Monday, September 15, 2014

MILLIEMENO Miko Romper Review + Dress Giveaway!

MILLIEMENO is a Canadian BC-based, family-owned online boutique that features clothing and handmade accessories. The site is well-curated for the young-adult woman, probably appropriate for anyone from the age of 14 to 30. The store ships to Canada and worldwide. MILLIEMENO features a TON of adorable items, all of which I would like to put in my closet ASAP. Of the many items available, I chose one of which I was sent for the purposes of a review (spoiler alert: I've been wearing it non-stop this summer)



The Miko ($37.53) is a printed romper that features cut-outs on the shoulders and back. The romper is made out of 100% rayon, which is super light-weight and flowy. As I'm quite petite at 4 feet 11 inches, I was a bit worried about whether or not the small [measurements - S – Bust (17/43) Waist (17/43) Length (29.5/75)] would fit me. Luckily, the fit was perfect! The length of the romper hits me mid-thigh and the arm holes are not too big and not too small. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Eye Palettes [Orange, Pink, Green] // 2014 Vision of Beauty Collection Volume 1

Feast your eyes on the Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Collection Brave Beauty Eye Palettes ($90 each at Holt Renfrew, select Hudson's Bay and Sephora Locations) for Fall 2014. The palettes come in 3 variations - Orange, Pink and Green. Each palette is a ingeniously curated combination of eyeshadows featuring one vivid matte shade and 5 relatively wearable pearl shades to correspond with the bold matte shadow.  





Thursday, September 11, 2014

AWKS TALKS: GIVEAWAY + o.b. tampons #giveusoneperiod

I'm 100% a tampon girl (because pads make me feel like I'm wearing an adult diaper). For 5 days last month, I tried out something new and exciting... o.b. tampons! o.b. stands for ohne binde in German, which means "without napkins." The brand was invented 50 years ago by German gynecologist Dr. Judith Esser. 



So what's the difference between o.b. and all the other tampons out there? They're applicator free. Gross, bulky packaging begone! o.b. tampons fit inconspicuously into the palm of my hand and it's not awkward when I need to pull one out of my bag because it's TINY [or "fun size" if you prefer the use of that term ;)]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#makeupby1D // Take Me Home Collection

You know a brand is a big deal when... they're a group of 5 young males that release a collection of beauty products that they'll probably never use. The boys clearly had no hand in creating this line. I like One Direction, but not to the point where I dream of being Harry Styles's wife. Anyways, the Make Up by One Direction line includes three collections with six products in each - Up All Night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories ($28.50 each). 

Let's take a peek at what's inside... 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lip Gloss, Stains & Liners GRAVEYARD + Swatches

The lip gloss collection is not nearly as ridiculous as the lipstick one. Thus, it's a little more manageable. Regardless, it's time to DE-STASH (for the full, unedited collection, see here). See last week's LIPSTICK GRAVEYARD here


A recap of how I'm going about this process: 
(1) keep items that are almost finished, items that are not yet reviewed, and items that have colours and formulas that you truly enjoy 
(2) don't keep items that have old lady scents (or are just old in general), colours you haven't worn in months and will likely never wear, products with shimmer/glitters/pearly finish

Anything highlighted in pink and an asterisk (*) will remain in my makeup collection. Items denoted with the letter (R) will be kept for future review purposes. EVERYTHING WITH A REVIEW IS LINKED! :) 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

HAIR: the Tangle Teezer

Once upon a time (August 2013), Stephanie bought a Tangle Teezer in the city of Philadelphia. She used it, loved it and somehow lost it. PRAISE THE HAIR GODS, the renowned Tangle Teezer is available on Nail Polish Canada ($14.99 with free shipping) and Stephanie once again has it in her hair tools arsenal. 


So... what's a Tangle Teezer anyways? Put simply, the Tangle Teezer is a hair brush with an uncanny resemblance to a dog brush. It can be used on wet or dry hair and is meant to prevent hair breakage to provide smooth, shiny hair. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

CoverGirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Makeup and the De-Puffer Concealer in 340 Light/Medium

Not that I'll actually need a facelift anytime time soon (I'm only 20, gosh darn it!) but it's always interesting to try makeup products that claim to do so. The CoverGirl + Olay Facelift Effect Firming Makeup (foundation) ($16.99-18.99) claims to provide "luxurious, flawless coverage combined with the powerful hydrating effects of a night cream". Alongside the foundation, I've been testing out a product that's a little more age appropriate, the CoverGirl + Olay The De-Puffer

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Eye Color Palettes in Sapphire Noir and Emerald Noir

Soft, smooth, colourful, creamy and a little dreamy - that's how I would describe the Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Eye Color Palettes in Sapphire Noir and Emerald Noir ($26). 



These square palettes come in individual pans. If you've got a Z-palette or the like, awesome! put your color palette in there. If not, you can pick up a Mary Kay Compact (unfilled) for $22. 

Get ready to feast your eyes for the swatches... *drools*

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm in Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint

I'm still not over the fact that EOS lip balms are absolutely adorable. As of August 2014, the NEW EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balms in Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint ($3.99 each) will be available at a local drugstore near you. If you're not an avid collector of all the flavours of EOS lip balms, I bet there's one big burning question in your head - How are these different? 

Less than a year ago, I reviewed the EOS Smooth Sphere in Blueberry Acai (see here). I'm a big fan of these balms, but I also know that not everyone is like me. In regards to the Smooth Spheres, one of the most common complaints is that they're too hard and not moisturizing enough. When applied, the new EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balms are a bit softer and they feel more hydrating on the lips (the moisture factor lasts ~2 hours). 


New EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balms in Vanilla Mint and Coconut Milk (and nails to match!)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LIPSTICK GRAVEYEARD + Lipstick Collection Swatch-a-thon

You can never have to many lipsticks...or so I once thought. The fact is that less than 50% of what I've got on hand actually gets used. So... it's time to DE-STASH (for the full, unedited collection, see here). Today, I'll going over what's in the lipstick collection and what I'll be keeping and throwing out or giving away to family/friends. 


The Thought Process: 
(1) keep items that are almost finished, items that are not yet reviewed, and items that have colours and formulas that you truly enjoy 
(2) don't keep items that have old lady scents (or are just old in general), colours you haven't worn in months and will likely never wear, products with shimmer/glitters/pearly finish

Anything highlighted in pink and an asterisk (*) will remain in my makeup collection. Items denoted with the letter (R) will be kept for future review purposes. EVERYTHING WITH A REVIEW IS LINKED! :) 

Mauves (my lips but better)