Thursday, June 30, 2011

An outfit of the day...

Greetings from Sibiu!

Today, amongst many other things, I went to visit the beautiful park where I used to play when I was little.

I also thought I would showcase my most awkward "standing in front of structures" pose:


Here's what I wore:

loose black t-shirt with lace back - Winners
sandals - Dolce Vita
white distressed skinny jeans - Flying Monkey
scarf - Forever 21
bracelet - Vita Fede
handbag - Louis Vuitton

Hope your weekend is a great one, and happy Canada day (for tomorrow)!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a small "pick-me-up"


Today I woke up feeling less than fabulous. The chilly, rainy weather has left me with a nice cold, so I canceled plans I had to go out and opted to stay at home and try to nurse myself back to health with random teas and lemon before the cold gets any worse.
Catch it at the roots, I say!

Anyways, I put some makeup on to make myself feel better haha... and the perfect product to make a pale, sneezing and stuffy-nosed face better was in my hands:
Soleil Tan De Chanel.


I apply it with a MAC 168 angled brush, and I will show how I apply it in an upcoming video since I've gotten a few requests (I find that the key to this product is to slowly build it up, start with very little product and gently buff it in. This will prevent it from getting weird or muddy or patchy.)


It's the perfect "warm up the skin" tone. Slightly warmer than the bronzers I'm used to (NARS Laguna, Benefit Hoola, etc.), this product works well for an overall warming up of the complexton rather than a dramatic contour.

In other words, the perfect pick-me-up!!
Much needed at this time.


Hope your day is better than mine!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Today's purchases

It finally stopped raining here in Sibiu so I took full advantage and took a stroll downtown.

It was a beautiful day, slightly cloudy but sunny and a breeze... was lovely catching up with an old friend, browsing through some shops (have my eye on a cute dress and some rings!!!) and settling down for some coffee on a patio overlooking the city center.

Amongst all that good stuff I managed to get my hands on a few essentials:


1. a Romanian sim card (silly to blog about but necessary nonetheless)
2. Bioderma (I didn't want to lug my big 500mL bottle with me and was happy to find it at a pharmacy here... cheaper than what it costs in Canada)
3. Vicky Normaderm Pro Mat (because my skin has been Greasefest 2011)

I have high hopes for that Vichy product, I've had loads of recommendations for their Normaderm range so we'll see how it goes.

Hope you're having a lovely monday :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Frustrating product of the month...


If there was one product I am completely annoyed and on the fence by, it's this one.
I don't think I blogged about it before despite owning it for about a year.
This month it has "re-surfaced" and I've been trying desperately to use it up...


In theory, it's a wonderful product - designed to minimize the look of pores and to refine skin texture when applied, while combatting oil and shine.


A light gel texture, you only need to spread a small amount over areas of interest (for me, this is the T-zone). It instantly dries and leaves the area matte and smooth and minimizes the appearance of pores...
however, once you apply foundation over top, all hell breaks loose.
It's impossible for me to blend any foundation I've tried on top of this product... I've owned this product for over a year and have tried it with every foundation I've owned since... whether it be a light textured tinted moisturizer, mineral powders, a matte finish or a dewy finish foundation. I just can't get it to blend over the areas where I've applied this.
It instantly disintegrates and turns all strange and sticky, and it's been doing it ever since I purchased it.

I've tried applying it on top of foundation and it was a mess as well...

In conclusion, this product frustrates me because it does work when applied alone not in conjunction with any makeup, which unfortunately just doesn't work for me.

If you are an oily skinned girl that hardly wears any face makeup, definitely give this a go. I've been using this on "no makeup" days around the house or lounging by the pool or the beach.

The search for the magical mattifying pore minimizer continues!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Quick Update...


Hi!
I have arrived in Munich safe and sound, will be here until friday then off to Romania for a bit. I won't get to post anything relevant on here or on YouTube until about then. I haven't even unpacked since I'm only here for a short amount of time (will come back for a second helping of Munich later on in July).

Hope you're all having a great week!
xoxox

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Airport Style?


I usually look like I just crawled out of a garbage can when I'm strolling around in an airport before/after a long flight. I'm always looking tired, my face is an oily mess... in other words, epic fail.

I am determined to change that this time around. While I don't think I'd ever pull out all the stops Victoria Beckham style (I doubt she has to carry her suitcases all alone until her hands get sore haha), I have found some inspiring and achievable airport looks:


The verdict seems to be: a loose-fitting, comfortable top, a casual shoe (probably sandals in my case since it's summer, with a pair of socks for the plane since they always like to air condition the hell out of the cabin), tight yet soft trousers/jeans, a roomy tote or satchel, and a large pair of sunglasses!

