BEAUTY | #BENEFAVES

With the holiday season roaring, I thought maybe you guys would be on the hunt for some beauty recommendations for that makeup loving friend! I recently received in the mail a box of #Benefaves products and wanted to share my thoughts on these cult favourites from Benefit. Benefit has some super cute gift sets this season so maybe these reviews on the cult favourites will help you pick out those perfect gifts for family and friends!

In my #Benefaves box I received the following from Benefit Cosmetics: They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, the POREfessional face primer, Hoola matte bronzer and the Ka-Brow!

Read on for my reviews of each product!

Disclaimer: These products are complimentary for testing byย Benefit Cosmeticsย sent by Influenster

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TRAVEL | WHERE I’VE BEEN AS OF LATE

 

So sorry to have been gone for so long, but sometimes life gets busy. I didn’t intend to ghost this platform.

Hopefully there are still some of you out there reading!

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Here’s a video of my recent trip to Arizona!

It was incredible and sunny the whole entire time, I’ll be sure to follow up with some photo posts!

The world is vast and filled with wonders for us to find and explore, get outside.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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DIY | EMBROIDERED STAR TEE

Wearing: DIY Star Tee, Vintage Bandanna, the 5th watch, Fashion Drug Tiger Mini Bag, Zara Jeans (old), and Aldo Mules

In honor of breast cancer month, I felt like making a bust enhancing tee where the details are all front and center. Two stars right where the nipples are located, a breast friendly tee that’s fun and a great alternative to a basic t-shirt. This is a quick and easy DIY that plays on the embroidery trend which is great to do for yourself or as a gift to someone else.ย  Feel free to modify this tutorial to place an embroidery design anywhere you like and have it be anything you like! You could do phrases, roses, multiple stars… your imagination is your own limitation! I chose to do stars since it’s a hot shape for fall and I love that it kind of makes the shirt taboo with their placement (if you know what I mean). Read on to see how I created this embroidered star tee!

TIME | 10 mins

COST | $

DIFFICULTY | easy

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INSTAGRAM | HOW I EDIT MY PHOTOS

Ahhh Instagram, my preferred finger scrolling, double tapping social media feed which tends to occupy the better part of my day; more so than any other platform I must say. Instagram has been getting a lot of love and hate (more hate than love really…) these past few months for the new algorithms. But despite these struggles from all the changes, I still love finding new sources of inspiration and creativity on that platform. What people are creating around the world is truly astounding!

Being a creative means that I’m a visual person, hence I spend most of my time on Instagram and work hard on honing in on that aesthetic. Now, some people would say that I care too much, and I do to an extent. I will admit that I spend too much time worrying about engagement but that’s just the nature of it when you want to use it as a business tool and it can get frustrating to see the bots and spam accounts ruining the hard-work a lot of people put in. I see this blog and my Instagram as an extension of my portfolio so I want to make sure its something that I’m proud of. With that hard-work I often have people complimenting me on my feed and photos and asking how they too can achieve something similar. So with that I thought it would be fun to share my top secret (not so secret anymore) tips on how I edit my Instagram photos.

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DIY | TUBE TANK TOP

Worn with Zara belt, abercrombie shorts, rag & bone leather bag, DIY clasp necklace and DIY Gucci inspired sneakers

Inspired by the J’adior runway shoulders, the far set straps are popular with a nod to the 90s and help accentuate the decolletage; I wanted to create my version because as you all know, this girl can’t afford real Dior. Let’s DIY something similar with the help of an easy tube top-esque shape plus some carefully placed straps to achieve the exact same look! This is a pretty straight forward DIY that will add an incredibly versatile piece into the wardrobe. I love the contrasting straps as it helps with accentuating their unusual placement near the shoulders and opening up the chest area. Read on to make your own! It’s not difficult at all, you could even take a tube top and add your own straps to achieve the same effect if you don’t want to create it from scratch.

TIME | 20 mins

COST | $

DIFFICULTY | easy

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DIY | PEARL DROP EARRINGS

 

Carrying the pearl embellished trend into the fall, this is a super cute DIY addition to the jewelry collection! I love ear jackets and earring extenders, so I thought it would be a fun way to incorporate the pearl trend in a similar fashion. I love the dramatic drop with the chain, and because its not permanently attached to any earring stud post or backing you can definitely wear these interchangeably with a lot of earrings your already own! I paired mine with one of my favourite earrings at the moment, which are my 360 Earringsย in sterling silver from Mejuri.

