Big hair don’t care (FOTD)


Hey lovlies! I’ve been so sick since last week Wednesday. The wknd was the worst! My right eye was running like a faucet, and I couldn’t help but rub it so it got red, swollen and infected! Ugh. Anyway, I am feeling so much better today so I had to fix my face because I’ve been looking pretty “ratchet” these days :)


It’s raining here in Toronto today, and for those who have curly hair, we know that rain = big hair, frizz, and all that fun stuff. But I kind of like it!


I’ve gone dark again but it was completely by accident. I loved my burgundy colour and I wanted to just touch up my roots but realized I didn’t have the colour and I needed to do it right then and there. So I figured ok I’ll just go get a dye from a drug store – BIG MISTAKE! I picked a bright burgundy shade and I got this dark cherry red almost black colour! AGH. I don’t hate it but I definitely don’t love it.


Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start.

Nina xo

Feelin’ “chili” : Lip of the day


I guess I can say lip of the month, as I find myself reaching for this lipstick almost every day. I can’t get enough of it. It’s perfect for the season. You can wear it without doing much else to your face and you look all done up!

MACChilli matte lipstick

I did a post on this and I’ll say this again – I don’t shy away from colour but orange is my least favourite. But this is such a gorgeous burnt orange shade. I also feel it can compliment any skin tone.


Anyhow, today I was pleasantly surprised as I thought it was Tuesday lol so it’s almost Thursday now and I am looking forward to the weekend as I am going to a cosmetic warehouse sale with my mom. So I am hoping to find some goodies and will definitely share them with you my loves. I don’t really NEED anything but a girl can never have too much beauty products, right?


Sending you all hugs.

Nina xo



FOTD: Curls and lilac lips


Lately I’ve been more so into playing up my lips rather than my eyes. I love a nice lip colour and as long as your eyebrows and lashes are on point, your entire face will look daytime ready. Since you will find me at the office during the day, these kind of simple looks are perfect.


On my lips I have NYX Power lipstick, which is one of my faves. It’s the extra creamy, extra buttery, extra velvety (you get the point…)


On my eyes I am wearing the NYX Purple Rain lip pencil. Even though it’s a lip pencil I used it on my eyes. I did a very thin line just enough to make it pop.



I hope everyone’s had a great wknd. I slept a lot which was the highlight of my weekend lol… Happy Monday yall.




FOTD:Low buns and bold lips


I forgot how much I love this lipstick. I cleaned up my lipstick collection and discovered a whole bunch of lippies that I forgot I even had. This is Vixen by BH Cosmetics.


I love BH Cosmetics products especially their creme luxe lipsticks. They are highly pigmented, creamy and feel great on the lips. I have quite a few and I love them all. Great texture and goes on smoothly. Oh and last all day.


This is a gorgeous bold fuchsia/ purple shade. It’s a bright lip but I feel it’s all season appropriate.


I hope your week got off to a good start. I am already waiting for mine to end and it’s only Tuesday :)


Have you tried any BH Cosmetics products? What do you think?



My first Colourpop order: Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

IMG_7872I’ve been meaning to order some stuff from ColourPop for a while and finally got around to doing so and I couldn’t be more satisfied. I didn’t go crazy right away as I wanted to get only a few things and see the quality but I will definitely be ordering again – soon!


I was especially interested in the ultra matte liquid lipsticks because I love wearing matte lippies during fall/winter months and the colours are just gorgeous so I got 4 of those: Trap, Midi, Kapow and Seesaw.

I couldn’t resist so I got 2 highlighters as well, Wisp and Teasecake. I mean they are so affordable. $6USD for lipglosses and $8 USD for highlighters.



Trap is my favourite. It is such an unusual shade that it’s even hard to describe it but the best way to put it is it’s a mauve/deep grey cool shade.


Midi is a perfect nude for every day. Very beige and neutral.


Kapow is similar to Trap but darker and more leaning towards brown.


Seesaw is a cool lavender/pink.



– very pigmented
– extremely long lasting
– gorgeous shade
– no smell or taste
– if matte is what you are looking for, it doesn’t get more matte than these!
– applies evenly


The only thing that I can say is that the texture bothers me a bit but that’s because as much as I love the look of a matte lip, I hate the feel of it. But it’s funny because as long as you don’t lick your lips you feel nothing, when I lick my lips it feels like they are rough and chapped and gross. But that’s what you get with matte textures. Can’t escape that.



Wisp is a gorgeous golden shade like champagne colour.

Teasecake is a golden rosey pink shade.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about the highlighters. Some say they’re not very pigmented and they’re not but I don’t like highlighters to be so in your face unless I am going out for the night and really want my highlight to pop. But they are buildable.

Their consistency is different than any other highlighter I’ve tried. It’s a creamy mousse. And it feels wet to the touch!

They blend beautiful into the skin. Although they may look glittery, they’re not, once applied. They are very naturally looking and give a subtle but beautiful glow.

All in all, I love it all and I will order again.


I have an anxiety disorder: how I help myself and how this can help you too

51PxbML92dL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Hey everybody. This post will be slightly different than what this blog is really about, all things beauty and fashion. But if you have been following me for a while then you know from time to time I like to write about deeper life related things. If you suffer from anxiety, I promise this will be helpful.

Like I said, I have an anxiety disorder. Mine happens to be OCD. I am sure there is a bit of something else in there, perhaps generalized anxiety disorder because often times people who have anxiety disorders have two or more combined.

