Easy DIY Zombie Halloween Costume

DIY Zombie Halloween Costume 

  1. Find an old school or distressed t shirt like this awesome one I found thrifting that literally says zombies on it.
  2. Use pale makeup to cover your entire face including lips , you want to look dead so making your lips look colorless is a good way to give off the corpse look.
  3. Use a light red blood toned blush on cheeks as a hint of color , line your eyes and use a good mascara to make them really pop. I have blue eyes and I am happy with the way they look however some people like to use contacts to make their eyes look even more spooky.
  4. For the hairstyle, go for the rats nest disheveled I’ve been eating people all day sort of look. I recommend to wash it the day before your Halloween event and when you wake up in the morning spray it with hairspray and tease and backcomb it really big, I add a few curls to make it look more stylish but the backcombing and hairspray give the locks a wild look.
  5. Take fake blood and put it all over your face neck and body to make it look like you are the undead feasting.
  6. For the bottom half depending on where you are going you could be more casual with jeans and sneakers or for the evening look make it more sexy with black leather leggings and heels or booties.

Anyone of any gender or age can make this easy costume with a few modifications or personal touches. Have 2 Halloween parties? Make night 2 a zombie version of night 1 costume.  Choose themed clothing or costumes  some examples are saved by the bell 90’s fashion, stranger things character or your favorite celebrity, a pregnant woman might include a zombie baby doll tummy. Whatever costume you like for Halloween just use the above DIY zombie costume steps in addition to your favorite Halloween costume.

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How to be more popular at parties and social gatherings

Tips for being popular at parties and social gatherings
Treat others how you would like to be treated
1. Remember others names
Calling someone by name and taking the time to remember a name in this busy society goes a long way in making lasting positive impressions on others. Science has proven that we remember things in three’s so I like to have three pathways set up to remember names.
  • First I makeup a rhyme like for Robert, Robert Bobert
  • I then connect Robert to someone I know “Robert is Becky’s husband” or “Robert like my Uncle Robert”
  • My final connection is made by saying the name back to Robert three times
  • “How are you Robert” “ Helen have you and Robert seen the latest movie?” “do you have any pets Robert?”
2. Ask open ended questions
People like to be listened to and some people are shy, avoid yes or no questions that block the flow of conversation and use open ended questions an example of an open-ended question is “what is your favorite restaurant and why?” an example of a question that blocks the flow of conversation would be “do you like food?”
3. Shift the Conversation from yourself to others to allow others to talk about themselves.
I used to be a nervous rambler and anytime I met someone I would nervously talk about myself, this lead me to knowing little about people that I met in life and always being left with a feeling of longing to see them again to ask more questions. I made it my mission to learn as much as possible about others and share as little as possible about myself unless of course I am asked and then I provide short concise answers, this way others are left wanting to learn more and you leave knowing a lot about your new social connections.
4. Use body language to show others you are interested in them
Making eye contact with others who are speaking and leaning in or mirroring others body language goes a long way in making others feel more comfortable and want to be around you. When making eye contact remember to look down then back up every few seconds so you don’t come across too intense. If you are speaking, make sure to use your eyes to engage with everyone fairly especially in groups of three.
5. Do not exclude others
Get togethers are for making friends and being social be mindful not to create circles that exclude other people from joining because you will miss out on building new relationships and may make others feel secluded or left out. Treat others how you yourself would like to be treated, chances are high that if you find yourself at the same get together as another person that you are likely to see them again so don’t be rude.

