Green Floral Romper

July 19, 2017

green floral romper, Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, gold flat sandals; Summer Style


Country driving, open sun-roof, coffee in hand... talk about the perfect Sunday. We headed out in the morning for a drive and thankfully the rain and thunder cleared up just as we approached a darling new destination. I love exploring little towns and sourcing some hidden gems. Sunday afternoon after running some errands we came across the Sharon Temple and once I saw its green columns and luscious green grass I knew we had to stop. It's a pretty cool building; it was constructed in 1825 by The Children of Peace, and the grounds are stunning. We found out it is now a museum and when we said we were newcomers to the area the museum attendant waived the $10 admission fee (score!).

It was a total fluke that the green romper I was wearing coordinated so perfectly with the setting. Rompers are so effortless; I could wear them every day! I usually avoid green but something about this one caught my eye. I love the bright colours in the florals and especially how the pink pops when paired with this liquid lip. Add in a few gold details and my go-to summer cross-body and I'm good to go.


W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G:
Sienna Sky romper via Winners (similar), Old Navy sandals (similar), Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag (similar), bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lip

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green floral romper, Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, gold flat sandals; Summer Style
green floral romper, Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, gold flat sandals; Summer Style

green floral romper, Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, gold flat sandals; Summer Style


green floral romper, Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, gold flat sandals; Summer Style green floral romper, Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, gold flat sandals; Summer Style

Bouncing Back with Benefit's Boi-ing Collection

July 17, 2017

Benefit Boi-ing Concealers Review

I've had some real trouble finding the ideal concealer over the past few years. I was obsessed with NARS creamy concealer for quite some time, but could never find the perfect shade. Each one I used was either leaving dark shadows under my eyes or was brightening a little too much (enter weird white patches under my eyes). Then I went over to the Sephora brand and found it creased and didn't blend nicely. When I finally landed on "The Retoucher" by Charlotte Tilbury I fell in love. Since it's more of a luxury item I still was in search of an everyday concealer. When Benefit Cosmetics re-released their Boi-ing Collection I knew I had to try out the whole line. Especially since they were releasing a new product-- the Airbrush Concealer. For whatever the case may be I seem to always come back to Benefit... I mean have you tried Roller Lash and Hoola Bronzer!? My go-to mascara and bronzer, hands down. I can never get over their playful packaging, and the products just don't disappoint.

The Boi-ing Collection has 4 concealers... the original Boi-ing, whose name has changed to Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer,  Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer, Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, and lastly, the new, Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer. For whatever your needs/problem areas are, Benefit has you covered (literally... lol). Three shades to find your match. And even better? Each concealer is the same price, only $27 CAD. Let's break it down, shall we!

Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer: I loooove this one. It was formally called "Fake Up", which I had never used before. It comes in stick format and is perfect to take on the go. The concealer is in the middle core and is surrounded by a hydrating outer ring. I love throwing this in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day. It definitely is lighter in coverage, but it goes on so naturally. It's perfect for those dry areas, especially under the nostrils!
How to use: Swipe under the eyes and blend using your ring finger. I also use this on my lips to neutralize the colour before applying lipstick. So moisturizing!

Benefit Boi-ing Concealers Review - Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer,  Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer, Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer

Boi-ing Brightening Concealer: This one has pink undertones. It's full coverage and used to colour correct.
How to use: Dab into pot and dab onto the skin (under the eyes, for discolouration and imperfections).

Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer: Definitely the heavy hitter of the collection. Full coverage for those brutal early mornings, random spots and nasty breakouts. I like the creamy texture and the matte finish.
How to use: Dab your finger into the pot and blend. You could also use a brush for spot correcting. I also have been applying with a beauty blender to get a more concealed look and really blend it well since it's a bit thicker.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealers Review - Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer,  Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer, Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer

Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer: Okay... So, I'm obsessed! I love the smooth finish of this one! No cracking, no creasing, no build up. It's probably my favourite in this collection of concealers. So lightweight, so creamy, and it almost feels like a whip. It covers lines, undereye circles, imperfections and you can hardly notice it's there. Did I mention it's waterproof and lasts ALL DAY- like 11 hours to be exact. In terms of coverage, it's sort of a middle ground between the hydrating concealer and industrial strength. Bottom line- you need this one in your makeup bag.
How to use: Dab your finger into the pot and blend. I love using it under my eyes in the morning. I also have been applying it to my eyelids as a base before applying eyeshadow. It just makes it so fresh looking, natural and smooth.


