Primping and Prizes

December 16, 2011
I have some great beauty finds and one amazing promotion to share with you on this very grey and rainy Friday here in Vancouver!

I mentioned in a previous post – they are literally my go-to place for all makeup and skin care buys. I tend to be very picky and really like to invest in my beauty products (except for my Nivea Lip Shine that lives in my back pocket…it costs $2!), and the range of quality lines they carry blows my mind.

You guys might pick up on this just by looking at my posts alone, but I’m not really much of a heavy makeup person. I find it really doesn’t suit my face, and eyemakeup in particular can be very tricky for my light-coloured eyes. So when sent me the amazing Jemma Kidd’s Eye Wardrobe Colour Quartet in plum, I felt like my makeup prayers had been answered. It gives me the smokey eye I’ve always longed for without looking like I had much makeup on at all.

All Jemma Kidd products come with an easy-to-follow guide describing how to use each shade in the quartet. The top left lilac shade is to highlight the brow, the bottom right shade is for the eyelid, the top right plum shade is for the crease, and the bottom left shade is to define the outer corner between the crease and lashline or it can be used as an eyeliner. You can use your own brush (mine is from MAC) or they have a great sponge one inside (and it’s actually good, not the ones that you usually automatically throw out). And to be perfectly honest, when I’d be late running to school sometimes I’d just use my fingers and put on some of the highlight and eyelid colour on, the product wears so well that it’s easy to apply with just about anything!

I wore the quartet during my last oufit post, using only touches of the product to highlight and define my eyes. Also, if you have green eyes like me or flecks of gold in your iris, the plum quartet could not be more perfect for you!

Top: Paris, and on the bottom from left to right: Kyota and Geneva

Remember when I said I hadn’t painted my nails in three weeks because of school? Well, I’m happy to report that they have not been chipped or peeling since I went on holiday. Much of that is due to the fact that I was so excited to try all of these polishes that Nail Polish Canada had sent me from Soulstice Spa, a vegan, cruelty-free and toxin-free nail polish line, that I’ve been so on top of my manis. I was a bit hesitant at first about the fact that they were vegan – with most other beauty ranges, I’m all for trying out vegan products, but I wasn’t sure how it’d translate with nail polish.

I ended up wearing Paris on all fingers except my accent ring nail for a good week with only the most minimal chips towards the end (you can see it in my outfit posts over the week here, here, and here). So impressed. That, and the polishes dry surprisingly quickly and the colours have all been beautiful so far. I currently have Geneva on with some Butter London sprarkly polish on the tips (a festive French mani if you will) and I keep staring at my nails in amazement. Nail Polish Canada carries lots of other great lines does free shipping on orders over $29 in Canada, so get shopping!

Finally, I wanted to share this promotion with my Canadian readers (sorry international friends!) because it’s so easy, no purchase is required and there’s a charitable component too…basically, everyone wins.

So how it works is if you visit Jacob here, you can view or print your stocking filled with an instant surprise that you can redeem by heading to any Jacob store near you. There are $290,000 worth of prizes, so lots of love to go around! The prizes include six $10K wardrobes, discounts, and more. If you want to try for a chance at an additional $10,000 wardrobe, you can also share your stocking online. Finally, for every stocking brought in-store, $1 is donated to Goodwill and Renaissance, a Quebec-based charity. The promotion runs until December 24, good luck!

One more thing on the agenda: I know lots of you love the illustration, but I think it’s time to change the banner. I have a text-based one that I love and I think it will be a great update for the blog. Anyway, expect it to switch over soon!

Hope all you lovelies have an amazing weekend! To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply Randa December 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    What an informative post! I have to stop by and see what they have πŸ™‚ Can't wait for the new banner!

    Randa xoxo

  • Reply alison*elle December 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    The fresh-faced makeup look suits you well, Alex! And I loveee Nail Polish Canada… so nice to finally have a polish e-tailer with free shipping to Canada. Have a great weekend!

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Cara December 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Always love to hear about make up and to see make up tutorials, because like you I don't wear a lot of make up, and I need step by step instructions when I do!
    Happy Friday!
    xo Cara

  • Reply Jackie December 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Loving your makeup! You are so pretty!!

  • Reply Leonie December 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Nice post, the make-up and nail polishes look (and sound!) great.

    And I'm looking forward to seeing the new header πŸ™‚

    December Sunshine

  • Reply Sharda Sewdien December 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    You are a beautiful woman and your makeup looks great! Love the nailpolishes.;) Following you!!!

  • Reply Nicole December 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Your nails are so pretty! The colours are fab!

    -N πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sam December 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I like the shade of Paris, such an apt name, its sweet and romantic. The palettes nice because the colours don't look too overdone. Very subtle, and great for daywear.

  • Reply Stephanie Lin December 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    What a pretty look. You're beautiful!

  • Reply cecylia December 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    you are so stunning- liike Megan Fox!! Love the photo of you with the light behind you


  • Reply lisa signorini December 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    oooohhh!! you looks like an angel!
    I checked your blog and I like it!

    Visit my blog, and i it like u, we can follow each other!
    have a great week end!

  • Reply LINDA December 17, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Great post! You are so pretty!

