Monday, May 25, 2015

life is better in flip flops.

I can't help it. I am already starting to think about summer. Maybe this is because the weather has been warm, sunny, and picture perfect. In between unspeakable rainy afternoons, I find myself wishing I was wearing shorts or a cute dress instead of pants and a sweater. The gorgeous days seem to be even more gorgeous somehow! Is anyone else feeling this way? I am ready to skip spring and fully embrace the fun, excitement, and energy that summer has to offer.

Why? I keep looking ahead. There are all of these big events coming up. Wedding, honeymoon, concerts, days spent with friends, and some seriously major changes. Not to mention summer clothes, cute accessories, the smell of sunscreen, and star gazing. Those special summer memories are the moments that manage to stay with you throughout the year. And I am ready for all of them!

That is why I created a beauty set featuring some summer inspiration. A denim dress, a soft pink lipstick shade, a pair of sandals, and of course, some seriously gorgeous accessories. (I think accessories are my favourite part about summer! Prints and over the top pieces....oh my!) One of my favourite summer accessories this year? Metallic body tattoos. I actually just picked up a bunch for super cheap. I cannot wait to wear them this summer. They will perfectly accessorize any look! So, without further ado, here is a peek at my summer inspiration board:

Are you counting down the days to summer? Have you started to pull out shorts and crop tops? Get inspired! These pieces are just the beginning. There are so many exciting ways to have fun with fashion, get creative, and make long lasting memories. 

What are your favourite summer pieces?

xo Shannon

Friday, May 22, 2015

accessories are the exclamation point of a woman.

Spring and summer are special. The sun is shining and there are plenty of exciting plans to make the coming weeks exciting. One of the things I love most about this time of year? Getting a little bolder with accessories. Colours, prints, and larger pieces are all fair game. Not to mention seasonal musts like sunglasses, floppy hats, and beach bags! If you couldn't tell....accessories are on my mind lately. I have been trying to wear different things and find ways to make accessories the focal point of my springtime looks.

Yes, I am all about accessories right now. Can you blame me? The right accessory can totally chane up your look. Since they have been on my mind for the last little while, I thought I would share a few of my recent favs. Here are some of the pieces that are making me smile!

The first favourite? This gorgeous orange purse. I absolutely love it! This one I picked up at Target before they all closed down in Canada. They were on sale for a great price and had a ton of bright neon shades. I chose the orange because I have been totally loving orange lately. I love the way this bag adds an instant pop of colour to any look - and I adore the gorgeous detail on the clasp as well. 

Sunglasses! Okay, I admit that I have a serious obsession with sunglasses. (A few of my favourites here pictured with a blingy bracelet I can't get enough of.) The number of pairs I own? It is probably between 30-50. I don't know what it is about them. I see a cute pair and I have to have them! My favourites of the ones above? That retro inspired mint green pair. I love that vintage look. So so cute.

Here are a few new favourites. One of my favourite prints is leopard. It instantly makes me feel sexy and confident. So I bought a couple of hair accessories in leopard print. They were fun and affordable. You can't do much better than that. The other accessories pictured here are a couple of earrings I have been wearing all the time. The hoops have faux diamonds along the front and dangling chains at the bottom. They are totally dramatic! The other pair is a bit fancier. I love the contrast between the black and the sparkling accents. 

Another bag! This one is a super cute clutch. I love that shade of purple and the floral print. This bag just screams spring. It is made from a really soft material and is big enough to hold my phone. That is a major plus in my book. Another reason I love this clutch? The Oh La La is fun and flirty. Perfect for the warmer months of the year. This is a great compliment to a cute daytime outfit.

The last accessory on this list is a pair of sandals I bought a few months back. Shockingly I do not own a lot of sandals - and I tend to be pretty tough on them. So I was looking for something simple but cute and easy to wear. Then I found these adorable Ralph Lauren ones. I love that crisp white and the little logo decal on the front. They are super comfy and have a wedge heel. Perfect for fun days in the sun. 

Accessories are a must. Especially during the spring and summer months. There are so many reasons to have fun, embrace bolder styles, and amp up a simpler look. These are just a few of the accessories I have been rocking lately. 

Which ones do you like best? What accessories have you been wearing lately?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

review: bareMinerals bronzed & luminous part 2

Are you ready? It is time to finish my review of the bareMinerals Bronzed & Luminous palettes. In my last blog post, I filled you in on the Bronzed set. It featured gorgeous colours that are ideal for the warm spring and summer months. The next palette included was Luminous. This one was all about creating a sultry, glowy makeup look. And it does! I confess. Out of the two, this is my favourite palette. In fact, day after day, I find myself reaching for it. It is everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Once again, bareMinerals has won me over. Take a closer look at the palette....and get ready to fall in love!

As you can see from the picture above, this is a seriously stunning set. And it is just as glowy as advertised. Just like the Bronzed palette, there are three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and one lip product. When it comes to the eyeshadow shades, these are absolutely gorgeous. They create a dark, smokey eye look with ease. My absolutely favourite colour is the second one in. It is a red-ish brown. It looks gorgeous all over the lid or used to blend out that darker shade. Absolutely obessed! 

