Monday, 14 September 2015

Neil Barrett Spring/Summer 2016

Neil Barrett's recent menswear collection took quite the dramatic turn in contrast to some of his other collections. Unlike previous shows, he showed no bombers, sweatshirts, sweatpants, which what he says, "none of what I'm known for," ironically, of course. Usually basing his collections on tone, he focused the garments to be about pattern instead. Using modern, sleek and clean-cut styles, Barrett gave us quite a masculine and contrasting collection which aired an equal sense of balance between patterns and colors. He mixed American workwear styles with the grace of European tailoring, which is prominent, for example, when he had slouchy cuffed pants paired with a clean crisp white top, shown below.

He also mixed strong, vibrant patterns with solid black trousers, and vice versa as shown here with knee-length trench jackets, shown here twice.

Another trend was short sleeved shirts with white crisp shirts folded sharply over the arms, giving a chic masculine look that complimented each models physique.

He also used pops of blue to break up the futuristic black and white aesthetic, shown below.

These leopard patterned collared jackets were a statement among the solid blue jeans and white shirts, which made them stand out.

Each models footwear were added specifically to match the outfit by not adding another color, but rather to tie in a solid color, such as a shirt, or by keeping the same print as shown in the last photo. Accessories were kept to a minimum, which were a basic black satchel, not primarily featured in the runway looks.

Overall, the entire runway show had a consistent theme of a modern, military-eske look, with patterns including nautical stripes, camouflage, and futuristic sleek tops that were perfectly balanced against the pants. Each look tied in nicely with the perfectly laid out runway, which main feature was the carpet itself, which was a camouflage print, which in turn matched a few of the pants shown above. As Neil Barrett himself said, "These are future classic looks," which he said with confidence. 

This entire collection totally envisions the general future trends for the trendy man in the Spring / Summer season to come this following year, and I expect to see more of this style coming up in the future!


Monday, 1 September 2014


Glamglow Supermud Clearing Masks seem to be one of the biggest hype of the year, but do they really live up to the hefty price tag of $76? (CAN)

Firstly, let me tell you that no, I did not buy a full tub of the mask, there is just no way I'd risk $76 dollars to test something out, even knowing that Sephora is amazing with returns. So instead of buying a full tub, I went to my local Sephora and asked for 4 samples of the mask to test it out.

I had been dying to see if this mask would actually live up to the wondrous claims it said it would do, so I was sure to test it as soon as I could hoping to see a dramatic difference in my skin.

Now let me first tell you about my skin. My skin really has never been all too bad, but some breakouts here and there, and blackheads around the nose are one of my concerns, thus why I wanted to try this. Don't get me wrong, I don't have SUPER bad blackheads, but of course I have some like most people.

Now to get to the two main questions, does this work and is it worth it?

To start off, yes, this mask does work fairly well, but probably performs equally to masks I've bought for way cheaper at the drugstore for under $10. So no, I would not say this mask treatment is really worth it. As shown below by the Glamglow Advertisement, it does extract the pores with their charcoal technology, and yes it looked exactly the same on me, but after washing the mask off, the blackheads obviously weren't all gone, and it hadn't looked as if it did more than any of my other masks.

Upon application after washing your face with warm water, it has a very nice soothing texture, but unfortunately dries very quick, almost right as you apply it. It only takes about 4-6 minutes for it to completely dry. After it dries, I let it sit on my face for about 5 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.

The formula itself has chunks of charcoal and mint I believe, and it actually feels quite nice to apply. Although that may be, I think the formulation is a bit too thin in consistency and is kind of hard to keep it evenly spread out on your skin, as some spots get more attention than others.

After completely washing it off, my skin feels definitely cleaner and smoother, but again, nothing drastically better than if I were to use another mask.

So bottom line, no, I would NOT go out and buy the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, as it is way too overpriced, even though it does clear your skin, but not as much as they lead on that it will. 