Never Be Rude                Always Be Polite

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As Promised the worst party fails I have experienced
The first party fail happened at a wedding cocktail hour, a group of women who were long time girlfriends made a statement exclusively taking pictures together and getting other women to take the pictures while others awkwardly watched and felt left out.The girls should have made the energy more open by gathering everyone together to feel included and asking a wedding staff person to take the photo for a keepsake for the bride and groom of the special blend of friends.
The next party fail moment was at a get together where two women were clearly sitting next to one another texting to make fun of someone in the room, not sure if it was me but it felt like it because when people do rude things it makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Phone bullying is rude whether someone is trying to embarrass someone on an Instagram video or snapchat or people in the room are clearly texting each other and making fun of someone in the room the behavior is obvious and repels all good people who make life better while attracting all the people who are drama and make life worse.
The final party fail was where one woman had a low cut dress and had a wardrobe malfunction, instead of quietly pulling the woman aside this woman savagely yells across a table full of people that this woman is exposing herself, even if she was which she wasn’t you pull someone aside and quietly let them know they have a wardrobe malfunction or lipstick on their teeth, calling people out and embarrassing them is very rude and just makes the rude person seem jealous and petty.
The photo is from The Store on Queen Tea Party the owners of this Toronto store Vava and Angela also known as Hubby and Wifey are always the most fun women to party with. 

The Best things to do in Toronto for Halloween

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Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), 7-11 pm. $40-$45. To October 31. legendsofhorror.ca

Casa Loma has been transformed into a huge haunted house. Inside the house are a number of classic horror characters. The Castle has a two Kilometre trail beginning at the lower garden then through all of the winding and dark corners of the Castle.

TORONTO ISLAND STORIES- SPOOKY LAGOON

Toronto Island (99 Harbour Square), 7:40-11:40 pm. $25. To October 31. spookylagoon.com

This is Toronto’s newest haunted horror. The Spooky Lagoon is a boat tour that sets out to discover the truth behind the 1815 murder of the first lighthouse keeper JP Radelmuller, a bootlegger who was believed to have been taken out by soldiers from Old Fort York. You can do this tour any weekend in October, maybe if you are lucky you will witness some of the nexplained lights and shadowy forms.

HAUNTED HIGH PARK

Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge), various times for adults, families and children. $27.50-$32.50. October 21 to 26. highpark.org

For the West end crowd, the High Park walk is the perfect scary adventure. Walk the trails at on of the cities most frequently visited outdoor attraction. The tour explores the grounds where you learm ghostly tales such as the death on Grenadier park and a visit to the Colborne Lodge house which is reportedly haunted by its former lady owner Jemimah Howard.

GRIM GROUNDS

16 Fleming (Brampton). $5-$7. Daytime 11 am-5 pm, October 27-31. Night time, 7-10:30 pm, October 27, 28 & 31. grimmgrounds.com

This Scare Maze is complete with live actors, special fx, lights, sounds and props. This years theme is demons and the French revolution. Just a short drive from Toronto this attraction is a favourite of mine. Daytime walks are also available for younger children and are modified to be less terrifying than the night attractions.

THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO GUILLERMO DEL TORO AT HOME WITH MONSTERS

Tickets are priced at $25.00 for adults, $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, and $21.50 for seniors ago.ca

The Art Gallery of Ontario offers a glimpse into the mind of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Over 450 items on display contained in the bleak house, 95 Artist items, 1600 comics and 2000 rarely seen books from the historical library. See life-sized figures of del Toro’s most visually striking monsters, such as The Faun and Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth), the Angel of Death (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Santi’s Ghost (The Devil’s Backbone), personal notebooks, silicone figures of characters from films and special items selected by del Toro.

 Ghosts, castles and haunted walks: Some scary things to do in Toronto as Halloween approaches Halloween Guide –
Special Thanks to CBC and Now Magazine for providing  some of the information for this post

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Veuve Clicqout Apple Pie Mimosa

Mimosas are making a huge comeback in 2017. Bridal and wedding showers, weekend brunch and parties are just some of the occasions where mimosas are a popular drink of choice. Mimosas are traditionally served as a mixture of Orange juice and Champagne and they are world famous for being refreshing and light to drink. The Mimosa is named after a bright yellow blossoming flower that can be found in the South of Mexico and throughout the South and Central America’s.

Battle of the Mimosa

The origin of the mimosa is up for debate as some believe the beverage was invented at The Ritz Hotel in Paris France in the year 1925 by Frank Meier and others believe that Frank the French bartender stole the idea from a London England tavern that called their mimosa “Buck’s Fizz” The difference between the two Mimosas a the Ritz uses a 50/50 ratio while Bucks opts for a sweeter version with 75 percent orange juice to champagne.

Apple Pie Mimosa

  1. Take One Champagne Flute
  2. In a bowl mix together equal parts of Brown sugar and White sugar, season the sugar to your desired taste using Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Ginger
  3. Dip the Champagne Flute in Apple Cider and rim the Flute in the Sugar mixture
  4. You can then choose to make your mimosa the Ritz way (50 % Veuve Clicqout Champagne Brut by Veuve Clicquot and 50% Apple Cider) or the Buzz Fizz way (25% Veuve Clicqout Champagne Brut by Veuve Clicquot and 75% Apple Cider
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4  because you won’t want to drink just one

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Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier

The worst shopping experience I ever had was one day my girlfriend Laura and myself had done a bunch of shopping and had chosen a bunch of clothes that were on sale and stores only had one piece of the clothes we fell in love with, we got tired and sat down to have a rest, we weren’t organized and left our bags behind. By the time we realized we had messed up our bags were gone. I since that day have created a shopping code that I follow to maximize my shopping trips to the mall or when I travel to a new place to make it more comfortable and time efficient. I have shared the code with you below. Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Before you go shopping take snaps of outfits you like on celebrities, social media friends , youtube stars, or stylish people from websites to help guide you.Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Have three areas in the change-room yes maybe and definitely no don’t try, anything you hum and ha about put immediately into the no pile.
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Wear leggings and a tank top for easy changing and trying things over top to save time such as sweaters. I love this look on Cara Loren comfortable and stylish and the hat is nice for entering and exiting the stores. I have really been wearing a ton of black hats with yoga pants and casual tanks lately and it turns heads because it gives off an inspiring vibe of someone who carries themselves with respect to their bodies, fitness and curating a more upbeat personality that is strong, powerful and who isn’t afraid to take risks. Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Rebecah of Wishbone and Clover Media Annika of Ferweh Society and Carling of through her style , budget,  yoga pants, Celebrities, village juicery, toronto, how much should you be spending per year on clothes ,

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Wear a beige bra or the right undergarments for what you wish to try on like a body shaper or strapless bra. This Wonderbra from Hudson’s Bay is soft and comfortable. I also recommend having a strapless bra for other looks like this strapless convertible bra from joe fresh for only 16$.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. I love to wear comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off for shopping like these ophira shoes from GeoxIMG_6838Bring a small water bringing a water is essential because shopping is cardio and stores can be dry.
Put on a bit of makeup, or style hair to shop because if we feel good we are more confident and walk out with better clothes.
My favourite hair styling website to draw inspiration is InStyle 
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Carry a Large Bag a large bag is perfect so you don’t loose any smaller bags with purchases. A bag with lots of pockets like my Luglife Via Travel bag has a compartment just for receipts.  Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
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Have a budget and do some planning  Decide the outfit you want at the more expensive stores and see if you can find similar pieces to build that wardrobe with sales rack items. Of course treat yourself if you find something unique or you can’t live without but I can usually find a more affordable style of the same clothing that I love and will splurge on a key piece like a bag or shoe.
This recent Elite Daily Article is helpful towards creating and understanding your clothing budget.

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Small Book and pen writing down what you like in a small book and seeing how much each item costs is good for keeping your shopping budget and planning more versatile outfits. I enjoy this planner from ALWAYS X ALWAYS a local Canadian brand that feature the cutest leaf pattern and has been featured on Toronto Bloggers Rebecah of Wishbone and Clover Media Annika of Ferweh Society and Carling of Through her Style 

 

 

 

 

A juice or smoothie it is good to stop for a juice break to collect your thoughts before you make your choices, the sugar gives a rush of energy to go back and make decisions, take time to respect your budget, the clothes you saw and what works with other clothing at home because planning saves return hassles. Village Juicery on College street in Toronto Ontario Canada is delicious and nutritious and a favorite of mine however most towns and cities have a juice bar or one can make their own juices at home.
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Knowing the mall plan, or peeking at the layout of department stores before you navigate the mall can reduce the stress associated  with getting lost and maximizes your efficiency while shopping.
Here is an Example of a mall map most most have plans that are available online for mobile phones and computers. CF Sherway Gardens mall just opened a renovated wing and a brand new Nordstrom in September 2017.

