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Wedding: The Ins and Outs of Wedding Guest Lists Advice from Weddingbells’ Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let's back track a bit. Last time I interviewed Weddingbells’ Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill the topic was wedding dress shopping. Today's topic is something that ALL brides dread.. The wedding guest list. This is the one part that has caused me so many headaches! I'm trying to keep my wedding small but all these people are popping up out of nowhere! Trying to accommodate everyone- plus listening to your parents requests is stressful. Hope this helps someone out there! 

Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill tackles my wedding guest list questions

How do you pick who comes to your wedding?
On your wedding day you want to be surrounded by those nearest and dearest to you (both family and friends). Whether you invite all of them will depend of course on your wedding budget and the size of the guest list you can accommodate. If your wedding is super-small and intimate, you may be challenged to narrow down exactly whom you invite. There are no hard and fast rules on who must be there—invite the people who mean the most in your life, who are extra-special. Wedding invites are a delicate subject and often come with their fair share of drama. It’s always good to be prepared for backlash because it happens. Often.

Are plus ones necessary?
Plus ones are not necessary but it’s often expected. Your guest will expect to invite a guest to accompany them to the wedding. If you are not extending the invitation to a plus one, be sure that is clearly indicated on your guest’s invitation. You may hear from the guest asking to confirm that a plus one is not invited. Taking it one step further, your guest may write in the name of their plus one even though you have indicated the invitation is for them alone. Once again be prepared to deal with this situation as you may have a disgruntled wedding guest on your hands.

How early in advance should you send out your invites?
Wedding invitations should be sent out no later than three months in advance of your wedding day. Better yet, it’s always appreciated by your guests if you send a save the date far in advance of your wedding day. People love advance notice on events and you want to be sure they clear their calendar for your wedding day.

What should be in the invite? (Response cards, for example)
Your invitation package includes the actual wedding invite and an RSVP card (or an email address/website where guests can respond). Including a map of the ceremony and reception location is also a great idea.

RSVPS: Mailing them back vs. email corresponding?
Either way is acceptable. It all depends on what the couple is asking for. If there is an RSVP card enclosed, fill out and send back. If there is an email, then send your reply electronically.

The Body Shop: Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I might not wear a lot of makeup in general but mascara is a must. I should add... my mascara usually does not come off easily because it's layered into 3 to 4 coats to get my desired look... Don't Judge me..haha.

With that being said, I'm always interested in trying out new products which are going to make my life easier before I go to bed. Sometime last year, I got my hands on a tin of this product: Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($16.00 CAN). It's honestly amazing! It's really nice to get a product that is soft and gentle but still does the job. This is my second tin! 
This cleanser is an indulgent make-up remover for the whole face. It gently and efficiently melts away make-up and impurities, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and pampered.

How to Apply:
With a dry face massage the product into skin. Then rinse it off with warm water or use a wet muslin cloth to cleanse & exfoliate.


I applied waterproof/smudge-proof products and let it set. 
Then applied the cleansing butter and worked it in.

This product leaves your skin feeling clean, has a pleasant light scent and melts away your makeup.
What more could you need??

Purminerals- JUPITER ASCENDING Collection Swatches

Friday, July 25, 2014

 I missed playing with palettes- mixing and matching colours to get the perfect look. I received this Purminerals palette inspired by the movie JUPITER ASCENDING ($35.00 CAN). Which stars Mila Kunis and my favourite eye candy Channing Tatum.

Let me start off by saying- this is a limited-edition makeup collection which is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. The colours in the palette are based of Jupiter Jones’ signature look.



Inside the encasing there is a light-up lip gloss in Galaxy. Which is a appropriate pink for all skin tones.
Plus a liquid precision eyeliner in Outer Space. Also nice black liquid eyeliner perfect for making a clean cat eye.


This palette comes with a mini eye shadow applicator brush. 

Colours from left to right:
  • Majesty eye shadow (pale taupe)
  • Destiny eye shadow (cream)
  • Night Sky eye shadow (slate)
  • Jupiter eye shadow (rose)
  • Caine eye shadow (mocha)
  • Cosmos eye shadow (iridescent white)
Are you feeling this collection?

Beauty Blog Link Love 19/07/14

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Phyrra tells you to Be Cool Honey Bunny and check out the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection!

Over at Makeup Morsels, MM's putting some bathtime & bodycare products through their paces. Find out which ones made the cut.

This week at theNotice, Rae has found the perfect neutral quad. You heard her: it's perfect. And you'll never guess who it's by.

