9.5.14

Mandarin Orange Lip Tutorial

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Happy Friday! This week has been a good one, even if not much has happened (other than going really quite blonde - will share on the blog next week!). I have some exciting things lined up in the near future and so because of that, I felt like it was only fitting to end the week on a very bright tote: a mandarin orange lip tutorial! This is one of my absolute favourite spring looks, particularly because it looks so lovely with the hint of a tan we usually start developing around this time of the year. See the tutorial after the jump!

14.2.14

Valentine's Day Beauty Tutorial

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Happy Valentine's Day! I got quite a few requests for a how-to for this rose-adorned chignon that Kahlia Adams created on me for this week's Glitter Guide Valentine's Day post, so I went straight to the source to get the full tutorial on this romantic look for tonight's celebration with your significant other or loved ones! Get the full tutorial (plus an extra how-to on this natural beauty look) after the jump!

23.11.12

Modern Holly Golightly


If any of you have been regular readers of mine for awhile now, you're probably already aware of the fact that I don't do much when it comes to makeup. A bold lip here and there but really, that's it. Having said that, when I do like to amp it up a bit in the beauty department, I always look to retro beauty icons like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly for inspiration.

I've always been especially fond of Audrey Hepburn's elegant and effortless makeup during her turn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's - it obviously goes without saying that when it comes to that movie, the whole thing is timeless style that resonates across generations across the board.

Anyway, I'm all about keeping things simple for day-to-day ease, so this is definitely a condensed and much more casual version of classic Holly Golightly glamour - hope you find something that you can work into your makeup routine at some point or another!

Hope all of you lovely Americans are still alive today after your turkey coma last night and good luck to all of those you braving Black Friday mahem! >br />
Happy weekend everyone!

16.3.12

Makeup Tutorial: Soft Smokey Eye


I got a couple of requests in Monday's post for a tutorial of the tonal, softly defined eye I did (I guess the fact that I did anything other than my usual cat-eye and red lip was kind of exciting). As I mentioned in that post, I roughly followed Lisa Eldridge's Clémence Poésy tutorial, but adapted it a bit to suit my facial structure and colouring.

In this tutorial, I'm using just one quad: CARGO's Essential Eye Palette in warm neutral, which I received from eBeauty.ca, my go-to online makeup emporium. I didn't use the browbone shade in this tutorial, but obviously, you can feel free to highlight your brows with the matte tone if you'd like! I'm just so pale at the moment that I don't really need highlighting, I'm phosphorescently white as it is.
 
So bypassing the browbone shade, I used the second lightest shade for an allover wash of colour on my eyelid, the third darkest shade for my crease and the outer corner of my eye and the darkest shade as an eyeliner! If you wanted to increase the intensity of the liner or any of the other shades, you could slightly dampen the pigment or brush.



I'd say I'm still a little more partial to a strong red lip...old habits die hard, I guess! Having said that, it's always nice and healthy to try something else out, and this soft, defined eye is a great new go-to. I think especially when I finally get some colour on my face, I'll feel much more comfortable with paler, more tonal makeup tones!

Okay, now I just have one more class and then I am in full-on party mode for the rest of the weekend! Again, if you're in Vancouver, make sure you come to our blogger clothing sale tomorrow at The Waldorf, it should be amazing!

Have a great weekend lovelies!

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17.2.12

Bang Bang


For some reason completely unbeknownst to me, I've gotten quite a few questions from readers lately asking how I do my hair, particularly my bangs. I actually find my hair endlessly frustrating, which is why I'm surprised that anyone would want hair styling tips from me! I can't really style it (it hardly holds a curl), it breaks really easily, and it's so fine that top-knots and thick braids are completely out of the question. It's one saving grace is that thanks to its stubbornly straight and fine texture, I can usually just air-dry it, which is how I normally wear it on the blog.

Having said that, I usually have to wash my bangs every other day to keep them from going limp, and this is how I'd normally style them if I wanted them dry as I leave the house! Just wanted to note that this is for side-swept bangs - I've added little notes as to how to style your bangs if you wanted to wear them straight down à la Zooey Deschanel!


1. This one should be pretty obvious...comb your bangs! I just combed mine over to the side I want them to fall over to.

2. If your hair is thick, I'd suggest using a flat brush, but if you have fine hair like me then a round brush is the way to go! It will give your bangs a bit of body. Since I am wearing my bangs side-swept, I used the round brush and blowdryer to direct the bangs in that direction.

However, if you want to wear them straight down (which I often did before deciding to let them grow out), then push your bangs to both the left and the right. This will get rid of any kinks or cowlicks you might have!

3. Don't foget your face-framing wisps! I like them slightly curled in so that they blend in with my bangs.

4. Since the rest of my hair was dry, I just twisted the rest of it with a Goody spin pin up into a ballerina bun. Sometimes if I wear it up like this for a really, really long time, my hair will hold a curl for awhile!

Just a quick aside: if you wash your hair daily, really try to see if you can cut back. Even though my hair is thin, once it adjusted to being washed less it became so much healthier and feels much less brittle. It was the smartest decision I ever made hair-wise! Bangs, on the other hand, need slightly more frequent washing, but I try to limit it to once every other day.

5. Shake out what would probably be curls for most of you, but slight waves for me.

6. And done!


The lovely people at Missiko sent me their HANAair Professional Hair Dryer, and honestly, as someone who never really believed that there was much of a difference between blowdryers, I was pretty blown away.

Though I was really impressed with how quickly it dried my hair (less than two minutes...crazy), it was when I used it on one of my girlfriends with insanely thick hair that I really realized how powerful the blowdryer is. Normally, her hair takes hours to dry. Using the HANAair dryer and the HANA Shine Shield Thermal Protectant though, I managed to dry it within 20 minutes and it ended up looking really shiny and felt amazing. I was preeeetty proud of myself (thought it probably had more to do with the infrared ion technology than my blowdrying skills). Definitely a worthwhile investment!

Also, if you're curious about the pin I used in my hair, it's the Goody Spin Pin. It's amazing. Basically, you can just twirl your hair into a bun and then screw one or two of these in and then you're set, they stay in all day and you don't need elastics or anything. Sometimes when I'm getting ready for a night out, I'll do Princess Leia buns on the top of my head with one pin per bun, set my dryer to low heat, and direct some heat to both buns for about five minutes or so. After letting them cool down for about an hour, my hair usually has a little bit of curliness to it!

All right, and with that I'm off to the cabin again! Matt and I just decided to celebrate our four year anniversary early since I'll probably be knee-deep in school by the time the 24th comes around. So excited to get back to cabin life!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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