Lace + Leather

Happy Monday everyone! There aren’t too many Mondays that I am smiling ear to ear, but today I get to release this post, which makes me very happy!! Last month, I released my first collaboration with Diana from DPhotography and today I am releasing my second collaboration! We had so much fun taking these photos, bounding around town, on fire escapes and in back ally ways…enjoy!

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and PolkadotsLace and Leather - Pearls and PolkadotsLately I have had an obsession for leather. Leather is such an interesting material and when paired together, it really makes a bold statement. This season, there was a lot of leather seen on the runway, in the magazines, and pretty much everywhere…which is what inspired me to put this fab look together!!

Every girl should own one leather or faux leather jacket. Leather is such a great material to accessorize with and when worn in a jacket, it can look really sharp. Moto jackets are my absolute favourite, mainly because of all of the detail in the zippers and pockets. This particular jacket is from Dynamite Clothing. I have had it for a while and it is one of my very favourite go-to pieces in my closet.

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Crop tops are always a great thing to have – you can get them everywhere it seems and this one is one of my favourites. It is black, lace and perfect. I personally like to layer over a crop top, and use the crop as more of a backdrop to a look. With this particular outfit, the lace acted as a background to the leather, which is why I haven’t made it stand out too drastically!

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

This leather skirt was such an impulse buy…and one of many that I do not regret in the least! This skirt is so cute and the perfect trendy piece to jazz up your wardrobe. Pencil skirts are coming back, along with the midi-skirt trend, and I am stoked about it!! I love a good mini, but pencil and midi skirts really accentuate your curves! Which is never a bad thing!!

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

These shoes are great. I ordered them from the Avon catalogue last year from their “Comfort Plus” line…and they are. They are extremely comfortable! The peep toe is such a cute detail as well. What I love most about these shoes is how I can wear them in most seasons. I will wear them in the winter, but not if I know that I will be trekking through snow, that is. For obvious reasons!

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

With such a bold look, I wanted jewelry that was really simple. So I opted for a simple double-v patterned statement necklace that I got from the mark.Avon catalogue last year. The “v” pattern fits perfectly with the neck line, and the gold detail is perfect for the overall black look.

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

Lace and Leather - Pearls and Polkadots

DETAILS

Jacket: Dynamite (similar here and here) / Crop Top: Garage (similar here) / Skirt: Winners (similar here and here)/ Shoes: Avon (similar here) / Necklace: mark. by Avon (unavailable)

This look was one of my favourites to style and shoot. I usually don’t go for a look this edgy, but when I saw this skirt, I could not resist!! Make sure you check out DPhotography for a look at more of Diana’s beautiful shots. Whenever I pick something out to wear, I make sure it reflects who I am, what I love and what I stand for. I mean, you have to dress the way you want, right? Thanks again to Diana, DPhotography!

Happy Monday!

Holiday Gift Guide: mark. by Avon For Her

The gift gifting season is right around the corner (four Fridays away!!), can you believe it? We just celebrated Halloween, and now it’s the middle of November! Christmas commercials are on, all the Christmas decorations are in stock, and I watched the first Christmas movie of the season (Christmas with the Kranks) a few weeks ago!! It’s coming up fast, and I am super excited.

With Christmas, obviously comes gift giving – friends, parents, kids, bosses, employees, siblings…you name them, there is a gift out there for them. Well today, I am going to show you ten items that you can get for her – all from the current mark. by Avon collection! My Mom is an Avon rep and Christmas is probably the busiest time of year – I have already selected my favourite items for this holiday season, and some of them are in this guide!

mark. by Avon “For Her”

Gift Guide Graphic

mark. Warm up to it Muff Bag | mark. Dream Sequins Shimmering Eyeshadow Palette | mark. Second Nature Necklace | mark. Crushing on Coconut Body Scrub | mark. Crushing on Coconut Body Butter | mark. Baroque the Mold Ring | mark. Shine of the Times Ring | mark. Clutch Situation 5-piece pro brush setmark. What a Tassel Necklace | mark. Draw to a Close Bag

