July Favourites 2015!

Hello beautiful people!

It is officially the last day in July, and as I say at the start of every monthly favourites post, I can’t believe how fast the month has gone by!
July is my favourite month in the summer because it’s my birthday month! which means a couple of these favourites were gifts making them quite new to me (My birthday was last Sunday) but favourites nonetheless!
I had a very lovely birthday, I am a very spoiled lady! The people in my life are the most spectacular, thoughtful, and amazing humans in the world, and they have no idea how much I love and appreciate them for being a part of my life.
Anyhoo! on to the good stuff!

My first favourite is actually a pair of shoes!
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I bought these gorgeous brown leather wedges from ALDO earlier this month($90), and have been wearing them non-stop. I love the light brown colour of these, because it matches literally everything I own; whether it’s a party dress, jeans or a skirt these babies will go with it! I love the peep toe, and that from the front they almost look like little booties, but then you turn around and the back is like a sandal! these are also incredibly comfortable, and easy to wear, if you’re looking for a good summer wedge I would recommend checking these out.

My next favourite is an oldie but a goodie, I’ve had MAC Mythology eye shadow in my collection for years and I love it, but as with most beauty products, I go through phases where I just kind of forget how fabulous it is until I put it on again. July was one of those times where I applied it and thought “why did I ever stop wearing this!”
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This shadow is an incredible bronze/copper shade with flecks of copper glitter in it(but they’re not too noticeable.) It’s the perfect shadow to sweep all over the lid and then wear loads of mascara to add definition to your eyes, or you could totally add something in the crease and a bit of winged liner for a glam look!
I love this colour especially for this time of year because it really brings out the colour of my eyes, and accentuates the tiny bit of a tan that I have on my face. I feel like this eye shadow would look good on any skin tone and with any eye colour though, its just a great one to have in your collection!

You guys may remember a post I wrote a while back on Saje Natural Wellness, well this next favourite is a product that has helped get a better nights sleep for the past month.
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Sleep well restful sleep remedy has literally changed the way I sleep, it’s a blend of essential oils that you rub on the bottoms of your feet and your pulse points (wrists, neck) half an hour before you go to sleep, and it helps you have a better nights sleep. it has chamomile, lavender, marjoram and valerian root, which are all very calming and soothing oils. They absorb slowly throughout the night and help you to stay asleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and rested. I definitely notice a difference in the way I feel after a month of using this, if you have a Saje near you, and you find you don’t get a good nights sleep I would say try this out (their website ships internationally)!

The next two were actually both gifts from my best friend Amber, and I literally shrieked with joy when I opened them!
First is the Becca with Jaclyn Hill shimmering skin perfector in Champagne Pop!
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This is quite literally the most gorgeous highlighter I have ever used in my life. As the name would suggest, it’s a champagne colour, but the formulation is so luxurious and buttery, it actually feels like you’re touching velvet. Not to mention that this adds the most gorgeous glow to your skin, like Jlo glow, I’ve gotten so many compliments on my complexion since I starting wearing this! It is limited edition, so if you can get your hands on one I would highly suggest it! I will definitely be trying to get a back up ASAP! (Thank you Amber!!!)

This one was probably the most exciting for me because I had been whining to Amber for months that I wanted it, and just recently Charlotte Tilbury became available in Canada, so Amber being the bestie she is, went out and picked up the Film Star Bronze and Glow for me!
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Can we just take a second to appreciate the beauty that is this duo?
Alright – this is a product that is 100% worth the hype, not only is the packaging rose gold and adorable – but the products themselves are heavenly. The sculpt shade is the perfect contour and or bronzer shade because the tiny amount of shimmer that’s in it doesn’t come up on the skin too much, and it’s got just the right balance of grey and muddy tones that you can use it for both! The highlight shade is a pale gold and accentuates the high points of my face like no ones business. With this duo you can literally become a goddess (or at least feel like one) I have been wearing this non-stop and I feel like a million bucks! I know this is pricey, but I would suggest saving and splurging because everyone needs this in their lives.

