Saturday, October 16, 2021

kylie jenner week: makeup look and mini reviews

It is hard to believe, but this theme week is at an end. That's right...this is the last post for Kylie Jenner Week here on the creation of beauty is art. And this one features mini reviews of some makeup products from Kylie Cosmetics as well as a makeup look that puts them all to good use. Have you been curious about the Kybrow products? The Kyliner? How about the beloved lip kit? It is time to take a closer look at these items and find out how they performed. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

kylie jenner week: kylie fashion inspiration

Kylie Jenner isn't just known for her plump pout and successful makeup brand. She is also known for her daring sense of style. Her red carpet looks tend to play with colour and pattern...and there are always strategically placed cut outs involved. She isn't afraid to wear form-fitting gowns one night and oversized jeans the next. As someone who is not nearly as daring when it comes to personal style, it is always exciting to see what Kylie is wearing in her latest Instagram post or in a new photoshoot. Her outfits are never bland or boring. She certainly stands out with her style! Ready for a little fashion inspiration? Here are some of my all-time favourite Kylie Jenner looks as part of the latest theme week here on the creation of beauty is art. 

find must have menswear with soinyou

Fall is a wonderful time of year, but to be honest, I am already thinking ahead. Christmas is a little over two months away. Since so much holiday shopping needs to be done online these days, ordering ahead is always a good idea. Whether you or a loved one needs a fabulous outfit for a holiday party or special event...or you want to give the gift of fashion this year...there is no better time to start browsing. That is exactly what I have been doing thanks to Soinyou. This online retailer has an impressive assortment of menswear that is anything but ordinary. That means it is possible to shop for yourself, spoil someone you love with a few unforgettable pieces, or find a special event look that will turn heads. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

kylie jenner week: early impressions (kylie skin)

Kylie Jenner Week is in full swing here on the creation of beauty is art. While the last post included a haul and a video...this post is dedicated to Kylie Skin. Though I have been able to try out different Kylie Cosmetics products over the years, this was my first time being able to use Kylie Skin. Excited doesn't even begin to describe it. As I have mentioned many times before, taking better care of my skin is always on my list of new years resolutions. This is because I often struggle to be consistent or to do a full skin care routine. Thankfully, the 6-Piece Kylie Skin set makes taking care of my skin foolproof. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

kylie jenner week: kylie cosmetics haul + video

There is no denying the fact that Kylie Jenner is a pop culture icon. This starlet grew up on reality television but made a name for herself thanks to Kylie Cosmetics. The beloved lip kit totally transformed the beauty world. Since then, Kylie Cosmetics has become a massive brand that continues to expand. Case in point? Kylie Cosmetics is now available in Canada. Woo hoo! Previously, her products were available online (with steep shipping fees) and in the US. In the past, I had placed a small handful of orders on her website. However, the shipping fees and exchange rate made it a once and a while treat rather than something that could be done on a regular or even semi-regular basis. Whenever I would visit the US on a shopping trip or vacation, it was Ulta, Ulta, and more Ulta, because I wanted to take home a few Kylie Cosmetics items with me. But now? All of that is over. Kylie Cosmetics is finally available in my country and I could not be more excited. Now, I will be able to pop over to the drugstore if I run out of something or if I am in the mood for a new lip kit. What bliss! 

To celebrate the release of Kylie Cosmetics in Canada, the creation of beauty is art. is having a theme week. That's right...this is Kylie Jenner Week. There will be makeup looks, reviews, and so much more.

Friday, October 8, 2021

does it work?? kaja wink stamp (eyeliner stamp + eyeliner pen)

Every once and a while, a product comes along that makes you wonder. The Kaja Wink Stamp Wing Eyeliner Stamp and Eyeliner Pen set is certainly something that made me wonder. It claimed to deliver a perfect wing in seconds. What could be better than that? As someone who has always struggled with winged liner (despite my obsession with it) this sounded like a total dream come true. Finally, my winged liner would match. I don't know why, but liner on my left eye is always a breeze and liner on my right eye is always a nightmare. I can never seem to get the right to match the left. It feels like such a struggle, no matter how many times I do my makeup. And I do my makeup almost every single day! Despite that, winged liner is always the hardest part for me. The idea of a stamp that would simplify the application process really interested me. So....does it work??