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Limit the time you spend in a store by grabbing all things quickly and at once don’t let one store, especially a dream store you can’t afford take up your time.
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How I received a Triangl bikini from instagram

Triangl hasn’t spent a cent on advertising, ­relying wholly on the photo-sharing platform — think suntanned ­models frolicking on tropical beaches — where it has 3.1 million followers. “Having no money was a blessing in disguise,” says Ellis. While they do give swimwear to celebrities and others who influence trends, there’s “nothing transactional”, he says. “This way, there’s a sense of authenticity that’s way more powerful than a billboard.” Triangl’s own account boasts over 3 million followers, and the image-based social media platform has been crucial to the company’s cult following. reported The Australian  

Thank you to Triangl and Erin and Craig for sending me my beautiful swimsuit

Visit  Triangl.com if you want to get your hands on one of Triangl’s signature styles

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How To Select a Ripe Juicy Pineapple

Step-by-Step Guide To Selecting a Ripe Pineapple

Step 1- Check the color of pineapple skin – The skin should be yellowish gold in color with no white or brown areas. The higher the yellow reaches on the pineapple, the more even the flavor will be throughout the fruit.

Step 2- Look at and feel the texture of the pineapple- A wrinkled texture means the fruit has deteriorated inside, feel the pineapple make sure its firm with a bit of a give to the skin check for soft spots or indents, Look out for any leaks or cracks in the skin and look to see if leaves are stiff and brown.

Step 3- Inspect the pineapple eyes- Carefully inspect the eyes on the top and bottom of the pineapple, the larger the eyes the longer the pineapple stayed on the plant to get ripe and become sweet.

Step 4- Smell the pineapple- The pineapple should smell a bit sweet but not too sweet if you smell a hint of alcohol or the pineapple smells too sweet, it has over-ripened and is not the one.

Step 5- Tap your pineapple and listen to the sound it makes- a ripe pineapple when tapped will sound weighty and dull but an unripened pineapple will sound hollow.

Step 6- Go home with your ripe delicious and nutritious pineapple and enjoy

Step 7- Store your pineapple on the counter and eat it within 3-5 days you can also refrigerate any pineapple that has been sliced but keep in mind once sliced it is almost impossible to look at and know whether it is past its shelf life and always eat within 6 days.

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Clarins New Instant Light Lip Comfort

IMG_3631.PNGClarins revolutionary formula is a fusion of rich in plant active ingredients, directly inspired by the experts who create their face and body oils.

Leaves a shiny, glossy film veil on the lips that is not sticky and slightly sweet, my lips look very moist candy leaves lips a luscious pink, tangerine leaves my lips a juicy rouge and the honey is the perfect shimmer over a nude lipstick and mint adds only shine.

A cocoon applicator does increase pleasure upon application and allows my entire lips to be coated evenly.

Absolute comfort as soon as I apply to my lips, it feels soothing and relieving with a slight warming sensation.

The scents are subtle and I enjoy the esthetics of the delivery, the whimsical colours, mirrored silver tops and a super soft oversized applicator.

The lip oil formula is rich in active ingredients from a unique fusion of plant nutrition varieties.

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Hazelnut smells luxurious, it hydrates skin and contains vitamin E a potent antioxidant that fights environmental stressors and when applied directly to the skin, hazelnut oil provides moisture. The Hazelnut oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Buriti oil extracted from the buriti nut contains high concentrations of oleic acid, tocopherols and carotenoids, especially betacarotene. Recent studies have found it to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun .Its orangey-yellow fruit produces an amber-colored oil which is traditionally prized for its high content of nourishing fatty acids. The oil extracted from the buriti fruit and used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Field Mint– In the wild, field mint grows in sandy and wetland areas and meadows in Europe. However, unlike other varieties of mint, it is generally cultivated for its essential oil – menthol – extracted by crystallization. Clarins Laboratories use this ingredient for its ability to provide an immediate sensation of intense and invigorating freshness. The Field Mint oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Amaranth Plant – is a symbol of immortality since it does not wither, was considered sacred by the Incas. It has many benefits, including highly nutritious leaves and seeds and various medicinal properties. The amaranth is also an ornamental plant, with its pretty purple flowers that hang in long clusters along its tall, erect stem. Amaranth is rich in antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics that eliminate free radicals. The oil extracted from the amaranth seed is traditionally used to nourish and comfort the skin. The amaranth oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

