Monday, September 21, 2015


It's been a while since I treated myself to some shiny new makeup, and this past week I was a girl on a mission. 

There were a few makeup products I felt my collection (particularly for fall) was missing. A deep wine shade of lipstick, a perfect Kylie Jenner lip, & a new palette that would be great for neutral eye looks. So after doing research on the internet for a while, I knew what I wanted and headed to the shops!

I always see Zoella rocking the Kate Moss lipstick in 107, and I am always so inspired to rock the same shade. Problem was--I didn't have anything in my collection that was quite like it...deep dark red but not TOO dark. So, seeing as the price was right, I finally picked it up. Haven't worn it yet but I will definitely do a post/review when I do!

Of course every girl in the world wants the Soar lip liner from Mac, but it's always sold out. I went to my local MAC looking to try Mehr lipstick, and although I loved the color I knew I wouldn't wear it very much because I don't enjoy wearing matte lipsticks. I find MAC's matte formula particularly drying.  So I asked one of the girls working there if she could recommend a similar shade but with a more creamy texture, and she pointed me to Brave. It's very similar to Mehr but is in a satin finish, and definitely gives that Kylie Jenner effect. While I was checking out the girl told me that Soar was finally in stock if I wanted to grab one ("or five!" she said). Of course I had to get it, and I am not disappointed in the slightest. Soar is my very first MAC lip liner and I have to say I finally get the hype. I own a few lip liners from the drugstore that are very similar shades to Soar, but they just don't last long. When I apply Soar & Brave it stays on ALL DAY. I couldn't believe it. Even after drinking coffee, eating, etc.  Only touched up once late at night after a full day of doing wedding makeup.

Lastly, I picked up the L'oreal La Palette Nude 2. I have a few similar more high end palettes in my professional makeup kit (Naked 3 Palette for example) but I noticed I have nothing like it in my everyday personal collection. So I decided to pick up this palette because of it's combination of matte and shimmery shades, and I love the colors for a neutral eye. Of course the quality isn't on par with Urban Decay but for everyday, it's perfect. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015


So today I decided to upload to my very much neglected youtube channel. For the past year i've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with youtube for various reasons.

I had deleted all of my old videos on a whim because I felt youtube can be a very negative platform in which people find it completely ok to talk shit and be horribly rude in the comments section. I've experienced a few negative comments here and there on my old videos and while they were not too horrifying, I can't even imagine what the big youtubers have to deal with.

I also felt that my previous videos were lacking something special, and while i'm still trying to figure just what that is, I realized I had missed making videos--specifically about my health & fitness. I really enjoyed vlogging my weight loss journey and thought that if I was going to start making videos again, I would focus mainly on that instead of beauty.

So with plans to vlog and create new content about health & weight loss, here it is: my first (ish) video on my channel! Please let me know what you guys think!

Monday, September 14, 2015


Here's the rundown on today's makeup menu: 

I started off with a bit of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Light under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose, and then powdered my face with the Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Custom Face Powder in Beige/Warm Beige. I didn't feel like applying foundation today because...lazy. I then moved onto brows and used the L'oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in medium to dark, which is my new fave brow gel! I like it soooo much better than the Maybelline brow gel! I've started to apply brow powder after applying brow gel, not sure why, but I love the result. I think it makes me use less product and thus giving a more natural result. I used Urban Decay eyeshadow in Secret Service. 

For eyes, I kept it simple and did a thin stroke of liquid liner from NYC, which isn't my fave to be honest...I find the product a little difficult to work with because it takes a long time to dry and I always end up smudging it by accident! My favorite mascara of the moment is the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, it gives my lashes length and volume and lasts all day.  

For cheeks I used my sample size of the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape, which is great for days where you want something subtle and fresh.  For lips, I used the Wet N' Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Hot Pink Paris, which is featured in my last post so check it out here

Friday, September 11, 2015


Everyone loves a chic pop of color on the lips. A shade that'll take your look from drab to fab effortlessly. The good news is that it'll cost you only $1.49.

These are the Wet N' Wild Silk Finish Lipsticks. I picked them up in 3 shades that are absolutely stunning, and worn with basic eyes (some mascara and quick eyeliner) these colors really pop. I love the formula better than the brand's matte range because they're more moisturizing on the lips and don't wear off in a weird way throughout the day. 

