Quick yet Clever Halloween Costume Ideas!

Hey guys! 

So my favourite time of year is upon us and although I usually start planning my costume months in advance, I realize that not everyone is as prepared for the bewitching season as I am.

I thought to save you all some time, I would come up with some quick & easy costume ideas that are still creative but won’t break the bank. Since my audience reaches beyond my hometown – I decided to reference as many online sources as possible. However, as a small business owner myself, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to check out your local thrift shops & boutiques before ordering from the websites listed, to see if you can find similar items. If you shop locally you will not only be supporting those in your town, but you will get to touch and feel in person, and SAVE on shipping fees so close to Halloween.

*All prices in CAD*

Let’s get started!

Call me, beep me, if ya wanna reach me…

You got it friends! Kim Possible, aka everyone’s favourite cartoon, butt-kicking action hero is here to save you from skipping out on a costume this Halloween. Not only is this costume cute & quirky, but Millennials will totally appreciate the Disney cartoon nostalgia. Feel free to add a red/orange wig to make it even more recognizable.


Ugh, as if!

This yellow plaid/tartan combo is automatically associated with 90’s character, Cher from Clueless. Thanks to 2014’s “Fancy” music video (Iggy Azalea), and Alicia Silverstone’s recent appearance on Lip Sync Battle, more and more people are remembering how ground-breaking the 90’s chick flick was.


Do you want to play a game? If so this costume is for you! 

So if you aren’t the cutsie costume type – perhaps Jigsaw from the Saw franchise would be more up your ally. Add a black wig, red & white makeup, hey maybe even a tricycle… and you’re good to go!

jigsaw costume


If you are more on the more reserved side & are a fan of Disney…Mary Poppins could be your ideal Halloween 2018 costume choice. Looking to have a couples costume? Have your significant other dress up as Bert and your look will be a hit.

mary poppins

Normal is an illusion…

The Addams Family has had a huge impact on Halloween Culture since the 1991 movie adaptation. Anjelica Huston’s creepy yet sexy portayal of Morticia Addams has become iconic, especially during the Halloween season.


It’s Showtime! 

Being such a Halloween freak, I am embarrassed to admit that I have never actually finished watching Beetlejuice. However, I don’t have to explain how much of a Halloween essential this movie is for many. The black & white stripes are easily associated with the title character. Just add some body paint & coloured hairspray from your local party store and your costume is complete.


Everyday when you’re walking down the street…

Probably one of the easiest looks to achieve on this list, Arthur the aardvark is the perfect costume if you are looking for a fun costume that requires little effort. Add a library card and you’re golden!

arthur costume

So there you have it! I hope this list will help you if you are still on the hunt for some easy, yet not super basic costume ideas. I look forward to seeing photos of all your wonderful costumes this Halloween season.




High End Makeup For Less?!

Hey guys!

I thought I would do a fun post on something interesting I did a couple of weeks ago. I happened to come across some YouTube videos recently of beauty gurus finding high-end makeup for a discounted price at places like Marshalls, TJ MAXX & Winners and share with you all of the deals I came across!

First off let’s start with some makeup bargain hunting tips…

  1. Always check the product before you buy to make sure it hasn’t been messed with, touched, or swatched. Often at places like Marshalls, TJ MAXX, & Winners people will go ahead and test out the product without buying it – so make sure it has not been touched. Buying makeup that has been used is a HUGE no no. If the product is in one of those locked plastic boxes, simply ask at the cash for them to open it to make sure before purchasing.
  2. Keep your phone handy! It is important to make sure you are actually getting a deal on the makeup or beauty products that you are buying. I like to keep my Sephora & Ulta apps ready to go at all times so that I can do a quick price check on what I find. Quite often, the stores will get items that are already on sale at Sephora or on the company’s website, so always do a cross reference.
  3. Plan a day where you can visit multiple locations! On the day I went I visited 3 Marshalls, 2 Winners, & a Homesense which allowed me to score some deals and find different items at different locations.

Let’s get to the finds!

NARS Narsissist Hardwired Eye Kit – $27 (on sale) at Marshalls

Listed online at narscosmetics.com for $59

SAVINGS = $32 


I was really excited to come across this NARS kit as I have not seen NARS at a Winners or Marshalls before. The kit included a 6 shade palette, an eyeliner, and a little brush. For only $27 I was nervous that it had maybe been tampered with, but upon further inspection before buying – I was happy to see that the package had never been opened or touched. The palette was definitely created to acheive a smokey look – but I wasn’t a huge fan of the green in the palette as it appeared on the lid to be more grey once applied. The shadow formula wasn’t bad – but I would have hoped for a little more pigment considering it was from NARS. I plan to keep playing with it, and for only $27 I don’t mind testing it out a little more.

I really loved the eyeliner that was included in the kit and I will for sure continue to use it. It is a very beautiful creamy brown that glides on the eye nicely. (So sorry I forgot to swatch!) 

Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder – $24.99 at Marshalls

Listed online at Sephora.com for $58

SAVINGS = $33 


As mentioned in other blog posts, I adore Marc Jacobs’ beauty products so I was excited to come across this powder. I am not always a huge fan of pressed translucent powders, or white translucent powders in general – but I was surprised to like this product! I would not recommend this for oily skin unless you are only using it for touch ups during the day because it is so light weight. But on my own skin – I really liked it! It gave my face a nice silky finish.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lipsticks- $12.99 each at Marshalls

Listed online at Sephora.com for $35 each

SAVINGS = $22 each


Photographed above from top to bottom – ( Headliner, Heartbreaker, Wham).


Once again – another Marc Jacobs find…score! I was able to find the Kiss Pop Lipsticks in 3 different colours (Wham, Heartbreaker, & Headliner). These long lasting lipsticks are fantastic with a very pretty, matte finish. They last an insane amount of time, are hydrating, and pack on great colour.

Cargo Cosmetics Getaway Palette – $11 (on sale) at Marshalls

Listed online at cargocosmetics.com for $34

SAVINGS = $23 

Technically the savings on this one are a little more since the $34 price tag is in USD (they didn’t have a CDN option). Cargo shadows are always a nice option to start with. I personally find them to be a little more powdery than I normally like, but if you don’t mind working with fallout you will be good to go. I wish the colours in this particular palette were a little brighter (personal preference) , but for $11 it is pretty great!


Pictured above wearing some shades from the Cargo palette. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick – $9.99 each at Winners

Listed online at Sephora.com for $26 each

SAVINGS = $16 each


Shown above: Sugar Plum

Anastasia liquid lipsticks are my absolute favourite and I have a ton in my collection! I was surprised to find the shades Ashton, Madison, & Sugar Plum while on my travels. Sugar plum I believe was from this years holiday collection and it is now discontinued, but it is a beautiful fuchsia shade with iridescent purples in it. Ashton is a matte midtone brown that doesn’t really suit my skintone, but I picked it up for a friend. Madison is a berry magenta/purple. Anastasia has one of the best formulas for a liquid lip!

Butter London Blush Clutch – $12.99 at Marshalls

Listed online at Ulta.com for $50.35

SAVINGS = $37.36


It’s always fun to come across some new brands on your searches as well! I had never tried anything from Butter London but I will definitely purchase more if I come across some. These blushes glide beautifully on the cheeks, and the shades are flattering for a lot of different skin tones. I like to swirl all 3 together when wearing. Also – I am OBSESSED with the little On the Glow pen the kit includes! It is a beautiful champagne/rose pigment shade on a little sponge applicator. It is perfect for adding a little highlight to the corners on your inner eye, I have been using it almost everyday. It was a great little surprise!

