December 19, 2014

Kiss InstaWave Review

The Kiss InstaWave is an automatic curler that curls your hair to perfection with a touch of a button. I took a couple weeks to test out the product to my satisfaction! At first I was a little wary of the fact that this tool actually curls your hair for you... I was nervous my hair would get caught up in the mechanics of the tool and ruin my hair! But don't fear - it actually works like a charm once you get used to how to properly place your hair in the sections.

You can create flawless curls with this tool! It's really handy for someone who doesn't like to curl their hair the old fashioned way.

Personally, this isn't exactly a tool that will make me throw away my go-to curling wand - but it is a quick and efficient way to curl your hair, especially if you're in a hurry!



 
 
 
 
Check out the InstaWave here: http://www.KISSInstaWave.com

Make-Up by One Direction Review

The One Direction LiquidLights glow gloss and Rock-Me nail polish was sent to me a few weeks ago and I have been testing it out on myself so I could give a proper review of the product.
 
This is a range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formula and infused with limited edition collectable packaging - Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.
 
The Glow Gloss is amazing - it actually changes colour! It reacts with UV light and changes - it's so cool. It is made with great ingredients that help nourish and protect your lips.
 
Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken - Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light



 
The Rock-Me nail set is also pretty cool. It comes with really great long lasting nail polish, PLUS glitter to accessorize. I kind of love it.
 
Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographic

Glitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star-- UV holo glitter


 
 
Both of these sets would be perfect for a teenage girl who is new to the make-up and beauty scene and is looking to establish her make-up collection. Personally, these would go over quite well is a stocking or as a Holiday gift!
 
Makeup by One Direction will hit the follow stores November 15th!
Macy's
Dillards
Boscov's
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & Taylor
 
Happy Holidays!
 


November 28, 2014

Bullies in Stilettos

This is something I've had on my mind for a very long time. People being mean. It's mostly girls being mean to other girls, but it's very unnessesary. Being mean or looking down on someone will not get you any farther in life. In fact, when you look back on the mean and rude moments you'll probably feel disgusted at yourself.

I have found in my fashion career that being myself, my 100% genuine "me", has gotten me farther than I could ever have imagined. I've never been mean, or talked badly about someone. I certainly have been the target of what I'd like to call "bullies in stilettos", but I have never resorted to talking badly or talking down on someone. No one deserves that.

In the fashion world, those fashion greats will notice you if you stay kind and completely yourself. Being jealous and having a hateful spirit will give you early wrinkles, and will put you back a few years in terms of accomplishing something. When people called me one of a kind, told me I had the most beautiful and kind heart, the loveliest smile and the best laughter - Well,  I kept all these comments close to my heart when things in life got a little dark. Being my 100% original self, helped me meet some of my fashion icons. I will admit, when you are feeling a little dark and feeling a little lost - the hate might come out. But just grab a green tea, do some yoga, read a book or take a bubble bath. You'll feel revitalized and almost back to your positive self. 

The fashion world sometimes makes you feel a little lost, and a little invisible. But if you stay true to yourself, and your own personal voice, you'll do just fine! Jealousy and insecurity comes hand in hand, and usually the meanness stems after the jealousy has gotten too out of control. Social media is an easy way to attract bullies in stilettos. Just ignore the haters, and focus on the positive! Just remember that these haters are fighting their own battles, and sadly they are taking it out on you.

Everyone struggles, and when you look back on your life - the struggle will be the most beautiful part. Whatever demons you are facing right now, you can get past it. Stay positive. Stay kind, because kindness does still exist. You can always find kindness right here on The Brunette Shake if you're ever feeling a little negative.

Dress Like Emma Watson for Less

Dress Like Emma Watson for Less,

Dress like Emma for less! There's no need to spend thousands on achieving the perfect feminine yet edgy look. You can achieve Emma's look for less than $100! It's all about savvy shopping, ladies! 

November 14, 2014

AMK x SM

 
So we all see Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen on the red carpet with the most beautiful and unique jewelry you could possibly imagine. They design jewelry for their high end line, The Row, but it's not quite in the average girl's budget.
 
I hope you're sitting down...
 
Ashley and Mary-Kate have launched a studio series collection with JewelMint and each piece is under 40$. I repeat, EACH PIECE IS UNDER 40$.
 
There's also a fabulous discount code floating around right now for first time buyers, it's B1G1, you buy one and get one free!
 
