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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

nothing on earth is so beautiful as the final haul on halloween night.


The countdown is on. Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. I don't know about you - but holidays are a huge deal in my house. My mom and I always like to bake, watch specials, and get in the holiday spirit....whatever holiday that may be! When I was young, my mom would take my siblings and I out trick or treating. Now that we are all grown up, Halloween is more about getting dressed up and hanging out with friends than collecting candy door to door. It might be at a club or someones house - but there is something exciting about putting on the perfect costume.

For Halloween Day, it is essential to choose a costume that you love. Who do you admire? Is there any character you wish you could be? Last year, I dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The year before was Katy Perry. And the year before that, a Zombie Bride. As for this year? I am not totally sure. Thus far, I have debated a "Roar" version of Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor in "All About That Bass," or a super sexy sailor. (I don't know why I am so obsessed with nautical themed fashion, accessories, and apparently even Halloween costumes!)

If you're anything like me - you are probably putting lots of thought into your own Halloween costume. Need a few ideas to get you started? Then head on over to Tidebuy. They have a ton of gorgeous Halloween costumes to choose from! You can see them over at: http://www.tidebuy.com/s/Halloween-Costumes-125/. There are witch costumes, bunny costumes, cop outfits, queen outfits and so much more. Best of all? They also have sailor Halloween costumes! Since the latter is something I am considering - this excites me most of all.

These are some of my favourite sailor inspired Halloween costumes from Tidebuy. Take a look:





There is nothing quite like Halloween. Good friends, plenty of excitement, and some seriously gorgeous costumes. It is one way to make the most of the fall season. If you are looking for a Halloween costume of your own, head on over to http://www.tidebuy.com!

Which costume is your favourite?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

spotlight: sweet mam'selle


Certain things excite me. Lately, what has been exciting me? Candles and scented wax. I find it relaxing and soothing to do something simple like light a candle in my room or use my wax warmer to melt. It helps put me at ease while I am working - and makes those at-home spa days feel a little more luxurious. Suddenly, my room smells amazing and I feel a little better about my day!

I suppose it should come as no surprise that I have fallen in love with candles and scented wax. Pretty smells just have a way of making me happy. That is probably why I have a massive perfume collection, scented air freshners, scented soaps, and yes....my little wax collection.

Recently, I was lucky enough to try out some incredible scented wax tarts from Sweet Mam 'selle. Based in Germany, each batch is created and poured with love. The scents are amazing - and the tarts are ridiculously cute. Other wax melts that I have are basic squares. Nothing special. Not the wax tarts from Sweet Mam 'selle! As you can see from the picture above, each and every tart is just as beautiful to look at as it is to smell. There are so many fabulous details included, like the use of colour, glitter, and the addition of small little gems. I love it! These tarts are definitely a must have for the beauty lover who loves everything in their life to look fabulous.


The scented waxes I received? Juniper Breeze (the white square wax pictured above), Apple Mango Tango (the yellow heart), Cascada (the blue heart), and Pink Fruity Sands (the pink flower shaped wax). Each one had a totally unique scent - different than anything else I have used in the past. I was so impressed with the beautiful smells. They were noticeable but not overpowering. It was the perfect balance! Let's start with Juniper Breeze. This is a very light, fresh fragrance. It has a wonderful floral scent but it manages to add in a light and fresh smell. This is one of my favourites from the group! It is the perfect wax for a Sunday afternoon when the sun is shining through your windows.

Now for Cascada. This was the first of the scented wax that I melted....and I couldn't have been happier with it! The scent is very girly. It is the kind of smell that you can paint your toe nails to, watch a chick flick, or read a magazine. I just love how light yet bold the smell is. (Plus, the glitter left behind in my wax warmer fills my heart with glee!) Apple Mango Tango may have the same shape and design as Cascada, but their scents? Worlds apart. As the name suggests, it has a very fruity smell. I just love the apple undertones. It is absolutely perfect for the fall season. Just thinking about the smell right now is making me excited.


Last but certainly not least is my personal favourite....Pink Fruity Sands. Not only is the design itself super cute (I love the pink colour and the little jewel on top!) but it smells incredible. Without exaggeration, I can honestly say that this is my favourite scented wax ever. It smells super fruity and feminine. It is the kind of smell that you could never grow tired of. I feel like certain scents just call to certain people - and this one has definitely called to me. It is phenomenal. I love it more than I could possibly begin to describe.

If you couldn't tell from this post, I was very happy to receive these scented wax tarts from Sweet Mam 'selle. Adorable designs and incredible smells. What more could you need? I am proud to call myself a fan of these wonderful scented wax creations. I wanted to give a big thank you to Silke at Sweet Mam 'selle for giving me the opportunity to try them out for myself.

Want to snag some scented wax tarts for yourself? Then head over to Sweet Mam 'selle to find out more. You can check out the website, Facebook page, or follow her on Instagram.I promise you won't regret it!

Do you love to melt scented wax? What kind of smells do you love?

xo Shannon

Sunday, October 12, 2014

thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.


I always love this time of year. My fiance's birthday is coming up, my own birthday is just around the corner, and Thanksgiving is here. Yes, Thanksgiving comes to Canada tomorrow. The day will be full of family, friends, and a special meal. Even though I don't partake in the turkey eating tradition....I am very excited about stuffing and mashed potatoes. Yum!

Something else I am excited about? Taking a moment to really stop and be thankful. A lot of the time, I am so busy trying to get through my to-do lists or I am worrying about this and that.....and I just lose track of all of the amazing, wonderful things about my life. From my loving family to my incredible finance and my super supportive friends - I have so many things to be thankful for. With so many big changes coming up in the next several months, it is more important than ever that I take the time to be thankful.

I want to appreciate the amazing parts of my life. I want to hold onto special memories. I want to remember to be thankful and sincere in every aspect of my life.

So, this Thanksgiving, I aim to pause, reflect, and be grateful. To all of the Canadians reading this blog, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. And to anyone else reading? I challenge you to take a minute to be thankful for everything in your life that makes you happy. There is no better time to do it!


How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

xo Shannon