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

#FOTD: bronze and gold fall makeup look

It is time for another #FOTD. Lately, one of my favourite things has been to do my makeup for no reason at all. I really don't leave the house much (thanks to working from home and doing everything possible to stay safe) a little makeup look can really go a long way. Not only does it boost my mood and make me feel a little more polished, but it adds a bit of normality to my days. Not to mention a healthy dose of self expression! Since the fall season is fully underway, my go-to colours seem to be lots of warm bronzes and golds. They just scream autumn because they remind me of the leaves changing colour and all of those stunning warm shades. It also helps that warm metallics are ideal for everyday makeup looks. Ready to take a peek at this recent fall makeup look? Keep reading to find out what products were used and how this seasonal makeup was created.

Monday, October 4, 2021

review and reveal: charmed aroma disney stitch jewelry candle

Stitch has been one of my favourite Disney characters for a very long time. Even though he can be mischievous at times or make mistakes...he is also deeply caring and loyal. This is something to admire. No wonder there are so many Stitch t-shirts and accessories floating around my wardrobe. There is something special about this adorable alien. Recently, my mom gifted me a Stitch themed candle from Charmed Aroma. Though I have burned many Charmed Aroma candles in the past few years, this particular candle stands out, because it also comes with a fantastic jewellery tray. Ready to take a look at what was included in this limited edition Disney x Charmed Aroma release? Here is everything you need to know about this Stitch themed candle. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

inspired by: olivia rodrigo

The other day, there was an article on Buzzfeed called, "21 Times People Realized They're Officially Old." One of the first items on that list was: hearing songs from when you were a teenager on the oldies station. I can say that I honestly felt that deep in my soul. Growing up, there were certain radio stations that my mom would listen to. Those stations would play all sorts of "oldies" tunes. Music I had no real interest in. But in recent years, those same radio stations have begun to play the music of my youth. The songs that have meaning to my life. Songs from Britney Spears, Nsync, Spice Girls, Ricky Martin, and on and on the list goes. The songs that matter most to me are now considered oldies. It is a strange shift to go from the target demographic in most things to...well....not the target demographic in most things. The Top 40 radio stations now play music that I cannot stand. The new releases section is overloaded with CDs from artists I do not recognize. When did this happen? I'm not exactly sure, but it is a strange feeling nonetheless. Though, there is one artist who makes me feel both old and young.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

nail polish review: essie have a ball collection (part two)

Honestly? My nails have never looked better. This is the first time in a long time that I have consistently maintained my nail polish. It might have something to do with the Essie Have a Ball Nail Polish collection. Not only do these polishes have impressive longevity and durability, but the colours are so fun and exciting. This has really motivated me to be consistent and make sure my nails are always looking their best. In the first part of my three part review, it was all about Love-All Game and Have a Ball. Those shades were ridiculously bright, colourful, and bold. This time? It is all about the white and purple nail polish colours included in the collection. Curious about how they perform? What these colours look like on the nails? Here is everything you need to know about these fabulous Essie nail polishes....

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

warm fall makeup look (shop my stash)

Obsessed with fall? Me? Okay...I admit it. My obsession has gotten a little out of hand this year. Though I have always loved the fall season (there is so much to smile about: cozy sweaters, crisp morning air, falling leaves, and the fact that both my birthday and Halloween take place in the fall), this season, I am completely and totally obsessed. Maybe it just feels nice to have something to look forward to. Or it might have something to do with the fact that I decided this fall would be wonderful. Whatever the reason, my home is decorated with autumn decor and my makeup has gone full blown autumn. Recently, I pulled together a super simple but super fall inspired makeup look using a combination of drugstore and high end items. Ready to see how this warm fall makeup turned out? Find out more about the products used? Keep reading....

