Sunday, 31 July 2016

B.E.D.A.'s Back for 2016!

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to announce that once again I will be blogging every single day throughout the month of August!  I have done this in 2014 and 2015 and it always goes over well, plus I love the challenge of putting out a new post or video for 31 days.

This year, videos will be going up on Mondays and Fridays (and I will post links on my blog as per usual) and the other 5 days of the week will be posts.  There will be tutorials, reviews, some fashion, and some lifestyle posts, and anything you recommend I will also try to do!

If you're interested, please check out the posts from August 2014 and August 2015, you can find them easily in the sidebar on the right side of your screen!  And as always, leave me a comment saying what you would like to see this month!

Love you lots!
Laura

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

BOSSYPANTS: Babbling Book Reviews

Hello everyone!


I haven't read something in a long time that made me feel the way Tina Fey's Bossypants did.

I love Tina Fey.  I think she is a wonderful person, a champion of women, and the most hilarious person.  I binge-watched 30 Rock, and I adore anything she's ever done (hello, Mean Girls!).

So Bossypants had been on my to-read list for a long time.  And I read it in 24 hours, no lie.

It's just So. Damn. Funny.

Injected with her usual wit, Bossypants reads like a self-help autobiography in which you truly feel like you are having a conversation with the author.  She covers everything, from her childhood, to motherhood, to being a woman in a man's world.  And yes, those infamous Sarah Palin sketches are included too!

I laughed with every page I read.  Sometimes I laughed so hard I cried.  I loved this so much I risked motion-sickness and read it in the car (I wasn't driving, don't worry).  It warmed my heart and made my stomach hurt from laughter, and really, what more could you want?

I'm loaning this to my mom next, and my boyfriend is reading it after that.  But there are lots of copies at public libraries and bookstores around the world if you're interested in giving it a read!

xoxo
Laura

Monday, 25 July 2016

My Summer Signature Scent: Holland Park

Hi everyone!

I'm not much of a perfume gal, I have to be honest.  I have owned one real perfume in my life, and that's pretty much it.  But when my beloved Pink by Lily Bermuda ran out, I decided to look for something similar.

Finally, I found 'the one'.


This perfume is from Anthropologie.  It's their Royal Apothic eau de parfum in the scent Holland Park.  I bought the 14mL bottle and it cost me $16 (the full size is $42).

This is a floral scent with top notes of magnolia, middle notes of orange blosson, and bottom notes of white musk.  I have scent sensitivities, but this doesn't bother me at all.  And although this says it's floral, I find it very fresh and crisp, not cloying.

If you have a store near you, I highly recommend checking it out.  Anyone who lives near Toronto can go to the store on Queen Street!

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Nails Of The Week: Blue Me Away!

Hello everyone!

Last year I did a series where each week I posted about which nail polish I was wearing and gave a little review.  You guys seemed to like it, so I thought I would bring it back!

I only really paint my nails in the summer, I'm not sure why.  I MUST have paint on my toes (I hate my feet), so I definitely get more into pedicures from May to September.


This week, I slapped a few coats of the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in Blue Me Away! on my toes.  It's a beautiful true blue shade.  This polish line is great because it is inexpensive, but goes on smooth and even.  I find it lasts about 3 days on my finger nails, but over a week on my toes.

You can find these pretty much anywhere, but I tend to get mine from Walmart.  I have about 15 shades from this line and I love them all.

xoxo
Laura

Monday, 18 July 2016

Babbling Book Reviews: The Birth House

Hello everyone!


I've been back to reading with a voracious appetite, and I recently stumbled across this book.  "The Birth House" was Ami McKay's debut novel, and what a fabulous way to make an entrance into the world of authorship!

This heartwarming, empowering story of a midwife during the WWI era is a story of struggle and empowerment.  It highlights the struggle of midwife against doctor, woman against man, and those who are different against those who judge them.  It is heartwarming, it is empowering, it bring joys and it brings sadness.  I can't recommend it enough.  You will cheer for Dora as she makes her way through the novel.

What makes this book so good is its authenticity.  It utilizes real places, real social issues, and real scenarios to bring a sense of realness to the plot.

If you are interested in reading "The Birth House", it's one I would highly recommend.

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Wet 'n' Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette REVIEW!

Hello everyone!


I recently picked up this highlighting palette from Wet n Wild and was so excited to try it out and review it for you!  I've heard a lot about this, but I wanted to put it to the test myself.


The price on this is fabulous.  It's $8 (CAN) for this HUGE pan.  There's 11.5 grams of product in there, and if that doesn't mean anything to you, the pan is larger than my palm.


I have the 320 Catwalk Pink palette.  There are 4 colours in this palette that can be used individually or worn together.  There's a buttery light gold shade, an icy pink, a darker rose shade, and a bronze shade.


My very first impression of this when I swatched it was "OH SHIT, IT'S GLITTER."  However, in using it I've noticed that the glitter is very visible in the swatches but not on the face.  My favourite way to apply this is with a fan brush.  I drag the brush through all four colours to mix them together, tap off excess, and hit the very tops of my cheekbones.  I look so glowy and illuminated, but I don't look like I slapped glitter on my face.


As I said, I've been mixing all of the shades together when I wear this, but there's no reason you can't use individual shades.  I think I'll use the rose shade as a blush topper, and the buttery gold/icy pink will be perfect for when I'm pale in winter.  Right now I'm tanned and can get away with using the bronze shade, but I know it's not an all-seasons colour for me.  I like that this palette is quite versatile in these ways. And if you don't think you'll ever use it up as just a highlight, I've used it as eye shadow as well and it's gorgeous.

