Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March '15 Monthly Round Up

March has come and gone and to be honest I am so thrilled to being moving on into April. To me March just felt like left over February.The weather was awful and it just took over my overall impressions for the month; simply put March was meek. That being said, a few exciting things did take place towards the end of the month, which I will share in an up coming post, but today I'll be sharing my monthly round up. If you remember from last month instead of a favourites post I did an overview of my favourite posts from that month. This month I thought I would do the same but I'm also considering posting a random favourites post as well. Let me know if you'd like to see that.

03/04/15: Manicure of the Moment | Blue Diamond; I really wanted to create a nice clean look using this navy polish and by experimenting with some tape I was able to get this really cool geometric cut out. I love the way it turned out.

03/06/15: TAG| Lip Product Addict; It has been forever since I've last done a tag post and I thought this one all about my makeup obsession, lip products, would be the perfect one to ease back into it.

03/16/15: Shamrock Brownies; I perfecting my brownie resipe I decided to not only share it but put a St.Patrick day spin on them.

03/23/15: Products That Are Worth The Hype -The Drugstore Edition; Since my first products that are worth the hype post went down so well I thought I would share an updated version all about drugstore products.  

And that completes my top posts of March 2015. Have a read and tell me what you think, oh and don't forget to check out last month's round up.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monthly Music Pick | March Playlist

It has been forever since I last shared a monthly music playlist and I have been listening to four albums nonstop this month. Those four albums are Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Fifth Harmony Reflection, Maroon 5 V, and Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise. I believe a few of these albums have been out for a while but they are all relatively new releases.

If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Drake pulled a Beyonce and surprised everyone by stealthily dropping his latest mixtape electronically back in February. I am a huge Drake fan so my love for this album will come as no surprised. That being said, I might be the only person who finds it to be a completely different sound than his other stuff and although it is growing on me, and I'm getting used to it, it wasn't love at first listen. Favourite Tracks are: 6 God, Energy & 6pm in New York.

This highly anticipated debut album by the talented x factor girl group, Fifth Harmony has become my not so guilty obsession. I  adore this album, there isn't a song that I don't find myself grooving along to, it is true pop perfection. Each girl is beyond talented and their different vocal abilities and strengths really shine through on each track. Favourite Tracks on Reflections are: Top Down, Reflections, Like Mariah & Everlasting Love

Okay I'm not a massive fan of Maroon 5, I mean I like a few of their songs but I wouldn't call myself a fan; until I heard their latest album. Recently I've became obsessed with their song sugar, and I would hear a few of their other ones on the radio, which is what original sparked my interest. I figured I liked so many of their singles I should give their album and a listen and boom instant love affiar. Favourite Tracks on V are: Sugar, It Was Always You & Feelings 

Dark Sky Paradise
Last but certainly not least is my new rap obsession, Fifth Harmony was my pop obsession but Big Sean is my rap obsession. I have had Dark Sky Paradise on repeat since it's release. I'll switch it up and play something else but I always end up coming right back to it. I have never been a huge fan of Big Sean but I always liked his verses on other artist songs and since he is practically indorsed by Yezzus him self I got to show some love. Favourite Tracks on Dark Sky Paradise are: Blessings, All Your Fault, Play No Games, Research & One Man Can Change The World

Those are all of my music picks for the month of March. Have you heard any of these albums yet, if so which one? Also let me know what some of your music highlights were this month.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Products that are Worth the Hype -The Drugstore Edition

A few weeks ago I shared some products that I felt were well and truly worth their surrounding buzz; and considering how well that post went down and the mere fact that there is so much overly hyped beauty products out there I thought I would share an updated post all about what drugstore products I believe are worth their hype. Again if you've been reading my blog for a while the majority of these products won't come as a surprise. Also I'm going to change things up and go by brand instead of by individual products. So without further ado.

