My Favourite Brands || Beauty & Fashion


Hey guys! Today, I thought I'd do a little round-up post of my favourite brands for beauty and fashion items, along with some of my fav items available on their sites - either ones that I own or am just lusting after!

Too Faced

Ohhh how I love Too Faced. Their eye palettes are just divine. I think probably the thing that keeps bringing me back to this brand is the fact that they have so many products with wonderful scents to them - Sweet Peach, Chocolate Bar, and all those lovely bits. So creative!! I've been using their products for quite a few years now and I've found that they've really increased in quality over time and they have far more diverse products than they did back in 2013 when I first started shopping there. My fav product is the Too Faced Natural Love palette, which I use 90% of the time, even if it's just for a shade or two.



I've talked on here before about how much I love Tarte, so I'll keep this short and sweet. I particularly am a fan of their eye and face palettes, which I feel they have a great variety of, and all their products are really good quality, too. Their Amazonian Clay blushes are probably my fav blushes out there, as they have so many different shades and they're very easy to blend out. Although their products are a bit pricier than my very tight budget can allow, I do like to treat myself to a lil something every now and then!



Uniqlo has quickly become one of my favourite brands in the past year or so. For those who aren't familiar, Uniqlo is a Japanese brand of casual attire that has become widely popular in the States, and I think here in Canada, too, in the past few years. I got hooked on the brand because I'd browse their Disney t-shirts at their shop in Disney Springs, and then I started to venture further into the store, to find that the rest of their clothes were ALSO amazing. What are the odds, haha. I've picked up a few things from Uniqlo over time, all of which I love dearly and I wear pretty much all of the time, esp in Florida. They're also a very inexpensive brand which is a bonus, for sure!



Of course, I had to include Zara on here because I just love it! I feel like Zara can sometimes be a hit or miss, as their stores are quite big and have a very wide variety of items, some of which can be a little too ~out there~ for my style. But I find that it helps if you have an idea of what you're looking for going in. I've had a lot of luck lately, particularly at the Disney Springs location haha which is so odd but pretty useful! Their clothes are very stylish and I usually find at least a handful of things that I love whenever I go in.


Joe Fresh

This is probably a brand that most people wouldn't really consider, or even know of, but in this past year, it's become a fav of mine. I find that they have a lot of lovely casual, or business-casual, style pieces, and the majority of their clothes are quite "girly" which is very much up my alley. Another thing that really draws me to this brand is how often they put their items on sale - only a couple months after a line is released - and the sale prices simply can't be beaten. Since, as I mentioned, I don't have a ton of mony to put towards fashion or beauty lately, I love that I can buy a lot of items there for the price that I could only buy a few for somewhere else!


What are your fav brands for makeup and fashion? 

Felicia x

What's In My Handbag? | 2018


As I recently received a new handbag for Christmas, which I've been using on a day-to-day basis, I thought I was due for a "What's in my Bag" update. I've posted two of these in the past, one in 2015 and one in 2017.

Handbag: My handbag is by Kate Spade. It's a rich, wine-coloured medium sized bag with two short straps and one detachable shoulder strap. I always like having a long shoulder strap on handbags, as I find it easier to manage when I'm out shopping. The outside of the bag has a perforated floral print, with a zip-top closure, and the interior has two slide pockets and one zippered pocket.

Purse: My purse actually is the matching wallet for my handbag. My parents gifted it to me for Christmas, as they knew my boyfriend had bought me the handbag. It folds down the centre and has a button closure. It is extremely functional. It has 13 credit card slots, as well as a window slot, 4 slots for cash, and a zipper on the back for loose change. Inside the purse, I've got the essentials - my credit card, debit card, driver's license, OHIP health insurance card, Social Insurance card, and CAA card - as well as some rewards cards, like my DocuPet card, Scene rewards cards, Starbucks card, and Air Miles card. I've also got my student ID card tucked into one of my cash slots.


Glasses: I've got two pairs of glasses in my purse. My proper glasses, which are Ralph Lauren and are kept inside a hard case, and my sunglasses, which are prescription Ray Ban and are kept in a softer case.