Christmas shopping can be hard sometimes and gift guides can certainly make it easier! All of ten of these picks are $50.00 and under, just the right amount to spend on your loved ones! I am a huge fan of mark. by Avon and I always know that some of my best Christmas gifts will be from the magalog! If you haven’t checked into it, I suggest you find a rep and quick, because these items are the perfect gifts for your best friend, Mom, sister, or Aunt! Trust me, if she likes fashion, beauty and accessories…this is your go-to catalog!!

These are ten of many fun gifts that mark. by Avon offers – head over to their website here to check out more great picks for this year’s gift-giving season. Keep in mind that many of their products can be purchased on sale and that way you can bundle them together in a gift basket (especially with the bath products…such a great gift!!).

I can’t wait to begin my Christmas shopping and wrapping them all up – the season is upon us and I could not be more excited (Christmas mode activated!!). Have fun shopping!

Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Top Ten mark.Avon + Avon products I use

5Today is the last day of Pearls and Polkadots’ second volume of “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series and although I’m sad to end this wonderful series, I am so happy to provide to you my own beauty post! I love doing series like this with wonderful guest posters and I have found such great beauty blogs through this…which is why I did the second volume!

I am not a beauty blogger by any standards. However, I am a woman who wears and uses makeup on a daily basis, and being a fan of style and fashion, I like to use makeup to compliment my fashion as well. Whether you are big into makeup or not, these products can be used in a multitude of ways, and I am going to show you which ones I love best today.

Why choose mark.Avon/Avon makeup? 

I began using these brands in high school when my Mom signed on as a brand rep. She sells it, so not only did I receive a discount, I had a primary expert on the different products that were available. Once I began to use it (near the beginning of my makeup wearing days), I fell in love with a lot of products in the catalogue. I order regularly and love the quality that Avon provides to me.

Eyes

I don’t tend to rock the eye make up too, too often. Why? I find it to be a hassle, and since I am not amazing at applying eye makeup, I often skip this step in my routine. However, when I am feeling up to it and have a little time, I jump to these products by mark.Avon and Avon.

“On the Edge” Liquid Eyeliner – this liquid liner is my absolute go to. I love the Cleo colour and how it looks so smooth on my eyes. I am terrible with pencil eyeliner, so I converted to liquid liner a long, long time ago. I have tried numerous liquid liners, but this is by far my favourite.

The best thing about this liner is how easy it is to take off. I hate when makeup doesn’t come off easily – I don’t like spending twenty minutes before bed chipping my makeup off, but this eyeliner slides right off with a little eye makeup remover, and in five minutes, you are ready for bed!

“Big & Daring” Volume Mascara – I have been using this mascara for about a year now (not the same one, of course) and I haven’t had any reason to switch. This mascara leaves my lashes nice and full and doesn’t weight them down.

Time and time again, I have used mascaras that either clump or feels heavy on my lashes. It almost mimics a “cakey” feeling on my lids, and that is something that I like to avoid (who doesn’t?). This mascara is light and full which is a highlight for me…

True Colour Eye shadow Quad – this is probably my favourite eye product. Why? Well I will tell you. This eye shadow quad palette is numbered. This is great for a makeup-newbie like me, because I know what can go where. This quad comes in all different shades. My favourite is “Mocha Latte” (not pictured).

Cheeks

I love to wear blush and bronzer (especially in the Winter) to give my face some colour. When the sun goes away (or the hot sun, I should say), the colour is pretty much drained from my face and I rely heavily on products like blush and bronzer to liven up my skin!

Glow Bronzing Pearls – this product is fabulous. If you don’t like a really heavy applied bronzer, this is your product. Because the bronzer is distributed in pearl form, it doesn’t cake on your brush, resulting in a heavy tanned look on your skin. I find that this gives great colour on the skin (and depending on how much you put on the apples of your cheeks, you don’t necessarily need blush).

