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I Don’t Need No Money, Fortune, or Fame

My loves,

It’s  the middle of Toronto Fashion Week and I’m having so much fun. I cannot wait to share all the amazing collections I’ve seen thus far. SO far the runway shows I have seen include: Helder Diego, VAWK, Malorie Urbanovitch and Klaxon Howl. All amazing. I’m very much enjoying the makeup on the runway this year, I cannot wait to play around with these looks.

camoAs a Tom Boy at heart I absolutely love this look. I couldn’t wait to wear this outfit to Fashion Week, it’s comfortable, edgy and yet still very feminine. These boots are unbelievable comfortable but still very trendy. They are definitely a staple item that every girl should have! And camo pants, I mean, can you really go wrong?

IMG_5934With this look I wanted my makeup to enhance my features in a natural way.  There is nothing more beautiful than natural makeup when it’s accentuating your best features. I wanted my eyes to be the main focus with a subtle neutral toned shadow combination and finish it off with a soft matte dusty rose lip. I created this look using Urban Decay’s Basics Palette and MAC’s Lipstick ‘Twig’ (seriously best lip colour ever, I’m obsessed!).

Happy Thursday!

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| The World Is My Runway

My loves,

It is finally Fashion Week here in Toronto and I cannot even tell you how excited I am. I am attending a bunch of amazing shows this coming week and I cannot wait to see the latest trends, designs and patterns. Bring it on Fashion Week I’m ready (besides having to pick out all of my outfits for every day this week, eek!)! However, my nails are 100% ready, oh my beauty guru’s I brought my A game this time around. This manicure literally took me about 3 hours to do on myself, but it was most definitely worth it.

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photophoto 5 Now, this was definitely a challenge, when I had the idea to paint a small tiny fashion runway model on my nail it seemed like a good idea… until I was 45 min in on the one freaking nail. Ahh, well I guess you could say it was worth. I mean it is Fashion Week after all, when else am I going to be able to show off these fancy nails?

Happy Monday!

Laurelle, xo

Make Up For Ever| Mist & Fix

My loves,

In a makeup artists professional bag there are a few essentials that every makeup artist should have. One being a setting spray, to ensure that your clients makeup lasts all evening long. Especially for those important wedding days! No bride wants a fading face throughout the evening of their perfect day. It’s also important for the makeup artists face to last all day to show you obviously know what you are doing. Which is why a setting spray is a magical creation making every makeup artists life a little easier.

Make Up For Ever recently re-introduced their Mist & Fix setting spray! Which I couldn’t be more excited about considering it’s one of the most important makeup products. They were kind enough to send a bottle my way, and ladies I freaking love it.

IMG_5859“Mist & Fix is a setting spray that sets your makeup and create a long-lasting hold. On top of that, the formula contains an O2 Skin Complex which provides oxygenation to the skin while making it more radiant (without shine). Suited for every skin tone, Mist & Fix also provides an invisible shield against environmental stress factors such as pollution and extreme temperature changes.”

Mist & Fix 125ml, $34.00         Mist & Fix 30ml, $14.00

Available exclusively at Sephora, Sephora.ca and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques

Now you do not need to be a makeup artist to own this must-have beauty product. This setting spray is going to change your life. It is designed to set your makeup and create a long-lasting hold. Since re-launching this cult favorite, there are key moisturizing benefits, which is perfect for skin recovering from the unbearably  cold winter we have experienced this year.  

“Mist & Fix boasts a formula containing an O2 Skin Complex, which provides oxygenation to the skin while making it more radiant, without the shiny finish. The new and improved setting spray also moisturizes the skin with polyol, a molecule known for its moisturizing properties. Mist & Fix is an alcohol-free and dermatologist-tested spray, suited for every skin type, even the most sensitive skins. This setting spray is a colorless liquid, similar to water, which provides an invisible shield against environmental stress factors such as pollution and extreme temperature changes.”

Pro Application tip: After your makeup application, hold Mist & Fix 15 inches (40 cm) away from the face and mist continuously for a few seconds. Let dry or blot with a thick tissue to speed up the drying process.

