01 December 2014

And now for something completely different!

Snacks!

I went to the Whole Life Expo in Toronto on the 29th. It was mostly for school, but it was for general interest, too. I didn't really like a lot of the businesses and booths there because the expo focuses a lot on "natural wellness," which includes things like self-healing, crystals, auras, and other new age-y things I'm very skeptical about. I'm okay with stuff that's a little "out there" as long as there's some reputable research and studies floating around already, as well as currently being done. Selling rose quartz to someone for $200 and suggesting it will heal their cancer? That's shady as shit. Don't buy that.

There were, however, a lot of businesses that focus on organic food and skincare products (hint: I am blogging about this in the near future!), as well as cooking and nutrition in general. That's more up my alley! I tried these organic, gluten-free, and vegan flavoured kale chips by The Healthy Crunch Company and instantly fell in love. It's a Canadian company and they're doing awesome things for healthy snacks. They're dried at low temperatures so the kale doesn't lose its nutritional value. I would gladly eat this every day and replace BOTH sugary and salty snacks with these. Yeah, they come in both savoury and sweet for every kind of craving.




SUPER HERO. SUPER DUPER DELICIOUS


The cheese one is my absolute favourite. The Monkey Business one is sweetened with cacao nibs and coconut and it's their sweet, dessert-like option. These are their smaller packages, and I got all three for $15, so it's a little pricey. I would love to see these in the grocery stores in big bags in the future, because I would gladly pay for them.

KALE KALE KALE KALE KALE. 

What's your go-to snack? 

30 November 2014

Sephora Luster Matte Lip Colour in Deep Plum

I know that most people are raving about the Cream Lip Stains, particularly shade "07." If you read my last post, you know I'm cursed or that the employees at my local Sephora hide everything I want when they see me coming toward the store. It's like this sick, ongoing joke. They don't want me to be happy. This was another thing I have been unable to buy, but forgot about once I tried the Luster Matte one instead.

I LOVE IT.

yes, hello, this is deep plum

why is my lip stupid and have a lump like why



















I recommend, like with pretty much every matte lip product ever, you exfoliate scrub and moisturize them lips before application. I wore mine from about noon until 11pm with a single touch up. It moves from the inside of your lips first, so there's a line when you talk. But with drinking and stuff, it mostly stays put otherwise. I got nervous when I first bought it because it can look pretty "vampy" in some lighting, while at other times it just looks like a dark red. It's SO NICE, THOUGH. I want to try other colours.

What's your favourite Sephora Collection item?

29 November 2014

Sephora Haul - I love me

...because I love myself and hate having a full wallet. Cue nervous laughter.. because I'm a terribly broke student. At least I'll look great. 

I really hate my local Sephora. They never have anything in stock that I am there for. I don't particularly enjoy shopping online at Sephora because I don't get to have my stuff for a couple weeks. I also don't think the point conversion is the exact same (besides the obvious, I'm paying more, but getting less points because of shipping and duty and stuff). But this time, I was like.. I don't want to keep giving this store my phone number to call me when stuff was back in for me. The perk to shopping online this time was the cute little season set - I grabbed "A Bright Night Out."

The samples came in a little red cosmetic bag. It's an ugly shape and a weird, cheap texture, and I forgot to take a picture of it. I can't complain about a free bag, but I didn't look at it and think, "that's cute and useful!" It was nice to have an extra bag to put my new stuff in at the time, though. 

I missed the lotion sample that was included in the set, Philosophy's Loveswept. That one went right in my bag and has been put to use. The Fresh and Glamglow samples pictured weren't part of the free sample set, they were two of the free samples I added to my order on my own. The other one I chose was Lancôme Nude Miracle, and it came with three shades. The sample colours on the outside of the packaging are SO misleading and I was so confused. I gave the darkest shade to my mom, because she's always super tan and darker than me in general. She didn't try it while I was around, but I'm guessing it's nowhere near what it's shown to look like. The two lighter shades I figured I could mix to use more product and make a better shade for myself. I opened the middle shade in the 3-sample line up and it was FUCKING ORANGE. It was gross. It looked like it would be a fairly light, warm but still "fair" shade.. but it was just totally unworkable. I'm usually a "porcelain" or "ivory" foundation lady, so I opened the lightest sample shade and it actually ended up going on looking great. It was slightly taupe-looking on my hand before I blended it, so I was scared I'd have a brown face, but it blended into my skin perfectly. The full size is $48CAD, though, meaning I would never purchase it. I think $18 for the current L'oreal one I'm using is expensive enough. I find the strangest things to be a cheap-ass about. 

