Spring Makeup Look

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Hello lovelies!! Things have been crazy lately, which is why I haven't been posting so much. I know that I'm constantly saying "I'm so busy, pls forgive me!!" but honestly, I have been. It's all about finding that balance between life and blogging, y'know?

Spring has been coming around here, slowly but surely. Last week, we were having some lovely weather, like 14C-18C, which is great for spring here. But next week we're apparently set to have some really nice weather, more like 20C to even 26C, which is veryy exciting! I'm hoping to maybe shoot and post a spring lookbook sort of post sometime next week (weather permitting - fingers crossed!), so look out for that!! :)

For now, I thought I'd write up a post talking about my typical spring makeup look.

Jumping right in. I always start off with my eyebrows for some reason haha. I've been using the E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit for about a year now and I'm obsessed. I totally ignore the powder side (lol) and instead use the cream to just fill in the sparse bits of my brows with an angled brush, then I run a spoolie brush through them to disperse the product. The cream is really long-lasting and stays in place, whereas other cream brow products tend to shift on your face which is a no-no.

Next up, I prime my face. I much prefer cream-based primers as opposed to sprays. One of my fav cream primers is the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Face Primer (phew, whatta mouthful). Before I apply any face makeup, I just apply this to my entire face, rubbing it all in until it's absorbed. This one, in particular, makes for a really dewy makeup look, which I love for the spring and summer seasons.

Moving on from face, for now, I move onto eye products. I've been really loving the E.l.f. Cosmetics Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette (which is now being called the "Mad for Matte Nude Bloom" palette). I love the warm tones of this palette, especially the burnt-orange shade and the pink-y sort of shades. I take that burnt-orange and blend it into my crease, then blend a bit of the dark brown into the outer v. I finish it all off with that pink shade on my lid. Once I've finished with the shadows, I go for a thin cat-eye with my Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I used to do cat-eye looks all the time in high school, but stopped for awhile, and now I'm back doing it again I guess! Haha.

While I let my liner dry a bit, I go onto my face. I've been using the Rimmel London 25hr Breathable Foundation for the past couple months, which I reviewed here. I blend that all over my face with a blending sponge - I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - and then I cover up all my spots and such with the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. Once I've finished up with all that, I go in with a bit of bronzer and blush - for bronzer, lately I've been getting a lot of use out of my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer which I've had for ages, and for blush, I use my fav E.l.f. Cosmetics Candid Coral Blush which I'm sure I've talked about before. After, I brush on some Too Faced Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder so soften the harshness of my blush and bronzer. And I pop on some E.l.f. Cosmetics Shimmer in Gold on my cheekbones and Cupid's bow.

Going back to my eyes, I like to brush a bit of that orange-y shade from before just under my eyes, with a thin angled brush just to add some depth to the look. Then I go in with an eyelash curler and finish up with a coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. 

And that's it! Here's the final look...

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(Don't mind my bangs as they seriously need to be trimmed, haha) So there ya have it. Very simple to do, doesn't take very long at all, and it's a bright look for spring!

Happy last day of April y'all! 

Felicia x

November Favourites

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Hello everybody! As it we are now in the first official week of December, I've got a November favourites post for you all today.

The very first thing that I've been loving this month, which is a very new addition to my beauty product collection, is the L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. I've been loving this shampoo. In the winter time, my scalp gets very dried out, which gets only worse with product use. I've been on the hunt lately for scalp-friendly shampoos and came across this in the shop the other day. The idea here is that this shampoo deep-cleanses your roots so that your scalp doesn't get oily which as a result stops you from overwashing which dries out your hair. I did find that this shampoo kept its promises for me and my scalp definitely felt cleaner post-use than it did after using other shampoos. I'd also like to mention that this is the first shampoo that left my hair tangle-free post-wash, which I love.

I recently picked up the Essie "With the Band" Nail Polish at my local drugstore. I love a classic red nail but I wanted something that strayed a bit from the typical bright red shade I use. Which is exactly what "With the Band" is. It's hard for me to describe the shade exactly so I looked at the site and they describe it as a toasted spice burgundy, which I believe is the best description of it. I love this colour so so much. It's beautiful and personally, I think it compliments my skin tone nicely. The one thing I will say, which I find with all Essie nail polishes, is that it requires a top coat in order to keep it from chipping off. It does chip quite easily, so you'd need to be cautious of that.

