Friday, December 31, 2021

celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings.

It seems that 2021 barely started...yet here it is about to end. My perception of time has definitely been affected by the pandemic. Days and weeks seem to blend together in a way that they never did before. Maybe this is because there aren't any of those extra special experiences to mark on the calendar. There are no travel plans, no concerts, no trips downtown to have dinner with friends, no nights out, no...nothing. When I wrote my New Years post last year, I did not imagine that the pandemic would still be affecting all of our lives today. At that point, I believed that the vaccine would solve all of the problems, and life would return to normal once more. But now there are variants and the case numbers continue to increase while we wait for booster shots to become available. Nothing is predictable these days. Nothing is normal. 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

merry christmas + mini blog break

Merry Christmas! It is hard to believe that Christmas Day has arrived. So many days are spent counting down and waiting in breathless anticipation that it always seems to surprise me when the 25th of December actually rolls around. This is such a special, magical, and memorable time. However you celebrate and wherever you are in the world...I hope that you are having an incredible day. Here is to family, loved ones, traditions, and child-like wonder. 

Thursday, December 23, 2021

#FOTD: classic holiday makeup look

All dressed up with nowhere to go. That has been my motto during the pandemic. Some days, I just felt like doing glamorous makeup, even though my plans involved working from home. It was nice to feel a little bit...normal. That being said, recently, I was all dressed up with somewhere to go. Sort of. For the last few years, a couple of my friends have had what we call Friendsmas. Basically, we exchange gifts and either go to dinner or watch Christmas themed Friends episodes together. Last year, we did a socially distanced gift drop off and then video chatted afterwards. This year? It was another pandemic get-together. That meant a socially distanced gift drop off, a video chat, and streaming a movie at the same time. Even though my friends were only going to see me at a distance and on the video call, I decided to do something a little more glam for the festivities. There really isn't much reason to get dressed up these days. So, I figured I should make the most of every single opportunity that I have. That is what inspired this #FOTD post, which features a classic holiday makeup look. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

favourite holiday traditions TAG

How could it be? Despite the fact that I have steadily been counting down the days on my advent still comes as a shock to me that there are only four days until Christmas. This is always such a bittersweet time. As much as I love and look forward to all of the traditions that will take place over the next several days, it is hard to know that this special time of year will shortly be over. I think that I love the buildup to Christmas Day more than the actual day. All of the little moments create such a beautiful and unforgettable season. On the plus side? Christmas always comes back. Since there are only a few days left, it made sense to share a little bit about my favourite holiday traditions. There are ten different TAG questions that I will be answering below. Be sure to share your own answers in the comment section! I can't wait to hear more about your traditions. 

Sunday, December 19, 2021

seasonal book recommendations + holiday favourites video

Books are such an important part of my life. So is Christmas. Put the two together? I am in my glory. There is nothing that I love more at this time of year than a Christmas themed novel. I love reading about different holiday experiences and experiencing an extra dose of seasonal magic. Normally, I try to read (or re-read) at least a handful of Christmas themed books during the month of December. It just makes everything happier! There are some Christmas themed books that stand out more than others and some that I reach for time and time again. This year? I wanted to share some seasonal book recommendations. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

revisited review: too faced cinnamon bear set

Just over a year ago, there was a post on the creation of beauty is art. reviewing the Too Faced Cinnamon Bear Holiday Set. Since my goal this year is to use all of the holiday sets and holiday themed makeup items in my only made sense to do another revisited review. It is a fun way for me to look back at previous posts, and also a great way to continue to put old favourites to the test. At the time, this set received rave reviews from me thanks to the selection of products, the eyeshadow shades, and that stunning lip colour. Not to mention the fabulous cinnamon bear theme and the adorable makeup bag. In the year that has passed, I have continued to reach for the Cinnamon Bear eyeshadow palette over and over again. So, today it is all about sharing my current thoughts as well as a new makeup look. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

five ways to make the holiday season brighter this year.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...but sometimes, it can be difficult to tap into all of that holiday spirit. While there are many memorable traditions to cherish and enjoy, there are also endless to-do lists and last-minute assignments at work. Striking a balance between festivities and responsibilities can be tricky. Not to worry! There are many ways to make the holiday season brighter this year. Some of the suggestions included in this post will take mere moments and others are a little more involved. Choose whatever item fits into your holiday schedule. Whether you have a few hours or a few minutes, it is always possible to embrace the spirit of the season. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

