LIKE A GIRL

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Mood [Happy]
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56% of girls lose confidence during puberty and redefine what it means to do something #LikeaGirl

You run like a girl.

You throw like a girl.

You blog like a girl.

According to the new Always Confidence and Puberty Study, only 19% of girls have a positive association with the phrase “like a girl.”


It’s time for a change. Always is rallying girls from across the globe to redefine the meaning of doing something #LikeaGirl from an insult to an expression of strength, talent, character and downright awesomeness.

Directed by Lauren Greenfield, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for her documentary, “The Queen of Versailles” in 2012, the #LikeaGirl social experiment captures how doing something like a girl changes as they grow up and how a bit of encouragement can go a long way in changing what it means to be proud to be a girl, and do things like a girl.

Don’t let being a girl hold you down! Be proud. Be YOU! Take a stand and show young girls everywhere that doing things #LikeAGirl should never be used as an insult – that it means being strong, talented, and downright amazing.



So tell me, what do you do #LikeaGirl?

TIMELESS

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Mood [Blah]
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Zara cropped top & caged sandals, from a local shop in Hong Kong skirt, Coach Madison Mini North/South Bonded Tote in Python Embossed Leather

Though this skirt is thick and heavy, I still managed to wear it during the summer thanks to the cooler weather. Thank you Toronto temperatures. I was a tourist in my own city this past weekend because my Australian relatives came for a visit. We visited the Ripley’s Aquariums of Canada and I was left in awe. I loved everything from the seahorses to the jellyfish, to the sharks and the stingrays, to the massive Goliath bass to the giant sea plants. I would suggest going on a weekday to avoid lineups and the people. The Aquarium will be well worth your time.

L’OREAL PARIS MISS MANGA BY VOLUMINOUS MASCARA REVIEW

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Mood [Happy]
Currently Playing [Katy Perry - The One That Got Away]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the funky culture of Japan and fun-loving Kawaii attitude, Miss Manga Mascara envelops lashes with mega volume for an innocently flirty, wide-eyed look. The mega impact formula with collagen spheres and trilogy of polymers adheres to lashes and enlarges them for sensational volume. Fiercely painting every single lash – top to bottom – this new mascara creates a wide open and full look just like a Kawaii doll.
-360 flexor wand amplies upper lashes
-Cone tip maximizes lower lashes
-15x volume flake free all day

Permanent shades: Black, Blackest Black & Brown (*also comes in waterproof)
Limited edition shades: Purple, Turquoise & Electric Blue

Permanent shades available in June 2014 at mass market retailers and drugstores across Canada. SRP $10.99
 

INGREDIENTS
Water, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth 2, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 2 Oleamido 1,3 Octadecanediol, Panthenol, Silica, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, May Contain (+/-):, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470), Mica
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Place brush at base of lashes and gently sweep up to tip. Removes easily with soap and water.
 

WHY YOU SHOULD SKIP THIS PRODUCT
Before I go on with my review, I just want to put a little disclaimer out there: this review is for the limited edition Purple & Electric Blue version. I was not sent the permanent shades so do not mix this review with the other shades. I’ll solely be talking about the 2 limited edition colours.
 
I’m going to start with the positives. So first of course, I love the packaging and the concept! It’s cute and adorable, which is totally up my alley. Not to mention, incorporating the Japanese/Manga/Anime element to it is just the perfect marketing touch. I also love the wand and the brush. I think the brush is just great to get evenly spread the product around. The cone shade also makes it really helpful for my lower lashes. A little tip: you can use a mascara vertically to reach those smaller inner/outer corner lashes.
 

So with the positive aspects being said, I must say that I’m not blown away by the performance. The formula is nothing special and it doesn’t really help with the volume or lengthening my lashes to be honest. It just doesn’t hope my curls. I think a part of it also has to be with the fact that it’s not a water-proof formula. The result is not close to my two favorite mascaras: Dejavu Fiberwig and Shiseido Majolica Majorca
 

This is the Purple version. As you can tell, my lashes are still pointing downwards and though I have curled my lashes, the mascara simply does not hold it in place.
 

This is the Electric Blue version. I find this version a little better than the Purple one because my lashes look a bit longer and fuller. But of course, still not my favorite formula.
 
Overall, I think it’s an okay mascara for girls who don’t have extremely straight lashes like me. Sad to say that my eyes don’t look like Manga eyes.

 
RATING
Product (1/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (4/5)
Packaging (5/5)

EVERY SUMMER HAS A STORY

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Mood [Thrilled]
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Forever 21 Girls top, Forever 21 skirt, H&M bowler bag (a few seasons ago), Urban Outfitter shoes, Hudson Bay’s beret
 
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. A quote from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Around this time of the year, the sunshine seems to be endless and the days are eternal. I can bathe in this warm evening sun for the rest of my life.
 

WHEN I MET KATY PERRY

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Mood [Warm]
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Dynamite leather bustier, Forever 21 kids dress, Zara leather shorts, from Hong Kong pink wedges
 
This is what I wore to see Katy Perry’s The Prismatic World Tour on Saturday night in Toronto. Did I mention I took a photo and shook Katy Perry’s hand? :) I was a little starstruck. Thank you Beauty United for making this possible for all the little girls in us who don’t want to grow up.

CELEBRITIES THAT NAILED THEIR FESTIVAL LOOK & SO CAN YOU!

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Mood [Chill]
Currently Playing [Suzie McNeil ft. Dave Faber - Love Can't Save Us Now]

With the festival season full in swing, we have been able to obsess over the works of art that have wandered the green grasses of our festival and shed a light on how your nails can take centre stage.
 

Go Pastel
With the likes of Katy Perry rocking the pastel colours, you definitely can’t go wrong, especially if you have gone out of your way to design a cute pattern to go with it. The singer drew attention to the subtle yin and yang motif painted delicately in a soft pink, baby blue and white.
 
Be Cultured

Not one to arrive quietly is the wild child at heart, Vanessa Hudgens, boasting loud and proud nails with beautifully bright Hindu patterns and gods, painted in retro designs. The cultured look is always a favourite with a range of options to delve into. Aztec art is fun and creative and an easy way to make your nails interesting.
 
Ba-Bling It

If glitter, sparkles and gems do it for you then you will be following in the steps of actress Sarah Hyland. Her most recent festival nails were crammed full with shiny goodies from glitter, rhinestones and sequins… all of which is perfectly acceptable festival gear.
 
Be Free

Follow the hippy-vibe and enjoy the freedom of painting your nails to whatever mood and emotion you may find yourself in. At peace from within mind, body and soul, there are plenty of free spiriting designs to lift your festival energy. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio decorated her nails with a cool palm tree and peace print.

 
If florals, hearts and stripes or rainbow squiggles are your weakness, with the help of Canadian beauty blogger’s, Superdry have crafted a fantastic festival nail style guide to inspire you with nail varnishes that you have at home.


 

We’d love to know your favourite festival nail ideas.

DRIVING SLOW ON SUNDAY MORNING

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Mood [Full]
Currently Playing [Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning]







Zara double layer dress, Hollister flannel shirt, Target sandals, Alexander Wang Diego bucket bag
 

For any football fans, today was an important day. I spent the day lounging around in my Sunday attire to watch the FIFA World Cup Finals with the boy. Congrats to Germany for being the first European team to win the championship on South American soil. (Yay Özil!) Though no doubt, the Germans were a solid-machine of a team, I must admit that I was hoping the trophy would have been won by a South American team instead. Oh well…