Whats In My Makeup Bag!

Happy Friday Friends,

I’m rounding off this week with a beauty post, finally! It’s been a while since I shared my favourite products with you guys, so today I’m giving you all the details on my makeup bag hits and misses. I’ve been reaching for more and more drug store products lately. I find CoverGirl, L’oreal, and Maybelline have been stepping up their game, so I don’t feel the need to go out and splurge on higher end products as often, which is amazing!

Hits:

Foundation & Concealer

Laura Mercier Foundation in shade ‘Medium Ivory’

I am obsessed with the full coverage and dewiness of this foundation. And the shade I have is perfect for when I have my fake tanner on since it has a bit of olive undertone to it. I can’t seem to find a shade in it that matches my natural(extremely fair) skin tone though, which leads me to my next foundation choice….

CoverGirl Vitalist Elixer Foundation

This stuff is soooo good for a drug store foundation. Its not quite as full coverage as the Laura Mercier foundation but it can be built up but adding an extra pump wherever you need to more coverage. It’s dewy and light-weight, and a fraction of the price of high end foundations, making this one a great alternative. It also has SPF which is amazing! I have this one in the lightest shade, and the third lightest(for when I have my tanner on) and reach for it everyday.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer in shade ‘Ivory’

I’ve been using this concealer for years now and can’t stop, it has great coverage and sets really well with my favourite loose powder. The combo together gives me flawless and crease free results, everytime!

Powders

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

I firmly believe this is the best translucent powder on the market for setting your concealer. I used to use this powder to set my whole face but found it left me a little matte, and for someone who likes the glowy/dewy look to their foundation it wasn’t my favourite look. Also its pretty pricey so I started saving a lot more money by only using it to set my under eyes lol!

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder in shade ‘Translucent Light’

Okay, I feel like I keep raving about everything but here I go again – I’m obsessed with this powder. Its sooooo good for setting your whole face because it doesn’t make you look powdery or matte. Its also amazing at covering any discolouration on your face. My nose is usually red on the end and its so hard to cover with just foundation and concealer. So what I do is pack the powder on the discolouration after applying my foundation and leave it for a few minutes to ‘bake’. Then I just dust it off and it will completely cover the redness, and it works the same for pimples too.

Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in shade ‘Milk Chololate’

I have used this bronzer for years, its the perfect matte bronze shade to use for contouring. It helps make the contour look more like a shadow then any other bronzer I’ve used, and it latests forever! I don’t know how but its like never ending haha and smells like milk chocolate!

Eyes

CoverGirl Brow & Eye Makers in shade ‘Soft Brown’

I had been searching for the perfect brow shade for my hair colour forever, because its so hard to find a blonde eyebrow shade thats not boarder line orange. I stumbled upon this one by complete accident when my sister bought a pack and then never used it, so she gave it to me to try. I never would have purchased a ‘soft brown’ shade in fear that it would be too dark, but this colour is perfect! I use a light hand because it can look dark if you press down really hard, but a light brushing stroke gives me the perfect brow shade.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in shade ‘Scratch’

There was a colour very similar to this in my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette called ‘Buzz’ and I used it up right away because I loved it so much. So I went to Sephora and asked the girls there to grab me a shadow pot with the closest shade to ‘Buzz’ in it, and they gave me this one! I love using a light shimmery shade on my lids and this rose gold one is no exception.

Carli Byble Pallet

I have mentioned this pallet before to you guys but its still a favourite of mine that I use daily. The mauve and brown shadows are my go-tos and the largest, lightest highlight shade is an all time favourite! The quality of this palette is just insane for the price point, its a definite must have for me.

Lips

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in shade ‘Eastend Snob’

I love this liner, its new to my collection and its stolen my heart already! Its so creamy and smooth, it lasts hours and doesn’t bleed. The colour is also the perfect shade to pair with any of my pink or rose lipsticks.

