March 12, 2016

Beauty Talk | Jaclyn Hill's Top Single Eyeshadows

I was insanely excited when I saw Jaclyn Hill upload a video with all of her favourite single shadows that she stores in a custom z-palette.
Jaclyn has quickly become a huge part of the beauty community on social media and YouTube. She is extremely influential, and pretty much anything that she mentions in her videos becomes sold out immediately.
I was very interested to see what single shadows she chose for her day to day make-up. Personally, I am very drawn towards neutrals, shimmers and anything gold. I have been testing out the waters and experimenting with really wonderfully warm shades, which Jaclyn is seen wearing all the time!
I really wanted to review the shades that she shared with my own commentary!
  • MAC Nylon –  super frosty highlight with yellow undertone, can be used as a highlighter too. I think I need this! I have seen this used on Camilla Belle and she is my favourite beauty inspiration
  • Makeup Geek Mirage – natural looking highlight, slight sheen. I think I will pass on this one! I have so many highlights already
  • Makeup Geek Rapunzel – perfect amount of sheen, great for brow bone highlight, looks gorgeous on a lot of skin tones. Really gorgeous colour. Reminds me of something a young teen would wear.
  • Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie – one of her favorite transition colors, very natural and a must have. I have this shade I am obsessed with it, I literally use it or a dupe of it every single day.
  • Makeup Geek Creme Brûlée – beautiful natural shade - same idea as Peach Smoothie. I have this shade and obsess over it! I can wear this just as an all over lid shade and be completely fine with it!
  • MAC Soft Brown – similar to Creme Brûlée, pinkish undertone. I have the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette so I don't really think I need this in my collection.
  • Makeup Geek Frappe – medium-tone brownish red. I may need to purchase this is the very near future!
  • MAC Kid – Might be discontinued, great transition color for someone with really fair skin like moi! I'm very fair skinned, so if this is not discontinued, I might have to give it a try!
  • Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach – a lot of grey tones in this shadow... I hate cool tones. I look practically dead when I wear them so I am totally passing on this shade!
  • Anastasia Fawn – great transition color, very neutral brown. I already own the Anastasia Couture palette and I love the pigmentation. I might have to bite the bullet and order some of the singles! 
  • MAC Saddle – Amazing for the crease! Bronze/warm brown. I have so many dupes for this already, so I am not really interested in purchasing this! A very standard shade!
  • Makeup Geek Desert Sands – Mustardy-yellow heaven is how I would describe this. I am literally obsessed with this one. I have this in the Vegas Lights palette and I want to wear it every minute of everyday! 
  • Makeup Geek Chickadee – peachy-orange shade. Friggin' fantastic! I have this shade and have used it quite a few times for dramatic looks, but only when I have a slight tan.
  • MAC Amber Lights – rusty gold. I own this shade already and I use it as an all over the lid shade for a quick, yet chic, look.
  • MAC Swiss Chocolate – not pigmented, deep purple-brown shade. Looks like something I want to swatch myself at MAC to make up my mind if I need it or not.
  • MAC Red Brick – matte red-orange. This shade is insane. I don't know if I ever would actually use it? Or if it would just sit in my z-palette to inspire me to try new things (and then get scared and do a neutral look).
  • Makeup Geek Poppy – Pink and coral shade. I'm on the fence about this shade. It really does remind me of a Poppy though.  Didn't Kathleen Lights do a Tutorial with this shade?
  • Anastasia Henna – Statement shade, coppery/rusty red very pigmented . It needs to be mine. Already bookmarked. Come to MOMMA!  
  • MAC Coppering – Shimmery copper metallic shade.  Need. Definate need. Now where are my car keys so I can go to MAC? Anyone?
  • Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear – all matte burnt red/brown. So much yes. I have this shade and adore it!
  • Anastasia Fudge – very dark fudge brown. Literally the colour of chocolate fudge. I don't know if I need this or not. Reminds me of Too Faced.
  • Makeup Geek Grandstand – great for a literally everything. Smokey eyes, all over the lid shade... pops of sparkle. Pink/Champagne. I have this. I love this. We have a very beautiful love affair going on right now. It's so pigmented I could cry, but I won't because I just did my make-up.
  • Makeup Geek Vintage – matte medium toned cool purple. I'm not into it. I don't like cool tones. I just can't.
  • Makeup Geek Cherry Cola – purpley cherry undertone. I love this. The name and everything. I pretty much need it.
  • Anastasia Aubergine – Great sheen, purple shade. Need. Already on my wishlist. Let's move on.
  • Makeup Geek Bitten – warm burgundy/purple shade. Own it. You need it. Literally go buy it right now. One of Jaclyn's favs!
  • Makeup Geek Americano – medium cool toned matte brown. Too cool toned for this gal.
  • Makeup Geek Cupcake – soft pink, hard to wear if you are fair. So perfect for a teen's first shadow!  I need to buy this for my little sister. Would look stunning with her baby blues!
  • Anastasia Macaroon – lilac purple color, very intense shimmer. NEED. ALL SHIMMERS ALL THE TIME! #CANTSTOPWONTSTOP
  • Makeup Geek Houdini – emerald turquoise blue. Oh my goodness. Yes. I own this and use it when I want to be all flashy and lovely. 
  • Makeup Geek Dragonfly – bright aqua blue. Basically needs to be my new best friend. Be bold! Be BLUE! Plus, it's called dragonfly. So I need it.
  • Makeup Geek Jester – foiled eyeshadow olive green with golden undertones. How do I not own this already? BRB online shopping
  • Makeup Geek Dirty Martini – matte olive green. Got it. Love.
  • Makeup Geek Enchanted Forrest – all matte forest green. So much yes. I own this because Kathleen Lights snap chatted about it and basically made me buy it.

