Gift Guide: 7 Picks for Beauty Lovers

With exactly one month until Christmas, the pressure to get all your Christmas shopping done is on. Now even though I've been in the holiday spirit since our first snowfall here in Winnipeg (October 14th to be exact), I actually just started my Christmas shopping yesterday. And yes I was slightly ambitious and went out on Black Friday. But, I absolutely love picking out gifts for my family and friends and throughly enjoy shopping. This year I wanted to share with you seven beauty products that would be great gift ideas for the beauty lovers on your list.

This set of nude liquid lipsticks are so versatile for everyday wear, and would be a lovely gift.

If you know someone who loves glitter this is the perfect gift. These liquid eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and sparkly.

This beautiful limited edition glow kit is still available on Sephora Canada's website and would be the perfect gift for those who love to get their glow on. 

4. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe - $18 (Huda Beauty Site)
With a gorgeous and wide range of colours, these lip strobes are comfortable and very versatile. 

A new, but fast favourite of mine this matte liquid lipstick is the BEST one I've ever tried. They are extremely light and very long wearing. 

One of this year's most popular palettes is a gorgeous gift to give. Not only do you get 18 beautiful shades, but the number of looks you can create are endless.

7. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb - $18 (Fenty Beauty Site)
Listed as a favourite of Rhianna's on her site, this lip gloss is pure perfection. It's comfortable, hydrating, and look stunning.

A Pretty in Pink Makeup Tutorial

Today I'm taking you through one of my favourite full glam makeup looks. It's all about pink, glitter, and glow, otherwise known as three of my favourite things. For this extra sparkly look I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Diamond Dust, the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, and the Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby. 

To recreate the look follow the steps below. 

Step one: After applying your base, take the colour Tempera and dust it all over your lid up to your brow bone. Then on the outer half of your lid add the colour Buon Fresco.

Step two: Add the colour Venetian Red to the outer corner. 

Step three: Place Love Letter over the area you added Venetian Red. And blend, blend, blend! 

Step four: Add a winged liner. 

Step five: Add Diamond Dust into the inner half of your eye lids. For the lips top with Creme Cup from MAC with Huda Beauty's Snobby over that. Add blush, bronzer, and highlight and you're good to go! 

GRWM: Halloween 2017

Forget the pumpkin spiced lattes, 'fall' scented candles, and chunky sweaters, to me the best part about this time of year is Halloween. Just hand me a glue gun and Pinterest and I'm all set to DIY a costume. Seriously though, there's nothing I love more than putting together a Halloween costume - just take a look at my Five DIY Halloween Costumes from two years ago. This year I opted to be a bit less ambition -mostly because of lack of time- and only DIY one. Not going to lie though, it took a bit of time to figure out what I wanted to be this year, but I'm super pumped with the results.

Thanks to Pinterest and LC (Lauren Conrad the OG reality star) I found my look, none other than Ms. Mary Poppins! This Disney legend holds a special place in my heart. My mom was the one who introduced me to the movie and it instantly became a favourite between my sister and I (and I still love it!)

Here's how I put together the look!

Makeup you'll need:
-Your regular base makeup
-Bright pink blush
-Grey eyeshadow
-Red Lipstick

What you'll need for the costume:
-White blouse
-Black skirt
-Red bow
-Black hat
-Cranberries & daisies
-Umbrella (optional)

What are you being for halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below! 

Instagram: How I Edit My Pictures

One of the most common questions I get on Instagram (and sometimes in person) is 'what filter do you use for your Instagram pictures?'

Well if you haven't seen my ad hoc Instastory editing tutorials then this answer might come as a surprise.

It's: none.

Yup, I don't use a filter on my Instagram pictures. Instead I've found the best way to achieve my crisp, white Instagram theme is through a combination of using an app called Facetune and the good ole' editing tools integrated in Instagram.

So let's talk a little bit more about the app Facetune. This is a full on editing app that can bascially do anything from stretching or thining out objects to defocusing the backgrounds. But the main thing I use this for is 'whitening' the backgrounds of my photos. The only other features I use is the defocusing or smoothing tool to get rid of any graininess a photo can have due to lack of quality. 

Pro tip: When you search up Facetune in your app download store two will pop up. Facetune and Facetune 2. I have both, because originally there was just Facetune and it costed money. Then within the past little while they introduced Facetune 2, which is free (with in-app purchases), but the three tools I talked about are completely free to use in Facetune 2! 

So let's get into the how-to tutorial now. 

Step 1: I bring the original photo into Facetune 2. If the photo wasn't straight when taken I use the iPhone 'Photos' editing feature to straighten the photo before bringing it into Facetune. In this case it was good! 

Step 2: I use the 'Whiten' feature to whiten any white spots and the background.

Step 2: I use the Smooth tool to smooth out any spots that look grainy. And save the photo.

Step 3: I bring the saved photo into Instagram and use the built-in editing tools. I always brighten the photo. 

Step 4: After brightening, I play around with highlights, contrast, sharpen, and shadows until I'm satisfied with the look of the photo,

Step 5: In this case I wanted to brighten the photo even more so I boosted the brightness. And then your done and ready to post! 

And here's the final edit*! 

Another pro tip! If you want to edit a photo that was taken in harsh yellow lighting and it looks to warm tone, then use the Temperature tool in Instagram and add more cool tones to balance it out. 

I know it's quite a few steps to edit a photo, but I love creating a beautiful streamlined feed for inspiration. 

See a few of my favourite editing transformations below: 

For those who voted yes to wanting to see this post I hope it helped! Also please comment below with any other blogging or social media-type posts you'd like to see, I'd love to start doing more of these type of blogs. 

*The tutorial isn't exact to the final image. This is just purely a recreation.

Perfectly Pink

I'm pretty sure all my life my favourite colour has been pink. The only time I remember it wasn't was when I went through a brief phase at eight year's old whenI loved the colour blue. But other than that its been pink. Baby pink, bright pink, light pink, hot pink, you name it I've worn it all.

Now that I'm reaching my mid-twenties wearing a hot pink shirt is only in memories form my childhood. As I've matured so has the colour pink I wear. Nowadays I love wearing anything blush, from shoes, to purses to blazers! 

The look I put together features this cool, long, blush blazer I'm totally smitten with. 

Photos by:

Outfit details
Blazer: Dynamite Clothing
Dress: H&M
Shoes: Kate & Mel
Purse: Michael Kors

Ps. Happy October aka Halloween month aka Halloween Town marathon time. 

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