Wednesday, July 31, 2013

5.154 Top 5 High-End Summer Lipsticks

It's the middle of Summer, and although the weather has been relatively cool, shorts and dresses, corals and mints are and will still be in at least until Fall rolls around.

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So, today I wanted to share with you my 5 top picks for high-end summer lipsticks. It so happens I've been on a lippie obsession so I have accumulated quite a few in the past few months. I personally prefer high-end makeup so it was much harder to choose only 5 versus 5 drugstore lipsticks- which was limited by choice anyway.

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As you can see, I have a love for YSL Volupte Shine lipsticks. I also love Dior Addict lipsticks but haven't yet accumulated enough for a variety to choose from.

From left to right:
YSL Volupte Shine #15 "Coral Intuitive" - This lipstick is a true coral colour that applies sheer on the lips. It's a very natural colour making it the perfect on-the-go lipstick. This is perfect for everyday wear.
YSL Volupte Shine #14 "Corail In Touch" - As it looks in the tube, this lipstick is quite bright and bold. The opacity is quite opaque and at times it could look a bit neon too. It's a coral colour that leans more to the oranges. This is better reserved for a day when you're up for a bit of intensity.
YSL Volupte Shine #13 "Pink In Paris" - Finally. A pink lipstick, I know. It's a really beautiful rich pink colour and it's quite pigmented too. This is my most recent acquisition (courtesy of The Mister) and it's nice change to wear something other than nudes and corals. This is my favourite out of all the YSL lipsticks I own.
Fresh Sugar "Coral" - I know this technically isn't a lipstick, but it applies so opaque it might as well be one. The opacity of this lipbalm is far greater than any of the other lipsticks mentioned in this post. I usually prefer lipsticks that aren't 100% opaque, but this lipbalm is so pigmented, that it manages to cover my pigmented lips even with a lipbalm formula. That's just how opaque it is. It is a very bold lip colour, and as the name suggests, it's a coral colour that leans more to the reds. This is perfect for those days you want to just have some BAM to your lips.
Dior Addict "Charmante" - This is a very sheer lipstick. Just a hint of coral shows up on my lips. The reason why it's in my top 5 is because I love using it on days where I feel like going really natural and subtle on the lips. It's also handy to have when you don't a mirror around and you want to just throw something on the lips.

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They all give a great shine which is perfect for summer.

Now to get ready for work *sarcastic yay!!* It's okay, work today and tomorrow, then I'm off for a day :D

"To do what you've never done you must think in ways you've never thought." -Rick Warren

Thursday, July 25, 2013

5.153 Priorities First

Earlier in the summer both of my sisters traveled on their own for the first time. One went to New York, Quebec, and L.A and the other went to Vietnam and Hong Kong. It was the first time any of us had ever actually traveled or been on a plane before and now I'm the only one left who hasn't had the opportunity to go on such an adventure. BUT, priorities first. My life dream of traveling the world will have to be put on hold. My focus and goal right now is to liquidate my school debt as fast as possible. That, and I can't seem to curbside my shopping addiction, which isn't as easy as it sounds. For now I don't mind exploring my backyard (Toronto) with the Mister. There's still many places I haven't been to and I'm determined to learn more about this city so that I can be at least somewhat of a decent tour guide if anyone I know from abroad decides to visit.

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From her trip to New York and L.A. this is what one of my sisters brought back for me. The chocolate with cocoa that she brought back from New York was so yummy.

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From her trip to Vietnam and Hong Kong this is what my other sister brought back for me (the sun hat is mine that I used as a prop). I love munching on dried spicy squid.

Aside from OSAP payments and shopping, I also had put some money away for a Mac Pro- which I actually ended up purchasing recently!! I got a total deal on it with the student discount and all, but I'll tell you about it as soon as my notebook comes :D *excited*

And of course there's early Christmas shopping and I'm saving up for something I've always wanted: A Burberry scarf. This year I'm determined to finally get myself one... or even two! I'm in love with this silk and cashmere one. I'm slowly checking off wishlist items and I'm totally psyched to finally get my Mac Pro after having my HP notebook for 7 years.

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Anyway I haven't shown you guys how my garden has been doing. This was taken a couple weeks ago (sorry it's a bit blurry, I didn't realize the lens was fogging up). Take a look to the far right and see how crazy the raspberries are growing o__o. I had to contain them with netting because they were starting to overrun my sugar snap peas. I've already fully harvested the lettuce and sugar snap peas so those areas are bare now.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." - Robert Brault

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

5.152 Christmas In July - Zara & Chapter's Summer Sale

Half way around the world it's the holiday season. And seeing that no holiday is in sight until Labour Day in September (and even then it's not something really to celebrate), I thought why not celebrate Christmas twice this year :D

... Okay you got me. It's just another excuse for me to shop haha.

