Sunday, 31 August 2014

B.E.D.A.Day 31: Recap

Hello everyone!

So,August 31st.  This day marks not only the end of my summer but the end of B.E.D.A. So how was the last month?

Blogging (almost) every day was a HUGE challenge.  Even with all of the planning I did ahead of time, I found it difficult to get the posts out every single day.

Obviously I had a few hiccups with internet cutting out (damn you thunderstorms!) but the last week I also kind of fell off the radar.  Things were just so busy!

All in all though, I am really proud of how well I did and what I accomplished.  I definitely challenged myself, and am pleased with the outcome.

Let me know how you felt about B.E.D.A. Which post was your favourite? And what ones would you like to see in the future?

I might try this again in the future.  Now that I know what to expect, maybe I'll manage EVERY SINGLE day!  Maybe Blogmas...?


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 26: Apartment Decor

Hello everyone!

So, as you should know by now I no longer live at home.  I have an apartment at school, and am officially moving into it on September 1st.

Today's post is just to show you some of the bits and pieces I have to decorate my apartment, specifically my room.  The shared areas, such as the living room, will be a combination of the five of us living together, and I can't wait to share the space with my five amazing best friends!

First up is this lamp.  Yes, this screamed my name in the store.  I actually bought it from Walmart, believe it or not.  It was $27, and is really well-made.  The base is glazed ceramic, with stainless steel to support the shade.  I'm in love with it!

Next up is this bed-spread.  I got this at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  My mom and I were originally going to make a quilt, but due to personal reasons, my mom needed the fabric to make the same quilt for a sick friend, so we bought this instead!  I ADORE this, and all things British really.  My plan is to move there and do my Master's Degree there (3 years to go!)

I'm not really a pillow person, but I did buy this one from Chapters.  ADORE! (Believe it or not, my picture was worse than this, thus I borrowed one from the Chapters/Indigo website).

This is probably the one thing I am the most proud of.  This is an old dresser, I've had it since I was tiny.  I took it and, with a little help, painted it in this beautiful, rustic style.  It looks completely new, and I am so proud of myself!  It's nice to take something that I have had forever and make it new again.  See the full post HERE.

I bought this little stand from Winners for $10 and plan to set it on the dresser with my favourite, everyday makeup bits in it (another makeup storage post anyone?). The top two drawers of the dresser will most likely store my makeup, and the top will serve as a vanity of sorts.  I really liked this, I thought it was cute and slightly rustic, like a lot of my other decor.

Wow, I should probably learn how to use my focus...
In order to use the dresser as a vanity, I need a mirror.  This one was $17 from Winners and has a magnifying side as well.  One thing I love is how sturdy this is, it's not going anywhere!  The glass is also really good, another bonus.

Then I bought this alarm clock.  I can't remember how much it was exactly, but I know it was under $10 from Walmart.  It ties into the whole 'theme' I have going, and is also super cute.

The final thing I have for decor is this book stand which I got from Staples for about $13.  This fits into the decor really well, and will save me from uncomfortable backaches when I'm studying.

That's all for now, I'm so excited to have my own, personal space to decorate. I may have gone a little overboard... OH WELL!

xoxo Laura

Monday, 25 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 25: DIY Dresser

I'm too excited to talk about this to greet you properly!

The last few weeks I have been working on re-painting an old dresser to take with me to my new apartment.  This was my dresser when I was a baby, and my dad's been using it for the last few years, since we moved into our new house.

Here's the step-by-step process of how I got to the amazing final result you see above!

So this is the before picture (with all the drawers removed because I forgot to take one before that, oops!)

This is the paint I used.  It's called Cottage paint, and it's clay-based.  The whole purpose is to create a surface that looks distressed, thus the two-tone use of colour.  I used Anchor Grey as my base and Evening Sky as the colour on top.

First, I had to take off the knobs and then sand the entire thing so that the paint would adhere to the surface.  This wasn't difficult at all, except for the feet which were a bitch to sand and paint throughout the entire process.  The only tricky part was sanding down the cat scratches on the drawers (Angus....)

Next up was priming, and for this I just used a primer from Benjamin Moore.  My mom has used this in various house-hold projects throughout the years and swears by it.  The whole dresser took one coat, which was MAYBE a 5th of the can or less.

