Happy New Years + 100th Blog Post!

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Happy New Years Eve readers! Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?  It seems like it was just last month that I was welcoming 2014 and now we’re at the cusp of 2015!  It’s insane.

I appreciate every single one of you that reads, follows and/or comments on my blog.  I’ve written 100 blog posts so far and my subscribers are growing little by little each day- all possible thanks to you guys. 🙂

Here’s to wishing 2015 is filled with lots of love, happiness and health for all.  I’ll leave you with an inspiring quote that I’ll take as my new year mantra.


See you next year,


Liebster Awards 1 and 2!


Hi everyone!  Hope your weekend is going great and that you all had a lovely Christmas! 🙂

I was nominated for two Liebster Awards by Katie from Plus Beauty and Chanelle Hayley .  I’m truly touched and grateful that they thought of me as they both have amazing blogs so if you’re not following them yet, head on over there and follow them. 🙂  I decided to incorporate both awards here as opposed to having two separate posts but I will answer both sets of questions given.

 The Rules

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  3. Write 5 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 bloggers (they should have less than 3000 followers)
  5. Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions. 


5 Random Facts About Myself

  1. I straightened my hair chemically for about 8 years
  2. My favorite color is red
  3. One of my favorite books is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  4. I used to practice calligraphy- so elegant
  5. I find ballroom dancing fascinating

5 Blog Nominees 






Questions from Chanelle

  1. What is your favourite holiday and why?

I would have to say Christmas because I get to spend time with all of my family that has a great holiday spirit, whether we are having an ugly sweater contest, decorating silly hats, eating delicious food and desserts, or finding elves on shelves.  Throw in Christmas lights and music (yes, I do love me some Christmas tunes) and it’s the best time of the year- minus of course all the traffic, rude people, etc.

  1. What was the last movie you watched?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas- love that movie along with Elf!

  1. Who’s your celebrity crush?

Michael Buble, John Stamos and Johnny Depp to name a few. 🙂

  1. A fashion trend you’ve never understood?

Ugg boots.  No offense to anyone who loves them but I just don’t see what all the hype is about.

  1. Do you have any highlights of 2014?

I was able to meet and assist celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau!


Questions (Katie)

  1. Besides blogging, what are your other hobbies/passions?

I love to dance!  It’s such a great outlet that is both fun and creative.  I also love to read and research different topics on beauty, science and health.  Yes, I am a geek. 🙂

  1. Why did you start blogging?

Starting my blog provided me with a larger platform to share what I know/have learned about skincare and makeup and to help people with any concerns they had.  There is a plethora of information circulating the internet and unfortunately some of it isn’t accurate.

  1. How did you come up with the name for your blog?

Well my name is Stephanie and I am an esthetician so you get Stephie Estie.  I think it’s catchy, it rhymes and is easy to remember.  (In case you didn’t know how to pronounce Estie, think of it as saying the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’)

  1. What is your next goal in life?

Aside from obtaining more experience in the esthetics field, I am working on completing 100 hours of post-graduate education at the International Dermal Institute.  In the future, I would also love to create my own skincare/makeup line.

  1. Who/What inspires you most?

This is a tough one as there are so many people who inspire me.  All of you lovely bloggers inspire me with your creative posts,my readers and their awesome questions or concerns, people who work relentlessly towards their goals, and my mother.  She is one of the strongest persons I know because she has been through so much yet somehow manages to maintain a positive attitude.

5 Questions For My Nominees

1.  What inspired you to write your blog?

2.  If you could pick one high end makeup brand to try, which one would it be and why?

3.  What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

4.  What is one staple item you couldn’t live without?

5.  What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?

So there’s another post sharing a little bit more insight on me. 🙂

Thanks for reading, 



Tom Ford Lips And Boys Omar Review!

Tom Ford Lips and Boys

Hi readers!  I know my posting schedule has been a bit off due to the holidays but should be back to normal starting next week-at least that is the plan. 🙂

Back in November, for Black Friday I went ahead and purchased my very first Tom Ford lipstick.  I’ve read so many great things about them but always winced at the steep $50 price tag.  That is, of course, until Tom Ford decided to release a pretty extensive limited edition collection of lipsticks (50 to be exact) entitled Lips and Boys.  Granted these lippies are smaller than the normal ones (0.07 oz vs 0.10 oz) , but $32 seemed a bit more manageable than $50.

Tom Ford Lipstick

Tom Ford lipsticks come in a dark brown/black (depending on how the light reflects off of it) case accented with gold trim and the signature TF logo etched into them.  The TF logo dissipates after a few swipes though.

