Wednesday, October 29, 2014


1. Study Of Pose, 1000 poses by Coco Rocha
Last week my bestfriend got me into the #PartyWithFlare Event with Coco Rocha for her new book, Study Of Pose, at World MasterCard Fashion Week – that's a lot in one sentence. Not only is Coco stunning; she also has this beautiful, welcoming personality – which, she probably gets from her parents, who were at the event as well. She discussed the troubles of getting a book featuring 1000 poses signed, but thankfully it happened – this thing is the 'model bible'. It's completely blacked out (page edges included) with small gold accents, and inside, 1000 glorious pages featuring Coco in a leotard striking a different pose each time. This is the ultimate coffee table book.

2. Bossy bitches like Chynna Rodgers
Life can fucking suck. But when you listen to a 19 year old like Chynna Rogers rap with so much confidence, and well, no fucks given, it's hard not to get in that same mentality. She's hard and has a song called Glen Coco. Enough said. Check her out here.

3. Flawless, matte skin
Whenever I want to look like a little porcelain doll and embrace my ghostly-ness I reach for my Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua Cream Compact. This high coverage foundation evens out my skin tone, completely hiding any imperfections. It is also extremely long-lasting, but I find that since my skin is so dry I need to refresh my foundation with a spritz of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir every few hours.

4. The glossy nude/pink lip
I love a lip that can go with anything, and the glossy nude/pink lip is just that. My favourite pairing of the moment is my YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Colour Satiny Radiance in Blonde Ingenu – noted as Lana Del Rey's nude lip of choice, alongside the YSL Golden Gloss in 10 Golden Peony (released in a LE set). This lipstick is gorgeous and it feels like you have nothing on!

5. Smudged lashes
When I first purchased the Dior DiorShow Mascara it was for my Mom and she hated it. And then it was passed on to me an I hated it. But for some reason I was brought back to it and over time the formula has dried up slightly, meaning it's coating my lashes in thick, sometimes clumpy mascara – and I'm loving it. I also love when I smudge the mascara a little too close to the lash line... am I going crazy?

What's keeping you wavy this week?

AM¥     XO

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Earlier this week I expressed my deep love for the MAC Viva Glamourous Lip Palette from their holiday collection [post seen here]. Well, I also bought one other palette from the Keepsakes Collection and unfortunately, while the packaging was beautiful the product itself wasn't all that. The MAC Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($47.50) is an 8-pan palette with warm-toned, neutral shades. It looks beautiful, inside and out. The black glitter somehow reads chic, and the cameo reminds me of my Mom. But the beads decorating the edges are rubber, meaning they are easily going to break off with the way I treat me belongings :|. The palette itself is also extremely small – each shadow is only 0.014oz, while they were 0.14oz the two previous years. 

In terms of looking good on the inside, the shadows themselves present nicely in the pan – the shades work together well and there are a variety of finishes. Unfortunately they just don't live up to their pan glory – the majority of them are chalky and difficult to work with, and the first shade wouldn't even swatch on my arm. 

Her Mistress – a 'soft pastel egg' with a matte finish. This shade did not even swatch on my arm.
Sweet Sovereign –  a 'frosty gold champagne' with a lustre finish. This was one of the better shades, and I'm sure that it would look stunning with the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre LongWear Luminous Eyeshadow in Emmervielle as a base. 
Faire Maiden – a 'bright coppering gold' with a lustre finish. Another one of the decent shades, but it too definitely needs a colour base or primer. 
Tempting -– a 'sinfully rich coco' with a luster finish. This is my favourite shade from the palette and thankfully it performs well too. And lucky for me it's part of the permanent range. 
Omega – a 'soft muted beige taupe'. with a matte finish. Known as the 'brow shade' for blonde/light brunette girls everywhere, also part of the permanent range.
Quintessential  – a 'dirty olive' with a frost finish. I kind of love this shadow – it gives off the 'wet' look, without the use of vaseline and the olive undertones are stunning.
Mystery – a 'muted plum brown' with a satin finish. A dreaded shadow – bad colour payoff and not blendable. 
Night Whisper – a 'rich black brown' with a velet finish, albeit not so rich. Again this shadow had horrible pigmentation and was so difficult to work with. 

So although the packaging is beautiful and alluring, I would advise you to stay clear of this bad seed. There are far better palettes to purchase!

