Products I've Used Up: Empties #8

Friday, June 26, 2015

Products I've Used Up: Empties #8 (xo.Janiecy.xo)
Guess who has another empties post for you and much like my last, I've seemed to have used up quite a few moisturizing products; all in the form of body butters may I add. I've also accumulated a few other empty products but I omit them due to the fact that I've shown them over and over again in all my PIUU posts. Now let's get on with the show.

Infusium 23 Leave In Conditioner, I've used the leave in treatment off and on for years and every time I wonder where I'd be without it. This one is formulated to help renew and strengthen damaged dry hair. Now I honestly can't say that on it's own it lives up to those claims but I do like it in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner.
Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser, if you remember from my first impressions post on this little guy I wasn't a big fan. I thought it was no better than your average bar of soap. Oh, how I was wrong. Once I started using it to clean my makeup brushes, as well as my bb sponge, my initial opinion did a 180. Not only does this clean my brushes amazingly but they dry so much faster. I don't know if it's just me but I truly believe that this product cuts my wash & dry time in half.

The Body Shop Mini Coconut Body Butter, a little something you may not know about me is that I love anything coconut scented. It's one of the reasons why I love using coconut oil in my hair. And the body shop's body butters are my favourite products from the brand, well aside from my camomile cleansing oil, so this product was a win win.
Bath & Body Works Midnight Pomegranate Body Butter, I'm pretty sure I stole this body butter from my mother, and I'm really happy I did. The overall scent was heavenly. Pomegranates aren't a scent that I think much of but this one was dreamy. Sadly I found the overall cream too thick and hard to spread over my skin. Now if The Body Shop made a body butter in this scent I would run, not walk, over and get it. Seriously, it smelt that good.
Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mini Mascara, I got this little mascara sample as free birthday gift from Sephora and I was pleasantly surprised by the volume it gave to my lashes. I don't like to stray from my beloved L'Oreal voluminous mascaras but I really glad I was able to try this one.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter, last but not least this is something you've seen over and over again here on the blog, as it's a staple in my skin care routine meaning that I go through quite a few jars of the stuff. For those of you don't know I use cocoa butter as a night time facial moisturizer as it helps fade the appearance of dark spots and scars. It's also hella hydrating so you know I've already purchased a back up.

And that completes my empties post, now what are some products you've recently used up? What are your thoughts on them?

Summer Clothing Haul

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Clothing Haul (xo.Janiecy.xo)
Summer Clothing Haul (xo.Janiecy.xo)

Happy First day of Summer lovelies. Today I have a haul post for your viewing pleasure, and I believe this is my very first clothing haul here on the blog so I'm really excited about that. This past weekend I treated myself to a little retail therapy and lucky enough Zara was having a mega sale as well as Aritzia. I also wanted to officially haul that blush tone motto jacket that I showcased in my last outfit posts. Which you can check out here if you'd like. So without further ado here's what I got.

In no particular order, I got this gorgeous white high neck shift dress from Zara. I love the subtle print on this dress and the overall shape of it. Next from Aritzia I picked up this really cool strapless jumpsuit the photo isn't doing it much justice but trust me it looks way better one. And I wasn't sure of the print at first but once I tried it on it grew on me and I'm happy to say I have nothing like it in my wardrobe. I'm actually obsessed with it. Next to the jumpsuit is my blush motorcycle jacket from Joe Fresh, that I got a few weeks back. However if you're lucky and you look well enough you might be able to find it in store still.

Moving right along, from Zara I picked up these two tops, as I'm always in need of tops. I got this really nice lightweight black blouse with some really cute embroidery along the the side and this white mesh tee. I'm a huge believer that you can never have enough basic white tees and this one is really cool because you have the cutouts across the front. Also from Zara I purchased this super cute orange maxi dress. It's really rare for me to find a maxi dress that is actually long enough since I am so tall, but believe it or not this one is almost too long on me. So much so that I actually had to tie up straps to shorten the hem line; now it hits me right at my ankles. Finally the last piece of clothing I purchased this weekend are these floral joggers from Aritzia. if you remember from my spring clothing wishlist I mentioned that I really wanted a pair of joggers but I was unsure of how they would look on me and I'm happy to say that they amazing on. Again the photo above isn't doing this pair much justice but on they look amazing and I can't wait to style them.

And that's everything I picked up from the mall this weekend. I hope you enjoyed this little haul. I honestly can't believe that this is my first clothing haul. Let me know what you guys think and if you think I should do more clothing hauls here on xo.Janiecy.xo.

