Nail Product Addict Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

The stunning Bee from The Beauty Locker tagged us in this fun tag called Nail Product Addict Tag! Make sure to check out her blog — its fantastic! So lets get too it.

Favourite nail treatment product?
Cake Milk Made Smoothing Hand and Cuticle Buffer.

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Favourite luxury brand?
Butter for sure, every time I see a Butter Nail Polish I want it — their colours are amazing.

Favourite drugstore brand?
L’Oreal — I’ve been really impressed with them this summer.

Best eye-catching red?
I’m more of a pink nail polish girl but the two reds I have are from Joe Fresh — Apple (bright) and Wine (dark).

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Most disappointing nail polish/product?
I had this amazing glittery gold nail polish from OPI called Bring on The Bling and it didn’t even last me a year, it got all clumpy and gross, but I still keep it around because its my absolute favourite and if I’m careful enough I can still use it.

Basecoat – yes or no?
You know what I don’t do a basecoat, but I should definitely try it sometime!

Favourite topcoat?
I have a Finger Paints Top Coat.

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Favourite summer shade?
As you saw in the Summer Lovin’ Tag I am in love with L’Oreal’s Orange You Jealous.

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Favourite winter shade?
I love me some sparkle in winter so I usually rotate OPI’s Bring on The Bling, Rising Star, Get in The Express Lane and Essie’s Penny Talk.

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Mention something extra!
I have been DYING to do a french manicure with a neon yellow/green tip. Seriously — this has to happen.

Fun stuff, thanks for tagging us Bee!

I tag:
Beky Lou from Beky Lou
Kayla from Microscope Beauty
Kaitlyn from From Runways to Realways
Carly from Beauty and The Blog
Jenny from Jenny’s Everyday Life
Kristy from Kizzy Hearts

Stay Lovely,
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Summer Lovin’ Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

First off, let me apologize for being so terribly MIA for the past couple of months. Life has been hectic but I am so happy it is calming down (right before I go back to school mind you) so I can get back to this wonderful blog that I’m so passionate about!

The lovely and absolutely wonderful Elaine over at Blabber Beauty tagged us in the seriously fun Summer Lovin’ Tag.


1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?

It actually has to be a lip gloss I think — I’ve been reaching for Arbonne’s Lip Polish in Nude. It is hands down my FAVOURITE nude in the whole world — and it doesn’t have toxins and harsh chemicals like everything else out there so I don’t feel guilty!

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2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?

Absolutely Orange You Jealous by L’Oreal. I tried it over at V’s house because it was (in my eyes) the perfect summer colour and I LOVED how effortlessly it went on. It definitely makes me want to try more L’Oreal nail polishes.

3. Bikini you’re loving this summer?

Sadly I haven’t been in a bikini much this summer — man this summer flew by 😦 But when I did I rocked some pink and mint.

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4. Favourite summer Frappuccino from Starbucks?

I can’t do coffee so I steer clear of Frappuccino’s but I am totally obsessed and always craving the new Oprah Chai tea Latte with Vanilla. Yup still drinking hot drinks over here…

5. Favourite fake tan?

I don’t usually use fake tan but I’m really wanting to try Arbonne’s Made in The Shade Self- Tanner.

6. Favourite Summer song?

Work by Iggy. I just love pretending I can rap with her… plus I am ALWAYS in love with her make-up.

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7. Favourite summer accessory?

Probably my red thin framed sunglasses or my gold heart shaped sunglasses.

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8. Favourite summer fragrance/perfume?

I don’t wear perfume much because of health concerns but when I do I rock my favourite smell – Ralph by Ralph Lauren.

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9. Summer book you’re loving?

I’m currently rereading the Harry Potter series and I’m on Harry Potter and The Order of The Pheonix. This series will always have a special place in my heart.

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10. What are you most excited to do this summer?

I moved in with my boyfriend and that has been pretty amazing. I was really excited to leave student housing and shack up with just one other person, especially him so. 🙂

Thanks again to the stunning Elaine for tagging us, so fun!!

