The Miracle of Micellar Water

The Miracle of Micellar Water

I am not a super qualified beauty blogger but hear me out: don't we all aspire to have the french girl beauty routine down pat?

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Beauty Crush: Sophie Rose Garland

Beauty Crush: Sophie Rose Garland

In the last few months, my relationship with makeup has reached new heights. I have found myself subscribed to so many beauty vloggers on youtube, following certain makeup artists religiously, and trying to stay in the know with up and coming brands and products. I may not wear a lot of makeup on a day to day basis but this doesn't mean I don't adore those who beat their face, especially if they do it well. What I've come to realize is that there are so many talented people out there who use makeup not only to create beautiful looks, but to inspire the makeup loving community as well.

I want to do my part in reinforcing this community so I've decided to start posting beauty crushes. A beauty crush is someone who inspires me with their makeup choices, whether it be by showing tutorials on how to create looks, or just having amazing paint. the first person (and inspiration to blog about beauty crushes) is Sophie Rose Garland.

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Lost In Reverie’s Festiessentials

Lost In Reverie’s Festiessentials

How cliché can a blogger get? I know you’ve probably seen a million posts like this already, and I have to admit, I have made a comment or two about how annoying they are, yet here we are now. I think my problem with a lot of the “festival essentials” posts are that the sponsored products in some are so obvious that it takes away and makes it impersonal. As someone who has been attending music festivals since she was fifteen, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about making the most of them. Without further ado, I present Lost In Reverie’s Festiessentials.

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{image via Polyvore}

1 Swimsuit

I know that certain music festivals don’t warrant swimwear (Glastonbury, Warped Tour) yet with Coachella starting today; Bestival in June; Bluesfest in July; and Osheaga in August, I’m keeping in mind the sunny summertime festivals. As someone who thrives on spending the summer months outdoors listening to my favourite acts, I like to make sure I look stylish yet am comfortable. The great thing about wearing a swimsuit as opposed to a top is that after the show, you can always go find somewhere to take a dip and cool off. Plus, this Seafolly one-piece would look great paired with the Rag & Bone cut-offs shown in the collage.

2 Comfortable sneakers

At this stage in the game, blisters are second nature to me. I should buy stocks in blister sticks because they’re a huge part of my life yet I hope for others this isn’t the case. Keeping this in mind, a surefire way to get them is by wearing uncomfortable shoes all day at a festival. I promise you that wearing sandals, heels, and even certain boots will have you crying in pain all day long. Don’t make the day just about your appearance and throw on a trusty pair of Converse sneakers so you can dance the night away.

3 Cut-offs

Do I need to explain? Yes? Okay, fine. In the summer months, I live in cut-offs. They’re easy to take from day to night, look great with any top or shoe, and are a classic uniform piece. What better way to enjoy a day of music than knowing you feel comfortable and look cute in your tried and true Rag & Bone jean shorts?

4 Fanny pack

Growing up, my dad always wore a fanny pack. To this day I’m not sure why he chose a fanny pack over a traditional wallet, but it’s a memory that instantly brings a smile to my face. Although he retired the fannypack long ago, fashion has recently jumped on the bandwagon, and for good reason. Fannypacks are the perfect festiessential because it keeps your hands free and everything you need within reach. If you don’t want to look like a geezer, this Alexander Wang pack should do the trick.

5 Reusable water bottle

I hate to sound like a mom but people, please stay hydrated! I’ve heard one too many stories of people dying of dehydration at music festivals and it’s ridiculous because it shouldn’t be an issue. It makes no sense how vendors charge almost $5 for a bottle of WATER when it’s something they should be handing out for free. Recently, festivals have changed this a bit, inventing “free water” zones but I don’t think that cut’s it. To save yourself money and a trip to the medic, pick up a reusable water bottle, like this one from S’Well.

6 Sunscreen

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and it’s totally preventable. Don’t forget to stick a bottle of sunscreen in your tote before you go. I recommend Aveeno’s Baby Sunblock, with SPF 55. Keep lathering up throughout the day and your skin will thank you.

7 Charging phone case

One thing I’ve learned the hard way at music festivals is that if you lose your friends, you probably won’t find them again. In a sea of cell phones there’s barely any service, you’re too busy snapping pictures and video of the acts, and you’re texting all your friends to make them jealous. Don’t let that happen to you and make sure you invest in a Mophie charging case for your phone. At $160 bucks a pop it isn’t cheap, but I guarantee you won’t regret it.

