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My name's Nicole - a Toronto-based makeup addict. Welcome to my corner of the web where I share my love & experiences with all kinds of beauty, makeup & skincare products. Head on over to my About Page to learn more about me.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Summer vs. Winter Skin | Guest Post

If your idea of skincare is the same routine all year-round, then you are doing it wrong. You wouldn’t wear your bathing suit in the middle of winter, would you? Well, just as you switch your lightweight summer dress for a winter coat, you should change your skincare with the arrival of different environmental conditions. Temperature, wind and UV rays vary between the seasons affecting your skin in very different ways, each of it requiring a different approach. Let us take a closer look at how these two seasons are affecting your skin and how to adapt your skincare to each of them.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

How To Beat The Blogging Funk

Surely every blogger's hit a writing stump some time in their lives. Admittedly, I've almost given up on blogging a few times. But before throwing in the towel, I think about how far I've come with my blog and all the good things brought to my life because of it. I immediately try to find ways keep my blog running. Here are some of the things that help me:

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Gift Sets


We're inching closer and closer to December each day. And with December comes Christmas! I love this time of year because a lot of companies come out with their holiday gift sets. Who doesn't love a good value set, am I right? Today I'm sharing a few gift set ideas that you may want to give, or hint to someone to get you, for Christmas:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ASOS A/W16 Wishlist | Part II

Annnnd..I'm back with part two of my ASOS A/W wishlist. Just in time for Black Friday as well. If we have the same style, or if these pieces interest you, hopefully they go on sale during the event! At the moment they have a bunch of pieces on sale, pre-Black Friday, which are really worth checking out as well.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Beauty Brands I Want To Try

Ten months. I've been blogging for a little over ten months. Over the span of that time, I've been exposed to so many brands, most of which I probably would have never heard about if it wasn't for the beauty blogging community. When I see multiple bloggers raving about a brand's products, I can't help but to get curious and think 'Omg, I need to try this!'.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sephora VIB Sale Haul | Fall 2016

So.. The Sephora VIB sale happened and I sort of went a tad bit overboard. But I mean, who wouldn't? 20% off high end makeup? Who in their right mind would pass that up? Definitely not I. Since being a part of the blogging community, there's been a bunch of products that've made it onto my wishlist and I finally got to tick a few of them off during this sale. 
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Makeup Look: Pop of Green

The thing I really like about makeup is that there's no right or wrong way to do something and the amount of looks you can create is endless. When I do my makeup, I usually stick to all the neutral shades. But today, I felt like stepping out of my comfort zone. I experimented using a colour I would normally stray away from, and in the end I surprisingly really liked how it turned out.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Shop My Stash: Single Eyeshadows

I had no idea I had so many pretty eyeshadows in my stash, collecting dust! If you read my November goals post (here), I mentioned that I wanted to clean out my makeup drawers and sort through everything. I ended up finding a few gems in there that I completely forgot I had. A bunch of them were single eyeshadows. Whenever I do my makeup, I usually use palettes and totally neglect these little shadows. But enough's enough, I'm now making an effort to get more use out of them because they're just way too good to rot away in my drawers!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Product Empties #2

It's been three months since my last empties post (here). I'm actually very surprised to be doing this post because I almost never finish up any products in such a semi-short period of time. It might be due to the fact that I was subconsciously trying to clear out some space in my collection to add some new bits into the mix. And what do ya know, the Sephora VIB sale rolled around and that's just what I did (but that's for another post!). Anyways, onto the main purpose of the post..
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Day In My Life + Mini Haul

Here's to a Girls Day Out! Last week, my friend asked me if I wanted to come along with her to go on a little shopping trip. I gladly accepted and brought along my little one with me. 
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Would You Rather: Beauty Edition | TAG

Tags are some of my favourite posts to do. They're so different and fun to write after you've been writing a bunch of reviews and all that serious stuff! A few days ago, I stumbled upon this tag on My Life As Marina. 'Would You Rather' is such a fun game to play with friends and I found it really interesting that there was a beauty version. If you'd like to play along, feel free to leave your answers in the comments!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Essie Nail Polish Collection

Way back in the day, when I had time & before having a child, I used to love painting my nails. I even did the whole nail art bit as well. Now a days, I'd be lucky to even get some colour on my nails once a month. Admittedly, my polish collection isn't the largest or do I own a variety of brands. In fact, the company that I gravitate mostly towards is Essie.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

November Goals & October Update

Welcome to another goals post, where I tell you all about how I failed to complete my last month's goals yet again! Well I don't think it was a complete fail. Let's start off with the things I did come through with - I managed to get into the Halloween mood. In fact, you could see my look for Halloween in this post and #TheNyxEvent2016 (see here) was also something that got me into the Halloween mood. Next, I sort of shopped for A/W clothing. More browsing than buying was done, but I did purchase a really comfy sweater that I am obsessed with. And I picked out a few pieces from Zaful, which I am still waiting for to arrive.

Monday, November 07, 2016

8 Beauty Products I'll Always Repurchase

When I find a product I am utterly impressed with, I don't hesitate to pull out my wallet when I've gone through it. There are quite a few items that fall into that category, specifically all of the things I mentioned in my Ride or Die Tag (here). I didn't want to sound like a broken record repeating the same products over and over again, so I tried to think of a few others that I'd snap up in an instant and I came up with a handful of them.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Micellar Water Showdown | Bioderma vs. Garnier

A few months ago, I purchased the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water. It was a random purchase but I have no regrets whatsoever. Since then, it became a staple in my skincare routine. It was a great first step to cleansing my face. I was amazed at how easily this water took off almost all of my makeup. Fast forward to present day and I'm down to the last few uses. Desperate to still keep micellar water part of my routine but not willing to spend almost $30 on water, I sought out a cheaper alternative. And that's where the Garnier Micellar Water comes in..

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Beauty Rundown | October 2016

I finally hopped on the bandwagon of stick foundations and I am so glad that this one was my first choice. I stand by what I said in my favourite beauty brands post - Hourglass has not and will not let me down! This is an amazing foundation and definitely lived up to all it's hype. When applying it directly to the face, you could already tell how smooth and buttery the formula is. It glides on so nicely that I may even describe it as melting into the face. Blending it into the skin is a breeze as well.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

October Haul

It's time to haul everything I bought this month. You may or may not have noticed that I didn't do one last month. I didn't forget! I just didn't really buy anything last month, which really surprised me. I guess I sort of made up for that by buying a bunch of things this month. With that said, we're officially back to our scheduled programming. Here's what I pick up throughout October:

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A (Late) Last Minute Halloween Look

Let me explain. I wanted to do some Halloween looks this year, but the past week was such a busy time for me. Over a period of 5 days, I was literally home for a minimum of 3 hours. There was no way I could of gotten anything done - So yeah, that was my poor excuse for not getting anything done.. Now onto the main purpose of this post.
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