Tom Ford Omar


The Lips and Boys collection is grouped into color categories: nudes to browns; silvers to blacks; metallics; light pinks to mauves; pop pinks to roses; fuchsia to magentas; corals to oranges; reds; violets to orchards; and plums.  I settled on the shade (boy?) Omar which pertains to the metallics family as it looked perfect for the holiday season with flecks of gold.

Omar Swatch

The color was a bit hard to capture in pictures but this is pretty close.  To me this shade is kind of copper with red and orange undertones and flecks of gold that give it a metallic finish.  It has a slight vanilla scent, reminiscent of M.A.C. lipsticks.  While the formula is hydrating and applies pretty smoothly, I didn’t find it to be groundbreaking but perhaps it could be because the finish is metallic? Whatever the case, I absolutely love the color!  It stayed on for about 3 hours and didn’t leave a stain behind, only gold shimmer.  Below is a picture of how the color looks applied.

Tom Ford Omar Look

Overall:  I love the color as it’s unique and unlike any color I own.  However, it wasn’t as long lasting as some of the Tom Ford lipsticks are made out to be.  Again, perhaps it might be because the finish is metallic.  I would recommend these as a way to try out the Tom Ford line though at a more wallet friendlier option.

They are available now online and through the following retailers:  Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks. 

*Note: These are limited edition so don’t wait too long if you want to try them out. 🙂

Have you tried any Tom Ford lipsticks?  What is your opinion on them?

Have a great Monday,



Skin Tip: Easy Way to Get a Smoother Shave!

Most women shave in the shower but men can benefit from this too!  The humidity created by your shower helps soften skin and keep it moist allowing for easier facial hair removal.  Just make sure the water isn’t too hot as this can dry out your skin.

Thanks for tuning in this week! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend,



Too Faced/Bite Beauty Review + Swatches!

Too Faced Melted Kisses

Left to right: Melted Berry, Melted Peony, Melted Fuchsia and Melted Nude

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope all is well.  🙂

Awhile back I purchased the Too Faced Melted Kisses lip set.  It included 4 mini versions of Too Faced’s Melted Lipstick and as I had really liked Melted Fuchsia, I thought it was perfect to try out some of their other colors.  Plus, this set has a good array of colors for different looks and with a long-lasting formula, it was too good to pass up.

Too Faced Peony

The Melted Lipsticks come in a squeeze tube with a soft angled tip for easy application.  They are described as “having the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick, all in one high-impact formula.”

While these lipsticks have a creamy texture and are pigment-packed, the shine doesn’t last long as it dries to a matte finish.  If you’re not used to the matte finish, it can take you awhile to adjust to this formula.   The color payoff however is amazing!  I found the brighter/darker colors last longer than the neutral ones but they are all great nevertheless.

The shades included are:

Melted Berry– berry red

Melted Peony-dusty rose

Melted Fuchsia– hot pink

Melted Nude– warm peachy nude

Melted Kisses Swatches

Left to right: Melted Berry, Melted Peony, Melted Fuchsia, and Melted Nude

Overall:  If you’re looking for long-lasting lip colors with a great color selection(and cruelty-free), these are worth a look.  Sometimes I use a little bit of lip balm underneath them so the formula doesn’t feel super matte.  Also, make sure your lips aren’t dry or flaky when using these as I saw it clung on and accentuated these aspects.

Bite Beauty Lips

Bite Beauty Mix N’ Mingle Lip Minis: Left to right: Retsina and Musk. 

With the holiday season, Bite Beauty has released “a limited-edition lip collection with Crème Lipstick Duos, Matte Crème Lip Crayons, and Lush Fruit lip glosses.” These Mix N’ Mingle Lip Minis can be used as cute stocking stuffers or serve as an introduction to the brand.  As I own a few bright colors from Bite Beauty, I opted for The Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo.

The shades included are:

Retsina– natural pink

Musk–  pink brown.

Restina Musk Swatches

Left to right: Retsina and Musk

As I wore Musk, I realized the color looked familiar and as I glanced at my lipstick collection, I knew why.  Musk is practically a dupe for M.A.C. Viva Glam V!

MAC Bite

I was introduced to Viva Glam V in high school by a makeup artist who did my makeup for my senior portrait and since then, I have repurchased this several times- both the lipstick and the lipgloss.  I love the versatility of this lipstick as you can use it with any look, be it natural or bold and smokey.


