Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Swatches: Coastal Scents Hot Pot in 'Tuscany'

I'm back to swatching my single eyeshadows from Coastal Scents. The quality of these shadows never cease to amaze me. They're so buttery and creamy, with pigmentation you'd see from high end eyeshadows. 
 This shade in Tuscany is such a pretty warm terracotta shade. I love using this in the crease when I'm doing warm shimmery eye looks. It looks so pretty with gold on the lid!
More swatches from Coastal Scents to come! Do you own any single shadows from them?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dry Skin Saviours: Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream

Hey everyone,
Continuing on with my top recommendations for dry skin, lets talk about one of my (and so many other people's) problem area: the under eye area.

I have very dry, dehydrated under eyes with dark circles, so I'm always on the hunt for an eye cream that can help that out.

This eye cream from Clinique is a godsend to those of us with dehydrated or dry under eyes. It applies like a gel consistency, and melts into your skin, feeling almost like an oil that your skin will just drink up.

I didn't notice it making a huge difference to my dark circles, but my under eyes were so much more hydrated. This also means my under eye concealer applied so much better and looked much less crease-y and cakey.

If you have dry skin, especially dry under eyes, this is one of the best eye creams I've used to date to fix that up ASAP.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Swatches: Too Faced Melted Metal - Metallic Jelly SWATCH and Review

 Those of you who know me (or have seen my makeup collection) know I adore Too Faced. My top favourite palettes are from them and I love their foundation. So it makes me a bit sad to write this review, because I didn't really like this product.

Okay, to be clear, I don't think this is a bad product. I just don't think it delivers what it claims to. I really love the formula of Too Faced's Melted lipsticks, but my issue with this metallic one is... well... it's not metallic?
As you can see in my (massive) swatch (I was trying to see if I could squeeze out some hidden melted metal magic, I suppose?), this is a very pretty grape purple with the very slightest (almost invisible) metallic sheen that is completely lost on the lips. It also does not go on opaque at all, so your lips basically look a streaky purple once you apply it.

If you work with it a bit, you can pull off a shiny vampy lip, but it's just too much effort to me for it to be worth it! Sorry Too Faced! 😭 I absolutely recommend the regular Melted lipsticks though! Those are amazing!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Favourites!

Can you believe it's already August? This summer just flew by and I feel so overwhelmed because August is going to be a super busy month for me, preparing for University in the Fall and such. I haven't tried out too much this past month but I think I have a pretty decent round up of favourites to share with you all! I liked to keep it simple with my makeup in July, doing a lot of one shadow all over the lid type looks, and I think it looked really nice (plus so much faster to achieve!)
The first thing I've really been obsessing over is the Nip + Fab Soften Kale Fix Clay Mask. I've tried the whole line of their Kale products (review coming soon!), but this is the one product I'm so hooked on. If you have any issues with your skin looking dull or dry (which can happen, summer or winter!), put this on your skin and you'll reveal soft, radiant skin. I've been using it twice a week since I got it, and it's quickly become a must-have in my skincare routine.

Like I said before, I've really been enjoying one shadow all over the lid type looks this summer, and when I want something a bit more dramatic and eye catching, I always reached for Colourpop's Super Shock Shadow in 'White Rabbit' which is the most gorgeous mix of a shimmery copper with the hint of pink.
For lips, I've been switching between 2 different products all month. First, when I want a more natural lip look, I've been loving the BITE Amuse Bouche Liquid Lipstick in Eclair. This was sent to me (along with 2 other shades) from Influenster, and I've been addicted to it ever since. This shade is a pretty dusty rose colour that looks good with any makeup look. I'll have a full review on that soon!
The other lip product I've been loving is the Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lipstick in Punch. I recently dyed my hair black and I love how my hair looks paired with a red lip. However red lipstick isn't really functional on a daily basis, so I wanted something that was a bit more toned down. This is one of those lip products that is more like a balm with a tint of colour to it. I love this because it does offer some pretty substantial pigmentation while also being super glossy and hydrating.
I've also been loving the Green Beaver Company's Natural Deodorant in the Lavender scent. I have a review up on my blog already (you can read it here) if you want to know more about it, but this is just such a great natural deodorant!
The final thing I've been loving in July is the Too Faced Cat Eyes palette. I love the mix of purples and coppery brown shades in this palette. I'm especially obsessed with the 3 highlighting shades on the side. They all look similar in the pan but they're so uniquely different on the skin. The bottom shade 'Kitten' is an almost iridescent pearly purple that makes the coolest highlighting shade ever.
All the shades perform pretty well when it comes to pigmentation. I haven't used the darker colours on my eyes yet, but the palette claims you can use them wet as eyeliner, so I might just try that out soon.

