Shift a Shade Event Breakfast Before and After

As many of you are already aware, I recently attended the Clairol Shift a Shade event in Toronto with my dear friend Ashley of Lions Lace Lattes.

The event took place at Hair On The Avenue which is quite possibly the most adorable little salon I've ever seen. It was so nice to sit and visit with other bloggers from around Canada, chatting about life and our blogs (of course), whilst munching on croissants and sipping coffee. I even got to meet Courtney from La Belle Sirene who was absolutely lovely and you all should definitely check out her blog because it's just so beautiful!

We each took turns getting our hair consultations with Luis Pacheco who personally selected our shades from Clairol's Nice 'n Easy range. He chose a strawberry blonde for me while Ashely got her gorgeous golden locks brightened up, only adding to her beauty (*shakes fist*). 

Once our colour was finished we were sent to a makeup artist who did a fantastic job on my makeup and was just so sweet in general. As a beauty blogger, I'm not at all ashamed to say that the makeup was my favourite part haha. The products used were all Covergirl, which makes me just want to do a drugstore haul even more now because dang, my skin looked amazing!

When we were finished in makeup we were sent for styling and that was the first time I had seen my new shade. You can't tell all that well from the photo, but it was much lighter and honestly shocked me so much haha. I felt bad for the man taking the After photo because I was running on such a high (likely from both the change and fumes) that it took him quite some time to get a decent shot because I was just so jittery. I'm sorry photo man!

And that about sums it up! Afterwards we pretty much went straight to the airport and made our way back to Calgary. It was a whirlwind of a trip with us being gone for only a short 24 hours.

Thank you so much to Jen and Ashley for organizing the event and answering our endless e-mails and tweets and to Clairol for putting it on! It was such an amazing opportunity to actually be sent somewhere to attend a blogger event and I truly could not be more grateful!

xx -b.

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Oct Faves

Not a lot of beauty favourites this month, at least in the way of "new" ones...what can I say? I've been very good about not shopping lately. The truth? I'm holding out for that 20% off sale that I expect from Sephora this Fall...they have two a year right? One in the Spring and one in Fall? Anyway, I fully intend on snagging NARS Sheer Glow as well as one or two of the Audacious lipsticks! It's all about spending smart right haha?

Anyway, let's get to it!

Stila Convertible Colours
I received this little palette for Christmas last year from my sis-in-law...obviously she knows what to get a beauty blogger. It contains three shades that can either be worn on lips or cheeks, but I've really been enjoying it for creating some "lived in" colour on my lips. I posted all about the look here which I think is just the perfect way to pull off a low maintenance look that's still very Fall inspired.

NARS Desire
This shade always, and I do means always, finds it's way back on my beauty shelf during the Winter. It provides a natural flush of colour that perfectly compliments us fair skinned girls. And I promise, it's not as scary as it looks!

Clinique Chubby Sticks
I'm all about the easy, moisturizing colour, and Clinique does it oh so well! The shade Grandest Grape is such a fantastic Autumn hue and one that I just can't seem to get enough of! See me wearing it in this post.

*Make Up For Ever 216
Looking for the perfect smudging brush? This one is fantastic! I was so happy to receive this as I was always having difficulty getting that perfect smudged look on my lower lash line. I love taking a bit of colour down there to match my lid as I think it adds a lovely sort of smoulder effect. The MUFE brushes are super soft and made of synthetic fibbers. And who doesn't love that beautiful wooden handle? Just gorgeous.

Essie Lilacism
You may have seen in this post that I'm currently having a bit of a love affair with pastel colours for Fall. I think my favourite of the lot has got to be Lilacism...it never seems to leave my nails!

What have you been loving this month?

xx -b.

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Curly Bob Curly Bob 2

I realize since I've gotten "the chop" that I haven't posted a lot of photos where I'm sporting my new cut the way I wear it almost everyday...tousled.

Everyone seemed to be on board with me posting a hair style how-to series so I'm starting with the basics. Last time I showed you an easy dry and wear style, and this is much of the same but with some curl added back in.

Similar to last time, I've added some volumizing mousse into my damp hair and round brushed dry with an extra large round brush. You can see the mousse and brush I've used at the bottom of this post.

Once my hair is dry, I then pick up random sections of my hair and curl outwards using a curling iron with a one inch barrel. I start nearly halfway down the shaft as I don't want any wave at the top of my head. When I feel I've added enough, I then finger comb my hair to break up the curls for a less uniform look. I may then go back in and add more curls in.

To finish, I give my head a good spritz of texturizing spray in sweeping motions. A decent ruffling up and you're done! Don't worry about looking a little dishevelled, the more bed-heady the better!

If your hair isn't naturally curly/wavy you may need some hairspray, but for me I just leave it at that.

What is your everyday go-to hairstyle?

xx -b.

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Earlier this year I designed some mini business cards through MOO.com and it got me thinking, I wonder how many bloggers actually use business cards? It seemed like a silly idea to me at first, but then I got invited to a few events and other bloggers kept giving me their cards and I thought to myself, do I need these too? It seems more and more common these days for bloggers to have them, no matter what their following size. Needless to say, I hopped on the boat and used a 20% off code to quickly put together my own design before the promotion expired.

Am I glad I got them done? Yes. Am I happy with them? Kind of. I feel like I should have put more thought into the design of these cards. I used to have some light blue paint splotches in my blog header and decided to make the cards match, but it didn't translate all that well and actually made the whole thing look a little messy...like something had spilled on the cards. Definitely not the look I was going for.

I suggest, if you are going to put together some business cards for your blog, to just use the preset template that's provided and not upload your own images like I did. If you want something more customized and reflective of your brand, just get them done professionally.

Overall I think I've handed out about a handful of these since I received them, but I always have them on me and it's nice to have that option should the occasion to hand one out present itself. It's also a lot more efficient to just whip out a card then write down your link on a piece of paper (which I can never find).

What do you think, do you have business cards for your blog? Would you ever get some made up?

xx -b.

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