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Style Nights


Saturday night was my birthday, but I’m totally over celebrating with dinner then dancing. The day started with a birthday brunch for one of my oldest friend (whose birthday is the same day) then onto Style Night at Ma-Luxe studios. I’ll preface this by saying that no one asked me to write about this event, I just think it’s the greatest idea ever!
Ma-Luxe Style Nights offers professional hair/makeup/nails at amazing prices all under the same roof to help us ladies get ready for all the events during the holiday season. Saturday was the inaugural Style Night, and it was sooo sooo fun! Complete with champagne and dance music, it was like getting ready with girlfriends, if your girlfriends were a professional beauty team. Their menu lets you pick from an array of beauty options, from a classic red lip to a full face and up-do.
The sweetest thing, when the amazing ladies there found out it was my birthday they went above and beyond to make it special for me. When the owner of a company brings you a chocolate/peppermint cake pop…so sweet!

Anyhoo..for anyone fortunate enough to live in Victoria BC, there’s another Style Night next saturday Dec 14th! I highly recommend checking it out!

xo Alana

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Juste Moi

A few lovely photos of my amazing sister Erica, who is doing her best to keep me de-stressed before my wedding! As excited as I am for the big day, I’m even more excited for the life I get afterwards!

Thanks Erica!!



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Sleep in a Bottle

A very fitting post for a monday morning, the day we wake up early for work with eyes half-open and think the weekend wasn’t long enough. No weekend is ever long enough!  My eyes usually don’t fully open until I’ve been at work for 3 hours and had coffee and until then people would say to me…you look tired. No shit!

I few months ago I treated myself to the much talked about Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s not a concealer, more of a highlighter. I dab it under my eyes or anywhere that needs a little brightening, massage it into my skin with my finger and dark, tired eyes melt away. The thing I really love is that it looks natural and melts into your skin without creasing or being weird. I’ve tried other under eye products and nothing works as seamlessly as Touche Eclat.

I use colour number 2 but I’m pretty white, so play around with colours until you find the right shade for you!  After I use Touche Eclat I further open up my eyes with Shu Umera eyelash curler (the BEST) and Covergirl Lash Blast mascara. These three products keep me looking alert and awake, even when I’m barely functioning!



(ppsssttt……my DIY Chanel Crystal Cuff Giveaway ends tonight! Enter your name to win!)

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The Big C

Vitamin C of course!

I just wanted to share with all of you something that has made a big difference in my skin, and by association, my life. I have very sensitive/ combination skin, prone to dryness, oiliness, redness, clogging, and sunburns.
Super fun!

I recently started using two new products: Philosophy Vitamin C Booster to protect my skin from pollution & other harmful scariness, and Josie Maran Argan oil moisturizer with SPF 40 to combat dryness and the sun. The C Booster dissolves quickly and tingles a bit, and I love how it makes my skin feel. The Argan moisturizer smells great even with spf 40, dissolves quickly, and doesn’t feel oily at all, just super skin quenching.

The vitamin C comes as a powder with a little scoop. I mix one scoop on a clean dry hand with one pump of the moisturizer. I apply over my entire face and neck and let it sink in a few minutes before I apply tinted moisturizer.

(the photo below has nothing to do with facial care, but isn’t my home-grown rhodo pretty!!?)

The change I’ve seen in my skin since following this morning regime has been amazing! I feel like pollution and the sun have no effect on me anymore and my problematic skin feels calmer everyday. My skin also stays dewy and soft, for hours upon hours.

I bought both products at Sephora and if you want to try it out before you spend the money, just ask a staff member to give you a sample!

For anyone looking for dewy, protected skin all day long, I highly recommend both products!



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