Sunday, June 23, 2019

avon iconic lipstick + glimmersticks lip liner (and red lipstick tips!)

Red is a powerful colour. According to ColorMatters, it is all about extremes. This colour symbolizes passionate love, seduction, anger, and adventure, among other things. It conjures up images of strength and an inner fire. Red is never shy or reserved. It always makes a statement and turns heads. No wonder there are so many popular quotes about red lipstick! A few of my favourites include:

  • "Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." (Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • "She has a way with words, red lipstick, and making an entrance." (Kate Spade)
  • "Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of God into people." (Dita Von Teese)
  • "If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack." (Coco Chanel) 

See? A great many makeup lovers have been inspired by a bold and statement-making red lip. Though I love a powerful lippie as much as the next person....I tend to choose more neutral colours or perhaps a bold purple colour, if I feel like mixing it up. That being said, I love a good red every now and again. More recently, I've been reaching for the Avon Iconic Lipstick in Holly Red and pairing it with the Avon True Color Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Clear. Used together, they create a fabulous finish. Want to find out how these products perform? Here is everything you need to know.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

how to buy a stunning dress online

Are you someone who likes to shop online or do you tend to head to the nearest mall? There are certainly advantages to both...but online shopping can be a far more convenient choice. Especially if transportation is limited or you are struggling to find what you want in nearby stores. Maybe you have a special event coming up and you want to look absolutely amazing. Not a problem. Simply put these online shopping tips to good use.

Friday, June 21, 2019

budget shopping tips for a new summer wardrobe

One thing I love about summer? New clothes. Step foot in any store and the racks are full of cute shorts, tank tops, maxi dresses, and other seasonal must haves. New clothes can be pretty tempting for a fashion lover. Just think of all the summer favourites, trendy pieces, and fun extras. Are you on a budget this season? Me too...and there is nothing wrong with that. You can still score cute summer pieces without spending a ton of cash. All you need to do is keep these budget shopping tips in mind the next time you head out.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

kiehl's overnight lip treatment (review)

Lip balm is never far away from me. It's become a bit of a recurring with my blue Nivea tube. We are two peas in a pod! I guess that's what happens when your skin is on the dry side. You become well acquainted with a number of different moisturizing products. While my go-to item is the Essential Lip Balm from Nivea, more recently I was gifted the Kiehl's Overnight Lip Treatment. The Buttermask For Lips seemed like the perfect product for me. Immediately, I loved the idea of an overnight lip mask. The idea of waking up to hydrated lips was certainly appealing. Curious about how it performed? Keep reading to find out how this high-end item worked for me....

detailed dresses that dazzle

Some dresses are simple, chic, and sophisticated. Other dresses are all about drama! If you are someone who likes to make an entrance (and absolutely adores all things fashion related) then chances are, dramatic dresses are at the forefront of your mind. Especially during prom season and wedding season. Thankfully, it is possible to find beautiful head-turning gowns for all of those memorable moments.

Monday, June 17, 2019

fake tanning tips for glowing summer skin

The sun is shining! The weather is glorious! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? This is the ideal time to get your glow on. There is nothing like getting gorgeous and bronze once the summer months roll around. Each year, men and women all over the country hit the beach with tanning lotion in hand and just as many visit tanning salon. Guess what? Going tanning has been proven to be one of the most dangerous beauty practices. It can lead to sunspots, skin damage, and even cancer. The best solution? Choose self-tanning products to get that sun kissed glow.

inspired by: cutieppies

Looking good and feeling good often go hand in hand. Fashion is powerful that way. A particular outfit, dress, or accessory has the ability to transform your mood entirely. Suddenly, you are walking taller, laughing louder, and are seriously strutting your stuff. It's magical! That feeling is probably the main reason I have a soft spot for fashion and beauty. It brings out those inner qualities that truly make you shine. Whether you are gearing up for summer activities, have a special event in the near future, or want to look good leading up to the arrival of a new always deserve to feel amazing. Thankfully, there is the Cutieppies website.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

how to find the perfect prom dress

Does it seem overwhelming? Are you feeling stressed? As thrilling as special events can can be a little stressful trying to decide what to wear. Suddenly, nothing in your closet feels right and you don't know where to look for something new. Stop and take a deep breath. It's all going to be okay! If you are going to attend prom (or if you have another event coming up, like a wedding, vow renewal ceremony, or a work function) it is possible to find the perfect dress for you.

