Chanel Plissé Lumière de Chanel & Blush Duo Effet Tweed

Hello everyone! The Chanel Le Blanc collection generally debuts a few weeks after their Spring line and is one of the mostly highly anticipated releases of the year. This year did not disappoint with the Énergies et Puretés collection which was inspired by the beauty trends of K-Pop Stars. Featuring some of the most beautiful and pigmented products, I couldn’t resist.I picked up the tweed blush and highlighter (obvi) from Shoppers Drug Mart (and got a whack of Optimum Points.) I hadn’t purchased a Chanel highlighter since the Spring 2013 line so I figured it was time. Continue reading

Bite Beauty: The Lip Pencil

Hello everyone! I recently received the Bite Beauty Lip Pencil Voxbox from Influenster and I was so excited to be able to try their newest products. Truth be told however that I don’t usually wear lip liner as I am fortunate that my lipstick never bleeds. That being said, I understand why some people may prefer to use them so hey – do your thing! What’s in the box:
-1 Sephora brand double barrelled sharpener
-2 Bite Beauty Lip Pencils in 020 and 044
-2 Mini Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Honeycomb and Whiskey Continue reading

Chanel Coco Code Harmonie de Blush: Swatches and First Impressions

Hello everyone! A little while back I decided to spend my bonus Optimum points (from the last spend your points event) and put it toward one of the new Chanel Spring 2017 releases. I picked up the beautiful Coco Code Harmonie de Blush after being smitten with the simple geometric design and the colours in this palette.

There are 4 colours that can be swirled together to create a luminous warm blush or used separately for light bronzing and highlighting. I prefer to just mix it all together since I personally find it tedious and annoying to use a brush that is tapered enough to just pick up one of the quadrants (and as with all of the brushes that come with the product, this one is useless to me!) I apologize for the lightness of the swatches – I didn’t want to dig my fingers into this one so I just used a brush as much as possible. This is the key to making sure the 4 squares stay separate; do NOT rub your finger through it!I can’t remember what type of brush I used with it at first, but I wasn’t too pleased since it didn’t pick up much colour and I was worried I had bought a dud. Fortunately, when I saw my Chanel lady again, she told me to try a denser brush and I am so glad she did! I used my Sigma Angled Top Kabuki and it picked it up like CRAZY! I am so happy this didn’t turn out to be a regret. It was actually so pigmented that I had to buff some of it off since it went on heavy.The Chanel Coco Code Harmonie de Blush ($70 CDN, Limited Edition) is available now at select Shoppers Drug Marts (cough, Eaton Centre) and at Chanel counters.

What have you splurged on lately? Let me know in the comments! Thanks so much for stopping by!

EATS: Winterlicious at O&B Canteen

Hello everyone! I was fortunate enough to be able to do another Winterlicious dinner – this time it was with my friend Tonya after the Wet ‘N Wild 2017 launch (post forthcoming!) We decided to check out O&B Canteen since it was one of the more inexpensive options and I figured since it was Oliver and Bonacini, it would be a great choice. Continue reading

EATS: Homemade Dim Sum*

Hello everyone! This is a new kind of post…and if you’re interested in seeing more cooking posts, please leave a comment saying so!
Anyway, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I think one of the best ways to spend time with loved ones is cooking. We all know that food is the key to many peoples’ hearts, however the quality time spent preparing food is something to be cherished.
I’ve always been a fan of dim sum since it is a staple of every Chinese person’s life, but I had never ventured to make my own. I’d been told it was labour intensive and come on – I’m relatively lazy (just in the sense that I don’t like recipes with too many steps and/or ingredients.) I was recently sent a copy of “Have Some Dim Sum” by Evelyn Chau, a Toronto-based author who explains the most common dim sum dishes and includes several recipes for the classics. I enlisted the help of my loving boyfriend (aka The Handsome Foodie/HF) since he is definitely more of a master chef than I am (although I’m not too shabby) and after his recent first real experiences with dim sum (and meeting my dad for the first time) there were a few things he wanted to try to make at home. Continue reading

EATS: Winterlicious at Barnsteiner’s

Hello everyone! It’s that time again – WINTERLICIOUS! So far I’ve only been to one restaurant with no other reservations in the near future, however I might try to squeeze in another (cough, Miku, cough.) Anyway, the HF and I went out to Barnsteiner’s last Friday (which was the first day of this year’s Winterlicious) and if you’re not familiar with the story, this restaurant is owned by the former owner’s of The Corner House. It was a fantastic restaurant that operated out of a converted Victorian house and unfortunately, had to be sold (I think to developers?) Either way, I had been to The Corner House before and was extremely impressed with the food and service so I knew Barnsteiner’s would be a great choice. Continue reading