Summer

When life gives you lemons…

I first learned of ILYMIX when I came about their account on Instagram, and was drawn to their pictures of beautiful, bold statement necklaces and earrings.  This one in particular stood out to me: it’s bright, fun, and kind of reminds me of something Kate Spade would release.  I love the adorable lemons and lemon slices paired with starfishes and pearls (I mean, it pretty much screams Summer).

I paired mine with a J.Crew Factory sweater, American Eagle jeggings, and Payless Shoe Source pumps (shown below).


I definitely recommend checking out ILYMIX.  Their products are reasonably priced, ship quickly, and are of good quality.  There are tons of other items on my wishlist, from sunglasses, to scarves, to bracelets (and how cute is this watermelon clutch!?).  If you’re interested in making a purchase, ILYMIX has generously offered to give my readers 20% off your purchase: just use the code Elyse20.  Happy shopping!

*Note: Necklace provided for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.
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Spring Favourites

With just a couple more weeks of Spring left (helloooo Summer!), I wanted to share some of the products I’ve been loving for the past few months.  Let’s get started!

1. Beauty With a Twist Daily Shampoo and Conditioner*

Created in 2013 by celebrity stylist Oliver Ifergan in an effort to capture the essence of the California lifestyle (palm trees, sandy beaches…basically everything I dream about), Beauty With a Twist’s products are formulated with only the highest quality, certified-organic ingredients.  Their products are not tested on animals, and a portion of their sales are donated to The Beagle Freedom Project to help end animal cruelty.  Their Daily Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing, (notes of coconut and soft peach), and leave hair feeling soft and moisturized.  Both are formulated without parabens and are sulfate-free, ensuring they protect and preserve colour treated hair.  Beauty With a Twist products can be purchased in Canada exclusively on Amazon.ca.

2. Sahajan Discovery Kit*

This Discovery Kit is like an adult goodie-bag full of nourishing treatments for your face, body, and hair.  All of Sahajan’s products are natural and organic, and are developed and made in Canada (Toronto to be exact!) with eco-friendly and sustainable practices.  This kit is the perfect way to test out some of Sahajan’s products and includes: Nourish Face Cream, Restorative Eye Cream, Protective Face Serum, Nurture Hair Oil, and Ritual Body Oil (plus a handy linen makeup bag and a natural-wood mirror).  All of the products in this kit are impressive; they are nourishing, lightweight, and smell beautiful.  If I had to choose just one favourite (and trust me, it’s hard), it would have to be the Restorative Eye Cream.  A good eye cream is hard to find, and this one left the skin under my eyes feeling soft and moisturized, and looking brighter.  You can purchase this Discovery Kit, or the individual Sahajan products at Toronto’s Blossom Lounge.

3. Skechers Flex Appeal Sneakers in “Floral Bloom”

For me, these sneakers were love at first sight (um, hello, do you see those flamingos!?).  Not only are they bright, adorable, and perfect for Summer, they are also extremely comfortable, thanks to their memory foam insoles and stretch mesh panels.  They are light-weight (a women’s size 7 is just 6oz!) and are super flexible, allowing them to bend and flex naturally with your feet.

4. NYX Lip Lingerie in “Corset”

After reading positive reviews about this colour and formula online, I decided to give it a try.  This product is a matte liquid lipstick with a griege-ish tone.  It is long-lasting, and, as is commonplace for the NYX brand, is affordable without compromising on quality. If you’re looking for a super-unique yet wearable tone to add to your makeup collection, this is it.

5. Prada Candy Eau de Parfum

I’m one of those people who likes to switch up their scent on a daily basis, so it’s not often I find one that ends up on repeat.  I received a sample of this scent about a year ago, and brought it with me on a trip to Mexico.  Now, maybe it’s that every time I smell this scent I recall sandy beaches, warm breezes, and pina coladas, but since purchasing a full-sized version a couple of months ago, I still can’t get enough.  With notes of caramel, musk, and vanilla, this scent is soft and sweet with a nice warmth to it, just like a Summer night.

What have you been loving these past few months?  Let me know in the comments below!

Note: products indicated with an asterisk (*) were received for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

July/August Favourites!

July August Favourites

The beginning of September means that Summer is slowly coming to an end (but hey, all the more reason to enjoy every minute of the remaining 20 days of the season!).  Here are some of my fashion, beauty, and entertainment favourites for the past 2 months.

