Monday, 31 March 2014

The Month's Most Loved | March

March has been the month of new purchases and new favourites and I can't wait to share all of my new finds with you! I went on a couple of trips to Sephora and of course multiple to the drugstore - I just can't stay away. Seriously they should ban me. While I will delve into more detail later I just wanted to share a few favourites that have stood out.

The Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner has actually been living in my drawer for a while. I'm constantly searching for the best and blackest liquid liner and so far this baby takes the cake. I'm annoyingly particular about how thin, how flimsy, how black and how smudge-proof a liner is and I don't really have any complaints with the Master Precise. It has a super thin and long felt tip that seems to just glide along my lash line and it lasts ALL day.

The Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil is a longtime love affair, for about a year I have been hoarding little baby sample bottles and they finally ran out two months ago. I wanted to try other products and I even though I LOVED it, I thought I could live without it. Apparently, my face had other ideas aka it was NOT a happy camper. Now that I have this baby back in my hands, my skin has calmed down completely and I will never let it go again.

The Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is something I was optimistic but incredibly unsure about. I have never worn mascara on my bottom lashes, like ever. My lower lashes are incredibly long - cheek touching long - and every mascara has smudged, flaked and transferred onto my face. So I would just remove the mascara and start over. However, the lack of symmetry around my eyes made me look a little alien-ish in photos. The Clinique mascara and solved all of my problems and now I can take photos and look like a human being.

And the L'oreal Paris Nail Polish in Butterfly Kisses has just taken over my world. I am obsessed with it. I normally like to change my polish every week but this baby is the only thing I want to wear. It is stunning and although it doesn't photograph true to colour it is a true orchid. Perfect for the Pantone Colour of the Year, the formula is good, just a bit on the sheer side so a good 3 are needed for full opacity.

So those are my March favourites, what have you been loving this month?


Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Sunday Recap

beautiful nails | new purchases | movie night in | reading bits | painting my new beauty room

So, this week has been pretty amazing. The snow has finally melted - it's still ridiculously cold - and I have spent the week working on my new beauty room! My lovely boyfriend decided that he no longer wanted to have an at-home office so our second bedroom has now become my closet/office/beauty room. I am so ridiculously excited because getting to redo a room or re-decorate is one of my all time favourite things and I desperately needed the space. I have painted and now I am planning a trip to Ikea for some new storage!

Tea of the Week: I've been on a white tea kick so I'm loving this random batch of white tea with vanilla that I found at the market.

Product of the Week: My Tarte Maracuja Oil. I have missed this baby so much and since re-introducing it into my routine my skin is so much happier.

Currently Coveting: The Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum, I've seen a few posts on it and it sounds amazing. I love Avene so I can't help but want to try it.

Blog Posts of the Week: 

Jaye's post from Bed in the Kitchen on the best and worst of Rimmel. I wish we could get some of these products here in Canada.

Rebecca's post on using Google AdWords. This girl is so incredibly knowledgeable and so helpful.

Video of the Week: Shannon from GlamourWonderland went to DisneyWorld and as an ex disney character she has so many fun facts, watch it here.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Style Saturday | The Spring Edit

When Spring rolls around - or any season for that matter - I like to change up my surroundings. One of my favourite ways to do that is to switch out the items on my clothing rack. I went on a massive hunt for this baby a few years ago and it still one of my favourite purchases. It is the PORTIS clothes rack from Ikea and it is $49.99. I love the vintage feel of the iron, the hooks on each side and the shoe board - they all help keep me organized. It was the most appealing clothing rack that I could find that was good quality and sturdy. 

Every season I like to switch out the items that live on the rack because it is just as much a piece of decoration as it is a piece of functional furniture. I tend to lay out all of my clothes on my bed and then edit my choices, then once I know what I want to go onto the rack, I play with the order and placement. I spent years working in retail and it has made me really picky about how my clothes appear on a rack. I follow the rules I was taught at work about colour, pattern and style distribution and I even space my hangers evenly. It's incredibly OCD but I just can't kick the retail mindset. 



The order on the rack will pretty much stay the same all season unless I make any new purchases then I will adjust. As crazy as it is to have such a system for something so trivial, it makes me happy to see all of my pieces out and I find it much easier to create outfits in the morning. 

Do you use a spring cleaning edit for your wardrobe? 