I tag the following:

Holly from Glitter Pots and Lipgloss
Bee from The Beauty Locker
Zoey from Wonderful Little World
Lauren from BlaireBeauty
Jessie from All Things Beautiful

Anyone else that wants to take part in this Tag feel free!

Stay Lovely,
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The 5 Year Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

One of my favourite beauty bloggers and friends Kayla from Microscope Beauty tagged me in The 5 Year Tag that was created by Madeline from Cappuccino and Fashion.

The rules:
1. Answer the six questions below.
2. Tag six people to do this tag.
3. Mention that the tag was created by Madeline at Cappuccino and Fashion

Here are my answers:

1. How long have you been blogging?
Far to long to know the actual year count. But V and I started Pretty Lovely Girls in January — and I am so glad we did.

2. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in 5 years?
The odds are pretty good. It feeds my soul — and I don’t think that feeling will end any time soon. I would love for this blog to still be around in 5 years with loads of new ideas and with lots of growth.

3. What is something you want to improve/change about your blog?
I would love to do more looks — I just feel like my iPhone doesn’t capture them well so I’m patiently waiting to get a good camera. Other than that I hope V and I are always changing and evolving but while still keeping our roots. Whats so fun about staying the same? 😉

4. Who do you hope you will still be blogging friends with in a few years?
Definitely Kayla — she’s a gem. Obviously V but we’ve been friends since high school so… Anyone I meet and have a connect with really. Come say hi!

5. Whet keeps you going when it comes to blogging?
I love taking the photos and I love writing so really everything. If I keep consistent with it I never want to stop but if I let myself slow down it can be easy to forget how fun it is and how awesome it feels to accomplish a post.

6. Where do you find inspiration when you’re stuck?
My favourite blogs and my Bloglovin’ feed — where else? haha

I tag the following lovelies!

Carly at Beauty and The Blog http://beautyandtheblog.ca/
Tanya at Simple Steadman http://simplysteadman.blogspot.co.uk/
Hannah at Dimples Diaries http://www.dimplesdiaries.co.uk/
Laura at Lipsticks and Tea Cups http://www.lipsticksandteacups.com/
Jules at Lippy Likes http://www.lippylikes.com/
Miss LJ at Miss LJ Beauty http://missljbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

Anyone else that wants to take part — PLEASE SO!

Stay lovely,
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Self-Love Sunday: The Self-Love Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

I noticed a few posts back when I did The Life in Letters Tag people responded pretty well. So I figured if people like tags, and I like self-love, why not create a self-love tag!

Here are the rules:
Answer all of the below questions in a blog post.
Then nominate at least 5 other bloggers. (Feel free to do more, promoting self-love is awesome, I just didn’t want to create a huge daunting number)
Contact those bloggers and you are good to go!

1. What does Self-love mean to you?
For me it means investing in a relationship with yourself. Treating yourself like you would treat the love of your life, because in my opinion, YOU should be the love of your life.

2. What is your favourite way to pamper yourself?
I like lighting yummy smelling candles and soaking in the bath! That or getting my nails done ALWAYS feels great… there is just something about that classic cliche.
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3. What are your three favourite hobbies/ pass times that make your soul feel on fire?
Having something I call  Deep and Meaningful conversations. I LOVE having those talks that just make me feel like my soul is swelling up! Acting, I’ve always loved it and always will… must have come from my massive imaginations as a child and always wanting to play pretend. Writing totally feeds me soul, whether I’m writing here on Pretty Lovely Girls or writing a fictional story, I love it.

4. What movie always puts you in a good mood when you’re not in the greatest mood?
Probably The Wedding Date, I’m a sucker for Romantic Comedies.
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5. Who do you trust SO MUCH that you would easily believe in anything and everything they said?
Hands down my brother Dax. He is seriously a huge part of who I am today because he taught me to be open minded and kind and to explore my inner workings.

