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Indigo + Turquoise Winged Eye Liner.

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I’ve seen a lot of blue eyeliner around the beauty world lately and I think this is such a great way to add some colour to your look, especially for summer! I had to give this blue cat eye trend a try so I picked up the Indigo (dark peacock blue) shade of the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. Then I saw this amazing turquoise-mint shade and I thought it would be fun to try them together. This is one of my favourite liquid eyeliners. The pointed felt tip is so easy to use, it has great pigmentation, and it doesn’t smudge or budge at all throughout the day. A great option for eyeliner beginners like me!

I’m super happy how this double-coloured winged eyeliner turned out. It was a very bold eye for me, but the lighter top colour made it less intense and more fun. I paired it with a simple bronzed cheek, a soft berry lip, and a matching mint shirt. Here’s the full list of products used for this look:

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation & Chanel Les Beiges Powder, both in No 20.
Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector in Warm Ivory.
Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Bronzer & Radiance Baked Powder Luminizer.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette.
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo and Turquoise.
Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in Flutter.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft.

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What do you think? Do you wear coloured eye liner? Do you have any favourites?


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My Birthday Weekend.

I had such a lovely birthday weekend. The weather was perfect, nothing was rushed, and I got to spend time with some great people. On Saturday I got a birthday manicure and the family took me out for dinner at Koto Izakaya. We ate some amazing Japanese food and then this mint chocolate + stracciatella gelato situation happened…

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On Sunday I drove to Shawnigan Lake with Christine and spent the day swimming and lounging at one of my favourite places. You know those spots that make you feel safe and relaxed whenever you’re there? My friend has a beautiful home on the lake and it’s one of those special places where I can really escape. I was so happy to spend the day there and I was spoiled with a gorgeous cake, a beautiful bouquet of sweet peas that smelled beyond amazing, and some new makeup goodies (!!!!). It was exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday. I mean look at this cake…

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Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes! Made me so happy, love you guys!


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Party Nails.

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Left Hand: OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-Go? (Brazil Collection).

Right Hand: OPI Hotter Than You Pink (Neon Collection).

I wanted something fun on my nails for my birthday weekend so I did the unthinkable and wore a different shade on each hand. I know, it’s not that crazy, but the neon pink was pretty bright for me since I usually go for neutrals. I love how this turned out though and I would definitely wear two colours again! The orange and pink together were beachy and summery, just the look I was going for.

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What do you think? Have you worn a double-color manicure before? What’s the craziest thing you’ve worn on your nails?

OPI Nail Lacquer- $11.00 per bottle.
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Weekend Reading.

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What are you up to this weekend? Any plans? It’s my birthday on Sunday so I’m doing a few fun things over the next couple of days and making a weekend out of it! I’ll share some photos on the blog next week, crossing my fingers for nice hot weather! It’s National Dance Day in the US today but I think you should celebrate by having an Impromptu Dance Session wherever you are in the world! Have a fabulous weekend and here are a few fun links from around the web to enjoy with your morning mimosa…

Birthday Meals Wish-list: gorgeous oatmeal made 3 ways | watermelon ceviche | a summer crostini party | poached salmon with artichoke confit | chocolate pots de crème with lavender and sea salt | cardamom and roasted plum ice cream.

I need to start wearing silk scarves to the beach, they’re so chic.

How to order wine at a restaurant.

A beautifully slow version of Erik Satie’s First Gymnopédie.

Mary-Kate + Ashley Olsen designed a wedding dress. Yeah, for real.

8 creative ways to brighten your bedroom. | 7 stylish ways to store your magazines.

Networking for introverts.

Are you trying to grow your hair this year? Check out Amber’s tips, she knows them all.

A sweet pineapple manicure.

A cute way to wrap small gifts (via Cup of Jo).

Have you tried using a motivational password yet?

46 ways to make your life easier.

Have a fabulous weekend!
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Manuka Honey Face Mask.

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I wrote a post on honey face masks just over a year ago when I first started using honey regularily on my skin. (You can view the post here if you’d like, it includes more of a step-by-step process). Over the past year I’ve tried several different varieties and brands of honey, but just recently I’ve discovered something amazing. Wedderspoon’s Gold Organic Raw Manuka Honey. This is the real deal honey sourced from remote areas of New Zealand. It’s a little expensive for honey, but if you purchase it like a good quality face mask and not a bottle of honey, it’s actually pretty cheap. I found it at Whole Foods during my last trip to Vancouver, but I’m sure other health food stores stock it.

