I can't believe it's almost 2017. Like, where did the time go?
While I can acknowledge that this year has been a tough one for many reasons on a global scale — for me — I found it to be personally fulfilling.
I was able to travel for work more than ever before, visiting Paris, L.A., Tokyo and more. My personal style has evolved further, I introduced new verticals to my blog (hello, travel!) I turned 30 and I went on the trip of a lifetime with a few of the people who matter most (my family!).
Sure, there have been some ups and downs, but all in all, I feel it's been a pretty decent year for me. And I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!
Which brings me to the point of this post ... do you know what you're going to wear for New Year's Eve?
I'm not usually one to wear tons of sparkle, but if there's ever a time to wear glitzy garments, it's NYE. I love this mock-neck top that's a perfect way to dress up simple pants and sleek suede ankle boots.
But, if I'm being completely honest about getting dressed up for NYE, I'd have to admit that one of my favourite parts of going out is the getting ready part. I love to do my makeup and drink some sweet sips while listening to party tunes. It's almost as fun as the whole going out thing. ;)
Happy New Year and thank you — as always — for taking the time to stop by. See you next year!
I'm forever looking for a chic travel case that can hold all my makeup goodies, jewelry and whatever else I may need to tote along with me on holiday.
It seems I'm always finding something that's too big or too small. But this case from Poppy & Peonies is just right. I love that it's hard-sided so all my loot inside stays safe during travel. And the cute polka-dot interior doesn't hurt, either.
The brand is Canadian-based and has a whole host of great accessories for fashionistas looking for a great piece at a great price.
While I'm not exactly one to tote around a faux leather bag on the regular, I seek out the durable fabric and vegan-friendly iterations for travel. So, basically what I'm saying is that I'm lusting after all the travel goodies and pouches!
Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!
What it is: From the Dutch-based brand Teeez Cosmetics, comes a new collection full of bold lip colours and versatile eyeshadow palettes.
Changing its package design every season, Teeez is on trend with this release thanks to rose-gold metallic accents. Many of these products are paraben-free and all are not tested on animals.
Beauty bonus: The To Die For eyeshadow quad, which is available in six colour offerings, is very pigmented, applying smoothly and with little fall out.
Beauty bummer: The highlighter is in a creamy, liquid formula. It's billed as a primer and/or highlighter, but we found it a little too shimmery as a primer.
Overall: We like the idea that the packaging is ever-changing — it's something that keeps the brand feeling new and different every season.
While we enjoyed the offerings in this range, the winners for us were the eyeshadow quads and mascara. The formulas for both were very nice to work with.
The mascara gave nice volume to lashes due to the silicone, (very!) short bristle applicator, which distributed product evenly onto lashes.
Meanwhile, the eyeshadow palettes had big colour payoff and were easy to blend and build.
The lipstick, while nice to apply with good tone and boasting a non-drying formula, faded a tad quicker than we expected.
Would recommend? The eyeshadow (and now the mascara) are our MVPs of this release.
Price: To Die For eyeshadow quad, $48; Bulletproof Mascara Curling, $32; Style Addict highlighter, $32; Material Girl lipstick, $29.
Where to buy: Hudson's Bay
The seemingly endless opportunities to dress up are one of my favourite parts about Christmas.
My family has long had a tradition that we get dressed in some of our holiday best on Christmas Day — and it's something we still do today.
So, whether you're getting set to step out to a holiday soiree, or are just going to be sitting by the fire sipping egg nog, here are a few of my favourite Christmas outfit ideas.
What it is: A beauty gift set featuring three full-face palettes — eyes, lips and contour — from pro-fave beauty brand Smashbox.
Beauty bonus: This kit comes with a neon-hued acrylic case, which is perfect for storing brushes in after the trio of palettes are all finished.
Beauty bummer: The palettes are small, so the contour colours will likely run out faster than larger-format offerings.
Overall: We love a holiday gift set that serves up a full face of colour.
The trio of palettes in this Smashbox release feature hues that are universally appealing — while also offering a few shades that are sure to excite even the most seasoned of makeup mavens.
