Hi! My name is Rachelle Young, but please call me Chelle! I live in Toronto, Canada and I'm deeply obsessed with makeup. This blog focuses on my rather rabid love for beauty with the occasional side of fitness.
Well this race went hella sideways for me, but I’ll admit it was kind of my own fault. I was feeling extremely cocky from my last two races – I had knocked off a whopping six minutes in my half marathon, three minutes in my 10k, so surely I MUST be faster for a 5K too right?
Wrong. So wrong.
I did all the things you shouldn’t do before a race. I ate only 90 minutes before the race start time (when I generally require at least 120 minutes). I didn’t drink enough water all day. And I didn’t train nearly as much for this one as I had my previous two phenomenal races. (Yes, I had done some sprints, but I hadn’t done enough distance runs in the weeks leading up to this race.) And yet, I was still feeling pretty sure about myself – this was a race I had run many times before, I had always put out times under 27 minutes, and I was in pretty good racing shape (hell I even think I look in damn good shape in the photos they took!).
Well, since I’d eaten too close to the race start time, I got an absolutely MASSIVE side stitch after one kilometer. Usually I can ditch the side stitches by breathing in and out slowly and deeply and by doing arm windmills (yes, while running – I look like a total fool while doing this). But I could not get rid of that damn stitch. It hurt so bad it was actually painful to raise my arms over my head, and no amount of breathing was clearing it out. So I spent the bulk of the race in a lot of pain. I tried pushing through the pain, but side stitches often make me feel like I can’t catch my breath, so it was just a freaking miserable feeling.
Also, bizarrely, they changed this course to include an extra 200-300 meter switchback down a sidestreet halfway up University. I have NO idea where that came from or why they added it in after many, many years of this not being part of the course. My guess is they were trying to make the distance 100% accurate, but does that mean that every other year I’d run this the course had been short of a full 5k??
So I ran as best I could, and I trundled through the finish line well over 27 minutes. I was pretty horrified. I was expecting to at LEAST put out 26:15 even at my slowest, because I truly had been expecting to FINALLY break under 26 minutes. No such luck! Not even close. And that’s what I get for being cocky! Eesh.
Also, I had to laugh – I was the focus of no one’s camera during this event. I’m in the bright orange tank, and I’m always intruding on someone else’s photo!
Oh man… Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes… you have stolen my heart over and over again over the years. In my whole collection, Tarte blushes are the ones that are definitely the most numerous – be it in singular format, or in palettes – I’ve got a lot of them!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes
I really feel like Tarte‘s blushes are the original powerhouse behind the brand. In my mind, they’re the real reason the brand started to get more and more recognition about eight or so years ago. Everyone was picking up these blushes, and with good reason – they are LOVELY!
The Amazonian Clay Blushes have gone through a little bit of repackaging over the years I’ve been snatching them up. They used to come with a little swirl pattern around the logo (which I preferred), but in more recent years they’ve removed the flower swirl and put only their logo on the front of the compact.
You can even pop out the pans!
I also love that you can pop out each pan from their compact! And this isn’t a new feature either – the shot above of is of my oldest Tarte blush (Blissful) and I think it’s about 7 years old! This is fantastic for people who like to depot their blushes – you won’t have to deal with breaking up the glue to remove the pan and risk smashing your powder.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes – single blushes
My single pan compacts get a lot of love from me. Blissful was the first shade I ever owned (my husband bought it for me for Christmas one year), and I just fell head over heels after that. Exposed is clearly my most used (that’s the one with the pan showing!) – it’s the most boring shade in the pan, but holy smokes does it ever look gorgeous on the cheeks! It absolutely transforms my face! Natural Beauty (the red) is a shade I go back to all the time for that “come in from the cold” look that I’m fond of in the winter (plus it works GREAT for any red lipstick or red eyeshadow look I put together!).
Heavily swatched, the Tarte Blushes are full of pigment and colour, but don’t worry, they blend out easily. One thing worth mentioning is that I do find the product to be a bit stiff in the pan. While they do bush out nicely, you need a solid brush to pick up the colour. I find that most “typical” blush brushes don’t work very well, so I prefer to use a short duo fiber brush like the MAC 130 to work the blush into my cheeks.
Tarte Pin Up Girl Palette
I never picked up the Pin Up Girl Palette, but a lovely reader of mine (hi Tanya!) sent this holiday launch to me a few years back when she realized how much I loved Tarte blushes!
