Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sephora Birthday Gift 2018 : Bite Beauty Chai and Glace Lipsticks

Okay, so my birthday was in July and I'm just getting around to sharing the swatches of these three months later. I lost a bit of review time when my main camera's battery wasn't charging. Now, we're back in the swatching game! Of course, if you haven't celebrated your birthday yet, then I'm right on time.

Sephora's Beauty Insider program is free to sign up for and you get a free birthday gift every year. Honestly, last year's Tarte set is still one of my favorites and I use the Paaarty blush constantly. This year offers you a choice between a GLAMGLOW set, this Bite Beauty set, or if you`re top level VIB or Rouge, you can opt to get 250 points in your account instead. You can get these gifts without a purchase in store or you can add it to your cart during an online order (like I did).

I opted for the Bite Beauty lipstick set with Chai and Glace. I have a lot of skincare that I am trying to get through and I just can't say no to a lipstick, especially Bite Beauty as they are one of my fave brands. Both Chai and Glace are a part of Bite Beauty's permanent collection. The set also came with a mini sample of their Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub that I have not included in the post below. Here are my swatches!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

InstaMonth for September 2018

I wanted to get this post up yesterday, but I couldn't bring myself to do much of anything. My uncle Bob was battling cancer and earlier this summer the doctors gave him up to a year. That year wasn't meant to be as he passed away a few days ago. My heart is heavy with emotions and memories.

I spent weeks of my summers at my aunt and uncle's home in Chattanooga, TN. I'd get their house to myself sometimes during the day and get quality time with them when they got home from their restaurant(s). Sometimes I'd go with them and get to help in the kitchen or take drinks to the tables, my first dose of having a job. I would wake up super early in the morning and watch Bob swim laps in the pool and wait until the evening when he'd get home to watch shows like La Femme Nikita (the original) with him. And he'd joke about how I was the only one who could load the dishwasher right besides himself. I made my first meal by myself for Bob and I'm sure it was horrible, but he ate it like it was the most delicious spaghetti and garlic bread he'd ever had.

So many wonderful memories I could share from before those summers, during, and beyond. My childhood wasn't easy, but I forgot all of it when I was with my aunt Debbie and uncle Bob. I hope that the young brother and sister that they have adopted feel the same way. It's like Debbie and Bob could make the outside world melt away and take you to a place where only laughter and sunshine existed. A magic power that few have, I'm certain of it!

I got so lucky in the uncle department and anyone who knew Bob loved him. It was impossible not to! So as my tears flow while writing this, I can't help but be grateful for every memory, every amazing bear hug, every ounce of love,and just every little detail. And at the same time, I'm just so mad at cancer.

I want to talk on Twitter, Instagram, etc., but I'm finding it hard to get motivated right now. I'm still posting, but my interaction is slacking. I'm so sorry. I'll get back to it soon and get caught up with all of you. I just need a little time to get the tears out.

Here are a few snippets from my Instagram last month! As always, I'd love if we followed each other. Hope you are having a great week!

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1. MOTD. // 2. The Rep Tour was amazing! // 3. The last of the picnic weather. 
4. Autumn vibes. // 5. Massive milkshake from Dutch Dreams. // 6. Mornings done right.
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7. ABH Soft Glam is everything. // 8. The new Starbucks cold cups are brilliant!
9. In love with Dr. Teal's. // 10. Surround me with pumpkins, please.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blog of the Month: October 2018

In September, Danielle from Darling Magpie 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 Silvia from EsviCode. Silvia is based in Milan and her blog covers a lot of different topics along with some great inspiration if you have a trip to Milan on your bucket list! In her latest post, she talks about how what you wear can dictate or reflect how you feel about yourself. It's so true, isn't it?! If you stop by her blog, feel free to let her know I sent you.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

September 2018 Faves

I need a moment to rejoice. I found my other camera battery charger and it works, so I don't have to order a new battery yet! These photos were taken with my phone, but I can finally get back into the swing of things as far as swatches go. I absolutely believe you can do most things with your phone camera now, but I find close up shots and swatches far easier with my DSLR because that's what I am used to and prefer. Now it's back to action and I get to save money by not ordering a battery. Total win!


