Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Warm Fuzzies #5

It's time for my next Warm Fuzzies! Sorry it's been so long guys, I've been so busy!

This playlist from BBC Radio 1's YouTube Channel is my new favourite thing to watch when I'm feeling down.  Seriously, it's fantastic!

Much innuendo.  Much hilarity.  All the rolling on the floor.  Thank you BBC Radio 1 for your fantastic existence!

Just watch. It's 19 hours of pure awesomeness.  This one is my personal favourite.


BBC Radio 1 Innuendo Bingo Playlist

This is actually going to be my last Warm Fuzzies post everyone.  I really enjoy them, but they aren't going down as well as other posts and since May is a new month I have a new series coming, one that is maybe a little bit more appropriate for a beauty blog!

Regardless, I hope you enjoy this last post and keep an eye out for what may has to offer ;)
xoxo Laura

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Time Flies

My first year of university is coming to a close and I find myself looking back and wondering how I came to be at such an amazing place in my life.  This is my first year in review.

Move in Day
I came from a small town with small-town attitudes.  High School was my own personal form of hell.  I made a completely fresh start here, not knowing anyone, trying to find my own way.  And I think I mostly succeeded.
Reading Week
I met so many amazing friends over the last 8 months, friends who I will stay in touch with for years to come.   I have only ever had a couple friends who I was ever this close with; it's amazing feeling knowing that there is always someone there to listen to you when you're mad or rub your back when you need to cry, or buy you a coffee when you're staking out territory in the library.

Relaxing nights after busy days <3
I had some incredibly hard moments this year, but there were always people around to help me.  Through break-ups, failings, a funeral, and drama, I always felt so loved and supported by someone.  Nights where friends sat on my bed and just talked me through things made such a huge difference, and I hope those people know how much I appreciate them.  I feel weird mentioning names, but hopefully if they read this they know who they are.

Hawk Weekend
Both inside and outside of classes I learned a lot.  More than I ever would have learned if I had stayed at home and never flown the nest.

I learned that sleep is not as necessary as you think until you pull your first all-nighter; then you value it a lot more.

Study grind
I learned the redeeming qualities of coffee and concealer in the morning.

I learned the delicate balancing act of how much I can carry before the load is too much to bear.

I learned the importance of letting people in when all you want to do is shut everyone out.

I learned that heartbreak exists in many different forms, but being a shoulder to cry on is the first start of helping to heal others.

Every girl needs a best friend to beat up mean boys <3
I learned that what you think you want to major in is not necessarily what you actually want to major in.

I learned that sometimes, people are just mean and don't actually have a problem with you.

I learned when you speak up and when to just keep quiet.

Roomies on O-Week <3
I learned that profs and TAs are your best friends, and asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness.

I learned to accept the grades I got, or work harder if I couldn't accept them.

I learned that just because there is money in your bank account does NOT mean you should say yes every time you get asked to go out to dinner with your friends.  Groceries are valuable things.

I learned that if you don't feel like it, you don't have to go out.  Sometimes pjs are better than a party (always).
Sometimes all you need is whiskers
I learned to always bring an extra pen to lecture.

I learned the value of thanking someone who has positively impacted your life.

I learned to take photos of the moments you want to remember, but that they don't necessarily have to be put on social media.

I learned to step out of my comfort zone.

The girls of Floor 1
I learned that you can create a second family when you are away from home, and that these people are just as valuable as a parent, sibling, or pet.

I learned to wear a coat, even when the walk is only a few seconds in the cold.

I learned the importance of vegetables, brushing your teeth, and cleaning your room (as much as my mom always tried to tell me when I lived at home).

Pancake St. Paddy's Team!
I learned to listen to my heart.

I learned to ignore my heart when it was being stupid and listen to my head instead.

I learned to compromise.

I learned to be gentle.

I learned to love.


To my first year Laurier family: I love you all more than words can express, and I hope that in the future, even if we aren't in contact still, you can look back on this year and remember each other with fondness and nostalgia. <3

xoxo Laura

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

First Impression: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Hello everyone!

Recently I found myself in need of not only a  facial cleanser but an eye makeup remover as well.  I decided to take a chance on a new product and splurged on the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.  I do believe in spending a little bit more on daily facial care so I didn't mind shelling out a little bit more for this, especially since I have only heard good things about it.
Moving = no camera to take my own quality pictures.  Courtesy of Google Images.
What Is It?
The Clinique website says that this is a: "lightweight makeup remover [that] quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, [and] sunscreens. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Non-greasy. Non-drying. Ophthalmologist Tested. For all skin types."

To use this, you massage a small amount over DRY skin and rinse with warm water.  I have heard most people who use this say that a soft flannel is a really nice way to take this off.  I personally used a soft face cloth.

