Sunday, April 21, 2013

"Shopaholic" TAG!

Hey everyone! I had this tag sitting in my drafts for a little while and I thought I'd finally publish it. I got it from Missglamorazzi I believe. Enjoy and feel free to do it yourself!

1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a shopaholic because I don't have enough funds to really fuel a shopping addiction hahaha. BUT I do love a good trip to the mall, especially if I've got my eye out in Sephora or MAC (of course).

2. How would you classify your style?

To be honest, I couldn't really classify my style because it changes all the time. Lately I've been dressing really casually and wearing whatever fits. That's my main priority with clothes nowadays - I'm not one to follow trends, I normally just focus on proper fit. Unfortunately with my size I can't be picky about style and whatnot, so if I shop for fit then I know I'll look decent.

3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?

Bath & Body Works. Hands down. Those COUPONS man. There's always at least one promotion going on. You can click HERE to see what exactly is on offer right now in Canada! (So many deeaaalsss)

This is just a screen grab of the last e-mail I got from them


4. Where do you find the best deals?

I mean, Bath & Body Works has good deals but you need to be into candles otherwise you won't really benefit. Personally I'm not a big fan of their lotions and whatnot. Other than that, I think H&M has a good price point. H&M is really awesome for basics - whenever I'm looking for something specific I tend to go there.

5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?

I don't splurge for designers but rather for specific items, and even at that, I don't tend to splurge very often. I think the most expensive item I own that I bought with my own money (i.e. that wasn't a gift) is my Longchamp bag and I'm totally aware that isn't really that expensive. I don't know - it kind of pains me to spend a whole lot of money all at once.

6. Do you have a "go to" shopping outfit?

Anything that can be removed easily, and something relatively basic (jeans and t-shirt type) so that I can properly try on tops or bottoms without having to take off an entire dress, for example. Nothing with too many buttons!

7. What is your guilty pleasure? (Aside from makeup)

Does nail polish count?! I swear, I'm NailPolishCanada's #1 customer. But other than that I'd have to say I'm a sucker for a nice candle.



8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

I don't think there's anything better than a pair of jeans that fits well. 

9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

Hmm, I would say skinny jeans. I mean, skinny jeans have been around for a while now but I can definitely remember a time when they weren't in style. I honestly can't imagine myself wearing a jean other than the "skinny" style. I actually get nervous thinking about having all that extra fabric around my ankles - ahhhh! OH, also "oxblood" or whatever. I know it's just maroon - get off me LOL.

10. What trend did you love that passed way to quickly?

I would still wear this trend now but I think color-blocking passed way too quickly! I don't even know if it really passed - I'm awful at keeping up with trends. But I really thought color-blocking was a good one.



11. Who is your fashion icon?

I think everything that MissGlamorazzi wears is really on-point. She knows how to style and layer simple clothes really well, and she always looks so put-together. It's happened many times that I buy something that I later see in one of her hauls!

I have the same denim shirt as the second photo, and check out that color blocking in the third photo!!! (Photos: http://web.stagram.com/n/thegridmonster/)
So that concludes the Shopaholic tag! Again, feel free to do it yourself and please link me to your post in the comments below if you do :D

Saturday, April 13, 2013

REVIEW: TRESemme Keratin Smooth Trio

Hey everyone! Review coming your way! These are the TRESemme Keratin Smooth products that were recently launched. I was lucky enough to be sent these from Klout to review. If you don't know what Klout is, basically it's a website that measures your internet presence and gives you a score. If your score is high enough you qualify for certain perks, and since most of my internet presence is beauty-related, I was given these to try out!

The TRESemme Keratin Smooth conditioner, shampoo, and heat protectant are meant to smooth out frizz and give your hair noticeable shine. I'll start off by saying that I saw a noticeable difference after using these products as a trio. Individually, they may not be as potent, but together they worked really well.

Keratin Smooth Shampoo: First off, this shampoo smells incredible. It smells tangy and lovely and the scent lingers in my hair even when it dries after I wash it out. My only problem with this shampoo is that it isn't very cleansing. It's super thick in consistency and I feel like it doesn't really seep down to my scalp unless I spend lots of time working it in. If you're looking for a clarifying shampoo, I wouldn't recommend this.

Keratin Smooth Conditioner: I think this is my favorite product out of the trio. The consistency is perfect and it feels very nourishing as I put it on. When it washes out, I can immediately sense my hair much thicker and smoother.

Keratin Smooth Heat Protectant: What I liked most about this heat protectant spray is that it didn't change the texture of my hair. It didn't leave it feeling tacky or crispy at all. My only gripe is that the packaging is kinda awful. The spray contraption on top isn't very user-friendly or durable, and the product seeps out the base when you use it. It's a shame because what's inside is great, but the packaging sucks.

Overall, these products made my hair feel very smooth. I don't normally go for TRESemme products (mostly because their adverts really annoy me lol), but perhaps aside from the heat protect (that damn packaging!), I would probably repurchase these.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

NOTD: Essie "Sand Tropez" + Bonus Easter Mani

Hey everyone! Welcome to April :) I probably won't be doing a March favorites post seeing as not much has changed from last month, however this little manicure has definitely been a favorite. I think it's so cute and perfect for spring! First I'll show you the base color I used, which is Essie Sand Tropez.

Though some may find it a little bland, I've been looking for a nude-taupe nail colour for a while. I think this will quickly become a favorite! The application is really lovely and smooth (as is with many Essie nail polishes).

PS. my nail beds have been awful lately! Do any of you have this problem?
This was the manicure I wore on Easter! Cute, isn't it? And it reminds me of Mini Eggs haha.

It's really simple to do as well. First, you paint your nail the color of the half moon (in my case, either blue, pink, purple, or yellow), wait for it to dry completely (I used a quick bit of Seche Vite topcoat because I'm super impatient lol), apply a page hole reinforcer to the bottom half - those little circular stickers, and then paint the top part of the nail with your color of choice. In case you're curious, the colors I used are Zoya "Jacqueline", American Apparel "L'Esprit", Essie "Fiji", Zoya "Blu" and of course, Essie "Sand Tropez".

Let me know what you think in the comments! Hope you're having a great spring so far!