Now, many people are probably asking themselves, well what's a good mask alternative if this isn't worth it? Well, one of my all time favourite masks is Freeman's Avocado and Oatmeal face mask. I find it does the same for way less money!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

CHANEL Dubai Cruise Resort Show 2014/15

Firstly, let me tell you that no, This past Monday, May 13th, 2014 the house of CHANEL held the Chanel Cruise Resort Fashion Show and took place in a custom island for the show and featured a beautiful, well thought out atmosphere. Being that the show was previewed in Dubai, the setting was ideal for the Arabic vibes in Dubai, and the fashion garments shown throughout the show was perfect for it's location. 

Only Karl Lagerfeld could make a barren desert island into a prestigious setting for a show with a matter of a few short weeks. The aesthetic flow of the runway and the Middle Eastern carvings of the double CC logo in the walls was perfect for it's location. The seating was traditional for the audience, featuring low seats and neutral colors which kept your eyes on the models, including their stunning makeup.

"This is something we could not dream of, fifteen, twenty years ago," Lagerfeld declared. "Look at this island, it's like Atlantis, which rose out of the sea!"

Due to the setting, there were certain trends in the overall theme that would be directed to the people of Dubai and the Middle East. There were several trends that emerged, such as:

The harem pant: These billowy pants and their elastic ankle cuffs were a constant at Chanel. 

The hair brooch: The très-voluminous hairstyles used for each model almost swallowed each models headbands, which gave an allusion on floating crescent moons in the centre of their hair.

Lots of accessories and symmetrically placed: When it came to accessories, Karl kept it all in line and symmetric. Mainly there were bracelets on both wrists.

The nail-less glove: Karl's long been a fan of fingerless gloves, but for this cruise show, there was a nail-less trend, just enough to expose your tips.

The thigh-high sock-sandal hybrid: Why wear socks with sandals when you can wear it together?

As you can tell, an obvious theme was present, including big hair, lots of accessories, and statement patterns. Everything featured was geared toward the Middle Eastern society, as Karl is always an expert on for each venue he displays his collections.

Chanel imbeds such exquisite details into the show and makeup is never an exception. Bronzed skin, featured eyes, simple lips and lots of lashes and smokey lids, and foil like gold leafs on the inner tear duct were beautifully presented.

The finale, was beautifully laid out and perfectly tied together each design into the theme. Hudson Kroenig, the son of Brad Kroenig and Godson of Karl Lagerfeld was featured at the end of of the show.

Artist: Dukes of Chutney
Title: Domino
Label: Beats in Space Record

Artist: Dukes of Chutney
Title: You, Me, The Chimp, and Acapulco
Label: Beats in Space Records

Artist: Mark E
Title: Call Me (Dixon Edit)
Label: Merc Music / Phoenix Music International


Overall, the show was gorgeously laid out and incorporated beautiful attire as Chanel always comes out with. This Show was one of my favourites to date and I only wish I could have been there to see it in person!

 Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

How to Have Great Teeth - White and Clean!

As we all know, one of the first parts of a person we notice when we first see them is their teeth. Maintaining your teeth is not only highly beneficial for your health, but also improves your overall appearance to those you meet. (It also gives you a good self confidence boost!)

Starting with the most obvious step:

 Brush Your Teeth!
As there are many different kinds of toothbrushes on the market, it can sometimes be hard to find one that you may think is good. Most of the toothbrushes are the same, so the key thing to look out for is finding one that has soft bristles and a tongue cleaner. It really doesn't matter as much as what toothbrush you have, but more of how you use it. I recommend any toothbrush that Oral-B makes or one of the electric ones!
Starting in the back of your mouth, clean the sides, top and bottom, and work your way to the front. To maintain good oral hygiene, it is a necessity to remember that even though you can't see the back teeth when smiling, these are the ones which normally give people problems if not taken care of properly. 