Last but not least is my birthday gift to myself, and it has a bit of a back story. In Canada, you have to be 18 to get a tattoo without an adult, so for my 18th birthday I went out and got my first one( it’s a little peace sign on my foot). Then, on my 19th and 20th I went out and got my second and third! So can you guess what I got myself this year? tattoo number four! Although I did take a four year break before this one.
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I absolutely love this tattoo, because reading is such a massive part of my life and always has been. My parents made a point to read to my sisters and I, and always gave us books when we were growing up, they encouraged us to read on our own and choose books that peaked out interests. To this day I believe that I have the creativity and imagination that I do because my parents gave me so many books. Sometimes I just feel like reality is just so boring compared to the thousand lives I lived in the pages of my favourite novels.
To this day I am still a massive book worm, and so are my sisters and my parents, which is why I got 5 books, because there’s 5 of us.
To be honest, my family is not big on tattoos, but this one was so important to me.
(sorry to anyone in my family that disapproves & may be reading this, love you)

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

The Body Shop Tea Tree Body Wash Review

Hello beautiful people!
How has your week been going so far? hopefully you’ve all been doing exciting things, and enjoying July to the fullest! I cannot believe we’re already at the end of the month! Where is the summer going?! Although I do love the end of July because my birthday is the 26th!

Now speaking of summer, despite the lovely weather, clothes and food; there are a few things about the hotter weather I don’t enjoy. Bugs, humidity and worst of all getting back and shoulder pimples.
Not the cutest subject, I know, but it’s something that I suffer with, especially in the summer time because I’m sweating more often. It really bums me out, because I want to wear dresses and tops with no sleeves – but I feel self conscious about my back/shoulder break outs, so this summer I finally decided to go out and try to find something to help with my problem.

The Body Shop Tea Tree body wash is literally a god send, I’ve been using this for about 2 and a half weeks and let me tell you, I’ve been wearing strappy tops like no ones business! this body wash has helped clear up my back and shoulders so fast, I can’t even explain.
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I use this only on my shoulders and back when I’m in the shower (and use a different wash for the rest of me) but every time I use it my break outs look smaller, less red, it’s even helped reduce some of the scarring I had on my back! It smells pleasant like tea tree oil, and doesn’t foam up too much which I like – I just use this with my hands and run it along my shoulders and then sort of contort myself and hope I don’t slip and fall in the shower while I try to get my whole back haha!

I did notice a bit of a worse break out period when I first starting using this, for about the first week, but I figured my skin was just purging toxins so I stuck it out for another week and I’m so glad I did! This product is so effective and so affordable! I believe it’s only about $13! you can’t go wrong with that!
If you suffer with break outs anywhere on your body, I would definitely suggest giving this body wash a try!

Until next time my loves
xoxo
-Lo

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Product Empties!

Hello beautiful people, and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend, and that you’re spending today relaxing.

I recently ran out a few products and thought it was as good a time as any to write an empties post! These are all things I love and would definitely re-purchase (if I haven’t already) after I go through the products I’m using now.