Sunday, September 26, 2021

review: too faced pretty mess eyeshadow palette

Spoiler alert: the Pretty Mess eyeshadow palette from Too Faced has become one of my all-time favourite palettes. And that is saying something! This is the ultimate glamorous nude palette and it really has it all. Cute packaging? Check. Bold and easy to wear colours? Check. The best dark brown eyeshadow ever? Check! Truly....this palette is a love of mine. It was something that I stumbled across several months back on a rare outing. Since then, I have been putting it to good use, and falling more and more in love with the incredible shadows inside. Ready to take a look inside? Find out why this palette stands out from the rest? Here is everything you need to know about the Too Faced Pretty Mess eyeshadow palette. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

how to make fall fashion staples stand out

Every season has those must-have fashion items. Those staples that appear year after year after year. In winter, there are always stylish boots and sparkling sweaters. In spring, pastels and floral prints are a must. In summer, denim shorts and tank tops never look out of place. Now that fall is officially here? It is time to welcome in all of those familiar seasonal pieces. This year, make sure those fall fashion staples stand out for all the right reasons. Not sure how? Breathe easy. Here are some tips and tricks that will elevate your style throughout the autumn season. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

early fall favourites (candles, makeup, and more!)

Today is the day. Officially. September 22nd marks the first day of fall. That means from here on out, everything is pumpkin spice and oversized sweaters. Nothing could please me more! In all honesty, I've had a bit of autumn decor out since earlier in the month. Just a tablecloth and some fall themed decor pieces...but still, it is nice to decorate the home. Though this is the first official day of a new season, mentally, I have been in full-blown fall mode for the last couple of weeks. So, I wanted to share some early fall favourites. There are candles, decor pieces, beauty items, and more. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

end of summer highlights + cottage vlog video

Summer is almost over. There are only two days left until the official first day of fall. It's hard to believe! The summer went by so quickly, but at the same time, I am ridiculously excited about the start of the autumn season. So long shorts and tank tops...hello sweaters and scarves. Recently, I have been taking time to squeeze in those last few summer experiences and even revisit my cottage vacation. Ready to find out how my summer season ended? How I said goodbye to those last lingering moments of sunshine? Here are a few end of summer highlights as well as a cottage vlog video. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

start the season right with ninacloak

The countdown is officially on. Autumn begins in just three short days. Though the weather has been a little inconsistent lately (some days, it is on the chilly side, and other days, it is absolutely roasting) mind is in full-blown fall mode. It has always been one of my favourite times of year. There is so much to love! More mild temperatures, cozy autumn decor in the home, and of course, fantastic fall fashion. The latter is especially exciting. Since my fall obsession is already full underway, it only makes sense that my style matches. I am eagerly looking for fabulous fall pieces to make my seasonal looks stand out. In particular, there are some fall coloured sweaters that I am on the hunt for. On the plus side? There is always Ninacloak. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

love it or leave it? bella hadid 2000s fashion

Sometimes, supermodels run in the family. That is certainly true for the Hadid sisters, Bella and Gigi. Their mother, Yolanda Hadid, is also a former model...and more importantly, used to star on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Recently, Bella stepped out in New York City wearing an outfit that took me back to the 2000s in a very real way. It was a flashback of sorts! Curious about the 00s inspired look? Whether it is a love it or leave it? Lets take a look at what one of the most well-known supermodels in the world has been wearing out and about lately. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

foundation review: kvd good apple skin-perfecting foundation balm

Kat Von D was one of my favourite makeup brands. Over the years, there were many many reviews of the products here on the creation of beauty is art. Then....things changed. Did I still love the products? Yes. The brand owner? Not so much. So it was almost a relief when Kat Von D was bought out and the brand became KVD instead. It meant I could still enjoy all of those wonderful products. (This particular high-end brand has the absolutely best shade selection when it comes to lip products. There are vibrant purples, blacks, greens, blues, and every colour in between. Definitely a great way to make a statement!) More recently, the Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm was released to an awful lot of buzz and fanfare. Early reviewers were impressed by how full coverage the foundation was. However, as time went on, there were lots of negative reviews thrown into the mix as well. I have to say....I was curious. Very curious. Are you wondering how this foundation balm performs? Here is everything you need to know about this much talked about product from KVD. 