I have 3 ways that I’ve really worked on to help myself. They are simple, easy, and don’t require a doctor, therapist or medication. All you need is the will to want to be better and work hard. Once you have that, it takes doing these steps until you train your mind. I put together a short book/manual on how I achieved inner peace and control my anxiety. My book is called US vs Anxiety and you can find it here

I am not saying that you will be cured because unfortunately there is no cure for anxiety disorders but what you can be is in control. Which in return will give you happy, peaceful life.


Anxiety disorders oftentimes are not recognized as “real” mental health issues but they are real, VERY real. Those who suffer from them know all too well just how real. It is such a bad mental turmoil, an ongoing battle that drives you to the very end point of mental and physical exhaustion.

Yes to some it may seem like it’s all in our minds. And sure, it is. But we cannot snap out of it as easily as those around us would want us to. This is a war we fight daily and we would love nothing more than to snap out of it. Even though a lot of the time it feels like, we are doomed, we are not. However, it takes practice and training your mind to do that. It’s hard work, which at times seems not possible but it is possible. We can have peace.


I have had OCD for as long as I can remember. Interestingly enough, I have a degree in Psychology. While I was in school studying about various disorders, it was the hardest time for me. I was having obsessions and compulsions every single class. I had no one to talk to because my parents just don’t understand this kind of stuff. Old school European mentality. I felt alone and drained.

Over the years my OCD changed. Things I obsess over, the way I do my compulsions and so forth.  But what remained consistent is the ongoing anxiety and feeling trapped in my own mental prison. It reached an ultimate high and I knew I had to do something about it.

Did you know that those who suffer from anxiety often times end up depressed? Yes, it can lead to depression and other chronic illnesses. Anxiety disorders are not all in your mind. They can manifest themselves physically too, headaches, stomach pains, soreness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, trouble breathing, etc.


I feel that people who suffer from anxiety don’t talk about it and feel ashamed but there are many of us out there and we don’t have to suffer alone or actually at all.

So if you are dealing with this I suggest you check out my book because I promise it will help you.

US vs Anxiety


I haven’t straightened my hair in so long!

IMG_7590I decided to straighten my hair yesterday, something I don’t do often at all and haven’t done in months and months. My hair has been falling out like crazy lately and I find that it gets so tangled and knotted more than ever before so I figured let’s straighten it and see what happens.  Maybe I’ll shed less!

Anyhow. I am able to run my fingers through my hair without having a fist full of hair today! So that’s progress I suppose. Not sure what is happening to my hair. Stress? Change of season? I haven’t changed any products I use so I don’t think that’s it. It’s literally falling out in chunks! I never had this before.


Anyway, this is Monday’s MOTD. Liner, lashes and a good bold lip. I am wearing MAC’s Rebel on my lips today. It looks a bit brighter than when I usually wear it because I am wearing it without the lip liner today.


Hope everyone’s had a great Halloween wknd!

Nina xo

My ultimate FALL essentials

IMG_7372I love fall so much because it’ s not humid and hot outside so you are forced to wear the least amount of clothing as possible and it’s not freezing either so you are not forced to layer up. You have so many options in terms of fashion and clothing. These are my absolute fall essentials.

I really love cozy big sweaters that can be worn with tights as a regular sweater or with pantyhose and some knee high/thigh high boots, as a sweater dress.
The one in the picture is from Forever 21 and it’s exactly what I am talking about.

cardihanI am obsessed with cardigans. You can wear something so simple like black tights and a plain black tee, throw on a cardigan and you got yourself a nice outfit. They are so cozy and comfy and there are so many different styles now to fit everyone’s tastes. The one pictured here is also from Forever 21.

I think all ladies need a good pair of riding boots in their wardrobe. Fall is a must for these and definitely a must for me. I love these MK ones because they are good for every day on to go but you can dress them up as well.


Fall is really the time of year when we don’t wear hats so much because we need to, to keep warm but mainly for fashion, to accessorize. My choice this fall would be a hat such as the one pictured above (from H&M).



Another important fall accessory are scarves. Again not so much to keep you warm but to accessorize with. I love anything fur so the black one is a must for me, but then again I love animal prints too so …. :)

Lipstick (fall shade)

Last but definitely not least, is a good lipstick in a gorgeous deep fall shade. This can be anything mauve, deep red ,orange or purple, brown, or nude…. but one of my absolute faves is MAC Rebel.

I’d love to know what some of your fall essentials are. Do you have one ore more fall staple items. Please share!


MOTD: Simple yet effective


I can’t believe we are almost in November! Where did this year go? It’s scary. Anyway, I really like how my make up came out today considering I did in all of 7 minutes. I like the rosey pink look. It’s really subtle shades but at the same time they stand out.



Eyes: Estee Lauder Mauve duo eyeshadow in Raspberry. I used both shades very lightly but the shadow is buildable and it can look more pigmented.
Rimmel Exaggarate Liquid Eyeliner
Too Faced Better than sex Mascara

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip brow pomade in Dark Brown

Lips: MAC Prolong Lipcream in Overtime.


Face: Vichy foundation and MAC Warm Soul blush.

Pink tones don’t necessarily have to be for spring/summer. I think depending on how you do your make up and the shade of pink you use it can be all season appropriate!



Tuesday MOTD


I finally woke up early for work today! Yes finally, because I am always late, well, for everything. It’s actually a very bad trait. I am working on it! Anyway, waking up earlier means having a bit more time to do my make up of course lol.

I tend to keep my make up as subtle as possible while at the office. That doesn’t mean I stay away from colour, because I do wear red lips, bright pink, etc but then I keep eye make up down to a minimum, meaning only some mascara.

Today I felt like doing my eyes, so I paired it up with a nude rosey lip.


Is it the weekend yet???? Gosh. This week is dragging and I am in need of a serious vacation.

Nina xo

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