beauty 24/7 : beauty at rest by joanna pop …

June 30, 2014By stephanie

Literally, hot of the illustration desk of Ms. Pop.
I wasn’t sure if I was explaining my vision right to here when we discussed the illustration I had in mind for a new project, but regardless, she nailed it.

Thank you Ms. Pop!


so, like … you know!

June 27, 2014By stephanie

Many people weren’t sure if I had gone crazy or something,
but I assure you my decision was purely a sober and thought out one.

On Tuesday, I got a perm …

best decision. EVER.


pretty things: starbucks anyone?

June 26, 2014By stephanie

Every time Ms. Joanna Pop sends me an illustration she has created for the blog, I gasp. Like, audibly that people think something is wrong.

I hope you enjoy this one.
A lot of pretty things coming to the blog!


stuff from lil steph : shu uemura POREraser

June 25, 2014By DJMC

Warmer weather calls for longer lasting products, SPF, and all the things I still look for in base products – good coverage, oil control, and pore smoothing. The Shu Uemura POREraser UV Under Base Mousse ($46) claims to do it all – it’s a “base” primer that can be worn with or without foundation. In the Mika for Shu collection there are 4 different UV Under Bases (all with different and pretty pump packaging designs!):

  • POREraser UV under base mousse beige SPF 35 PA+++
  • POREraser UV underbase mousse pink SPF 35 PA+++
  • UV under base brightening mousse pink purple SPF 30 PA++
  • UV under base BB mousse BB Beige SPF 30 PA+++

“The shu uemura light as air UV under base mousse is a make-up essential, it veils skin to transform it into the perfect canvas for the sweetest or sultriest wonderland fantasies… Light as air mousse for medium skin tones that provides a pore-less semi-matte finish.”

As mentioned above, There are two colours – pink and beige. “Pink” is for light skin tones, while “Beige” is best suited to those with medium skin tones. I’m typically in the light-medium range, but I find that beige is a little light for me.

Pumping the bottle produces a lightweight mousse, that reminds me a little bit of a volumizing mousse for hair. The slight sunscreen scent is a little unpleasant but dissipates as you blend it onto the face. The product itself is light and soft. It smoothes over the skin in an almost water-like manner. The POREraser smooths over minor imperfections, reducing redness, mattifying, and filling in pores. Furthermore, the product extends the wear-time of my foundation by up to 2 hours.

Not only does the Shu Uemura POREraser have the same properties as old pore-minimizing primer, it also contains SPF to protect the skin from the sun! Overall, an A+ in my books and a must-have for the summer months.

Disclosure: These products were sent to for editorial consideration. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

musings from morgan : pure color lip shine

June 24, 2014By DJMC 1 Comment

I’ve always been a bit intimidated by orange and coral lip colours, although I’m not exactly sure why. I have no problem trying on bright purples, pinks and reds, but I tend to tread carefully with anything of the orange variety. I think one of the reasons is because it seems too easy to mess up – I really think it’s trickier to find an orange that complements your skin tone than any other colour. Maybe I’m over-thinking it.

My trepidations aside, I gave Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Lip Shine in Mandarine a shot all in the name of beauty blogging. That, and the fact it was a sheer lip product more like a balm than a lipstick made me feel like I was merely dipping my toes into orange-lip territory versus cannon-balling.

It goes on buttery smooth, and really does provide a sheer, tinted layer of colour you can build as you like. It finishes with a subtle shine that’s perfect for summer, and to be honest – I really loved how it wore! I think because it’s a tinted product instead of something more pigmented, it’s more likely to suit many skin tones and give all of us a chance to try some orange on our lips. It also leans more towards the red end of the orange spectrum, so it’s not too far out there if you’re hesitant to try a shade like this.

Since it’s lightweight and sheer, it’s perfect to take with you wherever you go this summer to add a splash of colour and moisture – I’m thinking beach trips, days at the flea market and patio drinks with friends. It also comes in a deep plum shade, Luscious Plum, which looks like it could be a great transitional colour for Fall come late August. Find it for $24.00 CAD online.

Disclosure: These products were sent to for editorial consideration. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!