Friday, October 18, 2019

everyday makeup look feat. the balm magnetic personality palette


Some days are all about colour, glitter, and pizzazz. Other days are better suited to neutrals and straight forward makeup looks. Typically, I save the glitz and glamour for nights out and special events. Then the warm neutrals and subtle smokey looks are my everyday, going to work, running errands go-tos. A little while back, I stumbled upon the Magnetic Personality eyeshadow palette from theBalm. This is a brand that I've noticed popping up more and more where I live. From mini displays at the drugstore to discount stores like Winners and Marshalls....theBalm is taking over.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

meeting trisha paytas (concert + meet and greet experience 2019)


Some people do more than shine. They inspire. They make you excited about life. They allow you to feel seen and understood. For me, Trisha Paytas is someone that checks all the boxes. She inspires, excites, and always manages to make me feel understood. I have been watching her videos on YouTube for many years now. In fact, I've also purchased all of her music and plenty of her merchandise as well. Needless to say, I am forever in her corner. Though she has certainly had ups and downs (including her most recent controversy)....Trisha is someone I truly admire. She isn't afraid to be vulnerable, to learn from mistakes, and find hope in situations that feel hopeless. Even when past mistakes are thrown her face, she picks herself back up, and keeps shining her light on this world. I believe in who she is and who she can be.

Recently, Trisha had a concert date in a nearby city. This was an event I had been looking forward to for over five months. I bought a meet and greet ticket for "The Heartbreak Tour" the second they went on sale...and had been counting down the days ever since. Finally, the big day came and it was time to see the iconic Trisha Paytas on tour.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

inspired by: FeelinGirl shapewear


Shapewear has been on my radar for quite a while. I remember seeing celebrities like the Kardashians promoting various types of shapewear a few years back. Most notably, waist trainers. The idea of shapewear was intriguing to me right from the start. Why? A smoother, sleeker look opened up so many fashion possibilities. Body con dresses, pencil skirts, and so much more! As a fashion lover, this was certainly an exciting concept. Products that could smooth, re-shape, and define meant no style was off limits. No design was too form fitting or difficult to wear. While waist trainers are certainly still popular, there are plenty of other shapewear options these days. Are you interested in finding out what those options are? Or maybe trying shape wear for yourself? Then you will want to check out the many available items from Feelingirl.

Monday, October 14, 2019

combat dry skin this fall


Spectacular. That is the best way to describe the fall season. It is full of natural beauty and plenty of wonder. The downside? The change in temperature can be hard on your skin. Cooler temperatures often cause issues like dryness, flakes, and itching. Not how most of us imagine a fun-filled season! Thankfully there are a number of ways to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Keep reading to find out how you can combat dry skin this fall.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

#FOTD featuring sephora #lipstories (margs matte lipstick)


Sometimes, inspiration for a makeup look just pops into your head. Other times, a particular product inspires the look. Recently, the lipstick shade Margs entered my life. It was a shade so different, so unique, and so unlike anything else in my makeup collection that it became impossible not to be inspired. Though I do own a few green lipstick shades (you can check out one of them here)....this was a completely different kind of green. It was swampy, moss-like, and matte. Not to mention, ultra affordable. The tube of lipstick set me back a mere $10. Not bad for a unique lipstick shade. Want to see it in action? Find out how the product performs? Then keep reading....

Thursday, October 10, 2019

elizabeth and james perfume review (nirvana french grey)


Perfume is one of my many passions. There is something special about it. The elegant bottles....scents that can highlight your mood....or accent your personality....ahh, bliss! At the moment, I have a rather large perfume collection. I love having a wide variety of scents to choose from (to suit every occasion) but I also love all of the different bottles. Some are truly unique, beautiful, and inspired. Though I do not need more perfume in my collection, every now and then, it is hard to say no. Especially when a fragrance seems to sweep you off your feet. That is exactly what happened when I smelled the Elizabeth and James perfume, Nirvana French Grey.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

review: dominique cosmetics (rustic glam eyeshadow palette)


