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Huge Sephora Haul!

Hey guys!

Sorry for the short hiatus I’ve been crazy busy between work and school lately. I have been uploading every week on my vlog channel and am trying to get a video out every week on my beauty channel as well now.

If you don’t follow me on Twitter on Instagram (which you should or else you’re missing out) I recently started back at Sephora almost 2 months ago which has reignited my makeup buying obsession. I made a collection of things I had purchased since starting again as well as a few on the more exciting things I received in gratis and made a huge summer makeup haul for you guys. I also have the second part of the haul ready to go to show off some new summer clothing, aka lots of bikinis, as well which will be out next week. Hope you guys enjoy!



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2015 Bucket List

If you follow my YouTube channel you’d know that I’ve been doing bucket list videos for the past few years. I don’t like the concepts of resolutions because they sound like a burden, where as a bucket list sounds like a super exciting adventure you want to shoot for. I know its technically the same thing but a little change it wording can make a difference I find.

So let me start this off by saying this will be a year for me. 2014 was nothing short of terrible for me and I spent a lot of it having no idea who I was and trying to change myself to fit into pretty little boxes people wanted me to be. I ended up losing myself and being very lost about who I was and what I was doing. This year I really want to work towards embracing me more and doing things that I want to do, not just trying to please others. So with that said I’ll give you the list of what’s on my 2015 bucket list.


1. Drink more water

There’s been a few posts on here about my journey to quit Diet Coke (spoiler alert; I’ve relapsed hard over December). I’m hoping to really kick the habit in the new year as well as just upping my water intake to keep my skin and body healthy.

2. Keep my GPA up

Part of the reason 2014 sucked is because I made some stupid academic decisions and didn’t have the best grades in the world. I did really pick it up this past fall which I’m super proud of, but if I want to get into the classes I need in the future I really need to keep it up. Also a sub-point under this one is to kind of figure out what I’m doing with my life course wise in university with my higher GPA.

3. Keep my social media game strong

I always use the excuse that I’m too busy to keep up with my blog and YouTube, and even sometimes Instagram and Twitter, but in reality I’m not. YouTube is more difficult just because the lighting in my apartment is terrible but I have no excuse not to keep my blog on point until I get some real lighting to up my YouTube quality. Once I get a good set up I’m aiming for at least 2 videos a month (hopefully on both channels) and try to get at least 1 blog post up a week! I don’t like setting really specific numbers usually but I think these are realistic and won’t stress me too much so let’s hope I can keep them up.

4. Be more positive

This is one thing I really learned in 2014; that your attitude can change everything. I really want to get myself away from negative people (one of whom is ironically texting me now) and situations and focusing on the goof in life. I always want to let any negative things that do come along to affect me less and not take these negative things I can’t change to heart.

5. Keep my apartment clean(er)

This was originally just going to be to keep my apartment clean but then I realized that isn’t my style and I just don’t do squeaky clean, so it got changed to keeping my apartment cleaner. I can already feel the type A personalities flinching but I’m totally the kind of person who does everything in bed, including eating most of my meals, and them just lets things pile up. So if I can manage to keep my bed clear and actually finally move in then I’ll be set.

6. Treat my teeth better

Even since I was a kid I had terrible dental hygiene. I was the kindergardener running around with 6 cavities and a root canal by the age of 5. I also have a weirdly small mouth but not bad enough for braces so they’re squished in there, far from perfectly pearly white, and sometimes not even the cleanest. I know. I suck. That’s why it’s on this list.

7. Set exercise goals

I’m forever the worst person when it comes making excuses to work out. I have purchased a few different ‘guides’ (the most frequent one being Tone it up) and never manage to force myself to stick to them. I’m hoping in 2015 I actually manage to stick to something and hopefully lose those extra pounds I added on last summer.

8. Eat out less

Since I work in a mall I’m generally eating food court food a couple times a week, which isn’t always the healthiest option. Not only is it full of fat but it’s also super expensive. I’m really hoping to get my meal prep on this year so I’m not eating poutine and froyo errday at work.

