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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Summer Weekend Staples

Ah, the weekend.. tgif! Summer is my favourite season and Saturday & Sunday are my favourite days of the week. Put both of them together and I'm at total bliss. As long as the sun is shining and I don't have to do anything work-related, I'm good. Now that the most wonderful time of the year (aka summer) is here, I thought it'd be a great time to share some essentials.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Fashion Must-Haves

A few posts ago, I mentioned that Toronto weather has been complete crap. But it's like I jinxed myself because right after that and up 'til now, the weather has been amazing. (Okay seriously?! I jinxed myself again! The thunder is going hard right now!) Anyways.. Since the official first day of Summer is right around the bend, I thought I would share some fashion bits that'll be very popular this season. 
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Makeup Artist Secrets For A Total Makeover in 5 Minutes

We’ve all been there; we’re in a rush, but we certainly don’t want that to stand in the way of looking like absolute perfection. While there are many makeup tutorials out there, and if you have watched any (and we know you have) you know that they usually involve intricate and complex looks, and take an eternity to pull off (if you can at all). Even with editing, these looks take at least half an hour to complete, and that’s only the time it takes for the youtuber in question. In search of tips that are easier to incorporate, perhaps it’s time to listen to some of the world’s most renowned makeup artists, and achieve a great look in no time. 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Product Empties #5

It's time for another product empties. I mentioned in my May Goals that I wanted to finish up at least two products that month and I actually did! To be honest, I wanted to include a lot more stuff in this  post but these bits have been taking up a lot of unnecessary space and I just felt like a declutter was in need. Let's dive into my trash bin: 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Ombre Lip ft. Laneige Two Tone Lipsticks

A few weeks ago, I attended the Laneige Toronto launch party for their Two Tone Lipsticks* (see post here). They were nice enough to send everybody home with 8 shades of these gorgeous lipsticks. On the ride home, I was so tempted to just pop these out of their packaging and swatch every last one of them; but like a good beauty blogger, I resisted so that I could take a few snaps of them while they were looking brand spankin' new the next day. 
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Day In My Life + 6 Years

h a p p y   s a t u r d a y   e v e r y o n e   !
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

June Goals & May Update

We've reached the half point of the year! Is it just me or is 2017 just zooming by? Oh how happy am I that we're finally in the Summer months. Everything outside keeps looking better and better - well, besides the rain that Toronto has been getting lately. It's a drag. Speaking of rain, that's an excuse of not completing my Start Going On Walks goal from last month, right? May was supposed to be about flowers, not rain, but we actually got a ton of rain on this end so I wasn't able to do much walking. Also, eating healthier was a complete fail. There were a ton of events that were happening during May and it just wasn't the right time to put that on my list of goals (that's me trying to make myself feel better for eating like crap). 
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Monday, June 05, 2017

First Time Wearing Extensions | Best Hair Store

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to try hair extensions. This is especially true for those times in the past when I decided to cut my hair short. And I'm sure everyone could relate to that moment; hugely regretting snipping off your long, luscious locks. Anyways, even though I don't have short hair right now, I was still excited to finally be trying some extensions. 
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

June Makeup Menu


I feel like I haven't done one of these posts in a long while. In fact, I believe the last one was back in February. I'm blaming it on the fact that I purchased quite a few things in March/April, so there was just a ton of things I was trying out. The other day, I started switching out and pulling up some products for my vanity (aka the things I'll be using most of the time). Here are some of the bits that I'll be using for June:
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Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | May 2017

Let's dive straight into the products I've been trying out this month..
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Makeup Look | Styling Leong Cosmetics Faux Mink Lashes

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I love false lashes. They just make the makeup look a whole lot better. And I think a lot of my adoration for them comes from the fact that I have naturally short, barely-noticeable eyelashes, so the feeling of having long and fluttery ones are a dream even if it's only for a few hours. When Leong Cosmetics slid into my DM's and asked me if I wanted to try their lashes, I said yes instantly. 
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Loving Lately | May Favourites

I feel like I've been completely slacking on blogging lately. I usually post every other day, but that hasn't been the case as of late and it's really bothering me. I kind of want to blame it on the weather because it's been so gloomy lately to the point that it's a complete mood killer. I'm hoping it starts to be more Summer-y very soon so I could get back on the ball. Anyways, I know I don't normally do monthly favourites on my blog, but there have been a bunch of things getting a ton of love from me lately that I wanted to share. 
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

What's On My iPhone?

