Go Nude With Shoes

So nude-toned shoes are a hot trend for spring and summer and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m so bored with black and nude throws in a nice change to an everyday outfit.  I also love the fact that they make your legs appear longer!  I am quite short (5’2) with little stubs for legs so the lengthier my legs look the better!

Sorry for the blurriness, I use a timer on my camera and it didn't focus on the right thing!

I have two pairs of nude coloured shoes, one that’s a peep toe with a mary-jane strap and a pair of pumps. I love both of them because although they may be the same colour (albeit not the same shade) they are totally different.  I wear the peep toe ones with a cute summer outfit, maybe a pair of capris or a dress and I would wear the pumps with a pair of longer capris or tights.

You can pick up nude coloured shoes basically anywhere now.  From Aldo to Forever 21, it seems like every store is stocking them in all sorts of styles, and with a basic colour like this, nude is here to stay.

What are your thoughts on nude coloured shoes?  Like em’ or hate em’?

From left to right: Forever 21 and Simply Vera by Vera Wang (Kohl's)

Get Luxurious with Pink: YSL Rouge Volupté

So I have seriously become a huge lipstick fan as of recent, and mostly of the colour pink.  I am obsessed, the pinker the better.  I love bright baby pinks (think Saint Germain and Viva Glam Gaga I), those are usually my go-to colours for everyday, however, I do have some more fun ones like Candy Yum Yum.  With that being said, my collection mostly consists of MAC colours because I find they have the greatest range of shades and I usually the love the pigmentation/feel of them.

Also as of late, I have become a huge fan of YouTube beauty gurus.  I love watching them on my computer, on my iPod, on my iPhone when I’m at the gym, etc.  They are just so informative and I really find that they are honest about a product.  When you see a product in an ad it is often photoshopped (take any mascara ad) and the purpose is to obviously sell you the product, regardless if it actually works or not.  I find that when girls are reviewing stuff on YouTube they are more honest and they will tell you the truth, mostly because they are like you and I, real people.  As a result,a lot of my recent purchases have been recommendations or “beauty guru favourites”.  My newest purchase is no different.  I have been hearing a lot of great things about Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) lipsticks.  From the colours to the texture to the scent, I have not heard one bad thing about these.  So when I recently went out of town I knew I had to pick one up (they don’t sell them in my city).

I made my way to the YSL counter at Holt Renfrew and was greeted by the most enthusiastic sales people ever (that’s another story for another blog post).  I actually ended up picking two lipsticks from two different collections, one of which I’m reviewing today.  The first lipstick I got was their Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in number 19 Frivolous Pink.  I originally was going to get number 7 Lingerie Pink but they were sold out (oh well, another time!).

Okay, let me start by saying that this lipstick is pretty amazing.  It shoots MAC so out of the water it’s crazy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks and I will continue to buy them, but oh man, YSL is on a different level.  The texture of the lipstick is just so creamy and soft and the colour glides on.  You know some lipsticks that you have to keep swiping on to get good colour payoff?  Well not this one, one go around is good enough. It’s just so pigmented and perfect.  Another great thing is the scent, it has a mango scent to it that is just a nice touch to add to the luxurious feel of the lipstick.


The packaging is very pretty as well.  It comes in a gold case with a ring in the middle that shows the shade of the lipstick.  They say that on the top there is supposed to be a mirror, I guess you could use it as a mirror however mine was the same colour of the tube (gold) and it is quite small to use. Everything about this lipstick is just so high-end.  From the application to the packaging (it even comes with a little insert on the product) to the price (a staggering $37 CDN), which although was very expensive my birthday is coming up and we don’t sell YSL beauty products (aside from perfume) in my city.

So how is the colour?  What you see is pretty much what you get.  The lipstick itself is very creamy and shiny it looks like you are wearing a gloss over top.  It’s very similar in terms of texture to MACs Creamsheens however, these guys don’t take so much swiping to get good colour pay off.