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Spring Polish Picks

A perfectly polished nail is the only way to complete a look - unlike clothes or shoes, a polish will always fit. It will go with every outfit and it even makes my PJ's seem chic. I am a bit of a colour junkie when it comes to nail polish, my collection is chalked full of bright pinks, corals, red and blues. All of which tend to get ignored in the winter for plums, wines and nudes. So when Spring comes around, I cannot wait to bust out my pastels and muted neon - Essiebutton term. I gathered up my favourite spring polishes from two of my most worn brands, Essie and L'oreal to give you some nail-spiration!

Essie is by far my favourite brand of polish, the wide brush, smooth formula and show stopping shades make for a massive collection in my house. The 7 Essie polishes that I would recommend for Spring are Fiji ( a sheer pale pink), Tart Deco ( a peachy coral), Mod Square ( a bright barbie pink), Peach Daiquiri (a peachy pink), Play Date ( a blue toned purple), Lilacism ( a true lilac) and Mint Candy Apple (the perfect minty green). 

I love L'oreal mostly for their unique effects and designer collections but lately they have been killing it in the pastels department. Two that I have been obsessed with are Butterfly Kisses (an orchid pink) and Smell the Roses ( a dusty rose). I cannot wait to get my hands on their new Les Blancs Collection and see if they are just as amazing. 

What Spring polishes are you loving?


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Words to Live By Wednesday

Never let anything change who you are, there is no one else like you, so embrace that and bring your unique gifts to the world. Be content with who you are and everything will fall into place, you will have all the happiness in the world. 


Monday, 24 March 2014

The Spring Must Haves | Random

Spring is a funny time of year, don't you think? The weather is still going completely crazy, snow then rain then sunshine and roses. It's a bit of a confusion to the system and I have to drag myself out of the winter funk. To help me out, I like to give my house a bit of a makeover - swap out the wintery decor for brighter colours and flavours. 

I always like to start with flowers because honestly what says spring better than a big bright bouquet - I think EVERY room needs one. Unfortunately, I cannot have real flowers because I have three little flower eating monsters known as cats. But, faux fleurs are just as good and I love to create my own design with individual stems and DIY vases. For when that fails, you can't go wrong with an arrangement from Target. 

While winter is prime time for candle burning, I like to bring out the sweeter, more floral scents for the beginning of spring. Bath and Body Works is my favourite but I also love the Scent Portfolio line at Target. Towards the end of spring, the candles all go into hiding so I can open ALL of my windows and not burn the house down. 

And of course, my love for tea will never stop no matter the season - although I do wish they sold sugar cookie tea year round - but for Spring I like to bring out the lighter, sweeter teas like Skin Detox and Raspberry Leaf from Yogi. 

It's really quite amazing how just a few small changes can take the mood of your house to a whole new level. Add some springtime to your space and see what happens. 


Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Liebster Award

A big huge thank you to the amazing Ashleigh of Indulgence of a Housewife for nominating me for the Liebster award. I feel very honoured and thankful. Plus, the award is an amazing way to share the love and help blogs achieve more followers. 

The Rules: 
- thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
- provide 11 random facts about yourself.
- nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
- create a new list of 11 questions for the blogger to answer
- list these rules in your post.
- let the bloggers know that you have nominated them.

11 Random Facts About Me:
I have three cats called Chloe, Stella and Snow White
I am an embarassingly huge Disney fan. 
I collect elephants. 
I am a bit obsessed with history, wish i were alive in the 20s
I was born in British Columbia but I live in Ontario
I love to redo rooms and diy furniture
Im pretty sure I was a mermaid in a past life
I could eat pizza for every meal (as long as it's wood-fired)
I can't sleep without the window open
I could play the Sims for hours
I have two chronic ilnesses - Lupus and Fibromyalgia

11 Questions asked to me by Ashleigh

1. What is your favourite beauty product?

That is such a hard question! oh god, um I'm going to say mascara because I cannot leave the house without it. 

2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Happy. As long as I'm happy it doesn't matter where I am but hopefully married to my amazing boyfriend and still blogging. 

3. What is your favourite film?

Titanic. Hands down, I have loved it since i was a kid. 

4. What do people like about you best?

I think that I am very understanding, at least thats what im told, I try to always see everything from the other person's point of view and I will always listen to my friends and support them no matter what. 

5. What do you do in your spare time?

Read. As boring as that is, it's true. 

6. What is your best childhood memory?

I don't have a lot of good ones but one of my favourites is playing on the beach with my dad and my brother in Goderich Ontario at my grandparents house. 

7. Favourite meal?

Wood-fired pizza and anti-pasto. Ughh soo good!

8. What makes you laugh?

Cats. I love to watch the funny cat videos on youtube. 

