Friday, October 20, 2017

#OOTD: AAA Girls Drag Show

There are some nights that are beyond memorable. They are special. That is the best way to describe my experience seeing the AAA Girls recently. In case you don't know already....the AAA Girls are made up of Alaska, Willam, and Courtney Act. They are drag queens who were all featured on various seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race. (Alaksa, my personal favourite, actually went on to win All Stars 2.) They came to Toronto on their Access All Areas tour a few weeks ago, so my sister and I jumped at the chance to see these incredible performers take the stage.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

my zaful wishlist.

There is something exciting about new clothes. One new piece from Zaful can instantly breathe new life into a stale or lackluster wardrobe. It can inspire a bold style, bring you joy, and give you a much-deserved feeling of confidence. Yes, fashion is powerful! Lately, I have been thinking of ways to re-vamp my own closet....which is why I have created a little wishlist.

Monday, October 16, 2017

new in: zara, hot topic, and bluenotes.

Oh, shopping. How I have missed you. As you may know if you have been reading my blog for any period of has been one of my resolutions to do less shopping. And I have. Though, I do still indulge every once and a while! And boy, did I need to. It had been a strange few days and I was feeling pretty emotional. Everything was off balance and my mind was not in the best place. Thankfully, my mom and I had a mini shopping trip planned. We went to the mall to find a birthday gift for my dad and check out some of the stores. It was such a fun day and it managed to get my mind off of things. If that wasn't enough, my husband and I did some discount shopping the day before. It was definitely a weekend of worthy of a shopaholic.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

amp up your fall wardrobe with yoins.

This is my favourite time of year for fashion. I love everything about it....from the layered looks to the chunky knits and rich colour palettes. Talk about gorgeous! There is this effortless sophistication that seems to go hand in hand with fall style. No wonder I am always eager to spruce up my wardrobe when this season comes around. There are so many incredible trends to try and stunning pieces to embrace. Are you ready to give your fall wardrobe a bit of a boost? All you need to do is check out Yoins. This online fashion website has an incredible selection with all of the essentials you need to perfect your style this season.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

brand love: clinique (moisture surge collection + gift bag goodies)

As hard as it is to believe.....winter is not too far away. I know, I know! It's a scary though. Right now the fall weather is starting to kick in and the temperatures are dropping fast. For me, that means one thing: dry skin. This is something I deal with on a regular basis but once the fall and winter months arrive, it becomes so much worse. That means I really need to be proactive when it comes to skin care. All I can say is thank goodness for Clinique! This is easily one of my favourite brands, thanks to their Moisture Surge line of products.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

these are a few of my favourite things.

Every once and a while, it is important to stop and look around you. To focus on the wonderful things in your life and just take a moment to be grateful. This is something I am trying to more of lately. I think social media has intensified this need to buy more, more, more, just to keep up with everyone else. Don't get me wrong....I love a good haul post! And I love to shop. But at the same time, it is important that we don't get so caught up in hoarding new things that we forget how blessed we already are. That is what inspired this post. I decided to go through pictures and look around my apartment - to show you what I have been loving lately. Each thing on this list fills my life with joy.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

do-it-yourself recipes for beauty and skin care.

Feel like changing up your beauty routine? There are so many ways to go about it. For some, that might mean picking up a new face wash or using a different mascara. For others? It is all about putting your skills to the test. DIY doesn’t just relate to home improvements. The term can also be applied to your skin, beauty, and hair care. Why should you do-it-yourself this season? Making your own beauty products can save you money and ensure that only natural products are used. Try out one of these recipes and get ready to change your beauty routine for the better.

Friday, October 6, 2017

review: rimmel insa-flawless

At this point, it feels like I have tried just about every primer and perfecting cream there is to try. There are ones I like, ones I don't like, and ones that fall in the middle. After a certain point, new offerings fail to interest me. Which is why I was surprised to find myself gravitating towards the new Rimmel London Insta Flawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint. Right off the bat, it seemed like a newer version of the Maybelline BB Cream (that I used to wear as a base underneath my foundation for a fuller coverage look). Would this be different? Better? Worse? For whatever reason....I had to find out.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

how to makeover your closet this fall.