Algenist Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops – $14.99 at Marshalls

Listed online at Sephora.com for $50




 I purchased the drops in the shade Champagne, they are great to add to your foundation to add a little luminosity! You can also use these on the apples of your cheeks like your would a powder highlight for an even dewier shine.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe – $9.99 at Homesense

Listed online at Sephora.com for $23



I never would have thought to look at Homesense for beauty products, especially a great brand like Huda! This lip strobe is very pretty and is great on the center of your lip to add a pop of sparkle and some extra dimension. (Once again – I forgot to take my own photo of this one! We will blame it on lack of sleep! haha) 

Makeup Forever Artistic Palette- $16 (on sale) at Marshalls

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Unfortunately I was unable to find a price for this particular palette from Makeup Forever. All 9 shades are very sparkly and have a lot of fallout – I would not recommend picking this one up if you see it. 

Anastasia Contour Cream Kit- $24.99 at Winners 

Listed online at Sephora.com for $52



I decided to pick up one of the Anastasia Contour Cream kits even though I already have one because the savings on this product were great. If you are in need of a blendable, creamy contour kit and can come across one of these I would for sure recommend it. I also picked up a few for some friends who I knew would love it. Always good to keep friends in mind while you’re on the hunt for makeup in case you find something you love for a good deal.

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Egg Mousse Pack (Mask) – $9.99 at Winners

Listed online at Sephora.com for $25


The Egg Mouse Pack is for sure and easy & fun way to do a quick mask while in the shower or bath tub. I’m not sure it has many long term benefits for the skin, but things do look plumper and hydrated right after use. I wouldn’t run out and grab it – but I will use until it is empty. 

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow – $26 at Marshalls 

Listed online at Sephora.com for $72 

SAVINGS = $46 


Pictured above wearing shades from the palette. 

Ok guys here is the big savings winner of them day! At Marshalls I came across a little Dior palette that had been marked down to $26, and is listed online for $72. I quickly scooped it up and was excited to try it. Overall the colours are pretty neutral and are a bit boring – but the shadow quality is nice, smooth and easy to blend. 

I hope you all enjoyed these deals, it’s fun to go on a treasure hunt every once in a while! Enjoy your day, I hope it is as wonderful as you are. 










Current Beauty Favourites! April 2018

Hey guys! 

So I thought I would give you an updated list on somebeauty products that I have been using constantly lately along with prices & swatches. Please note all prices are Canadian and listed beside product. 

Fenty Beauty – Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation – $42 (Sephora)


There has been so much hype surrounding Rhianna’s Fenty Beauty line, and for good reason. I am now on my second bottle of the foundation and love the blendable, light weight, full coverage formula. You are almost guaranteed to find your perfect shade within the range as well since there is 40 shades in the line. For a more light weight look I use a beauty sponge, but if I am wanting more coverage I will use a stippling brush. 

The formula does dry rather quickly, so it is important to work faster with this product than you would need to with most foundations. Also, it is very matte and very little powder is needed to set the product unless you are extremely oily. I myself have dry skin, so I was a little hesitant but I do not find that it clings to any dry patches on my skin or that it drys me out at all. It has become my go to foundation! 


Catrice Cosmetics – Liquid Camouflage Concealer – $7.65 (Ulta)


I don’t generally switch up my concealers too often, but I had heard some great reviews on this product so I thought I would give it a shot. Some pros to this products are that it doesn’t seem to crease, it has great buildable coverage, and the price point is fantastic. The one major con is that the colour selection completely sucks, and there are only 3 shades to choose from. In this day and age, I can’t believe companies still think that it is OK to release such an incredibly limited shade range. However it is a great formula if you are able to find your shade and the product has so much potential. Catrice however needs to step up and improve on their shade range if they wish to make this a bestselling product. 


Laura Gellar – Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in “Charming Pink”- $33.22 (Ulta)


The price is a little steep for this product considering Maybelline Master Chrome just came out with a very similar shade – but I do absolutely adore this product. It glides beautifully on the cheek bones and has great colour payoff without looking cheap. It can be very blinding if you are too heavy handed, so just be careful unless that is the look you are going for. 


Marc Jacobs – High Liner Gel Eye Crayon in “Earth(quake) – $31 (Sephora)


The Marc Jacobs Eyeliners are my favourite and although I have several colours, the colour Earth(quake) has been top shelf in my beauty routine lately. Not only do these not run, but they pack on intense colour and glide on the eye easily. Hands down this is one of the best eyeliners on the market.


Tarte – Maneater Mascara – $30 (Tarte)


Now do I think it is necessary to spend $30 on a mascara? Absolutely not – there are so many affordable, great options out there for your lashes.  However Tarte does often have sales on their website, and I do love this mascara for separating my teeny tiny bottom lashes. 

Urban Decay – Heavy Metal Liquid Glitter Eyeliner in “Midnight Cowboy” – $23 (Sephora)


If  you are looking for an intense glittery liner to add some sparkle to your look, this product will be your new best friend. I love to add it to the corner of my eye to give an extra little pop of sparkle. Something great about it to is that it dries quite quickly so you shouldn’t have to worry about it ruining your look if you blink too quickly, or if make an accident while applying it. 



Pictured above wearing Urban Decay’s “Midnight Cowboy” in corner of eye.

Benefit Cosmetics – POREfessional Pearl Primer – $42 (Sephora) 

An interesting take on the original pore filling primer from Benefit, the Pearl Primer is supposed to add a little extra luminosity to the skin before applying your foundation. I’m not too convinced about it adding much luminosity as you are going ahead and then covering it up with your foundation, but I do love this product. It fills in pores, and has a little more slip to it than the original POREfessional which makes it a little nicer for those with dry skin. 

Marc Jacobs – Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette – $64 (Sephora)


I am so obsessed with these eye shadows, as both the matte & shimmer shades pack on a lot of colour, while still blending beautifully with very little fallout. They are a little pricier than most palettes however they are definitely worth the extra cost. 

Nars – Velvet Lip Glide – $34 (Sephora)


This is one of those products in which the formula can change from colour to colour so the only ones I am recommending are “Stripped” & “Roseland”. This product is a hybrid between a gloss & a lipstick and they are great to add some shine to your lips. I have a few other shades but I don’t find that they glide on as nicely as these two. 


Pictured above wearing “Stripped” on lips. 

Nudestix – Magnetic Eye Color “Fig”- $28 (Sephora)


Nudestix is a great Canadian brand that make different products all in a stick form. I love using the colour “Fig” under my eye and smudging it out before adding some eyeliner.


I hope you enjoyed this quick review on some of my current beauty favourites. Let me know below if you have tried any of these, and other products you are currently loving. 










Business & Fun In New York City


So I returned from a 5 day NYC trip about 2 months ago and I have been excited to share my experiences with you guys even though it took me a little longer than normal to post. You may find this entry especially helpful if you are looking to book a NYC trip of your own. I would have liked to have posted this up right away, but life got a little bit busy…so hopefully you will still find this to be of some interest!

There is something about New York that just makes you feel at home whether you enjoy city life or not. There is always a show to enjoy, an attraction to see, or an activity to experience – I’m already wishing I could return. If you would like to learn about some different activities I experienced while on my most recent visit to NYC, keep on reading!

