Summer 2017 Music Playlist


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Having a good playlist for summer event is important. What is more embarrassing than asking to link your phone to the speaker, and your music play list is COMPLETELY out of date?! Like that would just be a total no-no. This is your guide to this summer’s must have tracks for a lit event. Don’t blast your 2014 music, give these tracks a listen and press download.

Nevada Feat. Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap - 'The Mack': this song will get everyone up on their feet. A fresh remix that pays homage to the 20th anniversary of the original song


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A little bit of Justin Bieber is always needed. Even if you aren't a Bieber fan, his songs and collaborations will always get you changing your mind. Even the billboard calls him "an undeniable king", he started as the cherub-faced heartthrob of your teenage dreams, quickly grew up into public cultural enemy number one, and somehow rebounded as someone hipsters, dance fans, pop kids, and R&B lovers could agree on" A few from him includes: DJ Snake Feat. Justin Bieber - 'Let Me Love You', Major Lazer Feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – ‘Cold Water’ and MOST DEFINITELY, Despacito! This song is everywhere! For the second week in a row, the powerful team of Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber are at No. 1 in the U.K. with their global smash hit “Despacito.”

 

The Chainsmokers has also emerged from the EDM world to the top hits, making it a popular party summer hits! Their music videos are a gem to watch too! If you knew them before, you would know they made some bad decisions early on in their careers, but are now one of dance music's most promising acts. Their Coldplay collaboration Something Just Like This is such a catchy play! A few of their other good ones are: Closer ft. Halsey, and Paris.

 

 

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A few other good ones to add:

Clean Bandit - Symphony feat. Zara Larsson 

It Ain't Me - Kygo, Selena Gomez 

I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn 

24K Magic - Bruno Mars  

Pretty Girl (Cheat Codes x CADE Remix) - Maggie Lindemann 

 

 

July 04, 2017 — AN Commerce

Top 5 Lip Colors for Spring

A new season means a whole load of new makeup, right? As much as I love a good berry shade in winter, spring shades are always a nice change! The shades tend to get lighter along with the days and you can get away with a matte lip a bit more in spring because you don’t have to worry about the cold weather drying out your lips quite as much. There are so many ways to go, but here are my go-to spring shades for every occasion!

Pink
Pink is a good all-rounder, so it’s a good choice any time of the year but it just feels so much more relevant in spring! A nice pink lip - be it pastel or bold – can really perk up a look. It a great mood teller too (is that a word?) because a nice pastel can give quite a feminine look and a bold fuchsia radiates sass and lets people know you’re not to be messed with. Pink is a color that can be rocked all year, but for spring it’s the ultimate go-to!



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Purple
To me, purple lipstick is definitely a little more out-there. I personally love a good purple lip but it can sometimes be a bit hard to pull off! It’s definitely more of a statement look to be worn with a more neutral eye (bronze is a great pairing) and you need a good formula because if a bold lip starts wearing off it can get a little messy! Of course you can get lighter and darker shades of purple, so if your formula isn’t great or you feel like a vibrant purple might be a little too bold, juts go a little lighter or even find one with a bit of pink in it!

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Peach
Peach is definitely not a year-round color to me. It’s quite a light shade and I think it looks so much better against a tan! There are some gorgeous peach shades out there and they’re never too hard to find around this time of year. If you’re someone that still takes an abundance of makeup with you on vacation (don’t worry, I’m the same), peach is a lovely pairing with almost any outfit! Black, white, khaki, pink – you name it! It may not look as vibrant when autumn hits, so get some use out of your peach shades whilst you can!

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Nude
I love a good nude all year round. It’s my go-to for work where I don’t always want to be dressed up to the nines, but still want to look polished and professional! There are so many nudes out there with different tones, it can be hard to find the ‘perfect’ one sometimes but when you do, it’s perfect for your day to day look!

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Burnt Orange
Burnt Orange is another color that always makes a reappearance in spring! It’s a great transition colour for spring as it’s got the vibrancy of the orange but the burnt aspect tones it down a little bit, so if you’ve been rocking a bright red in winter, a burnt orange is a good colour to ease you into the lighter tones in summer! Like any other colour, you can get darker and lighter shades of burnt orange – so if you feel like it’s a little too deep you can always go a bit lighter!

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May 23, 2017 — AN Commerce

Mother’s Day Activity Guide

Guess what this upcoming weekend is? Mother’s Day! If you forgot, shame on you ;) But don’t worry because this blog post can definitely help you plan that special day ahead. Mother’s Day was never a day I really celebrated or did much aside from treating my mom to dinner, but for the past few years, I’ve really came to a realization how much my mom does for me on a day to day basis. So, the past few years, I would plan the day or the weekend with my mom, make sure she is having a good time, minimal stress, and just an overall happy day. In today’s blog post, I will be listing some things you can do for your mom this weekend. Some things might take a bit more planning and financial cost, but don’t worry, I have also listed some great activities you can do for your mom without the heavy planning and money.

 

What’s the best to wake up? Breakfast in bed, duh! Don’t know how to cook? Don’t you worry, because I can help. There are some really easy breakfast recipes that takes less than 30 minutes to cook up. Check this post out for some simple and unique breakfast in bed ideas.

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My all-time favorite is the mini egg frittata. They look fancy yet super easy to make, or if you aren’t an early bird, you can make these the night before and just heat them up the next morning. And I mean, if you just totally want to avoid the kitchen. Take your mom to brunch to start the day off fresh. There is nothing better than a good first meal to start the day!

Another super cute thing you can do for your mom is set up a mimosa bar, this is like a DIY cocktail bar. I have done this for a party before and my mom loved it. So if you are hosting a lunch for mother’s day or even a dinner, add this to your meal. It’s super easy to create and the guest simply have to pour the bubble, add juice and top it off with fruit for their very own mimosas. For more details and steps on how to create one check out.

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Pampering of course is something we can all take advantage of. I know my mom, and even me, can use a day of massage, facials and manicures. Every once a year or every two year, I love hitting up a fancy spa just to relax, kick back and enjoy the day. This can of course get a bit expensive especially if you are paying for two people. I highly recommend checking out your local Groupon site. I have found great massage discounts, as well as facials and manicures. If you browse often you might even score yourself a Groupon to the Four Seasons spa in Toronto. 

 

A few other suggestions that is really based on events happening in your town is enjoying live theater. Check out what is currently playing and see if you can score a pair of tickets. Another idea is going on a stroll at a local garden on the mall. I know, these two places are completely opposite of the spectrum, but really does depend on what your mom likes to do. Both of these activities have the key component of quality time with your mom. Additional suggestions includes: fruit picking at local farm, wine tour, city cruise, city helicopter, art exhibit, and lastly, do checkout local events happening especially for mother’s day. I know in Toronto, a lot of places host special events that’s dedicated for moms!

May 15, 2017 — AN Commerce

Spring Date Ideas ON A BUDGET

Once the weather gets warmer, it is perfect dating season. I remember a few months ago, I would rather choose to stay in bed with Netflix than go out and explore to city. However, I am all game note, the more I go out, the faster my wallet drains. There’s that nice balance between how much shopping money I have and how much entertainment/food money can be allotted; it is all about budgeting! I would just like to slide in a throwback to when I first started dating my boyfriend and how he paid for everything, but that totally after we hit our one year mark.

 

So, in today’s blog post, I will be talking about some great date ideas that you and your significant other or even a bestie, can do during the next few months, while saving you bills. Some may be a bit costlier than others, but it’s here because it is probably totally worth it.

This one is on my to-do list within the next few months, it has actually been on my list since last summer but we never got around to doing it. A lot of parks have bike rentals that can be rented out by hour, at affordable rates. If you are a local from Toronto, Centre Island is very famous for that, and you can bike along the lake shore. If you head on to Google, and search you bike rentals nearby, you are likely to find a great place. This is a more adventurous, sporty type of activity, but if you find an eye-catching scenic trail ride and add a picnic basket, it can very well be super romantic!

