Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Currently: Favorite iPhone Wallpapers

I'm super obsessed with changing my phone's backgrounds constantly. My backgrounds album on my phone is always changing. I also love making my own, so I may share a few of my own creations in a future post. I have an iPhone 6, but I'm sure these are easy enough to crop and make it work for your phone screen. Here are a few of my current favorites that I have been using this spring!

Purple Galaxy // Life is Lovely // Polar Bears (thanks for pointing me to this one, Kerri!)

I've been a little MIA this week. This is going up on Wednesday from my drafts, but I'm actually taking the day off from everything. We have an appointment to put our cat Jade down today. There's nothing more the vets can truly do for her and we know that she has lead a great (and highly spoiled) life these past sixteen years.

My husband got her and her sister Ginger as his first pets when he moved out on his own. Ginger passed away a few years ago, as did our other cat George. Having to prepare to say goodbye and mourn Jade has been especially hard on him, seeing as they have that sixteen year bond. I moved here when she was five and it's hitting me hard too, but my heart truly breaks for my husband right now. We'd love special thoughts and prayers thrown our way.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tag: All Time Faves

I always get a little nervous when I have to pick favorites on anything, because there is so much I love and could put in that category. Some are a little easier to narrow down, but I always look for those loopholes where I can get away with naming multiple things. I can't help it! Have you ever been asked about your favorite song? I mean, how do you even answer that with just one?!

I have based these answers on what I have been using for over a year and always go back to using. I have affairs with other products, but these little guys own the most real estate in my heart. I was tagged by Christine to do this tag and though it's YouTube based, we've put a blogging touch on it. And if there is one thing I have realized, it's that I am made for monthly favorites. Less stress!

favorites mac urban decay mufe ysl lancome nars makeup bbloggers bbloggersca sephora
Blush: MAC's The Perfect Cheek blush. It was a repromote in the Marilyn collection. It hasn't been repromoted since, to the best of my knowledge, but MAC usually brings them back after a few years. I can't recommend this color enough. I hate showing LE products after the fact, but it's so good. And here's hoping MAC repromotes it again soon!

Bronzer: I don't wear bronzer that often but when I do, I usually reach for NARS Laguna. It works for my pale skin and I really feel there is a reason behind the cult product status. The shimmer is just the right amount.

Foundation: Well, I'm more of a BB Cream + concealer girl. The MUFE Full Cover and Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse are one of my favorite combinations. The Full Cover concealer is the best thing to ever happen to my face. HOLY FREAKIN' GRAIL product until the end of time. There may be other concealers in my life, but nothing could ever compare to this bad boy.

Brushes: Most of my favorite brushes are eye brushes, but that's probably because eyes are my favorite thing to do in my makeup routine. I'm also throwing my Beauty Blender in the mix. It's not a brush, it's better. I apply pretty much all of my base products with this. The eye brushes featured are MAC's 217, 224, and 239 and Sigma's E75 (mine is the old number system). I also love the Crown Brush C433 (not pictured) as a dupe for the 217.

Lipstick: Tough call, man. There's so many. I want to include so many others, but I'll be good. The YSL Rouge Volupte #1 is one of those easy lipsticks that I grab and run out the door and know that it will always look good. I don't need accompanying lip liner or gloss, it's just good to go.

Palette: Always the original Naked. If you're not new around this blog, you know that. I don't shut up about it. It's probably been in a hundred of my posts by now. There are so many looks that can be done and it's just one of those I can grab and whatever colors I choose will look good together.

Highlighter: It was another tough choice. I could have went with my Amber Diamond or High Beam but when it boils down to it, the Forever Marilyn is my jam on most days. It pairs perfectly with The Perfect Cheek and is just so easy to apply. I know I know, another limited edition product. Bad Wendy! Again, MAC often brings them back. This one won't work for everyone, but it's great for pale girls. I'd love to recommend Dior's Amber Diamond, but they've broken the hearts of many by discontinuing it. Sure there is a replacement, but it's just not the same. Sad!

Mascara: Lancome's Grandiose is amazzzzzzing. The wand, the formula, the bottle. So good. I also love Benefit's They're Real and CoverGirl's LashBlast. Anything that lengthens and volumizes is my friend.

1. What is your all time favorite thing about Youtube? 
I love the variety of videos. I follow accounts on music, food, home decor, beauty, etc. I can always find something to watch! I get as much inspiration from YouTube as I do on Pinterest, actually.

2. Out of all your makeup products, what is your all time favorite one that you HAVE to have at all times? (You can only pick ONE item.)
Eyeliner. Specifically a taupe one like Urban Decay's Stray Dog or MUFE's 24L. My eyes feel naked without eyeliner.

