I picked up the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette last month when I was in Paris and I have to say, I have been heavily using it since I got home. As in, it has not left the top of my vanity this entire time as I have been using it almost every day. It is a simple neutral palette but I’ve seen it pop up so much on blogs and YouTube over the years that when I finally saw it in person, I had to pick it up. I find it to be a very well-rounded palette with lots of potential. I’ve been challenging myself to get outside the box with my makeup this year and this palette and I’ve been able to create a variety of looks with this palette.
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette’s packing is sleek and made up of cardboard with a magnetic closure. It’s quite thin which I think would make it excellent for travel. It includes 10 different shades which include matte, metallic and satin finishes.
The eyeshadow themselves are all lovely to use, I haven’t had issues with any of them. The matte shades blend out quite evenly and with minimal effort. The metallic and satin shades apply great with both a brush or your fingers (depending on how intense you want the pigmentation to be). I always use a primer when I apply eye shadow so I don’t really find much of a difference with regards to wear time, my eye shadow generally looks the same at night as it did freshly applied.
I really have nothing bad to say about this eye shadow palette. As I said earlier, it has not left the top of my vanity at all over the past month. I don’t even know if I can list off my favourite shades because I really do enjoy them all.
Transition: Substitute for Love, Crease: Freshly Toasted, Lid: Delicate Acidity, Outer-V: Beans are White, Under Eye: Freshly Toasted
More Details on this look: Mixing Cool Tones and Warm Tones
Transition: Substitute for Love, Crease: Freshly Toasted, Lid: Freshly Toasted, Under Eye: Freshly Toasted
Transition: Substitute for Love, Crease: Freshly Toasted, Lid: Pure Ganache, Outer-V: Freshly Toasted, Under Eye: Freshly Toasted
Overall, I would say it is a hit! There aren’t any shadows in the palette that I wouldn’t use and I’ve been reaching for this constantly. I’ve used every shade so far and have managed to create a variety of looks with it (but have shared my three favourites above!).
Have you tried the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette? Let me know in the comments below! I believe it’s a bit difficult to get your hands on this beauty in Canada but if you get the chance to purchase it, I doubt you’d regret bring it home!
When I saw that Colourpop released a new Lux line of lipsticks, I was instantly intrigued. Seemed like a great time to place my first Colourpop order of 2018! Not only did I pick up a couple Lux Lipsticks I picked up a few other goodies that I’ve had my eyes on for awhile. What I love about Colourpop is that it is so budget friendly! I got all of the items pictured for under $50 USD (excluding shipping)! So let’s take a peak at what I picked up, shall we?
Colourpop | Lux Lipstick
The Lux Lipsticks have a creamy matte finish that is supposed to glide on like butter without feathering or bleeding. It sounds like they are also supposed to be long-wearing as well which you know I am all about. I chose the shades Pinkies Up (dusty-mid tone mauve) and Humble Pie (hot pink) to try out. I’m really excited to get these onto my lips and start testing them so that I can post a full review for you guys. The rose gold tubes are gorgeous and the stars embellished on the product itself is a nice touch. They really did pull out all the stops to make these look like a luxurious product, all for the low price of $7.00 USD! They are also both vegan and cruelty free!
Colourpop | Brushes
I’ve had my eye on Colourpop’s brushes since they introduced them awhile ago but have yet to order any until now. I chose the Small Shader Brush as it looks great for not only packing on the pigment but also for precision as well. It’s much smaller than my go-to shader brush (MAC 242). I also picked up their Large Shader Brush which is bigger than my go-to shader brush and based on the reviews looks like it works perfect with the Colourpop Supershock Shadows which I typically use my fingers for. The Supershock Shadows are more of a cream/powder hybrid with a unique texture and I find them difficult to apply with my current makeup brushes so I’m curious to see how this one will work out.
Colourpop x Kathleenlights | Dream St Pressed Powder Palette
You guys know I’m all about supporting Kathleenlights and her collaborations since they have all been perfection so I had to pick up her latest palette – Dream St. I love how this palette has a combination of neutrals and pops of colour. It contains a variety of finishes as well – matte, satin and metallic to amp up the versatility. I can’t wait to start playing with this palette, it looks perfect for creating some more colourful spring looks!
Have you hauled anything lately? Let me know in the comments down below!
I couldn’t let today pass without sharing a special Valentine’s Day makeup look for the occasion. I enjoy wearing pink all year round but Valentine’s Day inspires me to load up on the pink products and I ain’t complaining about it. This year I created a soft pink look with a bright pink glossy lip. If you’re feeling extra Valentine’s-y I also posted a Valentine’s Day Manicure earlier this week!
