Friday, April 3, 2015

First Impressions: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Hey guys! How have you been?
Lash Sensational Washable Mascara - Maybelline New YorkI honestly haven't tried any new products in such a long time. I am working on trying to use up what I have but I cracked and decided to purchase a mascara. There are so many new ones at the drugstore but the Maybelline Lash Sensational has been on my list for quite some time.

The claims of a "full fan effect" and the "liquid ink formula" really intrigued me for this one. I must say that I am quite impressed as well! The fan brush has short bristles on one side and on the other side, the bristles are long and thin.

To apply, I use the short bristles (the inside of the curve) to coat my lashes and get right in by the roots of the lashes. On the second coat, I go in with the other side to separate my lashes and fan them out.

My lashes before mascara (curled) 

Fan Brush 

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara 

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara 

Pros: I have the waterproof version and I find that it does a great job of curling AND holding the curl throughout the day... which is a honest miracle.
Cons: I find that this mascara is a little difficult to remove before bed. I have to rub a little harder with my coconut oil to fully remove it off my lashes but I think it is worth it. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Unique Ways to Workout

Hello everyone! Are you tired of doing the same workout routine every single time you decide to work out? If so, you might want to stick around, and read about how you can make your workout more fun and enjoyable.

The Gym is the most standard traditional way to work out. I'm not one to go out to workout very often but it is a nice option sometimes. I like that you are in an environment where you feel motivated. You also have access to all the special equipment that you might not have at home. For me, a downfall with the gym is the price. Even a membership will run you anywhere from $25-$40 a month depending where you go, therefore it isn't the most cost effective choice in my opinion.

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Another way to work out while having fun but still strengthening and toning your body are the blogilates workouts. A super talented girl runs the website and plans all these super fun, awesome workouts for you and me! The thing I enjoy about blogilates is that you use your own body to provide resistance when working out. Therefore, you don't need all these super fancy weights at home, just to see results. Right now I am working on the 30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge and I really enjoy committing a small part of my day to toning up my body.

One of the more recent ways I have been enjoying working out is following workout videos. They have ones based on yoga or my personal  fave, “The Biggest Loser last chance workout”. I can work out in the comfort of my own home and not feel embarrassed if I look funny doing it! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

DIY: Berry Banana Fruit Smoothie

 Hey guys! As promised, I have my recipe for the fruit smoothie I have been loving for the past month or so. I am not even sure how I came across this recipe or how I made it up, but that doesn't matter. The important thing is that I am going to share it with you!

  • Splash of milk
  • 4 Ice cubes
  • 1 cup of blueberries 
  • 1 banana 
  • 3/4 yogurt 
  • My fave blueberries 
  • 1 pack of sweetener (optional) 

  1. Add the blueberries and banana into the blender. 
  2. Scoop yogurt ontop of fruit and add a splash of milk. Add sweetener as well. 
  3. Blend until fruit is no longer solid.
  4. Drop in 4 cubes of ice and pulse until smoothie runs smooth.

Add the fruit 

Yogurt, milk & sweetener added to fruit 

Beautiful purple colour!!

Enjoy! :) 

Monday, March 23, 2015

MAC is Beauty Spring 2015

MAC is Beauty for Spring 2015

"No appointment required… Come in and indulge yourself in M∙A∙C Is Beauty: a world of pure, delicious vanity, where you can preen supreme to get that wow factor, emerging perfectly coiffed, polished and all glammed up. What’s wrong with being a little high-maintenance? Go from doll to diva in new hues of Eye Shadow, Cremesheen Glass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer and sixteen shades of Fluidline."

Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Silly Bright white-pink (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Real Doll Light pink-lilac (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Reel Sexy Bright coral (Amplified) (Repromote)
  • Diva-ish Intense fuchsia (Amplified)
  • Make Me Gorgeous Intense coral pink (Amplified)
  • French Twist Light pink nude (Lustre)
  • Real Redhead Mauve nude (Lustre)
  • Call the Hairdresser! Rosy mauve (Lustre)
  • Catty Light creamy pink (Lustre)
  • Notice Me Pale lilac (Lustre)
  • Pure Vanity Pale peach nude (Lustre)
  • Highlights Very pale creamy peach (Lustre)

Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

These sixteen shades will be joining the permanent range under as a new formula, Pro Longwear Fluidline.
  • Lowlights Deep deep brown
  • Copperthorn Copper bronze
  • Our Secret Milk chocolate brown
  • Deliciously Rich Shimmering dirty taupe with gold pearl
  • ShadeDeep green
  • Midnight Snack Deep metal grey
  • Macroviolet Sparkly purple
  • Looking Good Sparkly burgundy
  • Ivy Fresh leaf green
  • Blue Peep Turquoise blue
  • Siahi Deep ocean blue
  • Brassy Brassy gold
  • Silverstroke Silver
  • Blacktrack Solid flat black
  • Blitz & Glitz Intense black with gold pearl
  • Waveline Navy blue with low level gold pearl

Eyeshadow ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Yogurt Chalky pale pink (Matte) (Repromote, Permanent)
  • Preening Pale mint-green shimmer (Satin)
  • Wow Factor Medium lavender (Satin)
  • Bouffant Pale peach shimmer (Veluxe Pearl)

Eye Kohl ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • I Get No Kick Pale nude shimmer (Repromote)

Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • On the Scene Pale peach (Repromote)
  • Fashion Scoop Pale pink (Repromote)
  • Star Quality Bright pink (Repromote)
  • Japanese Spring Pale lilac (Repromote)

Beauty Powder ($26.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Alpha Girl Soft peachy pink with gold (Repromote)
  • Pearl Blossom Light pink with silver pearl (Repromote)

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • French Tipped Pale pink
  • To Dye For Pale peach
  • Doll Me Up Pale mint green

Brushes (Limited Edition)

  • 137 Long Blending ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN)
  • 221 Mini Tapered Blending ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN)
  • 267 Curved Angle ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN)

Availability: Online March 26th, 2015 for North America; select locations on April 2nd in North America; April 2015 (International, excludes China) for select stores

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Health & Fitness Posts! Something New!