Then came the painting!  I started by coating the entire thing in Anchor Grey.  Because this only peeks through, it doesn't need to be perfect.  On the feet, I ended up doing 3 coats and just leaving them, because I liked the effect.

Next was to paint over that with Evening Sky.  This took two coats to completely cover, and I ended up using almost two full pots of the paint which was unexpected.  But in the end I got there!

The fun part was distressing the paint.  What you do is take a damp sponge and rub at the places where a piece of furniture would wear naturally, i.e. the sides, edges, etc.  I rubbed down the edges, corners, and where the knobs go, but left the top surface alone (personal preference).  The longer you let the paint dry, the more effort this takes, but I recommend letting it dry for a day or two and using more elbow grease, there's a lower chance of error this way.

Finally, I had to varnish.  I used a flat effect, because I didn't want the dresser to look shiny, but again this was just my personal preference.  I did two coats everywhere, and a third coat on the top where it will see the most wear.

The final step was to screw in the knobs.  I got these amazing dragonfly knobs from Benjamin Moore, and even though they weren't cheap they complete the dresser.  The other four knobs are from Home Depot, they have a great selection if anyone is interested!

And here is the final product! I could not be more pleased with this, it looks utterly amazing.  It was super easy, and I'm considering doing a couple more pieces of furniture we have to sell them for some spare cash (with my mother's permission!)

Let me know your thoughts in the comments please!
xoxo Laura

Sunday, 24 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 24: Dual Review Essence Gel Liner and R.T. Silicone Liner Brush

Another review!  I've been on a roll with these this month.

Today I bought the Essence Gel liner and the Real Techniques Silicone Liner brush.  Since the two will be going together, I thought I could give you a two-for-one and review both at the same time.

Silicone Liner Brush

This brush is the perfect size for doing eyeliner, that was the first thing I noticed.  It picks up product really well, but because it doesn't have bristles the product doesn't get stuck in it and ends up on the eye.  Thus, less product wasted!  Always a bonus for my cheap, university-student self.

This washed up super easily as well.  I don't think it will stain, and a little warm water is all it took to cleanse it.  This is a huge bonus for me, since I know I should wash my liner brush every time I use it but it can be a rigorous, time-consuming process.

Essence Gel Liner

This liner is super creamy, I was very surprised.  It's a deep, dark black, very pigmented and smooth.  I did notice that it doesn't budge when you put it on, although trying to apply more on top if you get a thin layer can rub it off entirely, so watch out for that.  This only cost $4 and its better than any gel, cream, or liquid liner I have ever used!  It also dries matte, which I personally love.

But Together...?

Pardon my face.
Using the Silicone Liner brush to apply this was so incredibly easy.  The brush is great for getting precise liner, even if you aren't as good with creating liner this way (like me!)  The only thing that I have by way of criticism is that the brush did tend to remove product if you go in for a second coat, but that is easily remedied with a light hand.

Again, pardon my face (ugh skin stop being annoying).
Overall, I am highly impressed with both of these products, both on their own and used together.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, it's one I am so proud and excited of!
xoxo Laura

B.E.D.A. Day 23: OOTD

Recently my Aunt gifted me these pants and although they are not something I would ever buy, I'm totally in love! 

Pants: Jeanne Beker
Shirt: Walmart

Little bit of a different outfit, I will admit.  It kind of reminds me of '50s summer style.  There's an outfit Betty Draper wears on Madmen that kind of reminds me of this, but I can't find a picture!

See you next time!
xoxo Laura

Friday, 22 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 22: Makeup Clean Out!

Hello, and welcome back to B.E.D.A!

Today I have decided to clean out my makeup collection.  I have never done this, and although I haven't been a makeup lover for very long I know there are more than a few things that should probably go!

First up is this, the Maybelline Bouncy Blush in the colour 15 Rose Petal.  If you've followed this blog for awhile, you might remember that I have despised this since I bought it.  For some reason though I hang onto it.  Now I am finally just throwing it out.  The formula is terrible, the colour payoff is awful, and I find it impossible to use.  I'm sorry Maybelline, I like most of your other products!

Next up are some questionable lip products.  On the left is the Rimmel Moisture renew lipstick.  This is in the shade Crystal Mauve, and it's a testament to how old this is because that shade has been discontinued for awhile now!  This was the first lipstick I ever bought for use outside of dance, and I used to use it every day.  Now it's getting a little too old for me to feel comfortable using it; it's definitely past it's prime.  I wish they still made this shade, I would buy it again if they did!

