Super cute!: Levi’s X Hello Kitty collection

Back of Hello Kitty x Levi's Dad Trucker Jean Jacket What does Sephora, Herschel, Converse, Puma and Levi’s all have in common? They’ve all done a collection with Hello Kitty!

I’ve had a thing for Hello Kitty for years now. I don’t what it is about the cute little cat with no mouth, but whenever a brand comes out with a collab with the popular Sanrio character, I just go nuts (and I’m not even a cat person!).   In honour of Hello Kitty’s 45th birthday, Levi’s is the newest brand to take a crack at a capsule collection featuring the cutie and it’s super kawaii!

The Hello Kitty X Levi’s collection dropped on August 1 and features a number of items in the line, including jeans, a denim jacket, t-shirts, a fanny pack, and more. In fact, if you’re totally digging the current ’80s and ’90s trends, then you’ll love this.

Hello Kitty x Levi's Dad Trucker Jacket worn Hello Kitty x Levi's Dad Trucker Jacket and White Tee Shirt

I received a couple items from the collection and instantly died of cuteness as soon as I opened the package.  There’s a few different t-shirts to choose from, but I’m totally into the Levi’s x Hello Kitty Ringer Tee, which is a white t-shirt featuring red bands along the neckline and sleeves, with an image of Hello Kitty holding a Levi’s sign.  They also have another tee which is black and features Hello Kitty with her friends standing on top of the Levi’s logo.

Another stand-out item from the collection, and the one I just had to have in my wardrobe, is the Levi’s x Hello Kitty Dad Trucker Jacket (C$148). This oversized denim jacket is one of Levi’s more iconic items and features a fun Hello Kitty twist!  On the back there is a giant “Hello Kitty” logo across the back with some patches of HK and her mouse friend on the front.  I have another Levi’s denim jacket already from the HBC collection they did a couple years back (or was it last year?) and it’s one of my favourite jackets.  I have the Hello Kitty one in a small, but I do recommend sizing down since it fits large (the small is oversized on me).  My HBC one is an XS and find it fits perfectly (with even a little room in that one as well).

Close up of Hello Kitty x Levi's Dad Trucker Jacket patches Hello Kitty x Levi's White Tee featuring Hello Kitty Hello Kitty x Levi's Dad Trucker Jacket patches

If you wanted to complete the collection and go Hello Kitty crazy, the brand also released a pair of their iconic denim featuring motifs as well. The Levi’s x Hello Kitty Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans (C$178) is the brand’s highest high rise pair with a classic straight leg.  These special-edition ones feature a red leather patch at the back waist, as well as bow patches on the legs and Hello Kitty and friends patches on the pocket area.

In addition to clothing, the collection also features a bandana, a fanny pack (or as they call it, a “sling”), and a tote. 

If you are Hello Kitty crazed like me, then you definitely need to pick up some of these items before they sell out (some already are).  Also, Levi’s in other countries have a couple more items as part of the collection, but honestly, the standout for me is definitely the denim jacket since it’s a staple piece with a fun little twist (and totally show-stopping!).

Back of Hello Kitty x Levi's Dad Trucker Jacket

You can find these items in your local Levi’s store, Levi’s online, or Hudson’s Bay.  Act quick though, I know this collection is gonna sell out!

Are you planning on picking up any items from the Hello Kitty x Levi’s collection?

Please note, items provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Prime time: Three primers to add to your collection

Ah yes, primers. The hidden superheroes of our makeup routines.

Do primers really work? Do you really need a $40 primer for your makeup to last longer? It may seem like a gimmicky item, but when I don’t wear primers, I can tell there is a difference.

Primers go way beyond just making your foundation last longer on your skin. Nowadays there are so many different primers out there targeted for different skin concerns. Have big pores? Redness? Dullness? Dry skin? Uneven skin tone?  Just like how you would prime your wall before painting it, you should also prime your face before applying makeup.

Anyways, since primers have definitely become a league of their own, I wanted to share some new ones to hit my collection lately. Since, you know, you can never have enough of them and every primer works differently for every individual.

So here goes…

Tula Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer

Tula Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer

One of my favourite skincare lines recently came out with a primer!

Unfortunately for us Canadians, Tula is no longer shipping to Canada for the time being, but if you have a trip scheduled to the States (or a U.S. mailbox), then definitely add their new primer to your order!

The Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer ($34) helps to smooth the appearance of uneven skin tone, neutralizes the look of redness, locks in hydration, and creates a base for your makeup. The formula, perfect for pretty much any skin tone, includes the usual Tula  ingredients which make their products so amazing, including probiotics, prebiotics, turmeric, chia seeds, and more to not only help your skin look its best, but also feel its best too!

The great thing about this primer is that you can wear it so many ways. You can obviously wear it under makeup or it can be worn by itself since it dispenses white, but then once blended, it releases glow particles that create a warm-toned base to blur out any imperfections and give you a sun-kissed glow.

