TooFaced Chocolate Gold Palette

Hello everyone! I’ve been reaching for the same palette over the last month every time I do my makeup and I’m so glad I snagged one when I did. The TooFaced Chocolate Gold Palette is a fantastic collection of mostly shimmery jewel tones. I had been humming and ha-ing for a while over the regular Chocolate Bar palette since I had seen great things but avoided it since I have so many eyeshadows. I couldn’t resist the colours in this one and of course the chocolate-y scent.

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EATS: Pokeh x Rony’s Supper Club

Hello everyone! Instead of doing Winterlicious this year, the HF and I chose to go to Rony’s Rotisserie’s Chicken Shack Supper Club featuring the guys from Pokeh. This was only the 2nd supper club event and there will definitely be more in the future. (Side note: if you’ve never been to Rony’s before in Stoney Creek, you NEED to go. The chicken wrap is out of this world as it contains yogurt-marinated charcoal grilled chicken…drool.) Anyway, the HF and I are big fans of Pokeh so we were excited to see what brothers, Salar and Shayne Madadi would come up with.The bread course had freshly baked and grilled bread served with 3 dips: General Tso Bacon Jam (pretty sure it was EVERYBODY’S FAVOURITE – sweet and savoury; we made sure to mop all of it up with the bread), Yuzu Kosho Oil (citrus-y with just a hint of heat), and Miso Butter (my 2nd favourite.)  Continue reading

My Tattoo Story

Hello everyone! Yep, you read that right – tattoo. My first tattoo to be precise. Some people on Instagram expressed their interest in my tattoo story so here we go!
I started thinking about getting a tat in university, when one of my roommates was considering getting a new one (she already had 1 or 2.) I went with her to the shop she was interested in and was intrigued, however I couldn’t figure out what I wanted. I knew I didn’t want to pick out a design from a book and so I took my indecisiveness as not being ready (also being a broke student, it was probably for the best!) A few years later after my first serious breakup, I remember posting on Facebook that I was considering getting a tattoo (it would’ve been “Resilience” if I recall correctly – very cringey.) Fortunately, my aunt and uncle quickly advised against it and I’m so glad they did. I eventually started thinking about getting something in memory of my mom who passed away when I was 17, but still, I couldn’t decide.
Fast forward to last summer, when I was seriously considering waiting 10 hours at Yorkdale for the Jon Boy appearance (celebrity tattoo artist) since he was going to be doing FREE tattoos from a custom flash card for the event. Fortunately again, I had the HF who talked me out of it, pointing out that I’d said I would want something meaningful and also that 10 hours would not be worth it. So I started researching, which really was just typing in “best tattoo shops Toronto” and I came across a BlogTO post that was exactly what I was looking for. I started browsing shops and artists’ Instagram accounts and was drawn to Tattoo People. I looked through their photos and began following the 2 artists that I was most interested in – G. No (who was just named one of the Top 7 Tattoo Artists in Toronto and creates beautiful watercolour tattoos) and Hailey (who is masterful with fine lines and who I ended up going with.)  Continue reading

#Metime Morning

Hello everyone! As I get older, I have really started appreciating “me time” aka making sure I make time for myself to do the things that make me feel relaxed and happy. I recently treated myself to a total me-time morning in Hamilton and it was exactly what I needed. Mental health is so important, and as someone who still occasionally struggles with anxiety and depression, I am all about finding those things that help re-fuel you.

First stop: brunch at Salty Espresso (175 John St. S, Hamilton) 

Review of this cozy little cafe coming soon, but the hot take is that their almond vanilla lattes are always delicious (love that they use 49th Parallel beans) and their food is SO good! Simple ingredients but masterfully executed. I ordered the Avocado Toast (’cause I ain’t trying to buy a house) and added bacon and an egg because TREAT YOSELF. More on that in the forthcoming review.

Second stop: a facial at Flo on Locke (141 Locke St. S, Hamilton)
A few weeks ago, they ran a special on their signature facials so obviously I jumped at the opportunity. I was given a peel to help fully exfoliate so that the moisturizer would absorb better into my skin since I’d been having issues of extreme dryness because of the winter weather. My skin has been better since then, even glowy at times. The only criticism about Flo is that the treatment room isn’t soundproof and right next to the main desk area. In my past facial experiences, the only music I would hear was the relaxing spa music playing in the room. There, I heard the music from the main area (mostly Top 40/pop) as well as other clients talking and laughing. While the service itself was excellent, it wasn’t necessarily the most relaxing, but I was happy with it regardless.

Last stop: a manicure at Buffed Nail Bar (1051 King St. W, Hamilton)
I’ve been going to Buffed semi-regularly for about a year now and they always do a fantastic job. Jess Lush worked her magic and I left with a beautiful linework mani. 
We used OPI’s Top Secret and Tiramisu for Two! 

I will definitely be doing #metime mornings at least once a month – perhaps not as extravagant every single time, but obviously I have no issues spoiling myself (haha.)

What do you like to do to re-charge yourself? Do you set aside some time for yourself on a regular basis? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

2017 Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m going to try to keep my 2017 favourites as short and sweet as possible. If there’s something you’d like to know about any of these products that I don’t mention, please feel free to leave a comment with your question! Many of these are definitely Holy Grail status for me and no matter what I buy or get sent, I keep reaching for these:

FOUNDATION PRIMER: Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer ($50 CDN) – I received a deluxe sample of this a while back and instantly loved it (and have already purchased the full size.) It smooths and leaves my skin with a nice bronze-y glow.

