Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I made a bee-sy tank top | Ogden Camisole - True Bias


Ogden Camisole - True Bias

Ogden Camisole - True Bias

This sassy little tank top started with me in my usual habitat...shopping, when I came upon this beautifully whimsical fabric with prints of little bees in bright yellow. On the next few trips, I'd always stop by to look at it on the bolt but with nothing to use for it, every time it stayed in the shops.

PATTERN: True Bias - Ogden Camisole
MY NUMBERS: 34 - 27.5 - 37
PATTERN SIZE: 2 (B33-W27-H35)
EDITS: Shortened body and straps
FINISHES: Double stitched rolled hem

That is, until I found the Ogden Camisole pattern and what do you know, the two together is completely adorable! As I don't prefer to wear anything too fussy design wise, I often find myself at the cusp of being boring with my wardrobe but it's these unexpected combination of fun fabrics and classic silhouettes that creates an interesting modern piece. My challenge with finding the perfect ready to wear tank is either a too low cut in front or too long straps but sewing one myself means I can fix both in a jiffy.

Ogden Camisole - True Bias

I love when simplicity in good design makes a garment easy to sew plus easy to wear and Ogden is just that. No bias cutting, no complicated seam finishes plus this even comes with a built in facing (which I'll have to lengthen next time). Being adventurous, I thought the loose looking camisole would be fine sized down but as you can see, it pulls at my high bust (where the fabric creates horizontal lines) so I'll have to go in for a size 4 next time. Can't wait to see how this looks made up in blush pinks, stripes, florals, leopards.....

Happy Sewing,



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

3 THINGS | Happify your beauty routine

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Fun Beauty Routine

Fun should always be an element in your everyday beauty routine and while my daily style is quite tame, there's the few odd products that always brings a smile whenever they catch my eye. Here's three that's currently taking up a lot of my attention.

Nails are an easy way to add fun and it's something I've been embracing more myself. As I'm typing this right now, my digits are painted in rainbow dots using the new Sally Hansen x Crayola* nail polish collection which lets you play with some of your favourite childhood colours in grown up way. It's my first time using the Insta-Dri formula and I am hooked on the pure colour payoff even for tricky shades like the white. If you want to see it in action, check out this week's #manimonday on my Instagram. In the shower department, I've been washing up with this smile inducing Shower Shaker* body wash by Zoella Beauty. Yes, I do feel much too old to be using this but there's something about the sorbet coloured packaging and sweet peachy scent that makes me pick it up for a little whiff every time I'm in the bathroom - don't lie, you secretly do this too. There's an entire line of Zoella beauty bath products coming to Canada (via London Drugs) so some more snooping is in order when I pop by a store. And of course, since we're all guilty of buying into cute packaging in the makeup aisle, you need to check out the new Essence Eye & Face Palette* which contains 4 shadows, 1 highlight and 1 blush all in a easy to use slim case. I own a few Essence colour products and most of them have been a hit for casual wear when you want an easy look that's soft, fool proof and 5 minute friendly. This palette has a golden undertone that's extra fitting for summer but according to the website, there's also a taupey toned version floating around somewhere...hmmmmm.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

My 1st Bullet Journal + Video

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beginner bullet journal

Starting a bullet journal took me completely by surprise. Although I've watched quite a few videos here and there, the practicality of having to set up and create my own notebook seem like a black hole for closeted perfectionists like myself. Yet having recently become disatisfied with my 3rd planner this year, I decided maybe yellow is the way to go.


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While I'm far from figuring out a personalized format for my daily usage, I like the idea of putting to use all my beautiful stationary (that's been collecting dust on my shelf) and the excuse to gather more washi tape and magazine cut outs. In a strange way, I'm also hoping this experience will force me to let go of some perfectionism and even be a little spontaneous as there's bound to be little quirks and mistakes when creating anything handmade. I'd love to hear your practical advice about bullet journaling, especially formats and styles that's worked well for you so type away in the comments!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beauty Look | New Rimmel Products vs Dark Lip

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Rimmel Makeup - Fall rich lip

Witty titles are escaping me today but I do want to show you a makeup look using some of Rimmels' newer products! Most notably, they've launched a couple of large format eye shadow palettes that I'm sure you've poked at in stores plus a full range of matte lipsticks. 

The shadows have a great distinctive colour range and blend reasonably well taking you from matte to satin to metallic finishes all in one swoop. Colour payoff is good and I'd say comparable to the higher end drugstore offerings like L'Oreal though with less snazzy packaging. I'm also wearing some really fun fibre eyebrow pencil - yes, fibre hairs in a pencil that's kinda blowing my mind and I fully intend pick up in a darker shade to match my hair! And the lips you ask? The Only 1 Matte lipsticks are a true matte that has a slight putty texture which is best smoothed out with a lip brush. It photographs beautifully and offers a large shade selection for mixing but I'm not crazy about the strong candy scent.

Rimmel Makeup - Fall rich lip

Rimmel Makeup - Fall rich lip

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Side note, anyone here still haven't figured out this contouring game? Since it's hair up day, I thought a little shading wouldn't hurt to go along with the dark lip but it sure is looking a little stripey here on camera. I swear on my favourite foundation that I did blend this.....