AM¥     XO

Monday, October 27, 2014


It's officially the last week of October and somehow my Halloween spirit has yet to kick in – maybe it's because I missed all that Fall feel-good stuff, like trips to Springridge Farm, pumpkin carving & breezy hikes. But there are two Halloween traditions that I will never miss out on; watching Hocus Pocus and themed nail art. This year the two went hand in hand as I was inspired to create a 'stitched' nail art design with Billy Butcherson's cross-stitched lips working as my muse. I knew that I wanted to use my new Julep Nail Polish in Dana, a white glow in the dark polish, which I received in the October Julep Maven Box because unless I'm headed to a rave, Halloween is the only time blacklight reflective polish makes any sense. I created the stitched effect in a matter of seconds with my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Striper in Black, keeping the lines rough & raw as if I was using a dull needle, just like Winifred Sanderson did.

Will you be donning Halloween-themed nail art this week?

AM¥   XO

Friday, October 24, 2014


When you catch word that your favourite cosmetics company is dropping a lip palette featuring 6 iconic colours you don't own, and every cent goes towards helping those with HIV/AIDS, you know you gotta pre-order it. The launch of the Keepsakes Viva Glamorous Lip Palette ($48) marks the first time MAC Cosmetics have released a palette featuring all 6 of the Viva Glam lipsticks. The shades are gorgeous, ranging from an outspoken matte red to a pearlized plum, and include:
  • Viva Glam I Lipstick - Intense brownish blue-red (Matte)
  • Viva Glam II Lipstick - Muted pink beige with shimmer (Satin)
  • Viva Glam III Lipstick - Muted brownish plum (Matte)
  • Viva Glam IV Lipstick - Neutral pink with pearl (Lustre)
  • Viva Glam V Lipstick - Midtone rose with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Viva Glam VI Lipstick - Terracotta plum with pearl (Lustre)
I had high hopes for this palette and it certainly did not disappoint; the shades are highly pigmented, swatch true to pan (swatched above I to VI), and there is a variety of finishes. I also love that I will no longer be considered the crazy lipstick lady with hoards of lipstick tubes in her purse – clearly this palette solves ALL my issues. But choosing a favourite seems next to impossible. The ferocity of Viva Glam I is everything to me today, but I also get a little woozy when I think about how perfectly girl-next-door Viva Glam V is. I guess that simply goes to show you that there is a lipstick for (nearly) every look and every girl in this palette. 
The Viva Glamorous Lip Palette launched in stores Oct 23rd and there are still quantities left online. If you are at all interested in this palette, I highly suggest picking one up ASAP. They won't last long, proceeds go to a great cause, and this palette is seriously iconic. What are you waiting for?

AM¥     XO

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I haven't been able to consider myself a 'fully functioning adult' until earlier this month. Why you ask? Well up until now I've been seriously avoiding committing to a skin care regime. It's not that I didn't have great skin care products, I did, and skin care is one of my favourite categories to purchase from. I just couldn't get behind the routine of it all. But now, on the verge of 25, I've finally come up with a morning regime that takes less than five minutes and has left my skin rejoicing. I wouldn't say that this is my 'be-all and end-all' skin care regime – I'm still on a hunt for the perfect moisturizer – but it's pretty damn close.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser ($44)
Those of you who followed THE PRETT¥ VAIN pre-makeover will know that this is, and most likely will forever be, my HG face wash. I grew up using Cetaphil, one of the gentlest cleansers on the market, and now, years later, I consider Purity to be it's high-end older sister. The pH-balanced formula dissolves dirt and makeup with ease – I never feel the need to use a makeup remover – and never leaves my skin feeling tight. A great option for those with sensitive skin or anyone on the search for a gentle cleanser.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($53)
With a fan base that includes Liv Tyler, Karlie Kloss and Victoria Beckham you know that the Beauty Elixir simply has to be worth the hype. This part-toner, part-serum mist of essential oils and plant active ingredients instantly wakes my skin up leaving me refreshed and radiant for the day. It's not often that a skin care product can deliver such immediate results, but I truly notice lackluster skin on days when I forget to spritz. I even carry a travel-sized version with me at all times to wake me up when I'm looking bogged down.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum ($79)
This is the first full-sized serum I've ever purchased, and to be honest I probably would have doubted purchasing it more had it not come complete with a travel-sized Beauty Elixir in Caudalie's Instant Radiance Set. This highly concentrated serum is dispensed via a dropper and contains Viniferine, a molecule collected from grapevine sap, which is 62x more powerful at minimizing the appearance of dark spots than Vitamin C. I wouldn't say that I have an abundant level of dark spots, however during that dreadful time of the month I get pimples which always result in discoloration. I've been using the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum for about 3 weeks now and have already noticed a decrease in these areas, resulting in a more even skin tone. It also is brilliant at increasing radiance, which is my main goal in skincare and life – I was born to shine.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer ($48)
Sheer Transformation is the only product in my routine I'm still on the fence about. In some regards I absolutely love it; the oil-free, lightweight formula feels great on my skin, and completely disappears almost immediately. However, with a name like sheer transformation you would expect just that. Albeit loaded with potent ingredients like vitamin C, licorice, sugar cane and multifruits AHA's, I've yet to notice a difference in my skin that I can attribute to this moisturizer. It hasn't led my skin astray and certainly hasn't created any new issues but I know in my heart that this simply will not proved the protection my skin needs for the harsh winter ahead. I may revert back to my previous love, Origins A Perfect World, but I'd love to hear what moisturizer you guys suggest!

