Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Birthday Wishlist

Hey everyone!

So awhile back I posted a kind of "wishlist"for my blog's birthday of things I want to try out over the next year.  It went down REALLY well, so I thought I'd do another one, but this time, for my birthday!

1) Naked 1 Palette


2) Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation


3) The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer


4) GlamGlow Mud Mask


5) MAC Fix +


Hope you enjoyed!  I can't wait to finally be 19! Only a few more days! (5 in fact AAAAH!)
xoxo Laura

**If you want to see the other post like this one, click HERE. **

Monday, 15 September 2014

Mini Musings: Begin Again

This is something I wrote back in Grade 12 for my Writer's Craft class.  To this day it might be one of my favourite pieces of writing.  I'm not too keen on the title honestly, but I was 17 at the time.

Enjoy!

A casual observer walking by might be too busy to notice the man sitting outside of the restaurant.  They would probably walk past, head down, not seeing the wilted bouquet of flowers lying on the table, most definitely not noticing the vibrant red of two dozen sagging roses.

Sitting beside him, I noticed these things.  I had seen and heard the entire debacle.  My keen hearing was not to blame, only an unhealthy amount of nosiness.  If we lived in the nineteenth century, I would most certainly be the town gossip.

But I digress.  You want to know more about this man, don't you? Of course you do.  A slightly damp man, sitting out in the drizzling rain and staring at the dregs of his coffee would intrigue anyone.

He arrived just after I did, taking a seat at the table and removing his jacket so to better feel the sun on his arms.  The waitress came promptly, he ordered two glasses of wine.  The roses were propped against the second chair, wrapped in clear cellophane.  

The trouble began for him when she arrived, bursting in from off the street into the small bubble of serenity.  Tight skirt, high heels, you can just imagine.  She removed the flowers from her chair, sat down, and crossed her legs.  He reached for her hand, she suddenly needed something in her purse.  His face falls, hers tenses up.  She pulls out her phone, he looks down at his hands, folded into a twisted knot on his lap.

They eat.  Little talking, less eye contact.  Dessert comes and goes and coffee cups emerge.

Unfortunately, the waiter chose the same moment the crying began to ask me what I desired to go with my pen and paper.  I suppose I was overstaying my welcome, coffee being an insufficient order.  By the time I had grabbed the menu and pointed blindly, the best part was over and she was on her feet.  She hurled a few more obscenities at him, uttered the clich├ęd, "It's over!" and ran out of the restaurant patio, glowering, while he cried silently.

So that is how he came to be sitting here, a bedraggled, emotional wreck.  But as with any good story, the best always happens near the end.

My waitress, carrying an unappetizing bowl of soup, pauses by his table, looks at him questioningly, then calls him by name, asking him is they went to high school together.

For the first time in a good twenty minutes he looks up.  Nods.

She tells him her name and even I can hear the bells of recognition ring.  His face becomes animated as they do the usual, "Hey!" and, "I haven't seen you in ages!'  He cheers up considerably as my soup goes cold.

It's no matter, I don't need it anyway.  I already have an idea for my next novel, I need not sit here and longer.

With a small smirk I leave money enough for my bill and a considerable tip on the table to hurry home and begin typing.

I hope you liked this.  I came across it when I was clearing out an old notebook.  The prompt was to write as an outsider observing a scene.  Please comment your thoughts below!

xoxo Laura

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Back to School Beauty Haul

Hey all!

In coming back to school, I've done a bit of a re-vamp of my makeup collection.  School is a very different atmosphere than work, or being at your parents.  There is a huge social aspect mixed in, and as a result I felt the need to update and grab a few new pieces.

Apparently I'm having a Maybelline moment, because I just realized that's what most of this haul is... 

Maybelline Babylips in 05 Quenched; EOS Balm in Passion fruit
One thing that always happens when I move is a major skin crisis.  That generally means I go through a lot of moisturizer and lip chap.  My two go-tos are the Maybelline Babylips and the EOS balms.  I find the EOS ones to be a little too waxy for daily use, but I slap some on before bed and have super soft lips in the morning.  The Babylips I have adored for a long time, I've mentioned them before so I won't go on about them again.


I also picked up another Maybelline Colour Tattoo, this one in Tough As Taupe.  It's a very nice matte grey-brown shade, perfect for fall. I tend to wear matte eye shadows a lot during this season, and these have amazing pigmentation and don't crease at all.


 I picked up the clear Great Lash for my brows as well.  I hope this can tame them.  My brows are really full and thick, but CRAZY.  If this even helps, I bow down.


