Monday, September 21, 2015

5 Minute Face

*everything mentioned in this post has been purchased by me*

Hey Guys,

It’s no secret that I am NOT a morning person. If you’re anything like me, you will take every second of sleep you can get.  I would love to lounge around all day in my pajamas if I could but my job requires me to look somewhat presentable.
So I have come up with a “five minute” morning makeup routine with just a few products that works perfectly for me on busy mornings.

After I wash my face in the morning I start by dabbing some moisturizer all over my face, before I rub this in I also dab on a little bit of MAC Prolongwear Concealer and blend with a Beauty Blender.
Because I will be wearing this makeup all day I like to set it with a powder, I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. I prefer to use a pressed powder for this because it’s less fuss when I’m in a rush. After that I just throw on some bronzer and blush to add some colour back into my face. I use only one brush during this process, the one I tend to go for the most is the Real Techniques Multi Task brush. (pretty sure it was made just for this)
I was blessed with bushy brows so I don’t have to worry about filling them everyday. However I do like to use a tinted brow gel... Like I said, they’re bushy. They need to be tamed.
To finish, I just pop on some mascara and whichever lip colour I decide on and…

A full face of makeup in under 5 minutes! 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

My Top 10 High End Makeup Products

*everything mentioned in this post has been purchased by me*

Hey guys! It's been a while since I've posted so I'm trying to get back into the groove of things. I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of my favourite high end makeup products. It was very difficult to narrow it down to 10 but I did it! Here goes... 

1)      Benefit- The POREfessional
This primer is great to fill in pores. I only like to used it in very porous areas such as around my nose.
2)      Giorgio Armani- Luminous Silk Foundation
I finish of this foundation is perfectly flawless! It is kind of pricey but in my opinion it is absolutely worth every penny.
3)      MAC-Pro Longwear  Concealer
This is such a great multi purpose product, it works great for everything from under the eyes to covering a blemish. One of my favourite ways to use it is to mix it in with a little bit of moisturizer to create a sort of tinted moisturizer.
4)      NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I use this product as a highlitghting concealer, as the name states it does leave your skin with a beautiful radiance.
5)      LauraMercier Translucent Setting Powder
This is a more recent find. I purchased it specifically because I noticed a lot of beauty bloggers talk about it. This is the powder that I use to bake my face.
6)      Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz
this is pretty much the only brow product I use aside from a brow gel so it’s definitely a must for me!
7)      NARS“Madly” Blush
This is a great neutral blush, I love layering blushes and this is perfect to layer with any other colour but also amazing on its own.
8)      Mac“Soar” Lipliner
I live for this! It has been my everyday lip colour for the past 6 months or so (thanks to Kylie Jenner) I usually wear it on its own but it looks great under a clear gloss as well.
9)      TheBalm – Mary Lou-manizer
I’m sure every single one of you has heard about this by now. This highlighter is EVERYTHING!! *insert angels singing*
It is by far my favourite cheekbone highlight and also looks great on the inner corners of the eyes.
10)  UrbanDecay Naked Palette 
I definitely wanted to include some eyeshadows in this list and for me it was a toss up between the original Naked palette and the Naked 2 palette. The original made the list simply because I feel like the colours are more universal and look great on all different eye colours.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Collective Haul: Planner Supplies

*Everything mentioned in this post was purchased by me, with my own money*

I have been completely OBSESSED with my Erin Condren Life Planner ever since I received it! 
Up until now I have been using only my Staedler Triplus Fineliners to write in it.
Of course I had seen all the beautiful page layouts on Instagram and Pinterest and I couldn't wait any longer to decorate and personalize my planner!

I started with Etsy! 
Where else would I be able to find fun, cute stickers that are designed for planner junkies like myself?
My first purchase was from a pretty well known etsy seller.
My second sticker purchase was from 
I can't wait to start using all of these they are just too cute for words! 

Lately, I have been noticing a lot more people using stamps as a way to decorate their planners.
This is also super cute and maybe a little more cost effective than re-purchasing stickers that you use often.
I had to look around a bit for inexpensive stamps that would fit my needs. I ended up purchasing mine from 
Plan Home, Plan Work, Plan Women

Of course you can't use stamps unless you have ink! So I did a little research on recommended inks for planner stamping and this was my favourite of the bunch.
I purchased mine from Michaels but wasn't able to find the link online. 

For this particular kind of stamp (photopolymer), you will need an acrylic block to adhere the stamp to before use. I decided to pick up a set of four. 

And last, but most definitely not least....washi tape!
Every planner junkie needs washi tape! 
 I have started my own little collection of washi tape but really wanted thin tape to seperate the weekend in the weekly spread. 


