Unpopular opinion, but I have never been a huge fan of brown lipstick. At least, not on myself. I remember back in the 90’s when brown lips were all the rage, and then within the past few years, brown tones have come back for an encore. I’ve just avoided brown lipstick at all costs but I always wondered if maybe there was one that could work for me and I just hadn’t found it yet.
Having cool-toned, extremely pale skin has certainly made finding a suitable nude lipstick challenging and brown shades always seem to lean more into the warm spectrum which is an instant no from me. Please tell me I am not the only one with this brown lipstick dilemma?
But I think I found the one. And it is by LipSense.
I stumbled upon it so unexpectedly. It caught my eye and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Where had this been all my life? Could this shade be the answer to my brown lipstick woes? Okay, I’m getting a little theatrical here, but I couldn’t help myself. I don’t know what made me want to try the shade Bella by LipSense since I normally just skim past the browns to go for my safe choice of similar toned pinks, but I had a feeling. So I tried it and I am so glad that I did.
Bella is a neutral brown shade which makes it perfect for all skin tones. It does lean a bit dark when three layers are applied, it’s actually as dark as I dare go with a brown lipstick, but I have also layered it with First Love which lightened it significantly and I quite enjoyed that as well. That’s kind of the beauty of LipSense. Mix and matching shades and glosses to create a perfect shade for you.
If you had of told me even just a year ago that I would be rocking brown lips on the regular, I would have laughed and said no way. So after this unexpected find, I am not so opposed to brown lipstick as I once was, and maybe might even try and delve into some other brown lipsticks in the future, but for now I am happy.
Christmas is upon us and with it comes snowy days, bundling up with warm knits and boots, listening to Christmas songs and decorating the house making it as cozy as possible. Christmas is my favourite time of year because I love the hustle and bustle in the shops, going for walks on brisk Winter afternoons and it has only just snowed here these past few days and I am so happy that it has finally arrived. It doesn’t feel like Christmas unless there is snow, now does it?
Christmas traditions were always a big thing for me growing up and they truly made this time of year magical. I look back and remember just how amazing it felt to set up the Christmas tree and decorate it with my mom while listening to holiday songs on the radio, visiting gift shows and picking out special gifts for my family members and there was even a time I got to open up a gift on Christmas Eve. That was pretty amazing.
Not only have traditions been extremely important for me, but they have also been for my fiance. He would have these huge Christmases with all of his extended family sitting around the table at breakfast eating crepes covered in peaches and whipped cream before opening gifts in front of the fireplace. I mean, does it really get any better than that?
My fiance and I brought our beautiful baby boy into the world in February of this year and we plan to carry on the traditions of our families while also making new ones of our own. I wanted to share some of the little things that we have planned and would love to hear what your Christmas traditions are.
Winter Family Photo Shoot
Winter is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque times of the year. The snow is falling, dusting the ground and trees, and it’s such a beautiful sight to see. Is there really anything better than fresh, untouched snow covering the ground? With that thought in mind, I plan on getting out the tripod, bundling up and heading outside for a little photo shoot of our little family. If you get out early enough, they would even make for beautiful Christmas cards to send to your loved ones!
Winter Sleigh Ride
I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember ever having been on a sleigh ride but I have always wanted to. After finding out that my family and I can go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow and afterward sit around an outdoor fire with hot chocolate I knew this was going to become a thing.
Photo with Santa
When I was younger, I always got my picture taken with Santa. My mom would dress me up in a nice outfit, we’d head over to the mall and get a quick snap and head off to Christmas shop. Over the years I’ve looked back at the photos from time to time and it put a smile on my face (not that there was always a smile on my face in the actual photo itself) and they are honestly just a nice photo to have and I want my son to have the same experience. Hopefully, his turn out better than most of mine because I did not have a cute cry face! I still don’t.
Cutting Down Our Own Christmas Tree
This is something my parents did with my brother and me for quite a few years and it’s something I want to include in our family as well. There is something so exciting about trudging out in the snow, setting out to find the perfect Christmas tree. It makes it feel much more special and I can’t wait to be able to dress up our tree with my little man and have him put the star on the top. And of course, the obligatory family photo in front of the said tree is a must!
I’d love to know if you have any family traditions, and if you’ve started a family of your own, which ones you will be carrying over and which ones you’ll be adding! I love hearing how others spend their holidays!