It was love at first shadow. While wandering the aisles of Sephora with a friend one afternoon....it caught my eye. The eyeshadow shade, Desert Queen, that is. It is a soft, peachy, almost orange colour. Warm, bold, and yet still effortlessly wearable. The colour was everything I didn't know I was looking for. That shade is the reason the Rustic Glam palette from Dominique Cosmetics entered my life. Though the rest of the colours in the palette looked beautiful and were also compelling....Desert Queen made me positively giddy. Ready to take a peek inside? See what Desert Queen actually looks like? Here is everything you need to know about this high end eyeshadow palette.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

avoid getting sick this fall


Sniff. Cough. Sneeze. Those are the sounds you can expect to hear as the fall season continues. Getting sick is pretty common during this time of year. Especially as we make the transition from summer sunshine to chilly days and wet weather. It can be tricky to avoid catching a cold or the flu virus. Maybe someone at work gets sick and it spreads around the office. Or perhaps a family member has brought something home. It seems there is no avoiding it once someone you know falls ill. Guess what? You can. Here are some of the most effective ways to avoid getting sick this fall.

Friday, October 4, 2019

fake jeffree star cosmetics palette (rant + review)


I have always wondered what it would be like to try something from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. There are so many YouTubers that rave about the quality of the products. Especially the liquid lipsticks and highlights...in addition to some standout palettes from the brand. (Like the Blue Bloods palette, which I debated on in a previous post.) Of course, I was excited when a company approached me with the opportunity to try out something from their wholesale makeup website. I selected a Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette, assuming it was overstock or an older release that was no longer available on the official website. Wrong. It was fake, fake, fake. I will not name names, but perhaps be wary of wholesale makeup websites based in China. Not only did the palette take months to arrive but it was fake as fake can be. Today, I wanted to show you the palette, let you know how it performed, and break down the many signs that proved it was inauthentic.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

new in: kendall + kylie accessories (purse and shoes)


At this point it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of the Kardashian/Jenner family. Over the years, I have dedicated more than a handful of blog posts and YouTube videos to this ultra famous family. From makeup tutorials to product reviews and fashion posts...there are so many ways to get inspired by Khloe, Kim, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie. Since I am such a huge fan, it was especially exciting to stumble upon a few pieces from the Kendall + Kylie line. (At a discount, no less.) Of course, I simply had to have them. Curious to see what the items are? Not to worry: all will be revealed. Keep reading to check out my new shoes and purse from the Kendall + Kylie fashion line.


Monday, September 30, 2019

katy kat matte lipsticks (2 shades + 2 mini reviews)


Makeup and music always seem to go hand in hand. Especially these days, with so many celebrities keen to endorse beauty related products. Katy Perry is just one example. She teamed up with Cover Girl a few years ago....and since then, a handful of Katy Kat products have made their way into my makeup collection. There have been the Pearl Lipsticks, the mascara, and the Katy Kat Glosses. Not to mention the line of Katy Kat Matte lipstick shades. Though there are quite a few that I've been using....a couple of new shades entered my life recently, thanks to a beauty bag from Shoppers Drug Mart. (You can check out that post here.) The lipstick colours are Magenta Minx and Cat Call. Want to see how they look? Find out how they perform? Keep reading....


Saturday, September 28, 2019

twenty questions book tag


Books are my passion. Reading them, writing them, collecting them.....books are my everything. Lately, I have been extra focused on a resolution I made for myself at the beginning of the year. It was to read twenty fiction and twenty non-fiction books by the time 2019 comes to a close. I've already surpassed my non-fiction goal (thanks to oodles of biographies and educational books) and am six away from my reaching my fiction goal. I know I can do it! But to keep myself feeling motivated, I wanted to do a twenty questions book tag that I found online. So, without further ado, here goes.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

review + makeup look (juicy couture eyeshadow palette)


It has been a while. A long while, in fact. The Shady Eye Shadow & Highlighter Palette from Juicy Couture has been in my makeup collection for ages now (my YouTube video dedicated to the palette can be seen here) but it is only recently that I've been refocused on the glitzy and glittery set. During the summer months, my main focus was on warm eyeshadow shades and ultra bronzey palettes. Now that fall is here? I seem to be longing for shimmer, glitter, and exciting pops of colour. Which has made the Juicy Palette an ideal choice. Keep reading to take a peek inside the palette, find out how it performs, and check out a recent look made using this oh-so-sparkly set. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

living proof (perfect hair day night cap overnight perfector)


