RIDE OR DIE | TAG (Jaclyn Hill)

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Hi babes!

The lovely Jaclyn Hill has created another Youtube trend, called the Ride or Die tag. Below are my #1 products for every make up product category.

Primer

  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter – for illuminosity and glow
  • Benefit Porefessional – to smooth and blur

Foundation

  • Maybelline Matte and Poreless

Concealer

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Face Powder

  • Maybelline Better Skin Face Powder

Under Eye Setting Power

  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder

Blush

  • Mac Melba

Bronzer

  • Benefit Hoola

Highlight

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow

Mascara

  • Benefit They’re Real

Lipstick

  • Rimmel London Airy Fairy

Liquid Lip

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

Eyeshadow Palette

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Setting Spray

  • MAC Fix Plus

Perfume

  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black – such a sexy scent
  • Dior Hypnotic Poison – always my go-to on a date night, a little romantic mixed with a little sexy

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Honestly, if anything, this tag really showed me what I needed to purchase during the Sephora VIB Sale!

What are your Ride or Die products?

Thanks for reading xx,

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(Disclaimer: featured image of Jaclyn Hill taken from Jaclyn Hill’s Instagram page)

FRAGRANCE | LUSTS

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Hey lovely ladies!

Goodness, it’s been awhile. The last couple of months have been hectic for me! I moved, went through a breakup, and came out the other side. So in better news, I’m back, and I have a list of perfume I’m dying to add to my arsenal.

 

Marc Jacobs Decadence 

At first glance, I didn’t think this perfume would be something I would lust over. However, after curiosity lead me to spritz a bit of this on my wrist, I realized that it lasted forever on my skin. With notes of Italian Plum, Saffron, and Amber, it is certainly an interesting scent.

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Lancôme La Vie Est Belle

At the beginning of the summer, I spent an evening of drinks with a friend of mine who had this decadent perfume on. The scent was gorgeous. Unfortunately, I likely won’t pick this up until next year. I find the notes of iris and patchouli a perfect fit for summer (and in Canada, we are slowly but surely kissing out summer goodbye).

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Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme

I’ll be honest, in the past, I have never been particularly blown away by Tom Ford perfumes (perhaps I’m not complex enough for his fragrances). However, Noir Pour Femme is so sexy, and I feel as though it would be a perfect addition to my collection moving into fall.

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DOLCE&GABBANA The One

This recommendation came straight from Charles Gross’ YouTube channel. He tends to like similar fragrances to me, and he raved about this one. Surely, I smelled it, and now I’m dying to get my hands on it. It’s a good fall scent, even though the notes of Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, and Peach would suggest otherwise.

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Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon 

I am a proud owner of Elizabeth and James Black. I love the sexy, somewhat masculine scent. Recently, I saw this scent pop up on Sephora.com, and I’m dying to try it. Unlike the other fragrances, I haven’t smelled this one. However, with my track record, I’m sure I’ll love it just as much as their other perfumes. Nirvana Bourbon has notes of vanilla bourbon, tuberose, and oakwood.

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So there we have it, my list of all the perfumes I’m dying to own. Thank you all so much for being so patient with me during my time away! I am through the woods and seeing the light again.

Have you tried any of these scents? If so, what did you think? Even more importantly – what scents would you suggest as we enter fall/winter on this side of the globe?

I wish all of you beautiful people a happy week full of love and light,

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APRIL | FAVOURITES

Hi lovely people! Can you believe we are officially entering May? I hope your April was filled so all the light and love.

Lets get on to my favourites, shall we?


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Beauty

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation – So pleased with this foundation! I recently hauled it. It gives the most beautiful glowy, medium coverage and lasts all day on my skin.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow – This highlighting palette is something I’ve never imagined. It’s somehow so bright, yet much more natural than my Becca highlighters. I LOVE this.
  • Pacifica Power of Love Lipstick in Nudie Red – I got this scent to me in a subscription makeup service. It’s quite matte, but long-wearing and not drying. The colour is beautiful.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Shadows in Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe – SOO gorgeous. I don’t know how I’m so late on this train, but this eyeshadows are beautiful.
  • theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner in Bordeaux – This is perfect. I smudge it out under my bottom lash line, and the colour is beautiful. You have to second glance to realize it’s a dark purple, but it makes my green eyes pop…and lasts all day!

Perfume

  • Thierry Mugler Alien EDT – Some may find this more of a fall/winter scent, but I find it so sexy for Spring and Summer nights. I’ve had it in my collection for about a year now, and I keep grabbing for it. I can only imagine how strong the EDP is because my EDT lasts from dawn until dusk.

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Health

  • Nature’s Boundy Hair, Skin, Nails Gummies – My hair is finally starting to grow! Until I chop it off again, I’m sure. However, having these sweet little gummies to start my day off is nice as well!
  • Cellular C4 Preworkout – I really like this pre workout. Typically I take my pre workout in shot-form so I don’t have to prolong the tasting experience. However, the C4 tastes great and gives me a healthy pump!

