ZARA | The Shoe Edit


Two Toned Cross Over Heels | Printed Leather Slip Ons | High Heel Strappy Sandal

It’s that time of the year again, right between the rainy early spring and the dusty late summer is what I consider to be the perfect shoe season. The weather has just warmed up enough to start testing out those peep toes but still breezy enough to done some cool kicks. 
Lately I’ve had my eyes on Zara, the it place for urban basics in fashion also has a very inviting shoe selection with classic choices with an unexpected twist either in colour or detail. Known for their sky high heels and strappy silhouette, they’ve widened the range to include a few mid high heels which are much more suited for running around the city without sacrificing style. 
Swiss Dot Court Shoe | High Heel Leather Court Shoe w/Bow | Leather Geo Pattern Sandal

I’ve picked out six options here which are neutral enough to go with your warm weather brights yet interesting enough to stand all on their own. Those mint green Printed Leather Slip Ons are the pretty girl’s answer to the soft grunge trend reappearing this season or if minimalist graphic looks are more your taste then Leather Geo Pattern Sandal could definitely grow into a new wardrobe staple. Now the big question is, which one should I bring home first?
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Wishlist | A Clinique Moment

If you were to meet me at the fresh age of 17 and starting to get about serious beauty products, you would have found me deep in a collection of Clinique products. Though the ladies in the stark white lab coats can be a little intimidating (actually, the MAC ladies in all black can be scary too), the range was a good stepping stone into the world of department store brands with it’s affordable pricing and large selection of wearable colours. Looking into my drawers now, I realized it’s been years since I’ve used Clinique so I went browsing and thought I’d bring you some old favourites and new discoveries.

ACNE SOLUTIONS SERIES | Tried it
After a good wrestle with my acnegenic skin in my younger years, I have for the most part concluded that unless you really need it, a full fledged acne system is a bit too much. However, I have used the Acne Solutions system and found that it worked well for light to moderate acne. The toner, with its shine reducing powder should be used sparingly but does its job of keeping skin matte. The moisturizer is well loaded with natural based extracts but also a dose of benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that worked well for me.

TURN AROUND CONCENTRATE | Curious
Clinique’s Turn Around Concentrate looks to be a skin renewing, radiance boosting serum product with a peeling effect from AHA ingredients. It’s been around for a good number of years now and seems to be one of it’s top sellers.
TAKE THE DAY OFF BALM | Curious
I always look at this whenever I’m in the skincare section of Sephora and for some reason I always put it back down. As someone who uses cleansing oils regularly, the idea of a balm to oil product really intrigues me, not to mention I can definitely sneak this past airport security as a non-liquid cleanser. Must pick this up next time I’m shopping Clinique.

SUPERBALANCED FOUNDATION | Tried
Forget about the balancing part, I think this is a well rounded and simple everyday foundation for those who want medium coverage. The dry down is natural and just a bit matte. It’s very likeable and a good starting point for makeup novices but as a foundation junkie, there isn’t anything about this that makes me go wow. Colours can be a little tricky Clinique base products as they tend to run pink but Cream is a good match for me in their North American colour spectrum.

CHUBBY STICK INTENSE | Curious
I got lured in by the ads, these look fun, adorable and with the intense formulation now available, they look pretty colourful too! I never quite understood the love for a stick lip product as it just look like a repackaged version of lipstick bullet but the reincarnation seems to cause quite a stir. I’ve seen swatches of the darker shades and must admit these look delectable.

SUPER PRIMER | Curious
A series of primers catering to colour correcting your specific skin issues while acting as a smoothing base for your foundation. The concept is a great one and seems to mirror that of the Makeup Forever HD Primer series. I am slightly worried that these might be heavily silicone based but will have to confirm once I swatch them at the counter.

EVEN BETTER FOUNDATION | Tried
Probably one of the top 2 foundations from Clinique in my books (can you tell I had a foundation fling with Clinique?), the Even Better has a beautiful bright and slightly glowy finish. It has medium buildable coverage, is very easy to blend and hides what you need without loosing that fresh skin finish. The main reason I stopped using it was my frustration at finding a perfect colour match, there are a few decent shades but my best match is actually Fresh Beige which is an Asia exclusive colour.

CHEEK POP BLUSH | Curious
I’ve never been a faithful fan to any high end blusher but these little flowers not only look pretty but come in at an affordable price point and I’ve heard they have a very soft consistency. There are four wearble shades available and everyone I’ve talked to have absolutely loved them.

BOTTOM LASH MASCARA | Curious
What is a girl with little to no bottom lashes doing looking at a bottom lash mascara? Well, I can dream can’t I? The truth is that my bottom lashline is very uneven, my right eye has a very obvious empty spot but I love the look of dark bottom lashes contrasted with my Dollywink falsies. My current rotation is the Covergirl Clump Crusher but the small dainty wand of this is likely a better option.

Is anyone here a Clinique fan? What have you used that’s a must try? While traditionally their products have always looked a little clinical for my taste, there’s been a slight shift into fun packaging and colours in the past few years. I think I might dip back into a little Clinique next time I’m at The Bay, it’s been too long!

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WISHLIST:: Summer Lustables from F21

Sure Vancouver is known for great summer weather, clear skies and those northern mountains but there’s a few things that I’ve haven’t (and possibly will never) adapt to fully and that is these strange sudden heat waves that come a few times during the summer. Today we sudden hit the 30s which although not enough to be frying an egg sunny side up is a big leap from the comfortable 20s we’ve been having for weeks. So as I was sitting there slowly steaming up inside out, I decided to distract myself with a little browse over at Forever21.

Spring Fashion Styles 2013
SUMMER BLUES::
I have been having a big love affair with blue lately and in a way that’s never quite happened before. I used to feel that blue was very serious and grown up but since falling in love with nauticals a few years ago I’ve been slowing working my way around all its subtle tonal variations. I’ve also found myself veering away from uber feminine frills and details, instead adopting a more sophisticated silhouette.
Spring Fashion Styles 2013
EASY LOVIN’::
I must admit that I have yet to master the skill of subtly, my daily wardrobe is either extremely relaxed (aka. non existent) or I like to go full out (just like I do with makeup). But subtly is a skill I’d like to acquire and I think these 3 tops really feel relaxed, easygoing yet quite chic…little details like the applique, studs and beading add just a touch of interest.
Spring Fashion Styles 2013

YOU CAN’T TAKE THE FLOWER OUT OF THE GIRL::
Despite going through “growing up” phases with my Mom in regards to my wardrobe, there’s one thing that we always agreed on and that was florals. Of course her’s were always a little more country and rustic but at least we could agree on a general theme. I love floral prints for the very reason that they can be styled in so many different directions from the baroque feel (left) to the more California cool pairings (right).
Spring Fashion Styles 2013
SIMPLE STATEMENTS::
I’d like to think of accessories as meaningful statements that you add to conclude your outfits… as if to say, “I am at once everything you see yet more than what you see”. A simple black quilted bag is roomy for all your daily baggage (yes, I’m one of those girls who can pull a kitchen sink outta her bag) yet still stylish in a classic way and your cute “makeup” bag wouldn’t get lost inside that hot pink lining. A wide dangling necklace can dress up a sophisticated sheath dress or let the beads cheekily play across a bare collarbone.
Spring Fashion Styles 2013

LET’S PLAY DRESS UP::
Shoes are probably one of the most (secretly) influential parts of my outfit, switching up my foot ware can instantaneously change my outlook on what I’m doing for the day. While flats are always a favourite for walking the town (-40% OFF signs are just about around every corner), I’ve been favouring the look of the chunkier 90s heel and really like them paired with a cute sundress for an easy going look that is still feminine. But of course, when I need to really show up with a pow, nothing beats that sharp stiletto heel for maximum impact (even though you may require walking assistance) and the mesh design give this city shoe a very urban appeal.

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Now that you know my picks for the summer weather, what have you been eyeing on store shelves lately?

WISHLIST | Hey hey Topshop!

Topshop Makeup
What’s a girl to do when life get’s over her head?
Online makeup browsing of course! Topshop’s appearance in the Vancouver Fashion scene was much anticipated and it’s sleek, hip interiors has attracted much traffic in the 6 months since it’s been open. 
TOPSHOP Makeup
All fashion and accessories aside, I was curious to browse through the beauty department, having heard so much rave from British bloggers. In all it’s classic black and white polka dotted allure, the makeup wall was well stocked and the selection extensive. Although considered a “high street” brand in the UK, the prices reflected a more entry level department store range (or prestige drugstore) with many products selling near par to Clinique or MAC Cosmetics.

THE WISHLIST
Being short on time during my brief run into TopShop, I decided to do a little more investigating online before returning with a list. Here’s what caught my eye.
TOPSHP MAKEUP
Two items that frequently grace the pages of magazines and blog pages are the polishes and cream blushers from TopShop. For all you nail polish fanatics around Vancouver, the selection in store is incredible and with the way it’s laid out on the wall, it is truly a magical rainbow paradise (see proof on my Facebook photo). Cream blushers on the other hand are a bit of a tricky territory as they tend to be either too wet, too dry, too pigmented or just not enough colour at all. Word on the street is that they are the perfect, easy to wear consistency so I’ll definitely have go in for a test swatch.
TOPSHOP Clothing
Clothing items are also stocked by The Bay (online) and are available for easy ordering though it’s a substantially curated list compared to the shops. I did find a few cute items but mostly I felt TopShop to be too “hip” or grunge for my own personal style.
If you haven’t seen it already, the brand also has a Youtube channel where styling videos and makeup tutorials are spontaneously posted. The looks seem easy enough and showcases products from their limited edition or permanent line. 
Beauty Lovers, what is your take on TopShop makeup?
Are there any must have items that I should try?

Shop ’til I drop | Holiday Wishlist | LIPS


Beautysets - Shop til I drop holiday wishlist | 2012 LIPS

BUNNIE’S SHOPPING TIPS: I can’t think of any makeup item more sensuous and lady like than a beautiful lipstick but don’t just slap it on to your lips and call it a day, take care of your pout! It may seem easy to neglect the skin on our lips and then we go and wonder why that lipstick doesn’t sit so well. Exfoliate and hydrate as you would the rest of your face and then paint them in rich festive colours!

Shop ’til I drop | Holiday Wishlist | EYES

Beautysets - Shop 'til I drop: holiday wishlist EYES

Bunnie’s Shopping Tips: Many people have a set “look” when it comes to their eye makeup, maybe it’s a certain types of colours you like to wear or the shape of your liner. The holiday times are perfect for picking up a few good palettes as it’s the time most companies are putting out limited editions kits so you’re getting the best value for your money. On the top of my list is The Balm’s Nude’tude palette, I have a few UD ones already so I skipped out on the Nakeds but I love the colour choices from The Balm. I also want to highlight two star eye products, the Anastasia brow duo highly raved about and the Makeup Forever waterproof creme can be used both as an eyeliner or an all over base!

Shop ’til I drop | Holiday Wishlist | FACE

The holidays are a season of gifting but why not gift a little something for yourself? For the next few days I will be posting my “Shop ’til I drop Holiday Wishlist”, the ultimate indulgence to reward yourself for a years job well done. It’s the one time of the year you’ll feel a little less guilty about making the splurge.

Beautysets - Holiday Wishlist 2012 Face

My Shopping Tips: Face products are one thing I’m absolutely willing to spend a substantial amount of money on because its the one area of products that you’re more likely to use on a day to day basis. A flawless base will not only make your whole look come together but starting with a small bit of luxury in the morning will put you in a good mood for the whole day. My personal favourite is Guerlain, they make some of the finest, most incredible powder products that I’ve ever tested and their Meterorites are a cult classic.