embrace fall fashion with holapick

There is something about a new season that makes my heart happy. There are so many possibilities! Especially now that the temperatures are starting to cool and the shorts and tank tops have been carefully tucked away for another year. It is time to embrace fall fashion....and I couldn't be more excited about this. Layered looks and comfortable sweaters always make a statement. Not to mention, cute jeans and ankle boots. This is certainly the time to make the most of seasonal trends. Does your wardrobe need a little boost? Are you still searching for the ultimate fall pieces? Not to worry. Holapick has got you covered this season. You are sure to look fabulous all autumn long with these must-have items. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

bath & body works: fall scented hand soaps

Bath & Body Works has been out of my reach for a very long time. Due to the pandemic, lockdowns, and then trying not to leave the house just wasn't possible. But recently, my mom and I visited the nearby shopping mall for the first time since some of the restrictions lifted. The last time we visited the mall was about a month and a half earlier, and there were tight restrictions on the number of people who could be in a store at a time. Bath & Body Works had an absolutely massive line and I did not want to wait for hours to buy soap. So, we skipped it. This time, we were able to walk right into the store. That in itself was special. This pandemic has really made me appreciate those little experiences! While at Bath & Body Works, there was a sale on hand soap. Though I also wanted to take home all the candles....I tried to focus on what I actually needed. And what I needed was the amazing Bath & Body Works foaming hand soap that I have missed so much over the last year or so.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

review + makeup look (too faced let's play on-the-fly palette)

Nothing makes me feel quite as wonderful as Too Faced. Their products always add a little extra light to my days. From the cute packaging to the inventive themes and the beautiful colours...there is so much to love. Not long ago, my husband and I were out and saw a little stand of Too Faced products. He said, "Go pick something," and that is how the Too Faced Let's Play On-The-Fly Eye Shadow Palette came into my life. It was a lovely and unexpected treat! Why did I choose this palette instead of the others? Well, it was a nice compact size, was themed around an old school Gameboy, and was bubble gum scented. Check, check, and check. Here is everything you need to know about this cute and colourful eyeshadow palette. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

what i've been watching lately (late summer edition)

Ahh...television. My comfort. My happy place. There is something so calming and relaxing about unwinding with a bit of television at the end of the day. Though I haven't had as much time as I would like to sit back and relax with my favourite shows, there have certainly been a few priorities lately. These shows (new and old) have been adding lots of joy to my life. Ready to find out what has been making me so happy? Here are some of the television shows that I have been watching lately.

elevate your look with lashes from appearanz

Beauty has always been an important part of my life. It is my favourite form of creativity and self expression. When it comes to makeup, there are so many exciting products to choose from. For instance, certain eyeshadow shades can express your mood on any particular day and different highlights can effortlessly tie a look together. It is all about the joy of creation! Are you looking to mix things up? Elevate your latest makeup look? That is where Appearanz comes in handy. This online retailer has over fifteen years of experience in the hair and beauty industry...and has lots of bold lash styles to choose from. It is time to find out how to give your next makeup look a little extra oomph with some gorgeous false lashes. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

#FOTD + mini reviews (burt's bees and eyeko london)

There is nothing better than free makeup. During the summer, one of my closest friends gave me a few items that she did not want from one of her subscription boxes. One item was the Burt's Bees Liquid Lipstick in the shade Peony Puddle and the other was the Eyeko London Double Act Shadow Stick. Finally, I was able to put both of those items to the test in a recent #FOTD look. It was simple and understated, but ideal for a casual night in with my husband. Curious about how these two makeup products perform? Here is everything you need to know about the eyeshadow stick and liquid lipstick.

Monday, September 6, 2021

2 looks 1 palette: coca cola x morphe eyeshadow palette

I went (mostly) makeup free for about a week thanks to the heat. The temperatures were intense and the air conditioner in my apartment just could not manage to keep up. That meant there were some very hot days....and very little makeup. Thankfully, the intense heat has broken and I have been able to enjoy the process of applying makeup once again. The Coca Cola x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette has been helping me to celebrate this shift in the weather. If you recall from my mini review post, this particular eyeshadow palette is loaded with lots of beautiful earthy colours inspired by the 1970s. So, I spent time putting those warm and wearable shades to use for the latest 2 looks 1 palette post. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

fashion obsession: kicking cowgirl designs

Shopping has long been a love of mine. Due to the pandemic, shopping trips have been extremely minimal over the last year and a half or so. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times that I have been able to do a bit of retail therapy. On the plus side? I can add one more shopping trip to that list. Recently, my family and I went to a cottage just outside of Bobcaygeon for a week. We went into town twice during that time - once to look around and once to return to a particular store. The name of that store? Kicking Cowgirl Designs. It was love at first browse. The first time that my mom and I went into the store, we didn't even look at everything that was there because I wanted it all. This post is dedicated to my new favourite store (which is thankfully too far away for me to visit on a regular basis) and the items that came home with me from Kicking Cowgirl Designs.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

