Hello everyone! My birthday is coming up next week and I decided to treat myself to some early birthday presents (I’m turning 32 – woohoo!) One of the goodies I snagged was the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter since one of the makeup artists I follow (who is also a friend of a friend) had been raving about it and demo-ing it in her IG story. I love a good gold highlight and I can’t wait to rock this when I’m super tanned in the late spring/summer. Truth be told, I am not exactly sure who Amrezy is but the highlighter is what dreams are made of. I love that it’s not a super yellow gold and it is not subtle. The product itself is gorgeous with the rippled texture in the pan. Continue reading
Hello everyone! When I saw this lipstick in store, I was very dramatic. I had first seen Charlotte Tilbury’s The Queen on Instagram and I was sad that it was an online exclusive (I generally try not to order much when it’s in US dollars…although it seems like they may charge in Canadian dollars now…will have to confirm.) Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when I was walking through the makeup department at Nordstrom and when I saw it, I literally said out loud, “Oh my God. The Queen is here!”
Hello everyone! I recently had the fantastic privilege of attending an event hosted by Dave Lackie and Shiseido Canada to celebrate the launch of the new Shiseido Essential Energy line. The location was not revealed to us until he had chosen the winners of the contest (to win an invite) and I was floored and ecstatic to learn it would be at the Art Gallery of Ontario and we would be treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a private tour of the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit. You know, the one where upwards of 60 000 people in online queues per day to try to snag tickets to this incredible event. HEADS UP: this post is very photo heavy! They had gift bags waiting for us near the entrance for the end of the event so it was great looking forward to what would be inside. Continue reading
Hello everyone! The HF recently took me out for non-Valentine’s Day and as per last year, it was another surprise. He gave me these beautiful peach roses and whisked me off to dinner. I’d only been to Born and Raised once before (grabbed a pizza with TasteHamOnt during our first food crawl) and had been longing to try some more on their menu. We decided to start with the Beef Tartare. Deliciously seasoned and topped with a perfectly soft boiled quail egg, it was absolutely perfect with the toasted bread. Continue reading
Hello everyone! I will probably never own any Balmain clothing, but when I saw their L’Oreal collaboration at Shoppers Drug Mart, I jumped at the chance to own something of theirs. They released a limited edition range of lipsticks that are separated into “tribes” (groan at the use of tribes): Couture, Glamazone, and Rock. Obviously, I opted for the matte red, “Domination” from the Couture Tribe.
Housed in a black and gold tube, this lipstick snaps shut and looks very sleek on the outside. The Rock tribe tubes are blue, whereas the Glamazone are green. Continue reading
Hello everyone! I LOVE highlighters. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I also adhere to Estee Lalonde’s adage of “why be subtle?” so really, I love highlighters that have mega glow. How appropriate that I’ve fallen in love with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s MegaGlo highlighting powders!Before I tried these, I had been consistently disappointed with drugstore highlighters. I found them either to be way too glittery or barely noticeable, along with chalky formulas. I first received 2 of the MegaGlo’s last year (Crown of my Canopy and Precious Petals) and was pleasantly surprised at how easily they blended into my skin and the crazy highlighting job they did. Seriously – build them up because you might shine a little too intensely if you go in with a heavy hand. I think that’s even the cherry on top – you don’t need to apply much so this wallet-friendly option will last a long time! Anyway, they recently released some new shades, pictured above: Blossom Glow which is more of a pearly pink, and Golden Flower Crown which is the most gorgeous gold highlight since my beloved Oh Darling from Mac. Crown of my Canopy is from last year’s release and is a deeper shade (beautiful over a nice tan), and Precious Petals is that ever popular peachy-champagne colour.
The Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaGlow Highlighting Powders (approx. $7 CDN) are available now at wetnwildbeauty.com and select drugstores across Canada.
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Hello everyone! So I recently got my first tattoo (read all about it here if you haven’t already) and I wanted to set myself up for success in terms of aftercare. Fortunately, a friend of mine had recently started up her own business which is WBCO and they specialize in a konjac aftercare sponge. If you’re not familiar with konjac sponges, they have been blowing up for the last few years as a fantastic skincare tool (as well as being vegan and cruelty-free.) Konjac is a plant that has many benefits (even konjac noodles have become popular as a low-cal option) and the sponges are great gentle exfoliators. Now to be honest, I was slightly worried as in my past experience with these types of sponges, although they get super gelatinous in texture when wet, they were still a touch rough. Considering how sensitive my tattoo was for a couple of days, I was worried this would be harsh. That was definitely not the case! It is thinner than the regular facial sponges and gets SUPER soft and jelly-like when wet. You don’t need to add soap – just get the sponge wet and then gently wipe over your new ink. I did alternate between this as well as just using unscented soap and water since I’d read one too many internet headlines about infected tattoos (obvi with my diligence my tat has healed nicely lol.)
Bottom line – is this a must? I think you’d get more out of it if you have a bigger piece of body art. Mine is relatively small so it was easy to take care of after the fact. But if you end up getting a larger piece or perhaps like a half sleeve, then absolutely a great option.
The WBCO Tattoo Sponge ($14 CDN) is available at www.tattoosponges.com.
DISCLAIMER: The product featured in this post was provided for the purposes of trial and review. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand or any of its affiliates. This post is not sponsored nor does it contain any affiliate links.