Style Domination Beauty Haul March 2015!

Hi all!

I bought some really great beauty products this month that I want to share with you.  Here goes!

First off, I have been chasing after Butter London’s The Black Knight nail polish since my trip to Toronto a few weeks ago.  Finally snagged it as Nordstrom.  It is a multi-coloured glitter polish with a black base.  I achieved a nice opaque finish with three coats.

The Black Knight

Sorry – I know the pics above don’t do this justice, so here is an amazing shot of the polish from the Ommorphia Beauty Bar blog.  This is exactly how this polish looks under the sun:

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Now, I actually bought this limited edition Guerlain Météorites Perles du Paradis a few months ago.  I have been using it a lot lately as a finishing powder.  It is so great, I had to review it.  The pearls are pale pink, dark pink, lavender, silver, and champagne.  I was worried when I finally received it as the pearls were pretty pale, but it’s gorgeous on and goes on very translucently.  It leaves a subtle sparkle and best of all, smells completely amazing (violets).


I found this amazing Guerlain lipstick on a trip to Montréal last fall with my sister Alice.  I didn’t buy it then because I tend to waffle over every single purchase I make – lol!  I kept thinking about it though, so I picked it up the last time I was at Nordstrom.  It is Guerlain Rouge Automatique Rouge d’Enfer (loose translation: Hell Fire!!) #121 – Strawberry Red.  I get so many compliments on this red.  It’s pretty moisturizing, lasts forever and like all Guerlain products, smells amazing.  A+++

Guerlain Lippie

Here it is on – I paired it with Chanel Amber Foundation (discontinued – le sigh), MAC Raizin blush, MAC concealer and Diorshow Blackout mascara.


This is probably my favourite lipstick of all time, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Antigone #60.  It’s very sheer on me so I can put it on easily without a mirror, super moisturizing, and a really interesting shade of red.  The pic does not do it justice.  I would describe it as a red with a lot of rusty orange tones.



And lastly, I included this Donna Karan Cashmere Mist antiperspirant/deodorant that I picked up using points at Shoppers Drug Mart.  I absolutely LOVE this stuff.  It is pricey at $27, but smells beautiful.  I generally hate all deodorants sold at drugstores because I don’t like the fragrances.  I find them really cloying and synthetic-smelling.  I personally never want to smell like Island Margarita, mainly because it conjures up memories of terrible bars that smell like stale booze.  LOL!  To each their own though. Donna Karan’s best-selling perfume, Cashmere Mist is very soft and has notes of lily of the valley, suede, bergamot, ylang ylang, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, orris, cedar, patchouli and musk.  I find it smells “sexy”.  LOVE IT.


So, that’s it for this month.  Any favourites of yours you see on this list?  Anything on your wishlists?  Please share!



Garden Tour with Style Domination

I am a diehard gardener.  I just love it…probably my favourite hobby (yes, it trumps shopping).  If you share my same flower lust, you are probably gearing up to welcome spring, dusting off those gardening tools and longing to dig around in the dirt!  It’s still snowing and dreary here in Ottawa, which is doing nothing for my current sour mood, so I’m taking some valuable advice from my dear friend Vanessa and looking at pictures of some of the world’s most beautiful and famous gardens in order to find my happy place.

Let’s start with the glorious gardens of Versailles, France:


versailles-flowers-copyNow off to Villa d’Este,Tivoli, Italy. A former dilapidated monastery, the grounds were recently declared a UNESCO heritage site.

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Gorgeous wisteria at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.  Located in Georgetown, the gardens have a very “Merchant Ivory” feel.

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Now off to the verdant environs of Stourhead, Warminster, England. This is a personal favourite thanks to its expanses of greenery and nice mixture of different tree types, thus featuring brilliant colours in the fall. Henry Hoare II loved the classical era and dotted his Wilshire estate with replicas of ruins and classical buildings such as the Pantheon and Temple of Apollo.  Ahhh – to be rich!


Hopping on over to Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan.  Just stunning!  I wish my zone supported wisteria! These gardens feature over 150 wisteria plants of over 20 different species.  The best time to visit is late April and May when the plants are blossoming.  Too beautiful…

Kitakyushu. Japan: Kawachi Fuji GardenBella Taro 6-Kawachi Fuji Gardenkawachi-fuji-gardens-6Here we have the Gardens of the Villa d’Ephrussi de Rothschild, St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.  I love these gardens mainly because they surround Béatrice Ephrussi’s (a Rothschild baroness) pink confection of a villa. LOVE.


