Let’s talk about Mental Health

Hello beautiful people!
I debated long and hard about writing this post, but I think it’s about time I talk about this.
Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, which is a beautiful campaign that Bell has created where they donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every text, tweet and Facebook post sent with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.

This blog has always been a wonderful way for me to talk about my love of all things beauty, but today we’re going to go beyond the surface and take a deeper look.
I have Anxiety. I’ve struggled with it on and off my whole life, sometimes being able to manage it, and sometimes, especially lately, not so much.
Anxiety is different for everyone who struggles with it, which is why I think it’s so difficult for other people to empathize or understand, but the one thing I can tell you is that it is not something that can just be turned off. 
“Just don’t worry” and “It’s all in your head” are not sentences that can be rationalized, no matter how much you wish they could be. It’s literally like being a slave to your own thoughts, and having no control over how you feel – and it is terrifying.
I recently hit a point where I could no longer do it by myself, my coping mechanisms had failed me and I became a prisoner to my own brain.
I have never felt so lost in my entire life, the hopelessness of feeling like who I was as a person was completely stripped away, and all that was left was some anxious mess I didn’t recognize was too much.
I didn’t want to turn to anyone for help because it’s not something that’s openly talked about, and I’d always been able to manage it on my own. I didn’t want anyone to tell me just to “get over it” or “stop thinking about it”, so I let it build and build, and had panic attack after panic attack until it broke me.
I finally asked for help. Asking for help was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but it’s also the proudest I’ve ever been of myself. There is no shame in asking for help! I had some incredible people who supported me through it – friends and family, which made it a little easier to be brave. When I was in a moment of being ashamed of myself for needing help my sister said to me “Do you feel ashamed when you get a cold? no. Because it’s not something you can help” Nothing will ever resonate with me the way that did – it was like a lightbulb went off and I found a courage in myself I thought I’d lost. There is nothing wrong with needing a little help in life, you just have to BE BRAVE!
I understand feeling completely alone, and I understand feeling like no one could possibly grasp what’s going on in your head, but you need to remember that you are not alone!
I’ve finally managed to put the pieces of myself back together, alone, and with the support of the people who love me, but I know that this is something the will continue to effect me. The difference is that I’ve also learned that my Anxiety does not define me, this is not who I am – it’s just a part of me that I need to work on by myself, and with help, and hopefully over time it wont be a part of me at all.
The stigma that surrounds all aspects of mental health makes it incredibly difficult to reach out and find the help that works for you, whether it’s seeking medication, talking to a therapist or even just talking to a friend. we need to end this stigma so that anyone with struggles can feel supported instead of criticized, we need to educate people to show compassion instead of judgement.
My journey has been tough, and continues to be tough, but I am lucky enough to have love and strength within the people in my life to begin coming out of it. Everyone should have that opportunity, everyone should be able to talk about their mental health whether or not they have struggles – but really, who are we kidding? we all have struggles. We just need to show kindness to one another instead of throwing out words like “crazy”.
Just remember, no matter what you’re walking through, or where you’re at in your journey, YOU ARE NOT ALONE and YOU ARE NOT CRAZY.
I am here for any of you that may want someone to talk to, I can’t guarantee that I’ll say the right things, but you’ll know you’re not alone, which is so important! Let’s end the stigma, and love one another.

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

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The Best of Beauty

Hello Everyone,

This is just a small thank you for all of the support and the amazing response I have had, I have been blogging for nearly a year now, and I am so grateful that it has come this far and I am able to share my opinions and new updates in the beauty world with you.

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Quick update – post coming soon! 

Hello beautiful people,

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA the past few weeks, but I started my job as a gardener again, and it’s taken me a while to adjust my sleeping habits and body to working again! 

But! Don’t fret because I have a few posts written that will be coming your way very shortly! 

Miss you beauties! 

Until next time,

Xoxo

-Lo 

My Top 14 beauty favourites of 2014

Hello beautiful people!
As I was going through my news feed, I noticed a lot of other bloggers writing this post, and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and write my own top 14 beauty products of 2014!
I kept it strictly make-up, because my skin and hair care stayed pretty much the same through 2014.

These are in no particular order, and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while they probably won’t be a surprise to you!