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($35)
A brief history on my life with Avocado: when I was in Grade 8 I was obsessed with becoming a biochemist and was constantly re-creating beauty recipes from the internet, my favourite was an avocado, honey and olive oil hair mask. Flash forward to University where my roommate got me addicted to avocado slathered on toast with salt and pepper. And now I use the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (of course) to help brighten my under eye region. The formula is truly unique; the look and feel of this treatment is that of a cream... until you start to work it into the under eye area, at which point is takes on a water-like texture, absorbing instantly. I've noticed a decrease in the darkness of my under eye circles and an increase in moisture, which means it'll be a few more years before I start noticing those dreaded crows feet. Thanks Avocado :)

GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment ($76)
Some days it feels like a mountain of makeup is the only solution to tired eyes, but instead I turn to the GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment. I don't use this treatment on the regular since it is quite a steep price point, but on days when I look and feel like a zombie it is the only product that will revert me back to human form. The treatment itself only takes 3 minutes and requires absolutely no water. You simply 'tap' it onto the under eye region, wait 3 minutes and wipe it off with a clean cloth. The brands Tapwipe™ Bioactive Mud works immediately to brighten and hydrate the under eyes to make you look and feel as good as new.

What products complete your morning skincare regime?

AMY     XO

Sunday, October 19, 2014


No one does statement necklaces quite like J.Crew. This necklace has all the fixings for a statement look, but if I'm being totally honest I see myself wearing this with black skinnies, a black crew neck and a camel coloured coat. 

2. Janessa Leone | ISIS Hat ($170)
Unfortunate name given the times but what a lovely little chapeau otherwise. And when it’s worn by the likes of Khloe Kardashian – my personal favourite – you just know it needs to make it’s way into your closet.

3. Herschel Supply Co. | Parker Backpack ($57)
Still on the search for the perfect backpack I stumbled upon the Parker Backpack by Herschel Supply Co. This backpack is much more utilitarian than what I’ve currently been searching for, but is more realistic for my current needs. Now the question is whether I would get sick of the camo print too quickly.

4. Kiehl's | Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($50)
Those who know me will know that I am oil obsessed. I’ve currently been using the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil as my nightly moisturizer but it’s become a bit of a bore, and I’ve recently noticed a greasy film left on my skin come the morning. Now I have my sights set on the Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehl's, an elixir made up of Squalene, Primrose Oil and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. I’ve had a few samples in the past and always loved the way my skin looked and felt come grind time. And it’s paraben free & mineral oil free.

5. Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Lipstick in Coven ($26)
From the bold lilac colour to the name, Coven is exactly what I’ve been searching for. The new(ish) Studded Kiss Lipsticks from Kat Von D offer 10-hour wear in unexpected ‘gothic’ shades that are able to deliver one-swipe payoff thanks to the Color Cushion Technology. Questioning my sanity on this one? Go take a peak at the swatches on Temptalia.

6. Shelley's London | Lovenia Boot ($150)
There is something unexpectedly chic when you black and navy blue are combined and these boots epitomize of that statement. From the suede to the subtle heel I’m obsessed. I see them paired with a pair of dark skinny jeans, a white blouse and a brown leather tote.

