Summer 2015 - Melt-proof Makeup


Dealing with oily skin on it's own is difficult enough. Add in summer heat, and it's a battle. The key to melt-proof summer makeup is long-lasting, no budge products. I've really been into the no-fuss, simple Nudestix pencils recently (I've raved about them here), and they make up the core of my summer routine lately. Combined with all of the traveling I've been doing lately and they're basically my saviours. Keep reading for all the details and the full look!

Great melt-proof makeup starts with a solid base, and a mattifying primer. My weapon of choice: Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. It can be somewhat drying, so make you've moisturized first. I'll also go over any blemishes with the Nudestix Matte + Blemish pencil. To add a bit of hydration back, I like to apply a light layer of the Armani CC Cream, which has an SPF of 35 (bonus point!), followed by the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation (read more about this foundation here). This powder foundation is almost creamy to the touch, and will set your base in place without looking cakey. Finish off any blemishes or under eye circles with the Nudestix Skin Concealer Pencil. Don't worry about blending creamy products over the powder foundation, because, as I mentioned, it's got a creamy finish itself so they will blend nicely.

For a simple eye look, I use the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colors in Lilith (as an inner eyelid highlight) and Twilight (on the rest of the lid and into the crease). These are sweat-proof, waterproof, and will seriously not budge. I can then amp this look up for night with a quick flick of my Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen. Finish it off with waterproof mascara. My fave? L'Oreal Voluminous' waterproof formula.

Keeping with the creamy product trend, I use Nudestix pencils for bronze, blush, and highlight. The Nudestix Bronzing Pencil is also a no-budge, waterproof formula and is oh so creamy (bonus point: you can also use them as eyeshadow). I love how easy it is to blend in with your fingers (bonus point: no tools required!). For blush, the Whisper end of the Nudestix Lip + Cheek Dual Pencil. For a subtle highlight, I like to use the Nudestix Eye Pencil in Stardust (bonus point: it also makes a great inner corner highlight, or an all over lid color).

Of course, the look isn't complete without filling in my brows. You've probably guessed by now that the Armani Eye & Brow Maestro is my all-time favourite, especially since it's waterproof. I've also really been loving the new L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper! I use the clear shade to just set my brows in place.

Finally, for lips, the other end of the Nudestix lip pencil, Mystique, has been my go-to shade recently! I'll then pop that and the Matte + Blemish pencil into my purse for the day.

I love that this is a really natural look, with a subtle contour/highlight, and easy options for amping it up for a night out. What are your key products for meltproof makeup for summer?


The Weekend Edit Vol. 47


A wonderful week is being capped off by a rainy Sunday. Oh well. Gives me the perfect excuse to snuggle up with a book and a steaming cup of tea!

I took some days off earlier this week, so my work week was short and sweet. I spent my time off at the cottage, getting the sailboat rigged and in the water, and took a day trip to Vermont with my folks (hello Ben & Jerry's factory!). It's finally feeling like summer is here, and I'm planning on taking full advantage as our season is so short.

Also had a fun girls night out with Ariane this week. Satay Brothers...typical us. It's so conveniently close (dangerously only a block away from me), and oh so delicious!

This coming week I'm looking forward to a fancy dinner out for a friend's birthday, and also the mid-work week pause that will be Canada Day! What have you been up to?

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere had an exciting announcement this week! I'm so excited for her clothing line!

Vogue has a great piece about the impact that Clueless has had on fashion.

Still on the fashion fix, a rather lengthy piece, but excellent, on how Silicon Valley is trying to fix fashion. I really enjoyed this one.

I can't believe I still haven't seen Jurassic World yet, but I've gotten the [funny] gist of it thanks to the internet. 

The wonderful ladies over at A Beautiful Mess rounded up 12 of their best posts on blogging. A must read if you're a blogger.

And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
Summer Wardrobe Edit // Summer Nail Colours // Summer Lipsticks


Summer 2015 - Bright Lipstick


If spring wasn't enough of an excuse to wear borderline-neon lip colours, than summer is definitely a reason. Nothing spruces up that little white dress quite like a bold orange lip! Keep reading for my picks: two no-budge bold brights, and two balmy textured brights.

Summer 2015 - 5 Hot Nail Colors


Ah summer, the season when it's perfectly ok to lacquer your nails in blindingly bright colours. They're the perfect way to spice up your easy-going, simple summer outfit for that pool party or music festival. Keep reading to see my go-to shades for the sweltering days of summer!

Summer 2015 - Wardrobe Edit


For me, summer is all about going back to simple staples and well crafted basics. It's hot, it's humid, and if it's not a work day, then I'm probably in some form of body of water anyways. I don't like to fuss with my wardrobe during the summer months, and prefer to gravitate towards either simple sundresses that you can just toss on, or a combo of simple basics. Keep reading to see what new additions I've made to my wardrobe, and what old faves have resurfaced for the season!
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