Jenny from My Funny Valentine explores the Pantone 2014 Colour Of The Year with a FOTD featuring purples, pinks, grey and gold.

Summer is the best time to check out new beauty products! Jenn from Spicedbeauty finds three that she's obsessed with.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the hassle-free joy of a lip stain - check out her swatches and decide if not having to reapply lipcolour all day would make your world a better place!

Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven't heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They've developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can't help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.

The Body Shop Sells Sorbet?!?!?

Friday, July 18, 2014

I love when new products/innovations come out. Especially if it's a texture that you have never felt/seen before. It was literally love at first sight when I received this Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet ($20.00 CAN) from The Body Shop.

An instant cooling sensation for all day hydration. This silky-soft moisturiser hydrates and refreshes skin with an ultra-light light formula.
It's so light and soft but very hydrating. Actually- The Body Shop has also come out with line body sorbets which come in your favourite scents.  That's a whole other story but the next time that you are in the body shop please treat yourself and I'll test out every single one. You will fall in love!



Must Have: L'OREAL PARIS Sublime Sun Silky Sheer Face Lotion SPF 50+

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My stash right now is insane.. Sometimes I miss out on some gems/don't get to them in time. My regular facial moisturizer got misplaced- so I had to try something new. Some of you may think I'm being over dramatic but it was a life-changing skincare decision. Let me start off by saying that you should be wearing sunscreen daily no matter what your skin tone is. I usually go with about SPF 15 but I'm always looking for something better.

During my frantic rush to get ready one morning for work, I found a stash of sun products that were sent to me by L'Oreal Paris: Sublime Sun Silky Sheer Face Lotion SPF 50+ ($9.99 CAN).

Being a deeper skin tone SPF can sometimes show up white and streaky on me. It's definitely something that you can handle on vacation but not something that I can handle for every day use. The product comes and a slim orange bottle that is small enough to fit into your make up bag.

The formula is fluid and not thick like usual facial sunscreens  I use. The most important thing for me is that by the end of the day it doesn't leave me oily nor does it clog pores because the ultra-light texture is designed for your face.

Why you need it:
  • Oil-free
  • Non-greasy
  • Water resistant 
  • Won’t clog pores
Swatch:



What's your summer style? + GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's your summer style?
Right now- mine consists of maxi dresses, short dresses, jean shorts, sandals... oh I could go on and on!

What if I told you that you can win a $5,000 shopping spree just your sharing your Canadian style!
Schick Quattro for Women is celebrating stylish Canadian selfies in a contest called 
Your #Selfie. Your Style

Until July 22nd, you can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree:
Two ways to enter:
  • Upload your selfie to Instagram with the #QFWSelfie hashtag and tag @QFWCanada
  • Upload your selfie to the Facebook app here: http://bit.ly/QFWSelfie
To celebrate, Schick Quattro for Women is allowing me to host an amazing giveaway valued at $185!

Contents:
  • Two NEW Schick Quattro for Women razors Enriched with Papaya & Pearl
  • fold-over clutch
  • summery scarf
  • jeweled cuff bracelet 
  • $50 Visa gift card

Canadians Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Don’t forget to like the Schick Quattro for Women Facebook page and follow @QFWCanada on Instagram!

#Likeagirl

Friday, July 11, 2014

Did you know that 56% of girls lose confidence during puberty...
Puberty was an awkward time. Trying to see where you fit in/who your real friends are..
I could go on and on..

Being that I'm the oldest in my family.
I was use to hearing other people using the term "like a girl" to me.

Thankfully, my parents always believed in me and never subjected me to that... but not every girl is that lucky. Only 19% of girls have a positive association with the phrase “like a girl.”

This has got to change! I
t’s time to refine the term #LikeaGirl.

Don't know what I mean? 
Watch this video!


Directed by Lauren Greenfield, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for her documentary, “The Queen of Versailles” in 2012, the #LikeaGirl social experiment captures how doing something like a girl changes as they grow up and how a bit of encouragement can go a long way in changing what it means to be proud to be a girl, and do things like a girl.


Zoe Saldana on FASHION Magazine's August 2014 Cover- Hot or Not?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I've honestly enjoyed a few of the latest movies that Zoe Saldana has started in- Star Trek, Avatar and Colombiana were really good. I'll admit she's not one of the actresses I'd look to for fashion inspiration but I loved the way she was styled on the latest cover of Fashion Magazine.


