Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sephora VIB sale Haul Part I: The Christmas Gift Edition


Hey everyone,

I finally received my VIB sale order in the mail this past week. I may have gone a little overboard with the amount of stuff I purchased but hey, the VIB sale only happens once a year. I made the order on Nov 16th and it took about ten days for me to receive my goods.

I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible because it seems like a couple of these items are disappearing off the Sephora website however, I'm hoping some of them can still be found at your local Sephora. All of these would make for a great Christmas gift for the makeup junkie in your life (or you). So I have posted my haul of the gift sets I got in hopes that this overview will help some of you out!

The first thing I got is the Ole Henrikson 3 Little Wonders. They have this set available year round and it includes 3 full size products. You get a full size truth serum collagen booster (1oz/30ml), Invigorating Night Gel(1 oz/30ml) and Sheer transformation brightening moisturizer(1oz/30ml). I was introduced to this kit by one of my good friends and her suggestions never leave me astray. In fact, this is my fourth time purchasing this kit and that in itself can atone to you how great the products are. I will be doing a more in depth post on this kit soon.

The second item I got is the SEPHORA COLLECTION Desert Sunset Eyeshadow and Blush Palette. Basically, I got this cause because of the price. It was only $11.00 and includes 12 eye shadows, a blush and bronzer. Its a great little set and they eye shadows are pretty good quality (they're no Urban Decay, but they are good!), I think all of the shades make great colors for the winter season.

The third set I received was what the purchase I was most excited about. It is the Sephora Favorites Super Stars gift set. It includes 9 full size products along with 3 very decently sized minis. It is an amazing value (C$336/US$280) for the price you pay (C$90/US$75). Moreover, the majority of these products are amazing and include my one of my favorite blushes of all time (Nars Orgasm), I have over the past week tried out the majorit of the products and so far they have all been two thumbs up. The only product I would be concerned with is the Two Faced Better Than False Lashes system. I have heard from a few blogs that this mascara is horrendous to remove and is very sticky. 

Products Included:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 2.5 ml/0.085 fl oz (mini)
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray 50ml/1.7 fl oz (full size)
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Cleopatra in New York 15ml/0.50 fl oz (full size)
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil 15ml/0.50 fl oz (mini)
Nars Blush & Bronzing Duo in Orgasm & Laguna 5g/ 0.17 oz (full size)
Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita 3.4g/0.12 oz (full size)
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream 15 ml/ 0.50 fl oz (full size)
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light 30ml/1.0 fl oz (full size)
Stila Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner 0.5ml/0.016 fl oz (full size)

Too Faced Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat 0.9ml/0.30fl (full size)
Too Faced Flexistrech Nylon Lash Fibers 0.8g/0.02oz (full size)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin & Mushroom 1.5g/ 0.05 oz (full size)
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball 10ml/0.33 fl oz (mini however full size for a rollerball)

The next gift set I purchased is the Tarte Pure Delights 8-Piece LipSurgence Lip Set. I have heard quite a bit of hype over these lip pencils and I believe they're one of the first of their kind (ie Revelon Kissable Balm Stain, Clinique chubby sticks). Anyways, the set includes 8 different shades in the original formula as well as a matter formula. This would be a great gift for someone starting out with makeup looking for to experiment with different lip colors.

Last but not least, I picked up the
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Anti-Aging Starter Kit, this was a great deal because for some reason it was discounted to C$50 and then along with 20% off (from the VIB sale) it was quite the steal.  Even though this particular set is targeted towards anti aging it would work for a variety of people. This particular set is suppose to help with hydration, texture and the tone of your skin. Unfortunately, this set is no longer available on the Sephora website however they have the Art of Age Control Kit which is somewhat similar. I would try checking you local Sephora to see if they have any laying around. On a side not, make sure if you do decide to gift this or something similar, that the receipent doesn't take it the wrong way.

Well folks that is it for Part I. Be on the lookout for Part II which focuses on my singular purchases (no gift sets).

Hopefully, you enjoyed this post and were able to pick up some ideas. A lot of these sets can also be split up and gifted to more than one individual.

Happy Shopping,

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Hey Everyone!

I come to you today with a couple of quick last minute Halloween ideas. They are all pretty simple and require minimal effort.

The first two options are related and can be seen in all its glory above. It is the Ring Girl from the movie The Ring and the Static TV she crawls out of. If you have seen the movie you will know exactly what scene I am refering to. So if you have long black hair like I do and friend without a costume, than this costume will be relatively easy for you

Ring Girl costume:

Items needed:
-long black hair or a wig of some sort
-a white dress or a long white shirt
-black and white face paint ( if you have nothing laying around at home try using a light foundation and some black eyeshadow)

All you have to do is put on your outfit and go to town on your face with the black and white face paint. Use the black to create shadows and a sunken look to your face. Part your hair in the middle and bring it forward so your face is partially hidden underneath your hair.

