Monday, April 9, 2018

PIXI Collaborations | Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy, ILikeWeylie

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Pixi Pretties Makeup Collection

Today’s post brings you the newest Pixi influencer collaboration and in usual Pixi fashion, it’s a really wearable array of everyday neutrals. If there’s one word to describe the brand as a whole it would certainly be - pretty. Pretty cute, pretty neutral, pretty easy to wear and overall the type of products that fit well into your daily makeup wardrobe.

Pixi Pretties Makeup Collection

This release release contains 3 palettes as the main feature and is a collaboration between Chloe Morello,  Dulce Candy and ILikeWeylie.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Foundation Collection : 15 and counting... + video

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Foundation Collection

There's no other way to say this. I am unashamedly a foundation collector and have no real reason to justify this weird addiction to this single makeup product. Regardless of what good things I may be using or claiming to have a found a favourite, the immediate attraction when a brand new drop hits the new arrivals page is like nature's calling. On the flip side, this means I actually have a collection video to show you because the average person certainly doesn't own 15 foundations...and counting.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED
...and of course just in case you're looking for more skin tone matches, I have a few other brand colours listed under the My Stats tab at the top of the page. Over the years I've used a fair share of both drugstore and high end offerings but sometimes you just have to admit that drugstore shades are far and lacking. If you're also a self proclaimed foundation collector, I'd love to know your favourites for your skin type!

Happy Sunday,


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Filofax Clipbook: My new (again) planner

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Filofax A5 custom planner

While I’d hardly define myself as a #planneraddict even in the loose sense of the word, I am somehow always shuffling through a couple of different planners over the course of the year. Having bounced around between more traditional bound dated options, to bullet journals and various layouts, my current daily writer is a self compiled Filofax Clipbook, adapted with personal printables. 

If you had watched my inexpensive DayDesigner x Walmart planner video from earlier this year, I talked about how I had been pleased with finding a perfect pre-dated weekly design but over the weeks the real kicker had always been the paper quality which not only limited my pen options but also seemed to affect how often I used it. 

Filofax A5 custom planner

Filofax had always been a familiar name but not a brand that I had paid a lot of attention to until I recently bought one of their removable page notebooks for work. My goal had always been to find the most functional, compact with practical design features and their new A5 sized Clipbook, with the self adjusting soft cover is a strong contender. Self-adjusting simply meant that the cover is attached so it can lay flatter when you don't have it filled up. And although neon pink isn't my preferred colour choice, it was on a great discount on Amazon which means I could try out the size and system without feeling too guilty.

Filofax A5 custom planner

Filofax A5 custom planner

The current contents of my Filofax planner is still in the works, especially as I'm still waiting for a few other inserts to arrive in the mail but so far I'm loving the size, flexibility plus the fact that I can print my own weekly pages on some incredible paper. The week on a single side seemed daunting to at first but I quickly found that I hardly needed more than this for my appointments an I can always add an in between page if there's anything important to write. This means that instead of 52 pages for an entire calendar year, I've just shrunken it down to 25 pages! Here's what I have in here so far.

Using my We R Memory Keepers special adjustable punch, I can also add in any pages that I'm loving at the moment or simply just bits and bobs that I want easy access too. So far, I'm loving the change so we'll see how long this holds up.

Chat soon,

Monday, March 5, 2018

Work It | Comfort Shoes for Everyday


Rockport Highheels

Work wear has become a bit of my recent obsession - hey, when you spend 40 hours a week in the zone, it's probably a good idea to think about what you wear while hustling. While most of us would love to dress like we walked out of a Vogue magazine, practicality always wins in the end for me especially when it comes to footwear. As I'm in the process of overhauling my shoe closet to more comfort footwear choices, I thought I'd share with you some of my current favourites.