 9. Start saving more

I know this is so typical but I’m hoping to bulk up my savings account this year so I not only have some extra cash for a raining day (aka a Kate Spade flash sale) but also so I can actually go on some of the trips I’ve been looking towards for year, which I’ll talk about more in my next post. Also I’m totally guilty of groaning every month when I get my Internet bill and hopefully having some savings will stop that… Maybe.

10. Take risks

I’m already a pretty impulsive person by nature but at the same time get super anxious about pretty much everything which leads me to putting everything off. This year I want to apply for jobs I don’t know if I qualify for, go on trips I’ve been wanting to for years, and step out of my comfort zone.


So there you have it folks. Fingers crossed that I manage to pull off at least like 30% of these, and good luck to you too! Be sure to tweet me what’s on your 2015 bucket list so I can continue to add to mine.



Haul: Sephora VIB Rouge Reception

Last Wednesday night I had the joy of being able to go to a VIB Rouge event help at Sephora stores all across Canada (I believe they had them in America but they were on the weekend) that went along with the 4X beauty insider points promotions going on. I’ve been to a VIB event before but this one was exclusive to Rouge clients and was a bit fancier than the one I went to before. As always they had adorable little name tags, water/coffee, and little red and white cupcakes (which were adorable). They had brand reps, were giving contour and highlighting based demos, and introduced the new lip IQ. I expected it to be something fancy but all they do is colour IQ you and use that code to match you with different lip products that match well with your undertones, apparently it worked though because they talked me into buying my match. The other perk of the reception was a free sample bag and VIB Rouge tote with a $50 purchase. So let’s move onto what I actually got…


The first thing I picked up was a big ass bottle of Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. I received a small bottle for gratis around Christmas and have fallen in love since it’s one of the only cleansers I can use with my Clarisonic and that doesn’t sting my eyes. I was going to get the little one but then saw this 480ml on for less than double the price of the 250ml bottle and I couldn’t say no (I may even go exchange it for the 700ml bottle). No idea how I’m going to bring it back on my flight but I’ll make it work.


The next is the lip product I mentioned before. After getting my lip IQ she asked if I was into daring colours (which I totally am) and got matched with this liquid lipstick from Too Faced, I got Melted Violet. I’m a sucker for something innovative and these had good reviews on Temptalia (like A+ god) so I splurged and picked it up. I must say I’m super disappointed. I don’t know if my lips just suck or not but within about 2 hours, no eating and only drinking out of a water bottle, the middle of my lips were flaky and it was wearing off. I don’t know if I got a bad one or if my lips just rejected the product for some reason but this did not work for me. I love the colour though so I think I’m going to go to Sephora when I’m back in Vancouver and try to find a better formula product to exchange it with.


This one is boring but necessary. The weather here is crazy how and I’m prone to sunburns so I picked up the Jack Black lip balm in lemon (again because Temptalia raves about it). I haven’t tried it yet but I may do a full review when I do, let me know if you’d read a super basic lip balm review.


The last thing picked up is a little weird. I had originally planned to pick up the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse since everyone loved it but after chatting with one of the artists (shout out to Kathy)she talked me into trying out the Vita Liberata self tanner than I had previously receive in gratis but never tried out since it was medium and I was scared of it. So instead of shelling out the $44 for a new system I just grabbed the “Everything under the sun tanning set” from Sephora’s house brand that come with a reusable mitt, exfoliating mitt, as well as a tan ‘eraser’ to use on your hands. The best part? It was on sale for only $6! She said it had just gone on sale and it wasn’t out on the floor anymore but she pulled from from the back for me and I’m super excited to give it a try.


Now the most exciting part… SAMPLES. I swear I was willing to spend that $50 just to get the tiny bag of samples. This specific bag was an adorable leather bag with very subtle Sephora logos on it with the following products inside: Buxom’s Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Styling Treatment, Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, Benefit’s Watts Up Highlighter, Clinique’s High Impact Mascara, Algenist’s Complete Eye Renewal Balm (the best part about this sample is the full size is only twice as big as this sample and retails for $81!), Escada Born In Paradise Eau de Toilette, and MUFE HD Blush in 410 (I also received a tiny Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel with my purchase).