Review

When I rate products, I consider three things.  First is packaging and appearance, second is price, and third is performance.


Packaging
I really like the packaging for this.  I love the colour purple, so even though it's plastic packaging it's still a winner.  The container itself is very sturdy, good in case you drop things (like me), and I love the silver lid. It makes it feel expensive.  I'm a sucker for nice packing, and this just looks nice to me.  I don't mind having this sit out on my bathroom counter.

The product is also completely non-offensive. It's a pretty, pure white, and has zero odour which is a HUGE bonus in my books.

Price
This retails for $35 before taxes at The Bay, where I bought mine, and also at Sephora.  Considering it works as both an eye makeup remover and a cleanser, I think this is fairly priced.  Depending on what you use, both of those products could come close to this price. I would say this is definitely a higher priced product, but for the amount you use per cleanse (about the size of 3 peas) it will last for ages.

Performance
Just for you guys I took some really sketchy bathroom selfies with my phone for this (why oh why did I take my camera home?!).  I hope you appreciate it.


To use this, I took the amount shown above on my cheeks and nose and rubbed it in, then took the same amount for my forehead and eye makeup.

This melts into an oil immediately upon being massaged into my skin and felt so soft and silky without feeling greasy in the slightest.  It broke up my foundation beautifully, and I was even wearing a decent primer.  It took no time at all to have my skin clean.

The only time I get happy about having panda eyes!
For my eyes, I was wearing a massive amount of mascara, but all I had to do was massage this onto my eyes and rub it into my lashes.  With very minimal fuss it got off all of my mascara, a task even my favourite eye makeup remover sometimes has difficulties with.  The best part is it doesn't sting your eyes at all, I had no problems with it being near my eye area.


Look! Clean skin!

Experience
I would also like to mention my experience at the Clinique counter when I bought this product, since that can really influence how much I like a product (that's not from the drugstore).  The woman who helped me was SO NICE!  She helped me find the balm, explained what it did, and was all-around incredibly friendly (and not patronizing, which I sometimes find people at counters can be when dealing with younger people).  She also asked me if she could match me to a foundation and showed me which one would work best for me should I decide to try it, but she wasn't pushy.  I find that so off-putting!  Finally, she gave me a sample of the foundation for me to try myself, and a sample of the Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, which I am going to test out to see if it can fix my occasional breakouts.

So I would like to thank Julie at the Clinique counter in The Bay at Conestoga Mall for being so amazing and making my little purchase into a very positive experience!

Final Verdict
I think I might be in love with this product, honestly.  It cleansed my skin so nicely, it was non-greasy, and my skin didn't feel tight after.  I didn't even feel like I needed to use a moisturizer after! (Don't worry, I still did!)  This is on the pricier side, but you don't need much to cleanse your whole face and it does the job of two products in one.  This lived up to the hype and Clinique's claims, and I completely understand why this is such a cult beauty item.

I give this product a solid 10/10 and highly suggest you go get it!

I hope you found this helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have used this and what your thoughts are!
xoxo Laura

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter F.O.T.D. and O.O.T.D.

Happy Easter everyone!

This is just the outfit and makeup I wore to go to Easter brunch at my grandparent's house.  Enjoy!

Makeup:



Face and Base:
Foundation: Covergirl Fresh Complexion Concealer, real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Powder: Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Blush: Wet n Wild Pearlescent Pink

Eyes:
e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
MAC All That Glitters (all over lid)
Lancome Kitten Heel (outer half of lid)
Annabelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Brownie
Rimmel Waterproof Kajal Kohl in Nude
Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Mascara
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lips:
Joe Fresh Sheer Lip Tint in Berry
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Vivacious
e.l.f. Lipgloss in Pink


Hair air dried with Salon Selective mousse and curled, with fringe braided back and a turquoise flower bobby pin to keep in place.

Outfit:


Shirt: Mark's Work Warehouse
Belt: Fossil
Pants: GAP


Shoes: Payless

Hope you enjoyed this post, and had an amazing Easter, however you may celebrate!
xoxo Laura

Friday, 18 April 2014

Recipe: Healthy Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

Hello everyone!

This has fast become one of my favourite recipes.  I am far from a morning person, and I usually skip breakfast if I'm being honest.  I started eating two eggs every morning when I was in school, but I've moved away from eggs and gone towards having a smoothie instead.  You can switch them up every morning depending on the fruits you use, and they can be so healthy if you want them to be.

Here is my current favourite smoothie recipe.  If you like this, I might do more in the future so comment below if you want to see that happen!

