Saturday, December 31, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 24

Well, it is New Years Eve! I hope you all have exciting things planned for tonight! I will be having a quiet night in, watching Ryan Seacrest on my TV. There is part of me, however, that would really love to go out and party with the rest of the world! Whether you are going out or staying in, be safe and have fun!

Here is today's challenge: Favourite New Beauty Product.

For this challenge, I have chosen mark. pro glimmer hook up lip powder in Peek. I got this in my Christmas stocking and was instantly taken by it!

Essentially, this is a loose powder to go over a gloss or lipstick to add shimmer and staying power. The colour is a beautiful shimmery nude with a hint of gold. It really makes your lips look gorgeous! I have only had a chance to wear this a couple of times since I got it, but I am looking forward to wearing it more often!

What new beauty products have you tried out?

xo Shannon

Friday, December 30, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 23

The new year is quickly approaching. Have you started working on your resolutions yet? I have been giving mine a great deal of thought this year. I haven't written them all out yet, but I aim to tonight or tomorrow...I always liked the idea of a fresh start.

Today's challenge for the 30 day beauty challenge is: Best Bargain Beauty Item. I have chosen Wet n' Wild's Walking On Eggshells eyeshadow trio.

The price for this trio is unbeatable - it only costs about $4 CDN! All of the colours are really pretty and soft. The eyelid colour is probably my favourite eyeshadow colour ever - and that is saying something! I own a lot of eyeshadows, both high end and drugstore, but this is just perfect. It is a gorgeous champagne colour and it is very pigmented. It looks lovely. The crease colour is soft and pretty as is the browbone colour. All of these shadows are great, but it is the eyelid colour that I am completely smitten with!

Do you have a favourite bargain beauty product?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 22

Already I am on day 22 of the 30 day beauty challenge. Nearly there! Today's challenge is: Beauty Tips For a Big Night Out.

I love getting ready for a night out. There is something thrilling about taking extra time and care with your hair and makeup, and getting yourself in the right frame of mind for whatever the evening may hold.

Here are my tips:

- Allow yourself an extra twenty minutes to a half hour longer than you think you'll need to get ready. It saves you from running around at the end!

- Lay out your outfit, accessories included, the night before, or a few hours before you start to get ready. You may end up changing your mind last minute, but at least you'll have a starting point.

- A smokey eye, nude lip, and bronzed cheeks can create a fail-proof nighttime look! I am of the belief that you can't go wrong with a smokey eye! Another tip? Do the eyes before you put on your foundation if you're worried about fall out.

- Make a playlist of upbeat music to listen to while you get ready. It can completely change your mood! A lot of times when I start to get ready, I would much rather stay in my sweatpants and watch TV. But the right music can completely change that and get me ready for a big night!

Do you love getting ready for a special night out?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 21

Slowly but surely, I am beginning to get back to my regular routine. Today is unfortunately the last day of my mini-vacation. Back to work tomorrow....sigh! I am still trying to cling to the holidays as much as possible, though!

Here are a couple of my holiday photos and a couple of the Christmas gifts I was given!

Tiffany's! Unwrapping that Tiffany's box was unreal.....a complete dream come true!

New makeup! Always very exciting! I tried out the Dior shadows - they are both really beautiful!

My very first Louis Vuitton bag. I was completely speechless! 
I was definitely spoiled rotten this Christmas!

Now moving on to the 21st challenge in the 30 day beauty challenge! The challenge today is: Favourite lipstick. My choice is Revlon's Berry Rich Lipstick!

In general, I tend to wear a nude lip. I typically wear this gorgeous nude lipstick from Sephora in Chich or NARS' Turkish Delight gloss. I have a weakness for a nice bold lip for special occasions, though!

When I don't feel like going for a traditional red lip, Revlon's Berry Rich is perfect. The colour is beautiful and the texture of the lipstick is wonderful. It is pretty moisturizing and the colour lasts well. Definitely a great product!

