Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Look | Red Lips

While I was in Canada, I bought a new YSL lipstick at Sephora.  I ended up having loads of Sephora points so I received an Hourglass Cosmetics box sample set.  Included was a mini Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in the color Icon.  Which is super, super red.  

If you've hung around my blog enough you know that I'm pretty scared of red lipstick.  Not only is it extremely messy, but I just never liked the way it looked on me.  The closest I would wear to red lips was purchasing the infamous Kate Moss lipstick in 107.  That's pretty much as red as I would go.  Until Icon.  

I bit the bullet and decided to try it out on my last night in Canada, and I just absolutely loved the way it looked on me!  I didn't wear much eye makeup, just mascara, and rightly so, as it made my red lips -POP- even more.  You know how you're scared of doing something new with your makeup but then you do and you think How did I ever live without this before?  Pretty dramatic but that's exactly how I feel with this match made in Heaven.

I added a slight bohemian twist on these photos because when I went out in Canada, I was dressed casual upscale, so I wanted to see what it looked like in another style (other photo taken with it below-not enhanced at all!)

| P r o d u c t s  U s e d |

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer Base (included in sample set)
Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation in 225 
Revlon Photoready Concealer 
Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up
Maybelline Fit Me! Powder in 225
NARS Translucent Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze
MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish 
Hourglass Full Spectrum Mascara in Onyx (included in sample set)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown
MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso Matte
Maybelline Babylips
Rimmel London Kate Moss 107 
Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon

Also, I know these photos are kinda intense (i.e. clearly enhanced and pretty bright), but I actually really like the way they came out.  And I wanted to show the clear contrast between the red lips, my complexion and my black shirt! 

Last night on my trip. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm Back | Canada 2014

How many "I'm back!" posts have I written since I've been to Hawaii, moved, just been offline for awhile...?
I have been such a bad blogger I knowwww. 
*monkey with hands over the eyes emoji*

But!  I'm back and I have some awesome photos for ya'll! (Side Note: a lot of these were taken on the go from my iPhone so I apologize for the quality!)

As you can see, Canada was absolutely amazing.  With all you lovely people commenting me telling me I had to try Tim Hortons, that's the first place I went and fell in love with their Timbits.  I went camping (CAMPING!) for the first time ever at Lake Louise, which was incredibly beautiful and so unreal.  The day after that, we did the Mud Hero run which started out kinda disastrous but ended up being so much fun! I floated down a river near Edmonton called Pembina.  My first time going floating and that was relaxing! Devan took me to the biggest mall in the world, West Edmonton Mall, where they have an amusement park, a watermark, an aquatic park (complete with a pirate ship?!) with seals and other underwater animals, an ice skating rink, a mini golf course, and a bowling alley.  Yes.  All of that.  They also had a Kate Spade so of course I had to go look! We went to an outdoor movie (The Lego Movie!), which I had, of course, seen with David, but nobody else in our group had seen it so they really liked that.  On my last night we did a big girls night and we were just running all over Edmonton going from place to place and having such a fun time! 

My first experience in Canada was truly phenomenal and it's because of my amazing friend, Devan, and the incredible people she surrounds herself with.  I met the sweetest girls while I was there and hope to remain friends with them so that we can all get together again when I go back.

The only thing I could complain about were the customs!  They were so strict and they actually looked through my phone to make sure that I "wasn't trying to sneak into their country to get a job there."  Ruuuude!  And such an invasion of privacy! 

But jokes on them because I've tried getting a job there and I can't soooo...! ;) 

I know a few of my blogger friends reside in Maple Leaf Country, but for the rest of you, have you ever been to Canada?  Did you have a good experience?  Tell me below! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Perfect DIY Wedding Color Combos-White & Gold

Hi all! 

I'm coming to you today with a guest post from Ann over at Makeup Beauty Online.  If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you know that I am just completely obsessed with gold and white so still following that I bring you her post on a white and gold wedding combo!