Every closet could use a makeover every now and again. Every so often it is a good idea to weed out old pieces you don’t wear anymore. Like that trendy top that seems out of place or a t-shirt that is totally worn out. From there you can donate, trade, or toss. Simple, right? Just don't forget about your actual closet. It tends to get neglected, which is why this season, it is time to make it over. These ideas will help you get organized and beautify your space.

Monday, October 2, 2017

current obsession: annabelle chrome cream eyeshadow

Ever have one of those moments? You know, when a makeup product walks into your life and instantly becomes a must-have? That happened to me recently. On a whim, I picked up the Annabelle Chrome Creamy Single Eyeshadow in the shade Gold. There was a small display of these chrome shadows on an end that I passed while walking through my local drugstore and I thought...what the heck. There were a few shades to choose from but the gold seemed like the one I would use most often. So, I took it home to try out this creamy shadow for myself.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

mini mall haul.

Shopping is one of my favourite pastimes. Yet it has become a source of stress and panic for me in the last little while. Why? I have been trying very hard to buy less and use more of what I own. That includes makeup, clothes, DVDs, and everything else in my life. Because of that.....I find myself worrying on the odd instance that I visit the mall or go on a shopping trip. I constantly ask myself: Do I need it? Will I use it? Should I be spending money? Ahh, how I miss the days of spending my paychecks without a care in the world.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

review: maybelline the city mini palette (downtown sunrise)

It has been a while since a drugstore eyeshadow palette caught my eye. In all honestly, there hasn't been a whole lot out there lately. Most of the newer makeup products are lip-centric....but many liquid lipsticks does a girl really need? Needless to say, it was refreshing to see a few new mini eyeshadow palettes out from Maybelline. I particularly liked the fact that they had a clear theme and packaging that was eye-catching and exciting. Which is why I decided to take the plunge and give the Downtown Sunrise mini palette a try.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

versatile blogger award.

Sometimes? It feels nice to be appreciated. I started the creation of beauty is art. six years ago and have written about an awful lot of topics since then. From makeup to fashion to music to lifestyle, travel, personal events, and so much more. Versatile is certainly a good word to describe my little corner of the Internet! Which is why I was so excited and grateful to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by P&P Style. (Thank you so much!) Her blog is amazing and is all about fashion - so be sure to check it out.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

first impressions: fenty beauty by rihanna

It has been a while since a new makeup line has created a massive amount of buzz. For the last while, Sephora has been full of the same old brands with their usual offerings of beauty products and skin care items. While there is always tons to choose from....there hasn't been anything super exciting in a while. I'm talking line-ups, crowds, and tons of anticipation. Until Fenty Beauty arrived, that is. The new makeup brand, created by Rihanna, is shaking up the beauty industry.

Friday, September 22, 2017

jennifer lawrence: love it or leave it?

Whenever a film festival takes place, there is one constant: fabulous red carpet looks. It doesn't matter what genre the movie is, who is starring, or where the festival takes place. There is always something new and exciting to see at the premiere. Recently, TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) took over the city. There were A-listers popping up all over the place! Including Jennifer Lawrence. Her controversial new movie, mother! is easily one of the most buzzed about films in quite a while. It is causing division among fans and reviewers alike...which only creates more buzz.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

beginner series: three common beauty mistakes to avoid

We have all done it. Made beauty mistakes, that is. When it comes to makeup application, no one is perfect their first time out…or second…. or even the third. It takes time to learn what works and what doesn’t. For some, this learning curve can be frustrating. Don’t give up! Everyone falls into issues, problems, and complications at one point or another. The most important thing is to learn from them and improve your skill level.

