Sunday, July 13, 2014

50 Shades of Grey

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lust for Length

I have always been a 'hair person.' I have had long hair for as long as I can remember - minus a few years in elementary school where I was mistaken for a boy. Thanks mom. 

I have been blessed with enough hair for approximately 8 people. I refer to it as my mane, or afro, depending on the humidity index. Since we are on the topic of 'length', I went in for a hair trim last week. My tweet sums up my experience. I know you can relate.

Although I am extremely content with the hair on my head (minus my current haircut), my eyelashes have always been frail. You are probably reading this and already judging me that I am seriously writing a blog post on eyelashes of all things, well, I am. 

We first experimented with fake eyelashes when we were 19. A year later, we were introduced to eyelash extensions at the TIFF Essentials Lounge hosted by EGPR. We both had 30 individual eyelashes bonded onto our natural lashes. The length and fullness was incredible. As a few weeks passed, our eyelashes naturally shed and we were back to our normal lashes. As much as we loved having extensions, the upkeep was not cheap. It was time to try something a little different.

We have heard great things about Latisse and decided to give it a try. Our friends at Edelstein Cosmetic provided us with a kit to get started. Latisse is a formula used on the upper lash line to promote longer and darker lashes. Good bye mascara! We have heard that it takes as little as four weeks to notice results. We plan on starting tonight and will be doing an updated post early next month. Alright, here is what we are starting with… 

July 1 - no mascara 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Put that Where?!

When I first heard about the benefits of applying oil to your face, I didn't quite understand. I have combination/oily skin, why in heaven's name would I add more oil? After learning all the health benefits of essential oils, I ditched my fancy morning and night face creams and went au naturale. Products, that is.

I've now tried a few different oils and I can happily say that I've found my holy grail. Rose Hip Oil.

Rose Hip Oil is a natural source of antioxidants, vitamin A and essential fatty acids, all which are proven to improve the appearance of:
- wrinkles
- acne
- stretch marks
- pigmentation
- scars

Luckily, M and I don't have to worry about wrinkles or sun damage yet, but it's never too early for prevention.

For the past month, I've been using Rose Hip Oil every night as part of my night time skincare regime. I've noticed that my skin has been a lot smoother, softer and my pesky scaring is starting to fade.

With that being said, we are both still on the mission to find the right products to combat our skin imperfections once and for all.

Friday, May 30, 2014

BRB, Toronto

We've had an incredibly exciting month. May was 'our' month, for a number of different reasons. First, it was our 23rd birthday - woohoo! Second, M was offered a job at EGPR, the PR company where she formally interned. I also returned back to work this month and started my Real Estate studying, again. I'm finally moving this coming Sunday, meaning, M and I will be roommates again! We will be living downtown together with a few girlfriends. It's going to be an incredible Summer. 

Now, between working part time, maintaining our closets, and paying rent, we aren't left rolling in cash. As an avid Groupon-er, I decided to plan the majority of my Summer outings using Groupon deals. No, this isn't a paid post by Groupon, although I wish it was, ha. 

Last week, I was looking for a manicure deal and somehow ended up on the 'Getaways' tab. Funny how that happened. I spotted a Hotel & Spa deal in Lewiston New York for a ridiculously good price. Between the gorgeous waterfront view, the spa and the hotel price, I was sold. I texted one of my friends saying "Want to go to Lewiston? Like tomorrow?" and that was that. The very next day, we were on our way to the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa.

We arrived in Lewiston around dinner time, which was convenient as I am the world's biggest foodie. Although we had a voucher for dinner at the hotel, it was a beautiful night so we decided to explore the area. We ended up at Water Street Landing where we had the entire patio to ourselves. A sunset, red wine, a steak dinner, and a handsome boy. It was picture perfect. 

Although our mini vacation was spontaneous, we would do it again in a second. The Barton Hill Hotel & Spa had so much charm, it was the perfect location for our getaway. 

My next Groupon deal is an Italian dinner for two at Salutè Piano Bar in the heart of Yorkville. I'm determined to make this Summer a memorable one, even while on a budget. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fragrance Snob

As a little girl, I would collect the perfume samples we would get in the mail - you know, the ones that make you smell like you're either a) a 90 year old woman b) a musky man or       c) a flower bed. 

Now that I 'm older, I've become quite selective when it comes to fragrances. Sensitive skin has played a large role in my decision making. Last Winter, I stumbled upon Editions De Parfums at Holt Renfrew and was immediately drawn to a particular scent, L'eau D'Hiver. This was my first 'luxury' perfume. I had finally found my perfect scent - I was hooked.

