January Beauty Buys

Lush tonerI am constantly looking for new skincare products to try, and while I love working at the Body Shop, my entire skincare regimen consisted of Body Shop products, which are amazing, but I do like variety. So, keeping with the much more natural trend, I looked into Lush, and what they had to offer. I didn’t want anything that was going to be similar to what I already owned, so that’s when I found, this. First of all, it’s amazing, and is great for these winter months, giving that extra needed hydration without making me any oiler, and that is a complete bonus.

DSC_0125Everyone knows that doing a cat-eye with your eyeliner can be really tricky if you’re new to it. Let’s be real, it’s even if you’ve been doing it for years. So when I was watching a couple blogs by heyclaire, and saw her raving about this Milani eyeliner, I knew I had to try it. She’s a professional makeup artist…you can’t go wrong with that. It’s a great eyeliner, and has made the eyeliner application that much easier and faster for me because it is so precise.

MAC paint potI have many days a week (hello 8:30am classes 3 times a week) when I’m just super lazy to put makeup on…even though I look like a complete zombie. So I really try and make the process as easy as possible. That’s where this guy comes into play, MAC’s paint pot in Groundwork. I do not have the time to put a lot of emphasis on my eyes, so I just sweep this on, and put on eyeliner and I’m good to go. This lasts ALL day, it’s amazing, and the colour intensifies my eyes just a little bit so that the eyeliner isn’t too contrasting against my pale skin, everything just looks a little warmer.

Let’s try something different

DSC_0166Good afternoon wonderful friends, occasional readers and followers! I’m trying something different today and asking you guys what kind of posts you’d like to see from this blog, I have some ideas of what I want to put out here, but am always willing to hear your opinions!!

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My Favourite Beauty Products of 2014

beauty favourites 2014I’m going to split this into categories or else this is going to be way too overwhelming for you guys because I’m going to be honest, I have a lot of favourites that I found this year, or rediscovered, or just have loved for a really long time. All of these products I continue to use over and over, and will probably continue to purchase in the years to come!

Beauty favourites 2014I’m going to start with foundations/concealers/primer. My favourites have to be the Tarte Amazonian Airbrush foundation, L’Oreal True Match and MAC’s Prolong Wear Foundation. I use them all for different things and these two have already been mentioned previously. But I use MAC if I’m going out at night or will just have my makeup on for a really long period of time – it lasts forever. For concealers I absolutely love my MAC studio fix concealer for any blemishes or redness I have, it stays on all day, and my NARS creamy concealer which is just great under my eyes to cover those wonderful dark circles without creasing. My favourite primer is The Body Shop’s instablur, it is very similar to the Benefit porefessional but is half the price!

Beauty favourites 2014Getting into the eyes, my favourite palettes this year were the Lorac Pro 1, and the Naked Basics 1. Both have been essential, and I use them almost everyday with basically any look I do, for day or night. My Wet n’ Wild liquid eyeliner in black (the original formula) is also a must pretty much everyday, and I’ve been told that even Lady Gaga wears it – so it’s basically gold in my books – and which I of course have currently misplaced.

Beauty Favourites 2014Moving onto bronzer, I use the Honey bronzer from The Body Shop, in 02. It is great during the colder months as I do get much paler and don’t self tan. It doesn’t look too orange, is matte, and doesn’t look muddy which are basically the only things I look for in a bronzer. I also found a great highlight from the drugstore, Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer – don’t let the name fool you, it is a great highlight and is ridiculously affordable, which is a total bonus.

Beauty favourites 2014Lipsticks, need I say more? I’m obsessed with so many different lipsticks, but there were a couple that I gravitated towards the most, and surprise surprise, most of them are MAC. So, MAC Plumful, MAC Brave and MAC Blankety and MAC Please Me. They are always being carried around by me, no matter what makeup I have going on they are my go-to’s. Along with those, I have been loving my NARS Audacious lipstick in Bette that I was gifted. It is such a beautiful deep and dark red that I have been loving during these colder months. Another great find are the Urban Decay Naked glosses, I got one in my Naked on the Run palette and I have been pairing it with every lippy, it’s super moisturizing and I usually don’t like lip glosses but this one is a keeper.

*not mentioned are blushes, mascara or brushes because I have yet to find some absolute favourites in those categories, sorry guys!

 

 

Two Thousand and Fourteen

My best friend
Knowing that 2014 is now officially over is slightly mind-blowing. So much has happened to me this past year, both good and bad that have forever changed me and the person I continue to grow into. I have dealt with death this past year, but at the same time have had so much love thrown at me from my boyfriend, friends, and family that I cherish so deeply. I have learned so much about myself, and continue to value the support of my loved ones into 2015 – and know that this year will only push me further and I will continue to be challenged in the best way possible. Even this blog has undergone some changes throughout the year with collaborations ending and school having made blogging a bit more challenging. But, I do appreciate the support my readers have given me this past year in what I do and hope you stick around for what is to come.

So thank you to everyone, and can’t wait for you to join me through 2015 on the roller coaster I call life.
And here are a few pictures that stood out to me in 2014!  Casual Cardigan5 IMG_0051

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Turtlenecks and Plaid

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{Aerie scarf, Old Navy sweater (on sale!), American Eagle jeans, Spring bag, Old Navy shoes (similar)}

The name of this post is basically the definition of what I wear during the winter here in Canada. The turtlenecks keep me warm, and either plaid scarves or plaid shirts are great layering pieces, especially with the awkward, unusually warm weather we’ve been having lately. This blanket scarf is probably the softest I’ve ever felt, and has quickly become a favourite of mine. These have basically all just become staples for me, I think I wear something along these lines almost everyday…is that something I should be admitting? Whether or not I should, I won’t take it back because I am obsessed.

What are your winter staples? Leave a comment below!
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