This will help you be the fairest one of all

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If you are a make up and fashion enthusiast, you probably like to be in the know of the all the latest tools and accessories to help you create the right look. You want the best brushes and applicators to put on your makeup. You’re willing to splurge on high quality styling tools but most people forget two very important tools: The mirror and the lighting.

Your mirror plays a huge role in your final look because a bad mirror can lead to putting on too much makeup, using unflattering colors or missing small details that can effect the overall outcome of your look. Shopcustomvanity.com knows how instrumental good lighting and a good mirror is to achieve your desired style and thus creates custom order handmade vanities that help you create a flawless look.

There’s a reason why I’m so excited to share this online store with you. I have always envied models and actresses with “Hollywood vanities” because something as simple as a mirror makes such a huge difference in how you appear. In my place, I have horrible lighting. Everything looks dim or bright yellow. And I’m not the only one that has this issue. Many people have poorly lit bathrooms or bedrooms. This can lead to over compensating by wearing too much or too little makeup. The custom vanities that you can find at shopcustomvanity.com are just like the Hollywood vanities that you find in dressing rooms and at fashion shows. These are the types that are used by elite makeup artists and celebrities. These are the kinds of mirrors that will make you “the fairest of them all.”

How does shopcustomvanity.com work?

The website has several options to choose from and you can even request a custom size. Once you choose your mirror it takes 2 weeks for it be delivered because it has to handmade. If you are in the states you get free shipping. Now keep in mind that this is just a mirror and is not attached to a tabletop. I personally prefer this because it means I can place the mirror anywhere. You can mount it on a wall or on your own dresser. You can even simply lean in against the wall. The mirrors are made with a wooden frame and high definition glass. I also love that it comes with dual electrical outlets so you can plug in your hair curler or any other device into your mirror.

The type of mirror you use does play a big roll in your look which is why I recommend checking out shopcustomvanity.com if you are looking for a mirror that will help you create flawless beauty looks.

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Arbonne gets an A +

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Arbonne is a beauty and wellness company that I was recently introduced to by my friend, and beauty consultant, Colleen Smith. I’m someone who loves to try health and beauty products in order to find the right products to improve my skin and overall well being. However, I was a little skeptical when I first went to Colleen for a facial because I have tried countless products that simply didn’t work.

What put me at ease however were two things

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1. My beauty consultant Colleen Smith is basically a beauty guru. Not only is she a talented makeup artist but she is also very knowledgeable about the skincare industry. Thus, when she started telling me facts about Arbonne I became more excited about the products.

For example, Arbonne has an international rating of 4/5. People all over the world use and love this company’s products. Arbonne has trained consultants like Colleen who do hostings or beauty consultations to help you get familiar with the products but also suggest the right products for you and your needs.

Having a knowledgeable beauty consultant like Colleen can be the difference between improving your skin or making it worse.

During the facial, Colleen gave me ample information about the company itself and each of the products she was using on me. Ingredients list, when to use certain products, how to use them correctly, how to get the most out of your products—all of this is very important information that you can receive when you host a party with Colleen. As I got educated and pampered I started to feel less skeptical about Arbonne.

2. The second reason for giving this company such a high rating is that the products are actually amazing! I bought several items after my facial, and will post separate reviews on all of them; but as a whole, the products did not disappoint.

Colleen did the nightly facial for me. As someone who sometimes neglects to treat my skin well at night, I realized just important it is to have nightly regime if you want great looking skin. She used the following

Smoothing facial cleanser: which was easy to use, didn’t have an unpleasant smell, cleaned my face well and left it feeling smooth.

The nightly resurfacing pads left me amazed. Where has this product been all my life! I’ll go into more detail about it later but if you suffer from blemishes and acne you should definitely check it out. It’s one of their number one selling products.

The exfoliating new cell scrub was gentle and left my skin smoother, but this product as well as the toner were the only two that didn’t necessarily wow me. They were good but I prefer the ones I already use.

Then we used the intensive renewal serum. This is a wonderful product. It’s not heavy or greasy and made my skin feel like silk.

I never use eye creams but I would invest in the Corrective Eye Cream by Arbonne

The night repair cream made my skin feel soft and silky. It looked more youthful and glowing.

I couldn’t stop looking at my skin after the facial. I just looked more rejuvenated. I had become an Arbonne believer. The change in my skin was immediate and none of their products made me breakout or cause irritation.

I’m going to do a more in depth review of all the products I purchased so stay tuned for those posts but take the time to check out Colleen and Arbonne. Keep in mind that Arbonne is not just about beauty; they have tons of products for fitness and nutrition as well as products for men and women.