What Toothpaste do I use?
If you are looking to get and maintain a whiter smile - I recommend Crest 3D WHITE Toothpaste, as it definitely whitens your smile very quickly and leaves you with fresh breath.  If your teeth tend to be sensitive, I recommend Sensodyne toothpaste, as it helps with sensitivity to teeth nerves and gums. There has been some controversy with the little beads that are mixed in with the toothpaste and them getting stuck in your gums, but to avoid this, just rinse your mouth out with mouthwash as you will see in the next step.

As you may tell, I am in love with the Crest 3D line, as it definitely whitens your teeth substantially.  The mouthwash is one that definitely leaves you with fresh breath, and definitely white teeth. After brushing, use this, and then on to the next step, flossing.
This is one of the most important steps, as it can prevent yellow and decayed teeth, and bad breath. Flossing can get in-between tight teeth and remove plaque and residue from the day that can brushing can leave behind. Your gums should naturally appear pinky, not red or inflamed. Flossing is a vital component of getting white teeth as it gets more plaque off and saves you from getting cavities, as well as helping to whiten your teeth!


Some people don't only want to have fresh, healthy mouths, but they also want that beautiful, pearly white smile. I have been using Crest 3D whitestrips once in a while, and they do help, but I find that they can and sometimes do irritate your gums, but my teeth do become whiter. Try to not use these too often as they can damage your enamel, and sometimes doing the steps above can pay off much more than using these strips. All-in-all, they still do work and I love them for when I feel like I want to get a whiter smile for a special event or day!


These tips listed above will help you to get a gorgeous healthy white smile, but there are also lifestyle changes that can help you boost your oral health and teeth. To get great white teeth, you can:

  • Chew gum. This produces more saliva and can eliminate all of the particles that can get stuck around your teeth, and will get rid of bad breath!

  • Avoid sugary drinks. These stain your teeth easily and degrade your teeth, and most times you feel gross afterwards! This will not only benefit your oral health, but also your general well being. You'll feel a million times better!

  • Focus on the health of your teeth, not just the colour of them. White teeth doesn't always necessarily mean healthy!

  • Obviously,  follow all the steps above in the morning and at night. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014


This past Tuesday, January 21st, the House of CHANEL held their Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris (not to be confused with the CHANEL Spring Summer 2014 Ready to Wear show), where the theme appeared minimalistic, with elegant styles and soft, gentle looks  The exquisitely detailed fashion was grounded by some harsher touches with the help of halo effect manga-styled hair (all by Sam McKnight), the athletically inclined footwear, as well as the bold yet simple eye makeup (created by Peter Philips). Music was provided by well-known French singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, Sébastien Tellier, which also included a full orchestra as well as an opera singer. The venue was both modern and organic, with rows of undulating seating for invited guests, and a rotating stage that held double staircases, used by the models. The wedding gown finale was elegant and visually stunning, as the model (Cara Delevingne) appeared in a simple but embellished sheath with a train accompanied by an angelic-looking boy, while Karl Lagerfeld appeared to take a last bow.
The looks created by Peter Philips seemed crystalline and pure; faces were left flawlessly bare with just the faintest hints of blush, while the lips appeared more toned down and just lightly tinted, leaving the eyes as the focus with their heavy & graphic black strokes of liner on the upper lid, winging out, while thick lines of prismatic glitter lined the bottom lashes – bringing light to the entire face, and providing a clean simple contrast. The nails were subtle as well, displaying a soft pink tone, staying simple yet making a statement.

The Venue: The nave of the Grand Palais, with it's rotating stage and double staircases used by the models, and the natural, bright looking auditorium style seating.

Eye Makeup by Peter Phillips

Models Backstage

CHANEL Spring Summer Haute Couture 2014

CHANEL Spring Summer Haute Couture 2014

The 14 minute full video is an exquisite, gorgeous, riveting show which is accompanied by the musical works by Sébastien Tellier. The main theme of this "collection" was very thinning and light, pale, but with very small details which made it simplistic but with bold statements. Overall this show had me glued to my screen the whole time - if only I could've been there to watch it live! 

