How To Make Your Blue Eyes Pop!

I am currently training for my academic year-round job which makes me swamped for time and difficult to create long quality blog posts! However, while flipping through the pages of a magazine I spotted a new product by Maybelline called the Master Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy Night! This was intriguing to me because I’ve always wanted to incorporate blue eyeliner into my everyday makeup look to make my blue eyes pop!

  1. Eyeshadow Primer: First, dab an eyeshadow primer all over the eye lid with your finger tips to make the eyeshadow and product stay all day! The primer I am using is MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Let’s Skate!
  2. Eyeshadow #1: Then apply a cooper eyeshadow on the eye lid to create a natural shimmer. When brushing and applying I am using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 shade Trick.
  3. Eyeshadow #2: After setting the cooper eyeshadow, use a pale gold eyeshadow on the upper eye lid and blend with the shadow applied before. This blending technique creates a nice two tone natural look as I use Urban Decay’s Naked 2 shade Half Baked.
  4. Eyeliner #1: To create a subtle thick line of blue eyeliner start in the middle of your eye lid and glide to end of your lash line. The product I am using is Annabelle’s Metallic Kohl eyeliner in 172 Curacao because the Maybelline eyeliner had not been released in Canada yet!
  5. Eyeliner #2: Then to intensify your look apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner to your lash line for a look of thicker lashes. I am currently loving Rimmel’s ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Liquid Eyeliner in Black!
  6. Mascara: To complete the look apply your favourite mascara! I am absolutely adoring Loreal’s Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black!

I hope you enjoyed this short tutorial on how to make your eyes pop! I enjoy wearing a little bit of blue shimmer eyeliner because it “scientifically” makes your eyes brighter when it is surrounded by things that are the same colour. 
 
Did you like this tutorial? What is your favourite non traditional eyeliner colour to wear? Let me know in the comments bellow!

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My Collection - Nail Polish

My obsession with nail polish began when I quickly stumbled across a couple of beauty gurus on Youtube! These videos were a ‘light bulb’ moment in my head when I then realized that I could share my nail polish routines as a weekly blog post in 2011! Since, then I have purchased a small collection of nail polishes that come in a variety of finishes, colours, and brands.That is why today I will be showing you my collection and categorizing them into sections with little stories to add!

HIGH END FAVOURITES

  • Chanel Le Vervis Nail Colour 471 Ming ($35, Gift): When I was 11 years old and started to take an interest in beauty; I mentioned to my mother that one day I would own a Chanel nail varnish. Many years later after singing auditions, I was taken to my local department store and told to pick one item. That was when this beautiful nude pink nail polish was mine to bring home!
  • Sephora Top Coat ($25 Set)
  • Sephora Base Coat ($25 Set)
  • Sephora Nail Colour Arm Candy ($12, Gift): A Barbie pink nail polish.
  • MAC Nail Lacquer Cream Snob ($15): A nude pink nail polish that replicates the well known MAC lipstick.
  • MAC Nail Lacquer Matte Frayed To Order ($15, Gift): A white nail polish that goes on matte and looks like you’ve replaced your finger nails for pearls.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer Kiss My Tulips ($20 Holland Spring Set): A Barbie pink nail polish.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer Petal Faster Suzi ($20 Holland Spring Set) A light lavender nail polish with sliver glitter undertones.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer Red Lights Ahead… Where? ($20 Holland Spring Set): A bright orangey red nail polish. 
  • OPI Nail Lacquer - White Shatter ($12, Gift): A white crackle top coat.

ESSIE COLLECTION

  • Essie Pure Pearlfection ($8, Gift): A clear white and pearl glitter top coat.
  • Essie Lilacism Nail Polish ($8): A lavender nail polish.
  • Essie Buy Me A Cameo ($8): A metallic pale pink nail polish.
  • Essie Merino Cool $8, Gift) A dark taupe and purple nail polish.
  • Essie Too Too Hot ($8): The red hot polish that started it all!  This Essie polish was the first in my collection to start a drugstore obsession!

