Thursday, October 20, 2016

review: lime crime velvetines liquid matte lipstick

Squash. Few words conjure up images of fall faster than squash. Perhaps this explains my full-blown obsession with the Lime Crime Liquid Matte Lipstick (in the shade "Squash," of course). I picked up a couple of Lime Crime products at IMATS a couple of weeks back. Since then, I have been doing lots of testing and trying. Essentially, I have been finding out which products make my heart sing and which ones are complete and total letdowns. So far? Squash is the absolute standout.

There are many reasons this liquid lipstick has impressed me. For starters, the packaging is gorgeous. It is both cute and simple - the perfect combination. I love the floral print on the cap and the frosted glass effect on the bottom. It gives the product an undeniable charm from the get go. Then there is the formula itself. It goes on creamy, dries completely but doesn't feel drying (like so many liquid lipsticks do), and is intensely pigmented. Yes, this is a standout for many different reasons.

The most important? The colour. I'll be honest, there are an awful lot of lipstick colours in my makeup collection. From purple to red, green, blue, gold, and well, just about every colour of the rainbow. Except squash. This is the ultimate fall shade. It is bold but warm - making it easy to make a statement without feeling out of place or over the top. Not only was this colour my favourite of the Lime Crime lipsticks (I also picked up Blondie while at IMATS. It is a metallic shade that swatches beautifully but looks alien-esque on the lips) but it is one of my favourite lip products ever.

I wore Squash in my latest YouTube video. Take a look to see the lip colour in action and to find out more about my IMATS experience....

This is one lip product that took my breath away. Every time I wear Squash, I feel like a million bucks. It is a stunning fall shade that looks great, feels comfortable, and lasts for ages. Lime Crime is a fantastic brand....and I am so happy that I picked up a few of their products.

What do you think of this shade? Have you tried anything from Lime Crime?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

getting inspired by: fashionmia

Know when your wardrobe starts to feel a little...stale? That sums up how I have been feeling lately. It isn't that I don't have nice things hanging up in my closet. I do. They simply aren't inspiring me at the moment. Which is why I have turned to online shopping. There is no better way to get inspired than by taking a peek at gorgeous (and fashionable) items. This led me to They have a ton of incredible pieces to choose from. Especially when it comes to womens tops and trendy tops. There are so many stunning styles!

The easiest way to spice up a fall outfit is to look for tops online. When you find great fashion tops, you can easily dress up (or dress down) your favourite basics. Like pairing a new blouse with your most-worn pair of jeans. Or wearing cute and casual tops with a long maxi skirt. There are so many possibilities! That is why my focus is on finding some fantastic shirts and blouses that can be worn all fall and winter.

Whether I am going out for dinner with friends or am running errands with my husband....a stylish outfit is a must. Thankfully, there are a ton of incredible fashion tops available from FashionMia. It didn't take long for me to find a bunch of pieces that took my breath away. Here are a few of my favourites....

The great thing about online shopping? You can find incredible pieces for an affordable price. If you are looking for cheap tops that offer unforgettable style....take a look at Your wardrobe will thank you!

Which piece is your favourite? Have you done any shopping lately?

xo Shannon

Saturday, October 15, 2016

my imats experience (and haul!)

It was one of those things that had long been on my radar. Yet, I had never made it down to IMATS. That changed when a friend of mine invited me along for IMATS Toronto 2016 show. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. Going in? I had no clue what to expect. I simply hoped for a fun day full of makeup. Well, that is exactly what I got. Here it very first IMATS experience.

Morning came very early. I was up at 6am doing my hair and makeup (my hair was not cooperating so I opted for an "I Dream of Jeannie" inspired high-ponytail and warm matte eyeshadow shades with a little winged eyeliner). Then came the dilemma of what to wear. Despite having multiple outfit options laid out....nothing felt right. Ultimately I went with a simple floral blouse and a pair of skinny jeans. Then it was time to head to the train station to make my way to the city. We met up for a quick breakfast before waiting in line to get in.

IMATS was crazy. Beyond crazy. We waited for quite some time to be let in and then it was line after line after line. Silly me, I figured you could walk up to the makeup booths and shop. Ha! Basically, you would get into a line for a brand. Wait for 20 minutes to an hour. Decide what products you want to buy. (Sometimes without seeing them until the very last second.) Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. There were certain booths we simply did not have time to make it to. The lines were just too long. It was definitely a little overwhelming!

It was still a lot of fun, though. We got to talk about makeup, pick up some new products, and take in all of the madness around us. Full reviews will definitely be coming for these....but until is my IMATS haul.

Products Pictured Include: 
  • Morphe 35W Eyeshadow Palette 
  • Morphe M458 Brush
  • Morphe M705 Brush
  • Naked Cosmetics Desert Sunset Collection
  • Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick (Squash and Blondie)
  • Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick (Beloved, Nosferatu, and Santa Sangre)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (Lolita) 
Phew! It was definitely tricky to show that much self-restraint. With makeup absolutely everywhere....I wanted to buy it all. Instead, I tried to focus on items I would get a lot of use out of or were totally different than anything already in my makeup collection. For that reason? I think that I did really well. Expect detailed reviews on each of these items in the weeks to come.

Have you ever been to IMATS? What was your experience like?

xo Shannon

Thursday, October 13, 2016

review: shine by heidi klum

In all honesty? I had no idea Heidi Klum had her own perfume. The bottle (pictured above) was something I stumbled across by accident and simply had to try. It was on clearance for a measly $5 so it seemed logical to pick it up and test it out. If only because Project Runway is one of my all-time favourite shows. Now that it is officially part of my perfume collection....I am glad that "Shine" made its way into my life. It is a lovely fragrance.

The bottle itself is very unique. It has an oval shape with a grooved pattern as well as a luxurious gold emblem and cap. The overall appearance is sophisticated and elegant. Which is exactly how the perfume smells. "Shine" is musky and romantic. It oozes beauty and refinement. Whenever I stop and smell it, I immediately think of a dinner date with someone special or a holiday party. Or even a birthday celebration. Yes, this is definitely a special occasion kind of scent.

While I adore the smell of "Shine," it is not likely to get a ton of use from me. The reasoning is pretty simple: this is not an everyday perfume. On the plus side, it will make every important event or a holiday get together feel special. One spritz of this perfume and you will hold your head higher and stand a little taller. It is just so elegant and beautiful. I really do love it. This was certainly worth the $5 investment. If only so I can get my glam on every once and a while.

Have you tried this fragrance by Heidi Klum? What do you think of it?

xo Shannon

Monday, October 10, 2016

how i become a LiveGlam certified makeup artist.

Life and learning go hand in hand. I used to think that once I finished school, my path of learning was over. There would be no more back to school supplies, compulsory reading, or nervous interactions with teachers. Boy, was I wrong. Somehow along the line, I realized there was so much more to learn. That I actually wanted to learn more. Not for a degree or a job necessarily...but for me.

Over the past year or so, I have been continuing my education in numerous ways. A friend and I have been discovering new passions and learning as much as we possibly can in the process. Then there was LiveGlam. I signed up for an online makeup program earlier this year. It changed my life in ways I never thought possible. Today, I wanted to briefly talk about my experience.

The items I received upon enrollment. They were a great bonus - and a wonderful way to test out new products.

Essentially, LiveGlam is an online makeup artist course that teaches you the tricks of the trade. There were classes on all of the essentials, like skin types, eyebrows, eyeliner, makeup kit must haves, and proper eyeshadow application. To name just a few. (There were also bonus classes with full length tutorials, information about invoices, working with clients, and more.)

When I signed up for the classes? You had to choose a specific instructor, watch their videos, answer quizzes, and continue with the course that way until completion. Once you were finished you could submit your photo and information for your certificate, photo cards, and business cards. Now? They have changed a lot of things about the site. You sign up to become a member rather than choosing a specific instructor. As a LiveGlam member I can view all the videos available on the website. That includes ones from a variety of instructors - and even videos that have to do with hair and special effects makeup. So, even though I have my certificate, there is still plenty to learn.

