March 28, 2014

Secrets of the Beauty Industry

So you walk into Sephora, Target or your local drug store and there are rows upon rows of different make-up brands. All with various prices, some are more plain with their packaging while others are extravagant and bear a brand name that you cannot refuse.
Did you know that a lot of these brand name make-up brands are actually owned by a single company that also produces cost-friendly make-up in the exact same factory as the more expensive beauty products?
Is your mind blown yet?
Get prepared to see where your favourite make-up brands are manufactured and what else is made with the same ingredients and in the same factory for much less.
  • Estée Lauder owns: Aramis, Aveda, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, M.A.C, Origins, Jo Malone, La Mer, Tommy Hilfiger fragrances, Bumble + bumble, American Beauty, Flirt, Good Skin, Grassroots, Michael Kors Beauty, Darphin, Ojon, and Donna Karan Cosmetics.
  • L’Oreal owns: Maybelline New York, Garnier, Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, Shu Uemura, Kiehl’s, Soft Sheen-Carson, Redken, Matrix, Kerastase, Giorgio Armani, Inneov, Sanoflore, CCB Paris, Dermablend, The Body Shop, Skinceuticals, Ralph Lauren, La-Roche-Posay, and Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Procter & Gamble owns: Cover Girl, Max Factor, Anna Sui, Olay, DDF, Aussie, Camay, Clairol, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Ivory, Infusium-23, Pantene, Fredric Fekkai, Gillette, Noxzema, SK-II, and Zest.
  • Johnson & Johnson owns: Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, RoC, Rogaine, Lubriderm, Purpose, and Ambi.
  • Beiersdorf owns: Nivea, La Prairie, Eucerin, and Juvena
  • Unilever owns: Dove, Pond’s, Vaseline, and Sunsilk
  • Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy (LVMH) owns: Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Benefit, Fresh, Make Up For Ever, and Sephora’s namesake line.
  • Shiseido owns: Cle de Peau (CDP), Dicila, Ipsa, Ettusais, Carita, Decleor, Ayura, Asplir, DeLuxe, Selfit, Whitia, Pure & Mild, Kesho Wakusei, Yuxia, 5S, NARS, Maquillage, Aupres, JS, Za, UNO, Jean Paul Gaultier cosmetics, and Issey Miyak. 
I hope this list helps you make informative make-up and beauty choices in the future!

March 20, 2014

Be You

I like being weird. I like being creative. I really enjoy making people laugh. I am very shy, but open up quickly. I trust everyone, which might be my downfall. I love to paint, although sometimes it doesn’t look the best.  I find it fundamentally strange that not all people like sweets. I love doing squats. I wear combat boots with floral dresses. I love studded…everything. I love “punk” style. I don’t wear a lot of make-up. I miss working for PETA, I love animals. I rock a lot of polka dots. I write letters for Amnesty International for Violence Against Women. I used to write for Greenpeace. I think being green is super sexy. I like wearing dresses over pants. I smile at everyone. My favorite place is the beach down by my Nanny’s house in Prince Edward Island, it has been my secret getaway since I can remember. I am a star-gazer, I have been asking for a telescope since I was 11 after my parents bought me a book about Space. My dream as a child was to be a Marine Biologist. I love mermaids and cotton candy. I love adventures. If you think it’s too dangerous, chances are I am going to want to try it. I don’t have any tattoos. I think if I get any tattoos at all, I’d want to be covered in them. My favorite colour is white (it’s a blank canvas), followed closely by black and gold. My favorite school memory is being in Grade 3 in Guelph, Ontario and setting Monarch butterflies free in the park and looking up at them while they flew away. I’ve been told I have an old soul. I love the idea of living in Paris and seeing the Eiffel tower out my bedroom window while eating Laudree macarons in bed. I love stories about historical women like Cleopatra, Anastasia and Marie Antoinette. I have a fascination with reading about mysteries of the world. I totally believe in aliens. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, peonies and magnolias. I can’t sing to save my life, but I’ll do it with enthusiasm. I can’t sleep with socks on. I love wearing high heels. I used to collect Archie comics and stamps. I went through a rebellious stage when I was 17 and shaved my head like Keira Knightley in Domino. I don’t know how to swim. I love to dance. I am most calm and relaxed when in the bath or while doing yoga. I am told I have infectious laughter.
See, I may work in the fashion and beauty industry… but I have a lot more to me than that. Yes, I am a fashionista, ex-model, beauty pageant queen, actress, artist, bookworm, with an overactive imagination. I am proud to be ME. Be irreplaceable. I want to light up the world with kindness and laughter all while wearing my studded Christian Louboutin booties and my Alice + Olivia floral dress that makes me feel like a princess.
Take me as I am or watch me as I go.