NICOLE BY OPI COLLECTION

  • Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber Collection - Step To The Beat Of My Heart ($9, Gift): When Justin Bieber’s Nicole by OPI collection hit stores teenagers went mad over the pretty purple shades! This nail polish is a purple sparkle top coat with purple sequin hearts!  
  • Nicole by OPI Holiday Magic Collection - Spark My Mistletoe ($9): A red glitter nail polish.
  • Nicole by OPI - Spring Romance ($9): A pink sparkle top coat with sequin hearts.
  • Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection - Alex By The Books ($9, Gift): A pale aqua nail polish.
  • Nicole by OPI - Make Mine Lime ($9, Gift): Whenever I wore this nail polish as a pedicure my grand mother would grab my toes and tell me that their was mold growing on them. This lime green shimmer nail polish is now a favourite in my collection because of the memories it holds.

PIX! COLLECTION

  • Pix! Nail Colour - 050 Summer Sunset ($8, Gift): A glossy orange and coral nail polish.
  • Pix! Nail Colour - 031 Mink Grey ($8, Gift): Fortunately, my Target stayed open late to celebrate the large incoming number of university students in September! As the night started off you could only receive one free nail polish but when the night ended you seemed to have the whole Pix! collection!
  • Pix! Nail Colour - 023 Metallic Mermaid ($8, Gift): A aqua blue shimmer nail polish.
  • Pix! Nail Colour - 017 Fresh Red ($8, Gift): A classic red shimmer nail polish.

NEONS AND BRIGHTS

  • Revlon Nail Art - Moon Candy ($9, Gift): A two side nail polish pen that includes a dark purple polish and a purple glitter top coat.
  • Loreal Nail Colour - 550 After Hours ($10): A classic navy blue polish.
  • Mary Kay Nail Lacquer - Intensity ($6, Gift): A metallic dark purple nail polish.
  • Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Nail Colour - 350 Perfect Plum ($7): When school starts in September I was always get this miraculous idea that every week I will paint my nails to keep up appearances. This classic plum nail polish was the perfect colour for fall!
  • Quo by Orly Nail Polish - Wine and Dine ($11): A dark red shimmer nail polish.
  • Maybelline Colour Show Holographic - Bold Gold 45 ($7): A classic gold shimmer nail polish that is perfect for accent nails!
  • Mary Kay Nail Lacquer - Grass Green ($4, Gift): A matte lime green nail polish.

Do you have an obsession with nail polish? What is your go-to polish in your collection? Comment bellow! Plus, like my earring collection post whenever you see me in a drugstore tell me to stay away from the nail polish section!
Want more collection posts? Check out My Collection - Earrings!

Sunday Currently Vol. 4

  • {READING} - This week is unfortunately the ending of my leisure-reading holiday. I am currently enjoying a contemporary romance called Falling for You by Heather Thumeler!
  • {WRITING} - I find myself constantly writing in my journal and creating too many lists on Evernote for school!

  • {LISTENING} - Everyone needs a song to make them feeling powerful and sexy! That is why I have been replaying Black Widow Ft. Rita Ora by Iggy Azalea.
  • {THINKING} - I am currently thinking about all the organizing and packing I need to complete in order to move successful back to university. This includes prioritizing what clothing, school supplies, and extra items I ‘need’ rather than ‘want’ to bring.
  • {SMELLING} - Delicious homemade pasta sauce and inexpensive vanilla body spray.
  • {WISHING} - I could create a (smarter) clone of myself to help me multitask!
  • {HOPING} - To complete all of my ‘to-do lists’, email people, and find time to relax!
  • {WEARING}Target olive green v neck t-shirt, Target floral printed scarf, loose American Eagle high waisted shorts, and brown leather Birkenstocks.
  • {LOVING} - Acapella covers, sappy movies, confident music mixes, and journaling.
  • {WANTING} - Dance shorts, curling wand, key necklace, Kate Spade agenda, and brown leather oxfords.
  • {NEEDING} - Time, rest, and reassurance. 
  • {FEELING} - Overwhelmed, grateful, excited, and calm.

POSTS TO EXPECT THIS WEEK ON LAUREL MUSICAL

  1. My Collection – Nail Polish

  2. How To Make Your Blue Eyes Pop Makeup Tutorial

  3. Summer Weekdays and Ends Vol. 6

  4. Links I Love Vol. 3 - School Edition!

What is your Sunday currently like? Let me know in the comments bellow.

Ps. If you competed a Sunday Currently this week don’t forget to link it here!