Static TV costume:

Items needed:
-black poster board
-aluminum foil
-pipe cleaners
-old head band

Take you aluminum foil and glue it on to your black poster board, then take your black sharpie and draw dots all across the TV to make it seems like there is static. Add a string to the back of the poster board so you can put the TV around your neck. Feel free to add any other details to make your TV look more realistic.
For the antenna, take an old head band and wrap some pipe cleaners around the head band, take your foil and scrunch it up to make 2 little aluminum balls which you can stick on top of the pipe cleaners. Use tape if needed! Dress up in all black and white and you will be good to go!

If you have any questions feel free to leave them down below! Have a Happy Halloween and thanks fo reading!


Monday, October 21, 2013

The Perfect Pink Lip: Dior & Chanel

Who says you can't rock a pink lip during fall?
I come to you with my perfect combination for a hot pink lip. These two colors will create the perfect pink color that is wearable enough during the day or at night. I have worn this combination with a ton of different eye looks and I find it suits them all pretty well.

The lip stick is from the Dior Addict Extreme line and is in the shade 553 Princess Extreme (seems like this shade was limited edition, I have seen it around at a few counters so check your local  Dior counter, Dior Addict Highshine in 454 Rose Show is a really good dupe!) This shade in particular is a yellow toned hot pink that you can apply a lightly or go full on depending on how deep you want the color to be. I find the formula for this range of lipsticks to be one of my favorites because they are  build-able, creamy, moisturizing and last but not least, just plain beautiful. I am patiently waiting for the Sephora friends and family sale so I can pick up another shade or two.

The other half to the duo is Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 57 Insolence. This lip gloss is somewhat of a gel texture and is non stick with a very high shine which is most likely due to the gel formulation. I don't find it particularly sticky but it does have a bit tackiness. The gloss is definitely more of blue toned pink which is why it works so well with the lipstick. The two neutralize each other out which helps to create the perfect pink color.

Here is the duo in all its glory:

Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe
Blush: NARS blushers in Madly and Orgasm
Bronzer: Benefit's Hoola
Highlighter: Dior Amber Diamond

Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast
Eyeliner: YSL Eyeliner Effect Faux Cils Shocking
Eyeshadow: random assortment from UD's Naked & Naked 2

Lipstick: Dior Addict Extreme in 553 Princess Extreme
Lipgloss: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 57 Insolence

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment down below! Don't forget to follow and I hope you all have a great week.

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall Trend: Gold Jewellery

Hey Everyone!

Its been a while since I posted anything about jewellery which is odd because I love jewellery. During the past few weeks I have been gravitating towards gold jewellery. I think the warmer tones really add something to an outfit during the cooler fall months. In fact, I think during winter and fall gold jewellery is a must.

The photo above include some of the pieces I have been sporting as of late. Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, I couldn't get a proper photo no matter what I tried. If you're wondering where you can find these pieces the Cuff and Earring Cuff are both from H&M (the bracelet is over year old but you can find something similar at forever21), the necklace, bracelet and studs are all from forever 21 and are for the most par recent purchases so try having a peek at you local forever 21. The rings are from a local store but infinity midi rings can be found basically anywhere!

Hope you enjoyed this short post, and thanks for reading!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian followers


Monday, August 26, 2013

Montreal Street Style (The Detailed Edition)

Recently, a few friends of mine and I took a little trip to Montreal. We had an amazing time and those rumors you hear about the French being rude aren't true at all! Everyone we met was so lovely and wonderful and I can't wait to go back.So if you're stuck wondering where you should take your next vacay I would recommend considering Montreal. Anyways, while we were there I took some photos of the details in some of our outfits. I hope you enjoy the photos and can perhaps gather some inspiration of your own.

If you have any questions on any certain piece please leave them down below.

And now for the photos:


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Inglot Haul

Whilst I was in Montreal I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Inglot store. Inglot isn't readily available where I live and I think there is actually only a couple Inglot locations in all of Canada. While I was there one of the girls working there told me they were working on a better online store for the rest of us Canadians. I think if you want to make an order you can but you have to personally email someone with the items you want to buy and they will be shipped to you. Anyways, while I was there I picked up 4 of the O2M breathable nail enamels which are suppose to be water permeable? (I don't think they are water permeable, there are several videos on YouTube in which you can see that these are not water permeable, if you would like me to do a test feel free to leave comment down below) I also picked up 2 of there eye shadows.

