Wednesday, 30 September 2015

F.O.T.D.: September 30th

Hello everyone!

Today's makeup is very fall to me. Matte purple and nude lips? Yes.

(Sorry for the lips, I'd been wearing this for a few hours and forgot to touch up before I used flash photography.  Rookie...)

Eyes:
L'Oreal La Palette 2
NYX Falsies (which I'm not a huge fan of, I was testing them out)
Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black (waterline)

Brows:
Maybelline Brow Duo
Maybelline Brow Drama Gel

Face:
Maybelline Master Primer
L'Oreal Super Blendable Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
Revlon Nearly Naked Powder
Essence Blush in Autumn Peach
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminator in Ice
Sephora Brand Contour in Tranquil
(I do have a contour, you just can't really see it because of my hair)

Lips:
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

There you have it!  Hope you're all having a lovely day, I'll see you again soon!

xoxo
Laura

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Natural Brands Worth Your Money

Hello everyone!

I recently was asked to talk a little bit more about natural products on my blog.

I have explored the natural skincare and beauty brands, especially when I was younger, and I think I have enough knowledge to let you know which brands and products are actually worth spending your money on.

Haircare
Some of you might remember this, but I used to RAVE about the Prairie Naturals shampoos and conditioners.  I absolutely adore these, they're just difficult for me to get my hands on in Waterloo (if you know where I can get them, COMMENT BELOW!)

These just do an amazing job of cleansing your hair and leaving it soft and shiny.  They aren't too expensive either, last time I purchased them I believe they cost be $10.99 a bottle.

Skincare
My favourite natural skincare brand would have to be Andalou Naturals.  Both myself and my mother have used this line, there is a product for every single skin type.  The brand is natural and free of bad chemicals, and it's still pretty affordable.  I find natural products can be SO expensive, but these don't break the bank.  We all know I love the Probiotic + C Renewal Cream, so I won't bang on about these too much.

Another great brand according to my mother is Aubrey Organics.  I used their products when I was much younger and had really problematic skin, my brother used the same ones at one point as well, and my mother uses the products for more mature skin now.  They have a full range of cleansers and toners, and they are numbered based on what problems they target (i.e. acne, oily, dry, etc.)  These are extremely good for being free of bad chemicals, and they really do work!  The only issue (according to my dad) is that the scents sometimes aren't great, but if you (and your partner if you have one!) can tolerate the smell, then give these a go!

One final great brand is Green Beaver.  I especially like their Grapefruit and Aloe exfoliating facial scrub, and their makeup remover is pretty good too.  This is a Canadian brand, but you can order online.  Most products smell good, they're free of bad chemicals, not tested on animals, and they pretty much do what they say they will.

Cosmetics
I'm not going to lie to you, I've never found a good line of natural cosmetics, and certainly not ones that are worth the price tag! I know that isn't necessarily helpful, but I couldn't lie to you and say that products X, Y, and Z are any good.  I've heard a lot of good things about LUSH cosmetics, but I honestly can't bring myself to pay the prices.

My final verdict on the issue: natural cosmetics, in my experience, are NOT worth it.

Other
One other product I want to mention is Dr. Bronner's Magic soaps.  These... are surprisingly good.  I use them for everyday cleaning (sinks, counters, etc.), cleaning my makeup brushes, cleaning spots in carpets (we have ALL spilt tea on our carpet, admit it!), and my mom uses it as hand soap, bubble bath, and about a million other things!  This is really multi-purpose.  It's not the strongest solvent, so cleaning the bathtub gets left to the Scrubbing Bubbles still, but the price is great and there's a full range of scents.  This also comes in a solid form, not just liquid.

I hope this was somewhat helpful to anyone looking to incorporate more natural brands and products into their daily routine!  As with any products, you kind of have to try out a whole bunch of things to find the absolute gems, but that's half the fun!

I'll see you all soon with another post!

xoxo
Laura

Thursday, 24 September 2015

VIDEO: Teen Pack Review: Buy? Or BYE!

Welcome back!

Today's video is a review of the Shopper's Drugmart Teen Pack, a big box of goodies retailing for $9.99 that may or may not be worth your money.

Watch to find out!

(P.S. This isn't just for teens!)


Clickable link HERE.

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Transformation Tuesday

In honour of my 20th birthday, I have decided to take you on a journey from my birth to now.  Things could get cringe-y, so get your popcorn ready!

Babyhood:



Elementary School:

High School:


University:


Today!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoyed this blast from the past! 20 here I COMEEEE!!!

xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Birthday Wish List 2015

Hello everyone!

I've done a few of these in the past, so here's another one!  This is my Birthday Wish List for my 20th birthday!

1) Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
I want this palette SO badly, but I haven't been able to justify the price yet.  But then I saw it used on the I Love Makeup channel and... let's just say I want it even more!

2) NARS Audacious Lipsticks
I've heard so many great things about these, and I'm really into lips at the moment, so these have snuck their way onto my list...


3) MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows
Okay, these I've been putting off buying because of the price (tuition first!) but you WILL see these in a haul, and soon.  These are so amazingly pigmented, I've swatched them all, and my dilemma now is just which ones to actually buy! (All of them is too much, right?)


4) NYX Matte Lipsticks
Again, I'm really into lips, especially matte lipstick.  I think it's super flattering, as long as it isn't too drying.  The online reviews are great, so I am definitely wanting to try these out!

And there's my birthday wishlist!  I kept it short and sweet this year, for once.  I feel like I've got a lot of makeup, now I just need to play with it more and create looks and tutorials, instead of hauling it all!

Anyway, I will see you soon with another post!

xoxo
Laura

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Nails of The Week: Bold Gold + Blackest Black

Hello everyone!

The photo doesn't do this justice.
Today's nails were featured in my Autumn-Ready Nails post.  I've combined the Rimmel 60 Second polish in 820 Hot Black To Go and the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in 290 Bold Gold to get this super pretty, autumn- and party-ready look.  I wore this for my uncle's wedding with a black and gold jumpsuit and black and gold jewellery.

Any black would work with these, I'm not a huge fan of the Rimmel one (it's just OK in my opinion).  But this gold glitter is AMAZING!

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

(Toe) Nails of the Week: Golden-I

Hello everyone!

I thought I'd share what nail polish I have currently got on my toes!  Sorry for those of you who hate feet...


This shade is from the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear collection, which you all know by now is my favourite, and it's in the shade Golden-I.  This is a really pretty buttery gold colour, and was completely opposite to what I was expecting.  I bought it for my uncle's wedding and wasn't expecting it to essentially be a micro-glitter polish. 

I usually find glittery polishes terrible, but this one is incredible.  Like the rest of the line, one coat is almost enough (or enough for some people's tastes!), and two is perfect.  it dries quickly, stays put, and looks incredibly shiny.  I will say that this, for me, is strictly for my toes, I wouldn't wear this on my fingers!

Unfortunately, I was wearing close-toed shoes for the wedding so no one got to see my amazing polish!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Video: Empty Products #3

Hello everyone!

So my Thursday video went up yesterday... I'll roll with it.

While I go film something for Thursday, why don't you check out Empty Products #3?


Clickable link HERE

xoxo
Laura

Autumn-Ready Nail Polishes

Hello everyone!

I've jumped right onto the fall/autumn-themed bandwagon this month.  I love autumn and September more than I can express in words!


So, in keeping with the theme that nature has created and I have been rolling with, here are my top 5 nail polishes for the autumn season.

1) Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Slick Slate

This is my absolute go-to nail polish in the autumn and winter.  It's a beautiful grey shade that looks amazing with any outfit.  I find that this shade of the Insta-Dry formula doesn't chip or flake as badly as the other shades, but this is super easy to apply because of the wide brush, so even though it only lasts for a few days, it's easy to give yourself a new mani quick!  And it really does dry VERY quickly, just as it promises.

2) Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red

Revlon polishes are a new love for me, and this shade is perfect for fall.  Every girl needs an amazing red nail polish and lipstick, and this is the truest, brightest, boldest red polish I own (and I own several).  Revlon polishes apply really easily, and you can go several days without it chipping (depending on what you're doing).  Definitely recommend this shade!

3) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Bare It All

If you're more into nude polishes, this one might be perfect for you.  I've talked about this fully in a Nails Of The Week post, but the muted, somewhat brown undertones make this a great nude polish for autumn.

4) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Flirt

The photo of this doesn't fully show how amazing this shade is.  It's a dark, vampy, burgundy shade with shimmer (but not glitter).  It's a way to wear dark polish, without wearing plain black.  I love this shade, but for the amount I wear it I'm glad these only cost $2.50.  For me, it's very strictly an autumn/winter shade.

5) Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Hot Black To Go + Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Bold Gold

Is it cheating if I have a combo?

I love these two polishes paired with each other.  The Bold Gold is strictly glitter in a clear base, so layering it on top of black gives you sparkly, fun nails that are perfect for the autumn season (they also go with most outfits, bonus!)

That's all from me, I hope you liked this post and I will see you again soon!

xoxo
Laura

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Nails of the Week: Sophisticated

Hey everyone!

Today I'm rocking this amazing shade from Revlon.  It's a soft grey with teeny tiny flecks of shimmer throughout, but not glitter.


I absolutely adore this shade.  It's perfect for autumn/winter, but versatile enough for the other seasons too.

Revlon polishes are under $5 at Walmart and I highly recommend them!

xoxo
Laura

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Video: Autumn Fashion Haul

Hello everyone!

I put up another haul on my channel today, this time a fashion haul!  As I type this, I'm wearing half of what I purchased... haha.

Check out my Back to School Haul HERE


Clickable link to this video HERE

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Babbling Book Reviews: A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

Hey everyone!

