Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sad Announcement

Hey Everyone!

So unfortunately Sally will be leaving lbdgirls, because she has to focus on school.

Now because it is lbdgirlS I decided I would branch off and continue my own blog.

So if you would like to follow me that would be GREATLY appreciated :) I am of course returning all follows!




-xx
Kelsey

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

University Series : Move In Day Tips


I'm back with the University Series!!!  Today's post / video is all about Move In Day tips (this can be applied to both moving into Residence or into an apartment).  However, if you haven't seen the other two videos / posts in the University Series, go back and watch those first before viewing this one!

Move In Day Tips 
I know for me, the first time I moved out two years ago into residence, it was pretty stressful.  I would have loved to know these tips before moving in, so I figured I'd share them with you guys! If you have any other useful tips be sure to leave them down below. 

Dress For The Weather 
This is key.  I know in Southern Ontario it is always hot at the end of August, especially the Labour Day Weekend. It's going to be a long day of moving in so you want to make sure that you aren't going to be uncomfortable.  If you're starting in the morning it may be a bit cooler, I would suggest wearing a tee shirt with shorts and bring a light sweater along. 

Comfortable Shoes 
As I said above, it's going to be a long day and you want to make sure you're comfortable.  You're going to be walking around, standing and lifting a bunch of things so foot wear is key.  I personally like to wear my Toms when moving in because they are light weight and comfortable.  They also keep my feet nice and cool! 

Drink Water and Eat Snacks 
Between the stress and excitement of moving in, you can easily forget to keep hydrated and eat.  It's key to remember to be drinking water and eating snacks so you can keep up with your busy day.  Keep a water bottle and some granola bars in your purse handy, and you can even go as far to set reminders on your phone if you wish.  Don't make the mistake I did last year and forget to eat, because you will regret it. 

Be Prepared 
Wether you're moving into residence or into an apartment you need to be prepared.  This means finding out directions to your new place the night before and knowing what paper work or ID you'll need to have on you.  I suggest calling your building or residence a few days before so you are able to get everything you need together.  They'll be more than happy to also go over the move in process with you so there are no surprises! 

Start Early 
I know that most people love to sleep in, especially when you have a long day ahead of you, but it's important to start early!  I know in residence there is just an open time period for everyone to move into the building, so I would recommend being there before it starts.  I know it may sound a bit strange but I can guarantee there will be others there as well!  When moving into a building, if you're living above the ground floor, I know that you will need to book a move in time.  I would still suggest arriving about 10 minutes before your slot, so you are able to notify the building manager you have arrived and collect your keys.  The earlier you begin the sooner you can get on with enjoying your place. 

A Few Reliable People 
Moving in is stressful, and you want to make it as relaxing as you can.  To take away some of the stress I would only bring a couple of reliable people with you.  You don't need to bring your aunts, uncles, grandma, cousins, and neighbours with you.  The more people you bring the more stressful the situation will become.  A good amount of people to bring with you would be one to two people.  You also want to make sure you're bring people you can count on.  The day of, you don't need to be worrying about wether or not your ride will show up.  

Those are my move in day tips, that I have learnt from experience.  If you have any more tips, share them with us below!  And keep your eyes pealed for the next three videos coming your way!
-xx Sally 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nail Polish Collection


Hey Everyone! I decided for todays post I would do a nail polish collection. I have been wanting to share this with you all for a while and I figured there was no better time than right now! I hope you enjoy! I tried to categorize them so it's easier to read and follow :)


China Glaze: Peachy Keen (868), Ruby Pumps (182) and Dorothy Who? (857).


Essie: Sexy Divide, Turquoise & Caicos, Good to Go and Grow Faster.


Joe Fresh: Neon Pink, Onyx, Brick and Sun Kissed.


Joe Fresh: Mist, Butter, Seashell, Ballet Slipper and Lilac.


Sally Hansen: Green with Envy (110), The Real Teal (480), Grey Area (330) and Rockstar Pink (140).


Sally Hansen: Sorbet (80), Sea (07) and Polar Purple (902).


Sally Hansen: Coral Pink, Nonstop Nude, Dry-Kwik and Complete Care.


CoverGirl Disco Dazzle (405), Wet n Wild Everybody Loves Redmond (221C), Avon Pink Fantasie and L.A. Colors.


Zoya Arizona, Borghese Chroma and Models Own Beach Party.


I hope you enjoyed my ever growing nail polish collection. I'm sorry I can't remember a lot of the prices since some are a little older or were given to me by my mother. But if you want a general price range for some I can give that to you or at least try my best.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
-xx
Kelsey

Friday, August 24, 2012

University Series : How To Pack


We're on to video two for the University Series!  This one is all about how to pack for school.  You can watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel!  Also if you haven't watched / read the last video (What to Pack for University) you can do so here

How to Pack for University 
Below are some quick tips on how to make your packing easier! Also I've done a blog post on how to pack on a budget, which you can read here

Divide Your Packing 
I personally like to divide my packing into rooms / sections to make it easier on myself.  That way I don't miss anything, and it's a lot easier when you're unpacking.

Make A List
Once you've divided your packing to rooms / sections you want to make a list of all the things you need to pack.  By making a quick list you can see what things you may have missed, or things that you don't really need to be bringing with you. 

Use What You Have 
When packing I like to use a couple of suitcases that I already have.  This means less boxes for you to get!  However you want to make sure that you are bringing only a few small suitcases (duffel bags are best for this) as you wont' have a lot of storage space in Residence.  Or if you want to use larger bags, simply empty them once you arrive and give them to your family to bring home!