So there you have it, my mini haul from the event. Hope you enjoyed!



Sally Hansen VoxBox

If you’ve looked through my blog before you would know that I’m an avid nail polish junkie. Last week my roommate looked utterly appalled when he exclaimed that it was the first day he had seen me with naked nails since he’s known me (approximately a year and a half). So needless to say I was very excited when I was told I would be receiving the January VoxBox from Influenster. This month was a Sally Hansen VoxBox and I received 3 of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes. These polishes claim to gave 7 benefits in come bottle and also claim to make your life easier by acting as both a bottom and top coat as well as supplying opaque colour. If you’d like to see my full review on them I made a video in which I will link here (also photos are to come here when rush is over an I can have my nails a colour other than pink). Overall I really did enjoy the polishes. The lighter colour left a little bit to be desired, I applied 3 coats and could still see my nail through it, but the darker ones are gorgeous and definitely supplied that gel finish I was looking for. Once again, for a full review and look at the polishes be sure to go watch my video on them, but I hope this little write up supplies some insight on there loves polishes!



5 College Girl Beauty Essentials

I’ve had a lot of experience living the ridiculously busy life of a college girl. Last year I got away with the no makeup and hoodie look to work everyday but this year I don’t have that luxury, so I’ve come up with some beauty products that I think every busy student needs in their kit.

1. Concealer Primer

I know what you’re thinking, why not just concealer lauren? My answer to that would be that to make your concealer really work for you there’s a lot of work involved. I find if I don’t set it with a powder and check it throughout the day it will b one by the end of the day. Primer, on the other hand, doesn’t have this issue. I’ve been using Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray for a few months now and not only does it work on it’s own because it’s tinted but it also last the entire day until I scrub it off. Bye bye bags!

2. A Decent Coverage One-Step Foundation

This sounds very ominous but it really depends on your skin type whether you want to go with powder or liquid. The moral of the story is to find some type of foundations that have at least a medium coverage and isn’t difficult to apply, this way you don’t have to stress over extra concealer to cover blemishes and you can do it on the go. I switch between my Laura Mercier Foundation Powder (the sponge it comes with is fantastic too) and my Smashbox CC Cream. Both I don’t need a brush to apply, blend out well, and cover everything I need it to!

3. Felt Tip Liquid Liner

Easy to use, quick to apply, lasts all day, and always a polished look. Need I say more? (I recommend the Revlon Colorstay or Marcelle ones from the drugstore!)

4. Holy Grail Lip Balm

Not only does lip balm hydrate your lips but also gives them that lovely ‘I look like I tried even though I’ve only been awake for 4 minutes’ look. My favourites are the b. Karmins (sorry I have no idea where to get these anymore, some sephoras still carry it, others don’t), but I’m also a fan of the Korres lip butters and there are plenty of good quality ones at the drugstore too!

5. Makeup Remover Wipes

My final recommendation isn’t makeup for say but is probably one of the most the most important items in my makeup routine. When you’re working all day then staying up all night writing papers you probably aren’t too concerned about taking your face off at the end of the day. Although I’ve been blessed with my Clarisonic and a great skin care routine through work I still find myself reaching for my good old Costco wipes at the end of the day when I just want to pass out. Believe me, your skin will than you when you let it breathe before you hit the sack.

So there you have it my friends, the 5 things I think every college girl needs in her life. If you have anything else you think I needed to add either leave a comment for me or tweet me @vancitychiblog!



Perfect Pinks!

I’ve been seeing a lot around lately so I thought I would join the trend a make a most on some of my favourite pink products since it’s October (aka breast cancer awareness month). You’ll see that obviously there will be more of some types of products than others since not a lot of pink shadows and whatnot exist but here are a list of my favourite pink products!


