Sunday, June 26, 2016

Whatcha Reading | June 2016

    • 100 PERFECT HAIR DAYS | Jenny Strebe
    • BRUNCH @ BOBBY'S | Bobby Flay
    • YOUR BEAUTY MARK | Dita Von Teese
    • MY TINY GARDEN | Lucy Anna Scott & Lucy Conochie

      You can always tell the type of mood I'm in by the books I've got in my book bag. Lately I've been taking a break from makeup and have taken a liking to gardening... well, more like bringing spots of green indoors. I'm always fascinated by the thoughtful and creative ways that people make use of small spaces and the way that everything fits together so seamlessly and My Tiny Garden has been a great treat of a read to sneak up on others ideas. But of course a good trip to the library isn't complete without a stop by the food shelves; being so busy with school the last while, food is one of my little luxuries and I always try to take the time to pack myself a good meal. Speaking of which, in case you've been missing my Foodie Tuesday series - I've got something else in the works!

      Good night,

      Wednesday, June 22, 2016

      Review: NYC | Get It All Lipstick + swatches

      What do you look for in a good lipstick? Smooth application? Rich colour payoff? Comfortable wear time? Well New York Colour, one of the drugstores most affordable brands, is offering all this and more in a one step do it all lipstick. Let's have a closer look...

      NYC Get it All Lipstick

      Brand: New York Color (N.Y.C.)
      Product: Get It All Lipstick*
      Colours: 12 Shades (5 shown)
      Size: 3.5 grams
      Price: $5.99 CAD
      Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes.
      Availability: Drugstores nationwide

      Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Peg-4 Diheptanoate, Peg-8 Beeswax, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Propylparaben, Serica Powder/Silk Powder/Poudre De Soie, Retinyl Palmitate, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Linalool, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Eugenol, [May Contain/Peutcontenir/+/-:Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (Ci 15850), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (Ci 15985), D&C Red No. 27 Aluminum Lake (Ci 45410), D&C Red No. 30 Lake (Ci 73360), D&C Red No. 33 Aluminum Lake (Ci 17200), D&C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (Ci 15850), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (Ci 19140)].

      NYC Get it All Lipstick

      With a completely wearable 12 shade colour palette and a bang on price point (let me remind you that this is only $2.19 in the USA) there's a lot going for this lipstick at first glance. But even as they arrived at my door, there was a slight tinge of apprehension. It's been a long time since I've used N.Y.C. products and since been away I've grown into a bit of a lipstick snob to say the least.

      Tuesday, June 7, 2016

      Dressing for happiness

      Closet declutter

      Do you dress out of convenience or happiness? I think we would be much better people if we practiced the latter but sometimes life gets in the way and we regress to plain clothes that doesn't get dirty and aren't too precious. Realistically I've yet to spend a lot of money on a piece because I worry I'm going to spoil it but many of my clothes don't bring me joy - they are simply for covering. And that is a poor reason to pick something out of your closet.

      With the air heating up to 30 plus degrees this past weekend, I've finally succumbed to scavenging my closet for summer ready clothes and beginning to pack up my winter items. The big surprise? I don't actually have any likable pieces to wear for the summer. In the past few months I've done a great job at updating my knitwear collection and even the odd fantastic shoe but the heat is bringing in a whole series of new problems. On one hand I would hate for something to go to waste if I haven't worn it much but on the other it's probably the piece that I always flip past because it doesn't spark happiness. Between dressing for real life and dressing for myself, where does one find the balance?


      Sunday, June 5, 2016

      Beauty in Business (Vancouver) | Meet me at the Speaker's Panel!

      Mint To Inspire Beauty in Business

      Happy Sunday lovely people! I'm just popping in quick to let you know about the Beauty in Business Event hosted by Mint to Inspire which will go down this Thursday June 9th right here in Vancouver. I'll be there as part of the Youtube speaker's panel to answer your questions about how to start a blog, video production and life as a beauty vlogger. If you're in town and interested in learning more about all this, please come and join me! All the fine details can be found here.

      See you then,

      Monday, May 30, 2016

      3 Things: Spring Beauty Refresh | PG Canada

      Fast, easy and effective should be the motto of every busy woman's daily beauty routine. Starting my mornings at 5:30am means I have little time to fuss about and I need products which can handle the weekday rush. Luckily P&G Canada answered the call with a box of spring goodies at my door and these three have been the most loved so far.

      Spring Beauty Picks

      Olay's Daily Facials* dry cleansing cloths has been a lovely rediscovered favourite. For the speediest way to wash up at the end of the day, I saturate one of these cleanser infused dry towelettes under warm water and in a few seconds I've got a great lather and washcloth all in one. There's plenty of product on each sheet for a thorough clean and it rinses off without being fussy. Plus, having to pack myself for travel a couple of weeks ago I was so glad to have these to throw into my tote without worrying about spillage.

      Now my second favourite is a real trip down memory lane and just the mere scent of the Olay Complete Moisturizer* reminds me of being a pre-teen and my mother letting me sneak some of her lotion from the nightstand. In fact to this day, my grandma still insists on using her Olay creme (in it's various incarnations). The light weight lotion consistency feels comfortable on the skin yet provides me enough juice to keep my skin hydrated in the spring weather. While this does have SPF15, I don't wear this on an everyday basis as I can be reactive to avobenzone (its chemical sunscreen ingredient) but I do sneak this on a few time a week. For those who don't have such issues and want something affordable and dependable, this long loved formula remains a great pick.

      Asian makeup

      To get a little coverage on my face during lazy weekends, I've been thoroughly enjoying the new Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream*. It's made for oily skin but I found the light non-powdery finish really easy to work with despite my aversion to the word matte. With medium coverage that doesn't sink into fine lines or pores, I've been using this with a beauty blender on slightly moist skin and the result is so fresh and pretty! In fact, after initially trying my pr sample, I was so smitten with it that I went out a few days later to hunt down a lighter shade as the original was just a smidgen off. And while I haven't had time to photograph a full review post, expect to see this make a reappearance very soon either here or in a Youtube video.

      What have you added to your spring beauty routine lately?

      Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger and as part of my affiliation with this group I periodically receive products and special access to P&G events. However I am not obligated to participate nor am I monetarily paid to do so. The opinions on this blog are my always my own. For more details on how I blog, visit my blog policy page.

      Saturday, May 28, 2016

      Inspired Art Supply Haul

      If it's not obvious by the lack of attention to this blog in the past month, life has been... busy to say the least. Between trying to get enough sleep and keep up with work I've been looking for little pockets of time for myself in between paperwork and prepping for the next day. But one thing I'm really loving is delving back into art again.

      Art Supplies Modern Watercolor

      Inspired by my recent subscription to an online arts and crafts website called Creative Bug, I was particularly drawn to a class on modern expressive watercolour painting. Now my old art student self would have cringed back in horror at the mention of the word but having discovered illustrator Yao Cheng's take on this medium has gotten me really excited to dip into this again. Of course, once I stepped foot into the store I couldn't help but pick up a few extra things so here's a look at my recent art supply haul.

      • Mungyo | Semi Jumbo Oil Pastels
      • Dynasty | #10 Brush
      • Dynasty | #6 Brush
      • Nobel | #02 Brush
      • Windsor & Newton | Cotman Watercolor Sketcher's Pocket Box
      • Fabriano | Studio Watercolour Paper / 140lb
      • Demco | Masking Fluid
      • Faber-Castell | 24 Set Colour Pencil
      Now that I think about it, this is probably also a good time to dust off my bin of old art supplies I've been collecting in my high school years. Who knows, maybe I'll have something more to show you in a few weeks time.

      Stay Inspired,
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