Then there are two more 'chapstick' type products.  The EOS balm is getting a little old and questionable for a lip product, so out it must go.  The Maybelline Baby Lips was all melted and odd when I opened the packaging, and it doesn't work as well as ones I had previously bought.  Obviously something went wrong there, so I'm going to (finally) throw this out and just buy a new one.

Here's a bit of a mish-mash.  I've got the e.l.f. Brightening Eyeliner in black on the left, which I don't like the formulation of and so never used.  There's an incredibly old Stila Lip Glaze in the colour Blush which I got as a freebie when I bought something.  It's very old and should have been thrown out ages ago.  And then there's a Quo Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in the shade Opal that you might recognize from when I did "Bought It, Forgot It" posts.  I really don't like this, it doesn't look nice and the glitter is so chunky that it's scratchy.  Since I never use it and it's getting old, I believe it's time to toss it.

Here are some eye products next.  On the right is a Hard candy eyeshadow single in the shade 515 Magnetic.  The formulation of this is so chalky and impossible to blend, I never use it.  The fall-down is also really bad, I can't use it unless I want to look like a panda.

In the middle is a Maybelline gel liner that I really loved, but it's dried out.  I was a dummy and didn't close the cap all the way once, so it didn't last as long as I think it would have if I have taken better care of it.  I would buy this again though!

And finally I have a sample pot of the Lancome Absolute Eye Replenishing Cream.  I don't like this, it makes my eyes burn and I don't find it does anything for the area around my eyes.  That being said, I have used the one targeted at more mature skin and loved it, so it might just be this pot.  But since I have such a negative reaction to this, it needs to go. It might just be getting old and that's why it hurts.

I'm also getting rid of the Maybelline Great Lash.  The reason I'm tossing this is mostly because of the bad memories associated with it.  I bought it for a funeral, and throwing it out is symbolic to me, like I'm purging sadness out of my life.  The formula isn't that great either, so I don't feel one ounce of guilt tossing this.

Two more eyeliners are going out too.  First is the Merle Norman Soft Touch eyeliner.  This is very creamy, but I find it gets everywhere when I apply it.  I hate the mess it makes, a mess that is usually irreversible.  Luckily this was a sample my mom got when she bought some other products (which she really liked), so it didn't cost anything.

Beside it is the Rimmel ScandalEyes liquid eyeliner.  This was okay.  That formula wasn't that great, I found it very thin, and it dried out really quickly (hence why it is being thrown out).  I wouldn't buy this again, there are much better liners from the drugstore.

As well as cleaning, I have been trying to use up products as well.  I finished off the Clean & Clear eye makeup remover, which I really liked.  I would definitely buy this again, especially if it's on sale.  It's very similar to my Lancome eye makeup remover that I love, but with a much more desirable price tag.

I also have used up my Quo brush cleanser.  I really liked this, I thought it did a great job of cleaning my brushes.  The spray nozzle is also a huge bonus for me, I don't want a cleanser I have to dip the brush in.  That's a great way to spread germs and make the cleanser gross.

So that's everything that's been cleared out today!  As I pack my life into boxes, I realize I need to use up stuff.  If I waited a week this post could potentially be MUCH longer :P

Hope to see you again tomorrow!
xoxo Laura

B.E.D.A. Days 20 & 21: Important

Hey all.

So obviously B.E.D.A. encountered a little hiccup this week.

For those of you who follow my Twitter page, you will know this already, but I'll say it again if you missed it.

On Wednesday, a really awful storm hit where I live.  With the thunder and lightning, my internet has been knocked out for the last 3 days.  It is finally up again, but it meant that I couldn't publish any posts, or even draft them.

I've been upset, honestly, because I wanted to post every day, or at least have a post for every day.  But the next 9 days are going to be crazy.  I work 8 days in a row, and then have two days to pack up before I move to my apartment.   With how crazy things are, I will be hard-pressed to publish every day, and I don't think I can catch up on the days I have missed.

What I have decided to do instead is... skip days 20 and 21.  I feel so awful, because I feel like I'm letting you guys down.  It upsets me that I can't do what I've set out to do.  But I know if I play catch up, I won't even finish the month.

