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Valentine Lips

Tomorrow it’s Valentine’s Day. That means many things to different things to different people. But regardless of your plans, you’re going to need something special on your lips. I went through my stash, and picked some favourites. Whether you’ve got a night on the town planned, or hanging out with the girls, these picks are sure to get your lips ready to celebrate v-day.

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(L-R, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kiss, Flower Beauty Shine On Lip Gloss Wand in Hibis-kiss, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba, Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kiss. The perfect lip product with all-day staying power. Seriously. This stuff does not budge. It’s a beautiful bright matte pinky-red that will make your lips the star of the show. I wore this to a party last week and after hours of eating, drinking punch and laughing harder than I have in a while (watching people stuff wontons into their mouths will do that), it was still as bright and even as it was when I applied it hours earlier.

Flower Beauty Shine On Lip Gloss Wand in Hibis-kiss. The prettiest lipgloss I currently own. You can wear this either quite opaque or sheered out. I layered this on top of a pink-nude shade earlier this week, and it worked really well for a more subtle look. The best part about this though (besides the gorgeous packaging) is the applicator. It is the softest gloss applicator ever. Seriously. It’s like a spa for your lips.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba. I fell in love with when I first bought it, and every time I wear it, I just fall deeper and deeper. A really beautiful hot pink (that can be sheered out if you put some lip balm on right before). The matte finish makes it easier to wear. Perfect for the finishing touch, especially with a simple eye look.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch. Not a lipstick gal? Try this. You get a hint of colour, but is the easiest to apply. No mirror needed. Oh, and bonus? You can pick this one up for less than $5.00.

Valentine Pinks

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, of course my mind is on how I can embrace these festivities. Though my husband and I generally don’t make a big deal out of the day itself (we prefer to celebrate our love every day of the year), I will take any excuse to decorate our home, make a new wreath (check our yesterday’s post for a quick tutorial), and of course wear a bright pink or red lip and paint my nails pink. Even when it’s not February, my go to nail colour is always pink. I thought today I would share my current favourites for the perfect pink nail, no matter your style.

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(L-R Ballet Slippers, Fiji, Mod Square, Watermelon)

Ballet Slippers. The prettiest sheer pink. If you are not a fan of colours on your nails, but want something, this is the one. And rumour has it that The Queen uses this. So there you go.

Fiji. The prettiest baby pink. Usually baby pink has the tendency to be a bit juvenile, but this one is really sophisticated. I’m rocking this pretty one on my digits this week and am of course loving it.

Mod Square. If you’re more of a bright pink gal, try this one. Perfect any day of the year, but especially nice for this week/month if you want to make more a statement.

Watermelon. I’m pretty sure this one is in my top ten. If you’ve seen my collection, that’s saying a lot. While still being bright, this deeper pink has a slight reddy tone to it, depending on the light. Super beautiful.

Whether you love painting your nails or not, whether you love or hate pink, I hope you are having a wonderful day and do something to treat yourself this week. Show yourself some love, that’s what Valentine’s day should be about.

How to Wear Lipstick

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me she was scared to wear lipstick. I sympathize, because believe it or not, sometimes I’m still scared to wear lipstick. As much as I love it, sometimes trying new colours, wearing lipstick somewhere I haven’t before (like to school, or out to dinner). There are a few tricks I’ve found useful to help with that little fear.

1. Practice. Practice, practice, practice. I started wearing lipstick when I was about twenty, I think. Before I wore it out, I’m pretty sure I wore it just around the house for a few weeks. It took a while for me to get used to seeing myself with those bright red lips. Every time I purchase a colour I haven’t worn before, I wear it at home for a bit, just to test it out.

2. Start small. If you’re still unsure about all that new colour on your lips, why not try something smaller? There are some really great tinted lip balms out there that will give your lips some colour, but aren’t so pigmented that they will be in your face.

3. Know what you like. If you like red, wear red, If you don’t, that’s okay. I have learned over the past few months that I don’t like nude lipsticks. I can’t stand the 90’s lip trend, because it looks terrible on me, and honestly, I’d rather wear a bright pink. Like all makeup, lipstick is meant for the individual. There will be a lot of colours or formulations you won’t like, and that’s okay.

