Blogmas 2018 Day Fourteen: My Favourite Holiday Red Lipsticks

Hi darlings!

Christmas is the perfect time for a red lip. In fact, is wearing any other shade of lipstick at Christmas even acceptable?? JK but no seriously, red lips are iconic during this time of the year. Red is one of my favourite colours so I take full advantage of sporting red lips during this season. I own about a dozen different* shades of red (* my boyfriend will tell you they’re all the same shade but they’re not *eye roll*). But today, I’m sharing with you guys four of my ultimate favourite shades and luckily, they are all drugstore brand/inexpensive! Us cheap gals need to stick together and help each other out, am I right??

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor in Love

This first one has been a staple in my makeup collection since probably my senior year of high school. It’s what I like to call a “fruity” red aka it’s a brighter, more fun shade of red than some of the others in my repertoire. It does give off a bit of a shine, so it’s not fully matte as they claim. And it’s a liquid lipstick which gives it a bonus point in my books however it is one that needs to be blotted a lot once applied as it produces a ton of excess product and is quite transferable. Something to be mindful of. Regardless of that, it stays put for quite some time and I think you could easily get through a night with only one or two freshen-ups. The nice thing is that it’s not at all drying, so if you apply a couple layers, it won’t make your lips disgusting (we’ve all been there…)

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Love Life

I only purchased this lipstick this year but I absolutely knew almost right away that it would become a Christmas season favourite for me. I’m a huge fan of Colourpop’s lipsticks - both liquid and not - and these lippie stixs are wonderful. They’re so easy to apply and it’s hard to make a mess, as the product doesn’t easily smudge during application. Love Life is a beautiful matte lipstick which is described by the website as a “brownish brick red” which I think completely does it justice. I will say, when I was applying this the other night, a piece of it did fall off while I was pressing it (gently) to my lip soooo that was a bummer. Be very careful with this one!!

E.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour in Wine

This is a very similar product to the ColourPop Lippie Stix… In fact, now that I’ve got a good look at both, the packaging looks eerily similar… Anyway, it’s the same concept as the Lippie Stix with a twist-up (plus there’s a hidden sharpener at the bottom of the tube!). In comparison to the Lippie Stix, however, this one is quite drying so I apply it sparingly and try not to reapply as often. It’s a full-coverage matte (do you think I have a type?) and it’s really a gorgeous maroon colour. I think of all of these, this shade suits my skin tone best. It’s really really lovely and SO inexpensive. I think it was about $3 or $4..

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NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels

This will always and forever be my FAVOURITE red lipstick. This is actually my second tube because I completely misplaced my first one… Oops. I remember when the NYX store opened up in Mississauga and I dragged my bf out to the mall to grab my first ever tube of this lipstick in this shade, because every girl was talking about it, and it was completely sold out. For good reason, too. This is a sort-of-matte lipstick. I say sort of because it is very glossy when you first apply it but if you blot it a LOT, it comes out to a much thinner layer that’s still full coverage and quite matte. That’s the way I wear it because I really hate glossy slimy lipstick. It’s such a beautiful bright red shade and festive AF in my opinion!!

What’s your all-time fav holiday red lipstick?

Felicia x

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Blogmas 2018 Day Twelve: Festive Makeup Look

Hello my friends!

For any beauty lover, Christmas is one of the best seasons for experimenting with makeup looks!! If you know me already, I tend to stay on the safe side of the makeup spectrum - all earthy tones and neutrals, all the time. But I do love me a good shimmery shadow every now and then. So Christmas - being the sparkliest season - is one of my favourite times of the year!!

Today I thought that I’d share with you guys my festive Christmas makeup look, which is the makeup I wore to my family & friends Christmas party and will likely wear to my family dinners/celebrations as well. I hope you guys enjoy and get some inspo for your own holiday beauty looks!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation

To start my makeup look, I use a Beauty Blender to apply the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation. This one’s a bit too light for my skin, but with powder and a good blend, luckily I can make it work haha. This is a great full coverage foundation and the perfect base for a full makeup look like this one.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

The past few months, I’ve been switching up my concealer a lot but my recent go-to has been this Instant Age Rewind under-eye concealer. It really highlights my under-eye area and hides any bags (which I’ve certainly got a lot of, seeing as it’s exam season!!). I’ll also use this to highlight other areas of my face!

E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit

For my eyebrows, I used - as usual - the cream side of the Elf Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit in “Medium.” This is my go-to eyebrow kit and I am so so sad that I’ve already hit pan, but luckily this is a really inexpensive product so I don’t have to worry about it too much. I very rarely touch the power side of this kit at all, which you can see lol. Instead I just dip an angled brush into the cream and slowly build it up in my brows to create a perfectly bold brow. Then I use the spoolie end of the brush to disperse the product and make it look more natural!

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Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

To start off my eyeshadow, I used a mixture of the colours “Journey” and “Ember” from the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette. I love the natural but beautiful shades of this palette, and it’s really lovely how they can be used for so many different purposes. I blend these two shades together into my crease to create a neutral but smokey affect to my makeup look.

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Too Faced Natural Love Palette

For a sparkly touch to my festive eye look, I blended the gold shades “Honey Pot” and “Fairy Tale” from the Natural Love palette together to create the ultimate shimmery shadow. It’s an intense gold my friends. If you want to attempt this but don’t have a steady hand, I’d recommend doing your foundation after eyeshadow, as it can create a bit of a sparkly mess. Once it’s on, you can easily wipe any excess away so it comes out more subtle (which is what I prefer - if you want a big-bang sparkle, then go for it girl!!)

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

You probably know by now that one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time is none other than the fabulous Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. Ugh it’s complete heaven. For this look, I only used the shimmery cream shade “Nectar,” which I used to highlight my brow bone. I really like how this looks under my eyebrows, it gives them a nice pop and I think it just completes the look!!

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Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner

This is perhaps my favourite liquid eyeliner of all time!! Liquid liner is sooo difficult to work with honestly. But this one makes it a bit less of a hassle. It’s the perfect shade of black - I like the blackest black shade for my liner. It’s really easy to handle and doesn’t come off too quickly at all. For this look, I just gave myself a bit of a cat-eye liner.

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit

I’ve been using this contour kit for ages now on my more dramatic makeup looks and I love it!! I use the contour shade (the pan on the far left) and blend that in under my cheekbones to make them stand out!

L’Oreal True Match Blush

This is one of my favourite blushes! It’s so subtle but so pretty. I like my blush to just give me a bit of colour to my cheeks, but not be too overpowering, and this does exactly what I want it to do! I just pop a bit of this onto the apples of my cheeks ~as you do~ and voila!

Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder

I’ve raved about how much I love this bad boy for about a year now and here I am, raving about it once again. It’s so lovely on the skin!! I use it after my contour and blush to smooth out any harsh lines and just give a more natural look to my face makeup.

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

I love love love love this highlighter!! One of the best drugstore highlighters I’ve yet to come across. I just pop this onto my cheekbones, my chin, my cupid’s bow and the tip of my nose. Blend it in a bit. And then I’m shimmery all night long. I’ve been using the shade Molten Gold for about 4 months now and I think that I’ll go back to the store and grab the Rose Gold one sometime soon because I love it that much.

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And this is what it all comes out to!! A very natural, but festive and shimmery look! It’s hard to see in the lighting the highlighter haha but I swear it’s there ;) It’s a really wearable look for the Christmas season!!

What’s your go-to festive makeup look?

Felicia x

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Blogmas 2018 Day Ten: How I Decorate For Christmas

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Decorating in the Tarantino house is a huge part of Christmas. We don’t take it lightly whatsoever.

I truly believe that Christmas doesn’t begin until the decorations are up. And, luckily for me, we put the decorations up quite early in the season (Aka November 1st haha). I just think the house looks so much lovelier with festive decor around. When January comes around and we take everything down, the house looks so bare and sad for awhile!

When we moved into our new house last year, we realized just how much space we had for Christmas decorating. I think I mentioned this last year, but our last house - although it was a tad bigger - was hard to decorate because it had small rooms and everything was quite closed off. Our new house is more open-concept than the last, so there’s a lot more room for decorations! Every year, we add a little bit more to our decorations!

We have a whopping total of three Christmas trees, believe it or not. Our first tree is up in the front room of our house, where we have a really large window looking out into our court. Since it’s on display, this is more of a decorative tree than a functional or personal tree. We decided to go with a white tree because I always thought they were so stylish and cool, and it looks lovely with all the multi-coloured gold, silver, and rose gold ornaments!

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Our second tree is in the family room of our house and it’s our “family tree.” It’s a display of all of the ornaments we’ve collected over the years, the ones that mean something to us. Each of my family members - my mum, my dad, me, my grandfather, my grandma, and my boyfriend - have an ornament with our names on them. One of my personal fav ornaments on this tree was actually one I bought this past year. It’s a turquoise ornament with tap shoes that says I Love Tap on it. I’ve been looking for a Tap ornament for about 13 years, since I started taking lessons when I was 7. I FINALLY came across one on my visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the spring and was sooo happy!!

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Lastly, but perhaps best of all, is our Disney tree!! Yes, you read that right. We have a tree completely decked out in Disney ornaments. About 99% of these came from the Parks, but there were a few that we owned prior to starting this tree that were just from the Disney Store. It’s got ornaments for each WDW park, our favourite characters, our beloved lost attractions (RIP Wishes & Great Movie Ride), and just some cute reminders of our favourite place! I love the one that looks like a Minnie bauble as a Rockette - it’s made to look like the decorations in the storefronts at Hollywood Studios, which I absolutely love!

For years and years, I’ve been helping my mum put together her Christmas village which is one of our family’s long-standing traditions. We’ve had these little North Pole houses and shops from Kirkland for probably as long as I’ve been alive, if not longer. Last year, we added on a little bridge decoration which we found at Michaels. It reminded us a lot of our town’s 100-year-old bridge so we thought we’d add it in to commemorate our first Christmas in town! Although it’s often a pain to put together (the little people just won’t stand straight!!!) I think it always comes out looking so so cute.

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Finally, we’ve got our little mantle set-up. In our last house, our fireplace mantle was more of a ledge than anything else. It held some photo frames and at Christmas, maybe a little ornament, but not much else. This one is bloody massive!! So much potential. The main piece is this Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas sign from Michaels which I just had to have as soon as I saw it.

What’s your favourite Christmas decoration in your house?

Felicia x

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Blogmas 2018 Day Two: December Bucket List

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Welcome to Blogmas Day 2!

I’m a list-maker. I feel like making lists is extremely therapeutic, not to mention extremely useful. I make lists for everything. What I need to do in a day or in a week, shopping lists, reading lists, so on and so forth. One of the best lists to make, at least for me, are bucket lists! Of course, the whole idea of bucket lists are super morbid (kick the bucket… like really??) but I don’t take it that way. I see bucket lists more as a list of things I absolutely would love to do!

I first came across the idea of doing a monthly bucket list on Pinterest. I thought I’d give it a try and what better time to do it than in December, when all the Christmas festivities are in full action! December is one of my favourite months as it’s (in my opinion) the coziest month. Everything is so lovely and serene, and everyone’s in the mood to be merry! So without further ado, here’s my December bucket list!

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1. Read a holiday-themed book.

2. Have a holiday film day.

3. Send out my Christmas cards (on time!!)

4. Do some holiday baking.

5. Visit a Christmas market.

6. Decorate a gingerbread house.

7. Light the perfect Christmas candle.

8. Get all my Christmas shopping done.

9. Make s’mores.

10. Get a Christmas-inspired manicure.

11. Have a holiday drink at Starbucks.

12. Rock a red lip.

13. Take a walk in the snow.

14. Have breakfast for dinner.

15. Do a random act of kindness.

16. Try a new hobby.

17. Have a Harry Potter film marathon (because why not?)

18. Build a snowman.

19. Try my hand at creating a festive holiday cocktail.

20. Add a new piece to my Christmas decor.

21. Watch my town’s Santa Claus parade.

22. Make the perfect cup of hot cocoa.

23. Brave the mall for some holiday shopping.

24. Have coffee with a friend.

25. Have a soak in the hot tub.

See you all again tomorrow!

Felicia x

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Introducing... Blogmas 2018

The white lights are glowing…The trees are up and decorated…The smell of gingerbread is hanging in the air…

You know what that means. It must be Christmas!!

Tomorrow is the first day of December my darlings! And with that comes the start of a very special blogging tradition that I am extremely excited to say that I will be taking part in this year: Blogmas!

For many, many years, I’ve watched bloggers and youtubers alike doing Blogmas, starting with Zoella all the way back in 2012-2013. I’ve always loved the idea of Blogmas because I feel like it’s a way to not only celebrate the holidays as a community, but also to keep the festive feeling going throughout the season. I really think that Christmas is a holiday that is best spent with other people. But as bloggers can be scattered across the country, or even the globe, it’s nice that Blogmas gives us a way to come together and celebrate as a group!

If you haven’t heard of Blogmas before, I’ll give a little bit of a rundown. Essentially, it’s a post per day for 25 days, starting December 1. The posts can be Christmas or even winter themed. Anything that makes you feel festive or will put other people in the Christmas spirit. Although it’s so much fun, it’s also a ton of work which is why I haven’t attempted it before this year. I really hope that I can make it work while also preparing for my fall finals but if it does work out, I’ll definitely try to make this a new yearly tradition!

My very first post will be posted tomorrow morning at 10am, and the others will follow the same schedule.

I cannot wait to start uploading my posts! I’ll keep an updated list of all the links to my Blogmas posts here, as a quick and easy reference guide for readers (that’s you!)

See you tomorrow :)

Felicia x

P.s. If any of you guys are taking part in Blogmas, leave your blog URLs down in the comments. I’d love to follow along your own journeys this Christmas season!

~*~ BLOGMAS POSTS ~*~

Day One - The Christmas Tag

Day Two - December Bucket List

Day Three - My Favourite Christmas Films

Day Four - Tips for Christmas Shopping

Day Five - My Favourite Disney World Holiday Traditions

Day Six - Things I Love About the Holidays

Day Seven - Christmas Playlist

Day Eight - 10 Stocking Stuffers

Day Nine - Winter Skincare Routine

Day Ten - How I Decorate For Christmas