The next item is one I mentioned in a Friday Thoughts post awhile back: the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in "Rose Gold". I was kinda skeptical at first at how well this product would work but I was genuinely so amazed. It feels very strange to apply, as it's essentially a lip gloss tube and applicator that you put on your eyes.... But the result is lovely. It's a very shimmery, beautiful pinky shade. I find it looks particularly nice as a final touch to a pink/berry eye look. I look forward to experimenting more with this bad boy and seeing what other looks I can create with it.

It's kind of odd that I haven't mentioned this product already before, as I've been using it for a couple months now and I've even had to repurchase it already. It's the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. I've had a few bad experiences with cakey concealers prior to this one (I'm shuddering just thinking about them haha) so when I came across this one and tried it out, I was so relieved. It does an incredible job of hiding undereye circles, as well as masking the horrid acne scarring I've been trying to hide for a while now. It's very easy to blend and it doesn't come off looking very pale or cakey.

I know I've already mentioned this product in a post this month and I'm sure I'll mention it again after this, but I just had to include the Lush Sleepy Lotion in my favourites post. I know this is known to be a hit-or-miss product, but it was a definite hit for me. I have horrible re-occurring insomnia, especially lately - I'm talking staying up until three, four, even five o'clock in the morning because I can't sleep. I've tried a bunch of different things including Melatonin, different pillows, darker room, reading before bed, etc. Some have worked better than others, but this lotion has made a major improvement to the dilemma. On top of its magical sleep-inducing qualities, it has a lovely yet subtle scent and it is very hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus especially for the winter months upon us.

Another product I've mentioned recently that was worth re-mentioning is the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray. As you may or may not know, I do suffer from anxiety and that majorly impacts a lot of areas of my life but specifically my sleeping patterns. I've found that spritzing this spray in my room, above my bed where I'll definitely catch a whiff of it, has really helped my anxiety lately. It calms me down enough that I can actually have a chance at falling asleep (this is the part where the Sleepy lotion takes over!). At first, I was a bit iffy on the eucalyptus and spearmint scent, but I've actually come to really like it. I also have a candle of the same brand and scent that I love just as much as this spray.

Steering away from beauty-related favourites, the last thing I've been loving this month is the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. 500 Days of Summer has one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. It has songs by Hall and Oates, The Smiths, Simon and Garfunkel.... all some of my favourite bands. There's not one song on the soundtrack that I don't enjoy. I've been listening to it often this month and I've been loving it so much that I actually purchased it on vinyl this week! I cannot wait to receive the record in the mail :) My favourite song off the album has probably got to be "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths because it's one of my all-time favourite songs.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

Bedside Essentials

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I'm a total night owl. Waking up in the morning for me is absolute hell, but that's probably because I'm up until 3-4am the night before. It takes soo much to get me to fall asleep at a decent time so when I find out I have to be up super early the next morning, I have a whole system to coax me to sleep. With this comes a collection of products/items that I cannot live without, which permanently reside on my bedside table.

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A book

If I'm having trouble falling asleep, one of the only things that can help me get tired. (On the other hand, I also sometimes stay up all night to finish a book... but anyway). Currently, I'm reading All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven at night. I can only read young adults novels at night. I find any other genre keeps me wired, as I'm too enthralled in the novel.

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Nighttime Face Cream

Nighttime skincare is so important as I'm sure you know and I'm sure I've said about a billion times. I have been using the e.l.f Nourishing Night Cream since the beginning of the summer and it feels so lovely on. The scent is also very relaxing which def helps me calm down at night.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray

This is more aimed towards stress/anxiety, but I find it is also very soothing and useful for the issue of insomnia. You just spray two bursts of this in your room, perhaps over your bedding, and let it work it's magic. It seriously does wonders for me.

Lush Sleepy Lotion

This is a new purchase for me but it definitely deserves to be on this list. I've only used it once but I'm already super impressed. You've probably heard already heard of this lovely product and the rave reviews it's gotten from people with insomnia, anxiety, and chronic illnesses. It works so quickly to help you sleep naturally. Not to mention it makes your skin feel so freaking soft. Thank you, Lush!!

What essentials do you keep close to your bed?

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts: Busy, Busy, Busy

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Happy (sorta) Friday everybody! I know, it's technically Saturday by the time I publish this post and I'm so sorry for it. I'm also terribly sorry for the lack of a post yesterday. Seems I've been far busier this week than I imagined I'd be. But, as they say, better late than never! Without further ado, here is my weekly update.