The Roosevelt Hotel

We arrived at our hotel in Manhattan at about 10 am, however check in was not until later in the afternoon. Al at the front desk was more than accommodating and without us even needing to ask, he allowed us to have an early check in and even upgraded our room for us. The rooms were well priced, clean, & ready for us as soon as we went upstairs. Now it was very cold in NYC when we were there, and we did have some issues with our heating system breaking down on 3 different occasions. Luckily – we spent very little time in our room other than to sleep so each time we would let them know, it was taken care of promptly.


The hotel’s lobby is beautiful and is definitely what the location is known for, there was even an episode of “Quantico” shooting while we were there. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Times Square, and in the summer it would be an easy distance to walk. Like I said, It was VERY cold while we were there and the wind was quite strong so we did end up cabbing it most days, but all in all it was in a good location. There are some dated parts within the hotel – but if you are looking for a place to stay within Manhattan that isn’t going to completely break the bank, I think it’s a great option.

Drinks & Dining

Good food is literally available absolutely everywhere you go within NYC, and I can honestly say that between my trip in 2012 & my trip just recently I did not have one bad meal while I was there.

Sinigial Restaurant

640 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA

This was probably the best dining experience of the entire trip as it is an authentic Mexican restaurant, and good Mexican food is my absolute favourite. To drink I enjoyed a glass of Sangria, along with some shells they brought out at the beginning of our meal to snack on. I asked the waitress what her recommendation would be to get for dinner and was told that the chicken taquitos were the best. And let me tell you – they were unbelievably amazing! My cousin had a quesadilla which was also very tasty (minus the cilantro, just a personal preference).


Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

 200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Carmine’s is a family style Italian restaurant right across from The Phantom of Opera on Broadway. I had been there before and insisted we go again, as they have the best penne alla vodka on this planet. Once again – it did not disappoint. However, being that it is family style – the portions are insane. So if there are only 2 of you it may be a little overwhelming, but totally worth it. It can be hard to get in so make sure you make a reservation ahead of time to avoid disappointment.


O’Lunney’s Irish Pub

145 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

My cousin & I both love a good Irish pub so we stopped at O’Lunney’s on our first day on the way down to Times Square. They have an array of liquor and both Irish & American dishes available. We went with the sliders & fries which was a great little meal to split as we weren’t super hungry. Service was great, and the mimosas were exactly what we needed to start the morning off.

Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant

121 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Connolly’s was our go-to pub for drinks on this trip. The bartenders were Irish, so of course they had phenomenal senses of humor & had us laughing the entire evening until we were ready to move on to our next spot. There was never a dull moment in this pub!

The Mean Fiddler

266 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

The Mean Fiddler was an Irish Club we discovered through the bartenders at Connolly’s. We went in expecting a similar atmosphere, but man was it crazy. So many people up dancing, a great DJ, and a very entertaining crowed of people. It was definitely another favourite spot and one I would highly recommend if you are looking to have a super fun night out dancing and are not really into traditional clubs. Outfits were anywhere from heels & dresses to sweatpants & sneakers…so you are sure to feel comfortable no matter what you arrive dressed in.

The Three Monkeys

236 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019, USA

The Three Monkeys was another pub style restaurant we discovered on google after searching restaurants close to a show we were seeing. To start off we shared some mac & cheese bites that came a with sriracha ketchup, and they were unreal. For our main I had the Arugula Flatbread which had goat cheese, mascarpone & sundried tomato. It was pretty great but after trying Britt’s I was very jealous as she had the IPA Smoked Brisket Flatbread which had bbq sauce, jalapenos, jack cheese & a queso fresco crust. Her’s was unbelievable & if you like heat you would love it.


The Chelsea Bell

316 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA

The Chelsea Bell was near a show we were seeing in Midtown West, Manhattan so we just went in on a whim for lunch. It was a very similar atmosphere to the other pub style restaurants we had been to and I think the standout for them would be all of the different kinds of beer they have on tap. I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich and it was very tasty but super filling and I could hardly eat half of it. Another great experience, the Food in New York rarely disappoints and in our case, it didn’t at all.

Shows & Entertainment

Broadway Shows

For Broadway entertainment, I won’t go too into detail because I truly don’t think you can go wrong with seeing any of the shows. My cousin was set on seeing The Phantom of The Opera, and even though I had already seen it on Broadway before I was more than willing to go again. It’s a classic, and one that I think if you are at all into theater you need to see at least once in your lifetime.


Wicked was completely out of this world amazing, and I plan on going to see it again when it comes to Toronto this summer. I can’t believe I waited so long to insist on seeing it being that I am such a big Wizard of Oz fan. The music is captivating and I have been listening to “Defying Gravity” on repeat ever since.


The Wendy Williams Show

I LOVE WENDY WILLIAMS! So when I found out I was going to NYC again, I was on the Wendy Williams website to score tickets. Tickets are free so I made my cousin come along with me. I would say the only downfall to going to the show is that you have to be there pretty early (I think it was like 7 am) and when you’re in New York, the last thing you want to do is go to bed early the night before.


It was a bit of a process to get into the actual show area. We were first asked to line up outside and then given ticket numbers after our names were checked off of the list. We were then moved into a small room to answer some questionnaire’s since there was an “Ask Wendy” segment on the show that day. Producers then went over our questionnaire’s and decided what the juiciest questions were and if your name was chosen you were asked to go talk to the producers to see if you would be on TV. After this was over we were escorted into an elevator in groups and moved up to the studio which is where the party started.

There is nothing like The Wendy Williams Show to get your weekday started with a bang! Between the 90’s beats played by the DJ, the awesome hype man who came out to get the audience pumped up, and of course Wendy herself – nothing beat it. Even Brittany who had never saw an episode before thoroughly enjoyed herself.


If you are wanting to be shown during the course of the show, the trick is to make noticeable facial expressions when Wendy was speaking on certain issues especially during Hot Topics. All I can say is that I must have been really pumping out the facial expressions that day because I was shown on the TV about 7 or 8 times (and of course they were the most unflattering angles).


super fal

Once the show was over, Wendy came out and shook our hands and thanked us for coming to the show. It was a fantastic experience, and a great show to see on our last day.

The Tenderloins Podcast (The Impractical Jokers)

Hands down The Tenderloins Podcast show was the highlight of the entertainment we saw while on the trip. I have been a HUGE fan of the Impractical Jokers show for years, and while we were in NYC we found out that they would be hosting a stand-up show at Caroline’s on Broadway. We decided to book dinner reservations at Caroline’s as well which I highly recommend doing if you are looking to get good seats (the earlier you arrive, the better seats you get). Once you are there, they will give you a numbered section and when your section is called you will be escorted into the show area and shown your seats.

We were lucky enough to have amazing seats and it felt as though we were one on one with the Jokers when they came out on stage. The podcast show was basically them testing out new material for their tours. Let me tell you, these guys are highly entertaining, and if you go and see them you won’t want your evening to end. A nice bonus was that drinks could be delivered to your seat while the show was happening, so you didn’t have to get up to go to the bar during the show.


I’m pretty sure that The Tenderloins visit Caroline’s quite often, so if you are in NYC I recommend checking out the schedule and seeing if you can catch them live. Also if you just enjoy comedy in general, Caroline’s is a great place to check out some hilarious acts as they have a great lineup on their schedule if you take a look.