I wouldn't consider myself a nosy person, but when it comes to iPhones, I'm always curious about which apps people have on theirs. So for anybody who wants to take a peak into mine, this one's for you. Though I must warn you, you may be left very underwhelmed with what I keep on here. 
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Monday, May 22, 2017

An Ode To The Beautyblender

If someone were to ask me if there was a single (yes, just one) beauty product I could not live without, I would say the beautyblender without hesitation. I really can't remember the last time I was without one and frankly..I don't want to remember. 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

#TwoToneInToronto | Laneige Two Tone Lipsticks

The other day, I attended a party held by Laneige to celebrate their new Two Tone Lipsticks in Toronto. The event was held in a beautiful space and the whole evening was more elegant than I could ever imagine. I went with one of my best friends; to say that we were swooning all night is an understatement. 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Five Faves | NARS

I'm back with another instalment of my Five Faves series. This time I'll be talking about NARS Cosmetics. It's a brand I've always admired, especially for their packaging. Their simple black packaging always seemed so luxe to me. A vanity full of only their makeup is surely a minimalist's dream. But not only are their packaging luxe, but so are their products. Everything I've tried from them so far have not let me down and instead wow'd me every time. Here are my top picks from them:
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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Urban Decay Naked Palette Showdown

Nobody could deny the amazing-ness of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I'm pretty sure that the first one they came out with was my first high end eyeshadow palette I added to my collection. It was so good that over the years, I ended up picking out the next two they released. I don't regret these purchases at all because they're all so pretty. But to someone just starting their makeup collection or on a budget, do you really need all three? Probably not. So which one is the best to pick up? Let's find out:
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The No-Makeup Makeup Edit

Even though I mentioned in my May Goals that I would start playing with makeup more, I can't deny my love for minimal makeup at the moment. It's pretty much a look I've been wearing a ton, especially when my dad wants to make spur-of-the-moment plans to go out & wants to leave the house asap. Not only do I like this look because it's easy & fast to do (literally 10 minutes or less), but it's also a look that enhances natural beauty instead of hiding it.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

Pre-Spending Ban Haul ft. Sephora & ColourPop

Two hauls in 2 weeks? Who the hell do I think I am? Well, I better soak it all in now because this is going to be my last one in a very, very long time. If you read my May Goals, then you know that I've officially declared another spending ban and it's very much needed. Anyways, here are the things I picked up from the Sephora VIB Sale a week or so ago. I also picked up a few bits from ColourPop during they're free worldwide shipping promo. 
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Saturday, May 06, 2017

May Goals & April Update

We are almost half way through the year people! Can you believe that? For me, April completely flew by. I'm pretty sure that was mostly do to the fact that I was still enjoying vacay during the first half of the month. Before I start sobbing at the fact that I'm no longer basking in the sun, let's reflect back on last month's goals.. 
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Asian Skincare | Naruko Canada's Rose & Botanic Series


A couple of weeks ago, I did shared my thoughts on the Tea Tree Series from Naruko Canada. Today I'll be talking about their Rose & Botanic Series. When it comes anything rose-scented, I'm all in. So when I received this series, I was over the moon & extremely excited to try it. All of these smell just like rose and it's something that lingers for a while, so if you're sensitive to scents, you may want to avoid these. This series is mostly meant for hydrating the skin. Here are the bits that were sent to me from the Rose & Botanic Series:
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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | April 2017

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A New Liquid Lipstick | Cougar Beauty

Anybody remember the song Pullin' Me Back by Chingy? You know, with the lyrics "Every time I try to leave, something keeps pulling' me back telling me I need you in my life." No? Just me? Ok, well those lyrics depict my relationship with liquid lipsticks so well right now. As I'm slowly trying to get back into the world of creamy and glossy lipsticks, a new liquid lip pops up and I find myself obsessed with them all over again. The one that 'pulled me back' this time was one from Cougar Beauty. 
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Beauty Wishlist #4

New product launches are just popping out from every corner & my wallet just can't keep up! Seriously, I can't. It feels like every company is coming out with tons and tons of products and the beauty community is going ape sh*t! I always tell myself that I won't give into the hype & I will save my money for the next big thing, then waddya'know..there I am putting in another order at Sephora or wherever my spendful heart decides to take me. 
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vacation Makeup Favourites

It's been almost 2 weeks since I came back from the Philippines. The withdrawal is real right now, folks! The weather change has been so depressing. Imagine going from wearing shorts to wearing sweatpants in less than 24 hours.. Oh how much I despise the cold. Speaking of weather change, with change in climate comes a makeup switch up. Here are the beauty bits I used pretty much everyday while on vacation: 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Foundations That Survived My Beauty Purge

I did a little Spring cleaning to my makeup collection and it resulted in a whole box of rarely used makeup. Usually when I do a little inventory check, I could barely let go of an itty-bitty-almost-finished lipstick. This time around, I felt the need to purge...it may or may not have been because I watched The Purge: Election Year last week. I did not hold back and may have ditched 25% of my makeup collection.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Collective Beauty Haul

It's been a long, long time since my last haul. Since putting myself on a two month spending ban in the beginning of the year & being away for vacation, the last haul I shared was in January. It feels so refreshing to finally be able to do another one. Here's a bunch of products I've accumulated since the beginning of March up until now:
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Life & Blog Update | Where Have I Been?

