What I Bought This Month – August 2015 Haul

August’s haul is pretty light… likely because I’m preparing for the release of EVERYTHING for the holiday season. (Seriously, there’s like three Too Faced palettes I want… a Kat Von D one… and I’m sure there are going to be tons more!)

Lush - L'Eveil du Phenix $6.95, Oh soleil $10.95, Dorothee $6.25, Bleu glace $6.40
Lush – L’Eveil du Phenix $6.95, Oh soleil $10.95, Dorothee $6.25, Bleu glace $6.40

Lush products are lovely, but the price tags ALWAYS make me cringe. However, I was on vacation in Montreal so it never really feels like I’m spending real money unless I’m in my own city. So this was a VACATION treat, you see.  It turns out they’re discontinuing the Dorothy bubble bar and I’m horrified because I absolutely love that scent. The Oh soleil (don’t know the English name) suckered me in due to the gorgeous colours. I also wanted to give a bath bomb a shot so I grabbed the Phoenix one which smelled kind of cinammon-y. And the Ice blue soap was a last minute decision at the cashier – they get me every single time. I love it because it’s very fresh and aquatic smelling.

NARS Matte Multiple in Siam ($24.99 CAD)
NARS Matte Multiple in Siam ($24.99 CAD)

This was such a fluke. I had been wanting the NARS Siam Matte Multiple ever since it came out. But I could not justify the price when it’s basically a cream blush that I’ll use, but it won’t be a daily thing. So when I was in Montreal, someone pointed out that Winners had some Matte Multiples and I was like “what seriously? Well if they have Siam, I’m picking it up.” And sure enough, they did! It’s still incredibly pricey at $25, but it’s a lot better than paying the regular ~$50 for it!

Dior brow products - free (gift)
Dior brow products – free (gift)

These were freebies from hmmm… I think it was Zoe. As a brunette she has no need for blonde eyebrow products so I was more than happy to take them off her hand and give Dior products a shot. Unfortunately, the blonde Dior pencil is far too orange for my colouring, but the Brow Styler Gel is pretty cool. I have to use it after I’ve already applied pencil, but I like how it adds texture to my brows.

Sephora VIB Rouge Event sample bag
Sephora VIB Rouge Event sample bag

Although I’m not a VIB Rouge member at Sephora, I had the pleasure of being invited to the VIB Rouge event at the Eaton Centre by Julie. The swag bag was fairly epic, as the only thing I bought in the shot above was the Bite Beauty lip mask!

Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask ($30 CAD)
Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask ($30 CAD)

So here’s the lip mask by Bite Beauty. Not going to lie, it’s a bit painful when I realize I spent $30 CAD on basically a lip balm. But it has the new Maple scent that’s exclusive to Canada and I’ve been wanting to find out just how good this Agave Lip Mask stuff really is. It’s very, very thick (to the point where it’s actually quite hard to get out of the tube), but it does smell like maple and it feels quite luxurious. I’m curious to see how this will protect my lips during the winter.

Too Faced - The little Black Book of Bronzer (free - gift)
Too Faced – The little Black Book of Bronzer (free – gift)

I’ve professed my love of bronzers before, so it feels kind of awesome when your friends recognize that and throw bronzers at you.

Too Faced - The little Black Book of Bronzer (free - gift)
Too Faced – The little Black Book of Bronzer (free – gift)

What’s even better is when you get eight bronzers in one! The Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe comes with eight of their lovely bronzers in bite sized pans. This is going to be phenomenal for travelling (because yes, I’m the kind of person that wants eight different bronzers when I go on a trip!).

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 25I (free - gift)
Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 25I (free – gift)

My photography of this one isn’t great for colour accuracy. This is the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 25I. I received it because it was a little too orange for the original owner, although my photo doesn’t display that. I can wear it, and I love it because it has that wonderful Pro Bronze Fusion formula, but it doesn’t beat out my 30M.


That’s it for this month! I’ve got a few exciting products waiting for me in the US (Too Faced Vegas Nay palette, Colour Pop order) which I’ll be able to pick up while I visit two friends in New York City next month. September is also the month of IMATS. So I can see next month being a fairly expensive month!

Swatch Sunday: Annabelle Smokey Nudes

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New for fall is Annabelle‘s Smokey Nudes palette! I feel like we say this every few months, but it really is starting to feel like the drugstore brands are starting to up their game. We’ve needed palette options from the drugstore and we’re finally starting to get them! With ten shades to work with, nude and neutral lovers can rejoice in this palette. There’s even three matte/satin finish shades which are an enormous bonus in a palette. Trying to work eye looks with only shimmery shades can be a bit difficult, so I’m really happy that Annabelle included different finishes.

Enjoy the Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette swatches today, and later on this week I’ll have a Challenge Week featuring this palette. :)

Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette
Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette
Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette
Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 8 Light Pink
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 8 Light Pink
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 7 Nude
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 7 Nude
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 3 Taupe
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 3 Taupe
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 2 Grey
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 2 Grey
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 1 Black
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 1 Black
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 10 White
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 10 White
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 9 Gold
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 9 Gold
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 6 Bronze
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 6 Bronze
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 5 Copper
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 5 Copper
Annabelle Smokey Nudes - Shade 4 Brown
Annabelle Smokey Nudes – Shade 4 Brown
This post features a press sample sent for consideration.

Fitness Friday: Personal Update

Me after a run in Florida in April (also helpfully depicting how I feel about my current level of physical fitness)
Me after a run in Florida in April (also helpfully depicting how I feel about my current level of physical fitness)

I don’t have anything overly exciting to share with you guys this week for Fitness Friday – no fun photos or achievements. This is more of a personal update on how I’ve been doing.

2015 has kind of sucked for me from a personal fitness achievement perspective. I set out some goals at the start of the year and the ones I most wanted to achieve were:

  1. Run a 5K in under 25 minutes
  2. Get down to 145 pounds.

Well, it’s felt like a constant battle since I made those goals for myself back in January. I saw my weight slowly increase from 150 to 160 pounds and became really, REALLY upset with myself over it. Unfortunately, I kept half assing the weight loss aspect of tracking my calories so I’ve been pretty much been carrying that weight since January (thanks Christmas!). Even though it’s “only” ten pounds, for me, it’s around this threshold that I become completely pissed of with how I look. I don’t like how I appear in pictures and I don’t like what I see in the mirror. It’s frustrating, to say the least.

I also only really half trained to increase my speed in a 5K and I managed to get the exact same time as my personal best last year (26:10) during a race back in March. But man, I do not know how to balance training for half marathon distances while also trying to increase pace on 5Ks. What a mess.

I got so irritated with myself over the last two weeks that I basically just said “enough” and got back into exercising 5-6 days a week. I’m running three times a week, lifting twice, while still playing soccer and I’ve also chucked in a few Jillian Michaels DVDs every now and then too. I also started restricting my calories pretty drastically – keeping it between  1250 and 1500. It’s a slow damn battle, but I’ve actually managed to drop 4 pounds in 2 weeks which is almost unheard of for me.

Of course, part of the motivation is that Halloween is just around the corner and, like last year, we have another epic group costume planned – Batman villains! The last thing I want to do is be upset with how I look in my Harley Quinn outfit, so I’m all in at this point. My initial goal is to hit 150 pounds by the time I go on vacation mid-September (that’s REALLY, REALLY ambitious as it requires I drop 7 more pounds in 3 weeks) and the stretch goal is to hit 145 by Halloween. It’s hard going, but I’ve been eating clean (no alcohol, low carbs, high protein and more fruits and vegetables than I can count) for a week and a half now and it’s absolutely working – never in my life have I experience such consistent and rapid weight loss without horrific fluctuations.

