Bite Beauty: The Liquified Lipstick*

Hello everyone! I’ve been really fortunate lately and received another Influenster Voxbox containing FREE makeup to try and review. I was excited to be able to try the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks along with their Line and Define Primer. Continue reading

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Jason Wu VIP Dinner + Launch

Hello everyone! I recently won an invite to Dave Lackie’s VIP Twitter Dinner to celebrate the Canadian launch of Jason Wu’s signature fragrance. If you are unfamiliar with Jason Wu, he is a Taiwanese-Canadian designer who is best known for designing both of Michelle Obama’s inauguration ball gowns. This is his first fragrance and it is absolutely beautiful (review to follow in a separate post!) I was super excited when I found out it was going to be at Canoe restaurant in downtown Toronto since the HF and I have wanted to go for a really long time. He was super jealous when I told him it was going to be here (Canoe is a higher end dining experience and although they participate in Summerlicious and Winterlicious, they are the first to have all of their reservations booked.) Located on the 54th floor of the TD Building at 66 Wellington, Canoe offers a breathtaking view of Toronto. We were in the private dining room so we got to see the harbour as well as a great view of the CN Tower.  Continue reading

Esqido Lashes: Unforgettable and Radiance*

Hello everyone! False lashes used to really make me nervous since in my experience, they had always looked too over the top and felt heavy. This is not an issue anymore, especially with great brands like Esqido who make beautiful mink lashes that are light, soft, and natural looking. Obviously you can amp up the drama with their different styles, however I still prefer something that is just perfectly flirty.

I was fortunate to have been exposed to ESQIDO Mink Lashes in the past when they launched at Holt Renfrew last summer and I’ve worn that first pair (Lashmopolitans) several times since. So when they reached out to me again to give another couple of styles a try, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  Continue reading

My Blog Turns 5 Today!

Hello everyone! 5 years ago today, my first blog post went live and I have definitely come a long way LOL. When I first started my blog, I had no idea what I was doing and had just been bitten by the beauty bug. Up until 5 years ago, I only wore makeup for special occasions, and it only consisted of eyeshadow, mascara, perhaps a bit of blush and lip gloss. I’ve learned so much in the last 5 years and am so grateful for all of the support from all of you.

To celebrate this milestone, I am hosting a giveaway on Instagram @StaygorgeousLC (look for the photo above) – and one of the bonus entry methods is to comment below (whatever you want to say!) along with your IG username.

This giveaway is open internationally – please see the IG post for contest details.

Thank you so much for stopping by for the last 5 years, and good luck!

QUICK REVIEW: Cocoon Apothecary Spotbuster

Hello everyone! Over the years, I’ve tried many “spot treatments” with little success. Even the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion was inconsistent for me, which was disappointing because I had heard great things about it from my favourite YouTubers. After my last facial at Rinse Beauty Bar, I was recommended the Cocoon Apothecary Spotbuster and I was so blissed out and figured, hey – worth a try. From cocoonapothecary.ca: A 100% organic solution for blemishes that combines the antiseptic, astringent properties of witch hazel hydrosol with the healing, anti-inflammatory powers of aloe vera juice. The organic essential oils of lavender and tea tree are added to fight bacteria and promote speedy, uncomplicated healing.
PROS: Actually speeds up healing time for zits and prevents them from getting bigger/worse if caught in the early stages. It just works and I LOVE IT.
CONS: The rollerball takes a little getting used to because sometimes it seems like it’s not depositing any of the product (but don’t worry – it is!) So really – not that much of a con.

Would I repurchase? ABSOLUTELY. I love that it’s organic and it does its job.

The Cocoon Apothecary Spotbuster Blemish Treatment ($13.00) is available online at cocoonapothecary.ca as well as in their store at 72 St. Leger Street  in Kitchener. To find a stockist near you, you can also check out their Store Locator page.

Have you tried any of Cocoon Apothecary’s products? What’s your blemish treatment of choice? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

EATS: Big Tobacco Kitchen

Hello everyone! I had been following Big Tobacco Kitchen on Instagram for some time and had heard nothing but great things from people who had gone. A few weeks ago they ran a free hot chicken hour and since I’m off for the summer (yes, one of the major perks of my profession), I made my way there. They were handing out paper bags with the most amazing biscuit and piece of fried chicken – I was instantly hooked and knew I had to come back for the full experience. Continue reading