Saturday, December 20, 2014

My essie nail polish collection

essie nail polish

Set in stones (luxe effects), Bikini so teeny, Mint candy apple, Fashion playground, Urban jungle, Ballet slippers
Pink about it, Cute as a button, In stitches, Plumberry, A list

Like I said in yesterday's post I've just been so into giving myself at home manicures! And that meant of course more nail polishes added to my collection!

I took me quite a long time to finally buy my first bottle of essie nail polish. Prior to that, I was quite loyal to the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure ones (I still love them, their brushes are truly incredible). But now, I just can't resist those cute little colourful bottles! Essie really has, in my opinion the best shade selection and that's what has got me. I mean, there's just so many to choose from! You can find among essie polishes the most classic AND the most unique shades. Selecting the next one that's going to make it in my collection is quite the decision!

Favourites : Like I said in my 2014 beauty favourites, I couldn't get myself to pick one. But I would have to recommend Fashion playground, this is the one I got the most excited about, and Ballet slippers, this is the one I reach for the most.

I want you to tell me what's YOUR favourite shade of essie nail polish (aka I want to know what shades to get next)! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 beauty favorites

My 2014 beauty favourites may not be the most glamorous ones but those truly are the products I reached out for the most this year. All of these product often make it to my daily beauty routine and I would recommend every single one of them to you.

Ecotool buffing brush : For the longest time I would use a sponge to apply my foundation and thought it worked great. But a buffing brush, especially this one, works amazing! It really gets the natural but seamless coverage I'm after.  

Benefit Watt's Up highlighter : I've gotten so many compliment wearing this highlighter! I've even convinced a MAC sales girl to get it when I was looking to by MAC Soft & Gentle! It's super easy to get on in the morning and give me this amazing glow I (sadly) do not naturally have. 

Revlon highlighter palette in Bronze Glow : I haven't really been into wearing blush (even thought I still think they are pretty and like buying them lol). I simply warm up my complexion by mixing all the strips and applying the product to my cheeks and hairline.

NUXE Rêve de Miel : I don't know why but my lips have been in a horrible state since last winter. Actually maybe it has something to do with my bad habit of picking at them.. That being said, this lip balm does the work like not other. It's too thick for my taste to wear during the day but I butter my lips with it before to bed and wake up with way smoother lips.

Annabelle Bigshow mascara : Before trying this mascara I really hadn't found one that I really liked or got the result that I was looking for. But this one is everything I could ask for! I haven't been using for a long time but it truly was love at first sight with this product. What I love about it? It give me big, long and clump free lashes. Pretty much everyone's dream.

boscia Make Up Breakup Cool Cleansing oil : One thing I can say I have been very good at this year is always taking my makeup off before going to bed. And the boscia cleasing oil has made it a whole lot easier! It might seem weird at first to apply oil to a dry full face of makeup but it truly has been the most effective way for me! Racoon eyes in the morning even after removing your makeup the night before? Never again!

Smashbox Full Exposure eyeshadow palette : I've been venturing in the eyeshadow world since this summer and I've been liking! I wanted to invest in a good eyeshadow palette and it took me SO long to decide which one to choose. And I am SO happy I got this one. It has the best shades, half simmers, half mattes, all ones I can totally use daily of for a night look. P.S. : Use the shimmery shades with a wet brush for a more intense outcome.

Essie nail polishes : I've been LOVING (to the amusement of my father) to do my nails at home. And my brand of choice as been essie. When I went to pick my favourite shade I realised I had collected quite a few of them and thought I would share with you (SPOILER : tomorrow) my collection!

What has been YOUR favourite product of the year 2014 ? xoxo

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Guest post on Meg's Makeup Bag

Today, you will find my blogmas post over on Meg's blog! I was invited to guest post over on her space as we are both part of the CBB network! So head on over to discover my favourite lipsticks of the year 2014!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest post from Lipstick and

Being a part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network, I have had the pleasure of meeting new people and new bloggers. This month, I was offered the opportunity to guest post on Marie’s blog as part of a series of guest posts within the network on a “Best of 2014” type of post. I am happy to be invading her space and posting on her fantastic blog, and in honor of her blog being called Be Your Best Self, I decided to do a post on the best 5 products that changed my life this year.

For the year of 2014, I made the conscious decision to broaden my horizons in the beauty world. I had fallen into a pattern of basic makeup looks and using the same products over and over again. I blame my job at the gym and my student status for being so boring in the makeup department.

As a beauty blogger, I feel as if it is my duty to try new products, trends, and looks and report back. I switched up a lot of my routine in 2014, and here are the top 5 new (to me) products.