Label Label Label!
While you're packing take the two section to label each box by either the room, or the contents.  You'll be happy you took the time when you're frantically unpacking. 


I hope this quick video helps with the daunting task of packing!  If you have any packing tips and tricks be sure to leave them down below in the comments.  Keep your eyes pealed for the next four videos coming out soon!
-xx Sally 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

University Series : What To Bring To University


Hi everyone as I mentioned in my blog post last Thursday (you can view it here) I'm starting a University Series which includes six videos!  This is the first video in the series, which you can watch here, or on our Youtube Channel.  For each of the videos I'll be doing in depth blog posts which include all of the information that I mention in the Video so you don't miss a thing!  Now on with today's post. 

What To Bring To University 
As I mention in the video I like to organize things by room / section to make it easier when planning what to pack.  This video is also geared more to people who are moving into Residence rather than moving into your own apartment. 
*As a side note, before you begin packing you need to make sure that you've contacted your Residence to find out what you can and cannot bring with you.  They will most likely be sending out a list of things that you should be bringing with you (this is usually pretty detailed), so this is a supplement to that list. 

Bathroom 
Toothbrush and Toothpaste 
Hairbrush 
Elastics / Bobby pins / Headbands 
Shampoo / Conditioner / Body Wash / Soap 
Painkillers / Cold Medicine *
Shower Caddy **
Makeup 
Hair Products 
* Being in school and living in Res, you will get sick and have headaches.  It's really important that you come prepared ahead of time because when you're already sick you don't want to be going out to the shop to get these things. 
** If you don't live in an apartment style in Res where you have your own shower, you'll be needing one of these.  It's great to put all of your shower things in it so when you're going to shower to don't have to carry everything in your arms.  You can pick these up at the dollar store. 

Kitchen*
Cups / Mugs / Water Bottle 
Pot / Pan / Toaster / Kettle
Bowls / Plates**
Cutlery / Cooking Utensils 
Snacks***
*If you are living in a non apartment style, you won't be needing to bring a whole lot of kitchen equipment as each floor will have it's own kitchen with equipment. 
**Only bring a set of two, as most of the time it will only be you eating, you don't need them taking up a lot of room.
***These are great to keep in your room for when you're studying and need a quick snack or if you're heading out the door for class.

School Supplies*
Notebook / Binder /  Laptop
Pens / Markers / Highlighters / Pencils 
Printer / Printer Paper / Flash Cards 
*This is just a basic list of things you'll need.  I would wait to get a whole bunch of things as during the first week your professors will tell you what exactly you'll be needing for that course 

Bedroom 
Two sets of bedding*
Mattress Pad**
Two Pillows 
Duvet 
Throw Blankets***
Clothing Seasonal****
Decorations*****
Desk Lamp and Chair ******
Plant 
Books (a few of your favourites)
Movies (a few of your favourites)
Slippers 
*You'll want to have an extra set of bedding so that you can put the new one on while you wash your old sheets. 
**The mattresses they provide in Res are really uncomfortable.  I would bring a mattress pad or an egg crate so that you can get the best possible sleep.
***The rooms are extreme temperatures so I would bring throw blankets so you can layer up while you're sleeping. 
****Don't bring all of your clothing with you when you go.  You don't have a whole lot of storage space in your room.  I would bring that season's clothing and then before the seasons change you can rotate out some of your clothing.  
*****The rooms in Res are all generic and prison like, so I would bring as much decorations as you can.  You'll be spending eight months in the room and you want it to feel like home.  I would bring posters, photographs of family and friends, christmas lights and any other small decorations. 
******The desk lamp and chair they provide really aren't the greatest when you're studying.  I would bring your own (you can pick up cheap ones at Ikea and Walmart) to make sure you have the best possible study area.  

Random 
Kleenex* 
Fabreze** 
Cleaning Supplies***
Chargers 
Extension Cords****
*As I said earlier, you will be getting sick, so having some on hand will help.
**These rooms can get very stuffy, so having some Fabreze to freshen up the room will help with that.  Normally I would suggest some candles, but all Residences will have an no flame policy.  However, you can get some flameless candles to bring with you.
***Only bring a few things with you, as each floor will most likely have their own cleaning supplies.
****These are a must, and a life saver.  You'll have tones of things to plug into, and sometimes the outlets are in awkward places.  I picked up two from Ikea for $4 two years ago and they still work great. 

I hope that this list has helped all of you get ready for when you're going off to school.  As I said earlier, this is just a supplement list to the one your Residence will provide for you.  If you have any suggestions of what to bring, leave your ideas down below!  Don't forget to keep your eyes pealed for video two, which I'll be putting up tomorrow! Have a wonderful day and happy packing!
-xx Sally 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weekly Tip : Cheap Packing Tips


Hi Everyone!  First off I want to say sorry that my first video for the University Series isn't up (you can read more about the series here).  I've had a tone of trouble with my computer lately and wasn't able to get the first video up for today.  However to make up for it, I will be posting the first and second video up this Thursday so be sure to keep a look out for those two!  I will also be doing in depth blog posts here about each of the videos.
Now on to today's post.  Since I am doing the University Series, I wanted to say on a similar topic for this post, I'll be talking about how to pack on a budget!