I know I will not be leaving my house without spritzing my face with this Mist & Fix and it definitely will always be in my professional makeup bag. This product will literally change your life. You’ll never have to worry about a fading face, melting face or a dehydrated face for that matter. That’s 3 major pluses.

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s Mist & Fix?

Laurelle, xo

MAC| Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick

My loves,

I don’t know if you’ve gone to MAC Cosmetics lately, but they have some splendid make up collections in-house at the moment. My mom was really intrigued by the Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection, so when at the mall we decided to stop by and take a look. As most of MAC’s hot collections seem to go, most of the good stuff was already sold out. I’m not sure about other locations, but supplies were limited. However, I did manage to get my hands on a beautiful bright red lipstick in ‘Opera’.

Isabel and Ruben Toledo lend their vibrant eye for fashion and art to a collection of irreverent colour designed to inspire endless play.

IMG_5719” Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips in a rouge-y matte range of reds. The iconic product that made M∙A∙C famous. Specifically designed white packaging features Ruben’s illustrations of graphic lines and faces in his one-of-a-kind aesthetic.”

$23.00

Now, I am always a sucker for beautiful packaging, and this line has outstanding packaging. I wanted a lipstick just because the packaging was so beautiful. Not to mention I have a strong passion for the arts so when it’s represented on my lipstick it’s just freaking awesome.

The red I decided to purchase is the perfect red lip. It’s vibrant, bold and long-lasting. I’m freaking in love with it. It really brightens your face and makes you stand out in a crowd. You’ll definitely drop some jaws wearing this beauty. If you are a fan of Ruby Woo, you will most definitely love this colour.

IMG_5828If you love a nice bold red lip then this is the colour for you my loves. But hurry up and hit up a MAC store, because these beauties are selling out fast and you are going to want to get your hands on one or two!

Happy Wednesday My Beauts!

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| What Happens in Vegas…

My loves,

Epic failure on my part last week. Things have been a little hectic lately and I just couldn’t seem to find the time or brain power to sit down and write a post. Well, I have a wonderful manicure to share with you today. It’s simple and sweet, but of course glamorous because these paws are heading to Vegas. And you don’t show up to Vegas without some form of glitter.

IMG_2988 IMG_2989 IMG_2991 IMG_2993Barbie pink with a reversed french glitter…if that doesn’t scream Vegas, I don’t know what does. As I was doing this manicure all I could think about was how much I freaking loved it and wanted it on my own hands. Not to mention Vegas sounds pretty good to me right now.

If you were going to Vegas what would your nails look like?

Laurelle, xo

Make Up For Ever| Desire Me Cheek Set

My loves,

As some of you may have noticed from my Twitter and Instagram I was invited to attend the pre-screening of the most anticipated movie of the year, Fifty Shades of Grey. Now I haven’t read the books so I can’t really say if the movie was comparable to the books. But to be perfectly honest it wasn’t really my thing. Yes Jamie Dornan is extremely sexy and I did not mind watching him undress numerous times, and Dakota Johnson was great in it but I really couldn’t get past the terrible dialogue. However, I do very much enjoy the collections that Make Up For Ever created for the movie, especially this beautiful blush set (and P.S. the soundtrack for the movie is un-freaking believable).

Create your look of desire with three shades of cheek color inspired by the movie Fifty Shades of Grey.  IMG_5742$56.00 (Value $128.00)

“Blush, highlight, and glow. This blush-worthy collection features three cheeky shades, plus an Artisan Powder Brush for expert application. With looks that range from a healthy glow of innocence to a highlighted flush of desire, you can experiment and play with the three color intensities, wearing them alone or blending together to create different looks. The Cheek Trio also includes makeup artist Victoria’s Down’s cheeky looks, techniques, and backstage secrets, and is seductively packaged in a velvet keepsake pouch, to hold your own little secrets.”