I actually can't believe the last time I put up a new post was almost 2 weeks ago. That's the longest I've ever gone without posting on my little space and I'm so sad about it, but I have a valid excuse for that. If you've kept up with my blog (or social media or read this post), then you probably know I went on a month long vacation to the Philippines. One of my goals for that month was to switch off & I did so well that I wasn't even able to keep pre-writing like I planned to. It was such a fun-filled getaway with no time for breaks and if I took the time to sit on my laptop all day to stay up to date on here, I think I would of regretted it tremendously. And that pretty much answers the "Where have I been?" question. 
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Friday, April 07, 2017

April Goals & March Update

I really can't believe how quick a month passed by. I know I say that every time I do these type of posts, but this time I feel like it went by twice as fast. As for reflecting back to last month's goals, it's safe to say I pretty much was successful with all of them. I tried a bunch of new things while on vacation. One of them being eating balut. If you don't know what that is, look it up on google because I might scare away a few people if I say it on here (no, it's not dog! stop thinking that!).
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Travel Bucket List

While being on vacation, I came to realize just how much I like to travel and explore new places. Seeing the difference between how you live at home compared to how they live over there, trying new foods, finally seeing things you wished to see when it came up on the tv. All of those things excite and wow me. Unfortunately, I don't get to do things like that often but a girl could dream! There's just so many things out in the world to see, but so little time (and money).
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Monday, April 03, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | March 2017

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Asian Skincare | Naruko Canada Tea Tree Series

One of the best things about being a blogger is discovering new brands. If I wasn't a part of the blogging world, I don't think I would of ever got into Asian skincare. So when Naruko Canada contacted me to try some of their products, I jumped at the chance to finally dabble into the world of Asian skincare. 
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

How to Keep Blogging While on Vacation

As most of you already know, I'm currently in the Philippines for vacation. So far I've managed to keep my blogging consistent and I pray that it stays that way throughout my whole trip. Admittedly, when you're on vacation, the last thing you want to do is be glued to your laptop trying to keep your blog updated. But luckily, I found a loophole to that (it's not really that serious, lol). Here are a few ways I'm managing running my blog while away from home:
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Five Faves | Maybelline

If you could recall, I wrote a previous post on my five faves from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I'm actually planning on making "Five Faves" a series where I talk about my top five products from a specific brand. Today, I'll be sharing my favourites from one of my preferred drugstore brands: Maybelline. While looking for the next brand to write about, I realized I had a lot from them that I used regularly. Here are my five faves:
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

22 Things About Being 22

I'm officially 22! And what a memorable one it is as I'm spending it in the Philippines for the first time! Even though I'm a long way from half of my family (and not to mention my boyfriend), I have the other half right here & I'm really glad about that. Last year on my birthday, I wrote an extremely lengthy post (see it here), this year I decided to do the "X Things About Being X" post. Here are a few things I've learnt & picked up throughout the years. Enjoy!
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

On-Flight Essentials

By the time this is up, I've probably taken my first flight in 7 years - yes, it's been that long. The last time I was on a plane was when I was 14 or 15. The memory is so distant to me, I could barely remember it. Let alone remember what the heck I took with me on the plane. I did, at the time however, have my mom travelling with me and she probably packed everything that I would need in her bag. This time, I'm only travelling with my dad & daughter.. So all the stress of packing is basically on me. I don't know if I'm doing this right, but here's a few things I'm taking with me on my carry-on: 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

In My Makeup Bag | What I'm Taking On Vacation

Packing up makeup for an overseas trip has to be one of the hardest things to do. Especially if you only have an hour to do it - Gosh, I'm such a procrastinator. Hopefully I didn't forget to pack something, but I definitely won't complain if I did 'cause then I get to buy one over where I'm staying. Also, I apologize for the lack of photos & not displaying what I'm bringing. They were already packed up in my bag & I didn't feel like unpacking them just to repack them again. Here are the bits who get to travel across the ocean with me:
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Product Empties #4