So would I recommend it?  Yes!!  I picked up this one and Fard A Levres Rouge Pur number 22 Pink Celebration (which I gave to my mom because she loved it so much) because I couldn’t decide between the two.  If you don’t have a YSL beauty counter in your city or town (they are available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and select Bay locations, I know that Sephora sells them as well, not sure about the Canadian locations though) then I would say to splurge a little if you come across them in your travels because although pricey, I would say they are so worth it.

NOTD: Turtle Nails

The Inspiration

So I painted my nails the other day (orange on fingernails and green with shatter on toes) and then I realized that my toenails match this decorative lawn turtle we have in our backyard.

To achieve this look I used China Glaze’s In the Lime Light (Neon) with OPI’s Black Shatter on top.  I also used Seche Vite’s base and top coat (I love their top coat, it dries super fast and makes the polish really shiny).  I find that the China Glaze neon colours dry quite matte (and you need like seven coats too!) so make sure that you apply a top coat before the shatter and then after the shatter for a stunning look.  The shatter crackles better on shinier surfaces.

Ignore the gross ant on my toe

And voila! I love this look, I find myself constantly staring at my feet, it’s just so darn cute.

And just for fun…

The Cult Collection: Chanel No. 5

The world’s most famous fragrance and it is often said that one is purchased once every 30 seconds.  Chanel No.5, first released in 1921, still remains a classic to this day.

The perfume is the signature scent behind the iconic Chanel brand, most known for it’s luxurious handbags, tweed suits, and of course, for it’s perfumes.  It is widely known that in 1954 when asked what she wore to sleep, icon Marilyn Monroe cheekily answered “Five drops of Chanel No. 5”.

There is something about this perfume that is so old world elegance.  Maybe it’s the fact that it has been around for 90 years or the classic musty scent, but it’s one of those fragrances that just scream timelessness mixed with maturity.  It is one of those perfumes that get passed down generation to generation, and upon first sniffs, the scent is instantly recognizable.

The distinctive scent has a number of notes that stand out, notably vanilla and ylang-ylang. Perfumes Review lists the notes as:

“Base notes – ylang-ylang from Comoras, aldehydes, neroli and jasmine from Gras, rose, wood chords of bubonic ventiveria and vanilla… In these top notes are interlaces neroli and aldehydes as well. The core is mild and floral.”

The bottle itself is very classic, a rectangle with a stopper top… I’m not sure if they still make this bottle, I’m sure they do.  The one I have is just a rectangle with a button on top with you press to release the fragrance.

So is it cult-worthy?  Well, as the best-selling fragrance of all time, even after 90 years,  I think that speaks for itself.  (Fun fact: Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds is the number one best selling celebrity fragrance of all time.)

The thing about Chanel No.5 is that it’s so classic.  It’s timeless; a scent that will never go out of fashion, much like a lot of the classic staple items in the Chanel collection like the 2.55 flap bag, the tweed suits, the logo flats, Vamp nail polish (Rouge Noir), etc. Like I mentioned earlier, this is a very mature scent, almost grandma-ish, but not in a bad way.  It’s very serious. This scent is perfect for a business meeting, a romantic date, a wedding, etc.  I tend to gravitate towards the most fruity, sweet fragrances (think Britney Spears’ Fantasy ), but there is something so classic about this scent that it remains my go-to for serious affairs.  It’s like the white button down shirt, the black blazer, a pair of black pumps, the perfect pair of jeans, it should be a staple in everyone’s collection.

It has a very serious, distinctive scent to it that has never gone out of style and has withstood the test of time.  So yes, I think it is very cult-worthy.  It’s one of those few fragrances that anyone can pull off no matter the age.  It has been passed on from generation to generation and will keep going. May it have another successful 90 years.

Do you think Chanel No.5 is cult-worthy?  Is this a staple in your perfume collection?

April Favourites! The Media Edition!

Hi all!  So kind of late since it’s almost the middle of May, but I really wanted to blog about my media favourites for April 2011.  Basically what I have been into music, movies, books, and television-wise. Oh, and as a side note, do you like the new layout of le blog?  I hope you do, I wanted to switch it up a bit.

But anyways, here goes!

Music

Okay so I was into a little mix of everything for April, from the Black Eyed Peas (who I haven’t liked in a while) to Nicki Minaj (whom I can’t stand) to some old favourites like Akon.