SHOES MENTIONED

  • BLONDO | Elvina Waterproof Boots 
  • ROCKPORT | T-Strap Pumps 
  • HUSH PUPPIES | Odessa Evaro Sneakers 
  • CLARKS | Faye Mary-Jane (LE) 
  • GH BASS | Evelyn Oxfords

Now while heel height isn't necessarily the singular measurement of comfort, being a bit more thoughtful about the heel type, support and structural details can go a long way if you're going to be in a shoe all day. Other brands worth a second look include Naturalizer, Earth, Vionic and Geox just to name a few. Now with spring just around the corner, I'm more than excited to browse the warm weather options!

Happy Shoe Shopping,



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

COVERGIRL | Vitalist Elixir Foundation + Swatches

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Covergirl Vitalist Foundation- Classic Ivory

It's not often that the drugstore comes out with a foundation that reads like my dream straight on the bottle... lightweight, full coverage, hydrating, SPF20 and contain a cocktail of vitamins for my skin, this is the Covergirl Vitalist Elixir* foundation. With so many glowing reviews online, I was eager to give this a whirl and see if its really a drugstore gem but there's a lot more to a base product than a first glance. 

Covergirl Vitalist Foundation- Classic Ivory

THE BASICS
Brand: Covergirl
Product: Vitalist Elixir Foundation* SPF20
Size: 30ml
Colour: 14 shades (shown: Classic Ivory)
My other colour matches: See here
Price:  $14-18 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide (Walmart, London Drugs etc)
Would I (re)purchase: No.
Website: www.covergirl.ca

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

Housed in a luxurious and well designed glass bottle, I love that this comes with a great pump and locking mechanism to prevent accidental makeup bag spillage. The added SPF will be a welcomed addition for most makeup lovers but I do personally prefer my own sunblock. There are currently 14 shades listed on the Covergirl website and on the shelves, ranging from a light to a medium dark spectrum.

Covergirl Vitalist Foundation- Classic Ivory

Application is really easy with this formula and looks great with fingers, a sponge or a brush as the product is creamy and blends easily over moisturized skin. I didn't feel the need for a primer over my usual trouble zones as this had great glide and didn't accentuate skin texture too much. It left my face soft to the touch and has imparts a satin finish, which given its currently winter time, I didn't bother with a setting powder. In fact, I must say the overall look on the skin is beautiful!

Covergirl Vitalist Foundation- Classic Ivory
Covergirl | Classic Ivory (3rd from top vs my other foundations)

So if you've been wondering up until now why I'v listed this as a flash review and not a full review like I usual do, perhaps this picture will explain the situation. This was one of the very rare occasions which I applied a foundation, gawked in horror in the mirror, decided it was not salvageable and then promptly washed everything off to start over. While Covergirl is certainly not know for having the best shades, the fact that they decided this shade of dark apricot fit the idea of Classic Ivory is completely perplexing to me. Needless to say, I wasn't able to fully test the foundation due to the lack of colours for my skin tone. Word on the street is that this also further oxidizes to an even deeper shades once it's set in but I didn't stick around long enough to find out. 


Chat soon,



Saturday, January 27, 2018

First Aid Beauty | Coconut Skin Priming Moisturizer

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First Aid Beauty - Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Coconuts. It seems to have firmly established itself in our regular beauty vocabulary and has become synonymous with hydration, moisture and maybe even a side of pina colada - hey, it's brilliant for marketing after all. Among higher end options in Sephora, I decided to try my luck with the First Aid Beauty version which is oil-free, non-comedogenic and appears to be silicone free. It's marketed as a moisturizer with added primer qualities.

Brand: First Aid Beauty
Product: Coconut Skin Primer
Size: 50ml
Price: 35 CAD
Would I repurchase: Probably yes.
Availability: Sephora, First Aid Beauty (online)

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glucose, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Maltodextrin, Aqua (Water, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Dipteryx Odorata Seed Extract, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Lactobacillus Ferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).
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I’ve always liked the fact that FAB markets itself as a no-fuss but still bright and cheery kind of aesthetic and this primer follows the same easy to use packaging as the rest of its line. The plastic tube is sturdy, easy for traveling, holds a lot of product and dispenses easily via simple twist off cap. The overall vibe feels happy but nonchalant and looks right on any makeup table.

First Aid Beauty - Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturizer