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Friday, 16 March 2012

Need a Good Workout?...

TRY THESE VIDEOS .. OR.. if you live in Canada visit a Goodlife Fitness and try out Body Attack! 
(or if you have heard of Les Mills Body Attack DO IT!)

I have been attending this class for well over 6 months; and I am whole heartidly committed. I go twice a week for an hour each time. These classes are an all over butt kick. They will work every muscle in your body and leave you feeling light and extremley good
 (not to mention extremley sweaty! FYI Bring a change of clothes!)

So check out the vid and get your work out on... here are the two that I sometimes do when I am at home they are amazing and I would say fairly easy too follow!

It's Almost Friday!! Happy Thursday!

Sam xo

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Currently Lusting Over...


Currently really into peachy, fresh fragrances this Ralph Laureen perfume has been a favourite of mine in the past but I am dying to purchase another one!

Really loving my BB creams- especially the Garnier one but I have heard so many good things about this tinted moisturiser that I am kind of craving for a sample of this to cover my face! Maybe the next time I go into Sephora I may just have to ask for a sample!

These kitten heels from Zara are incredibly hard to find- if I could find them this would be an OOTD post or a haul vs a currently lusting post! They do have a pair in a nice cream shade with a good heal- but I really want the black shade! I have tried on the cream shade and not only are these shoes beautiful but they are so comfortable!

And lastly this Chocolate Soleil Bronzer by Too Faced- heard so many good things about this bronzer as well. Currently using Hoola but it's never really been a true favourite of mine. And my Chanel is running out and I am finding that as it gets hotter out it is sliding off my face. So what is a girl to do!? Well look up on Sephora's customer's reviews and youtube what a good bronzer is- turns out this is the one of choice at the moment. Three top things I need in a bronzer: it needs to be matte (I have large poores and don't want any product to help accentuate them), a bronzer that is not orangy or to dark and stark in shade, and a bronzer that will last all day! Turns out this checks off everything from the list! So maybe it will pop up in my handbag soon!

It's Wednesday and the week is almost over thank gosh! Hope everyone is having a great week!

xo Sam

Essence in Canada?

Yup that's right!

And Sold at your Local Shopper's Drug Mart - well in Ontario it is at least!
The lovely European brand has made it's way over to Canada- and let me tell you- I was super excited (and maybe even slightly googly eyed) over this brand!

The nail polish here is priced at $1.49 a slight difference where I know in the UK you can get this brand for 99pents. I have used this nail polish twice since purchasing and it is pretty darn fantastic- in my eyes it's a runner up for Essie- super fast dry with great pigmentation. I am currently wearing the sparkly shade (in space queen) of the two shown in the picture but I am absolutely loving it - the second colour(modern romance) is a very pale pink but will make your hands look so tan!

The eye shadows almost remind me of the same kinds of textures that are made up of wet and wild.
They have both mattes and satin finishes and are super, super pigmented for only $5 I'd say that's a good deal! 
These two palettes are perfectly nude for me and I am loving the more taupe palette at the moment.
 Two palettes I bought were:
Over the Taupe & Would you mind? - the slightly more brown shaded palette

The mascara's were your typical mascara's- to me they were the same kind you would find in any brand - the only exception is that you have a choice of paying $3-$5 as opposed to $10-$14 for other mascara brands.
I do however really enjoy applying the (orange shaded tube) maximum definition volume mascara -it has a rubbery tapered head with very stiff fibbers- they do get every lash!
The other mascara - in the blue tube- just has a rather large head to it and is somewhat good for giving you more volume

Also grabbed the angled blush brush- I take my makeup with me every day, as I take an hour commute to get into work and most days for me are at least a minimum of 12 hours so touch ups are always more likely needed then not. I hate carrying around my makeup brushes so will suffice for shorter ones that one necessarily get the job done right but will at least aid in putting on some colour to my cheeks- thankfully I found this brush! It's perfect fits into my makeup bag wonderfully and does the same job a good normal sized angled blush brush would do for you! Plus the pink hairs make me giggly when I apply my blush! It was only $5 - great bargain in my mind!

If you get the chance I do suggest going into a Shoppers even if just to have a quick peek - bet you wont leave without one product!

xo Sam

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

My new - Holy Cow! I cannot live without this! Concealer...

As I write this - I think about how contradicting I must sound! Literally just a few posts ago I was mentioning this as my favourite concealer! But I was running out (as you can see in the picture; it's actually worse in real life I have to scrape around the edges to get any product) and I wasn't sure if I wanted to run over to a MAC Counter to fork out another $20.... SO... I kept hearing rave review on the Internet about the instant age rewind concealer, and boy where those reviews right!

This product is slightly more watery than the MAC Studio Fix concealer but it works the same! So creamy great coverage! And the lasting power is amazing!

I usually have a breakout around my chin, you know- those nasty spots that are never popable (ew gross!) and hurt like hell, and are always so darn red! Yah- they grace my chin every now and then; and so I do need a coverage that will help me cover this redness.

My MAC was always so trusty- but lately it was causing my skin to dry out which was really unusual. Now I am not sure if it was because of the weather change- as it is really hot in Ontario at the moment- or the fact that this product was coming to the end stages of it's life but I knew I needed a change for my skin. And out came the Maybeline concealer- seriously do love the stuff; my shade is in Medium and if you were sceptic of using this product I would recommend going for it.

The only downside of this product is the fact that you have to keep the lid- or else the sponge tip applicator can get extremely unsanitary.
Other than that I state perfection!