March 7, 2016

Currently Playing : Work From Home

The past week has literally been me drooling over the construction workers in this video by Fifth Harmony. Literal drool. Take a look for yourself at the video below, and try to catch yourself NOT singing it for the next 5 days. #cantstopwontstop

March 6, 2016

Spring Sunshine

Nothing makes me happier than waking up to birds singing, and the sun shining. It definitely brings a smile to my face!
Lately, I have been concentrating on my efforts to raise money for WWF Canada! It's a very exciting endeavor, and I love to help the world and the animals who live on it. Environmental activism and helping animals are near and dear to my heart.
Today, I sported a cute floral dress from Forever21 with a burgundy faux leather jacket, some floral fish net tights and a pair of super metallic silver Bullboxer heels.
The outfit made me very happy, putting together cute and fun outfits is kind of my thang.
I've been finding inspiration everywhere, it really helps to inspire the creative juices to start flowing. 
Check out my outfit below and on my Instagram too! Follow me there for daily shenanigans and colourful peeks into my life.

February 28, 2016

My Life | Winter Updates

The past few months have been very busy for me. They've been filled with changes (both positive and negative) but have definitely helped me grow as a woman.
I was able to spend quality time with my family, visit my grandmother in Prince Edward Island, redecorate my home, work on my personal goals, start a new job, make a whole bunch of homemade facial scrubs, work up a sweat baking/cooking in the kitchen, plan a trip to Toronto for an adventure with WWF...
I've been a busy gal!
I was so happy to see all the new fashions from NYFW in February, Ashley Graham on the cover of SI: Swimsuit Edition, and of course all of my journals getting filled with funny antidotes.  
I had a few really great photoshoots over the Winter months and also battled a few illnesses that definitely kept me on the down low. Unknown stomach issues, lung infection...
Also, my bangs currently touch the tip of my nose so there's that as well. Thankfully I have a hair appointment on Wednesday with my favourite hair dresser. Hello beautiful hair! I mean, that's if I can wait until Wednesday - I might just grab a bowl and some scissors and call it a day.
Over the winter months, I have really been focusing on natural beauty and using natural (homemade) products on my skin. As a general rule, I don't use foundation. I really love to slather myself in coconut oil and just literally soak in it and watch reruns with my boyfriend.
 How has your winter been? Sorry for being so MIA, will be posting some more videos and photoshoots soon! Make sure to check out my Instagram for daily updates and pretty things!