Saturday, April 18, 2015

How Much Does My Face Cost?

I came across this tag on Lipsticks and Coffee and knew I had to participate!
It is essentially a tally of how much you spend on the makeup that you wear daily.
I put together a list of products that I use in my "everyday makeup routine" (I don't actually wear makeup every single day, but this is my routine when I go for a wearable day look.)
Of course my lip products and blushes change sometimes so I went with the ones that I gravitate to the most. All products mentioned in the post were purchased with my own money.





WHAT?!!?! I thought for sure it would be less than $100.00! I get that most of these products should last me a fairly long time but this is crazy! And it doesn't even include my skincare or brushes!

This was a fun (and insightful) tag to do. I tag everybody reading this to participate. How much does your face cost?


Friday, April 10, 2015

Target Canada- Sonia Kashuk Haul

*All products in this post were purchased with my own money*

As you may know, Target Canada is closing :( 
They are in their last few days now and I am incredibly sad about this-- but on the bright side, they are clearing out their stock and everything is on for 40% off (or more in some cases) and who doesn't love a good sale?

They are clearing out their inventory so i didn't have many options in terms of colour choices. But seeing as i got most of this stuff for under $5.00, I wasn't too picky about colours. 

I haven't tried many Sonia Kashuk products aside from the Eye Makeup Remover which I quite liked and was lucky enough to repurchase on this trip for 40% off! I'm super excited to start playing with all my new products and decided I would share a little photo haul with you.

clockwise from top left --


Monday, April 6, 2015

What's in my Travel Makeup Bag?

*All products in this post were purchased with my own money*

I've been making a lot of weekend trips lately so I thought I would share a little peek into my makeup bag.

I Picked up this cute little Isaac Mizrahi makeup bag from Marshalls late last year. It looks small but surprisingly fits quite a lot inside. 
Now let's get to the makeup...
I'm a bit of a sample hoarder, but often forget to actually use them. What better time to use them then while travelling.
Primer- Right now, I have 2 small sample primers -- I use the Benefit Porefessional in the area where I have the most visible pores (around my nose). On the rest of my face I use the Make Up Forever HD Primer. 
MAC Studio finish concealer NC35 (for blemishes on the face)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Ginger (for under the eyes)

NARSissist Blush, Contour and Lip Palette - This is a great little palette for travelling it contains 3 blushes, Laguna bronzer, Albatross Highlighter and a pretty pink lip gloss all housed in a cute mirrored palette. 

I love to keep things super simple for my eyes while travelling, so I usually just take a small MAC palette and switch out colours depending on my mood and weather or not I will be attending any evening events while I'm away. 
The shadows currently in my palette are Honesty, Mulch, Sumptuous Olive, Carbon. 

For an easy low maintenance brow routine I stick with my trusty Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown.

A basic black eyeliner is a must! NARS Larger than Life Longwear Eyeliner - Black

and of course an eyelash curler.

I usually have (on average) 3-5 lip products in my purse at any given time so I don't worry too much about putting lipstick in my makeup bag. But for the purpose of this post I have added 

As far as brushes go, I tend to grab whatever I'm loving at the moment and/or whatever is clean!

So there you have it, a peek into my makeup bag. 
What are your travel must-haves? Let me know in the comments below. 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Erin Condren Life Planner

*everything mentioned in this post was purchased with my own money*

IT'S HERE! and it's beautiful!!!!
Seriously, I could not take my eyes off this thing when I received it yesterday. I had read tons of reviews before I purchased my Life Planner but you don't know how good the quality is until you actually hold it in your hands.  In reading reviews and researching this planner I had also come across a few horror stories about spelling errors and upside down pages... :|
 and I am glad to say mine is PERFECT! 
I absolutely cannot wait to start playing with this baby!  I have accumulated a small stack of washi tape and have also placed a couple etsy orders for stickers :) 

As mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to use this planner as a place to plan for my daily to-do's aswell as a blog planner. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I'm going to use the planner to suit me in the best way possible. 
At the moment, I am using a section of the planner to make a mini checklist as a reminder to post on social media and comment on other blogs. I am still fairly new to blogging and want to be able to promote my blog as much as possible and be more present on social media. Working a full time job and maintaining a home can keep me busy enough to forget to actively post on social media. So giving myself a checklist is a perfect way to stick to it. And let's face it, who doesn't like checking things off? 

I also plan on tracking Bills, Paydays, Work, To-Do's, and because I am a TV enthusiast I will also include the schedule for some of my favourite TV shows.

How do you use your planner? 
Let me know down below in the comments.