Tuesday, September 2, 2014

take me shopping and i'm yours.

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. My Vegas pictures and recap are still to come. I apparently took hundreds and hundreds of pictures while I was away. Oops! I am now in the process of sorting through them all. Until then, today's post is going to be a mini shopping haul from before my trip.

There were a few new items that managed to make their way into my wardrobe. They include shoes, accessories, and even some new beauty products. Ready to take a peek? Here goes!

To start with.....remember that review I did of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes? I picked up two new colours. One is a mauve shade and the other is peach. I just love these! I cannot wait to wear them.

A pair of Coach slip on shoes....with a lobster print! Oh my gosh, these are just adorable. I could not resist. 

And while I was at it....a pair of shoes from Fergie's collection. Strappy sandals that are gorgeous and go with everything. 

This floral and sheer top from Target. I love the colour combination and the floral print. It is easy so pretty and easy to wear. 

A studded leather backpack. Why? Apparently my other backpacks were totally worn out. So, I bought a new one to take along with me when I go travelling. 

New sunglasses! Okay, I am putting myself on a total sunglasses ban. These ones were just so....perfect!

And lastly, another coloured Avon mascara (cobalt blue) and a lash primer. Both goodies were gifted to me (thanks mom!) and I am super excited to try them out.

There you have it! That is my mini-haul from recent weeks. As far as I'm concerned, these were all practical items....right? At any rate, I hope to get a lot of use out of everything. Only time will tell. 

What have you bought lately?

xo Shannon

Sunday, August 31, 2014

autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

The weather is changing. When I look outside my window, I see that the perfect days of sunshine are on the way out. Now, it's cloudy days, rain, and cooler temperatures. Goodbye summer....hello fall! With the cooler temperatures here to stay, it is time to change up my wardrobe must haves. Yes, I need to ditch those tank tops and shorts - and embrace cashmere sweaters, wool sweaters, jumpers & cardigans. This is the moment to sport anything and everything knitwear. Don't have any creative knitwear in your closet? That's okay! Just head over to tidebuy.com.

Browsing through the pages and pages they had full of cardigan sweaters for women, I was completely blown away. There were so many options! I personally feel amazing when I wear a big baggy sweater and a pair of skinny jeans or pencil skirt. The combination of tight and loose? Stunning! Plus, it helps keep you warm when it's chilly outside. After looking at some of their long cardigan sweaters women....I have narrowed down my list of favourites. Want to see what they are?

Do you love these knitwear pieces? I know that I sure do! There is nothing like a comfy knitted piece to keep you warm and make you feel stylish and sexy. To find some gorgeous knitwear of your own, head on over to http://www.tidebuy.com/c/Knitwear-100023/

Which knitwear piece from tidebuy is your favourite?

xo Shannon

Thursday, August 28, 2014

nourishing yourself is attainable. and you are worth the effort.

So, I'm back. At the moment, I am slowly trying to catch up on things and get back into my regular routine. That is proving difficult because the week following my vacation has been equally action packed. The day after I got back, I went to a concert with my fiance - and later this week there is another concert happening. How am I supposed to keep up? I suppose these are good problems to have: too busy having fun to relax!

Speaking of relaxation....I am doing my best to make time for myself. (Yes, despite my hectic schedule.) A little while back, I picked up these face and under eye masks. They are supposed to brighten and tighten the skin and make it look younger. Sounds good to me! They cost $5 for a pack of four masks, so I thought, what the heck. They come in these individually wrapped packages, which you can see below.

What did I like about the masks? They are super quick and easy to use. They come wrapped. That makes it simple to just remove them from the package and apply them to your face. I definitely prefer this type of mask to a full blown scrub or cream. They can be so messy! These were neat, smelled nice, and got the job done. It was just a good way to spend a little time on myself.

The directions recommend using these 2 to 3 times a week. Realistically, I probably won't be all that diligent. (If past experience is anything to go by!) But my goal is to try and do a full face mask once a week and use the Naked Eye mask once a week. Between the two, my skin should be looking great in no time...right? Well, a girl can dream! Here is a closer look at the masks:

Those face masks turned out to be exactly what I needed. Being honest, they were pretty average. I don't know that my skin looked any younger after using them - but they definitely helped with my dull complexion. What I really loved? Taking just fifteen minutes to look after myself. It helped me de-stress and unwind for a little bit. And that is priceless.

When is the last time you pampered yourself?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

there's no place like home.

