September 17, 2014

Confessions of a Shopaholic | Volume 3

Do you find it hard to see/watch your friends buy new things when you can't afford to because you spent 300$ at Sephora when you couldn't afford it? Or that envy you get when you see someone purchased that really wonderful jacket or lipstick you just can't afford to buy? But you buy it anyways?
 
It's almost like you're filling an emotional void when you shop or try to buy the same products someoen else has. Just because they can "afford" to purchase something doesn't mean you have to!
 
It's better to go through life with a savings account in case something goes wrong instead of a closet full of trendy things you've never worn.
 
It's hard being a shopaholic.
 
Sometimes reaching out is the best step in the right direction.
 
Do you want debt collectors knocking at your door? Calling you at work? I didn't think so.
 
Now is the time to get out of that bad spending habit and start having a saving habit. Save for that trip to Paris you've always dreamed of!
 
I used to be a shopaholic.
 
Literally bought something new online every single day.
 
When I noticed I could no longer afford the day to day living because of my shopping habit I knew things had to change. I stopped spending and starting saving.
 
I opened up an RRSP and a TFSA to jump start my savings - it worked. Don't get me wrong - I sometimes get carried away and buy things I simply cannot afford.
 
All you need is to finally accept the fact you love to shop a little bit too much and take the necessary actions to stop.
 


September 10, 2014

73 Questions with Anna Wintour

The legend speaks...
 


Trending | Kylie Jenner Lips

It's trending everywhere.
 
Everyone is talking about the goth, 90's lips that Kylie Jenner is rocking.
 
Beauty guru Jaclyn Hill created a lipstick that was inspired by Kylie called "1995" and I just put my order in for it so I will be sure to review it once it arrives on my doorstep!
 
Kylie Jenner actually uses a lipliner from MAC to achieve her signature pout. She uses the liner in "Whirl" which I have ordered as well. The 90's are back with a venegence!
 
What do you guys think of the lip trend?
 

 
 
 


September 9, 2014

Tutorial | Gold and Green

I discovered this look on the Make-Up Geek website and fell in love. How amazing would this look with my green and yellow eyes? Sigh. I loved it so much I figured I just HAD to share it. It's on my Instagram as well!
 


 
1.Prime your lid with your favourite eye primer.
 2.Apply MAC Old Gold pigment(or gold eyeshadow) to whole lid with flat brush.
 3.Apply MAC Antique Green (or an olive green/dark green shadow) to your crease, blending upwards toward the brow.
 4.Add some MAC Dark Soul (black eyeshadow) to crease to deepen the look.
 5.Apply Green to outer part of the lower lashline, and Gold to inner lower lashline.
 6.Apply Polished Ivory (or your favourite highlighter) under the brow to highlight and to blend the look.
 7.Line outer half of you upper lashline with dark pencil, the apply a hint of Green over it.
 8.Apply mascara, and possibly false lashes.


September 8, 2014

Model Behaviour | Coco Rocha

50 poses, 30 seconds...
 
Coco Rocha knows how to get sh*t done.
 
I think I am going to try to make my own little 30 second video, see how many poses I can pull off!
 


 


August 23, 2014

Newsflash | YouTube

I used to have a YouTube channel, I loved it!
 
I posted hauls, I did make-up tutorials, how to achieve the perfect brows...
 
I've decided to re-start my channel!
 
Let's connect again on another level with fun videos and a look into my day to day life!
 

August 22, 2014

Favorites Friday | Tara Eats - Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie


My Friday favorite this week is from Tara Eats. Tara Stiles is one of my favorite yoga instructors, I am an avid follower of her YouTube videos! I love yoga! She has taught me all I know!

Anyways, her Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie recipe is the most delicious thing! Especially, first thing in the morning. It's a great, healthy treat!

Try it out, and check out Tara Stiles yoga YouTube video's while you're at it!


Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Recipe | Tara Stiles Eats
This is a really great guilt-free way to satisfy your sweets craving! Enjoy this refreshing smoothie as a snack or dessert; it’s like strawberry shortcake in a glass!

INGREDIENTS:
ice
strawberries
rolled oats
a cup of cashews
a cup of almond milk
two spoons of maple syrup
cinnamon and nutmeg
a bit of vanilla extract 


August 21, 2014

My Life | Puppy and Make-up

 Our puppy is 4 months old and completely a badass. I don't joke. He is so bad, brazen and rebellious! A complete escape artist... He broke out of our house throught the air conditioner THREE TIMES! Anyways, when he decides to be cute it's when I'm getting ready for work in the morning or when I'm getting ready for bed at nighttime (morning and nighttime routine videos/short film coming soon!).
 
Anyways, today I was watching Jaclyn Hill's new video and of course doing my make-up at the same time.
 
My puppy always sits at my feet, but this morning he was so interested in Jaclyn's talk about haters that he was standing with his paws (on my Naked Palette!!) paying avid attention to her! He's a puppy after my own heart.
 
instagram.com/hillarygailstewart
 

Inspiration | All Gold Everything

My favourite colours are white and gold. I love gold. All gold everything, all the time.
 
I love gold jewelry, gold make-up, gold interior decor, gold accessories, gold shoes, gold clothing...
 
I just love the idea of gold, I've got the midas touch.
 
I just find that gold and white are very inspiring. I mean, white is a blank canvas and you can do whatever you please with it. Gold is the glam you need in life!
 
