Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Givenchy Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge Swatches of All Shades
Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) was launched in 2014 and is one of those formulas that seems like a bit of an incredibly well-kept secret... It's creamy, highly pigmented, silky and lightweight on the lips and extremely long-wearing. When you also consider the colour range, which is so on point, it's clear that Le Rouge should be high up on most people's lists of top lipstick formulas. So, if you're new to Givenchy and either haven't heard of Le Rouge or have been hesitating to give it a go, I hope this post will arm you (no pun intended, but actually kind of) with enough information to try it out. I'm pretty sure you'll be pleasantly surprised with what you find ;)

FYI, Temptalia's Le Rouge lip swatches are here and her full summary is here, which may help you in your decision-making as well!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Swatches of All Shades

Dior launched its Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($31.50 for 0.12 oz.) formula in April of 2014, touting it as delivering the high-impact colour and long-wear of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss in a weightless formula. The formula has a staining effect, especially with the darker colours, which I particularly love as it effectively provides even longer "staying power" once the product itself has worn off the lips. I took swatches in both direct sunlight, which shows the insane brightness of many of the colours, as well as in indirect sunlight, which shows more the more subdued side of each shade. Enjoy!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dior Rouge Dior

Rouge Dior Swatches of All Shades

Rouge Dior ($35.00) is Dior's classic, full coverage, luminous, satin finish lipstick. Below are swatches of all the shades in the permanent line-up! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dior Holiday 2015 Makeup: Diorific Vernis, Lipsticks and Couture Palette Swatches & Review

Dior Holiday 2015 Makeup Swatches and Review Nail Polishes and Couture Palette in Smoky

Dior's Holiday 2015 makeup collection, State of Gold, has been a bit wonky in its debut this year...the launch date said November, and it popped up on Dior's website relatively early, but let's be honest, none of us order directly from the website. Then it showed up very predictably online at Nordstrom...however, my local Saks randomly got nail polishes and lipsticks first (like a couple weeks ago), as did Sephora. But the palettes and other items are just now coming in...so today I've got swatches of most of the Diorific lipsticks, nail polishes and one of the Holiday Couture palettes! I should have the rest of the collection swatched by early next week. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Swatches

Armani released a new lip product at the end of the summer called the Ecstasy Lacquers, which are SO BEAUTIFUL it's insane. I am obviously late to the party, but anyway, their formula is similar to the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks - a highly pigmented, incredibly glossy and reflective, full-coverage lipgloss-lipstick hybrid. The main difference that I noted between the Ecstasy Lacquers and the Fluid Sticks is that some of the Ecstasy Lacquers have the most incredible, complex, gorgeous, to-die-for shimmer. Also, they have a serious staining quality (which I love). I swatched these on my arm and wiped them off with makeup remover about 10 minutes later. My arm was stained for 24 hrs! Right then, on to swatches!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Herbal Chai Tea Latte

Herbal Chai Tea Latte Recipe for Mormons Word of Wisdom

Chai lattes have been an obsession of mine ever since I had my first sometime in high school, from Starbucks of course. Ever since I became a Mormon, I've been on a quest to recreate my beloved Chai latte using an herbal chai blend instead of a traditional black tea-based chai (Mormons don't drink true teas or coffee). For anyone else craving a sweet, spicy, incredibly delicious, herbal chai latte, I thought I'd share some of my favourite herbal chai blends as well as my herbal chai concentrate recipe that you can make ahead and use throughout the week to whip up a quick iced or hot chai latte at a moment's notice!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Everlane Silk Short Sleeve Crew Blouse Review


Everlane recently added a few items to their extensive collection of silk blouses, namely, the silk short sleeve crew and the silk long sleeve tee. I recently took the plunge and ordered a few pieces, along with the silk short sleeve crew in burgundy, and I've taken the liberty of writing up a review for anyone else considering buying it who might want to see it in action!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Soho Eats: Egg Shop, Ceci-Cela & The Butcher's Daughter

