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I thought it would be a fun idea to do a beauty tag! I'm not sure if I've ever done a single one on my blog before but I think they're fun and help you to get to know me better!


1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
It was definitely a single baby blue eyeshadow from The Body Shop when they used to give them out for free years ago. I have to say very opaque baby blue eyeshadow isn't flattering alone haha!

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
Yes! My perfect mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara because it gives me crazy volume very easily, the only way it could be better was if it was waterproof and lucky for me they did come out with that.

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?
Full coverage, always. I have always loved a flawless foundation look!

4. Favourite high end brand?
Ooh that's a hard one but I think I'd have to go with Too Faced!

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't? 
I'd love to try Dose Of Colors and Black Moon Cosmetics, I'm sure there is more but that's just off the top of my head.

6. Favorite drugstore brand?
Probably Revlon although I don't really reach for drugstore brands much.

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
Hell ya, and the bigger then better!

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can't leave the house without?
If anything I'd say mascara but that's fairly rare I even put that on as I have funky eyelashes so they always look odd. 

9. What is your most cherised beauty product?
Here's looking at you Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner!

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?
Well, I suppose I'd say pick up and item here and there but usually I'll binge buy from a certain brand but when it's my usually daily products I'll buy as I run out.

11. Do you have a "beauty budget" or you spend freely? 
I spend freely, but only because I believe in treating yourself and I have no self control haha..

12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
Usually I'll use discount codes and Ebates if available!

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
Probably eyeshadows, you can never have enough.

14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can't stand?
Not that I can think of off the top of my head!

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?
Honestly, I don't. If a brand is vegan and/or organic I do enjoy that though.

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?
Sephora of course, so much selection!

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?
I'm constantly trying new skin care products.

18. Favourite bath and body brand?
LUSH Cosmetics all the way!

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
Oh man.. that's a hard one but I believe I'd go with Too Faced because they're cruelty free, have my favourite mascara and I'm sure I could fall in love with all their products. 

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
I've always been a big fan of NARS packaging, the slick black velvety packing... mmmm.

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Honestly I don't keep up with celebrities!

22Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
Yes? Like Facebook groups? 

23. 5 Favorite Beauty Gurus
Oohhh okay well, I actually don't watch a lot of beauty gurus! But Youtubers I enjoy are It's Black Friday, Helen Anderson, Kelly Eden, and way more!

24. Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?
I've never been a fan but I also rarely wear lip or cheek products.

25. Are you clumsy in on putting makeup?
Nope!

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Yes, usually! Especially when I know I'm going to need it to stay all day or need better opacity.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
Maybe one if any.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
Foundation but I'm thinking I'm going to start trying to switch it up and try putting on concealer first.

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
I am actually a professional makeup artist and have taken quite a few classes!

30. What do you love about makeup?
I love that you have full reign to do WHATEVER you want! There is endless possibilities and creativity to create whatever you want. It's art.

CURIOUS?| 30 Beauty Questions Tag


I always seem to miss holiday posts which annoys me so this year I am trying not to, starting with Valentine's Day! I decided that I should create a Valentine's Day GRWM video for my Youtube channel, and so I also took a few photos of the finished look that I thought I would share here!


I decided to change it up and NOT do my intense winged eyeliner that I always do. For the photos and video anyways.. I definitely might have added it after.. but you'll never know.


I also decided to curl my hair as I hadn't tried to style these extensions yet from VPFashion. Turns out, they curl and hold beautifully, I was very impressed. I thought that I was curling my hair outwards the entire time but by the time I finished I realized I hadn't, I had curled my hair towards my face. At first I was a little disappointed but I ended up really liking the look and will definitely be doing it again in the future!


My makeup consisted of a warm, rosy glow with the Naked 3 palette and Lunatick Cosmetic Labs contour palette and the rose champagne sparkles on the center my eyelids are from the new Mary Kay Spring collection from the Glistening Horizon palette. My nail polish is the Essie Gel Couture in Pinned Up and my lipstick is the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Seduction!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR | Valentine's Day GRWM

I am a big fan of serums and always have been so when Eden's Semilla reached out and asked if i'd accept a sponsored post for two of their serums I agreed! Although I am not strictly natural and organic products I always really appreciate them and will usually reach for them instead of an alternative and thankfully both of these are, they also do not test on animals!


The two serums are a Hyaluronic Acid Serum and a Vitamin C Serum. The Hyaluronic Acid Serum is 30ml and sells for $26.00 CAN, and the Vitamin C Serum is in a 15 ml and sells for $18.00 CAN. The reason for the sizing difference is that you should use a small amount of the Vitamin C so they should last approx. the same amount of time. You can buy each serum in sizes 15 ml, 30 ml and 60 ml.