9. Which 5 words describe you best?

caring, silly, anxious, honest, and determined

10. Tea or coffee?

tea! in every flavour, every day all day

11. What do you want to accomplish in life?

I just want to be happy, I learned early on that pushing myself to accomplish a million things can have consequences and now I just want to live day to day and cherish every moment.

I Nominate:

My Questions:
Cat or Dog?
Whats your favourite season and why?
Hair or Makeup?
What is your motto?
What is a life lesson you have learned?
What would you be doing if you weren't blogging?
Morning or Night?
If you could visit one place, where would you go?
Favourite place to shop?
Last book you read?
Why do you blog?

Thank you so much for nominating me and I hope my nominees enjoy doing this.  


Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Sunday Recap

Cat assistants | orchid nails |new ipad! | tea time | sephora haulin

It's the first week of spring and it been pretty miserable, the sun has not come out once! Everyday I've woken up to grey gloomy skies and I have no motivation to do anything. But maybe the weather is good for me because I have been pumping out the posts. Well, in written form anyway. The lack of sunshine does not make for good photos. I'm feeling really accomplished and that is a great feeling.

Tea of the Week: Yogi's Women's Raspberry Leaf for semi-obvious reasons and it tastes amazing.

Candle of the Week: Bath and Body Work's Gelato - seriously amazing smells like raspberries and reminds me of Italy.

Product of the Week: L'oreal's nail polish in Butterfly Kisses (pic above). This colour has taken over my life, it is so incredibly gorgeous that I never want to take it off.

Blog Posts of the Week: 

Alexandra's post on Blogger things that you don't need to do.

Rebecca's post on showing another side of her life, her illness and her future goals.

Video of the Week: Casey Holme's video on product she has used up. I really trust her opinion so I love to see what she has used up and if she recommends it.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Style Saturday | The Boyfriend Buys

Last Weekend there was a rare occurrence, something that only happens a couple times a year. My boyfriend Shayne decided to go shopping for clothes - not tools or computery stuff I don't understand - and I thought I would document the outcome. 

Shayne is a very busy guy, at just 26, he runs his own computer company that services both commercial and residential clients all over Hamilton. He is usually out of the door at 8 and I usually don't seem him again til 10 at night. Because he is so busy, he just doesn't have the time to update his wardrobe, so for a shopping addict like me it was crazy exciting. 

We ended up spending the morning at the mall - with coffee of course - and being the sweetheart that he is, he took me to Sephora for a little fun! We hit up stores like H&M, Old Navy, Spring Shoes and Aeropostale and he came away with some great stuff. 

Of course, I made him do a little fashion show. 

Do you have a man in your life, is he a shopper or no?


Boscia Konjac Sponge | The Review

A few months ago, i decided to switch up my skincare. I felt like i needed a change and one of the things I started using was the Boscia Konjac Sponge. 

Made of 100% Konjac root from the Jeju Island in Korea - an Asian cultivated root vegetable that the Japanese traditionally used as a detoxifying dietary staple and as a calming, exfoliating sponge for delicate skin. This cleansing sponge naturally balances the acidity of the skin's impurities and oils, and is enriched with protein, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, folic acid and vitamins A, E, C, D, B1, B2, B6 and B12. It also contains no preservatives, parabens, sulphates or phthalates.  The sponge is a rock-hard white porous substance that expands and becomes squishy when wet (you simply hang it up to dry). It can be used alone or with a cleanser and it is delicate enough to use all over the face even under the eyes. 

Over the past couple of months, the Konjac Sponge has become my absolute favourite cleanser and I have fallen in love - I actually look forward to washing my face! 

I adore this sponge because it does an amazing job of cleansing and exfoliating my skin but it is incredibly gentle and does not strip the moisture away with it. I find it is the perfect balance between using your hands and using something more intense like a clarisonic. My skin has never been in a better place, it is visibly brighter and noticeably softer and much much clearer. At first, all of my spots surfaced but since then I have not had any sort of breakout at all. This sponge has become an absolute holy grail product and because of that I can get over the fact that you need to replace it every 3 months (it is a natural substance after all). 

The Boscia Konjac Sponge is an exclusive to Sephora and you can purchase it for $22. 

I strongly encourage everyone to give it a try! I hope you love it as much as i do!


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Words to Live By Wednesday

image - Pinterest
Do absolutely everything to the fullest, never let a moment pass you by. You never know when you will get to do something again so always, always take advantage. Life is too short to not speak your mind, scream it from the rooftops and dance in the street.


Monday, 17 March 2014

No More Bleeding Lips

Don't you just want to cry when you look in the mirror and your lipstick is smeared outside the lines of your lips? Or it has somehow miraculously landed on your cheek? 

