August Favorites

28 Aug 2015

Can you believe that August is over in just a few more days? It feels like yesterday that it was the baffled at how it was the first of the month, and now I'm impatiently counting down the days for the move back to my university. Call me a nerd but I'm so excited to kick start my final year of my undergrad and get back to that big city life! I'm sad to see it go because I've been enjoying all the adventures I've had like the one in the picture above from this weekend. However September has all kinds of awesome promises so I know my August blues won't stick around for too long!

I'm usually a stickler when it comes to staying with the same products but since the recent overhaul of my makeup storage, I've discovered some pretty great things in my collection! If you're curious to my new setup then definitely check out that post, here.Without any other ramblings, here are some miscellaneous things that I have been loving this month!

1. Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette: This is something completely new to me as I've never owned anything this high end before but was it ever worth it. This palette is what I have been missing in my collection because of its versatility. You can create endless looks with this little gem and I'm so pleased with it. I've got a lot of experimentation left to do because I've only had it for a few weeks but so far I've been loving Sidecar, Hustle, and Buck! I'm always looking for color combination suggestions if you want to leave them in the comments below.

2. BH Cosmetic's It's Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette: This was limited edition last year during a sale that BH Cosmetics so sadly I don't think you can purchase it anymore, but this has been my go to beauty favorite since I received it. It has a stunning mixture of neutrals and blues/purples that compliment each other extremely well. Just like the Naked palette, you can get a lot of looks from these twelve eyeshadows and I couldn't be happier with this product. I even have a backup just in case I ever run out.

3. The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil: Versatility is obviously a reoccurring theme because this is also a catch-all product. As the bottle says, you can apply this oil to the hair, face and body and I used it for all three. I wouldn't say that it's a holy grail hair product because my hair was very greasy after using this but I love it as a body and face oil! I just use a very minimal amount all over and it leaves my skin smelling super yummy and very soft.  I think that this is the perfect summer scent for a long day in the warm summer sun.

4. Mac Pro Long Wear Concealer in NC 15: I believe I've mentioned this in another post of mine but this stuff is fantastic! It was my first ever purchase at Mac but it's worth every penny. I've had no issues with it coming off on even the hottest of days and it keeps me looking well rested all day long! I've heard that it can be drying but I haven't had any issues with that.

5. Bath and Body Work's Wild Madagascar Vanilla Perfume: This tiny but mighty perfume is my holy grail scent all year round but it's definitely been used a lot this month. It's the perfect vanilla scent that isn't too fake but too musky smelling and it lingers for such a long time. I believe that you can purchase bigger sizes but it's very scented so a little has lasted me forever.

6. Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer: I used this concealer a few years ago but found the product to expire before I was able to finish it. When back to school shopping however I saw this little dollar tube and had to get it! I've heard this to be a dupe for the Kat Von De Tattoo Concealer and I have never tried that one, but I can see why it might be. It's a very thick consistency so only a little is needed or else it will settle into fine lines and cake up on the face. I have it in the shade Ultra Light and it's the perfect brightening concealer if I'm feeling a little dark under the eyes. I've worn this in 90 degree weather and it held strong so I defintely recommend this. You can't beat a few dollars for such an amazing product either.

7. Australian Gold SPF 15 Broad Spectrum UVA Sunscreen: You should try saying that ten times fast. I hate everything about sunscreen and working at a daycare over the summer, I saw quite a lot of it. However this stuff is amazing and totally changes what sunscreen is. It has a very tropical scent instead of that typical sunscreen smell and it reminds me of being on a soft sandy beach with a fruity drink in my hand. (That's never happened but a girl can dream :P) It's not sticky but rather moisturizing which I was also pleasantly surprised about. It also has bronzer in it to make the skin darker which is a bonus for pale people like me who are just trying to get a little sun.

8. Revlon ColorStay Foundation in 150 Buff: This is also an old favorite that has recently snuck it's way into my collection again. I love this because it doesn't budge and gives amazing coverage with just a small amount of coverage. It's great for days that I want a little more but hasn't melted off my face or caked up in the heat. I hardly ever have to set this because it's just so great on it's own. The only downside was that it's slightly off for my summer shade but the next is too dark. I've been mixing with a little Fit Me foundation to solve this problem and it has been wonderful!

9. ELF Blush in Twinkle Pink: I've been wearing this a lot lately but I'm very iffy on it. The color is perfect for bringing a little bit of color back into my face after foundation but it's got a lot of gold shimmer that I'm not used to. I could just be paranoid because I've always worn more matte colors but I added to my favorites anyways because the color is so nice.

10.  ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder: Although these aren't my all time favorite blush and bronzers, I've been using this a lot lately as they compliment each other very well! The blush is slightly more subdued than the previous elf blush I mentioned but is still equally as gorgeous! I think I like it a little more just because I feel less like a walking disco ball. The bronzer however is a little to dark and I haven't been wearing it quite as much. I just make sure it's very blended on days that I've used it or else I have lines that aren't cute. I've heard that it's a dupe for a Nars product that I haven't tried but I thought that it was pretty neat!

11. My last favorite is my temples that I got a few days ago but I'm still counting. My glasses are only for reading so I don't need them all the time but they make everything twice as fun now. I love the pop of color that they give! Perhaps I'll be more motivated to study now :P (Probably not)

Bonus favorite- Rhiley the Standard Poodle: This little guy came into my family at the beginning of the month and I can't get over how cute he is. He's the biggest ball of ungracefulness when it come to playing around but he makes up for it in the fluff department. Right now we  have a love/hate relationship because he's only 11 weeks and thinks that nipping is how you play. Now I don't enjoy having my toes and fingers bitten so he's a work in progress to say the least. (Let's be honest.. I'm still a cat person) I'm sad to leave him next week because when I come back he won't be so little but I've been enjoying all the time that I do get to spend with him. (Pop bottles and squeaky toys are how we roll) His current favorite thing to do is terrorize the cats and eat all their food and give sass in the form of barks so that had been so much fun for everyone!

What have you been enjoying this month? Any awesome plans for September? Let me know in the comments below and as always.. Thanks for reading :)

Updated Makeup Storage & Birthday Surprises

18 Aug 2015

Hi, Everyone! My life has been absolutely crazy lately with my summer classes and job finally coming to an end but now that I have my homework and tests pretty much out the way, it's back to regular posting! This past weekend was full of wonderful things so I thought I would share two things that made the happiest/excited. This post is picture heavy so I hope you enjoy :)

First an overhaul of my makeup storage from this:

To this:

One of the things I've been the most excited over all summer was creating a new storage system for my makeup! When it comes to organization, I've always tried to keep things as simple as possible. Mainly because I hate cleaning it up (#lazy), but also because there is such little space in a dorm to have a "permanent solution". My current set up has become unpractical for the size of my collection, and because I have no self-control, it just keeps getting worse. I've been using two of the small three drawer containers from the Dollar store which I have no complaints about, it's just too darn small. I'll be keeping my current set up for more of my reached for products so that my morning routine is a little easier. With my forgetfulness, the more my makeup is out of sight, the more it's out of mind and collecting dust and being wasted so hopefully I will be reaching for everything a lot more and won't have so many disorganized baskets and shelves.

I had this plain wooden box kicking around in my closet for the past three years and when I was going through my closet, I had the most brilliant idea to turn it into something useful! My boyfriend, my two younger sisters and I had a little bonding session as I called it, (I'm sure they probably felt otherwise) to paint this gem up and I couldn't be happier with it! I was worried at first about the paint because it was the cheaper options at Michael's, however, it did not let me down! We went with two coats of each color and I still have a lot of paint left in the bottles.We technically could have gone with just one coat of paint but two looks much more vibrant! Acrylic paint dries very quickly making this project quick and easy! The only hard thing about this project was honestly picking out the paint because there were 1000 colours and I'm the worst for making decisions and changing my mind after.

Now bear with me because these are a disorganized mess right now as I'm getting ready to move back to a residence but you get the gist. I'm looking around for those in drawer organizers but I haven't had any luck so far. If you know where I might be able to find them then let me know in the comments! I've got the first drawer as a place to put my face products. I don't think this will need the organizers because this isn't my most hoarded of categories. The second and third drawers are chaotic because as you can see, I love my eyeshadow and lipsticks. I promise that once I get the organizers, it won't look like a tornado went through it.

However the thing that made this weekend so special was the lovely gifts that my boyfriend gave me (Brownie points for you, sir!) Just look at how proud he looks! I'll give you a little background context so that you aren't completely lost. When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with the books and show Madeline. I'm sure it's familiar to many for being the show about the little french girl who owned the title of"small but mighty". I had a couple of dolls from this show but they all shared unfortunate fates. The first few I had taken a trip to the wildlife park in elementary school and somehow ended up being lunch for a horse. I don't know how this happened but I am still holding a grudge over whoever thought it was polite to feed the horse my Ms. Clavel and Pepito. The punch line to this story? The dolls were taken out of my backpack at least twice before I left the house that day, but that's what you get for not listening as my mom says. Right?

The most loved out of all these dolls was my Madeline doll that went everywhere with me growing up. My mom found her in a very small community where she was completing her education degree and tells me she was more excited than I was to find them.  I think the connection also comes from her being away to complete the degree while I stayed with my grandparents, so she held some pretty special memories. I tried not to pick favorites because I believed all my stuffed animals had feelings but she just won my heart. I'm still heartbroken over not being able to find her! To stop my rambling, My 21st birthday was a week ago and when I opened his gifts I nearly cried, except I was too excited if that makes sense. I definitely wasn't expecting any present as thoughtful as this! He even got me the live action movie and the complete collection of books to go with her! Without sounding too soppy, I'm feeling grateful to have such an amazing boyfriend. He's the best, period.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Brand Focus: Joe Fresh Beauty

9 Aug 2015

Hi Everyone! Today I thought I would share some mixed thoughts on a brand of cosmetics that I've been testing out! Now I've never tried anything from this brand before so it was completely unfamiliar but they always have a bright display and simplistic packaging in Superstore that is definitely eye catching. I can't pass up a good deal on a good day so when I noticed that all their cosmetics were 50% off, I was sold. I would have loved to buy a lot more but I practiced self-control and managed to leave the store with (only) three face products. I'm still working on control, Okay?

The first product that I picked up was just what they have labeled as "Primer", pretty vague I know. I think I was the most excited for was this because I don't currently own one. It's also the same size as the foundation so I figured I would get a pretty good length out of it as well. I really tried to like this product but sadly it just didn't work out for me. I like a primer to smooth out my face and feel nice but this just did nothing! It was a very runny white/clear consistency that felt like a moisturizer than anything else. The sad thing is that it didn't even moisturize and made my skin feel worse than if I had skipped it. Once I got it on my face I let it settle like I would any other primer but it contiuned to disappoint by doing nothing. I thought that maybe I was over thinking so I continued on with foundation but hen I went to blend everything in, I noticed that it would just come off in little dry crumbles. At first I thought it might have been the Joe Fresh foundation so I tried my normal foundations but the same crumbly mess happened each time. My skin isn't dry at the moment so I can't even blame it on that. I've never had this happen before and for it to happen to three different foundations that all work well normally sounds very suspicious to me! I'm thinking that maybe I got a bad batch or a failed reformulation because this was very disappointing. I even read some reviews that this was a wonderful product but I can't say anything is wonderful about a whole bunch of nothing. If anybody has suggestions for a good primer I could try then leave it in the comments as I'm always looking for new HG products.

The foundation on the other hand is fantastic! It's the perfect color match for my pale skin because it has yellow undertones. I struggle so much when I'm looking for a foundation because most end up too pink or too orange but funnily enough, this is almost too pale for my summer skin right now. It will be perfect for when I'm back to looking like Casper the Ghost so I'm saving it for then. I would say that it's a medium coverage as the product itself is quite heavy and thick. However, once it's on the skin and it's set with some powder, it feels very lightweight! I was pleasantly surprised about that because thick foundation usually ends up being cakey on me. I wore this out in the heat for quite a few hours during work and it definitely passed the melt-proof test! The only place that I noticed it starting to rub off was the bridge of my nose where my sunglasses sit but I'll gladly take that.

Now I'm not quite sure what they meant by "Color Adjusting" but this blush incredible! I knew the minute I saw this that I had to take it come because it is the perfect coral-y for pale skin. It comes off as very light pink in some lighting but I'm definitely not complaining. I feel like it gives me a very flushed look without making me look feverish or over done. The texture is very creamy and applies like a dream but I do have to say that a little goes a long way here. I find that the color is super intense and almost borderline neon if applied too much but I can easily blend it down if I went a little crazy. It has quite the impressive lasting power especially during the heat so for the little money I paid for this gem, it's so worth it! They have another shade that was more of a pink color if that interests you a little more but for now this is perfect for me. I also wanted to mention that I dropped this on the floor and it didn't even break so bonus points for being klutz proof!