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Summer Weekdays & Ends Vol. 5

This is my fifth instalment in a summer series that is quickly coming to an end! Over the past couple of weeks I have travelled, shopped, and ate fabulous food! So… Let’s share!

LOCAL LUXURY

  • In the beginning of the summer when I was searching for a new pair of running shoes I had the opportunity to cruise through local malls and luxury boutiques with family. This led us to shop at places like: Brooks Brothers, Laurél (See any similarities?), Indigo, and New Balance! One place in particular, Pusateri’s served fine foods and a lovely white chocolate latte to enjoy!

MUSIC GARDENS

  • I have become quite a tourist in my city and found the most wonderful garden that reflects JS Bach’s No. 1 Suite in G MajorToronto Music Gardens was also designed by the famous cellist Yo Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy to create a beautiful garden full of flowers, leaves, and plants! 

GRAFFITI ART

  • Recently, The Esplande basketball mural was revealed and praised for its high artistic value! I have been grateful to see it many times this summer and have been inspired by it’s beautiful message! Graffiti can be art too!

CARAMEL HEAVEN

  • This summer I was shocked to find a new friend who was more obsessed with Starbucks than I was! She generously introduced me to ‘Cali Style’ and has changed my coffee smoothie order forever. FUN FACT: You need to try it!

What have you been doing this summer? Is your summer almost over too? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Do you want to see more of this series? Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 | Vol. 4 |

One Direction and 5SOS’s Concert #OOTN

Throughout the school year I always dreamed about finding willing friends and a pair of sold out tickets to see One Direction and 5SOS live in my hometown! My dream came true in the beginning of July when a close friend announced that she had a spare ticket and needed someone to go! I jumped on the chance and collaborated with the fabulous clothing store lookbookstore to present what I wore on that AMAZING night in August!

 THE OUTFIT

  • Dress - LookBookStore.co White Crochet V Back Dress ($33, Sponsored): A beautiful dress featuring a sultry plunge V neck back and crochet detailing! This dress was absolutely wonderful for the event and provided a lot of freedom to dance!
  • Undergarments - White Vintage Low Back Corset: Due to the amount of skin shown, I used one of my family member’s passed down low back corsets to make the dress appear less scandalous and more comfortable to wear in public. 
  • Outerwear - Reitmans Jean Dark Wash Jacket ($60): To tone down the formal dress, I purchased a jean jacket to make the outfit more casual. I always recommend carrying a sweater or light jacket to a concert because the arena could be cold!
  • Shoes - Shoes - Payless Gold Chelsea Flats ($20)
  • Watch - Michael Kors Two Tone Glitz Watch ($350, Gift)
  • Earrings - Claire’s Pearl Studs ($12) & Diamond Stud Cartilage Earring.

MAKEUP

  • Hair - I treated my hair with protecting spray, curled each strand, applied hairspray, and added a clip to keep hair away from my new cartilage piercing!
  • Primer - Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($9)
  • Foundation - Clinque Moisture Surge CC Cream Light ($37, Gift)
  • Concealor - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Light Pale ($14)
  • Powder - MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Light ($32)
  • Highlight & Blush - Sephora Microsmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio Fair ($20, Gift)
  • Eyeshadow Primer - MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Let’s Skate ($20) and Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Sample).
  • Eyeshadow - Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($64, Gift): I watched this beautiful Naked 4 Tutorial from KathleenLights to complete my makeup look! Check her out!
  • Eyebrow - Revlon Brow Fantasy Dark Blonde ($6) 
  • Eyeliner - Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick & Think Liquid Eyeliner Black ($6)
  • Mascara - Maybelline Waterproof Pumped Up Colossal Classic Black Mascara ($5): I wore this new waterproof mascara as protection against flakes and irritation during the concert! I will being doing a review on this product soon!
  • Lip Stick - Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine 7 Lipstick ($40, Gift)

Have you seen One Direction or 5SOS in concert? What was your look? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Ps. If you are interested in any products mentioned above go to my Mentioned On Laurel Musical pinterest board!

 

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Chocolate Hot Pockets

This week out of curiosity, I wanted to test out my pastry skills and make these sensational Chocolate Hot Pockets! These flaky and chocolatey desserts were made with the help of Pillsbury Chocolate Crescents! However; you can find an alternative recipe for these croissants here and add the chocolate to your own! 

