Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ofina Jewelery Review + Giveaway

I love dainty jewelry, especially if there's meaning behind them! However, I have a surprising amount of trouble finding designs I like and sizes that fit from stores in the mall. Today, I want to share some of the cutest designs from Ofina Jewelry and a chance for you to win one of the items shown!

This line is created by Liza Anongchanya and each piece is handcrafted in her studio in San Francisco! Most of her pieces are plated gold which helps to keep the cost low while still wearing gold against your skin.
  
I found the general vibe of the collection to be trendy and delicate which is right up my alley! Recently, I've been loving the story of the evil eye and the Hamsa in jewelry. The Hand of Fatima (or Hamsa) is used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history to provide defense against the evil eye. The evil eye is believed to be a curse cast by a malevolent glare which will cause misfortune or injury. I have been really drawn to this as I wanted to avoid judgement and "evil looks" from other people.

The necklace ($75) I chose is in a gorgeous 14k rose gold fill with a Hamsa hand as the pendant. The hand is also plated with rose gold over sterling silver and decorated with cubic zirconia which gives off a ton of sparkle. Since it's so delicate, I feel like I can wear this with most of my every day outfits!


Similarly for the bracelet ($58), I also chose one with a talisman that would protect against the evil eye. The bracelet features a dainty 14k gold fill chain and it feels very weightless. There are beads spaced out on the chain to add more design. The evil eye piece itself is a gold plating over sterling silver with cubic zirconia.  This style comes in silver and gold and would layer really well with watches or other bracelets.


Lastly, I've been dying to try out the ear jacket style earrings ($68) for a long time! These type of earrings make it look like you have a semi circle hanging below your ear lobe. I think it's so cool. My ears are normally very sensitive and I haven't been wearing earrings for a year so I was very impressed that I didn't have any reaction to these. These are made from sterling silver with cubic zirconia.



Now for the fun part, I will be giving  you the chance to win one of these pieces! The winner will get to choose their favorite item from the three shown here! You can enter on my Instagram or for additional entries in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends April 30th and is open Internationally!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quo Matte Revolution Foundation Demo & Review

Quo recently released a bunch of new makeup including the Matte Revolution Foundation. These new items will be part of their permanent core collection and is now available. I realized I haven't done a foundation review in ages and that's mostly because I've been using up my old ones! It's perfect timing for me to find my next go to as I just finished up my Urban Decay Naked foundation.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Prescription Sunglasses with GlassesShop.com

Having bad eyesight is pretty annoying sometimes, especially in the summer time when I want to just throw on a pair of sunglasses. I end up having to put in contacts first any time I want to wear sunglasses. I've wanted prescription sunglasses for a while now and am so glad I got the chance to test out a pair from GlassesShop.com.

I find that I'm always scraping by in my optical insurance. Between new glasses and contacts, I end up never having enough insurance room left over to get prescription sunglasses. Since they are usually at least $200, I haven't made the splurge. But these ones are easy on the wallets coming in at only around $35 including lenses!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Makeup Look #1: Orange Flush


The change of a season means new trends for makeup! I've been switching up my look for a more fresh and airy look by having an orange/coral flush all over. If you're looking for inspiration to change up your Spring makeup then read on!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Travel Diary:Weekend Getaway from Vancouver to Sunshine Coast


I recently took a weekend trip to the Sunshine Coast and wanted to share some tips and ideas for things to do. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it's time to explore your own back yard with weekend trips from Vancouver!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

PROJECT PAN: Finish Six by Summer Intro

It's been a while since I last did a project pan on my blog! While I'm still trying to use up as much of my makeup as I can, it's been a bit of a lull as a ton of new Spring releases came out and I can't keep my hands off testing the new things. However, I'm determined to get back on track and use up these six products by Summer!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Introducing: Pixi Beauty (Now available in Canada!)


About a month ago, I had the opportunity to attend a release event for Pixi Beauty. I first found out about this brand through reading UK beauty blogs and used to scope them out at Target in the states. Now, they are finally back in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Tea Box- March 2017 Subscription Review


If you read my empties posts, you'll notice I usually have at least a few bags of loose leaf tea. I normally get them from David's Tea but since they started using artificial flavoring, I've been trying to branch out and find some alternatives.