hello september + cottage vacation highlights

One very serious question: how on earth is it September already? Where did the time go? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that this has been another rather unusual season. Normally, the last days and weeks of summer are spent at concerts, amusement parks, and lots of outdoor events. This year? COVID-19 cases are climbing in my province and it feels like this pandemic will never end. I remember last year at this time, it seemed certain that summer 2021 would be overloaded with fun-filled activities and get-togethers with friends. The reality is drastically different. At any rate....there is something wonderful about the start of a new month. Not only does it feel like a fresh chapter but this particular month also signals the start of the fall season. The first day of autumn in September 22 and I cannot wait. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

nail polish review: essie have a ball collection (part one)

Some nail polishes are better than others. In the past, some of the polishes in my collection have exceeded expectations and others have fallen flat. Looking for a nail polish brand that is both reliable and impressive? Then there is one name to remember: Essie. This is a nail polish brand that I have tried a handful of times in the past (my last review was from the Celebrating Moments collection) and have consistently enjoyed. Recently, the 6-Piece Have a Ball Collection was sent to me to review and enjoy. Since there are so many polishes to test and try...this is going to be a three part series. Each post will highlight and review two different nail polishes from the collection. Part one is all about Love-All Game and Have a Ball. 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

morphe x coca cola 1971 unity collection (mini reviews + haul)

If you ask me...there was something special about the 70s. Despite everything that was happening in the world, there was this beautiful sense of hope that could not be denied. There was a belief that activism, positivity and kindness could truly make a difference. Sometimes, I wish there was more hope in the world today. Though, it is understandably difficult to be hopeful with more immediate access to news (both good and bad) and the constant barrage of opinions (both good and bad) on social media. Perhaps the latest collaboration from Morphe x Coca Cola can act as a reminder that there is always room for a little optimism. The 1971 Unity Collection states that it is intended to be "a look at the past and a glimpse into the future with warmth, togetherness, and a hopeful spirit." Talk about makeup with meaning! Recently, this collection has been in heavy rotation. It has been wonderful to test and try these different products, like the eyeshadow palette, brushes, lip glosses, and mascara. Here are mini reviews of each of the different items in this Morphe x Coca Cola Collection. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

new in: pink kate spade bow wallet

My favourite designers tend to have a little more fun with fashion. Sure, there is something to be said for the elegance of Dior and Chanel...but I think I will always lean towards brands like Betsey Johnson and Kate Spade. I believe that clothes and accessories should be whimsical and express different parts of your personality. Kate Spade certainly does this with ease. The brand constantly has a mixture of elegant basics and perfectly themed pieces. (This Kate Spade cat-inspired purse is a wonderful example of how brands can create luxury items that are still adorable.) Recently, the Kate Spade wallet that I have had for many many years started to look a little rough and worn down. So I actually purchased a Betsey Johnson wallet as a replacement. It was a wristlet wallet with a dark floral pattern. Gorgeous! I was all set to make the switch when my mom gifted me a new Kate Spade wallet. As you can see from the photograph above, it is absolutely beautiful. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

revolution forever dynamic tranquil eyeshadow palette (review)

On my recent list of loves? The Revolution Forever Dynamic Tranquil Eyeshadow Palette. It is a fairly small palette in terms of the actual size but it includes eight different eyeshadow shades...many of which pack an awful lot of punch. This is actually the second Forever Dynamic eyeshadow palette from Revolution that I have tried lately. Not too long ago, the Ambient palette made its way into my makeup collection and it was loaded with pink and purple shades. Meanwhile, the Tranquil palette has a combination of blues and greens to choose from. Ready to take a look inside? See how these drugstore eyeshadows perform? Here is everything you need to know about the Revolution Forever Dynamic Tranquil Eyeshadow Palette. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

mini drugstore haul (reviews and video)

