Sunday, April 26, 2015

review: hard candy glamoflauge foundation


I remember the first time I tried the Glamoflauge concealer from Hard Candy. After a rave review from one of my favourite YouTube gurus....I simply had to try it. It quickly became one of my holy grail products. I am absolutely obsessed with the coverage. It is by far the best concealer at the drugstore. So, when I saw that Hard Candy had expanded the Glamoflauge line to include a foundation? I was beyond intrigued. Would it have the same amount of coverage? Could it be a full coverage drugstore foundation? Without thinking, I added it to my shopping cart.

The downside? The lighter shades were gone. While I absolutely love Hard Candy for putting out some lighter shades (many other brands fail to do this - which is frustrating for a pale skinned girl like me!) they sold out too fast. Despite this, I bought the lightest shade they had. Just to give it a while. A few weeks later, there were lighter shades back in stock. That means I am now the proud owner of two different shades. One for my normal skin tone and one for when I have my spring/summer tan on. I suppose it worked out alright!

Now to talk about the Glamoflauge foundation. How did it work? The claims are as follows. It is designed with "superfine pigments for a seamless full coverage look." It is meant to give tons of coverage without looking cakey or unnatural, has oil absorption, and 12 hour staying power.

I wanted this foundation to be my new favourite. The one to beat all of the others. Was it? Not so much. While I have read some rave reviews about the foundation, my experience was good but not overwhelmingly wonderful. Unlike the Glamoflauge concealer, the foundation is not intensely pigmented. The coverage is medium. Normally that would be more than fine....but I expected a fuller coverage foundation. Especially given the name! The product goes on smoothly and looks great on the skin. As for the staying power? Average. Certainly not 12 hours worth.

My feelings on this foundation are mixed. I love the way it looks on my skin but it doesn't provide the full coverage I was hoping for. Sigh! I think this is a great foundation for sunny spring days and a date night at the movies. If you are looking for a medium foundation that won't look cakey or heavy, go for the Glamoflauge. Otherwise, stick to your regularly scheduled favourite.

Below is a picture of the Glamoflauge foundation in action....


I admit. I am picky about foundations. I find I feel so-so about most of them, with only a few that I actually love. Despite my hopes that this foundation would be my new fav....it isn't. But that doesn't mean I don't like it! I have no doubt I will be wearing it all season long.

Have you tried the Glamoflauge foundation yet? What did you think of it?

xo Shannon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

no spring skips its turn.

Words cannot describe my love affair with spring. There is something magical about it all. Watching the flowers start to bloom....seeing the grass get greener....and getting to wear spring clothes! Okay, I admit. That is by far my favourite part. All winter long, I wore bulky sweater after bulky sweater. Then spring began but the weather was still chilly and miserable. That meant more bulky sweaters! No wonder I am so head over heels in love with spring right now.

Since I am feeling so spring-centric, I thought I would make today's post all about spring fashion. What are my favourite looks? Personally, I love lightweight tops and distressed jeans. Bold accessories. Bright lipstick shades. Flirty floral dresses. Open toe shoes. These are the types of things I have been craving all winter long. Now that spring is here I can actually wear them. Thank goodness for that!

Spring is in the air. That is why I decided to create my ultimate spring outfit. It features: a white lace top, distressed skinny jeans, a statement necklace, a pastel bag, pink pastel pumps, gold bangles, and a soft pink blush. The combination? Simple but statement.





































There is something about spring fashion. It is fun, flirty, and easy to wear. Now that the sun is shining and the birds are chirping....it is time to embrace gorgeous seasonal styles. This is my ultimate springtime outfit. What does yours look like?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

on a budget? cheap prom dresses under $100 from ericdress


Prom season is quickly approaching. Soon, women will be getting their hair done at the salon, putting finishing touches on their nails, and rocking some seriously gorgeous false lashes. There is something special about this time of year. It is full of so much excitement! And hey - who doesn't love an excuse to get glam? Me personally, I always love looking at dresses designed for special occasions. They are absolutely beautiful. I love the stunning colours, the attention to detail, and of course, the way those dresses make you feel when you wear them.