One of the biggest challenges of being a parent, especially a first-time parent like myself and my fiance, is getting your child to sleep through the night. Something you will always hear from family, friends and even the internet is that having a bedtime routine is the key. I have never been great at keeping routines in my day-to-day life before becoming a parent, so you can imagine how interesting of a journey this has been for me! Luckily, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be, and I have a nightly routine that I found works for us and has made putting the baby to bed so much smoother.
Having a good nights sleep is absolutely crucial for infants brain development, immune system and also their behaviour. A well-rested baby is a happy baby, and in turn, makes you a happy mom or dad. I have noticed a huge difference in my son’s mood when we have done our sleep routine, versus when we haven’t. It may seem at times like it really isn’t doing much, but when you take them out of the routine for an overnight stay, you can really see that the routine you’ve created does wonders.
Calming baths before bed
When I first had my son, he hated baths. I mean loathed baths. He would scream as soon as the clothes would come off and be put into the water and it was not a pleasant experience in the slightest. Gradually he became less fussy and now he loves them which is a win for us! I’ve been using the Soothing Relief Oatmeal and Chamomile wash by Live Clean a lot recently as it’s very gentle on his skin, tear-free and has a soothing scent. Live Clean also have a bedtime bubble bath and a serenity line as well which is lovely and I switch between them as I need to.
After baby has been all dried off, I like to go in with the Live Clean Baby & Mommy Massage Oil to moisturize his skin and give him a little massage. Massages are a great way to bond with baby and it also helps them to relax and wind down. It’s also a perfect time for skin-to-skin if your baby is a newborn as it will settle them almost immediately.
Playing, Reading, and Cuddles
My son gets a burst of energy right before he’s ready to go to bed which is a tell-tale sign for us that he’s almost about to fall asleep. He will often be bouncing about, testing out his voice (read screaming) and rolling around. We take the opportunity to play with him, blow raspberries on his tummy to make him laugh and try and expel that last bit of energy however we can. If he is more on the crankier side, we will give him cuddles and read to him softly with the lights dimmed.
By this point, he has completely wound down and is rubbing his eyes and yawning and the last step in our bedtime routine is a feeding. After he has finished eating, his eyes are closed and he is on his way to sweet dreams!
I really hope this helped any of you new mom’s who are wanting to start a bedtime routine for their baby. Another tip is to try and get them to go to sleep at the same time every night. This is something that I am still working on myself, and will be doing another post in the future all about sleep training and how to troubleshoot it!
*Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.
The Fall candles have been lit, the comfy sweaters have come out and I have been drinking all the hot drinks. Fall has become my favourite season of the year and I am so happy that it has finally arrived. The days are getting chillier, the days are getting shorter and I love staying in bed just that little bit longer in the mornings snuggling my little one. I know many people are just as excited as I am, so I thought I would share what is on my Fall bucket list this year.
Visit a pumpkin patch
I recently visited a farm a few weeks ago with the intent on picking some apples and a few pumpkins, but sadly their orchards were closed and they didn’t have a pumpkin patch – huge bummer! I did, however, pick some beautiful Fall dahlias which you can see on my Instagram. I haven’t picked my own pumpkin from a patch in years and thought it would be special to do so since it is my son’s first Autumn/Halloween this year. I also want to try out some awesome pumpkin DIY’s this year so I am looking forward to this very much!
Go to a local gift show
Going to local craft and gift shows is something that I have done for as long as I can remember. I know Fall has finally arrived when gift show season starts kicking off, and I can remember getting up on chilly mornings and heading out with my mum to see what amazing handmade products vendors have to offer. You get to walk around with a warm drink, sample delicious treats and pick up one-of-a-kind items for your home or as gifts. Last year I bought some amazing pieces of my Winter decor from gift shows and I am looking forward to doing the same this year for Fall!
Find the perfect flannel
For years I have been trying to find the flannel of my dreams. Plaid pieces are so resemblant of Fall and I am looking for that perfect cozy piece to add to my collection. If I find it, you know there will be a whole blog post dedicated to it because most just don’t make the cut. I want it to be warm, comfortable but not too boxy. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?
Have a Fall family photo shoot
I cannot wait for the leaves to really start changing their colours so that I can take some beautiful Fall themed family photos. I mentioned earlier that this is my son’s first Autumn season, so I am looking forward to getting some really beautiful shots of our family. We found a beautiful location not far from us that we think will be the perfect spot. Now we wait!