8 Makeup remover

After a long day in the sun, your makeup probably won’t look as fresh, and you’ll be itching to take it off. My skin is really sensitive so if I leave makeup on overnight, I get pimples right away. This Bobbi Brown eye makeup remover uses aloe vera to help wash off the makeup without irritating your skin.

 

 

The Whisper Collection

The Whisper Collection

I have to admit something… I’ve never paid a lot of attention to the beauty industry. As someone who’s interested in fashion, I do have an interest in beauty, but not nearly as much. I think a big part of it is that the concept of makeup and techniques required to maximize it’s potential baffles me and so in part I don’t have a connection to it as most women do. That said, I have always been someone who cares about her nails. Ever since I went for my first manicure a few years ago, they have been one of my favourite treats when I can go and get one. I’ll often opt for at home manicures or just bare nails but with the release of Deborah Lippman’s spring collection, I know I’ll be paying more attention to painting them. The four shades are muted nudes that are versatile and elegant. The colours are fairly sheer so she has launched a CC base coat which is like a primer for the nails. You can also use two coats of it as a top coat if you want to get a matte effect. If you’re interested in what the polish looks like on, the colours were used during New York Fashion Week at Badgley Mischka, Theory, and Donna Karan. You can buy the polishes at Sephora.

deborah lippman spring collection{image via Racked}

Halloween Nail Art

Halloween Nail Art

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{photo via Racked}

Sticking to the Halloween theme, here is a post geared for the beauty obsessed. Nail brand NCLA has released this year’s Halloween nail wrap collection and they pack a punch. For those of you, like myself, who haven’t quite mastered the at-home mani, nail wraps are a great alternative. Featuring designs like eyeballs, sugar skulls, and spiderwebs, they are a great addition to your Halloween look.

With six different kinds of wraps available, you have a variety of options: Calavera (sugar skulls), Macabre (skeletons), Oculus (eyeballs), All Hallow’s Eve (spiderwebs and bats), Dracula’s Bride (blood splatters), and Web of Lies (black and white spiderwebs). Each pack includes 26 stickers and a nail file for $16, so you and your friends can play around.

Would you wear festive nail wraps? Let me know in the comments!

Into The Gloss Introduces New Cosmetics Line

Into The Gloss Introduces New Cosmetics Line

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{image via Glossier}

For the past few years, I have been an avid reader of beauty blog Into The Gloss. Founded by Emily Weiss, the site features the products loved by powerful women (Top Shelf), trials and tribulations of using products, advice and tips, and much more. My favourite posts on Into The Gloss are their drugstore features as they have a variety of products that are affordable yet do a comparable job to high end products.

After years of running a beauty blog, it only made sense for the team to venture into creating beauty products. In a heartfelt letter posted on their blog, Weiss wrote about how the team listened to the community and is using their knowledge along with what the people want, to create affordable products that women will love. The result? Glossier, pronounced like dossier (gloss-ee-ay).

For the Phase 1 product lineup, Glossier introduced skin care. Weiss writes: “The dream products – Soothing Face Mist, Priming Moisturizer, Balm Dotcom, and Perfecting Skin Tint, are everything you need, in my humble opinion, to immediately look like the best version of yourself.”

You can buy the products separately or get the group for $80 (which, in my humble opinion, is a steal!)

Urban Decay x Pulp Fiction

Urban Decay x Pulp Fiction

images via Google, InStyle
What better way to immortalize the 90’s vixen, Mia Wallace, than creating a makeup collection so any modern day girl can get her look? One of the foxiest cinematic characters, Mia Wallace (played by Uma Thurman) stole our hearts with her straight to the point attitude, dancing skills, and of course – her infamous look. Sporting a blunt, black bob paired with a deep red lip; it would be no easy feat trying to forget this face. 
Celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of Pulp Fiction, Urban Decay decided that it would be the perfect time for this daredevil to have another chance at the limelight. According to InStyle, the collection was originally only a nail polish and lipstick, but the company decided that the two products didn’t fully envelop the daring Mrs. Wallace. Offering a matching lip pencil, glittery gunmetal eyeliner, and five-color eyeshadow palette; you can take the look from day by using the subtle shades, to a night of dancing by adding the glittery liner and a bold lip colour.
The best part? The entire line is priced at less than $50, leaving you enough extra cash to get one of those incredible $5 shakes that we all know and love so much.
product images via InStyle (and yes, that is Ezekiel 25:17 passage on the back of the shadow packaging)
Proenza Schouler for MAC Cosmetics

