DATE NIGHT || Valentine’s Day

Ok, NOT SO SINGLE LADIES… Todays post is FOR YOU. Whether your going out with your boyfriend, significant other or husband, here are some steps to getting all sexy and ready for your date.

LINGERIE: 

Obviously not for everyone, but this set from Third Love is to die for.

(THEY ALSO HAVE GIVEN ME A DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU GUYS FOR 10% OFF, WOO!)

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SCENT: 

These two scents are my absolute favourite at the moment. They’re sensual with woodsy and floral under notes and make you feel like you smell like a goddess.

(Narciso Rodriguez and Miss Cherie Dior)

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NAILS:

If you decided to go a little more casual on the outfit you can always have fun with your fingernails. These colours are great for Valentine’s Day!

(OPI “Feelin hot-hot-hot”, Essie “Bahama Mama“, OPI “Lucky Lucky Lavender“, Revlon “Plum Seduction“)

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OUTFIT #1

Pastel colours are super in right now and I’m really feelin’ this dress. It’s one of those dresses that you can keep classic and simple, or amp it up with accessories.

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Dress: Sirens ( I KNOW $10.00)

Coat: Skirt (no longer available, similar here) –> http://aritzia.com/en/product/lawson-trench-coat/54918.html?dwvar_54918_color=1274#start=6

Earrings: ASOS

OUTFIT #2

If you want to try something more badass and edgy then just throw some sort of leather into the look. Make the look pop more with a fun necklace and shoes.

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Vest: Lush

Dress: Winners

Necklace: Zara

Heels: Zara

Watch: Michael Kors

Valentine’s Day || For all the single ladies

Ok single ladies, this post is FOR YOU! Not all of us may have a significant other to spend this LOVEly day with, but don’t fret, I got you covered. Here are some ways you can treat yourself, and dress if you want to be laid back or have a day to pamper yourself!

OUTFIT ONE:

Comfortable and casual. Great for a day of shopping, grabbing lunch with your girls or just spending way too much money at Sephora.

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shirt: Zara

blazer: Thrifted

jeans: Zara

boots: Heel boy

Photos by: Emily Kathryn Jones

OUTFIT TWO:

It’s the middle of Winter here in Canada, so get CUTE and COZY. I could watch Netflix all day in this outfit.

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hat: H&M

sweater: J Crew

pants: Isabel Marant for H&M

boots: Heel Boy

Photos by: Emily Kathryn Jones

HAVE A NIGHT IN. Put on your pjs and chillllllllll out. Make some popcorn and enjoy a show on Netflix. I personally went through How I Met Your Mother way too quickly.

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PAMPER YOURSELF! My idea of relaxation is a bath and a mandatory bath bomb from Lush. These are my favourites at the moment. (from left to right).

Avobath (Lemongrass scent, super nourishing)

 Floating Flower (Probably the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen) 

Space Girl ( There are sparkles. That’s all you need to know)

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Foreo Luna Mini Review || What saved my face

Hey guys, I’m back today to talk a little bit about what has saved my face. There is no sarcasm there because my skin was going through absolute hell. Let me tell you what exactly happened…

I finally had found a good skincare routine that I was enjoying (nothing drastic, but was maintaining) and wanted to try out a new cleanser for oily skin types. I was recommended a Peter Thomas Roth one that had 3% glycolic acid in it so I thought, why not? I used it three times in one week and noticed my skin feeling very tight and dry. Not only was it getting dryer and dryer by the minute, I was finding it hard to even open my mouth because of how stiff it made my skin. After a week I legit had lizard skin. It was so corse, rough and overly dry that it started to crack and break out. I kept trying different moisturizers/oils/lotions to try and regain its normal oiliness, but nothing was working. After about three weeks of hell it started to ease up but I found that I was getting acne and blackheads around my mouth/chin area which made me very insecure.

After many different recommendations I decided I didn’t want to try out anymore products but realized I needed a deeper cleanse. I wanted to try out the Clarisonic Mia but wasn’t really into having to purchase a new brush head every three months so I was told to try out the Foreo Luna Mini. To be extremely honest I didn’t think twice about the $159.00 price tag and just thought, what do I have to lose? Let’s just say, I could cry with the transformation my skin has made (in the best way possible).

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First of all, the colour selection is fantastic, I went with the dark purple colour but they have lots to choose from. You only have to charge it once every 500 uses and only takes an hour to charge. It’s compact, travel friendly and completely waterproof. It has three silicone touch-points for a safe and gentle or deep cleanse. It has anti aging properties, removes dead skin cells, helps the appearance of pores and leaves your skin bright and radiant. Basically what this does is cleanse your face 7x’s more effectively than what your hands can do.