Have you tried out Benefit's Boi-ing Collection? I'd love to know if there are there any concealers you addicted to.


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Auguste The Girl

July 14, 2017

Auguste The Label pink floral shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Lexi Bucket Bag white, Topshop Toe Up flats, French braid, summer style

It officially feels like summertime in the city... for me at least. Over the past few months, I sort of took a step back from the blogging world (more on that later) to recharge and focus on wellness. This is probably the biggest break I have ever taken from my blog, which was terrifying in itself. So many scary thoughts come into your head-- Will everyone forget about me? Will they even notice I'm "gone"?  While there definitely was angst and uncertainty I knew it had to be done.  But what was even scarier is coming back and trying to pick up where I left off. 

So here we are! The return of the OOTD. I can't deny-- it felt so good to get back to pictures, editing, writing and such. It's such a passion of mine and honestly, I feel so much closer to my blog now that I took the time to reframe my state of mine. One thing I knew that would make me feel comfortable getting back into my groove is all the pink and floral things! Speaking of groove, how groovy is this dress?! I think it may actually be a top, but since the back is longer than the front I'm not hesitating to wear it as a dress. I scored it at Winners. Yes for the #WinnersFabFind!! I seriously love when this happens. Especially since I've been eyeing so much gorgeous Auguste The Label dresses on Revolve for quite some time. The colour, the sleeves and the print. It's perfect to throw over a swimsuit for a day at the beach, paired with a pair of high-heeled sandals for a night on the town, or with tie up flats for Sunday brunch that, in this case, consisted of too many cups of coffee, mimosas, and a mean avocado toast from The Smith

Auguste The Label pink floral shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Lexi Bucket Bag white, Topshop Toe Up flats, French braid, summer style

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G:

Auguste The Label shift dress (via Winners),  Topshop lace up flats (similar),  Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag (similar)

Auguste The Label pink floral shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Lexi Bucket Bag white, Topshop Toe Up flats, French braid, summer style

Auguste The Label pink floral shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Lexi Bucket Bag white, Topshop Toe Up flats, French braid, summer style

Auguste The Label pink floral shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Lexi Bucket Bag white, Topshop Toe Up flats, French braid, summer style

Auguste The Label pink floral shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Lexi Bucket Bag white, Topshop Toe Up flats, French braid, summer style

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Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor

July 10, 2017

Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP

I can't seem to get enough of matte liquid lip colours... especially when the colours are so bold and feisty. Has anyone ever described a lip colour as feisty? Well, the whole Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor collection by bareMinerals is SO feisty! The boldest shades (10 to be exact!) of pinks, reds and berries to take with you on all of the summer's adventures! For me, liquid lips are so much easier to apply on the go, but I also prefer a matte finish, so when I dove into this new collection by bareMinerals I was hooked! Don't get me wrong-- I love a good lipstick, but there is something so effortless and simple about a swipe of liquid.

Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP





The formula of these bad boys is just like bareMinerals Gen Nude Collection. Since I had never tried any of the lippies from this collection I had no idea what to expect. I now feel like I need the whole line of Gen Nudes!! The felt tip and angled applicator makes for precise application, which is seriously key to get in the corners. And since I don't have 5+ minutes to apply lip colour, I can appreciate the fact that these have a built in primer to counter any bleeding. The texture is beyond creamy and get this... they do not dry out your lips! Trust me, I know how gross dry or sticky lip colour can get, but thanks to the moisturizing ingredients, your lips will feel silky smooth and light. Did I mention, they smell divine?! Like cookies!


Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP

I love that bareMinerals also released 5 new Under Over Lipliners to compliment the Statement colours. They really lock in the colour and help with the long lasting effect. One application lasted me through yesterday's date night-- pizza, a bottle of rose kombucha and extreme humidity. I noticed the inner lip area had lightened a bit, so to keep up with the boldness I reapplied. No big deal for me since the outline was still intact.  Luxe is the prettiest mauvy, pastel pink, Shameless is electric hot pink, Flawless is plum perfection and VIP is the ultimate in pinky red. I was having way too much fun swatching the shades and made a new piece of lip art. LOL. What do you think? So, frame worthy!

Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP
Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP



I'm wearing the Under Over Lipliner in "100%" with "VIP" from the Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor collection. If lipstick is more your thing, bareMinerals also released 10 glossy shades of full coverage lipstick. Check out their Statement Luxe-Shine Collection.

Are you just as hooked on liquid lippies?! Will you try out the Statement collection? Let me know your thoughts.

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Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP

Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP


Summer Statement -- Bareminerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor VIP

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

July 05, 2017

4 ways to speed up your morning routine with AVEENO Positively Radiant
Thanks to AVEENO for teaming up with me on this post! 


We've all been there... waking up to the sound of the alarm clock in a fuzzy state, too tired to focus. Or, maybe you pressed snooze a few times too many and now are rushing to get out the door. Whatever the case may be there are certain ways you can ensure you get it all done in the morning, and even save a bit of time to have a moment for yourself. If you're thinking how on earth can I have a moment for myself in my most rushed mornings I am here to tell you it is possible, people! And thanks to Aveeno I am going to fill you in. All you need to do is spend a little bit of extra time planning and I promise you can reward yourself with a few extra moments to spare! Who doesn't want a pre-work facial? Double hands up! Am I right? If you think you don't have the time you're wrong. Here are 4 ways you can speed up your morning routine and carve out a little bit of "me time" even on the most hectic of days. 

  1. Pick out your clothes the night before. Sometimes you pull an outfit together in your head, it totally works and you’re thinking to yourself that was completely magical. Other times you go to actually put on the outfit you’ve concocted in your head and it’s a total mess. Just doesn’t work. This happens to all of us but if you plan and try on the outfit beforehand you know it will work and it will save you the dreaded “I have nothing to wear/nothing fits/I need a whole new wardrobe” debacle.
  2. Brew a coffee at home. This can be a huge time saver! Skip the AM Starbucks run and make your own drip coffee at home. You never know how big the line-up will be or what other unforeseen circumstances may come about. In the summer months, I like to have a big batch of cold brew in the fridge for mornings on the go! So simple.
  3. Start your routine the night before to make sure you get the maximum number of sleeping hours. There are little things you can do to ensure you get the best sleep possible. Make a sleepy time tea an hour prior to bedtime, take a tablespoon of magnesium (I love this one by Calm, it relaxes the body and even your digestive tract will thank you!), and diffuse an essential oil. Saje is my holy grail for essential oils. We always diffuse Unwind or Tranquillity before bed. Lately, I've been using the aromaGem, it purifies the air, acts as a humidifier, will help you rest, and its style is so on point. It just looks like a chic home decoration! Essential oils have such a healing effect on me, so to ensure I get a good night's sleep or to just put me in a positive frame of mind I have something diffusing. 
  4. Facial while you shower. Now, for the moment you've been waiting for! I am here to answer your question regarding how the heck you can facial while you shower, and even while you sleep. AVEENO’s Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial will not only refresh and reinvigorate your skin, but it will, in turn, save you loads of time. Some mornings my face could use a little more care, (when the effects of a late-night are clearly visible), but I don’t have 10+ minutes to do a face mask or facial. I love that this In-Shower Facial has no irritating scent, and you can actually feel the cleanser working together with the steam of the shower to leave you brighter, more radiant and rejuvenated. It deeply but gently exfoliates, cleans, and works hard to get you looking lovely! Bonus-- AVEENO also released their new Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial, which means you can get to working on your facial in the PM before bed as well.  It's a luxurious moisturizer that works in the night to get your skin looking soft, revived and nourished. Formulated with Total Soy Complex to fight dullness, redness, spots and imperfections, this moisturizer will save you that "extra step" on the most hectic of nights and days. 

Do you have any tips for carving out time for yourself in the morning? What do you do?!

4 ways to speed up your morning routine with AVEENO Positively Radiant

4 ways to speed up your morning routine with AVEENO Positively Radiant

4 ways to speed up your morning routine with AVEENO Positively Radiant

4 ways to speed up your morning routine with AVEENO Positively Radiant

Thank you to AVEENO for generously sponsoring this post. Like always, all thought and opinions are my own and I would not reccommend any products that I wouldn't use on myself.