Unique floor lamps from Euro Style Lighting

Despite coming from our own separate living spaces, Mr. Artist and I find ourselves still searching for new furniture items for our new home. One of the rooms that needed the most TLC was our living room, which currently contains a TV (with stand), one bookshelf, a couch, an armchair, a dog bed and an end table; not too shabby altogether, but there are still a few little odds and ends missing like some extra lighting, a coffee table and some unique decor pieces. As our home was built in the 50s, the room contains gorgeous hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling and zero overhead lighting, so we've made do so far with 2 of my floor lamps.  Neither of my floor lamps match, nor do they cast enough light or interest to fully illuminate the space.  The mismatching I don't mind, but more light is something I'm thinking will be necessary in the dark winter months.

Seeking some lighting inspiration, I turned to online lighting home decor retailer, Euro Style Lighting. This site is sure to get your Pinterest fingers itching as it's filled with tons of gorgeous lamps, chairs, knick-knacks and more, with price ranges to fit any budget.  As a new homeowner, I'm continuously shocked by how much home furnishings can cost and so I am always on the hunt to find the best deal for quality and looks. One hard thing about being new to purchasing home furnishings, is that it's hard to gauge what your expectations should be for any given item; for instance, is $1000 too much or too little for a couch?  Lucky (or unlucky) for me, I found 3 items at 3 different price ranges on Euro Style Lighting - which do you think is the best?

Cheap


Simple and functional, this 3 headed lamp does the job and nothing more, but at least you won't have to worry about it ever going out of style. Also, with its adjustable heads, this lamp could be useful for a blogger sorely lacking in spotlights for outfit or product photos!


Still Doable


In the medium price range is this linen bulb shaped floor lamp. Again, the modern silhouette and clear glass body allows this lamp to seamlessly fit any interior style.  What makes this lamp worth looking at though, is that you have the option to fill the glass base with items, so that this humble lamp becomes a centerpiece instead of a background filler.  Shells, glass balls, sand, glass figurines - the ideas are endless and you could change this lamp with the seasons and continually refresh your room's look.


Out of my league


Finally, there is this unique antique brass floor lamp from Holtkoetter. Fully adjustable lamp heads and built-in dimmers create the ultimate in flexibility. The luxurious brass finish is warm and inviting, but you'd have to make sure that your room palette is similarly warm to match.  Something about the shape of the lamp heads and the bulbous joints contrasted with the tall, straight neck, reminds me of a steam punk influence, but at just over a grand to buy, I think I'll be leaving this antique on the shelf.


Which of these lamps would you pick?



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London Drugs Cosmetics Fall 2013 preview (*pic heavy*)

Most of the time, being a blogger isn't very glamourous. It's a lot of sitting in front of a computer and bouts of depression that your subscription numbers never, ever, seem to go up, but sometimes, being a blogger can be really really amazing. The highlight of my year was to attend the recent London Drugs Cosmetics preview. Once a year, LD hosts an invite-only event showcasing all the new products for all their makeup and beauty brands for the upcoming season. Last year was a glamourous event in downtown Vancouver featuring hot model waiters, manicure bars and the elite of Vancouver's fashion set. How could this year ever top that? 

One word: HELICOPTER.

Yes, you heard me right. As invited media I got to take a helicopter from downtown Vancouver to the secret event location near the Vancouver International airport! Sure, beats taking the bus! I wasn't too nervous about flying in a helicopter as I've flown a glider plane before, but it was still quite thrilling as the helicopter took us on a fabulous aerial tour of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and the magnificent Pacific Ocean.


Nervously waiting for take-off with Sheila 


 Peeking into the cockpit pre-takeoff


Beautiful BC 



Once we landed, we were whisked away by a limo to the aircraft hangar where the event was taking place and we were greeted by gracious London Drug hosts. Drinks in hand and giggling like kids in a candy store, we got down to business.

There were so many things to take in this year. From some pretty amazing hair curlers, including an ionic hairdryer-blowout wand, to hair serums, vegan nail polishes, lash serums and CC everything, I was seriously impressed with all the innovation and downright gorgeous goodies.  Here are some of the highlights of products soon to arrive at a London Drugs near you:


Heat styling tools care of Revlon, all under $100! 


Revlon nail art bar: these double-ended polishes are a manicure in a tube with fantastic glitter and polish color combos 


Revlon illuminators to get that just-kissed glow 


Eco-friendly polishes c/o Mineral Fusion  


Eee! So excited that Cargo is now at London Drugs. Judging by the flawless MUAs at the Cargo booth, these Blu-ray pressed powders will be worth every penny


Cargo blush palette 


New Lise Watier souffle shadows 


Lise Watier limited edition seasonal shadow palette - can't wait to try this one! 


Not sure why these Lise Watier nail polishes need a light, but hey, why not? 