Things You'll Need for Packing 
Boxes
Tape
Packing Paper
Markers

How to Save Money 
Boxes - for your boxes, don't go out and buy brand new boxes from a packing store as they'll be over priced.  Instead go to your local McDonald's, Walmart of Grocery Store and pick up some boxes there. They are always happy to give away boxes they aren't using as they would have gone into the garbage.  Tip : Make sure to check the boxes before you take them for rips or grime on them.

Tape - Head to your local Walmart and pick up some clear packing tape for a good price.  Tip : Get tape that includes a handle with a sharp edge, this will come in handy when you need to cut the tape.

Packing Paper - If you want your can go and pick up some brown packing paper from a moving company, or you could simply use old newspaper.  It does the same job and it doesn't cost you a cent! Tip : Make sure to wash any dishes you've wrapped as newspaper will leave some ink on your dishes.

Markers - These come in handy when labelling your boxes, and you can pick them up at Walmart or even the Dollar Store.  Tip : Make sure to get a black marker as it will be easier to read when you're unpacking.

Do any of you have good tips for packing on a budget?  Happy packing!
-xx Sally

Monday, August 20, 2012

My First eBay Purchase


Hey Everyone! So I have never purchased anything off of eBay before, and I was a little nervous to do so, but now I am obsessed. I purchased this rose gold ring for about $13 and it is made of genuine rose gold and crystal. It is absolutely stunning and I am extremely happy with it. It did however take about 20 days to ship, but the seller discounted the ring for me because it took such a long time to ship. I cannot even express how many compliments I have gotten because of this ring.

For security reasons I used pay pal and it all worked out. Now I may become addicted to online shopping with eBay. I'm a little late on this band wagon.

What amazing things have you bought on eBay? Leave me a comment below!

-xx
Kelsey

Friday, August 17, 2012

iPhone Wallpaper Friday



Hello Hello! So I had an idea, since Sally and I alternate Fridays I thought it would be cool for me to do something for all of you every Friday that it is my turn. I am going to start iPhone Wallpaper Friday! Now I know you don't all have iPhones, I just chose it because it's the phone I own and its easiest for me to test, however, if you like the design let me know and I will make one for your phone and can send it your way! Easy as that!

This Friday I did a swan design using the basic forms of origami. You can either download the colours individually choosing between orange, green, blue and purple, or simply download the entire package and pick which one you like best at that time!

Feel free to send me suggestions or even themes that you would like to choose from, or even if you'd like maybe a variety of wallpapers that Friday so you can pick one that fits your style.

This is something I find really fun to do so by all means make requests :) I look forward to hearing them. Enjoy!

Download the files here:


-xx
Kelsey

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The University Series

Hi guys!  Sorry this is a later post, I just got back from Ikea getting things for mine and my boyfriend's new place (but that's another post for another time).  I just wanted to do a quick post today to tell you about a series that I will be starting next week!

The University Series 
As all of you are aware University is just around the corner, and tones of people on Youtube and Blogger are doing videos and posts about going back to school.  I'm personally returning for my third year this September so I figured I would lend my knowledge and do a University Series for all of you!  

What I'm Including 
*I will be doing both Youtube Videos and in depth blog posts for each 
Things to bring to University (School and Home Supplies)
How to Pack for University (and Moving)
Move In Day Tips 
How to Balance School and Life 
How to Study in University 
How to Save Money (for School, Food, Clothing and Going Out)

Now finally, I have a favour to ask all of you!  I will be filming my videos for this soon and I would love it if you all sent in specific questions for me to answer for all of you.  You can send them into me in the comment section below, or send them into us on Twitter. Be sure to keep your eyes pealed both here and on our Twitter, the videos and blog posts will be going up Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next three weeks.  Have a wonderful evening, and send in your questions!
-xx Sally 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Product Review: Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful


Hello Everyone! So because life is a bit of a mess at the moment I am doing a product review for all you lovely folk. I bought this product back in June and have been using it daily since then, so I figured that gave it a chance I can give it a fair review.

Cost: £16 at Boots ($24.90 Canadian)

Pros: The serum is extremely moisturizing which I love because my face is very dry. I have noticed a improvement in my colouring as well. I bought this product specifically because I read that it helped with skin discolouration, without paying the hefty price tag of most other brands. So that it really has done for me, in this time it has also dramatically improved my dark circles. So in the colour department it works flawlessly.

Cons: However, I do not have wrinkles really, but I do have a slight crease that I developed really young by the sides of my eyes, and this hasn't really helped with that. No change to report, so I can't say for sure but I don't think it is the best answer to wrinkles.

Final Verdict: I loved the product, however I don't think I'll be purchasing it again because Shoppers carries it for $30. It has done wonders to my colouring and I thank it for that, but this may be it for the two of us.

Hope this has helped you with your anti-aging search. Have you ever given Make Yourself Youthful a try? Let me know in the comments!

-xx
Kelsey


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TAG : Would You Rather


This week I thought I'd do another TAG video, because I personally love watching them!  You can view the video here, or on our youtube channel.  

TAG Questions 
Would you rather have messy hair and nice makeup, or nice hair and no makeup?
Have no eyebrows or no eyelashes?
Shop only at MAC or only Sephora?
Rock the lipgloss and liner look or 80's perm?
Have an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?
Wear McHammer pants or biker shorts?
Have an orange spray tan or weird tan lines?
Have a bad hair cut or bad hair colour?
Have Youtube or Twitter taken away?
Give up blush or mascara?

