Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Favourites



Okay, where did the month of July go? I don't know about you but this month just flew by, I mean the summer is almost over and I have no recollection of it. Well, I did spend a chunk of summer working, job hunting and when I wasn't doing either of those two things I had my nose in a book; and this past month was no exception. Although I don't have a lot of favourites this month I thought I would share what I do have.


  • Tarte Lipsurgent in Sweet, you guys all know how much I love these lip crayons by Tarte and this one in particular has been featured on here many times now, but it's just a natural baby pink colour. I'm pretty sure I've worn this lip pencil everyday this month (everyday that I actually wore makeup that is) and I wouldn't have it any other way since the formula is so breathtaking.

  • Stila Lipglaze in Grapefruit, on top of that lip crayon I've been wearing this Stila lipglaze. The shades go really well with each other and the lipgloss adds the perfect glossy finish to my lips.

  • Victoria Secret Bombshell Perfume, again if you been reader of mine for a while now my love for this VS fragrance will come as no surprise to you. In terms of summer scents Victoria Secret Bombshell is one that I go back to every year. Not only does it have the right combination of two of my favourite scent profiles, Peony and Orchid, it is also versatile as I can wear it both day and night.

  • Revlon Flirt Nail Polish, this lavender nail polish was featured in a manicure of moment post earlier this month and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. See what post I'm talking about here. It was a really fun look, different than anything I would usually do.I'm a big fan of glitter but I'm not adventurous enough for all out glitter nails, maybe on my birthday perhaps.

  • Food: Stride Sour Patch Kids Gum, I kept hearing about this gum but I could never find it in stores until this month. That's when I picked it up and gave it a try and honestly it tastes just like how you would expect it to. Sour Patch Kids are my favourite kind of Maynard candy so for them to team up with Stride was pretty cool. Keep in mind that like any other flavored gum it does lose flavor fairly quickly but it's all good just pop another piece into your mouth and continue chewing.

  • Books: James Dashner's The Maze Runner Saga, this is probably my most exciting favourite of the month. The Maze Runner is another wildly popular dystopian novel the follows a boy named Thomas who wakes up in a caged elevator and doesn't remember a single thing. Upon his arrival, Thomas is faced with a large crowd of boys all who have had their own memories wiped. Soon after they meet another new arrival, this time its a girl, who deliverers a cryptic message that changes everything. For a more detailed review see my latest book review here. This was one action packed series, the author does a great job at creating such likeable and dynamic characters.

  • Random: My Mini Bedroom Redo, my final favourite of the month has to be my not so new bedroom. Some of you may know that around this time last year my family and I moved house, so naturally a bedroom makeover was in the works for me. This past month I primed and painted my room and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. For before and after photos see this post here.


So those are my favourites of the month. Again I can't believe how fast the month has gone by. Don't forget to leave a comment telling me some of your favourites for the month of July.


                                                   

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nail Polish Clear Out



This weekend I finally got around to the tedious task of organizing and clearing out my nail polish collection. I've been complaining about my collection for a while now, saying that I'm tired of my selection and all the shades have started to look the same to me, so what better time to be proactive and have a good rummage through my collection and toss the polishes that have sat unloved for quite some time and that I know I wont reach for in the future. What really set the ball moving for this activity was one of my favourite blogger/vlogger, Allison Anderson, recently purged her lipgloss and lipstick collection so with the inspiration hot in my mind and the determination on my face I started my very own.

My overall mission was to cut my collection half. Seeing as it isn't the worlds biggest nail polish collection nor is it the smallest I just wanted to have an manageable amount that consisted of the shades that I personally like and use.  

I began by taking a good solid look at my overall nail polish collection, I store mine in the bottom section of this plastic drawer cart, as shown in the top photo. Lucky for me my collection was still some what organized from the last time I attempted to down size. I put all the nail polishes I didn't like in the back which means that this time around those three back rows of polishes were all headed to the trash. Checkout that sizable toss pile in the second photo. Next I took out the obvious favourites and put them aside. Then I grouped all the remaining polishes into colour categories so that I can sort through them with more detail. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Top Three Summer Fragrances



After posting my go to summer lip products the other day I thought I would share my top three fragrances of the summer. I'm a big time perfume lover, I get it my from my mom; If I'm a perfume lover she's a perfume hoarder. Seriously she has some dating back to before I was born. I believe my collection first took off when I was in elementary school and I would collect the little sample bottles from the department stores, but the first actual bottle to make it onto my dresser was Escada's Pacific Paradise; a gift from my mom the last time we visited New York City (which was almost seven years ago. I need another trip asap). Although I never reach for that perfume anymore, as my preferences has changed dramatically over the years, I still enjoy seeing the bright blue and pink bottle sitting on my dresser as it takes me right back to that trip.

Speaking of fragrance preferences, the type of scents I gravitate to during the warmer months are usually the fruity and floral scents with an occasional musky undertone; which couldn't be more true with these three fragrances. The first one isn't a perfume it's a body spray. I always lean towards a good body spray during the summer as it is lite to wear and isn't over powering when it's already hot humid out. It's also easy to carry around with you in a beach or pool bag. The one I have here is by Bath & Body Works and is called Into The Wild, which used to be part of the permanent line but I don't think it's available anymore. Anyway Into The Wild is a blend of Mandarin Orange, Magnolia, Honeysuckle, Jasmin, with a base scent of Musk and Woodsy notes; which I think is just a funny way of saying that the fragrance is supposed to make you feel as if you just stepped into a tropical jungle retreat, hence the name.