November 20, 2015

Flowing Fall Bohemian

This dress screams "fall". 

The print, the draping... everything. 

Plus, it only cost 19.99$ at H&M! 

I had to run out and take a few photos to share, just because of the beauty of this dress.

Boots: Coach
Dress : H&M

November 19, 2015

YouTube Adventure

I haven't updated my readers or really anyone besides my Instagram followers and friends. But I have successfully started a YouTube channel!

My boyfriend helped me pick out a great camera to suit my needs (Canon T5i) and a great Diva Ring Light. I really enjoy posting video's, it shows my true personality that you can't quite see when I'm always behind the computer screen. 

Check out my channel and subscribe!

I will be posting at least one video per week, my schedule has been quite hectic lately - but I am making time for my fashion/beauty/lifestyle videos. 

I really do enjoy the fact that I can share my life with you! I usually film in my beauty/fashion room or in front of my fireplace in our reading room. It's a lot of fun! 

I am sharing some of my video's below and make sure to subscribe!

Seventies Faux Fur and Changing Leaves

I love iconic pieces from decades past, for me this jacket from Le Chateau was a "must have" for this fall season. 

The faux fur, the smell of suede... I was in love. It made me feel very 70's chic especially when paired with my thigh high suede boots from Park Lane (via ASOS).

I also played around with my new cape from DSW -- the price reminds me of Burberry and I mean I work there so I get a wicked discount on classic pieces like this so now it hangs in my jacket/coat closet in my beauty room.

These are a couple of my favourite outfits (so far!) from the fall fashion season. 

The multicoloured skirt is from MinkPink and I actually purchased it from a retailer in AUSTRALIA so I could get it before everyone else! It speaks to the 70's trends/vibes that are going around this season. 

What is your favourite piece this fall season? 

November 3, 2015

Breakfast at Hillary's | Vegan Pure All in One

I had the opportunity to try something new and exciting for after my workout (and just plain ole nutrition!). I was sent two containers of Vegan Pure All In One Nutritional Shake and just in time I might add - I recently discovered a high sensitivity to gluten. I used this shake for 7 days in place of my usual shake/routine and I felt I could give a positive and conscious review! 

Firstly, it tastes fantastic. I tried the french vanilla and was blown away by it's tastiness. It's both gluten AND soy free and there's no sugar added. Like -- HELLO this stuff is extraordinary! 

I tried the shake plain with water and ice, with milk and ice, and with a mixture of greens and berries. All of these concoctions were so great! I am really pleased with the taste and the energy I had after drinking the shake. 

The shake is all plant based (and awesome) as well as packs 16g of protein, 1.5g of Omega-3 from flax seed... and do I need to go on? I'm hooked. This is now my go-to shake!

Seriously though, go check it out for yourself :

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favourite holiday. 

I decorate the entire house, I have a wardrobe full of fun and spooky pieces, I watch horror movies (if I can stand it) all the month of October, I am obsessed with The Addams Family... Shall I go on? 

I had a fun little photoshoot for Halloween so I thought I would share some of my photos! 

Check out my instagram for all my goings-on!

October 29, 2015

Evian & Longchamp GIVEAWAY!

Who loves a giveaway?!

I know I do! My little pretties check out all the info below, this is a giveaway you definitely don't want to miss out on. 

CLICK HERE to enter and make sure to share on all your social media accounts with #evianspray 

The Wilkes Group is giving away a Longchamp "Le Pliage" backpack, in stylish, durable, water-resistant nylon topped with a textured leather handle and logo-embossed flap, which retails at $125. It is filled with one 10 oz., one 5 oz., and a trio of travel-size evian® sprays (over $175.00 total value)
Plus, three runners-up will receive a Longchamp pochette toiletries case, with embossed leather trim in durable, water-resistant nylon, accented with goldtone hardware, which retails at $50, and filled with a trio of travel size evian sprays (over $70.00 total value). 

Some info on Evian Facial Spray (my favourite of the sprays in the world...) is below and make sure to check out their website : 

Evian ®Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Evian-Les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content—guaranteed to be the same year after year—canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.  

Evian Facial Spray was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978. Because of the current world-wide awareness of the Evian brand name, and the 37 year efforts of the USA exclusive distributor (The Wilkes Group Inc. in Old Lyme, CT), Evian is the only facial spray to be carried by many prestige retail groups including Nordstrom and Sephora. It is also offered in many luxury resorts and hotels such as Four Seasons.

The French Government has extremely stringent standards for approving mineral waters as suitable to drink. Evian Facial Spray is the only mineral water spray in the USA to contain such a water and the only one with a companion drinkable bottled mineral water. Worldwide, the Evian brand can be found now in over 120 countries.

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October 8, 2015

Breakfast at Hillary's | Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Muffins

One of my favourite recipes is for French Toast Muffins. 

They are topped with cinnamon and sugar right when they are taken from the oven. They're a heavenly treat! Seeing as it's October, and because of the fact I purchased 6 cans of Pumpkin last week, I decided to incorporate pumpkin in my muffin recipe for a nice, festive treat. 

They turned out fantastically well! They disappeared within 2 days of baking them.

Since I am gluten-free, I substitute flour for rice flour! Check out the recipe below and let me know if you make them! 

for the muffins

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée
  • for the topping
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger). Mix and set aside.

In a second mixing bowl, add the butter (room temperature), brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on high for 2 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until just incorporated.

Line your pan with baking cups, and fill about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes if you are using a cupcake pan, or 30 minutes for standard muffin size. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes.
For the topping, mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in one bowl. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a second bowl. Brush the top of each muffin with butter, then dip it in the sugar mix.

Makes 12 standard sized muffins or 18 cupcake size muffins.

August 22, 2015

Donut Worry, Be Happy

A popular staple on Instagram, blogs and YouTube this summer has been fun and adventurous pool floaties. I received this donut float and laughed, full of excitement. 

What girl doesn't want to lounge in their pool on a donut float? Sounds like a perfect Summer day to me! 

The first time using the donut float by Big Mouth Inc., I wore my beautiful Wildfox Fruit Punch one piece bathing suit, which I scored last year for $2 during the Summer clearance event at Winners. I threw on some Quay Australia Kitti Sunnies in pink and hopped in my parents salt water pool on top of a floating Homer Simpson donut. 

I think next Summer I will have to upgrade and get the pizza floatie, or the swan... They bring so much life into the pool! 

Book Club : The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

I first stumbled upon this novel at my local Costco. It's like a treasure hunt whenever I go there, I bee line right to the book/magazine section. The cover of this book caught my eye; the delicate coconut cake. Upon reading the back, I knew it was a book I would throughly enjoy. Enjoy I did. 

I have been reading the novel for 30 minutes every night before bed since I purchased it. Reading before sleep has been a long time tradition of mine and I love that I am not staring at a TV, computer screen or iPhone screen before I close my eyes and drift off to dreamland. 

This book starts of quickly, and you are immediately hooked on what will happen to "Lou" next. 

First her fiancee cheats on her. 
Then she gets a miserable restaurant review that ruins her restaurant. 
She meets the love of her life. 

Everything that happens ties together in the final two chapters. I was delighted to see that at the back of the book they included the famous coconut cake recipe, which I can't wait to try by the way. 

I don't want to give too much of the book away. I would HIGHLY suggest you pick it up. It was a very addictive book that will have you both laugh and cry while reading it.