Decorate for Fall
I mentioned on Twitter that I have been obsessed with pinning interiors on Pinterest recently, and I have had so much fun perusing Fall themed photos! I have loved all of the beautifully themed vignettes, and the seasonal decor so I have quite a few ideas to make our home just that little bit cozier!
As much as I enjoy going full face glam, more days than not my makeup tends to be more on the subdued side. With a little one under one-year-old, I don’t have much time to spend in front of my vanity as I once did, so I tend to go for an easy and effortless look that makes me look put together and I can achieve in under 20 minutes. #momlife
Pixi has been one of my favourite drugstore brands for quite a while, and I’ve had a chance to sample most of their products and use quite a few in my daily routine. Since we are talking about a more subtle and sheer makeup, I wanted to share some of my picks that I love and reach for on the regular.
I have a few shades of this balm and used them quite a bit in the Summer (my most used being Lucent Glow) because they were just so easy to put on, no mirror required. They have a nice minty scent to them, very reminiscent of the Revlon balms from back in the day that everyone was obsessed with, which gives a nice tingle to the lips. These balms just have a lovely luminous and sheer texture to them that feels really lightweight on the lips and is extremely comfortable. The balmy texture won’t last ages on the lips, but I like how they are just a great no-fuss option that you can throw on and run out the door.
I love a good double-duty makeup product and this one is perfect for that quick, easy, and effortless makeup look. The Multibalm can be used for lips and cheeks and is very easy to work with. Just place a few swipes along your cheeks and lips and blend into place with your finger. It sheers down really well and feels nice on the skin – a bonus for us drier skinned ladies. I love to work with creme products as they are much more natural looking on the skin and the fact that this is a 2-in-1 product makes it perfect to throw in your makeup bag or bring on the go.
This product is hands down my favourite from the bunch because of it’s amazing lasting power. I wasn’t expecting much from this cheek gel at first, but I was pleasantly surprised. As the name suggests, this is a sheer cheek gel that gives a healthy glow to the skin. Believe me when I say that you only need the tiniest amount of product as it goes a long way, but I like to build it up in a few layers until I get the colour payoff that I am looking for. Once it has dried, it doesn’t budge or smudge and stays looking fresh throughout the day. It also adds a bit of moisture to the skin and is so beautifully natural on the skin. Love it!
What are your sheer beauty favourites?
Products sent courtesy of Pixi. All opinions are my own.
The transition from Summer into Fall has been an odd one this year as the leaves are beautifully scattered on the ground but the days are still quite warm. That hasn’t stopped me from enjoying some awesome Autumnal makeup bits, however, and I wanted to share my holy grail blush for the season.
Blush is an essential in my routine as it brings much-needed life back into my face. Being extremely fair, I prefer to go for more cool-toned shades as they compliment my undertone more and this shade instantly caught my eye when perusing the displays in Sephora. This blush ticked all of the boxes for me: a cool-toned berry with a buildable finish. NARS is a brand that consistently delivers products that I enjoy so it was a no-brainer to place it in my cart. Stand aside pink blushes, there’s a new girl in town!
There is so much that I love about the NARS blush in Sin. I love that it isn’t one dimensional even though it looks so in the pan at first glance. The hint of golden shimmer within keeps it from looking flat on the skin and adds a bit of something special to the shade. A light hand will give you a pretty flush but even when going heavy-handed it still doesn’t look like you are overdone. I was a bit worried that it may be a bit too harsh or dark on my porcelain skin, but there was no need to worry as it doesn’t look the slightest bit muddy on the skin. Sin is a great alternative to what I typically wear and even though it’s an easy colour to overlook in between all the brighter shades in a display, you really should give it a chance.
What are your favourite blush shades to wear in Autumn?
Is there a particular brand that you gravitate towards? Let me know in the comments!
I have always been a warmer weather type person, but have found over the years that Fall has really grown on me. As much as I am sad to see Summer go, I didn’t much enjoy it as it was just too hot. I wasn’t able to take the baby out for as many walks as I would have liked because of the scorching 30c+ weather and desperately wished for the cooler days to come. Now they are finally here and I am thoroughly enjoying them. I love that the hustle and bustle of Summer has come and gone and life just feels a bit slower paced and much more relaxed. Here a few of my favourite things I enjoy during Autumn!