Monday, December 13, 2021

music review: kelly clarkson (when christmas comes around)

Christmas music is a must. I love to have holiday themed songs on all-day-every-day once December hits. This year has been no different. I keep it on in the background during my work day and never seem to grow tired of the festive tunes. Even the ones that I have heard over and over again. Some years, there are new Christmas CDs that are released. For instance, last year, there were many different albums that hit the market...and several of them stood out for all the right reasons. This year? Kelly Clarkson released her second full-length holiday album. The first was released in 2013 and was absolutely incredible. Immediately, I wondered how her new album would compare. Would, "When Christmas Comes Around..." be an instant classic or would it fall flat? Well, here is everything you need to know the latest seasonal release from Kelly Clarkson.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

top 5 underrated christmas movies.

Holiday movies are a passion of mine. When I was little, there was nothing more exciting than reaching for one of the VHS tapes in our home that had different Christmas specials taped off of TV. I loved each and every one of those tapes and watched the cartoons and specials over and over again. They added to the magic and wonder of the holiday season! As I grew older...I started to create my own little holiday movie collection. It started slowly, but snowballed as the years went on. Currently, there are about 175 Christmas movies in my collection. Honestly? I love them all. Even not-so-great holiday movies have a special place in my heart. Which is what inspired my latest the creation of beauty is art. YouTube video. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

avon mega palette (mini review + three christmas looks)

Lately, my focus has been on holiday themed makeup and holiday themed makeup sets. Some are from years past and some are brand spanking new. Speaking of the mom recently gifted me the Glow Up, Glim Up Mega Palette from Avon. The palette is ultra compact and nicely themed, which makes it an ideal pre-Christmas gift. It certainly was a wonderful surprise! Today, I wanted to celebrate this oh-so-festive month by discussing the palette itself and sharing three different Christmas appropriate makeup looks. Ready to take a look inside this massive (but totally compact) palette? Here is everything you need to know about the Glow Up, Glim Up Mega Palette from Avon.

inspired by: UP2STEP

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

seasonal favourites for 2021 (movies, books, music, and more!)

Every year, it seems that there are certain favourites that stand out. Need an example? Last year, my holiday favourites included things like Sugar Rush Christmas (a seasonal baking show on Netflix), the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes, and Marshmallow Fireside candles from Bath & Body Works. Though all of those items on the list are still favourites for me…there are a few different standouts this season. Some are holiday specials, some are tasty treats, and others have been keeping me entertained this month. Each and every item on list has been making me feel extra happy and festive lately. Ready to see what has stood out in 2021? Here are my seasonal favourites for the year. 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

friends themed makeup?? (friends x revolution review)

Few television shows are as iconic and beloved as Friends. The show has left a lasting impression on audiences all over the world...and not too long ago, there was even a reunion special. Friends is one of those shows that everyone has seen and can quote at random. Each character is known and loved. And there seems to be no slowing down. Even though the show ended in 2004, it continues to live on thanks to reruns, DVD sales, and streaming. Not to mention all of the merchandise! It isn't hard to find Friends themed products these days. And that includes makeup. Recently, the Friends x Revolution collection launched and it was thrilling to say the least. Everything looked so adorable and was affordable as well. Cute themed makeup that doesn't break the bank? Sounds good to me. Ready to learn more about the Forever Flawless - We Were on a Break palette and three of the character inspired lip glosses? Here is everything you need to know about this collaboration.

Friday, December 3, 2021

revisited review: revolution snow globe snowflake palette

Time for something a little bit different....a revisited review. Honestly? Reviewing makeup is one of my favourite things to do. I always love testing out different products and seeing how they perform. But sometimes, it is nice to take a step back, and re-examine what is already in my makeup collection. Late last year, the I Heart Revolution Snow Globe Snowflake Palette entered my life. It was immediately attractive because of the packaging and the fabulous winter theme. At the time, I had mixed feelings on the palette, but have since found myself reaching for it over and over again despite those mixed feelings. Hence the need for a revisited review. It is time to take another look at this affordable eyeshadow palette.

get festive this season with popopie

What is it about this time of year? Suddenly, everything seems brighter and more magical. There is so much hope and love in the air! Maybe it has to do with all of the special family time, the many different holiday parties, and all of those seasonal traditions. Whatever the reason…there is truly nothing better. There are so many exciting ways to celebrate the next month or so. Looking for a way to feel extra festive? Then it is time to head on over to the Popopie website. This online retailer has everything you need to make this a December to remember. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

december...a month of joy, happiness, and finishing what you started.

