Thursday, September 20, 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

Good grief, the pain of getting this post up. Not because of the palette or anything, but my camera battery stopped charging. And I'm thinking I either need to order a new charger or a new battery, but it happened out of the blue and it's frustrating. So I had to go back and forth on the photos I managed to get with it and the ones I got with my phone and choose the best of the bunch. A bit time consuming, that's all. Unfortunately, it's the camera where I take all of my close up shots where my other cameras are a bit rubbish at that. There will be a learning curve until I get my main camera up and running!

This post is picture heavy, but this palette is too gorgeous not to share every inch. It's my first dive into ABH shadows and it did not disappoint (spoiler for where this review is headed). So here are my swatches and thoughts on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

InstaMonth for August 2018

A wee late on this post this month! But I still wanted to do it, because I like Instagram recaps. With the algorithm, I'm always missing posts. Good times. And it seems to be getting worse instead of better, so my love of Instagram has dwindled a bit. If anything, it has cemented my true love for Pinterest. That site is like a wormhole- I'll go on there and think it's been minutes to find that it has been an hour. But darn if I don't get some good recipes and organizing tips out of it! ;)

August was a fun month! It was hot and humid for most of it, but full of daylight hours for taking pictures. Every blogger's dream, isn't it?! Though I won't miss the heat and summer, I will miss that. Finding good lighting in the fall and winter can be a struggle. And when you do get it, you have to take a gazillion pictures for future use. We've all been there!

I hope your August was great and that your September has been even better. For everyone who has gone back to school, may your school year be successful and wonderful. I'm one of those people that loved school, so I'm quite envious. Well, right now anyway...maybe not so much when exam time rolls around. Good luck! Here's a few highlights from my Instagram last month. I'd love it if you'd like to follow each other (@wendybanner).

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1. July faves. // 2. National Lipstick Day freebie from MAC - Aloof. // 3. Vichy skincare.
4. Love that notebook! // 5. Ikea catalog time. Oh yeah! // 6. Fancy ice cream. And that was considered one scoop!
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7. Torrid haul. Already craving fall! // 8. Aqua Reotier // 9. Indy being adorbs.
10. New Zoella bath soak. Dreamy scent and packaging! // 11. August faves. // 12. Macarons are never a bad idea.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy 11th Birthday, Fashionable Heart!

Today is the day that my blog turns eleven. Eleven years old! What?! My blog is basically in middle school now. On its way to preteen territory. And that's crazy to think about! I've been at this a long time and I guess I just haven't run out of things to say or the want to say them. That's the true power of blogging, isn't it? May all of the naysayers that say blogging is dead be wrong, because I think blogs are still as relevant as ever.

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You can look at all of my past blogiversary posts to see more of what I think about this blog, what it has allowed me, and just how much I love it. None of that has changed. Another thing that hasn't changed is how much I appreciate all of you. Without readers, I'd just be talking to myself. Now, that wouldn't be much different from my everyday life (haha!)...but it means the world to me that you stop by to read my thoughts, look at my pictures, and support me on this journey.

Some of you have been here since day one and that is not lost on me. I'm so happy that I have gotten to know so many of you and formed friendships. I believe support shouldn't be one way. I love supporting you, reading your blogs, following you on social media, and meeting you! Paths that may not have crossed if I had never hit publish on this site. That's a strange and wonderful thought!

So thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. Here's to another 11 years? Well, you never know!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Blog of the Month: September 2018

In August, Sophie from Sophie Laetitia 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 Danielle from Darling Magpie! Her most recent post is about empties, which I always love! It's so satisfying finishing a product. Also, she's so close to 100 followers on Bloglovin' and it would be so great to see her pass that milestone. Danielle has had a rough summer and I not only hope that this cheers her up slightly, but I hope you guys will give her blog a follow and brighten her upcoming days with love and support! If you check out her blog, feel free to let her know I sent you. :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August 2018 Favorites

Different day, same internet problems. I think I might have to bite the bullet and unplug the modem and take it in for a replacement. I've been having to come upstairs and reset it quite often and that's getting old fast. I've checked all of the cables and everything, so I'm pretty sure the problems lies within the modem itself. Bleh!

But it seems to be working at the moment while I publish this post. I've got my Carole King playlist going while I edit and I'm just ready for the long weekend. We're taking Thursday and Friday as a staycation to go along with Labor Day on Monday, so I'm just counting down the hours until our holiday begins. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from August. As always, I'm never opposed to you sharing something you've been enjoying in the comments. I love finding out about something that may have missed my radar!

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  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - First off, can we just have a moment of silence for this beautiful palette?! In the saddest beauty news, Urban Decay has decided to break my heart and discontinue my favorite palette. Do you need a moment? I do. If you see one and you've been interested or want a backup, grab it. They are on clearance pricing.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette - The palette that comes the closest to being as big of a favorite of mine as Naked. Swatches are coming! I want to continue to live in a world where both exist. Is that too much to ask? **insert dramatic crying gif here**
  • MAC Aloof Lipstick - This is the color I picked out from MAC during National Lipstick Day. I plan on swatching it in a future post. Though it is LE, they bring back colors often. I'm happy to have this one, because I missed it the first time. You can see it on my Instagram.
  • Essie Peach Daiquiri Polish - This is one of my faves for summer. I'm already fighting the urge to put away the brights and embrace my fall colors. I mean, PSLs are back so it's basically fall. That's what I'm going with. Don't @ me. Ha!
  • Essence Solar Explosion Metal Shock Shadow - A beautiful gold and it works so flawlessly with both of these palettes. I have four of these shadows and plan to swatch and review them soon. So sorry to be slacking a bit in that category. Aforementioned internet problems have been the bane of my blogging existence.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

L'OCCITANE Aqua Réotier Line

Back from my internet problems- well, sorta. Seems I've gotten the internet situated on our phones, tablets, and the upstairs computer, but my laptop still ain't having it. I'm still working on it, so in the meantime I'm having to do this on our upstairs computer. Not my favorite, but it's either this or not blog. I actually used to use this desktop to blog here and there in the past, but most of my graphics and things are on my laptop. And you're just always more comfortable with what you are used to, right?

Today, I'm reviewing the L'OCCITANE Aqua Réotier line up of products. That consists of: Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel, Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream, Water Gel Cleanser, Moisture Prep Essence, and Fresh Moisturizing Mist. As a refresher, I have dry and sensitive skin. If you're wanting to know what I think of each of these products, just keep reading!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Technical Difficulties

Friday, August 10, 2018

InstaMonth for July 2018

It's August! Heck yes, it's one month closer to my beloved fall. My boots and sweater weather. Not sweating my makeup off the minute I step outside. Leaves changing outside my window. The coming of all of the best holidays (my opinion, of course). I know I'm getting a little ahead of myself and the season, but I am soooo ready. Sorry not sorry, summer lovers. I still love you!

The best part about today is that it's Friday. I can't believe a week ago I was picking out what to wear to my Taylor Swift concert at this time. Which, while I'm on that subject, was amazing. I did document some of it on my InstaStory, some of which are highlighted on my IG profile. We had Bryan Adams show up as a special guest and I truly just enjoyed myself. After missing her last tour with my knee surgery, I didn't take a second of it for granted. And I just had the best night I could possibly have. I came home feeling like death warmed over and it took a lot out of me, but it was worth every second. Every step.

We have a Sunday ice cream date planned at a really cool joint in Toronto, so I'll probably share some of that on Instagram also. One of those places that do the fancy cones, but I don't know how fancy I'll bother going because you definitely pay more for that "fancy" aspect. Haha! And we're taking Monday off as a staycation, so you know what? Like I said, the best part about today is that it is Friday. I'm ready to get this weekend started!

Here are a few highlights from my Instagram during July. Hope you all have a fab weekend!

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