Saturday, December 20, 2014

Makeup Bag Essentials | Holiday Season

“holidayWith Christmas just around the corner I thought today I'd share with you my makeup bag essentials for the holidays! Of course I'd recommend to wear as many long-wearing products that you know and love so you don't have to worry about your look throughout the evening, but there are a few items that you could bring along for any needed touch-ups.

First off is a rollerball of your go-to fragrance. One of my favourites is Marc Jacobs Daisy. It's not the most wintery scent but I love this fragrance year-round. With all the dry winter air, a mini hand lotion is great to carry around to keep your hands from getting too dry! I currently like the Bath & Body Works Hand Cream in Vermont Sugar Maple - it smells like sugar cookies! I also like to keep a hand sanitizer on-hand if I'm out and about, and I really like this Bath & Body Works Winter Cranberry PocketBac

For complexion touch-ups I like to keep oil blotting sheets (I use the ELF Shine Eraser), and my concealer and face powder of choice (I use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Pressed Powder). These will help keep any shine or redness away throughout any holiday party!

The one thing you want to keep in-check all night long is your bold lip look (if you're one for bold lips). First, I'd suggest choose a long-wearing lip product like the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red. This product stays put on the lips and doesn't bleed or feather! It requires minimal to no touching up, but it's good to keep with you just in case! I also like to carry a lip balm if your lips need a little moisture! 

A couple of other small things that are good to have with you are a small hair brush for any hair fixes you may need, and of course a mirror (this Sephora mirror is fantastic!) if you are out and about and you or a friend needs one!

Of course not all of these items will apply to everyone out there, but I hope you may have found a few helpful things to keep your holiday makeup looking flawless!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Current Obsession | Lip Liner

lip liner milani mac nyx rimmel occ obsessive compulsive cosmetics It seems that lately in the beauty community, lip liners are all anyone's talking about. And of course if it's what everyone's into I've had to buy a few! I bought my first lip liner this summer and since then have collected a few more. Lip liners have really changed the lipstick game for me. They can change the appearance of a lipstick through layering different liners underneath, they can create the perfect crisp edge for a bold lip, and they make your lipstick last much longer! My preferred way of wearing lip liner is to apply it around the edges and then fill the lip in as well. In my collection I've gathered some nudes, pinks, reds, and vampy shades to cover all my bases.

The lip liners shown above are: Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in All Natural, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Dynamo, Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in True Red, NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Plum, OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Black Dahlia, and Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob

My personal favourite of the ones I own are the Milani Color Statement lip liners since they have such a creamy formula. I've also really been enjoying my OCC Black Dahlia lip pencil as well as it pairs beautifully with my favourite vampy lip shades!

Are you a fan of lip liner? Who makes your favourite formula?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Beauty Essentials

“winter Winter is a time where everything seems to be lacking in moisture. Today I thought I'd share with you some products that help keep my skin, lips, hair, and nails moisturized throughout the winter months! 

First off is the Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. Not only does this product have an adorable name, but it does wonders for dry and cracked cuticles and nails. Whenever I do a polish change, or I feel my tips are in need of some moisture, I massage a little bit of this cuticle butter around each nail and it makes them so much softer. And like the name suggests, it smells deliciously of lemon!

Now, for the lips. As a frequent (almost daily) matte lip wearer, it is critical that I keep my lips moisturized and flake-free at all times. Two of the products that help me keep them that way are the ELF Lip Exfoliator and the Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm. I use the lip exfoliator every morning as part of my routine to get my lips soft and prepped for any lipstick to follow. I love that it's formed like a lipstick so it's super easy to use and not as messy as other lip exfoliators that come in a pot. At night time is when I like to apply my Jack Black lip balm. This balm is quite thick and intense, so it's not one you can wear under a lipstick. However, if you apply this at night before going to bed, you wake up with nice soft lips and I can sometimes still feel the balm on my lips in the morning!

For skincare I have 2 products that are fairly new to my routine but I've been loving both! First off is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I've heard countless rave reviews for the First Aid Beauty products and I've finally picked up a couple to try! I've been using this as my daily moisturizer before I apply my makeup and it works wonderfully. It has a thicker consistency of my previous moisturizer, but it's much more moisturizing and makes my skin nice and soft and free of dry patches! This cream also works on the hands and body too which makes it the perfect multi-purpose product! The second product is something I mentioned in my November Favourites and that is the Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil. Not only is this product great for removing all of your makeup, but since it's an oil it helps add moisture to your skin rather than strip it away.

Lastly I have two products by Marc Anthony to share. The first of which is the Marc Anthony Healing Macadamia Oil Body Butter. This body butter is so moisturizing and is a great step to take after showering or having a bath. I like to apply this to my arms and legs, focusing on any drier areas that need more moisture. It also smells amazing! The final product I have to share is the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Treatment for hair. I apply 1-3 pumps of this to my ends to help keep my hair looking soft and smooth. This product also smells great and helps with frizzy dry ends!

What are some of your winter beauty essentials?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Nail Polish Picks

“christmas Today I bring you my nail polish picks for this holiday season! Around Christmas I'm all about red and deep rich colour creme polishes with glittery and metallic accents! Here are some of my favourite nail polishes for this time of year. 

Let's start off with the reds! First is the best plain bright red creme polish there is, OPI Coca Cola Red. This one is from the Coca Cola collection from earlier this year and it's an amazing red that goes on opaque in just 1 coat! Next is a deeper slightly more berry red, Julep Anisa. This red is good if you want something not as in-your-face as a true bright red, but is still nice and festive! For those of you who like dark deep shades, Essie Sole Mate would be the polish for you. It's a deep berry red creme polish that is just gorgeous.

