I won’t keep you waiting any longer. The time has come for me to share my awesome new Pink Pewter headbands with you, along with some simple hairstyles. These headbands are so gorgeous that they dress up any hairstyle, or lack thereof.
I’ve been playing with them all weekend but I first wore one to work this morning, and let me tell you, if you need an ego boost – wear Pink Pewter headbands! I can’t remember the last time I received this many compliments! These headbands are certainly unique and grab your attention, not to mention sparkly. Everyone loves sparkly.
Pink Pewter was kind enough to send me 4 samples of their beautiful pieces, and I intend on sharing them with you all week long!! The brand has a huge celeb following, and it’s no wonder with each piece being so beautifully unique and emanating the passion and love-for-the-art put into it. They are widely distributed internationally, and in Canada they can be found at Trade Secrets, or online at Amazon.ca
Nail Polish: Sally Hansen – Electric Emerald Read more
Hi Lovelies!! Here are some of my fave products right now. Some I mentioned before others I didn’t but I’m really enjoying all of these so this is my January summary to make sure we’re all looking good and feeling good despite this crazy weather.
Every time I see this awesome “Volcanic” lipstick by L’Oreal in my makeup up stash I feel happy! I find red very dramatic but this orange-y shade just right. I like to use a brush and outline my lips using the same shade, and then fill in the rest. It stays on pretty well without budging, but if you drink or give someone a kiss it will transfer.
The sleep people at Casper asked me to share some ideas and participate in their Beauty Sleep Style Challenge. We all know that sleep is important but probably underestimate how important it really is. In fact Arianna Huffington gave a great TED talk about sleep a few years back. Check out the link – it’s sure to give you some perspective!
Not only is sleep a necessary tool to rest our body and mind in order to rejuvenate and replenish our well of ideas for the next day, but it’s also a chance for our skin to take a break and relax. I’m a very low maintenance girl but no matter what I must perform my bedtime routine… or my skin will hate me the next day. I always always always take off my makeup before bed, cleanse my face(my favorite is L’Oreal facial cleanser) dab gently to dry and apply moisturizer. It takes all of 3 minutes of your time but those 3 minutes before bed make a world of difference!
As you know I’m a fan of L’Oreal and their subsidiary brands. I absolutely love the L’Oreal voluminous mascara, and I’m very happy with their nail polishes, perfume and lipstick, so I figured I’d try something new made by the same awesome brand.
I love wearing lipstick! I have lots of awesome shades I would love to incorporate more into my daily looks – reds, purples, oranges, bright pinks, you name it! But I don’t think my bold hues are appropriate for the office environment I work in. This doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate lip colour and are bound to only wearing clear and nude gloss. Rather, it’s a matter of finding a creative way of applying lipstick such that you get the benefit of added colour in a way appropriate for casual wear, and the office. The solution?
Use your fingers! Why does this work? It gives you the flexibility to build the hue up as much or as little as you see fit. Below, I used my Annabelle Lipstick Crayon:
This colour can be quite dark if you apply it directly onto your lips. Below I start by not wearing anything on my lips at all, and move to 1 layer of this shade applied with my fingers. Next I build it up and add another layer. I would wear #1 and #2 to work, and save #3 for a night out.
Applying lipstick or lip stain with your fingers creates a more natural and long lasting effect too!
I’m normally pretty girly but I also love to try new things! Be it new products, new foods, or a new activity I’m usually game.
Skydiving? Of course! Let’s do it!
This weekend I tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time – shooting! We went to a gun range in Brantford (West of Toronto… WAY WEST). A word of caution if you’re trying to book for a Saturday keep in mind that it’s the busiest day so you’ll have to book way in advance. If you’re heading down on a weeknight, which is what we did, give yourself time to battle 401 traffic. When you finally make it there, it’s going to feel like you’ve reached the end of the world, but as soon as you step inside you’ll find the guys working there to be very friendly and welcoming. I had no idea what to expect so I thought I would at least try to look the part. Here’s the look: Read more
Lot’s of makeup posts lately! I guess it’s because I’ve been so excited for the Gather For Brunchkins event coming up tomorrow night – it’s all I’ve been thinking about. Gather for Brunchkins is an event aimed at raising money for Brunchkins which is an organization providing breakfast and a packed lunch for kids in non-profit housing, in the Bowmanville area. If you’d like to come by tomorrow, it’s not too late! There will be tickets at the door for $20. There will be a beautifully motivational talk given by Julia Grieve, wine, food, goodie bags, and make up tutorials by yours truly! The makeup I’ll be using tomorrow will all be by Arbonne Cosmetics. The great thing about Arbonne is that not only does it work really well, but it feels fantastic on your skin due to the fact that it’s paraben free, phthalates free, 100% vegan, doesn’t contain mineral oils, no gluten, no artificial fragrances, and is PETA approved. Yes, it’s good!
