Monthly Beauty Buys

Monthly Beauty Buys

The focus of my beauty purchases this month was mainly skin related. I’ve always been a big believer in caring for your skin. In fact, if I’m spending my money anywhere, it will most likely be on a good skin care product. I also had to restock a few favourites and ventured into trying a new hair product.

Monthly Beauty Buys

Those of you who follow my blog regularly know about my love affaire with Ole Henriksen. From the very first product I tried, Ole had my heart and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve tried other products but always seem to come back to these basics. I wandered into Sephora to pick up the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, but as luck would have it, they still had a few holiday sets in stock, so I seized the opportunity to try the Invigorating Night Treatment and get my hands on a back up of the Sheer Transformation cream. So far, Ole hasn’t let me down with these newbies!

Monthly Beauty Buys

I browsed around looking for a new dry shampoo or maybe just an alternative to the one I already had. Essentially I was looking for a way to revive my hair between shampoos and add a refreshing scent. The girl at Sephora recommended I give the Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion a try. It’s formulated with vitamins, herbs and tea tree oil to tame tangles, refresh your head, feed your hair, and soothe your scalp. Just the thing I need during our dry Canadian winters.

Monthly Beauty Buys

My Kat Von D Tattoo Liner quit on my in the middle of drawing the perfect cat eye. I reached for an alternative I had in my makeup bag, but nothing really compares to the intensity, precision and ease of use of this liner. Finally, a little something new to my skin care routine is the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. I got a sample of this the last time I was in Sephora. I used it once and had to get the full-size version. The product itself is a goopy black texture that glides on your skin quite easily with a foundation brush. Let it dry for about 30 minutes, then peel it off(ladies, you’ll want to do this when you’re home alone to avoid weirding out your man). The results are amazing – skin is super soft, your skin tone is so luminous and it gives your complexion an overall glow that you won’t want to cover with makeup.

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

Love Is In The Air

Valentine's Day essentials and gifts

 Year after year, I tell myself that I won’t again. I won’t get sucked into the madness and insanity of Valentine’s Day. Yet somehow, I give in. It might be the flood of flowers everywhere, the heart-shaped chocolates, the splashes of pinks and reds or maybe just knowing their is a common feeling of love in the air. Whatever it is, I take an extra moment to tell my family, friends and especially my beau how much they mean to me. It doesn’t take much either – taking the time to make a phone call instead of texting, or cooking someone’s favourite dish instead of going out for dinner. It’s the little things that mean so much. Besides the random acts of kindness, I gathered a few things that I feel help spread the love and create a general feeling of happiness for ourselves and those around us.

Valentine's Day essentials and gifts

 It goes without saying that flowers are always a nice touch. Whether you get them for a friend or for yourself (hey, you deserve to treat yourself, too), they instantly liven up a room and make people happy.

A scented candle is great for setting the mood. I love the Feu de Bois candle by Diptyque I got as a gift during the holidays. It has a smokey scent that my beau and I really love.

Love notes are always a cute way to let someone know how you feel and I adore the handwritten aspect of it.

A touch of red is always a chic idea, so why not dress up your phone. This Phantom Glass screen protector is made with tempered glass to protect your screen from scratches and shattering, and the red hue is so unique.

A red lip is classic! I’m loving this Strawberry shade by Arbonne. My lips love the long-wearing formula, which contains wild mango butter, aloe barbadensis leaf extract and pomegranate extract to condition and hydrate my lips.

Valentine's Day essentials and gifts

The perfect red nail polish, Essie A-List. No matter what you are wearing, it always looks polishes and chic.

Chloé has been my signature scent for years, until I discovered my new favourite, Love Story by Chloé. The scent is so fresh and feminine, I just can’t get enough of it.

This is my absolute favourite gift from my beau. This Tiffany’s & Co. bead bracelet with a rose gold heart is so delicate and pretty.

It’s always a good time to indulge in some chocolate. These XO chocolates prove that two worlds can co-exist deliciously – the dark chocolate lovers with the milk chocolate lovers.

Remember when Carrie read a love letter to Mr. Big from her library book? That letter is in this book, along with many other timeless poems and letters that explore the universal theme of love. Classic love letters? It doesn’t get more romantic than that!

