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 year...it'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 place...it 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 horizon...my 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.