Monday, September 18, 2017

review: eyeko london (eye do liquid eyeliner)

It has been a while. Several years ago, I tried out a couple of products from Eyeko London and loved them. They were fabulous! Only snag? I couldn't seem to find them to re-purchase. So somehow, time went on, and I sort of forgot about the brand altogether. Then my mom managed to score a couple of their products in a recent subscription box and passed along the pen eyeliner. Lucky me!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hair Week: Easy Fall Hairstyles

Love fall? It’s hard not to. Though the days are getting chillier....there is still so much to do. There are days to spend with friends, evenings to be on the town, and cute layered looks to wear. It is important to look and feel your best every step of the way. That means gorgeous hairstyles that will take you from day to night. You want something chic, simple, and effortless, right? These easy fall are guaranteed to glam up any and all looks.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hair Week: Amp Up Your Style With TedHair

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? To embrace a new look? Then it might be time to consider trying out hair extensions. Whether you are giving them a go for the first time or you are a seasoned pro...they are a great way to add vibrancy to your next look. Maybe you have a special event coming up or you are simply eager to do something different. Whatever the reason, remember that you have plenty of exciting options to choose from.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hair Week: All About Rechoo Synthetic Wigs

Sometimes, you just want to do something different. Change your look. Be daring. Feel bold. You are not alone in that feeling. Just think about all of the celebrities that constantly change up their look! From the red carpet to special events and store openings....they always seem to be sporting a fresh new hair look. Not only does that keep things exciting but it allows them to express their personalities. Take a page from the A-listers and refresh your style with a new and exciting hair look. There are many ways to go about this, but the easiest is definitely a synthetic wig. Today's post is dedicated to just that, so keep reading to find out all the facts!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hair Week: Everything You Need to Know About Virgin Hair from BestHairBuy

It is amazing how a good hair day can totally transform your mood. When your hair is on point....somehow, you seem to stand a little taller and feel ready to take on anything the world throws your way. That is why my posts this week are dedicated to hair, hair, and more hair. From extensions to wigs and styling tips, there will be a little something for everyone! To kick things off, I wanted to talk about virgin hair. Here is everything you need to know.

Friday, September 8, 2017

five fabulous fall nail polish shades.

Does it even count as fall without a fresh coat of polish? One of the best ways to welcome in the season is to add a little colour to your nails. Not only will it look great - but it will inspire you to embrace fall fashion. That is why I decided to dig through my nail polish collection to show you a few of my favourite summer shades. Pick them up at your local drugstore or choose a similar colour from your own collection for fabulous fall-ready nails.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

how often should you clean your makeup brushes?

A girl can never have too many makeup brushes. Or at least, that is what I thought. Until I actually sat down to clean them all. It took forever. I stood at my bathroom sink, surrounded by crease brushes, fan brushes, stippling brushes, and foundation brushes in every shape size and colour imaginable. It was then that I realized: I probably should clean these more often.

Monday, September 4, 2017

enjoying fun end-of-summer activities.

If you live in the GTA, there are traditional ways to celebrate the end of summer. Namely, the CNE, a concert, and a Blue Jays game. I was able to check all three off of my annual to-do list recently. My mom and I spent a day at the Canadian National Exhibition (also lovingly referred to as The Ex), went to a concert with a good friend I hadn't seen in a while, and spent an evening at a baseball game with my husband and a couple of friends. All of these activities were different but equally fun. It was certainly a fond farewell to the warm (but often rainy) summer season. Which is why I wanted to highlight these experiences on the creation of beauty is art. Here goes....

Saturday, September 2, 2017

make september your best month ever.

Maybe it's me, but this summer seemed to go by faster than usual. (And it always seems to zoom by.) With September just beginning, we are collectively hanging onto the last remaining days of sunshine and carefree afternoons. By the time this month ends...we will be dipping our toes into cool fall weather and changing leaves.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

how to choose the perfect prom dress.

