Swatch Sunday: Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey

It’s here! It’s here! The sister palette to the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette is here! Say hello to the beauty that is the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey¬†palette!

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey

This limited edition palette is currently only available at Ulta.com and TooFaced.com (my wonderful friend Sara picked it up and shipped it up to me from the US!).

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Swatches

Too Faced - Creamed Honey
Too Faced – Creamed Honey
Too Faced - Peanut Butter
Too Faced – Peanut Butter
Too Faced - Going Nuts
Too Faced – Going Nuts

 

Too Faced - Bee Sweet
Too Faced – Bee Sweet
Too Faced - Honey Brittle
Too Faced – Honey Brittle
Too Faced - Bee's Knees
Too Faced – Bee’s Knees
Too Faced - Queen Bee
Too Faced – Queen Bee
Too Faced - Honey Buns
Too Faced – Honey Buns
Too Faced - Feelin' Nutty
Too Faced – Feelin’ Nutty

The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey palette retails for $36 USD and can be purchased at Ulta.com.

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Fitness Friday: 2017 Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race

Just before starting out for the race!
Just before starting out for the race!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I hope you’re wearing some green and having a lovely day. ūüôā

So, my favourite race of the year is always the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K! I’m a wee bit obsessed with all things Irish and green, and I can think of no better way to start my St. Patrick’s Day festivities than with a 5K race in cool weather, surrounded by a sea of green runners!

Coming up towards the finish line!
Coming up towards the finish line!

As I’ve been whining about (for an eternity now), I’ve gained ten pounds in the last two years or so and it’s not really going anywhere. Last year really SUCKED for races for me – I barely stayed under 27 minutes in the 2016 version of this race, and then the rest of the year was spent languishing around 27:30 race after 5k race (which I was personally pretty really ashamed about). So towards the end of last year, I started to make significant strides and changes to my workout program – I was lifting weights on the regular and I was determined to actually train properly for a 5K.¬†¬†I had set out a plan to do long runs, mixed with tempo and sprint runs and, for the most part, I had stuck to it. That being said, I hadn’t done everything I thought I possibly could do before this race, so I was nervous right up until the night before the race.

Near the end! Rogers Centre (/the Skydome) behind me!
Near the end! Rogers Centre (/the Skydome) behind me!

And then, the night before the race, I suddenly looked at the predicted temperature in the morning and my nervousness evaporated: the morning temperature was expected to be around¬†-12C with a windchill of¬†-20C. My inner monologue was basically “fuck it, it’s too cold. Don’t expect anything out of this race.” Toronto’s winter this year has been warmer than normal and I haven’t had the opportunity to train my lungs for a cold weather run, never mind a race, in temperatures that were around -10. So I figured to hell with the nerves as there’d be no way in hell I’d be able to bust out a decent time.

I. Was. So. Very. VERY. WRONG!

The end is in sight!
The end is in sight!

The morning of the race was cool and brisk, but the wind speed was low. The temperature, while around -12C, didn’t have a windchill much colder than -15! David and I stayed inside the doors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until just before the race so that I could keep warm (lifesaver!). For once in my life, my stomach wasn’t churning before the race and I felt relatively at peace (although for about 30 seconds I thought I’d forgotten my earphones… that would’ve been game over for sure).

So when the air horn sounded, I started the race at a really comfortable pace. So comfortable in fact that I forgot to turn my Garmin on for a few seconds! Reality set in within the first twenty seconds and I was like… “well my lungs aren’t dying, I feel good… but there’s a lot of people in my way.” So I started to weave in and out of the pack to get around the slower runners until I caught up to the people that were moving more my own pace. And honestly? I felt GOOD. I felt in control on my body and I felt strong. I wasn’t gasping for air and I wasn’t super dehydrated (which is normally how I start races – with a dry ass mouth because I’m so nervous).

