Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#HALLOWEEN - SnapChat Barfing Rainbows Filter Makeup Tutorial

SnapChat filters don't work for me. Either my old, reliable iPhone 4 is too old or my face is weird and the camera can't detect it. Regardless, I've taken matters into my own hands and re-created the SnapChat Barfing Rainbows Filter on my face as a (potential) Halloween costume. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

#MANIMONDAY: Piet Mondrian Nail Art II

About a year and a half ago, I did a very similar nail art design to this one. Through a LOT of trial and error, I think nail art has helped to improve my dexterity, attention to detail and precision. So I thought I'd recreate Piet Mondrian's Composition featuring black, white and primary colours on the tiny canvases that are my nails. 

Products Used: Essence Wild White Ways*, KISS Black Nail Art Striper, Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Striper in Yellow*, Essence Fame Fatal*, Sally Hansen Beatnik*

I started with a white base, added in some black lines and then filled everything in with red, yellow and blue, leaving some of the squares/rectangles blank for negative space. 

How do you think I did? :) 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Decluttering: Lip Products // Fall 2015

While packing my things away to move back to school, I came to the realization that anything that I don't bring with me is probably something I don't need. 

- sort everything by colour (purples/darks, nudes, oranges, reds, pinks) 
- swatch 
- keep three lipsticks, liners and glosses in each shade category and give away/throw away the rest

- minis
- unique colours

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How to Smell Like Waffles with Demeter Fragrance Library // #CBBScentMemory

The scent of waffles reminds me of home. 

Warm, enveloping, sweet. Since my parents bought a waffle maker at least 10 years ago, Sunday mornings (and sometimes nights) would be waffle day - sometimes sweet waffles with chocolate chips and occasionally savoury waffles with green onions... I'd take waffles over pancakes any day. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

CND Shellac Update + How to Remove It

Good news - my CND Shellac manicure lasted more than two weeks! My nails look almost exactly the same as they did a couple weeks ago - minus the regrowth and some minor wear-down on my thumbs. I would have worn the Shellac for another week, without a doubt that it wouldn't chip, but the design (despite looking amazing) was getting a little boring for me.

Then came the removal... 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week Notes #1

I spend a lot of time talking about makeups and and other pretty things but time has not been on my side. So, I'll be supplementing my posts with weekly updates. Enjoy! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line - Purifying Black Mud Cleanser, Pine Mint Skin Tonic, Clarifying Black Cumin Oil & Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion

Once upon a time my skin was riddled with acne. Those days are gone (hopefully) but I can't really shake off the feeling of the stripping skincare products I used to draw out oils from my face, leaving me dry. Holistic Vanity's Acne Care organic line is targeted towards breakout-prone skin. Ingredients in the range are meant to detoxify and purify, with the added benefit of gently hydrating the skin. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral - 02 Eyeshadow Palette

Good matte eyeshadows are the one thing that most drugstore eyeshadow palettes lack. The solution? The Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye On Neutral Matte 02 ($19.99 at Target). Whenever my I need a neutral matte shadow, the Eye on Neutral palette is my go-to. 

The packaging is sleek and minimal (which I like). The only thing it's missing is a mirror. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EVENT: 3 Things I Learned at #Dx3Empower

DX3Empower - a 1-day conference that connects beauty, fashion and lifestyle influencers with brands for face-to-face discussion about the industry and authentic partnerships. What first drew me to the conference was news that Wendy Nguyen of Wendy's Lookbook was going to be the opening key note speaker. Wendy's keynote was superb but the conference was that and so much more...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

EVENT: IMATS Toronto 2015

I went to IMATS for my second time! This year, IMATS Toronto was held in September (as opposed to November) and on a different floor of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. But the same kind of makeup demos and workshops + beauty buying deals as 2014. See last year's experience here

The IMATS calm before the storm.