Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Review: H&M Eyeshadows

Hello everyone!

Recently I did an overview of H&M's new makeup line.  I mentioned I had a bought a few things, and I'll be reviewing them all over the next few weeks.

















Today, we're going to talk about the eyeshadows.

I picked up 3 single pan shadows and a 9-pan palette.  I just need to say before I get into swatching, these have THE prettiest packaging.  I love it!


The singles I picked up are:

Ginger Snap
Gingerbread
and Russet Rose

and they retail for $7.99 each.


Ginger Snap and Russet Rose are both shimmery shades, but they aren't overly glittery and there are no large chunks of glitter in the product.  Gingerbread is a matte shade, but unlike a lot of mattes it's incredibly smooth, not patchy at all.


The palette I got is a collection of neutral browns, blacks, and greens.  This palette retails for $12.99 and I couldn't find the name of it...


I have to say, these may both be eyeshadows but they are NOT the same.  The quality of the shadows in the pallete  is not as good as the single pans.  The palette shades aren't as pigmented, they aren't as smooth, and they don't swatch evenly.  They are fine on the eyes, but they are not as nice as the single pans.   In addition, the singles don't have as much fall-down (the palette shades have a lot.)

I still like the palette, but I think you should buy the singles instead.  They're a lot better quality, and they're still very affordable.

xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A Rainy Retreat: Reading Week 2015

Hello everyone!

In first year, during the winter reading week, I made a post chronicling the adventures of me and my friends as we took a trip to Ottawa for the break


This year, I went camping with my boyfriend up in Grey-Bruce County.  We had a tent right on the banks of the Sauble River in the provincial park, and even though it rained the ENTIRE TIME it was still an incredibly fun (and beautiful) trip.



















It rained a lot, so we spent some time in Museums.  We went to the Bruce County Museum in Southampton, which involved a lot of their cool local history.  Their museum was really good!




We also spent some time on the Southhampton beach, which looks more like Nova Scotia than Ontario.



We went to Sauble Beach as well, again under threat of rain.  I have so many really nice pictures of being here, it was hard to choose which ones to use.




















The highlight of the trip for me was seeing the salmon jumping up the falls.



















The last day of our trip we went to Grey Roots Museum in Owen Sound.  They had an amazing dinosaur exhibit set up, and yes, the T-Rex scared the bajeezus out of me.


We hit up Inglis Falls on the way into town on a whim, and it was AMAZING.  So pretty.


























The baseball Gods blessed us that day as we sat in a Boston Pizza and watched Bautista hit that ball straight outta the ball park.  That was a great ending to that trip, even if it didn't involve the actual camping part ;)


All in all, it was an amazing trip and I'd do it all over again (except maybe in August instead of October next time?)

xoxo
Laura

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Nails of the Week: Stucco

Hey everyone!

I've been playing with the H&M makeup line recently (reviews to come!) and today I popped on one of their nail polish shades.


This is Stucco, a grey that I can only describe as having green and blue undertones depending on the lighting.  This never looks the same shade to me, I love it!

The shade is incredibly unique, which already makes it a love, but it also goes on smoothly and opaquely, and dries literally instantly.  I'm super impressed with this!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Introducing the Beauty Department: H&M Makeup?!

Hello everyone!

Imagine my shock when I walked into my local H&M and found an entire section of makeup!  According to one of the ladies working, the H&M in Conestoga Mall in Waterloo is one of three stores in Ontario to carry the H&M makeup line, although it's been in Europe for awhile.

So today, I'm going to walk you through the line and then tell you what items I bought and what items I want to try.

*I tried to find/remember all of the prices, but some are missing. I also couldn't get pictures of everything. Apologies!*

To start, they have an extensive range of nail polishes in pretty little bottles.  Nothing exceptional looking, but I most definitely want to try them out!  The nail polishes retail for $6.99 and the shade selection is massive.  I picked up two.

There is a range of mattifying powders and perfecting powders (I'm not 100% what the difference in product is), and when I swatched them in store they felt so amazingly soft.  These powders are amazing quality, and retail for $12.99 each.  There's a decent range of shades for these which is nice.


There is a liquid foundation as well as a powder foundation, which I don't know much about as I didn't test them out and I don't really have a burning desire to try them either.  Both retail for $14.99 each and come in a wide range of shades.






















There are two types of concealer, a highlighting pen ($12.99) and a regular one with a doe-foot applicator ($7.99).  I didn't swatch them in store, but I'm definitely curious to see what they're like.  I might go back for the concealers...


