Monday, July 21, 2014

My Go To Summer Lip Products


I don't know why it has taken me so long to do this post because I love sharing my current lip combinations and just whatever products I've been reaching for more often. I know for a fact that I mentioned a couple of these lip products before, if you've been keeping up with my blog since last summer you might remember that I shared a few posts on my go to spring and summer lip combos which is why some of these of products may seem familiar; plus I always like to have a good rummage through my collection and share products that I truly like.


Bright colours are especially popular during the summer time but as you can see I'm not really a fan. I mean I like a nice bold lip colour as much as the next person but for me my go to lip shade is a natural baby pink, sort of a 'is she wearing a colour or is that just a clear gloss?'. The reason why I mostly reach for a natural lip shade is because during the summer I barely wear any makeup and when I do I don't want it to be a hassle. So a lip product that I can apply at anytime, with any look without a fuss is essential for me. So here are my go to lip products for summer:


Nivea Hydro Care Lipbalm, this time last year I was all about the e.o.s hype but this past winter my lips got so dry and those egg shaped balms weren't doing jack and I needed relief so I went back to my trusted Nivea brand; they have such a vast variety and this one in particular is extra moisturizing which is why I carry one on me at all times.
 

Stila Lipglaze in Grapefruit, I have quite a few of these mini lipglazes by Stila and I honestly love them all but lately I've been reaching for this frosted baby pink one more than any other.

Tarte Lip Surgence in Elite & Sweet, Tarte's Sweet lip surgent is without a doubt one of my most favourite lip crayons that I own. The colour is so wearable and the formula is so nice that I don't think I could do without it in my life. That being said I know I said that the majority of these lip products would be of the light pink variety but my summer would not be complete without rocking a coral lip, which is where the Tarte lip surgent in Elite comes in to play. I've never been one to wear a bright orange lip but I do love me some coral. I especially like pairing this lip crayon with my NARS Taos blush.

MAC Lipgelee in LilacRush, I mentioned this lipgloss in my March favourites and I'm still obsessed with it. This lipgloss takes up permanent residence in my handbag and I wouldn't have it any other way. Its easy to apply while on the go and has just the right amount of tint in it to go over whatever lipstick you happen to be wearing or standout on it's own. Did I mention the scent? MAC lipglosses smell incredible which makes the inevitable reapplication worth it.
   
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint in Pink Mint, again with the trend of hassle free lippies that also smell amazing is this mini bubble gum pink C.O. Bigelow lipgloss. I got this little mini gloss in a set of five and I'm absolutely crazy about all of them. This lipsgloss in particular is the most sheer out of all of the products mentioned above (minus the lip balm, because duh it's transparent) and I can honestly say I like it the most for not only being so cute and minture but I just find that whenever I'm in a hurry or if it is extremely hot out all I need is a bit of mascara and quick swipe of this gloss to get by.

That's all of my go to summer lip products, knowing me this list will probably change countless times over the remaining weeks of summer but hey I what else would you expect for a lipgloss addict.


                                                   

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bedroom Redo + Update


This has been a crazy busy and exciting week for me so what better way to end a hectic week with a bit of an update. After searching months for a new job I was finally offered a new position at one of the local supermarket in town. Yes, that's right I officially joined to group of cousins that all work or have worked in a grocery store setting. That group includes two of my cousins as well as my older brother; who is back from Winnipeg and has successfully landed his own full time employment after completing an intensive two month internship. I'm so happy for the both of us and I'm beyond excited to start my new job.


 The excitement continues because not only do I have a new job but I also have a new room, well kind of. This past week I painted my bedroom and I couldn't love it more. After stumbling upon this picture on Pinterest, a few months back, I decided right then and there that I needed to do that exact same thing to my room. Pinterest always gives me the best ideas. So anyway the plan of have an accent wall complete with metallic stripes was born and brought to life this week. I couldn't wait to get started but that being said I had know idea how extensive and time consuming this project would be, especially since I'd be going it alone.    

I started off by apply one coat of Killz Primer on the walls and allowed for it to dry over night. The next day I painted three walls with the main colour, Peace by the paint company C.I.L which is a medium indigo shade. I don't know what sparked my sudden interest the blue-er side of the purple spectrum because if you know me I'm a lover of all things lavender and lilac, but this shade is actually starting to grow on me. I find it to be more on the mature side which I something I was worried about when I was choosing paint colours. I wanted my room to represent an adult unlike my old bedroom which I admittedly grew out of.

Later that evening, once the main walls were completely dry, I got to work marking out the stripes on the accent wall and let me be for the first to say that this step is not easy. Okay it wasn't that hard but by no means was it a walk in the park. It all began by measuring the width of each stripe. I initially thought I wanted the stripes to be thinner but I soon changed my mind when I released that would make for a busy pattern on the wall and would also make the accent wall lean more toward the childish side which is something I wanted to avoid. Once I was happy with the width I drew a straight line from one end of the wall to the other, all with the help of a level, so that I could maintain a straight line throughout. I have to admit that it was my first time using the tool and I'm quite proud of my ability to maintain a straight line; though the painter's tape helped a lot. Speaking of painter's tape, after I had drawn out each line I then proceeded to tape out the outline and began to paint. I strongly recommend removing the tape before each stripe dries to avoid any pealing. After I finished with one set of stripes and it was fully dry, I taped out the alternating stripes and began to paint those as well. The purple colour I chose for one set of stripes is also by C.I.L and is called Lavender Stone, which is a grey toned lavender shade, and the metallic stripes is Rust-Oleum's Metallic Accents in the colour Sea Shell.

