My Everyday Essentials [Guest Post]

by Samantha Braddy

Every girl needs to have an everyday essential routine, and none can be complete without a selection of beauty products. There’s a lot we couldn’t live without, and narrowing it down to a few isn’t a walk in the park – especially when you are one of those beauty-and-fashion obsessed girlies who enjoy spending time in front of the mirror. Still, needs musts and all that… Ah.

Anyhow, thinking about the essentials for the day – things I absolutely cannot go without – I’ve come up with the following:

Treat your lips for a fuller look

What I have recently noticed is that everyone looks at your lips first. I am not sure if this lip obsession started with Kylie Jenner or whether things were always like that but I failed to notice them, but good lip hygiene is essential. If your lips are flaky and chapped, you won’t appear as attractive as you might hope. My favorite lip balm, a staple go-to if you will, is always within my hand’s reach and you won’t ever see me leave the house without it. If you are into fruit flavors, go for cherry, strawberry, coconut or cocoa butter. Yum!

Your eyes don’t lie

Never get caught without mascara in public. It’s a great thing that will help adjust your makeup and boost your looks. With a unique name like Perversion Mascara from Urban Decay, how can you resist not owning one? The good thing about it is that the mascara lasts as long as you do (for the day).

Give your skin a glow

I’ve been there a million times already: countless meetings, pitches, presentations, running around doing errands… and makeup as the only beacon of hope to cover up the fact that I haven’t been sleeping properly for days. But, the skin’s got its own ways of revealing just how tired we actually are. Still, with the help of Huite Lotus skin oil from Clarins, you will moisturize and feed your skin to attain that excellent glow. It’s great for all skin types, helps level out blemishes and smooths the skin out

Keep your hands soft

No matter what you do, your hands need to be moisturized and soft on a daily basis. The absolute best hand cream I reach for every time is Loccitane from Peter’s of Kensington. It’s very nutritional and soft on the skin, and kind of addictive (not in a bad way, obviously). Once you try it out, it’ll quickly become an essential and you won’t even look at other brands.

Powder up

Finding a powder that will hide all the blemishes and give you the finishing touch you need is a demanding task, especially with a sea of brands at your disposal. Nobody likes looking cakey, do they? BareMinerals has got you covered! I just love this brand! Their light powder will help you blend your makeup together without strong brushstrokes. Moreover, it contains an SPF of 25, which is amazing since you won’t have to apply another layer of sunscreen.

The start and end of your day

Your daily routine should start and end with a generous amount of your chosen facial cream. A combo of day and night creams from Olay is exactly what you need. Make sure you don’t forget to apply it because otherwise you might spot the signs of aging way quicker than you have anticipated. Yack!

Always cleanse your skin

Applying layers upon layers of makeup will clog your pores and eventually cause more, sometimes acute, problems. However, thanks to Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micellar cleansing tonic, you’ll remove the makeup easily while protecting your sensitive skin. Sweet!

The scent of summer in a bottle


Flower in the Air from Kenzo is a must-have this season… if you love the floral tones, that is. It’s a light fragrance to go with a summer outing, and I just love how it feels on my skin. The floral scent is sure to help you complete your look, and keep you fresh until it’s time to sleep (and after).

Well, dolls – hope the selection helped! If you’ve got some other ideas in mind to help complete this list, please let me know!

 

Green & Natural Beauty [Guest Post]

The Best Green and Natural Beauty Brands You Need to Know about

by Samantha Braddy

Your skin is your largest organ and the one you need to keep in good shape both for the sake of your health, as well as your appearance. Skin shows the overall state of your health, and is a pretty accurate indicator of your lifestyle. Smoking, lack of sleep or hydration, a bad diet and too much sun exposure are likely to leave their mark on the skin. Apart from your lifestyle, the most significant factor is your skincare routine. It’s essential to be consistent and use the best products for your skin. And it doesn’t get any better than natural products.

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Toronto Green Living Show 2017

Last Sunday, I was invited to attend the Toronto Green Living Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The show itself ran from April 7-9, 2017. The Toronto Green Living Show is Canada’s largest healthy living show, dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Read more below to find out more about what this show is all about, and for more pictures! If you guys are interested in attending the show, you can get the ticket for next year’s show on their website.

Toronto Green Living Show

Cert Clean Inc.  Carina OrganicsLive Clean

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Easy Spring Makeup ft. Dose of Colors Eyescream Palette

As I’m typing this, it’s snowing AGAIN here in Hamilton. I need my Spring back, please?! Anyways, today’s Easy Spring Makeup tutorial is a talk-through tutorial (say what?!). Yes, a talk-through tutorial. I’m trying to get comfortable talking in front of a camera, I feel like it is one of the challenges that I want to work on this year. Anyways, I do apologize if I’m awkward as ever.

For pictorial and product list, as always, read more below.

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Pastel Halo Eyes using KVD Pastel Goth

Hey guys! Today Halo Eyes makeup look is created using KVD Pastel Goth palette. I know I haven’t been updating my channel as of late, but life just gets in the way. Anyways, I’ll try to create more look using the KVD Pastel Goth palette soon, but for now, I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial.

This look is very fun and perfect to welcome Spring. I think it’ll also be a great look if you are going to music festival this Spring/Summer. Enjoy this look and read more to find out the product list and pictorial!

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Stila Rose Gold Retro – Night Out Makeup Look

I’m back! Finally a new post from me, and today I’m doing this night out makeup look using Stila Rose Gold Retro liquid eyeshadow. I was going to do something more colourful for Spring, but I decided to go glam instead. You all know I’m obsessed with Rose Gold, so what better way to start off this month than to create this Rose Gold night out makeup look. Read more about this look below and find out what happened to me last week when I returned from my trip!

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Update

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of posting this month. I’m actually in Jakarta at the moment, I’ve been here since mid-January. If you followed me on Instagram you might have known that I’ve been taking several beauty classes in Jakarta – Microblading, Eyelash Extension (refresher course) and Gel Nail Art. I haven’t had time to upload any new tutorial yet since I’ve been busy going to classes and also spending time with my family & friends.

Anyways, I just want to let you guys know that I will not be uploading any tutorial until I’m back in Canada (beginning of March). I actually did film a tutorial in Jakarta, but for some reason my macbook does not want to recognize my earphones. I tried recording the voiceover using my iphone, but there were just way too many feedback and noises when I was recording. I’d rather wait until I get back to Canada to upload new high quality tutorials.

I do sincerely apologize for the lack of tutorials and posts, but I will be back next month with more contents! Hopefully I can add more than just tutorials in the near future. I’ll try my best to create more review videos as well as nail polish swatches too!

If you guys are looking for Valentine’s Day Makeup, don’t forget to check out my Valentine’s Day tutorials Romantic makeup tutorials!

 

xoxo,

 

Jilly

Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Makeup Look #1

Today’s Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Makeup Look is all about that sultry, smoldering, sexy Halo Smoky eyes. When I bought the Tarte Pro palette, I knew I wanted to create a look using the mauve-pink shades, and I’m pretty happy with how this look turned out. No winged liner for me for this look, but of course you can add a winged liner to the look if you prefer. Anyways, read more about this look below.

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Priyanka Chopra Golden Globes Makeup Inspired Look

Priyanka Chopra Golden Globes makeup is absolutely stunning. She looks drop-dead gorgeous in her golden dress, her makeup and hair were on pointe, I just loved how she looked at the award show. I love it so much I knew I had to do a Priyanka Chopra Golden Globes Makeup Inspired Look. I talked more below regarding what her makeup artist used, and of course there’s a step-by-step pictorial accompanied this look below. So, read more below for more!

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