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Now that school is over, take advantage of local museums’ discounted tickets during weekdays. Often times, art galleries, museums, heritage momentums or local attractions have discounted or free admission to their venues during particular evenings and/or particular days. A trip to these can bring a lot of culture, and even if you don’t really dig the whole culture thing, you would be surprise what you find. Super lowkey, I love going to art gallery because they make great insta-pictures ;) 

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Want romantic? Draw up a spa at the comfort of your own home. Pick up a lush bath bomb, light a few candles, bubble bath, massage, face mask, bottle of champagne, even chocolate dipped strawberries, the sky is your limit – great creative!

 

One of our favorite go-to is arcades. We usually go to Playdium or Dave and Busters, these are the classic play games, get those mini tickets, and then redeem prizes. Let’s be honest, we end up stuffing our prize somewhere in the corner of our room after redeeming it. I swear I have a whole cupboard full of them, but we have so much fun during the whole process. We also have this thing going, where however gets more tickets gets treated a dessert place of their choice! It always get the competition rolling! 

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May 05, 2017 — AN Commerce

Your Go To Products For Skin Breakouts

Have you ever woken up to a giant pimple on your forehead? Or worst… a bunch of acne on a random spot right in the MIDDLE of your face. What do you do?! OBVIOUSLY, LOTS AND LOTS OF CONCEALER (DUH?). There are lots and lots of concealer, foundation, bb cream, cc cream, all types of products that you can use in order to hide that skin breakouts. There are also treatments you can take when your skin does breakout, this way it can get rid of all the flaws ASAP.  The best is to do both, hide and get rid of it. Try these products below for a speedy recovery from breakout fever!

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The best concealer you will ever find is the Cover FX Customer Cover Drops. Chances are you have heard about this superb product before because this thing gets you the picture-perfect color. This product is to be used with either a moisturizer, oils, creams, or foundation, and it really helps with getting rid of full breakouts while blending through the liquid pigment to making it a go-to concealer or foundation.

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The classic Mac Studio Finish Concealer is THE ONE for those random giant pimples on your face. This product is water resistant, fragrance free and non ancnegenic. This one only comes in eight skin tones versus other brands usually have a few more, but a MAC consultant can always help you find the matching shade for you. An additional *bonus* is that it is high in SPF meaning it will help with sun damage, fine lines and skin cancer.

 

REMEMBER: before you apply foundation or concealer please don’t forget to put your primer on. Since your face has bumps, the primer will help smoothing your skin out before any products is being applied. Another thing to remember is when you are putting concealer on the key thing is to dab and not rub. There are those flaky suborn super nasty looking pimples that shows terrible dryness when you smudge foundation on – SO DAB!

 

Want to get rid of the pimple ASAP?! The Mario Badescu drying lotion will be your best friend once you try it. This is a highly coveted acne treatment that helps with refreshing and repairing any flaws and spots. If we get more scientifical, this product is made with calamine and salicylic acid, AKA it soothes whiteheads overnight without irritating surrounding skin. BTW - this is what celebrity uses! 

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May 05, 2017 — AN Commerce

Easy Spring Hairstyles

I absolutely love Spring time. It’s a good mixture of hot and cold weather which is perfect for me because I don’t cope too well in extremes! It’s also a great time to start experimenting a bit more with some hair styles because if you’re anything like me you will have spent the majority of winter either wearing bobble hats or sticking your hair up in a bun!