So far I haven't really played much with the nail colors, I would say the all need two coats to be fully opaque except the blue one you could probably get away with just one coat. I do plan on wearing the red one tonight so maybe I will edit this part with an update on how I found the wear and formula to be.

On the other hand, I did get a chance to play with the eye shadows which are from the Freedom System range, and they are definitely worth all the hype you hear on blogs and YouTube. They are highly pigmented as you can see in the swatches down below and they lasted on me all day without hardly any fading. Also, I got to give a shout out to their magnetic packaging, I love it! It is so sleek and compact and you never have to worry about it opening up in your bag or any of the side hinges breaking, definitely two thumbs up! Hopefully, I will be able to get more colors cause their range is beautiful. If you are in the US or Europe and have a location available to you I definitely recommend having a look at their eye shadows if you haven't already!

And now for photos:

$16 CA found here

2/$25 CND (including case)
Left: Inglot Shadow in 402 (2.7g) Right: Inglot shadow in 457 (2.5g)

Thanks so much for reading! If you have any question feel free to leave them down below and don't forget to follow on GFC and Bloglovin!


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nars Luster and Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

Today, I thought I would share with you guys one of my  two of my favorite go-to make up products for the summer time. The first one that I am going to mentions is by Nars and it is their blush in Luster. Luster is described to be a sheer golden apricot, I would describe it as being a peachy orange with red undertones. It is really pretty on the cheeks and warms up the skin a little making it look like you have a nice glow or have been in the sun a little to long. I recommend this blusher to anyone as I think it would be suitable to most skin tones.  I especially think this blusher would look good on those with blue eyes because the color of the blush would help your eyes stand out more!

You can purchase it at your local Sephora or the Sephora website.

The next product I would like to suggest to all you is the Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple. It is no secret that I love my red lip sticks and Candy Apple is a red lipstick that has a more sheer formulation. It can be easily be built up to a more brighter red and can also be toned down and more sheered out. I think the color and the formulation are especially great for the summer time.  I tend to go for more of a bright lip rather than doing my eyes during the summer because it is so much hotter and I don't want to end up with panda eyes.

The Revlon Lip Butter can be purchased at you local drugstore.

And now for photos:

Nars Blush in Luster
Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

All makeup up used:

Dior Hydra Life Tinted Moisturizer in #1

Benefit Hoola Brozer
Nars blush in Luster
MUFE Duo Mat Powder in #203

 Covergirl Lash Blast in Black

 Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple


Thanks for reading! Hope everyone is having a great week and as always if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section down below.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Another (tiny) Haul ..this time with mini reviews: Indeed Labs, Vichy, Benefit

I was recently at the drugstore picking up some necessities and instead of getting my usual go to products I thought I would pick up a few new items to try. The first thing I got is the Indeed Labs pepta-bright. Now that my skin is a little less prone to breaking out I wanted to get something that would fade those pesky dark scars that get left behind. I figured if Caroline Hirons decided to give it her stamp of approval it must be somewhat good. Fingers crossed this work and my skin stay blemish free.

The next thing I got is another skin care product and it is the Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser (cleansing milk). Now the only reason I got this was because I needed a new cleanser and it was on sale for I believe $12.99 in comparison to $19.99 and because it is a non-foaming cleanser. I did try this out last night and I hate to say I did not like it. The package claims to remove eye makeup and mine barely budged and I don't wear waterproof eye makeup, and I found none of my other face make up moving either. The cleanser also claims to tone and cleanse the skin. Once I was done cleansing, I touched my face and it was soft but it felt as though there was some sort of film left behind from the cleanser. Afterwards, I grabbed my toner and a cotton round and I found there to be quite  a bit of makeup on the cotton round which of course means using this cleanser will probably just leave me with congested skin. Quite unfortunate especially because I massaged the cleanser in quite a bit, I must admit I had high hopes and was sadly disappointed.

The last thing I got was a make up item, and it is the coveted benefit's They're Real mascara. In the last little while, I have heard and seen so much hype about this mascara all over YouTube and the blogosphere. Now, I've never tried a higher end mascara because honestly I have always loved all the on ones I try at the drugstore. But with all the hype my interests were piqued and I thought I would give it a go. I tried it out for the first time today and honestly I didn't really like it, I found it didn't give me much volume and made my lashes feel crispy and look spidery. However, it did lengthen my lashes quite a bit and I do like the shape of the wand. I heard if you use it a bit more it is suppose to get better so I'm hoping next time I use it I will more impressed. I think I'm going to head back to the drugstore and get my favorites: L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and Covergirl Lash Blast

Up close of the wand:

Hope you all enjoyed this post, and I have quite a few posts planned for this week so remember to visit again! Thank you all for reading and don't forget to follow on GFC or bloglovin, feel free to leave a comment and I will follow you back as well as if you have any other comments or suggestions. Have a great week everyone.