March 17, 2014


I'm moving!
That's right, I am cheating on fashion with furniture. I am searching for a blue couch and wonderful accents for my new home. I simply cannot wait to move in! April 1st is going to be the most fabulous day.
Of course, like a true fashionista, I already have my fashion room/dressing room ideas ready. It's the room I care about the most!
Once the move is finished, and I am in my new space I will re-open a YouTube account and start to film my fashion/beauty/haul videos again. I'm pretty darn excited!
Blogging will be done daily as well! In the meantime, follow me on Instagram, I post fresh content everyday!
While I am busy with my recent changes, I am also planning The Brunette Shake's metamorphosis. Stay tuned!
Here's a few things going on in my life right now:
    1. Should I cut my hair short? Keep the bangs? Or grow it long? Oh decisions...
    2. Blue couch or pink couch? Or black leather? Sigh...  
    3. What should I pack for Osheaga?!
    4. Grandfather is currently in the hospital. Thinking positive thoughts!
    5. Broke my cellular, enjoying not being able to be reached at all times. But miss the convenience. Time to order that glitzy glam iPhone 5s in Gold!
    6. Learned how to drive standard like a boss. (At least that's what I tell myself)
    7. I've been listening to a lot of Chvrches lately.
    8. Do I want a cast iron bed frame? Or do I want a more modern head board and look to my bedroom? Also, white or black?
    9. I am obsessed with Lush's Sandstone Soap.
    10. It's Monday, 8:45 AM, and I already broke the coffee maker and fell in the toilet so yeah, I'd say it's a good day.
    11. I am collecting photos on Pinterest for inspiration for my new place! So far, a lot of gold decor.
    12. I am ordering turquoise dishes for my new place from Wayfair. 
    13. Favorite quote of the moment: "I'd rather be the one that smiled than the one who didn't smile back".


February 15, 2014

My Valentine

Hello my beautiful readers!
I hope you all had a Valentine's Day full of love and laughter. I know I sure did. I was spoiled and surprised, it was the absolute best. I really enjoy spending my time with the one and only, and I can't wait to spend more and more time with him planning for our future.
We went to the mall to check out couples plans for cell phones, and while we were there we had a little adventure in the photobooth. Of course, being "us" we read the directions last and cut out our heads in the photos. Priceless. I think I like the photos even more since there is a story behind them!

My love made me dinner, red velvet heart shaped cupcakes...The bedroom floor was covered in heart shaped balloons, helium heart and Valentines Day balloons were floating all over the room, candles burning on every surface imaginable, the bed had a heart made out of little heart chocolates with a dozen roses laying inside of it with a super adorable white teddy bear, a box of chocolates and a bag full of goodies.

 Playing chocolate roulette in bed

A candid photo of us laughing when we couldn't get the camera to work. LOVE.
The entire evening was amazing, I honestly have never been so happy. I won't lie if you ask if there was whip cream involved...

