Sunday, November 23, 2014

self confidence is the best outfit. rock it and own it.

Fall is fully underway. Despite the fact that I have been counting down the days until the holiday season officially begins.... I am still consumed by fall fashion. I love the darker colours. I love the smokey eye looks. I love everything about it! This is why I have been doing my best to make the most of the weather before it gets too chilly. Case in point? The outfit I wore out to a dinner with friends. I ended up going downtown to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in a while. The evening was a success - and so was my outfit, I think!

What did I wear? I ended up choosing a burgundy sweater dress with faux leather details, a statement belt from Altuzarra for Target, and a pair of high-heel boots. As for my hair, it was done in a half up half down style with lots of curls. My makeup was smokey and dramatic....just the way I like it. Overall, I was really happy with how this look turned out. I don't know about you - but I like when that happens. When you finish getting ready and just feel like you could take on the world.

So, without further ado. This is how my night out look turned out:

There is just something about fall fashion. The colours, the drama.....I love it. With winter on the way, I know that my life is about to be sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters. That makes me glad that I have been doing my best to embrace fall fashion before that happens.

Do you love fall fashion? What do you think of this look?

xo Shannon

Friday, November 21, 2014

treat your makeup like jewellery for the face.

My brush collection started off small. I mean really small. During the first few years of my foray into the makeup world, I owned one foundation brush and a bunch of those sponge-tip applicators. You know, the ones that come with eyeshadow quads? That was it. Needless to say, putting on my makeup was no easy feat. Despite this, I didn't think I needed more brushes. Over the years, that changed. These days, I have more than a few brushes in my collection - and I like it that way. Having a variety to choose from makes it easier for me to achieve multiple makeup looks.

Each brush in my collection has a different function. Sure, they can be used however you like....but they are specifically designed to handle one task. Like my angled brow brush. Or my pointed pencil brush. They work to make application straightforward and precise. I have come to love each and every one of my makeup brushes. After all, I rely on them every single day!

Not sure which brushes you need? Don't know what each brush actually does? That's okay. You can learn the basics in just a few short minutes. The Salon Outlet has come up with a handy guide to makeup brushes. Take a look for yourself:

Do you have all of the brushes on this list? I do - and then some. I think it's important to start with the basics and build your collection from there. Now that I have a few sets of brushes at my disposal, I have actively had to stop myself from buying more. (That can be tricky when the brushes are pretty or have a really cool handle!) Until the ones I have start to become worn or need to be replaced...I think I'm good!

We all have those brushes that we use over and over again. Personally, my favourite brushes are: my large stippling brush, my fluffy eyeshadow brush, and my contour brush. They make my life a whole lot easier in the morning!

What are your favourite brushes? Do you have a brand that you prefer?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

our hearts grow tender with childhood memories.

The countdown is on! Okay, let me be totally honest: I am ridiculously excited for Christmas. Every day I have been trying to do something festive. That could mean listening to holiday music, watching a Christmas special, going Christmas shopping, or pulling out some decorations from the basement. In general, I always get very excited about the holiday season....but this year feels even more thrilling. Since I am getting married this summer, I am all too aware that will be my last Christmas living at home. I want to make sure every moment this Christmas is special.

Making sure Christmas is special means finding the perfect gifts for the people I love. So far, I have been trying to whittle down my shopping list....thankfully, there is Tidebuy. They have tons of great gift ideas for everyone in your family. That includes cute Christmas kids bedding sets for the children, which you can see when you click here. Whether you have kids of your own or you are looking for a gift for your cousins, siblings, or friends of the family, modern bedding sets for kids are a fantastic option.

The Tidebuy kid's bedding sets range from simple and sweet to fun and full of personality. It all depends on what you are looking for. They have a number of full size Christmas kid's bedding sets online to choose from...which means you can find something for everyone on your list. That includes Happy Christmas bedding sets kids for my friends, family members, and more. Bonus! If you are looking for a gift that will last month after sure to check out the selection at Tidebuy.

These are some of my personal favourites. Be sure to let me know what you think of them!

Are you ready to start your holiday shopping? Then be sure to take a peek at the kid's bedding sets over at Tidebuy. Their website is: never might find the perfect gift for someone you care about this holiday season. 

Which bedding set is your favourite? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

xo Shannon

Monday, November 17, 2014

love is the flower you've got to let grow.

Something exciting? The fact that Flower Beauty is now in Canada. For the last year or two, I have been hearing all about Drew Barrymore's makeup line. I watched beauty gurus swatch, rave, and fall in love. I read blog posts dedicated to her latest venture. All the while, I wished the product were sold outside of the United States. Finally that day has come. It happened a few short weeks ago. I was walking through my local Wal-Mart store and bam! An entire display of products. Now, there wasn't a ton to choose from. And it wasn't the full collection.....but it was something.

The display was stocked with lip crayons, nail polish, and most importantly, cream eyeshadows. Rather than go overboard and buy a little bit of everything - I limited myself to one item. My choice? A cream eyeshadow. Most of the shade options were fairly neutral (shimmery white, cream, grey, and so on). So, I opted for a bronzey shade simply because I adore bronze eyeshadow colours. The colour was Flirty Floret.

