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Month: September 2016

Nominate Everyday Starlet for the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards

I tend to be a very pessimistic person.  I don’t really know why, but I’ve been that way ever since I was little.  However it seems like lately so many amazing things have been happening that it’s hard not to catch the optimism bug.  For so long I didn’t think I would ever get married, and I just did.  The whole time I was planning my wedding I was assuming that it would turn into a huge chaotic mess, and it went smoother than I could have ever hoped.  I had never traveled outside the country before and my Honeymoon to Quebec City went better than I could have ever imagined.  Then I entered the Style Code Live Talent Search and I was selected as a finalist!

My inner optimist is starting to peak out.  

Nominate Everyday Starlet for the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards

So in the spirit of being optimistic, I wanted to ask all of my Starlets for a favor.  If you could nominate Everyday Starlet for the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards I would be forever grateful! Just follow this link, choose “Best Beauty Influencer,” “Blogger,” my name: Sarah Blodgett, and this blog’s url.  I have 20k followers total on all my social media channels.  Then you can say something nice about me and about Everyday Starlet.

I would really appreciate the support.  My Starlets are the best supporters ever! …and you can call it a wedding present, wink, wink!

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Kiss Proof Red Lipstick Tips & #SCLTalentSearch Contest Finalist

So many things have happened in the last few weeks!  I got married (more posts/photos/videos coming soon).  I went on my Honeymoon to Quebec City.  I just got back and barely had time to breath when I found out that I am a finalist in the #SCLTalentSearch Contest.  I found out about the contest while watching one of my favorite YouTuber’s Tati from GlamLifeGuru literally two days after my wedding.  The deadline for entry was the day I was getting back from my Honeymoon.  So while I was supposed to be packing for Quebec I filmed a quick video for Instagram inspired by my wedding day makeup with Kiss Proof Red Lipstick Tips.

I found out I was a finalist the end of last week.  So this week I will be re-packing and taking a trip to NYC to film a segment for StyleCodeLive, attend GenBeauty, and meet Tati.  I am excited, anxious, overwhelmed, and honored all rolled into one!

I wanted to share with you the video that made me a finalist, and share with you the lip look that I wore on my wedding day…

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Kiss Proof Red Lipstick Tips & #SCLTalentSearch Contest Finalist

Kiss Proof Red Lipstick Tips & #SCLTalentSearch Contest Finalist

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I fully intended to get back to a regular posting schedule this month, but with the change in my schedule posting will still be a little sporadic for a few weeks.  But this trip will give me some great content, so when I do get back to posting regularly I promise it will be worth it!

Be sure to keep up with me on my social media channels, especially Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Don’t miss my light coveragemedium coverage, and full coverage foundation reviews

I also have reviews of my brighteners here, concealers hereneutralizers, primers, powders, setting sprays,  foundation brushes, blushes, and highlighters, bronzers, and brows. 

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Honeymoon in Quebec City | A Poor Man’s Paris

When deciding on a Honeymoon location, my husband (that still feels weird to say) and I had a few criteria.  We wanted to go someplace we had never been before so we could start our marriage with an adventure… however, we’re not “adventure travelers” so we knew it should be low key.  We also agreed that it should be someplace we could drive to.  I have terrible anxiety about flying and I really didn’t need that kind of stress added to planning a wedding.   Also, after looking at all the checks we were writing for wedding vendors, we wanted someplace affordable.  Our ideal location would have been Paris, but the flying, the expense, and safety concerns had us thinking that now may not be the time for that trip.

After weighting our limited options, we decided on Quebec City.  It was a little more of a drive than we wanted, but it wasn’t unreasonable.  It was affordable, and it had a Parisian vibe.  The more research I did, the more it confirmed our decision. 

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Fairmont Frontenac, Quebec City hotels

Honeymoon in Quebec City | A Poor Man’s Paris

Here is a Honeymoon vlog I put together inspired by my favorite movie, Midnight in Paris…

I would describe Quebec City as what would happen if Paris and New England had a baby.  You can walk by a cute little French Bistro, and then find a Cool-As-A Moose ice cream shop right next door.  There were so many things I loved about Quebec that I thought I would share with you my hits… and a few misses….

