Friday, December 19, 2014

Websites I Visit Too Much

*yes this is an ipad, no I'm not talking about apps.*
After I shared my favourite apps I knew I had to share my favourite websites with you all. As a self proclaimed internet junkie compiling a list, no matter the size, of my favourite and most used websites was kind of tough. I'm definitely one of those people who if you ask what they like to do for fun I will draw a complete blank. I don't know why I feel compelled to do that, I think it must be due to idea that once you share what you're interest with someone there's the slight chance that they'll judged you for it. Ha let me know if you do that too. That being said today I'm openly and willingly sharing the websites that I visit way too much. 

S O C I A L  M E D I A

I wont ramble on too much in this aspect because most of the social media sites I visit are all apps that I mentioned in my favourite iphone apps post, that being said I thought I would quickly share two of them again because I enjoy using them on my computer more so than on my phone. Those two sites being youtube and tumblr. I prefer to watch youtube videos on my computer and if you have a tumblr you know that it's always more fun when you have multiple tabs open. I'm someone who after they reblog an image they have to check how it looks on their page. Again let me know if you do the same.

Okay I know I am definitely not alone in this aspect because I know a lot of people who are addicted to online shopping but here is where I differ. I wouldn't exactly call myself an online shopper, I'm more of a online browser or online window shopper if you prefer. I love to browse my favourite online retailers and add things to my shopping cart until the total becomes way to much to handle; I like to think of that as me creating a little shopping cart wishlist. Some of my favourite online retailers include but are not limited to, ASOS, Aritzia, Necessary Clothing, Sephora and Zara. I like how all of these stores have a range of prices as well as ranging from basic to trendy; because even though I like trendy clothes I don't like to pay too much for pieces that I'll only wear a handful of times. Let me know what are some of your favourite online retailers.   

I couldn't talk about my most visited sites without mentioning the ones I use for blogging, that wouldn't be right would it? Aside from blogger, which I use create my blog and my posts, I like to use Bloglovin' to keep track of all the blogs that I follow because it's much easier to maintain and scroll through multiple posts. In addition to what I use to create my blog posts and what I use to read blogs, I like to use Pinterest for inspiration. Not just for blog inspiration but for home & garden inspiration, DIY inspiration and of course recipe/ cooking inspiration. Pinterest is just the land of all things awesome and yes I know I mentioned pinterest in my previous post on apps but I thought I would mention it again in more detail. By the way if you're not following me on Pinterest or Bloglovin' you should definitely do so. 

So that's all of my favourite and most visited websites. Let me know what you think of this post and of course feel free to share some of your most visited websites below. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sonia Kashuk All That Jazz Brush Set

Flat-Top Blush Brush // Powder Brush // Foundation Brush // Angled Duo-Fiber Face Brush
Lash & Brow Groomer // Precision eye Brush // Crease Brush // Fluffy Shadow Brush // Angled duo-Fiber Eye Brush // Blending Brush
Sonia Kashuk All That Jazz Holiday Brush Set (LE)

Every year, like many other brands, Sonia Kashuk releases a few limited edition products for the holidays, which includes different makeup and brush gift sets. Sonia Kashuk is a drugstore brand that I heard a lot about as their products are always accompanied by a lot of hype in the beauty community. That being said I have never been able to try out any of their products because they aren't as easily available here in Canada. Seeing as I was in the need for some new brushes this set was right up my ally. This set comes with ten synthetic brushes. Four face brushes, five eye brushes, and one lash & brow grooming.

Again, I've heard nothing but good things about Sonia Kashuk brushes so I of course had my expectations set sky high; and let me tell you these brushes did not disappoint. I mean I had to deal with quite a bit of shedding, which isn't ideal but I get that it comes with the territory of drugstore brushes. I'm hoping that over time it will die down once all the loose bristles are removed and the ones that are in fact secure will remain in place. Which isn't that strange because a few of the eye brushes have already stopped. Let me know if that ever happens to you and your brushes, they shed for a few times and then stops entirely.

In terms of softness I view these brushes to be right in the middle. They're softer than my e.l.f brushes but aren't quite as soft as my real technique ones. Now in terms of durability I can for sure see these brushes standing the test of time. Despite the shedding  from some of the brushes, the base of the brushes and their handles feel really secure and since they're is no writing along the handles you don't have to worry about the print rubbing off.  Also the design of the handles make these brushes somewhat ergonomic in the sense that they are easy to grip and maneuver.

All in all I'm really happy with these brushes and I'm happy to have them in my collection. My favourite brushes are the angled duo-fiber face brush, for applying my blush as it picks up just the right about of product, the powder brush, because it's semi tapered at the top which makes setting my makeup breeze, the crease brush, for applying shadows to my outer-v and finally the blending brush. This may come as a surprise for some but I have never owned a proper blending brush before so I'm thrilled to welcome this one into my life.

