Spring Flings 2017

Yes, I am super late to the game on this one (as it is now officially summer) but I thought it was worth sharing anyway. Things have been busy over here between helping with my cousin’s wedding, big changes at work, and enjoying the beautiful weather. That being said, this Spring seems to have really made me fall back in love with make up, nails, and blogging, so I have a few of my absolute favourites to talk about today.

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NYX Liquid Suede in Stone Fox
I have been having a hard time getting out of the winter dark lipstick trend, have you? I have mainly been reaching for cool toned shades whether it is a deep purple hue or this gorgeous grey from NYX. These do transfer, which is the only bummer, but the formula is comfortable and is still flattering as it wears away. I find this easy to apply and reapply on-the-go despite it being a darker shade. All in all, this unique shade is amazing and I recommend it if you ‘re into funkier lipsticks.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette
I have been going pretty light and neutral on the eyes lately and so this is my go-to palette hands down. These Kat Von D shadows are pigmented, blendable and powdery which is exactly what I look for in an eye shadow. Though these are natural, neutral nudes, there is still a heap of variety in this palette which makes it fun and inspiring. Even when I am feeling like a pop of colour, I can use this palette as a base before going for one of my colourful palettes or single shadows. It pretty much goes with anything.

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Beyond the Nail Polish in Supernova with Starrily Menchie the Cat Nail Polish
I am currently all about holographic nails and so this combination gives me so much life. The pink hues work well together and depending on the lighting, you have a lovely rainbow glow that lasts. Both polishes easy to apply with a smooth formula and are cruelty-free so I recommend trying them out if you haven’t already.

Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
I don’t think I need to go on about this concealer as I have before just like so many others. This concealer just makes your undereye area look smooth and bright while being comfortable and (relatively) creaseless. Although this has definitely been in favourites before, I thought I would mention a little hack that I had learned that is quick and easy to get more from your product. I recommend only doing this when you’re running low on concealer, but when the time comes, remove the little device that removes excess product from your brush. It can easily be removed with tweezers and allows you to dig for more product along the sides.

The Honest Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage
My new favourite deodorant: the Spray On deodorant. If you haven’t tried a spray deodorant, I recommend it. This one from The Honest Company in particular lasts all day without the feeling of product on your pits. It is lightweight with a bit of an earthy scent (as it is bergamot sage) and it lasts for quite a while. It is natural and cruelty free without the use of coconut oil (which breaks me out and is also in many natural stick deodorants).

ecotools muslin Polishing Cloths
Special mention, though it isn’t pictured here, are the Ecotools Muslin Polishing cloths. These are the gentlest way I have found to wash my face. I plan write an entire post about the various ways I use these to save time, money and being less wasteful (so stay tuned) but they are all I plan to use from now on to clean my skin.

Til next time, ttfn x

July 2015 Favourites & Unfavourites

July is just about over and with all of the shopping I did towards the end of the month, I have a few favourite and unfavourite products I wanted to share.

Roxy picked up a product from the Dollar Tree of all places called the Oxy Natural Action Oil Absorbing lotion. It claims to remove, refresh, restore, replenish your skin and let me tell you, it really did. I have tried a million things to reduce oil but nothing has worked so instantly as this has. It was only $1.25, but my understanding is that it was about $10-$11 for 60 mL. This thing is a miracle which naturally means it has been discontinued. I was so upset to find that out, but luckily, the Dollar Tree by my house had 3 more bottles that I was able to purchase before it was too late.


I have two face washes here: the Equate Pink Grapefruit Foaming Acne Scrub and the Ole Henriksen African Red Tea foaming cleanser. I do not like the Equate cleanser because it’s so drying. However, the Ole Henriksen cleanser may be the one. Review coming very soon!

  

  

 

If you saw my USA haul, two products really stood out above the rest for me and so I had to include them dispite the fact I only had them for about 1/4th of the month. The Lorac Pro 2 palette is exquisite in texture and pigmentation for most of the shades and there is a good variety of colour to play with even for a girl who is not so into neutrals. The second product is the beautiful Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighter which was once raved about on YouTube. It was totally worth they hype I had heard at least. It is not natural or dramatic, it is simply the perfect glow that feels like silk when you apply it. It is simply wonderful.

I am not overly shocked that I didn’t get along with the Laura Mercier Protection Primer. Though I love the SPF, it just made me a oily mess by the end of the day and I am glad it’s gone. I would totally recommend this to someone that likes a dewy finish but doesn’t really require much in a primer other than some moisture and SPF. That is just not me!

This product is totally new. The Brow This Way gel by Rimmel is the best eyebrow gel I have ever used! Colour: perfect, texture: crunchy, application: easy.

I am 90% sure this has been in my favourites before but I don’t care. This is the Rimmel (again) Scandaleyes Volume Flash mascara. The wand is huge and gets every lash coated. It gives my lashes so much length, it’s unreal.
  

Roxy also picked me up this beautiful orange polish from China Glaze earlier this year knowing how much I love the colour. I am wearing it right now (as you can see) and it is such a beautiful, bright pop of colour. I will be checking out more of their polish in the future.


I have included this before but I once again don’t care. It’s awesome. This month, I was able to pick up two of the COLAB dry shampoos in Rio and Paris. They work to invisibly clean, volumize, texturize and freshen my hair way better than anything else. They are wonderful and only about $8. What more could you ask for?

I hope you enjoyed hearing about what I loved this July! Many of these will be in upcoming posts so you can see swatches and full reviews. What have you been reaching for lately?

Til next time, ttfn x

November 2014 Favourites & Unfavourites

It’s time again for my most beloved post: my favourites and unfavourites of the month. Now that November is just about over, Christmas is coming full-force and there is no escape. I am getting really pumped up! The parades, hot chocolate, glitter and lights! The only thing I may be more excited about is my blog content over the next month. Lots of posts planned and I hope you love them too. Back to this month, I have quite a few products to talk about ranging from makeup to skincare, a nail polish and even a fragrance!
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First up, let me talk about the fragrance as it took me by surprise. I may have mentioned this in my November Haul when I bought Gold Couture by Viva La Juicy, but I had never actually sampled any of their perfumes before. I have my tried and true scent that I’ve been wearing for years from Aeropostale, and I always forget to put perfume on anyway. But it just so happened that one day at Shoppers, my fiancé and I were checking out their new perfumes on display. You can see where this is going, I’m sure, but the point is I fell in love with it as soon as I smelled it. It’s sweet and girly, my two favourite things! On me, it doesn’t last as long as I would like, but since I got the travel size, I can bring it along wherever I go.

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There have been two lipsticks this month that have really stood out: the Annabelle Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Romance, which is a gorgeous dusty pink, and Bare Minerals Lipstick in Get Ready. It’s very rare that I get stuck on a lip product since I have so many, but for the majority of the month, I’ve been switching between these two. They are pretty similar with Get Ready being a bit brighter. I keep it in my purse as it is an itty bitty sample I got from Sephora once upon a time.

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For my liner this month, I have been drawn to this Jesse’s Girl black liquid liner. I received it some time ago in an ipsy bag and never really used it. I am not always a liquid liner wearer, so I usually stick to my beloved Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Liner when I want to put in some extra effort. This month, I decided to try something new while I did some experimenting with lashes and grabbed for the Jesse’s Girl eyeliner. It is fantastically fine and easy to use. In fact, it’s what prompted me to order more from Jesse’s Girl in the first place!

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This foundation I have only heard great things about. I am sure you’ve heard about the L’oreal True Match foundation before so I won’t ramble. I have been exclusively been using this foundation for about a month now so I am confident in the coverage, colour, finish, staying power and application which are all fantastic.

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Next up, concealer. I have had the Rimmel Stick Concealer for a while now but never seemed to actually use it. Occasionally, I put it on a blemish but that was about it. In the past month, I have been really been breaking out so I pulled it out and made an important discovery: I do not like it one bit. It is very thick, doesn’t set properly, not easy to work with and this is the wrong shade for me (but that’s my fault). My breakouts were mainly on my chin around my mouth and when I wore this, I could feel how sticky and cakey it was every time I moved my mouth. It could be a combination of things like my foundation, how I apply it, my skin type or whatever else, but I am not really willing to try this product out again.

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Speaking of acne though, let’s talk about the Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment. My only con with this product is that it can be very drying and it bleaches fabric (as my bed sheets discovered). However, despite that, it worked quickly to resolve most of my acne issues. I don’t know what has been making my chin freak out so much this month, but it hasn’t been pretty and it isn’t stopping, so I will most definitely be keeping this stuff close by.

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Another kind of skin care, kind of make up favourite is the coconut oil which you saw in my Everything Else Haul. It is so multi purpose but the two things I have been mainly doing is removing my mascara/eye make up and oil pulling which I try to do nightly. I have been really trying to get rid of a nasty never ending stye this month and have been ringing my eye with coconut oil as well which seemed to help too (but it still won’t go away). I don’t think the brand really matters, but it does have to be organic! I do really like this one though because it smells so amazing!