THINGS NEEDED
  • 1 Standard Cookie or Cooking Tray
  • 1 Can of Pillsbury (Chocolate) Crescents
  • 1 Can of Chocolate Frosting or Nutella
  • + Strawberries or Berries for decoration afterwards
TREAT STEPS 
  1. Heat oven to 375F.
  2. Separate dough into 8 triangles etched out on the dough.
  3. Place the 8 triangles onto the standard cookie or cooking Tray.
  4. Squeeze or spread a tbsp. of chocolate frosting onto each dough triangle in the middle.
  5. Roll up each triangle, starting from the shortest side and rolling to the opposite point.
  6. Take the ends of the rolls and close them creating a pocket.
  7. Bake chocolate hot pockets for 10-12 minutes, and cool for 2 minutes.
  8. Add strawberries or berries for flavour and decoration afterwards.
  9. ENJOY YUMMINESS.

Do you have any other recipes for croissants or hot pockets? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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July 2014 Favourites & Video

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BEAUTY

  • 1. Maybelline 515 Coral Crush Lipstick ($6): A coral lipstick that gives off a fun pop of colour! I enjoy wearing this lipstick with neutrals or darks to create a dramatic look!
  • 2. Rimmel Apocolips 501 Stellar Lip Lacquer ($6): This month I shopped through my collection and found this beautiful bright coral red lip stain. I recommend wearing it over top of the Maybelline 515 Coral Crush Lipstick for an even crazier look!
  • 3. Revlon ColourBurst 025 Sweetheart Valentine Balm Stain ($6): In July my local drugstore was constantly putting these on sale to remove an overload of inventory! These stains are comparable to the Maybelline Colour Whispers but in a pencil-like form.
  • 4. Loreal Colour Infallible 004 Forever Pink Eyeshadow ($11): A pressed eyeshadow that adorns your lids with a pretty pink glow!
  • 5. M.A.C. Making It Easy Eyeshadow Trio ($23): A simple three step eyeshadow that helps you complete a full look in minutes! This trio is absolutely wonderful for a woman who is on the go!
  • 6. M.A.C. Daft Pink Mineralize Blush ($23): A gorgeous petal pink blush with heavy pigmentation and gold undertones.
  • Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Blackest Black Mascara ($6): A sharpie black mascara that gives you crazy volume and product loaded lashes! This liquid-y mascara is perfect for anyone who likes to rock the ‘spider lash’ or  ‘clumpy’ look!
  • YesTo Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub ($9): A grapefruit and lemon balm facial scrub that washes away dead skin with ease! 
  • Crest Optic White Dual Action Toothpaste ($3): A revolutionary toothpaste that can replace your $50-100 white strips and trays!

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FASHION

  • Shamballa Bracelets ($20-50): These bracelets are always a favourite of mine in the summer due to the colour and shine of the beads! In addition, I love the spiritual meaning to each bead.

  • American Eagle Outfitters Capris ($30-50): An appropriate alternative to shorts in the summer that are comfortable and professional!

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  • Indigo/Chapters Cream Handbag ($30-50): A gorgeous handbag that transforms into two sizes with origami-like stitching!

  • The Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz ($13): A book that teaches young students the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle! I totally recommend this book for new university students that are dread hearing about the phrase - freshman fifteen!

MUSIC

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What were your favourites in July? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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Summertime Love - Music Mix

"And suddenly, only for a while, you were my everything." - Unknown.

This is an 8Tracks music mix filled with cute songs to help you remember your summer crushes! Despite your love interest working out (or not) these songs can let you dance, sing, and remember those sunny memories forever! Enjoy!

TRACKLIST

  1. Shower - Becky G.
  2. What I Like About You (Cover) - 5 Seconds Of Summer.
  3. Die In Your Arms (Justin Bieber Cover) - Ariana Grande.
  4. Fall - The Vamps.
  5. What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction Cover) - The 1975.
  6. Young Forever - Nicki Minaj.
  7. Sing - Ed Sheeran.
  8. How We Do (Party) - Rita Ora.
  9. Alive - One Direction.
  10. Made In The USA - Demi Lovato.
  11. Take Me Home Ft. Bebe Rexha - Cash Cash.
  12. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry.
  13. Something I Need - OneRepublic.
  14. Hit The Lights - Selena Gomez.
  15. Make You Mine - 2AM Club.
  16. She’s Got You High - Mummra.
  17. I’ve Just Seen A Face (The Beatles Cover) - Jim Sturgess.
  18. Kiss You Inside Out - Hedley.