Ahh...December. It is finally here. Thank goodness for that! Life has certainly been challenging for the last while (thanks to the pandemic) and December feels like a hopeful final chapter for the year. It is the perfect time to look back and also to look ahead. After all, there is so much goodness jam packed into one month. From snow to seasonal traditions to cozy sweaters and blankets...this is certainly a time to be grateful. December is without a doubt my favourite month. After all, this is the time to make memories with family, mail holiday cards, and let people know that they are loved. It is a month overloaded with traditions, decorations, lights, and good cheer. That December magic is very much needed. To welcome in the last month of 2021, here are some December TAG questions on the creation of beauty is art. as well as a bit of seasonal inspiration.

Monday, November 29, 2021

charmed aroma review + reveal (winnie the pooh)

Disney and Charmed Aroma go hand in hand these days. It seems there is constantly one collaboration after another being released. Since I was raised in a Disney loving family, this is excellent news. Not only do I love to burn candles (anything that smells good and creates a cozy atmosphere is a must)...but Disney characters are incredibly meaningful to me. Put the two together and it really is perfection. In the past, there have been many review and reveal style posts here on the creation of beauty is art. Well, it is time to add another one to the list! This time, it is the Winnie the Pooh Hunny Pot Jewelry Candle with a sterling silver ring tucked away inside. Ready to take a closer look at this elaborate Charmed Aroma candle? Find out what Winnie the Pooh inspired accessory was hidden inside? Here is everything you need to know about this Disney release.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

i followed harpers bazaar fall 2021 beauty trends for a week

There are always new fashion and beauty trends. Every season, it seems that something new or reimagined comes to the forefront. Though I can appreciate a good trend (and partake every now and again)...I don't tend to base my choices on what is "in" at the moment. If I like something, great. If I don't like something, then I will pass. That being said, recently the Harpers Bazaar article, "The 7 Best Makeup Trends for Fall 2021" was passed along to me and I thought it might make for a fun challenge. Since there were seven makeup trends, it only made sense to try out one trend per day, and share the results here on the creation of beauty is art. Though I tend to wear my makeup in the style that I like best (hello, winged liner and lots of eyeshadow) seemed like an interesting way to step out of my comfort zone a little bit. 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

new in: hallmark must haves (candles, books, and ornaments)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....or at least a very Candace Cameron Bure inspired Christmas thanks to Hallmark. I have been a fan of Candace Cameron Bure for as long as I can remember. I looked up to her iconic character on Full House, DJ Tanner, and continued to follow her career in the years following the original show. Since Full House is one of my all-time favourite comfort shows, all of the actors hold a very special place in my heart. Especially Candace. Over the years, I have watched her on various TV shows, have purchased lots and lots of her movies, read all her books, and have fallen head over heels in love with her style. She has inspired me in many ways. So...when it was suddenly possible to infuse my favourite holiday with items from my favourite actress, it was a no brainer. Looking for a little inspiration this season? Ready to make the season bright? Then be sure to check out these Hallmark must haves from Candace Cameron Bure. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

current obsession: avon senses peppermint delight

It is not December yet...but I have fully embraced the holiday spirit. My home is decorated, all of my Christmas shopping is done, and Christmas movies are running as often as possible. It is no secret that I love this time of year. It is so magical. I love the music, the movies, the lights, and the memories made with loved ones. Something else I love? The scents! Certain scents are permanently associated with the holiday season. Like gingerbread, vanilla, cranberries, and peppermint. Speaking of peppermint...some peppermint scented skin care products were recently gifted to me and I have been completely obsessed. 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

violet voss x care bears 12 color eyeshadow palette (review)