So while I was in New York on my first trip, I was lucky enough to experience a lot of the classic “touristy” spots (Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Central Park, etc.). Now being that it was Britt’s first time I wasn’t sure where she would want to go to, but she was pretty content with just seeing the Statue of Liberty and anything else we happened to encounter along the way.

National September 11th Memorial & Museum


I can honestly say that visiting the 9/11 Museum was one of the most emotional things I have ever experienced. Seeing the names engraved in the Memorial Pools was something that I don’t think I can even begin the explain. An incredible job was done remembering the 9/11 victims and families within the museum as well. I believe everyone should go and visit the museum at least once in their lifetime in order to try and even begin to understand the heartbreak & pain that was felt in NYC on Sept.11th.



 Some parts of the museum that really stood out in my mind were the Survivors Stairs, The Ladder 3 Fire truck, the quotes on the walls of victims final words, and of course the memorial room with photos of the almost 3,000 victims. If you are in NYC and have yet to visit the 9/11 Museum & Memorial, I strongly encourage you to visit and take the time to remember all of those brave men and women who perished on the day of the tragedy. 

UBM NY Women’s Show

The main reason for wanting to visit New York again was so that I could check out the NY Women’s Show. My goal was to search out new and interesting brands for my store & network with others in the business.  The show was easy to register for, and was surprisingly easy to navigate and move around in. It took place at the Jacob Javits Center so it was about a 20-30 min drive from our hotel in Manhattan. If it is your first time at a show, it could be a little overwhelming. My advice to you would be to check out the online booklet before hand in order to figure out which sections of the show (FAME, Moda, Accessories,etc.) interest you the most, and research the brands ahead of time that catch your eye.



 So that is that for the NYC blog! Let me know if you liked reading about my trip recommendations and experiences and I would be happy to post more. I’m heading to Las Vegas this weekend and would be happy to take lots of notes & photos to let you know how it goes! 

Enjoy your Monday…






Advice To Your Younger Self

I recently saw a quote pop up on my Pinterest page that read, “Be the Person you needed when you were younger”.

For whatever reason, this quote seemed to resonate with me and made me think about what type of advice I would have given to my younger self, if I had the opportunity.

I think a lot of us often wonder what our lives would be like had we have known the things about ourselves that we do now. Would we really have turned out so drastically different? Or would the way we go about things in our everyday life change?  Would this cause us to second guess our every move? I think most of us would tend to agree that in every tough situation, a little hindsight could be helpful. These questions made me seriously think about the type of conversation I would love to now have with my yonger self.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. 

 I think across the board, all women would love to go back in time and tell their younger self this piece of advice.  I remember waking up 2 hours earlier than I needed to just to clip in my hair extensions, curl my hair, put on my makeup, and change my outfit 6 times just to go to school. Now if I had been doing these things for the right reasons, I would say go for it! But I know now that the reason for weighing myself 3 times a day, freshening up my makeup in the bathroom at school on any occasion I got, and looking in the mirror analyzing every part of my body that I hated was so that no one could find bad things to say about me. I was so unbelievably insecure with my looks that I didn’t even enjoy being given a compliment, because I would always assume that the person saying something nice was joking or that there was another reason for saying something nice to me.

I also was so hard on myself that at any point in time if I saw someone whisper something around me or laugh, I would think that it had to be something to do with me no matter what. I would then run to the bathroom to exam myself in the mirror just to try and find something that was wrong,  I would be convinced that this was reason behind the whisper, or the giggle.

 I’m now happy to say that when I spend a little extra time getting ready, or I’m doing something that I feel will improve myself, that it is for me and only me. The reasoning has nothing to do with outside factors. This is what I would love to tell myself then – do things for you, and not to make others happy.

Don’t worry so much about what your future will bring.

Today’s society is presented with adult decisions you know nothing about when you are 17. The idea of applying for college or university and investing so much time & money into something you’re not even sure you will like is terrifying. I know for myself that in my last year of high school, I still had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I switched programs 3 times, and even once I found a program that I loved – personal issues & outside factors nearly made me want to drop out. You can’t, and you won’t know if what you’re doing is the right decision. Trust your instinct and do what you feel is best for you at that time in your life.

Things will very rarely work out the way you expect them to.

Whether it’s relationships, friendships, schooling, or a job, etc. Almost nothing you do as a teen, and even when you are in your twenties (and I’m sure your entire life for that matter) will ever go the way you want it to, but that doesn’t mean that it wont work out for the best. People will come and go in your life. The friends you may have thought were like your sisters will drift apart, the boy you thought you were going to marry someday may cheat on you, or you may wake up and realize you no longer feel as passionate about something you once did. People grow, and with that so do their values in life. I think that when you believe in something bigger than yourself – whether that is God, The Universe, Karma, etc. you eventually learn that everything must happen a certain way for a reason. You are where you are today because of every hardship & mistake you have made.

Happiness is not a destination, it is a work in progress.

This is probably the one out of them all that I am still working on, as we all should. Unfortunately, hardships do come and go and can knock us down even when we feel we are invincible. I believe that the more realistic goal to strive for is to be content. It is when we are content that we can appreciate true happiness when we have it, and it is then that we are able to gain perspective when we are going through the tougher times in life. But in order to be content, you must be willing to put the work in. Strive for great things, and the world will not disappoint.

Last but not least, you will be OK.

This one probably sounds super simple – but this is the one I truly wish I could tell my younger self. Even when things or situations may seem hopeless, it will get better simply because it must. One of my favourite lyrics is from the song Endless Night (from The Lion King Musical) and it says “I know that the night must end, and that the sun will rise.”  

I hope you all enjoyed today’s blog, sorry for my absence lately!  The thing I often find with these more personal blog posts is that I have to be inspired by something or someone in order to truly write something that I feel could be interesting or helpful to somebody else. Feel free to comment below the pieces of advice you would like to tell your younger self, as it may not only give you clarity on something, but it may also inspire a fellow reader.

Merry Christmas! 


A Look at Kylie Cosmetics

Hey guys!


I hope you all had a fantastic rest of your summer, crazy to think how quickly the last few months have gone by. It has been a while since I have had a chance to sit down and do a blog post, but let me tell you there are some AMAZING cosmetic products out at the moment and I can not wait to dive into all of them. For now though, I thought I would start by giving you some insight on the very popular Kylie Cosmetics. 

Kylie Cosmetics has been one of the quickest growing beauty lines to come about in the last 2 years, and is estimated to be a $1 billion dollar company by the year 2022. Kylie Jenner started out with her “Kylie Lip Kits” which were a liquid lip/liner combo, and then quickly moved on to shadows, face products, and specialty collections.

 Kylie Lip Kit & Liquid Lip Collections

($29 for Lip Kit, $17 For Liquid Lipstick, $14 for Lip Liner)  


Original Kylie Lip Kit (Kourt K) – Matte Formula 


Overall I am a big fan of the original matte formula as it is long lasting, and glides on the lips smoothly. It can be quite drying throughout the day so it is important to prep your lips by hydrating & exfoliating before hand. The darker colours can stain so if that is an issue for you just keep it in mind. As for the liner, it is very creamy – which will make the product go on the lips nicely but may result in it being not as long lasting. I’ve never found it necessary to line my lips with a liquid lipstick (if it is matte) so I would recommend just purchasing the liquid lip instead of the kit. 

