Travel

Guided Wandering: France Travel Update #1

Hello lovely people of the internet! I’m sure you can tell from the title of this post that I have some exciting news to share; I am currently in France! I’ll apologize now for the lack of posts recently but my life has been crazy as of late! Seeing as though this is a ‘Beauty, Fashion, and Lifestyle’ blog I thought I would start a little traveling series here on my blog that I’m calling “Guided Wandering” where I will share photos and experiences from my travels. This is the first travel update of many that I will be posting over the next three months but I also hope to still post beauty and fashion posts with the free time I have (I’m guessing they will be French inspired which is exciting!). So without further ado here is my first travel update of my France 2015 trip!

I started my French travels in Ceillac, France which is located in the south/east French Alps. All the photos below are taken in Ceillac where I spent my first week; some are taken with my iPhone (yes I know… very professional) and some with my Canon Rebel T2i. This travel update only really consists of photos with short captions but let me know if you would like a more of a written post sharing my stories (I already have some funny ones) and what I have been getting up to. But right now let us all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is the mountains, like oh my gosh I feel like I’m living in a postcard!

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Small village in Ceillac, France.

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View overlooking the top of the ski hill in Ceillac, France.

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A constant coffee break, side note: the coffee is much better here. YUM.

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A view of the village where I was staying.

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The drive home (to Grenoble where I am staying).

Stay tuned to see where and what I got up to next! Au revoir pour maintenant!

- e.b

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Quick, Classy & Curled Hairstyle

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This is a super quick and simple hair style featuring a lovely gold hair clip. This look can be worn at a special occasion or for a casual day out! Honestly this hair style is fool-proof and something I find myself constantly doing when I want to put a little extra effort into my hair. Enjoy!

First I simply sectioned my hair from the bottom layer and top layer. I clipped the top layer up to start curling the bottom. I always curl my hair this way because I find it is easier to handle. I have quite thin hair so if you have thicker hair or more layers you might want to split your hair into more sections that just two. For my curling method I simply start with the sections closest to my face and curl them in the direction away from my face. I find this is more flattering for them to being curling in that direction. Next I take the pieces beside the ones I just curled and curl them in the opposite direction. Next I repeat this process, switching the direction that the hair is being curled with each new small section. Next I do the same to the top layer of my hair.

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Next I take my Lilla Rose Flexi Clip and pull back the curls on the top layer/side of my head. I pull these pieces back and clip them in a half-up hair do. Then I give my hair a bit of texture by pulling out a couple of curls around my face, including my bangs. Then I spray my hair with a generous amount of hair spray to hold everything in place.

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Now let’s talk a little bit about this lovely hair product! This unique hair clip is by the brand Lila Rose who specialize in hair accessories. This clip is called a Flexi Clip which acts as a hair clip but in a more fashionable way. There are many different sizes to choose from which varies depending on the thickness of your hair as well as the type of look you wish to achieve. Here I am using the XS size which is perfect for thin hair and creating a half up hairstyle. There are many different designs to choose from in each size category. These clips are very quick and easy to use and can really transform a look. They are unique to other hair clips because of how they are fastened, shown in the picture below. I recommend this product to any hair accessories lovers out there and will leave a link below to where you can get your very own Flexi Clip!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and demonstration on this new product I have stumbled upon which I just had to share with the world! Let me know if any of you guys have gotten your hands on these beautiful hair accessories!

- e.b

http://lillarose.biz/donnadecker

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2014 Product Favourites

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In the beauty community when the year comes to an end there seems to an abundance of bloggers posting their product favourites from the year past, which is something I always look forward too. Hearing everyone’s top product picks that have stuck with them throughout the whole year, enough so to make their favourites list, really says a lot about that product! I haven’t picked a product from every makeup category for the sake of keeping this post from getting too long but I did pick 14 of the products that have stuck out to me this year and that I grab for daily. Whether these are new releases or just new to me here are my 2014 product favourites, all the way from skincare to makeup. This is a lengthy post so grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and enjoy!

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First up is skin care! In 2013 I promised myself to take better care of my skin and now I have become hooked on trying the latest and the greatest on skin care market. I have tried many new, wonderful, skin products over the course of 2014 but somehow I managed to narrow down my favourites to 3. First is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief cream, which I use at my nighttime moisturizer. I have talked about this product on my blog before but man oh man I can’t say enough good things about it. It has a lovely gel like constancy and leaves my skin feeling more plump and nourished than any other moisturizer I have used before. Next up is an eye cream that has become a holy grail product of mine, the Orgins Gin Zing eye cream. I have already gone through 2 pots of this through one year and I know I will go through many more! It has a salmon pink colour that brightens, awakens, and keeps the under eye moisturized. Now on to a cult favourite in the beauty community… Bioderma. This is my go-to makeup remover which takes off 99% of my makeup before I wash my face. It has no scent and doesn’t irritate my skin at all, such a beautiful product!

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Now onto face product favourites including a base, concealer and a powder. Let’s talk about the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. I got this full size product in the 2013 product favourites kit and I am so happy I did! It is the best BB cream I have tried because it has SPF 35 and wonderful coverage. Usually I find BB creams to leave a greasy feeling on the skin but this leaves a lovely finish, I recommend it to everyone! Now a product I discovered this year that has to be one of my favourites out of the bunch; the NARS Creamy Concealer. I use the shade Vanilla and it is perfect for under the eyes, on blemishes, or anywhere you want extra coverage. It is super blendable, long-lasting and will honestly cover up anything. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. This year is my MAC addiction has really taken flight but this is a product is one I have been using, and loving, for 2 years now. The MAC Studio Fix Powder has got to be the best setting powder I have ever tried. It leaves a matte, but not cakey finish and gives great coverage even when wearing it on its own.

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Yay onto eye products! As many of my makeup tutorials show I love a good winged eyeliner look and what I use almost every time is the Kay Von D Tattoo Liner. This eyeliner pen is veryyyyy black and extremely long-lasting! The pen tip isn’t a felt tip but an actual brush which means it doesn’t get dull and gives you a beautiful, precise line every time! Even though it is a bit pricey is it a great product that is worth every dollar! Next is my favourite eye brow product which is MAC Omega Eyshadow. It is the perfect brown shade to fill in your brows (or as an eye shadow shade on the lids) that isn’t too orange like most brown powders are. It is great for people with light hair colour and gives the loveliest, soft looking brows. Now for my favourite eye shadow pick, which was a tough on for me. But instead of putting in an entire palette I picked my favourite single eye shadow which is the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush. This drugstore pick is as good or even better than a lot of my high-end shadows. It is so buttery smooth and blends like a dream. This colour especially is my favourite because it is the perfect rose gold shade that when packed on gives a beautiful effect, but all the colours from this line are gorgeous! And great if you’re on a budget.

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Next is lip products, my favourite category! Here I have my two favourites of the year starting with a lipstick I have been using since 2012 and continue to love to this day, which is the MAC Lipstick in Syrup. This MAC lipstick has a Lustre finish which is my favourite finish from MACs lipsticks because it is so easy to apply and so fuss-free. This shade in particular I find to be so flattering on everyone. It is a “my lips but better shade” but which a bit more of a punch. I have got my mom, sister and two of my friends hooked on this shade and it is one I am drawn to almost everyday. I will buy this until product forever; great formula and such a lovely shade! Now for a recent find of mine which is the Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in East End Snob. This year I have really gotten into using lip liners (usually as lipstick) because the are so long-lasting and precise. This creamy formula leaves an amazing matte finish and is such a lovely, natural pink shade that really finishes off any look.

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For brushes the Zoeva line has really stolen the show. I have featured these brushes on my Makeup Brush Essentials post so I won’t go on about them too much but they seriously are amazing! They are very affordable for the such high quality they are made with. They are soft and durable which means they blend the stubbornnest makeup. There is so many different brushes to choose from and they ship worldwide which is a great bonus! Go get some of these, I promise you won’t regret it! Now for a staple of mine that I have used all year which is the Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler. Even though these have a high price tag they are the be all and end all of eye lash curlers. They keep a curl all day and really get close to the lash line to give those lashes a great lift. Such a staple product in my collection!

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Now the best for last, perfume! This is a perfume I got exactly 1 year ago and I haven’t stopped wearing it since. It is the DKNY Pure perfume. I’m not the greatest at describing fragrances but I will give it a try; this perfume is famine but has a very clean and fresh scent. It is warm but very simple and not over powering. It has a vanilla undertone as well as a muskiness to it which I think compliments each other very well. The best words to describe it as is clean but warm. But… with amazing product comes some sad news; it has been discontinued. I couldn’t be more heart-broken about this because it has been my signature scent for a whole year now and I absolutely adore it, but c’est la vie! You can still find this on ebay so get your hands on it while you can!

