Monday, June 25, 2012

I found a martyr in my bed tonight

1. Joe Fresh basic tee, American Eagle neon shorts, 2B Bebe cage heels (similar here), M by MJ Kitty St. James Baladine crossbodyForever21 triangle and swallow ring
3. Joe Fresh paintstroke dress, Unbranded bow flats

Just a few outfits pulled from my phone. Follow me on instagram @xJOLE if you haven't already!

On another note, the winners of my previous giveaway have yet to contact me, so new winners have been chosen:

Congratulations to Kait_R on winning H&M hair ring #1!

Congratulations to priincess emily on winning H&M hair ring #2!

Send me an email with your name and full address by Wednesday June 27 at 11:59 pm EST  to claim your prize.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Giveaway winner announcements.

Congratulations to adilac on winning the limited edition Lancome Luxe Box!

Congratulations to allison*elle on winning H&M hair ring #1!

Congratulations to ARAINYMELODY on winning H&M hair ring #2!

Send me an email with your name and full address within 24 hours (by Saturday June 23 at 3:00 pm EST)  to claim your prize.

A huge thank you to all those who took the time to participate.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

You're turning heads when you walk through the door


Forever21 hat (similar here), Unbranded scallop tank (similar here), H&M belt, Zara floral skirt (similar here), ALDO sandals

I have to confess that I have about 20 photos of this skirt blowing in the wind. I'm a huge sucker for flowy pieces that make me feel like I belong in a music video with a wind machine that's cranked to the max!

Don't forget, today is the last day to join my Lancome x Loose Button giveaway!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Feels like I'm in a race, but I already won first place

So in the midst of writing my last post, my much anticipated limited edition Lancome Luxe Box came! I ripped it open and proceeded to squeal in delight...

Full sized products! FOUR OF THEM. I tore the items from their packaging and eagerly applied each product.. and then took it all off with the makeup remover that night!

Hypnose Doll Lashes in 'So Black!' (buy here) - A new, unique, cone shaped brush provides an extremely smooth and clean application, precisely defining even your hard-to reach corners and lower lashes.

The first thing I noticed when using this mascara was that the application really was very smooth! I combed through my lashes easily, even with additional coats. Each lash was coated a deep black, although the end effect wasn't entirely too dramatic. My lashes were volumized, but not too thick. Since this isn't a waterproof mascara, my lashes did droop after a few hours. However, when I recurled them, the formula didn't cause my lashes to stick to the curler, which I consider a huge plus. After a full day, I noticed some smudging on my lower lash line.

L'absolu Nu in '302' (buy here) - A lipstick combining lip-care with a unique, delicate texture for an all-new nude lip sensation. Enhance your natural lip tone in a veil of shiny, translucent colour.

I originally thought that this colour would be a MLBB (my lips but better) type of shade, but lo and behold, it actually applied as a soft, yet bright pink. I'm not much of a nude lipstick kind of girl, so this was a pleasant surprise. It didn't feel entirely too moisturizing, but it didn't dry my lips out either. The lasting power, like any other lipstick, wasn't too long, especially if you're eating and drinking.

Artliner in 'Noir' (buy here)- Rich, deep, luminous pigments offer the most intense, dramatic colour. glides on smoothly without scratching, tugging, or skipping and lasts all day.

I have no loyalty when it comes to eyeliners, and I'm always in search of a new one that is deeper in colour, more long-lasting, and smoother in application than the last. The Artliner dries quickly and applies as a deep, inky black. The brush tip is similar to the infamous L'Oreal Linear Intense, which means it is quite easy to use, even for beginners. The lasting power on this is also similar to the L'Oreal. I noticed some flaking at the corners by the end of the day, and when I used my fingertip to gently scratch my lash line, I accidentally took out a huge chunk of my liner.

Bi-Facil (buy here) - The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase contains special emollients to refresh and condition skin without a greasy residue. Leaves eyes feeling cool and refreshed, with no oily residue.

I soaked a cotton pad and held it against my eye for a few seconds and with one swipe, the majority of my liner and mascara came off.  However, it was pretty difficult to remove the makeup closest to my waterline. If you have sensitive skin, you would definitely have to get in there with a q-tip. There was no residue or oily feeling on my skin afterwards, but I still rinsed my face off, just in case.

As usual, the Lancome x Loose Button collaboration did not disappoint! The only item that I was on the fence about was the Bi-Facil, and only because I prefer MAC's Cleanse Off Oil as my all-over makeup remover.  I can't wait to layer the Hypnose Doll Lashes with my current drugstore favourite!

Enjoyed the products in this post? If you're Canadian, you could win your very own Lancome Luxe Box! Visit my previous post here and fill out the form for your chance to win.

I'm also running another giveaway for my 2 year blog anniversary, which ends tonight! International readers can visit my post here for the contest rules.

The Lancome x Loose Button Luxe Box was provided to me for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

And my head keeps spinning, can't stop having these visions

If you Canadian readers were not already aware, Loose Button has recently gone through a major overhaul. Dedicated to bringing their subscribers a unique experience with each box, they have now updated their monthly service to seasonal boxes!

What does that mean exactly? For new Luxe Box members, for $26 a season (every 3 months), you will now be receiving a box of 7-8 trial sized beauty and lifestyle items, specifically picked out to compliment the upcoming season. This means that the next box, set to be shipped in August, will contain items that are meant to coincide with the Fall season.