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Trend: Wearing the Woods

I don’t know what it is about spring time, but it always makes me seek out woodland themed garments. Maybe it’s the birth of baby fawns and little foxes around the forest that just make me want to dress up in forest themed clothes and head out with my camera to catch a glimpse of all the flowers and furry creatures. Here are some wood land pieces that have caught my eye. foxscarf

This pretty fox scarf is from Decembermonologue.com. Besides the fact that is it woodland, there are two things I really like about this scarf. It is really affordable. It’s only $10. The second thing that made me want to feature it is that it is book merch. The scarf is a limited quantity and was created for a novel written by December. The story is ongoing at the moment, and it’s about a girl that has a magical scarf with the ability to turn its wearer invisible. This scarf doesn’t have that power, because everytime I wear it I get noticed and everyone compliments me.

 

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I adore jumpers and playsuits  so I couldn’t resist this woodland muse one that I found on stylemoi.nu. This is definitely a playsuit to visit baby fawn in.
Woodland Creature Long Full Light and Aviary Skirt


Modcloth is a great place to find lovely woodland themed garments and this pleated skirt is no exception. The owl and floral print puts me in the mood for picnics in the meadow during dusk.
Max Mara Woodland print dress


This is the most expensive item in the list, but it is just beautiful. Just looking at it makes me feel one with nature. I think one could easily feel transported to a magical forest with water falls and lush trees with this dress on, even if they were stuck in a busy office with mounds of paper work.
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Are you a fashionable book lover?

Decembermonologue.com is a unique website that pairs style with creative writing. I’ve heard of book merch, and even cosplay merch, but I’ve never known a writer to create entire fashion collections and home decor based around their own characters.

December Monologue, the owner and operator of the shop, starts by writing stories and novels and then moves on to design and make apparel, accessories, and even beauty products that are inspired by the characters.

You don’t necessarily have to know the characters well to want to buy the merchandise. Admittedly, I haven’t read the novelette Boys Need Not Apply, but I adore Becky’s “she’s so cool” bookmark and Mel’s HE sweatshirt.

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Each collection is different, because each story is different. Thus, the shop contains several different styles that cater to different types of fashion enthusiasts.

Another unique thing about the shop is that each item is only made available for a limited time. As soon as December publishes a new story, a new collection of merch goes up for sale and the December shop stops selling any old merch. That means, you have to be fast if you want to “shop your favorite character or story.” Once it’s sold out, it’s sold out for good.

Members of the site are the first ones to learn about new collections and December gives out a lot of freebies. I signed up and got my awesome HE top for free!

My favorite items are actually the “packs,” where every item in the collection is sold together and in some cases you also get a printed version of the e-stories.

The prices vary depending on how big the collection is but it’s a great deal since you get several items for less than $100. I think the idea of creating a wardrobe, or room décor for a character is a brilliant idea. A lot of the merch often contains quotes from the stories and posts written. If you love to read and love fashion then you need to check out December Monologue and sign up for its newsletter.

You can learn more about December Monologue by following their social media:

Twitter: @decembermonolog

Instagram:@decembermonologue

WordPress: decembermonologue.wordpress.com

Tumblr: decembermonologue.tumblr.com

 

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Beyond Plaid: Great Alternative Prints For Fall

I’m so tired of plaid for fall. Every autumn season, it’s the same thing plaid and darker toned knits. I generally love plaid, but I think there are a number of other patterns that a person can wear from September to December.

I love this bird print long skirt from ChicWish. It’s till very in line with fall without being same old boring plaid.

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The Brainstorm Forum cardigan from Modcloth quickly caught my eye. I love the deep navy blue color and the bold print.

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Here’s another Modcloth find that I adore. It’s very Boho chic and a great way to incorporate prints into your wardrobe for the fall. In fact, I think this dress would work all year round.

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Just because it is fall, doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing floral. This dress from Super Dry is actually called a “fall print dress.” It’d be perfect for any autumn party.

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If you want a more “classic autumn” colored print, then you can’t go wrong with this 70s vibe top from Moonsoon. Folkloric floral are beautifully displayed on this autumn top, making it a perfect escape from plaid.

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Perhaps on of my favorite prints is this marble one from Topshop. It’s a unique standout way to dress for fall.

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Plaid is fine, but there are other prints out there that work great with the season. This year, I’m stepping away from the ordinary and embracing so more bolder unique prints.

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Get Style Inspiration from #MontrealGotStyle

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Montreal Got Style is an Instagram page and a Facebook page that honors men’s fashion in Montreal. However, they do showcase ladies fashion too. But besides being a Montreal Style page, what exactly sets them apart from the countless other fashion pages? The cultural diversity that the featured fashions present us with.

Montreal can easily be called Canada’s fashion capital. The folks there are stylish and aren’t afraid to experiment with the latest trends. It’s a great place to discover up and coming designers and gain inspiration from fashion lovers. By following the page you can become privy to what’s hot on the Montreal fashion scene.  But Montreal is also a cultural hub, where people from all over the world pay tribute to their culture via fashion and style.

