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Celebrating 100 Darts

Ok, so I guess it might not be all that exciting for anyone but me, but I was pretty surprised to see this was my 100th post. I thought a little celebration was in order—which really means taking a look back at some highlights from the last 100 posts. I’m sorry if this is like when TV shows have a “new” episode, which is really just clips from old episodes, but I always secretly kind of liked those shows.

My Lovable Lipsticks post still reminds me that I should wear lipstick more often, it can be a great way to change-up your everyday look and try something new. I’ve been planning a blush post for a while, so you can expect that somewhere in the next 100 posts.

My nail polish ode is one of my favorites, it was so much fun to do, and my collection has since been weeded out and replenished, so there will probably be another one of these in the future!

What else happened in the last 100 posts?

I got angry about fashion magazines calling me a fruit:

I talked about popstars:

…and body image/acceptance:

I admitted my deep fear of dressing rooms:

…and my frustration with finding an exercise routine I could stick to:

I got married and talked about it a lot:

I wondered what the hell a “conventional beauty” was:

…and what “good hair” was:

And in June I started the feature ‘Beauty in the Movies’ as a way to explore films that showcase prominent, interesting, female characters (since there unfortunately aren’t too many out there). Since it started, ‘Beauty in the Movies’ (and sometimes on Television) has featured some pretty great films, and I hope to feature many, many more. Check out the 25 ‘Beauty in the Movies’ posts by clicking on the thumbnails below!




I’m really looking forward to the next 100 posts, and I want YOU to help me! Send me your suggestions for posts, or movies, or questions that need answering (I am compiling a Q&A post and hope to do an eyeshadow tutorial once I reformat my persnickety Flip camera) remember—there are no stupid questions!

More than anything I want to thank all of you for reading, without you I don’t think I would have had the motivated to keep writing, so I bestow on all you readers the most magical and wholehearted of thanks and good wishes. This blog has introduced me to some awesome, beautiful, intelligent, amazing people and I can’t wait to hear from more of you! Here’s to all you readers!





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Beauty Bullseye: Sephora gift-sets

I know I complained about Christmas coming too early last week, but I guess the holiday madness has gotten to me. This seems to happen every year actually, because I just can’t resist gift-sets, all those little samples wrapped up in some sort of cute and usually portable package, they’re just irresistible to me. Sephora is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for cute gifts-sets for friends, family, or maybe even yourself this holiday season.

Let’s take a look at some highlights currently available at Sephora.com, shall we?

Tarte The Jewelry Box  $52

Tarte comes out with a set like this every year, and while I’ve never had one myself (I already own more eyeshadow than any person ever should), I’ve bought them for friends who have loved them. Tarte is a pretty awesome brand, and this is a great value for the price, especially since you get a substantial amount of product (they’re basically full-sized). This year the set comes with a chain necklace that’s a nice bonus even if it’s not the most expensive looking piece of jewelry, but it’s still pretty cute (what can you expect for a throw in gift?).

Sephora by OPI Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour Set $48

I pretty much get excited just looking at little bottles of anything, but especially nail polish so I had to put this set on the list. The set contains 18 .12 oz bottles of polish from the Sephora by OPI collection, each one works out to under $3 which isn’t bad. The only downside is that you can’t choose which colors you get, so while there are some nice ones in there, there might also be a few that you hate and will never use. It’s the risk you run with any gift-set, but if you have a friend who is a big nail polish fan this is a wonderful gift—and any colors they don’t like, they can always swap with you!

Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Makeup Deluxe Sampler $39

Sephora has a few of these deluxe samplers, they all feature a nice selection of best-selling products in small, but generous sample sizes. These are great if you want to try out some new products before you buy anything full-sized. This sampler makes an excellent holiday gift as it contains Sephora’s most glowy products, including a .17 oz Tarte cheekstain and Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil, perfect if you want to sparkle this season!

Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland $49

A friend of mine was recently raving about Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer, so naturally I have to feature this set which includes both eyeshadow and primer. If you don’t currently wear a primer under your shadow, it’s highly recommended, it will totally change not only the way your shadow looks, but how long it lasts on your lids. This set is cute for any girly-girl and features a bunch of the most popular Too-faced products including their Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk which is one of the only lip glosses I wear (it smells nice and isn’t too sticky).