(Swatched below with KOKO Collection)

The KOKO Collection Matte Lips ($17 each) 


I purchased the KOKO collection when it was still available in the 4 pack kit which included the 3 matte shades (Gorg, Okurrr, Khlo$) and the Damn Gina gloss. Now you are able to purchase the collection in separates along with 4 new colours in a kit. I loved all of the shades I purchased, and was happy to see that they kept their original matte formula in the three liquid lips. I especially love the shade “Okurrr” as it is a unique red/pink colour that stands out and makes a statement. “Gorg” is beautiful but tends to dry a little dark on my lips, so I usually wear it when I’m not as pale. “Khlo$” is a great warm nude that would compliment a lot of different skin tones. 


Pictured above wearing the colour “Okurrr” 

Also included was the Damn Gina gloss which I could unfortunately not seem to find when I was taking photos. Damn Gina ($15 on it’s own) is a beautiful, lustrous gloss with lots of shimmer flecks. It is stunning on it’s own or topped on another shade.

damnSend Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick ($45)


As of right now, this 4 pack of the velvet lipsticks is currently sold out, but I thought that I would give you an overview in case you are thinking of purchasing another colour in this formula. I imagined that I would be in love with this formula because unlike the matte shades, it does not completely dry down and formulas with a bit of a slip are usually easier to work with, boy was I ever wrong! I strongly disliked these velvet lipsticks. Although it continued to have some slip throughout the day which was nice, it settled into every single fine line on my lips making it super unflattering. Even though it didn’t completely dry down, I felt that it made my lips look very dry and cakey.  


Skinny Dip Face Duo ($34)


The face duo includes a very light warm bronze shade, and a gold/champagne highlighter. The bronzer has a little gold fleck to it but goes go on mostly matte. I was surprised at how light it is, and although I liked it I didn’t absolutely love it. For being so light, it took a bit of extra time to blend and anyone with even a tinge darker skin tone than myself (I’m quite fair) I think it would be too light. I love the highlighter however as it is very in your face, and blends into the skin nicely. I think overall it would be a nice shade as well for a lot of different skin tones. 


The Birthday Collection  “Queen” Ultra Glow Highlighter ($14)


Let’s just get to the point, I really do not like this product as a highlighter. It is basically just light pink glitter and it does not blend well at all. I have experimented with it a bit on the eyes and I like it for that, but I don’t understand how it is meant to be a face highlight. It just looks like chunks of glitter on your face. Now I have heard some amazing things about the loose highlighters, so I’m thinking it may just be this shade. 


Blush “Virginity”  ($20)


Now is this the best blush on the market? Absolutely not, and I think that for the price you could find something just as good if not better for a cheaper price point. I do really like it though and I will continue to use. It is a nice bright, matte pink and although it doesn’t swatch well – it blends into the cheeks nicely. It isn’t super duper pigmented, but I personally don’t mind that in a blush because it can be easier to blend and build the product up if it doesn’t go on the cheeks so intensely. 


Pictured above wearing the Kylie Blush in the shade “Virginity”

The Birthday Collection I Want It All Palette ($54)



This is probably my favourite item that I have purchased from Kylie Cosmetics. The palette includes 9 shadows, a blush, and a highlight making it a great value. I adore the shadow shades in this palette and have been reaching for it a bunch since there are great shades included to make many different eye looks. Each shade is highly pigmented & blendable but somehow there is little fall out which is always a plus. The blush I could live without, but it’s a pretty colour and the formula is the same as the blush I spoke on above. The highlighter in the kit is stunning, and gives off a pinky/champagne glow that is super vibrant and healthy looking. The packaging in also super cute. 



Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette ($42)


I was surprised how much I loved these shadows! Like the shadows above, they blend well & have great pigmentation. The shades are beautiful although I would prefer another highlighting shade – and for the price of the palette I’m surprised it does not include a mirror. But overall, I really like it and find myself using it fairly frequently. 


I hope you enjoyed this overview of items I have tried from the brand. I’m sure I will be testing more out in the future, and I look forward to new collections and launches. Leave a comment below on your thoughts of the products and if you have tried any.

Aleasha Xo  

A look at Colourpop – Brand Review

So let’s start off by addressing the fact that yes, I have done a ton of makeup reviews lately. Summertime always has some amazing releases in the land of beauty, but I will be coming at you guys with a Storytime in the next little while!

So this next blog is a review on some products from Colourpop which I have been putting to the test over the last month or so.


In case you aren’t familiar with the brand, Colourpop was started in 2014 by Seed Beauty, and quickly took the beauty community by storm with their unique formulations and affordable price tag. Ready to take a look? Here we go! Keep in mind if you are in Canada like myself, these prices will be listed in USD. Colourpop offers Free Shipping on International orders, but I had to pay about $25 CAN in duty charges when it was delivered.

SUPER SHOCK SHADOWS -$5 each USD/Bundle Deals Listed Below On Kits

Bottom line, these are freaking amazing and they have become my everyday go to shadows. They are a cream/powder hybrid which almost feels bouncy to the touch. Because of it’s unique formula, you avoid fallout with these shadows and they pack on bold colour super effortlessly. There are a few different finishes available including a matte, glitter, satin, & a pearl. I highly recommend these shadows, especially if you are looking to speed up your eye routine in the morning. I personally find these apply best with your fingers, but if you are wanting to use a brush  I like to use one that is meant for concealer since the flat tip deposits more product.

Sometimes within products, each colour can vary slightly in quality. The nice thing about the super shock shadows is that they all are fantastic across the board. The shadows I’m about to show you were sold as both individual shadows, or in a kit. You often get a better deal if you purchase the kits, but you can also purchase individually as well.

Where The Light Is Collection – $18.00 USD (or $5 each)


I  love this Kathleen Lights collab, these colours pair so well together and create a fantastic everyday look. As you can see, I use the shade “Glow” a ton as it as great to create a base all over the lid and under the brow. The Shades “KathleenLights” & “Cornelius” look  stunning with just a quick pat on the lid. I often blend Cornelius more into the crease and then pat KathleenLights or Blaze on top. Blaze is perfect for under the eye as well. 


Where The Night Is Collection – $5 USD each.


Unfortunately you can no longer purchase these as a set, but you can purchase them all individually with the exception of Porter. Midnight is an absolute standout for me and I enjoy using it to line my under eye with a small shadow brush, it really packs on the pigment. Telepathy & Weenie are both beautiful, unique shades and look great packed on the eyelid. Telepathy is especially unique as it can look more gold from certain angles and then be more of a chartreuse green the next time you go to look at it. 


Mile High Shadow Kit – Set currently on sale for $20.00 USD ($5 each) 


This shadow kit was a great deal as you were basically getting 2 free Super Shock shadows if you bought the 6 pack, however each shade is available in their permanent collection individually. 


Once again all of the shades in this collection were outstanding but I would have to say the absolute standout would be “Mittens”. It is such a beautiful colour to line the under eye and use on the lid to create a warm smoky look. “So Quiche” is very different as it is an olive colour but when you turn in certain directions there is a violet sheen to it. “Lala” is great for everyday to pat on the lid as well and is one that I have been using a lot. 


Pictured above wearing a complete Super Shock Shadow look that took all of 2 minutes! Midnight under eyes used as a liner, Glow as a brow bown highlight, Lala & a tiny bit of  Nillionaire on lid. 