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Friday, June 28, 2013

In's and Out's: The ramble edition

It literally has been ages since I have posted anything so I would like to apologize for that. Basically, I just wasn't feeling inspired. Blogging is one of my hobbies and I don't want to force myself to do something I don't feel passionate about. Anyways, I am once again getting the urge to blog so I guess this is me returning to my dusty little blog.


Blue nails!

Dexter:  The final season of Dexter is starting in 2 days! Can't believe they are ending the show and I can't wait to see how they plan on ending the series. Also another TV show that I have been enjoying lately is Flight of Concords, it could probably be described as a "indie glee". It is a hilarious show and I recommend you check it out if you are looking for something to watch.

Zara Sale for summer and spring is on! And there is finally shipping to Canada and which means I can shop form the comfort of my own bed! :)

Music: I have a few songs I would like to share
                  Bloc Party - Ratchet
                  Lorde - Tennis Court
                  Avicii - Wake me Up
                  Milky Chance - Flashed Junk Mind
                  Woodkid feat. Angel Haze - I Love You


School: I can't wait to be done... it feels like I have been in school forever. Its not that I mind school, its just all the stress that comes along with being in school.

Unorganized: My room is horrendous... ever since I cam back from my little vacay I have not kept up with keeping my room in order, and I can not find anything in my room which then leads to me to clutter my room up even more as I go looking for said lost item. Not that my room is ever spotless ..I just need to restore order.

Rain: I don't know why but rain has been a major part of the forecast. It is summer now and even though I don't like heat a few sunny days would be nice instead of the gloomy grey skies.

Anyways, thank you to anyone who gave this a read! I hope to be blogging atleast weekly from now on if not more! Thanks for reading and following!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Welcome to the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask bandwagon. There is a probably a zillion and one reviews on this mask so I'm going to keep my thoughts on this product quite short.

When I decided to try out the mask I went with the 'exclusive to sephora' kit which comes with a full sized Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, a mini Micro Polish Cleanser and a mini radiance perfection serum. When I first used the mask I used all three products in conjunction, the cleanser was nice but it seems like your typical exfoliating cleanser.

Now for the mask, when the product is pumped out your left with a gloppy almost jam consistency that has an orangey smell. I slather the product all over my face and leave it on for about 10-15mins. The first time I used it I realized next to no difference in the appearance of my skin. After all the hype I had read surrounding the mask you can bet I was disappointed and to the back of my medicine cabinet this product went. Then a couple weeks ago my skin was just not in its best condition and I was searching my stash for something to rejuvenate my skin and I came across the mask again. I used the cleanser, then the mask, followed by the serum and I woke up the next day to glowing skin. My skin was significantly smoother, the tone of my skin was more uniform and I had an overall glow. More over, my make up went on more smoothly and flawlessly. Basically, this mask receives an overall thumbs up from me and is going to have a permanent slot in my Sunday evening schedule.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, make sure to tell me what your favorite masks are in the comments below and, as usual leave and questions or comments down below!

Found at Sephora: Link
$70 CDN

Have a great week.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chambray with Mustard: 030113

Hey Everyone,

Thought I would do a quick post and share one of my recent outfit of the days.

Chambray shirts can basically be found anywhere at the moment. I founds this one at Zara during their semi annual sale. I love the fading of the denim and the slight distressed feel the shirt has.  It is also really comfortable and I can see myself wearing it quiet a bit in the coming months. However, when I got it from Zara it had an awful, awful smell to it. Has this happened to anyone?

Now for the mustard! Every time I went into Dynamite (a Canadian store), for some reason I always gravitated towards this particular sweater. It was one of those items that you always look at but never buy. Then one day I saw it on sale and figured I should just get it. I really don't know how much wear I will get out of it but I love the color and up close the sweater almost has a slight sheen to it. On the down side, I feel like its one of those knits that will quickly lose its shape.

Now for the rest of my outfit, everything else you see is what I wear on any other given day. Wax Denim from Zara, if not these I usually wear a pair of faux leather pants I purchased a while back from Vero Moda or my faux leather pants from H&M.

 The ankle boots were actually a great steal from Sears. I got them on boxing day for $15! They are not the greatest quality but are very comfortable to walk in. I got them in the black and tan, check your nearest Sears to see if they are still around, the brand is Jessica.

