Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy (Belated) 9th Blogiversary to Me!

For the first time in nine years, I forgot about my blogging anniversary for this blog. What?! How could I?! On September 7, 2016, this little space of mine turned nine years old. So close to hitting a decade and I honestly cannot believe it. I certainly did not start it thinking that I would stick with it this long, but I've let it evolve with me and it's still my favorite creative outlet.

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Sure, I enjoy Instagram and Snapchat and all of those other social media sites. But this blog allows me to have a bigger voice with a longer opinion. I can't limit my thoughts on a product with Twitter's 140 character limit, that's for sure! There's just a special place in my heart for blogs. It's disheartening to hear people say they don't really read or comment on blogs anymore when there are such good quality blogs out there!

I was never sure how long I would keep this going and these nine years have gone by in the blink of an eye. There have been some wonderful opportunities come my way and friends crossing my path all because of this blog. That will always be special and meaningful to me.  I still have a lot of readers on here that have been here since the beginning or close to it. That's so amazing and it does not get lost on me.

Blogging keeps changing, but I just want to continue getting on here and sharing what I love. Rather it be beauty, travel, recipes, fashion...I just want to keep letting it grow with me. Bloggers are more than what you see on our blogs, but our blogs should still reflect our personality and character in what and how we choose to share. I hope you get that from my posts and my other social media outlets. I don't want to be like anyone else. I just want to be the best me that I can be!

So rather you came here on day 1 or just got here five seconds ago, thank you for investing your time on Fashionable Heart. I love how many of you I have gotten to know through here and your other social media links. You guys are the best! Now to experience a new blogging year of growth, dedication, and fun times. Time to reach that decade mark!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hask Argan Oil Hair Care

Hask is a brand that I have been wanting to try for awhile after reading several positive reviews on blogs that I follow! So being given the chance to try out one of their lines from the exotic oil collection was exciting! The collection consists of: Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Coconut Oil, Keratin Protein Oil, and Almond Oil. I was given the argan oil version. Here are my thoughts!


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Can we take a minute to just enjoy this cheeky little bag?! It's nice linen too! I received the shampoo, conditioner, and samples of the Healing Shine hair treatment and the Intense Deep Conditioning hair treatment. I originally requested the keratin line, because I was concerned about the citrus scent of the argan products. I have an allergy and sensitivity to citrus and citrus scents. These products do give me a mild headache sometimes, but nothing major. No itchy skin, hives, or anything, so yay for that!

Now I don't always want to voluntarily give myself a headache, so I have used these the past week and I have now passed the shampoo and conditioner on to my husband. He loves orange anything and better yet, I think he secretly loves when he is given permission to use any of my beloved products from my stash. He'll never admit it though, I'm pretty sure. I think he likes to see what the big deal is when I gush about something. This is one of those instances.
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Everything in this line is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, drying alcohol, and gluten. Argan oil is known for strengthening hair and I personally love it. If your hair frizzes up on humid days (humidity is evil like that), argan oil is great at taming it. It also combats dandruff and adds shine. I love how this shampoo and conditioner makes my hair feel. Having thin hair, it does not weigh it down or make it look oily.
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I tend to stay away from oils and treatments on a daily basis, because they usually weigh my hair down. And honestly, I just really hate extra steps. But on pamper nights, I love a good hair treatment like this Intense Deep Conditioning one! It stays on for ten minutes. Just give me some candles, music, a face mask, and a bubble bath. Well, now I want to do a pamper session right now!

The Healing Shine takes a little bit to figure out what amount works for you. They say coin-sized, but I went smaller than a penny and that worked best for me. I think I will whip that one out for special events and date nights, because it did add a nice shine.

All in all, the argan products deliver on the promise of strengthening. It did feel like my hair was breaking less and I am sure that would be far more beneficial with continued use. My loss is my husband's gain! I think this will be great for those of you with damaged hair, those that do a lot of salon treatments, have dandruff, or deal with frizz.

**These were sent to me on behalf of Hask from Brandbacker. All pictures and thoughts are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post. You can visit Hask on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Contempo and Cami

I had a friend visit from the US recently and we combined an order for ColourPop to save on shipping and then she brought them up with her. Yay! This is my first venture into ColourPop and well, doggone it, I'm hooked. I also picked up some eyeshadows and highlighters that I will be reviewing in upcoming posts. In this post, I'm swatching and reviewing their Lippie Stix in Contempo and Cami.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner

This stuff is solid gold. I really wish this had come into my life sooner than just this past year, because I find it much easier than baby shampoo and more effective than spray cleaners. Sephora's Solid Brush Cleaner makes one of my least favorite beauty tasks (chore really, I mean, let's call it what it really is) a little more tolerable. And I'm always down for products that make things easier.