And that's all she wrote, or painted. Later that night, when the accent wall was dry, I moved my future back in to place and cleaned up my mess. I couldn't help but notice a few minor imperfections, either from pealing paint or paint that has made it onto other parts of the wall, but that's all stuff I can go back an fix another time. So what do you think of my miniature bedroom makeover? I think it's pretty good considering I did it all on my own and only in three days. Below are a few before and after shots I took through out the process.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Manicure of the Moment | Flirt

   

This purple polish is hands down a favourite of mine no matter what time of year, but when I first picked it out of my collection I did not expect to be pairing it off with this glitzy topcoat. That being said I am pleased with how it turned out. I may have to dub this combo as a potential birthday manicure, because not only is lilac my favourite colour but who doesn't love a bit of glitter on their bday. I will definitely be book marking this post and coming back to it in October just in time for my 21st birthday.

The polishes I used for this nail look are Relvon Flirt as the base colour with Sally Hansen Supernova over top. I applied two coats of the Revlon polish to each of my nails then followed it up with two coats of the glitter polish right on top. I original wanted to do just one accent nail, but I decided to go all out and apply the glitter on all my nails. I know this manicure may seem a little over the top to some but I happen to think that it's really fun and girly and different from the neon polishes I usual wear in the summer. I skipped the topcoat today because I'm not happy with the one I'm currently using as I don't feel like it does anything to lock in the colour, prolong chips or even add any addition shine to my nails. In all honestly it's a bit of waste, I'm ready to move on and find a substitute; but I'll keep you posted on that front.

Let me know what you guys think of this nail look, I'm actually obsessed with it and I can't stop staring at my nails. I feel like the little girl in me is quite content seeing as this exactly the type of nail polish look I would wear ten years ago. So let me know if you would wear this on your nails and if you're all for embrace your inner child.

                                                   

Monday, July 14, 2014

TAG | The Makeup Timer Test



Its been a while since I last did a TAG post, I believe the last one I posted was The Book Lovers TAG back in February. Anyway today I am here with The Makeup Timer TAG which was created by the blogging phenom Lily Pebbles. If you don't know who Lily is and you're a fellow beauty blogger I have to ask you to stop what you're doing and check out her blog. Wait, no check out her blog after you finish reading my post; I mean you're already here it would be rude to leave now.

So basically if you ever wonder how long it takes you to do your entire face of makeup this tag will break it down for you. For this tag I chose to do my basic everyday natural makeup and I am truly astonished at how long it actually takes for me to get it done. I know I'm not a the fastest makeup applicator nor am I a professional but still eleven minutes and eighteen seconds to complete this simple makeup look that I do regularly is just sad; I need to up my game, no wonder I'm always late for things. However, I guess I can allocate say thirty seconds to each category for time spent rummaging through my makeup bag trying to find the makeup item I needed, yeah that seems fair. Here's a breakdown of what I used:


Primer, Foundation & Concealer; Smashbox Photo Ready Makeup Primer // Estee Lauder Double Wear // Maybelline Fit Me Concealer // MUFE HD Finishing Powder

Blush; MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush (LE)

Brows; Bonne Bell Midnight Bark Eyeliner

Eyes; Too Faced Shadow Insurance // Maybelline Chai Latte Quad // Bonne Bell Midnight Bark Eyeliner // L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

Lips; Nivea Lip-balm // Tarte Sweet Lip Surgence // Stila Apricot Lipglaze



I would now like to take the opportunity to TAG each and everyone of you reading this lovely post, but first here are the rules as written by Lily.

  1. Set your stopwatch to record each step, stopping & resetting in between each one. Don't forget to write down your times.
  2. Do your makeup routine at your usual speed; don't, I repeat don't, feel rushed.
  3. Write a post sharing you timings as well as the makeup you used in each step.
  4. HAVE FUN!
   
                                                   

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls



Whenever I would head to the book store in my local mall I would always be hit with the overwhelming scent of fresh baked cinnamon rolls, due to the fact that the book store just so happens to be located next door to Cinnabon, a store that is known for their sticky aromatic pastry. Now fortunately enough I always manage the self-restraint to walk by the storefront without so much as stepping foot into the store. However today I want to share a super simple recipe so that you can make your very own cinnamon rolls, so we can both indulge together. Here's what you need to make these sticky cinnamon rolls.
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 Ingredients:
3 tablespoons warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk (I used whole, but any kind is fine)
3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon
1/2 cup cinnamon  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Directions: yields about 10-12 rolls

In a small bowl stir together the water and sugar. Stir in the yeast and allow this to activate for 5-6 minutes. Set aside.

In a small pot melt the butter and stir in the milk. Cook for about 3 minutes until the mixture is completely warmed.

In a mixer bowl combine the flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and the milk mixture. Now with a hook attachment knead the dough together until it is well combined and becomes elastic. Form into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough ball and allow to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Melt the butter and spread over top and evenly sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Roll up and cut into 10-12 rolls and place in a well greased pan. Cover and allow to rise for another 30-40 minutes. 

Bake at 375°F for 28-30 minutes.

Before the rolls are completely cooled top with whatever glaze or icing you desire. I used a store bought container of vanilla frosting and drizzled it on top. The warmth of the cinnamon rolls will melt the icing, but if you'd like you can also warm the frosting in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Enjoy! These rolls are best served warm anyway.

                                                   

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