I’ve been featured in The Wall Street Journal!

I have some pretty exciting news over here on my end.

Last week, I was contacted by Elizabeth Holmes, a Fashion and Style Reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She was writing an article about beauty junkies cocktailing products, and she found me through my blog.

Thanks to all of you reading the content I put out, I was given an amazing opportunity and had so much fun during my interview!

If you’d like to read it, you can do so here.

Thank you all for reading – this wouldn’t be possible without you!

The Sunday Night Edit

Sunday Night Edit

This is the first week back at school after Reading Week, and it has been a whirlwind…but that was to be expected. That’s why, on Sunday night, I treated myself to as many beauty treatments as I could think of.

This special Sunday night ritual has been part of my routine for years. I remember being in high school and painting my nails at 9 o’clock on a Sunday night. It’s a way for me to take care of myself, relax, and ease myself into the coming week.

Here’s a peek at the products I used! Read more!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

Blogmopolitan Quiz title

In the spirit of confession, I will admit: I read Cosmopolitan magazine.

Religiously.

I started out reading it sarcastically and mentally making fun of the things – kinda like I started watching Sex and the City. But, like with SatC, somewhere along the line, I started to genuinely enjoy it, despite the blatant sexism and patriarchal nature of the magazine.

The celebrity quiz is always a fun part. Two Thirds Hazel made up the blogger equivalent: the Blogmopolitan quiz! I found it through The Vixen Bombshell – both their answers are really fun, so you should go read those when you’re all done here.

Anyhow, on with the quiz!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

DIY Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

Despite the fact that I have lived in Ottawa for 3 years now, I still haven’t found a go-to bubble tea place that is both delicious and reasonably priced. Recently, my mom suggested that I make my own. She kindly made a trip to T&T and bought me the tapioca bubbles for bubble tea. I followed the instructions on the packet and added it to my favourite iced teas – I’m hooked on the result! Read on for the recipe!

The Skincare Series: Toner

Skincare Series Toner

The next step in a complete skincare regimen is toner. I’ve blogged about how important toner is, and I also mentioned that it’s important to choose a toner that’s made for your skin type. That’s not easy though, so here are some tips to get you started! Read more!

Review: Doctor Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Cleanser

Origins Mega-Bright cleanser

This review just happens to coincide nicely with the first instalment of my skincare series.

In that review, I mention that I find it more effective to choose a cleanser based on skin type (for example, one for my combination skin) rather than one for skin issues (that is, one that will address my dark spots).

This Origins cleanser is the latter: as a part of the Mega-Bright line, you’d think it would address dark spots and dull skin. We already know how much I love Origins Mega-Bright serum and eye cream. But I’m skeptical of the cleanser.

How can a product that is on your skin for a few minutes a day claim to address major skin concerns that developed over time? Read more!

Review: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in “Dragonfruit”

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Dragonfruit

In the age of Shellac, most nail polish brands have come out with high-shine gel-esque formulas. When Barry M released their Gelly Nail Paint, it got rave reviews and I must say, it’s pretty fantastic.

The formula applies smooth and is opaque in two coats. It lasts about 3 days without chipping, which isn’t a particularly long wear-time, but it is super shiny, and that makes up for it in my mind. (As you can see from the photo above, the formula is extremely glossy.)

The colour “Dragonfruit” is a really bright bubblegum pink, which isn’t the type of shade I’d normally choose. However, it makes a really nice pop of colour on fingers or toes.

If you can get access to Barry M, I’d definitely recommend giving this line a try!

The Skincare Series: Cleanser

Skincare Series Cleanser

This is the beginning of a new series I’m starting. I thought I’d share everything I know about skincare through product types and skin types.

Skincare is way more important to me than makeup is. Since I’ve started taking care of my skin, I’ve actually started to wear less makeup. It sounds strange for someone who likes makeup so much, but it’s true. I only wear foundation and concealer in select areas because I think that natural skin showing through is beautiful – imperfections and all. Skincare is all about making your skin look its best when it’s bare.

The first step to doing that is cleanser. There are cleansers on the market that address specific skin issues – like aging, dark spots – but I find it’s more effective to choose a cleanser based on skin type rather than skin issue. Since a cleanser is only on your skin for about two minutes a day, it doesn’t have enough contact time to actually address something like dark spots; that’s why its primary job should be balancing and cleaning the skin. Read more!

Review: Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush

Tangle Teezer top

A few weeks ago, curiosity got the best of me and I popped out to Urban Outfitters and grabbed the Tangle Teezer. They sell them at BossArts, the salon where I get my hair cut; combined with the buzz online, seeing it there piqued my interest. It’s unlike any brush I’ve seen before, so I thought I’d give it a try. Read more!

Review: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

One Heck of a Blot Collage

Soap & Glory is an up-and-coming brand. It’s more readily available in the UK, but Shoppers DrugMart carries some products – primarily their body care. However, their makeup has been getting rave reviews in the blogging community, so I was super excited when my mom went to London and grabbed me a few items. (Thanks again Mom!)

Read more!