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New picks

Hi everyone!

I added new stuff to my closet, woohooo. I have so much clothes in my closet already. Anyhow… girls will be girls…I love to find new stuff to wear. It gives me an extra boost for the day. It always feels good to wear something new, different or something that makes us feel excited and confident. To be in another genre or style for one day. My comfortable style of clothes is rather simple, a bit sexy, urban, and comfy. I also like to mix it up too sometimes such as cute, floral, sporty or wtv i feel like.

So here’s what i got lately. I found this cool pair of jegging jeans from American Eagle for 30$. I can still wear it during winter times since the holes are only noticeable once my knees are bent so it’s not cold when i walk. The fabric is soft and stretchy.

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I found 2 other tank shirts to match with the pair of jeans. Simple and comfy shirts. A white and a faded pink one also from AE for about 9$. I can also wear them when i go to the gym.

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Other than clothes, i also got hair products since i intend to dye my hair soon sometime, i started the process of getting the bottom of my hair light blond like with different natural(or mostly natural) techniques. I bought the Teal Colorista dye for 13$ and a light brown purple #5.20 dye from Solfine for 8$. I will try the Teal color sometime in the summer and the light brown purple when my bottom of the hair will be blond enough or this weekend ;P I’ve been dying to color my hair. It’s been months that i haven’t changed it.

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I also got this Damage Eraser from Garnier for 2$.

Product info:  Reconstructs hair’s strength and helps prevent split-ends for hair that looks rejuvenated. 

I’ve used it several times so far it works well. I makes my hair softer. The texture is light, not sticky and smells citrusy. I didn’t have split-ends hair to begin with but prevention is always good(damage only appear couple weeks or months later). Thought it would help condition and soften my hair when i’m damaging a bit my hair by using with peroxyde hydrogen or even lemon to lighten my hair.

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When using color dye, you want the color you have to last and stay as vibrant as possible. So i got this Color Radiance spray for 2$ to protect the color from sunlight. Haven’t tried it yet. Hope it will works well.

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All right that’s it for my purchases. How about you guys? Got anything new?

Feel free to share your new picks in the comments. I would love to hear about them.

Thank you all and I wish you all a nice weekend and see you in my next post. 😉

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Natural Look Makeup Routine

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you my natural look makeup ritual. Sometimes i don’t wear any makeup but when i do, I would start by spraying my face with the Tarte Rainforest Mist booster to smooth my face and to use it as a primer. My review here.

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Then i would apply my daily moisturizer. Either the Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital or the Clinique dramatically different gel moisturizer. The CLINIQUE gel is lighter on the skin(good for humid days, good for mixed skin and absorbs very fast). The Lancôme cream is good for winter since it’s a bit more oily and good for summer with 30 fps.

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After moisturizing, i would apply the Misha BB cream n.23 (10-15$) or the Yves St-Laurent Touche Éclat B40 foundation (pretty expensive 65$ but i got it for 30$ yéé). The YSL is a half coverage foundation which i love since I still wanna look natural. I really love the texture, not thick at all and has a great fragrance. It leaves my skin looking great, barely oily. It is very lightweight on the face. It makes my face look and feel smoother. The Misha BB cream’s texture is a bit more thicker but it’s also a good moisturizer and has 42 fps, therefore it’s a bit oily.  Great for cold and dry days.

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After the foundation, i would brush up my face with the Maybelline Dream Sun #3 bronzer powder for contouring. I find the color a bit too orangy. I need to find another. I only tested it on my hand, it look fine, but not on the face. 😦 I simply blend it on my face which makes it fine after. I then brush my cheeks with the Breathless Buxom blush. I love the color! I only apply a little, since it’s very pigmented.

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For my eyes, i would use an eye shadow primer from Urban Decay(the original) and choose colors from the UD shadowbox palette(my review here) or the Maybelline nude smokey palette.

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I don’t always wear mascara, but when i do, i  use the UD perversion mascara because it curls and makes my eye lashes thicker. The Lancôme Hypnôse mascara is also great, it makes my eyes lashes longer and keeps them quite thin. Mascara can dry up eyes very easily after a couple of hours and makes my eye tingle or itchy and makes me want to rub it which i shouldn’t. It can be very annoying by the end of the day.

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Then, i puff my face with the Mac Blotte compressed powder (my review here) and finish with a thermal water spray from Vichy or the Grape water spray from Caudalie cuz brushing and puffing the face can make it a bit dry, so the thermal water hydrates the face and gives a natural and healthy looking skin.

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At last, i moisturize my lips with the Pomegranate lip balm from Burt’s Bees that is a bit rosy cherry color which gives a natural looking lip color. It also smells good 😛

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Well that’s it for my natural look makeup ritual. ;-P

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What did you think of the products i use? Have any of you tried them?

Thanks for reading 😛

 

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Long awaiting visit to the Crew Collective Cafe

Hello everyone!