I like the UD 24/7 liner, but I don't typically use black for kohl (I prefer dark brown). I would definitely consider getting a fullsize of a different colour, though, or I would look into the sets they have for the holidays. It's a nice sample size, something to throw in my bag to travel with.

The Lancôme Hypnose mascara is just a mascara to me, nothing special. I like it well enough.

I haven't bothered to smell Girl yet, but I do really like Chloé ("Top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee embody subtle freshness. At the heart, midnotes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose rise to sublimated femininity. A base of velvety elegance comes to fruition through cedarwood, amber, and honey"). My mom's boyfriend is super sensitive to literally every scent on the planet - except this one! He actually liked it and we were all amazed. I would absolutely consider purchasing it. 

I already know I love the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and I am probably going to get this shade in fullsize. I already have passed by it a dozen times, and sometimes even had it in my hand and changed my mind. Stupid, because it's great. It dries immediately and lasts a long time.

The Marc Jacobs gloss is a waste of time and space and I hate it. I do like "plumping" glosses that make your lips tingle, and this does that, so I'll just sit here with my arms crossed and go "hmmph" instead of throwing it onto the street. It's just that it's entirely sheer, with a plastic taste, and the glitter isn't visable like a MAC lipglass might have. I'm just smearing something vaguely tingly onto my lips that doesn't last very long. I would rather have an Avon Glazewear than this thing, and I fucking hate the Glazewears.



My real goodies (the ones I can't hate because I did my research and paid good money for them)!

I just wanted the Naked Basics 2 palette because I don't have anything small to put in my makeup bag when I travel or stay somewhere overnight. I always try to cuddle up my Naked 2 or 3 palette in a million shirts in my backpack to make sure nothing happens to them. This one is tiny enough to be secured with my other tools and products and not risk getting smashed up. The packaging is sturdy, there's a mirror, it has colours I use on a daily basis. I didn't include swatches here today because I figure this isn't news to anyone that this palette is decent and lots of people have done good reviews of it already. 


I've never tried a NARS blush before, so I picked one out almost at random. I wanted something that didn't resemble anything I have or use already. I heard it was super pigmented and flattering on Super White Girls, so Desire went in my cart, too. It's a true, cool pink and it makes me look like a cute little dolly with perfectly flushed cheeks. I like it a lot. I forgot to swatch because I was too happy. I'll probably never use anything else ever again (move over, Sea Me, Hear Me). 

I literally picked out Dragon Girl because Taylor Swift uses it. I am shamelessly copying a celebrity and I have nothing else to say about that. 


NARS Desire, Naked Basics 2, NARS Dragon Girl
KVD Bachelorette, Marc Jacobs Kissability (words like Disgusting and No come to mind), NARS Dragon Girl 
What's the last item you bought?

22 November 2014

Maybelline "On Fire Red" & Covergirl "Eternal"

Since my last post about red lips, I've acquired a couple of new colours to try out. I also made an order online from Sephora to get NARS Dragon Girl and a couple of other things, but everything is so backed up from the sale earlier this month. I ordered last Friday and only got a shipping confirmation yesterday (a week later). AND they're saying it won't be here until we get into December. Ouch! I need that shit now, Canada sucks, etc. But in the mean time, here are a couple drugstore products that I really enjoy using as of late. Check it out.


Right to left: Maybelline Coloursensational Vivids "On Fire Red," Covergirl Lip Perfection "Eternal"
Top: Eternal
Bottom: On Fire Red
My face looks like a bowl of oatmeal. I'm not usually instant breakfasts, I promise. This is On Fire Red. 
Let's start with the Maybelline On Fire Red. I only have one other colour of this formula, the LE Midnight Plum. That lipstick has the strangest smell.. like incredibly synthetic strawberry licorice. It's strong, but it goes away once it's on your lips. This one had the same scent, and I'm not a fan. MAC and NYX do well with scents, I can do with the vanilla and buttercream frosting stuff. And I really do love licorice, but this is just strange.