Have any of you done this TAG?  If you have link it below, we'd love to see it!
-xx Sally 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Where I've Been

Hey Everyone!

This isn't going to be a really exciting post, I just want to let you all know where I have been. I recently discovered I had a gluten intolerance and because of that I need to be tested for Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. Now in order to test this you have to be on a gluten-rich diet, which means I have to eat the thing that makes me ill.

Now enough of the sob story, I haven't been feeling well lately and I haven't had much energy, however I will be back in full force in a week! 

I am planning on doing some gluten-free cooking ideas as well, so let me know if you'd be interested! 

-xx
Kelsey

Friday, August 10, 2012

July Playlist


It's been a while since our last monthly playlist, so I thought I would do one for the month of July (better late than never!).  This past month I've been loving a lot of up beat and catchy songs, as well as a lot of my usual country songs.

Hands Up by Hedley
Kiss You Inside Out by Hedley
Some Nights by Fun 
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by Pink 
What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction 
Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice
Beautiful Every Time by Lee Brice 
All Summer Long by Kid Rock 
Rain Is A Good Thing by Luke Bryan 

What songs did you guys love during the month of July?  Let us know in the comments below! 
-xx Sally 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Weekly Tip : Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


This week's weekly tip will be about cleaning your make up brushes.  Cleaning your make up brushes is a hygienic step that most people miss, but it's a very important one!

What you'll need :
A Bowl
Hot Water
Soap (I personally use liquid soap for sensitive skin)
A Towel
Your Makeup Brushes

How To Clean :
1. Fill your bowl with hot water and your choice of soap.
2. Submerge your brushes in the water and scrub (you may need to change the water once or twice).
3. Empty your dirty water, rinse out the bowl and fill it with clean hot water.
4. Rinse off all of the soap (this is important as soap residue can irritate your skin) on your brushes.
5. Towel dry your brushes and leave out to dry over night.

How often should you clean them ?
This really depends on how often you use each of your brushes, however a good rule of thumb is to clean them once a week.  You want to make sure that you rid your brushes of left over makeup and any bacteria to keep your skin as healthy as possible.

How do you guys clean your makeup brushes ? Let us know in the comments below!
-xx Sally

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

iPhone Photo Editing





Hey Everyone! As I mentioned in our Get To Know Us video one of my hobbies is photography, now that being said I don't always carry around my DSLR but I still want to be able to take photos so I can share them. I recently purchased a lens for my iPhone that features a fish-eye, macro and wide-angle lens. I will be doing a review for it shortly when I get a chance to get out and take some photos with it. Now once I have taken a photo I find that often I want to adjust the lighting, the contrast or even give it a nice filter. I also didn't want to have to upload my photos and have to edit them in photoshop only to have to put them back on the phone to share.

After searching for a while I found the two apps that I use most often to edit my photos.

Picfx: This is the app that I use to apply any filters. It allows you to adjust the filters effect and combine multiple filters which I will often do to get the perfect look. Now this app is not currently free, sitting at $1.99 but it is well worth it. I definitely recommend it for those who like to use filters on their photos that are more varied than those Instagram offers.

Snapseed: I was lucky enough to get this app when it was on sale for free but it regularly sits at $3.99. However I use this one the most. It allows you to tune the photo so that you can bring out subtle details to enhance the photo, similar to using photoshop. I will generally use this app before Picfx so that the photo is well adjusted before receiving a filter.

I am hoping this will help you edit some of your own photos and I'd love to see some of them. You can either tag me on Instagram @kelseyinkol (also please feel free to follow me) or send them to us on twitter @lbdgirls :)

Happy Photo Editing!
-xx
Kelsey


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Splash of Colour

Summer is a great time to try out new and bright nail polishes!  I recently purchased this new Essie nail polish called Enuf is Enuf for $8 at Shoppers.  (I featured it in my Collective Haul video).  This nail polish is a great splash of pink for the summer, and being Essie it's very durable.  If you want to try a pop of colour without going completely over the top, I would recommend trying this nail polish!

Pros : This colour is amazing because it shows different colours based on what lighting you are in.  It also adds a great pop of colour for the summer months, but isn't too over the top so it can also be worn in the winter months.

Cons : You do have to put on several coats for it's true colour to be seen, but other than that there isn't anything to complain about.

To check out more of Essie's fabulous colours view their website here.  Do you love wearing bright nail polish?  If you do what's your favourite brand and colour?
-xx Sally

Monday, August 6, 2012

Product Review: Soap & Glory Glow Job



Hello Everyone! Life may of been getting crazy and I forgot to post on Saturday! Oops! As Sally mentioned we are now going to be posting Monday to Fridays, which will help when life gets a little more hectic.

Now into the product review. I purchased this while I was in England this past June and I have been giving it a little bit of a go before writing a review. So lets get started.

Cost: £9 ($14 Canadian) at Boots

Pros: A little goes a long way with this product. I have been using it for a bit and it really does give you that healthy summer glow, which will be perfect to use in the winter when everything seems to tone down that little extra bit. I also love the name, this company has the best sense of humour and I think that really helps their brand to stand out.

Cons: It has little bronze beads in it, which can be impossible to break and then when they do they leave a streak across your face, which is easily blend-able but a wee bit inconvenient. That and the fact that Shoppers carries it for $24, $10 more than what it is in England. So this is a shame.