Egg Shop NYC review

It's a very well known fact that SoHo is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in New York City, and where beauty goes, food follows. I just coined that phrase, and it's 100% true. Anyway, SoHo is chock full of perfect little cafes, bistros and various other sorts of eateries, serving an incredibly eclectic array of delicious fare from almost every corner of the earth imaginable. When my friends and I were there recently, we stopped off at a few choice spots, so of course I thought I'd be nice and share them with you!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chanel Holiday 2015 Rouge Noir Collection: Swatches & Review

Chanel Holiday 2015 Makeup Collection Swatches & Review

The Chanel Holiday 2015 Collection has finally arrived at counters! Swatches of everything except the quad after the jump! Find my full FOTD here!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Everlane Shoes: Chelsea Boot, Leather Street Shoe & Modern Loafer Review

Everlane Room Service Shoes Review Chelsea Boot Leather Street Shoe Modern Loafer

Everlane Room Service Shoes Review Chelsea Boot Leather Street Shoe Modern Loafer

This week, Everlane hosted a Room Service event at the Ace Hotel in New York City in order to showcase its gorgeous, high quality, incredibly well-curated shoe collection. I have been in love with Everlane and almost everything it produces since I stumbled upon it a year or so ago, so when I got the email about the event, I knew I had to go! *Update 02/08/15: To see Everlane's newly released Ankle Boots in both the Modern and Street styles, see my post here!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Swatches of All Shades!

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Swatches

YOU GUYS. Here they are. Lip swatches of the entire lineup of Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks. Swatch heaven after the jump!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chanel Rouge Allure Collection (New for Fall 2015)

Chanel Rouge Allure collection new for Fall 2015

Chanel has released a capsule collection between its Fall and Holiday makeup collections. The collection is called 'Rouge Allure' and features lip products under the 'Rouge Allure' name, as well as coordinating products like lipliners and nail polishes. Some of the products are re-promotes of permanent colours, but there are a couple new gems to check out. Swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chanel Rouge Allure Swatches of All Shades

Chanel Rouge Allure Swatches All Shades

Happy Tuesday everyone! I've got swatches of all the current shades of Chanel's Rouge Allure formula. I'm working on lip swatches of all the Rouge Cocos, which I'm hoping to update this post with by the end of the week. Maybe by the end of next week I'll have lip swatches of the Rouge Allures for you as well! Xx

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Kitchen: New Painted Cabinets & Walls

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (walls) Chantilly Lace (cabinets)

So I recently repainted the walls, cabinets and table base in the kitchen and added hardware to the cabinets...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guerlain Holiday 2015 Swatches & Review

guerlain holiday 2015 swatches and review

AHHHHHHHH Guerlain's Holiday 2015 collection has hit counters, and it's even more beautiful in person than it is in the press photos. Swatches and review after the jump!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Swatches of All Shades

Chanel Rouge Coco Swatches of All Shades

Earlier this year, Chanel re-formulated and re-launched its trademark Rouge Coco formula in an exciting new collection. The new Rouge Cocos are characterized by a semi-sheer to almost opaque formula that has a shiny (but not glossy) finish. The formula lends a naturally juicy, healthy and plump look to lips as a result of the shiny finish and the micro-shimmer that is present in most colours. I personally prefer the more opaque shades, because I have naturally pigmented lips, so less pigmented shades tend to blur together on me. Swatches & more analysis after the jump!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Framed Prints with DIY Gold Frames in Our Bedroom

By Georgia Grace Bedroom Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

I finally finished a project that I've been working on on-and-off for awhile: framing the three Benjamin Chee Chee prints that AJ and I bought on our Valentine's getaway to Montreal! I made these DIY gilt gold frames and ordered custom cut mats - it cost me about $80 to make all 3 frames, which was the price of just one frame (which had too chunky and poor quality moulding for my tastes) that I was quoted at Michael's. I'll have a DIY tutorial for these up in the next couple of days, but couldn't wait to show you what the finished product looks like. I couldn't be happier with the result - they are exactly what I envisioned and really make the space above our bed look so much more polished and cheerful!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Chanel Infiniment Illuminating Powder, Vibration and Golden Sun Swatches, Review & FOTD