To create today’s look though, I used several different brands, and some new products I was eager to try.
The products I’ve never tried before are the Annabelle Bronzer, and Annabelle pencils – both eye and lip ones, And I have to say I’m pretty impressed. The great thing about a lip pencil, and I don’t mean a lip liner, but one you would use for your entire lip, is that you can’t screw up! Just like when you were little you get to colour inside the lines. Maybe it’s just me but I feel that this way you have more control. The other thing I liked about this pencil is that its rather moisturizing and also doesn’t feel like a foreign body annexed to your lips but rather natural and comfortable. The shade I’m wearing is called Vamp and you can find it here.
The awesome thing about weekends is you can let loose! You don’t have to look corporate and mundane. You can experiment with colour and do whatever makes you feel good! You want to try out new shadows? Eyeliner? Different colour lipstick? Go for it!
Here’s a bit on inspo to get you started:
What I used:
To create this look I started with a primer & foundation combo. I didn’t apply bronzer like I usually do because I wanted to stay with the pinks, and apply a cozy pink blush, and light pink lip-gloss.
I just want to put it out there that you are all naturally beautiful and really don’t need to spend a lot of time enhancing your natural beauty. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m participating in an event on November 12th, where I will be giving makeup tutorials on how to achieve the perfect 5 minutes face, which I believe is all you need to look polished and put together, so today I would like to share it with you!
So there was a makeup sale in town and this happened:
I regret nothing! It was hosted by L’Oreal and the prices were second only to the selections. The cool thing was that not only were there amazing deals on L’Oreal products, but the sale featured L’Oreal’s other brands as well. For example, there was a pretty wide selection of perfumes and I was able to get the YSL Manifesto perfume I’ve had my eye on, for a fraction of the cost. Read more
Pretty much everything I do is simple, and as the saying goes “Necessity is the mother of invention“. What is necessary for me is to be able to have a shower in the morning and wash my hair before work but not spend a million hours straightening, or curling, or styling it, because that’s not what mornings are for.
What I’ve been trying to do is come up with simple ways to put up my hair instead of just sporting a ponytail all the time. Although my hair is dry below (it’s second day hair), I will often wash my hair and blow dry just the roots. If I then braid it, or put it up, I look put together, I don’t have to leave my house looking like I just ran out of the shower, my hair dries nice and smooth, and it takes no time at all!
The good thing about this hairstyle is you only need 1 elastic, and it will still hold marvelously! Believe me this is key for those of us with thick hair. If I can put it up and not have it come down, I’m a happy camper. You can do this quick little bun on the go or after you’ve left the house, because it’s that simple. I did mine in 30 seconds but I’m sure with a little hairspray and a few more minutes you can dress this baby up, and make yours neater than mine.
Hi guys! I want to quickly share my smokey eye makeup routine. It’s very simple and can be easily toned down or punched up.
Typically a smokey eye is created by blending 2 eye shadows, and made the more dramatic with the use of eyeliner. I only applied eyeliner on my top lashes because the occasion didn’t call for more than that, but for a bolder look apply eyeliner on the bottom as well. A coloured eyeliner looks really cool too. Whenever I use a coloured eyeliner I use it in conjunction with the black, I just trace a thin coloured line above the black. Normally they say you should be using complementary coloured eye makeup to your eye colours, but quite frankly my eyes are green and I love using a blue eyeliner, and it works just fine!
A smokey eye is the perfect look for a night out, because it looks both dramatic and fancy. Because my sweater was quite bold already I wanted to keep the colours to a min, but don’t be afraid to experiment with colour! There is so much you can do!
What I did to create this look:
1. I used a cream shade all over my lid,
2. And the darker charcoal shade in the crease of my eye, and along the lash line.
3. Using the brush you see below I blended the 2 colours upwards and a bit above the crease.
4. I added colour to my cheeks using a peach blush,
5. And finished the look off with a nude lip. The lip liner and lip gloss you see below are the cheapest things I own and I absolutely love both! I got them at a make up sale I attended for $1. Yup. True Story.
