Friday, January 31, 2014

My Current Shopping List / Wishlist

I thought it would be fun to do a sort of mixed wishlist and shopping list post full of things I both want and also things that I "need".

Of course, I put "need" in quotation marks because, really, does any of us need beauty and fashion items? Not really. But in order to continue my beauty routines and such as I like them, I do need to replace a few things.

Anyways, now that I've bored you with my rambling, lets get to my list:

1. Essie Millionails Treatment/Base Coat:

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I’ve been out of this for a while and using my Pro-FX ridge filling base coat, which isn’t bad, but my nails have been suffering for the change. The Millionails just really gets along with my nails and helps to strengthen them so that they grow long and healthy with minimal splitting or peeling. Right now, my nails are super short, because they just can’t sustain much length without a little help!

2. Black Sunglasses:

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I’m not sure whether this is more of a need or a want, but the only sunglasses I have right now are bright pink fake Wayfarers, and as cute as they are in the summer, I feel like they look ridiculous any other time of the year and most makeup looks don’t seem to go well with them. Especially dark lips and clothes of fall and winter. However, just because it isn’t summer doesn’t mean that it isn’t sometimes bright out, and I’d love to have some classy sunglasses to wear now.

3. Dior Pure Poison perfume:

This is a pure want. I was looking online for a perfume that smelled like jasmine green tea, since that has to be one of my absolute favourite scents of all time. I would love to walk around smelling like a nice cup of flowery tea, and I considered just getting a jasmine essential oil, but then I found this suggested somewhere online as a mainstream perfume that has green tea and jasmine notes, so I tested it out the next time I was at Sephora. And goddamn is it beautiful! I definitely agree that it has a jasmine scent to it, and it’s so clean and pretty! Waaaant!
4. Simple stud earrings:
I have become a bit of a jewellery princess since my boyfriend got me my lovely silver ring, necklaces, and earrings from proper jewellery stores, and I’ve really started to notice how much my ears hate wearing cheap earrings. Since the only good earrings I have are both dangly to some extent, I have to take them out every night, but I would love to have a normal pair that I can pop in and just wear until I want to wear something more special. Sometime small and simple that I can sleep in and shower with would be fantastic. I’ve found a couple pairs, usually in the “children’s jewellery” sections, that are in the $25-40 range, so I guess I’ll be saving up for that.
5. Rose gold watch:

I’ve loved the Michael Kors rose gold watches for a while now, since watching so many people on YouTube wearing them and giving them away, but now I really want to get one. Of course, I may never have $300 to spend on a watch, but Target has a pretty nice fake one right now for something like $25 or $30 dollars.

6. Urban Decay Revolutions Lipstick in "Catfight":

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I do already have this colour in a mini, but I love the colour, pigmentation, and formula of this lipstick so much that I want to get it in full size and have it forever. It does cost $26, which is pretty steep, especially considering MAC lipsticks are only $18, but I’ve never seen anything like it from a cheaper brand, and I am so in love.

7. Bath and Body Works Candles in Espresso Bar, Dolce, and Sicilian Orange:

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I probably won’t get any of these because I have plenty of candles, both fruity and more fall/winter scented. However, that said, I am in love with these three scents! If I had some superfluous money, I would definitely love to pick up one or two of each!

8. New Yoga Pants:

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I love yoga pants for working out, and I currently only have two pairs, one of which is trying it’s hardest to fall apart, while I try my hardest to keep up and continue sewing up holes. So I definitely need at least one more new pair of yoga pants. (A not-black pair would be nice for around the house, too, since they’re so comfy, but I have dogs and black pants are just a terrible idea on the couch and such.


And that’s just about everything that I can think about right now. Thanks so much for reading and let me know in the comments some of the things that you’re wanting right now!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Collective Mini-Haul

Hello again! It’s been more than 2 weeks since my update post, so it’s about time I got back into this. I thought it would be good to start off with an itty-bitty collective haul for you, so here are just a couple of things I’ve acquired over the past couple of weeks.

1.Nicole by OPI Nic’s Sticks in “Rainbow’s End,” “Don’t Leaf Yet,” and “Stick With Me”:


I think these are a pretty old product since the majority of the results when I googled them I got several reviews from 2011 and 2012, and nothing newer, so they probably aren’t available in stores. That said, however, I don’t think that’s much of a loss, as these are pretty terrible. I got these, along with the next product from a girl that David works with since she never uses them, and I can see why! The idea seems to be that these are portable and convenient, but I just found them awkward and frustrating. The top of the pen clicks to release product into the brush, which you then brush onto your nails, but it’s very inconsistent, hard to control, and watery! The picture below is two coats of each colour on my nails, since I had no intention of wasting space on a nail wheel for these. (Which is  a little unfortunate, as that gold is a really pretty gold holographic, but it’s so impossible to use!)


2. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails polish in “Peony”:


As I mentioned above, I got this polish from the same girl as the Nic Sticks. This, however, is a full bottle of this gorgeous shimmery pink polish that goes on beautifully in two coats (see the swatch below). I will get plenty of use out of this!


3. Tresemme Split Remedy Split-End Leave-In Conditioning Spray:


I was looking for a new leave in treatment since my Argan Oil is almost gone, and this was on sale at Shoppers Drugmart for only $4 for this big bottle, so I decided to try it out. It’s not your usual leave-in spray, since the formula is thicker and creamier. I actually thought it just looked like conditioner in the bottle, but it sprays out fairly evenly, and you’re meant to use it on damp or towel dried hair anways, so it spreads through your ends fairly easily. I’ve only used it once so far, but I definitely like the smell and it did seem to do good things for my hair’s softness and shininess!