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I use the Philosophy Cleaner with it and love the effect. It unclogs my pores, gets the hard to reach areas and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated and extremely soft. I use it before I go to bed and also when I wake up, and within three days I noticed a difference in my complexion.

 

How to use:

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There are two levels on the luna, a faster vibration for a deeper cleanse and a lower speed for a more gentle cleanse. On both levels there are 15 second intervals so that you don’t over cleanse one area over another. I like to do 15 seconds on my left and right cheek, chin and lip area and forehead and nose. This gives me a total of one minute of cleansing. Sometimes I’ll put it on the lower speed and do 15 seconds under each eye in an upward motion as well.

If I wanted a deeper cleanse I just flip it so that the thicker touch-points can really get all the problem areas.

Overall, this product has seriously changed my life. As dramatic as that is, it’s true. I highly recommend this to anyone who is suffering with blemishes, oiliness, blackheads or any kind of skin issues. Not to mention it comes with a two year warranty so you know you can trust this product and how it’s made.

Blue & Beige || New Year Thankfulness

Well, 2015 is here and I seriously cannot express how excited I am and what is to come. 2014 was filled with lots of love, happiness, sadness, decisions and emotions. I cannot be more grateful for every single person who has impacted my life last year and continues to challenge me daily.

This year I am making more time for adventures, being present and really challenging myself with this blog. Well, with YouTube to be honest. I want to really focus on making videos that can really help and teach people different tips and tricks with beauty related topics. I believe I have a gift and with it I want to share it. Making some one feel beautiful is really what fuels my passion. With working in the wedding industry and teaching makeup, I see how many women are affected with their appearance and what they want to “change”. My heart is to show them the beauty they have and little ways to show confidence (through hair and makeup in my case) and to feel beautiful.

Thank you to all of you who have been nothing but kind and supportive to me through this journey and have never doubted me. I absolutely love what I do and am so thrilled for what 2015 has to offer.

LOVE YOU ALL

As for todays post. Just a fun winter outfit that I put together (blue and beige, surprise, right?)  that I thought you may enjoy!

Stay warm, friends!

xx

Plaid Scarf : Aerie

Plaid Shirt : American Apparel

Turtle neck sweater : Mums closet 🙂

Jeans : Aritzia

Beanie : Roots (thanks Shauna)

Lipstick : MAC “Diva”

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How to: CONTOUR

Last year I posted a “how to contour” step by step, but I thought it would be great if I showed you my updated routine. Instead of using cream products (which sometimes is a little heavy and too much effort) this way is super easy and everyone can do it.

The most important part of contouring is remembering that everyone has a different face shape. For example, if you have a a larger forehead and narrow chin, you’ll want to contour your forehead and really highlight your chin so that it brings proportion to the face. Wherever you use a dark shade it creates a shadow and makes that area look defined and sculpted and wherever you want to highlight and lift you use a lighter shade.

Hope this helps and you can all give it a try!

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STEP ONE:

The most important step of contouring is to have a perfect base. Use a heavier foundation and really create a flawless finish.

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STEP TWO:

Using a very pale highlighting concealer ( I used Maybelline Instant Age Rewind) map out the areas of your face that you want to highlight and lift. I did under my eyes, nose, forehead, above my lip, chin and lower cheek.

After your blend out the concealer make sure you set with a yellow tone powder. I used banana powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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STEP THREE:

Taking a grey tone brown start blending it in the areas you want to contour and sculpt. I put it under my cheek bones, sides of my nose, temples and jaw line.

I used fawn from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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STEP FOUR:

After your happy with your highlight and contour then add a pop of blush to your cheeks and some highlighter to the high points of your face for added effect.

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GOOD LUCK

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Blake Lively Inspired Ponytail

Blake Lively is definitely one of my hair inspirations and I loved this look she wore a while back and thought it would be perfect for the Holidays. This is for the girls who are daring and “ballsy” with their hair. It would be perfect for some one who is going strait from work to a Holiday party. Hope you enjoy and try it out even if you don’t think it’s your style, you may change your mind!

STEP ONE:

Gather all your hair into a regular ponytail. You can choose to make it slick and tight, or loose and textured.

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STEP TWO:

Back comb the pony so that it will appear thicker.

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STEP THREE:

Taking the top half of the pony, braid it into a fishtail braid. *OPTIONAL

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STEP FOUR:

This is where you can have fun. Taking clear elastics start creating balls in your pony. You can make them all different sizes or keep it uniform.

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GOOD LUCK!

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Christmas Twist || Easy Updo

This hairstyle is super easy to do and it looks like you spent a lot longer than you actually did on it. Great if you’re running late for a dinner or party, this hairstyle is chic, elegant and perfect for the holidays.

