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DIY nails with MICRO Nail

Monday, November 10, 2014

Right now I'm really into beauty treatments. 
I do think it's important to go to professionals for major treatments but 
for the times in-between why not DIY? 

I was excited when I got an email to try the MICRO Nail ($59.99).
MICRO Nail electric polisher buffs and shines in seconds, instantly revealing brilliantly natural, shiny nails. Rotating at 360 degrees and up to 1,800 times per minute, the MICRO Nail has two patented rollers.
It comes with a few rollers. There is the ‘MICRO Smooth’ roller. It's designed to buff away imperfections and stains. This is a common issue with people like me who get gel polishes.

The other roller ‘MICRO Shine’ is the miracle worker! It gives you the natural shine. You can wear your nails without polish or add your fave colour on top!

I used my mom as my nail model. 
The device was gentle on the nails and the process was really quick.

MICRO Nail is battery operated and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart or Micronails.ca.



My favourite 5 minute face products

Monday, November 10, 2014

I was asked how did I perfect my 5 minute face....I think it started in college.
I had to take 2 buses and 2 different subway trains to get to my classes.
My go-to was always cream shadow and a full volume mascara.

Here is an example of some of items that I'd use daily.

In college, I was on a strict budget but I always made sure my brows were decent. These TRIM eyebrow shapers ($3.88 CAN) are perfect to get the stray hairs away and clean up your brows. 

I've raved about the importance of using SPF daily- no matter what your skin tone is. L'oreal Paris Sily Sheer Face Lotion ($12.96 CAN) is amazing. It's non-greasy and lightweight for daily use.
Swisspers Cosmetic Applicators ($2.00 CAN) are a double duty products. I use them to apply my makeup and clean up mistakes. Hard Candy "All lid up" cream shadows ($4.98 CAN) literally last hours. I usually don't have to worry about creasing throughout the day. 
Use them with your fingers or an applicator.
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retro Glam ($5.98 CAN) is a perfect mascara to use because I hardly get ANY clumps. The hourglass shape also helps to fan out your lashes.

Wet n' Wild Mega Last Lip colour ($2.37 CAN each) compares to any high-end lipsticks I own. 
Long lasting & they come in a vast amount of colours.
Eyes:

What's your 5 minute face?

Fun in the Sun + My Vacay Bag

Monday, November 10, 2014

I wish I could describe how I am right now...Stressed is an understatement
Instead of dwelling on my woes, my fiancé and I are going to take a nice island vacation. 
Just to clear our minds so when we get back we can work on the several tasks at hand. 
Nothing clears your mind like a beach, free drinks and sun.

It's so important to have a purse/wallet with you at all times on vacay. Especially something that can carry your suitcase keys, tip money, lipglosses.. need I go on.

This year I found the perfect sized cross body bag on Rosegal ($10.46 US).

I won't lie...
White is usually not the first colour I'd grab for but I wanted to get something outside of the box.
 The front of the bag is a hasp closure. Which is something that I usually avoid because if I drop my bag I don't want all the contents to fall out. But lucky for me this has an interior pocket. So if I drop my bag nothing falls out. Perfect! There is also a zipper pocket at the back. Plus another pocket inside. And of course the best thing about the bag (which made me interested in the first place)  is the fact that you can wear the straps around across your body or you can take them off and hold it like a clutch.  For me wearing it across my body would be best this will prevent me putting it down maybe to wash my hands and forgetting it to pick it up. Unlimited drinks might do that to you..

If you're interested in this bag use this 8% Coupon Code: May49rose


Holiday- Mary Kay: Limited-Edition Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set

Thursday, November 06, 2014

One memorable thing about the holiday season is the familiar scents!  
One of my favourite things from Mary Kay's Winter Wishes collection was the Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set ($27.00 CAN).

This limited-edition collection captures the magic of the season with its fruity, floral scent.

I love the fact that it comes in a cute festive tin. 
Once I have finished the products, I can use the tin for my little nicknacks.




What is it:
  Shimmeriffic Shower Gel 
Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set
Holiday tin

Why would I want it:
Because it smells really good!
Body lotion leaves a subtle shimmer
The tin!


Where can I get it?
marykay.ca



Holiday: OPI-Sheer to the Top

Thursday, November 06, 2014

It's November!
This month and next will be full of holiday beauty.
There is so much to share!

Sheer to the Top! ($27.00 CAN) is a great Christmas gift for the nail lover in your life!  
The set contains Top Coat, Matte Top Coat, and So Elegant.
This Winter it's ALL about layering. 
You have the perfect products to do so.