Friday, June 14, 2019

paris hilton: love it or leave it?

Some people love Paris Hilton. Other people loathe her. If you've been reading my blog (or watching videos on my YouTube channel) for any amount of probably know which side I am on. Though I adore her style, her music, fragrances, and just about everything else you could possibly list, there are quite a few nay-sayers out there. That's okay. Everyone is entitled to their own option. Which is precisely what my love it or leave it? posts are all about. When it comes to fashion, everyone sees something different. For instance, one person might adore an outfit and someone else might think it is the greatest look ever put together. Today, let's take a peek at a recent Paris Hilton ensemble and see where the chips fall. That's right, it's time for another edition of love it or leave it?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

currently loving: gorgeous prom dresses

Do dresses inspire you? They certainly make my own fashion loving heart pitter-patter. There is something so exciting about a dress with lots of beautiful details and in a colour that makes you smile. Personally, I love anything that glitters, sparkles, or shines. If you have a special event coming up or will be enjoying all of the prom's time to start thinking about what you will wear.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

review: violet voss (the rainbow eye shadow palette)

A rainbow palette in my collection? Oh, how times have changed. I used to be afraid of too much colour...with the exception of a nice purple or a warm green. When I first started getting into makeup, my collection was largely black, brown, and copper. These days, as my skills have progressed and my love of makeup has fully blossomed, I enjoy taking more risks with colour, shape, and contrast. Which is probably why The Rainbow Eye Shadow Palette from Violet Voss immediately caught my eye. This is a palette that I have been playing around with for a while now, ever since the last Sephora VIB Rouge event. Since then, I've been doing my best to make good use of the palette - and be more playful with these intense rainbow shades.

Monday, June 10, 2019

new purses: betsey johnson + barbie

"Handbags speak louder than words." This is more than a humorous's true. I firmly believe that the purse you carry can reveal an awful lot about you. Maybe it says something about your mood that day (quirky, understated, or casual) or perhaps is telling of your personality (colourful, outgoing, or modest). To some, a purse is just a purse. But it can also be a whole lot more. If you couldn't tell, I have a certain love affair with handbags. They don't necessarily have to be expensive or come from a high-end designer store for me to love them. In fact,  most of mine are pretty affordable. More recently, two new purses entered my life. Which is why today's blog post is dedicated to my latest loves.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

reach your step count goal (simple ways to walk more)

There is no doubt about it. Walking is good for your health. It has been found to lower your risk of heart disease, prevent dementia, give you energy, and even help you lose weight. The reality? Many of us do not walk enough. We drive to the grocery store, take the elevator, and sit for long periods of time. This can make that 10, 000 daily step goal seem impossible to achieve. It doesn’t have to be. These simple tips will help add walking into your daily routine.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

two simple everyday makeup looks (feat. urban decay gwen stefani)

Getting glam is one of my favourite things. Few things are better than really taking your time getting ready for a special event (like a concert or a date night). Those are the moments where inspiration guides you. Those are the times when you can get creative and do something totally different. While I thrive in those moments, they don't happen every day. Most of the time, doing my makeup means quickly throwing myself together so I have a few extra minutes to eat breakfast before heading to work. It's not ideal but that is reality! As much as we may love the process of getting ready....sometimes you just need something quick. That is what inspired today's blog post.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

revisiting an old favourite: milani easybrow brow pencil

It's been a while. I used to buy Milani products fairly regularly (as you can see from past posts here and here) but purchased less and less from the brand as time went on. This is partly because the Milani sections at the drugstores around me seem to get smaller and smaller - and are never restocked - and partly because I stopped being able to find the Milani easybrow brow pencil. It was at one point my must-have eyebrow product. So, imagine my surprise when I randomly saw it back in stock. I simply had to try it again. Would it be as good as I remembered? Or would it be a total makeup flop? Keep reading to find out how it performed in this revisited review.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

the disney dress shop (review + experience)

I had big plans for the Dress Shop at Walt Disney World. Big plans. Money was set aside in my spending budget for a dress of my very own. The Dress Shop (there is one in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and of course, online) features a selection of Disney inspired dresses, purses, and accessories. These are no ordinary dresses though. They are typically retro inspired and have bold colours and prints. Just one look at the designs and you are sure to fall in love. Though I didn't have any luck at the Dress Shop on my last Disney vacation - because the Orange Bird dress I tried on didn't seem to flatter - I was still optimistic. I knew this would be my moment.