  • This week, I saw The Holiday for the very first time and I immediately wondered, "Why the hell have I not watched this before?!". I am a total sucker for young Jude Law and Kate Winslet is one of my fave actresses, so it was a perfect film for me. I will definitely be adding it to my Christmas film repertoire.
  • After many weeks of barely reading, I finally felt the first urge in a long time to dive into a novel and I read an entire novel in less than 24 hours. It felt soo good. The book in question was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, a beloved author of mine. It was so witty and spectacular and adorable. Just the thing to get me out of my reading funk.
  • I had never considered the idea of a liquid eyeshadow before, save for the creamy-liquid eyeshadow I owned when I was a young girl (I think it was Mary-Kate and Ashley brand?). But when I stumbled upon the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow at the beginning of this week, I had to give it a go. Liquid eyeshadow? Bizarre, right? But I actually kind of love it? It is ridiculously easy to apply, cutting down my eyeshadow application time to a bare minimum which I love. Plus, the rose gold shade is gorgeous. And it's super inexpensive. Total win.
  • Finally, after a long time of disappointment, one of my favourite Christmas songs was re-released on Spotify and it was the greatest surprise ever. In case you're wondering, it's the Sleeping At Last cover of the Love Actually classic, "Christmas Is All Around". It's the kind of song that makes me want to drink peppermint hot cocoa in front of a fire, with the Christmas tree lit and garland hanging from all over.
  • NaNoWriMo is not going as planned... I'm desperately behind in terms of my daily word count goal and it doesn't appear that I'll be able to meet the deadline. But somehow I'm not disappointed? I feel like this challenge has given me the opportunity to really get serious with my writing, so at least something is coming out of it.
  • The holiday season is upon us! And with it, the busiest time of year for me. Starting Monday, I'm entering a crazy busy schedule. It seems that every few days, I've got plans. Town events, family activities, movies to see (more on that), company coming over, etcetera etcetera etcetera... I'll barely have time to catch my breath!
  • Speaking of movies, I have quite the line-up of movies to see in theatres during the next couple months. Murder on the Orient Express, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Love Actually, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I'm jam-packed with movies but I am sooooooo excited for it all. I love seeing films in the theatre. It's such a fun feeling.

Hopefully, despite my busy schedule next week, I'll be able to stick to my blog post and get out 3 proper posts. I wish you all a very lovely weekend and will see you back here on Tuesday :)

Song of the week: Midnight Train - Sam Smith

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Autumn Berry Makeup Look

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Happy Halloween everybody!! Whether you're spending the holiday at a costume party, or sitting at home eating sweets, I hope you have a great night! Myself and my family will be handing out candy to the kids in our neighbourhood while eating chocolates and watching films. Today I want to do a quick post, going over one of my favourite autumn makeup looks. It's a berry/rosy kinda look, which is very flattering but also ever-so-simple to replicate, especially if you're rushing off in the morning to work or to class.

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To prep my face, I use theAveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, after washing my face with either the Olay Clearly Clean Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Scrub or the Olay Deeply Clean Mineral Face Cleanser. Once my face is prepped, I go in with the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, basically anywhere that I need to conceal any redness or blemishes. I blend that out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush and then move onto my eyebrows.

For my eyebrows, I've lately been using the e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit with the e.l.f. Eyebrow Duo Brush. I use light strokes, following the shape of my eyebrows and the directions of my eyebrow hairs, and then I brush the product through with the little spoolie. Once I've finished, I go back in with the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer and apply it below and above my eyebrows, blending it out with a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.

For my eyes, I've been using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette a lot recently, as I think the colours are very autumnal. I blend the colour Honey Butter, which is a neutral pink, in my crease - then I blend the burgundy-coloured Makeup & Chill into the outer corner of each eye. I finish off with applying Honeymoon all over my lid to give my eye that extra pop. If I have time, I'll do a cat-eye flick with my eyeliner, using the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Waterproof Eyeliner. Once I've finished my eyeliner, I complete the look with my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara on my upper lashes.

For my face, I use the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, which I apply all over my face using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I set my foundation with Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder, and then apply the contour shade of the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit to the contours of my cheeks. Lastly, I apply Dripping in Gold from the Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Glow Kit to my cheekbones.

The very last step is applying my lipstick. I typically opt for the Colourpop's Lovebug Ultra Matte Lip, as it's a perfect burgundy shade for this season, and for this look.

Felicia x