Final Verdict: Now although I love this product and it gives me a lovely little glow I don't think I will be re-buying unless I can get someone to bring me it from England. I am not a fan of paying $25 for a moisturizer, call me cheap but I cant justify it to myself.

Have you used Soap & Glory Glow Job? How'd you like it? Let me know in the comments!

-xx
Kelsey





Sunday, August 5, 2012

Book Obsession : Game of Thrones

Hi everyone, first off I want to start by saying sorry that I didn't get a chance to post on Friday, between work and getting ready to photograph a wedding I completely forgot to do a post!  Also I want to let all of you guys know that Kelsey and I will be posting from Monday - Friday starting next week!  To keep up with our latest posts and videos be sure to check out our twitter (you can follow us here).


Now onto today's post :).  Today I'm going to talk about my book obsession, The Game of Thrones written by George R. R. Martin.  About April I was introduced to this series and I have to say I'm absolutely in love!  I'm currently finishing up the second book (I've been working a tone so I haven't had as much time to read as I'd like) and I can't wait to read the other 3 books.  I personally picked up the books in paper back from $10 from Chapters.  I chose the smaller paper back option simply because I do have smaller hands so I find they are easier to hold.  A strange detail I know, but it does make a huge different when I'm reading.


Mini Plot Overview : Basically the books take place in a land where there are Seven Kingdoms different kingdoms.  They were once independently ruled, however now they are ruled under one King.  The books go over the struggle for both the upper class (the Kings) and the lower class (the Watch) while they fight to rule their own regions against their enemies both near and far.  Their wars against kingdoms are not their only battle, they must also fight to survive the upcoming winter which lasts decades. Every chapter is told from the view of a different main character in the novels.  It's interesting to watch the story unfold from several points of view, as you are let in on secrets that some of the characters aren't aware of yet.

A Song of Fire and Ice Books in order 
A Game of Thrones
Clash of King
A Storm of Swords
A Feast of Crows
A Dance with Dragons

If you enjoy reading novels set in the past, and novels which incorporate mystery and magic, then you're sure to enjoy reading this captivating series.  I personally recommend it anyone, and it's one of my favourite book series to read.  I know that a lot of people are also enjoying watching the HBO series. I personally haven't watched the series, but I have heard nothing but praise for it.  Have any of you read or watched this series ?  If so do you like it as much as I do?
-xx Sally

Thursday, August 2, 2012

OOTD: Lace Me Up


I really want to begin to do more OOTD, however I have been working through out the day and by the time I get home it is very hard to get styled set up and photographed so I pieced together a little outfit that I would wear.

I am a huge fan of lace shorts, however the ones I have are a little too short, if you catch my drift so I simply wear them with a pair of fairly opaque tights, I really wanted to elongate the leg in this outfit so I paired it with a pair of high heels in the same black to create a seamless line. Now since my clothing was very neutral I spiced it up with some orange accessories.

Here is every item and how much it costs, all prices are in Canadian dollars:

Jumper: Rag and Bone Sandra Pullover $350
Lace Shorts: River Island Cream Crochet Lace Shorts $23
Tights: Primark Black Opaque Tights $4
Shoes: Liberty Black Suede Platform Shoe Boots $60
Bag: Mode Minimalistic Bag $80
Sunglasses: The Row Leather Wrapped Sunglasses $445
Earrings: Gold Pyramid Diamond Earrings $95
Rings: Belle Noelle Diamond Shaped Ring $35

How do you wear lace shorts? Let me know in the comments!
-xx
Kelsey

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July Favourite's


Here's my July Favourite's Video!  You can watch it here, or you can view it on our Youtbe Channel here. I hope you guys enjoy!  Also be sure to leave your July Favourite's as a video response, we'd love to watch them! 
-xx Sally 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Glossybox Canada


Hey Everyone! My July Glossybox just arrived at my door and I had to write up a quick post to show you the joy I found inside! For those who are not aware, Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription, for $15 a month you receive a box full of beauty goodies, many of which are full size and well worth over the $15! For a product junkie (like myself) I highly recommend it, it allows you to try out new products without breaking the budget! 

Now that you have an idea of what the subscription is, lets get into what came in this months box!

01 - Zoya Nail Polish: I was extremely happy to see this in the box! I have been waiting for a nail polish for a while (I may have a bit of an addiction) and this was the perfect find. I have never heard of Zoya before but I just put it on my nails and its wonderful. The coverage is wonderful and the colour reminds me of Models Own Beach Party, but I only needed barely 2 coats! This product retails for $8 and I got the colour Arizona (Oh I forget to mention this is a full size product!)

02 - Alessandro International: This is a heel rescue balm, now I received a foot product before and never used it, sadly my feet have been feeling neglected and maybe this is a calling for a pedicure? I could always throw on a coat of the polish as well. Anyway, this product is 30 mL and a full size, which is 100 mL, retails for $19.95.

03 - John Frieda Go Blonder Spray: I have heard about this product, and I have only used it once, it recommends using it 3-5 times before seeing results, the only thing that bothers me about it is it works with heat, it actually says the more heat the blonder... however I fried my hair not to long ago, resulting in a pixie cut to save it... so the LOTS of heat worries me. But we shall see. This is another full size product and retails for $13.99.

04 - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer: I actually own this product already and love it, so another one is always welcome. I got the shade Plum which is a little darker than I'd go for everyday wear BUT if I ever go out or in the fall it'll be perfect. The shimmer is almost like a balm which is also ideal to keep those lips kissably smooth. This is another full size product and retails for $5.99.

