Saturday, 31 December 2016

Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products

Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products |

Hey Beauties! 

It is officially the end of 2016 and in just a few hours a new year will have begun. To kick off the year with a bang I wanted to share my absolute favourite beauty products from all of 2016. These are the products that made an impact in my routine and changed the game for good, these are the products that I always turn to and the products that I will always recommend without a doubt. 

Some of these products have been reviewed in depth and some are my secret weapons. If you would like to know more about a specific product just let me know! 

What were your favourite products this year?
Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products |

Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products |

Benefit Cheekathon Palette - $75

Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products |

Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products |

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Best Of Beauty 2016 | My Top Picks & Most Used Products |


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

A Blush, Grey, & Metallic Bedroom Makeover | The Inspiration & Plans

Hey Beauties! 

In my quest to start the new year off with a sparkly fresh start (can you believe there are only 2 weeks left?), I want to create a home that feels bright, colourful and creative. 

Working from home means that you can get a little bit too comfortable with your daily surroundings and they can end up losing their liveliness and their ability to inspire you. To help refresh my space, I am going to be redecorating 3 rooms - my bedroom, the living room and the dining room. 

It's going to be a lengthy process but I am going to take it one room at a time and of course, I will share my inspirations and the final product along the way. 

To kick it all off - the bedroom!

I want to keep the overall vibe really light and bright but I want to change up the colour scheme and add a few more details and pieces of furniture like an accent chair, a pouf, and side tables. 

 The colour theme is going to be blush, grey and cream with metallic accents in both gold and silver. I also want to introduce a variety of textures so I will be playing with velvet, faux fur, knits and linen. 

Take a peek at these inspirational images and keep your eyes peeled for the final reveal!

What does your bedroom look like?


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, A Happy Hanakuh or just Happy Holidays on this wonderful day!

 Whether you are celebrating with friends or family take a moment to recall the true meaning of Christmas and count your blessings. 

I love each and every one of you and you are all a blessing to me! 


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

#ShoppingGoals | How To Conquer Boxing Day & Capture Incredible Deals

Hey Beauties! 

I don't know about you but with Christmas JUST around the corner, I am already preparing myself to get out there and kick Boxing Day's butt! For a fashion lover and shopaholic like myself, Boxing Day is one of the most exciting days of the year. 

It is the one day that it is totally acceptable to go a little bit crazy, hunting down incredible deals on the high fashion pieces you have been eyeing for what feels like a lifetime. It can be a bit overwhelming to figure out exactly what you want, where to go and how to shop but I have got you covered! 

Not only have I found the PERFECT place to do all of your Boxing Day shopping but I am going to divulge all of my secret tips and tricks to help make Boxing Day a breeze! 

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Toronto Premium Outlets to pre-shop their Boxing Day sales and I have to say I fell in love! 

The Toronto Premium Outlets are THE place to check off everything on your wish list including those extra special pieces at an unbeatable price point. The TPO specializes in high-end luxury retailers with more than 80 stores in a beautifully designed outdoor setting. Each store offers between 25% - 65% off on a daily basis so just imagine how incredible the Boxing Day sales will be! 

You can find prestige stores such as Michael Kors, Rudsak, Kate Spade, Coach, Ted Baker, Burberry, Fossil, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch, Vince Camuto, Cole Haan, Calvin Klein, and Restoration Hardware. Of course, they also have the very best staple stores that everyone loves like Banana Republic, Aldo, Club Monaco, The Gap, Dynamite, Guess, J Crew, Nine West, The Body Shop, Ports, DKNY and the Cosmetics Company Outlet. To top it all off they have one of the only Saks 5th Avenue - Saks Off Fifth stores in Canada!

With such an incredible roster of stores, the options are endless so where do you possibly start? Well, after years of hunting down the best deals I have a few tips and tricks that I am dying to share with you! 

Boxing Day Tips & Tricks

1 - Dress Comfortably! 

Boxing Day can be a little bit hectic and it comes with long hours, crazy lines and tired feet. Make sure to wear simple pieces that are not only comfortable and breathable but can easily be removed or layered upon when you need to try something on. Also, skip the cute shoes and go for sneakers or comfortable flats that will survive a long day. 

2 - Make A Plan & Write It Out!

Do your research before you go. Have an idea of what you are looking for, where to get it and what it might cost. Map out the mall and figure out what your action plan is so you can make the most of your time. Write out lists and keep them on hand so you don't forget anything!

3 - Shop Alone!

As much fun as it might be to shop with your best girlfriends, Boxing Day is best done by yourself. If you want to stick to your plan and accomplish every task on your list, try shopping alone. It will help you stay focused and you will all be happier at the end of the day. 

4 - Bring Snacks & Water!