I'd definitely recommend this palette.  I think the effect it gives rivals high-end highlighters.  It's not subtle, it's very in-your-face when you put it on, but for a glow-lover this is 100% the drugstore affordable option you're looking for.

xoxo
Laura

Monday, 11 July 2016

O.O.T.D.: Casual Stripes

Hello everyone!

Here's a recent outfit of the day for you!  I'm thinking about doing "My Week in Outfits" type videos on my channel, so please let me know if you would watch that!

The lake is reflected in my sunglasses and I LOVE it.
 As you can tell, my style is pretty relaxed.  I love a good pair of jeans!


Shirt: Zara
Jeans: Levi
Boots: Roxy



I hate posing so I made a weird face instead.  Typical.
Sunglasses: American Eagle
Watch: Etsy


At the end of the day, this is super comfy.  I don't want to be uncomfortable in the clothes I wear!  The shirt is soft and loose, and the jeans are perfectly broken in.  I can wear the shoes all day and my feet will never hurt.  My trademark 'quirk' is there, but I still look put together.  It's an outfit I really love.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments if you would read more like this!

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

My Summer Reading List

Hello everyone!

As an avid reader, summer is my time to devour as many books as possible.  Interested in seeing what's first on my list? Read on!


Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
This is just one of those books everyone should read at some point (at least according to my mother).  This has been on my list for years, ad I'm going to tackle it this summer.

The Music Lesson by Victor L. Wooten
My roommate Brit gave this to her boyfriend as a gift, and he graciously let me borrow it.  I teach music, and I think there will be some good tips in this that will make me a better teacher.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Yes, this is a kid's book.  I have the whole series, I have for almmost 10 years, but I have never read them.  I can't wait to read these, I think they'll provide some lighter reading inbetween some of the heavier books I've picked.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Speaking of heavy reading...  Everyone has read this book so I know it will be great.  I just can't believe I've never read this until now!

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Another one my mom recommended.  She loves Margaret Atwood, and the woman is truly a Canadian treasure.

Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships by Eric Shanower
My cousin gave the whole series of these to me for Christmas.  I don't normally read graphic novels, but this series incorporates Greek mythology, which I love.  I'll start with this one, the first in the series, and go from there!

Wish me luck in tackling these titles!  Honestly, I better read more than this, I could read these in two weeks ;)

xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Hair-Raising Journey: 30 Days of The L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner

Hello everyone!

I have the most dry, damaged, frizzy hair.  There, I've said it.  It's been like that ever since I can remember, but it got particularly bad after I lightened my hair a couple of summers ago.

I've been trying so hard to manage it, but I recently bought a product that I'm hoping will fix it.   I've tried out the L'Oreal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner for a full 30 days, and chronicled my experiences, so read on to see if this might be for you!

(Side note: I wash my hair every 3rd day or so, so in these 30 days I've washed it approximately 10 times.)


What does it promise?
- repair the 5 signs of damaged hair
- rebuild and mend hair fibres
- restore strength, vitality, shine, and silkiness

Day 1
I noticed right away in the shower that my hair already felt WAY softer after I had shampooed and conditioned.  And that feeling didn't rinse away either.

I let my hair air dry, and didn't notice much of a difference in how it looked (still wavy!) but it did look less poofy at the ends.  For some reason, that's where I get all my volume, probably because it's the most frizzy and damaged at the tips.

Day 2
The next day, I could NOT stop touching my hair.  It was so soft.  Even the ends felt less brittle and looked less damaged.  In addition, there was a noticeable shine to my hair, but not in a greasy way (usually my only shine is oil).

I also sat on the floor for a solid 15 minutes examining my ends because I was 99% sure there were less split ends.  To be determined after a few more days...

Day 3
I was going to wait to do an update, but on Day 3 I saw my boyfriend for the first time since using this and he was like, "WOW YOUR HAIR IS SO SOFT!" Definitely note-worthy.

Also, my hair was still good and didn't need to be washed until Day 4.  Getting 3 days of no grease from my hair is pretty difficult, but this succeeded!

Day 7 (Week 1)
So soft.  My hair is so. Soft.

In addition to the feeling of my hair, I noticed the ends were carrying less weight than they usually do, mostly because they had no frizz so thus less volume.  I very much appreciated my hair looking less triangular!

I also felt like their was less breakage happening on my ends.  To be determined...

Day 14 (Week 2)
My hair is noticeably better.  There are definitely less split ends, my ends are less dry, less brittle, and actually have life to them.  My hair isn't weighed down by dead weight at the ends, and looks so much shinier, healthier, and it looks like it has more life.

This shampoo/conditioner combo is also keeping my hair CLEAN.  Sometimes, I find that my hair and scalp react poorly to a lot of products (i.e. the OGX Coconut Water duo) but my hair hasn't been greasier.  If anything, my washes last longer!

Day 21 (Week 3)
Honestly, there isn't a lot more to say.  My hair is steadily getting healthier, shinier, and less damaged.

Day 30: One Month Later... 
As you have probably noticed, I LOVE this.  It has made a world of difference to my hair and done everything it promised to do.  My hair is shinier, less damaged, there is less breakage, and it feels so light and bouncy.  The shampoo and conditioning duo doesn't leave my hair greasy, it actually prolongs the life of my washes.  My hair is also less frizzy and the curl has calmed down to look more wavy (and less wild).

One other thing I noticed is that this has made my hair actually grow.  Yes, it's gotten straighter, but it's also grown a full inch and a half as well!  It's crazy how well my hair has responded to this.

I would definitely recommend this product because the results are actually noticeable.  I'm kicking myself for not taking a before photo (I didn't really have much faith in this if I'm being honest).  I will be continuing to use this and repurchasing it when it's gone.

xoxo
Laura

P.S. I liked these two products so much I actually went out and bought the leave-in serum that goes with it.  Watch out for it in a favourites to see if I like