Next up, the cool jewel toned creme polishes. I've chosen a new polish to my collection, The Body Shop Colour Crush nail polish in The Body Shop Green. This is a gorgeous deep Christmas tree green that's perfect for this time of year! And the other polish I've chosen is an all-time favourite of mine, OPI Ski Teal We Drop. This one doesn't scream "Christmas" as much as the other polishes but it's such a gorgeous colour for the winter and looks lovely paired with glitters and metallics!

Lastly, you can't do Christmas nails without some sparkle! The first one I've chosen is OPI Goldeneye, a bright yellowy-gold glitter that looks amazing layered on top of a polish or worn with a few coats on its own. Next is a more neutral gold, Avon Brushed Metals in Brushed Gold. This shade is a great champagne-gold that would be a perfect accent nail to any Christmas manicure. And lastly, Julep Joelle, one of my favourite glitters! In the bottle it may not look like much, but on the nails this super fine holographic glitter is a real eye-catcher!

What are some of your favourite polishes for the holiday season? Let me know below!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Christmas Tag

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I was tagged by Rose to do the Christmas Tag she put together! She used questions from a bunch of different tags and put them all together to create this new one!

1. Do you like to stay in your PJ’s, or dress up for Christmas?
On Christmas Eve my entire dad's side of the family always gets together and I like to dress up nice for that, but on Christmas day I usually just stay home with my family so I'll stay in PJs or comfy lounge clothes!

2. Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Any gifts I get on Christmas Eve from my extended family I'll open that day, but any presents from my parents/sister I'll open Christmas morning!

3. What’s your favorite Christmas meal or treat?
I don't get too into the whole Christmas dinner thing, since being a vegetarian and quite the picky eater it mostly consists of mashed potatoes, veggies, and bread. However, I love Christmas desserts and sweet treats! I love anything consisting of chocolate and peppermint especially!

4. What’s your favorite holiday movie (or specials)?
Every Christmas I watch The Polar Express with my family and it's such a great movie that holds a lot of good memories for me. I remember reading the picture book as a kid and I'm glad that I still get to experience that story every Christmas!

5. Have you ever made a snowman?
Growing up in Canada, I have made many a snowman. I haven't made one in probably about 10 years though! I'm not the biggest fan of snow anymore, it's too cold!

6. Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo!
My family has never done Christmas cards or Christmas photos!

7. What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
Getting together with my extended family on Christmas eve! It's always so much fun.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake!

9. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
The past couple of years I've really gotten into finding the perfect gifts for my friends and family. Before that I never really had the budget to shop for many people, but I've really loved picking out gifts lately! But who doesn't love getting presents too?!

10. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I would love to visit New York City or London during the holidays! Those are my top 2 places I'd love to visit anyway, but something about Christmas time makes them seem like they'd be even more amazing!

11. Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?
No, nothing that I can think of! I do enjoy doing some holiday baking and making sugar cookies though!

12. Most memorable Holiday moment?
I'm not sure! Growing up, every Christmas was always the "Best Christmas Ever!" according to my sister and I, so I've had a lot of great memories over the years.

13. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
I think just as I got older I realized Santa's handwriting looked an awful lot like my mom's and I kind of just figured it out. I don't think I was too upset by it though.

14. Favorite Christmas songs?
Ooooh I love me some Christmas music! I love Baby It's Cold Outside from the Glee Christmas album, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Merry Christmas Baby by Brighten, Ho Ho Hopefully by The Maine, and Yule Shoot Your Eye Out by Fall Out Boy to name a few!

15. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I've never been too committed to making New Years resolutions but the past couple of years instead of making resolutions I just write down a list of a few goals I've set for myself for the year. I make sure to make the goals something realistic, but I do put a couple of harder to accomplish things on there too just to see if I do them. I usually manage to do a few of them and it makes me feel like I've accomplished something!

16. What makes the Holidays special for you?
Spending time with family and friends. I just love everything about the holidays too from the music, to the lights, Christmas movies, and everything else! Christmas is always such a wonderful time of the year and I love it!

I tag Courtney, McKenna, Lindsay, and Maj to do this!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mani Monday | Greige + Glitter

“nail “nail Last week when I was at Target I noticed a ton of their nail polish was on 70% off clearance, so of course I had to pick up a few bottles! The two shades I used for this manicure were two polishes I picked up! I didn't initially think about combining them, but when I was trying to come up with a fun manicure for the coming week I tried swatching these two together and loved the subtle neutral glitter look it gave! This is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 300 Greige with Nicole by OPI Pick of the Glitter layered on top! I also used my OPI Glitter Off base coat and I tried out my new Julep Oxygen Performance top coat! This is such a unique colour combo and I absolutely love how it came out!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Wrapping

“christmas I am all about cute stationery and paper products. So, as you may be able to guess, I get really excited about cute gift wrap for the holidays! This year I'm really pleased with how my gift wrap items came together so I thought I'd share it here on my blog! I got the polka dot and fox gift wraps, the baker's twine, and the red glitter tape all from Target and the Happy Holiday's card from Indigo/Chapters! I love mixing patterns but staying within a colour scheme and the adorable foxes on that wrap make me so happy! I also enjoy using fun tape to make the gifts more special as well. I'm so excited to finish wrapping all my Christmas presents for friends and family and to give them their adorably wrapped gifts!