Lash Em' lash and eyebrow growth serum 


Layla Cosmetics debuts at London Drugs this year with their HUGE line of polishes in an array of colors prettier than any rainbow


Thank you SO much London Drugs for hosting me at this amazing event! Stay tuned for tons of product reviews soon!


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Fun summer fashion care of Love the Limelight

I love anything that combines technology and fashion, so when I heard about the new iPhone case collaboration between accessory maker Valentine Goods and designer Amy Longo of Love the Limelight, I was instantly intrigued. Love the Limelight is known for its fun, contemporary fashions for 20 somethings that are as at ease on the beach as in the office and this capsule collection of leather iPhone cases totally matches Longo's aesthetic. Retailing at $70 each, these cases are edgy, but not so crazy that you would be embarrassed to wear them to work. Made exclusively for the iPhone 4, 4s and 5, these cases are the perfect complement to your summer wardrobe -  in fact, why not check out the pairings below with some of Love the Limelight's cutest summer finds?



Every summer I like to buy a new summer dress and this fun seafoam number has me itching to try Hawaiian prints as a serious thing. Who would ever have thought that such a touristy print could be so cute?!



Another dress that has caught my eye is this adorable leopard print dress. The bubblegum pink says girly-girl, but the leopard print adds just that right hint of rawr to keep this one from becoming too saccharine.  Also, if you're afraid of wearing animal prints, this dress is a great option as the print isn't obviously leopard and could be passed off as an abstract floral!



Besides dresses, Love the Limelight also has great tops, like this pretty shell tank with its delicate chiffon flowers.  Styling is key with this tank - you could go rocker like the model above or sweet with a pretty circle skirt, or even wear it to work with a blazer and some smart slacks!



Finally, we have the quintessential summer short, here in a new twist with this punchy grapefruit color. This coral-red color looks great on all skin tones (especially those with a tan) and gives a more mature look than the usual fire-engine red.


Which look is your favourite?
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Buy or Ditch: Flawless Face Palette by Eve Pearl review



The Product
If you're looking for that HG all-in-one skin makeup product, then the Flawless Face Palette by Eve Pearl may be for you. Eve Pearl is a high-end cosmetics line created by celebrity makeup artist, Eve Pearl. After years of doing makeup on the who's who of Hollywood and winning several awards herself for her craft, Pearl decided to try her hand at creating makeup.

Despite only coming in 4 different varieties, this compact claims to fit all skin tones. Each palette contains 2 foundations, a mattifier, a highlighter, 2 concealers and a blush.  For myself, I am using the Light palette pictured above.

The Guts
Each product is based upon a bees wax base and the highlighter also contains a healthy amount of moisturizing coconut oil. The website description also claims that this palette contains a unique mix of vitamins, pep-tides and anti-oxidants, but without googling every ingredient in the extensive ingredient list, I cannot confirm that claim.

Price & Packaging
Designed to fit into your purse for daily touch-ups, the palette is sleek and compact. There's a built-in mirror, but sadly no brush.  The lack of a brush though might be due to Pearl's recommendation when I saw her last year during a live demonstration, to use your fingers as an applicator.

As well, this product isn't exactly budget-friendly, ringing in at a whopping $98! Definitely a bit steep, but it's kinda justifiable since you are getting multiple products for that price and if you're going to invest in any sort of makeup, then good skin products are usually worth the price. That being said though, I'm still not sure this is worth almost $100.

Effectiveness
I have to say that I was a little skeptical about this product. How could it be that much better than my favourite Mary Kay Full Coverage foundation? Well, I am wrong. This palette is really good! I've only used liquid foundation before, so I found this cream based foundation to be quite different as it left my face with the same sticky texture as when I apply a thick moisturizer; luckily, this effect goes away fairly quickly.

After trying out each shade on its own, I now primarily use the lighter foundation and eye concealer shade to conceal and even out my skin. The darker tones still blend in well, but I think they will be more useful for summer when my skin becomes more tan. If you like a bit of color on your face though, then the darker shade would be a perfect fit for just that hint of a glow. Either shade literally melts into your skin and lasted throughout the day without any touch-up. Plus you hardly need to use any product to cover your skin. I literally just tap my cream foundation brush into the palette and I have enough product to cover a cheek!

The cream blush gives my cheeks a rosy, natural glow that spreads evenly and easily across my face. Compared to my cream stick Nars Orgasm, I found this blush to apply better with more pigmentation for less product. Again, just a quick dab with a finger or your brush is enough to cover the apples of your cheeks.

Out of the palette, I found the mattifier and the highlighter to be the least effective.  The highlighter requires you to use relatively more product than the others and is a bit too frosty for my skin tone. The mattifier I found didn't work at all for me, even with liberal application. Despite these disappointments though, I've found that this palette has quickly become an essential in my daily routine and on weekends, my entire look can be done with just this palette and some mascara alone.

Too long; didn't read
5/7 products in this palette were awesome, with excellent coverage, pigmentation and staying power, however the disappointing results with the mattifier and highlighter prevent me from truly saying this palette is worth the $98.


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