Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Finds: Easter Edition


- I love these organic, floral centerpieces. They're egg-static!
- Who wants donuts! I found a healthy take on glazed chocolate donuts - grain/nut free!
- Since it's a long weekend, home organization would be the perfect thing to do with some free time. If you're feeling unmotivated, check out these tips.
- Spring tarts with asparagus, peas and mint. Need I say more?
- 6 great spring picks. I love the handbag and cute white socks from Topshop.


- Homemade Reese's Eggs - a classic Easter treat (vegan//gluten free//5 ingredients!)
-The Twitter spelling test. I got 75%... I need to go back to grade 3 English class.
- I wish we had these DIY Egg Poppers when I was a kid. They're so fun!
- Kinsey does it again with her amazing photography at this wedding photo shoot.
 - Lastly, a carrot cake waffle recipe for Easter Sunday morning/lunch/dinner.

Q: What are your plans for Easter this weekend? Do you celebrate?


Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Cosmetics


In an effort to save money I've been turning to the drugstore for cosmetic purchases. Don't get me wrong, I love a good Sephora shopping spree here and there, but since I've started youtube I've been watching many (too many) makeup videos/reviews, I've been able to discover the wonders of the makeup world at the drug store!  

Here in Canada, I'm able to shop at Shopper's Drug Mart for all cosmetics and beauty products. Most of the time, they have special offers. Last week I made a purchase over $50 and received a special scratch card getting a certain amount off my next purchase, and I scratched a $15 off - cha-ching! Anyways, onto the goods!


 I picked up two Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in the shades Tutti-Frutti and Creamsicle. Next up was mascara - Covergirl's Clump Crusher and Maybelline's 'The Rocket Volum Express'. I ran out of my Loreal Cashmere foundation and since it was discontinued, I picked up a different foundation - Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in the shade 110 Ivory [for more on my foundation routine, click here]. Last but not least, was a Quo Color Corrector (in the first picture), including a shade of mauve (more of a lavender), mint, yellow and beige. My skin had a bad breakout a few weeks ago, so I used the mint shade on any red spots on my face and it drastically helped tone down the redness to save my face from looking like a pizza face. Oh, the wonders of makeup.


- 065 Creamsicle // 015 Tutti-Frutti
 The smoothness and moisture content of the lip butters is amazing! 

I plan to do a review on certain products, so if there is anything you are interested in, please let me know! I'm excited to go back and spend my $15 in store credit, which will most likely be spent on the Revlon Lip Butters because they are so smooth and the color range is so tempting.

Q: Have you picked up any new makeup products lately?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Campbell's Soup and Wedge Sneakers


Transitioning into spring pieces has proven to be harder than I anticipated since we got 18cm of snow two nights ago. Just when I thought I could put away some of my winter boots... mother nature brings out a snow storm once again. Spring in Canada is at least half of what you consider winter - snow, slush, cold winds, etc. 

With my tank top I envisioned an outfit paired with high waisted shorts and ankle boots, but that idea will have to rest for a few months because it is just too damn cold. To keep myself warm, I paired it with my wrap cardigan (also worn here two years ago). I don't get enough wear out of this cardigan. The construction of the cardigan is neat because it has an infinity scarf attached at the bottom. When people see it they say, 'wow, your scarf matches your sweater perfectly!' Actually... they're attached and it's probably one of the most interesting sweaters/cardigans I own.


I don't think you can tell in the photos, but I'm wearing my new black wedge sneakers! I was so excited to wear these out, but I'm trying to be so careful with them. I don't want to wear them outside quite yet, just because they might get nasty salt stains or snow marks from outside. I've ruined too many boots by doing that. I complete the look with my favorite pair of slightly high waisted dark skinny jeans, gray belt, and a messy top knot.


- what she wore -
tank top: forever 21 (similar here)
cardigan: forever 21 (similar here and here)
dark skinny jeans: zara (similar here)
belt: american apparel (here - on sale!)
wedge sneakers: aldo (here)

Q: How are you bringing your winter clothing pieces into your spring looks? 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Mint Outfit // bloglovin'



Green cake I made for St. Patrick's Day in a new cake decorating class I'm taking at Michael's.
It's supposed to be a cupcake turned into a pot of gold... can you tell?


I think as I'm starting to grow older, I am becoming more of a home body. Wait... I'm only 19... as if I just said that? Don't get me wrong, I still love going out but I don't go out as much as I used to. I find myself being more low key as the months go by. Maybe it's the winter blues? Or maybe I just need to get out more.