The next two fragrances have both been mentioned here on my site as well as been compared as they have a similar scent; Victoria Secret Bombshell and Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola!. Bombshell contains notes of Passion Fruit, Citrus and my two personal faves, Vanilla Orchid and Peony, while Oh, Lola! contains notes of Strawberry, Raspberry, Vanilla, and shocker Peony. Since both fragrances have a top note of peony and vanilla it's quite easy to think they're the exact same scent, but they're not. Bombshell has a lot more fruity notes which makes it perfect for day time wear while Oh, Lola! is a lot more musky which is why I prefer to wear the scent in the evening.

Those are my top three summer fragrances and as you can see they each have their own special place in my collection. What are your favourite summer scents? How many perfumes do you own? What type of scents do you usual gravitate to?
 
                                                   

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review | The Maze Runner Saga


I've been reading a ton this past month; which is what happens every time I fall in love with a new book series. I start the first book, get lost in the story end up finishing it in like 2-3 days then rush to start the next one so that I can continue the adventure. The next thing I know it's been a week and half and I've finished the serise and I'm left wondering why on earth I read so fast because now the fun is over and I'm stuck in some sort of post book depression. Okay so maybe that's just me, but that's the exact thing that happened with this saga.



What saga? Why, James Dashner's The Maze Runner of course. Now please know that I use term saga very light here, what I would call this series is a trilogy with a prequel, because that's exactly what it is, but I'll get to that. Anyway chances are that you probably heard of about this series because it's another wildly popular dystopian-esq young adult novel; and again you're probably all familiar with the genre, but for those who don't know, a dystopian novel is one that is set in a corrupt or post apocalyptic society, were they're main issues are either poverty, oppression, some kind of apocalyptic event or a combination of the three. One popular dystopian novel that we're all familiar with is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Alright now that we have a brief overview of what exactly a dystopian novel is and that we have established that The Maze Runner is one of them, it is now time to get into what the series is actually about. The Maze Runner is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up in a caged elevator and doesn't remember a single thing about where he is or his life, the only thing he does remember is that his name. Once out of the elevator Thomas is faced with a large crowd of boys, all around the same age as him, welcoming him to The Glade, a enclosed field surrounded by the giant stonewalls of The Maze. Here the inhabitants (they referrer to themselves as Gladers) sleep, eat, work and essentially survive. Life in the the glade isn't perfect by any means, however the gladers have developed their own miniature society, complete with a set of governed rules, too keep things working well and more importantly keep everyone alive for another day. Everyday each glader has his own civic duty, whether that is building new structures or farming, one of those civic duties is a runner of the maze. The runners of the maze are a team of gladers who enter the maze each day in search of a way out. Of course that all sounds way to easy, so your obviously thinking there has to be more, and you would be right. Not only is the maze constantly changing and shifting daily, but it shuts completly at night, meaning that the runners must make it it back to the glade in time or face spending the night in the maze. The maze just so happens to be home to the most horrendous creatures known as Grievers.

 Soon after Thomas's arrival the gladers receive another new member but this time its a young girl named Teressa who deliverers a terrifying message to Thomas and the other gladers. Now with the stakes higher than they ever been and with nothing to lose the gladers are even more determined to solve the maze and find a way out; but with everything that has happen can they trust Teressa and her cryptic message? Will they ever make it out of the maze, alive? Can they find the answers they all strive for?

Dun Dun DUN! This series was as action packed as ever, when I finished reading the trilogy I was honestly exhausted from all the excitement. The story has a really cool mystery aspect to it, which is established right from the beginning as you find yourself going through the same learning process as Thomas, not knowing what's going on or where you are. I also enjoyed the development behind Thomas and Teressa's previous involvement with the creators of the maze as they slowly begin to uncover their memories and piece together their former life outside of the maze.

The author also does a great job at creating such likeable characters that you can't help but root for even the most abrasive glader to survive. Sadly the same could not be said about the fourth and final book which happens to be the prequel. I was incredibly disappointed in it as I found the entire story to be boring and I just couldn't connect with the new characters. In the end the story did come full circle and included some of the characters from the original series though I honestly believe it was a little to late because at that point I lot all interest and was just reading for the sake of being finihsed.

So to summarize an incredibly lengthy review, The Maze Runner trilogy, yes, the Prequel, no. I honestly wouldn't feel right recommending the prequel to someone seeing as how I just didn't enjoy it, but the trilogy is amazing and not only would I recommend it, I would read it again.
 
Oh and guess what The Maze Runner is also hitting the big screen this fall, staring my bae Dylan O'Brien. fall. Precisely 57 days from now, you know if you want to be exact, not that I'm counting or anything.


Looks cool right? I can't wait to see how the director brings the story to life. I also can't to support my boy Dylan O'Brien in his big motion picture debut, he plays my favourite character on Teen Wolf and he was great in The Internship so I just know that he'll be the perfect lead; plus he isn't bad on the eyes either.   

                                                   

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.


                                                   

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