Not your average beauty blogger. Beauty by Catherine is run by Catherine who is a 21 year old student in Ontario, Canada. She is currently working on getting her BAH in Psychology and Media Studies. She loves cats, mascara, traveling, tea, and fashion. This blog is for her makeup addiction, plus size closet, and other random things.
Hello my lovely people! Long time no talk. Why haven’t I posted in months? School, work, and life. However, I really wanted to share some holiday gift guides for the people on your list. I tried to keep the price range on these gifts to average-ish (aka very little designer products).
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Let’s talk about mascaras. I’ve always been someone who loves voluminous lashes, but I’m not willing to pay $30+ for a mascara that would give me this effect. So when I was offered to review Givenchy’s new Noir Interdit mascara I was a little hesitate. It’s $38 which is a little more expensive than I would pay for a mascara, and what if it’s nothing special?
I typically settle on the $5-$8 ones from the drugstore, because I always believed they pretty much did the exact same thing. Although, the past few months I’ve been living off of the mascara samples. It allowed me to try new mascaras without the pressure from the price tag. There are some that totally blew me away, like the Smashbox X-rated mascara* (I’m definitely going to be buying the full size of that), and others that were a huge disappoint (Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes*).
So I came to the conclusion you can’t assume that a more expensive mascara will give you the results you want, sometimes drugstore mascaras are just as good, but there are times when paying $30 for a mascara is totally worth it. And this is one of those times.
Givenchy released this unique bendable mascara wand, which can bend to 90 degrees. From my understanding, I don’t think anyone has made a similar product yet. I’m not going to lie it was a little different using the wand at first, but I didn’t notice a huge difference in the application. Having the wand bent was surprisingly helpful when I applied the mascara to my bottom lashes. I don’t know if I have more control with this design, but I didn’t have any smudged mascara around my lashes. And they looked beautiful.
The mascara claims to give you volume and length, which it totally does. Although I would say it’s a natural look. I personally prefer more dramatic lashes with my mascara and was slightly disappointed with the results. But giving my lashes a second application helped add more volume and length. Overall I would not re-purchase the mascara for two reasons: 1.) I feel like I could achieve the lash look I want with a cheaper mascara (aka the Smashbox mascara), 2.) there’s a perfumey scent which lingers with you for the next hour (I just don’t like the scent).
Despite not wanting to re-purchase the mascara, I would still recommend the mascara to someone who is in the market for a high end mascara and isn’t used to dramatic lashes. My lashes didn’t clump at all, which really surprised me. So I could see people loving this mascara.
Have you tried this mascara out?
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**I was gifted this mascara to try out and share my thoughts
I think I’ve tried to write this out like 10 times, but every time I start typing I get overwhelmed and delete it. There’s no reason for the hesitation, it’s not like I’m about to confess to a crime or something. I just don’t feel confident in the words I’m typing. Which leads me to this post: writer’s block.
I know, it’s paradoxical post because I’m writing about having writer’s block. But my brain is shut off and I’m putting all my trust into my fingers to tell this story. The thing is, I have a million ideas I want to share with all of you I just can’t physically type them out.
It was planned to share a life update with you. There was so much change in May and June, but when I type I ramble on and it doesn’t sound good. So long story short: I moved into an apartment, saw all my roommates graduate (yay them!), and started going to the gym 3 times a week. Doesn’t sound like a lot but I don’t do amazing with change. Watching all my roommates and fellow classmates graduate while I sat in the audience was kinda shitty. It’s not a huge deal to take an extra semester, year, or a few to graduate. I just felt kinda lonely.
My weekends have been filled with hanging out with friends or moving things back into my bedroom (our floors were replaced in May, that’s my cat, Hades, enjoying the new floor in the picture below). My week is filled with working from 9-5 and going to the gym. Which I love both and wouldn’t change anything about that (never thought I would see the day when I could say that I love going to the gym!). I just feel like I have no time to take photos or write a post.
So how did I finally get this post out? Well, a therapist once told to “fake it until you make it”. I was struggling with my social anxiety at the time, and she said that sometimes it’s best to just pretend you’re comfortable in a situation and maybe someday you will be.
So this is me faking it.
I’ve lost the confidence in my writing, so I’m putting myself out there and sharing my writing anyways. And I’m not going to lie, I actually really enjoy just writing what’s on my mind and not caring about anything like grammar (see, I started the sentence with ‘and’) or what people will think, it’s my blog and I think I forgot it was. I was holding myself to high expectations which could be achievable for other people, but aren’t for me.
If you’ve come here because you too have writer’s block then try writing without any expectations or any thought. My English teacher and parents called this ‘word vomit’. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself and do what makes you happy.
STAY IN TOUCH (seriously though, I’m more active on social media than here sometimes)
Oh hey. Long time no talk. Long story short to why you haven’t been seeing me pop up in your inbox with a new post is because I wasn’t motivated to write one. I actually had this post ready to go a few weeks ago, I just couldn’t get myself to write it. Now that summer is literally in a few days (and I’m feeling better) I thought I should finally post my Spring makeup look. Spring has always been a time when I associate makeup with minimal dewy finishes.
PRODUCTS I USED:
THE MAKEUP LOOK:
This spring makeup is hella simple to create. In real life you can see the makeup more (the camera washed me out a bit). Also, it might look like I’m wearing blush, but I’m not. I was having an allergic reaction to my moisturizer (took me forever to figure that out) and I didn’t realize you could see the irritation until I was editing the photos #sensitiveskinlife
On my lips is Velvet Teddy Lipstick from MAC
For the eyes, I used my bronzer (the Too Faced one) in the crease and my highlighter (a highlighter by Tarte that you can’t get anymore) in the middle of my lid. Finally, I used my Smashbox Full Explosion mascara. I only have a sample of this mascara, but I think I’ve gotten the most compliments while I’ve worn it. So I’ll definitely be buying the full size.