Touch & Go Shimmer Cream Cubes – I don’t use this product as much anymore…but this was my go-to blush in high school. Why don’t I use it as much anymore? Well, I am lazy and haven’t ordered a new one yet…but this pretty much replaces the need for blush.

Because it comes in a multitude of coloured cubes, it gives you not just one shade, it gives you multiple. It also provides the opportunity for you to mix them together, coming up with a unique shimmer shade for your cheeks. Similar to the bronzing pearls, the cream cubes go on lightly and blend the colour into your skin – just what you want!

Face

Unfortunately, my most favourite foundation was discontinued by Avon last year and I have been scrambling and jumping around to try and find one that I love just as much (have not accomplished that yet). However, there are still some facial products from this brand that I use on a daily basis.

Extra Lasting Concealer – I only tend to wear concealer on my ‘running on four hours of sleep’ days. However, it’s not just for those times you need to cover up your dark circles. If I am going out, I will use it as a highlighter under my eyes to brighten up my skin (a trick I learned from my fellow beauty bloggers…).

This concealer really does what it says it does – lasts. I don’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the day, it stays exactly where I put it on in the morning (provided I don’t actually touch my skin…but that goes without saying for any type or brand of makeup).

MagiX Face Perfecter SPF 20 – my face tends to experience shine in multiple areas on my face (bridge of my nose, apples of my cheeks, chin), and this is the product to minimizing it. I like to use a combination of this face perfector, as well as a setting powder on my entire face.

I have been using this for awhile now. This is a staple product for me in the Summer…why? The SPF that is included within the cream. I am so pasty and subject to burning frequently, so SPF in any facial product I use is extremely important. SPF 20 for my face is good and keeps me from burning to a crisp in the hot, hot sun.

Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation – I don’t use this as my primary foundation. I find that I need liquid foundation to cover all my imperfections (that I see, at least) and powder doesn’t work for that as well (on me). However, I like using this as a finishing powder. I always buy this powder in a slightly lighter shade than my foundation, so that afterwards I can dust it on lightly and it will lighten my skin a bit.

It’s interesting because one day, I will put on the bronzer to tan myself…but other days, I don’t really feel like appearing tan or “bronzed”, so I use the lighter powder foundation to finish off my light skin look.

Lips

I cannot leave the house without a little lip colour. Lip colour is extremely important to me for my outfit posts that I do daily for my Instagram account (click here to check it out). I love rocking different colours each day like red, hot pink, even peach! Avon is my primary source for lipstick, since I love how it glides onto my lips so easily and it lasts as well!

Ultra Colour Lipstick – Whether I am rocking a matte or satin lipstick, this is the stick I go for. I have colours such as “Matte Ruby”, “Berry Berry Nice”, or “Rosedew”…and all three are the perfect shades. I was recently looking for classic red lipstick, and the colour that I couldn’t stop wearing was Avon’s “Matte Ruby” – it is my favourite red stick and I have been using it non-stop this year (not pictured).

Ultra Colour Indulgence Lip Colour – I don’t really prefer this over my previous lip pick,  but I will say that this stick’s colour tends to come out more vibrantly. Whereas the colours are a bit muted in the Ultra Colour Lipstick, this lip colour is very bright and ‘in your face’. They both last equally well, but my favourite feature of this colour stick is how compact it is.

It fits right into your clutch, whereas the Ultra Colour Lipstick is more bulky (more suited for large totes or makeup bags).

There are my top ten favourites… 

I love collecting makeup (even though I am not the best at doing it) and so happy that I got to host these four lovely ladies this week! Look forward for volume three of the “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series coming to you soon!! I love the feedback I get from the series, and love to unite bloggers together from different niches, so hopefully we can do this again for you guys!

If you want to dive into the world of mark. by Avon and Avon…check out their site here and find a brand rep in your area!!