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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse | Review

I love getting spray tans but $30 a week is far too much for me. I was looking for a good alternative that gives me a not remotely orange and natural looking dark tan and I believe I've found it! The St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse hit all the key points for me as it did not leave me streaky, did not wear off patchy, had no orange undertones, smelled great, and allowed me to achieve a deep dark tan for 7 days. 

As for application I was using a tanning mitt, but I had once read that someone used latex gloves to put it on directly with their hands so I thought I'd try. Though I love using a mitt I find the gloves allowed me to work in all the product without losing any soaked up in the mitt. It's took a bit longer to rub the product in but the end result was perfectly even and dark. 

This product can be a little scary when you first apply it because it looks green on your skin. You can see an example of that above where the darkest square is on my arm. After you let that sit in your skin for 8 hours (while you sleep) the second square is the amazing colour payoff. The last photo shows the natural deep tan it left my entire arm. 

The downsides are that it stains your sheets.. you just can't escape that with a fake tanner! It's also quite pricey but the bottle does last for over 4 months of weekly tanning. You can find this product in Shoppers Drug Mart and Amazon. 

Have you ever tried this self tanner? Let me know your thoughts below!

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Summer 2016 Wishlist

No post in well over a month - I definitely did not plan for that to happen. I absolutely love blogging but sadly working two jobs and finishing my degree/thesis has stopped me in recent weeks. I have still been working on some things while away and have some pretty amazing collaborations to share in the near future. In the meantime I leave you with my current wish list.. I personally love nosing through what other people are currently lusting for so I hope you feel the same. Below I have listen the item links:

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Versace Bright Crystal Perfume Review

I had wanted this perfume for a long time, not only is the packaging gorgeous but the perfume is so unique. This perfume can be a little pricey so I was saving to eventually buy it as a little gift to myself. I was in Walmart and I noticed they sold it, I went to see if the price was better than at Sephora and turns out they actually mislabelled it and I got it for only $15. Crazy right? 

This perfume is very fresh, and not over the top sweet like my usual perfumes. It's a little musky but not in the 'old lady way' that perfumes like most from Chanel give off. To me it's very summery, I think the name suits the scent very well as it really is bright and fun. I really do love the packaging though, one of my favourite bottle designs. 

'Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace's favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.'

This perfume comes in five different sizes, from a rollerball to a huge 6.7oz bottle (I can hardly get through a rollerball let alone that much in a bottle). The one I own, and that's pictured, is 3oz. Check it out at Sephora, I think it's a scent most people can appreciate, it's definitely a safe choice. It begins to smell event better once applied and it lasts quite a long time on the skin. 
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Boardwalk Stripes & Ralph Lauren Accessories | Fashion

The main thing I want to draw your attention to are these gorgeous Ralph Lauren sunglasses I was so lucky to have been gifted by The Sunglasses Shop. They're the perfect pair of 70's inspired shades to go with this look. I usually would want monochrome sunglasses to go with a black and white outfit but the pink and brown tortoise pattern with gold hardware are SO versatile. They sell a lot of women's sunglasses, I've fallen in love with most pairs. 

The vertical stripe pants are so eye catching but also not too in your face to feel silly wearing. The baggy sweater also brings a causal element to the outfit. I really like combining two loose pieces like this and still having it look put together. 

Sunglasses - Ralph Lauren from The Sunglasses Shop
Trousers - Forever21 
Sweater - Club Monaco
Boots - Ardene
Bag - Ralph Lauren

I just have to mention something EXTREMELY exciting that has happened! I am going with Ardene (a clothing brand, click to go to their website) to the Outside Lands music festival this August in SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. How amazing is that? I'm so thankful and excited (and so is my friend who I get to bring along!).. I'll have lots of photos and snaps on social media so be sure to follow them in the side bar :)
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Monday, 18 April 2016

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer | Review

On a daily basis the moisturizer or serum I used on my face acts as a fine primer for me, but when I am going out at night or to something special during the day I will use a primer. I used to apply a Maybelline or Benefit primer but I found they were both quite pore clogging, I wanted a more quality brand. I hadn't heard anything about this primer before and I have never even purchased an Hourglass product (even though I'd love one of those highlight pallets). The size I purchased is the 0.33oz, but it also comes in 1oz and 2oz, I included stock photos of them above. In the swatch photo you can see the product before it's applied and then underneath that rubbed into my skin which really show off its dewy & glowy effect.

"What it is - A mineral-based, water-resistant primer that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.

What it does - This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften the look of skin imperfections and fine lines."

What I enjoy most about this product is how easily is goes on the skin, and it's convenient packaging (I HATE squeeze tubes.. which is what the 2oz comes in). It definitely absorbs some excess oil on my skin, and leaves my skin feeling smooth, refreshed, and dewy. Ultimately though I find it does not benefit some areas on my skin that have larger pores, and that's mostly what I look to aid by using a primer. It does not really help to hide any imperfections but rather make a soft base for foundation to be applied. I find it keeps my foundation staying on a bit longer than no primer at all, but not by much. If you're not looking to help hide pores, and want a dewy natural feeling primer I would still recommend this product. Personally, I won't be repurchasing this product, it's not because I truly dislike it but because there are SO many more primers out there to try.

Let me know if you have any favourite primer recommendations for me to try next!

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Honest Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Review + Swatches | Posie K & Candy K

These lip kits seemed like some sort of unobtainable object for a while, I never even attempted to order one because I just assumed it impossible. Then for my birthday my roommate showed up with that signature black and white drippy box for me.. Thank you C.C. if you're reading this!

I'll begin by saying that yes, they are worth the hype. For starters the price is very good for the product, you can buy a liquid lipstick and liner from MAC and it cost much more (same with Anastasia), and it be half the quality of these. The lipliner is smooth and easy to use, where as I find MAC liner sort of hard and you have to really press down into your lips to get the product on. The liquid lipsticks themselves go on very smooth, they do not dry too quickly so that you can't even finish your application, but they eventually dry to a gorgeous matte shade a bit darker than when you first apply it. It's very comfortable and not stiff, it also does not dry out your lips. I think the only negative I have to say is you'll want to exfoliate your lips first because, as will all matte lipsticks, it shows all the cracks and bumps. The lasting power of this product is insane, I wore them out on a night at a concert with lots of talking (and drinking) and I got home at night to see it had hardly budged. Even the swatches I took for the last photo remain on my skin after showering. 

Posie K - Despite the packaging making this product look like a deep plum colour it's actually a pleasant vibrant pink with purpley tones. It's kind of hard to explain but the photos are taken in natural lighting and show the true colour you see when on.  

Candy K - Slightly more brown than when you see it on a tan Kylie Jenner, it's a gorgeous pink/nude that looks great on all skin tones. It's my favourite colour from her collection and it's easy to wear day and night. If you're looking for a but more pink than brown/nude Koko K is the alternative (and probably my next purchase). 

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried a lip kit or what one you want to try. Do you think they're worth all the hype? 
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