Friday, 28 November 2014

November B.I.F.I. Reviews and New Products for December!

It's the end of another month!

As you know, I re-started my Bought It, Forgot It series this month, and have really enjoyed using products I already own and falling back in love with them.

This month, I had 5 products.


1) LUSH Dream Cream
I loved using this throughout November.  It leaves a really nice scent that lingers for a decent amount of time, sinks in beautifully, and makes my skin SO soft.  I'll be buying this again for sure.

2) Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose
This was an okay product for me.  I don't find it to be super pigmented, although it is easily built up.  I do really like the shade, especially with pale, flawless skin and a black winged liner.  However, I do have nicer blushes that cost less or the same, so I wouldn't highly recommend this.

3) MAC Eyeshadow in Sumptuous Olive
Oh my goodness I've fallen in love!  This is a fabulous eyeshadow, very creamy and pigmented, and looks great with my eye colour.  I need to use this more often after November has ended!

4) The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder
This is a nice powder, but it's not great.  I don't find it has great coverage, and doesn't have any lasting shine control, although it was nice for setting my makeup without looking too cakey.  Thankfully I didn't pay much for it.  I'm just not really a huge fan of loose powders, and this one and I have a serious love/hate relationship.

5) e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
I actually used this up!  e.l.f. have the best eyelid primers if you're on a budget, comparable to the Urban Decay ones.  My shadows never move.  I have bought another one of these because I like it so much!

New Products for December
I'm pulling out 5 more products this month, and I am really excited to use them!

There is a bit of a theme.  This is all makeup I would use for a holiday look.  'Tis the season, right?


First up is the essence Dark Romance Cream Highlighter.  This came out in October, I'm not sure if it was limited edition or not.  Regardless, I don't think I've done more than swatch this.  Time to put it to use!


I also want to use this lipstick from Maybelline in 640 Ruby Star.  It's a nice red with slightly berry tones to it, and it's super pretty.  I've had this for awhile but haven't touched it.  It used to be my everyday go-to.


The last three products are all for the eyes.  First up is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 05 Too Cool.  This is a really icy, shimmery white.  It will make a great base for shadows.


Then I have the Covergirl eyeshadow quad in 222 Drama Eyes.  This will be great for sultry, smokey, sexy eye looks.


My final product is the essence Gel Eyeliner.  I was obsessed with this, and I don`t know why it fell to the back of my collection.  Hopefully it hasn't dried up and I can get some good use out of it.

That's all from me!  I'll see you soon!

xoxo
Laura

Friday, 14 November 2014

Happiness and Positivity

Hey everyone.

I've got a bit of a serious post for you today.  I hope that's okay (if it isn't, you don't have to read, but I would appreciate it if you do!)

All around us are people.  Tall people, short people, people in between.  Dark hair, light hair, dyed hair.  Running to somewhere important or aimlessly wandering.  No matter where we go, people are unavoidable.

Sometimes you look at a person on the street and see their emotions and moods etched right into their skin.  Sometimes people are harder to read.  Often, it isn't until someone opens their mouth that you can tell what kind of state they are in.  But lately, I've noticed that the amount of negativity pouring from people's mouths is increasing, and dramatically so.

This worries me.  I am not naturally a positive person, but I'm not necessarily negative.  I sit somewhere firmly between the two most days, and what tips the scales is the outlook of the people around me.  If I am surrounded by positive people, I myself will be happy and have a positive outlook.  If I am immersed in the world of those who are negative, I will also view the world in a negative light and be upset, cranky, and unfortunately, I will often lash out at others because I am unhappy.

I recognize that this is my own problem, and it's not the focus of what I'm trying to say.  What I want to focus on is why we should be more positive, and why I myself have chosen positivity.

Positivity is the root of all happiness.  If we view the world in negative terms, we are focusing on the bad rather than all of the good that surrounds us.  This just perpetuates a cycle of pessimism when there is so much good to be found if we only take the time to look.

Why would we want to make ourselves miserable like that? This is the kind of self-inflicted negativity that hurts our culture as a whole and as individuals.

I see people who have so much to be happy about perpetuating negativity everyday, and see people who have so much to be down about spreading happiness.  Something about this strikes me as backwards.

I have to give an example, and got my friend Laura's permission to talk about her for a second.  Laura has been in a long-term relationship for 3 years, that last year of which she has been over 500 kilometers away from him.  Things have been so hard for them, and yet she manages to be one of the most positive people I know.  Yes, everyone has their days where it all gets to be too much, but I rarely hear her complain, and when she does, it isn't in a "poor me" way.  And this is just one example, Laura has had a lot of trials in the last year (which for her privacy I obviously am not going into) but she has handled everything with an unwavering sense of positivity.

It makes me re-evaluate my life, that's for sure.  Living with optimistic people has had a massive impact on my life, in a very good way.  I am very conscious of how I sound when I speak, not because I am afraid of what I am saying but because I always want to make sure that what I am saying is true, fair, and kind.  Are my problems really as bad as I think?  Am I complaining instead of taking action? And am I choosing happiness in my words, both for myself and those who hear them?

It isn't easy, and I know anyone who knows me will tell you that I am far from perfect.  But I'm trying.  And I've noticed that in trying to be more optimistic, I am instinctually beginning to see the world in a more positive light.

I want you to think about that this week.  Think about what you are saying, and whether it is spreading positivity.  If not, is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind?

I can tell you that negativity hurts.  Being negative hurts you, it effects every aspect of your daily life.  Holding all of that inside of you is toxic.  I'm not saying it isn't okay to let it out, everyone has bad times fall upon them.  But when your reflex is negativity, that is when you need to re-evaluate.