We're big fans of Smashbox lipsticks, so we were excited to see six hues on offer in the Lip kit. The colours range from nude to a deep purple, meaning there's a shade for every occasion!
As with all Smashbox products, the colours have big colour payoff, are easy to apply and stay in place throughout the day.
Would recommend? Yes. It's the perfect kit for on-the-go application, or for a first-timer who's new to Smashbox products.
Where to get it: Sephora
What it is: From the Real Authentic Wholesome (R.A.W.) line, this shampoo and conditioner has no silicones, parabens or colorants, is made with 95 per cent natural ingredients and is 99 per cent biodegradable to help hair look 100 per cent amazing.
Beauty bonus: The coriander oil and kaolin clay conditioner smells divine, fresh and different from anything we're used to smelling from hair products – in a good way.
Beauty bummer: The Goji berry and yucca wasn't our favourite. It was very sweet smelling, reminding us of synthetic strawberry scent.
Overall: We liked the premise of this line — environmentally conscious while still leaving hair looking good.
When we washed our hair, we're not gonna lie, we were a bit turned off by how striped hair felt. But the conditioner was the saving grace. It left hair feeling smooth and moisturized. After drying strands, hair felt clean and soft.
Would recommend? As a set, they seem to complement one another pretty well. Just buying singles? Go for the conditioner.
Price: $25 each
Where to buy: Select salons
Sure, turtlenecks are super on-trend right now (Hello, nod to the '90s!). But thankfully, they're also super functional.
This winter I've been living in my turtleneck sweaters. Whether cashmere and fitted, loose and wool or cropped and a poly-blend — I've steadily curated a collection of these high-necked sweaters that serve to keep me warm, and stylish.
Searching for a turtleneck for your closet? Check out a few of my favourite picks below.
Happy shopping — and thank you for stopping by!
What it is: The covetable holiday beauty collection from NARS cosmetics sees them partner with famous French photographer Sarah Moon. #swoon
Beauty bonus: The colours in this entire collection are completely wearable. No unfortunate shades to write off here!
Beauty bummer: Honestly? None.
Overall: From the packaging to the products inside, this collection is an absolute holiday treat.
We love the eye shadow palettes — which offered a wide variety of shades and even offerings in duo and quad-hue options. But the star of this collection (for us at least!), was hands-down the amazing lip colours.
We've found a new obsession in the Moon Matte lipsticks. The twist-up styles go on smooth and full-coverage — without feeling waxy or weighty.
While we unfortunately didn't get our hands on the AH-MAZING Metropolis coffret of Audacious lipsticks (our absolute faves from NARS!), we would recommend checking them out as the selection and value for the set are off the charts.
Would recommend? Umm, yes!
Price: $25 to $125
Where to buy: Hudson's Bay; Sephora
What it is: A beauty release from the iconic French brand CHANEL for winter that features rich reds, bold metallics and shocking pinks.
Beauty bonus: As is usual with CHANEL products, the packaging and the formulas are on point.
Beauty bummer: The colour selection is a bit '80s ... and also a tad surprising for winter. (Hot pinks?!)
Overall: This collection packs a punch thanks to various hues of pink, orange and red. It's safe to say it's not your average cold-weather collection.
We love the lip colours — especially the two Rouge Allure Luminous Intense lipsticks in Ultraberry (a brown-tinged raspberry) and Ultrarose (a super-saturated rose). The formulas feature almond oil and green tea for a hit of lip-smoothing moisture that helps colour last.
We were also big fans of the soft pink (Pink Rubber) and silver (Liquid Mirror) Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours, which we'll gladly welcome into our winter rotation that's currently stuck at barely-there nudes and full-on black polishes.
The pot of black eyeliner had us rethinking the idea of "precision lines" thanks to a super-fine baby brush for application. It gets so close to the lash line, it's almost unbelievable! While we did find it took a few practice sweeps to master, once we got it down, the effect was eye-opening. Literally!
Would recommend? Yes and no. The collection has a few stars — mainly the Calligraphie de CHANEL Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner and the Rouge Allure lip colours — but we weren't thrilled with the appearance of the hues in the eye shadow palette (which we didn't get a chance to try).
Where to get it: Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew