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In November, I spent two days in London on my way in and two days, again, on my way out. In essence, I had another layover in London – sort of two. This time, I had a little help from local friends when I chose places to sight, eat and drink.

Just a little background info – I’m based in Montreal and I work for BA. I take this opportunity to have short layovers in London because accomodation there is expensive as fuck. Seriously, the current exchange is $1.73 Canadian for £1. It makes me want to rip my hair out and my wallet wants to cry, but I digress.

Tap all the “(here)” labels for the spots on google maps and load that Oyster card for the tube! I always pin locations on google maps and use the application offline to get around. Now and then, you’ll come across wifi and it’s quite handy.

First Layover in London

On this layover, I stayed in an airbnb in Fulham close to Parsons Green tube station.

  • Natural History Museum (here) – in November-December there is an ice rink with a giagantic Christmas tree in the center. It’s a pretty sight apart from the museum.
  • Hyde Park (here) – where you will find swan swimming, gorgeous greens with turning leaves in the fall and a Princess Diana memorial fountain.
  • Buckingham Palace (here) – where I visited in August, it’s right beside the park.
  • If you are into war museums, the Churchill War Rooms are nearby (here).
  • In my last 24 hour layover in London post, I mentioned more attractions nearby.
  • Leicester Square (here) – a pedestrianised square, once a gentrified residential area and now an entertainment quarter with restaurants and attractions.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral (here) – dates back to the late 1800s and is quite impressive.
  • Camden Market (here) – fashion, food and music selling stalls on a canal.
Second Layover in London

I stayed in an airbnb in Whitechapel, it was a very convenient location but I woudn’t recommend it for women traveling solo if you are a night crawler, like me.

  • Indo (here) – a small pub with mish-mashed decor
  • Chicken Shop Dirty Burger (here) – think rotisserie chicken that are marinated overnight and amazing burgers (skip Nandos for this instead). There’s a smaller location in Shoreditch, infront of Boxpark.
  • Boxpark Shoreditch (here) – a collection of shops, street food and an indoor/outdoor patio bar with music and picnic tables.
  • Dinerama (here) – similar to the above.
  • The Book Club (here) – a ping-pong, kind of poetry bar in Shoreditch.
  • Borough Market (here) for Bread Ahead and much more. It’s super touristy for a reason.
  • Pass the London Bridge, pass City Hall (here) and head over to Tower Bridge (here). After that, catch a glimpse of Tower of London (here).

Last December, I spent another two day layover in London on my way back to Montreal on my trip to Rome. Before even visiting, I’ve always had a slight afinity to London. What can I say, a girl likes what she likes.

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The answer is, it depends. What kind of sex are you having? Is it a scorching hot summer day? Are you or the person you are having sex with prone to sweating profusely?

Follow the hashtag #HereComesTrouble to see more online.

Urban Decay Troublemaker Sex-Proof Mascara

Here are the product details: Stirp up trouble with 13.7X the lash volume. Super-fat, super-longer, sex-proof mascara. Holds up in hot and heavy situations.

YASSS! You know me, I love sexual inuendos.

The Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara boasts a plastic bristle wand. It does the lengthening and volumizing it claims to do. It’s practical for everyday. I would hardly call it a dramatic mascara unless you use 2+ coats. The bristles can be a tad scratchy on the upper lashline if you enjoy wiggling the wand against the roots during application.

I have to be honest, it transfered onto my undereye area and created a slight smudgey gray-cast. It’s nothing a finger and a little water couldn’t fix with a quick swipe.

Furthermore, most mascaras do this when I engage in the act anyway. Some much worse than the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara. And, let’s be real! Unless you’re a pornstar, do you really need mascara to be sex-proof? Probably not.

Sorry, I did not take an after sex selfie. My tango partner put me on to the condition of my mascara after we “tested it” out.

Was the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Sex-Proof for you? You tell me.

This post contains PR sample(s) sent for editorial consideration.

xx

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On the way to San Sebastian, I opted to take a 24 hour layover in London. It helped me get some footing on jetlag, plus allowed me time to explore an iconic city! Obviously, I could not conquer all of London in one day, but I got to see a lot without spending much in only 24 hours.

My 24 hour layover in London

Flying to London from Montreal – There are two direct flights to LHR (London Heathrow Airport) from YUL (Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport), another option is to fly to LGW (London Gatwick Airport).

You can fly to LHR with Air Canada or British Airways from Montreal. It is a 6.5 hour red-eye flight that arrives at 9AM local time, so you will definitely be exhausted once you touchdown in Londontown. Take your vitamins!