I know what you're thinking. Prom? But school is just beginning! Well, it is never too early to start thinking about that oh-so-special dress. When it comes to certain occasions (like family get-togethers, weddings, birthdays, and prom)...what you wear matters. Not only will it look great in all of those photographs and selfies but it will make you feel amazing. Honestly? The latter is by far the most important thing. A great dress has the ability to boost your confidence and help you shine from the inside out. So, if a gorgeous dress is on your mind, pay attention to these helpful shopping tips.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

tips and tricks to feel!

Gratitude can be tough. Waking up with a smile on your face and feeling ready to take on the day? Well it is often easier said than done. There is a reason for this. Stress and anxiety have a way of taking over. In fact, chronic stress is becoming more and more common – and it can affect our overall health. That is why it is important to take a deep breath, de-stress, and remember to be grateful. Having a little gratitude for the big and little things can put everything into perspective. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

my first professional makeup application.

It was a memorable day. Finally, a year after completing my LiveGlam makeup artist certification (read more about my experience here), I applied makeup on a client. was my best friend, but client sounds so much cooler! This was something I have wanted to do for a very long time. Long before I even considered signing up for LiveGlam. Truth be told? I was too nervous to take that first step. Luckily, my friend pushed me to follow my passion.

Friday, August 25, 2017

trend alert: the resurgence of 70s fashion

You’ve heard all about the 90s fashion trend. Currently, everything from chokers to grunge inspired plaid is in style. Good news! That isn’t the only re-emerging fashion trend to pay attention to. Styles inspired by the 70s are back in a big way. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rock a pair of flares and a loose fitting blouse? Now is your chance. This season, you can make the most of this iconic decade. Think fitted jeans with dramatic bell-bottoms, floppy hats, dramatic – and almost dizzying – prints, and everything in between.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

online shopping: my first ROMWE order.

As a fashion fanatic on a budget...I have heard about an awful lot of online style websites. One that continued to pop up was ROMWE. Despite hearing about it over and over again, I ever ordered anything from them. There was no particular reason. I just never got around to it! Well, a little while ago, I finally did get around to it. I saw an ad that showed ROMWE offered 60% off of your first purchase. Great, I thought. What a perfect way to try out their clothes and see what all the fuss was about.

Monday, August 21, 2017

neapolitan ice cream sundae inspired makeup look.

It just isn't summer without a cold ice cream cone. There has literally never been a time in my life when I have turned down a bowl of this delicious dessert. It is the ultimate sweet treat! Since the weather has been warm and muggy lately, there has been a fair amount of ice cream in my life. In fact, my husband and I recently picked up a tub of Neapolitan. The reason? We couldn't agree on a flavour. (I wanted chocolate and he wanted strawberry.) So, we met in the middle.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

four ways to have fun on your own.

Sometimes, we are scared to be by ourselves. We get so used to having other people around that we forget how to hang out with ourselves. If you are anything like me, then you know alone time can be good for the soul. It let's you re-charge, re-connect, and breathe a little easier. Whether you are an introvert or an is possible to make the most of an evening alone. Here are a few ideas that will keep you happy and entertained. All on your own.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

review: urban decay moondust palette

It has been a full-blown makeup drought over here. Okay, not really. I still have more makeup that any one person technically needs...but it has been quite a while since new makeup has entered my life. One of my resolutions for the year was to use more of what I have rather than constantly focus on the new-new-new. As a reward for cutting back, my husband surprised me with the Urban Decay Moondust palette. Cue excitement. Not only was this new makeup....but a sparkly glitter palette that I had been lusting after for ages.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

why trisha paytas is my style icon.

