Friday, October 9, 2015

Mess with my dog, you mess with me.

I had other ideas for a post, but I just couldn't sit down and edit the pictures or write the blurbs. I've spent nearly every second since Wednesday with my dog. During his evening walk on Wednesday, Indy was attacked in our complex by a large dog that was off-leash and unattended. Indy isn't a fighter and was submissive, which really helped the outcome not be worse. He has three bite marks and is taking antibiotics for them.

We filed a complaint with Toronto Animal Services and started an investigation to find the owner of the other dog who fled the scene right after. Our building's management is also going over security camera footage. I spent all of Wednesday evening crying, but now I'm angry and ready to find the guy. I don't want any possible future attacks to happen and that dog is obviously aggressive.

Indy is starting to feel better now and sleeping through the night. He is still having problems sitting down, but he can walk better. I'm so grateful that things weren't worse. We are all just really emotional about it, but time heals. My little pup is still as sweet as ever and lapping up all of the extra treats and attention. Maybe he took lessons from me with my broken knee. ;) If only I could heal as quickly as he is! 

I hope my Canadian readers have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend and Happy Columbus Day on Monday to my American readers! I'm off to enjoy a weekend of dinner with the family, catching up on our PVR, and hugging my dog until he is sick of me. Which has probably already happened by now...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blog of the Month: October 2015

In September, Ashley from Ashbam 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, Katie from That Geek Online is my featured blogger. She and I connected on Twitter quite a while ago, but I feel like we're kindred spirits in a lot of ways. She blogs about a little bit of everything, so you're bound to find something you enjoy on her blog. She just finished up a month-long interview series based on strong females, as well. And at the moment, she can be seen with awesome green hair. What's not to like about any of that?!

Friday, October 2, 2015

September 2015 Favorites

It's finally fall! I'm so happy cooler weather is here. And even better, holidays are just around the corner. The end of September to December is my absolute favorite time of the year. Even better, it's October- AKA the month I should be getting the ok to start walking again. Hallelujah!

Also, I must apologize if my pictures haven't had the same quality to them. It's extremely difficult to photograph things with a broken knee. I have to stand and lean against my table to keep from falling. Good times. My balance is just starting to come back now that I can have 50% weight on my left leg. Every step is hard and painful and I still can't put my foot flat on the floor yet. I would not wish this on anyone. It's a tough injury that is going to take me a long time to bounce back from.

I don't know why I choose to give most of my knee updates before my monthly favorites. I guess it is because it's the easiest way to fit them in. People are probably getting to the point now where they think I just don't shut up about my stupid injury. Trust me, I'm tired of it also. It just so happens to be a huge part of my life right now that I can't overlook or ignore. I can't wait to get to the point where I have nothing about my knee to talk about!

Blah blah blah, Wendy, stop talking and get to the favorites! Here we go!

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  • MUFE 10C Aqua Lip - Such a beautiful deep berry, which is what I've been gravitating toward. Swatch is here.
  • Revlon ColorStay Concealer - I like that this concealer has a wand for easy application.
  • MAC MSFN - My MAC Studio Careblend is done, so I shopped my stash and rediscovered the MSFN.
  • Arbonne Lip Treatment - Read my review here.
  • SST Cosmetics Composed Eyeshadow - Mmmm, berrrrry. Swatch is here.
  • OPI Casino Royale - This was limited edition, but I'm pretty sure Essie's Recessionista is a close dupe.
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I'd love to know what your favorites are. Are you loving a certain color palette this season in fashion or beauty?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SST Cosmetics: Composed, Sun Kissed, and Lash Rebel

SST Cosmetics is a Canadian brand created by a professional makeup artist named Sharon Sharpe-Titus and based in Saskatoon. Aside from ordering from the brand online, it can also be found in salons in several provinces. I have reviewed their Meek eyeshadow duo, Vital lip polish, and Stripped lipstick previously.

I received Composed Silky Eyeshadow, Lash Rebel mascara, and Sun Kissed Radiant Finish Bronzer from the Signature Series to take my summer makeup into fall. Here are my thoughts and swatches!

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bbloggers bbloggersca sst cosmetics eyeshadow bronzer mascara swatches review makeup composed sun kissed lash rebel
I'll be honest when I say I was feeling fall before it officially arrived. I have especially been craving burgundy and dark berry shades, so I might have let out a squeal (which is the opposite of composed -see what I did there?!) when I saw this eyeshadow. I knew it would be right up my alley before even swatching it. And I was right. SST eyeshadows are so easy to blend with little fallout. Composed has just a hint of shimmer, so I think it would work in any look you choose to do and it would easily take you from day to night.
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The Lash Rebel mascara is a dry formula, which I prefer. The wand is simple with natural bristles. These wands are great for natural looks and add a little volume. This mascara was very easy to work with and also layers nicely with others.
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I wanted to compare Sun Kissed to NARS Laguna bronzer, which is usually the bronzer I resort to. I'm not saying I don't have a place for Laguna anymore, because it is still a beautiful bronzer! I just have to be more careful with the application because of my pale skin. Sun Kissed is a little lighter and works a little easier for me. Sun Kissed has more of a shimmer to Laguna's sheen in both the compacts and swatches, but once it is blended in it gives the same effect as Laguna. Both are beautiful in their own right, but I'm happy to have another choice in my collection.

**These products were sent to me. I am not being paid and there are no affiliate links. All pictures and thoughts are my own.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment

This is actually my first foray into Arbonne. I always like those times when I am trying a brand that is completely new to me. Is that weird? I love looking at the websites and seeing what they offer, their ingredients, and just everything about them. When I was contacted to try this lip treatment, that is exactly what I did. Here are my thoughts on the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment!