I searched my closet and this is what I put together for myself:


The most comfortable pair of cotton leggings I own, a loose-fitting white tank, an off the shoulder black sweater in case I get cold, my H&M sunglasses and a tote large enough to fit my laptop (this one is by Alexander McQueen).

I figured I could easily change into some jeans after I land and freshen up in order to look more presentable.

I also don't usually wear makeup on planes but I end up breaking out EVERY time, so I'm not sure what to do...

What do you like to wear to the airport?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In & Out... blaaaah

It's my day off, it's ugly outside and I'm cranky... looks like the perfect recipe for an "in & out" post!

IN

- the salted caramel candle I've got burning right now

- tumblr, been really enjoying it lately and the link to mine is here

- speaking of tumblr... the accounts that post food pictures are so good! it inspired me to bust out my DSLR during dinner the other night (cue raised eyebrows from parents)

mmm mustard-encrusted grilled chicken

- by this time next week I'll be in Munich, Germany :)

- have I mentioned how good that candle smells?

- Geordie Shore... this TV show is such a hot mess! I can always rely on the UK for quality entertainment.

- iced caramel lattes


OUT

- packing. I'm seriously horrified at the idea of packing for 5 weeks away and trying to procrastinate as much as possible.

- running on 4 hours of sleep for NO reason. Why on Earth was I up until 4 am last night?

- I can't even think of more outs, I'm that tired.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Style-spiration, another healthy dose

How beautiful is this outfit?
My style crush on Olivia Palermo is back in high swing...
I have a blazer very similar to this, now I must hunt for a similar maxi dress that won't break the bank. The Tibi one that she wears here is $363 (and can be found online), but that's a bit steep on a trendy piece.
Nevertheless, the animal print belt is so cute too, add a simple gold cuff and perfection!

I'm going to stalk out Zara/H&M/Mango in Germany next week and try to pull a similar outfit :) I just haven't found ANY simple, neutral maxi dresses where I live, they're either unflattering on me or in crazy patterns or they're too short...

That's about it for me today,
I love getting new style inspiration!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Re-discovery


You know when you buy something, like it, but you forget about it because new products always take your attention away?
It happens to me all the time, but one thing I do love is going back and rediscovering that product in new and exciting ways... "shopping my stash" if you will.

Today's product was Chanel Vert Khaki eyeshadow. I bought it at the same time as Taupe Grise (which absolutely stole my heart) so I forgot about the beautiful muted khaki green I had sitting in my drawer.
I mostly used it on the lower lash line or in the outer corner, but this time I came across it and decided to apply it all over the lid instead! The result was loveee:


Added a hint of NARS Fez eyeshadow in the outer corner for some more warmth, Shu Uemura painting liner in black, and Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara... and we were done!
Sumptuous Olive by MAC is similar but I think a bit more green.

One thing I adore about the Chanel single eyeshadows (the two I own, anyway) is that they shine in the most subtle way... it's never chunky glitter or high shimmer, just a subtle sheen that blends out nicely and ends up looking multi-dimensional... like you're wearing more than just one colour on the lid.

...and you know me, most of the time I am the ultimate "plop on just one colour on the lid and go" girl.

Click here for swatches of this eyeshadow on Temptalia :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lady Sings The Blues


I couldn't help it. It's only half way through the year and we already made it to nailpolish #4 out of the 5 I'm allowing myself... but hey I'm still trying to be good... I did give away/sell/throw out about 10 polishes so I deserve a treat (lame justification haha).

Anyways, here it is in all its glory - Deborah Lippmann's "Lady Sings The Blues".
Leave it to Deborah Lippmann's stunning offering to turn even the most glitter-hating girl like myself fall for this incredible deep blue shade.


It's like an underwater party in a bottle. It goes completely opaque in two coats. A rich, deep navy jelly with hexagonal and small tiny glitter particles suspended within. The application is lovely and the hexagons, when coated with the blue, look like sequins on the nails.

It's a beautiful shade and will most definitely be a go-to pedicure colour for me this summer. Looks great on the fingers as well for a night out.
I bought mine at Nordstrom and it wasn't cheap (DL polishes retail at $16 for regular shades, $18 for the glitters) but to a nailpolish addict like myself it was absolutely justified.

It's the little things that make us happy :)

PS: In Canada, I know Holt Renfrew carries these nail polishes as well, not sure where else though!

Hope you're having a fantastic weekend

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Small Obsessions...


I'm on a severe spending ban before I go on holiday but I am already making mental notes of some cute things I'd like to search for during my travels...

1. a casual brown clutch that can be worn day to night
(this particular one is Marc by Marc Jacobs)

2. interesting jewelry - I always seem to purchase jewelry when I travel.
Currently obsessed with anything that has snakes on it...
(this particular one is by Yayoi Forest)

3. if all else fails... these Chanel flats :) need I say more?


I wonder what this year will hold!

