Tuesday, December 25, 2018

grinch movie review + merry christmas!

Merry Christmas! It's hard to believe but the big day is here already. Quite frankly, the last few days have been an absolute blur. All of the last minute details were finally crossed off the to-do list, the baking was finished off, and there was an awful lot of time spent with family and friends. I will be sharing the details of my seasonal celebrations in future posts....but for now, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. However you are celebrating today, I hope every moment is filled with joy, love, and laughter. Just a note that this is the time of year where I take a week off from blogging. So you can expect to see a new post from me one week from today. Until then, here is a movie review of the new holiday movie, The Grinch.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

tips to avoid holiday stress.

Life gets busier and busier. These days, we have more on our plates than ever before…. with no end in sight. There are those extra tasks at work, a daily commute, endless responsibilities at home, and a bustling social life. No wonder stress is such a common issue. (One third of men and women in North America live with extreme stress on a regular basis.) It only gets worse as the holiday season approaches. Suddenly there is even more to get done. Not to mention all the pressure to make things perfect! Stop living with stress. These tips will help you relax this holiday season.

Friday, December 21, 2018

visiting a christmas story house + museum

It has been a while but the memory lives on. Especially during this time of year. You may recall my blog post from way back in October, where my husband and I visited Ohio for a wedding. (If you missed it, feel free to check it out here.) Back then, I mentioned that I would be doing a full post about my visit to A Christmas Story House and Museum a little bit later. Well, the time has come! Now that Christmas is just a few days away...it seemed like the perfect time to talk about my experience. So, here are some pictures, videos, and everything you need to know about the iconic movie house.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

festive fashion done right.

Want to show off your Christmas spirit? Then infuse your wardrobe with some holiday cheer. If you’ve spent any time at the mall lately (and let’s be honest, now that it’s shopping season has begun, you probably have), you know all about festive fashion. Trendy stores and department stores have one thing in common: holiday inspired clothes and accessories. Everything from sweaters to earrings seems to have come down with a serious case of the jingle bells. Pulling off a festive look can be tricky – at least if you want to look stylish. Don’t despair! You can still wear that Frosty sweater without sacrificing your impeccable fashion sense. This is your guide to festive fashion done right.

Monday, December 17, 2018

john denver christmas specials (ranked and reviewed)

John Denver and Christmas go hand in hand. From Christmas albums to movies and television specials.....John showed his love of the season time and time again. Thankfully, each year we can all watch, listen, and enjoy his contributions to this wonderful time of year. In the past, I have written about John time and time again. This year I wanted to do something a little different. Since I have been watching all of his old Christmas specials, it seemed like a good idea to write about them as the countdown to Christmas continues. So here they are, ranked and reviewed.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

makeup tutorial: the nutcracker and the four realms

Early in November, I went to see the Disney movie, the Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Though I was expecting something quite festive....it was a little light on Christmas. The beginning of the film featured an elaborate party, but there wasn't a whole lot of Christmas overall. That being said, it was a good movie with equal amounts of action and heart. However, there were a few elements that really stood out to me. Like the golden highlighter on the nutcracker, the sugary sweet sugarplum fairy, and Clara and her stunning purple dress. Since each one of these elements fueled my inspiration, I decided to combine them. The end result was a fabulous Nutcracker inspired makeup look.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

seasonal favourites for 2018

Somehow, the month of December always seems to move at lightning speed. It feels as though I waited ages for December to arrive and now....it is all going by too quickly. Anyone else feel the same? I wish I could slow down this time of year. That way, I could sit back and appreciate all of the little moments that make the Christmas season special. Confession: that is sort of the goal with my post today. I wanted to share some of my seasonal favourites for the year. That way, I can take time to reflect on some of the things that have been making me smile so far. Here you will find lots and lots of favourites, from movies to music to food and more.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

top 5 favourite holiday nail polishes + fun winter nail ideas

For the last couple of days, my nails have been bare. This is unusual for me. Many years ago, my work wouldn't allow any sort of nail polish whatsoever. So when that finally changed it was all nail polish all the time. To this day, it is rare that there is not some sort of colour on my nails. The reason for the bare nails? I am gearing up to create something special and holiday themed. In truth, I am searching for the perfect festive shade of green. But until I find it, I am making the most of the shades already in my collection. On that note, I wanted to share my current top five favourite holiday nail polishes.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

why i love obscure christmas specials (and my top five)

