My All-Time Favourite Lipstick

It's #NationalLipstickDay!! To celebrate, I thought I would show some love for my all-time favourite lipstick. You've seen me talk about this beauty before. It was used to create a purple ombre lip seen in my Subtle Two-Toned Lips (Times Two) post and featured as one of Five Favourite Lip Colours For Fall. But I adore the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Fig so much that I felt it deserved to be recognized with it's own blog post.

For the longest time I always had the mindset that if I wore lipstick, I wanted it to be noticeable. I gravitated towards bold, vibrant colours that would accentuate my lips and add a pop to any outfit. I never really understood the point of nudes (lipstick, that is). To be honest, while I now appreciate the potential of a pale pink or brown lip, I still don't wear them very often. I'm much more intrigued by electric oranges, deep burgundies, hot fire reds, neon pinks and crazy purples. But we all need a good balance between neutral and over-the-top sometimes, and this is it for me!

The Sephora website describes it as a rosy orchid, but it's a hue that will look different on everyone. On me it's a warm-toned purple...yes purple! But it has a slight berry tinge that prevents it from being too bold. It's such an interesting colour that it doesn't bore me, yet it's very wearable at the same time.

I'm obsessed with the creamy, long-lasting formula as well! It's highly pigmented and a small amount goes a long way. I never thought I would finish it, but already I have used up more than half of the product inside its adorable squeezey-tube packaging - a dead giveaway that this product had to be featured today. It's my most used and most-loved lipstick...of the moment...until the next magnificent lipstick discovery enters my life and sweeps me off my feet.

I will say, however, I'm not the biggest fan of the sponge applicator (I feel that it has potential to attract more bacteria) but it's a hurdle I'm willing to get over in order to wear this beautiful lipstick.

What's your all-time favourite lipstick? Leave a comment below!



See Inside My Extensive Overnight Makeup Bag

As I mentioned in my last post, Dev and I recently ventured to Chicago. Typical of my lazy lifestyle, I have yet to unpack. But as I stare at my luggage and dread the thought of putting everything away, an idea came to me. I'm going to show you exactly what I packed in my makeup bag for our trip.

You may remember I shared a similar post a couple of weeks ago featuring a peek into my typical overnight bag. This time there are many more products, which actually take up not one, but TWO bags. While I know this may be a bit excessive (go ahead, call me a Princess, I won't mind) it contains everything I needed for a multi-night stay. 

Makeup - check. 
Showering necessities - check. 
Other toiletries - check. 
Skincare - check. 
Just in cases - check.  

Plus I had everything to create a variety of makeup looks - day and night. I used nearly everything I brought with me, aside from a few lipsticks...I may have gone overboard in that department, but hey, I like to have options! 

For makeup I use a LUG bag my Mom got me for Christmas. It's small and sturdy but has multiple compartments and fits everything I need, including brushes. To be honest, it's the best makeup bag I've ever used!

Makeup Bag: 

Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil in Cocoa Bean
The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Sugar Gaze
Vaseline (my lips always suffer when I travel)
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Kelly
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Vivacious
Revlon Balm Stain in Honey
Revlon Matte Balm in Showy
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle
Essence Lipliner in Wish Me A Rose
Essence Lipliner in Satin Mauve
Mac Amplified Cream Lipstick in Impassioned
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake
L'Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Reds in Blake's Red
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague
Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Barely There!

Toiletries Bag:
Clear Care Contact Lens Solution (because I'm basically blind)
Contact Lens Case
Toothbrush (bought at a Trading Post in Sauble Beach one weekend...nothing fancy. I typically rely on Dev bringing enough toothpaste for the both of us)
LUSH Trichomania Solid Shampoo (which melted in my hot car and is no longer solid, but still works the same)
Bath & Body Works Secret Wonderland Shower Gel
LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo

I actually think I did pretty good! There are probably some people that would pack more. And others would bring much less. But we're all different. We all have different needs and some of us prefer to 'LUG' more than others. In my opinion, it's always better to have too much than too little...because you just never know! 



Chicago Adventures With My Beau

Last weekend Dev and I travelled to Chicago! It was a trip I planned to celebrate my beau's 'Champagne Birthday', as he recently turned 27 on June 27. We had an amazing time and I thought I would share some photos and tell you about our adventure. 

We decided to road trip it, which was actually quite easy and fun! It took us roughly nine hours both ways, but I think luck was on our side. Wait times at the border were minimal and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. Despite being warned of traffic chaos in 'The Windy City', we seemed to avoid it all. 

After a full day of travelling, I thought it would be nice to have a cold bevy awaiting our arrival. I called the hotel ahead of time and arranged to have champagne in the room once we checked in. The bubbly seemed appropriate considering the occasion we were celebrating. I notified the hotel that it was Dev's birthday and they very kindly gave us a room upgrade. It was a lovely surprise and greatly appreciated. 

We stayed at the Warwick Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile, for your information, and I can not say enough good things about our experience. The staff were all so friendly, rooms were clean and well-maintained, coffee and tea in the morning was a pleasant bonus for us caffeine addicts and the location was just perfect. I would definitely stay there again. 

Unfortunately Dev broke his foot the week prior to our trip, so walking was kept to a minimum. Although I have to say I am impressed at how much walking we did do. We spent our first day visiting Eataly, an Italian marketplace owned by Chef Mario Batali, and shopping along the Mag Mile. He was a TROOPER and we definitely made the most of our time in Chi-Town, even if it meant going at a slower speed!! 