I also love to add a pop of colour on the lid with the shades Lace & Donna. Their bright shades are incredible and look amazing on the eye. You can add a a fun pop of colour if you use these below your eyeliner to line your undereye. Mix and match and have fun! 






The shades I purchased from their pressed powder collection are now discontinued, but I figured I would still give you a review of the overall formula. The matte shades do have a lot of kick back which often comes from highly pigmented formulas. So they can be a bit messy and create a lot of fallout. But if you do your face makeup last you should be just fine. I really enjoy the matte shades and find they blend really beautifully, and they have a great colour selection. The metallic shade was stunning and took very little effort to build up especially when made wet with a Fix Plus or setting spray. A lot of their 4 kit pressed powder shadows are currently on for $12 (regular $18) so you are getting a great deal if you purchase the quad. 


I’ve heard mixed reviews on these liners but I personally really like them. Mr.Bing is a beautiful retractable, warm brown that does not transfer, and lasts for most of the day. I wouldn’t say it is my very favourite or compare it to my Marc Jacobs liner or anything, but I do really like it. It is a matte finish that creamy yet still is a bit stiff which allows the pencil to glide on the waterline/under eye smoothly and gently.  I will for sure continue to use. 



SUPER SHOCK BLUSH in Prenup – $8.00 USD. 


This was the product that I was most nervous about as anything cream related just usually doesn’t work on my cheeks and I always prefer a straight powder. I was amazed by this blush, and wore it almost everyday for 3 weeks straight. The colour “Prenup” is like a mid-toned mauve/pink, and it adds such a nice glow of colour while complimenting the apples of the cheeks. The formula is pretty much the same to the Super Shock shadows being that it is a cream/powder hybrid. I like to use a blush brush to apply this and then almost “bounce” it on my cheeks, and that way it disperses the perfect amount of colour.  I can not wait to purchase more of  these shades! 





This was the only product I didn’t really love from what I purchased. It is pretty and  looked nice when I blended it in with my finger tips after using a fan brush, but for the amount of effort it took I’ll stick to my straight powder highlights. 



ULTRA MATTE LIP (Liquid Lipstick) – $6 


The ultra matte liquid lipsticks go on smoothly, dry down matte, and are pretty opaque with one swipe.  I purchased 2 shades (Lumiere 2 & Donut) and although they were a little drying, I did like them. I wasn’t so much of a fan of Donut as I was Lumiere 2 since Donut seemed to crackle just the ever so slightest on me. Donut was also a little more orange than I had anticipated. Lumiere 2 ended up drying down a lot darker than I expected but I still liked the colour and will continued to use it. It did last for most of the day and needed minimal touch ups. If you enjoy the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits, you will most likely be a fan of this formula as it is a sister company to the brand and feels very similar. 


Pictured above wearing Ultra Matte Lip In Lumiere 2, Super Shock Blush in Prenup, Super Shock shadows (Truth, Cornelius, & Blaze).


So for the Lippie Stix I purchased the shade Aquarius, which I absolutely adored. It is such a creamy formula that looks so healthy on the lips. It is hydrating and has a creamy finish. Aquarius is a beautiful pinky/nude shade that I am so sad to have lost so I was unable to do a swatch it for you guys. I will insert a photo off of the Colourpop website below. 


I also received a mini Lippie Stick in the shade Cookie which was a gorgeous warm peachy nude shade. The problem with the mini size was that the lipstick itself broke off and fell on the ground so I no longer have it either. So although I do not have any swatches now from the Lippie Stix, I will insert a photo below of myself wearing the shade Cookie. I love these and can’t wait to order some more! 


Pictured above wearing a Lippie Stix in the shade Cookie, Super Shock blush in Prenup, and Super Shock Eye Shadows (Glow under the brow, KathleenLight on lid,  Porter under the eye). 

Thank you so much for checking out this brand review, enjoy your weekend! 

P.S Happy ordering!  🙂

Aleasha xo 













Maybelline Brand Review Including New Launches!

Hey guys!

If you follow anyone in the beauty community, chances are you may have heard lots of hype about some new Maybelline products now on the market. I was able to grab the new items which then inspired me to go through all of my drawers and pull out all of my Maybelline products to do a full on brand review! Now – there is A LOT here to review, so I will try my best to keep my main points the focus and not ramble on for too long! I will start with the “new releases” and then move on to face, eyes, & lips.

Please note all prices are Canadian, and are the MSRP from the Maybelline website. 



Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter – $12.99


Good drugstore highlighters are few and far between, and Maybelline hit a home run with this product. It is a blinding gold highlight that applies beautifully to the face and performs like a high end powder. I was afraid it would be too gold for my skin tone, but luckily I found it to still be quite complimentary. If you are super fair though you may not love it, but light/medium – deep skin tones will do well with it.  If I had one complaint it would be that I wish there was more than one shade (Molten Gold) but I have faith that this may happen in the future!


Master Bronze – Bronze & Highlight Kit – $15.99


I really do like this bronzer kit for warming up the face and adding dimension with the highlight. I wouldn’t say they are the absolute best available at the drugstore, but if you are on a budget and needing some warm toned bronzers along with a highlight option, you may really enjoy this. The highlight is quite nice – and the bronzers do go on smoothly so I will continue to use. I really like swirling the 2 bronzers with the deeper highlight to warm up the face. I then go in with the deeper shade to contour. If you are lighter skinned though like me, make sure you use a light hand with the deep shade.


The City Mini Palette in “Urban Jungle” – $14.99


There are 4 options in the city mini palettes, but the one I had heard the least amount about was the Urban Jungle city mini. For that reason I decided to pick it up and give it a try. The palettes are nicely packaged and include 6 different shades. Overall, I did like using this palette, and I especially liked the dark black with gold shimmer and the other darker shades. I found that in order to get the yellow/gold shade as intense as I wanted it to be I had to use some Mac Fix Plus. I also didn’t love all of the chunky micro glitter in the shade on the top right. I have heard awesome reviews on the Rooftop Bronzes City Mini palette if you are looking for some more neutral tones. These are definitely a huge improvement from their “The Nudes” palettes which in my opinion all lacked pigmentation, and were not very blendable.


Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss in “Sassy” – $10.99


I loved this super pigmented high shine gloss. It was so intense I’d almost consider it more of a liquid lipstick. You will need to line your lips with this shade, and most likely any of the other bright ones. It had great lasting power as well. Very impressed!

Fit Me Loose Setting Powder – $10.99


This is one of my absolute new favourite products from the drugstore. It has been a while since I have came across a really nice loose finishing powder (drugstore or high end) and I am so impressed with this one. I don’t like using it to bake under the eyes, but as an overall face setting powder I think it is fantastic especially for the price! It provides me with a nice matte finish, yet it still gives life to the skin. It also has a pretty good colour range that loose powders for some reason don’t always have.

IMG_1642(Photographed above wearing The City Mini Urban Jungle Palette, Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip gloss in Sassy, Fit Me Loose Powder, Studio Chrome Highlight, & Blush Kit (see review below for blush kit). 


Master Prime Blur & Smooth Primer – $12.99


This primer has an odd consistency compared to most “blurring” primers as it appears to be more of a moisturizer. I for sure do not hate this product – but I also am not in love with it as I’m not convinced it helps a ton with the longevity of my makeup. I find it does work better though if you “press” it into your skin as opposed to just rubbing it on your skin. I use it the odd time, but I am still going to continue to look for a good blurring primer from the drugstore.

