Wednesday, 9 September 2015

~ Vanity Planet Review ~

Well hello there all my lovelies! ^_^

Okay, so most of you have figured out by now that not only am I fashion-obsessed, but also beauty-obsessed. Throughout my young adult life, I have trialed and tried a plethora of various beauty products, always in hope of stumbling upon that Holy Grail of beauty that will change my life forever.

Well, I've been both disappointed and triumphant in my quest for beauty, and whenever I'm successful, I feel it my inner-most duty to share it with all of you. Because honestly, there's nothing I appreciate more than an honest word-of-mouth.

That's why when I was approached by Vanity Planet to test out one of their products, "Spin for Perfect Skin," I was a little skeptical at first. I mean, while some brands truly stand by what they sell, others are simply just trying to push a product that doesn't always work. But this was a skincare product very similar to a previous product I have used years ago (a Clarisonic), and so I was eager to see if it would prove to be beneficial as I've found the Clarisonic to be in the past.

As always when giving products a try, I decided to use the spin-brush for a trial-period of several weeks in order to see and notice results (if there were, in fact, any to notice at all). Gotta give it an honest go, after all.

 Well, I'm actually really thrilled to tell you guys that it works. Not only does my skin feel smoother, but using the spin-brush every night (when washing my face and taking off my makeup) has also visibly lessened the red bumps that I always have on my face. Just like the Clarisonic I've used in the past, you can definitely notice that this brush deep-cleans into your pores, removes more dirt, oil and makeup than simply by using your hands, and leaves your skin softer and visibly smoother.

No makeup, no filter selfie! Taken right after using the Spin for Perfect Skin!
What's even better about the Spin for Perfect Skin brush though, is that it comes with 4 different brushes: a cleansing brush, a body brush, an exfoliating brush, and a pumice stone (one of my personal favourites!). The brush heads pop easily in and out, so that I can interchange them easily when I'm in the shower. I use the pumice brush on my feet in the shower, and it's done wonders for keeping my feet smooth. The body brush is amazing for using on elbows. The brush is also water-proof, so you can take it into the shower with you and completely go to town. It also isn't on a "timer" as the Clarisonic is (something that always annoyed me) so you have complete control over the brush (which comes in handy when you're using it on your feet and body, especially). It's powered by batteries, which sounds a little annoying, but honestly - I've been using it everyday for weeks now, and it's still going strong. It also comes in some really cute colours, too.

The best part? The PRICE. I can tell you that the Spin for Perfect Skin brush has given me the same results on my face as the Clarisonic, only it's so much more affordable. While a Clarisonic generally ranges from $145.00-$185.00, the Spin For Perfect Skin brush (with all the heads!) is $100.00. BUT - what's even better is that Vanity Planet is offering a 70% off coupon-code to my followers who absolutely need this skincare brush in their life.

That makes this amazing brush only $30, you guys. $30.00!!! This is absolutely brilliant, because this makes it affordable for everyone. So if you're interested in picking up this gem (and absolute beauty must-have!) for yourself, here's the information:

Spin for Perfect Skin
Coupon Code: GlitterThread
70% discount off $100
Final cost - $30

(Oh, and just a little personal note - I don't get a percentage of the sales, so you can rest assured that this isn't some push to make some moolah for myself. I generally love this product, and really wanted you guys to take advantage of this amazing deal).

That's it for this beauty review, my darlings! Happy beautifying and staying gorgeous! MWAH! <3

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

~ Summertime Gladness ~

So, my lovely man and I traveled to Montreal, Canada for a Lana Del Rey (my queen, my goddess, my muse and spirit animal) concert featuring Grimes (who was amazinggggg) a few weeks ago. Le sigh, Lana was absolutely perfect as usual...I left the concert on a complete high, feeling absolutely enchanted.

The day after the concert, the man and I decided to enjoy our last day in Montreal, and I decided to dress for the occasion. The air was extremely humid (gewww!) since it rained almost the entire time, so that meant the hair had to be UP. I put on one of my most comfortable dresses that I own: the Antoinette Dress from Chubby Cartwheels, and threw on a sleeveless kimono from Addition Elle for a little more romance and whimsy (always must have the romance and whimsy!)

I wore black leggings (my wardrobe and OOTD staple), wound an elastic rose headband around my bun (creative accessorizing!), put on my favourite gold-rose necklace from GUESS, and finished off the entire look by carrying around my phone in my favourite case from Moschino.

You can also find my look in the latest summer issue of Skorch Magazine, along with a #GameofThrones quiz I wrote! This issue is actually one of my favourite issues to date - SO many hot, sexy, gorgeous and confident body-positive babes in sexy summer-wear! Make sure you go check it out!

~ The Boleyn Dress From Chubby Cartwheels ~

So, my pride and joy "The Boleyn Dress," a collaborative design by myself (hello) and Shawna from Chubby Cartwheels, was a huge hit. And honestly, that doesn't surprise me. If I'm allowed to get a little cocky here (oh alright, pull my arm!) I knew that the dress would be well-received. If it's something that I really want and love, I can guarantee others will want and love it as well.

Once the dress was released, I asked my darling friend Shawna if she would make me some more (because I am obsessed with our dress) but using different fabrics: one in black mesh, one in black lace, and one in white lace. The results were every whimsical witch-bitch's dream.

