Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

 As we embark on a new year, I just wanted to thank all my readers for taking the time to read my posts and for commenting. I wish you all happiness and health in 2012, may all your wishes, dreams and resolutions come true!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Looks of the week

Hello lovelies,
For the past week, I've been back home in Toronto visiting my family for the holidays. There's nothing like being at home with your family (even though having your own apartment in Chicago is pretty sweet too). I've been spending a lot of time hanging out with my parents and catching up with my BFF's, and shopping for a new car (eeeee!!!!!).
Here are a couple of looks I wore out for various occasions:

 With my BFF Nadine
Top & pants from Akira (a Chicago boutique), bag from H&M

Dress from Akira, belt and earrings from Forever 21

Sweater from Armani Exchange

My festive holiday nails! All polishes from OPI (but I don't know their names, sorry!)

How are all of you spending your holidays?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: Oral-B Pulsonic Toothbrush

Hello lovelies,
As I've mentioned before, I have an obsession with white teeth, so when I was given the opportunity to review the Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrush, I was over the moon!

According to the Oral-B website (Oral-B)

Oral-B Pulsonic Sonic Toothbrush Features

  • Sonic technology: With more than 27,000 vibrations per minute to drive them, Pulsonic’s bristles clean and promote naturally whiter teeth
  • Thin Precision bristles: Promote naturally whiter teeth by gently polishing off surface stains
  • Professional timer: Subtle two-minute timer with 30-second intervals makes it easy to track how long you’ve been brushing each quadrant of your mouth and helps you reach the dental expert-recommended brushing time
  • Two customized brushing modes
    • Clean: Provides effective plaque removal and cleaning of your teeth
    • Sensitive: Offers gentle care of your gums and other sensitive areas
  • Exclusive custom brush head design
    • Pulsonic Brush Head: Contours your teeth to provide an effective clean while remaining gentle on teeth and gums
    • Precision Tip Brush Head: Cleans between teeth in hard-to-reach areas—where stains start—and is also ideal for cleaning around dental work with its Interspace® design
  • Rechargeable: No need to replace batteries
I can't say enough good things about this brush! This ultra slim design means that the brush is really light weight and very easy to maneuver, especially into the back of your mouth to reach those molars. The timer feature lets you know when 30 seconds are up so you can move to a different area of your mouth. It buzzes 4 times to make sure you brush your teeth the recommended 2 minutes. The sonic action of the brush is FANTASTIC for removing stains and plaque deposits. I pair my brush with Arm & Hammer's whitening toothpaste and after two weeks of use, my teeth are whiter than when I use my white strips. I also really love the base that comes with the brush because it doubles as a charger, meaning no batteries! So it's environmentally friendly too!
The Oral-B pulsonic toothbrush retails between $69-89 depending on where you live and replacement brush heads are around $20 for a 3-pack (its recommended that you replace the brush head every 3 months).
I think everyone should own this toothbrush because the importance of oral health to your OVERALL health cannot be stressed enough. I really feel that this toothbrush is worth the investment because I don't think I'll need to use a separate whitening product anymore!
Has anyone else tried this brush? Do you love it as much as I do?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How I Kicked my Sugar Addiction

Hello lovelies,
Many of you may be wondering, how can someone be addicted to sugar? And why is that such a bad thing? Sugar may seem like a harmless little substance, but when eaten in excess (like I do) it can be quite dangerous. Sugar causes a spike in insulin levels in your blood, which can cause your body to store excess fat and may even lead to type 2 diabetes down the road. It can also lead to decreased energy levels once that initial sugar rush has subsided.
I've tried many times in the past to quit sugar, even replacing the sugar in my coffee with Stevia, but those cravings for cookies, cupcakes and especially chocolate just wouldn't go away. I would go a few days without eating any sugar at all and then binge and eat a chocolate bar or a cupcake. My sugar cravings are the worst after lunch and dinner, and I find myself venturing out to find my fix at the local bakery or the 7-11 down the street (I don't keep sweets in my apartment in an effort to beat the addiction).  I thought all hope was lost and that I should just accept the fact that I'm a sugar junkie, until I came across.....
(image borrowed from google)