Not to be a total downer though, I do have some things I’m looking forward to in my fitness endeavours! I managed to rope Zoe of Writing Whimsy into doing a 5K race here in Toronto in September. I’m super excited for that because I love running races with friends and I believe this is her first one! I am also running the Scotiabank Waterfront Half Marathon again this year in October and I’m trying to raise $500 for United Way Toronto. Having a half marathon to train for is definitely keeping me in check with my goal to run 550 kilometers this year! (Which I am absolutely on track with thankfully!) We’re also going to be in Wisconsin over Christmas (my husband’s family is there) and I’m planning to do a New Year’s race near Madison. I love races in new locations!

I’ve also managed to stay on track with weight lifting – I’m not lifting any new and exciting poundage, but I’ve managed to stay stable all year in that respect and I am really, REALLY happy that I never had a break so long that it required me to start from scratch!

So if you’re struggling, even if it takes you months to get back on track like me, you can still do it if YOU want to do it. Try to remember that. :)

And if you made it through this whole post, thank you for listening – it helps me to get it out there and it keeps me motivated.

JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)

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JORD wood watches seem to be hitting the beauty world by storm. I’ve seen them on blogs and on YouTube and I couldn’t help but be intrigued by them. JORD‘s wooden watches are a totally new take on a accessory that is fast being replaced by cell phones. And perhaps that’s what makes them so interesting – the fact that a company is producing a product that looks elegant yet still has a hint of “old fashion-ness” to it in a time when cell phones are taking over timekeeping duties.

JORD Wood Watch - box
JORD Wood Watch – box

I am thankful to have been sent one to review since prior to their offer I had spent time on their web site but had never pulled the trigger on ordering one (Sharon Farrell bought one, okay? Anything she loves, I love too!). Imagine my surprise when they reached out to me to try one!

JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)
JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)

I opted for the Red Sandalwood version of the Sully watch (although it was originally called “Cherry” when I placed my request). I liked that it was one of the more vibrant colours of wood and it had that tone of red that I seem to love in my eyeshadows.

JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)
JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)

The watch is larger than anything I’ve owned before as I had never really fallen into the boyfriend watch trend that Michael Kors seems to have made famous. So this was an opportunity to try something new! I like that the faceplate is bold and easy to read. I also got used to the feeling of the larger faceplate pretty quickly – hell, it makes it easier to read the time! It’s also worth noting, this isn’t a heavy accessory at all. My husband even picked it up one day and was surprised by just how lightweight it felt.

JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)
JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood)

The back of the watch is incredibly intriguing. The closure at the back of the watch is hinged so that the entire metal component is hidden almost completely by the wooden strap.

JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood) - check out that clasp!
JORD Wood Watch in Sully (Red Sandalwood) – check out that clasp!

You open and close the clasp with two pressure points on either side – this releases the clasp and lets you take the watch off (or on, obviously).

Completely hidden closure
Completely hidden closure

But when it’s closed, the metal is mostly hidden away. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I love how it makes the entire back of the watch look completely uniform with the rest of the piece.

Wearing my Sully watch and... trying to pose. Oh dear.
Wearing my Sully watch and… trying to pose. Oh dear.

As I said earlier, I chose the Red Sandalwood version because I’m such a sucker for anything red-toned. I’m not usually one to style myself around my accessories, but I couldn’t help but be inspired by the shade of the dark red wood.

Wearing my JORD Wood Watch in Sully
Wearing my JORD Wood Watch in Sully

I ended up using L’Oreal’s Infallible eyeshadow in Golden Mahogany to blow out my eyes and paired it with Clarins’ new Lipliner  Pencil in Nude Beige.

JORD Wood Watch in Sully
JORD Wood Watch in Sully
JORD Wood Watch in Sully
JORD Wood Watch in Sully

Sidnote: I didn’t think of this till after my anniversary, but the traditional theme for a fifth wedding anniversary is WOOD. Since these watches are so gorgeous, you may want to consider getting your spouse one of these if you stick with traditional gifts! They have a lovely variety of both mens and womens watches so there’s plenty of options to scour through.