First are the Living Proof PHD (perfect hair day) shampoo and conditioner, honestly these are the best I’ve ever used. My hair feels healthier, softer, stronger and less damaged! They are very pricey at $30 each, but they’re formulated so that you don’t have to wash your hair as often, and if I’m being totally honest, I only wash my hair twice a week anyway so I find they last me quite a while. If you’re the kind of person who has to wash their hair everyday, these may not be for you – or you could buy them and only use them once or twice a week to give your hair a bit of a treatment. These in combination with the PHD 5-in-1 leave in treatment has literally transformed my thin and damaged hair, so I think it goes without saying that I’ve already re-purchased these babies.
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Next is the Origins A Perfect World moisturizer. This is a great, light weight day time moisturizer that I’ve probably been using for about 2 years – its got white tea in it which is full of anti-oxidants, and it protects your skin from the free radicals in the polluted air. It’s very hydrating, with a nice scent and make up blends seamlessly over it, right now I’m using a Kate Somerville cream because I wanted to try something new, but I will definitely be re-purchasing this eventually.
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Another Origins product I ran out of shortly after the moisturizer is the Gin-zing eye cream. This a great one for puffiness and dark circles. It’s formulated with caffeine to really help brighten and tighten, and the cream itself has a bit of a shimmer to it which creates a glow that makes you look more awake. I’m using the Origins Eye Doctor cream at the moment for night and day, but I may re-purchase this for the fall when my dark circles tend to get a little worse.
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This next one is a bit boring, but we all need body-wash right? The Aveeno hydrating body wash is a really nice one. It left my skin feeling soft, hydrating and smelling really nice, I also found that the bottle was a lot larger than the average one you find in the drugstore, so it seemed to last me longer. I’m not sure that I’ll re-purchase this anytime soon, just because I tend to just buy what’s on sale.
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The Kiehl’s Calendula foaming cleanser is a product that I’ve already re-purchased because I find it agrees very well with my skin. It doesn’t dry me out or irritate me, and it’s gentle enough that I can use it with my clarisonic. If you have combination – oily skin I would recommend giving this a try, the calendula extract in it actually has healing properties, so if you suffer from break outs the cleanser alone can help with them – I noticed a big difference in my skin when I started using this!
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The final product is definitely the one I’m most upset to be out of, the Glam Glow Supermud clearing treatment is by far the best detoxifying mask I’ve ever used. I was lucky enough to find this pot on sale at winners, because other wise this stuff is super expensive (although, my birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping to get some Sephora gift cards) but either way I will definitely be picking up another one, because I think my skin would suffer without it. If you haven’t used this before, you absolutely need to, it makes a difference in your skin in one use, and the pot lasts you a long time because you only need a very thin layer all over your face – you can even use it as a spot treatment for bad blemishes and pimples.
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Those are all my empties for now, let me know if you’ve used some of these products or if you want to see more of these posts.
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

My Go To Summer Make Up Look

Hello beautiful people! And Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

You lovelies may notice a slight change in the look of my blog, I added a few custom touches to give Laauraborealis a little make over! Let me know in the comments what you think!

As we are now officially into summer, I thought I’d show you guys the make-up look I’ve been wearing quite a lot recently. It’s got a nice radiant complexion, with gold eyes and pink cheeks! what more could you ask for in summer time?

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For my healthy glowing complexion I used:
My NARS Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Mont Blanc (which apparently didn’t make it into this picture! woops)
Rimmel match perfection concealer in Ivory for blemishes
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in fair neutral for under the eyes
Anastasia Dip Brow in Soft brown for my eyebrows
Sleek contour kit in light to contour my cheekbones
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer to add a little bit of colour to my face
Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour blush in the shade Crush for the apples of my cheeks
Becca shimmering skin perfector in Moonstone to add that gorgeous glow to the tops of my cheeks
Rimmel Stay Matte powder (Obviously) to get rid of shine in unwanted places!

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For my eyes I used:
Smashbox 15 hour wear cream eye shadow in the shade Riches
Urban Decay eye shadow in the shade Half Baked – which is my all time favourite gold eye shadow
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper for some winged liner (Again, not photographed here, oopsiesx2)
Covergirl Lash Bloom Mascara to give my lashes some volume and length
Of course my trusty Clinique bottom lash mascara

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Finally for my lips I used:
Fresh tinted lip balm in the shade Berry
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The finished look turned out glowing and fresh with a little bit of edge from the winged liner, which is exactly the kind of look I love to wear in the hotter months!

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Let me know what kind of look you like to wear for the summer in the comments! and also don’t forget to hit all the good buttons and follow the Laauraborealis Facebook page!

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo