Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Little Findings

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

Battle of the Dry Shampoos

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.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Get the look: Natural Nude


Sometimes all you need is a bold brow and flawless skin. 


When I did this makeup look on model Cannelle (Maven Management) I knew I didn't need to do much to emphasize her natural beauty. So I focused on perfecting the skin, adding a bit of warmth to her face by contouring, and focusing on the brows. She has naturally thick brows so I just added a bit of the NYX eyebrow pencil to fill in any gaps.

To achieve this natural look I did on Cannelle, I used:

-Graftobian Foundation Palette (for foundation & darker colors for contour) 
-Mac Pro-Long Wear concealer in NC 30
-Bobbi Brown Blush in Tawny
-NYX Eyebrow Pencil in Black
-Makeup Forever Smokey Lash Mascara
-Rimmel Lipstick in Notthinghill Nude




Friday, March 27, 2015

New Shoot: Kinetic Fashion


I thought it would be a good idea to introduce a new part of my blog where I share images from select photoshoots that I do makeup and yes, sometimes hair for, and share a few products that I used to achieve this look. Today's image was taken by Marcus Freedman at Spawl Photography and the model is Krystal.

Some of the products I used on this shoot:
-Mac Face & Body Foundation in N1
-Mac Prolong wear Concealer in N1
-Naked 3 shadows in Blackheart & Mugshot
-Nars Guy Bourdin Palette for blush, highlight & bronzer
-NYX Butter gloss in Tiramisu




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Feature: Annie Young Cosmetics





This past Thursday I had the pleasure of checking out the launch of Odacité (post coming soon!) at Annie Young Cosmetics located in Westmount here in Montreal. Here's the scoop.

Montreal is an amazing city, full of unique shops and restaurants, but one thing i've felt it was lacking was beauty stores. That's why I was so thrilled to be invited to the launch at Annie Young Cosmetics so I could check out the beauty scene in Montreal. I was not disappointed! As soon as I entered I was warmly greeted by Sharleen, the daughter of Annie Young herself, and was immediately drawn to the store's gorgeous decor and of course: it's products! Annie Young Cosmetics offers many services (which I intend to try by the way) including makeup, brow shaping, makeup lessons, lash extensions and more! 

Not only are their services what draw people to their store, but the products they sell are covetable. I was particularly drawn to their Kevin Aucoin section, which Sharleen informed me that they are the only Aucoin retailer in Montreal. I may have to go back and pick up the sculpting powder and candlelight highlight! They also sell their own range of Annie Young makeup, endless skincare brands, and now Odacité skincare, which i've been testing out and loving! 

If you live in the Montreal area or are visiting, I highly recommend you stop by Annie Young and check out their services and products! Please note I was not sponsored to write this post, I simply loved the store and asked them if I could take some photos for my blog!

Here is their website: http://annieyoung.com/ 




Thursday, March 12, 2015

GET THE LOOK: Bold Blue



I created this bold blue eyeshadow look on Shanelle, which is slightly inspired by Beyonce's Haunted music video eyeshadow look. Here's the product breakdown.

Products Used

FACE:
Foundation: Mac Face & Body in N9
Concealer: Graftobian Concealer 
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte 
Contour: Graftobian HD Foundations (cream based)
Highlight: Mac Soft & Gentle
Blush: Nars Blush in Sangria


EYES:
Primer: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Shadow Palette: Smashbox Master Class: blue and navy shades, Essence Metal Glam in Jewel up the Ocean on top. 
Liner: Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Black
Mascara: Makeup Forever Smokey Lash 

LIPS: 
Lipgloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
Lip Liner: NYX in Pale Pink




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Jealous Body Scrub



I was kindly sent this body scrub from Jealous Body Scrub and I thought i'd share my views with you guys! My first impression of this scrub is the intense smell of coffee. If you're like me and you LOVE the smell of coffee--this scrub is for you. The scrub is made of Premium Robusta Coffee, Organic Coconut Oil, Raw Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Vitamin E & Minerals. 

I recommend wetting the skin a bit before applying, otherwise I felt it was a little harsh on dry skin but when applied over wet skin it felt great. I applied it all over my body (apply it while standing in the shower for easy cleanup), as well as my face and the results were amazing. I was particularly satisfied with the results on my face. I felt like the coconut oil soothed my skin after being exfoliated and the next day my skin looked brighter. 

Definitely a great product that's coming in handy at the moment because i've been testing out some self tanners (more on that another day). 

You can buy the Jealous Body Scrub here: http://jealousbody.com/ with Free shipping to Canada and USA. 

*This product was sent to me to be reviewed.