The Hyaluronic Acid is recommended for maximum hydration, locking in the moisture. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol, Aloe Vera and Shea Extract making it also great for anti-aging and rejuvenate tired skin targeting dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

I love applying this at night before I go to bed because I can apply it all over and let it sink in. It feels super refreshing and relaxing massaging this in after washing your face and getting ready for bed. It applies almost like a thin syrup but sinks into your skin fairly quickly and isn't sticky.


The Vitamin C Serum is an advanced anti-aging formula with Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil. Although both serums have similar ingredients they do vary and have separate jobs. They both have the same droppers which are really nice because I like to drop the product all over my face and be able to have the great control that I do with the dropper.

I like applying this in the morning after I've woken up because I like to give it time to fully sink into my skin, I'd say around half an hour for it to really get in there. Then I'm free to apply my other skin care items and makeup with no problem!

You can purchase the Hyaluronic Acid HERE and the Vitamin C HERE.

BLISSFUL | Eden's Semilla Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Vitamin C Serum

Back at it again with another blog about Organic Aromas but this time it's about their new Premium Essential Oil Blends collection! In the past I have written about their Raindrop diffuser which you can read about HERE and is the diffuser you'll be seeing in these photos. This blog will contain a ton of information because that's important when dealing with essential oils safely!


"The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection is a masterful compilation of ten remarkable and unique scents. The product of years of research and comprised of over 60 different pure essential oils, this exclusive collection is a unique combination of the some of the most powerful natural medicines available on Earth."

The collection Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends has two separate sides, each being Awaken and Inspire. They each hold five different essential oil blends, all with different uses and scents! The entire collection sells for $144.61 CAD or you can purchase each half for $77.56 CAD, OR you can even purchase each essential oil singly for $19.72 CAD. You save $52.59 CAD buy buying the entire collection though!


This is the Inspire collection, it has Ocean Breeze, Formosa, Meditation, Welcome Home, and Pacific Northwest. The scents in Inspire are robust, woody, earthy, and fresh.

Ocean Breeze contains lime, eucalyptus, cajeput, coriander peppermint, sweet fennel, and geranium. It's benefits and uses are an amazing crisp scent, can be used as a purifier and air freshener, it's a strong anti-depressant and stimulating and energizing. It's a very bright and fun scent, you can definitely smell the lime. It kind of reminds me of a green Creamsicle.

Formosa contains hinoki, tea tree, amyris, rosemary, tangerine and aloeswood. It's great for meditation, a powerful antioxidant and antiseptic, grounding and balancing, and encourages a sense of well being. It reminds me of the scent that a tattoo shop smells like from the stuff they use to clean your skin, which makes sense because it is a antioxidant and antiseptic.

Meditation contains benzoin, dill seed, clover, rosewood, bergamot, myrtle, amyris and sweet fennel. It is a bold aroma with fruity top notes, it can lessen fatigue and speed recovery, has mild sedative properties, and is refreshing and revitalizing. This reminds me of the scent as soon as you walk into a health food store, so welcoming and sweet.

Welcome Home contains pine, cedarwood, patchouli, eucalyptus, lemon, jasmine, tagetes and petigrain. It's a sophisticated scent, a effective insect repellent, strong enticing and pleasing, and a good anti-inflammatory and detoxifying agent. The lemon scent is strong at the end, I can definitely see it being a good insect repellent.

Pacific Northwest contains pine, cedarwood, patchouli, cypress and juniper. It's a very clean scent, balancing and grounding, anti-inflammatory, helps to treat skin ailments, and is a proven powerful antiseptic. It reminds me of a warm cedar sauna room.


This is the other half, the Awaken half of the collection. It also contains 5 different essential oil blends and they're sweet, floral, fruity and mild! I am definitely more a fan of Awaken because I have a huge sweet tooth.

Morning Bloom has Egyptian geranium, jasmine, elemi, ylang ylang, palmarosa, and sweet orange. It's a striking floral scent, a great air freshener, strengthens the immune system, promotes a positive mental attitude and smells better than a bouquet of flowers! It smells exactly like a bright and warm sunny day in a field of flowers.

Butterflies Breath has Chinese tea tree, celery seed, spearmint, gergamot, Egyptian geranium, palmarosa, and cedarwood. It is charming and uplifting, helps your emotional wellness, is a good anti-viral, perfect for events and gatherings, elevates your mood and helps intimacy. It smells almost buttery with a fresh breath of spearmint, very refreshing.

Harmony has lemon, eucalyptus, cypress, rose, chamomile, lime, nutmeg, oregano and thyme. It's an exceptional scent, strengthens emotional bonds, fights infections and helps your respiratory system, helps relieve nervousness and anxiety. This almost has a slightly spicy but sweet scent.

