Tuesday, 7 May 2019


Lash Lift

Happy May, friends! The days are getting a little longer, the temperature is getting a little bit warmer and I couldn’t be any happier for it! I’m ready for you, Spring!

A while back, I wrote about my experience with lash extensions. Today, I wanted to share with you guys my experience with a Lash Lift & Tint in an Oakville spa. This is a new service that I had been hearing about everywhere! I mean, who doesn’t want longer, curlier lashes so I was excited to be invited by InStyle Nails & Boutique in Oakville, to visit their beautiful salon to try out the procedure. InStyle Nails & Boutique Oakville offers a variety of high-end nail services, as well as waxing, biogel, facials, eyelash lifts and extensions, makeup and permanent makeup.

Because it was my first time trying Lash Lift, Judit, owner and a Certified Lash Lift Technician went over each step, letting me know what she was doing and what I could expect at each step. I found this so helpful because I really had no idea what was happening as my eyes were closed during the entire process. Having her tell me each step as she went was not only informative, but it also helped make me comfortable during the process!

Now I’m sharing with you what I learned...

What is a Lash Lift?

A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes! Lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. It gives your lashes an amazing shape and curl.

Before the Lash Lift

Because you can customize your results your Lash consultant will first ask you questions about the style of lashes you would like, whether or not you wear mascara everyday, etc. Based on your answers, your technician will pick a curl size for your eye shape.

Process

To begin the process, your lashes are cleansed to make sure there is no make up residue left on your lashes.

Lower lashes are then glued down to a shield so they don’t interfere with the top lashes during the process. A silicone pad is applied and lashes are glued to the pad. This will ensure the shape and lift height for the curl!

The perming solution is then applied.

"The perm solution acts as a softener by opening up the cuticles in the lashes and making them pliable." Judit explained. A second solution is then applied which will set the lashes.

Judit then used a collagen treatment and finished with a tint, to make the lashes even darker, really making them pop. This is optional but I found it really made an impact as the finishing touch!

The whole process took about an hour, start to finish, and let me tell you, it was an hour well spent!

Highlights of a Lash Lift
- Makeup takes only a couple of minutes because your face already looks done-up upon waking. In fact, I didn’t use mascara for the entire week after having the Lash Lift done as I found I didn’t need it, only opting to wear it for special engagements/events!

- What’s not to love about this process? You get the semi-permanent lift and curl of extensions while keeping your natural lashes damage-free.

- Lash Lifts last six to eight weeks.

- Avoid getting your lashes wet in the first 24 hours after a Lash Lift, in order to make that curl last.

- Lash Lifts are SO low maintenance! While lash extensions requires you to be more careful when washing your face, sleeping on them, etc, there really is no maintenance with a Lash Lift!

I absolutely loved it and would definitely do it again!

Thank you to InStyle Nails and Boutique for having me. If you're in the Oakville area, I highly recommend their salon - not only is the space is beautiful but the owner, Judit and staff are friendly and so knowledgeable.

xo,

Desirée


Three weeks post Last Lift: w/o mascara






Tuesday, 2 April 2019

If you're anything like me, you're probably done with all things winter and are starting to look ahead into warmer, longer days! Because winter weather does quite the number on our skin, I always up my moisturizing routine for the colder months. Now that we've entered April, I'm looking into products that will help prepare my skin for the warmer temperatures.

Dewy, soft skin and a little highlighter can go a long way but honestly, it really starts with your diet. Everything that you put in your body will have an impact on your skin. Staying hydrated, cutting back on sugar and artificial flavours and eating healthy fats are key. 

Now that we've mentioned diet, let's move on to products.

MOISTURIZERS
I cannot leave the house in the morning without moisturizer. With that being said, I have tried quite a few and have landed on a few favourites that I come back to time again and again. I'm currently using the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. It is very rich in texture, which I love, but some may find it a bit too heavy for Spring. I will continue using it for a few more weeks and then switch to a lighter texture.

EXFOLIANT 
There are several exfoliants that I have tried, but so far, the Dermalogica exfoliator is my favourite. It's gentle enough and makes my skin feel so smooth! Use it twice a week for baby smooth skin!

SELF-TANNERS
Coming out of hibernation now that it's Spring and in need of a little boost? A little self-tanner as part of your skincare routine will go a long way.


     
SERUMS
In the past year, I have added serums to my skincare routine and have tried a few. I'm dying to try the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum as I've read great reviews about it! I'll keep you guys posted. When using serums, make sure to use them twice daily, after your cleanser and toner. 


SPF
No matter what your skincare routine is, you absolutely need to be using SPF daily. Most days, I only use a CC cream that includes an SPF. You can find an SPF that works well with your skincare routine already; whether it's a moisturizer + SPF, or on it's own...just make sure not to skip this step. I have added a few SPF favourites below.

MAKE UP
Some of these are irresistible due to their pretty packaging alone! I'm currently using the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer (I've linked it below). You can add it to your foundation or use it alone. I use it over my moisturizer for a dewy look. I love how natural it is without it being overpowering. I've heard great things about the Hourglass Ambiant Lighting, so I will definitely be trying that one next!

I hope you have found this helpful! Leave me a comment below letting me know which skincare products are your absolute must-haves!

xo

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Coat and Tights: Aritzia

I've never been a fan of the winter months, especially here in Canada where winters seem to drag on forever. I used to feel that once November rolled around, style would have to take a back seat until the temperatures would begin climbing again in the spring. However, with time I began learning that winter can actually make you look more put-together, polished and chic all while keeping you warm.

I began learning not only about staying warm in the winter but doing it without looking like you're walking around wearing a sleeping bag. With so many options, you don't have to sacrifice style in the cold, it's just about finding the right pieces.

Choosing the Right Materials

Sometimes it's easier to get into a slump with your outfits during winter months but with winter, it also means we have more materials and textures to play with. Wool, knits, leather, suede and an endless possibilities in textures and colours. Play with different textures and colours and see what you're drawn to before pulling an outfit together.

Here are a few of my go-to's during the winter months that'll make you look chic, regardless how cold it gets.



Tailored Wool Coat: A wool coat pulls your whole look together. I find most people have a weakness when it comes to clothing, and coats are mine. If you're just starting out building your wardrobe, I'd recommend starting with a camel wool coat. The colour not only goes well with every print and colour in your wardrobe, in my opinion, camel makes everything look more expensive. The higher the wool content, the warmer the coat. I recommend looking for a wool content more than 60% to keep you toasty.

Coats: Banana Republic, Zara, Ann Taylor, Le Chateau, Banana Republic Heritage Hat: H&M Bag: Banana Republic Booties: Gap, Nordstrom 



Parkas: If you live in colder cities, you know that you can't get through winter with just a wool coat...that's where the parka comes in. Although the puffer coats are having their moment right now, I personally just don't find them warm enough due to their length; I'm always freezing! They're the perfect go-to for weekends; just add a beanie and you're good to go.



OTK Boots: Date night but too cold for dress and heels? Then the otk boot is your best option. Get a pair in a neutral shade that you can wear with dresses, jeans, pants and mini skirts. Make sure you use a leather/suede protecting spray before you take them out for the first time. This will help keeping them clean and they'll last you longer.



Coat: Banana Republic Boots: Stuart Weitzman 

Accessories

By adding more accessories to your rotation, you can change the look of your wool coats and puffers/parkas. Pick neutral colours to begin with in order for it to work with as many coats in your wardrobe, making it easier to interchange. Now that it's end of January, there are so many great winter finds on major sale. Take advantage of these sales and choose higher quality pieces that you'll be able to use for many years.

Coat: Ann Taylor Scarf: Zara Shoes: Nine West