STEP ONE:

Starting off with the bottom section of your hair, roll it around your fingers in one direction and pin into place.

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STEP TWO:

This hairstyle works best in sections, so depending on how thick your hair is will decide how many sections you should do. Make sure you roll every section in the same direction. This will create the “french twist” effect.

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STEP THREE:

With the top and final section, back comb the roots so that you have volume. I like to feather out some pieces so that it looks more effortless and tousled.

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STEP FOUR:

Twist the final section and secure with bobby pins.

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GOOD LUCK

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xx

Holiday Makeup || Red lips

Well, it’s almost ONE WEEK till Christmas. Can you believe it? I still haven’t done my shopping, definitely a last minute person in that department. I hope you are all as excited as I am and that you all have the most wonderful day.

This makeup look today is such a classic look that you can wear to a Christmas party or even New Years (don’t worry I’ll still do a NY look). I added a bit more sparkle to the eyes because, why not?!

Hope you enjoy!

STEP ONE:

After applying your foundation routine, really sculpt out your cheeks. This look looks awesome with a defined contour.

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STEP TWO:

Take a neutral brown and use it as your transition colour. Take your time and really blend this out.

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STEP THREE:

Taking “swiss chocolate” from MAC I concentrated the colour on the outer and inner corner of my eyes. Leave the centre of your lids clear because thats where the sparkle will go. Mimic what you did on the upper lid onto the lower lid as well.

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STEP FOUR:

BLEND. BLEND. BLEND.

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STEP FIVE:

Take a light gold shadow and press it onto the empty space we left earlier and then coat a couple layers of gold sparkles on top. (My camera didn’t pick up the full intensity).

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STEP SIX:

I added some false lashes and a bit of liner to the upper and lower water line (optional). I used “ruby woo” from MAC which is a matte red to complete the look. Feel free to add gloss on top but I loved how the matte contrasted against the sparkly eyes.

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Good luck!

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Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2014 | MAKE UP

As most of you may know, tonight is the airing of the 2014 Victoria Secret Fashion Show. A night to get together with your girls (although I’m sure the boys wouldn’t mind joining in) and watch beautiful, fit women strut their stuff in jaw dropping costume lingerie. Being a Fashion Merchandising graduate I was always in awe of the themes and how incredible every look is.

I’ve been following some of the models on social media and love the makeup and hair they rocked for the show. As always it’s soft and sexy but this year they really focused on extra glowy skin, defined eyes and a glossy pink lip! I hope you guys all enjoy this pic-torial and give it a try for yourself! Who doesn’t want to be a angel anyways?

Step One:

All the models already have flawless skin and it didn’t look like they were wearing any foundation so I used MAC face and body since it has a natural, dewy finish.

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Step Two:

To highlight and accentuate the high points of my face I used MAC Pro Longwear concealer. Concentrate this to the centre of your face. *Don’t forget to set with powder!

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Step Three:

Taking a light pink shimmer shadow, dust this all over your lid right up to your brow bone.

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Step Four:

Using a bronze/topaz colour start blending it out at the outer corners of your eyes. This will give your eyes a “sexier” shape.

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Step Five:

To define it even more take a dark bronze colour and really blend this right at your lash line and fade it out. To add some flutter to my lashes I added the Ardell demi wispies lashes.

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Step Six:

To give me an all over glow I took MAC “give me sun” bronzer all over my face and lightly contoured with it. For a pop of colour on my cheeks I used MAC “well dressed” blush.

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Step Seven:

For that “angelic” glow I used The Balm “mary loumanizer” on all the high points of my face.

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Step Eight:

Finishing off the look with MAC “angel” lipstick (how fitting) and NARS “turkish delight” gloss on top.

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ENJOY

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How To: Fake Fishtail

This post is for all those girls out there that have a hard time doing cool braids or fishtails with their hair. This is seriously the easiest hairstyle and it looks EXACTLY like a fishtail but even better. I hope this helps you out and that you love it as much as I do!

xx

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Step One:

Starting at the back of your head, grab two pieces of hair and tie them together with a clear elastic (you can get these at shoppers for $5.00). Once you’ve secured it with the elastic, pull the lower half through the hole that the upper pieces leave in between.

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Step Two:

Grabbing another two pieces do the exact same thing. Make sure the hair you grab is all different sizes so that the end result has more texture.

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Step Three:

Continue the first step all the way to the ends of your hair and secure with an elastic. This method of using elastics ensures your hair will stay all day where as a regular fishtail can fall out if you don’t have all one length hair.

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Step Four:

For extra fullness, lightly tug at random pieces to make it more messy and effortless.

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Good Luck!