Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Vanity Tour and Makeup Collection 2016!

Hello everyone!

I've been MIA with school lately, but I finally have a new video for you! (And don't fret, I have two more edited and a couple of posts as well!)

Today I've got a chatty vanity tour plus a bit of a makeup collection for you.  I hope you enjoy!



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xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Makeup Haul: October 2016

Hello everyone!

I recently went to the drug store and picked up a few new makeup bits, so I thought I would share them with you today!


This is an eye shadow from Rimmel in the shade Gold Record. For the record, when I brought this home and was able to swatch it I was super unimpressed.  It's powdery and patchy, and when I tried to use it with Fix+ it was even worse.  Huge regret.


This shade from Essence, however, was not a disappointment.  This is in the colour All I Need and it's a beautiful shimmery taupe shade.  It's so pigmented, I can't wait to use it more.


I've never tried Revlon's glosses before, and I thought this shade was perfect for fall.  It's called Desert Spice and it's a great brick-red shade.  I thought this would be perfect over some of my fall lipsticks.


This was a repurchase.  I love this mascara.  I was using one from Essence, but it's almost out and this one is way better, so I picked up a new one.


This is a purchase I'm super excited for.  Essence launched their fall line, and this black lipstick in Black Gossip was only $3.50 so I figured it was a nice and cheap way to experiment with black lipstick.  I put this on as soon as I got home and it's super pigmented with a satin finish.


Then I picked up a new black liquid eyeliner.  The one I've bought for a few years from L'Oreal is kind of expensive for the drugstore, so I'm on the hunt for one that is less expensive.  This one from Essence was under $5, so we'll see how it goes.


I was in Icing by Claire's and found out they sell Eyelure lashes, so of course I picked up a couple of pairs!  The lengthening ones are really natural, right up my alley, so I can't wait to wear them.  I've actually worn the volumizing ones, and I found them to be a little too much for me (again, I like more natural lashes).  They quality was amazing though, and the little glue that comes with the lashes is awesome.

And that's it for my Autumn Makeup Haul!  I hope you liked it.  I will see you soon with a new video, I just recorded a makeup collection/vanity tour, so look out for that!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Fall Makeup Overhaul

Hey everyone!

It's autumn, which means it's time to swap some new products into my everyday makeup routine.  Read on to see what new products I've put in for fall, and what products are being retired.


The most obvious change in my fall makeup comes in the form of lip products.  I've opted to add in some brick-like reds in the form of Revlon's Desert Spice gloss and L'Oreal's Cinnamon Toast lipstick.  I've also tossed in a new one from Essence in the shade Black Gossip.  And yes, it is a midnight black shade.


I've decided to switch up my blush too, moving away from bright pinks to more warm shades.  This is a peachy shade from Physician's Formula in the shade Warm.


I haven't changed my eye shadow much, but I have added this one into the roster.  This is Sharp As Mustard from H&M's makeup line and it's a beautiful mustard yellow colour (that looks hideous in this photo, sorry).


And then we're back to eye liners!  I like wearing a little more liner in fall and winter, so I've put these two into my everyday makeup drawer.  The brown khol is Brownie from Annabelle, and the black is a liquid liner from Essence.


And then these are the products that are being retired for the season.  The Rimmel Wake Me Up was my go-to for awhile, but I'm more into tinted moisturizers right now, and I've just generally moved on from this.

I don't wear bronzer unless it's summer, so that's why it's going away.  And the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is too dark for me unless I have a deep-summer tan (which is regular person shade, I'm just hella pale).

So that's my makeup overhaul for the autumn season.  Let me know if you would like me to do an everyday makeup video again, the last one I did was in June so a lot has changed.

xoxo
Laura


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Recent Empty Skincare Reviews

Hello everyone!

I'm back with another video today.  This one is all of the skincare products I've recently used up.  I give you a review on each one, and let you know if it's something I would repurchase (or not).

Watch below!



xoxo
Laura

Thursday, 22 September 2016

21 Goals on my 21st Birthday

Hello everyone!

Today, on my 21st birthday, I want to talk about the 21 goals I have for myself for the next 365 days.

1) Worry less.

2) Foster the relationships that make me happy.

3) Be rid of the relationships that don't.

4) Stop letting jealousy cloud my life.

5) Dance more.

6) Sing more.

7) Read more things that aren't for school.

8) Do more of what makes me happy.

9) Stop trying to force myself to socialize when I want to introvert.

10) Spend less money on things that don't matter.

11) Spend less time on things that don't matter.

12) Go on a trip by myself.

13) Go on a trip with someone else.

14) Apply to post-graduate programs (and get in!)

15) Be the best student I can be.

