January 2018 Beauty Favourites

Essie Nail Polish in Licorice – I wear a lot of black so of course I need a black nail polish!

Nars Blush in Orgasm – I am a huge fan of Nars products, especially their Exhibit A blush, but I had never tried Orgasm, the brands cult fave before! I get the hype- it is the perfect gold tinged pink to make you look healthy and fresh but not overly made up.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil– I literally cannot say enough about my love for this product!!! It is meant for dehydrated skin and I use it over my serum before my moisturizer. It locks in hydration and feels amazing on my face. I have only been using it for a few weeks, but I really feel like it is soothing the redness and irritation around my nose and mouth and also helping blemishes heal faster.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation– This is a super light textured, medium coverage foundation. So far, I like it but I am never sure how to apply cushion products. I don’t want to use my fingers but the little pad that comes with it is pretty disappointing. After some trial and error, I am now applying with a foundation buffing brush which works a treat.

Benefit The Pore Professional Pearl Primer– I like the original pore professional but it was a bit too matte for my taste. The pearl version gives a nice glow under my makeup and the texture is so soft and smooth. My only complaint about this product is that it doesn’t spread across the face that well so I feel like I end up using too much.

Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo– This iconic lipstick is the perfect pin-up red. I can’t believe I have never owned this before!

Pixi Glow Tonic– This is a bit of a cult favourite so I decided to check it out. I like its exfoliation properties but I think I have to put it away until spring because my skin is too dry for it at the moment.

 

Any products that you tried this month that I need to check out??

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Holiday Style- Seeing Stars

I am obsessed with stars right now- it is the perfect minimal yet festive print which can easily be carried over into 2018!  I have the Zara sweatshirt below and my daughter has the cutest black and silver star patterned dress from Old Navy (similar here) and we have so much funning twinning in them (only once in a while because, otherwise… weird) Here are some other star pattern pieces I am currently lusting after!
Seeing Stars

Boots- Mango  / Jeans- Stella McCartney/Sunglasses – Gucci/Bag- Coach/ Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti/ Sweatshirt- Zara/ Earrings- Cara/ Dress- Zara

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Style Obsession- Teddy Bear Coats

All things 1990’s are back and that includes “fun fur”!!! But now instead of the bright garish colours that brings to mind raves and dance music, these faux fur Teddy Bear coats are chic and classy. Maybe that is why I bought one at age 37 when I never owned one when I was 16 (neon green was not my colour)!

 

Teddy Bear Coats

 

 

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2018- Ultraviolet

I am more excited about this Pantone colour of the year then I have been in a long time! Ultraviolet is a little intimidating at first glance but it is the perfect shade for accent pieces and accessories, especially combined with black, white and/or grey (my usual colour palette!)
Pantone Colour of the Year- Ultraviolet

Sneakers- Converse /Glasses- Stella McCartney/ Backpack- Fjällräven/ Booties- Steve Madden/Earrings- Miss Selfridge/ Lipstick- NYX / Clutch- Gucci/ Pumps- Nine West/ Eye Shadow- Tom Ford Beauty

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My Holiday Wishlist

This year, I have been using Pinterest to make my Christmas wishlist (follow me on Pinterest here) for my husband. Sometimes I think I just do it to annoy him!
As usual, it is a mix of pipe dream pieces (hello Gucci bag!?) and more practical (or at least reasonable) items. Here’s whats in my 2017 list!
My holiday Wishlist 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Pallet-/ Gucci Bag/Skin Verona Sleep Shirt/Origin by Dan Brown/Le Labo Candle/Jenny Bird Hoops/ Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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Beauty Favourites- November 2017

Beauty Favourites- November 2017

Essie Good to go! Top Coat– I am forever messing up my nails when I do them at home so a quick dry top coat is a must. This one dries as fast as advertised and also has a great shine to it. I don’t know if my mani stays put any longer than usual but it looked great while it lasted.

  L’Oreal True Match Lumi Makeup– This is not a new purchase, but a rediscovery. I was looking in my makeup cabinet for a foundation that would illuminate my dry, dull skin and this is perfect. It is full coverage and needs to be blended really well but it makes my skin look aces!