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Two of my favourite stores, Zara and Chapter's have some major sales going on. I love end of the season sales because that's when you can find the best stuff- or stuff you've been eyeing- at more affordable prices.

Zara rarely has sales but when they do, they make it count. They have two major sales in a year- Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. Their Spring/Summer sale is still going on right now but a lot of the good stuff are already gone. Over a few short months I became totally obsessed with Zara. Whenever I step into one of their stores it's like I literally say, "Just take my money."

I went from owning zero Zara clothing to like a billion- I know, Sheldon would definitely not approve of this exaggeration. From the sale, I picked out a pair of white jean shorts that I showed in a previous haul post and a few other pieces that I will share after I show what I bought at full price prior to the sale.

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I got this top in the fuscia pink (shown above) and black colour because I couldn't decide between the two. At full price these were $49.50 each and well worth it in my opinion. I really love Zara tops like this because they're so easy to throw on yet makes you look put together.

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The only thing is ironing them- welcome to the adult world.

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This top looked a bit gimmicky but then I couldn't stop thinking about Michelle Phan when I saw it. I like these kind of tops on her so I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did because it looks good on and it's such a unique piece. At full price this was $39.50.

Now onto the sale goodies!
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The first thing I bought from the sale were a pair of Strappy High-Heel Sandals and this scarf (only $20!!) that I had been eyeing but then sold out online. Luckily I found this in-stores.

The story with the strappy heels was that I ended up returning them because I didn't realize how beat up they were until I got home. It had a couple dents and scratches that really bothered me. The return didn't matter to me though because prior to getting a refund I discovered that they were being sold online on their site.
I highly recommend buying Zara shoes online if you only see beat up ones in-stores. That way you get a pair of fresh new untouched shoes. The only thing is that you have to check to see if they are sold online and that you have a minimum total of $50 to get free shipping. But you always have the option of shipping to your local store which is free too. They're packaging for shipping is top-notch. They ship the box within a black bag, and for this particular order, the box contained another smaller box that contained the shoes. The shoes were also wrapped in plastic to prevent molding/condensation and had scrunched up tissue to keep the shoe's shape.

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Can you look at this shoe and tell me how I could have resisted? Because I couldn't the moment I set my eyes on them, and it didn't help that they were marked down either. These were Mister approved which only justified me getting them even more.

These are the sexiest and highest heels I own to date. They are 100% goat leather which make them feel so soft and comfortable on. The back of the heels was what really got me. They were originally $89.90 but I got them for $69.99. I love them. I think I need to find a place to display them because they're that pretty haha.

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The next pair of shoes, Ballerina with Metal Toe Cap, was something I came across online but hadn't seen in-stores. It's always a gamble to buy things online without inspecting them first in person... but these just looked way too gorgeous online that I figured they must be stunning in-person too. I pretty much have my shoe size pat down through many trial and errors over the years so I wasn't too worried about that. These flats also came well packaged.

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When they came I was in awe of how gorgeous they were. They're so pretty. I am in love with the design on the metal toe cap; it adds so much character to the shoe.

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I am also pleased that they added some cushion to make the flats more comfortable. These were on sale for $39.99. Could it be possible that Zara might become a favourite shoe store alongside Aldo??

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And my last purchase was this Zara trench coat. This was regularly $119 but I got it on sale for $89.99. I have been wanting a beige trench coat for the longest time. My dream trench is a Burberry one, but obviously that will have to wait. I am very happy with the purchase of this coat. Now I have something pretty to wear during the in-between seasons!

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The Mister and I enjoying a couple free samples of Starbuck's Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappucino given to us in Chapter's.

Then there was Chapter's. I basically ordered everything online from the sale just because it's easier to do from home than having to drive to a store and having to deal with how varied their stock is. I ordered 3 different times if that says anything. I did get a couple things to add to Christmas gifts though. I'm telling you guys, Christmas in July for December haha. This year I decided to accumulate things early so that I won't be bankrupt in December.

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Chapter's also does a fine job in packaging their stuff to be shipped off.

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The first thing I got was this Glass Apple Jar ($13.65) that I had been eyeing for a while. It's meant to store honey and that's exactly what I intend it for.

Hello Moss Stitch Throw! I've been eyeing this throw since last year (they brought it back). I actually have been eyeing this throw in the ivory since they first only had this available in ivory and navy. When it finally went on sale, I was about to get the ivory... until I came across this pink colour in-stores. Can you tell how much I'm into colour now? What a revelation. This was marked down to $29.75 from $59.50. But guess what? After a couple weeks these throws were marked down even more so I ended up getting the ivory coloured one too for only $14.88!! The pink was sold out by then so I made a good choice in getting it first even though I paid more.