What were you loving in the month of July? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blogilates Beginner's Calendar 2.0: Review & Final Update

I've officially completed all 28 days of the Blogilates Beginner's Calendar and firstly, I have to say that I'm pretty damn proud of myself, because it was pretty difficult but I stuck with it until the end. And I had fun in the process!

So, how much of a difference does this calendar really make? Does it work? Here are my final thoughts.

This workout program really works, but you need to work at it too. If you're going to half ass the workouts, eat badly and skip days, you really won't see a huge difference. I really did my best to stick with it and work hard at it and I really have seen a difference.

The thing about Blogilates that I enjoyed is that you won't just see a difference in your body, you'll see a difference in your mindset and motivation as well. Physically, since I began the calendar, I lost 10 pounds and I feel so much stronger than I was before. My muscles, especially my legs are so much more defined than they used to be.

Cassey also throws in a lot of great advice to frame a healthy mindset as well. She especially stresses that it's completely fine to want to change your body and work for the best you, but it's not okay to hate your body. You need to love your body and it will love you back, and show you the results you want. That definitely resonated with me.

She also reminds you often that getting the body you want and reaching your goals wont be easy, and you need to work for it, but you'll get there, which definitely keeps you motivated to push yourself.

If you're considering doing this calendar, I highly recommend that you do. It will absolutely whip you into shape, and prepare you to be able to do the regular monthly calendars to the best of your abilities, but it'll also make you so much more motivated to work and to stick with your workout routines.

I'd also like to point out that just because it's called the Beginner calendar, doesn't mean that it's easy by any means. You will still be challenged and you will still work your butt off, but you'll also be doing the beginner videos, which offer a bit more guidance when it comes to proper form and how to execute the moves effectively.

Comment below if you've done the calendar, or are considering trying it! I'd love to hear what you guys think!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sample Sunday: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Review

I was looking though my stash of product samples and I got really excited when I saw this particular one. I have memories of using this particular cocoa butter cream years ago, when my mom had some while pregnant with my sister (this works wonders on stretch marks, apparently). I remember I used to love using this cream too because it smelled like a mixture of chocolate and marshmallows.

Having tried it again, I can see why this is a well known brand for solving skin dilemmas such as stretch marks. This is a very hydrating cream while also being super comfortable. Meaning: your skin will be silky soft without ever having that sticky feeling so many super hydrating body lotions seem to have.

Trying out this sample seriously has made me consider buying myself a bottle. This is such a great cream to have on hand in the summertime. Your freshly shaved legs will never be softer than when you use this afterwards!

But the question you're probably all wondering... does it really/still smell like chocolate and marshmallows? Sadly, I think my childhood knowledge of scents was a bit underdeveloped 10 years ago, because while this cream does have a sweet cocoa butter-esque scent, it's not quite s'mores scented!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Best of Summer 2017: The Green Beaver Natural Deodorant Review

Okay, so lets talk deodorant. We all use it but we don't discuss it enough.

I've never been particularly loyal to any brand of deodorant. I picked out a new one basically every time I ran out of the one I used before. I wanted to get into trying a natural deodorant but I had the two basic worries I think most people have when it comes to these kinds of products;
1) Will it really work?
2) Which one should I try?

Luckily for me, I was sent the Natural Deodorant from the Green Beaver Company in a blogger box a little while back, so I didn't have to look too far. I decided to give it a shot, figuring I had nothing to lose.

Okay, but, this stuff is AMAZING. Here's why:

Firstly, Aloe Juice is one of the first ingredients in this deodorant, which means it feels super cooling when you apply it, which is so nice in the summertime!

It's also a clear, gel-like formula, so no need to worry about white marks on your black clothes. Yes, please.

I was a bit worried about the Lavender scent, since I find many lavender scents to border on old-lady smelling, but this one is very refreshing! It's nothing like I've ever used before, and I'm kind of obsessed.

Here's the deal: you will still sweat while using this. It is not (and does not claim to be) and antiperspirant. That's what makes it good for you; it's not clogging up your sweat glands and all that bad stuff. However you won't smell bad, which is what really matters.

Honestly, even though it's not an antiperspirant, I actually found that this product did minimize sweat a little bit. Obviously if you're sitting out in the sun or running a marathon, you wont exactly be bone dry, but I did notice a difference while wearing this compared to when I was not.

The Bottom Line: If you're also looking to make the switch to a natural deodorant, I absolutely recommend this one. I'm actually pretty shocked that I love it so much, and I think (gasp!) for the first time, I'll be repurchasing the exact same deodorant once this one runs out!

Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.