I'm sorry everyone, I hope you aren't disappointed in me :( I feel absolutely terrible.

Day 22 is currently being written, and will be up soon.  Again, I'm sorry :(

xoxo Laura

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 19: 20 Questions Tag

Hello again!

Today's post is a quick one because I spent the day working on something that will be featured in a post a couple of days from now! (Wow, vague much).

After this, I promise to stop filling B.E.D.A. with tag posts!

20 Questions Tag!

1. Thing you cannot leave the house without?
I cannot leave the house without my iPod.  I bring music everywhere, and if I forget it I feel naked.
2. Favourite brand of make up?
I would probably say Maybelline.  They rarely disappoint, and I have generally gotten along well with their products.
3. Fave flowers?
I'm a total sucker for roses, but I also love Gerber daisies!
4. Favourite clothing stores?
I really like Winners, I tend to find something there no matter what.  You can also find really good deals, for example I bought a Buffalo shirt for only $15.
5. Fave perfume?
Lili Bermuda Pink.  It's very uniquely me, no one else around me has it, which is part of why I love it so much.  It's also a 'souvenir' from a very lovely trip I took, so that's a big factor too.
6. Heels or flats?
Heels.  Always.
7. Do you make good grades?
I try to.
8. Fave colours?
I tend to go for monochromes when I dress, and neutrals in my makeup.  I'm boring.
9. Do you drink energy drinks?
No thank you! Ick!
10. Do you drink juice?
Yup, I love me some juice! (Basically, I'm 5 years old).
11. Do you like swimming?
I do, I was actually a really good swimmer back in the day.
12. Do you eat fries with a fork?
No, that's weird...
13. What’s you’re favourite moisturiser?
I am currently loving the Andalou Naturals Brightening moisturizer.  It's nice and light for summer, but still moisturizing and has a great scent.  It smells like oranges!
14. Do you want to get married later on in life?
I am undecided here.  I don't really want kids, so I feel like getting married is a bit of a waste (personal opinion only!)  If you love each other and are committed, that should be enough without spending thousands of dollars on a one-day ceremony.
15. Do you get mad easily?
Yes, I have a very low tolerance for other people's stupidity (as well as my own).
16. Are you into ghost hunting?
17. Any phobias?
Spiders.  MAJORLY afraid of spiders.
18. Do you bite your nails?
Nope, never got into that habit.
19. Have you ever had a near-death experience?
Not a real one thankfully, although I've had a few scary car experiences.
20. Do you drink coffee?
Yes.  In my opinion coffee should be its own food group.
See you tomorrow! <3
xoxo Laura

Monday, 18 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 18: L'Oreal Casting Sunkissed Lightening Jelly Review

Before and After!
Anyone who knows me will be aware that I do not dye my hair.  I had a couple disastrous attempts very early on in high school, and then had some very nice high-lights and low-lights put in during my last year which I never bothered repeating.  Recently, I have been looking to lighten up my hair, or to ombre it.  However, I can't afford to do it at a salon, and I am terrified of boxed dyes and do-it-yourself kits.

That's why I turned to this product from L'Oreal.  It promises a sun-kissed lightening effect without damage.  It is permanent, but it is also gradual so it's easier to control the effect.

When you buy this, it comes with a little guide on the box as to which one you should buy.  For me, I bought the light brown to dark blonde which was a gamble.  This isn't supposed to be for dark brown hair, and mine is definitely closer to dark tones than light.

When I got it, I decided to go for ombre rather than all-over lightening or high-lights.  To do this, I applied the product to the ends of damp hair, combed it through slightly to make it more seamless, and then used a hair dryer to dry my hair.  The heat helps to bleach to develop better and gives you quicker results.  The same thing can be done by sitting in the sun (which I have done, and actually works better then heat).

Ends compared to roots: Ombre effect
For my hair, because it is darker than what is recommended, I didn't expect great results.  I was shocked to see that after 3 applications I was seeing a considerable difference in my hair.  It took nearly a whole bottle to achieve the results, but I am thoroughly pleased with the end effect!

If you are looking to lighten up your hair, I definitely recommend this.
xoxo Laura

B.E.D.A. Day 17: Period Q&A

Hope this isn't too TMI for you all!

Essie and Amelia did an AMAZING video HERE on periods and such, and I think it's a great idea to share your own experiences for those who are questioning whether what is happening to them is normal or not.