Chanel Infiniment, Vibration and Golden Sun Swatches and Review

I have exciting news for U.S.-based Chanel-lovers! The previously Asia-exclusive Infiniment Illuminating Powder and the two accompanying Joues Contraste blushes in Vibration and Golden Sun have been released in the U.S.!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Swatches, Review & FOTD

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review and Swatches

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette ($80 for 0.30 oz.) for Holiday 2015 has finally arrived! I think you can order it at Sephora at the moment if you're a VIB... Here's my review along with swatches - enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dior Addict Limited Edition Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Dior Addict Nail Polish Swatches and Review

This fall, Dior reformulated and relaunched its iconic Dior Addict Lipstick range (swatched & reviewed here), and along with the release were included four gorgeous, limited edition nail polishes. I've saved my favourites for both first and last...swatches after the jump!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads Swatches of All Shades

Chanel Tisse Rivoli Swatches

I've finally gotten around to swatching Chanel's entire range of Les 4 Ombres Tisses quads, including a currently available limited edition quad called Tisse Jazz from Chanel's Blue Rhythm de Chanel collection (full review & swatches here; FOTD here).


Dior Addict Lipstick Re-Launch Swatches & Review

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone! I've got swatches for you today of the re-formulated and newly re-launched Dior Addict Lipsticks!! Find the detailed review plus swatches of the four gorgeous, sparkly Le Vernis colours which have been released for a limited time along with the collection here! Also find swatches of the newly reformulated Dior Addict Ultra Gloss formula here and here!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blue Rhythm de Chanel Swatches & Review

Blue Rhythm de Chanel Swatches and Review

Blue Rhythm de Chanel Swatches and Review

This September, Chanel is releasing a gorgeous capsule collection called Blue Rhythm de Chanel, which I had no idea about until Fran, my beautiful and sweet local Saks rep, emailed me with a heads up about it! Following are swatches of the entire collection - enjoy! 

See here for my FOTD with Tisse Jazz and other items from this collection!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Swatches

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Swatches

I can't believe it's been 6 years since Chanel first launched the innovative and frequently imitated Illusion d'Ombre formula! Following are swatches of all the permanent shades of Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadow formula, with some limited edition shades thrown in as well which are still floating around online and at counters!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chanel Fall 2015 Makeup Entrelacs Palette Review, Swatches & Tutorial

chanel fall 2015 makeup review and swatches entrelacs

I'm so excited to share the look from Chanel's Fall 2015 Makeup collection campaign, which Daniel, one of Chanel's elite National Makeup Artists, created on me using the Les 5 Ombres de Chanel palette in Entrelacs. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Swatches & Comparisons

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Swatches Comparisons

Here's my initial posting of swatches of the entire range of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks, which was originally launched in 2011 and continues to be built out with new seasonal-to-permanent releases today! The latest shade released is La Bouleversante from the Chanel Fall 2015 collection. More photos & individual reviews coming soon!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dior Fall 2015 Swatches & Review: Fluid Shadows Univers & Phenix, DiorBlush Rosewood, Rouge Dior Continental

I've created a look with some of my favourite products from the Dior Fall 2015 Cosmopolite makeup collection... following are photos of the full look and swatches of the products that I used!

Dior Fall 2015 Swatches: Miroir, Darling Blue, Metropolis, Cosmopolite

Dior Metropolis Swatches

The Dior Vernis shades for the Fall 2015 Collection are incredibly unique and stunning...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dior Fall 2015 Cosmopolite Collection: Swatches & Review

Dior Fall 2015 Makeup Swatches and Review

Following are swatches and a review of Dior's Fall 2015 Cosmopolite Collection, sans the Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder and two Dior Addict Fluid Shadows. 