My eyes are always peeled for hair care products that are effective and easy to use. Sometimes, that can be a bit of a struggle. Especially because I am quite low maintenance when it comes to my hair. I don't want anything that is time consuming, has a lot of steps, or requires me to spend additional minutes in the shower. (Like I said...I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair.) There are a couple of items that have served me well on this front. For instance, the Shea Moisture Leave in Treatment that I reviewed on my YouTube channel. It was super quick and easy to use - and left my hair looking and feeling better. When I came across the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector, I hoped for a similar outcome.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

ariana grande perfume review (thank u, next)


thank u, next was on repeat in my house for weeks. Months, even. My obsession with the song (and Ariana Grande) had become undeniable. It got to the point that my husband commented on how many times he had heard the song. It was a lot. Since the song is high up on my list of loves, the announcement of Ariana Grande's latest perfume peaked my interest. Her fragrance, thank u, next was released late last month. Knowing my love of the song, my husband brought home the perfume for me. It was unexpected and exciting. So...how does the perfume smell? What is the packaging like? Here is everything you need to know about Ariana's latest launch.

Friday, September 20, 2019

shoppers drug mart (mini haul + review)


Surprises and samples. Those are some of my favourite things when it comes to beauty products. Every now and then, Shoppers Drug Mart has these little beauty bags for sale that benefit local charities. And every now and then, one of these beauty bags enters my life. They are typically full of different product samples and a couple of full sized items. Sometimes, those items are fabulous and other times, not so much...but whether they are good, bad, or in between, the money supports a worthy cause, so it is never a waste. Keep reading to find out what was inside my beauty bag and see how everything performed...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

review: china glaze nail polish (celtic sun)


Lately, I've been all about neon nails. Though this trend is typically associated with the early summer months...I choose my nail colours based on my mood. Not long ago, I had my heart set on a bright neon yellow nail look. Almost like a yellow highlighter. There was no rhyme or reason for this. It's just what popped into my head. So suddenly, I was on the hunt for the perfect shade. Though Sally Hansen recently released a line of neon nail polish shades (expect a review on a couple of those in the next little while) they didn't have the right shade for this particular concept. Not to worry! I found the exact right shade from China Glaze and was super excited about it.

Monday, September 16, 2019

fall 2019 fashion trends to watch out for


Fall fashion always excites. Though we aren't technically into the fall season yet (it officially begins in about seven days) this is the perfect time to start thinking about your seasonal wardrobe. Will you stick to what you already own? Or will you incorporate a few new fashion trends into your looks? You don't need to do a total closet overhaul to enjoy seasonal fashion trends. It may mean adding in one or two new pieces, reaching for older items, or changing the way you style your existing wardrobe. Whatever you choose to do...the best place to start is by learning what some of the latest fall fashion trends are for 2019. Last year at this time, there was a lot of dark denim, faux fur, and tweed. This year? Well, keep reading to find out.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

my fan expo experience (2019)


Last year, I went to Fan Expo for the first time. Despite how fun it was....it was also very expensive. So I made the decision not to return. Yet, here I am, writing about Fan Expo once again. Sigh! With the prices being so ridiculous (you pay for entry then pay excessively for each autograph, picture, or photo op you want. It really adds up over the course of the day) there wasn't a lot that could tempt me to go back. Two words: Corey. Feldman. I've been a fan of Corey's for many years but never imagined that I could meet him. Then it was announced that he would be attending this years event. Of course, I bought myself a ticket and made plans to head downtown. Here are all the highlights of my experience at Fan Expo 2019.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

style your maxi dress for every occasion


Certain styles are a must come the summer season. Tank tops and cut off shorts are a given. Kimonos and fringe are all the rage. But one enduring – and versatile – style has to be the maxi dress. Known for its floor-grazing length, these dresses are traditionally easy to wear yet effortlessly stylish. No wonder so many of us instinctively reaches for this stunning summer staple. When it comes to making your maxi as versatile as possible, especially with the fall season looming, the key is styling. These tips will help you look your best all day and night in any season.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

jonas brothers concert (#OOTD and makeup look)


It's been a while. Six years, in fact. The last time I saw the Jonas Brothers was in 2013, when they were touring for an album that would never properly be released. Things have certainly changed! The Jonas Brothers are back and more popular than ever. Their recent single, "Sucker" is the bands first number one single - and it's still holding strong on the charts. I've been a huge Jonas Brothers fan for many, many years, so when they announced their latest tour, I was excited to say the least. My post today is dedicated to the hair, outfit, and makeup I wore to their concert - and a mini review of the show itself. Here goes....


