Friday, August 29, 2014

Lovin' Lately #1: Sephora Glosses

Earlier this week after a moment of inspiration I decided to go through my makeup collection and clear out all the products that I lost interest in, are out of date and expired and just revamp my overall organization. Now I know what you're thinking, that's neat an all but wheres the organizational blog post, complete will the photos of your hordes of makeup? Well that's just it, I don't have hordes of makeup nor a huge makeup stash to share. Nope, I have a perfectly proportionate makeup collection that I love and use well. What I mostly did this week was clear out all my old lippies and retire a few that I'm no longer in love with. I grew out of the overly sparkly glossy lips phase that I was once in during elementary/ highschool. As time goes on old lippies (mostly glosses) can harbor a load of bacteria which isn't good, so off to the trash they went.

Don't get me wrong I still own a ton of lip products but I definitely feel better knowing that I managed to part with as many as I did, and while I was rummaging through my collection I found this set of mini Sephora lipglosses hiding in the back, still in their original packaging. I believe I got this set a few Christmases ago, most likely a gift from my step mom as she is the only one in my family who loves makeup as much as me. Anyway, I quickly removed the glosses from their packaging and placed them on top in my collection so that I begin to use them. I've owned a couple of glosses from Sephora's self titled range so I know how creamy and long wearing some of them are, I just can't for the life of me figure out what these were doing pushed to the side and neglected for so long.

I can't remember the exact name of the set but it doesn't matter because I'm sure Sephora will release another gloss set like it around the Holidays. As you can see from the photos above the set comes with eight glosses, two pinks, three nudes, and three darker shades all ranging from cream to shimmer to just a little bit of glitter (why yes I am talking about that second pink shade). I have yet to try out all of these glosses, I think I'll get a lot more use out of the darker shades when we get into Autumn, but for the most part they are pretty sheer but the overall colour can be build upon. I'm actually quite fond of the second nude shade and I think it might be my new go to gloss, oh and I also gifted the gold gloss to my mom because it suites her colour much more.

What do think of this gloss set? Do you often rediscover old favourites buried in your very own collection? Perhaps I'll start a new series of post where I shop my stash and incorporate products that I might have forgotten about.    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil | $16 CND

I don't know about you but I don't think I've heard the term cleansing oil quite as much as I did this past year. I swear every month some blogger is raving about their recent bottle, saying how much better it is compared to the last bottle they had. Now don't hate me, but I would always tune out on their raving because I was currently happy with my makeup removing/ cleansing routine and whatever product they would be talking about would either be crazy expensive or by some brand that I'd never heard about let alone would be able to find; until Amelia Liana mentioned this cleansing oil from the body shop in her evening skincare video. I'm sure you are all familair with Amelia, as she does carry quite a big influence in the beauty blogging community, but it wasn't until Estee mentioned it in her 'bloggers made me do it' post that I decided I needed to give this oil a try. 

So here we are today. I'm familiar with The Body Shop's skincare line, especially the tea tree range as I'm avid fan of the stuff and like to research different products that contain it, but this is the first skincare related product that I tried from their camomile range. This cleansing oil claims to effortlessly remove makeup quickly and effectively as the camomile oil breaks down and emulsify leaving you with soft refreshed skin that is now clear of impurities. This cleansing oil not only removes waterproof makeup with ease but it is also suitable for all skin types. As some of you may know I have very oily and acne prone skin but at the same time it's pretty sensitive which is why I have to be mindful of the type a products I put on my face and makes sure that they are not too drying as it can cause my skin to start producing excess oil which in turn will cause breakouts. I definitely find that my makeup comes off so much faster since I started using this product which is great for when you're really tired and ready to climb into bed.

The Body Shop has a lot of other cleansing products in their camomile line including a eye makeup remover and a balm form of this cleansing oil. Now as much as the cleansing balm peeks my interest I think I'll stick to oil version I believe it would be a lot more hygienic with a pump as opposed to the tub. This camomile cleansing oil can be found at your local body shop locations as well as online.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Best Dressed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Last night the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards went down and I have to admit I was looking forward to it, because in terms of all the other fan voted awards shows, like people's choice, teen choice, kids choice etc, the VMAs are my favourite. They always have the best performances lined up, something outrageous is always bound to happen, and celebrities always takes the most red carpet fashion risks. Which is why today I wanted to share with you my picks for best dressed at the MTV VMAs.

*not my photos, just my edit*

Now despite what I just said about celebs taking the most fashion related risks at the VMAs I must say that this year is was quite tame, as I wasn't really blown away by many. That being said here are three looks that I really stood out to me this year.

