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Rockin’ Classic Black and Sheer

Yesterday was a special day – my amazing boyfriend celebrated a milestone birthday! While I wasn’t able to top his Las Vegas birthday surprise, I did have a few tricks up my sleeve – remember the Robert Deyber art I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well, he is now the proud owner of an authentic piece – Bad Hare Day, Mona Lisa. We have already hung it in our room and it looks fabulous, we have been slowly building an art wall which I will share with you once we add a few final pieces.

We also had the please of attending the Brothers Beer Bistro April Dinner. If you haven’t attended one of these communal seating, tasting menu dinner services – I highly recommend doing so. Follow Brothers on Facebook or Twitter for updates. It is a really great experience, you get to meet interesting people while eating phenomenal foods. I snapped a picture of the menu so I could share it with you [and make your mouth water].

brothers

Expect to be greeted with a smile and a cocktail, and don’t be rushed – the full dinner service will take approximately four hours. I know it sounds like a lot, but it flies by when you are in foodie heaven! Definitely an event worth checking out if you want a unique dinner experience –  I highly recommend it.

Now onto the outfit post – I know I have been holding out on you for quite a while. Hope you’ll forgive me!

spring outfitBlouse: Urban Outfitters [old] / Pants: Citizens of Humanity / Heels: Rachel Zoe [on sale] / Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Necklace: Victoire Boutique / Skull Ring: Urban Outfitters

little things

April 29 details blinglaurenellepottsieI start my new job tomorrow which means I have today off . I plan to take full advantage of it – time to run errands!

Have a lovely day friends!

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday – Snow White-Out Meets Two Tone

A few months ago I wrote a post about my favourite Spring 2013 nail looks. Two of the trends I had been waiting to try were the Snow White-Out and the neutral two tone mani. Since spring is finally here I figured it would be an ideal time to rock these looks – but which one should I do first? Obviously I could’t make up my mind and choose just one, so I decided to combine the two! I think it looks pretty awesome – keep reading and you can let me know if you agree.

OPI Steady As She Rose and essie Marshmellow

 Following my usual routine, I used two coats of nail envy as a base and then painted my nails with three coats of essie Marshmallow. I found this colour to be quite sheer and streaky, however, it did build well and after the third layer it was completely opaque. Next I free handed the outer half of my nail with OPI Steady As She Rose. Since I was layering over white it was very easy to get full coverage. I did apply two coats just to ensure that the base didn’t peek through. If you don’t want to free hand your design, you can use scotch tape to cover the inner half of your nail. I find it quicker to skip that step though – I get frustrated with the tape. My advice for attacking a free hand manicure – use the brush to your advantage, try to move it smoothly up your nail without lifting it and don’t even think about dabbing the polish, that is when you end up with jagged, uneven lines. It does take patience and practice but if I can do it – anyone can! To finish your manicure, wait about five minutes for the colours to set and then apply two coats of essie good to go [or whichever top coat you favour].

So here it is – Snow White-Out meets Two Tone:

Manicure MondaySnow White Meets Two Tone

Hope you like it – until next Monday my friends!

xo Lauren


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Fabulous Friday: Big Decisions Bring Big Changes

I’ve been keeping a bit of a secret from you. I don’t know how I managed to not spill the beans – when I am excited about something I usually can’t help but share it with people, but this time I kept it safe with me.

goodbye sprottNo – I am not going back to school! Those of you that know me well, know that I’ve spent the past 7 years of my life at Carleton University – five of studying and two of work. Today marks the end of a chapter in my life, it is the last day of my first real career job. Being both a student and employee at the university has taught me more than I ever imaged I could learn and has helped me grow into the person I am today. I will never forget the connections and experiences I was lucky enough to have. It is a bittersweet feeling for me to move on – I have spent a quarter of my life walking the halls and tunnels at Carleton, sometimes I feel as though I didn’t really graduate two years ago [since I never left]. The university will always have a special place in my heart and I will definitely be back to visit and support my Alma Mater.

So consider this my graduation – just a few years late – I am spreading my wings and starting something brand new. It is the end of an era for me, but it isn’t a time of sadness – it is a time of excitement and new beginnings and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Hope you guys will join me for the ride!