This is a kind of odd post, and I'm not sure if it's technically a book review, but bear with me!


As a history student, this little guide has become my lifeline.  It is the ultimate 'hack' to being successful in my subject, and if you are a history student you definitely need this in your life.

The biggest reason I love this so much is because it makes footnoting papers impossibly easy.  Footnoting is so important, doing it incorrectly loses you precious marks and can even nail you with academic misconduct if done seriously wrong.  This book helps you correctly cite sources and format footnotes from any and every source.

In addition to being a godsend for footnoting, this little book talks about proper historical sources (what is and is not acceptable), typical assignments in the field of history, how to do research, and the bare bones of HOW to actually write a proper history paper.

This is absolutely essential for history majors, I would honestly force this on anyone in the field who didn't have one, that's how much I believe in this.

This cost me $22 at the Laurier campus book store, but I'm sure you can find it elsewhere online, possibly for a cheaper price.

***UPDATE: I have the 6th edition.  The 7th edition on Chapter Indigo and Amazon is $42.***

(Epiphany: I probably got 6th Ed. for less because I bought it the year 7th Ed. came out.)

BUY THIS IF YOU ARE IN HISTORY OR IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS.  That's basically why I wrote this post, to shout that at you.

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Saturday, 5 September 2015

How To Save $$$ on Textbooks

It's that time of year again...

Back to school rolls around, and suddenly every University and College student is paying their tuition.  And just when the bank account depletes to zero... the booklist comes out.


Textbooks are probably the bane of my existence.  I usually have to buy three per class, at over $50 a pop, and let me tell you, my bank account SUFFERS.

However, I've developed a few little tricks to save money on my books, and today I'm going to share them with you.


1) Don't buy from the school bookstore.
Seriously.  Chapters-Indigo and Amazon are going to be your best friend here.  The campus bookstores are always more expensive, and even when they list a used book for cheap they rarely have it in stock.  You can order your books off of other sites and save money, and often you get free shipping (so you aren't spending the money you save on the shipping costs!)


2) Buy used.
Used books can be found everywhere, you just need to look.  There are Facebook pages dedicated to selling used textbooks, troll those like your bank account depends on it.  I've gotten textbooks off of these site for 60% less than they would have costed me elsewhere.

There are also websites dedicated to selling used books.  Check these out, but just be aware that sometimes shipping costs can be more than the book itself, or they may be coming from a distance and not arrive on time.


3) Don't buy them.
Okay, bear with me.

I have just not bought my textbooks on several occasions.  In fact, I'm saving $500 this year by not buying my books.

That isn't to say I'm not doing my readings.  I'm making my life harder, and forcing myself to be a more dedicated student in fact.  Because I'm using the library reserve copies.

Every campus library will have your textbooks.  When you end up with a $200 whopper of a book that you can't afford, consider just going to the library and reading it there.  The extra time and effort is worth the money you save.

That's all from me today.  If you have any money-saving tips, please leave them in the comments below!

xoxo
Laura

Friday, 4 September 2015

Thursday, 3 September 2015

VIDEO: 5 Seconds Of Summer Concert VLOG

Hello everyone!

My wonderful boyfriend gifted me a pair of tickets to see 5 Seconds Of Summer on their Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour, and I vlogged our day!


Clickable link HERE

The concert was actually AMAZING!  Thanks to the guys in the band and Hey Violet for rocking out hard all night!

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hair and Skincare Haul

Hello everyone!

I grabbed a few new products for my hair and skin the other day that I thought I would share with you.


First up I picked up the Ogx Coconut Water shampoo and conditioner.  For once, I have actually run out of shampoo and conditioner at the same time, and since I've heard great things about the Ogx brand I thought I would give these a go.  They promise to hydrate hair and leave it shiny without weighing it down or leaving residue.  Plus, they smell great! ($9 each)

I also picked up a pack of Goody bobby pins ($2) because I seem to lose them all in one fell swoop!  I buy bobby pins at least once a year in a massive pack and they all go missing!

For my face, I repurchased the Olay S'wipe Out facial cleansing cloths ($6) because they are really gentle on my skin but still remove all the dirt and makeup that has built up over the day.

And finally, I bought the Olay Fresh Effects Bright On Schedule eye cream.  This has a little metal roller ball and you roll it under your eyes to hydrate and de-puff.  I've actually used this a couple of times and thus far I really like it!

Alright, that's it for my mini haul. I'll make sure I let you know in a post/review/favourites video how I get on with these products, so watch out for that!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Goodbye B.E.D.A.! (August Recap)

Hello everyone!

I can't believe it's September already!  B.E.D.A. is over, and it was a success!  I surpassed my blog views for August 2014 (when I did B.E.D.A. for the first time) by over 600 views, and I didn't miss a single day!

I hope you all enjoyed the last month, I know I did!  Let me know what you thought of B.E.D.A. in the comments, and any posts you would like to see in the future.

In the meantime, here is a list of my favourite posts and the most popular ones: