Why I’m taking a break from blogging

Why I'm taking a break from blogging

Aside from my close friends and family, maybe no one else has really noticed. But the last month or so, I've taken a break from blogging. I closed my laptop, put away the camera, politely declined event invites and took some much needed time for myself. After blogging for more than 6 years, there are a number of reasons why I decided to take a step back, but for the sake of this post I'll just share a few.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick | A Review

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - Bosworth's Beauty + Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pillow Talk

How fabulous is Charlotte Tilbury? Well, she’s so fabulous that when she does a celebrity collaboration, she does it with all the celebrities. No joke, her new collection of Hot Lips lipsticks borrows the names of 12 celebrities, including Kim Kardashian-West, Salma Hayek, Cindy Crawford, Victoria Beckham… basically some of the most inspiring women in fashion and beauty.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - Bosworth's Beauty + Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pillow Talk

Lipstick is POWERFUL. It has the ability to completely change your state of mind: It can boost your CONFIDENCE, pick you up when you’re feeling down, RE-ENERGISE YOU, add INSTANT GLAMOUR to any outfit and immediately enhance your beauty – there’s HAPPINESS in every tube!”

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - Bosworth's Beauty + Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - Bosworth's Beauty + Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pillow Talk Swatches

The shade I picked up is Bosworth’s Beauty, a gorgeous 1950s-inspire shade that encompasses retro vintage glamour and is inspired by Kate Bosworth’s timeless look. I adore the packaging of all CT lipsticks, but this one in particular with it’s embossed lips on the side of the lipstick. Just too cute! The formula is creamy and more on the matte side, but without being the least bit drying. I also love the light vanilla scent reminiscent of MAC lipsticks. This lipstick shade pairs perfectly with the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. I just fill in my lips with the lip liner, apply the a coat of lipstick, blot with a tissue, apply another coat, then blot again and the colour lasts pretty much until I eat. Besides this gorgeous shade, there are 11 other shades to inspire you.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks

#Lipstickconfidence

There’s nothing like beauty that does beautiful things. For every lipstick from the Hot Lips collection that is sold, $2 will be donated to Women for Women international in the first two months of sales. Women for Women International is an organization that actively works to better the lives of women around the world who are affected by extremism and conflict occurring within their country. Want to show your support? Snap a pic of your favourite Hot Lips lipstick and use #lipstickconfidence.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipsticks are available online for $38 CAD. Which shade would you choose? Leave it in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: Although these products were provided to me for review, the opinions expressed are completely honest and 100% my own.

50 Simple Pleasures That Make Life More Beautiful

50 Simple Pleasures That Make Life More Beautiful

Once upon a time, I had a series on my blog called Simple Pleasures, where I compiled a list of some of the simple things that made my week so much better. I’m a big believer in simple pleasures and finding joy in the everyday. But sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and forget about what makes life so wonderful. It’s not about the expensive shoes, the designer bag or the fancy car (although those things are all nice), it’s about realizing that beauty is all around you and learning to appreciate these little moments in life. And often, these things are free. So I decided to share a list of the simple things that bring me joy in hopes that it would inspire you to take a moment, be mindful and truly appreciate the little things that make life so beautiful.

  1. The sound of bird chirping in the morning.
  2. A bowl of fresh berries.
  3. The smell of rain.
  4. The perfect cup of coffee.
  5. The perfect glass of wine.
  6. The warm sun on your skin.
  7. Fresh flowers.
  8. An early morning run (really early).
  9. A colourful sunset.
  10. Dancing like nobody’s watching.
  11. Helping someone in need.
  12. Making someone smile.
  13. Champagne for no reason.
  14. The feeling after a good workout.
  15. The smell of toast.
  16. Cuddling with your cat.
  17. The smell of freshly-cut grass.
  18. Spending time with family.
  19. Getting lost in a good book.
  20. An afternoon nap.
  21. A gentle breeze on a warm day.
  22. Ice cream.
  23. Trying a new recipe (and it turns out amazing!).
  24. Cooking for someone.
  25. A perfectly organized closet.
  26. A soothing bath.
  27. Laughing.
  28. Writing with new pens.
  29. Peanut butter.
  30. Holding hands.
  31. A long hug.
  32. Lying in a park watching the clouds.
  33. Splashing through a puddle on a rainy day.
  34. Dark chocolate.
  35. Checking things off a to-do list.
  36. A fresh manicure and pedicure.
  37. That feeling when you put on that perfect dress.
  38. Watching a movie on a rainy day.
  39. Alone time.
  40. Hitting the perfect shot in golf.
  41. The smell of banana bread baking.
  42. Waking up after a good night sleep.
  43. The perfect cup of tea.
  44. A lazy day reading magazines.
  45. A long walk on the mountain.
  46. Listening to your favourite song.
  47. The smell and feel of clean sheets.
  48. An invigorating yoga session.
  49. Walking barefoot in the grass.
  50. Homemade brunch.