It was definately hard to choose just two pieces to order, but I finally decided on the Pavo and Pegasus Earrings. They're absolutely sensational!
 
The best part of the collection is that it's inspired by the cosmo's which is fabulous news to a telescope toting star-gazer like myself.
 
 
In a recent interview with Lucky Magazine, the two shared their design philosophy. “We focused on minimalist designs that can be mixed, matched and layered, yet are strong enough to wear on their own,” says Mary Kate. Like the twins’ designs from their other lines, these new pieces, which were inspired by and named after celestial formations, are refined and elegant, the perfect statement pieces to wear for years to come.
 
Lucky: All the jewelry in this collection features tiny scattered stones. What inspired that?
Ashley Olsen: We drew inspiration from constellations and created versatile pieces that transition easily from day to night.
Mary-Kate Olsen: We focused on minimalist designs that can be mixed, matched and layered, yet are strong enough to wear on their own.
If you could only save one piece of jewelry from your own personal collections, which would you pick and why?
AO: Every piece of jewelry has special meaning to me. I would never be able to choose just one.
How would you choose to style the jewelry you've designed?
AO: I love the idea of layering structured pieces with the more delicate ones. Pair the Hydra bangle with the Lynx hand chain.
MKO: If you have multiple earring holes, wear a pair of the Pyxis drop earrings in the same ear for an asymmetrical look.
Let's talk about the bags. Why little pouches rather than some other (perhaps larger) shape?
AO: We always design with functionality in mind. Each pouch can be carried as a clutch or used to hold everyday items, including makeup and jewelry.
What are a few things you always keep in your own clutches?
AO: My phone, credit card, keys and Cle de Peau concealer.
MKO: Glossier lip gloss, Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip lip liner, keys, my phone and a credit card.


 

November 13, 2014

Giveaway Announcement!

Starting December 6th, a fabulous giveaway will begin on The Brunette Shake just in time for Christmas!
Up for grabs is a large rose gold chevron Make-Up Geek z-palette filled with my favorite shadows from the same brand! The value of this giveaway is upwards of 150$ and I can't wait to share with you guys!
It will be open internationally, super easy to enter, with unlimited entries!
Watch for the post and instagram announcement on November 18th!
Stay chic!
Hillary


Welcome to New York

One of my favorite places is New York City. The culture, the people... everything about the place has me hooked. I mean, the smell of hot garbage and that one time I got mugged on the subway kind of makes the con list -- but in all seriousness, New York City inspires.
 
Taylor Swift's new CD "1989"'s first track is "Welcome to New York". It is one of my favorites on her album.
 
Taylor has collaborated with nycgo.com and created some pretty neat videos with her favorite places etc. It's definately worth checking out!
 
#w2ny
 
 




November 12, 2014

The Brunette Shake TV

A great new launch is on it's way!
 
Mark your calendars for December 6th! My first video will be uploaded to The Brunette Shake TV.
 
The Brunette Shake TV will be another platform (YouTube) that I can connect with you guys on! I'm super excited. I'm going to be reviewing products, doing hauls, tutorials, styling tips and tricks, my favorites, fashion news and so much more !
The Brunette Shake TV from Hillary Gail Stewart on Vimeo.



November 11, 2014

Rant | Bring Pretty Back

When did being sexy and practically naked become a sign of beauty? I don't understand it personally. I mean, my icons are people like Audrey Hepburn and my grandmother. Elegant, timeless women.
 
I really wish we could bring back pretty, bring back accentuating the natural beauty of a woman and her figure and not make it all about sex and becoming what men lust after.
 
We need to show our power by staying pretty. Honestly, I have no dream of being seen as a sex pot. I want to be seen as a professional, beautiful, powerful, elegant woman with class. 
 
This rant is coming from the pit of my stomach after seeing what my 12 year old sister thinks is gorgeous and pretty. After looking at her social media accounts, I noticed how sex is so extremely prevalent with her and her friends. I'm not sure if it's influenced by music, or videos... But they have access to anything they want because they are all glued to their iPods constantly. They see the pro-anorexia, sexting posts and so much more... They have access to all this material in a one simple tap on their screen.
 
Can't we bring back the beauty? Looking up to real, elegant women? It's almost like the children of today all want to look like porn stars - when in reality that is not a good thing. I sat down with my sister and talked to her, but it still frightens me. These very vulnerable girls are not going down the right track in terms of finding role models and not having their entire lives revolve around men/boys.
 
