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Soft, kissable, smooth lips are something we all desire, especially when the brutal cold, icy, snowy, dry air starts to develop in winter. It's not the kindest season for our skin and hair, but we can prepare ahead and fight back.

There's nothing worse than the look and feel of chapped, cracked lips, but it's a common condition that can occur if you don't practice some tender loving care. Your lips are one of the most vulnerable facial features. It might not appear that way, but no matter how full your lips are or how large they are, all of us share similar skin tissue.

Lips happen to be composed of the thinnest tissue in the body, and what makes them prone to dryness, chapping and cracking, is their lack of protective oil glands. Lips can also burn in the hot summer heat and even develop skin cancer. That's why, you should always give lips the attention they deserve.

The winter months will have your reaching for an effective lip balm, but there is another step you need to add to your beauty routine.


Exfoliation. Getting rid of dead skin cells is a key part of any beauty routine, but that little technique is not solely for your complexion and body. Your lips also benefit from simple exfoliation. For this beauty tip, invest in a baby's toothbrush or one designed for children. The bristles are nice and soft and will feel good as you brush, yes, brush your lips.


Lip Scrub. You can make easy and amazing lip polishes with a few household ingredients. One favourite is the Olive Oil + Sugar Scrub. Take a tiny bowl and add some sugar with a few drops of olive oil and mix together into a solid paste. Then dip your baby's toothbrush into the lip scrub, and start brushing your lips. Use the toothbrush and massage in circles for about a minute or so. Then rinse off your lips with lukewarm water. Apply some lip balm.


Lip Balm. This is one of the beauty staples that belongs in your purse, car, bedroom, kitchen, etc. Your lips need constant hydration to avoid that chapped, dry and uncomfortable feeling. Arm yourself with lip balms that feature soothing, effective ingredients like jojoba oil, Vitamin E and shea butter. This kind of rich formula will pamper your lips during winter.

SOFT, KISSABLE, SMOOTH | Keep Your Lips Moisturized During Winter

Mary Kay has been so kind and has sent me bunch of their new products as well as from their Holiday collection where they have a bunch of things to keep you silky smooth as well as glam you up! I really enjoyed them and I think you all will too, so keep scrolling!


Here we have the Be Delighted Body Wash and Mousse Set which comes with a fun dotted translucent bag that matches the mousse and retails for $32 USD for the pair, and the Be Delighted Shimmer Mist retails for $16 USD.




Next up we have the Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Pampering Set and White Tea and Citrus Satin Hands Pampering Set which comes with a Protecting Softener, Refining Shea Scrub and a Nourishing Shea Cream which all together leaves your hands looking renewed and healthier, it retails for $36 USD. 




Next is the Satin Lips set in the flavour White Tea and Citrus which comes with a Shea Sugar Scrub and Shea Butter Balm and retails for $22.00 USD or you can buy them separately for $12 USD each. I definitely recommend getting both because when you have dry lips you want to get rid of the dead dry skin and moisturize your lips.


The Pure Dimension eyeshadow palettes are to die for, from left to right we have Moroccan Dunes, Maui Gardens and Paris Starlight. I absolutely love that the patterns in the eyeshadows match their names. They retail for $44 USD each!



Last but not least is their Liquid Eyeliner Pen in black which is probably what I'm most excited for because I am a eyeliner junkie and the applicator tip makes applying it so easy and flawless and it's totally smudge proof. It retails for $16 USD.


I hope this inspires some gift ideas for the holidays for your loved ones or even yourself!

BE DELIGHTED | New + Holiday Exclusives from Mary Kay



Lash obsessed with a love for the occult, I couldn't help myself but fall in love with Black Magic Lashes as soon as I laid eyes on them. I immediately had to make the hard decision of choosing exactly which lashes I wanted to try out first. 

But a bit about Black Magic Lashes first, the Enigma collection and the Epic collection are totally vegan and then the Onyx collection is made from real mink fur but the fur is gently brushes from live mink and then sterilized so it's hypo-allergenic.


Upon arrival the packaging amazed me. I had purchased three sets of lashes and they came in striped paper bags held closed with the Black Magic logo stamped into wax which I thought was just beautiful. They also included a hand written note, three candies in chevron packaging and little bat confetti. The details they've included had me thinking that these just might be the perfect lashes and they definitely proved me right.


Each pair was held in a perfect box folded around them with gorgeous art, their logo on the back and inside a quote reading "The oldest stories are written in the stars.