One of the hardest things about shopping for a prom dress? Budget. It can be hard to save up enough cash for a dress worthy of your special night. Thankfully, there are some great options now. One of them is Ericdress. They have a ton of gorgeous prom dresses - even when you are working with a limited budget. (Check them out here: http://www.ericdress.com/list/cheap-prom-dresses-4354/) So, are you looking for cheap prom dresses under 100? How about cheap prom dresses under 50? There are so many amazing gowns to choose from....whatever your budget!

After looking through the dresses on http://www.ericdress.com/, I was wowed by the selection. Along with the size selection. They had cheap plus size prom dresses - including some gorgeous plus size prom dresses under 50 and plus size prom dresses under 100! - along with special occasion dresses and cheap formal dresses. (You can take a look at some of their cocktail dresses here: http://www.ericdress.com/list/cheap-cocktail-dresses-4352/). What does it all mean? Whatever you are looking for, the options are endless. There are so many designs, colours, shapes, and sizes to choose from. That makes finding the perfect dress possible. Even if you are watching what you spend.

So, with prom season almost here, I thought I would show you some of my favourite dresses from Ericdress. Here are some of the standouts....

1) This super pretty purple dress. I am obsessed with the colour!

2) This gorgeous pink dress. The details on the top are so pretty.

3) This amazing yellow dress. I love the flowy material and neckline. 

4) This bold red dress. That slit up the side is super sultry!

Are you going to prom this year? Love gorgeous dresses? Then it is time to get your shop on! To take a closer look at these gorgeous pieces, head on over to: http://www.ericdress.com/list/cheap-prom-dresses-2015-104445

Which dress is your favourite?

xo Shannon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

what is now called vintage was once brand new.

Retro. Vintage. Old school. Whatever you want to call it, there is something special about fashions from decades past. Me personally? I adore 50s and 60s inspired styles. Think housewives and picnics in the park. I love watching old movies and TV shows where the styles are full of glitz, glamour, and just a hint of flirty sophistication. Which is how I wound up spending over an hour in a retro inspired clothing store. My mom and I were downtown. We had a few hours to kill before checking out a theater performance. Then we came across Tatyana. The window was full of vintage dresses, cute purses, and parasols. Cue excitement!

(Below is a picture of the store window that caught our eye. Amazing, right? Especially that blue printed jump suit. I wanted it so badly but they didn't have it in my size. Alas.)
From that point on, we were like kids in a candy store. My mom and I flitted from rack to rack, gushing over the bold colours and stunning prints. The gorgeous details. The incredible accessories. There was so much to look at, it was like a sensory overload. We tried on dress after dress, just hoping to find the perfect one. And then I did.

It was red with white buttons, a white belt, and white trim. It went past the knee and had a gorgeous full skirt. I didn't stop there. Then I found an equally beautiful purse to go with the bag. It was navy blue with a sparkly white detail and a classic shape. And then there was the scarf. I picked up a black and white scarf with a white bow print. I loved the idea of wearing the pieces together to create a head to toe retro look. Quite frankly, I felt like a million bucks.

Despite the fact that I spent way too much money.....I was over the moon. I spent the rest of the afternoon picturing all of the places I could wear my perfect retro outfit. Thanks to truly awful weather (rainy and cold) I haven't been able to wear it yet. But I will. Oh, I will. And once I do, I will be sure to do a detailed outfit post! For now, here is a peek at the pieces I picked up.
Yes, I love vintage designs. They look amazing and manage to instantly boost my confidence. I honestly cannot wait to wear this outfit. I love the bold red shade and the stunning accessories. My favourite piece? That purse. The shape is identical to one my grandmother used to have in her closet. Every time I hold it, I feel a little closer to her. And that means more than I can describe.

Stumbling upon a fantastic vintage clothing shop? Amazing. The only downside is that I will have to force myself to stay away. Too much time spend in Tatyana will lead to a seriously empty bank account!

What do you think of the new pieces in my wardrobe? Do you love retro styles?

xo Shannon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

a smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor.


Life isn't always easy. Especially when you throw in an unexpected curve ball like a rip, tear, broken zipper, or stain. Sound familiar? These are definitely things I have dealt with before. Like the time I spilled my drink during a birthday dinner. Or when the zipper on my purse got stuck.....on the way to my destination. Those unexpected fashion disasters can be frustrating to deal with. And sometimes downright awful! Which is why I am always looking for handy life hacks to make things easier. Anything from how to deal with fly away hairs to how to speed up my morning routine.