Friday, May 31, 2019

finding the perfect summer dress

Today, someone asked me what my summer plans were. In years past, I would always have a vague answer. I'm not sure or mostly work or something like that. It wasn't that I didn't make the most of the summer months exactly...but more that I wasn't actively looking forward to all of the fun and excitement that the summer season brought. This's different. There are lots of exciting summer plans on my plate. For whatever reason, I just feel like this summer is going to be absolutely incredible. That means that fashion is absolutely at the forefront of my mind. I want to make sure I look and feel amazing at every concert, on every vacation, and at every get-together. Are you equally as optimistic about the summer season? Then it may be time to focus on style.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

review: paris hilton cosmetics (soft glam eyeshadow palette)

I still remember the first eyeshadow palette in my collection. My sister had given me a massive Sephora brand palette for Christmas....and it revolutionized my makeup life. Before then, it had been all quads, trios, and singles. An entire palette full of eyeshadow options shook my makeup loving self to the core. My creativity went into overdrive. There were more colour combinations than I ever imagined possible. Right before my eyes. Since that day, palettes have always been a beauty favourite of mine. I love the endless possibilities!

Over the last few years, I've been having fun trying out a variety of items from Paris Hilton Cosmetics. From single eyeshadows to highlights and everything in between. (You can check out some of those reviews here and here.) Despite all of the Paris Hilton products I've tried, there was always something missing: an eyeshadow palette. Then, finally there is was. The Soft Glam Palette. Here is everything you need to know about this 18 pan eyeshadow set.

Monday, May 27, 2019

walt disney world vacation highlights (part two)

I miss it already. My heart longs to return to the wonder and magic that is Walt Disney World. Writing these blogs posts is a little bittersweet for me. On one hand, I love looking back and remembering all of the wonderful experiences...but boy, do I want to be there right now! My last post featured of the best bits from the first half of my vacation. Today, I'll be sharing some more travel memories. From Hollywood Studios to Animal Kingdom and of course, Magic Kingdom, here are some more Walt Disney World highlights.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

walt disney world vacation highlights (part one)

Some places are special, some meaningful, and a select few, downright magical. Walt Disney World absolutely falls into the latter category. It is a place full of wonder, delight, and all the magic you could ever dream of. Though I am always sad to leave this is always nice to come home. As a way of holding onto that oh-so-special Disney magic, I wanted to share some of my trip highlights with you. This is part one of my WDW experience (part two will be up in the next couple of days), so prepare yourself for lots of Mickey's and magic! Here goes...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

elf 18 hit wonders eyeshadow palette (review + swatches)

Colour, colour, colour. It's all I can think about these days. Though my go-to eyeshadow shades tend to be warm neutrals, I am actively changing that. Partly for creativity sake and partly to ensure that the words "makeup rut" never again enter my vocabulary. On my quest to become more indulgent with colourful makeup looks, I stumbled across an eyeshadow palette from elf. The elf 18 Hit Wonders eyeshadow palette caught my eye largely because of that middle row of shadows. Green, blue, and yellow, oh my! I simply had to know how they performed. If you're equally curious... here is everything you need to know about this drugstore palette.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

tips to perfect your next lazy day

I am dreaming of a lazy day. Though I recently came back from a vacation, I am downright exhausted. I haven't had a chance to stop and slow down for a single moment. During the trip, we were on the go, day in and day out. Since coming home, my days have been filled with work and a ton of catching up on things. Quite frankly, a lazy day hasn't been in the cards. Thankfully, this weekend I have absolutely nothing planned. So, I am looking forward to creating the ultimate at-home day during that time. Feel like doing the same? Want to sit around in your pajamas all day long? Join me!

