Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How to Smell Like Waffles with Demeter Fragrance Library // #CBBScentMemory

The scent of waffles reminds me of home. 

Warm, enveloping, sweet. Since my parents bought a waffle maker at least 10 years ago, Sunday mornings (and sometimes nights) would be waffle day - sometimes sweet waffles with chocolate chips and occasionally savoury waffles with green onions... I'd take waffles over pancakes any day. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

CND Shellac Update + How to Remove It

Good news - my CND Shellac manicure lasted more than two weeks! My nails look almost exactly the same as they did a couple weeks ago - minus the regrowth and some minor wear-down on my thumbs. I would have worn the Shellac for another week, without a doubt that it wouldn't chip, but the design (despite looking amazing) was getting a little boring for me.

Then came the removal... 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week Notes #1

I spend a lot of time talking about makeups and and other pretty things but time has not been on my side. So, I'll be supplementing my posts with weekly updates. Enjoy! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line - Purifying Black Mud Cleanser, Pine Mint Skin Tonic, Clarifying Black Cumin Oil & Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion

Once upon a time my skin was riddled with acne. Those days are gone (hopefully) but I can't really shake off the feeling of the stripping skincare products I used to draw out oils from my face, leaving me dry. Holistic Vanity's Acne Care organic line is targeted towards breakout-prone skin. Ingredients in the range are meant to detoxify and purify, with the added benefit of gently hydrating the skin. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral - 02 Eyeshadow Palette

Good matte eyeshadows are the one thing that most drugstore eyeshadow palettes lack. The solution? The Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye On Neutral Matte 02 ($19.99 at Target). Whenever my I need a neutral matte shadow, the Eye on Neutral palette is my go-to. 

The packaging is sleek and minimal (which I like). The only thing it's missing is a mirror. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EVENT: 3 Things I Learned at #Dx3Empower

DX3Empower - a 1-day conference that connects beauty, fashion and lifestyle influencers with brands for face-to-face discussion about the industry and authentic partnerships. What first drew me to the conference was news that Wendy Nguyen of Wendy's Lookbook was going to be the opening key note speaker. Wendy's keynote was superb but the conference was that and so much more...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

EVENT: IMATS Toronto 2015

I went to IMATS for my second time! This year, IMATS Toronto was held in September (as opposed to November) and on a different floor of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. But the same kind of makeup demos and workshops + beauty buying deals as 2014. See last year's experience here

The IMATS calm before the storm.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Last year, I attempted to dye a portion of my hair purple. It didn't work (see here) I tried again using the Splat Rebellious Hair Colour Kit in Lusty Lavender (~$13) and this time it worked...kind of. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lipidol: Oils for Daily Skincare

Despite having oily/combo skin, I've never been afraid of using oils. Throughout my time as an oil-user, I've found that most oil-based skincare products are on the pricier side ($15-$100+), so I was happy to hear that a range of oils under $10 each had launched in Canada. 

From the makers of Bio-Oil comes a brand new range of six affordable oil-based skincare products dubbed as Lipidol. Typically, daily washing with hot water and soap may strip the skin of it's natural oils and reduces the effectiveness of the skin's moisture barrier, which helps the skin to hold moisture and protects the skin from the environment. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

essence How to Make Nude Eyes Palette

ANOTHER nude eyeshadow palette from essence. This time it's the How To Make Nude Eyes Make-Up Box ($9.99). 

The packaging is extremely reminiscent of Benefit's boxed sets but at a more affordable price point. I'm not a huge fan of boxed packaging because typically the boxes take up way more space than the actual size of the shadows. On the bright side, there's a mirror and an applicator with a sponge tip AND a brush. The box also comes with two step-by-step instruction cards for two different looks (which I won't reveal, you'll need to check the Essence How to Make Nude Eyes Palette out for yourself!).