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Looky Eyes 3D Waterproof Mascara | A Review

Looky Eyes 3D Waterproof Mascara

Summer is a glorious time! The feeling of shedding layers of clothing and spending less time on my makeup is one of the best feelings in the world. It makes me feel so effortless! BUT the one product I can’t live without is mascara. Even if I’m just running out the door, I always make sure I swipe a few coats on. It makes me feel beautiful and makes me look more awake, so why not. Unfortunately, the heat and sweat makes most of my favourite mascaras smudge under my eyes (not the cute look I’m going for). But rejoice! Just in time for summer, Elle R Cosmétiques has launched a waterproof version of their famous 3D Eyes Mascara. I love the look of the original Looky Eyes 3D mascara, so having a waterproof version to get me through the summer with beautiful lashes is just the thing I needed.

Looky Eyes 3D Waterproof Mascara

Looky Eyes 3D mascara is the first 2-step mascara that comes in a waterproof version. It’s formulated with the same lengthening properties as the original Looky Eyes, but with the added bonus that it won’t cascade down your face when you’re at the beach or pool. I’m not usually a fan of two-step mascaras, because I usually don’t see the point of both step. But this one is different. The combination of both formulas create such a beautiful false-lash effect that I can’t help but not love it. The first application is a gel base that preps lashes for the second step and locks in the fibres. The second application is coated with fibres, including natural fibres derived from green tea, that add length and volume. Finish the application with another coat of the gel and you’ve got beautiful volume that will stay put all day. The brushes are easy to work with, if you want to be precise and add a little extra length on the outside lashes for example, and the formulas super buildable for those days you want extra drama. At the end of the day, it all washes off with your fave waterproof makeup remover.

Looky Eyes 3D Waterproof Mascara

I love the look of lash extensions. But the idea of committing to monthly touchups and the price tag associated to it just aren’t my thing. I know some people love them and if you do, that’s great. Do what floats your boat. But for those of you who feel the same way as I do, this mascara is a great alternative. I also love that the formula is buildable without any clumpiness. A definite summer must-have!

Looky Eyes 3D Waterproof Mascara retails for $25.99 and is available in drugstores and online.

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The Beauty of AMOREPACIFIC Skin | A Review

AMOREPACIFIC Pure Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil + TIME RESPONSE Targeted Eye Masque

When it comes to beauty, there’s nothing more important than healthy skin. If you don’t take care of your skin, no amount of makeup will make it look good. Since my 20s, I’ve learned a lot about skin care and what it takes to keep it looking beautiful, which is why I adopted a proper skin care routine and have been wearing sunscreen every day since my 20s. Recently, two products that I’ve been loving in the skin care department are oils and sheet masks. Both do such wonders for my skin that they’ve earned themselves a permanent spot in my routine. So when AMOREPACIFIC sent me two of their new skin care products to try out, I couldn’t have been more excited. So what are these products? The Time Response Targeted Eye Masques and the Pure Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil (limited edition, I might add).

The Time Response Collection is the first skin care line that adopted a clinically-proven and targeted approach to reversing and protecting skin from the signs of aging thanks to AMOREPACIFIC’s botanicals (Green Tea Stems Cells, Saponin and EGCG). Together they work to  stimulate essential genes and restores collagen production, control melanin regulation and deliver intense hydration. Essentially, it works to give your skin optimal health and reverse aging on a genetic level.

AMOREPACIFIC TIME RESPONSE Targeted Eye Masque

 

The Time Response Targeted Eye Masque is a luxurious textured mask that works over a 24-our period to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes. It can also be used on other areas of the face to firm and smooth skin and give it an overall more youthful appearance. What are the other benefits? Well, it brightens skin, regenerates cells and corrects wrinkles (thanks to green tea water), helps skin retain more moisture (thanks to thianine, green tea amino acid) and instantly reduces puffiness and dark circles (thanks to caffeine).

I have to say that I really love the texture of the masks. They are soft and jelly-like in texture and stay on the skin so well. Plus, I just feel that those types of masks do so much good for my skin. The scent of the serum is light and pleasant. Just tear open the package, remove the backing and apply the mask. Let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes, remove the masks and work the extra serum all over your face and neck. The results after just one use truly are amazing. After a late night celebrating with (a little too much) rosé, these did wonders on my dark puffy eyes.

AMOREPACIFIC Pure Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil

The Pure Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil if the first highly concentrated oil of its kind. It works to restore the skin’s natural luminosity, deeply hydrate skin, and repair environmental damage. The oil is extracted from green tea seed harvested on AMORE PACIFIC’s private green tea field on Juju Island, off the coast of South Korea. Pretty impressive stuff, if you ask me! Although you can use this oil any time of day, it’s recommended to use it especially at night when your skin is most active at repairing itself. Plus, the scent is so soothing and calming, it,s just a treat to apply. The oil absorbs super quickly so there’s no worries that it will stain your sheets. Just a few drops pressed into your face and neck and voilà!

The Time Response Targeted Eye Masque is available at Neiman Marcus for $140 USD and the Pure Green Tea Seed Treatment is available at Sephora for $195 USD. The price tag for both these products is a little steep, but think of it as an investment for your skin. When it comes to skin care that actually works, sometimes it’s worth treating yourself. Don’t you agree?

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