Primer: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radience
Foundation: Urban Decay All-Nighter Foundation in 0.5
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in Fair
Powder: Fenty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty
Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit – Sombre & Lucid (mixed)
Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
Highlight: Makeup Geek Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette – Starlight
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion (original). Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette – Just Peachy (transition), Peach Punch (crease) & Peach Sangria (crease, outer-v and under eye). Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 – Piggy (all over lid). L’Oreal Voluminous Smouldering Eye Liner in Black (water line). Essence Lash Princess Sculpted Volume Mascara (lashes).
Brows: Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow in 03 Medium
Lips: Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Adorbs! topped with Sephora Outrangeous Effect Volume Lip Gloss in Universal Volume
While I’m super happy with how the glossy lip turned out, if you are planning on kissing anyone, I would not suggest this combination. The Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint wears really well but the added gloss made it super transferable. It looked lovely in my photos but I ended up taking it off pretty quick after I took these photos.
Are you doing a special Valentine’s Day makeup look today? Let me know in the comments below!
It’s been awhile since the last time I shared a manicure with you guys! My nails have been a mess lately so for awhile I was babying them with just OPI Nail Envy getting them back up to their regular strength. On top of that, my hands have been so dry this winter! However, I couldn’t pass up on posting a Valentine’s Day manicure. For today’s manicure I’m finally trying out YSL Catch Me Fuchsia which I won last year in a giveaway. To spice things up I also added OPI Devine Swine as an accent which I think is really eye catching as well.
OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy (Original) – 1 coat
YSL Catch Me Fuchsia – 1 coat
OPI Devine Swine – 2 coats on ring fingers only
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat – 1 coat
YSL Catch Me Fuchsia ended up being a one coater which I soo appreciated as I was a bit crunched for time when I started paining my nails. It applied smoothly and evenly in one swipe. Minimal clean up was required and it honestly glided on my nails with very minimal effort or attention (which was perfect because I was watching a movie). My OPI Devine Swine needed a bit of thinning out before I could use it. OPI Devine Swine is a well loved polish from my collection which I haven’t used in a few years. It was from one of the Muppets Christmas collections.
What do you have on your nails? Is it something festive for Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below! If you’re interested in seeing more manicures like this one be sure to check out the rest of my Mani Monday series!
Fenty Beauty… doesn’t it seem like they are taking the beauty world by storm right now? Their products have been flooding my social media feeds and I ain’t mad about it. Fenty Beauty, created by singer Rihanna, has been launching products out like crazy since they launched in September. One of their latest releases is their Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick – a matte lipstick meant to be both weightless and long-wearing. You all know I love a matte lipstick so I was eager to pick one up and try it myself. I chose the shade Spanked which is described as a dusty rose.
The first thing I noticed about the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick is that the tube is not only quite long and thin, but it is also very light in weight. However the shape makes it quite easy to get a good grip on to get a flawless application. The reflective surface is definitely a finger-print magnet which is a nightmare if you want to photograph the product (also difficult to not get your own reflection in the shot) but it is quite pretty to look at.
The little FB embossed on the top of the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick was such a nice touch, it was almost a shame to use it for the first time and smudge it away. I’m glad I got a photo of it first!
The formula of the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick itself is very creamy and pigmented. One swipe gave me full pigmentation and one quick blot didn’t take away any of the pigmentation. It definitely applied like a cream lipstick, however once it dried down it looked just like a liquid lipstick! As mentioned before, I found the thin shape of the product made it very easy to get an even and clean application on the lips.
1. Freshly applied at 8 AM; 2. Pre-lunch check-in at 12 PM; 3. Post-lunch check-in at 12:45 PM; 4. End of day check-in at 5 PM
The Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick easily lasted me throughout the day. I had a little bit of wear in the centre of the lips but to the naked eye, it was barely visible. In fact, I didn’t even notice until I was editing my photos that there were a few spots where it wore off. For the most part it felt very comfortable on the lips my lips did feel a touch dry at the end of the day. However, my office at work is VERY dry and I’ve been finding my lips and skin abnormally dry lately. I did put lip balm on prior to applying this which helps keep some moisture in.
Overall, I am in love with this formulation! It applied so well and had the staying power of a liquid lipstick which I find so impressive for a “standard tube” style lipstick.
Have you tried any Fenty Beauty products yet? Let me know in the comments below! Like the style of this post? Be sure to check out my other Love for Lipstick series reviews!
With each season the needs of our skin can change depending on the weather. Though I have oily skin all year round, I do find that my face needs a bit more hydration during the winter months. I generally have to find a balance as despite having a few dry patches my skin still looks like an oily mess at the end of the day. Since I do always use mattifying makeup products to combat the excessive oil, I find this allows me to add some moisturizing products to my routine for the winter.
Winter Skincare | Face Products
I do still continue to use the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer for Oily/Combination Skin, but at least a few times a week I use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Antioxidant Moisturizer* (pictured above in the pump-style bottle). If I use it too often I do end up reeeeeeally oily, but I find it helps keep the dry patches away. I tend to use it on days where I’m chilling at home and not really wearing any makeup.