You guys know I love Tula products and I’ll be sharing a few more new ones over the coming weeks with you guys. If you are interested in picking up this primer, use my code SHAYNA for 20% off your order!

Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Mattifying Primer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer

Just like Tula, I love anything and everything Fenty Beauty as well.

Since I already have the full Fenty Pro Filt’r face line (foundation, concealer, setting powder), I absolutely needed their primer when I saw they released one (I have their eye primer and LOVE it!).

The Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer (C$42) is a primer for combination to oily skin that helps to instantly mattify your face and extend the wear of your foundation.

This white primer joins the brand’s other primer (Instant Retouch Primer) but is designed for oily to combination skin since it helps tone down shine. In addition to providing with you a matte base for your foundation it also smoothes the look of pores and helps your foundation last longer and blend out more evenly.

The formula includes Blue Agave Extract and blurring powders to help give you the perfect base for the rest of your routine.

I have normal skin so I may not be the perfect candidate to try this out and tell you if it does its job properly, but that didn’t stop me from using it and loving it. Typically I apply my makeup after my skincare routine in the morning when my face is looking a little shiny anyways. The formula just melts into your skin and I found it helped create the perfect base which made my makeup last longer on my skin.

Stila Lingerie Soufflé's Skin Perfecting Primer 

Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Primer 

Okay, so this one I have actually chatted about before (and dedicated an entire post to) but I had to mention it again since I’m still digging it and I truly think it’s one of the best ones out there.

The Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Primer (C$47) is available in two tones (illuminating and bronzing) and has a variety of functions to give you the perfect makeup application. First thing you’ll notice when you apply this is how refreshing it is on the skin, thanks to its whipped gel formula. In fact, it contains over 70 per cent water making it a nice treat on your skin (it also has some natural botanicals thrown in for the most comfortable wear… seriously, it’s so refreshing!).

As for the actual priming factor, this product has light-reflecting pearls which add a natural-looking glow with a blurring, skin-perfecting effect. You’ll notice that once you apply your foundation over top it will go on so smoothly. Sometimes with primers you will feel a tackiness to the skin, but not with this one, it literally makes all your other beauty products just glide on the skin.

What I love about this primer is the fact that it’s so moisturizing and refreshing on the skin when you apply it. It truly feels like a moisturizer and just glides on the skin, leaving it hydrated and primed to take on your day. Best of all, it comes in the most stunning glass container that is totally excessive but looks super cute on your vanity.

Primers from Tula, Fenty Beauty, and Stila

Although you don’t see the primers on your skin, they are definitely a must in anyone’s makeup collection. I also want to note that these primers are a little on the pricey side, but if you are looking for one more affordable, I’ve also been digging the CoverGirl TruBlend Base Business primers, which come in a variety of different formulas for multiple skin concerns.

They may be an investment, but if you’re spending your hard-earned cash on makeup products anyways, might as well pick one up that will help your other ones perform their best.

What’s your favourite primer?

Please note, I received these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Palette love: Lancome Monsieur Big Eyeshadow Palette

I always love trying out new eyeshadow palettes.

I get excited about a lot of makeup items, but eyeshadow palettes are different.  They feature numerous shades, different themes, and a variety of options to wear it. It’s not like a foundation or lipstick where once you try it you get a good idea of how it works, with a palette, there are infinite ways to wear it.

Lancome MONSIEUR BIG EYESHADOW PALETTE

Anyways, you can imagine my excitement when I got the new Lancome Monsieur Big Metallic & Matte Eyeshadow Palette, which is a huge heart-shaped palette that opens up to 12 eyeshadows. This Polly Pocket-esque palette features three different looks that you can put together or mix and match for a variety of different ways to wear it.

The shade range in here definitely leans more towards the romantic side, with lots of neutrals, pinks, and browns. I tend to gravitate towards those shades anyways, so I was excited to see a whole palette devoted to them.

Although Lancome split up the looks to make it easy for you (they also included notes of how to wear the colours), I tend to mix and match when I’ve used this palette and even layered some colours together. Since you get a variety of different finishes in here, it’s a nice versatile palette to have in your collection.

LANCOME MONSIEUR BIG EYESHADOW PALETTE

As for the quality of the shadows, they are are pigmented and have a long wearing power and won’t crease on you as you wear them. I’ve always been a fan of Lancome’s formula (I actually went to them for my grad makeup so many years ago), so I knew this palette would be hit.

I’m actually surprised that this came out now since the shade range and the fact that it’s a giant pink heart leans more towards a Valentine’s Day theme, but if you’re looking for a great date night palette, this would be a good one to pick up.

Swatches of Lancome MONSIEUR BIG EYESHADOW PALETTE

What shades do you like when you look for new palettes?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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