Top Picks: Lipsticks

There is nothing I love more than lipstick, if I were stranded on a desert island and got to bring one thing with me it would be my lipstick bag (if i’m dying anyways might as well look good while doing it). As you can imagine I’ve tried most lipstick brands from high end to drugstore- some I absolutely loved and some…not so much. I’ve compiled a list of my all time favourite lipsticks for you guys for the next time you decide to go out and give your lips some love.

5. Chanel – This iconic brand remains a staple in the world of fashion and beauty for obvious reasons; When you’re buying Chanel, you’re buying quality.The most popular lipstick line from this brand has to be Chanel’s Rouge Allure. According to the Chanel website

“The next generation of ROUGE ALLURE dresses lips with unmistakable attitude. A new formula with concentrated, ultra-thin pigments offers radically intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish. Leaves lips supple and protected with lasting comfort.”

Obviously, this lipstick is not on the cheaper side, running at $36 per tube. It goes on beautifully and is carried in an array of colours to suit every skin tone – you feel glamorous just wearing it! If you’re someone who doesn’t have time to reapply, then this lipstick is not for you. As gorgeous as it is, the pigments don’t last very long and need constant touch-up’s. For someone who is on the go, this might not be the right choice for you.

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4. M.A.C – As any M.A.C lipstick enthusiast knows, the most iconic, must-have shade of the brand has to be “Ruby Woo”. If you’re looking for that perfect red lip, look no further. Voted as one of the 10 best lipsticks according to Vogue, Ruby Woo offers that pop of colour you’ve been waiting for. According to the M.A.C website

“[This Lipstick is] Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips.”

This lipstick is a little more affordable than Chanel, running at $20 per tube, but it’s one that I think every lipstick lover should own at least once in their life. Disclaimer, this lipstick does go on a little dry so exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub before applying to give you a nice, smooth finish.

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3. Neutrogena – I know what you’re thinking, following up Chanel and M.A.C with a drugstore brand, but trust me on this one. The Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick provides the moisture and pigment you’ve been looking for in a drugstore brand. Sure it wont give you the drama you might get from higher end brands, but its great for daily use. The Neutrogena website says

“NEUTROGENA® MoistureSmooth Color Sticks instantly moisturize lips, while continuously conditioning them so they are softer and smoother in just 3 days with nothing on them. Made with fruit extracts along with mango and shea butter, the balm-like formula glides on easily, providing a sheer wash of moisturizing color that lasts for hours. In addition, the twist up package allows for perfect application each time – with no sharpener needed.”

Not only will it moisturize, but it’s super cost-friendly (running at $8.49 a tube) you can experiment with all nine of their shades.

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2. Make up For Ever – I picked up Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense lipstick on a whim one day while perusing the isles at Sephora. I fell in love with all of their shades and wanted to try one out, and I was not disappointed. The lipstick goes on smoothly and highly pigmented, giving you exactly what you’re looking for in one stroke. Coming in 50 different shades, you have a lot to choose from. According to the Sephora website

“The Rouge Artist Intense is a lipstick saturated with pigments for an intense result. Available in 50 shades with 3 different finishes, it will suit your everyday mood. Natural or sexy, the Rouge Artist Intense lasts all day and leaves your lips soft and moisturized.”

Each tube of Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick costs $23 and can be found at any Sephora store.

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  1. NARS – The number one spot goes to my all time favourite lipstick, the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. I talked about this lipstick in a previous post; like the M.A.C lipstick, this pencil goes on extremely dry so you have to exfoliate before you wear it for the best results, but this is the longest lasting lipstick I have ever had. It honestly lasts all day long with minimal touch ups, it can even last through meals! According to the NARS website

“The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.”

Each pencil runs at $26 and is well worth the money since you barely have to touch it up, it can last a long time. I bought it in the shade “Cruella” which is an extremely dramatic, bold hue perfect for a night out. I’ve even started using it paired with my Make Up For Ever lipstick for a more intense look.

