Out With A Bang

With the new year comes everyone’s inkling to incite change into their lives. Whether it’s to work out more (cue the new years resolutioners), be kinder, eat more healthily or try shopping less (ahem..) most people make at least one goal to complete in the new year. 

Now I try not to make new years resolutions, because why only make a change with the beginning of a new year? Why not right away? 

For most girls I know, their hair is an important part of their identity. As the years have gone by I’ve placed increasingly less importance on my hair and accepted something my mother has always said: “it’s just hair”. For years I have been wanting to embrace change and move from the side bang to the front bang, but never have I been gutsy enough to do it. 

While in Calgary over the break I had the opportunity to get an appointment with my favourite stylist at Hedkandi Salon. With the haircut quoted as being a little bit more pricey than I usually opt for, I decided to make my cut worth it and take the new year by the reigns. The combination of a student budget and an itch to try something new urged me to go for the bang look I always wanted and I can’t say I’m disappointed in the slightest. 

So a tip for all of you out there who desire to make a hair change but are too nervous to do so, like my mother said, “it’s just hair”. Now is as good a time as any to make that cut and enter the new year with a bang!

XO Lil

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F/W Lipstick Staples

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a lipstick girl, whether it’s a new bullet, liquid lipstick or new glossy tube of lip gloss. I’m extremely guilty for carrying around a minimum of 6 lip products in every bag (quite seriously, I may have a problem). We all have those lipsticks that we reach for, those cult favourites that get us through every season. Today I’m sharing with you those lipsticks that are always hidden away in my purse, coat or backpack during the fall and winter seasons!

1. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #78 Interlude

I was gifted this lipstick ages ago, but continue to love it just as much as I did when I first saw it. This shade is the perfect little pop of colour, particularly if you don’t want to make a bold statement with your lip. It’s a bit of a warm-toned pinky peach coloured lippie with great colour payoff. I especially love this formula because of its hydrating ability, but because of this the formula doesn’t last as long on the lips. The glossy finish makes it pretty and feminine!!!

2. Maybelline Color Sensational in Warm Me Up

This is one of my go-to everyday lipsticks, primarily because of it’s colour payoff and “your lips but better” effect that it has. I love it because I can effortlessly swipe it on in a rush without it going anywhere. Although it’s looks like a deep pinky-mauve in the stick, it’s much more neutral on the lips (however, it is important to keep in mind that I have darker lips). The shade has some shine, but not too much that you look like you’re dazzling! I would characterize it as a demi-matte finish.

3. Revlon Super Lustrous Crème in Rose Velvet

I’ve kept this shade in my lipstick collection since I first started wearing lip products. The formula is perfect because it’s somewhat shiny and also hydrating — very creamy! I do have to touch up with this colour, but it’s worth it with the level of hydration that it gives. I would characterize this shade as one of those 70s/90s lipsticks that is a mix of reds, pinks and browns. This one gets used through not only the Fall and Winter seasons, but also Spring and Summer.

4. Maybelline Color Sensational in #660 Touch of Spice

Touch of Spice was my first discovery in Maybelline’s Color Sensational line and I can’t say I was disappointed. The moment I tested the lipstick, I fell in love. It’s a deeper shade than the others mentioned, but it’s so rich and pigmented. Additionally, the formula for these lipsticks are AMAZING due to their hydrating and creamy qualities. This is a shade from the matte collection and the packaging is absolutely beautiful boasting a lightly mattified lilac-y lid.  

5. L’Oréal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive in #610 Eva’s Nude

Last year when I was going through a winter funk I ended up buying this lipstick on a whim. At first, I wasn’t really too impressed with it, but I think that I never really gave it a chance. I brought it back out of hiding and have been alternating between this and Maybelline’s Warm Me Up on those days when I need to quickly be out the door. It’s more visibly lustrous, but it’s a fun alternative to an everyday matte lipstick. The packaging is chic and clean. About the shade, it’s a bit of a peachy-mauve tone with some lustre to it giving it a satin finish. Extremely wearable!!!

Xo Lil

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Currently Coveting (Winter Edition)

Toronto Christmas Market

We all know that the holidays bring Christmas cheer, but who knew that they would bring such bitter temperatures? We’ve gone through a bit of a cold spell on my end and while it looks like a snowglobe from the inside looking out, it’s absolutely treacherous to brave every day (and every night in particular). Winter currently has a one up on me.

Here is what I’ve been coveting this holiday season (p.s. think of this as a gift guide!)

I’ve always loved turtlenecks because I find them to be effortlessly chic and a parisian “I just rolled out of bed and threw this on” kind of way. Here are two that I’ve been eyeing: this one and this one. Here’s a more affordable one.

A cozy pair of reading socks for those R&R days in your family’s chalet.

A Crosley-inspired wireless speaker to simulate the old days.

An adorable little HBC toque and a pretty Michael Kors one for those nippy nights out!

Long-sleeved PJ sets are warm AND chic for the winter time.

And no gift guide can be complete without a candle! Here’s one that’s a little bit off the beaten path — it comes with a ring inside that’s valued from $10 up to $5,000, there’s a catch though, the ring you are to receive is a secret.

Stay warm,

xo

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Keeping Up With the Coziness

Recently I was talking to one of my closest friends about Christmas gifts. It’s always so hard to nail the perfect thoughtful gift that someone would also enjoy, especially when you are a university student. She then proceeded to explain how she’s knitting her mother a massive cozy throw for Christmas (genius!).

I’ve always loved the look of those trendy knit throws that you can cuddle up with (cue the fire and hot cocoa). Although I’ve always loved them, it’s never occurred to me to knit one yourself! The perk is that knitting is pretty easy to pick up and fairly inexpensive depending on what you’re working with (the starting cost they say is $4.99!).

You can find a tutorial for this blanket on Nocturnal Knits, a blog dedicated to projects of this kind. I find it hilarious how it’s called “Giganto Blanket”, giganto is right (especially those needles, yikes!). The blanket would be perfect for a Christmas gift or even just a cozy throw to drape over a couch or lounge chair!!! I could see myself having one of these at the bottom of my bed for those super cold winter days.

Let me know if you end up trying this out, I’d love to see how it works!

 

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On the Radar: This Is Us

THIS IS US -- "The Game Plan" Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US — “The Game Plan” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Of course, with the turn of the season comes a new slew of shows. Now I’m super guilty for (foolishly) starting a new show right in the middle of the school term. I’ve gotten better…but still I feel the need to binge-watch the show in order to focus again on my work (I realize there is no logic to this system).

All I can say is This Is Us, This Is Us, This Is Us. It follows a number of individuals and their day-to-day lives, but throws in some plot twists to keep the storylines interesting and fresh. I’m a little bit late to the bandwagon, but at least I’m on the bandwagon right?

First thing’s first, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. Ever since I saw A Walk to Remember when I was in my teens, I’ve had the biggest girl crush on Moore. She is smart, funny, she can sing and is absolutely beautiful — what’s not to love? Even character Miguel tells Jack “she is the gold standard of wives”. I’ve found she just has a genuine sunshine-y vibe to her which is so contagious. About Ventimiglia, I’m gonna be honest but I never really liked him as Jess in Gilmore Girls (I realize I’m gonna get a lot of hate for this). My opinions on him have totally changed though, thanks to his dynamic with Moore and their kids on This Is Us.

It’s hard to discuss the show without giving anything away, as everything is interconnected after a HUGE plot twist in the Pilot episode. I’m gonna tell you right now, the plot twist leaves you in shock and wanting to rewind the program saying “What the heck just happened?!” I’m not kidding, the show leaves you amazed at the end of every episode. I could be the poster-child at the rate I’m raving about it (probably told around ten of my friends, but for good reason). Long story short, it’s pivotal because it addresses various aspects of life, even the really difficult areas, but lightens the discussion while getting you right in the feels. No lie, I don’t think I’ve made it through one episode without crying (allergies are really bad, people). I find that I feel less guilty about watching it, because it’s one of those shows that really gets you into a contemplative state. It dives into the complexity of the evolution of marriage and the way that one’s childhood affects them in later years. So what are you waiting for? Get. On. It. I can guarantee you’ll be hooked!!

Cheers,

Lily

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