Care Bears Countdown....5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Any kid that grew up in the late 80s and early 90s remembers the Care Bears all too well. Though there is a new version out now, the original series will always have a special place in my heart. The characters were colourful, the plot lines were memorable, and the lessons were valuable. Thanks to the Care Bears, millions of children learned to be kind to one another, to be considerate of others, and to lean on friends in hard times. The Care Bears inspired viewers to do their best and to apologize when they made a mistake. There was so much to be learned from the cute and cuddly cast of characters. Since the Care Bears are such an important part of my childhood...the Violet Voss x Care Bears collection made me positively giddy. Earlier in the week, there was a post dedicated to the Mini Eyeshadow Palette. Today, it is all about the 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Here is everything you need to know about this colourful release. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

five indoor fall activities to add to your to do list

The weather is starting to cool and that means more time will be spent indoors over the next little while. That doesn't mean you need to give up on fun! There are plenty of fall activities that can be done from the comfort of your home. Whether you want to be social, relax and unwind, or add a new hobby to your to do list...there are countless possibilities. Are you ready to make the most of the season? Here are five indoor fall activities you'll want to make time for. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

recent reads: biographies and fall themed books

Reading is such an important part of my life. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to make time for one of my favourite activities. Between work and that endless to-do list...reading often gets put on the backburner. Which is why my New Years Resolution for the last few years has been to read twenty fiction and twenty non-fiction books (the 20/20 challenge) per year. That goal helps me prioritize reading whenever possible. Though I am a little behind where I would like to be (I still have 9 books to read by the end of the year), it seemed like a good time to look at some of my more recent reads. 

Monday, November 15, 2021

review: violet voss x care bears mini palette

Some things you never grow out of. Like the Care Bears. Though this show has been a part of my life since I was a young still holds a special place in my heart. In fact, I have a few Care Bears dolls in my home as well as episodes from the original series. It is a classic! When it was announced the Violet Voss was doing a Care Bears inspired interest was immediately piqued. Especially since the first Violet Voss eyeshadow palette that I tried was phenomenal. I could not get over the intense colours and the overall quality. Was it a one off? Or would the Violet Voss x Care Bears Mini Palette perform just as well? Here is everything you need to know about this colourful collaboration. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

affirmation card deck review: affirmators!

I love a good affirmation. Several years ago, the work of Louise Hay entered my life, and it radically changed the way that I saw the world. She believed that thoughts had power and that negative thoughts could be changed. All my life, my thoughts had defaulted to the negative. Even if something wonderful didn't take long for those negative thoughts to creep in and take over once again. Simply understanding that my thoughts could be changed, that my thoughts did not define my worth, and that it was possible to plant seeds of positivity, altered my direction. I began using positive affirmations to shift my mindset. Some days, it worked. Other days, it did nothing at all. But over time, there was subtle movement. Sure, negative and fearful thoughts still popped into my head, but when they did, I could remind myself: it is only a thought and a thought can be changed. Knowing that affirmations are extremely important to me, my friend gifted me a set of affirmation cards for my birthday. Are you ready to take a look at the Affirmators! card deck? Find out what they are like? Here goes...

Thursday, November 11, 2021

skin care sample review: lancer the method (polish)

It is no secret that I am a fan of Candace Cameron Bure. (Her recent Instagram debacle notwithstanding.) Over the years, she has promoted several different products on QVC and often talks about them on her social media pages as well. The Lancer skin care products caught my eye. According to Candace, she has used Dr. Lancer products for years. Given the fact that her skin is incredible and she seems to be ageless...this sure was a selling point. That being said, the products are pricey, and are will likely not be added to my shopping cart any time in the near future. But thank goodness for samples! I recently received a small single sample of one Lancer product. It was very exciting to see that as a sample option when checking out from a beauty website. And so, The Method: Polish sample came into my life. Here are some first impressions. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

pur x barbie lit mist signature illuminating setting spray (review)

It was about a year ago that pieces from the Pur x Barbie collection came into my life. The brushes wowed, the highlighter was an instant favourite, and the eyeshadow palette made it possible to create lots of different holiday makeup looks. Since that time, the products have continued to be used on a semi-regular basis. (Especially that highlighter. It is absolutely gorgeous.) Not too long ago, my mom found the Pur x Barbie Lit Mist Signature Illuminating Setting Spray at a discounted price. So she treated us both to something shiny and new. Curious about this product? Ready to find out how it performs? Here is everything you need to know about the Pur x Barbie Lit Mist Signature Illuminating Setting Spray. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

fall highlights (zoo day + birthday events)