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How to Wear Flannel without Looking like a Lumberjack

A couple of years ago I was in the Bay and found a little boy’s flannel shirt on sale that fit me perfectly, Naturally, I bought it and to this day it is one of my favourite tops. Luckily the lumberjack chic trend stuck around for a bit longer than I thought it would, but not everyone can pull it off (me being in that group) so I’ve compiled a list of ways to wear flannel in a trendy, stylish way without looking like you’re off to chop a tree down.

  1. f01d96a0affc5bd92ed0af3e4af833e7First and foremost we have the obvious slouchy or grungy look. This one may look easy to pull off but takes a little bit of work. I have this theory that tall girls can pull off any slouchy look without a hitch, but for those of us who are vertically challenged, it may require a bit more effort to not look like a complete slob. I used to opt for shirts that were double my size or more in order to achieve a laid back look, but now that the trend is to look worn in, most shirts come a little looser. Pair a loose top with skinny jeans or leggings to give it a more feminine look. Baggier pants or boyfriend jeans will just make you look like you’re drowning in materialf865012462f1756ea84b9c4ff4b088dc
  2. Not 100% convinced that flannel is the right pattern for you but still want to indulge in the trend? no
    problem. Start off simple, wear a flannel top under a cardigan or  sweater on a chilly day, let the material peak out a bit to give your outfit that extra pop of colour. Still not convinced? I get it, commitment is scary add a flannel scarf to an outfit with a neutral or monochromatic palate. This will ease you into the look and add some texture to your outfit. 4cae035110172f1675fa909cb45899cb
  3. Lets face it, basic flannel can make you look like a lumberjack, there is absolutely no way around it. No matter how feminine or stylish you are, basic flannel will look masculine, thats why you should always accessorize. Chunky scarves, knitted hats and gold jewellery will add that feminine touch you need.
  4. Looking for even more feminine glamor? ditch the jeans! A flannel top tucked into a skirt gives another meaning to shabby chic. We all have that skater skirt in the back of our closet, instead of retiring it for the rest of the season, match it with your flannel and opaque leggings for a cozy, yet stylish look (extra points for cute boots)flannelandskirt
  5. Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Have fun with it, mix and match different looks until you find one that works best for you!

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OOTD and Another Sephora Trip

After a particularly rough week, I decided to treat myself today (a la Tom and Donna).  I went to sephora and got a mini makeover-the poor makeup lady had to hear all about my woes and the reason why I was treating myself- which was great because I got to ask the beauty experts all my make up questions like “why the heck does my contour seem to disappear after a couple of hours?” The answer? You have to set a cream contour with a power! So obvious but i never even thought of it, so I bought the Shade+Light palate from Kat Von D’s line and so far I really like it. the palate carries matte shades which leave you with a more natural look rather than a shimmery face. I still have to play around with it a bit more and find the right tones for me, but so far no complaints. Anyways I got all dressed up today and decided to take a photo. Today I wore an asymmetrical romper from Forever 21 (which I previously talked about in my Forever 21 and H&M Haul), a chunky necklace from H&M (also in the video) and basic black pumps from Call It Spring. Super basic yet elegant look

  

Fall is almost here!!!

ahhh I love fall, I love the clothes, the changing of the seasons, thanksgiving and the crisp chill the air, but mostly I love the clothes. I wanted to post today’s ootd since it’s my first fall look of the year. I was invited to a friends for dinner so I opted for a white sweater dress over black tights. I added an asymmetrical blazer (recently purchased from h&m), floppy hat and rain boots the complete the look. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the floppy hat cause I felt like it made me look like I belonged in American Horror Story Coven but all in all I’m pretty satisfied with my first fall look.  

 

My photographer got a little shutter happy while taking my photos and snapped this close up while I was trying to get my phone back. My big hand is in the way but it shows a good close up of the outfit 

  

Anyways I’ll be posting more ootd’s since I love fall and id love to see your favourite pieces for the season too! 