What lipstick do you wear the most?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 20

Happy holidays! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I look forward to reading all about them. My Christmas was wonderful: I ate far too much, was given more than I could ever deserve, and spent the day with my amazing family.

On Christmas Eve, my mom and I baked cookies and cupcakes, and then the whole family went for a drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. I woke up ridiculously early on Christmas day....insomnia. Not much fun, but I made the most of it by filling my parents stockings and watching Christmas movies before the rest of my family woke up!

The rest of Christmas day was spent unwrapping gifts, watching movies, playing Mario Kart, and eating Christmas dinner. All in all, a very lovely day. I love this time of year so much. It really makes you appreciate the important things in life.

Tomorrow I will post some of my holiday photos. Until then, I am back to the 30 day beauty challenge! Today's challenge is: Favourite mascara.

My favourite mascara is DiorShow by Christian Dior:

I love everything about this mascara....except for the price! It is $31 CDN for the waterproof version. Steep, but worth every penny. It is quite black, the formula is nice and thick, and it makes my lashes look amazing. I have not used another mascara that I love nearly as much. However, a great drugstore mascara is Maybelline Lots of Lashes. Definitely a good alternative if you don't want to spend the money on DiorShow!

What mascara do you love? And how were your holidays?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 24, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 19

Finally, it is Christmas Eve! I am so excited! Today I will be baking with my mom, getting the last minute things finished and watching Christmas movies. It is very exciting. I am going to take a mini break from the 30 day beauty challenge and will resume as scheduled on the 27th!

Here is today's challenge question: Favourite look from a beauty expert.

As I mentioned in my last post, my favourite beauty expert is Sineady Cady from The Makeup Chair. I have loved so many of the looks she has done. One of my favourites was this beautiful Britney Spears inspired smokey eye! So gorgeous! But my favourite look that she has done, has to be her Selena Gomez tutorial!

This was such a pretty look and she re-created it perfectly!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday! Keep safe, warm, and cherish the time with your loved ones!

xo Shannon

Friday, December 23, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 18

There is a special kind of energy when you get together with your friends you haven't seen in a while. We all met up to get our picture taken with Santa, go to dinner, and hang out. It was a really fun day! We also decided it would be fun to get dressed up for the occasion.

This was my makeup look:

And here is our picture with Santa!

Now for today's beauty challenge: Favourite beauty expert. There are a lot of amazing beauty experts that I admire, but my favourite is Sineady Cady from The Makeup Chair.

Sineady is fantastic. She posts youtube videos of celebrity makeup looks, makeup tips, reviews....everything! I always get really excited when she posts a new video or makes a new blog post! Sineady was one of the first YouTube makeup gurus I started watching! I am such a huge fan of hers!

What beauty experts do you love?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 22, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 17

Only three days until Christmas! It is such an exciting time of year.

Now for day 17 of the 30 day beauty challenge: Fashion Pieces on your to-buy list.

A pair of Chanel earrings:

A leather skirt:

A pair of studded heels:

What items are on your wishlist?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 16

Well, finally got word on my computer. The new screen came in, but now my laptop won't boot up at all. Which means, I have to take it in somewhere and pay money I don't have to try and get it fixed. Sigh. So much for my Christmas miracle.

In happier news, today I am meeting up with a group of my friends to catch up before the holidays. We are going to get our picture taken with Santa and go to dinner. Very exciting!

Here are a couple of pictures from the dinner party my friend and I hosted:

It is day 16 of the 30 day beauty challenge! Today's challenge is: A celebrity whose fashion you don't like. I chose Nikki Minaj.

Why Nikki? While I love her unabashed use of colour, everything she wears is so extreme that in my opinion, it stops being about fashion. It appears to have more to do with attention by any means possible. Her style is fun and outrageous, but simply not to my taste.

