Monday, 20 October 2014

Lights Concert!

Happy Monday friends! As you may have seen on Twitter, this past Thursday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Lights concert here in Ottawa. The concert was actually at the Algonquin Commons Theatre, which is a cozy atmosphere catering to the college-aged crowd. I've always been a fan of Lights' music, so I was really excited to see her live!

Lights Concert
Excuse the camera-quality photos!

My current favourite Lights song is Up We Go, which she played incredibly well at the concert. The whole mood of the concert was up-beat, fun, and energetic. There were a lot of die hard Lights fans in the audience, who would cheer, dance, and sing along. Lights played all of her biggest hits, including Drive My Soul, Second Go, Banner, and Up We Go. She also played a few new songs from her recent album, Little Machines. She played for about an hour and a half, including her encore. 


Lights Concert

Lights is currently on tour, with stops in a ton of cities, including Toronto, Halifax, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris! You can check up the full tour lineup here. Rush Midnight is opening up all of Lights' Canadian dates. I've personally never heard of Rush Midnight before, but they were good. I did find that they lacked the energy that the Lights audience was craving, but their music was good. 

Lights Concert Tickets

Lights Concert

Lights is absolutely adorable in real life, and she's just a ball of energy and spunk. I thought that her voice sounded amazing live, and I couldn't help but dance and sing along! The venue wasn't too overwhelming, and every single seat in the house gives you a great view of the stage. 

Lights Concert Merchandise
Merch!

If you're a fan of Lights music, then you have to catch a show on her Little Machines tour! I had an amazing night, thank you to the wonderful people at TD Canada & NKPR for sending me to the show. Are you a Lights fan? What's your favourite Lights song? :)

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Deborah Lippmann Dear Mr. Fantasy

Happy Saturday friends! Today I have a pretty pink polish to share with you from Deborah LippmannDear Mr. Fantasy* ($22 @ Murale) is from the Fantastical Holiday 2014 Collection. This polish doesn't scream "Christmas!" to me, but it's still a beautiful year-round colour.

Deborah Lippmann Dear Mr. Fantasy

Dear Mr. Fantasy is a pretty bight magenta, with a very fine amount of shimmer running through the formula. There is also a slightly blue shift to this polish, which looks gorgeous in natural sunlight. I used two coats of Dear Mr. Fantasy to get a nice opaque colour, and I added a layer of top coat for an extra shiny finish. This formula dried quite quickly, which is always a huge bonus!

Deborah Lippmann Dear Mr. Fantasy

Deborah Lippmann's polish bottles are so classy, I just love them! These bottles would definitely look great if you stored them on your vanity. The brushes on Deborah Lippmann's polishes are a bit thin, so you have to use a few more strokes per nail compared to a wider brush (think OPI's Pro-Wide brush), but you get a cleaner finish.

Deborah Lippmann Dear Mr. Fantasy

Deborah Lippmann's Dear Mr. Fantasy is a beautiful magenta polish with a great formula. I don't think that this colour necessarily belongs in a holiday collection, but it's pretty regardless.
Have you ever tried a Deborah Lippmann polish?

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

I've been trying out a few products from Burberry's beauty range lately, and today I'm talking all about their Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07* ($49 CAD/7g)! This was the first beauty item that I've tried from the luxury brand, and I was extremely excited about it. Firstly, I obviously love blush, and secondly, Burberry is a brand that I've always loved. 

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

"- A lightweight blush that gives the skin a bright fresh glow
- Burberry Light Glow contains silicones for effortless and even application and wild rose extract for moisturising benefits
- The complexion glows with natural looking radiance
- Apply to the hollow of the cheeks to slim the face or apply to the cheek bone to highlight"-Burberry

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

Burberry's Light Glow Earthy Blush is beautifully packaged in a chrome/metallic square compact. Complete with a magnetic closure, soft brush, and large mirror, you'll easily be able to take this blush with you for on the go touch-ups. This blush has a very floral scent to it, and actually contains wild rose, which provides moisturizing benefits. 