I love finding new places to go to drink or eat, relax and chat. The Crew Collective Café was one of the places that i definitely wanted to see and try their drinks. I finally went there this weekend. Yééé 🙂

It is situated on Saint-Jacques street in the Old Montreal. Built between 1926 and 1928, it used to be occupied by the Royal Bank of Canada and used to be one of the tallest building with ceilings of 50 feet high in the British Empire.

Now it became a co-working place where people come with their laptops and work together or next to each other. The main room contains large wooden tables with plugs under the table and boxed safes with a digit code to protect your belongings if you are leaving for a while. There are individual small rooms and larger rooms that you can reserve for the amount of 25$, if you need to work more privately. There are even inside balconies with sofas available with reservations. The only thing is missing would little lamps on each table for darker days or night times, since it’s a little dark to read or study.

The ordering of food or drinks is done online to minimize conversations and noises for the working people. I ordered a green tea matcha with soy milk. It was not bad, creamy but I honestly preferred Starbucks’ version since i mostly taste the soy milk rather than the matcha. It was also weirdly served, in a large low cup of glass. I mean really? There’s so many nice cups available and it is served in like a regular water glass cup?

I also ordered a scone, which was pretty good. I tried my friends burned marshmallow latte. It was not bad, but the coffee was bad. I don’t like coffee in general due to the fact that it has too much caffeine in it and it makes me shake. I can still somehow handle iced coffee frappuccinos or cappuccinos. Although i’m not much of coffee connoisseur, the coffee was bad. My friend who loves coffee didn’t like it either.

Anyhow, i came there to see the place which was really nice to see. The ceilings embossed with golden patterns and chandeliers all around were marvelous. The architecture is just wow, grandiose! Crew Collective Café kept the place as it was and used the building to their advantage.

Here are some pics taken with my cell phone that describes much better than my words.

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It’s still a nice to place to study or visit, even if the drinks were so-so. I will definitely go back there to shoot pics with my DSLR.

Have you ever been there? What did you think of the café or their concept?

Thanks for reading and see you in my next post 😛

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My beauty looks collection

Hi everyone,

Since i was a child, i would love to buy magazines and collect beauty pictures which i kept in a folding binder. I still like to look at them, they inspire me for my makeup looks or for taking pics with models or even draw or paint. Here are some of the pics that inspires me.

Love the golden eye shadow under the eyes here. For more of artistic looking. Definitely wanna try something like that one day.

The colours here are exquisite.

A high end yet simple looking with the fake eye lashes and soft pink lipstick. Love the actress Song Hye-Kyo. She’s so pretty.

Love the dark aqua blue with the black eye shadow and nude lips color.

I really love this metallic lipstick color and the eye shadows colours combined together.

Some light nude colours for the eyes and a very bright lipstick colour can make a huge change. That neon pink is awesome.

Here’s more inspirational looks for thought:

For more, see my Pinterest page 😛

Here are some of the images that came from my makeup collection. As you can see, some of the images inspired me to doodle on them.

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I’m sure some of you did the same thing as me before the popularity and the amount of stuff you can now find on the internet, you were probably also ripping magazines pictures and collecting them or even doodled on the photos. Did some of you do that or still do? Which inspirational beauty looks inspired you or that you absolutely loved before?

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My latest haul

Hi,

It’s been a while since my last post. I have 2 post ideas that i haven’t finished yet. I will post them soon. Today’s post will be about my latest shopping spree since a lot of stores are clearing their stock out. Their Semi-Annual sale is on. I bought 2 sports bra from La Senza since i was going to the gym the next day. It’s been a long time i haven’t been to the gym and i wanted to be serious about it this time. I’m gonna subscribe to the EconoFitness gym. It’s 10.75$ per month, a very good deal compared to my subscriptions at my university. I have never bought any sports bra before. They are really comfy and soft on the skin. It feels sooooooooooooooo much more comfortable than wearing a bra. I felt good knowing that i would be wearing those while working out.

When i tried the Criss Cross Back (image below), i fell in love with it. I was like wow, this really looks good on me and gives an edgy look on the sides due to the holes.

The second sport bra i got was this Mesh Keyhole & Racerback. This one holds much better since the lace strap(under the breast area) is a bit tighter than the other one, but that’s what i need for faster running.

Both fabric are the same. I love the texture, it’s expendable and soft. I’ve work out with the grey one and it did it’s job very well. It’s also breathable. I was also happy that they were on sale for 10$. I wanted to find the matching bottoms to go with both bras, but they didn’t have it anymore, neither online :(. Oh well at least i found these 😛 When i purchased them and tried them again at home, I was so eager to share my findings. 😛 It also gave me the desire to purchase more sports bra. I always thought it would show that i’m wearing one, but it seems it didn’t with those since it didn’t make my breasts look flat. It also gave me that thought: working out in clothes that makes you feel good, boost your confidence and makes you want to workout.

I also got a nice simple black shirt for 10$ that is stretchy from Rw & Co., soft and slick.

At last i got a jogger pair of pants from American Eagle for this summer. I thought it would match well with my black shirt. Love these patterns. It’s very lightweight and soft. Got it for 12$.

