Tuesday, March 27, 2012

But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

The first Estee Lauder warehouse sale of the year occurred this past weekend, and I managed to snag tickets for the Saturday event. I thought it was a bit odd that it happened so late in the month, as it usually has been on the first weekend of each quarter. The sale was a lot different this time around. Each building had a special name, and there were fewer cosmetic products. Instead, there were a ton more of the skincare gift sets as well as perfume sets for men and women.

MAC Moisture Infusion, Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, MAC Cleanse Off Oil (x2)

MAC really means it when they say moisture! I've used this serum in the morning, and I've actually forgotten to put on moisturizer after because it leaves my skin feeling so quenched and soft. I also stocked up on my favourite make-up removers, both found in the $4 bins! PN actually found the cleanse-off oil and handed me a bottle saying 'you use this!' I've trained him well, haha.

MAC Cremeblend blush in 'Brit Wit,' Estee Lauder Brow Setting Gel in 'Clear'

I have combination skin, but that still doesn't stop my obsession with cream blushes! I have several, but I noticed that they all tend to be similar shades of pink. My absolutely favourite powder blush is Everyday Minerals in 'Daydream' and Brit Wit is the cream blush version of that. It is more of a dusty mauve than it comes across in this photo.

MAC eyeshadow pans in 'Satin Taupe' (x2), Naked Lunch, Plumage

The $4 bins were definite hits this time around. Not only was I able to stock up on make-up removers, but they had tons of pan shadows as well! Other colours that I saw but didn't pick up are Phloof, Yoghurt, and Burnt Orange. I kind of regret not picking up extras to give away.

Bumble and Bumble Reactivating Mist

The biggest surprise of the sale was the fact that they now carried Bumble and Bumble products! I'm really hoping that they will be a permanent addition to the sale.. which was my reasoning for only coming out with one product. I went a little nuts at first and ended up picking up 6 different products, but eventually put them all back except for this one. They had shampoos, conditioners, and a ton of different styling products, both full and sample size. I have naturally wavy hair and this product really does 'reactivate' my waves after a long day. I don't really like to put a lot of product in my hair, so this really does freshen up the look without having a lot of build-up. It has a really pleasant floral smell.

 Smoky Blue Ornament Dazzlesphere, Pink Ornament Dazzlesphere

 Dazzleglasses in 'Like Venus' and 'Rags to Riches', Cremesheen Glass in 'Fashion Scoop' and 'Petite Indulgence'

Crushed Metallic Pigment in 'White as Snow,' 'Silver Sleet,' 'Wintersky,' and 'Dark Moon'

The free gift was a set of insane MAC eyelashes. I don't know what number they are, but I do know I would never wear them! No wonder they were giving them away for free.  The charity bags were 'hidden' once again, but when I requested two, they made sure that they weren't the same package.

Overall, I was quite satisfied with this quarter's sale. It wasn't as packed as it used to be, and although there were fewer cosmetic products from the newer seasons, the improvement of the $4 bins and the addition of Bumble and Bumble products really did make up for it. I just hope that this carries over to the next sale!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

And I want to show you how you all look like beautiful stars tonight


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Zara jacket, Topshop tee, H&M skirt and leggings, Vince Camuto sandals, DIY bracelets, Alexander McQueen scarf, Balenciaga City bag

Today is the Spring Equinox but it feels like Toronto has decided to skip the mild weather all together and just jump right in to summer. These photos were taken last week and the weather has only gotten warmer and warmer. As I am writing this post, I have just come back from a hike where I wore shorts and a tank top... in March! Who woulda thought?

Being able to do outdoor activities has gotten me really excited for more 'adventurous' exercise. I've been a frequent member of the gym and I've noticed that as the temperatures rise, the gym has been getting more and more packed as people try to put in some more effort to obtain that 'beach bod' they've been working on all year. Waiting 15 minutes for a machine isn't very pleasant, and it puts a serious dent in your workout routine, so a friend and I decided to hike a nearby trail. We got to work up a good sweat and enjoy the sunshine at the same time! A definite win-win situation. We've already started daydreaming about rollerblading down Lakeshore and finding some bike trails.. which means this summer will probably be the year that I finally learn how to ride a bike!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The night is still young, drink that dinner wine slow

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H&M denim button up, American Apparel camisole, Forever21 skirt, H&M tights, Zara flats, DIY bracelets, House of Harlow ring, Forever21 ring, Balenciaga City bag

It's the first time I've pulled my Balenciaga out in months, and I still love it just as much as when I first laid eyes on it. This warm weather has been rejuvenating, and I'm already fantasizing about wearing billowy skirts and dainty jewelry*. Jumping between jobs has been pretty hard these past few months, but hopefully things will calm down and get a bit more stable after I return from my trip. I haven't felt the jitters of excitement yet, but as the departure date draws nearer, I'm sure I'll start to accept the fact that I'm actually going to Hong Kong!

*I've realized that I rarely ever wear jewelry in the colder weather... is it just me?

Monday, March 12, 2012

I can hear the wind whipping past my face as we dance the night away

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Our dinner from e11even:
1. Sweet bread.
2. Niagara prosciutto & Buffalo mozzerella  with olive oil, arugula and chopped herbs
3. House smoked salmon with toast points and chef sauce 
4. Lobster cobb salad wtih blue cheese and buttermilk dressing
5. Steak frites

PN and I rarely eat out because when we do, we tend to be underwhelmed. However, since this is the first time I've had time to celebrate my birthday in two years, we decided to venture out. While the atmosphere and the staff were great (the drinks menu was an actual iPad!), the food was only average. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't exactly memorable either. Regardless, it's nice to get dressed up every once in a while.

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Getting caught taking outfit photos by a stranger, haha.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

If you're gonna brag make sure it's your money you flaunt

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ASOS wrap dress, H&M clutch, ASOS tights (similar here), Le Chateau pumps, House of Harlow black resin necklace

Happy birthday to me!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I'll do it every way, speaker's knockin' till the morning light


2. Zara cardigan, Banana Republic striped tee, Esprit pussybow blouse
3. Joe Fresh blouse, Old Navy waffle-knit sweater, ASOS collar necklace

Almost 3 years of being in an office environment and this is the first time I've ever worn jewelry to work!