Hourglass

My ride or die makeup products are mascara, blush, and some kind of lippy. I was just telling Mr. P&P the other night that those are my favourites and the ones I slap on if I only have seconds to spare. He was fascinated, I’m sure. Just in case you think it’s cruel of me to bore the pants off him like that, I had just sat through a half hour long retelling of the latest episode of Shameless he’d watched.

Anyway, that’s enough waffling, let’s get to the point of this post! Blush. I love blush. I like a bit of colour on my cheeks to add some warmth to my pale complexion.

My current favourites are my Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes. I have three and they are all well loved. I’ve actually hit pan on two of them. The one I’m focusing on today is the newest in my collection and is in the shade Mood Exposure. It’s a gorgeous plummy colour that just warms up the cheeks a touch.

What is really special about Hourglass blushes is that they are mixed with a highlighter, which is what gives the blush that marbled look. They are highly pigmented so I just swirl my brush in the pan lightly and then quickly sweep the powder over my cheeks. The effect is a glowy warmth that lasts all day.

And just in case you need more reasons to give these blushes a try, Hourglass is cruelty free and the products are formulated without the nasties like parabens, sulphates, and phthalates.

So tell me, what are your ride or die products?

Fall Faves

So last week we had an actual blizzard! I’ve lived North of 60 for the majority of my life and never before have I experienced a bonafide blizzard. It was cray. Anyway, things have calmed down weather-wise and we’re back to crisp and sunny fall days. Fall is my favourite season for fashion. I love me some chunky knits, layers, and boots.

Here are a few of the things I’ve been reaching for over and over this fall.

This gorgeous oversize sweater from Urban Outfitters.

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It’s like wrapping myself in an afgan. Delicious.

These Mavi jeans.

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It’s all about the details with these babies. The zippers at the ankle, the panels at the knee, the leather pulls on the pocket zipper, and the inky indigo colour add up to the perfect pair of jeans. We all know that perfect jeans are nearly impossible to find!

This Bite Agave Lip Mask in champagne.

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Colder weather means dry skin and chapped lips. This lip treatment is super thick and hydrating. You can wear it overnight but it adds a bit of sheen for daytime as well. It’s also a food grade product. You could eat this stuff. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

This Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat.

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Just. Look. At. That. Luxe rosegold packaging and a built in highlighter for a stunning marbled blush. I mean come on. I die. It gives the cheeks a gorgeous rosy glow. Love.

What are you loving this fall?

Balancing Act

I’m a curvy girl, and I like it; however, it does present some challenges when dressing. It’s easy to veer into, *ahem*, less than lady-like territory… if you know what I mean, and I’m sure you do because I’m about as subtle as a dump truck. It’s also easy to make myself look much heavier than I actually am by adding bulk to my already generous curves.

Every morning I’m faced with the task of making the most of my hourglass shape, while remaining office appropriate and professional. Enter skirts and dresses. I find it so much easier to throw on a dress than deal with trousers, and tucked-in shirts, and belts. I tend to graviate towards pencil skirts because I’ve always thought that I couldn’t pull off a fuller skirt. Friends, I was wrong. It was simply a matter of finding the right skirt.

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This little beauty works for me! It cinches me in at the waist, and it flows over my hips without making me look too bottom heavy. The best thing about it? I got it at Forever 21 for $21! What a steal! Forever 21 can be great for basic pieces like this. You have to be willing to hunt but if you do you can come away with a steal of a deal that looks like it cost a lot more!

The details:

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Skirt: Forever 21, Blouse: Given to me by a friend, Tights: Joe Fresh, Ankle Boots: Little Burgundy, Necklace: House of Harlow 1960, Ring: Evernew, Watch: Bleonged to my dad, Nail Polish: Essie, Play Date

Have you ever overcome a challenge with your figure?