Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Brazilian

Okay. I know you're thinking, say wha... diy? Brazilian? ya.. rrighht. And you're right. It did not happen without blood, sweat, and almost tears. It hurts like a Beeee, but like everything else once I put my mind to something it just has to happen & I am always thinking on a budget. So, I set out to read reviews on my best drugstore options because I didn't feel like I could wait for it to come in the mail and decided that Parissa was going to be the best bang for my bucks. Do not get me wrong. I am not telling you to go ahead and do this by ANY means. What I am telling you is that if you WANT to it CAN be done.

First, you heat that little saucer of wax on the stove, you stir it up and test it on your hand to make sure it's cool enough, or at least that's what I did, and then I put a thick layer starting on my bikini lines making sure that there is a thick glob at the end to grasp onto. Now, the tricky part is waiting til it sets, but not til it completely hardens because then it really hurts. Another tip is that I always thought the hair should be quite long and oh no, that is wrong. NO longer than 1/4 inch because the longer the hair the more it pulls and ou babay.

The top part is not a huge deal it was almost bearable and I might even say I'd do it again in a couple of weeks. Where the trouble lies, is, if you can imagine, sitting on your bathroom floor, neck craned, smoothing hot wax in the Netherlands of your lady parts, ma gawd... let me make myself clear, the lips. OUCH.

The good news? Once the wax is on, there is only one way to get it off, so just spread it and try your best to go as fast as you go without pulling the skin to hard AND it works. The wax adheres to hairs really well and Kabam hairs be gone in a few painful tugs of wax. So, if you want to, do it and if not I am sure this wax also works really well for eyebrows, etc etc.Plus, it comes with a little bottle of oil that helps heal & disinfect to prevent ingrown hairs, BONUS!


Easiness: 4.5/5
Effectiveness: 4.5/5
Painfulness 5/5

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Very Pretty Bridesmaid Make Over

I don't know how I get so lucky to get to doll up the prettiest girls in Canada, but I do. From her brows, to those dimples I mean come oonn. Stop. She's stunning. Again, I am horrible about working my camera and forgot to do the after once her hair was down (which is so long, thick, and just stunning) but you get the picture. The bride for this party was all about keeping the make up very natural looking which is easy to do when you have gals this pretty to work on, so even though it sounds like a lot of products we just used a little of each to get this natural look and highlight her awesome features like dem brows!

To Glam her up I used:

Tarte Maracuja Oil to hydrate

Hourglass Primer

Covergirl Concealer stick in deep for contour
Covergirl highlighting concealer in light to highlight

Make Up Forever HD  for foundation : blended with a It Cosmetics dual ended brush

Lancome Eclat Miracle highlighter

Anastasia contour kit: yellow under eyes and taupe under cheekbones to set the concealers

Stila Custom color blush in Sheer Pink

Stila in the light palette for eyeshadow

L'Oreal gel liner to line the upper lashes & L'Oreal Smoldering eye pencil in brown for the waterline

Tarte Aqualillies eyeshadow to fill in her brows 

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Anastasia Waterproof topcoat mascara

NYC taupe liner to contour her lips &  NYX Plump it up lip pluming lipgloss in Lisa

Make up forever 02 setting spray


Monday, July 21, 2014

Boycotting Nordstrom

Hey Guys! Happy Monday!

I managed to sneak in two Jillian Micheals vids over the weekend, so needless to say I am dying in agony today at work. Oh so sore.

I also managed to finish Breaking Bad this weekend. What a series. Did you watch it? It's badass.

The best thing about the weekend being over is that hopefully the Nordstrom sales are too because everywhere I look everyone is taking about all the great sales and their favorite picks, but as a Canadian as soon as I put anything in my shopping bag an extra 1000000 is added for duties & shipping GAHHH. The worst. So lemme just say... I am happy to have that over, so I can move on.

Have you heard this song before?? If not, give it a few tries because it becomes hella catchy.

I saw this simple saying in a marriage book at some card store on the weekend and decided it should become my life mantra any and every time I find myself wanting something else new... new shoes, new mascara... you get it. It's a goody.

