Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Making Tiffany Pretty Again

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Last week I was eyeing my Tiffany bead bracelet and noticed how lacklustre it looked. I remember, many moons ago, when this bracelet was pristine. Gorgeous, shiny, unscratched. It's still gorgeous and I still wear it often but it just doesn't glimmer like it used to. I realized it has been over a year since it was last polished.

I would normally take it to Tiffany&Co for a cleaning/polish. It gets costly and they tend to keep the pieces for a few days but the results are impeccable (practically like new). However, while I was in Solutions the other day, I saw some silver polish and ended up buying it.

I think a silver polish is a must if you have a lot of silver jewelry. I can't believe I haven't owned anything like this before. It helps remove tarnish and restores your pieces to a beautiful shine. The one I got was a polishing cloth (around $10) and it works quite nicely. Once side polishes and the other side shines.

I remember being told by an SA at Tiffany that if I wore my bracelets often then I wouldn't have to worry too much about tarnish. While this has been somewhat true, tarnish still forms and it makes the bracelet look dull.


Now the lustre is back in my bracelet and I am quite pleased with my polishing job.

How do you keep your Tiffany shiny?


Monday, December 05, 2011

Hervana: Benefit's New Boxed Powder

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Are you as much of a sucker for Benefit boxed powders as I am?  Then I'm sure you already know about their new one called Hervana. It's official release is sometime in January but for one day only (TODAY!!)... you can order it online from various places (i.e., Benefit or Sephora).

Unfortunately, I can't purchase this just yet because I'm only halfway through Project 10 Pan (hopefully by the time of it's official release though). But it looks very promising.

What do you think? Will you be picking this up today or in the future?


Sunday, December 04, 2011

NOTD #5: Zoya Charisma

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I repainted my nails with Zoya Charisma last night and actually remembered to snap a few decent pictures.

OPI Natural base coat, Zoya Charisma, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I love/hate Charisma. I already mentioned this in a tweet. I absolutely adore the color in the bottle but hate that it's matte. While I love matte polishes, I would've loved to have known this was matte before purchasing it. Nowhere on this bottle does it even hint that it's matte.

It's not that big of a deal considering you could just add a top coat (which I always do). But it's the courtesy, you know?

Anyway, I absolutely love the color! I believe this was featured as one of InStyle's Best Beauty Products.


Colour: ♥♥♥♥♥
Application: ♥♥♥♥
Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥

Flash, No Top Coat

Flash, With Top Coat

No Flash, No Top Coat

No Flash, With Top Coat

What do you think? No top coat or with top coat?

Happy Sunday, everyone! I will be stuck doing all sorts of assignments and studying. Good thing it's kind of a dreary day, or else I would get nothing done.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

NOTD #4: Essie Sew Psyched

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I just wanted to quickly share with you what I've been wearing on my nails for the past few days. Essie Sew Psyched was one of the polishes I chose as my favourites for Fall.

It's a sage, pewter color. When I saw this polish at the store, I absolutely fell in love with the color in the bottle. After bringing it home, I wasn't so sure anymore. I was second guessing myself and wondering if it would even be flattering to wear. Once I applied it, I fell in love all over again.

The shade is actually really nice on the nails! The muted army green color is lovely but what I love the most is the silvery, grey sheen it has. It adds a great dimension to the polish. The consistency of this polish is great, too. I only needed two coats for an even finish.


Colour: ♥♥♥♥
Application: ♥♥♥♥
Chip Resistance: ♥♥♥♥♥

Natural Light

With Flash

This polish goes well with the Military green trend for Fall 2011.

What's your favourite green polish?


Echo Gloves for us Techies

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I've been loving my Echo touch gloves ever since I discovered them in October.

Winter is near and it's getting colder and colder out. If you're an addicted iPhone user, like me, then you'll understand the dilemma of keeping your hands warm versus using your phone. It's just not possible with regular gloves since the iPhone's screen is made to respond to the touch of your finger.

The great thing about the Echo touch gloves is that it solves both those issues. They let your hands stay warm and cozy during the winter season but still enable you to keep in touch with your phone.

They come in varying styles to suit anyone's preference.

I also picked up a pink pair in the side bow design because I love the color. Also, it's a bit more feminine than the leather ones.

So, what makes these gloves different than any other pair? Well, on the index finger and the thumb there's a little patch of silver material (which Echo calls the eLink fabric). This eLink fabric is made to simulate the touch of your finger which allows it to interact with your phone's touch screen!

The leather gloves retail for $75 CDN and are available at the Bay. The side bow gloves come in an assortment of colors and retail for $35 CDN (also available at the Bay or Holt Renfrew). This is definitely a great gift idea for that techie on your Christmas list!

How many of you are iPhone users (or touch screen phone users)?

Happy Weekend, eveyone!


P.S., you can check out my video review (and a giveaway) below :).

Friday, December 02, 2011

Roots Small School Tribe Bag

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I purchased the Small School Tribe bag from Roots in the beginning of October and I've been loving it!

I was on the hunt for a new bag and a couple months ago while re-watching Letters to Juliet, I was reminded of the amazing leather messenger bag that Amanda Seyfried's character was always toting around.

I knew it looked familiar so naturally I googled it and it turned out to be a Roots bag. I went to my nearest Roots store to buy one immediately.

I was using it for a few weeks before I started to notice how uncomfortable the strap is on my shoulder. The strap is fairly thin about an inch or so thick which tended to dig into my shoulder due to the weight of my MacBook.

I  realized that unlike the bag on Letters to Juliet, mine didn't have a shoulder pad. I contacted Roots and though the bag doesn't come stock with a shoulder pad, you can have one put on.

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know the debacle I went through with this. I took my strap to my local Roots store with promises of having it back within a couple weeks.... However, six weeks later and I only now have it back in my possession.

Here's the story:
I took my strap in on October 21st. The only thing I wanted was the addition of a shoulder pad. After a few weeks, I went back to the store to check on the progress and was told that they would see what's taking so long (because apparently leather goods/customizations are done at a factory in Toronto). I never got a call so I went back again a week later. After that visit, I ended up tweeting my frustrations. The next day, I received a call to tell me that they had lost my strap (not quite sure how) and would be giving me a new one with a customized shoulder pad. So all that and $20 later, I was finally able to pick up my strap yesterday (on December 1st).

Though I am happy with the strap and glad to be able to use my bag again, I would not go through that process again. If I had known it would take over a month to do such a simple thing, I would've just forgone the whole idea.

Nonetheless, I am back in my love affair with this bag.


This is the long awaited shoulder pad in all it's glory! And I'm not sure if you can tell but the hardware on the bag and the hardware on this new strap is different. The bag has silver hardware but the strap has brass hardware.

The strap on this bag is a little too long for me. I had to punch quite a few holes in it in order for it to suit my height of 5'3". This was the same for my original strap so I was a little annoyed that I had to do this all over again. I used a leather hole puncher that I found in my dad's toolbox -- such a handy tool, you can use it for belts, too. I think I did over 10 extra holes.

Since there is a lot of excess leather, I just wrapped it around into a knot.

The bag is a great size for me. It holds my 13 inch MacBook Pro, a small binder (or a folder of papers), an agenda, and some pens/highlighters/post-its.

Overall, I love this bag! It's a great transition piece from school to work. It's the perfect size and it's a great style. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a new messenger. I believe it retails for $288. Definitely worth the price because the leather and craftsmanship is high quality.

What's your work or school bag?