3. What is your all time LEAST favorite thing about Youtube? 
Comments and ratings. Not all comments, just the ones that haven't learned that the back arrow or exit button exists for a reason. If you don't like something, why watch it? Why comment on it? Why waste your time trying to knock someone else down? People sure do get brave behind a screen.

4. Who is your all time favorite Youtuber? 
Oh gosh, I have so many I enjoy. I'm quite older than her, but I adore Bethany Mota. MakeupbyTiffanyD, LoeyLane,, and Clean My Space are definitely at the top of my list. If you're an organizing freak, those last two are for you. You're welcome.

5. What is your all time favorite makeup product to apply? 
Said it above, but definitely eyeshadow. Probably because my eyes are my favorite feature.

6. What is your all time LEAST favorite makeup product to apply? 
Liquid eyeliner. Not my friend in the slightest. Takes me ages. I'm much better with gel or pencil liners!

7. What is your all time favorite brand of makeup? 
Probably Urban Decay or MAC. I'm trying to think of my stash and I'd say the amount that I have of both are pretty equal and they very rarely let me down. I might give Urban Decay the slight edge, because I am all about their Naked line of products.

8. What is your all time LEAST favorite brand of makeup? 
Is there a such thing? Haha! Let me think...probably Hard Candy. Their stuff is hit or miss and mostly miss for me. I do like a few of their powdered cheek products, though.

9. What is the one, all time lesson you have learned from being on YouTube a blogger?
It takes a lot more work than those who don't do it think it does. I hate when people are like "oh, she's JUST a blogger". No, I'm not just a blogger. I'm a photographer, an editor, a writer, a marketer. Bloggers wear many different hats! With so many blogs these days, you have to stick out and it takes a great amount of work. So my number one lesson has been time management and building a routine that works for me. A schedule that usually includes responding to business emails, editing hundreds of photos of the same things while trying to pick out the very best ones, chatting and sharing among several social media sites and blogs, writing blog posts, and still trying to get dinner on the table on time. Wouldn't have it any other way!

10. Who are you gonna tag? 
...and YOU, if you'd like to do it.

Link me to your answers, if you participate!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Home Decor: Bathroom Inspiration

My upstairs bathroom has given me nightmares since we moved in. It started out as bright green and had no cabinet doors. It still doesn't have cabinet doors on the vanity and it still haunts me. Ah, the perils of fixer-uppers. Luckily, the bright green was an easy fix. For now our bathroom is a calm blue. It certainly beats the green!

My ultimate goal is new tiling, a smaller vanity to open up the floor space, new lighting, and well...just a complete makeover. The first time I shared an inspiration post, it was on kitchens. Now let's focus on a few pictures giving me inspiration for bathrooms!

via Two Delighted
via BHG
via Buzzfeed
You can follow my home design Tumblr, Pinterest, or Houzz boards to see more of my inspiration pictures.

Friday, May 15, 2015

SST Cosmetics Quintessential Collection

This is a new line for me that I had yet to hear about until contacted. I always love trying out brands that are either new or just plain new to me! SST Cosmetics comes out with collections with hashtags and obvious themes, making it fun to keep up with what is coming next. I received a few items from their Quintessential Collection, available for this summer.

Top Row: eyeshadow duo, lipstick, lip polish
Middle Row: naked lips, lipstick
Bottom Row: lipstick and lip polish combo, lip polish

The Meek Silky Eye Combo is a neutral duo that is perfect for everyday use. I love the idea that it comes with one matte and one shimmer. If you didn't want to wear this pair alone, I can see it working with just about every other eyeshadow out there. The left side is a great highlighting shade! I do wear primers underneath my shadows, but I did not notice any creasing with the matte and just a little at the end of the day with the shimmer color. Both blend very easily.

Stripped Lipstick and Vital High Shine Lip Polish are as divine as a pair as they are solo. If you are not new to my blog, you know my love of a pinkish nude lip. And these are two winners, if you ask me. I especially like Vital, as it looks great on its own or layered over other lipsticks. Because it is hydrating with the help of cocoa butter and vitamin E, the lipstick does not sink as much into my lip lines. I still use a balm underneath, but I could probably get away without it.

I'm really excited to now know about this brand and to have gotten to try these three products. I can see myself reaching for these a lot now that I have them in my collection. Heads up to my Canadian readers who might be on the prowl to try a brand you haven't tried yet or wanting to stock up your kit! This is definitely a company that deserves a little more recognition!

About the Brand:
SST Cosmetics is a Canadian brand created by makeup artist Sharon Sharpe-Titus. Sharon works to create products that are free of harsh chemicals and parabens, as well as no testing on animals. Aside from makeup items, they also offer skincare products and beauty accessories. The products are available in select salons across Canada, as well as on the website.