Nars Powermatte Lipstick in “Starwoman”- I received this as a sample during one of my recent (and all to frequent) Sephora orders. I am OBSESSED with the colour. It goes on super smooth and has a lot of staying power. I will be investing in a full size lipstick when this runs out and I am already looking at additional colours to buy!

 L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo– My hair and scalp are super dry at this time of the year so I decided to try this shampoo after seeing it reviewed by a beauty vlogger on YouTube. It smells amazing and makes my hair soft and smooth. It requires a serious rinse after but if rinsed out well, my hair is not weighed down at all, even though it is an “oil”

 Skin Fix Hand Repair Cream– My hands are the worst. Always dry and cracking in the winter. I have used Skin Fix products on my children with great results so I grabbed this hand cream. Love it- thick but absorbs well and doesn’t leave your hands insanely greasy.

 

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The Holidays in Black and Red

The holidays are the perfect time to get all fancy and really rock sparkles and rich colours! I wear a lot of black and I think that pairing black with a bright kicky red is the perfect holiday combo! I am especially loving read shoes this season. The two pairs below are all kinds of amazing!!!
The Holidays in Black and Red

 

Earrings: New York & Co/Dress: Topshop/Shoes: Topshop/Bag: Topshop/Bag: Chloe/ Dress: River Island/ Dress: Chloe/Top: Self Portrait/ Shoes: Nine West

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Getting hygge for the holidays

I want to be cozy this Christmas. As our calendar for the end of November and December gets totally nutty (but fun!) I am already fantasizing about the quiet week between Christmas and New Years when it is all about hanging out at home and being lazy. No school, work or lessons to dash off to and only fun things (or nothing at all) on the roster! I can’t wait. If you want to get into the hygge spirit, check out my cozy picks below!!!! Hygge for the Holidays

 

Candle- Le Labo / Blanket-Lands End / Socks-  Lands End/ Mug- Kate Spade/ Cheese Plate- Fortnum & Mason / Hot Chocolate- Soma /Monopoly

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Fall Style- Weekend Warrior

I bought a pair of studded buckle boots recently from ASOS and I love them soo much that i have been working  a casual yet fierce look to highlight them. I wore a variation of this outfit a couple of weekends ago when I was in Ottawa. It was the perfect look for the flight and for walking around the Byward Market!
Weekend Warrior

 

 Tank Top- Frame/Sunglasses- Le Specs/Moto Jacket- River Island/Leggings- Express/Boots- Missguided
On another Ottawa related note, I had one off the BEST meals I have had in ages at Riviera . The space is incredible, a barely touched 1920’s bank and the food and drink menus are top notch. If you live in Ottawa or are traveling there soon, make a reservation!

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October 2017 Beauty Favourites

October 2017 Beauty Favourites

Essie Nail Polish in “Dressed to the nineties“- Essies new collection of 1990’s inspired nail polishes are beautiful (see them all here) but this dark purple with a green sheen is my favourite. It reminds me of a shirt that my BFF had in 1996 that I used to borrow a lot.

Glossier Body Hero Lotion– This moisturizer is SO luxe and thick without being greasy and OMG- the scent is perfection. Light reflecting particles make the skin look dewy and fresh all day.

Kate Sommerville Eradikate– After reading about a million reviews on Sephora, I decided to pick this up to see if it helps my hormonal breakouts. This does not make pimples disappear immediately (nothing can actually do that) but it helps zits shrink in size and reduces redness. It works!

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask– This mask is a cheap and cheerful sheet mask option and there are several versions of it- I like the “super hydrating and soothing” I am really into doing sheet masks every couple of days right now- I find that my skin gets super confused by the change of seasons and gets insanely dry.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara– I was sent this by Influenster in one of their VoxBoxes and I am really liking it so far. It makes my sparse and curly lashes seem much thicker and fluffier! It also doesn’t flake or smudge and it really easy to remove at the end of the day.

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