With Spring coming soon, I decided to do a little clear out of the products I've been holding onto for an Empties post. I hadn't realized that I'd actually finished up a decent amount of products - well, enough for a mini empties post at least. 
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Things That Made Me Smile This Week

The past few weeks have been pretty busy for me, with packing for vacation and trying my best to pre-write as many blog posts as I could. I mentioned in my March Goals post that I planned to switch off this month. For me, step one of switching off was taking time out of my day to reflect on things that made me happy recently despite all the stress. Here are a few things that came to mind:
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Perfect Spring Lipsticks

The official first day of Spring is just right around the corner and I couldn't be more excited. Even though the weather in Toronto isn't showing signs of warming up any time soon, I have no problem pulling out a few Spring-appropriate lipsticks in hopes that the heat will finally make an appearance. 
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

March Goals & February Update

Where, oh where is the time going? Seriously though, how are we already in March? I'm probably going to be saying that for every month that passes (oops). February was meh month for me when it comes to my goals. One thing I was very successful with was my spending ban (read this post) and I couldn't be more proud of myself for it. As for being more active, I'd say "kinda". I started doing some exercises here and there, but not as much as I planned on doing when I set that as a goal. Packing for vacation was a "kinda" as well as I pretty much have everything ready; just waiting for the last few days at home to pack up some everyday things. 
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Monday, March 06, 2017

New Additions To My Skincare Routine

I have a confession - before starting my blog, I had no idea of the importance of maintaining a good skincare routine. It was only until sometime last year that I started getting more into skin products & learning all it's benefits, whether long term or short term. Since then, I've had the chance to try more than a handful of products, experimenting with them, finding which products were for me and which ones I should steer clear for. I've also started adding new things into my routine, like an essence - I've never heard of that up until last year. The newest additions that I started incorporating into my regimen are facial oils. These two in particle are what I've been obsessing over lately:
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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Five Faves | Anastasia Beverly Hills

There's no denying that Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the hottest brands out there at the moment. In fact, they're probably up there in my top 5 makeup brands. The first time I heard about them was when everybody & their mommas were raving about the Dip Brow. Their eyebrows looked so good, I just knew I had to add it to my collection. And that's when my love for the brand started. Since the Dip Brow, I've tried my fair amount of products from them. Here are my favourite five: 
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | February 2017

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Favourites

I was originally going to do my monthly haul post, but since I've been on a spending ban, there's pretty much nothing to haul. Well, actually, I bought a little bottle of the Pixi Glow Tonic & the Nip+Fab Glycolic Pads two days ago. BUT ANYWAYS - I thought in place of that, I'd do a little favourites post of things I've been loving this month. Let's get into it - 
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

MunchPak | Snacks From Around The World

MunchPak kindly sent me a Munchpak Mini* box and I thought it would be fun to do a reaction video of my boyfriend, daughter and I trying these snacks for the first time. Hope you enjoy this vlog!
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Friday, February 24, 2017

What I Learned From Being On A Spending Ban

I've successfully got through my two month spending ban! Yay! To be honest, when I first started, I didn't have much faith in myself. I thought I would crack the first moment I laid my eyes on something or when everyone would start raving on about the hottest new thang. But nope, I didn't and I couldn't be anymore proud of myself. Here are a few things I learned after being on a 60-day (or more) spending ban:
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Beauty Products NOT Worth The Hype

Being a makeup enthusiast has it's benefits. You can express yourself through the art of makeup, watch others express themselves, learn different techniques of application, improve your skills with the art, but also, be exposed to hundreds of thousands of brands/products. That may be good, but at the same time it could also be so bad. Bad in the sense that you constantly feel the need to buy into every product that is getting hype in the community. I fall guilty to this and that's the reason for this post. Here are a few items that I feel were too overhyped to the point that they underperformed in my eyes:
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

MAC Lipstick Lookbook

When I was new to makeup and wasn't familiar with all the products available, MAC lipsticks were my go-to. There was a point in time when I went crazy & picked up a bunch of their lipsticks; that's pretty much how my collection grew. Admittedly, it wasn't the friendliest addiction to hit my wallet, but...no regrets. Here are all the shades I own from collecting over the past few years:
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Friday, February 17, 2017

BITE Beauty Does Lip Pencils



BITE Beauty is one of those brands that have never let me down. Their Matte Creme Lip Crayons & Amuse Bouche Lipsticks are some of my favourites from the brand. So when I opened up my email one morning and saw that I would be one of many who would be receiving the BITE Beauty Lip Pencil VoxBox via Influenster, I was downright ecstatic. 
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