Thursday, June 30, 2016

canada is a place of infinite promise.

Holidays always make me smile. Not just because it means I get the day off work. (Though that is certainly an added bonus.) But because there is something in the air. Everyone is happy, excited, and feeling good about life. That is exactly how I am feeling at the moment. I am very much looking forward to celebrating Canada Day tomorrow. There is something so wonderful about a long weekend, a special holiday, and people you love. 

This year? My husband and I will be taking a short drive to a nearby town. Then there will be cotton candy, fair rides, and of course, fireworks. The latter is especially important. It just wouldn't be Canada Day without them. We have gone to this town for Canada Day a couple of times before...but haven't gone in a few years. Honestly? I have missed it. Sure the event tends to be crowded and chaotic - but it's also a lot of fun. Especially when the sun sets and everyone crowds along the beach front to watch the firework show. It is magical. And I cannot wait to experience that magic all over again. 

I want to wish all of my Canadian readers a very Happy Canada Day. Be sure to celebrate with people you love. (And don't forget to check out the fireworks!) For everyone else....have a wonderful day and an even better weekend. 

"There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada 
with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people."
- Winston Churchill

Happy Canada Day! How will you be celebrating? 

xo Shannon

Monday, June 27, 2016

look gorgeous and glam while working out.

There is a big difference between working out at home and working out....well anywhere else. On the days that I pop in a workout DVD (Jillian Michaels nine times out of ten)? My look is as follows. Hair in a messy ponytail, whatever makeup is left over on my face from work, and some sort of tank top that has been haphazardly pulled from my drawer of workout clothes. On the days when I am running home or leaving the house to exercise? It is a totally different ball game. Suddenly that flaking mascara and baggy tank top are a no-go. For the simple fact that I am going to be seen by countless neighbours and passerbys. 

Not sure how to get ready for your workout? Want to infuse your look with a subtle touch of gorgeous and glam? Keep reading. These are some of my tips for looking good while working out. 

Keep Makeup Minimal But Long Lasting. It isn't a secret. I love makeup a lot. In fact, it is an extremely rare occurrence when I leave the house without it. That being said? When you are working out it is best to keep makeup to a minimum. There is a good reason for this. Wearing foundation and concealer can clog your pores when you start to sweat. That can lead to breakouts and blemishes. (I learned this lesson the hard way!) Skip the face makeup and focus on your eyes and brows instead. Well defined brows help frame your face - and the product is unlikely to move when you sweat. Fill in your eyebrows with a nice brow powder and set with a clear brow gel. As for the eyes? A soft neutral shadow on the eyes (like a nice matte brown or purple) is all you need. Skip the eyeliner and layer on a coat or two of waterproof mascara. This will give you the definition you crave without looking too heavy or overdone.

Choose Workout Clothes That Reflect Your Personality. You deserve to feel good. Confident. Beautiful. That makes the clothes you choose especially important. Even when you workout! The key to feeling good (and looking good) is to choose workout clothes that reflect your personality. Do you love colour? Then pair a neon pink tank top with printed leggings. Like to feel chic and stylish? Opt for black and white leggings with a matching sports bra. You get the picture. There are so many options when it comes to workout fashion. Here is the thing: by wearing clothes that make you feel your are more likely to push harder during your workout. Plus you will exude confidence wherever your workout takes you.

Add On Some Oh-So-Glamorous Extras. It's true what they say. Beauty really is in the details. The right accessories and add ons can transform your workout look. Not to mention take your confidence to a whole new level! Not sure where to begin? These are a few of my favourite extras:
  • Spritz on your favourite body spray (anything from Bath and Bodyworks is great) before you head out. It will make you feel better than ever.
  • Add on a little lip gloss before you head to the gym. That extra shine will make you shine! 
  • Put on a pair of small stud earrings. Hoops and dangling earrings can be dangerous to workout in, but a simple pair of studs is safe to wear. And it will give you plenty of enviable workout style. 
  • Choose your footwear wisely. There are so many great options out there these days. Get playful with colour and print. Or just swap out your regular laces for something bright and bold. 
Working out doesn't mean leaving behind your love of fashion, makeup, and beauty. It just impacts your choices. Use these tips and tricks to create your own confidence boosting workout look. You will look amazing - and feel even better. 