Some people watch Rudolph or Frosty and call it a day. As for me? I am Christmas special obsessed. From poplar holiday movies to beloved television classics to the completely obscure and forgotten....I love them all. Today's post is dedicated to those not-so-commonly discussed movies and specials. That includes why I love them in general as well as a few standouts to consider on your next night in.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

three fabulous winter makeup looks

The holiday season is officially underway. That makes right now the perfect time to have fun and get creative with your winter makeup. Forget about traditional red lips or cat-eye liner. This is your opportunity to do something a little bit different. Whether you are heading to an holiday party, catching up with old friends, or spending time with loved ones....these fabulous winter looks will get you out of that makeup rut once and for all. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

my hanson experience (meeting and interviewing my favourite band)

Sometimes, dreams come true. When they do, it is often unexpectedly....long after you had given up on the idea. For me, that happened late in November. It was an ordinary day like most others. Until I checked my email and found that I had won a meet and greet for Hanson. My favourite band. (Not just my favourite band, but my favourite band since the age of ten.) I was ecstatic to say the least! Then a few days later, I received another email. The reporter for the show was unable to attend and they were offering me the spot. That meant not only would I get to meet my favourite band but I would get to interview them as well. Cue freak out.

I was in a panic, unsure of whether or not I would actually be able to complete the task. I mean, properly meeting Hanson had been on the top of my bucket list for decades. Would I pass out? Would I cry? Would I even be able to speak? I was full of doubt but was thankfully able to pull it together with support from loved ones and lots of positive thoughts. As the reporter, my interview was recorded (and is currently posted on hanson.net) and I was asked to write a full review of my experience for the website. Today, I wanted to share the latter with you all.

Monday, December 3, 2018

review: too faced christmas dreams holiday set

The holiday season makes me smile for an awful lot of reasons. Like spending time with family, drinking cups of hot chocolate, and looking at all of the beautiful decorations. Another reason it is so wonderful? All of the seasonal makeup releases, of course! Each and every year, beauty brands release limited edition items inspired by the holidays. In the past, I have tried out quite a few....most notably from Too Faced. Not only are they one of my favourite high end brands in general, their seasonal releases are always so much fun. (You can check out reviews from holidays passed here and here.) This year, I added the Christmas Dreams set to my makeup collection. Ready to take a peek inside? Here are all the details you need to know before you add it to your wish list.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

hello december + christmas gift guide (the perfect present made easy)

It is my favourite time of year. Finally, December has arrived! For all of those Grinch-esque people who hate to see anything Christmas-related before the first of the month....no more complaining. The countdown is officially on. Quite frankly, I am loving every minute of it. This is the time to enjoy seeing all of the lights, decorating, wrapping, watching holiday specials, and so much more. I love all of the traditions and spending time with loved ones. This month,  you can expect lots and lots of themed posts to celebrate the spirit of the season. Starting with today! Here are is a Christmas gift guide to help you find the perfect presents, quickly and easily.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

new in: avon bracelet set

One of my favourite quotes lately is: "accessories are the exclamation point of a woman." It makes me smile because it is so true. There is something about finishing off an outfit with the perfect selection of accessories. It just makes you feel good! Those final touches can transform an ordinary, run of the mill look into something that looks incredible, and better yet, makes your confidence soar. Yes, accessories are an absolute must. A little while ago, I was gifted this beautiful bracelet set from Avon (pictured above). I have been totally obsessed with it ever since. It's not hard to figure out why...the Avon Safari Stretch Bracelet set has it all.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

liebster award.

What a surprise! First of all, I would like to thank Laura from Lalabetterdayz for nominating me for the Liebster Award. It was a lovely surprise and I am so honoured. In today's post, I will be answering her questions and sharing my own questions for whoever would like to participate. Here goes....