Do you have a summer love or crush? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Ps. If you enjoy these music mixes don’t forget to follow me on 8Tracks for the tunes you don’t see on the blog!

Sunday Currently Vol. 3

  • {READING} - I am currently reading lecture slides to help me with my ear training, celebrity gossip blogs, inspirational quotes, and university workshops.
  • {WRITING} - Due to so much inspiration in my workplace, I have been trying to write lyrics and hooks for original songs! (Hopefully you will hear them soon)
  • {LISTENING} - To the conversations held in my new favourite television show Orange Is The New Black on Netflix!
  • {THINKING} - About the amazing time I had with friends last night at the One Direction and 5SOS concert! I am also thinking about small goals and simple things.
  • {SMELLING} - An overload of hairspray that I dumped into my strands last night.
  • {WISHING} - I had the opportunity to work and collaborate with people in music to make my dreams come true!
  • {HOPING} - To start organizing for the new academic year, record new songs, and email people.
  • {WEARING} - A loose pair of pajamas which is the completely opposite to the dress, nylons, makeup, and curls I was wearing last night.
  • {LOVING} - The feeling of knowing that last night I was in the same room as a band (two bands) that have mesmerized and inspired me.
  • {WANTING} - To perform every night in front of large crowds, a cup of coffee, and reassurance.
  • {NEEDING} - To breathe, hope, and appreciate small things.
  • {FEELING} - Happy, overwhelmed, emotional, and (so) grateful.

What is your Sunday currently like? Let me know in the comments bellow. 

Ps. If you competed a Sunday Currently this week don’t forget to link it here! Plus follow me on Instagram if you want to see photos that don’t appear on Laurel Musical!

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Skinny Teaox Review

Throughout my school year I have always been motivated towards collaborating with other companies and bringing you, my readers, reviews! This led to working with the company Skinny Teaox in the summer to review their super popular and sceptical 14 day teaox!

What is a Teaox?
Skinny Teaox is 100% natural detox program that promotes good health and kick starts your metabolism! Through their two step program you can release toxins and increase energy levels with their morning and evening tea!

Pros

  • The packaging and informational guide are absolutely wonderful and helpful.
  • The morning tea has hints of peppermint and lemon to create an energetic beverage that can replace your morning coffee.
  • The evening tea has hints of herbal tasting ingredients that will put you to sleep and help digestion.
  • A couple of days into the teaox your body feels less bloated and free of toxins.
  • Skinny Teaox is made in my country, Canada, which makes the company reliable and easy to access.
Cons
  • If the two teas are taken at inappropriate times the teaox can give you unwanted side effects.
  • Tea Detoxes are advertised by the dozen making them hard to chose and purchase.
  • The ingredients in the tea irritate your stomach to act as a natural laxative, this can damper or effect your immune system negatively.

Would you try a Skinny Teaox? Let me know in the comments bellow! 
 
*Skinny Teaox has sponsored and contributed to this post on Laurel Musical.*

What would you like to see on Laurel Musical?

During the summer I have been trying to keep update with my blog series and finding inspiration for new posts! However; I want to know what my readers want out of Laurel Musical, and I was wondering if you (beauties) could help me out? 

Would you like more of?!?!

  • Fashion - #OOTD Posts, Hauls Posts, Celebrity Fashion Inspired Posts, and Fashion Videos?
  • Beauty - Simple Makeup Tutorials, Beauty Product Reviews, Haul Posts, and Beauty Videos?
  • Inspiration - Role Model Posts, Study Tips, Book Reviews, Society Rants, Self Confidence Tips, and Inspirational Vlogs/Videos?
  • Treats - Healthy Recipe Posts, Study Snacks, Health Tips, and Chocolate?
  • Music - Cover Videos, Study Playlists, Album Reviews, Concert Reviews???
  • Other - Giveaways? Confidence PDFs? Printables? 

LET ME KNOW BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

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