From Dark to Light

Despite it being a bit gloomy, the weather this weekend stayed pretty warm and through the long weekend I was able to meet up/catch up with friends and family. With that in mind…it was time for a fresh look with Spring/Summer makeup.

Goodbye Winter makeup…

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Personally I enjoy my winter makeup being on the darker shade. Generally my eyeliner is worn a little heavier/thicker, lighter mascara due to the heavier eyeliner and my blushes are darker as well as bronzer/highligher.

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Of course there isn’t a set rule that you have to wear these particular shades only in the Winter. You can obviously wear these all year around and with these shades the work beautifully any skintone and outfits. For me I find that these shades work extremely well with my Winter attire due to wearing a lot heavier knits especially lighter colours and my very fair skintone (i’m a ghost in the Winter months hahah).

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Right: NARS Outlaw — Left: MAC Cheek & Cheerful

NARS Outlaw is a beautiful crimson red shade with a gold shimmer base just enough to bring out that healthy “I just walked out of the cold” glow. It is very pigmented, a little goes a long LONG way. Just a quick dab on the cheek is simply enough and if you do apply too much you can always blend it upwards as gradiant look.

MAC Cheek & Cheerful is a oldie but a goodie. I don’t think they sell this anymore and I know I had actually purchased this a while back. In reality I would say is more for summer but due to how pigmented this actually is I tend to use this a lot during winter months to give myself that healthier glow.

Now putting those aside…we welcome my Spring/Summer makeup.

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Lighter on the eyeliner, a little heavier on the mascara though. Blush and highlighter are of course are at very light tone.

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Lets start with contour. I love contouring during Spring/Summer, my hair is up often so the contouring comes into affect to shape and “define” what I do not have.

The Bronzer that i’ve been loving to use as contour is the Maybelline Master Bronze. It is matte base no shimmer formula. I’ve hit panel on this one and right now i’m looking into trying something new but like always I have a back up. It is kind of on a orangey tone but once you blend it in, it matches my skintone perfectly. AND sometimes all I do is contour, mascara and I am out the door.

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Right: Maybelline Master Bronze — Left: Etude House Pink Beam

Highlight! Etude House Face Designing Brightener in Pink Beam Face. Absolutely love this! It is lightweight, not too much shimmer and the right consistency of the pink tone. Definitely when the light hits, you’ll see it! It works great under the brow bone, and in the corner of the inner eyes to waken those eyes.

Now onto the blushes…

Two blushes i’ve been reaching for right now is…

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher #6 Grapefruit Jelly

When I first got this as a gift, I thought to myself…this is not going to show on my skin. It is a pale pink with a very soft coral undertone. It almost looks as if it would be transparent. To my surprise…I use this almost everyday for work. It gives me that pinch of color, subtle and natural. It is buildable and does not require any blending.

BELLEME Soft Coral

I actually bought this at Cosrx while in Asia. Sadly, I dropped the blush I was using then…it shattered into a million pieces. Took the plunge and thought it is a beautiful coral color, no fragrance…it will do. This surpassed my expectations…the formula is so well made, it is pigmented so a little goes a long way and this works great as a transitional season color. Fall and Spring =)

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Right: BELLEME Soft Coral — Left: Etude House Grapefruit Jelly

I hope you guys found this helpful when looking into something to freshen up a look. Spring is all about new starts new looks new adventures a brand new upgraded you! Don’t ever change, always find ways to improve! Be true to yourself =) nothing beats the better version of you!

xoxo

-dee

From Dark to Light

Spring Clean Out

In an addition to switching out makeup and wardrobe; another thing I love about Spring is switching up the interior of my room and that is exactly what I did this past weekend.

I cleaned, decluttered and re-arranged…basically reset the vibe and energy surrounding me on a day to day, night to night basis.

I would definitely say my bedroom is my sanctuary, it’s where I spend majority of my time from watching TV series, dramas, movies, listening to music, reading, day dreaming and creating content for my blog. This is the place where I reset for the next day.