Ingredients

Medium-sized naval orange
Frozen mango pieces
1 overripe banana
Low-fat vanilla Greek yoghurt
Kale leaves
Skim milk (or whatever milk substitute you prefer)


Start by juicing the orange.  A trick for this is to roll it on the counter with the flat of you palm, pressing down to release the juices better.  This goes straight into the blender.


Next, wash about 1/4 cup of kale and rip it into smaller pieces before putting it into the blender.


Next comes fruit.  I used about 3/4 cup of frozen mango cubes and 1 banana broken into chunks.  This would also be good with less mango and peaches or pineapple chucks substituted for the rest.


I then added a large spoonful of ground chia.  I recommend using ground chia, not the whole seeds.  Chia is so good for you, it contains healthy omega-3s, fiber, calcium, manganese (which is important for healthy bones), phosphorous, protein, and no carbohydrates.


Finally, I add 1/2 cup of skim milk and 1/2 cup low fat vanilla Greek yoghurt.  This keeps the fat down but adds that smooth texture a smoothie should have.  You can add any other type of milk-substitute, such as vanilla almond milk, if you don't want to add cow's milk.


All you have to do now is whip it up to a smooth consistency in the blender and whack it into a glass. It's a strange light green colour from the kale, but I promise you can't taste it, even though you're getting all of the healthy benefits it provides!  I cannot rave about this enough, you have got to try it!


I hope you enjoyed this kind of post, comment below if you want to see more healthy recipes
in the future.  If you liked this, try checking out my healthy quinoa chili recipe!
xoxo Laura

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Different Take: Laura D Haul Takeover

Something new today everyone!


I decided to bring my friend, also named Laura, onto my blog.  Her and I, although we are best friends, have very different styles and tastes when it comes to things like clothing.  I thought it would be nice to do a Spring Haul post of the things she bought when we went shopping last week in order to give a more rounded idea to all of you readers of what Spring fashion has to offer.

Please comment below or on my Facebook page to tell me if you like this idea so I can do more in the future if you do enjoy it!

Now, let's hop in!

As I said, the two of us really differ in the clothes we wear.  She can pull off bold, geometric prints, and some really cool patterns, which I cannot.  You are also going to see a running theme of elephants.  What Laura wears/what looks good on her is very different from the things I can pull off!

Shirt: Sirens
Shorts: Sirens
This outfit is very Laura with the high-waisted shorts and the crop top.  As you can see, there is a geometric elephant on the shirt, and it encapsulates her personality perfectly with the phrase, "Do All Things With Love".  The shirt practically screams her name!

Playsuit: Bluenotes
Ring: Claire's
Next up is this playsuit from Bluenotes.  I did tell you there would be an elephant theme! This is super cute and very flattering on Laura's body and skin-tone.

Belt: Bluenotes
This belt is also from Bluenotes.  The geometric print makes it different from your average brown leather belt, and the silver detailing really adds to it.

Jumpsuit: Sirens
Laura is literally the only person I know who can pull off any playsuit/jumpsuit she tries on.  This one looks particularly amazing.  Again, she loves and looks amazing in the geometric print, but this playsuit keeps things simple with the black and white tones.

Shorts: Sirens
These shorts are really nice.  They are high-waisted with an elasticated waistband and a little drawstring.  They're really flowy and the colours are great.  With a plain shirt, these shorts are amazing for the warmer weather that should be coming any day now!

Pants: West 49
These pants I am genuinely jealous of, but I couldn't pull them off.  The print is amazing and they lengthen Laura's legs but don't distort her figure.  They were really inexpensive too, less than $20 for sure (sorry, we threw out our receipts by accident!)

Jacket: Bootlegger
This jacket was the final purchase of the day.  It's a nice Spring jacket from Bootlegger made of a heavy almost canvas material in an olive green colour.  This looks amazing with Laura's skin-tone, and fits her like a glove.  It was expensive, but for a coat that will last it was not as bad as it could have been.

That's all for Laura D's haul post! I really hope you liked this, I thought I would branch out from what just I like to hopefully appeal a little bit more to you reading this.  If you liked it, let me know in the comments!
xoxo The Lauras

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Spring Nail Polishes

Hello everybody!

Spring is in the air, I wore my first dress since September the other day, and so it's time to start blogging about all things Spring!  I've already done three HUGE haul posts, so my next one is going to be on nail polish colours for spring, and more makeup and outfit posts will hopefully soon follow!

So to start, I have picked out five different polishes, one for each nail.  Spring to me is a time to wear lots of pretty pastels and bring out the lighter colours after the dark winter months.


1) Sally Hansen Hard as Nail Xtreme Wear in 340 Mint Sorbet
I think I talked about this in some of my earliest blog posts, so kudos to you if you remember that! This is a lovely mint shade, and it is a very Spring/Easter colour.  If you like mint shades, I highly recommend this, especially since it's about $2.50 per bottle($2 if you get it on sale like I usually do!)  I have a dozen shades of polish from this line because the value for money is great.  It lasts a decent amount of time too, about 3 or 4 days, and that's as long as I ever wear a nail colour anyway.


2) Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color in Speedy Sunburst
A vibrant pink is always a winner, but in Spring especially. This is a great colour to jump into nice weather with, and while I'm not usually a fan of bright reds and pinks I LOVE this!  I really like this entire line of polishes actually.  It has a huge brush, goes on really smooth, and usually only takes one coat of polish.  It does need a top coat though or it will look a little bit flat.  These polishes are usually on sale at Walmart for 2 for $7.


3) Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 300 White On
Surprise, another polish from this line!  This one is just a plain, bright, true white.  No colour is any cleaner or fresher for spring than white, and it goes with everything.  Added bonus: White makes your hands look nice and tanned, even after a winter of no sun and staying indoors!


4) Essie Nail Lacquer in Bikini So Teeny
Stunning.  No other word.  This is an amazing periwinkle colour but it has a very subtle silver shimmer in it that makes it so much prettier.  I can't recommend this shade enough.  Essie is a little pricier, ranging from $8 to even $13 in some places, but it does last a long time and dries fairly quickly.  You can find dupes for some of the colours in other lines, but I know for sure that I have never seen anything from any brand that comes close to this colour, and I definitely think it's worth the money.


 5) Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in 150 Born With It
I think this is a great Spring colour.  A light pink is always flattering, and it reminds me of the little Spring flowers that start to sprout.  Pale pink is a very Easter colour too!  This polish is really nice, but one thing I do have to say is it takes quite a few coats to get it opaque enough for my taste.  In the picture I have done 3 coats, which is a little bit too much faffing around for my liking.  It also takes a long time to dry, so don't use this polish if you have places to go or things to do.  I can't remember exactly how much this was, but I know it was under $10.

Well, I hope you enjoyed! Spring is coming!!!! As you can tell, I'm very excited.

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Have a great day everyone, I love you all!
xoxo Laura

Friday, 4 April 2014

O.O.T.D.- Trivia Night with Brittany

Quick little Outfit Of The Day/Night for you guys:


Brittany!



Outfit
Shirt: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Walmart

Makeup
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk
Rimmel ScandalEyes Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Covergirl Mascara
Wet n Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink

Me!



Outfit
Dress: Yumi
Shoes: Fioni (Payless) 

Makeup
See THIS tutorial post

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Vivacious


I love my Bitty <3

Hope you are all having amazing days <3
xoxo Laura

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tutorial: Cute, Everyday Spring Makeup and Hair

Hello everybody!

Today I'm going to walk you through a tutorial on this easy Spring makeup look and accompanying hair! I love this, I think it looks really fresh and clean, perfect for the Spring months!  This also uses quite a few of my Bought It, Forgot It products for April.


To start off with on the face, I moisturized and then used the Hard Candy Sheer Envy skin perfecting primer.  This was the first time I had used this primer, so I can't comment on how good it is quite yet, I want to give it some more time.  It does make my makeup last longer, I'll say that!


I used my three favourite products at the moment.  I buffed the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in with a Real Techniques stippling brush and then added the Covergirl Fresh Complexion concealer under my eyes.


Next, I used this bronzer from my Quo Treasurebox to lightly contour my cheeks with a Real Techniques contour brush, and used the stippling brush to take the above blush across my cheekbones.


I then powdered my makeup into place using the Maybelline Dream Matte powder, (which I heard is being discontinued unfortunately) and my Blue kabuki.


Moving onto the eyes, I first primed with the e.l.f. eyelid primer, and then used the light pink shade from my Quo Treasurebox palette all over the lid.  In the crease, I used the darkest, shimmery purple colour to add depth.


I then lined using the black Rimmel ScandalEyes liquid liner waterproof formula.  This stuff is amazing, it gives such a fine precise line! I didn't do a flick or wing, I just lined as close to the lashes as possible, getting slightly thicker near the outer corners.


For my lashes, I curled them first and then applied my Covergirl All-In-One professional mascara to the top and bottom lashes.


For the final step, I use my Rimmel by Kate Moss lipstick in shade 08 and the Bath & Body Works Mentha Lip Shimmer in Pearl Mint as a gloss over the top.


As for hair, after brushing it out I applied a smoothing serum.  The I took a small piece at the top of my part and braided it back 3/4 of the way down the strand.  I pinned it in place with a grip, and tucked it under the rest of my hair to conceal the pin.  I repeated this process on the other side of my head, and then set it using a little bit of hairspray.


So there you have it, the completed look! Hope you enjoyed it!
xoxo Laura