16) Be the best friend/girlfriend/sister/daughter/niece/cousin/granddaughter I can be.

17) Be the best teacher I can be for my last year working at the music studio.

18) Improve my overall attitude (I worked on that a lot this past year too).

19) Grow my hair to my butt.

20) Chop it all off.

21) Embrace and love the life I have been blessed with.

Let me know what your goals are for yourself right now in the comments, and don't forget that anything you aren't happy with can always be changed, there is always a way.

xoxo
Laura

21 Photos on my 21st Birthday

Hi everyone!

Seeing as it's my birthday, I thought I would share 21 of my favourite photos from the last year.

Enjoy!

Job interview joy in March.
Falling in love with the "basic bitch" filter in Snapchat.
Who remembers this tutorial?
Cats, friends, and ukes.  What else do you need?
A year of infinite and interesting name misspells on my Starbucks cups.
Baking cupcakes for my mom's 50th.
Saying goodbye to Brit before I left for the summer.
More Starbucks (but in Toronto this time!)
My best friends in the whole world, all dressed up <3
Oh Wonder was great, but Kelly's dinosaur face (while wearing a DINOF shirt) is much better.
Friends <3
Boyfriend beach adventures <3
I hate the quality of this photo, but this was one of the best nights of my life. Look at my handsome, kilt-wearing boy!
Two types of people...
Cottage mornings
I just really like this photo, it perfectly captures my sass.
The highlight of my year was digging in the dirt with these weirdos and living in a cabin with them for six weeks <3
Because Conrad + the dog filter is life.
Getting ready to crush 4th year.
I don't really know what to say about this.
My cat brings me joy.  Especially when he tried to drive my car.
My favourite people and my favourite team #JaysNation
I cherish this night.
And that's it!  I hope you enjoyed.  See you in the next year of my life!

xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Autumn 2016 Fashion Haul!

Hello everybody!

After a tumultuous couple of weeks, I'm back!  I've finally been able to film again, and I'm getting back into the groove of balancing school, work, and my blog and channel.

Today I've got a brand new video for you!  It's this year's autumn fashion haul and I really think you're going to like it!


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xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

B.E.D.A. Day 30: My Makeup Storage- When There's No Space!

Hello everyone!

This week I was challenged by MakeSpace to show you all how I Store My Stash.  I'll be honest, I almost said no.  I'm currently between living situations with limited space and I was almost ashamed of how my makeup was stored.  But then I realized that space is a luxury!  Not everyone has it, and if you're in a situation like mine maybe this will help you.

This isn't a beautiful vanity, or a spacious closet.  But it's functional, and makes the best out of what I've got!  It's important to realize that's the best we can do sometimes!




The first way I 'store' my makeup is in plain site.  I have all my brushes in one makeup bag, and my everyday makeup in another (see my video for the exact contents).  This just goes in the bathroom that I share on my side of the sink so that I have easy access to it every single day.

The other makeup I have with me goes in one of two places.


These drawers from Walmart have been a lifesaver.  I use the top two drawers for makeup and beauty products and the bottom three for clothes.  I have two of these in my apartment, but I could only take one with me.  I used to have a whole set dedicated to JUST makeup and beauty, but I had to pare down big time.



The pieces of makeup in these drawers are either new products I'm testing out, or things I tend to reach for once a week, but not every day.  I like having options, what can I say!  Right now I've got base products at the back, and then powders and eye products in the middle.  I keep all of my larger lip products in a red leather case so they don't get lost.  The lipsticks go on the top of the drawer set in a clear acrylic lipstick holder, which is probably the best piece of storage I can suggest to you.  Keeping lipstick organized can be such a chore, so this helps a lot.


The other place I keep the makeup items I rarely reach for is in this big 3-section zippered storage bag.  These are usually used for travel, but because of my limited space situation I had to commandeer it for a new purpose!  This is great because it has the makeup items that I occasionally do need, but don't reach for every day.  I keep all of my extra foundations in there, so I can always have the perfect finish but without it taking up the limited space I have in the makeup drawers.  Then I just pop this wherever I happen to have a little bit of space!   It even rolls up, although I tend to store it flat.

Now, I can hear followers of my blog saying, "I know you have more makeup than THAT!" and you would be right.  I have about a third of my makeup in storage right now, packed away in boxes until I move into my new place.  When I was moving, I didn't know about MakeSpace, but when they sent me this challenge, I wanted to know more about them and I seriously wish I could have used their self-storage services when I was moving.  They will pick up your stuff, store it for you, AND bring it back to you whenever you like!  Bonus: they are incredibly affordable.  Go check out their website!