The eye shadows and makeup brush you see below are both by Mistura Beauty. Iv’e mentioned them before in previous posts. They’ve been around for a few years now and are available in Rexall Pharmacy stores, and online through various retailers. Personally I really enjoy their makeup brushes, and the pigmentation of the eye shadows. My only critique would be that the eye shadow compact is hard to open and you have to use your nails. Other than that, great stuff!
So give this super simple look a try and let me know how it goes!
I have to tell you about this lipstick, or lip stain rather.
A friend told me about it a while ago. She claimed that it stays on all night. What are the chances of a color staying on your lips after you eat, drink, kiss, or whatever else you do? But I figured I’d try it. It only cost $12 so I didn’t have too much to lose but potentially a new favorite to gain!
This lipstick is available in 30 different wonderful shades (click on picture for link). The one I’m wearing is ‘Keep up the Flame’ #025, but I have a feeling I’ll be adding more to my collection. This lipstick has 2 sides to it. One is the actual colour, and the other is the hydrating balm. After applying the colour your lips will feel a bit dry but that’s ok. Make sure the color dries completely and then apply the balm, which will hydrate your lips and add shine.
I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil perform 3 times already, twice here in Toronto, and once in Vegas, and I will gladly see them 100 more times. I can’t tell you how fantastic their shows are! I find myself on the edge of my seat every time. Each number is unique, creative, and entertaining. Kudos to the creative minds behind theses shows. The stories, the sets, the numbers, everything is so elaborate and imaginative.
This time the show I saw was called KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities and it certainly did not disappoint! I went to see the show with my entire family, I mean ENTIRE family – there was 15 of us, which also meant we got a group rate! When you buy tickets make sure that you don’t have an obstructed view – there are a few poles in the tent which can block your view. Other than the obstructions though, it doesn’t matter how close or far, or on which side you sit because the horseshoe shaped stage allows for great visibility no matter where you are. The beautiful thing with Cirque du Soleil shows is you don’t need to speak the language to enjoy it. My grandparents who do not speak English came with us and had the time of their life!
The level of professionalism is so astonishing. The amount of hours put into practicing these routines must be insurmountable because the performers make it look so easy. You have complete faith that the gymnasts, tumblers, and acrobats will land safely yet you can’t help but gasp for air each time they throw themselves up in the air again.
It is a show for all ages, all occasions, and just overall an incredible spectacle. I truly recommend everyone to go see it!
Hi guys! So I haven’t posted anything in 5 days *Gasp*! I know. I even missed Thursday Thought! But here’s why: As you know TIFF is in town, so naturally I had to be there. My friends and I didn’t get tickets to see any movies, not yet anyway, but we really wanted to be downtown for the hoopla of opening night! While we probably should have gone to King St. W. we decided to make our way to Yorkville instead, in the hopes of spotting some stars enjoying their evening. If you’ve never been to Toronto, you have to visit Yorkville. It’s a really cute area to just walk through, grab some lunch, go for drinks, and of course shop. This is the expensive shopping part of town, so if you’re into that sort of thing it’s fantastic! Just name it, it’s there. Otherwise, Yorkville is really great for window-shopping and inspiration. Because it’s an expensive area your chances of spotting celebrities there are pretty good all year round, not to mention during TIFF time.
What we learned is that to sit on the patio of certain places around TIFF time you need to make reservations. I’m pretty sure there were free tables but they must have been saved for celebs. Obviously we just didn’t cut it. Anyway, we ended up going to this adorable Italian restaurant called Trattoria Nervosa, and sat on their rooftop patio.
If you go, you should try their pizza and Aperol Spritzers. Both were divine! The pizza has a super thin crust, and tasted really fresh. They told us it was small, but we found it to be perfect for sharing.
This nail polish is so soft, yet it immediately gives your nails a more, no pun intended, polished look. This nail polish makes me feel more put together. Just like a simple pink gloss. And let me tell you that L’Oreal makes fantastic nail polishes. I have quite a few so I know! The brush is great, and makes for simple and neat application. The consistency of the nail polish is excellent because it stores well, and doesn’t clump up or dry up. It preserves well both in the bottle and on your nails!