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Red lips FOTD

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“Don’t let your struggle become your identity”  or at least don’t let it show on your face :) that’s my quote of the day. I have been going through some things lately but the easiest thing to do is let yourself go, and I refuse to do that.

 

Anyway, love a good red lip. My new favourite red is Jungle Red by NARS. I believe it’s a semi-matte texture. It has a nice creamy velvet texture to it.

 

It’s just the most perfect red shade. Lasting power is also great in my opinion. I’ve applied it softly in this particular look because I am at work and have to be somewhat subtle but this lipstick is definitely pigmented and can look much more intense.

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I’ve kept my eyes simple, lining them softly with the Rimmel London ScandalEyes Khol Eyeliner.

Now, if you know me and been following my blog for a while you know I barely ever wear blush. I am more of a highlight and bronzer girl. I am not big on blush as I feel that combination gives me the look I like but also because of my rosacea my cheeks are forever rosey. But here I’ve applied blush actually as I felt a little pasty today lol

 

I am wearing Taos by NARS.

 

I am also having a good hair day today, if I may say so myself lol.

 

The two NARS products I’ve used :

 

Nina xo

Feelin golden (birthday edition)

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Happy Monday!
It was my birthday this past Friday (feb5) so I figured you know if your birthday falls on a Friday then it’s your birthday all wknd long, right? :)

 

I didn’t do much. I did some shopping and a few dinners. I remember in prior years, I always had to do a big celebration for my birthday. It was a big deal! Now not so much.

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This hair/make up look is from dinner Sunday night. I love gold and this sweater is as gold as it gets. I really wanted to do a gold make up look too but thought it may be a bit much since the sweater is really bright and shiny.

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Eyes: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon eyeliner/Tarte Camera Lights Lashes mascara/and just a touch of gold shadow in the inner corner

Face: Make up Forever HD foundation/Colourpop highlighter in Wisp (which did not photograph well at all)

Lips: Gerard Cosmetic lipstick in Mystic Moon

 

By the way, Sephora’s bday gift is Marc Jacobs eyeliner I mentioned above as well as a lipstick. There is another gift which is skin care but I want the Marc Jacobs stuff and I went everywhere searching for it because every Sephora seemed to be out.

 

I finally found it and I love it. The highliner is the business! It’s amazing. So pigmented and creamy and lasts all day without smudging. The lipstick is great too. It’s a nice rose pink colour. I can’t wait to do a look with it.

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Nina xo

I am back! (FOTD)

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Hello beautiful people! I haven’t posted or done much of anything else for the past week and a half or so because I was so sick with the flu. I have never been this sick in my life.  I am now 80% better and have a feeling the other 20% will be a slow process. Today is my first official day back at work so here I am :)

 

I have been pretty much bed ridden and make up and fashion was the last thing on my mind. I’ve placed an order with Gerard Cosmetics about 3 weeks ago so when it finally arrived a few days ago it definitely brightened up my spirits.

 

I will do a full review of the products I got as well as my experience with ordering from Gerard Cosmetics so I won’t go into too much detail here.

 

Today I am wearing one of its lip glosses in Cocoa Bean and I must say I love it. I wasn’t sure if this shade would suit me but I really like it.

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I still don’t have much energy so eyeliner, lashes and some highlighter is all I could manage.

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I hope everyone is healthy. It’s the flu season I get it but here in Toronto it’s been really bad. I mean everyone I speak with almost is sick. This flu was no joke. The way my throat hurt was something out of this world on top of all the other aches I felt.

 

Stay healthy !!

 

Much love

Nina xo

Nudes and animal prints (LOTD)

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I thought I’d leave it at my last post but I figured why not add another. It’s Friday. I am feeling happy! Animal prints make me happy lol… that will never get tacky for me.

 

I know that many find animal print clothing “tacky” but for me, as long as you don’t overdo it and you pair it up with something subtle it can work.

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I am wearing high waist snake print pants, and not to make it over the top I’ve paired them up with a  nude turtle neck body suit and nude pumps.

 

The pumps have a bit of a neon accent to them but it’s a small tasteful touch.

 

How do you guys feel about animal prints? It’s one of those either love it or hate it right?

Feeling Golden (MOTD)

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I love golden tones. From make up to clothing to home decor. I love doing a nude look and then adding a touch of gold shadow to make it pop! Please don’t ask me why my lips look so fish like LOL..I was feelin myself!

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Face: Bobbi Brown Liquid Foundation in Warm Beige / Aesthetica Contour Kit/ Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp
Eyes: I’ve used Smashbox Full Exposure Palette / MAC Fluidline eyeliner gel/Tarte Camera Lights Flashes mascara
Lips: BH Cosmetics Lipgloss in Peace Love and Mod

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I am so excited it’s Friday. This week flew by, probably because I worked from home two days in a row. I don’t have any exciting plans for the wknd but I have so much organizing to do at home. And my OCD self loves to do that. It brings peace to my life haha.

 

By the way, my birthday is exactly 2 weeks away. I don’t even want to think about it! lol

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Hope you all have a wonderful wknd lovlies! Let me know if you’re doing anything exciting.

