Beauty Favourites for Summer 2017

Summer 2017 Beauty Favourites

 

As far as beauty products go, in the summer I tend to gravitate towards a natural healthy glow, leaving the dramatic looks for cooler weather. Here are some of the products I have been loving this season!

Glossier Colour Paint in “Dusk”- I adore this cream blush SO MUCH. Easy to apply, super bendable, great colour payoff and a beautiful natural glow. I am also all about Glossier’s minimal low key sleek packaging. I will be for sure ordering more colours (and more products) soon.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Face Lotion with SPF 30–  This facial sunblock is super silky (as advertised) and it doesn’t burn my sensitive contact wearer eyes! I picked it up at Shoppers Drug mart and it is a great product for the price. It also just smells like summer and the beach.

Urban Decay Setting Spray– This setting spray totally lives up to its rating on Sephora! It is amazing! My makeup doesn’t  budge all day or night and it feels so nice on my skin. Super simple to use and not too expensive (a little goes a long way)  I have been recommending  this to everyone I know!

Dior Show Mascara – This is not a new pick but a revisited one. I am totally smitten by this mascara all over again. Best black, biggest volume, longest length. The absolute best.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in “Ophelia”– I have been obsessed with Kat Von’s long lasting lipstick for ages but until now, I have gravitated toward the bolder colours like Red and Purple. However, I recently picked up this nude and I love it. It is perfect for summer and lasts all damn day!!!

 

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Summer Style- Pearl Embellished Shoes

Pearl accents are everywhere this summer and they aren’t going anywhere either- Fall fashion previews are still showing ALL kind of pearl embellishments in bags, clothes and especially shoes.
I picked up these ones from Zara but here are some of my other favourite pearl encrusted shoes available now!
Pearl Embellished Shoes

 

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Summer Style- Cat’s Eye Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one of my all time favourite accessories- a simple change of shades takes your outfit from boring to chic.  And speaking of chic- is there a more classic and universally flattering shape than the cat’s eye?! While they really never go out of style, there are so many great cat’s eye sunnies available this summer at a really nice variety of price points.

Here are some that have caught my eye (pun intended) recently!

Summer Loving- Cat's Eye Sunglasses

 

 Is there something that you look for when you purchase sunglasses? Price? Name Brand?  Let me know!
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May 2017 Favourites

May 2017 Favourites

 

Jenny Bird Medium Edie Hoop Earrings- My lovely husband bought these absolutely stunning earrings for me for my birthday. They are a statement piece while still being super minimalist.
Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-pollution hydrating gel-cream– I was lucky enough to be sent some Decleor products for Mother’s Day and I am really loving all of them but this light gel moisture has been the real standout. It is super moisturizing but also very light on the skin and OMG- it smells absolutely incredible!
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer– I had my makeup done recently at the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew and the artist used this product not just as a primer but she also patted it all over my face before she spritzed on the finishing spray. This little trade secret gives the skin a super dewy finished look!
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy– I loved the first book that I read by Ms. Murphy (Dumplin’) and this books was as good or maybe better. Ramona is a small town Southern girl who isn’t sure about much in her life, but she knows she likes girls. While dealing with her first heartbreak, an old friend from childhood arrives back in town and turns her life upside down. Freddie and Ramona pickup right where they left and soon, Ramona finds herself developing feelings for him. This YA books is a beautiful and honest look at the fluidity and complexity of love.
Vici Jersey Studded Heels– These studded nude low heel sandals are the perfect summer work shoe. They are comfortable and the price is reasonable (especially if you are in the US and don’t have to pay shipping and duty!)
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Spring Style- Gap x Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is coming to the big screen on June 2nd (Watch the kick ass trailer here) and The Gap is celebrating the ultimate example of Girl (Super)Power with a capsule collection of Wonder Woman inspired gear for women, babies and kids. The iconic logo, lasso, head-piece and the old school red, red white and blue outfit are all represented. So fun for the warrior women in your life!
Here are my favourite pieces!

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Favourite Things- April 2017

As April showers give way to May flowers, its time for this month’s favourites!
April 2017 Favourites

Josie Maran  Enlightening Illuminizer – I am totally obsessed with this illuminator. My skin looks so dewy and bright with just a touch mixed in with my moisturizer….. and speaking of moisturizer…

Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30–  I am bad… I often forget to wear SPF in the winter but as soon as the sun become stronger I refuse to leave the house without it. I love the Dermalogica skin shield because it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson– I love Ms. Robson’s books (and the fact that she lives near me is also awesome). Her historical novels are some of my favourite reads. This book, about an American war correspondent in Blitz era London is totally engrossing, as are all her  novels.