One of the highlights of our trip - which didn't require walking at all - was an architectural boat tour. There is so much history behind Chicago and it was interesting to see parts of the city we may not have been able to get to otherwise. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and we learned a great deal about the buildings along the river and how they differ from one another. Plus there was beer aboard the ship, which made our time cruising that much more enjoyable.    

After our cruise we spotted Stan's Donuts and my sweet tooth told us we had to go in. Or maybe it was the beautiful tiled floor that lured me...I'm a sucker for pink.  

We opted for a lime green, lemon and pistachio glazed old fashioned donut. The colour may not be appealing to everyone, but it's what sold us and it was scrumptious! If there's one thing we like to do during trips, it's eat and experiment with new foods. 

Of course no Chicago trip would be complete without visiting Millennium Park to see 'THE BEAN' - otherwise known as the Cloud Gate sculpture. Despite an overwhelming crowd of tourists from all over the world capturing images of the iconic landmark, it was cool to see. It's definitely an interesting sculpture, with seamless steel edges that mirror its surroundings. My first thought, however, was that the struggle must be real to keep it clean. Between smudges from handprints and bird poop blobs streaking down the side, it must be a nightmare! 

So we may be slightly out of focus, and you can see some of the splotches on the sculpture, but this last photos melts my heart and I had to share. #Lovebirds! 

Our last night we ventured to The Purple Pig for good wine and appetizers. If you are travelling to Chicago in the near future, you must go here! If you've already been to the city but neglected to eat there, go back and be sure to visit this restaurant! It's a small location with an upbeat atmosphere and pretty incredible food. Interesting food...

Dev and I shared an order of the calamari, which was served cold (salad style) with with radishes, cucumbers and pistachios. It was unlike any calamari dish I have ever tried before and it was TASTY! We also split the Harissa lamb ribs, which were cooked to perfection and melted in our mouths! There were other items on the menu including milk braised pork shoulder, pig's ear with crispy kale and pickled cherries, roasted bone marrow, and salt-cured greek yogurt spread - all of which would require an adventurous palette, but I bet are out of this world delicious. 

I seriously wish it was a chain and they had a location in Toronto. I also wish we hadn't waited until our last day to go there. If there was more time, I would have returned and ordered nearly everything on the menu. 

All in all, we had a great little getaway and I feel lucky to have shared it with my best friend! Chicago is a great city and I hope to return some day soon. 



June 2016 Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

I'll admit...I've been in a bit of a blogging funk for the last couple of weeks. Call it having a lack of time, motivation, loss of inspiration, writers block or whatever you will...it happens. But there is one thing I find a little easier to sit down and talk about on Beauty by Birdy, and that is some of my most loved beauty items. So if anything, at least this slump comes at a good time...monthly favourites time!

Essie Saltwater Happy Nail Polish
Fingers and toes, toes and fingers. I wore this polish on both my feet and hands pretty much all month. It was the perfect summer introductory, greyish-blue colour. I am beyond 'saltwater happy' that I added this creamy pastel shade to my collection and declare it one of my top five favourite nail polishes EVER!

NARS Orgasm Blush
Beauty bloggers made me do it! Many years ago I became sucked into the hype surrounding this coveted blush and eventually caved. It was one of the first pricey makeup items I ever bought, and let me tell you...I have no regrets. Every summer I come back to the rosy hue, which has the most beautiful golden shimmer throughout. I just can't get enough of the glow it adds and find myself reaching for this product pretty much every day. It is great for mornings when I just can't bare to fuss with a dozen products but still want subtle luminosity. It blends like butter onto my skin and never looks powdery. I've said it before and I'll say it again...the hype is for good reason!

Ardell Demi Wispies
I'm not one to wear false lashes on a regular basis, but for special occasions and more glamorous looks they're great! During the month of June I found myself reaching for these falsies a few times (which is why they look a little grungy). I wore them for my cousin's wedding and they were unnaturally, natural! The length is perfect - not overly dramatic - but fluttery enough to accentuate my eyes. The clear band is not only less visible, but also quite flexible, easy to apply and comfortable to wear. They did not irritate my eyes and I often forget that I had them on.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle
This has been a favourite of mine for quite some time now. The colour is beautiful, especially for more natural looks. It's actually the lipstick I chose to wear for my cousin's wedding. The whipped texture of this product is satisfying to apply, super lightweight, dries comfortably on the lips and can last for hours and hours. I hope to try out more colours in the near future!

Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed on Netflix
I've often ragged on my Dad for watching some strange TV shows and movies, but I owe it all to him for selecting this interesting series on Netflix one day. Everyone in my family has enjoyed watching the episodes and we often find ourselves 'oooooing' and 'ahhhing' in amazement. In short, the show decodes and explains various illusions. It's no secret that some kind of trickery is always involved, but I never realized how much magicians relied on their assistants. Flexibility, choreographed timing, trap doors, camera angles...everything is revealed. It totally spoils the element of surprise. The child within me doesn't want to watch, but at the same time, curiosity often gets the best of me and I can't look away.

Well there we have it - that wasn't hard at all to write and I already feel a slight relief from my blogging rut! I have a good feeling about July and hope to be kicking out posts on a more regular schedule very soon.