    Linda from

  • Reply Maria Bastida December 17, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I'm in LOVE with your hair!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Taj Acosta December 17, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Very pretty! love the eyeshadow!xx

  • Reply Cee December 17, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I've been wearing the same three colours of eyeshadow every day for, well, years. Sad but true. If I ever deviate, maybe I'll try Jemma Kidd. God knows, I'm going to need instructions πŸ™‚ Oddly enough (ha ha) I love that Paris nailpolish. Such a gorgeous colour on you! Hope you're having a lovely Friday pally, and recovering from your traumatic haircut!

  • Reply Small Town Gal December 17, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Love your makeup. I love natural looks. Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to check out

  • Reply Chanel TonΓ¨ December 17, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I love your style and I love your blog. I would also love to have you as a follower of the Style~ Spotlighted at Of course I will gladly return the favor πŸ˜€

  • Reply Melissa December 17, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I'm old now so I wear a ton of makeup to hide all of my wrinkles πŸ˜‰ Haha no but seriously, as my skin changes so does my makeup so hearing reviews is always great. Investing in makeup you can't try is difficult!


  • Reply just tututiny December 17, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Lovely blog.

    Visit mines when you get a chance πŸ˜‰

  • Reply amuseume December 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I love the colour of your nails! The perfect neutral-like shade with just enough intrigue.

  • Reply samecookiesdifferent December 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

    this make-up is amazing!
    LOVE <3

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    have a visit

  • Reply Josie December 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Your makeup looks AMAZING! It's so fresh and pretty.
    xo Josie

  • Reply Style Diaries December 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    love the colors of your nails

  • Reply Jo Bao December 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I love how simple your make up is & how natural your make up is. I'm not a heavy make up person either, rather I actually don't wear any make up at all D: when I put it on, I feel really lazy when I need to take it off.

    Jo Bao β™₯

  • Reply Pola Katelu December 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    COOL! πŸ™‚ | @polakatelu

  • Reply megan December 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Me too, It sparkles so beautiful πŸ™‚


  • Reply Eranda Janku December 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    you're gorgeous !

    Following you !


  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird December 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Love that nail polish!

  • Reply Violets and Cardamom December 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    That eye shadow quartet looks awesome. I love make-up and always appreciate recommendations. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Under the Fluorescents December 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    loveeee those nail polish colors! must get one

  • Reply Whitney Cosgrave December 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    that nail polish color is so pretty!

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} December 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    well this sure does make the greyest of days a heck of a lot brighter! i'm really lovin' these in depth looks at the various makeup products and your show and tell versions around each one too. awesomeness Alex! the nail polishes are a delightful array of shades, nice bonus about them being a "green" product.

    thanks for the Jacob stocking tip and girl i am so stoked to check out your new banner when it's ready to debut!!!!!!!!!!!

    sorry about my absence from the scene; today i finally grabbed a bit of time for catch-ups. Sean's in the living room playing vid games….ah boys are easily distracted hey?! much loves to you and i will continue on with your world of wonders! xoox β™₯

  • Reply Miss Kwong December 18, 2011 at 3:30 am

    your brown eye make up is very natural.
    and your skin is glowing!!!!

    Follow me on:
    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

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  • Reply nikki December 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

    love those nails! and so happy i found your blog. its adorable. feel free to check out my new blog if you have a moment.

    xo, nikki

  • Reply Celebrity Style Tips December 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Love the make-up looks so natural.

  • Reply Clara Turbay December 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Stunning blog keep doing it!

  • Reply Elisabeth December 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I love the smokey eye look! You don't need that much makeup, you're a natural beauty! How big is your family? Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!


  • Reply Bonnie December 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Your makeup always looks immaculate. You don't need a whole lot because you are a natural beauty. I like the way you do it naturally. I'm a HUGE fan of intense eyes, which is why I always make my eyes stand out. However, I love wearing natural makeup, too. It's fun to switch it up!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Becky December 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Love the makeup ! and that nail polsih colour is so cute πŸ™‚

  • Reply December 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Love your nails – such a cool look to have 1 nail painted a complimentary color πŸ™‚


  • Reply December 19, 2011 at 1:00 am

    love the nail colours – so pretty.

    And you, my friend, are a natural beauty anyways so I'm sure you'd look good in any or no make up at all! That palette does look like it was some lovely shades that are complimentary to most skin tones. Good recommendation.

  • Reply Kat December 19, 2011 at 1:41 am

    your nails are soooo pretty!!! love the colors πŸ™‚

  • Reply SHOP STYLE CONQUER December 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

    cute blog!

    love your make-up and that nailpolish!



  • Reply M.E December 19, 2011 at 5:59 am

    thanks for stopping by!

    Great post πŸ™‚

  • Reply il Γ©tait une fois... December 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

    super gorgeous! X

  • Reply mari b. December 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

    your nail varnishes are absolutely and utterly amazing!

    xx //

  • Reply The Midwest Muse December 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

    You look really great! I'm not much of a makeup person. Being blind in one eye makes all of that rather difficult, but I try. I love all the nail colors.

  • Reply Ola December 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    u are very pretty!

  • Reply Leah December 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Your makeup looks perfect. Sometimes less is more.
    Merry Christmas!

    xo L.

  • Reply Prairie Girl in the City December 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Those nail polish colours are beautiful! I love how soft and muted they are:)

    Jen xo

  • Reply StreetChic December 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

    adorable post and make!!u've got fab eyes!

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