Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer

Last month, I mentioned that I was trying a new foundation primerSmashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer (wow– long name!). Prior to trying Smashbox, I was pretty happy with “PrimeTime” primer by BareMinerals (which I wrote about here and here). While my foundation stayed on longer with PrimeTime, it didn’t do anything for the redness in my cheeks (which I hate).

And then I came across this little gem by Smashbox:

smashboxphotofinishPhoto Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer by Smashbox — $19

What it is: A revolutionary foundation primer formula that helps fill in fine lines and even out discoloration for a seamless finish.

What it does: The experts at Smashbox Studios Los Angeles know that a flawless, print-worthy image requires retouching and color-correcting. This revolutionary lightweight, oil-free, skin-perfecting primer formula can be worn alone or under foundation to increase its longevity. This silky blend of antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and soothing botanicals, like soy, lemongrass, and orchid complex, rejuvenates and refines.

What else you need to know: Adjust: green-toned to reduce redness and correct botchy skintone. Blend: apricot-toned to even out skintone and specifically counteract dark spots including brown spots. Balance: lavender-toned to brighten dull or sallow skin and even out skintone.

I’ve been using this colour correcting primer since early February, and I really, truly love the product! I use the green primer (since I have issues with redness), and it pretty much reduces the redness instantly! And of course, it helps keep your foundation stay on longer (like PrimeTime). I actually find that Smashbox’s primer is a little more silky-soft than PrimeTime (does that make sense?). I love the product so much, that I ended up purchasing a few tubes before leaving Toronto last month!

Have issues with your skin tone and the longevity of your foundation? Definitely give Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer a try! I give it five stars, for sure!

Why I moved back to Newfoundland

I would imagine that those of you who follow regularly are a little confused as to why I suddenly moved back to Newfoundland. I know it seems a little crazy– to be living in Ottawa (a city that I absolutely love!) for three years, then to hop on over to Toronto for just eight months, then back to my home province. Well, there are several reasons.

Sometimes, I regret moving from Ottawa to Toronto. I love everything about Ottawa, and I consider it my second home. Everything about the city is beautiful, I love the atmosphere, and met so many great people.

ottawa1Canada day in Ottawa 2013 | Me and Pepper on the Rideau Canal 2010

But I moved to Toronto, because I felt that maybe there was more opportunity there (in regards to job prospects). I thought that I needed a change of scenery, as things were a little difficult in the first half of 2013. New city, new start right?

Well, the fact is… I hated Toronto. Sure, the shopping is great– but it just didn’t work. I didn’t fall in love with the city. Instead, I hated it. On top of my hatred for Toronto, my dad had a bad fall and my grandmother passed away. And  to be completely honest, Ken and I were drifting apart; so we both decided it was best to end things.

There are a few reasons why I moved back to Newfoundland; But most importantly, I moved back to work on myself. To live independently, to find a balance in my life, and to get things back on track. It’s a huge change, and it comes with so many challenges– but I’m positive that this is exactly what I need. Unfortunately, my beloved boxers (Pepper and Rocco) are not with me (and I miss them dearly), but will hopefully be shipped down next month. 

So here’s to big big changes!

“Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself who you are and where you want to be.” 

Desk Essentials

Since late April, I’ve been living out of suitcases (no joke). At the moment, I’m staying at my parent’s place; but I get the keys to my very own apartment on June 1! I’m super excited (and of course, a little nervous)– this is will be my first place where I live completely alone! Huge, huge change.

One thing I’m looking forward to is re-establishing some sort of routine. I’m still working out a few details here in Newfoundland, but I’m positive that things will work out soon. Until then, I’ve been setting up daily tasks (and to-do lists) and weekly goals for myself. And of course, thinking about my new apartment and routine, reminds me that I need to establish a new working/desk area. Here are a few of my favourite desk essentials:


 What are your desk essentials?

J.Crew Factory Haul

One thing that I loved about Toronto was the shopping (of course!). I mean, shopping in Ottawa was decent (and will only get better with a new J.Crew store in the fall!); but pretty much everything is available in Toronto (J.Crew, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade being some of my favourites!).