Jennifer Lopez
Oh jlo you can do no wrong, this women takes fashion risks to a whole new level all while sticking with the wrap styled body hugging silhouette that works so well for her. Jlo knows what looks the best on her figure and what area to focus on and showcase, in most cases it usually her legs, that is why whenever she steps out onto a red carpet she has the ability to everyone breathless; which she did in this glittering gown.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj isn't someone who freqaunts many best dressed list which is usually because she has the tendency to go over board on the whole eccentric fashion statements, but to everyone's surprise she manged to cover up on the carpet and keep things fun and flirty in her long-sleeved snake skin printed dress. I also really liked the LBD she later changed into for her performance of Bang Bang where she had a little wardrobe malfunction, though she did manage to get it right after the performance.

Iggy Azalea
Here is a prime example of someone who I thought was going to stand out and go for a more outgoing ensemble but despite the underwhelming look, Iggy did look very chic in her metallic Versace gown. The dress, with bejeweled cut out on the bodice, hugged ever curve and look very tasteful on the rising star. Again I really like this gown I was just a little disappointed in how tame it was, I was honestly hoping for something a bit more seductive and edgy since the rapper would be performing her hit song Black Widow along side Rita Ora later that evening. Luckily Iggy did bring it when she hit the stage in this outfit and gave my favourite performance of the night.

Well those are all of my picks for best dressed at the MTV Video Music Awards. Let me know what you thought of the show last night and who are your best dressed picks of the night.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baked Peaches

Today I want to share a new recipe, actually it's not even a real recipe, it's just something quick and yummy that I've been making a lot recently; and it's baked peaches. This summer I think I developed a new found love for peaches (and lemons but we're not talking about that fruit right now), whether I've been eating them on their own or baking with them, I've been really fond of the fruit.

Lately I have been enjoying baking them with some brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top and then serving it with a side of frozen yogurt. This isn't a new thing for me as I often do the same with apples but like I said I've been all about peaches this summer so I thought I would share the tasty treat.

Slice your peaches anyway you desire and remove the pit, I often go for three to four big wedges depending on the size of the fruit. Cutting the peach in half and scooping out the pit is also a good idea 'cause you'll now be able to concentrate your spices in dividend you created and you'll also have a spot to place your fro-yo. Once you have your slices place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with a generous amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake for about 25-30 minutes at 375°F depending on how long it takes for your peaches to become soft in texture.

Serve warm with fro-yo as the warmth from the peaches will melt the frozen yogurt and make for a creamy treat. Again this a really simple treat that you can make for family and friends, and if you're not a fan of frozen yogurt you could also whip up some miniature pie crusts and serve your peach slice in those. Which is actually a really cool idea, and I'll have to give that a try next time I make these. See here for a how to on easy pie crust making. The thing I like the most about this treat is that it doesn't involve any measuring, it's as simple as can be, and it tastes amazing.

As always let me know what you think of this recipe and if you'll try it out for yourself. Trust me you'll want to make these every time you crave something sweet.


Monday, August 18, 2014

What is My Face Worth?

Getting ready is by far my favourite part of the day, and I even developed a pretty solid natural routine which consist of some of my holy grail products. As I stated in my makeup timer tag, I am not a professional mua nor am I all that skilled at applying makeup, but all that aside I love it the pure aspect of putting my face on and primping in general; which is why today I wanted to do the how much is my face worth? post This post has become pretty popular and has been making the rounds over here on the blogasphere so I decided to get in on the action. This post is not intended to be bumptious or boastful by any means, I am simply sharing how much my everyday makeup look would cost if I were to go out and repurchase it all. Anway, I will now proceed by each major section. Please note that all prices are in CND and are before taxes.

FACE: Smashbox Photo Ready Primer ($19) // Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($44) // Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($12) // Make Up For Ever HD Setting Powder ($39) // MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush ($37) 

EYES: Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($24) // Maybilline Chai Latte Qaud ($10) // L'Oreal Liquid Eyeliner ($9) // Bonnebell Eyebrow pencil ($1) // L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara ($12)

LIPS: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink ($9)

TOTAL: $216 

So in total, my entire makeup routine would cost me around $216 CND before tax if I were to repurchase it all in one go. I know there is probably some room for error in this because I'm just going off of my memory of when I purchased a particular product and I know that some drugstore products vary in price depending on the store but all in all I think this is a pretty good estimate of my face's worth considering the mix of highend and drugstore products. As you can see I like to invest in my base products as I believe that you do in fact pay for quality, 'cause when you have acne prone skin like me what makeup you apply matters a lot more than you think. I also believe that once you have established a flawless base the rest can sort of take a back seat, as most days I don't like to spend too much time fussing with eyeshadow. I pretty happy with my everyday makeup routine as it is made up of products that I love and enjoy using, which is why I don't so much as bat and eye when I see the grand total, because I am truly getting my money's worth.. well that and I know for a fact that I could never go out and drop that much on makeup in one sitting, and all of these products have been acquired over time. Maybe one day I'll have a shopping spree where I'm able to do this type of damage, I mean a couple of minutes inside Sephora and this could easily happen.

So ladies, tell me what is your face worth?


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