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Prom Trends

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Prom. One of the best times in a young woman’s life but possibly, one of the most stressful as well. Take it from somebody who’s been there, it’s not worth the fuss ruin your special day buuut….every girl wants to look flawless. So, here are some tips to help you prepare for the second best night of your life.

1. The dress. Probably the thing that will cause you the most stress. But it doesn’t have to be. Stay true to yourself and pick what you like. If you want to be trendy, here is what’s in for this year.

  • Two-piece dresses. While I may not be the biggest fan they are quite a trend this year. They can show off your fit and toned stomach while still being classy enough for prom. If you are going to pick a two-piece dress make sure it doesn’t show too much of your midriff. Prom is classy so yyou still want to look classy and elegant, make sure both the top and bottom fit and nothing is going to be falling off during the night. Make sure it’s comfortable. Sometimes a flowy dress is more comfortable than something that hugs you at your waist.
  • Open backs. I love open back dresses. They make you appear youthful and elegant but they still give you a bit of spark, something every girl should have on prom night. They add a detail to the dress that no amount of sparkle ever can. And they make you feel a little bit rebellious but in the best way possible.
  • Sparkles and crystals. When you first think of a prom dress, you think “sparkle.” The classic and almost cliché amount of sparkle or crystals that are typically found on a prom dress. They make you feel like a princess and like you are that diamond in the rough. No matter how many times somebody wears a dress with even a tiny bit of sparkle on it, it can never be too many times. I believe that you can never go wrong with crystals, just leave the face crystals for Coachella.
  • Slits. Prom is most likely the first super formal event that you will ever attend. It also marks a time of independence and growing up. Every girl wants to feel a little sexy at prom night (even if she won’t admit it). The perfect way to achieve the innocent-sexy look is with a slit in your dress. A little leg action can go a long way. I am one hundred percent on board with the leg slits.
  • Cut outs. I’m off and on about likening cut outs. As long as they are in all of the right places, I love them. Classy and tasteful if done on the sides just above the waist but if any of the fabric is missing from the front, no. I can’t stand the look of a lovely dress being held together by a small section at the from in the middle. But hey, whatever floats your boat. Maybe you’ll be that one gorgeous babe that can pull it off!
  • Mesh. If you’re a little more conservative but still want the effect of cut outs, use mesh. Coloured mesh can give the effect of a fabric but gives the look a sex appeal. It’s stunning when used in all forms anywhere on the dress. Whether the mesh is skin tone or coloured, it looks breathtaking. It also provides a way to prevent those backless dresses from falling down. I love mesh because it gives a glamorous look and it’s so perfect for prom.
  • High necklines. There is something appealing about modesty. It looks so elegant and beautiful that it is automatically stunning. Who says you need to bare it all anyways? High necklines can look fabulous on any figure but I suggest that if you want to wear a fuller dress, opt out of a high neck.

2. Make up. A girl can spend two minutes or two hours perfecting her makeup. I suggest taking the shorter route and knowing exactly what you want when you either go get your makeup done or do it yourself. If you are doing it yourself, make sure you practice beforehand. Never try new techniques or products the day of prom.

  • Defined eyebrows. All year we have seen bold, defined eyebrows make their way into the beauty world (thanks Cara Delevingne). Defining your eyebrows can really pull together your makeup, define the rest of your face and make a bold statement. They are sure to turn heads (in a good way) just make sure that if you have lighter hair, use a brow product 1-2 times darker than your hair and if you have darker hair, use a brow product 1-2 times lighter than your hair.
  • Cut crease. A cut crease can really accentuate your eyes and help give that smokey look. It adds drama to the eye and can be subtle or very in-your-face.
  • Winged eyeliner. There are so many varieties of winged eyeliners that you are sure to find on that looks good on you. Winged eyeliner, or even just liquid eyeliner is great because it helps to hide the false lashes (that you should totally wear) but it also helps to define your eye more and add to both the smokey-ness and the drama. It will look great in pictures and adds a bit of class to the overall look. Both liquid and winged eyeliner really pull together the whole prom makeup look.
  • Nude or Bold Lips. There is no inbetween when it comes to the colour of your lips. Both styles are very in right now but what you wear depends on your eye makeup, your dress, your sale and, most importantly, what you prefer. If you are doing a dramatic eye, generally go for a nude or pale pink lips. Although, I do like the overall bold look. It is a little fashion forward but if you are comfortable in it, rock it. If you’re doing a subtle eye, go for a bold lip. With a subtle eye, you can most definitely also pair a nude lip. Don’t choose “Barbie doll pink” or coral. Go nude or go dark.