There is a massive range of lip products, from two types of glosses ($7.99), lip liners, lip sticks ($12.99), lip stains ($12.99) and lip creams.  There is also a lip treatment and a sugar scrub, both of which I believe were $12.99 each.  I want to try all of the lip products, but I was in a rush and couldn't make up my mind (another trip soon methinks!)


There are several types of mascara ($14.99) which I think are too expensive when I can buy a Maybelline one for half the price.  Thus, I probably won't be trying them.

There are several types of liner too, liquid ($7.99), gel ($12.99), and your regular kohl formulation.  I have eyeliners I love, so I'm not sure if I'll be trying these or not.


The eyeshadows are the product I was most drawn to, and I walked out with a few.  The single pans are $7.99 and have the most amazing texture and pigmentation.  They completely nailed the formula of these, and there is a huge colour selection to choose from.


They also have palettes with 9 shades that retail for $12.99 (I bought one) and eye shadow pencils for $6.99 which aren't my thing but I know a lot of people like that type of product.


As for brows, there's a full kit as well as a regular wax, both of which retail for $9.99, a brow pencil with a spooly on the end ($5.99) and a brow gel.  I didn't like the brow gel because of the brush, it's way too big for brows!  I do want to try the eyebrow pencil though.

I know there are blushes and bronzers, both cream and powder, and I believe they retail for $12.99 but I couldn't find them on the website.  I can't decide if I should try these, if you have let me know your thoughts in the comments!



In addition there are tons of body products and makeup bags, which if I listen them all here would take up a thousand words.  But I will say they are all quite reasonably priced and I think there is something in there for every skin type and preference.  They also have brushes and other tools, again for very reasonable prices.  The brushes seemed soft, but I can't attest for how they wash or if they shed.  Those I'll be purchasing in the future for sure.

I think this line has some good stuff.  It does have a few prices that I think are too high, the mascaras for example, but the eyeshadows are most definitely worth the prices they're marked with.  I am curious about the lip products and a few other selected bits.  The brushes will be getting a full review at some point, I really do want to give them a fair test.

Let me know what I should try, and tell me if you want reviews!

xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Mini Musing: An Open Letter to my Ex-Boyfriend

This was written by me awhile ago, and I stumbled across it the other day.  I hope you enjoy it!

I love you.

Not like that, obviously.  But you were my first everything and I can't let you go that easily.

We are only good friends, but there are consequences of that.  I see your Facebook, your Snapchat, I know all about your everyday life.

I know about her,

The cute one.  The one who is nothing like my moody, stocky, brooding self.  The one who balances you out and doesn't bring you down, the ying to your yang.  The one who doesn't force you to sink deeper into your darkest traits in an inescapable web of feelings.

But it does hurt seeing you showing her off.  Because you never did that for me.  I don't blame you.  Why would you show off me?  She's bubbly.  Vivacious.  Pretty. Fun.

But I wish you had been this proud of me.  This proud to be with me.  Proud enough to tag me in Facebook posts that remind you of me, even the naughty ones not suitable for public consumption.  Proud enough to upload a photo with a cute caption, maybe even that stupid heart emoji trailing at the end as further proof of how you felt for me.

But even with my bruised heart, I can only wish you the best.  She is so good for you.

Be good to her.  Cherish her.  Love her with all that you have.

Never let her be the one to write you this letter.

Please let me know your thoughts below!

xoxo
Laura

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Video: Luxury Beauty Haul

Hello everyone!

Last week's video was part 1 of a massive haul.  Part 1 was all drugstore makeup, and today Part 2, the luxury bits, are up!


Clickable link HERE

I went to Sephora and there's a little bit of LUSH in here too ;)

Enjoy!

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Autumn-Ready Lip Colours

Hello everyone!


I recently talked about autumn-ready nail polishes, and thought I would do the sister post, autumn-ready lip colours!

I ALWAYS go more bold with my lips in the cooler months.  Summer I neglect lip colours almost entirely, but as soon as the cooler weather hits and the leaves start changing on go the red, berry, and plum tones.


1) M.A.C. Ruby Woo
Alright, so this is a shade I will admit I just wear a lot.  But it's perfect for the transition into the cooler months.  I love how matte this is, and that it lasts forever.  Yes, it was a little pricey at $20, but I can honestly say it was well worth it! The internet has hyped this up to cult-level proportions, but with very, very good reason!


2) Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux + NXY Lipliner in Cabaret
This is a new purchase, and I already love it to pieces.

Bordeaux is a really deep burgundy colour with lots of purple and less red to it.  It is so incredibly dark, yet it looks amazing with my skin tone (I'm very fair, with neutral undertones).  I don't want to say it would look great on everyone, but I think the vast majority of people would look good wearing this shade of lipstick.  Bonus: it was only $6.

I find it really hard to find affordable lip liners in those deep wine and berry shades, but this one if perfect.  It looks really nice with Bordeaux, but there are tons of ways you can wear this on the lip, including by itself or with just a gloss over top.


3) MAC Velvet Teddy
Yet another matte MAC lipstick...  This one is nice, because it's more on the brown side.  I prefer brown nudes, and matte finishes, so this is utterly perfect for me, and awesome for the fall months.


4) Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick #44
This is another favourite nude shade that I think is a great option in the autumn months.  This is a pinky-brown nude shade that is nice and warm in tone. The pink in it makes it more wearable, but the brown in it makes it a perfect autumn shade.


5) NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
This is another amazing red, slightly deeper in colour than Ruby Woo or any other red lipsticks I own.  The finish isn't too matte, and it's not drying on the lips at all.  Because it's a pencil, it's super easy to fill in the lip neatly too.

And that's it for my favourite Autumn lip colours!  Let me know what yours are in the comments :)

xoxo
Laura

Monday, 12 October 2015

Nails of the Week: Gone Grey

Hello everyone!


Does this colour scream fall or what?

I have to admit, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dry polishes aren't my favourite formula, they don't last that long.  However, they do dry ASAP and when I'm busy but hate my nails these are great to slap on quickly and get out the door.

This shade is almost a blue-toned grey, very metallic, and it just reminds me of fall skies right before it rains.  Love.

xoxo
Laura

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Product Graveyard #2

Welcome back to another installment of Product Graveyard!

For those of you who didn't see the last post, this is when I go through my products, clear out ones that weren't for me, and share then with you so you can make better decisions when you're making purchases!

Let's just jump right in.


1) Maybelline Colour Show Nail Lacquer in 150 Born With It
This nail polish is very sub-standard to me.  It isn't pigmented, 3 coats and it's still too sheer, but you can't layer any more product on top of that.  it takes a very long time to dry as well.  I'm not sure if it's all of these polishes, or just this particular shade, but I will probably not be buying another one of these.  It's too bad, I really love Maybelline products in general, but this one definitely disappointed me.

2) Rimmel Provocalips
These were SUCH a disappointment for me.  Chelsey did a review of these and it was so positive I practically ran out to buy it, and I was not as impressed.  I found it difficult to work with, and it didn't dry nicely in my opinion.  It wore off in odd patches and balled up in places, and you had to fully remove it if you wanted to reapply or else it looked patchy and strange.  Big thumbs down.

3) Rimmel Apocalips in 100 Phenomenon
I'm not a huge fan of the Apocalips either, but I do have Big Bang which I quite like.  This shade is awful on me though.  It's VERY nude, but it's a strange peachy-pink shade.  It looks terrible on me, and I can't really think what skin tones this would look nice on.  If you like this shade, let me know!


4) Pond's Cold Cream
I bought this a few winters ago when my skin was flipping out, but I don't need it now for several reasons.

First, I have an actual skin care routine now, and it works for me.  That's a major part of why my skin doesn't get so incredibly dry and flakey any more.

I have also found better products for dry skin. Instead of needing a rapid solution, which this provided, I use a creamy cleanser in the dry, cold months to keep my skin cleansed and hydrated all the time.

The other thing I find about this is that it solves the problem instantly... but then the same issues reappear in a few days.  It's a bandaid solution, not a long-term one.  This also leaves your skin with a greasy film, which is a big no for me.


5) Colab Volume Extreme Dry Shampoo
I made a mistake when I bought this, let's get that full disclosure out there.

I don't like volumizing products for my hair.  I thought this was the sheer invisible formula, not realizing that there even was a volumizing one.  Thus... this.

I just don't need the volume in my hair, and I hate the way volumizing products make my hair feel.  However, if you do like volumizing products this might be for you.  It is invisible, you can't see it in your hair at all.  SO, this isn't necessarily a bad product, it's just not for me.

Hope you enjoyed this post, I'll see you again soon!

xoxo
Laura