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  Outfit Details Kaftan: Boohoo  |  Sunglasses: H&M ( similar one here ) |  Earrings: Forever 21 Hey guys! So last week on Ju...

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

23rd Birthday at Melia Braco Village

 Outfit Details
Kaftan: Boohoo  |  Sunglasses: H&M (similar one here) |  Earrings: Forever 21

Hey guys! So last week on June 30th, I turned 23 years old. Boy, does time fly! I went to Melia Braco Village in Trelawny for the birthday celebrations, so as usual, just sharing some photos from my trip as well as outfit details. Enjoy!

Outfit Details
Jumpsuit: Boohoo

Outfit Details
Kaftan: H&M  |  Swimsuit: Boohoo


Monday, March 27, 2017

Mini Colourpop Haul

There has been a lot of hype over Colourpop products on the beauty scene. With collaborations featuring beauty gurus and celebrities, including Karrueche, as well as their affordable prices and simple yet sleek packaging, it's very hard to overlook the brand. 

I finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself to a few Colourpop goodies over the holidays. They were having some amazing bundle set deals, and so I decided it would be a great way to test out the brand for myself before purchasing any full-sized items. They offer free international shipping for orders $50 and over, and shipping took just about 14 days, which is fairly decent for international shipments from the USA to Jamaica.

I purchased a set of 5 mini liquid ultra matte lipsticks called "It's Vintage", a set of 3 highlighters which were in a bundle called "Cake", a Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer), and one of their Super Shock Shadows.

So let me just admit: I have an obsession with matte liquid lipsticks. I am especially drawn to deep reds and pinks, so this It's Vintage set was right up my alley. From left to right we have Bianca, Tulle, Love Bug, LAX, and Notion. They come in a clear tube which features the Colourpop logo, and all have a doe-foot applicator. While all the colours are highly pigmented, I found the formulas to be a bit different for each. Bianca, a 'soft mauve" has the creamiest formula in the batch and dries fairly quickly, while Tulle, a 'dusty burgundy' takes a bit longer to dry. Love Bug, a 'rich mahogany', has the worst formula of them all. It is thick and flakes off after about an hour and a half, even though I only applied a single layer. LAX, a 'vampy red', has a tendency to bleed, so I'd highly recommend a lip liner. I was a little worried that Notion, 'a deepened raspberry' would be patchy after reading reviews, but I did not have this problem.

I'm looking forward to trying more of their shades, especially their deep browns, so I will keep you updated on that when I do.

The 'Cake' highlighter trio was $20 at the time and is said to be more suitable for medium skin tones. It includes the shades Butterfly Beach, Wisp, and Candyman. Butterfly Beach, a 'warm peach with highlights of silver' goes on as a very muted rose gold shade. Then there's Wisp, described as a 'golden champagne with gold pearls', though it was a bit more on the golden bronze side to me, and Candyman, a 'metallic rich gold', which is deeper than the rest, and is more on the coppery side with warm red undertones and a gold metallic sheen. They all have a nice silky texture which is very easy to blend. Personally, I like to apply with my fingertips since it provides the highest amount of coverage. When it comes to the staying power, I'd say around 6-7 hours.

The last two items I purchased was their Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) in Happy Hour and their Super Shock Shadow in Fairfax. Happy Hour is a deep warm bronze with a matte finish, and I use it to contour. It can be built up since it is moderately opaque, and no need to set thanks to its cream-to-powder formula. Fairfax is a more cool-toned chocolate brown eyeshadow which works well for a more subtle smokey eye look. Unfortunately these two are no longer available on the site.

Do you use products from Colourpop? What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day OOTD | 5 Ways To Practise Self-Love

Outfit Details
Dress: Boohoo  |  Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)  |  Bracelet: SheIn (similar)

Hey loves. I've been meaning to do this post for a while now, and what better day than Valentine's Day! Self-love is such an important concept, yet it is so easily forgotten. It's so easy to be caught up in work, running errands, taking care of your family, and helping others so much that our very own needs and desires get thrown out the front door. As I get older, I've realised how taking care of myself and doing what makes me happy helps me to be less stressed, makes me more productive, and overall, feel better.

If you're wondering "How can I spend more time on me?", here are a list of five different ways to practise self-love:

1. Pamper yourself. There's nothing more luxurious than a relaxing candle-lit bubble bath with soft music or even a fun facial and mani/pedi one evening.

2. Stop comparing yourself to others. As humans this is completely natural, but in the end, it does us no good but slow us down and rob us of the life we're trying to create for ourselves. Learn to be okay with your imperfections. Understand that you are completely different from someone else and that is how it is supposed to be. 

3. Treat yourself. Yes, buy that book you've been wanting to read, and buy that handbag you've had your eyes on for ever so long. I always make it a priority that with every paycheck I receive, I get myself something, no matter how small. It doesn't necessarily have to be a splurge - I've been content with getting a bag of chocolate chips from the supermarket.

4. Step away from social media. We are so consumed by our cellphones and computers, and for many like me, our pastime often involves scrolling through Instagram and responding to every single text message we receive. Instead, switch off the screen for a bit and read a new book or even go for a walk. It makes a world of difference.

5. Get enough rest. The importance of sleep is often overlooked, but it is so essential. I'm guilty of carrying over work into late nights and not going to bed early enough. Not getting the right amount of sleep can not only make you feel sluggish when you rise in the mornings, but it can have detrimental effects on your health. Opt for at least 7-8 hours each night to help your body perform at its full potential.