 Here is what Arbonne says about the Lip Treatment:
·         Replenishes moisture to smooth lip texture as well as reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lips
·         Deeply hydrates, moisturizes and protects the natural moisture barrier to help lips look soft and supple
·         Immediately and continuously plumps lips’ appearance, restoring a youthful, well defined appearance
·         Cream formula absorbs quickly and can be worn alone or as a primer to help extend the wear of lipstick or gloss
·         Dermatologist- and allergy-tested; suitable for all  skin types
·         Vegan, formulated without gluten
I love the packaging- a really pretty pastel mint. It won't look out of place on any nightstand. I also like the narrow tip, which helps you not get too much out at a time. It comes out as a white paste, but goes clear when applied on the lips. Arbonne recommends applying the treatment once in the morning and once at night. You can use it on its own or under your everyday lip products. The price is pretty steep at $38 US/$46 CA, but a tube will last you several months.
To me, this is a lip treatment that feels like a lip balm formula. It doesn't feel heavy on the lips and sinks in quickly. After three days, 90% of 20 women in a perception study said that their lips looked more youthful. I can say I agree with that based on my own results. My lips do not feel as dry, lipstick isn't settling into fine lines nearly as much, and they just feel softer to the touch. Now that fall is here and winter is just around the corner, I can see this coming in quite handy during the colder weather.

Let me know if you have tried the Lip Treatment or any other Arbonne product. I would love to hear your thoughts!

**These products were sent to me. I am not being paid and there are no affiliate links. Thoughts and pictures are my own.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Best Dressed List for the 2015 Emmys

Oh my gosh, this year's Emmys looks were AMAZING. There were a few risks that paid off, but I found my eye wandering more toward the simplistic gowns with that one detail that makes you go "oooooh". Not that I am one to turn away from shiny pretty things either. Kudos to these celebs for looking put together on a hot day, because I would have looked like a puddle of mascara, sweat, and hairspray.

  • Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs - Easily my favorite of the night. It stood out from the rest in all of the best possible ways. Armor for our head of the "gladiators"!
  • Amy Poehler in Michael Kors - The simple styling of the hair and accessories with the cutouts is what wins. Easy and breezy.
  • Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen - Love the neckline and how it continues to the back.
  • Aubrey Plaza in Alexandre Vaultier - I love the red sparkles against the black fabric. And just enough skin is showing.
  • Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell - Classy and elegant. The side embellishment made this more than a basic LBD.
  • Gina Rodriguez in Lorena Sarbu - I look at this and think of clouds or cotton candy. So ethereal! The only thing I am on the fence with is the red clutch.
Who stole the show for you?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Currently Listening To

Whoa, the last time I did one of these was September of last year. And with my growing addiction of Spotify this year, it makes it easier for you to find most of these to listen to (except Taylor Swift, as you all know by now). Since I am sharing some of my current favorites, I would love for you to do the same. If you're on Spotify, find me here.

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  1. In The Night - The Weeknd (Honestly, that whole darn Beauty Behind the Madness album is AMAZING.)
  2. Black Magic - Little Mix
  3. Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes
  4. Pain Killer - Little Big Town
  5. Here - Alessia Cara
  6. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor and John Legend
  7. Lonely Town - Brandon Flowers
  8. In the Winter - Janis Ian
  9. Girl Crush - Little Big Town
10. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (Currently my theme song, for real.)
11. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
12. Dark Times - The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran

Monday, September 14, 2015

CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Duo in Whisper

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Mine was busy with a hospital appointment, physio therapy, and a birthday dinner for my BIL. Good news is that I can start applying 25% weight to my left leg now to get my knee used to walking again. Bad news is that I suck at estimates so who knows what I'm really applying. I'm pretty terrified of screwing my knee up, so I'm probably putting way less than that.

To not be able to walk for three months and now building up to it is a very strange thing. I get that pins and needles feeling up my whole leg, my foot swells, my other leg aches from overcompensating. It's daunting, terrifying, exciting. I can go up to 50% weight in two weeks and hopefully be fully walking in six weeks. That still seems like a long time, but I know I need these baby steps. Anyway, that's just a little knee update! Getting there!

I got this CoverGirl Blast Flipstick in Whisper at the swap during the CBB dinner in June. It looked pretty, it looked pink, and it looked like it needed to be in my already full pink lipstick collection. It's an addiction, ok? I can't help it. Well, I can, but I don't wanna. Here are my thoughts and swatches!

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covergirl blast flipstick lipstick duo whisper swatches bbloggers bbloggersca lips review

covergirl blast flipstick lipstick duo whisper swatches bbloggers bbloggersca lips review
One side is a lighter pink and one side is a mauve. There are some pros and cons for me. First, I love the mauve side except for the gold shimmer. It's a bit overwhelming on my lips. I'd like it more if the gold had been toned down a bit more. I love the lighter pink side on its own, but the true magic happens when the two are layered. The gold all but disappears and the duo creates a perfect lighter mauve.

The smell is kind of like a waxy vanilla, not that pleasant but not too offensive to the nose. The worst part of these is the taste. You know how when you accidentally get perfume in your mouth after spritzing it? These do that same "perfumey" aftertaste that won't go away easily. I got a taste of it when I was removing it from my lips. If you lick your lips, beware.

This is a toss-up. I love the end product of both shades used together, but I sure would hate to get the taste in my mouth each time I wear it.

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