heart of rosegold

Amanda. 19. Ontario, Canada. UWO – Check out @heartofrosegoldstyle for daily style posts!

Category: beauty

Fashion Week Vibes in a University Town

Last night was a pretty big deal for the fashion community… Not as a whole, but specifically for the students of one university, mine! The largest student run fashion show in Canada, and one of my friends was modelling in it. SO, of course I had to be there. I was very impressed with the show and honestly just the style of all the people attending the event. You could tell everyone was dressing up for a good time, and it was all for an incredibly good cause. All in all, I would call that a pretty successful night. Not quite fashion week, but my own personal fashion-y night.

Hey! Sometimes a girl needs a night of getting ready and wearing non-everyday clothes. The possibilities were almost overwhelming (and somewhat limited when you need to bus there in less than spring-y weather).

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Any chance I get to pull out these heeled over the knee beauties, I live for. The rich chocolate brown suede and flattering cut just above the knee are a killer combo.

Boots: Nine West, Dress: Forever 21, Jacket: Danier, Necklace: Forever 21.

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I also try to capitalize on low-risk lipstick wearing situations, and last night fit the bill. Went for NARS Train Bleu, but ultimately decided to tone it down to a nice moisturizing Burt’s Bees lip crayon in the shade Napa Vineyard. I was very impressed by the texture as well as how long it lasted on the lips (even through post-show guac and chips!).

How was your Saturday night?

Thanks for reading!

xx Amanda


VMA Beauty 2016

While most consider the VMAs among the most outrageous of awards shows, it happens to be one of my favourites for a few reasons. First of all, it marks the end a summer of GREAT music and the return to my favourite season, fall. Second, stars are dressed more playfully and less safe than most other awards shows. And third, most of the looks are geared towards fall, which means tons of beauty inspiration can be drawn from them!

The trend that gets me the most excited may be the one that is the most obvious… but I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for a vampy statement lip! It was even one of my resolutions to wear more interesting lip colours. So here we are:

I was also very pleased to see the amount of glowy skin on the carpet, as I myself just picked up Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop highlighter and am loving it. Seriously its disco-ball glowy in the best way possible and the formula is incredible. It will definitely be a constant for my nights out at school, especially while I still have a bit of summer colour.

Now, the final trend is something I haven’t tried myself yet but have actually see all over the place for fall. Such a different, interesting take on a smoky eye by using warm fall toned shadows. The red/auburn/orangey eye looks like a hard look to pull off but I’ve seen it look incredible on several skin tones. I’ll have to try it out and let you guys know!

What did you guys think? What was the best look of the VMAs? Did you watch?

Let me know!


Wedding Bells

Last weekend I attended a spectacular wedding for one of my closest family members and trust me, this meant a lot of work was going into my outfit. If your family is anything like mine, the pictures you take at one of these events will be constantly in your face on Facebook and family albums until the end of time (or the next major event down the road… to put this in perspective the next major event for this group will be my wedding… yikes). So yeah, I definitely scoured the internet and every mall in an hour car-ride radius for the perfect dress.

Here were my options:


Asos Dress: currently out of stock ($92.58)

This was the dress I was actually most excited for, and I ended up not wearing it. You really never know when you order things online I suppose. Gorgeous draping however, and I’m sure I will find use for it in the future.


Wilfred Sabine Dress: Aritzia ($165)

Ok, tried this photo on in store and fell in love with the fit. It drapes beautifully and is made of a thick crepe-y fabric. A bit on the expensive side, but I decided to keep it to add to my work wardrobe (so I am sure it will be making an appearance in the flesh on my blog soon).



Boohoo Halter Neck Cross Over Midi Dress: Asos ($30.86)

This is the dress I ended up wearing and LOVED it. The fit is very flattering and the material is more stretchy than I had anticipated. Yet again, it proves that you don’t need to spend a lot to look more expensive. I decided to switch out the belt for a bedazzled BCBG one that I already had in my closet just to add a bit more bling, but this could have easily been done with some Forever 21 jewelry as well.


Heels: Forever 21, Bedazzled Clutch: Local Boutique


At the last minute decided to pair it with a berry lip, and loved the contrast. I think it definitely added an extra level to the outfit.

(Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor – 610 HD Addiction)

Hope this helps any of you heading to summer weddings!



Almost Kylie Jenner Worthy

I came across a very interesting article the other day, one that claimed it had the perfect drugstore dupe for the Kylie lip kit colour “Dolce K”. Seeing as I am a broke college student who cannot fathom constantly being on standby to compete with the thousands of other girls trying to get one, I ran to the nearest Shoppers Drug Mart.