For the details on the rest of my trip onwards, new post coming soon.

We got out of terminal 5 in Heathrow Airport at noon and grabbed a free bus to an Ibis hotel. Accomodation can be expensive, but there are more affordable options. Do your homework and book in advance to save money when possible.

I looked for a very basic hotel room close to Terminal 3, where my 8:30AM flight was departing the following day. I just needed a place to shower, sleep and leave my bags while I was out sight-seeing.

For transportation, I recommend purchasing a day pass at 12£ for the tube. We used it to get to Piccadilly Circus. I had google maps handy with the sights I wanted to see pinned. It was very helpful because it worked without wifi. Furthermore, at the Ibis hotel, they gave me a little map with a few landmarks pointed out.

24 Hour LONDON Layover | Travel Vlog 🇬🇧 - YouTube

My main objective was just to wonder around. If you like museums, there are a lot of free ones you can look up. I personally didn’t want to waste time in a queue. One thing I wish I had done is visit Sky Garden. Make a reservation there up to 3 weeks before your trip. It’s free and it is a great alternative to the overly expensive London Eye.

I didn’t pay entry anywhere, but here’s what I visited: Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge, Convent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Green Park.

Into beauty? Visit Boots. The drugstore brands I would recommend checking out are No.7, Barry M, Sleek, Seventeen, Soap & Glory and Collection (formerly Collection 2000). For high-end makeup, I saw a free-standing Krylon and Urban Decay store close to Convent Garden.

I wasn’t in it for the food, but I did grab a pint of beer at a tavern – as you must. I also stopped by Starbucks to re-charge my phone and self with caffein. There are a few affordable, healthy quick-eats such as Pret A Manger and itsu, but I had dinner at Nandos (YouTube made me do it).

Next time I travel via London, I’m definitely going to check out other sights. I think I’d like to explore Kensington or Camden, who knows.

What do you recommend doing on a 24 hour layover in London?

xx

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We’re knees deep in summer and with the season in full swing, here’s a post about a few must-haves you got to get your hands on.

For hair

Head and Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner take care of the scalp. I look for clarifying and cleansing shampoos in the summer to wash out the product I use to style and to keep my scalp clear of flaking.

Tossled waves that mirror the ocean, girl. Skip the heat styling, give your hair a break and scrunch in some mousse. I’ve got thick, wavy hair already and the warm humid weather makes heat styling feel like a torture regime so I reach for Herbal Essence Bio:renew Curl Defining Mousse and shift my focus to makeup and body care (i.e. shaving and bronzing).

And what happens when you don’t have time to wash your hair again? No problem, dry shampoo. Only this time, instead of something that smells sweet, reach for Herbal Essence Revitalize Dry Shampoo with cucumber and green tea scent. It instantly adds a refreshing scent to the roots of my hair and not too much volume.

Summer Savvy P&G Beauty Must-Haves

For Skin

The sun and the amount of shaving, epilating and waxing that goes down in the summer can do a number to the skin. I find that even after moisturizing, having bare legs all the time makes my legs feel drier than when I wear pants. Does that even make sense? Olay Fresh Outlast Purify Birchwater is formulated to work with your skin’s natural pH. It’s helpful.

I’m thinking of posting a video about my hair removal process because it’s tideous, but it’s worth a mention. I like to sport bare legs as much as possible in the summer. Let me know what you think.

Last, but not least, how can we forget sunscreen? Olay Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion with SPF 30 has me covered, literally. It’s fast-absorbing, which is the top quality I look for in a sunscreen after the sun protection factor. Get #ageless, because sunscreen is one of the top methods to prevent early wrinkles.

Let me know your summer essentials in the comments below!

This post contains PR sample(s) sent for editorial consideration.

xx

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La Roche-¬Posay has introduced three Micellar Water Ultra formulas with glyco¬-micellar technology to its product line up to suit a variety of skin types since not all-sensitive skin is alike. I was kindly contacted to try all three formulas; Micellar Water Ultra for Sensitive/Normal Skin, Micellar Water Ultra for Dry/Reactive Skin and Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra for Oily Skin.

Having been a fan of La Roche-Posay’s, EFFACLAR DUO[+] Global action acne treatment, among other products, I was eager to put the new products to the test. If you haven’t tried micellar water, you should know it’s a beneficial skincare product that can be simply added to your regime. At first glance, it looks like regular water, but don’t be fooled.