Every now and again it feels good to ignore your to-do list, put away your planner, and just relax. Go for it. Don’t reorganize your kitchen cupboards today. Forget about that stack of papers. Give yourself a well earned day off. Doing so has actually been found to have health benefits, like reduced stress levels and increased feelings of happiness. Want your lazy day to be perfect? Here are a few ways to make it happen.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

review: paris hilton cosmetics (the future is female set)

A little empowerment goes a long way. Personally, I love anything related to increased confidence and self love. So when I stumbled upon this Paris Hilton Cosmetics set...I was immediately enamored. This cosmetics set has a bit of everything: bronzer, blush, highlight, mascara, and eyeliner. Not to mention an overall theme that is focused on female empowerment. Want to see if it performs well? Here is everything you need to know about the Paris Hilton Cosmetics set, The Future Is Female: Time to Glow Kit

Saturday, May 18, 2019

inspired by: maxinina

Lately, fashion has been on my mind. If you've been keeping up with my posts lately, you know that I just got back from a vacation. During my time away, I saw so many people in seriously stunning outfits. It made me have some serious style envy! Everywhere I went, there were perfectly themed ensembles, totally on trend looks, and accessories that were too fabulous to be denied. It made me wish I had brought lots of gorgeous cheap casual dresses rather than the t-shirts and shorts that my suitcase was loaded with. Ah well, next time! Since there are more travel plans in my future, I have definitely started thinking about what to wear. My wardrobe certainly could use a little refresh. Are you feeling the same? Are you searching for the perfect pieces for your next getaway? Then it is time to get inspired...and consider a little online shopping.

Friday, May 17, 2019

take only memories. leave only footprints.

It's always a little bittersweet. Coming home from vacation, that is. On one hand, it's a huge relief to be back on familiar soil, enjoying your home, and catching up with friends. On the other hand, your mind can't help but wander back to those blissful travel memories. That's kind of where I am now...caught in the in between. A lot has happened since my last blog post and I can't wait to tell you all about it. For now, I just wanted to let you all know that I arrived home safe and sound! Expect lots of makeup related posts in the coming days, and of course, lots of travel posts.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

accessorize your next outfit with Newchic

Accessories can make or break an outfit. At first glance, an outfit may appear super simple or even basic...but add on a few thoughtful accessories and it can instantly transform the look. Suddenly your outfit looks fierce, fresh, and fabulous. Perhaps that is why I have always adored those special little add ons. Not only are they transformative but they can also be really fun as well. Personally, I love accessories that have tons of personality. Think anything cute, retro inspired, or even something that is bold and out there. It's amazing how much fun you can have with accessories!

Are you looking for new pieces to liven up your next look? Want to showcase your stylish side this season? If you answered yes to either one of those questions...this post is for you. Newchic is a fashion website with tons of incredible items. From clothes to shoes to handbags, home decor, and of course, accessories, you can find it all and more. Get ready to get inspired. Here is a closer look at some of the many items you can add to your online shopping cart.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

get great style with cicilookshop

There are quite a few items on my fashion wish list. With the summer months coming up quick (thank goodness for that) and plenty of special events on the focus is absolutely on summer style. Already, I have started to envision outfits for concerts, weekend getaways, and summer travel plans. Since there are quite a few pieces that I am on the hunt for, online shopping has definitely been on my radar. Enter Cicilookshop! When it comes to gorgeous, fashion forward, and beautiful pieces of clothing...there is plenty to choose from. If you are also looking for picture perfect styles - or something special to wear on your next adventure - keep reading. This post is all about fabulous fashion.

Friday, May 10, 2019

work. travel. save. repeat.

Few things are better than travel. Seeing new places, leaving the familiar behind, and having fun is often exactly what the doctor ordered. Personally, I love traveling as much as I am able to. That usually results in one larger trip per year and two or three weekend getaways. For my large trip this year, I'll be heading to my absolute favourite place, Walt Disney World. Actually, by the time this post goes live, I'll be there! Yes, I will be enjoying the sunshine with a Mickey ice cream bar in hand. To say I'm excited would be a massive understatement. Disney is my happy place.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

fab or fail? disney moana heart of te fiti eyeshadow palette

Lately, my mind has been all Disney all the time. Even when it comes to makeup. Especially when it comes to makeup. A while back, I picked up an eyeshadow palette from Hot Topic. Though I tend to skip over palettes from this store on a general basis (because you can't test it out)....this was one that I could not resist. The Disney Moana Heart of Te Fiti Eyeshadow Palette stood out for a few reasons. One, the bright and beautiful packaging. Two, my total addiction to all things makeup and beauty related. But mostly it was because I have a complete and total obsession with Moana.