In order me to keep my sanity I feed off constant change. By decluttering I am able to make room and clear out the unnecessary. Symbolically, you could say cleaning, clearing and organizing my life. If it doesn’t serve a purpose or bring you joy…get rid of it. If it passes through you negatively…either get rid of it or see the brighter side of things.

The Rolling Rack

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You guys remember…the overly stuffed rolling rack with my SS’17 wardrobe

Now it’s done up as a shelving and shoe rack.

Although most of you would say a rolling rack should serve its purpose, but the ones who do own one knows the troublesome of maintaining it. Dust collects easily, if the rolling rack is close to a window you’ll know once the sun hits and through a period of time clothes will fade. When hanging clothes it needs to be weighted out perfectly on both side or one side would eventually sink.

I wanted to get rid of it.

As I sat there pondering how to get rid of it, ideas started to flood in. I didn’t need to throw it out, I could actually turn it into something useful and that would serve a purpose.

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First shelf was done as my grab and go…my keys were hung on the top, perfume, watch and ring then out the door. Bottom two shelves are dedicated to my Spring Summer shoes which are easily accessible to match my outfits.

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I had these string lights hanging on my wall which did absolutely nothing and by stringing them onto the upper hanger I was able to give the rack a delicate look. With the different elements and colors, the lights reflected beautifully.

There are still a few tweaks I want to adjust but I can save that for another post! until then I hope this inspires you to change up your sanctuary.

A fresh look creates a fresh outlook. Have a great and safe long weekend everyone!

xoxo

-dee

Spring Clean Out

Removing and Bringing back the Nudes

April showers brings May flowers! Again…a very gloomy Friday (by forecast). Toronto we have snow but Monday brings a high of 20 degrees hopefully =)

As we approach into Spring/Summer of 2017 all I can think of is bringing out my Spring/Summer collection and forgetting the cold freezing heavy jacket temperatures.

Fall/Winter Wardrobe Removing the Nudes

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Completely infatuated with lightweight materials, crop jeans, shorts and sandals…reminiscing the hot weather I couldn’t contain myself from switching out my Fall/Winter wardrobe to Spring/Summer a little too earlier judging by the weather forecast =( and realizing…I’ve just changed out of the same color palette just in different fabrics.

By looking into the color wheel of this coming season and shopping/window shopping at some of my favorite stores I’ve been able to pinpoint what I can possibly re-wear from the previous Spring/Summer attire that I already have without spending too much (who am I kidding hahaha) AND luckily, I am a complete plain Jane. White, black, navy, cream, beige, dark grey, light grey…do I need to go any further?? Plain! Basically I can re-wear everything!

Spring/Summer Wardrobe Bring back the Nudes 
(I wasn't kidding when I said I was plain haha =P)

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Each season will always have it’s trend, but that doesn’t mean throwing out all the old. You can incorporate pieces of the trend with something you already have. For example, splashes of color and floral pieces seems to be the trend going into SS 17′.

To start the season of incorporating I decided to pick out two pieces that would be my “go-to” with not most of my outfits. My first punch of “color” purchase was from Zara; the basic collection is to die for. As you can see I’ve never been the person to leap daringly into fashion forward pieces and definitely isn’t a pink tone type of person.

Zara Long Blazer $69.90 CAD ; Zara Two-Tone Crossbody Bag $29.90

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But I tried it on and fell in love with it instantly! Unfortunately, at that time they did not have my size. I ordered it online (free shipping over $50 CAD) along with a cross bag (it does come in two colors) which I know the picture doesn’t do it justice but it is the perfect example of color incorporation. It’s a simple navy bag but along the inside strap there is a contrasting sea foam green color giving it a bit of an edge AND it’s only $29.90.

Both pieces would look great together or individually with other outfits. Whether I am out and about or even just at work it’s simple enough to match without a second thought. You can definitely dress this up with a pair of heels; semi-casually with a pair of flats or simply casual with sneakers.

This is my first plunge into color and who knows what i’ll come across or how “daring” i’ll be…until then hope you guys had a great week and as well have great weekend coming up.

xoxo

-dee

Removing and Bringing back the Nudes

Moving on from Winter

Happy Monday! Hope you are all having a great start to the week!

