December 31, 2013

Beauty Favorites: 2013

For the last post of the year, today I want to share my top 10 beauty products for 2013! For products that I have previously wrote about, please refer to the original posts for detailed reviews. For products that have not previously been in the spotlight, I will comment briefly on what makes it such a wonderful product. Let's get started!

December 28, 2013

Review: Milani HD Advanced Lip Colors x 8

I have been using these Milani HD Advanced Lip Colors for months and months and today I want to share a brief review while this discontinued line is still available through online retailers.

December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to all! Every time I travel to a new city, Christmas tree decorations are must-buys for me. Even though I only started this tradition a year ago, my small collection has grown beyond the capacity of the tiny 2' tree I have this year!

The selection included in the above photo involves a snowflake from the London M&M World, a sleigh filled with London Big Ben, an orb depicting the Paris Arc de Triomphe, and a windmill of Amsterdam.

I look forward to adding more ornaments to my collection and move on to bigger trees in the coming years!

What are your favorite holiday decorations?

December 23, 2013

Review: KIKO Kiss Balms x 2 (Blackberry & Tutti Frutti)

This is my first post featuring products from the Italian makeup brand KIKO and today I want to share my brief thoughts on the two shades of KIKO Kiss Balms that I own. I will start with the shade that I have been wearing a lot in the past month, 06 Blackberry.

December 20, 2013

Review: Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette (Neutral Territory 2)

I picked up this Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Neutral Territory 2 during the Sephora $20 off $50 purchase [Read Here]. After playing with it for the past week, I want to share my thoughts today. Although I would be more comfortable with writing a review after extensive use, I want to provide a reference as this palette is a limited edition product.

December 17, 2013

Review: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

When I read that the effectiveness of the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm was tested under the extreme Canadian cold, I was more than intrigued. As a Canadian girl who has endured many winters in the country, I vouch for the terrible things that would happen to my lips every winter. I finally picked it up while I was in Paris in early November, and today I want to share my thoughts on this amazing lip balm!

December 14, 2013

December 11, 2013

Day 2 in Brussels and a Trip to Bruges

My second day in Brussels started with breakfast at the hotel and a taxi ride to the Atomium. This monument with spheres in the sky was the host of the 1958 expo. Today I want to share my second day in Brussels (Read about Day 1 of my trip Here).

December 8, 2013

Day 1 in Brussels: Grand Place, Mont des Arts, and Parlamentarium

During the last few days of October, I set off early one morning to catch the Eurostar to Brussels from London St. Pancras. Today I want to share the first day I spent in Brussels that started my trip through Belgium to Amsterdam before ending in Paris.

December 5, 2013

Review: Bourjois Liner Feutre (Ultra Black)

Despite already having a liquid eyeliner favorite in the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner [Review Here and Here], I am always on the lookout for a less expansive alternative. I picked up this Bourjois Liner Feutre in Ultra Black over the summer and today I want to share my thoughts.

December 2, 2013

DIY: CD Jewel Case (Depotted) Makeup Palette

The only time I depot my make-up is when I want to separate pan-based products that are lumped together with pencils, glosses, and etc. in gift sets. As for single eyeshadows or mini palettes, I usually prefer to keep them in the original packaging.

Today I want to share how I depot and store eyeshadow pans in a non-magnetic DIY makeup palette made from a CD jewel case. I will be using three eyeshadows from the Soap & Glory Crazy Sexy Kohl Gift Set [Review Here] for visual illustration.

The standard jewel case should be able to hold most eyeshadows.

Here is a side view of the finished palette to show how the pans fit snugly without touching the case surface.

December 1, 2013

Review: Soap & Glory Crazy Sexy Kohl Gift Set

I feel that stores start their holiday promotions earlier and earlier every year. Today I want to share my thoughts on this Soap & Glory Crazy Sexy Kohl Gift Set that I have had for over a month and half now.