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Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Steam Flat Iron

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I've been straightening my hair virtually everyday since I was about 16 years old. And because my hair is naturally a wavy-curly-frizzy mess, I'm always on the hunt to find tools and products that cut down my styling time, and keep my hair looking straight and fresh for as long as possible. I was sent the Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Steam Flat Iron a few weeks ago, and I've been putting it to the test. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on it. 

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Conair, straightener, flat iron

Conair, straightener, flat iron

Conair, straightener, flat iron

Conair, straightener, flat iron

Conair, straightener, flat iron

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Pros: Because it has such large panels, it makes straightening your hair a very quick task. I can straighten my entire head in about 10-15 minutes, which cuts off about 5 minutes in the morning. It only goes to 395 fahrenheit, so I don't feel like I'm going to burn my hair the same way I do with my BaByliss PRO straightener, which goes to 450.  The price is also a huge bonus! The straightener is only $79.96, which is an amazing price considering how well it works. 

Cons: The large panel makes it hard to get the fine pieces of hair around my face and ears. Those areas tend to curl the most on me, so they need some extra attention in the mornings. In addition, the steam function is supposed to make your hair look shinier and more refreshed than if you just used the straightener on its own. I personally didn't find it made any difference, and the function makes the straightener a bit too bulky, which would be annoying, especially if you were traveling with it. 

Neutral: There are adjustable combs built into the straightener that will help straighten thick or course hair. I generally keep it on the middle setting, but don't see much of a difference between when I have the combs out or not. But it does help brush through any knots that I may have to ensure my hair is very straight. 

I also find that while my hair stays relatively straight throughout the day, I'll wake up the next morning to find a lot of curls and frizz again. While the straighter does claim to keep your hair straight even in humid conditions, I found it worked nominally better than other straighteners I have used at keeping my frizz at bay. I think my hair is just too temperamental and will never stay pin straight throughout the day, especially in the warmer months. 

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how well the straightener worked. I haven't used Conair products since I was a teenager, because I always associated the lower price with lower quality. But based on my experience with the  Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Steam Flat Iron, I would definitely try some more products from the line. 

Have you used Conair before? What's your favourite product? 

xoxo K

Recently Read: April

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Now that I'm finished school, I have more time to read, which is so nice. Although, with my internship, there are still a lot of long hours and times when I just crash when I get home. But I generally give myself at least an hour to read every night, plus my commuting time (although you always get that one asshole who decides to sit right beside you and talk for the phone for 40 minutes).

I really want to start a Recently Read segment here on my blog. I always start by reading super easy, chic-lit style books when I first get back into reading. My brain is so overly worked after a semester at school, and I just want something to distract me and can read in a few sittings.

The books I first read when I finished school were by Hester Browne. I first discovered her after I found Honeymoon Hotel in clearance at Chapters for $2! I absolutely loved this book, and quickly went onto Chapters and Bookoutlet (my favourite place to buy books, since they are so cheap!) to grab as many of her novels as I could. Unfortunately, a lot of her books are out of print in Canada now, so I wasn't able to find all the ones I wanted. I even ended up buying an e-book version (which I really hate reading) because I bought the second books in the series without realizing I couldn't find the first anywhere.




Honeymoon Hotel was a super cute story, and I really related to the main character. She's an event planner at an upscale hotel in London that has a glamorous history (think A-list celebs in the 1920-50's). She struggles to come to terms with her work-life balance, her failing relationship, and working with some unique co-workers, all while trying to find her place. 

I think it was a sweet, albeit predictable story. If you like Sophie Kinsella's stories, I really think you will enjoy this book. 

Rating: 4/5 

The Little Agency Agency was about an overlooked, organizational freak (Melissa) who was made redundant at office after office. She eventually found a job at an escort agency, something she didn't realize at the time. She went on to start her own job, where she helped men who needed fake girlfriends, socializing, relationship advice, and anything else they weren't capable of doing for themselves. She developed an alter-ego named Honey, someone she could transform into when she put on the blonde wig. The book followed her life, her best friends (Gabby and Nelson), and her struggling clients (Jonathan, primarily). 

I found this book just ok. It was her first book, and you could really tell from her writing style that there was a lot of room for improvement. I swear, if she wrote "made my heart melt" one more time, I was going to throw the book out of the window. It was very predictable, and the main character was very frustrating and naive. She was hard to relate to, and I kind of wanted to smack her. 

Rating: 3/5

The Little Agency in the Big Apple was the follow up to the aforementioned book. It followed Melissa and Jonathan (spoiler, although I wouldn't recommend the first anyway) in their journey to New York. Jonathan essentially wanted Melissa to give up to job, be an event planner for his rich NYC friends, and stop doing what she did best--rescuing people. 

