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 Sephora.ca).




Wednesday, July 01, 2015

YES.

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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!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boxed Beauty Goods

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Were you lucky enough to pick up a Flare Beauty Box before they sold out?  If not... here's a look at the items contained.

There were two versions: the classic and the fearless.

Classic Beauty Box:

  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black
  • Two travel-friendly tubes of the OLAY Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex
  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in a nude shade
  • A full-sized PANTENE Expert PRO-V Advanced+ Keratin Repair Split End Fuser
  • A travel-friendly OLAY Ultra Moisture Body Wash 



Fearless Beauty Box:

  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry
  • A travel-friendly OLAY Ultra Moisture Body Wash
  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black
  • Two travel-friendly bottles of HERBAL ESSENCES Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Two sachets of the OLAY Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier 



All for $9/each, it was a difficult deal to pass up! Keep a look out for more beauty box collaborations... I've seen an Elle Canada beauty box in the past with equally fun goodies.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One With Nature | Jord Wood Watch

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I have always been a lover of timepieces. I find great enjoyment and satisfaction in wearing one. In fact, when I am not sporting a watch on my wrist, I feel utterly naked. Sure, we all have a smartphone that never leaves our side, but there’s something to be admired about a sleek and artistic design of a wristwatch.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Luxe in a Box

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Looking to pick up a beauty treat for yourself? Have you thought of maybe picking up a Loose Button Luxe Box?