Tarte Pin Up Girl Palette swatches – Breathless, Embraced, Whimsy, Bashful & Irreplaceable
What I love about this particular palette is that the breadth of colours was extensive – it pretty much runs the gamut from nude through to mauve. I was incredibly impressed with the variety – this is what I love to see in a blush palettes! I want wildly different colours, not iterations of the same colour over and over again.
Tarte Off The Cuff Palette
I’ve saved the best for last – Tarte‘s Off The Cuff palette from Holiday 2013. This palette is a mainstay in my travel makeup bag – I take it practically everywhere with me because the blush colours are (once again) extremely varied, AND it has a bronzer in it! I wish more blush/face palettes were like this one – give me a bronzer and/or highlighter alongside the blushes please!
Tarte Off The Cuff Palette swatches – Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface & Park Ave. Princess
Crave is easily my favourite shade in the palette as it’s a bright coral, but I’ve also fallen really hard for Dollface. Dollface is one of those shades, much like Exposed, that everyone used to talk about. For me, it’s not a shade I’m drawn to because it’s a cool-toned baby pink and to me that shade is too “girly” for my liking. Well low and behold it’s hands down one of the most flattering shades I own!
I freaking LOVE Tarte‘s blushes! While I don’t find myself snatching up all of the latest colours or palettes in more recent years, it’s because I’ve already got such a huge array of shades in my collection via singles and palettes. Exposed and Blissful are my absolute favourite shades, and thankfully they’re both still available (a few of the shades mentioned in this post have been discontinued over the years). And the fact that I actually hit pan on a blush? Well that speaks volumes I think! (It’s literally the first and ONLY blush I’ve ever hit pan on!) My only regret? I never got the shade Tipsy while it was available – it will forever be the one that got away!
This SauceBox palette recently ended up in my collection when a few of my friends were de-stashing some stuff from their collections (and I think I even forgot to mention it in my haul videos). I was super keen on it because HELLO RED.
Sauce Box Forbidden FruitsGranted, the SauceBox Forbidden Fruits palette only has one red in it, but my eyes were drawn to it immediately. Sadly, this was a limited edition palette and I’m not even really sure when it was available, but I wanted to swatch it out for my Swatch Sunday series just so I would have a record of it.
Sauce Box Forbidden Fruits
Before we get into the swatches, I need to mention that this palette swatches like garbage. You’ll see terrible pigmentation and what looks like a patchy mess on my arm. Fun fact of swatches is that it only tells half the story – these actually go on my eyes really, really well! I wore the purples and red in my Deadpool inspired look in my May 2018 Beauty Favourites video and I didn’t feel they were patchy at all!
May 2018 Beauty Favourites | Makeup Your Mind - YouTube
The Body Shop‘s body washes are one of those feel good items for me because I’ve been using them for multiple decades at this point. I remember being 14 years old and absolutely cherishing their body washes – my favourite scents were Oceanus (RIP) and Satsuma – and I felt like I was sitting in the lap of luxury whenever I used them.
The Body Shop Spa of the World Body Washes
It’s many, many years later at this point and I’m happy to report that The Body Shop can still do no wrong with their body washes! The scents may have changed over time (please, PLEASE bring back Oceanus!) but the quality is just as good as ever. It’s one of those products where if you know you like the consistency, then it’s all about choosing what scent works for you – because you will not find a dud in the mix!
Brittany Coast Algae and Balkan Juniper Body Washes
In recent years, The Body Shop has revamped some of their range and created a more luxurious product collection – their Spa of the World range. While the quality is the same as their other body washes, the scents are more modern, more spa-centric and they really do give you that clean, spa-like scent when you use them.
The two scents featured in this post are quite different from each other, but they really do embody the whole spa aesthetic that they’re going for with this range.
Brittany Coast Algae Body Wash: An aquatic scent with a side of green courtesy of the algae. I’d almost call it a “thick” water scent because of the algae. Lovely scent!
Balkan Juniper Body Wash: This one is one hell of a “bitey” scent (it’s got a bit of kick to it), but it’s my favourite between the two in this post. I think I must like the scent of juniper because I *really* like this one. It’s not a traditional body wash scent for me – this one isn’t subtle at all – it’s almost spicy, but in a clean way. Loooove this one!
Scents are a personal matter, so what I love may not be entirely up your alley, but if you’re interested in treating yourself to an at home spa retreat, then the scents in The Body Shop’s Spa of the World collection can definitely get you there! Let me know if you’ve tried any of this range out!
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When Anastasia Beverly Hills drops a new Glow Kit, I stop, drop and order it. I have fallen in love more times than I can count with these Glow Kits, so I always want to ensure I’m getting my hands on the latest one!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Dream
ABH‘s most recent Glow Kit release is titled Dream, and it was developed with deeper skin tones in mind. Over the last few years there’s been a few mentions that highlighting powders tend to have too much white pigment in them which ends up looking quite ashy on darker skintones. The intent with this palette was to remove any of the white pigments used to create these highlighter with the expectation that it would end up looking better on deeper skin tones (however, it was also pointed out that these shades would also work on fair tones).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Dream
But sadly, I had a lot of problems with this palette. Starting off with the price point – they jacked the price up $5 CAD, which is not in line with any of their other highlighting palettes, including other six-pan iterations they’ve released.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Dream – swatches
However, my biggest complaint is that while the shade selection appears to be diverse, in practice, it really isn’t. Once buffed into the skin, each shade takes on a different hue of pink. Some shades have a stronger pink cast than the other, but fundamentally EACH shade has a pink reflection to it which makes having six shades utterly pointless.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit Face Swatches
Wish is probably the least pink out of all of them. It’s described as a “pearl base with violet sparkles”. Yes to pearl, but the violet is actually pink.
Unicorn is labelled as a “lavender and pink sparkle cluster”, but it’s really just a solid pink.
Magic is described as having an “icy base with a kaleidoscope cluster of red, gold, pink and blue sparkles”. Icy base? Sure. Kaleidoscope cluster with all of those colours? Oh hell no. This basically a patina shade with pink reflect. And although it doesn’t look super pink in the shot above, I promise you that in person the only colour I saw on my cheeks was a pink reflect with silver sparkle.
Ethereal is described as a “cool-toned lavender duo chrome with blue reflective sparkle”. Nope – it’s pink.
Oh man, I had hope for you Sunshine. Labelled a lavender gold shift, there was promise… right? Nope. It’s a pale gold with a super strong pink reflect.
And lastly, the shade I was the most excited about – Regal, a “golden pink base with a light kaleidoscope cluster of pink, gold, and blue sparkles”. Nope – it’s like a paled out peachy-pink. Definitely no kaleidoscope here.
What in the HELL happened with this palette? Maybe it’s truly not meant for me and it works on far deeper skin tones? I just don’t get it – the strongest colour that is present in all of this is a solid PINK. I first noticed it when I was swatching it on my arm and I was a little taken aback since the pans certainly don’t LOOK predominantly pink at first glance.
I started to wonder if it was just me, but I went and checked out the reviews on Sephora and so many people are pointing out just how pink this palette is. And it’s irritating when the pans themselves are so deceiving – the swatches will let you think that this palette has a lot of variety to offer, but as soon as I buffed each shade into my face, all I ended up seeing was varying shades of pink. It was so weird!
The powders are also big on glitter, which is not necessarily a problem for me, but when you add in the fact that all six shades reflect pink AND glitter, it makes you wonder why they even bothered to put six shades in here. This could’ve easily been released as a split pan compact and you would’ve obtained the exact same amount of variety.
Application is also chunkier and harder than previous ABH palettes. I found I had to load up my brush and go in a few times in order to get the product to appear on my cheeks. Which is very strange, because if you stick your finger in the product it feel very soft to the touch. Impressively, the glitter DID stay put on my cheeks – it wasn’t falling out all over the place after I’d placed it on my face.
I wanted to love this, but I just don’t need that much freaking pink in my life. Six shades with varying levels of pink is just completely redundant to me. ESPECIALLY when they don’t even look pink in the pan to begin with.
This launch was a huge let down for me because I *adore* my Glow Kits – I have quite a few of them because they’re just so good. But this one isn’t versatile like the others are, and for me it’s a pass. If you freaking LOVE pink though? Get this – it’s all you’ll ever need!
Holllyyyyyyy! JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY! I saw this rainbow dream on Instagram one day and ran out to buy it the very next day!
Teeez Cosmetics – Riot Extreme
Hilariously, the inside of the Teeez Cosmetics Riot Extreme palette would never lead you to believe that there’s a beautiful rainbow on the inside!
Teeez Cosmetics – Riot Extreme
Teeez Cosmetics is one of those brands that I know next to nothing about. Judging by the back of the box, the brand seems to be based in The Netherlands, but they can be hard to get your hands on. In Canada they seem to only be available via The Bay.
Teeez Cosmetics – Riot Extreme
I’ll be using this palette in an upcoming video (like how perfect is this palette for a Pride look???), but until then, please enjoy the swatches!