Dream Cushion Foundation – $18.99


The downfall with all cushion foundations is that they are always more expensive than what you get in a bottle – and you get less product. I love this foundation though for when I am in a hurry & really like applying it with a dampened beauty blender. It gives a medium coverage look, that is very buildable and hydrating.


Fit Me Set & Smooth Powder – $7.99


Overall this pressed powder does a pretty decent job. I’m not obsessed with it, but if you are on a budget and are looking for a mattifying pressed powder this would definitely get the job done when applied with a fluffy brush over foundation. You will most likely need to touch up throughout the day if you are a bit oily, but I do like it for normal – dry skin (also recommended on packaging for those skin types). If you are looking for a more natural/flawless finish, I would for sure say go with the loose powder version mentioned above.

SuperStay Better Skin Powder – $14.99


This product was not one that I loved (Sorry I couldn’t seem to find it in my drawer to swatch when taking photos). I found that it clung to my dry patches and looked super powdery on my skin. It was ok for the odd touch up, but I would pass on this one. It does have salicylic acid in it which can dry out the skin, so if you are oily and struggle with acne you may enjoy it. 

Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation – $10.99


This is my new favourite drugstore foundation, it reminds me a lot of my Mac Pro Longwear. I find myself reaching for this one a lot lately as it stays put throughout the day, doesn’t oxidize, and even though it is recommended for those with normal-oily skin, I still find it does wonders for my dry skin. It is a medium coverage foundation with a more natural finish, and blends very nicely into the skin when used with a beauty blender or makeup sponge. I do wish it had a pump for sanitary reasons, but it is such a great price and you so often can get it for $6.95 at Wal-Mart when it goes on sale!


Master Blush Colour & Hightlight Kit – $15.99


I’ve never really had many blushes from Maybelline since none have really ever appealed much to me, but I decided to give the blush palette a try for the sake of the review. I was really surprised at how much I liked it. The highlight is nice along with the colour selection. All of the shades have a nice soft texture with the exception of the mauve in the center, but I will definitely continue to use. If you are looking for a few different shades and a highlight I think this is a great affordable option. 


Master Hi-Lighting Blush – (Nude & Coral) – $14.99 


This formula is a hybrid between a blush and a highlight they are nice to use as a blush topper. I even will use the nude shade just as a highlight on it’s own, but to use just as a blush I think it would be too light. They swirl together really beautifully and look great as on top of blush. I think for the price you could probably skip it and just use a Milani blush (I love Luminoso & Bellini) that just has a sheen within it, but they are a nice product.  




Fit Me Concealer – $9.99

I’ve talked about them before so I will keep this short & sweet. Maybelline does concealer better than anyone else at the drugstore. This one is creamy with great coverage and blends beautifully under the eyes. I also like using darker shades for contouring. 

 Instant Age Rewind Concealer Neutralizer – $12.99 

Once again, I’ve talked about this one before. I think I may even like it a *tiny* bit more than the Fit Me concealer I mentioned above. The texture is similar in my opinion to Tarte’ Shape Tape, and it gives great coverage for dark undereyes.

Super Skin Better Stay Concealer – $10.99

I really like this one just not as much as the above 2 I mentioned. It has salicylic acid in the formula so it would be great to apply on top of blemishes since it helps with breakouts. Also it is still nice under the eyes! 

Master Conceal Concealer – $11.99

This one is just OK in my opinion, but it was a bit of a disappointment. I thought from the texture that it would be a little more full coverage to cover up dark circles, but it blended out quite thin. It also did crease a little on the under eyes.



Master Contour in Light – $14.99 

I usually am not a huge fan of cream products, and this one was no exception. I really loved the shade of the contour which was my reason for purchasing but I hate how the contour & highlight are made into one as it is easy to get contour in your highlight and vice versa. I also find the formula to be a little greasy. I would pass on this one. 


Master Strobing Stick in Light Iridescent – $12.99  

This looks beautiful swatched, but once again I just do not like the product. When blending it out the product pretty much disappears and it kind of just feels like you are swiping  a glue stick across your face. 



Colortattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow – $8.99 each


I have a ton of shades in these, some that I seem to have misplaced but I really love them. Both the sheens and the mattes are great as an eyeshadow base (similiar to a Mac Paint Pot) or on top of the lid as a pop of colour. My favourite shades are for sure Bad To The Bronze & Barely Branded. I highly recommend! Just make sure you put the lids on tightly after use as they tend to dry out very quickly if not.


Expert Wear Eye Shadow – $6.99 each


So here is the thing with these shadows, some are amazing and some are a total and complete fail. The absolute standouts for me are NY Silver (MY FAVOURITE), Nude Glow, & Made for Mocha. Linen is ok if you are looking for a simple base shade, and Humdrum plum is pretty good just not as great as the others. Vanilla is not good, it is scratchy, powdery, and does not blend nicely with other shadows. These are nice if you are looking for a few standout shades like the ones I loved that I mentioned. But, if you like experimenting with a lot of different looks, they’re not super practical. 


IMG_1841Pictured above: Wearing NY Silver on the lid. 

Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner – $11.99


This is the best gel liner I have ever used (high-end or drugstore)! It is a beautiful matte black that stays put, glides on beautifully, and it assists in creating a great wing when paired with a nice angled brush. High-end gel/cream liners just have never impressed me and I find quite often that they are almost ALWAYS too creamy or are not pigmented enough. 

Eye Studio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil – $11.99


Now, I had the shade glazed toffee and it was my absolute favourite brown liner. But, my nephew unfortunately got into it and that was the end of that one. I have tried Smooth Charcoal but I didn’t find it lasted as long on the eye as Glazed Toffee and it seemed to disappear. Sometimes within formulas colours can be a little different, and I have not heard the best reviews on the other shades either. 


Great Lash Water Proof Mascara – $6.99


This product is a drugstore classic, and I think almost everybody has used it atleast once. Now the formula is fantastic, but the brush is just too natural for me. If I’m not wearing false lashes, I try my best to get as close of a false lash look as I can and this brush just doesn’t do it for me and my taste. I use this on clients all of the time since I can only use disposable brushes anyway for sanitary reasons, and the mascara stays put all day.


Color Sensational Lipsticks – $9.99


Within their color sensational range there are a few different finishes from sheens to mattes. Honestly, Maybelline is one of the best when it comes to drugstore lip products, my favourite formula is the creamy mattes (not 100% matte, but a nice natural finish) but I really enjoy them all. You can always find these on sale in the flyers, often making them an even better price. Below are photographs of the shades I have in my collection, with the formula labeled as well. 




Color Jolt Lip Paint – $11.99 


These are pretty nice I must admit, but I think I like the L’oreal Infallible lip paints just a tad bit more. I find the darker shades tend to bleed a little too much for my liking, and with a product like this I just prefer not to wear a lip liner. They do have some beautiful colours though, and they are quite moisturizing but I just don’t find they last as long as I would like them too. Now the glitter shine shot on the other hand is absolutely stunning, and a really special product. I’ve never seen something so intensely metallic from the drugstore. If you are looking for an affordable lip topper to pop your lip colour I really recommend it. 