Mac Lipstick in shade ‘Please Me’

‘Please Me’ is my go-to everyday shade of lipstick, its the perfect pinky rose and compliments any outfit perfectly! If you’ve seen any of my instagram/blog OOTD photos then you’ve definitely seen me wearing it, I wear this shade almost daily.

L’oreal Colour Riche in shade ‘Matte-caron’

My favourite matte baby pink shade to wear with light and bright outfits. The formula is super creamy and it smells like cotton candy, its soooo good!

 

Misses:

Mascara

L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara in ‘Blackest Black’

I wanted to love this mascara… it applied nicely and made me lashes look really good. However the transfer and fall out was what ruined it for me. I couldn’t go a few hours without getting black dots on my brow bone from my lashes touching whenever I would look up. And I found the formula flaked off really easily so I would end up with little black flakes under my eyes too. It’s a shame because what It does for your lashes is great, and the packaging is beautiful!

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in ‘Blackest Black’

After trying the L’oreal Lash Paradise and being disappointed I went back to the drug store in search for another one to try out. The Maybelline Push-Up Mascara caught my eye, but to be honest when I saw the packaging I thought it was a double ended mascara. One with a primer on one end and a mascara on the other, so I was a little disappointed when I got home and it wasn’t. It’s my fault though for not properly reading the package, Peter was with me and he hates makeup shopping so I just grabbed it and left lol! I don’t find the mascara does any sort of lifting or ‘push up’ like the packaging says, but the brush end is nice. However it applies a lot of product at once, so I have to use it with a light hand or my lashes look really chunky.

With all that being said – I’m still on the hunt for a affordable mascara so if you guys know of any good ones let me know in the comments below! If not, I may have to go back to my old trusty Givenchy mascara. It’s pricey but it works wonders! Anyways I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I’ll talk to you on Monday 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

The Ultimate Women’s Gift Guide!

Hey guys!

It’s officially the season of giving, so I’ve rounded up the best gifts for any women in your life! I’ve spent a lot of time hand picking each item for this guide because I wanted to make sure these were fool proof ideas for anyone. So I’ve broken the post up into three different categories – The Beauty Lover – The Lux Girl – The Home Body. If you are buying for someone who doesn’t fall into one of those categories thats okay, there are still some great gifting options within the post that anyone would love! Also, I turned on the snow feature on my blog to get you in that Christmasy mood no matter where you are in the world 🙂 We have been so lucky this week because it’s been snowing like crazy here, so I wanted to share the magic with all of you guys too!

Beauty Lover

The Beauty Lover 

VS Cosmetics CasesIf you know a beauty lover, then you know she’s got quite the collection of makeup. What’s the perfect addition to a collection of makeup? A beautiful makeup case to keep it organized and stylish! I found these pretty pink makeup cases at Victorias Secret and fell in love. The Vanity Case is perfect for holding her day-to-day makeup, and the Jetsetter Travel Case is great for organizing the rest of her collection! The travel case has three small bags inside too, which are great to fill with lipsticks and to throw in her purse.

Tarte Brush SetIf she wears makeup then she definitely uses makeup brushes and the great thing about gifting a brush set is that – A girl can literally never have too many brushes! Plus brushes can be very expensive, so if you give a girl a good set of quality brushes, she’s going to appreciate it! *Unfortunately the set shown is sold out online so I’ll link another good set here.

Fresh – Sugar Lip Beauty BoxThese are the best lip balms ever!! They go on so smooth and will keep her lips hydrated for hours, and the best part is that this set comes with every colour in the collection(including the original clear version). A tinted lip balm is great to brighten up her lips while still looking natural, and now she’s got a colour for any occasion!