 

Nina xo

 

 

(OOTD) ‘Always go with the choice that scares you the most’

 

IMG_9926Ok – so my quote has nothing to do with my outfit whatsoever- I just like the quote and wanted to share with you guys! This past Saturday was freezing and I had the most annoying issue with my left ear so to distract me , my boyfriend took me out for crepes. Mmmmm :)

 

Since it wasn’t anything fancy I threw on some tights, a turtle neck and flat thigh high boots.

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I love the leather details on these leggings. I feel it makes them a bit more fancy – and yes in my opinion leggings can be fancy :)

As you can see, Biggie is all recovered and better :)

Leggings: Dynamite

Top: Urban Planet

Boots: Marshall’s.

 

The boots were a great find from Marshall’s. They were down to $29.99 from $99.99 and that’s always a bonus. They are super comfy and easy to put on.
I always have a hard time finding high boots to fit my legs. These are perfect because the back is stretchy while the front is only leather.

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I kept my make up simple with black eyeliner, mascara and Kapow by Colourpop. Obsessed with this lipstick! and of course some highlighter (Wisp by Colourpop)

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Love yall.

Nina xo

 

 

Friday FOTD

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It’s Friday! I never though this week would end. Since my dog had surgery I’ve been sleep deprived and just so exhausted as I literally had to hand feed him and carry him around. But I love my baby. He is my everything <3

 

Anyhow, on my lips I have MAC ‘Chili‘. It’s truly one of my faves. I was wearing this lipstick almost every single day. That’s how obsessed I was with it and then I  couldn’t find it anywhere so I thought I lost it. Yesterday I cleaned my office and it was buried under some paperwork lol

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Foundation: Make Up Forever HD foundation / Elizabeth Arden Rose Illumination highlighter

Eyes: Tarte Camera Lights Lashes mascara

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend. I don’t say this enough but I love you and thank you all for your constant sweet words, compliments and support.

 

Nina xo

 

Day to Night Look

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What a difference a lipstick makes, right? I wasn’t actually going anywhere this day or night for that matter lol but felt like playing around with make up and creating some looks.

 

I used the Naked 2 palette to create this eye look with the exception of the white/ pearly pink shadow I’ve used as base,  which is by H&M in Baby Doll.

 

I very rarely do both my eyes and lips heavy. I choose one or the other. I love make up but I don’t like the heavy and overdone look.

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In the first photo I am wearing Smashbox lip gloss in Smitten. Really pretty peachy nude. High shine.

From my Colorpop order, I haven’t had a chance to wear Kapow, which is a dark brown matte liquid shade. I really like it but I feel that I need a special occasion to rock that dark of a colour. So I  put it on and I love the deep sultry look it gave. I think it really complimented the overall eye look, better than the nude too!

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Which one do you guys like better?

 

Nina xo

Word of the Day

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I haven’t done one of these in a very long time but this I had to share!

Hope everyone has a marvelous day xo

My top 5 mascaras

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My one staple beauty item would have to be mascara. Lipgloss too but if I had to pick one it’d be mascara. Even if you have no other make up, you put mascara on, life is just better lol.

 

So when choosing a mascara, what’s something that you look for? What’s important? Volume, length, natural ingredients, a specific kind of applicator brush? All of the above?

 

For me, it is volume and the applicator brush.
I never used to care much about the applicator but I realized how important a good applicator is in order to get the most out of the product. It really makes a huge difference. I also don’t care if it’s high end or drug store as long as they do the job.

 

So here are my top 5 mascaras (listed in order of preference)

  1. Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara $25CAD

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Absolutely love this mascara.

Pros:
-the applicator brush is the perfect size and easy to use for both upper and lower lashes
– amazing volume and fullness
– thick and very pigmented
– separates the lashes
-natural ingredients

Cons:
– only thing I’d say is that I find you have to have a light touch while applying the mascara because it can get clumpy if you apply too much of a thick coat

2. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara 15.99 CAD

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This is the first mascara I ever fell in love with. I always thought I need a big bulky brush for good application. This is totally opposite. The brush is so thin and it has tiny little spikes. I thought what am I really going to do with this but that’s what makes this mascara so amazing.

Pros:
– amazing brush that gets each individual lash and coats it
– separates lashes and gives them great length
– no clumping at all
– perfect brush for bottom lash application
– lasts all day without flaking

Cons:
– none at all! that’s how much I love it.

3. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara $30 CAD

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Pros:
– great volume without having to apply many coats
– really black and pigmented
– cruelty-free
– great fullness
– lives up to the hype
– easy to use applicator for upper and lower lashes

Cons:
– clumps after a while
– flaky

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 11.99 CAD

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Pros:
– amazing fullness and length
-lasts all day
– good for every day use
– curls the lashes

Cons:
– not the most practical applicator brush as it’s too bulky and really hard to use on lower lashes

5. Tom Ford Extreme Mascara ( I can’t remember the exact price but I want to say it was $50)

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Pros:
– gives intense looks because it’s carbon black
– magnifies the lashes so it’s great for an evening out
– doesn’t flake or clump
– great volume and thickness

Cons:
– although it’s a good mascara it’s nothing out of ordinary or that you can’t find in other mascaras that are cheaper, so in other words too expensive for an average look
– starts to smudge a little if worn all day long

 

Do you guys use any of the ones I mentioned? Let me know what some of your favourite mascaras are. I am always looking to try new ones!

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