Monday, October 31, 2011

I bought a ticket to the end of the rainbow

Happy Halloween, everyone! We didn't bother buying any real candy this year, since no one has stopped by the house in the past three years. Sad, I know, but that just means more Fruit to Go for me to devour!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It won't ever get old, not in my soul, not in my spirit

This month, I received a complimentary Luxe Box from Loose Button. For those of you who have never heard of Luxe Box, it is Canada's version of a Birchbox. For $12 a month (shipping included), you receive a box of 4-5 deluxe sized samples of different beauty products based on a beauty profile, which you create when you first sign up. This is a great way to try out a variety of different products without committing to a full sized one, and of course, who doesn't love receiving a surprise in the mail?

The packaging, which is different from the first Luxe Box that I had ordered, is still quite sleek. The design is all about minimalism, but still looks quite professional.  Anyone who has ordered a Luxe Box before would instantly recognize the logo on the front.

With each box, there is a pamphlet that gives a brief description of each product and their uses.  This month, Loose Button included a gift: a coupon for $25 off any order of $75 at Dealuxe, a Canadian shopping site that sells designer goods.

The products are well packaged, with padding to ensure their safety. Here's a brief description of each product, as taken from the pamphlet, along with my opinion after using the products for a week.

Olay Professional Pro-X: Eye Restoration Complex - Hydrates to restore the area to its optimum appearance by improving the look of crow's feet. Reduces excess fluids to diminish dark circles and puffiness.

I don't normally suffer from dark under eye circles, but they are slightly discoloured and get extremely puffy when I am tired. I use this every day and night after I moisturize. It's very creamy and sinks in to your skin quite easily without any noticeable scent. I haven't seen that much of a difference in the week that I've been using this product.  However, on a whim, I decided to use it on a dried out pimple, and I woke up the next morning with a hydrated patch of skin! Eye creams are generally more hydrating than regular moisturizers, so this would be a great pick me up product for the harsh winters.

Lise Watier: Flash Lift Radiance Vials - A concentrate of smoothing agents and moisturizers for a lifting effect and instant radiance.

Out of all the products, this is the one that I was most excited to try. On Saturday nights, I often attend late night volleyball sessions, which means I wake up Sunday morning with skin that has definitely seen better days. My face often looks blotchy and dull, with my under eyes looking puffier than usual. I applied this after my moisturizer (although the instructions state that you're to apply it before), and instantly noticed a very strong, floral smell. After I tapped it on to my face, the scent did go away, but every once in a while, I would catch a random whiff of it. I was expecting some kind of miracle, and was disappointed to see that nothing had really changed about my skin after 15 minutes. However, after I applied my usual bit of concealer and foundation, I realized that while my skin hadn't lost its blotchiness, it did look quite radiant and supple.  My skin looked fresh, like I had had a full night of sleep, and it wasn't entirely due to the magical effects of a concealer.

China Glaze: Crackle in Oxidized Aqua - Innovative technology creates a deconstructed crackle design over your favourite shimmer, glitter, or creme nail lacquer.

The crackle polish has been a huge trend lately, so I'm sure many of you have already experimented with the different brands of crackle polishes. This is a very pretty metallic green, and I would recommend using this over a dark base colour for a nice contrast, since it is on the paler side.

Keratase: Elixir Ultime - Brings shine, nourishment, and deep conditioning to the hair while smoothing the hair fibre. Helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.

This is a very light serum, and it actually has a kind of spicy scent to it! I've used Moroccan Oil before, and it often left my hair feeling greasy and weighed down, especially when used on dry hair. This product felt extremely light in my hair, and instantly smoothed away all the frizziness and flyaways. I don't normally blow dry my hair, but I bet this would make an amazing heat protectant, as the shine and smoothness would really be infused in to the hair shaft.

Lise Watier: Plumpissimo Le Gloss - Instantly makes your lips look fuller, sexier, 'poutier.'

This works like any other plumping lip gloss you may have tried. There is a slight citrus-y scent, and it's a brush applicator as opposed to a doe-foot. There is some slight tingling sensation when you first apply it. The colour is very sheer and glittery. This would look pretty amazing over a red lipstick, I think. My lips are naturally very plump, so there wasn't much of an affect to be honest.

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Loose Button for providing me with the opportunity to review the October Luxe Box.

Overall, I actually really loved the products in this month's box, especially because there were products from all beauty categories (hair, skin, and make-up).  I'll admit, I was disappointed with my previous Luxe Box, but Loose Button has definitely upped their game. They've added more brands to their line-up, and it has certainly made a difference in the diversity of the products.  I'm sure even the pickiest person could find at least one product in this box that would appeal to them!

Although the Luxe Box was sent to me for review purposes, I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post. This review was strictly based on my own, personal opinion.