Sephora Makeup Palette To Go – BCA Edition $15

Isn’t this little pink palette just too cute? At $15 you should buy one for all the women in your life this Christmas, especially since Sephora is giving $1 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each palette sold. Great for travel, and perfect as a stocking stuffer—you can’t beat the price, 8 eyeshadows, 4 lip glosses, and a blush all for just 15 bucks!

Sephora Endless Color Blockbuster $48

If you know someone who has only recently entered the world of makeup, whether it be a teenage niece or a cosmetic curious friend, this is the perfect gift. I personally wouldn’t buy it if you already have a large makeup collection because there is a lot of stuff in there, but if you want to experiment and are looking for a variety—look no further.  Don’t expect high-caliber products, this set is definitely quantity over quality, but half the fun of makeup is playing with it anyway. With almost 100 shadows and 70 lip-glosses, you’re sure to have fun and find what colors suit you, that way you can invest in some higher quality products next year!

Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her $50

Last but not least, if you or someone you know is a fragrance fanatic, this is both a fun and practical gift. Sephora sells this kit for $50 which includes 12 perfume samples, the idea is that you try out each of them and then bring in the voucher included in the kit for a full size bottle of your favorite. As any perfume connoisseur knows, you can’t tell how a scent will interact with your body chemistry by spraying it on one of those paper strips in the store, you need to be able to wear it around for a couple of days before you decide if you really love it. I can’t be alone in having purchased a scent which I thought I loved and was later repulsed by, so I think this is a brilliant idea! The only downside is that last year they had a few different samplers to choose from and this year there is only one.

Anyone have other Sephora (or any cosmetic) gift-set recommendations? I’d love to hear them, got to get started on that Holiday shopping STAT!


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Beauty Grab-Bag: Lush, Sparkle, & Kittens

So for this week’s Grab-Bag I have a few fun things to share. Firstly, my parents were recently in Quebec and my wonderful mother brought me back some Lush goodies (they’re cheaper up there because you don’t have to pay the import tax), including a new cleansing lotion called 9 to 5, and I love it.

It’s made with almond oil and dove orchid extract so it makes your skin really soft. It’s also supposed to be a make-up remover, but if you wear a lot of eye make-up it’s not strong enough to get all of it off. As a cleanser it’s really nice. I usually use a cleanser you have to rinse off with soap, but this one just needs to be wiped away with a face towel—and I tell you, it’s gentler on the skin. So far I’m really liking it.

Another great recent Lush product (recommended by my sister) is this Coconut deodorant powder. I’m a bit powder crazed, so when I saw this was a deodorant I was a little disappointed, but when I found out you can use it like a powder, and it has smell stopping deodorant-like properties, I got excited about it. It smells really nice and coco-nutty, similar to Lush’s trichomania solid shampoo. For the summer, just to be safe, I’ve still be using a real deodorant along with this powder, but I think in the cooler weather I’ll be able to use it alone. Also, as much as we like to pretend it’s not true, we sweat in other places but our underarms—and for the particularly dreaded boob-sweat, this stuff really works wonders!

In a post last week I discussed my search for purple wedding flats, well I found a pair, but they’re not purple. I was at DSW, and I came upon these. They were the most comfortable pair I tried on. Obviously if they were in purple it would be ideal, but silver kind of works too, I just can’t decide if I should keep looking for something similar in purple, or just stick with these.

They were $60, they’re gray suede, and they’re a perfect mix of cute (with the bows) and dress-up (with the sparkle). These pictures don’t do them justice, the sparkle is really nice, and since my dress is tea length and fifties inspired, the pointed style works too.

What say you readers? Keep looking or keep these?

Another recent purchase is this MAC eyeshadow, the color is ‘filament’, it’s very shimmery. It’s the first real eyeshadow I’ve bought at MAC since I stopped working there. I used to only buy the palette size, but for everyday use the palettes get unwieldy and it’s nice to have some that are stand alone. It’s not a new color and it sort of looks like fairy dust, which is appropriate since tomorrow for Beauty in the Movies we’re saying farewell to Summer with a bit of Shakespearean magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Oh right, I promised kittens, my sister recently adopted a couple, and they’re excessively cute, one of them is a Maine Coon named Thora and I think she’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Her paws are enormous, which only add to the cuteness. I didn’t get a good pic of the other guy, so I’ll save him for another day.