Monday, May 6, 2019

single eyeshadow review: camila cabello x l'oreal (havana)

Single eyeshadows? No thank you. I'll admit, it's been a very long time since I purchased a single eyeshadow. When I first started getting into makeup, there were tons and tons of single eyeshadows floating around in my small collection. However, since eyeshadow palettes began to conquer the beauty industry....fewer and fewer single shadows entered my life. It's not that they're bad. It's simply easier to grab one eyeshadow trio, quad, or palette to create a complete look. That being said, I made an exception. L'Oreal teamed up with Camila Cabello to release a limited edition Havana collection. Though I'm fairly certain this collection was released a long while back, it only made its way into my local drugstore recently. Out of everything, I was most interested in the shade Hot Havana.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

budget travel tips (that won't sacrifice an amazing getaway)

The spring and summer months are the perfect time to get away from it all. Sadly, our bank accounts don’t always agree! Once the weather gets warm, those to-do list seems to multiply like crazy. From social gatherings to concerts and home maintenance…. there are so many things that drain the piggy bank. Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? You can! It is always possible to travel well. Even on a budget. Looking to save cash – and still enjoy an awesome vacation? Make the most of these budget friendly travel tips.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

current obsession: pat mcgrath (mini matte trance lipstick trio)

There are certain names in the makeup and beauty industry that everyone knows. Pat McGrath is one of them. Her artistic nature and creative eye has helped this makeup artist (and creator of the cosmetics line, Pat McGrath Labs) a true icon. No wonder Allure magazine dubbed her "an invaluable asset to the beauty world." Recently, the Sephora nearest to me started carrying some items from her makeup line. Cue excitement. Though there were a couple of different options, I added the LUST: Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio in Skin Show to my collection.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

four simple acts that will make you feel good

Being nice. It is easier said than done. Especially when the weather is windy and rainy, you dropped your cell phone, and your morning cup of coffee spilled all over your brand new blouse. Those little annoyances can impact our mood…. and the way we treat other people. Suddenly everyone seems like the enemy. Everyone is testing our patience, pushing our buttons, and is on our last nerve. It doesn’t have to be that way. Are you in a bad mood? Sick and tired of everything and everyone? Try one of these four simple acts. They are guaranteed to make you feel good.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

review: physician's formula (butter collection x casey holmes)

Though I always ooh and ahh over the Physician's Formula section at my local is rare that I actually purchase something. Perhaps this has to do with the price. The brand is typically a lot more expensive than other alternatives, like Cover Girl and Hard Candy. For the price of one Physician's Formula item, I could buy two or three from another brand. So, often I pick up something, look at it, and put it back again. (With one exception. I have a whopping one Physician's Formula review here on my blog!) Not this time. There was a beautiful set on display when I was out and about with my husband. I was ready to put it back but he took it from my hands and marched right up to the cash register. It was a lovely treat. Ready to take a peek inside this Butter Collection set? Here goes....

Friday, April 26, 2019

trend alert: polly pocket fashion + beauty

Have you noticed? Nostalgia has taken over. Whether you are looking for a summer concert to add to your wish list or something style related....what was old is new again. Though there are many throwbacks that are back in vogue (from choker necklaces to denim overalls) the most intriguing to me personally is the Polly Pocket trend. When I was a kid, Polly Pocket play sets were my everything. I had dozens of them...including a necklace version that I took with me pretty much everywhere. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brand, many Polly Pocket items have been released in the last several months. Here is a closer look at some of the hottest Polly-related products....

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

re-creating jeffree star's blue blood look with drugstore products

I was tempted. Very tempted. So tempted, in fact, that I had the Blue Blood eyeshadow palette in my cart and had already started to punch in my credit card information. Then something stopped me. It was....the price. For those of you who don't know, Jeffree Star recently launched his Blue Blood collection. All of the products look beautiful. Though I've never tried anything from his brand before, I did watch the launch video for the collection and the Blue Blood palette looked beyond spectacular. The colours, the pigmentation level, and the over the top packaging? Yes please. Unfortunately, with a $52 US price tag plus $15 US shipping, it was going to set me back quite a lot. Especially once you convert that price into Canadian dollars. It seemed like a big investment when I already have so many eyeshadow palettes.