Overall I'm very impressed by this line of cosmetics and I'm excited to try out some more of their products. I've heard some very good things about their lip products and now that they are 50% off, it's even more of a temptation :P I'll be here practicing self-control if anybody needs me!

Have you tried this brand before? If so, what do you recommend?

The Versatile Blogger Award

5 Aug 2015

Hello, everyone! I feel like I haven't written in ages. A few days ago I was nominated by the lovely Christine at Wandering Through Lifex for the Versatile Blogger Award! I've seen this going around on so, needless to say, I was pretty excited to be nominated myself. Thank you so much, Christine! The object of this tag is to share seven facts about myself as well as nominate 15 other blogs that I think should be nominated.

Lists are my best friend but thinking on the spot is not so this could either be a hot mess or a total success. Let's get started, shall we?

1. Ever hear of the sentence "I'm not short, I'm fun-sized?" That's me. I stand all of 4'11 so it's safe to say I'm pretty tiny. I've been short all my life and it's definitely something I've learned to embrace as I've gotten older! There are plenty of bad things like not being able to reach things or not always having a petite section in a store but every negative needs a positive. (or at least, I think that's how it goes) My bank account loves how kids shoes are cheaper and raiding my little sister's closet will never get old.

2. I have Inattentive ADHD and learning difficulties. It was a huge relief to finally have all theses diagnoses in my second year of university because it finally meant that I had answers! Growing up without official diagnoses was pretty rough. It would be so frustrating not understanding my school work, or not being able to remember things but now I know it's not my fault. I once had somebody tell me that I wasn't smart enough to be in university and that was devastating for me at the time. Now all her words do is motivate me to do my best because I work hard for my grades and I am pretty damn proud. I've got quite a lot of coping skills when it comes to dealing with all this in university so I plan on doing a post as school gets closer.

3. My favorite book and movie are The Fault in Our Stars. I'm sure everybody and their mom's has heard of this book (and if not then you have been living under a rock.) This book ruined me and my summer when I first read it but I do not regret it in the slightest. When I finished the book had enough tears to fill an ocean and my wall had an impressive dent. I just love how romantic it was and I will never get tired of the story line. I've read and watched this little gem so many times that it's permanently ingrained in my brain and that's pretty impressive considering I have a goldfish brain.

4.  I love anything salt and vinegar. I don't think there hasn't been something in this flavor that I haven't liked. I'm going to say that this is my biggest weakness because it just tastes so good. Salt and vinegar popcorn just completes any movie or tv show experience. I also shamelessly love anything covered in vinegar. Nothing

5. I hate being ticked. This is especially true for my feet! It should be a written rule and a signed contract that if you try to touch them, you will be getting kicked. I don't know where you will get kicked but I know that I won't be sorry. As Taylor Swift says "Don't say I didn't warn ya" ;)

6. I'm working to become bi-lingual! I started learning french when I was put into french immersion in grade four and worked my way through it until the end of junior high. I never went back to it after then until I started university and made it my minor. There are so many rules to remember but I just love the language so much. Although my spoken french isn't on par yet, my understanding has always been very good. I'm hoping to get my certificate when I graduate university and move to education to become an elementary school teacher.

7. I have a love and hate relationship with the right side of my hair. This side of my hair is always the first to lose it's style no matter what. It doesn't matter if it's been straightened or curled or sprayed with ten pounds of hair spray. It has a mind of its own and at the end of the day, it always wins the fight. I love a good hair day as much as the next girl but this side gives me a run for my money, literally.

Alright, now onto my list of blogs that I would like to nominate! This stressed me just a tad because I've been reading so many good blogs that it was hard to choose! Here is what I came up with, though:

1. Muted Mornings
2. Unstitchedd
3. CarrieBrighton
4. Holy Lipstick
5. The Closet Elf
6. Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty
7. A Girl, Obsessed
8. Charlotte Sophia Roberts
9. That's Like Lisa
10. Tracey Dean
11. That Fashion Girl
12. Vivianna Does Makeup
13. In The Frow
14. Smart-Twenties
15. Sunny Sweet Pea
Do you have a fact or a blogger you'd like to share? Comment Below as I'm always looking for new things to read :)