As we approach the warmer temperature of Spring we start to replace our Fall/Winter wardrobe with our Spring/Summer and with that we cannot neglect our skincare.

Toronto seems to be hitting it’s 10 plus degree weather and with that it is time to replace my Winter care that has kept my skin hydrated through the last 5 months.

And now two products that will be going into storage...

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Etude House Moistfull Collagen Deep Cream 75mL $15.08 USD on StyleKorean.com & $14.30 USD on Jolse.com

This has definitely served it’s purpose by keeping my skin hydrated through the long cold 5 months as my skin tends to get very dry. Particulary around my forehead and cheek zones. Not only does it keep my skin hydrated it works great under my top 3 cushions (check out my Cushion Obsession post: Pony Effect, Moonshot Microfit and Iope Air).

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I do find that adding an extra layer of moisturizer causes some of the cushion formula to slide without it sticking, or even creasing around certain areas. Although with this product I don’t find that it creases or slides, but in a way it acts like a primer giving me a nice dewy finish. On days that I do have a little more time for my skincare and makeup routine I would allow the product to sit for about 5-8 minutes for full absorption before any makeup application.

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The benefit I found using this deep cream is that even at the end of the day after removing my makeup I found my skin feeling soft, firm and hydrated without any moisture being stripped away. Rating: 10/10

You can find this product at StyleKorean or Jolse

Dr. Jart Cicapair Cream 50mL $33.64 USD on StyleKorean.com

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I came across this cream while shopping at Dr. Jart+ in Garosugil. On that particular day it was cold and windy so I knew…this is not good, my skin is going to crack!

After our main purchase I actually received this as as small sample and immediately after returning back to the hotel I applied this on my cheeks and forehead…it was an instance relief. And from then I found myself reaching for this and applying only on specific areas that I needed it the most.

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The texture isn’t as thick as the Etude House Deep Cream but the formula definitely soothes any irritation to the skin letting my skin calm down and allowing a smoother canvas for makeup application. Rating: 10/10

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As you can tell I still have a little less then half the tube to finish but I will definitely be purchasing this full size for the coming Winter of 2017.

As for this product I was only able to find this product on StyleKorean

Overall

I’ve been loving these two products. I like that I can use these products during the day or even incorporating this into my evening routine. They both serve there purpose in the way that I would use them. Price isn’t too crazy especially for Etude House…that jar is huge.

There are probably a ton more products I could adventure into or that will be new to the market and who knows what i’ll come across in the next few months but as of now these two products have made it onto my list of must-haves!

Hope you guys enjoyed this skincare post! Have a great week =)

xoxo

-dee

Moving on from Winter

Cushion Obsession

It’s a rainy, gloomy, soggy Friday evening… and what better way to end the night with a little post about some of my favourite BB/CC cushions.

Confession: I have to admit…I do purchase cushions merely based on the packaging or based on a celebrity endorsement even though it is not the right colour shade for me. BUT do keep reading, as I will reveal what I do with the shades that are not the right fit.

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Above are the cushions i’ve collected in the last year or so and have repurchased a few times. And through the year or so in my opinion only three are worth looking into.

All of these brand cushions come with the cushion housing, a sponge, the cushion itself and a refill of the same shade. Each cushion has their own benefits whether brightening, hydrodration, anti-aging or simply just a coverage.

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(**I will not be including prices as every website have different price points, either on sale or regular price. As well the ratings a merely based on my own opinion, it will definitely differ with everyone**)

A little background on my skin tone; I am normally between a N21 to N23 – Nude or Natural Beige. Given i’m white as a ghost during the Winter months and slightly (and I mean 1-3%) darker during the Summer months.

Starting off with ....