Woah, I feel like I have been rambling on for ages but that wraps up my all time favourites products of 2014. I hope you have enjoyed this and I am dying to know what your favourites has been this past year so make sure to leave me a comment so I can add them to the wish list!

- e.b

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New Year’s Makeup Look

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When I think of New Year’s I think of glitz and glam! It is the one night a year that it is socially acceptable to wear sparkles and I’m for sure not going to pass up on that! Here I will be showing the makeup look that I will be sporting this New Year’s Eve that features lots of glitter and shine!

For the face I starter by applying a good primer and a heavy foundation to make sure my base lasts all night. Next I went in with concealer to contour and highlight my face in the areas that I need it. After that I applied a setting powder which is a step I recommend not skipping because you want to ensure your makeup with stay in place. Next I contoured/bronzed up my face to give it a bit of colour and then applied a very subtle blush. I didn’t go to heavy with the blush and bronzer because I want the eyes to be the main attraction of the look! On my lips a wore a mauvey nude that creates a simple yet put together finish.

For the eyes I starter with a primer to really hold that shadow on. The main shadow I’m using is ‘MAC Pigment in Tan’ which is a beautiful golden shine that can be applied dry or wet. Today I am using it wet to give it more of an intensity which I achieved by lightly spraying my eye shadow brush with a bit of water. Along with the pigment I am using the ‘Dior Amber Glow Diamond Highlighter’ for the inner corners and slightly overtop of the pigment to give an illuminating effect, shown in the picture below.

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Now to quickly run through the steps of the eye look. I started by applied my matte transition shade through the crease. I like to do this first because it makes the final product look much more clean and tidy, this is important when working with a pigment. Next I applied the pigment by packing it all over the lid. I held a tissue under my eye while doing this to catch any of the fallout, which is bound to happen when working with a product like this. Next I applied a light shimmer in the inner corner as well as darkened up the outer v with a matte brown shade. This is what brought the look together. Now to finish it off I applied a thin winged liner for definition as well as mascara and fake lashes, yes fake lashes. If there is a time to wear fake lashes it’s new year’s! To finish off the look a ran a bit of the pigment under my lash line for an extra bit of sparkle.

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There is my finished New Year’s makeup look. It’s a glitzy, long-lasting makeup look that if perfect whether you are going on a night out for New Year’s or just hanging with a couple of friends. Let my know what kind of look you’ll be rocking this New Years, I think a classic red lip with a matte eye would look gorgeous as well! I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2015 and I’m excited for what the year has to bring. There are some new posts to come so keep your eyes peeled for that, as well as an exciting announcement that will be revealed at the end of January! Thanks again for making my 2014 that little bit more wonderful!

- e.b

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Happy Holidays

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From one blog lover to another I am wishing you a wonderful holiday! This has been an amazing year with the start of my blog and I couldn’t thank you all enough for supporting my little space I have created on the internet. I have absolutely loved seeing you guys respond so positively to my posts and I thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to read my content and leave such wonderful comments. My posts have been on the sparse side this month due to the craziness which is December but I hope to get back on track in the New Year. I have a lot planned for the next while so keep your eyes out for all the new, exciting posts to come! See you in 2015!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

- e.b

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DIY : Peppermint Sugar Scrub

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There is something really thoughtful about a homemade Christmas gift, and with Christmas fast approaching I have whipped up a quick DIY that’s perfect for someone special in your life who needs a little pampering. Here I have my DIY peppermint sugar scrub that smells a little like the holidays and helps fight that dry, wintertime skin. The great thing about this gift is that it is super easy to do, extremely affordable, and fits with the Christmas spirit!


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To start you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract
  • 1 drop of green food colouring
  • jars
  • decorations of your choice (for the jars) – I used twine and fake red berries, along with gift tags

Step 1. Firstly, I took the 1/2 cup of coconut oil and put it into the microwave for 15-25 seconds to melt it down. Coconut oil is a solid when in room temperature which can be quite difficult to work with. Make sure not to put it in for too long. Having some lumps still in the oil is okay and actually gives the scrub some texture. Now put this to the side to cool down for a bit. The picture below shows the before and after of how the coconut oil should roughly look.