7. Buxom | Vanity Lash Mascara ($28)
Kind of the coolest concept in makeup currently, the Buxom Mascara Bar offers the Vanity Lash Mascara with seven brushes to choose from to create an array of lash effects. The mascara itself is infused with biotin and provitamin B5 to help strengthen lashes while shea butter, vitamin E, and olive oil work to nourish them. Now to choose a brush:
  • Full & Fabulous – Its molded ball tips power through lashes for lavish fullness from roots to     ends.
  • Big & Bushy – The ultra-bushy bristles layer on massive volume for maximum lash             length.
  • Curl & Contour – An angled brush that hugs, contours, and shapes for head-turning curves.
  • Thick & Defined – Its flexi-bristles and tapered tip create maximum thickness and ultimate definition.
  • Strong & Long – A sleek, chic brush shaped to tease lashes to extreme lengths.
  • Itty Bitty – This small but mighty brush discovers and amplifies your tiniest lashes.
  • Lush & Lifted – One side of this brush builds ultra-plush lushness, while the other separates and lifts lashes to sky-high lengths.
This one is more of a general want. Which includes, but is not limited to: hocus pocus watching, pumpkin carving with a hot, manly beard (where are you!?), blood drip manicures, glow in the dark manicures, deeply discounted chocolate post-halloween and of course: halloween baking. 

No other scent will capture the essence of my personality quite like Nirvana Black. With heavy notes of Violet, Sandalwood and Vanilla this fragrance is the perfect balance of mystery, sensuality and warmth. Despite already owning the spray version and basking myself in it daily, I feel the need to purchase it's newest form, a pure perfume oil, which further exudes the sensuality of the scent. When I wear this perfume the lyrics 'I know I'm a goddess but don't catch no feelings' always comes to mind – Chynna Rogers is a beast.

10. Michael Kors | Bradshaw Chronograph Watch ($295)
No clue whether this is a menswear watch or not, but no care either really. There is so much good about this watch that I could die. The black/gold mix, the roman numerals, the size. Wooo. You will be mine. 

AMY     XO

Friday, October 17, 2014


Thirty years in the beauty industry calls for a celebration, and MAKE UP FOR EVER chose to do so by paying tribute to the product that made the brand world famous, their Artist Shadows. Dany Sanz, Creative & Artistic Director for MUFE has been working on this release for 3 years, revolutionizing the Artist Shadow with a breakthrough formula based on Pigment Atomization and Water-Blend Technology – for those scientifically inept, it translates to a shadow that delivers the most concentrated pigment on the market (88%), while enabling the utmost blendability and even texture. With 210 shades available, consisting of Matte, Satin, Metal, Iridescent and Diamond finishes, it seems most of us will struggle with what shades to purchase rather than whether to purchase at all. The shadows can be purchased individually for $24(CAD), or can be customized to create a two- or three-pan palette, which retails for $39(CAD) and $50(CAD), respectively. Hopefully MUFE will make their larger pan pro-palettes (ten & eighteen-pan) more accessible to the masses, since they are currently only available at boutiques and I know beauty addicts like myself would fawn over them. But for now my two-pan palette complete with the neutral shades Milk Tea (M-536) and Milk Toffee (S-706) will simply have to suffice. 

The first thing I noticed about these shadows was their immense size – we're talking the size of those chocolate loonies, which no one ever buys but when they are around they last for maybe 30 seconds. My point being, these shadows are LARGE (0.07oz). And you know what? I am perfectly content with their size since they truly do perform like a dream – I mean, just look at those swatches, intense colour payoff and visibly blendable. Milk Tea (M-536) is a great crease colour for everyday wear as it has a matte finish and is only a few shades darker than my natural skin tone. I've been using it to add depth to my crease, especially on days when I am wearing a bold lip and want my eyes to stand out without looking too heavy – I've been loving a natural eye lately. Milk Toffee (S-706) is a much more versatile shade with a satin finish – it's even considered a powder blush on Sephora, which I am definitely going to try out. But for now my favourite way to wear this shade is smudged around the upper and lower lashline – once again giving me that effortlessly chic, just rolled out of bed, Mary-Kate Olsen kind of style.

These shadows are absolutely incredible to work with and are a product worth collecting. Only 208 shades left – gotta catch 'em all. To customize your own palette simply click here

AMY     XO

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Choosing a polish between the months of August and October can be one of the most stressful tasks for a beauty lover; you are still holding onto summer brights, but lusting for the deeper, moody shades associated with Fall. That all changed for me when my October Julep Maven box arrived earlier this week. It was packed with dark polishes, that featured subtle shimmers, and metallics to add a glam feel, and even a glow in the dark polish – now to find a rave. But no polish in the October box struck a chord in my heart quite like Nancy, a 'silvery sage metallic' that is sure to be on constant repeat this month. I never expected that I would like this shade as a metallic, but Julep proved it possible and now I can't help but want to try it with a matte topcoat – crazy about that stuff again. Nancy is a great transition polish, even a year round polish – imagine this shade on tanned skin.. so sexy. To find out more about Julep, see their website:

Still strugglin' with the transition? Julep has created a document to help you transition your favourite  summer nail polish shade to a shade better suited for Fall – simply click here get your perfect fall shade.


