Saturday, April 30, 2022

l'oreal air volume mega mascara (first impressions video + review)

I am no stranger to drugstore mascaras. Though I have tried many different mascaras over the all-time favourite comes from the drugstore. Expensive price points don't necessarily mean better products! Recently, I had the opportunity to test out a mascara from L'Oreal and was excited to put it to good use. The L'Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara boasted a light and airy formula and dramatic results. What could be better than that? With warmer weather on the way, something that was ultra lightweight sounded ideal. Curious about how this affordable mascara performed? Keep reading for a first impressions review on my YouTube channel followed by a full review of the mascara. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

review: ciate london watermelon burst setting spray

Setting sprays can be difficult. There are so many out there, but not all of them perform well. For every Urban Decay All Nighter or Morphe Set and Refresh Mist, there are dozens of setting sprays that falls flat. Either there is an odd chemical scent or the product does not actually help makeup stay in place. Finding something that works for you (and your skin type) can be a long and grueling process. Over the years, there are a handful of setting sprays that have made my must-have list. The two mentioned already and the Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray. Now? It is time to give another setting spray a try. One of my friends gifted me the Ciate London Watermelon Burst setting spray. Since my previous experiences with Ciate London have been pretty positive in the past...I had high hopes that this would be another win. Keep reading to find out how it performed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

kylie skin + kylie cosmetics (mini haul)

Ever since Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin officially launched in Canada, I have been putting the products to good use. The skincare items are included in my daily routine and the makeup products are used on a semi-regular basis. The reason? There is a lot to love about this brand. Not only am I a massive fan of the Kardashians/Jenners in general, but I love the millennial pink aesthetic and many of the products that I have tried. When it was time to repurchase some must-have skin care items from the line, it only made sense to add something extra. There was also a free gift thrown into the mix. Ready to take a closer look at this mini haul? Here are a few items from Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics...

Sunday, April 24, 2022

testing out a dollar store highlight (la colors glow time)

There is nothing so thrilling as a trip to Sephora. When that black and white striped bag is overloaded with goodies....well, it is an undeniably exciting experience. Despite this, affordable makeup is always my preference. I love drugstore items and even dollar store items every now and again! There is something so wonderful about beauty products that are both affordable and accessible. I believe everyone should be able to find items that suit their preferences and budget. Which is why the L.A. Colors Highlight seemed worth testing and trying for the creation of beauty is art. It cost a mere $1.25 CDN at the dollar store. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

violet voss: sweet violet eyeshadow palette (review + video)

When it comes to springtime makeup looks...Violet Voss is an absolute must. This brand has released many colourful eyeshadows shades over the years and each one manages to excel in the pigmentation department. Case in point? The Violet Sunset palette that was reviewed here on the creation of beauty is art. Now, it is time for another Violet Voss review. If you've been curious about the Sweet Violet eyeshadow palette, then keep reading for all the details.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

inspired by netflix: get organized with the home edit

Anyone else watching "Get Organized with The Home Edit" on Netflix? When the first season premiered, it was quickly added to my watch list. Before I knew it, Clea and Joanna had reorganized closets, kitchens, bedrooms, and everything in between. Recently, the second season was added to the streaming service. This time, the professional organizers weren't heading to random storage stores for containers...they had created their own. Well, it only took a quick online search to find out where the containers were being sold. And that is how my spring cleaning started this year. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

easter highlights (decorations, baked goods, accessories)

Ahh...this time of year is undeniably special. There is something so rejuvenating about the sunnier days, the springtime colours, and of course, the holidays. As I mentioned in my last post, Easter is one of my favourite holidays. This year, it was spent with my loved ones at home...which is my favourite way to celebrate. My husband and I did Easter baskets for one another, then I spent the day with my immediate family, and my husband joined us for a homecooked meal. There were lots of highlights, like watching classic holiday movies together and baking lots of delicious seasonal treats. Ready to take a peek into my Easter holiday? See how it was celebrated? Here are some holiday highlights...

Saturday, April 16, 2022

easter is about more than candy. it's about peace, love, and family.