Sunday, September 8, 2019

revisiting an old makeup palette (too faced the power of makeup)


Some days, I feel like doing a little digging. Through my makeup collection, that is! These days, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the new releases and forget about the items that you already own. This is something I am actively trying not to do. As much as I love new makeup...there are a lot of items in my collection that I love just as much. Take the Too Faced The Power of Makeup palette. This has made a shopping my stash post in the past...and it looks like it is about to make another appearance. Though there are an awful lot of eyeshadow sets in my possession, this is one that I come back to time and time again. It might have to do with the bold outer packaging (it is eye-catching in the best possible way) or the fact that there is a purple shadow in there that makes me very happy. Whatever the reason, it seemed like a good idea to revisit this palette.

Friday, September 6, 2019

celebrating 1500 blog posts


1500 posts. It's hard to believe, but since I started this blog eight years ago, I have written just over 1500 posts. Today, I wanted to pause and really celebrate that milestone. A lot of people in my life have asked me how I continue to come up with post ideas and how I stay motivated. It's pretty simple: the creation of beauty is art. is a passion project. When you are passionate about something, it is much easier to find focus, stay inspired, and keep going. Out of the 1500 posts, some certainly stand out in my mind. Like my interview with American Idol contestant, Scott MacIntyre, 3 Looks 1 Palette featuring Too Faced, interviewing Hanson, an #OOTD featuring Kendall and Kylie clothes, and ranking John Denver Christmas specials. To name just a few!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

does it work?? laneige lip sleeping mask


There is nothing like a good lip mask. Or so I've heard. I have tried out a few in the past, but they all failed to impress. (Case in point? The Kiehl's lip mask, which you can read about here.) Recently, I got the Laneige lip mask in a Sephora VIB Rouge sample bag and had been meaning to put it to the test. Finally, now I am. This mask claims to address dryness and fine lines. According to the brand, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask "has a softening balm texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption. Its exclusive Moisture Wrap technology boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and active ingredients. A generous layer of this soothing mask at bedtime helps reduce flakiness so you can wake up to lips that feel refreshed, supple, and soft to the touch." Clearly this mask has makes some big claims...but does it actually work? It's time to find out how this high-end lip mask performs.

Monday, September 2, 2019

in september, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage.


Where oh where did the summer months go? Though the official end of summer isn't until the 23rd... there is always something a little bittersweet about the start of September. Soon, kids will be back in school and those blissful days of sunshine will be nothing but a distant memory. Sigh! Personally, I am trying to pack in as much last minute summer fun as possible, but the end is certainly near. Before long, we will be fully immersed in sweater weather and frost bitten leaves. With September officially here, I wanted to celebrate the end of one season and welcome in the new.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

review: hard candy sheer envy instant eye fix (under eye treatment)


I'll give Hard Candy this: they never become complacent. Out of all the drugstore brands out there...Hard Candy impresses me most. Not because every single product is a winner, but because they never stop creating. Is there a new beauty trend? Hard Candy is on it. A high end item that is making waves? Hard Candy is there. I love that they take things that used to be exclusive to higher end stores and make them accessible to the masses. For instance, Hard Candy is the first drugstore brand I ever saw release rainbow coloured lipsticks and the first to release a Strobing Kit. The list goes on and on! So, when I saw their latest release, I bought it almost immediately. Though not everything from the brand works flawlessly (check out my recent review of their matte-aholic line for proof of that)....I have immense respect for the brand and what it stands for.

affordable (and stylish) bridesmaid dresses


It isn't easy. Choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses requires an awful lot of thought. Will everyone be happy? Does the colour fit into the wedding theme? Will the dress look good on all of the bridesmaids? Often, it is a balancing act trying to please everyone and still achieve the end result you've imagined for your big day. Not only that, but price is often a concern as well. It doesn't have to be. The key is to find cheap bridesmaid dresses that don't break the bank but still look fabulous. That way, you're happy and your bridesmaids are happy. It's a win-win situation. How can you find dresses like this? Start by considering all of your options. For instance, online shopping can be a wonderful (and effective way) to save money without sacrificing style.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

how to wear smokey eye makeup on your wedding day


Nice and neutral or sultry and smokey? This is a question every bride to be will ask themselves at one point or another. The way you look on your wedding day is important. Not only will all eyes be on you – but you want to feel confident in everything from your hair to your dress to the makeup. Making a decision about your wedding makeup isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of thought, care, and consideration. For instance, you might wonder if a smokey eye is the best bet. You might hear from others: Not too much! Pretty and soft! Natural is better! However, if you've decided to go for something sultry and smokey rather than ultra soft and natural....this post is for you. Keep reading to find out how to wear smokey makeup on your big day. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

testing high end beauty samples (chloe, philosophy, and hourglass)