The packaging is nice. The colours in these lipsticks all have different coloured lids, to match the colour of the lipstick itself. My Midnight Plum has a matching dark purple lid. It doesn't feel too cheap, and it's never opened up on me in my purse or anything (I'm looking at YOU, cherryculture lip balm).

I really like the colour. It looks like a true, blue-based red on me. It goes on easily and is opaque in two swipes of the product. It's a shiny, satin finish, but not too slippery. My Midnight Plum takes a lot to build up the colour, but it's nice to be able to do a sheer purple instead of instantly becoming an eggplant.

The only thing is that it stains like a motherfucker. Some people like this because, as it fades during wear, you don't end up with random patches of lipstick that are brighter than other spots. I don't really care that much. My hand is all red from the swatches on my skin.

STAIN.
Overall, this is my new favourite red. It doesn't dry out my lips at all, and the colour is really nice. I wish it didn't smell so strong, but I can overlook that. I think I paid $6 for this at Target, but you can get these literally anywhere that sells Maybelline products. They're really common.

Here's Eternal. What the fuck did I do when I was putting on foundation today? I'm a piece of shit. I'm sick and blowing my nose a lot, so that's why my nose is basically falling off. I give up on life.
Eternal really confuses me. It looks like a really bright pink in the tube with flash, and sometimes in photos it turns out really pink, too. In these photos, I feel like I can compare On Fire Red and Eternal as they look on my lips. But the swatches and other photos are still super different. I feel like Eternal will look different depending on how pigmented your lips are. But to showcase the weirdness of this shade, here's one from last weekend in natural daylight, where it looks very pink:

I take a selfie like this every time I visit my mom and she drives somewhere. Also, if I didn't know better, I'd probably ID this colour as Revlon Lovesick. What the fuck, Covergirl?
Okay, I don't really care. It can be whatever it wants to be. I just don't know how comfortable I feel calling this a "red" lipstick, at least not in the classic sense of what can be recognized as a true red. It's still a fucking amazing lipstick. I wore this last weekend for over 12 hours, only touching up once in the middle of the afternoon. It's a bit more drying than the Maybelline lipstick, and it does stain a tiny, tiny bit. I had to do a pretty good exfoiliate the day after I wore this, but everything was fine. The colour comes off in the center of my lips sooner than anything else, but it has really good staying power otherwise. I definitely want to try some other colours in this product range.

I REALLY LIKE THEM BOTH. They're not exact dupes of each other, they're both good for different reasons. I'd recommend both brands.

What's your favourite red lipstick?

14 November 2014

Lorac Mega Pro; Con of Amazon

One of the first things I should have done to get myself back into blogging was do swatches of the Lorac Mega Pro. Holy Crayola, the hype and drama that surrounded that release! As a Canadian, I was forced to shop only from Amazon. I missed the initial stock, but grabbed one by the 10th of October and paid my $80CAD. Then I started hearing about the terrible packaging, the broken palettes with no hope of being replaced. I was certain I would have my heart broken. I get all my valuable mail sent to my mother's house, so I gave her a call right away and told her to rip into my package as soon as it arrived. It got to her house 5 days before it was due to be delivered, AND IT WAS ALL IN ONE PIECE. Not even a broken mirror or a smushed palette on the edges! It was sent in a bubble envelope with no other protection. There has to be a cosmetic goddess watching over me, right? A couple weeks before this, I received a smashed blush palette from BH. I guess my bad luck run out on that inexpensive product, huh? 

Anyway, I haven't used anything but the Mega Pro since I got it. I love the colour selection and the shadows themselves are very soft and pigmented. There is a bit of fall out, but nothing extreme because it's mostly the matte shadows. It's not like my face is showered in glitter when I'm done, so I'm okay with it. WORTH EVERY PENNY. I know there are tons of swatches online by this point, but I'd be willing to show more if someone was interested. 

Here is a look I've done in the past month with the Mega Pro (and featuring a new lipstick!).



✰ Lorac Mega Pro in shades Camel, Blush, Granite, and Vanilla 
✰ Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Lovecraft