6. What quote totally motivates you?
This John Lennon quote, for sure! It made me realize that sometimes other people wont understand your desire to just be happy and kind. And that is ok, it doesn’t mean you have to stop wanting to be happy and kind — especially to yourself.
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7. When was the last time you took yourself on a date? What did you do?
I’ll say shopping… just me, the mall and my Starbucks Vanilla Chai Latte. Yes please! That was maybe two weeks ago.

8. What make-up or beauty product makes you feel like a million bucks?
My nighttime skincare routine ALWAYS makes me feel so lovely in the evening. I actually look forward to it all day. I am SUPER excited to do a post on it.
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9. What is the last thing you did for someone else that made you feel amazing?
Probably getting all of Josh’s (my boyfriend) birthday gifts and showering him with multiple presents haha. But the best one was getting one of the only photos he has of him, his mom and his dad enlarged and framed.

10. Do you feel comfortable with and without make-up on? Why?
Honestly, it depends on the day. Sometimes I feel so flawless without make-up and other days I’m like… yikes, cover THAT up. I’d say I mostly wear make-up because its fun but there are totally days when I’m worried about what other think of how I look, which is definitely something I’m working on. I think I actually feel like I look the best at the end of the day after my night time skincare routine!

11. What piece of advice would you give a child about to grow up with the pressures of today’s media and its crushing expectations?
Its so hard to pick one thing. I think teaching kids to be confident in who they are no matter how they look, etc is so important. And I think it starts with US feeling confident and showing them that.

12. What song puts you in a good mood every time?
Love is On The Radio by McFly FOR SURE. It’s just so feel good.
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13. What is the best advice someone gave you or you realized about life?
At the end of the day, no matter what happens, you are NEVER alone. You ALWAYS have yourself. Seriously the one person you will always have is you, so why not invest in yourself so your life partner (again YOU) feels happy and fulfilled?

14. Who makes you giggle like a giggle monster?
Without a doubt one of my best friends Ally. She can literally say ONE WORD and I’m on the ground laughing my butt off. We have this weird affect on each other. Sometimes we don’t even say a word and suddenly we are both stuck in a fit of giggles. Man, its the best feeling in the world.
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15. What is something about society that bugs you that you wish didn’t?
For me, I think gender roles and stereotypes. Miss Representation, the documentary really gets my blood boiling because it hurts me to see how much woman suffer in todays society. But also how boys and men suffer. I can’t wait to see The Mask You Live In. Gender roles and stereotypes seriously have to be changed, it has to be opened up and expanded and redefined for sure. So that girls can feel comfortable being leaders and dressing how they like and so boys can feel comfortable being emotional the expressive.

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16. What is one of your favourite things to do on the weekends?
Definitely waking up to a fresh cup of tea and sitting at my lap top catching up on Beauty Blogger stuff and relaxing.

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17. What is something you’re really proud of that you’ve done?
Probably putting my foot down and saying, its my life, I’ll do what I want, even if that means people will grill me for leaving school without graduating. If I know it wont fulfill me, I’ll change it. I’m proud of the courage I have to change things. 

18. What is one of your favourite memories with one of your friends?
With Ally, dancing like an idiot around my room around this time last year with a feather boa to Carly Rae Jepsen, up that happened. 

19. What advice would you give someone who needs a boost in confidence?
Don’t try to gain confidence for others, gain it for yourself. Basically work on you, what makes you happy? What makes you feel alive and proud? The more you invest in that, the more happy you feel, the more that will shine out and to me thats confidence. 

20. Lastly, how do you plan on investing in self-love?
I want to really listen to myself and be aware of my needs and spend my time doing things that make me genuinely happy and surround myself with people who are happy and supportive.

And there it is — The Self-Love Tag! I hope you enjoyed it!

I tag ANYONE and EVERYONE that wants to take part, comment with a link to your post.

I also tag the following wonderful blogs!

Kayla from Microscope Beauty & Microscope Life
Hollie from Good Golly Miss Hollie
Ellis from Ellis Tuesday
Alexandra from Cats and Vodka
Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog
Charlotte from Charlotte Rose

Stay Lovely!
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The Life in Letters Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

It is time for the usual Monday post, however the lovely Kayla (she is absolutely one of my favourite beauty bloggers out there) from Microscope Beauty has tagged me in her The Life in Letters Tag Post. So hopefully on this wonderful Monday you don’t mind learning about me!