The Finale, including Karl Lagerfeld and Model Cara Delevingne, was perfectly laid out and showed the elegance of what CHANEL really is. The fluidity of the show, and within the outfits themselves were flawless. CHANEL has done it once again, creating a unique show unlike no other.

If you have read thus far - I hope you've enjoyed this overview of the CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE, and be stay tuned for more blog posts like this. 

I will be trying to upload more posts here, but I've been very busy with life. Unfortunately, I did not get to post as many things for the month of december, but I will be trying very hard to keep up weekly with this. Again, thanks once again for checking this out, and if you've enjoyed, please comment down below or share this, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Just about a month ago, I decided to branch off of Chanel products and check out the Marc Jacobs Beauty line - exclusively sold at Sephora. The first product I picked up was the limited edition "Lightshow Luminizing Powder" which retailed for $71 Canadian. This product is a beautiful powder, which applies very smoothly and leaves a soft "glowy" finish. Due to it being very finely milled, it doesn't leave a powdery finish on top of the skin, but sinks into the skin and is very seamless. I use it to highlight my cheekbones and a little around the cheeks. 

The one problem I have with this product is that it is very deceiving when looking at it online. It may look sparkly and golden, but basically after the first couple of uses, the gold sparkles fall off and the rest of the product is matte, but still beautiful.  The 3 tones in the pan can be used to create the perfect looking complexion.
As for packaging, its a very sleek, compact that comes with a beautiful large mirror. To "protect" the powder when it's stored it comes with a little flimsy piece of plastic with the typical Marc Jacobs text emblemed onto it, which doesn't stay in place and makes it feel cheap. Otherwise, everything about this product is flawless.

The product that I just bought recently was the The Face 2 - Sculpting Foundation Brush (Brush 2). This brush at $60 Canadian, can be hard to figure out what it's use really is - but you can use it basically for whatever you want. At first, being that Marc Jacobs is a new addition to the makeup world, I wasn't too sure if his tools would be all that great. Honestly though - these brushes are the most unique, high quality brushes I have ever seen and/or have. All of these brushes from his line are the softest, most dense brushes you will ever feel. I use this brush here specifically for further blending in my foundation to get it to not just sit on the skin - but to make a seamless finish. I also use this to lightly "contour" with my Soleil Tan de Chanel Makeup Base.

One thing I love about this brush is definitely how heavy and well built it is. The only thing I do not like is the packaging. The box is beautiful, but inside, I was disappointed to find that it didn't come with a velour/velvet sleeve like the Chanel brushes that I do own, so that when I take my brushes out, I don't have to worry about them being damaged.

Overall, the Marc Jacobs line is definitely worth checking out and I will be hopefully checking out more of their products.

Please comment, share, and let me know if you enjoyed this review and/or it helped you!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Winter Outfit

Winter Fashion

During the colder months, fashion is a lot easier (in my opinion) because you often can dress it up, add layers and lots of accessories. The outfit shown above is one of the more simpler outfit. A simple sweater and skinny jeans are perfect for the Winter. Doc Martens are a staple in any collection of shoes. These boots can always complete the look and are always look perfect and feel wonderful.. I got my Doc Martens at a store in my local mall, which sold for around $175 which is quite the price, but they last so long and look so good season after season. Just polish them with a neutral leather cleaner ever so often, and they will stay looking brand new. Adding accessories can always change up the look, so by adding a gold chain (from H&M or local thrift stores) and/or a watch, (Marc Jacobs above) can always dress it up. 
This is just a simple outfit for the cold weather, but you can always add jackets, hats, scarves and many more items. For my next few blogspots, I will be creating many more diverse looks for this season.

My inspiration for my fashion definitely comes from American Apparel, and my own ensembles. High end fashion brands also inspire me for other looks, (not this look, this is one of my main outfits) many of which I will be reviewing later on hopefully.

This is my first outfit post and I will be definitely be doing many more for this holiday season! I hope this may have inspired you or helped you pick out some new outfits :)