We all know that there is an easy solution but really who would rather spend their money on a new nail polish than a lip liner? Personally, I only own 3 coloured lip liners and I find them less than exciting to buy. The concept of a universal lip liner was completely new to me and now I don't know how I survived without it.

The Secret Lip Liner was first introduced in New Zealand and has slowly made it's way into the American market. It is a clear wax liner that you use to trace the outside of your lips, creating a barrier that prevents bleeding, transferring and feathering and can be used to define or overdraw the shape of the lips. It also doubles as a line filler to smooth out the fine lines and creases on and around the lips. 

The liner does a great job at preventing all lipstick mishaps but it is not without it's faults. The product itself is very soft and it will break if too much pressure is applied. It also contains a very small amount of product (0.01oz) that disappears quickly so it best saved for bolder lips that requires that extra step. 

I've been very happy with the Secret Lip Liner but I definitely want to check out the alternatives made by Bite Beauty and Sephora. 

You can buy the Secret Lip Liner at Sephora for $15 or at some Shoppers Drug Marts for $19. 


Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Sunday Recap

Winter Just Won't Leave | Pamper Night |Matte Nude Nails | My Baby had Surgery | Coffee Art

This week has been pretty crazy, it started out feeling a little bit like spring and then two days laters we had a day-long blizzard that just covered the city in feet of snow. Now we have a cold alert for the next couple days. I honestly don't think Spring is coming any time soon. It just so happened that right in the middle of that blizzard I had to drive my cat to the local SPCA to get spayed and i've spent the last couple of days looking after her. My mum and I went out to look at venues for her wedding and ended up finding the perfect place - an old historic mill that is absolutely gorgeous! To top it all off, I got my order of Kate Spade Notebooks (Post coming soon!) and my lovely boyfriend spoiled me with a little trip to Sephora!

Tea of the Week: Good ol' orange pekoe. I've been loving the simplicity of a warm cup of my original favourite.

Product of the Week: Origin's Super Spot Remover. I've been breaking out a bit (I think it was from Hydrluron) so i've been loving my go-to spot treatment.

Currently Coveting: The Maybelline spring line of products. I've been seeing them on American blogs for awhile but have yet to find anything here. I am dying for some of the new colour tattoos and elixirs.

Blog Post of the Week: I have more than one post this week so I'll just list them below

5 Things - Keeping Blog Content Fresh by Kate from Ghost Parties.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipsticks Review by Becky from Lipgloss and Lashes

Kate Spade Polka Dot Agenda by Abby from Un-observed

NYX HD Concealer Review by the lovlies at the Pale Side of Beauty

Video of the Week: I have never seen a more adorable child than Alaina or Buggy from the Carah's Life Vlogs. I will admit that I have watched every single one and I just can't get enough of the cutie so when I saw her mom Carah's new video I just about died.


Friday, 14 March 2014

Style Saturday | The Wool Coat

Even though Spring is just around the corner - well in theory, it's currently a blizzard outside - I wanted to mention my favourite piece of winter weather clothing while I can.
Winter is such a depressing time - at least for me - in the outfit department. I constantly feel like I am always wearing the same cosy sweater and leggings topped with a big chunky scarf. And honestly it's true, my love of fashion during spring and fall disappears into a need to stay warm. Plus, who cares what your outfit looks like when you are just hiding beneath a big parka. So while I do have that big marshmallow parka, I also have this beauty that I wear most of fall and then try to wear as often as I can during the snowy months.

I purchased this beauty about 3 years ago at Zara and it's still my absolute favourite winter coat I've ever had - and I have a habit of buying a lot then hating them. It's pretty much unheard of that I will keep a coat for more than one season, I just get bored. So it's no small feat that I always turn back to this stunner.

It is a gorgeous wool herringbone in a cream and camel mix that works really well at brightening up my otherwise dreary winter complexion. The coat itself weighs a ton but that's how you know it is going to last and is well made. The wool keeps me ridiculously warm and the big cowl is amazing for wrapping around your neck or you can flip it over into a massive hood. One of my favourite bits about this coat is the asymmetrical zipper, it zips diagonally so it adds a bit of interest to something will a boring purpose. I also love the stitching on the coat that adds in definition and shape to the body, along with the super long belt. I've included a little group of photos of the details on the coat because it really is beautifully made.