Nouveau Pink: A hot pink almost fuchsia color that I love because it's easier to wear than most fuchsia lipsticks on the market. I often struggle with fuchsia because it looks wayyy too bright on me but this lipstick is subtle enough that it works!

Hot Pink Paris: Such a cute name and such a cute color! This is much more subtle than Nouveau Pink if you're looking to wear a pink shade that's super feminine but isn't as bold. It's perfect for date night because it's not too intimidating of a color, it's just beautiful!

What's Up Doc?: This lippie is named i'm assuming because of it's carrot like color, but this Mad Men-esque shade is stunning. It's not too orange because it leans more on a coral-orange shade, and it pairs perfectly with glowing skin or a matte makeup look. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Autumn is almost upon us, and although the weather here in New York is still clinging onto the 80s, I know in a few weeks we'll all have to finally embrace the pumpkin spice lattes and scarves. 

I had a lot of makeup favorites this summer, which included peach & soft pinks for the eyes, lips, and cheeks, but i'm ready to move on to darker colors for fall. Bring out those Kylie Jenner lip colors ladies! 

My favorite Maybelline lipstick at the moment is in Rum Riche, a deep brown rose color that looks great in the colder months but for now since it's not quite fall yet i've been loving gently pressing this on the lips to create a stain. You could also apply gently with a brush and get a lovely look. 

For the skin, my beloved Garnier BB cream (they really need to come out with more colors however) has been really doing the trick lately. It's a product I always go back to because it feels light on the skin but has a lot of coverage. 

For scent, I love wearing Dolce & Gabbana The One in the fall & winter. It's particularly good for transitioning from summer to autumn because of its slightly floral notes mixed with it's richer notes like amber & vanilla. 

Because it's not cold yet, my skin is still in it's slightly oily phase, so i've fallen back in love with the Amie Matte Finish Moisturizer because it helps keep the oil at bay and I find I look less shiny throughout the day. It's also completely made of natural ingredients which is great because my skin was freaking out and is just now starting to calm down!

And finally for blush, I've been loving the Milani baked blush in Rose D'oro. For those of you who like Luminoso, this blush is very similar except slightly darker and more suitable for darker skin tones than Luminoso, which I find doesn't have much pigment if i'm self tanning. It's rose/peach color is so lovely and I find it really brings life to the cheeks. 

Friday, August 21, 2015


I've recently been on a health kick, and while counting calories might be a pain in the booty, feeling hungry is WORSE. So I make sure to have healthy, filling foods with protein to battle away the munchies. This healthy & filling summer salad is under 500 calories and is so delicious you won't miss the fast food. 

What you'll need:
  • Lettuce (I love romaine, kale, basically anything but iceberg...bleh!) 
  • 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (I get the 4% because anything lower I find disgusting!!)
  • 1-2 Cups Red Cabbage 
  • Chopped Red Onion (as much as you'd like, I only do the amount shown in pic below) 
  • Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken from Trader Joes (1/2 or 1 full cutlet...for this I used 1/2) 
  • Handful of unsalted sunflower seeds (Trader Joes)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil & Red Wine Vinegar for dressing! 
Preparation of this salad is pretty straight forward, chop up the lettuce, onion, cabbage (I prefer strips instead of diced). For this salad to keep the calories lower I only used half a piece of chicken and 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. Trust me between the chicken, sunflower seeds (just a sprinkle is needed!) and the cottage cheese theres enough protein to keep you full for a long time. 

Monday, July 6, 2015


As a huge fan of Gone Girl (both the book & the movie), when I heard my friends talking about the page turner that is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, I had to give it a go. Boy oh boy is this book an exciting/scary/edge of your seat/can't put it down summer read.  

I was browsing the aisles in New York's famous Strand Book Store, and discovered a used (and therefore cheaper) copy of Dark Places near the front of the store while on my way out. I immediately picked it up and purchased it, because I'd heard a bit of chatter amongst my friends about how great it was. I didn't know the synopsis of the book, and I didn't want to know...I find it's more exciting to read a book, especially when it's in that in-between phase of being a popular best seller to a full blown phenomenon like Gone Girl, when I know nothing about it. 

Therefore, I won't give you any clues to what Dark Places is about. I can tell you it's a page turning thriller, scarier than Gone Girl (warning: I had a few nights where I couldn't read before bed because I got too scared!) and that I read it in 3 days. I simply couldn't put it down and it's a great summer read because it takes you along for the ride instead of feeling like a long, drawn out book. Highly, highly recommend!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Sometimes it's nice to find little unexpected (and cheap) goodies when you're shopping. Here's 3 little findings I discovered recently.

