On the Benefits of the Curl Cast

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At the end of the summer, I was finding that my DIY flaxseed gel, amazing as it is, just wasn’t providing enough hold. No matter how much I upped my moisture products in my hair, I still couldn’t keep the frizz away. It was time to switch to a firmer hold gel – ideally one that leaves a curl cast.  [Read more...]

The Shave Cream for Those Who Hate Shaving…

EOS Shaving Cream

I hate shaving, I really do. Even in the summer, I really only shave my legs every five days or so because it makes my skin really irritated. Seriously. Every time I’d shave my legs, they’d burn and sting for a day or so afterwards. Awful.

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The First Fall Nails

Essie Bordeaux

With cooler weather comes a return to dark nails for me. As much as I try not to let my colour choices be limited by the seasons, I’ve tried wearing deep reds and blues in July and I just wasn’t feeling it.

But once September rolls around, and especially after we get over those 25°C+ days, dark nails just feel right. Read more!

Cake Pop Tips

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I have recently discovered that I love making cake pops, which is super cool because everyone in my household loves to eat them.

These little suckers (see what I did there?) are all the rage these days, and retail for around $2 each. Some say they’re the new cupcakes, but cupcakes will always have a special place in my heart.

I’ve made them twice so far, and the second time around went much better than the first because I kept a number of things in mind. I considered posting about my recipe and then realized that a) I don’t really have one, and b) the web is already saturated with cake pop recipes. So instead, here are my top tips to make some amazeballs (see what I did there?!) cake pops.

(Before we start, if you don’t know already, you should know that a cake pop consists of cake crumbs and icing rolled into a ball, stuck with a stick, and dipped in candy coating.) Read more!

August Favourites

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August is gone and with September comes favourites time! I keep it (somewhat) succint this time around…more or less.

The Vacation Get-Ready-With-Me

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I recently went on vacation with my family, and on the night I went to dinner with my boyfriend – which was basically the only time I wore makeup – I relied on a few favourite products to get me ready.  [Read more...]

The Accidental Mini-Haul

Sephora Mini-Haul & VIB Rouge

I’m not a hauler – I don’t go out and buy a whole bunch of stuff at once. In fact, rarely do I walk out of Sephora with more than one item at a time.

But I was $30 away from VIB Rouge, needed to return Benefit’s LolliBalm, and was hoping to pick up on a fantastic Origins set. Check, check, and check…and a little more. Read more!

The Not-Gel Gel Top Coats

Not-Gel Gel Top Coats

I must confess, I’ve never had a professional gel manicure. I don’t get manicures all that often, because I feel like I can do an equally effective job at home thanks to the magic of YouTube. As such, I’m especially fond of at-home gel options (like the Sally Hansen one); however, gel that you cure with a UV light can be incredibly difficult to remove, and I’m just not about that life.

Enter the gel-wannabes. Read more!

The Neutral Gal’s Intro to Colour

New Mac Eyeshadows

I recently made a trip to the MAC counter to pick up two new shadows to fill my 15-pan palette. Although that means that the palette works out to costing over $170 once filled, I like MAC’s system for two reasons.

The first is, of course, that you can choose your own shades. The second is that you can decide virtually any time, “Oh, my makeup life is boring. Why don’t I pop by MAC and grab a new colour?” Not a lot of readily-available brands offer that at such a palatable (ha ha) $11 price point. Read more!

The Empties Vol. 1

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I love a good empties video. It’s fun to see people’s trash what people used up, liked or disliked, repurchased or will avoid for the rest of eternity. Read more!

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