January Favourites

I’m going to be honest, I was so excited to write a January favourites post it was one of the only sure-fire posts I knew I was going to write. I was inspired and ready to write. Then February came along and somehow my brain just forgot about it like ‘nope nothing to see here’. So, this is my long-winded apology for not having a favourites post for a *very* long time.

 I was just using so many of the same things that it felt repetitive. I was in a slump. Mostly why there was/is a lack of new product reviews is just because I’m saving every penny I can for school! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t tried anything at all 😛 I’m out of the slump!

Oh boy, where do I start… The makeup of course! So many new favourites, some I have already spoken about in short reviews so I’ll keep them to the point.

  1. ColourPop Eyeshadow. I treated myself to a little ColourPop haul in early December as I had never tried that brand before. I didn’t really do a haul post since it was such a tiny order and many other bloggers had such wonderful extravagant posts…I just felt that mine might be a bit underwhelming in comparison 😂 However I’m happy to say I’ve tried them and I’m just as impressed as I’d hoped I’d be 😄 These are the 3 Super Shock shadows I was most excited to try! They are in the shades: Fluffy, Sequin and Catnap. After playing with them and getting used to the new consistency I have started sneaking them into any makeup look I can! At first, it threw me off, but I realized some shadows I ordered were glitters (lots of glitters but not as much pigment) and others more pigment and fewer shimmer chunks.

2. Sheet face masks. This might be self-explanatory but look how freaking cute these are! I love a face mask that keeps a mess to a minimal but still delivers results. Mostly it’s just the novelty of putting one on, maybe having a bath, relaxing and then peeling it off to *hopefully* expose softer more vibrant skin.

3. Lush hair masks. Specifically speaking about the hot oil hair treatments that come on a stick. Not only do they serve up amazing nutrition and conditioning for your locks, but they are a great bang for your buck. Just store in an old clean lush pot and use a small amount of hot water to reactivate after storing. I get about 3 – 4 uses out of each, which I consider being an amazing deal. The one I have been loving is called ‘Damaged’ and it is a powerhouse for repairing and hydrating any kind of hair.

4. Total Tease Mascara by Rimmel. I think I’ve raved about this before but this Mascara holds strong as my absolute favourite (next to the Clinique Mascara) and is still going strong. I feel a bit bold saying I do in fact love the synthetic brush and just how short and sturdy the bristles are. It works so well with my eyelashes, grabbing every one! The formula of it is light but you can layer it up for a full look. My absolute favourite part though is that it is NOT waterproof, but will stay on all day with no fallout or anything. Then at night, it washes off so easy with no missing eyelashes.

5. NYX Eyebrow Gel. I was feeling adventurous after my last brow product ran out and saw all the products on the NYX stand calling out my name. I had tried brow pencils, powders and pomade, but never a gel. I have very full brows and I knew I need something pigmented but pliable to work and that’s exactly what delivered. Now the term ‘gel’ threw me off since it’s more of a liquid/soft pomade in my opinion, but I was relieved by the consistency. The colour matches my brows and it stays on strong all day. My only woe is how fast it dries. With that being the only annoyance, it also means that it never smears or budges.

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6. Loreal Colorista Hair colour. I recently had an itch to dye my hair but didn’t want to use any harmful chemicals (which is typically what throws me off of any hair dying) I remembered that I had one bottle of the L’Oréal Colorista still tucked away in my bathroom. I am so impressed by how well it not only dyes my hair but how soft and healthy my hair feels after. The other best part is that it will wash out after 4-8 washes, making it the perfect dye if you don’t want to commit to a colour permanently. The only downside is that it strictly only works on blond or highlighted hair. Anything darker than dirty blonde it will not absorb into the hair at all. On the upside, they sell absolutely everything you would need to lighten your hair and then dye it, and even wash it out if you don’t like the colour!