Friday, October 21, 2011

He's got a rolled cigarette hanging out of his mouth

This chunky, peppered knit was welcomed in to my wardrobe with wide open arms. After going through my closet, I realized I don't actually own very many sweaters. I have a variety of cardigans, as every woman should, but I don't have a ton of knits. It's harder to style, but it honestly beats layering with a bunch of thin shirts! I'll definitely be trying to add some more pieces throughout the winter.

What specific detail do you look for when shopping for knits?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's such a shame 'cause now that lovin's changed

GAP blouse, H&M faux leather pants, ALDO loafers

Thought I'd interrupt the recent slew of American Apparel pieces with something new!

I've seen many other fashion bloggers wear crisp white blouses with such style and grace, and it's made me quite envious. One of the biggest problems I have with white blouses is that I tend to end up looking like a waitress.. so to solve this problem, I spiced up the outfit with some faux leather and leopard print.

Any other tips to try? I'd love to hear them!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

If spring can take the snow away, can it melt all our mistakes?

Yet another item picked up from the American Apparel sale. Clearly, I am a fan of the brand.

I think every woman should at least try on a midi/maxi skirt, if not purchase one. When I first took this skirt home, I tried it on in front of the mirror and twirled for a full minute. I've never felt so feminine and flirty! When I go down stairs and the skirt flares out around my legs, I feel like I'm in some sort of music video, haha.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ten million fireflies lit up the world as they fell asleep

The weather over this past long weekend has been spectacular.. I'm certainly sad to see it go!  

This top is another item that I picked up at the American Apparel Warehouse sale this past weekend. I have several items from American Apparel, and I truly love their classic pieces and the fit/quality. However, I'll be the first to admit that their prices are quite steep for what the products are. Most of my items were gifts, or purchased with some sort of discount. If I had to choose one item that I would pay full price for, it would definitely have to be their cardigans. I've had this cardigan for two years, and I wear it constantly.

On an unrelated note, my hair is so long that I don't think I can even consider it 'layered' anymore. Anyone know of a great salon within the GTA or surrounding area? I think it's finally time to do something about it..

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gave you everything I had and no less

Colour blocking with fall colours? Yes, please!
Whatever I was looking at in the last photo must have been pretty amazing. I swear I can see the surprise in my eyes through my sunglasses, haha.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

And I've missed your ginger hair and the way you like to dress

1. Sam Edelman Roza in black
2. Jessica Simpson Cheetah in Dusty Taupe Nebraska Nappa
3.  Vince Camuto platform sandals (can't seem to find this style anywhere)

Sorry for the crappy photo quality! Had to make do with my point and shoot. I went to the Petite Feet sample sale today after work with no expectations and not really looking for anything in particular.. and pretty soon, I had a full basket with 9 pairs of shoes! I left the sale with these three. The sale runs from today through to Monday, October 11th (Canadian Thanksgiving), so there's plenty of time left to browse!

Some tips:
1. Bring cash. LOTS OF IT. Better to be safe than sorry. It's a cash only event, and I was not prepared. Regular brands (Jessica Simpson, Naturalizer, Franco Sarto, etc.) had a price range of $50 - $125, while the 'boutique' area (BCBG, Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, etc.) had prices from $75-175. I was so very lucky that PN works in the area, and he swung by to save me from my shoe dilemma!
2. Don't be afraid to experiment with half a size up and down from your original size. I'm normally a 7.5, but the Vince Camutos are a size 7 and fit perfectly fine. Size 7 strappy sandals were pretty forgiving, and the slightly roomy size 8 booties could be fixed with a pair of socks.
3. Take your time to explore every aisle. I actually find the Rozas on a table for size 10 shoes.
4. Ask the workers for help in looking for shoes. One worker was extremely helpful, and brought out a huge box of size 7.5 shoes when he noticed me walking up and down the same aisle, hoping for new shoes to appear. He also helped me look for the Rozas after I lost them! I had put them back because they were a tad too small, and in 10 seconds, they were gone. Another girl actually found them before I did, and the worker helped me track down a size 6.5, which was the size that the other girl was actually looking for.

If you're a size 6, I ENVY YOU! There was a huuuuge selection for that size, with enviable rack after rack of Sam Edelman flats and pumps.

On another related note, I also picked up these ALDO loafers. I'm feeling incredibly guilty after all these new shoes though, so these will probably be going back.. It took me a week to hunt them down in my size, too!

After today's splurge, I'm kind of afraid to see what will happen at the American Apparel warehouse sale..

Monday, October 3, 2011

Let's dance in style, let's dance for a while

When I saw this dress at H&M over a month ago, I fell head over heels in lust over it. I tried it on, and it fit like a dream. However, I couldn't think of a single occasion within the next few months that I would be able to wear it to. After putting it down and coming back to it three times (I'm pretty sure I looked like a lunatic rushing back to it every single time), I bit the bullet and bought it...

.. and a few weeks later, I found out that a relative was getting married! Lucky me, I already had the perfect dress, :).