Everyone has a style icon...whether you look up to a red carpet celebrity, a friend, family member, or even an Internet sensation. Over the years, there have been many people who have influenced my love of fashion and beauty. The short list includes designers like Victoria Beckham and Betsey Johnson - and women like Audrey Hepburn and Khloe Kardashian. Though each one is very different from the other, they represent something that resonates within me. For instance, Victoria and Audrey personify elegant sophistication while Betsey and Khloe are all about having fun. I like to think that my style has a bit of both, combining both the classic and the playful.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

getting inspired by: yoins

Honestly? My wardrobe lately has been feeling a little stale. Most of the items hanging in my closet have been worn over and over again. This is both a good and bad thing. It is great because it means there are a ton of favourites for me to choose from....but not so great because it has left me feeling uninspired. There is nothing like a couple of well-chosen pieces to completely re-vamp your wardrobe.

Friday, August 11, 2017

simple ways to score beachy waves.

Is a day at the beach on your calendar? Even if it isn’t…you can still snag relaxed beachy waves. You know, the ones only an afternoon of surf and sand can provide. It is possible to achieve those gorgeous waves from the comfort of your own home. Want to make sure you are summer ready…wherever the day may take you? This is your guide to sexy beach hair!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

beginner series: contour like a pro

Contour kits are everywhere these days. You can find them in drugstores, Sephora, MAC, and every beauty counter imaginable. Never before has highlighting and contouring been so popular. Thank the A-list for that! Are you a beginner? Then the concept of contouring your face might seem a little overwhelming. What goes where? And how can you avoid noticeable mistakes? Now that the world has gone contour crazy…. it is time to learn the ropes. This beginner-friendly guide will help you get started.

Monday, August 7, 2017

summertime makeup musts.

Summer is fully underway. Though mine had a slow start...things are finally starting to look up. Not only am I feeling better (finally), but there are quite a few special events to look forward to. They kind of popped up unexpectedly! Since I am doing what I can to embrace what is left of the season, I thought today's post should be about the essentials. Be sure to throw these summertime musts in your makeup bag.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

travel far enough and you meet yourself.

It has been a while since I've fallen in love with a city. Recently, my husband whisked me away on a last-minute weekend getaway. The destination? Ottawa, Ontario. Though it was only a four hour drive away, I hadn't been there since a brief stopover in the eight grade. Needless to say, my memories of the area were foggy at best.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

how to rock the 90s trend.

Get your scrunchies. Bring out the plaid. Throw on your overalls. Marathon 90210. In case you hadn’t noticed, 90s fashion trends are back in a real way. Styles that were once considered dated are now at the forefront of fashion. Even though you probably threw out your mini-back pack long ago…. now you can step back in time and re-visit those old favourites. There are so many ways to embrace this fashion resurgence. Here are a few easy ways to wear the trend with ease.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

review: l'oreal colorista washout hair colour in #red

Adventurous? Me? Not even a little. My idea of taking a risk is setting the alarm ten minutes later than I should. Generally speaking, I like things meticulously planned. (Okay, okay, I can be a bit of a control freak from time to time.) When it comes to my hair, basic is the best word to describe it. I typically opt for medium to long length with layers. Nothing more and nothing less.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

celebrating 100 videos on YouTube.

It kind of snuck up on me. While uploading my latest YouTube video, I realized that I had hit a major milestone. 100 videos. That's Current Favourites video for the month of July turned out to be my 100th video on the creation of beauty is art. What a crazy thought! Over the last couple of years, I have been filming, editing, and uploading videos related to makeup and fashion. Some were reviews, others tags, collection videos, and tutorials. And honestly, it has been a ton of fun to do.

Friday, July 28, 2017

music week: katy perry inspired makeup (witness)

New music. Few words are as exhilarating and terrifying. Especially when it relates to an artists you really love, admire, and respect. Will it be amazing? Become the latest soundtrack to your life? Or will it fail to inspire? Let you down? It is always a toss up. When Katy Perry (finally) released her follow up to Prism, I was pumped. And then, not so pumped.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

music week: celebrity makeup face off

Every once and a while, two of my passions collide. That is exactly what happens when musicians release (or put their names on) lines of makeup. Sometimes, these collaborations are super successful and other times, they are only so-so. Since we are halfway through music week here on the creation of beauty is art. it only made sense to focus on music and makeup.