She’s pretty darn cute isn’t she?

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Beauty in the Movies, and also don’t forget to tell me about your best beauty buys!!


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Why Stevie Nicks Makes Me Excited For Fall

For the past few months life has revolved around avoiding the heat, whether it’s air conditioning, light clothing, or waiting until sunset to go outside, I’m not a creature of the heat, I melt. So I’ve gotten used to the constant drinking of cold fluids and taking cold showers, but yesterday afternoon, as I was sitting at my desk, the strangest thing happened. I felt a cold chill. No, the AC wasn’t on, there wasn’t a ghost lurking nearby (I hope), and I was actually wearing substantial clothing, but the windows were opened. It had been muggy all morning, and then just like that a cool breeze swept in, and the first shudder of Fall came through my window.

I was given that familiar reminder that soon I’ll be in boots, and the leaves will litter the ground, and the smell of burning wood will be in the air. All it takes is that first gust of wind from who-knows-where, and you realize that summer is really about to end, it happens every August. I can remember other August days throughout the years when I felt it—going back-to-school shopping, or packing up to go to college, there’s a shift, and for some reason that change from summer to Fall always holds a spark. Maybe it’s because you suddenly remember all those things you’d plan to do the last three months. The vacations, the projects, the promises. Summer is all relaxation and celebration, it’s care-free, it’s nostalgic, they write songs about how fun it is, and they write songs about how sad it is to see it go.

When summer begins to turn her head and shine on someone else, it’s a total bummer. Even a pain in the ass like me who hates to be hot and spends half the time complaining, misses the summer when she’s gone. I miss the bright colors, and the excitement, the BBQs and the beach, I miss how everyone is outside and celebrating everyday just because the sun is out and it’s warm. I know I’m totally depressing you right now, so let me get to my point. Fall is coming! Alright, some of you might not find that exciting, but it is, because it’s my favorite season. I think I’ll devote a whole other post to that, so let me just say—cute jackets, leather boots, cozy sweaters, wearing your hair down, no-frizz, no-sweat, no-chafe, dark nail polish, smokey eye-makeup and Halloween. Still not excited? Well then think of Stevie Nicks.

Does Stevie Nicks have have any relation to Autumn aside from in my own head? No. But for some reason every fall when I get upset about the summer ending and I try to get excited for Fall, I think about Stevie in all her witch-y, smokey-eyed, dark lipped, booted, mystical, gypsy-Victorian beautifulness. Maybe it’s a Halloween thing, or I’m just weird (pretty sure about that one), but her style seems to come up in Fall fashion spreads pretty often, so I don’t think I’m alone on this one. The woman can pull off cloaks and feathers and top hats like nobody’s business. On top of all that, she’s just awesome, so why wouldn’t you want to dress like her? Also, if you don’t already know about it, there is this thing called “Night of a Thousand Stevies”, its been happening in New York for the past 20 years. It’s a big fan event (Stevie isn’t involved) with performances and interpretations and everyone dresses like her—there are tambourines, and shawls, and drag queens. I found this on a website which provided info for this year’s event (it took place in May):

“Suggested Dress: Moon Goddess, Enchanted Eveningwear, Black Widow Spider Effects, Beribboned and Bedecked Tambourines, Wiccan Glamour, Wrapped in Velvet, Important Platform Boots, White Winged Dove After Midnight, Moonstones and Moon Motifs, Lindsey Or John McVie Pagan Menswear, Black Robes Trailing, Silver Threaded Shawls, Cloaks and Cokespoons or Your Personal Best Stevie Nicks Realness, All Eras.”

Doesn’t that sound fantastic? I have to attend this at some point, I can’t believe I haven’t yet. You might think it’s weird and crazy, but it’s no weirder than a lot of other things people do, and I bet it’s fun. You know what else is fun, smokey purple eye makeup. It’s a little witchy, definitely autumnal, and a big trend for Fall. Add on a little berry gloss and you’ll be evoking the spirit of Ms. Nicks.

