Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top IPhone Apps



Okay, I've officially become one of those people who can't be without their phone. Ever since I got my new iphone two months ago, I've grown strangely attached to it and I mean attached. Aside from showering and working the thing doesn't leave me side. I always knew I had an internet addiction, which hey I can admit to, but I never thought I would become one of those  people who are completely dependent on their smartphone. What's that saying? Smart phones, stupid people? Well I don't think I'm that bad, I mean I put my phone down long enough to write the post; just don't ask what proximity it is to my person. Anyway, I thought I would share my favourite apps with you and and if you have any recommendations of what apps to add I'm all ears. Come on feed my addiction.


S O C I A L  M E D I A
What's a smartphone without social media, here are a few of my favourite social apps I use when I feel like being antisocial. Twitter, instagram and tumblr are my go-tos, I'm constantly on those three all day, everyday. Though every now and  then I switch it up and I use pinterest and youtube. Another great social app is the hunt. I'm sure you've all heard about this one before, but for those of you who haven't, the hunt is an app where you can search and post different items, mostly clothing, that you're interested in finding for yourself. I use it mostly to find certain pieces that I find on either tumblr or instagram. You can also use the app to find similar items in your budget.

M U S I C
Aside from my actual music app, that houses my itunes music, the only other app I use for listening to music is 8Tracks. I mean I've used shazam a few times to find out the name of a particular song, and I used to use songza before I downloaded 8tracks, but now I strictly use 8tracks whenever I'm able to. In case you were wondering 8tracks is an online radio of sorts were members can upload playlists for the enjoyment of others. I find that this is the best way to listen to music as I am able to search through different genres and artist to find whatever fits my mood.

G A M E S
I terms of games I'm not a big fan. I rarely go into my game center folder, in fact I don't even know what that is, or what it does. I never got into candycrush or flappybird, but the three games I do have and play often are solitaire, 2048, and twodots. TwoDots is my ultimate obsession, it's challenging, but fun, it's annoyingly addictive and yet I can't seem to stop. Not trying to brag or anything but I'm currently on level 175, just waiting for my lives to refill. 


Those are all of my favourite apps. Let me know what some of yours are and if you are just as attached to your phone as I am.

                                                   

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Weekend | Deck The Hall + First Snow Fall




Christmas is HERE!! Okay maybe not, it just feels like Christmas is here because this weekend I helped my mom decorate the entire house to it's full festive glory. Oh and we also experienced are first snow fall of the year which has surprisingly put me in a great mood, despite the inevitable cold weather that goes right along with it, but more on that in a second.

This weekend was all set to be a boring one as I once again found myself off from work with no real plans, aside from binge watching Gossip Girl. which I decided I would rewatch after hearing about Blake Lively's pregnancy. Man I forgot how much I loved that show, and it's really taking me back to my early highschool days as I was highly obsessed with it back then. I spent the rest of the weekend helping my mom decorate the house for the holidays. I can't help but laugh at myself because as much as I like having the house decked out for the holidays, I don't really like doing the actual labour (yes I just referred to helping decorate the house as labour). I guess I should explain. I'll help put the ornaments on and tell you where to place the really nice ones but rifling through the storage closet for the decorations and actually putting up the tree, yeah that isn't my thing. Ha let me know if you feel the same way or am I just a horrible daughter?

On Sunday we experienced the first snow fall of the season which was really exciting, no not because I love cold weather or frolicking in the snow, or any winter activity that even involves being out in the snow; I'm not a big fan of winter encase you weren't picking up on that. But the real reason why I'm excited to see snow is that I get to wear my new winter parka. The weekend before last I purchased a new parka as the winter coat I had for seven years was bursting at the seams, I mean literally, the thing was ripped and falling apart. So r.i.p old winter coat, you've served me well. Anyway, I never got around to mentioning this, because I didn't do I birthday haul this year, but I received a gift card for Aritzia from my father, which I used to buy my new parka. Remember this wishlist post from last November? Well that's the exact coat I got. If you can't stop thinking about something, don't stop working for it. That applies to dreams, goals, and of course clothes. I'll talk more about my new coat later on, but for now I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

                                                   

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pecan Bread



I know everyone is looking forward to Christmas, and the holiday season in generally, but despite all that excitement fall isn't quite over yet. Which is why today I am back with another fall themed recipe for pumpkin pecan bread. Think banana bread minus the bananas and packed with pumpkin spice and a pecan crunch on top. Is your mouth watering yet? Let's begin.

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg & 1/4 teaspoon all spice)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
a splash of vanilla extract
3/4 cups pumpkin puree
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I substituted coconut oil)
1/3 cup of chopped pecans

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Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Next create a well in the center and add the eggs, vanilla extract, pumpkin, applesauce and oil. Mix until the batter becomes smooth.