Tulum: Cenote Dos Ojos

I have to start this off by saying that my experience at Dos Ojos Cenote was hands down, unequivocally the most literally awesome (in the original and truest sense of the word) experience of my life. 

These two freshwater, sinkholes swallowed up in cool, cavernous sedimentary rock, hidden away from the world, are absolutely other-worldly, and the experience of plunging into the crystal clear blue and being the only soul dipping and diving through such gorgeous water was nothing other than sublime.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Swatches

Chanel Blush Swatches of All Shades

Keep reading for swatches of Chanel's entire permanent line-up of Joues Contraste blush - including Alezane from the Fall 2015 Les Automnales Collection!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chanel Fall 2015 Review: Alezane, Rouge Gorge & New Moon

Chanel Fall 2015 Makeup Swatches Review and FOTD

Chanel's Fall 2015 makeup collection, Les Automnales, recently arrived at my local Saks - I picked up a the items that I was particularly enamoured with. Hope these swatches and reviews are helpful!

Chanel Fall 2015 Nail Polish: Ecorce Sanguine, Vert Obscur & Chataigne

Chanel Ecorce Sanguine Fall 2015 Nail Polish Swatches and Review

As I mentioned in my recent swatches and overview of Chanel's Fall 2015 Makeup Collection Les Automnales (with swatches of the entire collection!), I was unexpectedly blown away by all of the Le Vernis shades! Below is my detailed review of the three limited edition polishes: Ecorce Sanguine, Vert Obscur and Chataigne. 

Chanel Fall 2015 Collection Swatches & Review: Les Automnales

Chanel Fall 2015 Les Automnales Swatches of All Products

I was recently at my local Saks and was really pleasantly surprised to find that they had received the entire Chanel Fall 2015 makeup collection...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Villa Porro Pirelli

When I was a little girl, there was an advertisement in Town & Country magazine of a Maserati Granturismo pulling into the long, pebbled, Cypress-lined driveway of a rambling villa tucked away in the Italian hills...ever since then, I've always dreamed of hiding away in a villa just like that one, and just a short while ago, I got to do just that!

Villa Porro Pirelli is an 18th century Italian villa nestled into the hills outside of Varese that's been converted to a little luxury hotel. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NYC Eating Guide: FP Patisserie, UES

Francois Payard (FP) Patisserie is a perfect little place for breakfast, coffee or a spot of tea located right across the street from Maison Kayser on 3rd Ave. between 74th and 75th on the east side of the street. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Arriving in Tulum

For our anniversary this year, we decided we would try to get out of town for a few days...and our originally modest plans eventually somehow turned into a five day escape to Tulum, Mexico, which in retrospect was the. best. decision. EVER.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What Is It Like When Two Mormons Get Married and One Person's Family Isn't Mormon?

The title of this post is structured purposefully to emulate Thomas Nagel's seminal work in the field of Philosophy of Mind "What is it like to be a bat?" My purposes in writing this are several: (1) to honestly share about the nature of my experience in the most public way I can think of, which gives me a feeling of being unburdened and liberated, (2) to be a comforting hand reaching out to anyone else who has had a similar experience and who feels isolated and alone as a result of it and (3) to simply convey the essential nature of my experience to the reader in the best way that I can in order to allow the reader to come as close as possible to actually experiencing for herself what it was like for this individual to be in and to live these moments,

My awkward, uncomfortable, anxiety-filled, hilarious wedding day..."If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find." - John Churton Collins (Photos by: White Ribbon Studios)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bedroom Update

It's been awhile since I've posted anything on our apartment, and I realize that some of you have been asking for photos of it all for quite some time - so without further ado, I present to you: our bedroom!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Diptyque Mimosa

Most people probably think of the bubbly, fruity cocktail upon hearing the word 'Mimosa' (Google Images definitely does!), but did you know that Mimosa actually refers first and foremost to spherical, pom-pom-like, yellow flowers (more technically known as Acacia blossoms)?
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