That’s why I love #Montrealgotstyle. Fashion is not just about clothes; it’s a way to learn about the world, explore different forms of cultural identities, celebrate the fashion contributions of other cultures, and connect with those who share your sense of style. #Montrealgotstyle has cleverly created an Instagram page that does all this.

The page is a collection of different styles and trends. From the Montreal urban fashion scene to the unique fashions found in the African cultures that call Montreal home, your feed will display beautiful pictures of beautifully styled people.

If you enjoy fashion and culture then you’ll love Montrealgotstyle. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook

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Bad Attitude T-shirts

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Crop top, 49 CAD / White top, 47 CAD / Crop top, 44 CAD / Black top, 13 CAD / Crop top

Ever have those days when you want to send a strong leave-me-alone message to the world? Do it with a tshirt. The tshirts above are fun and functional. They quickly converse how you’re feeling on those moody bad days. Sure everyone might think you have a bad attitude, but you look  good so does it really matter.

Best part is these tshirts are all under $50, so you can get your rude girl style on without going broke. I personally find them humorous and a cheeky take on the graphic tee.

Fashion is still a way to speak out and express yourself. Some days, you just don’t have anything nice to say. On those days, bite your tongue and let your style do the communicating for you.

You can pair these tops with almost anything, which is one of the reason why I like them. You might wear a cute skirt with charming accessories to let the world in on your bitter-sweet side. Or you can keep it simple with some jeans and a beanie to stay casual  while still expressing your mood.

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Get feedback on your style with PICK MY STYLE

Have you ever been torn between two outfits? Perhaps you needed a second opinion on a fashion item but no one was around. You’ll never have to suffer this predicament again thanks to the PICK MY STYLE app, available for android and ios.

PICK MY STYLE is a fun and easy to use app that lets people post pictures of their style, apparel, and outfits to get feedback. You can post two different looks to see which one people prefer or post an item to see if it’s hot or hot.

If you love fashion it’s a must have for your phone or tablet. Not only can you get feedback but you also get to be a style judge and help other people make style decisions. I know there are number of people who enjoy offering tips and advice when it comes to fashion. This is a great way to engage with others about fashion.

The app is easy to use, has a great community, and it’s free!

Download it today and see what people think of your style or help people pick the best look for themselves.

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POTD (products of the day) Featuring NARS

Every now and then (when I remember) I do a video diary of the products I used during the day. It’s a way for me to keep track of what products I like and which ones to avoid. It’s also a fun to share product review with others. For this July sunny friday, the products are all beauty and cosmetic related and therefore I thought I’d post them here on my style blog. Below is a product list and links of the items featured in the video.

1. Guerlain KissKiss

2. Infinite Aloe Skin Care

3. Sephora Colorful Blush

4. Degree with sea salt

5. co bigelow mentha lip shine

6. Coverfx foundation

7. bath and body signature vanilla berry

8. NARS orgasm illuminator

9. Palmer’s coco butter with vitamin e

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Why TheCosmetist.com is not your average beauty website

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The internet is strewn with beauty blogs and cosmetic websites but most of them are not owned and operated by real pharmacists or cosmeticians. The Cosmetist.com however is one blog where you can get beauty advice from a doctor of pharmacy. I learned about this website not long ago, but I’m already a fan of it for a several reasons.

1. Written by a real cosmetician. The fact that this blog is kept by a doctor makes it stand apart from a majority of the beauty blogs out there. To use myself as example, I love beauty products but I’m not a pharmacist. There’s information that I can’t share with my readers because I’m not privy to it. The Cosmetist on the other hand  offers great advice that only someone who has worked in the industry would know, making it a trusted source for cosmetic and skin care information.

2. Highly Informative. The blog is dedicated to bringing you information about beauty and skin care, and it’s one of the most informative blogs I’ve come across for this industry.  The Cosmetist hails from France, and if there’s one thing most of us can agree on it’s that French beauty care is renowned. French pharmacists know their stuff and can ensure you make the right decisions for your beauty regime. If you can’t go to a French pharmacy, then head over to the website to get some of the best information about cosmetics and anti-aging.

3. Wonderfully written. You may be thinking that a website written by a doctor will be an overly complicated bore to read, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cosmetist brings you information and awareness in an amusing, lighthearted, easy to understand style of writing. Even if you aren’t a die hard makeup fan you can enjoy this website simply for the posts. Each article is humorous, inspiring as well as informative.

4. Answers your questions. One of the favorite aspects of this website is that you can send in your own beauty and cosmetic related questions to be answered. Not many beauty bloggers do this. Most beauty bloggers simply write about their hauls and give product reviews, but don’t go out of their way to solve the beauty related issues of their readers. This is how I feel a real beauty website should be. It should connect with its readers and be willing to answer their questions the way The Cosmetist does.

If you want sound beauty advice, from a real doctor then you need to visit The Cosmetist and sign up for it’s newsletter. You’ll get great advice and inspiration to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

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