Hello hello my lovelies! As you might already know, I always enjoy trying out and testing lipsticks, especially ones that look very promising. The LÓreal Matte Lipsticks is no exception. Pretty packaging is always a plus, and even though these ones have a more elegant feel to them rather than girly and cute, they are still eye-catching. Matte black and gold detailing are a very good match!

lóreal matte lipsticks the exclusives collection

As presented above, I am going to do an honest review of those five colors that range from light nudes to deep brown and more. Holidays are approaching quickly and I really can’t think of a better time to so some make up updates! Besides, it’s always loads of fun to try out new products =D

LÓreal Paris Matte Lipsticks

#703 – A gorgeous pink nude. Perfect to use for natural make-up looks, as it’s definitely not too bold. It’s downside is, as you can see on my lips, that the color is not as prominent when you wear it. The tube definitely makes it seem like a deeper color.

LÓreal Paris Matte Lipsticks

#712 – OMG, this one is VIBRANT! If you’re kind of gal who needs a bold fuchsia lipstick in her collection, this could be a great choice. I feel like it even gives the effect of plumper lips!

LÓreal Paris Matte Lipsticks

#800 – A nude shade. Unfortunately, the color payoff on the lips is not very similar to the shade in the tube. It has a pinkish undertone, and you might want to add more coats to make the color deeper.

matte lipsticks lóreal try outs

#802 – A deeper shade of nude! If you want something a bit more pigmented than the previous one, I suggest you go for this shade. Again, the color in the lips is not as strong as it is in the tube, however, I think it looks quite cute overall!^^

matte lipsticks lóreal try outs

#804 – LOVE this one! It’s deep brown color and I was very surprised on how good it looks on the lips. The ideal color to rock during those autumn days. This also probably has the most matte effect out of all the lipsticks in this collection.

 

PACKAGING: 8/10

As I mentioned in the beginning, I think the packaging has it’s strong point as it looks very elegant. There is also a good way to differentiate them, as they each have a specific signature. For example, #703 dubbed “Eva’s Pink” has a golden signature on it.

COLOR PAYOFF: 7/10 

The lighter colors didn’t look as strong on the lips as they did in the packaging. You might have to apply one more layer if you want the full color effect, especially with the light nude ones! However, the fuchsia and deep brown tubes were very pretty. If you’re looking for the extreme pigment and matte effect, this collection might not exactly be your cup of tea. Those lipsticks are subtle, everyday colors that will give a natural vibe to your look^^

 

My favorite is number #703, it’s that perfect MLBB shade that’s perfect for everyday wear. For fall, my favorite is definitely #804 – it screams chic and can “dress your face up” even if you’re wearing minimal makeup!

Which is your favorite shade? Any new lippie loves lately? Please share!

 

XO, Kerina

 

 

 

I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

I can’t believe it’s already September. That means summer is ending, fall is approaching and the super exciting New York Fashion Week is coming up soon in September 2017! Fashion weeks are always fun and busy, with tons of running around between and after shows. Great outfit combos with heels come at a great price, with my feet always getting super tired and I resort to changing into flats. I believe lots of you girls out there do the same!

Luckily, Dr Scholl’s came out with their Stylish Step™ insoles line, which includes insoles for your heels, flats, booties, and whatever you’re sporting.

 

My newfound comfort that I bring along with me every time I wear heels, the Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ High Heel Relief insoles. I love the super comfy gel arch support, which is designed to shift pressure off the ball of my feet (which is always my number 1 pain when wearing heels).

This is what it looks like inside my heels. They are invisible, which means even if you wear sandals like mine or peep toes or strappy stilettos, they won’t show. I wear a size US7, and the insoles work for shoe sizes 6-10. I placed it so that the ball of my foot is directly supported by the gel pad and the arch lined up with my foot.

Instant. Game. Changer.

I also noticed my feet don’t tend to slide downwards as much, and the arch lifts my feet up ever so slightly that the pressure is distributed evenly across my feet, as opposed to a 100% on the balls of my feet. I’ve also heard it keeps your feet dry, although with me wearing sandals I don’t usually have a problem with sweaty feet (lol). But I’m assuming if I’m wearing a pair of leather pumps it would make a huge difference.

Another Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ insoles item that I absolutely love and is a MUST HAVE for any heel-wearer on the go is the Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ Ball of Foot Cushions. I find that these offer great padding for those sky high heels. I no longer feel like I am walking on concrete but rather on soft padding.

Even when I’m jumping or running you can barely see the insoles, which is great! All in all, Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ insoles are amazing add-ons to any high heels for any occasions. Now I don’t necessarily think they are able to magically transform a pair of killer heels (i.e. 6 inch Louboutins) into a pair of dream shoes that you can wear all day, but they can definitely help extend the time by which you can wear them. My heels are 4 inch strappy sandals that normally I can last about 20 minutes in before needing a break, but with the Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ insoles, I can walk comfortably in them for up to 1 hour continuously.

Invisible support and comfort for all-day comfort AND looking great! I’m totally ready for NY Fashion Week! You can find Dr Scholl’s Stylish Step™ products at Target (in the footcare aisle near the pharmacy) for 10% off with the Cartwheel app. Find out more here.

For me, few things are as delicious, relaxing, and satisfying as a set of afternoon tea. Did you know that the term “afternoon tea” was coined by a duchess of England in 1800’s? It is the perfect meal between lunch and dinner, and afternoon tea with the right people at the right place while watching life hustle around you can be the one of the most luxurious feeling ever. I had the opportunity to try the afternoon tea at Le Lobby in The Peninsula Paris, and it was scrumptious!