What do you wear when you workout? Share your own get glam tips! 

xo Shannon

Friday, June 24, 2016

first impressions: covergirl katy kat eye mascara

The easiest way to get my attention? Put the words Katy Perry on anything. Literally anything. At this point, I have her CDs, t-shirts, sunglasses, bracelets, necklaces, and lipstick. Now? I also have my very own Katy Perry mascara. It is Cover Girl's latest addition to their Katy Kat collection: Katy Kat Eye. There were a few different mascara options available. Black, Blue, as well as Waterproof versions of both. I opted for the non-waterproof black mascara. Largely because I wanted to see how the most basic version of the mascara performed. 

It promises 10x the volume and lash darkness as well as an "all day cat eye." was this mascara? Let's start with the packaging and the wand. As you can see from the picture above, the packaging is super sleek and chic. It looks just like the Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks (review and swatches of those to come). White and black. Capitol letters only. Super trendy and cute. This is a mascara that definitely looks good on the outside. The wand itself is a little bit different. Instead of having a standard bristle wand, it is curved and twisted. The bristles spiral around the wand itself. 

I'll be honest. The wand itself was really intriguing to me. At this point, I have tried many different wand styles. Some with larger bristles, some with smaller ones, some with rubber bristles, and some in different designs. So as far as the mascara wand went? I hoped this one would provide a better application of product if nothing else. Sadly it did not. The spiral bristles made application on the lower lash line difficult as well as on the inner corner of my eyes. For the outer lashes? It worked well. It really did help create that cat eye effect as promised. However, overall ease of use was lacking.

Now for my overall thoughts on the Katy Kat Eye Mascara from Cover Girl. Meh. This was somewhat disappointing to me. Like I said earlier, I will buy anything and everything related to Katy Perry. Whether she is on the cover of a magazine or is putting her name on makeup. It will become a part of my collection. That being said....I would not repurchase this mascara. As I mentioned before, it was tricky to apply the product to the lower lashes and inner corner. (I have started using this on the outer corner for a more dramatic cat eye look and using The Super Sizer mascara on the rest of my lashes. The Katy Kat mascara is usable in this way, but I would rather not use two products where I could use one. Know what I mean?) In addition, this mascara was super clumpy on my lashes. Even using the smallest amount made them clump together. I like super dramatic lashes. But this was less dramatic and more clump, clump, clumpy. It took a lot of work to brush out all of the clumps. 

Here are a couple of pictures so you can see the mascara in action. Note: this is after I removed the clumps. It looks okay but it took a lot of work to get them to this state. Personally? I would much rather use something like The Super Sizer or Benefit's They're Real! mascara. 

There are a lot of great Cover Girl products. And a lot of fantastic Katy Perry products. The Cover Girl Katy Kat Eye mascara was unfortunately not one of them. The mascara was difficult to use in certain areas and ended up looking pretty clumpy. (As you can see from the picture above. Even after I combed out most of the clumps it still looks pretty clumpy in spots.) This is sadly not a mascara that I will be reaching for on a daily basis. 

Have you tried Katy Kat Eye? What did you think of it? 

xo Shannon

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

YouTube: walt disney world haul

Travel is essential. As far as I am concerned....seeing the world, discovering new places, and breaking routine is a must. At least every now and again. See, it is healthy to get away from it all. A mini-break allows you to unwind, forget about daily stresses, and leave behind your worries. Unfortunately, as much as I love to travel, I am unable to do it as much as I would like. In a perfect world? There would be four or five trips per year. In reality? There is one. Maybe a weekend getaway  as well if I am lucky. Sigh. Such is life.

Last month, my husband and I went to Walt Disney World. It was incredible. Coming back home? Well, it was a bit of a struggle. It took me an awful lot of time to re-adjust to life outside of the magical Disney bubble. I ordered DVDs about Disney World. I wrote travel articles on showcasing travel mementos. I watched every Disney princess movie there is. was definitely a struggle to come home and leave behind those happy memories.

Perhaps that is what inspired my latest YouTube video. My mind has been going Disney-Disney-Disney ever since we came back from vacation. So it seemed only natural to make a Disney themed video for the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel. It is all about the items I picked up during my vacation. That's right....a Walt Disney World haul. There are clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and more. Be sure to take a look!

Clearly I am still missing the carefree days of our vacation. But it feels good to look back and reminisce. That is the beauty of going on a trip. Your travel memories last so much longer than the actual experience. They stay with you.

What did you think of this haul? Have you done any travelling lately?

xo Shannon

Monday, June 20, 2016

review: nyx avant pop eyeshadow palette

I will freely admit it. NYX is an obsession. Every time I look at the store selection....I find myself bringing more and more NYX products home with me. Perhaps the novelty has not worn off just yet. The line has only been available in Canada for the last six months or so. Before that? I would watch YouTube video after YouTube video of beauty gurus gushing over NYX this and NYX that. So really, this obsession is not my fault. Or at least that is what I tell my husband.

It was after work one day. My husband told me to come into his work and wait while he finished his shift. Then there it was. Right in front of me. A wall of makeup. Who could ever resist that sort of temptation? Clearly not me, since we left the store with the NYX Avant Pop 10 Color Shadow Palette. Those colours! The shade selection! How could I possibly leave behind such a unique drugstore eyeshadow palette? It would have been criminal. As you can see from the picture above - there is a stunning range of shades inside. Neutrals, smokey shades, and unexpected pops of colour. 

From left to right there is: a soft white shade with a hint of shimmer, a vibrant neon yellow/green, a super pigmented (and super shimmery) teal shade, a medium brown, a rosy taupe, a shimmery silver, a bold navy, a light grey, a soft peach, and a matte black. See what I mean? There is a ton of shade variety in this 10 shadow set. This makes me positively giddy. There is nothing I hate more than palettes that are incomplete. I like to have everything I need in one foul swoop. This certainly delivers on that end. There are shimmery shades as well as matte shades and satin finishes. There are light shades, dark shades, and pops of colour. It is a one-stop-shop kind of palette.

Needless to say.....I love the colour selection. Though there are shades that I love more than others. That teal has quickly become one of my all-time favourite eyeshadow shades. That rosy taupe is a must for blending out the crease. That neon yellow (or green. It depends how the light hits it) pushes me to step out of my comfort zone. This is most definitely a fun and exciting eyeshadow set.

As for the texture and pigmentation? No major complaints. Most of the shades are extremely soft and easy to use. They blend well and are highly pigmented. However there is a bit of inconsistency from one colour to the next. The medium brown for instance is drier than say the silver shade. Same with that shimmery white. For the most part the quality of the shadows is impressive. There are just a few minor misses in here. The shadows do perform well. They simply do not have the same buttery texture that the others do. It is a shame really! This was almost the perfect palette.

The first day I brought home the NYX Avant Pop 10 Color Shadow Palette, I decided to have a little fun. I used that teal shade on the lid, blended out with the taupe, added a little bit of black to the outer corner, and popped the navy blue on the lower lash line. It was a lot of fun. Mostly because I was playing with makeup for the sake of playing with makeup. I had no where to go and no one to see. It was all about doing something for me. Here is a peek at the final product....

The NYX Avant Pop 10 Color Shadow Palette impressed me. A lot. The colours are gorgeous! I love playing with different colour combinations and seeing what I can create. This is certainly an eyeshadow set that allows you to do something different. Thank goodness for that. 

