Saturday, April 22, 2017

REVIEW || Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

Today's video is all about my thoughts on the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye palette. No, it isn't new or fancy, but I think it's worth talking about nonetheless! I hope you enjoy this video, and don't forget to let me know if you've tried this one out in the comments!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

REVIEW || Pixi Beauty Skincare Products || Revisiting Products in my Pixi PR Haul -- Pt. 2

As promised, I'm back today with the second half of my Pixi Reviews: Skincare!

Again, if you haven't read it yet, don't miss my Pixi PR Haul post, and now also my Pixi Makeup Product Review post!

Before we jump in to the reviews, I feel obligated to once again remind you that I was not paid or even asked to do these reviews, and as always, all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Now let's look at some products!

Glow Tonic

Personalised Glow Tonic

I'm honestly still not sure how much I love this product. It definitely is a lot nicer and gentler than the average facial toners I've tried in the past, but there are a few down sides, in my opinion. First of all, I don't feel like I have a place for this in my routine anymore. I like to wash my face and follow up with micellar water. I guess this goes in place of that, but I don't feel like it does the same job of making sure all my makeup and face washes are off my skin before moisturizers. It also smells... not great? It's a clean floral scent, as far as I can tell, and it really bothers me about half the time. So yeah... it's pretty good as a toner, so give it a go maybe if you have dry, normal, or combo skin and really want a good toner. It's pretty gentle, I just don't dig the scent.

Hydrating Milky Mist

Hydrating Milky Mist

I love face mists, and this one is no exception. This one has a kind of indistinguishable skincare-y scent, but it doesn't bother me at all. It's soft, refreshing, lightly moisturizing, and also calming. I love using this as the first or last step in my nighttime skincare. Or both...

Vitamin Wake Up Mist

itamin Wakeup Mist

This mist smells even better than the Milky Mist! It's a fresh, bright orange scent, without being fake. It's so refreshing, and I'm such a fan of citrus scents! This one is great as a morning mist because of the awakening scent, after your morning skincare, before makeup, or any time of the day over makeup to refresh and add moisture back into your face.

Nourishing Sleep Mask

Nourishing Sleep Mask

I've been loving this stuff as a nighttime deep moisturizer. It smells herbal and calming, like lavender, bergamot, and all kinds of lovely relaxing scents. It's also very moisturizing without being too heavy or greasy, but it also definitely feels a little thicker and more deep moisturizing than my average moisturizer. It's a good balance.

Peel & Polish

Peel and Polish

This is a very nice, gentle face peel and exfoliator hybrid. You start by letting it sit for a couple minutes to work into your skin, it does sting my sensitive skin very slightly, but nothing painful or unbearable. Then you rub the light grit of the exfoliator into your skin in circles to exfoliate before you rinse it off. I haven't noticed any awesome side effects, but it does leave my face soft, clean, and not feeling sore or tight like other exfoliators can. It also has a nice cucumber-y scent which is refreshing and clean feeling.


And that's all for this post! I did skip two of the products I received because I didn't get a good enough chance to test them. I had to toss the 24K Eye Roller at the same time as my mascaras, so I only used it once or twice. And the Rose Oil I haven't used once... partly because I can't use it at home, since my mom is allergic to roses, and second because I can also be sensitive to rose scents, so I never feel inclined to reach for this one. I should probably pass it on, otherwise it will probably just sit around until I throw it out...

Anyways, let me know if you've tried and loved any of these, or any other products from Pixi. I am really liking the brand overall, and I would love to try more from them, so let me know your favourites!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Book Chat || What I've Been Reading || Jan-Apr 2017

Hey guys! Here's a quick look at the books that I've finished since the beginning of the year so far! The last two weren't quite done as of filming this video, but I have finished one of them between filming and uploading this video, so only one remains unfinished, and I do still have two weeks to finish the Mists of Avalon =)

Let me know what you've been reading!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

TAG || 50 Questions to Ask & Answer

Yes, this video is 20 minutes long. It's hard to fit answers to 50 questions into a shorter video. I'm not sorry.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

GRWM || My Birthday Makeup || 2017

Hey guys! Just a quick and easy GRWM for the makeup I wore for my birthday party on the 28th. I was really happy with it, so I hope you like it too. This is the first video I've done with my new KVD Shade & Light Eye palette, but I will do more looks and a review soon!

Oh, and if the music isn't your jam, feel free to play your own music while you watch =)

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

REVIEW || Pixi Beauty Makeup Products || Revisiting Products in my Pixi PR Haul -- Pt. 1

Hi guys! It's been a long time since I wrote a blog post that was not a video update, but here I am!

I thought it was time to update you on my thoughts on some of the Pixi Beauty Products I got from the event I went to back in February, now that I've had a good long time to test them. In case you didn't see it, click here to check out my Pixi Beauty PR Haul. Unfortunately, I did have to toss the mascaras (because of the pinkeye last month 😞), so I don't have much to say about those, but I have been using lots of the other products, and I'm ready to share my thoughts! Let's start with makeup.

Pixi PR haul

Oh, and to be clear, I was gifted these products at the Pixi launch event, but I was not required to write about them and have not been paid to talk about or promote Pixi products. All opinions expressed here are—as always—100% my own.

Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

brow pencil

I still pretty much agree with my last assessment of this pencil: for me it's way too creamy and soft, and thus really easy to use too much product! The colour is pretty good, if a little ashy and cool toned. It worked better with my natural hair colour, though, than with my now-henna'd hair, since my hair has too much red in it for the ashy brows to look right. I do like that this pencil sets so you don't technically need a gel on top of it... it does the work of two products that way, which is nice. But I have to use a very light hand to get the right look with this product. I'd still suggest looking into it, if you don't mind using it carefully and love the idea of two products in one step.

Book of Beauty Contour Creator

Contour Book

contour book swatches

I still think this is definitely my favourite thing I got to test out. I've been using it almost every time I do my makeup since I got it! The powders are all super pigmented, so you can get a soft look with a light hand and/or lots of blending, or pile on the pigmentation, if that's your jam. These are incredibly blendable, and I don't even mind how much powder my brushes kick up every time I dip into one of these shades. All of the bronzer/contour colours look great even on my pale skin; in fact, my favourite contour colour is the deepest one! I like to dip in very softly and then blend like crazy, but the deep shadow effect is perfect! I also really like that there's a nearly white shade for highlighting or baking, though sometimes I mix it with the more yellowy-beige shade to tone it down. Finally, that soft pink makes a gorgeous subtle highlighter or blush shade, somewhat similar in tone to Dandelion from Benefit. On deeper skin tones, though, I suppose it would be more of a highlight, as it's very soft.

Flawless & Poreless Primer

Flawless and Poreless Primer

To be honest, I'm still sceptical about whether primers do a whole lot, at least for me. That said, I have been really enjoying this one, because it seems to be hydrating and smoothing without being oily or feeling like a lotion, which is great. It still lets all my foundations sit like they usually do alone, with the added benefit of smoothing out any dry patches, so I don't look flake-y... which is never a nice look! I would recommend this one to anyone with dry combination skin, like me—this stuff doesn't make your oilier areas look oily, keeps your foundation in place, and smooths and hydrates dry patches! At least in my experience, it's hard to find something that does good things to both the dry and oily areas of my face!

Large Lash Mascara in Brown

Large Lash Mascara

I know I said I didn't get a lot of time to test the mascaras, but there are two I wanted to say a little about. One is this one, which I got to test in Brown. I was unsure about brown mascara before, since I'm an all-black mascara girl... but it looks really great if you just want a subtle look! I have pretty blonde, invisible lashes without product, so I put mascara on even when I'm doing no other makeup, and this brown looks a lot less harsh and more natural on almost-no-makeup days, which I did really like. It isn't waterproof, but I didn't have a lot of smudging or anything the couple times I got to wear it, which seemed a good sign. It does claim to be smudge-proof, to be fair. I also tested this in my brows as a brow gel, since I use a pretty dark brown shade in my brows anyways, and I also liked it for that, though with the large brush, you need some care and precision to keep the product off your skin!

Lash Booster Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lash Booster Mascara

This is the second mascara I wanted to touch on: it's super black, waterproof, and has a great dense little brush! I really like how this one applied, how it built up, and how it lasted through the day without any flaking, and obviously no smudging... because it's waterproof! I wish I had had more time with this great mascara, and I might even repurchase it in the future to give it another go!

Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturalle

Lipstick Opened

Lipstick Swatch

To be fair, this lipstick is not really my colour. I haven't worn it a lot because of this, but I have tested it out pretty well, I think... it doesn't take a long time to figure out how you like a new lipstick! This one is pretty well pigmented, if not entirely opaque. It feels nice and moisturising on the lips, is fairly glossy, not thick or matte. I'm really not sure why they are called a mattelustre? Maybe they mean matte as in no shimmer, and lustre as in... glossy? It's a nice enough lipstick, however. This shade is a good basic nude for most people with a bit of a pink tinge so you look more alive than a more mauve-y nude. It's pretty, but like I said, not a shade I reach for often. I wish they'd given me a brighter or deeper shade to test!


Originally, I was going to go over all the products in one big post, but the PR Haul post was already super long, so I have decided to split my review into two posts. These were all the makeup products I plan to review, I think I only skipped one mascara which I didn't get to test enough to have opinions. I hope that this post was helpful, and don't forget to check back next Wednesday for part 2: Pixi Skincare Products!

In the meantime, leave me a comment if you've ever tried any of these products, or tell me about anything else from Pixi you loved!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 3, 2017

27 Things I've Learned in 27 Years

Hey guys, long time no talk! Sorry about my absence here and on my blog the last couple of weeks. I've been working on moving, and my whole family just has so much stuff, so there's been a lot to go through and either toss, donate, or pack and move to the new house. We still aren't quite done, but this video was really supposed to go up on my birthday on the 27th and I didn't want it to be any later, so here it is!

I did borrow this idea from Hannah Hart and Charlie McDonnell, though my research shows me that this seems to be a video that loooots of people post, so I don't feel too bad borrowing. If you enjoy this, do let me know, and I can make a note to do another one next year with another 28 facts (for my 28th birthday!)

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