3. Hair. Definitely the most versatile part of the look. There is a general guideline for picking a hairstyle that will look best with the neckline of your dress but for hair, go with what you like. I love a classic updo but make it messy. It is prom after all, not a wedding. This year, half up, half down styles have been in. The simple “do it yourself” look but better. A little classier. And I love the simplicity and naturalness of it.

4. Nails. To complete the look every girl has treat herself to a manicure. The best way to do this is to grab your girls and do each other’s. So much fun and it’ll get you super excited for the big day!

  • Simple. The best way to do your nails, in my opinion, is a classic French tip or an all over nude colour for a clean, polished look. The point is to not take away from the dress with too much detail or colour but to accentuate it. Simple nails are the perfect way to achieve this goal.
  • Sparkle. Too much sparkle? Never. Sparkle is great for prom. Try to add small hints of sparkle to the tips of your nails on top of a French manicure or do an accent nail complete with sparkle. Prom is all about the glitz and glam. That means sparkle. Iadding sparkle to your nails is also a great way to add some shine and shimmer if your dress does not have any crystals or sparkles.
  • Bold colours. If you have a simple dress or a dress with a pattern. Choose a colour in the pattern or a colour that looks good with your dress and paint your entire nail with the colour. This is a great way to add some fun and extra splashes of colour without taking away from the dress. It also shows off your spark and youthfulness. I love this look.

In the end, choose what you like, make sure you’re comfortable, and have tons of  fun!

If you’re going to prom, send me a picture! Or if you have any trends that you like, tell me about them!

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Click on the links to see some dresses I like

A Two-Piece Dress

An Open Back Dress

A Sparkle Dress (it also has a slit)

A Classic Cut Out (not my favourite but still cute)

A Dress With Mesh

A High Neckline

St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser – Blemish Control

Let me just say something extremely cheesy first. This is my holy grail product. Now that that’s over with… This is, quite honestly, a product that I absolutely love and use almost everyday and I have been using almost every single day for the past 5 years.

I always use this product first thing in the morning with just a little bit of water. I wet my face first then apply one pump of the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser. After rubbing this on my face and lathering it up, I rinse it off and pat my face dry with a clean towel. The reason that I pat my skin dry rather than rubbing it is that rubbing the skin can irritate it especially if you have sensitive or dry skin as well as remove essential natural oil cause your skin to become dry.

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This product also has 100% naturally sourced extracts. Now this sounds great but what does it really mean? Well, the word “natural” all depends on who you are talking to and what you are talking about. The phrase “naturally sourced” has raised plenty of questions as it appeared on more and more products over the years and I am still not 100% sure of what it truly means. In this case, I tend to believe that the scent is 100% natural. I have to admit that I do like the whole”naturally sourced” aspect of this product even though I’m not sure of it’s meaning. I fell into the trap.

Even if the scent was added, which, now that I think of it in more depth, I’m glad it’s not, there are so many more reasons why I fell in love with this product. It’s paraben free! If you’re like me, you are scratching your head wondering what that means and why you should care. Parabens are widely used preservatives in cosmetics. They act like salt does in food to prevent fungus, mole and bacteria from growing in your products. They is quite the controversy surrounding parabens with some researchers saying that parabens are bad because they can act as the hormone estrogen and cause infertility or even breast cancer while others state that in small amounts this chemical does not significant damage. I think the keyword there is “significant”. But I for one believe that since this product is paraben-free, there is no danger related to the little guys here.