05 - Dove Softening Creme Body Wash: I love Dove body washes. This one smells divine and I used it in the shower today and my skin is thanking me for it. I am definitely adding this to my showering routine. This is another full size product (way to go Glossybox!) and retails for $5.99.

06 - Beautysoclean Sanitizer Wipes: I can see a makeup artist loving these up. However I am not too concerned about my product with this, if I ever doubt them I tend to throw them out (pink eye and such) however this would be perfect for my mascara brushes to give them a new lease on life. These are a few samples but a full pack of 48 wipes retails for $12.50.

All in all a good box. I was over the moon for the polish, so I was sold the minute I laid eyes on it. If you'd like to subscribe to Glossybox (which I highly recommend you do right now) please follow the link here. This is my personal favourite beauty box and they allow you many chances to receive a free box! Which is a nice added bonus!

Do you already subscribe to Glossybox? What'd you receive in your box?
-xx
Kelsey

DIY: Tinted Lip Balm



Hello Everyone! I am back with another fun DIY! I am loving doing these DIY's and they are perfect for those beauties on a budget. Not only do they allow you to have more of your favourite beauty products they also allow you to save a lot by making them yourself! So lets get started.

What You Need:
• Vaseline
• Eye Shadow or Blush (pick one you either don't use or is already broken)
• Jar
• Something to mix with (I used a bobby pin)

How To:
1. Fill your jar with vaseline, you may have to pat it down to make sure there aren't too many air bubbles in the jar.
2. You can either crush up an unused or old eye shadow or blush, or simply take one that is already broken (good solution for those broken products) and mix together with the vaseline.
3. Make sure the product is mixed well.
4. Enjoy! 

I made a couple different colours, one that was a little more dramatic and one that is more nude. What I love best about these tinted lip balm's is because you are using vaseline it isn't a sticky formula and it will really help with any dry spells that your lips may encounter.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY, as much as I enjoy making them! Please let us know if you'd like to see more DIY's!

-xx
Kelsey



Monday, July 30, 2012

Tip : Donating Clothing



Because I'm moving in a month (yay so excited!), I've started to go through my closet looking for things that I don't wear, and don't use.  Every year I go through my closet and get rid of things.  I like to do this because it clears space in my closet for new things, and also it's great to donate old clothing that you don't use.  I personally take most of my old and gently used (I never bring clothes with stains or holes) to Value Village.  I take them there because it's close to my house, and a portion of their sales go to support local organizations, which is great!

If you have old clothes just sitting around, clear some space and take them to your local thrift or charity shop!  To learn more about Value Village, or find one in your area, check out their website here.

-xx Sally

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Ballet Workout


Hey Everyone! Yes I am posting twice in a day because I missed Thursday, and I want to try to make sure to post every day. I just wanted to do a quick little, lifestyle post about getting in shape.

I know how hard it is to work out and I often will try a workout and stop it after a couple of weeks, out of sheer laziness. However, while I was in high school and during my younger years I stayed fit by dancing. I was a ballerina for 15 years and that was the best workout I could of had. 

However, I haven't danced in almost 4 years and I have been wanting to get back into the groove. Now first thing first. I wanted a ballerina workout so after a little search I found a series of exercises done by ballerinas and was used for Natalie Portman when she was in Black Swan. 

It is quick and anyone can do it. Which is something I love. So if you would like to join me in this workout please leave me a comment and we can motivate each other. Here is the link to the workout: Ballet Workout.

What do you do to stay fit?

-xx
Kelsey

DIY: Wire Bow Ring




Hey Everyone! I have been searching high and low for a bow ring and haven't had much luck so I decided I'd make one. So here is a little DIY.

What You Need:
• wire ( I prefer using either 16 or 18 gauge wire )
• wire cutters
• ruler
• emery board
• nail polish cap

Instructions:
1. Begin by cutting some wire. If you are using a thicker wire so 16 gauge I recommend 7", and 5" for 18 gauge.

2. Take your nail polish cap and begin to wrap the wire around so that it is even on each side.

3. Continue to wrap the wire so that each end is on the opposite side.

4. Take the left side and begin to make a bow loop.

5. Repeat on the other side.

6. Remove the ring from the polish lid. Take the end of the first bow loop and bring it under and over the centre of the bow.

7. Voila! You now have yourself your very own bow ring!

I hope you have as much fun as I did making this! Please tweet us your photos @lbdgirls :)

-xx
Kelsey

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Perfect Nude Lipstick

Being a fair skinned person, I find it hard to find a nude lipstick that matches my peachy lips.  I've tried several different nude lipsticks but they never really matched my natural lip colour.  However a couple months ago I finally found two nude lipsticks that match my lips really well!  One is more peachy, and one is a bit more pink than the other.  I absolutely love both of them, and wanted to share them with you guys!








This Revlon Lip Butter in Creamsicle, is the perfect nude lipstick for me.  It is the perfect amount of peach, and keeps my lips moisturized all day long.











Mac's Hue lipstick is another great nude for me.  It's more pink than Revlon Lip Butter, however it isn't too pink.  I love having another nude option with a bit of colour in it.



