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]

Savoury feta, basil, red pepper muffins

Savoury feta basil red pepper muffins

Muffins are supposed to be sweet… or are they? One day while visiting my mom, she asked me if I wanted to try these muffins that she had made. “They are not sweet”, she said. I sat there quiet, probably with a dumb look on my face.But one bite was all it took to convince me that savoury muffins are absolutely amazing. I asked for the recipe, which has been sitting in my inbox for exactly one year. For some reason, the thought of these little savoury bites popped into my head very randomly. And so the seed was planted in my mind, I have to make these muffins.

They are so light and fluffy, and make the perfect breakfast or side to a soup or salad. If you can make your own roasted red peppers, then I highly recommend that you do since the roasted flavour really comes through.But in a pinch, jarred red peppers will do the trick. I love to make a batch and toss them in the freezer to have on hand anytime. I just quickly pop them in the oven for a few minutes while I’m getting ready for work and BAM! fresh muffins anytime!

Savoury feta basil red pepper muffins

Savoury feta basil red pepper muffins

Savoury feta basil red pepper muffins

Savoury feta, basil and red pepper muffins
Adapted from A la di Stasio
Makes 12 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
3/4 cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 extra-virgin olive oil
1 large egg

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1. Preheat your oven to 375°. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, combine the feta cheese, red peppers and basil. Set aside.

4. In yet another bowl, combine the buttermilk, olive oil and egg, making sure to mix well.

5. In the bowl with the flour mixture, create a well at the centre and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Mix carefully until just combined. Add the feta mixture and mix until just combined.

6. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the mixture evenly in the muffin tin. Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes.

7. Carefully take out of the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Bon appétit!

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

Winter skin rescue tips

Winter rescue tips

Soft, hydrated skin in the winter can seem much like a myth, at least to me anyway. After years of dry itchy skin, I’ve finally found a routine that works for me.

Drink warm water with lemon
Every morning, before I have breakfast, I have a cup of hot water with lemon. Not only does it give you a good dose of vitamin C, it is also full of antioxidants which can effectively combat damaging free radicals and purge them from your body. Translation – it will give you beautiful skin from the inside out.

Dry brushing
Your skin works hard to eliminate toxins from your body. Dry brushing helps keep your pores clear to make the process even more effective. It also stimulates sweat and oil glands to help hydrate skin. It’s a cheap, quick way to keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant.

Heavy-duty moisturizer
I once thought that every body lotion was the same… until I tried La Roche-Posay’s Lipkar Baume AP+. If you have dry, itchy skin during the winter, let this lotion be your saviour. It’s a replenishing balm that immediately soothes itchy, irritated skin and makes your skin soft and comfortable for hours. I keep it next to my shower and apply as soon as I step out t lock it maximum moisture.

What are your winter skin tips?

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