forever summer in pretty peach

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the other day, i was getting ready and noticed that i had somehow gravitated to peach everything for the day – nails, cheeks, lips. this got me thinking about how maybe what i was really craving was an extended summer!

peach is based in orange, which is based in yellow, making it a warm tone (as opposed to cool shades, think pink and mauve which are blue based). it’s perfect for that bronzy thing we all want to duplicate thanks to the infamous j-lo glow.

i don’t adhere to all of those skin tone rules – i say give it a go, and you’ll be able to tell very quickly whether you look good in a shade. the one rule is to match the undertone of your blush, to what’s on your lips. so, if you’re going for a peach or coral blush, stick to a complementary tone on the lips (think orange red lipstick, neon coral, or pastel peach).

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i’m love, love, loving this benefit cha cha tint on the cheeks. it’s super long lasting, and looks like a very natural flush, leaving behind a build-able glow. application can be tricky, but once you master it, you won’t put it down. the nail polish-esque brush is supposed to be applied right to the cheeks and blended out, but i prefer to keep the application more controlled, applying on my fingertips, and dotting on, blending with my fingers. i’m not saying i look like j-lo, but i am saying i feel pretty glow-y!

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the other items you see here: benefit ultra plush lip gloss in poutrageous | m.a.c lipstick in sweet & sour (LOVE this shade!) | essie in serial shopper | seche in effortlessly styled

p.s: also all about the heavy brow! don’t over draw them, just let them grow in a bit and fill them in with powder. don’t overdo it with the pencil (can look harsh and false)  - keep them looking plump and natural because i swear, it makes you look so much more youthful!

wedding week beauty prep

wedding week beauty

calling all brides to be! leading up to my wedding, i was stressed about a lot of things, and one of them was definitely looking my best. there’s so much pressure to look like “the most beautiful bride ever” – glowing, ethereal, like the best version of yourself. no big deal, right?  read more…


spa package giveaway: chi at the shangri-la hotel

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if you’re a reader of this blog, you know giveaways don’t happen often around here. they have to be pretty amazing to be worth your time. well, this one i’m running on instagram sure is!

i spent some time with my hubby-to-be at shangri-la’s CHI spa over the weekend and had such an amazing time being pampered, simply relaxing and enjoying their divine pool. to celebrate the launch of their brand new sea therapy facial, i thought it would be fun to giveaway two pampering packages so you could enjoy a spa day with a friend or lovah, too!


what the prize includes:

two sea therapy facial packages which includes an aromatic steam shower to start, and sparkling wine following the treatment valued at $250 each

the giveaway is happening on instagram only, so click on over, and enter! choose a friend that you think could use a little TLC.

good luck – the winner will be chosen on monday july 21st.

my healthy hair recipe

healthy hair recipe

i’m constantly searching for the perfect shampoo and conditioner to get my wavy/curly/thick/fine/long/frizzy hair in check. yes, you read that right – in it’s natural state, my hair isn’t a lot of fun! i’ve talked a bit about my faves here and here, but this is the perfect combo for me currently.

the oribe shampoo and conditioner  smooth my hair, without any waxy buildup (if you’re in vancouver, i buy mine at eternal skin spa on robson which is the same place i get my laser treatments). it’s a bit of an investment, but anything for great hair in my books!

a little tip to keep the hair feeling clean: if you do find your hair strands feel heavy and are getting that yucky buildup, use a clarifying shampoo once a month or, as i do, plain old dish soap to reboot and rejuvenate.

i’m loving la bioesthetique’s luxury spa oil. it’s a fusion of exotic oils that smooths my strands without leaving them feeling or looking greasy. i simply use a drop as a finishing oil (after i curl or flatiron) to seal and shine.

simple! i’m not a product person – the less the better to let the hair health really ‘shine’ as opposed to layering on too many things.

so, what are you loving right now? do you have a secret healthy hair recipe to share?

how to: master light coloured nail varnish


i’ve had a thing lately for light pink on my fingers. whether it’s a closer to nude pink/beige, or my current personal fave, a tone that’s a little more on the mauve side of things, i’ve been wearing them nonstop. bonus: they bring out a tan!

lighter shades like these can be tricky to apply, since they streak, showing the texture more easily.


my tried and tested method to streak-free, properly covered, chip resistant nails on the go? read on to find out!

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