Sam xo

Friday, 9 March 2012

OOTD 03/08/12

Quick Snap OOTD

What am I wearing?:
Motor stlye jacket from the Gap
Necklace- Rikki's ( a while ago)
Flowy Grey T-Shirt the Gap
Jeggings- dark blue wash from the Gap
Rings- People's jewellery (received as a gift when I was 13) and a ring from Dominican Republic

What's on my Face?:
Garnier BB Cream- Light/Medium
Hoola Bronzer Contoured on cheeks and temple (my favourite look- I am running out of my Chanel so sad!)
MAC Fleur Power blush
Maybeline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in 30 Medium

What's on my Eyes?:
MAC Brule Over the lids
UPNP Naked in Crease
Avon Professional eyeliner pencil in cosmic brown
Maybeline Great Lash
Shu Umera Eyelash curlers

What's on my Lips?:

What's on my Nails?:
OPI- Nail Envy

Hope everyone is having a great Friday!!
Sam xo  

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

My Thoughts on Bioderma..

This has been given a lot of hype from many bloggers around the world. I thought I was going to have to go searching high and low for it; but managed to find it at my local Rexal PharmaPlus.... Unfortunately $22 later I have a face that is starting to heal from a massive breakout following only two uses of this.

The first time I used this makeup remover it actually didn't wash away my eye mascara, which was kind of annoying, but then when I went throughout the rest of my face it did take off my makeup like a dream. Second night using it I found the same results... and then the next morning I woke up with a heavy breakout of red dots around both eyes and two huge blemishes on both cheeks! AHH! I do have sensitive skin and so thought this would be ok for me but sadly it was not!!

I have heard one other blogger report a breakout but others have been fine. Now I do have combination skin and rosacea so I am not sure if this is why this did not work for me. But again, sadly it did not- so very disappointed!

These are just my thoughts on the product. I did give it to my friend who has less irritable skin(and her skin type is dry) so let's see if it works for her!

Hope this helps!

Sam xo

Monday, 5 March 2012

February Favourites

I write this while sipping tea (a roll up the rim from Tim Hortins! Wooh wish me luck ;)! and cuddling up under warm blanket beside my adorable, 14 year old dog Charlie!
Even though we are into (technically) the second week of March I thought I would share my February Favourites/current fav's still!

If you read my "A Little Getaway" post you will notice that I did take all of these with me on the trip. Of course though right! How could I not go somewhere without my favourites!!

(LtoR:)Sephora Professional Angles brush, Sephora Professional Mineral Powder brush, Avon eyebrow pencil in blonde F101, L'oreal Paris Double exten tubes mascara, MAC studio fix concealer NW25, Shu Umera eyelash curlers, Clinique perfect hydrtaor cream, Clinique pore refining serum, Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium, Chanel Tan de Soliel, Blistex medicated lip balm, MAC melba blush and Tarte Amazonian 12 hour clay blush in Tipsy.

I love all of these products so much! And if lighting permits may even be able to post an 'every day makeup routine' post!

Hope everyone's week is off to a good start!

Sam xo

Friday, 2 March 2012

A Little Getaway

Yesterday I got the pleasure in getting a lovely little getaway to Niagara Falls (Canada)
My Hotel room was huge and felt very luxurious - if you ever get the chance I do suggest getting a room at the Hilton Niagara. It may just be my choice from now on!

I died when I saw this - a fire place attached to a dressing table! AMAZING!

Thought I'd also show you what I packed makeup wise for the trip. I would say I went a little overboard since it was just an overnight thing -but- I was going for a night out; you never know if your going to need to throw on a smokey eye!

Let's start with the massive makeup bag I brought!

 A Clare Vivier leather pouch. This thing is class! It smells like pure leather, feels amazing to the touch and can hold everything! I just would never use it as a clutch - I wouldn't want to make a permanent fold into the beautiful make of this thing!

And here are the goodies that came inside!

(From Left to Right: )Paris Hilton original travel perfume, Secret travel size deodorant (in the fragrance baby powder), a Small hair brush (from Forever 21 a while ago), MAC fix+ travel size, a travel size soap&glory righteous butter - body butter [to all my Canadians, I could only find this in the states for about $5], a small travel size powder brush [from an old company that Rexall PharmaPlus use to carry called Posh but I haven't seen any in years], Sephora professional angled brush, Sephora Mineral Powder brush, Avon perfect eyebrow pencil in blonde F101,Loreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara, Chanel Double Perfection compact in 70 Tender Bisque, Revlon cream eye shadows in the palette 710 not just nudes, blistex medicated lip balm (this stuff is amazing! have been using it at least twice everyday this past month), Maybeline Colour Tattoo in 35 tough as taupe, MAC Studio Fix concealer in NW25, Shu Umera eyelash curlers, Clinique perfect hydrator cream, Clinique pore minimizer serum, Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium, Chanel Tan de Soliel, MAC Melba blush, and Tarte Tispy 12 hour clay blush (WOOH What a mouthful!)

 A Quick Snap of my OOTD today - I couldn't get the bottom half in and since its taken on my blackberry I'm sorry about the poor quality!

What am I wearing?
Scarf: Fareweather's
Sweater: Forever 21 (a while ago)
On Nails: Mint Candy Apple by Essie

Whats on my Face?
Garnier BB Cream Light/Medium
Chanel Tan de Soliel (slight contouring)
A ran the spoolie of the eyebrow pencil but didn't fill the brows in
Curled my eyelashes and did a very light coating of the Loreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

Happy Friday!!
Sam xo