Monday, August 31, 2015

The Buffs | Maybelline

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In my humble opinion... Nudes will never go out of style. A nude lip is like the Little Black Dress or that classic red manicure. It's timeless and will go with any occasion.

Enter one of the Color Sensational lines form Maybelline: The Buffs

There are eight great shades for a spectrum of different skin tones. That's kind of the premise. A perfect nude to best compliment your skin colouring but then you can also experiment by going up or down a shade. The price varies depending on where you buy or if there's a good deal happening, but you can expect to pay around $9/lipstick (give or take a few dollars).

Now I will preface by saying these nudes do hinge on the balance of brown. If that's not your thing, you probably won't enjoy these very much. 

Here is a list of the shade range to accompany the swatches (from left to right):
  • Bare All (910) — a very pale, ivory beige
  • Blushing Beige (915) — a beige pink
  • Nude Lust (920) — a pinky beige (very similar to Blushing Beige but slightly more beige)
  • Maple Kiss (925) — a pinky caramel
  • Truffle Tease (930) — a light beige/brown
  • Stormy Sahara (945) — a terracotta beige 
  • Untainted Spice (950) — a plumy brown
  • Espresso Exposed (955) — a deep berry

Each shade is beautiful in their own right, but of course there are a few that stand out to me. Maple Kiss, Stormy Sahara and Untainted Spice would definitely be my favourites. I love a nude lip, but there are some shades I avoid (like Bare All, Blushing Beige, and Nude Lust) because they're simply unflattering on my skintone. Warm nudes with a hint of honey are what really draw me in. Espresso Exposed is another favourite. It's not exactly a "nude" colour by my definition, but it's still a gorgeous colour and you know I cannot resist a berry-toned lipstick.

Top left, clockwise: Stormy Sahara, Maple Kiss, Espresso Exposed, and Untainted Spice

The formulation of these lipsticks are notable. Their application is smooth, their lasting power is slightly above average, and they do not dry out my lips. There's not much more I can ask for in a lipstick.

The Buffs are a permanent part of the Maybelline family, so if you haven't checked them out yet, I would recommend it.

If you have one, let me know what favourite nude lipstick is!

(*) This post contains products sent to Stylish & Literate for editorial consideration. Read disclosure here.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Noteworthy Empties

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There's something therapeutic about finishing products up, don't you think? It's a mixture of accomplishment and excitement. Now you don't have to feel guilty about that next beauty trip.

There's also something fun about peering into the products that people have used up. Here are a few beauty goodies I've used up and would repurchase in a heartbeat:

Bioderma Sensibio Makeup Removing Clothes

Sometimes, I can be so lazy with removing makeup at night, especially after getting home from one of those long work days. That's when makeup removing wipes really shine. Being able to quickly wipe the day’s grime off my face is a little luxury. I love the Bioderma cloths because they’re infused with my favourite micellar solution and the cloths are soft, gentle and durable.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel

I love using these wipes as a weekly or biweekly treatment. To refresh my skin when my pores are feeling clogged or congested, these wipes do the trick. I do prefer the “extra strength” version, though.

Embryollise Lait Crème Concentré

I have combination skin. It’s oily in some areas and normal in others. On top of that, I also get dehydrated skin sometimes. That’s why I love using this moisturizer, it is great for rehydrating my skin and it doesn’t accentuate the oiliness in my skin.

Paula’s Choice BHA 9

I have blemish-prone skin and I am no stranger to acne breakouts during that time. The BHA 9 is my favourite spot treatment for blemishes. I notice a difference the very next day. I just wish there was a Paula’s Choice counter in Canada... paying in USD is a bummer right now.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Cleansing balms are my new favourite medium. It’s the power of an oil, but in a convenient emollient balm texture. It didn't break me out, it removes face & eye makeup well, it travels well (much easier than an oil), it's great to use for a facial massage and it works well with all skin types.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Why does this have to be so expensive?! It’s a great texturizing spray, though. I love using this on clean, dry hair for that extra oomph, or even on second day hair for a revitalized style. It’s not a dry shampoo, but it smells great & doesn’t wear my hair down.

Live Clean Age Resist Miracle Nutrition Oil

A pre-shampoo treatment… where has this been in my hair care routine? It’s a dual phase oil that you massage into your hair before you shampoo and it works great! It makes my hair feel smooth and moisturized, and controls the frizz.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

I bought this when the ambient powders first launched and it has taken me until now to use the powder all up. I didn’t think I was being stingy with this—I did use it every day—but it lasted for a really long time. Well worth the price tag. I also love the soft focus look it gave my skin. I have a few products from the ambient lighting range and I adore all of them. The powders are soft and buttery, they’re difficult to resist.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Favourite Lipsticks | Bold Edition

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I have always been a lover of bright and bold lipsticks. In this video, I share ten of my favourites.

It has been a while since I have created a fun video like this... Hope you enjoy (and maybe find some new lippies to check out)!