Recently I discovered My Tea Box, which is a tea subscription box based from Canada! The monthly cost is $24.99 and includes shipping and taxes. I received the March 2017 box for review so let's take a look at what blends I received.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Five Essential Boots to Own on the West Coast!

Now that winter is over, this is the perfect timing to snag up a pair of boots on sale to prepare for next season! I used to buy shoes whenever things went on sale and ended up with a ton of random pairs of boots. I've since learned to be a bit more minimalist and enjoy having fewer pairs of boots that matches with everything. I've had this idea in mind for a while and can't wait to share with you guys the five pairs of boots you need in your closet!


1. Waterproof Boots

Thursday, March 16, 2017

TWG Limited Edition Sakura Set Menu

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a delicious tasting menu at TWG. The store is where Urban Tea Merchant used to be but the space was recently renovated and opened as TWG last December (Georgia/Thurlow)! The store offers a huge selection of loose leaf tea and accessories but you can also sit down to enjoy high tea, full meals and also special set menus!

 
Currently they are offering the Sakura Tasting Menu which is inspired by the limited edition Always Sakura tea blend and will be available only until early April ($65 for 3 courses + 1 tea). I'll be sharing some photos of the beautiful food and giving you a bit insight into the menu.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quo Spring 2017 Collection- Rose Quartz: Review and Demo


Did you remember to spring one hour ahead for day light savings today? I feel like this day always creeps up on me but I am pretty stoked to welcome warmer weather! Today's post will be an overview and review of the Quo Spring 2017 collection which is inspired by rose quartz. I'm not sure if I'm just having winter blues, but looking at spring packaging makes me so happy and I adore the design of this collection!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Purple Gradient Eyeshadow Look ft. Mary Kay Spring 2017


The Mary Kay Spring 2017 collection is probably one of the best launches since I started working with the brand last fall. The packaging is beautiful and the products all perform really well! I reviewed their lip oils recently and have now added them to my purse for daily use! I was also really drawn to the eyeshadow palettes that are limited edition to this collection.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle: Review & Swatches


Exciting news everyone, pixi is returning to Canada and you can now find their products at Shoppers Drug Mart! I attended a launch event a few weeks back and are testing out a bunch of their products. One item that I instantly gravitated towards is this rosy colored lipstick. Since I've been using this every day for a couple of weeks now, I thought I'd share this review

Basics
Name: Mattelustre Lipstick
Shades: Rose Naturelle, available in 11 shades
Price: $16
Size: 3.6g
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Top 5 Spring 2017 Nail Polish Picks


I know we are still in Winter, especially with the third snow storm scare in Vancouver this past week. But I've been wearing brighter colors on my nails for a few weeks already and I can not wait for spring to come! In anticipation, I've rounded up 5 of my favorite colors that'll be a must have for your nail polish picks this Spring!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter Makeup Look #2 - Bright Eyes + Bold Lips


At the start of this year, I wanted to create a series of looks throughout 2017 to give inspirations for wearable makeup ideas with the varying seasons. I'm a bit late to this one, but there's still one month of winter left and lots of time to rock a bold deep lip. For today's post, I'm providing a tutorial and inspo for a winter makeup look featuring bright eyes and bold lips!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GOSH Primer Plus Skin Perfector - Illuminating Review

Late last year, GOSH released a bunch of new items in their color collection. One of them was the Primer Plus Skin Perfector which I originally was not that big of a fan of. However, recently I've been using it as my sole skin product and have been loving it.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mary Kay Glossy Lip Oil- NEW Spring 2017 Collection

I am so glad to start reviewing spring makeup releases as this Vancouver winter has been dreadful! Lip products are my favorites so I'm starting off spring 2017 makeup reviews with these new Mary Kay Glossy Lip Oils!