Happy Easter weekend! This is always such a joyful time of year. The sun seems to shine brighter, the world feels more colourful, and there is an overwhelming sense of hope. Spring has arrived and so has one of my favourite holidays. Easter makes me think of chocolate, playing games with my family, and my favourite seasonal cartoons. There are so many ways to celebrate this time of year. For me, it is all about being with family and making memories. Normally, my family celebrates on Sunday, so I am very much looking forward to tomorrow. For now, it is time to answer some Easter-related questions.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

friends week: #FOTD feat. friends x revolution makeup products

I love makeup and I love watching Friends. So, when Revolution released their Friends inspired collection in late 2021, it was immediately of interest. The packaging was beyond cute and the products turned out to be stellar. (In case you missed it, you can read my review of the collection here.) I have been using these items fairly regularly since then and more recently used them to create a simple little #FOTD look. It was just a regular day at home, so the look wasn't anything crazy or over the top, but I love that this colourful eyeshadow palette can be used to create something bold and colourful or a little more subdued. Need a reminder of what the palette looks like? Take a look at this #FOTD? Here goes...

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

friends week: charmed aroma review and reveal (friends necklace)

Friends is without a doubt, one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. It has left a lasting impression on television audiences and continues to inspire millions of people around the world. There is something so special about this show! It is comforting, warm, and still hilarious. Since it is theme week here on the creation of beauty is art. it is time to continue on with lots of Friends themed content. Today, it is all about the Friends Necklace Collection from Charmed Aroma. Ready to take a closer look at the candle itself and the accessory hidden away inside? Keep reading for the latest review and reveal.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

friends week: introduction + new friends items

It is time for another theme week on the creation of beauty is art. This time? It is all about the television show, Friends. This iconic show has been part of my life for a very long time and remains one of my favourites. Over the holiday season, my friends gifted me some fabulous themed items, and so it only made sense to write about them here. Friends Week will start off with a peek inside a themed planner and notebook, then there will be a Charmed Aroma review and reveal post, and a makeup look that puts the Revolution x Friends collection to good use. Ready to get started? To find out what these television themed products are like? The first themed post is all about a Friends inspired notebook and planner. 

Friday, April 8, 2022

current obsession: happy face everything

In middle school, happy faces were considered to be ridiculously cool. And they were everywhere! On necklaces, keychains, t-shirts, mood rings...everywhere. At that time, my collection of happy face inspired items started. I remember that at one point, my room had happy face containers, an array of happy face necklaces, rings, stick on earrings, shirts, patches, pins, and stuffed animals. I loved happy faces a lot. Over the years, many of those items were tucked away or donated. (Though the holiday-inspired happy face stuffed animals have remained and come out for various holidays.) Imagine my surprise and delight when happy faces - and all things 90s - came back in style. It reminded of how much I loved all of those adorable yellow happy faces in my youth. Lately, I have been embracing the past and have welcomed a few new happy face items into my life. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

review + makeup look: huda beauty amethyst obsessions

Though there are far too many eyeshadows in my makeup is always wonderful to test and try out new ones. Over the holidays, my loved ones gifted me lots and lots of beauty products, and I continue to put them to good use. (And review them here on the creation of beauty is art.) The latest? Amethyst Obsessions from Huda Beauty. When it comes to Huda Beauty, my experiences with the brand have been somewhat mixed. For instance, the Warm Brown Obsessions palette was an absolute super star, but then the Mercury Retrograde was kind of lackluster and inconsistent, despite stellar reviews from beauty gurus and makeup lovers alike. All in all, the brand has been pretty impressive, and has a lot of really beautiful colour stories to choose from. Curious about whether the Amethyst Obsessions palette was a winner or if it fell flat? Here is everything you need to know about this colourful release from Huda Beauty. 

Monday, April 4, 2022

makeup brush review: morphe (mickey and friends)

Disney is a significant part of my life. I grew up in a Disney household and much of my childhood was spent watching Walt Disney cartoons on VHS, reading Disney books, playing with Disney toys, and eventually, visiting Disney theme parks. As an adult, my love of all things Disney has remained. There is something so special about the characters. Of course, since makeup is another passion of mine, it only makes sense that the latest Morphe collection would be of interest. The Mickey & Friends Truth Be Bold 6-Piece Brush Set seemed to have it all: cute packaging and iconic characters. Ready to take a closer look at this brush set? Here is everything you need to know about this Disney inspired collection...

Saturday, April 2, 2022

#OOTD: cowgirl inspired outfit and accessories

There is something about cowgirl inspired fashion that I love. Ever since visiting the store, Kicking Cowgirl Designs, last obsession with the country music style has grown. Of course, I do listen to some country music, though pop music is admittedly my favourite. But icons like Reba McEntire will always inspire me. Her albums take me to a place that few manage to! So, when it came time to pull together a country inspired outfit, there simply needed to be a Reba shirt thrown into the mix. Ready for a breakdown of this recent cowgirl inspired #OOTD? Here goes....