I hope all you fair skinned girls find this helpful!  What's your favourite nude lipsticks?
-xx Sally

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July Glymm Box



Hi everyone!  Here's my video on my July Glymm Box, you can watch it above, or on our Youtube Channel here.   To learn more about Glymm's Beauty box, check out their website here

Products Mentioned 
Salt Scrub
H2O Hydration 
PM Anti-Age
Social Butterfly Hair Perfume 
K-Pak Reveitaluxe 
25% off all Glymm Nail Polishes Coupon 
Glymm Beauty Bag

*To learn more about the products in my Glymm Box, view their products here

-xx Sally 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DIY: Lip Scrub


Hey Everyone! I recently did a post on "a kissable pout" and I mentioned using a lip scrub. So I figured why not do a post on how to make your own lip scrub. 

What you need:
• 1 tablespoon of sugar 
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• ½ teaspoon of olive oil
• ½ teaspoon of vaseline
• spoons 
• jar
• separate bowl to mix in

How to:
1. Start by mixing the sugar and the honey together, make sure that it is mixed well before continuing to the next step.
2. Add in the vaseline and mix it well. Make sure the scrub is an even colouring.
3. Add the olive oil and mix.
4. Scoop the scrub into your jar and seal. The scrub will be good for about a week, at this time it may start separating. 

Enjoy!

Here's to kissable lips!
-xx
Kelsey


Monday, July 23, 2012

Review : China Glaze "For Audrey"


For those of you who know me, I am a huge Tiffany fan!  I absolutely love their jewellery and the Tiffany Blue.  When I found out that China Glaze had a Tiffany Blue nail polish, I wanted to get it right away!  After a quick Google search, I found out that Sally Beauty near my house carried the nail polish.  I fell in love with the colour right away, and decided to do a review on it.

Product : China Glaze "For Audrey"

Price : $6.49 Canadian

Pros : After comparing the colour to the nail polish colour to my Tiffany Bag, it is actually a very good match for the iconic Tiffany Blue.  The nail polish is also easy to apply, requiring three coats.  I can't get enough of this colour, I am in love with it!  Even though it's a pop of colour it isn't too bright for every day wear.  The price is also great, retailing a lot less than my Essie Nail polishes.  (You can read about my Essie Nail polishes here).

Cons : I noticed that there was some chipping, however it may because I didn't apply a top coat.  Other than that, there isn't any other faults with this nail polish.

Over All :  As I said above I am in love with this nail polish, and colour.  And because I love the Tiffany Blue, I'm debating buying another one of these, because I know that I will go through this colour very quickly.

If you're interested in ordering this nail polish, you can do so here.  What's your favourite colour of nail polish ?
-xx Sally

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises



Hey Everyone! I sadly have lost internet at my house so I am posting this from my phone so I am not sure how this will work but here we go!

I literally just got home from the cinema after watching The Dark Knight Rises and I wanted to do a wee review. Of course I do not want to ruin anything so this review will be very vague.

I am not a regular DC comic book reader but I do appreciate them and find they're wicked to read. I am however reviewing this from a non-batman comic book reader.

I have to start by saying the movie was absolutely unreal. Not only was the effects/lighting/picture perfection but the story truly adds a perfect conclusion to the trilogy. It offers many surprises, some more subtle than others. However Nolan really handled the ending with skill and attention which allowed it to leave the audience in awe and amazement. If you haven't seen the movie already I highly recommend it.

Have you seen The Dark Knight Rises? Let me know in the comments below!

-xx
Kelsey

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Product Review: EOS Lip Balm



Hey Everyone! Seeing as I have went through both of these lip balms I figured it was time for a product review. I was seeing these all over youtube a while back and I could not find them ANYWHERE. Luckily a couple of months ago I came across a bunch and I was thrilled.

Price: $4 at Walmart

Pros: I love the way these lip balms make my lips feel. I can always trust them when I am going through a rough patch. They also smell amazing, I constantly get people complimenting me because of them. Which is always a plus!

Cons: There size. They aren't ideal for throwing in your pocket when you are at work, but they are perfect to be tossed in my purse and I never loose them. Just not for pocket travel.

Final Verdict: I am definitely on a search for more flavours to try out. I have Sweet Mint and Summer Fruit currently, and I want to try a lot more, however finding them is still a bit of a pain. However if you do have access to them, definitely give them a go. 

Have you tried the EOS lip balm? Leave your response in the comments below.

-xx
Kelsey

Friday, July 20, 2012

I Love Lululemon



In my Collective Haul Video (which you can view here) I mentioned that I am in love with Lululemon!  So I figured I should film a video on my Lululemon collection.  You can view the video here, or on our Youtube channel here.  If you want to learn more about Lululemon, or simply want to view their products, be sure to check out their website.
Have a wonderful Friday everyone! 
-xx Sally 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Kissable Pout


Hey Everyone! Here is a little photo-tutorial on how to get a kissable pout for either every day wear or even that first date! He won't be able to resist. Enjoy!

1 - Start off with exfoliating your lips. You can either make a lip scrub at home with sugar and honey or simply head over to your local drugstore and purchase one. This will leave your lips free from any dry skin.

2 - After exfoliating, just like your face, moisterize. Any old lip chap will do, I am using eos' sweet mint that I got at Walmart for $4.

3 - Take your highlighter or even your concealer and trace around your lips. This will highlight the area and make your lips look fuller. Remember to blend it in well so it looks natural. I am using the highlighter end of my Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph brow shaper which I got for £8 at Boots.

4 - Use either your favourite lip stick or lip stain to add colour to your lips. I chose a stain because it lasts longer and won't come off onto your date. I am using Revlon Just Bitten in the colour Victorian which I got at Walmart for $6.

