The Real And Honest Truth

I accepted an Instagram challenge (started by Nicole Mehl and Annie Cline of Beauty in the Light) from my big sis, Tania Hussain, to tell the #realandhonesttruth. Throughout the course of three days, I revealed three things about myself that I usually keep concealed. On our social media channels, we tend to post only the good, the happy, and the pretty sides of our lives, and filter out the bad, the sad, and the downright ugly. But in doing so, we are not presenting our full and authentic selves. As Brene Brown asserts in her works, embracing and implementing a balance with the positives, the negatives, and the grey areas is the key to living wholeheartedly, and when we share our stories of harsh reality, we are able to better relate to and find compassionate connection with others. Through vulnerability, we can be stronger and be united, and ultimately make our day-to-day lives so much more bearable and worthwhile.

Here are my three stories of beauty, family, and death (and if you’d like to do this challenge too, join in).

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure

For my first Canadian Influenster VoxBox, I received a pair of imPRESS Press-On Manicure sets by Broadway Nails.

imPRESS revolutionizes nail art by providing an instant manicure that is fast and easy to apply, has superior staying power, and looks absolutely fabulous and flawless. The process is simple and snappy – just peel off, press on, and voila! You’re done in mere seconds! Flexible and durable, the manicure lasts for up to one week, which is twice as long as your average artificial nails. The press-on nails come in a variety of high-shine, shimmering colours, and glamorous, trendy designs.

Currently, I am wearing Control Freak, in my favourite shade of magenta pink. As someone who had never tried press-on nails before nor ever had the desire to, I was IMPRESS-ed by how it took such little time to figure it out (just like sticking on stickers – actually, that’s exactly how it is!) and how much I liked how the manicure looked (almost salon quality!) My one wish is to have more sizing options for the nails. The container (cleverly shaped like a bottle of nail polish) holds 24 nail covers and 12 sizes, but choices were quite limited for those who have slim fingernails. Otherwise, I found imPRESS Press-On Manicures to be stylish, comfortable, and versatile – perfect for special occasions and everyday use!

Colours are available for $8.99 and patterns for $10.99 at Walmart, Target, London Drugs, Loblaws, and additional stores. For more information, visit imPRESSmanicure.com and follow Broadway Nails on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Fashion Hits at the 2013 Oscars

With the Oscars being known for awarding fine talent and achievements in film-making, it is also one of the biggest nights for fashion! Our writers Elizabeth and Tania team up to highlight some of their personal favorites of the best dressed from the 85th Annual Academy Awards, and who takes top honors with the best look of the evening.

The Dolby Theater lit up with the best of Hollywood, as the industry’s elite hit the red carpet this past Sunday wearing top designers and showcasing the latest trends and colors for the season. There were many classic trends that celebrities turned out in with dramatic trains, gun metals, glittery ensembles, flowing pastels with soft tones and hues, tousled hair or goddess curls bordering Veronica Lake, and styles straight out of Downton Abbey. It was a night full of glitz and glamour with a romantic golden era twinkle.

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Sephora by OPI Goes Gleek Chic with Glee Nail Polish Collection

Riding high on the successful launches of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber’s branded lines, OPI has added a new pitch-perfect phenomena to its roster of star-studded nail polish partnerships. That’s right, Twentieth Century Fox and Sephora have teamed up to develop an exclusive, limited-edition collection of nail products inspired by the hit comedy-musical television show, GLEE, available February 3rd at all major Sephora locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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