There are a lot of samples floating around my beauty collection at the moment. Partly because I am terrible at using this up and partly because of all the Sephora events I've attended in the last while. It's always exciting to get a new sample - especially a high end one - but making sure they actually get used up is another task altogether. So, with a fresh dose of determination, I have set a personal goal to use up all (yes, all) of the beauty samples currently in my possession. To kick things off, I am focusing my attention on a roller ball perfume from Chloe, a Philosophy moisturizer, and a mini mascara from Hourglass.

finding a wedding dress online


The question has been asked. The ring has been slipped onto your finger. The next step on your wedding journey? It is time to start thinking about dress options. Even if you don't plan to get married right away, it is never too early. Remember, you want to leave plenty of time to think about your choice, shop for accessories, and deal with any last minute alterations that might need to be done. Since the dress is one of the most important aspects of your big day....you may want to look at wedding dresses 2019. These styles featured popular design elements, cuts, and silhouettes. The sooner you start thinking about which elements you like (and the ones you don't) the easier it will be to find the dress of your dreams.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

eastern canada vacation (pictures + trip highlights)


Vacations are good for the soul. Perhaps that is why travel is such an important part of my life. It excites, thrills, and renews. Recently, my husband and I checked an item off of our travel bucket lists: explore Eastern Canada. Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of visiting Prince Edward Island. (I've been a fan of Anne of Green Gables for as long as I can remember.) So when my husband suggested a vacation within our own country rather than jetting off elsewhere, PEI was at the top of my list. Luckily, we were able to spend time in PEI, Moncton, Fredericton, and Nova Scotia. Here are some photos and travel highlights from our latest adventure.

Friday, August 23, 2019

love it or leave it? candace cameron bure (teen choice awards 2019)


Every now and then...a red carpet look just makes you pause. It gives you an immediate reaction. Sometimes that reaction is good and other times, not so much. Recently, Candace Cameron Bure stepped out at the Teen Choice Awards for 2019 and everything about her look made me pause. Immediately, I knew it needed to be featured on my blog. So I decided to bring it to the jury in another love it or leave it? post. If you've been reading my blog for a while then you are probably aware of my Candace Cameron Bure obsession. I have featured her style before, I've talked about her book, Staying Stylish, and have included her film and television work in favourites posts. There is just something about Candace that speaks to me. She just shines! So...without further ado, it is time to take a look at her Teen Choice Awards outfit - and find out whether it's a love it or leave it.

white dresses for any occasion


Who says you should only wear white on your wedding day? It's time to break those outdated fashion rules. There are so many beautiful white dresses out there. Ones that come in a variety of lengths, styles, and have lots of unique details. Just imagine the statement you can make! Maybe you have a work event coming up in the not-so-distant future or perhaps there is a family reunion. Whatever the special occasion, you can find a number of white homecoming dresses online. Long, medium, or short....whatever length or dress design you're envisioning, it is possible to find it quickly and easily.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

milani review: flowers of love blush set


When it comes to blush, Milani always seems to wow. In the past, I've tried (and loved) several different blushes from the brand. That includes the Milani Powder Blush and the Milani Baked Blush. Both types impressed me with their beautiful designs and bold pigmentation. It just goes to show...you don't need to spend a fortune on makeup to create a look that stands out. More recently, I have been incorporating the Milani Flowers of Love blush trio into my makeup looks. How does it perform? Here is all the essential information on this cheek product set.


