Thursday, May 17, 2018

Is Rimmel's Trendsetter a Dupe for MAC's Velvet Teddy Lipstick?

It's been so long since I've done a dupe post. But I've got one for you today! When I first got Rimmel London's Trendsetter lipstick, it reminded me a lot of MAC's Velvet Teddy. And Velvet Teddy is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks! So I thought I would put them to the test side-by-side in today's post to see how close they resemble each other. Let's find out if we have a dupe on our hands or not!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Almay Shadow Squad in Pure Gold, Baby

I love the idea behind this new launch by Almay! They took the quad format, but made it with one shade in four different finishes. It's pretty darn genius and you're guaranteed to have a cohesive look no matter which ones you choose to use. I was sent the one in Pure Gold, Baby to test and review. I already have my eyes on some of the other choices like Own It and The World is My Oyster. They are all so pretty- see them here!

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Blog of the Month: May 2018

In April, Kar Yi from According to Kar Yi 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's featured blog is JenCat Beauty! Are you searching for another beauty blog to add to your feed? Well, here's one to check out! She recently recreated her prom makeup look, which is such a fun idea for a post and she totally rocked it. Cameras sucked so bad when I was in high school that I don't think I could do that if I wanted too, because there's hardly enough clarity and definition to go by in any of my photos- LOL! There are lots of reviews to check out on the JenCat blog and I hope you will!

Friday, May 4, 2018

InstaMonth for April 2018

April was strange on Instagram. I don't know if they changed the algorithm again or not (probably), but my pictures were all over the place with the analytics. Some people are saying that it is because more people are using Stories now instead of the picture features, but I don't know that I believe that. I still think it's the order of the feeds that mess with us the most as viewers and as creators. Getting the chronological option back would be like getting an early Christmas present!

Below are a few highlights from my Instagram (or just look for wendybanner in the app) over the month of April. If we're not following each other, let's change that! I'd love to support you and get to know you. :)

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1. Easter OOTD. (sweater is still available, see my haul here!) // 2. Much needed caffeine boost. // 3. The cutest white chocolate bunny.
4. What's in my purse? // 5. Top 5 nail polishes. // 6. Spring is here!
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7. Almay quad swatches coming soon! // 8. Nude by Nature primer. // 9. Toronto Strong.
10. Anniversary trip highlights. // 11. Latest Old Navy haul. // 12. Le Fair serum. Currently testing!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

April 2018 Faves

Happy May, everyone! I don't know where April went, but here we are! Despite already having the pictures ready and edited, I dropped the ball on getting an intro up so I've got to be quick and whip this out. It's looking like we might get some storms and my dog is not a fan of thunder. Going to quickly get through this intro to free myself up to go and be a dog mom. :) See what I've been loving below and let me know in the comments if you've been using a product that I need to know about!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Spring 2018 Old Navy Haul Pt. 2

I'm calling this part 2 simply because I used my Super Cash that I got from my previous haul. If you read that post, you'll know I was originally planning on getting a specific bathing suit that caught my eye. But then I read the reviews and saw that it wasn't lined and didn't provide much support to us girls with bigger chests. This gal right here needs that support! So my bathing suit search continues! I'm not complaining too much because all four of these items came close to the total that the suit woud have been.

I did not want my Super Cash to go to waste, so I found some real winners that I thought I would share. They are all still available on the website and stores (minus the plus-size options, as those are online only). If you're like me and are at the crossover size where you can shop both sections, then you can find everything below!

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  • Mid- Rise Linen-Blend Cropped Pants - Plus version, which is pretty sold out at the moment. These have such high ratings and with good reasons. They are so light and comfortable! I can't wait to bust these out at the year's first cookout. I wouldn't say they are very cropped. At least not on me. I'm 5' 9", got the regular inseam, and they still meet at my ankles just like the picture above.
  • Lace Cami Bralette - I can't say no to bralettes. This specific one has a nice lining at the front and it really does feel supportive with the band below.
  • Mariner Stripe Boat-Neck Tee - You can find these in non-plus sizes, as well. I'm so happy I put this in my cart. It's soft and has a heathered look to the fabric. But it also fits just right and I think this would be flattering on a lot of body types.
  • EveryWear Slub-Knit Tee - Plus version. I got the tall version because I like my everyday tees to be a little on the longer side. Well, that and the fact that I am actually tall. This passes the arm raise test! It's on the looser side and doesn't cling. And the color is going to be great for all four seasons, so I'm down with that.
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Have you bought anything at Old Navy recently or use your Super Cash? I can't wait to see more of their summer line pop up, because I was gaga over the spring selection!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our Anniversary Trip to Belleville, Ontario

This year was our 12th anniversary and we decided to escape to Belleville, Ontario! A month ago, as a matter of fact. So yeah, I'm super on time with getting this post up. Ha! Anyway, if you're new here, we go somewhere every year on our anniversary that we've never visited together. Since we have Indy, I try to find places that are super dog-friendly. Not only did I manage that this time, but I found a hotel that actually has an in-house dog. The best!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer

If you remember in my March favorites post, I mentioned a product that was a dud for me. Spoiler alert: this is it. Of course, this is my personal experience with the Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer. As a matter of fact, I think it would be pretty great for most people. Just not me! Keep reading to find out why.

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