Category Archives: A Few Thoughts…

I’m back!

I realize that I’ve been completely MIA from blogging for, ummmm, almost a year (insert blushing face). Lately, I’ve been feeling the need of a creative outlet. Being overwhelmed by every day life, I’ve been feeling a little stuck in a rut – and then this week it dawned on me, maybe the best way to fix this ‘problem’ is to start blogging about one of my passions again.

I’m going to keep a realistic timeline, and hopefully post once or twice a week. I plan on posting about makeup products that I’ve been loving, make up looks that I create on others (need to start documenting again!), jewellery & fashion, and of course occasionally photographs that I take with my iPhone.

I absolutely love reading other fashion & makeup blogs – and hope that others will feel the same about the continuation of this one!

The Fountain of Youth

It starts from a young age – media puts these ideas in everyones head; aging is bad – being young is beautiful. I’ll admit that even I’m a sucker for society’s fight against aging. The day that I turned 25 I became obsessed with avoiding wrinkles – not something I’m admittedly proud of.
With a new found quest of avoiding crows feet, one of my good friend’s told me a “secret” to anti-aging, something that I should have started in my early twenties because it’s so simple – unfortunately this secret only sank in last year. We’ve all heard it – the sun causes wrinkles, yet how many of us actually register this fact? What’s the best way of avoiding wrinkles? Avoiding the sun! But how can that possibly happen? (I’m beyond guilty of sun worshipping with oil). So let me rephrase that – the best way of preventing wrinkles is as easy as sunscreen. Yeah!

Skin Tint FX Moisturizer - SPF 30


So on the quest for the perfect facial sunscreen, I went to my local Pharmaprix where I absolutely adore the girl at the cosmetics counter (how can I not bond with a girl over makeup?). She told me about the Cover FX line – and in particular their Skin Tint FX moisturizer with SPF 30 (which by the way is not actually tinted – foundation is still needed). I’ve been using it religiously since last winter. I mix it in with my regular Biotherm moisturizer every morning – rain or shine. The Skin FX moisturizer is amazing because it actually acts as a primer before foundation – evening out skin – helping the makeup go on smooth and last all day.

Biotherm - Skin Vivo Night


This is where my story may get a little more intense (not really). Last weekend I was doing some “back to school” cleaning of my room and I came across a sample of the Biotherm Skin Vivo night anti-aging cream that one of the girls from Pharaprix had given me. I decided to give it a try and have been using it every night for the last week. As of yet, I haven’t noticed a difference (Biotherm claims that this product will take ten years off your skin in four weeks) – but to be fair, I don’t really have any wrinkles yet and am just trying it out in the name of “prevention”.

Biotherm - Skin Vivo Night


Here is my breakdown of this product:
The cream has a very unique consistency and tingles slightly when it comes into contact with the under eye area. It is slightly drying (which I feel is better than being greasy, because grease = acne in my books) and if it is worn during the day (I haven’t done this yet) needs to be mixed in with a moisturizer. The full size product retails for $75.00, which I find to be extremely pricey – especially since it is not anti-aging and moisturizing.

This leads me to my next point, a little food for thought perhaps. Are anti-aging products worth the money – or are they just “fancy” moisturizers? We know that wearing sunscreen helps in the prevention of wrinkles – but using anti aging creams in your twenties – will that help in prevention? Or is just more products to spend money on and to put on your face? What do you think?

La Dolce Vita

So, I’ve been on (yet another) hiatus from writing. I fully took advantage of my free summer as a teacher and was in Italy & Greece for a little over four weeks. Another amazing experience and if you haven’t been – I no doubt highly recommend both countries. I was in Rome for a little less than a week – and fell in love with the city, the culture and of course the food (that goes without saying). The only regret that I have is not exploring another Italian city – I guess this just means that I will have to go back next summer!
In Greece we hit up a few islands and Athens. The Greek Islands are exactly what anyone would imagine – absolute paradise. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful people, mouth watering food and amazing parties – we explored & danced until our feet were blistered, but it was all done with a huge smile… After all, we’re in the Greek Islands!

