Thursday, September 3, 2015

every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.


It is hard to believe but my husband and I got married two months ago. Time has definitely flown by. There has been so much going on lately. Between trying to unpack and set up the apartment, get into a normal routine, balance work, and write all of those thank you cards...life has been a little bit hectic lately. I am only now just starting to get settled and check things off of my to-do list. One of the things I have been enjoying the most? Using some of the makeup that has made its way into my life recently. Like the two palettes pictured above.

Both came courtesy of a friend. They were actually part of her wedding gift! Amazing or what? Honestly, I was so excited to open them up. It was such a lovely surprise. I was very touched by her sweet gesture. Which is why I am super excited to review both palettes on my blog. Today I am going to start with that massive Pro Palette. (Expect a full review of the Stilla palette in the weeks to come!) It immediately took my breath away. There were a ton of eyeshadows and blush shades to look at, play with, and use. An overwhelming amount! Here is a peek at the inside of the palette....just so you get a better idea of what I mean by a ton. 


Talk about makeup overload! There are 72 eyeshadows and six blush shades. Even looking at the palette now, I get this rush of excitement. The possibilities are absolutely endless. There are so many makeup looks to create. It is just a matter of time before I get through them all. Over the last several weeks I have been trying to use as many as possible. I really wanted to get a feel for this palette. How it performs, the pigmentation, texture, and quality. So....without further ado, here is my review!

Let's start with the eyeshadow shades. Sixty of them are small and round while the other twelve are long and rectangular in shape. Personally, I love the way this was laid out. More neutral, every day shades came in that rectangular shape. Like white, black, and brown colours. This was such a smart detail. It makes them so much easier to use and access. Plus it gives you more product for those must have shades. What I love about the rounded eyeshadow shades? The colour selection. It ranged from yellows and greens to smokey shades, gold tones, purples, blues, neutrals, and more. There really was a bit of everything! The versatility alone is spectacular. I can create bold colourful looks, classic looks, or super smokey and dramatic looks. There is more than enough variety. 

Now for quality. Let me sum it up in one word: impressed. Sometimes large palettes like this end up with so-so textures and pigmentation. Not this! Every single eyeshadow I have used, swatched, and incorporated into my makeup looks has been soft, smooth, and extremely pigmented. They look exactly like they do in the pan. Which as any makeup lover knows is not always the case. I was extremely impressed and happy with the quality of these shades. Most of them have a shimmery finish but there are a few matte shades thrown in there as well. That adds to the overall versatility of this palette.

Moving on to the six blush shades! Three are shimmery and three are matte. Each one is very unique. I own a lot of blush so I always appreciate shades that are a little bit different. This set has a soft shimmery pink, a shimmery coral, shimmery gold, matte mauve, matte strawberry, and matte bronze. Each one is easy to apply, blends well, and looks gorgeous on the cheeks. My favourites? That shimmery gold and matte mauve. They are absolutely stunning! 

Ready to see the makeup look I created with this palette? Here goes....


Love? That doesn't begin to describe the way I feel about this palette. Versatile, pigmented, and easy to use. I could not be happier. Every time I reach for this set, I smile. Partly because the makeup is so beautiful....and partly because of the person who gave it to me. This is one of my all-time favourites.

What do you think of this palette? Do you have a large eyeshadow palette in your collection?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

YouTube: #OOTD - One Direction Concert


The end of summer is a funny time. On one hand, it always seems to be full of excitement. On the other hand, the summer season is coming to a close. That means back to reality. No more hot sunny days, afternoons on the patio, or carefree moments. Sigh! Instead of focusing on the negatives....I am trying to channel my energy into the amazing experiences summer still has to offer. Like special moments with friends and even a party or two. Recently? I was lucky enough to have a seriously memorable summer evening. A group of friends and I went to see One Direction in concert.

It was definitely an interesting night! We met up for dinner beforehand which was fun at first. Unfortunately that ended badly thanks to atrocious service. We ended up missing the opening act completely - and having to run to the venue to get there in time to see 1D. Not impressed. Despite that little hiccup, it was a fun night. One Direction was amazing and it was great to see them with people I care about. Something I did beforehand? Film my very first Outfit Of The Day video for the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel.

Honestly? This was a bit nerve wracking. I am always trying to do new things and push myself creatively. Since all of the videos I have done thus far have been beauty based, I really wanted to incorporate my love for fashion. The concert seemed like the perfect excuse! That day, I did my nails, picked out an outfit that made me feel my best, focused on accessories, and put on some smokey eye makeup. Paired with a top knot bun and some sparkly flats....I was ready to go!

Take a look at my very first OOTD video and let me know what you think:



It was a good night and a great way to say so long to summer. Before the fall season officially kicks into high gear, I plan to make the most of every moment. I hope you do, too.

Please take a minute to like, comment, and subscribe to the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel. And thank you so much for all of your support!

