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if you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose.  when you wake up, you can't just wait to see what kind of day you'll have.  you have to decide what kind of day you'll have.
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The Power of Makeup: Perception vs Reality

NikkiTutorials created an amazing youtube video called “The Power of Makeup” where she only applied makeup to half her face, showing the power that makeup can have to transform her face.

Her message in the video was that, although we shouldn’t rely on makeup to feel beautiful, there is nothing wrong with wearing alot of makeup, having fun with makeup, and it making you feel more fabulous.

Although I love Nikki’s message and will definitely put up a future post around “makeup shaming” and showing how my glammed up makeup can transform my face (stay tuned!), her video inspired me to take the idea in a different direction…

The Power of Makeup 

When I remove my eye makeup at night, I often make the comment, semi-jokingly, to my fiance “goodbye big eyes!”.

When I think of the words “Power of Makeup” – I think about the power makeup has to make me feel more beautiful.  I believe that most women wear makeup to feel more physically attractive by bringing out our favourite features, minimizing our “imperfections”, and adding a pop of colour to our faces.

That being said, there have been times when I felt beautiful after trying out a new fun vibrant eyeshadow look (like Spring Laguna) but worried that it wasn’t “work appropriate”……but then, to my surprised, no one at work noticed anything different.  Was it not as bright or different as I perceived?

As I am not a formally trained makeup artist, I’ve often question – is my daily makeup routine actually making as big of a physical difference as I think…or is it all in my head?  Because I know that I have applied a contour, do I see a much thinner face?  Do I only notice my eyes popping because I know that I applied jewel toned eye shadow?  When I don’t wear makeup, do my eyes actually look noticeably smaller?

So, I wanted to see side-by-side if my typical every day makeup routine actually made me look noticeably different / “more beautiful” or did I perceive a difference because I knew I had applied makeup?

The Result

Power of Makeup

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How To: Select Your Bridesmaids


A couple months ago, I got engaged…yay (future blog to come)!  I knew one of my biggest challenges was going to be selecting my bridesmaids.  I knew my Maid of Honour would be my younger sister (that was a no brainer) and my two best friends would be two of my bridesmaid…but I had to decide if I wanted more, and who it would be.

I’m so blessed to have some amazing friends and a close family…but that also makes it challenging.  It’s tough when you want to do what makes you happy but also “what’s right”, while not offending anyone (well…let’s be honest, you can’t please everyone).

I wanted to share a blog I read today entitled How To: Select Your Bridesmaids. It’s very helpful to anyone in my predicament.  It defines the role of the bridesmaids and guidance about who and what you should consider so that you can feel confident about your decision.  I’d also like to note, that just because someone isn’t your bridesmaid doesn’t mean you can’t give them another honour.


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64 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Make You Feel Incredibly Happy


I just read this list of 64 Mind-Blowing Facts and they did make me feel incredibly happy…so I, of course, had to share it with you all.  Here’s the link http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/facts-that-will-make-you-feel-incredibly-happy?bffb

My top 5 favourites are (in no particular order):

1)   Every year, hundreds of new trees grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.

2)   Otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t float away from one another.

3)   Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, who respectively voiced Mickey and Minnie Mouse, were married in real life.

4)   A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

5)   There is no angry way to say the word “bubbles.”

What are your favourites?  Are there any other mind-blowing facts that you would add?

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Single on Valentine’s Day?

Valentines-DayIt’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!!!!

Yes, I know that Valentine’s Day is “just a commercial holiday”….but I still LOVE it.   I love that there is a day every year dedicated to celebrating love and appreciation.  Of course everyone should express their love all year round, but why not use February 14 as another excuse to do so.  How can you not love being surrounded by the colour pink and smiley people?

This is the first year that I have had a boyfriend (or date) on Valentine’s Day but being single on Valentine’s Day has never really bugged me.   I normally spend the day expressing my love and appreciation for my my friends, family and, more recently, myself.  Yes, you read that correctly, I take time to celebrate and appreciate myself on Feb 14th too.  I watch my favourite movies, have a luxurious bubble bath, make/buy a delicious meal, and/or spend time with people who fill my life with love.  What could be better?

So, if you have no plans tomorrow night – make some!  Do something special to celebrate you and all your fabulousness.  Need some ideas?  Click Here

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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