Updated What's In My Makeup Bag

Monday, June 15, 2015

Today I wanted to do another what's in my makeup bag. Since my last one was a while ago, I thought an updated version was in order. I like to keep my everyday makeup in a separate bag so that when it is time to get ready everything I need is in one spot. I recently switched over from my sparkly Betsey Johnson makeup, seen here in my original post, to a slightly smaller Lilly Pultzer bag. This is because I recently took out all of the lip products out of my case. Since I now keep the majority of my everyday lippies in my purse it just made sense to down size. So here is what's currently in my makeup bag.
  Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer // Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // Maybelline Fit Me Concealer // NARS Stick Concealer // Make Up Forever HD Setting Powder // MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Blush 

Lorac Pro Palette // Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer // MAC Soft Brown Single Eye Shadow // Urban Decay Perversion Mascara // Annabelle Eyeliner in Coffee // L'Oreal Black Liquid Eyeliner // L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara // Urban Decay eyeliner in Stag // Urban Decay double sided eyeliner in Zero & Demolition

And these are all of the products I like to keep in my makeup bag, I 'm so happy I decided to downsize. Taking all my lip products out has really cut down on the load. I figured that since I usually reach for the same lip products, I'm better off just keeping them in my purse instead of stuffing my makeup bag. Anyway, let me know what's in your makeup bag. What are your go to everyday staples? 

Book Review | The Rosie Effect

Friday, June 12, 2015

First and foremost I would like to apologize for my absence over the last week and a half. I don't believe I've mentioned this before but I am currently taking summer courses and it has become a challenge trying to find time to blog. But rest assured I will in deed find a happy medium. With that being said feel free to leave any post suggestions you may have down in the comment section. I'd love to hear some feed back as to what type of blog post you'd like to see more of here on my site. Anyway, today I wanted to share a book review. 

Today's review is on The Rosie Effect, the sequel to Graeme Simsion's popular novel The Rosie Project. I read and review The Rosie Project last summer so if you are interested in the series but haven't got around to picking up a copy I suggest you stop reading this post and proceed to one of my recommend posts below; because as much as I try to limit spoilers reviewing a sequel is much more difficult. 

The Rosie Effect picks up practically right where the first novel left off. Don and Rosie are now married and have started their new life together in NYC. With Don spending his day as a professor at Columbia University and Rosie working her way to becoming a doctor, everything seemed to be going well for the newlyweds. That is until ten months into their marriage Rosie shakes Don's world with the annoncment of her pregnancy. Now with impending parenthood on the horizon both Don and Rosie are left wondering if they have what it takes to make it as parents, and in typical Don Tilman fashion on his quest to find out what it takes to be a good father he gets himself into some pretty hilarious situations.

You might remember from my previous review that I wasn't much of a fan of the novel, and sadly not much as changed in regards to the sequel. Although I found some of Don's antics more entertaining this time around, majority of them were so far fetched and over the top that I found myself rolling my eyes. The story itself felt a bit rushed as I feel like the route cause of Don and Rosie's marriage troubles weren't fully addressed and don't get me started about the character development. In the first novel I found Rosie to be delightfully witty and understand, which is why she and Don made such a good pair. She was able to understand his quirkiness, and he we was now able to appreciate living in the moment. Sadly I saw a lot of character regression when reading this one, particularly in Rosie's character. The fun loving character was gone and I figured that was mostly due to nature of the plot, her being pregnant and all, but the author completely ruined what was formerly my favourite character in the series. Finally what I found to be the real kicker was that there was far too much tension between the couple and way too much lying, both of which could have easy been avoided if they just sat down and had a conversation. Again my eyes were a rolling throughout certain chapters. Thankfully there was a lot of both humorous and charming parts throughout that I really enjoyed but I most likely wouldn't recommend this novel unless that person has read the first or has shown some interest in the story. t me know if you have read either the first novel or the sequel and what were thoughts on the both. Also if you have any book recommendations please don't hesitate to leave them in the comments.

Bashful Biker

Friday, June 05, 2015

Bashful Biker (xo.Janiecy.xo)

Today I wanted to share an outfit I wore earlier this week. I found this blush toned motto jacket on sale, at Joe Fresh, this past weekend and I knew I had to get it up on the blog a.s.a.p so that those of you who are interested can run out and get it too. This jacket comes in white as well but I chose the blush colour because not only is it one of my favorite colours to wear during the Spring but it is also unlike anything I currently own. I also envisioned the colour going nicely with light washed jeans. I wanted to keep this look on the causal side so I finished the it off with my well loved leopard print Target flats. Read on for additional details and more pictures.