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Fabulous Finds Friday

Thanks to a tip from a great friend of mine, I’ve discovered a you tube channel filled with amazing and interesting lessons. If you haven’t already heard of AsapSCIENCE go check it out. These short clips are incredibly informative and they definitely keep you entertained.

I’ll leave you will one of my favourites and you can check out the rest during your long weekend!

Have a lovely extended weekend!

xo Lauren

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Ask A Beauty Blogger

Ask A Beauty BloggerTruthfully, today’s question had me stumped. I don’t wear much eye makeup [other than mascara] so any answer I could come up with would have been a shot in the dark. Luckily one of my closest friends applies liner on the regular and agreed to help me out on this one.

I am so thrilled to introduce to you [for the third time], beauty queen extraordinaire, Sarah! I know that once you’ve read this post you will be dying to hear more from her so head over to twitter where you can follow @sarahfisherxo.Smudged EyelinerSince ellepottsie is more of a subtle eye makeup fan, she knew exactly who to ask when it comes to dramatic black liner. For years, a dark black line has been a staple in my makeup routine, adding a more drastic outer corner flick for night. After a while, it kind of becomes a signature, to the point where I begrudgingly have to respond to those “are you sick today?” concerns on days I’m sans my coated for days black mascara lashes and lined lids.

In my experience, the hierarchy of long lasting liner formulas for the greasy lidded gal (sorry, there’s just no cute euphemism) is as follows:

Eye shadow
Kohl pencil
Gel
Liquid
The ultimate: Liquid Waterproof

Having tried a multitude of tubes, pots, and crayons from high street to pharmacy, there is only one formula that I universally recommend.

Do not let the, ahem, less than luxe packaging fool you; this drug store ditty is the real deal. 
Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black (the package is labeled Line Works).

My absolute favourite based on staying power, application, finish, and ease of wear, with no irritation for my sensitive, prone to watering eyes. It just so happens to beat out all pricey contenders – werk.

What I do suggest to compliment your new liner routine is a quality remover.
My favourite formulas being Lancôme‘s Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover or similarly L’Oreal’s Gentle Waterproof Makeup Remover.
Always soak a cotton pad in remover and hold gently against the eye. Be careful not to press too hard or tug the delicate skin, as you can damage your lashes and irritate this sensitive area. If your makeup is not coming off, soak the cotton pad a second time and continue carefully dissolving. 

If you are still worried about residue and would like to stay away from waterproof, a couple tricks will help you on your quest for a clean line.Although eyelid primers are now produced by luxury brands and down, I find this product unnecessary (this is saying a lot for someone who justifies 5 red lipsticks). Apply a little concealer on your lids, using your ring finger or a brush, as this will help make a base for your lids to stay matte all day. When you dust your face with powder to set your face makeup, close your eyes and be sure to concentrate a dusting on your lids.

For anyone who is a liquid liner virgin, I leave you with a quote from my all time favourite style and beauty icon on how she gets her cat eyes so perfect: “they’re twins, but they’re not identical” – Dita Von Teese.
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Thanks again to Sarah for some awesome liner insight!

Hopefully these recommendations were helpful! I’d love to hear your feedback – and for sure let me know if you end up trying one of these products.

If you’d like your question answered next week, head over here to send me a request.

xo Lauren


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Toronto instaTreats

After a relaxing [extra] long weekend in Toronto I am back to the real world. Sometimes I wish I could stay on vacation forever – there is always so much to do and so many people to see, it is hard to fit everything in.

Here are a few snaps from my vacation. I always tell myself to be better about taking pictures but then I end up too caught up in the moment to remember.

Fresh hair colour before hitting the road.

Fresh hair colour before hitting the road.

Beautiful driving weather.

Beautiful driving weather.

Nothing beats an almond milk latte... and a side of cookie to go ;).

Nothing beats an almond milk latte… and a side of cookie to go ;).

Pre 25th birthday splurge.

Treated myself to a pre 25th birthday gift.

My aunt spoiled me to a new Chloé bag for my birthday!

My aunt spoiled me for my 25th with a beautiful Chloé bag!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a guest post from the one and only beauty queen on how to keep your eyeliner looking fresh and fabulous all day!

Have a lovely day!

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday Featuring OPI When Monkeys Fly

Today’s manicure is seriously spring like. I just couldn’t wait any longer to break out the vibrant pastel [ish] lacquers. After buying my first polish from the OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection, When Monkeys Fly [a holographic sparkle mixed with large gold-brown hex glitters], I knew it was time to try something light and fun.

essie and opiwhere's my chauffeur and when monkeys fly where's my chauffeur and when monkeys fly essie and opi

For this mani I began by priming my nails with two coats of OPI matte Nail Envy [my favourite base coat], followed by two layers of essie Where’s My Chauffeur. This colour is very opaque with only two coats! Next I applied OPI When Monkeys Fly to the tips of my nails. It isn’t too difficult to pull out the larger hex pieces, just make sure you are dabbing them on instead of painting, you will get a much better result. Finally, seal the glitter in with at least 3 layers of top coat. I used essie good to go.