Even though my Sunday was low key, I wanted to be a little festive with green, so I put together this outfit a few days earlier that was inspired by a different shade of green: mint! I've been seeing a lot of mint around since it's a huge spring color right now. I made it into a video as well. I spend way too much time on youtube these day, but hey, at least you guys have a nice video to watch from it! You can watch it through this link, or just scroll down below. Let me know what you think. All feedback is appreciated :) If you're interested in any of the pieces, I've provided links to alternative choices. The wishbone necklace is my favorite even though it's hidden under my sweater for most of the video.



sweater: aritzia (similar here and here)
skirt: Zara (similar here and here)
wedges: boutique in Poland (similar here and here)
floral bangle: forever 21 (similar here)
wishbone necklace: michaels (similar here)

Google Reader is going to shut down on July 1st. I'm sad to see Reader to, but it's time for a change! Many people are converting to bloglovin'. Luckily I already have a page set up so if you click here, you can follow my blog for all updates and posts :)

Also, I've fully updated the links at the top of my blog all the way from 2011 to today. Head on over to see more fashion, beauty, recipes and more! 

Q: How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Guacamole


When I was younger you couldn't pay me to eat an avocado. The texture and taste automatically threw me off. However, my mom was a huge fan and she even made guacamole once in a while. I was intrigued, yet still a little hesitant towards an avocado based dip, but I figured nothing would taste bad with my favorite lime tortilla chips (at least that's what I tried to tell myself). To my surprise the guacamole was delicious, full of textures and taste notes thanks to the jalapeno pepper and fresh lime juice. Now you can find me eating avocado daily, whether it be sliced on toast with a sprinkle of sea salt and cracked black pepper, or whipped up into a dip - guacamole! 

St. Patrick's Day is this Sunday and if you want to be festive and eat something green, guacamole is a great green dip! I'm sure your friends and family will love it too, especially with tortilla chips or vegetables on the side. It's an irresistable winning combination!



Ingredients
  • 3 small/medium avocados 
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium tomato 
  • 1 lime 
  • 2 tsp dried oregano 
  • salt and pepper to taste


Instructions
  1. Slice open the avocados, reserving the pits (they are added to the guacamole later to stop it from browning). Add the avocado to your mixing bowl. 
  2. Finely chop the jalapeno, onion and tomato. Add them to the bowl, as well as the dried oregano. 
  3. Juice the lime and add to the bowl. 
  4. Mash and mix with a potato masher (you can also do this step in a food processor) until you reached your desired consistency. I like mine on the chunkier side.
  5. Add sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste! Start with a teaspoon of each and add more if desired. 

Suggestions
  • Add the whole pits to the guacamole mix if you're saving it for later because it will slow down the browning process (no one liked brown guacamole).
  • Roll the lime on your counter, firmly pressing down because this helps release some of the juices when juicing.  
  • I used dried oregano but I'm sure fresh would taste great too. 
  • For food presentation, serve guacamole in a white dish. Add a lime wedge to the side and sprinkle some sea salt and black pepper on top. 
Enjoy with some tortilla chips on the side - the lime flavor is my favorite - or some baby carrots and snap peas. Guacamole is also a great spread on a slice of toast because it's healthier than butter because it's real food and packed with flavor.

Q: What green food/beverages will you be eating/drinking on St. Patrick's Day?

 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

10 Things Worth Noting

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon Ashley's post called '10 Things Worth Noting'. The concept is simple and all photo's are taken through her iPhone, although mine are mostly from my Nikon camera, with a mix of other people's photos I have found recently that are - you guessed it - worth noting! What's worth noting in your books these days?


1. Spring is right around the corner! If you haven't started the dreaded spring cleaning, now is the time. Which reminds me... I need to pick up some storage bins/organizational tools! I should remind my mom to get rid of the Christmas pillows in our living room...


2. Trying new things is fun, as in curling my hair! It's not the most adventurous thing to do, but after a few failed attempts of curling my hair, I had given up because the curls would never stay, no matter how many pounds of hairspray I managed to use. Even though the curls only lasted a few hours, it was a refreshing look  for me. 



3. My favorite snack combination never gets old - banana + peanut butter + cinnamon + sea salt all mushed together onto a slice of bakery fresh bread. Double toasted, please.


4. The best thing to do after writing an Accounting midterm on 9 am on a Saturday is to relax at Starbucks, with a stack of magazines and a soy latte on my side. 


5. I've been doing my best to incorporate spring hues into nail polish lately, occasionally with a touch of sparkle. I'm a huge fan of a subtle sparkle touch, especially in the bed of my nails. Next time I'll try the tips!


6. Spending hours in a craft store is relaxing and great when you uncover great deals! If you search deep and far at Michaels, you will find some great stickers at great prices! I found three different sheets of  stickers by Amy Tangerine  tucked away in a place I wouldn't think to look, but I picked up the three sheets, a journal, 2 different font sets of letters and ribbon for $12! They were on clearance and a definite great deal! 


7. Start a journal with inspiring quotes. If you feel down or uninspired, take a look into it and remind yourself that you are wonderful and worth it. You deserve the best. Treat yourself with the utmost kindness. The journal above was bought with the other Amy Tangerine items [from #6]. Do you notice the key sticker in both photos? 