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This one may be a shock since I have never heard a bad word about it, but an unfavourite this month is the Body Shop Body Butter. I started to religiously use this body butter at the start of November when my skin started to dry out – my legs more specifically. It worked fantastically and I love love love the smell! Though it is thick, I would just apply it immediately after a shower before drying off and then it would absorb beautifully into my skin. However, out of no where about a week into this routine, I started to get very painful zits on my thighs(??!). I just about immediately discovered it was caused by the Body Butter and stopped using it which is such a shame because otherwise, it was a 10/10 in my books.

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Finally, at the end of my list, is a nail polish. Actually, it’s an entire line. I only have the two colours pictured above in Up The Ante and Cardshark but the formula is drop dead gorgeous. Revlon ColorStay in general has got to be one of my favourite brands I’ve ever tried. Everything is spot on and these Gel Envy nail enamels are no exception. Stunning, opaque and easy to work with. How could you resist?
That’s all for this month! I hope everyone is getting as excited as I am for the holiday mayhem that is about to ensue.
Til next time, ttfn x

What is your favourite product by Revlon?

Do you use coconut oil for anything?

October 2014 Favourites & Unfavourites

I have been a little bit all over the place this month with my picks, but trust me, I’ve loved them all! Unlike last month, I have a whole lot to say about these products so bare with me!
Starting with skin care, I have one product I loved and one I didn’t. First off, I have never tried anything from Kate Somerville but with one of my many Sephora orders, I got a sample of Kate Somerville
HydraClear™ Hydrating Acne Gel and let me tell you, it is flawless. I constantly deal with acne and this stuff practically diminished every spot I had overnight! It was also hydrating but didn’t make me any oilier. That’s a biiiig plus in my books.
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On the other hand, up until now, I have really enjoyed the First Aid Beauty products I have tried before but this one which I had tried over the past month was pretty disappointing. In Sephora’s aisle-of-doom as I call it, there was a ‘mini’ pack of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radience pads. My assumption with this product was that it was a mix of a toner and exfoliater (as it says on the lid). In theory, it makes sense then why it stung my eyes so badly – let me tell you, it only happened once. It also had a weird odour that was off putting. The thing I disliked the most though is that it really didn’t do much for my skin. Actually, I found that my skin became a little dry around my nose, cheeks and any breakouts. I am really oily usually so the fact that I was getting dry patches is unheard of.
For the random things I’ve been enjoying (make up is next, I swear), I have really loved pickles. I have been a little obsessed whether they are on my burger or Instagram. I am a bit of a fanatic.

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About half way through this month, I did a little bit of candle shopping and picked up the Bath and Body Works candle, London Calling. It’s a tea and lemon scent and I love it. It is so calming and relaxing. I think I may just be a fan of lemon because I have also just about burnt through Lemon Mint Leaf by B&BW too. Oops!
Onto clothing, I have been really into long sleeves (as any Ontarian would when the weather turns chilly), but I started obsessing over warm and loose sweaters since about August. Obviously at that point, I would have been crazy to wear them, but now that we have gone below 10 degrees, I would say it’s ok.

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I have 3 cosmetic favourites and all are from MAC. Since the store opened in my area, I have been a tad obsessed. First, a classic that I have been using so often is MACs Vanilla Pigment. I don’t even think I have to rave about this one; there are enough people to do that for me. I will say I used it just about every day this month and it really is gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice.

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Next up, this beautiful lipstick from the Rocky Horror collection: FrankNFurter. Perfect red is all I have to say. I have been mixing it, wearing it by itself and admiring it from afar.

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Initially, I had debated purchasing this product when it first came out. When I was recently on MACS website, however, it was still available and I took the plunge. I think the packaging is adorable too for this whole Simpsons collection. It looks a bit intimidating at first, but I have mixed it with practically every colour I own and it constantly adds a little something to my lip.

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Lastly, nails! In general, I have been really feeling green nail polish. I had alternated quite a bit this month with my nails because of Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness month, and my sudden obsession with greens! Specifically, I used L’oreal The Temptress’ Touch and OPI’s Green On The Runway (from the OPI Coca Cola Collection).

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I also tried to revisit my Orly Matte top coat, but came to the same conclusion as usual: I really don’t like it. It goes on fine, looks great for the first few hours, but after that, it isn’t matte anymore or my nails are chipped. I think it may finally be time for me to toss this and look for an alternative.

What is your favourite matte top coat?

What have you loved this month?

Til next time, ttfn x