Blushed: A look feat. L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 02

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So since I got that HUGE goodie bag from the London Drugs fall beauty preview, I couldn’t wait to dive in and try some of the stuff out. One of the items I was most excited to get my hands on was the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude 02, which is L’Oreal Paris’ version of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.

The Colour Riche La Palette Nude (there’s two of them) contains 10 shades that range from light to dark in three finishes: satin, matte, and sheen. It also contains a double-ended brush, with a foam applicator on one end and a brush on the other, as well as a mirror.

Luckily I also got a ton of other products to complete the look, including the Cargo HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation, which is an oil-free foundation that provides medium to full coverage; the Emani Perfect 10 Primer Serum, which promotes microcirculation in the epidermis with ginkgo biloba extract and calms the skin with chamomile and witch hazel, among other things; the Emani HD Corrective Concealer, a full-coverage matte concealer, as well as the Prestige Cosmetics Brow Kit, among other products.

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Steps1. With shade 3 (a matte dusty rose) from the L’Oreal palette, sweep this lightly in your crease area, just to act as a transition shade.

2. With colour 2, a shimmery pink-peach, apply this on the lids.

3. For the crease, apply colour 6, a matte brown, to darken it up.

4. For the liner, I used Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity liner in brown, which I find is less harsh on blue eyes. I wanted to keep the loo soft and romantic and find that black can tend to be a bit dramatic.

5. For the face, I first used Emani Perfect 10 Primer Serum, then Cargo HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation.  For the brows, I filled them in using the Prestige Cosmetics brow palette, which includes two shades and a concealer, as well as a mini pair of tweezers and a brush.

6. To finish up the eyes, I applied a coat of mascara (Rimmel London ScandalEyes XX-Treme) and popped on some falsies (I believe these were Ardell).

7. To finish up the face, I used Emani HD Corrective Concealer and for the lips I used Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! in Glossaholic.

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Overall, I found the eyeshadow palette to be okay. Granted this was the first time I’ve used it so I definitely want to work with it more to get a better idea of all the colours.  I found the shades to be on the light side, meaning they weren’t as opaque as I would have liked them.

As for the other products, I absolutely loved them.  If you want a picture-perfect foundation, the Cargo HD is amazing. I couldn’t believe how flawless my face looked in the photos.  This would be perfect grad or wedding foundation, and it’s quite high coverage, so it covers everything.

Aside from the makeup, for my hair I used the John Freida Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery line (also given away from the LDBeauty event).  It left my hair shiny and definitely frizz free.

Have you tried any these products?  What were your thoughts?

Please note, products were gifted by PR.

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Kandi Crush: EDC Las Vegas 2015 recap


So it’s been over a week since I got back from Vegas and I’m still exhausted.

This was my fifth time in Las Vegas, but the first time at EDC LV. It’s been on my bucket list for a few years, so when two girlfriends were down to go, it was a better time as any. We ended up buying the VIP passes as my one friend gets major crowd anxiety and it provided elevated separate areas for some of the stages, amongst other perks (although they promised WiFi hotspots, which there were none).

EDC was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 19-21.  It was held each night from dusk til dawn and was unlike anything I have ever been to.  It’s currently the largest festival in the United States (the attendance was over 400,000 people for the three days) and it’s a spectacle like no other (they weren’t lying when they threw in the word “carnival”). Since we stayed on the strip (at our usual mainstay The Mirage), we chose to get shuttle passes to escort us there and back each night.  The number one piece of advice I got from literally everyone who went previous was don’t take the shuttle.  Other than the Friday night, which was absolutely awful (they were super unorganized and we had to wait forever to get there and back), the shuttles ran super smoothly, and were air conditioned.

Anyways, I’ll let the photos do the talking but I do have some piece of advice if you are planning on attending future events.

- To VIP or not? I don’t regret getting the VIP pass (it costs $699, as opposed to $349 for GA), but I wish it included more stuff.  I really enjoyed the space we got in the VIP areas, as well as the line to get in faster.  I don’t think it should have been almost double, or at least throw in more perks, like advanced entry on the rides (of which there were TONS of them), or a free drink (there were apparently free drinks Friday, which we never got…).