February 11, 2014

Lush Haul‎
I am obsessed with Lush.
I have loved Lush ever since I (literally) stumbled into their shop on Broadway in NYC. The smell was absolutely delightful. Once I discovered all the products were made from vegetarian ingredients, handmade, not tested on animals and all organic - I was SOLD. I think I spent almost $100 that day, and I never regretted that splurge.
This haul that I ordered online from arrived in 2 days from the purchase date. I purchased two soaps and my all time favourite lip scrub.
I purchased Sandstone soap and Honey I Washed the Kids soap. The Sandstone soap smells divine and is extremely exfoliating, which is perfect for these winter months! It literally is made of sand and inspired by the beaches of Brazil, where women mix sand with their suntan oil. Honey I Washed the Kids is a honey and caramel soap, so you can only imagine how amazing it smells. My skin feels oh so soft after I use it!
The Popcorn Lip Scrub is one of my all-time favourites from Lush. I can hardly stop myself from eating it straight out of the pot! It's made from fizzy candy, sugar, and coconut oil. So it's perfectly fine to lick your lips clean and then add your favorite lip balm or lipstick on top! It literally scrubs and buffs away all the imperfections on your lips. Completely addicted. My boyfriend loves it too! It's sweet and salty and worth every dime.
Have you ever shopped at Lush?
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February 5, 2014

Elizabeth and James | Nirvana

It is no secret that I adore Mary-Kate and Ashley. Always have, always will. It's just one of those things. Growing up watching Full House and their straight to video movies... wanting all of their clothing... yeah it started at a young age. In fact, I can't remember NOT liking the talented twin sisters.
They recently launched their first perfumes since the days of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Walmart line.
Their new perfumes are distinctly different. 
You have two choices with Elizabeth and James Nirvana.
White or Black.
The Black was my first purchase, during the "pre-purchase" time on December 13th, 2013 at my local Sephora store. I was there at 9 a.m. and had my credit card in hand. I don't think I've been that excited for a purchase for a long time!
I got to my car and just couldn't wait any longer, opened up the E and J Black and fell in LOVE. It is absolute perfection. It has a distinct balance of feminine and masculine scents. I can smell a lot of  sandalwood and vanilla. I have been wearing this scent almost everyday. The Black scent makes me think of Mary-Kate. Unique, strong, bohemian and vintage.




When the scents had the official launch just last week, I was sure to pick up the White version as well. My boyfriend prefers the White to the Black. I don't think I can pick a favorite to be honest. They are both so different, and I wear them on different occasions.
The White is a beautifully soft floral scent with hints of musk. It is very feminine. When I think of the White version, I think of Ashley. She is very feminine, and classic. That is exactly what this scent embodies.

If I had to choose, I don't think I could. I enjoy both scents. The scent itself lasts all day, and the scent changes while you wear it. The bottle that the perfume is in is absolute stunning. It was actually inspired by a vintage perfume bottle that Mary-Kate and Ashley own. It is a very different type of bottle, and they both completely stand out in my perfume collection. Strong bottle, elegant scents and just my style.

February 4, 2014

Kill Them With Kindness

An incident occured yesterday in my personal life/work life that shook my world a little bit. I cannot get into details because of privacy issues. Honestly, she isn't even worth being mentioned. If someone can try to get you to lose your job and create havoc in your workplace, they really need to find something more positive to do with their time. Jealously and insecurity is a very terrible thing. If you're reading this, I hope you can find some positivity somewhere in life and can stay out of mine, you don't know me and I certainly do not care to know you.
There is nothing I dislike more than when women don't support other women.
Being harassed and yelled at, is not something that I am used to. People don't yell at me, and I rarely ever get into fights with people.
I don't like confrontation, and I'd rather kill people with kindness than anything else.
There needs to be more kindness in this world.
If you ever have issues with someone, the mature and better way to go about doing things is to simply send them a quick e-mail and be understanding yet get your point across.
There is an entire epidemic about the "Mean Girl". Why do we feel we even have to be mean? There shouldn't have to be meaness or negativity. A negative mind does not help you achieve anything positive.
If anyone approaches you and is ever mean, or rude; be sure to stay calm and remember that YOU ARE WONDERFUL! This person probably doesn't know you, and if they do, then I don't think they understand you fully.
As women, we need to support each other and empower each other. Enough of trying to tear people down to make yourself feel better! If you're having issues with jealousy or insecurity that's completely okay! It happens to everyone.
Since the incident, I have decided to write a series of blog posts on the "Mean Girl" epidemic, how to get self-esteem, how to handle confrontation, jealousy issues, and so much more! Like I said on February 1st, The Brunette Shake is no longer just a fashion blog. It's a positive place to connect and grow, while talking about women issues as well as fashion and beauty.

February 1, 2014

How To Pronounce Designer Names 101

It is fundamentally strange how some of the best designers in the world have the most difficult names to pronounce. Not to mention how embarrassing it is when you're talking to a Vogue editor at a gala and you mispronounce a designer... It's very embarrassing, trust me on that one. I guess it's not as embarrassing as accidentally tripping a Vogue editor at Fashions Night Out but that's a whole different story.

This fabulous guide to pronouncing names was published on Harpers Bazaar a few days ago and I HAD to share. As a fashion lover, stylist and writer I couldn't not share with you! 

Make sure you're alone if you start pronouncing these out loud, you might get funny looks on the subway if you don't. 

Let's get started!! Don't forget to have fun with this lovelies! Fashion is supposed to be fun. 

Anna Suianna swee

Ann Demeulemeesterann de-mule-eh-meester

Azzedine Alaiaazz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah

Badgley Mischkabadge-lee meesh-kah



Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta

Christian Lacroixchristian luh-kwa

Christian Louboutinchristian loo-boo-tan

Comme des Garçonscomb dey gah-sown

Dolce & Gabbanadol-chey and gab-ana

Dries Van Notendrees van know-ten

Gareth Pughgareth pew

Giambattista Valligee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee

Gianfranco Ferregee-ahn-franco feh-ray



Hervé Légerair-vay lay-jah

Hussein Chalayanhoo-sane sha-lion

Issey Miyakeiss-ee mee-yah-key

Jean Paul Gaultierzhon paul go-tee-ay

Junya Watanabejun-yah wat-an-ah-bey

Kinder Agguginikinder ag-ooh-gee-nee



Louis Vuittonloo-wee vwee-tahn

L'Wren Scottla-ren scott

Maison Martin Margielamay-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah


Mary Katrantzoumary cat-trant-zoo

Miu Miumew-mew

Monique Lhuilliermonique le-hu-lee-ay


Olivier Theyskensoh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins

Proenza Schoulerpro-en-zuh skool-er



Roksanda Ilincicroksanda ill-in-chik

Salvatore Ferragamosal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh

Sonia Rykielsewn-yah ree-key-el



Yves Saint Laurenteve san lau-ron

Yohji Yamamotoyoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to

Source: How to pronounce Moschino, Hermes, Miu Miu and more designer names - Harper's BAZAAR

It's Me

Oh The Brunette Shake, the place where I used to go to share fashion love.

A lot has changed since I started this blog, most importantly ME. I've been working on my "come up" for a while now. Many life changes and experiences have shaped who I am today.
I no longer want to be categorized as a "fashion blogger", or let's say the "typical" fashion blogger. Let's allow The Brunette Shake to be a positive place online where women can connect about fashion, love, beauty and everything in between!
I want to be able to share my real life experiences with you and the world. This is the place to follow me on all my daily adventures and real life experiences! This new and improved site terrifies me as well as brings me great joy. It's going to be a very open place where I can answer all those weird questions and share those odd experiences that you may ask "am I the only one this happens to?!".
It's hard to be something you're not. I never was your typical fashion blogger. Sad part was, I really tried to be like everyone else. I looked at other successful blogs and tried to emulate or use their ideas to see if it worked for my blog. It never did. Why try to fit in when you were born to stand out?

Every fashion industry great that I have met, has told me within the first 5 minutes that I am something different. Some of the things I've been told are that I have an infectious laugh, kind eyes, a smile that lightens up the room and a genuinely sweet way about me. I have been compared to Audrey Hepburn on numerous occasions. So why hide behind the cookie-cutter fashion bloggers? Can't I show the world I really am something different?

 I have created wonderful relationships with extremely passionate people in the Fashion and Beauty industry, who have given me some of the best advice. I no longer want to try to be that overly confident girl that walks the NYC streets with my nose held high in the sky while I am missing all the things that catch my heart while I try to be "that girl" - the one I'm so NOT.  That's just not me. My closet might be full of Christian Louboutin's, Marc Jacobs dresses, Louis Vuitton handbags and Balenciaga pieces but I am still not your typical fashionista. Time to prove it!

Now, don't get me wrong. You will still see lots of my personal fashion choices, styling and beauty on The Brunette Shake. I mean, I can't hide that I've wanted Doc Martens since I was 7, those rainbow sparkle jelly sandals I had when I was 5 literally changed my life, the dresses I just loved to wear (purple plaid and a side pony tail was my thing. What can I say... I was a child of the '90's), wearing clip on earrings from my Nanny's costume jewelry collection, and so many more little fashion things that make up "me" from when I was a child till I can't hide my passion for fashion and my personal style.

The Brunette Shake now is going to be the place where I can share my life experiences, eco-fashion, pro-love, love and loss, shopping trips, modeling experience, the beauty pageant world, fashion, styling, beauty tips, daily happiness, goals and so much more.

This is my first post of a new era of The Brunette Shake!


January 9, 2014

The Brunette Shake on Instagram

This Christmas, Santa (aka Mom + Dad) gave me the gift of technology. By that, I mean they bought me (and each of my siblings) an iPad! Which means I can blog on the go, instagram some daily bits and pieces of my life (which is full of fashion btw) and tweet my little heart out.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram if you aren't already, and follow me while I update and change up The Brunette Shake for the grand unveiling of the new site on February 1st!!

September 27, 2013


Re-evaluation is a natural step when you've been doing the same thing for a long period of time.
The Brunette Shake has been steady in my life for the past 4 years. It has definitely brought some wonderful opportunities and memories.
The site is currently under construction to best suit me (as I am not the same girl I was 4 years ago) and to update the site to correspond with where I envision the direction of The Brunette Shake going in the coming months.
February 1, 2014 will be the grand unveiling of the new and updated site.
Thank you for your patience and support these past 4 years! I can't wait for many more years to come of interacting and sharing with all of you lovely people.
Hillary Gail Stewart

August 8, 2013

Bik Bok | Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Collab Launch

My first post since June 13th... WOW. It's been a while!
I've definitely missed connecting with my lovely fashion friends. I had to deal with a lot of different not so wonderful things before I could get back to being myself, I am the happiest I have ever been... it can only go UP from here.
I will be (hopefully) attending New York Fashion Week in September and TVFU in October in New York as well. Laduree better start making a bulk amount of pistachio macarons before my arrival because I have been craving those babies for a year!
Back to the topic at hand, I had told you guys about Mary-Kate and Ashley doing a collaboration with Bik Bok HERE, and now if you're one of the lucky ones and live in Norway you can purchase their collection right now! Be quick about it though, pieces are already selling out super quickly. I don't think I'd say no if someone was in Norway and wanted to shop for me and mail me some goodies!

June 13, 2013

Happy 27th Birthday, Mary-Kate and Ashley!

I grew up with the Olsen twins. 

I used to spend their birthday (June 13th) watching a marathon of the MKA videos. I'd start with my most favorite "Our Lips are Sealed" and end up "Costume Party". I know all of the lines, all of the lyrics to the songs... I'm pretty sure any true 90's girl does too! 

Today is Mary-Kate and Ashley's 27th birthday! 

They have went from Michelle Tanner on Full House to fashion design power houses. They really are an unstoppable force! 

Let's check out some of my favorite photos of MKA in celebration of their 27th birthday!