Hello everyone! Today I am writing my first post relating to health and fitness. I believe that beauty isn't just about the makeup you put on that looks fantastic, but also how you are "au naturel" and how you feel about yourself. Feeling confident and comfortable with your body is it's own beauty.

Many of us struggle with body image and weight related insecurities which can sometimes make us feel.. not so beautiful. So I would like to do a few fitness and health related posts to help you guys get on the right track and really have a good base to start off with. You can't use things (makeup) to mask yourself, you must be confident, because you, yes you reading this post right now, YOU ARE GORGEOUS! 

Over the next little while, I will be sharing workout plans, meal plans, ways to get creative while working out and by popular demand, recipes.If you have any other requests on what posts you would like to read, let me know down below!

Look out for a smoothie recipe at the beginning of next week! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: Mac Cinderella Lipstick "Royal Ball" / Mac Rant

Hello everyone! Today I have a review for you on a new limited edition lipstick from Mac. It is from the latest Cinderella collection that was just released last week. I picked up the colour Royal Ball which is a nude/light pink in a lustre finish. It is quite sheer as the formula suggests but still gives pretty good pigmentation once applied on the lips. The formula is moisturizing and smooth but it does make the fine lines in your lips more prominent. This lipstick wears well for around 3 hours without eating and drinking.

Blue and Pink Iridescent Tube 


Hand Swatch

Lip Swatch 

For most of us, these limited edition Mac Collections are more of a collectors thing. To be able to collect makeup with different packaging and that are unique is super cool. Lot's of the times though, these collections aren't very practical and that's the case with this one. Although the other products in this collection are all neutral and practical for us light skin ladies, what about women of colour? This collection sadly won't do anything for darker people which in my opinion, is disappointing.

Mac has been releasing tons of collections lately but in my opinion; quality over quantity! 

Have you been disappointed with some recent Mac collection purchases? Let me know down below!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

February Favourites 2015

Hello everyone! We have been yet again, speeding through our 2015 year and I have a couple of new favourites from this past month!

My nails have been something I've paid more attention to this month. Even though, my nails aren't polishes as I'm typing this post, the Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream has been saving my nails and fingers this month. My skin has been really dry this winter compared to others and my cuticles have been torn up like crazy. It is not too greasy and really repairs the skin around my nails, plus it smells lemony fresh!

Speaking of dry skin, Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion has been another life saver. I have recently discovered that I am allergic to Bath and Body Works Body Lotion and will break out in a rash so I decided to pick up a new one to try out...and it's now my new favourite. It absorbs into the skin so quickly and keeps my skin soft for a very long time.

Mac Well Dressed Blush has also been another one of my faves for February. It looks great on fair skin and gives you a super healthy flush with an added sheen!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get to Know Me

Today, I'd like for you guys to get to know me a little better, so why not share a few facts about me.

Red or White Wine? Neither
City or Countryside? Both
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Dresses or Jeans? Jeans
Heels or Flats? Heels
Beyonce or Taylor Swift? Beyonce 
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Divergent or Hunger Games? Neither
Blogposts or YT Videos? Bit of both, depends on my mood. 
Skincare or Make Up? Make Up
Night or Morning? Night
Pizza or Burgers? Pizza
Books or Magazines? Books
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Summer or Winter? Summer
Digital or Film Photos? Digital

What is your favourite...?
City? I'm not sure...
Book? Too many to choose
Movie? Despicable Me
TV Show? At the moment glee.
Perfume? Marc Jacobs Daisy
Nail Polish? Any, I love painting my nails! 
Skincare Item? Coconut Oil.
Lipstick? Don't have one.
Foundation? Covergirl True Blend
Food? I do love quesadillas
Dessert? Ice-cream is always a good idea!

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 
Starting and running my very own blog. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
A teacher. I love helping people with improving their skills.

What are some things that scare you? 
Elevators. For sure.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
I'm an extrovert for sure. I like to think I am easy going and out going as well so I have no problem being in large groups of people.

Let me know something interesting about yourself down below! I'd love to hear from you :)  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Secret to Removing Eye Makeup

Have you struggled late at night, removing layers of waterproof mascara when all you want to do is go to bed? Do you hate getting little fluffys from cotton rounds stuck in your eyelashes? Is removing makeup the most tedious part of your routine? If so, I have the perfect soultion for you!

Coconut Oil

For the past few months I have been using coconut oil to removed my heavy eye makeup and it has done wonders for me. I could never find a makeup remover that would remove the stubborn waterproof mascara and liquid liner for me, so after seeing some posts on pinterest with the oil method, I decided I would give it a go. 

This is the coconut oil I use for myself 
Tip: Make sure you are using virgin coconut oil. Mine is also organic but you just want to make sure it is in it's purest form. 

So, I start by getting a pea sized amount of the oil on my fingertips and I start massaging it onto my eye lids. 

To tackle the mascara mess, I use the oil on my fingertips and use a "rolling" method down my eyelashes. if you are gentle enough, you shouldn't have eyelashes coming out either. 

After that, I proceed with my cleansing routine and voila! 

Benefits of using Coconut Oil: 
  • affordable
  • mositurizes eye area
  • breaks down makeup quickly 
  • shortens nightime routine 

This oil method I also great or removing lip stains. Coconut oil is often used to cook with, so it is edible, therefore, nothing harmful is going around your mouth.