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Weekend Reading.

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What are you up to this weekend? Having a big meal with family and friends? Setting up an Easter egg hunt? I’ll be spending the weekend at my Grandparents’ place eating turkey and pie! I’m excited. Have a lovely long weekend and here are a few links from around the web to enjoy with your morning mini eggs…

Easter basket inspiration.

Egg in a hole.

This Dad’s hilarious Saturday mornings (via C & C).

April showers bring May florals.

The most fondest farewell to Gabriel García Márquez.

Naturally dyed easter eggs.

Mastering the Opera, Ballet, and Symphony.

Butternut squash and barley salad with a poached egg.

This granny is a dancing daredevil!

Any of you in Vancouver, be sure to visit the Easter Bunny juice truck!

Have a lovely long weekend. Happy Easter!
[Photo via Anna of RiflePaperCo.]


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A Beginner’s Guide to The Orange Lip.

The orange lip is the ultimate statement shade of spring/summer this year. I’m not talking pale peach or sweet yam here, but full on traffic-cone orange. I agree, it’s scary! But the more I see it, the more I love it. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 097 Incandescente.
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 097 Incandescente. Vintage brick wall orange.

Unlike a neutral or pale shade, the orange lip is one you have to think about and prepare for better you go ahead and apply. Make sure the rest of your makeup is minimal and complimentary. A very natural looking face (light foundation) is good. Try to even out your skin tone the best you can and reduce any red spots. If you have a lot of red in your skin like I do, avoid the oranges with yellow tones in them as these can make you look washed out or sickly.

Go for a nice coral shade blush, something really fresh looking. Bronzers can look very artificial with an orange lip. As for your eyes, use light neutral colours like a pearl or beige. Something with a subtle shimmer is nice, but nothing too colourful (unless you’re going to an 80′s party). Wear mascara as you normally would and unless you’re going out for the night, eyeliner isn’t really needed. If you have really thin eyebrows, add a bit of powder to fill them out. The orange lip is very bold so it’s good to balance out your face by filling in your brows. Last but not least, remember that it’s all or nothing with the orange lip. Going for a half-orange shade can make your teeth look yellow so the brighter and bolder the better. Here’s a few ideas to help you pick the perfect orange lipstick:

A great starting point is the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Valentina. This shade will actually go well with all skin tones and it’s a great middle ground between sheer and vibrant colour.

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For a really glamorous “look at me” orange try the Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Excentrique. This is a bright lip colour and if you’re brave enough to pull it off, you’ll look amazing. Goes well with fair/pale skin tones. I really want to get this one for summer. For those of you more comfortable in red lipstick, try the shade Incandescente (seen in the photo above) it’s a great reddish-orange.

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The NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya is a good classic shade. A true orange. It also goes well with several skin tones including fair/pale. I love the Satin Lip Pencils so I’ll probably end up getting this one too, hahh.

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A neon shade like the MAC Lipstick in Morange or Neon Orange is best for golden skin tones.

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And for those of you who are still intimidated by lip colour like me, the best way to try the orange lip without committing to anything too serious would be a sheer gloss. The Clinique Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange, the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti-Frutti (shown in the photo below), or the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous are great low-key options. These orange glosses will enhance all skin tones, they are easy to apply, and can be worn day/night.

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Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti-Frutti.
Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti-Frutti.

What do you think, will you wear orange lips this summer? Do you have a favourite shade? Let me know, I’d love to hear!


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Weekend Reading.

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What are you up to this weekend? I’m getting my haircut today at Lab Salon. I have absolutely no talent when it comes to doing my hair, so I’m looking for a really easy-to-manage hairstyle for summer. The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson is having a food event all weekend so I’m meeting some friends there to check it out. Hopefully we get to enjoy some sunshine for the rest of the weekend. Here are a few links from around the web to enjoy with your morning coffee…

How to blow-dry your hair like a stylist.

Beige is never boring in Paris.

Easter Bunny Tails | Grilled Cheese Party

Background noises for those of you who like to work/study in coffee shops.

Love this mint tote.

The A – Z of Dance! Awesome.

Fearless like a kindergardener.

Famous cities photographed from above.

Perfect nude pink polishes.

Wishing I had one of these four poster beds.

Don’t forget to check out this app.

Have a wonderful weekend!
[Photo via Jenna Souers]


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The App I Can’t Sleep Without.