There is just SO much you can do with this dress. You can wear it on it's own (with a bodysuit underneath, and leggings if you're so inclined). You can wear it over another dress, wear a skirt beneath it, or even wear it as a bathing suit cover up (for your witchy beach daze!). The dress is so versatile, and just so elegant and regal (and something you can't find anywhere else, I might add). And what's even better - you can now own one, too! The Boleyn dresses have now been re-released at Chubby Cartwheels in the black mesh and the black lace (because they are too fierce not to share with the world). Remember that Shawna hand-makes each and every dress, so you'll have to catch them when they are not sold out, and allow several weeks for it's creation. But trust me, it's worth it.

~ The #CurvesReign Collection for Chubby Cartwheels ~

When the talented and amazing Shawna, the genius behind Chubby Cartwheels, asked me to collaborate with her for a #CurvesReign (my Instagram hashtag, for those of you who aren't familiar) I was completely delighted and jumped at the opportunity. Me? Help design clothing? This is only my absolute dream come true!

Because she wanted the collection to be inspired by my style, creating pieces that reflected what I love in fashion was extremely important. So that means something a little whimsical, a little goth, and really girly.

We decided to do a line that included a graphic "Curves Reign" tee, a cotton skater skirt, and a cotton skater dress in a pastel pink we named the "Antoinette Dress" (inspired by my personal love for famous queens). These pieces were things Shawna had already previously designed, we just tweaked the fabrics and the colour options.

But the pièce de résistance was the Boleyn Dress. I had been seeing high necked, long-sleeved maxi dresses coming off the runways lately, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I rarely saw anything of that design available in plus sizes. Because Shawna is a beast when it comes to mesh bodysuits, I thought that we could take her mesh-magic a step further, and create a plus size mesh maxi dress. 

After the collection was finished, I flew from my Canadian home to the absolutely magical place that is Portland, OR. I procured myself some absolutely beautiful crowns (for a queen) hand-made from leather, and Shawna found some leather suspenders to add a little "edge" to the outfits, and Shawna had in mind the most perfect location for the shoot.

The end result was complete and utter *magic*. Not only did I look like a queen, but I felt like one, too. After all, the hashtag #curvesreign expresses a sense of feeling strong, confident, and beautiful in your curves/body, and ruling your life like a QUEEN, baby!

You can still find most of these pieces at Chubby Cartwheels, although if you want a Boleyn Dress for yourself, you have to act fast as they sell out profoundly quickly.

Kisses, my fellow Queens! Always remember that your #curvesreign!

Friday, 21 November 2014

~ Renaissance Woman ~

Art has always been an inspiration in my life. I've always been one who loved to paint, craft, and go to galleries and museums to stare and wonder at all the amazing pieces of art in this world. One of my absolute favourite forms of art are Renaissance paintings, depicting gods and goddesses and their tales, beautiful human forms and celebrated bodies. "The Birth of Venus" by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli (who was friends with the infamous Medici family, who commissioned the painting) has to be one of my all-time favourites. The painting makes me absolutely swoon - what could be more romantic and beautiful than Venus herself, the Goddess of Love?

As I'm so inspired by art, I decided to become a version of walking-art myself, and incorportated the painting into an outfit. I found a "Birth of Venus" shirt on eBay, paired it with some black tights and my Chubby Cartwheels black faux-leather skater skirt, threw on a wing collar-necklace and my "Love Story" pocket-book clutch. The results were whimsical, fun and romantic.

Life immitates art, and art immitates life. I always try and express my love for all things artistic and beautiful through fashion and my wardrobe. Don't ever be afraid to try something bold and different with your style. Go ahead - be a Renaissance Woman!

Friday, 31 October 2014

~ Witchcraft and Wizardry ~

Well Happy Halloween and Samhain, my lovely darklings! Halloween is my favourite time of year, and always has been since I was a little girl. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with witches. As a girl, I used to watch the show "Worst Witch" religiously.  In "Hocus Pocus" I adored the Sanderson Sisters and wanted to be SJP's character "Sarah" so intenesely after I originally saw the film, that I used to walk around the house singing "Come Little Children". When "Harry Potter" came out, I was obsessed with going to Hogwarts. My favourite play when I was young was "The Crucible", and I have always loved the dark, magical loveliness of witches. The spells, the long hair, the all-black-everything...I wanted to possess magic more than anything in the world.

It wasn't just in film, books and television that I loved witches. I actually hold some pagan beliefs and traditions. I've casted spells by the full (and new) moons. I've practiced psychometry. I've done tarot readings, and continue to do oracle card readings quite often. And I've always, always had a pet cat.

In celebration of Halloween, Samhain, and my love for witches, I decided to wear an outfit completely inspired by Witch Fashion (witch is one of my favourite kinds of fashion). And by the way, this is totally an outfit I would wear any day of the year. It just so happens that it's much more appropriate for Halloween.

I put a spell on you...

So, everything is black, black, black! I started off with some black leggings and black victorian-inspired boots from Penningtons. I then donned my ouija cardian from Domino Dollhouse, and a black pleated pleather skirt that I got from eBay. I finished it off with a collar from Etsy, a black hat from Aldo, my vintage turquoise ring, and several accessories from one of my faaaaavourite stores ever, Gypsy Warrior (the MAGIC cluth, Gypsy Warrior ouija phone case, "Ouija" ring and "Magic Made Me Do It" ring). I'm also wearing giant pentagram earrings from Killstar, black lipstick, black nail polish, and a black cat tattoo on my arm. Puurrrrrfect.

Sigh, this witch wishes that it could be autumn and Samhain all year round...

Happy Haunting, my fellow witch-bitches!