Tuesday, June 6, 2023

does it work?? kate hudson x juice beauty powder mask

There are many, many, many celebrity collaborations these days. Especially in the beauty space. It seems that every brand is interested in partnering with an actress, social media star, or singer. I suppose it makes sense, because it creates a lot more visibility. Take Juice Beauty as an example. This is not a brand that I was familiar with before, but because of their collaboration with Kate Hudson (who I adore)...a product from their line was gifted to me by a loved one. According to Juice Beauty, the collaboration was "inspired by a longstanding relationship and mutual love of clean beauty, wellness, and environmentalism." Makes sense! Lately, I have been putting the Kate Hudson x Juice Beauty Revitalizing Acacia and Rose Powder Mask to the test. This skin care product is cruelty free, vegan, and has certified organic ingredients...but does it work? Keep reading to find out. 

Sunday, June 4, 2023

current favourite neutral eyeshadow palettes

Though there are lots of colourful eyeshadow palettes in my collection...neutrals still have a special place in my heart. Sometimes, a glamorous neutral eye look is all you need to feel like a million bucks. Though what is neutral to one person might not be as neutral to another, I tend to think of neutral eyeshadow palettes as palettes that focus on browns, soft pinks, golds, and other easy to wear colours. Ready to take a peek at some of my current favourite neutral eyeshadow palettes? Some of them are newer and some are not as new, but they are all making my life feel a little more beautiful lately. 

Friday, June 2, 2023

lizzie mcguire makeup review (colourpop lip gloss and blush)

Like a lot of Millennials, Lizzie McGuire has a special place in my heart. Though I loved pretty much all Disney Channel content growing up...Lizzie was extra special. She was awkward and unsure, but always tried to do the right thing. Somehow, she felt more relatable than a lot of other television characters. At the same time, she was still inspirational, thanks to her incredible fashion sense. I remember being totally obsessed with her crimped hair and colourful outfits. (I also remember playing "Lizzie McGuire: On the Go!" on my Gameboy Advance obsessively.) I definitely wanted to be like Lizzie. When the ColourPop collection was announced a few years back, it immediately caught my eye. However, buying makeup online is always such a gamble. Will it arrive broken? Will the colours look nice in person? Will there be extra duties to pay? In the end, I didn't buy the products. Lucky for me, a few of them ended up at my local Winners recently. What a thrill! I was able to take a couple of Lizzie inspired products home with me for a fraction of the cost. Find out how these nostalgic beauty items performed...

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

mocktails, makeup, and a movie event (2023)

It's that time of year again. For the last few years, the Mocktails, Makeup, and a Movie event hosted by Ontario Shores has been a virtual event because of the pandemic. This year? It was held in person again. Though I am not fully used to being around a lot of people, it is something that I am starting to get more used to as time passes. For those who are unaware, Ontario Shores provides assessment and treatment services for people dealing with mental illness. The Mocktails, Makeup, and a Movie event is a fundraising effort, in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart. It is wonderful that so many dedicated individuals organized the event, donated items, and made the world a little bit brighter. Ready to hear about my experience at the event? See what was in the gift bag? Here is everything you need to know about the in person event. 

Monday, May 29, 2023

beginner series: tips to wear neon makeup

Neon makeup is bold, bright, and hard to ignore. While the colours are undoubtedly eye catching, they can also be a little intimidating to wear. Since the colours are so noticeable, there is little room for error when it comes to application. Want to embrace all things neon this season but don't know how to make it work? Not to worry. Keep reading for some beginner friendly tips that will make neon coloured beauty products your new favourite must have.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

the women i admire...and how that has changed.

Last night, a friend and I went to see the movie, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." Instantly, I was transported back to my youth. I remember reading that Judy Blume book over and over again. I read it so many times that the cover was cracked and worn. I felt like it understood me in ways that the people in my real life didn't. I felt seen, heard, and understood. Watching the film version took me right back to that time in my life, so full of insecurity and longing. As nostalgia took over, I started to think about the women that I admired when I was younger and how drastically that has changed. 

Thursday, May 25, 2023

nail polish review: nicole by OPI

Every now and then, new nail polish is added to my collection. I wouldn't say that I purchase nail polish often (because I have a good amount already) but sometimes there is a certain colour or finish that catches my eye. That is exactly what happened with a couple of Nicole by OPI polishes. There were a handful of different nail polishes at Winners several months back and two of them were added to my cart. It is always hard for me to resist sparkle and shimmer, so it was really a no brainer. Find out how these polishes performed and whether they were worth incorporating into my nail polish collection.