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

The Fab Five

The fab five

Ever since I laid eye on this key lime pie, I’ve had visions of it dancing around in my head. I can also taste the fresh lime flavour, creamy texture and graham cracker crust. Yum! (via smittenkitchen.com)

Ever since I chopped my hair, I’ve been obsessed with finding new ways to style it. I love the messy waves, but as easy as it looks, it can still be a little tricky. Luckily, this wonderful tutorial shows you how easy it actually is to style a bob or lob, it’s all about the technique (via thebeautydepartment.com)

I am always looking for inspiration whether it’s in the kitchen, in my closet or in my life. I feel that the more I surround myself with positivity, the less negativity I will hear from others (and there is so much out there). These inspirational quotes by influential people are just the thing to get that fire burning within you and get you motivated to succeed (via inc.com)

I saw this link on Cupcakes and Cashmere and had to share it with you. The photos of these 52 Places to Go in 2015 are just too beautiful not to share. It definitely has me itching to ditch everything to explore the world (via nytimes.com)

For a little while now, I’ve been on a mission to declutter my home. Although some rooms have been quite easy to organize, there are others that left me scratching my head and thinking that I should keep certain things “just in case”. This easy guide to decluttering your home make it easy to decide what you should purge to keep your home organized and happy (via refinery29.com)

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

The wonderful thing about my job is that I get the opportunity to try new products from brands that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Case in point, the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara by Younique. I had never heard of this brand before, but a friend of mine recently started working for them and she gave me the opportunity to try this mascara which also happens to be one if the brand’s best-selling products.

The Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara includes two tubes housed in a chic black quilted case. While the concept of 2-step mascaras is nothing new, this mascara is since the two tubes actually make it a 3-step process.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

The three-step process is actually quite simple. It combines a transplanting gel and natural fibres to create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

The translating gel is actually just like a black mascara. The brush is very dense and holds a lot of product. I haven’t had any issues with clumping. In fact, the product applies very evenly and easily. This is the first step to building extremely voluminous and lengthy lashes. Next comes the fibres.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Step 2 is the fibre lash. Also black, this tube is dry to the touch. A closer look reveals thousands of little fibres that hold on to the transplanting gel on your lashes to build volume and length. Finally, follow with another coat of the transplanting gel to seal in the fibres and you’re done!

One of the great things about this mascara (besides the extreme volume is creates) is that it’s water resistant, but still washes away easily with your regular cleanser or makeup remover. I really love this since it doesn’t leave a black shadow under my eyes like other mascaras tend to do. It also doesn’t feel as damaging to my lashes as other water-proof formulas often feel.

The verdict
This mascara is definitely worth the hype. It’s easy to use and I love the packaging. I’m already thinking of ways that I could reuse it once I used up the mascara. if you love the look of false lashes, I definitely recommend you give this mascara a try (it might even replace your falsies). My advice when applying this product – take your time. This is one product that you can’t just slap on and run out the door, otherwise you’ll end up with fibres in your eyes. Take your time and you won’t need to worry about clumps or spider lashes. Instead, you’ll have beautifully defined lashes that go on (and on and on).

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lash Mascara is available online here at the suggested retail price of $35 (CAD).

Disclaimer: Although I was lucky to get this mascara for consideration by Younique, all opinions expressed in this post are completely honest and straight from my weird brain.

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

Winter Whites

Winter white | Chic on the Street

It’s an ongoing debate that has been going on since the dawn of the fashion time. Can you really wear white in the winter? Although some will say that the “no white after labour day” still applies, others agree that this is one sartorial rule that needs to die. I’ve always loved the look of a stylishly put together ensemble featuring white, cream or eggshell, but was always too shy to try it out for myself (especially when it comes to white jeans). If you’re one of those that think that white is best left to the summer months, perhaps these stylish inspiration will change your mind.

Winter white & camel | Chic on the Street

Winter white all the way | Chic on the Street

Winter white coat | Chic on the Street

Winter white flowy | Chic on the Street

Winter white head to toe | Chic on the Street

Winter white long coat | Chic on the Street

Paris Fashionweek day 8, fw 2014

Winter white pants and gloves | Chic on the Street

Winter white style | Chic on the Street

[Photo inspiration via Pinterest and Harper’s Bazaar]