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I seriously can’t wait for summer to wear these pants. My summer wardrobe is much more diversified compared to my winter wardrobe.

Well, that’s it for my latest haul. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post. Did any of you had a chance to take advantage of the semi-annual sale? What did you buy?

 

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Tarte skincare travel set review

Hi makeup lovers!

Makeup is important yes so is the skin. I’ve come across this great Tarte skincare travel set that i absolutely love. The Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is really great. It doesn’t leave my skin dry after wash. Love the citrus fragrance. It is obviously not for make-up removal nor does it exfoliate. It only washes the face for a regular daily use.

The Maracuja Oil, is still up for trial for me since i find it heavy for the face. Once you apply it, even a thin layer, you feel like you have this weight of the oil on your face it’s rather bothersome. But to rejuvenate the skin it’s great, of course not to be used on a daily basis i think. It would feel like it would block my pores. If i feel there’s too much on on my face, i would simply remove some with a tissue paper.

The Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist is awesome. I spray it directly after i have finished washing and dried my face. Therefore before putting my daily cream on. It makes my face firm, slick and gives a natural shine to it. It’s also a good to use before applying the primer to make the makeup stay longer.

The Amazonian clay highlighter is great to brighten parts of the face. It gives a little beige chrome looking to the applied part of the face. The texture is soft but it stays well on the skin. To put after you applied your foundation.

The Cabana Boy lipstick is soooo smooth. I love it. I thought the colour would like a beige. Turns out it’s like a beige purple. It’s perfect for a nude looking makeup with a bit of edge or where the most attention of the makeup is drawn to the eyes. It’s different from i ever had. The texture of the lipstick is reallly SOFT. I’m really surprised and impressed by it.

I’m really happy that i got this travel set. I would definitely use it a lot. Have any of you bought this travel set? What did it do to you? Do you love it as much as i do? Please share you comments and critiques. I would be happy to hear about it 🙂

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Mac Blot matte powder review

Hi Everyone!

Here’s my new product the Mac Blot matte powder. 😛

I have mixed skin, my most oily part of my face is the t-zone and the rest is dry skin.  I needed something that would help with my oily parts of my face without making it too dry. So i decided to search for a compressed matte powder. I’ve had a bare minerals matte loose powder. I didn’t like it in the end since it dried too much my skin and too much of powder was staying on my face. My face looked so textured instead of smooth.

I’ve tried the Urban Decay De-slick mattifying powder. It was quite dry (very compressed). It would probably mean that it would be hard to pick up the powder from the puff or even maybe from a brush. I’ve also tried the Tarte Smooth Operator pressed powder. The texture was so soft but it was not compressed enough, therefore too much of powder would come out. It might also leave creases near the eyes and it would create smile lines which i definitely would not want. I don’t wanna look old ahahah. I was stuck with these two choices. I didn’t know which one to choose. I’ve read reviews from both and they both had good reviews.

Then my makeup whore friend (i’m not disrespecting her, she totally knows it ahah. She knows much more about makeup than me and what are the good stuff, so i trust her :-P) suggested me the mac blot matte compressed powder. It costs less then the UD and Tarte one. 32$ is an okay price and for Mac. I’ve used it twice so far and i’m satisfied with it. It holds my makeup, leave my skin dry and my face feels light like as if i didn’t have any makeup on my face. Easy to bring to anywhere and the puff is a decent quality to use. My face looks smooth as if i had no powder on my face. I’m really happy that i found this product 🙂

How about you girls or guys? How did you find this mac blot matte product?

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Urban Decay shadowbox palette review

It’s my second urban decay palette. Yeee. I’m now quite a big fan a urban decay products. I’ve bought the original eye primer, the spray to fix my makeup, mascara and eye liners. I got the shadow box in sale for 25$ at the Vente de l’Oreal. When i bought it, I was very happy to see that it was a small kit that i can carry at work to use and it is quite light compared to my spectrum palette which is pretty big, heavy and hard to hold.

The first color that I’ve tried was the Freelove and i wasn’t so pleased with the pigmentation. Then i’ve tried more colours and i was still disappointed. The colors definitely lack of opacity. The colors are very pale once i apply it. I have to apply several times so that the colors looks close to the one’s on the palette. The colors that are closest to the palette’s colors are Indo and moonshadow. The blackout is nice; a simple mat black… Flash is not bad. The textures of the colours are semi-smooth. I’m using the 239 mac brush and it picks up very well the colours and i blend the colours with 217 mac brush. They are very good brushes so the problem is definitely not my brushes but the lack of pigmentation. I’ve also applied original ud eye primer (which is a very good eye primer i believe much better than the face one) before applying the eye shadow.

On another, I’ve tried it the Freelove eye shadow colour again (which is my favourite colour of the palette for now i think) the pigmentation was better and i didn’t have to apply it a couple of times, just 1 was fine. In summary, the shadow box palette is not so bad. Maybe more suitable for work attire since the colours are not too saturated; a little less punchy. Though I’m glad that i got it in sale.

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