Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Statement

While I was away, my appendix decided to burst and then further complications landed me in the hospital on a thirteen day stay (that continues now)... As for the blog, it'll be up and back to it's old self by March. Love to you all. Being sick is no fun.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Topshop Chase

I can see myself wearing this little stunner with a sundress, floppy hat, sunglasses and blasting music during... you guessed it, the sThe first of what I hope to be many more Top Shop nail polishes, I chose Chase. It caught my eye right next to a gorgeous little blue number, although the display was all a little jumbled up in a big bin (hop on that, Nordstrom!) A plethora of beauty bloggers from across the sea (that'd be those precious Brits) rave about the Top Shop beauty section and so I decided it was time to give it a whirl.

Bought on a whim at the counter, $10 isn't too bad for the time it lasts. The wear time on this beauty was four or five days longer than Essie ($8) which last on average up to two-three days on me. I really like this color but I'm excited to try out some others. A little birdy told me that perhaps the full beauty selection will be at Nordstrom counters soon... A girl can hope, can't she?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday's Muse #5

One of the world's biggest superstars, it comes as no surprise that she can be our lovely muse for this Monday. She's fierce, sassy, sexy, a mother, a wife, dancer, singer, actress and she does it all with a certain air of class about her. She took a break as her daughter Blue Ivy was born but she's back at it, full force.

At the SuperBowl, her entire set was put on by ladies. From the band to each dancer, the stage was dominated by females. She was powerful beyond measure and that is what makes her a role model.

Who are your muses today?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day Nail Picks

from left to right:
Essie Watermelon
Essie Lilacism
Essie Muchi Muchi
Essie Vanity Fairest
NARS Anardana
Top Shop Chase
I just want to put this out there that I am a HUGE fan of Valentine's Day. Pink is my favorite color, I love everything about love, plus I'm a real sucker for a bouquet and a sugar high. That's not to say that I'll necessarily have a Valentine on this day, but I always get a card from my nan, plus some specials from my mom and step dad. Among other things, I also have a major love for nail polish and this is where the two loves collide to create something.... beautiful.

These are essentially classic colours that I love during spring as well. Light, pastel, girly. I'm a huge fan of Essie because of their accessibility and range of unique colours that most often, you can't find elsewhere. NARS did some great nail colours last spring/summer collection with tons of brights. Chase is the only Top Shop shade that I own (since a Top Shop just came into my area in the last six months) and I caved for this babe. I'm dying to try some others. Two hot pinks, two baby pinks, and two light purples and we've got all the options I thought of for this Thursday, which essentially, is just another day in my world. But filled with candy. Yum.

How are you celebrating this year? Treating yourself (like me) or going out with a significant other? Leave a comment below.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Stila Kitten

Remember that post yesterday that talked about how I went on a little shopping therapy session? Well, I happened to pick up a lovely little number by Stila. As I went to pay, the lady said that it was one colour that just needs to be in everyone's collection and I could not agree more. I bought it with a gift card in hand and my recently just activated VIB Sephora card (24 points now, holla!) and I haven't looked back since. I've heard way too many people rave about this gem not to have it in my collection. Now, I don't own many single eye shadows (in fact, I can count them all out on one hand) but this is a true winner in terms of pigmentation, color and wear time. I'm a bit of a sucker for a shadow that works on it's own and doesn't need anything else to go with it... I'm pretty sure they just call that lazy... Yep, I'm pretty sure I can now be branded as the Laziest Beauty Blogger That Ever Was.

I thought that perhaps I could find a dupe for this in my drawers but found none. My first thought was that it was just a toned down UD Half Baked (a gorgeous true gold, notoriously found in like, every single one of Urban Decay's palettes. Like every one of them, I'm serious.) But upon swatches, I found Kitten to be a more rose-silver-gold-champagne type. You know what I'm saying. It's kind of like UD's Virgin, Sin, and Half Baked all mixed together. Maybe a more powerful Virgin with a lot of Sin and a little Half Baked. I don't know. Either way, I know that the color is completely unique to what I have in my little stash.

For $18, I expect this little guy to last me a while. It is a gorgeous shade and I'm really happy I purchased it but with most things I post, I'm just hoping it'll stick around for a while.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

MAC Pink Nouveau

I was sucked into the MAC counter on a particularly rough day and seeking a bit of a happy purchase, I went straight for the lipsticks. With every day wear on mind, I sought out a spring-time, bright and bubble gummy lippie. I've realized that perhaps my dreams of being The Girl with Red Lips isn't very realistic, but perhaps I can still be The Bubblegum Bitch.

For one reason or another, around four years ago, the entire beauty blogging/YouTube community were all simultaneously under the impression that MAC was the end all be all of great high end products. My thoughts were similar, taking after an older sister who only purchased foundation from MAC (as did I at the time). Young and naive as I was, I was soon well educated on the world of beauty- the highs and the lows. With that came the knowledge that perhaps, MAC was not the only place to seek out a cute bubble gum pink lipstick. But it was a place to start.

On camera, this runs a bit darker than in real life, however it still gives the same effect. After a hand full of swatches (literally -- my hand was covered in pinks, purples, nudes) it was between this and Snob which I might have to pick up during another thera-- I mean shopping session. The finish is Satin and surprise! It's only my second MAC lipstick, next to a coral named Chatterbox. I was after a similar shade to the Rimmel Lip Butter in Bubblegum but with perhaps a longer wear time and more matte finish. Not exactly what I was looking for, it still gave me a smile to last the rest of the day.

A thing about prices. As expected, high end will obviously be more expensive than the drug stores, but I believe a splurge every once in a while is never a bad thing. Not to mention, I had a bad day and a gift card. Happens to the best of us.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter

Just a mini post today as I get my (blog) and self sorted for the month of February. My mom passed this little one down to me the other day and I gotta say, I'm not at all a fan of the smell. Does it work as a moisturizer? One of the best I've tried but I would not at all buy this one again. However, they have tons of options for smell and they're currently having a half off online. 50% off all products online, so hurry over and grab something nice for yourself! Offer ends tomorrow (February 6th) so hurry on. Happy shopping.

The coconut sounds lovely...


Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday's Muse #4

Another bit of spring-summer type inspiration for you all, today. I love the Cali-boho feel I get from each of these... and the bit of inspiration from the closets (to redo my own!) Have a lovely Monday. x