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Step 2. In a separate bowl add together 1 1/2 cup of sugar, the coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract, and one drop of green food coloring. Now mix together until there is a even consistency. Instead of really beating the mixture I recommend folding it because that will keep the nice, chunky, scrub texture. At this point you might want to add more sugar (the remaining 1/2 cup) if it is still hasn’t become solid, also you could add more food colouring depending on how green you want your sugar scrub. I love this subtle mint green colour!

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Step 3. Next just put the mixture into your desired jars. Here I am using small jam jars with a good seal which is essential for this DIY to make sure the scrub lasts. Now I set my mixture aside in a colder room to let the oil and sugar set. This will help it keep its lovely texture. Now for the jar decorating! This part can be really personalized but I just cut out some brown paper and stuck it on the lid of the jar as well as added twine, fake berries, and a gift tag around the top of the lid. And just like that, all done!

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So here is the finished product; a perfect gift for family and friends! It has a lovely rustic feel that still has effort and thought put into it. I hope you enjoyed this super quick and easy DIY for the holiday season! I would love to here if any of you have tried this out and I would love to here how it goes! Happy holidays and keep your eyes out for more holiday posts to come!

- e.b


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Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup

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Over the past year, Kylie Jenner has been a style icon of mine. She has grown to be one of my favourite Kardashians and I have loved seeing her style evolve over the past 12 months. Her flawless and sophisticated makeup is something I love to recreate and feel quite comfortable doing because it is simple and very wearable. Here is my rendition of the classic Kylie Jenner makeup look inspired by her most iconic makeup routine.


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The picture above is a quick peek at some of the products I used to achieve this look. I won’t be mentioning every single product I’m wearing but if you have questions on brands or colours that I used for this post feel free to comment and ask!

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The first step to my Kylie makeup look is a flawless, but not thick,base. I picked a very light foundation but used a heavier concealer which balances the light foundation out. Most Kardashians are known for their beautiful highlighting and contouring using concealer which I see Kylie has begun to do as well. For this I took a yellow tone, heavy, concealer under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, on my chin, my forehead, and pretty much on all the high point of my face (seen in the picture above). Next I buffed it all in until I looked like a ghost… but have no fear because bronzer is next!

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After powdering my entire face for a very matte finish I began to start on my contour. I want defined cheek bones for this look but with no harsh lines. I did this by building up a dark bonzer layer by layer which I read is a technique Kylie uses. Next I applied a VERY neutral blush that was rosey-brown in colour higher than the apples of my cheeks because that is the area Kylie usually puts her blush these days. This creates a youthful glow. Now for the eyes!

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The eyes are really the attraction of this look and you wouldn’t believe how easy they are to do! For the brows I simply filed them in as I normally would but with a darker brown and also extended the arch more than I my natural brows because Kylie often sports a high arched brow. Then for the shadow I started by putting on a matte neutral base then simply took a matte mid-tone, warm brown eyeshadow and swept it all over my lids. I kept blending and layering this brown until I got a lovely brown smokey eye. I also took a pencil brush and went (not so lightly) under my eyes with the same brown. Next I lightly lined my upper lash line with a darker brown eyeshadow for some definition but no liquid liner needed because the Kylie look I am going for is her natural eye look. Now for the fun part, lashes! I curled my  lashes then applied a coat of mascara then got out my favourite simple yet fluttery lashes which I think is essential for this tutorial! Kylie’s main attraction is her lashes and she always is spotted wearing beautiful fake lashes.

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One of the reasons I love Kylie’s makeup is the beautiful matte, pinky-brown lip colour she always rocks. I had a hard time finding the right shade and I still don’t think I have the exact right colour but this is as close as I got. The key with this look is to make sure the lipstick is matte and also a dark, neutral nude shade. I have heard that she uses MAC Lip Liners a lot for this look which is something I for sure am going to look into adding to my collection. So classy and mature for a 17-year-old but boy does it work!

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So here is my completed Kylie Jenner inspired makeup look. She has totally been my makeup icon lately, such a beautiful day-to-day look! Not to mention her beautiful (newish) short hair cut which I cheated by clipping back in this post but I’m seriously thinking about cutting it this length! Let me know what you think! Anyways those Kardashians really do have a way with makeup that’s for sure. Let me know who you’d like me to pick for my next Celebrity Inspired Makeup post and I will be sure to try my best to recreate the next great makeup looks that comes my way!

- e.b

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