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If you spend time on a computer/laptop/iPad before you go to bed, I highly recommend downloading F.Lux. I came across it about a month ago and I can’t imagine ever having to look at my computer screen without it again. I basically fall asleep on my laptop every night (I know, terrible), so this is a life changer for me. F.Lux is free software that adjusts the lighting of your computer screen according to the hour of the day. It works with the colour temperature of the screen allowing your body to produce melatonin so when you’re finished on your device you’re actually able to fall asleep. The bright screens of our devices (smartphones included) replicate daylight, inhibiting the body from producing melatonin (sleep hormone) and making it harder to fall asleep at night. The producers of F.Lux have provided a full scientific explanation with good resources on their website.

When you first try it out, it will look a little strange. It took me a day or two to get used to it but I haven’t noticed it at all since then. Honestly, looking at a screen without F.Lux at night now burns my eyes. It’s one of those things you have to experience to fully understand. The software is easy to use. Once you download the app all you need to do is enter your time zone so the program can sync with your sunrise/sunset and the rest is history. A history full of better sleep that is. You won’t notice any difference during the day and as dusk approaches you will notice a very gradual change in the colour of your screen to a warmer, softer, easier on the eyes lighting.  If you need to do any colour-specific work on the computer you can temporarily turn the app off until you’re finished.

Do you use F.Lux already? Let me know what you think if you give it a try.
This software is only available for computers and iPads (hopefully they will have a mobile version soon).
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M.A.C. Prep + Prime CC Cream.

M.A.C. Prep + Prime CC Cream.

If you’re anything like me your initial reaction to the discovery of CC creams was an eye-roll. What’s with the whole double-letter cream thing these days? Well, I finally had to give in and try out what everyone’s been talking about. CC cream’s big claim to fame is being the one product that moisturizes, evens skin tone, provides an illuminating glow, and protects against the sun all in one. A couple weeks ago I picked up the M.A.C. Prep + Prime Colour Correcting Cream in Neutralize. I am genuinely surprised with the results and convenience of this product, not to mention the sparkly packaging it comes in.

As you already know, CC stands for colour correcting. There are four shades in the new M.A.C. CC collection: Adjust, Illuminate, Neutralize, and Recharge. I’ve got really red cheeks and I’m always trying to find something to decrease the pigmentation on my face (especially on my lower cheeks and jawline) so Neutralize was the perfect shade for me. When I first saw this bright yellow cream I thought it would turn my face a weird fluorescent colour, but it didn’t at all. Yellow and red are opposite on the colour wheel. When you pair opposite colours together they erase harsh pigmentation and balance each other out (in this case, balancing out the shade of your skin). I’m surprised how naturally this cream blends into my skin, it doesn’t look like I’ve got a layer of foundation on my face but it reduces the redness like a foundation would. Here’s a sample on my wrist to show you the crazy colour of this cream:

M.A.C. Prep + Prime CC Cream.

This formula is sheer enough to wear under foundation if you want full coverage. I’m not a fan of layering a whole bunch of products on my face (my foundation philosophy has always been less is more), so I wouldn’t wear this under foundation on a regular basis. However, on the odd occasion that I really need it I can see it coming in handy. I’ve worn it on it’s own with a bit of concealer on the weekend and felt comfortable with the light coverage it provides. I think this will be a regular occurrence for me over the summer. I tend to wear less foundation over the summer anyways, so this seems like an easy choice. The Prime + Prep CC creams also protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays with SPF 30. If you’ve been thinking about giving double-letter creams a try, this is the season to do it!

What do you think about CC creams? Do you have a favourite? Let me know!

Prep + Prime CC Cream: $36.50 for 30 ml.
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Weekend Reading.

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What are you up to this weekend? Can you believe it’s the first weekend of April? I always like to keep fresh flowers around the house this time of year, it’s surprising how much a little green can brighten a whole room! Flowers can be costly so I’ll usually just pick up a small bouquet from the grocery store when I’m there on the weekend. Here’s a few ideas on how to arrange supermarket flowers so they don’t look cheap. As far as the weekend goes, no big plans for me. Just relaxing around the house and catching up on a few things. Happy Saturday everyone and here are a few links from around the web to enjoy with your morning coffee…

This song always makes it feel like Spring.

Burger porn.

55 ways to take care of yourself when you’re busy, busy, busy.

This USB drive. Perfection.

DreamWorks employee makes his son a superhero in home videos. (Awesome!)