Food

Hits

Sapristi is an Italian bistro that was just down the street from our hotel.  I think they have a few locations.  We went there our first night for dinner because we were exhausted from our drive and just wanted something quick and close by.  We were so impressed by the decor, service, food, and cocktails (and we have very high standards for cocktails) that we went back twice more that week.  Try their flatbreads, especially the 1608, and their mac & cheese… you won’t regret it. 

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, told us to go to Le Chic Shack for the best poutine.  They did not disappoint.  Although their poutine is apparently “modernized” so it’s lighter than the traditional, I found it to be AMAZING.  Any place that can feed me a bowl of potato, gravy, and cheese and not make me feel like a whale afterwards is my kinda place.  We went back once more. I had a salad, Paul had a burger, and we split some truffle fries.  They did not disappoint either! 

La Chic Shack Quebec City

La Chic Shack Quebec City La Chic Shack Quebec City

I found Les Trios Garcon mentioned on a travel blog that recommended the fries with Maple Rosemary dipping sauce.  I wanted to try it, but when I found out it was mayonnaise based I was hesitant.  I’ve just never liked mayo, it’s not my thing.  I tried it anyway and I was amazed.  They make their own mayo, so maybe that’s why it tasted so much better to me.  The burgers were great as well and the staff was wonderful. 

We had crepes everyday.  Don’t judge, you would too.  We both agreed that Le Petit Chateau had the best crepes in town.  The fruit was fresh, and the maple syrup was served in individual glass bottles. 

Le Petit Chateau Quebec City crepes

We rarely ventured outside the Old City, but I had heard so many great reviews of Tutto Gelato, that we had to take a walk and check it out.  It did not disappoint.  Best. Gelato. Ever.

Tutto Gelato Quebec City

We kept things casual for most of the trip, since we had been dressed up so much for all of our wedding stuff.  But we knew at least one night we would get dolled up for a fancy dinner and drinks.  I came across Chez Jules, and was impressed by there website and there philosophy of French Food without pretention.  It sounded perfect… and it was!  I had the Croque Monsieur which was served with a side salad, and Paul had beef that he said was the best he’d ever had.  We split a creme brûlée afterwards that was obscenely good. 

Chez Jules Quebec City Chez Jules Quebec City

After our meal at Chez Jules we walked to the Frontenac hotel for cocktails.  As I mentioned earlier, we have very high standards for cocktails and they did not disappoint.  You could tell that the bartenders took cocktail mixing seriously, and treated it like an art form.

Fairmont Frontenac Cocktails, Bar Le Sam

We passed by La Maison Smith a few times and made it a point to try it before we left.  Even though I was hot from walking around, I just couldn’t leave Quebec City without a Chocolate Chaud.  And even though I’ve never met a French macaron that I didn’t like, the ones at La Maison Smith were extra special. 

La Maison Smith Quebec City, Chocolate Chaud, French Macarons

Misses

There are gelato places all over the city, and we tried some at Glaces Dolce Gelato that wasn’t really worth the splurge. 

I heard that the pulled pork poutine at St Patrick’s Pub was good, so we decided to try it out.  The service was so-so.  We actually had to flag down a waiter because we had been seated and waited 15 min for anyone to come over and take our order or bring water.  The waiter we did find was nice and our food came quickly.  The ambiance was unique yet I feel like it was little dungeon-y.  The food tasted good, but the experience left a slightly bad taste.

La Casse Crepe Breton isn’t bad, it’s just more of an assembly line breakfast place.  We walked in and were shooed out to wait in an alcove between the restaurant and the street.  Crepes were good, but not anything special. 

I’m torn about Chez Ashton.  I’m told that they make poutine the way it’s intended (in fact a waitress at La Chic Shack told us that the Ashton serves “real” poutine).  It’s basically Quebec’s McDonalds. It was also the only meal I had all week that made me feel weighed down and groggy afterwards.  It was good, and may be great for some… but I’ll take La Chick Shack any day. 