Color Sensational Pencil Lip Liner – $8.99

I personally prefer retractable lip liners, as I find they tend to be a little creamier and easier to work with. I found this formula to be scratchy, and a bit hard to apply. 


So there you have it! A full review on lots of Maybelline products, I apologize if you found this one to be a little longer than my normal entries, but I wanted to make sure you had a full look at the line. Of course I don’t have every single product from Maybelline, but all in all I think if you are looking to get a good look at the line this is a great source for you to review. Maybelline has really stepped up their game lately, I am so excited about the new launches and hope there are even more to come. 

Enjoy your evening! Xo 








Luxury Skincare: Hits & Misses

Hey guys! 

I’ve been trying out some new skincare products recently, some of which I am completely OBSESSED with. There are also couple that are just kind of meh. A lot of us often forget that skincare should be our #1 priority in our beauty routine. As you age it won’t matter how expensive or great your makeup is unless you have put as much thought into your skincare routine. 

*All prices listed below are in Canadian Dollars.* 


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – $38 CAN. 


How I ever survived without this stuff before is a complete mystery to me. It has a similar texture to cocunut oil, and when massaged onto a full face of glam makeup it will completely melt everything off. The trick is to rub a quarter-sized amount all over your face, and remove with a dampened cloth. There is literally NOTHING left on my face after using this product, and it leaves my skin feeling super hydrated and does not dry me out. I highly recommend it especially if you are a regular makeup wearer. 

Boscia Tsubaki Swirl Two Part Gel & Cream Deep Hydration Moisturizer – $50 (Sephora) 2 oz. 


I had heard great things about this moisturizer so I decided to give it a try. I am always on the market for a super hydrating moisturizer for my dry skin. I enjoyed this product, but my gripe about it is that you can’t wear silicone based (pore filling) primers with it as it will ball up on the skin. I believe this is because of the gel part within the the product, as I have had this happen before with other gel moisturizers. I do however like it for makeup free days – but those are few and far between for me. It just does not mesh well with my Benefit Pore-fessional primer so I will not be repurchasing.


Olehenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer – $48 (Sephora) 1.7 oz. 


I purchased this moisturizer because of the following claims it made: 

– Dryness
– Dark spots and uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture

I personally did not continue usage of this product after a few times because it just was not hydrating enough for my skin. I gave it to my mom to try as she doesn’t really have super dry skin like mine, and she even found that it didn’t moisturize her skin enough either. So as for the dark spots, uneven skin tone, etc. I didn’t use the product long enough to see if it would help with those aspects of my skin. But for me it’s definitely a pass.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – $64 (Sephora) 1 oz. 


I was recommended this product by a friend, so I thought I would give it a try. I have a couple little dark spots on my under eyes and I was hoping it would lighten them up. I used it all over the face in hopes of prevention for future dark spots as well. Personally I did not like this serum at all. Not only did it not help my dark spots (which are fairly little  & light to begin with) but it also broke me out. I sucked it up and used it religiously, just to give it a fair chance. But I will not be repurchasing. 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – $70 (0.5 oz.) $135 (1 oz.) – (Sephora)


So let’s just point out the obvious, yes this stuff is expensive. But if you want something to completely transform your skins texture and overall appearance this is the product for you. This oil has changed my skin so much for the better, as I was having an issue with little bumps/texture on my forehead that were driving me nuts. Using it at night partnered with the Good Genes product that I’m going to speak about next, was a total game changer for me. Also – a little goes a long way so it will last you a long time. I also noticed the difference fairly quickly. 

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment – $135 (1 oz.) $200 (1.7 oz.) – (Sephora)


If you are not familiar with lactic acid, let me just give you a quick little crash course. Lactic acid is used in products to dramatically change the texture of skin overtime and improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles within minutes by plumping the skin. I use the lactic acid treatment in the evening a few minutes after applying the Luna oil, and in the morning before applying my moisturizer. I am a huge fan of the Sunday Riley products, as I feel like they truly improve skin and make noticeable changes. Spending more money doesn’t always guarantee results, but in this case I certainly believe it to be true. 

I hope you enjoyed my review on these skincare products, and the tips given with each one. Remember – skin is super personal, so just because I don’t like something doesn’t me you won’t as well. Always read the claims on products, and look up reviews like this one to ensure it is what you are looking for. A lot of company’s also have great return policies if you don’t like an item you purchase, so always check up on those as well.

Have a FANTASTIC weekend! 

Aleasha. Xo. 




Some New Drugstore Makeup

Hey guys!

So good news, the drugstore is filled with lots of fun, new makeup for the summer season. So let’s jump right into a few I have tried… 

*Please keep in mind prices on products vary depending on place of purchase.* 

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara – $10.96 – $13.99 CAN. 


A lot of people have stated that this is a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which in my opinion would probably be a good comparison. It’s no secret that they clearly took inspiration from the packaging (notice the similarities).


The wand & formula are also pretty comparable. I think this is a great mascara for those with fairly long, voluminous lashes to begin with. I like it for my top lashes as it does last very well throughout the day, but I personally need a little more of a comb wand to get into my teeny tiny bottom lashes. I also don’t find that the formula dries & crumbles off throughout the day which is a plus! 

L’oreal Pro-Glow Concealer – Retails around $11.99 CAN. 


This concealer is a bit of a disappointment, although I shouldn’t have been that surprised considering I wasn’t a fan of the PRO-GLOW Foundation. I don’t know how they can call this a concealer, it is so sheer that it hardly conceals anything (especially dark under eye circles) . Now it does blend out nicely, and I like the applicator but that’s not enough to make this worth purchasing. It could be good for highlighting and contouring certain areas of the face, but the shade range could use some improvement.

Covergirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation – $13.97 CAN. (Walmart) – $17.99 CAN. (Shoppers Drug-Mart)


I was surprised by this foundation because I ended up really enjoying it after a few wears. It lasted throughout the day nicely on my skin, and wore comfortably until the very end of the day when I did find my skin felt a little itchy and ready to have my makeup taken off. It has a strong smell, that I didn’t mind but if you are sensitive to scents you may not like it. The shade range is alright but could definitely use a couple of shades on both the darker and lighter ends. The downfall to this foundation is that I can only where it when I have some self tanner on as it does oxidize (foundation gets darker when comes into contact with air/different products) on my skin a bit, but when matched correctly I do like the look of it. It is on the dewier side so if you have very oily skin, I would avoid. The packaging is really nice, and it’s always nice when a product comes with a pump as it keeps everything nice and sanitary.  

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink – $11.99 CAN. (Maybelline Website)


The Super Stay Matte Ink’s are a new liquid lipstick formula from Maybelline. I purchased the shade “Loyalist” which is a really pretty peachy/pink nude colour. I always struggle to find a matte liquid lip in a nude. I find nudes always seem to turn darker on my lips for whatever reason. I really loved this colour because it did stay the exact same on my lip as it appeared when swatched.


^ Apologies for the messy ponytail! eeeek. 

The formula isn’t bad but I definitely found it to be a bit drying, and I did need to touch up throughout the day. Although I wasn’t a fan of its lasting power, after eating a salad with an oil-based dressing, the lipstick was almost completely gone. I will continue to use though as I found the colour to be very flattering.  

I was going to include the new Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye shadows in this review, but since I purchased 7 of the shades I figured I will do a separate post on them. I hope you enjoyed this quick little review. I will be back soon with some more beauty related posts.

Aleasha. Xo.