Product Reviews

REVIEW: MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva 


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When I walk into a MAC store, I’m a girl on a mission. I’ve had a specific lipstick colour in my mind for months, and have not located it at my local Sephora. I visited a MAC store during my recent Toronto trip. I found the colour within a few minutes of entering the store. This colour is Diva – a deep red-burgundy.

The Packaging 

This lipstick comes in MAC’s signature black box. The lipstick bullet is sleek, featuring a silver rim with the word MAC written in white lettering. I adore MAC product packaging – it is unique and sophisticated.

The Lipstick 

Upon opening the lipstick cap, I notice MAC’s classic vanilla scent. It is not heavy when applied to the lips. I own two Amplified finish lipsticks, but I prefer the matte finish. Diva is a matte finish. It is long-lasting and lightweight. This lipstick is long-wearing, but it removes with the swipe of a standard makeup remover.

The Colour 

This colour is beautiful. It is a warm-toned burgundy with a hint of maroon. It is versatile. I wear it with both a smoky eye or light makeup. In the photo below, I am wearing Diva with a nude lip liner:


 

I’ve worn this colour a few times, but it will receive heavy rotation into my makeup kit once the weather turns cool. The lipstick is highly pigmented. It lasts on my lips 5-6 hours when I apply it with liner.

MAC’s Diva lipstick retails for $21 from MAC’s official websiteWhich shade of MAC lipstick do you wear most often? 

 

Tips and tricks

3 Creative Ways to Use Activated Charcoal in Your Beauty Routine 


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Charcoal is an active ingredient in many beauty products. Active charcoal is medicinally used to remove toxic substances from the body, so it is no surprise that it is also an effective beauty ingredient! I use it in a face mask, but here are other uses:

1. Charcoal Mask 

A charcoal mask works by drawing impurities from your pores. It is a good idea to open your pores with a warm cloth before applying a mask. If you do not wish to buy a charcoal mask, it is easy to make one! 

Mix equal parts of the ingredients below until it forms an inky paste. Apply to the face and let dry. Rinse with warm water. 

  • Activated charcoal powder 
  • Water 
  • Aloe vera gel

2. Teeth Whitening 

Charcoal is micro-porus. This means it will trap plaque and whiten. The charcoal whitens while removing impurities. After applying toothpaste to your toothbrush, dab it in charcoal powder and brush as normal. 

3. Create a DIY body scrub

Charcoal powder’s slightly grainy texture makes it a great exfoliator. Mix it into the sugar and liquid you plan to use for the scrub, 

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An Evening with Ed Sheeran: Toronto Trip Recap 


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This past weekend, I experienced something magical. I saw Ed Sheeran during one of his Toronto tour dates (*cue internal happy dance*). I’ve waited over two years to attend a live show, and let me tell you, he did not dissappoint. 

Day 1 

My boyfriend, Grant, agreed to attend the show with me when tour dates were released back in March. We took a 6:30AM flight out of St. John’s and our first trip together began! Grant and I boarded the Union Pearson Express – my first train ride ever! My excitement peaked once we reached the city’s vibrant downtown core. 

After checking into our hotel (which was a comfortable oasis) we walked the Canadian Walk of Fame. I enjoyed the boardwalk of tiles adorned with Canadian greats. As you may know, I am a true Grey’s Anatomy fan. I did experience a moment of awe while standing on Sandra Oh’s tile. 

The Ed Sheeran concert was by far the highlight of my trip. I’m struggling to find words to describe the incredible event. Once Ed appeared on stage, the waterworks began. His setlist included a collection of his recent and older hits, accompanied by a hypnotic lightshow. I’m a diehard Ed Sheeran fan, and will say that his English crooning vocals reduced me to tears of joy for 2 hours. The show became the best concert I’ve ever attended. 

Day 2 

I woke on a complete high from the previous night. My energy infused with post-concert euphoria. After a quick breakfast and coffee (My lattes are still delicious in 25 degree heat) we ventured into the subway. (Note: I am terrified of the subway. Being from a small town, this was the second time I ever used one.) 

To compensate for dragging him to Ed Sheeran, Grant decided I was due for a Toronto Blue Jays game. I am not a sports fan. This was the first baseball game I attended in my lifetime! Grant eagerly explained the game rules while we watched. I’ll admit, it did feel nice to attend a live game, save for the flying baseballs. 


I rounded out the trip with a little retail therapy. I shopped at my favourite destinations that are not available in St. John’s. Stay tuned for M.A.C. product reviews! 

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended? Have you ever travelled to Toronto, Canada? 

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A Taste of Home: 3 Key Destinations for Foodies in St. John’s 

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Today I thought I’d switch up my blog post and feature some local favourites. I rarely mention my hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a small Canadian province in the middle of the Atlantic. (which happens to be a small Canadian province in the middle of the Atlantic). The warm, sunny weather this weekend inspired me. Today I share my favourite destinations for foodies living in, and visiting, St. John’s.