Chez Ashton Poutine

Best of the Rest

Le Manoir d’Auteuil Quebec City, Affordable hotels, boutique hotels

We stayed in the Old City at a lovely boutique hotel called Le Manoir d’Auteuil.  We were shocked at how affordable it was.  It was a mansion that was converted into a hotel.  The staff was so friendly and helpful, and we were walking distance from everything we wanted to eat…I mean see… no, I mean eat.  The only downside was that we were on the 3rd floor and there is no elevator. It was for the best though because it helped us burn off the calories we were consuming.  They have a breakfast and snack menu that wasn’t extensive, but it was delicious!   

Le Manoir d’Auteuil Quebec City, Affordable hotels, boutique hotels, crepes

I saw in a pamphlet that the hotel gave us, a picture of the fountain outside Parliament at night.  I knew we had to check it out.  I have a thing for beautiful fountains, and this one is stunning lit up at night.

Quebec City Parliament Fountain

You can’t visit Quebec City without taking a photo of the Most Photographed Hotel in the World, the Frontenac.  I jumped right on that bandwagon taking a photo myself. 

Fairmont Frontenac, Most photographed hotel in the world

Every time I see this I hear Adrien Brody from Midnight in Paris in my head… Dali!

Salvador Dali Art Quebec City Fairmont Frontenac, Most photographed hotel in the world We visited a few shops and I came across a Lush.  I don’t know what it is, but I always find one when I’m traveling.  I had to pop in and the staff was so friendly and helpful, I just had to give them a shout out.  I picked up a few items because the packaging is in French.  I also picked up a couple of bath bombs that I’m saving for when we get a house and I can use them in my very own bath tub!

Lush Canada, Lush Beauty, Lush Bath Bombs

Have you been to Quebec City?  What are some of your favorite places?

Stay Tuned for more wedding details… but don’t miss our Old Hollywood Engagement Shoot.

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New York Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media

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New York Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

It’s always been a dream of mine to go to New York Fashion Week.  The excitement of the city.  The glamour of the high fashion.  It’s every style lover’s dream.  I won’t be able to go this year, but I still like to live vicariously through online coverage. I was lucky enough to be sent a BabbleBox full of beauty goodies to that I can be NYFW ready, even sitting in my own home. 

If you’re attending NYFW, a fashion week in your home city, or you just want to feel like your living the lux life, then here are some beauty essentials you’ll need to feel your best…

New York Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

Great Skin

A week of late nights and running around the city can wreak havoc on your skin.  So great face masks are essential. 

Vichy has a face mask for every skin issue.  For clogged pores, there is a Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask that uses two types of white clays to draw out impurities like a magnet.  For dehydrated skin, they have a Quenching Mineral Mask enriched with Mineralizing Thermal Water to hydrate the skin.  For dull skin, try the Double Glow Peel Face Mask with AHAs to brighten your complexion.

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New York Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

Smooth Hair

Long straight hair is so on trend right now.  To get the look without stressing out your strands, start with the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger HYDROCREAM WHIP®.  It’s designed to add hold while hydrating your hair. 

To avoid damaging hair while you straighten, LumaBella has a Cool Mist Straightener that applies a conditioning treatment to the hair before smoothing.  Checkout  http://www.lumabella.com

Sexy Legs

Statement shoes rule NYFW.  So if everyone is looking at your lower half, you’ll want to make sure your legs are smooth.  Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil is a blend of oils to help you get model worthy legs with every shave. 

Staying Connected

You’ll want to keep up with all the social media posts, and share all your own legendary NYFW moments.  But you don’t want to pull out a boring phone.  You’ll want a stylish iPhone 6 case like the Otterbox Symmetry Series Case For iPhone 6/6s With Genuine Swarovski Crystals.

For a discount: OTTERBOXBABBLEBOXX (use this code at checkout for 20% off plus free domestic shipping, it is case sensitive) It is good until December 31, 2016.

Are you going to a fashion week this year?  What are your essentials?

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