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

rosegal haul (dress, top, and accessories!)

Remember a little while ago, when I posted about my wardrobe lacking a certain something lately? Not anymore, thanks to Rosegal. There are plenty of new items that are sprucing up my closet. (You may remember my recent post featuring some gorgeous new tops.) It was thrilling to open up my mailbox and see a package full of beautiful new pieces. That includes a new top, dress, and pair of earrings. Ready to take a closer look? Here is my latest Rosegal haul....

Sunday, November 25, 2018

love it or leave it? ashlee simpson

I have been a fan of Ashlee Simpson for a very long time. Back in the day, I watched her reality show. I bought all of her CDs. Saw her in concert. Met her after a Chicago performance in the West End. Bought pieces from her Wet Seal clothing line. Watched her on Melrose Place. And more recently? I've been keeping up with her new show, Evan + Ashlee. Though I've always kept up with her professional career, I must admit, her style has also had an influence on my life over the years. I got Ashlee Simpson-esque bangs (which were admittedly, not a great look on me) and I admired her edgy-chic outfits. Now, her style is a little more boho-glam....but I love it all the same. Which brings me to the real purpose of this post. It is a good old fashioned love it or leave it? 

Friday, November 23, 2018

tips to stay warm in cold weather

Miss the sunshine? Join the club. The warm summer rays have now become a distant memory. In their place are clouds and rain. (Soon to be snow and slush, if it hasn't happened already.) That’s right. We are deep into fall…and winter is not far behind. Sick of feeling cold all day long? Tired of staying indoors? You don’t have to. These tips will help you stay warm day after chilly day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

trash or treasure? kardashian beauty makeup

It had the potential to be a major beauty find. It also had the potential to be a complete and total waste of money. When I stumbled upon a Kardashian Beauty Au Naturel Nude Lip Set (in the shade In The Buff) for a mere three dollars at a Winners......my heart beat faster. Could it be? After all those years of searching for Kardashian Beauty products, could it really be right in front of me? Within reach? I distinctly remember visiting Ulta a couple of years back. I was visiting the states and it was my first time ever being in the store. I'd heard that they carried the Kardashian Beauty line and was thrilled for the chance to get my hands on some of it. (Yes, I love the Kardashian's/Jenner's. I've made videos and have written many blog posts about them over the years!) Turns out, they had stopped selling the line just days earlier. It seemed that I would never see Kardashian Beauty products for myself. And then, bam! There it was. So, was it trash or treasure?

Monday, November 19, 2018

my discount shopping trip experience

It has sort of become a tradition. For the last couple of years, my mom and I have taken a bus tour to the states before the holiday season begins. It is a weekend trip that takes the bus load to Erie, Pennsylvania for tax free shopping. Though we had a lot of fun last year, there were no plans to go again, since the tour company had decided to raise the price rather significantly. Turns out because of this, the bus wasn't quite full. So we snagged a bit of a discount and away we went! The trip had a jam-packed schedule and there was lots and lots of shopping to be had, though things didn't go exactly as planned. Here is a recap of my mini getaway....

Saturday, November 17, 2018

new in: tops from rosegal

My wardrobe has been lacking something lately. (Thank goodness for Rosegal. They totally saved the day recently. And speaking of Rosegal, be sure to check out their Double eleven sale and the stunning NEW ARRIVALS.) It seems that whenever I have a special event coming up....nothing hanging in my closet feels quite right. That happened not long ago, when I was preparing to meet Trisha Paytas. I tried on outfit after outfit and nothing was working. Luckily, the same day I was choosing my outfit, a package from Rosegal arrived. Inside there were two pieces, and one of them was so perfect that I ended up wearing it to meet my idol. Want to see the pieces up close? Find out more about the quality? Here are my thoughts on a couple of tops from Rosegal.....

Thursday, November 15, 2018

review: nyx perfect filter eyeshadow palette (olive you)

There is no such thing as too much eyeshadow. When it comes to beauty products, it is always on the very top of my list. Though eyeliner and mascara are must-haves....eyeshadow fuels my creativity like nothing else. I love playing with colours, finishes, and textures to create a head-turning makeup look. Recently, I came across the NYX Perfect Filter eyeshadow palette in Olive You. The shades were immediately attractive to me because many of them were quite different from the shadows already in my makeup collection. So, I decided to take the plunge and give Olive You a try.