The set afternoon tea menu at Le Lobby, The Peninsula Paris. Isn’t it super cute that they have afternoon tea menus for kids?!

The afternoon tea set was presented in the most visually appealing way, when it first arrived I was so excited I didn’t know which treat to try first! The bottom tier included the yummiest finger sandwiches and savoury delights, the middle tier 2 mouth watering scones, and the top filled with award winning pastries that are bound to delight your taste buds.

In the bottom tier, one of my favorites is the smoked beef wrap (left). It reminds me of a mix between Chinese fried dough fritters and mustard beef roll, and it’s absolutely DE-LI-CIOUS! I made a remark to one of the servers and they were so happy to know that we enjoyed it so much, they came back 5 minutes later with 3 extra wraps for us! I was shocked at the service and at the reality that I had the luck to enjoy 4 of these yums!

The top tier contains some of the most tasty pastries I have ever tasted in my life. I am an avid lover of anything hazelnut-related, so imagine my happiness when I tried those cookies. A few weeks later and I can still taste it in my mouth!

Le Lobby also provides the most delicious jams and cream to go with scones and pastries. I find that the scones themselves were delicious enough on their own, but if you’re a lover of jam this would be your heaven.

Nonstop picture taking! (The blogger life, hahaha)

If you’re looking for quality, luxurious afternoon tea in Paris, Le Lobby at The Peninsula Paris is definitely the spot to be. Go with your lover, your girlfriends, boyfriends, and kids to enjoy the scrumptious delights. Le Lobby offers both indoor and patio seating, and their decor will blow your minds away. Perfect for photo taking!

 

What are your favorite treats – sweet and savoury? Let me know!

Xo, Kerina

 

For our first stop in my 2017 summer travels, we picked Dubai as our top destination. I’ve always wanted to visit Dubai for numerous reasons: to experience the hotness (I knew it was hot but I wanted to see just HOW HOT it could get, you know?), the tallest building in the world, and the amazing views from so many places.

When we arrived, it was about 10pm and we took a cab from the airport to The Address Dubai Marina Hotel. It was a 30min cab ride about 100AED. During check-in at the hotel, I was amazed by the vast and luxurious lobby, and how nice everyone was. A concierge member, Yang, then showed us our room and how all the electronics and lighting systems are controlled by an iPad in the room (how cool?!) Yang also answered some questions we had and informed us about Ramadan (no eating and drinking in public during fasting hours). On the table was also one of the most extravagant welcome gifts of all:

As if the welcoming gift and luxurious room were not enough, the view when we pulled back the curtains was simply stunning

Night view from our room, overlooking the Dubai Marina harbour. This is the biggest man-made marina in the world! Pretty spectacular if you ask me!

The hotel also has a 45m long outdoor infinity pool, where I took the liberty of walking my new pet.

We woke up the next morning to birds chirping and a beautiful sunrise, so we decided to go to the infinity pool for a swim. At 7am, the pool is nice and empty and the weather is perfect (not too hot!)

Throughout our 2 nights stay at The Address Dubai Marina, the staff took such good care of us. I’ve seriously never felt like royalty before, but that’s how I felt like while staying there. On the second day, we went back into our room to a surprise decoration of their newly wed honeymoon package! There were rose petals everywhere and the bath was filled to the top with bubbles and rose petals. Being photographers, we of course had to take a photo using the perfectly set up bath.

The breakfast at the hotel was also amazing – they have freshly squeezed juices and even “juice shots” with beets, ginger, lemon, and mint to boost your immune system. I cannot recommend them enough.

The Address Dubai Marina Hotel is directly connected to the Marina Mall, which is the biggest mall in the Dubai Marina. The A/C is always turned down super low so be prepared to bring a cardigan with you! We had our first Iftar meal in the mall too, and it was delicious!

If you are heading to Dubai, I would recommend staying at the Address Dubai Marina Hotel – the service is impeccable and the staff is always ready to go above and beyond to make sure your stay is comfortable.

*We were guests at the Address Dubai Marina Hotel – thank you all for this wonderful experience!

** UPDATE **

we vlogged it! See here for me having difficulty saying stuff:

Now that May is officially ending soon, nothing says Spring/Summer more than the blooming of cherry blossoms. They represent love and romance, and their short longevity makes them a bucket list sight-seeing item for countless travellers. Luckily I am in Toronto, and when cherry blossoms are available for a few weeks I took my family there!

Baby Lucas’s first outing of the summer :) It was hot that day and he was sweating and not enjoying himself at all haha *typicalbabies*

Closeup of the gorgeous blossoms

My outfit there – I wanted to match the white and pinks of the blossoms, and I wore a crop top from Zara and a pleated skirt from ASOS. My shoes are from Adidas.

Closeup of the gorgeous skirt – it features silky satin accordion pleats that are all the rage Spring Summer 2017! It has the subtlest hue of shimmer to it and is gorgeous when you move. The pleats also stay in place no matter how much I throw it around, which is perfect if you want that effortless look and maintenance.

Found a pink blossom tree near a gorgeous little mansion nearby and had to take a picture with it. If there is one place that’s my favorite for viewing cherry blossoms, it is the Shinjuku gardens in Japan. I even filmed a makeup tutorial inspired by the romantic cherry blossoms – check out my video here!

What’s your favorite location for cherry blossoms viewing?