Coffee Date

A couple weeks ago I took a trip downtown to meet the lovely Jess (@jessundecided) at Dineen for coffee and to finally meet up in person!  I’ve been following her account for sometime now and with this new year, I’ve been making a concious effort to meet and be social with people I meet in social media. After coffee, we wandered around trying to find someplace warm to take photos (it was a -15 day) but settled for this outdoor space and froze our fingers off. Now let’s not question why I was still under the impression a leather jacket would be warm enough. 

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Photos by: Jessica Lam

 

Eyebrow Tutorial

As many of you know, making this video has been on my list of “things to do” for months now and I finally got around to filming something that I was 100% happy with.  It’s very condensed and short but hopefully helps answer some of the questions I receive on a daily basis!  Below, are the products mentioned with the links to where you can purchase.  If there’s any other questions, feel free to shoot me an email or comment on this post below!  Going into this new year, I’ve also planned a lot more content for new videos and posts so be sure to subscribe to my *very new* channel to stay up to day.

MUFE Aqua Brow, colour 25, find it here 

Sephora Pro Angled Liner Brush, find it here 

A Year In Review

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If anyone was to ask me what made a difference in my 2015 year, I’d say it was working hard even when I didn’t feel it was paying off in that very moment.  I know it sounds kind of cheesy but let me explain.

At the beginning of this year I was in a job that created a lot of disatisfaction in my life and knowing this, I made sure to continue doing things that I was passionate about outside of work.  I knew that until I figured out my next step, making myself happy outside of work would help my perspective and keep me busy and productive.  My blog has always been something I look to when I’m feeling uninspired or bored because I love sharing with you and also challenging myself.  I didn’t really feel that it was helping my “big picture” at the time but realized a few months later that it had made all the difference.

In April, I accepted a position with a company and brand that still to this day makes me excited to say I work for.  Working for a luxury brand without having any previous luxury retail experience isn’t something that typically happens.  After being this role for a couple months, I asked my manager what helped me stand out from all of the other people she had interviewed and one of the reasons was how I presented myself, both in person and online.  This blog and in addition, my instagram account allowed my manager to see that aside from my previous job, I was also able to curate multiple accounts, stay true to myself and keep everything consistent.  

So, with this newly appointed job and position I was able to finally move to Toronto – something I honestly didn’t see happening for at least another year.  After this realization, a lot of things just started falling into place.  Being able to say that I’m financially independent is something I take a lot of pride in and it took a lot of time and house hopping to get here (haha).  As I began to save money for a new apartment and started my long work days (thanks to horrible transit and long commutes), one of the reasons that kept me so positive and happy fell behind and I realized that producing content here on a consistent basis was going to be a challenge.  I tried my best to post as often as I could but until I was able to settle into a new apartment and be closer to work was something that I had to put on a slight temporary hold.  I’ll be honest, having to set my blog to the side disappointed me at first but knowing that I was taking on a new opportunity and challenge excited me.  I also knew that in time I’d be able to do both and put more focus towards blogging again.

Going into this new year, one of my focuses is going to be this platform.  Not only because I miss it but because it’s one of the best ways I’ve found that helps me grow as a person.  I have almost two years of outfits and posts here and being able to look back and see how far I’ve come (as cheesy as that may sound), is a great way for me to reflect and set new goals.  I decided the only resolution that I’m going to make is to focus more on making myself happy and doing things that I fully enjoy.  

I’m so thankful for the support I’ve received this year, not only from friends and family, but readers who regularly send me messages be it here or on instagram.  I love talking with new people and always appreciate your comments and support!  Thankyou for a great year and if you’ve made it through this lengthy post I congratulate you.

HAPPY NEW YEARS xx

Holiday Makeup [step by step]

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I’ve been wanting to incorporate more makeup related posts into my blog and have been slowly making the transition.  To be honest, I’ve felt a little uninspired with my outfits lately and think that by including makeup posts as well, will be able to produce more content on a regular basis.  I wanted to film a holiday inspired look that could also be worn for day time if you chose and decided to go with a smoky red eye and a dark lip.

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Step 1// I started with fresh face with moisturizer, then applied foundation and filled in my eyebrows.  I decided to skip documenting these steps since I plan on filming an eyebrow routine in the new year.

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Step 2// Apply an eyeshadow primer to enhance the colour and lasting power of the eyeshadows you use.  I really like this one by Motives since it’s a pale pink and gives my lids an almost white base to work with.