This isn't a tag, but if you feel like doing it too I highly encourage it!

So, here we go!

First period story?
Mine isn't too dramatic or anything.  I got my first period in grade 8 gym class.  My teacher was a male, which was a little traumatizing.  Luckily, my mom had prepared me at the beginning of the school year with an 'emergency' kit, so I had pads at the ready.  It's strange how I can vividly remember that day, it wasn't a big deal though!

What annoys you? Do you have mood swings?
Literally everything annoys me at that time of the month.  I am very easily annoyed when I'm on my period.  Working sucks because I want to smack everyone.  It's the little, stupid things that are the worst.  I do have really bad mood swings, but usually it's just me being angry, I don't get weepy or the extreme happy to extreme sad.  I deal with them by isolating myself when I get to that point of extreme annoyance.  When I know I am going to snap, I take a step back, literally.

Period outfit?
I like to be comfortable but still look nice.  Usually that means my favourite jeans, which are super soft and comfortable, and a flowing shirt or nice sweater.  If it's a bad day I go for a sweatshirt.

Favourite food?
Give me chocolate or salts and I'm the happiest camper.  McDonald's fries tend to be my go-to, along with Cadbury buttons.

How do you fight food cravings?
A lot of the time i just indulge, but in small amounts.  If it's been difficult and I've overindulged, I find going to the gym and having a power walk on the treadmill to be beneficial.  It really fights the cravings, and relieves cramps.  I also feel really good after, when I usually feel gross when I'm on my period.

(This one isn't in the Q&A video, but I thought it was important.)

Cramps? How do you deal with them?
I do get cramps, but it took a long time for me to figure out how to deal with them.  The trick is to find out what works for you.  Midol is great, always have a stash of that or Advil, whatever works best for your body.  If you need to lie in bed all day with a hot water bottle, so be it.  Make yourself comfortable.  If you find that you can't function normally, go see a doctor, you might need to be on medication.  Basically, you just need to relieve the pain and indulge yourself so that you are comfortable.

I don't know if that was helpful, it seemed like a good idea.  Let me know!
xoxo Laura

Saturday, 16 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 16: Haul!

As promised yesterday, here is everything from my 'little' shopping trip! Enjoy!

My first purchase of the day was this sweater from Guess.  It is incredibly soft, I can't even tell you.  I love Guess, but I find it quite expensive.  This only set me back $40 thankfully, and I wear sweaters almost constantly from September to May, so this was definitely worth it!

Next, I bought a new bag.  This is a Madden Girl bag (as in, Steve Madden), and I found it at Marshals for $40.  Marshals is basically Winners, I saw a lot of similar/identical items there, so if you like the bag try Winners if you don't have a Marshals nearby!

This bag is made of really nice canvas, floral print on the outside and polka dot on the inside, and has a leather flap and drawstring to keep it shut.  Its big enough to haul textbooks too, so it's going to be great for school.

So there's kind of a funny story to go along with these shoes.  I desperately need new running shoes for the gym at school (the only place I exercise haha).  I found some at another store, but decided to keep looking as they had been the very first pair I had seen.  I ended up buying these ones, which were twice as much.  I got sucked in because the guy helping me was SO HOT and kept flirting with me and apparently I can't say no to cute boys! Anyways, these are your regular Reeboks, I don't know if they're a special type or not.  They're super light and very comfortable, hopefully they make working out a little more fun!

This shirt was definitely my bargain of the day.  I got it at Boathouse from the 60% off section and it only cost me $11!  It's incredibly soft, with pretty lace details.  The best part is, the colour makes me look more tanned than I actually am ;)

Aaaaand finally... my splurge.  I haven't been inside a Hot Topic in probably 5 years, but I just got sucked in to this one and ended up looking for 40 minutes.  I bought these three shirts, but one was free (they had a 3 for 2 deal).  Each shirt if bought individually was $24.  These are my favourite bands, don't judge me.  Also, I found out there's a store near my school... uh oh...

So that's it for my haul! I did buy a couple of other things, but they're for my apartment which I am going to do a separate post on later in the month.  Hope you enjoyed, please leave a comment on how you're liking B.E.D.A. so far!
xoxo Laura

Friday, 15 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 15: Shopping Tips

Hello again!