Monday, July 24, 2017

music week: three unforgettable concert looks

There is nothing quite like going to a concert. You know when the lights go down right before the show starts? Suddenly, it is just you, the music, and a moment. I live for that feeling. Since I don't have any summer shows lined up (though there are a few in my future this fall), it only made sense to dive into the fashion aspect of the summer concert season. One of the best and most exciting things about going to a show is getting all glam. It can be a lot of fun to plan out your makeup, outfit, and accessories.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

music week: fashion icons in music

Quite frankly, it doesn't really feel like summer. At least not to me. Usually by this point, a lot would have happened. For instance, I would be in the middle of an ambitious summer to-do list. I'd have seen friends, had a few adventures, gone to the zoo, and made a handful of exciting memories. Oh, and there would be at least a couple of concerts to look forward to.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

workout equipment essentials for your home.

You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get in shape. In fact, you can do it from your very own living room. Just pop in a workout DVD or create your own routine. There are plenty of options to suit your budget and specific interests. Since returning home from my has been a struggle to get back to doing my daily workout - but having everything I need on hand makes it a whole lot easier to stay motivated. If you want to work out at home, these equipment essentials will make your life a whole lot easier.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

re-discovered favourite: rimmel glam eyes quad

My mission? Spend less and use more. Rather than purchasing every new item that hits the drugstore, Sephora, and Kylie Cosmetics shop...I've pledged to focus my attention on the products that I already own. Recently, I went through my eyeshadow collection. Note: this was not by choice. New fixtures and toilets were being installed in the apartment, so I literally had to move everything out of my bathroom. It was such a nightmare.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

testing: skin care and beauty samples

Who doesn't love testing out new products? There are all of these exciting possibilities laid out in front of you. It is an incredible rush, that is for sure. Thanks to a surprise purchase my husband made at work (a new eyeshadow palette is in my future and I cannot wait for it), he was given a handful of samples as a gift with purchase. Today, I wanted to show you what those samples were - and give you mini reviews of each.

Friday, July 14, 2017

gigi hadid: love it or leave it?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dress up as Elle Woods? Barbie? Lizzie McGuire? Me too. Like, every day of my life for the last fifteen years or so. There is something so exciting about early 2000s fashion. It was bright, bold, feminine, and fun. People didn't take things so seriously. Colour was always in style, ruffles were a must have, and there were no limits when it came to new fashion trends. No wonder Gigi Hadid's all pink outfit sparked so much controversy. People seem pretty divided: is it beautiful? Retro? Fun? Grotesque? Since there is no clear made sense to bring it to the blog. This is your chance (and mine) to sound off on this head-turning ensemble.

What I Love: Oh. My. Goodness. There are an awful lot of things I love about this look. Like I mentioned, few things are as exciting to me than 2000s style. I absolutely adore the bold pink colour, the tinted sunglasses, that incredible jacket, all of the beautiful detail work, and those velvet (yes, velvet) shoes. Yes, yes, yes. This outfit is playful, fun, and exciting. It stands out from most of the clothing fashion models, actresses, and singers are wearing these days. In a good way! It boldly represents a strong, confident woman.

What I Loathe: Oh, flares. Though I have a serious obsession with the 1970s, I absolutely detest flared pants. I don't think they are super flattering or comfortable. (Trust me, when this trend came back around in the 90s and 00s, I wore them day in and day out. Needless to say, I am over it.) With this outfit specifically, I think a skinny or bootleg cut would have given this old-school look a hint of modern flair.

Overall, this is a pretty fantastic outfit. The colour is fantastic, there are tons of exciting details, and Gigi looks like a walking Barbie doll. I love it.

What did you think of this look? Love it or leave it?

xo Shannon