Monday, August 19, 2019

drink yourself healthy with green smoothies


Lately, my mornings are all smoothies all the time. In the last several months, I've been working out hard and have made serious changes to my diet. One of the main changes has been swapping out my morning bagel (I literally would eat a bagel with cheese for breakfast every single morning) for a smoothie. It has made a huge difference! I have more energy, sleep better at night, and I've lost weight. So today I wanted to break from my usual makeup and fashion related posts for something a little bit different: a post on green smoothies.

three head-turning dresses to inspire


Sometimes, a dress is just a dress. Other times? A dress is a statement. It is moving art. It is passion. It is inspiration. That is the difference between wearing a dress and wearing a dress that speaks to you. Certain gowns just have that wow factor. They have the ability to shine, stand out, and turn heads. It might have to do with colour, style, or the addition of lots of fabulous design details. Or it might just be that you feel so good in the dress that everyone notices. If you want to make the world stop and stare than consider looking for prom dresses that dazzle.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

beauty bookshelf: 10-minute hairstyles by andre martens


Here it is...the second edition of Beauty Bookshelf. This is a series dedicated to beauty-related reads. The books featured in this series can be about makeup, hair, lifestyle, photography, or anything else tied to beauty. The last time I did a post like this, I included a style book. This time, it is all about hair. Though many beauty lovers are wonderfully talented and creative when it comes to hair, I am not. Makeup is definitely my strong suit. Not hair! Typically I wear it straight, half-up-half-down, or in a ponytail. Which is why whenever a special occasion arises (or I want to try something different), I reach for the book, 10-Minute Hairstyles: 50 step-by-step looks by Andre Martens.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

hard candy matte-a-holic velvet mousse lip color (review + swatches)


Ahh, Hard Candy. What a long and beautiful relationship we have had. In fact, my very first Hard Candy related post dates back to September 2011. It was a drugstore haul that included one of their fabulous baked blushes. My latest was from just last month, where I reviewed the Body Luminizers. Throughout the years, there have been many many posts related to this brand. And many YouTube videos as well! There are several reasons for this: the brand is affordable, they are always releasing new products, and have a ton of fabulous items. More recently, I noticed a line of matte lip colours at the drugstore and was immediately intrigued. Mainly because I adore the Velvet Mousse line from Hard Candy and have had a lot of success with their lip products in the past. So...how does the matte-aholic Velvet Mousse Lip Color hold up?


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

five reasons to choose a 13x6 lace front wig from wiggins hair


Who doesn't dream of gorgeous and glamorous hair? Though the summer months are winding down...there are still plenty of exciting activities to look forward to. Whether you have concert tickets, a night out with friends, a beach day, or another special event, one thing is certain: your hair will look absolutely incredible. All you need to make that happen is a visit to Wiggins Hair. This website has lots of stylish options that will transform your look quickly and easily. They have a wide selection of items, including full lace wigs. Not sure whether a 13x6 wig is the right choice for you? Here are five reasons to consider it....

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

my favourite statement earrings + tips to wear them


Statement earrings are accessories that make me smile. It's incredible the way a bold pair of earrings can elevate an ordinary look or add a healthy dose of personality to any and all ensembles. Typically, my earrings are fairly modest in size (but never lacking in colour or sparkle) but every now and then...it is fun to veer on the more dramatic side. Today, I wanted to show you four of my favourite pairs of statement earrings and share a few tips on how to incorporate your own statement earrings into any fabulous fashion look. Here goes....

Sunday, August 11, 2019

review: bobbi brown primer plus radiance SPF 35


Never underestimate the power of a good primer. It has the ability to keep your makeup in place and ease your mind in the process. There is nothing worse than going out in the warm summer weather and worrying endlessly about your makeup. Is it still in place? Does it look okay? Having a primer you can rely on is an absolute must during extreme weather conditions. Which is exactly why the Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Radiance SPF 35 seemed like the perfect addition to my beauty routine. Find out how this high end product performed and if it was worth the hefty price tag.

Friday, August 9, 2019

beginner series: going bright with your makeup



When I first started wearing makeup, colour was on the back burner. I was really hesitant to wear bright makeup at first. One wrong move and I could wind up looking like a Barbie doll from the 80s. I envisioned garish streaks of pink along the cheekbones, super bright lipstick, and one harsh eyeshadow shade all over the eyelid.  Not exactly soft and subtle. Despite my fear of bright makeup shades…I have been branching out over the last several years. A blue eyeshadow here. A purple lipstick there. Before long, I was saying so long to neutrals and had managed to incorporate colour into many of my makeup looks. If you are just getting started, bright colours may not be something you gravitate towards naturally. It is time for that to change. There are so many reasons to go bright with your makeup. Here are a few to consider. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