I also want to note that I have been really into podcasts lately, especially Above and Beyond’s Trance Around the World, you can download it off iTunes for free and I believe that they put out a new one every week and the best part is that it’s two hours!  That may seem like a long time but if you want background noise it’s so perfect.

Television

Okay so I don’t really watch television that often because I don’t really have the time.  There are some TV staples that I watch every week like Desperate Housewives but that’s about it.  I have really been into Khloe and Lamar and The Dance Scene (only because it’s on after Khloe and Lamar), but I have to say, I have been loving Audrina Patridge’s new show, aptly titled Audrina.  Oh my gosh, talk about a guilty pleasure, her family is so whack, but not in a Kardashian way.  Her mom is so crazy and her sister seems to freak out pretty easily.  And it’s weird how the dad seems to talk a lot about how his daughter is famous (I mean obviously she is, but usually on these reality shows, you don’t hear people talking about how famous they are).  I think I prefer this show to The Hills because it seems more real and her family is just so darn entertaining.  It’s a VH1 show but I just watch it online at mtv.ca.

Speaking of mtv.ca, I have been loving the new series of 16 and Pregnant. Okay I was totally obsessed with the first season of show and then Teen Mom (with the original cast).  I didn’t really watch the second season at all, but oh my, how I have been loving this new season!  How juicy was the episode with Jennifer?  I couldn’t believe her deadbeat boyfriend just left with the twins in the car and her by the side of the road.  This show has seriously become more than just a message of “don’t have sex” for kids, it shows how much of a loser boyfriends can get after they knock up their girlfriends (not that all the baby daddies on the show have been that way, but a good handful of them). Love it!

Movies

Sad to admit but I don’t think anything stuck out to me this month.  Scream 4 was good, but if you want to hear me talk about it check out my Horror Weekend post.  Another movie that comes to mind would be Waiting. I have never seen this movie before but heard a bunch of good things about it.  So when I came across it on Netflix randomly I was like “why not, I’m bored anyways…”. This movie is actually so funny, so glad I watched it.  I loved the charter of Amy (played by Alanna Ubach, she was so funny how she was so mad one moment and then fake nice the next.  If you haven’t seen this movie, check it out.  Hilarious!

Books

Sad to say but the only book I read in April was Kardashian Konfidential.  I had no time and when I did, I picked this book up.  I’m not going to go into too much detail because I already blogged about it, but if you want something fun and juicy to read, pick this up.  If you don’t want to shell out the $30 CDN for it then check out your local library they may have a copy, I know mine did.

So those were my media favourites for the month of April!  What were some of yours?

The Cult Collection: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

One of the world’s most popular moisturizers, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (DDML) is my favourite moisturizer ever and the only one I use.  They say that a bottle of this distinctively yellow face hydrator is sold every four seconds and I truly believe it.  One, because they offer it in basically all of their Gift with Purchases and two, it just works so damn well.

I have known about this product for as long as I can remember (I would come across the little sample jars in my mom’s vanity drawer) but I first started using this product when I was 16 or so when I had an allergic reaction on my face which I thought at the time was acne.  Like any other teenager, I freaked out, so my mom took me to the Clinique counter and the sales associate recommended their famous three-step system, which I still use to this day.  I don’t use any other face moisturizer and when I do, it’s just not the same as DDML.

So is it cult-worthy?  Yes, yes it totally is.  And Clinique knows it, so much so that there is an abundance of different sizes and versions you can buy it in.  You can get the lotion or the gel (for oily skin types) in either a travel size tube or a jar or a jar with a pump.  And the best part?  It’s affordable (well relatively, this is not going to be the same price as an Olay cream, but for department store, it’s pretty good); the prices range from about $15-31 CAD.

So why is it so good?  Well, according to Clinique’s website:

Hydrated skin doesn’t just look smoother and healthier-it’s better able to function as a barrier against external aggressors. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the moisture “drink” developed by Clinique dermatologists to maintain skin’s optimal moisture balance. Works to soften, smooth, improve the condition and texture of your skin. Custom-fit to skin type in Very Dry to Dry Combination skin formula.