Jubilation has lavendin, petitgrain, pine, amyris, chamomile, jasmine and ginger. It's bright and captivating, very relaxing, helpful for insomnia, and is a great healing agent. 

Celebration has basil, cinnamon, clove, sweet fennel, mellisa and geranium. It's a vividly appealing scent, has slimming properites, can help relieve digestive issues, rich in antioxidants, also used to fight oder and detoxifying the body. It is very sweet and cinnamony.

The top of each container of essential oils looks like the photo below, which makes it very easy and clean to drop into your diffuser while having control.


I am always falling more and more in love with aroma therapy and can't wait to enjoy all of these!

ELEMENTS | Organic Aromas Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends

I was so thankful to be sent this gift box from LUSH Cosmetics and felt I needed to share this with you all! Although the Pretty Woman gift box isn't available anymore some of the individual items are so this will definitely still be useful to you!


This gift box contains fifteen differently products with a variety of uses including bath bombs, bubble bars, two shower gels, a body conditioner, a lip balm, a lip scrub, a massage bar and a body scrub! I love it because there's such a great variety so it's great if you want to try a bunch of different LUSH products or if you just need to stock up!


Below, from left to right we have the Serendipity soap; a soothing French lavender and chamomile lullaby for the sweetest slumbers, Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb; A lavender-scented soak is the perfect way to wind down before bed, Rose Jam bubbleroon; spoil yourself with rose oil, rose absolute and fair trade shea butter, Golden Wonder bath bomb; for a golden luster-filled bath, with the celebratory scent of a sparkling cocktail, and Bubbly shower gel; shower yourself in sophisticated citrusy champagne-scented bliss.


From left to right we have the Mistletoe bath bomb; grab your main squeeze and indulge in serene purple waters and a rousing jasmine perfume, Ro's Argan body conditioner; nourishing argan oil and exquisite rose make for heavenly soft skin, Rose Jam shower gel; lather up with decadent rose absolute, vanilla pod infusion and nourishing argan oil, Passion Fruit lip balm; passionflower and moringa make lips deliciously soft, and Sex Bomb bath bomb; the essential sensual bath with aphrodisiac jasmine absolute and softening soy milk.


From left to right we have the Sparkling Red Slippers bubble bar; there's no place like the bath when it's full of glimmering carnation-scented bubbles, Bubblegum lip scrub; brighten your day with a sweep of this popular pink scrub, Strawberry Feels Forever massage bar; fresh strawberries and hibiscus flowers put you in the mood, Rub Rub Rub body scrub; brighten and cleanse skin with our exfoliating sea salt and citrus oil bar and Butterbear bath bomb; a creamy, vanilla-scented bath bomb with cocoa butter to soften the skin.


Since this gift box isn't available I thought I'd suggest a few others that are similar! There is You're A Star, Bella Fruta and The Whole Fruit that have a variety of products just like Pretty Woman. They also currently have a wonderful collection of Valentine's Day gift boxes and always have a ton of different gift boxes year round, big and small!

PRETTY WOMAN | Huge LUSH Haul!

I am so thrilled to be sharing Mary Kay's Limited Edition Spring 2017 Collection, Light Reinvented, with you all! The colours are stunning, bright and vivid! The collection is available on February 16th 2017, so check out some swatches below and get a sneak peak before it goes live!


The collection to start has two eyeshadow palettes. Sunlight features light hues of pink and peach while Glistening Horizon features shades of blue and a stunning rose highlight. They blend beautifully and pair them with a primer for an extra pop, as seen in the bottom half of the swatches on my arm. They each are 3g and retail for $26 CAD. 


Above: Sunlight has four colours which are a very light pink champagne, a pale lavender, peach and a hot pink. The top half has no primer and the bottom half has a primer base for added intensity.

Below: Glistening Horizon has four colours which are a faint purple highlight, a dark periwinkle blue, a purple and a crisp baby blue. The top half has no primer and the bottom half has a primer base for added intensity.




 There are three glossy lip oils which are described as a non sticky application while achieving a rich and glossy shine, which I would totally agree on. I found these super moisturizing and they had a beautiful shine. 


The three colours are Magenta Ray, Brilliant Violet, and Sheer Pink. They are .3 oz and retail for $19 CAD each.


The applicators are really soft and feel wonderful when applying the glossy lip oils, they also help to keep excess product off of your lips which is nice since I have such small lips.


Here I have Magenta Ray on my lips, I think it looks quite complimentary. It's a bright pink but doesn't come off as over the top which I really appreciate.


This is Brilliant Violet which is a really nice shade since it's almost like a hot pink but with purple undertones.


And last but not least, my favourite, is Sheer Pink. It's such a nice subtle shine that really compliments my small lips and helps them look plumper! I have never been a fan of gloss so this is a really nice, non sticky, alternative.