- Keep hydrated They really push the water thing, and seriously, I see why.  It’s hot, you’re dancing and running around, you need to keep on the water.  Dasani was $5 or they sell the Insomniac water bottles for $10 a pop.

- Take naps Seriously sleep during the day. I’m still exhausted from it all.

- Go see an act that’s not on your schedule We downloaded the Insomniac app that let us create our own schedules of the DJs we wanted to see.  We obviously saw all the major ones (Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Avicii, Alesso, Nicky Romero, etc.), but we were a bit early for Nicky Romero’s set at Circuit Grounds and Arty was playing beforehand, who was hands down one of my favourite acts from the weekend.

- There is no wifi  Period. Even if they say they offer it.  They don’t.

If you attended this year’s event, or even past EDCs, leave me a comment.  Join the meantime, enjoy the pics!

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That time we were beside Tiesto in the VIP area at Cosmic Meadows..

That time we were beside Tiesto in the VIP area at Cosmic Meadows..

Oh, and Happy Canada Day!

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Cosmetics & cocktails: London Drugs Beauty fall 2015 soiree and preview

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So I just got back from a whirlwind week-and-a-half travelling, first to Vancouver, then Vegas, then Montana. My trip started off in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities (if not, the most beautiful), Vancouver for the annual London Drugs fall beauty preview event.

I attended this event last year since Manitoba has one London Drugs store (we are as far east as they go), and I was fortunate to get invited again for this year.  The #LDBeauty event is like no other event I have been to.  Basically you walk around with a giant London Drugs reusable shopping bag and visit all the vendor booths where they show you what’s new and going to be in store for fall 2015, and then load you up with products. It’s amazing.  Although last year’s goodie bag was substantial, I heard this year’s had a retail value of around $1,500.

Cocktails LD atmosphere Room with SH

This year’s event was significantly smaller than the previous year. Instead of an airplane hanger in Richmond, we travelled by limo to downtown Vancouver in an intimate event space.  There were less vendors this time around as well, however, there were some brands, like L’Oreal Paris and CoverGirl, who weren’t there in 2014.

All the brands that were there are available at London Drugs, and included Annabelle Cosmetics, Cargo Cosmetics, Conair, CoverGirl, Emani Vegan Cosmetics (the owner was actually here talking to the media, bloggers, and invited guests about the products), John Frieda, L’Oreal Paris, Neostrata, NYX Cosmetics, Prestige Cosmetics, Remington, Silk’N, St. Tropez, Strivectin, and Tweezerman.

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It looks like fall is going to be amazing just based on the beauty products that will be hitting stores.  Definitely keep a look out for St. Tropez’s In-Shower Gradual Tan, Jergen’s Shower Moisturizer, and NYX’s Contour Kit (I’m pretty sure everyone died when then saw that).

Just like last year, the Revlon booth was packed, and rightly so, since they were showing off all the amazing lip products, like their HD Lip Lacquer.  Each person walked away with an amazing goodie bag of products to try at home (and in natural lighting ;) ).

There were also tons of devices given out, including Conair’s The Ultimate Brush, which helps tame static, Remington T Studio PROtect Straightener, which uses vapour infusion technology for smooth, silky hair, and Silk’N ReVit, which is a microdermabrasion device.

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With Jacquie from Revlon.

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Although I love learning about and trying new beauty products (who wouldn’t?), my favourite part is seeing my blogger friends and connecting with the brands in person and chatting with other bloggers.  Since the beauty blogging community is pretty much non-existent here in Winnipeg, it’s so nice to chat with other bloggers from Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, who all share a common hobby (and for some, it’s their full-time job).

Huge thanks to London Drugs and Hartley PR for having me, it’s definitely the event of the year!

Please note, I travelled to this event courtesy of London Drugs. All opinions are my own.

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