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

This blush is what I would typically call a bronzer - a matte light brown shade. The formula is extremely soft and creamy, and the colour blends out effortlessly. On my pale skin, I don't love this colour as a blush. I always feel as though I need to mix this brown shade with and orange or coral blush, to bring some life to my cheeks. I do love this as a bronzer though. So, the use of this powder will really depend on your skin tone and personal preferences. As I've said, this formula is very nice to work with, and it lasts for about 8-9 hours on my skin before starting to fade - pretty impressive!

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush Swatch

While I'm not the biggest fan of this shade as a blush, I do really like it as a natural bronzer. The formula is fantastic, as it should be for the luxurious price tag. Would you wear a matte brown blush? Have you tried any products from Burberry's beauty line?

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Lush's Northern Lights Bath Bomb* ($5.95/100g) is the second product from the new Halloween collection that I'll be sharing my thoughts on! This bath bomb is a really fun, exciting product with a very relaxing scent. 

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

"You won’t need to go far to enjoy a spectacular display of lights in the night sky! Drop this Bath Bomb in the water and watch as it puts on a spectacular light show – as the ends crackle and fizz away, watch as the middle begins to slowly dissolve to reveal gorgeous blue and neon green colors, turning your bathwater into a calming jasmine and ylang ylang-scented swirling night sky scattered with little stars." - Lush

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Northern Lights is a purple tube with white stars. Simply drop this bath bomb into your tub full of water, and watch it fizz away. The outer layer dissolves quickly, but the center of this bomb takes a few minutes to slowly fizz away. Initially, the colour is purple, but then blue and yellow starts to appear. In the end, my bath turned a light purple colour. The scent of this bath bomb is extremely light - almost undetectable. I personally like my bath bombs to be more scented, so I was a bit disappointed with the lack of scent to this bomb. Apparently, Northern Lights has the same scent as Lush's Christmas Eve Bubble Bar - jasmine and ylang ylang. This bath bomb doesn't create any bubbles (that's not what bath bombs do!), so just sit back and enjoy the shifting colours. 

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

I really loved the shifting colours and slow fizzing center of Northern Lights, but I do wish that it had a heavier scent to it. The lavender notes were so faint, so this would be a good option for those who want a relaxing bath with the tiniest hint of fragrance. 

Have you tried any of Lush's Bath Bombs before? Which one is your favourite?

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Can you believe that Halloween is just a few short weeks away!? To get myself in the Halloween spirit, I've been enjoying some products from Lush's new Halloween Collection. First up is Lush's Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar* ($7.95 CAD/100g)!

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

"At the end of a long day, pop this Sparkly Pumpkin into the bath. As you crumble its golden shimmeryness under running water, you’ll feel instantly re-energized. An uplifting blend of juniperberry, grapefruit and lime oils will fill the room with an enticing, cocktail-like punch. And as you sink deep under the glittering gold water, you won’t be able to keep from smiling – probably because this little pumpkin is made to make every day bright." - Lush

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

This bubble bar is adorable - shared like a little orange pumpkin, and covered in gold glitter. You might remember that I've previously told you that I don't have a bath tub, just a shower. And sadly, this is still true. However, I did spend this weekend at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel (full post on that coming very soon!), so I was able to treat myself to a few baths. I couldn't resist using Lush's Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar, and I crumbled the whole thing into the tub. 

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

As you can see in the pictures below, Sparkly Pumpkin turned my bath water a light orange colour, with a light amount of bubbles. The water was quite sparkly, which I absolutely loved. I do wish that this bar produced more bubbles, especially since I went ahead and used the entire bar. The bubbles did fully disappear within about 10 minutes. Bubbles aside, I absolutely love the scent of this bar - it's the same scent as Lush's Mr. Punch holiday soap. The scent is very uplifting, energizing, citrusy, and absolutely nothing like pumpkin (which makes me happy!). The scent was somewhat light in the tub, but it lingered on my skin for a few hours after bathing.

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Lush's Sparkly Pumpkin smells amazing, but I do wish that it produced more bubbles. I want a full bubble bar to produce enough bubbles to cover me completely in the tub, and to last for at least a half hour. Is that an unreasonable request? Either way, I definitely enjoyed my first bath in almost a year! I also used Lush's Northern Lights, so keep an eye out for a review on that in the next few days! 

Have you checked out Lush's Halloween line up yet?

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