Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Midi Skirt and Chambray + Beauty Giveaway

I've really enjoyed my midi flared dresses (seen here and here) so I thought I'd give this midi flared skirt a try. Styling a skirt is more challenging because you have to choose the right top to pair it with - either something cropped/fitted or that tucks in nicely.

Shirt: Garage (similar) / Skirt: c/o Shein / Necklace: J.Crew (similar) / Bag: Minkoff / Shoes: Ninewest (similar)

I've worn it here with a chambray shirt and sparkly necklace, but I'm on the hunt for a fitted white blouse with black piping. Please let me know in the comments if you've seen any tops that would look good with this skirt!


Since this is the season for sparkle, I've teamed up with Covergirl to giveaway a holiday makeup kit to 2 lucky Canadian readers! Each 5-piece set is valued at C$50 and consists of Clean Glow Blush in Roses (100), Cheekers Bronzer, Outlast Nailpolish in Wine to Five, Colorlicious Lipstick in Caramel Kiss (240) and Eyeshadow Quad in Stunning Smokeys (715). Entering is easy - just follow me on Instagram, click here and comment "I follow" under the Instagram pic.


This 5-piece kit is perfect for a sparkling holiday look. In the pic above, I lightly contoured with the Cheekers bronzer, used the darkest section of the Roses blush, and applied the first 2 colours from the Eyeshadow Quad. I'm loving the lightest eyeshadow in the quad - it's the ultimate inner eye highlight and is very long-lasting! The Caramel Kiss Lipstick is a super-pretty pinkish nude - it looks lovely on its own, but you can also layer it over a red lip pencil (like I did) for a more wearable version of a red lip.

Have you tried Covergirl makeup before? What's your favourite product? My first blush EVER was a Cheekers blush  - and I'm especially loving the Eyeshadow Quad and Caramel Kiss Lipstick that I used in this post.
 
P.S. Like my top knot bun? It's super easy to do - check out my tutorial here!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Plaid, Fur & Blazers + Clothing Giveaway!

For my professional photoshoot last month, I brought a lot of my own outfits to photograph - but I was also given the opportunity to pick out a piece to wear from the Miik range. Apparently, I'm ALL about red these days so I chose this Emily soft blazer.

Red Miik Blazer Express Barcelona Camisole Distressed Jeans Vintage Chanel Bag
Blazer: c/o Miik / Bag: Chanel / Camisole: Express / Necklace: H&M (similar)

Miik is 100% Canadian clothing brand, with all items manufactured in the GTA. They use sustainable fabrics, such as rayon made from Bamboo. Not only are the materials eco-friendly, they are durable - so each piece should last you a long time. Miik has kindly offered one Ella Pretty Blog reader a $100 giftcard, so that they can pick out something from their site!!! If you're in Canada, click through here to enter!

Speaking of red pieces - I've been loving my Cherry Red Rebecca Minkoff Love Clutch - I've paired it here with a soft pink coat and my favourite blanket scarf.

Pink Express Blanket Scarf Cherry Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Clutch Crossbody
Scarf: Express / Jacket: c/o Shein (similar) / Bag: Minkoff / Boots: Old Navy (similar)

And I've worn it here as a cross-body with my black & white skirt.

Cherry Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Clutch Crossbody Black and White flared skirt
Shirt: Express / Skirt: c/o Romwe / Boots: Old Navy (similar) / Bag: Minkoff

This was one of the rare days when the weather was just right for my fur vest - usually I'm either too hot or too cold!

Fur vest, distressed jeans, speedy 25 damier ebene
Vest: Express (similar) / Jeans: Express / Boots: Old Navy (similar) / Necklace: F21 (similar) / Bag: Speedy

And now that it's gone from "pleasantly cool" to "freezing my face off!", I've really been appreciating my new pampering shower routine. I was sent these luxury bath products to try out - and now bath time feels like spa time!

Decleor Aroma Nutrition Exfoliator Dry Oil Body Cream

I start by using the Decleor 1000-Grain Body Exfoliator. The scrub combines natural granules (from Argan, Sugar and Orange Peel) with fruit acids, to gently remove dead skin cells. The granules seem to activate pressure points on the surface of your skin...it feels so relaxing, like a mini-massage! Bonus - the tube comes with step-by-step instructions on how to apply the scrub. After you rinse off, you could choose to either apply the Body Cream or the Dry Oil.  Both are infused with oil of Frankincense (so seasonally appropriate) and they smell heavenly! They hydrate dry winter skin, and since they absorb instantly, your skin is never greasy.

All three products are very concentrated and effective - you only need a small amount to get long-lasting results - and your skin stays scented all day! I would definitely recommend sampling these products the next time you pass a Decleor counter - especially the Body Cream...it smells AMAZING! I do wish the body oil was packaged differently though - having a smooth glass bottle in a wet shower is NOT a good idea! After one near slip, I always hold the bottle with both hands while spraying it on. (Decleor is available in Canada at www.decleor-ca.com and select Hudson’s Bay Locations).

Have you ever tried any Decleor products?

DISCLAIMER: Decleor products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.

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