Anyway, let’s embrace the fact that Autumn is almost here, and that soon we’ll be wearing coats and eating soup, that we can wear dark nail polish and play in the leaves, and dress with Wiccan glamour if we so choose. I mean, that’s something right? Here’s a collage inspired by Stevie to get you started!

stevie nicks by justinez featuring ballet skirt

Jil Sander Cashmere polo neck
305 GBP – brownsfashion.com
Empire waist tops »

Terra Shirt
$165 – calypso-celle.com
Calypso tops »

Lace Brocade Chiffon Top
$28 – canada.forever21.com
3/4 tops »

Military Cape
$450 – calypso-celle.com
Cape coat »

El Havanico Black Lace Fan – Fortnum & Mason
110 GBP – fortnumandmason.com
Clothing »

Uneven Hem Chiffon Skirt
$100 – topshop.com
Chiffon skirt »

Vila Chiffon Skirt
48 GBP – oli.co.uk
Ballet skirt »

Rutzou Crochet Trim Scarf
187 EUR – farfetch.com
Rutzou scarves »

Deluxe John Bull Top Hat (Avail Apr 8)
$60 – gentlemansemporium.com
Top hat »

Rose Jaquard Wrap
10 GBP – oasis-stores.com
Wrap scarves »


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The beauty of choice

I love makeup. I have never had a day where upon waking up I feel annoyed at having to put it on. If that were the case I probably wouldn’t wear any. I’ve been told that I shouldn’t wear so much, or that I only do it for other people, and I resent both those ideas. I don’t see why anyone should feel the need to tell anyone else what they should, or shouldn’t, do with their own face or body. Unless, of course, it’s seriously hurting themselves or others.

For me, makeup has always been a form of expression. In Jr. high school, one of the most miserable periods in my (and probably everyone’s) life, I used to come home, sit in front of my light up mirror, and escape. I could try on different personas, I could be anyone, it was freeing. I hate the idea that for some women wearing make-up isn’t a choice, it’s an obligation. It’s something forced upon us in the name of making ourselves our best, but really all it does is promote sameness, because women aren’t encouraged to wear make up to express themselves, they’re encouraged to wear it to ‘improve’ themselves, to show their best face to the world. That’s fine, but it shouldn’t be a standard. To some people, a woman who doesn’t use cosmetics is equally as shameful as the woman who layers it on. We are always being told, do this not that, this is appropriate, and this is not. But the truth is, what is appropriate for one person may not be for another. We get to make those choices for ourselves.

I have tried every kind of look on my face and I’ve proudly paraded my blue eyeshadow or purple lips wherever I felt necessary. Unfortunately, once I started working in an office I began feeling pressure to conform. As an intern my supervisor once turned to me in horror “your eyeshadow—it’s GREEN!” I suddenly felt called out, and for the duration of my internship I stuck to taupe shadow, I didn’t want to appear unprofessional, I wanted to be taken seriously. Looking back I know now that I shouldn’t have let that get to me, I am who I am, and I like green eyeshadow.

I’ve also worn liquid eyeliner nearly everyday for ten plus years, I love wearing it, it feels like me. I put it on to go to the grocery store, and even sometimes when I am doing an aerobics video at home, all alone. I do it for myself. Once, when I was going through a tough spat and feeling very depressed I stopped wearing it. A close friend of mine sat me down and told me she was concerned “I noticed you haven’t been wearing eyeliner, is everything OK?” it wasn’t. And she was right, it made me realize I was losing myself. Because what you put on your face, it’s really all about you, and how it makes you feel. Nobody should be afraid to wear red lipstick or blush, but nobody should feel like they have to either. It should be an individual choice. If you want to wear bold lips and bold eyes, well damn what Allure says, you go do it! Not because you want to look hot for some guy, or because your friends are doing it, or because it’s like super hot right now, but because YOU want to do it.

There are always going to be people who, for some reason, feel the need to share their opinion of what you choose to do with your body, probably because they have issues with their own image, but it’s your face, and it’s yours to show the world however you decide.  So please ladies (and gentlemen) don’t let anyone ever make you feel otherwise!


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