate Buttercream Yellow and light-blue food coloring Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pan once. Set aside to cool. Lightly frost cupcakes with 1 cup chocolate buttercream; set aside. Tint 2 tablespoons reserved buttercream pale yellow; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #349 Ateco leaf tip; set aside. Tint remaining buttercream light blue; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #11 Ateco plain round tip, and pipe three bluebird heads, 3/4 inch in diameter, onto each cupcake. Using leaf tip, pipe yellow beaks. With a toothpick, add melted-chocolate eyes. Form each nest with 2 tablespoons toasted coconut. Bon Appetit!  

[NEW] Sweet Indulgence Bath and Beauty Products

March 22, 2012 in Beauty

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Just in time for Easter! The world is going gaga over cupcakes, sprinkles and all things yummy! This adorable bubble bath and beauty accessories collection offers a bevy of the best of both worlds – delectable cupcakes without the calories! SHOP NOW

Ingredients 101: Avocado

March 14, 2012 in Beauty

Avocados are one of the best fruits (yup, it’s a fruit) for your skin and body. Not only are they delicious, but they’re packed with carotenoids! Avocados are a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. They also contain the related cartenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, as well as Vitamin E. In addition, avocados are rich in oleic acid, a fat that activates that part of your brain that makes you feel full, and helps lower cholesterol. If you’re trying to shed some inches before bathing suit season, this might just be the perfect food for you! Avocado oil is valued most for its moisturizing properties. Because it’s a natural oil,  it’s one of the easiest ingredients to absorb into the skin. This means that the quicker you rub on our All About Hands Revitalizing Hand Lotion, the faster your skin will get the hydration and nourishment that it craves. Fun Fat: Avocado Oil is used widely for medicinal purposes of treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema – as the high moisture content relives itching and dryness. All About Hands Daily Moisture Hand Lotion ($14)  

[NEW] KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap

March 13, 2012 in Featured, Life

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KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap is inspired by delectable epicurean delights and creates warmth that will bring you to a place where life’s simple pleasures are the focus. These scents invite you, your family and guests to the most important place in the home: YOUR KITCHEN. Available in 3 Scents: Lemon Citrus Preserve, Apple Cinnamon Puree, and Poached Fig and Pear.