Chambray Shirt: Zara (last season)
Knit: Dynamite (last season)
Denim: Zara
Boots: Sears
Rings: Asos
Bag: Ebay
Lips: Revlon lip butter in Lollipop

Well that is my outfit of the day! Hope everyone is having a great weekend! If you have any questions feel free to leave them down below. 

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentines Day Look: Radiant Red

Hey Everyone,

So I have a simple look for you guys today. It is really easy to do and hopefully will help those looking for some inspiration for their Valentines Day look. I actually wore this look to a recent concert (Muse) I went to, and I thought it would make a great look for valentines day. It is different then the one I did last year which was more of a natural blushing look.  I think this is a radiant, easy look which can be worn on Valentines Day, either with your significant other or while eating a tub of ice cream and watching the latest episode of Suits.

On a side note... I have been really into red lipstick again so coincidentally I am wearing the same lipstick I am in my last post. Also, apologies for the hair,  I was in a rush and had just washed it and I did not realize it was all over my face.

 So now for the make up:

On the Face:
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow in Santa Fe
Concealor: Sephora Perfecting Cover Concealer
Blush: Nars Blush in Madly on the backs of my cheeks and Nars Orgasm on the apples
Bronzer: Benefit Bronzer in Hoola

On the Eyes:
Eyeshadow 1: Lid Shade from the Maybelline Chai Latte Quad all over the lid
Eyeshadow 2: Eyebrow shade from the Maybelline Chai Latte Quad on the inner 1/4 of my lid blended in with the lid shade
Eyeliner 1: Essence eye liner pen in Black on the outer half of my eye lid
Eyeliner 2: Sephora Jumbo Liner 12hr Wear Waterproof eyeliner in 04 Taupe on the bottom lashline Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Volume

Lipstick: Revlon Matte Lipstick in 06 Really Red

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and a special Valentines Day!
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Beauty Haul: Mac, Revlon and Maybelline

 Hey Everyone,

So I have a small beauty haul even though I have been trying to not spend money. It is just waay to difficult with all of the sales that have been going on. Anyways, I headed over to mac and purchased the coveted satin taupe. I figured it was about time considering all the hype that surrounds this particular shade.  (swatch down below)

While I was there I also picked up Brick-Ola which comes in the creme amplified formula so it goes on opaque right away. Although, I really do love the shade it wouldn't be a favorite mine as I find it to be a bit to warming with my skin tone.

I shamelessly also picked up two other lipsticks. Shoppers Drug Mart was recently having a sale on lip butters so I picked up the shades Candy Apple and Raspberry Pie. I love this particular formula and have used all the other ones I own to their very end.  Raspberry Pie is a bright pink fuchsia which will be great for the spring and Candy Apple is a more of an orange toned red with no shimmer. For those wondering, the Revlon lip butter in Cherry Tart is more blue tones and has shimmer.

Left to right: Brick-Ola, Raspberry Pie and Candy Apple

  RaspberryPie, Candy Apple, Brick-Ola and Satin Taupe

Left to right: Gold's Night Our and Ruby Rhinestones

The last think I got is two new glitter polishes from Maybelline in Gold's Night Out and Ruby Rhinestones. In all honesty I haven't been to impressed with the Maybelline color show formula. I have found the formula for the ones I have tried to be very thin and sheer. However, I couldn't help it and had to pick up the these two beauties. I do think they are good considering there price point ($2.97) and the formula for these is pretty good compared to the other I have tried, though they could be a bit more glossier.

That is all for my little haul. Hope you all have a great week up ahead and I will do my best to post more often.

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate

Hey everyone!

Thought I would post something a little different today and share my quick recipe for Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate. I found the squares at my local wal-mart and of course if you're not a fan of peppermint feel free to substitute the squares to a different flavor. This has been one of my favorite drinks this season especially because it turns out really rich and chocolatey.

You will need the following items:


1. Warm up about 350 ml or 12oz of milk (or water, I prefer milk) on medium heat
2. Once the milk is warm enough take 3-4 squares depending on the richness you want, and melt thing into the milk on at a time.
3. If you want more of chocolate flavor add in some of your favorite hot chocolate mix, this step is optional. If you like you're hot chocolate really minty I would skip this.
4. Use a whisk to make sure everything is melted in and you have no bits of chocolate or hot chocolate powder.
5. Pour it into your favorite mug and add a lot of whip creme.
6. Break one of the squares up and sprinkle on top 7. Enjoy!!
What you should end up with!
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