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Don't act like you're surprised. You knew the candle thing was coming. I wouldn't be Nat if I didn't get a candle. At least I managed to limit myself to one candle, Scalloped Edge Glass Candle "Creme de Peche" ($14). Expensive but I couldn't resist the packaging of the box (it's embossed) and the candle glass is also too beautiful as well, plus the candle itself smells so good.

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And something somewhat unrelated but related are these Boutique products- hand wash and shower gel that I bought from Winners. A long time ago I tweeted a picture of wanting to get a Boutique product but convinced myself not to. After that I couldn't stop thinking about it but it had sold out by the time I went back. Ever since then I would always browse the bath section just to see if they had any Boutique products again. Finally after a long time, I came across some. These smell amazing by the way and would be lovely in a guest bathroom.

"Never make a decision in anger, never make a promise in happiness." - Imam Ali (AS)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

5.151 Rain Rain Go Away

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It's the day after an evening/night of total chaos with power outages experienced across Toronto and the GTA. Record rainfall resulted in a lot of flooding leaving many drivers and commuters either totally stranded or completely frustrated because of how congested the roads and transit were. I heard that a month's worth of rainfall had fallen in just a few short hours. My family experienced a basement leak and so did many other home owners. I was at work when the power outage happened. I worked for only 2 hours and they kept us for another 2 hours to see if the power would come back on again. By the time they let us go, it was 8 o'clock in the evening and the roads were congested with people wanting to get home. Above is a picture of the paperwork I do half of the time I'm at work.

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Having lunch at McDonald's last week after my visit to the lab to complete my physical. I was starving after a evening/night of fasting.

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Last Friday the Mister and I ate at Milestone's because I really wanted to try their steak after a coworker told me how their steaks are the best. This is the first time we've ever eaten at Milestone's.

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To start I ordered the Milestone's Original Bellini which is a big deal since I don't drink. I have to say though, it was really good. Bellinis are definitely something I can drink and enjoy. The Mister ordered a Heineken.

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I'm on a mission to try the calamari at every restaurant. This was the Calamari Steak Strips which was alright. Since it was steak strips, it was more meaty than I'm used to. The calamari at Moxie's is still the best in my opinion. I really liked the sauces though- especially the Lemon Aioli sauce.

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I ended up getting the Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin- which was delicious, but what was even more yummier was the garlic mashed potatoes. Omg. It was so good. I forget what the Mister got... but I'm pretty sure it was the Red Curry Chicken Bowl.

Anyway I hope everyone who got affected by the flooding has been able to recuperate. The weather forecasts calls for more rain for the next couple of days. I really hope nothing bad happens again.

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." -A. Burroughs

Sunday, July 7, 2013

5.150 Top 5 Drugstore Summer Lipsticks

I am on a roll with blogging! It must be because of the gloomy weather which has kept me inside with nothing better to do. I've been collecting quite a few things from my shopping trips and I realize that I haven't been talking about them after my initial show-and-tell. I will keep this in mind and hopefully soon you'll see things I've shown you from previous hauls.

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Today I will be showing you a few of my drugstore lipstick picks for summer. You might remember all of these lipsticks since I have featured them in different posts in the past. To be honest I don't have many drugstore lipsticks so there wasn't much to pick from... but I do love these lipsticks so they still do remain as my top 5.

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I have made great strides when it comes to colour. In my wardrobe I'm open to more colourful tops and bottoms, and in the makeup world I absolutely love wearing bright coral lip colours for the summer season (which is why 4 out of 5 of these lipsticks are coral).

From left to right:
Rimmel "Soft Coral" - This is a lipstick with lots of fine silver glitter that gives a nice shimmery finish with a nice colour overlay that isn't loud and overpowering. It's soft colour is superb as an everyday kind of lipstick. It would be suitable for those who want a little bit of colour, shimmery shine, and a great start for those who want to transition into wearing coloured lipsticks. This is, however, not great for those with drier or chapped lips as it will only accentuate it more.
Rimmel "Coral Chic" - This lipstick is creamy, has a satin finish, and feels hydrating yet isn't slick so it stays on the lip. I would say it's what a perfect lipstick formula should feel like. As the lipstick in the tube suggests, it's gives a great punch of coral colour to the lips and is opaque enough to completely cover my pigmented lips. It's pairs well with a colourful top or to add some colour if you're wearing neutrals.
L'Oreal "Sunset Angora" - This is the only pink lipstick I have in my top 5 drugstore picks. It feels more like a balm so it feels really hydrating on the lips. It gives off a nice sheer pink colour perfect for a day out on the beach or a fun-filled day out in the sun.
Revlon "Tutti Frutti" - "Tutti Frutti" is definitely not for shy folks. It's quite similar to Rimmel's "Coral Chic" (mentioned above) as they look almost identical on my lips except that "Tutti Frutti" is more like a balm, more sheer, and has a glossier finish than "Coral Chic".
Revlon "Peach" - This lipstick gives off a really pretty peachy-coral colour on the lips. It feels moisturizing and has super micro shimmers that gives off a pretty subtle shimmery shine. This would be suitable to wear in the daytime everyday.