I was with my sister Janine a few weeks ago when she spritzed a perfume on herself and when I smelled the sweet, minty fragrance I had to know where it was from! She told me it's a perfume from And Other Stories and only cost around $40. I loved the way the perfume smelled on me so I put it on my shopping list, but because i've been on a budget recently I decided to pick up the body spray ($11) at the store the other day. I usually stay away from body mists because I don't find that they last all that long but I can tell you that it lasts just as long as the perfume does. Because of the low price I also don't feel bad reapplying later on in the day if I need to. Definitely pop into And Other Stories to check out their fragrances because they have a lot to choose from!

Charming Charlie is one of those stores that is so overwhelmingly stocked with accessories that it's hard to choose sometimes! However, as a lover of dainty pieces, I couldn't help but love this necklace which I noticed near the checkout line. I love bar necklaces and I think the tiny arrows give it a unique look. ($8) 

Arrowhead Necklace:
I was killing time in NYC last week, and was nearby Herald Square, so I decided to pop into Forever 21 (which is completely renovated btw!). I was so impressed by the new updates to the store but I was blown away by the jewelry section. There were soooo many pieces that I wanted to take home with me but I settled on this beautiful arrowhead necklace that was $4. Doesn't get better than that!

Saturday, May 30, 2015


If you're anything like me and you have a love/hate relationship with dry shampoo, let's discuss a few brands and see what the pros and cons are. 

I've chosen three dry shampoos that I have on current rotation, and while I do have a favorite out of the bunch, it has it's problems. Lets compare:

This is my least favorite out of the three simply because of one thing: the smell. I find it to be the strongest scent which also lasts the longest. Its decent for what it is, but I think most people find they like this product for it's ability to add texture. If you can get past the smell, which I'd imagine some people actually don't mind, then give this a go. 

Pros: Texturizing abilities, doesn't feel too gross on the scalp. 
Cons: The scent, leaves a bit of a white residue.

What I like about this product is that it does instantly refresh your hair, the smell is pleasant, and it doesn't leave too much white residue. My beef with this dry shampoo is that it doesn't leave your hair feeling clean for very long. Yes, it's great for a quick fix...but it's not great if you want to look grease-free for more than a few hours. 

Pros: Smell, Not much of a white residue, Instant refresh
Cons: Doesn't leave your hair feeling clean for too long.

This is my favorite out of the three for one simple reason: it works. The reason I bought this was because of the brown tint it has, but--and maybe I got a bad bottle, this does NOT come out brown on my hair, it comes out grey. When I looked up reviews of this product nobody seemed to mention this problem so perhaps it's just a rarity that you get a bad batch BUT I simply don't care. Once you massage the product into your hair the amazingness of this product is undeniable. It makes my hair look like 1st day hair even if I looked like a hot mess prior to using it.

Pros: Longevity of fresh, beautiful, non greasy hair! Pleasant smell that goes away very quickly.
Cons: For me, a white residue. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Odacité Comes to Montréal !

Organic & fresh skincare line comes to Montréal: Here's a little review/introduction on Odacité's lovely products.

I was lucky enough to try a few products from Odacité and got to hear a bit about the brand a few months ago at Annie Young Cosmetics in Montreal. Laura, a brand representative, gave me a few products to try out that were for specially for my acne/combo skin. I tried out three products: the Peach Cypress Serum, the Divine Rose & Neroli Balancing Toner Mist, and the Black Cumin & Cajeput Serum.

Now i've got to be honest, these suckers are POTENT! All three products had a very strong smell that isn't exactly beautiful but 2 out of the 3's scent goes away within 5 minutes on the skin. The smell of the Black Cumin & Cajeput (which is spot treatment for pimples) I found to be the worst BUT this was one highly effective product, so i'm willing to overlook the smell. Besides, some of the best skincare products on the market right now are said to have strong, not so pretty smells (cough cough Sunday Riley) but they are fantastic products because they are fresh & natural.

Which brings me to my main point. The key word that I think Odacité wants you to know about their brand is: it's FRESH. Fresh ingredients, no preservatives, great for the skin. I definitely notice a difference when I combine the toner and serum by mixing a few drops of each in my hands and then applying to my face. I would definitely love to try more of their serums, and their face mask.

Let me know if you've tried Odacité, and what your thoughts are.