And then I moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

But it’s okay. I really love my home province (clearly, for different reasons), so I’ll manage. As part of my “coping with this huge transition” (ahaha!), I made a few online purchases last week (from French Connection and J.Crew Factory). Here are the items I purchased at J.Crew;

photo 1Printed Draped Tank: $38.63 | Factory Cutaway Top: $43.88 | Factory Thorn and Crystal Necklace: $14.99

*Prices in USD

Believe it or not, I’m sort of new to online shopping. Well, for clothes anyway. Thankfully, I knew my sizing for J.Crew– so I wasn’t too worried about it (but then again, sometimes the fit is completely horrendous!). But luckily, the fit for both tops ended up being perfect. I especially love the second top (the yellow one). The cutout on the back is super adorable (and flirty!)– I’m really thinking about buying it in the other colours!

photo 1J.Crew Factory Thorn and Crystal Necklace – Now on clearance! $19.99

photo 1Necklace: J.Crew Factory | Flower/Vase: Target | Planner: Erin Condren (c/o)

I’m super pleased that my J.Crew Factory purchases ended up being great choices! I was a little bummed earlier, because UPS also delivered my Tory Burch Hugo Flats (which were being repaired)… and yeah, look at what they sent me! I was fuming (and immediately got in touch with TB in Toronto!). I’ll update you all on that later :/

What was your last online purchase? Were you pleased with it?

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I still can’t get over the fact that it’s already May. It feels like only yesterday that I was sitting on my bed, writing up my goals for 2014. Craziness. Another thing that has really snuck up on me this year is Mother’s Day. Last year, I was pretty prepared and sent my mom a few goodies in the mail. This year, however, I’m scrambling. But it’s completely okay… that’s what gift guides are for! ;)


Mom Said So Idiom Bangle | St. Tropez Pouchette | Mom Said So Idiom Pendant | The Invention of Wings Book | Spring Truffles | Pretty in Pink Necklace | Bath & Body Works Candle | Wail-tail Measuring Cups | Ceramic Travel Coffee Cup

What will you be doing for your mom this year? Any special plans or gifts?

A little Friday fashion…

Since moving back to Newfoundland, I’ve pretty much lost my sense of time– especially when it comes to the days of the week! Well, right now, I’m just trying to settle back into things– I’ve been applying for a couple of different jobs, but still living out of suitcases and whatnot. So naturally, the days of the week get kind of jumbled together.

Fridays, however, are a little different. Like everyone else, I look forward to them. It’s usually my day of choice to hang out with a small group of friends and just socialize. Sometimes we meet up over dinner, and other times it’s just a few drinks :) Here’s a little Friday fashion for you…


The Details:
Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger | Blazer: Smart Set | Top: French Connection (on sale!)
Necklace: Envy Boutique | Bracelets: Kate Spade & J.Crew | Watch: Michael Kors | Flats: Tory Burch



Hopefully, things will wind down soon and I’ll get back into a routine. I’ve actually put a deposit down on an apartment downtown St. John’s, and will be signing the lease on Sunday. It’s going to be a little challenging, but I look forward to having my own space :)


Do you have any plans for this weekend? 

Weekend casual

I haven’t lived in Newfoundland since mid 2010, so I pretty much forgot what the weather was like here. I have to constantly remind myself to dress in layers, and always bring an umbrella (and wow… I totally forgot about how foggy it can get!). But that’s okay– I actually love rainy weather (which is probably why I enjoy London), and it gives me an excuse to pick up this adorable KSNY “Rain Check” umbrella ;)

Here’s a look that is perfect for laid-back, rainy weekends (I’m seriously thinking about buying the blouse– it’s from J.Crew factory and comes in three different colours! The link is below).

weekendcasual1The details:
Trench | Blouse | Necklace | Jeans | Wristlet | Sneakers | Umbrella