It can be challenging to make the most of every moment - and twice as challenging to be prepared for those unexpected moments. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with even the biggest fashion emergencies. From a missing button to an unsightly stain. All it takes is a little creativity. Oh, and a few expert tips! After checking out this infographic from Paul Fredrick, I was instantly impressed. There were some fantastic life hacks to make those mini-emergencies a thing of the past.

So, on that note....here is the infographic. Take a look and get ready to say goodbye to the pesky dress shirt mishaps.

These are just a few ideas to make your life a little bit simpler. Whether you are dealing with a dilemma at the office or find yourself cursing that super cute button down post-dinner reservation.....these life hacks will be here to help. My personal favourite has to be the ink stain removal tip. I like to write things by hand rather than type absolutely everything. So I am known to deal with those annoying ink stains every now and again. No more! Thank goodness for that.

Have you tried out any of these tips? How do you deal with fashion emergencies?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

YouTube: Hard Candy Hits and Misses


It’s hard to believe it. I just posted my fourth video on the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel. Even though it is very early days and I still have a lot of growing to do, I am starting to get more comfortable in front of the camera. Before? I filmed for ages and ages and cut together the best bits. This time? I was able to film straight through. Maybe it was a fluke…. or maybe I am starting to relax a little bit more. Whatever the reason, I am loving this new creative experience. It’s different. It’s scary. It’s fun.

My latest video is all about Hard Candy. They are by far one of my all-time favourite drugstore makeup brands. Over the years, I have tried an awful lot of their products. Some were absolutely amazing and others were a total letdown. It’s just one of those things! Which is what inspired this video. I was in the middle of using a few new Hard Candy products – totally loving how they performed – and then I started to think about some of the others. You know, the not so amazing products.

So, what are the hits? What are the misses? And which products fall in between? Take a look at my latest YouTube video to find out! 



There are definitely some fantastic products from Hard Candy. Which is exactly why I love them so much. And why I continue to try out product after product. Despite some of the misses, I keep coming back. Because the products that work well manage to rival anything I have found in high-end makeup stores. That is definitely worth the gamble!

Overall, Hard Candy is a stand out drugstore brand. Find out which products are worth the cash by checking out on the creation of beauty is art. YouTube channel. Please like, comment, and subscribe!

Do you love Hard Candy? What products have you tried?

xo Shannon

Sunday, April 12, 2015

i can't think without my glasses.


A lot has changed. When I was younger, I used to hate wearing glasses. Despite the fact that I needed them to see - I would rarely wear them to school or at home. There was just something about glasses that seemed uncool. Thankfully, it's not like that anymore. Gone are the days of unfashionable styles. There are a ton of different styles to choose from. From bold to sophisticated to retro.....there are as many choices as there are personality types!

On a day to day basis, I wear contact lenses. Despite this, I still like to wear a pair of fashion glasses every now and again. It is a great way to change up your look. Recently, I tried out a gorgeous pair of vintage cat-eye glasses from Firmoo. By far one of my favourite online stores.....these immediately caught my eye. Lately I have been super into retro styling and these fit right into that. They came with a case, pouch, and screwdriver set. All of which was great. I loved the attention to detail. So wonderful. As for the actual glasses? Stunning! They have a wooden feel and that beautiful cat-eye shape. Here is a closer look at the glasses......


As you can see from the pictures above, these glasses are absolutely beautiful. I cannot get over how stunning they look! The shape is so different from anything else I have. But when I wear them? I feel like I am in an old movie....or I am Reese Witherspoon's character in Pleasantville. (Honestly? That thought excites me far more than it should. Anyone else obsessed with that movie?) I was so happy with the look of these fashion glasses - and just as impressed with the quality. Every pair of glasses I own from Firmoo has been wonderful and this was no different.

From design to durability, I love these glasses. Take a look at them in action....


Overall, I was extremely happy with my Firmoo glasses. They look amazing! If you want to snag some glasses of your own - now is the time. New customers to the website receive 50% off frames. You can take advantage of that here: http://www.firmoo.com/z/new-50-off.html

Have you ordered anything from Firmoo before? What do you think of these glasses?

xo Shannon