Bring back pretty!
 
 
 
 

November 10, 2014

The Woman I Wanted to Be | Diane von Furstenberg

I met the iconic designer, Diane von Furstenberg, in September 2012 at the Fashion's Night Out event at her shop in Soho. I remember the feeling I had when I stood beside her and had a conversation. She told me I was beautiful. I was absolutely beside myself! This extraordinary woman was even more wonderful in person. She is an icon in the fashion world, and ever so creative. Some of my favorite dresses are her wrap dresses.

 
 
When I heard Diane was releasing a book, I was so excited! It quickly went to the top of my reading list. I couldn't wait to hear about Diane's life and stories that influenced and inspired her.
 
The amount of pure joy that came when a DVF box was placed on my desk is something I cannot measure. A signed copy of The Woman I Wanted to Be sat in front of me.
 
I started reading.
 
I don't think I put the book down. I don't want to ruin anything for someone else who just purchased this book, but it is a masterpiece. I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any woman. There are many pearls of wisdom from Diane hidden among the pages.
 


Flashback | Miss All Canadian

When I was 17 I was going through some major life changes. I had to overcome obstacles that no 17 year old girl should have to face alone. But I did it. Over and over again I conquered whatever curve ball was thrown at me.
 
I was in my Senior year at Paris District High School and I decided that I was not going to be the girl in the shadows anymore. I was no longer going to be shy, or embarrassed of my creativity and voice.
 
I joined every club I possibly could. Then I joined some more. Soon I was doing the school announcements, social club, track and field, OSAID, and so many more things to get active in the community. I also was told I was the perfect candidate for beauty pageants. My kindness and inner beauty pushed one of my teachers to sign me up for the Miss All Canadian pageant.
 
I wore a beautiful white gown with silver details and glitter. My Mom curled my hair. I put on minimal golden make-up and mascara. We drove 3 hours and waited for the introductions to begin and for me to finally be on stage. I was nervous. But I felt like I was okay, like I was in a place where my public speaking fears were non-existent. Truth be told, my introduction that I had memorized was 2 minutes long. When I noticed the other girls making small introductions, I cleaned up my speech on the spot and pointed out all the qualities and dreams I had to share. My introduction made the judges laugh. I have always had this keen way of making people more comfortable and to make them laugh.
 
The day was wonderful. I was able to participate successfully in every event that I had been practicing for.
 
When it came time to put my white gown back on, I felt confident. I walked onto the stage with the other finalists to receive our titles.
 
I was flabbergasted at the amount of titles and awards I won.
 
I won the following:
 Miss All Canadian
Best Smile
Miss Congeniality
Most Photogenic
Model/Photo/Portfolio Winner
Best Costume Winner
 
Winning these titles really made me gain more confidence. It also opened up the doors for me for the fashion and model world, but that's a whole other story.
 
Sometimes, one person pushing you to do something out of your comfort zone can create such results that you can't even envision them until they're happening to you.
 
 
 
 

Diaries of The Brunette Shake

 
I am revamping and making it a really cool hang out spot on Tumblr to grab some inspiration and mini stories about fashion, beauty and my life.
 
 
And as always, stay chic!
 
xx
 
Hillary
 
http://diariesofthebrunetteshake.tumblr.com/


November 9, 2014

Sunday Vision

Sunday is the day I spend getting ready for life. I set goals, find new aspirations and work out what I am going to do to accomplish them. The most difficult thing in life is figuring out who, or what you want to be. While speaking with my brother over breakfast this morning, I discovered that I have so many visions of what I would like to be and I can't simple choose just one! I was eternally grateful that he could share with me his thoughts on life, and personal growth. 

We are both wild flowers. Very rare, unique individuals. We both have old souls and have already lived many lives. We want to travel the world, learn new languages, get more and more education, fall in love, and continue to grow. We change peoples lives, and then move on to the next great adventure. 

What describes you? What is your greatest quality? I have a unique ability to make people laugh - no matter what the situation. I'm very creative and passionate for style, beauty and fashion. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am very caring. I am never mean. 

This blog, The Brunette Shake, has been a part of me for over 4 years. Instead of starting fresh, I want this blog to grow with me. I have plans for 2015 and I simply cannot wait to share them all with you as the adventures start happening again - and I'll be smiling through all of them. 

xx Hillary Gail Stewart