Dermalogica | Skin Hydrating Masque*

Thursday, 28 April 2016

dermalogica skin hydrating masque mask review

Nothing helps my skin rest and recharge more than a good Sunday evening face mask.  Last weekend I decided to give this new mask from Dermalogica a go.  The change of seasons always leaves my skin a little off, and working in my dry office building has taken a bit of a toll on my skin.  

Shopping My Stash | Featuring Makeup Geek & NARS

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

make up geek mermaid twilight duchess

This weekend I finally tracked down the materials to make a marble background.  I started by playing around with these products for a flat lay, and before you knew it they were on my face.  I thought it would be fun to share with you a look I created by enjoying some of the products I haven't really played with since last summer.

The Estée Edit | Killin' It Matte Lipstick

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

estee edit killin it

Last week I posted about my Sephora Sale Haul, and today I wanted to get into a bit more detail about one of the lipsticks I purchased.  I have many many times mentioned my obsession with matte orange-red lipsticks.  And so while I really didn't need it, it was on sale, and you know, in the name of the blog, so keep reading for my thoughts on this launch and this product in particular. 

Essence Sheer and Shine Lipsticks*

Monday, 25 April 2016


essence sheer lipstick

The transition from winter to spring is all about out with the old, heavy coats and in with the cute, airy skirts and dresses.  Two weeks ago I officially shedded my winter coat in favour of my spring jacket, and I couldn't be happier.  As we head into May I can't wait to trade legging for maxi dresses and preppy skirts!  But shedding heavy coats isn't just your clothing.  I also tend to reach for lighter foundations and swap in my heavy lipsticks for something lighter.  Enter: Essence's Sheer and Shine Lipsticks.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation - 15 Ivory

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation - 15 Ivory

This foundation is my first foray back to drugstore foundation since I was in high school! Keep reading for my thoughts on this, and other improvements at the drug store!

Charlotte Tilbury | Brand Introduction & FOTD*

Saturday, 23 April 2016

charlotte tilbury haul

I don't know how else to say it, but it is simply impossible not to swoon a little bit inside while opening a bag full of Charlotte Tilbury make-up.  A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have some Charlotte Tilbury products land on my desk, and I have just been so thrilled with them!  Today I am happy to be sharing with you some product reviews and a classic FOTD!

OOTD | Spring Party featuring dress by Eliza J

Friday, 22 April 2016


outfit of the day eliza j navy floral dress

This is my first time attempting a "outfit of the day" post.  Earlier this month I attended a big party in my work industry!  I had a blast putting together my outfit for the night, and even more fun catching up with old friends!  Between the open bar and the endless finger foods I ran into friends from all over Canada (seriously-- one guy came in from Manitoba!).  I wish my boyfriend could have joined me, but he had a big exam to study for so I was flying solo.  I showed up alone, but always had a friend to speak to, which I found pretty cool to reflect on.  I did some productive networking, but mostly just had a blast!  Keep reading to find out what I wore and how I styled my outfit!

My Custom MAC Palette | April (Quarry)

Thursday, 21 April 2016


mac custom palette cost

I really look forward to this post every month.  I've been having a great time designing my own palette.  I always get curious as to what other people put in theirs, so I hope you have enjoyed watching how I put mine together.

ipsy | April 2016 Glam Bag

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

april 2016 ipsy glam bag

Every month I look forward to my ipsy Glam Bag.  But this month I was extra excited...because next month is Generation Beauty in Toronto!  That's right... ipsy is sharing some love with their Canadian clients and bringing us na unreal weekend of make-up, beauty, and connection.  Seriously, I've been binge watching Generation Beauty hauls.  I'm going with a few of my girl friends, we're pumped.

March Favourites & Empties & Tosses | Volume 3

Tuesday, 19 April 2016


How is it already the middle of April?  Seriously this month has just flown by.  Anyways today I am sharing a bit of a twist on my occasional empties post, but also including some general life favourites. I hope you enjoy it!  Let me know what you think :)

My 2016 Sephora Sale Haul | all of the red lipsticks

Monday, 18 April 2016

sephora sale haul

The spring Sephora sale just wrapped up, and (almost)* all of my items have arrived.  I did a mix of in-store and on-line purchases and some how I ended up buying only red lipsticks.  You can never have too many, right?

Quo Prismatic Collection | Spring 2016* (Swatches & FOTD)

Sunday, 17 April 2016

quo spring 2016

Typically when I think of spring collections I think of pastels, florals, bright, cheerful, pink.  So, when Quo's spring collection landed on my desk, I was pretty impressed to see that they went outside of the usual and tried something bright, bold, and different.

Tag | The Perfect Palette 2

Thursday, 14 April 2016

the perfect palette 2 tag

The other day I came across "The Perfect Palette Tag" on Natalie's blog and I thought it would be fun to answer!  And before anybody asks, yes that is part of my actual palette collection.

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash Haircare System*


One of the coolest things about being a beauty blogger is getting to try new and innovative products that may be a few steps outside your comfort zone.  For my entire life I have shampooed and then conditioned.  And by conditioned I mean coated my hair in half a bottle of conditioner and waited at least five minutes to wash it out.  Today I am going to tell you about the time I conditioned.... and then shampooed.

Essence Pure Nude Foundation & Concealer*

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

essence pure nude foundation

I remember when Essence's Canadian offerings were basically eyeshadow and nail polish.  This brand has been really expanding their Canadian presence, and budget beauty hunters should rejoice! Essence consistently punches above their price point, and this foundation is no exception!

you make me blush | tag

Thursday, 7 April 2016

blush beauty blogger tag

I have to say, if someone literally said to me, 'You're going off to a desert island, what is the one thing you would bring?' I would say, 'It's my concealer or you can just kill me now.' I've thought this through! Because I would find, like, berries in a bowl and make blush.

 -- Drew Barrymore

I came across this tag while reading A Beautiful Zen-- I made a few little edits to some of the questions.

HydraForce by Lise Watier | #GetInTheBubble*

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to participate in GlamSense by Topbox-- Topbox's new review community.  I was surprised that I was selected for a campaign so quickly after signing up (but no complaints here!)

How I Procrastinate | Beauty Blogger Tag

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

beauty blogger tag

The other day I was checking out some new to me beauty blogs and I came across this tag on Dear Friends Blog.  I always enjoy doing tag posts, so keep reading to see how I put the "pro" in procrastination!

#cocolovesTO | Photos with Chanel at Holts on Bloor

chanel holts bloor

Last week I was killing some time on Bloor Street, and naturally I ended up in Holts (after spending some time in Sephora and Winners-- where I picked up this little Eiffel Tower).  Downstairs on my way to the subway I came across a special Chanel set up...

My Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Shopping List

Monday, 4 April 2016


A few years ago outside Sephora in Paris!

This month is my birthday month... and with Sephora's annual spring sale, what better time to treat myself?

Essence How To Palettes | Perfect for Beginners*

Saturday, 2 April 2016

essence how to palette for beginners

I remember when I first got interested in make-up.  My first "palette" was a little frosty pink quad from Bonne Belle, and there was quite simply no way I would leave the house with out my favourite Lip Smacker of the week.  Well I am a little older now, and my tastes have evolved.  I often get asked by my cousins and friends where the best place for their daughter or friend to start her makeup collection.  Every time with out fail I tell her to go get an Optimum card and check out Essence!

L'Oréal Total Repair 5 | My Influenster Vox Box*

Friday, 1 April 2016

L'Oréal Total Repair 5

Recently Influenster picked me for a Vox Box after what felt like the longest time since my last one. It seems they went pretty far with this campaign as I see reviews popping up everywhere.