You don't want to waste precious time in a chaotic food court but it's also important to stay hydrated and keep your energy up. Pack a protein bar or a quick snack in your bag and bring a bottle of water or two. 

5 - Stay Calm! 

Boxing Day can be stressful for everyone involved. Not only will shoppers be in a rush but employees will be quite anxious. Take the time to step back, breathe deeply and remember your manners. It will help you have a more positive experience but it will also help those around you. 

If you follow these tips and tricks you will, without a doubt, have a successful Boxing Day! 

I was lucky enough to shop the Toronto Premium Outlets ahead of time and I scored some incredible luxury goods at prices that are out of this world! 

If you are looking to treat yourself or a loved one with a beautiful luxury good like a handbag or a pair of boots then the Toronto Premium Outlets is the place to go! 

I managed to grab a STUNNING bucket bag from Vince Camuto for only $154 (originally $310), a compact wallet from Ted Baker for $53 (originally $120) and a few other incredible steals that I would have never found anywhere else! 

If you are in the GTA then I cannot recommend the Toronto Premium Outlets enough, make sure to check them out on Boxing Day and you will score beyond belief! 

The Toronto Premium Outlets are conveniently located off highway 401 in Halton Hills and is easily accessible by regular shuttle from Union Station in downtown Toronto. 

Happy Shopping Beauties and make sure to use the hashtag #torontopo if you visit!


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

All I Want For Christmas... | My Christmas Wish List | Beauty & Lifestyle

Hey Beauties! 

The countdown is on and Christmas is only 6 days away! While I already have all of my shopping done I know there are some people who tend to be a little later to the game (like my fiance Shayne). So I feel like it's not too late to jump on the bandwagon and post my very own gift guide of sorts - my Christmas wish list!

Of course being the beauty addict that I am there are a few makeup bits and pieces but also some lifestyle and fashion picks. 

What's on your wishlist?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

The holiday season is all about adding a little bit of glamour and sparkle into your life whether it be through home decor, festive outfits or a makeup look. Well, Stila Cosmetics has you totally covered for any luxe beauty situation with their Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection and it is beyond gorgeous. 

The Transcendence Holiday Collection is beautifully presented in metallic gold packaging with embossed lettering and a delicate snowflake print and it contains 5 gift sets, 4 of which I managed to get my hands on!

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

The collection is designed around their "Be the Light" motto and it is represented by the multi-dimensional shades and out of this world finishes. 

The Transcendence Collection features 3 different gift sets that revolve around Stila's famous Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks and just like last year they have caused a bit of mass hysteria (rightly so).

The Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are by far my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks with an incredible shade range and a formula that just won't quit! They are ultra creamy and apply like a dream. They are very opaque and never streaky, they cover in one swipe but layer beautifully over themselves and lip liners. Once they set, they truly do not budge, smudge or transfer and they do last ALL day long. 

Their miniature sizes are the perfect way to test out the range in a number of shades without spending a lot. I personally love collecting these sets so that I can try as many shades as possible! 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

There are two smaller sets available - the Bright & Bold Trio and the Naturally Nude Trio - both of which retail for $20 USD with 3 lipsticks each (o.o5 fl oz). 

The Bright & Bold Trio contains my favourite red lipstick Beso (a true blue red), Viola (a cool lavender), and Lume (a limited edition deep fuschia). 

The Naturally Nude Trio contains their cult classic shade Patina (a dusty rose), Perla (a pale dusty pink), and Serenata (my new addiction - a cognac rose). Both Perla and Serenata are limited edition. 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |
(L-R Viola, Lume & Beso)

The Stay All Day Sparkle All Night Set ($39 USD) is an incredibly exciting set with 5 (0.05 fl oz) lipsticks and the brand new Glitterati Lip Top Coat! It features 3 must-have staple shades and 2 new limited edition ones. It comes with my all time favourite nude Baci (a nude mauve), Patina (a dusty rose), Bacca (a raspberry), Fresco (a LE mid-tone dusty rose), and Rubino (a LE beet red). 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

The Glitterati Lip Top Coat in Transcend is an absolutely gorgeous product that has quickly become a favourite in my collection. It is a liquid shimmer that consists of a thin base with a slightly pink tone and a stunning ultra iridescent shimmer. It gives you the ability to instantly transform any lipstick into a sparkly, glittery, holiday lip!

As it sets, the base evaporates to leave only the fine shimmer behind on the lips. While adding a gorgeous glittery finish it tends to affect the transfer proof properties so you will leave a bit of shimmer on your sweetheart if you get caught under the mistletoe. 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |
(L-R - Rubino, Bacca, Patina, Baci, Fresco)

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |
(L-R - Rubino, Rubino topped with Glitterati, & Glitterati)

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

The Star Light Star Bright Highlighting Palette ($39 USD) takes strobing to the next level with 3 radiance-enhancing highlighters with an ultra-smooth, bouncy texture that can give a subtle glow or an intense sheen. 