 All lashes come in the same kind of packaging, no matter if they're just the regular faux mink, luxe faux mink or real mink. The lashes come on the normal slides and they slide out of a hard clear plastic which is really quite nice. Similar to how the M.A.C lashes come.


From left to right I made the hard decision and chose Mythic which is a faux mink from the Enigma collection, Lady Killer which is a luxe faux mink from the Epic Collection and Noctura which is also a luxe faux mink from the Epic Collection.


Here are the Lady Killer eyelashes from the Epic Collection, they're the longest and most dramatic pair I picked out. Maybe not suitable as an everyday pair for some but they work perfectly for me.
 

Each set of lashes also came with a quote which honestly was such a nice addition. You can tell they put a lot of time and effort into their lashes and are very passionate about them.

Overall I am super impressed, the lashes seem like they're going to hold up very well and I
l'll get a lot of uses out of them. They're super stunning and I'm so excited to have them!

SHE WAS HER OWN KIND OF MAGIC | Black Magic Lashes


Well guys, I've finally received it! My very first Horror Block was on my door step the other day when I came home so the first thing I did was rush upstairs and open it, so keep scrolling to see what was in the October Horror Block box!


Here is a quick look when you first open the box, I love when the boxes are designed inside!


First off we have this syringe pen that says Dexter which I was super excited about. When I had seen that there was going to be something Dexter in the box that's what made me subscribe because I loved the show so this is super cool to have. It is a Horror Block exclusive.


Next off is this exclusive Doug Bradley photo as Pinhead with his signature on it! Needless to say that's pretty damn cool and I'll definitely be framing it and hanging it up above my sofa!


There was this exclusive money clip in the shape of a Quija planchette which I really love. Although I'm not going to use it to hold money together I'm thinking maybe business cards or papers of some sort. It's a really good quality and one of the best looking items in the box.


Next up is this fabulous The Walking Dead journal that has a creepy zombie on the front, and then on the inside has another zombie scene and in the back has another zombie scene with a hidden pocket. It actually feels really lovely and quality which is super nice. It also has a indented blood splatter on the back.


As far as I know every box comes with a T shirt and I was super excited for that because I'd love to grow my collection of cool T shirts. This one is super hilarious and features Michael Myers as a school logo with Run for your life, Haddonfield High Track Team.


I chose a size small in the unisex adult and it fits absolutely perfect and very comfortably.


They gave us a copy of a movie called Demonic Toys which quite frankly I don't have high hopes for but regardless I'll probably give it a watch eventually.


Last but not least is a copy of Rue Morgue #172 which is a horror genre magazine and I am very excited to read this. I can't ever seem to find a good magazine that actually is about something I enjoy so this should be a good read!


Needless to say I was not disappointed, this box was definitely worth the money and I really look forward to receiving next box in November! What was your favourite item in the box? Mine was definitely the Dexter pen, the autographed photo and the T shirt!

HORROR BLOCK | October 2016 Box


It's such a struggle for me when it becomes colder out and I have to bundle up and cover all my cute outfits up. Luckily it's just fall now so I have some time to get creative with layering before I have to totally cover up! Luckily though, eShakti dropped into my emails at just the right time and gave me the opportunity to review an item from their site! Of course I said yes because who doesn't love clothing that's specifically tailored to them? I know I do! I struggle to find clothing that fits me perfectly and with eShakti you can change almost everything depending on the piece to custom fit you.


With the piece that I picked, the Cowl Neck Cotton Knit Top in black for $46.95, I could choose my size which is XS, my height which is 5'1", as well as sleeve length which I chose as bracelet length and tunic length which I left as shown in the product photo, you could also remove the pockets but who would want to do that! I wanted this piece to keep me warm and also not have to worry about adjusting the sleeves all day, I didn't want it to be dress length, just a longer sweater length.


I am super pleased with this piece, it's made from cotton/spandex, jersey knit. It has a light stretch and a pleasant weight to the fabric. It makes it one of my favourite pieces for fall now because I love the free flowing witchy vibes I get from this piece and because it feels like a warm, soft hug with a scarf attached. It slips on overtop of your head and has two pockets, one on each side with an asymmetrical hem.

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CUSTOMIZED WITCHY VIBES | eShakti Cowl Neck Knit Top

Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, if she doesn't scare you no evil thing will! To see her is is to take a sudden chill, Cruella, Cruella De Vil!