5 - This is optional, I just finished the look with a light gloss that isn't sticky to add a nice natural shine to the lips. I am using No7 Nourishing Lip Shine which I got at Boots for £5.50 (with £5 voucher).

6- Voila! You're finished!

Happy Kissing!

-xx
Kelsey

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tip : Making Your Foundation Last Longer!


I actually picked up this tip while watching Nikki Phillippi's apartment tour (you can visit her Youtube Channel here).   She was mentioned a cool trick she had picked up to get the most out of your setting spray, and make your foundation last even longer.  Since it's the middle of summer and it's stinkin' hot in Southern Ontario, I figured this would be the perfect time to share this foundation trick.

Setting Spray : Mac Fix + (retails $20 Canadian)

Step One : On a clean face apply your favourite daily moisturizer or lotion.  I personally use Marcelle's Essential Oil Free Multi Defence Lotion*.

Step Two : Once your lotion is applied, spray your setting spray of choice all over your face.  Be sure to let it dry before continuing on with Step Three.

Step Three : Apply your favourite foundation (or BB Cream - I use Marcelle's BB Cream*), blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, etc.

Step Four : After you are completely finished you make up, spray your setting spray once more.

And that's simply it!  I find by spraying the setting spray both before and after your foundation is the key to making it last longer.  I find my BB Cream lasts 8 hours plus, even in this hot weather!  What is your trick to making your foundation last longer?
-xx Sally

*To read more about my Marcelle's lotion and BB Cream, you can read my blog post on them here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Product Review: Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara




Hey Everyone! I recently did a tutorial on a summer date night look and I said how much I adore this mascara! Now I know I said that I don't usually rave about mascaras, but this one has changed my mind. Now let me tell you why.

Price: $6 at Walmart

Pros: For one the price is right where I like it, I don't like to spend a whole lot of money on mascara since I go through it rapidly. However the biggest pro for me has to what the formula and brush does to my lashes. It has one of the biggest brushes I have ever seen and this allows it to really lift the lashes and make them look naturally really long and full.

Cons: I honestly can't say I have one... I'm too in love with this product.

Final Verdict: If you haven't tried this and are in need of a new mascara go out and pick this one up. It is the best mascara I have ever tried and I have so many compliments on my eyes when I am literally only wearing mascara! It's amazing.

Have you given this product a try? Let me know in the comments.

-xx
Kelsey


Monday, July 16, 2012

Sleek Palette Review

While Kelsey was in England (you can read her blog post about her trip here) she picked me up a Sleek Eye shadow palette.  I've had it for a few weeks now, and I've been using it almost every day so I figured it was about time I did a review on it for all of you!

Product : Sleek Storm Palette

Price : 8 Pounds

Pros : I love all of the colours that they've included in this palette, 3 matte shades and 9 shades with some glitter.  I also love that there is a great range of neutral colours, and some other not so neutral colours, which are all very pigmented. I find the colours last around 8 hours which is a huge plus, and they are also really easy to take off.  (I can't stand when I have to scrub an eye shadow off).  They've also included a HUGE mirror in the palette which is great if you're on the go.

Cons : The biggest con I would have to say is that you can't seem to purchase any Sleek products in Canada.  The only other con I can think of, and it's a small one, is that the brush that they've included is hopeless.  It doesn't work at all, but that isn't a huge thing because I prefer to use my own brushes anyways.

I am absolutely in love with this palette and have been using it more than my Mac eye shadows because I love it so much.  The cheaper price doesn't hurt either! If you want to view more Sleek Products you can visit their website here. What's your favourite Sleek product ?
- xx Sally

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Make-up Tutorial - Summer Date Night




Hey Everyone! So I am very excited to share my first makeup tutorial with all of you. I had the day off today and it is very rainy outside so I decided I would play around with my makeup and filmed a tutorial. I am very happy with how it turned out, and I hope you enjoy it. My best friend Jessica helped me figure out a name for it and we decided to call it "Summer Date Night". Also if you do this look please send me a photo on our twitter because I would love to see it!




Here is a list of products that I used for this look:

Spa Resource and ELF brushes
MUA "Immaculate Collection" Eye Shadow Pallet
Maybelline Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
Annabella Black Eye Shadow
Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
Garnier BB Cream in Light to Medium
Boxx Concealer in Melina
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 120
Pur Minerals Bronzer
Pandoras Face Blush in St. Tropez
Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee

The majority of the products are drugstore products, aside from a select few that I got in my glossybox. I greatly enjoyed filming the tutorial and writing this post so if you would like to see more tutorials please send me requests because I would be happy to do them!

Have a wonderful day!

-xx
Kelsey





Saturday, July 14, 2012

Getting To Know Us

Hey Everyone!

So Sally and I filmed a little video (and by little I mean 15 minutes) for all of you so that you could get to know the real us. We combined the 13 personal questions TAG and the about me TAG, to get all the questions for our video. All the questions will be listed below the video, as well as links to our songs and youtubers! Enjoy!






Links from the video:


Songs:

Let's Get Lost by Bat For Lashes and Beck

You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

Kingdom Come by The Civil Wars

Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan

Youtubers:

Fashionrocksmysocks

Essiebutton

Sprinkleofglitter

Giogoshow


Zoella280390

Fabulousonabudget


Hope you enjoyed this video and we would love to see you do it as well. So please leave it as a video response or link it in the comments below!

-xx
Kelsey