Are you intrigued by these JORD Wood Watches yet? I’m really, REALLY enjoying mine!

Unique Watches

This post features a product that was sent to me for review purposes.

What’s On My Face – Volume 41

While this set of looks doesn’t top Volume 40 for epic-ness (seriously – I’m way proud of some of the looks in Volume 40), there’s still some really, really pretty ones in here.

Enjoy!


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I can’t even rember why I was so done up for this look to be honest. I must’ve been doing SOMETHING important to warrant false lashes…

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Eyes

  1. MAC Cork through the top of the crease.
  2. Inglot AMC Shine 28 all over the lid and inner tearduct.
  3. Inglot Matte 325 on the outer half of the lid and to line the lower lash line.
  4. Urban Decay Blackout in the outer corner.
  5. Wet n Wild Brulee on the brow bone.

I created the wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and tightlined my water lines with Marc Jacobs‘ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. On my lashes is CoverGirl‘s Clump Crusher mascara with a pair of Houses of Lashes Bombshell falsies on top.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Milani Tea Rose
  • Highlighter: MAC Silver Dusk
  • Lips: Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial

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This look (without the glitter) has been a constant favourite of mine over the years. It’s one I know I can resort to if I want to look like my eyes are on fire and don’t have to think about the eyeshadow combination. Kind of a failsafe, you know? I wore this to the VIB Rouge event at the Eaton Centre in Toronto (thank you for the invite Julie!) and had to add on some glitter just for fun. Except I love it so much with the glitter that now it’s REQUIRED for this look…

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Eyes

  1. MAC Gleam all over the lid.
  2. MAC Coppering on the outer half of the lid and through the crease.
  3. MAC Handwritten to deepen the outer corner.
  4. MAC Blanc Type on the brow bone.

I applied some Too Faced Glitter Glue all along my lower lash line, then patted on MAC‘s Reflect Copper glitter (THIS STUFF IS INSANE). On my lashes is Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: MAC Ripe Peach
  • Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop
  • Lips: Revlon Lipstain + Balm in Flame

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This one is fairly “old” since it’s been sitting on my harddrive since June. I think I was trying to figure out how to balance coloured eyeshadow with bright lips. I actually think this works… but I’m not sure if I’m trying to convince myself of that, you know?

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Fantasy all over the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.
  4. Makeup Geek Daydreamer on the inner corner.

I lined my lower lash line with Makeup Geek‘s Masquerade eyeshadow and created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Life’s a Cherry
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Rainbow

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With all the hype surrounding the upcoming holiday palettes by Too Faced, I just had to whip out some of my older holiday palettes by them. I love their holidays palettes so much!

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Eyes
(all Too Faced shadows from the Everything Nice palette)

  1. Shiny Happy on the lid.
  2. Secret Lovers on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Be You through the crease.
  4. Kindess is Free barely tapped on the outer corner of the crease.
  5. Dream On on the brow bone.

On my lashes is Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Inner Light
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Violet

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And last up is a look I wasn’t sure how to do when I first looked at the quad. This utilizes The Body Shop‘s Pink Poppy shimmer cubes which have a very vibrant hot pink, an orange, a somewhat timid lime green and a silver. That’s one hell of a combination!

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Eyes
(using The Body Shop shimmer cubes in Pink Poppy)

  1. Orange shade all over the lid.
  2. Too Faced Cherry Cordial to deepen up the crease (had to use something else because the look would’ve had no dimension).
  3. Hot Pink shade through the crease.

I lined the lower lash line with the Green and Silver shades from the shimmer cube quad, then applied CoverGirl‘s Clump Crusher mascara to my lashes

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: MAC Refined Golden
  • Blush: Hard Candy Skinny Dipping
  • Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop
  • Lips: Revlon‘s Papaya lipgloss