You can find this brush set are Target and for around $34.99, though I'm sure you can probably find it on sale sometime after the Holidays. As always let me know what you think of this set in the comments below and let me know what your holy grail makeup brush is.    


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

First Impressions | Urban Decay Black Magic Eyeliner Set

Urban Decay Black Magic Double Ended 24/7 Eye Pencil Set

Despite only having tried a handful of products by Urban Decay, they have ensured a permanent spot as one of my all time favourite high end makeup brands. Now this is an impressive clique, that includes the likes of mac, makeup for ever, and nars; you have to be truly wonderful and pack some serious star power to be considered amongst this crowd and I must say that UD possesses that same je ne sais quoi. One of their products that I've been dreaming of trying out is one of their 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, as they have some pretty big claims and a lot of people seem to really love them. So when I saw that they release not one but two different holiday sets of their popular liners I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to give them a try. I opted for the double ended set of four that you see before you, as opposed to the set of ten. I figure it would be best to dip a toe in their eyeliner world not plunge head first.

The Black Magic set is described as the perfect set for black liner junkies. This set gives you the opportunity to try every black shade that they make as well as providing you with some of their other popular shades. The set includes Zero (black), Perversion (matte blackest black), Black Velvet (which is one of their velvet formulas), Black Market (their new charcoal black), Smoke (a deep matte grey), LSD (a shimmery navy), Demolition (dark brown), and Tornado (a dark eggplant). 

Let me just say that I had some ridiculously high hopes for these liners and even though I have yet to wear them all they did not disappoint. It really says something about a liner when they are swatched on the back of your hand. These are so buttery and soft that they practically glide on, which I'm sure is why they clearly state that in the name; but seriously my other eye pencils from NYX aren't nearly as soft and when I swatch them in comparison you can really feel a difference in the way that they tug and drag on the back of your hand. Don't even get me started about staying power. I'm not sure how accurate the 24hrs in the 24/7 claim is but once the first initial application dries it's not going anywhere until it's time to wash it off; and in that case I recommend a cleansing oil or a oil based makeup remover to help break it all down. Now despite their unreal staying power these bad boys are a blending dream, I can see why so many use them as bases for shadow as they're more than just a liner, they're practically a shadow stick as well.

This set was definitely a good buy, I can see myself using these liners for years to come, well maybe not these exact liners but the brand as a whole. This set retails for $47 at Sephora and $39 at Ulta Beauty, though I'm sure you can find this set or something similar at your local Urban Decay Counters and on their very own website. Let me know what you thought of this post below and don't forget to check out my previous posts, like my Black Friday Haul and my November Favourites, and if you haven't already feel free to subscribe through Bloglovin' for more blog posts from yours truly.


Monday, December 08, 2014

His & Hers Holiday Gift Guide

Today I wanted to share some gift ideas for both guys and gals. I  know for some it may seem a little late for gift guides seeing as Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, but I for one have yet to start my Christmas shopping and I know when it's crunch time we can all get a little stuck on ideas. I am usually someone who plans out different gift ideas on their phone but creating this post was really helpful for figureing out what to get those people who are difficult to shop for. Alright lets get on with the gift guide.

I don't know about you but I find men's gifts to be extremely difficult, probably because men never come right out and say what they want, you have to either a. probe them with a bunch of questions or b. go the practical route; as you can see I chose the latter. First up is a leather wallet, something every guy needs it's as practical as it is functional and you can find them at any men's retailer; this one here is from ASOS. Next is just a standard winter hat, something that any guy will get tons of use out of, this one is from American Eagle but again you can find nice hats just about anywhere. Pajamas also make a great gift 'cause they aren't usually something that guys think to buy themselves. Both the top and the bottom are also from American Eagle. The travel coffee mug can be a gender neutral gift as it's perfect for anyone who enjoys taking tea or coffee on the go with them. This is an ideal gifts for parents who don't have much time in the morning. This tumbler is stainless so not only does it look cool but it will also help your beverage stay warm longer. It can be found at Starbucks. Next is one if my personal favourite finds and it's this watch from ASOS. Watches make great gifts and it doesn't matter the brand or the price tag. The thing I like most about this one in particular is that it not only has a mixed metals which will go with everything, meaning that it can easily be dressed up or down, it also looks way more expensive than it is. Score! Finally we have a set of four sample size Calvin Klein Colognes. Colognes and fragrances of any kind make really good gifts but they can be tricky to purchase if you don't know what kind of scents someone's into. This set makes it a lot easier because there will most likely be at least one out of the four that someone likes. Sets like these can be found at any department store, this one in particular is from Sephora.

