Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hi lovelies! I recently received my Lindsay Phillips order from Beyond the Rack and my initial impression is that I *LOVE* what I received. I remember seeing a product like this on The Dragon's Den or Shark Tank and I thought that it was a really cool product. I love how you can purchase different accessories for your shoes and change up the look. I was very relieved that the Size 6 in Lindsay Phillips is true to size, which means that it fits me very well. 

I purchased Kate Peep Toe Flat in White Gold and the Sharyn Slide Kitten Heel in Champagne for $20 each on Beyond the Rack, which is a total steal. I saw these shoes at Town Shoes and they retail for $70-$90 per pair, but they are cheaper if you purchase them directly from the company website. I would suggest that people try the shoes in stores for sizes and then purchase online. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hi lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I went to the Let's Eat Vancouver event on Friday with a friend and it was really fun. I also went last year and ended up with an upset tummy at the end of the day. This year, I learned to avoid the Oikos Greek Yogurt vendor, who was also at the convention this year.

I have been loving neutral toned eyes with bright coloured lips that match the colours in my clothing. I also wanted to try out the Shu Uemura White Gold Glitter Eyeshadow and MAC Eyeliner Mixing Medium that I had recently purchased. I am quite impressed with both products. I patted the mixing medium on my eyelid and patted the glitter eyeshadow on top. It helped hold the glitter in place and also make the eyeshadow more vibrant. I ended up with a lovely, shimmery platinum white gold look.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hi lovelies! You may have noticed that Pretty Optimal has got a new layout. What do you think? I really like how simple, functional and clean it looks. I started getting less motivated to continue blogging, because I was not happy with the appearance of the blog. It took a lot of work, but I love how it looks now. I am also considering a proper website domain.

Lumpy Space Princess is one of my favourite characters from Adventure Time, so I decided to add her to my page design. The same creators of Adventure Time have created a web cartoon called Bravest Warriors. My bf and I really love Catbug.

Monday, April 22, 2013


Hi lovelies! I had won a blog giveaway some time ago and one of the prizes was a multi-pack of Japanese eyelashes with different styles. I fell deeply in love with one of the styles and needed to get more. This is the Diamond Lash Volume series in the style called Sexy (Sekushii) Eye. My bf insisted on "sekushii". I purchased the eyelash pack on Ebay from user yoicho29 and you can find the listing here. It cost me $18.90 plus $2.40 USD for shipping to Canada. I ended up paying a total of $21.30 USD for these eyelashes, which means that each pair of eyelashes costs $4.26. This actually isn't too bad for a pair of eyelashes that can be reused several times.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Hi lovelies! My lovely bf picked up a bunch of these Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polishes from Walmart several months ago. I absolutely love this line! It is dirt cheap and comes in fun colours. Each bottle is smaller than your average nail polish, but costs less than $4 CAD. This line is a great, cheap way to add more shades to your collection and is very budget friendly. I highly recommend these Rimmel nail polishes.

The colour range is quite beautiful. Mintilicious is a pretty minted light aqua blue with a cream finish. It applies opaque in two coats and dries very quickly. I used NYX Under the Moon Glitter Nail Polish on top, which is a holographic glitter in a blue jelly base. The NYX glitter polish darkened Mintilicious a bit.


Sunday, March 31, 2013


Hi lovelies! I was running low on Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil and wanted to try something else. I ended up ordering Skin Food Fresh Apple Pore Cleansing Oil from Ebay. I bought mine from globalcommerce for $15.68 USD including shipping. I am very happy with the Skin Food cleansing oil!

Skinfood Fresh Apple Pore Cleansing Oil 150mL:

"A lightweight cleansing oil that thoroughly removes even the toughest makeup along with pore-clogging impurities. Contains fresh unripe green apple extract. Unripe green apples have a bitter, astringent flavor that helps control sebum production and tighten enlarged pores.

Ingredients List:
Cetyl ethylhexanoate, mineral oil, peg-20 glyceryl trisosterate, bis-ethoxydiglycol cyclohexane 1,4-dicarboxylate,sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, octyldodecanol, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, parfum

Directions:
1. Dispense a few pumps onto a dry palm and apply to the face in massaging motions.
2. Wet fingertips and massage skin until the oil turns into a milky texture. Double-cleanse with a foaming cleanser.

Let's see how well this oil cleanser performs ~

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Hi lovelies! My bf bought me a load of nail polishes from Walmart a while ago and L'Oreal New Money is one of the new nail polishes we picked out. I am very impressed with the formula and I love the colour! New Money is a bright yellow-green that is very spring. Although spring has not quite arrived in Winnipeg yet, I am in the mood for these bright, cheery colours.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Hi lovelies! I've been really enjoying the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette that I purchased last fall. My favourite to go look has constantly been a neutral eye with false lashes and bright lips. I absolutely adore this palette and have been using it all the time. This palette is really well made and has a good mix of basic, every day shades of browns, champagne, and gold with a sheer matte white for highlighting underneath the brows. This palette is definitely made for a natural eye.


The packaging is very cute and well designed. It fits in the palm of my hand. The first row are mattes, the second row are frosty, and the last row are more metallic. These eyeshadows are not fully pigmented and offer some sheerness that is appropriate for a natural eye.

Monday, February 18, 2013


L'Oreal "Orange You Jealous?" NOTD

Hi lovelies! I've been really loving the Hello Kitty nail print, so I decided to use it again. This time the colours are inverted. You can see the other version here. My bf bought me a whole bunch of nail polishes from Walmart, so I have a bunch of new nail polishes to play with. =)

L'Oreal "Orange You Jealous?" is a really unique shade of salmon pink-orange that can also be described as a creamsicle. I really love this colour. It reminds me of Limecrime Cosmopop that I am really lusting over. I used three coats and it has a glossy cream finish. Bright nail colours really cheer me up. I love it. <3 p="">



Saturday, February 9, 2013



Hi lovelies! I won some Redken hair products a few months ago from Jennifer of spicedbeauty. I am currently using purple shampoos for my blonde hair, but I always welcome new hair serums and smoothing types of products into my routine. All of these products are designed for dry, brittle, fine hair that is prone to breakage and frizz. I have very fine, brittle hair due to all the bleaching and dying. The mid length to ends of my hair also tends to get very frizzy, especially if I don't blow dry my hair with a smoothing product.


The Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner are very light on the hair. The conditioner is a bit too light for me and I'd prefer a richer conditioner for my dry, brittle hair. I usually use A&G and Clairol Shimmerlights purple shampoos for my blonde hair and richer, length conditioners such as Herbal Essence Honey I'm Strong.