Tuesday, December 31, 2013
First off, I wanted to wish you all a happy and safe New Years Eve. 2013 was somewhat of a rough year for me, so I am very much looking forward to 2014 and can't wait to share all of the new blog posts/ideas I have in mind. For today's post I wanted to share the 'All About Eyes' tag video I recently made, featuring a plethora of my favourite eye products. Enjoy and be sure to leave me a comment below letting me know all of your favourites.
Monday, December 30, 2013
While I am already missing the warmth and sunshine, I am back from Florida and happy to be blogging once again. I had hoped to do a number of outfit posts while I was away, but in all honesty, time got the best of me and I found that after spending my days outside in the fresh air, all I had the energy to do at night was lie in bed and watch Christmas movies.
While I didn't dress up as much as I had originally thought I would (I had a number of dresses I didn't even touch while away), I did manage to put a somewhat fancy outfit together for dinner at a nice Italian restaurant on Christmas Eve, and wanted to share as I thought it would make the perfect simple New Years Outfit were I planning to go out of the house that night (we are instead having a few friends over at our house for a casual night).
So, for those still looking for outfit ideas for their New Years festivities, here is a closer look at the simple, yet still chic holiday outfit I put together:
Dress: Forever 21 (Plus Size)
Bracelets: The Bay
Shoes: Town Shoes
Cuff: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21
What do you think of my New Years Eve outfit idea? Do you have any plans for New Years Eve? What will you be wearing? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.
1) Nail polish choices for Florida. Fingers-Essie's 'No Baggage Please', Toes-Butter London's 'Fruit Machine'.
2) They're here!!
3) Airplane selfie with my sister.
4) The view from our lanai in Miromar Lakes, Florida.
5) This is how Florida does a white Christmas.
6) Spending the day at the beach.
7) Captiva Island Christmas lights.
8) Relaxing by the pool.
9) Rented a boat for the day.
10) So many dolphins!
11) Splashing in the Gulf.
12) Crazy sisters.
13) The best key lime pie I've ever had.
14) Christmas Eve outfit.
15) Christmas shenanigans with my sister.
16) Holiday lights in Naples, Florida.
17) Sipping a Miami Vice by the pool on Christmas Day.
18) So many outlet steals...haul to come!
19) Spending the last couple of days in Cape Coral, Florida.
20) The view from our screened in porch in Cape Coral .
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Easily Transform Your Nails From Ordinary to Extraordinary with Revlon by Marchessa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués (Guest Post)
**While I am away, I have asked some of my favourite bloggers to guest post on Funny Face Beauty. Today's post is from Sandra of Mom's Makeup Stash, a fellow Canadian and friend, whose easy nail art idea will have you running to your local drugstore**
I first posted about Revlon's new limited edition 3D Nail Appliqués (inspired by Marchesa runway gowns) over on my own site MomsMakeupStash.com
These exquisite nail wraps make the perfect beauty accessory! Their intricate designs are very luxe looking and provide endless options for jazzing up your nails. I love how you can take everyday nails to the next level by simply adding a chic accent. Transforming your nails for that special event has never been easier! You can create a variety of different looks using these appliqués - they can be worn alone over bare nails, as an accent over your favourite nail polish or cut out and used solely on the tips.
Each package retails for $8.95 and contains 18 UV-cured nail wraps, a mini nail file and a cuticle stick. Not only are these easy to apply but they also don't require any drying time or long-term commitment. Simply peel them off from the corner near the cuticle when you want to change things up. The Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués make achieving salon-like nail art quality manicures super easy. Follow the how-to steps below to take your nails from ordinary to extraordinary this Holiday season.
1) Start off with a clean, dry nail surface
2) Shape, file and buff your nails
3) Paint your nails using two coats of your favourite polish ( I used Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI)
4) Determine which of the appliqués will fit the desired accent nail (I used the second smallest size of "Crown Jewels")
5) Peel off the appliqué and press it onto the nail ensuring that you do not go past the cuticle area
6) Gently stretch it over the edge of your nail
7) Using the nail file, file off any excess material using a sideways motion
8) Add a topcoat to extend wear
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Friday, December 27, 2013
**While I am away, I have asked some of my favourite bloggers to guest post on Funny Face Beauty. Today's post is from Amber of Canadian Fashionista, a fellow Canadian blogger and close friend whose hot pink leather jacket, I may just have to steal...seriously!**
New Year's Eve might be my favourite day of the year, I love ringing in the New Year with my friends and a little bubbly. When I was younger, I loved nothing more than getting all dolled up in a fancy dress and heading downtown to my local club. Now I would love nothing more than to go to a house party in my pj’s, I guess that’s what happens when you get older?