Newfoundland Chocolate Company

I adore chocolate. The Newfoundland Chocolate Company, founded in 2009, combines delicious chocolate with local flavours. Chocolates are filled with wildberries, seasalt caramel, almonds, and other ingredients. The fresh, handmade chocolates is my chocolate-loving dream. The company crafts a delicious Gelato using many of the same flavours found in their single chocolates. Gelato flavours include vanilla bean, sea salt caramel, and partridgeberry. You’ll find the Newfoundland Chocolate Company in two prime downtown locations – Duckworth Street and Signal Hill.

Bagel Cafe

I frequent Bagel Cafe. The cozy atmosphere offers a slate for hearty breakfast options. I favor the crisp, fluffy Belgain waffles loaded with summer berries. The cafe is located in the heart of the downtown core. It is sandwiched between colourful buildings and ocean views.

Starbucks 

Though Starbucks is not local to St. John’s, I placed it on my list. Most of the coffee I drink is bought from one of the Starbucks locations in the city. I enjoy the bright, flavourful blends of the company’s iced coffee, iced tea, and other specialty beverages.

What part of the world are you from? What is your favourite local food destination? Let me know in the comments below! 

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In Celebration of National Rose Day… The 3 Brands of Rose Wine I Adore Drinking Right Now

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Saturday June 10 was National Rose Day. Anyone who knows me will know that I am an avid wine drinker. This will be a short and sweet blog post, as I’ve been stuck in bed with a cold since Friday. To commemorate National Rose Day, I’m sharing my favourite types of rose. *clink!*

Barefoot Bubbly 

Barefoot Bubbly wine is technically a white wine, but the wine holds a bright pink hue. Sparkling wines are crisp. The brand’s White Zinfandel wine is my go-to. I enjoy light, refreshening wine flavours. This bottle contains notes of strawberry and peach. The addition of a bubbly texture gives the wine a crisp, delightful taste. I choose this wine most often due to its light taste (and the bubbles, of course!)

Yellowtail 

Yellowtail Wine hails from Australia. This wine is prominent during my family’s holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Easter. Pink Bubbles (I love that name!) is another sparkling wine, but it contains more carbonation. The flavour of this wine is bright. This Yellowtail carries strawberry tasting notes with hints of lemon.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose 

This type of wine is a delicious mix between Rose and Moscato.  Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose  is a true summer beverage – tasting notes include fresh summer berries. This wine is created “frizzante” style, meaning it is gently sparkling.

What is your favourite type of wine?


 

 

 

 

 

Tips and tricks

Colour Correcting 101: What It Is and How to Choose the Perfect Colour for Your Skin

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Colour correcting products are useful to conceal redness, dark spots, and dullness. These products are often concealers. Colour correctors come in a range of shades. Each shade fixes a different problem area.

The core colour correctors are:

  • Green
  • Lilac
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Orange

Green – The colour green neutralizes redness. Green colour correctors are perfect to diminish any redness in the face. This colour evens the skintone for makeup application. A green-based spot concealer removes redness. If you have widespread redness, a colour correcting green primer will significantly reduce it.

Lilac – Work best to eliminate any unwanted yellowness in the skin. Any yellowness can make the skin appear dull. If your skin has yellow undertones, a lilac concealer will brighten it.

Pink – Pink concealers work best to eliminate dark spots around the eye area. This colour masks signs of fatigue. A pink concealer is a brightening concealer. This makes a pink concealer ideal to give the skin radiance.

Yellow – Yellow concealers are the most general colour. They are ideal for hiding undereye circles or unwanted veins. Because this is a neutral colour, it acts as a base for foundation or eyeshadow primer.

Orange – Orange concealers work best for darker skin tones. The colour reduces dark spots and discolouration. Orange concealer can also work as a liquid bronzer for contouring. This works great on lighter skin tones.

 

What is your favourite method of colour-correcting? 

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3 Tips You Can Action Right Now to Use Instagram Stories as a Blogger or Business

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Instagram introduced a Stories feature last August. This feature combines photo and video. Stories contain tools that are useful to help a blogger or business elevate their brand. I use the feature to capture a project I’m working on, share snapshots of my day, and to showcase my latest posts. Here are three tips to help you elevate your blog, brand, or business:

 
TIP #1 – Share behind the scenes of your latest project
 
Instagram’s Stories feature is perfect to share your current projects. you have a unique work process, this is a great way to attract potential readers/clients. Sharing your latest project creates interest in the end result.
 
TIP #2 – Use the “@” mentions feature
 
This feature is a great way to share content with your friends or favourite brands. When other users click on the “@” they can view the feed of the account you mention. I often use this feature when I am shopping in a certain store, or drinking Starbucks.
 
TIP #3 – Geotag your stories to increase exposure
 
If you are travelling to another city/country, geotag your stories. This feature increases your exposure to accounts in your niche. It is ideal for accounts that may not be already following you. Geotagging also lets your followers track your adventures!

Do you use Instagram Stories? What is your favourite aspect of the feature?