FOUNDATION: I have 2 favourites from this year that come from 2 different price points. For drugstore pick, I really enjoyed the Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation (approx. $8-10 CDN) as well as the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup ($48 CDN.) The Wet n’ Wild has medium to full coverage on me and was very buildable. Not too heavy and blends well into the skin. The Estee Lauder has light to medium coverage and is VERY lightweight. It also has skincare benefits which makes this a fantastic all around foundation.

CONCEALER: TooFaced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer ($32 CDN) – I received this at Generation Beauty 2016 and it is only now getting down to the last bits in the tube (yes, I had alternated throughout the last year and a half and don’t wear concealer everyday.) No matter what, I kept going back to this one because of the lightweight coverage and the easy application with the wand.

SETTING POWDER: Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Pressed Powder ($45 CDN) – they have since changed the packaging of this powder (it is now in a rounded square matte black tin which I have also repurchased as mine has hit pan in a big way.) I love it because it’s very finely milled which makes it a dream to apply with a big fluffy brush. It doesn’t deposit any colour (hence actually being translucent) and helps set my foundation and concealer.

BRONZER: YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder (discontinued collection, picked it up for $35 CDN at the L’Oreal Warehouse Sale 2016.) This bronzer just won’t give up! I’ve been using it for over a year and it still hasn’t hit pan. It was definitely a great deal and provides a natural looking bronze shade. If you ever get a chance to snag one at warehouse prices or want to splurge, I’d say the quality is definitely worth it.

BLUSH: I kept using different ones and really had no favourites!

HIGHLIGHT: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant ($48 CDN) – I saw this on a Sephora employee and as I mentioned in a previous post, he looked ETHEREAL. This highlight gives at luminous glow without any shimmer. Definitely a “lit from within” type of highlight. Not too stark white, but not champagne-y.

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original ($28 CDN) – this has been a HG for me ever since I started wearing makeup about 5-6 years ago. It makes my shadows vibrant and helps them stay on all day.

EYESHADOW: Yet again, the Lorac Pro Palette ($44 USD – not available in Canada anymore) has been my favourite. Extremely versatile with matte and shimmer shades, I’ve definitely hit pan on a few colours at this point. I’m thinking this will be its final year since I did purchase this almost 3 years ago. I may repurchase this when I head down the States sometime this year, however there are so many newer palettes in my life that I may actually be ok (lol.)

EYELINER: Another HG is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($25 CDN) – the perfect liquid liner with a brush tip (felt tips irritate my lids now.) I use this EVERY DAY and will continue to until winged liner is no longer my thing.

MASCARA: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (approx $6-$10 CDN) – doesn’t weigh my lashes down and keeps the curl at a great price point. ‘Nuff said. (And obvi my Shu Uemura lash curler is also an HG product in my collection of tools.)

EYEBROWS: EcoBrow Defining Brow Wax ($30 CDN) – all natural and when used with their brush (sold separately) is the perfect size for my brows. Not overly dramatic but definitely gives a great brow look. I use it in the shade, Liz, coincidentally and I use this everyday!

LIPS:
RedTooFaced Melted Matte in Lady Balls ($25 CDN) – the perfect bold red in a non-drying matte liquid lipstick. My pick for Jays games and when I just want the classic statement lip.
Berry/plumCharlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Hel’s Bells ($39 CDN) – a demi-matte finish that is hydrating with a beautiful plum-berry shade.
MLBB – Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Futurist ($40 CDN) – a retractable lip crayon that is the perfect MLBB. Not too pink, not too beige, hydrating and provides a tiny bit of shine. Definitely a purse essential.

Again, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned. I’ve also linked relevant blog posts when possible! Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy New Year!

EATS: Ladurée Yorkdale

Hello everyone! I had only vaguely heard of Ladurée over the last few years and it was mostly my American friends in NY who mentioned it. So when they opened up at Yorkdale last week, I knew it was only a matter of time until I would finally try their famous macarons. (Long story short: I waited in line so you don’t have to.)There was a line outside the shop that wasn’t too huge when I arrived around 4pm. I ended up waiting for about 20 minutes outside and then roughly 5 minutes once inside to order. While you’re outside, you get a glimpse of the beautiful storefront and the interior.  Continue reading

Physicians Formula 2018 Preview

Hello everyone! I recently attended the Physicians Formula 2018 preview breakfast at Planta in Yorkville. I had been wanting to try this vegan restaurant for a while now so it was great to finally have an opportunity to do so. The interior is beautifully designed and decorated with a really clean and modern theme accented by pops of green. Now truth be told, Physicians Formula was a brand that I was somewhat familiar with, however generally not on my radar as it is typically more expensive than other drugstore brands. After learning more about the brand and their products however, I now have an understanding of how this company came to be. In 1937, Dr. Frank Crandall created makeup products for his wife who needed hypoallergenic options (which, at the time was obviously not readily available.) I didn’t know that their range was great for people with sensitive skin – so hey – if you fall under that category, you’re going to want to give them a closer look if you hadn’t in the past!  Continue reading