Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Reading Week 2014

Hello lovelies!

So for my reading week, I went on an adventure with my four best friends to Ottawa! It was such a blast and I wanted to share everything with you all!

The bus ride there was a disaster and a half, everything was delayed and we didn't get in until 4 am, but Rachel, Brit and I met a really nice guy on the train (who asked Rach out a week later LOL) and went to a really cute Starbucks during our layover in Toronto.  We finally got there though, and were reunited with Laura and Sam.  We were staying at Laura's house for the duration of our trip.

The old mill on Manotick.

We slept in really late the next day, and Laura's mom made us pancakes for breakfast! We went into a couple little towns called Manotick and Barrhaven, and did some shopping.

Left to right: Rach, Brit, Sam, Christina (Laura's awesome younger sister)

The socks make this.
We spent some time with animals in a pet store, and I bought a really cute dress at Winners.  We did a mini fashion show and probably annoyed everyone else but it was so much fun!

That night Laura went out with her boyfriend, and after teaching her how to walk in heels, the four of us and her younger sister (who is really cool, we love her!) spent the night watching movies.  High School Musical anyone?!

30 pound cat.  His name is Snapper and he likes to chew on appendages.
On Sunday, we went with Laura and her boyfriend, Jeremy, to Jeremy's church service, and then went to the Rideau Centre in the afternoon.  I visited a MAC and bought two new eye shadows, Mythology and Tempting, and went to a super cute LUSH and got 2 samples, one of Ocean Salt face and body scrub and one of Dark Angels facial cleanser.  This picture is from that morning, Laura's cat decided to come crush my internal organs!
Looking fancy!

Oh hai Christina!

Classy ladies at the casino.
At the club!
That night, we hit the town! Laura's dad drove us to Quebec and we went to the casino and a club.  I have never been to either but it was such a blast! We bought martinis at the casino, and a couple drinks at the club, and danced and had so much fun! We all looked so pretty, I made an O.O.T.D. post here if you want to see more pictures of our outfits!

Late night = tired morning
Brit's breakfast!
Monday morning we went out for breakfast at a place called Broadways and it was so delicious!  We spent the rest of the day just hanging out because Laura didn't feel well, and watched tons of movies (and ate tons of junk food!)

Fish and chips! 
Tuesday was the last day for Rachel and I but it was packed full of adventure! In the morning we went to lunch with Laura's boyfriend, Jeremy.  He's such a nice guy, totally perfect for her! (I ship it.  Hard.)

Great shot by Brit as we left the museum <3
After lunch we spent almost 3 hours at the War Museum in downtown Ottawa, which was the one thing I was dying to do! I've never been there, and as a history major who wants to specialize in 20th century history, it was kind of a shock that I had never been!

Cold and cute <3
Learning to skate on hockey skates.
After the museum, we spent a couple hours on the canal skating.  That was another thing I was dying to do and it was as much fun as I hoped! I learned to use hockey skates and Sam and I skated and sang while the others got beaver tails to munch on.  Some guy came up to me and used THE worst pickup line I have ever heard: "You have something on your face.  Beauty." But Sam and I got a great laugh out of it!

Wednesday was the end of the adventure.  It was so much fun and I was sad to leave, but it was also nice to see my family (and cat).  The bus rid felt so much longer coming home, although this time there were no delays!

That's my adventures, I hope you enjoyed! I have so many other photos I wish I could put up, but I had to cut down, I crashed Blogger twices writing this! Hopefully this post made you want to go to Ottawa or on a fun trip with your girls! Have a great week everyone, more posts coming soon!
xoxo Laura

Not all photos are mine.  Big thanks to Laura, Sam, Brittany, and Rachel for taking so many great photos!

Monday, 17 February 2014

O.O.T.D.- Five Girls, One Club! (Reading Week 2014)

Clubbing in Montreal with my beautiful girls! Reading Week 2014 <3
Rachel <3
Dress: Winners
Earrings: Forever 21

Sam <3
Dress: Winners

Laura <3

Brittany <3

Dress: Winners
Shoes: Ardenes

So much fun, one of the best nights I've ever had <3 I did Sam and Brit's makeup (and my own of course!) and we went into Quebec to go to the casino and the club for the night. (Also, can we talk about how in love I am with my dress?!?  So glad the girls convinced me to buy it!)

Full post on my reading week adventure in a few days, hope you enjoyed this!
xoxo Laura

Friday, 7 February 2014

Girl's Night F.O.T.D. & O.O.T.D.

Hey everyone!

The other day my friend Sam was having a rough time and we decided to get all dolled up just for kicks!