Music

  • Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman 
  • T.I. – Money Talk 
  • Drew Baldridge – Rebound 
  • Rascal Flatts – I Like the Sound of That
  • Elton John – Benny and the Jets

Quote

  • “Find that place that brings out the human in you, the soul in you, the love in you.” – R.M. Drake

 

Thanks so much for reading xx.

I would love to hear what your favourites were this month,

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SELF-LOVE & Depression

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I am not looking to escape my darkness, I am learning to love myself there.

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Hi everyone!! This post may stray from my lighthearted makeup posts, but I have some things I want to share with you.

As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression in December. It was a dark couple of months. I had quit my job to focus on my mental health, found myself contemplating ending my life on the bathroom floor numerous times, and began hating myself for inflicting such emotional agony onto myself. These thoughts of self-hatred, anger, and pity spiralled me deeper into my depression. There was a point where I believed no amount of beauty could outweigh the tremendous pain in the world.

In an attempt to heal myself, I began expressing love and attempting to radiate kindness. I began volunteering, smiling at strangers, and taking the time to wish acquaintances happy birthday. I loved my friends unconditionally through their bad days. I lended them a hand to hold without judgement.

It was then that I relized that the only way out of my depression was to love myself through it as well. My depression was not a result of my brain trying to hurt me. My depression was my brain’s way of coping with the losses I had experienced. Depression is the way your brain copes, grieves, and, most importantly, transforms.

I didn’t have to “battle” my depression – nobody should ever have to battle themselves. I  had to accept that my brain was coping and I had to love myself through it. I had to be kind to myself, be gentle with my heart. Instead of hating myself for falling on the bathroom floor crying, I let myself sob, I cradled myself through it, and I congratulated myself when I stood back up. It was when I began to love myself, depression and all, that my depression began to subside.

My advice to you is to just love yourself through the bad days. There is nothing wrong with you just because you hurt. You are strong and you are capable and you are beautiful and YOU DESERVE YOUR OWN LOVE. For the people who struggle with depression, I had a girlfriend tell me, “The opposite must be equal”. We can feel so much hurt, but we can feel the equal intensity of love, happiness, and light.

…And then there was a moment on Tuesday where I heard the ducks quacking and saw the budding green on the trees and I thought: “moments like this outweigh the pain”.

Thanks for taking the time to read and I wish you all the beautiful light and healing xx,

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MISS DIOR | BLOOMING BOUQUET

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Hey everyone! So the perfume hoarder (AKA me) was back at it again.

I recently picked up Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. The 3.4oz bottle is for sale at Sephora for $124.00.

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This scent is unlike any others in my collection. I typically gravitate towards sweet scents. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is the epitome of a girl in summertime. It’s light, floral, bubbly, and elegant. The staying power isn’t the best I’ve had but it’s worth it for me. It’s subtle and so sophisticated.

I was convinced I needed a new summer scent, and this is the one I chose. At first, I purchased Juicy Couture Rosé but on my skin it smelt like a cheap rose-scented soap. So, I returned it, and went with the Blooming Bouquet.

I feel like I’m turning over a new leaf and beginning to purchase more grown-up scents. Between this purchase and my Replica Beach Walk, I should be ready for summer. I posted my previous five favourite fragrances here.

I never thought I would say this, but I think my perfume collection finally has everything I need. Even though I have my eye on Coco Mademoiselle and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.

What are your favourite scents? I’m always looking to try out more.

Let’s cross over and be instagram friends!🙂 Have a wonderful week full of light and love…and May 1st.

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SEPHORA | HAUL

Hi everyone! I’ve missed you all. I hope your week is filled with so much love and light.

As I’m sure majority of you know, the Sephora VIB Sale just passed. I did a little damage there, and wanted to share my purchases with you guys. After that, I purchased a few drugstore makeup items, so I thought I would add that as a little bonus.

 

  • Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop ($28.o0 CAN)
  • Beauty blender Nude ($28.00 CAN)
  • Smash box Photo Finish Primer Water ($15.00 CAN for travel size)
  • Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer in Sweet Tea ($38.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow ($52.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 ($23.00 CAN)
  • Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops in Morning Glow ($19.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Melon ($23.00 CAN)

 

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Light Infusing Foundation 
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
  • Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

 

Did you shop at the Sephora VIB Sale? Let me know if there are any products you would like a review on!

Have a beautiful week,

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P.S. let’s take our friendship to the next level on Instagram! (For an embarrassing amount of dog pictures)

INTRODUCING | WYNN

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Hi everyone!

This post has been in the works for about a month, but I wanted to postpone the announcement until I knew everything was going all right. As I’m sure a handful of you know, I am a proud owner of two sweet little pups. A Chihuahua cross and an Australian Shepherd cross.

About a month ago, we (kind of impulsively) decided to add a third edition – a sweet little American Staffordshire Terrier. Being that we have two small dogs, I was a little on edge – but we hit the jackpot with her.

So here’s Wynn, the biggest puppy you’ll ever meet. Favourite activities: sleeping, cuddling and kissing.

Thanks for reading and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend xx,

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