How was your September? I am so excited that it is October. It's fall, the start of the holiday season is around the corner, and the leaves are just starting to change. The September-December range is my absolute favorite. And this weekend brings my first of two Thanksgivings with the Canadian one. While I have a few heavy topics on my brain, I can't help but sit back and be thankful and grateful for what I have. I hope all of my Canadian (and honorary Canadians like me!) readers have a fabulous holiday!

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  • Tarte Blush in Paaarty - Legit my favorite blush. I reach for this the most and it's still going strong. It is so natural.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Rockstar - HG purple eyeliner. I always repurchase this shade, especially for fall and winter months.
  • ABH Soft Glam Palette - It's perfect. All of those good things you're hearing? 100% truth, in my opinion!
  • Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Eclair - A beautiful rosy pink that goes with any look.
  • La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum - I haven't talked about this on here yet. It's a really thick gel-like serum and takes a long time to sink into my skin, so I do prefer to use this overnight. But the hyaluronic acid in it works like a charm and I can tell the difference on the mornings that I have used it. I'm not too keen on the scent. It dies down, but it is still noticeable for quite a while - another reason I prefer to use it at night. If your skin gets super dry in the cold months, this might be something you would like. It is pricey, but a little goes a long way in application.
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What were some of your favorites from September? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt with Coconut Oil

Here's one thing to know about me. I don't mind showers, but I'm definitely a bath person. I take more showers out of convenience, but there's nothing like taking the time to draw a hot bath and just soak while getting lost in a Spotify playlist, meditation guide, or audiobook. Sign me up!

I just took a hot bath (thanks to the stomach cramps provided by Aunt Flow- not my favorite aunt by any means) and chose audiobook this time. I'm listening to The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. I knew it would be good for some laughs and it has not disappointed me. Plus, that chick has lived a life and a half- worth a read! Usually I prefer reading text as opposed to audio, but I really think audio helps certain books come alive. Especially books by comedians. Like try listening to any of Ellen's books with a straight face the whole time, for example.

Some days I'm all about the bath bomb or milk, others I want all the bubbles, but I always want epsom salt. It's a miracle worker! I depend on it for any sore muscle and my dry skin. I've used different brands, but Dr. Teal's is my #1. I have the lavender one that is my best friend for night baths and I was recently sent the coconut oil version. I couldn't say no to trying them out and the new Foaming Bath. Read my thoughts below!

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When my knee injury happened, I discovered the wonderfulness that is epsom salt baths. Honestly, I'm mad at myself for not catching on quicker. Nothing made my knee feel as good in those early days as a hot epsom salt soak in the tub and just letting my leg float. Getting in and out of the tub with only one good leg was a different issue, but it was worth it. Ha!

I like regular epsom salts, but the scented ones add a nice flair. In particular, while the coconut does have a nice scent, that coconut oil works at hydrating the skin. It's a win-win between the exfoliating of the salts and the hydration of the coconut oil. And one of my friends on Instagram might be a bath genius, because she said she combines different formulas to get the results she wants. I see a lavender and coconut bath in my future!

And the real star of the show? The new Foaming Bath. It's a huge bottle! I love the blue of it. I wish the top was different, as I don't like open ones that much. I prefer push tops that help how much comes out. Not a dealbreaker for me, by any means. The smell of coconut is there, but it is not overwhelming and stays on the skin for a while. I love the scent it leaves on the skin- so fresh! When it comes down to it, it has the great qualities of the epsom salts and it foams like you wouldn't believe. When it comes to bubble baths, I'm like Bubbles in Finding Nemo. My bubbles!

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Have you hopped on the epsom salt bath train yet? Please do! They are amazing. I think we may all need to try my friend's idea of combining multiple ones. That's one of the best ideas I've heard in a while in the beauty and skincare community.

**The Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and Foaming Bath with Coconut Oil were provided to me for testing and reviewing purposes. All pictures and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

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!

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