Couples who are crazy in love often tend to overdo in many things. It is the most normal thing, since emotional alertness usually strangles the rational part of the brain. Due to that, many couples get easily carried away when it comes to the wedding organization procedure. Not that they only invite too many people and then run all over the town to borrow money for the reception, but they also lose their mind over many other things. One of such exaggerations is the abundance of colors in the wedding reception space, no matter if it is a restaurant or a hall. Influenced by many different factors, the about-to-be-wedded couple simply gives in and they open themselves to most dissimilar suggestions. For instance, if bride's mother has a tip, it is most probable that the groom is not going to argue, in order not to insult his future mother-in-law. Contrary to that, the bride also avoids opposing broom's parents (especially mothers), to keep all the relations in order.

Obvious over-versatility 
If the situation turns out to be as the one described above, it does not have to be visible to your invitees in any aspect of the wedding ceremony. However, there is one place where a hawk's eye might notice that too many people were involved in that part of the wedding – colors. If the centerpiece is dominantly pink and the crockery goes into a completely different direction, while the wedding banners do not have anything in common with the former two, then something is obviously discordant with other parts. When it comes to colors at the wedding, there should be one clear direction or color and then all other details might just serve as appendices that are here to make the dominant force even more notable. 
Tradition or trend?
When deciding what color to choose as the main color of the whole wedding ceremony, you can follow the traditional path or look up to newest trends in combining colors for the wedding. If you opt for the traditional approach, then it is obvious that white color is the only reasonable choice. Ascribing the leading role to white color will most certainly be happily approved by members of the older generation, especially aunts and women. White color symbolizes many things, but the most important one is definitely innocence and purity of the bride. As a matter of fact, grooms will also appreciate of the white effort, especially if they have a traditional point of view. 
If the bride decides to dress up in a white gown and a white wedding veil, then it should also be followed by other traditional colors. When it comes to most usual wedding colors that can be combined with white, there is one color that should be given advantage to before any other – the gold color. In addition, it should not only be gold in the sense of color, but you should also combine gold jewelry with white outfit. It is hard to imagine anything more traditional and mutually suitable as these two colors.
New trends, however, allow for a more liberal approach to the color choice for the wedding ceremony.
White and gold as assistants
If you do not want to stress out the symbols of white color, you can make a great dressing combination and still incorporate white and gold color. They can have the role of followers or spice up the dominant color, no matter which one you choose to be the leading color. For example, a white brooch and yellow gold bracelet might be a great addition to a light orange wedding dress. 
Apart from clothes, white and yellow can be applied to many other wedding assets. If you want gorgeously designed invitation cards, for instance, a combination of white and gold color will be the right choice. For those older invitees, it will represent some sort of respect for tradition and their times. On the other hand, younger generations will at least stay neutral. Today, it is not easy to do anything with youngsters without annoying them.
All in all, arranging colors for the wedding day should be meticulously planned. If you already have several color managers around you, go with white and gold to satisfy their wishes and you will also be pleased with the final result.
Go check out Ann's beauty blog at Makeup Beauty Online! 

Until next time...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Welcome Home! (Part I)

WOW, it has been a seriously long time since I have blogged!
There are two reasons for this.  The main reason being I have been traveling from one state to another to my new home, and two, I have no internet yet *barred teeth emoji* 

I do however, live right a cross the street from my grandmothers house, who does have internet so I'm able to blog to some extent until I get my office organize (yes, I'll have an office! -Okay, I'll be sharing it with my Mother, but still!), and get my vanity set up. 

The new house is seriously beautiful.  Well, as beautiful as a little country house by the beach who was owned by two senior citizens that never cleaned it can be. The best part about the whole house, though, is the landscape.  

We have a fabulous garden.  Literally, a garden, with blueberries, grapes, corn (real corn on the cob!), two kinds of squash, tomatoes, and onions.  And the flowers.  Just seriously gorgeous!  Although few because they are dying (sad panda), I very much adore the pink roses growing on the side of the house. 

Also, we have a wonderful fountain in our front yard.  Unfortunately, we have yet to figure out how to turn it on, but it's quite nice!  
Okay, enough of me describing it to you-see for yourself! 

See.  I told you it was spectacular.  

I'm really thinking of starting up yoga/meditation again.  The backyard is just too peaceful and too lovely to pass up the opportunity.  

What do you think of mine and my family's new house?  Part II of this post will be coming once I have the inside of the house relatively organized, so I'll show you how I set up my room/my office and maybe some other things!