Honey is so great for your skin. It’s a natural moisturizer and it’s antibacterial properties will fight against skin irritations and blemishes. Using a good quality raw honey for face masks allows your skin to soak up as many enzymes and nutrients as possible while gently smoothing and cleaning at the same time. This is such a good product for problem-prone skin because it really deep-cleans without drying or dehydrating. It’s an easy, natural, and inexpensive way to get glowing skin! You can use it as often as you have time for. I usually end up using it 2 times per week, in rotation with my other face masks. Yes, I do a ton of face masks, but it makes me happy. 

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Wedderspoon’s Gold Organic Raw Manuka Honey: $38.00
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Watermelon Mint Iced Tea.

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I love iced tea in the summer! It’s such a refreshing treat. David’s Tea always has fun flavours to try and I recently picked up their Watermelon Mint. Mint tea is my absolute favourite all year round, so I was really excited to try the mint watermelon combination for something a little fruity. It’s a caffeine-free tea made with honeydew melons, carrots, wild strawberry leaves, beetroot, and of course peppermint and watermelon. The website suggests trying this iced tea with a splash of vodka for a fun cocktail! However, I stuck with the regular iced tea this time and it was delicious! Perfect for a BBQ! You can chose to add a sweetener, but I found the tea sweet enough without.

Watermelon Mint Iced Tea

25g watermelon mint loose-leaf tea
1 litre boiling water
mint leaves
fresh watermelon
agave/honey (optional)

Steep the loose-leaf tea in the boiling water for 10 minutes. If you are going to use a sweetener (honey or agave) add this while your tea is steeping. Strain the loose tea and add ice cubes to the hot water. Allow this to chill in the fridge until cold (20-30 mins). Add mint leaves and fresh watermelon. Enjoy!

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Weekend Reading.

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What are you up to this weekend? Any plans? The weather is a bit dreary for the middle of July. I was hoping for a day at the beach but I think it’s a little too chilly. Seems like the perfect day for an infrared sauna and catching up on some reading. Have a cozy weekend and here are a few fun links from around the web to enjoy with your morning coffee…

Quinoa pizza with Meyer lemon, goat cheese, and basil.

Lemon thyme popcorn. A good summer snack.

5 French Wines That Taste Like They Cost a Fortune. | 10 Awesome White Wines Under $20.00.

Australian salt mines are surprisingly beautiful.

The most perfect ballet flats ever (made by Josefinas).

Real life emojis. Made me laugh.

20 signs you’re succeeding in life (even if it doesn’t feel like it).

8 tips for entertaining your guests.

Gorgeous blue nails: YSL Bleu Majorelle | Essie Strut Your Stuff | Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid

Design: Tuft Love.

What’s In My Beauty Bag with Katsuno Nagamura. This girl knows her skincare, and she’s got all the travel products you need to look your best on a long-haul flight!

Have a cozy weekend!
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Motivational Passwords.

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Have you tried using a motivational password before?

Every 30 days or so my computer at work prompts me to change my password. It always seems to come on a morning when I’m running late and I never feel prepared to commit myself to a brand new 8 digit word filled with uppercases, lowercases, symbols, and numbers. This is why I’ve kept the same meaningless word that was assigned to me at the start and simply switch the number up by one digit every month. Every month until last week that is. There’s a website that’s been shared around the internet lately about how a password changed someone’s life. Ever since reading that I’ve been waiting patiently for the morning to come when my computer forces me to enter a new password. A password that I will have to enter and re-enter anywhere from 20-40 times a day for the next month.

I mean, not that I really believe a password will change my life, but I’m a sucker for a good motivational technique. I started thinking about something I would want to hear repeatedly throughout the day for the next month and nothing came to mind. All I could think of was the word motivation, and that just won’t work. I decided I should pick something that I want to get done, something from my to-do list that I need a little extra help completing. Eliminating refined sugars from my life is something I’ve been attempting for the last little while, so I entered a sugar-free password to see if this motivational theory really worked.

I kid you not, it’s only been a week, but my sugarless password is helping! The constant reminder acts as a subliminal message that goes straight to my brain every time I use my computer. The fact that I am forced to type it out makes it more powerful than simply reading it. I say the words in my mind as I type them, and after telling myself the same thing 40 times in an 8 hour period, I’m bound to start believing it, right?  It makes sense. I wish I started doing this earlier, it’s so simple and effective. If you don’t already use a motivational password, give it a try! I think you’ll like it. Even if you don’t have a password for work, try changing the password to your laptop or email.

What do you think? Have you used motivational passwords before? Do they work for you? Let me know!


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What’s In My Beauty Bag | Katsuno Nagamura.

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I am more than excited to start off a new series called What’s In My Beauty Bag with my gorgeous friend Katsuno Nagamura. Katsuno and I met in high school when her and her sister travelled from Japan to study here in Canada. She is currently living in Hong Kong and works on an international airline as a flight attendant. I was able to spend a couple days with her when she flew to Vancouver last month and she was kind enough to let me snoop through her products and share some of her skincare secrets with you.

