Beauty Bite: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Review

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Guys, I still wear lipgloss. I know there’s some kind of unwritten beauty rule that once a woman reaches a certain age she should toss the gloss and exclusively embrace lipstick, but on casual summer days, a little slick of gloss with a subtle shine just looks right. If it comes in a hybrid formula, I’m even more game, which is why I absolutely adore Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain.

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 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights

Revlon’s newest lip lube is the perfect blend of gloss, liquid lipstick and lip stain, and it’s a pretty fab product overall.  Over the past few months I’ve tried out 3 of the new shades:

Miami Fever (orange-coral)

Barcelona Nights (cherry-pink)

India Intrigue (fuchsia)

 

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 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrique 

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Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Fever

Application: 2 or 3 coats are definitely required to achieve maximum colour for this product. If you have the patience for that, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful colour that lasts for a least 3-4 hours.

Hydration: A BIG plus for me-  this stain is super hydrating! A finishing coat of balm isn’t needed with this product. My lips are never dry after the colour wears off, and the shine lasts for a good 2 hours after application.

Texture: The texture of this stain is almost gelatinous, which I personally prefer over a liquid stain (no spillage).

Pigmentation: Bravo to Revlon for creating a hybrid gloss with long-lasting pigmentation! When the shine eventually wears away, you are left with a beautiful stain that lasts a solid 5 hours.

 

If you’re looking for a no-mess stain that won’t dry out your lips, Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain. It retails for $12.

 

Have you tried this product? Which colour is your favourite? Let’s discuss! x

 

5 Fab Beers For Summer

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Diet Coke and Karl Lagerfeld. Ladurée and Nina Ricci. Fashion blogging and beer? Fashion is all about collabos, so sit back, relax and get ready for a major craving.

My journey to brewski love was a long and unexpected one: I didn’t have my first full bottle of beer until I was 27 years old. Why? Well, I’d like to say I was teetotal (#nothappening), but the truth was,  I liked the hard stuff! Vodka, rum, wine- if you could pour it over ice, swirl it, or adorn it with an umbrella, it was probably on my list of weekend indulgences. My aversion to beer could be put down to pure disinterest, until one fateful night at an overpriced restaurant, I discovered the beauty of beer.

‘Twas a hot and steamy night, and my inner wino was calling out for a cold, crisp glass of pinot gris. After perusing the menu and deciding that $15 for the “cheapest” glass of wine was simply too much, I spotted the $6.50 bottle of Peroni. I ordered the beer. It was crisp. It was tasty. It wasn’t bloating, and I actually liked the taste! It was a turning point. I was no longer a beer virgin! As my discovery of beers expanded, it became evident that light beers were my thing, and can now offer 5 Fab Beers For Summer. Thirsty? Read on.

 

Summer Beers

 

 

1. Blanche De Chambly: Crisp and light, with aromas of citrus and spice, this Quebec beer is widely available in Ontario and never disappoints. The perfect summer beer.

2. Ožujsko Limun: When life gives you lemons, make a yummy fruit beer! I discovered this delicious brew a couple of summer’s ago while on vacation in Zagreb. The taste is sweet, with a hint of tart lemony sourness to it, making it the perfect sipping beer for a hot day on the patio.

3. Kronenberg 1664 Blanc: The French have great taste, and this beer is no exception.

4. Rickard’s White: Ah, Rickard’s White, or as I like to call it “The Poor Man’s Cocktail”. This beer is often served with a slice of orange floating on top, and that’s just how I like it.

5. Dos Equis: I won’t stay thirsty with this beer! The Most Interesting Man In The World commercials piqued my interest, and dinner at awesome Mexican restaurant sealed the deal for my love of this crisp brew. Perfect paired with tacos or anything spicy.

 

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Am I missing a great one? What are your favourite summer beers? 

 

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Fab Finds: Wedges Under $100

Wedge Under $100

 

Wedges often produce tacky visions of suburban strip mall tanning salon owners, tight black capris, Kate Gosselin and bejewelled acrylics. Fair? Probably not. True? You know it!

Despite their dumpy connotations, wedges deserve a rightful spot in any summer wardrobe. Need to look like you’ve made an effort, but still suffering from an ill-timed walk home in 4 inch heels? Wedges! Outdoor wedding shower? Pass that wedge. All day, multi-venue bachelorette party? That call for a wedge- or a really strong martini(s!).

What you think, girls? Am I right, or one small tragic step away from a Juicy tracksuit and white patent Guess handbag? Let’s discuss! x

 

black & tan | rust | bow | black leather | strappy | studded | white & tan | suede

 

 

 

 

Splurge or Save: Salvatore Ferragamo vs. H&M

Salvatore Ferragamo vs. H&M

 

H&M, you’ve outdone yourself this time. The fast fashion retailer has managed to produce a rather worthy replica of this classic Ferragamo flat. Although the faux patent leather will never be as supple as its luxury counterpart, major points must be given for the slightly angular shape and identical heel height.

Would you Splurge or Save?

Salvatore Ferragamo $450.00 | H&M $34.95

Borrowed From The Boys: Haider Ackerman

Borrowed From The Boys- Haider Ackermann

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that there’s no style statement I love more than a great pant: printed, cuffed, high-waisted, cropped, drop-crotch, cigarette, peg-leg- there’s not too many styles I don’t appreciate, or wear on the regular. Menswear in general is a source of great inspiration to me, which is why I thought it would be fun to start a brand-new style series on FatFreeFashion: Borrowed From The Boys.