Monday, October 13, 2014


I never miss a beat on a good sale and Thanksgiving Monday is no different. It's come to the point where online shopping is essentially a ritual for any holiday – seriously the amount of clothing to cash spent ratio is on point. Last night I stayed up into the wee hours online shopping at a few of my favourite retailers and have created mini wishlists for each brand. Metallic, sporty and menswear inspire seem to be the key words for this retail therapy session. [Sales end at midnight]

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanskgiving!

30% OFF w/ code: OHFALL


30% OFF Sale + 40% OFF Clearance w/ code: FALLSALE 

AMY     XO

Sunday, October 12, 2014


My style is constantly evolving, but lately I've been opting for a more basic approach – classic pieces in black, white or grey with intricate details. This week I purchased 4 new pieces from Zara that are perfect for the season and pair beautifully with one of my favourite colours, turquoise. I've been gravitating towards over sized knits paired with detailed skinny jeans and adding a hint of colour through my nail polish and accessories. These Essie polishes are 5 of my favourite blue/turquoise shades. And although they may not be considered fall/winter colours, grey and turquoise go together like Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper, adding a pop of colour to an otherwise colour-less outfit.
White Knit ($59.90) - Zara
Two-tone Jeans ($49.90) - Zara
Grey Knit ($49.90) - Zara
Black Motto Pleather Pants ($59.90) - Zara
Bracelets - Aldo, Stella & Dot
Necklace - Vintage
Polishes - Find Me An Oasis, Parka Perfect, In The Cab-Ana,  Turquoise & Caicos, Naughty Nautical


Friday, October 10, 2014


Nowadays it's becoming eerily rare to meet someone who hasn't been affected by Breast Cancer in some shape or form. October marks the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, a time to 'think pink' and show your support – which is made easier with commemorative products. From a fun glitter polish to a lash/brow enhancer with the Cancer Survivor in mind, these fun – and adorably pink – products deserve a spot on your vanity, regardless of whether you needed a new pink lipstick or not.  

The desire for longer lashes and thicker brows is one felt by nearly every girl I know, and I can only imagine how true that is for the cancer survivor. This October, Wink Natural Cosmetics launches their Buy One Give One For The Cure campaign – with every purchase of their Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer, the company will donate one tube to a cancer survivor. Each 5ml tube supplies enough product for 3 months of application, with visible results seen in just 2 weeks. I've been using this 2 in 1 serum for roughly 2 weeks now and can definitely say that I notice a difference in my lash length and brow volume, however full results are only seen after 8-12 weeks of use, at which time I will show off my complete results. 

Another feel good reason to enhance your natural beauty with Wink? This product is formulated without: parabens, sulfates, hormones/prostaglandins, artificial fragrances and artificial dyes. 

Every October a slew of nail polish companies, including Essie, OPI and China Glaze create bubbly, pink collections to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year Essie released a gorgeous pink glitter top coat, called Pinking About You, with pretty pink pailettes that I couldn't resist. And while none of the proceeds of this polish directly support cancer research, Essie Weingarten, the founder, supports City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, with a one-time flat donation of $10,000. And that alone was reason enough for me to don this top coat over Essie Blanc – although the internet has led me to conclude that Essie Pink Happy is the more appropriate base.

When a hydrating lip balm comes disguised as a lip gloss and supports Breast Cancer Awareness you simply say yes. This year Origins has released their Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms in two colours; Berry Splash (LE) and Pink Guava with commemorative pink packaging to help support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation – a donation of $3.50 will be made with each purchase. These lip balms are ultra nourishing thanks to apricot kernel and avocado oils, and add a beautiful shine to your lips without feeling sticky like a gloss. I went for Pink Guava, a milky pink that appears rather transparent on the lips, meaning it can be worn to enhance your natural lips or paired with a lipstick to add a sexy sheen. And with the tingly, minty scent it will quickly become your 'partner in kissing' – pucker up.

