Lovely in Lilac

The midnight blogger strikes again. Why am I always so tiiiiiiiired when I put up a post? Well, I guess because it’s midnight, duh.

Whenever Addition Elle gets new spring bras/panties I always have to buy them all. Not a fan of the fall oranges/reds or the winter jewel tones, but bring on all the spring pastels, please and thanks. I just loveeeeeEEEe this unique purpley blue colour. And I’m always down for panties that are sheer enough to show off my cute flabby tum while still hiding my vaGiynya.

It was 18 degrees celsius today!! Totally warm enough to lounge around in a bra and panties all day. I actually ended up going to the beach with the dog and hanging out in a tshirt for a couple hours. And getting stung by a wasp. In February. Cool. Fun fact, I believed I was immune to wasp stings until I was like 24 because when I was a kid I got stung, which TERRIFIED me, and I refused to leave the house for days. So, my mom told me that once you got stung once, it would never happen again. Like chicken pox. And I believed in this weird insect version of a Santa Clause-like-myth until my mid twenties. My sweet lil mom just wanted her daughter to be able to go outside again and just conveniently forgot to tell me she made it up.

Bra- Addition Elle

Panties- Addition Elle 

xo

V Day

I guess I have normal person hair now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I usually go to Good Day Hairshop and either get 1. grey or 2. a weird colour like pink or peach or blue or purple but this time I asked for blondeish so I guess I’m an grown-up now?? Ha, hahahaha. Never. L’Oreal sent me some of their new temporary hair colour anyway (Thanks guys!!!) so I’m going back to pink for a bit.

So, don’t ask me what the heck this thing is. It’s a big, pink, park, thing. Probably for working out or something, therefore I know nothing about it. It’s near my pal Erica’s condo so we thought it would be cute for a Valentines Day shoot. Oh lordy lordy. I’m trying to write this post and I’m seeing double because I’m SO TIRED. I really don’t have much to say anyway, other than I hope everyone had a nice V-day whether you’re single or attached. Just got a really weird image in my head of a creepy conjoined couple?? Goodnight.

Skirt- Forever 21 (similar)

Top- Yours Clothing

Boots- Asos (similar)

Jacket- New Look (similar) (lol? it’s really not similar at all? I’m so tired)

Scarf- Asos

xo xo gossip girl

Savin’ You Money Monday: the Glossier Dupe

Note: this post is not sponsored by any brand and all ideas/opinions are my own.

SO, GUYS, I think I’m going to start a new blog-series… thingy. I’m thinking maybe a couple Mondays per month, I’ll write about products (clothing, skincare, makeup etc) that I’m loving: two products that are exactly the same, at very different price points.

The idea came to me yesterday evening IN A DREAM, jk. It was when I was washing my face before bed. I was choosing which one of my 100 000 serums to apply and I noticed that my two very expensive glossier serums are LITERALLY EXACTLY THE SAME as two other serums that I own by the brand ‘The Ordinary’ from Deciem. The self-proclaimed “Abnormal Beauty Company”, which happens to make everything in Toronto (and also like 5 minutes from my apartment), creates skincare and haircare with good-for-you ingredients. I own a bunch of their products (primer, serums, face masks, cleansing conditioners etc), and I love em all. So I was initially happy but then immediately annoyed and offended that I had spent $74 on Glossier products when I had the same thing sitting on my counter- for $6.

Turns out, Glossier’s ‘Super Bounce’ serum is just Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 which you can discover just by reading their website for like 0.4 seconds which apparently I was too lazy to do. I was blinded by everything being cute and pink. Deciem’s ‘The Ordinary’ brand has a serum DOUBLE THE SIZE that’s simply called ‘Hyaluronic acid 2% + b5’. How refreshingly straight to the point. Also- take a look at the zip code of the two New York addresses on the bottle. (The combo of hyaluronic acid and b5 is supposed to help with dry skin, by the way. I’ve definitely found that by using both of these serums, my skin is much more pLuMp and less flakey.)

Glossier’s ‘Super Pure’ serum is meant for red, blemish-y skin. It’s supposed to make your face chill the eff out and get it’s shit together. It’s a mix of Niacinamide and Zinc, which also happens to be the contents of another Deciem ‘The Ordinary’ serum, aptly named ‘Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%”.

To break this down for you: Glossier doesn’t ship to Canada, so Canadians either need to use an expensive third party shipping service or beg one of their American friends to ship it across the border (I have done both). If you’re American, WELL LUCKY YOU, and also I’m really sorry that Donald Trump is your president. But anyway. The Glossier serums are 15ml and the Deciem ones are 30ml. You’re therefore paying $56 US ($74 Canadian) for the same amount of product that you can buy from Deciem for FOUR DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS ($5.90 Canadian). I’m really shit at math but I know that is a CRAZY markup. And why??? Glossier can charge this much because their bottles are pink, they have a crazy cute #aesthetic, and they send rainbow and happy face stickers with your order. And people (me) will eat it up. It’s insane. I’m insane.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m a fan of Glossier products. Their Boy Brow and their Mega Greens Mask are two of the best products I’ve ever used. HowEVER, there’s really no debating that their serums are hugely overpriced compared to Deciem’s brand, which I find work just as well.

Have you tried either of these products? Let me know what you think of them or if there’s anything else you’d like me to test/compare/review. UNTIL NEXT TIME, keep fit and have fun. Sorry. A little Canadian 90’s nostalgia.

xo

PJ sets

I’m not gennnnnnerally one for bralettes- I usually like all the boob support I can get- but this new one from Addition Elle is so delicate and lovely. And there’s matching pajama pants, AND MATCHING BRAS AND PANTIES I can’t breathe. I have a little problem with matching sets, apparently. My favourite material in the whole world is what these PJ pants are made of. It’s the same material from which most of Addition Elle’s pajamas are made, as well as their modern fit t-shirts (I own literally 20. I’ll accidentally on purpose spill something on one and I’ll be like WELP, gotta use this as a PJ shirt now, better go buy another one for daytime wear). They’re just so thin (in a good way) and comfy and SO SOFT. Viscose and elastane are where it’s at.

P.S Please note the little ‘P’ for ‘Petrie’ on my dog’s little belly in that last photo. My partner likes to draw on my dog while he has a pen in hand for making grocery lists.

ALSO IS THAT FOUNDATION ALL OVER MY ARMS? K LIKE SOMEONE GET ME A BIB OR SOMETHING JESUS

All Day Breakfast

I wore this tshirt (egg sequins!!!!) to work one day last week and my boss was immediately like, “YESSS GIRL GIMME THOSE EGGSSSSS, I WANT SOMMA THAT ALL-DAY BREAKFAST” because my workplace is 100% women and we’re all pretty much best friends. So thanks, my sweet little Gina, for my blog post title.

I was browsing the Asos sale section a few weeks ago when I saw these pants for TWENTY DOLLARS and they were everything I’ve been looking for in a trouser (pale pink, high waisted, grandma-y) so I, uh, bought four pairs in different sizes. Right now I’m an 18/20, so I bought an 18 and a 20. Okay. Makes sense, mostly. But then I was like, “What if they fit small???? I should probably get a 22. Just in case. But I’m also losing a bit of weight, so maybe I should get a 16??? I haven’t been a 16 since like 2012 but you never know???” And my thought process just spiralled out of control from there. So I bought four pairs. These are the 20’s and they’re big in the waist so I AM glad I got the 18’s, but the jury’s out on the other two pairs. You live and you learn and you waste money.

Top- Asos

Pants- Asos

Shoes- Keds 

Bag- Marc Jacobs (similar)

P.S, it’s been exactly one year since my baby Lola died and I just want to give her a little shout out because I miss her like crazy.

 

Peachy Keen

So, I had never heard of Uniqlo until they came to Canada a few months ago. I figured, cool, another straight sized retailer whose clothes won’t fit me. When I posted on Facebook about wanting a plain turtleneck (no lettering, no stupid cold shoulder, no boob keyhole- fat retailer’s go-tos), a bunch of people told me that Uniqlo’s XL’s are quite roomy. I tend to like my clothing quite oversized so this top is a bit small for my liking, but it does still fit. And it has their fancy Japanese heat technology~~~ to keep you super warm. Or something. Also, it was $14 so I really can’t complain.

I’m really looking forward to springggGGgg so I can wear more culotte/sandal combinations. These shoes are THE MOST COMFORTABLE pair of heels I’ve ever worn in my life. I wore them on New Years and my feet weren’t even slightly sore (uh, from what I can remember).

Top- Uniqlo 

Pants- Asos (on sale for like $25!!)

Shoes- Asos

Coat- New Look

R.I.Pped Jeans

I’m sad to report that since these photos were taken, these jeans have been tossed. R.I.P, every pun intended. Every time I wore them the giant rip (which wasn’t there when I bought them, thanks thighs) grew closer and closer to my vagina. It got to the point where when I sat down you could literally see my entire leg from my underwear to my ankle so I thought it was time to give them up.

Loving this sweater though. Even though the sleeves aren’t full length it’s super cozy and warm. It reminds me so much of a boucle jacket my mom wore all the time when I was younger (which I still have in my closet). I remember once when I was probably 13 I wore the jacket to a sleepover, and I missed her so much that I used it as a pillow because it smelled like her. CUTE. It probably doesn’t fit me anymore since my mom was pretty thin, but I still like to keep it. Having a bunch of her things around makes me miss her a little less. Last week was the 3 year anniversary of her death so it’s been a little tough.