I decided that I wanted to share with everyone how I achieve my half and half hair, well it's really like 1/4 blonde and 3/4 black, but either way, same same. I've laid it out in a step by step to make it super easy!


1. Section your hair into two halves. This step is incredibly important because for the rest of the time that you have your hair dyed this way it will make a huge difference in how easy it is to re-dye it yourself and section it every day. Make sure it's completely perfect, whether you split it right down the middle or to the side with bangs, make sure there is a perfectly separated line.

2. Now, I'm obviously not sure what your current hair colour is but to achieve the half white and half black look you are going to have to lighten your hair. PLEASE, and I can't stress this enough, don't fry your hair trying to achieve this. It's not worth it and with a little time and patience you will eventually achieve that white colour you so desire.

Bleach: To lighten your hair you're going to want to go to the salon if you're smart, where they can use nice things like Olaplex and not fry your hair, but if you're stubborn like me and insist on doing your own hair, read on!  You're going to want a purple based bleach because if we think about colour theory, purple corrects orange which your hair is going to likely have a ton of once bleached, might as well help combat it during the bleaching process. Blue does correct orange, but I've found that it can stain your hair which is not cute and can go green.

Developer: You're going to want a developer to go with your bleach, I carefully use a 40 volume developer because my hair is naturally very dark brown and I can usually take it down many levels with this intense of a developer. The lighter your hair the less intense of a developer you're going to need.

3. Once your hair is bleached it's probably going to look pretty orange/yellow which is fine, don't panic! This is totally normal and all you have to do is tone it, under every orange/yellow hair is a nice colour. If you don't understand why hair goes brassy when bleached, just look at the photo I have provided below. Every hair colour has an undertone to it which is basically all that is left when you bleach your hair.

If you've bleached your hair and it's still not light enough don't bleach it again right away. Deep condition and let it rest for a few days/ however long you feel it needs. You can still tone it because you obviously don't want to be walking around with orange hair if that wasn't your desired look. So for example if you were a #2 and you bleached your hair and it turned a light yellow we can assume that once toned it will actually be a #7/#8 and you can have your hair like that for however long until you want to bleach it again. Once you bleach it again it will need to be toned again for the same reason.



When it comes to toning your hair you totally have options and it depends how you want your hair to look after it's done. Make sure to research your toners so that you do get the desired look you want! In order to get your hair white your hair has to be very light blonde initially so that the toner can take it to white, as seen above. I chose to tone my hair with Wella T18 (originally called White Lady) and it toned my hair to a light silver, not my desired choice, but still lovely. 

4. Now for the black colour! This is super simple but you've got to be super careful. I personally opted for a permanent black dye because I do not want to damage my hair any further switching colours after this so I didn't give myself the option to be able to. If you don't want to keep your hair like this for long definitely opt for a semi permanent black because stripping a permanent black is not something I recommend and will definitely not end well. When you're applying the black make sure your light side is completely separated so that it cannot accidentally be dyed. Even get a friend to help you on this part because like I mentioned before the black is very hard to remove and it's a hassle you don't want to go through. 

5. When you finally go to wash your hair out wash the two colours separately or else the black is going to run into your blonde and you're going to be really sad that it's become a muddled gray colour. Personally when I wash my hair I take the blonde side and shampoo first off to the left side of my hair and keep it there. I then switch to the black side and make sure to shampoo it and keep it off to the right side. I then wash that out separately and repeat with the conditioner. You'll want to do this the first few times you wash your hair because dye does tend to run for awhile.

When washing your hair make sure to wash it in luke warm to cold water. When you wash your hair in warm to hot water you're opening the hair cuticle which is where the hair dye is sitting and it's going to fade very quickly. If you keep it in cold water the hair cuticle doesn't open as much and your hair will last much longer! 

For shampoo and conditioner you're going to want to keep the hair nice and bright by using a purple shampoo, my favourite is Pravana Purple Shampoo and Conditioner. I have seen a ton of people that love the Shimmer Lights purple shampoo too, although I've never tried it. You don't have to use the purple on the black side because it's not going to do anything for it obviously and so you can use another shampoo and conditioner if you choose. 

6. Enjoy! So there you have if folks, this is how I achieve my beautiful half and half hair and maintain it! Feel free to watch the video below to see my actually do the steps I have listed above and see the results!




CRUELLA DE VIL | How To Achieve My Half and Half Hair