Monday, November 12, 2018

meeting trisha paytas (concert + meet and greet experience)

Editing Note: I no longer support Trisha Paytas, because she chose to mock a victim of domestic violence.

I love Trisha Paytas. A lot. Many years ago, I discovered her YouTube channel when a video of hers showed up in my sidebar. Though I wasn't necessarily looking for someone new to watch...there was just something about her. She was so beautiful and the video topic sounded interesting. So I clicked. Before I knew it, I was watching video after video after video. Over the next several weeks, I spent my time going back through all of her content. (Yes, all of it.) Since then, I have become a huge fan of hers. I love Trisha's bubbly personality, her ability to be honest and raw with her emotions, and the fact that she always picks herself back up again after a fall. She also has amazing style, which I touched on in my style icon post. After all of these years of watching her videos, buying her music, and being a fan....I finally had the chance to meet her. Trisha decided to do a tour and came to a city not too far away from me. So, I bought a ticket and made the journey downtown to see the show and take part in the post-show meet and greet.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

new in: britney spears prerogative perfume set

Britney, Britney, Britney. Not only is Britney Spears one of the most iconic performers of all time but she is a fragrance mogul with over a billion dollars worth of sales. Recently, she released her twenty fourth perfume, Prerogative. It is a little bit different from the others in her line because this scent is not meant just for women. According to an interview with the Pop Princess herself, it is targeted towards all genders and backgrounds, making sure that the scent is as inclusive as possible. She said, "I wanted to create a fragrance that says 'be whoever you want to be - no labels, no judgement.' None of us are defined by one thing." With a positive perspective and a string of successful fragrances under her belt....Prerogative is Britney's most ambitious release yet. So, how is it?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

review: essence all about the magical forest eyeshadow palette

Who says drugstore makeup lacks in quality? It seems there are more and more affordable brands releasing quality products at a reasonable price. Essence is just one example. In the past, many of my essence hauls have left me impressed and inspired. Which is why I am always open to testing out new items from the brand. The latest one is All About The Magical Forest eyeshadow palette. It is easy to understand why I was so drawn to this product. The cute theme and dazzling colours were enough to grab my interest immediately. So, here is everything you need to know about the palette.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

four reasons to wear suede.

Every now and then, a fashion trend takes over in a big way. This season? That trend is suede. The material was featured in collections from Chloe and Isabel Marant, to name just a few. It isn’t just designers that are obsessed with suede right now. Everyone from fashion bloggers, fast fashion stores and probably your next-door neighbour seem to have embraced the trend. You can too. If you are feeling a little hesitant or on the fence, don't worry. Here are four reasons to wear suede.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

birthday highlights + halloween looks

It is a busy time of year! Fall always seems to be one activity after the next, after the next, after the next. At least in my experience. Within the span of a month, there is my husbands birthday, my birthday (and my brother's), Halloween, and everything in between. This year in particular, things have been a little hectic. I've been lucky enough to take some day trips, hang out with friends, and make lots of wonderful fall memories. Not a bad way to celebrate. Today's post is all about looking back at a few of those moments. That includes some of my birthday highlights and a peek at my Halloween costumes. Here goes....

Friday, November 2, 2018

review: hard candy just glow! highlighting palette (struck by light)

My eyes instantly lit up. There were new Hard Candy products lining the shelves at my local drugstore. It had been a while since there any major changes happened in the section....so I was quite eager to take a look at the new line. Out of everything, the most eye-catching had to be the Just Glow! Highlighting Palettes. There were three in total. The first was a basic and bronzey highlighting set, the next had cooler blue tones, and the last was had a mixture of pinks, purples, and bronze colours. As you can see from the photo above, I decided to try the last of the three. (Though I must admit, that blue one was very tempting! It sold out quickly though, so I may have missed the boat.) Struck By Light includes three powder highlights and three cream highlights. Is it good? Bad? In between? Here is everything you need to know before you pick up the palette.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

four haunting halloween activities.