What do you like to purchase most on vacation?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Everyday Essentials

One old, one new...
I've been sporting these two items every day for the past 5 days or so, and I couldn't be happier.


This Lisa Taubes 36" sterling silver necklace has been taken out of the jewelry box and is back into high rotation. I've owned this for about a year and a half now and I seem to love it more in the summer because the light silver just plays off the sunlight a bit more and makes any plain old white t-shirt of blouse look more refined.

Next up is my newest Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #48 "Evasion". A light peachy pink shade, more opaque than the famous #54 "Boy" and the perfect companion to a soft brown smoky eye:


When applied, it tends to get a bit of a pink tinge to it, and I just love the way Chanel manages to incorporate soft, delicate shimmer particles in their Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks which enhances their glossiness.


What'e been on heavy rotation for you so far?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Body Lotion Loving

I never used to moisturize my body.
I know, I know... it's a cardinal sin... but to be honest I just wouldn't bother in the past.
Starting over the past winter, however, I decided to make a change and start being a proper lady and moisturize my body on a daily basis.

At the moment I'm down to these three lotions:


Satsuma Puree & Mango Whip by The Body Shop
Sugar Lychee by Fresh

The Fresh lotion is almost double the price of the Body Shop ones. The Fresh lotion I have at the moment is from a holiday set, but the regular 300 mL bottles retail for $22.50. The Body Shop lotions are $12 for 250mL and are sometimes on "buy one get one free" special.

Texture-wise, these lotions are almost identical.
From a moisturizing point of view, the Mango one is geared towards very dry skins so it does feel a hint more emollient when applied.
The Fresh lotion also contains mango seed oil to quench dry skins.
The Satsuma lotion has the most appealing scent (to me, anyway. I loved the Fresh Sugar Lychee line at first but the scent became rather overpowering and sicky sweet after everyday use).

All three smell great and absorb effortlessly into the skin.
The Fresh lotion does feel slightly more luxurious and leaves a lasting and beautiful sheen on the skin. I also find that I need to use a smaller amount of this than the others, but the price is a bit of a turn-off.
Another difference, for those who care, is paraben content. Fresh lotions are 100% paraben free while The Body Shop lotions contain at least 2 different types of parabens.

The verdict?

There isn't really one. I like all three, but perhaps will stick to the Satsuma Puree as a daily moisturizer and maybe try out a different scented Fresh lotion as a treat for when my skin needs a bit of an extra "pick me up".

I haven't been a fan of Bath and Body Works lotions and body butters, but they do have a couple of new scents that I am interested in, so perhaps I'll give them a whirl soon.

What are your favourite body lotions?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sila Convertible Eye Color - Teak

I bought this product completely by accident last year when I intended on buying a black stila eye kajal (not really sure how in my daze I managed to pick a completely different product up, but I assume it was placed in the spot where the Stila Onlyx Kajal was supposed to be and I just blindly bought it and took it home)...

Anyways, I ended up with Stila Convertible Eye Color in Teak, and it's been one of my go-to products whenever I'm feeling extremely lazy and in need of a quick fix.
It's essentially a brown eyeliner and a bronze-gold eyeshadow in one convenient little pencil:


It comes apart at all the seams to reveal the eyeliner pencil end, a rubbery smudge tip, and a sponge-tipped applicator end that is dipped into a loose eyeshadow compartment:


I don't use the smudge tip too often, but these two ends work like a dream:




I love to just wear this product by itself, with a brighter colour on the waterline - today I am wearing it with GOSH Bananas eyeliner pencil:


All in all, very pleasantly surprised by this, I've had it for over a year now I think and always go through phases where I will wear only this on my eyes - if I'm in a rush getting ready for work or if I'm headed to school.

I am glad I came across this product and definitely recommend them if you are feeling the need to switch up your eyeliner :)




Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Past Week (in iPhone photos)

I see this done on a few blogs here and there and I love reading/looking at these types of posts so why not try one myself?

Here's an amateur collage of photos taken from my iPhone that summarize how I spent my free time over the past week:


- cocktails with friends :)
- amazing snacks (pretzels and Nutella - you have to try!)
- loving Liz Earle cleanse & polish
- perfect weather, laying outside, BBQing and reading with my family
- I pride myself whenever I can successfully make an omelette
- getting reacquainted with Chanel Black Pearl

How is your summer spare time being spent?

Also, what are some of your favourite summer songs? I've been listening to a lot of Arcade Fire and Avicii lately - two completely different realms, but both enjoyable. I'm just sick of hearing Pitbull on the radio and am in need of some new summer jams! Feel free to contribute!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Nothing a bit of Chanel can't fix...


Was feeling a bit under the weather today but a short trip to the Chanel counter made it all better. There is one lady that I always stop by and see (the only one who actually knows her shizz, but that's another story) and we got to talking, playing with different products and in the end I walked out with what I intended - some samples of Vitalumiere Aqua foundation aaaand a couple of other things...