I often find myself on the Men’s side of Zara, H&M and Forever 21 simply because the slightly oversized cut, muted colours, clean prints and subtle textures really appeal to my practical sensibilities- labels be damned!

Borrowed From The Boys Menswear Muse #1? The always artfully deconstructed designer, Haider Ackermann. How cool is his look? Officially inspired.

 

Get his look: bomber $101.26 | trousers $95 | shoes $36.99 | scarf $29.95 | t-shirt $12.95 | sunglasses $6.80

5 Fab Fashion DIYs

Easy Fashion DIY #1- Chopped Blazer

 

Craving a little originality? If you spot another black and white striped Topshop dress or rhinestone statement necklace, do you feel you may potentially go postal? You’re not alone!

When the fashion blogging bandwagon becomes too much to bear, enter the Fashion DIY. Unique. Expressive. Guaranteed to garner loads of compliments from a slew of admirers.

Not crafty? Don’t despair. I use the term “DIY” very loosely: Only 1 of these 5 Fab Fashion DIYs require any skillful cutting, marking and sewing. The remaining four can easily be achieved with a pair of scissors, grommets and Krazy Glue. Basically, if you have the ability to cuff a pant or tie a knot, these DIYs are yours for the creating.

 

Fashion DIY #2- The Ribbon Tie

 

THE RIBBON TIE: Because you’re SO over the statement necklace. 

Step 1: Select boring, old dress shirt.

Step 2: Tie ribbon around neck.

Step 3: Be awesome.

 

Fashion DIY #3- Painters Worksuit

 

THE PAINTERS WORK SUIT: Have a handy man in the house? Grab their gear and get creative!

Step 1: Wash and bleach grubby work suit.

Step 2: Strap on your highest stilettos.

Step 3: Work, Bitch.

 

Easy Fashion DIY #4- Strip of Ruffle

 

STRIP OF RUFFLE: A random ruffle on an oversized shirt? Unexpected greatness! 

Step 1: Remove a garment from your “donate” pile.

Step 2: Cut a strip of fabric from it.

Step 3: Sew or glue it to the seam of your dress shirt.

Step 4: Await the influx of compliments!

 

Easy Fashion DIY #5- Ribbon Corset

 

 

RIBBON CORSET: How many black blazers and vests does a girl really need? Zzzzzz. Mama, let’s Upgrade U. 

Step 1: Select a tired black blazer or vest.

Step 2: Rip 6 holes on each side, positioned on the thinnest part of your waist.

Step 3: Add grommets.

Step 4: Cinch it!

 

Inspired? What’s your favourite look? 

Look For Less: Miranda Kerr

The Look for Less-Miranda Kerr

 

Love her or loathe her, there’s no escaping Miranda Kerr. H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski, Mango, Qantas, Escada,  Instagram…if you’ve used a smartphone in the last 5 years, you’ve become accustom to seeing Kerr’s cherubic face heading a host of high-profile campaigns, from international apparel chains to major airlines.

Do you love her personal style? 

white jeans $38.99 | denim shirt $29.99| handbag $29.95 | shoes $34.95 | sunglasses $6.95

Essie Nail Polish Review: Resort 2014 Collection

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I’ve already professed my love for drugstore cosmetics, so when Essie graciously sent me a few bottles of their new Resort 2014 collection, I knew it was a no-brainer review.

 

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Essie Nail Polish is like the holy grail of drugstore polish. You remember a time when they were exclusively a salon product, and often have to pinch yourself when you score the latest shade for a mere $8.00! The sleek square bottles, vibrant colours and of course, the punny names, make lining your vanity with these little darlings a stylish affair.

Resort Fling (pastel coral) and Under The Twilight (smokey purple) were my selected shades from the Resort 2014 collection. Having short nails, I favour darker shades on my tips, so Under The Twilight was my obvious favourite between the two shades. The colour is definitely richer and darker on the nail than in the bottle (a good thing!), so after 2 coats I was satisfied with the application.  Resort Fling wore slighter lighter on the nail than in the bottle, but after 3 coats the colour was gloriously rich and opaque. I can’t wait to try it out for a pedicure- with my toes, anything goes!

 

What is your favourite Essie Nail Polish shade?


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Gingham Goodness

Gingham


Preppy, fresh and thoroughly rooted in summertime: gingham evokes imagines of picnics, BBQs and beachside strolls.

Whether or not your summer vacation includes an extended sailing trip down the Eastern Seaboard (sigh…), or steamy summer Sundays spent lazing at an inner city pool (hands up!), these preppy pieces are sure to please.

 

sunglasses $29.57  | skirt $88.00 | blue bralet $32.95 | bikini $48.00  | flats $125 | handbag $185.50 | dress $29.99

The Look for Less-Lizzy Vanderligt

 

A big ol’ floral print, overalls and espadrilles = respectable adult jammies & slipper combo. Hello, Sunday morning market!

Are you into the overalls trend, or is this look a bit too infantile for your tastes?

espadrilles $19.05 | blouse $15.99 | overalls $46.90