On THAT note, hope everyone is staying warm and getting through the January blues. xo

Shoes- asos 

Jeans- Torrid (similar)

Turtleneck: Addition Elle 

Sweater: Addition Elle (similar here– men’s stuff fits larger so it’s perfect for plus size)

 

ALLIE

LOOK GUYS, I made another thing. I enjoyed making that green crop top so much that I wanted to try my hand at a duster jacket. Side note: If I ever decide to work with velvet again, please punch me in the face.

I just, really love sewing! I’m so excited that I’ve found a ‘thing’. I mean, fashion has always been my ‘thing’ but making patterns and sewing clothes is a little more specific, ya know? Not that I’m good enough to do it as a job, I’ve just started and it’s obviously just a hobby, but 24/7 all I want to do is sit at my desk, listen to an audiobook and sew. Unless I’m eating cake or something and then I’m pretty invested in the moment.

If anyone wants to know how I made the pattern, I just took a sweater that fits me loosely, laid it on the velvet fabric and lengthened it when I cut (and cut the front in half, obviously). I traced the sleeves onto the fabric as well and just sewed down the middle of the back for more structure. I added faux fur letters that I cut out and that’s it. I highly suggest checking out WithWendy on YouTube- her sewing tutorials are amazing (she she’s from Toronto like me!)

Skirt- Rue107 (similar)

Shoes (kind of a Celine vibe no??)- Asos

Crop Top- Asos but I looked EVERYWHERE online and I couldn’t find anything similar I’m sorry I’ve failed you all

Bag- Marc Jacobs

 

Frosty the Snowman

Welp, merry.. belated Christmas. I was originally going to post this look before the holidays BUT ONE OF MY CATS ormaybethedog CHEWED THROUGH MY MACBOOK CHARGER, SO. This dress is from Boohoo and I just thought it was the freaking cutest thing ever and of course it’s now like, less than half the price I paid. Cool.

Hope everyone had a very merry whatever you celebrate xo

Boots- Asos (similar)

Coat- New Look (similar)

Blend & Boost- Skincare Review

note: I was given the cream to try for free but all opinions/words are my own. also, all the before/after photos are completely unedited except for brightness and contrast.

tldr: pros and cons at the bottom 🙂

In October I was contacted by Blend and Boost, a customizable skincare brand. They only make one product: Moisturizer. The claim, however, is that it’s a moisturizer, serum, primer, and eye cream all in one because of the specific customized ‘boosters’ they add to the base. With winter coming up, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new on my very dry/combination skin.

I headed over to meet with Chris, who does PR for the company. We sat down and chatted about the brand, my skin, and what I’m looking for in a moisturizer. I then took an online quiz and my cream was on it’s way to me.

Their product is really clever- it’s a cream base (there are 5 different varieties based on your skin concerns like sensitive, oily, anti-aging, etc) and 13 different ‘boosters’- like serums with added benefits (they choose a maximum of 3 to add to your solution). Since I’m almost 27, and the media is telling me I should be terrified of getting old and saggy with every passing day, I decided on an anti-aging base. (Actually, to be fair, the company chose it for me based on my quiz results- but more on that in a bit.) I was pretty stoked because my main concerns right now, and what I was aiming to target with this customized cream, are dryness, redness, large pores and fine lines/general skin puffiness. I was expecting to be able to choose my cream base and my boosters, since no one knows my skin better than I do- but it turns out that the company chooses everything for you based on your quiz results. This disappointed me a bit because the boosters I was REALLY looking forward to trying didn’t end up in my final solution. The Defensil-Plus and the Telangyn Solution, for example, are two boosters that are proven to reduce redness, rosacea, and improve skin elasticity and hydration. However, neither of these ended up in my cream even though they basically cover everything I’m looking for. In addition, I ended up with a Light Anti-Aging Cream Base when I think the Rich Anti-Aging Cream Base would’ve been better for my skin since it’s winter and I tend to get bad dry patches.

blendandboostLA(b) refers to my Light Anti-Aging base, which claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, smooth skin texure, and provide a youthful radiant glow~~. It’s 94% natural, which I really appreciate, and contains aloe, vitamin E, acai, and hyaluronic acid (The other 4 bases will have different claims and ingredients). 5-3 refers to the two boosters they included in my cream: 5 is Snap-8 Solution C, a Botulinium toxin-inspired topical peptide. It’s basically meant to compliment and prolong the effects of Botox, which I do get once or twice a year. 3 is Hyaluronic MLSpheres which is, again, a booster to “compliment dermal filler injections and micro-needling”. So in the end, I received a light anti-aging cream base with two boosters designed to help with fine lines and prolong my Botox results. However, if I were able to choose my own solution, I would’ve chosen a different base with completely different boosters. I think it would be much better for them to suggest a solution for you when you’re done your quiz, but let you pick your own options, rather than picking everything for you.