MAC Musk Swatches

Left to right: MAC Viva Glam V and Musk 

Overall: As much as I love Bite Beauty, I wasn’t super thrilled with this color selection as I already have something similar to it. Retsina and Musk are both beautiful natural colors but for $4 more, you can purchase the full-size Viva Glam V lipstick from M.A.C. Plus, every cent goes to the M.A.C. AIDS fund.

Have you tried any of these colors?  What are your thoughts? 

Thanks for reading,


Makeup Tip: How to Get a New Lip Shade Without Spending!

3 colors

Left to right: Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly; Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Amour; Make Up For Ever Aqua Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil 3C


A quick way to save money yet get a new lip shade is to channel your inner cosmetic chemist and mix different colors of lip products you already own!

Create a deeper lip color by combing a bright red and nude lip liner.

Red Swatches

Bottom to top: Make Up For Ever + Laura Mercier = darker red

Or, create a pink shade by mixing a nude color with a bright red.

Pink Swatches

Bottom to top: Too Faced + Laura Mercier = pretty pink


It might take a few tries for you to get an ideal shade but that’s the fun part!

Have a great Wednesday, 



My Current Products for Curly Hair!

Hair Products


Hi readers!  How was your weekend?  Mine was spent celebrating one of my sister’s birthday and shopping for Christmas gifts. 🙂

Today’s post is on hair care, especially those with curls.  Awhile back, my hair was a dry, frizzy mess.  Nothing I used seemed to work anymore and I found that the only way for my hair to look good was to throw it up in a bun.  Don’t get me wrong, a bun style is great but when it becomes your only option, it’s both frustrating and boring.  So, I decided to seek some help and visited my local beauty supply store.  The lady there was super helpful and knowledgeable, and after assessing my hair, she gave me her recommendations on products. Now. I am not an expert on hair nor am I claiming to be one however, I thought I’d share what I’ve been using.


Since curly hair is dry by nature, using a shampoo that is sulfate-free or low suds is the way to go.  Mastey Paris Traite Shampoo Sulfate-Free Moisturizing Creme Hair Cleanser (For Normal to Dry Hair) smells like coconut, cleanses without stripping your hair and protects color treated hair.

Also, since I recently colored my hair red, I use Tressa Watercolors Color Maintenance Shampoo in Fluid Fire.  I use it about once a week as it’s a gentle, tinted shampoo that helps enrich my red hue.




For conditioner, I use Macadamia Nut Oil Deep Repair Masque in the shower and Enjoy Leave-In Conditioner when I am combing my hair.


Styling Products 

After detangling my hair and applying a leave-in condtioner, I use ColorProof TruCurl Curl Perfecting Creme.  This really helps define my curls.  Also, sometimes I use a very small amount of Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse.  I know many have told me that this mousse isn’t ideal, but this is the only one that works for me so far.

Normally, I just use the above mentioned products and let air dry.  Every now and then though, I use a curling wand to create looser curls.  For this, I am really loving Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray.  I purchased the travel sized version as Oribe’s products can be pricey, but I must say this product is well worth it.

Styling Products

Here is an older picture of my finished look.  You can find other pictures of me and my hair on other posts/Instagram.

Curl Look


Taking care of curly hair requires a little extra effort but when you use the right products and understand its needs, it’s well worth it. 🙂

What hair products work for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Tuesday,


Skin Tip: Pencil in Some ‘Me’ Time!

me time

This time of year can be particularly stressful for everyone with all the shopping, traffic, end of the year deadlines, etc.  What can that mean for your skin?  Increased breakouts, eczema flareups, and a weak immune system that can trigger skin redness (or rosacea).

Take a few moments this weekend to squeeze in some time for yourself.  Whether it’s as simple as lighting a candle with a relaxing scent, booking a quick massage/facial or dancing, figure out what makes you happy and less stressed and put it into practice. 🙂

Wishing everyone a great and safe weekend, 


Reader Question: How to Use a Vitamin C Serum!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

I had a question about how to use a vitamin C serum and that is such a great question.  I mean, how many times have you purchased a product that sounds like a great addition to your skincare arsenal and then realize you have no idea how to use it?  Happens to the best of us. 🙂

In a nutshell, the use of vitamin C results in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, promotes the formation of collagen, protects the skin from UV damage and can also reduce pigmentation due to its brightening properties.  (For more information on vitamin C, click here.)  The best and most efficient way to use it is during the day underneath your moisturizer and sunscreen.  This will give you that extra antioxidant protection your skin needs from the sun’s harmful rays, which plays a prominent role in the breakdown of collagen.

I hope this helps!

Thanks for reading,