Four Year Blog Anniversary + Giveaway!

Sometimes I really wonder where the heck the time goes… because all of a sudden I’m hitting my fourth year blogging and I’m just sitting here going “what on earth have I done in those four years???”

But I  can actually answer that question! To date, I’ve published 920 blog posts (holy crap!) and created 183 videos (seriously??). It’s absolutely wild to think about just how much content that is. At this point in time I’m convinced that I’ve written more for this blog than I ever did in all of my combined years of essay writing in school.

I’m proud of the content I’ve created and I’m so happy that I still feel passionately about creating it. You never know when a passion of yours may die out, but I’m still chugging along happily and I’m glad you guys are still hanging around to read or watch it!

As I’ve done for the last few years, I wanted to give away an eyeshadow palette that I’ve really been enjoying this year. A few people may be surprised by this, but I think the palette that has impressed me the most this year has to be the tarte Make Believe In Yourself palette. I was originally a little bit on the fence about picking up this palette since it’s got a heck of a lot of shimmery shades in it… But in the end, I’m so glad I bought it because I’ve gone back to this eyeshadow palette so many times this year! So I’m sharing the love and I hope whoever wins this loves it just as much as I do! (I’m also throwing in the highly coveted tarte Magic Wand brush set because they’re just so freaking pretty!)

tarte Make Believe In Yourself

I’m reposting this photo (above) just in case you didn’t know what the inside of the palette looked like. This is my palette from my swatch post back in May, and the palette is decidedly less pristine than that now!

Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • This giveaway starts on October 16, 2017 and runs for two weeks.
  • One winner will receive the tarte Make Believe In Yourself palette and the Magic Wands brush set.
  • Please be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.
  • Once the winner has been contacted, they will have 48 hours to provide me with their mailing address. If the winner fails to respond within that time frame, I will pick another winner. (And so on.)
  • “Giveaway accounts” will not be considered for this prize. (If you want to know what I mean by that, please click here.)

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Swatch Sunday: Zoeva Matte Spectrum

Zoeva Matte Spectrum

Oh boy is this palette EVER pretty! This is the Zoeva Matte Spectrum palette and I snagged it at Sephora in Australia!

Zoeva Matte Spectrum
Zoeva Matte Spectrum

Interestingly, this palette is printed more like a book – all of the fonts read as if the palette is  to be held vertically and not horizontally.

Zoeva Matte Spectrum
Zoeva Matte Spectrum

Even the inside (which sadly lacks a mirror), mentions the shades names/numbers as if the palette was to be opened like a book!

There will be a full video review coming on this palette, but for now, please enjoy the swatches!

Zoeva Matte Spectrum Swatches

Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT010
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT010
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT020
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT020
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT030
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT030
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT040
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT040
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT050
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT050
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT060
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT060
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT070
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT070
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT080
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT080
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT090
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT090
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT100
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT100
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT110
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT110
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT120
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT120
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT130
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT130
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT140
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT140
Zoeva Matte Spectrum - MT150
Zoeva Matte Spectrum – MT150

Skincare Saturday: Lush Halloween

Lush Halloween

Nothing excites me more in skincare than a Halloween collection by Lush! Every year they expand their range of products and I get giddy just thinking about it – the Halloweeny bubble bars, the brightly coloured bath bombs… hell, even the soaps get me excited (yes, really!)!

Lush Halloween - Pumpkin Bath Bomb
Lush Halloween – Pumpkin Bath Bomb

A Lushoween staple, the Pumpkin Bath Bomb never disappoints!

Lush Halloween - Pumpkin Bath Bomb
Lush Halloween – Pumpkin Bath Bomb

Drop this in your bath and it’ll spin and fizz – colouring the water a bright orange shade that’s perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit!

Lush Halloween - Pumpkin Bath Bomb
Lush Halloween – Pumpkin Bath Bomb

Just a heads up though – Lush lists this on their site as smelling like “spicy-sweet pumpkin pie perfume full of exotic pimento, sweet vanilla and cozy, warming cinnamon”, and it really, *really* does not smell like that. I ain’t mad about it, but the Pumpkin Bath Bomb is definitely citrus scented and will make you feel like you’re surrounded by orange trees. I’m a huge fan of citrus, so I loved it!

Lush Halloween - Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar
Lush Halloween – Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar

If you’d rather foam up your bath, check out the Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar! Break off a chunk (you don’t have to use the whole thing in one go) and crumble it under the tap as you pour your bath. It’ll turn your bathwater a bright pink with white bubbles and a few of the little flakes will float around on the surface of the water (if you can manage to see through all the foam!). This one has more of a floral scent with notes of geranium, bergamot and jasmine.

Lush Halloween - Magic Wand Soap
Lush Halloween – Magic Wand Soap

I know soap usually leaves people pretty bored, but lately I’ve been ignoring my shower gels in favour of bar soap! A few years ago I used to feel that Lush‘s soaps disappeared a bit too quickly, however something’s changed because I’ve more recently found my Lush soaps outlasting some of my other bar soaps! The Magic Wand soap is labelled as a pomegranate scented soap, but I mostly just get a sweet but fruity smell with no real discernible particular fruit scent out of it.

Lush Halloween - Bewitched Bubble Bar
Lush Halloween – Bewitched Bubble Bar

The only product I haven’t had an opportunity to use because I just can’t bring myself to try it out yet is the Bewitched bubble bar. And can you blame me??? It’s a black cat face!

Lush Halloween - Bewitched Bubble Bar with Kolme!
Lush Halloween – Bewitched Bubble Bar with Kolme!

I’ll probably save this one for the weekend right before Halloween so I can feel extra spoopy in the black water I’m expecting out of Bewitched! Of our two black cats, Kolme has the more yellow eyes, so I couldn’t resist trying to get a photo of her with the bubble bar. Although I love the smell of it (it’s berry scented), Kolme gave it a good few whacks with her paw after this shot was taken to let us know that perhaps the scent wasn’t entirely up her alley. 😉

One thing’s for sure, Lushoween did not disappoint me! Rae of The Notice recently reviewed this collection as well, and while I always love her commentary on products, she made a really good point about Lush that I need to repeat because it’s something that holds so true:

The best thing about covering a Lush collection is that it’s so. Damn. Easy. It usually takes me 1-4 months to turn around a review, but with Lush, I can get it done in a day.

Why? Because, for the most part, their products are just variations on a concept. If you love their bubble bars, you’re going to love ALL their bubble bars, provided that you like each scent. If you love their bath bombs, you’re going to love ALL their bath bombs, with varying degrees of initial squee.

I read those words and realized just how accurate of a statement that is – Lush is never going to let me down – it’s just up to me to pick the scents I want to use by them! So rest assured that if you’re buying Lush, you’re getting quality products every single time.

Let me know if you’re picking up anything from Lush’s Halloween launch! Although I reviewed four in this post, there’s a heck of a lot more products in the collection!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.