Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My First Illamasqua Products!

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A couple of weeks ago I was browsing The Bay's website and found that all of their Illamasqua products were on sale (they're marked down even further now!) so I decided to make a purchase and buy my first Illamasqua products! I've heard so many great things about this brand over the years and have always wanted to buy some items from their range, so I'm so glad I finally did!

I ended up buying the lipstick in Box - a classic slightly deepened matte red named after Illamasqua Creative Director, Alex Box - and the powder blush in Hussy - a bright, matte, peachy pink. Both of these products have incredible pigmentation and are just beautiful products from the packaging to the formulas. The lipstick is quite dry, but I'm fine with dry mattes as long as I exfoliate my lips and apply a balm beforehand!

What are some of your favourite products from Illamasqua? Anything else I should pick up while the items are on sale?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette (Review + Swatches)

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Last time I was at Sephora, I noticed that some of the holiday launches were starting to come out. I checked out a few different items but once my eyes landed on this blush palette from Tarte, and that there were only 2 left, I knew I had to snatch one up. Tarte blushes are one of the most raved-about products in the beauty blogger/vlogger community from the last couple of years. I only have 1 Tarte blush and it's in the Aqualillies Eye & Cheek palette from Summer 2013, so I was really excited to add 5 more to my collection! A single Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush is 0.2oz and costs $31 (CAD), and for this palette you get 5 blushes that are 0.15oz/ea. for $50 (CAD) - so less than the price of 2 single blushes!

Tarte brought out 5 brand new shades for this palette ranging from neutral browns, to pinks, to peaches, and in a variation of different finishes. From left to right, the shades are Breathless (pinky beige), Embraced (plummy rose), Whimsy (light pink), Bashful (rosy peach), and Irreplacable (mauve rose). All 5 blushes swatched wonderfully and had fantastic textures. The last 2 blushes I'll have to be careful to apply lightly since I am quite fair, but the pigmentation is fantastic!

The packaging is in a slightly plush, cushioned clutch-like packaging with a snap closure. The snap closure is a bit wobbly when I open the palette but I don't think it'll break or come apart. There is a mirror in the top of the palette but it doesn't stand up on its own so it's not incredibly useful. The palette also came with two decorative bobby pins which are really pretty and could be used for some holiday hairstyles!

Overall I am really happy with this purchase and I think it's a great value. Essentially each blush here is $10/ea. since the palette is $50. If you're looking to try some new blushes this fall or winter I'd highly suggest checking this palette out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Outfit of the Day

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I thought I'd share a fall outfit of the day with you all today! This is what I wore on Saturday just going out and about to a few places with my mom. My mom actually took this photo on her phone because she liked my outfit that day and I thought I'd share it with you guys too!

In the fall I love wearing skirts or dresses with tights. I also love wearing black a lot. Most days my outfits consist of mostly black pieces. Most of the items I'm wearing here are from last year so it was difficult to find the same items, but it'd be quite easy to recreate this look with other similar pieces! A lot of these pieces are quite basic, with the skirt making a statement, so by switching up the skirt this outfit could be changed up really easily!

Hat: Forever 21 / Top: Dynamite / Skirt: Target / Tights: Walmart / Boots: Target

Saturday, October 4, 2014

September Favourites 2014

october favourites 2014 Happy October!!! October is my favourite month of the year. I love Halloween, I love the fall, and it's my birthday month! But before I get too into October, I thought I'd share my September Favourites with you all!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics // I picked this palette up this past month and it quickly worked its way up to be a staple for me. It's been my go-to day-to-day palette for September and I've really enjoyed using it!

Julep Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops // This came in one of my last Julep Maven boxes and I haven't painted my nails since getting it without using these! You just use the dropper to apply 1-2 drops of this to each nail after painting them and they dry so fast!

MAC Rebel Lipstick // Of course this lipstick needs to be mentioned. It's the perfect fall lip colour and I've been enjoying wearing this deep shade this past month!

Kat Von D Lovecraft Spellbinding Lipstick // Last month I found the Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set on sale at my Sephora so of course I picked it up! The set includes 10 mini lipsticks! The shade I've been wearing the most is this pinky-brown nude shade called Lovecraft. It's perfect for everyday wear!

Julep Kristen Nail Polish // I had this polish on my nails for a couple of weeks this month and I really liked the colour. In the bottle it doesn't look like much, but on the nails it's a gorgeous deep charcoal-teal with silver and teal glitter and it looks amazing in the sunshine!

CoverGirl Lashblast Fusion // I recently ran out of another tube of my beloved Clump Crusher mascara, and instead of repurchasing it again I decided to go for something a bit different! This is the Covergirl Lashblast Fusion mascara and it's great so far! It lengthens and volumizes my lashes without clumping them.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle // This post wouldn't be complete without mentioning a fall candle now, would it? I've burned through 2 candles this past month and I'm sure this will be the next one finished! It's such a nice, sweet yet spicy, fall fragrance that makes my house smell amazing!