Face and Base:
GOSH Natural Touch Foundation
Maybelline Lumi Touch Concealer
Physician's Formula Powder
NYC Bronzer Duo
Maybelline Fit Me Blush

MAC All That Glitters
Hard Candy Green With Envy Palette
AVON Eye Liner
Covergirl Lashblast Volume

Rimmel by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08
Maybelline Colour Whisper in Lust for Blush

Tights: Reitmans
Top: Cache Cache
Shoes: Payless Shoesource


Face and Base:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Maybelline Lumi Touch Concealer
Physician's Formula Powder
Revlon Bronzer
Maybelline Fit Me Blush

GOSH Eyeshadow Primer
MAC All That Glitters
MAC Amber Lights
MAC Mulch
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner
Annabelle Waterproof Eyeliner (on the waterline)
Maybelline Big Eyes the Falsies

Rimmel by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08
Maybelline Colour Whisper in Lust for Blush

Jeans: Silver
Sweater: H&M (Note: It's a guy's sweater, I stole/borrowed it from my best guy friend)

Hope you liked it! Go to Twitter and tell Sam she's gorgeous! <3 @Hutchhie
xoxo Laura

Saturday, 1 February 2014

January B.I.F.I. Products Review and New Products for February!

Hello everyone!

It's February 1st! That means it's time to do a little review of my January Bought It, Forgot It products, and then jump right into the products I have picked out for February! Hope you enjoy!

Big shout out to itsbl0ndie on YouTube for coming up with this idea!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
I have actually thoroughly enjoyed using this foundation! It's similar to my Rimmel Wake Me Up in coverage and consistency, just without the shimmer which is better on some days.  I actually haven't felt the need to use a different foundation at all this month, I've really loved using this.  The colour is a bit off, but I did buy it when I was more tanned, so to counteract this I use a duo fibre stippling brush to apply and only use a little, and then use a lighter powder to make it match my skin.  I highly recommend this product to you all!

Wet n Wild Lipstick in 547B Breeze
This product has annoyed me.  I barely used it, even with it sitting out.  It doesn't look good on is the biggest issue I have with it, and it also doesn't go with many makeup looks.  It's a rose gold/copper shade (kind of in between) and it is VERY shimmery and I just don't really like that, nor do I find it wearable.  I really love the Wet n Wild lipsticks, it's just this shade was a bad purchase.  That being said, some people may love this shade, I don't know.  I won't be throwing this out, but I know it's just going to go back onto the shelf to be hardly touched.

Annabelle Palette
This was a product I actually really didn't like, and not just the colours.  The purples are really candy-like, too much so for me.  I did use them and they're nice enough, but very powdery.  They don't blend very well and aren't very pigmented.  I did like the nude for a highlight on my brow, and the darker purply-brown actually wasn't too bad.  I used it in the crease over my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze and it looked really nice.  The two purples were just a complete miss for me.  I will try to use the shades more, but I will definitely not be repurchasing.  I will keep the palette itself though, because I know MAC shadows will fit in it.

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
This was actually a complete hit for me! I really liked the job it did on my lashes.  It did take a bit of work, but it lengthened really well and made my eyes look bigger and brighter.  It's more of an everyday mascara, not necessarily something you would want to use for a big, bold statement lash.  I don't think it is the best waterproof formula out there, as it did smudge quite a bit.  However, when it runs out and I've used some of my other mascaras, I will definitely repurchase in the non-waterproof formula.  I found out during the month that wearing waterproof mascara every day isn't good for your lashes! Apparently it dries them out.  So I won't repurchase waterproof if I have no need for it, but I will buy the regular formula for sure!

Products for February
February's products are ones I have forgotten about but are so very close to being done! I would like to use up some of my stash for February.

First up is this Physician's Formula Mineral powder.  I used to be obsessed with this, but upon discovering the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder it fell by the wayside.  I also found it smashed too easily to be of much use, it definitely wasn't something I could just toss in my handbag.  As you can see, there is only a tiny bit of this left, and it should be gone by the end of the month!  Hopefully it is as nice as I remember it to be.

Now, this is not my favourite product which most of you who have read for awhile will know, but I want to just use this up and get rid of it!  It's the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush.  It's an okay shade for my winter skin tone (the camera captured it perfectly by the way), so I just want to use this and get rid of it!  I have barely used this since I bought it and it's tucked in the very back of my makeup organizer so I'm hoping to pull it out and give it some use.

This isn't a product I want to use up per se, just use more.  It's the Hard Candy Green With Envy palette.  I love these colours and I really should incorporate them into my makeup looks more.  As I swatched, I realized that the formulation is pretty chalky, but it does blend really well.  So we'll see how that goes.

My final product this month is my Lancome Hypnose mascara, the little trial size.  I can't remember when I got this, but I do know it needs to get more use.  I can't even remember the last time I used it! And I love the product, I just got distracted by other mascaras.  So I'm going to show this more love in February, and hopefully use it up!

Alright, that's my BIFI for this month.  Leave a comment down below with one product you want to use up! Bye!
xoxo Laura