I have tried quite a few cream shadows in the past. A lot of the time, they are good to use as a base - but need to be layered with a powder shadow to really get the pigmentation and staying power. Not this product! The colour is so bold! A little goes a very long way. You don't need to add on a powder shadow for the colour to be noticeable. Plus, the cream shadow lasts all day. And I do mean all day! I applied it in the morning, made it through a day of work, an afternoon of laundry and tidying up, and an evening of writing and blogging. No creasing, smudging, or faded colour. It was fantastic!

In fact, it was so fantastic that I had to curb my shopaholic tendencies. Sine a lot of the other available shades are things I already have in my collection, I'm not letting myself buy them all. But that is awfully challenging. The packaging is so pretty and the product is incredible. Ready to see the makeup look I created with my first Flower Beauty purchase?

One thing is clear: Flower Beauty was worth the wait. I am so glad that the products are finally being sold in my country. Here is hoping that over the coming months, we get more products from the line. High-quality for a drugstore price. You just can't beat that!

Have you tried anything from Flower Beauty? Were you impressed with the products?

xo Shannon

Saturday, November 15, 2014

love and a loathe.

Sometimes you fall in love with a product. And sometimes you instantly regret your purchase. Over the last little while, I have happened to have both of those experiences. When you find a product that you absolutely adore, there is nothing quite like it. Suddenly, you want to wear it every day. Or tell everyone you've ever met about how well it works. But when you come across a product that lets you down? There is nothing quite so frustrating. You wanted to love it....but you just couldn't. Anyone else been in this boat before?

Well, let's start with the good news. I recently tried the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. My expectations were low - but I was completely wowed by it. Not only did it work to brighten the under eye area, but it concealed dark circles extremely well. (Which is something I tend to struggle with thanks to a fairly regular lack of sleep.) The consistency was thin and blendable and totally lived up to the claims. This has become a part of my every day foundation routine. I don't think I could go back to how it was before! It is an absolute re-purchase.

Now for the not so good news. As you probably know by now, I love perfumes. Especially celebrity perfumes. When I saw Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson at Marshalls for just $5, I had to give it a whirl. Sadly, I wish I hadn't. Instantly, the smell didn't click with me. It wasn't bad per say....but far too strong. A mere drop or two and the scent feels totally overwhelming. I wore this once and honestly? I don't think that I will be wearing it again. Maybe I will wind up liking it? Maybe a friend will love it? As of right now, it is sitting at the back of my perfume shelf. What a waste!

Love, loathe....the most important thing is to be adventurous and try. I personally love trying out new products. Because sure, you might end up hating it. But you might wind up loving it, too. As far as I'm concerned, it's worth a shot!

Have you tried either one of these products? Love or loathe?

xo Shannon

Thursday, November 13, 2014

lilac helps to align ones spirit.

I won't lie: I have an obsession with purple. Eyeshadows, blushes, most importantly lip products. Despite the fact that I already have more than enough purple lipsticks and lip tints in my more managed to catch my eye. For a long time, I've heard about the Revlon Lip Butters. Rave reviews and so much more. So, I finally decided to take the plunge. My colour of choice was Gum Drop - a soft lilac shade. Was it good? Did it live up to the hype? It's time to find out!

Let's start with the packaging. This is something I am a big fan of. It is simple and sleek like all of the  other Revlon products. What I loved? The textured effect. It was such a nice detail. That made it feel a lot more luxurious. As for the texture of the product, it was just as great as I hoped it would be. Creamy, moisturizing, and long lasting. That was the plus side.

The downside? The pigmentation wasn't quite what I hoped it would be. The colour is without a doubt pretty and easy to wear. However, I found that you really have to build it up to get a decent amount of colour payoff. I'm not sure if this is the case with all of the Lip Butters or just this one. The colour itself is pretty light - so that might play a part in the sheer wash of colour. I think I will have to try out a deeper shade and do a bit of a comparison. (I will keep you posted!)

To sum it up: the colour is wearable, the formula is perfectly creamy, and the packaging is lovely. The only thing I would have liked? More colour payoff. With that said, this is the makeup look I created around the Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop. 

In general, I am a big fan of Revlon products. Actually, I find that the more of their products I try, the more I fall in love with the brand. They have really stepped up their game lately. And this is a great thing for makeup lovers on a budget. Overall, I like the way this lip product feels....but I am not totally thrilled with the amount of colour.

Have you tried any of the Lip Butters? What do you think of them?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

oscar de la renta: the end of an era

Oscar de la Renta was truly one of a kind. Throughout his career he inspired more than a few fashion trends – and helped women feel like their best and most beautiful selves. With each collection he showed and every celebrity endorsement he received, this iconic fashion designer continued to wow the public.

On a personal level, Oscar has always been there. I remember seeing his gowns on celebrities I admired…. and wishing that I could look that glamorous. I think that is the most important thing Oscar did for fashion. Not only did he design some of the most elegant and sophisticated pieces – but he made women of all backgrounds and age groups long to wear something with his name on it.

In honour of his remarkable career, therunway+ has decided to profile the life and success story of Oscar de la Renta. I was fortunate enough to write the profile piece for the website, Oscar de la Renta: The End of An Era. If you are a fan of Oscar de la Renta’s work, definitely check it out. You can take a look at the article here:

Were you a fan of Oscar de la Renta's work?

xo Shannon