SEPHORA VIB HAUL + REVIEW

Okay, so the semi-annual Sephora VIB sale has come and gone but the time has come to haul and review all the goodies. The Internet is overflowing with videos and posts about the sale so it’s only right I share my grabs. Share below what you just HAD to get!!

OUAI Matte Pomade … So I got bangs and needed a pomade to style them so they aren’t just a chunk of hair covering my forehead. This pomade is nice because its very thick and creates a wispy look while still staying matte.

Philosophy Purity … I will always purchase this during the sale because it’s a restock, BEST MAKEUP REMOVER EVER. Very gentle on the skin and eyes, you need to try this.

Bare Minerals Liquid Lip … I really never wear lipstick but I felt like this was necessary to buy because it’s a nice pinky/nude colour. It takes a while to dry down but I don’t mind, it looks good creamy. Colour is ‘Slay’.

First Aid Beauty Mask … Peel-off masks are very therapeutic and I needed a new one. My skin feels smooth and clean after and you don’t need to put on a thick layer so the bottle lasts longer, holla for the dolla.

Clinique Fresh Pressed … I heard some good reviews on this product for acne scarred skin so I figured I should buy it during the sale. Sooo, this little bottle is only supposed to last for 7 days and you mix it with your moisturizer am and pm. I haven’t noticed a difference really but we shall see, results take time!

Beauty Blender Cleaner … I am a bad reviewer because I actually haven’t tried this product yet but I am just going to assume that it works well because my current method of cleaning my beauty blender is not working well (current method consists of squeezing the baby soap filled sponge until it looks clean).

NARS Primer … I’m waiting to run out of my current primer to start using this, but just by swatching it feels like it will even out skin texture and fill in pores while creating a good base for makeup, stay tuned.

Fresh Lip Balm … This was completely and utterly an impulse buy because I was watching MannyMUA’s snapchat and he said that this was an amazing lip balm and that it smells good so there it is, I’m sold. It legit smells so good, like caramel popcorn mixed with a caramel swirl candle. Has a bit of a shine on the lips but so far so good in the moisturizing dpt. In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t taste like anything 😦

 

*pics from Pinterest

*products available at Sephora

 

MUST READ BOOKS

Need some inspiration? Motivation? Advice? A guiding spirit? Well, I have rounded up a short list of  books that YOU. HAVE. TO. READ. There are so many female power players and the fact they were able to write a book and share their experiences, failures, successes with us, it is just amazing #girlpower. Let’s face it, we all go through some similar situations in life; what major should I take in College? When am I going to find Mr/Ms Right? Will I have kids? How can I become CEO by age 30? Why don’t my peers respect me? How can I dress for success but still look fashionable? The following books have almost been like a friend to me, helping me out in life and guiding me through some difficult times.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Um, I’m not sure what to say if you haven’t read this yet besides YOU HAVE TO. A classic story of a girl who went from literally nothing to a whole lot of something. A truly inspiring tale that will bring out your inner girlboss.

Leave your Mark by Aliza Licht

This can be one of your many trusted guides to getting through the phases of life. Get insider tips on how to leave your mark no matter what your passion is. From how to nail your first big interview to how to rock social media, this book is there for you.

The Big Life by Ann Shoket

Ahh, this is another trusted guide for your life! Literally anything that could possibly happen in your life where you need some guidance, this book is right there with answers, or at least it helps you find the answers. Anne helped so many young women through a crucial point in their lives, so she really gets what is happening and how to help. She wants to the world to be filled with badass babes and will help you build your big life. Ann chatted with so many different women for this book which makes it so relatable and inspiring.

Capture your Style by Aimee Song

Wow, I thought I knew quite a bit about keeping a strong Instagram game until I read this book. This book taught me so much about taking a killer photo and gaining a following based on what I’m really passionate about. Aimee is practically the queen of our feeds, every photo she takes tells a story and now she shares with us how to do it ourselves.

 

Let me know what your fav books are and if you have read any of the ones above. I have quite a few more books on the go, you know just trying to figure out my life and these books are helping… so stay tuned for another round up of must read books in the future.

THX FOR READING

 

NEW BEAUTY + SKINCARE!

Wow, how long has it been? WAY TOO LONG!! I’m happy to be back writing blog posts and posting more content on Instagram and Facebook. So some news, I have officially graduated with my bachelors degree in fashion management and this is why I have so much extra time on my hands, lol. I hope you enjoy this mini haul / review on my new products.

As an avid stalker on social media I have been so intrigued by Jen Atkin’s line of hair care, so after buying and loving the wave spray I wanted to try the Dry Shampoo Foam. My hair is pretty thick so I usually only use dry shampoo on the third day and it soaks up the excess oil on my roots and gives some volume to my flat, third day hair.

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These two lil guys are my most recent purchases. Still awaiting to see if they have a long term impact on my skin but the Glow Tonic smells great and leaves my skin feeling very clean and refreshed. The Saje Zap spot treatment is good for my bigger pimples and the scent of essential oils is very calming.

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This face mask…well it’s just great, enough said haha. The flash illuminator is also great, I use it under my makeup to create a ‘glow from within’. image3

THIS MOISTURIZER IS THE BOMB. My skin legit looks like it just drank five bottles of water, it looks so healthy and glowy I love it. image4

I’ve been using this cleanser with my Clarisonic as recommended by the woman at Sephora and it leaves my skin very clean, exfoliated and smooth. image5

SHOEBOX PARTY!