Now on to the outfit. Since it's Valentine's Day, I had to hop on the 'wear red' train, of course. I got this dress from Boohoo and I was really impressed with the quality. It's a nice thick fabric with the right amount of stretch, and for only £10 (it's still on sale!), this is a steal. I like keeping looks like this very classic, and so since the dress is in such a bold colour, I grabbed these black sandals I have from Forever 21, a black clutch, red diamond drop earrings, and a very chic bracelet I purchased at SheIn about 2 years ago. I finished off with a red lip, and voila! A very classy look for a Valentine's Day dinner.

How are you spending Valentine's Day? What are your thoughts on self-love?


Sunday, February 12, 2017

New In: Makeup

Hey everyone! Over the holidays I decided to treat myself to quite a number of purchases. Makeup was definitely on the top of the list. I find that when I come across something that works, especially foundation, there's no letting go. After watching a few YouTube videos and reading blog reviews, I made a short list of items I'd love to try out to see how much I like them, and so I wanted to share a brief review of some of the items I ordered.

Ok so, when was anyone gonna tell me about this? This was my favourite purchase. It provides medium coverage, is buildable, and I love how it is perfectly lightweight for everyday wear. The formula is a bit runny, and so I would suggest using a foundation brush to blend it in. I made the mistake of using a beauty blender at first which absorbed and wasted way too much product. Since this foundation is meant to give a more dewy finish, if you have oily skin like I do, you can use a mattifying primer and set the T-zone area with a translucent powder such as Laura Mercier, which I am currently loving. Does it last for 24 hours? I'll never be able to say, but so far I've worn this for 7-8 hours and it holds up really well. At this time I'm wearing shade 210, but it does oxidize a little, so I plan to go a shade lighter.

I was never a big fan of blush powders, so I rarely ever purchased them. However, since I'm trying to build up my stash, I went ahead and got the e.l.f. Powder Blush Palette in Dark. It came in a matte black packaging which features a mirror on the inside, and houses 4 e.l.f. Studio Blush shades. They are very pigmented, so a light hand is needed when applying. The shades aren't named, but nevertheless, very nice quality. Did you know they're currently offering free international shipping if your order is over $50? Win!

Not my favourite primer, and not a favourite product of mine either. At just a little over $3, I guess this is a situation where "you get what you paid for". It comes in a standard squeeze tube and the actual product is white in colour, but once massaged into the skin, has a very shimmery look to it. Unfortunately not a nice shimmery look. I found it to be incredibly greasy, so definitely not the right mix with my oily skin. It may work for someone with dry skin, but I would not repurchase.

No stranger to e.l.f. primers, I believe they get the job done at an inexpensive price tag. This Tone Adjusting one claims to minimize redness and correct blotchy skin, but it fails at these claims - the green tint just isn't pigmented enough to colour correct anything.  It is however very effective as a regular primer which provides that smooth base for foundation application due to its velvety finish, and helps my makeup last longer.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! + 2017 Goals

Happy New Year Everyone! Can you believe it's 2017 already?  For me, it seriously feels like 2016 went by so fast! It was a year of ups and downs, twists and turns, and so many challenges, but "every experience no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it". I'm ready to make 2017 a really great year regardless of the challenges I might face, and I am determined to get through them and learn from the difficult moments, just like I did within the past year.

I did set a few goals for this year for myself, my blog and travelling; some I have been working towards for quite a while now, so I believe they are much more achievable at this point. Not only did I want to share them with you, but I wanted to use my blog to document the progress, so I'm very excited about that as well. Here are just a few I would love to come to fruition in 2017:

1. Buy a car! This is possibly number one on my list overall, and I'm looking forward to making this happen by the end of June as a birthday gift to myself. I have an amazing boyfriend and family who never hesitate to bring me around when I need to, but having my own would allow for more freedom.

2. Get my driver's licence. Pretty straightforward!

3. Eat healthier and go to the gym at least twice per week. I started the gym in July of 2016 but that ended quickly. I felt so much better mentally and physically when I would workout, so I want to be hitting the gym at least twice per week and spend more time preparing and eating more healthy, balanced meals.

4. Read a book each month. Just last week I created a list of twelve books and placed them on my reading list for the year. Reading was one of my favourite hobbies growing up, yet I can't tell the last time I picked a good book up, so I'd love to start doing this again.

5. Be grateful for the small things. As humans, sometimes we forget to take a step back and appreciate the little things. This year I want to always take a moment to be thankful for the things I take for granted, no matter how tiny they may seem.

1.  Be more consistent with blogging and social media. I definitely slacked off this year with my blog and social media, but I really needed the break to figure out the direction I truly wanted to go as it relates to my little space. Over the past month I did a lot of brainstorming and planning, and now I'm ready to go for it. Look out for a few more partnerships with some amazing brands!

2. Start a YouTube channel. I was a little nervous about jumping into this, but I was definitely looking into ways I could get a little more reach with my content, so I've decided to create a channel to feature lookbooks, hauls, travels, etc.

1. Visit the Dominican Republic.

2. Go hiking in the Blue Mountains.

I really hope you all have a wonderful 2017, and I wish for you great success and good health for the new year. Let's make 2017 a great year together!


Friday, November 18, 2016

JORD Wood Watch Review + Giveaway

I grew up with a huge love for watches. My favourite part about heading back to school when I was a whole lot younger, was heading to the jewelry store and picking out the newest, showstopping Barbie watch which I obviously thought then was the ish. 

I don't wear a lot of watches now unless it's a special occasion, but when JORD Wood Watches contacted me regarding a collab, I could not say no! I had seen so many of their watches popping up all over Instagram and even had a few of the designs on my wishlist, and was intrigued by the concept of a watch made of wood.

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