Thursday, October 30, 2014

if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

I like date nights. Now, I admit, they don't happen as often as they used to. My fiance and I make time to see each other as much as our schedules will allow....but that usually means a night curled up on the couch. With major expenses on the horizon (like a wedding and finding a place to live) - those nights at the movies or eating a nice meal out? They are a little more scarce. For the most part, I am okay with this. It just makes it even more exciting when we actually do get the chance to go out! 

Recently, we went to dinner and a movie. So, I decided to put on a super cute and girly outfit for the occasion. It featured purple lipstick, an oversize heart print button down, a glitter headband, and a pair of skinny jeans. Perfect for a causal date night. The shirt was a gift from my parents (they picked it up on a recent trip to London) and the glitter headband was something I have had kicking around for a while but never actually bothered to wear. As for the makeup, it was a simple eye look using shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, lots of black liner, and the Bite Lip Crayon in Grape. 

So, without further ado...this is my casual date night outfit and makeup! 

I am very happy with how this look turned out. It was simple, easy, but still had lots of girly elements to it. Personally, I absolutely love the heart print shirt. It is roomy but very easy to wear. This was just one of those nights that I really enjoyed the process of getting ready. With such a hectic schedule most of the time, this was a nice change. It meant that I actually got to have a little fun, play around with different makeup ideas, and see where my inspiration took me. Speaking of makeup ideas....this is a closer look at the makeup I ended up wearing for my date night:

I think there is something special about going on a date. The excitement as you rummage through your closet, the butterflies in your stomach, and going home at the end of the night with a smile on your face. Even though my fiance and I have been together for over two and a half years, I still feel that way when we have those evenings out. I love it!

So, that was my casual date night look. What do you like to wear out?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

these times when we climb so fast to fall again....why we gotta fall for it now?

Every now and again, I have a fragrance obsession. I will fall so completely and madly in love with a perfume or body spray that I wear it literally all the time. I'm talking - to work, on a date, and even when I'm sitting around at home. At the moment, I am currently in the midst of yet another one of my fragrance obsessions. It is Ambition by Jordin Sparks

This is one of those perfumes I picked up on a whim, simply because I enjoyed her last perfume and well, the price was right. I couldn't be happier with my decision. It was love at first smell! Before I get into the scent itself, let's talk about the obvious: the packaging. I am one of pretty bottles that look nice on my shelf. This is certainly one of them. The bottle itself is sleek and simple - but the cap gives off a strong yet feminine vibe. The white material along the cap is a textured faux-leather. I love the power it gives the look of the bottle. 

As the name of the perfume suggests, this is a fragrance that is all about strength and confidence. The scent is bold, spirited, and feminine. It blends sweet undertones with a muskier smell. The combination is flawless. This is the kind of perfume you spray on before a job interview or when you are feeling particularly confident. (Unless you are like me, in which case you will spray it on for any old occasion!) It embodies determination and inner power. I just love everything about it. 

Sometimes, it is worth taking a gamble on a new fragrance....because you never know. You just might end up falling head over heels! Needless to say, I am a big fan of Ambition by Jordin Sparks. It is unlike many of the other perfumes in my collection - and it makes me feel like the best version of myself. 

Have you tried this perfume? What did you think of it? 

xo Shannon

Sunday, October 26, 2014

some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns.

Does anyone else get excited about fall makeup? You know, the rich colours, the smokey eye looks, and the glamorous finished product? Out of all the seasons, fall makeup trends continue to be my favourite. There is just something about the drama! This is probably why I have been reaching for one particular lipstick. Over and over again. A lot. The recent favourite is Iced Amethyst from Revlon. In the past, I have had good success with Revlon products in general - but especially their lip products. They manage to feel creamy and rich but still have the intense pigmentation I love.

This shade is from the Revlon Super Lustrous line and is absolutely perfect for fall. I don't tend to wear it a whole lot outside of this season - but that doesn't mean I don't absolutely love it. It just perfectly pulls together those darker eye looks paired with berry blush. Iced Amethyst is a berry tone that borders on a deep purple. It is wearable but bold, which I love.

Something that really stands out to me about this lipstick? How naturally it wears off. The colour lasts for a few hours without re-touching. That is pretty standard. But some lipsticks tend to fade unnaturally or leave harsh lines around your lips. This doesn't do that. It fades away really naturally until the colour looks more like a stain. hat means even if you don't have a chance to nip off to the powder room, your lipstick will still look good!