4. Urban Decay Naked 3 palette:

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I want to do a more in-depth review post on this palette later on—even though I’m pretty sure most of you have read and seen tons of other reviews already—so I won’t go too much into my thoughts on this palette just yet, but I wanted to show it to you so you would know that that review is coming! I’m so glad I finally have it, though; I’ve been drooling over these colours ever since I got to swatch these shadows in-store a couple weeks ago. So that review post should be up sometime in the next week or so, once I’ve had a chance to use more of the shadows.


Also! I would like to start doing more reviews of individual products, so if there was anything you’ve seen in a previous post you want more of my thoughts on, make sure to leave your suggestion in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Quick Update

Hello everyone. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m starting to work on filming videos to start a YouTube channel soon, and so that, paired with my current lack of funds (and thus a current lack of shopping) means that I don’t have much time or unused ideas for posts.

Not to worry, though, I do fully intend to keep up with my blog as I start doing videos as well. My current plan is to post an accompanying blog post for each of my videos, as well as some sorts of posts that wouldn’t make for very long videos, such as manicures, wishlists, and small haul posts.

Also, if you are looking for more blog type stuff to read, I am trying to post a bit more faithfully over on my second blog: My most recent post there was about my 2014 Goals. I also have a couple more ideas that should be posted soon, so make sure to subscribe there to hear from me about non-beauty related things!

Thanks for reading, I’ll try to get things back to normal soon! =)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

My 2013 Favourites Round-Up

Hello all, and welcome to 2014! I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve and is off to a good start to the year. Similar to what I did last year, instead of a December favourites post, I’m going to do a bit of a round-up of all of my absolute favourite products. This year, however, I’m going to do it with a little more organization, and sort all my favourites into sections.
1) Face wash – St. Ives Apricot Cleanser
2) Facial scrub – St. Ives Green Tea Scrub
3) Toner – Clinique Clarifying Lotion for Dry/Combo Skin (last reviewed in my August favourites and my Mini Clinique Skincare Haul)
4) Moisturizer – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for Oily/Combo Skin (last reviewed in my Mini Clinique Skincare Haul)
5) Makeup remover – Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips
Face Makeup
1) Foundation – Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N115 (last reviewed in my August 2013 favourites)
2) Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (last reviewed in my April 2013 favourites)
3) Concealer – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Fair
4) Blush – Benefit Coralista (last reviewed in my September 2012 favourites)
5) Bronzer – Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil (last reviewed in my August favourites)
6) Highlight – MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (last reviewed in my September 2013 favourites)
1) Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion
2) Single shadow – Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (last reviewed in my August favourites)
3) Palette – Urban Decay Naked (properly reviewed in my Naked Palette post Feb 2012, and also included in last year’s December favourites)
4) Liner pencil – Urban Decay 24/7 Liner Pencil Zero (last reviewed in last year’s December favourites)
5) Liquid/Gel/Cream liner – Wet’n’Wild h20 Liquid Liner in Black (last reviewed in my February 2013 Favourites)
6) Mascara – Maybelline Turbo Volum’Express Waterproof in Very Black (discontinued, will likely need to find a new favourite soon.) ((last reviewed in last year’s December favourites)
7) Brow product – NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe
1) Lipbalm – Kiehl’s Lip Balm
2) Lipsticks:
a) Neutral/natural – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
b) Bright – MAC Amplified Lipstick in St. Germain (last reviewed in my Collective Haul Nov 27)
c) Dark – MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Hang-Up (last reviewed in my September 2013 favourites)
1) Perfume – Chloe Eau de Parfum (last reviewed in my November 2013 favourites)
2) Body wash – The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel (last reviewed in my Oct/Nov Empties)
3) Lotion – Ahava Mineral Hand Cream (last reviewed in my Dec 2011 Glymm box post)
1) Base coat – Essie Millionails (last reviewed in my July 2013 favourites)
2) Colour – OPI in either Peace&Love&OPI or German-icure (Peace&Love&OPI: Swatches | German-icure: Swatches)
3) Top coat – INM Out the Door quick-dry topcoat (last reviewed in my November 2013 favourites)
4) Tool – Burton Crystal Nail File (last reviewed in last year’s December favourites)
1) Eyes – ELF Studio Contour brush and Essential Smudger brush
2) Face – Real Techniques Buffing Brush and Contour brush
1) Candle – Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside (for Fall/Winter; last reviewed in my November 2013 favourites) or Pink Sangria (for Spring/Summer)
2) Drink – Tea, but if I get 2, add coke.
3) Food – Single food: Chicken. Type of food: Asian (Chinese/Japanese)
4) Book – That I read this year: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My all-time favourites include The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan.
5) Movie – The Devil Wears Prada and the Ironman movies. How’s that for diversity?
6) Show – I love TV shows, even though I didn’t used to at all. How about we narrow it to a top three? Torchwood, Friends, and Game of Thrones.
7) Store – Sephora
8) Blog/YouTube Channel(s) – not that they need more publicity, since they’re both so big already on their own, but my two favourites recently have been Shannon (Shaaanxo) and Karissa (SaturdayNightsAlrite) on YouTube.
Let me know if you would life reviews of any of the things I haven’t reviewed before, or more in-depth reviews of anything. And if there are any categories you think I missed, or if you did a similar post/vidoe this year, leave me a comment and let me know! I also want to hear what you agreed or disagreed with from my lost!
Thanks for reading!


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