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I know I will really enjoy and get some use out of these lipsticks this summer since I've ventured into coloured lipsticks. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it.

Stay tuned for when I do my top 5 Summer High-End lipsticks picks! That one will be much harder since I have a lot more to choose from.

"Never give up on something you really want. It's difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret." -LionHeartEagle.blogspot.com

5.149 Crisis Averted.

After taking some time to reflect on why I was feeling so down, I have come to the conclusion that what I was experiencing was something similar to a pre-midlife crisis. I say "similar" because it was very short-lived. I'm sure at some point in the future I will have the pleasure of experiencing the full effect of how a pre-midlife crisis feels like, but for now it has been averted.

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Last Friday the Mister and I ate at an Indian restaurant called Amaya. They have formal restaurants but we ate at one of their food court locations, this one was in Yorkdale mall.

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I've never tried Indian food before so I was stepping outside of my comfort zone (at least my bubble tea was there to help keep me comfortable haha). It was quite interesting, a lot more spice than I'm used to, definitely  something I would need to build up a taste for (just like I had to do for sushi). I don't know anything about Indian food so the Mister ordered for me. He got the Butter Chicken and Chicken Masala for both of us to eat.

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Here are a few jewelry pieces I picked up at Forever21. I wanted a dainty gold necklace that would be perfect to pair with a lot of my outfits. I came upon this love heart necklace that I figured would work if I removed the bejeweled snowflake that made it look cheap. I liked it until it started to tarnish on me after a few wears... I hate when jewelry do that, but I'm not sure what I was expecting from cheap jewelry lol. The earrings are a peach colour and style of earring that I've been wanting after looking at a similar pair at Rainbow Jade.

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The wing cuffs are amazing. As soon as I came upon them, I knew I had to get at least one. Of course, knowing me, I couldn't decide between gold and silver so I got both. They're really nice to wear alone or to stack with other bracelets. They were $5.80 each which isn't bad considering they're pretty good quality for what you pay for.

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This is how it looks on.

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I also found this awesome bar necklace in Forever21 which has that similar style of that overpriced Gorjana necklace I bought. I believe this was under or around $5. This will be cute to wear with all those blouse tops I have.

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I also picked up this cute little top from Forever21. I'm sure the rhinestones will probably fall off with wear... but I couldn't resist how cute it looked and you know the high-low cut always gets me!

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One of my most exciting purchases was this dress. This is my first casual dress. I have no qualms about getting this because dresses are something my closet totally lacks. The Mister has been urging me to step out of my comfort zone and accept and be comfortable with my body to be confident enough to wear things like dresses and shorts.

I think the high-low cut is the most obvious thing I love about this dress. I have been trying to track down high-low cut dresses that I like and look good on me. The dress has floral stitching on the the collar which I'm not too big of a fan of but it does add a nice touch of detail.

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And like I said, thanks to the Mister, I'm more comfortable with my legs enough to wear shorts... so I bought 3 haha. The two white pair of shorts are from Zara (the white jean shorts I got from their Spring/Summer sale they have on right now) and the pink pair are from Forever21. I've been desperately trying to find high-waisted nautical button style shorts but to no avail... these are the only ones I like that I've come across.

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And if the dress and shorts weren't enough to convince you that I'm stepping out of my comfort zone... how about this fabulous floppy sunhat? My sister was looking for a sunhat for her trip to L.A. When we came across a couple in The Bay she pretty much convinced me that I needed to get this black one. I've been wanting a floppy sunhat for years... but I've never had the courage to wear one since I feel like all eyes will be on me. The price tag on this was $45 and I went up to the cash register already committed to pay that price. Little did I know, this was marked down twice! So the hat ended up being only $22! What a steal!

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After watching a haul video where they mentioned how much they liked the BCBG Bon Chic perfume, I couldn't help but be intrigued. So, on one of our outings, the Mister and I headed into BCBG Maxazria to smell the perfume. I ended up really liking the scent, it's a light sweet feminine kind of smell. The Mister ended up getting this for me after I kept debating back and forth about getting it haha. Thanks babe!

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Isn't the bottle sublime? It's so beautiful and elegant that I couldn't resist adding it to my perfume collection. Plus it doesn't hurt that it looks lovely on the vanity.

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I didn't think the round earrings from Forever21 compared to the ones I saw at Rainbow Jade so eventually I gave in and got myself a pair. They're made with swarovski crystals and they really stand out when I wear them.

"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullsh*t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it." -Jordan Belfort