I guess it goes without saying that I am a fan. In general, my go-to favourite fall lipstick colours are Iced Amethyst, Berry Rich (also from Revlon), and Brick from Joe Fresh. Despite the higher end products I have in my makeup collection, there is something about these drugstore shades and textures that just stand out from the rest. Here is a peek at my much-loved Iced Amethyst: 

Yes, I love this lipstick shade. It just makes me feel good when I put it on! And I think at the end of the day....that is what makeup is meant to do. It's not just products we put on our face. It should give you that boost of confidence and that spring in your step. 

What do you think of this lipstick shade? Do you have go-to fall products?

xo Shannon

Friday, October 24, 2014

birthdays are good for you.

Some people dread their birthdays. Some people don't care about them all that much. As for me? I love birthdays. I love to celebrate my own birthday - and I love to celebrate other people's birthdays. There is just something excited about reflecting on the year that has passed. It is a chance to stop, appreciate life, and think back on how much has changed. This year....I am doing just that.

Today is my birthday. I have taken the day off of work so that I can sleep in, have an at-home spa day, read a book, and spend some time with my family. On the agenda for tonight? Dinner with parents, siblings, and finance. It is not my year to pick where we go for dinner (I am a twin so tonight we are celebrating my birthday and my brother's birthday!) - so I am not totally sure where we will end up. Hopefully the food will be good. After that, cake and presents at home and maybe a TV show or movie to end the night off right.

As for tomorrow, that is when the real fun starts. My friend and I are going to the city to celebrate properly. Think: Spice Girls theme, a gay bar, and plenty of adventures. I am definitely looking forward to that. I will be sure to update you all on how that goes, what I end up wearing to the club, and anything interesting that happens!

So....needless to say, I am very excited that it is my birthday. I can't wait to relax, have a little me time, and see some of my favourite people. After all - that is what birthdays are all about! Whether today is your birthday or not, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

xo Shannon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

blushing is the colour of virtue.

Few things in life can compete with a good blush. As a self-confessed makeup addict, there are certain things that make my heart beat a little faster. Those things tend to be eye shadow and blush. There is something about the range of colours, finishes, and pigmentation that gets me positively giddy. A little while back, I popped into Top Shop at Hudson's Bay. While I was there, I managed to snag a super cute distressed moto-skirt (on sale and in my size. Score!) and a blush. I can't say that I own a ton of Top Shop makeup - but what I do have I am quite happy with. This blush was no exception. Ready to take a peek inside and read my review? Here goes....this is Do It Again

As you can see from the picture above, this particular blush has a really pretty peach tone. In my (admittedly extensive) collection of blushes, I actually only have a couple that have that peachy sort of look. Perhaps that this why this called to me in the store! It wasn't very expensive - and well - I just had to have it. Story of my life! The colour itself is very pretty. This pink-peach colour is very wearable but still adds a little pop to the cheeks.

What I really like? It has a subtle shimmer to it which adds a lovely glow to the cheeks. It is like a blush and highlight all rolled into one! That makes this the perfect grab n' go blush for the days that you are in a rush and don't have a ton of time on your hands. Lately I have been using this a lot on date nights. I adore the boldness of the shade - and the fact that it isn't too over the top. It is the perfect balance of colour pigmentation and wearability. I was also very happy with the texture of the product. It is very smooth and easy to blend. (Another reason it is so great for the days when I happen to be running behind.....)

Lately I have been very into fall inspired makeup. You know, dark smokey eye makeup and berry coloured lips. I've found this peach blush to be the perfect addition to these fall looks. Even though peach is often associated with the spring and summer, I find that the colour helps to balance out the darkness of those typically 'fall' makeup looks. You can see Do It Again in action in my latest FOTD below:

Spring, summer, winter, or fall.....blush is always on the menu. If you are a blush lover, then I would definitely recommend giving this blush from Top Shop a try. The packaging is sleek, simple, and cute, the colour is beautiful, and the texture is divine.