Proenza Schouler for MAC Cosmetics

all images via College Fashion
Proenza Schouler for MAC Cosmetics is the dream collaboration in my eyes. Proenza is (and has been) one of my favourite labels for four years now. I have always loved their aesthetic and how they mix different textures, colours, and prints to create out of this world pieces. The duo behind the brand, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, are bringing their talent to the beauty industry with a collection that surprises and excites me.
Ombre Blushes in Sunset Beach and Ocean City – $30 each

Lipsticks in Woodrose, Pinkfringe, Mangrove, Primrose – $22 each
Photos have been released of the product lineup and the reason I’m surprised is because of the colour palette chosen. When I think of Proenza, I think of a monochromatic colour palette, made up of mostly neutral colours. Perhaps this collaboration is the first step in a different direction, as the products all came in lovely shades of pink; fire engine red; and pansy purple. I’m coveting the pro longwear lip pencils, as well as the Nocturnelle nail polish as it looks like it will leave a matte result.
Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Dynamo and High Energy – $21 each | Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice and Rich Experience – $21 each | 129SE Powder/Blush Brush – $38.50

Nail Lacquers in Thimbleweed, Bougainvillea, Dayflower, Nocturnelle – $17.50 each

The collection launches online on April 21 and will be available in stores from April 24 to May 22. I’m sure this collection will sell out, so make sure to get to your local MAC right away so you don’t miss out on this limited edition collection.
March Beauty Favourites

March Beauty Favourites

True Life: I’m a shopaholic. I cannot deny how giddy I get when I walk into the doors of a mall and see a long hall of stores ahead of me. I love the feeling of arriving in a store when they have just received new stock, which happens every few weeks, as it’s like being a kid in a candy store. Living in a city like Ottawa means I constantly have different stores to check out to window shop, yet sometimes I can’t resist the urge to buy. 
A prime example is Sephora. Any time I walk into the store I’m instantly greeted by one of their phenomenal staff members and then left alone to peruse the variety of skin, makeup and hair products. Every big name in the beauty industry has their coveted collection at Sephora (My current favourite? Urban Decay, for having quality at affordable prices) and whether you’re in the mood to buy or just be amazed, this is the store to be at. My favourite part of Sephora is the fragrance section. As someone who rotates a few different kinds of perfume at a time (one is a favourite for this month!) I love seeing the different scents and contemplating what I will buy for the new season. After I finish spraying a variety of perfumes onto my wrist, I walk around the entire store testing out all of the different products. It’s one of my favourite past times and I can’t wait to have more money to spend on beauty products.
One of my favourite things to do after I find a product that I really love is to add it to my own list of “Favourites.” I find it important to have a hard copy of different things I like so when I run out, I know exactly what I’m looking for to replace it. Beyond that, as a blogger, I feel like it’s only fair to share my own opinions on products to hopefully help you with your own decisions when buying drugstore or designer products. Now, onto the favourites for March…
1 ELF Little Black Beauty Book
For those who walk into Target and leave with their arms full of things they don’t need, I have the same problem, but at Winners. My favourite spot to find discounted designer clothes, bags, and beauty products, is the only store I have found in Ottawa that sell’s ELF products. Luckily for me, I have one that isn’t out of the way so every few months I check out what they have to offer. When I found the ELF Little Black Beauty Book for less than $5, I knew I had hit the jackpot. With an array of eye shadows, the book takes you from day to night instantly. I would start my day pairing a neutral shade like a light brown with a shiny gold and later on trade it for a purple or silver. For a small price, the book makes a big impact.
2 Chloé Eau de Parfum
A Christmas present from my cosmetician best friend, this perfume has been a staple since I received the beautiful bottle. At first I would use it sparingly, but now I know that this Chloé perfume will be my signature scent. It’s ultra feminine and gives that extra boost to my self-esteem before I go anywhere which is what I love the most about it.
3 Essie ‘Hip-anema’ Nail Polish
For someone who relies on their twice a month manicures like a religion, lately I have taken to doing my nails at home. After realizing how much money I could save by painting my nails at home and fixing them up when necessary, I decided I must buy a few bottles of polish to start off my collection. Since the spring weather hasn’t officially decided to stick around, I went for this firetruck red nail polish by Essie. After putting on two coats, the colour looked amazing and it has incredible staying power. I think if I had used a top coat it would be even better so that is my next investment!
4 Covergirl Felt Tip Eyeliner
My goal for 2014 is to master the Cleopatra winged eye technique. I love the look of a cat eye and I believe that this felt tip eyeliner by Covergirl is the tool I need in order to successfully attain the seductive look. With the felt tip, it’s easy to guide and doesn’t hurt the eye when pressed onto the water line. For under $10, it’s an absolute steal.