I established that L'eau D'Hiver was my ideal Winter scent, but come Spring, I wanted to switch it up. I have had my eye on Byredo Parfums - La Tulipe for just over a year now. Whenever I would pop into Holt Renfrew, I would visit the Byredo Parfum section and would fall in love all over again. After enjoying numerous complimentary samples, I knew it was time to make this little beauty my official Spring scent. 

Although La Tulipe is considered a 'floral' fragrance, it is not overwhelming. Hints of rhubarb and wood are subtle, but noted. The best part? My skin does not react negatively: no rash, no burning sensation. La Tulipe is here to stay.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Wedding Details

From architecture, food, flowers to the stunning bride. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Putting Your Best Face Forward

M and I are always on the hunt for newer, better, healthier skin products. As M and I prep to move, we have slowly started to refine our makeup essentials. I have to admit, we are both makeup hoarders. 

Let's get to the basics. Foundation. There are so many things to take into consideration when picking the perfect foundation. What's your skin type? Oily, dry, combination? What's your colour? Personally, it really depends on how many layers of St. Tropez Tanning Mousse I have on. Girls, who's with me on that one? Ingredients are also huge. Is it going to cause a breakout? We have all unfortunately toyed with foundations that seem to make skin problems caused by Mother Nature so much worse. 

People have ranted and raved about the Make Up For Ever HD foundation so we both decided to give it a go. At first, things were great, we felt as if we finally found the perfect foundation. Not long after, we both noticed that our skin looked extremely oily, not cute. After having to pile on setting powder numerous times a day, we decided that it was time to give it the boot. Don't get me wrong, our girlfriends still swear it's the holy grail, but for us, it just didn't work. 

M did some more research and came across Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free foundation. She gave it a go for about a week and convinced me to try it. Finding the right colour was a little challenging, I highly recommend having one of the ladies at Sephora colour match you. It's been about 2 months since switching foundations - no excess oil and no breakouts due to the foundation. I pair it with my favourite concealer, Laura Mercier, and find that the coverage is perfect! Of course we both are dealing with skin imperfections, but these two products mask them pretty darn well, I must say. 

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free foundation in 9 Neutral
 + Laura Mercier concealer

In the summer, we prefer not to wear a full face of foundation. The look of your makeup melting off your face just isn't pretty. We recently discovered Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation, a lightweight, mineral based product that is proven to help improve your skin over time. What's not to love? This summer, we are planning to give our skin a well deserved break by only using mineral powder as foundation. As for right now, I keep it in my purse and apply it when I feel like I need a little touch up. It's oil absorbing so it helps keep my T Zone looking oil free. 
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G20
Available in 18 shades - click here to find your shade

Foundation is, without a doubt, a must for our skin at the moment. However, we hope one day soon we can skip it all together. For the ladies who look flawless without makeup, please share your skin secrets. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Must Haves

It's officially Spring! I think we can all agree that Winter lasted way too long. I don't know about you, but I pretty much gave up on looking 'stylish' this Winter. It's tough to look cute in -20 Celsius temperatures: you can't feel your toes, your fingers are numb and your nose just keeps on drippin. 

Alas, it's time to pull out those heels and show some skin. 

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think "Today I'm going to be a Bad A$$" Yes? Good, me too. No? Try sleeping past your alarm, skip your morning workout and pick up McDonald's for breakfast. If that doesn't do it, I don't know what will. My Alexander McQueen scarf is my favourite piece to throw on when I am quote, having one of those days. It's Lavender; conveniently, it goes with every colour in my Spring wardrobe which consists of black, grey and white. 

I have found myself wearing a lot of statement jewellery lately. The particular piece shown is from J.Crew. During the Fall I styled it with silk tops, this Winter I paired it over heavy knits and this Spring I will be wearing it with maxi dresses. It's an incredibly versatile piece. If you haven't checked out J.Crew's vast jewellery line, I highly recommend doing so. 

My Givenchy leather booties are my all time fav. They are ridiculously comfortable and complete just about any outfit. 

Matte Lipsticks are currently one of my go-to essentials. This NYX in the colour 'Angel' is my favourite for 2 years and counting because 1) it's MATTE and 2) it's the most perfect shade of pink you will ever find. I prefer their Matte Lipsticks over their Matte Lip Creams because when it's windy my hair gets stuck to my gloss and that's just a tragedy. Lipstick for the win.