How to Tame your Frizzy Curls

It’s been awhile since I posted on here, I took a little break to sort some things out, but I’m back now! The other day I went to Sephora with a friend of mine, both of us have dry, frizzy, somewhat curly hair and we’re always sharing tips and tricks on taming it. It’s especially hard in the summer time with all the humidity making it frizz into a giant tumbleweed. It doesn’t even look good when you put it up in a ponytail, so basically you’re screwed either way. Anyways, She had told me that she was using the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious shampoo and conditioner but was hesitant over buying the calming cream, not knowing whether or not it was going to make her hair stiff and crunchy. Whenever I’m hesitant over a product I usually google it, so that night I did just that and found various videos praising the Calming Cream. I went back to Sephora the very next day and BUMBLE&BUMBLE2decided to give it a shot and now I’m obsessed.

First, I’ll start with the shampoo and conditioner. I picked up the Curl Conscious line from Bumble and Bumble, the bottles and pretty expensive for their size but you can get such a rich lather with a small amount of shampoo. I was confused as to whether I should use the curl conscious line or the quenching one since my biggest problem is dry hair. The girl at sephora pointed out that most people with curly hair suffer from dryness and breakage too, so the curl conscious line addresses that issue while also playing up your curls.

After getting out of the shower, I used a pretty generous amount of the calming cream on my hair. I learned two different ways to use it. One is to separate your hair into one inch sections and twist them into dreads using the cream then gently dry your hair with a defuser. Once you separate the dreads they should be in tight curls. The second way is to just coat your hair in the cream, work it through and let it air dry. Since I’m lazy (and lost my defuser) I opted for the second option. Once my hair dried, it was still big but the frizz was gone, I was so pleased with the results!

Before heading out I quenched my roots Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil and I was out the door.

Skin Secret Revealed

skinI can’t keep a secret, everyone that knows me is well aware of this, so when I find a beauty secret I have to share it with everyone – especially one as good as this. I’ve always had problems with my skin, as much as people sometimes scoff at this, I’ve always been a little self- conscious about it, so much so that I used to spend hours picking at my skin which has resulted in ugly scars that I’ve learned to cover up with various make-up techniques. I’ve tried all the potions and lotions that promise to make you look like an airbrushed supermodel walking off the glossy pages of a magazine, but none of them really worked as promised (and they’re all SUPER overpriced). As much as keeping up a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water help with your complexion, sometimes you need a little oomph (especially around a certain time of month). The other day I was in the organic section of a grocery store with a friend of mine looking at detox teas. We were trying to find something that helps rid your body of toxins without the gross side effects. I came across this one tea that promised an “inner glow” at first we laughed about this, thinking that “inner glow” was a polite way to say “you’re going to poop your pants”, but then I read more about it and decided to give it a try.

For the past week I’ve been drinking the Pukka Cleanse tea. Filled with organic ingredients, this tea allows your body to safely cleanse itself while giving your skin a healthy glow. The following are the ingredients found in this specific tea from the Pukka line, and their benefits.

Nettle Leaf – From the Urticaceae family, Nettle leaves contain a number of essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle also relieves inflammation which can aid relieving everything from menstrual cramps to arthritis. The one down side is that Nettle leaves may lower blood pressure. Because it is only one of the many ingredients found in this tea, I would think that a low dosage per day wouldn’t be a problem, but then again I’m not a physician so if you suffer from low blood pressure it may be a good idea to consult a physician before drinking anything with Nettle in it.

Dandelion Root- Recent studies have found that consuming dandelion root could fight against cancer and even slow its growth. Other benefits of consuming dandelion root are it’s amazing antioxidants and detoxing effects on the liver and the kidney. Who knew that those tiny yellow flowers we would weave into flower crowns as kids would be so beneficial to our health.

Fennel Seed- I used to be a cashier at a grocery store and I would always see people coming by with Fennel, this strange half celery, half onion-y looking thing that smelled very strongly of liquorice. Along with being packed with vitamins, the seeds of this plant do everything from improving brain function to aiding in eye health. Through my research on Fennel though, I found out that the plant contains a small dosage of estrogen which could interact with contraceptive pills making them less effective. Use extra caution if consuming this food in large amounts.