How To Use
Apply twice a day to face and throat all over, or where needed. For best results use after Facial Soap and Clarifying Lotion.

I think they nailed it on the head when they said it’s a moisture drink for your skin.  A few weeks ago I ran out of the product but I wanted to wait to repurchase it because Sears was having bonus time in a week or so.  Well, I couldn’t stand it; my face felt so dry and tight, it needed something to drink.  So I cracked and bought a bottle (the small one) and man it made such a huge difference. My face felt so moisturized and fresh after I put some on, and I basically vowed then and there that I wouldn’t go a day without it.  I have tried other lotions from Clinique and they have some others that are great as well (like the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief), but for the price, DDML can’t be beat.

Have you tried Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?  What were your thoughts? Do you think it’s cult worthy?

April 2011 Favourites!

It’s a new month so that means a new favourites post!  There was tons of stuff that I loved this month, and a lot of it I have featured on here already, but nonetheless, they are so good, I’ll feature them again!

So let’s get started!

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

I absolutely love this colour!  I picked this up the day that Quite Cute came out and I am so glad that I did because it sold out fast both in store and online.  The colour is so vibrant and bold that it can be a bit tough to pull off, I personally have always worn it with a high fashion bun so the focus always went to my lips.  It’s a matte finish so there is no shine to it, but you can easily add a lipgloss over top or even a nude lipliner underneath to really make this colour pop even more.

For a lot of limited edition colours, I am often kicking myself that I didn’t get a back up, I don’t think I’ll have a problem with this gem because since I got it I have maybe worn it twice (the collection came out on April 7).  This one lipstick will last me a very long time, I can tell already.

MAC Pro Longwear and Bare Minerals Original Mineral Foundation

Okay so for the longest time I would only wear liquid foundation because I found that it gave me more coverage.  I don’t have bad skin at all, heck I hardly have blemishes, but I want my skin to look flawless.  Around Christmastime I needed a new foundation because the one I had was my summer shade and it made my face look darker than the rest of my body.  I went to Sephora and managed to narrow my choices down to the Laura Mercier one and the Bare Minerals one.  Laura Mercier’s foundations are extremely expensive for such a little tube (I think they retail for $55 CDN), and although it gave me great coverage I opted to go with Bare Minerals because a) the Sephora SA said that it was a good product and b) it came as a gift set with the foundation, mineral veil, bronzing powder, and three brushes.  I’m not a big fan of powder foundations, but this one I can make an exception for.  This product is fantastic.  It goes on so nicely and your skin looks so great after.

Now fast forward to about a month ago when I watched many YouTube beauty gurus rave about MAC’s Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation.  I figured I had to try it, so when I got a coupon from The Bay in my email I went straight to the MAC counter.  Okay, so do I love this foundation?  It’s okay, I don’t think it lasts 10 hours, or however many hours it promises, and it delivers medium coverage I would say.  Also, if you have dry skin I would stay far away from this product because it can give your skin a cake-y look to it.

So why is it on my favourites list?  Well I love the two products together.  I use the MAC one as my foundation and then use the Bare Minerals one over top as a setting powder, and voila! Perfect skin!  I also use NC 15 in the MAC one, which is very light, and I find that the Bare Minerals foundation over top adds a bit of colour.  Both work great by themselves, and if I am short of time in the morning I will just stick with my Bare Minerals. If you have both products, give them a go together, they complement each other very nicely.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Naked, Sin, and Virgin

I have to be honest here, I have not used all the colours in my Naked Palette as of yet.  However, with that being said, that’s because I have my daytime look down-pat with three of the colours from the set.  I use Sin on my lids, Naked in my crease, and Virgin as a highlight.  This is a perfect daytime look, great for the office, school, or wherever.  It’s just so basic and neutral and pretty!  It’s usually the combo I use everyday of the week.

Essie Sand Tropez nail polish and Spa Ritual Knowledge is Power nail polish

Okay so I reviewed these polishes before in my Spring Nails post, but I am actually obsessed.  Right now, as I’m typing this I’m actually wearing Sand Tropez with OPI’s Black Shatter over top.  It’s like one of those “you nails but better” shades.