Continuing on, this product is “oil-free”. Now I can be slightly skeptical when products are labeled as such since a lot of the time the company will produce the oil synthetically and this will allow for the product to be labeled as “oil-free”. After looking at the list of ingredients in the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser I noticed two things in particular. Well, two ingredients more so. The first ingredient was something called cocamidopropyl Betaine. Now this is an organic compound but it is also derived from coconut oil. I know it says “derived” and not “it is…” but the two are actually very similar. The second ingredient is even worse. Menthyl acetate constitutes approximately 3-5% of the volatile oil in the peppermint plant. Since this can be synthetically produced much like cocamidopropyl, it is still okay for the label to say “oil-free”. Why is it such a big deal that a product is oil-free? Well, to me it’s not since I don’t have oily skin but either way, the more oil Ina product, the more likely it is to break you out.

Next on the list of “benefits” on this label is this product contains salicylic acid. Most cosmetic products that claim to help acne or are blemish clearing will contain approximately .5% to 2% salicylic acid. The St. Ives Cleanser contains 2%, so it is on the higher end. This range is the best for clearing mild to moderate acne without causing the skin to become overly dry. Looking at how salicylic acid actually works is kind of scary but since it is used in a diluted solution and it has been working for me,I have no problem with it. When salicylic acid is applied to the skin it gently removes the excess skin and causes the outermost layer of skin to swell, soften and peel. This removes dead skin and will also clear out pores as it removes excess skin from the hair follicles. By doing so. This prevents acne from occurring.

Finally, this product is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic meaning it is relatively unlikely to be the cause of an allergic reaction. I always feel a little bit better about applying a product that is tested by dermatologist because this way I know that what I am putting on my skin is going to be relatively safe. That being said, the FDA does not require proof that products with this label really are tested by doctors. As well, almost every product is going to cause an allergic reaction in somebody with sensitive skin. Again, this label is misleading but they are able to put it on their product.

Through all of their packaging changes, I have been there for this product and this product has been there for me. In the end, I still love this product because it has worked for me. Even though I do not agree with some of their advertising on the label, I would still highly recommend this product for the product itself.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics

Let’s just take a minute to appreciate this palette. No. It deserves more than that. It deserves an eternity of silence because it is absolute perfection. Well maybe not exactly… That being said I do think that I would probably talk after about ten minutes less than eternity because there is just a couple of flaws with this palette, one of which I think actually works out in it’s favour. I’ll quit the chit chat and get into it.

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This palette consists of 6 neutral colours, which I was led to believe we’re all matte when this palette first came out but that’s not true. The Naked Basics palette of “must-own shades (with four exclusives!) features both mates and satins for lids, liner and crease.” The colours are Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint and Crave in order from lightest to darkest. Venus is a slightly shimmery colour that works great to highlight the inner corner of your eye and below the brow bone. This was the “flaw” that I had mentioned earlier. Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave are all matte colours that can work on almost any part of your eye. These colours are extremely pigmented and last quite a while especially when paired with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (I prefer this primer in Eden). These colours are great for creating a simple and flawless lid or jazzing it up for a night out. The shades in this palette will also act as great base colours for any shadow look. I will link my pinterest page down below so you can access the Naked Basics tutorials that I have pinned.

Now to get into the nitty gritty part of this review:

What was my initial impression of this product?
The colours are stunning. It can be very versatile and worn on ever occasion. This palette is very compact and great for travel. This palette, unlike the Urban Decay Naked palette, closes very snug so no product will be damaged (hopefully). This palette would look great on every skin colour and eye colour. One slight problem for me that I noticed was that the shadow “Crave” seemed to fall apart in the palette and it caused a slight layer of shadow dust to form on top of the solid, compact product.

How does this product apply?
In applying this product, I noticed that it apples very heavily to the area that you first touch with the brush and that can sometimes be frustrating, especially if it does not blend out completely. With that said, if you are blending out into the outer corner or the crease, it does take a little bit of work but it blends very nicely. The product applies smoothly and, for the most part, evenly.