The concept is that famed makeup artist Patrick Ta used a lipliner-lipgloss combo on Gigi Hadid, and that the matte nude colour looked decently similar to the sold-out shades.


If you are interested, I would recommend getting them as soon as you can get your hands on them. I found mine last Friday but my roommate tried to find the shade yesterday and they were unfortunately sold out.

Maybelline Colour Sensational LipLiner in Toast 25

Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill

Try it out and let me know what you think! I’m not sure its as close in colour to “Dolce K” as the article claims. However, based on my experience, I LOVE the consistency and really like the way it looks.


Saturday Spotlight – NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil


Decided to splurge the other day when I was roaming in Sephora… I had just read an article about the badass lip colours used in the Marc Jacobs runway show and was obsessed with the look coined “the new ‘don’t mess with me’ face”. The look on the runway featured dark smudgey eyeliner/eyeshadow and a bold lip. I had been looking for a dark purple shade that suited me for a while now so I elected to pick up the shade used on the paler models, Train Bleu. Everything from the packaging to the application of NARS lip pencils won me over on the first use. It makes for a very bold statement, so I haven’t worn it too often but on the odd day you want to look way tougher than you are, I would reach for it. It also lends a very high fashion vibe when you keep the rest of your face makeup very minimal. I tend to prefer wearing it with a pristinely even slightly matte face, mascara, and (maybe) a touch of eyeliner. It also makes messy hair days virtually disappear when you have to rock a bun. Bold lipstick makes it look like you did it on purpose!


I am equal in #mycalvins Spring 2016

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am just as obsessed as most when it comes to Calvin Klein. The campaigns are beautifully shot, the products are quality and they are endorsed by some of my favourite stars. When I walk past the flawless displays of banded and branded lingerie sets, my heart skips a beat just like the next girl. I own several and love them. But their new campaign struck me a little differently this time.

See, when I think Calvin Klein, especially their new branding featuring top models and celebrities dominating social media, I think that the girls (and guys) are owning their bodies and their personalities. I love how they have caused an epidemic of thinking boy-shorts and sports bras can be sexy and comfortable. That’s a message I’ll gladly get behind (and not just because I am wearing one right now).

Their spring campaign was released this afternoon, and being an avid follower, I adored the playful video of Kendall Jenner when it popped up on my instagram feed. But then I read the caption. “I want to be with you in #mycalvins.”

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Alright, I thought. Loved the polaroid idea of the video and the abstract, sexy vibe, “Can’t keep my hands to myself” style. Then Justin Bieber’s popped up.

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“I flaunt in #mycalvins.” Now maybe I’m overreacting but it seems as if two completely different dynamics are presented. Kendall’s confidence or “nakedness” comes with an excuse, that she can wear these when being in personal situations, whereas Justin’s is more of an exhibition-esque appropriateness. He should show off his “calvins” (as if that was the focal point of the ad) while she should only reveal them intimately. Her ad also features quick snapshots of different parts of her body, never really showing her face. Which, you’d think for a celebrity endorsement would be a main focus…

The Calvin Klein instagram page has since released some more diverse options for activities to pursue in #yourcalvins but don’t feel pressured. You should do whatever you want in your calvins, just as I intend to do.

I’d love to hear what you think 🙂


The Case for Contouring

It was a trend that swept through the beauty world, leaving no survivors in its path. Professionals and newbies alike began to add new sculpting products to their arsenal in the hopes of beautifully chiseled cheekbones and a slimmer appearance. Sounds like a dream right?


Now comes the waves of backlash from celebrities and professional artists, citing the merits of natural beauty. And this is precisely the reason I wanted to write about this. To have an argument from the side of someone without flawless cheekbones.

All things considered, I see where they are coming from. There is a major emphasis on women looking smaller and more model-esque, and this only contributes to the standards. So thats great! If there is less emphasis on the stars cheekbones, the better for women everywhere. However, these women often are famous for, or have generously been gifted with excellent bone structure… But what about the rest of us?

While my jawline is not as chiseled, if I can fake it in only a few short minutes, why wouldn’t I try? To me, it isn’t even a “looks” thing. Having my face done up and sculpted gives me an extra swing in my step and the confidence to brace days where otherwise I’d be in a slump. It does something to my demeanour, it lifts me up both physically and mentally. Now, it isn’t something I would recommend for everyday. In fact, I highly advise stepping out every so often with a completely bare face, just to remind yourself that the world won’t stop turning if you do. But on those days where the world is beating you down, or you have a presentation or whatever, why not put your best face forward with cheekbones so sharp you could kill? Im a fan.

My Pick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($52 CAD at Sephora)


Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush #75 ($37 CAD at Sephora)


BeautyBlender Sponge ($28 CAD at Sephora)