Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beauty Favorites of 2017

It's hard to narrow down my favorites from the past year, because I really came across some good products! And even if some things aren't featured in this post, it doesn't mean I love them any less...I just didn't need this post to be a novel. I tried to narrow it down to the products that I reach for super often, what I repurchase over and over again, etc. So I've broken down my categories into Tried and True, Newbies, Skincare and Nails, and Honorable Mentions.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

My Best Posts of 2017

Some of these posts I'm just really proud of and want to share again and some were the ones with the most views. I just want to thank you for reading my blog and making these last ten years feel like I'm not always just talking to myself. Which I happen to do...a lot...on a daily basis. 2017 on a general basis kind of sucked, but it was pretty darn good here on the blog.

I also thought about doing a 2018 Goals post and I might do it. Not sure yet, because goals can sometimes feel so personal. And Lord knows I've been judged on mine before, which is not something I am okay with. Get out there, make your goals, and try your best to reach them. Even if they are silly. Even if they are a long shot. Just TRY and you're already doing something that not everyone else bothers to do. I'm rooting for you!

I'm excited to see where 2018 takes me, my blog, and YOU. I still have two more 2017 posts coming: What I Got for Christmas and Favorite Products of 2017. And then, I can focus solely on 2018! Now let's jump in and see a few posts from Fashionable Heart in the last year. :)

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

InstaMonth for December 2017

I had a lot of fun on my Instagram in December, possibly because I just really love December. Even now, I'm still trying to experiment and change my feed up a bit. I've added a new background or two, changed my editing a bit, throwing in a few more various shots...It's a hard line to walk when trying to change things up, but stick to a formula that still feels "you" and what people are used to seeing from you. I'm keeping my usual style, just breaking it up so I don't get tired of it.

The algorithm makes it hard to have our work seen and it can be a real pain. Sometimes I see the posts of people I follow under a shared hashtag before I ever see it on my feed- which is often anywhere from when they just posted it to five days later. And actual quality growth (not follow/unfollow) is hard to come by. If I've neglected your profile and you want me to show it some love, let me know. It is not intentional! And if we're not following each other already, you can find me as wendybanner. Here are a few highlights from my account last month!

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1. I bought a few planner items from Etsy during Black Friday. // 2. November faves. // 3. Hard Candy
4. Went to a great L'Occitane event. Reviews are coming! // 5. Stila Warm & Fuzzy // 6. Winter Magic Palette
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7. Sephora haul. // 8. Try some yummy recipes with Sabra hummus. // 9. Shopping at Giant Tiger!
10. Bite Beauty Mauvember // 11. Wake up to makeup. // 12. Hygge. (Sequin pillow and PJs- Giant Tiger, Zig zag pillow and blanket - HomeSense, Slippers - Old Navy)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Blog of the Month: January 2018

In December, Alanna from Classy on the Run 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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I started doing these in April of 2013 and it's hard to believe that I'm in my fifth year of featuring other talented bloggers! I hope you've enjoyed them all of these months. To kick off 2018, I'm featuring Laura from Lipstick and Laura. Having met her in person at one of our group dinners ages ago, I can vouch that she's super lovely and personable. Someone you totally want to be friends with. She also does YouTube, if you prefer video content. If you check out her blog, feel free to let her know I sent you!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

December 2017 Faves

My first post in 2018! Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all have had a great start to your new year, especially if your 2017 wasn't so great (join the club). I'm excited to see what 2018 brings. It was so nice to take a bit of time off over the holidays! The only struggle is getting back into the regular schedule afterward. And big kudos to those of you who work retail and customer service and survived!

I'm starting off this year with sharing my favorites from the past month. I love December so much! As happy as I am to see 2017 end, I'll miss the feeling that comes with December. Here's some of the beauty items that I kept reaching for. Let me know what you were loving in December!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Body Shop 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar Days 16-24

I would have put this up last Friday, but it didn't make sense to put it up with only two days left after that. So I waited until this Friday to put it up. I quite liked the last few days of the calendar, possibly more than the earlier days. Let's find out what was behind doors 16-24!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bite Beauty's 2017 Mauvember Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip

To those who celebrate, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! This is a scheduled post, so I'm still off enjoying my holiday vacation. I have one more scheduled post coming on Friday! You can keep up with me on my various social media accounts or message me, if you'd like. I just wanted to use this week to enjoy some time off with my husband! So I might be a little more MIA than usual. I'll be back to my usual routine when 2018 comes around- WHOA! 2018?! Goodness gracious.

I'm going to keep this rather short and sweet, as I've already raved several times over about my love of Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip formula. You can see my original review and swatches of Eclair, Demi-Glace, and Flambe here. I purchased this during the VIB Sale and you can see the rest of that haul here. Here are my thoughts and swatches!

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Guide: For Him and For Her

A little late getting the rest of my gift guides up this year, so I've combined the last two into one post. Besides, I can't be the only person who is still shopping at this point. Right? I'm early for everything except Christmas shopping. Never fails! Here are a few ideas for what to get for the girls and boys in your life. Nothing I linked to specifically is over $50 CA.

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  • Water Bottle - I personally love the S'well brand and I like this new shape they offer. Throw a bit of ice in and these keep my water ice cold all day long. I tested it when I first got mine and it averaged 26 hours before the ice was completely gone and the water started to go to room temperature.
  • Makeup Set - I love sets like these. You can gift the whole thing or break it up into smaller gifts for more people.
  • Eyeshadow Palette - You can't go wrong with palettes. You can find them at various price points and there's something for everyone.
  • Reading Socks - I can't think of one person who hasn't gotten socks or slippers at least one holiday. And you better believe that I found the polar bear ones while making this list and now I need them in my life. Obviously (hi, I'm Wendy and I'm obsessed with polar bears).
  • Pretty Winter Gear - I am a firm believer that you don't need to spend a lot of money on cute gear for colder months. I've ruined too many expensive scarves because the dang things get caught in jacket zippers. Hats and gloves fall out of pockets and into snow. The hassles of winter!
  • Fragrance Set -  Fragrance is such a personal thing, but the receiver of a gift like this is likely to find something they like.
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  • Google Chromecast - I love mine. Actually, make that LOVE. Capital letters are needed. It's just so convenient for Netflix, YouTube, watching things from your phone...I keep hoping Twitter will update their software so that I can also watch Twitter Live.
  • Die Hard Christmas - My husband is in the "it's a Christmas movie" boat, while I most certainly am not. He feels like this book proves his point.
  • Bob's Burgers CD - Or any music they like. My husband and I happen to be obsessed with Bob's Burgers and he was pretty excited when this soundtrack was announced. Where are all of my Bob's Burgers fans at?! Oh, nice things are nice!
  • Portable Charger - Always needed.
  • Reading Socks - Lined with fleece to keep his feet super warm.
  • Hobby/Book - Going off of a hobby will never lead you wrong. My guy happens to love Archie, because that's what he grew up on and it always takes him back. I get him at least one Archie book every Christmas!

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