So, I made the responsible decision to remove the item from my cart and move on with my life. That choice inspired today's blog post. I decided to try and create my own Blue Blood inspired makeup look using only drugstore products.

Monday, April 22, 2019

accepting who i'm not (inspired by but first, coffee)

I am not a blogger with a perfectly curated Instagram feed. I am not someone who takes incredible photos or attends fancy beauty events. I am not the kind of makeup addict who creates looks so inspiring - everyone is desperate to re-create them. I am not a full-time blogger. I am not a beauty expert. (Even if I want to be.) There are so many things that I am not. Things that for a long time, made me feel small. Things that made me feel lacking or less than. It wasn't until I read a recent post from But First, Coffee called, "Accepting Who I'm NOT," that I started to feel okay about these things.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

easter is the only time it's safe to put all your eggs in one basket.

Happy Easter! Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and that is a ridiculously exciting thought. This is one of my favourite holidays. It is always a bright sunny day filled with family time, movies, games, baking, and lots of chocolate. Usually, my outfit consists of a pink fuzzy bunny rabbit sweater (complete with ears), comfy sweatpants, and a pastel eye look. In my opinion, this is the perfect way to blend comfort with holiday style. How do you celebrate? Are there any special outfits you like to wear? Do you have any annual traditions? When it comes to traditions, my family has loads of them. We always peek at our Easter baskets, watch our favourite Easter movies, and play spring or Easter themed games. At night, it is a special dinner with tons of delicious baked goods. From start to finish, Easter is always a celebration that makes me smile. That makes me feel renewed. That fills me with hope.

Friday, April 19, 2019

inspired by: sebellamore

Lately, my wardrobe has been feeling a wee bit....stale. There are plenty of wonderful things for me to wear. But a lot of them aren't inspiring me. They aren't making me excited to get dressed in the morning. They are just sort of...there. Whenever this happens, I know that it is time to revamp things a little bit. It doesn't require a total wardrobe overhaul, but just the addition of a few new pieces to breathe new life into my closet. Thankfully there is always Sebellamore. This online website has lots of fashion women's clothing to choose from.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

easter charmed aroma candle (review + new bunny ring)

Easter is almost here. Hooray! This is one of my absolute favourite holidays. After all, it has all the things I like best: pastels, bunny rabbits, and chocolate. Since tomorrow is Easter Friday and Easter Sunday is coming up fast...I thought it only fitting that today's blog post be dedicated to something seasonal. A while back, I visited the Charmed Aroma store in my local mall. (Yes, there is an entire store now. I am in big trouble!) After seeing a picture of the Jumbo Easter Bunny Candle online, I knew going in that this was the candle for me.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

get gorgeous style with wigginshair

Now that the winter season is officially over...there is a much larger focus on the fun stuff. That means makeup, fashion, and of course, hair. During the colder months of the year, it almost feels like there is no point putting energy into gorgeous and glamorous hairstyles. After all, the wind and snow would surely destroy your look in no time flat. Not anymore! The sun is shining outside and there are months and months of beautiful weather to continue looking forward to. Feel like making a change? Want your hair to look amazing in each and every Instagram snap? Then Wigginshair is all you need. This online retailer has everything you need and more. That includes 100% human virgin hair and even human hair bundles with closure.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

review: shaaanxo the remix (bh cosmetics eyeshadow palette)

Not long ago, I found myself scouring the BH Cosmetics website. A friend of mine had recommended their Zodiac Love Signs palette and I was in the midst of a serious mental debate. Deciding to be a responsible adult, I chose not to place the order. Why? Partly because there is so much eyeshadow in my makeup collection....and partly because they didn't have Shaaanxo The Remix palette in stock. I had meant to get it ages ago so it didn't make sense to place an order if they didn't have exactly what I wanted. Less than a week later, I was out and about doing some shopping for Easter (I make Easter baskets for some of my loved ones) when bam! There it was. Shaaanxo The Remix 18 Color Shadow Palette was at my local Winners for a mere eight dollars. To say I was thrilled would be a massive understatement. It was an exhilarating beauty find. does the palette perform? And how does it compare to the original Shaaanxo palette? Here is everything you need to know.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

rita ora: love it or leave it?