Now pour the mixture into a well greased loaf pan, top with pecans and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

Cool & Enjoy.


This is a super easy and delicious recipe, I honestly had no idea how simple it was until I started making it. You literally just combined all the ingredients in one bowl, which I guess I forgot what a novelty that is. I've grown used to using a bunch of different tools in the kitchen that it's a nice to just throw everything in the kitchen aid and mix; and because of that this recipe will definitely make a reappearance next fall. And if applesauce isn't exactly a staple in your household you can make a super easy version by blending a microwaved apple, that has been pealed and sliced obviously, with a splash of water. Oh and before I forget if you don't have pumpkin pie spice you can just use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg & 1/4 teaspoon all spice. As always let me know what you think of this recipe.
                                                   

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Repurchased #2


I can be somewhat of a creator of habit, and despite how much I like to try out new beauty products, once I find something that works for me and that I love I will stick with it and repurchase it over and over again. which brings us to another installment of the repurchased. In April I shared with you my favourite and most repurchased skin care products but today I'm here with three of my holy grail makeup products.


Urban Decay Setting Spray, over the years I've purchased countless bottles of Urban Decay's setting sprays. My favourite one is the one formulated for oily skin, which I have, called De-Slick but at the moment I've been using the original All Nighter formula which I've also been enjoying. I find that when I spray this version on before using my setting powder I achieve a more natural satin finish; which is great for the colder the months ahead.

Make Up For Ever HD Translucent Setting Powder, when I ran out of my mini setting powder, I instantly sought out a full sized replacment. This powder is so finally milled that it doesn't feel heavy when you apply it. It is also dermatologist tested and talc free which is just a fancy way of saying that it won't cause any irritation. Oh and if you worried about all those rumors that this powder creates a white cast on your skin just know that that is not the case. A little bit is all you need of the bad boy and it will be your best friend.
 
L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara, we all know how much I love to try and test out any and all of L'Oreal's mascaras but nine times out of ten I end up going back to their original voluminous formula or their voluminous million lashes one, but not this time. This summer I tried out their new voluminous miss manga mascara and fell in love. It basically does everything that the original voluminous and the million lash one does but I prefer the drier formula then that of the original and I find the wand is able to coat my lashes much easier, thus creating more volume and length. I can see myself repurchasing this one over and over.


So those are some of my favourite and most repurchased makeup products at the moment, let me know what products are your favourite and which you'll repurchase time after time. Don't forget to check out my previous post: the repurchased #1 and see what skin care products I'm happy to repurchase. 

                                                   

Monday, November 10, 2014

Currently Watching #1


*Not My Photo, Just My Edit*

Since sharing my favourite bloggers/blogs, almost two months ago, I figured it is high time I share my favourite vloggers as well; so that is precisely what I am here to do. Now despite being a huge fan of blogs with large amounts of lifestyle content, I mostly stick to watching beauty vloggers on the youtubes as I don't really enjoy watching daily vlogs, unless they are from the one and only EssieButtonVlogs. Don't get me wrong, I like tuning into a good daily vlog every once in a while but for the most part I stick to more informative beauty vids, well, that and the occasional funny animal videos. With that being said I'll be sharing my overall picks for the beauty vlogger category, formally known as "beauty gurus"  until that term became passé. 


B E A U T Y  V L O G G E R S
 My favourite beauty based youtubers at the moment are Chelsea of Chelsea Bella, Kathleen of Kathleen Lights, Casey of Casey Holmes (formally It's Blondie) & Amanda of Amanda Ensing (formally The Beauty Box1211). I find these for ladies to be the most creative and informative gurus at the moment. I look forward to each and everyone of their videos; they're the first ones I play when I see them in my subscription box. Kathleen is a lover of drugstore makeup products so not only can I count on her to share whatever drugstore gem she stumbles upon but I truly enjoy her goofy personality and know that I can trust her honesty and humble opinion; which we all know is a rare to find these days. Chelsea is another drugstore enthusiast with a good variety of high and low end tutorials. I adore all of her stunning tutorials and wish that my makeup could look half as stunning as hers. Casey has been around for years but I have just recently started watching her videos in the last six months. She and her bestie Amanda create some of the most flawless celebrity recreations I've ever seen and their hauls always leave me with the uncontrollably desire to spend my entire paycheck before I even receive it. I strongly recommend you check out all of these channels, trust me you will not be disappointment.


  These are all of the beauty vloggers that I've been enjoying as of late. Let me know what are some of your favourite vloggers are and if you have any suggestions of some that I might enjoy please feel free to share. Check out this post to find out what blogs I've been reading lately. 
   
                                                   

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