My final Maybelline product that I got is the Nudes palette.  For the record, I am loving this.  As someone who lusts after the Naked palette but can't justify the price, this is the perfect alternative.  I wouldn't say it's a dupe, the pigmentation isn't nearly as good, but it's fantastic for beauty on a budget.  There is a great selection of matte and shimmer shades, and the pigmentation is decent for the price.  I paid $7 for this, but it was on sale.  I'm not sure what the regular price is, but I do highly recommend this.  I've been wearing the gold shade on the bottom row nearly every day.


On to a new brand I've discovered in the last month, essence.  This is solely available at Shopper's Drugmart, but if you can find it the prices are unbelievable.  The first thing I picked up is this blush in the shade Autumn Peach.  The pigmentation is phenomenal, and it only cost... drumroll... $3!  I have another shade in this, Cherry, and I can't get over how soft and pigmented these are.  Definitely a must buy.


I also bought the essence highlighter.  This was only $4, and since I don't own a highlighter I figured I'd start with a cheaper option.  This is a cream, and so far I think it's good.  It's not super dramatic, but it does give a nice sheen to the cheekbones.


My final purchase was the Physician's Formula Nude Wear powder.  Normally I find this brand to be kind of expensive, but since it was on sale I decided to grab one.  My skin hasn't been taking well to foundation lately, and I wanted to try a powder with more coverage to give my skin a break.  This promises to "deliver a complexion-boosting lit-from-within glow for a fresh and beautiful bare skin effect".  I guess we'll see! (Also, HOW CUTE IS THE PACKAGING?!?!)

Hope you enjoyed my little haul.  I'll be back soon with more 'back to school' type posts!
xoxo Laura

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Mini Musings: Autumn

It's a broody day.

The kind that comes complete with grey skies, chilly winds, and fiery orange leaves skimming across your shoes.

Sweaters are your best friend today.  Fingers are warmed around steaming cups of milky tea.  Slipper clad toes burrow deeper into soft fleece and hair winds itself into braids and ponytails of its own volition.

Umbrellas dangle from sleeve-covered wrists and faces burrow into scarves and under lifted collars. A few people dig out soft knitted gloves to pull over chilly palms.

In a glass castle I can see heavy clouds skimming across the sky at a pace seemingly too quick for such burly figures.  Crisp winds carry the rustlings of farewells, goodbyes to each other, to summer, to freedom and carelessness and light.  The whisper of sadness and warmth and isolation.  Of the season to come and the season to pass.

Of hope.

Of happiness.

Of love.

Opinions welcome below!
xoxo Laura

Friday, 12 September 2014

Introducing: Mini Musings

Hey all.

I've thought about doing this for a long time, and I've decided to just go for it.

Today I'm going to start a new 'series' on my blog called Mini Musings.  This is going to be a bunch of little writings that I have done.  There is no schedule, I'll just post as I feel like it.

Basically, I write all the time.  Just little things, usually not fit for human eyes to see.  But if I am particularly proud of something and want to share it, it will end up here.

I hope you enjoy these as they come.  First one goes up later today!

xoxo Laura

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Argan Dew Replenishing Hair Mask Review

Hey all!


Recently the folks over at Argan Dew were kind enough to send me some samples of products to test out and review.  One of those was the Replenishing Hair Mask, which I will review for you today.

Since lightening my hair, I have noticed that it isn't as soft as it used to be.  There is definitely a small amount of bleach, heat, and sun damage.  This mask promises to revitalize hair and protect it from future damage as well.

To use, I applied this in the shower in lieu of a conditioner after shampooing, left it in for about 5 minutes, and then washed it out.  Since I had 3 samples, I did this for 3 days.

Before and After.
You can see that my hair looks different, and I promise you it was softer, shinier, and lighter after using the mask!
What I immediately noticed after rinsing this out of my hair was how SOFT it felt! Even wet, my hair hasn't been feeling as silky smooth as this left it.  I wish the picture showed fully how soft and shiny this mask made my hair!

SO SHINY!
To show you the difference this made, I blow dried and straightened my hair.  It was so hard to get a picture that did it justice, but you can see that my hair is obviously shinier.

Overall, I really like this product.  It has a really nice, unoffensive scent that lingers in your hair, and the results are definitely there, something I find lacking in most hair masks and products.  My hair was so soft and shiny afterwords, exactly as promised, and I found that the frizz I'm prone to was toned down as well.  My hair wasn't greasy AT ALL as it usually is when I use products, and the mask had results that lasted for a few weeks worth of washes.

This retails for $44 on the Argan Dew website, I highly recommend you give it a shot if you're looking to give your hair some more life and shine, but struggle with most hair products.

Buy the Mask HERE.

Review still to come on the Miraculous Daily Hair Treatment!  I just want to use it properly before I rush into a review :)

xoxo Laura

This post was not sponsored and these opinions are my own.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Room Tour!

Welcome back everyone!

As most of you know by now, I've just moved apartment and thankfully I have internet again!  Today's post is one I'm super excited for, a Room Tour!  I've never done one before, so let's just hop right in.


This is my room, open the door.  I'll hear you coming in.

Rug: Bed, Bath & Beyond
This is the view when you walk in (if it's clean, that is).  You can usually find me sitting on the floor against a mound of pillows.


This is my 'sleeping area'.  In a room this size, it's hard to have it function effectively as both a study space and a spot for leisure time.  I've created a nook of sorts where my bed resides.  The closet isn't set into the wall, so it helps to create that space.

The bed frame is an antique.  I painted it with the Cottage Paints, which you will see more of later.  The coverlet is from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  And my mom made the case that covers my body pillow.  The throw pillow is from Chapters and the stuffed animals are mine from when I was little (can't seem to leave them behind just yet).


A good message to wake up to each morning. This was a gift from my lovely mother <3


Beside my bed is an old bookshelf, which I also painted with the Cottage Paints, but skipped the part where you distress it.  The little Union Jack is my favourite part (and my greatest creative achievement).  I've got a collection of books, notebooks, scrapbooks, and DVDs on here.  On top you'll see my alarm clock, a candle holder, shot glasses (souvenirs from friends), and a figurine I got for my Grade 8 graduation from my friend Erica.  My dance crown is also there, which may seem strange but it marks a lot of accomplishments in my life when I thought I couldn't do something and ended up succeeding.


My windowsill is more of a shrine.  I've got tons of photos and knickknacks here.  They all have some sort of significance to me, which is why I have them out.  My jewellery box is also there, just on the far right.


Then we've got my dresser.  I redid this myself, you can see the full post HERE.  This is also using Cottage paints! (Surprise surprise).  Tucked into the corner is a set of little plastic drawers that I keep makeup brushes in, and on top of it is a canvas bin that hold all my hair products and tools.  It's not a perfect system, but it works (and it's hidden, which is what really matters).  On the right there is a laundry hamper I bought at Walmart for $9 and spent 30 minutes setting up.  There's a reason I'm not in engineering.


Close up of the top of the dresser.  I use this as my makeup area.  I've got the same cat poster from my dorm up above it, with my makeup mirror underneath.  A lot of this stuff and some other things in my room you can see in THIS post.  If you have any questions about this area, feel free to ask in the comments!  Of course, I've got a couple of candles there too, I LOVE candles.


To the right of the door when you're coming in is my desk area.  I've purposely made this space different from the rest of the room.  I find that makes me more motivated to do work because it doesn't feel like I'm sitting in my bedroom.  The desk is an antique, my dad refinished it once-upon-a-time for my mom (apparently it was mustard yellow when she got it).  The chair was given to me by my Great Aunt.

Above the desk is a big calendar for organizing my life, with little study guides and my week-by-week reading underneath.  I've also got my guitar picks sticky-tacked to the wall so I stop losing them!


The left side of my desk is super organized with my course materials all in different files.  I have my massive tea mug nearby, because I am constantly drinking tea.  The little blue thing has sticky notes and other page markers.  ORGANIZATION!


On the right I've got my 'helping hands' from Chapters, a metal organizer with pens/pencils/hiliters from the Dollar store, and my lamp. My old lamp died the day I moved in, so I got this one in the sale from Bed, Bath & Beyond.  As you can tell, my desk is both organized and VERY messy (oops).


Thank you for visiting, I'll see you soon!
xoxo Laura

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Change

Hey everyone!

Quick post here.

A few days ago I moved into my new apartment!  Life is really moving forward for me, and I'm excited to start this chapter of my life. Things are changing, and for the better.  I get to live with four other amazing human beings, who are my best friends and like-minded.  And have I mentioned the apartment of firefighters down the hall? ;)

Internet is going up on  Friday, so posts will resume then.  I'm not sure what I want to do though, so do me a favour? Vote below for which post you would like to see first!

Your options are:
1) Room Tour
2) New Makeup Storage
3) Everyday Neutrals Tutorial
4) Argan Dew Hair Mask Review
5) Recent Favourites


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Survey will be up for a few days! Vote as much as you want :)

xoxo
Laura