Lastly, this collection has four Nail Lacquers in bright and vivid colours!


The four colours are Vivid Sunburst, Brilliant Violet, New Blue, and Luminous Mauve. They are 7.5 ml and are $10 CAD each. 


Here are the nail lacquers on my nails, given that my nails are short and I'm not even close to the best at painting my nails, but the colours show off well! These are each one coat of the colours and I am very impressed with the opacity of them. My favourite is definitely New Blue and I'll definitely be wearing this this summer.

I hope you guys enjoyed this peak at the Mary Kay 2017 Spring Collection because I really enjoyed showing you all!

LIGHT REINVENTED | Limited Edition Mary Kay Spring 2017 Collection


I was gifted the lovely Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette for Christmas and although I am a little late to the party I thought I'd give it a review anyways! I've had my eyes on it for awhile so I am very excited to finally have it! I am a big fan of the Naked Basics palettes by Urban Decay as they're my go to everyday palettes so this is perfect for me when I want to smoke up my look!


First of all I love the packaging, it's so appealing and I especially love that the palette case itself is slightly translucent which really helps to amplify the smoky effect. It reminds me a bit of marble which I can't lie, I am slightly obsessed with.

(From left to right)
High (champagne shimmer with micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic gray), Dagger (medium charcoal with micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet-black satin), Smolder (deep plum-taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink-taupe), Thirteen (light beige satin) 
I am pretty happy with the choice of colours as I always use a Naked Basics palette for the base of my looks, so having the last two shades is really nice. I also enjoy that there is a mix of shimmer and matte colours to really create a broad palette.


 Here are some swatches straight from the palette with no base, just on my skin. Some did require more layers than others but I almost appreciate that they need to be build up as sometimes smoky eyes can get a little out of hand and this way you can blend to your hearts content and still end up with something that doesn't look like a black eye. The swatches here are opposite from the palette, it's just how I chose to apply them to my arm, so the last shade in the palette is actually first and as you can see (or not really see) it's almost not even visible as it's so translucent.


Honestly, I love a palette that has a brush in it because that means I have one less thing to forget when I'm packing. For the price of the palette I really appreciate the brush being in there too, technically two brushes really as it's double sided. The bigger side is a tapered crease brush and the smaller side is a smoky smudger brush, it's also cruelty free.

I do wish that some of the weaker eyeshadow colours were more opaque because Urban Decay is a high end brand and I do expect more from them but overall I am pretty satisfied with the palette as a whole!

SMOKY | Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review



JORD Watches had so kindly contacted me and wanted to send me a watch to review as well as host a giveaway for a chance to win a gift card for you all! The details and entry form will be linked below at the bottom, so if you're interested please check it out, but please, keep reading and learn a bit about the company and watch below!



I decided that I would gift my boyfriend with this beautiful watch just because but in the spirit of Valentine's Day, which is quickly approaching, this would make a great gift! He opted for the style Frankie in Ebony and Gold which I think suits him well. The natural ebony is hand finished and features sapphire crystal glass and face with a minimalistic design. 


The watch comes in a beautiful wood box for later storage with the logo of JORD on the top. It also has a little pull out drawer on the bottom where you can store the oils etc that they supplied to keep the watch looking perfect. 


The watch retails for $189 and this series has six different colour options. You can also get the watches engraved and have it sized to your wrist. It is splash proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM). It comes with a limited one year warranty.


"Aspire to simple sophistication.. Minimalism has never equated to more. Strip away the excess, avoid the desire to embellish, and aspire to simple sophistication. Your time is your own. Find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case powered by a Swiss movement and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style. Wear time well with the Frankie Ebony & Gold."


Features

Sapphire Crystal Glass
Deployment buckle with push buttons
Case width: 45mm
Case thickness 10.5mm
lug ends: 55mm
Band thickness: 18mm
Band length: 160mm


Movement

Swiss Ronda Normtech Caliber 763
Display: hours - minutes - seconds
Jewel Bearing: 5 jewel
Tuning Fork Type: quartz crystal
Frequency: 1.5 V
Accuracy: -10/+20 seconds /mo
Battery: silver oxide No.364 (equiv)
Drive System: 2-pole stepping motor


So thanks to JORD Watches I have the pleasure of hosting a giveaway that gives you a chance to win $100 JORD e gift code, as well as everyone who enters automatically gets a $25 JORD e gift code which will be emailed to you when the giveaway is over! You have until February 5th 2017 at 11:59 pm (2/5/17) to enter the giveaway! The codes will expire on April 30th 2017 4/30/17 so make sure to use them before that date!

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM


EBONY & GOLD | JORD Watch Review + Giveaway