Wedding: Five things I wish I knew before I went dress shopping

Dress shopping wasn't the disaster I thought it would be. I'm short, got boobs and a small waist. I expected fitting room breakdowns but it never got to that. I had to write this post because no one ever talks about the dress experience. It's definitely something that needs to be addressed. Here are a few tips that I wish I knew before I went shopping.

DO not let anybody tell you what you can or can not wear.
I went into a retailer to talk about the process of booking an appointment and on the spot she judged me. I was wearing an oversized sweater and a puffy parka. Her words were "You're a ballgown girl. Nothing else in here would be flattering on you. Don't look over there". Immediately my confidence was shattered. There is nothing wrong with ballgowns-they're gorgeous but why put me into a bubble before I even try anything on. It doesn't matter if you're 100 pounds or 300 pounds- TRY ON WHAT YOU LIKE! You make the decision what works for you.

Always have a buffer in your budget
Say your budget is $2,500 and you see a dress that is $200 more- plus it fits all the requirements. TRY IT ON! It might be the one.

Don't Settle on your happiness + Take risks
Get the dress you want. You will be looking back on these pictures for a lifetime, who wants to be miserable when they see the dress in pictures. I took an extreme risk with the dress that I chose.. I cannot divulge all the details- YET! But I'm really happy. That's all that matters.

Not every girl cries when they find the dress
I've seen every episode of Say Yes to the Dress. 90% of girls cry their eyes out. I didn't cry at all. I was so confused why didn't I have the same reaction as the people on TV... I even panicked. But just know that everyone doesn't cry..and your normal. 

The proper undergarments make a huge difference.
Need waist definition? Try a corset with a built in underwire bra. So many options out there to smooth out unwanted lumps and bumps. I wrote a great post about what to wear under a wedding dress back in May. It's still relevant.

If you have some dress shopping tips PLEASE leave them below!

Six years of blogging... is this a goodbye?

Last December, I celebrated 6 years of blogging.
Thank you for your comments, views and shares of my blog posts throughout the years. 
I know I haven't been posting a lot because of the wedding but this is still my baby. 
I'm not sure how long Spiced Beauty will be here.... but I will not lie.. the passion is kind of dying
I personally feel like the landscape is not where it should be right now. 
In other words, six years of doing this and I haven't seen much of a change (for me).  
Don't get me wrong... I still get excited when I see a palette in the mail or event invite but I still think there might be another realm for Spiced Beauty.  Actually let me rephrase that.. there is another realm but that hasn't really been tapped out yet.

For now, I'm going to keep on trucking........

Valentine's Day Red Lips

I love this lip color because I asked Drew Barrymore what colour would she choose for me and she chose Rosebud! Coincidentally, it was in my gift bag.

It's the perfect red for every skin tone.
Plus it would be an amazing bridal or Valentine's day colour!


FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color 
- Creamy application
- Pigmented
- High shine


Products used for my look:
FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color ($7.98 CAN)
Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Lashblast ($10.99 CAN)
Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours - Indigo ($20.99 CAN)



Flower Beauty + Drew Barrymore

I went to an exclusive Flower Beauty event a while back and I had the opportunity to try out a lot of their products and meet Drew Barrymore. She is amazing- literally everything I thought she would be and more. I'm so impressed with the line. The pigmentation, the colour range, and the overall products that they have makes it unique.


Fell in-love this amazing red lipstick- Rosebud (shown above). Which I'll post about it soon. Plus I was also introduced to a new favourite: Flower Color Play Creme Eyeshadows $7.98 CAN. It that comes in six shades. The packaging is extremely cute and the consistency is soft like a soufflé.
You can apply it with your fingers or with a thin brush like a concealer brush. After eight hours of work- it did not crease. I used one of my make up removers to take off the eyeshadow and I had no issue. Each creme eyeshadow has vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
I would recommend getting every colour.


NewYorkColor: January Challenge #NYCBeautyPro

I love these challenges because they force me to get all done up!

January's challenge: Is all about Demi Lovato!
If you're out of the loop and don't know- She is New York Color's first global ambassador.
More importantly- She can rock a mean smokey eye.

Products we received in our January Kit:

Products used:
  • Show Time Smoking Hot Mascara $3.49
  • City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadow $4.99
  • Expert Satin Matte Lip Color $4.99

The Look:

I'm in love with the stay power of the City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadows. 
I'm so use to "cream" shadows creasing on me but these stayed put!
And those lipsticks.. *swoon* The PERFECT combination of matte & satin. 
I'm wearing Expert Satin Matte Lip Color in Berry Me.