Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simple & healthy quinoa salad

The Holidays are fast approaching and with that comes a great deal of family dinners filled with delicious, not-good-for-your-diet foods! If you are planning to wow your entourage with your slim figure and come out of this Holiday season without a few extra pounds on your tushie, it's a great idea to start being careful of what you are feeding your body! Be mindful now and the damage shouldn't be so bad in the end! 

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you one of my super easy and healthy salad. It's one of my favorite to have for lunch as it is tasty, filling and filled with great nutritious ingredients. 

Here's what you'll need :

1 box of quinoa
1 bell pepper (the orange ones are my favorites)
1 cucumber
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1/2 a lime
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Here are the simple steps you need to follow :

1) Cook your quinoa according to the instructions you will find on the box.
2) While the quinoa is cooking chop the cucumber, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes into little pieces.
3) Mix both the cooked quinoa and chopped vegetables.
4) Add a little bit of olive oil, lime juice and salt/pepper.

You are done! It's that simple! It's now time to enjoy!

Let me know if you try it and tweet me a picture of your salad @ByourBself ! xoxo

Monday, November 17, 2014

Matching your favorite lipsticks and lip glosses

I don't know why on earth I haven't done that way before but I had a revelation : matching lipstick and lip glosses is a GREAT idea. That way, you can create new colours and give your lipsticks a glossy finish! So here I wanted to show you my current three favorite combinations.

MAC lipstick in Faux & Maybelline Elixir in Caramel infused combo : It turns out as a darker then your lips brown shade. It's very natural looking but the glossy finish adds just a bit of glam. One of my new favorite everyday look!

Kate Moss by Rimmel lipstick number 17 & Lise Watier lip gloss in Haute Couleur : I am not a huge fan of the Lise Watier lip gloss on its own but this combination turned out as a slightly peachy nude colour that I absolutely love! What I love about this combination is that it matches a super budget friendly option (Rimmel) and a more luxury option (Lise Watier).

L'Oréal Color Riche Exclusive Collection by Laetitia & Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion : I wanted to try the trick with a darker colour. The Revlon Moisture stain can be quite opaque by it's own but with the L'Oréal lipstick under it you get an amazingly pigmented look. I wouldn't wear those together for an everyday look as it is quite daring but if you really want a "pow" and glam it up autumn style, those two are the perfect match! 

Do YOU have a favorite combination? Share it with all of us in the comment section down below!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EcoTools makeup brush review

When I first really started getting into makeup, I didn't want to invest to much into pieces of course. Today of course I love shopping in place like Sephora and La Baie for high end makeup but when it comes to brushes, I've stayed loyal to a drugstore brand, EcoTools. They are many things I love about them :

First, they are so incredibly soft! No surprise that's what they are known for. It's positively surprising for a drugstore brand. 

Then of course there's the price tag. None of their brushes are more then 20$ a piece which makes them the perfect budget friendly option! You can buy a few of them at the time and not ruin yourself!

They offer a great variety of brushes ; powder brush, fan brush, flat foundation brush, kabuki brush, buffing brush, bronzer brush, only to name a few. They pretty much have everything you need.

I have nothing bad to say about the quality! I once bought a stippling brush from the Sephora line and right the first time I used it, it lost quite a few bristles. I've never had that problem with EcoTools brushes. I use them daily and they have stayed in perfect condition.

TIP : It is super important of course to deep clean your brushes from time to time. But there's no need to splurge on a brush soap! I simply mix antibacterial dish soap and a bit of olive oil (to moisturize) and it does the job perfectly! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel review and mini haul

As a true nail polish junky I was SUPER excited when Sally Hansen came out with their Miracle Gel formula. I spend at least an hour a week on doing my nails, which my dads finds very funny (!), and so anything that could make my manicure task any easier is welcomed! As you might know from a past post (read here) I'm quite a fan of shellac manicures. I get those at the salon (they require a special little machine) and it lasts so so long! 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel formula is suppose to give you similar results, they claim that you polish should stay on for up to 14 days, but without the machine. Great idea you tell me. Except it turns out to be very disappointing. I'm usually a BIG fan of the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure nails polishes (they are my favorite along with essie). But this line just didn't do it for me and here is why. 

