Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Sephora Beauty Haul

  • TARTE | Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (Fair-Light Neutral)
  • SEPHORA | Mini Solid Brush Cleanser
  • GIORGIO ARMANI | Luminous Silk Foundation (#04)
  • ANASTASIA | Liquid Lipstick (Dusty Rose)
  • EMINENCE | Stone Crop Mask
  • STILA | Aqua Glow Serum Foundation
  • MARC JACOBS | Mod Noir
  • NARS | Orgasm Blush
  • LANCER | Glowing Skin Perfector
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT | Black Opium Perfume
  • SEPHORA | Marc Jacobs Birthday Set
  • ALTERNA | Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
  • FRESH | Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil
  • FRESH | Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  • FRESH | Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

Well, this list looks pretty errr... impressive now doesn't it? Really, I love a good Sephora order and if it wasn't for the $50CAD free shipping minimum I'd be on there much too often. You've got those great, online exclusive products and little mini sets make luxury beauty a little more affordable for the cosmetically curious. Since two deals are better than one, I always try to double up on those exclusive sample codes for extra deluxe bobbles (Sephora is the only newsletter I always read in my inbox) that you can't get in stores. At the moment, the new KatVonD concealer is up for grabs as well as a stash of Sunday Riley, Tata Harper and Tatcha samples. So what's your shopping habit? Do you crave the instant satisfaction? Or do you hold out for a good online deal?

Happy Shopping,


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Everyday Makeup | July most used products + Video

Happy (almost) Friday! Here's a look at my everyday makeup - drugstore edition! Lots of you really seemed to enjoy my last video so I'm definitely hoping to do these more regularly. It's a reminder that false lashes are not an everyday necessity for us regular folk and that just seven makeup products is plenty for running out the door. 

  • L'OREAL | True Match Lumi Cushion | N2 (review)
  • MAYBELLINE | BrowDrama Pro Palette | Dark Brown
  • PRESTIGE | Total Intensity Liner | Bold Brown
  • MAYBELLINE | Falsies Push Up Mascara WP*
  • RIMMEL | Sculpting Palette* | Coral
  • MAYBELLINE | Superstay Better Skin Concealer* | Light
  • REVLON | Ultra HD Matte Lip* | Seduction (review)

If you haven't caught on yet, most of my everyday looks are based around a cheek and lip combo. Because I can't be bothered to wear a lot of shadow during regular busy days, I turn to those two spots for hints of colour. Coordinated, easy and fresh as always. I'd love to know what is one of your drugstore daily makeup necessity?

Smile on,

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review: SLEEK | Day vs. Night Shadow Palettes + Look

SLEEK Makeup Eyeshadow Palette

I love the idea of functional eyeshadow palettes - ones that know exactly who they are and help you tackle the day with purpose. SLEEK Makeup, has done up its popular shadow palettes in a corresponding pair for anything daily life can throw at you. A New Day and All Night Long both feature a selection of neutral based shadows with pops of metallic shimmer each with with it's own subtle twist.

SLEEK Asian Makeup

Brand: SLEEK Makeup
Product: All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette*, A New Day Eyeshadow Palette*
Size: 12 x 1.1grams / palette
Price: $11.99 USD
Availability: SLEEK Makeup online, select UK drugstores
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided

Now of course this isn't the first time you've seen SLEEK palettes on my blog. I've previous talked about some other collections but I thought we'd take a moment to really dive into the shadows solely, especially since they are such a fan favourite and there's such a selection to choose from. 

All variations of their i-Divine palettes come with 12 shades, a large mirrored flip top and a dual ended sponge applicator. Each pan is about 2cm in diameter which means its slim to tote around but large enough to dip a regular sized shadow brush inside. The black matte casing is very sturdy and the combination of colours and design means these end up being some my most carried travel palettes (feel free to swap out the the sponge for a real brush).

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Video | Guide to Sewing Books & My Collection


  • Me and My Sewing Machine | Kate Haxell
  • Casual Sweet Clothes | Noriko Sasahara
  • Feminine Wardrobe | Jinko Matsumoto
  • Vogue Sewing
  • The Colette Sewing Handbook | Sarai Mitnick
  • BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook | Nora Abousteit & Alison Kelly
  • Handsewn | Margaret Rowan
I've gotten a lot of love on my sewing posts and videos since I've started sharing more of them this year but one consistent theme that seems to cap off many comments is the confusion about how to get started and where to find good sewing information. And while I've had a few sewists helping me out along my learning journey (thanks for redoing that zipper for me Mom), most of my skills were acquired through books. To do it well, there's a lot of small technical details that needs to be practiced when it comes to making clothes that really makes the difference between sloppy handmade and phenomenal handmade. We're lucky that there's a pretty decent selection of modern sewing volumes out there in English but if you're just testing the waters, the choices can be both confusing and overwhelming. I hope you found this flip through my own personal collection helpful and perhaps even encouraged you to pick up your very first book!

Keep on stitching,

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Review: Covergirl | Clean Matte BB Cream + video

Finding a good everyday foundation is like searching for the perfect flat shoe. It needs to be reliable, easy to wear and also make you look fabulous yet you can throw into your bag on the go. Lately, my casual foundation of choice has been a surprising hit from the drugstore; in fact it's so good that upon receiving my PR sample I actually went out to buy another in a better shade. Now this is something worth talking about.

Covergirl BB Cream Matte - Review

Brand: Covergirl
Product: Clean Matte BB Cream
Size: 30ml
Colour: 6 shades (shown: Fair, Light*)
Price: $8.99 CAD (often on sale)
Availability: Drugstores Nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably yes.

IngredientsWater / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Dimethicone, PVP, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylonitrile / Methyl Methacrylate / Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Wax, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Let's get one thing clear first. This is not a bb cream in the Korean context. It won't heal your skin, provide multiple benefits or clear any blemishes. What this is, is a skin friendly everyday light coverage foundation that feels natural on the skin and gives a polished look to your makeup. Oh and did I mention it dries matte?

Wait, what? I thought you hated matte finishes?

Yes I hear you but this foundation, housed in an compact and travel friendly squeeze tube, imparts a naturally matte look that is not one bit powdery. In my books, this is a big win. It has no added fragrance and the formula is that of a light lotion which blends easily with just fingers or a foundation sponge. Within about 30 seconds, it's set and there's no trace of stickiness!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CND Manicure at home | Vinylux 7 Day Polish

CND Vinyl Lux Polish

Perfectly manicured nails is one of those little beauty details that I've always admired in put-together people but something that I've never adopted. Sure, I'll fall madly for a colour and attempt to snazz up my look but the combination of work plus the easy chip factor often made me feel defeated. In perfect timing, the team at CND recently released their 7 Day Wear Vinylux collection and put together a little manicure package for me to try out. So, let's go!