This year I think I’ll be celebrating at a friend’s house, and although I’d love to show up in my onesie, I think clothing would be a better option? I’ll be keeping it comfy and casual, but will be adding a touch of style with this hot pink fuchsia moto jacket, the colour alone will make the statement when walking into the room. When I get hot, I can take it off and still look chic in this black and white brocade peplum top paired with my favourite, and oh so comfy black denim. You can’t go to any party, even a house party, without a killer pair of heels and since they’ll be coming off at the door, I won’t be scared to rock the highest pair I own.
Jacket- The Gap- $128
Peplum Top- Smart Set- $28
Denim- Smart Set- $55
Pumps- Aldo- $70
What do you think of my New Year's Eve outfit? Do you have any big plans to ring in the New Year? What will you be wearing?
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
**While I am away I have asked some of my favourite bloggers to guest post on Funny Face Beauty. Today's guest post is from Julia of Beauty Fiends, a fellow Canadian blogger and good friend whose festive holiday manicure makes me wish I was better at doing my nails**
I’m happy to be back guest posting for Alicia while she’s off to warmer climates (that lucky girl!). We live in the same area so I’m super jealous that I have to stick around and deal with all of the snow we’ve had lately. I’m hoping she brings warmer temperatures and some sunshine back with her!
I wanted to do an easy, holiday themed manicure for my work holiday party. I’m not the greatest at nail art, so I thought I’d keep it pretty simple and choose holiday colours more over a complicated design.
For this manicure I used Sally Hansen Red Carpet, Julep Leslie and Felicity, and Essie Set in Stone. I love Red Carpet and thought it would be a great red for my base. Leslie has a very fine multi-colour shimmer, so I thought it worked well as the base for the tree background. I love the look of the dark base and a gold tree, but any colour combination will work.
The tree design was very simple to make. If you don’t have striping tape, you can use scotch tape, but be sure to remove most of the sticky backing. This way you won’t pull off any of your base colour. You can cut off thin strips to use to make the cut outs also. Place two large pieces over your nail to form a triangle. Apply the thin pieces in alternating directions, like a ribbon being draped over a Christmas tree. Once you’re happy with the placement, apply two coats of your tree colour and patiently wait for it to dry.
While you’re waiting for your tree to dry, take your glitter polish and apply it to the tops of your nails. I like to call this a reverse glitter gradient. I like to try to catch the bigger glitter pieces on the top of the bottle so the glitter is more concentrated.
After removing the tape carefully, I always like to wait a bit longer to let the edges dry before adding topcoat. At this point you could add a jewel or dot on another colour to look like a tree topper. Finish off with a coat of topcoat over all of your nails and you’re good to go!
Whenever I work with tape, I like to make sure my base coat is totally dry – I’ll usually wait a full day so that I don’t ruin the base colour. There is nothing worse than pulling off the tape too soon and ruining your hard work!
What kind of nail art do you do for the holidays? Do you have a certain polish you wear around this time of the year?
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
**While I am away I have asked some of my favourite bloggers to guest post on Funny Face Beauty. Today's post is from Jenn of A Beautiful Zen, an awesome Canadian blogger and friend whose winter essentials are slowly creeping their way on to my wish list**
Heyo! It’s Jenn from A Beautiful Zen! Check out my blog for down to earth chatter about beauty and life. Winter is in full gear and the recent pick up in snow and wind, has forced me to change up my beauty routine. Here are a few winter essentials I’ve been using lately.
I’m a West coast girl at heart and even though I’ve leaved in Toronto for 2 years, I’m still shocked by how moisture is sucked from my skin once winter rolls around. I’ve been arming myself with my HG lipbalm Blistex Lip Medex and squeezing every drop out of The Body Shop’s Cranberry Joy Hand Cream.
Adding extra moisture to hair never occurred to me but the dry air here makes it a necessity. I’ve been reaching for L’Oreal’s Re-nutrition Royal Jelly Nourishing Cream Care. Rubbing some of this into my hair in the morning makes a major difference in hair dryness throughout the day.
For my face, major dry patches and skin tightness prompted me to get on the face oil bandwagon. I picked up Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil. For even more moisture, I’ve been turning to my trusty Sulwahsoo Overnight Vitalizing Treatment. This stuff is legit and will turn plump up and moisturize dry skin over night. I reviewed this product here.
Of course, once you step outside in the torrid wind and snow you have to take some backup with you. A great grey circle scarf knit by my mom (she’s an amazing knitter), fleece gloves and a beret have been my staples throughout autumn and into winter.
What are your winter essentials?
Thanks for reading!
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