Friday, June 24, 2016

AQUA+ Skincare PM-Zero Anti-Pollution Cream

Can I start off by saying how much summer colds stink? Sure, winter ones are bad enough. But it is like the summer ones come in with a vengeance and full attack mode. It must be going around because I've had a few friends get it. I'm special because my husband always shares with me. Isn't that nice of him?! Thanks babe, I totally appreciate it. And of course, he's almost completely better after three days and I still feel like death after two. Men. If I could have his immune system and falling asleep skills...

Today's review is on the newest face cream that I have been trying for the past few weeks by the brand AQUA+ Skincare. They are based in Canada. Also, they are offering free samples on their website if my review entices you in any shape or form to try it yourself! The full-sized version comes packaged so nicely. I do like when a brand puts in good effort.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster - Light to Medium

Shoppers Drug Mart had a 30% off sale on select Physicians Formula items last week, so I picked up two. I wanted to try the newer Murumuru Butter Bronzer, but I could not find it in stock. I did buy their Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl and the Beauty Balm BB Bronzer Bronze Booster in Light to Medium, though. The highlighter post is coming soon. Read on to find out my thoughts and see my swatches of the Bronze Booster bronzer.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Tony Awards: Best Dressed

The Tony Awards! I am such a play and musical lover. I'd see every show ten times over if I could. It has always been a dream of mine to perform on Broadway. What a fun experience that would be! It is such a welcoming community not only for the performers, but for the fans.

This year has produced some strong shows with The Color Purple, Hamilton, and more. And better yet, some fashion stars! Look at these beautiful gowns worn by some of Broadway's leading ladies. Did you have any favorites? I'd love to hear!

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1. Dimitrios Kambouris 2. Jim Spellman 3. D. Dipasupil  4. Dimitrios Kambouris 5. Bruce Glikas
  • Lucy Liu in Zuhair Murad - Yellow should be her color and I love how light this dress looks.
  • Jane Krakowski in Michael Kors - Red hot! Does she even age?!
  • Danielle Brooks in Derek Lam - Embracing those curves in all of the right ways.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Zuhair Murad - I'm never one to turn away from sequins and I'm glad she didn't either.
  • Cynthia Erivo in Roberto Cavalli - Girl, you win. The whole look from top to bottom. Game over!

Friday, June 10, 2016

LovePendants by Robert Leser - My Personalized Necklace

I have a huge thing for jewelry, especially those pieces that have personality or sentimental value. Those are the ones that I always reach for. My favorite items are those that were gifts, are personalized, or passed down from someone I love. Those that tell a story. Those are the ones that earn a special place on my jewelry display.

I've been talking back and forth with Robert Leser, creator, owner, and designer of LovePendants. He wears many hats! And he totally got that I am all about the sentimentality. I was able to create a necklace that is perfect for me. The pendants are very dainty and perfect for necklace layering. I want to put my charm on one of my chains that my grandmother gave me, but I'll have to take it to a jeweler to get them to switch it out. I really appreciate Robert including a chain to my order, which allows me to not have to rush out right away for the switch.

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You can choose to customize bracelets, necklaces, or just the charm. There are various color options, allowing you to choose the gemstone and symbol colors and what metal you want. Besides that, you can choose from initials, popular symbols, sorority letters, etc. While deciding what I wanted, I was torn between so many. At the end of the day, I'm a sucker for a good monogram. And purple. I love a good dose of purple.
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This is the back of the necklace. Robert engraves the gemstones from the back. The center on the front of the necklace is smooth. The clasp is an easy lobster clasp and extends to 18". For the exact combination that I ordered: I got the initials pendant with an amethyst gemstone, purple engraving, and yellow vermeil.

I am so pleased with my necklace and my experience in talking to Robert. I love this brilliant idea of his and I think they would be great to give as gifts! I am really appreciative to have had this opportunity, because I would hate to think that this company might have gotten past my radar.

**This necklace was provided to me for reviewing purposes. All opinions and pictures are my own. There are no affiliated links in this post.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blog of the Month: June 2016

In May, Shayne from Queen of All You See 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 blogger is Jayne from Cosmetic Proof. If you like bright clear pictures and honest reviews, Jayne is worth checking out. She adds a personal touch to her reviews that just makes each of them easy and fun to read through. Jayne focuses mainly on nails, skincare, and beauty. If interested in those topics, her blog is worth checking out. Feel free to let her know I sent you! :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

InstaMonth for May 2016

I wanted this up last week, but life had other plans. I threw my back out while moving clothes out of the laundry room last Wednesday. So I've spent the last few days resting and being gentle to my back. I'm obviously behind on the blog and hope to get caught up shortly. I think it happened because I had physio  for my knee on the Saturday and went to a hockey game on Sunday and just pushed myself through the pain. My back just said "enough!" and I have been forced to listen. I just don't have the stamina back yet. Getting there...which seems to be my current motto at the moment!

I have to say that I have lost a bit of interest in Instagram lately. I'm still posting, but it's just not the same. I don't like the recent layout and icon change, but it is more than that. They are changing the algorithm and it doesn't feel "live" anymore. The hashtags don't always work and they've started blocking third party apps. I feel like if they are going to do that, they better be prepared to offer the same services in their own app. But since all of the changes, it really feels like interaction has gone down drastically. It's such a shame, because this has been my favorite social media site for so long.

I don't want to quit it, because I do still like to express myself through photography and this is a great way to do that. I just don't think all of the things they are changing needed to be changed. Anyway, ramble over. If you want to follow each other, you can find me as wendybanner on there!

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1. A worthy read
2. I love breaking in new products. 
3. MOTD.
4. Basics.
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5. Listening to rain fall with a tea in hand.
6. New office supplies from Chapters.
7. Red lips and rosy cheeks. (lipstick)
8. Feeling taupe and gold lately.
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  9. The best way to combat Monday.
10. My perfume of the summer.
11. I finally found some things from Hard Candy that I like. (blush, powder)
12. My Frixion erasable markers came in from Japan and they are awesome!
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13. Eating the rainbow.
14. I received a sample of Aqua Skincare's moisturizer and I'm testing it now to review.
15. New in from BzzAgent, the Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 foundation.

16. May faves!

Glad to be blogging again, but I'm still not 100%. Sitting here was torture, so it took much longer to finally get this post done. Phew! I hope you are all having a great week!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016 Favorites

It's almost June. The month that officially marks the beginning of summer. I am soooo not ready. It has already been warming up quite a bit here and I am just not made for heat. Yes, I know. I'm from the south and I can't stand hot weather. It is a little less frequent that I get the same kind of heat here as back home, the sticky humid kind that makes it impossible to walk outside without breaking a sweat. And I am very thankful for that, at least!

I think people up here don't mind it as much, because it is usually a pretty short summer. They soak it up and before they know it, snow boots are being brought back out. I'm in the minority here of those that prefer any of the other three seasons, but that is okay. As long as they put up with me complaining about the heat after I put up with them complaining all winter about the cold. It's only fair!

Though even I can't complain too much, because I'm able to practice walking unaided outside with a little more confidence now that the sidewalks are not slippery. (New readers - First off, hi and thank you for reading! Secondly, I suffered a Tibial Plateau Fracture last summer and am still learning to walk again.) But the air conditioning and being inside still wins out when possible. Thank you for inventing the air conditioner, Willis Carrier. Yes, I looked it up. The man deserves some recognition. Might just be my favorite invention of all time, to be honest! ;)

With warmer weather arriving, my makeup routine becomes more simple. It's already simple most days, but especially on warmer days. I do not like to feel like I am wearing a mask or that I am going to sweat my makeup right off. I start craving lighter makeup, lighter scents, lighter clothes. And my favorites are already starting to reflect that!

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  • L'Occitane Arl├ęsienne Fragrance - A light floral scent that is perfect for summer days.
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - I plan to do a comparison post on this with my other sponges. I like it a lot more than I expected to!
  • MAC Syrup Lipstick - I did have a swatch up, but I'm still working on getting a lot of pictures in my old posts restored (major pain in the you-know-what). It's a light mauve that is easy to throw on and goes with any look.
  • Barry M Mint Green Nail Paint - Bring on the pastels. All the pastels!
  • Hard Candy Living Doll Baked Blush - Gives a nice glow to the cheeks, perfect for fair skinned ladies. But it's the formula that stands out, so they are worth checking out at your local Walmart or online.
What are some of your current favorites? Do you have some favorite products that get you through summer?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Is Hard Candy's Moon Glow a Dupe for NARS' Albatross?

Ok, so yes the Hard Candy Moon Glow powder has now been discontinued but it is easy to find online. After seeing a few people online ask or think it was a dupe for Albatross by NARS, I decided to do a dupe post to find out since I own both. So how do they compare? Let's find out!

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They look different in the pan, but you can see the gold flecks on both. The Hard Candy powder almost just looks like a straight-up face powder, but you can precisely tell that Albatross is meant to be a highlighting powder. While in the last post, I said that I like Hard Candy's Moon Glow and that it is a good luminizer for the price, it does pale in comparison to higher end brands like NARS.

I can see why people might think it could be a dupe since they both have the golden sheen in the compact and on the skin, but Moon Glow comes across as more glittery and powdery versus the consistent shimmer of Albatross. Albatross is slightly warmer in tone and the gold comes across much stronger. I think both are great for fair skin, but might be a little too chalky or white for darker skin.

They are not really dupes, but both have something different to offer. Moon Glow could be used as an allover face brightener or a highlighter, but apply it with a fan brush or something light. And for a true golden glow, Albatross is the winner.
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Left: Hard Candy Moon Glow | Right: NARS Albatross
Hope you all have a great weekend!

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