1. MAC Heroine Lipstick
This lipstick changed my life. I grew up hating the color purple. My cousin loved the color purple and she overdid it on everything when we were children. Over the past year or so, I became a lot more comfortable with the color. I had been toying with wearing purple lipstick, but I couldn't find the perfect wearable color that was purple as a lot of them were all very pink. I wanted to go all in and wear purple—not something that was sort of purple. Heroine is a beautiful color and the matte formula is very creamy. Ever since I bought this color back in the early summer, I have worn it once or twice a week.

2. Benefit Porefessional Primer
For the longest time I didn't wear primer. Then I got introduced to Laura Mercier Radiant primer, which is still one of my Holy Grail products, but I really needed a primer that was good for matte looks. I have very large pores, so I started researching primers for large pores and found this to be the most popular. I purchased it and haven't looked back. I still reach for my Laura Mercier primer when I'm going for and dewy look but for every day, Benefit definitely comes first in line. The consistency is silky and it covers the poems nicely with a matte finish.

3. Benefit Gimme Brow
The bold brow trend that has been sweeping the world is definitely up my alley. My eyebrows are naturally very dark and filling them in scares me. I'm always afraid that they'll look TOO bold. Like, the only thing you will see on my face are my brows. I'm still getting used to using a pencil, but Benefit Gimme Brow is amazing at filling in sparse areas and giving your brows some more oomph without making them look opaque.

4. Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
I had never heard about this product until a couple months after I bought it, and then it took YouTube and Instagram by storm. The girl at Sephora told me she had heard it was amazing, and she sold me on it. I had been wary of using powder highlighter because I was scared that my skin would look too oily, but I splurged and took the Becca highlighter home. This highlighter is incredible. It is so shimmery and opalescent (hence the name), but it’s not entirely glittery. It just adds this beautiful sheen to the skin and really lifts the look to a whole new level. Some people prefer Moonstone to Opal, which is more of a pale gold than a pearl. I believe that if you’re fairer, then you might prefer Moonstone. I have a medium olive skin tone, and Opal is my favorite.

5. NYX Eyeshadow Primer
I know, I know. Another primer. But this stuff is amazing. I never really thought about using eyeshadow primer before, but I was noticing that some colors weren’t showing up very well on my skin—most medium shades just look a sheer wash when that’s not the look I’m going for. I also have freckled skin, and I have mild freckles on my eyelids which can sometimes make my eyeshadow look uneven. This eyeshadow primer comes in a pot, and I prefer the color white. It makes the eyeshadow adhere the skin incredibly well, and it makes the color pop. I don’t wear eyeshadow without this primer anymore. This is definitely a huge part of my routine as of this year.

This year has really changed my beauty routine and makeup looks. I have also started a new job late this year that gives me more freedom in what I wear on my face so I am excited to do my makeup everyday again. Going into 2015, I really want to start playing with more false lashes and eyeshadow techniques. What are your game changers for 2014? What are you looking forward to playing with in the next year? Do you have any beauty specific goals?

Last minute Christmas gifts ideas

Of course we would all love to get our Christmas shopping done way in advance and be stress free when the parties roll around but for most of us, that's not reality! Whether you are a student having to study for finals (like me) or you are just too busy with work, you might need a little inspiration for some last minutes gift shopping! So here are five lovely gift ideas to make your life just a little easier!

KUSMI TEA Russian Blend Gift Set (31.95$) : I am a fan of Kusmi teas not only for the amazing quality of their products but also for the beauty of their packaging! In this set you will find a great selection of their traditional Russian teas, most of which I have tried and love.

LULULEMON The Mat (68$) : You've got a friend or family member that loves doing yoga of working out at home? A good quality mat is a gift they sure would appreciate! This particular one from Lululemon is not only nice and cushiony it's also antimicrobial (always a good thing when you are dripping sweat).

SEPHORA Superstars give set (90$) : If you are looking to buy a present to a beauty and makeup obsessed gal, this is a good one. In this set she will get some of the most hyped up product she can find in Sephora! There's not one product in there that doesn't deserve an A+ mark.

Living in Style by Rachel Zoe & #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amaruso : This is the perfect present for the fashionable, career driven young lady. Zoe and Amaruso are two incredibly inspiring women and their books should be a great read. I personally go back often to Living in style and I really want to get my hands on #GIRLBOSS. Together they should make the perfect gift!

HOURGLASS Ambiant Lighting blush palette : Give this little beauty to any makeup lover and you are going to score some major points. This palette is THE item of the moment and I sure understand why. The Ambiant Lighting blush are the most amazing ones out there (I have the shade Diffused heat) with their marbleized shade and glowing effect.

Which one of those gifts would you like to find under you Christmas tree? xoxo

Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW at the drugstore

Yesterday's blog post as kind of an overload of high end Sephora and MAC products (I did splurge quite a bit) so I thought I would balance things out and share with you new products available at the drugstore and a couple not so new ones that I just really felt like picking up. I've tried most of them so it's also going to double up as a quick review!

