Friday, 24 April 2015

Loving Lately: Links Edition

Happy Friday friends! I am so ready for the weekend. Unfortunately my camera seems to have broken (cue minor heart attack) and has to be sent out for repair. I'm trying to find a loaner to work with, but I hope you'll bear with me in the meantime for the next couple of posts. Don't worry, I'll still be posting! I love reading Karly's Things That Thrill Me posts, so today I thought I'd put together some of the things I've been loving from all corners of the Internet lately!

Jaelan gave some great advice on how to get high end makeup on a small budget that has me seriously jealous I can't take advantage of all those Ulta sets!

I've recently fallen in love with the tutorials from Abby of Twist Me Pretty. I like wearing my hair down, so this Twisted Crown Braid sounds like the perfect simple style to keep my hair down, but out of my face as the weather warms up!

Last year I was at an event where they served the most delicious strawberry basil cocktails. This recipe from The Kitchn sounds like an amazing non-alcoholic version that I can't wait to try.

If you didn't already know, I'm a tea freak so when I saw this DIY drink perch from Francoise et Moi I knew it was a project I would definitely need down the line!

How dreamy is this office space from Love Luck Kisses & Cakes? That glass top desk is gorgeous for displaying supplies, or dare I

If you're into hand lettering, I'm willing to bet you'd love this simple tutorial on how to digitize your writing without a scanner.

And last but certainly not least, I have now tried at least three of these better than takeout recipes, and let me tell you: SO GOOD. The Lo Mein is seriously delicious and best of all super quick and easy!

What links have you been loving lately?
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring Additions

For me there is something especially exciting about changing up my makeup for spring - anyone else feel the same? Maybe it's because it's my favourite season, but I just love dusting off my tried-and-true favourites and adding a choice few new products! Here are the additions I've had to my routine lately:
Setting Spray | During the winter my skin was dry enough that I didn't need to set it at all. Now that the temperatures and humidity are on the rise, a makeup setting spray is the perfect product to set my skin without drying it out. I use the original Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray, but they also make a version available at Sephora. I've heard the is drugstore version is a great option for half the price!

Bold Lip | I recently did a post devoted to my favourite wearable lip colours for spring, but a bold bright colour for nights out is always a fun option. The formula of the Sephora Cream Lip Stains is amazing - budge-proof while still feeling light on the lips. Strawberry Kissed is a beautiful alternative to red for the season.

Beachy Scent | Time to put away those heavier winter fragrances and pull out your lighter, fresher perfumes! I recently picked up Replica Beach Walk after hearing Carly rave about it, and I highly recommend you give it a try next time you're in Sephora. It has the beachy, coconut undertones, but with a bit of a floral/musk that helps balance out the sweetness.

Faux Glow | If you've been a long time reader you'll remember the Clarins Radiance Glow Booster from last summer. If you have naturally fair skin this is perfect for giving your face a natural looking boost, and mixes with your own facial moisturizer so it's perfect for sensitive/acne prone skin. I finished an entire bottle last summer and can't wait to bust it out again!

Bright Eyes | In the spring I tend to lighten up my makeup and focus on bright eyes and long lashes. I finally caved and bought the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy and let met tell you: it's expensive, but it works amazingly! It's an eye cream with a peachy-salmon tone that helps hydrate and de-puff as well as conceal and correct dark undereyes. Perfect for "no makeup" days. If you're on a budget I've love the Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener for years.

I also love bringing the focus to my eyes by using a bright shadow in the inner corner. My favourite for spring/summer is MAC Nylon a super brightening white gold that is perfect paired with a bright lip and tons of mascara. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, MAC Ricepaper and Urban Decay Virgin are two other favourites.

What are your spring beauty essentials?
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Monday, 20 April 2015

Comfort Style

Do you ever have those days that you have to look somewhat put together but just can't stand the idea of wearing anything that doesn't make comfort #1? On those days, cotton dresses are my BFF. Easy and comfortable to throw on and can be dressed up or down in a flash.
Dress: J Crew {similar} | Cardigan: Express {similar} | Earrings: J Crew {exact}
Shoes: Airwalk {similar} | Necklace: H&M {similar}
This cardigan is actually Tyler's, but it was the perfect weight and length for the warm but breezy day. Sneakers kept the whole outfit super casual and comfortable for running around during the day, but since I knew my hair would be up (and would it really be me if I didn't add a little bling?) I added these pretty pastel statement earrings that play well with the minty tones in the dress. Can you believe I got them at J. Crew for $6? Such a steal. Their muted tones aren't too loud, but they add just a little bit more interest to an overall very basic outfit.

What are your go-to clothing items for put-together comfort?
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