Micellar water is made up of micelles suspended in soft water. Micelles are miniscule balls of cleansing oil molecules. The micelles capture and lift dirt and oil particles from the skin effortlessly, without drying it out. In my experience with both high-end and drugstore micellar waters, no two waters were the same.

Though it sounds complicated, the product itself is very easy and effective to use. Simply soak a cotton pad with Micellar Water Ultra and gently glide it over the face, eyes and lips. Rinsing is not necessary.

Instead of using a soap cleanser in the morning, which can irritate the skin, Micellar Water Ultra can be used to gently freshen up the skin. At night, Micellar Water Ultra can be used to remove your makeup.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra

Micellar Water Ultra Sensitive Skin – for Normal to Sensitive skin (clear bottle)

  • Removes perfectly make-up, impurities and dirt.
  • Leaves the skin clean and clear without drying.
  • Provides a feeling of freshness.
  • No soap. No colorants. No alcohol. No parabens. Hypoallergenic fragrance.

Ingredients include: water, capric glycerides

Micellar Water Ultra Reactive Skin – for Dry, Reactive skin (blue bottle)

  • Removes perfectly make-up, impurities and dirt.
  • Leaves the skin clean and clear while providing hydration.
  • Anti-tightness, anti-redness, anti-heating sensation.
  • Fragrance-free. No soap. No colorants. No alcohol. No parabens.

Ingredients include: water, glycerin, capric glycerides

Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra Oily Skin – for Oily skin (green bottle)

  • Removes perfectly make-up, impurities and dirt.
  • Leaves the skin clean and clear without drying.
  • Purifying and mattifying power of Zinc.
  • No soap. No colorants. No alcohol. No parabens. Hypoallergenic fragrance.

Ingredients include: water, capric glycerides, zinc, sodium hydroxide

What the difference?

Micellar Water Ultra Sensitive Skin simply left my skin feelings clean, smooth and hydrated. It has a detectible scent that does not linger. Post­ application, it’s the least detectible on the skin after it’s dried.

Micellar Water Ultra Reactive Skin would be a great addition to anyone who suffers from dry skin. This one is completely fragrance free. Post application, it leaves skin hydrated, similar to a light moisturizer. In short, it offered up the most hydration of the three formulas.

My skin is best suited to use Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra Oily Skin because I have oily combination skin. It contains Zinc, which is shown to reduce sebum (oil) production. I definitely noticed the formula helped reduce shine. Post¬ application, it leaves skin feeling clean and smooth, however it doesn’t hydrate as well as the other formulas. It also takes the longest to settle after the skin has dried.

Available in in all the pharmacies distributing La Roche-Posay products in Canada at $19.95 for 400ml.

This post is sponsored. My thoughts on the products remain genuine.

xx

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In today’s post, I’m going to show you a pick-me-up for dull winter skin. Here’s how to look sunkissed with bronzer.

Winter is finally coming to a close, however, that drab skin isn’t going anywhere until the sun gets strong enough. Even then, we must be wary of the sun’s rays as they cause skin damage. It’s a little too early for fake-tan, but I’m ready to at least have a slightly more sun-kissed complexion.

I have been fortunate enough to join the #loveisontourage with Revlon, along with two other Youtubers. We attended an event in New York to celebrate new product launches and Gwen Stefani becoming the new brand ambassador. Part of the trip included a presentation of all the upcoming Spring/Summer makeup trends by Dustin Lujan at the Revlon headquaters.

TLDR; one of the biggest runway trends this Spring is natural looking sunkissed skin, go figure. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to get the sun kissed look.

How to get Sun Kissed Skin with Bronzer

Quick Sun Kissed Skin with Bronzer - YouTube

Product used to achieve the sun kissed look:

  • Revlon Bronzer, Bronzilla
  • Revlon Highlighting Palette, Bronze Glow
  • MAC Cream Colour Base, Shell
  • Lancome Le Lipstique Sheer, Natural Sheer
  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte, Shynx Sphinx

What’s not shown in this video are the foundation, concealer, mascara and eyebrow steps.

What is important here is the combination of products and application technique used to create this look. Do not apply your bronzer as you would a contour. Think of where the sun naturally hits the face (have you ever had a sun burn?), that’s where you want to apply your bronzer.

Pick a blush suits a tan. I would choose a peach or coral shade over a red or cool toned pink for this look.

Highlight the high points of your cheeks, your brow bone, cupid’s bow, nose and chin – this step is optional. Although, I rarely step out of the house without something on the high points of my cheeks. It’s ultra flaterring when the light hits the face.

As for lips and eyes, get experimental or go au-naturale.

What do you think of getting sun kissed skin with bronzer? Do you like the trend?

This post contains PR sample(s) sent for editorial consideration.

xx

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Woah! It has been a hot minute since I have uploaded a video. I’m sharing an Annabelle and essence cosmetics drugstore tutorial, today.

Side note – this month has been CRAZY. I’ve been working a lot, attending a few holiday and press gatherings and I even stopped into Toronto for shoot, which I’m excited share in the near future.

Drugstore Glam Makeup with Annabelle & Essence Cosmestics

Each prodct I used for this look is under $20 CDN a piece. I tried pairing this look with an essence lipstick, but I wore it on instagram with the NYX Cosmic Metal in Speed of Light which suits it to perfection! All the products are listed below.

FACE – I used CoverGirl Face primer Combo Skin as a base. I need to test it out more before I give feedback about it, but it hasn’t broken me out or made my makeup blotchy. Thumbs up so far! Then I applied the Maybelline Dream Cushion foundation in 40, I had a full demo and review for that here on YouTube.

EYES – If I get requests, I will do a swatch post on the Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette. I used only three shades to complete this eye look along with eye shadow primer and a single eye shadow as a base. To complete the look, I applied some of my favourite false lashes in Ever EZ Lash Multipack by KISS – 11 along with wing eyeliner using the essence super precise eyeliner.

CHEEKS – I went in with all essence cheeks, contour and highlight! The standout product for me was the essence light up your face luminizer palette. It boast three gorgeous shades which perform well considering the price! The essence shape your face contouring palette with the orange blush has a bronzer that would be great for the summer. It’s a shimmery bronzer and not a contour shade, to be honest. I have yet to test out the blush and highlight in that palette. The essence mosaic blush the berry connection 40 is a pretty hot pink blush, nothing out of this world, but certainly easy to apply and adequately pigmented so as not to look overdone.

LIPS – I’m not sold on this particular shade, so I will have to try out the others I’ve received. I’m thinking of doing an essence lipstick collection swatch video. What do you think? (Check out all my lipstick swatch videos on YouTube here)

Products mentioned (including affiliate and non-affiliate links):
  • CoverGirl Face primer Combo Skin $9.99 US – here
  • Maybelline Dream Cushion 40 $15.99 US – here
  • NYX HD concealer cw04 $5.00 US – here
  • elf high definition powder $6.00 US – here
  • Annabelle eye primer – here
  • Annabelle matte pink lemond eyeshadow $5.95 CDN – here
  • Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette $12.96 CDN – here
  • Annabelle Brow Show
  • Annabelle Full Blast Mascara $6.95 CDN – here
  • Annabelle Skinny Gel eyeliner black onyx $8.95 CDN – here
  • Kiss Products Ever EZ Lash Multipack by KISS – 11 ($6.47 CDN for 2 pairs, $12.94 CDN for 5 pairs)
  • essence super precise eyeliner – here
  • essence light up your face luminizer palette $5.99 US – here
  • essence shape your face contouring palette $5.99 US – here
  • essence mosaic blush the berry connection 40 – here
  • essence long lasting 26 lipstick

Drugstore Glam Makeup Tutorial | Annabelle & Essence Cosmestics - YouTube

Have you tried any of these products from Annabelle & Essence Cosmestics? What are your go to Drugstore products?

This post contains PR sample(s) sent for editorial consideration.

xx

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre is the latest Juicy Couture fragrance. Years ago, I wasn’t keen about the Juicy Couture fragrance line until I tried I AM JUICY COUTURE (review here). Since then, I have also tried Viva La Juicy Rose and loved that one too!

This is a very sugary take on a floral fragrance. It’s not juvenile, but I would not clasify this as the most mture scent, but I’d still wear it if I were 30 (I’m 28, by the way). It’s care-free, sweet and fun. I would consider it a Spring date or weekend frangrance. I would put an emphasis on it being a great date fragrance, because in my experience, men love Juicy Couture. Even if they don’t know it!

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre Review

Top notes are gardenia, mandarin orange and red currant; middle notes are orange blossom, jasmine, peach and almond cream; base notes are whipped cream, vanilla, sandalwood and cacao. Oh! I have to add that on me, the fragrance is long lasting, just like the former two I’ve tried in the past.

Sweet gourmand fans, rejoice, this one is for you! It would also make a lovely gift for a girly daughter, sister, neice, cousin or girlfriend. Something worth noting, I do not own the original Juicy Couture fragrance, but have read some reviews suggest that it rings similar to it – though it is sweeter, of course.