What do you think of Nikki's style? How are your Christmas preparations coming along?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 15

Last night was the dinner party my friend and I hosted at my house. It was definitely an experience. I may not be the best hostess, but ultimately, I had a good night.

And now onto today's beauty challenge: Your favourite piece of jewellery. Now, I don't know if this is my favourite piece of jewellery, or just my favourite piece at the moment. All I know is that I am loving it! I picked this ring up at Forever 21 not long ago, and keep looking for excuses to wear it! Here it is pictured with my new glittery gold Material Girls purse. Love!

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?

xo Shannon

Monday, December 19, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 14

Today is the Christmas dinner my friend and I are hosting! I am feeling kind of anxious about it. I have never been good at hosting things - I always feel so much pressure for things to go well! I will be sure to let you all know how things turn out though!

Almost halfway's beauty challenge is: Photo of a hairstyle/haircut you'd like to have.

I like to keep my hair at a medium length. When I was a teenager, I desperately wanted to cut it all off and dye it pink, like Kelly Osbourne. Thank goodness I didn't go through with it - I definitely couldn't have pulled that off! That being said, here are a couple of hairstyles I would love to have:

The first, is a sexy, rocker chic style:

And the second, is a retro, pin-up girl style:

Which hairstyle do you like better?

xo Shannon

Sunday, December 18, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 13

I hope your weekend is going well! I am still crazy busy, trying to get everything done! While I try to do that, here is today's beauty challenge: Photo of your fashion/style icon.

To me, Audrey Hepburn is perfection. She embodies everything I strive to be, and so many qualities I admire. Not only was she jaw-droppingly beautiful, she posessed so much class, grace, and elegance.  There are so many reasons why Audrey has left a lasting impression: Her style was classic and chic; Her films were dynamic; She had a kind and giving heart.

Here are a few of my favourite Audrey quotes:

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” 

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles” 

“Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn't help if your ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.” 

And here is my other style icon, Victoria Beckham, as Audrey:

Who is your style icon?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 17, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 12

This weekend is going to be a very busy one for me! My friend and I are hosting a Christmas party on Monday night, so we will be busy planning, cooking, and getting everything ready. Phew!

Here is today's beauty challenge: Favourite colour of clothing.

When it comes to my wardrobe, I seem to own an awful lot of black. Black is fantastic for wardrobe staples. My favourite colour to wear, however, has got to be purple. It is also a really flattering colour with my skin tone! Can't go wrong with that!

What colour do you love to wear?

xo Shannon

Friday, December 16, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 11

Happy Friday, everyone! It's hard to believe how quickly this week has gone by. I feel like there is so much to do still! Working, decorating the house, and planning a Christmas party....what a busy season!

Today's beauty challenge is: Bag you want to have.

A Chanel bag is definitely on my wishlist! I love the simple elegance of their bags. They really personify glamour and style. I don't know that I will ever be able to afford one, but a girl can dream!

What bag are you lusting over?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 15, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 10

It is day 10 of the 30 day beauty challenge, and today's challenge is: Current fashion/style you like.

A style that I am loving at the moment is the Peter Pan collar. They are cute, girly, and fun! I also think they add a lot of class and elegance to an outfit. Whenever I'm wearing something with a Peter Pan collar, I feel really feminine!

What do you think of Peter Pan collars?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 9

As promised, here is a picture from my work Christmas party, with my friend, Amanda. I chose a casual but pretty tank/lace dress from my wardrobe, paired with glittery black kitten heels. For makeup, I went with a wintery look - frosty whites and shimmery blues with a deep red lip.

Now onto today's beauty challenge: Your favourite pair of shoes.

I own a lot of shoes, but these are easily my favourite. These Guess heels are perfection. They may not be super comfortable, but they make up for this in cuteness! I love the girly pink colour and bow, paired with the wooden heel. I love the femininity of these shoes.

Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 8

As I mentioned in my last post, my work Christmas party was last night. The party itself had it's moments, but it went on way too long. My friend and I made it fun though! Overall, it was a good day. I will do my best to post some pictures soon!

Today is day 8 of the 30 day beauty challenge, and today's challenge is: A photo of you getting fashion wrong.....a very easy challenge.

I haven't always loved fashion and makeup the way I do now. Well, that isn't entirely true. I loved it, I just didn't think I could be the kind of girl who could actually wear it. I hid myself away in over-sized clothes, never wore makeup, and tied my hair in a ponytail. Every. Single. Day. I was so self-conscious about the way I looked, that I tried to hide. I never believed I could feel pretty or important.

Over the years, I have realized how much I can be. Makeup and fashion has helped give me a confidence I never imagined; It has allowed me to channel my creativity, and to explore both who I am and who I want to be.

So, this is me, then. 

When did your interest in fashion and beauty begin?

xo Shannon

Monday, December 12, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 7

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty busy, but mostly good. Tonight is the Christmas party for my work, which hopefully will be a good time! An interesting way to spend a Monday night, at any rate.

Today marks the 7th day of the 30 day beauty challenge. A week already! Today's challenge is: Favourite item of clothing. For this challenge, I am going to cheat a little bit and pick two things. The first is my favourite item of clothing in general, and the other is the item of clothing that means the most to me.

My first item, is a dress by Armani Exhange. The fabric is light and flowy, and the colours is gorgeous. I really love the shoulder details and how the dress comes in at the waist - definitely flattering! I always feel like a million dollars when I wear this dress!

The second item of clothing, is my very first Hanson shirt. It is very worn by this point - I've been a Hanson fan since I was ten! The letters are cracking and there are small holes on the shirt. Unfortunately, I can't really wear this anymore. I will never get rid of it, though. It symbolizes so many wonderful things for me.

Do you have a favourite item of clothing?

xo Shannon

Sunday, December 11, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 6

It amazes me how quickly the holidays are approaching. It feels like there is so much to get done, and not nearly enough time to do it in! Today, my mom and I are starting in on decorating the house. Christmas is a big deal in my family, so this is quite the task!

And now, for today's beauty challenge, the question is: Your Favourite Makeup Brand.

This was a very easy one for me. I love so many different makeup brands, but my favourite without a doubt, is NARS.

What I love about NARS, is the quality of their products. The blushes are silky on the skin, the glosses aren't sticky, and the pigmentation is always outstanding.

My all-time favourite NARS products have to be their Deep Throat blush, The Multiple in either Laguna or South Beach, and the super sexy baby pink lip gloss, Turkish Delight. Absolutely amazing products! I use all of these constantly. They are on the expensive side, but are definitely worth the money. 

What is your favourite NARS product?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 10, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 5

Today's challenge in the 30 day beauty challenge is: An outfit that is totally you. I had to really think about this one! I don't know quite how to describe my style....part English rose, old-school glam, and maybe some 80s chic every once and a while!

This is the outfit I chose for this challenge:

I went with a cute, girly top, black leggings (or skinny jeans), and a cute pair of shoes. This pretty much sums up my day to day style!

How would you describe your style?

xo Shannon

Friday, December 9, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 4

Day four already! This challenge has really been keeping me posting! Despite the hectic holiday season, I've actually had more time to blog lately. Since my internship is over, I've given myself December to catch up on all of the things I haven't had time for. Like reading books, organizing my room, and catching up on some TV shows.

Onto today's challenge: My favourite foundation!

I am constantly on the search for the perfect foundation. I have tried many different kinds over the years, and none have been exactly what I am looking for. After the holidays, I am going to splurge on a MAC foundation.

As for right now, the best foundation I have ever used is Rimmel's Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation.

What I love about this foundation is that it is a a nice full coverage and is long lasting. Definitely what I look for in a foundation! What I don't love about this foundation is that the lightest shade is still a few shades too dark for me (gosh, I'm pale!). I would recommend this foundation, however - it lasts all day long!

What foundation are you loving?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 3

It is day three of the 30 day beauty challenge! Today's challenge is: your hairstyle.

On it's own, my hair is pretty wavy, and generally a mess. I tend to straighten it as much as possible. I am not all that great with hair, but my favourite hairstyle to do is a half up, half down style. Basically, I tease the top of my hair, pin it back, and then curl the rest. Pretty simple, but it looks nice, I think!

I wore this style when I went to see Duran Duran a few months back. I apologize that I am re-using the picture, but I still don't have my computer back yet!

What is your favourite hairstyle?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

30 day beauty challenge: day 2

Day 2 of the 30 day beauty challenge is to post a picture of your favourite easy one for me! The bag I have chosen is definitely my go-to. It is big enough that it can hold an awful lot, and it has really pretty details. The bag is by Nicole Lee. I absolutely love it!

What bag do you use the most?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

30 day beauty challenge & makeup look of the day.

I came across this really fun 30 day beauty challenge that I have decided to try! So, for the next little while, I will be posting about the following:

Day 01 — You with makeup on
Day 02 — Favourite bag that you own
Day 03 — Your hairstyle
Day 04 — Favourite foundation
Day 05 — An outfit that is totally you
Day 06 — Favourite makeup brand
Day 07 — Favourite item of clothing
Day 08 — A photo of you getting fashion wrong
Day 09 — Favourite pair of shoes
Day 10 — Current fashion/style you like
Day 11 — Bag you want to have
Day 12 — Favourite colour of clothing
Day 13 — Photo of your fashion/style icon
Day 14 — Photo of a hairstyle/haircut you'd like to have
Day 15 — Your favourite piece of jewellery
Day 16 — A celebrity whose fashion you don't like
Day 17 — Fashion Pieces on your to-buy list
Day 18 — Favourite beauty expert
Day 19 — Favourite look from a beauty expert
Day 20 — Favourite mascara
Day 21 — Favourite lipstick
Day 22 — Beauty tips for a big night out
Day 23 — Best bargain makeup item
Day 24 — Favourite new beauty product
Day 25 — Beauty regime
Day 26 — An Item from your wish list
Day 27 — Favourite skincare product
Day 28 — Top beauty item you can't live without
Day 29 — Photo of a makeup look you would
love to try out
Day 30 — Favourite nail polish

So, this is my Day 1 post: a picture of myself with makeup on. This is a very easy challenge, as I almost always wear makeup! I did this makeup look before I went out yesterday. It is a gold/dark green smokey eye look. I was really happy with how it turned out.

What do you think of this look? Are you going to take part in the 30 day beauty challenge?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 3, 2011

simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Nothing is more elegant than a pair of white gloves. Chic, simple, and glamorous, they are a lasting fashion staple. Lately, I have become more enamored than usual by white gloves. They convey such elegance and sophistication. I don't own any yet, but am constantly on the hunt for just the right pair.

Gloves were first worn for fashion by women in the 13th century. It wasn't until the 16th century, though, that they truly made their mark. Queen Elizabeth I wore jeweled and embroidered gloves, making them a true fashion statement!

There are three general lengths for women's gloves: wrist (matinee), elbow, and opera (full-length.) My personal favourite, are the wrist-length gloves, like my ultimate style icon, Audrey Hepburn (pictured below). 

wrist-length, or matinee gloves.
elbow gloves.

full-length, or opera gloves.

What do you think about traditional white gloves?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 1, 2011

snow had fallen, snow on snow, in the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

First off, I would like to thank everyone for your kind words in regards to my last post. At the moment, I am using my messed up, broken computer, until I am able to find some sort of solution.

November hasn't been the greatest month for me - which is why I am so optimistic about December. Family, friends, and the many wonderful times the holidays bring. Here are a few of the images inspiring me right now!

What are you looking forward to this month?

xo Shannon