Other than getting caught in the rain downtown (see the second picture), my weekend ended up to be pretty fantastic. On Friday, I caught up with a friend over coffee; followed by more coffee, and a little Sun Sushi take-out. Saturday was a little more social with a group sushi date (I can never get enough!), and a few drinks at the Grapevine. And today? Well, we all know that Sundays are perfect for the gym and Netflix (and maybe an eyebrow wax… which, by the way, turned out horrible. Yikes!).

weekendcasual2Weekend snaps:
Coffee at Fixed Coffee & Baking with a friend | A (rainy) walk downtown, St. John’s
Group sushi date | Jack & Apple at The Grapevine

What was your weekend like? 

My NARS favourites

For years now, I’ve been using M.A.C’s bronzing powder. It’s an okay product, but I wouldn’t swear by it (to be completely honest, I didn’t really find a shade that I really liked). So a few months ago, while browsing in Sephora, I decided to take the plunge and purchase my very first NARS bronzer (in the ever so popular “laguna” of course!).

really (truly!) love the bronzing powder from NARS. Not only do I love the shade “laguna,” but I find that it’s a little more easy to blend than the bronzer from M.A.C. To me, it’s a little more natural looking. If you have a lighter skin tone, no worries! Just apply the bronzer with a light hand, and you can always build it up later!

Since I’m such a fan of NARS’ bronzer, I decided to share a few of my NARS favourites with you all!



My NARS Collection:
Bronzing Powder in Laguna | The Multiple Stick in South Beach
Lip gloss Minis | Blush in Orgasm (regular & a mini) | Illuminator in Orgasm

nars1PS- How adorable is the mini NARS blush? It’s perfect for traveling, or for a quick touch up during your commute to work and/or class!



Do you wear bronzer? What is your favourite brand (for bronzer)? Have you tried NARS before? What is your favourite NARS product? 

Review: Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD

Although is primarily a beauty and style blog, I do enjoy writing about completely different topics (like organization, product reviews, and various tips and tricks… for pretty much everything!). While I love sharing which mascara and J.Crew arrivals are my favourite, I like to switch things up a little. So when I was contacted by Staples Canada to review Beats by Dre. Dre a while ago, I just couldn’t resist!

drdrebeatsThere are three things that can instantly put me in a great mood: 1) a good hair day (obviously), 2) a good eyebrow day (yes, please!), and 3) a great playlist! I’m incredibly picky about the headphones I use– the quality of the sound has to be amazing… and drown out the noise of commuters ;)


When I received my Beats Solo HD, I immediately took them out of the box and hooked them up to my iPhone. I played “The Alphabeat” by David Guetta (a great running song, btw!), and was instantly impressed! The sound was crystal clear, and the headphones were super comfortable! (Lack of comfort is definitely one of my complains with the regular Apple earbuds!)


The next thing I used the Beats Solo HD for was to watch a few episodes of “Being Erica” (great show!) on Netflix. Whenever I want to watch tv on my laptop, I always use headphones/earbuds since things can get noisy in my apartment (especially with two very hyper boxers!). My Apple earbuds are unable to completely eliminate the noise, which is a little annoying. The Beats Solo HD, however, are excellent for drowning out any noise!


Beats Solo HD also include a built-in mic, which you can use to switch between songs, increase or decrease the volume, and accept incoming calls!


Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD are made to be a lighter, on-ear version of Studios.”

- Staples Canada


I’ll admit, one thing I was a little worried about was the size of the headphones. I didn’t want them to be super bulky, heavy, or too big to fit into my handbag (#girlproblems right there, ha!). But fortunately, the Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD can fold up (like the photo above)!


They even come with a little pouch. So you just fold them up, and put them in the pouch. It’s the perfect size, and fits really well in my handbag!



dredreabeats8* Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD – c/o Staples Canada

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the quality of the Dre. Dre Beats Solo HD headphones. They’re the perfect purchase for every music lover! Not only are they ideal for listening to music on your commute to work or class, but they’re excellent for using in the gym, or just watching tv/movies on your computer!

What headphones/earbuds do you use?

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