I hope these tips helps if you if you’ve been scared to wear lipstick. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or more suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

Review: Bumble and Bumble (Really) Thickening Serum

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Years ago, I can remember a time where I had thick, thick hair. Hair so thick that I hated it (I was twelve. I didn’t know better). Fast forward to a few years ago, somehow my hair became pretty thin. I’m really not sure why it happened, but I remember one morning, I was doing my hair and I suddenly realize that my hair was much thinner that it had been in years previous. My assumption is that it has to do with hormonal changes, which is what changed my hair from a frizzy mess into actual curls and waves when I was about thirteen, but I can’t be sure. All I know is that my hair is not as big as I want it to be. That’s not to say that I am looking for big, Hairspray-esque hair (though, that would be kind of awesome on occasion), I just want to bring life back to my hair and give it a bit of oomph. Whenever I am buying new hair products, I am always looking for the words “lift”, “volume”, anything that promises it take my hair from drab to fab. So, when my friend Lita mentioned back in her “Summer Favs” post that she was loving Bb’s Thickening Serum, I rushed to over to Sephora to get some. That first week, I used it every other day, because I don’t wash my hair every day and thought it would leave my hair greasy. I used it off and on for the next few months, often forgetting it for a week or two, and didn’t think I was seeing any changes. Then around the middle of December, I decided I’d try using it every single night and see if it would make a difference. As long as I was only using one or two pumps, it didn’t make my hair oily. I actually noticed that it was making my hair fuller, even thicker. It fell underneath my bed a week or two ago, and I totally forgot about it. And my hair noticed. Now, of course the results aren’t so drastic that I wake up with completely different hair in the morning, but it definitely is noticeable to me, and I think it gets better the more you use it. Also, because you’re only using a few pumps every night (obviously depending on the length of your hair), it will last quite a while, which is always a bonus when you’re dishing out a lot of money on these good quality hair products.

January Favourites

I have been waiting all month (okay, all of January, since it now February) to post my favourites of the month. I loved talking about my 2014 favourites, so I really wanted to make monthly favourites a thing this year. When it came down to it, there were actually only a few things that I have been loving that I haven’t talked about yet. I want to keep each monthly favourites as fresh as possible so I’m not going on about the same stuff each month, so these posts will likely be pretty simple for the most part. But simple is good. That means less typing for my little fingers.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Fresh & Foamy Body Wash. A few months ago, while watching Essie Button’s YouTube channel, I was reminded about this awesome brand. I used to use their products years ago, but for some reason stopped. As soon as I picked these up, I was reminded why I used to love them so. First, the smell. This one in particular smells of lime, and all things sweet. It reminds me a lot of a lime sherbet that I used to have one I was younger (I think it was the Safeway Select brand). This body wash is definitely fresh and foamy. Because it’s not a gel, I find it to be more moisturizing on my skin and it lathers into more a creamy texture rather than just bubbles. So good.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream. Same scent as the body wash, which I love (I love layering my scent when I can). This has is more of a whipped body butter, which is just lovely first thing in the morning. I don’t think the scent lasts all day, but for the first few hours, it’s perfect.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. I mentioned a bit ago that one of my goals for 2015 is to wear more lipstick. I have been keeping up on that goal, wearing lipstick at least three times a week, sometimes everyday, depending on my mood that day. Because I have been layering on the lipstick and gloss each day, my lips have been desperate for some exfoliation, and this stuff does the trick. First, it smells delightful. It does a great job of getting rid of the dead skin, but it doesn’t leave my lips raw. Instead my lips are left feeling soft and ready for more.

Essie Penny Talk. I passed by this one a few months ago, but this last month, I picked it up because I really didn’t have anything like it in my collection (quite unusual). It’s a really pretty colour, slightly duo-chrome, either copper or rose gold looking depending on the light. Perfect for when you want a polish that will stand out but is a change of pace from the usual reds or berries worn around this time of year.