You’re probably wondering the same thing as me: how does someone who spends their week on long-haul-dry-cabin-air-flights without a regular schedule for beauty sleep achieve such flawless skin? I mean really, she’s gorgeous! Katsuno has 3 basic methods to maintaining a flawless complexion while travelling and she walks me through each of them below…

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#1 | “I keep a small cosmetic bag filled with in-flight essentials with me at all times. I look for multitasking products that have excellent lasting power to get me through long shifts (sometimes up to 16 hours!)”.

Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist. Perfume cannot be worn on the wrists as it might bother passengers while reaching in front of them or passing food, etc. However, having a hair mist allows me to keep things fresh and professional. Especially on the really long flights when I wish I could have a shower.

Shu Uemura Liquid Foundation & Pressed Powder. When it comes time to put makeup on for a 16 hour flight, I need something reliable that is going to last through the dry cabin air and not leave my face looking greasy. This foundation contains just enough moisture to prevent my skin from drying out and producing excess oil as a symptom of dehydration. It is something I trust to keep me looking my best throughout long shifts. I always set this foundation with the pressed powder and use the powder throughout the flight to touch up my face when needed.

Esteé Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick. This lipstick has just enough pigmentation to look professional and put together, and it’s hydrating enough to wear on my lips for long periods of time. Most lipsticks are too drying to wear during flights, but this one is the one I go to regularly because it gives a nice glossy finish. I can’t carry too many products with me so this lipstick/moisturizer/gloss combination is perfect.

L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Hydrating Face Mist. This mist needs to be applied all throughout the flight to avoid skin dehydration. It’s gentle, doesn’t smudge my makeup, and nourishes my skin. I spritz it right over my makeup every few hours as a good refresher. This is a must-have for flying!

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#2 | “I make sure to thoroughly cleanse my skin everyday and give it as much nutrition as possible through the products I use”.

Morning Routine: I gently rinse my face with water in the morning. I apply the Vitalizing Refining Lotion from the Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus collection and follow with the Shu Uemura Lighbulb Fluid Foundation. This foundation gives me a seamless coverage without being sticky or oily and it lasts all day. I always top that off with the Shu Uemura Matte Face Powder to seal in my foundation and stop any shine. I use the Kate Tokyo Eyebrow Palette and a clear mascara to keep my brows in place and the Loreal Paris Curl Impact Collagene Mascara (only available in ASIA) on my bottom lashes. This is the best mascara I’ve found for my lashes. I wear eyelash extensions on my top lashes. For someone who is constantly travelling this is the best way to go. It saves me time in the morning and it’s an instant face brightener for days when I don’t get much sleep.

Evening Routine: I start by removing my makeup with the Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil. This product is truly amazing. I really take the time to massage this into my skin and it removes all of my makeup while leaving my skin hydrated and nourished. I follow with the Vitalizing Refining Lotion, Intense Vitalizing Concentrate, Vitalizing Line-Reducing Eye Essence, Vitalizing Retexturizing Emulsion, and lastly the Vitalizing Retexturizing Night Cream. These products are all from the Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus collection. I am very loyal to the Shu Uemura brand because their products work well with my skin type and I know I am not only getting good hydration while cleansing my skin, but I am also giving my skin the nutrients it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

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#3 | “I keep my skin active through activities like hot yoga.”

I was in total awe as soon as I caught a glimpse of Katsuno’s lace cosmetic bag and Japanese brand hair products neatly scattered around the sink in our hotel. This stuff was so gorgeous it had to be photographed. I can’t wait to try out some of the products she’s recommended, if they can pass the test of a 16 hour flight, they must be good! She let me use her cleansing oil in the hotel to take off my makeup at the end of the day and it really was amazing. I must remember to pick up a bottle of that.

Thank you so much for letting me rummage through your beauty bag and share it with the world Katsuno. Your skin is an inspiration to us all. I hope you enjoyed this What’s In My Beauty Bag post. I’ll be back with another lovely face next month. Thanks for reading! Love you guys.


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Essie ‘Big Spender’ Nail Polish.

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Is it too early to say I’ve found my favourite summer nail polish? I know it’s only half way through July, but I would be happy wearing this lush red-violet shade on my toes for the rest of the season. Essie‘s Big Spender is a rich and sassy violet that pairs well with so many things! It’s a shade from their older collection, but I only recently picked it up and I’m totally in love with it. I typically like wearing a darker shade on my toes and I find this shade deep enough to be considered dark, but still bright enough to be fun for summer. Like all Essie polishes, it’s DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free.

What do you think? What’s your favourite toe-polish shade for summer?

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Essie Polish: $9.00 per bottle.
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