Oh and of course, here is the customary picture of me wearing the coat. (I don't often like to take pictures of myself, so be nice... please. )


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Bourjois Beauties

(L-R Rose de Jaspe | Nude Velvet |Peche Cosay)

Bourjois is a brand that I have lusted over for a long time, I remember watching review videos of the Little Round Pot Blushes on The Makeup Chair years ago and wishing I could try them. It wasn't until recently that a Shopper's Drug Mart in my area started to carry bits of the collection. I knew the second I saw them that I needed those little french beauties in my life and I ended up picking out two blushes and a lipstick on a recent haul (link). 

The Little Round Pot Blush in shade 95 Rose de Jaspe was my first choice because I have heard so much about these infamous stunners. Made with the exact same formulation for over 150 years there are 3.5 million pots sold every year and I can see why. Nesting inside an adorable little colour-coded compact with a mirror and brush is a baked blush that smells of roses and baby powder. While I love the smell, it is very strong and not for the faint of heart. The blush itself is absolutely gorgeous - a finely milled pinky rose with a golden shimmer. It is incredibly pigmented but blends out to a sheerer finish that can be built up. I have heard that over time the blush will harden but that is easily fixed by removing the top layer with a scratchy brush. 

Next I picked up one of the Cream Blushes in 01 Nude Velvet - a more recent extension to the Little Round Pot line. Housed in a slimmer version of the original packaging with the same colour - coding and mirror. The formula is lovely with poppy extracts that provide second skin comfort, mango butter extracts to leave skin feeling soft and apricot extracts to give a healthy glow. The blush is a cream to powder so it lasts much longer on the skin that a typical cream blush and does not clog pores or sink into lines. The colour is a golden peach that is incredibly pigmented and blends easily to give the perfect flush to the cheeks. I love this because it feels unlike any other cream blush, it simply feels like skin and it does not budge. 

Lastly, I hummed and hawed over the Rouge Edition Lipsticks (too many choices) finally deciding on 03 Peche Cosy. There are 12 shades in the range, with more in the UK, and they vary from nudes to a deep violet. The Rouge Edition lipsticks claim to have 10 hour hydration, a radiant glossy finish and they contain orchid blossom extract to glide onto the lips, leaving them smooth, hydrated and protected. The formula is one of the best I have ever tried, it is super smooth and creamy but not too creamy to the point of transfer or bleeding. It is opaque in one swipe but can be sheered out for a more subtle look. The best bit is that it is ridiculously moisturising - my lips have never felt better with such a vibrant lipstick. I honestly wish that every lipstick i owned had this formula. 

All three of these beauties are winners in my books and I highly recommend them to anyone. While they are difficult to find in Canada and the US, you can purchase most of the collection on Asos. 


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Words to Live By Wednesday

Image - Pinterest

I truly believe that having faith in yourself is such an important step in achieving your dreams. No matter how many times someone tells you how great you are or how good your ideas are, you will never truly feel confident in their words if you don't believe in you. Never doubt your inner most thoughts - they are usually the right ones. Give yourself a chance and you will succeed.


Monday, 10 March 2014

The Lipgloss Convert | Maybelline Colour Elixirs

I have never been a fan of lipgloss in general finding them too sticky and messy so when the newest gloss from Maybelline was released I couldn't have been less interested. It wasn't until I saw Essiebutton's rave review that I decided to check them out. Estee is one of the bloggers whose opinion I trust explicitly, i have loved everything she has ever recommended and the Colour Elixirs were no exception. 

The Maybelline Colour Elixirs are not your average lipgloss - described as a 3 in 1 hybrid with the bold colour saturation of a lipstick, the moisturizing feel of a balm and the high shine of a gloss. The formula is a dream - lightweight and surprisingly hydrating, not at all sticky but creamy and smooth on the lips. The lasting power is typical for a gloss - only 3 or 4 hours - but they are so nice to apply that it doesn't matter. The exclusive angora brush makes it a breeze to apply an even and polished layer that just smooths over lines in the lips. 

I have 3 of the 20 available shades and they are all consistent in their formula and performance. Breathtaking apricot is a creamy peach, Captivating Carnation is a gorgeous rosy pink and Dashing Orchid is a stunning purple toned fuchsia that fits in perfectly with the Pantone Colour of the Year. And the packaging - don't get me started - it is unique and looks gorgeous on a vanity (where i store mine). The clear casing around the lipstick shaped tube and the chic silver cap make it stand out from the standard drugstore gloss. 

I have fallen in love and as someone who hated lipgloss, I can honestly recommend them to anyone who wants a fun colour without the commitment of a lipstick. 

You can buy the Maybelline Colour Elixirs at drugstores for $10.99 (CAD) 

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