Kale, ginger, and blueberry detox smoothie.

Random street views (incredible and addicting!).

The Titanic was real?

Fresh and simple nail polish.

Daydreaming about this dress.

Brides throwing cats.

Have a great weekend!
[Photo via Dior]


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Chanel Spring 2014 Makeup Collection.

Chanel Spring 2014 Collection.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I would be getting my makeup done for the Chanel Spring 2014 Collection launch in Victoria. The palette for this collection is gorgeous. It’s fresh, floral, and playful. Soft pastel pinks and corals are paired with royal gemstone shades like emerald and silver. Getting my makeup done by one of the artists was such a great way to try different shades that I wouldn’t normally wear and learn more about the collection. I was taking notes the whole time like a total nerd and asking the artist a ton of questions. I also got to try the whole Hydra-Beauty skincare line which I’m really excited about (more on that coming soon!). I decided to base my makeup look for the day off the Les 4 Ombres Tissé Vénetian 232 eyeshadow palette (shown below).

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How beautiful is this eyeshadow!? The shades come in a variety of effects (matte, satin, iridescent, and metallic) and they blend together beautifully. You can create endless looks with this long wearing eyeshadow. The artist started by applying the pale pink shade all over my lid. This might be my favourite colour of the whole collection, it’s so pretty and as a day look I would wear it all on it’s own. Then she applied the green to my socket line and blended it really well into the outer corner of the eye. This lovely emerald shade pairs so well with the pink, I’m in love with it. She added the darker granite colour to the outer lash line just to intensify the eye since we decided to go without liner for this look. She finished the eye by adding a touch of the metallic silver to the middle of my lid for a hint of glamour! I am really happy how these shades came together so well. They capture that fresh Spring feeling and actually match the blossoming cherry trees outside!

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Since the main focus of this look was the eyes, we finished with a soft coral blush: Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Présage 62 and a subtle pink lip gloss: Lèvres Scintillantes in Plaisir 164 (one of my favourites). This silky smooth cream blush can be applied easily with fingertips and blends beautifully onto the skin. It can be worn softly on the cheeks or built up for a more vibrant look. I’ve always been one to use a pressed powder blush but I absolutely love the formula of this cream blush. It comes in 7 gorgeous shades, I’d love to try some of the others.

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Photo by Jonathan Bell.

I had such a lovely afternoon at the Chanel counter and I am so happy to share their Spring 2014 Collection with you! Thanks for reading, happy Spring! Other products used for this look include:

Le Blanc Brightening Makeup Base in Rosée 10, Vitalumière Aqua Foundation in Beige 20, Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen in Light Medium 25, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No.20, Base Ombre À Paupières Eye Shadow Base in Beige 04, Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel 30, and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir 10.

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Anastasia Brow Powder Duo & Clear Brow Gel.

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With the whole Cara Delevingne eyebrow trend these days, I’ve become a little obsessed with trying to grow-out my brows.  However, my fine hair will never let me have Cara’s perfect brows so I have to rely on a few products to enhance the look and shape of my eyebrows. I was a little nervous to start using brow products because I want to keep a really nature look (nothing drawn on). I started with a basic brow pencil but I recently bought the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in medium-brown and the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel from Sephora. I am so happy with these products! They are easy enough for a brow-newbie like me to use and create a beautiful natural look.

The brow powder duo is a lightweight, smudge-proof formula that comes in two shades to create a sheer to medium coverage. Using an angled brush apply the darker colour to any sparse areas of the brow (focusing mainly on the arch and the tail end). You can use the darker shade on the whole brow but I like to use the lighter colour to fill in the starting end (part closest to the nose) because it gives a more gentle and naturally blended colour. After you have your shape filled in you can dust over the full brow with the lighter colour and comb through the brow to soften the effect if needed. Using a powder is so much easier than I thought! It takes a little bit longer than using a pencil, but it looks much more natural than a pencil and it lasts better throughout the day.

The clear brow gel is an amazing product, I am in love. I really like using it to set and define my brows after using the powder. This unique chamomile formula is very light (doesn’t leave a crispy hairspray finish) and it conditions the hair leaving a very natural brow look. You could definitely wear the clear brow gel on it’s own, I think I’ll be doing that a lot this summer! Throw that and a lipgloss in your beach bag and you’ll be set for a day of swimming.

Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is an all-eyebrow beauty line created by Anastasia Soare. Soare grew up in Romania and apprenticed in her family’s tailoring shop where she learned about the importance of proportion as it related to beauty. She trained professionally as an aesthetician and opened her own studio after her unique method of shaping eyebrows became well known among prestigious salons all over Beverly Hills. The mission of her brow line is to recreate the professional beauty experience at home while bringing balance and proportion to enhance women’s natural beauty. I love the packaging of these products, they’re clean and chic. The prices are really reasonable considering they will last a long time. I’m very happy with the quality of these products and I’ve already got my eye on a few other items from the Anastasia collection! Great brand, highly recommended.

Clear Brow Gel: $29.00
Brow Powder Duo: $30.00

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Weekend Reading.

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What are you up to this weekend? I have to wish one of my bestest friends a Happy Birthday. Rhea, the cat is wearing a pineapple party hat for you. Happy Birthday Miss! I also have to tell you that it was opening night for
The Grand Budapest Hotel here in Victoria, finally. Oh my gosh, he’s done it again! You have got to see this movie if you haven’t already. I will definitely be seeing it once more before it leaves theatres. I always find myself visioning the world around me in centre framing and pastel colours after I watch Wes Anderson films. I love it. Nothing is planned for today so I’m looking forward to catching up on chores and relaxing a little. Tomorrow I’m getting a facial with the wonderful Blair at Sapphire Day Spa. Have a fun weekend everyone and here are a few links from around the web to enjoy with your morning coffee…

Mermaid beachy hair tutorial.

How to send a hug in the mail.

Kale, coconut, and white bean tostadas. Oh yes!

If I told you an alcohol commercial made me cry would you believe me?

Bacon scented alarm app for your iPhone.

Why our brains love repetition in music. (Scroll down and listen to the demo, it’s crazy!)

Jewelry exhibit at The Met. Precious Objects exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery.

37 ways to use washi tape!

How does your barista spell your name?

3200 year old tree captured for the first time (via Angeleen).

Cute little matchstick books. (and more here!)

Have a fun weekend!
[Photo via Anabela Piersol]


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Culinaire 2014.

Christine and I were lucky enough to celebrate the first official day of Spring at the Culinaire 2014 event in Victoria. This unique food tasting experience is held anuually at the Crystal Gardens and it’s a wonderful way to start off the new season. Restaurants, wineries, breweries, caters, bakeries, and those alike all gather under one roof to showcase their finest. It’s the ultimate way to try new flavours, ask the chef questions, see what’s new and trending in the food and beverage world, or simply enjoy a night of amazing food. It’s also a great way to put together a list of restaurants you want to hang out at all summer.

We lined up outside before the doors opened and everyone was given a wooden board, a wine glass, and 10 tickets. Each ticket was worth one sample and you could buy more tickets once you were inside if you wanted more samples (and yes, you need more than ten!). There were 58 booths in total, all local businesses. Each booth had one or two things to try, some wineries had 2-3 whites and 2-3 reds to chose from and everyone was very generous with their “sample” size portions. It was foodie heaven! Here are just a couple of my favourites from the night…

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Top Left: Hertel bacon wrapped smoked Gulf Island oysters with cayenne pepper aioli and
Barkley Sound kelp crackers. Made by Spinnakers. These were flipping amazing.
Top Right: Citrus confit salmon with avocado, green pea, and mint puree, a gin fluid gel,
and miner butter lettuce by
Castro Boateng. This one took the gold medal for me, outstanding!
Botton Left: Blood orange scallop ceviche in sesame seed cones by Blue Crab Bar & Grill.
Fresh, fun, and tasty.
Bottom Right: Origin Bakery made these dark chocolate shells filled with lavender cream
and earl grey crumbled shortbread. Yeah, seriously.

I also have to mention Vista 18‘s Beet Macarons. Considering the event fell on International Macaron Day (best day ever), I was very pleased when I found a booth serving macarons. This macaron was very sophisticated (shown by Christine below). The chef created a perfect balance between sweet and savoury by using a creamy hazelnut ganache and a beet meringue infused with cumin spices. The flavours paired surprisingly well together, I was very impressed.

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It was a wonderful evening and I’m looking forward to trying out a few new restaurants this summer! If you’re thinking about going to Cuilinaire next year, I would highly recommend it! I will definitely go again. Here’s a silly little gif of us explaining the dark chocolate “shell” on the lavender cup…

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Thanks for reading, go enjoy some good food! Happy Spring.