Chat soon,



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mineral sunscreens this summer

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Mineral Sunscreen

As someone with reactive skin, sunscreen shopping is not fun every summer. While my body can handle a wide variety of options, my face is very selective about what its willing to settle with but in recent years I'm excited to see more choices for mineral products as brands diversify their sun lineup. With the exception of Alumiere MD, all the other products here are new for this summer which seems like a bright outlook! 


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While we all love the fluid textures of chemical sun filters, I do think the physical products are the safer and more universal way to do sun protection and it seems like brands are exploring that route especially with the expansion of the green beauty realm. If we did a blind fold test, I'm certain you wouldn't be able to guess that the Darphin is a 100% mineral product. Now all I'm wishing for is a great well edited skin tone tint SPF and I wouldn't have to be hiding indoors all the time. I'd love to hear about what you've been using this summer so chatter away down below!


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Monday, August 14, 2017

ARMANI | Power Fabric Foundation

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Armani Power Fabric Foundation

Just like those sleek black suits they do so well, when Armani releases a new foundation, everyone's buzzing about it. While there has a been a few base product launches in recent year, the Power Fabric Foundation* seemed to me like the brand's way of re-energizing their image... after all they are known for the untouchable Luminous Silk. With words like matte, flawless and full coverage being the selling points these days, Armani plays its card. I've used it pretty consistently for the past month and I'm ready to talk.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation

THE BASICS
Brand: Giorgio Armani
Product: Power Fabric Foundation* SPF25
Size: 30 ml
Shades: 12 Shades (Canada), 20 Shades (USA)
Price: $64 USD / $70 CAD
Details: Made in France
Availability: Sephora, The Bay, Armani Online / Counters
Would I repurchase: Probably not.

FEEL & APPLICATION
Presented in an iconic frosted glass bottle, what denotes Power Fabric is the red Armani insignia on the lacquered cap. Pumping out the product, I was surprised that it had a thick almost moussey consistency but it applied thin on the skin and blended out easily whether you used fingers, beauty blender or a dense fluffy brush. There is an every so slight skincare scent to the foundation but it was neither strong or bothersome. One full pump will give you a single half face application so this is certainly one of those products that you will run through fast with regular wear.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Swatch
Armani Power Fabric Foundation Swatch
TOP - BOTTOM | Power Fabric #3.5 | Luminous Silk #02

COVERAGE & COLOUR
According to the Sephora website, there's currently a spectrum of 12 shades available in Canada and 20 shades listed in the USA ranging from but there's likely additional offerings around different parts of the world according to the regional demographic - it's a pretty popular set up by many luxury brands. My testing shade was #3.5 and is listed as neutral for fair skin tones which blended in like a great match despite coming off very dark and red in the bottle. You can see (below) that it's a smidge dark compared to my neck but not terribly noticeable. My usual shade is MAC NC15-NC20, see my full range of matches on My Stats page.

I prefer wearing this over a pore smoothing primer especially for the center zone of my face but my swatches are over bare skin. It does cling slightly to flaky patches and I find a beauty blender is best for those problem areas with texture. Power Fabric photographs so beautifully! Despite being marketed as full coverage, I would call one layer a medium and I had a hard time building it up to a true completely coverage. Non the less, I love how it retains a touchable skin like quality and it's certainly not a true matte foundation. Dry down has a slight powdery touch and there is also some transfer if left unset.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation 2
Armani Power Fabric Foundation

WEAR & LONGEVITY
This is where things started to go downhill and quick. Going solo, Power Fabric stayed neat for only 3-4 hours and with a primer / setting spray combo, it was only able to push through to about 6 hours before I felt like I just really needed to take this off. Now while that doesn't sound bad at all from a regular running to the grocery store perspective, I was expecting more from something that claimed to be full coverage and long wearing. On the plus side, while I certainly noticed a good amount of wear problems, the foundation never fully melted off my face even in this summer mugginess yet this is certainly not something I'd recommend for those truly oil skinned. 


POWER FABRIC VS. LUMINOUS SILK
This is the burning question then and my vote still swings towards Luminous Silk as the preferred formula for my combination skin and my makeup style. I found lasting ability to be about the same but LS is easier to smooth over skin texture and offers a satin touch finish that I prefer. It's still my go to event or date foundation of choice.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation

THE FINAL VERDICT

Giorgio Armani's Power Fabric Foundation is a medium slightly buildable coverage soft matte foundation which photographs excellently but lacks in staying power. The SPF is a nice added bonus and doesn't appear to cause any flashback but shouldn't be relied upon for solo sun protection. I can see Power Fabric useful for achieving a particular velvety finish for a short event or occasion but it's not something that I feel can put up with day to day stressors unless you work in mild temperature controlled environment or have dry to normal skin. So while this is not a bad product per say, it was a disappointment measured against its claims. Additionally, for a similar effect and similar lasting ability, MAC's Studio Fix Fluid or Estee Lauder's Double Wear are very comparable at a much lower price point. 
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