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The famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England feature many large greenhouses.  Look that those giant, perfect lily pads and of the “field” of bluebells!

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…and last but not least, Canada’s Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  A dazzling example of a reclamation project, the grounds used to be an exhausted quarry until Jennie Butchart filled it with soil from nearby farms.  Her “pet project” eventually expanded into 55 acres which are now home to over 700 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers blooming from March to October.  Look at those happy Japanese maples!  I just love them – one of my favourite tree varieties. Heaven!

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Anyone know what this beautiful purple tree is?

Butchart-Gardens-british-columbia-canada-bc-flower-plants-nature-bridge-walkButchart-Gardens-15Hope you enjoyed as much as I did.  Are you a gardener?  Any favourite gardens you care to share?  Better yet, any good spring cleaning gardening tips?  LOL!



Sophia Webster Shoes – A Little Whimsy For Your Feet!

8200.jpgCan we please take a moment to appreciate the fine art which is Sophia Webster’s line of gorgeous shoes??  J.Crew has collaborated with Sophia Webster, therefore making the line a little more accessible to the masses.  Her shoes are extremely detailed and artful, which probably justifies the large price tag ($1000+).





SD Store Review: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Lately, I have been exploring more natural beauty product options as they are made with less chemicals, additives and preservatives, some of which have been proven to be carcinogenic and/or bad for the environment. I have been toying with making my own soaps, lip balms and bathbombs (I promise to post my “How to Make Bath Bombs” tutorial soon – promise!), and I’m constantly looking for new inspiration for my own little line of home beauty products. Continue reading SD Store Review: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Living Your Best Life and Consuming Less…Thoughts from a Shopaholic

Meet Daniel Norris. Daniel is a MLB pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays with an extremely bright future ahead of him. At 21-years-of-age, he’s known for his 92-mile-an-hour fastball and he is considered the 25th overall top prospect in major league baseball. Continue reading Living Your Best Life and Consuming Less…Thoughts from a Shopaholic

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibit – Victoria and Albert Museum


I just booked my upcoming trip to London and my lovely friend Jen snagged us two tickets to the hugely popular Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum!!  I am a huge fan of McQueen (check out my blog’s background image) and have always been awestruck by his dramatic creations.  When the Savage Beauty book was released, I snapped it up immediately.  Each time I look through its images, I never cease to be amazed at the late McQueen’s talent.  I can’t believe I’m going to see these artful pieces firsthand!  Thank you so much, Jen!! Continue reading Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibit – Victoria and Albert Museum

Stoned Immaculate Vintage: Perfect Vintage 70s Clothing

Big ups to Tops and Hot Pants for turning me onto the amazing Stoned Immaculate Vintage instagram page.  I love everything 70s, and their website delivers!  If there was one era I wish I could have experienced, it definitely would have been the 70s! Continue reading Stoned Immaculate Vintage: Perfect Vintage 70s Clothing

SD Beauty Review: Hard Candy Nail Polish in Pop-arazzi

Hey everybody!

Remember Hard Candy nail polish? I do!!  I used to be obsessed with the nail polish as a teenager.  I remember all of the awesome, hard-to-find colours, their saucy ads in Seventeen Magazine and YM, and the cute little plastic rings each bottle of nail polish came with that I used to collect.

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Butter Pecan Praline Cake

Hi all!

After severely stalking one of my favourite blogs, Brooklyn Homemaker, I was extremely motivated to tie on my apron and get baking.  I reached for one of my favourite recipes, butter pecan praline cake. This is a great recipe for a quick and easy cake with a lot of wow factor, especially if you need a fancy-looking cake in a pinch. Continue reading Butter Pecan Praline Cake

Style Domination Goes to Rome

My first trip to Italy in 2013 changed my life.  This trip made me realize that there is more to life than work, the rat race, working out and consuming.  The Italians really know how to relax and enjoy the finer things in life such as quality food, beautiful wines and art and architecture.  A trip to Italy has always been #1 on my bucket list.  I’ll never forget how my husband broke the news that we would be heading to Italy for our ninth wedding anniversary.  He took me to one of our favourite Italian restaurants and before we started on a couple glasses of fine red wine, he presented me with a small present.  When I opened it, it was a tour guide of Rome.  I cried.  He’s the best – a true romantic…and great at surprises! Continue reading Style Domination Goes to Rome