Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NKLA x ColourPop Puppy Love and Cat Nap Super Shock Shadows

I had to get these in my latest order. Had to. I missed out on the first batch and I did not want to miss out again. Cat Nap and Puppy Love are from ColourPop's collaboration with NKLA. Working with Best Friends Animal Society, all proceeds from these shadows go to their fight to end the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. They are working to make Los Angeles a no-kill city in 2017 with the NKLA initiative. #SaveThemAll

Getting one or both of these shadows at $5 US each means you're helping with a donation of $5 or $10 US and you get a pretty eyeshadow in the deal. It's a win-win for your conscience and your vanity drawer. Both Cat Nap and Puppy Love are still available for purchase at the time of this post. Below are my swatches. To read further thoughts on the ColourPop formula, I went into more detail on this post.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

15 Songs Currently Getting Me Through My Days Working at Home

Now, this isn't geared specifically at those who work from home. It's just songs that I have had on repeat that make my days just that much better. I like a good mix of tempos that typically depends on the task I'm doing. If it's my photography or cooking, give me the upbeat stuff to keep me moving. If it's editing and writing, I most often prefer slower. So here are 15 songs that are currently helping get me through my work day. And do please share a favorite or two of yours and I'll be sure to look for it on Spotify!

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  1. It's Quiet Uptown - Kelly Clarkson
  2. Touch - Little Mix
  3. Castle On the Hill - Ed Sheeran
  4. Better Man - Little Big Town
  5. I Don't Want to Live Forever - Zayn ft. Taylor Swift
  6. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
  7. Make Me (Cry) - Noah Cyrus ft. Labrinth
  8. I Feel It Coming - The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
  9. Chunky - Bruno Mars
  10. Reminder - The Weeknd (explicit lyrics)
  11. All I Ask - Adele
  12. I Need a Dollar - Aloe Blacc
  13. Hold Up - Beyonce
  14. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony
  15. John Wayne - Lady Gaga

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

E.L.F. Cosmetics Contour Palette in Light/Medium

I got this little gem for Christmas. I don't have a lot of Eyes Lips Face items, but two of their things are among my all-time favorites- the powder brush and the eyebrow kits. I highly recommend both of those items. I originally wanted the Illuminating Palette, but my husband couldn't find it and grabbed this Contour Palette instead. No complaints here! Though I do still hope to find the Illuminating one and add it to my collection at some point. Short story shorter: my husband did good.

Continue reading for my review and swatches of the Contour Palette in Light/Medium!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

ColourPop Cosmetics Party Trick Eyeshadow Set

Can I just write a love letter to ColourPop on Valentine's Day? Because this is turning into a real love affair. For so long, it was easy to avoid the brand due to them not shipping here and then having high shipping costs. Then, they started offering special shipping discounts here and there and so began the addiction. And even with the weak Canadian dollar, it still goes a long way. Even better if you use the $5 off coupon for signing up for emails, wait to order during a 20% sale, or order when shipping is free.

As much as I love them, I need to cool my jets and this is part of what I think will be my last order for a while. I'll be sharing the other items in upcoming posts. The Party Trick eyeshadow set is still available and you get 6 eyeshadows for $25 US. Considering one eyeshadow is $5 US, you're getting the sixth one for free. All of the shades in the kit are also available separately, but I've read that they are discontinued shades that they have only brought back for a limited time. I've already delved into the formula and what I like and don't like about it, so this post is just reviews and swatches of the actual shades.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New From Bite Beauty: The Lip Pencil in 020 and 044

In this post, I'm reviewing and swatching Bite Beauty's new lip pencils in 020 and 044. Along with those, I'll also have swatches for their Amuse Bouche lipsticks in Honeycomb and Whiskey that go hand-in-hand with the lip pencils. I only had three Bite lipsticks prior to this and all are in the old formula before it was replaced with the Amuse Bouche. So all of these items are new to me and I look forward to sharing my thoughts.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Blog of the Month: February 2017

In January, Melanie from I'm Not a Beauty Guru was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month, I've chosen Geneviève from Gendots. She focuses on beauty and lifestyle posts and I always love her bright photos and reviews. She has some cats that are as cute as heck and she's a proud cat lady. :) She's Montreal-based, so you can catch glimpses of her city on her Instagram. And of course, there is makeup and reviews! Feel free to let her know I sent you if you stop by her blog.

Friday, February 3, 2017

InstaMonth for January 2017

I don't know if you guys enjoy these posts or not, but I like doing them. I've taken a few pictures from my Instagram feed from last month to share on here. I'd love it if we followed each other on there. It can be disheartening to keep seeing your numbers go up and down due to the follow to unfollow craze going around. It's gotten to the point that if I see someone with 15k+ followers but they are only following 500 and I don't know them personally, I immediately get suspicious of why they are following me.

I understand wanting to grow, boy do I understand it. I just don't happen to like this method of mass following and unfollowing. It's not the first time I've mentioned this, it just seems to be getting more popular recently. And though it takes a lot longer to grow, I'd much rather work on organically following, commenting, and liking to grow my account. To each their own, of course. I do love following all of you on there and talking back and forth!

Anyway, here's some of my latest snapshots. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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1. My newest Pandora charm. // 2. Pink and silver together is LOVE. // 3. Last day with the tree. :(
4. The best way to spend a snow day! // 5. Sephora Boxing Day haul. // 6. Lush goodies!
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7. All about that base. ;) // 8. A few Christmas goodies. // 9. Tarte Pretty Posse set.
10. Arbonne's Cardinal gloss. // 11. Tea and macarons. (P.S.- I want more!) // 12. Testing these out.
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13. Valentine's Day gift ideas. // 14. All about my 2017 goals. // 15. Latest ColourPop haul.
16. January favorites. // 17. Can I just live in this eShakti dress? // 18. Buxom Bundle Up, Baby set.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cocoon Apothecary Skincare

If you read my post on my 2017 goals, you'll know that one of them is to spend a little more one-on-one time with my skin. I don't have bad skin, I just don't always treat it right. For the past month, I've had the opportunity to try a few products by Cocoon Apothecary. I'm reviewing the Starter Kit and the Ancient Mud facial mask.

First, I'd like to give a little insight to the brand. Cocoon Apothecary is a Canadian brand based out of Kitchener, ON that has been going since 2004. All items are plant-based, organic, and vegan. The best part is that they are formulated to help sensitive skin, which is one of my biggest problem areas with a lot of skincare products. Because everything is made in small batches, you're always getting a fresh bottle or jar.

Here's what I think of everything!

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