 

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Step 3// Using a soft pinkish brown (here I used the colour Undone from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 palette) and a fluffy blending brush, place this colour in the crease and blend it upwards and side to side across the crease.  This will start to create a transition for when you place darker colours over top.

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Step 4//  With a small crease brush, use a warmer brown darker than the previous and place in the crease, and begin working the colour in side to side.  Make sure you’re not blending upwards.  After adding this colour, lightly blend with a fluffy blending brush it into the lighter colour and add more into the crease if you need to create more depth.

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Step 5// Using a small dense brush, pack a deep matte brownish red in the outer corner of your eyelids.  I used the shade Succubus from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette.  You want to keep this colour only on the eyelid, making sure you don’t add anything to the crease.  This colour will be blended out eventually and if too much is added beforehand, it will look too harsh and potentially blotchy.

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Step 6//  After packing Succubus into the outer corners, you want to lightly blend this colour out to blend it with your lighter transition shades.  Blending will take away some of the brightnes and saturation so you will have to go back in with more colour.  This is one of the more important steps and it’s usually best to gradually add more colour, blend, and continue until the desired colour and look is achieved.  This shadow colour is going to act as a base for the metallic red added next to help it look more vibrant and I also just preferred how it looked with the two were layered over top.

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Step 7// Taking a brighter metallic red (this is Sonic from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 palette) use a small dense synthetic brush to pack this colour over top of the dark matte brownish red previously used.  With metallic colours, I find that sometimes using your finger helps apply the colour more effectively, so I kind of went back and forth using my finger and brush until it came out the way I wanted.

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Step 8// Using any light shade, matte or shimmer, whichever your preference and go over wherever there isn’t any red or brown shadow to further define the outer corners and make the colours pop.  I used a combination of the colour Laetus from the Kat Von D shade + light eye contour palette and Last Sin from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 palette.  You want to use a dense eyeshadow brush to pack these colours on and then use a fluffy blending brush to lightly blend the colours together to the crease.

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Step 9// This is an optional step and isn’t necessary for people who don’t like the look of shadow on the lower lash line.  But I always do this and feel like my eyes are never finished until I add colour underneath as well.  I used Sonic (UD Vice 3) and Succubus (KVD eye contour) on a small dense brush and lightly ran it underneath.  You want to start out with a little shadow and work your way to the desired look.  If you put too much at first it can look a little overwhelming and disproportionate to the rest of your eye look.

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Step 10// Curl and apply mascara to your lashes.  One of my favourite mascara’s is Maybelline Mega Plush waterproof.  I really like how semi clumpy and thick eyelashes look and this has been one of the most consistent products I’ve found.  Obviously, use what ever product or brand you prefer.

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Step 11// I have a hard time finding shades specifically for contouring since I find most brands out there make the products too warm or orangey.  Contouring is suppose to give the effect of a “shadow”, meaning that for the most part you should be using a cool toned shade when doing so.  When I do contour, I’ve found this eyeshadow in the colour from KVD eye contour palette and just use a small brush to lightly place in the hollows of my cheeks, and underneath my chin to make my jaw slightly more defined.

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Step 12//  I decided to apply every type of face product so I added bronzer, a bit of blush and highlight.  I used Hard Candy bronzer in Tiki, Maybelling blush in Mauve and Becca’s highlight powder in Moonstone.  Typically if my skin was on the oilier side I would set everything with a powder, but my skin was a little dry today so I opted out.

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Step 13// I was initially going to keep this lip neutral so it didn’t compete with the brighter eye but who am I kidding.  This is Kat Von D’s everlasting liquid lipstick in Exorcism and it’s my absolute favourite.  I use it almost every single day.  It’s the perfect deep berry red and lasts me throughout a full work day, even after drinking multiple coffees.  Since it is a liquid lipstick I would suggest exfoliating your lips prior to using this to ensure they don’t feel chapped and become cracked throughout the day.

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I really wanted to create a look that was universal and would work with colours and shades people would probably already have at home.  Obviously, a red eyeshadow look isn’t something that everyone would like but you could always switch out the two red shades for browns, purples or whatever you wanted!  This was so much fun to do and I’m hoping to actually film some more videos in the new year with both makeup and clothing related topics.  Wishing you all a happy holiday season and thank you for reading!