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Vatican City, Italy

View from the Vatican - Italy

Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania, Crete, Greece

Naxos, Greece

Naxos, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece

Good to Go…

So, I’ve been extremely MIA for the last few months. Work has just been extremely crazy, and I haven’t had the time (or the heart – I’ll be honest) to sit down in front of a computer and write a blog entry. I’ve been busy doing makeup – however, unfortunately with my brain being as scattered as it has been, I kept on forgetting my camera!

Essie Good to Go - Rapid Dry Topcoat

Today’s blog is going to be about my new(ish) discovery that I now can’t live without. I love doing my nails and having them painted – for me, it always looks polished and put together. The only downside about this is that I hate waiting for my nails to dry, and this almost always results in me ruining at least one of my nails (if not more). This is no longer happening thanks to the Essie Good to Go – my new life saver. I’m always a little weary about rapid dry topcoats that claim that they will set and dry your nailpolish in 30 seconds, but this little jewel actually does. After two coats of nailpolish, wait about 30 seconds to a minute, pop this guy on, and presto! your nails are dry and good to go (as the name says). Thanks to this topcoat, I no longer look at doing my nails as a chore – and manage to change my nail colour twice a week, with it taking about 20 minutes. How does it get any better than that?

I have loads of new beauty secrets and makeup tips to share for the next few weeks, so stay posted!

The Retro Winged Eye – Revisited

I seem to be getting a lot of comments on the Retro Winged Eyeliner look that I did back in November. It’s definitely a favourite among many of my readers, and I’ve been asked to give a step by step tutorial on how to achieve such a look.

Retro Winged Eyeliner


Don’t be mistaken by the simplicity of this look – while yes, the face (base) is quite simple the eyes do take a lot of effort (most of the difficulty lies in having both eyes be identical).

Retro Winged Eyeliner


What you will need (for the eyes):
1- A cream eye liner (I used the Stilla Smudgepot – but any cream liner will use). I suggest you use a cream liner over a liquid liner (or the tip of a liquid eyeliner) because it doesn’t provide a lot of control, especially with a look like this. When applying liner – rest your elbows on a countertop. This will help steady your arm and give you a more controlled line.
2- An eyeliner brush
3- Mascara
4- False eyelashes (this is optional – however, my model is wearing individual false eyelashes).

Retro-Winged Eyeliner

Step 1: Apply the base foundation with a brush (I use the Sephora’s Professional Platinum Foundation Brush). Set it with powder. Make sure that you apply foundation on the lips – this look goes well with a very neutral and nude look.
Step 2: The cheeks are left very bare – no blush is used. On the hollows of the cheeks however, I used a bronzing powder. My favourite bronzing powder is MAC’s Deeper Refined Bronze.
Step 3: Now that our base is done, we can move on to the eyes. With a fluffy brush, apply a nude coloured eyeshadow all over the eyelid.
Step 4: Fill in eyebrows with a matte brown eyeshadow and an eyebrow brush. For my model, I used Kat Von D’s Leather (available in almost all of her eyeshadow palettes). This is a dark brown – and worked with my model’s colouring (hair and skin). If you are lighter skinned with lighter hair – use a matte brown that is slightly lighter.
Step 5: Taking your eyeliner brush, use your bottom lash line as a guide to start drawing you line on the top of your eyelid. When you get to the outer corner of your eye, pretend you are extending the lower lash line towards your brow by making small flick to extend it.
Step 6: If you wish to thicken up the line – go over the eyeliner with more eyeliner. The flick is key in this look.
Step 7: Make sure that both eyes are even and add mascara. If you wish to add false eyelashes – do so. This will give you a more dramatic look and open up your eyes.

Spinach… and Eyelashes?

It’s been a rough winter for me – the combination of snow, cold temperature and stress has helped me put on some extra weight that I need to lose asap! I decided to take the arrival of spring as an arrival of a new beginning – and a few weeks ago (3 to be exact) with the help of my two best friends, we all began our journey towards a healthier lifestyle. With the stess of my job, I somehow feel better after eating chocolate. Unfortunately this is a habit that can catch up with you. So, with the turn over of a new leaf, I cut out all my bad eating habits and replaced them with simple and nutritious meals. A lot of these meals consisted of baby spinach – good for you, full of nutrients and delicious when paired with other vegetables (and fruits) in salads. The perfect way to get back on track to a healthy lifestyle.

Spinach - Miracle Food!


I didn’t think in a million years that all these vegetables would help with hair growth, in the most unusual place – my eyelashes. Luckily, I was born with long eyelashes (a little on the thin side, but nice and long nevertheless) framing my eyes. In the past two weeks, somehow my eyelashes have gone from long, to long, long, long. With one coat of mascara, they touch my brow bone (and unfortunately leave a smudge on my brow bone that’s usually highlighted with eyeshadow). I have people asking me if I’m wearing false eyelashes and have been hesitant about wearing mascara to work (because my eyelashes look too long!).
So, could spinach be the new super vegetable? Or have all the new nutrients that my body has been intaking taken their toll and are affecting my overall beauty state? I haven’t decided – but I am not complaining.
Ladies – with spring here – and summer right around the corner, why not take this as a new beginning to get healthy. Taking care of your body on the inside only leads to things being taken care of on the outside!

Currently Loving: Urban Decay

A few weeks ago I walked into my local Montreal Sephora (West Island) to pick up a few things that I probably didn’t need. I walked in with my usual excitement, and was stopped right in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it – after all the waiting I’ve done – there was finally an Urban Decay section. Could this be true? Was Urban Decay finally allowed in Quebec? I couldn’t control myself… I was like a little girl in a candy shop – all the products that I have read about on beauty blogs were finally in front of me and I didn’t have to travel to Toronto! Somehow I was able to limit myself to one item (I couldn’t even remember why I had originally stepped into Sephora). Because as anyone could have predicted – the Naked Palette wasn’t available (they didn’t even have a sample) – I settled on yet another Urban Decay Palette – the Ammo Palette (this brings me to a total of two Urban Decay palettes).

Urban Decay Ammo Shadow Box


For beauty enthusiasts who have been in love with Urban Decay products for years may view this as old news – but for me (and a lot of other Canadians that reside in Quebec) it’s new and I absolutely love it! Since I made the purchase I have used it every day. My three favourite colours are Smog, Maui Wowie and Sin – the combination of these colours make the perfect every day natural and bronzed smokey eye look. I’ve come to realize that the texture, colour payoff and overall feel of Urban Decay eyeshadows are amazing. So for all the Montreal ladies who read my blog, I urge you to look at this “new” line – I promise you will be far from disappointed!

Spring Trend Watch: Bold cheeks

In my mind spring is officially here in Montreal. I’ve made the (bold) move of even putting my winter jackets back in the (way) back of my closet – exactly where they belong. Premature? Maybe – but at this point I’m not looking back.
So with the arrival of spring and the shedding of heavy layers and jackets (I will never say goodbye to my scarves though), why not talk about the trend that I’ve been sporting since the winter – little did I know that it would be a hit for spring 2011.

Kim Kardashian - Bold Cheeks (http://kimkardashian.celebuzz.com/photos/)

Kim Kardashian perfected it – Ammin imitated it; bold cheeks. I don’t have Kim’s perfectly sculpted cheeks, but I do the best that I can to copy her look with… drum roll please… makeup! Are we surprised? I channel my inner Kim every morning with two simple steps for my face; this consists of bronzer on the hallows of my cheek and blush on the apples. Not very difficult – but always beautiful. The trend that is here to stay for spring is bold cheeks – the perfect time (and oppurtunity) to perk up a drab complexion after the long, cold and tiring months of winter that we’ve endured.
If you want to play up your cheeks, here is a list of some of my favourite products to help you do so. The pigmentation on some of these can be a little intense – so it’s perfect for tanned skin! However, it is important to always tap off the excess from your brush, or you can end up looking like a courtesan from the 1600s instead of a glamazon from 2011!

Cargo Blush - Rome

Blush #1CARGO Blush in Rome and Laguna
I love Cargo Cosmetics – a Canadian company with amazing products (sadly not sold at Sephora anymore). Their blushes are excellent – with amazing pigment and go on so smooth, and you get a lot of product in a super cute little tin can. Both these colours have amazing colour payoff – perfect for the bold cheeks of spring 2011.

MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose

Blush #2MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose
What I love most about MAC blushes are the strong colour payoffs – which is perfect for a girl with a tanned complexion (the number of times that I have bought a blush and it hasn’t shown up on my skin is rather disappointing). This blush is no different – it has a beautiful matte finish which glides on smoothly for a perfectly pink-kissed look. It’s not a shocking pink, which is what makes it perfect for any skin complexion. Not to mention that it can help in channeling your inner Kim!

These three blushes are the favourites that I reach for when I need a pop of colour on my cheeks. I’ve also heard great things about Smashbox’s Blush Rush in Radiance (a bright fuchsia). I haven’t been able to justify purchasing it just yet – but it is definitely the next blush to try out on my list!

Primer… Primer Potion?

So, what’s the deal with all these new products that are available in the makeup industry? I’m a regular at Sephora – and yet every time I walk in I seem to encounter a new product for this or for that. It’s come to a point where even I can’t keep up – and as a result, I don’t always buy into the hype of, well, over-hyped products.

Urban Decay - Primer Potion


I’m probably one of the only makeup obsessed girls who hasn’t bought into the hype of the primer. This includes face primer (the type worn underneath foundation) and the over-hyped primer potions that are worn underneath eyeshadows. I’m a simple girl – I set my eyelid area with concealer; easy and fast. It seems to do the trick – my eyeshadow never creases, the colour is always beautifully pigmented and rich plus most of all, it always lasts all night. Actually, the nights that I’m too lazy to wash off my makeup (I know, I know) – I wake up in the morning with my eyeshadow looking better than it did the night before! So why should I waste $20-$30 on a primer potion when my $7 Hide the Blemish Concealer by Rimmel not only conceals, but also acts as a primer?

Rimmel - Hide the Blemish Concealer


Urban Decay Primer Potion


A few weeks ago when I bought my first Urban Decay Palette (The Black Palette) it came with their ever so famous Primer Potion. This past weekend, I decided to give it a shot – and used it underneath my eyeshadow. My eyeshadow went on exactly the same as it did with my concealer – yes, it didn’t crease or smudge – but it doesn’t anyways. So, is it worth the hype? Maybe my skin chemistry works well with the Rimmel concealer and as a result I don’t have to use a primer – or maybe the concealer I use has an excellent formula – but I have not been converted over to the primer potion side yet.
So ladies, before you give into the hype and rush out to buy a Primer Potion, I suggest you try Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish Concealer. You’ll be paying half the price for a product that can work as a concealer and a primer. Trust me, it’s worth trying it out!

The Black Palette

I love reading makeup and fashion blogs and for the past year I have been reading a lot of positive reviews on eye products from Urban Decay. We all know that I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with makeup – especially eye makeup, so I definitely wanted to try their products.

Urban Decay - Naked Palette


What really has caught my eye over the past few months is the Naked Palette by Urban Decay and have been dying to use it. Unfortunately my local Sephora here in Montreal – and all of them in Quebec – do not carry any Urban Decay products (yes – my heart broke). So how was I supposed to get my hands on a palette that is sold out almost everywhere in North America? I already have one strike against me since Montreal stores don’t carry the line – a second strike since Urban Decay doesn’t ship to Canada and a third strike since the palette is completely sold out on the Sephora website as well.

Urban Decay - The Black Palette


This leads me to the point of today’s blog entry – I was on spring break this past week (a well deserved restfull break that I desperately needed – I am now energized and ready to blog on the regular once again) and decided to visit my two best friends in Toronto. Of course I had to visit the Sephora – and was sucked in by the shiny Urban Decay section. Unfortunately they didn’t have the Naked Palette in stock (big surprise there) – but they did have a few other palettes. I love a smokey eye as we all know, so I was instantly drawn to the beautiful Black Palette – perfect for a girl who loves a smokey and dramatic eye.
Not only are these eyeshadows extremely pigmented – but they go on so smoothly it’s unbelievable! I used the palette on myself and my friends this weekend and we loved the results! I can see myself turning into an Urban Decay junkie – although none of the stores near me carry the line (maybe that’s a blessing in disguise?).
I am still waiting to get Naked, that’s for sure. My friend is in NYC for work this week, and the palette has been sold out since October. I can’t wait to get my hands on this coveted palette – and hope that it lives up to it’s hype, which I’m positive that it will.

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