Fall is fully underway...and there have been a handful of memorable moments. To be honest, I have gotten kind of used to having nothing special on my calendar. Sure, there are lots of items on my to-do list (like work, creative projects, cleaning, and personal goals) but in terms of social plans? It has been largely blank since the pandemic began. Even now, over a year and a half later, the only outings I have are to visit my immediate family members. Until recently, that is. Since there is only a week difference between my birthday and my husband's birthday, there were a few fun fall highlights thrown into the mix. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

does it work?? top knot hat review

The idea sounded too good to be true: a baseball hat that could accommodate hair worn at any height. According to Top Knot, the brand was created specifically so women (or anyone with long hair) had the option to wear their hair higher up on the head and still be able to wear a baseball hat. Genius, right? This  product was was clever that my husband actually purchased me a hat based off of an online ad he saw. The reason? Over the summer, we went on a lot of walks (I'm still trying to work off all of that pandemic weight) and it was always irritating to have to lower my ponytail in order to fit it through the back of a baseball hat. I wanted to wear the hat for extra sun protection, but it was seriously messing with my hairdo! So, when my husband came across this product, it was a no brainer. But the question remains....does it work??

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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

Over the last several months, I have been putting the Essie Have a Ball Nail Polish collection to good use. Part one and part two discussed the shades, Love-All Game, Have a Ball, Play Date, and Blanc. With only two shades left to discuss and review...this will be the final installment of this particular nail polish review. It has been so exciting to use these different polishes and incorporate lots of fun and exciting colours into my nail looks. Ready to see what the final two shades look like? Find out how they perform? Here is everything you need to know about these colourful Essie polishes...

Monday, November 1, 2021

review: cover girl lash blast clean waterproof mascara

It is no secret that Cover Girl is one of my all-time favourite drugstore makeup brands. I have so many wonderful memories associated with their products! From my first foundation purchase to my beloved The Super Sizer mascara...there is a lot to love about Cover Girl. Though their mascaras can be a little hit or miss, they are always fun to test and try out. Recently, I was able to put the Cover Girl Lash Blast Clean Waterproof Mascara to good use. Ready to find out how it performs? How this mascara compares to The Super Sizer? And most importantly, whether it is worth checking out the next time you are at the drugstore? Here is everything you need to know about this affordable beauty product. 

inspired by: shapellx

Never underestimate the basics. To be honest...this is something that I do often. I will focus on gorgeous eyeshadow shades but won't necessarily take the time to prep and prepare my skin fully. Yes, this is an area that I am working on in all areas of my life. Fashion included. Though there are lots of beautiful dresses and shirts hanging in my closet, I haven't necessarily been focused on the basics. As in, what goes underneath those pieces. On the plus side? Shapellx has all of those must haves covered. This website offers a selection of shapewear, bodysuits, and waist trainers to suit a variety of shapes and sizes. 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

spooky streaming favourites for halloween.

Tomorrow is Halloween. That means this weekend is dedicated to all things spooky. Yes, this is the ideal time to stay inside and watch lots and lots of seasonal movies. (And enjoy some delicious treats as well. Get the candy corn and mini chocolate bars ready!) Not sure what to watch? There are so many different options, but it all depends on what you are in the mood for. Something family friendly and fun? Something scary and iconic? Something a little bit different than the usual Halloween fare? Here are lots of spooky streaming favourites to consider watching this Halloween weekend. 

Friday, October 29, 2021

shake up your style with prestarrs

Has your wardrobe been feeling a little lackluster lately? Maybe you need something for a special occasion or your older pieces are starting to show obvious signs of wear. There are many reasons to splurge on something new. Thankfully, it is easier than ever to find what you need. There are many benefits associated with online shopping. Not only can it be done 24/7, but there is often a wider variety of products to choose from than at a traditional retail location. Ready to start shopping? Then be sure to visit Prestarrs for an impressive selection of fashionable pieces. This online retailer has it all.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

super simple halloween nail ideas

Halloween is almost here. Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the season? All you need is a little nail polish to make it happen. Though I absolutely adore all of the elaborate seasonal nail designs on Pinterest and Instagram....they aren't exactly practical or accessible for the average beauty lover. That is why this list is all about super simple Halloween nail designs. They are suitable for all skill levels and will certainly make this season feel extra special. 