Lux Girl

The Lux Girl

Daniel Wellington: c/o For the fashionable girl who has everything, it can be hard to find the perfect gift that you know she’s going to love. Which is why I did all the work for you in finding two great gift options that I know she’s going to swoon over. A Daniel Wellington gift set featuring the Classic Petite Melrose Watch with the matching rose gold cuff! You can get this watch with a white face too which keeps it nice and bright for the women who keep their style very feminine.

iDeal Of Sweden: c/o The best Phone Case and Tech Wallet combo on the market! If she keeps her phone on her at all times then these products would make the perfect gift. Each item is magnetic and can stick together and pull apart with total ease. So if her phone’s in the wallet and she has to make a call, she doesn’t have to put the entire wallet up to her ear, she can just lift the phone off, and still have the protection of the hard shell case. This product is a game changer, and perfect for a women on the go! OH and don’t worry, the magnets won’t hurt her phone!

Home Body

The Home Body

Faux Fur Blanket: Faux Fur is huge right now… especially in home decor, so this blanket would make the perfect gift for any women in your life! Perfect for on her bed, or on the couch, it will give any room a little touch of glam all the while still being practical.

Reading Socks: If she loves being extra cozy in the winter and is big on wearing slippers or thick socks, these are the best of both worlds! Super warm like a slipper but convent to lay around in, like a sock! These come in a ton of different colours and patterns too, so they’ll fit anyones style.

Voluspa Candle: A girl can never have too many candles and this brand is the best because their packaging is sooo pretty it compliments any decor. But more importantly they smell amazing and their large jar candles burn for 100 hours!

Leggings: I think these speak for themselves…every women loves a good legging and especially one thats great quality at a very reasonable price! Once you buy her one, she will be asking you for a new pair every year because she’ll love them so much.

Gem Stone Earrings: Okay, these earring are stunning and I can garuntee you she won’t have anything else quite like this in her jewerly collection! These earrings are a multifaceted raw cut gem stone on a stainless steel stud. If your mom/sister/girlfriend loves natural elements, these earrings would be perfect for her. They come in a ton of different stones too *Amethyst(purple) and Rose Quarts(light pink) are the ones shown above!

I hope this post can help check some ladies off your Christmas list just in time for the Holidays! It feels like Christmas came so fast this year it’s crazy.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! <3

 

 

 

 

 

My Beach Bag Essentials!

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Peter and I are headed up north this Friday for a mini vacation, so as I was packing I thought I would share my beach bag essentials with you guys. I found a few new products earlier this summer that I’ve been loving so far and thought you might want to check them out as well. Also – since the #Nsale is still going strong I’m going to try and link as many of my favourite beach bag essentials that are currently included in the sale in the widgets below!

1. I’m sure everyones number one essentials are a bathing suit and towel. My bathing suit is a couple years old from Victorias Secret and my towel is a Home Sense find but I’m linking some cute sale options for you guys. When buying a beach towel I always try to find the biggest one around but also one that is not too thick, you want to extra room so it can double as a beach blanket but you want it on the thinner side so it dries fast! There’s nothing worse then a soaking wet towel when your at the beach!

2. Next up is UV protection: I’m currently using this sunscreen and this SPF lip balm to protect my skin. I have very fair skin and tend to burn easily so its deffinitly a must! I starting adding the lip balm into my routine last year when I was constantly getting really dry burnt lips after weekends in the sun and now I never have that problem!

3. I alway bring a book, magazine, floaties and some head phones to the beach to keep myself entertained. I just received this floatie from a brand and I’m packing it this weekend so I can lounge on it while floating around the lake. This book is what I’m currently reading and I’m packing it as well for when I’m tanning on the beach!

4. When I go to the beach I like to bring a simple inexpensive pair of flip flops that I don’t mind getting wet, sandy, and dirty. Every year before I go up north I usually stop in at Old Navy and pick up this pair of their all black foam flip flops, they aren’t the cutest but they are perfect for the beach and showers. The foam dries fast, wipes off like a breeze, and I get to save my cuter more expensive sandals from all the abuse!

5. A good pair of sunnies is a must at the beach, and again I like to bring a pair that isn’t so expensive incase they get scratched up in the sand, or lost(I’m the worst for losing sunglasses!). I currently have a BP. pair almost the same as this pair and love them because they are still cute and trendy but cost less then $20!

6. I don’t like the feeling of sand stuck to my skin after I’ve left beach so I always keep body wash, exfoliator (ironic, I know), moisturizer and aloe lotion in my beach bag. I’m loving the BABW ‘at the beach’ collection right now because it smells amazinggg and is super refreshing, but if you want to take advantage of some #Nsale deals I’ve linked a few other options below.

 

 

What are your must have essentials for the beach? Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

May Favorites!

Hey Guys!

Happy Friday everyone, I’m doing something a little different for my Favorites post this month and sharing a few of my favorite summer trends instead of my usual Makeup picks. My makeup routine has stayed the same through May so I don’t have much to share and thought this would be a good time to add something new into the mix!

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Beauty

ONYX Professional Nail Dryer – here (On SALE for $2!!) 

This stuff is a game changer and definitely my favorite out of all my picks this month! If you’re prone to smudged nail polish because you cant sit still for long enough for it to dry, your not alone! Waiting for nail polish to dry/smudged polish is probably my biggest pet peeve, so you can imagine my excitement after finally finding a product that prevents this. Its a aerosol spray that smells like coconut and dries your polish 10x faster then letting them air dry, and its only $8! I tested it out myself and had a perfect mani with only 1 minute of dry time…life changer!

The Body Shop Youth Facial Peel – here 

I kept seeing this product all over Instagram so I had to give it a try for myself. Its a gel-like liquid that you apply to your face in circular motions, and you can start to see the dead skin cells peel off instantly. My verdict: It’s amazing! My face feels sooo soft and clean after each use.

Dove Advanced Care Coconut Deodorant – here 

Okay I know this is pretty random to add to my favorites but I switched over to this deodorant for the summer because it smells like coconut and works sooooo well. With summer around the corner I love everything coconut and moisturizing, and this deodorant is the best of both worlds while keeping me dry at the same time!

Trends

One Shoulder

I’ve been loving the one shoulder trend just as much as my favorite off-the-shoulder trend. I think it’s the perfect mix of sexy and practical because the one strap keeps the shirt in place so you don’t have to keep pulling it up or adjusting, but it still has the sexy bare shoulder and exposed collar bone on the other side. Making this the perfect summer trend!

Lace Up

You guys know I’ve been loving this trend for a while, and the month of May has been no different. I love pieces that have interest to them but are still comfortable, so this trend is perfect since most ‘lace up’ tops are just normal cotton tees or tanks with the lace details added in.

Yellow

Yellow is big for summer this year so I’ve been stocking up my closet in preparation. I always used to love wearing yellow as a kid and I’m so happy its come back in style for the summer. Not that it was ever ‘out of style’ but yellow just hasn’t been the ‘it’ colour in a while so its been hard to find in stores, until now!

Lifestyle

Currently Burning – Georgia Peach Bath & Body Works Candle – here

I’ve been burning my Bath&BodyWorks Georgia Peach candle all month! It’s the perfect spring and summer scent for your house and car, I have the car scents too and get compliments on how good my car smells all the time!

Greenery (instead of flowers)

I love how tropical this looks in a vase without adding flowers, and they stay alive for months! Its the perfect alternative to buying fresh flowers and much less expensive. Each leaf usually costs around .99 cents and you only need a couple for an arrangement.

The Bachelorette

Who else is watching this season? I love Rachel and she seems to have a pretty great group of guys this season! Peter is my favourite so far…but I might be name biased haha!

On another note: I’m starting to feel a lot better! So Peter and I are planning a blog shoot tomorrow morning, which means more OOTD posts coming soon! Also its National Doughnut day so I’m going for a doughnut and iced lemonade run after I publish this post! Follow me on Instagram for updates on what I get up to this weekend 🙂 links are in the side bar!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

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