Friday, February 12, 2016

V-Day Treats

Valentine's falls on a long weekend for me. Preston and I are taking advantage of it with a quick trip to Seattle. I can't wait to drink coffee and explore. To get a cheaper flight, we are flying out on Sunday. That kinda kills the romantic dinner plans-we will just have to reschedule that. I figured I would just spend the holiday with some V-day inspired goodies instead. Perfect whether you're single or in a relationship. Here's the itinerary: A fun and easy nail art sesh with some nail art stickers. Follow that up with a Lush bubble bath and a thought-provoking yet laugh-inducing read like Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance.

What are your V-Day plans?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nail Art | Valetine's Day Stickers

I have some super simple nail art to share today. Stickers. I am pretty sure they are for children, but I had a blast adorning them to my nails in random patterns. I am all for fussing with dotting tools and a million bottles of polish, but sometimes you just don't got time for that.

I was surprised how easily these applied and how nice they turned out. They were a bit more fussy to remove. The stickers are from Duane Reade and the base is American Apparel Office, a sage-y seafoam.

Would you rock nail stickers?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Beauty Favourites | January 2016

Well, it's not the beginning of February, but it's not the end yet either... so I will just sneak in this January favourites post. This month has been crazy, so I kept it simple with trusty standbys and simple new products to keep a fresh face throughout a hectic, long day week month.

To fake a glow, I used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette. All the shades are super flattering and provide a lit from within look that doesn't look overly sparkly. I love to mix the two blush shades. For eyes, I picked up a few new products. First, I finally purchased Nars Kalahari. I have been lusting after this rosy duo for what seems like forever. Both shades are perfect for all over the lid. I pair it with Wet n Wild Creme Brulee as a highlight. For tight-lining, I have been using Julep's When Pencil Met Gel liner in Bronze Shimmer. The deep brown is perfect for everyday. I also ordered a new eyelash curler from Birchbox. It's a Tweezerman in rose gold. Curling my lashes really opens up my eyes and makes me look instantly more awake-which was much needed this month.

As a Birchbox sample, I received the Foreo Day Cleanser. It's been the perfect cleanser for winter mornings with a citrus scent and hydrating texture. After toning, I add a layer of Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk. It adds an extra layer of protection from harsh winter weather. For foundation, I have been loving Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. It's a classic. To finish up my make-up, I have been going with Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna. It's a great everyday shade, with a bit of a mauve twist to keep it interesting. 

Even though it's still winter, I have felt like brightening my perfume choice and have gone from Elizabeth & James Black to White. It makes me feel a bit more springy. I've been adding a bit of pastels to my manis with Essie's Mind Your Mittens with an accent of Rock at the Top for some glam.

What were your beauty favs this month?

Friday, February 5, 2016

UD x Gwen Lipstick Swatches

I couldn't wait to order the UDxGwen eyeshadow palette and now the whole collection is released-cheeks, brows, & lips. I haven't purchased anything else-yet-but received a little sampling of the lipsticks with my eyeshadow order. I loved the colours and wanted to post a few swatches. There are even more in the collection, reds, nudes, pinks, and purples, with varying finishes: sheer, matte, creme.

Ex-Girlfriend- Sheer Nude (I'm picky about nudes & I actually like this one!)
714- 'Mega'-matte, slightly orange-toned red (really love the finish on this.)
Rock Steady- A deep, vampy red, typical lipstick finish (love these shades, probably own way too many of them.)
Firebird- A fuchsia pink. (Looked more purple in the pot (and iridescent), but I am in love with this purple-pink shade.)

I might just have to pick up a few of these in full-size. The gold stripe packaging looks so glamourous. Plus, the typical lipstick tube application will probably be much easier than these little sample pots. 

What do you think of the UDxGwen collection? Any lipstick or lip liner recommendations?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Essie Holiday Shades

I found this cute little essie set at Target the other day. For a surprisingly good deal,90% off, making it less than $1.50. I love the mix of traditional holiday shades and winter pastels. My first pairing was with mind your mittens, a seafoam blue with a bit of shimmer, and rock at the top, a chunky gold top coat.

Also, included was cocktail bling, a blue-toned lavender creme, and a-list, your classic red.

What are some of your favourite winter polishes?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lush Valentine's Day 2016

Today, the snow is pouring down. And a blizzard is the perfect day for a bubble bath. I picked up a couple of new Lush items in anticipation. I finally found the Unicorn Horn! Last year, I was unable to acquire it, so I am super excited. I also got Milky Bath, a new bubble bar. I love cocoa butter, so I knew I had to try it. Plus, I love the simple white & silver design.

What are your favourite snow day activities?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Birchbox | January 2016

The first month of the new year, and Birchbox themed the box to get you ready for 2016. Out of the sticker choices, I went with 'Strengh'. I have so many goals for 2016 and the next few years, and I know I will need to be strong for life's ups & downs.

Box Breakdown
Foreo Day Cleanser
Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner
TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint in Red
Beautiful Nutrition Grapefruit Detox Shine Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

What was your word for 2016?