Lipstick Files Vol. 3 - Summer Favourites


I mentioned in this post that I'm a big fan of bright lipstick, especially in the summer. But for the last couple of weeks, in the unbearable heat we've had, I just can't be bothered with maintaining a bright lip. So I've been gravitating towards light, effortless, peachy shades these days. Here's a look at the lip products currently hanging around at the bottom of my purse.

On the days when I am literally melting in my apartment in the morning, you'd be hard pressed to convince me to do anything other than line my lips with a little bit of Marc Jacobs (P)outliner in Honey Bun topped off with a good slather of Glossier Balm Dotcom. I was pretty gutted when I lost my beloved Glossier Balm Dotcom in a cab back in February, but ever since my mum brought me back a replacement from her trip to Florida (Glossier, if you're reading this, please ship to Canada soon!), it has barely left my side.

You've also seen me rave on and on (evidence here and here) about Nudestix, and I recently added another lip shade to my collection: Ripe. It's the perfect peachy, almost orange, shade to go with my tan. I love how effortless these sticks are!

For a bit of a gloss, I've been reaching for my Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Affriolant. Ok, so I'm not going to lie, the huge draw of these glosses for me are definitely the packaging. There is something so luxurious about that click as the wand pops up. But hey, this pinky color is also pretty great.

Finally, my newest find, Clinique Pop Lip Color in Poppy Pop. I'm sad that I was late to the game on this release as it means that I've had less time to enjoy this gorgeous shade. I tested a few shades out in store (Melon Pop is also calling my name! Perhaps a naughty purchase in Duty Free next week), and they're creamy, glide on super easy, but the color lasts. I love popping this shade on after work before heading out to dinner.

What lip products are currently floating around in your bag? Come on, you know we all hoard them in our purses. Let me know in the comments below!


The Weekend Edit Vol. 51


What have you been up to this weekend?? It's currently raining at the cottage, which is not fun. It seems like we only ever get one good day out of two these days. Nevertheless, took advantage of the great weather yesterday to go sailing, swimming, and stay outside until it got dark. I feel like our sangria-filled summer days are coming to an end too quickly. Just this week, I got an email to shop the Madewell fall collection early...too soon Madewell, too soon :(.

At least I'm only just over a week away from vacation! While I'm not feeling totally burnt out at work anymore, more than a couple of days away are going to do me some good. Now I just have to get through the last of my deadlines. Eeeek. I literally spent all of last week on one single project, but it's so rewarding to see it shaping up into a finished proposal.

If it's nice outside, go enjoy the weather! If it's kinda meh like it is here, I've gathered some links to check out:

This blows my mind. This guy is flying all around the world for free. Read the full editorial here.

I've been eyeing this brooch for since it first came out. Now that it's on sale, the only thing holding me back is out ridiculously crappy Canadian dollar :(. The sale items at Lulu Frost are insanely beautiful right now.

Pixar is coming out with another movie this year! And it looks adorable. Bringing back childhood memories of Land Before Time.

I recently made a no-churn ice cream recipe for a work potluck, and now I'm hooked. Going to try this sea salt + honey recipe next!

While I think I'm pretty makeup savvy, I've definitely had my fair share of fail moments. #9 + #15 of this list definitely hit home haha

I found this article on Modular Dressing really interesting. I'd say I'm a combo of the Mix + Match (my travel wear) and the Outfits. How about you?

And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
OOTD - Mesh Skirt + Lace-up Heels // Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette // Travel Tips Vol. 3


#LLL30DaysOfTravel - Travel Tips Vol. 3


Have you been following along with my Instagram series on travel tips? In case you've missed any, here is this week's round-up :)

1. When packing travel toiletries, try to find cream or solid-based alternatives. Solid perfume, cuticle "oil" stick, dry shampoo, powdered exfoliant, and a solid body butter that melts when you apply it.

2. Ditch the ziplock bag and invest in a quality toiletries bag that is TSA-approved! The rectangular shape + large zip opening my this Flight 001 bag makes it easier to fit in all those little tubes and bottles.

3. Pack a dryer sheet in your luggage to keep everything smelling fresh! Bonus points: gently rub over any clothing to remove static.

4. When packing a travel wardrobe, pick a neutral colour scheme so that you can mix and match. Add a pop piece with accessories or a statement piece of clothing!

5. Pack fabrics that are more resistant to wrinkles, such as wool + cashmere, lightweight knits, and my favourite, crepe.

6. If your clothes do get wrinkled, hang them in the bathroom and turn the shower on high heat for a couple of minutes. You can also make some DIY wrinkle releaser to keep in your luggage: 1 part water, 1 part vinegar, and 1 part fabric softener.

Less than 2 weeks to go until we take off for Hawaii!!


Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette


Just when you think there could be no other variation on neutral eyeshadow colors, Urban Decay manages to once again create a palette that gets the beauty community all in a state. I'll admit it outright, I totally got on board the gravy train with this one, and counted down the days until it's release. Now that I've had a fair chance to play around with it for a bit, I figured I'd share my thoughts. Is the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette overkill to the Naked line? Or does it actually have its place amongst its much loved sisters?

OOTD - Mesh Skirt + Lace-up Heels


While my style is mostly simple and classic, every now and then I like to throw in an edgy, out there piece. Just to throw people off. And also to push my own comfort zone... just a little. It's fun to conduct your own style experiments every now and then. Maybe you'll discover something about yourself that you didn't know before. Like how these heels make me feel like I can do anything! (totally wearing them to my next important meeting, haha). It may have taken me a while to get on board with the mesh skirt, but after wearing it out for drinks one night, I haven't looked back since! Keep reading for more photos and full outfit details!
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