Giorgio Armani - #301 Sheer
Dior Addict Fluid Stick - #689 Vertigo
Lancome Rouge In Love - 381B Violette Coquette
YSL GLossy Stain - #15 Rose Vinyl
Hourglass Femme Velvet Creme - Nocturnal
Covergirl - Eternal*
Marc Jacobs - Boy Gorgeous
MAC x Giambattista Valli - Charlotte (limited edition)
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - Grand Cru
NARS - Red Lizard

Dior HydraLife - BB Cream
Chanel - Bronze Universal
NARS blush - Lustre
Becca SSP - Champagne Pop
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Dim Light

Monday, July 06, 2015

Hutch | Olivia Palermo x Ciaté

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What's better than a classic red manicure? A classic red mani using the Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London polish in Hutch, of course.

Olivia Palermo has teamed up with Ciaté to create a collection of polishes (limited edition, I think). There are currently three in the line-up: Nantucket (a fun coral), Sundays (a pale pink), and Hutch (a classic red).

After hearing about this release, I flocked to the nearest Sephora to scope these polishes out. While the other two colours are nice (Sundays may be my next purchase, but I may skip Nantucket, though), Hutch was the one I knew I had to have.

Hutch is described as Olivia Palermo's "go to red" and I'm not ashamed to admit that it has become mine now, too. Priced at a cool  $29 CDN, it's definitely not cheap. Fortunately, it doesn't feel/apply that way. The brush is the perfect width for an easy application, the formulation is smooth, and it is opaque in one coat.

Shown is me quickly slapping on one haphazard coat in a fury of excitement—but it still turned out great! It's also incredibly glossy on it's own, but the added topcoat doesn't hurt. Lasting power is average on me—about 4-5 days without chipping, but the great colour & ease of application is worth it.

Will you be picking up any of the Olivia Palermo x Ciaté polishes? BTW—these can be found exclusively at Sephora (they're in stores now & they're also available to be shipped on

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


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I'm engaged! I mentioned it on Instagram a few month ago, but I haven't mentioned it on the blog until now.

Since I recently (is last December still considered recent?) got engaged to my best friend, I thought it would be fun to post little updates and fun wedding inspirations once in a while.

Wedding planning has never been my forté. I was not that little girl daydreaming/planning her inevitable big day. I am a methodical thinker and planner in most things, but my own wedding wasn’t one of them. A big wedding is not my scene (one reason being that I don’t have an unlimited supply of extended family to fill a ballroom). I was really pushing for a destination wedding but I was unsuccessful in convincing the Beau to agree.

Instead, we are planning a classically simple and intimately romantic affair with our family and closest friends.

To start this sporadic series—which will not have a title because I couldn't think of anything more original than Wedding Wednesdays... although that one does roll off the tongue a bit better than Matrimonial Mondays, don’t you think?—I wanted to show you some dress inspirations. I haven’t gone for a fitting yet—I am planning to book a couple soon, but I haven’t found the time and I figure I still have plenty of it (time, that is).

Anyway, here is a collage of pictures I snagged off Pinterest/Instagram. I think my biggest inspiration comes from Olivia Palermo. Her general style is swoon-worthy but what I love most about her wedding style is it's authenticity to her personality and it's simplicity.

P.S. Happy Canada Day, friends! :)

Friday, June 26, 2015

In-Flight Essentials | Skincare

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One of my favourite things about flying is handpicking my in-flight skincare routine... and also buying adorable miniatures of my favourite products.

During those long-haul flights, I love passing the time by treating myself to a mile-high spa experience. Here's a peek at the products I brought along on my last trip (which, btw, consisted of a drying 13hr flight):

  • Cleanser — I always start off with clean skin. I love the micellar cleansing waters from Bioderma because they're gentle and they're easy to travel with. I soak a Shiseido facial cotton pad and wipe my face clean.

  • Moisturizer — I don't think I have to tell you how drying airplane air can be. While any amount of time on a plane can wreak havoc on your skin, it is especially prudent to moisturize during long hauls. I love the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré because it's a super hydrating & emollient cream. The Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil & Truth Serum are a an effective and light-weight duo (even more so because they come in travel sizes). You also can never go wrong with a layer of serum, the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil helps seal in the moisture without clogging your pores. Also, if you need extra moisture under the eyes, don't forget your eye cream!

  • Mask—what better time to pamper your skin than on a long flight? I love to bring along a super hydrating mask to keep my skin plump until I land. The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is great for that. It's lightweight and absorbs beautifully into the skin to keep it looking fresh.

  • Lips—dry lips are never good. My holy grail long-wearing balm is the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream. It's a thick cream that easily glides over the lips to prevent them from drying out. It's something I always bust out before bedtime and my lips feel great when I wake up. Plus, they have a "fragrance free" version now, which eliminates that strong yet familiar scent.

  • Hair—don't forget about your mane! I always bring a hydrating cream to keep my ends moisturized. Products like the Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream or the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day treatment work beautifully to keep your hair sleek and hydrated.

Tips for packing that one quart bag:

  • You know those samples you've been hoarding in a drawer somewhere? Now is the perfect time to bust them out! They're often the perfect size for a holiday & they fit perfectly in your travel bags.

  • Pick up travel sizes! Those cute minis at the Sephora checkout? They're not only adorably packaged, but totally practical for a getaway.

  • If you can't find any miniatures of your faves, decant them into reusable containers! Try to only squeeze/scoop out as much as you'll need and no more. It's so easy to forget about those containers once you return home, and you don't want to waste any product.

Do you have your in-flight skincare routine down? Let me know what products you love to travel with!