Have a wonderful Friday!

xo Lauren


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Ask A Beauty Blogger

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beauty on a budgetIn my opinion there are two options for you. The first is quality and timeless – fewer items but ones you’ll wear everyday. The second is quantity and trendy.

I’ll show you what I would recommend if I were the one with $85 stashed my beauty bank!

Quality and Timeless

$50 + $25 + $35 = $110

Okay so that is just a bit over budget… However, you are investing in high quality products that you won’t be able to live without. If you already have great skin – skip the BB Cream and just get the illuminator and mascara – and throw in a bottle of white polish while you’re at it, since you have a few dollars to spare.

As you know [from my review] I am very happy with Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – it lives up to it’s claims while being long lasting and providing sufficient coverage. And don’t forget that this product has SPF35 so you don’t have to worry about lathering your face with sunscreen!

High beam has been my go to illuminator since I began using one. It has just the right amount of simmer and can be used anywhere. I even like to use it as eyeshadow sometimes! Who doesn’t love a versatile product.

Givenchy Noir Couture has a volumizing effect that no other mascara can match. If you’re lashes are a bit sparse this is the product for you. I also reviewed it a few months ago.

These are definitely my go to beauty product when it comes to quality – I use these on a daily basis, I don’t know what I’d do without them. However, if you are looking for a bigger haul of trendy pieces, check out the second option.

Quantity and trendy$5 + $10 + $18 + $10 + $3 + $7 + $10 + $12 = $75 (use the extra to cover the taxes… or treat yourself to some chocolate)

Clearly, this option gives you a lot more bang for your buck. These drugstore products are some of my favourites, many of which are basically high end beauty dupes.

The elf eyeshadow palette combines this seasons blue and green trends, along with a neutral grey and black and a summery pink – not to mention it comes with a brush. Maybelline Falsies is always rated among the top drugstore mascara brands by beauty bloggers and celebrities. This lash enhancer helps to separate and lengthen your lashes – and it is waterproof. When it comes to nail polish essie is one of my go to brands. I find spending a bit more on lacquer is worth it because it last longer without chipping. This fun set includes most of essie’s newest spring collection [resort 2013]. Coral lip stain doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for spring and summer so instead of spending $30 on the Yves Saint Laurent tube, buy this L’Oreal dupe that will save a tonne – the formula is almost identical! While you’re at it, pick up a bold red, it will make you feel sexy for those summer date nights – I recommend Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids in On Fire Red. One of my favourite spring/summer 2013 beauty trends is bold brows. This elf eyebrow Eyebrow Treat & Tame wand will ensure a great shape without looking like you’ve filled them in too much. Oh and it is only $3 – how can you resist tossing it into your shopping cart! Adding a shimmery bronzer to your collection will enhance your natural summer sun-kissed glow, and at $7 it is worth the investment, even if you don’t use it every day. Finally line your eyes with Maybelline’s Waterproof Line Works Eyeliner [a product I have just started to use thanks to one of my BFFs recommendations]. This liner will stay put through anything, even a day at the pool. It is easy to use – almost fool proof – just give it a shot, you won’t regret it!

After some careful thought, I would probably go for the quantity and trendy option. I love new products and these drugstore items are some of the best. $85 can buy a girl a lot of make up so have fun with it and send me some of your new looks!

Hopefully these tips are 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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Grain and Dairy Free Blondie Squares

There is nothing I like more than a simple, healthy and delicious recipe – and that is exactly what I am sharing with you today. Careful though, these blondies are extremely addictive.

Grain and Dairy Free Blondie Squares

Recipe slightly adapted from: The Detoxinista

healthy blondie barsIngredients

1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 whole egg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (omit this if the peanut butter is already salted)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup carob chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8″ square pan with coconut oil.

In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter, honey, egg, salt and baking soda until well combined.

Fold in carob chips.

Pour the batter into the greased pan, and use a spatula to smooth the top.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven, cool, cut into 16 squares and ENJOY!