My favourite is So Elegant . It's a glitter nail lacquer studded with black and chrome particles.
Mattify it with Matte Top Coat or create a design by adding Top Coat on top. So many options!

“Top Coat provides a high-gloss, protective shine, while Matte Top Coat gives lacquer a velvety finish. So Elegant is a new, limited edition glitter with chunky black and silver sparkles that can be worn alone or over any OPI hue. As the name suggests, this shade lends a chic, glamorous element to nails,"Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador.
Are you ready for Fall nails?

Let's talk: Wedding Invitations- Part #2

Thursday, October 30, 2014


My invites are here!
I know that it's suggested to send them out three to four months before.
We opted for something much earlier because we have a small list.

After getting all the information I needed, I decided to go forward with ordering on elegantweddinginvites.com.

As a bride on a budget, I liked that all of there invitations came with free response cards, free outer envelopes and return envelopes. Not an extra cost. Plus they can print your return address onto the envelopes for free as well. That's a huge savings! Other companies were charging me high fees for RSVP cards and other customizations
.

Paper type was important to me. Elegant wedding invitations had three options to choose from. Since gold is the main colour in my wedding. So I decided to go with Pearl Luster Cardstock.

Made in Italy, this thick 115lb card features a smooth and silky surface that offers a luxurious hand-feel. It is the thickest of the three card-stocks and offers a more durable and smooth texture.

I was surprised to see that the outer envelopes were pearl luster as well! 
I expected plain white envelopes and was pleasantly surprised. 

Customization was also big for me. I had no idea where to start. On their site they had wording examples to assist you with wording etiquette. It's important that the wording on the invite is clear and easy to read. Also it must sound like you! 

Lastly, they were able to change the colour, font, wording at no extra cost. I was emailed eproofs for approval. I might have changed my mind 4 times! Eproof are important because you get to see your exact product before it gets to your door. 

Honestly, pictures don't do this enclosure any justice. You can kinda see the pearl luster pocket reflecting in the sun. The pocket opens up to reveal my invitation, rsvp card, reception card and rsvp envelope. 


I did remove my wedding date from the front of the invite.


Toronto: World Mastercard Fashion Week + Giveaway

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week. 
It was a great opportunity to check out everything fashion and beauty under one roof. 
What I really loved was that this time I had the opportunity to see the whole picture. 
The conception of the backstage look to the runway!

Maybelline-Mélissa Nepton:
This look was all about the brows!


"Well-Groomed, bold brows brought focus to the eyes at Mélissa Nepton" -Grace Lee, Lead Makeup Artist, Maybelline New York Canada

Love the brows? Get the look?
Start with the Define-A-Brow® pencil to shape.
Use the Eyestudio® Brow Drama to fill in.

Essie-Mélissa Nepton:
Hello Spring nails!

Want the look?
You need:
Apricot Cuticle Oil (base)
Ridge Filling Base Coat(on top)
Where’s My Chauffeur? or Turquoise & Caicos or Absolutely Shore (on all but the ring finger)
No Place Like Chrome (ring finger)
Good to Go Top Coat (top coat)
Quick-e (Quick drying)



Redken-Mélissa Nepton:
"It's simple but there is still technically behind it"- Jorge Jao, Redken's Lead Artist 

One of the staples to get the look is the Pillow Proof blow dry express primer. This is a must have for curly haired girls like me because it has a heat protectant hair primer. Which protects your hair up to 450 degrees. Plus cuts down blow dry time, provides 24-hour lasting volume and helps to reduce breakage. Totally wish I had this in my high school blow dry my hair straight everyday phases.

Not sure if you can pull of this look?
Jorge recommends a simple 3-step regime to get you started.
PRIME
Starting with Pillow Proof blow dry express primer to prep hair.
STYLE 
Using any Redken styling products. 
EXTEND 
Use Pillow Proof blow dry two-day extender a dry shampoo to extend your style.

Feeling more confident?
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Skin Care: Live Clean (Fresh Face) Line

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Skin care is really major to me right now.
With the engagement shoot coming up, bridal shower and of course the wedding- I'm doing everything I can to maintain perfect skin.

I did have a skin mishap a few weeks ago which completely set me back but now I'm back!
I'll be introducing Live Clean Fresh Face into my regime. 
Live Clean Fresh Face™ is a luxurious and prestige collection of eco-friendly skin care promising exceptional performance with natural plant based ingredients and pure essential oils.