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It has a top that screws on making this travel-friendly for washing your brushes on vacation. Or you can still take the easy route and just pack doubles like me. Because lazy, that's why. ;) With the brush cleanser, also comes a pink scrub pad. And it works like a charm, let me tell you. I took the same brush model above to show you a before and after. The cleanser and pad duo makes my brushes look like new and the scrub pad helps get out any caked on product of the brush fibers. I also use the bar to wash my sponges, but not the scrub pad. It's a little too abrasive for them.
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So how does it work? Wet the bar first. Take your brush and swivel it across the bar to form a lather. Place the scrub pad into the lid of the container and swirl your brush along the pad to get a deep clean. Then, under running water, use the same swirl method on the pad to remove the soap until the water runs clear. I leave the lid off to dry overnight before putting the lid back on it. The bar needs to dry before using it again. I just lay it beside my brushes while they are drying.
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The ingredients list is simple and the argan oil makes my brushes feel so soft. The smell of the bar is nice and refreshing, but it does not transfer to the brushes. If you want to try this but not sure that you will like it, Sephora offers two sizes. I have the bigger one that retails for $17 CA, but there is a smaller one that is $10 CA.

Have you tried this cleaner? I'd love to hear what you think. What is your favorite way to wash your brushes?

Friday, September 9, 2016

InstaMonth for August 2016

August went by quickly and September seems to already be following suit! I looked out one of my windows earlier and saw a few yellow and orange leaves. Fall is coming! I already enjoyed a PSL from Starbucks last weekend. My cardigans are hanging up in my closet waiting to be worn. The boots are lined up. And my countdown has commenced!

I normally use these posts to give a little update on my knee, as well. If not interested, just scroll to the pictures! (New readers: I suffered a Tibial Plateau Fracture last summer.)  I'm only having to go to physio once a month now. The last time I went, I saw one of my physio friends there. Our appointments don't always line up, so it had been a while since we had seen each other. But she truly lifted my spirits! It's so easy to go into a dark place when you're not making the progress that you think you should be or want so desperately.

She came over and as we were chatting, she was so full of praise for me upon seeing how far I have come along since we had last seen each other. I was still having to use my walker back then and starting the transition to a cane. I now walk unassisted at physio, at home, and a little in public (working on stamina!). But she just made me feel so good, because I don't always recognize the changes. I was meant to see her that afternoon, for sure!

I'm still working on walking correctly. I still can't fully straighten my leg, so it makes it more difficult. I don't know if that will be a permanent change, but I hope it isn't. I'm still working on bending my leg more, as well. And let me tell you, it really fights back. I just have to keep fighting back! And that's pretty much where I am at right now.

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1. My beloved Inglot palette. (Pics have disappeared on my swatch post. Will replace soon!) // 2. I need to talk more about these later. Obsessed.
3. Easy makeup on a Saturday. // 4. Arbonne's Sheer Glow Highlighter.
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5. I want more! // 6. Hitting pan is so very satisfying.
7. Ole Henriksen Nurture Me line. // 8. I never say no to black and white.
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9. "And now I'm covered in the colors." - Halsey // 10. Ikea catalogs get me.
11. Pink lips forever and always. // 12. FaceOff makeup remover cloth.
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13. Because I'll always be a planning addict. // 14. Sometimes I just need color.
15. First ColourPop haul. Swatches coming soon! // 16. So happy to have this back in my life. Instant Age Rewind Eraser!

If you're on Instagram and you want to connect, find me as "wendybanner"! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blog of the Month: September 2016

In August, Jodi from Up the Rollercoaster 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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Thursday, September 1, 2016

August 2016 Favorites

Yay, September is here! September-December is my favorite time of the year and it is here! I can smell autumn in the air. It is coming! I'm sorry to all of you summer lovers out there. You still have a few weeks to enjoy it!

Speaking of enjoying things, here are my favorites from last month. And while writing this post, I am enjoying a 90s playlist on Spotify. On right now? Wannabe by Spice Girls. Heck yes! I'll try to stop singing along with the playlist long enough to make this post and my thoughts cohesive. Well, I'll try.

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  • Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Facial Water - As a primer before moisturizer, it makes my dry skin feel more hydrated.
  • Essie Ladylike Nail Polish - Such a beautiful dusty mauve!
  • CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation - My current foundation. The Olay serum makes this dry skin friendly.
  • Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter - This mixes in foundations so well and gives a beautiful glow.
  • YSL Rouge Volupte in 1 (Nude Beige) - My swatch of this is one of my most popular posts, so I think I'll be updating the pictures in it soon. This is a gorgeous pink beige. I still don't know where they get the nude from. These are among my favorite lipstick formulas!
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I'd love to hear about some of your favorites or if you have tried any of the products in this post!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Fair

This is one of those HG products for me. I went through my last one so long ago, but I tried to put off getting a replacement to try and finish some concealers already in my collection. And I did try for over a year and I just honestly have no other product that performs like this one does.

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 Keep reading for the rest of my review and swatch!

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