1. Jockey Skimmies Short Length Slipshort

I’d been wanting to try these shorts for a while, and it wasn’t until a recent embarrassing (and slightly traumatizing) experience that I finally got my hands on them.  To explain, let me use a simple equation: a windy day + a lightweight dress + bending over to adjust your shoe before getting in the car = showing your neighbours more than they want to see.  Anyways, these shorts are the answer to many of my fashion-prayers: 1. they can be worn as an extra layer under sheer dresses, 2. the smooth fabric doesn’t catch on clothing and can be worn under pants, skirts, and dresses, 3.  they provide a smoothing effect without cutting off circulation or hindering your breathing, and 4. they provide an extra layer of security under short (or lightweight) dresses.  They come in a variety of colours and 2 lengths (I purchased mine in the short length in both nude and black).  Check out Jockey’s website here

2. The Original Beauty Blender

It took me quite some time to hop on the Beauty Blender train, but I’m sure glad I did! I think some people, such as myself, are little hesitant due to the $26.00 price tag, but the results of using this teardrop shaped sponge are definitely worth every penny.  While you can use this sponge with a variety of products (blushes, powders, and etcetera), my favourite use for it is with liquid foundation. Basically, you dampen the sponge (it nearly doubles in size), squeeze all water out of it, and then apply your foundation in a dabbing motion: the result is a finish similar to airbrush makeup.  You can check out the video on Sephora’s website to learn more.

3. Pink by Victoria’s Secret Varsity Crew

This long-sleeve crew sweatshirt is one of the comfiest items of clothing I own (I purchased mine in royal blue at the semi-annual sale).  It’s more lightweight than a hoodie, and has a longer length that can be paired with leggings.  Pink is constantly coming out with new styles and colours, so be sure to check in store as well as online!

4. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”

I originally received this lipstick in a sample-size during a Sephora promotion.  It has a “good for your lips” formulation that includes shea butter and coconut oil, and the colour is a rich, pigmented, beautiful pink suitable for everyday wear.  While the sample-size was generous and is still kicking, I fully intend on purchasing the full-size in the near future!

5. Isis Jewels “The Bar and Chain” Bracelet

I’ve been loving the bar bracelet and necklace trend; there’s just something so simple and elegant about it.  The greatest challenge I face however, is finding a bracelet that fits my super-small wrists.  Luckily, when I spotted this beauty (on sale for 50% off) at the Canadian National Exhibition, the sales associate was kind enough to adjust the length for me on the spot.  Made of sterling silver coated with 14K white gold, and accented with Austrian crystals, it is dainty enough to wear on its own, or will pair perfectly with a watch or other bracelets. Check out other pretty things from Isis Jewels here.

6. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in “Kiss Me”

Sadly, I can’t take credit for discovering this gorgeous lipstick/lipgloss hybrid.  In fact, when I was having my makeup done at Sephora and the artist chose it, I was secretly pouting inside because it seemed so…boring.  However, I was pleasantly surprised once she put it on.  It is one of the prettiest nudey-pinks I’ve ever seen!  I was also impressed by its long-wear: I only need to touch up my lips once the whole night (you can see a picture of it on, here).  Other colours I intend on trying? Trompre L’Oeil and Wonderland.

7. Nashville (on Netflix)

While most of my favourites are usually fashion and beauty related, this television series was a must-have for July and August.  I started watching it last month during my road trip to Nova Scotia, and have been hooked ever since.  Season 1 and 2 are available on Netflix, and if you fall in love with the music like I did, the soundtracks can be purchased on iTunes!

 

 

Best of the Brightest: My Top Lipstick Picks for Summer

Summer LipsFluorescent orange, bright purple, hot pink: I’ve never met a lipstick I wouldn’t try (at least not yet). In my opinion, I think people underestimate how wearable these colours can be, not to mention the time they can save you in the morning (more sleep? Now I’ve got your attention). Think of it this way: the brighter the lip colour, the more understated you want the rest of your makeup to be. No need to spend time layering shadows, blending, and lining your eyes; simply apply some mascara and blush along with your standout lipstick of choice, and you’re on your way.  The 3 lipsticks, pictured above, are my current top picks for Summer (in order from left to right).

1. Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids in “Vibrant Mandarin”

In the tube, this colour looks like your basic orange lipstick, but when applied it wears as a gorgeous, almost fluorescent, orange.  The word “fluorescent” may sound scary to some, but trust me, it has the perfect amount of red in it to make it completely wearable.  It is by far, one of the most unique lip colours I have encountered this season.

2. Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in “Coquette”

When it comes to lipstick, my most often-occurring (and slightly unhealthy) obsession is with finding the perfect pink.  Everything from deep fuchsias to baby pinks, I love (and seem to need) them all.  This shade by Revlon is definitely one of my favourites for Summer: it applies evenly, is long lasting, and has the perfect amount of shimmer in it.

3.  bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in “Lead the Way”

As you can see from the picture, the colour of this lipstick in the tube is quite different from the way the lipstick wears.  What’s great about it, is that the colour changes based on the amount you apply.  If applied sheer, it wears as a pretty berry/wine colour, and when applied with a heavier hand, it appears more of a deep wine/purple tone.  It would also be fun to play with different glosses over this lipstick, as I’m sure you’d come out with a ton of colour variations.  This is what also makes it a great year-round lipstick (but hey, it’s almost Summer, let’s not rush things).

Tried any of these for yourself? Have any of your own favourites for this Summer? Let me know in the comments below!