Obviously, we cannot discuss this fragrance without discussing the cuteness of the bottle. It’s shaped like a cupcake, housed in a faux foil paper lining and topped with frosting. It’s dresser candy, or should I say dresser dessert!

What do you think of Juicy Couture fragrances? Can Viva La Juicy Sucre satisfy your sweet tooth?

This post contains PR sample(s) sent for editorial consideration.

xx

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Essie Winter Collection — “catch a double-decker bus to swinging sixties london. slip on your tallest heels because this party on a platform is ready to boa. relax and go with the flowy as you and your satin sister make the scene at the coolest clubs. what do you think about getting groovy, baby? oh behave!”

Oh, the irony! Don’t we all have some sort of fascination with London or towns like Brighton and so forth because of the heaps of UK based bloggers we follow, or better yet, Canadian Youtubers residing in England like Estée from essiebutton or Mimi from Luxyhair?! I know I’m not the only one living vicariously through their vlogs. Back to the Essie Winter Collection!

I was kindly invited to have a manicure in the shade of my choice from the Essie Winter Collection at Rouge Nail Bar in downtown Montreal.

Essie Winter Collection — Getting Groovy & Oh Behave Swatches

A photo posted by Alexa Lowe (@stealingb) on Nov 23, 2016 at 7:40pm PST

Go With the Flowy — plans are so boring. live in the moment and be free in this cloudlike dove gray.

Satin Sister — two. much. fun. you and this sleek ebony peacock blue are sure to be trusty sidekicks forever.

Oh Behave! — mee-rowr! you’re purr-fectly feisty in this minx peach frost, my pet.

Party on a Platform — make it a night to remember and take the fun sky-high in this towering london garnet red crème.

Getting Groovy —  yeah, baby! slip on this metallic palladium gold and shake that groove thing all night long.

Ready to Boa — adorn yourself in this festive glistening bronzed mahogany. it completes you – and your sassy look – fabulously.

Have you seen these and what do you think of the Essie Winter collection?

This post contains PR sample(s) sent for editorial consideration. 

xx

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Glam season is finally here. This is an easy holiday and Christmas look using products flattering on Olive, Light to Medium, skintones. Subscribe to my youtube channel here and follow on instagram via @stealingb.

Here’s an Easy Holiday & Christmas Glam Makeup Tutorial for Olive Skin. It’s composed of a very soft outer cut crease, sort of, but not totally. You can switch things up with varying eyeshadow tones and a different lip color. I generally keep the cheeks neutral when I pop falsies on.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, however it is not sponsored. Items have been sent for editorial consideration.

Easy Holiday & Christmas Glam Makeup for Olive Skin

Easy Holiday & Christmas Glam Makeup Tutorial for Olive Skin - YouTube

FACE — I apply the  Dermablend SMOOTH Liquid Camo Foundation, in Chestnut (find here) using a damp Beautyblender (find here). Then I use Nyx Cosmetics Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand, in Beige (find here) to conceal and highlight the under eye area, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow and forehead. I set everything with a light application of the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder (find here).

BROW — I’m sculpting my brows with the essence eyebrow gel colour & shape 01 brown and Estee Lauder Brow Now Brow Defining Pencil in 05 Black.

EYES — I used the Joe Fresh Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Neutrals to create a subtle outer cut-crease look. To prep for false lashes, I tight line my eyes with the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner, in Black (find here). I also apply and smudge this liner on my lower lash line to blance the look. No glamourous eye is complete without winged eyeliner which I’ve done with Essence Super Precise Eyeliner.

To prep for lashes, I applied a light coat of L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara (find here). Finally, I finished the eyes with KISS products faux mink lashes in Little Black Dress using the their NEW Super Strong Hold, clear eyelash glue (available 2017).

HIGHLIGHT + CHEEKS — I brushed the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of my nose and cupids bow with shades from the NYX Strobe of Genius palette (find here).  Lastly, I applied NARS blush in Madly (find here).

LIPS — To complete the look, I’ve applied Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Seduction (find here) but this look is neutral enough that an array of other colours would suit it.

And that’s it for my easy Holiday & Christmas glam makeup for olive skin. If you are looking for last minute holiday gifts for the beauty lover(s) in your life, check out my coupon/affiliate links below.

COUPON CODES (affiliate links)

  • Michael Todd True Organics: 15% off skincare here
  • Vanity Planet: SB24SPIN for 70% off the Spin for Perfect Skin here
  • Vanity Planet: ALEXASBRUSH for 50% off the Scalp Invigorator here

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, however it is not sponsored. Items have been sent for editorial consideration.

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