If you don’t know about Mejuri, I’m here to put them on your radar. Based out of Toronto, this company aims to provide you with unique, hand crafted pieces of fine jewelry without the fine jewelry price. Everything is minimalistic and everyday wearable, which makes you want to keep it on forever. Its my type of jewelry for sure, ask any of my friends; anything fuss free, high quality and has a “goes with everything” vibe is right up my alley. ย I’m the type of person to not change her earrings for weeks at a time, and a consistent ring party bearer so it’s only fitting that I would be drawn to the gorgeous pieces created by Mejuri. They come out with new pieces weekly and I have to say, everything is on my wishlist (currently eyeing this)! So if you’re in the market for some quality gold earrings or sterling silver studs to go along with your pearl drop extenders, be sure to check them out! (Here’s a code for $20 credit if you’re interested!)

TIME | 10 mins

COST | $

DIFFICULTY | easy

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REVIEW | FASHION DRUG

RATING| 4/5 stars |ย Good dupe!

COST | $108.98 + $37.07 CAD shipping

I’m usually a shoe person. Never was really into bags until recently when my go to everyday bag has gotten to a new state of “worn-in”. Its almost time to retire my beloved Rebecca Minkoff bag and through that I’ve been scouring the internet to find a replacement. During that time obviously Gucci was a top brand that kept on popping up and I fell head over heels for their Dionysus mini bag. It’s absolutely stunning! What is also stunning (but not in the good way) is the outrageous price of the bag. This girl isn’t about to drop that much money on any bag, no matter how pretty. Now usually when something is out of my price range, the first solution would be to DIY something similar (hence this blog) but seeing as it’s a pretty structured handbag with some custom hardware, I figured finding a dupe would probably be a better solution. On this quest to find a golden Gucci dupe, I came across many YouTube videos talking of ย designer dupe bags and got sucked into this whole new world where you can get high quality dupes. Through that I magically landed on the Instagram Page of Fashion Drug and was immediately drawn in.

Fashion Drug is based out of the Netherlands and provides fashion addicts like myself well crafted items that look almost identical to their real designer sister pieces without the designer label and price tag. Just to clarify: A dupe is not the same as counterfeit. Counterfeit merchandise has the same exact logos and names of the brands, claiming to be a product of a brand (which is illegal and I do not support this) but a dupe, where they basically reproduce a design without trying to pass it off as a fake is different. Its quite a conflicting subject but my views on it is basically this: if someone if copying your designs, you know you’ve made it good. People don’t copy designs unless they are of value and trending. I was okay with purchasing Fashion Drug’s dupe of the Gucci bag because I knew that I would never be able to afford the real thing, also I most definitely will not be trying to pass the bag as an original Gucci. In most cases if I can afford the real thing I would buy the original item to credit the original brand and designer but in this case, Gucci is a whole other galaxy away. People shouldn’t be surprised to see dupes but it seems to be a big fuss when it comes to bags; to each their own but let’s carry on with the review.

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DIY | TIE UP CROP TOP

Worn with: Aritzia Babaton DEXTER Pants, Aldo Body Chain (similar), DIY Drop Circle Earrings, DIY Pearl Slidesย 

It’s already getting cooler out here in Canada but not so cold that I can’t get away with wearing a crop top still. Instead of pairing my crop tops with denim cutoffs, I like to pair crop tops in the fall with longer pants and throwing on a leather jacket. I was inspired by this top (similar) from Princess Polly and how Allegra Shaw styled it here with long pants and I just KNEW I had to have the tie style crop top in my wardrobe! It’s an easy dress up dress down style that is on trend and I can’t wait to wear it some more with layering some cute bralettes underneath. Read on to make your own!

TIME | 1-2 hours

COST | $

DIFFICULTY | easy

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DIY | PERSONALIZED VOLLEYBALL

Summer’s not over until I say it is! It’s still the perfect amount of sun and heat to get in a couple more volleyball games before fall rolls around. One thing I’ve noticed is that everyone at the beach has the exact same volleyball. Sometime its easy to mix up the balls and it could so easily be solved with a little DIY magic. I decided to jazz up a plain white volleyball as a gift for a friend’s birthday and also in protest to all the same volleyballs out there. Here’s a quick and easy way to decorate your own volleyball to make it truly unique!

TIME | 15-30mins

COST | $

DIFFICULTY | easy

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TRAVEL | KAUAI’S EAST COAST & SOUTHERN SHORES

Kelia Beach

The last installment of my Kauai travel series takes us to the Eastern and Southern shores of the Garden Isle. There is definitely plenty to see and to explore on both coasts. Though I did prefer the North and the West parts of the island more with their adventure appeal, but that isn’t to say that there isn’t plenty to do in the East and South sides of the island. We stayed in Kapaa, which is located on the Eastern side of Kauai and it served as a great home base as it was central to travelling to all sides of the island. One hour each way at the constant speed of 50 miles/hr, you just get use to island time and nothing seems like a rush anymore. Read on to see what’s not to be missed in the Eastern and Southern coasts of Kauai!

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