How to Create the Perfect Pouty Red Lip

Red Lip Perfection

I love a great red lipstick, finding your perfect shade can be a challenge but once you get it your hooked! I am currently obsessing over the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – Scarlet. I actually stumbled on it when I got it as a sample with my Sephora purchase about a year ago and have worn it ever since. When hunting for your perfect shade expect to spend a couple hours in your favourite make-up store trying and swiping. After the end of your test day your lips will be stained silly and overly wiped but you will be walking out with your new trademark red!

Now when it comes time to try to get that perfect pout here are a few tips from someone who went through school making a mess, but after all that trial and error here are a few of my secrets to get that perfect pout. Continue reading

The Workout Edit

I hate working out, it is one of those necessary evils. I mean there are people who genuinely love it; but having to wake up extra early to get sweaty and then frantically get ready for work just isn’t fun, and honestly the last thing I want to do after work is then head to the gym. But somehow it gets done, whether at home or at the gym. The one thing that makes it a little more exciting is the gear! I mean if you are going to work up a sweat you need some great gear to wick everything away and keep you cool and dry. I also cannot work out unless I have some great shoes and great tunes! Here are a few my must haves for getting my butt to the gym!

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Fresh Face Friday – Juvena Skin Energy Moisture Cream

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I have had one of the busiest work weeks in a long time and having a long weekend at the end is definitely something to look forward to! My hubby is away in Asia for the next month for work and as much as I would love to stroll the bustling streets of Singapore with him, this weekend calls for pj’s and some serious potty training. My tot is almost there but needs one more weekend learning the ropes in undies. After he is in bed I will be doing what I love most, at home mini facial and a pedi of course. I recently raved about my new Continue reading

Current Makeup Obsessions

A girl never quite feels her best until she has doused herself in pink powder, black liner and something glossy. During the week I seldom wear makeup as I go to the gym in the morning and head to work, my work environment involves trampolines so wearing a full face of makeup just doesn’t quite fit. I find I am lucky in that way as my skin gets a breather and I save a good 15 minutes getting ready. I am makeup obsessed so when I do get a chance to doll up I love to go out. February involved lots of outings, from V-day to some parties and get togethers, so I thought it would be a good excuse to head over to Sephora and pick up a few “necessities.” Continue reading

The Dirty Thirty

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I don’t mind but I kind of do? Well that doesn’t really make any sense now does it!? Well in 3 months I will be turning thirty! (GASP!) I am excited about heading into my thirties but still feel like I need to get my shit together? I am on a mission to drop 25lbs before my 30th birthday and become a little more mature whatever that means to me. I still feel like a silly sloppy teen some days. I mean I am a full time working mum who also goes to school part time, but I still don’t feel like a real adult. I am sure everyone goes through this weird phase of just what the hell have I done since I left high school and gosh I need to look good in my thirties and drop a few pounds, or maybe that’s what I like to think.

A couple weeks ago I was chatting with my husband about what we should do for my birthday, I feel like there is also this pressure to have an epic thirtieth bash and ring in the next decade with a glass of Champs. But really, all I want to do is get my hair done, it’s been a while, possibly a pedi and by a new girly dress. I haven’t bought or worn something girly since my son was born, I have been a lululemon superstar with a ponytail. As cozy and comfy as I feel I think the thirties for me will involve buttons, a bit of a heal, and a dash of lipstick. Continue reading

Recipe: Stupid Easy Chia Pudding

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So this past week I was rambling on to my husband about how we need to eat more Chia Seeds as part of our new lifestyle change. When I was pregnant I ate chia seeds daily, whether in a smoothie, in yogurt or chia pudding. It is high in Omegas which is excellent for a developing baby. It also is a great healthy option for pregnant women going through that ravenous phase towards the end of your pregnancy. As I was rambling he paused and said wait! I think I had that growing up! We frantically googled away and realized he had something very similar called basil seeds, they act the same way in liquid and also have great health benefits. One of the main differences however is that you cannot eat basil seeds raw you must soak them. Chia seeds can be sprinkled on to about anything you don’t have to soak them, although they taste better soaked. Continue reading

Recipe: Chickpea and Eggplant Coconut Curry

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This is a staple meal in our home, it is Vegan/Vegetarian friendly and my husband loves it, he requests it weekly and our toddler loves it too! I adapted this recipe from Half Baked Harvest’s Simple Almond Chicken, Chickpea and Eggplant Curry. They have so many amazing recipes on their site. It is definitely worth following their Pinterest board for inspiration. This recipe is so simple to make it is weeknight dinner friendly! It is also scrumptious enough to serve for friends.

Here is my adapted recipe, hope you love it as much as we do! Continue reading