What do you think of this blush shade? Have you tried any makeup from Top Shop before?

xo Shannon

Monday, October 20, 2014

halloween essentials inspired by wigsbuy

Are you excited about Halloween? I definitely am. Plans are starting to come together - and so is my costume! This year, I have been going back and forth on a few different costume ideas. They were a sailor, 90s cartoon character Daria, and yes, Katy Perry. I think at the end of the day I am going to go with my gut and choose....Katy! A couple of years ago, I dressed a cupcake version of the pop star but this year I am not totally sure what my costume will entail. There are so many different versions of Katy to choose from. Thankfully, whichever Katy inspired look I decide on, I know that I will be able to put together a killer costume thanks to Wigsbuy. 

In case you haven't heard of Wigsbuy just yet - let me fill you in. They offer a range of wigs, from human hair wigs for women to high quality costume wigs. The website has a little bit of everything! Short, medium, long....blonde, brunette, and even bright pink. Whatever type of wig you are looking for this Halloween, you can find it quickly and easily by browsing through their extensive selection of wigs and hair extensions.

Let me just say: there are tons of costume wigs for women on the website. While I was busy looking through the pages and pages of options, I came across some fantastic costume wigs for sale. There were a few that were very Katy. Since Halloween isn't too far away, I thought that I would show you some of the wigs that spoke to me. Just in case you are looking for some Katy inspired wigs of your own!

Are you ready? The first on my short list is a long purple wig with tons of curls. It instantly reminded me of the video for Wide Awake, which is one of my favourites. I just love this wig. The colour and the style is amazing. It is the Hot Sale Top Quality Amazing Long Wavy Purple Wig for Cosplay:

Another wig that I am considering for the big event? The Exquisite Cleopatra Hairstyle Cosplay Halloween Masquerade Braid Wig. It is absolutely perfect for a look from Katy's Dark Horse video. I just love all of the details included with this particular high quality cosplay wig. It is gorgeous - and would definitely make a statement.

The last Katy inspired wig that I am considering is the Black Wavy Wig. I would say this is more or less Katy's every day kind of look. If you remember a recent post I did, I mentioned that I was leaning towards creating a Halloween costume inspired by her Roar video....well this wig would be ideal for that! It is dramatic, glamorous, and totally Katy.

As you can see from the pictures above, there are a ton of fantastic, high-quality wigs to choose from over at Wigsbuy. Do you want your Halloween costume to look great from head to toe? Then head over to their website and take a look at the selection. You won't regret it!

What do you think of these wigs? And which version of Katy Perry should I dress up as for Halloween?

xo Shannon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

if at first you don't succeed....apply more lipstick!

Know when you fall in love with a lipstick shade? I mean, you see it and you have to have it? That happened to me. I have been doing very well trying not to shop too much or buy things I don't need....and then this lipstick came into my life. I was literally walking past the Michael Kors makeup counter, not intending to buy anything. And there is was: Dame. It was love at first sight. Suddenly, I didn't care what it cost. I knew that it had to be mine.

What was it about the shade? It was the perfect combination of a deep berry shade and a rich purple. It is the perfect colour for a sultry fall look. It was also different from any other colour I have in my lipstick collection thus far. (And I have a lot of lipstick. Oops!) Needless to say, there was just something about Dame.

Are you ready to see this stunning shade up close? This is Dame by Michael Kors: the packaging and a swatch of the lipstick:

Let's start with the packaging. Like all Michael Kors makeup products, it comes with sleek and simple gold packaging. It has an elegant and luxurious feel to it. Love! Now for the product itself. If you couldn't tell by now....I love the colour. But what I love most? It is super buildable. One layer of the lipstick creates a pretty stain - but two or three layers creates a bold and pigmented colour. This is such a versatile product. There are so many ways to wear it - but no matter what, the colour always looks stunning. Also, the texture is creamy and the lipstick isn't drying on the lips, which is a major plus.

I have reached for this colour a lot lately. Every time I put together a fall inspired look, it is the icing to the cake. I love to wear it with a sweater and some dark smokey eye makeup. It creates a dramatic but sultry makeup look - and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Shockingly enough, this product was actually fairly reasonable in price. For a full sized lipstick, it cost $26CDN. Not too shabby!

So, it is time to see this shade in action. This is my makeup look featuring Dame by Michael Kors:

There is nothing I love more than a makeup product that makes me feel passionate, inspired, and excited. Dame does just that. It is a definitely fall favourite!

Do you own any makeup from Michael Kors? What do you think of this shade?

xo Shannon