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Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control – SPF 50+ PA+++ No. 21 Natural Beige

  • I have a love-hate relationship with this particular cushion as I can only use this during Spring and Fall months. In the Winter I find the formula starts to flake off even with an extra layer of moisturizer underneath vs in the Summer months it starts to melt and create lines especially around my smile lines. Rating: 7.5/10

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Laneige BB Cushion_Whitening Milkyway Fantasy Holiday Edition – SPF 50+ PA+++ No. 13

  • I actually have not started using the product yet. As you can tell I purchased this cushion because of the packaging and Holiday Edition. This is not the right shade for me as the colour I normally use was out of stock then. Simply said, this was just for aesthic reasoning. No rating.

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Moonshot Microfit Cushion (Black) – SPF 50+ PA+++ 101

  • Known as the GD cushion this was no disappointment besides from purchasing the wrong shade (SMH). A little background about Moonshot; it is a cosmetic brand by YG Entertainment which was the main reasoning behind all its hype. But I have to admit the hype was worth it! The cushion has a nice feel to it, it is dewy and has a water base forumla which I do not mind at all. With all that said, I did mention that I had purchased the wrong shade…101 is too light for me but I made it work by using it as my under eye brightener. It works in my favor, it conceals my dark circles and brightens using only one product vs when I was using two products. Rating: 9/10

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Moonshot Face Perfection Balm Cushion (Beige) – SPF 50+ PA+++ 201

  • No disappointment at all. I had actually recieve a small sample of this before purchasing. This is a true match to my skin tone, the formula has improved from the Microfit cushion making the coverage a bit thicker but with almost an airy feel to it. Rating: 10/10

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Iope Air Cushion XP Broad Spectrum – SPF 50+ PA+++ N23 Ice Beige

  • This is my first ever cushion, it is also the pioneer of all cushions out on the market right now. I did a lot of research before purchasing any cushions as I did not want to be disappointed after my first try. And let me tell you, this cushion did not disappoint and will always be my repurchase and safe choice. The colour is on point and has a very nice dewy finish. It keeps my skin hydrated even through the winter months and doesn’t make me look oily through the summer months. Rating: 10/10

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Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation – SPF 50+ PA+++ Nude Beige

  • Watching a few Youtubers in Seoul using this cushion really made me want to try it. I love Ponys makeup tutorials looks already…so why not take the plunge and try it. To my surprise I absolutely fell in love with this cushion; it gives a flawless naturally look. The feel of the formula is light and coverage is just enough that you can keep building although a little does go a long way. The colour match is perfect, on point; the finish is dewy but not too much to the point that it makes you look oily. AND that packaging…it’s square, rose gold…what more can I say. Rating: 10/10
In conclusion (I feel like i'm writing an essay...)

At this point in time these are my go-tos…surprise surprise haha

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I think finding the right cushion takes a lot of research, money to try and patiences. It’s not a “i’ll purchase this because everyone likes it” noooo that is not the case and definitely was not the case for me at all. I had to try for weeks, with through all the seasons and it took me a fair while to sum up the ones that I really enjoyed using and knew that I would repurchase again.

For those of you adventuring off to the world of cushions…there will always be new cushions out there with new and improve formulas. Don’t hesist to keep trying new ones, putting off the old ones and going back to them just so you know and compare. One thing I would suggest is looking for cushions that are easily accessible online or at any local stores…you will never know what you’ll fall in love with.

Hope you guys have a great and safe weekend =)

xoxo

-dee

Cushion Obsession

Aesop Cleansing

I’ve been on a look out for a gentle yet effective cleansing mask for a quite some time now and in the past 6 months i’ve been loving the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask. This was actually gifted to me from a friend in Hong Kong just as we were about to board the plane to Seoul (Thank you Vee).

Before we talk about the product here is a little background about my skin; I have normal to sensitive skin, I do get the rare break outs but I am blessed with decent skin with no problems. Of course, my skin does get quite dry in the winter and for the summer months i’m prone to getting freckles even with layers of SPF, but for the most part it is not oily and quite manageable.

Now lets proceed!

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Product

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask 2.40z – 60mL $60.00 CAD

Link: http://www.aesop.com/ca/skin-care/deep-cleanse/parsley-seed-cleansing-masque.html

Smell

Absolutely amazing! The aroma is soft with a very clean lavender scent, it’s almost musky in a way.