I'm back! It feels like ages since I last posted on here - and it's only been a week or so. My trip to Vegas was absolutely wonderful.....I just can't believe it ended so fast. There was so much planning, prepping, and packing. Once we actually got there, it seemed like the days zoomed past me. They were jam packed with walking, sightseeing, shopping, and concert seeing. It was fantastic.

The downside to travelling? I missed my fiance the entire time I was gone. That was definitely tough. We are used to talking every single day. So, it was strange to have limited contact. I was not a fan. But on the plus side, it was nice to have someone to come home to.

Now I am trying to get caught up on everything. Friends, family, work.....yikes! It's amazing how much can happen in a week. I hope that you have all been doing well and staying busy. I hope to take a peek at your blogs in the coming days!

What have you been up to lately?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

what happens in vegas.....

I'm heading to Las Vegas! In fact, by the time you are all reading this, I will be on my way to enjoy the sunshine. My mom and I have been planning this trip for a while now. Months and months ago, she surprised me with Celine Dion tickets. Cue shock! (Unfortunately for us....Celine Dion just cancelled all of her shows. So, that is a major disappointment.) From there, we started to plan the rest of our vacation. That includes checking out the Britney Spears concert. I can't wait! The rest of our days will likely be spent sight seeing and shopping - two of my favourite things.

As excited as I am to get away from it all, the days leading up to my trip have been stressful. I've been madly trying to get articles written, do laundry, pack, see friends.....it's enough to do my head in. I am definitely looking forward to letting loose and seeing some amazing performers.

So, this post is just to let you know that things may be a little quiet on my end for the next week or so. I will be off working on my tan! Once I return, it will be business as usual. You can expect a recap of my trip, hauls, and concert photos. But - you will all need to fill me in on the things I miss on while I'm away.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

xo Shannon

Monday, August 18, 2014

there’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.

What is it about Hard Candy? I swear, every time I try to stop myself from buying more of their makeup, I wind up with another product to review. Oops! I think it has to do with the affordable prices....but also because they add new things to their collection all the time. As someone who likes to try out tons of different products, that is always nice.

That is how I wound up with another Hard Candy product. This one is the All Glossed Up Lip Crayon. I am always on the lookout for lip products that are easy to wear. I hoped that this would be one of them! The product claimed to be a highly pigmented stain balm that gave your lips tons of gloss and shine. Was it? Well....sort of.

The colour I chose was a deep pink. It ended up looking quite nice. Strong but not too bold. Definitely an easy shade to wear on a night out or if you're heading to dinner. What I like? The colour was nice and had decent pigmentation. I also like the twist up crayon. It reminds me of the Revlon Lip Crayons in that regard.

What I didn't like? The product has this plastic kind of smell to it. Very disappointing! I haven't been wearing it all that often simply because I can't stand the scent. That was such a let down. It is important to note that the colour itself comes off nicely and there is a bit of a stain going on....but the full colour doesn't last. As it looks in the picture below? Maybe for an hour or two. The gloss lasts for a half hour or so and then it disappears.

Take a look at the All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in action:

It wasn't a total flop or anything like that. For me, this was a so-so product. It gave off a nice colour but between the scent and the staying power....I wouldn't exactly run out and add more colours to my makeup collection. In fact, I wouldn't even recommend this lip crayon to anyone that reads this blog. I'm curious - if you've tried it: what were your impressions?

Do you like this lip crayon shade? What do you think of the product?

xo Shannon

Saturday, August 16, 2014

homecoming unites the past and present.

There is nothing like a great dress. The right one can make you feel beautiful, confident, and like the very best version of yourself. Sometimes, I like to look online for dresses that speak to me. There is something exciting about browsing through gorgeous dresses - and dreaming off adding one (or two....or three) to your closet. One of the best places to check out gorgeous dresses? tidebuy.com. They have pages and pages of unique homecoming dresses. Some are sparkly and colourful and others are chic, sexy homecoming dresses.  Do you need a dress for homecoming? Have a special occasion coming up? Whatever you're looking for, you can find it over at: http://www.tidebuy.com/c/Homecoming-Dresses-4369/.

What can you expect to see on the site? Short homecoming dresses, affordable homecoming dresses, sequins, ruffles, flowers, beautiful colours and so much more. Since there are so many beautiful options to choose from....I thought that I would post a few of my favourite homecoming dresses 2014. Here are some of the standouts:

Cheap homecoming dresses don't have to sacrifice high-end style. Just head over to tidebuy.com, take a look around, and find the perfect dress for you.

What do you think of these dresses? Which one is your favourite?

xo Shannon