*These products were sent to me for testing and reviewing purposes. All pictures and thoughts are my own. There are no affiliated links in this post.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cherry Blossoms

It is cherry blossom time in the city of Toronto. There are a few places you can go to see them and I finally ventured out to do so. I have a thing for cherry blossoms and I really recommend the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, if you ever get the chance to go.

They don't last long enough, if you ask me, but maybe that just adds to their beauty! While most of the crowds were venturing to High Park in the city, I took heed of a tip on Twitter and went to Exhibition Place on Friday. I saw two people the entire time I was there and didn't have to fight to get to the trees or try to aim my camera over someone's head. For someone who hates crowds and loves cherry blossoms, I was one happy gal to learn that the Ex has a row of the trees near the big fountain.

toronto cherry blossoms exhibition place peak time spring floral flowers trees

toronto cherry blossoms exhibition place peak time spring floral flowers trees

toronto cherry blossoms exhibition place peak time spring floral flowers trees
The Canadian flag in the background was a happy accident!
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Just a girl and her dog enjoying a beautiful spring day in the best way. Happy happy happy.
To see more of my blossom pictures, you can visit my photography blog!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Current Favorite Fonts #3

Wow, I was looking into my past posts and realized that I haven't shared some current favorite fonts since 2013. I find that quite absurd, seeing as they are among my favorite posts to read on other blogs. I'm a bit of a font addict- the more the merrier. Choices, I need choices!

All of the fonts I have featured below are free. There are gorgeous paid ones, but I rather like the treasure hunt of finding free ones that fit the bill. Under the graphic, you will find links to each font. I hope you are reminded of an old favorite or pointed toward a new one!

fonts free favorite spring graphics blogging
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

Past font posts : 1 and 2.

Friday, May 8, 2015

April 2015 Faves

I love April! I love that it is not hot and I love the overcast days. I can have the window open and just listen to it fall. And now that it is May, all of that rain has helped the woods behind my home become alive. The trees have blossomed, the animals are out, and spring is officially here!

With spring, I always find myself gravitating towards shades of pink. Pastels hold a special place in my heart during this time, but if it's pink? Shut up and take my money. Here's a few of my favorites from April!

nars deep throat mufe full cover concealer apocalips rimmel too faced romantic palette essie ladylike
  • NARS blush in Deep Throat - I don't know why I don't have a swatch on this, but I'll have to fix that! A beautiful pink that I often prefer to Orgasm when reaching for NARS.
  • MUFE Full Cover Concealer - When I had a nightmare that I went on vacation and forgot to pack this, I knew I had to include it. I know I talk about this HG product all of the time, but you need it. Do it.
  • Essie Nail Polish in Ladylike - A mauvy pink that is perfect year-round. Always a repurchase.
  • Too Faced Romantic Eye palette - I've been trying to show love to some neglected palettes and this is one of them. Honeymoon and Ever After are gorgeous eyeshadows.

What are some of your favorites from last month? Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

L'Oreal Fibralogy Haircare Line

Influenster's latest Canadian box involved Fibralogy, L'Oreal's latest haircare line. I've used L'Oreal hair products many times in the past, so I could not wait to try this. My hair is very thin and I'm always looking for new thickening products. Here are my thoughts on Fibralogy!

l'oreal fibralogy shampoo booster conditioner hair haircare influenster volume review

l'oreal fibralogy shampoo booster conditioner hair haircare influenster volume review
The steps are different from your usual routine. Shampoo first, rinse, add booster serum and leave on the hair, and then condition and rinse. The booster works with the conditioner.
l'oreal fibralogy shampoo booster conditioner hair haircare influenster volume review

l'oreal fibralogy shampoo booster conditioner hair haircare influenster volume review
Upon first glances, I love the bright colors and how the shampoo and conditioner stand differently. I like the scent, but I didn't find it as strong on the hair nor did it last that long for me. As a separate entity, I like the shampoo. I don't think my problem is with it. My problem is with the booster and the conditioner and perhaps I am in the minority, but they did nothing for me except make my hair feel oily. I did not notice a boost in thickness.

I thought maybe it was the amount I was using, that maybe I used too much of the Booster. I experienced it each time, though. Sadly, these just did not work for me. Just because it did not work on my hair doesn't mean it may not work on yours, as with any product. I have been reading rave reviews from people who love it and I do wish I was one of them! Luckily, my husband has fantastic hair that everything works on (soooo not fair) and he can put these to good use.

*I received these products from Influenster to test and review. The pictures and thoughts are my own. #fibralogyworks

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