Does this product withstand wear and weather?
This product has lasted me an extremely long time when I wear it especially when I apply a thin layer of the UD Primer Potion underneath. I wore this product to prom which was on a very hot day and it lasted throughout the heat, humidity and the very stuffy room. This product has also lasted me through sweat and tears.

Does this product fall out?
Like with all makeup, this product does have a slight fall out off of the brush when you apply it but it is extremely minimal. This is nothing to worry about in my opinion.

Does this product crease?
No. Not for me anyways. Not when I wear a primer underneath. This product lasts and it look flawless the entire time. I have oily eyelids so it is usually a problem for me to have eyeshadows crease but this product does not do that to me.

Would I purchase this product again?
Overall, this product is great. It is amazing and for the amount of product that you get and the quality of the product that you get, it is very affordable. So to answer this question, yes. I would definitely purchase this product again.

My Pinterest

Just Chatting

Let’s just talk for a minute and figure some stuff out. I feel as though it is important for me to define my blog and the kinds of things that I am going to be publishing. From what I have already posted, I hope it is clear that I am going to be posting reviews about makeup, fashion and beauty as well as general things in those categories. I don’t have a set schedule yet for my postings but I am definitely going to try to get out at least one post per week.

I will also be posting about things that are going on in my life. Whether it be adventures such as travel or excursions or just places that I want to go. I will be posting about my life in general and of course about things in the news.

If you have anything that you would like me to review or share my opinion about, I would be more than happy to do so after all I am doing this for you.

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick

I absolutely love trying out new makeup products. Now I’m not going to claim to be a professional when it comes to makeup or anything like that, heck I usually just slap on a coat of mascara and go out the door. But when I need to look slightly more done up, I certainly can.

I decided recently to purchase a new foundation since my skin has gotten darker since the middle of December and the foundation that I had did not match anymore and I never really liked it. It left a cake-y like look to my face, it would rub off and if felt way too heavy.

While on my hunt for a foundation that needed to be perfect enough that I could wear it to prom, I came across the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick. So of course I went home and did my research on the product before I went out to buy it.

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Just in case you are researching the product like I did, here are some facts. The foundation stick is available in 12 shades ranging from Porcelain to Coconut so you will most likely be able to find your colour. Creamy gel foundation transforms to a matte powder. The stick includes an anti-shine core that contains powders to absorb any excess oil from the skin that leaves the skin looking shine free and matte with a powder-like finish.

Now for my opinions. Before I go any further it would probably be helpful to know that I have normal skin. Not oily or dry. Now moving on… When I first used this product, I was a little skeptical about how it would look against my skin. I didn’t want it to be too cake-y but I wanted it to conceal some of the redness on my face and give me an overall matte look for pictures on a hot day. Maybelline recommends that you use your fingers to blend the product throughout but I decided to try a couple of different techniques. For the first technique, I tried my fingers and that worked but I felt as though by touching my face with my hands, I was just adding more oil and not allowing the product to work to the best of it’s abilities. Moving on I also tried using an applicator much like the ones that you would receive in a powder. I felt as though that method took the majority of the makeup off of my face rather than distributing in over my face. Finally, I used a brush and this method was by far my favourite. This distributed the product evenly and with the most natural look.

When I apply this product I always apply it in a very thin even layer so my natural skin shows through but I get as much coverage as I need. That being said there definitely the option to build up this product to get more coverage and still have it look very natural.

Even through this product gives that powder-type finish I still set it with a pressed powder just to give an added matte look and security to the foundation that will last all day and all night.  It was my perfect prom foundation.

That's me in the blue dress.
That’s me in the blue dress.

Overall, I have been extremely happy with this foundation and would definitely repurchase it! Especially if it was on sale. Hint hint

Waterfall Outfit

Seeing as it is the summertime, I thought I would spend a morning down by the water. And what better place to go than the Wild Water Preserve in Minden Hills? Of course I took some pictures to capture its beauty but it was just so amazing to see such a natural, gorgeous and incredible place.

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The Minden Wild Water Preserve is approximately 100 acres of land that spans over a portion of the Gull River. In the vicinity there are campsites where you can have a campfire or a picnic, there are small and large picnic shelters, there are trails on which you can hike, bike or cross-country ski in the winter time, and of course, the water itself.