This lipstick set, complete with the small, yet versatile two-toned bag, is about as pink, bright and girly as it gets! And at a mere $19 it is the perfect way to test out Clinique's Long Last Lipsticks – which like me, you've probably overlooked – all while letting your generosity shine. Clinique will donate $3 from each purchase of this set to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from now until 01/31/15, and trust me you don't want to miss out on this LE shade. Power With Pink is a medium-toned rose with subtle shimmer that offers 8 hours of crease free colour, housed in the brands classic, sleek silver packaging. The perfect everyday lip colour for all ages.   

How do you show your support?

AM¥     XO

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


With the month of witchery upon us it was only appropriate to detox my skin with something I like to refer to as 'black magic', Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask. For months I've heard of the wonders that this little black tube delivers, but the thought of waiting 30 minutes for it to dry always led me to another product. However, with my skin looking more lackluster than usual – Toronto water, I blame you – I decided to set aside the time and slather this jet black mask on.

The Luminizing Black Mask ($42 CAD) is a peel-off mask that helps 'boost skin clarity and minimize the appearance of pores by removing dirt and impurities, absorbing excess oil and revealing a healthy, glowing complexion'. Formulated with a Calcium Montmorillonite Clay – oh you fancy, huh – this mask contains over 67 minerals alongside a slew of natural ingredients to ensure your skin always looks it's best.  The inclusion of the Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is what gives this mask it's 'squid ink' appearance, which slowly dries over the course of 30 minutes to a look/feel that I can only describe as latex… comfortable latex that is. But then came time to peel it off. Be warned: do not get this mask in your eyebrows during the application, I repeat, keep this mask AWAY from all hair! After nearly losing an eyebrow, and some minor redness forming on my cheeks from peeling the mask was off, it was time to bask in the results. My skin, albeit slightly red, was left glowing for miles – I swear my crush in the building across the street was blinded – and felt so smooth that I purposely cancelled all my plans so that I could sit bare face all evening. However, there are a few things to consider before purchasing this mask: it requires quite a thick layer of product, it will feel like you are ripping a bandaid off of your face and those with sensitive skin may experience a burning sensation. But those who live by the motto 'beauty is pain' will feel quite at home with it (guilty).

And for on the go touch ups I've been reaching for the Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips ($35 CAD). These strips are simple to use, deliver similar 'magical' results to the mask, and provide a tingling, cooling sensation that wakes my skin & I right up!

AM¥     XO

Monday, October 6, 2014


One great aspect of a fashion show – aside from the clothing, of course – is the makeup and nails that are used to complete the 'look'. Madeline Poole, Global Colour Ambassador for Sally Hansen, knows everything there is to know when creating a statement nail and, she has a knack for creating nail art that is inspired by the collection. She created a coolly minimalist, matte nude nail for Stella McCartney’s Summer 2015 show. Then, inspired by the fluidity and trendy prints seen in the collection, which can only be described as an abstract take on cheetah print, Madeline created two fashion-forward manicures that are screaming to be re-created.

“There were a few dresses in the collection that had a mixture of prints – I was really attracted to this spotted animal pattern. To me it looks like moth wings, mimicking leopard spots. I love to layer colours organically and not fuss with straight lines so that the design I came up with is really expressive and easy to recreate with a casual dab,” says Poole.

The Stella Summer 2015 Inspired Nail Looks by Madeline Poole – The Shades:
·         The background is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Designer in "Himalaya"
·         The red is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in "All Fired Up"
·         The navy is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in "Dark Huemoor"
·         The yellow is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Mellow Yellow"
·         The black is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Black Out"

Have you ever been inspired to mimic a print that you’ve seen on the runway? 

AM¥     XO

Friday, October 3, 2014


From lush ivy walls to rainbow-coloured macarons to cotton-candy skies, this city has it all. And now that Vogue has named my neighbourhood, West Queen West, as one of the Coolest Neighbourhoods in the world I figured I should begin to photograph my time here  – forgive me for the lack of photos for Sept. as this idea came to me half way through the month. 

The highlights: 
– Attending the opening of The Power Plant's Fall Exhibition ft. the works of Julia Dault, Pedro Cabrita Reis and Shelagh Keeley
– Eating mountains of blueberry pancakes at School Bakery Café 
– Playing copious amounts of free PacMan at Get Well (drunk)
– Getting a bossy new hair cut & colour thanks to Anne-Marie at Coupe Bizarre (funniest conversation I have ever had at a Salon – left crying in a great way)
– Attending the launch party for the 'Steal The Look' app by Wet n Wild
– Strawberry margarita macarons at Nadège Patisserie 
– Endless nights researching the 'puss-ificiation' of men with my roommate thanks to Bravo's new show The Singles Project.