Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

Last year was the official opening of the Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden and I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview. The massive garden is both impressive as it is serene. Then again, all of the different gardenscapes there are on the calming side – the Kurimoto Japanese Garden being one of them. For those of you into serenity, symmetry, and nature, then this garden is a must-see. The best part is the space can be enjoyed beyond its summertime splendour. The Luminaria event has become one of my favourite winter time experiences…. but more on that in November!

OUTFIT DETAILS

WINNERS gold hoop earrings (similar here
ARITZIA  dress 
THRIFTED knit bag (similar here & here)
VANS  authentic shoes – c/o 

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

In conclusion, the Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden is a must-see during the summer and everyone needs to go. Nature / forest bathing is a real thing and this is definitely the place to be practicing it. Be sure to check back here for a peek at the winter Luminaria event in November! It’ll be here before we know it. 

photographs – Jesse Sand + last shot by Marielle Elizabeth

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Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

This might be the glowiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Is that an exaggeration? Absolutely not. Join me on my journey glowing up with the NARS Endless Orgasm palette. It launched this spring and I was skeptical when I discovered it was a cream palette. Turns out, it’s just what I needed to achieve maximum dewiness. 

FACE – SKINCARE

MAYA CHIA the optimist hydrating essence – c/o The Detox Market
INDIE LEE squalane facial oil – c/o
SKINCEUTICALS physical fusion uv defence SPF 50 – c/o
TARTE maracuja C brighter eye treatment – c/o
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY under(cover) perfecting coconut face primer – c/o
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY re(cover) perfecting coconut setting mist – c/o

 

FACE – MAKEUP

NARS radiant creamy concealer in affogato – c/o 
NARS sheer glow foundation in oslo – c/o
MAC paint pot in painterly – c/o
NARS hot nights face palette – c/o
NARS oversized orgasm blush  – c/o

EYES / EYEBROWS

NARS endless orgasm palette – c/o
TARTE lights camera lashes – c/o
BENEFIT precisely my brow pencil in 2.5 neutral blonde – c/o
GLOSSIER boy brow– c/o

LIPS

NARS endless orgasm palette – c/o
NARS orgasm oil infused lip tint – c/o

OTHER PRODUCTS

MIU MIU L’eau Rosée – c/o
SLIP silk bunny scrunchies – c/o
SEPHORA crease: uncomplicated brush set – c/o
ALDO tilmawien earrings – c/o
ARITZIA kevin knit top 

Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

In conclusion, while I did really love glowing up with the NARS Endless Orgasm palette, I will be using it for my cheeks/highlighter moving forward. I have yet to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease on my lids. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out my other beauty related posts. Or even subscribe to my YouTube channel 🙂 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 😘

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Vibrant Layers OOTD

Vibrant Layers OOTD

Vibrant Layers OOTD

As a great fan of kitschy things, I still have a deep love for brightly coloured facades. Even better when those brightly coloured facades are paired with some zany vintage finds. Is this my favourite formula for a blog post? Why yes, it truly is. So let’s dive into my Vibrant Layers OOTD. 🌈 

OUTFIT DETAILS

OLLIE QUINN isabella sunglasses – c/o
VINTAGE pearl drip necklace
PORTS velvet corduroy jacket/dress
THRIFTED striped top
LEVIS thrifted denim jeans 
VANS canvas sk8-hi true white – c/o
VINTAGE tapestry purse

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Vibrant Layers OOTD 

Thanks so much for popping by! For more fashion related content, be sure to check out my Style section. And on a random note, these photos were shot on both my Nikon D810 camera as well as my Samsung Galaxy S10e! As an old school blogger, these advancements in technology are mind blowing. The ability to blog has become much easier than it was when I first began The Pretty Secrets and that’s so rad! 

Photographs – Jesse Sand

A Thrifted Stampede Outfit

A Thrifted Stampede Outfit

A Thrifted Stampede Outfit

A summer staple is going to a Stampede… or at least dressing like you’re attending one. A thrifted stampede outfit is the best way to go. Regardless of the situation, I always think a thrifted outfit is the best option. That shouldn’t be a surprise around here. Did I wear a tablecloth as a skirt? It’s very possible. Would I do it again? Of course. Anyway, keep scrolling for this 90% vintage / 10% new outfit. But Sandy, which part is the 10%!? Just guess.

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

VINTAGE  denim ish cowboy hat 
RAY BAN aviator sunglasses – c/o Shopbop (the 10% not thrifted item 😉 )
THRIFTED jacket striped tie top
THRIFTED tablecloth
VINTAGE western boots inherited from my mom!

A Thrifted Stampede Outfit

Let this be a lesson that anything can be clothing if you really put your mind to it. Shirts can be worn backwards, tablecloths can be skirts! There is no limit to what the imagination can create. A truly spectacular look is just a thrift store away! This goes for a thrifted stampede outfit or for any other occasion really. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Full Face of Nude by Nature

Full Face of Nude by Nature

Full Face of Nude by Nature

In 2018 the Australian brand Nude By Nature first launched their cruelty-free all natural makeup line in drugstores across Canada. But they’ve been around since 2008! I’m all for more drugstore options, especially when the ingredients aren’t concerning. The only thing that is concerning is the lack of diversity in the shade range. There’s always room for improvement! With that said, check out my new video: Full Face of Nude by Nature (and a few other products because I didn’t have the full line) 😉

NUDE BY NATURE PRODUCTS

PERFECTING CONCEALER shade 01 Ivory – c/o (I hope they come out with a wider shade range)
RADIANT LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION shade W2 Ivory – c/o (again shade range needs work)
FLAWLESS BRUSH cruelty free synthetic face powder brush – c/o
SHIMMERING SANDS LOOSE EYESHADOW shade white sand – c/o
CASHMERE PRESSED BLUSH shade pink lily – c/o
TOUCH OF GLOW HIGHLIGHT STICK shade rose – c/o
SHEER GLOW COLOUR BALM shade 04 berry – c/o
MOISTURE SHINE LIPSTICK shade 05 pale coral – c/o
MOISTURE INFUSION LIPGLOSS shade 02 Peach Nude – c/o

OTHER PRODUCTS USED

WILDCRAFT bergamot + rose clarify toner – c/o
GLOSSIER priming moisturizer – c/o
PLUME curl & lift lash curler – c/o
BENEFIT badgal lash mascara – c/o
HOURGLASS arch brow sculpting pencil in soft brunette

Full Face of Nude by Nature

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my Full Face of Nude by Nature. If you enjoy this type of content, visit my YouTube Channel for more it. I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on the line and if there are any products I need to try out. 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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