Inside the mag she talks about various things such as her marriage (I actually didn't know she was married) and how she prepared for her role in Nina. Yes.. If you don't know she's playing Nina Simone in a new biopic. I seen a lot of criticism on twitter about her getting the role due to her skin colour.. etc. Fashion Magazine asked her about it and his was her response:

On skin-deep criticisms regarding her casting in the biopic, Nina-
“I handled the role with the same love, the same respect and the same pride that any other black person would, because I am a black woman, a proud Latino black woman, and nobody’s going to take that right from me.”

Hmmm..I really think people should give her a chance.

Overall I see the the cover as HOT!
What do you think?

Beauty News: Bliss + Moroccanoil

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Summer is the best time to try out new products.
With all the parties, dates and the vacations going on it's always great to look your best.
Check out these three products!

Chapped lips are not sexy on anyone. Summer is the time to break out your favourite matte lipsticks! So get ready with the Bliss 'Pout'-o-matic Lip Exfoliating Tool ($58.00 CAN). Yes.. there is a tool that will exfoliate your lips for you! No man power required.

This must-have system revitalizes and smooths lips for a beautiful, full look. The pro-powered lip-perfecting device uses gentle rotation and custom designed head with massaging numbs to softly yet effectively stimulate and exfoliate your lips. Complete with a creamy lip scrub to polish, nourish, and condition lips to help color last longer, this set includes all the essentials for soft, healthy lips.
You will never know how a week worth of vacation can cause on your hair.. I remember the first time I went to Cuba and forgot to bring my own shampoo/conditioner. My hair was a mess! 
It could have been prevented with these three products.
Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Shampoo gently cleanses the scalp, while Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner smoothes and reconstructs hair - both providing the added moisture and hydration needed to repair damaged strands and promote healthy, beautiful hair. Moroccanoil® Treatment will instantly absorb into the hair to help create luminous shine and luxurious, silky perfection, transforming hair with dramatic results.
Do you have a lot of dead skin cells? 
Bliss has a solution for getting fit of them their Micro Magic Spa-Powered Microdermabrasion Treatment($56.00 CAN). 

This twice-a-week spa-powered microdermabrasion treatment boosts your cleansing routine by powerfully yet gently exfoliating dead cells and pore-polluting impurities that face washes may leave behind. Aloe and mushroom extract reduce inflammation and calm skin while peppermint extract refreshes and revitalizes. 


Beauty Blog Link Love 05/07/14

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Beauty Reflections demonstrates the new Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner and shares her thoughts on this hyped-up beauty product.

Brands that focus on their ingredients are great, but sometimes, it's just a marketing ploy. Find out which new beauty brand Rae is none too pleased with at theNotice.

Musicalhouses reviews the Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner to see if this much-hyped, highly-raved-about eyeliner lives up to its name!

FabDiva20 has some gorgeous MAC lipsticks that are perfect for the summer season! Check out her top MAC lipsticks for the summer.

Jenny reviews the gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Quad in The Dolce Vita on My Funny Valentine.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shows you how to get hydrated hair using ONE product! Trust me. It's a life changer!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed falls in love with Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick - check out her swatches and join her in revelling in all the beautiful shades and shine!

Need a moisturizer for your combo skin? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out LUSH's fresh selection of moisturizers for summer!

Update Your Look with Revlon! #shop #cbias

Thursday, July 03, 2014

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Lately... I feel like I'm in a make up rut.
What does that mean exactly?

My look is so basic at the moment. Tinted lip balm and mascara.
My days have been divided into working and planning a wedding- so I have no time to get dolled up. 

Since summer is here, it's time to make a change and start playing with new products.
I went to Loblaws to pick up some goodies for my new look. 
Let me start off by saying- I've never shopped for makeup in a grocery store before.
Perfect time to try it out for my #CollectiveBias post.


My initial thoughts about Revlon (makeup) being sold in Loblaws.

Pros
Convenience
  • (Get your fruits and makeup needs in one location)

Cons
Selection
  • (Not as stocked as a drug store)
  • (Not a lot of the new release products)
  • (Messy)
  • (I saw no sales!)


I hardly seen any of the new Revlon products which are shown in the magazines.
No Lip stains or shadow compacts from the new collection.

I love matte lips. So I had to get a Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm ($9.99 CAN)!
This is probably the BEST matte lip product that you can get for under $10.00!
Long lasting & very pigmented. I debated getting this in pink or red.
I decided to put this colour back and go with a signature red lip.

I needed a product to create my famous cat eye which usually requires a lot of precision.
Picked up the new Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner (8.99 CAN). The tip is tiny!
Probably one of the smallest ones I've seen on the market.