The name of the collection is Light, Reinvented and is meant for you to transform your look for spring with bright and vivid colors. I am so ready for some pastels and light hues, and also some sunshine!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bite Beauty #TheLipPencil


Guys, I have never been so excited to talk about a lip liner! I feel like 90% of the population don't use lip liners on a daily basis and with good reason. In my head, lip liners are 90s overdrawn lips and dry and chalky. But recently, Bite Beauty released The Lip Pencil and I am blown away!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

How I (Attempt to) Stay Fit

Today's post will be a departure from the normal makeup and fashion ramblings. I'm not one of those people who likes to go to the gym. Actually I dread it. I feel like I lack the chemicals which is suppose to make you happy after you work out hah. I've been trying to make small changes in my life though and wanted to share some of the ways I attempt to stay fit!



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Color of the Year (Greenery) Picks from the Drugstore!


Each year, Pantone announces a Color of the Year which then drives the trends for beauty and fashion releases! This year the color is Greenery and is a symbol for new beginnings. Pantone did an amazing job describing why this color is important to us

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Empties #1 2017

Cleaning out my empties basket is one of the best feelings for me! Am I crazy or anyone else experience this? Anyways, here are the items I've recently finished up and a mini review!



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Winter Makeup Look #1 - Dewy Skin and Red Lips

As part of my 2017 goals, I wanted to create more variety on my blog. One area I haven't really done in the past are Tutorials. I've always found that my face shape/eye shape doesn't work with tutorials I'm watching on Youtube so I never did them on my blog. But this year I hope to post some looks to inspire your makeup adventure, and first off is a fresh look for the winter time!


During the winter time, my skin gets so flaky and dry. So the #1 thing I try to do in my routine is to moisturize and to fake a glow. Dewy skin will be the focus of this look paired with a juicy red lip

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Style: Sweater + Chokers ft. Lisa Q of Sweden

Are you on the chokers trend yet? If not, get on it because it's everywhere! I'm excited to say that I feel like I finally got onto a trend before it's already out of style.

It's been so cold in Vancouver recently so I've been wearing my sweaters a lot. I pulled together this outfit by adding on a necklace I recently received from Lisa Q of Sweden! I find wearing a long necklace helps to break up a piece of clothing that's just one color and adds more length to the body. 



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Teeez Cosmetics Serial Lip Stain in Faux Pas Review & Swatches


I introduced teeez cosmetics on the blog last year, and I am always amazed by their intricate packaging! Recently they released the Fashion Vendetta collection and one of the items is a lip stain. I actually never got into lip stains as I don't love matte colors on my lips and I enjoy the process of reapplying! But I know they are all the rage, so I was excited to give this one a try! This product is available at Hudson's Bay for $28.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury 5 Minute Makeup Revolution- Natural Glowing Makeup


Normally I save my Charlotte Tilbury makeup for special occasions, but they recently released a 5 Minute Makeup Revolution kit that is perfect for every day use! I've been trying to apply makeup on a daily basis before work this year and it usually takes me about 15 minutes. I wanted to take a 5 minute challenge to see how put together I can look using only these products!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Products I Want to Use Up in 2017 + Project Pan Intro

I would have never thought having too much makeup would ever be an issue. But this beauty blogging adventure has created a makeup surplus (dropped that accounting word :')). Each year I've been making a products I want to use up and this year is no exception. Check out the items I've selected to finish up this year!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Matrix Biolage RAW (Real Authentic Wholesome Hair Care)

Although I usually stick to basic drugstore hair care, I can't help but be curious whenever a "cool" high end bottle of hair care gets released! Matrix is a well known professional hair care brand and recently they released a collection of shampoo and conditioners under the Biolage R.A.W. line. The idea behind these products is that they are effective but using as much natural origin ingredients as possible!


So let's get the stats out of the way:
-no silicone
-no parabens
-no colorants
-99% biodegradable formulas
-$25 each with 325mL of product

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette- Looks + Inspiration for Asian Eyes


Happy 2017!! Can you believe that it's the new year already? I'm starting off this year with a pretty highly talked about product in the market- the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I'm sure you've all seen swatches and reviews online, so I won't repeat all that information again! However, when I tried to look for inspirations on what looks to do, none of them flatter Asian eyes.

So I thought I'd compile 3 looks and share some ideas to fully utilize all the shades in this palette!