I saw this gum at Target while I was checking out and my first thought was "ew, who wants gum that tastes like pie?" but my cousin convinced me to try it so I bought a pack and O.M.G. This gum tastes EXACTLY like apple pie! Its like something from Willy Wonka! This gum is the secret to quitting my sugar addiction! Every time I'm craving something sweet, I grab a stick of gum and the craving is satisfied. A bonus to this little gum trick is that because you chew it for awhile, it stops you from mindlessly snacking as well. This gum comes in other flavors as well, like Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Shortcake, but I haven't tried them yet.
If there's anyone else out there looking to kick their sugar addiction, I seriously recommend you try this gum, it just may work for you too!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shoe Fetish

Hello lovelies,
Nine West recently had their Friends and Family sale so I snagged these gorgeous shoes that I've been lusting over for months. I can't wait for the perfect occasion to wear them out. It will most likely have to be dinner though, because the heel is 5" and the platform is only 3/4" so they're quite high for my flat feet.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review: Dior Amber Diamond Highlighter

Hello lovelies,
I had to share my new favorite product with you! The Dior Ultra-Shimmering All Over Face Powder is amazing! It makes you look like you're glowing from within and is the BEST highlighter I've ever used.  It comes in 2 shades, Amber Diamond and Rose Diamond. Since I have warm undertones, I chose the Amber Diamond but the Rose is just as beautiful and because it's more pink-based, it can be worn as a blush.

 The packaging is so luxurious! It comes in a velvet pouch and the compact itself is made of a sturdy plastic and comes with a large mirror on the inside of the compact.
 The product itself is actually made up of 5 individual colors which can be worn alone or swirled together which is how I like to apply it. Its VERY finely milled powder which allows it to have a shimmery appearance without any sparkle or glitter. It just seems to melt into the skin and give a very natural glow.
 These are the individual shades, I think the middle two would make nice eye shadows (with a good primer beneath them)
 This is how they look all blended together. I tried my best to capture the glow this powder gives but it simply can't be captured in a photo. It looks 10x better in person!
Here's a quick FOTD I wore to a taping of the Rosie show earlier this week (please excuse my monkey pj's). I applied the powder as a highlighter to the top of my cheekbones and under my brow bone.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tutorial: How to depot your MAC eyeshadows (pic heavy)

Hello lovelies,
Some of you might be wondering, "what does depot mean?" and "why would you want to depot your shadows?"  Well, depot simply means to take your shadows out of their original container. The reason I wanted to depot my shadows is because I travel a lot and having all of my shadows in one compact container makes packing them much easier. I also found that I wasn't using my MAC shadows as much because they would always fall to the bottom of my makeup drawer and I felt bad for neglecting them. I felt like they were being treated like second class citizens once I got the NAKED palette, so the decision to depot was made. I should mention before I begin the tutorial that this method makes your shadows ineligible for the Back 2 MAC program.

The materials you will need: an empty palette ( I ordered mine from MAC), a flat iron, a thin knife, scissors, a pencil, tin foil, magnets (bought at Michaels), tweezers and your shadows

Open your shadow and insert the tip of the knife into the small groove right above the latch where the lids snaps on. You can see in this picture that I've already put the knife in and made the space a little bigger. It takes a bit of wiggling to pry the shadow out but it will pop out.
  This is  what the shadow looks like once you pop it out of the case.
Now you need to separate the actual pan of shadow from the plastic and this is where the flat iron comes in. Be VERY CAREFUL during this step because the pan is metal and will be very HOT! Place the plastic pan on the foil and then onto the hot flat iron. 45 seconds should be enough time to melt the glue if you set your iron to 400F. Then carefully remove the hot pan and place it face down onto a flat surface and apply pressure (with scissors) to the underside of the plastic case. The glue should be melted and you'll be able to pop the metal pan out of the case. IT'S HOT!
 This is what the plastic case will look like once you pop the shadow out. It will end up deformed which is why you can't use it for the Back 2 MAC program.

Now take the pan on shadow and trace around it on the magnet sheet. Then cut it out and stick it to the back of the shadow. The kind of magnet I bought have adhesive on the back so its like a sticker you can just peel and stick onto the back of the shadow.

This is what you should have at this point. The magnet is fixed securely to the back of the pan.

To remove the sticker on the back of the original container, simply pick at an edge of the sticker until it peels off in one piece.
Then attach the sticker to the back of the magnet and voila! You have successfully depotted your shadow! 

If you're depotting more than one shadow, make sure you keep track of each shadow to avoid mixing them up and accidentally labeling them incorrectly. Happy depotting lovelies!
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