A is for Australia: I traveled to Australia for five months with one of my best friends between High School and University. It was an unreal trip, I really came out of my shell, I have SO many amazing memories. I wish I could go back all the time and see all the wonderful friends I made but it’s seriously expensive and when you go, you better go for a while to make the 24 hour trip worth it!

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B is for Bear: Bear is my cat. He is the most loving, cuddly sucker in the world. I got him from Urban Cat Relief. I had been looking for a cat for a while and stumbled onto his profile. He looked SO cute and so much like my old cat Eeyor that I have to inquire. Turns out he has FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) so a lot of people backed out of taking him for fear of his sickness. But his foster mom made him sound SO lovely that I had to give this big guy a home. And boy am I glad I did!
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C is for Canada: I live in Canada and while it is a mighty fine country, this winter has been hell. The worst one I have ever witnessed. Hi Summer, I’m inviting you to visit FOREVER.

D is for Doritos: This one time I made nachos using Doritos. I recommend it if you are having a cheat day or if you want something seriously unhealthy but SO DELICIOUSLY SINFUL.

E is for Ellen Page: Have you seen her coming out speech. My god. She is an absolute inspiration and I’ve always really loved her acting, shes funny, shes charming, she is SO talented. I love her and am so very proud of her as her fan and as a fellow human being.

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F is for Fear: I was re-watching The Princess Diaries the other week (yeah, so what) and there was a wonderful quote that was about fear that I liked a lot. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” Fear can be pretty crippling and as someone who has has experience in the anxiety department, this quote is a nice motivation for those of us struggling to embrace courage.

G is for Garden: I so desperately want to have a garden when I have my own place (I mean without a house full of roommates). Even if I am in an apartment next year I at least want to grow my own herbs in the window. My dad got really into gardening about 15 years ago and I LOVE how peaceful his backyard is. You can do so much with your outdoor space.

H is for Harry Potter: I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I even have the light charm Lumos tattooed on the inside of my wrist. It is there to remind me to create my own light and to always encourage imagination and my inner child.

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I is for Inspiration: I find I am constantly being inspired my movies, tv shows, human beings, stories, blogs, quotes, photos. If you ask the universe to be inspired whether it is to be inspired to believe in the human race, or love, or kindess or creativity. If you really ask, you’ll be inspired.

J is for Just Keep Swimming: I think we’ve all had those days where we really don’t want to deal, or we want to stay in bed and not face the day. But sometimes all you have to do it just keep stepping forward, just keep swimming forward and it WILL get better. It always does. One thing I’ve always noticed about life is that is will always work out, no matter what has happened in my life — it has always worked out. And I think it does that because I believe in it so much. I’m still here, I’m still alive and I am so very grateful for that.

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K is for Kindness: Just a reminder to be kind. We all have our stuff. And if someone is mean to you, it has nothing to do with you (unless you were a prick) but it has everything to do with them and how they decide to react and treat you. So be mindful of every situation you are in and understand that you influence people and more importantly you influence your future self.

L is for Love: How unoriginal right? Well not if I’m talking about self-love. We have a serious lack of self-love in todays society. Whether it be because of crushing standards within beauty and body image or because we are encouraged to find and love someone else with our whole selves. Well let me tell you, as someone who is completely in love and fully committed to someone else, there is absolutely room for self-love. In fact I don’t think I would love Josh as much as I do if I didn’t love and invest in my relationship with myself first. We should be taught to encourage self-love, to encourage growing up treating and investing in ourselves and THEN finding someone else to love and cherish if we’d like.

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M is for My Mad Fat Diary: My absolute FAVOURITE show right now. It is a UK based show and if you haven’t seen it, GET ON IT! It is SO real, it deals with issues most if not all of us have been through and it is funny as hell. Such a charming and hard hitting show. I seriously recommend for your next watching binge.
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N is for Nico Mirallegro: Nico is currently one of my absolute favourite actors, he is incredibly talented and very versatile. He also just happens to be my biggest ‘celebrity’ crush right now. You can watch him in the UK shows My Mad Fat Dairy, The Village or Upstairs Downstairs. Swoon.