To finish of the look I went with Revlon Lash Potion Volume + Length Mascara ($12.99 CAN).
It's a "wet" mascara but works well when you let it dry in-between coats.
Again the convenience of grocery shopping and getting makeup is pretty awesome! 

Quick makeup breakdown:

If I'm going to purchase Revlon- I'd probably go to a drugstore for variety, quantity and sales.

Do you have a favourite product from Revlon? 

Hair: Cleansing Conditioners?

Friday, June 27, 2014

To shampoo or not to shampoo that is the question. 
I started my hair journey a few years ago which now entitles me to do 
my own hair 90% of the time.

One thing I can tell about my hair is that loves moisture! There are a lot of talks out there saying that shampoos actually strip your hair moisture and conditioners cannot replace the full amount of moisture that has been lost. I have switched to a cleansing conditioner. Best decision ever! Most cleansing conditioners are really good for the hair because they don't contain harsh chemicals and they really help your hair maintain moisture. I love how soft my hair is after using them.

Here is a shot of my natural hair- 
I have combed out my curls after putting in the Pantene damage repair cleansing conditioner ($9.99 CAN).

Do you have a favourite cleansing conditioner?

Click the product below and check some of my favourite cleansing conditioners!


The Oils of Live Clean this Summer

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oils have definitely become mainstream and have been making a huge impact lately.
I personally think that they are a must have in your hair regime. Not sure what brand to start with? Check out Live Clean’s three amazing hair oils.

Live Clean KERATIN OIL Leave-in Treatment ($11.99 CAN)
Perfect for curly, frizzy and dry hair.
This product repairs hair by using Buriti Oil and Macademia Nut Oil. Plus Wild Flower Honey to help your hair hold onto water molecules. Want that perfect blowout? It also helps to prevent heat damage.

LIVE CLEAN MONOI OIL Leave-in Treatment ($11.99 CAN)
Perfect for brittle, fine and dry hair.
This product contains Tahiti’s native Tiare flower (which known for it's beautiful scent) and Monoi Oil (very rich blend of coconut oil). Plus Bamboo Extract and Jojoba Oil to ensure your hair is fully moisturized. 

LIVE CLEAN AGE RESIST MIRACLE Nutrition Oil ($11.99 CAN)
Perfect for aging/damaged hair.
This product contains Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein which attaches to the hair shaft causing hair to appear fuller. Also contains Jojoba, Rosehip and Avocado Oil. An amazing pre-shampoo treatment.




Beauty Blog Link Love 21/06/14

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The L'Oreal Privee Nudes Collection is back and bigger then ever - check out the swatches from Lisamarie at Beauty Crazed to find your perfect nude!

This week at theNotice, Rae's going sheer with Clinique. Check out her reviews & swatches of 14 different Chubby Sticks and A Different Nail Enamel polishes!

Glitter lovers, FabDiva20 is excited to show you the Voilet Voss Glitters that she has won from a giveaway! Check out her Violet Voss post!

Phyrra brings you the new Makeup Geek Blushes! Find out which shades are her favorite.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shows you her new obsession from Benefit Cosmetics! Do you like Tinted Lip Balms?

Who doesn't want a beautiful and bronze Summer look, right? Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out Lancome's new for Summer 2014 French Riviera Collection.

What is Beauty Info Zone obsessing about this week? Just maybe it's eye creams. Be prepared to go shopping.

Beauty Reflections demonstrates the new L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness and you have to see how well it works! No more red cheeks!

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What's the best way to celebrate summer? Head over to Makeup Morsels and ring in warm weather with an Urban Decay giveaway.

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Swatches

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Last year was all about colour for me. This year, I'm more laid back with tints and balms.
On my radar right now, is Benefit Cosmetics hydrating tinted lip balms ($22.00 CAN).

A hydrating, fruity, tinted lip balm that conditions and glides on sheer.

Let me say this again. The keyword is tinted balm. As a girl with pigmented lips, I'm not looking for colour payoff just hydration. It's a bonus that these lip balms are very conditioning as well. They're perfect on their own or over your favourite lipstick.

Colours- According to the swatches below:
1. Lollibalm - candy orchid
2. Benebalm - rose
3. Cha Cha Balm - sheer mango
4. Posiebalm - poppy pink

My favourite balm is of course Lollibalm!
It works amazing with Lollitint which I reviewed back in January.


Do you have a favourite tinted lip balm?