Even worse is surrounding yourself with negativity.  Negative people are unavoidable, but don't give those people the privilege of being part of your daily routine. If someone is constantly pessimistic, and treats you in that same way, do not subject yourself to it.  Words can hurt, and when people think it's okay to take their cynicism out on others that is not okay.  Do not let pessimists ruin your day.  Call them out, or just walk away.  But do not let them bring you down.


I have chosen positivity, and I encourage you to do the same.  It doesn't come easy, it is a constant process, but your life will feel so much better for it.

If you want a challenge, write down 5 positive things every day.  Maybe that cute barista struck up a conversation, or you got an A on a paper.  Maybe the weather was nice, or you had a cozy bubble bath on a cold day.  It could even be things you are grateful for, like long phone conversations with your mom.  Whatever has happened, finding 5 will be no sweat.  I've done this, and it makes you realize just how amazing life is, and how much you have to be happy about.

In the words of my friend and roommate Brittany, "day by day."  Just take everything one day, one step at a time.  And you will achieve happiness.

I hope you too choose to spread positivity.

Goodnight loves <3
Laura

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Bought It, Forgot It (November 2014)

Hello everybody!

A long time ago, I used to do a series of posts called "Bought It, Forgot It" where I combed through my makeup collection, picked out items I had neglected, and tried to use them more throughout the month.  I've decided to bring this back in the interest of using up products and breaking out of the 'rut' my makeup routine is currently in.

This month I have 5 products for you.  I'm going to try to do 4 to 6 products per month.


First up is this e.l.f. eyelid primer.  I've had this for ages, and used to rave about it but somehow it ended up getting neglected and consequently pushed to the back of my makeup drawer.  This month, I want to use it up!  It's just a matter of remembering to prime my eyelids...


I also want to use this MAC eyeshadow in Sumptuous Olive more this month.  I was obsessed when I bought it, but recently the only love it's been getting is when I do my friend's makeup.  The colour is great, and really compliments my eye colour, so this needs to get used more (especially since MAC eyeshadows aren't cheap!) In the photo it comes off more gold than it actually is, but this is definitely a slightly golden-toned olive green.


For my face, I want to use The Body Shop's Extra Virgin Minerals loose powder.  I bought this in the summer when I was having some serious skin issues, and never really got the hang of it.  I find loose powders to be incredibly messy, and they're too much faffing around for me.  This has a pretty good coverage for a powder though, and I want to try using it on it's own, without foundation.


Also for my face, I want to use the Maybelline Fit Me blush in Deep Rose more in November.  I LOVE the deep colour of this blush, especially for winter (which explains why it got neglected so much in the last little while).


My final product isn't a makeup product, but I want to put a hair or body product in each of these too.  This is the LUSH Dream Cream body lotion.  I love this, but I never use it!  This month will be good not only for using this up but for making me moisturize (my legs are so dry!)

I'll be doing a little follow up at the end of the month, so stay tuned for that!  I hope you're as excited about this series coming back as I am :)

xoxo
Laura

(P.S. I tried something different with my photos, tell me what you think!)

Friday, 7 November 2014

Winter Makeup Refresh (Mini Haul)

Hey everyone!

With the arrival of the cold winter months, I've done a teeny refresh of my makeup collection, just to add some new pieces.  It's not much of a haul, but it's a little glimpse into what I like to switch up from November on.

$7.99
The only non-beauty item I picked up was this Lavender bubble bath from Bath Retreat.  You all know I love my LUSH, but there  isn't one in my city so I had to come up with a compromise.  Lavender is super soothing and relaxing, so I love it for the winter months.  Hot bath and lavender bubbles? Yes please!

On to beauty.

$9.99
EOS has really been on-point lately with their lipbalms.  I picked up a Coconut Milk flavoured one from the Visibly Soft line, and love it to death.  When I was in Shopper's Drugmart I saw that they have a new trio out.  I believe this is called the "A Ray of Holiday Sunshine" trio (something like that).  Inside, the three flavours are Pink Grapefruit, Strawberry Kiwi, and Orange Blossom.

I know these don't seem like very winter-y flavours, but who doesn't like a hint of tropical in the winter? Plus, I will never have horrible, chapped lips with these!  These are about $10, so grab them while they're still around!

$5.60 (on sale)
Also on the subject of lips, I bought a new Maybelline Colour Whisper.  This one is in the shade 85 Berry Ready.  I love these because they're super creamy and moisturizing, and give a nice wash of colour.  They aren't meant to be incredibly pigmented, but I find them to have more pigmentation than a tinted lip balm.

$2.99
I bought (yet another) essence blush as well.  You all know I rave about these, I just wish they had more colours to choose from!  The one I bought for winter is 10 adorable.  It's a really soft, light pink, which will be great for a hint of colour when I'm really pale.

$8.50 (on sale)
I've also been working through my old mascaras, using them up or throwing out old ones, so I bought myself a new one.  The Volum Express The Falsies mascara by Maybelline is by far the best mascara I have ever used in terms on lengthening, volumizing, and lasting power.  I love that it has a little brush for my bottom lashes too, it really helps prevent black marks under the eyes.  It'll be nice to start winter with a new mascara!

$5.99
The very last thing I bought is actually a beauty tool. I broke my eyelash curlers in September and just couldn't be bothered getting new ones.  I was in Winners and these ones were only $6 and they do an amazing job!  I like that they have a spring, it gives an amazing curl, way better than my old ones.  In the winter, I tend to go for mascara and not a lot else to look more awake, so these will be great for making me look more alert on grey winter mornings.

That's all for my very small winter haul. I hope you enjoyed, I'll see you soon with more posts!

xoxo
Laura