What were some of your favourites this month? Let me know below!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SNAPSHOTS | Queen Street West

Favourite Toronto Spots Favourite Toronto Spots Favourite Toronto Spots Favourite Toronto Spots Favourite Toronto Spots Favourite Toronto Spots I've decided to start a new little series here on my blog where I'll show you some snapshots I take while I'm out and about! These photos were from a recent trip to downtown Toronto when I spent some time exploring the shops on Queen Street West. If you haven't been, Queen West is such a great spot to explore and walk down while in the city. There are countless shops, cafes, and sights to see! 

One of my favourite shops is The Paper Place. It's basically my dream store. They sell all sorts of stationery, journals, calendars, art supplies, craft kits, washi tape, and of course - lots of paper! I could spend hours browsing through the various lovely paper products there! 

Another must-visit place on Queen West is Dlish cupcakes! They have the most delicious and fresh cupcakes in lots of yummy flavours. They have stools to sit on inside too, so you can look out the large front window and people watch as you enjoy your treat.

One last place worth checking out (and isn't technically on Queen West but it's like a block over) is Crywolf! This trip was actually my first time going to Crywolf's shop but I've been familiar with them for about a year. Crywolf sells clothing, art, stationery, decor, accessories, and more! It has a very quirky and DIY vibe and is just a really interesting store to browse around in!

Of course there are tons of other places worth mentioning on Queen Street West in Toronto but I thought I'd share just a few today with this post! Have you ever shopped on Queen West in Toronto? What are some of your favourite spots?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Updated Fall Looks

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If you are on my blog you may have noticed a couple of things have changed a little bit! First, and the more obvious, is that I changed my blog design! I kept basically the same design I previously had but I changed it to be more autumnal colours. I also updated my little self portrait illustration to match my new hair colour! Yes, I dyed my hair purple. I used Vidal Sassoon London Lilac to dye it a couple of weeks ago and I am loving it. I'm a natural blonde, who went brunette, and then was a redhead for 4 years, so I decided to switch it up again!

I thought I'd make this little post to share my new blog design and show off my new hair colour! I've been terribly all over the place when it comes to making blog posts lately but I plan on making a schedule for myself to keep me more on-track in the coming weeks! I used a schedule in the first few months of this year and found it really helpful in keeping everything in order and planning what posts to make!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Autumn Tag

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A few weeks back, Lindsay of Have A Parade tagged me to do the Autumn Tag (which was created by Georgina)!

1.  Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do love that once fall comes around it's finally cool enough outside to start drinking hot chocolate again! I really enjoy getting a 1/2 Hot Chocolate 1/2 French Vanilla from Tim Hortons and later in the season, closer to winter, I love getting Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Starbucks! That drink to me is Christmas in a cup, but I'm getting a bit ahead of myself with that aren't I? I also love Nestle Coffee Crisp Hot Chocolate that I make at home - so yummy.

2.  Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
For the past few years, each fall it seems I have a new obsession. Two years ago it was scarves, last year it was beanies, and I feel like this year it might be boots! I haven't bought any new pairs this year (yet) but everywhere I go I can't stop looking at all the cute fall ankle boots!! Last year I finally bought myself a pair of Dr. Martens boots and those will be my go-to footwear for this fall for sure!

3.  Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I don't really switch up my music for the fall really. Just whatever new music comes out at the time! Right now I love Centuries by Fall Out Boy, Cecilia and the Satelitte by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Brighter Brightest's new EP, Arrow!

4.  Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year? 
Last year for my birthday (which is October 19th), my parents got me Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. I know it's a really spring/summer fragrance but it always reminds me of my birthday and the fall! So lately I've been wearing that again quite a bit!

5.  Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
This year I've been attempting to put myself on a candle-buying ban since I've collected so many over the past couple of years and I've done quite well so far! So I'm currently working on finishing some of my fall candles I've collected. Right now I've been burning Pumpkin Apple and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (both from Bath and Body Works) a lot!

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
I love the cooler weather and being able to wear boots and jackets and scarves and sweaters. Summer is great but I really love getting to dress for fall. Also my birthday is October 19th so that's great too!

7.  Favourite makeup look? 
Light neutral eyes (the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes are my go-to) with a cat-eye wing (as I always do) but with a deep lip colour! A few of my favourites are the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107, MAC Rebel, and MAC Studded Kiss (which I bought last year but can't find!! It's breaking my heart).

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn? 
I'm looking forward to the weather cooling off a bit more (we've still been getting quite a few warm days here in Ontario), my 21st birthday (of course), a couple of concerts I'll be seeing with friends, and going to Buffer Festival (which I'm working for this year as their graphic designer)!

Thanks so much again Lindsay for tagging me to do this!

The bloggers I tag are:
• Courtney at Cupcakes and Cateyes
• Rose at chatterboxrose
Janine Maral
• Bailey at Beauty Munson
…and anyone else who wants to do it!