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Side Pinned
This is probably the most simple look you could go for and it suits just about everyone! If you want to adjust your look a little bit with minimal effort, the best thing to do is just pin one side of your hair back! It works with straight, curly or wavy hair and it can switch your look up instantly. Plus it’s a quick fix for any stray hairs that don’t want to play!
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Loose Plaits
Loose plaits look great over spring and summer in particular because they make you look like a serious beach babe. They’re super simple to master and even if you do them a bit too tight, it isn’t hard to pull them loose! You can either just do a half up – half down look with the ‘up’ portion in a loose plait at the back or you can add a couple to an up-do to make it look a bit more casual. The choices are endless and adding a couple of plaits is guaranteed to make you feel like a goddess.
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Braids
This is probably the most difficult to achieve for some, but if you know how to do it then it’s a great look! They seemed to grow in popularity a lot more after the Kardashians and Jenners started to embrace the look (I should know, I’ve had my younger sister pester me endlessly to get her hair like Kylie’s) and I’m definitely all for this look. Two simple braids are great to add a bit of casual detail to your look and depending how you wear them you’ll either look super chill or like a total bad ass.  
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Waves
A classic. Waves are such a classic spring/summer look and if you’re blessed with natural waves, your one of the lucky ones. I personally have a combination of wavy, straight and curly hair – meaning my hair just does whatever it wants and it never looks too good natural. Following on from the braids, they’re actually a good way to achieve the perfect waves without damaging your hair. All you need to do is braid your hair and leave it in overnight, then the next morning just take them out and brush through it – voila!
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Half Space Buns
This is definitely my favourite look at the minute and my go-to if I’m not too sure what to do with my hair in the morning. I’ve got quite a round face so normal space buns don’t suit me the best so I tend to lean more towards the two space buns on top with my hair flowing either wavy or straight! They’re so much easier to do than they look too as all you need to do is separate your hair, backcomb it a little and wrap it round! A few pins going in at a few different angles and they stay in place all day long! They’re super cute and super simple!
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April 07, 2017 — AN Commerce

Favorite Beauty Gurus On Twitter

There are so many makeup gurus around! They provide great makeup tips, makeup product reviews, some even talks about other things like their lifestyle, health. DIY and much more! There are some really great YouTube, Instagram, even Facebook makeup gurus. One other platforms that a lot of great makeup gurus are on is Twitter!

It is so great to follow these gurus on Twitter because often times you are following some live feed from front row fashion week, beauty shows, and great editors thoughts! A few of the makeup twitter gurus you should be following :D

@theglamourai is a new York city based multimedia creative director and her tweets will give you a firsthand look at behind the scene photo shoots, inspiring photos and lots and lots of great styles! She is a stylist and also a blogger that shares fun and interesting links to fashion and different stories. Her account is a prime go to for some fun news!

@beautyblitz is a beauty editor for Polly Blitzer, and they have a great line of lip gloss! There is a whole team behind the account and they are always twitter things about gloss, makeup and even style! There is a great segment of frequently asked beauty questions and they reply to all their twitter questions which is so great!!!

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Two makeup beauty guru had a great deal of drama (interesting drama) that is on Twitter recently this year. @Jeffreestar and @thekatvond. Two of the biggest makeup brands and artist with amazing products! It all started with Kat sharing a picture of Jeffree with a big cross sign across his face, along with a post on her disassociating herself from him. Regardless, of the drama, both of these accounts are filled with some extravagant. With no doubt, both of them are fabulous makeup artists!

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If you are into hairstylists, Guido Palau will blow you away! He is knowns as the world most in demand hair stylist. His twitter feed is @guidopalau, although he is not as active as he was before, scrolling through his past tweets is such a pleasure. His feed always give great inspiration and motivation to try something new. There are some great and unique styles to check out.

One last great beauty guru is the former Hills star, the super great Lauren Conrad!! She works with celebrity hairstylist, such as Krisitin Ess and makeup artist, Amy Nadine, with really funy and easy to follow beauty tips! This is the trick to NTV ready at your very own home!!! Check out @TBDofficial

 

December 23, 2016 — AN Commerce

Mid Summer Beauty Favorites

 

Fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger, Ashley Tarkington Jackel discusses her top mid-summer beauty favorites! Take a look at her blog and read how she raves about the oval brush set from My Makeup Brush Set being a “game changer”.

 

Read the full blog post here.

August 04, 2016 — AN Commerce

The Perfect Prom Hairstyle Guide

Start with a clean base: It is very important to start with clean hair. Make sure it’s not dirty or doesn’t have a ton of products. You want to be working with hair that has been shampooed and conditioned well. 

Wash your hair a day prior: This tip is my personal favourite and was passed on by my hair stylist. Wash your hair at least a day prior to the “Big” event. This helps the products to work better.