1. I Am Strong- Essie

This is one of the polishes that came out with the breast cancer awareness line that Essie did so it would be silly not to include it. It also just happens to be the perfect Barbie pink. I happily wore this on my nails for a few weeks now.

2. Pink Mosaic Blush-Marcelle

Unfortunately I do not know that name of this blush since I received it at blog van city instead of picking it up from the store like normal people. I just love the mix of the shades here, they supply the perfect flush without any glitter or too much colour.

3. Speak Louder-MAC

I will forever rave about this. I picked it up on a whim as a back to MAC and it wasn’t until having it for 6 months did I fall deeply in love with it. Now it’s become my go to pink lipstick. You need it in your life.

4. Clarisonic Mia 2

This is my newest baby, and the packaging is pink so I can include it in here right? My Mia is one of those things that I wasn’t aware that I needed in my life until I had it, now I cannot imagine cleaning my face any other way.

5. Teenage Dream-OPI

We started off with a nail polish so why not end with one. This is one of those products that no matter what the base colour is I get an uncontrollable urge to throw this glitter on top of it. Because nothing is better than a pink and silver glitter, right?



Happy Halloween! (NailPolishCanada Review)

P1020068Earlier this week I thought I would treat myself and finally buy some polishes from Nail Polish Canada since all of the lovely Halloween collections have come out. I was going to buy an orange and black splatter from work but when I saw what looked closer to a Halloween glitter I had to jump on it, and who can say no to glow in the dark polish right? So then I ended up with these babies.

First I’ll talk a little bit about my experience with the company. I set up my account and placed my order on Thursday, then received my conformation email on Friday saying that I should expect my polishes in 1-5 business days. Usually I’m prepared for up to two weeks for shipping so seeing this alone excited me. I was even more ecstatic when I got the notification Monday morning saying that they had already arrived. When I picked it up it was in a nice little box that was filled with foam peanuts and my receipt. The polishes themselves were wrapped together in bubble wrap (if it wasn’t such a fast/short shipping process this would worry me since there’s a possibility the bottles to bang against each other). Overall I’m really pleased with the service. Products I love, collections I can’t find in store, and free and fast shipping. I’m pleased, massive thumbs up for NailPolishCanada.

Now onto the polishes themselves…

P1020065The first one that caught my attention was “Ghoulish Glow” by China Glaze. Most glow in the dark polishes aren’t actually to great when it comes to glowing but this one surprised me. The bottle defiantly glows and with 2-4 coats it will glow on your nails as well. A few of the reviews did complain about how it’s not exactly a top coat and is more of a yellow polish in itself, but for the most part I disagree. I could see how over a darker base colour it would show but I used it on top of “Ballet Slippers” by Essie and barely noticed a change in colour. The only other thing I noticed about it is that it left a strange texture on my nails, also the feeling you get with a matte top coat but without the matte look. This is annoying if left but if you apply a top coat it’s perfectly fine. If you’re looking for a good glow polish this one is definitely worth it for the $6.75 it was online, if it weren’t for the strange texture it would be a perfect.

P1020063The other polish I order is “Boo-gie Down” from China Glaze. It’s a strange mix of difference sized hexagonal orange, black, and white glitter in a clear base. I originally wanted to put this over an orange polish but didn’t have that available so I decided to just layer it instead. The glitter is definitely sparse in this, there’s about 5-6 coats on in the photo, and it doesn’t disperse evenly by any means. To create this I did 2 basic semi-even coats then placed any extra glitter in places that the original coats had missed. It did also leave my nails with a lot of texture but 2 coats of the Formula X top coat from Sephora and it was completely evened out. My final verdict is that if you have the time and patience this special effects coat does look really cool on it’s own, and I also think it would look awesome over another Halloween coloured polish. I would get more use out of it and it would save a lot of time if the glitter was in a black polish instead of a clear one, or even it if was thicker go the glitter went on more intensely. So if you want a fun, festive glitter this is worth the $6.75 I paid for it, but at the same time I probably won’t use it any other time of the year and it isn’t exactly the easiest product I’ve ever worked with so keep that in mind.

