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As you may have noticed, makeup this spring is all about colour; adding bright pops of it into your look is a really easy way to update for the new season and freshen up. The new L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip are a surefire way to inject a little more of this springtime trend into your look without having to go too far out of your comfort zone.

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Available in a variety of shades ranging from deep plums to neutral nudes to popping pinks, with a side of bold (there’s a killer navy shade available, not pictured here), they’ve created a really nice selection of shades to flatter different styles and skintones. I’ve personally been on a bit of a nude kick and have been loving lip shades with a bit of a dusty rose feel, so Nude Star (312) has been a favourite of mine. When I feel like being a bit bolder, I also like to swipe a bit of Sultry Sangria (326) on.

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The lip paints come with a curved applicator with a bit of a pointed tip, so application is really comfortable and it’s easy to perfect your lines. I’m a big fan of the formulation of these; they’re creamy and soft, so your lips never feel dried out. They have a soft, slightly shiny finish that gives the lips a bit of a plump look.

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Another win with these comes with their pigmentation. The colour is exactly what you would expect from looking at the tubes, and they provide really strong colour that blends easily. Some of the darker shades can be a bit streaky if you apply a little heavily, but they can be easily blended by patting with your finger or a tissue.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip Swatches from L-R: Lilac Lust, Violet Twist, Bewitching Bordeau, Taupeless, Nude Star, Spicy Blush, Wild Rose, Fearless Fuchsia, Cool Coral, Orange Envy, DIY Red, Sultry Sangria

Will you be trying any of the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip out? What shades are you drawn to?


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Spring may finally be here, but in Toronto it still feels like it’s a little ways off – we actually had some flurries a few days ago and the skies have been pretty grey and cloudy for the past few days. I’m ready for some sunshine (thankfully, my next trip to Costa Rica is only a couple of days away), but in the meantime I’m cheering myself up with the new essie Spring 2017 collection.

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The 6 shade collection is full of bright and vivid shades, inspired by a sun-filled road trip down the coast and a trip to Baja. The creme shades take notes from the waves, sandy beaches, colourful sunsets and cactuses of the desert.

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“The vivid colours of Baja provide the perfect palette for spring. Baja’s warm and inviting hues evoke and idyllic backdrop for a road trip with your best friends, with lots of photos and memories along the way.” says Rebecca Minkoff, essie Global Color Designer.

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Excuse Me, Sur (sun-kissed coral mango – 3 coats) is probably my favourite shade in the collection. This pastel shade reminds me of orange sorbet and is the perfect shade for spring after a long winter. I love this vibrant shade that borders on neon, making it an essential for the festival circuit. The forst 1-2 coats to have a tiny bit of streakiness to them, but 3 coats are perfect.

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Backseat Besties (delicate pink plumeria – 3 coats) is the quintessential bubblegum pink and fills the girly quota for this collection. It’s such a pretty, princess shade. It does apply more on the sheer side, and is almost a little watery at first coat, but three coats locks in the colour to its full potential.

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On the Roadie (vibrant kelly green – 2 coats) is a bold shade, and applies like one. It’s packed with a ton of pigment and slides right on to the nail before drying to gorgeous shine. I’ll be honest, I’m not really one for green polishes, but this is perfect if you’ve been trying to embrace greenery for this year. (side note – she will leave a bit of a stain, so make sure you start with a base coat!)

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All the Wave (sapphired indigo – 2 coats) is such a stunning shade. This bold blue is so pigmented and only needed one coat for full colour (I did two for maximum shine). I did have a bit of trouble with shaking & combining this polish – for some reason it just doesn’t want to completely mix – but it’s not that big of an issue when it comes out looking like this. Just like with the green, make sure you use a base coat before application to avoid stains.

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Designated DJ (plum sangria creme – 2 coats) is a nice moody plum. I found that it did apply a little streaky and needed two coats to fill it in, but the end result is really nice and shiny.