Boo! The spookiest time of year is finally here. It is much more than your typical candy-coated holiday. (Though there will certainly be plenty of candy given out to eager trick or treaters.) This season is all about scary stories, fake blood, and haunted houses. Get in on the action. Instead of letting another Halloween pass you by…make the most of it. How? Try these haunting Halloween activities. Your celebration will be full of fun, excitement, and maybe even a few scares.

Monday, October 29, 2018

halloween costumes: to trend or not to trend?

It’s a serious question. One that is probably weighing heavy on your mind right this very minute…should you go trendy with your Halloween costume? Maybe in the past you regretted the Tan Mom ensemble you put together or wish that you hadn’t dressed up as VMA Miley Cyrus. Trendy costumes are without a doubt funny and they tend to go over well at Halloween parties. Unfortunately, looking back on those costumes doesn’t always fill your heart with joy. Before you put the finishing touches on your Halloween costume this year, it is time to take a closer look at trendy costumes: the pros and the cons. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

easy last-minute halloween makeup ideas

A little makeup goes a long way… especially during Halloween! The right combination of colours and contours can take your costume from store bought to best dressed. A fantastic Halloween costume isn’t just about putting on the perfect costume. It is about creating a memorable look from head to toe. Need a few makeup ideas to get you ready for the Halloween festivities? These ideas will make getting ready (and looking your best) easier than ever. Whether you are running late or got invited to a last-minute Halloween bash, these quick and easy makeup looks will take you ten minutes or less, lashes included!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

pick the perfect halloween costume.

My birthday is officially over, which means one thing: I am in full-blown Halloween mode. It is always an exciting time of year. To celebrate, I will be attending a Halloween party on the weekend (I'll be sure to take pictures of my costume and share them on here at some point), having a movie marathon the day of, and seeing the new Halloween film with a good friend. There are so many things to look forward to. Since I am fully in the holiday spirit, my posts over the next several days will all be Halloween related. To start things off, here are some tips and tricks to choose the perfect costume for any event.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.

Happy birthday to me! Well...almost. Tomorrow is my birthday and I am pretty excited about it. Not only have I taken the next couple of days off of work (because no one should work on their birthday, in my opinion) but there are a lot of fun celebratory events coming up. Tonight is date night with my husband. We are going to see Goosebumps 2 in the theater and are going out for dinner beforehand. Though I used to love elaborate birthday plans, now all I really want, is to spend time with the most important people in my life. So, date night tonight and tomorrow night, celebrating with my family. Since I am a twin, my brother and I obviously share a birthday. This year, it is his turn to choose where we go out to dinner. After that, it will be some time spent at home, eating homemade cake and opening gifts. Not a bad way to celebrate! There are a few other birthday-related events coming up in the near future as well. That includes a night out with friends and a couple of dinners. For now? I wanted to do a fun little birthday tag to celebrate the big day.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

top 5 favourite too faced products

For the most part, my makeup purchases happen at the drugstore. My all-time favourite mascara is from Cover Girl, I normally use foundations from Rimmel, and my most-used concealer is from Hard Candy. Despite this, there are an awful lot of high-end products in my makeup collection....and plenty of them are from Too Faced. It is my brand of choice. Since there are so many wonderful Too Faced products on the marked (along with their limited edition holiday releases that always seem to dazzle), it was pretty difficult to come up with a top five list. Many items fell just short of those coveted spots. Without further ado, here are my top five favourite products from Too Faced.