Nonetheless, I was excited to test it out and I have been using the moisturizer every single night for a little over a month now. I’ll share some before and afters with ya.

BEFORE:

b45This little smile line that has been getting progressively deeper and more noticeable the older I get. MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE is when foundation gets stuck in it and it makes it look all crusty and cakey and beautiful. This is not one of the places I get Botox, because I’m a big baby and it would hurt, so I was interested to see if the use of an anti-aging cream would help.

b51My forehead is pretty much the only place I get Botox, both for hyperhydrosis and wrinkle-related reasons. Also it doesn’t hurt there at all. I had it done about a month before this photo was taken, which is why my forehead is basically a scary marble statue with limited expression lines.

b46The most annoying part of my skin in my opinion: large pores and cheek redness. If I was able to choose, I would’ve picked boosters that would help with those areas. However, there are fine lines and puffiness around my eye, which I was hoping my boosters would help with, since that’s what they’re meant for.

b49The last of my skin concerns: large pores/puffiness/lack of elasticity on my forehead between my eyes. I have a lot of excess skin there that will probably require a face lift when I’m old (If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of cosmetic surgery and plan to have a lot of it when I’m older. If you’re not- that’s okay too! These are just opinions about my own life and my own skin.)

After a month of using the cream religiously every night after cleansing (I rarely wash my face in the morning), I did see some results. I didn’t change any of the products I normally use just to minimize the variables, which are:

img_3539murad skin smoothing polish; neutrogena pore refining cleanser; first aid beauty intensive peel mask once a week; glossier mega greens mask twice a week; and origins drink-up intensive moisture mask on dry spots as needed. note: i’ve been using this origins mask as a night-time moisturizer for years and it’s really saved my dry skin.

AFTER:

img_3549Holy shit! There’s a huge difference in my smile line. It’s basically non-existent now and I find my foundation looks so much smoother around my mouth area. However, there is a tiny dry patch on my cheek- I get dry patches every time I don’t use a super thick moisturizer, so I wasn’t at all surprised.

img_3559The pores on my forehead actually do look a little bit smaller, and I think my expression lines are actually less noticeable than in the before photo, even though the duration between this photo and when I got Botox is longer.

img_3550I definitely think there’s been a small improvement in my eye-puffiness, specifically on the outer area. I do have another small dry patch on my cheek though, from using a thinner cream for a month. img_3571In general though, I do think my eye area looks less puffy and I do think my skin in general looks more glowy.

img_3553I didn’t see too much improvement in the texture/elasticity of the skin between my eyes on my forehead, but I’ll continue to use the cream and see what happens.

PROS:

-I did see a noticeable improvement in elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles in certain areas

-The bottle has a pump which I love because sticking my fingers in a jar of moisturizer grosses me the eff out

-The bottle is also lock-able and a brown colour, which prevents sunlight from changing the product composition over time. Fun Fact, I learned that from beer bottles.

-The process was easy and honestly quite fun, mostly because I love talking about myself and taking personal quizzes

-It arrives super quickly: on the website it says 48 hours after you take the quiz. Mine arrived in about 4 days, which I still have no complaints about.

-Everything is over 90% natural, includes peptides and antioxidants, and all the ingredients are paraben-free, fragrance-free and gluten free. I like feeling good about what’s going on my skin.

-Takes up so much less room on your counter/good for travel: it’s 3 products in 1, so you don’t need an eye cream or serum.

CONS:

-The biggest one: you can’t choose your own ingredients. Since this cream did work so well on my fine lines, I would have LOVED to see the boosters meant for pores/redness work on my skin.

-You have to order through a health-care practitioner, dermatologist or skincare expert; you can’t just do the quiz online and order it yourself.

-I’m sure there’s a good reason for it, but you can only get a maximum of 3 boosters in your cream, and I only got 2 in mine.

-The bottle is completely opaque; you can’t see through it at all, so you don’t know when you’re out of product.

Those are honestly all the cons I can think of? Overall I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, since I did enjoy the cream and what it was meant for. I would definitely consider purchasing a bottle when I run out of my current one, and tweak my survey answers a bit to make sure I get the base/boosters I’m looking for.

Thank you so much to Blend and Boost, Chris, and Blend PR for reaching out and for the opportunity to try some really good skincare.

26 year old blogger, stylist, and cat lover from toronto, canada.

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