July Favourites

July Favourites {Sephora blush pallet, colours are sheer but it’s been keeping me from having crazy blush face}

When I was trying to decided what I really enjoyed this month I couldn’t for the life of me think of anything. I put it out of my mind for a while and then the other day thought about the things I have done almost everyday, the items I’ve worn and the products I’ve used. I think my problem was that I’ve really been liking the same things for a long time, so I guess that means they’re actually favourites of mine. Nothing too exciting this time but here are a few things that have been my favourites for the month of July.

July Favourites {My faux Birkenstocks, can’t stop, won’t stop}

July Favourites {#Rogerselfies, makes me smile every time I see “him”}

July Favourites {Using several different masks at once, like spot treatments}

July Favourites {Two contrasting polishes, one on each hand}

July Favourites {My faded messy purple hair}

xo-Caitlin

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Trying to make salad just a little but more exciting or interesting to eat it exactly what I’m all about, I really like salad but what I really don’t like is eating the same one over and over again. So I tried a couple new ideas and out them on sticks and guess what, they were a success, a “hit” if you will. The testers (my parents) even offered to write a review. For the most part these three salads are self explanatory but here’s what you’ll need.

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Before this I had never had a caprese salad before (on a stick or otherwise). I love how simple it is and making it miniature in size and putting it on a stick makes it even easier, no cutting involved. The dressing really adds more flavour so make sure you use one, there are lots of different recipes online and on Pinterest.

What You’ll Need

Small cherry tomatoes (I used red and orange)

Fresh basil leaves (I had to buy a whole plant, but the pre-picked stuff will probably do)

Fresh mozzarella

Small skewers

cheese

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Dressing (I didn’t use precise measurements)

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Lemon juice

Dijon mustard

Salt & pepper

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

This was my favourite one, super simple but so much better than an average garden salad plus I got to use the barbeque. You can use whatever vegetables you like, just stick them on a long metal skewer. I added olive oil and lots of salt and pepper while they there on the grill.

What You’ll Need

Fresh vegetables of your choice

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Long metal skewers

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Frozen fruit salad on a stick, genius. You could definitely use another other fruit you want, I just wanted to be able to make shapes so I chose fruit that would facilitate that. Pop them in the freezer for half an hour or all day, they just need to sit out for a bit  because they freeze really solid.

What You’ll Need

Watermelon

Pineapple

Cookies cutters

Small or medium length skewers

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

Salad on a Stick | 3 Ways

xo-Caitlin

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

For this monochromatic makeup look I stepped outside my beauty comfort zone and not only chose the colour purple but used eye makeup other then mascara and I have to say I quite enjoy it. I think the key, at least for me, was to use a soft hand and air on the side of pink as opposed to bright or dark purple. My dark circles are purple and I have a few acne scars that have purple undertones so this could have gone badly, but since it’s just makeup I went for it. Oh and I used eyeliner, while that might seem like am obvious thing to do I never ever wear eyeliner or eyeshadow and sometimes I can’t even be bothered to wear mascara.

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

Since I decided to use a little more eye makeup in this look then I’m used to I wanted to keep my base as minimal as possible (plus I’m finally starting to get over the horrible break out I got on vacation so my skin isn’t too bad right now). I used L’Oreal True Match concealer everywhere I need coverage and then set it with Rimmel’s Stay Matte transparent powder.

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple Maybelline the Falsies Flared mascara// Hard Candy Ginormous Lash mascara in “purple haze”// Wet n Wild Coloricon eyeliner in “purple”

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

I started with a purple eyeliner and lined my bottom lash line and 3/4 of my upper lass line. Then I used a Q-Tip and my fingers to smudge out the line and make the colour softer. For me the softer the line the better.

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

I curled my lashed and then applies the Hard Candy purple mascara. I’ve never tried a coloured mascara that has done anything but add some colour, this one is the same so I added my favorite black mascara to the roots of my lashes for some extra definition.

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple Tarte Amazonian clay long-wear blush in “flush”// MAC sheertone blush in “coygirl”

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

For my cheeks I mixed two purple blushed together. One is slightly darker and the other slightly more pink, together they make the perfect purple blush.

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple Inglot lipstick in 150// Revlon Lip Butter in “creme brulee”// Revlon Balm Stain in “darling”

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

I was committed to making a monochromatic look to I chose the (very) purple Inglot lipstick and blended it in with my fingers. The Revlon Balm Stain turns slight pink after awhile so that’s a great option if you’re not into purple lips.

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

Monochromatic Makeup | Purple

And if this is all a little too much purple for you, I think the look is nice with a nude lip as well.

xo-Caitlin

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo

This is Sarah (“the twin” as I like to refer to her here) we are identical twins. Since we are extremely similar and extremely different I thought it would be interesting to share some of the things that we both cannot live without. If we both love it then it’s usually pretty great.

Everyone loves dry shampoo, we know, but for two girls who used to wash and style their hair every single day (we were young and had lots of extra time) we seriously cannot live with out the stuff. Saying it’s a staple would be an understatement, it’s a miracle product that has changed the way we live. Dramatic? Yes. Accurate? Also Yes. Obviously dry shampoo had to be our first “twin win”, there are lots of things that we both like but dry shampoo is just something that is never in question. I’ll let Sarah give you the details.

When it comes to dry shampoo everyone has different wants and needs, so recommending a must have dry shampoo is not realistic. That being said our personal favourite is the Oscar Blandi Pronto dry shampoo (the loose powder kind, not the spray version). We like this specific type, because it isn’t sticky, it’s easy to apply, and the product lasts a long time. Although it is pretty expensive, $29.00 for a 2.5 oz bottle, a little goes a long way and we find a bottle can last up to an entire year. For a cheaper alternative and a product that will provide a little hold, we use the Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier dry shampoo. This dry shampoo comes in an aerosol can and is significantly cheaper than the Oscar Blandi. Both products are good in their own ways, so it’s up to you what you want/ need in your dry shampoo.

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo {Sarah’s greasy hair}

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo {My greasy hair- you’re welcome for the visual}

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo

Twin Wins | Dry Shampoo {Bam- the after affects, clean and voluminous}

P.s. We’re both wearing the Target t-shirts I wrote about here, definitely another twin win.

xo-Caitlin + Sarah

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

I dyed my hair purple. Words I never thought I would say (write). I saw an ad for the Vidal Sassoon London Luxe hair colour line and for the first time in years I had an overwhelming urge to dye my hair, especially when I saw that the purple colour was named London Lilac. I dyed my hair dark red for about a year towards the end of high school and then spent another three years dying it dark brown every couple of weeks trying to get rid of the red. I knew what I definitely didn’t want to put myself through that again, plus I think my “dirty” blond multi- coloured natural hair suits me the best. This all being said I went for it and I love it. I dyed the underneath first, that on it’s own was a little weird so I added some more to the tips all over. It’s not perfect, I might get a hair cut and then even it out a bit, but perfect neat hair is not my thing (obviously).

While I like that I can kind of hide the colour if I’m not feeling it, I also wanted to be able to show it off. I’ve been experimenting with some new summer hair style that work great in the heat and also show off my new purple hair.
Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

1. Gather a section of hair from the top of your head (if you have thicker hair then gather a larger section if you need).

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

2. Smooth into a pony tail and secure with an elastic, at this point it doesn’t need to be a clear elastic as the top knot will cover it.

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

3. If you have fine hair like me then you might want/ need to tease your pony tail a little bit to add some volume and so your top knot won’t be too tiny.

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

4. Create whatever kind of bun you like. I wrapped my pony tail around itself and secured with another clear elastic and a couple of bobby pin so that it would sit the way I wanted it to.

Since the majority of my purple hair is underneath, gathering some of my hair into a bun on top of my head allows the purple to show through a bit more, plus it keeps the most annoying pieces out of my face in the summer heat.

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

1. Create a tight pony tail at the nape of your neck, or wherever you want your rolled up bun to sit.

2. Split your hair in two above the elastic.

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

3. Flip you pony tail up over and through the hole your created above the elastic, tighten the pony tail part.

P.s. You’re doing a “Topsy Tail” (link) without the tool. Did you have a “Topsy Tail” in the 90s?

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

4. Flip the section of hair that came through the hole up into the hole again, this will create a rolled up looking bun.

Summer Hair Styles | How to Show off Your Colour

5. At this point its up to you how much you want to secure with bobby pins. I used a few to push a couple of fly away pieces back into the top of the bun and a few underneath the bun as well. This bun will definitely look different every time you do it.

I love how my purple hair from underneath is now front and center because of the flipping motion.

xo-Caitlin