I love Live Clean Fresh Face™line because all of their products are composed of 98% plant-derived ingredients- plus:
  • Petroleum free
  • Hypoallergenic 
  • Dermatologist tested
  • SLS/Sulfate free
  • DEA free
  • Paraben, Phthalate and Phosphate free
The three products in my arsenal are:

Live Clean (Fresh Face) Hydrating Creamy Cleanser ($14.99 CAN)
Gently cleanses pores/skin of oil and makeup without stripping moisture.
Contains:
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Orchid extract
  • Vitamin C 
  • Lavender
  • Cucumber
  • Chamomile
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mallow
  • Aloe 
  • Buckthorn
Live Clean (Fresh Face) 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream ($19.99 CAN)
Hydration for 24 hours
Contains:
  • Orchid extract
  • Vitamin C  
  • Lavender
  • Cucumber
  • Chamomile
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mallow
  • Aloe 
  • Buckthorn

Live Clean (Fresh Face) Refreshing Facial Wipes ($9.99 CAN)
Alcohol and oil free wipes
Contains:
  • Orchid extract
  • Vitamin C 
  • Lavender
  • Cucumber
  • Chamomile
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mallow
  • Aloe 
  • Buckthorn
Additional products:
  • Foaming Daily Cleanser 
  • Refreshing Facial Toner 
  • Smoothing Facial Scrub 
  • Soothing Daily Moisturizer 
  • Nourishing Night Cream 
  • Repairing Eye Cream
  • Glowing Daily Serum 
  • Anti Aging Recovery Cream
Live Clean (Fresh Face) is available at Walmart, Target, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and PharmaSave.



EOS Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Eos has a limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection ($9.99) which 100% of net profits are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The collection includes:
  • Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
  • Berry Blossom Hand Lotion,
  • Limited Edition Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick Lip Balm 
I love eos because they're paraben-free, gluten-free and always smell sooo good!

You can the collection at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Loblaws, Target, Walmart, Giant Tiger, Rexall, Sobeys, Lawtons, and evolutionofsmooth.ca






NewYorkColor: Halloween Challenge #NYCbeautypro

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Did you know that my love of SFX makeup has lead me to blogging.
I love using makeup to create a fantasy and have fun.

This months theme is "Black Magic, Witch Craft and more..
Every year, I do something gory..BUT I decided to switch it up and go cutesy.
In other words.. I'm in the "more" section.. HAHAHA!
This look is EXTREMELY easy to do.
Get a headband with ears or DIY one!

How to Get the Look:
  • I took the HD Trio Eye shadow ($2.99 US) in Skyrise Steel(The darkest colour) and applied it on the tip of my nose and down to my cupids brow. I used the same palette to make the whiskers and highlight my inner eye (the silver). 
  • On my lips I used the Expert Last lip color ($1.99 US) in Red Rapture.
Final question:
Do I look like a cat, mouse or ?



Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliners Swatches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What do you look for in an eyeliner?
For me, I need a brand that is:
  • Waterproof
  • Pigmented
  • Doesn't smudge
I found that with Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliners ($11.99 CAN)! 
Cone tip applicator and cream stick formula with intense kohl pigments provide a bold smoldering line.

Tip: With Kajal's it's important use them sideways while rotating. 
NEVER on the tip because the tip can not be sharpened. 

As you can tell from the swatches the colour you see is what you get. 
These are really pigmented and suitable for all skin tones.


Jet Set into Fall with Revlon- London

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Revlon Canada gave a few bloggers the opportunity to participate in a challenge which allowed us to receive products based on a fashionable city. We had no idea what city we were getting ahead of time. I was so happy that I got London, England!

When I was younger, I spent a few summers in England with my Granddad and Grandmother. From early age, I've had the opportunity to experience London's Fashion forward culture and loved it. 
I still have some of the items in my closet, years later.

Revlon's London look is an intense smoky eye with a natural lip!

Makeup Products:
  • Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks- Onyx & Gunmetal ($3.49 CAN)
  • Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout ($10.49 CAN)
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black ($10.49 CAN)
  • Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in London Posh ($13.59 CAN)












-Glide charcoal along inner corner of the eye to outer crease creating an angled line. Use Onyx to extend the line slightly outside the outer edge and blend colors together.
-Create definition by using liner on upper lash line and outer edges of lower lash line. Apply Onyx along the liquid line to add sparkle. Finish with mascara.
-Keep lips neutral with London Posh.

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout
Create whatever line you want skinny or thick!

Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks- Onyx & Gunmetal
This is actually the first time that I 've used the eyeshadows.
I was pretty excited to see how pigmented they were!
Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black
This is a holy grail product! It's the darkest mascara that I've seen on the market.


Final look with Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in London Posh applied.
I reviewed them here: Moisture Stain

Nails:
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel- All or Nothing & High Stakes


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