Thursday, June 28, 2018

how to de-frizz your hair this summer


There are an awful lot of advantages to the summer season. Like the beach, dinner with friends, and super cute outfits. With so many advantages to enjoy, it seems only fair that there are a couple of minor disadvantages to deal with as well. Like frizzy and unmanageable hair. Stop throwing your locks into a messy bun every single day. Ditto that lifeless ponytail. Ditch that summer frizz and get the gorgeous hair you have been dreaming of with these tips and tricks.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

new in: huda beauty desert dusk palette


Has it ever happened to you? There is one specific item you have your heart set on and yet, it always seems to be out of stock at Sephora. That pretty much sums up my experience with Huda Beauty. Though I was able to get my hands on the mini eyeshadow palette (you can check out my review of Warm Obsessions here), the Desert Dusk Palette eluded me. I had checked multiple locations over the span of several months and still....nothing. It was sold out everywhere I looked. Then finally, there it was. On my New York City trip, one of the Sephora's we visited had it in stock. Hurrah! Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the massive hype? Here is everything you need to know about Huda Beauty's Desert Dusk palette.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

summer skin care tips.


Who doesn’t love the summer sun? As wonderful as it may be, the warm temperatures and harsh rays can be dangerous, causing premature wrinkles, sunspots, dry skin, and even skin cancer. There are so many reasons to keep your skin safe and protected this season! Wondering how to do it? These skincare tips will protect your skin day in and day out.

Friday, June 22, 2018

life lately: kathy griffin, lea michele, and aly & aj


Ahh, summer. Can you believe the season has officially begun? Like many people, I absolutely adore this time of year. It's hard not to, with sunshine, carefree days, and lots of activities to look forward to. Though summertime is just beginning (in fact, today is the first official day of summer)....my life has been pretty busy lately. There have been lots of nights out and even a few concerts thrown into the mix. So today, I wanted to take a moment and share some recent highlights.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

review: wet n wild coloricon palettes + hello halo liquid highlighter


There is no doubt about it....Wet n Wild has the best eyeshadows at the drugstore. For years, I have been reaching for shadows from this brand. (My first post featuring Wet n Wild dates all the way back to 2013, when I talked about the Petal Pushers palette.) So when I stumbled upon three new eyeshadow sets from the brand, I simply had to give them a try. There were actually quite a few other new items to choose from as well, which is how a liquid highlight also came home with me. How do these perform? Did they live up to my expectations? It is time to take a closer look at some new drugstore makeup releases.

Monday, June 18, 2018

why it's okay to break style rules.


There are rules for many things in life. Often, that includes fashion, style, and beauty. For years we have been told what is in, what is out, and what the basic rules are for looking good. Keeping up with it all can be overwhelming at time but in a way, it can also feel pretty limiting. General fashion rules dictate that we don’t wear white after Labour Day, have at least one little black dress in our closets, and that we should never mix gold and silver jewellery. Are you tired of following the rules? So am I.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

my favourite mascara + FOTD


For a long time, the main mascara in my life was Dior's Diorshow. Then it was Benefit's They're Real. And every now and then, Too Faced's Better Than Sex. While I still enjoy all three of these high-end options....they are no longer at the top of my list. My post today will highlight my current favourite mascara (which I recently re-purchased for the millionth time) and showcase a recent makeup look that I created for a casual night out.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

look your best this summer with uniwigs


There were people everywhere, and yet, the only thing I could focus on was her hair. I was waiting in line for a concert and there was a group of girls standing directly in front of me. One of the girls had the most incredible turquoise hair I had ever seen. I vividly remember standing there and thinking, "I wish my hair could look like that." Well, it can. If you've been in a similar situation (or the words hair envy are all too relatable), it may be time to consider  your options.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

current obsession: kuckian cosmetics lip kit (brute)


My makeup collection is varied. There are plenty of items from the drugstore, high-end products, and even a few releases from independent brands. An example of the latter, is the lip kit pictured above. Kuckian Cosmetics is the brainchild of John Kuckian. For those who don't know, he is a pretty well-known YouTuber who primarily focuses on creating videos related to the beauty community. A while back, he launched the makeup brand Kuckian with the release of liquid lipsticks and pressed pigment eyeshadows. Though I would love to try out everything from the line, I started with the pigments and then treated myself to one of his liquid lipstick sets. So, how does it perform? Here is everything you need to know about the set.

Monday, June 11, 2018

my new john denver tshirts


Music has a way of filling in the gaps. It's incredible how the simple sounds of a familiar melody can make you feel whole. Almost like coming home again. Or reconnecting to your true self. That is how I feel every single time I listen to John Denver. Though most people my age have absolutely no clue who he is, let alone his most popular songs, his artistry has inspired me in ways that I cannot even begin to describe. Though I have been a fan for most of my life (which I mentioned in my fashion post here and even my list of favourite Christmas CDs), it is in more recent years that my fandom transformed into a true love affair.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

one belongs to new york instantly.


It has been a while since my last visit to New York City. Many years ago, I would travel there at the start of every summer, and I loved it. Why? There is this magical sort of energy lurking around every corner. Everywhere you turn, there are lights, massive buildings, unique shops, and people from every imaginable walk of life. New York truly is an incredible place! Recently, I was able to visit there again, though only for a couple of days. Despite the brief trip, it was wonderful to step back into the wonder of this unforgettable city. Here are some of the highlights from my latest vacation.....

Thursday, June 7, 2018

beginner series: how to make your eyeshadow last


Creased eyeshadow is every beauty lovers worst nightmare. Don't worry....it happens to the best of us. Though you only left the house a few hours ago, your gorgeous smoky eye is now anything but stunning. Eyeshadow is a fantastic way to draw attention to your gorgeous peepers and get creative at the same time, but without the right products, it rarely stays where you want it to. Not to worry! It is time to achieve longer lasting eyeshadow in three easy steps.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

what to wear to the beach.


Beach season is here to stay. At least for the next little while. That means now is the time to enjoy everything the season has to offer. While there may be truth to the notion that all trends come and go, beach inspired looks are forever. Just think of all the cute cover-ups, fun bathing suits, and flirty accessories there are to enjoy. Why let them go to waste? If you are planning a trip to the beach this summer, the first thing to do is choose the perfect outfit. This guide can make it happen. Here is everything you need to know to look your best at the beach. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

testing out: lens village lashes + coloured contacts


Everyone has a feature they love to accentuate. For me, it has always been my eyes. Not only do they receive the most compliments from others, but I love that they are a little on the large side and stand out. On a regular basis, I like to have fun with my eye makeup to draw attention to this area but every now and again, it is fun to do something different. Like try out a pair of coloured contact lenses and false lashes from Lens Village. Today, I will be sharing my thoughts on the items and showing you how they look.

Friday, June 1, 2018

snag salon perfect nails at home.


Get ready to pamper yourself. How? With gorgeous nails that turn heads. It is amazing how a little self-care can improve your mood and increase productivity. Unfortunately, many of us do not have the time or money to spend on a professional manicure and pedicure. That is totally okay! Just re-create the experience at home. It is easier than you think. From an inviting atmosphere to picture perfect nails, you can snag the salon look from the comfort of your own home. Here is everything you need to know to make it happen.