Most of the reviews I have seen of OPI When Monkeys Fly complain that the glitter pieces do not lie flat. In order to fix this issue you need to really layer on the top coat. I have not had an issue with the large pieces getting in the way since I used 4 coats of good to go. I also have been adding additional layers of top coat every other day [because I painted my nails last Tuesday] to keep my mani looking fresh. All in all I love the look of When Monkeys Fly and I am willing to take the extra time to ensure that the glitter lies flat. If you don’t have patience, this polish isn’t right for you – perhaps try Lights of Emerald City which contains smaller white glitter squares and has been getting rave reviews across the board.

Do you have a great manicure today? Upload a pic and tag me (twitter or instagram) in it so I can see what you’re rocking on your nails! And don’t forget to submit your question for the weekly “Ask A Beauty Blogger” feature.

xo Lauren


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Fabulous Finds Friday: The Anthropologie Wish List

By the time you read this I will already be well on my way to one of my favourite Canadian cities to visit family and friends. As many of you know, being in Toronto gives me an excuse to treat myself to a few new wardrobe staples, especially since there is an Anthropologie only a few blocks from where I am staying.

Here is my Anthro Wish List [and thanks to a birthday discount, I hope to bring back most of it]. A girl can dream right!

Anthropologie Wish List

Blossom Sleeve Trench / Lacepaint Flared Dress / Katrine Peplum Top / Mesa Dress / Parknit Top / Dash Tennis Dress

Salta Quilted Jacket / Midtown Space-Dyed Dress / Sunstream Eyelet Dress / Watercolour Ikat Skirt / Chambray-Sleeve Sweater

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Lauren


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Ask A Beauty Blogger

Ask A Beauty BloggerThis question could not have been anymore timely considering I was in the process of mending my broken nail when it arrived. I’m sure many of you can relate to this one.

Mending a Broken Nail

There are a few ways to tackle this issue. First and foremost, prevent it – use a nail hardener with every manicure and don’t soak your hands for too long in warm water. I wish this was a no fail fix, however, it is inevitable that we will all experience annoying tears in our finger nails. As long as you can catch the problem early enough it is easily remedied.

How to Repair a Broken Nail

There are two quick fixes that I use and one more comprehensive method [which is better and lasts longer].

1) If you are out and about when the breakage occurs, find some clear scotch tape and place it over the crack to prevent it from worsening. This is not a long term solution.

2) If you have nail polish handy and need something to tide you over, paint a few coats over the tear to seal it. Also not a long lasting option.

In my opinion, the most effective and cost friendly method is to use a tea bag and a base coat to create a patch.

You’ll need:

Repairing a Broken NailFirst cut a small corner off of the tea bag to fashion a patch for the broken nail. You want to make this as small as necessary to cover the tear [but don’t skimp]. Next, paint your nail with a base coat and while wet place the patch on top using tweezers [you can use your fingers if you prefer but it is usually easier and more accurate to use a tool].

Reparing a Broken NailRepairing a Broken NailOnce you have place the patch on the tear, press it down with your fingers. You want to aim for the patch to be flush with your nail. Allow the base coat to dry completely and then layer two more base coats on top of the patch allowing each layer to dry entirely.

The finish product should look something like this:

Repaired Broken NailThis is problem the only picture you will ever see of me with bare nails!

Now you are free to paint your nails as usual. The broken nail may need an extra coat to be completely hidden but once you have the colour on you won’t even see or feel the patch.

This process does add a little time to your manicure, however, it will help the nail to grow out to a point where you can get rid of it.

Hopefully this tutorial was helpful but if you do have any questions, or use another technique to repair your broken nails I’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to have your question answered next week, head over here to send me a request.

xo Lauren


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Hair Envy: Seeing Red

Since becoming a red head about a month ago I have developed a serious case of red hair envy. I was nervous to make a drastic change from boring brunette to vibrant red so I ended up settling with a less intense look. Now that my roots are starting to show the subtlety is being tossed out the window. I’m going red, Jane Aldridge [my blogging idol] red.

Here is my inspiration for this week’s salon visit.

Image courtesy of www.seaofshoes.com

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Image courtesy of www.seaofshoes.com

Image courtesy of http://www.seaofshoes.com

Image courtesy of www.hiphipgingin.com

Image courtesy of http://www.hiphipgingin.com

Image courtesy of this-is-a-fashion-blog.tumblr.com

Image courtesy of this-is-a-fashion-blog.tumblr.com

Image courtesy of abeautifulmess.com

Image courtesy of abeautifulmess.com

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Image courtesy of longhairstyleshowto.com

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Image courtesy of longhairstyleshowto.com

Image courtesy of thebeautystop.com

Image courtesy of thebeautystop.com

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Image courtesy of fuckyeah-hair.tumblr.com

I can’t wait!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s “Ask A Beauty Blogger” feature – the question is one that I had pondered for years and have finally figured out how to tackle! Don’t forget to submit a question so I can answer it next week!

xo Lauren