Happy Baking!

xo Lauren


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Product Review – Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll

If I were stranded on an island and could only bring one beauty item with me, without a doubt it would be a tube of mascara. Maybe I am vain, but adding a touch of mascara amps up any look and takes only a few seconds to apply.

I have been quite loyal to Givenchy over the past few months,but when I saw the new YSL Babydoll Mascara – I knew I needed to give it a try.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll

Available at Sephora, this mascara retails for $36 CAD, only a dollar more than my go to Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1. YSL describes this product as:

What it is:
A unique mascara with a patented formula that provides defined volume, lash-by-lash separation, and up-to-24-hour wear.

What it does:
Baby Doll creates a full open-eye effect by lifting and separating lashes. The patented formula creates long-lasting volume and intense color that is evenly dispersed with no flakes, clumps, or smudges for up to 24 hours.

What else you need to know:
Reach every lash, including the baby ones for a full fringe effect. The brush has duo-length bristles that adapt to all lash types, separating, coating, and multiplying lashes for defined volume.

More volume, lash separation and 24 hour wear. These are all essential qualities necessary in an outstanding mascara, but do the claims live up to their expectations?

In my opinion YSL hit the nail on the head with this formula. The product is thin and wet and is a dream to apply for those reasons, however, it is so important to wait until each layer is completely dry before adding another. I typically wear at least three coats of mascara and I will wait at least 30 seconds before apply each. The brush has tiny, stiff bristles to ensure that each lash gets coated in mascara. Babydoll is available in black and wheedler brown, but neither colour option is waterproof [which is a downfall in my opinion]. Luckily, YSL has created a non water proof mascara that can really stand the test of time – as long as you aren’t completely submerged in water you don’t need to worry about looking like a complete mess. I have slept in this mascara on numerous occasions [slap my wrist] and I wake up with perfect lashes.

All in all I am very happy with this product – I’d love to see a waterproof version, however, until then that isn’t a show stopper for me. Below are a few eye-catching [ha I’m so PUNny] snaps. You can be the judge!

Before [tired eyes]

Before [tired eyes]

After - Front View [YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll]

After – Front View [YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll]

After - Angle View [YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll]

After – Angle View [YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll]

And just for fun – let’s compare the look to a few of my previous go to mascaras [all in black].

mascara comparisonIn my opinion, Babydoll has the most natural look while still enhancing my lashes. I will definitely be repurchasing this new YSL when I run out!

Which one would you choose?

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Waterless Watercolour/Marble Nail Art Tutorial

Last week I came across this amazing manicure on Polish and Pearls and I knew I had to give it a try. I love the watercolour, marble look but I hate dealing with water to achieve it. This waterless version is much easier to do and a lot less messy.

You can choose any variety of colours you like to achieve this look. I used OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts as a base and then added essie Eternal Optimist, Where’s My Chauffeur and OPI You’re Such A Butapest for the marbling.

Step 1: Prep your nail with a base coat – nail envy for me, as usual – and then paint two coats of OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts [or whatever colour you choose to be the opaque bottom shade].

Step 2: One the base is entirely dry, add heavy dots of the colours you want to marble to one nail [ONLY]. Don’t worry about keeping things neat – you want to use quite a bit of polish. I recommend tracing around your nail with Vaseline before this step to make clean up easier. You should have dots that look like this:

watercolour maniStep 3: Moving quicky – one nail at a time, lay a sandwich bag or piece of saran wrap on top of the dotted polish. Using your other hand press down on your wet nail and smudge the dots around to ensure that the colours are starting to blend together and that your entire nail is covered. Removed the plastic bag and then repeat steps two and three on the rest of your nails, one at a time. It was tough to get a photo of this process but hopefully this one is clear enough to give you an idea of what to do – you can see the bag that has been removed from my nail.

sandwhich bag maniStep 4: Seal the watercolours in with a top coat. I used essie good to go. This step is essential because it helps to really combine all the colours. The finished product will look something like this:

mani mondayI love the way this manicure turned out and I am really excited to try it again with different colours. It is probably the easiest nail art mani I have ever done!

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