One of my all-time favourite candles is Leaves by Bath and Body Works. It has a strong scent of apples and cloves that just carries to every room in the house and creates the coziest environment. I get excited every year when I get to take out this candle because I know it means Fall has officially arrived. Every time I smell it, it just reminds me of chilly days walking with crunchy leaves underfoot and holding onto a hot coffee to keep my hands warm. It really doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
I have always been a fan of flannel shirts, so I get very excited when I start seeing them pop up in store. They are such a staple piece that can be very versatile and I love tying them around my waist, paired with jeans and a basic tee. You really can’t go wrong! I still haven’t found my perfect flannel shirt yet, but it’s on my Fall bucket list!
Just like flannels, I truly think that I can never have enough. I love everything from a simple cardigan to oversized chunky knits as they are so comfortable to throw on. Add a pair of reading socks to the mix and you have a perfect cozy night in outfit.
I love switching up my home decor during the different seasons, Autumn and Winter being my favourites. Adding accent blankets, pillows, pumpkins, and making awesome Autumnal wreaths makes the home just feel that extra bit cozier. I have been loving turning my fireplace on in the evenings and reading a book (I’m currently reading A Stranger In The House) and I can’t imagine wanting to spend my evenings any other way. I also went flower picking recently and have the most beautiful Fall dahlias on my desk that I can’t stop staring at!
Cooking & Baking
There’s something about cooking and baking during Autumn that is so enjoyable. Pulling out the slow cooker and making delicious soups, stews and apple sauces is one of my favourite things to do. I also enjoy baking (though I don’t get to do it very often) because pies, tarts and other delicious treats just taste so much better during the chilly seasons.
Highlighters are one of my favourite products to apply because they can truly transform your look. With a little strategic placement, highlighters can accentuate your features and give you that lit-from-within glow that we all love. I know I just talked about my top six lipsticks for Fall, but I still love to rock a bit of highlight no matter the season. Here are five highlighters that are definitely worth the splurge!
This highlighter will be no surprise to anyone who is an avid beauty lover. MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes are fantastic, and this shade is perfect for those cool-toned girls out there. It’s a soft, champagne pink with some flecks of gold in there as well. It is a pretty full-on highlight but can be toned down quite a bit if using a gentle hand. This has been my go-to for years and is due for a repurchase very soon.
These highlighters are pretty amazing as they are designed to be used all over the face. They are supposed to flatter the skin as if you’re being bathed in candlelight – and flatter they do! I have the Ambient Lighting Palette which comes with three shades (Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light) so you can definitely see the theme here of creating the perfect light for your skin. My favourite has to be Incandescent Light due to the beautiful champagne tone and it gives the most subtle, natural glow out of the bunch.
If you are a fan of the “go gold or go home” look then you will love this. Albatross is a sheer highlight with a brilliant golden fine shimmer throughout. There are no chunky glitters in this so it gives a nice smooth look to the skin. I love that it isn’t so intense that you can barely skin your skin underneath but that doesn’t mean that it’s subdued. You will be able to see this highlighter pop on those cheekbones from a mile away!
I talked a bit about this product, along with several other Burberry highlighters, on my blog previously but this is my favourite out of the bunch. Rose Gold tones can be very hard for me to pull off on the cheeks, so I was very happy that this was beautifully natural on the skin. The soft focus effect actually blurs the skin and melts in like you’ve got that lit from within glow. It’s a pretty amazing highlight and one for those who prefer to have a more toned down look.
If any of the highlighters above are too tame for you, then you’ll be happy to know that I saved the most intense for last. The highly coveted Champagne Pop highlighter is loved by so many because it gives such an intense rose gold sheen to the skin (hello, outer space!). It is buttery smooth, easy to apply and it gets straight to business. There will be no denying that you’re rocking a highlight when wearing this! Now while it can be a bit harsh on my pale skin, a very light hand does the trick. It also can be a killer eyeshadow if you’re wanting to get a little matchy-matchy.
Now while you would never know that it is Fall with the over 30°C weather, I still can’t help but get into the spirit for Autumn. What better season to pull out the dark browns, reds and berry shades that are oh so beautiful? Berry and wine tones are my favourite to wear during the colder months, so I’m sure you’ll be able to see a theme going on here. One can never have too many vampy lipsticks!