Maybelline: personally I think Maybelline makes some of the best eye shadows at the drugstore. I've had this qaud in chai latte for years and as you can see I have used a great deal of the highlight shade. I also really like the concealer from their Fit Me line. You may rememeber when I first got it I couldn't stand it and I actually featured it in a dissapointing products post. However since then I have learned how to use it and I'm honestly obsessed with it.
L'Oreal: if you were to ask me what is my favourite drugstore brand I would hands down say L'Oreal. They have the best mascaras and liners. At the moment my holy grail mascara is miss manga. I love how long and voluminous it makes my lashes. I'm also a big fan of their super-slim liquid linear, as I find it to be the easiest method for applying winged linear. I am also really impressed with their lipsticks. Currently I only have two but I'm obsessed with the shade Kerry Rosewood; it's a sheer tone pink with a bit of subtle glitter.

Revlon: okay if you asked me what my favourite drugstore brand for lip products and nail polishes it would be without a doubt be Revlon. They have the best formulas for both their lipsticks and glosses. Their lipsticks come in different finishes; which is something you rarely see from other drugstore lipsticks, and their glosses aren't at all sticky. I also really like their nail polishes. Most people tend to lean towards the popular brands like Essie, but I believe that Revlon's polishes are just as good, if not better.

Rimmel: honestly I don't gravitate to Rimmel products nearly as much as other brands but as far nail polishes go I adore Rimmel's lasting finish pro line. I don't know why I haven't ventured out and got more but at the moment I have their black stain polish and it is my all time favourite black polish; and the brush applicator is curved and amazing at coating my nails evenly.

NYX: unfortunately my local drugstores don't carry a whole lot of NYX products, so I haven't been able to try much from them. However I do own quite a few of their pencil liners and they are really great; as you can tell by the black one which is practically a stub.

E.L.F: finally I wanted to talk about my E.L.F brushes. Again E.L.F isn't a brand that is easily found here in Canada, and Target Canada is now shutting down -let's not even talk about that because that's upsetting. Anyway at of the few E.L.F products I have I adore my brushes. They're cheap and the work great with minimal to no shedding. My favourite brushes are both from the dollar line and they are short flat eye shadow brush and the angled defining eye brush.

Miscellaneous: two products I want to talk about briefly are the Annabell liner I use to fill in my eyebrow, it's cheap and gets the job done and it also has a large colour selection so if you have a hard time finding a shade for your brows take a look at their line. I also want to talk about my favourite hydro care lip balm by Nivea. Nothing moisturizes my lips better during the harsh winter days like this balm.  

Those are all of the drugstore beauty products that I feel are worth the hype. Let me know if you've tried any of the products mentioned and what you think about them. Also let me know what type of post you'd like to see more of here on xo.Janiecy.xo and if you haven't already don't forget to follow via Bloglovin to stay up to date on all of my posts.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Currently Reading #2

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It has been a while since I shared the love here on xo.Janiecy.xo, and since my last currently reading post I have discovered quite a few lovely blogs that I felt like an update was needed; but before I get on with it make sure you check out my first installment and see what blogs I was loving previously.

Today I want to share four blogs that I have discovered recently and coincidentally they're all fashion related. Fashion blogs have become my obsession, they're my new favourite type of blogs to read; okay second favourite. I'll always love reading lifestyle blogs; however, some fashion blogger actually incorporate a lifestyle aspect into their post, so I guess that's where my interest stems from.

All of these bloggers have there own distinct styles and I can't help but look for inspiration in each and every one of their looks. Kayla from Not Your Standard, has such a sophisticated international style; She constantly looks like she stepped out of the pages of vogue. Alyssa from Styled & Smitten and Van from Forever Vanny are the ultimate trendy east coasters. Alyssa's has such a modern and girly style while Van's style leans more on the chic and timeless side. On the complete opposite end of  that spectrum is Crystal  of Cryskay. Crystal embraces the whole laid back California style. From over-sized tees and denim shorts to ripped jeans and high-tops, Crystal has the whole effortless cool thing down pact.

Those are all of the blogs that I have been enjoying lately and if you haven't already be sure to check them out. Also let me know what some of your favourite blogs are to read in the comment section below.