At nighttime I have been enjoying the Garnier Moisture Bomb Dry Skin Gel Cream* (pictured in the jar-style container above). This isn’t technically a night cream but I wouldn’t wear something like this for day time as it would make me super oily really quick. If you have dry skin though this would be a great day cream. A little goes a long way and it absorbs quickly into the skin.
Winter Skincare | Lip Products
Keeping my lips hydrated is something I’m keen on all year round, but in the winter I am extra cognizant of this. The products I currently have in my rotation can be seen above. I have been using the Naked Kitty Naturals Lip Balm both just throughout the day if my lips feel dry (and don’t already have lipstick on them), as well as before I put a matte lipstick on.
Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask has been essential to my bedtime routine to revitalize my lips over night, as well as any time my lips feel like they need a little extra TLC. There is a reason this product made it onto my 2017 Game Changers List!
Finally, when my lips do get dry and flakey I’ve been reaching for the Naked Kitty Naturals Strawberry Daiquiri Lip Scrub. It works really well and smells/tastes delicious! It is edible so you don’t have to worry about trying to avoid getting it in your mouth. I usually do this about once a week.
What are your go-to products to combat the drying winter weather’s effect of your skin? Let me know in the comments below!
One of my goals for this year is to experiment more with makeup and really work on improving my eye makeup game. Winged eyeliner is definitely a component of this, so be prepared to see more wings! This makeup look is from Sunday and the motivation behind for me is a little trip down memory lane. Sunday was, as you all know, was the Super Bowl. Sports are not my thing, I think it’s great that people are into watching them but I’ve just never had any desire to get into it. However, it did get me thinking that the last football game I watched was when I was in high school when I would regularly go watch my school’s team, the Hammarskjold Vikings, with my friends. Some of my best and worst memories were at those games so today I’m sharing with you the red and gold (our school colours) makeup look I created inspired by these memories.
Primer: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Primer
Foundation: L’Oreal Pro Matte in Classic Ivory
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in Fair
Powder: Fenty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Blush: NARS Goulue
Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit – Sombre & Lucid (mixed)
Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Prosseco Pop & Pearl mixed
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion (original). Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Chaser (transition), Sauced (transition), He Devil (crease, outer-v and under eye). Zoeva Cocoa Blend – Pure Ganache (lid and under eye). L’Oreal Voluminous Smouldering Eye Liner in Black (water line). YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Shocking (wing). Urban Decay Liquid Moondust – Recharged (wing). Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash (lashes).
Brows: Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow in 03 Medium
Lips: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked
I recently picked up the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked, and while I still have to do a full wear test, I am so far quite impressed! It’s very pigmented and wears comfortably on the lips.
What do you have on your face today? Let me know in the comments below!
Limited edition… those two words that are meant to feel like you have to have something because someday it won’t be as easy to get your hands on. I have to admit, I’ve been hit by the urge to buy something because of those words. Particularly if it was something I was already interested in, the limited-edition-ness would simply seal the deal. This is because I have been burnt by missing out on a limited edition product that I really wanted because I waited too long. I try not to post about limited edition items when they are no longer available because I prefer that if something sparks interest with a reader, that they would be able to go out and purchase it. However, limited edition items need love too so today’s post is all about four limited edition palettes that I still love and use quite frequently. That’s the thing about limited edition items… sometimes they end up forgotten, no matter how much you felt like you needed to have it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills | Self Made Palette
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette was the first ABH eyeshadow palette that I ever purchased and it really sparked my love for their eyeshadow. For that reason and just how great this palette is, it has a very special place in my heart. I pull this palette out quite often because it has a great variety. My favourite combination is Sherbert in the crease with Hot & Cold all over the lid and Hot Chocolate in the outer-v and under my eye. However, the shade Isla is also gorgeous and fun to use!
Becca x Jaclyn Hill | Champagne Glow Palette
I’m pretty sure the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette was actually part of the same order that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette was in. This palette was my first venture into Becca’s iconic pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors and was a great way to dabble in them. Though I don’t really get much use out of the last shade in the palette, I use Champagne Pop and Pearl all the time both individually and mixed!
Kat Von D | MetalMatte Palette
The Kat Von D MetalMatte Palette… It’s just perfection. It’s such a fantastic idea for a palette and the variety included is out of the world. I’ve created so many unique looks with this palette so it is always my go-to when I want to create something special. I’ve previously posted several different looks using the Kat Von D MetalMatte Palette which was a fun post to create!