Prada Candy Perfume Rollerball. I have never been a perfume girl, but I decided last year that I wanted to start using perfume. After smelling what felt like a million different ones, I found some that I really love. One of them was this guy. I bought the rollerball in order to save some money, and felt like it was better as a stepping stone into the world of perfume. If you love sweet smelling things, which I do, this is the perfect scent. It really does smell like candy.

White Collar (not pictured). The first week of January was my last week before I started back at school. I was getting over a really bad cold/cough, so I spent the entire week hanging out at home watching White Collar. And yes, I finished all six seasons in one week. What can I say? Neal Caffrey is a charmer. If you need a new show, I highly recommend this one. But be prepared to become obsessed. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

What’s in My Makeup Bag?

I find that day to day, even week to week, I am a creature of habit when it comes to my makeup. Of course my base is always the same, but even though I have a lot of eyeshadows and mascaras to play around with, I generally find something that works one day and continue it for a while until I feel the need to switch it up. So, starting today, I thought I would start sharing what I’ve been using on the (almost) daily.

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Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (001 Blackest Black). I purchased this a month or two ago, when my lashes were growing back from falling out due to allergies and the wrong makeup remover (this was before I discovered Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil), and wanted a simple mascara that would just give me good lashes. And that it does. I’m not sure if I can give this credit for the full lashes I have had all month (seriously amazing for me), but I can give it credit for the effect is has on giving my lashes the length and volume that I crave.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer (Brightener). Because everyone (and I mean everyone) in the beauty blogger world raves about this guy, I picked one up a few months ago and have been using it ever since. It’s not too thick that it gets cakey, but it’s not too thin that it doesn’t cover anything. I only use this for under the eyes, as the pinky shade isn’t ideal for covering blemishes. It also is good as a highlighter, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Urban Decay Basics Palette. This tiny little palette packs quite the punch. It is deceivingly simple, which is what I love about it. If I didn’t have the desire to own everything, I could be quite happy with this one. Because of the spectrum of colour, though neutral, this can easily go from a barely there to a dark smokey eye in a pinch. Simply delightful.

Benefit Cosmetics Longwear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte. A think I bought this last year, maybe. But after I bought it, I thought it was too dark, and didn’t use it. Until this month. I wasted a year of not using it, and I’m pretty sad about that. Described as a “golden brown”, this is just perfect. Of course the formulation is beautiful. Great colour payoff, a hint of shimmer, and little to no fall out — a dream come true.

Flower Beauty Raise Some ‘Brows Defining Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. This month I ventured into filling in my brows for the first time in my life. Before investing in a more high end product, I thought I would dip my toe in the pool of eyebrow pencils with a drugstore brand first (does anyone else do that?). I especially like using this when I am wearing a bold lip, because I feel like it evens out the colours on my face, if that makes sense. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to the ‘brow department though, so I am looking forward to testing out some new products as the year goes on.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I love using this as my last step of my daily makeup routine. Not only does it feel nice on the skin, it helps to smooth things out on days when I’m a little powder happy, or if the powder I’m using is not setting properly. I also feel like this guy is going to last me forever. I’ve used it nearly everyday for the last two months and I’m pretty sure it’s not even half empty. Great for only spending $15!

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. When I ran out of my original Urban Decay eyeshadow primer (I do still have the champagne coloured one, Sin), I thought I’d check out what Nars had to offer, since the lovely Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup swears by it, and I certainly trust her opinion. So far, I have really liked it. I’m not sure if I like it more than Urban Decay, but I’m pretty sure I don’t like it less. It definitely gives my eyeshadow a good base, aiding in blend-ability, and it definitely keeps it from disappearing or creasing, which is all we really want, isn’t it?

Rimmel Stay Matte Long-Lasting Pressed Powder. I had to go to three different stores to find this one (I wanted Translucent, and everyone seemed to be out of it every time I checked), but it was so worth the wait. The powder I was using before I picked this one up wasn’t really doing it for me, so I decided to get this one after hearing great reviews from many different sources. For a product that is under $10, this does wonders. It doesn’t keep my face shine free for an entire day, but it doesn’t set my base makeup beautifully without a hint of being cakey, so that is definitely worth the very small price tag. It is also great on reapplication, which is also wonderful to see.

Stay tuned for my next post when I discuss my January Favourites. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!