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to let me know in the comments how YOU store your makeup stash!  And I will be doing a 'follow up' post of sorts to this when I finally move into my new (bigger) place, so stay tuned for that!

xoxo
Laura

Monday, 29 August 2016

B.E.D.A. Day 29: How I Get My Skin in Shape FAST with 5 Products and a Few Simple Rules

Hello everyone!

All my life I've obsessed over how my skin looks.  I pick at every little imperfection to the point of insanity.  I've scarred my forehead and several spots on my cheeks from picking zits incessantly.

And my skin isn't that bad.  It has never been consistently blemished, I never dealt with serious, persistent acne, I was fairly normal-to-combo for most of the years after puberty.  But having had two parents who both had cystic acne, blemishes were always a concern.

My downfall is laziness and hormones.  I get hormonal breakouts every two weeks or so.  It feels like just as one clears up I get another one, and in my mind these breakouts are a BIG DEAL.  But I really struggle to stick to a routine consistently, my life is too inconsistent for that, and I'm, quite frankly, lazy.

This post is for everyone in a similar situation.  It's for all the girls and boys in high school who hid their faces because they were so self-conscious of their blemishes.  It's for everyone whose hormone betray them, whose lives don't allow them to find consistency, and who just want better skin FAST.  If you know a teenager, maybe show them this post.  Hopefully it can help them in the coming school year.

Step 1
The biggest key to getting better skin fast is to cleanse it.  If I cleanse morning and night with a gentle cleanser for 3 days, my skin immediately responds.  Find a cleanser that works for you.  If my skin is breaking out, I turn to the Cetaphyl Cleanser for oily skin.  If my skin is also flaking, I use the St. Ive's Cleanser.  It has a cream base, so it is fairly hydrating, but granular particles to take off the dead skin and leave my face feeling smooth and soft.

If you wear makeup, I don't think I need to say you should ALWAYS take it off fully before you cleanse.

Step 2
After cleansing, go in with a clarifying toner.  I use The Body Shop's Seaweed toner because it really gets deep into your pores and cleans them out.  This also helps remove any little particles of gunk your cleanser may have missed.

Step 3
Three words:

Tea
Tree
Oil


I've sworn by this for a long time.  I talked about it so much about a year and a half ago that people started getting annoyed.  But this helps exfoliate the skin to keep it healthy and fresh, it has anti-bacterial properties that will stop blemishes in their tracks, and it really works incredibly well.

Step 4
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Moisturize.


It sounds counter-intuitive, like you've cleaned out your pores only to block them again.  But you need to moisturize or your skin will lose its mind.  You need the moisture to keep everything looking perfect.

One more thing...
In order for this to be successful, you need a few days of dedication.  Depending on how bad my skin is, I usually take 3-5 days to get my skin to clear up.  I do all of these steps twice a day, morning and night, and it really does make a fast and noticeable difference to my skin.

I know this won't help those who have cystic acne, or any persistent forms of acne, but for your average teen (or twenty-something!) this could really make a big difference to their skin and confidence.

I hope this can help anyone who feels insecure about their skin.  I know I am, frequently, and it's really hard sometimes!  But just remember that you are more than your skin.  You are a world of knowledge and personality underneath it, and that's what determines your character, not a zit you woke up with this morning.

xoxo
Laura


Sunday, 28 August 2016

B.E.D.A. Day 28: The Ultimate Sephora Wishlist

Hello everyone!

Today I want to chat with you all about my Sephora Wishlist.

Let's be real, we can't always afford what we want when we want it.  I just had to pay tuition, there's no way I can purchase this stuff right now!  But half the fun, really, is looking and swatching, and LUSTING after a product.  It makes it so much sweeter when you can finally buy it.

Here are all the items that are currently on my wishlist from Sephora

1) Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette


GET INTO MY LIFE!

Seriously though, this has become the #1 product on my wish list (it launches right before my birthday too...)

2) Kat Von D Lock It Translucent Powder


I love me a good loose powder.  I used up my last one a while back, and haven't purchased a new one since.  This is nearly $40 but I want to try it SO badly.

3) First Aid Beauty Triple Duty Eye Remedy


Because I'm a sucker for a hydrating under-eye product with concealing and correcting properties.

4) GlamGlow SuperMud Mask


I've had this before and I keep dreaming about when I repurchase this again.  It was a fabulous mask, but the price tag is $$$

5) ABH Liquid Lipsticks


My friend Emalee let me try one of these awhile back and I fell in love.  I love the KVD liquid lippies, but these are so amazing and their are different colours from KVD's line.

And that' my current Sephora wishlist!  Let me know what products you're currently lusting after!

xoxo
Laura