LipSense Liquid Lip Color in Sheer Berry
Bold lips can be a commitment and also they can tend to be unforgiving. Darker colours can be very hard to apply, and things can go downhill very quickly when it comes to wearing them. LipSense is a great option for anyone who wants to rock that dark lip and not have to worry about it smudging and moving around. I have a full in-depth review of LipSense on my blog if you’re interested in learning about it a bit more. Sheer Berry is a shade that can be worn in a few layers for a lighter colour, or built up for an intensely pigmented look. It can tend to be a bit patchy, so very thin layers will do the trick to getting even coverage. Now while LipSense does take a bit of work compared to your traditional lipstick, the staying power is second to none!
Damned is a stunning cool-toned berry shade that I can’t get enough of. The pencil design makes it really easy to get a precise application, especially around the lip line. If Fashion Revival and Rebel had a baby, this would be it. Its magenta base with the purple undertone is out of this world -a true wine/berry shade that will look great on anyone!
The runner-up for the longest lasting liquid lipstick has to go to Kat Von D. I love how this colour is much brighter than the others, but still very appropriate for Fall. It’s a matte cool toned pink that darkens down once applied onto the lips. Now while it’s not completely transfer-proof like LipSense, it definitely stays put for hours. It does feel a bit drying on the lips, but isn’t terribly uncomfortable and something I can look past for its longevity. Kat has a great selection of vampy colours that are worth a look!
This is the darkest lipstick out of the bunch and by far the most luxurious in my opinion. Bite Beauty makes some of my favourite lipsticks because they feel so fantastic on the lips. They are full of lip-loving ingredients like shea, jojoba, argan and almond oil just to name a few. They also smell good enough to eat as they smell reminiscent of lemon pie – who doesn’t want that on their lips? You get bold colour in just one swipe and they truly win in terms of comfort.
MAC Lipstick in Fashion Revival
You know that brand that you can always count on because they are consistently amazing? For me, it’s MAC. I can always count on MAC lipsticks and now have quite the collection of them. I have tried many of their formulas and I find their mattes to be among some of the most comfortable out there. Fashion Revival is a gorgeous matte raspberry shade that just embodies Fall, if that is even possible. It was limited edition, but it is one of my go-to’s!
If you are on the hunt for berry toned lipsticks then I am sure you’ve already heard about Rebel. I was a bit intimidated by Rebel at first because it looks like a very dark purple in the tube, but it surprisingly lightens up when applied to the lips. It has a satin finish so it isn’t a flat colour on the lips and adds a bit more dimension which I find makes it more wearable. You can pair this with a dark purple lip liner if you’re wanting to deepen the colour.
Having a drier skin type can make it quite difficult to get a nice canvas for makeup to be applied on, so I am always on the hunt for products that can help. One of those things is facial mists! I have always been a huge fan of facial mists and Pixi Beauty has such a fantastic selection that I wanted to share a little guide to help you find the best one for you.
No one likes their makeup to move around during the day, so the Pixi Makeup Fisting Mist is a great choice if you’re wanting your makeup to last. This is a pretty standard go-to spray that is infused with rose water (an anti-inflammatory) and green tea (an antioxidant) to help hydrate and balance the skin while keeping all the products underneath it from budging. It can also help fix any areas that you may have over-powdered and also give your skin a bit of a refresh it needs throughout the day.
I don’t know about you, but I can have some quite early mornings with my little man and this product does a trick to give my skin the wakeup that it needs. This toning water has orange blossom, citrus extracts as well as lavender and arginine which is an essential amino acid that increases blood flow to the skin. It soothes, tones and plumps the skin, while the light citrus scent helps to wake up your senses. I like to apply it before moisturizer to get the full benefits but it can be applied anytime as a pick me up!
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I have drier skin which can be really challenging. If you’re looking for a spray that will give you a surge of hydration before applying your makeup, or even just as an extra step in your skincare routine, this is it. It is packed full of hydrating ingredients (hyaluronic acid, black oat, provitamin A, linoleic acid, vitamin B1, B2 and B6) which provide long-lasting hydration throughout the day. It also smells amazing which is always an added bonus!
I am all about glowing skin, so this mist is a must-have in my collection. It’s great to spray all over the face but I found that spraying it on my brush before applying my foundation helped for it to smooth over the skin better while adding a naturally luminous finish. It really made a difference in how my base looked and stayed on during the day and I was dead impressed! I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that this too is full of skin-loving ingredients such as argan oil, aloe vera, fruit extracts and 13 natural oils. This is also a great product to double up with other mists!
These Pixi mists are truly my favourite to use as they provide such great benefits to the skin and are so easy to use. The quick extra step really makes all the difference and they compliment your skincare routine perfectly.