I have a full 48 hours off of work, and today I am going shopping! So in honour of this, today's post is about my little tips to make shopping a little easier.  Enjoy!

1) Make A List
Making a list is the best tip I can give you.  If you go in not having any idea what you need/want, you end up buying everything and spending too much money.  Make a little note on your phone, and check each item off as you get it.  In the long run, you do save a lot of money, and you also don't have to go back another day because you forgot something.

2) Use Cash
If you use cash when you go shopping, you have a cutoff.  Using debit or, even worse, credit, means you don't have a clear idea of how much you have spent and you will most likely end up spending more money than you can afford.  Once the cash is gone, you're done.  Budget out however much you can afford, take it out of your bank account beforehand, and ONLY use that, rather than cards.

3) Wear Comfy Clothes/Shoes
Walking around a mall all day is murder on your feet.  Make sure you wear comfortable shoes with arch support (flip-flops are a big no here).  Also wear comfortable clothing that won't restrict you or be too hot/cold.  If you are shopping for clothing, make sure it's something easy to take on and off as well.  Jeans and a t-shirt are pretty standard, and won't take long to slip in and out of.

4) Minimal Makeup
This serves a couple purposes.  First of all, minimal makeup means you won't have to constantly stop to touch up throughout the day.  It also means that when you are trying on clothes, you don't get smears of makeup on anything, which other shoppers really appreciate.

5) Take Breaks
My final tip for you is to take breaks throughout the day.  Yes, power shopping is great, but you need to stop, sit down, and listen to your body.  If your feet are aching, your stomach is churning, and you're feeling light-headed, take the time to rest, eat, and recharge.  Then return with a vengence!

Hope you enjoyed, tomorrow is going to be a haul of everything I got today, so stay tuned!
xoxo Laura

Thursday, 14 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 14: F.O.T.D. Pop of Violet

Foundation: L'Oreal Super-blendable Foundation
Concealer: Covergirl Fresh Complexion Concealer
Blush: Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink
Bronzer: Marcelle Sun Wave bronzing Pressed Powder (review HERE)
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Lipstick: L'Oreal Colour Riche in Eva's Nude (new collection)
Topped with: Rimmel Apocalips in 100 Phenomenon

Blurry, but you get the idea.
Shadow: MAC All That Glitters
Liner: L'Oreal Lineur Intense
Mascara: L'Oreal Miss Manga
Bottom Lashes coated with: Hard candy Walk The Line liquid liner in Black Light (review HERE)

Hope you enjoyed! Shoutout to Matt who told me today he reads every single posts! <3
xoxo Laura

B.E.D.A. Day 13: O.O.T.D Grey Day and Monochromes

Mirror Selfies: Am I doing it right?

White skinny jeans: GAP
Shirt: Buffalo (Found at Winners: $15)
Hope you enjoyed, see you soon!
xoxo Laura

B.E.D.A. Day 12: Laura's Dating Profile *TAG!*

Hello again!  Sorry this post is late, I had a power outage.  But rest assured the days I missed ARE going up!

Originally done by Emma Blackery,  I thought that this was a laugh so decided to do it. B.E.D.A. is meant to be fun, and I liked this so here goes!

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Um, no.  I think it's something that's been constructed to sell books and movies.  Love is something that takes time to build.

What do you do for fun?
Read, blog, and watch YouTube videos.  I lead an exciting life ;)

Do you want/do you have any children?
I do not have any.  I think if I ever have children, I will adopt.  Being only 18 I'm not sure if I want children or not yet.

What are you looking for in a relationship?
Trust, honesty, and someone I can laugh with.

What is the one thing about yourself that you would like me to know?
I am actually incredibly shy when you first meet me, but once you get to know me I never shut up!  Also, it takes a lot to win my trust but once you do I'm a steadfast friend (until you break it).