First, I didn't really know which color to pick, not because there was too much to choose from (which is my usual problem) but because nothing was catching my eyes. Most of the colours are quite bright and primary, nothing I usually gravitate towards. So I went with a classic: red! I also wasn't impressed by the staying power which is honestly the main reason why you would want to buy them. My nails actually chipped quicker then usual... I can keep my nails looking nice for at least 4 days but with the Miracle Gel, my nails started chipped the day after I had done them... My last point would be that you definitely don't get the same shine as when you use their classic top coat which is the finish I am usually after!

I can say that this launch was a fail for me and I don't think I'm going to be repurchasing new colours. BUT (!) I did get some new nail polishes for the fall/winter season that I am very excited to try. I have nothing like the both of them. So I got essie "a list" which is a beautiful classic deep red and Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in "Dark Huemoor" which is a very dark blue colour. 

Here's also a look at what is currently on my nails : Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey . Its an old favorite of mine, I don't think Rimmel evens carry it anymore! But I'm in love with this grey/mauve shade!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Kusmi Tea Tsarevna Launch Party

On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure to attend Kusmi Tea's Montreal Tsarevna launch party. It was held in their store on St Denis street which they had specially decorated for the Christmas themed evening. It was an opportunity for me not only to learn more about their latest addition but also to connect in person with some other bloggers from my town. A special shoutout to Petits pots et coquetteries

Kusmi had quite the evening planned for us! First, we had the honor to have Jean-Claude Poitras, a big name in the Quebec fashion industry, talk to us about the influence of Russia on French designers like Jean-Paul Gauthier and Yves Saint-Laurent. We were then served little hors d'oeuvres made by the well known chef Christian Faure, also inspired by Russian cuisine. And, for my favorite part of the evening, we got to make our own little fur pompom with Harricana Mariouche! I now use mine as the perfect winter keychain.

Of course, lets not forget about the product we were all there to discover. Tsarevna, a black tea with spices and orange, is a limited Christmas edition. Apparently, M. Kousmichoff, the founder of Kusmi Tea, always loved to surprise his customer with a new product at that time of the year. Carrying on with the tradition, Kusmi Tea launched a delicious tea that was inspired by Imperial Russia. The white, red and gold colours used to decorate the box are reminiscent of this era. 

I must say, this tea is an absolute success. As a big fan of black tea, I can say that I've found a new favorite. The smell absolutely reminds me of Christmas time and as the taste goes, it really adds the perfect subtle twist to a great classic. As if all this wasn't enough, the box is an absolute beauty (!) as they've added, for the first time, glitter to it. Its pleasant not only to the taste buds but to the eyes! So don't wait, get your hands on this glimmering little beauty before it's too late!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MiB awards 2014

I need your help !! Vote for my blog in the beauty and fashion categories by simply clicking on those two images !! 

Tweet me when you do @ByourBself xo Thanks in advance for your support !!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The extra oumf with statement necklaces

I really haven't been wearing any jewellery the past few months.. I kind of just "forgot". But tonight I'm going to a bloggers event and I had to decide this weekend on what I was going to wear. I didn't want to look either over or under dressed so I decided to go for black pants, cream coloured sweater, high heeled black booties and a statement necklace for the final oumf! I bought two new ones that I thought would look really nice. And when I got home, stored them in my jewellery box only to realize that I had quite a few pieces I had forgotten about! So I'll make a point to wear them more often as I really think a blog necklace can change and glamour up an outfit.

I dress quite with quite neutral and simple pieces so that extra touch of bling just brings the outfit to another level. And statement necklaces are very easy to find at very good prices at places like Aldo and Forever 21! Add a few different styles to your collection to create easy and chic looks.

A few of my picks