11/25/14

LIP PLUMPING DUO - DRUGSTORE EDITION

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After hearing about Rimmel's East End Snob pencil being a dupe for the highly coveted Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat offering, I knew I just had to get my hands on it. So the other day, when I was supposed to be taking a lunch break at work, I popped on over to good ol' Shoppers Drug Mart to see if I could find it…side note, working a block from Shoppers is a dangerous thing.

Lucky for me the Rimmel pencils were on sale and I paid a whopping $3.99 for the thing! I will say though, I do not appreciate that most of the Rimmel products sold did not have a sticker on them so I had to go through and open all of the lids to make sure no one had touched them…I found one. Is this not a mandatory thing or something? I find it a little cringy personally.

But why stop at one, am I right? On my way out I noticed a new release from Revlon in gorgeous packaging. Revlon is just one of those drugstore brands that will always have my heart. Their quality is wonderful and the packaging, though mainly in plastic, never feels cheap or breakable. Unfortunately there were zero testers so I just picked up what seemed to be a "safe" colour.

As soon as I got home I tried them out, and here's what I think…

On it's own, the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Magnolia was a sheer, not overly impressive (on my already pigmented lips) shade of peachy pink that seemed to have quite a bit of slip to it. There is a clear scent to it too, which is that of…fruit punch? I usually prefer my lip products to have little to no scent so I was shocked they went for such an overly fruity scent, but I actually didn't seem to mind it in the end. It made me nostalgic for my childhood obsession with Lip Smackers. Anyone else? I think in a bolder shade it would be lovely on it's own, and the formula is very moisturizing which of course I'm all about. The only real flaw with this product is the packaging. Because the lipstick doesn't twist all the way down you have to be careful opening and closing it or that pretty crystal-esque bullet will look oh so nasty. Of course this problem will eventually sort itself out with continued use.

As for the Rimmel pencil, on it's own it was a bit drying on my already dry lips, but a beautiful shade of pink that isn't too far off from my own natural lip colour. I love how this defines and enhances my lips giving them a major plumping effect. 

And here's where it gets good…

The lipstick on top of the pencil is b-e-a-utiful! I love the hit of moisture the lipstick adds on top of the pencil and the colour is further enhanced by a subtle sheen of peachy colour. The outcome is flawless, semi-matte, colour with a Kylie Jenner for pale girls kind of effect. And it looks equally as amazing with a hit of lipgloss!

If you want to see me sporting this look, check out my new video where I desperately try to do my makeup using a tiny mirror. That's right, I have a new YouTube channel! Check it out here.

Have you tried any of these offerings by Rimmel or Revlon?

xx -b.


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11/23/14

I REALLY LOVE MY...

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By now I'm sure you all already know that I really love my Essie nail polishes, but one stands out amongst all the others for me…it's the one I reach for the most, and that is Lilacism.

I'm obsessed with this purply, pastel hue for many reasons but mainly I just love how feminine it looks without being too in your face. I also find that lighter shades like this tend to elongate your hands whereas bolder colours can tend to make them look a bit stumpy. Lilacism is an easy one to apply which can sometimes be hard to find in pastels, but I've never had an issue with this one. For an extra polished look, top off with Essie's Good to Go top coat.

It may be Winter, but I just can't give up my pastel polishes! If you want to see some of my other favourites, check out my Winter Pastel post. There's just something about them guys.

What is your current favourite shade to wear during these Winter months?

xx -b.


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11/22/14

SHOP TO WATCH - THRIVE LIFESTYLE

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With Christmas just around the corner I really wanted to share some love and introduce you to a few of my favourite companies, and so today I am talking all about Thrive Lifestyle!

I've known Jess (the cute blonde above) since high school and in all of the years I've known her she has been a huge inspiration in my daily life. She's just one of those people that after talking to makes you feel instantly inspired...and boy we could chat for hours! Over the years I have helped her sell her silk screen tees at the local farmers market, music festivals, and craft shows...heck I even modeled for her a couple of times! So, as you can imagine, after all those years of watching her grow in her craft, I was over the moon when she opened up her very own shop nearly three years ago with co-owner Zoe (another amazing local talent).

So what makes this company a favourite?

Aside from beautifully curated pieces and impeccable design and care, it all comes down to the values for me...

"At Thrive we want to contribute to our community positively. By becoming more conscious of your purchases, you can expand your opportunities to ensure that your clothing choices are aligned with your deepest values and are supporting a healthy, just, and humane world.
It’s no secret that sweatshop labor is behind much of the clothing industries today. When you buy local, eco-friendly, and Sweatshop Free items, you’re supporting a system that provides fair wages, healthy working conditions, and encourages companies to protect workers and our environment."

Now that's a brand I can get behind!

If you're interested in checking out Thrive, be sure to visit their website here. And as a special gift to all of my readers, Jess has kindly offered *15% off your purchase with the code SETSAIL that, get this, can be used an unlimited number of times until December 31st! And if you're wondering about shipping, they do offer $6 flat rate shipping per item and free shipping on orders over $200.

Want to shop my favourites? Check out the Cassiopeia Dress, Art Jacket, and Pleather Box Top!

Happy shopping!

xx -b.
*discount excludes consignment brands
-photo taken by billie woods-

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11/20/14

YOUTUBE CHANNEL RELAUNCH

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In last weeks post I mentioned that because of technical difficulties I've been working on relaunching my YouTube channel…well the day has come, my first video is finally up! It took a lot of effort to get the footage for this and I'll admit, it's a work in progress. So excuse the shaky footage, it was literally minus degrees outside and more poor guy was freezing and hungry. I promise to only get better and to try my very best to have a new video up every week!

If you follow my blog I would really appreciate you subscribing to my new channel as I am quite literally starting from zero and would be ever so grateful for your support!

You can view my new video here and please feel free to send any suggestions or (constructive) criticism my way.

xx -b.


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