Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PART OF THIS COMPLETE BREAKFAST


As a longtime cereal lover, I decided it was (finally) time to change things up for breakfast. Two words: Granola Oatmeal. Yes, we're getting wild up in here.

I was walking along St. Catherine in Montreal last week, when a girl on the street (who was obviously representing Qaker Oats...she wasn't some random chick) handed me 2 samples of Qaker Oats Harvest Granola Oatmeal. Now i'm a cereal girl through and through, it's yummy and i'm quite frankly too lazy to cook a meal for breakfast. But this is instant oatmeal, just heat it up in the microwave with milk or if you're like me and don't own a microwave, it works just as well on the stove. I add some chia seeds and some blueberries and BAM! Instantly amazing breakfast. Also noted is that it's only 230 calories WITH milk (that's excluding chia seeds and blueberries). So if you're looking for a healthy, easy breakfast thats actually filling, try it out.

What are your favorite things (easy suggestions only, please!) for breakfast?

*This post is not sponsored by Oaker Oats...I just really like granola oatmeal. 



Monday, November 17, 2014

BIRTHDAY GOODIES FROM NEW YORK


November 1st was my 25th birthday, and a trip to New York to visit my family and friends was much needed. Here's a few little makeup goodies I received. 

My big birthday gift (which i'm waiting till Black Friday to purchase) is the blogger cherished Canon Rebel T3i, but my parents and sister were nice enough to give me a few little goodies from Sephora as well! Something I had been eyeing and was so surprised to receive from my sister was the Sephora All a Glow palette. It has 3 contour shades, a bunch of different highlighters, blushes, etc, and I couldn't be more thrilled with it. I especially love the bronzers. 

My parents gifted me the Kat Von D Star Studded Look kit, which has a mini tattoo liner (which is worth the hype by the way), an Immortal lash mascara, and a Studded Kiss lipstick in underage red (kind of a weird name not gonna lie). I have yet to try the lipstick, and the mascara was nice but not incredible. 

Lastly I got a mini version of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, which believe it or not is my first time trying! I have to say I love it, and I'm adding it to my professional kit because it's THAT good.




Friday, November 14, 2014

LONG AND STRONG


For a while now i've been trying to grow my hair long, and it hasn't been easy. After a recent trim and an oath to go heatless for as long as possible, i've purchased these 4 products to help me along the way.

I've heard many reviews on the infamous Mane n' Tail Shampoo & Conditioner and it's magical powers for healthy shiny hair. I thought i'd give it a go, as the price was right and the bottle sizes are ginormous. I've only washed my hair with them once so far but I love the way my hair looks! I took "before" photos of my hair length as it is now so I can do a proper review in a few months time. Let's hope theres some hair growth!

To prolong the days that I can go without washing my hair, I'm using Psssst! Dry Shampoo. The best part about this product is the subtle smell, because i've had a huge problem finding a dry shampoo without a spell that overpowers me. 

I also repurchased the Women's Ultra Nourish Hair Vitamins from GNC for the 3rd time. These pills are massive but I did notice that they helped my hair the last time I took them so I decided to give them a go again. I'll update you with a review in about 5 months or so. 

What are your favorite products for healthy hair?


Monday, November 3, 2014

CURRENT PICK: SIMPLE GOLD NECKLACES



If you read my post on simple dainty rings, you'll know that I love minimal gold jewelry. Here are three budget friendly faves.

I've mentioned on my blog before that I find gold jewelry suits me well. Something about silver jewelry just doesn't go as well with my skintone. Last year, I was obsessed with finding really simple necklaces with tiny pendants, and these three are my favorites. 

The bar necklace with the tiny C initial is from Urban Outfitters, which I got for around $26. I had been wanting a bar necklace for a while, and when I saw this one with my initial on it, I just had to get it. I love pairing this with chunky sweaters.

The plain circle pendant is from Etsy, given to me by my boyfriend for my birthday last year. He knew I was on a hunt for a dainty gold necklace, and he picked this one out himself! I was so proud, and so happy with his choice, I wear it all the time.

The "Oui" necklace is surprisingly from Forever 21, and ran me about $5. I always get compliments on it, and I love to wear it because it reminds me to always be open and say yes to opportunities that come my way.

What do you think of these simple gold necklaces?




Monday, October 27, 2014

THE NATURAL LOOK


Often times I just want a natural, simple makeup look thats no fuss. For me it's all about perfect skin and a bit of warmth for the eyes.

Whenever I want my skin to look flawless, I reach for Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Ceylan. It gives amazing coverage without making you look like you're wearing a mask. For the brows i've been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown, applied with an angled eyeliner brush from Sephora. On the eyes, I used a mix of matte browns from the Loreal Palette in Cupa Joe, and a bit of the Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in brown. I omitted blush and opted for The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 003, and for the lips i've been obsessed with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey.

What has been your go-to makeup look lately?




Saturday, October 25, 2014

REDISCOVERING SOME OLDIES


Isn't it nice when you dig through your closet or makeup stash and find an item you used to be madly in love with, and then you fall in love all over again? Here's a few items i've become smitten with once again.

Maybelline Great Lash "Lots of Lashes" Mascara. I never was a fan of the regular ole' pink and green mascara, but this one is different. The mascara wand is shaped differently on the Lots of Lashes version, it goes from tiny (perfect for bottom lashes) to thick and provides awesome volume. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras, and the fact that it's dried up a bit makes the formula that much better. 

I've had Essie Lady Like for a while now, and whenever I use it I think "wow, why don't I wear this all the time?". It's a gorgeous subtle mauve shade that works anytime of the year. It's great if you want something simple and feminine. 

I've had my J. Crew Timex watch since I worked there, which feels like ages ago now. I have 2 watch bands that pair with it: a neon yellowy green one (don't quite wear that so much) and a leopard calf hair strap. Oh my do I love this watch. It's simple, small, and I love to pair a touch of leopard with a minimalist outfit (all black errthang with a touch of leopard...ohhhh yea baby.)

My boyfriend gave me the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual last christmas when I first told him I was thinking about pursing makeup artistry full time. This is a lovely gift and a lovely book. I love Bobbi's approach to makeup, it's all about the woman and emphasizing their beautiful features, not hiding them. I've learned a lot from this book.  


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE


I was lucky enough to view some really great streetstyle photos taken by a photographer from Farfetch.com. Taken at fashion week at New York, Paris, London & Milan, these are my favorites. What are yours?











all photos from http://www.farfetch.com/ca/