These highlighters have an incredibly unique texture that melts into the skin for an ultra-lightweight, barely-there feel and a look that is naturally radiant. The hybrid formula between cream and powder feels insanely smooth to the touch and translates beautifully to the skin without accentuating any texture. 

They are infused with ultrafine light diffusing particles and an incredibly fine shimmer that gives an almost wet look to the cheeks. The pigmentation is perfect at just the right strength that can be built up easily with a dense brush or sheered out with fingers. 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

The palette features Transcendence (an opalescent pink for a bold ethereal glow), Kitten (a shimmering nude pink for a brightened complexion), and Bronze (a sunkissed radiance for an all over tanned look). 

The three shades are intended to be used individually or mixed together for an all over glow on the cheeks, lips or eyes. 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |
(L-R - Transcendence, Kitten, Bronze)

The last set in the collection is the Morning to Moonlight Waterproof Eyeliner Trio ($35 USD) which features Stila's best-selling eyeliners, the infamous Stay All Day Liquid Liner in black and the famous Smudgestick Cream Pencils in Stingray and Lionfish. 

Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

The Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday Collection is beyond gorgeous and has so many incredible options for the perfect gift but it is selling out fast so make sure to grab yours before they are gone for good! 

You can find it at Stila, Ulta, Sephora & Shoppers Drug Mart. 

Happy Holiday Beauties! 

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Shining Stars | Stila Cosmetics Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection | Overview & Swatches |

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Beauty With An Edge | Urban Decay Flagship Store X Square One Grand Opening

Hey Beauties! 

As you might know, when I really love a brand or a product, I become wholly committed to them. I will use that brand or product over and over again and I will find myself looking to collect every single product they release. 

Urban Decay is one of those very brands. Since the early days of their plumping lipglosses (I was obsessed!) to the original Naked palette and now to their gorgeous blushes, incredible concealers, and showstopping shadows, they really can do no wrong. 

Well, this past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Grand Opening Celebration of their flagship retail store at Square One Shopping Center

Urban Decay is a brand that celebrates individuality and self-expression, they are all about letting your personality show and your creativity blossom using cosmetics as your medium. Their new store completely encapsulates this energy and their "beauty with an edge" mantra that is equal parts feminine, dangerous and fun!

The 1300 square foot space in unlike any other store you have ever seen, it truly is like walking directly into the heart and soul of Urban Decay. The bright purple walls, black accents, and chrome fixtures are vibrant and full of energy. There is a giant wall of sequins that reflect like the infamous Oil Slick lipstick and shadow and the store is filled with bits of UD inspiration and theming. The fixtures are larger than life, perfectly designed to showcase every single UD product you can imagine. 

This ultimate beauty hangout is so much more than just a store with 8 tricked out beauty stations, an interactive selfie station, and all of the makeup a girl could dream of. It is the perfect place to let you inner makeup junkie out to swatch and play to your heart's content. 

The Square One location carries every product on Urban Decay's roster including gift sets, travel sets, massive collectors sets and hard to find products that are sold out everywhere else. You can even find exclusive products, shades and lifestyle items that you can't get elsewhere! 

The Grand Opening event was like a magical, makeup wonderland! The store was filled with bloggers and makeup lovers alike who got the chance to play with all of UD's products, explore new techniques, get their makeup done and of course take plenty of pictures! 

There were creative drinks, yummy treats, a DJ and even a station where you could get your very own Naked eyeshadow palette customized by an incredible artist. 

I had an absolute blast learning more about Urban Decay and getting to play with their incredible products. While I loved Urban Decay before, my love and appreciation for their products and their vision as a brand has grown exponentially. 

A massive thank you to Urban Decay for inviting me to attend their Grand Opening, it truly is quite an incredible store. If you have the chance make sure to pop by Square One Shopping Center in Mississauga to see the new Urban Decay Flagship Store.  

Friday, 2 December 2016

Lovely Little Things | The Gift Guide For The Lifestyle & Home Goods Lover

Lovely Little Things | The Gift Guide For The Lifestyle & Home Goods Lover |

Hey Beauties! 

You guys know that I love makeup & beauty more than anything and every year my Christmas list is filled to the brim with eyeshadow palettes and skincare but this year I have really been honing in on my passion for lifestyle goods, home decor, and just lovely little things. 

As a soon to be married, 20 something-year-old I have fallen in love with creating a beautiful place to call home and surrounding myself and my man with carefully curated things that speak to who we are. So this year I wanted to create a gift guide for ladies who are at the same point in their lives and who appreciate the pretty things in life. 

What's on your wishlist?

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