Morphe | Kathleenlights Palette
I considered doing a better job at cleaning up this palette before photographing it but, I actually love how loved it looks. Does that make any sense? This palette is not only a go-to at home but I love taking it when I travel. The Morphe x Kathleenlights Palette was the main eyeshadow palette that I used when I travelled to Paris last month (when I bothered to wear makeup, that is!). My favourite look that I’ve done with this palette has got to be the Simple Cut Crease that I did with it last year. I still need practice on cut creases, but it was a decent first attempt!
I had fun going through my palettes and deciding which were my most loved limited edition ones. What are your favourite limited edition products that you still love? Let me know in the comments below!
January was a pretty great month. I started off the month (and the year) in Paris, France with my husband so the rest of this year is going to have a hard time stacking up to January. I started getting into experimenting with makeup a bit more again, trying out a few different looks which I’ve posted here. It’s going to be a great year, I can just feel it! But, on that note, let’s take a look at which products were getting the most love in January!
Zoeva | Cocoa Blend
I picked up this palette from Sephora in Paris since I haven’t really seen it in Canada but I’ve seen it all over YouTube over the past few years. It is definitely more of a neutral palette, but what drew my eye to it was the purple shade, Delicate Acidity. I posted a look using the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette last week mixing it’s warm and cool tones. I’ve been using it a lot this month and have been really enjoying it. I’ll be sure to dedicate a post to it and swatch it soon!
Tarte | Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
I’ve had Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed for awhile now but it was one of my most used blushes this past month. I love this nude pink shade as it is so versatile but adds a nice touch of colour to my cheeks.
Tarte | Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit
I finally cracked opened this mini from last year’s Sephora Birthday gift and I have been wearing this so much! As the name suggests, Birthday Suit is a nude shade. It just adds a touch of colour to the lips when you want to leave them relatively understated. I’m going to have to pick up a full size of this beauty!
Urban Decay | Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glamrock
I loooooove silver glitter so I had my eye on Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glamrock. I finally purchased it in December and I’ve been experimenting with it a lot this month. I used it both in my Glitter Eye Makeup Look and Mixing Cool Tones and Warm Tones Makeup Look. It applies very smoothly to the lid and can be built up to get your desired level of glittery-ness.
Naked Kitty Naturals | Lip Balm in Peppermint
I always use a clear lip balm in the morning before I apply my lipstick so I was excited when my bestie gave me the Naked Kitty Naturals lip balm in the Peppermint. It applies smoothly to the lips and makes them feel nice and hydrated! I also have one of the tinted ones that I keep in my purse and apply regularly.
First Aid Beauty | Ultra Repair Cream
My hands have been SO dry lately, like SUPER dry. This hand cream has been giving my hands life. Just a small amount brings hydration back to my dry sore hands and it absorbs quite quickly as well!
I love mugs, I’ve accumulated quite a collection of them over the past couple of years. The mugs pictured above were all received as gifts for Christmas and I just love them! My favourite of course is the custom mug my parents got for me with my blog logo on it!
What were some of your favourites during the month of January? Let me know in the comments below!
And just like that, the first month of 2018 is nearly behind us! If the first month is any indication of my reading pace this year, I think I’ll have a pretty successful reading-year! I’ve definitely picked up quite a few books lately that I’m super eager to read so I think I will have no problem continuing to make reading a priority in my life. I think my plan for this year will be to try to hit 320,000 words per month (equivalent of 4 average sized books). I use words as my measurement because I found when I was going just by number of books, I strayed away from reading longer books as it was preventing me from meeting my goals. Last year my goal was 240,000 words per month (3 average sized books). I decided at the last minute, as I was writing this to bump up my goal. So, let’s see what kind of start I’m off to…
Origin by Dan Brown
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Source
I rekindled my love of Dan Brown’s novels this past summer when I finally read the Lost Symbol. Robert Langdon is a fascinating character and Dan Brown’s research really shines through in these novels. I really enjoyed Origin, so much so that I finished it in basically one sitting on my way home from Paris!
Word Count: 157,905
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago. Source
I picked this up on a whim as it was on sale when I was at Chapters during the Black Friday weekend. It looked psychological-thriller-y so I decided to give it a shot. I really enjoyed this one and enjoyed how it unravels the story in reverse. Definitely worth checking out if you are into that genre!
Word Count: 87,725
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime. Source
Since this was recently adapted into a movie I thought I’d give the novel a read as I always enjoy reading a book before seeing the movie. Though I did find it a bit slow at times, I enjoyed the story and seeing how all the clues came together to solve the mystery. I am looking forward to seeing the movie to see the characters come alive on screen!
Word Count: 53,950
Total for January: 299,580
The pink represents the goal for each month(s) and the purple is what I actually read. I didn’t include it this time as it would have been a duplicate, but the final column will show my progress compared to where I should be with my yearly goal (reading 320,000 words per month). As you can see I came REALLY close to meeting my goal for the first month but didn’t quite make it. I’m about half way done a book right now but just couldn’t finish it in time. But, there is always next month!
Have you read any amazing books lately that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!