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Shiseido Eudermine X Canada 150th Anniversary Collection

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I was lucky enough to go to the Shiseido event at the AGO this month, and I'm so excited to share the goodies that I received! The launch featured the Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence that was developed for Canada's 150th birthday. The absolutely gorgeous packaging was designed by Alexandra Mackenzie, who also has an art installation at the AGO. The packaging captures the values that make Canada loved across the world by combining art, technology and nature. While the packaging has been redesigned for the celebrations, the product was created in 1897. 

I've tried a few items from the brand from Dave Lackie giveaways, but I've never actively gone out of my way to try anything. I've been playing around with everything for the last week and a bit, and I thought I'd share my thoughts! 

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Makeup overview: I've been testing out the makeup items the most in the last little bit, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. The Paperlight Cream Eye Colour in Sango Coral is absolutely stunning. I'd describe them as a watercolour-like finish, while Shiseido writes that they have a "clear and matte base. In one stroke, they achieve a faint translucence, reminiscent of washi paper." They are very soft and creamy and provides a sheer but impactful finish. With an eyeshadow base, the shadow lasts all day without creasing, which is amazing for something that has such a creamy consistency! There will be eight shades available in total, and I'm very tempted to get the Shobu Purple and Usuzumi Beige Gray!

The Inkstroke Eyeliner is another amazing product. The product was inspired by Japanese calligraphy and has a soft and creamy texture while being long-lasting. Available in six colours, I received the Shinrin Green. I'll admit that it's not my favourite colour (I don't think green goes well with blue eyes), but I've been loving it so far. It's a very deep shade of green, and unless you look closely (or sheer it out when applying it), it isn't noticeably green. It's very creamy and comes with a brush with the finest tip I've ever seen. It requires a few strokes to get it opaque, but I've been very happy to wear it more blurred and softer in colour. HUGE bonus points for the V-shaped component in the middle, which is meant to wipe off any excess off the brush.

Lastly is the Rouge Rouge Lipstick in Dusky Honey. The consistency and texture of the lipsticks are absolutely amazing. It's so comfortable to wear and is one of those lipsticks that you can easily reapply without a mirror. Becuase it is a creamier product, it doesn't have amazing staying power, but its a trade off for having something as comfortable as this. My only complaint is that I really hate the colour on my fair complexion. It is very brown-toned, and I probably won't be wearing it very often because of that. But the range has some gorgeous pinks, reds and nudes that would be suitable for a range of skin tones.

Skincare: I haven't tried out the skin care long enough to form an option yet, but I'll keep you posted on either my blog or Instagram. But I will say that the Eudermine is so beautiful that it's on display on my vanity right now. The vibrant pink and yellow tones are absolutely gorgeous, and I feel like I've been more inspired to do my makeup lately.

I'm so thankful to have been invited to this amazing event and to get to try out so many amazing products! The fall collection will be available as of June 2017.

xoxo K

YouTube made me buy it

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I really have no willpower. Whether it's eating junk food, buying clothes or makeup, I can't seem to control myself or refrain from spending money. So when I'm watching a YouTube video, or reading a blog and someone recommends a product, there is a very high chance I will end up buying it. So I thought I would do a post on some of the products I purchased because they came highly recommended. 

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Hourglass ambient lighting palette, too faced chocolate bar, the balm frat boy, benefit hoola, Mac lightscapade, Laura mercier secret camouflage, too faced better than sex

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Items featured:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  • The Balm Fratboy blush
  • Mac Lightscapade
  • Benefit Hoola
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
I love each of these items for different reasons. They all deserve their title of cult classics and I would recommend any of them to a friend. Each item is a great staple to have in your collection, as they are all neutrals or base products, and pair perfectly with bolder looks. 

xoxo K

Testing: Teeez Cosmetics

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I’d never actually tried Teeez products before, but after a friend brought them to work for me to try, I was excited. I’m always down to try out new beauty brands and this was no exception.  I thought I would do a review of the products I’ve been using here (and apparently a Stila watercolour blush that I decided to through into the shoot).

