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Glossier Haul+Review! via Toronto Pop Up Shop!

Recently Glossier had what some may call I semi-secret pop up in toronto because a ton of my friends messaged me and had no idea it was happening until my Instagram stories were flooded with video from the shop. I have always been really curious about Glossier and their products but it’s always been rather untouchable for us Canadians, until now! Glossier announced shipping to Canada which had us extremely excited but because I have never ever seen these products in person I just couldn’t understand them and get a true feel for how they work/look; then low and behold a POP UP! I could not contain my excitement I didn’t even ask a friend to come with I just zipped over. I wanted to be alone with the products and really feel it out for myself; although I really wish I had brought a friend because there were some pretty good photo op moments. To be truthful my best friend and I were going to go later in the day but there was an event so I went alone during the mid-day pre rush and bought her stuff for her, but I didn’t call anyone to join because I knew I wanted to be alone. My friend Steph is the best to shop with so if we had been able to go together it wouldv’e worked out really well hah.

Let’s talk products, shall we!

Phase one: Milky Jelly Cleanser, Moisturizing Primer, and Balm Dot Com

Milky Jelly Cleanser:

This is the best trio pack I have ever purchased. GOSH DANG! I was hesitant to review anything too soon, I really wanted to get a feel for these products before blasting the internet with my thoughts. It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve used everything from glossier so I think I have a real understanding for how they’re working with my skin of which is veryyy sensitive and mainly dry. The milky jelly is an amazing cleanser for me. It feels super hydrating which is something I like. Sometimes cleansers can make you feel really tight and like all the moisture was sucked from your face and that must be why they don’t have a toner because this leaves my skin feeling like it just had a big glass of water. After I use the milky Jelly my skin is super smooth and glowy. This is my fave go-to face cleanser at the moment. I am obsessed with the consistency and that you can use it whether your skin is dry or wet, of course I do use a makeup wipe no matter what cleanser I use. For sure this is a re-purchase.

Priming Moisturizer:

From the second I tried this out at the pop up on the back of my hand I knew I had to buy the Phase One package. It comes out super fast because it’s quite a thin cream, and feels so soothing on my skin. My skin just sucked it up like a sponge. When I got it home and started using it as a primer before makeup after I had washed my face, I really started to understand the Glossier look. Dewy, fresh, and super radiant. It was great with my foundation (and good with every foundation I have used or my friends have used) and really just feels like you aren’t wearing anything, which is what I love most in any cream/primer etc.

Balm Dot Com:

You got dry lips? cuticles, elbows? Well honey look NO FURTHER. Balm Dot Com is the BOMB.COM I bought it in original salve with the no scent or additives to really get a feel for what this product can do. I love it on my lips, especially after  I have exfoliated them. I literally locks in the moisture it feels like a seal on my lips when I apply it. The only thing bad I have to say about it is the application. I wish it had a rounded tip with a tiny opening so you could apply it bottle to lip, I don’t love swiping my finger across the top to pick up product, lots of bacteria has the chance of making it’s way into the bottle. Otherwise I’m a big fan and would re-purchase this product, in all of it’s many flavours-next up for sure is coconut..

Next up: Cloud Paint

I bought this cheek tint in the colour buff and I’m sort of on the fence with this product. I think the colour shades/range could be a lotttt better. There’s only 4 or 5 and this one seemed the most pink that was wearable. The others were either wayyyy too pigmented or too dark and wouldn’t match with my skin tone. I think it’s an ok product, you have to be an all natural girl because you’re not getting much pigmentation. I can it’s not a standout blush for me because I’ve only reached for it twice to use it and that was the next day and the day after I bought it. When you have a lot of variation to choose from, sometimes it’s easy to see what you like and what you’re meh on from how much you reach for it. The consistency is really runny so be careful when opening the package. If you have the most perfect skin and are just looking for the slightest colour then cloud paint is great for you. The good thing is is it’s buildable. But don’t add a powder product into the mix, I don’t find they work well together at all. Glossier products seem to be a no-set situation.

Brow Boy in Brown

Guys, I can’t even with this product. I want to go out and buy every bottle that exists because I am afraid that it will go away one day. I don’t think I can live without this. It has such amzing colour pay off. It makes your brows look fresh and perky and busy, espeically if you have a couple caterpillars like I do. This is a product for the girl  who has fuller brows and is looking to fill in the sparse areas but keeeping them looking their most natural. I am not a draw on my brows kinda girl. Or the girl who has amazing shape and depth but needs some texture, the clear gel is yours for the taking.  I like to fill and define them with a powder and angle brush so it stays as natural as possible, and then set them with a brow gel of sorts. I just seriously can’t get over this product, it’s un-freaking-real. Re-purchase big time!

