1.3.15

Sephora Haul


It has been some time since I went through Sephora without an intention and came out with a handful of new things to try. I had a good wander around the store this past week and this is the damage done. This haul's theme is really about trying something new.

Since I ran out of my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, I had been a little lost whenever I wanted a precise and subtle cat-eye look. While I could have gone back to old habits and repurchased it, I decided to try something new. I went for the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, a staple in my roommate's collection. I miss the brush tip on the Kat Von D offering, but this one comes in the form of a thin felt tip that I imagine and hope will be simple to use as well. 

Sticking with the eyes, I picked up a sample of the new Benefit Roller Lash Mascara with my purchase. It claims to lift and curl lashes of any type and is instructed to be applied in a rolling motion. So far, I do see that it holds a curl and definitely gives plenty of length.

As spring starts rolling in, I'm looking to shift away from the vampy shades. The new Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks were first to catch my eye during the hunt. It claims to be incredibly creamy as the waxy layer of a typical lipstick is cut away to expose the creamy core. I picked up the shade Pecan, a warm dusty pink shade. 

If I'm waving goodbye to the vampy lip, I suppose it means it's time to set aside the dark nails as well. I'm usually one to keep my nails super short but over the past week I've been growing my nails a little as requested by L, the boyfriend, who has been pushing me to try new things. As the white tips of my nails grow in, the Nails Inc NailKale Illuminator has come in handy to add a nice shine and glow to my nails, enhancing their natural state. It is subtle but makes enough of a difference that even L noticed and said it looks gorgeous.

Lastly, I had to feed my curiosity with Bumble and Bumble products by trying the highly recommended Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo. I am so late to the game but better late than never, right? I asked for a shampoo that will deliver volume and texture to my fine and colour-treated hair, and the girl recommended this. Fingers crossed that this will deliver what is promises as spending more than $5 on a shampoo is all new to me.

I'm excited to be trying new things and looking forward to reporting back on these products in upcoming posts. Have you tried anything new recently?

28.2.15

February In Review


The shortest month of the year, February, is behind us already. It has been an incredibly chilly one here in the Canada's capital. Most days we were dealing with -30°C weather with wind chill and there was definitely enough snow on the ground to make travel a struggle. 

My boy, L, had reading week this month overlapping with Chinese New Year. It was wonderful being able to spend plenty of time with him and his family for the week. Over that week I discovered my like, and dislike, of plenty of Chinese foods which also led me to rediscover the fact that my knowledge of Cantonese has depreciated and that I may as well only be half Chinese. I'm learning to fit in a little better with L's family. It's a good laugh for them sometimes. We're getting there.

L and his sister got me watching The 100, a sci-fi series on The CW. I'm hooked. Over reading week L and I spent hours in front of the TV with Netflix doing a series marathon and now we're all caught up. Of course, I'm still keeping up with Modern Family and Girls on the side, and now MasterChef Canada too. The Amazing Race just started its 26th season a couple days ago so I'll have to watch that as well. 

Fitness wise, I've been hitting the gym three times a week on average and I'm seeing improvement already. L's been super supportive and has been giving me some tips and advice on what to do to get me where I want to be. I love that he makes sure I eat healthy and eat enough all the time too. I'm so grateful to have someone here for me, cheering me on.

February flew by. There is plenty to look forward to in March and while I'm sad to see February go, I'm excited for what's to come.

How was your February? I hope the month treated you well!

27.2.15

February 2015 Favourites


February always goes by so fast. It's only a couple days shorter than any other month yet it feels like it's a whole week shorter. Funny how it feels that way.

I think it's obvious by now that I can't get enough of MAC Syrup. It is such a wearable everyday cloudy pink shade and because it is a luster finish, it is nourishing enough to battle the freezing cold weather, keeping my lips comfortably moisturized. One that also keeps my lips surprisingly hydrated is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. You wouldn't expect a matte finish lip product to be comfortable on the lips but this one is and it is long lasting too.

Of course I can't mentioned just one NARS product in a post these days. The new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation quickly became my favourite as it gives the most skin-like full coverage without being cakey. It's an interesting consistency for me compared to other foundations I have used in the past as it is quite fluid and applies best with fingers but I've learned to work with it and love it.

I got back into the smudged, lived-in look of pencil eyeliners this month and thanks to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner everything stays in place throughout the day. I tend to avoid pencil liners because they slip and slide during the day for me but I never have to worry about that with this one.

On the hair front, I've been absolutely in love with the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer. Forget the primer part of the name as I don't fully understand how it is a primer, but focus on the fact that it is an amazing leave-in conditioner. Even on my fine hair it isn't too heavy so I'm left with soft and nourished hair, not weighed down and oily hair that I dread. The full size of this will definitely be coming home with me soon.

What did you enjoy using throughout February?