As for Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power, oh my gosh, I am obsessed with this shade.  It’s just such a gorgeous pink.  It reminds me of Hello Kitty to be honest (does that even make sense?).  It’s so vibrant, so girly, and so summery!  This is a must-have!

E.L.F. Angled Contour Brush

Alright, I loved the e.l.f. C Brush so much that when I was at Target last month I wanted to pick up a few other e.l.f. brushes.  I didn’t need a lot of the ones they had at the store because I already had similar ones but I thought I would give this one a try.  I use this for my crease and although it may look kind of awkward, it’s so perfect.  It fits right in there and gives you a flawless application.  And the best part?  It was $3 USD, can’t get a better price than that.

I recently just discovered e.l.f. and I really like the brand.  I also picked up their makeup wipes and they also work fantastic as well.  I wish they sold individual e.l.f. products in Canada.

Bare Escentuals Retractable Kabuki Brush

I picked this up in Las Vegas at the Bare Escentuals outlet and I love it!  I really wanted a kabuki brush but they are often super expensive.  I think I paid like $14.99 USD for this and it came with a gold shimmer powder as well (it was actually cheaper to get the set then to buy the brush by itself).

This brush is so soft and it works like a charm.  It’s not the largest kabuki I have seen but it gets the job done.  And the best part?  It’s retractable so you can keep it nice and clean and it makes for easy travel too.

I have a few brushes from Bare Minerals/Escentuals and I found one of them, the Flawless Face Brush (I believe) to be a bit scratchy and shed a bit, but this one is nice and soft with minimal shedding.

Forever 21 Gold Chain NecklaceI had been looking for a gold chain necklace for a long time and then I stumbled across this beauty the last time I was at Forever 21.  I also featured this necklace in my gold jewellery post, but I actually have bee wearing it close to everyday.  Some days I even have to stop myself from wearing it because I’m like, “hey, I wore this yesterday.”  I know a few other places make similar pieces, but with Forever 21’s prices, you can’t get better than this (I think this cost me like $9.80 CDN).

Candles

Okay so totally unrelated to fashion and beauty, but I have been loving candles this month!  I never have been into candles too much, but lately I like having one going beside my bed.  They smell so nice and are so soothing.  Now I just want to go out and haul a bunch of them, but they are so darn pricey!  However, I got two little ones from Bath and Body Works for $5, so I was pretty excited about that, and they have awesome scents!

So that’s all!  Whew, long post!  What were some of your favourites for April?

Kardashian Konfidential: A Review

So for the past month I have been putting all my other books on hold to read this little gem, Kardashian Konfidential by Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian, which is an inside look at their lives.  Ever since we got E! in Canada I have been obsessed with them.  My Sunday night line up of Desperate Housewives got a new buddy, whether it’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, or the newest series in the franchise, Khloe and Lamar.  Like so many others out there, I became obsessed.

So I finally caved and bought Kardashian Konfidential.  They did have this at my local library and I did request it because there was a list, but I figured I wanted to buy it because truth be told, the book is so pretty (and of course the library calls me the weekend after I buy it to say they have it for me, oh well).  It’s more of a coffee table book than anything.  The font is rather large, there are tons of sidebars and conversations and best of all, photos!  It’s no War and Peace, but hey, what do you expect?  It’s girly, it’s fun, and it’s pretty juicy.

Like for instance did you know that Khloe Kardashian lost her virginity at age 14?  Or that she also has an artificial cartilage in one of her knees because of a car accident?  Yeah, neither did I.  And that’s not all, there are tons of juicy little details about the sisters’ lives that prove that they are regular people, just like you and I, who live pretty glamourous lives (a little bit of an oxymoron I know).

The book is broken up into different chapters and it is distinguished who is speaking (or writing) when.  They cover everything from their childhood, their family, the OJ Simpson trial (their dad was one of OJ’s attorneys), Kim’s marriage, Kourtney’s college experience, and much more.   They also give little tips in sidebars and list some of their favourite things, like beauty, movies, songs, etc.