What is the last concert you went to? What did you wear?

xo Shannon

Sunday, August 30, 2015

win a pair of firmoo glasses!


Nothing says style like a good pair of glasses. They can effortlessly compliment any look, give you an extra boost of confidence, and create a wow moment. Yes, I love glasses. Which is probably why I have such a large collection. Sunglasses, fashion glasses, and everything in between. Are you the same way? Then it is time for you to head on over to Firmoo. They have an incredible selection.

From eyeglasses to sunglasses in all shapes, sizes, and colours.....there is a little bit of everything to choose from. That means you can always look amazing. Whether you are heading out for girls night, grabbing dinner with a special someone, or heading to a job interview. Firmoo glasses are versatile and gorgeous. What could be better than that?

That's right. Firmoo is one of my favourite online stores. In the past, I have been lucky enough to try out a pair of incredible retro inspired glasses. (You can take a look at that post here.) Which is why I am so excited to announce a giveaway. Firmoo will be giving one reader of the creation of beauty is art. one pair of glasses from http://www.firmoo.com/collection-for-bloggers.html. That includes free shipping. Score! The glasses will include the frames and standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Note: upgraded lenses will charge an extra fee.

Enter the giveaway below. You never now....you might be the lucky winner!

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Love a good pair of glasses? This is your chance to win. Simply enter the contest above and cross your fingers. And don't forget to head on over to http://www.firmoo.com to see their full selection of stylish glasses. Good luck, everyone!

Do you have a favourite pair of glasses?

xo Shannon

Friday, August 28, 2015

i like long romantic walks to the makeup aisle.


NARS, Too Faced, Benefit, Kat Von D. There are high-end brands I love more than anything. Every time I go to Sephora, I find myself picking up something new. The same can be said for drugstore brands. There are plenty that top my all-time favourites list. But every now and again? Makeup seems to find its way into my life even when I am not looking for it. A while back, a friend and I were doing some serious shopping. While picking up odds and ends over at Icing, the cashier mentioned that makeup items were 50% off that day. So I instinctively grabbed a face trio. The trio included a blush, bronzer, and highlighting shade. (Pictured above.)

Personally, I love little sets like this. They are great for travel or to toss into your makeup bag. Compact, cute, and easy to use. Nothing could make me happier. Despite my excitement over the trio I was a little bit hesitant. Why? I have never bought makeup from Icing before. Cheap accessories? Sure. Knick knacks? Of course. Makeup? That was a first. I wasn't sure what the quality would be like....or if it would actually perform the way I wanted it to. It is always a toss up when it comes to cheaper makeup! Sometimes it works out and other times the product lets you down.

So, how did the Icing Face Trio hold up? Here is a closer look at the trio along with some swatches.


As you can see from the picture above there is a large amount of product given for each. That makes it easy to apply with my blush brush or contour brush. (I hate when trios or palettes make each product super small so it is hard to get at!) The swatches show you just how pigmented each one is. I was surprised by the colour payoff, actually. The blush shade is this gorgeous pinky coral shade. It is so beautiful on the cheeks - and has a smooth texture. The bronzer on the other hand has that same great texture....but the colour payoff is just meh for me. It isn't bad or amazing. Just in the middle. 

Now for the other standout in this trio. That highlighter! It is a creamy white shade with flecks of glitter in it. Instantly it gives your cheeks a fresh and glowing appearance. Since there is glitter in it, I wouldn't recommend using this product to highlight anywhere except the cheeks. However it is a gorgeous way to compliment that blush shade or give your cheeks a pop.

Ready to see how the products worked on the skin? This is a makeup look I put together recently using all three products in the Icing Face Trio. 


Was the trio worth it? Yes! It was about five dollars for the three products and they exceeded expectations. That blush has become one that I reach for often....and I cannot get enough of that highlighting shade. It just looks amazing. If nothing else, this taught me to keep my eyes peeled wherever I go....and always be open minded when it comes to new makeup.

What do you think of this trio? Have you tried anything like it?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

where flowers bloom so does hope.


You know when you use certain products over and over again....and then realize that you never reviewed them? Ahh the life of a beauty blogger. That is what happened to me the other day. I was using a few of my all-time favourite products from Flower Beauty. I put together a makeup look using one of the Shadow Play eyeshadow quads in Smoke and Mirrors, the Glow Blush-Bronzer Duo in Shimmering Goodness, and the Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Can't Re-Fuchsia. The combination of berry tones and purple and gold on the eyelids? I was super happy with the way my makeup look turned out. Which is exactly why I decided to do a mini review on these products!

The best place to start? With the eyeshadow quad. I own two others from this line and was really impressed with them. The pigmentation is nice and the texture is very soft. I think I love the texture and blendability more than anything else. I love these shadow in particular. It has a gorgeous combination of colours. A soft pink, a mid-toned purple, a shimmery bronze, and a soft grey. It blended cool tones with warm shades, making it super versatile. Love!

Next up was the blush and bronzer duo. I chose this particular one because of that blush shade. Honestly, I love blush and bronzer duos....but I find that there is always one product I use more than the other. In this case it was definitely the blush. The colour is a rich berry tone. Perfect for fall! It is a beautiful compliment to any smokey eye look. As for the bronzer it was not so spectacular. The shade itself is quite dark for me....making it look a little bit muddy. So when I use this I tend to use it on my eyelid rather than as an actual bronzer.

Lastly, my favourite of the three items. The Lip and Cheek stick. It is a simple chubby stick with a creamy consistency. Right off the bat, I love the versatility of this product. The simple fact that it can be used as a lip product or a cheek product? Excellent. Especially when I am in a rush or want something to take with me on the go. What I love most about this has to be the pigmentation. The colour is so bold! It can be sheered out for a softer look or be ultra intense. Again, the versatility is top notch. This is one product I cannot get enough of.

Now for the makeup look that inspired today's post! Here are some of the products in action.....


There is something special about Flower Beauty. This drugstore brand focuses on luxury and femininity...and it shows. This is probably why I am such a big fan of their products. Especially the ones mentioned in this post! It is nice when makeup items can inspire you, allow you channel your creativity, and boost your confidence all at the same time.

What do you think of this makeup look? Have you tried anything from Flower Beauty

xo Shannon

Sunday, August 23, 2015

giveaway: maple holistics


There is something exciting about beauty products. At least to me. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know all too well my obsession with everything related to beauty. From makeup to skin care to hair care.....it is all fair game. Which is why I am always thrilled to discover a new brand. It is indescribably exciting to browse, get inspired,  and try things out. Enter Maple Holistics. This is a brand unlike many others. How so? Their focus is on natural beauty products. They carry a diverse range of holistic products that enhance beauty, health, and hygiene.

In addition to using pure ingredients they also have a fantastic array of products to choose from. That includes shampoos and conditioners, eye creams, facial serums, face masks, foot scrubs, and so much more. All of the things you need to feel gorgeous! Maple Holistics excels at delivering quality products made to nurture and pamper you from head to toe.

Good news! Right now you have the chance to win your very Maple Holistics products. Their #summerofgiveaways is on now! It is sponsored by edumuch.com. Thanks to their generosity, one of the amazing readers of the creation of beauty is art. can score big time. Enter below for the opportunity to win your own Argan Shampoo and Argan Oil Conditioner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway It is exciting when beauty products are full of pure, healthy ingredients, rather than a ton of filler and chemicals. Be sure to enter the giveaway above for your chance to add some Maple Holistics products to your routine! Or you can always check out http://www.mapleholistics.com/free-products/ for your chance to try out a holistic product for free.

Beauty is a wonderful thing. Taking care of your hair and skin can make you feel like a million bucks. Treat yourself to that feeling! Enter the giveaway above or check out http://www.mapleholistics.com to find out more.

What is your favourite beauty product?

xo Shannon

Thursday, August 20, 2015

a quotation is a handy thing to have about.


I'll be honest. Today I had a totally different post in mind. As I went to write it, I paused and thought, I am desperately seeking inspiration. Something just wasn't clicking....and when that happens? I seek out things that inspire me. Sometimes it is a fashion editorial. Other times it is a good book or a magazine. Right now? It has to be quotes. To this day, it amazes me how one quote can re-fuel your passion, make you feel connected to the world around, and even inspire new ideas. Perhaps this is why I have books of quotes sitting on my bookshelf. Some are about writing, others about the joy of reading, and some are about fashion and beauty.

Is anyone else seeking inspiration? The comfort of words? The reminder that everything around us is a story? A special moment? Something to be cherished? As summer comes to a close I find myself in limbo so to speak. I am desperately trying to make the most of the remaining sunny days.....concerts and nights out galore. Yet at the same time I am thinking about the months to come. All of the things that need to be done, what I want to accomplish, where I want to be. Thus far it has been an interesting transition from summer to fall. What will happen next? Who knows. In the meantime, I am focused on getting inspired.

That's right. Today's post is all beauty related quotes. So get ready to get inspired. These are a few of my favourites.....

"Happy girls are the prettiest."
- Audrey Hepburn

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." 
- Coco Chanel 

"Keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing, and there's so much to smile about." 
- Marilyn Monroe 

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful." 
- Sophia Loren

"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together." 
- Elizabeth Taylor

"Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick ass red lipstick." 
- Gwyneth Paltrow

"Never ask a woman with winged eyeliner why she is late." 

It is amazing how the right quote can enrich your soul. These ones in particular are making me smile today. Any time I need a pick me up....I like to look at quotes that put things into perspective. Or just make me feel good! 

What is your favourite quote? Share them in the comment section! 

xo Shannon