Coffee cosy: The idea of a coffee cosy may sound so odd/useless to some people (including my dad haha) but I frankly think it's terribly cute. In case you don't know, coffee cosies are little knitted sleeves you put around your coffee cup so you don't have to directly hold a scalding cup. Mine's created by Catherine Mason and it says, "I Drink Coffee Like A Gilmore" - a very true statement.

Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer is essential, especially during the winter cold/flu season. I always keep a small bottle of Purell hand sanitizer in my bag. I always make sure to apply some when I'm out and about, especially when I'm about to eat anything.

Gum: I've currently got two types of gum in my bag haha. I've got a pack of Excel White Bubblemint gum, which has been a favourite of mine for a long time (it was even included in my 2015 handbag post). I also have a pack of 5 Spearmint gum in there, as I find that chewing super-minty gum can help calm down my anxiety.

Lipstick: I literally always have at the very least one tube of lipstick in my bag. Sometimes I've got like 6 in there at a time haha. Currently, I've got the L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive in Blake's Red and a mini tube of Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit.

Keychain: Before, I kept so many things dangling on my keychain, it was a mess haha. Now I've only got a few things: my key fob (no key, as my car is push-to-start), my two house keys, and a cute matching accessory of Minnie Mouse, which my boyfriend has the Mickey Mouse one of. All of these things are hanging on the end bit of my university lanyard.

What have you got in your handbag?

Felicia x

What's In My Handbag? | 2017


I can't believe that it's been two full years since I last uploaded a "what's in my bag" post! So much has changed since 2015. Especially since there have been a ton of changes in my lifestyle since I was sixteen/seventeen years old. I think that now is as good as time as any to do a refresher post!

The Bag

Currently, I am using a black Kate Spade bowling-style bag. I bought it a couple years ago in a massive Fourth of July sale at Kate Spade and I still use it often. It's got gold hardware and a long strap, as well as two shorter straps at the top. I typically use the longer strap as I can just toss it over my shoulder and go on my way without being restricted in movement or anything. It carries quite a bit, which is a lot coming from me because I am typically a big handbag kinda gal and this one leans more to the smaller side in my opinion. It has three interior pockets, one with a zipper and two without, which is perfect for me. Although I usually like to have dividers in my purses so that I can separate stuff into sections, I quite like the open space of this as I'm able to fit a ton more things inside. 



Being an English major, it's probably no surprise to anyone that I always (and I do mean always) have a book in my handbag. As of late, that book has been The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. I basically pull this out whenever I'm alone in a waiting room, or on public transportation, or anything like that. I also like to carry around this mini journal with a pen, so that if I have anything I need to jot down like blog post ideas or novel ideas, I can get it down on paper before I forget!


One of the biggest changes from my 2015 post to this one is that I now have to carry around glasses! About a year ago, I was persuaded by my boyfriend to go and have an eye exam for the first time in many, many years which resulted in me getting glasses. Then, last fall, I got my g1 license - and later, my g2 - which states that it's illegal for me to drive without my prescription glasses... Sooo now I have to carry around my eyeglasses and my prescription sunglasses. 


I also like to carry around a little makeup bag full of beauty and hygiene related products. Wherever I go, I must have my Blistex Lip Medex lip balm which I've been using regularly since 2015. It's a life saver, honestly. My lips would not forgive me if I didn't apply this balm as often as I do. I also carry like 3 lipsticks with me at any given time (because, you know, one is just not enough). Currently, I have the NYX Lip Lingerie, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour, and the L'Oreal Matte Liquid Lipstick in my bag. Lastly, I bring a hand lotion such as my current Bath & Body Works Paris Amour lotion and a hand sanitizer. 


Last, but certainly not least, is my wallet. Again, Kate Spade and black with gold embellishments. The inside is very cluttered (hence why it's not pictured), but it is separated into 3 sections, with a zippered pouch in the middle. Currently, inside my wallet are: receipts, some cash, my credit card, my debit card, a Cineplex Scene Rewards card, my CAA membership card, a coupon for McDonalds McFlurries, change, my student ID and bus pass, my Presto Go pass, my driver's license, my Ontario Health Insurance card, my Starbucks card, and a polaroid photo of my boyfriend.

What do you carry in your handbag?

Felicia x