If you are looking for some serious reading, this isn’t it.  But if you want something fun (and if you like the Kardashians) I would pick this up.  If I had a coffee table this would be on it right now (the cover is super cute with a hot pink jacket and lipstick marks on it).  It’s just such a juicy, fun read, perfect for the upcoming summer season.  And if you don’t like reading (who doesn’t?) pick it up for the photos, there are tons of them.

Have you read Kardashian Konfidential?  What were your thoughts?

Kardashian Konfidential by Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian is published by St. Martin’s Press.  It retails for $25.99 USD and $29.99 CDN in hardcover.

My little lazy dog

Hi all, so I thought I would do a quick little post.  I came downstairs yesterday and I see Ziggy like this!!

So lazy!! Just chilling with his raincoat and watching TV with a bag of chips!  “Ruff” life huh?

I’m just kidding, this photo was kinda staged. I put on his raincoat and bandana to keep his chest dry because we were going for a walk yesterday and he flopped on the couch like that.  So I put the remote under his arm and a bag of chips near him.  Such a little trooper!

I also took this one too.

My little bag lady, who is a boy.

I love posing my dog and taking photos of him.  Do you guys do the same thing?

Make Me Up: The Body Shop Brushes

So early this week, Groupon was offering $20 for $45 dollars worth of merchandise at The Body Shop.  I haven’t shopped there in quite some time but there were a few things I needed and it was a great deal, so I couldn’t pass it up!

I finally got around to using the deal yesterday and I ended up purchasing a new foundation brush (I have wanted a good quality one for a few years now), the Vitamin E Eye Cream, and a concealer for my mom, and because I spent $30 on makeup products, they threw in a free brush roll with five brushes.  Okay, so usually when companies “throw in” free brushes or brush sets they are usually mini versions of the brushes or tools of lesser quality, this wasn’t the case with The Body Shop. The brushes are actually left over gift sets from the holidays which they still sell for $75 online; now they are just clearing them out.

The kit comes with eyeshadow, blush, lip, eyebrow/lash, and smugger brushes. Now I didn’t need the majority of these because I already have at least one of each (excluding the eyebrow/lash one and smudger), but hey, I’m not going to say no to free brushes right?  The brushes are made from synthetic hair I believe (The Body Shop is against animal testing so I can’t see them using real hair brushes), but they do seem to work very well.  I do have a few quips with some of them though.

Okay, so first off, I find the eyeshadow brush and blush brush a bit too small to apply eyeshadow and blush with.  The eyeshadow one I think I would rather use as an eyeliner brush for my lower lashline or even filling in my eyebrows with.  It is a very small brush, at least compared to the one I have from e.l.f. and Quo, which are significantly larger and easier to apply eyeshadow with. It actually kind of reminds me of the Good Karma brush that comes with the Naked Palette. As for the blush brush, it’s a bit thin, it’s not puffy like others out there, so for me I think I would just use it more for contouring or apply blush directly on my cheek bones.  I definitely would not use it to apply bronzer on my cheeks.

Used these this morning that's why they don't look so fluffy

As for all the rest of the brushes, I don’t usually use a lip brush, and I am interested in trying out that smudger one (it’s literally like an oversized eyeshadow applicator on a stick), as I have not yet had the chance to.  The eyebrow/lash one looks pretty cool and pretty basic so I don’t have to go into detail about that one.  And last but not least, the foundation brush (the only one I actually paid for – $23 CAD by the way) was fantastic.  This was the first high-quality foundation brush I have had (I have a $1 one from e.l.f. and I had another one from Winners that I got for $8) and it really makes a difference to invest in a better quality product.  My foundation blended way better compared to the previous foundation brushes I had, and it settled better on my skin.

So overall, would I recommend these brushes?  Yes, however, it depends on the brush and what you would be using it for, and of course personal preference.  I love the foundation brush, and even though I had some quips with the eyeshadow brush and blush brush, I still like them, but I wouldn’t necessary use them for what it says I’m supposed to use them for.

Have you tried the makeup brushes from The Body Shop?  Leave a comment with your thoughts!