One: The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
This was probably one of my most reached for palettes in 2014. It was such an incredible addition to the naked range with all the gorgeous rose shades.
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Two: Estee Lauder double wear foundation
If you’re looking for a stay-in-place full coverage foundation this baby is a good one to pick up. I wore this quite a lot last year, and I will definitely be re-purchasing it! My only quam with it, is that you pretty much need to wash your face twice to get it off completely, but the coverage and pay off is well worth it!
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Three: NARS radiant creamy concealer
This concealer has officially made it into the holy-grail category. I could not live without this in my collection, it is the best concealer I’ve ever used – I use this under my eyes and on blemishes. It covers without creasing and stays in place, a tube also lasts me quite a while.
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Four: The Urban Decay naked lip glosses
These are so hydrating and only slightly sticky. I was surprised at how long these lasted on my lips; they add a slight wash of colour over the lips and smell slightly minty. I was constantly reaching for these last year, and have one in my purse and one in my vanity.
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Five: The Tanya Burr lip glosses
As you guys know she’s my favourite YouTuber, so when I saw that her glosses ship to Canada I jumped at the chance to order a couple. Again they are super hydrating with good pigmentation and they smell like strawberries and cream!
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Six: Anastasia dip brow
This is a recent addition, but it has literally transformed my eye brows.  You need to be relatively light handed when applying this, but once you get the hang of it you’ll never want to use anything else. It doesn’t smudge or wipe off, it keeps your brow hairs in place, and it allows you to shape your brows and fill in sparse areas easily.
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Seven: Hourglass ambient blushes
These babies are awesome, the leave the most gorgeous and natural glow to your cheeks. They have a shade to suit every skin tone, they blend out so well and the pigmentation is incredible.
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Eight: Too faced Chocolate bar & and semi-sweet chocolate bar palettes
Obviously the semi-sweet palette is a relatively new purchase but, it deserves a spot alongside its partner in crime. Both of these palettes are beautiful additions to anyone’s collections, the shadows are so pigmented and buttery, the blend out like magic and smell delicious.
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Nine: Flower beauty foundation
I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with this the past few weeks. If my skin is looking really clear this buffs on beautifully, but if I have blemishes or dry spots, it has a tendency to cling to the dry skin. But as I said when my skin was in good condition I was reaching for it a lot, so it still has a place in to my top 14.
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Ten: Too faced better than sex mascara
This is one of my best mascara’s I’ve ever used. It separates my lashes beautifully while adding incredible volume, the only thing is that it flakes after a few hours of wear, but worth it for the effect it gives, and I really don’t mind having to wipe away a few flakes when I have the sexiest eye lashes around!
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Eleven: Kat von D tattoo liner
Again this is definitely a holy-grail product for me. I actually won’t use any other liner, because my wings just don’t come out as well. Honestly, the brush is what makes this product. It’s the only pen liner I know of that doesn’t have a foam tip applicator; it actually has individual brush hairs which allows for a perfect line every time. I recommend this to every single person I know, it’s so easy to use and the formulation is the best.
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Twelve: Ardell individual medium length lashes
I only recently got into using falsies, but I find these so easy to apply. I’ve been wearing a few of them for a nice every day look, and building up lots for a night out. I can see why people get addicted to wearing lashes every day, when I go a few days wearing these and then go without, I feel like I have no eye lashes! These are also incredibly cheap; it’s around $5 for a pack which lasts me a couple of months since I re-use the lashes.
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Thirteen: L’Oreal  collection privee lipstick in Julianne’s nude
This lipstick has definitely been in my purse since I bought it, it’s the perfect every day, my lips but better colour. It adds a little extra something without too much pigment, and I don’t need a mirror or a lip liner with this product. It smells like roses and vanilla which is lovely, and it has such a creamy and smooth formula without bleeding too much.
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Fourteen: Bite cashmere lip cream
This formulation is so good! It stays in place beautifully, and it’s matte without being too drying. I do find if I wear it a couple of days in a row my lips can get a bit chapped, but it’s nothing a little balm can’t remedy. I love the shade that I have for winter but, I definitely want to pick up some brighter colours for spring and summer.
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Those are my top 14 beauty products of 2014! I can’t wait to see what new launches 2015 has to offer! Let me know in the comments what some of your beauty favourites were last year!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

First impressions : Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Hello beautiful people! I have a quick first impressions post for you today. I was in Sephora a few days ago with my mom and one of the 100 point perks was the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara in the sample size, I’ve heard a lot of different things about this product but couldn’t justify spending 30$ on a mascara so I was super excited to give it a try using some of my Beauty Insider points!
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I do really like this mascara, I find it separates my lashes and coats them really evenly in product, it’s also lengthening and volumizing and doesn’t clump very much when you build it up!
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The only down side is that it does flake after a few hours and it prints on your upper brow bone as well, but that’s easily wiped away! so all in all I’m really impressed with this mascara and may pick up the full sized if I can get around the price!
Let me know if you guys have tried this and what you think of it! Is it worth the price?!

Stay tuned for my birthday make up look and outfit! Because tomorrow I turn 23!!
Don’t forget all the good buttons and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Until next time,
xoxo
– Lo

50 Facts About Me!

Hello beautiful people! Today’s post is going to be a little different because I want you guys to get to know me a little more and see the kind of things we have in common! I also just really love reading these kinds of posts so here are 50 random facts about me!

1. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and have never loved a place more
2. I have 2 older sisters and they also happen to be two of my best friends
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3. I am a huge geek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, name it – I love it!
4. I studied horticulture in College
5. The day Sephora came to Canada was one of the happiest days of my life
6. One of my favourite things to do is curl up with a book and a cup of tea
7. I’m afraid of lawn gnomes and clowns – they just creep me out
8. I am a crazy cat lady, I LOVE cats
9. I’ve loved to play with make-up for as long as I can remember – I used to eat my mom’s lipsticks as a baby
10. I collect shot glasses
11. The beatles are my favourite band – it’s a bit of an obsession
12. I love to do crosswords
13. I have 3 tattoos which I absolutely love
14. Tanya Burr is my favourite YouTube beauty guru, I feel like I’ve learned so much from her
15. I’ve been to 3 European Countries and really want to visit more
16. I have a pretty big record collection and prefer to listen to music on vinyl
17. Orchids, Peonies and forget me nots are my favourite flowers
18. I love candy, I have the sweet tooth of a 6 year old
19. Gilmore girls is and forever will be my favourite TV show
20. I have to fall asleep with the TV on or I can’t get to sleep
21. I’ve lived in the same house my entire life
22. My sister and I were born 2 years and 1 day apart, so my birthday is the day after hers!
23. I wish magic was a real thing
24. I hate tomatoes and onions
25. I love playing board games
26. The first NARS product I ever bought was the blush ‘Super Orgasm’ and I still have it
27. If I could go back in time to any generation I think it would be either the 20’s or the 60’s – the 20’s for fashion and the 60’s for music
28. I love to bake and I’m actually pretty good at is 
29. I love to read, I’m a total book worm
30. I had my tonsils out when I was 8 years old, and 5 years later I found out they grew back!
31. I’ve never had a cavity!
32. I used to have really unflattering and aggressive side bangs
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33. I didn’t like horror movies until I started dating Carmen and he made me watch them! Now I love them
34. If I drive by a really secluded woody area I assume there’s probably a body there somewhere because I watch so many crime scene type shows
35. I think Netflix is one of the best things ever
36. Christmas is my favourite Holiday/time of year. I am that annoying person who starts to get excited about Christmas in like august which is around when I start listening to carols
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37. I am very, very clumsy
38. I love coffee
39. I’m 22 years old and sometimes my dad still makes my lunch for me to take to work
40. I met Carmen in Kindergarten!
41. I’ve worn glasses since I was 13
42. Zooey Deschanel, Diane Keaton and Kate Hudson are some of my favourite actresses
43. I can’t whistle
44. I still have my childhood blanket tucked away in a secret place
45. I went to band camp two summers in a row – no it’s not like the movies
46. I break my toes a lot
47. I have never had brain freeze
48. I got pneumonia in Paris when I was 15 on a school trip
49. I have the sense of humour of a 12 year old boy which I share with my sister
50. My second toe is longer than my big toe

There they are 50 facts about me! Let me know in the comments some facts about you! Don’t forget to hit the good buttons and I hope you guys have a fantastic week!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette review!

Hello beautiful people! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of good people and good times 
It was Mother’s Day weekend here in Toronto so I spent my weekend doing lots of family stuff including going to a soap making workshop with my mom which was a ton of fun! Did you guys do anything exciting this weekend whether it was with your mom or not? Let me know in the comments what you got up to!

So as a make-up addict I am a frequent visitor to the Sephora website which I’m sure some of you can relate to. As I was scrolling through the site I came across the new Kat Von D Monarch eye shadow palette which is one of two new palettes the other has more purples and blues. Now I have a few of the Kat Von D palettes already and I really enjoy the formulation and pigmentation but something about this caught my eye and I decided I had to have it, so obviously I ordered it, it was a bit pricey at $55 but in my opinion totally worth the money.

When it came in the mail I was super excited to open it up and start playing and let me tell you I was not disappointed! This palette is incredible! It has 3 big base shadows, one is a matte creamy colour, the second is a shimmery beige colour and the third is also beige and shimmery with bigger glitter particles in it which are so buttery and lovely!
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Sorry if you can’t really see these swatches! I’m really pale!
from left to right they are called:Tiny Death (Matte), Telepathy (shimmer), Entomology (shimmer&glitter)
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The nine shades that come underneath the big three completely make the palette, these shadows have the most incredible pigmentation and feel, they are silky and smooth and blend like heaven. There’s a combination of mattes and shimmer in a great variety of neutrals, the combinations are endless!
If you are a neutral lover and you like to play with them I would 100% suggest you get this palette because it’s become one of my favourites incredibly fast.

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from left to right they’re called: deadhead, shadowbox, disintegration, vanish, Delaney, killing jar, summerfly, papilio, wrath. You can really tell the depth of the pigmentation since wrath is covering my tattoo up pretty well!

I’ve been using these shadows non-stop since I got it, whether I’m going out or just doing a simple everyday look I reach for this palette. I’ve been using disintegration a lot as it’s a great colour for spring, it’s a nice gold but not too yellow for my pale complexion as you can see here 
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Honestly I could go on and on and on about this thing but you guys would get sick of reading so I digress, as I said before if you’re a neutral fan, or you’re just starting to get into make-up and you’re looking for a good starter palette I would suggest this because it is amazing and you can create as many different looks as you want that suit all skin tones which I think makes this a great value for your money.

Don’t forget to hit all my favourite buttons and leave me a comment if there’s a post you want me to do next!
you guys are the best!
Until next time, xoxo
-Lo