My personal items for home decor are all gold and white. I never buy silver jewelry and I love a good gold eyeshadow to bring out the yellow in my eyes.
 
Here are some of my personal gold items in my life, and a couple of my favourite gold glam photos/style!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



August 20, 2014

Lifestyle | Closet Cleaning

When you move, you have to go through your closet and sometimes, get rid of the past.
When I recently moved in with my boyfriend into his beautiful house, I had to go through my closet and get rid of some items. It was insanely hard to go through these items that I have lived life in, and give them away.
My boyfriend was very helpful and is even building me a closet to house all of my fashion collection. I'm kind of like Carrie from Sex and the City. So many clothes, nothing to wear. Kyle even brought the remnants of my fashion room into our bedroom and set up my bookshelves for my shoes, purses and fashion magazines.
It's really hard to closet clean, especially if you have been a fashionista since birth and are a semi fashion hoarder.
I followed three rules when I was cleaning:
1. Have I worn this in the past year?
2. Is it my size?
3. Do I even like this item anymore? Is it still my "style"?
If I answered "No", then out to the donation box they went!

There was some pieces I just couldn't let go of. Like any woman, some clothing has secret memories attached to them.
One of my favourite scenes in the Sex and the City movie was when Carrie cleaned out her closet with Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. Even Confessions of a Shopaholic had a closet cleaning scene!


It was really fun to relive the past, and the memories when I was cleaning. I would suggest doing this every 6 months to stay on top of your closet and organization. Do you really need those dresses you got on sale from Forever21 with the tags still attached? That sweater that's two sizes too small?
Closet organization is kind of my thing, a really great hobby. That's why I am always cruising The Coveteur to see how celebrities and editors style their closets!


August 19, 2014

Girl Power | Boxing for Fitness

My boyfriend and I have been doing a Rocky Marathon. This inspired him to hit the gym hard and for me to secretly look up women's boxing classes in town.
 
I'm not one to "go to the gym". I find it insanely monotonous. I'd rather dance, do yoga, take a spin class or in this case - take up female boxing.
 
 
 
If Summer Roberts can do it, so can I!


I found some great classes (and inexpensive!) three days a week. Camilla Belle even posted about taking a boxing class. I think it's the new black!


 
What kind of exercise classes do you take? Would you recommend female boxing?


August 18, 2014

Confessions of a Shopaholic | Volume 2

As promised from Volume 1 of my Confessions of a Shopaholic series, here are some of my tips/tricks that have saved me from overwhelming credit card debt, empty bank accounts and depleted RRSP/TFSA savings.


 
  1. Carry only cash when shopping. Do not bring your credit/debit cards with you. When you get temped with something more expensive than you can afford you don't have any cards with you to charge with the new purchase that might just make you late on rent...
  2. Make a monthly budget and budget EXACTLY how much you will allot yourself to spend on new clothing, shoes, make-up... Do not go over this limit
  3. Take your limit down on your credit cards. Hard to overspend to when you don't have a high credit card limit! Credit cards feel like free money.. but it's not. The interest alone makes me want to shed a tear and I have a GOOD interest rate!
  4. Make a list of your current "wishes" for clothing, make-up or whatever your poison is. Stick to the list!!!
  5. Don't stray when you see a sale. It's so so so hard to NOT buy anything at a sale, I know. But those sale items you probably won't like or wear or even want after you purchase them. Even sale items adds up over time.
Those have been my top 5 tips/tricks I have been using to get myself out of debt and out of over buying products.
 
Life of a fashionista is wonderful, but you don't have to be a bad version of a shopaholic. Be a savvy shopper!
 
xx
 
P.S. Does anyone know of any good sales?
 
JUST KIDDING

August 15, 2014

Favorites Friday | Jaclyn Hill's Envious Mermaid

I love watching YouTube make-up, hair and beauty tutorials. Especially hauls, they're so much fun! I have learned a lot about make-up and application from the comfort of my own home.
As of late, I have been really enjoying Jaclyn Hill's make-up tutorials. She uploaded one early this week called "Envious Mermaid" and I absolutely adore it! I actually put an order through Sephora for the Becca Opal Highlighter - I am so excited to try it out I can't even stand the wait! I also want to try out the Stila Emerald Metallic eye shadow she used, it really finished the look. I can't wait to replicate this look and add my own personal flair!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2cfAtv84Yk
I am really into mermaids. Always have been, always will be. I used to turn over restaurant place mats and draw mermaids on the back. It's not just a trend thing, I've always loved mermaids and mystical stories and creatures.
Jaclyn Hill's YouTube channel has taught me a lot about make-up application, I basically have gathered my own knowledge about make-up plus Jaclyn's and have created this flawless make-up routine.

I never used to wear make-up. Like ever. I was a hippie, I never wore a bra, I wore crazy outfits and once stole a bunny that was being tested on (sorry Mom). After a little while I began to grow into myself more and left the hippie ways behind, and did myself up a little. Don't get me wrong, I do still love the environment and animal activism as I still am an active member with PETA,  WWF, Amnesty International and other groups that help the world. My style has always been unique and creative, and now I have make-up as another artistic and creative outlet!
Who are your favourite YouTube beauty guru's? I will list a couple more of my favourites below!  
Check out this great list of YouTube Beauty Guru's you SHOULD be watching from Buzzfeed!