 

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Kiehl’s Comes to Canada

I recently joined the staff of Kiehl’s Queen Street West for their launch event. I was super excited to see that Kiehl’s opened here in Toronto Canada, because I have been trying to get my hands on their Lip # 1 treatment for years since my cousin brought me back a few from her trip to Korea. The event was fabulous, Kiehl’s didn’t miss a detail.

The event was catered by Kupfert and Kim with fresh coffee from Cali love.

I dug into a few of the chocolate covered strawberries from the locally owned and run shotberry

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Kiehl’s features modern and classic style around their store and their products are all organized by sections making it easy to find just what you are looking for.

Peter Grande is the Assistant manager at the Toronto Eaton Center Kiehl’s location and works with their Canadian Public Relations team he is passionate when it comes to skincare and very knowlegable. I will be returning to Kiel’s Eaton Center sometime over the upcoming weeks for a one on one with Peter so he can create a custom blend oil for my skin. Peter is also a blogger and has some amazing tips and recommendations on his blog  www.itspetergrande.com

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Keihl’s gives back to the community and is a proud sponsor and supporter ofCamp Ooch. 

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Now a little but about the products I took home with me.

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Lip Balm #1 SPF 4 sunscreen. Relieves Cracked or Chapped Lips. Not Tested on Animals. Temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.
I Love this lip balm and so does my hubby, great for both men and women it keeps my lips hydrated and smells amazing.
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25  Made with coconut oil, instantly melts onto lips, providing a cushion of soothing moisture. With antioxidants, including lemon butter, combined with broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen, Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 provides year-round protection for lips. Lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised, and stay hydrated for up to 12 hours after application.
Having been a fan of Lip Balm #1 I was so excited to try the Butterstick in pop of peonies, it is the perfect shade of summery pink, perk of this product is its long lasting I feel this product working its magic hours later as they claim and in the past few weeks I have seen a reduction of lines around my lips due to the amazing natural ingredients.
Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil This all-in one non-comedogenic cleansing formula emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently, yet effectively dissolving even difficult-to-remove makeup and impurities without over-drying. It leaves skin not only fresh and clean but also skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment. made from an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils: Squalane, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin; Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids; and Lavender Essential Oil. And it’s Soap-free, Sulfate-free, and Mineral Oil free. Perfect one-stop cleanser.
This cleansing oil and makeup remover is the best one I have tried to date, it takes off all of my stubborn mascara and is so gentle and smells luxorious.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate One night. A few drops. Younger-looking skin by morning. Skin’s moisture level is replenished overnight. 99.8% Naturally Derived Ingredients. Helps to recover radiance by morning. Paraben-Free.
This product works so well on my fine lines in my forehead and puffiness around my eyes that happens on mornings after nights when I do not get my recommended 8 hours of sleep.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Unique, concentrated texture.Does not migrate into eyes.Gently moisturizes the delicate eye area. Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested. Rich and creamy non-migrating formula that delivers moisture to the delicate under eye-area. Gently protects the skin against external aggressors.
Everything recommended to treat my eyes always makes them burn, not Keihl’s, I love how thick the product goes on without looking thick and I do see a reduction of puffiness and dark circles once I use this treatment.
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate Line-reducing skin concentrate, containing 10.5% Vitamin C.Helps reduce the appearance of marionette lines from the corners of the mouth, leading towards the chin.Improves the appearance of crows feet lines and wrinkles as well as Sub-orbital wrinkles in the eye area. Helps to improve skin appearance and texture.
Vitamin C is proven to fight signs of ageing so I was really excited to see Keihl’s brightening concentrate had a high concentrate of vitamin C. This Eye-Brightening Concentrate is like coffee for tired eye and it works fast.