Then there are those cheek colours. One is a pretty rosy blush and the other is more of a bronzed colour. Swatched they are more glowy than pigmented....but that is exactly what I expect from a Luminous palette! Then there is that lip gloss. It is a pretty pink that compliments the other products with ease. Talk about a gorgeous way to finish it all off. Now to see the products in action. Below is a picture of my bareMinerals makeup look using the Luminous palette.

After using both of these palettes, I have fallen head over heels for both. Each one creates a very different look....but both are absolutely gorgeous. The Luminous set is most definitely my favourite (I am never one to skip out on a smokey eye look) but I thoroughly enjoy each one. bareMinerals has knocked it out of the park as far as I am concerned. These are fantastic palettes to have in your collection. Especially if you like to travel and don't like to take a ton of makeup along with you. 

I dug into these makeup palettes with great excitement - and some pretty high expectations. Thankfully, bareMinerals met and even surpassed those expectations. I just love the quality of their products and how easy these sets are to use. One of my favourites for sure!

What do you think? Bronzed or Luminous?

xo Shannon

Monday, May 18, 2015

review: bareMinerals bronzed & luminous part 1

Some brands I have loved for years. Others are fairly new to me. It wasn't long ago that I first tried a set from bareMinerals. Since then I have picked up a few items here and there. Every single time I have been over the moon impressed with the quality and texture. Which is why I picked up their latest offering the moment I spotted it at Sephora. What was it? The Bronzed & Luminous set. Inside there were two different eye palettes. One to create a summery bronzed look and the other to create a makeup look that is glowy and gorgeous.

The concept was intriguing to say the least. Two palettes in one set? Two totally different makeup looks? Nothing could sound better to a makeup addict like myself. As soon as I got home that night, I started swatching. The next day, I debated which palette to use first. Over the next week or so, I used these palettes and only these palettes. Let me just say, it has been a serious love affair. So, here is a closer look at the first set from this collection.....

To start, let's look at the Bronzed palette. It comes with three eyeshadow shades, two cheek products, and a lip gloss. The eyeshadow shades are buttery soft, highly pigmented, and easy to use. There is a light cream colour, a shimmery rose gold, and a striking bronze colour. Then there are the two cheek products. They are both beautiful and bronzey. I like to use the lighter shade as a bronzer and the deeper shade as more of a blush colour. Then there is the lip gloss. Like the other bareMinerals glosses I have tried, it is nicely pigmented, comfortable to wear, and has a mint kind of scent. So pretty - and one of my favourites in terms of glosses.

Basically? I love everything about this set. The colours are beautiful and easy to wear. The quality is absolutely incredible as well. In my opinion, some of the best out there. This is perfect for days that you are getting ready on the go, travelling, or if you need to put together a look quickly. Here is the makeup look I created using this set.

Overall, I was incredible impressed with the Bronzed palette from bareMinerals. Every single product in the set was gorgeous and easy to use. I love the fresh, pretty, and wearable makeup look it can create on a spring or summer day. There is nothing like some bronzey neutrals to amp up any and all ensembles. No wonder I keep turning to this palette over and over again. I absolutely adore it! Want to find out how the Luminous palette compares? Is it better? Worse? Amazing? A flop? Find out in my next post where I will be sharing part 2 of my review.

Have you tried anything from bareMinerals?

xo Shannon

Saturday, May 16, 2015

lovely, lazy, long weekend.

There are two words I love like no other. What are they? Long. Weekend. Yes, the long weekend is here (at least in Canada where I live). At last! All week I have been getting through the work days by reminding myself that three blissful days off were awaiting me. It made life seem cheery, exciting, and downright awesome. Now that the long weekend is actually here....I am over the moon.

I always love long weekends. It gives you the chance to catch up on to-do lists, spend time with loved ones, and have a bit of a break from all of the daily responsibilities. Over the Victoria Day long weekend, I plan on making the most of every moment. There will be a few musts and a bit of fun mixed in there! I think that is the best way to make the long weekend special: being productive and being adventurous.

Today will be spent finishing up some work, doing laundry, writing thank you notes left over from the bridal shower, and packing up more of my possessions. The Sunday will involve building furniture, doing a bit of planning for our Jack and Jill, and then.....a big fireworks display with friends! I am super excited about the fireworks. One of my favourite things about holidays are firework displays. My fiance and I bought a bunch of fireworks on a whim - and then invited a bunch of people to come watch us set them off. I am hoping it will be a really fun way to celebrate the holiday.

Monday will finish it all off by painting the living room and hallway of our new apartment. We recruited a couple of friends to help. Thank goodness! The day will finish off by lighting sparklers with my parents and brother. The perfect end to a lovely weekend.

So, that is how I plan to spend the Victoria Day weekend. Getting things done and spending time with people I love. How will you celebrate?

xo Shannon

Thursday, May 14, 2015

any day is the perfect day for shopping.