Do not get hair cuts or try out new hair products on the day of the prom: This is very important and is an age old advice. Don’t experiment with your hair just a day before or on the day of the prom. Stick to what works for you. There are pages of Google filled with hair disasters on the day of the prom. Plan and execute it accordingly. The first stage of planning is looking for inspiration and then going to the experts to execute it.

Look at latest trends, magazines and celebrities for inspirations: Like mentioned in the previous point; Look for inspiration everywhere! It could be your favourite magazine, celebrity, the runway etc. Keep an eye and then get your hair stylist to work their magic on your tresses. Be sure to visit trusted stylists you don’t want to get things messed up.

                                         

Comfort First: Comfort might be the last thing on your mind when prepping for prom. But it can’t be stressed enough. It’s very important to be comfortable in whatever you choose to flaunt. Be it your hair or outfit. With so many options at disposal; choose something which is trendy yet comfortable.

Low Maintenance: Try wearing a hairstyle that is low maintenance, After all you don’t want to be in the ladies room fixing your hair at every move. Go with hair styles that you don’t have to focus on all the time on the prom.

Try these simple hairstyles yourself:  Here are some quick easy ones you can try yourself!

 

                                              

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July 07, 2016 — Alex Judge

10 Best Self Tanners for 2016

Want to look sun kissed all year round? You don’t have to soak in the sun or go to tanning beds/ Salons.  Achieve gorgeous bronze goddess skin at the comfort of your home. Spray tans – To the rescue! While they sure can be game changing. Finding the perfect spray tan can be quiet a hassle; after all we’re spoilt for choices. There are two types of spray tans. The flawless ones aka Bombshell kinds and then there are the wicked ones aka streaky, uneven, or quick fading kinds. Don’t worry we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled the best of the spray tans out there. So, you make the best choice!

  1. Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint [$37]

This self tanner is popular for all the right reasons. It is non-greasy, doesn’t clog pores, applies evenly, and lasts long. This product is like the answer to every self tanner’s prayers.

                                                                                                          

  1. Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanner [$39]

Tarte has some of the best selling products in the beauty industry. They are popular for their quality and the use of more natural ingredients. This self tanner doesn’t come as a surprise from the house of tarte. It is non-streaky, applies evenly and lasts long. It also comes with a mitt for those who like applicators with their self tanners.

                                             

  1. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse [$42]

A classic, St Tropez has been the sweet heart of self tanners. This new improved formula dries super fast, smells fresh, and is long wearing. The mousse is super light and simple to use. A word of caution though, don’t forget to use mitts when applying this one. 

 

                                        

  1. Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Body [$40]

This particular self tanner is popular for people in need of a quick fix and with no time to make mistakes. This blends very easily, stays for 4-5 days and dries extremely fast! It smells good and gives a natural looking shade of bronze.

                                            

 

  1. Jergens natural glow daily moisturizer [Approx $12]

Looking for an affordable option? Then you can try the jergens natural glow daily moisturizer. This builds gradually, it takes upto 3 days to build non-streaky, even, natural looking tan.  

                                          

  1. Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion.  [$54]

This self tanner is popular amongst its users for a reason. It is non streaky, No nasty odour, stays for a long time and gives a natural glow!

                                   

 

 

 

  1. Hampton Sun Airbrush Bronzing Body Mist [$42]

When in a time crunch you can rely on this tanner. It works like a charm for adding that instant oomph. It dries quick and gives a gorgeous bronzed look. It contains almond and macadamia oils. It is quiet small and can fit in your travel luggage easily.

                                                        

  1. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil [$50]

This is dry oil and a self tanner in one! It blends really easily, dries quickly, smells good and gives a really nice, medium-dark tan.  It lasts for about 4-5 days. This also nourishes the skin and makes it soft and supple.

                                                                    

  1. Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion [24.95]

Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion is what all the hype is about. It gives a smooth, Natural finish. It gives a dark shade of bronze finish. It is easy to apply and dries quickly. It lasts for about 6-7 days. This has a coconut scent which is an added bonus.

                                                                      

  1. Fake Bake Flawless [$25]

 This is a liquid self tanner.  It comes with a mitt for easy application. It gives off an even tan; dries really quickly and has a pleasant scent.

                                                          

June 22, 2016 — Alex Judge