Latest Beauty Loves

So it’s actually been a very long time since I’ve done a beauty post. And with the Sephora sale starting tomorrow, I figure it’s time I share my latest beauty faves.

All images from Sephora.

  1. 1. Laneige Lip and Eye Makeup Remover. You can only get this in the Canadian e-store, but oh man, is it great. I was really upset when they were out of stock for months and I thought they discontinued it. But place this on your lid with a cotton pad for a few seconds and everything just comes right off. Staple.
  2. 2. Make up forever Artist Color Eye Shadow. I’m an eyeshadow junkie even though I don’t even wear the stuff on a daily basis. But I love how pigmented and creamy these shadows are even though they in powder form.
  3. 3. Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil. I’ve used UD 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil for years, and although I still think its great, the Permagel Pencil is my new go-to. Super black and doesn’t budge.
  4. 4. Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner High Precison Brush. Although Kat von D Tattoo Liner is what I use to draw across my lid, this High Precision Brush is amazing for getting a very accurate little flick for that subtle cat-eye. It’s very black and it doesn’t budge.
  5. 5. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation have been using Dior DiorSkin Forever Perfect Foundation for years now, and recently started using Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation. Both are very similar in coverage and finish and I think both are great. I was just so tempted to try Fenty and honestly, I am super impressed. It goes on a few shades light, but eventually oxidizes down perfectly. It’s really long wearing and doesn’t clog my pores (I’m extremely clog prone). The finish is different depending on the brush I use. Using Marc Jacobs Beauty The Face 1 Liquid Foundation Brush No. 1, I get a slightly dewier/glowier finish than with the Fenty Full Bodied Foundation Brush 110 which gives a more soft matte finish (the Fenty brush, by the way, is a really beautiful brush and this is saying a lot from brush hoarder). The application of a fuller coverage foundation is a different beast than your  sheer and medium coverage makeup but I highly recommend giving this a try.
  6. 6. Too Faced Ethereal Setting Powder. While Laura Mercier  Translucent Loose Setting Powder is great, I appreciate the slightly more luminous finish. Both work well to set and bake.

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Happy new year, everyone!

Eighteen days into 2018 and it’s already been a mixed bag. While I’m excited to see what the year has to bring, we also suffered a death in the family late in the year. It’s sad and unfortunate, as all deaths are, but at the same time it also reminds us to be present and extraordinary in the lives that we live. I’ve gone many, many years without making New Year’s resolutions, promises and goals (though, I think I actually did make one or two last year), and I realized that I didn’t make promises because I was afraid of failure. It was then pointed out to me, that we can’t turn ideas and visions about our future into reality without making promises to ourselves or others. So I here I am, with a different outlook and vision for my life in 2018 and you are all along for the ride. =)

Anyway, enough about my personal ramblings and I shall introduce you to this lovely crochet dress that was sent to me from As the name implies, the website is geared towards petites, but also, the items sold are from independent designers which I think is exciting! I’ve always admired independent, lesser known designers because it is such a tough industry and as a child I dreamed of designing clothes. And as a side note, the website also offers petite styling tips and resources which are quite helpful.

The dress I was sent is described as the Sleeveless Lace Dress, but it definitely has a crochet overlay. It is also certainly not work appropriate. If you look closely, you can see it is cut very low in front behind the crochet and there is a cut-out around the mid-section. Lovely for a wedding as a guest or a date night out, but not so much for the office.

Crochet Dress + Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch Sleeveless Lace Short Dress from / Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch (OOS in grey, but still lots of colors to choose from) / Ann Taylor Mila Pump / Le Chateau Bracelet (Silver, OOS) / Forever21 rings

With regards to fit, the dress fits very well on me in a size Small. I find it a bit long around the torso due to the fact that I am short-waisted, so it caused a little extra material up in the bodice and shoulders, but the bottom half of the dress fits perfectly and hit me just above the knee. Overall, I’m extremely happy with the quality of the dress so I highly recommend checking out the website for some petite-friendly clothing at reasonable prices, while at the same time supporting independent designers. Also, important to note that shipping is only $4.99 in the within the US. I’m looking forward to wearing this dress in warmer weather, which cannot come soon enough!

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Casual Uniform

I hope all my American friends had an amazing Thanksgiving. While I didn’t have any turkey, I had a pretty intense weekend, that has started me on a life-changing journey, but more of this another day. It’s been quite a while since I had purchased a cardigan, but I came across this olive green open cardigan and it has suddenly become part of my casual uniform for fall. Throw it over a stripe tee and a pair of denim and I’m good to go.

Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto bootsRag + Bone Moto Boots (old) / Paige Vedugo (similar) / Community Vetus Sweater / Chloe Faye / Lululemon Beanie (old, see similar) / GAP Stripe Tee (similar) / Forever21 rings

I did my best to avoid some unnecessary purchases over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I have to admit, I saw some pretty great deals out there. I snagged a few shirts that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but that’s about it. Except for something completely unrelated to fashion–a new Kitchenaid stand mixer! The last few years I’ve owned a Cuisinart, which worked great, but I couldn’t resist such a great deal on a 6qt Pro. Any fellow Kitchenaid owners out there have any attachment recommendations? I’m ready to collect them all!

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