This set contains:
– 3 x 0.08 Artist Shadow blush in I-526, I-808, S-748
– Travel Precision blush brush in 150
– Exclusive keepsake pouch

When I first saw this cheek set I thought the blushes would be a little too intense for my complexion, but I was pleased to find out that they were actually perfect. The pink in the middle of the set is my favorite for sure, it gives the perfect amount of colour without too much intensity. The make up sets created for this movie are actually perfect for creating Anastasia’s soft romantic look. This cheek set is soft and pretty, perfect for almost every complexion. To achieve a little more intensity you just have to apply more colour, blending it into the skin really well.

IMG_5703This set is a must have. You get three full size blushes, a travel precision brush (I swear the set is worth it just for this brush), and a cute little pouch. The colours are perfect for everyday looks as well as a night out. I’ve already been wearing the colours on a daily basis, I love them.

Have you purchased any of the 50 Shades of Grey makeup sets?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Wintery Woes

My loves,

Where is Spring?! Why is it still winter? I am so sick of the cold weather. I know, I know, I should not be complaining because I just got home from a very warm vacation. Take me back! I love warm weather so much, but I will take any warmer weather at this point. I cannot seem to get warm (especially when visiting my mom in her FREEZING cold house). We are in the awkward in between nail colour options and designs. Do we still wear dark? Or do we start transitioning into brighter, happier colours? Or keep it simple and go with a grey, neutral tone with some fantastic polka-dot pattern?

IMG_2737 IMG_2738 IMG_2806 IMG_2745Obviously, we went with grey and a fantastic polka-dot pattern. Teal and grey? So freaking wonderful. I love the simplicity of this pattern and the grey is so sleek and pretty. It’s elegant but still cool and funky.

What colour are you wearing for this time of year? I’m still wearing dark colours!

Laurelle, xo

Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua

My loves,

As most you may have already noticed, I was recently on vacation having the time of my life. Seriously though, traveling ignites something wonderful inside of me. I had the most amazing trip. I went with my dear friend and her boyfriend and couple other guys. I got to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warm weather in the company of wonderful people. I seriously haven’t laughed that much in a really long time, I had so so much fun. I’m still smiling from the trip. But the highlight of my trip had to be boarding down a FREAKING Volcano! I know. You’re like: ‘Sorry, you did what?’ Oh, but I did.

SNOW BOARDING IS OLD SCHOOL,

THE LATEST EXTREME WAY TO SLIDE A SLOPE CAN BE FOUND AT CERRO NEGRO

Rated #2 on CNN’s ‘Thrill Seekers Bucket List’

11015101_857857347612512_3901501937495625543_nVolcano boarding is an extreme thrill-seeking kind of sport created by an equally extreme, Australian thrill seeker, Daryn Webb, Bigfoot Hostel’s original owner. After Daryn opened Bigfoot in 2004, he began to cultivate the sport.

Daryn and his crew endured a fair share of trial and error, testing everything from picnic tables to mattresses until they arrived to a sit-down, wooden toboggan, made of metal and Formica-reinforced plywood.

The adventure sport was born!

Volcano boarding was a world first. León became the only place in the world you could slide down the side of an active volcano. By 2009, Bigfoot Volcano Boarding sent 10,000 boarders down Cerro Negro. Today, over 25,000 people have sled down its slope at up to 95km/hr!

Now if that wonder description doesn’t entice you, then I don’t know what will! I actually had never heard of volcano boarding until coincidently my mother mentioned it to me when I told her I was going to Nicaragua. Now she already thought I was planning on doing such a thing, being the adrenaline junkie that I am. She was disappointed to find out that I had never heard of it and NOW learning of such a thing was planning on doing it. HA! All in good fun Mom (I love you loads). So I obviously started researching it and came across Big Foot Hostel and Volcano Boarding and I was hooked immediately.

IMG_2440What you can expect when boarding down a Volcano you ask? Well, first off you should know it is an active Volcano, which is why there is ash that you can board down. It takes about an hour to hike up the Volcano, which is not for the faint of heart. It is really high up and very steep. It looks like you could fall over at any second. But it’s so much fun! It’s very very windy, so you also feel like you might blow away at any second. But I swear, it’s the best freaking thrill of your life.The views while hiking the Volcano are unreal. It is so spectacular, like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

IMG_2441 IMG_2667The record for how fast a guy has gone down the volcano is 95km/hr, the fastest girl is 91km/hr. Volcàn Cerro Negro is approximately 700 meters high and I climbed it and I boarded down it! And it was so much fun, I cannot even express how much fun this was. Now I wanted to go really really fast but unfortunately I didn’t go as fast as I would have liked cause my board got full of ash and rocks! My speed was only 34km/hr but hopefully I can break that if I ever go back!

IMG_2431IMG_2439Ohhhh man, take me back. Now you go with a group of people, taking a shuttle bus which is about an hour to the Volcano. I recommend staying at Bigfoot Hostel the night before because the shuttle does pick you up there and it’s a really good time. It is definitely a party hostel but you will meet lots of cool people I promise. I know I certainly did. That’s the best part about traveling and doing fun adventures like this one, the awesome people you meet along the way.

10997716_857857280945852_5273233396457514814_nThere are many wonderful things about Nicaragua but if you do decide to travel there I highly highly recommend Volcano Boarding in Leon, you can’t really do it anywhere else. And it’s on CNN’s freaking ‘Thrill Seeking Bucket List’, get on that.

To find out more and book your Volcano Boarding while in Nicaragua click HERE.

What do you say my loves? Are you ready for the thrill of a lifetime?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Aztec Empire

My loves,

Lately, I have been slightly obsessed with graphic, Aztec, line work when it comes to nail art. I absolutely love the way it looks. There are unlimited colour combos, designs and patterns that you can choose from. Which makes it oh so much more fun when creating nail art. These lovely nails were done for my mom.

IMG_2368 IMG_2370 IMG_2372 IMG_2373 IMG_2375Line work is definitely one of the more challenging designs when it comes to nail art. But isn’t a challenge so much more fun? I know I personally always love a challenge. And it makes you feel that much better when your challenge is completely. The finished product is everything.

Laurelle, xo

Braids for Days

My loves,

I have always found it fascinating that celebrities can make something as simple as a ponytail look elegant and sophisticated. Braids and ponytails have been trending all over the red carpets lately and I really love the way a simple hairstyle looks with an elegant ball gown. Not that I will be attending any fancy events any time soon, but I thought it would be fun to try out a hairstyle that I can use for my future fancier self, when I’m rich and famous. Now that I think of it if I were rich and famous, I would probably have someone do my hair for me! Well, one can dream. Since cutting my hair short I’ve constantly been looking up hairstyles for short hair. I have come across all sorts of braids and up do’s, but I fell in love with two simple braids with a soft curl that I thought I would give a try. Now, I can do makeup, I can do nails, hair is definitely not my forte, so don’t judge too hard my beauty guru’s. IMG_5621 IMG_5642This hairstyle that I actually managed to create is pretty simple as far as hair goes. Now usually the messy look is one of the hardest looks to achieve, but because curl is involved it makes it a little easier. You don’t to make it look perfect when curls are involved, the messier the better!  I split my hair into sections and started curling small pieces of my hair in no particular order. Since my hair is naturally curly, my hair holds curl extremely well, but it’s wise to use hairspray so the curl holds all day or all evening. Once all my hair was curled I took two sections from the front on each side of my head and braided a simple basic, braid and pinned it on each side. It was literally that simple. Easy, simple and very elegant. It’s the perfect hairstyle for everyday, a date, or a fancy evening out.

Products Used: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Cover FX Cream Foundation, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, Benefit ‘Hoola’ Bronzer, NARS Blush in ‘Amour’, Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara, Annabelle Khol Liner Black, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lipstick in 3 Medium Natural Beige, Smashbox Brow Tech in Dark Brown, Tresemme Extra Hold Hair Spray

What hairstyles do you fancy for a red carpet event?

Laurelle, xo