How do I sign up for this new seasonal box? Loose Button currently has a waiting list for new members. You simply put in your email, and the Loose Button team will notify you when you are able to purchase your first box. Don't be too worried -- the wait time is usually very short! If you are an existing Luxe Box member and you wish to upgrade, you can log in to your account and pick the option of getting your first box free! If you don't wish to upgrade and want to receive your last monthly box in June, you have that option as well, but today (June 14th) is the last day to choose.

If you'd like more information or have any more questions, feel free to visit the Loose Button support page!

Remember the last time Loose Button teamed up with Lancome? Well the two are partnering up again to bring you another limited edition Lancome Luxe Box with deluxe sized items picked out by none other than one of the original YouTube beauty gurus herself, Michelle Phan!

The generous people at Loose Button have provided me a complimentary box to review, which I haven't received yet (post will go up when I do get my eager hands on it!) I literally just received while I was writing this post, but I thought I would blog about it a bit early because... 

One lucky reader will be able to win one as well! The giveaway is open to Canadian readers only, and will run until June 21st, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

The rules for this giveaway are very simple:
1. You must be a public GFC follower. (+1)

And as a bonus:

To enter the giveaway, fill out this form.

Wondering why Michelle Phan has a hand in these Luxe Boxes this time around? It's because she is making a special appearance on June 21st, 2012 at Yorkdale's The Bay! That means that anyone located in Toronto will have the chance to meet the infamous YouTube Guru from 5:00-6:30 pm. As an additional bonus, Loose Button will be raffling off 10 limited edition Lancome Luxe Boxes at the event! Simply RSVP here and make sure to show up to see the live interview and autograph session with Michelle, and of course, to see who the winners of the raffle are!

Phew, what a post! I know there's been some information overload, so here's a quick recap:
1. Loose Button has recently made the transition from a monthly service to a seasonal service. Click here for more info.
2. Fill out this form for your chance to win your very own limited edition Lancome Luxe Box.
3. Michelle Phan is coming to Toronto! The special appearance will be held at The Bay located in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. RSVP here for your chance to win a limited edition Lancome Luxe Box at this event.

My first impressions on the box will be posted after I've had a chance to go through these goodies, but for now, take advantage of these amazing prizes!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Teach me wrong from right and I'll show you what I can be



TNA Pomona raglan shirt, Zara Kids trousers, House of Harlow triangle necklace, H&M hair ring (similar here and here), Dexter Kylie wedges

After months and months of searching, I've finally hopped on the pastel denim bandwagon with this pair of mint coloured pants from Zara. I don't know what took me so long, but the $29.90 price tag totally hooked me! I know some people would never think to shop in the kids department, but Zara's largest pant size (13-14 yr) could easily fit a 26-27 inch waist. The shorter length means no alterations for petites, plus there's only 5% tax. If you're especially lucky, you can even find some cute flats or sandals. I wear a size 7.5, which is equivalent to a size 6 for kids.  I've browsed the children's section so often that I'm no longer embarrassed to ask to use the change room or to ask an associate for a different size!

Like the hair ring? You could win one of your very own in my giveaway! Click here for more details.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jump in the crowd, spark your lighters, wave 'em around

1. Getting rained out at the Unionville Festival.
2. An ongoing practical joke with my boss.
4. Pretty ruffles and cobalt blue. (Forever21 ruffled top, G2000 blue trousers)
5. Arm party that I've been wearing non-stop.
6. Double-collar fun.

Monday, June 4, 2012

I'm building a sill to slow down the time

The beginning of this month marked the second anniversary of this blog, and to celebrate, I thought I would do a little giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive a brand new hair ring from H&M (both gold).

To enter:

1. You must be a public GFC follower.
2. Fill out this form.

Additional entries:
1. Follow me on twitter. (+1)
2. Tweet about this giveaway by clicking here. (+1)
3. Follow me on Bloglovin'. (+1)

The giveaway is open internationally, and will end on June 18 at 11:59 pm EST.

A huge thank you to everyone who stops by the blog! Whether you leave a comment or not, I appreciate that you took the time out of your day to read my posts. Any and all suggestions that you may have would be greatly appreciated. I'm not quite sure what direction I'm heading in with this blog, but I do love using it as my creative outlet. It's kind of crazy that I'm able to look back to a year ago today and see how I was dressing, and even how I was writing. My personal style has definitely evolved and will probably continue to change. I'm still a sucker for the fast fashion that H&M and Forever21 provides (in reality, who isn't?), but as I get older and delve deeper in to the working world, I'm hoping to develop a better sense of who I am and portray it through my wardrobe.

Friday, June 1, 2012

If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life



Banana Republic silk tank button-up, American Eagle denim shorts, Dexter Kylie wedges, Unbranded bracelets

I've been on the hunt for some white bottoms ever since seeing Khatu rocking a pair several times on her blog (here and here), but I can never seem to locate a pair that aren't extremely see through. I decided to settle on a pair of white denim cut-offs for now, and they've been doing a pretty good job of filling the void in my wardrobe so far.

On another note, it's the second year anniversary for my blog! It's been a trip to read over my older blog posts and see how my style has evolved since then. As a huge thanks to all the readers, I'll be hosting a small giveaway in the near future, so be on the lookout for that!