Sometimes, those unexpected stops off at the drugstore manage to be a little more expensive than planned. Especially when a leisurely stroll through the beauty aisle is involved. You know how it is....pop in for some essentials and walk out with a whole lot of non-essential (but fun) items. That is how this mini drugstore haul came to be. It includes some new nail polish as well as some makeup items, perfume, and there are even some samples thrown into the mix. Ready to take a peek at everything? Here is a video haul as well as some drugstore product reviews. 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

currently loving: ari by ariana grande perfume

Perfume is the easiest pick-me-up there is. Having a tough day? Is it raining outside? Need a little self care but have an endless to do list to take care of? A quick spritz of a special scent can immediately lift your spirits and make everything seem a little sunnier. It is amazing how the right scent can totally turn things around. Smell is linked to emotions, memory, and creativity...and that makes each and every perfume in your collection incredibly powerful. Personally, I love having lots of different scents to choose from. Sometimes, I choose something light and refreshing. Other times, it is something musky and rich. For the days where I am looking for something fruity and feminine? ARI by Ariana Grande is a must. Lately, I have been totally obsessing over this fabulous fragrance

Thursday, August 19, 2021

love it or leave it? margot robbie

It's hard to believe that movie theatres are open and the box office is slowly (very slowly) starting to recover from shutdowns and low attendance. However, new movies are being released and red carpet events are back. Case in point? Margot Robbie at the premiere of The Suicide Squad. Now, not everyone loves superhero movies but there is something undoubtedly special about Margot Robbie. She has been in so many wonderful television shows and movies (my personal favourite will always be Pan Am) over the years. The most recent is of course, The Suicide Squad, as the iconic Harley Quinn. At the premiere of the movie, Margot certain turned heads thanks to her unexpected outfit. it a love it or leave it?

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

glamping tips for your next camping getaway

Travel used to be a somewhat regular part of my life. It may not have involved super expensive international vacations but there was usually room for a bus tour, a weekend getaway, or a week off somewhere special. The pandemic changed everything. Travel was suddenly over and done with. Sadly, we had a Walt Disney World vacation booked and largely paid for. My husband and I had to try to chase down refunds for airline tickets...and lose out on some non-refundable expenses. Though it will likely be a long time until we do any significant travel that involves airplanes or a different country, we do have a vacation planned. In fact, by the time you are reading this, we will be at a cottage with my immediate family for the week. It isn't far away and provided the opportunity to get away from it all without being unsafe. So, with that in mind, I wanted to share a few glamping tips just in case you will also be camping or cottaging this summer. 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

favourite summer sunglasses + summer tag video

The ultimate summer accessory? Sunglasses. They are an absolute must. Not only do sunglasses keep your eyes safe and protected from the sun...but they can also elevate your seasonal outfit in an instant. It is no secret that sunglasses are one of my all-time favourite accessories (take a peek at my sunglasses collection video from several years back as an example). I love how transformative they can be! The different shapes, colours, patterns, and details can completely turn an outfit around. Plus, it is always fun to select just the right pair. Ahh...bliss! Now that summer is in full swing, my sunglasses collection has been getting an awful lot of use. My husband and I have been trying to go out for walks throughout the week and sometimes throwing on the perfect pair of sunglasses makes me feel like a million bucks. Whether we are headed out for a walk or are on our way to the nearby grocery store, sunglasses have the ability of boosting my mood. Ready to see a couple of my current favourite pairs? Here are some sunnies that I have been loving lately. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

inspired by: avril lavigne (fashion + makeup)

I remember how it used to be.  Smudged black eye makeup and stealing ties from my dad's closet. Vans and Converse sneakers. Baggy jeans that dragged on the ground behind me. Those were the days! If you couldn't tell from some of my more recent posts, I've been feeling rather nostalgic lately. It might have something to do with the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. So much has changed... and I find myself looking back to simpler times. Lately, I have been listening to a lot of different albums (music is always my coping mechanism) and some of the standouts were from Avril Lavigne. 

I've been a fan of Avril since the release of "Complicated" back in 2002. (How has it been that long?!) Over the years, I have purchased all of her albums, used to dress pretty exclusively in her Abbey Dawn clothing line, and have even seen her in concert. Since I've been spending so much time looking back and enjoying Avril's music, I thought I would do something a little bit different here on the creation of beauty is art. Today, I am going to attempt to recreate an Avril inspired makeup look and put together an old school Avril inspired outfit. Ready to check out some Avril Lavigne inspired style? Here goes...

