4/29/13

Fashion inspiration

Hello lovelies,

Today I just wanted to share with you all some fashion pieces that I am currently loving.






1. Dynamite - denim blouse w/ crochet - here
2. Fr21 - High waisted striped pants - here
3. Michael Kors - Large Saffiano tote - here
4. Aldo - Banghart booties - here
5. Dior - Sunglasses - here



What are you currently loving?


Hope you all have a great night!!!


xoxo
annpaige


4/27/13

A sorbet dream - ootd

Hello lovelies,

Today I have a new outfit post for you all. My boyfriend and I are watching over his young nephew for the day, so I wanted something comfortable but still light for when we go out. The weather is beautiful outside. The sun is shining and so far we have reached 21C for the day. With the weather being so nice, we took him on a trip to the mall and then we went out for sushi and tempura. Now for the rest of the day I am going to prepare more blogs for the upcoming week and then we are going to watch a movie later on tonight.

Here is my outfit for the day...

Jeans: Winners
Tank: American Eagle
Cardigan: Reitmans (old)
Watch: Aldo
Sunnies: garage
Purse: Guess
Shoes: Ardene









For my makeup I just wanted something light and fresh. I used coral shadows on my eyes and in my crease, with a golden shimmer highlight and brown eyeliner as well as a coral blush on my cheeks, paired with my favourite nude lipstick. Rimmel's moisture renew in 700 nude delight. I also thought this look would suit a coral lip too.

Which lip colour do you prefer?








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I hope you all have an awesome weekend!!!!!


xoxo
annpaige

4/23/13

flowers, leather and studs - ootd

Hello lovelies,

I am so happy we are finally seeing Spring here in Ontario. The sun is shining and temps are finally in the teens!!!

I recently got these floral jeans from winners and OMG I loved them from the moment I saw them. They are the brand pashu by Parasuco and they were the only pair left. I did not care what size they were when I saw them, I was going to do anything to make them fit. Thank god though I didn't have to do anything they fit anyways. They are a high waisted style and I know I'm going to wear them all Spring/Summer long.







V-neck tee - Old Navy
Jeans - Winners (Pashu by Parasuco)
Cropped sweater (old) - Old Navy
Faux Leathet jacket - Dynamite
Studded flats - Ardene
Necklace - Fr21
Purse - David Jones
Aviators - Garage


I also did a fun and colourful makeup look to go with this outfit. What do you think?






Hope you all have an awesome week!!


xoxo
annpaige

4/20/13

Current Favourites; Fashion and Beauty

Hello lovelies,

It has been awhile since I last did a favourites post so, i thought it was about time, since I have been trying a few new things lately. I hope you enjoy!!!

Fashion Favs



I recently got this top from Rickis (find here) and I love it so much!!!
It is a light chiffon material that goes with everything. The colour is what first sold me on this product. I had to have it as soon as I saw it.

I got these bow earrings about a month ago from forever21 (find here) and I just love them. If you read my posts often or follow me on twitter then you would have already seen these earrings a few times. They are so cute and girly and I just love them like crazy!!

Beauty Favs  


When I was at Fr21 a month ago I saw this brush set (find here) and at the moment I needed to get some new eye shadow brushes, so I thought why not give them a try. The set only cost $6.80, so if they were crap, then I didn't really waste much on them at all. Thankfully, they were not bad at all. The face and cheek brush are not that dense, so they are great for applying powder products to the face. The eye shadow brushes I LOVE. They remind me so much of my duo brush that came with my naked2 palette, and they pick up product so nicely. I would highly recommend this set, mainly just for the shadow brushes and that only makes the set worth the cost.

I recently got some products from Jergens Natural glow line and Vevergirl to test out and I have so far tried these products from the line. I will do a full review on the whole line in the near future after I have gotten to test them all, but so far I really love both of these products. I used the +firming daily moisturizer and face moisturizer before bed and after I showered. I noticed a difference in my skin tone when I got home the next day. I also noticed a significant difference after the second application. Both products left my skin feeling so smooth and the colour was really natural. 

I got this perfume as a birthday gift from my boyfriend last year and I love the scent, it just reminds of spring/summer every time I smell it. I always tend to lean towards one scent more than  another in specific seasons, 'cause they make the season come more to life for me(I that sounded really lame, but its true). With the weather getting warmer outside now, I just find I have been grabbing this scent a lot more lately. I love it, it is light and kind of floral, but not at all strong. (find here the colour of the bottle has changed)

I discovered this primer last year and I also mention it in my best of 2012 post because I love it so much. I truly think that this is an under rated product and that it needs more love than it gets. I find that now that I have started to use a new foundation I am grabbing my primer a lot more, to smooth out my skin and to put on my oily spots, before applying my foundation. This primer is so comparable to the smashbox primer which is like $40 and the hard candy primer is only $7.98 @ wal-mart. I love this product and I recommend that everyone who uses primer to try this product!!!! (find here)


For awhile I was using the Garnier Fructis UV color shield leave-in conditioner, until I came across this new one.  It has a milk like conditioner on top and the oil is the bottom. When you shake the bottle the two mix to create this amazing triple nutrition detangling spray. I spray it on my hair after I shower with my heat protectant and after I blow dry to keep my hair soft and frizz free. I also use this product daily if my hair is looking or feeling dry. (find here)


What products have you all been loving this month?
Comment below and let me know!!!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!


xoxo
annpaige


4/16/13

Foundation Routine and Review

Hello lovelies,

I have never been a liquid foundation type girl. There is no real reason why I've never used them, I just never have. Ever since I started wearing foundation when I was 16 I have used the same L'Oreal true match mineral foundation. It's light and gives the perfect amount of coverage that I need. I have tried liquid foundation before, but never loved it.

This past summer was the first time I ever used anything else on my face. I started using the new Garnier bb cream and I love it!!! When I use it I still set it with my L'Oreal foundation. I did a review on it last year (here) expressing how much I love it and I still and will always use this product. With that being said, sometimes I want a bit more coverage such as when I'm going out, or doing a photoshoot. On those days I am now using the Maybelline fit me liquid foundation.

A couple weeks ago I was in the drugstore and thought to myself I need to bite the bullet and actually try a liquid foundation. I didn't want to spend a lot of money in case I still preferred my then current routine, so the drugstore was the perfect place to start
I remember hearing how great the Maybelline Fit me foundation was from different beauty gurus reviews online when it first came out and thought why not!!

My shade is 120 classic ivory and it matches my skin tone perfectly, I don't even have to blend it on my neck.
The consistency of this foundation is quite light and thank goodness it does not dry quick, so you can put it everywhere then blend, unlike some which you have to do in patches. I had tried some foundations in the past that  dried so fast and ended up looking cakey, which I guess could be one reason I had never wanted to buy any others. The finish of this foundation is a bit dewy which I don't mind, but it can easily be mattified with a powder. The dewy texture is not that bad, it will still last even if you have oily skin.

The first thing I do after moisturizing my face is apply my primer to any oily spots or places where my foundation doesn't always last. Ie. My nose, chin and under my eyes.
I then like to blot the foundation all over my face and blend everything in all at once. You don't need a lot of this foundation to start. For me the coverage of one layer is enough, but if you have any dark spots or just like a full coverage foundation this is definitely build-able.
After my foundation is blended and has had time to set I move on to my concealer. My favourite concealer at the moment is my Maybelline age rewind dark circle eraser in neutralizer. This stuff is amazing!! I use it under my eyes in a triangle shape, on my eyelids, around my nose and on my chin.
Once my concealer is blended I set everything with my favourite setting powder, NYC smooth skin loose powder in translucent. With this powder you don't need a lot, a little goes a long.
After setting, I finish off by contouring, adding blush and what ever else the day calls for.

My days tend to be pretty long so I need a foundation that will last at least 10-12 hours until I am able to wash it off. This foundation is great for lasting power. My skin looks the exact same when I get home from work as it did when I first applied it. It even helps my concealer stay on a lot longer.

Here are some pictures to show you how it looks on.


With foundation and concealer

Full makeup

Natural lighting and close up of skin


Product claims:
- matches natural tone
- blends seamlessly
- lets skin breath

Does it live up to it's claims?
100% yes!!

Key notes about why I love this product!!!
- affordable $7.96 @ wal-mart
- available in 17 shades
- does not dry fast
- easily blend-able
- perfect match to my skin tone
- can be build-able for full coverage
- has no scent
- long lasting
- does not stick to dry spots
- breathable/lightweight
- has SPF 18, but does not show up on camera


Overall Rating: 9/10

Would I repurchase this product?
Yes, for years to come!!!
Would I recommend this product?
Heck to the yes!! Go buy it now, if you don't already have it!!!!

I hope that this post was helpful to all of you, please comment below with your thoughts on this product if you have tried it before, or if you think you may try it.

If you have any request for future posts/product reviews please comment below!!

*P.S. My giveaway has ended and the winners will emailed by tomorrow 11:59pm EST. Check your inbox soon!!!

xoxo
annpaige

4/13/13

Lippies Collection

Hello lovelies,

I swear I'm not a hoarder, but I never realized how many lip products I have and to be honest I hardly use half of them. With that being said I still don't think I could or would ever part with any of them. Who knows when an occasion or outfit may arise that you need that one specific lip colour. To some my collection may seem like a lot and to others, it may not. I don't have a huge makeup collection by any means, but my lip products for sure out weigh the rest. I am not bragging in this post by any means, I just thought that some may be interested in seeing what I have, as I rather enjoy reading and watching these types of blogs/videos.

So with out further adieu, here is my lippie collection....



NYX/Cargo/Wet'n'wild

(left to right)
NYX Matte Lipstick
Summer breeze MLS06
Cargo
majella
Wet'n'Wild
502A dark pink frost

Rimmel
(one of the sticks was missing in the picture above, I actually have six)

All from my favourite moisture renew collection:
930 Bronze Goddess
600 Soft Coral
620 Coral Queen
700 Nude delight
180 Vintage pink
340 Lily Extase

Mac
Lipsticks


Viva Glam (frost)
Snob (satin)
Lip gloss/Lip Glass

duo: night rose
Lac Lustre
- sentimental
Lip glass
- love child
- wee coquette


Clinique

19 pink aplenty
07 soooo pink
16 double plum
13 lucious lilac (mind you it looks pink to me)


Randoms

Covergirl lip stain - red 507
Hard Candy plexi gloss - Genie
Urban decay lip junkie - Naked
Victoria Secret - Strawberry fizz, nilla fudge(I didn't swatch these two because they show up clear)
Sephora - Rosy glow, bronzed beauty
Laura Mercier - Sparkling
Bobbi Brown - 2 Pink glitter

Stila

Lip Glaze
- jack frost
- jingle
- holly
- splendor
- jolly
- joy
- sugar plum
- black cherry

Lip Liners:
I don't really use lip liners, so I don't really have any. I know I should use them more, I'm working on it...
(I didn't swatch these)
NYX
839 dolly pink
Sephora
(didn't have names, they came in a palette)
red, brown

Lip Balms
Maybelline
baby lips - peach kiss
Sugar
rose tinted balm
Lip Smackers
cotton candy, dr.pepper


What are your favourite lip products/brands? Comment below!!!

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I hope you all have an awesome weekend!!!


xoxo
annpaige

4/9/13

Work OOTD


Hello lovelies,

I hope you all had a great weekend and that the weather was better where you are. Sunday was the first warm day in a while and it looks like Spring is finally starting to peek through. We still have some cool days here in Ontario and I seriously cannot wait until we have consistent Spring weather. Winter has just lasted way too long and I want to show off all of the new Spring colours and styles without having to hide behind a coat!!!!

Here is my outfit that I wore to work on Sunday (yes I work on Sunday's).




Top: Rickis
Jeans: Rickis
Sweater: Reitmans (old)
Wedges: aldo
Purse: H&M
Watch: aldo
Earrings: Forever21


Here is a similar makeup look that I wore the previous day rockin' some coral lips.
- rimmel moisture renew lipstick in 620 coral queen.



* I have extended the length of my giveaway!! So if you have not entered yet, you still can!!! The prizes are two of my fav Rimmel lipsticks and 2 iknow bracelets from ubykotex and generation know. The giveaway will now end on Sunday April 14th at 11:59pm EST. To read the giveaway details and enter click here. Remember to follow me on twitter and tweet #annpaigeiknow for an extra entry!!!


Hope you all have an awesome day!!!


xoxo
annpaige

4/3/13

Skin Care for Oily Skin ft. Nivea

Hello lovelies,

I recently got some new products to review from Vervegirl and Nivea and in this post I am going to share my experience with this new product line.

To start my skin type for the most part of my life has been normal. I don't get random break outs and my skin is pretty smooth. Recently however I have started to get a little oily on my chin and under my nose. When I say oily I don't mean that my makeup is slipping off or you can see the oil on my skin, it is very minimal that only I being me notice it.

The products that I got to try are all from Nivea's new Aqua Effect line for oily skin and the great thing is that you can find all of these products each under $15 at your local drug store. Yay!!!

Here are the products that I got to try out....



Aqua Effect Refreshing Cleansing Gel
Enriched with Vitamin E and Hydra IQ, this wash gel invigorates while respecting the skin's natural moisture balance leaving skin feeling refreshed.

Product Claims:
-Deeply cleanses while respecting the skin's natural moisture balance
-Invigorates the skin thanks to its refreshing formula
-Leaves skin looking healthy and beautiful

At first I really liked this cleanser a lot. It has little micro beads that get deep into your skin and clean away any and all dirt. The only reason I didn't love this product after trying it is because the gel does not work well with my skin, after consistent use it caused me to break out a bit. I started to get little (acne) bumps on my face (that took 2 weeks to clear up)and that has only ever happened to me when I have used gel cleansers in the past. I should have known better, but I still wanted to test it out for you gals. With that being said, I do think that this product would be great for anyone with dry or oily skin, because the gel helps to keep and look in moisture. This still is a great product for maybe once a week, just not every day (at least not for me).
Overall rating: 4/10 (for my skin type)

Aqua Effect Purifying Toner
Enriched with Ocean Algae and Hydra IQ. Tones and refines pores. For purified and shine-reduced skin

Product Claims:
-Tones and purifies skin to remove oil and prevent the buildup of impurities
-Reduces excess sebum to prevent shine
-Hydrates skin to support its natural moisture balance
-Leaves skin looking healthy and beautiful

Personally I was not a huge fan of this toner, only because I am used to using toners that really suck up everything and this one did not. It is however very light and refreshing just as it claims to be which is perfect for some people. I did stop using this and have since gone back to my home made toner that I love and have been using for months (recipe here). I did however give this toner to a friend of mine who has oily skin and she loves it. She says that it works really well for her.
Overall rating: 4/10 (for my skin type)

Aqua Effect Mattifying Day Cream
Moisturizes and controls shine. With Ocean Algae & Hydra IQ

Product Claims:
- Provides intensive moisture without clogging pores
- Reduces shine and mattifies the look of skin thanks to its oil-free, non-greasy formula
- Leaves skin looking healthy and beautiful

The first thing I noticed about this cream is the consistency, it is quite thick for a day cream. So I immediately decided to use it as a night cream instead. Having pretty normal skin, I don't need nor do I like thick creams for my face. The cream definitely is mattifying, however I did notice that through out the night and even when I woke up in the morning I could still feel the moisturizer on my face. This is something that I do not like. A few hours after I apply my moisturizer I shouldn't feel it on my face anymore and especially not when I wake up in the morning, for that reason I did not like this as an overall face moisturizer. I now use this as an under eye cream for when I go to bed, instead. I do however think that this moisturizer would be perfect for any one with dry or combination skin. With that being said if you like to feel your moisturizer on your skin you would also like this product.
Overall rating: 6/10 (for my skin type)

To summarize:

Would I recommend any of these products?
Yes. I don't however recommend that you use these products if you have a normal skin type, but I do recommend any of these three products for those who have dry-combination/oily skin types.

Would I purchase any of these products?
No, only because they did not work for MY skin.


I hope that this review was helpful for you all and please leave any and all comments below!!!


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xoxo
annpaige
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