Recently, I filmed a YouTube video detailing my experience a little bit more. You can check it out below to get a closer look at the items I was sent for enrolling, find out how long it took me to complete the course, and what the experience meant to me.

For me, LiveGlam was a wonderful experience. I learned more about something I love, gained confidence, and even managed to get a great writing job as a beauty expert. The process has been overwhelmingly positive for me. I am so incredibly proud. Not only that I completed the course...but that I put myself first.

xo Shannon

Saturday, October 8, 2016

a good snapshot stops a moment from running away.

This has been an interesting couple of weeks. They have been full of introspection and reflection. With every day that passes, I feel myself becoming stronger and more focused. And that is a pretty amazing thing. Perhaps that is why I wanted to take some time to look back on recent moments. This "snapshot" post is a collection of small accomplishments and lovely memories.

Going To The Blue Jays Game. My husband and I were lucky enough to see a Blue Jays game a couple of weeks ago. It was a wonderful way to kick-start the fall season. Our seats were fantastic, the Jays won the game, and it felt good to spend time together. Plus, there was popcorn and a soft pretzel involved. Clearly that is important.

Spending Time With My BFF. Sometimes I think people are meant to come into your life. That is exactly how I feel about one of my friends. She honestly means the world to me. Not only can I talk to her about anything (there is no judging and no such thing as TMI) but we do amazing things together. Whether we are binge watching a show, talking for hours on end, or taking a class together....she is my ride or die. Lately, I have been feeling especially grateful for her friendship.

Putting Up My New YouTube Video. It's hard to believe, but my YouTube channel has been up and running for a year and a half. Pretty crazy. At the moment, I have a massive list of video ideas. If only I had the time to film them all! I recently put up a video using only dollarstore makeup items. This was such a fun video to do. (If only because I was able to test out new makeup.) Take a look and let me know what you think of it....

Writing (and Doing!) a Makeup Tutorial. Writing is definitely a big part of my life. I write literally every single day. While I wish I had more time to write for myself (short stories, poetry, or doing edits on my book)....I am grateful to be busy and constantly writing. That is a big deal. On that note, I wanted to share a recent article that I wrote for LoveToKnow. It was a Minnie Mouse makeup tutorial - which is perfect for Halloween or a costume party.

Those are a few of the things that I have done lately. I am constantly trying to find a balance between work and a social life....and it feels good when that actually happens. These little snapshots might not look like much. But they make me happy. Here is hoping the rest of month brings just as much joy.

What have you done lately? Any standout moments?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

hilary duff: love it or leave it?

I'll be honest. Sometimes, this blog gets away from me. Sure....I post regularly but I tend to forget how things used to be. One example? Love it or leave it. This was a regular series on my blog. It would feature a recent celebrity outfit - and I would share whether I loved or loathed the look. After talking to a friend (who happened to be looking back at old posts) she made me realize that I had completely forgotten about that series. The one I loved writing so much. Well, that has changed. Here it is, my first love it or leave it post in about two years. Enjoy! 

What I Love: Okay, no surprise here, but I am a huge Hilary Duff fan. This goes all the way back to her Lizze McGuire days. She has always been an inspiration to me style-wise (oh how I used to long for her Disney wardrobe) and honestly? That hasn't changed much. As you can see from the photo above....she is no stranger to taking fashion risks. Hilary has effortlessly blended animal print with stripes. This mix-and-match look is bold, fun, and most importantly, interesting. That is not an easy thing to accomplish. While this look could have easily turned busy or tacky? It has just the right balance thanks to the neutral colours. 

What I Loathe: This outfit is pretty darn close to perfection. In my opinion, at least. The only thing I am not a fan of? Those shoes. I don't know what it is about them....but they make my skin crawl. They look like strange strappy boats. Not cute. Thankfully the rest of this look is a total winner. So, I will try to forgive those off putting heels. 

Overall, this is a fabulous look. The mixed prints, the burgundy skirt (fall colours are always a good thing), the laid-back waves, and polished makeup....need I go on? Hilary Duff remains a style icon. 

What do you think of this look? Love it or leave it?

xo Shannon