Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Summer Playlist

When it gets to the summer holidays, my day's mostly consist of either working or at home chilling/blogging. Either way I spend most of the time listening to music whether I'm on the bus or blasting it through my speakers. I love to create a playlist which I can just turn on and listen to every song without having to skip any, so today I thought I'd share my Summer Playlist with you. 

Classic - MKTO // Summer - Calvin Harris // Wasted - Tiesto 

Ghost - Ella Henderson // Boom Clap - Charli XCX // Rude - MAGIC!

Neon Lights - Demi Lovato // Chandelier - Sia // Wicked Games - The Weeknd 

Crazy Stupid Love - Cheryl Cole // Sing & Don't - Ed Sheeran // Ain't It Fun - Paramore 

 Please let me know what songs you've been playing so far this summer in a comment below, I know most of the songs you'll have probably heard of as they're in the charts but this has been what I've been playing. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Bloggers Around The World - Canada

The very exciting series I've been tweeting about is finally here! I had an idea a while ago to bring you some of my favourite bloggers from all around the world. Six bloggers will be taking part, each having a post on a Sunday where I've asked them some questions, almost like a mini interview so that you, and I can get to know them a bit better. Today's post will focus on Brittany from Life, Set Sail so without further ado let's get on with the questions. 

1. Has makeup/beauty always been a passion of yours? 

Oh yah, big time! My mom studied fashion design in LA when I was little and I would always fawn over her fashion illustrations and get into her markers. Inspired by her, I grew up drawing a lot, crafting together my own make-shift clothes, making over my friends and even modelled for my mom whenever she needed me (for a time she ran a hat company, and now sells vintage clothes online). Needless to say, I've always been inspired by the beauty world and the creativity that goes along with it. 

2. Living in Canada are there any brands that you can't/hard to get hold of that you wish you could? 

One word, Charlotte Tilbury...okay, so that's two words. I just adore her line! Another blogger sent me one of CT's lip glosses and I've been enamoured with it ever since. I really hope they'll start shipping to North America soon because I need (yes need) to get my hands on more!

3. What are three things you recommend someone visiting Canada to do? 

As an island girl I would have to say, go to the West Coast in the Summer, particularly Victoria and Salt Spring Island (my hometown). You will experience life on the island that is truly one of a kind and it is just absolutely stunning in the Summer...actually don't even bother coming to Canada at any other time unless you enjoy freezing to death or constantly getting rained on. If you go to Victoria, stay at the Fairmont Empress and make a reservation for afternoon tea with your best gal pal. While you're on the West Coast you will definitely want to try some candied salmon which is seriously the best thing ever and available at most (all) fisheries. If you're on Salt Spring go to Barb's Bakery and Bistro which is owned by my husbands cousins and a favourite stop for the locals to get their bread and morning coffee. I also used to manage the cafe there, so lah dee dah! 

4. Which five beauty products could you not live without?

A great concealer (NARS or Origins), a bright peach blush (like MAC Fleur Power), lengthening mascara (Benefit They're Real), a lightweight tinted moisturizer (NARS), and any lipstick by Bobbi Brown.

5. When did you create your blog and why? 

I created Life, Set Sail in January of 2012 because I wanted to better my photography skills and thought a blog would encourage me to regularly take and share my photos. I had a couple of other blogs in the past, but this one is where I decided to create all original content including photos, graphics, and design. I just love making things beautiful and my blog provides the perfect creative outlet for that need!

6. What do you enjoy the most about being a part of the blogger community? 

I love interacting with other bloggers and hearing their feedback on what I post. It's so encouraging to hear what people have to say and I love leaving my input on their blogs as well! It's a really lovely community and I am so happy to be a part of it.

7. Do you see yourself still blogging in 10 years? 

I certainly do! I really hope to be blogging full time by then. I know a lot of people have this goal, but I know it's not just a phase for me. I truly love blogging and all the opportunities that come from it. It's so cool to be a part of something that hasn't even reached it's peak yet and it's amazing watching it grow!

8. If you could design and brand a lipstick what would it be like? 

Off the top of my head, I feel like it would be a mix of Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, and YSL. I love feminine and classic packaging, maybe something sleek and rose gold in a classic lipstick bullet with initials or a houndstooth pattern carved into the top. I would want it to look and feel luxurious but still be affordable. The formula would focus on easy, wearable colours that you could apply without a mirror and not have to fuss with throughout the day.

Make sure you head over to lifesetsail.com and check out Brittany's amazing blog. Stay tuned next Sunday for the next instalment of Bloggers Around The World.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Approved Lips and Tips

When summer comes around there's mainly two things that change in my beauty routine. The colour of my lips, and the colour of my tips (nails!). These are the two things that to me really scream summer is here, and enabling me to bring out the bright pinks and corals for the lips; such as Revlon's Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick or the Revlon Juicy Papaya Lip Butter as can be see in the photo above. I'm definitley not a matte girl in the summer, I prefer the juicy look as if I've just been eating some scrumptious watermelon (although it's more likely to have been a white magnum). 

Tips wise the colour that represents summer the most is the ever-so well known Essie Mint Candy Apple. Every year when the sun comes out to play I'm just drawn to wearing this shade, maybe it's because it's very bright or maybe it's because it makes even pale girls like me look like they have a slight tan. I get on really well with the formula of Essie polishes, especially the Boots diffusion line with the wider brushes. 

What do you wear on your lips and tips in the summer?