fabulous fall fashion with baginning

Some seasons are better than others. There is no doubt about it: fall is one of the best times of year. Not only are there fallen leaves, cooler temperatures, and cozy vibes...but there is also fall fashion to consider. I love the warm colours, oversized sweaters, and stylish purses that accompany the season. Is the latter lacking in your wardrobe? Not to worry. Baginning has plenty of stylish options that are ideal for autumn. (And winter, spring, and summer! There really is a little bit of everything.) This online retailer makes it easy to incorporate a little wow into all of your seasonal looks.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

80s themed halloween look + cover girl that's rad! palette review

One Halloween costume that never goes out of style? 80s themed ensembles. This is one classic look that is fun to wear and easy to create. Need something last minute? Don't want to overspend on a store bought costume? Then the 80s are your best bet. All you need to do is grab the most colourful items from your wardrobe. Bonus points if you have acid wash jeans or a cute pair of mom jeans to pair with your colourful shirt or vest. Look for scrunchies, legwarmers, or lightening bolt earrings. Any accessories you have that are colourful, bold, and fun are fair game. When it comes to makeup, look for bright colours in your existing makeup collection. If you are looking for something new to test and try...the Cover Girl TruNaked That's Rad! Eyeshadow Palette is an absolute must. It is both affordable and 80s themed. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

live every day like it's your birthday.

Birthdays are special. Especially these days. I have always been a bit of a birthday brat (I love cake and presents and feeling like a queen for a day) but now that my second pandemic birthday has arrived...this day means more than ever. I am so grateful to be safe, to have my family nearby, and to be able to enjoy all of the little things in life. Like birthday cake with sprinkles! This year, the celebrations will be pretty low key, but certainly more than last year. The plan is to have a virtual movie night with some friends (we will all watch the same movie at the same time and chat about it online) and then dinner with my immediate family. I am very much looking forward to celebrating the day - both virtually and in-person - with the people that I love most. That is what birthdays are for, after all! To celebrate the day, a birthday tag seemed to be in order.

Friday, October 22, 2021

2 looks 1 palette: revolution forever dynamic tranquil palette

It was only a few months ago that the Revolution Forever Dynamic Tranquil Eyeshadow Palette was reviewed on the creation of beauty is art. (In case you missed that review, you can take a look at it here.) Since then, this small but mighty drugstore release has been used often in my day-to-day life. As I've mentioned previously, doing my makeup brings me a lot of joy. So, even though I work from home, this is something that I try to make time for each day. This Revolution palette is perfect for the days when I want something ultra shimmery or ultra colourful. Which is why for this 2 looks 1 palette post, there will be a shimmery metallic look as well as a colourful blue look. Ready to see how they turned out? Here are some recent looks created using the unforgettable Revolution Forever Dynamic Tranquil Eyeshadow Palette.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

love it or leave it? zendaya

There is no doubt about it. Zendaya is one of the hottest stars out there. She is known for her singing abilities, her hit TV shows and movies, not to mention her style. Zendaya always turns heads on the red carpet. More recently, she appeared at the Women in Film Annual Awards Ceremony in a bold dress that made waves. It was certainly an adventurous and unusual choice. Curious about the outfit in question? Keep reading to find out whether this is a love it or leave it....

Monday, October 18, 2021

review: jessica simpson lip products (beauty fiend nude lip kit)

Jessica Simpson is a memorable celebrity for so many reasons. Not only has she had a successful pop music career, a hit reality television show, a celebrity perfume line, a billion dollar fashion empire, and a hit memoir....she also has dabbed in the beauty world every now and then. It wasn't too long ago, that I was browsing the selection at Winners that I found this Beauty Fiend by Jessica Simpson Nude Lip Kit. It contained four different lip products and cost a mere $9.99. Needless to say, curiosity took over, and this little lip kit came home with me that day. Since I am a fan of both beauty products and Jessica Simpson, it only made sense. Ready to find out what was inside this aesthetically pleasing lip kit? See how it all performed? Here is everything you need to know about the Jessica Simpson Beauty Fiend Nude Lip Kit.

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.