current obsession: st ives skin care products


As much as I adore this time of year, there are a few drawbacks. Namely, mosquitoes. Or mosquito bites to be more specific. They have been making my summer memorable, that's for sure. I currently have over twenty bites...despite being fully clothed at all times. Thankfully, there is St Ives. Their Soothing + Smoothing products have really come in handy. Since I've been ultra itchy - and my skin has become irritated as a result - I've had to be extra cautious about the skin care products in my current routine. For now, the beautifully scented Bath & Bodyworks body washes are out and it is all St Ives all the time. Their line of gentle soothing products is ideal for my mosquito bitten skin. If you've been dealing with bug bites or sensitive skin issues, keep reading. Here are three mini reviews of a few St Ives skin care products.

Monday, August 5, 2019

life is about creating yourself.


It's hard to believe but summer is already halfway over. There have been many years where I have boldly declared: this summer will be the best summer ever! Only, that never seemed to happen. Sure, the summer would be alright but it never reached best-summer-ever level. Even though I've said the same thing, year after year, this year....I actually believed the summer would be special. And so far, it has been. I've been able to make lots of wonderful memories, spend time with people I love, and achieve several personal goals. In honour of what just might be the best summer ever, here are a few highlights from the last several weeks.


Saturday, August 3, 2019

love it or leave it? britney spears (once upon a time in hollywood)


A Britney Spears obsession? Me? ....okay, maybe. I might have mentioned Britney a time or two (or three or four or five) on my blog over the years. I am definitely a fan. Which is why it was so thrilling to see that Miss "It's Britney Bitch" Spears stepped out on the red carpet recently. She attended the premiere of the new movie, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Her surprise appearance certainly created tons of buzz. Which is why Britney Spears is the latest starlet to be featured in my love it or leave it? series. Let's take a look at her red carpet outfit.

Friday, August 2, 2019

add these fabulous fyy accessories to your next look


Purses are the ultimate accessory. Not only are they practical (holding everything from wallets to cell phones, touch up makeup, mini perfumes, and any other on-the-go essentials that might come in handy....but they look downright beautiful. Or at least, they can. It is important to find a purse that speaks to who you are. What you love. What makes you shine. To some, a bag is just a bag, but to many fashion lovers, a bag is a way to express a part of who you are. It allows you to showcase your personality and feel your absolute best. Are you on the hunt for something that does just that? Then FYY might be something to consider.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

makeup and beauty favourites (july 2019)


Everyone has their favourites. For me, those favourites tend to change periodically. I'll use one beauty product religiously then switch to something else, based on the season, new product launches, and current preferences. That is what inspired today's blog post. I wanted to show you a few of my current makeup and beauty favourites from July 2019. Here goes...


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

huda beauty neon obsessions palette (review)


Neon is always a good idea. Especially during the summer months, which are often filled with sunshine and whimsy. This is the time of year where it is acceptable to go bolder and brighter. While there are many ways to do that with fashion (find out how you can do that here and here)....makeup is another way to embrace colour. On that note! Huda Beauty launched their collection of neon inspired palettes this summer. Talk about perfect timing. At the last Sephora VIB Rouge Event, I picked up the Neon Obsessions palette in Neon Green. Curious about this new Huda Beauty palette? Keep reading to check out a full review, eyeshadow swatches, and a colourful makeup look.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

does it work?? makeup eraser (review)


Makeup removal can be quite a process. A messy, time consuming process, and sometimes expensive process. There are oil-based removers, cold creams, facial wipes, and a million other removal-based products. Typically, my routine includes Simple Sensitive Skin Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes - or the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover for waterproof or stubborn products. A little while ago, I was given The Original MakeUp Eraser. Immediately, I was intrigued. If it worked, this product had the potential to save me money on removal products and make my life a whole lot easier. So...did it work? Is this my new holy grail makeup remover? Here is everything you need to know about The Original MakeUp Eraser.

Friday, July 26, 2019

finding your signature summer style


The summer months are pretty amazing. Not only are there blue skies at every turn…. but the season allows you to totally change your look. Do you normally stick to sophisticated pieces? Dark colours? Heavy fabrics? Embracing the unfamiliar always seems simpler once the summertime rolls around. I’m talking seasonal staples, trendy pieces, and celebrity inspiration. Are you looking to cement your own signature style this summer? Here are just a few fabulous options to consider.