Splatter Print Tali Tassel Crossbody by Indigo– I needed a splash of colour during April- Toronto was so grey and crummy. Love this little cross body and its abstract design. Pretty sweet price too! (Currently on SALE)

Vici Doll Carson Charcoal Bootie– If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know that I LOVE Vici Collection (based in California, the clothes are super cute but the duty to ship to Canada is a bit prohibitive). These booties came in my second order and I am thrilled with them. They look amazing, are very good quality for the price point and are actually comfortable.

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Favourite Things- March 2017

Favorite Things- March 2017

 

My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella– I have read every book she has written since the hight of the chick flick era of the early aughts! The perfect funny, frothy, romantic light read. Perfect for the beach or the cottage!
Josie Maran Argan Oil– I am obsessed with this oil for my face since I got a sample with a Sephora order recently. Smells nice and super hydrating but not heavy for the Spring.
BioSteel High Performance Sports Mix– Never being able to bring myself to drink quite enough water, I picked up some Bio Steel mix to help me hydrate. It tastes like bubble gum and is bright pink and I can DOWN it in about two seconds. Totally makes it easier to drink all the fluids I need for the day!
Asos Sunnies– I got these on super sale and I love the clear plastic frames and the gold and black accents. The shape is amazing and so different then any other pair I own!
Baby Foot– A friend told me that I HAD to try this before sandal season. You basically put bags full of a citric acid solution on your feet and leave them on for two hours then soak you feet every night for a week and watch the hard skin just peel away.  It is gross and amazing and your feet really are so much softer after. My advice is do this well BEFORE you want to rock open toe shoes…. peeling feet are not sexy.
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Spring Style -Step Hem Denim

Jeans with raw step hems are all over the place this year!  I love it when jeans have a little bit of something different to keep them feeling fresh.
Here are some really cute options!
Step Hem Denim

 

 It has been super cold and grey in Toronto the last week or so and I am really craving some warm spring weather. I went down a bit of a rabbit hole researching these jeans and created my dream casual Spring look featuring the Rag & Bone step hem jeans.
Spring Style- Weekend Step Hem Denim

 

Jeans- Rag & Bone
Sweatshirt- Skinny Sweats
Shoes- Adidas
Sunglasses- Quay
Earrings- Jenny Bird

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Spring Style- The Structured Ruffle

The Ruffle is  having a major style moment right now and my favorite take on this look is the more structured version- crisp, clean and sharp. Here are a few pieces I am loving!
The Structured Ruffle

White Blouse- Alice + Olivia/Pinstripe Blouse- Vici Collection/Pink Top- Stella McCartney/Grey Dress- New Look/ Yellow Dress- ASOS/Striped Top- J. Crew/Red Dress- Valentin0

What do you think of ruffles for spring? Cute or too cutesy?
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Favourite Things- February 2017

February 2017 Favourites

 

Santa Clarita Diet– Sheila and Joel are just your average California real estate agents until Sheila begins to crave the taste of raw meat…. turns out she’s a zombie. Part horror, part frothy family comedy, this show is super fun if you can stomach A LOT of gore. This Netflix show is the perfect binge- ten episodes at half an hour each means that you can easily kill this one (pun intended) in two nights!

Sephora Makeup Brushes– While purging my way though all the stuff in my bathroom cabinets, I realized that I was using makeup brushes that were at least 5 years old and many were much older than that. I decided to purchase a totally new set from Sephora, which are infused with charcoal powder, which has antimicrobial properties.

Sephora Contour Palette– Another thing that I noticed was that I didn’t have a proper all-in-one contour/highlight palette. This one from Sephora is awesome. The pigments are rich enough for my fair skin and  are super blendable.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer– Oh dark circles, how loathe thee. I am constantly trying out different products to cover up my under eye shadows. I recently saw this product recommended on a vlog so I picked it up and I love it. Good coverage, easy to apply and blend and doesn’t go dry and cake-y as the days goes on.
Icone Kimono CardiganSimons has become a fave online shopping destination over the last year or so (Canadian company means better shipping rates and NO DUTY) for good quality, inexpensive basics. I LOVE this cardigan so much. The shape is super chic and totally different than any other sweater I own.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill  by Sonia Purnell– Winston Churchill is a towering figure in 20th Century history as the Prime Minister of England during the last years of World War Two. His wife Clementine, his lifelong companion and staunchest supporter, is ofter overlooked or misrepresented in biographies of him. Here, Purnell writes about how “Clemmy” shaped the life of her larger-than-life husband.
Ikea Tea Lights– In my quest to fully embrace Hygge this winter, I am burning a ton of candles. Ikea tea lights burn clean and are super inexpensive.
Dr. Jart Water-Sure Gel– I have used Dr. Jart BB creams in the past and loved them but until I received a sample, I had never tried the creams. This gel based moisturizer is amazing and while pricey, a little goes a long way. Perfect over your favourite serum.
What was your favorite product or thing that you discovered in February?
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