Happy Monday my beautiful friends. Today I’m chatting about the Smashbox CC cream. I purchased the product about a week ago, and honestly I haven’t worn it too much. Not because I don’t like it, but I just haven’t been wearing makeup. Which is why I was on the hunt for a product like this. My usual foundation, Urban Decay’s Naked, was on it’s last legs and I was either going to fork over the $50 for a replacement or try out a new product for the same price.
I originally was on the hunt for a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream, but Kaitlyn (who works at Shoppers) suggested I should get a CC cream because of my oily skin. A nice bonus: their lightest shade actually works for my very pale skin. It doesn’t turn yellow over the day and it’s protecting my skin with SPF.
I’m still trying to figure out how to apply the CC cream because I was originally putting the product onto my face with my fingers and then using a brush to blend it in. But it seemed really streaky and took forever to blend out perfectly. I actually went over my entire face with my beauty blender in the very end. Using my fingers to blend it out messily on my face first and then using a stippling brush might be my best bet.
Once it was all blended out, wow, it looked amazing. I did a Spring Makeup look with this CC Cream, so check it out if you want to see how it looks. Even Kaitlyn thought my skin looked great, she assumed I was wearing a medium to heavy coverage foundation. The CC cream is easily buildable, and looks even better with face primer on underneath.
It lasts all day (i.e. 9am to 9pm), with only 1 touch up with powder. I really recommend this product for everyone.
Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?
One of my blogging friends, Jordyn, recently joined Arbonne. I heard of this brand before about a year or so ago but I’ve never bought anything from it. Jordyn got in touch with me one day and she asked if I wanted to try out some samples of their products. I obviously accepted because it was a great way for me to try out some of their products because this is more of an expensive brand. I’ll be honest I don’t know too much about Arbonne other than it’s an all natural company; but I wanted to share my Arbonne review with you by highlighting my favourite samples from the gift package I received.
The samples I received are more on the skincare, beauty, and health side; but Arbonne has a huge range of products. I did a little haul a few weeks back when I got the samples on my Instagram story, so make sure you’re following me so you don’t miss out on other hauls!
CALM SKINCARE SET
Jordyn recommended to me that I had to try this set out, and it’s great! It’s super gentle on my skin, and I have really sensitive skin. I didn’t notice any bad reactions while I was using the samples. I’m obsessed with the eye gel, as it adds some hydration without irritating my under eyes. I think this would be a great set for any skin types.
This primer is really similar to the Smashbox primer. It goes on my face smoothly and keeps my makeup on all day long. It blurs my pores and any fine lines, which is amazing. Although it does feel a little heavy on my face so I definitely I don’t wear the primer every day, just the days I need my makeup to last all day long.
ENERGY FIZZ STICKS
I was given their two flavours: orange and pomegranate. But I wasn’t a huge fan of the orange flavour. So I was pretty happy when I got a sample of the other flavour. These energy sticks can replace your cup of coffee in the morning. If you’re anything like me you add sugar and milk to your coffee so this drink is actually healthier for you.
I bought this cold shoulder top a few weeks ago, and I had the outfit all styled in my head but when it came to actually putting in on I kept chickening out. Every time I put this shirt on there was always something wrong with it. But I really wanted to try this shirt out because it would be perfect for summer.
I’ve had this happen to other items I’ve bought over the years. I convince myself to buy it by creating several outfits in my head to satisfy any doubt I would have about not wearing it. But when it came to putting those items on, they never saw the outside of my bedroom.
I was recently contacted by Dia&Co. asking me to step out of my comfort zone and wear that item I’ve always wanted to wear. Honestly, this email couldn’t have come at a better time. I kid you not, I put this cold shoulder top on 5 times and every time I end up changing into else. Even the day before I planned to take these photos for this post I kept changing my mind because I was afraid I didn’t look good!
But now it’s time to wear it out; which I think is the hardest part. This is my cold shoulder OOTD, featuring cropped pants and ankle boots (aka the two fashion trends I’ve been wanting to try but I’ve been too scared to).
TIP: if you want to wear something out that you’re a little uncomfortable in, wear it to an event that’s a short period of time. I do this with new shoes all the time. This allows me to feel more comfortable in the outfit but if it’s uncomfortable or I end up hating it at least I only wore the outfit for an hour or so.
I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and wear that outfit/item you’ve always wanted to wear! What’s the worst thing that can happen!?
I feel like I just posted my first Lazy Sundays. I haven’t posted too much this month because of school but now I’m into exam season and then I’m free for the summer! I’m planning on publishing two posts a week during the summer because I’ll have more free time. I wasn’t able to post this in the first week of April because of (surprise) school. But make sure you’re subscribed because there may be a post this Friday!
I’ve been pretty stressed this past month and I know I’m going to be stressed in the next few weeks with school and moving. So I wanted to share a few self care ideas you should try out incase you’re a little stressed too.
DIY FACIAL: pamper yourself with a few face masks and give your skin a break. My go to pamper face mask routine is the Vasanti cleanser, Origins Clear Improvement mask, and I finish with an over the night mask from Biotherm.
BUBBLE BATH: my essentials for a nice relaxing bath are candles (my favourite is one from Anthropologie), and bath bombs from Lush.
MOVIE NIGHT & SNACKS: there is nothing wrong with a simple movie / Netflix night. It’s always nice to put your brain on pause and watch your favourite movies or tv shows.
GO FOR A WALK: sometimes all you need is a walk around the block, or a hike with yourself.