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B’aha Moment (enlightening pink pomegranate – 2 coats) is definitely another favourite from this collection. Once applied, it’s such a stunning shade and really only needs one coat – it’s hella pigmented and applies like a dream. This one is definitely a winner.

What do you think of the shades from the essie Spring 2017 collection?


Disclaimer: this post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get when you dive into a new palette, am I right? I recently received the Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette and couldn’t wait to get into it.

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I’m a big fan of combining matte and shimmery shades in an eye look, so this palette instantly gave me a good feeling. It’s also a really nice all-encompassing palette with more neutral shades that cover a range of shadows; cool pewters, warm rosy shades and sunny bronze hues all fit together into this 12 shade palette, allowing for you to mix and match depending on your mood.

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The top two rows of shadows are all matte, while the bottom two rows have a shimmery finish. The matte shadows apply really smoothly, though I was a little disappointed with the shades in the top row; they didn’t have very much pigmentation and didn’t show up very well on my skin, either wet or dry (as you’ll see in the following swatches). The second row did have a lot more colour to it, and these shadows make for a great base shade. The shimmery shades are so rich and pigmented that I don’t really mind all that much. They look gorgeous on, and when applied wet, the colour is so metallic and bold that it’s hard to look away.

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First column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Vintage, Fringe, Bohemian, Smolder

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Second column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Velvet, Suede, Retro, Sizzle

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Third column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Feathered, Velour, Sequin, Flare

The palettes were also designed to make creating an eye look really simple. Follow the columns for a set of four shadows that come together for a harmonious look, and adjust intensity as you see fit. The bottom shades also make a great liner with a ton of impact, especially when applied wet!

What do you think of the Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette?


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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After the weather we’ve been having for the past couple of weeks in Toronto, I’m ready to call it a day and move down south. I may still have a few weeks to go until I can spend some time in the sunshine, but I decided to start getting ready early & give you a little warm weather inspo. I recently made a visit to Dixie Outlet Mall to pick up some Spring Break Essentials – let’s check them out!

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Of course, when it comes to spring break, spending some quality time on the beach is always key. I love a good pair of jean shorts ($12 – for real – at Boathouse) for wearing to the beach; they’re comfortable and look cute over a bathing suit! A pair of cute shades is always a must-have as well. I managed to score an amazing deal on these heart-shaped sunnies (on sale for $6 at Aldo) that give me major Riverdale vibes.

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Of course, a cute bathing suit is basically the uniform of spring break, and I fell in love with this one from Ardene (I picked up the matching set for only $9). It has this retro feel to it that I adore, and has a really great fit. Who knew you could pick up an amazing bathing suit at such a great price?

To finish off my casual daytime wear, I found these fantastic Montego Bay sandals from Payless ($15) that can be worn on the beach or out for drinks later on! The gold and white straps add a really nice feel to these.

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When it comes to spring break essentials, I also like to pack a fun nighttime look that’s perfect for dinner along the beach or dancing all night with a margarita in hand. This romantic romper from Winners ($25, compared at $40) was the perfect choice for this; I can’t wait to wear it for drinks at my favourite spot in Costa Rica next month! And of course, the perfect outfit deserves the perfect shoes, so I decided to splurge a little with this gorgeous pair from Call It Spring ($60). They’re really light and the wedge makes them super comfortable, which makes wearing them for a few hours that much more bearable.

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What do you bring along when you go on a spring break vacay?


Disclaimer: I am a Dixie Outlet Mall ambassador & this is a sponsored post, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! And yes, I practically live at the mall.

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Spring is here, which means it’s time for a refresh of my skincare. I’m always looking for new products to keep my skin in great shape, and right now I have a few that I’m absolutely loving! Read on to find out what they are.

 

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a good sheet mask, so I was excited when I saw the new Avon Anew Brightening Sheet Masks ($25 CAD for 4). Avon has really surprised me with the quality of their products & new releases over the past few years, and this sheet mask was no different. The mask was formulate with white pearl essence which has been used in Asian countries for years for its brightening properties. This mask makes for a great quick pick-me-up and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and more radiant.

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