Oh, shopping. Will I ever tire of it? Probably not. There is something exciting about it all. Spending time with a friend or family member....scouring the racks for something special.....the thrill of bringing it all home. It's no wonder so many of us love to shop! Despite my love of shopping, I have been doing less and less of it lately. Sigh. Most of my new items have been gifts or have come courtesy of my mom. One exception? A friend and I went shopping a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast. It felt good to have that experience again. (And to hit up Sephora, of course!) With shopping on the brain, I thought I would dedicate today's post to a few of the latest items in my life.

New music! When my friend and I went shopping, we ended the day by heading to a used music store. This is a dangerous place for me. Music is one of my biggest passions. There is nothing I love more than finding new music and filling in the gaps of my CD collection. During that trip, I picked up a few records (David Bowie, John Denver, and The Partridge Family), some CDs (Donny Osmond and a Fifties themed CD) and a movie (Friday the 13th collection). There were also a few others I picked up throughout the day as well. The new Jesse McCartney CD, a Ricky Martin CD, and a movie with Dolly Parton. It was a great day for entertainment!

New jewellery! Lately I have been massively obsessed with retro inspired pieces. You might remember a post I did a few weeks back about my shopping trip to Tatyana. Since then, I have been all over looks from the 50s and 60s. Love! What better way to get retro than with some cherry jewellery? These came from Claire's. (The cherry necklace is from Katy Perry's collection.) I am looking for the perfect outfit to wear them with. Because I absolutely adore these. They are so cute.

New hair products! Something else I picked up recently were a few new hair products. They were on sale - making it a great excuse to try them out. The Tre Semme Perfectly Undone Waves Shampoo promises gorgeous wavy hair (it works pretty well so far) and the Tre Semme Thermal Creations is a heat protecting spray. Which is always a good idea. I typically stick to the same old hair products so it was exciting to give something else a try. 

New purse! I was having a really tough couple of weeks. And a bad day in particular. Then my mom pulled out a package that had arrived in the mail. She had ordered Audrey Hepburn purses for herself and for me. It totally turned my mood around. It's funny how something so simple can mean so much. Especially when you are in the midst of a rough time. The purse is gorgeous - and it even has an Audrey quote written on the back. It was definitely a reminder to smile and feel loved.

New perfume! One thing my fiance loves to do is spoil me every now and again. Which is why he picked up this Katy Perry perfume randomly. I absolutely adore Katy Perry - so this was a really lovely surprise. The bottle is so so cute. The scent is gorgeous as well! It is absolutely perfect for a day out. This has a very floral and feminine smell to it. I just love wearing it on date night. This is one of my favourite new items. 

Shopping is great. And new things are always exciting. I definitely have been doing my best to curb my spending habit....and so far it is going fairly well. Thankfully, I have loved ones to spoil me along the way. That helps! 

What do you think of these items? What have you bought recently?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

YouTube: L'Oreal LA Palette 2: Review and FOTD

It's funny. I had no intention of filming a YouTube video today. Actually, I had a massive to-do list of things that needed to get done. After working my way through task after task, my mind started to wander. Where did it wander? To makeup, of course. Lately I have been totally addicted to the L'Oreal LA Palette 2. The gorgeous neutrals, the warm purples, and the soft texture? Yes, please! Before I knew what I was doing, my camera was set up, my makeup was done, and I was ready to start sharing my thoughts. Maybe that is the reason I am so excited about this video. And so happy with the way it turned out. That moment of inspiration made the process so incredibly rewarding.

Now...onto the video! As I mentioned, it is all about the L'Oreal LA Palette 2. This neutral eyeshadow palette comes with ten shadows. Some are matte and some are shimmer. Some are light and some are smokey and dark. That is the thing I love most about this drugstore palette. There is a great variety of shades. That means you can create a ton of different looks using one single palette. My favourite colours in the set have to be those beautiful purple shades. They are absolutely stunning! Take a closer look at LA Palette 2 below.....

As you can see from the picture above, there are tons of gorgeous shades to choose from. Everything from a shimmery champagne to taupe, bronze, and purple is included. I chose the LA Palette 2 as opposed to the LA Palette 1 for this very reason. The first palette simply didn't have the diversity or the originality of colours. In my opinion? Opt for this one rather than the first one. It is so beyond beautiful. (If you couldn't tell, I have been rather obsessed with this eyeshadow palette lately!)

Ready for the rest of my review? Want to check out my FOTD featuring the LA Palette 2? Take a look at my latest YouTube video. Please like, comment, and subscribe! 

I am not always impressed with drugstore makeup palettes. Sometimes, they are a hit or a miss. I do love that the drugstore is stepping it up lately, though! And the LA Palette 2 is a prime example. L'Oreal really outdid themselves this time. Want to see more? Take a look at the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel to subscribe or check out my other videos.

Have you tried either of the L'Oreal LA Palette products? What do you think of them?

xo Shannon