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These are the products I've been testing out 

First off, how adorable is this packaging? All the colourful designs and geometric shapes are so eye-catching that it’s almost impossible to not love them. I will say that the highlighters are verging on clunky though, with the oversized containers. 

Blushes
I've been completely in love with both of these blushes. The Teeez one is a gorgeous shade of pink and is so complimentary to my pale skin. It almost has a lip balm like consistency, but it blends beautifully on the cheeks. It's quite subtle, which I love as I have naturally rosey cheeks. It has good staying power and wears very consistently throughout the day. The Stila blush is much more liquidy in consistency (hense the name). It's a much brighter colour, but can be applied very sparingly for a tint. The one con I found with this blush is because it is so liquidy, it is a bit harder to blend and can go outside of the area you intended. 

Highlights 
I'm obsessed with both of these highlights. They have a thicker consistency, and it's almost sponge-like. They can be layered to really stand out as a highlighter but are subtle enough to comfortably wear every day. And because they have a nice cream consistency, you can sheer them out and blend them over your blush for a more radiant finish. 

Brows 
I've never actually tried a brow pomade before, so I'm going into this review blind. I'll start by saying it is a great colour match for my light brows. The texture is very thick, and I find it can be a bit hard to blend if your brush has any product on it from the day before. It's great at defining the brows, and I love to fill in the tail and arch with it, but I'm still trying to find a way to feather out the front. I think with a bit more practice I could really love this product. 

Lips 
This would have to be my least favourite product, mostly because the colour isn't my favourite. It has an opaque finish that is achievable in about two coats. It has a light vanilla scent to it--more like baking vanilla than MAC lipsticks, if that makes sense. I haven't kept it on for a long enough period to make a judgement call on the longevity, but I'm sure it will be getting more use in the fall. 

Overall thoughts
If you've never tried Teeez, I'd highly recommend starting with the highlighters and blush. I'm completely in love with both of these products, and I'm already looking forward to seeing what other products are available to try. 

Have you tried any Teeez products? Are you into wearing creamier finishes lately?

xoxo K

Recently Read: May-June

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Time for another reading roundup! I didn't even realize that I read six books in just over a month, but I was pleasantly surprised when I went to do this post.  There were some hits, some misses, and some forgettable books. Keep reading to hear my (apparently very lengthy) thoughts and recommendations! 

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The story centers around Samantha Kingston who dies in a car accident at the beginning of the story, but keeps reliving the same day over and over (very Groundhog Day, style). She goes through different stages of acceptance and denial while realizing her actions can affect the outcome of each day. It focuses on the relationships we have, what we value most in life, and how small, seemingly inconsequential actions can have tremendous results. 

I was pleasantly surprised with this book! I very rarely read YA, but happened to win this book in a contest from Harper Collins on Facebook! I read it in about a day, and found myself anxious to see what happened next. Like I said, it's super quick to get through, and it really makes you question your own decisions. 


Clay Jensen discovers a package of cassette tapes on his front porch, only weeks after a girl at his school committed suicide. As he listens to the tapes, and starts uncovering the reason for them, he begins seeing people around him in a new light, while questioning his own involvement in Hannah's death. As he ventures through his town following Hannah's instructions, he discovers how people’s actions, however small they may appear, can accumulate into something unbearable. 

I've heard so much hype surrounding the Netflix series, so I thought I would pick up the book (because I'm that kind of person). Similar to Before I Fall, it was a super quick read, but I didn't feel nearly as satisfied at the end. It was one of the few books where I really felt that it needed more. It was far too short, and you didn't get the character development that I think was needed to really explain all of the circumstance. But at the same time, the abruptness of the novel could have been intentional from the author. Since it centers around a girl who committed suicide, but is told from Clay's perspective, we really would not know the full reasons behind her choices; we would only get what she provided. 

I think if you liked the Netflix series, the book would be a great accompaniment  You can get through it in a day or two. While I didn't feel like I could relate to many of the characters in this book, I do still think it is a good read, and addresses mental illness in a thought-provoking way. 


Set in Elizabeth, New Jersey this book details the true events of three planes that crashed in a span of 52 days in the 1950's. It follows three generations of families and the impact the crashes had on their lives. 

I really, really struggled getting through this book. I've never read a Judy Blume book before, and I don't think I'll be picking up another one anytime soon. I think it was a combination of her writing style and the storyline, but nothing appealed to me. I didn't relate to any of the characters, and actually found myself getting angry a lot of the time. While I understand the storyline was meant to be upsetting, I didn't find myself liking enough of the characters to get upset at each subsequent plane crash. 

Overall, unless you are a fan of historical fiction or Judy Blume, I would give this story a hard pass. 


Sent to a boarding school in Paris, France in her senior year of high school, Anna must find a way to establish herself in a strange land. As she learns the language and culture, she also finds herself falling for a classmate, who is perfect and caring at times, but evasive at others. Anna needs to find a balance between her previous life and the one she has established in Paris. 

Vlogger Read by Zoe has raved about this book so many times, I finally found a copy online and was so excited to read it, but I was really disappointed in this book. It could have been because it was overhyped, or because I'm not a fan of YA books, but I found myself hating the main character. I have a problem with books that have the protagonist fall head over heels for someone and completely loose themselves in the process, who disregard their friends and family, and who let other aspects of their lives suffer so they can pursue a love affair. Call me a pessimist, but I like strong, independent heroines. 

If you're in the mood for a sappy, young chick-lit novel, then this would be the book for you. But if you're not interested in reading about rich kids living abroad and the problems they face, then I'd skip this book. 


After a disturbing event, 13-year-old twins Grace and Pip move to a picturesque area in London with their mother. As the family tries to move on, they discover that the communal garden their home backs onto is full of strange characters and secrets. While the girls get wrapped up with local home-schooled kids, the family must also decide how much they are willing to reveal from their past. When tragedy strikes again, everyone becomes a suspect. 

This book was slow, but I enjoyed a lot of aspects of it. I'm not going to lie--I was mostly interested in this book because of the beautiful cover. With a lot of thrillers, I find that there are fundamental flaws when it comes to suspects. The beginning of this novel focuses on one character as being the likely suspect, but once the disturbing events unfolded, the focus was completely shifted, and said character was not mentioned once in regard to his possible relation to the crime (super vague but I don't want to give it away). The characters were very unique in the novel, and hard to relate to. The girl’s mother was the most relatable in my option, and her actions were understandable, although not necessarily what I would have done. The ending was a bit of a letdown for me, but I still think it was a good book if you are looking to get into thrillers. 


A career-destroying event causes Leah Stevens to change career paths, and forces her to move from Boston to a newly established small town with her long-lost friend and former roommate, Emmy Grey. While the women had not seen each other in eight years, they quickly fall back into routine. But after Emmy goes missing, Leah must decide if she wants to immerse herself in the investigation and risk having police dig up her own past. She soon realizes that Emmy is not who she thought she was, and as she begins her own investigation, she realizes just how little she knows about the girl she has shared so much of her life with, and how far she is willing to go to expose her secrets. 

This was by far my favourite book that I read. While it took me a while to get through it (chalk it up to the stress of finding a new job, and summer-time events), I really loved it. It was full of twists and turns, and kept me guessing right until the end. I'm a huge fan of thrillers anyway, and I find a lot of them too predictable, but the series of events unfolded in such a way that challenged and surprised the reader. I'm really looking forward to reading more of her books this summer, and I would highly recommend you pick up this book if you are a fan of thrillers! 

What have you been reading lately? I'm always up for recommendations! 

xoxo K