Friday, October 19, 2018

3 looks 1 palette (featuring too faced then + now eyeshadow palette)

There are no limits to creativity. Especially when it comes to eyeshadow palettes! There are countless ways to mix and match colours to create head-turning look after head-turning look. Though some palettes are a little more limiting (due to poor variety or limited shade selection), the Too Faced Then & Now eyeshadow palette has plenty of options. From soft mattes to neutrals and colourful glitters...it was a lot of fun playing around with the different shades inside. Which is what inspired today's blog post as part of Too Faced week here on the creation of beauty is art. Since I have been using this palette an awful lot lately, I wanted to show some of the more recent looks I've created with it. Here are 3 looks featuring 1 high-end eyeshadow palette.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

review: too faced 20th anniversary collection

Too Faced is known for its bold packaging and fabulous themes. From the Peach palette to the Life's a Festival collection, there is always something wonderful to look at. More recently? The brand released their 20th anniversary collection. It featured several different products, including the Then & Now eyeshadow palette and a line of Metallic Sparkle Lipsticks. From the anniversary launch, I added both the palette and one of the glitter lipsticks to my makeup collection. Ready to see how they perform? Here is my full review of the Too Faced 20th Anniversary Collection.

Monday, October 15, 2018

too faced week (reviews, makeup looks, and more)

Too Faced is one of those brands you either love or you hate. Their glittery shadows and gimmicky packaging tends to be polarizing. Some people are obsessed with the whimsy and others are turned off by all of that glitz. As for me? I am completely and totally addicted to Too Faced products. The reason is simple: I love all things glitter. (You can check out a glitter theme week post here.) Add in cute packaging and fun makeup launches and Too Faced has it all.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.

With so many destinations on my travel bucket list, Ohio was not in the running as my next vacation spot. I never imagined that I would take a road trip to Milford, Ohio of all places....and yet, I did. A few weeks ago, two of my friends were married in that small city. That meant hours and hours of driving to be there for the special occasion. Since it was quite far away, my husband and I decided to turn the road trip into a mini-getaway. We did a few touristy things along the way, attended the wedding, and visited an attraction on the way home. So, without further ado, here are some highlights from the trip.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

outdoor running tips for the fall season

Brr! There is definitely a nip in the air. In fact, some mornings, you can even see your breath. Could it be? Fall is truly here to stay. Leaves are scattered on the ground, the temperatures are dropping, and more of us are choosing to stay indoors. Don’t let the weather get you down or prevent you from getting in a great workout. Start running! This form of exercise can be incredibly beneficial, boasting reduced stress levels and improved health. Plus it can be done throughout the fall season. Ready to get started? These outdoor running tips will keep you safe and healthy.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

sephora VIB rouge event

Being an avid makeup lover has its perks...but it can also be quite costly. Especially when you add Sephora to the mix. With shelf upon shelf lined with beautiful high-end makeup, it is oh-so-easy to get caught up in the cute packaging and luxurious brand names. In my heart, I will always be a drugstore girl. That being said, there is something thrilling about special events and high-end samples. At a recent VIB Rouge event hosted by my local Sephora, I was able to take a peek at a few of the upcoming holiday releases. In addition to browsing the new products, I left with a bag full of high-end samples. Which is what today's post is all about.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

why murphy brown is the television hero we need in 2018

It has been a while. About twenty years, in fact. Despite the decades that have passed, I can clearly remember watching the last episode of Murphy Brown. My mom loved the show and she passed that love onto me. We watched it together often and Murphy became a bit of a heroic figure in my mind. Though my memory is foggy on the specifics of the show (like I said, it has been a while)....I remember admiring Murphy for her integrity, sharp-tongue, and commitment to breaking the glass ceiling. It was an important time in television. Now? Murphy Brown is back. The re-boot is one of many revivals on the airwaves these days and in my opinion, one of the most needed.

Friday, October 5, 2018

multi-use products to keep in your makeup bag

If you are anything like me, your makeup bag has probably seen better days. I’m talking too many products, items that take up a ton of space, and things I rarely use. Sound familiar? A lot of us are guilty of over stuffing our makeup bags with products that do very little. It is time for that to change. Decluttering won’t just lighten your load when you are on the go. It will also help you focus on quality rather than quantity. Forget the rest! These multi-use products will give your makeup bag a much-needed makeover.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

review: the emily edit (the WANTS palette)

Are you ready? It is time for part two of my blog posts dedicated to emilynoel83 also known as Beauty Broadcast. Yesterday was all about the first of the two palettes YouTuber Emily Eddington released with Revolution. While The Needs was totally focused on those everyday essentials, The Wants, is all about having fun and getting creative with makeup. This eyeshadow palette is loaded with a whopping twenty four shades that come in a variety of colours and finishes. Is it as good as The Needs palette? Is it worth the money? Here is everything you need to know...