Even though its only been a week of drinking a cup of Pukka Cleanse tea once a day, I’m noticing pukka-cleanse-dimprovements in my skin health and even my digestion, it really works that quickly. Honestly, I’ve always been the kind of person to wear cover up all the time. People would tell me that wearing so much face makeup is only making the problem worse, but I wouldn’t listen. Now that I started the Pukka Cleanse, I feel confident enough to leave my house without caking on my coverup and consealer. This tea is not only boosting my health, but also my bank account!

Fall Fashion Predictions

I’m so excited for fall…so excited like, Jessie Spano excited (side note, I talked to a high schooler the other day that had no idea what Saved by the Bell was and it made me really, really sad. I turned to a friend of mine and said “it makes me really sad that kids don’t know what Saved by the Bell is anymore” but since I had a sinus infection he thought that I had said “it makes me really sad that kids don’t notice me anymore” and it got really awkward for a few seconds there). Anyways, like any basic bitch, fall is my all time favourite season. The colours, the crisp air, the desserts, apple picking and of course, fashion. I haven’t really been looking at fall fashion very much yet so I’m going to make my fall fashion 6f36eb17bba1c1774c24135cea6e4103predictions…

1. Navy – for some reason, I think that navy blue is going to be a huge colour this fall/winter season. Why you ask? well, yellow gold and rose gold jewellery have made a massive comeback lately. Almost all of the summer accessories this year came in one of these two hues, and I don’t think people are done with them yet. Navy blue looks really refined and allows the gold accessories to stand out while giving a touch of colour that black just can’t compete with. c4c10412dbb77d379d1f8361b1fc8d31

2. Tight knits- chunky knits have been everywhere for the past few years, and for good reason. They’re loose and cozy during the cold winter season, but lets be serious, loose knits aren’t always flattering. I don’t think the chunky guys are going anywhere anytime soon, but I think tighter knits are going tobegin to make a comeback this year. Fitted wool sweaters and sweater dresses,tight knitted scarves and cardigans will give a feminine touch to an otherwise shapeless look.

27450873_020_d3. Ankle booties- ok, these aren’t new to the fashion scene at all, but I think people are finally going to start ditching their long boots for their shorter alternative. As much as I think this will be a trend, I don’t think it’ll be one that I will indulge in. I’m 5’2 with a size 7.5/8 foot, so in short, I have big feet and ankle bootiesusually elongate the foot, especially since the more stylish ones come with a pointy toe. Mix that with skinny jeans and I’ll be looking like Krusty the Clown. I think I’ll stick to the higher boots but go for a more fitted look this year, maybe in a black or neutral hue.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 10.12.59 PM4. Patterns- patterns are big for the summer and I’ve recently learned the hard way that they aren’t for me. My dad comes from a large family and as the oldest, some of his siblings are much, much younger than him. Last week, my dads youngest brother came to visit with his wife. He was only a teenager when I was born so him and I have been very close over the years. On their final day here, I decided to wear a floral t-shirt -which I thought was very flattering and slimming. Anyways, my uncle and I posed for a picture before he left, and shortly after posting it online, a friend of my mothers congratulated me on my pregnancy with my new husband (she thought my uncle was my husband…). I thought she was just a crazy old bat until I shared the story with some coworkers and they kindly pointed out that the shirt I was wearing made it look like I had a belly. I was mortified when Inoticed, I actually looked pregnant. One coworker said “I know you don’t actually look like that which is why I found it so funny, I guess florals just aren’t your thing”, and that ladies and gentlemen, is why I am staying away from patterns. None the less, I think this trend will transition from summer to fall seamlessly. Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

5. Turtlenecks – this throw back has been creeping into the fashion scene a lot more lately, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of warm necks this fall/winter, which does not mean that you have to skimp on accessories. Wear a long necklace over the sweater for an added sparkle.

and there you have it, my five predictions for Fall 2015. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if they come true!