Sunday, January 22, 2017

my worst quality is that i get very passionate about what i think is right.

It wasn't on my list of New Years Resolutions....but perhaps it should have been. Speak my mind. Over the last little while, I have found it harder and harder to stay silent. In the past, I have bit my tongue, backspaced opinionated Facebook statuses, and scrolled past ignorant statements. I cannot continue to do so. With so much social upheaval happening in the world today, I refuse to be part of the problem. I will speak my mind.

To everyone who participated in the Women's March events that happened yesterday (whether you attended one in person, tweeted about it, or made a donation to an organization like Planned Parenthood)....know that I admire you. Your courage, strength, and determination to make the world a better place, inspires me. It makes me believe there is hope so long as we stick together.

As Hillary Clinton tweeted yesterday, "I truly believe we're always Stronger Together."

So, thank you.From this point on, I hope we will all continue to speak up, stand up, and fight for what is right.

xo Shannon

Friday, January 20, 2017

5 tips for flawless cat eye liner.

It is rarely easy....but winged eyeliner can instantly transform your makeup from ordinary to a full blown wow moment. It is bold yet classic and there are so many variations. You can play with width, length, and placement to create an ultra flattering look. The only issue? Getting your eyeliner to look the way you want it to. This is something even the most skilled makeup lovers struggles with. Not to worry. These tips will help you achieve flawless cat eye liner in no time!

1. Create Your Shape With Shadow First
Sometimes, the most challenging aspect of cat eye liner is getting the shape you want....on both eyes. If you have struggled with this in the past, start with brown eyeshadow. Use a pencil brush and a medium brown eyeshadow to create that winged shape. If you're not happy with the immediate results, rub away the shadow or use a makeup remover and start over. This is softer and easier to remove than a black liner. So start with eyeshadow. Once you've created a look you like, trace over it with your chosen eyeliner. Voila! Gorgeous cat eye liner.

2. Try The Tape Trick
It's okay if you are still struggling. Another tried and tested trick is to use a bit of clear tape. Apply the tape directly to your face, starting at the outer corner, and going out toward the end of your eyebrow. This will act as your guide when you go to apply your liner. Simply follow the tape, let the liner dry completely, and carefully peel it off. You may need to make a few minor adjustments but the basic outline of your winged liner will be there.

3. Change Up Your Medium
Some products are easier to use than others. For instance, liquid eyeliner is far more challenging to work with than a gel liner (which doesn't transfer as easily) or a pencil/pen (which gives you more control). Don't feel like you have to stick to one medium. Test out different formulas and brands until you find one that works for you. Preferences vary from person to person, so be open to other opinions, but remember to trust your gut. If something works for you and doesn't work for your BFF? That's okay. Use what you love.

4. Watch YouTube Tutorials
Are you a visual learner? Then written instructions won't help you achieve that stunning cat eye look. Switch up the way you're learning to apply liner. Instead of relying on magazine articles and step by step instructions, check out YouTube. There are tons of great resources that will help you sharpen your skills. Search for a cat eye liner tutorial (preferably for beginners) and watch away. Your makeup will be flawless and your application process will be a total breeze.

5. Practice as Much as Possible
The unfortunate reality? Sometimes what you really need is practice. And lots of it. It takes time to fine tune a skill - and eyeliner is definitely a skill. So practice your cat eye liner whenever you can. It will become easier and easier to do. Put these tips to the test to speed up the process...and keep trying until you are happy with your liner look. With knowledge and determination on your side? You will be the queen of cat eye liner.

Do you have any eyeliner tips and tricks to share? Sound off in the comment section!

xo Shannon

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

current obsession: betsey johnson purse.

Okay, so I have a lot of purses. Some are big and some are small. Some are bold and some are neutral. There is a little bit of everything in my collection. Everything except a pizza purse. Until now, that is. This Christmas, my mom gave me the most incredible purse I have ever laid eyes on. This pizza shaped bag has everything I love - a dash of novelty and tons of glitter.

That is what I love most about Betsey Johnson's designs. She doesn't take anything too seriously and nothing is off limits. Her pieces are bold, fun, and energetic. I absolutely adore of course, I cannot stop thinking about this incredible pizza purse! I love how sparkly it is, the expressive eyes, and the cute detail on the zipper (it says Betsey's Pizza Pie on it).

Quite frankly? There was a ton of thought put into this small, sparkly bag. While it is not the most practical purse in the world (it cannot hold more than the bare essentials), it more than makes up for it with that gorgeous exterior. Every time I carry it this pizza shaped bag, I feel amazing. And that is what fashion is all about.

Another one of my obsessions is the Too Faced Mascara Melt Off. Take a look at my latest YouTube video to see the product in action!

What do you think of this purse? Do you have a favourite bag?

xo Shannon

Monday, January 16, 2017

review: eShakti grace dress

I don't get dressed up as often as I used to. In the past? There were date nights, endless strings of concerts, and frequent get-togethers. These days, most of my nights are spent in sweatpants. I'm either typing on my computer, catching up on a TV show, or hanging out at my parent's place. None of those activities require a hair straightener or a pair of heels.