The rapids that are throughout the preserve will be the location of the 2015 Pan American Games. I thought that was pretty cool and I am so excited to watch the games and be able to say that I was there. While I was there, I got the opportunity to witness some very intense kayakers preparing themselves to tackle the water. Could you only imagine how terrifying that would be?

I didn’t, or more accurately, couldn’t leave without taking some pictures. As well, I had to throw in a couple of myself. I love to see what others wear, not only during the summertime but all year around so consider this a review of my outfit.

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My shorts are definitely the focal point of this outfit with the small daisy print that resembles me in a flower so well. They are just so loose and flowy. My tip for purchasing a pair of flowy shorts like these is if you can buy a size or two bigger, do it. This was easy for me because these shorts are drawstring so I could easily adjust around the waist. By buying the shorts a size larger, they become even more flowy. These shorts are definitely on point in my books and get a 4.5/5 stars for comfort as well.

My denim top adds an essence of laid back and casualness to this outfit. It’s oversized and extremely comfortable making it the perfect piece to throw on over a cute summer outfit on those chilly summer mornings.

The black bralette top that I am wearing is definitely a staple in my wardrobe. This pairs with pretty much everything and brings the outfit together. If I wanted to remove the denim top, it would reveal a very strappy and flirty back that I believe is perfect for the summertime and great as a little added detail to any outfit.

Finally, of course, I am sporting my classic all white chucks that I wear almost everywhere. They are super comfortable and very stylish. Along with my chuck converse I had to add a pair of sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun. These have been one of my favourite pairs this summer and the added gold detailing along the sides make these sunglasses look so much more expensive than they actually are.

Shorts – http://www.garageclothing.com/ca/ditsy-floral-soft-shorts/p/prod470013
Top – http://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/clothing/intimates/chiyo-top-001.html
Denim Top – Bluenotes
Sunglasses – Ardene
Shoes – http://www.converse.com/regular/chuck-taylor-classic-colors/MP_51.html?dwvar_MP__51_color=optical%20white&dwvar_MP__51_size=030

This is Me

Get to Know Me

Probably like a lot of you, I get bored during the summertime. When there are a thousand things to do, I can’t seem to find a single one or, to put it more truthfully, I’m lazy. But I think everybody is to an extent. I also think that I am just saying that to make myself feel better.
Anyways, I forced myself to make a list for the past couple of summers of things that I wanted to accomplish. Kind of like a bucket list for the summer. Well, one of the things this year was to get back into blogging. I started a blog a long time ago for school (if that even counts) but I never really got into it. I have been tossing and turning the idea of putting myself out there for a while now and I figured that there is no time like the present (that was cheesy…so cheesy).
So I guess this is about the time that I should introduce myself. Although, if you are like myself, you have most likely already “creeped” my profile and know more about me than I might mention here. Either way, I hope this allows you to get formally introduced to me.
My name is Julia Dippel, I am 18 years old as of April 8th, I live in a not so little city in Ontario, Canada but when most people ask me where I just say Toronto because everybody knows that place.  I am very adventurous but am definitely shy as well.  I love to run and play sports, I love to dress up and lounge around.  I am currently going to high school (I am taking a fifth year or “victory lap” due to health issues that I can get into if you want). I aspire to be in the field of sciences but I also want to go out and defy odds. I love to get together with my friends and relax with my family even though that always risks a classic dad joke and some strange moments. Hopefully that is not just my family. I don’t have an extremely exciting life where I do something crazy and different everyday. I like to sit back, relax and take some time for myself but I always try to make the best of every situation that I am in. I take silly selfies that I look back on and wonder “why”. I act like a 6-year-old when I am with my best friend and I think way to much about everything (I’ll leave that open-ended for now).
I’m not going to lie. I want you to like me as most people want to be liked for a number of reasons but mainly I want to have fun, express myself and keep you and I both coming back for more (was that just me or did that sound dirty to you?). Oh gosh.