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

beginner series: how to perfect the five minute face

There is always so much to do. So much to check off of that never-ending to do list. While it may be nice to spend an hour and a half leisurely applying each and every beauty product...sometimes the clock is ticking. Maybe you need to run out to handle some errands or a last-minute Zoom call was scheduled. Perhaps you overslept and only have a few minutes before you need to head to the office. Whatever the reason may be, it is always possible to pull together a super quick and easy five minute face. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that the process of getting ready is as enjoyable and seamless as possible.  

focus on fashion with sculptshe

Sometimes, the perfect outfit needs a little something extra. What is worn underneath your favourite dress, skirt, or blouse can dramatically alter the overall appearance. Certain undergarments (especially ones that are ill fitting) can negatively affect the shape and silhouette of a garment. No more! There are many different ways to ensure that your next fashion forward look is fabulous from head to toe. For instance, shapewear is one option to consider. It is a quick and easy way to achieve a smooth and streamlined finish. Thankfully, when it comes to those must-have pieces, Sculptshe has got you covered. This online retailer makes it easy to create a well-rounded wardrobe. 

Monday, August 9, 2021

bronzer review (too faced bare it all bronzer) + makeup look

The summer season always favours bronze makeup looks. This year? Too Face released a memorable line of warm and wearable products thanks to the adorable teddy bear theme. A couple of months ago, the Teddy Bare Eyeshadow Palette was reviewed here on the creation of beauty is art. Now it is time to take a closer look at the Bare It All Bronzer in the shade Honey Bun Glow. Is it a must have for those last days of summer? Or is it just another bronzer? Keep reading to find out! Here is a full review and makeup look (plus a video tutorial) featuring this high end item.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

ranking recent face and eye masks

These days, face and eye masks are an essential part of my skin care routine. They leave my skin feeling pampered and pretty...but they also remind me to focus on self care at the end of a long hard day. The latter is especially important! Several masks have been sitting in my beauty room lately and I have dutifully been working to put them to use. Some are under eye masks, some are face masks and some even have animal inspired designs. Ready to dive into some of the loves, leaves, and so-so products? Here is a ranking of some of the recent face and eye masks that I have been using.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

new in: kendall + kylie hair accessories

My hair has been anything but beautiful lately. After a year and a half without a haircut (thanks to the pandemic and lots of safety concerns) it is downright unmanageable. Currently? My thick hair is heavy, bulky, and shapeless. It refuses to straighten completely and also refuses to hold any sort of style for long. Thankfully, there are two pieces of good news. The first? I have a hair appointment booked. I could not be more excited to have my hair look somewhat decent. Or at the very least, for my hair to be thinned a little bit. Though I am still a little nervous about heading into the salon, a haircut is long overdue. The second piece of good news? New hair accessories! These items have really been helping out my lackluster hair recently. Ready to take a closer look at the Kendall + Kylie eight piece hair accessories set? Here is everything that was included....

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

review: makeup by mario (master metals eyeshadow palette)

Makeup by Mario has been an important part of my makeup routine lately. Eyeshadows that shimmer and shine have always made me happy...but the Master Metallics Eyeshadow Palette and the Master Metals Eyeshadow Palette have really raised the bar. Especially the latter! The Master Metals Eyeshadow Palette may look like just another eyeshadow palette, but it is anything but ordinary. This is a unique and versatile product that can be used in many different ways. Plus, the shade selection is top notch. Ready to find out more about this high end item? Here is everything you need to know about this unforgettable palette.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

fashion deja vu: 90s everything

What is it about 90s fashion? Accessories? Makeup? Outfits? Despite the fact that several decades have passed...styles from the 1990s are back and better than ever before. More and more television shows and movies are set in the 90s. Several new musical artists have a distinctly 90s sound. There is just something about the decade that cannot be overlooked. Perhaps it is because this was the last decade before social media took over. Or maybe it has something to do with the adventurous designs that graced magazine covers, runways, and department stores. Whatever the reason, the 90s are an enduring decade. Which explains why Good American released their Good 90s collection earlier this year.