So there are some of my thoughts on my experience with NailPolish Canada as well as a min review on these China Glaze Halloween themed polishes from their Monster Ball collection. If you like these polish reviews let me know and I’ll be sure to do more, and if you’re a fellow Canadian be sure to check out them out for some awesome deals and fast shipping on polishes.






Fall is in the Air…

In case you haven’t stepped outside in the last week, or you have the joy of living in a city that’s a tad less dreary than Vancouver, you would know that the temperature in the lower mainland dropped from 30 to about 15 in about a day and a half. On a more positive note this means that it’s the season for boots, salted caramel hot chocolate, bad Halloween Disney movies, and purple lipstick. So I thought I would compile a few of my favourite things for the fall season.

Let’s get it out of the way and start off with the classic white girl Starbucks drink. Nothing says autumn weather to me like going to Metrotown on the search for a pair on ankle booties and warming my hands with a salted caramel hot chocolate. It’s the perfect delicious mixture of sweet, warm, and salty. Perfection.

Next we shall move on the fall fashions. I’m the kind of person who’s wardrobe is compiled mostly of fall and winter clothing, so nothing makes me happier than being able to whip out my jeans, all black everything, and combat boots. Seriously, very few things in this world make my feet happier than a good pair on combat boots. So now’s your chance ladies, bundle up and fully appreciate the joys of October.

Now onto possibly my favourite part, fall makeup. You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to be able to whip out “Rebel” and some dramatic winged liner without the fear of it sweating off of my face half way through the day. Don’t you worry, there will be a future full blog post on my favourite fall beauty products (because some are so fabulous they deserve a post all their own). But needless to say I’m happily pulling out the matte shadows to bring in the season.

Lastly, finally I know, is probably my favourite part of this season. Halloween. As much as I love dark makeup, boots, and warm beverages, it would all be nothing if I didn’t have HalloweenTown 1-3 to come home to at the end of the night (preferably with a warm beverage actually). If any child who was raised in the 2000’s tells me they don’t have good memories around the Halloween episode of That’s So Raven then they’re lying (like for goodness sakes she turns herself into a cow!). I know, I know, I’m going be 19 by the time those roll around but if you stumble into my dorm room any time between September 1st and November 1st you better believe that’s what I’m tuned into.

I guess I’ll leave it at that, there’s my massive rave about how excited I am to finally be able to wear jeans and not overheat in a lecture hall or have a hot chocolate without feeling myself sweat in out 15 minutes later. I hope the rest of you all enjoy this season even half as much as I do and I wish you all a very happy autumn



blog vancity

P1010926Last weekend I had the joy of attending an event at Metropolis at Metrotown hosted by Sheila, Jordana, and Angela called blogvancity. It was an opportunity for Vancouver based bloggers and vloggers to meet each other, try out new products, as well as meet several different industry professionals. I went with my friend Ania I knew from YouTube before hand and it was amazing to meet some other girls in the city who also worked with YouTube. We also got the chance to met so many bloggers, aka I now have about 40 more blogs I get to add to my reading list (yay!). And then obviously there was the goodie bag which we were all excited about. We were given a few products for everyone as well as a few that we got the choice of different colours/skin types. The products were Revlon, Marcelle, Annabelle, Almay, and some China Glaze polishes provided by NailPolishCanada. Needless to say, most of these products were flawless and I’m so blessed that I got the chance to try them all out. If you want a review on any of the products seen above then I’ll be very happy to do that. Once again a massive thank you to the ladies that set this up for us and I’m really looking forward to future events.

Here’s a list of the ladies involved/links to their blogs:

Alison, Amy, Ania, Ashley, Bailey, Carolyn, Denise, Jayne, Jenelle, Li Lian, Lydia, Mikayla, Nina, Rosie, Sarah, Sellina, VivWhitney