7. American Eagle Perfume: Live Your Life. Something about this perfume is just perfect to me. I bought it a couple of years ago on holiday, and it is a chameleon for every season, matching perfectly for cold or hot seasons. The smell is almost indescribable to me, but I can say its a sweet yet rich smell. I’m hoping to high heavens that it isn’t discontinued or anything because I use it about 3-4 times a day to freshen up and I will need a refill soon! Not only does the smell remind me of that holiday, but I can wear it no matter what season it is! I classify this as more of a body mist because of the light scent, which is another reason I love it so dearly. I don’t like too strong of scents, but I still want it to last me. Also, what can I say? I love a good perfume with an inspirational quote on the bottle 😛

Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

Has February flown by just as fast for you as it has for me?

~M

Beachy Blond Hair Care 💋

Hello lovely people!

One of my favorite styles of all time in the summer is beachy, sunkissed hair!
The whole look, wearing cut off jeans, a cute T-shirt, and golden locks flowing in the wind.
The only downfall to this look is it takes  a while to achieve it. Actually being out in the sun for hours a day is sometimes not possible. The other option I tried, maybe 2 years ago was the whole lemon juice trend, and we all know how damaging that actually is for your hair.
I would like to personally apologize to my hair for those tragic couple of months back in the day. 
Technically any lightening of your hair is bad, but I found a way to do it without the split ends and the crustiness 😛

Here is my hair color with partial lightening as of tonight .
(Mind you my hair is lightened by hair dye as well as natural sun)

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My favorite product to use that helps along the lightening process is the ‘Casting Sunkiss Healthy Look’ by Loreal. It claims to be ‘sunshine in a bottle’ and I actually agree!
The first time I bought this I was sure I fell into a gimick. But as I kept using it I noticed the difference.
I applied it in sections first for highlights in my hair, then applied all over for a fuller affect.

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First off, it smells like summer, sunscreen and fresh air. Who wouldn’t want their hair to smell like that?
And secondly, it actually does nourish you hair while adding a sunkissed affect to it. 
My other secret weapon with it is using a heat protector if I’m activating it with a hair dryer rather than sunshine. It is so important to protect your lovely locks. (Even if its just a little bit of heat a day it can really add up!)

The heat protector I am using is for colored hair, and it is by AG. It also smells like orange creamsicle, which was an important selling factor for me 😉

Following up the hairdrying, I like to give my hair a good drink, so I am sure to use a hair oil and/or a leave in conditioner. The ones I am using now is the Aveeno Positively Nourishing Leave in Conditioner, and a coconut hair oil by inecto. This just adds a lovely healthy shine to your hair, and a delightful tropical scent.

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That is my full beachy hair care routine! I will be sure to keep you updated on any new discoveries!
As always thank you for reading!

~M

Autumn Lush Order 🎃

Hello lovely people!

If it wasn’t already obvious, I recently had a little Lush shopping spree. Wait did I say little? Maybe a tiny bit lush of a Lush spree than I thought (See what I did there?)  :p

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What can I say! Tis the season for bathing and skin care. Not to mention, nothing gets me in the seasonal spirit like a trip to the Lush store!

Starting from the top left are my skin and hair care purchases!

💋Mask of Magnaminty face mask
💋93,000 Miles shower jelly
💋Shine So Bright split end treatment

All of these smell like a dream and are so soothing to my skin. My MVP, or Most Valued Product of this group so far is the Mask of Magnaminty. It makes my face smooth as a baby and my skin was instantly healthier feeling, and my pores felt much cleaner.

From the bath section starting from the top left we have:
★Shoot for the stars Bath bomb
★ So White bath bomb
★Tisty Tosty bath bomb
★ Lord of Misrule bath bomb
★ Honey Bee bath bomb
★ Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar 🎃
★ Butter Bear bath soak

I am so excited to use these seasonal products and tell you all about them!

What are some of your favorite seasonal Lush products your excited for?
I’m excited to use my sparkly pumpkin!

~M