Monday, October 1, 2018

review: the emily edit (the NEEDS palette)

In my life, I have had my fair share of idols. Over the years there have been countless women (and men) that I have admired for reasons ranging from their sense of style to their ability to create positive change in the world. On my list of people that I respect and adore is Emily Eddington, otherwise known as emilynoel83 or Beauty Broadcast. Emily is a successful YouTuber with one million subscribers, twelve years of sharing beauty tutorials and reviews, and most recently, a collaboration with Revolution.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

change your home decor for fall.

Nothing stays the same forever. Except home d├ęcor, it seems. While many of us are quick to change our wardrobes…we often fail to alter to our living spaces. Everything is set up how you like it, so why redecorate. Sound familiar? Well, there is one very good reason to make a change. This is your chance to embrace the magic, warmth, and wonder of the fall season. Liven up each and every room in your home with a few small (and affordable) modifications. These ideas are all you need to get started.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

celebrating 100,000 YouTube views.

When I first started my YouTube channel, I wasn't sure anyone would actually watch my videos. Yet somehow? Here I am, celebrating 100, 000 views. To many YouTubers, that milestone may seem small or insignificant. To me, it is a massive achievement that represents years of hard work, inspiration, and most importantly, a passion for all things makeup and fashion related.

Monday, September 24, 2018

beginner series: finding the perfect foundation

Everyone makes mistakes. From second dates to fading trends and even makeup, missteps happen to the best of us. I can clearly recall my very first makeup mistake. (Only I didn’t know it was a mistake at the time!) My liquid eyeliner was so thick it could have doubled as an eyeshadow. It looked....like a lot. There are many beauty blunders you may face yourself, especially when it comes to foundation. Both beginners and experienced beauty buffs can slip up on their product choices. Make sure you aren’t one of them! It is time to find the perfect foundation for you.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it.

Inspiration is always beautiful. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere and other times, it is a constant source of motivation and enchantment. Lately, my inspiration has been coming from lavender. The colour is so soothing and beautiful to look at - and the scent fills me with joy. This particular inspiration is strange because I have never been all that interested in lavender. Sure, I love the colour, but the actual scent? Not so much. This is likely because my mom is allergic to the smell of lavender. For whatever reason, it always seems to cause her to react. So I never had anything with lavender in it. Until now. I found a lavender scented pillow spray and fell in love with the fragrance. Since then, it has been all lavender all the time. Which is why today's post is a good old-fashioned inspiration post.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

transition your wardrobe from summer to fall

Are you having trouble letting go? Of summer, that is. The reality is that summer is coming to a close (the official last day of summer is on the 22nd of this month) and the cool fall weather is just around the corner. That means it’s time to re-evaluate your wardrobe. You may be loving those tank tops and flirty skirts now…. but as the temperatures continue drop, fall fashion becomes a must. Want to make the transition easier? These tips and tricks will help you seamlessly switch your wardrobe from summer to fall.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

gigi hadid + maybelline eyeshadow palette (review)

The first time I heard about the Gigi Hadid and Maybelline collaboration, I was intrigued. I scoured drugstore after drugstore looking desperately for a piece from the line. Nothing. Anywhere. My search was fruitless every single time, which was frustrating to say the least! Especially with beauty gurus from all over the world were discussing the collaboration. Was it good? Bad? It seemed like I would never find out for myself. I had completely given up hope when one day, on a random shopping trip, there it was. Small, simple, and with GH stamped elegantly on the front of the eyeshadow set.

Since this little (emphasis on little) palette had eluded me for such a long time, it was especially thrilling to stumble upon it. And at a discounted price, no less! It seemed that the drugstore beauty gods were smiling on me that day. I just couldn't wait to take it home and see it this product was worth the wait. So...was it? Here is a review of the Gigi Hadid and Maybelline eyeshadow palette.