Friday, July 30, 2021

memorable july experiences (featuring local tourist spots)

How is the month almost over? It seems that time passes so quickly these days. But at least there were some memorable moments earlier in the month. Things have slowly but surely been opening back up where I live....which is both exciting and a little unnerving. As a result, there have been a few days where I was able to actually leave the house and do something fun. I've gone to the mall (which was mentioned in my recent Hot Topic haul post) and had a socially distanced outdoor visit with two friends I had not seen since the start of the pandemic. I have also been able to visit two different local tourist spots. Want to see some pictures? Find out more about these locations? Here are some memorable July moments...

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

nostalgic moments: reading magazines and atoosa rubenstein

Do you remember the feeling of flipping through a magazine? Of pouring over glossy page after glossy page? Reading magazines is such a nostalgic experience for me. When I was younger, there was no greater delight than my parents coming home from buying groceries....because I knew there would be at least one magazine tucked away for me. Sometimes, it was Seventeen. Other times, it was YM. It might have been Teen, Teen People, Bop, Tiger Beat, Popstar or Teen Vogue. A lot of times, it depended who was on the cover, but it was always a thrill to be presented with that magazine. It was something that was all my own. (Well, sometimes it was also my sister's. But usually, the magazine ended up in my possession.) I remember that I would eagerly help to put away groceries and then spend the next several hours reading every single word and looking at every single image in that oh-so-special magazine. It made me feel so special. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

review: revolution forever dynamic ambient eyeshadow palette

Revolution is a brand that has been around for awhile. Where I live? It has only been in stores for the last year or two. (Though back in 2018, I ordered The Emily Edit collection from their website. Those items are still favourites...and I even repurchased The Needs Palette!) Since most of my experiences with the brand have been favourable, it made sense to leave the drugstore with a new eyeshadow palette in hand. While there were many items in the Revolution display that were tempting, ultimately, it was the Forever Dynamic Ambient Eyeshadow Palette that won out. Want to take a look inside? See how the eyeshadows perform? Here is everything you need to know about this drugstore makeup item. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

current obsession: dr. seuss sketchers sneakers

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

There are so many iconic Dr. Seuss quotes. Some make you laugh, others make you think, and some put things into perspective. Like many others, Dr. Seuss books and characters have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have memories of my mom reading different books to my siblings and I before bed. Of my brother's obsession with "Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!" and our jokes about being Thing 1 and Thing 2. (My brother and I are twins.) Of watching "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" on VHS over and over again. There is definitely a place in my heart for the characters and the world that Dr. Seuss created. So, imagine my surprise when my mom gifted me a brand new pair of sneakers. Not just ordinary sneakers, but Dr. Seuss inspired sneakers. These Sketchers sneakers have absolutely been elevating my outfits lately. I have been trying to have a little more fun with fashion lately. Forget structured skirts and ruffled blouses. Right now, my style is all about fun and whimsy. And these shoes are the perfect way to embrace that playfulness. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

mini hot topic haul (sailor moon + new accessories)

Honestly? I had no intention of heading back to the local mall. At least not for a little while! Despite the fact that the world seems to be opening back up (bit by bit) comfort level isn't really there yet. That being said, my mom had a few returns that were long overdue thanks to the shutdowns, and she asked me to come with her while she handled them. So, back I went to the mall. There was a short line outside of Hot Topic and the temptation won out. As a lover of band t-shirts, television merchandise, and nostalgic items, Hot Topic is one of my all-time favourite places to be. It is a store that I have been unable to enter since late 2020, either due to shutdowns, an unwillingness to leave the house, or massive lineups. Heading back inside was a very exciting moment. I tried to make the process short and sweet, since there were still a handful of people waiting outside, but I was able to snag a few items that were on my wish list. Ready to take a look? Here is my mini Hot Topic haul.

stay stylish with allaboutsuit

Something strange happened yesterday. My husband and I received a wedding invitation in the mail. Can you believe it? A wedding invitation! It has been a very long time since anything like that ended up in our mailbox, thanks to the pandemic. Everything was either cancelled or put on hold. Though there are still a lot of variables to consider when it comes to the event certainly signals a shift of sorts. That shift also means a suit will be needed for future events. So it is time to look into some possibilities. Are you in the same boat? Have you started to receive invitations for special events? Then allaboutsuit may be your best bet - and mine as well! This fashion retailer has a wide variety of suits that are ideal for many occasions.