I am anxiously awaiting next Tuesday to get her when my mom, sister, uncle, and dad arrive from out East to visit me for two weeks AND they are bringing me my favorite back yard summer game that no one seems to play in Alberta.. WASHER TOSS.. hell ya. Cannot even explain how pumped I am! Have a happy monday xoxo

Friday, July 18, 2014

Zara Pleated Trousers

Holy hot summer days. I was off sick from work for two days, and I think it's safe to say it was from working in my unventilated office that was 28 degrees with my computer right below a window. Needless to say, I am happy we are having a rainy day today! These are some more pictures from the little photo sess I did with my office mate Catherine. I just love the greenery in these pictures that makes me wish I lived in California and had weather like this year round. Hope you're all having a great week xo

What I'm wearing:

Pants: Zara // Blouse: Forever 21 // Sandals: Aldo // Bracelet: Aldo // Earrings: Savi Jewerly Sunlasses: Ray Ban

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Make Up Setting Sprays

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Printed Wide Leg Pants

I share an office at my day job with the coolest chick (that makes me sound like I have a night job. I don't. I just have a full time job related to my degree and do make up on the side.. know what I'm sayin?) So anyways, she does photography a bit on the side, so we decided to get together one evening after work and take some pics by my house to show you a couple new outfits I've been loving. 

Palazzo, Harlem, and any other version of wide leg pants right now are totally my thing. They are so light and cool for warm days and look so cute and stylish and I'm all about comfort! I also wear this T from Joe Fresh all the days. I actually bought two of them because I love the fabric, I love the baseball tee style of it and the little pocket which just makes it a little more fancy. Its the best and I find myself wearing these necklaces from Aldo lots too, it's not too bold and goes with so much!

What are your favorite summer trends??

What I'm wearing:

Wide legs pants: Forever 21 (sold out)  // Tee: Joe Fresh // Necklace: Aldo // Watch: Aldo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bridesmaid Make Over

Hey guys! This was easily one of the easist make over's I have ever done. This gal is so gorgeous and was so much fun. Her eyelashes are the longest I had ever seen and just amazed me! I wanted to take another after picture after she let down her long curly beautiful hair, but my freaking camera died. Either way, she is just so pretty! Sorry the lighting isn't the best, I am still working on my camera skills. Hope you all had a great weekend!

What I Used: 

Tarte Maracuja Oil to hydrate

Porefessional Benefti Primer

Covergirl Concealer stick in medium for contour
Covergirl highlighting concealer in light to highlight
(blended with a Quo blending sponge)

Make Up Forever HD 
 for foundation : blended with a It Cosmetics dual ended brush

Anastasia contour kit: yellow under eyes and taupe under cheekbones to set the concealers

Milani blush in Luminoso 

Stila in the light palette for eyeshadow

L'Oreal gel liner to line the upper lashes & Make Up Forever Aqua eyes in Matte Brown for the lower waterline and to tightline

Coastal Scents lip palette for lips

Tarte Aqualillies eyeshadow to fill in her brows 

Mary-Lou Manizer to highlight cheekbones

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara & Anastasia Waterproof topcoat mascara

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Forever 21 Summer Favorites

Hey guys! If you're anything like me you hate going into the chaos of massive Forever 21 stores stumbling through not finding anything you saw online, the change rooms, and sometimes even a cash that's open. I am talkin shoppers anx-i-ety. They do however have great bargains for just about anything I am looking for. The older I get the longer my shorts get and those Bermuda distressed bad boys are so perfect paired with just about any of their super well fitted casual Tees! Happy summer shopping! xo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Beauty Favorites

It's full on summer meaning lots of hot and sweaty days ahead. These are my favorite summer picks to keep you looking fresh and beauty-ful all summer long & make summer a hot breeze instead of a hot mess.

1. The Wet Brush: Perfect when you're in & out of the pool // 2. Make Up Forever O2 setting spray: Keeping your makeup on and your skin hydrated all summer long // 3. Hourglass SPF 15 Primer: For added staying power & spf // 4. Anastasia Contour Kit: perfect setting powder that won't cake or melt  // 5. Guerlain Lingere de peau foundation: A light invisible skin foundation for hot summer days 6. Esqido Mink Lashes: Avoid raccoon eyes and opt for these ultra glam Mink Lashes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Wet Brush

Hey guys! I have been absent from my dear little blog for a few days now because I am STILL waiting for my template to get re-organized with side columns, so I can add my sponsors back, so I am really trying to not post too much until I get that sorted out, but I've been using the Wet Brush for a couple weeks now and I just have to tell you all about it.

Honestly when it came in the mail I was like.. k... so what? It looks just like any other brush, but this bad boy is magic. It combs through my wet matted hair and even more impressive my three days of unwashed dry shampooed mess without any hesitation. Its the best. And it's super cheap! I got mine for about ten bucks on Amazon and while I was waiting for it I saw Kendall Jenner post a pic on instagram saying how much she loved her brush which made me even more excited for it to come and I've been using it every day since. Its a game changer & makes the perfect gal pal gift too!