Yes, it has been a while since I have really gotten dressed up. I'm talking hair done, dress on, and shoes painstakingly selected. Thank goodness for eShakti. In case you don't know, eShakti is a fashion website that offers a wide selection of custom designs. That means you get the perfect fit every single time. All you need to do is choose an item you like, type your measurements into the order form, and wait for gorgeous customized fashion. The best part? You can also customize specific details, like length, fabric colour, and more. The end result is a gorgeous addition to your wardrobe.

The latest addition to my own wardrobe is the Grace Dress. I fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on it. It was elegant, beautiful, and just a little bit retro. Once I ordered the dress, I could not wait to see it in person. Well, it did not disappoint. The fabric was soft, comfortable, and the embroidery detail along the top was just as breathtaking as I imagined. This dress has pockets on the sides (my favourite feature on any dress), goes past the knee, and has a stunning silhouette.

The first time I tried it on? I felt beautiful. Really beautiful. It was the first time in a while that I have felt that way. In fact, it made me feel so good that I decided to wear the dress out to a casual dinner with friends. Even though everyone else showed up in sweatshirts and jeans....I wowed in my eShakti dress. It gave me confidence I had been lacking lately. It also reminded me how important fashion really is.

Want to see the dress in all of its glory? This is the Grace Dress....

2017 is still in its infancy. Which means there is plenty of time to focus on fashion in the months ahead. Thanks to eShakti, my fashion game is off to a great start. Some other standout pieces from eShakti? The Mixed Media Sash Tie Midi Dress, the Floral Print Pleated Empire Crepe Dress, and the Tie Neck Stripe Print Crepe Shirtdress. Each piece is beyond stunning. Be sure to take a peek at the eShakti website yourself and share your favourite piece in the comment section below!

To find out more about eShakti (or to snag your own custom item), check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and of course, on their website.

What do you think of this dress?

xo Shannon

Saturday, January 14, 2017

my boxing day shopping experience.

Oh, boxing day shopping. It has always been a tradition in my household. Though it never quite made sense (buying things the day after receiving a mountain of presents), it is a tradition nonetheless. Every year, my mom and I head out to score some sweet deals and spend the day together. The time we spend together is easily the best part...but shopping is always fun.

There are certain malls we tend to go to. For whatever reason, we opted to head to another mall altogether this past Boxing Day. It was a chance to do something different and check out some new stores. Unfortunately? This was a very bad idea. The mall we went to was so crowded that simply moving around the mall was next to impossible. There were line ups to get into almost every store (including an hour long wait for Michael Kors or Kate Spade. Insane!) and a frenzied, chaotic environment. It took us one hour just to get out of the parking lot. Needless to say, it was not a wonderful experience. But we learned a valuable lesson: don't go back to that mall!

On the plus side, we did manage to pick up a few special items. For me, that included: a sequined Calvin Klein sweater, a Mickey Mouse hoodie, Mouseketeer PJs, a pair of pajama bottoms, some bold earrings, an inflatable Dory, a stack of movies, a Santa Claus tote bag and a bunch of holiday themed accessories.

Though this Boxing Day was not the best we have was certainly memorable.

Have you done any shopping recently?

xo Shannon

Thursday, January 12, 2017

beauty resolutions for 2017

Last year, I set a number of beauty resolutions. (Check out that post here.) Some were successful and others are still a work in progress. Like taking my makeup off before bed each night. While I have certainly gotten much better at this.....there is definitely room for improvement. To kick-start a shiny new year, I wanted to continue this tradition by sharing a few of my beauty themed goals. They are a little bit different than last year, though there are admittedly some are repeat offenders.

So, here they are! These are my top five beauty resolutions for 2017....

Others that did not quite make the top five include: taking my makeup off before bed (of course), using more of what I have, and buying less. For whatever reason....I feel like these beauty related goals will become a reality. Perhaps that is my new year optimism coming through! Only time will tell, but you can expect an update post in about six months.

If you are looking for a little beauty inspiration of your own, be sure to check out the latest video on the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel. It is a bold matte and metallic makeup tutorial, featuring a Hard Candy metallic liquid lipstick. Take a look!

What are your beauty resolutions?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

what i got for christmas.

My favourite aspects of the holiday season? Loved ones, Christmas movies, music, and TV specials, freshly baked cookies, and the incredible decorations. All of it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Low down on the list? Presents. Don't get me wrong...presents are fun. But they don't make the holiday season magical. They are like an extra dollop of icing on an already perfectly iced cake.

For whatever reason, I was very very spoiled this year when it came to gifts. I think this is due to the fact that I am super easy to shop for. I like everything! Still, I am incredibly grateful to my family and friends for spoiling me rotten this Christmas. Without further are some of the items I was given this holiday.

What were you given this Christmas? 

xo Shannon