Packaging

Simple and easy to read. Colours are minimalist – black and cream tones.

Texture

Clay – a thick paste texture.

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How I use the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask

Once a week mostly Saturdays, after cleansing I use a little more then nickel size amount and apply it thinly all over my face avoiding the eye area.

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After about 15 minutes I would splash cool water to lift the product off. I tend not wash the product off my skin too harshly as I know my skin is quite sensitive after a deep cleanse.

Overall Rating

I do want to stress that on the label it does state to use this product twice a week, I find that for my skin type twice a week is a little too much for my skin to handle. I was getting red patches as well it dried out my skin. So by using it once a week it has worked out perfectly for me, adding this is into my weekend pamper routine.

Rating this product about 8.5/10 as it is at a higher price point for the amount you do get but using it once or twice a week does make it last longer. Some of you may not need more then a nickel size although…I don’t think I even need more then a nickel size. But as for the way it works, I would say it is very effective for my skin type.

Hope you all had a great Monday!

xoxo

-dee

Aesop Cleansing

Living in workout gear

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you’re all ending your week with relaxation!

As a continuation of my previous post about lifestyle changes I thought why not incorporate a few of my favourite sportswear as working out and exercising has been one of my main of the changes in my lifestyle.

Most of my friends know that i’ve been continuing on a pretty well-balance change within my day to day life. From working out to eating properly and cutting out all the “unnecessary” influences…I can pretty much say i’m now living a healthier lifestyle.

One of the ways I find motivation in working out and pushing myself is in the workout/sportswear. For me and maybe for most individuals when I find the perfect fit and flattering piece it gives me this boost of confidence to push myself to look better, and once you feel that confidence you’ll start to look into other factors to keep your body in shape and in good health. It always starts from the inside and out, mentally to physically.

So lets stop with the rambles and get right into my favourites!

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These have got to be my favourite workout leggings. The Nike Dri-Fit are so comfortable and so breathable that it makes running, yoga and workouts easier for your body to maneuver in. The polyester and spandex material gives it the right amount of thickness that isn’t to bulky but not thin that it is see-through. It works in favour for the cold weather as well as warmer temperatures. The right amount of polyester and spandex is key in any work out garments, whether at a lower price point and higher price point. Now for those Nike Juvenate, sorry to say these are not particularly your work out shoes cause it’s definitely not mine.  The pair I always go to for training sessions or for jogs are my NikeFlex (they are way too disgusting to share with you guys hahah), they have the right amount of cushion and support I need without stressing my feet. All in all, love my two pairs of Nikes =) big thank you to my sister and brother-in-law for my Juvenate! I love them!

Another pair that has caught my eye recently is of course the new Nike Air VaporMax! The sleek and futuristic is incredible. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair!

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New Balance Sports Bra. I’ve gone through my share of finding the right fit for my body as well having the comfort. These have great support without the straps digging into my shoulder blades and definitely has enough material to not cause that little bulge on the side (i’m sure the ladies would know what I am referring to).  The padding comes out, it is easy to wash although after washing I do suggest tugging it slightly to stretch out the fabric as it tends to shrink just a little bit.

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And…last but not least to finish it off my Roots sweater. Being Canadian, you have to have the Roots sweater! I’m sure most of us has this particular sweater in whichever colour in our wardrobe. It is simple, it is warm and it is soft. I love throwing this on after a workout and if I need to run errands afterwards this is great for the chiller weather. During the warmer weather I usually throw over my Nike Breathe Training top which works out great as…I am sweating like crazy!

All in all a little bit of exercise is great for everyone. For me it definitely calms and relaxes the mind. It brings me back to sanity when I think everything cannot get worst. Whatever your workout may be I hope that everyone finds the one thing that helps to keep your mind clear. Taking care of yourself is so important and at the end of the day no matter what anyone tells you or says about you in a negative way…it is irrelevant. You’re beautiful, smart and talented in your own way, don’t let anyone take that from you!

xoxo – dee

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Living in workout gear