2017 Achilles St. Patrick's Day Race - Garmin Results
2017 Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Race – Garmin Results

Realistically, I didn’t know how fast I was moving because my Garmin really struggles to determine speed when there’s so many tall buildings around. If you look at the map above, you can see how erratic the trajectory line gets on what’s supposed to be the straight line down Wellington Street – so it really overestimates your speed since it thinks you’re doing hella crazy maneuvers. I had an idea that I was moving at a decent clip because I was mostly passing other people and not being passed all that often. Sadly, when we hit the 2.5k mark where the loopback occurs (at Yonge Street), the water I was looking forward to was nowhere to be found. Ughhhh! Next year I need to remember to bring my own water!

However, it was a good thing there was no ability to stop and drink because I kept pushing on… and nailed the finish line with a race time of 26:06! Four seconds faster than my previous personal best (PB) and an enormous 60-90 minutes faster than my average 5K race pace from 2016. I was ECSTATIC! I was so damn happy I almost started full on crying when I saw my chip time come up on Sportstats.ca¬†– there were tears welling up in my eyes!¬†All of the work I had put in, despite feeling like it hadn’t been enough, had DEFINITELY paid off and I couldn’t be any happier! This race only further convinced me that I do far better in subzero temperatures – I am definitely built ¬†for – and thrive in – the cold!

Race Results

  • Finish Time:¬†26:06
  • Pace:¬†5:13 per kilometer
  • Overall placement:¬†323/1313
  • Age group placement (Female 30-39 years):¬†38/262
  • Gender placement (F):¬†108/742

By the way, if you’re ever interested in the other races I’ve run, you can always visit my Race Results page for a breakdown by year and by race. Enjoy!

VIDEO: St. Patrick’s Day Makeup Tutorial (2017)

PRODUCTS USED:
Maybelline Master Prime* 
ARTDECO Eyeshadow Base* 
MAC Cork eyeshadow 
Charlotte Tilbury Rebel Quad 
– Lit Cosmetics Liberache glitter
Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base
– Inglot Body Sparkles in 45*
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper 
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer 
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof* 
– House of Lashes Bombshell falsies
– QUO Nourish and Prime Hydrating Primer*
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD liquid in Y225* 
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer 
Urban Decay X-Rated* 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild palette РLucky Clover 
NARS Brow Defining Cream in Sonoran 
ARTDECO Eyebrow Pencil in 06* 
Bite Fig lipstick 
Bite Gold Lipstick* 

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick Collection (Review & Swatches)

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks

essence has recently launched their Matt Matt Matt lipstick range which has eight shades ranging from nudes, to pinks and reds, to some purple and deep vampy shades. For a collection that is limited to only eight shades, they’ve done one heck of a job by covering all of their bases!

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks

In stark contrast to their Sheer + Shine lipsticks (which I really enjoyed), the Matt Matt Matt in chockful of in your face colour with a matte finish. Each shades packs one hell of a pigment punch! But don’t take my word for it, check out these swatches:

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick Collection Swatches

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It's A Statement
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It’s A Statement
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It's A Statement
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It’s A Statement

My Thoughts

There is NO denying the colour payoff in these lipsticks – the pigment is there and it’s ready to party! I found the longevity on these lipsticks to be incredible – I had no movement, no budging for 4-5 hours (which for me is really good as I don’t tend to wear lipstick for longer than that timespan). My biggest complaint is that I get a little bit of lipstick gathering on the inner rim of my mouth – just where the lipstick ends and the inside of my mouth begins. It’s not a great feeling, but I can easily blend it out with my finger if need be.

It’s worth noting that¬†there is a bit of a plastic fruit scent to these lipsticks. The scent is identical to their long lasting lipstick range though – so if you like that scent, you’ll be fine with these.

The essence Matt Matt Matt lipsticks retail for $3.99 USD each and can be purchased on ulta.com or or for $4.49 CAD on essencemakeup.com.

The products featured in this post were given to me for consideration at a PR event. Post contains some affiliate links.