Black Lace Dress From eShakti!

 I was recently contacted by eShakti to see if I would be interested in reviewing their products. 

As you know by now, I'm very selective with the brands I align myself with. I only wear, use and post about something if they truly live up to my standards. I must admit that I was not familiar with the eShakti brand, so it took me a while to poke around their site and see if any of their pieces complemented my personal style. Don't get me wrong, the have black dresses for days but the cuts seemed a little too retro and safe for my initial tastes. That being said, I was intrigued by the fact that they are an an online retailer that specializes in customized clothing at a reasonable price. 
You heard me... Customized AND reasonable... 

After poking around their site, I started to find a ton of stuff that I loved and the fact that I could easily customize the hem, sleeves and material made it a no-brainer. 

As you can see from these photos, I paired my Florence dress with a studded belt and ankle boots (shocking, I know!) and I kept it Fall fresh with oxblood tights and a cropped jacket. I love the fact that I can transition this dress from the office to drinks with friends to date night with the hubby, it's so versatile! 

Don't worry, I didn't just score a dress for myself, the sweethearts at eShakti are offering all of my lovely readers a 10% discount by entering BirdfaceCollection in the promotional code box at checkout, now through to November 28th [Canada & USA only]. 

Dress: eShakti
Belt: H&M
Jacket: Material Girl
Tights, Boots, Bow (in hair) & Nail Polish: Forever21
Necklace: Bittersweet
Bracelet: Avon

Last Minute Halloween Costume - Skeleton

I must admit, this year was kind of a cop out as far as my costume goes. It wasn't for a lack of inspiration, money or even a disinterest in the festivities. It was merely a lack of time. 

I was lucky enough to attend Fashion Saturday (the closing of World Master Card Fashion Week in Toronto last night) and the presentations didn't end until almost 10 pm. This meant I had to hightail it to my girlfriends party with little time to get ready. So I slapped on some black and white face paint and was out the door within 30 minutes. Sure... I looked a little crazy but I forgot I was wearing it after a few minutes and I loved the fact that I didn't have to put up with an uncomfortable costume all night! Plus, I looked kinda bad-ass! 

Green + Plaid

Jacket: Forever21
Tank Top: Smart Set
Pants: Aeropostale
Purse: Olivia + Joy
Sunnies: Topshop
Shoes: Material Girl

Shirt, Glasses & Bracelets: Topshop
Jean Shorts: Forever21
Boots: Material Girl
Purse: Rachel Roy
Tights: Hue

Revlon A/W 2014 - Shanghai Edition

Ladies! It's been ages since I've posted a make-up tutorial! 

After receiving (and testing!) the new Revlon A/W 2014 Shanghai kit*, I knew it was time to post a step-by-step how to. 

I have used Revlon nail polish and professional hair care over the years but I've never gotten familiar with their make-up line. After playing around with these fun, highly pigmented colours, it's safe to say that that will be changing!

As you can tell, this look is not for the faint of heart. 
It's a high impact, daring, look that I absolutely love rocking. 

The following products were used: 

Eyeliner: Colorstay in Jade
Lip Gloss: Colorstay Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle
Nail Polish: Colorstay Gel Envy in Checkmate (light), Blackjack (dark) & Diamond Top Coat.
Eye Shadow: Moss (light, inner corners) & Khaki (darkdark, outer corners)
Mascara: Bold Lacquer by Grow Lusicous in Blackest Black

Step #1: Start fresh faced! I applied foundation, concealer and bronzer but use whatever your go to base is.

Step #2: Apply Moss (lighter shadow) from the inner corners of the eyelid to the center. So far, so good! This look is super simple to create but looks like you spent an hour in the makeup chair!

Step #3: Apply Khaki (darker shadow) from the outer corners of the eyelid to the center and blend. These shadows have a soft pigment that made blending super easy. I also loved that the green shadow didn't fall down under my eyes as some products can during the sweeping and blending process.