I wanted to murder Jonathan, had be been a real person. He was so demanding and controlling, and Melissa always justified his actions. I could never imagine myself allowing a guy to walk all over me the way Jonathan did, or give up something I loved just to make a guy happy. 

Rating: 1.5/5

I've read a few other books that I've much preferred, so that will be in my May book wrap up. What have you been reading lately? 

xoxo K 


Sephora VIB Haul 2017

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I went into Sephora to purchase two items, the Too Faced Hangover Rx and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. I left with the most gorgeous Too Faced Natural Love palette and Boscia makeup remover. I had used the makeup remover before and really liked it, and the palette had been on my "holy shit I need this in my life" list since I first seen the teasers on Instagram. Needeless to say, it ended up in my ever-growing Too Faced collection and I couldn't be happier. 

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Too Faced natural love palette, makeup haul, makeup, eyeshadow palette, makeup, Too Faced

What did you end up purchasing during the Sephora sale? Let me know in the comments below! 

xoxo K

Rodial X Poppy Delevingne: Makeup Recreation

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I'm trying something a bit different today--I know, I surprised myself too. I was sent a press release for a gorgeous look that Poppy Delevingne wore to a Rodial event, and some of the products she used. While I'm no where near as flawless as Poppy, I still thought it would be fun to recreate the look. I ended up trying the products out for my birthday dinner (although I paired it with a sweater, jeans and boots because it was freaking cold!). Keep reading to see how it turned out! 


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The liner was really easy to blend out, and didn't smudge or transfer throughout the night. It also felt comfortable on the waterline; as someone who wears contacts, I find that some liners can transfer and irritate my eyes. I don't often wear black liner, but I think I may be grabbing this one in brown soon! 

The eyeshadows are really pigmented and dark, and I had to go in quite a bit with a blending brush to create a more subtle, effortless look (ironic, isn't it?) I love that fact that the palette has equal parts cool and warm toned shades, which makes it very versatile and perfect if you're bringing it with you to amp up your makeup after work. 

The highlight is very different than anything else I have in my collection. It's a pen and very liquidy. A little goes a long way with this product (learned that lesson the hard way and had to use my beauty blender to correct my uber glowy face). The colour is actually quite champagne to bronze toned, which is a far cry from my usual silver undertones ones. I find on my very fair skin, if I don't blend it enough, it can look a tad bit muddy. But on someone with more tanned skin, I think this would be stunning! You can apply it very sheerly for a natural glow, or build it up for a more intense shimmer. 

I was also surprised with the suede lips. In the picture of Poppy, her lips look quite glossy, but when I applied the product, it comes across as very matte and cool toned. I ended up adding a bit of lip gloss to soften the look. For me, I would pair this lip colour with a really simple eye look, because it can be quite a statement colour. It's a beautiful consistency (very creamy for a matte lip) and is relatively long lasting. It's not on Mac's matte lipstick level, but is also easier to wear and reapply. 

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These were the products I used to create the look. It includes the Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow PaletteRodial Instagram GlowRodial Smokey Eye Pen in black, and Rodial Suede Lips in Big Apple. I completed the look with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation in 110, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in chantilly, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Bobbi Brown lipgloss in Petal, and Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty.



Compared to Poppy's look, I did a more subtle, wearable version. I'm not really into dark, dramatic makeup--for me, this is intense. I think this makeup would be perfect for a night out, and was super easy to create. I used the shimmery bronze shade all over the lid, and the orangey-brown shade through the crease. I then applied the black liner on my water line and along my lash line in a slightly winged format.  I do have a lot of highlight on, but the lighting here washes it out. 

I really love Poppy's look, and I'm hoping to wear a similar look again soon! It was also the first time I'd tried Rodial items and I was pleasantly surprised. Let me know what you think! 

xoxo K

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

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Look at me, rushing through these old Christmas posts like it wasn't already March. Oops! Fell a bit behind in the last few months (ok, more than a few), but I'm really trying to get back to regular posting. So here is another old product that isn't available to purchase but I thought I would talk about anyway since I have it: The Mac Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact. Enjoy! 

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact, flatlay, swatches, review, makeup, blush, highlight

First off, the packaging is adorable. It's not the easiest to use though, as the top doesn't stay open while you are using the product. So unless you hold it while applying it with the other hand, the lid will snap shut on you. A bit annoying but certainly not a deal breaker. I do like the vinyl-like top though, because it means it doesn't get all scratched up and doesn't get annoying finger prints all over it. So a big plus for that. 

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact, flatlay, swatches, review, makeup, blush, highlight

Highlight: It's glittery. It's a beautiful neautral-toned pinky highlight but it can come across as very glittery and a bit artificial looking. Maybe that's just because I've been reaching for my Hourglass trio lately and am accustomed to a very natural glow instead of all out shimmer. It applies beautifully on the skin; it doesn't skip or go patchy, and it lasts all day. It's a bit stiff to apply, but like I said in the Nars post, I would rather have cheek products that you have to work with instead of being too pigmented right off the bat.

Blush: It's a stunning shade. It's very natural and pairs well with almost any look. It's a pinky-brown-grey, and despite the fact that description sounds unappealing, the final result is a gorgeous colour. The blush is matte, which pairs perfectly with the highlight; you can mix them together for a lovely sheen across the cheeks, or use them separately. The blush lasts all day, and because its cooler toned, almost acts like a contour and slims the face. It is very stiff in the pan though, and takes a bit of work but applies smoothly and lasts all day.

This was the first Mac blush I had ever tried, and I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think I'm going to run out and buy anymore right now, since I have an overwhelming amount of blushes already, but it's something to keep in mind for a future shopping spree.

xoxo K

Maybelline Fit Me stick foundation and powder review

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I've used the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation every day for the last . . gosh, two or more years? I really hate trying out new foundations. I have very oily, acne prone skin that can be quite sensitive. So a lot of foundations tend to break me out. I'm also at school for 10 hours a day, three days a week, which isn't ideal for trying to test out a new foundation because if it doesn't work, you're SOL. But since I loved my other Maybelline foundation so much, I thought I would give the Shine Free + Balance stick foundation and the Matte and Poreless powder a try. Keep reading to find out my thoughts! 

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Maybelline, foundation, stick foundation, powder, review, makeup review

First off, the reason I love the Maybelline foundation is that they are actually pale enough to suit my complexion, which is a huge feat. Porcelain 110 is a very light colour that has neutral undertones. I bought the powder in translucent, but as you can see, it does have a bit of a tint to it. Either that or my foundation is so light it actually makes the white powder look coloured. And if thats the case, that's a bit sad. 

Foundation: Onto my preference of the foundation. Honestly, it's not a horrible foundation. It is geared for more combination skin than straight up oily, which my skin has been hovering around this winter. It doesn't last nearly as long on me as the matte and poreless does; maybe three to four hours before I need to blot. 

It feels very lightweight on the skin, and blends seamlessly. You can use a brush to blend it, but I much prefer the finish with a sponge. It's about a light to medium coverage that can be built up to a solid medium. You can still see some of my persistent acne scars and beauty marks. 

Powder: The powder, sadly, did not work for me. It did not keep me as matte as the Too Faced Primed and Poreless, even when I used it with other foundations. But it also made me break out. I always notice if a product isn't working for me when my forehead starts to break out, because I very rarely get breakouts there. 

Overall: I think if your skin is a little less temperamental and you are looking for a nice, inexpensive powder for combination skin, this would be a great option. The foundation would be great if you have combination skin, wanted something easy to apply or touch up on the go. 

xoxo K

Nars Sarah Moon True Story Cheek + Lip Palette

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I have to say that when I saw the Nars True Story Cheek + Lip palette last fall, I was beyond excited. I'm a huge blush fan, but because I'm so fair, a lot of blushes can look overwhelming on me. So a palette that was filled with champagne and pale-pink blushes looked like it would be perfect.

Nars Sarah moon cheek palette, cheek palette, blush, swatches

Nars Sarah moon cheek palette, cheek palette, blush, swatches

Nars Sarah moon cheek palette, cheek palette, blush, swatches

Can we just take a second to appreciate how gorgeous this photo is? I'll admit I had never heard of Sarah Moon before the collaboration with Nars, but I've spent some time researching her. While her photos are very dark and impactful, I think the brightness of this particular image is very well suited to this palette. 

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Below, I've included swatches of the lip colour in the palette as well as four other popular red colours to get a sense of what it looks like. 

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for reference, left to right: Mac Ruby Woo, Charlotte Tilbury Lipcheat in Kiss n' Tell, Nars Dragon Girl, Nars Mysterious Red (comes with the palette), Nars Mandore
Quality: the quality of the two middle blushes are very nice. They are subtle but buildable. They can come across as a little bit patchy at first, but with a bit of work, they blend beautifully into the skin.

The highlight is very creamy but there is a fair amount of kickback. It's not very pigmented, but thats also a good thing in a highlighter. I much prefer a natural look with a highlighter, and this one perfectly fits the bill. It's buildable but not overpowering.

The red blush on the right is the patchiest of the group. It has gold micro-shimmer flakes, which are very noticeable against the red background. It's also very streaky, and while you can blend it in, its hard to do so without adding a lot of extra colour to the cheeks.

Colour: They have neutral to slightly warm undertones, which is so refreshing to find. A lot of blushes seem to be very warm toned which really doesn't suit my complexion.

The highlight on the left is absolutely gorgeous. I love mixing it with the blushes to create a subtle sheen all across the cheeks, but with a more tapered brush, you can really build it up for a champagne-glow.

The red on the far right is where I have an issue. The colour is either suited for a very editorial look or for a much deeper skin tone. On me it comes across as rosacea red. But the three other colours in the palette are so fair I can't imagine them showing up easily on tan to dark skin tones. I'm sure it could work, but would require a lot of building up. So the blush on the right is an odd-ball, and I really would have preferred a lighter shade or a contour.

Lippie: Nars matte velvet lip pencils are amazing quality, last all day, are very pigmented. I really have nothing bad to say about them.  Go out and buy all the colours. They're perfect.

Overall: The three colours on the left are so gorgeous that I will overlook the red shade. It's amazing for fair skin, and is versatile enough to wear with any makeup look!

xoxo K

Whats new: Too Faced

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If you've read my blog for a while, then you'll know I'm a huge fan of Too Faced Cosmetics. It was the first high end makeup brand I ever purchased, and eight or nine years later, I'm still a devout fan. I thought I would do a quick post today showing you the new arrivals (aka everything I've been stalking on Trendmoods Instagram account), which will be available on the Too Faced website on March 9 and in stores mid April.

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The Natural Love palette is limited edition, and is a modern take on a neutral look. It contains 30 natural shades and combines the best of the Natural Eyes, Natural Matte, Natural at Night palettes with some new shades. The palette is limited edition. ($59)

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The Love Light Highlighters will come in three shades. The texture is silky smooth and has a pearl-radiance finish. It's a unique combination of powder, liquid, baked and cream formulas that brightens the complexion and is flattering from any angle. Bonus points for the adorable packaging! ($30)

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The Peanut Butter & Honey palette will (sadly) be an Ulta exclusive, just like the peanut butter and jam palette. It has nine antioxidant-rich cocoa powder shades, and is scented just like PB & honey. ($21)

What are you most excited about from the new collection?

xoxo K

Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette

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I've loved Urban Decay cosmetics since I first started wearing makeup.  While I didn't get any of the 12-pan naked palettes until a few years ago, but the naked basic's palette was my go-to everyday for well over a year. It was the perfect no-makeup look for going to school, and I still really love to use it. I wasn't interested in getting the smokey palette because I thought the colours were way too dark for me, seeing as I really only go out during the day (I'm like a grandma guys; if I need to be out after 9 p.m. on a Friday night then there's something wrong). But the palette was on sale for $33 before Christmas, and I figured it was worth a try. 

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Urban decay naked smoky palette, eyeshadow, palette, smoky eye, review, swatches

I had high exceptions for this palette, because the quality of Urban Decay shadows are amazing and this palette did not disappoint. The pigmentation, butteriness, blendability and longevity of the 12 shadows are amazing. I've only used the palette a handful of times but I can already tell it's going to be a staple in my wardrobe. 

Because half of the palette is matte and half is shimmer, and there is a great combination of warm and cool toned colours, it means the palette is surprisingly versatile. 

Urban decay naked smoky palette, eyeshadow, palette, smoky eye, review, swatches

Urban decay naked smoky palette, eyeshadow, palette, smoky eye, review, swatches

Urban decay naked smoky palette, eyeshadow, palette, smoky eye, review, swatches

The only downside I have is that the colours are really dark for everyday use. I get up at 6 a.m. every morning for school, so I don't have a lot of opportunities to do a smokey eye. But that was obviously something that I understood when purchasing this palette. 

Overall, I'm really happy with this purchase. The lighter colours are easy to use and I've been reaching for it more often than I thought.  I think if you see it on sale again, it's a really great buy! 

Have you tried the palette out? What are your thoughts? 

xoxo K

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay

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I absolutely love the idea of wearing perfume, but most of the time I'm running out the door and forget to apply it. My parents love to buy me a special perfume on different occasions, and I was lucky enough to getter Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay for Christmas.  It seems to be a favourite of beauty bloggers, and I'd been wanting to try it for ages



The website describes this perfume as,

"Childhood memories of blackberry picking . . . A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. Vibrant and verdant." 

I absolutely love the smell of this perfume. It's fresh and fruity, but not overpowering. It comes across as very natural, and not too "perfume-like" if that makes sense.

While I love how this smells and develops on the skin, my only complaint is that it doesn't last very long on me.  I notice by the afternoon that it's very faint. Like, virtually nonexistent. While I don't want to carry this bottle with me daily, I do have samples of smaller ones that I love to reapply thought the day. The different scents in the range layer beautifully, and add a lot of dimension.

Overall, I love wearing the perfume, and it's quickly becoming one of my favourites. Have you tried any of the Jo Malone perfumes? What are your favourites?

-xoxo K