Let start with the new releases! First up is the Maybelline Brow drama sculpting brow mascara. It thought this could be a great dupe of the Benefit Gimme brow, that btw I love love love. Its practically the same concept as it comes in a small mascara like packaging with a tiny fiber brush. The idea is to fill up your brow with the tinted product. But I have to say, as much as I was excited to try this one, I was disappointed. It does what it's supposed to but left my eyebrows crispy as if I had sprayed them with a bad hairspray... Not good...

I also really wanted to try the Maybelline matte lipsticks since I watched Tati's video review on them. I went for Lust for blush, Touch of spice and Mesmerizing magenta. As much as I didn't like their brow gel, I am obsessed with those matte lipsticks and I would recommend them to everyone! The texture and shades of them are just amazing and their price point make them even sweater. They're actually quite a nice dupe for the MAC matte lipsticks!

The last new product I picked up the Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch finishing spray. I practically never wear my hair down as it is so so so flat. It is so flat that I never ever used a flat iron. That being said I wish I could have beachy sexy waves so I could wear my hair down and for it to look nice. So I taught I would try using a texturizing spray to give my mane some volume. Last night I had my work Christmas party and I texted this product for the first time and I have to say, it worked quite nice! It didn't give me the hair of my dream of course but it did give some kind of texture to it and made me feel quite good about having my hair down.

Now time to talk about the not so new products. The one thing that might have caught you eyes first is the Bioderma micellar water. This product got SO MUCH hype from all the beauty bloggers and vloggers out there. I taught it was kind of expensive and I already had a very good micella water (from Marcelle). But I was running out of it and when I was there was a deal on the Bioderma one, I knew it was time for me to finally give in. Can't wait to try it and tell you all how I like it!

I also caught the Maybelline Elixir glosses on sale so I taught I would pick up two more shades. I'm not a huge fan of glosses but those are quite nice. I went with Mauve Mystique (I have a slight obsession with purple lip colours right now) and Captivating Carnation.

Last but not least I got the essie luxe effect polish in set in stone which will be absolutely perfect for the holidays! I am thinking of doing an accent nail with it just to glam up my Christmas manicure.

Let me know if you have tried any of these product and how you've liked it! xoxo 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sephora & MAC haul

Oups I did it again (yes it's the lyrics to a Britney song). I am so glad to be back after talking a break from the blog. It's not that I wanted to stop blogging for a whole two weeks but finals happened and it was brutal.. No time for fun stuff! But now that I am finally done I'm back for 10 days straight of posts (10 days of #blogmas)! And what better way to come back then with a haul from two of my favorite places in the world : MAC and Sephora. I am really excited about everything I got and to be honest, I've pretty much put everything to use already. And I have to say, they are all hits!

My first stop was at Sephora where I got :

Smashbox Full Exposure palette and mini mascara
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème lipstick in Lavender
NARS Audacious lipstick in Natalie
Urban Decay All nighter makeup Setting spray

First I have to say, yes I know I didn't need anymore lipsticks but hey, I had to see what the hype was about the Audacious lipstick and I didn't have a purple colour yet in my collection (I'm now obsessed). So those two picks are totally justified. Then I went for the UD setting spray as I had heard so much good about it. I had used up my MAC Fix+ and so I thought I would give this one a try, compare the two products and see which one is my favorite (spoiler alert, I think I prefer the UD one!). And for the pièce de résistance, I picked up the Smashbox Full Exposure eyeshadow palette. I still didn't have a good quality eyeshadow palette in my collection and that void needed to be filled. But it took me quite some time to decide which one was going to be worth the splurge. When I saw this one from Smashbox, I just knew it was the one! I LOVE how it has a great selection of neutral shades, half of which are shimmers and half of which are mattes. 

Then of course, a stop at MAC was unavoidable. For those of you who don't know, there is a MAC store not even 30 seconds from where I work. Very convenient for lunch breaks. I went in there knowing perfectly what I was looking for and I found it. As I had been playing around for a few days with my new Smashbox palette, as much as I adore it, I thought it would be nice to add a few more striking shades to my collection. And what better way to do that then by building my own palette with MAC eyeshadows! For my first row, I went for pink/berry tones and I super happy about the ones I chose. I then picked up their baked blush in Gentle as I desperately needed a berry toned blush to complement all of the berry toned lipsticks I have been wearing. 

I have to say, I am SUPER happy with everything I picked up and I would recommend every single one of those products. Keep your eyes peeled for in dept review of some of them (and leave me your requests in the comments)! 

Oh and as you may have noticed in the picture, I am now a Sephora VIB! Oupsis.. xoxo