If you won a lottery, how would you spend your millions?
I'd honestly use it to pay off my education, family mortgage, cars, etc.  Money can buy a lot of material things, but not happiness, so in reality I wouldn't want to win it.  If I did, I feel like I wouldn't trust people to not pretend to like me for my money.
Which was the first crush you ever had?
Daniel Radcliffe.  YAAAASSS.  First real crush was a boy named Cameron, he ruined my life :P
You have got six months to live, what will you do first?
Travel to Britain and then work my way through reading an entire bookstore.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
I'm not sure if I'm either really.  I love having morning shifts at work, but in my personal life I'd rather do things lather in the day.
If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?
Pizza!  I love to make homemade pizza, and it's a food that everyone loves.  And it's easy to make it vegetarian for those who don't eat meat.
If you could travel back through time, what single mistake would you correct in life?
There have been a couple past relationships I would change.  I'd just have to decide which one, which is the difficult part.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully in 5 years I'm living in Britain, doing my Master's Degree and being incredibly content with my life.  Having a nice British boyfriend would be great too ;)

xoxo Laura

Monday, 11 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 11: The Promise (Official Music Video)

Hey everyone!

Just a little post today.  I want to share this song and video with you.  It's by the lovely Emma Blackery, a YouTuber who I admire and respect greatly.  This song says everything.  It's my go-to for bad days, and one I send to upset friends because it tells you that no matter how bad you feel, someone loves you and life is always worth living.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

Thank you Emma <3

xoxo Laura

Sunday, 10 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 10: Hard Candy Walk The Line Neon Color Liquid Eyeliner

Hey all!

So the other day I did a teeeeeensy bit of shopping... oops!  I picked up a Hardy Candy Walk The Line liquid eyeliner from their new Neon collection and as soon as I used it I knew I needed to review it! But I couldn't review just one could I? Nope.  Had to go back and buy the other shades too, just to be fair!

The colours I bought were, in order, 789 Twist of Lime, 788 Electric Slide, and 790 Black Light.  Initially, I had bought Electric Slide and was amazed at how pigmented it was.  The colours in the picture above are very true to how they actually look!

All of these liners have the perfect consistency, not too thick but not too thin either.  They take awhile to dry, but once they do they do. Not. Budge.  At all.  I've worn these to work a few times and even in the hot, greasy environment this liner stays put for a full shift and then some.

I should mention, these don't come off very easily and I've noticed that the blue one especially stains your skin.  But what I usually do is take it off at night, then use an eye makeup remover again in the morning to get rid of the staining.  My Clinique Cleansing Balm also does a fair job at removing these!

The brush on these is nice and fine which makes it much easier to apply.  Fun fact: don't apply with your eye shut, it goes all over the bottom lash line.

I'm really not a liquid liner person, but I am loving these.  For $6 each, they didn't cost too much, and I really do think they are pretty spectacular.  Very pigmented, very easy to apply (with a little practice for you liquid liner newbies like myself!), and great staying power.  Definitely give these a buy if you see them!

xoxo Laura

Saturday, 9 August 2014

B.E.D.A. Day 9: Marcelle Big Bronzer (Sun Wave Bronzing Pressed Powder)

Time to review!

I bought the Marcelle "Big Bronzer" the other day at Rexall, and let me tell you I got a great deal.  I got it for $9.46, half price, because it was reduced to clear!  The colour I bought is Heat Wave, a beautiful shimmery bronzer that isn't too orange and light enough to be perfect for paler skin tones.

First of all, this bronzer is HUGE. The compact is the size of my hand.  However, looks can be deceiving because there is 16.8 grams of product in this.  To compare, there are 14 grams of product in a Rimmel Stay Matte powder or Sun Natural bronzer.  This also comes with a gigantic mirror in the lid, which is great for makeup on the go.

Very true to colour.
This has six bands of varying colours, getting darker from the bottom to the top.  What this reminds me of in so many ways is a Bobby Brown shimmer brick, and honestly I think it could be used in a similar way.  I plan on using all of the colours combined to bronze the face, the lighter shades to highlight, and all of the colours as neutral eye shadows.

All of the colours are very shimmery, so this is great for bringing a sun-kissed glow to the face.  In addition, none of the shades are 'too' anything.  They aren't too orange, or too red, or too yellow, and blending them all together especially helps to avoid that.  This is a great colour for every skin tone.

The powder itself is super soft and creamy, pigmented, and not gritty like some shimmery powders.  It almost feels creamy to the touch.  You can tell this is good quality.  However, it is a bit of a pain to blend, so definitely use a fluffy brush, don't overload it with product, and use a light hand.

Overall, I am truly impressed with this product, especially for the price.  The packaging is sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, the product is excellent, and overall I am super impressed.  Go snap this up while you still can!

xoxo Laura