December 1st means it’s the time where we all say ‘Oh shite!! I better start my Christmas shopping’. I make lists on top of lists of gift ideas to buy for friends and family, yet every time I go to the mall, I seem to only think of what to buy for myself. I better not be the only one who does this!! Lol. It is so easy to be selfish but it is even easier to think of others this Holiday season. I wanted to make this season more about giving and less about the getting. I hosted a Shoebox party last weekend with some friends and family, and I know what you’re thinking ‘WTH is a shoebox party?’. No, it is not a party where we drink and dance with shoeboxes. It is a party where you fill up shoeboxes with goodies for homeless or risk of homelessness women. Since I live in Toronto, these shoeboxes will benefit women in the GTA. Thank you to my friends and family who helped out and donated!! We were able to make 12 boxes.

To learn more, click the link below!

The Shoebox Project

 We all spend so much over the holidays and some people get absolutely nothing. It takes less then $50 to help out others who are less fortunate then us. I hope this inspires you to find a local charity and give to others this holiday season. Other then the Shoebox Project, you can sponsor a family for Christmas who cannot afford gifts for their children, or hand out Timmy’s gift cards and mittens to men and women on the street. Whatever it is, YOU can make a difference this Holiday Season.

Merry December!

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In the past week I have bought 3 bralettes, two of which look pretty much the same. I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed. It’s hard not to buy them when they are so damn cute and a ‘lil sexy. I love the idea of wearing a lingerie inspired look where you can ever so slightly see the lace; hence the title of this post.

One look I love is wearing a white shirt with the first few buttons undone, denim, jewelry and some lace up sandals. There are a couple ways to change up this look depending on what you’re doing. Add some sneakers and shorts for the day or pop on some red lipstick, stacked rings and heels for a night out. Be sure to check out my Instagram in a couple days to see the looks in action!

For more sexy lingerie inspiration, check out Adore Me’s Instagram and their #sexysummerlingerie tag!

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TOP 5 spring jackets

Spring is a time where you need a few different types of jackets because the weather is so unpredictable. It could be sunny and hot on a Monday and then pouring rain Tuesday. Spring is definitely the season of jackets. The more the merrier, as they say! Or, it is just an excuse to go shopping and buy a new jacket. Today, I wanted to share my top 5 jackets for Spring and what they’re great for/how to style them.

#1. The Bomber

The bomber jacket is my fav for Spring because you can literally wear it with everything and it will work. Pair it with some blue skinnies, a tee and sneakers.

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Topshop

#2. The Trench

Wearing a trench just makes you feel fancy and classy, am I right ladies? This option is great if you wear more business/business casual outfits on a daily basis. I love the light grey colour for the Spring, it will brighten up any outfit.

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New Look

#3. The Unique Jacket

I called this one the unique jacket because there is always trends for the Spring season and this is where you can go ahead and just buy what is trendy. Suede and fringe are a huge hit this season and it’s a great style to wear as a statement piece.

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River Island

#4. The Leather Jacket

Classic. I do not feel the need to explain why a leather jacket is necessary for Spring. I do like the longer, motto style jackets because they give off a cooler vibe, compared to the cropped, no buckle styles.

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Zara

#5. The Denim Jacket

I love how there are so many different styles of denim jackets, cropped, oversized, ripped, bleached. The options are endless, and it is finally cool to wear denim on denim again! This jacket is great to wear with jeans, leggings, joggers for a more casual vibe.

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Mango

My Hangover Guide

As a twenty something living near the big city (Toronto), going out to bars is a part of my lifestyle. At no one’s fault besides my own,  I occasionally may drink one more rum and coke or tallboy then intended. We all know what that means, hangover city: population, me. I wanted to share my hangover guide and things I actually do the morning after. However, the first tip is something you can do the night before to wake up feeling a little less like an alcohol sponge, and more like a human being.

THE NIGHT BEFORE

-take ibuprofen and drink at least 2 glasses of water

-this tip may not help your pounding headache or weak stomach but at least your skin will feel great in the morning, which can help you feel great, apply this Clinique overnight mask, after taking your makeup off, to feel hydrated in the AM

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SLEEP AS LONG AS YOU CAN

-sleep is probably most important after a wild night out, my advice is to stay in bed until 2pm and then start to move

-check out Casper’s Pinterest page to get some bed inspo that will make you want to stay in bed all day long (check out their mattresses to learn more)

DRINK WATER 

-forget 8 glasses a day, try 20 glasses when you’re hungover

-sports drinks, like gatorade or powerade can also work wonders

WASH YOUR FACE / HAVE A SHOWER

-nothing feels better then having a hot shower and washing the thought of drinking away

-freshen up by going through your morning skin care routine (cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize), I guarantee you will be at least a little bit better

-if you are heading out for the day and are wearing makeup, prime your face with Too Faced Hangover primer to cure your skin hangover

EAT ANYTHING 

-by anything I mean anything, even that leftover pizza you ordered at 2am, there is no shame, getting any food into your system will help you feel better instantly

COFFEE

-need I say more? “one venti triple espresso latte please”

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GET MOVING

-it may be in your best interest to get out, grab coffee, brunch or head to the mall

-put on a comfy, lazy outfit, may I suggest leggings, oversized tee and a blanket scarf

-if you’re still feeling like hangover city is winning, then rock a red lip, instant perk up in in your mood and state of mind

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Visit Casper’s blog to see their guide on getting rid of your hangover and find some funny GIFs! ALSO, tomorrow is National Margarita Day (Feb 22) so you will definitely need to keep these tips in mind while you are salsa-ing and sipping margaritas. I hope you enjoyed my guide and let me know what you always do when you’re struck with a horrible hangover!