1. Rouge Coco Shine in #48 "Evasion"
2. Chanel Bronze Universel (cue angels singing, I got this at last)

Will report back, of course, once I get a chance to play with these!

x

Sandra


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cut it out!

I'm on the hunt for the perfect (preferably black but I'm open to suggestions) cut-out dress.

I came across this fierce picture from a Sass & Bide show - side note, I always see wonderful things by this brand online and they're so expensive I can't go near... and I've never seen their stuff in person to see if it's worth it... thoughts? - anyways, this picture is dramatic yet the dress is gorgeous:


Sass & Bide dress - somewhere in the $500 range

It inspired me to search for less pricy alternatives. I have tried some cut-out styles at Forever21 before but the ones I found just felt skanky, we are looking for refined sexy here, people!


So in my search I came across this one from ASOS that I really like, in the $50 range, but the inconsistency in ASOS brand sizing keeps me from buying...

Have you spotted any reasonable priced cut-outs lately? Have you ever tried Sass & Bide?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Inseparable


I've been sporting these items steadily over the past few days (some for even longer) and I figured that warrants a blog post.


Sunglasses from H&M,
watch by Michael Kors,
necklace by House of Harlow,
Smashbox "Afterglow" lipgloss
and MAC "Blonde's Gold" pigment.

The pigment is a summer staple and it does what I wished the famous MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow would do:


Sadly Woodwinked would always get an orange tinge when I applied it, which wasn't flattering at all. Blonde's Gold is a soft, cool-toned gold.
I bought it when it came out in a limited edition collection, but it is now a Pro item so it can be purchased through MAC Pro.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Face of the day - late summer afternoon


A lazy day, finished off with late dinner on a patio catching up with a friend... I love summer!
I've been obsessed with this highlighter green/yellow romper from Diesel, intensifies any tan x 10.
I paired it with a loose grey vest, some H&M sunglasses and called it a day!

This post, however, is focused on the make-up. I picked up three forgotten MAC Eyeshadows from my palette and was inspired by this Lisa Eldridge tutorial to "raise" the crease a bit and pair it with a liquid liner. I didn't go dramatic with the liner because it was quite a casual outing, but I am keen on trying that look in the near future, watch this space :)


The three eyeshadows I used (by MAC) were: Nylon all over the lid, and a mixture of Texture and Swiss Chocolate in the crease. I used two brushes to achieve this: the MAC 217 and the 224.
Eyeliner was MAC Superslick liner, mascara was Prestige's My Blackest Lashes.


On the rest of the face I wore Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk mixed with MUFE HD (to get a right colour match. NARS Laguna bronzer, NARS Deep Throat blush, MAC Creme D'Nude lipstick and a touch of Smashbox Afterglow lipgloss.

I love getting inspired by different tutorials and FOTD posts!

Hope your day is wonderful.

- Sandra

Thursday, June 2, 2011

In & Out (June Edition!)

IN

- new blog post EVERY DAY for the entire month of June. I'm on such a blog post kick at the moment and I hope you enjoy :)

- my NARS Laguna is literally on its last leg... and this makes me excited because this means I get to buy a new bronzer soon haha. (I'm either going to get Dior Matte Bronzer in #2 or Chanel Bronze Universel De Chanel Soleil blah blah blah whatever they call it now).

- trying to go as paraben and sulfate-free as I can. I'm not going to give up on all time favourites if I can't find a worthy replacement, but I am making a conscious effort to look for products without parabens or sulfates. This is proving quite difficult to do with skincare items.
I'm not an "all natural" fanatic or anything but I do like to stay on top of things and to read up on various ingredients, and if I can find a more natural option that works for me just as well as a chemically-infused one, then why not :)

- H&M sunglasses! Cheap and lovely. Sometimes they hit the spot when we can't splurge on a designer pair.


- pretzels & Nutella... together... don't knock it 'til you try it!

- Chanel Makeup Fall 2011. I literally want everything. Those gel eyeshadows... drool.


OUT

- seeing way too many pretty things lately, and trying to be good and save for vacation spending money... sigh

- WINTER

- Kim Kardashian


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dear Hermes...

The ultimate wrap bracelet. I've been wanting this for ages, then forgot about it, but every summer my love for it gets re-ignited.


It's the Hermes Kelly Double Tour bracelet... I know that their enamel H and the collier de chien bracelets (which I also adore) have more of a cult following, but the Kelly Double Tour has my heart.


I've never seen it on the US Hermes website - only in Europe - but I think it's beautiful and timeless... aaaaand I want it. Now.

If I ever gain the strength to actually walk into a Hermes store and come back out alive, I will report back. Until then I just have the comforts of Hermes online and the powers of Google to hold me over.

xoxo

Sandra

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