Lip Gloss:

To be honest, I bought this one just for the nostalgia and hype. I was a lipgloss girl big time. If you ever watched Lizzie McGuire, or So Little Time, or The O.C. lip gloss was a part of your upbringing. Personally at that time it was Juicy Tubes, we all had them and they were pretty pricey so we all thought we were pretty cool.

I think overall Glossier is a pretty wicked brand. They’re cruelty free, the price point isn’t terrible, and for the most part the products are great. I’m really hoping they set up a permanent home here in Toronto because I don’t know if I can wait the 5 business days for my next order, and lord knows I can’t afford that express shipping hah! I’m so happy I had a chance to check out all the products in their natural state, thank you Glossier for bringing yourself here to share with us Canadians, we beauty gurus appreciate it.

The products I regret not getting but also couldn’t afford to buy it all: Wowder, Stretch Concealer, Facemask Duo, Haloscope in Quartz and Moonstone, and Face mist. Also EVERYTHING ELSE!

¡Olé!

H&M Top, Vintage Jeans via Public Butter, H&M Bag, Yoki Loafers

In the past few weeks I think I’ve bought 5 tops with ruffles, no joke. Two sweaters, this tee, and a tank; Ok so four, excessive?

I don’t consider myself very “girly” in terms of how I dress, yet I’ve found myself leaning towards ruffles and “girlier” garments lately when I’ve been out shopping. The thing is they’re more statement ruffles than they are silly, frilly, cutesy etc etc. I’m into statement pieces where the rest of my outfit can be relaxed, like this t-shirt with dramatic sleeves paired with this $20 pair of vintage Lee light wash denim that has curious paint stains in various spots (like the turquoise one on the inside of my pant leg..). This top makes me want to flamenco dance and if you know me you know that dancing is never to far away from happening. The subtle statement game is where I’m at lately because I truly loooove to be comfortable and this t-shirt is just that. I have been on the hunt for a few more statement tops I can bust out this fall before I have to throw a giant parka on top of it. I also just don’t have many nice tops, so my goals is to get back into fun outfits like I used to and not be afraid to wear a top with gigantic ruffled sleeves.

Daisy

Patrons of Peace Dress, Catherine Malandrino Mules all via Winners

Just so happens these are the same shoes and same brand of dress from a recent post. I have found this brand Patrons of Peace at Winners lately and I fell in love. I searched it and it’s a wholesale brand which makes me sad because I can’t purchase off their website but gives me hope I will find somewhere that sells the brand. It’s super bohemian, yet whimsical and girly. Their dresses fit well because they understand a woman’s body, and are just super comfortable. 

On this particular night I was headed to the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers show at the ACC so I wanted to be comfortable getting up and down from sitting and dancing. The ACC is freezing so the length worked in my favour. The billowy nature of the dress also helped in my favour after we ate everything at Figo, a delicious Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown. 

Figo is a hidden gem. Their patio is like an escape with the beautiful decor of white, gold and green;  and all the palm leaves surrounding you.  Inside the decor is so crisp and clean the look of the restaurant alone made me want to eat there. Now the food. We had this unreal fresh house ricotta with truffle honey and black pepper. If you appreciate cheese and really good food and drinks this is a great date spot for a drink and a delicious appetizer. If you’re feeling hungry then defintely dive into a pasta or pizza. We had the gnocchi with fresh basil and tomatoes and also shared the wild boar ragu. A tad loud with the fire station next to it but when you’re not hearing the sound of sirens it’s a great spot if you’re heading to a show or movie in the area. 


Currently Craving: Summer 2017 Accessories

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Accessories are where I have most of my fun. As you can tell from the name I wear loads of black and that’s not wrong. I try to mix it up here and there but the accessories departments is  where I shine, sparkle, fringe-out, fluff (all of the above). I really like to keep it interesting as much as I can, and what is true to my style. My all black attire usually works as my blank canvas and from there the options are endless to add on all the pizazz. If you want to attempt adding more colour or more fashion-forward, interesting statement pieces start with your accessories; they’re basically a gateway drug!

1)Dream Gucci bag
2)Song of Style for Gentle Monsters rose gold sunnies
3)Leah Alexandra ‘Frida’ ring via Gild the Lily 
4) TOPSHOP fishnet socks
5)The most perfect Nannacay Joana beach tote via Revolve
6)Angora backless flats from Style Nanda-need I say more?
7)Sparkly burnt orange socks via Urban Outfitters to amp up my shoe game
8)Zara denim scarf because denim is life and I’ve yet to own a denim scarf
9)Jenny Bird dangly gold hoops because I want to start wearing more earrings
10)Principle Goods emerald studs-birthstone, that’s all folks via Zane
11)Quay marbled sunnies-yes I’m obsessed with sunglasses, get over it.
12)Silver thigh highs cause we’re going all out via Style Nanda– dopest Korean brand
13)Clean cut, sleek Mackage ‘Keeley’ side bag
14)Karen Walker ‘Helter Skelter’ Tort sunnies-DUHHHH