8. Take a break to relieve your built up stress. School, family, friends, work... it all adds up and once in a while just breathe and perhaps bake! I'm sure you have a delicious recipe pinned or bookmarked away somewhere, right? If it's not baking, do something relaxing for yourself once in a while :) Take a bath, read a good book, or take a stroll in the winter breeze. These cupcakes are maple almond flavored. Stay tuned for a recipe post! 


9. Retail therapy is cheaper than a therapy. True words. PS - I uploaded a new video on my Youtube! Click the above picture if you would like to watch. 


10. You're beautiful. Today and everyday. Don't forget it. Smile :)

[all pictures taken/edited by me except the first and last ones]

Q: What's worth noting in your books these days?

Monday, March 04, 2013

My Foundation Routine


For those of you who do not follow me on Youtube, you probably have not come across my foundation routine. It took me a while to figure out the perfect combination of foundation/cover up products, but after experimentation and research, many hits and few misses, I've come up with a foundation routine providing great coverage for my winter skin. The video does not include all of the products I have pictured below because I switch them up from time to time, however the basics are all there.

Please keep in mind that during the winter time a lot of people get very dry skin due to the weather, so it is important to be consistent with a good moisturizer to ensure a good smooth coverage with foundation and powder. Flaky skin be gone!


Top Row: Loreal Cashmere Perfect Foundation (shade 402 Classic Ivory)  // MAC's Mineralized Skin Finish powder (shade Light Plus) // NARS foundation (shade Deauville)
Middle: Rimmel Match Perfection concealer (shade 010 Ivory)
Bottom Row: Benefit Some kind-a gorgeous foundation faker // Benefit Hoola bronzer // Wet n' Wild eye shadow (Egyptian Sands) // bareMinerals bronzer (shade The Skinny Dip)
[links to each available product in descriptions below]


First, we have the foundation and concealers! My mom first tried Loreal's Cashmere Perfect foundation [now discontinued] and she was not a fan, so she passed it onto me. I was a fan from the start because it matched my skin tone perfectly, making it the right shade for the beginning of winter season (the season of paleness). Luckily I do not have severe acne, so the light to medium coverage is perfect. I like to use Rimmel's Perfect Match concealer to conceal my dark circles (which seemingly are more and more dark each year - yikes!), as well as concealing any blemishes/spots that are bothering me. I use Benefit's some kind-a gorgeous concealer for the same purpose, although the shade is darker than my foundation, so I save it for my skin when it gets more sun.


Once I have applied my foundation and concealer, I set it with my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural powder in the shade Light Plus [before bronzer/highlighting]. I like this powder because it helps set my foundation without being chalky or reducing the natural glow from bronzer. It's also true to it's name by keeping your skin tone looking natural. I also tried out NARS Powder Foundation a few months ago and although it was a very good product with amazing coverage, I would probably turn to MAC for their MSF's in the future because they are more affordable. 

As for the application of powder, I like to use the Bronzer 44 brush from Sephora. Yes, I'm aware the name says it's for bronzer, but the rounded shape really helps blend powder into my skin without missing any spots. 



Next up, bronzer and highlighting! I have been using bronzer for a few years now, but I like to switch it up every time I run out of a product. With that in mind, I visited Sephora and the lovely associate helped me pick a light bronzer that would bring out my freckles in the summer time. Eventually we picked a bronzer by bareMscentuals in Skinny Dip and a sample of Benefit's Hoola bronzer. Skinny Dip is great for light skin tones because it offers a sun kissed glow, great if you have freckles or if you're new to using bronzer. I use Hoola when I'm going for a dramatic look, usually in the evenings, or if I feel like I'm looking too pale. It's a few shades darker so it does the trick! 


As for highlighting, it's a process I'm relatively new to but I've found by using bronzer, using a highlight is equally as important. I've been using a cream colored eye shadow with a hint of sparkle from Wet n' Wild's Egyptian Sands eye shadow palette [similar to this one] above the apples of my cheeks and the bridge of my nose. The combination of bronzer can change the shape of one's face by adding dimension through the way light hits your face... ah, the magic of makeup! If you need some tips for contouring your face, take a loot at this guide for some ideas.


For bronzer I am using my MAC 136 brush [now discontinued]. It's aged quite a bit as you can tell by the paint chip and it is indeed a few years old. Although it sheds at times, it's worked very well for me as long as I'm properly taking care of it by cleaning it. 


For highlighting [and occasionally with blush in the spring/summer months] I'll use my Classic Mineral Powder 45 brush from Sephora. Since it's a mineral powder brush, it works great with  loose or compact powders such as bronzer, highlighter, blush, etc. 

Here is the video if you would like to watch my foundation routine:



As you can see, I like to make do with what I have, such as my mom's left over foundation and a highlighter from an old eye shadow quad. They might not be high end products, but they are working for me right now. I also did not include blush because I tend to use blush more often in the spring/summer time and bronzer in the colder months. 

Q: What are your go to products for daily coverage?

Let me know if you would like a post on my skin care routine, or even a new video!