 After going through countless gift ideas for men this part is breeze. Seriously I can't be the only one that finds shopping for men to be a struggle. Let me know what you find easier in the comment section below. Anyway on to the girls. Like I said above pajamas make the best gifts, especially when they're this cute. This pair is from American Eagle, I forgot to mention this before but personally I like receiving pajamas that are not themed, meaning that I can wear them anytime, but lets be honest I'll still wear my xmas pj's in the middle of summer. Moving along, phone cases are another good gift option because so long as you know what phone model you need you can't go wrong and you can find really cute cases just about anywhere. This one is actually from Marc Jacobs and it's one I've been eying for a while now, I definitely recommend having a look online if you are interested in this case because it can get quite expensive. Ain't nobody down to pay $38 for a phone case, no matter how cute and adorable and perfect it is... Much like tumblers, mugs are also gender neutral, one can never have too many coffee mugs. This one is also from Starbucks and it's part of their holiday line. Now who would I be if I didn't include something beauty related in this guide. The rollerball trio set is from Marc Jacobs and the skin care pack is from First Aid Beauty, which includes a full size of their lip balm and a sample size of their moisturizer. Both sets are really good if you don't exactly know what that person is into, not everyone is going to be as in to the makeup stuff as myself so this is a nice safe option that a majority of women will appreciate. These two sets are from Sephora. Finally we have this colourful infinity scarf and and pair of matching mittens. Like I said you can't go wrong with some winter essentials, it something that will be used countless times during the season and will be well received. This bright colour blocking set from American Eagle and will go down well with girls of different ages but I recommend a more neutral tone for the more mature women in your life.

Well that's it for my his and hers holiday gift guide, of course there are a lot more stuff I could have included like books or even food but I couldn't fit them all. That being said let me know if you found these suggestions at all helpful and good luck with your holiday shopping.


Friday, December 05, 2014

November Favourites

I gots a teeny tiny monthly favourites post for you all. It's so tiny that I was debating about skipping this month's post all together; however I'm really excited to share what I do have. So without further ado here is my November favourites.

  • Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods Perfume, I feel weird have another perfume favourite but again this is one that I have owned for years and whenever I wear it it takes me right back to high school, in a good way I promise. This scent is so warm and inviting, it's musky and sweet and thankfully it's part of b&bw permanent line, because I'm already on my second bottle and I see a third one in my future.

  • Smashbox Lip Gloss in Radiant, I have recently banned myself from purchasing any more lip glosses, since I have way too many and really need to sort them out, so this month I've been reaching for this one by smashbox a ton. It's a nice mauve-berry shade loaded with shimmer. It's on the sheer side so it looks good over many different lipsticks.

  • OPI Nail Polish in Black Cherry Chutney, I can't believe I have yet to mention this polish here on my site, it's so weird because it's one of my favourites and I've had it for years. I swear when my nails aren't painted black during the winter months you can usually find me wearing this shade, which is probably due to the fact that this polish is so dark it appears black in certain lighting.

  • Origins Clear Improvements Facial Mask, ah I forgot to mention this face mask in last months favourites, but better late then never. This mask has quickly become one of my holy grail skin care products. My skin look a thousand times better and my pores look half the size thanks to this magical product. You can read my full review here.

  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle, do you guys remember this candle from last year's October favourites? No? Well that's okay because it's back in my life and I couldn't be any happier. I know it's a little late in the season to still be obsessed with pumpkin themed things but I can't help it, it's so good.

  • Movies: Mockingjay Part 1, How To Train Your Dragon 2 & The Other Women, I watched a lot of movies this past month but here are my faves. I've been looking forward to the third installment of The Hunger Games since well the last one, and I can honestly say it did not disappoint. Mockingjay Part 1 was everything I could have hoped for and more and I can't wait for the final film. I also watched the sequel for one of my favourite animated Disney movie, and may I just say one of the more underated ones, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the hilarious Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Women.

  • Music: One Direction Stockholm Syndrome, Fireproof & Nick Jonas Teacher, this past month One Direction released their fourth studio album titled FOUR but if I'm being honest I'm not as into it as I thought I'd be. That being said I'm really into the songs Stockholm Syndrome and Fireproof, I think they are the best song on the album and they really show a lot of growth for them. Someone else who released a new album this past month is Mr. Nick Jonas and I've been listening to it nonstop. My favourite song at the moment is Teacher, I love how funky it sounds, and it just makes me want to dance whenever I hear it.

That's it for my November favourites; I guess it wasn't quite as small as I originally thought. As always let me know what some of your favourites have been for the month of November.


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