Step #4: Place the liner in the inner corner, as close to the lashes as possible and drag across lashline. Line underneath the eye from the outer corner to center. Blend inward with sponge tip applicator. It was really hard foregoing my signature black cat-eye liner! That being said, I was impressed how well this liner held given it feels waxy and smooth as you apply it. I thought it may stray but thankfully, it stayed put. 

Step #5: Apply a generous amount of mascara. This mascara is not as chunky as I like but I love really thick, clumpy lashes. I applied several layers and I still thought they could be fatter. That being said, I'm going to keep this mascara in my kit as it's perfect for a more natural look.

Step #6: Apply lip stain to dry lips. This lip stain is perfection. I didn't have to use a lip liner, I just traced around the lip line and cleaned up with a cotton swab where needed. The pigment is so bold and it keeps your lips feeling hydrated. The luster is also incredible.

Step #7: Apply Checkmate and Blackjack on alternate nails. Finish with top coat. I love these colours! I wear black polish 80% of the time and I am so happy to have another bottle in my life.

Will you be rocking this Shanghai inspired look this Fall?

For your chance to win all of the products pictured above, follow me on Instagram and like my Shanghai selfie! A (Canadian*) winner will be chosen at random and sent the entire collection.

{*Please note that these products were sent to me to test and review. That being said, under no circumstance would I post this tutorial if I would not purchase them for myself or recommend them to my girlfriends!} 

Black tank top: Garage
Rings: Material Girl

*Winner must be 18 years of age or older.

Marc By Marc Jacobs Launch @ The Hudson's Bay

This evening, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Beckerman Twins at The Hudson's Bay in Toronto to chat Marc by Marc Jacobs. I know, tough deal right?! 

I was lucky enough to see pieces from the newly released MBMJ's Fall 2014 collection featuring the moto jacket (above) and these killer quilted boots (below) that I am crushing on so bad!

The ladies also brought the following look (fresh off NYFW's runway!) for all of us to drool over...

I seriously can't get over how endearing and totally bonkers these two are! I mean, who else would rock the Pippy braids from the runway show?!

Fashion's Night Out: Amsterdam

My handsome husband and I at Amsterdam's Fashion's Night Out  at de Bijenkoft (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Skirt, Dress (worn as tank top) & Belt: H&M
Sandals: Ardene
Earings: Rachel Roy
Bracelets: SideBDesigns & Avon
Necklace & Rings: Material Girl
Purse: DKNY

Comedy Club Date Night

Dress: Tatsuaki
Tights: House of Holland
Shoes: Vera Moda 
Jacket: Material Girl
Purse: DKNY

Mani Monday - Cutout Triangles

I loved rocking this last week! 

It looks impressive but it was actually super easy since it's only black polish and a top coat. 

Who said black polish can't look chic in the summer?!


Tank Top: Brandy Melville
Sunglasses: TopShop
Skirt: H&M
Necklace: Material Girl
Bracelets: SideBdesigns & Material Girl
Purse: DKNY
Shoes: Vans

My Beauty Must Haves Summer 2014:

Eyeliner: Shu Uemura
Calligraph:Ink Liquid Eyeliner Pen and Cartridge Set. 

 This liner is seriously one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

Primer: Benefit
The POREfessional

Don't let the name fool you, this primer is amazing for all skin types, even my dehydrated complexion.

Brows: Make Up Forever
Aqua Brow

 This gives me the perfect brow in minutes. I use it with their 172 Precision Corrector brush that I absolutely love!

Lips: LancĂ´me
Lip Lover in Fuchsia Attitude

 Glossy, hydrating and in this seasons 'it' colour... what more could a woman ask for?!

Nails: Forever 21
Black (came in floral nail kit)

 Always. I am a sucker for black polish, even in the middle of summer. I must also say that the Forever21's nail polish line is amazing! It's inexpensive, quick dying and it outlasts my Essie and OPI polishes.

What are your go to beauty essentials? 

I heart these plaid pants from Aeropostale
They are so comfortable and were perfect for my casual, weeknight movie date with my hubby. 
Chic and affordable, what's not to love?!

Blouse: H&M
Purse: Olivia & Joy
Boots: Dolce Vita