Fashion is exciting. It always manages to push boundaries and alter our expectations. It is a way to express yourself and showcase your mood, personality, and preferences. That being said, sometimes a look isn't the most flattering or it simply may not resonate with someone else. My love it or leave it? series takes a look at recent celebrity outfits and asks the question, is it a love or a leave? The latest in this series comes from singer, actress, model, and television host, Rita Ora. She is known for taking fashion risks and often rules the red carpet. Here is one of her latest looks....

Friday, April 12, 2019

spring style (patrickstarrr x mac makeup look + spring outfit)

One of my favourite spring quotes? Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is. This is absolutely true. Lately, it seems everything is better, more beautiful, and full of life. Outside, the sun is shining brightly in the sky...snow is melting....and the world is in bloom. It seems that everyone is in a better mood. That wonderful optimism has returned to us all. Thank goodness for that! Since the return of spring is such a lovely time, I wanted to dedicate a blog post to fabulous spring style. That includes a makeup look featuring the PatrickStarrr x MAC collaboration as well as a stunning spring outfit to inspire your next day out. Ready to dive headfirst into the beauty and wonder of spring style? Here goes....

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

organization tips to de-clutter your space this spring

It’s amazing how quickly it happens. One moment your home is pristine. The next? It is a total disaster. There are knick-knacks covering every inch of space. There are stacks of papers littering the dining room table. And of course there all of those odds and ends. Yes, clutter happens. Even to the most ordered and well-organized person. How can you give your space the uplift it needs? Put these organizational tips to the test. Your home will look amazing…. just in time for the spring season.

Monday, April 8, 2019

skin care favourite: life brand face masks

Who doesn't love a good face mask? This at-home skin care product is steadily gaining in popularity. In fact, according to an article on Allure, wearing a face mask is one of the biggest beauty trends in the last few years. From sheet masks to peel off masks and everything in between...there is no denying the power of this skin care trend. Not only is it fun to do (have you seen those adorable animal printed face masks?!) but treating yourself to a little mask time is a wonderful part of self care. Are you in need of a little TLC? Looking for new face masks to try? Here are my thoughts on a few masks from Life brand.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

beauty bookshelf: staying stylish by candace cameron bure

Welcome to beauty bookshelf! This is the first in a series of blog posts dedicated to beauty-related reads. In future, that will include a wide array of fashion, makeup, and lifestyle books. Anything and everything that combines my love of reading with the things I love most is fair game. If you are looking for a fabulous new book for your shelf, beauty room, or coffee table....stay tuned. There are plenty of beauty book reviews on the way. Kicking things off is Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style & Attitude by Candace Cameron Bure.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

review: katy perry indi perfume

Yes, I am a completion-ist.  Once I start a collection, there is this need in me to either finish or continue it. Perhaps that explains my massive perfume collection. (You can see that on my YouTube channel here.) It absolutely explains the addition of the Katy Perry fragrance, Indi. I have several other bottles from her line, so whenever I lock eyes on a new simply has to be mine. Collection needs aside, is Indi a must-have scent? How does it compare to her other perfumes? Here is everything you need to know...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

#FOTD (with paris hilton natural and glam eyeshadow set)

I am not new to Paris Hilton Cosmetics. At this point, I have reviewed dozens of their products on both my blog and YouTube channel. The reasons for this are fairly simple: the prices are affordable and I adore Paris Hilton. Recently, I decided to put her Eyeshadow Quad set (which features two eyeshadow quads, Nude Eyes and Glam Eyes) to use for a night out look. Take a look at the finished creation and of course, check out the eyeshadow shades.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

meeting fergie + new fergalicious shoes

fergie hudson's bay

I met Fergie. Just typing that felt strange as the reality of that statement hasn't fully sunken in yet. For many years, I have been a fan of Fergie. (On the odd chance you don't know who she is, Fergie was a member of the Black Eyed Peas, has had a stellar solo career, has collaborated with makeup brands, released perfume, and even has her own shoe line.) In the past, I have written about her line with Wet n Wild multiple times and her eyeshadow palette even made my list of the top celebrity makeup releases. Fergie isn't just a performer, entertainer, and all around talent. She is a force to be reckoned with. Recently, she came to a nearby city to promote her line of Fergalicious and Fergie shoe lines. Though I didn't think it would be possible to meet her, I was somehow able to get a wristband. Here is a little bit about my experience and some pictures of my brand new Fergalicious shoes.