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O is for Orgasmic: Have you ever had a food orgasm? One where you close your eyes and literally moan because that delicious edible thing you just put in your mouth is an explosion of pure flavor and joy? My favourite restaurant is Terroni (so much so that I went to the LA location when I was in California) because they have the best dish I’ve ever tasted. Spaghetti al Limone. OH MAN. This would ABSOLUTELY be my last meal if I had any say about it.

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P is for Pools: I seriously miss swimming in friends pools growing up. It is SO fun and seriously great for your health… but going to the pool at the gym weirds me out because I always been like I’m in the way. So I don’t swim anymore, which is sad. Unless I’m at the lake or on vacation by the ocean, which is always a treat!

Q is for Quality: As a recent Beauty blogger I find myself really trying to make sure the quality of our blog is great. You know what they always say quality over quantity! Which is why I generally like to or want to support local stores, businesses and farms over chains and corporations. Things aren’t built to last anymore and its sad.

R is for Relaxation: Hi there, I’m an introvert. Which generally means I get pretty damn tired and stressed when I haven’t had enough downtime or me time. It took me many years to realize that this isn’t a bad thing. I am who I am and if I need and want to relax, dammit I will!

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S is for Seizures Palace: Seizures Palace is my boyfriend Josh’s electronic music project. I always love hearing his new tracks… it helps that they are absolutely badass. I’ve watched (or listened) him grow so much even just in the year that we’ve been together. Feel free to check out his Sound Cloud here.

T is for Tori: Tori is my actual legal name, not Victoria. My name has been quite the subject or curiosity over the years, people insist its not my real name and they also insist that I spell my name wrong. Silly people. I was named after a Soap Opera character… which is so funny because Kayla, the lovely lady who tagged me was ALSO named after a Soap Opera character. Love it!

U is for Understanding: Whenever there is a conflict or something of the sort I tend to try and understand where every person is coming from. It makes it easier to make rational choices and move forward. But sometimes its not that easy haha.

V is for Vasanti: Vasanti is a Canadian cosmetic brand that I am really liking so far! I have a cream blush by them that I love, an eyeshadow duo that is to die for and a coloured balm that makes my lips so oh so kissable. Check them out if you’re ever visiting Canada!

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W is for Wine: I love me some red wine. Sometimes you just can’t beat coming home from a long day of working to pour yourself a glass and make dinner and relax. That or red wine with a bath, love it!

X is for Xavier: Yes I mean Dr. Xavier from X-Men. He is a super cool and inspiring character that encourages people to experience who they are and use it to their strengths, the dude puts out a good message!

Y is for YSL: I am currently in love with the YSL Glossy Stains, they are brilliant and make your lips look absolutely freaking amazing! If you don’t own one yet and you are a lip gloss fanatic, I recommend, but save up and make sure you look into a shade you’ll love!

Z is for Zero: Did you ever see the whole One Tree Hill/ Sophia Bush Zero is not a size thing? As wonderful and inspiring as this is I need to say something — and that is that zero is most certainly a size, just as four is and eight is and ten is and fourteen is. We all have different sizes and instead of saying “big is beautiful — zero isn’t a size” or “Only dogs date bones aka skinny girls” or “Look how fat she is” Why don’t we all take a second to realize no matter our size we all need support to feel at our most beautiful. So encourage being healthy and having a healthy level of self-esteem, no matter your size. Every single person has insecurities, lets try and change that!

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I tag the following people to do this tag! I look forward to reading everyone’s responses and PLEASE feel free to do the tag and send me your blog link so I can check it out!

Carly from The Cupid Bow
Nyaomi from Miss Wright
Charli from Charlotte Rose
Hayley from Hay Sparkle
Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog
Caitlin from Blogging Through The Mirror

Stay lovely!
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