What do you think of this eyeshadow palette? Do you love NYX?

xo Shannon

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tbdress Cheap Maxi Dresses 2016 Online Unique Show for You

What item of clothing do I most associate with summer? The maxi dress. There is something so effortlessly elegant about it. For me, that is what summer style is all about. Looking good...without trying too hard to look good. Maxi dresses aren't just effortless and glamorous. They are also versatile. Just think about it. You can wear a maxi dress on an exciting day out, to a get together with friends, or on your next dinner date. The best part? Maxi dresses showcase personality. Colours, prints, patterns, and intricate designs make it possible to stand out. Wherever you go! Needless to say....I am always on the hunt for a gorgeous new maxi dress. That is where Tbdress comes in handy. They have an amazing selection of maxi dresses for summer.

When I selection? I do mean selection. There are a ton of different styles to choose from. Some are perfect for evening. Others are flirty and fun. There is one thing each of the dresses has in common: price. They are super affordable. You can find Tbdress cheap maxi dresses 2016 online by browsing their extensive selection. Need an outfit for an upcoming concert? Want to look amazing at your next family gathering? Take your wardrobe to the next level. All you need is the perfect summer maxi dress.

Like I said, I am always on the hunt for a new maxi dress. Even though there are several hanging up in my closet already....a girl can never have too many! They look great, are easy to wear, and give you that instant boost of confidence. Today, I am feeling super inspired by Tbdress discount maxi dresses 2016 unique collections. So I thought that I would show you a few of my favourite pieces frm the website. Be sure to let me know which one you love best!

Sometimes? The right dress is all you need. With these Tbdress chiffon maxi dresses 2016 can look amazing all day and night. What are you waiting for? Spice up your summer style. Wear a stunning maxi dress this season.

Do you love maxi dresses?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

current obsession: sally hansen insta-dry nail polish

Nails. It is amazing how something as simple as a coat of nail polish can boost your confidence. Do you find that, too? Or is it just me? Every time I paint my nails....I walk a little taller. I feel better about myself. I feel totally put together. That is a nice feeling. Unfortunately in my day to day life, my nails are often ignored. Half the time they are bare, chipped, or somewhere in between. That is why I have made the conscious decision to pay attention to my nails. To keep them painted, pretty, and polished. Because after all, it feels good to feel good.

I wasn't looking for a new nail polish. There are a good few handfuls in my modest collection already. From deep reds to corals, pinks, light blues, deep purples, and taupe. I certainly was not in need of yet another shade. Then I found Expresso by Sally Hansen. It is part of the Insta-Dry Nail Color Collection. Honestly? There were a few things about this nail polish that caught my eye. The first was the name of the collection. The idea of "instant drying" is intriguing to say the least. There is nothing I hate more than waiting (and waiting and waiting) for my nails to dry. It is one of the reasons my nails tend to get neglected. Something else that caught my eye? That colour! Oh my goodness, that colour is everything. It was so different to the other shades on the shelf. It was dramatic and sultry but still super romantic and flirty. Love! did  Expresso by Sally Hansen perform? Let's just say that I am very pleased with the results. The colour is exactly what I hoped it would be. Rich and sophisticated. I adore the way it looks on my nails. The texture of this polish is fantastic as well. The consistency was fairly thick (rather than runny and watery). That meant only one coat was needed. That saved me tons of time. Speaking of time! Was this an instant dry nail polish? Of course not. But it did dry fairly quickly. It took about three to four minutes to dry. It didn't smudge or ripple as the day went on either. For such an affordable nail polish - I think this cost me four dollars - it really exceeded my expectations. 

There you have it. My current obsession. This Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish offers luxury on a budget. Take a look at the shade selection the next time you are in the drugstore. Who knows? Maybe a colour will jump out at you!

Have you tried any of the Insta-Dry polishes? What do you think of this colour?

xo Shannon